Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 43 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 25, 2012 ´ country time photo by Spc. Joseph JoyntBen Martin takes a spin on the mechanical bull, a machine designed to replicate the riding of a bucking animal, at Meade’s Gone Country held Friday evening at TheConference Center. The four-hour event also featured line dance lessons and dart-throwing contests. For more, see Page 14.holy Joe’s safe haven UPCOMING EVENTSPost unit ministry Sarah’s House 25th FRIDAY, 6-10:30 P.M.: Halloween Costume Party - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Loungeteams use coffee anniversary celebrates Saturday, 8 a.m.: Ghost, Ghoul & Goblin 5K Run/1-Mile Walk - The Pavilion service to community Saturday, 9:30 a.m.: Halloween Pet Costume Contest - The Pavilionto support Soldiers Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.: Hallelujah Festival - The Pavilionpage 11 page 8 Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m.: Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon - Club Meade
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News‘A man who cared’Fort Meade dedicates building in memory of local union leaderStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz a representative from the office of Sen.Staff Writer Barbara A. Mikulski, several members Tucked away in the corner of Fort of Howie’s family — including his wife,Meade, a small white building sits off of Alba, — attended last week’s ceremony to1 1/2 Street. The one-room building is see the words “Howie Hall” on the side ofthe home of Local 1622 of the American the union hall.Federation of Government Employees. During her brief remarks, Gabriel On Oct. 18, the building was renamed spoke for the family.in memory of the man who led the union “To me, Howie was the definition offor more than two decades. Lonnie W. a man,” Gabriel said. “He took care ofHowie served as president of Local 1622 his wife, he took care of his family andAFGE from 1989 to 2011. he worked hard. He didn’t work hard for “When my grandmother told me that recognition; he worked hard for the satis-the union hall would be named after him, faction of doing a good job. ...I couldn’t help but smile,” said Qiana “The family and I would like to thankGabriel, Howie’s granddaughter, during you for lifting up Howie and honoringthe ceremony. “You guys all love and him and naming the union hall afterrespect my grandfather the way our fam- him.”ily loves and respects my grandfather.” Garrison Commander Col. Edward Joseph Flynn, vice president of theC. Rothstein also spoke at the 20-minute American Federation of Governmentceremony, calling Howie a “man who Employees 4th District, presents Albacared.” Howie with a dedication plaque in honor “He cared and loved his community so of her late husband and former Localmuch to work with the union and make 1622 AFGE president, Lonnie Howie,things happen,” Rothstein said. on Oct. 18. Garrison officials and family Howie, a native of Baltimore, was a members attended the 20-minutemember of the Air Force and the Army, dedication ceremony.and served in both the Korean Conflictand the war in Vietnam. After his militarycareer, Howie entered the civil service atFort Meade, where he served in a number tying a bowof positions including property book offi-cer and management analyst. on red ribbon week “Lonnie spent his entire adult life serv-ing others,” said Joseph Flynn, AFGE 4thDistrict vice president. “He served in themilitary defending our freedom and secu- In commemoration of the Nationalrity. As a Department of Defense worker, Red Ribbon Campaign, which beganhe served our armed forces in keeping Oct. 20 and ends Sunday, Garrisonthem prepared and ready.” Commander Col. Edward C. Roth- In 1989, Howie was elected president stein ties a red ribbon around a treeof Local 1622 AFGE. As union presi- outside garrison headquarters ondent, Howie served on the negotiating Llewellyn Avenue. Red Ribbon Weekteam, managed grievances, advocated on is the oldest and largest drug pre-behalf of union members, and counseled vention campaign in the country. Itemployees. serves as a vehicle for communities Even after retiring from Fort Meade and individuals to support drug pre-in 2004 after 25 years of civilian service, vention and education efforts.Howie continued to serve as union presi- Red Ribbon Week is also nationaldent until 2011. event honoring Drug Enforce- Howie died of cancer on Feb. 20, 2011 ment Administration Special Agentat the age of 72. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was “It’s good that we honor the memory killed in 1985 by drug traffickers.of Lonnie Howie the way we do today,”Flynn said. “I know that he’s with us, photo by philip h. jonessmiling like only Lonnie could.” In addition to garrison leaders andhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsPost patrol cars sport new graphicsBy Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides ments: this is an Army post and reflects to all rear is to allow the DES to follow upProvost Marshal and Director • The green color morphing into blue of the DES. on public complaints/comments aboutDirectorate of Emergency Services represents the military police (green) U.S. Army Police strikes the much- particular patrols and allow DES mem- The Directorate of Emergency Ser- and the Department of the Army Civil- needed balance within the dual-force bers to identify each other at emergen-vices has started to display new graphics ian Police officers (blue) working as one police organization. (Simply writing cies/incidents.on its patrol cars. team. “Military Police” on the cars makes • The circular graphic near the spot- Below are features of the design ele- • “U.S. Army” logo reminds all that the DACPs feel left out, and it reminds light is the Fort Meade logo, our “city.” the rest of us that they are • We are lowering the American flag not MPs. But writing just on the back several inches so it doesn’t “Police” makes us come appear to be bending. The flag on the across as a civilian police passenger side will be reversed, identical agency.) to the flag on the uniforms of our right • “Assist, Protect, Defend” shoulders. is the motto of the Military This design was voted on by the Police Corps, the proponent MPs and DACPs, selected 2:1 over four of all law enforcement for design options. the Army. Overall, we are proud of the new • The bumper numbers design and hope the Fort Meade com- on the bottom sides and munity is as well. Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services photo courtesy directorate of emergency servicesOfficer Benjamin Hamilton updates his patrol vehicle inspection log on Oct. 17 noting that new Oct. 18, Theft, attempt by driv- spotted the vehicle leaving Gate er to elude uniformed police by 7 (Reece Road). Units attemptedgraphics were installed on the vehicle just moments earlier. The design was voted on by the military failing to stop vehicle, resisting to initiate a traffic stop on thepolice and Department of the Army Civilian Police officers. arrest: The Directorate of Emer- vehicle, but the driver refused gency Services was notified of a to stop. The driver fled and was shoplifting subject, who fled the eventually stopped. Have you noticed an issue on post Exchange in his vehicle. Units Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Chaplain’s Word: Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to AUTUMN “Autumn is a second spring solve them. when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus Issue: Plan: Status: Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be Spring 2013 Connect with Fort Meade at Demolition and installation McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC are now being performed, Facebook.com/ftmeade HVAC is inoperative (except in the ballroom) classrooms 1-5 closed during A/C installation SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsASAP manager Kenneth Jones retires after 40 yearsBy Lisa R. Rhodes Jones said his experience working withStaff Writer substance abusers and the mentally ill set For 40 years, Kenneth Jones has worked the course for his life’s passion.to educate the Fort Meade community “I just thought it was so unfortunate— from garrison leaders to service mem- that people were, in essence, destroyingbers — about the dangers of substance themselves,” Jones said of his work withabuse and how to prevent its debilitating substance abusers. “It all comes down toeffects. people believing that there’s no hope, low On Nov. 3, Jones will retire as manager self-esteem, and they act in ways that areof Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse counterproductive.”Program and suicide prevention efforts. Jones began his career at Fort Meade as Jones said it has been a “privilege” to a drug abuse counselor in 1972. He servedwork at Fort Meade. as a drug abuse counselor in a residential “I just want to thank everyone,” he (therapeutic community) and nonresiden-said. “Fort Meade is a great place to work tial setting, assessing Soldiers and provid-and live. I stayed here because I found no ing individual and group counseling andreason to leave.” crisis management services. Jones retires along with his wife, Gloria- By 1987, Jones had become the edu-Carter Jones, a management analyst for cation coordinator for the installation’sManpower at the Resource Management Alcohol and Drug Control Office and wasOffice who also has worked at Fort Meade responsible for supervising Fort Meade’sfor 40 years. drug testing program for service members The couple will be feted Oct. 31 at a and civilian personnel, as well as con- photo by jason kellyretirement luncheon at Club Meade. tinuing the installation’s substance abuse “Ken has been an invaluable asset to Kenneth Jones, Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse Program manager and Suicide prevention and education efforts.this command,” said Wendy Messick, Prevention manager, will retire Nov. 3 after 40 years of service to the installation. More than 10 years later, Jones becamedirector of the Directorate of Human the ASAP manager.Resources. “Ken is passionate about the Jones said the council uses a “public As a result, Jones transferred to the Jones said he is proud of the workhealth and welfare of all members of this health model” to address the Army’s five Army, received his Advanced Individual of the Community Health Promotioncommunity.” pillars of resiliency: physical, social, fam- Training at the Academy of Health Ser- Council, which is chaired by Garrison Navy Cmdr. Marivic Fields, director ily; emotional