Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 14	                    Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community	                       ...
Commander’s Column   Soundoff!  Editorial Staff  Garrison Commander                                                       ...
NewsBGE upgrades utilities in housing areasBy Veronica Castro                             In addition, the installation of...
N ews                                                           Have you noticed an issue on post                         ...
N ewsGarrison gives thanks to Anne Arundel PoliceBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer   A few weeks prior to the start ofPfc. Bra...
N ewsFirefighters, 32nd CST train with HAZMAT drillBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer   In vacant bachelors housing off Coo-per...
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Fort Meade SoundOff for April 5, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for April 5, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for April 5, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for April 5, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for April 5, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for April 5, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for April 5, 2012
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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 14 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ April 5, 2012 Into the Dark Alien substance checked out | Page 8 photo by noah scialomA Fort Meade firefighter dressed in full HAZMAT gear enters an abandoned housing building off Cooper Avenue to assess “suspicious” powder during atraining exercise on March 28. The Fort Meade Fire Department partnered with the 32nd Civil Support Team for the drill.Utility Above and UPCOMING EVENTSupgrade Beyond Today, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Military career advancement and college fair, McGillWork under way to Youth Services excels Training Centerreduce outages in inspection Saturday, 2p.m.: Easter egg hunt, Youth Center Sunday, 7 a.m.: Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, Chapel Centerpage 3 page 14 April 11-12, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: National Save-a-Life Tour, McGill Training Center
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Stand against assault, abuse Col. Edward C. Rothstein Despite all the great things Team Meade and our Garrison Command military accomplish on a daily basis, it is important Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith to remember and fight against those things that we Public Affairs Officer are not proud of but know occur. Chad T. Jones That’s why I signed the proclamations below, marking April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Child Abuse Prevention Month. As much as we may like to turn a blind eye to Assistant Editor & Senior Writer such subjects, it is clear that awareness is imperative Rona S. Hirsch to help in our fight against what is truly evil and Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes against everything the military and Team Meade Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz stand for. Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Please take the time to read these proclamations, Supple­mental photography provided and pledge to join me in standing up against these by Patuxent Publishing Co. actions. Team Meade! Advertising Sexual Assault Awareness Month: General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Whereas, the Department of Defense has Allison Thompson declared April as “Sexual Assault Awareness 410-332-6850 Month”; and Photo by Christopher Thiel Michele Griesbauer Whereas, sexual assault is a devastating crime Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein 410-332-6381 that affects thousands of men, women and children signs the Child Abuse Prevention Month across the Department of Defense each year; and Proclamation on March 27 with Doris Tyler (left), If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are Whereas, the emotional and physical scars result- chief of ACS, and Samantha Herring, installation experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail ing from sexual violence are often severe and long sexual assault response coordinator. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through lasting; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Whereas, we recognize all those who work on levels in families can contribute to an increased Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the behalf of sexual assault survivors and their fami- risk of child abuse and neglect. Our Army focus personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary lies — we acknowledge the many law enforcement is to continue to foster a culture of safety and of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday officers, prosecutors, counselors, victim advocates personal responsibility by providing a safe com- except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. and health care professionals whose dedication and munity that contributes to the quality of life and Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the service to sexual assault survivors has helped them well-being of everyone. desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. recover from this crime, and encouraged every per- Whereas, child abuse has a profound