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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 40 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 4, 2012 ´ wrapped up photo by sarah pastranaChief Mass Communications Specialists Jackey Smith and Adam Vernon wrap Sonya Moore before the mummy run during the Defense Information School’s annual ToiletBowl on Friday. The event, held at Mullins Field, featured football, races and games for students and faculty members. For the story, see Page 12.partnership appreciation UPCOMING EVENTSTeam Meade hosts Retirees get benefits, today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month Observance - McGilluniversity system program updates at Friday, 6 p.m.: Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s 13th Annual Bingo Bonanza - McGill annual information fair Friday, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Latin Club Night - Club Meadeboard meeting Oct. 12, 7-11:30 p.m.: Chicago Style Steppin’ - Club Meadepage 3 page 9 Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Youth Fishing Rodeo - Burba Lake
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ A time to embrace resiliency, celebrate Hispanic heritage, Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer observe Columbus Day Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones October will be another busy month for Fort 11:30 a.m. to 1 Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Meade with several significant observances. p.m. at McGill Rona S. Hirsch It is National Domestic Violence Awareness Training Cen- Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Month, an annual observance that generates aware- ter. The event is Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz ness of domestic violence as a serious public health sponsored by the Design Coordinator Timothy Davis issue and the resources available to address it. 70th Intelligence, Supple­mental photography provided by Patuxent Publishing Co. Let’s pledge to use this month to review the ser- Surveillance and vices that our Team Meade community and the DoD Reconnaissance Advertising Family Advocacy Programs provide to our service Wing. members and their families, helping them build Nelson Diaz is General Inquiries 410-332-6300 healthy relationship skills. our guest speaker. Allison Thompson As a community focused on wellness and resil- Diaz is a lawyer COL. Edward c. 410-332-6850 iency, we must embrace a comprehensive approach who has been a Rothstein Michele Griesbauer to the prevention of domestic abuse and violence. Philadelphia city Garrison Commander 410-332-6381 We also must seek out ways to ensure that service solicitor, a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Com- If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are members and their families have ample opportunity mon Pleas, and general counsel to the Department experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail to prepare for challenges that can occur in relation- of Housing and Urban Development. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through ships. Domestic violence is never a solution, and Diaz founded the first organization devoted to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. cannot and will not be tolerated. black and Hispanic law students at Temple Univer- There are FAP seminars and workshops each sity while he was a student there. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the month that are designed to help people enhance I’m sure his remarks will be inspirational and personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday marital relationships, parenting skills and financial help us celebrate the long and important presence except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. management skills and improve quality of life. These and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans in Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the are for targeted for the entire community. I challenge the United States. desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, you to take advantage of them! Hispanic Americans have gallantly served our Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. Counseling and intervention services are available nation. Their service reflects a genuine commitment to individuals, couples, units and family readiness to the principles of freedom and democracy from the Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, groups. Our partner commanders are also encour- American Revolution to our most recent conflicts in user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser aged to contact their Family Advocacy staff to Iraq and Afghanistan. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. schedule seminars that meet their specific needs. I am During Hispanic Heritage Month, we join the determined to put in your hands my resources, which nation in acknowledging and celebrating the con- Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department are dedicated to support our entire community. tributions of Hispanic service members and their of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are Visit the Family Advocacy Program at ftmeadem- commitment to service. 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 or call 301-677- Next week, I’ll share my thoughts about the instal- the Army of the products or services advertised. 