and spiritual. vices in San Antonio and became a com- Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein,of Behavior Health Patient Management “Ken has been instrumental in bringing bat medic. and the plans to create an Army Wellnessand a licensed social worker at Kim- the Resiliency Campus and Army Well- Jones began his Army service as a Center and Army Resiliency Campus atbrough Ambulatory Care Center, has ness Center into fruition,” said Fields, young noncommissioned officer in charge Fort Meade.known Jones for five years through her who also is the council’s health promotion of the ambulance section of the Army In September, ASAP was evaluated bywork with ASAP. officer. “Although these initiatives are still hospital at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 1971. the Army Center for Substance Abuse “Ken is an icon in this community and in the works, it is safe to say that without His experience led to a lifelong career Programs and the Installation Manage-he is knowledgeable about the needs of his involvement, it would have been diffi- dedicated to substance abuse and suicide ment Command. He credits ASAP’s suc-the Fort Meade community and has made cult to see the progress we have currently prevention, and mental health issues. cess to the support that he and his staffvery strong relationships with different attained.” “We picked up a lot of Soldiers who have received from the installation overagencies,” Fields said. “He is leaving a A native of Sylvania, Ga., a town 60 were, unfortunately, victimized. Some of the years.legacy at Fort Meade, and it will be etched miles northwest of Savannah, Jones was them had drug problems,” said Jones, “I am proud that ASAP is recognizedin every cornerstone of Fort Meade and raised in Wilmington, Del., and went to recalling how the hospital’s metro ambu- as among one of the best in the military,”in our hearts.” elementary school in Philadelphia. lance once picked up a Soldier who had Jones said, noting that inspectors from That legacy includes the establishment After attending Pine Forge Academy, a overdosed on drugs and later died. “It IMCOM commented that it was “veryin 2009 of the installation’s Community Seventh Day Adventist boarding school, spurred an interest I had in substance refreshing to come to an installation whereHealth Promotion Council. ASAP started for high school, he entered the Marine abuse and substance abuse prevention.” ASAP is done right.”the initiative to develop the council. Corps in June 1969. After his military service, Jones landed Contemplating retirement, the Ran- After Jones was named the Suicide Pre- Jones completed basic training at a job in the civilian sector through the dallstown resident intends to ride hisvention manager in 2009, he initiated the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Army’s Project Transition program and Harley Davidson “Lowrider” motorcyclefunding for the installation’s Applied Sui- Island in Beaufort, S.C., but received a became a psychiatric technician at Seton and spend time with his wife and eightcide Intervention Skills Training Program, voluntary underservice transfer to the Psychiatric Hospital in Baltimore. grandchildren.a 15-hour suicide prevention workshop. Army in September 1969. Jones completed an associate’s degree An active member of the Edmondson The Community Health Promotion His brother Earle was also serving in in mental health technology at Baltimore Heights Church in Baltimore, Jones plansCouncil works to integrate community the military. Jones said that at that time, City Community College, then earned his to work with church leaders to start aservices and resources; identify gaps and the military did not send two brothers to bachelor’s degree in psychology through substance abuse prevention ministry.overlap of programs and services; and a combat zone. But the military occupa- a combined program at Coppin State But even with an eye toward retirement,assess community health to enhance the tional specialties in the Marines were for and Bowie State universities. He is now Jones is grateful to Fort Meade.well-being and quality of life of service combat arms. enrolled in a master’s degree program at “I want to thank everyone at Fortmembers, their dependents and civilian “There was no job for me in the Marines Bowie State University, studying psychol- Meade for their support over the years,”employees. at that time,” Jones said. ogy with an emphasis in substance abuse. Jones said. “I wish them well.” SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ews Inspired by an active life. Built to save it. ATTENTION: Commissary Baggers The Fort Meade Commissary Bagger Program is changing. In an effort to streamline the badging process, current baggers will receive new badges and the program will hire new baggers to fill vacant slots. 2013 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD ALL Current Baggers: $1,650 Down Payment 2013 Volvo S60 T5 Buy LEASE $0 Security Deposit $41,345 MSRP • Come during the open bagger hours to submit completed paperwork and take a $2,699 Down Payment Buy LEASE $498 First Month’s $2,245 Annapolis $0 Security Deposit $35,545 MSRP new photo Payment Discount $299 First Month’s $2,920 Annapolis $2,148 Due at Signing* Payment Discount • You will not lose your priority place $39,100* $498 per mo./36 mo. lease $2,998 Due at Signing* $32,625* • Bring the required documents listed below Stock # V9107 $299 per mo./36 mo. lease Stock # V9063 • Individuals who fail to renew their license during open bagger hours will be removed from the list SAFE + SECURE 5 YEAR WARRANTY + 5 YEAR WEAR TEAR Prospective Baggers: COVERAGE PLAN + 5 YEAR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE • Open to active duty service members, retirees and dependents of active duty volvocars.com/us Safe + Secure Coverage Plan excludes tires. service members *Lease scenarios based on 10,000 miles per year. With approved credit. Tax, tags, $199 dealer processing fees and (lease) acquisition fee extra. Expires 10/31/12 • Processed on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis • No exceptions to the eligibility requirements, no waivers TIMES: Monday, Nov. 5 - Friday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. LOCATION: Garrison Public Affairs Office – 4409 Llewellyn Ave. 301-677-1361 DOCUMENTS TO BRING: Current DOD ID Card / Dependent ID, Social Security Number, Current Bagger License, Completed Application: http://ow.ly/eI1zr 333 Busch’s Frontage Road • 410-349-8800 • AnnapolisVolvo.comhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsSarah’s House celebrates 25 years of serviceBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer For 10 years, Heaven White hasaspired to become a certified phleboto-mist technician. White is close to achieving her goal.On Saturday, she will take the statecertification exam, confident she willsucceed. “I’m excited that in just a few months, Heaven White, aI was able to take 10 years of trying and guest at Sarah’sactually do it,” she said. House, shares For the past 10 months, White and her story ofher five children have been guests at success duringSarah’s House, the transitional housing the transitionalprogram on Fort Meade. housing White shared her story of success program’s 25thduring the 25th anniversary celebration anniversaryof Sarah’s House on Friday. The hour- celebration onlong event was followed by a reception Friday. White’sat the facility. 8-year-old “Sarah’s House has been a true part- daughter, Kaylanership and a movement to take indi- Covert, showsviduals and families through crisis to off a drawingstability and self-sufficiency,” said Wil- she made for theliam J. McCarthy Jr., executive director event.of Catholic Charities of Baltimore dur-ing the commemoration program. photo by In 1987, Sarah’s House was estab- sarah pastranalished through a partnership betweenAnne Arundel County, Catholic Chari-ties and the U.S. Army at Fort Meade. Today, Sarah’s House offers bothemergency shelter and transitionalhousing for homeless families, serving125 guests, half of whom are children,on a daily basis. Guests receive intensivecase management, employment services,licensed child care, counseling, trans- House 25 years ago when he was serving and a partner than a landlord. I believe During that time, White worked twoportation to and from work and doctor in the Maryland House of Delegates. that’s what it’s all about.” jobs and also enrolled at Sojourner-appointments, parenting classes, com- “This county is an affluent county. Rothstein said the Army’s partnership Douglass College in Annapolis for a 10-puter certification and GED classes. We read every day about million dol- in creating and sustaining Sarah’s House week training program for phlebotomy. McCarthy said that a collabora- lar homes cropping up like dandelions is important and that he will continue A phlebotomist draws blood.tion of state and community resources after a spring rain,” Leopold said. “But to promote Fort Meade’s support of “If it wasn’t for the few months ofnow support Sarah’s House, including within all that affluence, there is poverty the organization through the work of stability that I attained here, I would notthe state of Maryland, Anne Arun- and homelessness.” service members who volunteer to help have been able to complete the programdel Community Development Services, Leopold said homelessness, hunger the guests. with raising five children and workingthe United Way of Central Maryland, and domestic violence initiatives are a The anniversary celebration began two jobs,” said White, who also creditedthe Community Foundation of Anne priority for his administration. In the with the National Anthem sung by the support of her case manager forArundel County, Anne Arundel County last budget year, the county provided Sgt. 1st Class Erica Lehmkuhl of Fort helping her achieve her goal.Community College and more than 25 $350,000 in funding for Sarah’s House. Meade. Several children from Sarah’s White said she hopes to work in pedi-local parishes and other religious con- “I was proud to be here 25 years ago, House recited the Pledge of Allegiance. atrics and that she will be proud to hanggregations. and I’m proud to be here again today,” Later in the program, White’s 15- her certification on the wall beside her Throughout the years, about 13,500 Leopold said. year-old son Dajuan Gay performed a children’s academic achievements.people have found shelter and safety at Kathryn Philliben, director of Sarah’s soulful rendition of the jazz standard “It feels good to do a positive thingSarah’s House. More than 20,000 vol- House and the emcee for the event, “Feeling Good.” and show my children that if you keepunteers have donated their time to help said she often thinks of Garrison Com- In her remarks, White said she and going, bad things are going to hap-those in need. mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein “as her children arrived at Sarah’s House in pen, but focus on the good things In his remarks, Anne Arundel Coun- our ‘landlord in command.’ ” December 2011 and were able to move that are going to happen,” White said.ty Executive John R. Leopold said In his remarks, Rothstein said he into a three-bedroom transitional hous- “That’s what keeps you going, the goodhe remembers the creation of Sarah’s would rather be thought of as “a brother ing apartment in March. things.” SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsFine-tuningFreedom Inn prepares for PhilipA. Connelly Award competitionBy Brandon Bieltz fact that it is a competition means weStaff Writer always step it up.” In fiscal year 2011, the Freedom Each day, the facility serves threeInn competed against some of the best meals to more than 1,200 militarydining facilities in the Army — and personnel in 90 minutes.beat them all. The annual competition, now in Now, a year removed from taking its 45th year, recognizes excellencehome the giant silver cup trophy, the in food service. The event consists offacility is back in the running for the several categories, including garrisonPhilip A. Connelly Award in the civil- dining facilities and field kitchens.ian garrison category. Civilian and military facilities are The Freedom Inn was selected to separated into their own divisions.represent the Installation Management When the Freedom Inn won in 2011,Command’s Northeast Region and is civilian and military facilities com-one of seven civilian dining facilities peted against each other in the samein the Army that will be competing for categories.the prestigious food service award. “We were the last civilian-operated photos by noah scialom To prepare for the judging process, facility to beat out a military facility Myleni Lizardo stirs pasta in preparation for the lunch crowd at the Freedom Inn Diningwhich will be conducted onsite on before they changed the rules,” Taylor Facility on Oct. 18. The facility was nominated to represent Installation ManagementNov. 8, the staff has been training said. Command’s Northeast Region in the annual Philip A. Connelly Award competition.using a series of test runs every Thurs- While Taylor said she is “relieved”day since Oct. 18. to be in a different category than the “We’re fine-tuning,” said Melba Tay- “intimidating” Fort Bragg, N.C., din- against U.S. Army Garrison Grafen- it takes, they know the feel, they knowlor, contract manager for the Mary- ing facility, the level of competition woehr, Germany; DFAC 50, Fort how rewarding it is to brag about.”land Business Enterprise Program at hasn’t dropped and winning will still McCoy, Wis.; Presidio of Monterey, On Nov. 8, three judges will visitthe Freedom Inn. “We’re fine-tuning be a challenge. Calif.: Army Drill Sergeant School, the Freedom Inn to judge the staffwhat we do every day. We try to be This year, the Freedom Inn is com- Fort Jackson, S.C.; and Casey Main and facility on a number of criteriaConnelly-ready every day, but the peting in the civilian garrison category Dining Facility, Camp Casey, Korea. to determine a winner. Facilities are “We’re competing against the best judged on a number of categories, of the best,” Taylor said. such as supervision/training, food In this year’s competition — the safety, serving and food preparation/ facility’s fifth attempt at the award quality. — the Freedom Inn is going for its Each facility begins with 1,000 second title in three years. points; points are deducted for errors The staff, many of whom have throughout the judging. already undergone the rigors of the “We start with a thousand points competition, are ready to take home a and we want to finish with a thou- second Connelly, said Howard Moun- sand,” Taylor said. tain, dining facility manager at the To prepare for the rigorous judging Freedom Inn. scale, the staff is conducting training “It will be great,” he said of winning runs every Thursday since the offi- the award for a second time. “Once cial judging will be conducted on a you win the first one, it gets kind of Thursday. easier.” During each practice, the staff is Taylor said the staff gets excited assessed on the same criteria they will every time the Connelly Awards come be for the competition. Mountain said around. the staff continues to improve in the “It’s a personal sense of pride in weeks leading up to the judging. what they do,” she said. “A lot of them “As the weeks progress, we get kind have been with us through all five of of amped up and get ready,” he said. our competitions. So they know what “We see the progress every week.” Sheila Ly prepares fish filets in the Freedom Inn Dining Facility kitchen on Oct. 18. The staff is fine-tuning its food preparation and service for the Philip A. Connelly Award competition on Nov. 8.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsArgentinean principalvisits Fort Meade schoolStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes tunity to share best practices on issues ofStaff Writer mutual interest in education. Garrison Commander Col. Edward The program is funded by the StateC. Rothstein and Silvia Monica Del Rey Department’s Bureau of Educationaltalked about their mutual love for educa- and Cultural Affairs.tion and shared pictures of their children Del Rey, whose fellowship at Manorover a cup of coffee. View ends Nov. 1, said she is interested Del Rey, principal of an elementary in learning about how technology is usedschool in Buenos Aires, met with the in American schools.colonel on Friday morning as part of a She has observed classes at Manorfellowship from the U.S. Department of View and has visited several schoolsState. She is participating in the three- within Anne Arundel County.week Educational Seminar Argentina “I am impressed,” Del Rey said of herAdministrator Exchange Program. time at Manor View. “The homework is “It was a very pleasant experience,” specialized.”Del Rey said of her visit with Rothstein She also said she admires the respectat garrison headquarters. “I felt at home, that students have for adults, and thelike he was a relative.” work and dedication of the staff. Del Rey, whose fellowship began Oct. “The principal is very enthusiastic and13, is being hosted by Donna O’Shea, friendly.” Del Rey said.principal of Manor View Elementary The fellowship also has included fun Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein welcomes to his office Silvia MonicaSchool. O’Shea also has been awarded activities such as shopping on the East- Del Rey (center), principal of an elementary school in Buenos Aires, and Donnaa fellowship from the State Department ern Shore, and trips to Washington, O’Shea, principal of Manor View Elementary School. Del Rey visited Rothstein as partto travel to Argentina to visit Del Rey’s D.C., a winery and a football game at the of a three-week exchange program funded by the State Department.school for three weeks next summer. U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The Educational Seminar 2012-2013 ing with Rothstein. Morris served as an During Friday’s visit on post, Del Rey various schools and mentioned that theArgentina Administrator Exchange Pro- interpreter for Del Rey. was escorted by O’Shea. Sarah Bonise, installation commemorates the contribu-gram is a short-term, mutual exchange Fort Meade’s School Liaison Officer,During the meeting, Rothstein spoke tions of various cultural groups through-opportunity for school principals in the briefly about the Fort Meade schools and William Morris, a homework aide out the year.United States and Argentina. The pro- and his partnership with principals and for Child, Youth and School Services at Del Rey and Rothstein also sharedgram provides principals with an oppor- parents to ensure that Fort Meade chil- the Teen Center, also attended the meet- photos of their children. Del Rey is the dren receive a quality education. He also mother of a 16-year-old daughter, who talked about his experience as a special aspires to a career in medicine, and of a education teacher before he entered the 20-year-old son who is studying econom- Improve Lives Army. “I haven’t lost the love for education,” ics at the University of Buenos Aires. Del Rey invited Rothstein and his th ugh yo ro ur Rothstein said. “It is a passion. My father was a teacher. Teaching is very family to visit her in Argentina. Roth- stein, who accepted the invitation, gave Wo rkplace Giving. important to me.” Del Rey is the principal of an elemen- Del Rey a Commander’s Coin of Excel- lence, which she said she would pass Please Designate: tary school in Buenos Aires that serves along to her son. 355 children from vulnerable families. After Del Rey’s meeting with Roth- Catholic CharitiesShe asked Rothstein about the involve- stein, O’Shea said she is looking forward ofBaltimore ment of the community in Fort Meade to visiting Del Rey’s school in Argen- # 54862 schools and whether Fort Meade chil- tina. dren are exposed to diverse cultural “I’ve always wanted to learn more Sarah’ House s activities. about everything,” O’Shea said. “I’ll # 89505 Rothstein gave Del Rey an overview learn about her school from a cross-cul- of the Parent Teacher Association in tural perspective.” Our Da Bread ily Employment Center # 17581 My Sister’s e Plac Follow Fort Meade Women ’sCenter # 23249 at Twitter.com/ftmeademd cc-m d.org/giveatwork10 SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsCoffee talkHoly Joe’s free java, tea aids Fort Meade unit ministry teamsStory and photo by Tina Miles casual conversation with no specific780th MI Brigade agenda,” said Chaplain Pete St. Mar-Public Affairs Office tin in Afghanistan in 2008, who is Nothing sets the mood for informal quoted on Holy Joe’s Cafe website.conversation in a comfortable setting Holy Joe’s flagship brew is Generallike a hot cup of coffee. Absolution Roast Coffee. As a result of the combined efforts Harris, who spearheaded the Meadeof Chaplain (Capt.) Ken Harris, project, first encountered Holy Joe’s780th Military Intelligence Brigade, coffee downrange while serving inand Holy Joe’s Café, the Unit Min- Balad, Iraq. Harris contacted Holyistry Team stationed on Fort Meade Joe’s in March with the request of justreceived a truckload of coffee on one pallet for his