effect son to speak out when witnessing acts of violence on the child victims. It takes place in a family Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage however small; and context where other problems exist that degrade without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, Whereas, with leadership, dedication, and encour- family functioning. Some child abuse and neglect user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser agement, there is compelling evidence that we can remains unseen and unreported with conse- will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. be successful in reducing incidents of this hor- quences that grow and spread, affecting the com- Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department rible crime through prevention education, increased munity, and in our case, the Army mission. of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are awareness, and by holding perpetrators who commit Whereas, child abuse is no secret. We need to not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance sexual violence responsible for their actions; and build and maintain awareness. When homes and of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Whereas, we strongly support the efforts of communities take care of their children, the whole the Army of the products or services advertised. national, state and local partners, and urge all mem- community becomes a healthier place. bers of our community to take a pledge to stand up Whereas, successful prevention of child abuse to sexual violence by actively engaging in public and asks all members of the Army community to private efforts, including conversations about what sexual violence is, how to prevent it, how to help sur- recognize signs of distress that can lead to abuse and take action, rethink wellness and ways to stay You can also keep track of Fort Meade on twitter at vivors connect with services, and how every segment healthy, reach out for professional help and report and view the Fort Meade Blog at of our society can work together to better address child abuse and neglect. sexual violence by challenging societal myths and Whereas, the safety and health of Army children behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence; and rest in all of our hands. Now, therefore be it resolved, that we do hereby Now, therefore I, Col. Rothstein, call upon every Co n t e n t s proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and urge all service members and civilians of the Soldier, all families, and the total community to do your part to make Fort Meade safe for all children Fort Meade community to stand up against sexual and supportive for all parents. News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 20 assault and be part of the solution to end sexual Child safety is not only a family responsibility violence. but a community responsibility for all children. Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 23 “It’s no secret; everyone can help. Keep Army Child Abuse Prevention Month: children safe and healthy.” Community.................. 16 Religion................................. 28 Whereas, the Army recognizes the high I hereby proclaim April 2012 as Child Abuse demands and stressors on families. High stress Prevention Month on Fort Meade. SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012
  3. 3. NewsBGE upgrades utilities in housing areasBy Veronica Castro In addition, the installation of indi-Fort Meade Public Affairs Office vidual meters in the homes will allow Utility work in the Heritage Park residents to monitor how much energyneighborhood will continue throughout they are using.the summer, according to the Director- Once work in the Heritage Parkate of Public Works. neighborhood is complete, other hous- Upgrades to neighborhood electric ing areas will follow. The five–yearand gas lines, which started in Novem- project is progressing as fundingber of last year, are part of the priva- becomes available, said Stafford.tization of utilities throughout the The decision as to which housinginstallation. Heritage Park, a historic area will be next is still in the plan-section of the installation, has the old- ning stages.est infrastructure within Fort Meade Picerne Military Housing Communi-housing. Therefore, the area is the first cations Manager Angela French Mar-to undergo improvements. cum says Picerne is working closely The upgrades include installing indi- with the installation to keep residentsvidual meters, new electrical wiring informed about the upgrades.and new gas pipes inside the homes. Work on the 4200-area of HeritageOutside, new transformers and electri- Park is scheduled to start in mid-cal lines will be buried underground to April.reduce power outages. “We appreciate the patience of the “We do experience less outages in residents as we upgrade existing gasthe areas that have underground util- and electric lines,” said Marcum.ity lines and we would expect that to “We know it’s inconvenient andcontinue,” said Aimee Stafford, RCI an unfortunate growing pain for thelead operations specialist. improvements, but in the long run it One benefit residents will see once will be worth it,” said Stafford. Photo by Jason Kellywork is complete is a more attractive Dave Grant of Lineal Industries, a subcontractor of Baltimore Gas and Elec-housing area as a result of the eventual For more information about the status of upgrades, call RCI at 301-677-7748 or tric Co., digs