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  • 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 7 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ February 16, 2012 training to honor PHOTO BY Air FOrce STAFF SgT. MATTHew FOurnierMembers of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Honor Guard practice firing party movements at Fort Meade. The Honor Guard presents the colorsduring official ceremonies, folds flags at retirements, and performs drill team exhibitions and saber cordons. For the story, see Page 12.Army fellow KArATe KIdS UPComING eVeNTSCongressional Martial artists TodAy, 7-10 P.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Loungeduty next stop for compete for spot at TUeSdAy, 6:30 P.m.: EFMP Bowling event - The Lanesreserve captain Taekwondo regionals TUeSdAy-frIdAy: “Military Saves” Week - Community Readiness Center feb. 23, 11:30 A.m.-1 P.m.: Black History Observance - Club Meadepage 8 page 14
  • 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Keeping the community informed Col. Edward C. rothstein Last Thursday, I hosted an education town The end Garrison Command hall at Midway Commons Neighborhood result will be Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Center. the removal of Public affairs officer I was especially pleased by the number of buried trash Chad t. Jones parents who attended the meeting and their from an open Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command information willingness to share their thoughts with me field behind Philip H. Jones about the public schools located on Fort Hayden Drive Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Meade. in Potomac assistant Editor & Senior Writer Without getting into specifics, we had a Place and rona S. Hirsch frank discussion. We talked about positive Manor View Staff Writer lisa r. rhodes things that are happening at our schools and Elementary Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz we discussed some concerns that I will share School, and COL. Edward C. design Coordinator timothy davis with Anne Arundel County public school restoring the rOthstEin Supplemental photography provided administrators and teachers. site to a safe, Garrison Commander by Patuxent Publishing Co. There was one thought that resonated with flat grass field. me throughout the evening. It centered on The town hall meetings and articles such advErtiSinG comments from parents who advocated for as the one regarding our ongoing cleanup General inquiries 410-332-6300 more parents to become involved in school projects are designed to keep you informed allison thompson activities. They urged parents to attend school and emphasize my desire to be transparent. 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com Parent Teacher Student Association and coun- As I continue to ask for your comments and Michele Griesbauer ty Board of Education meetings. They repeat- discuss things happening on post, one of my 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com edly said one of the best ways to address con- primary goals will always center on transpar- cerns is for parents to become more involved ency. If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are in our schools. I want you to know firsthand what changes experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. So as I work through a variety of discus- are happening on post, where we have short- Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through sion topics, I ask that parents of school-age comings, and when it applies, where we have Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. children consider ways they can become more failed. Whether it’s a conversation about the Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the involved with our schools. We all share a com- closing of the golf course, construction proj- personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary mon goal - creating a positive environment at ects that will impact parking or create traffic of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday our schools for our children. Stay tuned as I congestion, or reductions in garrison services except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. will continue to share information with you due to projected budget cuts, I want you to Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the about our schools. know that I strive to have honest, open discus- 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. My next opportunity to hear what’s on your sions and be accountable. mind will be Feb. 29 when I host Fort Meade’s Lastly, I want to remind you that next week Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage second Facebook town hall. As you will is “Military Saves Week.” Military Saves is a without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, recall, we held our first Facebook town hall in part of a larger nationwide campaign, “Amer- user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser October. What was scheduled as a 90-minute ica Saves Campaign.” will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. session became a two-and-a-half-hour social The week is an opportunity for the entire Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department media get-together that resulted in more than military community to focus on the finan- of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are 800 “interactions” with the post community. cial readiness of military members and their not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance It was a great opportunity for people to families to help them reduce debt and save of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of connect with Team Meade via our Facebook money. the Army of the products or services advertised. page. The Facebook town hall will take place Army Community Service will host a series from 4:30 to 6 p.m. I look forward to hearing of financial programs, Tuesday through Feb. what’s on your mind and your suggestions for 24, at the Community Readiness Center at www.ftmeade.army.mil improving our community. Last week there was an article in Soundoff! 830 Chisholm Ave. Call 301-677-5590 for more information. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on twitter at twitter.com/meadetv written by the Fort Meade Environmental Please take advantage of the resources, and view the Fort Meade Blog at meadetv.wordpress.com. Division. It was the first in a series that will organizations and individuals committed to discuss the Army’s commitment to clean up helping our service members and their families contaminated sites on Fort Meade. build personal savings for their immediate and The article specifically addressed the clean- long-term financial needs. Co n t e n t s up process associated with the removal of buried trash that has resulted in a possible Remember, if you have a good idea, an issue or concern you would like to discuss with me or safety hazard associated with methane gas at Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Smith, News ............................. 3 News to Use .......................10 the Manor View dump site. my door is open to you. The Environmental Division anticipates I have a standing invitation to meet with mem- Trouble Ticket ............... 4 Sports .................................. 14 starting the site preparation within the next bers of the Fort Meade community on Mondays, week, weather permitting, and completing from 4 to 6 p.m., at garrison headquarters in Community ................. 18 Movies ................................. 23 the excavation and restoration in about 14 Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. For weeks. more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 3. Newsarmy Emergencyrelief fundraisingcampaign to beginBy Lisa R. Rhodes representatives will be able to explain howStaff Writer to donate online. You are a young Soldier strapped for Although AER assists Soldiers, anyonecash, but your car’s transmission gives out. can donate to the program, Turner said.How do you pay for the expensive repairs? AER provides interest-free loans and Fort Meade’s Army Emergency Relief grants for a wide range of financial hard-Office at Army Community Service is the ships, including medical, dental and hos-place to go, said Wallace Turner, the instal- pital expenses, emergency travel expenses,lation’s AER officer. rent, utilities, funeral expenses, loss of funds “We take care of Soldiers who are in and non-receipt of pay.need,” he said. Assistance is evaluated on a case-by- The annual AER campaign fundraiser case basis and must conform with Armykicks off March 1 at ACS at 830 Chisholm regulation AR 930-4, which governs theAve. and ends May 15. program. Money donated to the program from Loans and grants can be given for anythe Fort Meade community is used to help amount. PhotoS by Sgt. JoSe A. torreS Jr.active-duty Soldiers, retirees, Reservists and Applicants must complete AER Form happy birthdayGuardsmen and their family members with 700 and have it signed by their commanderfinancial assistance during emergencies. or first sergeant to verify that they are on This year’s campaign is expected to raise active duty. Soldiers above the rank of E- Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of the Military$80,000. Last year, more than $112,000 in 8, W3 or 03 do not require a command District of Washington, lays a wreath at the foot of the President Abra-donations were collected and more than signature. ham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Feb. 12$700,000 was distributed to Fort Meade Once the application is completed and would have been the president’s 203rd birthday.Soldiers. approved, applicants can schedule an On the day of the kickoff, more than 30 appointment by calling the AER office atrepresentatives from the installation’s Army 301-677-5662 or 5768. BELOW: Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of theunits will receive training on how to educate Family members of Soldiers who are Military District of Washington, and Park Ranger Leonard Lee salute dur-Soldiers about the program and how to col- deployed or on temporary duty must have ing the playing of Taps during a Special Armed Forces Full Honor Wreathlect donations. power of attorney to receive assistance. Ceremony held Feb. 12 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Turner said that this year, for the first AER forms can be found at http://time, donations can be given online. Unit aerhrq.org.