4117 for more information. lation’s celebration of Energy Awareness Month I know that our community programs are dedi- (another October observance) and focus our efforts cated to educating and supporting service members, on another important effort - the annual Combined families and our community. Let’s all be courageous Federal Campaign. and take a stand against domestic violence. I’ll sign off with a safety message as we celebrate As Team Meade, we must work together as a true a long weekend in honor of Columbus Day. Enjoy You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at team to protect victims and hold offenders account- the long weekend with friends and family and take and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at able when abuse occurs. advantage of our great Team Meade community. October is also Hispanic Heritage Month. Let’s continue to make good decisions this fall. Today, the Fort Meade community is invited to Stay focused on safety. attend the installation’s annual observance from Have a great week! Co n t e n t s News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 12 Follow Fort Meade Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 18 at Community.................. 16 Classified.............................. 19 SOUNDOFF! October 4, 2012
  3. 3. NewsTeam Meade, universities talk partnershipsBy Lisa R. Rhodes tant secretary of the Army (Manpower Staff Writer Reserve Affairs), was invited to speak to Fort Meade hosted the University System college administrators about how educationalof Maryland’s monthly meeting of the uni- institutions can better serve Soldiers andversity system’s presidents on Monday at The veterans.Conference Center. Schneider said that the Army is responsible It was the first time Chancellor William for 3.3 million people — 1.1 million in uni-E. Kirwan conducted the meeting on the form, as well as dependents, retirees, surviv-installation and provided an opportunity for ing spouses and families, Department of theFort Meade to build a partnership with the Army civilians and contractors.University System of Maryland. He noted that those who serve live by the “My colleagues and I feel a very strong Army’s values, which make them a valuableobligation to partner with Fort Meade in resource as prospective students.helping it carry out its critical mission,” “These are the values that, hopefully, youKirwan said. would like to see in people coming to your Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. schools,” Schneider said.Rothstein invited the chancellor and univer- More than 90 percent of Soldiers are highsity system presidents to the installation to school graduates and more than 80 percentbrief them on Fort Meade as the nation’s of military officers have a college degree,preeminent center for information intelligence Schneider said.and cyber and to form partnerships with the As veterans, these prospective studentsrespective colleges and universities. “bring the Army values — they’re resilient, “Team Meade is all about a much larger they’re self-disciplined and they know how tocommunity outside that fence line, and you work as a team.” photos by nate pesceare a part of that,” Rothstein said in his open- This year, Schneider said, about 130,000 Karl Schneider, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army (Manpower Reserveing remarks. Soldiers will be leaving the Army (as retirees Affairs), speaks to Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein at The Conference During his briefing, Deputy Garrison and as Soldiers who have finished their enlist- Center at Fort Meade on Monday. Schneider briefed administrators of the UniversityCommander John Moeller said the admin- ment) and many will qualify for the Post 9/11 System of Maryland about Soldiers and veterans.istrators should consider internship and vol- GI bill.unteer opportunities at Fort Meade for their “They’re coming with money to spend credentials and certifications. He said it would neering, math and behavioral health.students. on tuition and they’re coming with skills,” also be helpful for educational institutions to Dr. Evelyn Goldman, of the Combined The University System of Maryland, Schneider said, noting that many Soldiers work toward translating military skills for Action Group at U.S. Cyber Command,which comprises 12 institutions, two regional have skills as lab technicians, combat medics, academic credit. briefed the group on the mission of U.S.higher-education centers and a system office, mechanics and computer programmers. In addition to flexible schedules and online Cyber Command and the required skill sethas an enrollment of more than 100,000 To better serve veterans, Schneider said education, Schneider said veterans can be for its employees.undergraduate students and nearly 45,000 the Army encourages educational institutions better served by targeted academic and peer Steven LaFountain, distinguished aca-graduate students. to work on non-degree programs that will counseling to ensure they enroll in academic demic chair for Information Assurance and Karl F. Schneider, principal deputy assis- enable Soldiers to translate their skills to earn programs that suit their interests. Cyber at the National Security Agency, gave Schneider also noted that the Army is a a briefing on the NSA and the Department “great career” for college graduates. of Homeland Security’s National Centers of “Everyone thinks the Army is not hir- Academic Excellence in Information Assur- ing, but nothing could be further from the ance Education Program, which promotes truth,” he said, noting that the Army needs information assurance education at colleges both active-duty Soldiers and Department of and universities. Army civilians. Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie For example, next year the Army is pro- State University, called the briefings “enlight- jected to recruit 69,000 Soldiers, including ening.” 4,000 officers, Schneider said. “I came away with a much greater apprecia- Schneider said the Army needs people who tion for the employment opportunities for our have skills in cyber technology, science, engi- graduates,” Burnim said. “I tended to think of the Army as a place for Soldiers, but I learned University System of Maryland Chancellor there are great opportunities for civilians.” William E. Kirwan listens to a briefing After the briefings, the educators were about the installation at The Conference given a brief tour of the installation. Center at Fort Meade on Monday. “We had a very productive meeting at Fort Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Meade,” Kirwan said. “We will definitely Rothstein invited the university system follow up on the conversations we began at to the installation to build partnerships this meeting. Our presidents will be setting between Fort Meade and the respective up individual meetings with the contacts they colleges and universities. made.” October 4, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsService members beginduty as gate guardsBy Philip H. Jones gates for approximately the next 90 daysCommand Information Chief or until DES has hired and trained all ofPublic Affairs Office the new DA civilian guard force. Monday marked the first day Fort “All security policies and proceduresMeade service members began a tempo- will remain the same,” said Sides. “Therary duty assignment assisting in man- safety and security of the installation willning the installation’s five access control not be compromised while the conversionpoints. takes place. There are no plans to close The addition of military personnel serv- any of the present installation controlleding as security guards is part of a Direc- access points or adjust the gate hours oftorate of Emergency Services’ mitigation operation.”plan to keep the controlled access gates The U.S. Army Installation Manage-open while Fort Meade transitions from ment Command ordered all of its instal-contract security guards to Department lations to convert to using DA securityof Army security guards, said Lt. Col. J. guards as part of its plan to meet con- photo by marine pvt. ronald brinkDarrell Sides, provost marshal and direc- gressional mandates and the secretary oftor of DES. Defense’s in-sourcing targets. Airman 1st Class Cody Cardinal, 94th Intelligence Squadron, returns an identification Augmenting the DA security guards with The contracted guards will be replaced by card to a Fort Meade visitor. On Monday, Fort Meade service members beganmilitary personnel allows DES to recruit, trained, screened, and medically processed assisting in manning the installation’s five access control points. The addition oftrain and deploy new security guards, Sides Department of Army security guards. The military personnel serving as security guards is part of a Directorate of Emergencysaid. He anticipates using military person- majority of newly hired guards will also be Services mitigation plan to allow Fort Meade to transition from contract securitynel at the installation’s controlled access former or retired service members. guards to Department of Army security guards. Community Connect with Fort Meade at Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Sept. 20, Shoplifting: AAFES the Exchange. An investigation loss prevention personnel at the revealed that person(s) took 20 Have you noticed an issue on post Exchange observed the sub- warmers, five fondue kits, five ject, via security cameras, place stands and 15 plug-ins from the Trouble and wondered if anything is being one lipstick tube and two lip kiosk. done to fix it? Email concerns and balms into her purse and exit the Exchange beyond the point Sept. 27, Housebreaking of a fam- issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. of sale without rendering proper Ticket ily dwelling: A unit was dispatched mil. Each week, Soundoff! will payment. in reference to a larceny case. Upon address issues identified on post arrival, units met with the victim who Sept. 27, Larceny of private property: stated that when he returned to his and describe what is being done to The Directorate of Emergency Services quarters, he discovered his television had solve them. was notified of larceny at a kiosk at been taken. Issue: Plan: Status: Chaplain’s Word: Youth Services Sports Complex needs renovations Renovate the Youth Services Sports Complex Actual use of fields is expected to be Spring 2013 GOD IS GOOD “Even when all we see are the tangled threads on the backside of life’s tapestry, we know that Demolition and installation McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC are now being performed, God is good and is out to do us good always.” HVAC is inoperative (except in the ballroom) classrooms 1-5 closed during — Richard J. Foster A/C installation SOUNDOFF! October 4, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsChild support obligations: aresponsibility of both parentsBy Capt. Adam Petty being garnished as a result of a court orderFort Meade Legal Assistance Attorney for child support, must notify the state’s In Legal Assistance, we often field a child support agency if he or she moves