a junction pit near the intersection of Eskridge Avenue andremoval of the hanging power lines Butler Street in Heritage Park on Tuesday. The work is part of BGE’s upgradeand a reduction of overhead clutter. a neighborhood office. of electric and gas lines in post housing areas.Post events aim to raise sexual assault awarenessBy Brandon Bieltz the events we have at Fort Meade are Bystander intervention will be offered April 20 at McGill Training Center. TheStaff Writer going to have excellent takeaways for a to train participants on how to intervene “Sex Signals” show incorporates military Fort Meade will be covered in teal this wide range of audiences.” if they believe there is a sexual assault jargon, customs, courtesies and core val-month as 150 ribbons are spread through- Although cases of sexual assault in the issue. A class for women will be offered ues to teach service members about sexualout the installation in observance of Sexu- military are not higher than in the gen- Monday; the class for men will be held Assault Awareness Month, which began eral population, Pardue said, the Army Tuesday. “They use humor and candid conversa-Sunday. is taking the issue very seriously. The “The Army is really pushing the mes- tion to get to the subject of when and how Post organizations will be working to Army is in the third year of a four-year sage that there is no such thing as an inno- to say no, when things are being done rightraise awareness of sexual assault as part study that aims to help the DoD become cent bystander anymore,” Pardue said. “If and when things are being done wrong,”of a monthlong initiative launched by the blueprint for national sexual assault you see things going on that you know Pardue said. “It’s an excellent show. If youthe DoD Sexual Assault Prevention cam- prevention. shouldn’t be happening, they want you to go you will have a good time and you willpaign. “It’s good on the point that we’re not intervene.” learn a tremendous amount.” Fort Meade’s Sexual Assault Aware- worse than the general populace, but Two courses will be held just for teens. In addition, outreach tables will beness Month will feature various classes, it’s bad on the same standpoint that we In addition to a teen dating violence set up Wednesdays at Freedom Hall andinformation tables and interactive events should be better at this,” Pardue said. course, a social networking awareness Saturdays at the John E. Smathers Reservefor the community. Courses to raise awareness on vari- class will teach teens the dangers of online Center to provide information about sex- “The goal is to bring attention to the ous topics regarding sexual assault will sexual predators. ual violence.fact that sexual assault is still a very big begin today with a “Sexual Assault and “This is something that we’ve done at “Here on Fort Meade, we have a veryproblem for service members, civilians and Situational Awareness” class led by Army the request of service members and lead- full calendar all month long,” Pardue said.dependents across the DoD,” said Sgt. 1st Criminal Investigation Command agents. ers on post who said this is a niche we need “There’s things going on continuously.”Class Thomas Pardue, the installation’s The course will focus on factors that to address,” Pardue said. Editor’s note: For more informationSexual Harassment/Assault Response and contribute to sexual violence and how to For young service members, Cartharsis about Sexual Assault Awareness MonthPrevention program manager. “Some of avoid becoming a victim. Productions will perform two shows on and events, visit April 5, 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 March 30, Disorderly conduct: vate property: The Directorate of and describe what is being done to The Directorate of Emergency Emergency Services was notified solve them. Services was notified of a dis- of damage to private property. ruptive Soldier that needed to be An investigation revealed that escorted off the premises. Units the subject broke the glass of a arrived on the scene, making con- basketball backboard by throw- tact with the subject. The Soldier ing rocks at it. became extremely aggressive and had to be placed in handirons. She April 2, Larceny of private property: was restrained by Emergency Medical The victim stated that while checking Services on a gurney and taken to How- the online balance of his credit union ard County General Hospital, where a checking account, he discovered he was petition for emergency evaluation was overdrawn. He last saw his debit card in conducted. his wallet, which was placed on top of his dresser in his barracks. April 1, Wrongful destruction of pri- AER funds helps Soldiers By Brandon Bieltz his mother’s funeral in 2007. When Staff Writer he was stationed at Fort Huachuca, One month into the annual Army Ariz., Anderson had to find a way Emergency Relief Campaign, Fort to suddenly travel to Florida after Meade has already raised more than his mother’s death. $18,200. At the time, Anderson was a With a little more than a month private first class and money was before the campaign’s May 15 scarce. He wasn’t able to afford deadline, the installation has raised next-day flights for himself, his wife 22.7 percent of its $80,000 goal set and son. So Anderson turned to March 1. AER. “It’s off to an extremely good The organization granted him photo by jason kelly start,” said Sgt. Loren Anderson, the travel money and ordered his Sections of the jogging trail will close