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Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for May 3, 2012
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  • 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 18 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ May 3, 2012 fair play Annual Family Fun Fair brings community together Photo by Jen RyndaRiley Bateman, 6, of Fort Meade attempts to swing a giant hula hoop during the installation’s 26th annual Family Fun Fair on Saturday at McGill Training Center. About 2,500people attended the four-hour event. For more, see Pages 14-15.top cop Golf Goodbye UPCOMING EVENTSDES director Golfers play final FRIDAY, 7:30 a.m.: Army Ten-Miler Qualifier - Murphy Field Houseretires after 28 round at farewell saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Meade’s Mega Market - Meade Middle School Commander’s Cup Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Youth Fishing Rodeo - Burba Lakeyears in military Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: Memorial Day Remembrance/Massing of the Colors - The Pavilionpage 8 page 20 Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Military Spouse Job Fair - McGill Training Center
  • 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Massing of the Colors Col. Edward C. Rothstein for Memorial Day Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information One thing there is never a shortage of around understanding of Philip H. Jones the Team Meade community is great things to do. what President Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil And by great, I’m not just talking about the con- George Washing- Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch sistently superb services that are provided here on a ton meant when Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes daily basis. he said, “When Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz I’m literally talking about great and fun things to we assumed the Design Coordinator Timothy Davis participate in like we offered last weekend. Soldier, we did Supple­mental photography provided For starters, Saturday’s Family Fun Fair was awe- not lay aside the by Patuxent Publishing Co. some! Citizen.” For those of you who couldn’t make it, about 2,500 I say that Advertising people attended the 26th annual event at McGill because during Training Center. the event, which COL. Edward c. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Rothstein And per usual, DFMWR director Martha McClary Fort Meade is Allison Thompson Garrison Commander 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com and her Child, Youth and School Services team did a hosting along Michele Griesbauer fantastic job. The event featured a bunch of activities with the General George G. Meade Chapter of the 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com that Audrey, the kids and I truly enjoyed. (See Pages Military Order of the World Wars, more than 60 color 14-15.) guards from various active-duty, Guard and Reserve If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are Then on Sunday we gave our historic golf course military units will join their counterparts from civilian experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. a proper send-off during the final Commander’s organizations such as local VFWs, Rotary Clubs and Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Cup tournament. Mother Nature helped out with Boy and Girl Scout troops. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the weather, the Courses was in its usual fantastic Each color guard will march into the Pavilion condition, and even though Gen. Alexander and I under its own banner, then come together around the Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary didn’t win the first-place trophy, it is fair to say that United States Colors. of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday all 144 golfers who participated had a great time. (See Beyond this impressive display, the event also will except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Pages 20-21.) feature an Armed Forces Color Guard from the Mili- Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the And for those of you worried about the future tary District of Washington and a performance by the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, of the Fort Meade golf community, let me say that U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. thanks to our great partnerships, I can promise you Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will serve as the Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage that Sunday’s Commander’s Cup will not be the last keynote speaker for the event, which will conclude without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, time Team Meade gets together over a round of golf. with a free concert by the U.S. Army Field Band and user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser Both the Family Fun Fair and Commander’s Cup Soldiers’ Chorus stationed here at Fort Meade. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. brought the entire community together, and I hope If all of that isn’t enough to get you out to the we will get together again Sunday for one of the Pavilion at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there also is a reception Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are more patriotic events on our calendar: Fort Meade’s with food after the concert. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance Memorial Day Remembrance and 26th Annual Joking aside, Command Sgt. Maj. Smith and I of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Massing of the Colors. hope you can make it out to this fabulous event and the Army of the products or services advertised. The massing symbolizes the ideals of patrio- celebrate one more great thing that Team Meade tism and love of county. It also gives me a better makes happen. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd Commander’s Open Door and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or Co n t e n t s concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mon- days from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, News.............................. 3 Classified.............................. 24 Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports................................... 20 necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. Community.................. 17 Movies.................................. 23 SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 3. NewsTransformation of golf course land enters next phasePost looks to limit trafficdisruption during constructionStory and photo by Jason Kelly As a part of the environmental planningEmerging Media Manager process, the NSA indicated it would comply While the removal of the golf course’s with the Forest Conservation Act to “the max-sign along Mapes Road on Tuesday morning imum extent practical,” said Butler. “Therewas the first indication that the course is now may not be space left to do exactly 20 percent.closed, more visible work is under way. So, it is a target.” Crews began clearing trees on the southern If space is not available, the goal can beportion of the course Wednesday, according to achieved by reforesting off site, Houchinsthe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore said.District’s schedule. Similar work is scheduled This is not the first effort to minimize theto begin on the northern portion of what is environmental impact of construction on thenow known as East Campus on May 29. golf course, which lost nine holes when the The project, scheduled weekdays from 7 headquarters for the Defense Media Activitya.m. to 5 p.m., is expected to add traffic to and Defense Information Systems AgencyMapes and Rockenbach roads. Planners are were built there.considering options to reduce the impact to DISA planted more trees than it removed to DFMWR employees Jim Ladebush (left) and Ronald Allen remove the entrance signweekday traffic including removing trees on develop the site because its complex was built on Mapes Road for the Courses on Tuesday, the same day the facilities closed.Saturdays. on fairways that had already been cleared of Ladebush was the former course superintendent, while Allen, a mechanic, worked Another aspect of the planning process – trees, Butler said. there for 37 years.minimizing the environmental impact – began The benefits of reforestation, said Butler,years ago, said Mick Butler, chief of DPW’s include reducing the heat generated on theEnvironmental Division. buildings by providing shade, producing oxy- The decision to develop the golf course tosupport national security had to be supported gen and capturing carbon dioxide, as well as creating and maintaining habitats for forest- DRUG takeby an environmental study, which began with dwelling species. back DAYa July 2009 Federal Register Notice of Intent Houchins expects the wildlife, whichto prepare an environmental impact statement includes groundhogs, foxes, squirrels and bird Lt. Col. Michael Yappfor the project, Butler said. species, to relocate to other areas on post. The (right), chief of the The notice informed the public of an open impact of the habitat loss should be minimal, Kimbrough Ambula-house followed by a scoping meeting later that he said, because the golf course is already tory Care Centermonth for public comment. A draft environ- partially developed. Pharmacy, watchesmental impact statement was prepared and as Samson Robinson,made available for public review June 25, 2010 Fort Meade Army Initial treewith another open house and public meeting Substance Abuseon July 21, 2010. The final document was Program preventionsigned September 13, 2010. coordinator, weighs While laws such as the Maryland ForestConservation Act guided the planning, the clearing schedule a bucket of prescrip- tion drugs collectedArmy’s commitment to being good stew- Saturday morningards of its resources was another important - Site protection and fencing: Until in front of the Fortconsideration, said John Houchins, Natural May 11 Meade Exchange. TheResources Program manager for the Director- 11 pounds, 8 ouncesate of Public Works. - Surveying: Until May 14 of unused medication “The Army realized many, many years ago were transferred tothat it must take care of its land to fulfill the - Tree clearing on southern portion: the Drug EnforcementArmy mission,” Houchins said. Until May 25 Agency, which spon- The land to be cleared, which will be par- sored the nationwide,tially used by the National Security Agency, - Tree clearing on northern portion: same-day collection,covers approximately 127 acres. These trees May 29 to June 18 for disposal.are relatively spread out and only account forapproximately 27 acres of forest. The Forest - Site stabilization and restoration Photo by Jason KellyConservation Act calls for 20 percent, approxi- until: June 25mately 25 acres, of the project to be reforested Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineersor preserved, said Houchins. Baltimore Districthttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 4. N ews Have you noticed an issue on post Community Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Crime Watch Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services April 22, Larceny of private prop- April 27, Wrongful damage of pri- erty: The victim stated that after vate property: Unknown person(s) solve them. he went to the barber shop on by unknown means scratched post, he returned to his barracks the left passenger-side door and Issue: Plan: Status: and noticed his credit card was missing. hood of a vehicle, which was legally parked. The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way April 23, Wrongful damage of private April 28, Shoplifting: AAFES loss has deemed and marked so that it is functional property: Unknown person(s) by unknown prevention at the Exchange observed two some play equipment at means damaged a vehicle legally parked subjects open merchandise packaging in the driveway. Damages consisted of a and place it on their person and conceal Burba Lake as unsafe broken, driver-side rear light and scratches the merchandise. They then proceeded to the driver-side quarter panel. beyond the point of sale and exited the store. Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall April 24, Wrongful damage of pri- vate property: Unknown person(s) by April 29, Wrongful damage of government after the grass matures unknown means dented the left, rear property: The subject punched and broke fender well and bent the driver’s outside the glass window on the door of his bar- mirror of the legally parked vehicle. racks’ room.May the benefits be with you AER updateBy Wendy Poulson retirement benefits. If you’re planning aheadSocial Security Administration, Glen Burnie for a distant retirement, visit the Retirement The Fort Meade Army Emergency Friday is an unofficial holiday designated by Estimator to get an instant, personalized esti- Relief campaign has collectedfans as Star Wars Day. mate of your future retirement benefits. Blast $69,210 as of Friday, 86.5 Why Friday and not the more likely May off to www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. percent of its $80,000 goal.25, the day the first “Star Wars” movie was If you’re ready to apply now for retirement Each unit should have an AERreleased? It all comes down to a simple but benefits, just go online. It’s so easy, and you representative for the campaign,catchy phrase: “May the fourth be with you.” can do it faster than the Millennium Falcon which ends May 15. When celebrating Star Wars Day, it can can outrun Imperial fighters — in as little as For more information, callbe easy to picture the space warriors in their 15 minutes at www.socialsecurity.gov/apply- Wallace Turner, AER officer, atoriginal state, the way they have been cap- online. 301-677-5768.tured on film. But consider this: May also is This year’s theme for Older AmericansOlder Americans’ Month. That may be more Month is, “You’re never too old to play.”fitting than you realize, since the heroes of When Star Wars first came out in 1977,Star Wars first burst into pop culture “a long social networking would have seemed like Chaplain’s Wordtime ago.” space-aged ways to play. But you now can Most of the heroes and villains of StarWars are now closing in on retirement age. connect with Social Security on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. What’s more, you can WITHINYes, Han Solo is well into retirement; Luke even do it from your own smartphone, even if “Joy is not in things; it is in us.”Skywalker and Princess Leia are almost old it’s not a Droid.enough to get Social Security benefits. (Sorry, Visit www.socialsecurity.gov and target the — Richard WagnerChewbacca, but you have to be human to Facebook and Twitter icons.receive benefits.) On Friday, may the “fourth” be with you. You don’t have to have the wisdom of a And remember: the benefits will be with you Find the FortJedi or the knowledge of a Droid to figure out — always. Meade Religious Schedule Follow Fort Meade at at Twitter.com/ftmeademd www.ftmeade. or at Facebook.com/ftmeade army.mil. SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 5. N ews Celebrating the Colors By Fort Meade Public Affairs Office Fort Meade and the Gen. George G. Meade Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will host the installation’s Memorial Day Remembrance and 26th annual Massing of the Colors on Sunday at the Pavilion. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. Gov. Martin O’Malley will be the keynote speaker. The remembrance will feature more than 60 color guards from the region, including an Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Washington and a performance by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. After the ceremony, the U.S. Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform a 45-minute concert. Since 1929, the Military Order of the World Wars has orga- nized and hosted the Massing of the Colors. The tradition is a patriotic ceremony to rededicate faith in the Colors of the United States and to present support to those Colors and of service mem- bers those Colors represent. It combines the Colors and color guards of active-duty and Reserve Component military units, veterans’ organizations, and civic and patriotic organizations. Visitors should use the gate at Llewellyn Avenue and Route 175. For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at 301- 677-1361. Musical ambassadors to perform at Memorial Day Remembrance By Jonathan Agee As the musical voice of the Army, the U.S. Army Field Band Army Field Band is authorized to carry The U.S. Army Field Band will per- and display the U.S. Army flag. This ban- form a concert in conjunction with the ner bears 183 streamers representing all Massing of the Colors on Sunday at the of the Army’s past campaigns from the Fort Meade Pavilion. Revolutionary War to Iraq. The Soldier-musicians also will be on The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus hand to provide ceremonial music through- travel thousands of miles each year on out the event. three major concert tours, and is con- For those who have not yet attended a sidered by music critics to be one of the performance by the musical ambassadors most distinctive musical organizations now of the Army, this is your chance. The event appearing before the public. is free and open to the public. All concert tours are conducted at the PHOTO BY Master Sgt. Robert McIver The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. and direction of the secretary of the Army. Per- will segue into a 45-minute concert featur- formances are open to the general publicStaff Sgt. Daniel Erbe, Soldiers’ Chorus tenor, performs a solo in Tulsa, Okla., during ing the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus at no charge.the chorus’s Spring Tour 2012. The U.S. Army Field Band will perform a concert performing something for everyone, from For more information about the ArmySunday in conjunction with the Massing of the Colors. marches to contemporary pop music. Field Band, visit ArmyFieldBand.com. SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 6. N ewsTop cop retires after decades of serviceBy Rona S. HirschStaff Writer For more than two years, Lt. Col. How-ard T. Yates affected the life of every FortMeade resident, employee and visitor. As head of the Directorate of Emer-gency Services since January 2010, heoversaw the Department of the Armycivilian police, Department of Fire andEmergency Services, military police work-ing the roads and contract security guards.He also stopped a small crime spree, andworked on the transition of gate securityfrom contract guards to DA guards andconstruction of a state-of-the-art accesscontrol point at Rockenbach Road. After 28 years of military service, includ-ing a previous stint as Fort Meade’s direc-tor of Emergency Services from 2004 to2005, Yates officially retires June 30. Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides, former DESoperations officer, took over as directorApril 1. In recognition of his service, Yates washonored April 18 at a retirement luncheonat Club Meade hosted by DES and attend-ed by family, friends and colleagues. Wearing his dress blues, Yates summedup the essence of military service. “You hear so much about the Armychanging and trying to reinvent itself, tobe relevant to our troops and training in PHOTOs BY DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF BYRON FRANKmodern warfare,” said Yates, who residesin Reisterstown with his wife, Wanda, and Lt. Col. Howard T. Yates, director of the Directorate of Emergency Services, is presented with an honorary fire helmet by Forttheir four children. “However, some things Meade Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Smith during Yates’ retirement luncheon on April 18 at Club Meade. Yates served as director ofstay the same. What is most important DES from 2010 to 2012 and from 2004 to 2005.are three elements: moral compass, loveof country and being prepared to provide which initially started in computers. to establish the DA civilian police force Company in Korea; participating in pre-selfless service. “How he went from an IT guy to a cop and stand up the DES as the umbrella execution planning of Operation Iraqi “If you have these elements, then serv- is beyond me,” Rouvet said. “But he served organization for the police and fire depart- Freedom with Joint Coalition Forces Landing will be a worthwhile endeavor. The in the most honorable field in the world ments. Component Command in Kuwait; chief ofbottom line is, it is not about glory and — as an MP with the United States mili- The youngest of four, Yates grew up in physical security and of the Law Enforce-fame or getting rich. It is about taking care tary. The ribbons on his chest bring honor his native Baltimore. His father, a Korean ment Division for the Office of the Provostof people.” to himself and to others.” War veteran, died when he was 10. Marshal, U.S. Army Europe; and in Iraq Sitting beside Yates at the official table Rouvet, who called police and fire per- After high school, Yates joined the with the Military Transition Team as com-were Sides, Deputy Installation Command- sonnel “brothers of the badge,” declared Maryland Army National Guard in 1984. mander of the 5th Division Iraqi Armyer John Moeller, Fort Meade Police Chief the event “Colonel Yates Day.” Five years later, he earned a computer MIT in 2009.Charles McGee, Yates’ wife, their 3-year- “We want him to know we are going to science degree at Coppin State Univer- Throughout the two-hour luncheon,old daughter Riley, Yates’ mother Hilda miss him terribly,” he said. sity, where he joined the Reserve Officers’ Yates was hailed for his dedication, par-Yates of Loch Raven and his mother-in- Yates’ position as DES director was not Training Corps. In 1990, Yates returned ticularly during the Base Realignment andlaw Verdell Elliott of West Baltimore. his first assignment on the installation. to the military on active duty. In 2000, Closure, which brought three agencies on “Retirements are bittersweet,” said In 1999, he served as a computer systems he earned a master’s degree in manage- post, more than 5,000 new employees andMoeller, a retired lieutenant colonel and officer and information systems security ment information systems at Bowie State a dramatic increase in traffic volume onformer volunteer firefighter. “We hate the engineer for the 704th Military Intelligence University. and off post.farewells. We hate to see Howard go. We all Brigade. “I thought I was going to be a signal “He came in right in the middle ofknow it’s an end to a great military career, Yates returned to Fort Meade in Decem- Soldier again,” Yates said. “But I was BRAC,” said McGee, who is also deputybut also a start to a great second chapter. ber 2003 as operations officer and deputy selected as a MP by the Army when I was director of DES. “He jumped in and gotHe will always be part of the Fort Meade provost marshal for the Provost Marshal commissioned.” involved with all the plans, especially traf-family.” Office. Six months later, he became the Subsequent assignments included serv- fic and access control.” Fort Meade Fire Chief E.J. Rouvet, who provost marshal and director of Emer- ing as an MP in Panama and later as On behalf of the Fort Meade Police,emceed the event, praised Yates’ service, gency Services until August 2005, helping company commander with the 142nd MP Sides presented Yates with a carved por- SOUNDOFF! 