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 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 Feb. 13, Larceny of private prop- of Emergency Services was noti- and describe what is being done to erty: The victim stated that her fied of juveniles throwing rocks. solve them. GPS unit was taken from her A unit was dispatched and made vehicle. contact with the victim, who stated that four juveniles were Feb. 13, Wrongful damaging of seen throwing rocks. Her door private property: The Directorate was damaged. Military Saves Week focuses on reducing debts, saving money The Army Community Service’s class on Credit Scores and Reports on Financial Readiness Program is Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. combining efforts with the Fleet and A Day of Financial Fitness will be Family Readiness Center to present held Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Fort Meade community with the Topics will include financial plan- opportunity to make a pledge to ning, identity theft, credit counseling, “Build Wealth, Not Debt,” and to win car buying, home buying and Thrift prizes in the process. Savings Plan. From Sunday through Feb. 26, Participants may take the pledge Fort Meade will hold its annual Mili- during the class on Feb. 23 and enter tary Saves campaign. The goal is to to win a $100 Visa card or iPod at the file photo encourage service members and their end of the class. Participants must be Play equipment near the Boundless Playground is currently undergoing repairs. families to increase household sav- present to win. Door prizes also will ings and decrease consumer debt by be given. signing pledge cards to “Build Wealth A free lunch will be provided. Space Not Debt.” is limited; pre-registration is required. After completing a pledge card and To register, call Army Community Issue: Plan: Status: placing it in a designated box, partici- pants will automatically be entered to Service or the Fleet and Family Readi- ness Center to register at 301-677- The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way win a $100 Visa gift card or Kindle 5590 or 9017. so that it is functional e-Reader. Don’t be afraid to take the pledge. has deemed and marked Pledge cards and a designated box You will receive motivating emails some play equipment at are located at PNC Bank, the Fort designed to help you save and elimi- Burba Lake as unsafe Meade Community Credit Union and nate debt, and you can unsubscribe the Community Readiness Center at at any time. Community members Maintain a minimum of Golf operations are 830 Chisholm Ave. To sign a pledge, participants must have concerns about golf 18 holes at current site; unchanged through A box will be located at the Free- be a valid military ID cardholder age course service availability in restoring golf operations September dom Inn Dining Facility on Tuesday 14 and older. Those who are younger light of Base Closure and on a site south of the during lunch hour and at the Fort may ask a parent or guardian to Realignment installation is also proposed Meade Commissary on Feb. 24 from assist. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may also take the pledge The drawing will be held Feb. 27 at online at http://www.militarysaves. Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields will be Army Community Service. Winners org/take-the-pledge/. Be sure to select Complex is in need of Sports Complex this fall to allow will be notified. Fort Meade as the installation. This renovations grass to mature To assist with the pledge, Financial will not, however, enter you into the Readiness counselors will conduct a local drawing. SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 5. N ews‘Pretty remarkable’Manor View student competes for Military Child of the Year AwardStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Development Center I.Staff Writer John Terry, who works for a naval Malcolm Terry looks like a typical command in Virginia Beach, Va., has10-year-old. Sporting a variation of a been deployed seven times to Afghani-mohawk haircut, he is dressed in black stan, Iraq and Africa since Malcolmand white hitop sneakers, faded jeans was born in December 2001.and a gray shirt. Terry, who was wounded in his left But the fourth-grader at Manor View arm and right leg in Afghanistan and isElementary School has weathered pain- now in rehabilitation, said although hisful experiences in his young life. deployments have been tough on Mal- Malcolm was born with a congenital colm, the youngster doesn’t let it show.birth defect to his intestines and had “He’s always been a good student andpart of his intestines removed when he does well on his own,” the commanderwas 5 days old. In June 2011, his father, said. “He’s always given his best for aNavy Lt. Cmdr. John Terry, was wound- little kid.”ed after he was hit by an improvised Malcolm is the historian of theexplosive device while on foot patrol in school’s student council and helps tutorAfghanistan. his classmates in math after school on “Malcolm has been through many Mondays.deployments with his father,” said He has been a member of the FortDonna O’Shea, the principal at Manor Meade Cougars football team since heView. “This last one particularly was Malcolm Terry, 10, is a semifinalist in the Navy category for the 2012 Military Child was 6 years old.rough as his father was severely wound- of the Year Award given by Operation Homefront. A fourth-grader at Manor View Last fall, Malcolm represented Forted. He has maintained good grades and Elementary School, Malcolm was nominated for the award by Donna O’Shea, the Meade and won the Buzz Platt Playerdoes well in sports, despite his worries school’s principal. Award, named after the founder of theabout his father.” Anne Arundel Youth Football Associa- Malcolm’s resilience is one of the Malcolm is one of 20 semifinalists in Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will be a guest tion. The award is presented each yearreasons why O’Shea nominated him the Navy category. at the ceremony. to a player from each of the Anne Arun-for the 2012 Military Child of the “It made me feel appreciated,” Mal- “He’s being acknowledged for being del Youth Football Association teamsYear Award presented by Operation colm said of his nomination. a great kid all around,” said Kimberly who excels in the game and exemplifiesHomefront. The national organization The Military Child of the Year Award Terry, Malcolm’s mother and a reading character and sportsmanship.provides emergency financial assistance has been presented for the past two specialist at Manor View. “He’s pretty Malcolm said he likes to study mathand other assistance to military families years to outstanding military children remarkable.” and science and enjoys writing andand wounded warriors. from each of the service branches. The O’Shea called Malcolm a “wonderful wrestling with his father. The award recognizes military chil- recipient for each service branch will be student” who exceeds grade-level expec- If Malcolm is selected to representdren who have demonstrated “resilience announced March 8. Each winner will tations, “sets the example for others to the Navy, his parents said they will saveand strength of character; thrive in the receive $5,000 and will be flown with follow” and “is genuinely a nice boy.” the $5,000 prize for his college educa-face of the challenges of military life; a parent or guardian to Washington, The Terry family, who live in Seven tion.and demonstrate leadership within their D.C., for a recognition ceremony on Oaks, includes older brother Jae, 16, a “I want to be a physical therapistfamilies and communities,” according to April 5. sophomore at Meade High School, and because I can help people,” Malcolmthe organization’s website. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Kimberly, 4, who is enrolled at Child said. Women and the lives of women. With longer life expectancies than men, women tend to live more years in retirement and have retirement years are comfortable, they need to plan early and wisely. The best place to begin is by know- ty’s financial planning website at www. socialsecurity.gov/planners. The site provides detailed information about Social Security a greater chance of exhausting other sources of income. ing what you can expect to receive from Social Security and how much more how marriage, widowhood, divorce, self-employment, government service, By Wendy Poulson With the national, average life expec- you are likely to need. and other life or career events can Social Security manager, Glen Burnie tancy for women in the United States You can start with a visit to Social affect your Social Security. March is Women’s History Month, a rising, many women will have decades Security’s Retirement Estimator at Social Security also provides a time to focus not just on the past, but to enjoy retirement. According to the www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. In booklet on the role of Social Security on the challenges women continue to U.S. Census Bureau, a girl born today just a few minutes, you can get a per- in women’s lives today. The booklet, face in the 21st century. can expect to live more than 80 years. sonalized, instant estimate of your “What Every Woman Should Know,” Social Security plays a vital role in As a result, experts generally agree retirement benefits. is available online at www.socialsecu- that if women want to ensure that their You should also visit Social Securi- rity.gov/pubs/10127.html. SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 6. N ewsMacArthur Middle Schoolstudent wins essay contestStory and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff Writer When Darius Davis was assigned to writean essay for his eighth grade English class, hedidn’t have any clue that it would lead to ahefty check coming his way. After submitting his essay on what he coulddo to help fight hunger in his community, the13-year-old was encouraged to enter it in aregional essay contest. Darius, who attends MacArthur MiddleSchool, was named the winner of GiantFood’s 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BlackHistory Month Essay Contest. The contest, for middle-schoolers in Mary-land, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, Darius Davis, an eighth-grader atD.C., awards two winners in each grade with MacArthur Middle School, was recentlya monetary prize. A total of 136 essays were named winner of the 2012 Dr. Martinsubmitted this year. Luther King Jr. Black History Month Essay “It’s great,” said Darius’ mother, Kathy Contest. The 13-year-old was awardedEvans-Davis of Hanover. “I’m really proud $750 for his essay about fighting hungerof him.” in his community. The contest challenged students to write a500-word essay with the theme of “Making your teacher gives you, but then do go on hisa difference — what you can do to help fight own and revise it,” Jones said.hunger in your community.” The essays were With the help of Jones’ notes and hiscritiqued on adherence to theme, clarity of mother’s expertise as a technical writer atinformation, grammar and creativity. Praxis Engineering in Annapolis Junction, REMODELED TO FIT Karen Jones, Darius’ teacher, assigned the Darius edited and formatted his essay accord- YOUR LIFESTYLEproject to teach the class about writing a five- ing to contest rules.paragraph essay. In class, students worked onthe assignment for about two weeks, learning “He pretty much had the whole foundation Do I look like a of it,” Evans-Davis said. “It was more justhow to develop a thesis statement, use transi- supporting his ideas.” grown-up to you?tional sentences, and revise and edit. To Darius’ surprise, he received a letter “I wanted to write about how I could help earlier this month informing him he had won I need a specialist.fight hunger in the community, basically,” the competition for eighth-graders. His firstDarius said. “I wrote different ways that reaction was to email Jones with the news.I could, like donating nonperishable food “I was so excited, I was smiling from ear-to-to my church that helps feed the homeless, ear,” Jones said. “I’m still smiling.”organizing quarterly canned food drives at Robin Moran, senior manager of diversitymy school, and planting a vegetable garden and talent management at Giant Foods, saidin my backyard and giving the vegetables to Darius’ essay was selected because the young-elderly neighbors who need help with their ster had a style that “captured their attentiongroceries.” and kept them engaged,” a clearly defined Our board-certified For Darius, the hardest part was thinking theme, and use of solid examples. pediatric specialistsof something original to write about. He “The evaluators thought he had practical and kid-friendlywanted to develop ideas in which adults aren’t ways to combat hunger,” Moran said. office put everyonethe driving force. Along with the title of 2012 Dr. Martin at ease and we offer “In this I stressed things that kids could Luther King Jr. Black History Month Essay financial solutionstake part in and the students would step up for every budget. Contest winner, Darius also was awarded home livingand do some of the work,” he said. “It was to $750. He plans to donate 10 percent of his Chesapeakefind something original to do it on.” winnings to his church, purchase a few videos + 401-760-1212 Once the class submitted their papers, and save the rest. pdom.netJones told students they could enter their Although math still remains his favorite ChesapeakeHomeandLiving.com Barry D. Lyon,work in the contest sponsored by Giant subject in school, Darius said he is eager to DDS AssociatesFoods. Darius decided to submit his essay but jump back into writing with hopes of entering To advertise or subscribe 410.332.6517 Pediatric Specialistswasn’t expecting much to come of it. more writing contests. A BALTIMORE SUN 7704 Quarterfield Road “It’s a lot of work and it takes true dedica- “If something else like this comes up, I’ll MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION Glen Burnie, MD 21061tion of a student to not only do an assignment probably doing it again,” he said.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 7. N ewsLocal Soldier to serve on congressional staffBy Amanda Glenn And while he says it was an honorFirst Army Division East Public Affairs to be chosen, Foster is concerned with Capt. Adrian Foster founded his what comes next.military career on the concept of being “It’s more about what you do withpart of something important. it,” he said. “At the end of the day, a When he graduated high school, Soldier has to execute missions basedhe wasn’t sure what that was, but he on policy, and I want to impact that inwasn’t content to wait and find out. He a positive way.”actively sought and embraced each new Joining the military seemed a natu-twist in his path. ral career path when Foster, an Air Today, that path leads to Congress. Force brat, graduated high school. He In late December, Foster, the opera- enjoyed being a Soldier and taking eachtions officer at 3rd Battalion, 312th step in his career. But after a few years,Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade, Foster hit a crossroads.received confirmation he’d been select- “I could stay enlisted and become aed as an Army congressional fellow. drill sergeant or go back to school,” he Foster, who lives in Brooklyn Park, said. “A very wise platoon sergeant toldcompleted the rigorous nomination me to go get my education, and that’sprocess before being selected to par- what I did.”ticipate in the three-year program. Foster enrolled in Grand Canyon In April, he will begin a master’s University in Phoenix, Ariz., on andegree in legislative affairs at George ROTC scholarship and graduated in PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. ARmYWashington University. After that, he’ll December 2003. From there, Foster Capt. Adrian Foster (right), operations officer at 3rd Battalion, 312th Regiment, 174thserve for a year on a congressional completed the Military Police Officer Infantry Brigade, conducts checkpoint inspections with members of the local Iraqistaff and then be assigned to duty on Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, police force near Baghdad. Foster was recently selected as an Army congressionalthe Army or Joint Staff in a legislative Mo., and reported to Fort Bliss, Texas. fellow and will serve for a year on a congressional staff.liaison position at the Pentagon. There, his leadership skills were put to “This is a coveted experience,” Foster the test with multiple deployments to “I’ll be able to communicate ground Having sought each new challengesaid. Iraq, first as platoon leader and later truth to members of Congress,” he said. in his career, Foster urges Soldiers to as a company commander. Each experi- “That’s important since they directly do the same. ence reinforced his desire to be a better impact our livelihood. It’s important “The biggest advice I can give to all leader and take care of his Soldiers. to have someone who can give con- Soldiers is they have to take their careers In 2010, Foster joined the 174th gressional members that ground-truth into their own hands,” he said. “Look Infantry Brigade, First Army Division viewpoint.” for the opportunities that are out there; East, as an operations officer where Towne said Foster will be effective talk to [Human Resources Command], he supports the division’s mission to at communicating the Army’s story to talk to mentors and other leaders and mobilize, train, validate, deploy and Congress. find out about these broadening expe- demobilize Reserve Component units “His operational experience, under- riences like training with industry and to support overseas military operations. standing of the active and Reserve com- fellowships. I don’t think Soldiers are He uses his deployment and leadership ponents, and excellent communication aware of all these programs.” experiences to influence the training skills will make him a valuable asset Is a political career the next step? Reserve Component Soldiers receive to the senior leadership of the Army,” Foster said he isn’t actively pursuing prior to deploying around the world. he said. that option. “But I think it is important It was the desire to positively influ- Towne counts Foster’s participation to be prepared for anything,” he said. ence the lives of Soldiers that led his in the program as a win-win situation‘The biggest advice I can friend, who was selected into the pro- for both Foster and the Army.give to all Soldiers is they gram a few years earlier, to recommend “Captain Foster will benefit from to Foster that he apply to become a this opportunity because the experiencehave to take their careers congressional fellow. will further develop his skills in civil- Fortunately, his commander, Lt. Col. military relations as he gets involvedinto their own hands ... look Mark Towne, at the 3-312th Regiment, in the decision-making process at thefor the opportunities that are was supportive. “Captain Foster is an excellent Sol- highest levels of government,” he said. “His skills, experience and personalityout there.’ dier and leader,” Towne said. “He is are a great fit for this program. smart and can understand issues from The Army benefits because it needs Capt. Adrian Foster the strategic perspective and translate its best leaders to provide those who Find Fort meade Operations Officer the impact at the operational and tacti- are involved in the legislative process 3rd Battalion, 312th Regiment, cal level.” with the highest-quality advice and on Facebook at 174th Infantry Brigade As a congressional fellow, Foster hopes to gain insight and influence information possible, so they can make informed decisions affecting the future Facebook.com/ what goes on behind the scenes. of the nation, Towne added. ftmeade SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 8. N ews Smile Brighter News To Use Our state-of-the-art dentistry will make beautiful smiles a reality General Cosmetic, Invisalign and Sedation Dentistry • Bridges • Teeth Whitening • Dentures • Crowns • Veneers • Invisalign Army’s new blood drive • Periodental Health • Dental Implants • Root Canals Accepting Military Insurance Pearl Dental Center of Laurel Lakes Dr. Akbar Masood, DDS 13954 Baltimore Avenue • Laurel, MD 20707 1 block south of Laurel Lakes Shopping Center Rt. 1 seeks targeted donors 301-490-3993 • masooddental.com Hours: M 9-5, Tu Th 7-3, W 9-7 By David Vergun Why the Army News Service need for care- The goal of the Army’s new blood ful and con- drive campaign, which began Tuesday, stant monitor- is to match a donor’s blood type with a ing and ship- specific need, rather than simply issuing ping? a general call for donations. “Blood has It’s an education campaign as much a relatively as it is a blood drive, according to Julie short shelf life,” Oliveri, director, Communications and Fryar said. Marketing, Armed Services Blood Pro- “When blood gram Office. is drawn, it is “Many of our donors are accustomed processed into to signing up for blood drives and coming three compo- in to donate, irrespective of their blood nents: platelets, red blood cells and plasma. type,” Oliveri said. “We don’t want our The approximate shelf life on platelets is a very dedicated donors to be alienated mere five days; 42 for red blood cells and by the idea that we might need a specific about a year for plasma, if frozen. This type at a specific blood drive, and that makes stockpiling a challenge.” type may not be theirs. Fryar said the Army routinely shares “This is also why we take the time to blood with the other services and their explain that certain blood types are well civilian counterparts. suited for certain blood products. For “For example, if we have a large supply State of example, if you are O, you will want to of plasma that will soon expire and it is donate whole blood — A for plasma or not needed right away within DoD, we’ll plateletpheresis, and AB for plasma. We contact civilian hospitals that are in short Insurance. suggest that our donors check with their local donor center to find out exactly what their needs are.” supply,” he said. “They, in turn, will help us out the same way.” Maintaining an adequate supply of The goal, said Oliveri, is to encourage blood on hand depends on the goodwill donors to register online so local donor of volunteers, and this is where ASBP’s centers can contact them to let them advertising efforts help get the word out, know when their type is needed and Fryar said. where and when the next blood drive Which types of blood are needed? will be. “All types, especially rare types like To register, visit https://www.military- AB, which we solicit through targeted Marie Waring LUTCF, Agent I deliver both. donor.com/index.cfm. advertising,” Fryar said. “But even the 1413 Annapolis Road, Suite 206 Giving blood is a way of supporting common types like O are always in Odenton, MD 21113 Take the guesswork out of your insurance. Whether it’s your car, home, life, or more, I can wounded warriors, as well as Soldiers demand.” Bus: 410-551-4666 and their families everywhere, who could The process, he said, is safe, easy and www.mariewaring.com help you feel good about your coverage, as well someday require a blood transfusion, relatively pain-free. as the price you’re paying. said Col. Ronny Fryar, Army Blood Pro- “Although [ASPB] donors are not paid GET TO A BETTER STATE . ™ gram director. for their blood, units sometime give Sol- CALL ME TODAY. ABP is a component of the Armed diers time off,” Fryar said. “Also, there’s Services Blood Program. a canteen on hand with delicious snacks “We monitor the blood supply world- so donors can replenish their fluid and wide,” Fryar said. “For example, we sugars. ensure there’s enough in Afghanistan “The most important incentive for to treat our wounded warriors. Having donating, however, is knowing that you enough on hand could entail requesting a are going to be helping someone, giving State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, shipment from Germany or elsewhere to them the gift of life.” State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL replenish the supply. As a matter of fact, Fort Meade’s next blood drive will be State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI), State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI), Bloomington, IL blood is routinely shipped throughout March 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill 1101258.1 DoD.” Training Center.10 SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 9. N ewsGuardsmen train for perfection to honor heroesStory and photos byStaff Sgt. Matthew Fournier70th ISRW Public Affairs The flag is gently unfolded and dis-played. A silent moment passes. It is thenfirmly folded into a triangle and expertlytucked. White gloved hands render a slow, solemnsalute. Measured footsteps recede into thebackground. Their uniforms are a class apart fromregular service dress. Silver lining adornstheir permanently pressed sleeves and pants.Their name plates are absent from theirservice coat. They are the honor guard. They are thepolished image of the Air Force and the70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Recon-naissance Wing. And they train hard. On the morning of Jan. 17, even freezingrain and wind did not keep the 70th ISRWing Honor Guard from practicing andstriving to keep their movements as tightas possible. They take their duties quite seriously. “We honor our heroes past and presentthrough a myriad events such as retire-ment ceremonies, changes of commandand award ceremonies,” Tech. Sgt. MarceloRivera said. “We also partner with the localcommunity to ensure that the Air Force isrepresented and that the public is able to see The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Honor Guard presents the colors at a change of command ceremonythe level of commitment that we have for at National Vigilance Park at the National Security Agency.them and our duty.” For the 70th ISR Wing Honor Guard, having a positive influence and projecting mand Chief Master Sgt. Nathalie Swisher team,” he said. “We look out for one anoth-this means presenting the colors during a positive image for your service in your has “sat down and had breakfast with us er both in and out of work.”wing official ceremonies, conducting folding community. Representing the Air Force as a to express her appreciation of what we do,” Oftentimes, honor guardsmen mustflags at retirements, and performing drill whole — it always gives me something more he said. juggle the different parts of their lives toteam exhibitions and saber cordons. to strive for.” Aside from the external attention, mem- accommodate their dedication to a some- “Here we do a lot of dedications and Other members have a somewhat differ- bers also draw from their own motivations. times demanding commitment.retirements,” said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Trent, ent perspective. “There are always the extrinsic benefits, “There are many challenges that we facedrill team instructor for the wing honor “I originally had no intention of ever but for us it’s not about the medals and as guardsmen and they are magnified byguard. “Unlike a lot of other bases, though, being part of the honor guard,” Airman 1st awards or kudos — it’s about the intrinsic the demands of our respective units andwe have no funereal area of responsibility Class Alec Ibarra said. rewards,” Rivera said. “It’s the look in the missions,” Rivera said. “The responsibil-— though we do train for it.” But when he was deployed to Kuwait, next-of-kin’s face when you hand off the ity to live up to not only the core value of This is mainly because the Air Force Ibarra was assigned to take care of the fallen flag. It’s the overwhelming feeling of pride Excellence in All We Do, but also our chargeHonor Guard at Andrews Air Force Base heroes who returned through his base. that a retiree’s family displays when they are as honor guardsmen is a tough one. But it’shas the primary responsibility for funeral “We had a six-man team at the time, and being presented their retirement flag. Those also one that we all take very seriously.details in the Baltimore-Washington area. we would carry the caskets once they arrived are rewards that won’t fade with time and “The smoldering summer heat in full Whatever their duty for the day, though, to get them on their next plane out,” he said. will never lose their value.” ceremonials, the frigid winter snow, the highmembers of the team greet their tasks with “I