orvariety of questions regarding child sup- changes jobs.port. Generally, child support is a court Under Maryland law, child support con-order that requires a noncustodial parent tinues until the minor child reaches the ageto make payments to the parent who does of 18. Child support also may be extendedhave custody of the child. to age 19 if the child is still enrolled in high The theory is that children have the right benefit from the income of both parents. Child support obligations vary from stateChild support payments help pay for food, to state. If the noncustodial parent hasclothes, medical care, toys and all other fallen behind and support becomes past-costs associated with raising a child. due, most states (if not all) will continue Child support is often arranged as part to enforce payment obligations until theof a divorce, marital separation or establish- arrears are paid in full, regardless of thement of parentage. age of the child. Each state has its own child support pro- Child support obligations may be modi-cess and its own method of calculating child fied in certain situations. For example, insupport. However, Maryland (and a major- Maryland, either parent has the right toity of other states), uses an income shares request a review for a modification everymodel for its child support guidelines. three years or whenever there has been a Both parents’ incomes are included to significant change in circumstances. Somecalculate the amount of child support examples that may warrant modificationrequired under state law. The guidelines also include a change in custody of the child, atake into account other factors including significant change in income and a changethe cost of health insurance for the child, in the financial needs of the child.current child support being paid for other Failure to pay child support can havechildren and the cost of day care. devastating consequences. In order to col- Child support payments may be mailed lect arrearages, states have intercepted fed-to the custodial parent or directly deposited eral and state tax refunds, reported tointo their account. Each state has a child credit bureaus, requested driver’s licensesupport enforcement agency or department suspensions and brought contempt-of-that can assist with setting up payment court actions against parents who havearrangements. fallen behind. Some states, including Maryland, require In every case, it is the parent’s responsi-that all new child support orders be paid by bility to make sure that payments are madewage attachment. Wage attachment, often on time.referred to as wage garnishment, is the If you have questions about child supportprocess of deducting money directly from obligations, schedule an appointment with aan employee’s salary. Legal Assistance Division attorney at 301- A noncustodial parent, whose wages are 677-9504. Legal Assistance Office hours The hours of operation for the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office are: • Monday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. • Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. • Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. • Friday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The office is closed for lunch each day from noon to 1 p.m. The office also closes for training every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Power of Attorney drafting and notaries services are available on a walk-in basis during normal hours of operation. Attorney counseling is provided by appointment only. For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. October 4, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  6. 6. N ewsGarrison hosts Suicide Stand-down DayBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer In the past 14 months, six service mem-bers who were assigned to Fort Meade com-mitted suicide: three Soldiers, two Marinesand one Sailor. Five of the suicides occurred this year,although not all were on the installation. “It’s mind-boggling to have one suicide,never mind six,” said Navy Cmdr. MarivicFields, director of Behavior Health PatientManagement and a licensed social workerat Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Centerand interim health promotion officer for theinstallation’s Community Health Promo-tion Council. To educate the community about the risksfor suicide and reinforce the importance ofsuicide prevention, the installation held itsfirst community Suicide Stand-down Dayon Sept. 26 at the Post Theatre. The mandatory event was organizedby the garrison, the Community HealthPromotion Council, Religious SupportOffice, the Directorate of Planning, Train-ing, Mobilization and Support, and theInstallation Safety Office. More than 700 service members, Depart-ment of the Army civilians, and garrisonleaders attended a series of four 90-minuteseminars on suicide and suicide preven-tion. “The stand-down created not only anawareness of the problem of suicide, but it photo by jason kellyalso provided a vehicle for our workforceto dialogue on this serious problem,” said More than 700 service members, Department of the Army civilians and garrison leaders attended the installation’s first communityKenneth Jones, Army Substance Abuse Suicide Stand-down Day on Sept. 26 at the Post Theatre. The mandatory training provided information about the risks of suicide,Program manager and the Suicide Preven- suicide prevention, and the importance of resiliency for service members, civilians and family members.tion Program manager. “It also