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  • 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 48 ´ Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community November 29, 2012 ‘tis the season Come out and support Fort Meade’s yule- tide spirit and enduring rivalries. Over the next week, the post will host its Holiday Tree Lighting, the U.S. Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus holiday concert, Picerne’s “December in the City,” and the annual Army-Navy flag football game and free tailgate party. See Page 2 and Page 17 for more infor- mation on event dates and times.waterlogged crowd pleaser UPCOMING EVENTSDHR relocates Freedom Inn’s FRIDAY, 1-5 P.M.: Children’s Holiday Party - CYSS Youth Centersome services Thanksgiving meal Sunday, 5 p.m.: “Elf Man” Movie Screening & Meet and Greet - Post Theater a real holiday treat Dec. 10: Dump Your Plump registration begins - Gaffney Fitness Centerdue to pipe burst Dec. 15, 8 a.m.: Reindeer 5K Run/1-Mile Walk - Murphy Field Housepage 3 page 12 Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.: Brunch with Santa Claus - Club Meade
  • 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Holiday season ushers Col. Edward C. Rothstein in celebrations on post Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. fun includes pho- Philip H. Jones The holiday reminds me of a great Native Ameri- tos with Santa, can saying: candy cane train Assistant Editor & Senior Writer “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on rides through the Rona S. Hirsch their way.” neighborhood Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes What I love about this saying is instead of being and creating crafts Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz thankful for what we already have, we can be thank- with the kids. Design Coordinator Timothy Davis ful for blessings we will receive in the future — even if On Dec. 6 at Supple­mental photography provided we’re not aware of what they might be right now. 7 p.m. at Meade by Patuxent Publishing Co. It’s good to know there are always surprises wait- High, the U.S. ing to show up, perhaps just at the perfect time in Army Field Band Advertising the future. will present its COL. Edward c. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Now that the holiday season has officially started, annual Concert Rothstein Allison Thompson Garrison Commander there are several events happening on post over the Band and Sol- 410-332-6850 next week that I hope you can find time to come out diers’ Chorus Holiday Celebration. The event is free Michele Griesbauer and support. but tickets are required. Call 301-677-6586 to reserve 410-332-6381 Dec. 8 in Philadelphia will mark the 112th meeting your tickets now. of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and On Dec. 7, the installation will celebrate its annual If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in their college Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at McGlachin Parade Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through football rivalry game. Field near the gazebo. The event will feature the U.S. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Army-Navy game is one of the most tradi- Army Field Band Brass Quartet, a sing-along with the tional and enduring rivalries in college football. Fort Meade community’s Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the We have our own Army-Navy tradition at Fort Girl Scouts, a visit by Santa and refreshments. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary Meade. It’s the installation’s version of this historic There are plenty of other holiday activities vying of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. college football rivalry. for your attention. These are just a few of our tradi- Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the Fort Meade will host the game on Wednesday tional events that I wanted to bring to your attention desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, beginning at 4 p.m. on Mullins Field. because I know they have become favorites at Fort Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. The game is a fun time for all who attend. It starts Meade. with a tailgate party sponsored by the West County One last thought: As we start this year’s holiday Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage Chamber of Commerce. There will be free food and season, many of us will have to make a choice - to without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser prizes. drink or not drink alcohol at a holiday parties. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. The annual event is a fun way to support our ser- My wish is for everyone to have a happy holiday vice members and athletes representing Fort Meade’s season. If you plan to drink alcohol, plan ahead. It’s Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department Army and Navy units. not OK to drink and drive. of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are On Saturday, Fort Meade residents will have an Service members, in particular, need to keep in 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 opportunity to enjoy the annual holiday celebration, mind that the No. 1 cause of off-duty deaths is traffic the Army of the products or services advertised. “December in the City,” hosted by Picerne Military fatalities. Housing. As we take time off to enjoy the holidays and spend The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the time with families and friends, we must do so safely. Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The holiday Have a great week! You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members Co n t e n t s and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mon- days from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 14 Llewellyn Avenue. Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 18 Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Community.................. 17 Classified.............................. 19 For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012
  • 3. NewsDHR closed due to water damageBy Philip H. JonesCommand Information Chief A water pipe burst Sunday at approxi-mately 11 a.m. in Building 2234 onHuber Avenue, forcing the closing ofmost installation services provided by theDirectorate of Human Resources. Some of those services are being relo- Fort Meadecated to other buildings on the installa- Firefighter Ryantion. Gentzler clears “Our primary goal is to get DHR out water afterpersonnel moved as soon as possible so a pipe burstwe can continue to take care of service Sunday on themembers and their families,” said Wendy second floorMessick, director of DHR. ceiling at the The Directorate of Public Works is Directoratecoordinating the building’s cleanup. The of Humantotal damage to the building is still being Resources atassessed. 2234 Huber Services provided in Building 2234 Road. Severalinclude the Defense Military Pay Office, services atthe Military Personnel Division, Army DHR have beenCareer and Alumni Program, Military temporarilyReassignment and Transition Section, relocated.and the Administrative Services Divi-sion, which includes identification cards photo COURTESY Directorateand passports, services to retirees and of Emergencyfamily members, and transportation and Servicesjoint travel services. The Defense Military Pay Office andthe ACAP are being relocated to Build-ing 4216 on Roberts Avenue. Other ser-vices, including the Casualty AssistanceSection, Military Personnel Automationand Retiree Services, are being relocated off the water, Messick said the damageto Building 219, the Resource Manage- had already been done.ment Office on Chisholm Avenue. Part of the process to restore full The ID Card Section and Navy Per- services to Building 2234 includes dailysonnel Service Detachment will remain indoor air-quality Building 2234 and are expected to “The dehumidifying process has start-reopen as early as next week, Messick ed,” said James Brueggemeyer, an indus-said. trial hygiene technician at Kimbrough The damaged pipe, located on the sec- Ambulatory Care Center. “Fans, heaters,ond floor ceiling, caused extensive dam- dehumidifiers are located throughout theage to three of the building’s four floors. building and working. All readings wereWater damaged carpeting, ceiling tiles within standards, and no health hazardsand insulation as well as office electronic were noted.”equipment and furniture, said Messick. Updates regarding restorations of ser- Although the Directorate of Emergen- vices are posted daily on the Fort Meadecy Services was alerted Sunday to shut Facebook page. Connect with Fort Meade at November 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 
