Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 27 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ July 5, 2012 cleaning up storm damage Photo by Lt. Col. J. Darrell SidesAn uprooted tree rests on a house on Washington Avenue in the historic portion of Heritage Park on Saturday morning. Winds in excess of 60 mph moved across the regionaround 11 p.m. Friday and left behind more than 75 downed trees and power outages on post until Monday afternoon. For the story, see Page 10.Joyful Hot Notes UPCOMING EVENTSFirst Army East Army Field Band TODAY, 9:30 a.m.: “Wild About Books” Story Time - Post Libraryvolunteers support four-concert series Friday, 7 p.m.-MIDNIGHT: Chicago Steppin’ - Club Meade entertains community Tuesday, 7 p.m.: MLB All-Star Game Party - The Lanes’ 10th Frame LoungeSpecial Olympics July 12, 9 a.m.: Kimbrough Change of Command ceremony - Parade Fieldpage 12 page 6 July 12, 7:30 p.m.: USO’s Movies on the Lawn: “Kung Fu Panda 2” - Burba Lake
Commander’s Column Soundoff! Weathering through ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity When it rains, it pours. consecutive day. Public Affairs Officer You often hear people using this expression when It was a con- Chad T. Jones something happens good or bad. After Friday’s versation like this, Chad.T.Jones.firstname.lastname@example.org storm, I’m using this phrase literally to describe the in which families Chief, Command Information violent storm that moved through our community. were concerned Philip H. Jones For most of us, Friday’s storm came without much with helping each Philip.H.Jones.email@example.com warning. Unless you happened to tune in to the 6 p.m. other, that cama- Assistant Editor & Senior Writer weather reports and the forecasts of local meteorolo- raderie made me Rona S. Hirsch gists, you had little or no idea that fast-moving storms proud. These Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes with hurricane-force winds were heading our way. types of conver- Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz It was the second time this summer that Fort sations and acts Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Meade has had to react to severe weather. That said, of kindness were COL. Edward c. Supplemental photography provided I could not be more proud of the way many of you shared on com- Rothstein by Patuxent Publishing Co. Garrison Commander banded together during this difficult situation. munity Facebook Advertising I believe this most recent storm, which knocked pages and at neighborhood centers. down trees and disrupted power service to most of Team Meade doesn’t just talk resiliency, we live General Inquiries 410-332-6300 the post and region, was more damaging than the it. 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Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are power to use it as a cooling station and relief from Lastly, I want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the sweltering heat. I know that being in an air-con- July. Soundoff! is published one day after this year’s the Army of the products or services advertised. ditioned theater on Sunday, watching a movie while holiday. As such, it forces me to assume all went well snacking on popcorn and candy, was very comforting with our post celebration and fireworks. to families affected. What’s important for me to share with you, despite At the Post Theater, I listened to families talk about being a day late, is that we all found time to remem- www.ftmeade.army.mil how they could help each other make it through the ber and celebrate the day our country was born, and weekend. In one discussion, several families talked honor the determined and patriotic men who were You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd about hosting a neighborhood barbecue to help united in the cause of freedom. and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. families have a positive way to use food that would I hope everyone found time to get together with soon spoil due to power outages and temperatures family and friends, and enjoyed their time off. that approached or exceeded 100 degrees for a third Have a great week! Co n t e n t s Commander’s Open Door News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 12 Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 15 issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, Community.................... 8 Classified.............................. 16 first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! July 5, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
NewsMission Growth Initiative helps form partnershipsBy Brandon Bieltz and its partners. es,” he said. “The installation also provides The initiative will be conducted in fiveStaff Writer “The Mission Growth Initiative is a joint human services, so we want to make sure phases: setup phase, staff assessment phase, When the 2005 Base Realignment and plan between the Fort Meade Regional we aren’t duplicating support so taxpayers partner agency phase, community phaseClosure process began, the Fort Meade Growth Management Committee and the aren’t paying twice for the same service.” and joint-action phase.Regional Growth Management Committee Fort Meade garrison,” Menser said. “The The initiative will focus on four main Menser expects the first two years to bewas formed to help oversee the growth and objective is to work together in joint plan- areas. One area is Families/Recruiting and the busiest.development of the areas outside the gate. ning and share resources to support the Retention, with the goal of retaining highly “We believe it will be an intense first two Now that the Defense Information Sys- Fort Meade mission.” qualified personnel at Fort Meade. years because the focus of the MGI is totems Agency, Defense Media Activity, Bernadette Baldeo, director of the The initiaive also will focus on the establish sustainable connectivity betweenand Defense and Military Department installation’s Plans, Analysis and Integra- defense contractor community to connect the Fort Meade