Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 50 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ December 13, 2012 sounds of the season photo by sarah pastranaIsa Blaydoe, 5, and Hannah Rosine, 6, sing Christmas carols during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday at McGlachlin Parade Field. More than 600 attendedthe ceremony that featured caroling, raffles, refreshments and a visit from Santa. For the story, see Page 14.ho, ho, ho annual rivalry UPCOMING EVENTSArmy Field Band Navy Midshipmen fail Today, 6-10 p.m.: Jazz Night - Club Meadeconcert a festive to end Army’s winning Saturday, 8 a.m.: Reindeer Run 5K/1-Mile Walk - Murphy Field House flag football streak Saturday, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Brunch with Santa Claus - Club Meademedley of songs Dec. 20, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Loungepage 8 page 18 Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: New Year’s Eve Parties - The Lanes
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NewsConstruction begins on new ExchangeBy Brandon Bieltz The abatement phase includes settingStaff Writer up a containment around an area that Construction workers have taken the has been deemed asbestos-containingfirst steps in preparation for the building material. Donnie Roberts, project super-of the new Exchange, which is scheduled visor with Walbridge, said the material isto open in the fall of 2014. a nonfriable product, meaning the asbes- Walbridge construction company tos fibers are bound or locked in thebegan the abatement phase in the PXtra product and are not released.on Dec. 4. The abatement process is expected The process, which is the first step to take 10 to 15 days. Once completed,in removing nonfriable asbestos from workers can begin the demolition ofthe building, is preparing the site for the PXtra. Roberts said the crews havethe demolition of the PXtra to create a already begun preparing for the demoli-new parking lot while the Exchange is tion during the abatement process.constructed. “We’ve recovered the refrigerant out courtesy of the Exchange Exchange and garrison officials broke of all the air conditioning units and Construction for the new Exchange began Dec. 4 with the abatement process to startground for the new 167,000-square-foot turned it over to the base,” he said. “And removing asbestos from the PXtra. The new facility, which is expected to open in fall offacility on Oct. 16. The $37 million next week, we’ll be capping existing utili- 2012, will feature a larger food court, six food vendors, a gun shop and pharmacy.project will replace the current 130,000- ties, as not to contaminate the existingsquare-foot Exchange and will feature a sewage and storm drains.”larger food court with six food vendors, Following the demolition, which will work that will be required in filling holes have been relocated next to the Militarya gun shop and a pharmacy. take about 15 days, the Walbridge crew from the PXtra’s foundation. Clothing Sales Store at 392 Llewellyn “We’re excited,” said Exchange general will turn the vacant space into a park- With the closure of the PXtra, sporting Ave.manager Jonathan Bright. “In speaking ing lot that will fit approximately 208 goods, toys and seasonal products have Construction on the new Exchangewith the community, they’re excited as vehicles. The new lot will help manage been moved inside the main Exchange. is scheduled to begin in March and iswell. ... What we’re doing is for the com- parking while the new Exchange is con- Bright also encourages customers to expected to open in 2014.munity, it is a big project for the commu- structed on the current parking lot. shop online using the Exchange web- “There will be growing pains,” saidnity. In the end, they’ll be really happy Parking lot construction will take an site. store manager Larry Ronk. “But it willand excited with the final product.” additional 15 to 20 days due to earth- The laundry and dry cleaning services be well worth it when it’s done.”Conference Center opens for lunch crowdBy Brandon Bieltz Scott Myers, chief of the business opera- them as service, then usually they make the audio-visual system with a dropdown screenStaff Writer tions division of the Directorate of Family decision that they’d like to come here.” and two televisions for displays at confer- At the beginning of the year, The Con- and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. With the National Security Agency con- ences. It also will feature a breakout roomference Center at Fort Meade will extend Rooms are rented by the hour, with a structing new facilities near the confer- and a business center with a phone, copierits services and open its doors weekdays variety of options depending on the number ence center, and the Defense Information and