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Call Today!trait of Yates and a folded American flag work for. We’re sorry to see him go.” 866-937-4450encased in glass with military awards. Michelle Kennedy, the youngest of Professionally managed by Text evergreens to 41513 “We’ve been through a lot,” Sides said. Yates’ three older sisters, spoke for the or SCAN code for more info“Any Soldier will tell you they want two family. “He came from a family of women,things from their leaders: an opportu- raised by women,” said Kennedy, whonity to do their job and top coverage. resides in Parkville. “When he arrived, heYou let me do what I do. You gave me the came with expectations. [He] exceeded ourresources I need. ... You brought me into expectations. He lives an exemplary life. State ofthe fold. ... Most commanders don’t want We are very proud.”to let anything go. But this man allowed After the presentations, Yates took thea transition so seamless. He was the best podium to offer thanks to the current andcommander I’ve had.” Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Smith present-ed Yates with an honorary fire helmet. former garrison leadership, DES staff and directorates. “Thank you for the trust and faith you had in me,” he said. “I hope I Insurance. Dick Weaver, chief of physical security kept that bond of trust. I hope I was ableand force protection at the National Secu- to supply the help you needed. ...rity Agency, gave Yates a black obelisk “To my fellow directors at Meade,that “represents the solid relationship we the time shared and friendship forgedenjoyed,” he said. is incredible. ... I’m proud of all of our “Howard has been a great friend, a great achievements and I will never forget that.colleague. Beneath the veneer of a tough To all the DES staff — past and presentcop, he is a nerd — a computer nerd. I — you guys are wonderful. ... 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  • 8. Central Michigan University holds N ews classes at Fort Meade. Breaking the taboo Surprised? Suicide intervention training helps That’s right – CMU offers high- quality degree programs identify service members in need that are close, convenient, By Lisa R. Rhodes active-duty suicides. Twenty have been Staff Writer confirmed as suicides and 25 remain under flexible, and affordable! In 2001, a Soldier in Staff Sgt. Monique investigation. Barnes’ unit committed suicide. Suicide prevention is a high-priority for “I knew the person was having prob- the Department of the Defense. Last year, Career-focused degrees with Military Discounted lems, but I didn’t think it would come to 164 active-duty Soldiers committed suicide knowledge you can use the next day. Tuition Rate the person taking their life,” said Barnes, Armywide. Training such as ASIST is one CMU is proud to support now a veterinary technician with the Pub- of many efforts to reduce the number of • Master of Science in Administration degree lic Health Command District at Joint Base suicides in the military. our military students. Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington. During the two-day training, ASIST  No GRE or GMAT required For details on CMU’s Eleven years later, Barnes participated participants discussed their attitudes about  Weekend classes in compressed terms military discounted in a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention suicide, simulated role-plays and learned • Classes available at 7 Metro DC centers tuition rate, visit Skills Training interactive workshop held about the ASIST Suicide Intervention  Aberdeen PG  Alexandria April 25 and 26 at Argonne Hills Chapel Model. The model presents three phases www.cmich.edu/military.  Fort Belvoir  Fort Meade Center. of addressing the concerns of a person at  JBMHH  Joint Base Andrews The monthly training is sponsored by risk for suicide.  Pentagon Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse Pro- The first phase is connecting when a gram. concerned person or caregiver learns to ASIST is a 15-hour workshop that recognize and respond to an invitation for teaches participants to connect, under- help from a person at risk for suicide. stand and assist people who may be at The second phase is understanding. The risk of suicide, according to the website caregiver listens to the person’s reasons for of LivingWorks Education Inc. The public wanting to die, which are often accompa- CMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of service company developed ASIST as well nied by an ambivalence for wanting to Colleges and Schools. CMU is an AA/EO institution (see www.cmich.edu/aaeo). 32465 11/11 as other suicide prevention programs. The live. The caregiver and the individual at company considers ASIST to be suicide risk then review the risks of suicide and We make it possible. CMU at Fort Meade. first aid. develop a safe plan to remove the threat Call 301-621-9796 or toll-free 866-588-4188 today! The Fort Meade training, attended by of suicide. www.cmich.edu/MetroDC cmuoffcampus@cmich.edu 15 service members and civilians, was led The final phase is assisting. The caregiv- by Alan Dagg, chief religious program er and individual at risk make a contract specialist and suicide prevention manager to follow the safe plan, which includes at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command-U.S. Tenth saying no to drugs and alcohol and taking Fleet; Kirk Fechter, director of the Instal- precautions for the individual’s safety. The lation Safety Office; and Lamont Coger, caregiver then connects the person with REMODELED TO FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program tech- family and community resources for help. nician at Aberdeen Proving Ground. All Barnes said the training helped her to three are certified ASIST trainers. recognize the signs of suicide and gave her ASIST is open to active-duty service the confidence to ask an individual at risk members, Reservists, National Guards- if the person needs help. men, DoD civilians and military contrac- “Before the class, I don’t think I would tors. recognize the signs,” Barnes said. “It’s good “This is a great way to give people the for people in a unit to know that there is tools to make that first contact with a someone that can help them through the person at risk,” Dagg said. “There is still tough times.” the taboo that asking for help is a sign of Staff Sgt. Nathan Falu Febres, 70th weakness. But we’re sending a clear mes- Operations Support Squadron, said the sage that it is not a sign of weakness, but a training is necessary and he would recom- home+living Chesapeake sign of strength to ask for help. The taboo mend it for all noncommissioned officers. is being broken.” “If it can help an NCO save their peers Suicide is an ongoing concern for the or their subordinates, it’s worth it,” he Department of Defense. Military leaders said. ChesapeakeHomeandLiving.com are addressing the issue through suicide Editor’s note: The next Applied Sui- To advertise or subscribe 410.332.6517 prevention trainings such as ASIST. cide Intervention Skills Training will be The Army reported 18 potential suicides held June 27 and 28. For more informa- among active-duty Soldiers in March. So tion, email Alan Dagg at alan.dagg@ A BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION far this year, there have been 45 potential navy.mil.10 SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 9. N ewsAWG Soldiers train in adaptive drillsBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer Think. Adapt. Anticipate. The three-word motto of the Asym-metric Warfare Group describes itsmission, but they also are the con-cepts that make its training exercisesunique. Members of the Fort Meade-basedunit trained April 25 at Fort A.P. Hill,Va., for worldwide deployments, focus-ing on creative thinking, problem-solv-ing and adapting to their situations.Exercises included interacting with themedia, navigating an obstacle course,scaling a rappel tower and building adevice from random equipment. “What we’re trying to teach theseguys is that if you think your waythrough obstacles and problems, youcan get through it,” said Master Sgt.John Farlow, a troop sergeant majorin Able Squadron. “All this morning isabout is adapting and figuring out howto overcome stuff.” AWG provides operational advisorysupport globally to the Army and joint-force commanders to enhance Soldiersurvivability and combat effectiveness,and enable the defeat of current andemerging threats in support of unifiedland operations. “We are charged by the Army tohelp develop solutions to problemspeople haven’t necessarily seen before— asymmetric problems,” said Maj.John Stroh, a troop commander with photo by maj. sonise lumbacaAble Squadron. “We don’t even knowwhat the problems we’re going to solve Soldiers from the Asymmetric Warfare Group use a tire, steel poles and ropes to move a 300-pound bag down a gravel roadwill be. during a predeployment exercise on April 25 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The weeklong training focused on creative thinking, problem “We can’t possibly even imagine all solving and adapting to challenges.the threats and the problem we’ll facein the future, but what we can do is en, an AWG intelligence advisor. “It’s interact with the media. group, the entire team had to makebuild a good, solid foundation of prob- all about being able to problem-solve “Our ability to clearly communicate its way through the various obstacleslem-solving.” and mitigate.” with the press is essential,” Stroh said. while still searching for a specific water Soldiers alternated between three For example, one of the exercises