starting May 1 due to upcoming construc- Fort Meade’s AER coordinator. tickets. All Anderson needed to do tion projects. AER officer Turner Wallace said was pick up the tickets at the AER donations will continue to come in office. Issue: Plan: Status: throughout the campaign as unit representatives are still “beating “They went out of their way to help me,” Anderson said. “This the bushes” to spread information took like a 1,000 percent of the pres- Sections of the jogging trail To find an adequate jogging DFMWR is exploring about AER. sure off my shoulders.” will close starting May 1 due trail for the installation. several possiblities to include Anderson urges Soldiers to Wallace said AER tries to be the to upcoming construction connecting a portion of the donate to the program to help their “front line” to help Soldiers in need, projects. trail from Mapes Road to the own and Army families. and when a Soldier comes into the Defense Information Systems “Sometimes when you donate, office seeking assistance, staffers Agency’s trail. you’re not really sure where your are eager to help. money is going to,” he said. “The “We are very sensitive to all their one thing you can rely on is when needs,” Wallace said. “We make The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way. you donate to AER, that the money sure if there’s anyway we can help, has deemed and marked so that it is functional. is being put back into the Sol- we definitely do it.” some play equipment at diers.” Anderson’s experience with AER Burba Lake as unsafe. AER assists active-duty Soldiers, has provided him with a sense of retirees, Reservists and Guards- security. men and their family members with “It’s one of the basics to being a Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is financial assistance during emer- Soldier — wanting to know you have Complex needs renovations. Sports Complex. expected to be this fall gencies. somewhere turn if you get a rock in to allow grass to mature. It was donations to AER that the road,” he said. “It’s one of the helped Anderson make it home for great parts of being a Soldier.” SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsGarrison gives thanks to Anne Arundel PoliceBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer A few weeks prior to the start ofPfc. Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hear-ing last December, the Directorate ofEmergency Services was notified thatdemonstrators were planning to protestoutside of the installation. After a quick assessment, DES part-nered with the Anne Arundel CountyPolice Department to supplement theinstallation’s personnel. In gratitude to the local police for itsassistance, Garrison Commander Col.Edward C. Rothstein and officials fromDES held an awards ceremony for theAnne Arundel County Police Depart-ment on March 27 at the Western Dis-trict Headquarters in Odenton. “We could not have done it withoutyou,” Rothstein said at the ceremony. Before the weeklong hearing, FortMeade Police requested support fromother installations in the area, but stilldidn’t have enough officers to meet themission’s requirements. “We had a courtroom we had tosecure, we had a high-profile subjectthat had to be secure during movementand at the court house, we had to havethe ability to process up to 200 to 300demonstrators if they made the deci-sion to come on the installation itself,and we also had to secure our gatesand our perimeters,” said Maj. (P) J.Darrell Sides, Fort Meade’s new direc- photo by brandon bieltztor of DES. Anne Arundel County Police Maj. Thomas Wilson is awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service from Gar- County police provided Fort Meade rison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein during an awards ceremony March 27 at Western District Headquarterswith a dozen officers to assist through- in Odenton. The ceremony — hosted by Maj. (P) J. Darrell Sides (right), the new DES director — honored countyout the process. Anne Arundel County police officers who worked with Fort Meade for the Article 32 hearing of Pfc. Bradley Manning.Police Maj. Thomas Wilson said thisincluded intelligence gathering, plac-ing patrol officers on Route 175 during chance to work with very often, and it for me to continue to do the work I need to be and want to be part of,” Sidesdemonstrations and providing a civil was a great opportunity to test what we to do during the Pfc. Manning Article said. “At Fort Meade, we feel a specialdisturbance team. do,” Wilson said. “All in all, it was an 32 hearing.” attachment to you all and we know you “It was a great opportunity for us outstanding effort.” During the brief ceremony, Roth- have our back because you’ve alreadyto work with a partner we don’t have a In addition to providing support stein presented county police officers proven that on multiple levels.” during the hearing, the county police with Certificates of Patriotic Civilian played a role in the planning process. Service. Wilson, who served as inci- Using intelligence and information they dent commander, was presented with received, the county police and DES the Commander’s Award for Public‘The mission went off formulated a game plan. Service. “The mission went off without a “The bottom line is, the best two wordswithout a hitch. It could hitch,” Sides said. “It could not have in our vocabulary is ‘thank you,’ ” Roth-not have gone off more gone more beautifully.” Rothstein said county police allowed stein said. “From me to you, it’s a simple as that.”beautifully.’ the installation to operate despite the Both Rothstein and Sides said they Find Fort Meade events taking place inside and outside were impressed with the county police Maj. (P) J. Darrell Sides the gates. officers and hope to build on the part- on Facebook at DES Director “The partnership that we have with nership created. the county is phenomenal,” he said. “Your department and your agencies “You made it very simple and very easy are the kind that we all want to achieve ftmeade SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsFirefighters, 32nd CST train with HAZMAT drillBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer In vacant bachelors housing off Coo-per Avenue, a pair of Fort Meade fire-fighters entered a room of torn-up wallsand red carpeting covered with suspiciouswhite powder. The firefighers, dressed in bright yellowHAZMAT suits, searched the “hot zone”for an envelope that potentially containeda harmful substance. The two men remained in the room forabout 10 minutes before returning to the“warm zone” just a few yards away, wherethey were scrubbed down. Although the events played out as theywould in an actual crisis, the scenario wascreated by Wray Kinsley, assistant firechief of prevention for the Fort MeadeFire Department, to prepare the firefight-ers for a HAZMAT situation. The fire department conducted theHAZMAT drill March 28 to practicethe process of investigating a suspiciouspackage. The drill played out around thestory that police found the suspiciouspackage and called the fire departmentto check it out. “We’re putting somebody into a situ-ation with things that can do harm toother people and we’re putting our guysin there,” Kinsley said. “We have to makesure they’re properly prepared and havethe best equipment.” Firefighters were joined by the FortMeade-based 32nd Civil Support Team,which responds to situations that include Photos by Noah Scialomweapons of mass destruction agents and Two Fort Meade firefighters prepare to enter a room that contains a “suspicious package” during a HAZMAT training exercisechemical, biological, explosive, and radio- on March 28.logical and nuclear agents. Within threehours, the team can be at any situation and helps us develop a better relationship would have been set up much further cially with the hands when you have littlein Maryland. as we approach different kinds of prob- away, said firefighter Jay Jackow. objects — you’re messing around with “Our role is to support first respond- lems down the road.” After dressing in the HAZMAT suits, Q-tips and little droplets.”ers,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Warren, com- During the drill, firefighers set up base the entry team entered the room to test Each year, the fire department con-mander of the 32nd CST. “We bring our directly outside the former housing facil- the atmosphere and conduct a swipe test ducts a full-scale HAZMAT drill at leastcapabilities as a civil support team to bear ity, with the staging area just yards away on the suspicious package. The team then once. Although this drill was a condensedany shape or form they need to use us.” from the room. In a real situation, they left for a simulated scrub down before version, Kinsley said it is important to The team can support local responders the second team entered the building to practice responding to HAZMAT callsin various ways, including with a portable see if the swipe test results were “clean” to “support the mission of the installa-analytic lab to identify substances, a com- or “dirty.” tion.”munication suite to open communication ‘We have to make sure If the test was dirty, they would re-do The drill was conducted at a slow pace,between the military and civilian respond-ers, and an operations cell that can create they’re properly prepared the test. If it was clean, the team would package up the envelope and hand it off allowing firefighters to assess the process more effectively.plume models to show how the agent may and have the best to a laboratory to identify the substance. “[In a real situation] it would go a littleaffect an area. Jackow said that although the fire- faster, they’d be a lot more focused,” Kin- Members of the 32nd CTS attended equipment.’ fighters train in the HAZMAT suits and sley said. “A lot of times on a drill we’llthe drill to be more familiar with Fort practice picking up pennies on the ground go a little slower because we’ll point outMeade’s first responders. Wray Kinsley using thick rubber gloves, working in the and correct any issues that we see. ... If “We’ve worked with the Fort Meade Assistant fire chief of prevention cumbersome equipment is difficult. it was a real scenario where we have livesFire Department before,” Warren said. “It’s a little challenging,” he said. “It’s and property involved, we’re going to set“This just keeps up sharp, keeps us ready something you’ve got to get used to, espe- up our game big time.” SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012
