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  • 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 23 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ June 7, 2012 weathering the storm photo by Marcy rodriquezStorm clouds brew over Piney Orchard as the Fort Meade area has hit Friday with storms that sparked reports of two tornadoes touching down on the installation. Therewere no reports of injuries as the storms caused minor damage on the installation. This photo was submitted by Marcy Rodriquez, a Fort Meade Facebook follower.For more, see Pages 12-13.bite size lost letters UPCOMING EVENTSMeade Soldiers Vintage letters found Today, 5:45-10 p.m.: “Live” Jazz Night - Club Meadejudge healthy in World War II-era friday, 7 p.m.-Midnight: Chicago Steppin’ - Club Meade building on post Saturday, 9 a.m.: Armed Forces Kids Run - 2234 Huber Road parking loteating competition Monday, 9 a.m.-Noon & 1-6 p.m.: Commissary bagger licensing - 4409 Llewellyn 9 page 8 June 14, 7:30 a.m.: Army Birthday/Flag Day Breakfast - Club Meade
  • 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Summer safety, Army Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Col. Edward C. Rothstein birthday celebration Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones For the past couple of weeks I have been Next week promoting the need to make safety a priority we celebrate the Assistant Editor & Senior Writer on post. Army’s 237th Rona S. Hirsch My goal is to ensure there is a high level of birthday. A Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes awareness that reminds everyone to consider variety of activ- Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz ways to find balance in our lives, take steps to ities will be held Design Coordinator Timothy Davis keep our families strong and be mindful that on and off post Supple­mental photography provided staying safe does not happen by accident. as we celebrate by Patuxent Publishing Co. A good example of Team Meade working with our local together on safety awareness occurred last communities Advertising Friday when Fort Meade and our surrounding and their stead- General Inquiries 410-332-6300 areas came under severe weather and tornado fast support of COL. Edward c. Allison Thompson warnings. our Soldiers Rothstein 410-332-6850 Garrison Commander The Directorate of Emergency Services and and families. Michele Griesbauer the Public Affairs Office worked together, airing The 237th Army birthday commemorates 410-332-6381 warning messages on the installation’s public America’s Army - Soldiers, families and civilians address system and posting information on - who are achieving a level of excellence that is If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are the installation’s Facebook page and Twitter truly Army strong. experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through account starting early Friday afternoon and Army birthday activities kick off June 14 at Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. continuing through the evening until the storms 7:30 a.m. at Club Meade as the Francis Scott had cleared our area. Key Chapter Association of the U.S. Army Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the The good news is that we suffered minor dam- sponsors an Army Birthday/Flag Day breakfast. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary ages on post and no lives were lost. There will be a guest speaker, Scott Sheads, a of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday Following the storms, the Fort Meade Fire historian and ranger at Fort McHenry. except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the Department and the Directorate of Public At 10 a.m. June 14, I will participate in a desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Works worked together to remove fallen tree cake-cutting ceremony with Howard County Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. limbs and coordinated with the Baltimore Gas Executive Ken Ulman at the Columbia mall. and Electric Co. regarding power outages on Army units from our area also will have displays Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage the installation. set up in the mall. The displays will be in place without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser Working together, Team Meade did all the June 14 through June 16. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. things we would hope our emergency response On June 15, the Bowie Baysox will help cel- teams would do to keep us safe in severe ebrate the Army’s birthday. The game, which Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department weather. starts at 7:35 p.m., will feature the Army Color of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are Friday’s storms were the first severe weather Guard from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance storms of the summer. As we experience hotter (The Old Guard). The National Anthem will of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. weather, summer storms will continue. Knowing be performed by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife what to do when severe weather occurs allows and Drum Corps. “God Bless America” will be everyone to enjoy outdoor summer activities performed by Sgt. 1st Class Erika Lehmkuhl, and may save your life. First Army Division East. Pfc. Wesley Pattillo, When you hear a weather alert, take steps to 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, will throw protect yourself and your family. Listen to radio out the first pitch. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and television for information and updates The celebration will be highlighted by a group and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at about the storm. If you’re planning a trip out- of future Soldiers who will be sworn into the doors, always listen to the latest forecasts and Army. take necessary action if threatening weather is I hope you are able to find time and join me possible. for these events next week. Co n t e n t s Severe weather is just one area we need to be mindful of as we continue our “101 Critical Days of Summer” campaign, which runs through the News.............................. 3 Classified.............................. 20 Labor Day weekend, ending Sept. 4. Follow Fort Look for more information about ways you Meade on Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports................................... 14 can keep safe throughout the summer in the Soundoff! Enjoy the summer months ahead and Community.................. 16 Movies.................................. 19 continue to make safety a personal matter. /ftmeademd SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 3. NewsMeade service members honored at awards ceremonyBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer After appearing before numerous mil-itary boards to answer countless ques-tions from high-ranking enlisted servicemembers, Navy Petty Officer 2nd ClassJanice Truong stood on the stage of thePost Theater to loud applause as she Navy Petty Officerwas pinned with the Navy and Marine 2nd Class JaniceCorps Achievement Medal. Truong poses for a The cryptologic technician from photo on a BurbaNavy Information Operations Com- Lake pier on Mondaymand Maryland was among the handful afternoon. During anof service members who were honored awards ceremonyMay 30 at an awards ceremony for their held May 30 at thesuccess at the installation’s military Post Theater, Truongboards. Most awardees won Soldier, was named thenoncommissioned officer or Ultima ser- Ultima Junior Servicevice member of a quarter. Member of the Year Other service members were recog- after completingnized for winning the installation-level a series of boardyear boards. appearances. Soldier of the Year Spc. Gabriel Tur- photo by noah Scialomnage and Ultima NCO of the Year Sgt.Jennifer Ream were unable to attend theceremony due to deployments. Truong was honored at the ceremonyas the Ultima Junior Service Memberof Year for 2012. The Ultima categoryis for service members of all militarybranches. “I was very honored,” Truong said. is ongoing because boards are so regu- cussed leadership. He told the service“It’s very humbling to represent NIOC lar, said Truong. But because the few members that is it crucial for leaders to Army winnersMaryland.” weeks prior to a board are stressful, she be visible, including pitching in to help • Sgt. Timothy Greathouse, NCO of the Winners went through several board said service members need to mentally when needed. First Quarterappearances to earn their awards. Prior prepare themselves for the “nerve-rack- “Your Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, • Spc. Gabriel Turnage, Soldier of the Firstto attending the installation’s boards, ing” board. Marines and Coast Guardsmen need to Quarterservice members competed at their com- “It’s difficult, it’s always going to be understand that you aren’t above taking • Sgt. Zachary Carnaham, NCO of thepany, battalion, squadron and then difficult,” she said. “I don’t think any out the trash, rolling up your sleevesbrigade boards. Year winners attended service member is going to walk in there and getting a little dirty just because Second Quarteran additional board after winning a feeling super confident without any type you hold a title,” Drenning said. “This • Spc. Kaya Hansen, Soldier of thequarter competition. of nerves.” is a great way to lead by example.” Second Quarter Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. The long and tedious process, Smith He also encouraged the service mem- • Spc. Gabriel Turnage, Soldier of the YearCharles E. Smith said service members said, pays off in the long run as success bers to remain humble, not forget wherewere asked various questions rang- at the boards can give service members they came from and to show the people Ultima winnersing from military history to technical a boost when it comes time for promo- they lead that they are important. • Sgt. Jennifer Ream, Utlima NCO of themanuals. They also were critiqued on tions. “Even though you might have a lot First Quartertheir appearance and physical fitness. “This is a plus for their careers,” he going on at your desk, your people are • Petty Officer 2nd Class Janice Truong,Preparing for these boards, Smith said, said. “Those certificates go into their your greatest asset,” Drenning said. Ultima Junior Service Member of the Firstis a huge time-commitment. records. When the senior leaders review “Make sure they know where you pri- “You have to take your personal time their records for promotion, it’s basical- orities are.” Quarterto win these type of boards,” he said. ly a plus-up for them to being selected Following the brief speech, the board • Staff Sgt. Daniel Decook, Ultima NCO of“It’s not something you can pick up over their