remember taking care of 55 caskets while Serving in the honor guard also provides winds, the hourlong position of attentionexcitement for what they do, which usually I was there, each one covered by the Stars a sense of family community, said Trent. — those are just some of the challenges thatstems from why they decided to join the and Stripes. Since then, I’ve wanted to be “We are a tight-knit group, and I am we face. But those all pale in comparison tohonor guard. on the Honor Guard. I want to honor our always floored to see how much pride and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.” “I enjoy the idea of being better than I traditions and our past. To me, that’s what enthusiasm they pour into the task at hand, Despite all the challenges, each memberwas the day before,” Airman 1st Class Mor- being an Honor Guardsmen is all about despite the challenges,” he said. “Here you carries with them a special memory fromris Windless said. “Honor guard constantly — to strive to be perfect in honor of those are with people in different career fields, not their time as an honor guardsmen.pushes you to the limit. who have laid down their own lives for us.” in the same work center, and you get things “The best time I had was when I did some “You get the personal satisfaction of The wing leadership, said Ibarra, is cog- done. It really is a learning experience.” training with the Air Force Honor Guardknowing you are doing the right thing, nizant of what the honor guard does/ Com- Windless agrees. “We really have a great down at Bolling Air Force Base,” Trent12 SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 10. N ewssaid. “We got to see how they did things, include: four Senior Airman Below-the-and drilled with them. That was the Honor Zone winners, several squadron and groupGuard, you know, and it was really cool.” quarterly award winners, Distinguished In addition to exceptional training Graduates and Commandant Award win-opportunities, members have also had other ners at Professional Military Education,unique experiences. Rivera said. “The best experiences I’ve had so far were “It speaks to the caliber of people thatlast summer when we presented the colors the honor guard attracts,” he said. “Honorto World War II vets down at the WWII guardsmen are truly among the best andmemorial in Washington D.C,” Windless they show it in and out of uniform, in gar-recalled. “Also, we presented the colors to rison and down range, on base and off base,surviving firefighters and policemen at the awards or no awards.”10th anniversary ceremony of Sept. 11. The The 70th ISRW Honor Guard practicesGuard, as a whole, is a big commitment but every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in thewell-worth the sacrifice.” courtyard of Bldg. 9801. Being an honor guardsmen requires a To join the 70th ISR Wing Honor Guard,high level of personal motivation and atten- call either Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Stewart attion to detail. They are always looking for 301-6767-0759 or Tech. Sgt. Marcelo Riveranew people to train with and share their at 443-654-0188.heritage. Interested people can also ask any honor The team of 18 people includes the offi- guardsman they know or come out to seecer in charge, superintendent and noncom- the practices themselves.missioned officer in charge. For more information about the Air Some of the accolades that members have Force Honor Guard, visit www.honorguard. Airman 1st Class Morris Windless, of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance andearned outside of the honor guard realm af.mil. Reconnaissance Wing Honor Guard, practices rifle movements.Great American Spit Out: Quit for a day or quit for good Get the insider’s advantageBy BethAnn Cameron, Health Educator high blood pressure and heart attacks co. Stay busy and physically active. UseU.S. Army Public Health Command because of the high levels of salt. substitutes for tobacco such as sugar- Do you know of someone who uses Bottom line: Spit tobacco is bad for free gum, sunflower seeds or non-snuffspit tobacco and has talked about quit- you and looks just plain gross. But you tobacco.ting? If so, the Great American Spit Out can break the habit. According to the 3. Stress or emotional triggers Join the conversationon Feb. 23 provides an opportunity to 2008 Survey of Health Related Behaviors Tobacco use is connected to feelingsquit for a day or, hopefully, for good. among Active Duty Military Personnel, such as anger, boredom and stress. 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  • 11. S portSMore than just KICKSTop young martial artists compete in national qualifierBy Brandon Bieltz as the best Taekwondo students from Scouts from Troop 377 posted the col- the posting of the colors. This is a mixtureStaff Writer across the East Coast competed under ors. of military and civilian worlds here.” It was nearly impossible to navigate the one roof. In his welcome address, Lt. Col. (P) While none of the West County Mar-crowded room at McGill Training Center “These are some of the top competitors Edmund Barrett, commander of Head- tial Arts’ roughly 100 students partici-as eager parents cheered on their young in the United States,” said Chien Vuong, quarters Command Battalion, said the pated in the tournament, head instructorwarriors, who were dressed in combat president of the Maryland State Tae- military and Taekwondo are similar Mike Visitacion encouraged some of hisgear from head-to-toe. kwondo Association. “We have national value-based organizations. students and parents to attend the event Family members lugging video and champions here and world champions “These are the kids that are going to to see the sport at a competitive level.digital cameras surrounded the red and competing here.” show discipline,” he said. “They’re going Visitacion compared young studentsblue mats as competitors sparred for a Vuong is the owner of Vuong’s Tae- to get good grades, they’re going to work watching the competition to a pee-weespot in the national Taekwondo cham- kwondo Center in Gambrills, which found- hard in school, they’re sometimes going to football player watching the Nationalpionships. ed the West County Martial Arts program stand up for the kid who’s getting picked Football League. Nearly 250 Taekwondo competitors at Fort Meade through the Schools of on. And I love that about you guys. You’re “Its basically seeing what the goal is,of all ages traveled to Fort Meade for Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration the kind of kids we like having around.” where they’re trying to get,” he said.the 2012 East Coast National Qualifier Skills Unlimited program. The daylong event also allowed civil- Vuong, too, thought younger or inexpe-Tournament on Saturday. The Maryland State Taekwondo Asso- ians off post to get an insight into the rienced Taekwondo students could benefit Competing in sparing and forms, the ciation partnered with Fort Meade to military world, said Elizabeth Lombardo, from watching some of the East Coast’stop three finishers in each age group sponsor the USA Taekwondo-sanctioned the SKIES instructional program special- best competitors go head-to-head.earned a spot in the upcoming USA qualifying event on post. ist. “I hope it inspires them and gives themTaekwondo Junior and Senior National “We thought we’d be a good fit,” “A lot of these people are civilians, so something to look forward to and not justChampionships in Dallas in June. Vuong said. this is a different experience for them,” she think ‘I’m learning blocks and kicks for The qualifier boasted high credentials, During the opening ceremony, Boy said. “They haven’t seen the uniform or nothing,’ ” he said. photos by brian kristaAyana Warner of West Virginia warms up with her coach prior to her sparringmatch.RIGHT: Spectators surround the mat as two young competitors spar during the 2012East Coast National Qualifier Tournament on Saturday. The tournament at McGillTraining Center featured 250 of the top Taekwondo students in the region.14 SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 12. West County Martial Arts student JoelJohnston, 11, who attended the event topost the colors with his Boy Scout troop,also had a chance to catch the combat-ive action. The white belt second-stripebegan taking Taekwondo courses at FortMeade last fall. Impressed with the sparring, Joelfocused on the strategy and techniquesused by students and hoped to learn fromthem. “I want to see their technique and tryto duplicate it at home,” he said. “I liketo challenge myself and go above whatmy belt level is, so I like seeing what theydo.” Joel’s mother, Elizabeth Johnston,called the tournament “awesome” andsaid she can’t wait until her children areadvanced and prepared to compete in asimilar tournament. Until then, she said,the tournament is a motivating factor totrain. “Right now, they’re just doing the classand they don’t get to see much else,” John-ston said. “They get to see what’s beyond‘I’m getting my belt, I’m learning this.’They get to see the whole picture of whatthis involves.” Abigail Fisk of Churchville blocks a kick from Rachel Scott of Alexandria, Va., during the 2012 East Coast National Qualifier Taekwondo tournament Saturday at McGill Training Center. Students were competing for a spot in the national championship tournament in June. RIGHT: Carrie Motes of Dundalk works on her form before competing at the USA Taekwondo-sanctioned qualifying event for the best Taekwondo students of all ages from across the East Coast. BELOW: Lt. Col. (P) Edmund Barrett, commander of Headquarters Command Battalion, presents a commander’s coin to Chien Yuong, president of the Maryland State Taekwondo Association, during the opening ceremony of the regional Taekwondo tournament Saturday.