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  8. 8. Central Michigan University holds N ews classes at Fort Meade. Kimbrough Corner Surprised? Below is a list of ongoing services available at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care For an appointment, call Public Health Nursing at 301-677-8435. Center: • Tobacco cessation That’s right – CMU offers high- • Travel clinic Now is the time to quit smoking or quality degree programs All beneficiaries facing a PCS overseas chewing tobacco for the first, second or or traveling abroad for leisure must book fifth time. Tobacco-cessation counseling is that are close, convenient, a pre-travel consultation. This health care provided on an individual basis, although flexible, and affordable! assessment is focused around the overseas classes are available upon request. All traveler’s itinerary, risks and needs. active-duty service members, their benefi- The goal of the pre-travel consultation ciaries and DoD civilians are welcome. is to prepare travelers with the appropri- For an appointment, call Public Health Career-focused degrees with Military Discounted ate counseling, vaccinations and medica- Nursing at 301-677-8435. knowledge you can use the next day. Tuition Rate tions to help reduce their risk of illness • Childbirth education CMU is proud to support during travel. Do you know what to expect dur- • Master of Science in Administration degree our military students. It is suggested that the appointment ing labor and how to cope? Classes are  No GRE or GMAT required For details on CMU’s be made four to six weeks prior to travel, free and open to all active-duty service  Weekend classes in compressed terms in order to complete all necessary immu- members, their beneficiaries and DoD military discounted • Classes available at 7 Metro DC centers nizations. However, it is still worthwhile civilians. tuition rate, visit and recommended to visit the Travel To enroll in a childbirth education  Aberdeen PG  Alexandria Clinic, even if you are traveling on short class, expectant parents can call Public  Fort Belvoir  Fort Meade notice. Health Nursing at 301-677-8435.  JBMHH  Joint Base Andrews For an appointment, call Public Health • Pregnancy and Postpartum Health  Pentagon Nursing at 301-677-8435. Education • Lactation consultant Classes are offered for active-duty Breastfeeding education services are service members and their beneficiaries available for all beneficiaries before and every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. after delivery. Both mom and dad are To enroll, call Public Health Nursing welcome. at 301-677-8435. CMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CMU is an AA/EO institution (see 32465 11/11 We make it possible. CMU at Fort Meade. Tax center update Call 301-621-9796 or toll-free 866-588-4188 today! The Joint Installation Tax Center has saved more than $383,000 in filing fees, generated more than $4.2 million in tax refunds and has saved the average client more than $300 in tax preparation fees. Active-duty personnel, military retirees and their dependents can schedule an appointment to have their taxes prepared by calling 301-677-9086. The deadline to file federal 2011 tax returns is April 17. On the lookout for theft The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neigh- borhoods safe. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at all times, regardless of time of day. Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to take an active role in deterring crime. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspi- cious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623.10 SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012
  9. 9. N ewsEFMP workshop focuseson children with autismBy Lisa R. Rhodes classroom setting at Point PleasantStaff Writer Elementary School in Glen Burnie. A small group of military parents Applied Behavior Analysis therapygathered March 26 at Meade Heights has been successful for children withElementary School for a workshop autism and other related disorders. Itabout services for children with autism uses positive reinforcement to teachand other disabilities. such basic skills as looking, listening Fort Meade’s Exceptional Family and imitating as well as complex skillsMember Program and the Anne Arun- such as reading and conversing.del County Public Schools Division Feinberg said the focus for childrenof Special Education sponsored the ages 3 to 4 is school readiness and90-minute workshop, which featured preparing them to attend a regular kin-guest speakers from the Anne Arundel dergarten, if possible.County Public Schools Infants and Three-year-olds are often in enrolledToddlers Program and the Extended in county schools with early childhoodCare Health Option Program under intervention programs such as WestTRICARE. Meade Early Education Center on Fort “It was excellent,” said Kara Law- Meade.rence, wife of Maj. Joseph Lawrence Some children attend a regular pre-who is stationed at Fort Meade. school and receive assistance in the The couple’s 10-year-old son Calvin classroom. For these children, teach-has been diagnosed with Asperger’s ers and therapists provide community-syndrome and attention deficit hyper- based services in the schools.activity disorder. At age 4, children — particularly “I’m really glad I came,” Lawrence those on the autism spectrum — maysaid. receive assistance with social skills to Edward Feinberg, coordinator of help them integrate into the routine andpreschool special education for the rigor of regular kindergarten.Anne Arundel County Infants and Tod- Chrissy Kohlhepp, president ofdlers Program, explained the services Behavior Training Consultants, pro-available to civilian and military chil- vides ABA board-certified therapistsdren with developmental issues from who work with children in the homebirth through age 4. or school. Feinberg said the state provides a full LaTrice Davis, ECHO case coordina-range