scanner.for lunch. of people attending the event. Systems Agency located on the other side, “When you close the door to start the Starting Jan. 7, the facility will serve The Birdie Room can accommodate 80 Dehner expects the two agencies to conduct meeting, you don’t have to come out to getlunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu people; Par Room provides space for 50; meetings at the center. stuff done,” Dehner said.will feature sandwiches, grilled food, salads, 19th Hole Lounge can accommodate 50; The location, he said, is ideal for con- Other renovations planned for the rest ofsoups and daily specials. and the Eagle Conference Room can fit tractors to meet with the agencies without the facility include new audio-visual systems, Opening The Conference Center for 100. The facility also includes a bar and having to enter secure areas. digital displays and wireless microphones.lunch will help fill a void as Club Meade patio seating. “That way they’re able to invite the people “We’ve started on it by getting the bids,closes three months for renovations. With regard to catering meetings, appe- from NSA or DISA to come over and par- but we’re waiting for those to come through,” “I see this as a sandwich, soup kind of tizers are only served. Prices range from $40 ticipate in the meetings” Dehner said. “In Dehner said. “We have to do it in stages. Thelunch — not fast food,” said Doug Dehner, to $150 per order. A continental breakfast is talking to people from NSA and DISA and sooner we get [the Eagle Conference Room]the center’s manager. also offered for $8.25 per person. places like that, [which] have come over here up and running, the more income we get. Dehner said catering to the lunch crowd “Really and truly, the conference center is and held training meetings, they’re extremely The more income we get, the more we canat the Conference Center will also help to designed to handle conferences, promotions, receptive to coming over here.” do to the rest of the place.”grow the new business, which opened in retirements and meetings,” Dehner said. To provide an effective space for confer- Dehner said the addition of lunch canMay following the closure of the Courses. The facility, Dehner said, aims to attract ences, the center is undergoing bidding pro- help the Conference Center grow in popu- Located at 6800 Taylor Ave., the center a different kind of customer and is not cesses to renovate the rooms, beginning with larity as more people become familiar withoffers several rooms to rent for events such in competition with Club Meade or the the Eagle Conference Room in the back. the facility.as meetings, retirements or promotion par- Lanes. Myers said about $50,000 will be allo- “I’m tickled to death to have lunch back,”ties. “People are very attracted to this type of cated for renovations including painting and he said. “This place has a fantastic future.” “The installation identified a need for setup,” he said. “If we can sit down and talk new carpeting. For more information, call 301-677-more meeting and conference space,” said to somebody and go over what we can offer The room will contain a state-of-the-art 4333/5330.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil December 13, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
N ews‘Quiet professional’Chaplain Lt. Col. Sid A. Taylor reassigned to ItalyBy Lisa R. Rhodes that he attended as a child for inspiringStaff Writer him to become a member of the clergy. As Deputy Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Taylor earned his bachelor’s and mas-Col.) Sid A. Taylor prepares for his next ter’s degrees in social work from Virginiaassignment, he said leaving Fort Meade Commonwealth University in Richmond.is “bittersweet.” In 1988, he enlisted in the Virginia Army On Dec. 27, Taylor leaves for Camp National Guard and attained the rank ofEderle in Vicenza, Italy to become the specialist before receiving a direct com-operations chaplain in the chaplain sec- mission into the Army Chaplain Candi-tion of U.S. Africa Command. In his new date Program in 1991.two-year position, he will visit Africa to Taylor earned a Master of Divinityassist in the training of chaplains and degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctorwith stability operations throughout the School of Theology at Virginia Unioncontinent. University in Richmond in 1993. He “I’m looking forward to Europe for the became an active-duty chaplain, servingthird time; I didn’t expect it,” Taylor said. with an armor battalion at Fort Lewis,“But the best part of it all is the anticipa- Wash., in 1994.tion, of [the] possibility of visiting any Taylor also earned a Master of Artsof the African countries. I look forward in Christian education from Union Pres-to the opportunity to support African byterian Seminary in Richmond and anations in any way. It’s thrilling to me as Doctorate of Ministry degree from thean African American to be able to do that Erskine School of Theology in Due West,as an Army Soldier and as a chaplain.” S.C. Taylor, who has served in the Army for From 2003 to 2004, Taylor served as19 years, said retirement was an option Fort Meade’s deputy garrison chaplain.before the assignment. For three years, he served as the second “But when Africa comes knocking, it brigade chaplain of the 3rd Infantrytells me that retirement is on hold,” he Division at Fort Stewart, Ga. In 2009, hesaid. deployed to Iraq. Taylor will deliver his final sermon on Taylor arrived at Fort Meade for a sec-Sunday at the Main Post Chapel. His ond time in 2011 as garrison chaplain toreplacement will be Chaplain (Lt. Col.) replace Chaplain (Lt. Col) Kevin Stroop.David Cooper, who is currently the Plans Among his fondest memories of Fortand Operations chaplain for Third Army, Meade was when Lynn Durner, the gar-Army Central, Shaw Air Force Base in file photo rison chaplain secretary, was named Gar-South Carolina. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sid A. Taylor gives the Easter sermon for the Fort Meade community rison Employee of the Year in 2011 and “It seems that other folks are more in April during his one-year tenure as garrison chaplain. Taylor, who is currently the when the Argonne Hills Chapel Centerhappy for me than I am for myself,” said deputy garrison chaplain, leaves for Vicenzia, Italy on Dec. 27 for his new assignment Gospel Service was recognized as the 2011Taylor, noting that others have called his as the operations chaplain with U.S. Africa Command. Volunteer Organization of the Year.new assignment “a blessing” and have Taylor said he also will remember thesaid he is fortunate. “So with all that and concerned for those that he ministers helps the chaplain staff stay sharp and instances when Garrison Commanderenthusiasm, I should jump on board and to. .. I’m going to miss him a lot, but I’m current in their responsibilities. Col. Edward C. Rothstein would quiz himalso be enthused.” very happy for him.” Taylor is also pleased with his efforts on the identity of the anonymous inspi- Taylor has served as deputy garrison As deputy garrison chaplain, Taylor to strengthen the Religious Support team, rational quotes the chaplain would sharechaplain since July when Garrison Chap- said his first priority was helping Rau build camaraderie among the staff and during the garrison command staff ’slain (Col.) Carl Rau arrived to lead the acclimate to his new position and duties. sustain the garrison religious programs weekly meetings.Religious Support Office. Prior to Rau’s “He provided valuable assistance,” Rau that were active when he came aboard. Taylor also provided inspirationalarrival, Taylor served as garrison chaplain said. “Before I arrived, I got word that the quotes for Soundoff!for a year. Taylor then concentrated his efforts on Fort Meade religious community was a “I search for good words and offer Taylor’s wife, Chaplain (Maj.) Grace the day-to-day operations of the Religious well-oiled machine. That’s what I was them up to try to encourage others,” heR. Hollis-Taylor, serves as the chap- Support Office — taking care of both told,” Taylor said. “And when I got here, said.lain for the 902nd Military Intelligence supervisory and administrative duties, as I discovered that was true.” Taylor said he hopes Fort MeadeGroup. well as overseeing chapel funds. Taylor called the Fort Meade religious remembers him as a person who is sin- Rau described Taylor as a “quiet pro- Reflecting on his tenure as garrison support community “quite wonderful. It’s cere and caring, and who was there whenfessional” who goes out of his way to do chaplain, Taylor said he is most proud of diverse, it’s consistent and it’s caring.” others needed him.what’s right. reinstituting the chapel’s unit ministry- Born in Richmond, Va., Taylor grew “Have folks invite me back,” Taylor “He does the hard right over the easy team training for chaplains and chaplain up in nearby Hopewell. He attributes the said. “If I’m still in, I’d love to be at Fortleft,” Rau said. “... He’s immensely caring assistants. The monthly training, he said, Sunday sermons at the Baptist church Meade. Three times is a charm.” SOUNDOFF! December 13, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsSobering driving tips during holiday seasonBy Samson Robinson they all remain safe during and after be impaired. who is under the age of 21 or alreadyPrevention Coordinator your party. If you have a phone number for your intoxicated.Army Substance Abuse Program If you are planning on being the host guests to use for a safe ride home, you • Have a focus on fun — games, The holiday season is a time for friends of any party, identify