peers.” winners were awarded monetary rewards the Second Quartertoday and come up here tomorrow and The 20-minute ceremony to celebrate in addition to a lunch pass to Club • Airman First Class Liam Tupper, Ultimaregurgitate to everybody. You have to the achievements of the service mem- Meade, Commander’s Coin of Excel- Junior Service Member of the Secondstudy and you have to apply yourself. bers was attended by Smith, Garrison lence, garrison plaque and prizes from QuarterYou have to work on your physical fit- Command Col. Edward C. Rothstein sponsors. • Sgt. Jennifer Ream, Ultima NCO of theness and weight control because your and guest speaker NIOC Command “It feels amazing to be able to rep- Yearappearance comes into play.” Master Chief Scott Drenning. resent NIOC and the Navy,” Truong • Petty Officer 2nd Class Janice Truong, The studying and preparation process During his speech, Drenning dis- said. Ultima Junior Service Member of the Year June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 4. N ewsStateside number gives callers Communityeasy access to Army in Europe Crime WatchBy U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services HEIDELBERG, Germany — Anyone can now call the Army in Europe’s official DefenseSwitched Network phone numbers from the U.S. via a standard stateside commercial telephone May 29, Larceny of privatenumber: 301-981-1059. property: Person(s) unknown May 31, Larceny of private The number gives callers in the U.S. who do not have a DSN line available immediate commercial by unknown means removed property: The victim statedaccess to an operator in Germany, who will then connect them to the appropriate DSN number in a Maryland registration plate that her camera was removedEurope. from a trailer located within from her vehicle. “We realized that some people stateside not used to calling overseas are put off by foreign access the RV parking and country codes,” U.S. Army Europe Chief of Public Affairs Bryan Hilferty said. “I know June 2, Shoplifting: The sub-I was. May 29, Larceny of private ject was observed by Exchange “So we designed this system to encourage communication with incoming Soldiers and families, property: The victim stated that his video surveillance taking two shirtsas well as with U.S. citizens or researchers who have questions about the Army in Europe.” laptop computer was stolen from his and departing the store without ren- residence and that a power cable, one dering proper payment. However, callers still must know the unit they want to connect with or their DSN number so the terabyte hard drive and six two-giga-operator can complete the call. byte RAM chips were missing. “And remember, the Army in Europe is six hours ahead of the East Coast, so best to call us whenit is morning in the U.S.,” Hilferty said. Callers must pay commercial calling costs to the Maryland 301 area code, but there are no over-seas calling charges. The number is accessible from any phone and is for official use only — not for “morale and On the lookout for theftwelfare calls” to access a civilian number, or for other personal use. The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to The primary method for official communications remains DSN or email. keep neighborhoods safe. For more information, email Families residing on post should remember to ensure that windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at all times, regardless of time of day. Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to Connect with Fort Meade at take an active role in deterring crime. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677- 6622 or 6623. Have you noticed an issue on post AER campaign Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. surpasses Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to $80,000 goal The Fort Meade Army Emergency solve them. Relief campaign has collected $105,373.03 as of Tuesday, 131 Issue: Plan: Status: percent of its $80,000 goal. 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: SEEDS “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC Survey work has begun; full HVAC is inoperative install set for completion but by the seeds that you plant.” (except in the ballroom) September 2012; portable A/C — Robert Lewis Stevenson units being used in classrooms SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 5. N ewsExperts concerned about high stress on postBy Lisa R. Rhodes in general. and sometimes decreased productivity,” spoke with their unit commanders toStaff Writer Although Fort Meade does not deploy Fisher said. “With stressors and other risk inform them of the potential for suicide. During the past year, the installation’s large numbers of Soldiers such as Fort factors piling up, along with a decreased A chaplain was assigned to the units tomedical and substance abuse experts have Bragg, N.C., or Fort Campbell, Ky., those sense of hope and not seeing a way out discuss stress and suicide.seen an increase in stress among Soldiers individual service members who do deploy of their problems, service members start In addition, Arthur said Soldiers alsoand Department of the Army civilians do not have the same support that comes to think about not wanting to live or of have expressed a lack of trust in their chainthat has resulted in concerns about suicide, from the camaraderie of deploying with a killing themselves.” of command.workplace burnout and hostility. large unit, Jones said. Victor Arthur, Risk Reduction Program DA civilians also are feeling the strain “The operations tempo [of the military], In addition, Fort Meade also deploys coordinator for ASAP, routinely surveys of increased pressures in the workplace,global wars, fighting two wars, are causing an increasing number of government civil- units on post using the Army’s anonymous mostly due to budget cutbacks.a lot of stress,” said Kenneth Jones, Army ians who deploy as individuals and do not Unit Risk Inventory to determine how sus- Last July, the Installation ManagementSubstance Abuse Program manager. benefit from unit camaraderie. ceptible Soldiers are to risk factors relating Command directed Fort Meade and other “We’re obviously concerned about the Dr. Mark Fisher, chief of behavior to alcohol and drugs, and other stressors. Army installations to reduce its civilianSoldiers, the increase in suicide activ- pediatrics at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Arthur surveys Soldiers who are within appropriated funded authorizations fority - gestures, attempts - and thoughts of Center and a Medical Department Activ- 30 days of deployment and those who have fiscal year 2013 to 15 percent below itssuicide,” he said. “We’re starting to see ity subject matter expert on suicide, said returned from deployment. June 2011 onboard civilian strength.cases of Department of the Army civilians Soldiers are experiencing stress from work- Within the past four months, 10 Sol- Other IMCOM directives also haveunder serious stress - expressing self-harm ing long hours with decreased resources, diers have answered positively that they mandated a reduction in the civilianand thoughts of harm.” deployments and family issues. have had suicidal thoughts, Arthur said. workforce, according to the installation’s Jones said the operations tempo of the “Stress comes in the form of relation- Three Soldiers responded that they have Resource Management Office.wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and repeated ship problems at work and home, loss of made a plan to commit suicide. The cuts mean remaining employeesdeployments have taken a toll on the Army sleep, anxiety, depressed moods, irritability In response to the inventory, Arthur are required to take on additional respon- Casualty Assistance Families of deceased dependents of active-duty Soldiers who have died in the center’s jurisdiction receive a casualty report from the center, which includes information about the If the PADD chooses the Army option in arranging the funeral, the Army will prepare and dress the Soldier and transport the remains to the funeral home of the PADD’s Center assists dependent’s death. When an active-duty Soldier dies, the Department of the choice. The CAC then tasks the Soldiers who will perform the grieving families Army notifies the Casualty Assistance Center within 10 hours of the incident and prepares a casualty report for the center. Within four hours of the receipt of the report, the CAC military duties at the funeral. The CAO also attends the funeral. “It’s a big honor and a big responsibility,” said Delia By Lisa R. Rhodes sends a notification team to inform the family of the Soldier’s Smith, the center’s benefits coordinator, who has worked as Staff Writer death. a notification officer and as a CAO. “The family just needs It is the doorbell ring no military family wants to answer. O’Connor said CAC notifies the family first so they don’t to know that someone cares.” When an active-duty Soldier has died in Maryland or hear the news through the media. About two to three days after the funeral, the CAO then in theater with family members residing in the state, Fort “We don’t want them to have to figure out if it’s their loved explains which Army and other federal benefits the family is Meade’s Casualty Assistance Center is the first to notify loved one,” she said. eligible to receive and helps them to apply. ones and provide them with the support to make funeral Family members who are notified are listed on the Soldier’s Army benefits include Servicemembers Group Life Insur- arrangements and apply for military benefits. DDForm 93, which is the Record of Emergency Data, which ance, which can range from $50,000 to $400,000, depending “You get to help someone at the worst possible moment,” provides the names and addresses of the Soldier’s next of kin. on the deceased Soldier’s specification, and the Montgomery said Antoinette O’Connor, chief of the Casualty Assistance The notification team includes a chaplain and a Soldier GI Bill. The family also is entitled to Social Security Admin- Center. “The work is demanding, challenging, but it is at the rank of sergeant first class and above, chief warrant istration and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. rewarding.” officer 2 and above, or captain and above, depending on the The receipt of benefits can take from two weeks to 60 O’Connor oversees a staff of five Department of Army rank of the deceased Soldier. days. civilians, some of whom are retired, and former Soldiers, who The notification officer delivers a message on behalf of In addition to benefits, the family can receive a copy of the operate the casualty assistance program in the region. the secretary of the Army expressing deep regret for the 15-6 Investigation report, which is prepared by the Army and The CAC has jurisdiction in Maryland, except for Prince Soldier’s death. The