staff and the staffs of theAdjudication Activities have completed tion Office, said strong relationships with regional government, businesses and Fort eight counties and two cities,” he said.their moves to the installation, RGMC’s the outside community is crucial to the Meade with resource-sharing opportuni- Ultimately, Menser and Baldeo said, thepartnership with Fort Meade is beginning Fort Meade mission. ties. Mission Growth Initiative will help createa new chapter. “It is absolutely key to our success,” she Another area of focus will be ensuring a better quality of life — key to success “Even though BRAC is now officially said. “It will actually help avoid mission that the installation’s infrastructure plan- in the missions of the community and thecompleted, Fort Meade is going to con- failure in some areas where resources are ning, programs and systems are aligned installation.tinue to grow,” said Kent D. Menser, chair being cut back.” with those of its partner jurisdictions out- “It’s about the community and Fortof the RGMC’s Workforce Development By 2014, the group hopes to have estab- side the gate. The initiative also will focus Meade partnering together to make theCommittee. “The team is now focused on lished a formal agenda of issues and oppor- on sustaining operations at Fort Meade in best use of taxpayer resources,” Menseroverall Fort Meade growth.” tunities with Fort Meade and its counter- case of emergencies. said. “It makes the taxpayers get the best Through the new Mission Growth Ini- parts within the regional jurisdictions.tiative, the RGMC will serve as a liaisonto solidify planning relations between FortMeade and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Menser said between 90 and 95 percent of the installation’s employees reside off post. Part of the initiative is looking at the Avoiding obesity outweighsCarroll, Howard, Montgomery, PrinceGeorge’s, Queen Anne’s and Talbot coun-ties, and the cities of Baltimore and Lau- counties and cities where a majority of the workers from Fort Meade live. Through the initiative, overlapping or redundancy of cost of healthy food optionsrel. services can be cut to save tax money. By Col. Heidi Warrington are really more expensive is explored in the The goal of the initiative, which began in “In the counties that they live in, those U.S. Army Public Health Command May 2012 U.S. Department of AgricultureMay, is to provide support to the garrison counties provide all kinds of human servic- Obesity is linked to many serious health Economic Research Service report, “Are conditions such as diabetes and cancer. Like Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Water Works other Americans, military warriors, past and Depends On How You Measure the Price.” present, and their families feel the effects of In the report, authors Andrea Carlson obesity through negative health impacts and and Elizabeth Frazão compare prices of out-of-pocket costs. healthy and less-healthy foods using three For example, the inability to meet ser- different measures: the price per calorie, the Local swimming pool options vice weight and physical fitness standards is a common reason for early discharge. price per unit of edible weight and the price of an average portion. for service members and families According to a recent Army study, “Too Fat to Fight,” 27 percent of all Americans 17 to 24 years of age are too heavy to join They also calculate the daily cost of meet- ing the food group recommendations on the ChooseMyPlate.gov website. For all metrics With the closure of the Rock Avenue the military. except the price of food per calorie, the Outdoor Pool, the indoor pool at Gaffney Another major concern is the negative authors find that healthy foods cost less than Fitness Center will continue to operate effect of obesity on force readiness. less-healthy foods (defined for this study as its recreational swim Saturdays and We have an opportunity to improve the foods that are high in saturated fat, added Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. health and well-being of warriors, military sugar and/or sodium, or that contribute little through Aug. 17. families and military communities as a to meeting dietary recommendations). The Columbia Association is offering whole. To achieve this, health promotion The fight against obesity only can be won special military and DoD rates at five of and wellness initiatives should be focused by promoting environmental changes, well- its pools. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for on influencing behavior throughout the “life ness activities, policies that support healthy children per visit. A valid military or DoD space” - the 525,500 minutes in a year that behaviors and staying engaged in current Soldiers and retirees, their family members best practices that can help prevent and identification card is required. file photo and Army civilians are not seeing a health reduce obesity. • Talbott Spring, 9660 Basket Ring, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-5421. care provider. For more information on the USDA • Faulkner Ridge, 15018 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia. For information, call 410-730- One critical component of this complex Economic Research Service report, visit: 5292. issue is ensuring the affordability of and U.S. Department of Agriculture, ers.usda. • Jeffers Hill, 6030 Tamar Drive, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-1220. access to healthier food options. This initia- gov/publications/eib96/. • McGills Common, 10025 Shaker Drive, Columbia. For information, call 410-730- tive is aligned with the National Prevention Editor’s note: Col. Heidi Warrington is a 5995. Strategy’s Healthy Eating strategic priority. chief nurse executive for the U.S. Army Public • Running Brook, 5730 Columbia Road, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-5293. The question of whether healthy foods Health Command.