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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 21 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ May 24, 2012 united they run photo by noah scialomService members run through the installation to military cadences during Friday’s Fort Meade Joint Service Run. The theme for the three-mile run was resiliency, focusingon the five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, family and spiritual. For more, see Pages 14-15.tradition on the go UPCOMING EVENTSAsian Pacific Mobile command Today, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Safety, Health & Wellness Expo - The PavilionHeritage Month vehicle allows DES to today, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - Club Meade work anywhere on post Friday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: Country and Top 40 Night - Club Meadecelebrates diversity Friday-Monday: Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center CLOSEDpage 6 page 3 Sunday, 1 p.m.: Fort Meade Appreciation Day - Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! A time to remember, ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein a time to keep safe Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Monday is Memorial Day, the first of our Band will sing 2012 bookend holidays. the National Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Memorial Day marks the beginning of sum- Anthem and Rona S. Hirsch mer. It is a day traditionally filled with picnics “God Bless Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes and barbecues and shared with family and America.” Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz friends. Nine service Design Coordinator Timothy Davis It is also a time to honor our fallen Sol- members from Supple­mental photography provided diers. Fort Meade will by Patuxent Publishing Co. This week is also the kickoff of Fort Meade’s stand with Ori- 101 Days of Summer Safety Campaign. From oles players on Advertising Memorial Day through Labor Day, the cam- the field to be General Inquiries 410-332-6300 paign’s goal is to remind everyone not to lose recognized for COL. Edward c. Allison Thompson focus on safety this summer. their military Rothstein 410-332-6850 Garrison Commander Today, the Installation Safety Office will service. Michele Griesbauer host Safety Awareness/Safety Stand-Down Day I have been invited to throw out the first 410-332-6381 at the Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the pitch. expo, local, state and federal agencies, as well I do enjoy events such as Sunday’s baseball If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail as private vendors, will partner to offer you a game. These events celebrate the service of Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through wide range of safety, health and wellness infor- local military members. They are opportunities Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. mation and services. for the country to show their appreciation for As we celebrate the start of summer and the efforts our service members put forth every Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the enjoy our favorite off-duty pastimes, let’s also day to keep our liberties strong. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary keep in mind that summer is also the time of As we close out this weekend with our of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. the year when most military off-duty mishaps Memorial Day celebrations, I want to leave Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the occur. you with a thought on how you can spend a desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, My goal is to help you increase your knowl- moment of your time remembering those who Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. edge and understanding of the dangers involved gave their lives to protect our freedoms. with recreational activities, as well as common In accordance with a 2000 congressional Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage summer tasks. Let’s all do our part and remind resolution, on Monday at 3 p.m. across the 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 others to pay attention to risk management nation, people will come together to pause for will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. during off-duty activities and “think before a moment of silence to informally observe a they start” summer recreational activities. time of remembrance and respect. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department Speaking of summer activities, Sunday is I, along with my family, will attend a wreath of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are Fort Meade Military Appreciation Day at Ori- laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery to 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 ole Park at Camden Yards. I invite you to join honor our fallen service members of all our the Army of the products or services advertised. me for the pre-game celebration as the Orioles wars. welcome the U.S. Army Drill Team, 3rd U.S. But you don’t have to be at Arlington Cem- Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). etery to be a part of the remembrance. Just take The pre-game festivities start at 1 p.m. a moment on Monday at 3 p.m. and informally In addition to the U.S. Army Drill Team, observe, in your own way, the sacrifices made the Armed Forces Color Guard from the and the lives lost in the name of freedom. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at Military District of Washington will perform, Let’s all have a safe and joyous holiday and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at and Sgt. Randy Wight of the U.S. Army Field weekend. Co n t e n t s Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community News.............................. 3 Classified.............................. 24 members age 18 or older are invited to address 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 Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports................................... 16 Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Community.................. 20 Movies.................................. 23 For more information, call 301-677-4844. 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  3. 3. NewsNew mobile command post allows DES to operate on the moveStory and photos by Brandon Bieltz Col. J. Darrell Sides, director of DES.Staff Writer The DES picked up the approximately Parked behind the Directorate of $300,000 unit in February after nearlyEmergency Services’ headquarters is a six years of preparation.white truck resembling a small tractor- Plans for the unit began in 2006trailer. when the initial designs were drawn. But With the flick of a few switches, budget shortfalls prevented DES fromthe vehicle becomes a fully functioning acquiring the vehicle until the organiza-operations station complete with camer- tion received the truck’s chassis at noas, satellites, computers and radios that charge through Army channels.allows DES officers to work effectively The chassis, which is valued at morefrom anywhere. than $100,000, contained the engine, Nicknamed “The Beast,” the new seats and frame of the mobile unit. Aftermobile command post is another tool acquiring the skeleton of the machine,for the DES, providing a self-containing the vehicle was outfitted with the trailercommunications center that can be set and all the communications equipmentup at any location on the installation for about $200,000.within 30 minutes. The self-generating law enforcement “Fort Meade now has a new capability communications center provides officersthat will greatly assist the first respond- with telephone and computer capabili-ers and garrison leaders in protecting the ties from any location. On the exteriorpeople that live and work here,” said Lt. of the vehicle are two satellites and a 200-times zoom camera perched on a 30-foot mast. Satellites allow officers in the vehicle‘We can operate under all to receive news feeds, which Deputy Nicknamed “The Beast,” the Directorate of Emergency Services’ new mobile command post is a self-contained communications center with cameras, satellites,circumstances. If it’s 100 Chief of Police Byron Frank said can computers and radios. be helpful because sometimes, newsdegrees outside we can helicopters can get better angles of a Gov. Martin O’Malley. from the FBI or the trunk of a supervi- scene than DES can. The camera allows “The police supervisor was using sor’s vehicle. With the unit, officers canoperate, if it’s 20 below we operators to assess the situation from the 30-foot camera mast to keep an now operate at the scene without havingcan operate.’ inside the vehicle with a joystick system that controls the camera. overarching view of the entire area to to cope with weather. include parking lots and observing the “It’s going to give us the capabilities Byron Frank The camera was useful when the governor’s motorcade,” Sides said. “Had for long-term incidents that we don’t Deputy Chief of Police mobile command post was set up out- there been any suspicious activity, this have to work in the elements,” Frank side the Pavilion for the Massing of the eye-in-the-sky would have allowed that said. “We can operate under all circum- Colors ceremony on May 6 featuring supervisor to guide the patrol officers stances. If it’s 100 degrees outside we can on the ground to the threat.” operate, if it’s 20 below we can operate. A spacious interior includes two work It’s just like working in a building.” stations with telephones, computers and DES plans on using the unit when radios; a separated conference room; incidents exceed two hours, such as televisions; heating and air conditioning hostage situations or HAZMAT spills. systems; and a bathroom. It can also be used as a back-up 911 Since the unit is self-containing and call center. self-powering, the vehicle can be parked “Should our 911 Dispatch Center be anywhere and be fully functional with knocked offline, like in a tornado or the help of its generators. bomb threat, this vehicle would quickly “As long as we have fuel in the main become our new mobile 911 center,” fuel tanks, it’ll run,” Frank said. Sides said. “That is a huge capability Prior to obtaining the unit, officers that we hope we never need, but will used a converted Federal Emergency potentially save lives should we have to Management Agency trailer on loan employ the vehicle in that capacity.” The inside of the mobile command unit features two work stations complete with computers, telephones and radios Connect with for officers to handle communications Fort Meade at duties at any location. The interior features a conference room, bathroom, two televisions, a camera monitor, and /ftmeade heating and air conditioning. May 24, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsSocial Security benefits for AER campaignwounded warriors, survivors surpasses $80,000 goalBy Wendy PoulsonSocial Security manager, Glen Burnie The Fort Meade Army Emergency It’s an American tradition to pay tribute to the men andwomen of the U.S. Armed Forces each Memorial Day, Relief campaign has collectedespecially honoring those who have made the ultimate $100,023 as of Monday, 125sacrifice while serving our country. percent of its $80,000 goal. If you are a service member who was wounded andneeds to apply for disability benefits, it’s important toknow that you will receive expedited processing. Social Security’s Wounded Warriors Initiative is forservice members who become disabled while on activeduty on or after Oct. 1, 2001, regardless of where the Chaplain’s Worddisability occurs. Depending on the situation, some family members of ECHOESmilitary personnel, including dependent children and,in some cases, spouses, may be able to receive benefits.Learn more about it at “Kind words can be short and easy to speak,warriors. but their echoes are truly endless.” May is National Military Appreciation Month. To learn more about the Social Security benefits for those who have served in the military,read the publication, Military Service and Social Security. — Mother Teresa It is available online at To request that a free copy be mailed to your home, email or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Memorial Day is also a good time to remind families of fallen military heroes that we maybe able to pay Social Security survivors benefits. If the person you depended on for income Community Crime Watchhas died, you should apply for survivors benefits. Learn more about Social Security survivorsbenefits at The men and women of the armed forces serve us each and every day. At Social Security,we’re here to serve them. Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services May 8, Shoplifting: Exchange from a cargo trailer parked in security observed, via cameras, the RV parking lot. The bolts Have you noticed an issue on post the subject take a watch from a and lock were cut and also display and proceed beyond the missing. Trouble and wondered if anything is being point of sale without rendering done to fix it? Email concerns and payment. May 17, Larceny of private issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. property: Unknown person(s) Ticket May 12, Larceny of private by unknown means stole a debit mil. Each week, Soundoff! will property: The spare tire was missing card from a barracks room. address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to solve them. On the lookout for theft Issue: Plan: Status: The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neighborhoods safe. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall all times, regardless of time of day. after the grass matures 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 The jogging trail around the Find an alternate route A redesigned trail opened take an active role in deterring crime. golf course closed May 1 for the trail May 1; visit Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report for the route map any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677- 6622 or 6623. SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsAsian Pacific Heritage Month celebrates diversityBy Rona S. HirschStaff Writer An oversized lion dances up the longaisle to a steady, pounding drumbeat,alternately rolling on the floor and stand-ing tall as it roars silently. A barefoot Polynesian dancer in nativecostume is joined in a Haka warriordance by three service members instruct-ed to squat and grunt. The leader of an Asian Americanempowerment organization discusses thepitfalls of painting an entire people as a“model minority.” Not your typical morning at McGillTraining Center. But this was the instal- ‘This is a great country,lation’s Asian Pacific American HeritageMonth observance, when provocative where we would dospeakers and dazzling cultural perfor-mances took center stage. whatever we can to The annual event was hosted May 17 contribute.’by Navy Information Operations Com-mand Maryland. This year’s theme is PHOTOS BY Brian Krista Rosetta Lai, executive director“Striving For Excellence in Leadership, Asian American LEAD Members of the Wong People perform a lion dance as other group members poundDiversity and Inclusion.” on a drum and gong and clang cymbals during the Asian Pacific American Heritage The keynote speaker was Rosetta Lai, Month observance on May 17 at McGill Training Center. In addition to cultural dances,executive director of Asian American the annual event featured a presentation by Rosetta Lai, executive director of AsianLeadership, Empowerment and Devel- performers in island clothing began to American Leadership, Empowerment and Development for Youth and Families.opment for Youth and Families, which dance.provides services to help immigrants “We had no cotton, gold, silver,” Allenfrom low-income Asian families in Wash- Americans to America and around the But “racial scapegoating,” said Lai, said. “We had to supply our resourcesington, D.C., Montgomery County and world,” said Navy Chief Petty Officer led to the death of Vincent Chen in for our clothing and our jewelry — driedFairfax County, Va. Kevin Tyson, senior enlisted leader for 1982 by two Detroit auto workers who strips of wood, mother-of-pearl shells, The 90-minute event featured three the Center for Language and Area Stud- thought he was Japanese and took away feathers from sea birds, flowers anddance troupes, cultural displays, samples ies attached to NIOC Maryland, who their jobs. coconuts.”of Asian and Filipino foods, and the emceed. “That made me think, ‘What is my Allen said that in ancient Hawaiiansinging of the National Anthem by five At the start of her talk, Lai took the role here?’ ” Lai said. “We are painted as culture, men performed the dances —members of the NIOC choir. mic in hand and walked toward the audi- the ‘model minority,’ a myth that could specifically for kings. “All of our history “It was just fabulous,” said Persepho- ence. “This is a great country, where we lead to a policy of benign neglect of pro- was taught, through hands, in sign lan-nie Powell of Severn who attended with would do whatever we can to contrib- grams and services for Asian American guage,” he said.her husband, retired Lt. Col. Isadore ute,” said Lai, who immigrated in 1965 students who do not fit this stereotype.” After the warrior dance, women in tea-Powell. “It was very informative and the as a student. In his remarks, Navy Capt. T. J. White, leaf skirts danced the hula as a ukulelefood was excellent. All the celebrations The former educator served as presi- commander of NIOC, spoke of the unity softly played on the loudspeaker.this year were outstanding.” dent of the Organization of Chinese among the diverse members of the mili- The final performance by the Maryland The event was the latest cultural obser- Americans, Chicago chapter in the 1980s tary. “I look out into the audience and Bayanihan/Kaibigan featured two womenvance sponsored by the garrison and and was the national president of the I see uniformed people who have taken in Polynesian costume who danced intri-Equal Opportunity Office. “I learn some- Organization of Chinese American an oath. ...,” he said. “The best feature cate steps over wooden poles.thing new every time,” NIOC Petty Offi- Women from 2003 to 2008. of the Department of Defense is that we After the presentation, audience mem-cer 1st Class Kim Hanscom said. Lai spoke about the discrimination do it together, we do it as one. That is a bers lined up alongside tables decorated Attendees were greeted with calypso faced by Asian Americans including the great leveler and the foundation of our with colorful fans and baskets of fortunemusic and a display featuring posters of forced relocation of Japanese Americans opportunities for success. ... Our chal- cookies to sample chicken satay, samosaThailand and the Great Wall of China, on the West Coast during World War lenge is to make our nation better today and crab meat-cheese wontons cateredJapanese umbrellas, figurines, silk cloth II. than yesterday.” by Burma Road Restaurant in Gaith-and colorful traditional clothing. She also highlighted the achievements Entertainment was provided by the ersburg. Asian Pacific Heritage Month cel- of Asian Americans in politics, the sci- Wong People, who performed the lion 1st Sgt. Tanisha Aiken, branch chiefebrates the culture, traditions and history ences, medicine and the arts, citing such dance, Hawaiian Entertainment of Balti- of the NCO Academy, dined with Com-of Asian Americans and Pacific islanders notables as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, author Amy more and the Maryland Bayanihan/Kai- mand Sgt. Maj. Tyronne Smoot, who wasof the United States. Tan, architects I.M. Pie and Maya Lin, bigan Community and Friends. visiting from Fort Gordon, Ga. “We commemorate their struggles, cel- Olympian skater Michelle Kwan, former After greeting the audience with a “I wanted to show him how Fortebrate centuries of progress and reaffirm Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, boisterous “Aloha!” Hawaiian Entertain- Meade does it,” Aiken said. “I had funour steadfast commitment to the achieve- California Rep. Judy Chu and Secretary ment owner Paki Allen explained the and I learned some things. It was veryments and contributions of Asian Pacific of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. origins of Hawaiian dress and dance as entertaining.” SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsOfficers’ Spouses’ Club presents annual scholarshipsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The Officers’ Spouses’ Club awarded fivegraduating high school seniors, one collegestudent and a military spouse a total of morethan $5,000 in scholarships at the organiza-tion’s annual Scholarship Award Ceremonyon May 15. The informal two-hour gathering was heldat the home of Garrison Commander Col.Edward C. Rothstein and his wife, Audrey,an advisor to the club. Scholarships were presented by Col. Roth-stein; Patricia Hagerty, chairperson of theOSC scholarship committee; and Navy RearAdm. William Leigher, director of the Navystaff’s Warfare Integration for InformationDominance at the Pentagon. The club awarded the Etta Baker Memori-al Scholarship for High School Seniors; MeritScholarship for Continued Learning; JROTCScholarship for High School Seniors; and theOSC Military Spouse Scholarship. For at least three decades, the OSC hasawarded scholarships to high school and col-lege students that, in addition to academics,consider involvement in school activities andcommunity service. Proceeds from OSC events such as lastmonth’s Old Joe Golf Tournament and theMerryMart Craft Fair in November 2011, as photo by brian kristawell as other fundraisers throughout the year,provide funds for the scholarships. Navy Rear Adm. William Leigher, director of the Navy staff’s Warfare Integration for Information Dominance at the Pentagon, and Depending on the scholarship, applicants Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein congratulate Annalisa Irby and Kinza Shah, graduating seniors at Meade Highwere required to have either a minimum 2.5 or School, and Roger Isom Jr., a graduating senior at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, all winners of the Officers’ Spouses’3.0 grade point average and submit a 500- to Club’s Etta Baker Scholarship.600-word essay about their educational andcareer goals. “It’s really great that people are helping Isom, who resides at the Naval Academy commander of the 704th MI Brigade, will “We’re all very proud of every one of me,” said Irby, 18, who was awarded a $2,000 in Annapolis where his father, Capt. Roger use his $500 scholarship to study physics orthem,” Hagerty said of the winners. “They’re scholarship from the OSC. “It was a good Isom Sr., serves as chief diversity officer, business at Towson University.all unique.” surprise.” received a $750 scholarship. “I’m very happy. I’m very honored to win,” In his remarks to the students, Roth- Class valedictorian, Irby also received a He plans to study exercise science and said Chapman, 18, who resides in Crofton.stein praised them for their hard work while $2,000 matching scholarship from the Armed Spanish at McDaniel University in West- Tyler Gness, a graduating senior at Annap-cautioning them “not to take yourself too Forces Communications Electronics Associa- minster. olis High School enrolled in the Navy Juniorseriously” as they pursue their educational tion, an international organization dedicated “I’m excited; I can’t stop smiling,” the 18- Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, was thegoals. to supporting professionals in the fields of year-old said. “It’s a good feeling to know recipient of the $500 JROTC Scholarship. “Try to take the balance in all you’re doing information technology, communications and your hard work has paid off.” Son of retired Lt. Cmdr. Peter Gness, heand enjoy it,” he said. electronics for the defense, homeland security Recipients of the Merit Scholarship were will attend Ohio State University with plans Before the ceremony, students and parents and intelligence communities. Thomas Chapman, a graduating senior at to study Arabic.chatted over hors d’oeuvres and later ate a Irby, whose father is Chief Warrant Officer South River High School in East Edgewa- “I’m very happy,” the 18-year-old said. “Itcelebratory cake. 3 Jonathan Irby, 741th Military Intelligence ter; Emily Moesner, a graduating senior at is definitely going to help.” “This is so exciting to have a room full of Battalion, resides in Potomac Place and will Archbishop Spaulding High School in Severn Taylor Smith, recipient of the $500 Mil-students,” said Michele Hausman, outgoing attend Arizona State University with a major who was unable to attend the ceremony; and itary Spouse Scholarship, will pursue anOSC president, of the event. “We’re all so in biology and animal behavior. Shah’s older sister, Sabrina, a junior at the associate degree in nursing at Anne Arundelproud of all of you.” Shah, whose father is Sgt. 1st Class Abid University of Maryland Baltimore County. Community College. Annalisa Irby and Kinza Shah, two Shah, 20th Support Command at Aberdeen “I feel so grateful, I’m just excited,” said Smith resides in Potomac Place with hergraduating seniors at Meade High School, Proving Ground, resides in Meuse Forest. Shah, 21, a psychology and media/com- husband, Pfc. Colton Smith, a radiologyand Roger Isom Jr., a graduating senior at “I feel really grateful,” said the 17-year-old munications major. “This is really going to specialist at Kimbrough Ambulatory CareBroadneck High School in Annapolis, were who was awarded a $1,250 scholarship and push and motivate me to continue to study Center, and their 3-week-old son Memphis.the recipients of the Etta Baker Memorial plans to study speech therapy at Towson in graduate school.” “I’m very honored,” she said. “It’s amaz-Scholarship. University. Chapman, son of Col. Karen Gibson, ing.” SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012
  7. 7. N ews Exchange works to keep gas prices low 2012 Volvo S60 T5 LEASE IT NOW FOR By Exchange Public Affairs specific to fuel has been waived by Congress $ 299 The Fort Meade Express location relies (Hayden Cartwright Act, 4 U.S.C. 104). on a survey process to ensure prices are fair Charging sales tax can be like pulling the and competitive with the local community. emergency brake on shoppers used to the Specifically, the Express conducts daily tax-free benefit that the Exchange provides surveys of at least five locations selling fuel, on almost everything, except gas. deemed by the local general manager to be But the Exchange, and by extension its the competition. Pump prices are then set customers, is required to pay federal tax equal to the lowest price surveyed for each pursuant the U.S. code that covers federal $3,008 due at signing* grade of fuel available. tax on gasoline (26 U.S.C. § 4081(a)). “Because market-based pricing is not Accordingly, Exchange pump prices contingent on cost, we survey and change include state, federal and local motor fuel Stock #V8711 prices as frequently as necessary to remain taxes, as well as underground storage fees. competitive,” said Fort Meade Exchange Federal and state taxes, as well as other 2012 Volvo XC60 3.2 FWD General Manager Jonathan Bright. “In fact, even though the Express charges sales applicable fees, are included in the price and paid to the appropriate taxing authority. tax on gasoline, the surveys can result in “Gas pricing is a very complex issue, prices that are actually even below cost.” impacted by world markets, political and $ 399 36 months w/ While it is true that the Exchange, as a economic factors,” Bright said. “With that $3,394 due U.S. government instrumentality, is immune said, we remain focused on delivering the best at signing* from state and local taxes, the immunity value possible to drivers at Fort Meade.” Stock #V8708 Get to work on time. Know the hours of operation for THE REFINED 2013 Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD Access Gates on Fort Meade Demps Visitor Control Center, Bldg. 902 Reece Road Stock #V8928 $ 499 36 months w/ $3,304 due at signing* 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday Gate 1: Mapes Road and Route 32 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week *Security deposit waived. Lease scenarios based on 10,000 miles per year. First month’s payment and cap cost reduction due at signing as follows: $2709 - S60; $2995 - XC60; $2805 - XC90. Tax, tags and $199 dealer processing fee extra. With approved credit. Offer expires 5/31/12. Gate 2: Mapes Road and Maryland Route 175 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; SAFE + SECURE 5 YEAR WARRANTY + 5 YEAR WEAR TEAR closed weekends and holidays COVERAGE PLAN + 5 YEAR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE Safe + Secure Coverage Plan excludes tires. Gate 3: Rockenbach Road 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week Gate 6: Llewellyn Avenue and Maryland Route 175 6 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday for inbound traffic; 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for outbound traffic Gate 7: Reece Road and Maryland Route 175 333 Busch’s Frontage Road (Demps Visitor Control Center gate) 24-hour access 410-349-8800 • AnnapolisVolvo.com10 SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012
  8. 8. N ews Dance to the Music GREAT RATES SKIES Unlimited performers For All Military Members keep step at spring recital By Lisa R. Rhodes for the girls and the audience,” Lombardo Staff Writer said. “There were a lot of different genera- A tribute to the music of six decades was tions in the audience and we wanted to offer the theme of this year’s spring recital for something the whole family could enjoy.” Child, Youth and School Services’ SKIES The two-hour program opened with a Unlimited program. dance routine to the children’s song “Itsy The “Dance Through The Decades” Bitsy Spider” and led into several renditions recital on May 19 at Meade High School of Elvis Presley hits from “Don’t Be Cruel” featured more than 145 girls, ages 3 to 16, to “Jailhouse Rock.” • Special Military discount on auto insurance who performed routines choreographed to The young dancers wore several cos- • Emergency Deployment discount the music of the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s tumes, including bright red tutus with silver and early 2000s. boots and light blue tutus with black patent • 24/7 service for Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, “I think they all did great,” said Christina leather shoes. and Retired Military and families Rivera, wife of Navy Lt. David Rivera of In a tribute to the Beatles, the girls wore the National Security Agency, during the soft-yellow tutus and danced a ballet rou- • Storage Protection Plans with reduced recital. tine to several songs including “Yesterday,” premium The couple’s 3-year-old daughter Isabella “Let It Be” and “All You Need Is Love.” danced to the songs “Rockin’ Robin,” a Throughout the performances, parents • 75 years of service to the Military tune made popular in 1958 by singer Bobby took photographs on their cell phones and Day, and “Car Wash,” a 1976 hit song by family members clapped to the music, par- • More than 150 local agents the rhythm and blues group Rose Royce. ticularly during the music segment for the Elizabeth Lombardo, instructional pro- 1980s, which included hits by Madonna, gram specialist for SKIES, said the dance Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper. instructors chose this year’s theme for the Odenton resident LaShonda Zachary sake of pure entertainment. watched as her daughter Nia danced with “We thought it would be something fun a group. The 3-year-old, who is enrolled in 1-800-MILITARY (or call your local office) Active | Guard | Reserve | Retired To learn more about GEICO’s partnership with Navy Federal, visit Some discounts, coverages, payment plans, and features are not available in all states or in all GEICO companies. Discount amount varies in some states. One group discount applicable per policy. In New York a premium reduction may be available. Coverage is individual. Insurance products are not federally insured, are not obligations of the credit union, and are not guaranteed by the credit union or any affiliated entity. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Dancers create a world of their own and look to the stars as they glide and twirl Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko Image © 1999- 2011. © 2011 GEICO/NFCU Navy Federal Credit Union is federally insured by NCUA. across the stage during this year’s spring recital for the SKIES Unlimited program. Youths danced to songs by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper.12 SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012
  9. 9. N ewsChild Development Center III, has par-ticipated in SKIES Unlimited for about ayear. “[SKIES] is a good way to introduceher to sports and activities at a young age,”Zachary said. “I think she did an excellentjob. She’s doing pretty well. I’m surprised— she’s not crying.” The event ended with two cheerleadingroutines and an all-cast dance routine to“Last Dance,” a disco hit from the 1980sby the late Donna Summer. Sgt. 1st Class William Waddell, 741stMilitary Intelligence Battalion, was amongthe many fathers who brought a bouquet offlowers for their daughters. Waddell presented yellow roses to his4-year-old daughter Madeleina and herpeers. “I think she did really great,” the PatriotRidge resident said. “She practiced reallyhard for this. The flowers are for her andall the little girls.” Young dancers perform classic ballet inClaudia Hatch, wife of retired Sgt. 1st the annual spring recital for Child, YouthClass Richard Hatch, applies lipstick to and School Services’ SKIES Unlimitedher daughter Bianca before the 4-year- program on May 16 at Meade High School.old’s performance. More than 145 girls ages 3 to 16 danced to music spanning six decades before an photos by phil grout audience of family and friends. May 24, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  10. 10. C over S toryGarrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein speaks to the estimated 2,400 servicemembers, civilians and family members who participated in Friday’s Fort Meade JointService Run through the installation.RIGHT: Service members run through the installation to military cadences duringFriday’s Fort Meade Joint Service Run. The theme for the three-mile run wasresiliency, focusing on the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program’s fivedimensions of strength.Sign of unityJoint Service Run focuses on resiliency, health, unityBy Brandon Bieltz emotional, social, family and spiritual. civilians stood in a horseshoe formation The installation sponsors joint serviceStaff Writer “The joint service run is a great way around the gazebo where Klein, Rothstein runs twice a year to build unity among As the sun rose Friday over Fort to demonstrate physical, social and even and Smith addressed the group. service members of all branches, familiesMeade, civilians and service members family dimensions of strength during this Rothstein asked the runners to take a and civilians working at Fort Meade,from all branches of the military stood in rousing, postwide event,” Smith said. moment for self-actualization to realize Smith said. Several of the runners saidformation, spanning most of McGlachlin Runners were in formation by 6:30 what is important to them — aspects of they enjoyed seeing the various branchesParade Field. a.m. for Reveille and an invocation from life that keep people healthy and resil- participating together in the event. The estimated 2,400 participants were Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sid Taylor. ient. “I thought it brought a good unityeager to begin the biannual Fort Meade After a brief welcome from Smith, they “What I’m going to share with you is between the post,” said Pfc. Cesar IsazaJoint Service Run through the installa- marched off the parade field and onto you have to stay healthy and keep bal- of the 781st Military Intelligence Battal-tion. Runners were led by Navy Rear English Avenue, picking up speed near ancing your lives and your careers,” he ion. “It was good seeing all the servicesAdm. Margaret DeLuca Klein, chief of Llewelyn Avenue. said. “You are the finest that our country get together. ... You don’t see it oftenstaff of Cyber Command; Navy Vice The military cadences of the 30 units has. Keeping you resilient, keeping you when all the services are together like thisAdm. Michael Rogers, commander of the could be heard from a distance, as ser- healthy is what this is all about.” and everybody is motivated.”10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command; vice members and civilians sped through While the three-mile run was an obvi- Air Force Tech Sgt. Gerry Volcy of theGarrison Commander Col. Edward C. the installation behind a pace-setting fire ous sign of the physical dimension of 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Recon-Rothstein; and Garrison Command Sgt. truck. strength, Klein said another aspect was naissance Wing agreed.Maj. Charles E. Smith. Runners began to arrive back to evident throughout the event — social. “I think it’s great to showcase our unity,” The theme of the three-mile run was McGlachlin Parade Field around 7:10 “There were people singing Jodies [PT he said. “Although we wear different uni-resiliency, with the focus on the Army’s a.m., returning to their formations in cadences], there were people telling jokes,” forms, the first two letters are always US.Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program’s front of the gazebo. Once all units com- she said. “There was more than just the … We are definitely united even thoughfive dimensions of strength: physical, pleted the run, service members and physical dimension.” we wear different uniforms.”14 SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012
  11. 11. photos by noah scialom TOP: Service members, families and civilians march off McGlachlin Parade Field to begin the run that ended about 40 minutes later. ABOVE: Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Lipsey of U.S. Army Medical Department bows his head in prayer during Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sid Taylor’s invocation at McGlachlin Parade Field to open Friday’s early-morning run. LEFT: Airmen from the 32nd Intelligence Squadron stand ready on McGlachlin Parade Field before the Fort Meade Joint Service Run that included 30 units on post. May 24, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  12. 12. S ports PATRIOT PRIDE 10K AND RELAY RESULTS Men • Michael Wahlgren, 38:50.7 • Mark Jones, 39:30.9 Women • Bridget Holt, 38:52.5 • Sarah Fisher, 46:10.2 Relay winners • 29 and under (coed) Daniel Schott and Rachel Schott, 57:28 • 30 to 49 (male) Erik Gibbs and Patrick Helmick, 35.13 • 30 to 49 (coed) Michael Crockett and Michala Crockett, 56:45 • 50 to 69 (coed) Owen Chappell and Karrie Chappell, 59.20 • 70 to 89 (male) Keith Sharron and Martin Hoagland, 50:21 • 70 to 89 (coed) Zouhair Makhfi and Rachel Makhfi, 46:49 • 70 to 89 (female) Sabrina Flynn and Laura Gruber, 1:06.48 Photo by U.S. Marine Pvt. Cody Smith Runners come down the final stretch of the Patriot Pride 10K and Relay at Murphy Field House on Saturday Age groups were determined by the morning. Participants competed individually or on a team, with each member running one half of the course. combined age of both runners. The third race in the annual Run Series drew 170 runners. For All of Your Personal Banking Needs... You Belong Here! At The Washington Savings Bank our Premium Checking is FREE! Five Convenient Locations to Serve You! And it comes with all the features to make your life easier! BOWIE CROFTON 301-352-3100 410-721-8867 • On-Line Banking with Bill Pay 4201 Mitchellville Rd. 1669 Crofton Centre • Premium Mobile Banking with a TWSB APP MILLERSVILLE ODENTON 410-987-1515 410-551-8800 • Text Message Banking with Text Alerts 676 Old Mill Road 1161 Annapolis Rd. • Free Debit Card with Purchase Rewards WALDORF MEMBER • Surcharge Free Access to over 2,000 ATMs For more information visit us 301-843-7200 FDIC • Finance Works™ - The latest banking @ 3225 Crain Highway tool that puts money management at your fingertips and your financial goals within reach! or Scan the QR Code with your Smart Phone16 SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012
  13. 13. S portsPaddle sports help injured service members healBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer Watching him in the water, the onlynoticeable feature of Ryan Major’s kaya-king is his solid stroke that sends himpropelling through the pool and collidinginto a wall. Nearly six years ago, the medicallyretired sergeant had doubts that he wouldever walk again, let alone pick up a newsport after one misstep in Iraq cost himboth legs and multiple fingers on eachhand. Although Major still hasn’t masteredwalking with his prosthetic legs, he’sbecoming a master of the paddle as hepulls himself into a kayak whenever theopportunity arises. On May 17, Major was among the sev-eral injured service members and veteranswho gathered at Gaffney Fitness Center Retired Sgt. Ryan Major paddles throughto learn paddle-boating skills as members photos by brian krista the pool at Gaffney Fitness Center duringof Team River Runner. The national Team River Runner instructor Matt Gettier works with retired Air Force Sgt. Jun Cho a Team River Runner meeting. Theorganization’s Fort Meade chapter has as they practice rolling techniques May 17 at Gaffney’s indoor pool. During two-hour nonprofit organization aims to providebeen operating since October, with the sessions held the first and third Thursdays of every month, injured and disabled health and healing for injured veteransgoal of helping injured service members service members learn the basic strokes and skills to paddle in open water. and service members through paddleheal through kayaking. sports. “We focus on providing health andhealing through paddle sports — that’sour mission,” said Jon Forte, the Fort not really hard. It’s fun.” much fun.” especially since it requires improving bal-Meade chapter coordinator. Using a slightly modified kayak with The two-hour pool sessions are divided ance, which ultimately helps speed up the Founded in 2001 in Washington, D.C., inflatable pads up front to help him bal- into two segments: instructional training recovery of muscle impairments.the nonprofit organization has more than ance, Major now paddles with the group and football. “You’re getting a lot of balance activity20 local chapters nationwide with the goal whenever they are in the water. During the first hour, kayakers first in here,” she said. “When you hit that bal-of “rehabilitating people with mental ill- Some participants, however, are expe- review the basics of the sport to help ance mechanism, that’s when you’re goingness or physical disability or whatever rienced kayakers and are looking to re- service members get comfortable in the to increase our recovery,”problem they may have encountered dur- learn the sport. boats. After the instructional portion of theing their service,” Forte said. “If they lost an arm or a leg, or [the “We do a lot of stuff,” Gettier said. “We sessions, kayakers spend the final hour Members routinely meet on the first injury is] benign, we provide them an start off with just basic paddle strokes and throwing a football around in the pooland third Thursday of every month to outlet to get back into kayaking,” Forte getting them comfortable with the kayak, while still in their boats.train in Gaffney’s indoor pool. They also said. then we work through a progression of Gettier said he enjoys seeing the servicetake weekly outings to put their newfound While the program is focused on help- ‘what ifs.’ We teach them the motions members and veterans let loose in theskills to the test. ing injured service members and veterans, first of what they need to know to roll the pool and have a good time. The program is open to service mem- Forte said Team River Runner invites boat, then we put it all together.” “I can’t even describe it,” he said “Thebers and veterans who suffered an injury family members to participate as well. The instructions lead to one goal: stuff that they’ve been through and hav-or disability during their service in the “We want it to be a family activity,” he learning to roll the boat — the ability to ing the outlook of just being able to comemilitary. said. “A lot of times guys get back and flip the boat without getting out. out here, joke around and goof off and Like Major, many participants have no they’ve lost that family bond. Kayaking “Once they have the roll, it’s good to go have fun for a couple hours is just awe-background in kayaking but pick up skills restores that.” and we can take them out to open water,” some.”with the help of volunteer instructors. At the pool, service members are taught Gettier said. While Forte doesn’t know how or why Major was encouraged to begin kayak- by experienced kayakers from local orga- Brenda Rutledge, a physical therapist it happens, he said he’s seen the programing while recovering at the former Walter nizations including the Caton Kayak Club with Fort Meade’s Warrior Transition help wounded warriors overcome what-Reed Army Medical Center after step- and the Chesapeake Paddlers Associa- Unit who focuses on adaptive recon- ever challenges they on an improvised explosive device in tion. ditioning, said kayaking is among five “They love it,” he said. “I have noRamadi, Iraq in 2006. While still hooked Matt Gettier, a board member of the sports that the WTU encourages for clinical explanation for it. But when I takeup to equipment in the hospital, members Caton Kayak Club, said members began injured service members. somebody in a wheelchair or with PTSDof Team River Runner visited Major and volunteering with Team River Runner in Kayaking provides a full-body workout or something’s going on, they’re notconvinced him to get into the water as October when the Fort Meade chapter that helps strengthen the core, arms and social, they’re not talking. You wouldn’tsoon as he could. was founded. shoulders. approach them, they could be aggressive. “I was expecting to have a good time,” “I’ve only missed one session since I’ve The sport, Rutledge said, can be very “I take and put them in a boat and theyhe said of the first time he kayaked. “It’s starting coming,” Gettier said. “It’s so beneficial for those healing from injuries, just open right up,” he said. May 24, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  14. 