chaplain is on hand to provide support summarizes the circumstances of the Soldier’s death but does George’s and Montgomery counties; Pennsylvania, except to the family. not include classified information. for Philadelphia and the counties of Bucks, Delaware, Mont- A casualty assistance officer contacts the family four hours After the family has received all their benefits and entitle- gomery and Chester; Delaware; Virginia, in the counties of after the notification team’s visit. The CAO is responsible ments, they are referred to the nearest Survivors Outreach Accomack, Clarke, Frederick, Loudon and Northampton; for helping to arrange the funeral and assisting the family in Services branch. and West Virginia, in the counties of Berkeley, Hampshire, applying for Army and other federal benefits. O’Connor said Soldiers who serve as notification officers Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan. One of the first duties of a CAO is to help the family apply and CAOs are mandated by the Army to receive two days of The center is responsible for providing notification officers, for the Army’s death gratuity, which is a one-time payment training by CAC. chaplains and casualty assistance officers for the families of of $100,000 to the family within 72 hours of the Soldier’s “To help our Soldiers’ families when the Soldier is not there deceased active-duty Soldiers. The CAO also assists families death. is the biggest honor for me,” said Ragime Blaine, casualty of Army retirees who died in the center’s jurisdiction and The CAO then works with the Person Authorized to Direct operations coordinator and a former Army specialist. “The families of DoD civilians who died while temporarily Disposition, or PADD, to arrange the funeral. The PADD is Army is not just an organization that the Soldier joins. Once assigned to the area. listed on the Soldier’s DD Form 93. you’re part of the Army family, you’re always a part.” SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 6. N ewssibilities. plan or a means of hurting themselves,” ees to determine their fitness for the who also is a council member, funds “They’re under a lot of stress, having she said. workplace. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Train-to do the job of two or three people,” said About 10 percent of civilian clients have Maliner said many managers are ing, a 15-hour suicide prevention work-Marcia Lang, clinical supervisor for ASAP been so stressed and angry that they have requesting that the staff complete medical shop. The course is considered to beand acting manager of the Employee been referred to EAP for physical alterca- evaluations for employees who have behav- suicide first aid. It is open to active-dutyAssistance Program. tions in the workplace and for damage to ioral issues and stress-related aliments. service members, Reservists, National The EAP provides confidential services a co-worker’s property. Work-related stress has made some Guardsmen, DoD civilians and militaryfor service members, government employ- “The fact that this is happening is a employees less available for full perfor- contractors. ASIST is offered on postees, their dependents and retirees, including concern,” Lang said. mance of duty and has increased absentee- every month.short-term therapy and referrals to civilian In each of these cases, Lang has worked ism, Maliner said. The installation is also working to cre-mental health professionals for psychiatric with managers and clients to resolve con- The installation’s Community Health ate a Resiliency Center/Campus at Fortas well as abuse-related challenges. The flicts. She also has helped clients devel- Promotion Council, which is chaired by Meade, which will focus on the Army’sprogram also helps civilians identify and op ways to manage their stress and has Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. five pillars of resiliency: spiritual, social,resolve personal problems that affect their referred them to civilian mental health Rothstein, is working to integrate com- family, physical and emotional.job performance and well-being. professionals for treatment. munity services and resources, identify In the meantime, the experts said ser- Lang said the stress has made civilian Lang said she routinely follows up with gaps and overlap of programs and services vice members, civilians and family mem-employees more susceptible to physical clients to see how they are progressing. and assess community health to enhance bers must seek help if they cannot copeaches and pains and colds due to a weak- Dr. Beverly Maliner, chief of Preven- the well-being of service members, their with the demands of military life and areened immune system. tive Medicine Services at Kimbrough, said dependents and civilian employees. thinking of hurting themselves. Clients also complain that the pressures the clinic’s Occupational Health team has The council is comprised of four work- “If anyone is even thinking about notof their job “consumes life outside of evaluated an increasing number of civil- ing groups - the Installation Prevention wanting to live or of killing oneself,work,” Lang said, and that people find it ian employees complaining of illnesses Team, Physical Resiliency, Family Resil- regardless if there are no plans or intenthard to relax and spend quality time with and distress related to the workplace and iency and Spiritual Resiliency. to act, walk in directly and immediatelyfamily and friends. workplace relationships. Lt. Cmdr. Marivic Fields, director of to behavioral health. After hours, go In the past year, about 25 percent of “They are pretty distressed. ... Employ- Behavior Health Patient Management and the closest emergency room or call 911,”the civilians Lang has served have been ees are unhappy with the pace of work- a licensed social worker at Kimbrough, Fisher said. “Do this also if someone youso depressed that they have contemplated place change,” Maliner said. is the council’s interim health promotion know is in this spot, and don’t leave themsuicide. A staff of three full-time Occupa- officer. She said suicide prevention is one alone until help is received.” “Luckily, I have not had anyone so tional Health nurses assess the mental of the main tasks of the council. For more information, call ASAP atdepressed that they acted on it, or had a and physical health of civilian employ- ASAP, under the leadership of Jones, 301-677-7121. June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 7. N ewsWorld War II-era letters discovered in wallBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer On Oct. 20, 1943, Wanda Hester fromDewar, Okla., sent a letter to her son Sgt.George Hester, then a Soldier at FortMeade. The mother wrote of her husband’s failinghealth from working in a smelter, their finan-cial troubles and the couple’s attempts to selltheir property and move to California. Despite her concerns, Hester promised tosend her son a $25 bond to help him andhis wife. Hester’s touching letter was among 10 let-ters found by Melwood employees on May24 as the men worked to put up dry wall inBldg. 249 on Chisolm Avenue. The letters, written in the early 1940s, wereaddressed to Fort Meade Soldiers and werefound in a wall frame of the building. Mike Bradford, a carpenter maintenancelead at Melwood, gave the letters to the FortMeade Museum. “I find you can change the date, but thestory remains the same in the Army,” saidBarbara Taylor, museum exhibits specialist.“Mothers sending news from home, Soldiersstill asking their family for money, noncom-missioned officers still concerned about theirtrainees — it’s the human condition. It’s awindow on the past.” Taylor said no one knows why or how theletters were put in the building’s wall. Theletters, which includes two Christmas cards, photos by Jason kellyare fragile, but a museum volunteer is in theprocess of transcribing them. Barbara Taylor, Fort Meade Museum exhibits specialist, reads one of the 10 World War II-era letters written to Fort Meade Soldiers Several letters are unopened and they that were found by Melwood employees in the wall frame of Bldg. 249 on Chisolm Avenue on May 24. The letters (below), whichtechnically belong to the U.S. Postal Service, range from a mother writing to her son about family troubles to a sergeant writing about the Soldiers under his command, wereTaylor said. The museum is in the process given to the Fort Meade Museum.of contacting the postal service to determinewhether the letters can still be delivered, or if all the liquor you want — or is it rationedthe museum can take ownership of the find. too!” Taylor said another poignant letter also Mike Franklin, a Melwood general main-was sent in 1943 from Sgt. Henry Corvatz tenance worker who found the letters, said heat Fort McClellan, Ala., (the Base Realign- didn’t think much of it when he saw them inment and Closure Commission closed the the wall frame.installation in 1995) to Sgt. Chester Caudhill “We noticed how old they were. They hadat Fort Meade. three-cent stamps. We thought that was kind It seems the men went through basic of strange,” Franklin together, Taylor said. Corvatz, a The workers passed the letters around andsenior noncommissioned officer in charge tried to read them before telling Bradford ofof a barrack, writes of overseeing more than their discovery.200 Soldiers. “He said it would be a good idea to take “They’re the same rank,” Taylor said. them to the museum,” Franklin recalled.