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 5, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsPainful sore throat may not Communitybe related to strep infection Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency ServicesBy Lt. Col. Patricia McKinney • Avoid close contact with an infectedU.S. Army Public Health Command individual. June 22, Larceny of private prop- June 27, Larceny of private People often think that any painful sore • Do not share toothbrushes or eating and erty: Unknown person(s) gained property: Unknown person(s)throat is strep throat and that antibiotics are drinking utensils. access to an unsecured vehicle removed a wallet, handbag, creditneeded to make it better. This is not true. • Wash your hands frequently. and removed a wallet and purse. and debit cards, a wedding band Strep throat is an infection of the throat • Strengthen your body’s ability to fight and ring, and various other itemsand tonsils caused by streptococcal bacteria. off infections with a healthy diet, regular June 22, Driving while under the that were in the victim’s handbagThe throat gets irritated and inflamed, caus- exercise, a good night’s sleep and stress man- influence of alcohol, driving while and wallet, from her unsecureding a sudden, severe sore throat. agement. impaired by alcohol: The Director- and unattended vehicle. Most other sore throats are caused by a • Wipe down your phone. ate of Emergency Services as notified ofvirus. Sore throats caused by a virus are also Strep throat cannot be accurately diag- a possible DUI in progress. An investiga- June 29, Shoplifting: AAFES loss-preven-painful. If you have cold-like symptoms such nosed by symptoms or by a physical exam tion revealed that the driver was observed tion personnel at the Exchange reportedas a runny or stuffy nose and coughing, you alone. Diagnosis is made by swabbing the by an individual outside of his idling that the subject took a pair of sunglasses,probably do not have strep throat. back of the throat for a culture to identify vehicle, exhibiting signs of intoxication. removed the price tag, concealed the He admitted to driving from the bowl- glasses underneath her shirt and departed The most common symptoms of strep the presence of strep bacteria. ing alley. The driver was administered the Exchange without rendering properthroat are: Sore throats should be treated with anti- standardized field sobriety tests, which payment. • Sudden, severe sore throat biotics only if the strep test is positive. he failed. He failed to provide sufficient • Pain when swallowing Penicillin or amoxicillin is usually the antibi- breath samples. June 26, Larceny of private property: • Fever over 101 degrees F (38.3 degrees otic prescribed to treat strep throat infection. The victim stated that his DVD playerCelsius) Antibiotics should be taken for the entire 10 June 24, Simple assault: The Director- with the cord, a BlackBerry smartphone • Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes days, even though symptoms are usually gone ate of Emergency Services was notified and Galaxy Sprint Android phone were • White or yellow spots on the back of a after a few days. of a fight in progress. An investigation stolen from his wife’s vehicle.bright red throat If antibiotics are not taken for the full revealed that the subjects entered into a People spread the bacteria by sneezing, course of treatment, the infection may reoc- verbal altercation, which turned physical June 29, Domestic assault: The victimcoughing, shaking hands or close contact cur and stronger antibiotics may be needed when subject one slapped subject two’s stated her husband, while drunk, phys-with people who are infected. to treat the infection. hands down as he was attempting to ically assaulted her by throwing her You also can pick up strep by touching Remember, strep throat is not your average communicate. Subject two then struck against the wall, grabbing her about the subject one with a closed hand in his neck and causing multiple scratches onobjects that were touched by an infected per- sore throat. If you suspect that you may have face.son (such as phones, doorknobs, tables) and strep throat, see your health care provider. the neck, shoulder and arms.then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Editor’s note: Lt. Col. Patricia McKinney To prevent infection: is an Army Public Health nurse. Have you noticed an issue on post On the lookout for theft Trouble and wondered if anything is being The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to done to fix it? Email concerns and keep neighborhoods safe. issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to 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 solve them. 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 Issue: Plan: Status: any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677- 6622 or 6623. Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall after the grass matures Chaplain’s Word: LIBERTY McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC Survey work has begun; full HVAC is inoperative install set for completion “God who gave us life gave us liberty.” (except in the ballroom) September 2012; portable A/C — Thomas Jefferson units being used in classrooms SOUNDOFF! July 5, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