unit. The contactFriday. said, “If you’re getting a pallet, why Holy Joe’s donated 20 pallets of sev- not get a truckload?”eral brands of K-cup coffee and seven That’s when Harris came up withpallets of K-cup tea for distribution the garrisonwide idea and the collabo-to the Unit Ministry Teams as part ration began.of the chaplain’s ministry plan within “The coffee came in as a gift to ser-their units. vice members through the Fort Meade That translates to an average of 180 Chapel Tithes and Offerings fund,”cases of coffee or tea per pallet, four Harris said.boxes per case and 24 cups per box. Requests for coffee should come in “Tom Jastermsky and his team at through unit chaplains. “Holy Joe’sHoly Joe’s have helped our UMT requires that the coffee be a part ofreach out across the brigade, down whatever a UMT is already doing,”to company levels,” Harris said. “You Harris said.will soon begin to see coffee stations In a joint effort involving Army,that, as a result of this blessing from Navy, Air Force and National Secu-Holy Joe’s, will be used to reach out Chaplain (Capt.) Ken Harris, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, who spearheaded rity Agency chaplains, shipment wasto Soldiers and their families.” the Meade project, and Sgt. Ernest Tillinghast, chaplain’s assistant, open one of the set up and a warehouse for delivery Harris plans to utilize the donations boxes of coffee donated by Holy Joe’s Café to the Unit Ministry Teams on Fort Meade acceptance was established. Chaplainswithin the 780th MI Brigade by set- as part of the chaplain’s ministry plan within their units. postwide arranged for their individualting up areas that will not only contain distribution.coffee but other Family Life resources gregational Church in Wallingford, from their congregation and online to “Every unit on Fort Meade hasas well. They will be open and avail- Conn., sends coffee and tea to service fund their ministry. Everyone involved, a chaplain providing area coverage,able during regular business hours. members in the U.S. and to those from the roasters to the distributors, is even if there is no chaplain assigned,” “We don’t want the Soldiers to have deployed worldwide. a volunteer. Harris said.to come to our office,” Harris said. First Congregational Church works “Coffee has the effect of making the With all that coffee brewing, all that“We want the resources to be available through chaplains of all military ser- chaplain’s space a nice place to hang is left now is for service members towherever they are.” vices, at no cost to the Soldier or the out. It is in these moments that God stop by and enjoy a welcoming cup Holy Joe’s, a ministry of First Con- government. They solicit donations and I do our best work, I believe: in o’ Joe. The Washington Savings Bank Purchase Rewards Find out more at twsb.com Turn Everyday Purchases into Cash Saving Real Money Just Got Real Easy. Just log on to TWSB Just Use Your TWSB Debit Card at twsb.com 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 Highwayhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
N ewsCentral PersonnelClearance Facilityholds final celebrationStory and photo by Joe Cohen thanked all in attendance who contrib-Public Affairs Program Representative uted to the overwhelming success of theU.S. Army Central Personnel Clearance CCF over its 35-year tenure.Facility Security specialist Bruce Kessler pre- Approximately 200 people celebrated sented an overview of CCF throughoutthe U.S. Army Central Personnel Clear- its journey. He highlighted CCF leadingance Facility’s 35th and final anniversary all of DoD in its innovative advance-on Oct. 18 at McGill Training Center. ments made in adjudicative technology Those attending included current and and other business practices, which areformer civilian employees, military per- now a staple for all clearance adjudica-sonnel, contractors and invited guests. tions facilities — not only for the DoD On Oct. 1, 1977, the CCF began but the entire federal government.operations in order to adjudicate all U.S. The guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Robert Employees of the U.S. Army Central Personnel Clearance Facility watch as Brig.Army’s military, civilian and contractors’ L. Walter Jr., deputy commanding gener- Gen. Robert L. Walter Jr., deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligencesecurity clearances in one consolidated al of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security and Security Command; Dorthe Brush, B Branch chief and the longest-serving DoDfacility to make the process more effec- Command, spoke of the many successes civilian staffer at CCF; and Benjamin Martin, Files Management, the most recent CCFtive and efficient with a consistent set of CCF has achieved over the years, includ- employee, cut the cake at the CCF 35th and final anniversary celebrated Oct. 18 atrules and guidelines. ing the 400,000 cases that CCF adjudi- McGill Training Center. In December, the CCF will join with cated in 2009 to meet the congressionalthe other DoD Clearance Adjudicative mandate of the Intelligence Reform and Task Force, the Clearance Adjudication Both Fish and Walter praised theagencies at the newly formed Depart- Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Tracking System, and implementation group for always meeting the challengesment of Defense Clearance Adjudicative Walter also spoke of the efficiency of the Homeland Security Presiden- put before them and they looked forwardFacility at Fort Meade. and effectiveness of CCF and its many tial Directive 12 — while never losing to the impact the people of CCF will CCF Commander Col. Edward J. innovative business practices, includ- sight of the critical mission of national have on the Consolidated Department of“Ned” Fish welcomed everyone and ing the creation of the Insider Threat security. Defense Clearance Adjudicative Facility. Turning lemons into lemonade Lemon Laws protect consumers of newly purchased, leased vehicles By Capt. William Biggers car. But how do you know if the vehicle you attempt, and that causes the vehicle to fail reduced by a fair usage fee, not to exceed 15 Fort Meade Legal Assistance just purchased is indeed a “lemon” under Maryland’s safety inspection. percent of the original vehicle’s cost. In the early 1800s, the word “lemon” was these laws? • You have any one problem that substan- But what if you live in the District of used by the English to describe a person who Each state sets the standard for what is, and tially impairs the use and market value of the Columbia or the state of Virginia? was sour or unfriendly. This was later picked is not, a lemon, and the state of Maryland is vehicle that was not corrected in four or more Thankfully, both have their own Lemon up by Americans as a slang term for some- no different. First and foremost though, repair attempts. Laws as well. However, each state’s laws vary thing broken. Maryland’s Lemon Laws only apply to either • You have any number of problems that and it’s best to consult with an attorney to How we made the jump from “unfriendly” newly purchased or leased vehicles (less than substantially impairs the use and market determine whether or not you qualify under to “broken” is unclear. But nevertheless, the 24 months from the date of purchase), which value of the vehicle that have caused it to be the applicable Lemon Law statutes in other term “lemon” is used to describe a defective include cars, light trucks and motorcycles. out of service for a cumulative total of 30 or states. car. In addition, the vehicle must be registered more days. If you think you qualify under the Mary- In fact, brand-new “broken” or “lemon” in the state of Maryland and it must have less If your car is indeed a lemon, the manu- land Lemon Law statute, want to know cars have become such a problem that we’ve than 18,000 miles on the odometer. facturer has 30 days to correct the problem. more about the Lemon Laws of other states, enacted laws all over the country called If your vehicle meets the above criteria, If the problem cannot be corrected, you are or need help with the process of seeking a Lemon Laws, which protect consumers from then it may be considered a lemon if it falls entitled to either an exact replacement vehicle refund from the vehicle manufacturer, call an inherently defective vehicle. into any one of the following categories: or a refund of your purchase. the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office at There’s nothing more frustrating than hav- • You have a brake or steering failure, If you receive a refund of your purchase, 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536 to schedule an ing mechanical difficulties with a brand new which was not corrected after the first repair there is one caveat. The purchase price will be appointment to meet with an attorney.12 SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
C over S tory Meade goes country Conference Center hosts Western-themed event By Navy Seaman Nicolas N. Lopez previous years. Defense Information School The hope was that more junior service Yeehaw! members would attend Meade’s Gone More than 140 service members and Country, said Wendy Gibbs, the commu- civilians, including members of the nity recreation officer for DFMWR. Defense Information School community, “We have done Oktoberfest for years, attended the first Meade’s Gone Coun- but it’s been declining,” she said. “We’re try celebrated Friday at The Conference constantly looking for ways to meet the Center. needs of service members.” The purpose of the four-hour event, Initial plans included a country music which was sponsored by the Fort Meade band, so the theme was pushed in that Directorate of Family and Morale, Wel- direction, said Stacy Echard, special fare and Recreation, was to provide an events coordinator for DFMWR. Photos by brian krista alternative to the annual Oktoberfest of Although the band was unavailable, the14 SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