“Soldiers talk about the same things today, Bradford notified the museum and Frank-they have the same concerns. They take their lin said he is glad he did.job seriously and they are concerned that “If not, they probably would have beentheir Soldiers are well trained.” discarded,” Franklin said. Before ending the letter, Corvatz writes to Editor’s note: visit Fort Meade friend, “It seems you had a mil/soundoff/lostWWIIletters to watchwhale of a time in Baltimore. Must be swell local television stations’ coverage of theto be near a city like that and be able to get story. SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 8. N ewsFood for thoughtSoldiers help judge healthycooking contest in BaltimoreStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz healthy cooking habits and techniques thatStaff Writer will help make a difference in our commu- Sgts. 1st Class Mary Mittlesteadt and nities,” he said.Ron Seymore stood over a plethora of Mittlesteadt and Seymore attended thechicken nuggets as 16 high-schoolers close- demonstration and healthy cooking chal-ly watched their expressions. lenge to support a healthy lifestyle like the Mittlesteadt and Seymore, both from one encouraged in the military.Headquarters and Headquarters Com- “We’re taught in the military to eatpany, were two of four judges in a healthy the right food groups — use the pyramidfood challenge held May 31 at Stratford — and it’s a lifestyle that we choose to stayUniversity in Baltimore. Students from healthy,” Mittlesteadt said.the city’s Dunbar High School created a Seymore noted that people seem to behealthy alternative to fast-food chicken trained to eat fast-food because it is conve-nuggets. nient and doesn’t require them to actually Sgts. 1st Class Ron Seymore and Mary Mittlesteadt join Mark Furst, president and The challenge was sponsored by Strat- cook the food themselves. It’s important, CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, to taste-test chicken nuggets cooked byford University and the Urbanite Project, he said, to encourage people to eat healthy students from Baltimore’s Dunbar High School on May 31 at Stratford University. Thea project that “calls for creative, innovative, at a young age. two Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company helped judge the healthynon-traditional ideas that address one or “This was a great opportunity to see how cooking competition.more of the barriers to affordable, healthy quickly you actually can prepare somethingfood for Baltimore City residents living in that’s healthy, compared to sitting and encouraged participants to be more cre- “As a healthy eater, I eat things like thisneighborhood food deserts,” according to waiting at a drive-through,” Mittlesteadt ative in the future, suggesting they use all the time,” Mittlesteadt said. “This is howits website. said. crushed fruit loops or rice crisps instead of I cook on a daily basis. It was definitely up Chef Todd Mohr of Stratford led the During the demonstration, Mohr taught bread crumbs. my alley.”competition and instructed the students the students to create chicken nuggets using “I like how he expanded on being able to In addition to supporting a healthyon the importance and benefits of eating natural chicken breasts, flour, eggs and add your own flair,” Mittlesteadt said. “It lifestyle, both Soldiers said they enjoyedhealthy food, over fast-food. Healthy cook- panko bread crumbs. Students then formed definitely gave them the foundation.” the opportunity to interact and spend timeing is a daily emphasis at Stratford, said three teams and tried to copy the recipe. After each team baked their chicken with students in their area.Keith Jones, a marketing specialist with “It was very easy and simple; it wasn’t nuggets, judges sampled each group’s and “It’s not often we get away from desksthe university. time consuming for them,” Seymore said picked the best. Mittlesteadt and Seymore and what we do on a day-to-day basis to “Each day in our culinary labs and of the recipe. said they all tasted the same, and selected hang out with our local students,” Mit-classes, we strive to teach our students Although it was a basic recipe, Mohr the winners based on uniformity. tlesteadt said.MRSA may be and equipment. Some workplace settings have risk fac- tors that make it easier to transmit MRSA. • Do not share personal items. Avoid sharing personal items that touch bare skin such as towels, razors, uniforms If you suspect that your uniform, cloth- ing, personal protective equipment or workstation has become contaminatedtransmitted in These factors, referred to as the 5 Cs, are: • Crowding and personal protective equipment. If you think you have a MRSA infec- with MRSA, wash uniforms, clothing, sheets and towels that become soiled in aworkplace • Frequent skin-to-skin contact • Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abra- sions) tion, see your health care provider and follow the provider’s advice about return- ing to work. washing machine set to the hottest water setting (with added bleach, if possible). Dry the washed items in a hot dryer,By Karla Simon, Industrial Hygienist • Contaminated items and surfaces Unless directed by a health care pro- rather than air-drying.U.S. Army Public Health Command • Lack of cleanliness vider, employees with MRSA infections Cleaning contaminated equipment and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus To prevent MRSA infections: should not routinely be excluded from surfaces with detergent-based cleaners orAureus is a potentially dangerous type of • Practice good hygiene. going to work. Environmental Protection Agency-regis-staph bacteria that is resistant to certain Wash your hands thoroughly with soap Exclusion from work should be reserved tered disinfectants is effective at removingantibiotics. and water or use an alcohol-based hand for those with wound drainage (pus) that MRSA from the environment. It typically causes skin infection but can sanitizer. Shower immediately after work- cannot be covered and contained with a The EPA provides a list of EPA-regis-also affect the bloodstream, lungs, heart, ing out on gym equipment. clean, dry bandage and for those who can- tered products effective against MRSA.bones and joints. • Cover your wound. not maintain good hygiene practices. For more information, call 1-800-CDC- MRSA is transmitted most frequently Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered Employees with active infections should INFO or visit the U.S. Centers for Diseaseby direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with a bandage until healed. be excluded from activities where skin-to- Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.with shared items or surfaces that have • Do not touch. skin contact with the affected skin area gov/niosh/topics/mrsa/ or the Environmen-come into contact with someone else’s Avoid contact with other people’s is likely to occur until their infections are tal Protection Agency at such as towels, used bandages wounds or bandages. healed. oppad001/chemregindex.htm. June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 9. N ewsOn-post solicitation is prohibited without approvalBy Lisa R. Rhodes missioned officer in charge of the Mili- come to Fort Meade to deliver pizza. The has the authority to put a company on theStaff Writer tary Police Investigations Division at DES, hires are dropped off in the housing areas off-limits establishment list. Last month, a Meuse Forest resident said he has contacted two pizza delivery to distribute pizza flyers and apparently, go A business is invited to attend a boardposted a complaint on the Fort Meade companies near the installation to inform from door to door. meeting conducted by the AFDCB toFacebook page about a man distributing them of the regulation. He also told them There is concern that they then try to address the concerns of the board. If theflyers from a local pizza delivery com- that if they persist, the companies may be enter homes or unlocked vehicles, Parker board is not satisfied with the businesspany who also attempted to find unlocked considered for placement on Fort Meade’s said. leader’s plan to change the behavior orhomes and vehicles. off-limits establishment listing. Capitol Meats Company, which sells unsafe practice, the board can recommend According to Army Regulation 210- “If they continue to practice what is a discounted meat in bulk, has tried to take to have the business placed on the off-limits7, solicitation on an Army installation criminal exercise, their businesses will suf- advantage of its ability to deliver goods by establishment listing.without an appointment in areas used for fer,” Parker said, noting that the man who illegally soliciting business on post, Parker If solicitors have been escorted off posthousing or processing transient personnel, was soliciting in Meuse Forest on May 12 said. and return to the post at another time, theyor soliciting in the barracks areas used as was escorted off the installation. All other businesses are prohibited from are considered to be criminally trespassingquarters is strictly forbidden. Parker said he has learned that the pizza solicitation, Parker said. and are issued a citation to appear in fed- Only two businesses are contracted by companies are hiring people to distribute A company that unlawfully solicits on eral magistrate court.the Exchange to solicit business on the flyers in the housing areas. The companies post can be barred from the installation by Parker said residents and employeesinstallation: Sweetest Surrender, an ice do not know the people they are hiring, Fort Meade’s Armed Forces Disciplinary should keep their homes and vehiclescream vendor permitted in the housing Parker said, and only know many of them Control Review Board, which examines locked, and that if they see anyone solic-areas, and Tony’s Diner, which serves lunch on a first-name basis. solicitation complaints. The board’s recom- iting a business or service on post, theyto workers at construction sites on post. The hires gain access to the post by trav- mendations are given to Garrison Com- should call the Fort Meade Police at 301- Sgt. 1st Class Roy Parker, the noncom- eling with pizza personnel who legitimately mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein, who 677-6622.707th Airmen revampabandoned housesStory and photo by Mike Milord are sold to people who are willing toArmy Cyber Command Public Affairs work in the renovation.” Hammers, saws and jackhammers Prospective buyers are required towere the tools for 33 Airmen from have worked a minimum 100 hours ofthe Air Force’s 707th Communications their own labor into building their Habi-Squadron, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance tat house and the houses of others beforeand Reconnaissance Wing. they are eligible, Metzer said. They must The uniforms were T-shirts, jeans and also make a down payment and monthlyhardhats. mortgage payments. From April 19 to 20, the group reno- Poole said he previously volunteeredvated homes in Baltimore’s Pen Lucy for Habitat when attending technicalcommunity for Habitat for Humanity. school in Mississippi. The project was a volunteer effort to “I volunteered three or four times,”reach out to the community, said Senior he said.Airman Bryan Poole, cyber transport 1st. Lt. Justin Klawitter, operationsapprentice for the 707th CS, who orga- flight commander for the 707th CS, isnized the workforce. one of the more experienced volunteers “I started doing this in November,” as well.he said. “We started a group and have “I’ve done this before,” said Klawitter,done this a few times already. When this who has been assigned to Fort Meadeproject came up, we received approval to since November. “We decided this wouldprovide support.” be our monthly morale event. The revamped homes in the 600 block “When we got here Thursday, the Airman Staff Sgt. Kyle Garner cuts lumber for framing the walls at a Habitat forof Dumbarton Avenue had been aban- houses looked pretty empty; they had Humanity house in Baltimore. Garner was among the 33 Airmen from the 707thdoned, said Matt Metzger, HFH director already been gutted “ he said. “Right Communications Squadron, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wingof resource