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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 46 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community November 15, 2012 ´ american heroes WWII, Vietnam veterans awarded Bronze Star at DINFOS ceremony page 16 history lesson Fort Meade Museum hosts World War I symposium for military enthusiasts page 12 UPCOMING EVENTS today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Native American Heritage Month Observance - McGill Training Center Friday, 7-10 p.m.: Deck Party - The Lanes Saturday, 8 a.m.: Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk - Murphy Field House Nov. 22, Noon-2 p.m. & 3-5 p.m.: photo by Pfc. Juancarlos Paz Thanksgiving Day Buffet - Club MeadeFLYING HIGHKordell Green pulls a frontside-180 air over a trash can at Maloof Skate Park in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21. The photo Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m. :won the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) Photo of the Month Contest for its composition, moment and color toning. Thanksgiving Day Meals -Located at Fort Meade, the 55th is the Army’s only active-duty Combat Camera unit and rapidly deploys worldwide into thefull spectrum of military operations to capture, edit and transmit high-definition imagery. Freedom Inn Dining Facility
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Show of gratitude ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein to past, present Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones service members Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Each year on Nov. 11, we pause to honor ery and hero- Design Coordinator Timothy Davis the service and sacrifice that our Soldiers, ism. Supple­mental photography provided Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guards- Dr. Charles by Patuxent Publishing Co. men have made in serving our nation. Rath Jr. is The holiday is simply known as Veterans 93 years old. Advertising Day. Charles Shyab General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Our veterans represent the best of Ameri- is 68. Respec- Allison Thompson ca. Coming from every background and every tively, it took 410-332-6850 walk of life, they represent the rich tapestry 65 and 45 years Michele Griesbauer of our nation and earned our respect by for each of 410-332-6381 their willingness to defend our way of life these veterans and the freedoms so many are able to take to be honored COL. Edward c. If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are for granted. for their meri- Rothstein experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Last week, Fort Meade celebrated Veter- torious service Garrison Commander Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ans Day in true “Team Meade” fashion. The to our county. observance started Nov. 8 at the Fort Meade As DINFOS Commandant Col. Jeremy Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the Museum Plaza as my father Harold recalled Martin, who pinned the Bronze Star on each personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary his experiences growing up with veterans of of these veterans put it: “They are American of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday World War I, how he attended school with heroes and American treasures.” except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the men returning from World War II, and his We are thankful to Sen. Mikulski’s office desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, personal experiences as a Soldier serving in for tracking down the documentation that Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. the Korean War. made these awards possible. Rep. Donna F. Edwards also attended the To all of our veterans, I say “thank you” Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage observance and talked about her experiences for your service. May you always be remem- without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, growing up as the daughter of an Airman bered on Veterans Day. user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. and her life as a military child. In addition to honoring veterans, the She made a special effort to remind us month of November is also designated as a Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department that veterans’ service to our country doesn’t time to honor and commemorate our mili- of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are end when they leave the military. For many tary families. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance veterans, it is a way of life. Let’s remember that this is a monthlong of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of The congresswoman encouraged everyone celebration to honor the commitment and the Army of the products or services advertised. to remember our veterans every day, not just sacrifices made by families of our nation’s on Veterans Day. Every day is an opportunity service members. to honor them for their service to our country I especially want to honor the sacrifices and their service to our local communities. of military children, who show courage and Friday morning, I was invited to speak resilience as they move from base to base, You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at about Veterans Day at Century High School school to school, and home to home. They and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at in Sykesville. I was truly impressed by the stu- are shining examples of patriots who enrich dents’ wealth of knowledge about veterans, neighborhoods across America. past wars and the sacrifices that our service As we enter the holiday season, please take members make on their behalf to keep our a moment to reflect on the people who have Co n t e n t s country safe and to defend the Constitution of the United States. served, as well as those still serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. We should offer these There also was a ceremony Friday at the service members and their families our sin- News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 19 Defense Information School hosted by Sen. cere gratitude for their sacrifices. Barbara A. Mikulski. The event honored two We are a nation that is truly blessed by the Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 26 Army veterans who served in World War II courage and selfless service of our service and the Vietnam War. Both men received members. Thanks for all you do to defend Community.................. 22 Classified.............................. 28 long overdue military honors as they were and protect our freedom. presented with the Bronze Star for their brav- Have a great week! SOUNDOFF! November 15, 2012
  3. 3. NewsIMCOM looks to expedite hiring at garrisonsBy Installation Management Command including streamlining the recruiting as the applicant meets all qualification appointments, every action should be inPublic Affairs Office process, working in advance with the standards. consultation with them. Garrison commanders are recruiting [Civilian Personnel Advisory Center] on Another talent resource is Army With the need for balance betweenfor about 2,000 job openings. determining the level of competition, spouses, who normally won’t qualify for expedited hiring and sustainable end While the competitive process can getting job assessments ready, consid- noncompetitive appointment, but often strengths, garrison commanders needbe time-consuming, exceptions to the ering noncompetitive selections of the come with wide experience and varied access to more than one option whenprocess allow for noncompetitive selec- current IMCOM workforce, and hir- skill sets that might not be readily avail- filling a critical vacancy.tion of current Installation Management ing veterans and family members,” said able in the local talent pool. The headquarters will likely stay veryCommand employees, transitioning Sol- IMCOM Director of Human Resources Former government employees eligible involved in the hiring process for thediers, disabled veterans and certain oth- (G1) Karen M. Perkins. for reinstatement can be selected non- foreseeable future in the interest of shel-ers. Most hiring actions still must go to the competitively in any grade up to their tering the workforce from future adverse At the same time, the Army still faces HQ IMCOM Human Resources Man- former highest grade, as long as they actions due to civilian reductions.a new fiscal environment that could agement Board for initial screening and meet qualifications. Options do exist, however, and usingrequire more civilian workforce reduc- a recommendation to the commanding The installation CPAC is the local the hiring authorities provided can helptions in the future. Therefore, the head- general. When the commander approves resource for all civilian hiring. But garrisons fill their critical vacancies whilequarters will continue to closely oversee a hiring request, he specifies whether especially when trying to expedite hir- also providing opportunity for some verythe filling of critical vacancies to ensure a vacancy must be filled by a current ing through the use of noncompetitive deserving candidates.the command stays within sustainable IMCOM employee or whether it can beend-strength numbers. recruited outside the command and even IMCOM started fiscal year 2012 fac- outside the federal a mandatory reduction of more The first step remains the IMCOMthan 4,000 civilian positions including Enterprise Placement Program, whichthe headquarters, the regions and the may provide a reassignment opportunitygarrisons. for a potentially vulnerable IMCOM In the interest of retaining a highly employee who is willing to relocate.experienced and specialized workforce, While the IEPP process is working, man-the command approached the neces- agers can begin their recruitment processsary reduction with a commitment to to be ready to select if IEPP does notmeet the end-strength target through provide an eligible candidate.attrition and judicious filling of critical If managers want to consider usingvacancies. one of the special hiring authorities laid This proactive approach to human out under Title 5 of the Code of Federalresources management has succeeded to Regulations, there are many ways to hirethe extent that IMCOM has exceeded transitioning Soldiers, disabled veteransits reduction target through voluntary and persons with disabilities, noncom-separations, retirement and cross-leveling petitively.through reassignment. “These are excellent ways to select The new personnel outlook is good qualified people noncompetitively, andnews for protecting the workforce, but they help disabled veterans and transi-the garrisons are now anxious to fill tioning Soldiers, which we want to dothese nearly 2,000 openings to sustain anyway,” Lois Keith, chief of Civilian file phototheir operations. Personnel in the IMCOM G1, said. “It’s great to see that we could con-tinue to meet our mission requirements One such authority is the Veterans’ Recruitment Authority, which allows for thanksgiving at Freedom innwhile still taking care of our civilian noncompetitive appointment to posi- Join the Fort Meade community in celebrating the annual Thanksgivingworkforce,” said IMCOM commander tions in grades up to GS-11 of dis- Day meal at the Freedom Inn Dining Facility on Nov. 22.Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter. abled veterans or veterans who served The federal hiring system is a competi- on active duty during a war, a recog- The Thanksgiving meal will be celebrated formally at lunchtime betweentive process, designed to evaluate appli- nized campaign or expedition, or certain 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. An informal dinner will be served from 3 to 4:30 p.m.cants fairly, but not necessarily quickly, other military operations. The VRA alsoespecially in recruiting from outside extends to recently separated veterans. Both lunch and dinner menus will include turkey, Cornish hens, dressing,the government. But federal regulations Another opportunity is to appoint a candied yams and seasoned green beans.allow for noncompetitive consideration veteran retired from active duty with aof the very populations IMCOM seeks disability rating of 30 percent or more. Traditionally, the lunch meal is served by senior enlisted and officers ofto help, including current employees, These appointments are 60-day tempo- the participating tenant activities. Meal cardholders may dine at bothtransitioning Soldiers and disabled vet- rary or term to start with, but may be meals.erans. converted to career or career-conditional “As we look at ways to expedite the at any time. Non-cardholders who choose to partake at both meals must pay atapproval process, there are steps the There are no grade limits with a 30 each.garrisons can take to speed the process, percent disability appointment, as long November 15, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsE-liminate E-wasteNew strategies focus on recycling, disposal of electronic wasteBy Suzanne Teague percent from 2010. includes the EPA, General Services Admin- manufacturers of a “covered electronicEnvironmental Division The ramification of how we deal with istration and the Council on Environmental device,” a computer or video display device Today, Nov. 15, marks the 16th year of e-waste is not just a national concern but a Quality, was to develop a strategy that with a screen that is greater than four inchesAmerica Recycles Day. global one as well. would address the life cycle of electronic measured diagonally. The law requires man- The day is an opportunity to celebrate The EPA reported that Americans dis- products — from design to the eventual ufacturers to put a manufacturer’s brandthe benefits of recycling while providing an posed of approximately 2.4 million tons of recycling or disposal of items. label on the device; pay a registration fee;education platform that helps raise aware- electronic waste in 2010 with only about 25 The need to have a policy in place is for and provide educational and instructionalness about the value or reducing, reusing percent of it being recycled. The amount of national and international reasons. materials relating to the destruction andand recycling — every day — throughout e-waste worldwide is even more staggering The recovery of metals and materials sanitization of data from the device.the year. at approximately 40 million tons. through recycling reduces the environmen- E-waste generated at Fort Meade is The U.S. Environmental Protection Cell phones alone only average a recy- tal impacts and energy demands that would processed through the Defense LogisticsAgency and groups around the world have cling rate of 8 percent, which means we’re otherwise occur with mining and manu- Agency, previously known as DRMO. Onebegun collaborating on a strategy in the missing out on the recovery of valuable facturing. With just 25 percent of e-waste of DLA’s major roles is to explore reusehopes of curtailing an ever-increasing inter- metals such as copper, silver, gold and pal- being recycled, the U.S. is sending tons of it opportunities for the equipment while mak-national problem - electronic waste. ladium. to the landfills and exporting the remaining ing it available to other DoD organizations Our need to talk and be connected 24/7 It’s estimated that roughly 75 pounds of to developing countries. through reutilization, transfer or donation.along with the “want” to have the latest and gold, 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds Unfortunately, because recycling is Additionally, because the Recyclinggreatest in high-tech products is creating of silver and 33 pounds of palladium could unregulated in developing countries, crude Facility at Fort Meade is limited to thean insurmountable amount of electronic be recovered from 1 million cell phones. recovery practices are used, leading to the type of e-waste it can accept and process,waste. E-waste is today’s fastest-growing This huge surge of electronic waste hasn’t release of toxic substances such as lead, only cell phones and batteries from laptopswaste stream. gone unnoticed. On America Recycles Day mercury, acids and dioxins into the envi- can be turned in at the facility. No personal This is an example of how fast electronic in 2010, President Barack Obama estab- ronment. e-waste can be accepted by DLA or thewaste is growing: 65 million smart phones lished an Interagency Task Force on Elec- Serious public health and environmental Recycling Facility.were sold in the U.S. in 2010. In 2011, that tronics Stewardship to deal specifically with impacts are a growing concern, and the Best Buy and other companies such asnumber jumped to 95 million. Worldwide, e-waste. EPA is working with international groups Samsung and Dell have initiated take back1.8 billion mobile devices were sold, up 11.1 The purpose of the task force, which such as the United Nations University- programs and recycling programs that allow Solving the E-waste Problem customers to drop off old electronics for re- Initiative to develop a cradle- use or recycling. to-grave strategy for these Taking that a step further, these com- electronic products. panies have committed to standards and Locally, the state of Mary- guidelines that their recyclers must meet to land generates 150,000 tons of ensure that the e-waste doesn’t end up in e-waste annually. A statewide landfills or sent to developing countries for electronics recycling program a higher profit. has been in place since 2007 For more information about reducing with recent modifications electronic waste, call Suzanne Teague at implemented on Oct. 1. 301-677-9185 or Arthur Frechette at 301- The revised law applies to 677-9674. Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Nov. 5, Larceny of private proper- beyond the point of sale without ty: Unknown person(s) removed rendering proper payment an unsecured, unattended bicycle from a residence. Nov. 8, Larceny of private prop- erty: An unknown person took a Nov. 5, Shoplifting: AAFES secu- cell phone, which was left unse- rity at the Exchange observed the cured and unattended, during a subject, via surveillance camera, luncheon ceremony at the Defense conceal four magazines and proceed Information School. SOUNDOFF! November 15, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsInternational students graduate from DINFOSBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Eleven participants enrolled in thesecond Public Affairs Course for Inter-national Students at the Defense Infor-mation School graduated Nov. 6. The students, representing Ukraine,Jordan, Brazil, Taiwan, South Sudan,Lebanon, the Czech Republic, the Phil-ippines and the Republic of Macedoniacompleted the five-week course thatbegan Oct. 1. “I’m very glad, very happy,” said Col.Philip Panyang Sr., a spokesperson forthe Sudan People’s Liberation Army,after receiving his diploma. “I learnedsome basics of professional communica-tion. The knowledge is very useful. I willuse it to train younger officers.” DINFOS Commandant Col. JeremyMartin congratulated the graduates dur-ing the ceremony. “You’ve done a tremendous job,” Mar-tin said. “I salute you for your diligenceand your dedication.” The Public Affairs Leadership Depart-ment at DINFOS oversees PACIS. Thecourse does not emphasize a U.S.-centricapproach to military public affairs, butprovides a foundation of knowledge sostudents can deploy as public affairsofficers in an international operationalenvironment, such as a U.S.-led coali-tion, a NATO operation, a U.N. peace-keeping mission or other multinationaloperation. The curriculum includes social media,public affairs ethics, the basic principlesof audio-visual products, crisis commu-nication, media interviews, on-cameraexercises and global security trends. By the end of the course, studentsmust complete a Capstone Project, orcommunications plan that incorporates Photo by Spc. Joseph Joyntwhat they have learned to address a com-munications challenge they are facing in Charles Brown, chief of the International Military Student Office, and Nicole Meade, assistant at the IMSO, stand with the 11their military command. The students graduates of the second Public Affairs Course for International Students on Nov. 6 at the Defense Information School. The five-will deliver their plan to their military week course teaches international officers how to positively represent their country’s military in the media.leadership when they return home. The next PACIS class will begin Jan. Little answered student questions. “Now is the time to put all that you the graduates.16. The participating countries have not “They learned from our top public have learned into action,” Floyd said. “As you return to your countries to useyet been determined. affairs professional,” Martin said. “You are needed now more than ever.” the skills you acquired here, do not forget During the ceremony, Martin said The ceremony’s guest speaker was After the ceremony, Martin presented to reach back to DINFOS,” Lehmanna highlight for the students was the Price B. Floyd, former principal deputy Floyd with a plaque of appreciation and said. “We are a resource for you.”opportunity to meet George Little, the assistant secretary of Defense for Public a book about the Medal of Honor. Stu- 1st Lt. Gemira Dy, chief of the Newsacting assistant secretary of Defense for Affairs and now vice president of Digital dents from Jordan, Brazil, Lebanon and and Research Branch in the ArmedPublic Affairs and the Pentagon press Strategy for BAE Systems. the Philippines then presented Martin Forces of the Philippines, said takingsecretary. Floyd said although each of the stu- with gifts. PACIS was very fulfilling. Students observed Little at the Pen- dents is returning to “tough communi- Before the students departed, Stefo “I am better not just as a public affairstagon as he conducted his daily brief- cations environments,” they now have Lehmann, coordinator of PACIS, officer, but also as a representative of mying with military journalists. Afterward, “more tools to use those challenges.” expressed the school’s best wishes for country,” she said. SOUNDOFF! November 15, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsFreedom Inn judged for45th Connelly AwardStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz “I think we did great,” she said. “We kindStaff Writer of know. Operationally we did well; the meal At 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, just 15 minutes looked great.”before the lunch crowd was set to enter the The Freedom Inn is representing theFreedom Inn Dining Facility, three judges in Installation Management Command’slong white coats paced through the building Northeast Region in the Connelly Award.taking notes, checking food temperatures Out of more than 120 civilian-operatedand taking photos of the meals. facilities in the Army, only seven were The three men, on their fifth of seven selected to compete in the prestigious com-stops around the world, were critiquing petition.every aspect of the Freedom Inn’s operation Competitors include: U.S. Army Gar-with a rigorous list of objectives. The results rison Grafenwoehr, Germany; DFAC 50,would ultimately decide the winner of the Fort McCoy, Wis.; Presidio of Monterey,45th annual Philip A. Connelly Award, Calif.: Army Drill Sergeant School, Fortwhich recognizes excellence in food service, Jackson, S.C.; and Casey Main Diningfor the civilian garrison category. Facility, Camp Casey, Korea. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Princio Texidor, a judge for the Philip A. Connelly Award, “There’s hundreds of Army food service Chief Warrant Officer 5 Princio Texidor, talks with the staff of the Freedom Inn Dining Facility following his critique on Nov. 8.operations in the world, and this is one of a judge with the competition, told Freedom The dining facility is one of seven chow halls in the running for the prestigious, foodseven that rose to the top to compete for Inn employees that just being selected for excellence award in the civilian garrison category.the best,” said Ron Coneybeer, a Connelly the final judging sets them above the restAward judge. “I’d rank it against any civilian of the Army. The dinning halls start the competition with in the food and it shows in the operation andfood service operation off the post. They do “You are the top seven, that says a lot,” he 1,000 points, with deductions taken for mis- it translates into great food for the service.”an awesome, awesome job.” said. “Just being in the top seven, you guys takes during the judging. Judges have two more stops to make on The facility had been preparing for the are winners. You are the cream of the crop, After their visit last week to the Free- their tour.competition since Oct. 18, with practice you are the best.” dom Inn, all three judges said they were Winners will be announced within thelunches served every Thursday. The judges, however, were looking for impressed with the facility. next two months. The winner will be pre- On Nov. 8, when the judges arrived for “the best best” out of the seven facilities, “I expected nothing less than what I sented with the award in Dallas in mid-their critiquing of the facility, the staff didn’t Texidor said. saw,” Coneybeer said. “It’s a professional April.miss a beat, said Melba Taylor, contract Each facility is judged on a variety of cat- operation. It has a great feel as soon as you Taylor is confident they will be there.manager for the Maryland Business Enter- egories that include food safety, supervision, walk through the door, filled with a lot of “We feel good about it,” she said. “I thinkprise Program at the Freedom Inn. serving, and food preparation and quality. dedicated, passionate people. And it shows we will go to Dallas.”Secondary dependents: Who qualifies as a military dependent?By Capt. Christopher Cusmano Under federal law, there are four poten- expenses, and the service member’s con- dependent-rate BAH, sponsor the indi-Fort Meade Legal Assistance Attorney tial secondary dependents: tribution to the individual must be more vidual for an identification card, and seek A service member with a qualifying • Biological parents, parents-in-law, step- than one-half of the actual monthly living other benefits.dependent has important implications for parents, parents-by-adoption or an indi- expenses. Once enrolled in DEERS, college stu-Basic Allowance for Housing, travel allow- vidual who stood “in loco parentis” to the This is a strict financial test. Supporting dents under age 23, incapacitated adultances, access to TRICARE, Uniformed service member for a continuous period of documentation is required to substantiate children, and a ward of the court may regis-Services Identification and Privilege card at least five years before the service member the individual’s income and the service ter for access to standard Tricare benefits.benefits, and many other issues. turned 21. member’s contributions. Dependent parents and parents-in-law, There are two types of military depen- • A child older than 21 who is enrolled In addition, the individual and service however, are restricted and may only regis-dents: primary dependents and secondary full time at an accredited college or univer- member must both sign a Dependency ter for the TRICARE Plus program, whichdependents. sity may qualify until age 23 or graduation, Statement to further establish the relation- only provides direct care at a military treat- A lawful spouse and unmarried children whichever occurs first. ship. Ultimately, the Defense Finance and ment facility and pharmacy.under the age of 21 are considered primary • An incapacitated child older than 21. Accounting Service, or DFAS, will deter- The process of applying for and qualify-dependents. They automatically qualify as • An unmarried individual who has not mine whether the individual qualifies as ing as a secondary dependent can be dif-dependents once a relationship is proven yet turned 21 (or 23 if enrolled as a full- a secondary dependent and if the service ficult. DFAS provides an updated websitethrough a marriage certificate, birth certifi- time student), who has been placed in legal member may apply for dependent benefits. and comprehensive guide that will answercate or custody order. and physical custody of the service member If DFAS determines that an individual many questions at: Other family members for whom the ser- for a period of at least 12 consecutive qualifies as a service member’s second- bers/payentitlements/secondarydependen-vice member provides support may qualify months as a ward of the court. ary dependent, the service member may secondary dependents if it can be deter- To qualify as a secondary dependent, register and enroll the individual in the For more information or to schedule anmined that the individual is dependent the individual’s income must be less than Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting appointment, call the Fort Meade Legalupon the service member. one-half of their actual monthly living System, or DEERS, and then apply for Assistance Office at 301-677-9504. 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  7. 7. in Laurel N ews At the intersection of Whiskey Bottom Rd. Disciplinary Control and Rt. 198 (Ft. Meade Rd.) MARYLAND’S BEST CAR AND TRUCK SERVICE CENTER RV CE CEN RVICE CENT RVICE CENTER CE 24/7 ROAD SERVICE Board takes action to TOWING GREAT DISCOUNTS ON SERVICE Comfortable lounge makes keep Fort Meade safe waiting for your car a pleasure! Knowledgeable Mechanics COME IN AND SEE WHY WE’RE E #1 MILITARY DISCOUNT 10% OFF all services By Lt. Col. Marion Bakalorz Headquarters Command Battalion Voting members are aided by advisory members that include law Located close to base We Support Our Troops The Fort Meade Armed Forces enforcement, legal, medical, health Disciplinary Control Board is an and environmental protection, pub- FULL MINIMUM installation function that protects ser- lic affairs, equal opportunity, fire ONE YEAR WARRANTY vice members and their families. and safety, religious support, alcohol on all services The board, which meets quarterly, and substance abuse, personnel and 301-498-1616 • recently convened on Oct. 10. The AFDCB provides the garrison community activities, and consumer affairs representatives. commander with a tool to identify, If requested by board members, investigate, report and act on condi- civil authorities also can provide sub- tions within the Fort Meade commu- ject matter expertise. nity that in any way adversely affect A business or activity under consid- Central Michigan University’s the health, safety, welfare, morale and eration for off-limits status is officially Global Campus discipline of the armed forces and notified, and the proprietor is offered their families. the opportunity to appear before the Placing a business, locale or activity board prior to the board’s recommen- on the off-limits list is not something dation to the garrison commander. the board or the garrison commander Even after an activity is placed at Fort Meade takes lightly. The requirements to place an activity on the off-limits list on the off-limits list, the board con- tinues to maintain visibility of the are stringent. All efforts are made by establishment or activity. Removal Career-focused degrees with the board members to fully investi- from off-limits status requires a board knowledge you can use the next day. gate and review any activity that is recommendation to the garrison com- recommended for off-limits consid- mander. Master of Science in Administration degree eration. If the business or activity resolves Board members can attempt to the issue that led to its placement on • No GRE or GMAT required correct existing adverse situations by the off-limits list, it can petition the • Weekend classes in compressed terms contacting local law enforcement or board to be removed from the list. engaging with local civic leaders or As a result of the last board, two Classes available at 7 Metro DC centers officials prior to considering an activ- businesses were recommended for off- • Aberdeen PG • Alexandria ity for off-limits status. limits status for the sale of Spice, • Fort Belvoir • Fort Meade If these methods are unsuccessful, a synthetic drug. The board also • JBMHH • Joint Base Andrews the board takes action. If found to be conducted a review of the existing justified, the board makes recommen- off-limits locations and recommended • Pentagon dations to the garrison commander they remain on the off-limits list pend- to place businesses, locales or other ing further investigation. activities that adversely affect our The president of the board may call Military Tuition Discounted Rate personnel on the off-limits list. special meetings. To consider an activity for off-lim- The board will likely expand its CMU is proud to support our military students. For details on its status, board members must first review of other establishments in the CMU’s military tuition discounted rate, visit be made aware that a problem exists. immediate vicinity of Fort Meade that Any of the Team Meade partner com- sell Spice or other synthetic drugs to manders can provide notification to our service members. the Armed Forces Disciplinary Con- The garrison commander’s approved CMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CMU is an AA/EO institution (see 34147 6/12 trol Board of potentially adverse con- list of off-limits establishments will be ditions that impact this installation. advertised through command chan- The board is composed of a wide nels and will be posted on unit bul- Get it all at CMU’s Global Campus at Fort Meade. array of individuals. The voting mem- bers of the board are the unit com- letin boards. The Fort Meade off-limits list also Call 301-621-9796 or toll-free 866-588-4188 today! manders and agency directors whose will be provided to other military service members are directly impacted installations within the Military Dis- by these conditions. trict of Washington.10 SOUNDOFF! November 15, 2012
  8. 8. N ewsFort Meade hosts WWI symposiumBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Historian Michael Knapp gave a pre-sentation on American troops duringa little-known chapter of World War Iat a symposium held Saturday on FortMeade. Knapp, chief of the Field MuseumsBranch at the U .S. Army Center ofMilitary History at Fort Lesley J. McNairin Washington, D.C., delivered a 45-min-ute presentation on the 332nd InfantryRegiment. Also known as the AmericanDoughboys, the regiment served in Italyduring the first world war. Knapp was one of several scholarswho presented lectures on various topicsduring the Western Front AssociationEast Coast Branch’s fall World War I His-tory Symposium. He is the co-author of“Organization and Insignia of the Ameri-can Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1923.” The daylong symposium was held atthe Fort Meade Museum and Small-wood Hall. More than 60 people attendedthe event, which included tours of themuseum and an optional lunch at ClubMeade. WFA East Coast is dedicated to fur-thering interest in the period of 1914 to1918 and in perpetuating the memory,courage and comradeship of those whoserved their countries during the “GreatWar,” according to the organization’swebsite. photo by nate pesce The museum displayed its World War Icollection, including newly acquired arti- World War I enthusiasts Alexander Falbo and Jim Holder dress in period British royal engineer uniforms during the Western Frontfacts from the 314th Infantry Regiment. Association’s East Coast Branch’s World War I History Symposium at Smallwood Hall on Saturday. More than 60 WFA membersThe regiment was part of the 79th Divi- attended the daylong event, which focused on various topics during the “Great War.”sion, which trained at the Camp Meadebefore deploying to Europe. “WFA East Coast hopes that those certificate. “Wallace realizes that the major reason There was one casualty and seven wound-who attend the symposium will take The 332nd Infantry Regiment was why they are in Italy is diversion and ed.away an appreciation for the remark- formed on Aug. 30, 1917 at Camp Sher- propaganda,” Knapp said. “The infantry “It was well thought-out, well planned,”able collection of World War I artifacts man, Ohio as part of the 83rd Division. is to make the Austrians and Germans Knapp said.displayed and interpreted at the Fort Under the command of Col. William think the American presence in Europe After the armistice between Italy andMeade Museum,” said Paul Cora, chair- Wallace, the regiment arrived in Italy in is so overwhelming they have would have Austria-Hungary became effective at 3man of the WFA Branch. “We hope they July 1918. to capitulate.” p.m. on Nov. 4, the American troopsgain an enhanced understanding of the “The regiment is identified as the best,” During the Vittorio-Veneto offense on were later ordered to occupation dutyrole which Fort Meade played in prepar- Knapp said. “Most of the men are highly Nov. 3, 1918, the 332nd Infantry estab- and sent to different areas throughout theing American troops for participation in trained, motivated and very disciplined.” lished contact with an enemy rear-guard Austrian-Hungarian empire. The infantryWorld War I.” The regiment was assigned to train battalion, which was defending the cross- then assumed peackeeping duties. Barbara Taylor, museum exhibits spe- with the Italian Arbiti Regiment, who ings of the Tagliamento River near the After designing its famous winged Lioncialist at the Fort Meade Museum and a were known to be “ferocious Soldiers,” village of Ponte-della Delixia. Early on of St. Mark insignia in Genoa, Italy, themember of WFA East Coast Branch, lec- Knapp said. Nov. 4, the 2nd Battalion of the infantry regiment later returned home to paradestured on the many roles that dogs played “They really learned to fight Italian crossed the river on a narrow footbridge. and the armies of World War I. style — open warfare,” Knapp said, not- After a brief struggle, the battalion cap- Alexander Falbo, a history major at Garrison Commander Col. Edward ing the Arbiti was mobile in its defenses tured the Austrian position on the far the University of Maryland, BaltimoreC. Rothstein stopped by the symposium rather than static. side. County and a World War I enthusiast,and was made an honorary commander Wallace soon learned why the Ameri- Knapp said Tagliamento was the “only was among those who attended the sym-of the WFA East Coast Branch with a cans were sent to Italy. real, honest battle” the infantry fought. posium.12 SOUNDOFF! November 15, 2012
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  10. 10. N ews‘American treasures’Two veterans awarded Bronze StarBy Lisa R. Rhodes tribute to the great privilege that we have toStaff Writer serve a cause that is bigger than ourselves.” Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski presented two Martin called Rath and Shyab “AmericanArmy veterans with the Bronze Star in a heroes and American treasures.”ceremony Friday morning at the Defense Rath, the son of Presbyterian missionar-Information School. ies, earned his undergraduate degree from the Dr. Charles Rath Jr., 93, and Charles College of Wooster in Ohio, then attendedShyab, 68, were each recognized for their what was then the Western Reserve Schoolrespective meritorious service in World War of Medicine in Cleveland. After completingII and Vietnam. his post-graduate training at Harvard Medi- In her remarks before presenting the med- cal School, Rath was drafted in January 1944als to the veterans, both residents of Silver at the age of 24.Spring, Mikulski called the ceremony “very A captain, Rath served for almost fivepoignant and well-deserved” and the recog- months in active combat as the assistantnition “long overdue.” regimental surgeon with the 253rd Infantry The Bronze Star is the fourth-highest award Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division. He wasfor bravery, heroism or meritorious service awarded the Bronze Star for his meritorious photo courtesy of the office of sen. barbara a. mikulskibestowed by the U.S. Armed Forces for service achievement while in support of the Bloodin or with the military after Dec. 6, 1941. and Fire Division’s drive through Central Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Defense Information School Commandant Col. Jeremy “I feel great,” Rath said before the cer- Europe on April 1, 1945. Martin congratulate veterans Dr. Charles E. Rath Jr. (second from left) and Charlesemony. Mikulski said he “stood at his surgeon’s Shyab after they were awarded the Bronze Star at a ceremony Friday at DINFOS. Rath said he felt honored, although it took table; he stood his ground to help those in Rath served as an Army captain and an assistant regimental surgeon in World Warmore than 65 years to receive the medal, need.” II. Shyab served as an Army senior medic in Vietnam. “You got to stay alive ‘till tomorrow,” he In presenting the medal to Rath, Mikul-said. ski said Rath served “to save Europe, to Star with “V” Device for his valorous achieve- objector, Mikulski said “he did not object Although it took nearly 45 years for protect the United States and to save West- ment from April 26 to April 28, 1968 during to serve his nation. He did not object toShyab to receive the Bronze Star, he said he ern civilization.” the Battle of Chu Moor Mountain. being in harm’s way.”is fortunate. A Seventh-day Adventist, Shyab attended During the engagement, Shyab repeatedly Martin pinned the Bronze Star on each “I am really surprised,” Shyab said before what was then Columbia Union College in exposed himself to small-arms enemy sniper recipient.the ceremony. “I am absolutely happy, excit- Takoma Park. After college, he worked for a and mortar fire to help wounded Soldiers. After presenting the medals, Mikulskied and blessed. The Lord has definitely year at Western Electric as a cable installer. While treating casualties, Shyab was seri- gave Rath and Shyab each a folded flag thatblessed me.” He was drafted in 1967 at age 22. A con- ously wounded in the shoulder, thigh and hung over the nation’s capital in their honor. At the ceremony, DINFOS Commandant scientious objector, Shyab served as a combat knee by enemy fire and was forced to be She also presented them with a certificateCol. Jeremy Martin welcomed the audience medic but did not carry a weapon. evacuated. of appreciation on behalf of herself andof garrison leaders, family members and A specialist, Shyab was the senior medic Mikulski said Shyab’s religious beliefs the Senate.DINFOS students. with Company C, 1st Infantry Battalion, are “deeply rooted in the principles of “You most certainly deserve these med- In acknowledging Veterans Day, Martin 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Divi- nonviolence.” als,” Mikulski said. “You deserve our grati-said: “We can’t help but pay homage and pay sion in Vietnam. 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  11. 11. N ews‘Pride and brotherhood’Past, current service members honored at Veterans Day observanceBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer Growing up post-World War I, Har-old Rothstein’s favorite national holidaywas Armistice Day — a time to com-memorate the end of the “Great War.” He remembers sitting on a curb,watching the parade downtown. Butmost of all, he remembers the lookon the faces of veterans and Soldiersmarching past him. “The most important thing to me waswatching units come marching by, espe-cially the veteran units,” he said. “Eachone of them had a color guard out infront. And the color guard was made upof men that have gone literally throughhell and back. “And I watched them as they marched,whether they were carrying a flag or car- Rep. Donna F. Edwards of Maryland’s 4thrying their Springfields, but all of them District discusses her background as awere braced and all of them had a look military daughter during the Veterans Dayof pride.” Ceremony on Nov. 8. The pride and brotherhood of veter-ans was the theme of Rothstein’s speech and promote democracy worldwide.”during the installation’s Veterans Day Edwards, congresswoman for Mary-Ceremony on Nov. 8 at the Fort Meade land’s 4th District, grew up in a military photos by brian kristaMuseum Plaza. The 45-minute ceremony family. Her father John Edwards served Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein presents his father Harold Rothsteinfeatured Rep. Donna F. Edwards and 30 years in the Air Force. with a plaque after the retired biology teacher spoke about his military experiencesRothstein, father of Garrison Com- In her remarks, Edwards said she during the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Fort Meade Museum Plaza.mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein. learned from her father the importance “When my people ask me why I picked of honor, service, dedication and com- with Company H, 38th Regiment, 2nd wherever they went, whether it was amy dad to speak, it’s not because it was mitment to community and country. Infantry Division as a forward observer. class on campus or going out for a beer,easy because it’s not, to ask your father “Although he retired his uniform, he He was on the frontline in Korea as the they bonded together,” he said. “Thereto speak on a day like today,” the colonel never retired his service,” she said. “I ceasefire took effect in 1953. was this companionship that they had,said at the ceremony. “But truly to me, think that is true for so many who have He later served as a military police- that nobody else could enter into theirit is about what a veteran is. He was worn the uniform of our armed services, man with Company A, 519th Military circle. They were very unique, and Idrafted. He used the G.I. Bill. He got that they continue to serve in every com- Police Battalion, Military Police Inves- thought to myself that maybe some dayhis education and continued to serve our munity, in every capacity.” tigative Service. I would have that experience.”country in the public domain by being a As congresswoman for the 4th Dis- Rothstein was honorably discharged After graduating college in 1952,public school teacher. trict, which now includes Fort Meade, and married in 1955. While completing Rothstein went to the draft board and “What my dad represents is when he Edwards said she is determined to help his education, he and his wife, Marilyn, said he was ready to be drafted. Eventu-took that uniform off, he still maintained veterans and active-duty service mem- raised their four children. He used the ally, he was called to serve in the Koreanthat pride in the uniform while wearing bers. G.I. Bill to earn his bachelor’s and mas- War.civilian clothes and being a veteran.” “It’s a serious commitment to both ter’s degrees from Seton Hall University “It was something I never regretted Observed Nov. 11 every year, Veterans honor our veterans on Veterans Day in New Jersey. doing,” he said. “The opportunity toDay started in 1926 as Armistice Day for your commitment and your service, He taught biology and marine biology serve my country and the opportunity tofollowing World War I. After World War but not forget that there is a day after in New Jersey high schools until 1991. wear the colors was something I didn’tII and the Korean War, the observance Veterans Day,” she said. The elder Rothstein said one of his hesitate doing.”was renamed Veterans Day to honor the In his speech, Harold Rothstein spoke earliest encounters with veterans was He then recalled a story about a letterveterans of the latter wars as well. about his experiences on Armistice Day, when he initially attended college in 1947 from a Soldier to his mother about all “What Veterans Day means to me is interactions with veterans and his service when veterans returning from World the friends he had lost in battle.pretty simple,” the garrison commander in the Army. War II were using the G.I. Bill to earn “During this time, I think back tosaid. “One- to two percent of our nation “Being a veteran is something akin to a degree. those who were killed in combat, thosehave the opportunity to wear this uni- having pride and a brotherhood amongst He said there was something that that died by accident, those that diedform to defend 100 percent of our coun- people,” he said. made the group “different than every- because of some horrific disease. Ittry. We give up our inalienable rights to A veteran of the Korean War, the elder body else.” doesn’t really matter,” he said. “Theyallow others theirs, to protect freedom Rothstein was drafted in 1952 and served “There was a bond that they had that never had the chance to be a veteran.”16 SOUNDOFF! November 15, 2012
  12. 12. N ews‘Duty and honor’Garrison commander speaks atSykesville’s Century High SchoolBy Brandon Bieltz our country,” he said. “I am absolutelyStaff Writer convinced that the strength of that one- to As a teen during the Vietnam War, Garri- two percent are our families, friends andson Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein community.never attended a Veterans Day assembly at “What Veterans Day means to me is theschool — they simply didn’t exist during the strength and that bond. It’s the bond andVietnam War. strength that we have as a community, as a “We didn’t have that when I was a teen- family, that gives us more strength than youager. We put it off to the side,” he recalled. could ever imagine.”“I was sheltered during that time, as most Following the assembly, a Living His-teenagers were. We didn’t know a war was tory Museum was set up in the auxiliarygoing on. Veterans, to me, didn’t mean that gym that displayed exhibits from the Buf-much.” falo Soldiers and recruiting brigades and In a speech at Century High School’s photos that veterans had of their time inVeterans Day Assembly in Sykesville, Roth- the military.stein explained that it is important to gather Several students said they enjoyed the photos by jen ryndato remember and honor veterans. opportunity to interact with the veterans. Kayin Lovelace of the Century High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps “It is my duty and my honor to be here to “It’s really nice to be able to talk to talks with Air Force Master Sgt. Donald Spindler of Sykesville during the high school’sshare these comments with you,” he said. “I them,” said Austin Miller, a sophomore. Veterans Day event on Friday. Dozens of veterans from various wars attended theabsolutely believe that when veterans take “We appreciate it.” that uniform, they don’t hang it in thecloset. It’s an opportunity for them to comeout here and share with you their soldiering,whether they’re Soldiers, Airmen, Marines,Sailors or Coast Guardsman.” The 90-minute assembly also featuredthe school’s chorus and wind ensemble,the Coast Guard Academy Glee Club, andJanice Chance, a gold star mother. Dozensof veterans from various wars also attendedthe event. Prior to the assembly, Rothstein said helooked forward to talking to the studentsand thought it was important to exposeyoung people to veterans. “An opportunity like today, showing thekids who veterans are and that they need tobe embraced, is huge,” he said. During his remarks, Rothstein explainedwhat Veterans Day means to him — acelebration, not a memorial. It is a time tocelebrate the selfless service and sacrifice ofveterans, he said. “The one- to two percent of the countrywho wear the uniform, we give up ourrights freely to ensure you have your inalien-able rights, to ensure you have freedom ofspeech and freedom of assembly,” he said. The importance of community, familyand friends also was addressed by Roth-stein. Community, he said, empowers ser-vice members with the strength to makethe sacrifices needed and put themselves inharm’s way. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein addresses Century High School in Sykesville during its Veterans Day Assembly “The one- to two percent that wear on Friday. The 90-minute event also featured the school’s chorus and wind ensemble, the Coast Guard Academy Glee Club, aour uniform is said to be the strength of gold star mother and various displays. November 15, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  13. 13. N ews Fire strikes twice at Seven Oaks apartment complex By Rona S. Hirsch rell Sides, Fort Meade provost marshal and Staff Writer director of the Directorate of Emergency Nine Fort Meade firefighters were first on Services. the scene of a two-alarm fire on Nov. 7 in Thirty people were displaced including Seven Oaks, the same Odenton apartment two Soldiers from the 400th Military Police complex where a fire broke out a block away Battalion and the 310th Military Intelligence just six weeks earlier. Battalion. One of the Soldiers had relocated Last week’s fire started just after 1 p.m. to the building after he was displaced from in the 2000 block of Kintore Circle, across the previous fire. from the Llewellyn Avenue gate. A Fort Meade ladder truck and engine Firefighters from the Anne Arundel truck responded to the Nov. 7 blaze, which County and Fort Meade fire departments started in the rear garden, said Smith. responded to the blaze that swept quickly Investigators determined that the fire was through all three levels of the building, said accidental, caused by “improperly discarded Division Chief Michael Cox of the Anne smoking materials,” said Cox. Arundel County Fire Department. On Sept. 30, more than 60 firefighters “Conditions deteriorated rapidly and it from surrounding counties responded to the took 60 firefighters about 30 minutes to two-alarm fire that damaged 12 apartments, bring it under control,” Cox said. including four occupied by installation per- No one was injured. “A few people were sonnel, said Sides. home but they escaped prior to the arrival of The Fort Meade Fire Department was the firefighters,” Cox said. second arriving engine and the first truck at Twelve apartments sustained smoke and the fire, which started at around 6:05 p.m. water damage, and at least three apartments on a third-floor balcony in the 2000 block were destroyed, said Fort Meade Deputy of Military Place. Fire Chief Bruce Smith. The cause of the fire was accidental, “The rapid actions of our firefighters attributed to the use of a grill too close to along with solid tactics during the initial the building, said Cox. fight saved the structure, preventing about About 20 residents were displaced. Prop- two-thirds of the individual apartments from erty managers worked to relocate them receiving any damage,” said Lt. Col. J. Dar- within the complex, said Cox. Photo by Joshua KrugerFort Meade firefighters work to extinguish a two-alarm fire at the Seven Oaks complexin Odenton on Nov. 7. About 60 Anne Arundel County and Fort Meade firefightersresponded to a 911 call and arrived shortly later to battle the blaze that destroyedat least three apartments and displaced 30 residents including two Fort MeadeSoldiers.18 SOUNDOFF! November 15, 2012