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N ewsSummer BeatsArmy Field Band presents annual Summer Concert Series in AugustBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer After a year of touring throughout theworld performing for large audiences, the vari-ous ensembles of the U.S. Army Field Bandalways return home in the summer to entertainthe Fort Meade community. The Army Field Band’s 2012 Summer Con-cert Series will feature four concerts performedon consecutive Saturdays in August beginningAug. 4 with the Concert Band and Soldiers’Chorus, followed by the Jazz Ambassadors onAug. 11 and The Volunteers on Aug. 18. Theseries concludes with a combined performanceon Aug. 25. “When you’re on tour you get to performfor hundreds of thousands of Americans thatyou’ve never seen before and bring them a sliceof music that, hopefully, they’re very receptiveto and haven’t heard,” said Sgt. 1st Class EricaRusso, an alto in the Soldiers’ Chorus. “Butwhen you’re here, you get to perform for yourfamily and your friends and the Fort Meadecommunity.” The free, outdoor concerts will all begin at 7p.m. at Constitution Park, opposite McGlach-lin Parade Field off English Avenue. To kick off the series, the Concert Band willbe joined by the Field Band’s vocal comple-ment, the Soldiers’ Chorus. The 65-memberConcert Band, the largest and oldest ensemblein the Field Band, will perform a program ofmarches, overtures, popular music, patrioticselections, and instrumental and vocal soloswith the 29-member mixed choral group. The following weekend, the Jazz Ambassa-dors — also called America’s Big Band — willtake the stage to perform big band swing, file photobebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, Members of the U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors entertain a Fort Meade audience during the Field Band’s 2010 Summerpopular tunes, Dixieland, vocals and patriotic Concert Series. The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will kick off this summer’s Army Field Band’s concert series on Aug. 4selections. at Constitution Park. “The Jazz Ambassadors have music that isso great for everybody,” Russo said. “You’ll look forward to it. We work with so manyhave standards that some of the older people great people but don’t necessarily get to work Army Field Bandin the crowd might enjoy, but you have new together.”arrangements that some of the young people Since the concerts are performed outdoors, Summer Concert Seriesmight enjoy. inclement weather may force officials to cancel • Aug. 4: Concert Band and Soldiers’ “Whether you’re 2 years old or 72 years shows. But the Field Band won’t lose the entire Chorusold, you’re going to find something to get up series because of weather, Russo said. If the • Aug. 11: Jazz Ambassadorsand dance to.” first three concerts are rained out, a final show • Aug. 18: The Volunteers The Field Band’s six-piece pop-rock band, will be performed Aug. 25 at McGill Training • Aug. 25: Combined performanceThe Volunteers, will perform a blend of popu- Center featuring The Volunteers. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. atlar American music, including rock ‘n’ roll, Russo said members of the Field Band are Constitution Park.standards, country, jazz and patriotic. excited to bring the entertainment directly to Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Grills, glass On the final Saturday in August, the ensem- the Fort Meade community. containers, alcoholic beverages and pets arebles will combine for one final performance to “I can’t really think of a better way to end prohibited.wrap up the series. the summer than a concert every week by the “This is rare,” Russo said. “We definitely Field Band,” she said. SOUNDOFF! July 5, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsConcepts Integration Squadron welcomes new commanderStory and photo by Maj. Sonise LumbacaAsymmetric Warfare Group PAO Members of the U.S. Army AsymmetricWarfare Group bid farewell to Lt. Col. Wil-liam M. Huff, outgoing commander of theConcepts and Integration Squadron, andwelcomed the incoming commander, Lt.Col. Michael Richardson, during a changeof command ceremony Monday. Huff, originally from Brightwaters, N.Y.,took command of the squadron in July2011. The Concepts Integration Squadron, akaDog Squadron, is one of four squadrons thatmake up the AWG. The AWG provides operational advisorysupport to Army and joint-force command-ers globally to enhance Soldier survivabilityand combat effectiveness, and enable thedefeat of current and emerging threats insupport of Unified Land Operations. The Concepts Integration Squadronrapidly identifies, develops and integratesnonmaterial and supports material solu-tion development, which supports the unit’sgroup priority efforts to enhance Soldiersurvivability and combat effectiveness. Priority efforts include mobility enhance-ments such as the Man Portable Line Chargeand increasing the understanding of theoperational environment through the Asym-metric Operations Work Group. The Con-cepts Integration Squadron provides thelinkage between global scout observationsof AWG Operational Advisors into Train- Lt. Col. Michael Richardson, incoming commander for the Concepts Integration Squadron of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfareing and Doctrine Command, the Army and Group, receives the squadron’s guidon from Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., commander of the AWG, at the change of commandacross the joint, interagency, multinational, ceremony held July 2. Outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Williams Huff led the squadron for the past year.public and private communities. “(The Concepts Integration Squadron) command anytime, any place — especially in in Washington, D.C. Los Angeles; and the Naval Post Graduatedirectly works to defeat current and emerg- combat,” he said. Prior to commanding with the AWG, School in California.ing threats ... threats that are often irregular, In his remarks, Huff spoke highly of his Huff’s previous assignments included the His previous assignments include 2ndasymmetric and hybrid, and are increas- time served with the AWG and thanked 320th Field Artillery; 3rd Battalion, 75th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division;ingly clever, adaptive, networked,” said Col. members of the Concepts Integration Ranger Regiment; 319th Airborne Field 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd AirbornePatrick J. Mahaney Jr., commander of the Squadron. Artillery Regiment; U.S. Army Special Oper- Division; 10th Special Forces Group; 1stAWG. “The way I see it, they own the meet- “Thanks to the leadership, Soldiers, ations Command; 231st (Airborne) Field Special Warfare Training Group; and trooping point where not only concepts are tested [Department of the Army] civilians and con- Artillery; and the 508th Parachute Infantry commander and squadron commander