Photo by Spc. Joseph Joyntevent was still a great plan, said Echard. CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Participants rode a mechanical bull, Garrison Commander Col. Edward C.threw darts, won prizes, sampled the whis- Rothstein poses with Stacy Echard, specialkey bar and learned to line dance, events coordinator for the Directorate of “When the instructor arrived, the dance Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation,floor was packed,” Gibbs said. “Everyone which sponsored Meade’s Gone Country onwanted to learn how to do the dance.” Friday evening at The Conference Center. The tasty and affordable food also waspopular among junior service members, Lance Cpl. Dan Moulton dons a cowboy hatsaid Gibbs. as he takes in the action of the mechanical Another draw was the mechanical bull, bull, a popular attraction at Meade’s Gonea machine designed to replicate the riding Country.of a bucking animal. “It’s a little more difficult than it A pair of cowboy boots sits beside an oldlooks,” said Sarah Leslie after she rode whiskey barrel, part of the country-westernthe mechanical bull for the first time. decor at The Conference Center.“That first whip around was too strong.… I thought I was gonna die.” Sarah Leslie takes on the mechanical bull Senior Master Sgt. Gary Rihn, a stu- at Meade’s Gone Country on Friday at Thedent at the Public Affairs Qualification Conference Center. Participants also linedCourse at DINFOS, also enjoyed the up for dart-throwing contests, line danceevent. lessons, food and a whiskey bar. “I like it; I’m country,” Rihn said. “Ilive out in the country, my wife and I have Navy Yeoman 1st Class Chris Horton takesa farm. This brings me back to that.” aim while competing in a game of darts. Photo by brian kristahttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
N ewsBe alert when sharing road with bicyclists, pedestriansBy Charles W. Curtis Jr. Drivers Bicycles operated on Army posts during ping out.Joint Munitions Command • Be aware of busy pedestrian cross- hours of darkness must have an operable • When crossing, continue to checkRock Island Arsenal, Ill. walk intersections and obey the traffic headlight and taillight, and riders must for traffic from all directions. Look out Look around the post where you’re signals. wear a reflective upper outer garment. while crossing corners where motoristsassigned. On any given day, you can see • Slow down in marked school zones • The wearing of headphones, ear- are allowed to turn right on a red light.people walking, jogging or riding bicycles. and playground areas. phones or other listening devices while • Maintain situational awareness at all But did you know how great a threat • Don’t speed though parking lots bicycling on or adjacent to roadways on times. Look out for small children whopedestrians and bicycle riders face as they because unattended small children and military installations is prohibited. may be unattended or depending on ashare the road with motorists? According physically handicapped wheelchair oper- • Do not drink alcohol while riding a crossing guard to safely cross the street.to the National Highway Traffic Safety ators may unexpectedly appear from bicycle. If there is an accident and you • Watch where you’re going and beAdministration, between 2000 and 2008 behind vehicles. are at fault, your riding privilege may be alert for overhead falling object hazardsan average of more than 4,700 people died • Look out for pedestrians at bus stop revoked. when walking in construction areas.each year from being struck by motor areas. Passengers may be crossing in front • If you share the road with streetcars • Watch for trip hazards caused byvehicles. of or behind busses and not seen until the and automobiles, make sure you yield as uneven pavement or foreign objects on These accidents are typically caused by last moment. required by local law. Normally, streetcars sidewalks.negligence. Automobile drivers sometimes • Stay alert for marching or running have the right of way. • Obey regulations concerning head-fail to observe traffic lights, stop or yield troop formations and obey designated • Look out for buses loading and phone usage when on post. Army regu-signs, marked pedestrian-crossing lights or road guards and crossing officials. unloading passengers and buses entering lations prohibit wearing portable head-crosswalk paths. or exiting traffic lanes. phones, earphones or other listening While bicyclists are sometimes ignored Bicyclists devices while walking on or adjacent toby motorists, some bicyclists make the Pedestrians roadways or roadway intersections. • Obey posted speed limits and trafficproblem worse by disregarding the traffic regulations. • Always look for a designated cross- • Runners should wear reflective vests,laws they are supposed obey. • If you share a bicycle lane with a walk before crossing a road or highway. especially during hours of limited vis- Pedestrians put themselves in danger vehicle roadway, stay in your lane and • Make sure you cross only when the ibility, and stay only on authorized runby not waiting for the “WALK” signals to look out for vehicles as well as pedestrian traffic light or pedestrian light indicates routes at approved times.appear on pedestrian streetlight indicators traffic. green or “WALK.” Some crosswalk sig- The bottom line: situational aware-before crossing busy roads or intersec- • If you share a sidewalk with pedes- nal indicators have a raised hand symbol ness is vital for safety. Pedestrians andtions. trians, stay in your lane and be sure to for “STOP” or the image of a person bicyclists must be aware of each other, At bus stops and in busy parking lots, provide an audible signal when overtaking walking to indicate “GO.” vehicles and traffic flow.pedestrians sometimes raise their risk of a pedestrian. Also, remember pedestrians • Stop at the road curb edge, corner Vehicle drivers need to remain alertbeing struck by weaving between parked have the right of way. or parked vehicle before proceeding to for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, heavy-and moving vehicles. Small children walk- • Wear protective gear as required. Bicy- cross. use crossing areas and the unexpecteding in parking lots can be too short to be clists on Army installations are required to • Stop, look and listen. Check for traf- hazard of a child or runner darting intoseen by drivers as these youngsters make wear helmets approved by the Consumer fic from both directions, first looking left oncoming traffic.their way between vehicles or exit school Product Safety Commission or certified and then right before crossing. Being alert while sharing the roadsbuses. by the American Society for Testing and • Don’t take traffic lights or pedes- and walkways — whether we’re driving, Here are some tips to keep in mind Materials. trian WALK signals for granted. Always bicycling, walking or running — can helpabout pedestrian safety: check for oncoming traffic before step- us all reach our destinations safely.Fee assistance provided for Army child care The new Army Family Child Care Parent subsidies. to encourage more families to utilize home. After 15 minutes, the charge is $5Fee Assistance and Provider Support The FCC fees established by Army FCC homes as their primary child care per child/per site for the next 45 minutesIncentives for the 2012 to 2013 school Installation Management Command are choice. and then $5 per child for each houryear will be effective Nov. 1 for all Family 10 percent below installation fees. This Patrons using FCC also will receive a thereafter.Child Care programs on Army Installa- means that patrons using FCC providers 15 percent, multiple-child discount and a Late fees are payable at pickup.tions. for their child care needs will pay 10 per- parent-participation fee reduction based Parents currently enrolled in an FCC Centrally funded subsidies will be pro- cent less than they would pay if they had on local standards, and would be eligible home must visit Parent Central Services,vided in two parts: centrally funded fee a similar slot in a facility setting. for fee adjustments based on documented located at 1900 Reece Road, before Nov.assistance for families that qualify to use All families using FCC must enroll hardship situations. 1 for a recalculation of their income cat-Child, Youth and School Services and their children through Parent Central Those patrons who have mission-relat- egory for determination of the new fee.centrally funded indirect and direct incen- Services. ed extended duty would be eligible for When visiting Parent Central Services,tives for Army FCC providers. FCC fees are based on the published extended-duty fee assistance. parents must provide proof of income This is an affordability incentive to facility rates, with the exception of special Hourly care in FCC homes will be $4 or full-time student status. Those failingenroll children in regularly scheduled endorsement cases. per hour per child. Providers may set their to provide income documentation willchild care in FCC homes. The fee assistance represents a savings own fee for nonduty-related night care. automatically be placed in the highest All FCC providers must participate for families over the Child Development Late-pickup fees will be the same as fee category.in the FCC Fee Assistance and Support Centers and School Age Center fees in the CDC/SAC: $1 per minute up to For more information, call Parent Cen-Incentive Program in order to receive fee based on Total Family Income categories. 15 minutes per site, regardless of the tral Services at 301-677-1149, 301-677-assistance and all other indirect or direct This savings is an efficiency incentive number of children in care in the FCC 1156 or 301-677-1104.16 SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