Soldiers also conducted a drill at a can among several decoys.stations, with about 45 minutes to was to create a contraption to carry rappel tower that required a variety During the training, several AWGcomplete each task. All of the exercises a 300-pound bag down a gravel path. of tools to get their team to the top members called the drills strenuousconsisted of different challenges, but Soldiers were given three metal poles, of the tower within 35 minutes. With and challenging. But that is the point,they required the team to find a solu- a tire and ropes and were required to little time to plan, team members were Kirchen said.tion to a certain problem and move use each piece. forced to quickly find a solution to the “It’s always difficult,” he said. “Inthrough it. “This exact thing will probably never challenging task. order for the training to be effective, it While each task could be achieved occur in combat, but it’s forcing us to “It’s designed so that if you have needs to be challenging.”with brute force, Stroh said, the amount work on problem-solving in general,” a perfect plan you can do it,” Farlowof physical work could be reduced by Stroh said. “It prepares us to deal with said. “If you have a less than perfectplanning and creatively thinking of uncertain situations.” plan — which is going to happen Connect withsolutions. Eventually, Soldiers learn Soldiers also were asked a series of — then you can’t do it. And they have Fort Meade atto be more innovative to accomplish questions by a journalist, similar to to overcome that by adapting.” Facebook.comthe tasks. what could happen during a deploy- The final task for the morning drills “The goal is to adapt what you’re ment. This aspect of the drill helped was to move through an obstacle course /ftmeadedoing,” said Master Sgt. Drew Kirch- participants figure out the best way to carrying a 160-pound stretcher. As ahttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  • 10. N ewsForging friendshipsone horse at a timeReservist competes in WorldCavalry ChampionshipStory and photo by brief moment.”Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell Polish rider Miroslaw Bajak said200th Military Police Command watching Babb was amazing. POZNAN, Poland — For one week, a “Cindy showed all riders in the com-Fort Meade Reservist competed against petition that Americans have the will tosome of the best military equestrians succeed and honor for others who win,”during the 2012 World Cavalry Champi- he said.onships in Poland. Babb, whose horse Calvin is stabled The competition was held April 18 to near Fort Meade, arrived in Poland a22, 200 miles west of Warsaw. week earlier to train on a Polish horse. Master Sgt. Cindy Babb, a noncom- When riding another horse, it takesmissioned officer assigned to the 200th time to build confidence between theMilitary Police Command, won first rider and steed. Babb used that shortplace for the show-jumping portion and week to grow a bond with Finka.third place for team scores of the inau- “I am so excited to be able to ridegural competition. Finka,” Babb said while tightening the Babb and 23 other competitors repre- saddle prior to a military inspection.senting Poland, Austria, Germany and Using a small piece of cloth, Babbother European countries tested their buffed the round metal “U.S.” emblemskills in dressage, skill at arms, horseback that connected several leather strapsorienteering, tent pegging, show-jump- around the horse’s head.ing and other cavalry-related events. Finka remained calm as Babb walked Master Sgt. Cindy Babb, a training noncommissioned officer for the Army Reserve’s “Here, it doesn’t matter who comes around the horse, making final adjust- 200th Military Police Command on Fort Meade, tightens equipment on her horse prioraway with the time prize,” Babb said. ments to the saddle and combing the to competing in the horseback orienteering course during the 2012 World Cavalry“What’s more important are the new long hair running down Finka’s back. Championships held April 18 to 22 in Poznan, Poland.friendships that were developed through- “Good girl,” Babb said to reassureout the week. I am here representing not the dark-brown muscular horse as she as Babb’s eyes were trained forward. A rider and horse in various elements ofonly the Army Reserve, but all Ameri- prepared for the next event of the com- little chuckle between the two judges a cavalryman including working withcans.” petition. raised concerns before a military transla- a saber, pistol and lance and engaging From the start, Babb was the favorite “I want to take her home with me, tor calmed everyone’s nerves. various targets.among competitors, media and local but I don’t think I could get her in my “It’s OK Cindy,” he said. “They are By this point Babb was clearly theonlookers. As the only female com- luggage,” Babb said laughing. “She is so looking for something wrong, and they crowd’s — and fellow competitors’ —petitor, Babb said it was important to beautiful and rides fantastic.” can’t find it.” favorite.demonstrate that women and men can Following her Polish comrades who For a brief moment, Babb broke her The crowd cheered and internationalcompete, work and, if needed, fight filled her international team, Babb wore military bearing for a small smile, but media focused their cameras as Babbside-by-side. her Army Service Uniform with riding quickly refocused on the inspection. entered the skill-at-arms arena. A black “Gender is not a factor in a cavalry pants that matched the blue and gold “She is perfect up there,” said one cav- pad with the 200th MP patch sewed nearcompetition,” she said. “What is impor- colors of her service pants. alry service member from Great Britain. the bottom rear corner above a goldtant is that we all stand here this week Babb appeared from the large stable’s “She is doing wonderful, and you would “U.S.” sewn into the fabric let everyonecarrying our countries’ flags with honor sliding door and into the cool air of the never know she has been riding the horse know a military police NCO had enteredand remember those who have sacrificed training facility where some of the best for only a week.” the large grassy area.before us.” Polish equestrians have trained. Onlook- Babb returned to the line of competi- Babb was representing not only an Although Babb initially struggled with ers quickly focused their attention on tors, and her Polish teammates had their entire country, but also was exposingcommunicating with her teammates from Babb. They took turns standing next to turns with the judge. others to the Army Reserve.Poland, their love of horses quickly Babb for a quick photograph while she “Horses require less attention than “I am very proud of who I am andbridged any frustrations with the lan- waited for her inspection. Soldiers,” she said laughing. “The best what I have accomplished as an Armyguage barrier. As the announcer started speaking thing about horses is they don’t ask why, Reserve Soldier,” she said. “Hopefully, “Without a translator it’s tough to in Polish, “Cindy Babb” were the only but at times they will do what they want the international community here willexpress my thoughts to them,” she said. familiar words that cued her to move to do.” walk away with a positive experience and“But when it comes to horses we share to the center of a line of more than 20 The most difficult and dangerous event better understanding of who we are as asomething in common, and that lan- cavalrymen. of the competition was on the last day of nation and the values we understand areguage barrier seemingly disappears for a The judge talked with the scorekeeper field trials. Skill at arms tested both the important as Americans.”12 SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 11. N ewsWorld War II vet returns to Fort MeadeStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz afternoon was garrison headquarters forStaff Writer birthday cake with Rothstein. The last time Ernest Fager was at Fort The family then toured the museum withMeade, the installation was a training cen- Fort Meade historian Robert Johnson.ter for more than 200 units and approxi- While walking through the exhibits, Ernestmately 3.5 million Soldiers preparing to Fager spotted some equipment he used dur-head to Europe or the South Pacific during ing his days in the military.World War II. “A lot of this stuff here I’ve seen and But last week, Fager celebrated his 90th handled,” he said.birthday by returning to his first post with When stationed at Fort Meade in 1943,his five children. During the two-day visit, Ernest Fager was assigned to the commu-the Fager family toured the installation nications section of the 89th Field Artillery,and the Fort Meade Museum and shared 25th Infantry Division.birthday cake with Garrison Commander The one thing he remembered mostCol. Edward C. Rothstein. from his time on the installation was the “Nothing is the same,” said Fager, who good food.traveled from his home in Murphysboro, “We didn’t have that good of food at FortIll. “I’m going to try to see everything, but Sill,” he recalled.there ain’t no way you can see it all.” After a few months, he was sent to Camp The idea to bring Fager back to Fort Stoneman, Calif., and then deployed to theMeade started after he wrote about his South Pacific theater as a replacement in themilitary experiences so his family could pass Guadalcanal campaign.down the information to later generations. “The campaign there was pretty well Ernest Fager, a World War II veteran who was stationed at Fort Meade in 1943, toursWhen reading about his experiences, his over, but we’d have a lot of air raids,” the the post museum April 23 during his two-day visit to the installation. Fager and hischildren discovered that Fager spent a brief former private first class said. “They’d family also met with Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and toured thepart of his military service at Fort Meade. come in with about 110 planes. It was quite installation. “That’s when we decided we ought to a show. I didn’t see too much of it because back a radio built for a Jeep. “blessed” to take the trip and learn moretake Dad back to the first post he went to the shrapnel was falling around so we would At the museum, he pointed out a few about their father.after Fort Sill [in Oklahoma],” said Maj. run into the jungle and get out of that. But radios and telephones similar to those he “I think all my brothers could agreeArthur Fager, of the Illinois Army National you’d still hear the shrapnel falling into the operated. we had the best role model in the world,”Guard. jungle like hail.” The following day, Johnson took the Arthur Fager said. “Coming to see the Leaving in the afternoon of April 22, During his time with the 25th ID, Fager family on a driving tour throughout the places that shaped him is what makes usthe family made the 850-mile trip from would move to front lines with officers and installation to view historical sites and proud and makes us a little bit in awe of theMurphysboro to the installation overnight, a few noncommissioned officers to