coordination. now, we’re framing the inside for each who volunteered to renovate homes from April 19 to 20. When the renovations are complete, room.”these homes will have three bedrooms A resident of Virginia Beach, Va., teer Staff Sgt. Melissa Lange wielded Habitat when her fellow squadron mem-and one and one-half bathrooms. Klawitter also volunteers weekly at Sar- a jackhammer to break up a concrete bers were seeking volunteers. “Habitat acquired the homes,” Metzger ah’s House, a transitional housing pro- sidewalk in back of a house. “I wanted to give back to the com-said. “Then we gathered a volunteer gram for families in need. A civil engineering operator for the munity,” she said. “This is a way to helpworkforce to renovate them. Then they During the project, first-time volun- 707th CS, Lange became involved with out where I can.”10 SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 10. N ews Photos courtesy of USO-Metro USO HOSTS BBQ USO-Metro hosted more than 375 active-duty service members at its third annual Service Member Appreciation Barbecue on Friday at the Freedom Center barracks. Although held June 1, the event was part of USO-Metro’s May Military Appreciation Month activities, said Pam Horton, USO Balti- more/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Services and Fort Meade operations manager. “It is an [opportunity] to recognize and say thank you to active-duty service members,” she said. USO-Metro also shared information about its new location, which will open later this sum- mer at the corner of Mapes and 6th Armored Calvary roads. ABOVE: Service members compete in a Cha Cha Slide line-dance contest at the USO-Metro’s third annual Service Member Appreciation Barbecue on Friday. TOP RIGHT: Some of the more than 375 service members who participated in USO-Metro’s barbecue dine on a lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and chips in the courtyard at the Freedom Center barracks. RIGHT: Active-duty service members burn a few calories during a push-up contest at the USO-Metro’s Service Member Appreciation Barbecue for a chance to win an Apple iPod.Air Force’s first woman four-star takes command of AFMCBy Kim Dawley “We honor Janet Wolfenbarger, an extraor- our difficult mission with determination and you know they’ve taken an oath to defendAir Force Materiel Command Public Affairs dinary public servant and a model Air Force enthusiasm.” the Constitution and a pledge to live by core Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger became the first officer,” Schwartz said. “Based on her record, Schwartz also highlighted Hoffman’s values of integrity, service and excellence,” hefemale four-star general in the Air Force and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley dedication to both AFMC’s mission and its said. “Thanks to all of our Airmen. It has beenassumed the top position of Air Force Mate- and I are entirely confident that she is up to the workforce. my good fortune to be part of the best air forceriel Command during ceremonies Tuesday. task of commanding this great organization.” “Don, thank you for presiding over an in the world. It was the best when I joined it. Wolfenbarger took the reins of the major Wolfenbarger thanked Schwartz and Don- impressive effort here at AFMC,” Schwartz It’s smaller now, its missions have changed, butcommand responsible for the technology, ley for their faith in her ability to lead AFMC said. “During your tenure, AFMC continued it’s still the best. And I have total confidenceacquisition, test and sustainment of the ser- and said she was looking forward to once its longstanding excellence in research and that those who follow me will keep it the bestvice’s current and future weapon systems again being part of the AFMC team. development, test and evaluation, acquisition in the world.”from Gen. Donald Hoffman during a change “This opportunity only really exists management and logistics support. Hoffman, who had served as the com-of command ceremony held at the National because the Air Force has embraced a cul- “During some of the most challenging and mander of AFMC since November 2008, isMuseum of the United States Air Force. ture of diversity,” she said. “This culture has turbulent times for our Air Force, General retiring after 42 years of service. Prior to the change of command, Wolfen- been cultivated over many years, driven by Hoffman has inspired mission success. Don After serving as the military deputy of thebarger received her fourth star during a pro- leadership at every level who acknowledge and Jacki, thank you for your combined ser- Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Airmotion ceremony. and appreciate the value of contributions vice to our Air Force, and for your very impor- Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon for the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton from every Airman. tant contributions to our nation’s security.” past eight months, Wolfenbarger becomesSchwartz presided over the ceremony, lauding “I promise I will serve in my role as AFMC Hoffman said he would most miss the qual- the eighth AFMC commander since AFMCAFMC’s excellence in keeping Air Force weap- commander with my absolute best effort. ity of the people one finds in the Air Force, stood up on July 1, 1992. She will now leadon systems ready, available and effective, and What’s more, I have total confidence in the and the unquestioned level of trust that Air- a workforce of approximately 81,000 peopleexpressing his confidence that the command is men and women of this command. We will men exude. and manage an annual budget of about $60in capable hands with Wolfenbarger. always rise to the occasion and accomplish “When you meet someone in the Air Force, billion. June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  • 11. C over S tory N ews WEATHERING THE STORM Tornado warnings set off DES/PAO notifications By Philip H. Jones watch as well as a flash flood watch until 2 lation’s public address system for emergency Chief of Command Information a.m. Saturday, Sides said. announcements is that people do not always Severe weather and tornado warnings As a result of the NWS warning, Sides understand the purpose of the system, Sides Friday set off a series of notification alerts approved the airing of a tornado warning said. to the post community by the Fort Meade message on the installation’s public address “People have reported that they really Directorate of Emergency Services and system, also known as the “Big Voice.” (To can’t understand the ‘Big Voice’ if they’re Public Affairs Office. hear the warning message, visit in their homes or in a building,” he said. The storms, which caused minor dam- bnooH.) “That’s because the ‘Big Voice’ is designed age on Fort Meade, were the first severe However, the deafening sound of the as an alert system for people who are weather storms of the summer and part of rain during the height of the storm made outside. If you are inside, please start a larger weather system that resulted in 10 it difficult to understand the tornado warn- actively monitoring the weather reports on confirmed tornadoes that touched down ing announcement, Sides said, leading him TV, radio and on the Internet. Listen for in Maryland, according to the National to order a second airing of the safety alert. updates and information about what’s going Weather Service. The first storm cleared the area at on around you.” “On Tuesday, a NWS meteorologist said approximately 6:30 p.m., Sides said. But Sides emphasized that it’s important his initial assessment of damage at Fort less than 30 minutes later, the NWS issued for people to realize that they should also Meade indicated two very weak tornadoes a second tornado alert for the greater Fort monitor multiple media sources for severe touched down on the installation,” said Lt. Meade area. Sides ordered another airing of weather information. Col. J. Darrell Sides, Fort Meade provost the tornado warning alert. Another integral part of the post’s emer- marshal and director of DES. “The NWS One of the challenges of using the instal- gency notification system is the Fort Meade said it would review its information before making a final determination.” At approximately 5:29 p.m. Friday, the NWS issued a tornado warning for western Anne Arundel County, which includes Fort Meade, said Sides. “We received a report that two of our police patrols spotted what appeared to be swirling winds similar to a tornado or waterStorms that were part of a larger weather spout near the Post Exchange areas onsystem that resulted in 10 confirmed Reece Road,” Sides said. “The gate guardstornadoes knocked down power lines at Reece Road also witnessed a circu-on Route 175. Baltimore Gas and Electric lar-spinning cloud approaching them withCo. and the Directorate of Public Works debris being thrown at ground level.”responded to the outages in Normandy There were no reports of injuries FridayBluffs housing neighborhood. as Fort Meade remained under the tornadoHigh winds from Friday’s storms flipped over a variable message board trailer locatednear the Reece Road gate. The storms caused minor damage throughout the post.12 SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 12. N ewsPublic Affairs Office. The PAO issued its To receive text messages, users text the Demps Visitor Control Center at the Reece TORNADOfirst update on the installation’s Facebook message “follow ftmeadealert” to 40404, Road gate also were damaged, and a vari-page and Twitter account early Friday after- without the quotation marks. Once reg- able message board sign was knocked down.noon, alerting the Fort Meade community istered, users will automatically receive a In addition, power lines and two transform- WATCHthat severe weather was forecasted. text message for safety and weather alerts. ers located near Route 175 were reported The PAO continued posting updates as The text is sent through Twitter but doesn’t damaged by the storm, knocking out powerthe storm intensified and instructed its require users to be registered Twitter users. to the Normandy Bluffs media users to take cover and move Standard text messaging rates apply to any- Sides also urged the post community to Tornadoes, the most violent naturalto an interior room on the lowest floor of one receiving text alerts, Kelly said. consider safety first during severe weather. hazard, are rotating, funnel-shapeda sturdy building, and to avoid windows at Fort Meade patrols and 911 calls reported “When you hear a tornado warning on a clouds formed from thunderstorms.the height of the storm until the tornado minor damage along Cooper Avenue and on public address system, it not the time to run Strong winds are the most destructivewarning expired at 8 p.m. both sides of Reece Road leading to Route outside and take photos with your iPhone,” aspect, with gusts reaching as high as “We reached more than 11,000 people 175, including a fallen tree that blocked traf- Sides said. 300 mph. The damage path can be aon Facebook alone,” said Jason Kelly, Fort fic on Reece Road, Sides said. He advised people to move to a safe mile wide. Tornado season is generallyMeade’s emerging media manager. “People The Fort Meade Fire Department location inside their homes such as thehave come to count on us to provide cred- responded to the damage reports and used bathroom or beneath a stairwell during a March through August, but tornadoes canible information when time and safety mat- chain saws to clear the fallen tree. tornado. occur any time of the year. Tornadoester. We’re constantly looking for opportuni- The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. “Tornadoes rarely level an entire struc- most often occur at the tail end of aties to find innovative and effective ways to and the Fort Meade Directorate of Public ture,” Sides said. “One of the safest areas is thunderstorm. Eighty percent of tornadoesserve our community.” Works responded to reports of downed an interior room in the center of your home. occur between noon and midnight. Text alerts from the Fort Meade PAO are power lines that knocked out electrical During a tornado, you really do not haveone of those innovations. power to residents in the Normandy Bluffs time to drive to a shelter.” How to prepare for a tornado: Sides and Kelly suggested that members residential neighborhood. For more information on severe weather prep- Stay informed and know tornadoof the post community consider signing up Other damage included fallen trees adja- aration, visit Ready Army at terminology:to receive the messages, which were first cent to a facility used by Child and Youth mil; American Red Cross at; • Tornado watch - Weather conditionsused during Hurricane Irene last August. Services (Bldg. 902) that destroyed a section the Department of Homeland Security at www. are favorable for the development of Users have the option to receive text mes- of the fence, covered a storage shed and; or a tornado. Stay tuned to the radio orsages, either through the enhanced mobile blocked a door in the rear of the building. the Federal Emergency Management Agency at TV for more information and furtherwebsite or as a text message, Kelly said. Two metal gate-access control bars at the instructions. • Tornado warning - A tornado has been spotted. Take shelter immediately. • Identify a place in your home to take shelter in case of a tornado. A storm shelter or basement provides the best protection. Otherwise, choose an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. • Have frequent tornado drills. • If planning a trip outdoors, listen to the latest forecasts and take necessary action if threatening weather is possible. • Get an emergency supply kit and make a family emergency plan. What to do if there is a tornado: • Take shelter immediately in the designated room. • If you are outside, find shelter immediately. If shelter is unavailable, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. • If you are in a car, stop immediately and find shelter. Do not try to drive through a tornado. • Stay tuned to radio or TV for information and instructions as they photos by Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides become available. A large tree fell onto Reece Road during Friday’s storms. Fort Meade was issued a • Stay in shelter until the tornado has tornado warning three times on Friday and remained under a tornado warning until passed. 2 a.m. Saturday. • Once you are in a safe place, report to your command if you are military or LEFT: Dark clouds cover the sky above the Capt. John E. Smathers U.S. Army Reserve government civilian personnel. Center on Route 175 on Friday. Gate guards at Reece Road reported witnessing Source: Ready Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Smith circular-spinning clouds during the storm. June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  • 13. S portsPlay ball!241st MPs rout741st MI Cobras Cobra MikeBy Brandon Bieltz WahlgrenStaff Writer pitches When the softball season started in duringearly May, the 241st Military Police MondayDetachment team consisted of six players night’sand lost its season opener 6-2. softball game “It was just really sloppy,” team coach against theMartin Hunt said. “We got wiped.” 241st Military But with a rejuvenated and full roster, Policethe team won its third game in a row Detachment.Monday night at Donahue Field with an The Cobras’impressive 14-3 victory over the Cobras recordof the 741st Military Intelligence Battal- dropped to 3-ion. Hunt helped power his team to vic- 3 following atory with two home runs and four RBIs. 14-3 loss. Having won its previous two games bydefeating the 4-1 Coast Guard followedby a forfeit by the Jaguars, the 241stheld a 2-2 record heading into Monday’sgame. With new members on the team, expe-rienced players are working to sharpenthe skills of the recent additions, Huntsaid. After only producing 11 runs in thefirst two games, the 241st found its stride Down 2-1, the 241st regained the leadin the batter’s box in the 12-11 victory in the second with RBIs from Anthonyagainst the Coast Guard. Ogglesby and Anthony Bogues. “We’re getting better, so it’s starting to Hunt opened the third inning with abe fun,” Hunt said. “Once you’re good, hard ground ball hit between first andpeople like to play and come more.” second, which resulted in an in-the-park The Cobras entered the game with a home run for a 4-2 lead. Hits by Bogues3-2 record from an up-and-down start of and Ogglesby resulted in additional runsthe season that saw back-to-back losses to give the 241st a 6-2 the 780th MI and 94th Intelligence After shutting down the Cobras’ threeSquadron by a combined 19 runs. batters in the bottom of the third, the Cobras’ shortstop Michael Hopkins 241st continued to add to its lead in thesaid the team’s struggles spawn from fourth with RBIs from Mays and Davidtroubles in the field. Getting runners on Briggs.the bases, he said, hasn’t been too dif- With an 8-2 deficit, John Strauser’sficult for the Cobras. single in the bottom of the fifth inning “Defense was a big factor in the two brought in the Cobras’ final run, cuttingwe lost,” Hopkins said. “It seems like the lead to 8-3. A six-run sixth inningwhen we come together as a team and for the 241st led by Hunt’s two RBIs andplay defense is when we win games.” single RBIs from Reynolds, Ogglesby, The Cobras’ defense appeared to be Bogues and Frank King ended any hopeon the ball early Monday, allowing only of a comeback for the hit in the first inning — albeit a big Ogglesby and Bogues each had threeone. After retiring the first two batters, RBIs in the 14-3 victory, while Hunt had photos by noah scialomHunt hit a home run to give the 241st an a game-high four RBIs, including two the ball around and you start scoring Martin Hunt of the 241st Military Policeearly 1-0 lead. But the Cobras bounced home runs. Strauser, West and Hopkins runs.” Detachment stands ready in the batter’sback to shut down John Reynolds for the each had an RBI for the Cobras. Riding a three-game win streak, Hunt box during an intramural softball gamethird out. Hunt said the 241st’s success came said his players will use the momentum Monday night at Donahue Field. Hunt had Despite strong defensive play by the from simply getting disciplined runners from their recent success and continue four RBIs, including two home runs, in the241st’s shortstop Chris May, the Cobras on the bases. to rack up wins. team’s 14-3 victory over the 741st Militaryscored two runs with RBIs from Hopkins “If you get people on base, things just “We can play,” he said. “We’ve proven Intelligence Battalion Cobras.and Neal West. happen,” he said. “They start throwing to ourselves we can play.”14 SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 14. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Fort Meade Night at Bowie BaysoxWhat bothers me Jabber Nation, please raise your hand To be fair, it’s Free tickets are available for service members, civilians, contractors and family members to see the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on June 15 forif you are sick and tired of all of this Dia- more ridiculous Fort Meade Day.mond Jubilee nonsense. when singers like The game begins at 7:15 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 Crain Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with you Kelly Clarkson Highway.Edmund Burke lovers who think that lead- talk about “sol- The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment Color Guard will post the colors. Theership is earned by birth and not by deed. diering on” in U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform the NationalThat’s why you’re not going to hear me their lyrics. But Anthem. A Fort Meade Soldier will perform “God Bless America.”make fun of The Queen — see, I even since she was an Another Fort Meade Soldier will throw out the first pitch.put her title in the upper case — because American Idol Chad T. Jones, Tickets may be picked up at Leisure Travel Services, 2300 Wilson St.doing anything for 60 years deserves some and he’s an over- Public Affairs For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354.recognition. rated tight end, Officer But this much? Really? I’ll cut her some Mullins Field closure This whatnot - constant coverage, bow- slack. Mullins Field will remain closed through June 11 to resurface the, don’t speak unless spoken to, carriages, 3. Notre Dame: I’m cool with Catholicscrowns and the rest of it - is annoying byany standard, and the reason why the Brit- and the Irish. What I’m not down with are obnoxious fans who fail to realize a) Armed Forces Kids Runish monarchy ranks third on my list of the Knute and The Gipper are gone; b) Rudy America’s Armed Forces Kids Run will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in themost annoying nonsport related things on was a scrub and horrible movie; c) Their parking lot behind 2234 Huber Road.this planet. program is no longer relevant. The run, billed as the “world’s largest children’s running event,” is open Here are my top five: 2. Guys like Fantasy Bruce. Anyone to ages 5 to 13. 5. Political commentators - Hannity and who plays fantasy sports knows a Fantasy Cost is free; each youth participant will receive a T-shirt.Maddow are equally annoying Bruce. He just may go by another name Register online at 4. Taco Bell commercials like Fantasy Bo or Luke or even Fantasy For more information, call 301-677-1179. 3. The British monarchy Crazy Cooter. 2. People who fail to use their turn signal He’s the guy who offers cruddy trades Meade High School baseball campbefore turning or claims he won’t make it to the draft 1. Smelly people. I’m not saying I’m Mr. but always shows up 15 seconds before Registration is under way for the Meade High School baseball campClean, but you know darn well you can’t his pick. He’s also the guy who caveats that will be held June 18 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school.concentrate when the synapses in your every virtual setback with an excuse like a The camp, which is open to ages 7 to 14, will cover hitting, bunting,olfactory are pinging double time because gazillion-dollar budget he had to balance fielding, throwing, base running, stretching, playing at the next level andthe person next to you is kickin’. or family issues he had to solve. Worst of nutrition. And since this is a sports column, osten- all, guys like Fantasy Bruce always make Cost is $150 if you register by Friday. Cost increases to $175 aftersibly, it’s only fair that I share my sports- the playoffs. Friday.related list: 1. Sissification of sports. I wrote about For more information, email Dave Lanham at or 5. Noise makers: Thundersticks or Vuvu- this a few weeks ago, so I will not regur- call 442-336-2424.zelas. gitate the argument. Instead, I’ll post I don’t know which one’s worse so watch, a link, EFMP bowlingdecide for yourself, and then tell me you sports/9872/no-body-contact/, and drive The Exceptional Family Member Program bowling events are held thewouldn’t rather be deaf. on. third Tuesday of each month at the Lanes. Thundersticks: There are a few other things I could The next EFMP bowling events will be June 19 and July 17 from 5:30 to have added to my lists like “The Eagles” 7 p.m.6XHllmkfeature=related (band and sports team), the term “lame- Registration for the first event is required by June 15. Vuvuzela: stream” media, the flopping epidemic in The events are open to Fort Meade exceptional family members and their sports, or even Lebron James. family members and features free buffet food and giveaways.nEiT8owfeature=topics (You are wel- But, I prefer to end on a happy note and Exceptional family members ages 18 and younger and their siblings maycome for the “Dumb and Dumber” clip.) send out a much-deserved congratulations register for free games and shoe rental at 4. The Soldier metaphor: As a sports to our friend Doug Wise, who is a grand- rac/ for 30 years, I get the metaphor; fields, father for the second time. For more information, call 301-677-1156.victory, the bomb. Here’s hoping for a happy life, Little Eli Adult exceptional family members may register for free games and shoe But as someone who served in the Army — one filled with laughter, clean diapers, rental at the EFMP office at 301-677-4779. Discounted games and shoe rentalfor seven years and been around it for plenty of time to fish, and the where- will be offered to other adult family members.almost 15, I realize how ridiculous it is withal to survive a family full of Steelers For more information, email Anita Hendrix at anita.l.hendrix.civ@mail.when an athlete compares himself to a fans, who consequently came in at No. 6 mil or call 301-677-4779.service member. on my list. Case in point: Kellen Winslow Jr. If you have comments on this or anything For more Fort Meade sports, visit h t t p : / / w w w. y o u t u b e. c o m / to do with sports, contact me at June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  • 15. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community Army Birthday Celebrations “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s dis- cretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. Army Birthday/Flag Day breakfast and the Fort Meade The Francis Scott Key Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army will sponsor the Army Birthday/Flag Day Facebook page at breakfast June 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Club Meade. For more information or to submit an The guest speaker is Scott Sheads, a historian and ranger at Fort McHenry. Sheads is the author of several books on announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. the defense of Baltimore and Fort or call 301-677-5602. McHenry, birthplace of the National Anthem. Tickets cost $10 and are available NEWS EVENTS at the Fort Meade Community Credit Union or through your unit. For more information, call retired Sgt. Maj. Jim Gilbert at 301-677- Bagger licensing 4864. A limited number of licenses are available for the Fort Meade Commissary summer bag- Cake-cutting, Army ger program on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. at the Public Affairs Office, displays at Columbia mall 4409 Llewellyn Ave. Garrison Commander Col. Edward Eligible summer baggers are dependents, C. Rothstein and Howard County ages 14 to 18, of active-duty service mem- Executive Ken Ulman will participate bers. in a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate The first 35 eligible applicants will be the Army’s Birthday on June 14 at taken. No additional applications will be 10 a.m. at The Mall in Columbia in accepted. front of the Lord Taylor department Waivers will not be granted for those who store. do not meet eligibility requirements. After the ceremony, an hourlong For more information, call 301-677-1361. family fun event will be held at the mall. Displays by Army units from the file photo VCC closure area also will be set up from June 14 Brody Burke joins a group of pre-school children to blow out candles on a cake celebrating the Army’s 234th birthday in 2009. The DEMPS Visitor Control Center will to 16. close all day June 20 for a Commander’s Call and staff training. Bowie Baysox celebrates The VCC will reopen June 21 for normal Army birthday duty hours. Anyone requiring access to the The Bowie Baysox will help celebrate the Army’s 237th Birthday with Fort Meade by hosting the installation for its installation should follow the perimeter game on June 15 at 7:35 p.m., when the team takes on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 road behind the VCC to the inspection Crain Highway, Bowie. station. Free tickets are available at Leisure Travel Service, 2300 Wilson St. All drivers must have a driver’s license An Army color guard from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will post the colors. The National Anthem and vehicle registration. will be performed by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. For more information, call 301-677-1064. “God Bless America” will be performed by Sgt. 1st Class Erika Lehmkuhl of First Army Division East. Pfc. Wesley Pattillo of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade will throw out the first pitch. A group of local, future Soldiers will be sworn into the Army, rounding out the day’s Army birthday celebration. AER relocation For more information, call LTS at 301-677-7354. Army Emergency Services will tempo- rarily relocate to 2462 85th Medical Bat- CDC III celebration talion from Army Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein will participate in an Army birthday cake-cutting and sing songs with For more information, call Wallace children at Child Development Center III on June 14 at 3 p.m. Turner, AER officer, at 301-677-5768. For more information, call Tracy Love at 301-677-1530. CYSS celebration barbecue 780th change of command Col. Jonathan E. Sweet will relinquish The Youth Center and Teen Center each will host a barbecue in honor of the Army’s birthday on June 14 at 4:30 p.m. command of the 780th Military The barbecue is open to youths in grades six to 12 who are registered with Child, Youth and School Services. Intelligence Brigade to Col. Jennifer G. The event will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, cake and games. Buckner in a ceremony on June 15 at 9 One guest is permitted per CYSS youth. Guest fee is $2. a.m. on McGlachlin Parade Field. For more information, call 301-677-1149. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at McGill Training Center.16 SOUNDOFF! June 7, 2012
  • 16. C ommunity N ews N otes34th IS change of No cover charge. A cash bar will be available. families with military I.D. To schedule an appointment or for to DoD I.D. cardholders. Advance registration is required.command For more information, call 301-677-6969. more information, call 301-677-1300. • Developing Your Savings Plan: Lt. Col. Lisa Y. Stevenson of the 34th Today, 1 to 3 p.m.Intelligence Squadron will relinquish Chamber Music Concert Food vendors wanted To register or for more information,command to Lt. Col. Joseph M. Appel in call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. The U.S. Army Field Band will The Directorate of Family anda change of command ceremony on June present a Chamber Music Concert Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special21 at 9:34 a.m. at National Vigilance featuring mixed performers on June Events is seeking food/beverage and ADSO/CDSR CoursePark at the National Security Agency. 17 at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran novelty vendors for Fort Meade’s The next two-day Additional Duty For more information, email Capt. Church, 929 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville. Independence Day celebration. Safety Officer and Collateral Duty SafetyMonica Sowell at monica.sowell@ The free event is open to the public. For more information, email jean. Representative Course is scheduled or Master Sgt. Darcy No tickets required. June 20 to 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. atBailey-Smith at darcy.baileysmith@ft- The series features a wide spectrum of DPTMS Training Center in classroom chamber music literature, ranging from Tax Center open Newly appointed primary and classical works to folk tunes performed alternate ADSO/CDSRs are requiredEmail migration both instrumentally and vocally. The Fort Meade Tax Center at to attend. It is recommended that all For more information, call 301-677- 4217 Roberts Ave. is open to take CDSRs who have not attended this Organizational and generic email appointments until June 30.accounts as well as distribution lists with 6586 or visit training within the past five years also If you filed an extension, have a tax attend.a CONUS address will stop working question or received a tax notice andwithin the next 60 days due to the Rock star for a day need assistance, call 301-677-9765 to Nominations for training may be mademigration to Enterprise Email. by bringing a completed Form SF 182 Army Entertainment is sending one schedule an appointment. to the Installation Safety Office, 4216 Individuals who need one of these talented Soldier to the Army Concertaccounts or lists should contact their Roberts Ave., or faxing the form to 301- Tour on June 23 at Fort Knox, Ky., to be EDUCATION 677-6147.organization’s information assurance the opening officer to submit a trouble For more information, call Tony The winning Soldier will open with a Simms at ISO at 301-677-4227 or emailticket to the Fort Meade NetworkEnterprise Center. 