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  • 13. S portS Sports Shorts Texas Hold ‘em Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lane’s Ice Breaker Golf Tournament 11th Frame Lounge. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. The Ice Breaker Golf Tournament will be held March 24 at the Courses. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The event will feature a two-person scramble format. First Tee youth golf Cost is $25 per player or $50 per team. Fee includes lunch and awards, which will follow the event. Young golfers are invited to participate in the free First Tee golf program at Register by March 21 at 301-677-5329. the Courses. • The “Player” course for beginners, ages 4 to 6, will be held Thursdays from March 1 to April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. • The “Par” course, for those who have already completed the Player course, will be held Saturdays from March 3 to April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 301-677-1196 Spring Sports registration Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Youth sports are available for ages 3 to 18 years old. Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, swim and indoor football. For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. Coaches needed Coaches are needed for the Child, Youth and School Service’s spring sports season. All coaches are required to complete a background check and attend coach certification training. Head and assistant coaches whose children are enrolled in spring sports will be given a coach’s discount. For more information, call 301-677-1329 or email jesse.c.miller2.naf@mail.mil. For more Fort Meade sports, visit www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. file photo EFMP bowling The Exceptional Family Member Program at Fort Meade sponsors bowling events on the third Tuesday of each month at the Lanes. Jibber-Less The next event will be Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and includes a free buffet and giveaways for exceptional family members ages 18 and younger and their Jibber Jabber will return next week. siblings. Register for free games and shoe rental at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/ As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or meadecyms.html. For more information, call the EFMP office at 301-677-1156. Adult exceptional family members may register for free games and shoe rental anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones. at the EFMP office by calling 301-677-7836. Discounted games and shoe rental civ@mail.mil. are available for other adult family members. Registration required by Friday. For more information, email theresa. r.strawhecker.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-7836. For general information, call Caraline Someck, EFMP manager, at 301-677- 4122. Find schedules, scores, standings Bull Oyster Roast and upcoming seasons for The Meade High School Baseball Program is sponsoring a Bull Oyster Roast on March 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Gambrills Athletic Club, 682 McKnew • Basketball • Softball Road, Gambrills. • football • Soccer The menu features pit beef, pit turkey, oyster on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster stew, mash potatoes, green beans, vegetables and desserts. And more, plus Entertainment includes a disc jockey, money wheel, silent auction, door prizes and 50/50 raffle. All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at Tickets cost $40. Proceeds will benefit Meade High’s new batting cage. For more information, email Dave Lanham at dlanham@aacps.org or call 410- 672-1369. www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.16 SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 14. C ommunity n ews n otes The deadline for Soundoff! community public. Free food samplings will be“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All served.submissions are posted at the editor’s dis- Administrative leave is authorized.cretion and may be edited for space and For more information, contact Staffgrammar. Look for additional community Sgt. Fox or Staff Sgt. Fultz at 301-677-events on the Fort Meade website at www. 4696 or Sgt. 1st Class Bass at 301-677-ftmeade.army.mil and the Meade TV Blog 6687.at http://meadetv.wordpress.com. For more information or to submit an DINFOS Black Historyannouncement, email philip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. Month events The Defense Information School is hosting several events in celebration of NEWS EVENTS Black History Month. • Today through Feb. 29: “Coats for Kids” and educational books for Sarah’sKimbrough closure House. Donations can be dropped off at the main desk in the DINFOS lobby. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center • Friday: Open mic event, 7 to 9 p.m.,will close Monday in observance of Club Meade.Presidents Day. • Saturday: Lunch cruise on the Spirit of Washington on the PotomacFree showing of ‘The Help’ with a musical tribute to African- American artists, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. file photo In observance of Black History For reservations, visit http://www.Month, the Defense Information Schoolis sponsoring a free showing of theaward-winning movie “The Help” on spiritofwashington.com. • Wednesday: Tour of Washington, karaoke night The 11th Frame Lounge at the Lanes hosts a free Karaoke Night on the D.C./Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial,Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Post Theater. third Thursday of the month. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items in the snack bar will be available The next Karaoke Night will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. The public is • Feb. 29: Food Sampling/Trivia Bowl,for purchase. invited. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., McGill Training For more information, email lashawn- For more information, call 301-677-5541. Center. Registration required by Feb. 24.dra.ramsey@dinfos.dma.mil or call 301- Email Master Sgt. Keisha Montague at677-4721. your vehicle,” March 11 keisha.montague@ft-meade.af.mil.AER fundraising campaign For more information, email EDUCATION • “How to change wheel bearings,” lashawndra.ramsey@dinfos.dma.mil or March 25 Army Emergency Relief will begin its call 301-677-4721. Cost for each course is $10. For moreannual fundraising campaign on March ‘Military Saves’ Week information, call 301-677-5542.1. Fat Tuesday Army Community Service will host Each garrison and tenant unit must Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Madris “Military Saves” Week from Tuesday Fleet Center classesprovide a campaign representative to to Feb. 24 at the Community Readiness The Fleet and Family Support Center Gras-themed, all-you-can-eat lunchattend the kick-off training on March Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. at 830 Chisholm Ave. offers classes menu on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:301 from 10 a.m. to noon at Army • Credit Scores and Reports: that are open to DoD identification p.m. at Club Meade.Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave. Tuesday, 9 a.m. The free program is cardholders. Advanced registration is For more information, call 301-677- RSVP by Feb. 24 at 301-677-5768 or open to everyone. Advance registration required. 6969.email Wallace.turner1@us.army.mil. is recommended. • Day of Financial Fitness: Feb. 23, • Credit Score Clinic: Wednesday,Black History Month Country: Top 40 Night 10 a.m. The free program is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class focuses on finances for military personnel. to active-duty service members andobservance Dance and party at Country: Top 40 Night on Feb. 24 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. spouses only. Advance registration is • Effective Communication: Feb. 27, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to communicate The garrison command, along with at Club Meade. required. more effectively in relationships at workthe Equal Opportunity Office, will There is no cover charge. Cash bar is • Day of Financial Fitness: Feb. and at home.sponsor the African American/Black available. 23, 8 a.m. The free program is open • Job Search Strategies: Feb. 28, 9History Observance on Feb. 23 from For more information, call 301-677- to active-duty service members and a.m. to noon. Learn techniques to help11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club Meade. 