direct markings. things he’s seen and done. We just wantedarriving at 3 a.m. Their first stop later that fire. One of his jobs was carrying on his Arthur Fager said his family was to have a little piece of that.”Beware of turns into a hard deposit called tartar that is trapped at the base of the tooth and irritates the gums. Over time, the toxins produced by the bacteria stimulate an inflammatory response in the body so that the tissues or dental hygienist with various devices to loosen and remove the plaque and hard tartar from the teeth.gum disease The mildest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis. It often occurs when a person does not brush and floss their teeth ade- and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. As the disease progresses, the gums sepa- Teeth cleaning at least twice a year and possibly more often is required to keep the buildup of plaque off teeth. This isBy Lisa Young quately, or does not have regular cleanings rate from the teeth, and the spaces between followed by careful oral hygiene on a dailyU.S. Army Public Health Command with a dental hygienist. the teeth and gums deepen and eventually basis. Clean and healthy teeth and gums are Symptoms of gingivitis are not usually more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Antibacterial mouth rinses may be rec-more important than for just an attractive painful. They include: The risk of periodontal disease is ommended in addition to frequent toothsmile. Gum diseases are serious infections • Bleeding gums, particularly when teeth increased by: brushing and flossing. Special tools suchthat can lead to tooth loss. are brushed • General illness as certain toothpicks or floss, antiplaque Unfortunately, the beginning stages of • Bright red gums • Poor dental hygiene toothbrushes and tooth paste, water irriga-gum disease are not painful and often go • Gums that are tender when touched • Hormonal changes during pregnancy tion or other devices also may be suggestedunnoticed. Many people develop gum dis- but otherwise painless that increase gum sensitivity by the dentist for people who are particu-ease to a varying degree in early adulthood • Swollen gums • Uncontrolled diabetes larly prone to plaque deposits.due to hormonal changes that persists, • Shiny appearance to gums • Misaligned teeth and rough edges of To prevent the reoccurrence of peri-depending on the health of the teeth and This form of gum disease is reversible fillings, ill-fitting braces, dentures, bridges odontal disease, strict oral hygiene must begums. with professional treatment and good oral or crowns maintained for a person’s whole life. Gum or periodontal disease begins when care. • Certain medications such as phenytoin For more information about gum dis-the bacteria in plaque, the sticky colorless If left untreated, gingivitis can progress and birth control pills ease, visit the American Dental Associationfilm that is constantly being formed on the to periodontitis, which occurs when the The goal of treatment for periodontal website at www.ada.org or the Centers forteeth, causes the gums to be infected and plaque and bacterial infection grow below disease is to reduce inflammation. The Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.swollen. If the plaque is not removed, it the gum line. teeth are cleaned professionally by a dentist gov/OralHealth.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  • 12. C over S toryThe fairest of them all Family Fun Fair strengthens bonds with community By Lisa R. Rhodes Branham of Naval Support Activity in Staff Writer Washington, D.C. A spring chill did not prevent about The event featured a wide range of 2,500 people from attending Fort Meade’s activities including a youth talent show; 26th annual Family Fun Fair on Saturday dance performances, a piano recital and at McGill Training Center. Tae Kwon Do demonstration by SKIES The four-hour event, sponsored by Unlimited; pony and train rides; face- Child, Youth and School Services, was part painting; a moon bounce and inflatable of the installation’s annual observance of slides. Families also enjoyed low-cost hot the Month of the Military Child. dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, fries, “This is our opportunity to pay hom- sodas and funnel cake. age to military kids,” said Francisco Many on- and off-post organizations Jamison, CYSS youth administrator. “It’s and businesses displayed informational our chance to give a little back to them booths about youth and health services for all that they go through as military and community programs. They included children.” the Fort Meade Family Advocacy Pro- Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. gram, the Fort Meade School Liaison Rothstein, who attended with his wife, Office, the Fort Meade Girl Scouts, the Audrey, and children Emily and Sam, Anne Arundel County Recycling Divi- welcomed families. sion, the Fort Meade Credit Union and “This program is important to me Johns Hopkins-U.S. Family Health Plan. as garrison commander and also as a “We look forward to doing this every dad,” Rothstein said. “Emily and Sam year,” said Celena Flowers, Family Advo- didn’t sign up for this life, they got into cacy Program manager. “It gives us a it by birth. The resilience of military kids chance to interact with Fort Meade fami- comes from their parents and programs lies. We don’t often see families unless they like this. Enjoy the day.” come into the office, so this is exciting and The fair’s teenage hosts were Nate meaningful for us.” Hutchings, son of Chaplain (Capt.) Wyne Flowers said many families asked about Hutchings, chaplain for the 308th Military Army Community Service parenting class- Intelligence Battalion, and Rebekah Bra- es and other programs. nham, daughter of Navy Chief Daniel Jillian Waitcross, corresponding secre- Photos by Jen RyndaIsaac Blankenship, 4, of Fort Meade slips down an inflatable slide, one of severalattractions at the Family Fun Fair.RIGHT: Ryan Cano, 6, of Odenton waves to his parents during an amusement ride.Several post organizations participated in the fair including the Family AdvocacyProgram, the School Liaison Office, the Enlisted Spouses Club and the Fort MeadeCredit Union.14 SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 13. C over S torytary for the Enlisted Spouses Club, saidthe event gave the club the opportunity toinform the community about its servicesand programs. “Many people don’t know about us,”Waitcross said. “We’re all about givingback to the community.” Janelle Aten, wife of Air Force TechSgt. David Aten, said she came to theevent to support her 15-year-old daughterTiffany who performed in several SKIESdance routines. “We’re so proud of her,” Aten said.“She really expresses herself on stage.” Tiffany, a sophomore at Meade HighSchool, said she enjoys performing for theFort Meade community. “It was really fun. I like to be on stage,”Tiffany said. “It’s not as nerve-racking toperform for Fort Meade. It feels like it’sfamily. I know many people in the audi-ence.” Five-year-old Brian Reba spent part of Jordan Voegele, 2, of Glen Burnie and Beau Barron, 2, of Fort Meade become friendsthe afternoon with Lisa Polinroi, a profes- during a balloon-sword fight.sional unicyclist and juggler who taughtthe youngster several juggling tricks. gling at home and was glad to see a juggler LEFT: Sgt. Eric Perez of Fort Meade holds up his smiling 8-month-old daughter “He loves it,” said Brian’s mother at the fair. Victoria during the Family Fun Fair on Saturday. Other parents enjoyed watching theirStephanie Reba, a resident of Glen Bur- “It’s cool,” Brian said of juggling. “I children perform dance routines and participate in a Tae Kwon Do demonstrationnie. “He’s having such a good time,” like when I spin the plate on my finger.” through SKIES Unlimited. Reba said that ever since her son saw Maj. Keith Haskin, U.S. Cyber Com-a street performer in Baltimore several mand, and his wife, Molly, watched as Steve Singer attended with his wife, “I like building and I like creatingweeks ago, Brian has been practicing jug- their 4-year-old son Luke jumped on the Katy, a receptionist at the Fort Meade stuff,” said Victor after he built a model moon bounce. Veterinary Treatment Facility, and their car. “We just came out to let our son burn son Victor, 10, and daughter Amber, 8. Steve Singer said he appreciates activi- off some energy,” said Haskin, who lives Amber, who is enrolled in SKIES ties such as the fun fair because it builds a with his family in Meuse Forest. “We Unlimited, performed in jazz, ballet and bond between Fort Meade and families. came to the July 4th celebration and the tap routines. Victor participated in activi- “It’s fantastic,” the Glen Burnie resi- National Night Out and had a lot of ties at the Arundel Mills Lego Store dent said. “It’s a way to stay involved in fun.” booth. the Fort Meade community.” statement of support Claire Louder, president and CEO of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, signs a statement of sup- port for National Guards- men and Reservists on Saturday at the Family Fun Fair. Jean Hulet, out- reach director for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Mary- land Committee, alsoLisa Polinori, a professional juggler and signed the statement.unicyclist, entertains children at the ESGR is the lead DoDFamily Fun Fair on Saturday. The annual advocate for Reserveevent featured a wide range of activities Component employers.including pony rides, face painting, a Photo by Jen Ryndamoon bounce and skateboarding park.