  • 4. N ewsAll DES patrol vehicles nowequipped with defibrillatorsStory and photo by Philip H. Jones single AED unit is about $2,300, according damage or death. If the first emergency per-Command Information Chief to the American Red Cross. sonnel on scene are equipped with an AED, Reports from police departments across Sides said he included the patrol vehicles precious time is saved and the chances ofthe nation have detailed how automated in the request because a police officer is survival are increased.external defibrillators have saved lives. often the first responder to a 911 call, fol- DES personnel annually receive CPR Thanks to the availability of year-end lowed by fire department personnel and training, which includes learning defibrilla-funds, the Fort Meade Directorate of Emer- then an ambulance. tion skills, said Wray Kinsley, DES assistantgency Service now equips each of its patrol “Having an AED on the scene increases chief of training and prevention.vehicles with an AED, putting the DES in the potential to save a life,” Sides said. “Over the past three years, DES person-a better position to save lives. According to the American Red Cross, nel have saved two lives because an AED According to the American Red Cross, statistics show that more than 200,000 was on the scene,” he AED is a device about the size of a Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest Police officers are expected to be ablelaptop computer that analyzes the heart’s every year. Up to 50,000 of these deaths to respond to a variety of situations thatrhythm for any abnormalities and, if neces- could have been prevented if someone had may arise while they are on duty, Sidessary, directs the rescuer to deliver an electri- initiated the Cardiac Chain of Survival and said. Training that allows police officers tocal shock to the victim. if an AED had been available for immediate perform basic first aid and CPR are part This shock, called defibrillation, may help use at the time of the emergency. of the job. Traffic Chief Lt. George Manning ofthe heart re-establish an effective rhythm of Sudden cardiac arrest cases are usu- “A police officer is more likely to per- the Directorate of Emergency Servicesits own. ally due to abnormal heart rhythms called form CPR than fire his weapon during his inspects an automated external Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides, Fort Meade arrhythmias, the vast majority of which are career,” Sides said. defibrillator stored in the trunk of aProvost Marshal and director of the DES, ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrilla- patrol vehicle.said Garrison Commander Col. Edward tion is a condition in which the heart’s elec- What is the cardiac chainC. Rothstein originally tasked the DES to trical impulses suddenly become chaotic,put the AEDs in all government buildings causing the heart to cease pumping blood of survival? • Step three: Early defibrillation • Step four: Early advanced cardiac lifeon post. effectively. The cardiac chain of survival is a series support, as needed However, in the request for funding, Victims of sudden cardiac arrest collapse of four critical steps. All four steps of The third step, delivering an electricalSides included adding an AED for each and quickly lose consciousness, often with- the chain must be present to help ensure shock to the heart, which is known aspatrol vehicle in the DES fleet. out warning. survival from sudden cardiac arrest. defibrillation, is recognized as the most The request for AEDs totaled more than Automated external defibrillation must • Step one: Early access to care (calling critical step in restoring cardiac rhythm$100,000, he said. be started within minutes of the onset of the 911 or another emergency number) and resuscitating a victim of SCA. While the cost of an AED varies by man- sudden cardiac arrest because every minute • Step two: Early cardiopulmonary Information provided by the Americanufacturer and model, the average price for a that passes increases the likelihood of brain resuscitation, or CPR Red Cross.DES continues to crack down on speeders on postBy Brandon Bieltz and tend to sit there until [the officers] settled struction area increases substantially. tem, the regulation takes note of repeatedStaff Writer the problem that day and come back the next Tickets in one of these areas begin at offenders, which can result in revoking driving A heavy foot on the gas pedal can trans- day to do the same thing,” said Fort Meade $290. privileges on post.late into a lighter wallet or even the need to Police Lt. George Manning, DES traffic chief. “People tend to not want to follow that For example, a speeding ticket issued for nofind alternate ways of getting around Fort “They sit there and write tickets until they speed limit because it’s so slow,” Manning more than 10 mph over the posted speed limitMeade. settle the problem down.” said. “It’s 15 mph for a reason. There’s school- is three points. Six points in six months result From the residential areas to security gates, Speeding hotspots also are identified age pedestrians that are walking in the area.” in a letter to the offender’s command.police officers from the Directorate of Emer- through complaints from the community. Manning said speed limits are strictly According to the regulation, more than 12gency Services are tracking down drivers “We’ll send somebody out there and do a enforced at the gates where people speed in points in 12 consecutive months or 18 pointsspeeding on Fort Meade roads and issuing little more enforcement in that area,” Man- and out of the installation. While most of the in 24 consecutive months can result in the sus-citations that begin at $110. ning said. “Most of speeding complaints enforcement is done before vehicles exit the pension or revocation of driving privileges. Adding to the risks of speeding, Army are coming from residents. Unfortunately, actual gates, officers can chase down speeders To track down speeders, all patrol cars haveregulations can ban frequent speeders from it’s more or less somebody who lives in that after they’ve passed through the gates. a mobile radar unit that can catch speeders atdriving on post. residential area that’s speeding.” “We do have a pretty large zone where the press of a button. Through residential complaints and offi- Some of the top speeding locations are in you’re still on federal property,” Manning Lasers and radar guns are also used by thecers observing speeding trends, DES has Normandy Bluffs on Reece Road and at secu- said. “We can still pull you over and issue a more than 30 officers who have been trainedidentified hotshots on post while officers rity gates and near schools where the speed citation.” to use the high-tech equipment.continually patrol the areas in an effort to limit drops to 15 mph. DES follows Maryland motor vehicle laws “Folks need to just abide by the speed limitmanage speeders. While speeding tickets begin at $110, the for citations but also incorporates Army or they’re going to get a ticket,” Manning said. “They’ll find the people that are speeding lowest fine for speeding in a school or con- Regulation 190-5. Using a point-based sys- “That’s the bottom line.” SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012
  • 5. N ewsPost USO-Metro moves into new centerStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes command.Staff Writer The facility will open following an inspec- As the holiday season draws near, Queen tion by the Directorate of Emergency Ser-Waddell, Fort Meade’s USO-Metro coordi- vices.nator, is grateful for the organization’s new The Fort Meade USO-Metro serves allbuilding. active-duty service members and their family “I’m really excited,” Waddell said at the new members within the “We can continue all our good work in Horton and Waddell said they are excitedthe community.” to be located near the Defense Information The Fort Meade USO-Metro is scheduled School student barracks and the barracks forto open its new facility, located at 8612 6th single Soldiers to reach out to a new clientele.Armored Calvary Road on the corner of “We can tap into a new population,” Wad-Mapes Road, on Wednesday. dell said. “Everyone can get a piece of the A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in USO in a greater capacity.”January. Horton said the new building will serve The 2,200-square-foot building is expected as a “community center and drop-in center”to be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to where students and single Soldiers can come9 p.m. to “hang out and relax.” USO-Metro, which will share the facility In preparation for the USO-Metro, thewith Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, building was gutted and rebuilt by Harkinsmoved from 7007A Baker St. in Midway Builders, based in Marriottsville, as a proCommons. bono project. DINFOS students and Soldiers “It was a small townhouse and wasn’t set up painted the exterior.for the type of activities we run,” said Pamela The interior features freshly painted walls, Queen Waddell, the Fort Meade USO-Metro coordinator, chats with Anthony Perry,Horton, Warrior and Family Center manager two new bathrooms, a new heating system, a a USO volunteer, on Monday as the organization restocks the food pantry at its newfor USO-Metro. nine-seat theater room, two offices, wireless center on 6th Armored Calvary Road. The 2,200-square-foot building includes a nine- Although the former center was donated computer space, a snack bar and a stoveless seat theater room, snack bar, wireless computer space and an outdoor patio.four years ago by Picerne Military Housing, kitchen.Horton said there was no parking for USO- The building is furnished with leather activities. “I just wanted to see the new [center] andMetro’s clientele nor was it located on a bus couches and wooden tables and chairs. Several sponsors, including Computer Sci- see how I could help out,” said Perry, who hasroute. There is also ample room for the orga- ences Corporation, Northrop Grumman and volunteered with the organization for a year. “It was hard to get to,” Horton said. nization’s food pantry. In the back of the SAIC, donated funds to cover the cost of the “It looks really good.” Two years ago the organization started building, there is space for patio furniture and furniture, two televisions and two gaming USO-Metro is recruiting volunteers to helplooking for an alternative space on post. The umbrellas. monitors. the organization operate during its new eve-larger facility, which was previously occupied Waddell and the organization’s 45 volun- Anthony Perry, a former Army sergeant ning and weekend the Defense Information Systems Agency, teers will use the outdoor space to hold its and USO volunteer, visited the facility on Editor’s note: To volunteer or for morewas donated by the installation and garrison annual barbecue in the spring and for other Monday. information, call 410-305-0660.Project USO Elf brings families holiday cheerBy Lisa R. Rhodes limited.” USO,” Tyler said. “They can do it big- were given a minimum spending limitStaff Writer Doris Tyler, division chief for ACS, ger and better for our families.” of $50 for at least two gifts. Fort Meade’s USO-Metro will spon- said the USO and ACS discussed the Tyler said that ACS Financial Readi- Queen Waddell, the Fort Meadesor its fourth annual Project USO Elf prospect of combining Project USO Elf ness counselors were the primary coor- USO-Metro coordinator, said peoplefrom Dec. 10 to 13 at McGill Training and the Angel Tree since February. dinators of the Angel Tree project. can drop their gifts off at McGill Train-Center. “ACS has transferred our holiday With the transfer of the program to ing Center from Dec. 10 to 12. Volun- The three-day event is designed to assistance program this year to the USO-Metro, ACS has saved 600 man teers will sort and tag the military families facing economic hours that Financial Readiness coun- Military parents who registered withhardships provide toys for their children selors can now dedicate toward helping the program and have their confirma-during the holidays. economically distressed military fami- tion letter can stop by Dec. 13 from 4 to This year, USO-Metro has absorbed lies improve their situation. 