6969. spouses only. Advance registration is you succeed in your job search as well as The theme is “Black Women in required. the tools for networking and negotiatingAmerican Culture and History.” Easter workshop For more information, call 301-677- job offers. The annual event is hosted by the 5590 or visit www.ftmeademwr.com. • Common Sense Parenting, March 2,Defense Information School. The Design handmade gifts and cards at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.keynote speaker will be Joanne Martin, an Easter workshop on March 10 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arts Auto care courses • Medical Records Review: Have yourco-founder of the National Great Blacks medical records reviewed by JosephIn Wax Museum in Baltimore, the Crafts Center. The Automotive Skills Center at 6530 Cost is $35 and includes all supplies. Taylor Ave. is offering the following Thornton of AMVETS. An appointmentcountry’s first wax museum concentrating is required.on black history, life and culture. To register or for more information, courses from 1 to 3 p.m. call 410-575-4224. • “How to change oil and maintain To register or for more information, Admission is free and open to the call 301-677-9017 or 9018.18 SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 15. C ommunity n ews n otesOSC scholarships Learn about Presidents Day. • Feb. 23: “Goodness Gracious — What $22, $30 and $62. (All tickets cost an additional $2 on show day.) For more Roost, 9827 Love Road. The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information, call The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ a Nose” about elephants information, visit baltimorearena.com. 443-534-5170 or visit www.afsa254.org.Club will award scholarships for the For more information, call 301-677- • Society of Military Widows meets for2012-2013 academic school year in the 5522. brunch the fourth Sunday of the month atspring. MEETINGS 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting Completed applications must be Youth Center activities is Feb. 26. For more information, callpostmarked by April 1. • Patient/Family Advisory Council meets Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • The Etta Baker Memorial Child, Youth and School Services is the third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. • Single Parent Support Group meets theScholarship will be awarded for offering the following activities for grades at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. second and fourth Monday of the monthacademic advancement to deserving six to eight: The next meeting is today in Kimbrough’s from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services,college-bound high school seniors. • Skating trip to Quiet Waters Ice Rink, main conference room on the third floor, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is • The Merit Scholarship for continued Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $10 with room 3C03. Feb. 27. For more information, call Rikkilearning will be awarded for academic skate rental, and $7 without skate rental. The council is committed to improving Ford, Parent Support coordinator, atadvancement to graduating high school • “Grilling and Chilling,” Feb. 24, 6:30 the delivery of our health care by 301-677-3617 or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@seniors and students currently enrolled to 9:30 p.m. Menu includes barbecue collaborating with providers, patients and us.army.mil.in college. chicken legs, hot dogs, picnic salads and family members. For more information or • Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op • The JROTC Scholarship will drink. Food cost is $5. to become a council member, call Patient meets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900be awarded to highly motivated, For more information, call 301-677-1437. and Family Centered Care, at 301-677- Reece Road. For more information, callcommunity-minded students to further 8261. Laura Edens at 443-510-4715 or emailtheir education beyond a high school Easter Bunny brunch • Retired Enlisted Association meets the ftmeadehomeschooling@verizon.net.diploma. Hop over to the Courses Clubhouse third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in • The Military Spouse Scholarship on March 31 for brunch with the 8:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10,will be awarded for academic Easter Bunny. Two seating times will be The next meeting is tonight. For more to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6advancement to highly motivated, available: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. information, visit www.trea.org or call p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Ce0ter. Forcommunity-minded individuals to Enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, french Mary Gray, the local president, at 410- more information, email Kimberly Smithfurther their education. toast sticks, tater tots, ham, boneless 916-5385 or Arthur R. Cooper, national at pack377_cc@yahoo.com. Application forms with all eligibility chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, spa- president, at 443-336-1230. • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondaysrequirements are available on the OSC ghetti sauce, fruit salad and beverages. • Meade Area Garden Club will at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapelwebsite at www.fortmeadeosc.org and at Seating is limited. Tickets will be avail- meet Friday at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Center on Rockenbach Road. The troophigh school guidance offices. able beginning March 1 from 11 a.m. to Community Hall at the corner of Route is actively recruiting boys age 11 to For more information, email Pat 6 p.m. at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie 175 and Wigley Avenue. Maria Price 18. For more information, email LisaHagerty at snow29man@aol.com. Pyle St. of Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm Yetman, at lisayetman@verizon.net Cost is $7 for ages 5 to 10 and $11.50 will present “Making Herbal Teas.” or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at for ages 11 and older. Children ages 4 and Refreshments will be served. In inclement lawrencewendall@juno.com. YOUTH under attend free. weather, the meeting will be canceled if • Protestant Women of the Chapel For more information, call 301-677- Anne Arundel County Public Schools are invites women for prayer, fellowship and 5326. closed or open two hours late. food at its weekly Wednesday meetingYouth/Teen Job Fair For more information or to join, call from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Argonne Hills Pat Loosararian, membership chairman, Chapel Center. Child care and a home- A Youth/Teen Job Fair for ages 16 to RECREATION at 410-519-6443 or Lois Stephenson, club school room are provided. For more21 will be held March 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. president, at 410-740-8024. information, call Christine Washburnat McGill Training Center. • Hearts Apart support group meets at 443-230-1553 or email cwash1993@ Students, graduating seniors and monthly at Army Community Service, comcast.net.entry-level college and vocational Out About 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is • American Legion Post 276 is open tostudents are welcome. • Leisure Travel Services is offering Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hearts veterans and active-duty service members Participants have the opportunity to discounted tickets for active-duty service Apart provides a supportive group setting at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn.meet representatives of more than 30 members to the Shen Yun Performing for adults and children (with children’s Breakfast may be purchased beginningcompanies and learn about available Arts Show from March 21 to April 1 at activities provided) when the service at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchasedjobs and internships. the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. member is separated by TDY or PCS or from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy In addition, representatives of Explore the richness of Chinese culture deployed for more than 30 days. For more Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may becolleges, technical schools and volunteer through stories, choreography and origi- information, call 301-677-5590 or 301-677- purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and theorganizations will provide information. nal orchestral compositions. For more 9014. fourth Sunday of every month. Teens also will learn resume tips, how information, call LTS at 301-677-7354. • Parenting With a Purpose will meet Membership discounts are offeredto work a job fair and how to prepare • Leisure Travel Services, 2300 Wilson Wednesday and Feb. 29 and March 7, for active-duty military. For morefor an interview. St., is offering monthly bus trips to New 14, 21 and 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Meuse information, call 410-969-8028 or visit For more information, call 301-677- York City on March 10, April 14 and Forest Neighborhood Center at 8700 91st www.americanlegionpost276.org.5590. May 18, and discounts to attractions. Division Blvd. Learn what your parenting • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will Bus cost is $55. For more information, style is and the art of judo-parenting. For meet March 6 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.Storytime call 301-677-7354 or visit www. reservations, call Rikki Ford, Parent Sup- Lynda Maxwell of Destinations Inc. will The Medal of Honor Memorial Library ftmeademwr.com. port coordinator, at 301-677-3617 or email demonstrate some of the best ways tooffers Pre-Kindergarten Storytime every • Monster Jam at 1st Mariner Arena, rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil. pack for a trip to any destination.Thursday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 201 W. Baltimore St. Hours are: Feb. 24 • Air Force Sergeants Association Cost is $15. Reservations must be11 a.m. at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday • Today: “A Presidential Birthday”: p.m.; and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 20http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 19