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  • 14. N ewsPoetry in motionMeade High School senior selected as Fort Meade Youth of the YearBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Jaron McKinnon is a determinedyoung man. For a second consecutive year, theMeade High School senior has earnedthe title of Fort Meade’s Youth of theYear. McKinnon was recognized Sat-urday at the Family Fun Fair for hisaccomplishment. “I’m excited, I’m extremely ecstatic,”the 18-year-old said. The Fort Meade honor is the Boysand Girls Clubs of America’s local con-test for its National Youth of the Yearcompetition. Fort Meade’s Child, Youth and SchoolServices is a longtime affiliate of theBGCA. McKinnon is a member throughhis activities at the Teen Center. “Jaron is an exceptional young man,”said Francisco Jamison, CYSS youthadministrator. “He is an excellent stu-dent, a first-rate poet and a wonderfulrole model for all youths and teens in ourcommunity.” McKinnon, who competed againstanother Fort Meade teen for the localhonor, was selected by Garrison Com-mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein andother garrison leaders. McKinnon, who resides in PatriotRidge with his parents, Nikole and StaffSgt. John Daniel McKinnon, has beenactive in BGCA and the Teen Center forthree years. He is the president of thecenter’s Keystone Club, a community photo by jen ryndaservice club, and tutors teens at the cen-ter. He also is a member of the center’s Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein presents Meade High School senior Jaron McKinnon, the Fort Meade Youth oftechnology and music clubs. the Year, with a certificate of appreciation at the installation’s 26th annual Family Fun Fair on Saturday. A poet, McKinnon organizes thecenter’s monthly Poetry Jam, one of its education. to major in psychology and journalism. me to win.”most popular youth activities, said Kal- “I believe that a post-high school He hopes to work as a radio disc jockey If McKinnon wins the state title, helie James-Wintjen, assistant director of education is important to me because it and write a book. will receive a $1,000 scholarship fromthe Teen Center who submitted an essay may increase my chances of making a “Staying focused and being involved in the Tupperware Brands Corporation.about him for the award. McKinnon also difference in the lives of others,” McK- the community can culminate in achieve- He will then compete for the title of theis president of the poetry club at Meade innon wrote in his essay. “I want to help ment,” he said. Northeast Region Youth of the Year andHigh School and a member of its drama people see that if we all incorporate our McKinnon is confident that he has a an additional $10,000 scholarship fromand Socratic clubs. personal truth and commit to change, we good chance of being named Maryland Tupperware. “It’s awesome,” said James-Wintjen can alter history.” Youth of the Year when he competes later In September, five regional winnersof McKinnon’s selection. “It’s a big McKinnon also had to ask several this month against fellow members of the will compete for the national title inhonor for both Jaron and us. He is one adult mentors and his peers to write an Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Washington, D.C. The national winnerof our family. We are proud of him. He essay about his commitment to his home “I feel I will fare well,” the teen said. will receive an additional scholarship ofdeserves it.” and family, community, school and the “I feel that I am focused and willing to up to $50,000 from the Rick and Susan To be selected, McKinnon had to Teen Center, as well as the strength of his represent the Fort Meade Boys and Girls Goings Foundation, a private nonprofitwrite two essays — one on what the moral character and his life goals. Clubs to the fullest. I will do my best organization. The winner also will haveBGCA means to him and another on The eldest of three, McKinnon plans to express all I have learned at the Teen the opportunity to meet with the presi-the importance of a post-high school to attend DePaul University in Chicago Center and at school, and that will help dent at the White House.16 SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 15. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. Allsubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis-cretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional communityevents on the Fort Meade website at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit anannouncement, email Chad Jones at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-1301. NEWS EVENTSKimbrough closure Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center willbe closed May 11 to allow its staff to partici-pate in their quarterly mandatory training.Medical out-processing To better assist all active-duty servicemembers and their families schedulingto depart Fort Meade, KimbroughAmbulatory Care Center’s OutpatientMedical Records department is requestingthey contact Outpatient Medical Records30 days in advance to complete out-processing of the Medical Records section. This request applies to active-duty service members who are eitherleaving Fort Meade or the military. Photo by Pfc. Alexandra CampoThe information will allow the Medical tea time for cinderellaRecords department to review andcomplete all administrative processingbefore the service member departs the Queen Waddell, Fort Meade USO Center coordinator, helps line up young girls waiting to enter the Tulip Cafearea. for the Princess Tea Party at Project Cinderella on April 21 at McGill Training Center. Project Cinderella is a USO Official orders may be brought to event for female military spouses and active-duty service members, which allows them to browse “Cinderella’s”Outpatient Medical Records or faxed to closet and take home a new or slightly used dress and accessories.301-677-8693 to begin the out-processingof their medical records. noon. A hamburger/hot dog stand will be To register or for more information, call The free concert is open to the publicBOSS Cinco de Mayo on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 301-677-4118. with no tickets required. Yard sale tables are available for $25 For more information, call 410-293-Barbecue each or $40 for two. Vendors are welcome. Naval Academy Band 1262, or visit the band online at www. For table space or more information, usna.edu/USNABand or www.facebook. Better Opportunities for SingleSoldiers will celebrate Cinco de Mayo email plmiller@aacps.org or mhaacke@ performance com/USNABand.with a free barbecue for single Soldiers aacps.org or call 410-674-2355. The U.S. Naval Academy Band willon Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Freedom perform a special Armed Forces Day Latin NightCenter Barracks Courtyard. Military Spouse Concert on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Enjoy an evening of dancing in a Annapolis Area Christian School, 109 Participants can enjoy volleyball andflag football. Appreciation Luncheon Burns Crossing Road, Severn. nightclub ambiance on May 11 from 8 A free luncheon to honor military Conducted by Devona Schiller, chief p.m. to 2 a.m. at Club Meade. For more information, call 301-677- There is no cover charge. A cash bar7785. spouses will be held May 10 from 11:30 musician, the band will present a program a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club Meade. including “Lincoln Portrait,” by Aaron will be available. For more information, call 301-677-6969.Meade’s Mega Market The event is open to the first 100 Copland, and “Summon the Heroes” and spouses who register. “Midway March” by John Williams. Meade’s Mega Market will be held A lunch buffet will be served. Speakers Midshipman 2nd Class Samuel Military AppreciationSaturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MeadeMiddle School, rain or shine. include Audrey Rothstein, wife of Strelkoff will be the featured vocal soloist, Barbecue Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. performing the “Toreador Song” from The community yard sale will feature Rothstein, and Frank Klein, husband of Georges Bizet’s opera, “Carmen,” as well The USO’s third annual Militarya silent auction from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Rear Admiral Margaret Klein, chief of as a salute to America’s veterans withTurn in your gold for cash from 9 a.m. to staff of U.S. Cyber Command. “Armed Forces on Parade.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 18http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  • 16. C ommunity N ews N otes NEWS EVENTSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 17Appreciation Barbecue will be heldJune 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in thecourtyard at the Freedom CenterBarracks. The free event will featurehamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes,desserts and prizes. This barbecue is open to active-dutyservice members only. For more information, call QueenWaddell at 410-305-0660 or emailqueen@usometro.org.Karaoke Night The 11th Frame Lounge at the Laneshosts a free Karaoke Night on the thirdThursday of the month. The next Karaoke Night will beMay 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. The public isinvited. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Photo by Jason Kelly EDUCATION walking with purpose More than 30 people participate in the installation’s “Walk a Mile in a Victim’s Shoes” on Friday around McGlachlinFleet Center classes Parade Field. The walk was the final event in Fort Meade’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Fleet and Family Support Centerat 830 Chisholm Ave. offers free classes pages/chapel/chapel.html. Youth Center. National Mall in Washington, D.C., rainto DoD ID cardholders. Advanced Light refreshments will be sold at the or shine. The free festival will includeregistration is required. Auto care courses snack bar. A coupon for free nachos will live performances, a Mexican market, • Consumer Awareness, May 10, 1 to be given to the first 100 guests. Latino food, arts and crafts, and a3 p.m. The Automotive Skills Center at 6530 Cost is $5. For more information, call health fair with free health screenings. • Federal Employment: May 15, 9 a.m. Taylor Ave. is offering the following 301-677-1437. The Maru Montero Dance Companyto noon. The free workshop teaches the courses: will perform. For more information, visit • “How to replace brake pads andbasics of the federal employment system. shoes,” on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Storytime marumontero.com/cinco.htm. • ID Theft: May 15, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn • The Annapolis City Fair will beto minimize your risks and protect your • “How to change CV boots/axles” on The Medal of Honor Memorial held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.identity. June 3, 1 to 3 p.m. Library offers pre-kindergarten and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at • Credit Management: May 17, 1 to 3 Cost is $10 for each. Storytime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. the Annapolis City Dock during thep.m. An FMWR card is required to use and 10:30 a.m. National Offshore One-Design Regatta. To register or for more information, the Auto Skills Center. New patrons • Garden-themed stories will be read The fair will feature pony rides, acall 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. must first view a 20-minute safety video, today. Lego building station, a “Jaws of Life” then attend a 10-minute briefing at the • Mother’s Day Storytime, featuring demonstration and a life-sized chess Auto Skills Center before receiving the stories, songs and finger plays aboutCouples Resiliency FMWR card. mothers, will be held May 10. game. For more information, visit www. ci.annapolis.md.us.Workshop For more information, call 301-677- For more information, call 301-677- • The Bowie Baysox is celebrating a The Fort Meade Couples Resiliency 5542. 5522. “Mardi Gras in May Beer Dinner” withWorkshop will be held May 19 from 10 a Cajune theme on May 16 at Princea.m. to 2 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel YOUTH George’s Stadium, when the Baysox takeCenter. RECREATION on the Altoona Curve at 7:05 p.m. The The free workshop will feature Kelly event includes a two-hour buffet andSimpson, author of the evidence-based Youth Cinco De Mayo three-hour open bar in the Diamond Viewactive relationships skills program. dance Out About restaurant. To register, call the Religious Sup- Food is served from 6 to 8 p.m. Beer is Youths in grades six to eight can • Celebrate the 20th annual Cinco de served from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $44,port Office at 301-677-6703. For more celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a dance Mayo Festival on Saturday from noon or $39 for Baysox ticket-plan holders.information, visit www.ftmeade.army.mil/ Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the to 6 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater at the18 SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 17. C ommunity N ews N otes PREAKNESS CELEBRATION PREAKNESS® CELEBRATION T U R F VA L L E Y FESTIVALTickets must be ordered by May 11 at 3 For more information, call Rikki Ford,p.m. For more information or to order Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617tickets, 301-464-4881. Parking is free at or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil.every Baysox home game. • NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Tickets are available at www.baysox. Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parishcom or by calling the Baysox box officeat 301-464-4865. Hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie. at Turf Valley • Port Discovery Children’s Museum, The speaker will be Sen. James “Ed” THE BOB LUCIDO TEAM HE presented byB LUCIDO AM UCID RE/MAX ADVANTAGE REALTY35 Market Place, Baltimore, is sponsoring DeGrange Sr., who represents District“Saluting the Troops” through May 28. 32 and is a member of the Budget andActive-duty service members and retirees Taxation Committee and is chairmanwho present their military identification will of the Capital Budget and the Publicreceive free admission for themselves and Safety, Transportation, and Environmentone guest, plus a 10 percent discount at the subcommittees.gift shop. For more information, call 410- All current and retired federal employees727-8120 or visit www.portdiscovery.org. and their spouses are invited. For more FESTIVAL THURSDAY FRIDAY • The Association of German-American information or to join, call Diane Shreves, May 10th - 11th 4pm - 9pmSocieties of Greater Washington’s annual publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750.German-American festival will be held • Bridging the Gap deployment support BALLOON LAUNCHESSunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Blob’s Park in group, sponsored by Army Community THURSDAY May 10th 6:30pmJessup. Service, meets the second Tuesday of the FRIDAY May 11th 6:30am The event will feature German food month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place FRIDAY May 11th 6:30pmand beer, raffles, door prizes, Hugs the Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is SATURDAY May 12th 6:30amClown, music performed by Mike and the Tuesday. For more information, call Sharon Admission is free. All parking will beContinentals, and German folk dancing by Collins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon. off site at Howard County Fairgrounds,the Alpine Dancers. j.collins@us.army.mil. $5 per car. Shuttle service from Turf Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Valley to Fairgrounds.students with student identification. Entry Association meets the second Wednesday of 410-465-1500 ext. 2874is free for children ages 12 and younger. each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 160 on W W W. T U R F VA L L E Y. C O MParking is free. For more information, visit Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The next meetingwww.agas.us or email GerhardMeinzer@ is Wednesday. Active-duty, Reserve andgmail.com, or call 301-577-6488 or 301-559- retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine1944. Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 410-761-7046 or 301- MEETINGS 262-6556. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at • Fort Meade Chapter of the Military 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meetingOfficers Association of America will meet is Wednesday. The association is opentoday at 11:30 a.m. at Club Meade. Retired to all Air Force active-duty and retiredNavy Capt. Norm Taylor, president of the senior noncommissioned officers. For moreMaryland Council of Chapters of MOAA, information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacobwill discuss the annual “Storming the Hill” at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@nsa.gov. Celebratingefforts by MOAA in April on Capitol Hill. • Fort Meade E9 Association meets theThe public is invited. For more information second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. inand reservations, call Wayne Hobbs at 410- the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next799-8331. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the meeting is May 11. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National The Sun’s 175th Birthdayfirst Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Guard E9s of any uniformed service. Allat Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at E-9s in this area are invited to attend a1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next breakfast and meet the membership. Formeeting is today in the banquet hall in back more information, visit www.e9association. Commemorative admission pricesof the building. Dinner will be served at 6 org or call 410-551-7953.p.m. For more information, call 410-674- • Single Parent Support Group meets the from May 17th-May 24th4000. second and fourth Monday of the month BO Railroad Museum $10.75 per ticket www.borail.org • Families Dealing with Deployment meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services,the first and third Monday of every month 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is May Ellicott City Station $1.75 per ticket www.ecborail.orgfrom 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest 14.Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Topics include legal and custody issues, Mount Clare Museum House $1.75 per ticket www.mountclare.orgMonday. discipline, dating and co-parenting with The group is for families who have a service a previous partner. Free child care will bemember at any stage of deployment. Children provided on site. Must present this ad in order to receive these offers.may participate in activities designed to aid For more information, call Rikki Ford, Offer valid May 17-24, 2012. Not valid during Day Out Withtheir understanding and coping skills related Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 Thomas or combined with any other offer.to deployment. or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 19
  • 18. S ports ‘End of an era’ photos by brendan cavanaugh“Good Bye” is painted in the grass near the ninth-hole green at the Courses. The 27-hole golf course closed Tuesday after 70 years.BELOW: Adam Kalafos chips his ball toward the green as Nick Couzantino watches during Sunday’s Commander’s Cup. More than 140 golfers participated in the annualevent held at the Courses. Post bids farewell to Courses with Commander’s Cup By Brandon Bieltz when headquarters for the Defense Media Staff Writer Activity and Defense Information Systems After sponsoring countless golf tour- Agency were built on a portion of the naments at Fort Meade for more than a course. decade, Matt Hauser stood on the tee-box Last year, 35,000 rounds of golf were preparing for the final hole he’ll play at played at the 27-hole facility. the Courses. With mixed emotions, Hauser The Courses closed Tuesday for major was just happy to have hit the ball well. construction projects tied to mission “We’ll miss this more than you know,” expansion, making the Commander’s Cup he said. the last tournament to be played on Fort Hauser was among the 144 golfers who Meade. squeezed in a final round at the Courses “This is not a very solemn event right during the Commander’s Cup on Sunday now,” said Garrison Commander Col. afternoon before the facilities shut down Edward C. Rothstein prior to the tourna- after more than 70 years of golf. ment. “This should be a happy occasion.” The Courses at Fort Meade, which Golfers who have claimed the Courses opened in 1950, originally featured 18 as their home course for years flocked holes, a driving range, putting green and to the event to give the facility a proper clubhouse, and hosted notable golfers, farewell. including President Dwight D. Eisenhow- “I wouldn’t miss the last tournament,” er. In 1952, the Courses grew by another said Joe Pacileo, who has played at the 18 holes. Courses for 15 years. “It’s the end of an But in recent years, the Courses lost era.” nine holes and the driving range during Lewis Shipp, who began playing at the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Fort Meade when he joined the National20 SOUNDOFF! May 3, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 19. S portsAfter nearly 20 years of playing at the Courses, Tom Thomas prepares to putt duringthe final tournament. Opened in 1950, the Courses closed Tuesday to make way formajor construction projects tied to mission expansion. ‘I know all the people who play here are going to miss it.’ Lewis Shipp, who began playing at The Courses in 1967 you didn’t have a foursome and you joined some people, they were good people. ... I know all the people who play here are going to miss it.” At noon, golfers lined up in their carts ready to begin the 18-hole scramble tour- nament. After a brief welcome from Roth- stein, players were sent on their way for the last time. “It was kind of sad, just knowing that it was the last time to play here,” said Rick Herrera, a patron since 2010.Lewis Shipp, who began playing at Following the round of golf, partici- Sonny Sargent tees off during the Commander’s Cup, an 18-hole scramble.Fort Meade in 1967, loosens up before pants returned to the Clubhouse for aSunday’s tournament at the Courses. banquet. Rothstein assured golfers the John Dustin, Rod Frank, Bill Knapp and men’s closest-to-the-pin competition on Commander’s Cup will continue to live on, Bill Lange finished the competition with the 18th hole; Lovelace won the women’sSecurity Agency in 1967, returned for the even if held at another course. the lowest score, after shooting a 57. closest-to-the-pin on the sixth hole; andCommander’s Cup for the first time in “This is the last drive you’re going Michelle Miller, Phil Nelson, Joan Ralph Darvey won the mixed closest-to-three years. He called the experience of to have on [the] Parks or Applewood Lovelace and Don Vandeusen finished the-pin on the first hole.participating in the final tournament “bit- [courses]; this is the last putt you’re going in second place with a score of 61. Also Fleetwood Lilley won the 17th hole’stersweet.” to have on these phenomenal greens,” he shooting 61, Jerry McFadden, Joe Belich, longest drive competition. Belich had the “It was a place you could always get a said. “But it doesn’t mean it’s going to be Fred Comings and John Petterson finished straightest drive on the 15th hole.starting time, and you could always play,” the last time you drive or you putt as part third. The tie-breaker was decided by the Despite the closing, golfers said theShipp said. “You always met your friends, of the Fort Meade community.” results of the last nine holes. tournament was still a good time.people you knew from the [NSA] or from Winners of the tournament also were Individual-hole contest winners also “It couldn’t have been a better end,”around the base. Even if you came out and honored during the 40-minute banquet. were announced. Neil Dohtery won the Pacileo said.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 21
  • 20. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Baltimore Orioles 4-H DayStanding tall makes Maryland 4-H Day will be held May 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when the Baltimore Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Rays.you look good Members will sit in a designated section in matching shirts. The event is open to all registered middle school/teen members of Child, Youth and School Services in grades six to 12. Cost is $5. A portion of every ticket sold will benefit the Maryland 4-H Let me start by wishing you all a happy, apology is. Foundation. Payment and permission slip are due by Friday at 6 p.m. at thebelated “Bye Bye bin Laden Day.” More impor- Youth Center. I get that it is not usually “appropriate” to tantly, why does For more information, call 301-677-1437.celebrate death. But I think it is OK in this case. he, or anybody forThe Rolling Stones may have sympathy for a that matter, feel thedevil, but I do not. So please do not expect need to apologize Chad T. Jones, Army Ten-Miler qualifier Public Affairsan apology (unless, of course, my boss makes for the truth? A qualifying run for active-duty service members interested in joining the Officerme do it). The simplest Fort Meade Army Ten-Miler team will be held Friday at Murphy Field House. A few weeks ago, I shared some thoughts answers to those questions are: The five-mile run will begin at 7:30 a.m.on the importance of making an apology 1. It is easier to apologize as opposed to To register, call 301-677-7916 or 301-677-3318, or email lauren.l.williams@when necessary. I even had examples of what answer the hard questions that may come with us.army.mil.a sincere apology looks like. your stance. Weak and un-American I know, But what I didn’t get into is the other side of but true. Meade Athletics’ Boosters Golf Classicthat issue: that is, knowing when not to make In Harbaugh’s case, backtracking is easieran apology. That’s significant because sticking than standing up and calling them cheaters. The Meade Athletics’ Boosters will sponsor its Golf Classic on Saturdayto your guns seems to be a lost skill. If you are It also greatly reduces the chances of the from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Compass Pointe Golf Course, 9010 Fortnot sure what I mean, research a majority of accused to start checking under the hood of Smallwood Road, Pasadena.the recent public apologies and you will see that what the Ravens may or may not be doing The cost is $125 per golfer or $500 per four-person team and includes cartthe individuals making those apologies weren’t to maintain their AFC Championship-game rental, driving range, beverages, breakfast and lunch.doing so out of remorse or because they did caliber success. Proceeds benefit the Meade High School Athletic Department.something out of character. 2. The public has come to expect an apology To register, visit www.meadeathletics.org. For more information, call Toby The apologies were made because the indi- for anything remotely controversial, whether it Allen at 520-678-9313.vidual was caught or informed that he possibly is true or not.insulted someone — anyone. For example, if I The Pats and Saints cheated, but since say- Youth Fishing Rodeowere a little more “sensitive,” I’d probably apol- ing so isn’t nice, Harbaugh is now the bad guy. The community is invited to the Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday from 10ogize for using “he” in my last sentence instead This trend is not limited to sports. You also can a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burba Lake.of something gender neutral like “their,” even check out politics for some great examples of Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Burba Lakethough literary style says to use masculine what we now expect people to apologize for, i.e. Cottage. There will be no registration fee or pre-registration.pronouns and “their” would be grammatically being rich or touting the fact you took down Youths ages 3 to 16 will be divided into three age divisions. The Marylandincorrect. Public Enemy No. 1. Department of Natural Resources will stock the lake. State fishing regulations As you know, however, I’m not that sensitive But in an attempt to stay above the fray, I’ll will apply.but, apparently, Baltimore Ravens head coach end with an example of how to handle a tough Awards will be presented for each age group.John Harbaugh is. issue without relying on a false apology. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at 301-677-3810 or 301-677-3825. For those of you who don’t know, our We all know that the closing of the Cours-hometown coach is currently in full backtrackmode after he said that the New Orleans Saints es stinks. Nobody — not the golfers, nor DFMWR or the commander — wanted the Free golf in countyand New England Patriots Super Bowls are facility to close. And I think it is safe to say To kick off the partnership between Fort Meade and Anne Arundel“stained” by the actions the teams took in everyone feels bad that it had to close. County, Eisenhower Course at 1576 Generals Highway in Crownsville willgetting those titles — New Orleans with Boun- But as Garrison Commander Col. Edward offer free golf to the Fort Meade community on Tuesday.tygate, New England with Spygate. C. Rothstein has said, “It is an emotional To play, patrons must show a valid DoD identification card. The average sports fan, outside of those who decision but a necessary one.” And instead To reserve a tee-time, call Eisenhower at 410-571-0973.root for the cheaters, thinks Coach Harbaugh’s of trying to make everything better by sayingoriginal statement is fair, mostly because it is sorry, the garrison decided to solve the problem Patriot Pride runsaccurate. — most notably, the recent agreements with The installation’s annual run series continues with the Patriot Pride 10K Relay, 5K Despite that logical thinking, Harbaugh Anne Arundel County. Run and One-Mile Walk on May 19 beginning at 8 a.m. at Murphy Field House.felt the need to qualify his comments with the But we also are pushing toward long-term The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25.following quote: solutions. Those actions are more sincere and The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85. “I could have been more clear that I was show more empathy than any apology, and I’m The pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. On the day ofreferring to those viewpoints. I totally believe proud of the fact we decided to let our actions the event, the cost is $60 per family.that the Patriot and Saint coaches and players show how we feel about a tough situation as All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.earned those championships. ... There has been opposed to just using words. The next run will be the Summer Sizzler 5K run and One-Mile Walk on June 16some distortion about what I said.” If you have comments on this or anything to at Constitution Park. Don’t get me started about how lame do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@ For more information, call 301-677-7916.and passive-aggressive the “out of context” mail.mil.22 SOUNDOFF! 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  • 21. M ovies Get to work on time. The movie schedule is subject to change. For Know the hoursa recorded announcement of showings, call 301-677-5324. Further listings are available on the of operation for Children’s MuseumArmy and Air Force Exchange Service websiteat www.aafes.com. Access Gates on Fort Meade Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are$4.50 for adults (12 and older) and $2.25 forchildren. Demps Visitor Control Center, Bldg. 902 Reece Road Today through May 20 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (Closed Saturday) Monday through FridayToday: “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (PG- Gate 1: Mapes Road and13). Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is still strug- Route 32gling with the curse of the Ghost Rider, a.k.a. 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.,the devil’s bounty hunter. 7 days a weekFriday: “A Thousand Words” (PG-13). In thiscomedy, Eddie Murphy plays a literary agent who Gate 2: Mapes Road andstretches the truth on a business deal, and is then Maryland Route 175forced to realize the consequence of every word 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.,he speaks. With Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis,Clark Duke and Allison Janney. Monday through Friday; closed weekends and holidaysSunday: “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” (PG). Adap-tation of the classic Dr. Seuss story about a Gate 3: Rockenbach Roadcreature who speaks for the trees and, ultimately, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.,shares a message of preservation and hope. 7 days a week Gate 6: Llewellyn Avenue and Maryland Route 175 6 to 8 a.m., Monday through Ranked Among the Top 5 Friday for inbound traffic; 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday for outbound traffic Children’s Museums in the U.S.! Gate 7: Reece Road and Maryland Route 175 (Demps Visitor Control New Exhibit! Opens May 19thWednesday May 10, 12: “Mirror Mirror” (PG). The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD exhibit was created by the BettySeven dwarfs help an exiled princess win back her Center gate) 24-hour access Brinn Children’s Museum in collabor ation with Hasbro.kingdom. With Julia Roberts, Lily Collins andArmie Hammer. 175thMay 11: “Project X” (R). Three high-schoolseniors throw a party designed to be an unforget-table experience.May 13, 17 18: “21 Jump Street” (R). Two cops Anniversary Specialjoin a secret unit and use their youthful appear-ances to go undercover as high-school students.May 16 20: “Wrath of the Titans” (PG-13). Tenyears after defeating the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Present This Ad and ReceiveWorthington) is living as a fisherman and parent. $10.75 General Admission* May 12th and 13thBut the gods must be angry, and it’s mainly due tomankind’s lack of devotion. With Liam Neesonand Ralph Fiennes. *Regular admission price is $13.95. Must present ad at the Box Office to receive discount. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or applied to tickets purchased online. Not valid for groups or birthday parties. Offer valid on 5/12/12 and 5/13/12 only. 35 Market Place, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor • portdiscovery.orghttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 3, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 23

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