safe and sober do the calling. Of course, for you to do music, entertainment or other activitiesand family to come together, to cel- transportation for all your guests. You this, you must not drink yourself. — to shift the emphasis from drinkingebrate and be thankful for all that is can do this by finding out about ride Tips for a safe holiday party: to socializing.good. Unfortunately, the holiday season programs located in your area or you • Always know who is driving. Make • Know what to look for. Signs ofalso brings a dramatic increase of drunk may consider renting a large van to sure the designated driver has plenty of impairment can include lack of co-and drugged driving. transport guests to and from the party nonalcoholic beverages such as water ordination, aggressive behavior, very Every year, thousands of families are location. and juices. talkative, indifference, slurred or inco-faced with devastating consequences of Make sure the designated driver is • Serve food such as cheese and herent speech.someone driving after consuming too not drinking that night. Don’t leave it meat that help slow the body’s alcohol • Offer safe rides. Whether it is pro-much alcohol. up to the person who has been drink- absorption rate. viding taxi company telephone numbers When throwing a holiday party, it ing to make the decision whether or • Obey the law. Check the identifi- or having a designated driver available,is important to remember that you are not they are OK to drive themselves cation of any person that you don’t make sure no one leaves the party toresponsible to your guests to ensure home. Remember, their judgment could know at your party. Never serve anyone drive impaired.Public Health Command ensures food safetyBy Master Sgt. Lennard Bookman cer. “Food safety begins and ends with vide public health services in many loca- possible. The bottom line is, without theVeterinary Services proper hand washing.” tions around the world. inspector in the commissary, Troop IssueU.S. Army Public Health Command But hand washing is just one piece in “They perform sanitation inspections Subsistence Agency, Meals Ready-to Eat One of the duties of the U.S. Army Pub- the total food safety picture. of facilities, to include inspection of prod- plant, FMWR, AAFES facilities and thelic Health Command is to ensure that pre- USAPHC’s Veterinary Services Port- ucts received, stored and sold,” Biddle auditor in the commercial plants, ourparing and handling food safely becomes folio provides food quality, safety and said. system and the safety and security of ouringrained in the Department of Defense defense guidelines, policies and proce- Services are provided, he said, to the military food supply would not exist.culture and becomes common practice at dures for Army veterinary service person- Army and Air Forces Exchange Ser- “They ensure our military forces andhome as well as the workplace. nel worldwide. These guidelines enable vice establishments; Defense Commis- their families are not at risk,” he said. “Great food safety habits can start the Army veterinary food inspectors to sary Agency establishments; Family and Military inspectors are frequentlysimply and lead to a healthier lifestyle,” provide their customers with a high-qual- Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities; engaged in highlighting food safety andsaid Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ronald ity and wholesome food supply. and troop-feeding activities. providing information to DoD personnelBiddle, USAPHC senior food safety offi- Army veterinary service personnel pro- “These inspections are performed on and their families on installations around Navy and Marine installations through- the world. out the nation and abroad,” Biddle said. “Visual aids such as flyers and food Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. safety displays are placed near our military Department of the Interior and a farmer/ food-servicing facilities,” Biddle said. rancher, notes the importance of food The USAPHC also provides educa- safety and defense. tional outreach through electronic (emails “I think it is paramount that we take and presentations) and physical (informa- proper steps to ensure the safety of our tion booths and posters) means to better food supply and domestic livestock herd,” prepare consumers to understand the he said. importance of food safety. Col. Paul Whippo, Food Protection “We all must be vigilant to prevent Program manager, said Salazar’s com- food-borne illness,” Biddle said. ment not only reminds individuals of how Food-borne illnesses can be as inca- important the safety and security of the pacitating as bombs and bullets, and food supply is, but how it is integrated they occur in homes as well as on the from farm to fork. battlefield. “As members of Public Health Com- Col. Robert Webb, director of the Vet- mand, we develop and implement food erinary Services Portfolio, is well aware of safety policies for the Army,” Whippo the impact that safe and quality food has said. “We also work in support of our on the DoD. sister services to ensure that the DoD “It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said, food supply is safe for service members, ‘An Army marches on its stomach,’ ” retirees and their family members. Webb said. “By that, Napoleon meant a “We work with other federal and for- well-fed Army is a formidable one, and eign regulatory agencies to make sure his statement is as true today as it was in that we cover as much of the total picture Napoleon’s time.” SOUNDOFF! December 13, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsSounds of musicArmy Field Band’s holiday concert spreads cheerBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The talents of the U.S. Army FieldBand’s male solo vocalists were show-cased at the annual “Sound the Bells”holiday concert presented Dec. 6. More than 800 people packed MeadeHigh School’s auditorium for the 90-min-ute performance, which featured standardholiday classics and multicultural festivesongs. “It was wonderful,” said Peggy Brown,a resident of Annapolis. During the rousing performances bythe male vocalists, Sgt. 1st Class MarioGarcia performed a smooth and jazzysolo rendition of “Christmas Eve in MyHometown.” The Men’s Ensemble of theSoldiers’ Chorus entertained the audiencewith a harmonious a cappella version of“White Christmas.” Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cady gave a soulfulrendition of “This Christmas,” whichfeatured a saxophone solo by Staff Sgt.Daniel Goff. Staff Sgts. Brendan Curran and HeathSorensen combined stellar vocals withtheatrics during their respective perfor-mances of “(It Must’ve Been) ‘Ol SantaClaus,” and “You’re A Mean One, Mr.Grinch” part of a medley from “How theGrinch Stole Christmas.” Master Sgts. Allen Bishop and RobertJefferson performed the cheerful “DreiDreidele,” a children’s Hanukkah songthat featured a clarinet solo by Master PHOTOS BY master sgt. rob McIVERSgt. Matthew Kanowith. Santa shows up just in time to conduct the Concert Band for a rendition of “Sleigh Ride,” the final number of the U.S. Army Field “I like the ‘Drei Dreidele’ song,” Brown Band’s annual holiday concert, “Sound the Bells,” on Dec. 6 at Meade High School.said. “It’s so peppy and enjoyable. Theydid a fantastic job.” The concert opened with Col. Timo- ful of the members of the military serving commander of the Field Band, conduct- ing the Concert Band for a rendition ofthy J. Holtan, commander of the Field in Afghanistan. ing, as well as “Away In A Manager” and “Sleigh Ride.”Band, conducting the Concert Band and “Let’s keep in mind those who are “Sheep May Safely Graze.” The audience stood on its feet as theSoldiers’ Chorus during the “Holiday not able to celebrate in the usual way,” Before the end of the concert, Master concert came to an end and membersFanfare Overture,” a festive medley of he said. Sgt. Laura Lesche sang a stirring rendi- of the Field Band walked through thetraditional holiday songs performed in After the National Anthem, the concert tion of “Where Are You Christmas?” auditorium shaking hands and offeringdiffering arrangements. continued with a stirring performance of The Concert Band followed with a holiday greetings. Later in the program, Holtan spoke to “I Wonder As I Wander” by Staff Sgt. jazzy performance of “God Rest Ye “It was great … very uplifting,” saidthe large crowd before a performance of Tracey Labrecque, one of two female Merry Gentlemen.” retired Master Sgt. Barry Johns, whothe Armed Forces Salute. vocalists of the evening. Master Sgt. Victor Cenales closed out came with his wife, Trish. “It’s great to be here at home at Fort Other performances included “This the evening with a hand-clapping, gos- The couple have attended the holidayMeade,” he said. Little Babe” from “A Ceremony of Car- pel-tinged performance of “Joy To The concert for at least three years. Holtan urged the audience to be mind- ols” with Maj. Dwayne Milburn, deputy World,” followed by Santa Claus conduct- “It gets better every year,” Johns said. SOUNDOFF! December 13, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsThe Soldiers’Chorus performsa medley oftraditionalholiday songs atthe start of theU.S. Army FieldBand’s “Soundthe Bells”concert. Col. Timothy J. Holtan, commander of the U.S. Army Field Band, conducts “Sleigh Ride” unaware that Santa is sneaking up on him to try his hand at conducting the Concert Band. Concertmaster Sgt. 1st Class Reis McCullough plays through his pre-concert warm- up routine. More than 800 people packed the Meade High auditorium for the 90-minute concert featuring holiday classics. LEFT: Master Sgt. Victor Cenales brings down the house with his gospel-tinged rendition of “Joy to the World.”http://www.ftmeade.army.mil December 13, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
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N ewsManage stress for a happy holidayBy Art Powell is another good way to lift your spirits overwhelmed. Friends and colleaguesStrategic Communication Directorate and broaden your friendships. will understand if you can’t participateU.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety ‘We know the holidays • Be realistic. in every project or activity.Center can be stressful ... too The holidays don’t have to be perfect If it’s not possible to say no whenFort Rucker, Ala. or just like last year. As families change your boss asks you to work overtime, The holiday season is a time to much traveling, too much and grow, traditions and rituals often try to remove something else from yourshare with friends and family. But an change as well. Choose a few to hold on agenda to make up for the lost time.unwanted problem may come through shopping and too much to and be open to creating new ones. • Don’t abandon healthy habits.the door at the same time: stress. “We know the holidays can be stress- celebrating can make for an For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways Don’t let the holidays become a free- for-all. Overindulgence only adds toful, even for family members who nor- unhappy holiday.’ to celebrate together such as sharing your stress and guilt. Have a healthymally get along well,” said Dr. Patricia pictures, emails or videos. snack before holiday parties so youLeDuc, director, U.S. Army Combat Dr. Patricia LeDuc, director • Set aside differences. don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese orReadiness/Safety Center Human Fac- U.S. Army Combat Readiness/ Try to accept family members and drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleeptors Task Force. “Too much traveling, Safety Center Human Factors friends as they are, even if they don’t and physical activity.too much shopping and too much Task Force live up to all your expectations. Set • Take a breather.celebrating can make for an unhappy aside grievances until a more appropri- Make some time for yourself. Spend-holiday.” ate time for discussion, and be under- ing just 15 minutes alone, without dis- According to the Mayo Clinic, if you standing if others get upset or distressed tractions, may refresh you enough tocan recognize stress, you may be able to when something goes awry. handle everything you need to do.manage it. The following three topics leaves them wiped out. Being exhausted • Stick to a budget. Listen to soothing music or findcan be a hotbed of holiday stress: increases your stress, creating a vicious Before you go gift and food shop- something else that reduces stress • Relationships cycle. ping, decide how much money you by clearing your mind, slowing your Relationships can cause turmoil, con- Exercise and sleep — good antidotes can afford to spend and stick to your breathing and restoring inner calm.flict or stress at any time, but tensions for stress and fatigue — may take a budget. • Seek professional help if you needare often heightened during the holi- backseat to chores and errands. To top Don’t try to buy happiness with an it.days. Family misunderstandings and it off, burning the wick at both ends avalanche of gifts. Try alternatives such Despite your best efforts, you mayconflicts can intensify — especially if makes you more susceptible to colds as donating to a charity in someone’s find yourself feeling persistently sadyou’re thrust together for several days. and other unwelcome guests. name, giving homemade gifts or start- or anxious, plagued by physical com- On the other hand, facing the holi- The Mayo Clinic offers these tips to ing a family gift exchange. plaints, unable to sleep, irritable anddays without a loved one can be tough help everyone have a pleasant holiday: • Plan ahead. hopeless, or unable to face routineand leave you feeling lonely and sad. • Acknowledge your feelings. Set aside specific days for shop- chores. • Finances If someone close to you has recently ping, baking, visiting friends and other If these feelings continue, talk to With the added expenses of gifts, died or you can’t be with loved ones, activities. Plan your menus and make your doctor or a mental health profes-travel, food and entertainment, the hol- realize it’s normal to feel sadness and a shopping list to help prevent last- sional.idays can put a strain on your budget grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or minute scrambling to buy forgotten If the holidays are something youand your peace of mind. In addition, express your feelings. ingredients. dread, take steps to prevent stressoverspending now can mean financial • Reach out. Also, make sure to line up help for and depression. With planning, youworries for months to come. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out party preparation and cleanup. may enjoy the holidays more than you • Physical demands community, religious or other social • Learn to say no. thought you would. Even die-hard holiday enthusiasts events for support and companionship. Saying yes when you should say no For more information on making themay find extra shopping and socializing Volunteering your time to help others can leave you feeling resentful and holidays safe, visit safety.army.mil/.Annual Cyber Flag exercise provides realistic trainingBy U.S. Cyber Command Cyber security continues to be a pri- “Exercises like Cyber Flag test par- “The inclusion of several operationalPublic Affairs Office ority across the U.S. government. The ticipants’ readiness when faced with a elements this year reinforced a warrior U.S. Cyber Command recently com- Department of Defense has a critical realistic cyber event in a stressed envi- mind-set, which helps us to succeedpleted a cyber exercise with other gov- role in developing and supporting the ronment against a dynamic and skilled in this domain in the defense of ourernment partners at a cyber range nation’s cyber security efforts. adversary,” said U.S. Air Force Col. nation,” Lamont said. “The exerciselocated at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This year’s Cyber Flag, with approxi- George Lamont, director of U.S. Cyber was definitely a success.” Cyber Flag 13-1, held Oct. 29 to mately 700 participants, was larger than Command Joint Exercises and Train- The event also focused on missionNov. 8, was a joint cyberspace training last year’s event of 300 and doubled the ing. “This was not a simple ‘capture the integration between U.S. Cyber Com-exercise designed to provide realistic network size. flag’ event.” mand and its assigned cyber compo-training opportunities in a virtual envi- All participants had a specific role to Every year, said Lamont, the com- nents from the Army, Navy, Marinesronment for cyber components and play. They could have been playing the mand adds new elements to keep up and Air Force, as well as the realisticorganizations throughout the govern- part of a U.S. team or may have role- with the changing face of cyberspace incorporation of personnel from thement. played as an adversary. and enhance the exercise’s realism. Defense Information Systems Agency.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil December 13, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
N ews HAPPY HANUKKAH! Rabbi Levi Finkelstein recites two blessings while lighting the menorah, marking the third day of Hanukkah, on Tuesday at Argonne Hills Chapel Center dur- ing the weekly “Lunch with the Rabbi.” His grandson Yitzy Halon (in background) led the sing- ing of holiday songs in Hebrew as guests — including Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Roth- stein and his wife, Audrey; Garri- son Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau; and Kirk Fechter, director of the Instal- lation Safety Office — lunched on matzah ball soup, potato pan- cakes, fried chicken, schnitzel, cold cuts and spaghetti. PHOTO BY RONA S. HIRSCHMonarch Academy studentsvisit post’s recycling centerBy Suzanne Teague The recycling theme came full circleEnvironmental Scientist, when the Directorate of Public Works’Environmental Division Environmental Division provided to The third grade class of the Mon- each student a bag of trinkets madearch Academy School in Glen Burnie from recycling materials.celebrated America Recycles Day on Fort Meade’s recycling mascot,Nov. 15 with a visit to the Fort Meade “Recycle Bin,” greeted students andRecycle Center on Rock Avenue. showed his support for Recycling Two groups totaling 70 students were Day.guided through the various recyclingstations by a team of facility managersand operators from Melwood. Students toured the facility to see In celebration of America Recycles Day,how the paper sorter, can crusher, two groups of 70 third-graders from thecardboard compactor and packaging Monarch Academy School in Glen Burniestations worked. Though recycling was tour the Fort Meade Recycle Center onnot a new topic to these young minds, Nov. 15.the experience of touring a recyclingfacility to most was. PHOTO Courtesy of Environmental Divisionhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil December 13, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
C over S tory Light for all Tree lighting ceremony kicks off holiday season By Brandon Bieltz U.S. Army Field Band Brass Quartet Staff Writer joining Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Although the temperature dropped Cub Scouts from the installation to lead and rain started to fall, Friday’s weath- the crowd in carols. Following “Jingle er didn’t stop the illumination of more Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman,” the than 4,200 multicolored LED lights band played “Silent Night” as the brightening the branches of a 40-foot- attendees lit candles and sang along. tall artificial tree towering over McGla- “It brings about a moment of a little chlin Parade Field. more quiet contemplation as you’re “Think a little rain is going to stop singing the song and there’s candle- Santa from coming? Is a little rain light,” Jacobs said. “It brings about a going to stop the tree from being lit?” different atmosphere that I enjoy.” Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. After the caroling, Rothstein thanked Rothstein shouted to the crowd, who the crowd for attending the ceremony responded with a resounding “No.” “That’s the spirit,” Rothstein shot back. More than 600 people attended the post’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the gazebo, which was covered in white lights and garland. Hosted by Fort Meade’s Religious Support Office, the 30-minute event also featured caroling, raffles, refresh- ments and a visit from Santa. The USO supplied hot chocolate. Garrison chaplain secretary Lynn Durner, who organized the event, said the ceremony has grown each year. This was the second year that the ceremony was held on the parade field. With the gazebo illuminated to match the large tree, the event also was the most decorated. “We wanted it to be a lot nicer for the families,” Durner said. “I just went ahead and dreamt something up. It’s like a little story book.” In addition, a huge electric menorah placed on the other side of the gazebo will be lit throughout the week of Hanukkah, which ends Sunday. Chaplain (Maj.) Mark Jacobs, Fam- ily Life chaplain, said preparations for the tree lighting is a team effort that includes support from all congregations on post. The ceremony, he said, is a fitting way to lead Fort Meade into the holiday season. photos by sarah pastrana “It’s kind of like the last hoorah before we go into the busyness of theFamilies admire the 40-foot-tall artificial tree, which contains more than 4,200 holiday season,” he said.multicolored LED lights. The festive ceremony began with the14 SOUNDOFF! December 13, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
and for a “wonderful year.” He also the shining star on top was his favoriteasked for everyone to take a moment to part.remember the service members who will Once the tree was lit, youngstersnot be home for the holidays. darted to the edge of English Ave- “As we take the opportunity with our nue where Santa arrived atop a firefamily and friends, we should always truck. To the sound of cheering, Santaremember those who are still in harm’s climbed off the truck and made his wayway, those that are away from us,” he to the gazebo, where he met with a longsaid. “Take a moment and think of line of children.those loved ones, friends and families “That was cool,” Gracie said ofwho are not with us today. Then have Santa’s entrance.the opportunity to be with your family Following the lighting, hot chocolate,and friends, and embrace each other cookies and other holiday snacks werebecause that’s what they’d want us to served.do.” Several attendees said they were With the help of children from the grateful for the event.crowd, Rothstein flicked the switch that “It’s been fun,” said Navy Pettylit the tree. Officer 1st Class Matt Parker of Navy “I think it’s really pretty,” said 9-year- Information Operations Commandold Gracie Balkuvvar-Smith, daughter Maryland. “The kids are having a blast,of Air Force Master Sgt. Sevin Balkuv- that’s the main thing.”var-Smith. “When I was walking up, I Balkuvvar-Smith of the 707th Forcethought it was really decorated.” Support Squadron agreed. After thoroughly inspecting the tree “Its really nice of them to put thisand spotting a few lights that didn’t go together for us,” she said. “It brings outon, 4-year-old Aiden Parker said that the holiday spirit.” Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein addresses the crowd before he flipped the switch to illuminate the tree. A huge electric menorah placed on the other side of the gazebo will be lit throughout the week of Hanukkah. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Fort Meade perform carols at the beginning of the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday evening. More than 600 people attended the 30-minute event at the decorated gazebo on McGlachlin Parade Field. LEFT: Ryan Maclean, 3, has his photo taken with Santa, who arrived atop a fire truck and then met with children in the gazebo.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil December 13, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15