7 p.m. to pick up their gifts. Volunteersthe Angel Tree project that has been a For Project USO Elf, garrison senior will be available to wrap gifts. A hotlong-time tradition for Army Commu- enlisted advisors identified families who beverage station will be available.nity Service. needed assistance and referred them to Waddell said Project USO Elf “real- “We’ve been given the opportunity the USO-Metro website to register for ly does alleviate some financial stressto expand our services,” said Pamela the program. around the holidays. We’re happy toHorton, Warrior and Family Center Members of the Fort Meade com- serve those who serve others.”manager for USO-Metro. “We realize munity who wanted to donate a gift also Editor’s note: Registration for Projectthat for many families, resources are registered at the website. Individuals USO Elf has closed. SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012
  • 6. N ews Enter to win THE BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP’S Tenants have legal protection Big Santa Contest in rental foreclosure sales By Capt. Adam Petty owner, including the return of the security One lucky winner Fort Meade Legal Assistance Most individuals are aware that the recent housing crisis has led to wide-scale deposit, recovery for utility shutoffs or other maintenance violations. Tenants are advised to consult with an attorney before will win $1,000 foreclosures across the nation. Homeowners all over the U.S. have turned to renting their home in order to waiving any rights. What happens if the new owner does not move in and the tenant remains in Visit any of the merchants below secure additional income and stay cur- the home? and look for the rent on the mortgage. Unfortunately for The new landlord is required by law some, their efforts have fallen short and to honor the original lease until its term Big Santa display they still find themselves face-to-face with foreclosure. expires. Tenants must make their rent payments payable to the new owner and But what about the tenants? Are they abide by the terms of the lease, as if the Fill out an entry form to win a Big Santa just left out in the cold? foreclosure never happened. A federal law known as the Protecting However, once the old lease expires, the Only one of the Big Santas Tenants at Foreclosure Act and similar laws in various states, including Mary- new owner is free to name his own lease terms. He will not be required to honor is hiding land, offer some protections. You may be asking yourself, “How do any of the provisions of the old lease. For more information regarding tenant $1,000 I know that my landlord is falling behind rights, call the Office of the Maryland on the mortgage and possibly facing Attorney General at 410-576-6300 or foreclosure?” visit the Public Justice Center online at By law, tenants should receive three so register at separate written notices if a landlord is facing foreclosure. That includes a notice To schedule an appointment with a Fort Meade Legal Assistance attorney, call 301- all locations! that a foreclosure complaint has been filed; information regarding the date, time 677-9504 or 301-677-9536. and place of the foreclosure sale; and ® notice from the new owners of their right to possession of the home. Community All of these notices must be sent first- 10760 Hickory Ridge Rd Columbia 10155 Balt. Natl. Pike Rt. 40 1827 Mountain Rd. Joppa class mail and contain details regarding who may be contacted for further infor- Crime Watch Ellicott City mation. Compiled by the Fort Meade For current tenants, this means keeping Directorate of Emergency Services roo ma r k e t a sharp eye on incoming mail. Tenants b should open all mail addressed to “occu- Nov. 25, Larceny of private prop- s pant,” “current resident” or “tenant,” erty: An unknown person(s) bo ul sa de r g at especially if the correspondence appears by unknown means removed to be from a court, law firm, bank or a vehicle license plate from a 10132 Balt. Natl. PIke 696 Baltimore Pike 2913 Emmorton Road 5805 Clarksville vehicle as it was parked secured Ellicott City Bel Air Abingdon Square Drive finance company. and unattended. Clarksville As a general matter, a new owner of a rented home must allow the tenant to remain in the property until the original Nov. 21, Simple assault consum- mated by a battery: An investi- lease expires, or for a period of 90 days in gation revealed that the victim was walking on a the case of a month-to-month lease. After trail through a wooded area. The subject struck 1514 Rock Spring Road 6600 Balt. Natl. Pike 8895 McGaw Road that point, the new owner may decide to him on the right temple with a jacket containing a Forest Hill Catonsville Columbia live in the property himself or just con- hard unknown object, causing a laceration to the (location opening 12/7/12) tinue to rent the property to the tenant. upper-right forehead near the hair line. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes runs from 9 am (ET) on 11/27/12 to 5:00 pm (ET) on 12/20/12. Sweepstakes open to legal U.S. residents If the owner wishes to occupy the resi- residing in Harford, Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Baltimore Counties & Baltimore City, MD who are 21 & older as of 11/27/12. Void where prohibited & outside MD. To enter, complete form at participating retailers. For list of participating retailers & Official Rules, visit dence, he must give the tenant a 90-day Limit 1 entry per person, per retailer. Odds of winning Grand Prize depend on number of eligible entries; odds of winning First Prize depend on number notice to vacate. Beware of “cash-for- of eligible entries per retailer. 1 Grand Prize: $1,000. 15 First Prizes (one per participating retailer): stuffed Santa. ARV: $149.99. Total ARV of all prizes: $3,249.85. Sponsor: The Baltimore Sun Company, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. keys” incentives, which are cash pay- ments that the owner offers to the tenant Follow Fort Complete contest rules online at in order to get the tenant to vacate the Meade on premises. Often, as part of these incentives, ten- ants may be required to waive any rights /ftmeademd they may have against the original or new SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012
  • 7. N ewsSoldier shares her breast cancer scareBy Amanda Glenn plans, it would be real. I didn’t want it to be went from being a word to being something October was Breast Cancer AwarnenessFirst Army Division East real.” that could potentially kill me.” Month. According to the Centers for DiseasePublic Affairs Green drove to her new duty station the Green’s husband insisted she go to the Control and Prevention, breast cancer is In May 2008, Sgt. 1st Class Samantha next day. She forced herself not to think doctor the next day. The lump was still there. second only to non-melanoma skin cancer asGreen was busy. A geographical bachelorette about the lump, focusing instead on finally Next stop: her first mammogram. Green was the most common cancer among women inwith a 3-year old child, Green had her hands reuniting with her husband, finding a house, 35 years old. the United States and is also one of the lead-full preparing for a change-of-duty station. finding a school for her child, and visiting “It was surreal,” Green said. “I was so ing causes of cancer death among women of She forgot about her annual women’s exam family she hadn’t seen in a while. happy my husband was there even if he had all races.until the day before she was driving away. She “I thought about everything I could to to stay in the waiting room. He had held my According to the American Cancer Soci-would have liked to have canceled it, but the keep it off my mind,” Green said. “I decided hand the whole time up until that point. I ety, breast cancer will kill one in 36 women.exam was required before she could sign out that as long as I didn’t think about it, I didn’t had to walk down the hall to the exam room More than 2.9 million breast cancer survivorsof her unit. Green fully expected it to be the have to do anything about it. I didn’t want by myself, though. That was hard. I just kept reside in the U.S.same old-same old exam she always received. my husband to worry, so I didn’t tell him. I thinking I was too young for all this. And the “Over 90 percent of cancers are found inShe didn’t have time for anything else. didn’t want my family to worry, so I didn’t room was so cold. ... To this day, that’s what I the early stages, either localized or involving a Unfortunately, the first words the doctor tell them either. remember the most — how cold I was, inside regional lymph node,” Doyle said. “Up to 98said was, “How long has this lump been “When I arrived at my new unit, I didn’t and out.” percent of women survive when detected athere?” want them to think I was a slacker, so I didn’t When it was over, Green and her husband, the earliest stage, and 84 percent