providedan opportunity for support service agencies matter expert on suicide, led a discussion Fisher said Soldiers, civilians and leaders Sgt. 1st Class Gustavo Ruiz, the masterto be specific about what they provide and on how to recognize the warning signs of should ask the person at risk if he or she is resiliency trainer for Kimbrough, later gavethe steps that are in process to mitigate this suicide and how to assist someone who is thinking of committing suicide, listen to the a brief presentation on the link betweenproblem.” at risk. individual’s concerns, remove any means for optimistic thinking and resiliency. The stand-down followed the directive of “If we talk about suicide, we can prevent self-injury and then escort the person to the Information about garrison and localGen. Lloyd J. Austin III, vice chief of staff it,” Fisher said, noting that more than 50 chain of command, a chaplain or a mental resources for mental health care and suicideof the Army, who ordered an Armywide percent of suicides are impulsive and not health professional. prevention was also available.Suicide Stand-down for Sept. 27. The theme planned. The stand-down also included a ques- Lt. Col. Ryan Gutzwiller of the Marinewas “Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand Up Fisher said some of the risk factors tion and answer period led by staffers from Cryptologic Support Battalion, who said afor Life.” for suicide are drug and substance abuse, the Religious Support Office, Kimbrough’s service member from the unit recently com- Fort Meade’s stand-down included a financial and relationship problems, depres- behavioral health division and the Army mitted suicide, said the event provided anscreening of the training video “Shoulder sion, isolation, illness and work-related Substance Abuse Program. opportunity for military leaders to educateto Shoulder: Finding Strength and Hope problems. Among the questions, several service themselves about suicide and the resourcesTogether.” Produced by the Army Suicide “A lot of suicides are not about wanting members asked if seeking mental health care available to help service members in need.Prevention Program, the video features to die, but relieving the pain,” he said. can be an impediment to being approved for “It was very informative and very impor-senior and junior Soldiers, DA civilians, If Soldiers and civilians suspect that a a security clearance. tant,” said Capt. Georgeanna Green offamily members and mental health profes- colleague, friend or loved one is suicidal, Dr. Scott Salvatore, director of behavioral First Army Division East. “I learned aboutsionals whose lives have been touched by Fisher said they should follow the guide- health development at Kimbrough, said that the services that I can reach out to, tosuicide. lines of the Army ACE Suicide Intervention since 2008, service members are no longer assist someone.” After the screening, Dr. Mark Fisher, Training Program, developed by the U.S. required to report mental health care that is For more information, visit the Armychief of behavior pediatrics at Kimbrough Army Public Health Command. ACE is an related to combat, marital issues or grief on Suicide Prevention Program website atand a Medical Department Activity subject acronym for “Ask, Care and Escort.” Form SF86 for a security clearance. SOUNDOFF! October 4, 2012
  7. 7. N ewsDating violence can havelong-term toll on teensBy Celena Flowers • Do you feel threatened if you say noFamily Advocacy Program manager to touching or sex? The Family Advocacy Program will • Have you ever been blamed for havinghighlight the dynamics of domestic vio- been abused?lence throughout October by hosting sev- • Has your partner ever shoved, grabbed,eral activities on Fort Meade. This week’s hit, pinched, held down or kicked you?focus is on teens and dating violence. • Is your partner really nice sometimes Unhealthy relationships can start early and really mean at other times (almost likeand last a lifetime. Dating violence often they have two different personalities)?starts with teasing and name calling. These • Does your partner make frequentbehaviors are often thought to be a “nor- promises to change or say that they willmal” part of a relationship, but can set the never hurt you again?stage for more serious violence like physi- What to do if my partner is abusive andcal assault and even rape. I want out: As teens develop emotionally, they are • Talk with your parents, another fam-heavily influenced by their relationship ily member, a friend, your physician, aexperiences. Healthy relationship behaviors counselor, a faith or spiritual leader, orcan have a positive effect on a teen’s emo- someone else you trust. If you remaintional development. Unhealthy, abusive or isolated from friends and family, yourviolent relationships can cause short-term abuser has more opportunity to controland long-term negative effects, or conse- and abuse you.quences to the developing teen. Victims of • Get help from professionals. Yourteen dating violence are more likely to do community will have places you can gopoorly in school, and report binge drink- for help. Look for help at your physician’sing, suicide attempts, and physical fighting. office, rape crisis centers, health services,Victims may also carry the patterns of counseling centers, youth organizations,violence into future relationships. churches or spiritual centers, and other Dating violence can be prevented when similar places.teens, families, organizations and commu- • Educate