15-minute set for REO Speed Wagon, Styx Fleet Center classes and Blue Oyster Cult. The Fleet and Family Support Center To enter, the Soldier must upload aTalent show auditions video audition between 1:30 to 4:30 min- at 830 Chisholm Ave. offers free classes CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 Auditions will be conducted today utes long. Instructions for uploading theand Aug. 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and videos are located on the promotion web-Aug. 13 and 15 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at page: Training Center for the annual“Fort Meade’s Got Talent” show. EFMP events Contestants must participate in The Exceptional Family Member Pro-auditions to be selected for the finals. gram is offering several programs: The variety show will be held Sept. 8 • “School Discipline for Students withat 7 p.m. Special Needs”: Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., To register, call 301-677-7552. Army Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave.Jazz night Guest speakers are Maureen van Stone Relax after work to the soothing sounds of Project HEAL and attorney Markof “live” jazz tonight from 5:45 to 10 Martin. Registration is required.p.m. in the Brass Station Lounge at Club For more information, email joi.Meade. or call 301-677- Cost is $5. Patrons can enjoy a special 4473.drink menu. • EFMP informational display at the For more information, call 301-677- Fort Meade Regional Growth Manage-6969. ment Committee’s celebration of the 237th Army Birthday: June 14, 11 a.m.Chicago Style Steppin’ to 4 p.m., The Mall in Columbia. A cake- cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Dance at Chicago Style Steppin’ on in front of Lord Taylor.Friday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Club Evening vet clinic photo by jen ryndaMeade. CHECKED OUT Beginners can receive free lessons from 7to 8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment For more information, call 301-677-6969. Facility at 2018 Annapolis Road is Ginger Spruill of Piney Orchard has her blood pressure checked by offering an evening vet clinic June 20 Jean Spinks, a licensed practical nurse in the Red Clinic at KimbroughLatin Night from 4 to 7 p.m. The clinic will provide health exams, Ambulatory Care Center, during the medical facility’s annual Women’s Enjoy a night of Latin dancing in a Health Fair on Saturday. The event included mammograms, cholesterol vaccinations and sick appointments.nightclub ambiance at Latin Night on June checks and oral cancer screenings for women enrolled in TRICARE at Services are available to active-duty15 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Club Meade. Kimbrough. service members, retirees and their June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  • 17. C ommunity N ews N otes M ovies library for additional prizes. Series will be presented through July 27 The movie schedule is subject to change. For EDUCATION Prizes will be on display at the from 6 to 8 p.m. at Power Plant Live, a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- library. 34 Market Place, Baltimore. Schedule 677-5324. Further listings are available on the For more information, call 301-677- features Lost in Paris on Friday, Reel Big Army and Air Force Exchange Service websiteCONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 5522. Fish on June 15, Mr. Greengenes on June at 22 and Split Decision on June 29. For Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays atAuto care courses School’s out block party more information, visit powerplantlive. 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are The Automotive Skills Center at 6530 com/index.cfm?page=calendar. $4.50 for adults (12 and older) and $2.25 for Child, Youth and School Services will children.Taylor Ave. is offering “Understanding celebrate a “school’s out block party”A/C Heating Systems” on June 17 for registered middle school students on MEETINGSfrom 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $10. Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Youth Today through July 1 Center. • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the An FMWR card is required to use the The event will feature music andAuto Skills Center. New patrons must garrison, is held the first Thursday of every Today Sunday: “The Five-Year Engagement” games including a water balloon barrage, month at 7 a.m. at its new location, Clubfirst view a 20-minute safety video, then (R). An engaged couple keeps getting tripped up weather permitting. Snacks will be Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. The next break- on the long walk down the aisle.attend a 10-minute briefing before receiv- available for the FMWR card. fast is today. Post employees, family mem- Registered youths may sign in one bers, and civilian and military personnel are For more information, call 301-677- guest, who will be required to pay a $25542. invited. No cost; donations are optional. guest fee. For more information, call 301-677-6703 or For more information, call 301-677- email’s seminar 1437. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the The Military Spouse Newcomer’s first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. atSeminar is held Wednesdays from 12:30 Preschool Dinosaur Camp Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness A preschool dinosaur camp for ages Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meet-Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. 3 to 6 will be held June 18 to 22 from 9 ing is tonight in the banquet hall in back of Spouses from all military branches a.m. to noon at the Teen Center. the building. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Forare invited. Information is presented Youngsters will be actively engaged more information, call 410-674-4000. Friday: “The Cabin in the Woods” (R). Bad thingson different installation agencies. Door in hands-on paleontology experiences • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the happen when five friends go to a remote cabinprizes are also awarded. as they study the dinosaurs of the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in in the woods. For more information and Mesozoic Era. All students will conduct the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The nextreservations, call the Army Community an archeological dig and build their meeting is Friday. The association is open Saturday June 17: “The Pirates! Band of Mis-Service Relocation Office at 301-677- own dinosaur to be displayed in the to active, retired, Reserve and National fits” (PG). An enthusiastic pirate captain (Hugh5590. FasTracKids Dinosaur Museum. Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All Grant) sails the high seas and dreams of besting E9s in this area are invited to attend a his bitter rivals, Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) Cost is $175 for the week. and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek). YOUTH To register or for more information, breakfast and meet the membership. For call 301-677-1149. more information, visit or call 410-551-7953. Wednesday June 15: “The Raven” (R). AuthorStorytime RECREATION • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the second Edgar Allan Poe and a detective hunt a serial killer who is using Poe’s work as a basis for Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the The Medal of Honor Memorial Library clubhouse in Bldg. T-4, across from the Pet murder. With John Cusack, Luke Evans andoffers pre-kindergarten Storytime on Alice Eve.Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Out About Care Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, visit • Today: “Get a Moo-ve on to the • Harborplace Summer Live! • Single Parent Support Group meets the June 14: “Safe” (R). A cage fighter tries to protectLibrary” with this cow-themed Storytime free summer concert series will be second and fourth Monday of the month a young math prodigy who has been targeted byto Celebrate National Dairy Month presented through Sept. 29 on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, gangsters. With Jason Statham, Catherine Chan • June 14: “Hooray for Father’s Day” and Saturday evenings from 6 to 8 and Chris Sarandon. 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is— stories, songs and finger plays about p.m. at the Harborplace Ampitheater, Monday. Free child care will be providedfathers 200 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. Friday: on site. June 16, 21-22 : “Dark Shadows” (PG-13). In this • June 21: “Reading Is So Delicious” Junk Yard Saints (zydeco); Saturday: For more information, call Rikki Ford, takeoff from the 1970s daytime drama, vampire— getting ready for the library’s summer 8 Ohms Band (funk); June 15: U.S. Barnabas Collins emerges from a long slumber Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677- to 1972 Maine. With Johnny Depp, Michellereading program with a Storytime about Navy Cruisers Rock Ensemble; 3617 or email Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. June 16: Maryland Defense Force • NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet For more information, call 301-677- Band (military/brass); June 22: Tom Tuesday at noon at Holy Trinity Parish5522. Principato (blues/roots); June 23: June 20, 24: “Think Like A Man” (PG-13). Four Hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., friends conspire to turn the tables on their women Groove Stu (RB/neo-soul); June 29: Glen Burnie. The speaker will be RonSummer reading program The Crawdaddies (zydeco/roots rock). Bowers, NARFE Region II vice president when they discover the ladies have been using comedian Steve Harvey’s relationship advice Children of all ages are invited to the In inclement weather or for more who will install the chapter’s officers. against them.Medal of Honor Memorial Library to information, visit www.harborplace. This is the organization’s year-endingregister for this year’s “Reading Is So com. luncheon. All current and retired federal June 23, 27, 30 July 1: “Marvel’s The Avengers”Delicious” summer reading program • Leisure Travel Services is offering a employees and their spouses are invited to (PG-13). Creatures from another world, and athat starts Tuesday and ends Aug. 25. bus trip to New York City on June 16, attend. fairly significant set of egos, must be tamed when Participants will receive a reading with discounts to attractions. Bus cost For more information or to join, call superheroes Captain America, The Hulk, Thor,log and a goodie bag. After seven days, is $55. For more information, call 301- Diane Shreves, publicity chairman, at 410- Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye team upthey can bring their reading log to the 677-7354 or visit 760-3750. to save the world from disaster. • Friday Night Live! Free Concert June 7, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 19