of family-centered and communi- tor for Health Net Federal Services, aty-based services under the Individuals managed care support contractor forwith Disabilities Education Act, which TRICARE North Region, said ECHOgoverns how states and public agencies provides supplemental services such asprovide early intervention, special edu- ABA therapy for active-duty familycation and related services to children members enrolled in EFMP.with disabilities. The law addresses the ECHO, said Davis, provides serviceseducational needs of children with dis- for children diagnosed with mild toabilities from birth to age 18 or 21. severe autism. Experts from the Infants and Toddlers One military spouse, whose husbandProgram evaluate children as young as is an Army major, said the workshop12 months old who have been referred was helpful because she learned how toby a pediatrician for delays in speech, ensure that the services her 3-year-oldmotor skills or behavioral issues. son with autism received in the Infants Feinberg said if a child is suspected and Toddlers Program are carried overof being on the autism spectrum, the to his new elementary school.staff usually visits the home to deter- “I feel so glad that I attended,” she Photo by Phil Groutmine the extent of the disorder. He said once children up to age 2 said. Feinberg advised the spouse on how BRUNCH WITH THE BUNNY Maj. Chris Welsh, of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, and hishave been evaluated, the program pro- to work with the school principal to 18-month-old daughter Taegan greet the Easter Bunny during brunchvides a wide range of services, including have her son’s ABA therapist observe Saturday at the Courses Clubhouse.speech and language therapy, occupa- him in the classroom.tional therapy and Applied Behavior “That was music to my ears,” she Easter is this weekend. Please see Page 28 for the fullAnalysis therapy in the home or in a said. religious service schedule.12 SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012
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  11. 11. F eature Garron Thomas, a child and youth program assis- tant at Child Development Center l, helps children clean up after an activ- ity last October. The installation’s CDCs, along withother Child, Youth and School Ser- vices, were given complimentary reviews during anannual mandatoryArmy inspection in by lisa r. rhodes‘Shining Star’Youth Services excels in Army inspectionBy Lisa R. Rhodes The inspection was conducted by a Age Care Center, Middle School pro- correct it. They spent a lot of quality timeStaff Writer six-member team of Army subject mat- gram, Teen Center, Family Child Care with our first-line staff, the managers and Fort Meade’s Child, Youth and School ter experts from G9, Family and Morale, and Parent Central/Outreach Office, Sup- myself.”Services programs received complimen- Welfare and Recreation programs for the port School Services, SKIES, EDGE In the more than 300 DoD standardstary reviews after a mandatory annual Installation Management Command. and Youth Sports — in the areas of that were scrutinized, Fort Meade had 62surprise inspection conducted March 12 Every year, CYS2 programs at Army risk management, program and resources corrective 16 by the Army Child, Youth and installations nationwide are mandated by and curriculum. These areas included In the briefing for CYS2 leaders andSchool Services Evaluation. the Military Child Care Act of 1996 to fire, safety, health, food and nutrition, staff, the Army team was impressed. “The Army team chief told us that be inspected by IMCOM to determine facilities management, record keeping, “It was one of the first times that ourwhat she saw was a very dedicated, pro- whether they are in compliance with program processes and procedures. staff felt their hard work was recognized,fessional and caring staff and that we go DoD and Army statutory and regulatory “The team was very thorough and very along with gaining the knowledge ofabove and beyond,” said Lida Payne, chief requirements for DoD certification. candid in their approach,” Payne said. “If what needed to be accomplished to betterof CYS2. “The team was very expressive. The subject matter experts conducted there was something that needed improve- ourselves,” Payne said. “They felt upliftedThey said we did a good job. ... We were an inspection of all CYS2 programs ment, they spent the time to explain the and ready to make additional improve-a shining star.” — Child Development Centers, School- reasons behind the standard and how to ments.”14 SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012
  12. 12. F eature Far Left: Joey Pearson, a child and youth program assistant at Child Development Center II, takes a break with 2-year-olds Keynan Stewart (right) and Jaelynn Nichols during playtime earlier this week. The CDCs were among the many Child, Youth and School Services programs to be evaluated by a team of Army experts last month. photo by Bethann keough Left: Four-year-old Valeria Rodriquez prepares for her recital dance performance with the help of her baby sitter, Angela Bonilla, 15, last May. Valeria was one of more than 70 children to perform in the annual event sponsored by the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills program. The SKIES and EDGE programs were also evaluated by Army experts last month. photo by nate pesce Below: Kyle O’Dowd, 15, a member of the chess team at the Fort Meade Teen Center, teaches a few moves to Samantha Dixon, a fifth- grader at the School-Age Care Center on March 2. Both centers were inspected in March by a team of six Army subject matter experts, who were impressed with the installation’s Child, Youth and School Services. photo courtesy of teen center April 5, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  13. 