yourself using informationnities work together to implement effective found on the internet.prevention strategies. The Fort Meade • If the abuse happens at school, reportFamily Advocacy Program developed a it to a school counselor or security offi-teen initiative program. The Family Advo- cer.cacy Victim Advocates meet with students • Keep a log of the abuse. You mayat the Teen Center to educate teens on the need it for evidence if you have to takedynamics of domestic violence. Healthy legal action.and unhealthy relationships are discussed. Below are some warning signs of domes-tic violence for teens as well as adults and • Do not meet the abuser alone. Do not let the abuser in your home or car when you are alone. Rake in the savings throughout the mall.things to do to get out of an abusive • Avoid being alone at school, your job, From Friday, October 5 through Monday, October 8 you can save big onrelationship. or on the way to and from places. Warning signs that you are in an abusive • Always tell someone where you are thousands of name-brand items throughout the mall! Arundel Mills ®relationship: going and when you plan to be back. has always been the place to shop with more stores, more brands If you can answer “yes” to any of the • Establish a regular time or place tobelow questions, then your partner is being contact someone so they will know to and more savings. And right now you’ll find more of everything youabusive toward you. check on you if they do not hear from you • Are you afraid of your partner or as scheduled. want for less. It’s a sale so super, you’ll rake in the savings.afraid to break up? • Develop a safety plan and rehearse • Does your partner call you names, what you will do if the abuser becomesmake you feel stupid, or tell you that you abusive.can’t do anything right? • Give yourself some space, take a break • Is your partner extremely jealous? from dating. • Does your partner tell you where to go For more information about teen datingand who you can and can’t talk to? violence, assistance with domestic violence • Does your partner tell you that no one issues, or information about October activi-else will ever go out with you? ties, please contact the FAP office at 301- • Do you feel cut off from family and 677-5590 or visit Baltimore Washington Parkway to Route 100 East, Exit 10. 410.540.5100friends because of your partner? ily_advocacy.php October 4, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  8. 8. N ewsTaking the leadRetired chief of naval operationsspeaks at DINFOS lecture seriesBy Brandon Bieltz “I sure appreciate the opportunity to beStaff Writer here today,” he said. “I especially love having Students and faculty at the Defense Infor- the opportunity to rub elbows with the sonsmation School gained some advice on lead- and daughters of America again. That wasership from a Navy officer who served as a indeed the highest honor to me. ... I neverleader to more than 300,000 Sailors. turned down an invitation to go spend time Retired Adm. Vernon E. Clark, the 27th with the public affairs community when I waschief of U.S. naval operations, spoke Sept. 25 chief or before.”as part of the inaugural DINFOS Comman- Clark began his presentation by talking Photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jared Marquisdant’s Lecture Series. During his hourlong about leadership, drawing on quotes from Retired Navy Adm. Vernon Clark, the 27th chief of U.S. naval operations, givespresentation, Clark discussed leadership and Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, who died leadership advice to faculty and students at the Defense Information School on Sept.the importance of public affairs professionals in 1992, and President Dwight Eisenhower. 25. Clark was the presenter at the inaugural DINFOS Commandant’s Lecture Series.for commands. Clark noted several leadership philosophies Col. Jeremy M. Martin, commandant of and theories of authors and said everybody affairs officer, some of you are going to find know how badly they need you. ... I’ll tell youDINFOS, said the goal of the lecture program should be reading one leadership book a an environment when you need to figure out what, our nation needs you to be incrediblyis to expose students to the “influential lead- month. how to lead some change,” he said. “Usually successful.”ers that understand global information envi- “Leaders are not born, leaders have to be that happens because the commander doesn’t At the end of his presentation, Clarkronment and who have served at the highest made,” he said. “You either accept that or you understand the importance of the whole pub- answered several questions on topics rangingechelons of our government. reject it. But if you’re going to be successful, lic affairs concept.” from his interaction with public affairs and his “We have just that person today in Admiral then I would suggest this is key for us to come Recalling several examples from his career, thoughts on current events.Vern Clark,” Martin said at the event. to grips with.” Clark said public affairs officers were helpful Ensign Frederick Middlebrook, who is in Clark served as chief of naval operations Strong leadership skills are important tools since they advised him on how things he the public affairs qualification course, said hefrom July 2000 until his retirement in July qualities for public affairs officers, Clark said would be heard by the public. found the lecture informative and useful, tak-2005. His five-year tenure is the second longest said, because