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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 16 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ April 19, 2012 Diggin’ It photo by jen ryndaCarson Johns, 9, of Fort Meade, harvests oyster shells at the Oyster Recovery Partnership exhibit during Fort Meade’s annual Earth Day observance on Tuesday at BurbaPark. More than 50 exhibitors participated in the four-hour event that also featured other activities to encourage and sustain green efforts. For more, see Pages update Take The Wheel UPCOMING EVENTSArea golf clubs Save-A-Life drunk Friday-Sunday: Mid-Maryland Home Show - The Pavilion (See Page 18 for times)offer deals for driving simulator Friday: “Old Joe” Golf Tournament - The Courses comes to Fort Meade Friday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: Latin Club Night - Club MeadeCourses members Saturday, 8 a.m.: Earth Day 5K Run/1-Mile Walk - Burba Lakepage 20 page 6 April 28: Member Appreciation Day - The Courses
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! April is Month of ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein the Military Child Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones April 2012 is the 26th annual celebration of the Month of the Military Child, a time to Assistant Editor & Senior Writer celebrate the nearly 2 million American children Rona S. Hirsch and youth under the age of 18 with parents serv- Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes ing in our armed forces. Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Take time this month to honor our young Design Coordinator Timothy Davis people, who with frequent moves, extended Supple­mental photography provided family separations and unique family dynamics, by Patuxent Publishing Co. often endure very difficult circumstances in their everyday lives. Advertising An estimated 900,000 children have had one General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or both parents deployed multiple times over Allison Thompson the last 10 years. 410-332-6850 It is important to recognize that our military Michele Griesbauer children did not sign up for duty, yet they serve 410-332-6381 too. Our children are faced with ever-increas- Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein ing stresses including some parents who are and Audrey Rothstein If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are returning home with medical issues from post- experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail As parents of two teens, when we know our Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through traumatic syndrome to loss of limbs or severe children are in a safe and caring atmosphere, we Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. wounds. can concentrate on what we need to do without Yet our children not only adapt and manage, worrying about their well-being. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the they thrive. They do so with the assistance of Numerous activities and programs scheduled personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary numerous child-serving organizations includ- throughout the month will pay homage to our of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday ing Child, Youth and School Services, Army except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. children. They will culminate in the biggest Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the Community Service, Boys and Girls Clubs of event of the month — the Family Fun Fair desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, America, and 4-H. When military members are — that will be held April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. focusing on their jobs, knowing their children p.m. at McGill Training Center. are cared for and supported sustains them and The event is free and open to the public, and Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage strengthens the health, security and safety of without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, will feature games, rides, information tables and user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser the nation. prizes. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Audrey and I have had the privilege of visit- At the heart of the event is a community ing and meeting several of the dedicated CYS2 coming together to enjoy each other’s company Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department staff members on Fort Meade who work hard and celebrate our most treasured gifts, our chil- of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are every day throughout the year to ensure the dren. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance children here are cared for, encouraged and of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Editor’s note: For more information about the Army of the products or services advertised. empowered so they can continue to thrive, Month of the Military Child activities, call regardless of their situation. CYS2 at 301-677-1156. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on twitter at Commander’s Open Door and view the Fort Meade Blog at Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or Co n t e n t s concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mon- days from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 20 Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports Shorts.......................21 necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. Community.................. 17 Movies.................................. 23 SOUNDOFF! April 19, 2012