survive if it “I didn’t want to hear a word she said,” tell them. I pretty much made it go away for still holding hands, left the doctor’s office. has only spread to a regional lymph node.”said Green, who now works at First Army about three months.” Two weeks later, she was back for the results, Women should conduct a monthly breastDivision East. “I was driving away the next Waiting is not good, said Lt. Col. Andrew her husband at her side. exam and report any changes to their doc-day and I didn’t have time to deal with a Doyle, First Army Division East surgeon. “I almost cried when they told me it wasn’t tor, according to the National Breast Cancerlump. I didn’t want to deal with a lump. I “First, it may not be cancer and knowing cancer,” Green said. “Then the doctor read Foundation website.went into full denial mode immediately.” sooner is a huge relief for everybody,” he said. me the riot act for waiting months to come “Early detection is the most important The only thing Green said she remem- “But if it is cancer, the earlier it is evaluated get checked out. I can’t believe I did that. I step to fighting breast cancer, and the bestbered about the rest of the visit was her and treated before it grows or spreads, the was so lucky that it wasn’t something more detection starts with monthly self-exams,”insistence that she’d have to take care of the better the outcome. serious. Doyle said. “Each woman knows their bodylump when she arrived at her new duty sta- “Most cancers are now found before they “I was so lucky,” Green said. “I did every- the best and they will be the first ones totion. She refused any literature because there spread, and in these cases, 98.4 percent of thing exactly wrong. I know what could notice as soon as something is not normal,wasn’t room in the car. She didn’t even want patients survive. If the cancer is not detected have happened. I’ve lost friends and family such as a lump or other symptom.the doctor to make a referral. until it has spread to other parts of the body, members to breast cancer. If I could have any “In general, living a healthy lifestyle will “I told her that since I was headed to a survival drops to as low as 23.8 percent.” wish, it would be that my daughter would help prevent breast, and all types, of area, I didn’t know the doctors or who Green finally realized she had to tell her never have to live with the fear of hearing a Don’t smoke, get regular exercise and havemy primary care physician would be,” Green husband. doctor say the word ‘lump.’ It’s such a little a healthy diet. Do your monthly self-examssaid. “The truth was, I just didn’t want to “That was when it became real,” she word, but it can bring your world crashing and, if older than 40, get your regularthink about it. If it thought about it or made remembered. “That was the minute ‘lump’ down.” mammograms.” NEC staffer retires after 42 years of federal service By John Prizer Gov. Martin O’Malley; year, she accepted a position with the then-U.S. Army Chief, Business & Plans Division a Certificate of Retire- Information Systems Command, Fort Meade. Network Enterprise Center ment from Col. Maria Although the organization changed many times, The hallways of the Network Enterprise Center A. Biank, commander of and saw its good eras and bad, Henson remained seem a bit quieter theses days now that Lovie Hen- the 93rd Signal Brigade; a constant, loyal team member, always projecting a son’s shuffling footsteps and cheery good mornings a commander’s coin from smile and a kind word for her co-workers. are no longer heard. Garrison Commander Henson has always strived to help the less fortu- Last month, Henson retired as an information Col. Edward C. Roth- nate. For many years she volunteered at the Civilian systems specialist at NEC — formerly the Directorate stein; and a retirement Welfare Organization on post. She also has been of Information Management. plaque from the Fort known to open her home to entire families in need A retirement luncheon for Henson was held Nov. Meade Civilian Welfare of shelter, food or medical assistance. 13 at a local restaurant, with many co-workers and Fund. An avid piano player, Henson has played on Sun- friends attending. As a parting gift, co- days for church services and taught at the Odenton Terry Isbell, the director of NEC, presented Hen- Lovie Henson workers presented Hen- Christian School for 18 years. She had even made a son with many accolades for her service and a Cer- son with a Kindle Fire valiant attempt to teach a number of her co-workers tificate of Appreciation. HD and gift card. at the NEC. Henson also received the White House Certificate Henson’s 42-year career began in March 1971 when Henson’s future plans include spending more time of Appreciation signed by President Barack Obama; she was employed as a GS-4 key punch operator with visiting with her daughter Camille, an attorney, and a Maryland Certificate of Appreciation signed by the First Army headquarters at Fort Meade. Within a son Delroy, a finance analyst. November 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 
  • 8. N ews200th MPCOM cook with pride for battle assembly weekendStory and photo by The gatekeeper to the weekend’s mealSpc. Jacquelyn R. Slaughter was Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Kinderknecht,200th Military Police Command a human resources NCO for the 200th “I live, breathe and eat it.” MPCOM. That’s how Spc. Zachary McDavid While checking identification and col-describes his passion for cooking. lecting a small payment for the meal, McDavid and his fellow Army Reserve Kinderknecht said serving good, hot mealscooks assigned to the 200th Military Police builds morale, saves money and allows Sol-Command take their passion from the menu diers to sit down and catch up without theto the more than 100 Soldiers working dur- distractions of the weekend battle assembly on Nov. 3 As one Soldier straggled in at the lastat the Army Reserve Center on Annapolis minute, cooks were busy cleaning the tables,Road. washing dishes and returning the makeshift The sweet aroma of homemade lemon restaurant to an Army training facility.bars drifted from the small kitchen tucked in Unknown to most, when the cooks havethe corner of one of three buildings through down time, they participate in a bit ofthe compound under the command of Maj. friendly competition. Each cook preparesGen. Sanford Holman, Command Sgt. Maj. a dish, which is judged by their peers. It’s aKurtis Timmer and a large staff in charge of way of having fun and it also exercises theirmore than 14,000 Soldiers in 42 states. cooking skills, said Hurlston. “We are a small community during battle “The competitions are fun; I like them,”assembly weekend,” said Timmer, the senior McDavid said. “It’s a little bit of somethingenlisted Soldier of the 200th MPCOM. “The different for us to do.”cooks here do a phenomenal job. They pro- Spc. Zachary McDavid, a cook assigned to the 200th Military Police Command at Fort McDavid recently competed in the Marinevide a great service, and I look forward each Meade, prepares a pastry. The Baltimore native helped to prepare lunch for the 200th barracks food service competition and won amonth to visiting with our cooks wherever MPCOM Soldiers during battle assembly weekend on Nov. 3. first-place travels take me.” With the kitchen closed for the weekend, Holman and Timmer waited until the of our troops,” Holman said. “We may be Led by Sgt. Toni Hurlston of Suitland, the cooks discussed the busiest day of theline was vacated and all the troops were fed a military police command, but our forma- Soldiers ensured the kitchen was sanitized year — the command’s holiday party. Thebefore grabbing an empty tray and plastic tions are filled with Soldiers of all skill sets, before any work began. Hurlston said nutri- December feast is the highlight for manyutensils. With their plates filled with food and our cooks are an important member of tion is important for the health and welfare Reserve units across the formations.and a quick stop at the salad bar, the senior the Champion team.” of the formations. “It means a lot for Soldiers and their fami-leadership grabbed an empty spot at a After an early morning formation, the “I think people are happier when they lies,” Hurlston said about the holiday event.nearby table with the Soldiers. small team of seven Soldiers went right to have good, nutritional food,” she said. Timmer said cooks are the backbone of “They definitely help build the morale work. 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  • 9. N ewsPilgrims’ story illustrates spiritual resiliencyBy Amanda Glenn Prayer breakfasts are one of the waysFirst Army Division East the Army emphasizes spiritual resil- At the First Army Division East ience. Attendance is typically voluntaryprayer breakfast held Nov. 20, Chap- and can be nondenominational.lain (Lt. Col.) Harry Huey used the Unit commanders and chaplainsstory of the Pilgrims and the first together determine the theme for prayerThanksgiving to illustrate the power of breakfasts; chaplains determine thespiritual resilience. content. “The Pilgrims are a vivid picture of “I think it’s important to have spiri-spiritual resiliency in the face of long- tual resilience events for a couple ofterm adversity,” he said. “Their story reasons,” Huey said. “First, they raiseis a critical aspect of the founding of awareness of the spiritual dimension ofAmerica.” Soldier Fitness. My observation is that During his presentation, Huey this is the least addressed of the fiveencouraged everyone to look closely dimensions of Comprehensive Soldierwithin themselves during the Thanks- holiday and think about resil- “Second, they serve as opportunitiesience overall and what role spiritual for the audience to do an internal inven-resilience plays. tory regarding their spiritual fitness.” “I want to make the case that spiri- The Pilgrims, Huey said, didn’t justtual resiliency is absolutely critical to inventory their spiritual fitness; theyour overall resiliency as human beings,” incorporated their spirituality intoHuey said. “As we look around us and every element of their lives, drawing onsee people struggling with different it to overcome hardships and dangers.types of issues from moral failures to Their success led not only to the firsttragic losses and sickness, I think that Thanksgiving but laid the foundation Photos by Staff Sgt. Stephen Crofootspiritual resilience is one of the key for the American character today.components that enables us as human Members of First Army Division East make their way through the breakfast line during Huey listed six key points of theirbeings to not only cope with life, but to a prayer breakfast held Nov. 20 at Fort Meade. During his presentation, Chaplain (Lt. spiritual resilience that allowed them tolive life in a way that is good for us.” Col.) Harry Huey discussed the strength of Pilgrims who used a robust and dynamic continue to persevere: Huey chose the Pilgrims as an exam- religious faith to survive their first year in America. They had a strong religious faith thatple because they are foundational to was both coherent and personal. Theyour history as Americans and are the in the face of extreme adversity,” he soil, suffering financial setbacks … regularly practiced their faith bothoriginators of Thanksgiving. said. “When you think about their living through storms at sea while individually and as a group. They had “In my mind, individually and col- odyssey — migrating twice within a crammed below deck in a small ship, a strong sense of community. They hadlectively, they stand the test of time as 15-year period, a near 50 percent death malnutrition, starvation, exposure to a very strong sense of mission. Theyexamples of rugged spiritual resiliency rate for their first year on American cold, violent winters, and isolation accepted that faith included adver- — and then think about how intact sity. They had a strong sense of God’s they remained as individuals and as a providence. group, you have to ask, ‘How did they Huey also read from the memoirs of do it?’ ” Plymouth Gov. William Bradford, “Of But they did, said Huey, through a Plymouth Plantation.” robust, specific, coherent and dynamic “It was answered that all great and religious faith and practice — attributes honorable actions are accompanied with that remain relevant today, he said. great difficulties, and must be enter- “The Army’s Comprehensive Sol- prised and overcome with answerable dier Fitness program identifies spiritual courage.” resiliency as one of five dimensions of At the conclusion of the prayer resilience,” Huey said. “CSF defines breakfast, Huey encouraged those in it as this: one’s purpose, core values, attendance to be like the Pilgrims with beliefs identity and life vision. CSF says a spiritual resilience that would carry that spirit resiliency draws upon other them through the ups and downs in things, religious teachings that form the their lives. basis of their character.” “I think the prayer breakfast was a huge success,” said Master Sgt. Billie J. Suttles of First Army Division East. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Harry Huey speaks “It was a great turnout, and the history to members of First Army Division East lesson connected Christians from the during a prayer breakfast held Nov. 20 at 1600s to Christians today. Chaplain Fort Meade. His presentation focused on Huey prepared his lesson well, and I the importance of spiritual resilience. truly enjoyed listening to it.” November 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  • 10. C over S tory PHOTOS BY NOAH SCIALOMRetired Col. Bert Rice, who served side dishes, hugs kitchen staffer Maryann Johnsonin appreciation of her hard work.RIGHT: Members of the Center for Service Support Navy Detachment at the DefenseInformation School chat over Thanksgiving dinner. The menu featured turkey, roastbeef and pork, ham, Cornish hens, stuffing, side dishes, cheesecake, pies andbeverages.Thanksgiving celebratedlavishly at Freedom InnBy Rona S. Hirsch sharing their meal with young active-dutyStaff Writer service members is wonderful. I’m glad I’m They stood behind the counter in their able to do this. It’s a privilege.” this year.” calorie cards. We’re required to do it everytall white chef hats and dress blues, entic- Freedom Inn provided a formal Thanks- In anticipation of the large crowds, the day, except Thanksgiving.”ing hungry diners with roast beef and roast giving meal with all the fixings from 11 a.m. menu featured 360 pounds of turkey, 140 Sgt. Christian Palermo of 55th Signal Com-pork, turkey and Cornish hen, side dishes to 2 p.m. and leftovers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. pounds of roast beef, 120 pounds of ham, pany (Combat Camera), who was deployed inand wine. “I’m surprised how it transformed from a 80 pounds of Cornish hens, 120 pounds of Afghanistan for the last two years, said he was “Any suckling pig for you today, sir? chow hall to almost like a fancy restaurant,” shrimp, 30 pounds of bread for stuffing and surprised at the variety. “I wasn’t expectingThere’s never too much food on Thanksgiv- said Staff Sgt. Sean Harp of 55th Signal 30 pounds of corn bread for stuffing, 40 it to be like this,” said Palermo of Redlands,ing,” beckoned Garrison Command Sgt. Company (Combat Camera). “And it’s nice pounds of macaroni and cheese, 30 pounds of Calif. “I was just expecting turkey and stuff-Maj. Thomas Latter as he waved a plate of to see senior leadership behind the serving green beans, 30 pounds of corn, 140 pounds ing and that’s it. It’s been great.”sliced pork. counter. They take time from their families of yams, 28 pounds of cranberry sauce, 48 But it was the pair of whole 40-pound Few could resist. to serve.” cheesecakes, 48 cherry pies, 48 pumpkin pies, pigs with apples in their mouth, marinated 24 “I’ve never had pork before,” said William This year, 527 service members, retirees, 48 sweet potato pies, 12 pecan pies and eight hours earlier and roasted for four hours, thatChillous of Montgomery, Ala., as he sampled DoD civilians and their guests celebrated cases of assorted wines. drew smiles — and gasps.a slice. “It’s excellent.” Thanksgiving at the dining facility. “Even on Christmas we don’t serve a menu “He was able to live his Thanksgiving Participating in a long-standing Army “We get more civilians and family mem- like this,” Mountain said. “Not very much is destiny today,” Command Sgt. Maj. Mariontradition, Latter took his place in a long line bers than Soldiers, lots of retirees — all for left over.” J. Travis of the 742nd Military Intelligenceof senior and noncommissioned officers who $7.50 a plate,” said Howard Mountain, proj- Unlike typical meals at the Freedom Inn, Battalion said of the piglet he carved andserved Thanksgiving dinner to junior-ranked ect manager/chef for Son’s Quality Food for Thanksgiving diners are permitted to order served.service members at the Freedom Inn Dining the Freedom Inn. any combination of entrees and return for Garrison Commander Col. Edward C.Facility. He had an inkling that the number of din- seconds. “We try to make sure they have as Rothstein and his wife, Audrey, offered plastic “It’s important for a leader to serve the ers would surpass last year’s crowd of 350. much as they want,” Mountain said. glasses of wine, eggnog and sparkling cider.Soldiers and families a holiday meal, to see “I was getting more calls than usual,” said There is also more flexibility with the Their teenage children, Emily, 16, and Sam,them relaxing, to let them know I appreciate Mountain as he surveyed the long line of menu. “For Thanksgiving, you get to show 13, served side dishes.what they do,” Latter said. “And then to serve diners that reached to the door. “We always your skills, to depart from the standard “We’re busy, busier than last year,” saidfamilies — that’s great, and to see retirees prepare for 400 to 500. I prepared for 600 menu,” Mountain said. “I don’t even put out Rothstein, who manned the roast beef sta-12 SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012
  • 11. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and his wife, Audrey, hand out eggnog as well as wine and sparkling cider during the annual Thanksgiving festivities at the Freedom Inn Dining Facility. In keeping with Army tradition, senior and noncommissioned officers serve Thanksgiving dinner to junior-ranked service members.tion in 2011. “It’s a great facility and a great it’s awesome.”community.” But the holiday fare isn’t the only lure for Retired Col. Bert Rice, former director service members and retirees.of transformation on Fort Meade, served “I came to be with the Soldiers,” saidcollard greens, strings beans, corn and sweet retired Sgt. 1st Class Robert Drake, 87, whopotatoes. served during World War II with the 65th “This is an opportunity to give back and Infantry Division. “I love to see all the officersto recognize service members and the retirees serving. It’s all really nice.”and their families,” he said. “I like to serve Pulling a 12-hour shift and far from histhe families and see the big smile on their Atlanta home, Maj. Jason Rogers of Firstfaces. And they appreciate us serving them. Army Division East found solace in the com-... We had a nice turnout. The dining facility pany of No. 1. All the people here work hard and “I enjoy being around Soldiers,” he said.are proud of their work.” “They’re my second family.” A flexible vegetarian who indulges on After filling his plate, William ChillousThanksgiving, Harp waited on line for roast joined his wife, Starsha, their 5-year-oldbeef after it was removed from the oven. daughter Shamya, and his in-laws including “Normally, I’m a ‘flexatarian’ all year,” said retired Sgt. 1st Class Mike Harley and hisHarp of Tampa, Fla. “But it’s Thanksgiving, wife, I’m going all out. It’s sure a lot better than “My wife and I come every year,” saideating a Hot Pocket and burrito. Harley, who