13. N ewsArmy Chief of Chaplains speaks at prayer luncheonBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer In a time of transition for the Armyand in a changing world, service mem-bers and the nation must put their trustin God and each other. That was the message of faith thatArmy Chief of Chaplains (Maj. Gen.)Donald L. Rutherford delivered at theinstallation’s National Prayer Lun-cheon, which was attended by about300 people. The annual event, held March 28at Club Meade, was sponsored by theReligious Support Office. “It was very thoughtful and veryappropriate,” said Frances Thompson,a member of the Calvary Chapel, after Army ChiefRutherford spoke. “In today’s day and of Chaplainstime when trust is seemingly fading Chaplain (Maj.from people, it was refreshing to hear Gen.) Donalda message with that point of view. I L. Rutherfordenjoyed it.” speaks about The 90-minute program featured the power ofremarks from Garrison Chaplain (Lt. trust and faithCol.) Sid A. Taylor, a reading of biblical in God duringscripture, gospel music and lunch. Dep- the installation’suty Garrison Chaplain (Maj.) Bougslaw annual NationalAugustyn served as the master of cer- Prayer Lun-emonies. cheon on March “It is good that we are here,” Taylor 28 at Clubsaid in his welcome. “I pray this experi- Meade.ence will be a blessing for everyone.” photo by jen rynda During his speech, Rutherford, anordained Catholic priest, shared howhe has been inspired by the work of A trust in those who lead is what our faith and trust in God’s great pres- Determined.”Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Jesuit priest is really needed, said Rutherford, “to ence and love for us. Christians, Jews, After Rutherford spoke, Garrisonand author who had taught at Yale know that those in charge have our best Muslims, Hindus — all faiths place Commander Col. Edward C. RothsteinDivinity School. interest.” their trust in their profession of God in presented him with a Commander’s Citing three of Nouwen’s books, “The Rutherford noted that French Gen. their midst,” Rutherford said. Coin of Excellence. Sgt. 1st Class BuffieGenesee Diary,” “In Memorium” and Charles de Gaulle, a resistance leader At the end of his remarks, Ruther- Hall, garrison chaplain noncommis-“A Letter of Condolence,” Rutherford during World War II who later became ford noted that Chief of Staff of the sioned officer in charge, gave Ruther-said Nouwen writes about how his trust president of France, said that “a leader Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, in his ford a Coin of Appreciation from thein God encompasses “all that he was is a dealer in hope.” “Marching Orders” released in January, Religious Support Office.and all that he was going to be.” “How do we inspire hope in others? said the trust between the Army and the Taylor presented Rutherford with As Soldiers and their leaders look How do we instill trust in others?” American people is constant. the book, “By the Hand of Providence:to the future of an Army that will be Rutherford asked. “Truly without this, we have noth- How Faith Shaped the American Revo-smaller and have to do more with less, Throughout history, Rutherford said, ing,” Rutherford said. lution,” by Rod Gragg.Rutherford said, “What we need is people have relied on God and the trust At the start of the luncheon, Reserve Hall then recited “A Prayer for thetrust, and above all, a trust in a God between God and his people: The trust Sgt. 1st Class Melody Ware sang the Nation,” followed by the singing ofwho will guide us.” when Abraham was told to sacrifice National Anthem. Navy Chaplain “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” The nation and the Army were built his son; when the Israelites wandered (Capt.) Arthur Brown, Central Security Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Thom-on this trust, said Rutherford, offering in the desert; when Job’s world crashed Service staff chaplain for U.S. Cyber as Angelo, command chaplain of U.S.several examples. around him; and when the Apostle Paul Command and the National Security Cyber Command, gave the benedic- “The first settlers came to our shores led the early Christian communities of Agency, gave the invocation. tion.looking for religious freedom with a Corinth. Senior Airman Kyle Moore of the After the program, Evelyn Johnson,trust in God. Our Constitution grants “Our faith is built upon trust in God, 22nd Intelligence Squadron read a bib- a member of the Argonne Hills Gospelus religious freedom,” Rutherford said. and so we must still in times of famine lical scripture from the Acts of the Congregation, said the message was“In 1777, the Soldiers of the Continental — spiritual and physical,” Rutherford Apostles. clear.Army put their trust in God and their said, noting that in the near future our The C.C. Carroll Male Chorus of the “Ultimately,” she said, “It is the trustleadership as they endured the depriva- lives “may be quite difficult.” Argonne Hills Gospel Congregation and faith you have in God that will seetions of Valley Forge.” “But all the same, we are asked to put then performed the gospel song “I’m you through.”16 SOUNDOFF! April 5, 2012