they will be leading from the “There aren’t any greatly successful com- ing particular note to be a strong leader andof any chief of naval operations. middle, trying to promote change from a dif- mands that don’t have great communication continue to educate himself. Clark, a professor at Regent University in ficult position — reporting and advising their pieces,” Clark said to the service members. “I think that was very key,” he said, “becauseVirginia Beach, Va., teaches at the Robertson superiors. “They’re waiting for you out there. Go out we do constantly gather more information toSchool of Government and the School of “I’m sharing this with you because when there and hit it out of the park. I don’t know better ourselves as leaders, but also as advisorsGlobal Leadership Entrepreneurship. go out for your first assignment as a public how many of those commanders are going to to people who will be senior to us.” Have an improvement? Your comments and suggestions will help maintain the quality of excellence on Fort Meade. Visit: ICE Interactive Customer Evaluation SOUNDOFF! October 4, 2012
  9. 9. N ewsMilitary retirees celebrated at Appreciation DayBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer About 835 people attended this year’s 37thannual Retiree Appreciation Day, making itthe most successful turnout in its history. “I think the event was marketed very well,”said Anna Taylor, Fort Meade’s RetirementServices officer. The daylong event, held Friday at McGillTraining Center, was sponsored by GarrisonCommander Col. Edward C. Rothstein andthe installation’s Retirement Services Office. More than 15 organizations, including theMaryland Department of Veterans Affairs,the Anne Arundel County Department ofAging and Disabilities, Fort Meade’s ArmyCommunity Service and Army SubstanceAbuse Program, distributed informationabout programs and services. The Francis Scott Key Chapter of theAssociation of the United States Army pro-vided complimentary coffee and Danish.A seating area was also made available forparticipants. “[The event] allows retirees to come andobtain the most current information andupdates on retiree benefits and programs,”Taylor said. “A lot of people also reconnectwith people they haven’t seen in a while.” Medical personnel from KimbroughAmbulatory Care Center provided free flushots and blood pressure and proper posturescreenings, as well as information on mam-mograms, colonoscopies, diabetes and proper photo by sarah pastrananutrition. Staffers from the Dental Activity Deborah Wright, a nurse at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, checks retired Sgt. David Lease’s blood pressure during the 37thprovided free screenings for oral cancer. annual Retiree Appreciation Day on Friday at McGill Training Center. Lease, a Baltimore resident, was among the more than 800 Retired Sgt. 1st Class Muriel Wood retirees who attended the daylong event, the most successful turnout in the annual event’s history.received a flu shoot and an oral cancer andblood pressure screening. For lunch, the retirees were bused from continue to build,” he said. “Fortunately, most of the nondiscretion- “This is very helpful,” said Wood, a For- McGill to the Freedom Inn Dining Facility. Rothstein also invited retirees to meet with ary retiree programs that affect many ofestville resident who retired from a military They later returned to McGill, where they him one-on-one during his open door policy you are exempted from the direct impact ofpolice unit at Fort Meade in 2005. “They were greeted by Rothstein. hours on Monday afternoon. sequestration,” he said.offer services at one time, so I don’t have to “You’ve got my absolute gratitude ... my The guest speaker was retired Navy Capt. However, Carman said there will be a “sig-make a special trip to my doctor. I also come thanks and appreciation for everything you Jim Carman, director of Career Transition nificant economic impact” on the country ifto stay abreast of what’s going on at Fort do,” Rothstein said. Services for the Military Officers Association the proposed cuts are implemented.Meade.” He noted that retirees continue to serve of America. Carman urged retirees to contact their Capt. William Biggers, a legal assistance long after the end of their military career. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most elected representatives in Congress and “askattorney at the Office of the Staff Judge “When you take your uniform off, you influential association of military officers. It them, respectfully, to do their job.”Advocate and chief of the Fort Meade Tax don’t leave the uniform hanging in the closet,” is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan He said that Congress, in its lame-duck ses-Center, said he attended the event to “let retir- he said. organization, according to its website. sion after the presidential election, must workees know they are entitled to our services.” Rothstein presented a brief update on Carman spoke about the federal gov- to resolve the nation’s budget crisis. Bigger said retirees are eligible to receive developments at Fort Meade, including part- ernment’s pending sequestration when $1.2 Carman also spoke about MOAA’s livefree assistance in preparing taxes, wills and nerships with Howard and Anne Arundel trillion in automatic spending cuts are due to and virtual career fairs for veterans, militaryestate planning. counties to provide golf opportunities for the take place on Jan. 2. The spending cuts are an spouses and federal employees and its