resides in Patriot Ridge. “There’s “It’s better than Mom made, but not better a lot of food, a lot of Soldiers. It brings backthan Nana’s green-bean casserole and des- feelings of being around Soldiers. The food isserts. I [just] wish all the TVs had on football. great. I could cook myself, but I like coming Spc. Caston Schneider dines with his grandfather retired Lt. Col. Louis Schneider. AAnd there is no couch to crash on. Otherwise, here better. This is the spot for me.” record number of 527 patrons feasted at the dining facility. November 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  • 12. S portsRiding highMeade High Mustangs make playoffs, end season with 10-3 recordBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer For years, old gold of Meade HighSchool football was nowhere to be found Meade Highcome late November as the team was School’splagued with annual losing seasons. Davonte Vincent But after more than a decade since stiff-armsits last appearance in the playoffs in D’Angelo Niler2001, the Mustangs snapped their playoff of Henry A. Wisedrought and made its mark with a deep High Schoolrun in the postseason that ended with during thea regional title and a spot in the state Class 4A Statesemifinals. Semifinals on Even with the team’s underdog run Saturday at thecoming to a sudden halt with Saturday’s Upper Marlboro40-0 loss to Henry A. Wise High School school. Despitein the semifinals, players and coaches losing 40-0,completed one of the team’s most suc- the Mustangscessful seasons. completed one “We were excited about the season, but of the school’swe were kind of hoping to still be playing best seasons,right now,” said Mustangs head coach breaking itsRich Holzer. “It is what it is. They had a 11-year playoffgood run and I’m proud of the kids.” drought and When Holzer arrived at Meade High finishing thelast year, he led the team to its first win- season with aning season in 10 years with a 6-4 record 10-3 record.and narrowly missed a playoff spot. Hol-zer said a new philosophy helped create photo by noah scialomthe improvement. “I think it was just instilling discipline,accountably and a better work ethic,” hesaid. “There’s a lot of talented players a great job.” team motivation for the remaining five ers and coaches thrived It’s just getting them to do what’s The Mustangs opened the season with games. “Underdog or not, Meade Mustangsnecessary in today’s sports world to be two shutouts over Southern High School “It was a real eye-opener for all us,” the don’t strap up their helmets to lose,”successful.” and Annapolis High School. While a senior said. “We realized we could have Dorsey said. “We’re playing to win, Holzer’s biggest hurdle in turning the strong defense overpowered opponents, beat those guys, and we knew the next regardless.”team around was changing the losing the team’s offense racked up points, blow- time we saw them we would beat them. With few expectations, practices wereculture that had formed. ing opponents out. We were waiting for them.” shorter and lighter, with an emphasis on “It’s just getting them to believe in “If a team can’t score, they can’t win,” Following the loss, the Mustangs ran having fun.themselves,” he said. “Losing for over a Holzer said. “That’s our philosophy. We through the competition on a five-game “We have no pressure, we’re just play-decade, I think they saw themselves as want to put up a lot of points, but the win streak in which the defense only ing to play” said junior linebacker Rob-inferior to some of the other teams in the big thing is we want to shut people down. allowed 26 points while the offense scored ert Hogan. “If we beat them, we beatcounty. It’s just getting them to believe When you can’t move the ball, it just 228 points. The late-season push earned them.”that they’re just as good, if not better, leaves them like, ‘What do we do now?’ ” the Mustangs a No. 3 seed in the playoffs, The team’s run ended in Saturday’s 4Athan everybody in this county.” The team then lost to Arundel High breaking their 11-year absence from the State Semifinals. But coaches and players Prior to the 2012 season, Holzer knew School 40-8 and Old Mill 28-18. The Old postseason. have started looking forward to a prom-he had a strong team with several key Mill loss would serve as a turning point. In the playoffs, the team faced the only ising 2013, with 35 letterman returningplayers returning and a few transfers that “We made a ton of mistakes in that Old two blemishes on its record. But this time — including most of the starting unit.filled out the roster. Mill game, turned the ball over five times the Mustangs defeated Arundel 36-28 in “Our theme will be unfinished business Despite the talent, Holzer still thought and still only lost by 10 points, and had the semifinals and defending state cham- next year,” Holzer said. “We have to getit would take another year to create a a touchdown called back and three two- pions Old Mill 28-21 in the finals for the the run going earlier and finish the run.”winning atmosphere. point conversions called back,” Holzer Class 4A East Regional title. Hogan said the goals are already clear “I’d be lying if I thought we’d make a said. “Despite all of that, we still should “We had gotten on a roll,” Holzer said. and set high for next at the state title,” he said. “I expected have won that game. That was a big turn- “When you get a team that’s talented on “I have a good feeling with the playersa very good season. I just wasn’t sure if ing point. That opened their eyes.” a roll, they’re tough to stop.” we have coming back,” he said. “I thinkthe mental aspect had taken hold yet. But All-county defensive tackle Malik The team played the role of underdogs we can set up a good squad to continueapparently it had, and the kids really did Dorsey said the Old Mill game gave the through its playoff run, a mentality play- on, hopefully to a state championship.”14 SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012
  • 13. S ports Sports Shorts Jibber Jabber - Opinion Army-Navy football game, tailgate Not the fan I used to be The Soldiers and Sailors of Fort Meade will compete in the You know I think I’m getting old. fault. annual Army-Navy flag football It’s been a recurring theme in this col- The entire game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. on umn ever since my weak Achilles sent me sports industry is Mullins Field. to physical therapy a few years back. more than par- A pre-game tailgate, sponsored Together, we’ve discussed the perils tially responsible by the Fort Meade Alliance, will of moving into middle age, the slight for my waning begin at 3 p.m. with free drinks depression that comes when your favorite fandom. and barbecue. athletes are sent out to pasture, and even “SportsCen- Both events are open to the the wonders of ear hair. ter” has stunk Chad T. Jones, public. But one area I’ve avoided is how aging ever since it Public Affairs has affected my fandom. To put it bluntly, decided to push Officer Reindeer 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk I’m not the fan I used to be. its agendas - BCS And not just because my Facebook sta- championships, quarterback ratings, and The installation’s annual Run Series will conclude with the Reindeer 5K Run and tus a few months ago asked the question: faux controversies - instead of just cover- 1-Mile Walk on Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. at Murphy Field House. Thursday Night Football or the “Grey’s ing sports in an entertaining manner. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. Anatomy” season premiere? Or the fact Plus, ESPN’s mantra of “embrace The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85. that I chose Grey’s. Or the fact that I’ve debate” has made me embrace the History The pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. On the day of chosen to watch Grey’s and “Scandal” over Channel because I’m sick of analysts who the event, the cost is $60 per family. every Thursday night game this season. can’t even agree without arguing, i.e. Skip All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. That might actually be more of a case Bayless and Stephen A Smith. youtube. For more information, call 301-677-7916. of me losing my man-card as opposed com/watch?v=6FeujTA15n0 to my fandom. But who cares because But most of all, rule changes are killing Dump Your Plump Grey’s is the bomb, and OMG, have you the product on the field. Did you know the Registration for the 5th annual Dump Your Plump weight-loss competition seen how saucy “Scandal” is? NBA had to implement a rule against flop- will be held Dec. 10 to Jan. 4 at Gaffney Fitness Center. Besides, there are other aspects of ping? And did you see the call that went Participants can compete as an individual or a team. my life that are no longer dominated by against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day? The free competition runs from Jan. 7 through Feb. 28. sports. Apparently, you can’t challenge a play For more information, call 301-677-7916. For example, growing up, the only that is already up for review, even if the two programs I’d ever fall asleep to call on the field was wrong. And don’t were “Little House on the Prairie” you- even get me started on these nonsensical Ski club and contact penalties. The Sun, Snow, Surf Ski Club at Fort Meade is seeking new members for “SportsCenter.” If the NFL wants flag football, then its 2013 trips. Now my morning snooze is being done here’s an idea: Give the players flags and The club, which organizes a variety of athletic activities including ski trips, to “Morning Joe,” and I seem to be more be done with it instead of making us bicycling, hiking and social activities, travels across the country and Europe. concerned with the local traffic report watch the greatest game in the world go The club also sponsors activities in the area. than whatever Mike and Mike have to say through this slow demise. For more information or to join, call Bill Bishop at 301-604-2113 or email in the morning. My angst does have some benefits. I’m When I do watch “SportsCenter’ (more reading more. The Cowboys still send me on that in a bit), I find myself sound- into near cardiac arrest, but I seem to NFL Sunday ing like a geezer because I just don’t get recover quicker, and I’ve realized there today’s athletes. may be more to life than what’s on TV. The Lanes’ lounge is a showing venue for NFL games this football season, Seriously, what’s up with white line- But the fact of the matter is I went two with the exception of local blackouts, on eight, 42-inch high-definition flat- backers growing long locks? Also, who in weeks without checking my fantasy roster, screen televisions. Food service and full bar are available. the world authorized bringing back the and my wife actually had the nerve to ask For more information, call 301-677-5541. high-top fade? The do wasn’t cool when if she could cut the sports package from Kid N’ Play did it, and it’s not cool now. our cable. Texas Hold ‘em I also find myself focusing on the Back in the day, that was the one ques- Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. negatives involved with sports - perfor- tion she knew she couldn’t ask. But now, Games are free and open to the public. mance equalizing, hypocrisy in college she brought it up as casually as if she was For more information, call 301-677-5541. athletics, punk athletes, and the stupid asking me to pick up some milk. rules that guide our games - instead Worse yet, I agreed to it, and now I’m Dollar Days of beautiful things like 6-4-3 double plays and Randy Moss. left to ask myself: What kind of fan have I become, and will I ever be half the fan The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. watch?v=pux4T75rKO4 I used to be? Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, Now I know the above makes me If you have comments on this or any- small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. sound like a crotchety old sports fan, but thing to do with sports, or Grey’s, contact For more information, call 301-677-5541. let’s be real for a moment. It’s not all my me at November 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  • 14. R eligion Fort Meade 2012 Holiday Religious services, activities DATE SERVICE TIME LOCATION Dec. 2-6 Reconciliation Services (Catholic) 5:30-6:30 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 2-6 Advent Retreat (Catholic) 7-9 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 7 Fort Meade Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m. Parade Field (near gazebo) Dec. 9 Episcopal Service of Lessons & Carols 4 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 11 Hanukkah Luncheon Celebration 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Chapel Center Dec. 24 “Happy Birthday Jesus” Mass (for children) 5 p.m. Chapel Center Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 10 p.m. Chapel Center Dec. 24 Episcopal Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 24 Episcopal Christmas Eve Carols/Service 10:30/11 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 25 Christmas Day Mass 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 31 New Year’s Vigil Adoration 4-4:45 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 31 New Year’s Vigil Mass 5 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 31 Gospel Watch-Night Service 10 p.m. Chapel Center Jan. 1 Mary, Mother of God 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel Times of the regular weekend Protestant and Catholic services during the day will remain the same (if not noted). For more information about religious services, call the Garrison Chaplain’s Office at 301-677-6703.Harvest for Hungry provides 157 families with food baskets Chaplain’s Word:By Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau 50 families. Over the past several years, unteers from the Main Post Chapel, REAL JOYReligious Support Office the number of families in need has the Catholic Service, Calvary Cha- For the past 10 years, the Gos- increased significantly. pel, Fort Meade Commissary staff, “Real joy comes not frompel Service at Argonne Hills Chapel This year, preparations were made Defense Information School studentsCenter has sponsored a “Harvest for to feed 125 families. However, when and members of the 902d Mililtary ease or riches or from thethe Hungry” outreach event to pro- the last basket was picked up, the Intelligence Group.vide Thanksgiving baskets to military Gospel Service was able to provide 157 With the blessings of God and the praise of people, but frommembers and their families and others families with complete Thanksgiving generous tithes and offerings fromin the surrounding Fort Meade com- baskets consisting of a turkey, ham, members, the Gospel Service plans to doing something worthwhile.”munity. vegetables, eggs, milk, dessert and continue this event each year along This event, which was started by six other food items. with its monthly outreach activities — Wilfred Greawellvolunteers in the Gospel Service, began This project not have been possible believing that “To whom much isby providing Thanksgiving baskets to without the generous support of vol- given, much is required.” The Washington Savings Bank Purchase Rewards Find out more at Turn Everyday Purchases into Cash Saving Real Money Just Got Real Easy. Just log on to TWSB Just Use Your TWSB Debit Card at to learn more. to activate exclusive cash back offers at the Click types of places you like to shop. MEMBER Shop online or in stores to redeem your offers by FDIC paying with your card. FIVE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! cash back – deposited right into your account BOWIE CROFTON ODENTON MILLERSVILLE WALDORF Enjoy at the end of next month. 301-352-3100 410-721-8867 4201 Mitchellville Rd. 1669 Crofton Centre 410-551-8800 1161 Annapolis Rd. 410-987-1515 676 Old Mill Road 301-843-7200 3225 Crain Highway16 SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012
  • 15. C ommunity N ews & N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community country. The dinner will feature Italian“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All foods, desserts and gifts.submissions are posted at the editor’s dis- Seating is limited. Registration iscretion and may be edited for space and required by Friday.grammar. Look for additional community Santa may visit, so he needs theevents on the Fort Meade website at www. names, ages, gender, rank and branch and the Fort Meade service of those attending.Facebook page at For more information, email For more information or to submit an or callannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. or call 301-677-5602. Tree lighting NEWS & EVENTS Fort Meade’s annual Holiday Tree Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Lighting Ceremony will be held Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field, Thursday, December 6th 7:00 PM near the gazebo.Kimbrough holiday The event will feature the U.S. Armyclosings Field Band Brass Quartet; a sing-along Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center with the Fort Meade community’s Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts; a visit by Santa; 1. Clip and send this coupon with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:will be closed on the following days for and refreshments.the Christmas and New Year’s holidayperiod: • Dec. 14 at noon for staff holiday Crafters needed 2. Provide a phone number in the event we need to contact you regarding tickets:parties Crafters and local artisans are needed Phone: _____________________________ • Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas for a Christmas bazaar on Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 Circle number of tickets requested: 1 2 3 4 (Limit four tickets per coupon) • Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s. p.m. at Seven Oaks Elementary School. Visit us online for more holiday concerts in your area.Commissary holiday Cost is $35 for a 6-foot table. For more information, call 337-718- (301) 677-6586closings 1776 and leave a message. The Fort Meade Commissary hourson Dec. 24 will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pershing Hill bazaar The store will be closed Christmas. It for the class, call Dawn Bleess at 410- During the session, participants may The Winter Bazaar at Pershing Hill 674-2017. apply, register for classes and learn how towill reopen Dec. 26 at 7 a.m. for early- Elementary School will be Dec. 7 frombird shopping and at 9 a.m. for regular maximize education benefits. 6 to 8 hours. The school, located at 7600 29th EFMP stress-reliever The $50 application fee will be waived if you apply at the event. (The $100 For more information, call thecommissary at 301-677-7465. Division Road, is sponsoring the program application fee for Doctor of Management fundraiser for the fifth grade’s field trip is not.) The Fort Meade Exceptional Family to Philadelphia.‘December in the City’ The bazaar will feature games, crafts, Member Program will present “Sanctuary For more information, call 301-621-9882. Away From Stress” on Dec. 12 from 6 to vendors, food, a silent auction and Picerne Military Housing will sponsor“December in the City,” its 9th annual photos with Santa, 8 p.m. at Army Community Service, 830 Couples evening study Chisholm season celebration for all Fort For more information, call Pershing Protestant Women of the Chapel is Learn to strengthen your emotionalMeade residents, on Saturday from 2 to Hill at 410-222-6519. offering to couples a free evening study resilience and manage your energy5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood during the holiday season through of the book, “The Marriage You’veCenter. EDUCATION power journaling, positive thinking and Always Wanted,” on Thursdays at 6:45 The event will feature photos with relaxation exercises. p.m. through Dec. 20 at Argonne HillsSanta, candy cane train rides through the Registration is required. Chapel Center.neighborhood and children’s crafts. To register, call Kelly Gibson at Free child care is provided. Hot chocolate and festive treats will Garden club class 301-677-4473 or email Kelly.gibson1@ For more information, call 301-677- 6035 or email or visitbe available. For more information, contact your The Meade Area Garden Club is sponsoring a class on the art of pressingneighborhood center. flowers on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 UMUC information Auto care coursesSoldier’s Christmas Dinner p.m. at the Jessup Community Hall at session The Automotive Skills Center at 6530 the corner of Wigley Avenue and Route Salute The Veterans Inc. is sponsoring An information session on the Taylor Ave. offers monthly courses from 1 175.its 6th Annual Soldier’s Christmas University of Maryland University College to 3 p.m. The class will be led by BarbaraDinner on Dec. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. at will be offered on post on Dec. 11 from An FMWR card is required. New Hallman of Nature Gifts.the American Legion Post 175 at 832 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Army Education patrons must first view a safety video. Cost is $20. Participants will takeManhattan Beach Road, Severna Park. Center, 8601 Zimborski Ave. The following courses are offered: home the pressed flower bookmark or The free event for service members Advisors will be available to discuss • Sunday: Proper procedures for ornament they design.and their family or guest is held to give For more information or to register transfer credit and help you assemble athanks to those who are serving our degree plan. Bring transcripts. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 November 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  • 16. C ommunity N ews & N otes M ovies The program is open to active-duty from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest The movie schedule is subject to change. For EDUCATION service members and Reservists on Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- active-duty status, DoD personnel, Monday. For more information, call Rikki 677-5324. Further listings are available on the retirees and Fort Meade DoD Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at 301- Army and Air Force Exchange Service websiteCONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 contractors. 677-3617 or email at For more information, call 301-677- mil. Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays atreplacing timing belts 1149 or 301-677-1156. • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES: • Dec. 16: Basic Welding 101 sponsor a holiday buffet luncheon on Tickets are $5 for adults (12 and older) and $2.50 For more information, call 301-677-5542. Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The for children. RECREATION event will feature the Retro-Rockets. YOUTH Reservations required today. Cost is $20. Today through Dec. 15 Invite your family and friends to share (CLOSED Dec. 17-Jan. 3)‘Elf Man’ free screening Out & About in this program as the ROWC ushers in the holiday spirit with music, gifts and prizes. A free movie screening of the family • The 29th Annual Merry Tuba Reservations for members and guests Today & Saturday: “House at the End of the Street”comedy “Elf Man” and a meet and greet Christmas will be presented Saturday must be made by calling your area (PG-13). A mother and daughter move next to awith the star, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Harborplace representative or Betty Wade at 410-551- house with a deadly past. With Jennifer Lawrence,will be held Sunday at the Post Movie Amphitheater in Baltimore. The free 7082. For more information, call Lianne Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue.Theater. performance will feature 200 festively Roberts, president of the ROWC, at 301- The meet and greet will be from 5 to dressed tuba and euphonium players who 464-5498. Friday: “End of Watch” (R). Police partners form a6 p.m. The movie starts at 6 p.m. will capture the spirit of the holiday as • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the close bond, and also share a challenging life on the Tickets for the show will be they blend their unique styles, rhythms Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first street. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña.distributed via USO-Metro’s Ticketline. and progressions. For more information, Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Information about the event and call 410-332-4191 or visit harborplace. Meade. The next prayer breakfast is Dec. to register for tickets will be sent com/events/. All Fort Meade employees, familyto those in the Ticketline database who • Harbor Holiday Festival will be held members, and civilian and militaryhave indicated they either work or live Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 personnel are invited. There is no cost foron Fort Meade. p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the buffet; donations are optional. For more To register on Ticketline, visit http:// at the National Harbor, 6710 Oxon Hill information, call 301-677-6703 or or call Road, Oxon Hill. The family festival features more than • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the 200 specialty boutiques in a holiday village first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.Story Time setting and handmade crafts, holiday at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at Sunday, Wednesday & Dec. 6, 7: “Argo” (R). In decor, entertainment, wines and foods, and 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next 1979, after Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. The Medal of Honor Memorial children’s activities. meeting is Dec. 6 in the banquet hall in embassy in Tehran, a CIA “exfiltration” special-Library offers pre-kindergarten Story Admission for adults is $10 in back of the building. Dinner is served at 6 ist concocts a risky plan to free six AmericansTime on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. advance and $12 at the door. Children p.m. For more information, call 410-674- trapped. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston andor 10:30 to 11 a.m. Alan Arkin. attend free. For more information, visit 4000. • Today: “Hungry for a Good Book” - or call 800-830-3976. • National Alliance on Mental Illnessstories, songs and fingerplays about food Dec. 8: Studio Appreciation – Free Screening. Tick- • Symphony of Lights Military of Anne Arundel County conducts a free ets available at the Exchange Food Court. Seating For more information, call 301- Appreciation Night will be held Dec. 13 support group for families with a loved677-5522 or 301-677-4509 or visit open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to from 6 to 10 p.m. at Symphony Woods in one suffering from mental illness on the Columbia. first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Service members with military the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325‘Trip to North Pole’ identification receive $10 off admission. Annapolis Road. The next meeting is Dec. Dec. 12, 14: “The Man with the Iron Fists” (R). On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band The Enlisted Spouses Club is hosting The exhibit features a 1.4-mile drive- 6. For more information, visit of warriors, assassins and a rogue British soldier“A Trip to the North Pole” on Saturday through of 70 larger-than-life holiday light • NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Dec. descend upon a village in feudal China, where afrom 1 to 5 p.m. at the Youth Center, displays. 11 at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall, humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and909 Ernie Pyle St. The display, benefiting Howard County 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen his fellow villagers. With RZA, Lucy Liu, Russell General Hospital, is open nightly through Burnie. Crowe. Everyone is invited. The free event will feature games, Jan. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m., but is closed The meeting will be the chapter’sentertainment, crafts and a visit with Dec. 31. potluck Christmas Party. Everyone brings Dec. 13: “Cloud Atlas” (R). In this science fictionSanta from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $20 per car or van a food to share. All dues must be paid by drama adapted from the book of the same name, (up to eight passengers). Coupons Monday to Barbara Jacobs. Installation six different stories become intricately related over Every child receives a gift. generations as one person’s action influences the for $5 off are available at of officers for the new year will be held at symphonyoflights and the meeting. next, and the next and the next. With Tom Hanks,Parents’ Night Out symphonyoflightsfestivities. For more information or to join, call Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Bae Doo-na, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Parents’ Night Out is offered the third For more information, call 410-740- Diane Shreves, publicity chairman, at Keith David, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.Friday of each month from 6:30 to 10 7840 or visit 410-760-3750.p.m. • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the Dec. 15: “Paranormal Activity 4” (R). In this The next event will be Dec. 21. MEETINGS second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. suspense thriller, sinister occurrences surroundEnrollment closes Dec. 14. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. a creepy neighbor boy. With Katie Featherston, The fee is $10 for the first child and The next meeting is Dec. 10. For more Brady Allen and Kathryn Newton.$5 for each additional child ages 6 weeks • Families Dealing with Deployment meets information, visit or emailto 12 years old. the first and third Monday of every month SOUNDOFF! November 29, 2012