ofand integrated together, but where they are tractors within Dog Squadron that [made Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. the AWG.then taken to meet reality.” my time here] special,” Huff said. In a previous assignment with the AWG, During his remarks, Richardson said he Mahaney, who also was the reviewing A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy Huff served as a troop commander and looks forward to the challenge of command-officer for the ceremony, praised Huff’s at West Point, N.Y., and College of Naval senior operations officer. ing his new squadron.leadership. Command and Staff in Newport, R.I., Huff Richardson, who is from Burke, Va., “Thank you for the confidence you have “Your performance was brilliant and will be headed to the National War College, is a graduate of Gettysburg College in place in me,” he said. “I won’t let youawe-inspiring, and I would serve under your National Defense University at Fort McNair Pennsylvania; the University of California, down.” Connect with Fort Meade at Follow Fort Meade Facebook.com/ftmeade at Twitter.com/ftmeademdhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 5, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All Chicago Steppin’submissions are posted at the editor’s dis- Dance at Chicago Steppin’ oncretion and may be edited for space and Thursday and July 20 from 7 p.m. togrammar. Look for additional community midnight at Club Meade.events on the Fort Meade website at www. Free dance lessons will be offeredftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade from 7 to 8 p.m.Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. Special menus will be available. There For more information or to submit an is no cover charge.announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. For more information, call firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602. 6969. NEWS EVENTS Latin Club Night Dance to Latin music at Latin Club Night on July 13 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.Bagger-licensing hours Special menus will be available. There Bagger-licensing renewals for the is no cover charge.Fort Meade Commissary will be issued For more information, call 301-677-Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 6969.p.m. at the Fort Meade Public AffairsOffice at 4409 Llewellyn Ave. EDUCATION Those who come to the office outside file photoof this block of time will be able to leavetheir information. Badges will be issuedas time permits. YARD OF THE YEAR JUDGING The Meade Area Garden Club, in conjunction with Picerne Military Hous- Tour MacArthur Middle SchoolNotice ing, is once again sponsoring the judging for the annual Yard of the Year Newcomers may tour MacArthur competition on Fort Meade. Middle School, meet the school’s Anyone with debts owed to or by the Judging will take place Tuesday, starting at 8:30 a.m., and will continue counselors and administrators, and haveestate of Sgt. Marc G. Williams, Fort until all areas have been judged. Yards will be judged based on neatness, questions answered on Aug. 14.Meade, Alpha Company, WTB, must use of flowers and plants, use of color, edging, healthiness of plantings Sessions will be offered from 8:30contact 1st Lt. Anthony Cosentino, the and overall impression of the area. to 10 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. in thesummary court officer for the Soldier. For more information, call Rita Surber at 410-305-0291. MacArthur Media Center. Williams passed away on June 21. Parents may sign up for the Parent- To contact Cosentino, call 202-641- Teacher-Student Association and to2298. birthday on July 25 from noon to 3 p.m. practical assistance, to a family until volunteer at the school. at the Lanes. other support arrives. For more information, call 410-674-Kimbrough change Free bowling and shoes will be To volunteer, email Pia Morales, 0032. offered to the first 250 people. Prizes and Mobilization/Deployment Programof command giveaways will be awarded. manager at Army Community Service, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center The event also will feature birthday at email@example.com or call PWOC Bible studywill be closed July 12 until 1 p.m. for cake and information about ACS 301-677-4110. Protestant Women of the Chapelthe change of command ceremony programs. will be host summer Bible study onof Col. Leon E. Moores at 9 a.m. at For more information, call 301-677- VTF products Wednesdays until July 25 from 9:30 toMcGlachlin Parade Field. 5590. 11:30 a.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Center. Moores will relinquish command of Facility at 2018 Annapolis Road is under-the U.S. Army Medical Department CARE Team going renovations through August. Child care will be provided. The prayer and fellowship program’sActivity, Fort Meade, and Kimbrough toCol. Danny B.N. Jaghab. volunteers needed From July 16-27, VTF will only sell pet fall kickoff is scheduled for Aug. 29 Volunteers are needed for the Fort products through its side entrance while from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more the front entrance and clinic are under704th MI change Meade CARE (Casualty Response) construction. information, visit Facebook at PWOC Team. Fort Meade, or email firstname.lastname@example.org command In the event of a casualty, severe VTF will resume seeing patients on or call Kori Yates at 301-262-0756. injury or disaster within the community, July 30. Col. Karen H. Gibson will relinquish For medical emergencies, see your near-command of the 704th Military the garrison commander may activate est civilian veterinarian. Spouse and Veterans a CARE Team based on the affectedIntelligence Brigade to Col. Anthony R.Hale in a change of command ceremony family’s needs and request for support. The nearest military vet clinics are: Appreciation Day Fort Meade CARE Teams consist of • Andrews Air Force Base VT, at 240-July 24 at 9 a.m. on McGlachlin Parade University of Maryland University three to four responsible, knowledgeable 857-2651Field. College will sponsor Spouse and volunteers who have been screened and • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall In inclement weather, the ceremony Veterans Appreciation Day on Tuesday trained and have signed a confidentiality VTF, Va., at 703-696-3604will be held at the Pavilion. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Army agreement. • Fort Belvoir VTF, Va., at 703-805- Education Center, 8601 Zimborski 4336ACS birthday The CARE Team will provide up to four consecutive days of service, For more information, call 301-677- Ave. The informal event will feature Celebrate the Army Community Service including emotional support and 1300. information about the career- SOUNDOFF! July 5, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