C ommunity N ews N otes Frightfully Fun 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion. A variety of Halloween activities and alternative events is offered on and off post. Below is a listing. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85. Pumpkin fundraiser The pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. The installation’s Combined Federal Campaign will sponsor a pumpkin carving For more information, call 301- contest on Oct. 31 to help Fort Meade reach its $500,000 goal. 677-7916. Cost to enter is $20 per pumpkin. Entries should be dropped off outside the commissary between 8 and 9 a.m. on Hallelujah Festival Halloween. Commissary patrons will vote on the entries in four categories: scariest, The Fort Meade Religious funniest, most creative and unit pride. Support Office will sponsor its Winners will be announced that day at 2 p.m. annual Hallelujah Festival for For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Seymore at ronald. children ages 3 to 12 on Tuesday email@example.com or 301-677-6672; or Chief Warrant Officer Branch from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pavilion. Staton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-677-6667. The event will feature food, games, a moon bounce, crafts, Harvest festival prizes and grab bags. For more information, call USO-Metro will host a harvest festival on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at McGill Marcia Eastland at 301-677-0386. Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Halloween Happenings Around Town The free event for active-duty service members and their families will feature a pumpkin patch, moon bounce, costume contest, magician, crafts, games and bike giveaways. For more information, call Queen Waddell, USO-Metro Fort Meade Center VFW Post 160 party coordinator, at 410-305-0660. A Halloween party will be held Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Halloween Decorating Contest Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The event will feature a DJ, costume contest, Jell-O shooters, 50/50 and laydowns. Picerne Military Housing invites all residents living in family housing to participate Cost is $15 and includes snacks, draft beer, water and soda. A cash bar with in a Halloween Decorating Contest. “happy hour” prices will be available. No BYOB. Winners in each neighborhood will receive a gift card. All proceeds benefit the annual Christmas baskets. Judging will take place next week, beginning Monday, after dark. Winners will be selected based on the creativity and overall impression of their yard. Down on the farm For more information, call your neighborhood center. The apple trees and pumpkin patches at Larriland Farm, 2415 Woodbine Road ESC ‘Spooktacular’ Quarter Auction in Woodbine, are ready for autumn harvesting. The barn is filled with items for sale. The property is decorated with witches, The Enlisted Spouses Club will host a ‘Spooktacular’ Quarter Auction on Friday scarecrows and monsters. at Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, Jessup. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can pick apples and pumpkins, enjoy fresh- Doors open at 6 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m. pressed cider and take a hayride that includes a stop at the pumpkin field where The event will feature 10 vendors auctioning off items of their own company. everyone selects their favorite pumpkin. Prizes range from one-quarter bids up to four-quarter bids. Wagons run continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Food and raffles will be available. A raffle will be held for all registrants in Young children will enjoy making their way through the straw-bale maze and costume. visiting the not-too-scary Boo Barn. Register online for an extra paddle or choice of raffle ticket to be added to the For more information, call 301-854-6110, visit pickyourown.com or call the “magic paddle” drawing. Hayride Hotline at 410-489-7034. Purchase tickets online at ftmeadeesc.org. Registration will be open at the door. Haunted hayride Costume party The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum at 12985 Frederick Celebrate Halloween with a costume party on Friday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Road in West Friendship is offering three-mile haunted hay rides on Friday and the 11th Frame Lounge and deck at the Lanes. Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. The rides leave the museum, located across from the Howard County The event will feature a DJ, prizes, food and specials. Fairgrounds, through three miles of dark woods, with costumed actors doing For more information, call 301-677-5541. “doing their very best to make you scream!” Cost is $15 per person. A concession stand with light refreshments such as hot Ghost, Ghoul and Goblin 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk dogs and hot chocolate will be available. The installation’s annual Run Series continues with the Ghost, Ghoul and Goblin Rides will be canceled for storms or steady rain. For more information, call 410-489-2345 or visit farmheritage.org.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community Elizabeth Marcano at 301-677-8487 or“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All email email@example.com are posted at the editor’s dis- mil.cretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional community Veterans luncheonevents on the Fort Meade website at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club andFacebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. co-sponsors are sponsoring the Veterans For more information or to submit an Appreciation Day Luncheon on Nov. 3 atannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. 10:30 a.m. at Club Meade.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602. Socializing will be from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m. Co-sponsors include the Association NEWS EVENTS of the U.S. Army, Enlisted Spouses Club, Military Officers Association of America, Military Order of the World Wars, Officers’ Spouses’ Club and The RetiredFee-free layaway Enlisted Association. The Army Air Force Exchange This event is for all military ranks,Service’s Holiday Layaway program is personnel, veterans, their families andnow fee-free. friends, and the civilian community. Shoppers simply select their gifts for The keynote speaker will be retired The first-place prize is a $2,000 confidentiality at no cost.layaway and stop by customer service to Brig. Gen. George G. Price. The West Exchange gift card. The second-place prize Chaplain (Maj.) Mark J. Jacobs servescomplete the layaway process. Point Alumni Glee Club will perform a is a $1,000 Exchange gift card. as director of the Chaplain Family Life “Fee-free” means that while the Fort patriotic musical tribute. Each of the five third-place winners will Center, which is located at 7100 Rocken-Meade Exchange collects an initial $3 Cost is $25 per person. Tables seat 10 receive a $500 Exchange gift card. bach Road and Grandea Avenue.processing fee for new layaways, that and will be assigned on a first-come, first- To enter, fans should submit their cutest Hours are Monday through Fridayamount is returned to customers, via served basis. kiddo photo and complete an online entry from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.an Exchange Merchandise Gift Card, For more information, call co- form at facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX. To schedule an appointment, call 301-upon final payment and pick up of their chairpersons Lianne Roberts at 301-464- Fans will vote on which photos should 677-3784 or 301-677-3785.items. 5498 or Althea Freeman at 410-451-9709. win. In addition, toy layaway will be Harvest Fest Revival The photo submission period runs to Chicago Style Steppin’extended through Dec. 23. Nov. 8. Fan voting period is from Nov. 9 Also, for a limited time only, Nov. 1 to Dec. 6. Dance the night away at Chicago Style The Missionary Ministry of thethrough Dec. 16, Fort Meade shoppers All eight winners will be announced Steppin on Friday from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Gospel Service invites thecan place computers, laptops, iPads and Dec. 12. Club Meade. community to its “Harvest Fest Revivalnetbooks on layaway. Full contest rules can be found on the Free lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 2012” on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 from 7 to A deposit of 15 percent is required Exchange Facebook page. p.m. 9 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center,when starting the layaway process. See Food and drink will be available for 7100 Rockenbach Road and Grandea purchase.customer service for program details and Avenue. Donate to Ticketline For more information, call 301-677-6969.eligibility. For more information, call Michael Eaton at 410-446-5307. ProgramDiabetes Health Fair Donate your unused tickets to USO- Latin Club Night The Diabetes Health Fair will be Car seat check Metro’s Ticketline Program. Enjoy a nightclub atmosphere atheld Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Support our troops by donating Latin Club Night on Nov. 2 from 8 p.m. The Fort Meade Fire Department and tickets to sporting and entertainmentKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center in to 1 a.m. at Club Meade. state of Maryland will host a free car events in the Washington-Baltimorethe Primary Care Clinic on the first floor. There is no cover charge. Cash bar is seat check on Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. region for local service members to The health fair, sponsored by available. in the Demps Visitor Control Center attend in your place.Kimbrough’s Primary Care Division, will For more information, call 301-677-6969. parking lot at the intersection of Route Tickets are redistributed to active-focus on both disease management and 175 and Reece Road.preventive health care. No appointment necessary. duty service members and their families OSC holiday bazaar The following services are available by at no cost. To ensure proper fit, bring the vehicle All ticket donations are considered in- The Officers’ Spouses’ Club willappointment only: diabetic foot exams; and car seat owner’s manuals and the host its 13th Annual Holiday Bazaarwell-woman exams; mammography; oral kind donations. child who will be using the seat. To donate tickets or for more on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. andcancer screening; nutritional counseling; For more information, call 301-677- Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.evaluation for colon cancer screening; information, email ticketline@usometro. 5577. org or call 703-881-8490. The free event is open to the publicbehavioral health care services; medication and will feature regional and localreview and reconciliation; diabeticannual blood tests (AIC, LDL); and flu Cutest Kiddo Contest Family Life Center artisans, a visit by Santa, food, raffles and entertainment for all ages.shot, pneumonia, shingles and other The 3rd Annual Facebook Cutest The Chaplain Family Life Center Vendors for Fort Meade and Nationalvaccinations. Kiddo Contest for Exchange Facebook at Argonne Hills Chapel Center offers Security Agency family readiness groups Bring with you all your medications, fans will be held through Dec. 6. services covering every area of life may set up at no charge.glucometers, glucometer supplies and The grand prize is a Disney cruise including personal, marital, children, Applications are being acceptedblood sugar logs. trip for four to the Bahamas, plus a $500 family, divorce, grief and relationships. from regional and local crafters to To schedule an appointment, call Exchange gift card, Services are provided with complete18 SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