  3. 3. NewsICE goes mobile to rate garrison servicesBy Jason Kelly scan that barcode with your [smartphone]Emerging Media Manager and keep going.” Fort Meade is launching a new program ‘I want to hear about the The QR codes are not limited to ICEand expanding another one to give custom-ers an easier way to comment on garrison good, the bad and the ugly.’ comments. The Public Affairs Office also plans to use the codes to offer easier accessservices. Garrison Commander to additional content in its print and com- While Interactive Customer Evaluation munity relations products. Col. Edward C. Rothsteincomments are not new here, the way custom- The new way to submit ICE comments isers can submit them is going mobile using not replacing existing kiosks, which “are aQuick Response barcodes and additional direct line to ICE,” McLean said.ICE kiosks, said Milton McLean, a man- a traditional computer, said McLean. In fact, PAIO recently installed kiosks inagement analyst in the Fort Meade Plans, The QR code initiative follows Maj. Gen. the Exchange, Army Community Service,Analysis and Integration Office, which man- Michael S. Linnington’s Feb. 27 visit to Fort Picerne Leasing Center and Freedom Cen-ages the installation’s ICE program. Meade. The commander of Joint Force ter Barracks. In January, the garrison had PAIO is providing QR barcodes to every Headquarters National Capital Region/ five kiosks; it now has nine.service provider in the Fort Meade ICE U.S. Army Military District of Washington The kiosks are a part of the garrison’sdatabase such as the Demps Visitor Con- discussed with Garrison Commander Col. mobile initiatives, which include PAO’strol Center, ID Card Section and Child Edward Rothstein how customers at other enhanced-mobile website using a web-basedDevelopment Centers to “allow customers installations have benefited from the codes. app and wireless text alerts for urgent mes-to rate their service immediately from their “Our garrison is committed to providing sages.[smart]phones,” said McLean. world-class customer service to everyone “All kiosks are wireless. That gives [PAIO] In addition to providing feedback, service who serves, works and lives here — all of the ability to move kiosks from one locationproviders use the comments to study trends Team Meade,” Rothstein said. “Transpar- to another location,” said McLean, whoand analyze business practices to improve ency and communication are very impor- used an example of a multiday event as oneservice. tant to me. I want to hear about the good, opportunity to “capture ... feedback” from QR codes, which were designed for the the bad and the ugly. We need to know the high industry, store information inside of what we’re doing right and where there’s an For McLean, an Army veteran who servedtheir unique patterns. Users decode the pat- opportunity for improvement.” for 20 years, the ICE system is part of theterns using a free QR code reader, which Rothstein encourages the community Army’s commitment to its all-volunteer force, The Fort Meade Plans, Analysis andcan be downloaded from a smartphone’s to use his open-door session on Mondays workforce and customers. Integration Office is providing Quickapp store. from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters “We have military personnel here on the Response codes to every service provider The app scans the code, decodes the in Hodges Hall, 4551 Llewellyn Ave., town installation who have been to war or are en in the Fort Meade Interactive Customerpattern and launches the service provider’s halls, social media and now the QR codes. route to war,” he said. “We owe them the Evaluation database. Customers cancomment card in the smartphone’s web McLean expects the QR codes will best service.” scan the barcode using a QR code readerbrowser. The entire process takes just a increase the weekly average of 100 ICE For more information, call Milton app on their smartphone to submit anfew seconds and offers customers the same submissions because they are “convenient McLean at 301-677-5480 or email milton. ICE comment or access other contentonline comment card that is accessible from and quick. You have the ability ... to just such as the installation’s website. Join the Feeling blue It determined that she must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, making the act consensual and not rape. Denim Day to be celebrated on post The Italian Supreme Court chief judge stated in the deci- sion that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it conversation! By Brandon Bieltz was no longer rape but consensual sex,” according to Peace Staff Writer Over Violence, an organizer of Denim Day. As part of the installation’s observance of Sexual Assault “It just shows the mentality that some people still have Connect with Awareness Month, Fort Meade will celebrate Denim Day on internationally about this issue,” said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Fort Meade at April 25. Pardue, Fort Meade’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Denim Day is an annual campaign to help raise awareness and Prevention program manager. about sexual assault and rape. This ruling sparked international protest. The day after /ftmeade Fort Meade organizations are encouraged to join the obser- the decision, women in the Italian legislature protested by vance and allow service members and civilians to wear denim. wearing jeans and holding placards that read: “Jeans: An The movement began after an 18-year-old woman was Alibi for Rape.” raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor in Italy in 1998. Wearing jeans has become an international symbol of pro- The driving instructor was convicted of rape and sen- test against destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Follow Fort tenced. The ruling, however, was overturned by the Italian In 1999, California celebrated the first Denim Day in the Meade on Supreme Court because the pants worn by the woman were United States. Since then, at least 20 states officially recognize too tight. Denim Day on April 25. /ftmeademd April 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ews Have you noticed an issue on post Community Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Crime Watch Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services address issues identified on post April 10, Larceny of private prop- to six unknown persons attacked and describe what is being done to erty: Unknown person(s) by him by kicking and hitting him. solve them. unknown means removed a GPS, iPod cable and a portable DVD April 16, Driving on suspended player from an unattended, and license: The Directorate of Emer- possibly unsecured, family vehicle. gency Services was notified by gate security personnel of a per- April 10, Wrongful damage of pri- son operating a government vehicle vate property: An unknown person threw without identification. The subject stated a large rock through the driver’s window his wallet was stolen and he was at Fort and front passenger-side window of an Meade to get new ID. A check through unattended vehicle. the National Crime Information Cen- ter revealed his driver’s license was not April 13, Shoplifting: AAFES loss pre- valid. vention personnel at the Post Exchange observed the subject place a gift card in April 16, Wrongful damaging of govern- her purse, proceed beyond the point of ment property: A Soldier broke a window sale and exit the PX without rendering to the computer lab. A witness stated he proper payment. was sitting in the computer lab on the computer directly behind the damaged April 14, Simple assault - consummated by window, when he observed the subject a battery: While the victim was walking to stand from his seat, scream an obscenity work at the commissary, approximately five and then punch the window, breaking it. AER update The Fort Meade Army Emergency Relief campaign has collected $50,706 as of Friday, 63.3 photo by jason kelly percent of its $80,000 goal. Sections of the jogging trail will close starting May 1 due to upcoming construc- Each unit should have an AER tion projects. representative for the campaign, which ends May 15. Issue: Plan: Status: For more information, call Wallace Turner, AER officer, at 301-677-5768. Sections of the jogging trail To find an adequate jogging DFMWR is exploring will close starting May 1 due trail for the installation several possiblities to include to upcoming construction connecting a portion of the projects trail from Mapes Road to the Defense Information Systems Tax center FINAL update Agency trail The Joint Installation Tax Center saved taxpayers $547,581.96 in filing fees, The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way generated more than $6 million in tax has deemed and marked so that it is functional refunds and saved the average client some play equipment at $358 in tax preparation fees as of Burba Lake as unsafe Wednesday. The tax center also prepared 1,483 Renovate the Youth Services federal returns and 1,305 state Youth Services Sports Actual use of fields is returns. 1,529 appointments with Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall individuals and/or families were kept. to allow grass to mature SOUNDOFF! April 19, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsSobering realitySimulator provides virtualexperience of driving drunkBy Brandon Bieltz Abuse Program sponsored the event forStaff Writer a third consecutive year in observance of Sitting behind the steering wheel with Alcohol Awareness Month.his foot on the gas, Scott Marko swerved ASAP coordinator Samson Robinsonand sped through city streets. That is said the virtual drunk-driving program isuntil he T-boned another car that was beneficial to everybody as it helps deterturning onto the road in what would drinking and driving.have been a fatal crash. “Our goal is to save lives, so anything It looked like Marko had a few too that we can do to save lives we’re in themany drinks before taking the wheel. But business for,” Robinson said.the partnership specialist at the Director- Tour manager Andrew Tipton is quickate of Family and Morale, Welfare and to point out that the Save-A-Life Tour isRecreation was completely sober. not an anti-drinking campaign. Instead, As he safely walked away from the the program promotes thinking respon- photos by Brian Kristavirtual “crash,” Marko was shocked. sibly when taking a drink. “It’s kind of like, ‘Wow. I have no “Be smart and be responsible” are the Members of the 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion watch a graphic video of thecontrol over what I do,’ ” he said of the main points he stresses. consequences of drunk driving during the National Save-A-Life Tour at McGill Trainingexperience. Tipton opened each session with a Center. The traveling tour promotes drinking responsibly. Marko was one of many drivers on 15- or 30-minute video of what he callspost who wrecked a virtual car last week “blood, guts and gore.” The videos dis- images quickly caught his attention. screens so the audience, too, can see theduring the two-day National Save-A-Life play actual footage of accidents caused “It got more intense when it went on,” difficulties of driving while impaired.Tour at McGill Training Center. The by drunk driving and their aftermath. he said. After their drunken drive through thetraveling program visited Fort Meade on “It just shows what happens when Following the video, Tipton explained virtual town, participants were given aApril 11 and 12 with its multimillion dol- you drink and drive,” Tipton said. “It to participants how the drunk-driving traffic ticket — most of which statedlar drunk-driving simulator to encourage shows people getting hurt, people getting simulator works and that they can take “fatal collision.”drivers not to get behind the wheel while injured and people getting killed.” the car for a spin, with an added buzz Both Robinson and Tipton said theintoxicated. When the video started, Marko said built into the system. experience on the simulator can come as The Fort Meade Army Substance he wasn’t too interested. But the graphic As drivers progressed through the a shock for many participants. Robinson simulation, Tipton continued to increase said that on a few occasions, people have the level of intoxication. had to regain their composure before Much like with real drunk driving, the getting back into their real vehicles. system is designed to delay the driver’s “It has an extreme effect,” he said. reaction time. The steering wheel and “Some people come and they do it like pedals are all on a delay, forcing par- it’s not a big deal. But some come and ticipants to overcompensate, which ulti- are shocked from it.” mately results in crashes — just like in a Tipton said he knows he can’t reach real situation, Robinson said. everybody with the simulator and that it “It makes perfect sense why it’s so only works for people who want to learn hard,” Marko said after using the simu- from the experience. lator. Maj. Leonard Fama of the North- The simulator also contains three east Information Operations Center, a screens, but Tipton has learned that Massachusetts Reserve unit, said the most people don’t even look at the simulator was “far-fetched” and would side screens, which represent the driver’s be better with beer goggles to actually peripherals. impair vision. “All of a sudden, when you start driv- But Fama acknowledged the simulator ing, you lose your peripherals,” he said. “gets the point across.” “Once that delay starts happening and Marko, who has participated in the you notice yourself swerving, what they tour several times, said people can learn focus on is that line and the curb. And all different things each time they attend they want to do is go straight. ... Drunk and that it is a beneficial tool to helpSpc. Kyle Desjardins of the 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion weaves into the virtual drivers completely block out everything fight drinking and driving in the mili-grass of a driving simulator at the National Save-A-Life Tour on April 11 at McGill going on around them.” tary.Training Center. The drunk-driving simulator features a built-in delay on the steering While individuals are using the simu- “They need to do this all the time,wheel and pedals to demonstrate the difficulties of driving while intoxicated. lator, their driving is displayed on large without a doubt,” he said. SOUNDOFF! April 19, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsCounty library opens section for military familiesStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz issues facing service members and theirStaff Writer families. Materials range from picture books From tips on life as a military spouse to for children about the military branches topreparing for basic training, a new Military instructional resources for military spousesFamily Resource Center at a local county and service members.library offers beneficial information for Fort “We selected them based on what weMeade families. thought would be of interest to military fami- The Provinces Branch of the Anne Arun- lies,” Hollerbach said. “We work with them adel County Public Library system officially lot so we know some of the things people areopened the center April 10 with a brief cer- looking for.”emony at the Severn library. One of the major topics covered in the Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. resource center, she said, is transitioning fromRothstein was a guest speaker at the evening military to civilian life.event. Although the center officially opened last “I think it’s wonderful,” he said of the week, more books are arriving. The sectioncenter. is expected to continue to grow, said Hol- The concept of a resource center for mili- lerbach.tary families was developed after a library Library administrator Skip Auld said thatmember saw a similar section at another although the Provinces Branch is the only libraryMaryland library. With $3,000 to support the in the Anne Arundel County Public Library sys-new, 12-shelf section, librarians began prepar- tem with the Military Family Resource Center,ing for the section last fall. officials will look into incorporating the center Library manager Cathy Hollerbach said in other local libraries as well.the resource center, located in the library in Those with Anne Arundel County Publicthe Severn Square Shopping Center near the Library system library cards can also access Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein tours the new Military Family ResourceRockenbach Road gate, is a “perfect fit” as resources such as e-books and links to data- Center during the official opening at the Provinces Branch of the Anne Arundel Countya large number of military families visit the bases online. The online resource will continue Public Library system on April 10. The section includes 130 books dealing with issueslibrary regularly. to expand as well, said Auld. facing service members and their families. “We thought it would be well used,” Holler- “More and more things aren’t in print;bach said. “It was kind of natural. We thought they’re online,” Hollerbach said. resources for military families. He also said he “This military display is a great opportunityit would fit the need.” As a former teacher, Rothstein empha- hopes the resource center is just the start of a for our military family members,” he said. “It’s The new center features 130 books about sized the importance of libraries and offering relationship with libraries. very convenient.”Dispose of medications on Prescription Drug Take-Back DayBy Chanel S. Weaver, and erectile dysfunction drugs, according to drug misuse may be caused by people who collection site, the Food and Drug Adminis-Public Affairs Office the 2008 Department of Defense Survey of provide the drugs to friends and relatives. tration recommends disposing of prescriptionU.S. Army Public Health Command Health-Related Behaviors. “People may experience the same symp- medication by taking the medication out of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day The prescription drug misuse rate for active- toms and attempt to diagnose themselves,” its original container and mixing it with kittywill be observed April 28. duty Soldiers was even higher at 23.5 percent. Dabbs said. litter or used coffee grounds before throwing Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Pain relievers, as in the civilian population, This self-diagnosis is dangerous because it in the trash.Administration, the day provides an opportu- were the most commonly misused/abused type it may lead to inadequate treatment, wrong Medications should only be flushed downnity to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or of prescription drug in the military and in the treatment or increased resistance by organisms the toilet if their label states to do so.expired medications at authorized locations in Army, specifically. to antibiotics. Past Prescription Drug Take Back-Dayslocal communities. These numbers point to the need for Sol- “It’s best to visit the doctor each time new have been very successful, according to the Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse Pro- diers and their family members to take a symptoms arise,” Dabbs said. DEA. On Oct. 29, 2011, more than 377,000gram will sponsor the drug take-back day second look at how they handle prescription He also pointed out that drugs can lose pounds of unwanted or expired medicationon April 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the drugs, including those they no longer use. potency and effectiveness if they are stored were collected at 5,327 take-back sites.sidewalk in front of the Post Exchange. That second look could start with the home improperly or kept too long. “The amount of prescription drugs turned Prescription drug use has increased over medicine cabinet. Since the opportunity to dispose of unwant- in by the American public during the pastthe years in the military. Last year, more “Studies are now showing that the majority ed and expired medications comes around only three take-back day events speaks volumesthan 110,000 active-duty Soldiers took anti- of high school teenagers who start experi- once a year, Dabbs said it’s an opportunity that about the need to develop a convenient waydepressants, sedatives and other prescription menting with recreational use of prescription should be seized. to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescrip-medications, according to the Army surgeon drugs start by swiping them from the family “In the interests of both health and safety, tion drugs,” DEA Administrator Michele M.general. medicine cabinet,” said Maj. Clifton Dabbs, it’s best to rid homes and barracks of unneed- Leonhart said. About 17 percent of military personnel a physician at the U.S. Army Public Health ed prescriptions,” he said. “Disposing of old For more information, call Samson Robinson,reported misusing prescription drugs, includ- Command. “It’s best to secure your prescrip- prescriptions through the take-back program prevention coordinator at the Fort Meade Armying stimulants (other than methamphetamine), tion medication in a safe location that is not removes the risk of misuse and precludes acci- Substance Abuse Program, at 301-677-7983.tranquilizers/muscle relaxers, sedatives/bar- accessible to children, pets or visitors.” dental overdose by children or pets.” For more information on National Prescrip-biturates, pain relievers, anabolic steroids Many studies also found that prescription For personnel unable to visit an authorized tion Drug Take-Back Day, visit: Drug Enforce- SOUNDOFF! April 19, 2012
  7. 7. N ewsState-of-the-art surgical center to open at KimbroughBy Lisa R. Rhodes Capt. Earl view how surgeries are progressing.Staff Writer Stutzman, head One highlight of the center is its new air Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center nurse of the handlers, said Swenson, which monitor air flowunveiled its new technologically advanced sur- operating room and maintain proper temperature and humid-gical center after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Central ity in the surgical suites and CMS.on April 11. Medical Supply Swenson said the age of air handlers in the Construction of the $18.2 million surgical at Kimbrough old surgical unit made it difficult to control thecenter is near completion; it is scheduled to Ambulatory Care temperature and humidity during the summeropen for same-day, outpatient surgeries on Center, explains months.May 14. the advanced Construction of the surgical center involved “We’re doing everything we can to improve technology in an the renovation of Kimbrough’s former eventthe quality and safety of our care to all operating room center. The current surgical area is located in anour patients,” said Col. Leon E. Moores, at Kimbrough’s old section of Kimbrough and was not “builtcommander, U.S. Army Medical Department new surgical for the advances in technology” for today’sActivity, and commander of Kimbrough, after center, which was surgeries, Swenson said.a tour of the surgical center. “It’s a privilege to unveiled after a Currently, a staff of five surgeons performserve beneficiaries here at Fort Meade.” ribbon-cutting outpatient surgeries at Kimbrough along with Among those who attended was Brig. Gen. ceremony on April other surgeons from Walter Reed NationalJoseph Caravalho Jr., commanding general of 11. Military Medical Center.Northern Regional Medical Command, locat- photo by jen rynda These surgeries include cataract surgery;ed at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Command Sgt. ear, nose and throat procedures; hernia repairs;Maj. Benjamin H. Scott Jr., also of NRMC. the project would have turned out as well as it tion/dictation room and a break room for the urology and gynecology procedures; and sports NRMC is Kimbrough’s higher headquar- did,” Swenson said after the ceremony. medical staff. medicine, particularly for the knees, shouldersters. The center is being constructed by John J. Kimbrough is awaiting delivery of $3 mil- and feet. The surgical center, which includes four new Kirlin Special Projects, LLC, a Rockville-based lion in medical equipment to complete the Patients are discharged to go home on thestate-of-the-art surgical suites, is part of a series design/build and construction services com- project. Several nursing stations also must be same day. Patients who need to be observedof renovations at Kimbrough that began five pany. The facility includes eight pre-op rooms, constructed. overnight will be transferred to WRNMMC.years ago. a post-anesthesiology care unit or recovery Each surgical suite includes three high-defi- For their contributions to the project, sev- Lt. Col. Linda Swenson, chief of Periop- room, and a state-of-the-art sterile process- nition monitors that show images of laparo- eral Kimbrough staffers were presented with aerative Services, is overseeing the project in ing department called the Central Materiel scopic and arthroscopic surgeries in real time. Commander’s Coin of Excellence by Moores.collaboration with staffers from Kimbrough’s Service. Cameras embedded in the surgical lights They included: Swenson; Maj. Steven Stovall,facilities and logistics branches, the anesthesia The CMS, located in Kimbrough’s base- can record procedures; the recordings will be chief of Logistics; Maj. Steve Kertes, chief ofservice, same-day surgery and the operating ment, cleans, disinfects and sterilizes surgical used to train new surgeons. Other cameras in Anesthesia Service; Sgt. Ann Cruz, noncom-room. instruments and equipment. the surgical suites are connected to the post- missioned officer in charge of the surgical unit; “Without this collaboration, I don’t think The center also includes a nurse’s work sta- anesthesiology care unit and CMS so staff can and Theodore Taylor, a supply technician. St. Paul’s Lutheran School Established 1950 Preparing for this life and the next Open House Sunday April 29th from 1-3pm Can’t make it? Please call today to schedule a personal tour. ST. 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Bradley Manning. a motion hearing beginning Tuesday as Classes Begin April 25th “Our history of support gives us the part of the Manning court-martial. Century Plaza • 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 410 Columbia, MD 21044 institutional knowledge to be able to In 2006, Fort Meade provided support Germantown OPEN HOUSE 4/12/2012 handle the logistics for some of the more to MDW in legal proceedings for military Classes Begin April 26th high-profile legal cases the Department dog handlers charged with the maltreat- Tuition is 19512-A Amaranth Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 of Defense is prosecuting right now,” said ment of detainees at the Baghdad Central only $2800 Call To Reserve Your Seat! Doug Wise, chief of Plans and Opera- Confinement Facility, Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Annapolis OPEN HOUSE 4/24/2012 tions for the Directorate of Plans, Train- In 2010, Fort Meade provided support Classes Begin in May 8th ing, Mobilization and Security. to MDW in the court-martial of Lt. Col. 2623 Housley Rd., Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401 Last week, the Department of Defense’s Terry Lakin, a physician who refused DATS Dental Assistant Training School Office of Military Commissions con- ducted two days of motion hearings from to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama’s Classes Begin Soon! April 11-12 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in citizenship. Call To Reserve Your Space! 877-777-8719 • the case of the U.S. v. Al Nashiri. The court-martials are conducted in A closed-circuit telecast of the pro- the Fort Meade courthouse on Llewellyn ceedings was held at the Media Opera- Avenue. tions Center at Smallwood Hall for local, DPTMS has tasked for support the national and international media cover- Directorate of Emergency Services, the ing the proceedings. The general public Public Affairs Office, the Directorate State of could view the proceedings from the Post Theater. Al Nashiri is alleged to have planned of Family and Morale, Recreation and Welfare, the Network Enterprise Center, the Directorate of Public Works and the Insurance. and prepared the attack on the USS Cole in the Port of Aden in Yemen. The attack on Oct. 12, 2000, killed 17 Sailors, Directorate of Logistics. For the OMC closed-circuit telecasts, DPTMS also has supported a contractor wounded 37 Sailors and severely dam- for OMC in setting up equipment for the aged the ship. telecasts. On May 5, when OMC arraigns the DES has provided security for the Post five men accused of planning and execut- Theater during the OMC telecasts and ing the Sept. 11 attacks, the closed-circuit has used metal detectors to scan individu- telecasts from Guantanamo Bay will als entering the theater. again be available to the media and the For the Manning proceedings, DES Marie Waring LUTCF, Agent I deliver both. public. has assigned military police and Depart- 1413 Annapolis Road, Suite 206 Odenton, MD 21113 Take the guesswork out of your insurance. These hearings include defendant Kha- ment of the Army civilian police to the Bus: 410-551-4666 Whether it’s your car, home, life, or more, I can lid Sheikh Mohammed and are expected courtroom and surrounding grounds. help you feel good about your coverage, as well to draw media attention and interest from All court proceedings are open to the as the price you’re paying. the general public. public, but Manning’s case has drawn “The challenge will be in the increased strong public attention. The Physical GET TO A BETTER STATE . ™ number interested in coming,” said David Security Division of DES has manned the CALL ME TODAY. Oten, public affairs officer, Office of Demps Visitor Control Center to ensure Military Commissions. “Where 10 to 20 that visitors receive the proper credentials reporters might attend a normal hearing, to enter the post. we expect to fill all 70 seats with National In December 2011, when about 150 Capital Region- and New York-based people demonstrated outside the gate in media for 9/11.” protest of the Manning hearing, DES State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, In addition to assisting with the OMC worked to handle the situation with MPs State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL hearings, Fort Meade has provided the from Fort Myer and Fort Belvoir in Vir- State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI), State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company Military District of Washington, the con- ginia; Department of the Army civilian 1101258.1 (Licensed in NY and WI), Bloomington, IL vening authority in Manning’s case, with police officers from Aberdeen Proving12 SOUNDOFF! 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  9. 9. N ewsGround; National Security Agency Police; Manning case began, DPW upgradedand Anne Arundel County Police. the courtroom last summer. Upgrades Although there were no disturbances included installing two new bathrooms,or arrests, DES Director Maj. J. Darrell adding three small offices, enlarging theSides said MPs underwent two days of jury box, installing a divider betweencrowd control training to prepare for the the legal teams and the audience, remov-protest. ing wallpaper, painting the walls and To handle any protesters who were installing acoustical panels to manageapprehended, the DES stood up an the sound.indoor police processing center at the DPW is now renovating a room inPavilion. the adjacent Civilian Personnel Advisory “FMWR was critical in placing this Center that also will be used for legalportion of our response plan into action proceedings.along with [the] Network Enterprise Cen- To accommodate the legal teams, DPWter,” Sides said. “They basically turned acquired six office trailers and two latrinethat hollow cold building into a police trailers. DPW also provided a walkwaystation.” canopy from the trailers to the court- In addition, the Pavilion was wired room and purchased two generators toto support closed-circuit television, and provide electrical power to the trailers.fiber optic cable was provided for critical The DOL is responsible for refueling thecomputer systems. generators. Illustration by Marine Sgt. Shawn Sales DES worked with Emergency Medical The Network Enterprise Center hasServices and the Anne Arundel County Marine Sgt. Shawn Sales, an instructor in the Marines’ Basic Multimedia Reproduction provided computer and telephone con-Fire Department to handle any possible Course at the Defense Information School, drew courtroom sketches during the nectivity in the Media Operations Center,injuries during the protest. first four days of Pvt. Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing last December at Fort trailers and courtroom. NSA Police provided DES with a Meade. Sales was one of two courtroom sketch artists who illustrated the evidentiary In addition to logistics, Fort Meademobile communications vehicle to estab- proceeding. also provides meals for the legal teamslish a second dispatch center to handle from the Freedom Inn Dining Facilityadditional calls in relation to the pro- credentialed to gain entry on post. ing last December, more than 75 media and for the media from Club Meade.test. All media are escorted to the Media members arrived on Fort Meade to cover Oten said Fort Meade’s assistance “has “We had collectively accomplished our Operations Center, and at the end of the the proceeding. been exemplary, making a very difficultmission perfectly,” Sides said. “I have day, they are returned to the gate. Chad T. Jones, Fort Meade’s public task look easy.”never been more proud of our entire DES A maximum of 10 reporters are pro- affairs officer, handled all press inquiries Wise said the legal proceedings haveteam as I was that day in December.” vided seating in the courtroom, while the in relation to the protesters. given Fort Meade the opportunity to PAO is responsible for handling logis- remaining reporters view the courtroom “I think we’ve got the process down pool its resources to meet consistentlytical support to media reporting on the activity in the Media Operations Center. now,” said Mary Doyle, Fort Meade’s high standards.OMC and MDW proceedings. PAO, A set-up, which allows broadcast jour- chief of media relations. “Over time, “It’s making us work as a staff,” healong with MDW’s public affairs person- nalists to conduct live shots, is positioned we’ve developed procedures and we know said. “It really has been a team effort andnel, first meet members of the media at near Murphy Field House. what the steps are.” has required most directorates to providethe Reece Road gate to ensure they are For the first day of Manning’s hear- Before the legal procedures for the support in their area of expertise.”Post organizations prepare for Army auditsBy Brandon Bieltz Fort Meade Internal Review and Audit ing is going to occur in the future.” about the correct procedures, since that’sStaff Writer Compliance Office. “The internal controls Business processes that affect the SBR what auditors will be examining. Last year, Secretary of Defense Leon are the things that the auditors are going include reimbursable transactions, miscel- “It’s mostly, ‘I need to keep a copy ofPanetta issued the challenge of being to check for. What this training is trying laneous payments, civilian payroll, supply that longer,’ ” Yutesler said of the train-audit-ready for the Statement of Budget- to do is make sure that everybody has procurement and government purchase ing.ary Resources by 2014 and for three other those internal controls before the auditors card, said Sharon Hale, the SBR govern- The training emphasized that “thesefinancial statements by 2017. get here.” ment lead with Army Audit Readiness. are the processes you need to have in To prepare for the challenge, nearly 100 Since the group was so large, the four- The internal controls associated with place, these are the documents that youstaffers from more than a dozen instal- day training program began April 9 and these business processes include such should have ready, you should knowlation organizations trained last week at 10 with two introduction courses. On the practices as getting proper approval and where to get them and should be able toMcGill Training Center to learn about following days, individuals learned the making sure the employee who writes a get them quickly,” Barr said.internal controls associated with the end- specifics about internal control processes purchase order isn’t the same employee Similar mandatory training is beingto-end financial transaction process that and how to track those processes properly who approves the order and signs the conducted at all Army installations astakes place with every business proce- for the audits. bill. organizations prepare to meet the audit-dure. “We’re here to learn what they’re going “One person can’t get things for them- ready deadline. The course prepared participants for to be auditing and what documents we selves without somebody else seeing,” Yutesler said he found the trainingupcoming audits and how to be ready need to back it up,” said Sgt. 1st Class Barr said. helpful in his preparation for the audits.for them. Bernhard Yutesler, supply noncommis- These internal control practices are “I know exactly what they want,” he “[The class is] all about internal con- sioned officer in charge at the U.S. Army already in place and commonly used, Barr said. “By the end of this week, we’ll betrols,” said Beth Barr, director of the Field Band. “I’m learning how the audit- said, but the training offered a refresher fully prepared.” April 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  10. 10. C over S toryEarth Day celebrated with activities, exhibitsBy Lisa R. Rhodes After the 45-minute ceremony, Rothstein dates back to the 1940s. mass transit benefit coordinator, providedStaff Writer and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Paul Fluck, program manager for the information about the Army Mass Transpor-Photos by Jen Rynda helped to plant a sycamore tree near the Installation Restoration Program, said about tation Benefit Program. A brilliant sunny sky and moderate temper- lake. 30 percent of the buried trash at the site The program provides active-duty Sol-atures were the backdrop for the kickoff of Families gathered at the lake and cottage has been removed. The $3 million project is diers, National Guardsmen and ReservistsFort Meade’s annual Earth Day observance to view displays from more than 50 post agen- scheduled to be completed in May. and Department of the Army civilians withon Tuesday afternoon. cies and off-post organizations ranging from The Directorate of Public Works’ Engi- $125 per month in transit benefits for specific The Directorate of Public Works’ Envi- Picerne Military Housing and Army Cyber neering Division featured an energy exhibit pre-approved commuter transportation costs,ronmental Division hosted a ceremony at Command to the Environmental Protection that included some of the post’s conservation such as the MARC train.Burba Lake before launching four hours of Agency, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and projects. In addition to the various displays, chil-activities geared to educate the community Clean Air Partners. Altramesia Grady, a general engineer, said dren enjoyed activities such as face painting,about conservation activities on post and in Luz Patino, wife of Staff Sgt. Carlos Fort Meade is in accordance with reducing a moon bounce and a terrapins exhibit.the region. Patino, who works in human resources at its energy consumption and implementing Children from the Monarch Academy, a In his welcoming remarks, Garrison Com- the Walter Reed National Military Medical renewal energy efforts. public charter school in Glen Burnie, spentmander Col. Edward C. Rothstein told the Center in Bethesda, said she came to the For example, exterior solar panels that several hours taking turns at a dunking boothaudience of exhibitors, families and volun- event to learn how she can reduce her util- do not use the power grid were installed last that featured Mick Butler, chief of the Envi-teers that making the needed changes to ity bills and conserve energy in her Midway month at two barracks and at the Youth ronmental Division, in a wet suit as he bravedproperly care for the earth will not happen Commons home. Center on Ernie Pyle Street. the cold water after each slam.overnight. “There’s a lot of information out there,” LED interior lights are now being used in “It felt good to win the game,” an 8-year- “It’s got to be convenient to us and it’s she said. “You’ve got to get more educated. the atrium of DPW’s building. Grady said the old said after dunking Butler. “[But] I don’tgot to be of value,” Rothstein said. “So one People say, ‘We have to do something for lights have reduced wattage from 32 to 15. really feel all that good about dunking thesmall step every day and getting our kids Earth Day,’ but they don’t do anything. I To help reduce pollution from single-occu- man.”involved in a great event like today is what’s would like to.” pancy vehicles and assist commuters dealing Other exhibitors included members of thereally going to make the changes necessary One exhibit, displayed by the Environ- with the rising cost of gasoline, Russell Riley, Howard County Beekeepers Association,for our future.” mental Division, featured trash found at the Guest speakers Roger King, executive Manor View dump site.officer at the Defense Media Activity, and In March, a contractor began excavatingThorne Murrell, business and communi- buried waste from the 10-acre site, which isty outreach representative at the Defense located near the intersection of MacArthurInformation Systems Agency, each said their Road and 2nd Corps Boulevard. The decom-respective facilities were constructed in com- position of organic material in the area ispliance with green building and operating generating methane gas.Leadership in Energy and Environmental Some of the waste on exhibit, such asDesign requirements. glassware, soda bottles and an Army canteen,First Army Division East Staff Sgt. Raul Delgado (center) and Master Sgt. JohnHarrington pull their team to victory against the Office of the Staff Judge Advocateand U.S. Army Claims Service during a “Pull Green Challenge Tug-of-War” on Tuesdayafternoon.14 SOUNDOFF! April 19, 2012
  11. 11. who spoke about honeybees and their benefi- the rope from SJA and Army Claims to wincial contributions to the food chain through the first round.the pollination of crops. “It was tough at first,” said Staff Sgt. John Stevie Wilding, a chemist with the Envi- Russell of First Army. “But then we startedronmental Protection Agency, helped partici- working together and we got in unison.”pants mix their own “earth paste,” a nontoxic Capt. Cody Cheek, a claims attorney withcleanser made from baking soda, olive oil, SJA, coached his team from the sidelines.water and vinegar. Although SJA and Army Claims didn’t “It’s a fun activity,” she said. “You can use win, they were examples of the day’s boister-it on your kitchen sink or bathroom tile.” ous spirit. But no one seemed to enjoy the day more “A lot of guys here never give up,” Cheekthan Soldiers from First Army Division East said. “They never quit.” Christiane Higgs, 2, of Fort Meade, smiles at Sequoya Tyler of Glen Burnie as Tylerand members of the Office of the Staff Judge Editor’s note: Visit paints her face during the Earth Day festivities.Advocate and U.S. Army Claims Service, for more photos from Earth Day events.who faced off in a “Pull Green ChallengeTug-of-War.” Standing in a sand pit, First Army wrestled Children play at the American Water Enterprises duck display at the Earth Day event. Youngsters also enjoyed a terrapins exhibit and a display of live honeybees. LEFT: Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein helps to plant a sycamore tree at Burba Lake following the kick-off ceremony for Fort Meade’s annual observance of Earth Day on Tuesday. Displays ranged from energy and wildlife conservation to clean air and alternatives to single-occupancy driving. April 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15