  • 16. C ommunity n ews n otes Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the MEETINGS Clubhouse in Bldg. T-4, across from the PetCONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Care Center. The next meeting is March 12. For more information, visit www.ftmeadeesc. Kimbrough Corner org.made by March 1 at noon. Members • Bridging the Gap deployment supportmay call their area ReservationCommittee member; all others maycall Betty Wade at 410-551-7082. For group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place Help save a life, learn CPRmore information, call ROWC President Neighborhood Center. The next meeting isLianne Roberts at 301-464-5498. March 13. For more information, call Sharon By Maryfe Zabala, RN, BSN center of the chest. Guests who are eligible to join may Collins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center • Place the heel of the other handattend one meeting before they are required j.collins@us.army.mil. February is American Heart Month. on top of the first hand, lacing yourto join. Dues, normally $25 per year, are • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Heart attacks can occur suddenly, fingers together.reduced to $12.50 for the remaining meetings Association meets the second Wednesday of without warning. • Keep your arms straight; posi-through May. each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 160 on Eighty percent of heart attacks hap- tion your shoulders directly over your • Monthly Prayer Breakfast hosted by Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The next meeting pen at home. Bystanders and family hands.the garrison is held the first Thursday is March 14. Active-duty, Reserve and retired members can act quickly to improve • Push hard, push fast.of every month at 7 a.m. at the Courses members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps chances for survival. • Compress the chest at least 2Clubhouse. The next breakfast is March 1. and Coast Guard are invited. For more The American Heart Association inches.Post employees, family members, civilian information, call 410-761-7046 or 301-262- encourages all Americans to learn CPR • Compress at least 100 times perand military personnel are invited. There is 6556. or how to give hands-only CPR. minute.no cost; donations are optional. For more • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets Even children can help by directing • Let the chest rise completely beforeinformation, call 301-677-6703 or email the second Wednesday of each month at others what to do if they are unable to pushing down again.diana.l.durner.civ@mail.mil. 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting do the steps themselves. Video demon- • Continue chest compressions. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the is March 14. The association is open to strations are available for viewing for all Air Force active and retired senior both CPR and hands-only CPR at www. Do not stop, except in one offirst Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. atPerry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 noncommissioned officers. For more heart.org and www.redcross.org. these situations:Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob Learn the steps of hands-only CPR: • You see an obvious sign of lifeis March 1 in the banquet hall in back of the at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@nsa.gov. (breathing) • Meade Area Garden Club will Check and call • Another trained responder arrivesbuilding. If you come early, you may join usfor dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, meet March 16 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup • Check the scene, then check the or takes overcall 410-674-4000. Community Hall at the corner of Route 175 person. • EMS personnel arrive and take • Officers’ Spouses’ Club will meet March and Wigley Avenue. Susan Barbi, a national • Tap the shoulder, shout, “Are you over15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Courses. The theme of judge for the African Violet Society of okay?” and quickly look for breathing. • You are too exhausted to con-the luncheon is “Wedding March.” The club America and a Maryland master gardener, • Call 911 if no response. tinueis collecting wedding photos of members. will present a slide show on African violets. • An automated external defibrilla-Email a jpeg (and include wedding date) to Refreshments will be served. Reservations are Give chest compressions tor is ready to use1stvice@fortmeadeosc.org by March 2. not required. • Place the heel of one hand on the • The scene becomes unsafe Wear white to get in the wedding spirit,and encourage members to don their best oPen WiDe“Royal Wedding Hat.” To RSVP or to bea vendor, email 1stvice@fortmeadeosc.org. Cost is $5 for members and $10 fornonmembers. Six-year-old Tyler Sunde- • EMPOWERING Parents of Teens meyer of Heritage ParkSupport Group meets the first and third brushes Doogey Dog’sMonday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. teeth as the Tooth Fairyat School Age Services. The next meeting is (aka Deanna Benicewicz,March 5. Refreshments and free child care community health dentalprovided. For more information, call Rikki hygienist) provides tipsFord, Parent Support coordinator, at 301- on dental health. Tyler677-3617 or e-mail rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army. was joined by his mothermil. Seana and his 9-year-old • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the sister Kaitlyn at the annualsecond Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in “Toothbrush Giveaway”the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next display sponsored Feb. 10meeting is March 9. The association is open at the commissary by theto active, retired, Reserve and National Fort Meade Dental ActivityGuard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in observance of Nationalin this area are invited to attend a breakfast Children’s Dental Healthand meet the membership. For more Month.information, visit www.e9association.org orcall 410-551-7953. photo BY BReNDAN CAVANAUGh • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the second20 SOUNDOFF! February 16, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 17. R eligion Spring religiouS ServiceS on Fort Meade April 8 - Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m., Chapel Center April 6 – Good Friday Protestant Service – 11 a.m., NSA April 8 – Easter Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel April 8 – Easter Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel April 8 – Easter Sunday Contemporary Protestant – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel April 8 – Easter Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center Catholic Services Wednesday – Ash Wednesday Mass – 11 a.m., NSA; Noon, Post Chapel; 7 p.m., Chapel Center Feb. 24, March 2 9 – Stations of the Cross Lenten Supper – 6:30 p.m., Chapel Center March 11-15 – Lenten Parish Retreat Reconciliation Service – 6 p.m., Post Chapel March 16, 23, 30 – Stations of the Cross Lenten Supper – 6:30 p.m., Chapel Center April 1 – Palm Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule April 5 – Maundy Thursday Service – 11 a.m., NSA April 5 – Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m., Chapel Center April 6 – Good Friday service – 11 a.m., NSA Protestant Services April 6 – Good Friday Stations of the Cross – noon, Chapel Center Tuesday – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 6 p.m., Post Chapel April 6 – Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 7 p.m., Chapel CenterWednesday – Ash Wednesday Protestant Service – 11 a.m., NSA Noon, Cavalry Chapel April 7 – Holy Saturday Great Easter Vigil – 8 p.m., Chapel Center Wednesday – Ash Wednesday Episcopal Service – 6 p.m., Post Chapel April 8 – Easter Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass ScheduleMarch 28 – Living Last Supper (hosted by Gospel Congregation) – 7 p.m., Chapel Center *Regular Catholic Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. Cavalry Chapel; Sunday: 9 April 1 – Palm Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel a.m. Chapel Center; 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel. There will be no 5 p.m. Mass at Cavalry Chapel April 1 – Palm Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel on Holy Saturday, April 7. Regularly scheduled noon Mass will be held at the Post Chapel, April 1 – Palm Sunday Contemporary Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel except April 5 and 6. April 1 – Palm Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center Jewish Services April 5 – Holy Thursday Protestant Service – 11 a.m., NSA April 9-12 – Passover meals – 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapel Center Chaplain’s Word Find the Fort Meade WORKING WITH GOD religiouS Schedule “If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life at of a man or woman, www.ftmeade.army.mil. I shall feel that I have worked with God.” Look for the “Community” tab then click — George MacDonald on “Religious Services” for schedules, events and contact information. Nomore worries. With TWSB Premium Checking you also receive FREE: • On-Line Banking with Bill Pay** • Surcharge Free Access to Over 1,500 ATMs “We switched to The Washington Savings Bank – they offer a totally • Debit Card • Premium Mobile Banking FREE Premium Checking Account with no monthly service charges that pays us interest!* • Text Message Banking And we opened a Maximum Money Market Account. • Finance Works – a free banking tool that puts TM money management at your fingertips and your We couldn’t believe the interest rate.” financial goals within reach! FIVE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! BOWIE CROFTON ODENTON MILLERSVILLE WALDORF 301-352-3100 410-721-8867 410-551-8800 410-987-1515 301-843-7200 4201 Mitchellville Rd. 1669 Crofton Centre 1161 Annapolis Rd. 676 Old Mill Road 3225 Crain Highway *APY (ANNUAL PERCENTAGE YIELD). PREMIUM CHECKING EARNS 0.50% APY ON BALANCES OF $500.00 OR MORE. EFFECTIVE DATE 02/01/12. PENALTIES AND/OR OTHER FEES MEMBER FDIC MAY APPLY, RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, ANY TIME. ** PAY ONE BILL THROUGH ON-LINE BANKING PER STATEMENT CYCLE TO AVOID A $2.95 MONTHLY BILL PAY FEE. For more information on these or any of our innovative banking products, visit us @ www.twsb.comhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 21

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