C ommunity N ews N otesparticipate in the event. Remaining sessions will be Nov. 8, 15 classes at the Community Readiness Center, along the lakeside. Cost is $59.95 The fee for a 10-by-8 weekend booth and 29, and Dec. 6 and 13. 830 Chisholm Ave., to DoD identification (plus tax) and includes mountain bikeis $75. The class will study “Living cardholders, including active-duty service and helmet rental, wine, cheese and Proceeds will go to the OSC Victoriously in Difficult Times” by Kay members, retirees and their family members, bread. For more information, visitScholarship and Welfare Fund to Arthur. DoD civilian employees and contractors. terrapinadventures.com.benefit the Fort Meade community. To register, call 301-677-3785. Registration is required for each class. • Leisure Travel Services is offering its For more information, email • Credit Management: Today, 1 next monthly bus trip to New York City onDawn at email@example.com Couples evening study to 3 p.m. This workshop provides Nov. 10, with discounts to attractions. Busor visit http://fmoscholidaybazaar. information on establishing credit cost is $55. For more information, call 301-com/ or https://www.facebook.com/ Protestant Women of the Chapel is history, choosing and using credit 677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.FtMeadeOscHolidayBazaar. offering to couples a free evening study and debit cards, debt-to-income ratio, of the book, “The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted,” on Thursdays at 6:45 consumer installment loans, credit MEETINGSCareer fair p.m. through Dec. 20 at Argonne Hills reports, and effectively managing your credit. A free career fair for active-duty and Chapel Center. • Common Sense Parenting: Friday, • Society of Military Widows meets forretired military, former service members Free child care is provided. For more 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. brunch the fourth Sunday of the month atand enlisted service members and their information, call 301-677-6035 or email • Effective Communication: Nov. 1, 9 11 a.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting isspouses will be held Tuesday from 9 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ftmeadepwoc. to 11 a.m. Sunday. For more information, call Bettya.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton National org. • Resume Writing: Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to Jones at 410-730-0127.Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., Arlington, Va. noon. This workshop will provide tips on • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the The career fair is hosted by the Cyber safety seminar winning resume styles, the importance of Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the firstMilitary Officers Association of cover letters and tips on following up on Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at ClubAmerica. Employers from 50 regional The Family Action Board will host a cyber safety seminar for adults and your resume. Meade. The next prayer breakfast is Nov.and national companies will look for • Dollars and Sense: Nov. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. 1. The guest speaker will be Kirk Fechter,potential employees with a variety of children in middle school and higher today from 6 to 7 p.m. at McGill Topics include: Basic Budgeting, Finan- director of the Installation Safety Office.job skills. cial Goals and Priorities, Saving and All Fort Meade employees, family Pre-career fair seminars will begin at Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. The seminar will address online sexual Investing, and Managing Your Credit. members, and civilian and military8 a.m. • Medical records review: Have your personnel are invited. There is no cost for For more information, call 800-234- predators and cyber bullying as well as techniques that parents can use to medical records reviewed by Mr. Thornton the buffet; donations are optional. For moreMOAA (6622); email careerfair@moaa. of AMVETS. Appointment required at 301- information, call 301-677-6703 or emailorg; or visit the MOAA website at protect their children from these threats. Specialists will explain how sexual 677-9017. email@example.com/careerfair. For more information, call ACS at 301- • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the predators make initial contact and the techniques predators use to meet 677-5590 or the Fleet Center at 301-677- first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at EDUCATION children offline. Speakers also will 9017. Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 address the seriousness of bullying and Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting the special set of problems created by is Nov. 1 in the banquet hall in back of the cyber bullying. Prevention techniques YOUTH building. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For moreArmy Education Week will be stressed. information, call 410-674-4000. The seminar is limited to 120 people. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of The Fort Meade Army Education Anne Arundel County conducts a free supportCenter will celebrate “American RSVP by email to info@ Story Time group for families with a loved one sufferingEducation Week” from Nov. 13 to 16. familyactionboard.org. The Medal of Honor Memorial from mental illness on the first Thursday An information briefing on how toachieve certification while pursuing a Auto care courses Library offers pre-kindergarten Story Time on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325 Annapolisdegree will be held Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. The Automotive Skills Center at 6530 or 10:30 to 11 a.m. Road. The next meeting is Nov. 1. For moreto 2 p.m. at 55th Combat Camera, 831 Taylor Ave. offers monthly courses from • Today: “Trick or Treat — Books are information, visit namiaac.org.Chisholm Ave. 1 to 3 p.m. Neat” • Protestant Women of the Chapel meets Representatives from the following Cost is $10 per class. For more information, call 301- Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. atschool will provide an overview of Active-duty service members, DoD 677-5522 or 301-677-4509 or visit Argonne Hills Chapel Center. There are eighttheir certificate programs and answer civilians, retired and Reserve personnel ftmeademwr.com. different Bible studies to choose from. Thisquestions: University of Maryland, and their family members are eligible. year’s theme is Generation 2 Generation.University College; Webster University; An FMWR card is required to use Learn what it means to leave a Godly legacyCentral Michigan University; Stratford the center. New patrons must first view RECREATION to the next generation. Free child care isCollege; Trident University; and Anne a 20-minute safety video, then attend a provided. For more information, call 301-Arundel Community College. 10-minute briefing. 677-6035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Seating is limited. The following courses are offered: For more information, email john. • Sunday: How to replace brake pads Out About ftmeadepwoc.org. • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will hold email@example.com or call 301- shoes • Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry next monthly luncheon on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m.677-6421. • Nov. 18: Basic Welding 101 St. in Savage, is offering a Bike Wine at Club Meade. Cost is $15. Reservations are For more information, call 301-677- Tour on Saturday. The event features required by Nov. 1.Bible study 5542. a 12-mile easy ride along the Little ROWC members will model jewelry. Bring A six-week Bible study program will Patuxent River over paved paths and friends and family, and your checkbookbe held Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 Career, financial classes hard-packed dirt. After the two-mile to begin your holiday shopping. Forp.m. beginning today at Argonne Hills Army Community Service and the Fleet ride around Lake Elkhorn in Howard reservations, call your area representativeChapel Center. and Family Support Center offer free County, enjoy some wine, cheese, bread or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 19
S portsSoldier, daughter embrace Tae Kwon DoBy Sgt. Erick Yates352nd Civil Affairs CommandPublic Affairs Office A trip to the Republic of Korea for theWorld Tae Kwon Do Culture Expo madefor a memorable summer experience forone Civil Affairs Soldier and his 10-year-old daughter. After being sponsored by her instructorat the H.K. Lee Academy of Tae KwonDo in Herndon, Va., Ashley Handy dis-tinguished herself with a bronze medal inher division at the international event. Col. Quincy Handy, deputy com-mander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Com-mand, a U.S. Army Reserve unit at FortMeade, said he was very impressed withhis daughter’s achievement. Both Handys competed in the event,which was held in July in South Korea’sNorth Jeolla province. “She was selected because she reallyembraces tae kwon do,” Handy said. Handy, who also practices tae kwon doand is a third-degree black belt, startedtraining for the expo when he found outhis daughter was selected. This allowedHandy to escort Ashley to the competi-tion as a competitor in his own right. “Being able to compete at this level ofcompetition gave me a deep understand-ing of where you can go at that level oftraining,” he said. Handy earned a silver medal at thecompetition. “Not everyone who competed was ableto walk away with a medal,” he said. Meeting international competitors,competing with friends and developingfriendships were just some of the high-lights that made the trip memorable forHandy and his daughter. Photo courtesy 352nd Civil Affairs Command “I got a better understanding of thespirit of tae kwon do while embracing Col. Quincy Handy, deputy commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command on Fort Meade, prepares to train with his 10-year-oldthe culture,” Handy said. daughter Ashley wearing the medals they won in July at the World Tae Kwon Do Culture Expo in the Republic of Korea. Ashley While both father and daughter com- won a bronze medal in her division. Her dad, a third-degree black belt, took home silver.peted, the two experienced just as muchoutside the competition. With the Sum- Korea. I said ‘Yes.’ Of course I wanted to do my best.” an African American instructor at themer Olympics approaching, the two had to go.” Ashley said she knows that this was a academy, usually selects one Africana chance to see South Korea’s tae kwon Ashley stayed with a South Korean one-time opportunity for her to compete, American girl in the academy everydo team practice. They also visited a family whose daughter also practices and that she realizes that even though she year to help keep their interest up. Thetraditional folk village, in addition to tae kwon do. One of the things Ashley had a chance to learn about and experi- instructor generally selects a studentother sites. said she learned while staying with her ence a different culture, she still has to who demonstrates the necessary traits The Handys learned about Ashley’s host was that their style of training in work hard at her own school to prove she in learning this skill, Georgina Handyselection a month before the competi- tae kwon do is very different than what earned that chance. said.tion. she is used to. Ashley’s mother, Georgina Handy, The competition certainly motivated “When the school called, my dad “I learned that they practice every said Ashley’s potential to progress must Ashley, said her father.called me downstairs,” recalled Ashley. single day for 10 hours, and I only prac- be demonstrated and her obedience to “Going to the Republic of Korea for“I was not sure what was going on, and tice one hour,” Ashley said. the training had to be shown to get this the World Tae Kwon Do Culture Expothen my dad explained why the school This experience, she said, “made me opportunity. made Ashley want to become a highercalled and asked if I wanted to go to want to work harder and made me want Georgina Handy said that Kathy Lee, black belt than me,” he said.20 SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports ShortsLive strong Ghost, Ghoul and Goblin 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk The installation’s annual Run Series continues with the Ghost, Ghoul and Goblin 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion. So Lance Armstrong got busted for cheat- tions. Do you seeing. And … ? the outrage? Listen The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run Not for nothing, but if you didn’t know to the announcers. is $25.that Armstrong, a cancer survivor and for- Do you hear the The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85.mer seven-time Tour De France champion, disgust? The pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. On thewas living strong thanks to some needles youtube.com/ day of the event, the cost is $60 per family.and oxygenated blood, then I don’t know watch?v=1Yf1nJ All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.what to tell you. YkCHQplayne The next run will be the Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Nov. 17 Well, after being out of pocket for a few xt=1list=PL31F Chad T. Jones, at Murphy Field Houseweeks, there are some things I want to tell you: 643BBCDBA8997 Public Affairs For more information, call 301-677-7916.Justin Verlander is tougher than Chuck Nor- feature=results_ Officerris youtube.com/watch?v=f67LgpJBPPE. mainLance Ski club All is right in the world again after Michi- youtube.com/watch?v=MIl5RxhLZ5U The Sun, Snow, Surf Ski Club at Fort Meade is seeking new members forgan finally beat MSU after four seasons, and youtube.com/watch?v=ZBYLsp0UCTw its 2013 trips.Mr. Jones’ little boy must be growing up since feature=related The club, which organizes a variety of athletic activities including ski trips,he’d rather watch a presidential debate than youtube.com/watch?v=uAuWtglqB3ofe bicycling, hiking and social activities, travels across the country and Europe.Monday Night Football. ature=related The club also sponsors activities in the area. But in light of the most recent downfall yo u t u b e. c o m / w a t c h ? v = H w S Z r _ For more information or to join, call Bill Bishop at 301-604-2113 or emailof an American icon, I want to readdress qGvDAfeature=related Hoopsgap@aol.com.the issue of cheating in sports through the You may have noticed I threw in the Lanceuse of Performance Enhancing Drugs, akaPEDs, or aka by me, Performance Equal- Armstrong commercial clip just to provide a bit of irony and to transition to the point that NFL Sundayizing Drugs. the athletes are not the only ones who need to The Lanes’ lounge is a showing venue for NFL games this football season, Way back in June of 2009, I wrote: The cut the “holier than though” attitude. with the exception of local blackouts, on eight, 42-inch high-definition flat-term “performance enhancing” is a myth Pat McQuaid, the president of the Interna- screen televisions. Food service and full bar are available.because athletes no longer take these sub- tional Cycling Union, which stripped Arm- For more information, call 301-677-5541.stances to give them an advantage over their strong of his wins and accomplishments, saidopponents. They are taking them so that they “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling; Texas Hold ‘emcan keep up with their opponents. That’s why he deserves to be forgotten in cycling.”the term “performance equalizing” is far Tough words, except that anybody that Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes.more appropriate. UIC would replace Armstrong with is prob- Games are free and open to the public. In that same column I wrote about Jose ably cheating, too. Here’s my proof: The For more information, call 301-677-5541.Canseco’s claims regarding PED use, includ- seven titles the UIC took from Armstronged some comments about Lance Armstrong, are going to be vacated and not handed Dollar Daysand revealed the three hard truths all sports down to anyone else because 20 of the 21 The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.fans had to face when dealing with PEDs: top-three finishers in those tours are also tied Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, 1) Your favorite star is probably juicing, to doping — 20 of 21! small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.too. And you can’t blame any of those riders, For more information, call 301-677-5541. 2) Performance equalizing has been going or other athletes, for what they did. That’son for a long, long time. 3) You can’t blame the athletes for trying. not to say you’d make the same decisions. But don’t act as if you were in their shoes, EFMP bowling The final truth - you can’t blame them for you wouldn’t at least think about going down The Exceptional Family Member Program bowling events are held the thirdtrying - is the one I think most sports fans their path. Tuesday of each month at the Lanes.still have a hard time dealing with because You’d be silly not to because, what are The next EFMP bowling event will be Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.it is so counter to everything we learned on the honest consequences? Jail? No. Loss of Events are open to Fort Meade exceptional family members and their family“Sesame Street,” or the playground, or even money? Probably not enough to put them in members and features free buffet food and giveaways.in our lives of service. I certainly know Drill the poor house. Pride? Maybe for a while or Exceptional family members ages 18 and younger and their siblings may register forSgt. Parler at Student Company wasn’t PTing until Honey Boo Boo does something news- free games and shoe rental at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html.me into buying into the value of cheating. worthy popwatch.ew.com/2012/10/23/honey- Adult exceptional family members may register for free games and shoe rental at And when we were growing up, what did boo-boo-fakes-sleep-dr-drew/. the EFMP office at 301-677-4779. Discounted games and shoe rental will be offered toour parents, teachers, coaches and role mod- And as for our fan indignation, don’t other adult family members.els always tell us? worry, it won’t last forever. But even if it For more information, email Anita Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org or call “Cheaters never win.” does, there will be another equalizer to cheer 301-677-4779. Well, I think it is clear that in sports, before you know it.cheaters not only win, they get paid and they If you have comments on this or anything For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.become heroes. Don’t believe me? Check out to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.the following clips and notice the fans’ reac- email@example.com://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 25, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 21
Get to work on time. M ovies Know the hours The movie schedule is subject to change. For of operation for a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Access Gates Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. on Fort Meade Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5 for adults (12 and older) and $2.50 for children. Demps Visitor Control Center, Bldg. 902 Reece Road Today through Nov. 16 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday Gate 1: Mapes Road and Route 32 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week Gate 2: Mapes Road and Maryland Route 175 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; Today Wednesday: “ParaNorman” (PG). closed weekends and holidays Animated film in which Norman, a boy who can speak with the dead, must defend his town against a centuries-old curse. With Gate 3: Rockenbach Road Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi and 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Anna Kendrick. 7 days a week Friday-Sunday: “Lawless” (R). In the 1930s, three brothers in rural Virginia run a boot- Gate 6: Llewellyn Avenue and legging business. With Shia LaBeouf, Tom Maryland Route 175 Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica 6 to 8 a.m., Monday through Chastain. Friday for inbound traffic; Nov. 1: “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through (PG). A young boy who appears mysterious- Friday for outbound traffic ly brings magic into the lives of a husband and wife. With CJ Adams, Jennifer Garner, Gate 7: Reece Road and Joel Edgerton, Dianne Wiest Leary. Maryland Route 175 (Demps Visitor Control Nov. 2, 3, 4, 8: “Trouble With The Curve” (PG-13). An aging baseball scout takes his Center gate) 24-hour access daughter on a road trip. With Clint East- wood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake. Nov. 9, 11, 15: “The Possession” (PG-13). Parents become a bit concerned with their daughter’s obsession with an antique wood- en box that may carry a dark secret. With Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Nata- sha Calis. Nov. 10, 14, 16: “Premium Rush” (PG-13). In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez.22 SOUNDOFF! October 25, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil