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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 3 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ January 24, 2013 ‘follow me’ photo by Marv lynchardThe U.S. Army Field Band, the musical ambassador of the Army, leads more than 100 elements of the Presidential Inaugural Parade that followed the Obamas and Bidens downPennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House on Monday. The U.S. Army Field Band has traditionally held the prestigious role of leading the first division of theInaugural Parade. The Inaugural Parade has been a tradition for American presidents since Thomas Jefferson’s second inauguration in 1805.For more inauguration news, see Page 3.taxing hoop dreams UPCOMING EVENTSRibbon cutting NIOC Rubber Duckies Friday: Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center CLOSED for mandatory trainingceremony officially squeaks out win over Feb. 3, 6 p.m.: Ravens Vs. 49ers Super Bowl Party - The Lanes 29th IS Black Knights Feb. 8, 7 p.m.: Latin Night - The Conference Centeropens tax center feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.: Black History Month Observance - McGillpage 8 page 12 Feb. 20, 11:30 A.m.: National Prayer Luncheon - The Conference Center
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ A ‘spirited’ week of celebration, construction Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones projects; Go Ravens! Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor & Senior Writer The past week was awesome. mind, we are a Rona S. Hirsch The highlight of the week had to be the grand team. Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes opening of the USO-Metro Fort Meade Center. You probably Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz It was an example of Team Meade at its best. have noticed Design Coordinator Timothy Davis The 2,200-square-foot facility, located at 8612 that construc- Supple­mental photography provided by Patuxent Publishing Co. 6th Armored Cavalry Road at the corner of tion has begun Mapes Road, replaces the USO-Metro center in on the new Advertising Midway Commons. state-of-the-art The facility features a nine-seat theater room, Exchange. The General Inquiries 410-332-6300 snack bar, wireless computer space, two offices, new Exchange Allison Thompson stoveless kitchen, an outdoor patio and ample is being built 410-332-6850 room for the organization’s food pantry. adjacent to the COL. Edward c. Michele Griesbauer And while the facility was provided by the old PX. As con- Rothstein 410-332-6381 installation, it would not have become the center struction moves Garrison Commander If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are it is without the support from the community. forward, much of the existing parking lot cur- experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Sponsors include Computer Sciences Corpora- rently used by shoppers will be eliminated. The Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through tion, Harkins Builders, Northrop Grumman PXtra has already been demolished, creating an Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and SAIC. Even Defense Information School area for temporary parking for approximately students and Soldiers volunteered their time to 200 vehicles. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the paint the exterior of the building. I know parking at the Exchange will be incon- personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday I’m especially happy that the center is located venient and make shopping at the PX more dif- except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. near the DINFOS student barracks and the bar- ficult throughout the construction period. But in Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the racks for single Soldiers. These service members the end, we will have a fantastic new shopping desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, will no longer have a hard time getting to the center. Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. USO-Metro center. In addition to the new Exchange, there are The project is another wonderful way that other construction projects that are either under Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, our surrounding communities and businesses way or will soon get started that also may impact user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser show their commitment and thanks to service parking and driving on post. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. members and their families by ensuring they The Defense Information School had a have what they need. ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday for its Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department I also had a lot of fun last week enjoying time facility expansion. The DINFOS project will of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are with Fort Meade Airmen. Last week, as many allow the school to increase its annual student 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 of you now know, was Air Force Spirit Week at load from 2,700 students to 3,500. Construction the Army of the products or services advertised. Fort Meade. of the new Shoppette is expected to start in the Spirit Week, whether it’s a weeklong activity near future as well. sponsored by the Air Force, the Navy or any These construction projects may be incon- of our other branches of military service, is venient and ugly, but the end result will be an another way that we can find time for balance improved, more efficient and beautiful installa- in our lives. tion. We will continue to do everything possible You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at The pranks and practical jokes are all done to ease the inconvenience of these projects. and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at in good nature and in the spirit of fun. And I just wanted to remind you that, for most of in the end, these Spirit Weeks go a long way in this year, inconvenience caused by construction helping our partner units build stronger relation- projects will be a way of life on the installation. ships with the garrison and other units at Fort Lastly, congratulations to the Baltimore Co n t e n t s Meade. Ravens for their victory against the New Eng- As you have heard me say many times, find- land Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl! And ing balance is an important part of maintaining despite being a die-hard New York Giants fan, I News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 12 a healthy life. There is no one-size-fits-all when enjoyed watching the game. it comes to finding ways to achieve balance Now it’s time to show some real Team Meade Crime Watch................ 17 Movies.................................. 19 between work and life. spirit and rally behind the Ravens for a victory The bottom line is, we all need to take time in New Orleans. Community.................. 18 Classified.............................. 20 for mental and physical wellness. And keep in Have a great week! SOUNDOFF! January 24, 2013
  3. 3. NewsDISA supports presidential inaugurationBy DISA Strategic Communications ters and Washington, D.C., field office, and a host of other DoD-sponsored ments are requested by the participat- The Defense Information Systems and the Multi-Agency Command Cen- special events. ing federal, state and local agencies.Agency’s Communications Manage- ter — the central command and control DISA’s presidential inauguration CMCA’s Inauguration Day dutiesment and Control Activity provided post for representatives from the 42 support started with the inauguration commenced very early on Mondaypersonnel and communications services federal and state agencies involved with of Richard Nixon in 1968. morning. The organization continuedto the U.S. Secret Service for the 57th the inauguration. CMCA provided protective com- to provide communications support topresidential inauguration on Monday. CMCA’s civilian and military per- munications for the presidential and ensure the safety of President Barack CMCA Army and Air Force com- sonnel have the responsibility to sup- vice presidential candidates during the Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, statemunication technicians assisted the port both the Secret Service and the 2012 presidential campaign and has officials, other dignitaries and the pub-Secret Service with the installation and Joint Director of Military Support for also supported former presidents and lic during the ceremony, parade, par-maintenance of radio networks sup- special activities such as the United visiting heads of state. ties, balls, and other high-visibilityporting command posts for the event Nations General Assembly; U.S. Navy Planning for the inauguration began events that took place on Inaugurationand at various points throughout the Fleet Week; the Olympics; Special immediately after the election. How- Day and the days that followed.inaugural parade route. Olympics; DoD-sponsored national ever, the communication requirements After the inauguration events, equip- CMCA personnel also supported rehabilitative sporting competitions are predicated on when the Secret Ser- ment has to be recovered, accountedcommunication requirements for the such as the National Disabled Veter- vice receives their requirements for the for and palletized, then prepared forU.S Capitol, Secret Service headquar- ans Winter and Summer Sports Clinics; event. The telecommunication require- the next mission.Presidential inaugural support remains vital military missionBy Army Sgt. 1st Class elected by the people. a departure of the outgoing president,” In these austere times, Scanlan said,Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. “It’s truly an honor for a service he said. “It’s one of the things that we the task force has gotten “more efficientAmerican Forces Press Service member to have the opportunity [to plan for. If there is a new president, we and more effective over the years” in The U.S. military takes great pride in participate in the inauguration],” he have to arrange for the departure of the planning and providing support. Otherthe centuries-old tradition of support- said. “This is the first time that I’ll ever outgoing president. challenges include the “sheer magnitudeing the presidential inauguration and have the opportunity in a 27-year career “But that’s not a factor [now]. Every- of the event,” potential weather changesrecognizing the president as commander to support the inauguration. thing else is pretty much the same for and the crowd turnout, he chief, said the deputy for inaugural “And … to have that opportunity to the most part.” Due to these and other unforeseensupport. participate in an event, that really, we The general discussed the primary circumstances, Scanlan said, planning Prior to Monday’s inauguration, look at as something the entire world duties of service members who are part began more than a year ago, with theAir Force Brig. Gen. Jim Scanlan, watches.” of the inaugural support. first “augmentees” arriving in April andwith Joint Task Force National Capital Scanlan explained why inaugural sup- “We provide ceremonial support to some arriving “as late” as Jan. 7.Region, discussed the history of inaugu- port remains “absolutely vital” and is all the events — that could be in the So the military continues to carryral support with The Pentagon Channel still a relevant military mission today. form of a color guard or a musical on a long tradition of supporting andand American Forces Press Service, and “It provides us an opportunity to rec- ensemble,” he said. “And then actually recognizing the commander in chief asoffered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of ognize the president as the commander the day of the inauguration, ceremonial the world looks on.the planning involved for the 57th presi- in chief,” he said, “and it provides us an support in the form of a street cordon, “It’s an honor to be here,” Scanlandential inauguration. opportunity, as the 5,000 or so members and of course, the parade itself.” said. “For all the service members, it’s Military involvement in ceremonies that participate, to represent the more Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, just a great opportunity for us to rec-welcoming a president “dates back to than 2 million total force members that Scanlan said, has guidelines on what ognize the president as the commanderthe very first inauguration, when the are serving worldwide.” ceremonial support the joint task force in chief.”militia and Revolutionary War veterans Scanlan described how support for provides.escorted then-President [George] Wash- the ceremony usually works, noting the “The secretary of defense designatedington to New York for his inaugura- support alone is a weeklong process, the commander of U.S. [Northern Com- Follow Forttion,” Scanlan said. and “it’s really not just one inaugura- mand] as the commander responsible for Meade on “President [John F.] Kennedy’s inau- tion proceeding.” providing all the military support to theguration, in 1961, is what’s known to “The inauguration itself is a very inauguration,” he said. “And then Joint Twitter.combe the largest where there were actually long day,” he said. Task Force National Capital Region is /ftmeademd30,000 participants — 15,000 of those It normally starts with a church actually coordinating all of that.”being military.” service, he said, then proceeds through In contrast, the general said, the 57th the procession down to the Capitol,presidential inauguration had about followed by the swearing-in ceremony,5,000 service members involved and a a luncheon, a parade and finally antotal of 12,000 participants. inaugural ball during the evening. Connect with Fort Meade at Scanlan called the inauguration a Scanlan also noted there are minor“showcase” event that demonstrates differences for an inauguration when a“what a great nation we have” to the president has been and recognizes the president, as “The big one being that there won’t be January 24, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsTwo businesses added to off-limits list Six off-limits areas and establishments,By Brandon Bieltz punishment. “We send notice to the business that theStaff Writer While the list does not apply to family board is looking at,” said Keith Willard, as of Dec. 21, 2012 For the first time in two years, the instal- members and civilian employees, Bakalorz legal assistant with the Directorate of Emer-lation’s list of off-limit areas and establish- said they should be aware of the establish- gency Services. “We try to give them about a • Meade Village, Reece Road,ments has been updated, adding two more ments listed. month’s notice that they’re being considered Severn (high crime area, accordinglocal businesses. The disciplinary board, which is made up for off-limits.” to the Anne Arundel County In addition to the four establishments of unit commanders and agency directors Business owners can appear at the board Police)and areas already on the list, two Exxon gas whose service members are directly affected, and state their case. In October, one business • Arwell Court, two-block area,stations near Fort Meade have been added meets quarterly. Voting members are assisted under consideration for off-limits status due formerly Pioneer City, Severn (highfor selling synthetic marijuana, or Spice by numerous advisory members with various to selling Spice tobacco met with the board. crime area, according to Annetobacco. backgrounds including law enforcement, The proprietor agreed to stop selling the syn- Arundel County Police) The list, signed by Garrison Commander legal, medical, health and environmental thetic marijuana, so board members voted • Little Falls area, Potomac River,Col. Edward C. Rothstein in late December, protection, alcohol and substance abuse, and against placing that business on the list. Washington, D.C., and Virginiawas developed by the Fort Meade Armed fire and safety. Civil authorities can also be “That’s the function of the board — to get (unsafe area due to water rapids)Forces Disciplinary Board. requested for subject matter expertise. results,” Willard said. • Around the Clock Locksmith, “[The list] provides the garrison com- At each meeting, the board evaluates Once placed on the off-limits list, estab- Pasadena (unethical businessmander with a tool to identify, investigate, the list and investigates new businesses or lishments can again meet with the board to practices)report and act on conditions within our com- establishments that are being considered for try and have their business removed from • Exxon gas station, 7898 Ridgemunity that in any way adversely affect the off-limits status. the list. But the board doesn’t check to see Road, Hanover (selling Spicehealth, safety, welfare, morale and discipline Businesses and areas can be considered if the establishment has rectified the issue. It tobacco)of our armed forces,” said Lt. Col. Marion for the off-limits list for a large variety of is up to the business to request and petition • Exxon gas station, 1318P. Bakalorz, president of the AFDB and reasons such as high crime rates, unethical to appear before the board. Annapolis Road, Odenton (sellingcommander of Headquarters Command business practices or unsafe areas due to The two Exxon stations most recently Spice tobacco)Battalion. “It is a tool — one of many.” water rapids. The establishments are inves- added to the list are not the only establish- The off-limits list applies to service mem- tigated for the safety of service members, ments in the area under consideration for thebers from all military branches at Fort Bakalorz said. selling of Spice tobacco. These businesses investigating and considering organizationsMeade. Violations of the list are reported to The board first tries to engage the owner will be considered at the next board meeting or businesses that are selling synthetic mari-the service member’s unit, who then deter- of the business as well as community lead- in February. juana. And when we locate them, we’re goingmines the disciplinary action. ers before putting an establishment on the “These are not the two only organizations to do the same thing. And, hopefully, they’ll “It’s up to the unit,” Bakalorz said of the off-limits list. we are looking at,” Willard said. “We are stop selling — that’s the whole intent.” Still time to get vaccinated against influenza By Dr. Anne Burnley The Centers for Disease Control and Pre- symptoms are similar to cold symptoms, that the child does not want to be held; sei- Preventive Medicine vention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for they tend to be worse with the flu. zures; or flu-like symptoms that improve but Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center everyone 6 months of age and older as the Call your health care provider if you then return with fever and worse cough. Influenza, the unwanted guest, arrived first and most important step in protecting develop flu symptoms and you are pregnant People who are otherwise healthy, older early this year along with other virus com- against flu viruses. Once vaccinated, it takes or delivered within the past two weeks; if than age 5 and younger than 65 should panions. about two weeks for the body’s immune you are age 65 or older; or if your child is stay home and do self-care. While at home Most of the country is experiencing high response to fully kick in. You can still get a younger than 5 and develops flu symptoms. with the flu, it is important to get plenty levels of influenza-like illness. Some regions flu vaccine even if you have had influenza- People of any age with chronic medical of rest, drink lots of clear liquids, and take have peaked, while other parts of the country like-illness this season. conditions — such as asthma, diabetes or over-the-counter medications to relieve fever are still on the upswing. But there are specific Second, use other common-sense mea- heart disease, and those with compromised and muscles aches. Use any other prescribed actions you can take to protect yourself, your sures to reduce the spread of flu. These immune systems due to disease or medica- medications as directed by your health care family and your community. include frequent hand washing; coughing tion (such as cancer, HIV, AIDS, chronic provider. First, get vaccinated if you haven’t been and sneezing into your elbow or tissue; steroid use) — should also seek medical Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center vaccinated since August 2012 (for this sea- and avoiding crowded living and sleeping attention if they develop flu symptoms. has sufficient flu vaccine for its enrolled son). It’s a myth that it’s too late to vaccinate spaces. Seek urgent evaluation if you experience TRICARE beneficiaries and DoD civilians. against the flu once the holidays are over. As If you have an influenza-like illness, stay high or prolonged fever; difficulty breathing An express flu clinic is now available in the long as flu viruses are spreading and causing home from school or work and away from or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in Immunization Clinic for beneficiaries during illness, vaccination protects against the flu. other group settings (such as church or the chest or abdomen; near-fainting or faint- regular clinic hours. Since flu activity can last as late as May in movie theaters) to avoid spreading your ill- ing; confusion; severe or persistent vomiting; Over-the-counter cold packs for adults the United States, it’s important to get a flu ness to others. or flu-like symptoms that improve but then and children are also available to TRICARE vaccine now if you haven’t already received Third, know when to contact your health return with fever and a worse cough. beneficiaries at the Kimbrough pharmacy one. This season’s vaccine provides excellent care provider for guidance or must receive Seek urgent evaluation if your child expe- during the flu peak. protection against the dominant flu type urgent medical attention. Symptoms of flu riences high or prolonged fever; fast breath- Kimbrough’s TRICARE enrollees can causing illness. Even when it doesn’t stop include a fever of 100°F (37.8°C) or higher, ing or trouble breathing; bluish skin color; call 301-677-8800 or use Relay Health to illness completely, it reduces the severity and cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body discoloration of lips; dehydration; not wak- request to speak with a nurse to get informa- duration of illness. aches, headache, chills and fatigue. While the ing up or not interacting; being so irritable tion and assistance. SOUNDOFF! January 24, 2013
  5. 5. N ews704th MI BDE Soldiersre-enlist at 9/11 MemorialStory and photo by tively with other career counselors.Staff Sgt. Taikeila T. Chancey Master Sgt. Michael Gibson, senior704th Military Intelligence Brigade career counselor, 704th MI, agreed and feltPublic Affairs this would be an effort to build esprit de When the time came to re-enlist, 12 corps and unit and family cohesion.Soldiers from the 704th Military Intelli- “We felt this would be an outstandinggence Brigade decided to do so in memo- way for those who serve to honor those thatrable fashion — by conducting their oath of made the ultimate sacrifice,” he at the 9/11 Memorial in New What began as a small, one-person re-York City on Jan. 10. enlistment ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial The idea of honoring fallen comrades quickly expanded to include a dozen Sol-while re-enlisting at the memorial came diers from across the brigade.about when Sgt. James Caldwell, of the “Being afforded the opportunity to re-741st MI Battalion, 704th MI Brigade enlist at the 9/11 Memorial was an unfor-chose to stay Army and was given several gettable experience; I loved it,” said Spc.options of places to re-enlist. Bettina Moore of Headquarters and Head- After careful consideration, Caldwell quarters Company, 704th MI. “When theopted to make the road trip to New York. attack took place 11 years ago, I was living Chief Warrant Officer 2 Magnus Thorpe, property book officer for the 704th Military “I chose the 9/11 Memorial because I in Germany and remember not being able Intelligence Brigade, administers the re-enlistment of Spc. Bettina Moore, a supplyhave never been there, and when given the to contact any of my family and friends in clerk for the 704th MI, at the 9/11 Memorial in New York on Jan. 10. A dozen Soldiersoption to re-enlist there, so many memories New York.” from across the brigade re-enlisted at the memorial.of September 11, 2001 came to mind,” he To enhance the occasion, the unit extend-said. “I was not a Soldier at the time, but ed invitations to friends and family mem- members, it made for a truly memorable Spc. Raymond Gearhart, of the 742nd MIthat’s a day I will never forget.” bers of each Soldier who re-enlisted at the event. Battalion. “I hadn’t seen it yet, so I got to Sgt. 1st Class Tarsha Peele, a career memorial. Not only was the trip a great “I didn’t plan on re-enlisting at the 9/11 see it for the first time and re-enlist. Not toocounselor with the 741st MI loved the idea opportunity to foster pride in those who Memorial, but when I heard about the offer, many people get to re-enlist there, so I feltand immediately began planning collec- serve, but by including friends and family I decided it would be a good idea,” said privileged.”New company commander stresses values learned from dadStory and photo by Sgt. Amy Lane our parents. I think that shaped my priori-704th Military Intelligence Brigade ties and people skills because that’s what IPublic Affairs As the new saw on a daily basis.” Even as adults, many people are able to company The elder Stull confirmed that his daugh-trace their values and inspiration back to commander, ter’s leadership style is similar to his own.their parents. Capt. Wendy “I think she is similar, in that she listens Capt. Wendy Stull, commander of Head- Stull, commander to people that are working with her, shequarters and Headquarters Company, of Headquarters focuses on core issues, is a problem solver,704th Military Intelligence Brigade, grew and Headquarters and is proficient in her specialty area,” heup watching her father live the Army val- Company, said. “A difference is, she is much moreues. 704th Military patient than I am and tends to see the good Stull assumed command of Headquar- Intelligence in people and their strengths, while I tend toters and Headquarters Company from Brigade, see weaknesses in people.”Capt. Lincoln Kaffenberger on Jan. 11 addresses Stull said her father taught them integ-at McGill Training Center as her father Soldiers in her rity.watched proudly. first safety brief. “One thing he ingrained in all of us was Stull, a military intelligence officer who a strong sense of integrity, of doing thegrew up as an Army brat, said she was right thing — regardless of difficulty orhappy that her father was able to attend raderie and the opportunities available and tions, served in the Army for more than consequences,” she said.the change of command. She and her two the mind-set of camaraderie and dedica- 30 years. The elder Stull hopes that Soldiers willsisters all followed in their father’s footsteps tion. That’s what we were familiar and Stull said she talks to her father frequent- absorb this lesson from their new com-by joining the military. One was an Army comfortable with.” ly, picking his brain and talking command mander and work as a team.nurse; the other is a helicopter pilot in the Her father, retired Col. Lynn B. Stull, a philosophy. “I hope the Soldiers in her commandMarine Corps. Defense Threat Reduction Agency assistant “My leadership style is very similar to my will learn to work cooperatively to achieve “My sisters and I grew up in a military liaison officer to U.S. Special Operations father’s,” she said. “We model interaction difficult goals and to capitalize on theirenvironment,” Sull said. “We saw the cama- Command Applied Technology Applica- with people based on what we’re taught by strengths to help each other,” he said. SOUNDOFF! January 24, 2013
  6. 6. N ewsTax Center opens for 2013 seasonStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz number and we have somebody standingStaff Writer by who will walk you through everything After a month of training and prepara- you’ll need,” Biggers said. “At a baretion, members of the Fort Meade Joint minimum, everybody has to bring theirInstallation Tax Center joined garrison military ID card, Social Security card orleaders on Tuesday to officially open the official copy.”center. Appointment hours are weekdays from The ribbon cutting ceremony marked 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hoursthe beginning of tax season on Fort every other Tuesday and Thursday whenMeade. Located at 4217 Roberts Ave., the center will remain open until 8 p.m.the center provides free tax assistance Services also will be offered one Saturdayfor service members, retirees and their per month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.dependents through Tax Day on April Last year, the tax center generated15. Staff will begin meeting with clients $6.1 million in returns for its clients. Buton Monday. Biggers said any commercial tax service “That’s incredible for our service mem- would provide the same refund; the differ-bers and our community,” Garrison ence, however, is in the preparation fees.Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein “We saved clients over $540,000 insaid of the service. “It is pretty phenom- tax preparation fees because we do notenal.” charge for our services,” he said. Capt. William Biggers, officer-in- The tax center can prepare personalcharge of the center, said the services tax returns including 1040, 1040EZ andare generally by appointment-only. The 1040A, as well as state taxes for all 50center will schedule appointments as far states. Staff also can prepare amendedout as clients wish, but Biggers said spots returns dating back to 2010. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein (center) and Garrison Command Sgt.will fill up quickly. Prior to the ribbon The staff, however, cannot prepare Maj. Thomas E. Latter (far right) join members of the Fort Meade Joint Installationcutting, 40 appointments had already tax returns from business income such Tax Center on Tuesday to officially open the center for the 2013 tax season. Locatedbeen scheduled. as ownership of more than one rental at 4217 Roberts Ave, the center provides free tax assistance for service members, When scheduling an appointment, space or conducting more than nine stock retirees and their dependents through April 15.individuals will be informed of what they transactions. The center also is unable toneed to bring. Required documents vary prepare nonresidential taxes. gers said. “They give our left and right cated to training,” he said. “Everybody isdepending on the client. “We’re limited by VITA [Volunteer limits as far as what kind of returns we certified through VITA.” “We encourage everyone to call our tax Income Tax Assistance] regulations,” Big- do.” Service members preparing tax forms A 30-member staff of service members also provides another advantage to off- and civilians working part time comprise post tax services. Become a Dental Assistant the force behind the tax center. While “We are more aware of military-spe- several staff members have experience cific tax issues than most places,” Biggers in tax preparation, Biggers said training said. “We’re a little more in tune with the in just 11 weeks DATS sessions bring everybody up to speed on military benefits.” • Dental Terminology Charting • X-Ray Certification Eligibility • Clinical Externship the tax code and prepare them for tax To schedule an appointment at the Fort • Sterilization of Equipment OSHA Guidelines • Adult CPR • Job Interviewing Techniques season. Meade Joint Installation Tax Center at “The entire month of January is dedi- 4217 Roberts Ave., call 301-677-9366. Columbia - Classes Begin - 1/16/2013 Century Plaza • 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 410 Columbia, MD 21044 Annapolis - Classes Begin - 1/22/2013 180 Admiral Cochrane Dr., Ste 200 Annapolis, MD 21044 Join Meade TV in the blogosphere! Germantown - Classes Begin - 1/23/2013 Log on and check out the latest 19512-A Amaranth Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 edition of Meade Week to find out what’s going on at Fort Meade. Our Westminster - Classes Begin - 1/24/2013 412 Malcolm Drive, Ste 100 Westminster, MD 21157 blog is located at www.meadetv. Log on, view recent Tuition is Call To Reserve Your Seat! only $2800 posts and tweets, then leave com- DATS Dental Assistant Training School ments and suggestions. Together we Classes Begin Soon! can make a difference. Call To Reserve Your Space! 877-777-8719 • SOUNDOFF! January 24, 2013
  7. 7. N ewsService membersmust file stateincome tax returnsBy Jane Winand, Chief ington, D,C., Maryland or VirginiaLegal Assistance Division as their state of residence, need not Clients seeking tax assistance at the Fort file with D.C., Maryland or VirginiaMeade Tax Center are frequently uncer- because of the protections afforded bytain about state income tax liability. the SCRA. Many Soldiers must file a state (There are additional protectionsincome tax return, even if it is to get from taxation for spouses of militarya full refund of any monies that were members which will be covered in awithheld and paid to the state during follow-up article in Soundoff!)the tax year.Taxpayers may have ques- As an example, consider “Maj. Tax-tions about which state they should payer” who entered the military fromfile their income tax return with. The Arizona and is now stationed at Fortstarting point in making this determi- Meade. She owns property in Arizona,nation is what state appears on the W-2 and is registered to vote there, althoughas withholding state income tax. This she currently lives in Maryland becauseis likely the home of record and is the of her military assignment.state to which the taxpayer has some Maj. Taxpayer has listed Arizona aspermanent connection. her residence state on her Leave and Additional factors to consider are Earnings Statement, and state with-where the individual votes, owns real holdings are withdrawn regularly fromestate, has a driver’s license, and has a her pay and paid to Arizona. Wheremotor vehicle registered. must she file? The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Maj. Taxpayer must file a federalAct, or SCRA, allows active-duty ser- return with the IRS and a state returnvice members to claim their perma- with Arizona. Some states exemptnent residency state despite current active-duty military pay from state ties to that state. This exempts If Maj. Taxpayer’s permanent state ofthose stationed in the National Capital residence was one of those states, stateRegion from filing with the state they filing would be unnecessary.presently live in because of their cur- The state you claim ultimately hasrent military assignment. a huge impact on your tax liability. In many cases, it is to the service There are details and intricacies inmember’s advantage to avoid taxation getting the proper state refund, espe-in the state he or she may temporarily cially from those states that offer a fulllive because of a military assignment. rebate.Be advised that the District of Colum- The Fort Meade Tax Center at 4217bia has one of the highest tax rates in Roberts Ave., Room 123 will open forthe country. business on Jan. 28 January at 8 a.m. Maryland has not only a state income To schedule an appointment, call thetax, but also a local tax, which varies Fort Meade Tax Center at 301-677-from county to county. Service mem- 9366 for assistance with the prepara-bers serving at Fort Meade who have tion and electronic filing of federal andclaimed a state different from Wash- state income tax returns. home living Chesapeake To advertise + or subscribe 410.332.6517 A BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION January 24, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  8. 8. N ewsSpirit of the entrepreneurMany military spouses start their own businessesBy Renée M. PetrinaDefense Information School The gymnasium at Waugh Chapel Elemen-tary School in Odenton was crowded with Business Sensetables of wares during last month’s holiday Thinking about getting into directopen house. sales? Here are some tips: For the children, there was a face-painting • Research.booth and Santa was due to arrive at 11 a.m. Get to know the company. Does it For the parents, there were plenty of gift have sales quotas?options provided by owners of home-based Research the rules. If you live onbusinesses. post, certain rules may apply to you. At one booth, bright floral designs on plastic The Fort Meade Legal Assistance Divi-kitchen storage containers mirrored the mauve sion can advise you.of the seller’s fleece jacket. Her name tag read: Consider meeting with Army Com-“Dorthe Laurel, Consultant.” munity Service to go over your business At the next table, a woman in a blue wrap concept. ACS or its partner supportslid delicately crafted greeting cards into clear elements in the Navy and Air Force cansleeves. Linda Caler had combined textures, provide objective financial counseling.stamps, ribbons and even a touch of sparkle to Trained specialists can tell youmake handmade cards into keepsakes. whether this new venture has profit The placement of their adjacent booths was potential or not.happenstance, but both had been selling their The Direct Selling Association alsoproducts for more than 12 years. And both are provides guidance online at directsell-spouses of active-duty service members. Many military spouses try direct sales. How- • Plan.ever, starting a new business isn’t easy. photo by lisa r. rhodes You need a budget. How much ini- Potential sellers should consider two impor- tial money do you need, and can you Ryan Yarnell, personal financial readiness specialist at Army Community Service andtant things before signing up: their motivation earn it back? an accredited financial counselor, recommends that military spouses interested inand the effects of change. You need a schedule. How much can becoming involved in the direct sales market do research on the parent company The direct-sales market was a nearly $30 bil- you commit to the business? through the Better Business Bureau.lion industry in 2011, according to the Direct You need flexibility. What is yourSelling Association, a trade group. “You should never, ever sign up for a com- But commissions don’t appear out of thin plan for success after a PCS move? “On paper, they all look great,” said Ryan pany that you are not 100 percent in love with air. Making money takes work and adapt- You need goals. Make sure you setYarnell, a personal financial specialist with their product,” Caler said. ability, Caler said repeatedly. The ever-chang- realistic ones.Army Community Service on Fort Meade. Both women joined their companies because ing military environment presents additional • Commit. But potential consultants must conduct of past good experiences with the products. challenges. Ensure your spouse and children areresearch. Laurel’s family was stationed overseas when Change can sink a home-based business, as on board. Both Yarnell and the DSA recommend she started selling the same brand of kitchen Melissa Thurber found out. You’ll need a sitter when you hostchecking out the parent company with the storage items that she knew and trusted from Thurber thought her business could easily parties. You will also need a supporterBetter Business Bureau. Yarnell said people can growing up in Denmark. move to Fort Meade. But after two years selling if your new venture is online for complaints, too. Twelve years later, the Air Force spouse has bakeware and kitchen gadgets, she’ll hang up Seek advice and don’t give up easily. “That’s the great thing about the Internet two rooms in her basement stocked with inven- her hat at the end of the,” he said. “If there’s a scam, they’re gonna tory and sells regularly from a booth at Fort Thurber started selling while her husband get customers to leave post for an event.yell it from the rooftop.” Meade’s Exchange. was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Caler is adjusting her business model accord- Laurel also advises that those considering “I still enjoy it,” she said. “I stand by the Miramar, Calif. She met many fellow military sales do their homework before signing company.” families and had connections with neighbors “You have to be able to deal with change,”up. Caler started her business when her Coast whose children shared the same school. she said. “Companies change, products change, “Don’t feel the pressure to say yes,” she Guard husband received orders to leave her But when they arrived at Fort Meade in environment changes, life changes.”said. home state of Washington. She was already August, the network and the neighborhoods As Caler continued to slide cards into clear Caler said each potential seller should know crazy about paper crafting, and her favorite were different. Thurber just wasn’t making the holders, her husband and young daughterher “why” - why she wants to work for that craft stores didn’t have locations in Guam. links to find new clients. dropped by. The girl proudly showed off whatcompany. Personal motivation is essential. It “So I became a craft store,” Caler said. “You sell a lot more if you can get it in front she had made: a pair of glittering gingerbread-can’t be simply to get rich quick because that’s As she met other crafters on the island, of people,” she said. man ornaments.not going to happen without effort. Caler built a clientele and recruited sellers who Caler also has had to adapt to the Fort A touch of sparkle, just like Mommy’s The motivation that brought Laurel and share her creative passion. They make up her Meade environment. Due to heavy traffic, cards.Caler to Waugh Chapel Elementary came from “downline,” meaning she gets commission on people here are less inclined to go to a week- Editor’s note: Renée M. Petrina is an instruc-personal belief in the products they sell. their sales. night party or show, she said. It’s also harder to tor at DINFOS.10 SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013 January 24, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 10
  9. 9. S portsRubber Duckies squeak out win, edges 29th IS in double OTBy Brandon Bieltz fought through two overtime periods to cap- into double overtime,” said Zamar Shaw of was a result of a shallow bench.Staff Writer ture their first win of the season on Jan. 17 NIOC. “It was pretty exhausting, but it was “In the first two games we couldn’t sub,” For the first two games of the intramural at Murphy Field House. worth the effort. It’s really satisfying.” Shaw said before the game. “Now we havebasketball season, the Fire Breathing Rubber Nick Koletar’s 18 points — including five NIOC entered last week’s game with a a few more bodies and we’re excited aboutDuckies of Navy Information Operations in overtime — helped lead NIOC to the 57-53 0-2 record, having lost to the 741st Military this one.”Command Maryland barely had enough victory over the 29th Intelligence Squadron Intelligence Battalion and the 7th IS by a Even with few members on the roster,players to get through the 40-minute game. Black Knights. combined 26 points. Shaw and teammate Mauricio said the team stayed in games until With a newly extended roster, the players “It’s pretty exciting, especially since it went Kevin Mauricio said the early-season stumble the end, when players began to wear out. “We’re lacking people, but competing,” he said. While NIOC was still digging for its first win, the 29th IS started the season 2-0. Coach Thomas Taylor said the team’s success comes from playing a smart and team-oriented sys- tem. With the mixture of speed and size on Zamar Shaw of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland jumps up and at Anthony Dunlap of the 29th Intelligence Squadron during an intramural basketball game Jan. 17 at Murphy Field House. NIOC captured its first win in double overtime, 57-53.12 SOUNDOFF! January 24, 2013
  10. 10. the roster, the 29th IS has been able to exploit the lead changed five times before Jenkinsother teams using its motion offense. tied the game at 48-48 with a last-second “We’re not an up-and-down team unless layup to force a second overtime.we can get the opportunity for a fast break,” NIOC sunk three, three-pointers in theTaylor said. “We mostly play in a half-court second overtime to lead the team to the 57-53system since we’re bigger than most teams.” victory. Koletar’s 18-point night and Gregory When the two teams met last week, the Taggart’s six overtime points led NIOC to29th IS took a quick lead for the first 13 its first win. Jenkins scored a team-high 16minutes of the game. But NIOC never trailed points for the 29th more than three and tied it up 14-14 at Shaw said the victory could be credited to7:20. NIOC pulled into the lead and created fresh legs on the court late in the game.a distance from the 29th IS at the end of “The endurance and stamina definitelythe half. came into play,” he said. “Having those extra With a 25-18 lead at the start of the bodies didn’t wear us down in the beginningsecond half, NIOC continued to maintain of the half. We were able to come out therea five-point lead until midway through the with a lot of energy and keep up the goodhalf. Two free throws by David Jenkins tied work.”the game at 34-34. With plenty of games remaining in the sea- The 29th IS stepped up with a more aggres- son, Shaw said he thinks NIOC can bouncesive defense to force turnovers and took a 37- back from the early season struggles and36 lead off a Anthony Dunlap three-pointer continue to win with the extended roster.with less than four minutes left. “We’re coming out of the two-game slump, Down by two with 10 seconds left on the we finally got our first win,” he said. “We’reclock, Shaw forced a turnover at half court, going to keep the momentum going. Thisand Mauricio’s layup tied the game at 42 as is one of the most challenging teams in thetime expired. league, so we’re going to take this win for In the first three-minute overtime period, what it is.” photos by jen rynda Gregory Taggart of the NIOC Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies tries to move through 29th IS defenders. LEFT: Jay Snow of the 29th IS Black Knights battles for the ball during last week’s intramural basketball game. The 29th IS was defeated by NIOC, 57-53. BELOW: The 29th IS Black Knights huddle before the intramural basketball game at Murphy Field House. January 24, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
  11. 11. S ports Sports Shorts Jibber Jabber - Opinion Super Bowl party The Lanes is hosting a Super Bowl party on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Fransisco 49ers. The party will include game specials and prizes throughout the evening. What’s under the hoodie! For more information call, 301-677-5541. Texas Hold ‘em Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. Obviously there isn’t much I’d rather haven’t hoisted For more information, call 301-677-5541. talk about than the Ravens’ impending the Lombardi Super Bowl championship. Trophy. Chad T. Jones, Dollar Days And I guess now is as good a time Certainly, if Public Affairs The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as any to request your best recipes Belichick was a Officer Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, for this year’s Super Bowl party. Just player, his lega- small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. remember, no pork; no booze; plenty cy would be tarnished by the fact that For more information, call 301-677-5541. of sauce; and, of course, spice. his performance went south after he Get me your recipes NLT Tuesday so was caught cheating. EFMP bowling we can share with the masses in next So it is only fair to ask what his week’s Soundoff! and on the Facebook legacy is … besides being a grumpy The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling page. cuss. event on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. But since we have next week to cover On its own, Belichick’s resume would Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other both of those topics, I believe it is pru- put him right up there with the greats family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. dent to talk about some more pressing like Tom Landry, Don Shula or even To register, call 301-677-4473 or email matters. Vince Lombardi: 151-57 since joining Namely, before it gets stale, why does the Patriots, 17-7 in the playoffs. Spring sports registration Bill Belichick act like such a jerk? But again, even though Landry, Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 Apparently, Ravens coach John Har- Shula and Lombardi had their own Reece Road. baugh said he was all class after the advantages, none of them were caught Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, indoor football game, and nobody expects him to be cheating, so you certainly can’t put and basketball. happy after losing another champion- Belichick on the Mount Rushmore of For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. ship game. But did you see his postgame coaches. press conference? Maybe he’s on par with his former For more Fort Meade sports, visit I know during the Olympics I gave boss Bill Parcells. “The Hoodie” has gymnast McKayla Maroney a hard more rings as a head coach and was time about her gas face after win- the defensive coordinator for both of ning the Silver, but she was at least a the “Big Tuna’s” titles. teenager. Similarly, Belichick also has an Available now! Billy is a grown man and a mil- lionaire. Plus, it’s not our fault that he hasn’t extensive coaching tree that includes seven current or former NFL head coaches and former Notre Dame coach Copies of the won a championship since being bust- ed for “Spygate.” Charlie Weis. However, upon further review, out- 2013 Fort Meade No, I didn’t just write that. Oh yes I did! side of Nick Saban, the fruit on Belich- ick’s coaching tree is pretty rotten Welcome Guide Now most people would tell you that Belichick is a bona fide, first-bal- compared to Parcells’: Eric Mangini, not so good. Josh McDaniels, way are available now. lot Hall of Fame coach. Their proof would be his three Super Bowl rings, worse. Weiss and Romeo Crennel were nice guys, but even nicer for opposing Please call 301-677- two additional AFC championships, plus everything he did as a coordina- coaches’ records. So where does that leave us? 5602 or email philip. tor. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago when Maybe he’s Tom Flores, possibly Joe Gibbs? I’ll still put him ahead of commentators questioned whether Bill might be the greatest coach in NFL Chuck Noll on principle. But after another year without a to request guides for history. But facts, like numbers, never lie, ring, it’s only fair to question if Belich- ick’s legacy should be about his record your organization. and the fact is that ever since “Spy- gate,” the Patriots have put up a lot of on the field or off it. If you have comments on this or any- points, won a lot of games, and even thing to do with sports, contact me at made it to the Big Game twice, but they SOUNDOFF! January 24, 2013
  12. 12. N ewsStrategic Command CSMvisits Cyber CommandBy Air Force 1st Lt. Logan A. Clark members to view the recognition as notU.S. Cyber Command Public Affairs a reason to slack off but to work harder Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, than ever, and to meet and exceed thesenior enlisted leader for U.S. Strategic potential for which the service membersCommand, visited U.S. Cyber Command were recognized.on Dec. 14 for command familiarization Alston, a big believer in the adageand to recognize several enlisted person- “Mission First, People Always,” com-nel for outstanding performance. mented on his emphasis on taking the Alston spent a part of the morn- time to meet and recognize outstandinging speaking with enlisted leaders from people in the organization.USCYBERCOM and Army Cyber Com- “People are the most important plat-mand. But he spent the majority of the form we have in keeping our countrytrip meeting with members of the com- free,” he said.mand and learning about their missions. Alston also coined on the spot several During his visit, Alston also recog- personnel he met during his visit, basednized 10 enlisted personnel who had been on his conversations with them and theirnominated by their respective services for supervisors’ comments. SUBMITTED PHOTOexceptional work to promote the mission The 10 personnel Alston recognized onof the operation and defense of DoD behalf of the services are: Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, senior enlisted leader at U.S. Strategic Command,networks. He presented them with a letter • Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew met with personnel at U.S. Cyber Command on Dec. 14 to learn more about theof appreciation and the USSTRATCOM Barker, cyber operations specialist mission and recognize outstanding performers.senior enlisted leader’s coin. • Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Katyma- “Now, the services didn’t nominate you rie Barnosky, intelligence specialist technician global information grid operations mis-just for their work in the past,” he said • Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Sammy sion leadof those he coined. “They nominated Kyle Black, information systems techni- Davis Jr., J37 exercise lead • Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Classyou because of your potential for the cian • Army Pfc. Tyler Goodman, intel- Amanda Morton, intelligence analystfuture.” • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jonathan ligence analyst • Army Sgt. Jennifer Perry, cyber readi- Alston also encouraged the service Butler, computer network operations • Air Force Master Sgt. Racquel James, ness planner Motorcycle, sportbike training to begin in March By Installation Safety Office If students are taking the ERC or MSRC, they Although the temperature is falling, the time is must bring their own motorcycle with a fully charged coming to prepare for warmer and brighter days. As battery and a full tank of gas, and a valid driver’s we dust off, gas up and get ready to hit the road, we license with motorcycle endorsement, proof of insur- must remember the dangers of riding a motorcycle. ance and registration. Motorcyclists need to keep their riding skills Several motorcycles will be provided for the BRC. sharp and their attention focused at all times. To aid Students must bring a valid learner’s permit or military motorcyclists, the Installation Safety Office driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement (if you is sponsoring Motorcycle Safety Foundation basic are using your own bike), proof of insurance and rider courses, experienced rider courses and military registration. sportbike riders courses. Scheduled training dates are: Training will be provided at no cost to military • Basic Riders Course: March 19 to 20; April 16 to personnel. 17; May 14 to 15; June 18 to 19; July 16 to 17; Aug. Training is not authorized for civilian personnel 20 to 21; Sept. 17 to 18; and Oct. 15 to 16 unless their specific government work duties dictate • Military Sportbike Riders Course: March 21, the use of a motorcycle. April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 22 and All courses have limited registration on a first- and noncontrollable risk, safety equipment, braking, Sept. 19 come, first-served basis. An approved MSF is man- traction and the best techniques for riding safely. • Experienced Riders Course: March 13, April 10, datory in accordance with Army Regulation 385-10, The riding portion gives instruction in all areas May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 17 and Department of Defense Instruction 6055.4, and allows the instructor to evaluate the operator’s and Nov. 7 DoD Traffic Safety Program, for all military person- ability. To register, visit the Army IMCOM Registration nel who ride. Riders must satisfactorily complete a written and System at Participants will receive training in controllable hands-on evaluation. disclaimer.aspx. January 24, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15