14. S ports Sports Shorts Jibber Jabber - Opinion Mullins Field closure Mullins Field will close Monday and remain closed through June 11 to resurface the track. How to train your ego This isn’t quite nonfiction, but is close enough to since committing to this hurt. race — with the realiza- Armed Forces Kids Run So your life is going well and you need an ego tion that you can’t run a America’s Armed Forces Kids Run will be held June 9 at 9 a.m. in the check to avoid getting mushy like an old mango or K, much less five. parking lot behind 2234 Huber Road. turning into a flabby dad whose definition of a good This revelation is The run, billed as the “world’s largest children’s running event,” is open workout is making three trips up the stairs to put the important because it will to ages 5 to 13. kids to bed. give you enough time to Cost is free; each youth participant will receive a T-shirt. Well, if you have an 8-year old daughter, you’re in prepare your mind for Register online at luck, particularly if she’s a girl on the run. the run, and also lay the For those of you who are unaware, Girls on the groundwork for potential Chad T. Jones, For more information, call 301-677-1179. Public Affairs Run is a national program designed to help young failure. Start limping a bit, ladies build confidence and self-esteem through run- maybe toss in an extra Officer First Responders Golf Classic ning and working with positive female role models. moan during a jaunt up the stairs. Make sure you start The Directorate of Emergency Services will sponsor the First You’d be silly not to let your daughter try it out, drinking plenty of water as well because cramps stink, Responder Golf Classic on Sept. 7 at Compass Pointe Golf Course especially if things are going well. and race day is right around the corner. in Pasadena. For one, once she likes being a GOTR, which is When you arrive at the race, make sure you stretch Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $100 per player. usually right away, being able to participate in the your arms, your neck, your groin and your quads. The field is limited to 36 teams, so register early. Breakfast is program provides you — or any shrewd parent keen Limp some more to remind your daughter you are provided. on making idle threats — one more carrot to hold playing hurt. Of course she’ll be too busy laughing The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. An awards dinner banquet follows over her head when you need her to clean her room with her teammates to care, but you should enjoy her the tournament. or do homework or pick up the socks she just threw happiness, too. The event features a Captain’s Choice Best Ball four-player team. on the floor or stop hitting her brother or just about Cover your ears when the gun goes off and take (Those who cannot fill all four are paired with other singles.) anything else you need done. advantage of that time when you get to blame the Prizes will be awarded for long drive, straightest drive, closest to For two, all that stuff about self-esteem and build- cramped crowds for your slow pace because pretty the pin (male/female) and top-placed teams. Door prizes also will be ing confidence is important. And for three, it can soon, the field will thin out. If you need some help presented. provide you the ego check you need when things are keeping pace, think of the Army cadence: “One mile, For more information, call Keith Willard at 301-677-7681. going too good - family is happy, sports teams are no sweat; two miles, better yet.” winning, bosses are cooperating, etc. Pretty soon you’re more than halfway home, and Summer cheernastics Here’s how: About two weeks after the program as you look over your shoulder, you may be pleasantly begins, actually read the information that describes surprised at how slow some people are. In fact, your Registration is under way for summer cheernastics. The next the three-month journey your child will partake in. self-esteem may reach an all-time high when you real- session will be held Thursdays from June 7 to 28 at the Youth There is a nice picture on the program cover of a man ize that you are still faster than half the field in spite Center. running with a girl. It might look odd, maybe even a of your training regimen. Cost is $55 for ages 5 to 8 and $65 for ages 9 and older. little creepy seeing a middle-aged man on the cover of Then you’ll hear a voice call you from the front, For more information, call 301-677-1149. a pamphlet promoting Girls on the Run. “Hurry up, Dad.” Push past that and onto the first page where you’ll As you look forward. you’ll see that the order is Summer sports camps see a training schedule: coming from your offspring. If you have trouble pick- Registration for SKIES summer sports camps for ages 6 to 17 are Week 1: Learn to stretch, walk a lap and meet ing her out, just look for some floppy hair and the underway. your team. Nike swooshes on the souls of the shoes you spent $75 Soccer camp will run June 18 to 25, football camp will be June 25 Week 2: Stretch more, run more and learn about on as they kick up one foot at a time. Before you can to 28 and basketball camp will run June 25 to 28. things like positive self-talk and proper diet. follow the command, she’ll motivate you with some Cost is $85 a camp. Then around Week 5 you will see the words, “Find of that positive talk she’s been learning: Don’t quit. For more information, call 301-677-1196 a running buddy.” It may alarm you at first, but when You’re doing great. We’re almost done. you read a little more you will see that your daughter It may come off a little patronizing, but it will Summer Sizzler 5K Run and One-Mile Walk will need a partner to run a race with her at the end inspire you to find that one last gear to push yourself of the season. forward. That is until you realize you don’t have one The installation’s annual Run Series continues with the Summer At this point you have two choices. One, you can last gear. Then you’ll realize it doesn’t matter if you’re Sizzler 5K and One-Mile Walk on June 16 at 8 a.m. at the Rock listen to common sense and find your daughter a run- ahead of 1,000 people because the fact of the mat- Avenue Pool. ning buddy; someone who can actually run a 5K. ter is you are officially slower than your 8-year-old The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day But since you are feeling a little big for your daughter. of the run is $25. britches, don’t just offer to help. Take option two That means from this day forth, the only thing The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85. and volunteer to run with her. Make a big deal out your child will need to do to avoid punishment is The pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. of it, so she knows that you are there for her. Then, to start running. And there ain’t a thing you can do On the day of the event, cost is $60 per family. think about your training plan. Think about running about it except wait for her to come home, hopefully All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. a mile a day every morning and working your way wet, probably hungry, but certainly not tired. The next run will be the Football FanFare 5K Run and One Mile up to the required distance. Think about hitting the GOTR took care of that, and if you do what’s Walk on Sept. 22 at Constitution Park. elliptical machine at the gym. Just keep thinking until listed above, it will square away your ego as well. For more information, call 301-677-7916. one night about a week before the race you wake up If you have comments on this or anything to do with in a sweat — the first sweat you’ve actually broken sports, contact me at SOUNDOFF! May 24, 2012