C ommunity N ews N otesrelevant undergraduate and graduateprograms offered online and on site YOUTH Children’s Reading Room second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center dueby University of Maryland University The Potomac Place Children’s to renovations. The next meeting is Monday. Reading Room is open Tuesdays andCollege. Advisors will be available. Storytime Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email email@example.com. As an added incentive, students who The Medal of Honor Memorial For more information, call 301-677-5522. • Spouse Connection meets the secondmake an application at the event will Library offers pre-kindergarten Storytime Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30have the $50 application fee waived. on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and Summer reading program p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood,(The is not available for Doctor of 10:30 to 11 a.m. 4998 Second Corps Blvd. The next meeting Children of all ages are invited to theManagement applicants.) • Today: “Wild about Storytime,” zoo will be Tuesday. The program provides Medal of Honor Memorial Library to For more information, call 301-621- themes an opportunity for all spouses in the Fort register for this year’s “Reading Is So9882. • July 12: “Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!” Meade community and surrounding area Delicious” summer reading program that stories about things that “go” to meet and get connected. For more ends Aug. 25.Joint Financial Readiness • July 19: “ Don’t be a Square,” about Participants will receive a reading log information, call 301-677-4110 or email shapes firstname.lastname@example.org.Classes • July 26: “Beach Party,” about the and a goodie bag. • Bridging the Gap deployment support Summer reading program events will be Joint Financial Readiness Classes are beach and ocean group, sponsored by Army Community held at Burba Cottage:being offered in July at the Community For more information, call 301-677- Service, meets the second Tuesday of the • July 17, 10 a.m.: “Books, The Magic isReadiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. 5522. month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place Real,” featuring magician Joe Romano Classes are open to active-duty and • Aug. 7, 10 a.m.: Mad Science of Neighborhood Center. The next meeting isretired service members, Reservists and Drama Camp Central Maryland Tuesday. For more information, call Sharonmembers of the National Guard (on For more information, call 301-677-5522. Collins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon. Summer SKIES is offering PROPS email@example.com), family members with identification Drama Camp for grades one to 12 from • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reservecards and DoD civilians. • Home Buying: Today, 1 to 3 p.m. July 23-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. RECREATION Association meets the second Wednesday of Cost is $40 and includes breakfast, each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 160 on • Financial Services Account snack and a T-shirt.Management: Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m. • Consumer Awareness: July 12, 1 to Performances will be July 28 at 3 and Out About Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The next meeting is Wednesday. Active-duty, Reserve and 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. • Leisure Travel Services is offering retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. monthly Saturday bus trips to New Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For • Investing 101: July 17, 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-677- York City on July 21 and Aug. 18, with more information, call 410-761-7046 or 301- • Developing Your Spending Plan: 1196. discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $55. 262-6556.July 19, 1 to 3 p.m • First Term Financial Readiness: July For more information, call 301-677-7354 • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sky Vacation Bible School or visit ftmeademwr.com. the second Wednesday of each month at For more information, call ACS at Sky Vacation Bible School will be • The Blue Star Museums program 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting301-677-5590 or the Navy Fleet and held Aug. 6 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 is offering free admission for all active- is Wednesday. The association is openFamily Support Center at 301-677-9014. p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. duty, National Guard and Reserve service to all Air Force active-duty and retired The free program is for children ages members and their dependents through senior noncommissioned officers. For moreMFTB courses 4 years old through fifth grade. Labor Day. More than 1,800 museums information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan VBS features games, crafts, music are registered. For more information, Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@ Army Community Service and Army visit bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_ nsa.gov. and adventures. Snacks and lunch areFamily Team Building are offering Family Star_Museums or dodlive.mil/index. • Spouse PTSD Support Group meets included.Team Building classes at Potomac Place php/2012/06/blue-star-museums-all- Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Registration is limited to the firstand Meuse Forest neighborhood centers. summer-long. Soldier and Family Assistance Center, 2462 200 children and will close July 23. • “Navigating Military Life” on July 12 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Registration tables will be set up untiland 13, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Level I class, for military July 23 at the Chapel Center and the MEETINGS The support group, sponsored by Main Post Chapel. Behavioral Health Care Service, thepersonnel and spouses and Department Religious Support Office and the Army Volunteers are needed to sign upof Army civilians, provides tools to • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the Substance Abuse Program, is for spouses immediately.navigate the military lifestyle. Modules first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at whose loved ones are exhibiting symptoms For more information, call 301-677-include Expectations of Military Life, Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 of PTSD. Learn valuable tools and 0386 or 301-677-6038.Understanding Military Acronyms, and Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting resources to understand PTSD and how toMilitary Traditions and Customs. • “Grow Skills for Military Life,” Level Romp ‘n Stomp is tonight in the banquet hall in back of the building. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For cope. To join or for more information, call 301-2, on Aug. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During the summer, Romp ‘n Stomp more information, call 410-674-4000. 677-8870. • Instructors Course, MFTB instructor playgroup meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to • Single Parent Support Group meets the • Fort Meade E9 Association meets thetraining, Sept. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 11:30 a.m. at the Boundless Playground. second and fourth Monday of the month second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. inp.m. The playgroup is for parents and their from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next Bring a brown bag lunch. children up to 5 years old. 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is meeting is July 13. The association is open Registration is required. Limited child For more information, call Rikki Monday. Free child care will be provided on to active, retired, Reserve and Nationalcare is available. Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at site. Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All To register or for more information, call 301-677-3617 or e-mail rikki.l.ford.ctr@ For more information, call Rikki Ford, E9s in this area are invited to attend a301-677-5590 or email amber.e.rustad@ us.army.mil. Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 breakfast and meet the membership. Forus.army.mil or firstname.lastname@example.org. or email email@example.com. more information, visit e9association.org • Enlisted Spouses Club will meet the or call 410-551-7953.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 5, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
C over S toryFierce storm whips through Fort Meade By Lisa R. Rhodes restored on post, including all of the housing Staff Writer areas, tenant units and tenant organizations. At approximately 11 p.m. Friday night, According to the National Oceanic and high winds and heavy rain struck Fort Meade, Atmospheric Administration, the raging storm bringing down trees, damaging property and that drenched the Baltimore-Washington area causing the entire installation to lose electric is a weather system known as a derecho. power. Derecho is a Spanish word for straight and “Immediately after the storm, Fort Meade refers to the storm’s powerful straight-line firefighters and police officers conducted an winds. initial damage assessment across the instal- Friday night’s storm moved from the west lation and began removing trees from the side of Chicago and headed east to the mid- primary routes to facilitate the movement Atlantic region at rapid speeds of up to 80 of emergency vehicles across the post,” said miles per hour at some points. The storm Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides, Fort Meade provost gained momentum the further it moved east. marshal and director of the Directorate of A derecho is unusual for this region, according Emergency Services. to NOAA. Two families who reside in Picerne Mili- Derechoes usually form along the top of tary Housing were temporarily relocated to a a hot air mass and can move at an average hospitality suite over the weekend due to tree of 70 miles per hour. Meteorologists consider damage to their homes. At one of the houses, this speed to be associated with a Category 1 which is located on Washington Avenue in hurricane. Heritage Park, an uprooted tree fell into the Fort Meade’s public address system, known house, crushing the chimney, busting out two as the “Big Voice,” sounded, informing resi- windows and causing a structural crack to dents of the storm warning issued by the one wall. National Weather Service. “The wife saw the tree falling from her “This shows you that the Big Voice siren is window and ran into the interior of the house something people should immediately react to yelling for her husband as it hit,” Sides said. once they hear it as it is a critical form of public No one was injured in either incident. notification that we don’t use except in a true Within 45 minutes after the storm hit, crews emergency,” Sides said. from the Directorate of Public Works worked After the storm hit, Fort Meade Police until Sunday at 8 p.m. to restore power. patrolled blacked-out neighborhoods with Angela French Marcum, communications flood lights and made reports of vehicles manager for Picerne, said the company’s staff damaged by fallen trees. and contractors were out at 1:30 a.m. Saturday At 10:30 p.m. Friday, the Fort Meade Fire to respond to emergency maintenance calls Department responded to reports of fallen from residents. power lines and arching electrical transform- By 11:20 a.m. on Monday, all power was ers on power poles. Throughout the weekend, Photo by Jason KellyEric Dominick Coates, a tree climber for Weber Jerman, a subcontractor of Melwood,decides how to cut apart a downed tree near Mapes Road and Leonard Wood Avenue.Coates focused on making cuts that avoided, unexpectedly, shifting the weight ofthe tree.RIGHT: Melwood employees prepare to clean up downed tree branches nearMcGlachlin Parade Field on Saturday morning. The area had been previously fencedoff in advance of the installation’s Independence Day celebration. PHOTO BY Marine Pvt. Ronnie Brink10 SOUNDOFF! July 5, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
three firefighting units worked to clear roadsand blocked off roads where power lines weredown. “Most of the firefighters on shift worked24 hours straight in response to the storm,”Sides said. Capt. Dave Biddle, a lead firefighter, saidabout 15 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. powerpoles were down and that the fire departmentreported them to BGE for repairs. “I have a highly trained and proficient crewthat can handle anything that comes their way,”Biddle said. “The post did very well comparedto surrounding jurisdictions off post.” The amount of time it took for power to berestored to the housing communities dependedupon whether residents receive their electricityfrom DPW or BGE. Fort Meade is undergoing privatizationof its electricity by BGE. Frank Hood, thehigh-voltage operator at DPW, said about 60percent of the installation is privatized andreceives power from the BGE grid. Most ofthe new housing on post and the Defense Photo by Jason KellyInformation Systems Agency are powered bythis grid. Andrew Williams, Melwood grounds supervisor, uses construction equipment to move downed trees in Constitution Park on DPW is responsible for providing electricity Saturday morning. Williams, who began work at 5 a.m. Saturday, was one of dozens of Melwood employees and subcontractorsto the remaining 40 percent. who endured heat indexes exceeding 100 degrees. By Saturday afternoon, power was restoredto most of the housing areas that receive elec- station, while the substation on Rock Avenue their families by Queen Waddell, center coor-tricity from DPW. Residents who receive power provides power to the rest of the installation. dinator of Fort Meade’s USO of Metropolitanfrom the BGE grid had their power restored by Residents who live near Argonne Hills Washington, and four volunteers.11:20 a.m. Monday, Hood said. had their power restored by Sunday at 6 p.m. The food, which was donated by Costco Marcum said Picerne worked with the Hood said the Rock Avenue substation was at the Arundel Mills Mall and the USO, wasinstallation and BGE immediately after the not affected by the storm. distributed at the Freedom Center barracksstorm and throughout the weekend to restore “BGE supplies power for the state of Mary- from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.power to the housing areas. land,” he said. “When storms like this happen, “The community members consisted of BGE also supplies electricity to two govern- BGE powers hospitals first and then the largest single service members, spouses and children,ment-operated power substations located near number of people who are out of power.” who were extremely excited and thanked ourthe NSA and on Rock Avenue. Some housing The BGE grid on Fort Meade only supplies volunteers, who typically don’t work on week-near Argonne Hills Chapel Center and the power to the installation. As a result, a smaller ends, except for special events, but recognizedNSA barracks are powered by the NSA sub- number of people are affected by a power the severity of the situation,” Waddell said. “I outage on the installation than are residents in was proud to know that USO-Metro was there other parts of the county or state, Hood said. to meet the needs of the community.” DPW and its contractor, Melwood, began Service members and their families in need to clear roads and grounds immediately after of immediate food assistance can visit the receiving a request from the installation’s USO-Metro food pantry Monday to Friday Emergency Operations Center. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7007 A Baker St. to John Houchins, Natural Resources Pro- receive nonperishable food items. gram manager for the Environmental Division For added respite, the Post Theater played at DPW, said seven trees blocked roads and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at three different access on post. But by 7 a.m. Saturday, they showtimes Sunday at no charge. were removed. Earlier that day, Garrison Commander Several trees also damaged power lines. Col. Edward C. Rothstein had asked Jonathan More than 75 trees on garrison-maintained Bright, general manager of the Exchange, if land were damaged by the storm. Many of the air-conditioned theater would be available them will either be cut down or pruned, for residents without power. Houchins said. None of these trees caused any “It was a place for them to go to see a good Photo by Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides property damage. movie and take their minds off of what was As of Monday, Melwood and two sub- happening,” Bright said. “We take care of the Eric Dominick Coates, a tree climber contractors were working on storm damage community.” for Weber Jerman, a subcontractor of clean-up. Editor’s note: Information for residents, who Melwood, cuts branches from a damaged To help residents without power Sunday, would like to file a claim for spoiled food, is tree on English Avenue. Coates’ work free pizza, chips and bottled water were pro- available on the Fort Meade Live blog at http:// prepared several trees near McGlachlin vided to more than 100 service members and ow.ly/bZwPp. Parade Field for later removal.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 5, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11