nation- Vicki Galpin, a field representative for Fort Meade community; the construction of attempt to reduce the nation’s deficit. wide job and resume bank for senior enlistedJohns Hopkins Medicine, said retirees are a new veterans clinic; a new Exchange; and Carman said the sequestration, or “fiscal service members.eligible for access to Johns Hopkins primary two new child development centers. cliff” as dubbed by many financial journal- Retired Sgt. 1st Class Al Eisner, a residentand specialty care physicians and hospitals Rothstein also discussed Picerne Military ists, calls for a 15 percent across-the-board of Silver Spring, call the event “outstand-through the TRICARE Prime option. Housing’s construction of new garden apart- cut in discretionary spending, including $500 ing.” “Retirees can receive care in the commu- ments for service members. billion for the Department of Defense over “It’s just the fact that they reach out to vet-nity that is local and convenient,” she said. “Open communication is critical as we the next decade. erans and that we’re not forgotten,” he said. October 4, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
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  11. 11. C over S toryFlushing good timeDINFOS service members, facultycompete in annual Toilet Bowl gameBy Brandon Bieltz son Jr., a basic still photography instructor. Festivities kicked off with the coin tossStaff Writer “It’s a real big deal. It’s almost like a mini conducted by the master of ceremonies, After three years of falling short, Defense Super Bowl.” “King John.” According to tradition, KingInformation School faculty members from The Toilet Bowl started as a fall family John is the ruler of the Kingdom of the PortaAir/Land Services have regained their brag- picnic for faculty and students 33 years ago Potty and only leaves his palace once a yearging rights from the Sea Services, by snagging when DINFOS was located at Benjamin for the pregame ceremonial toss. Since 2004,the coveted Seat du Toilet. Harrison, Ind., and evolved into a heated DINFOS provost Mike Gannon has worn The Air/Land team, made up of Airmen rivalry between the faculty members and the the red velvet robe and crown as he walks toand Soldier instructors at DINFOS, defeated students. midfield with a plunger in hand.Sea Services 13-7 in the Toilet Bowl on Fri- Trash talk between the teams began about “I really enjoy it,” he said. “It’s fun.”day. Members of the Sea Services were still a month ago when the school held a bake sale Having attended the event for nine years,able to balance out the bowl by winning the to determine who had home field advantage. Gannon knows the team’s records and what’sstudent game 19-14. Talk continued to escalate until Friday’s at stake for both faculty and students. The annual event, held at Mullins Field, games. “It’s a lot of trash talk,” he said of thealso featured halftime events including a “Everybody is just trying to get the upper rivalries. “This year, the Sea Services havemummy race, pie-in-the-face contest and hand on each other,” said Sgt. 1st Class Brian won three in a row. Those land guys aren’tfood. Lehnhardt, a basic still photography instruc- going to take this easy.” “We talk the Toilet Bowl up for almost tor. “It just goes to show you how serious Heading into this year’s Toilet Bowl, Seathree months,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Nel- these folks take this.” Services was riding a three-year win streak. Last year’s faculty game ended in controversy when an Air/Land receiver thought he had scored a game-winning touchdown as time expired. However, the referee called him down at the 1-yard line — giving Sea Services the 8-6 win. This year’s Toilet Bowl started out as a intermission, students also participated in a defensive battle as both teams were held mummy race and a bidding war to throw pies scoreless heading into halftime, but Nelson’s in the face of a faculty member. two second-half touchdowns carried Air/ For the mummy race, teams of three Land to the 13-7 victory. wrapped four rolls of toilet paper around “It feels great,” Nelson said of the win. a runner. Once all the paper was draped on “They’re going to hear it for a year. I’ll be the service member, the runner then sprinted back next year, so we’re going to do the same across the football field. Whoever made it thing. Last year was a fluke, and it feels great to the end of the field the fastest, with the to break their streak — something good to least amount of toilet paper falling off, won start off my weekend.” the race. The students played their game later in In the background to the race and lunch, the afternoon. Last year, the Air/Land team students bid on which faculty members won 34-28 in overtime, but this year Sea would take a pie to the face. The most Services secured a 19-14 win. Sea Services popular bid was 1st Sgt. Marlon Green. quarterback Seaman Apprentice Clay Iliff Eventually $460.50 was raised to pie Green. threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran one The money will be put in a fund for future in himself. DINFOS events. “I got a lot of help from my linemen on “It’s pretty good,” Green said. “Soldiers those passes,” he said. “And I wouldn’t be able have fun — it’s building a little morale.” to do anything without my running back.” Despite taking three pies in the face, Green The students’ win helped Sea Services hold said the Toilet Bowl is a good way for service onto one of its bragging rights this year. members to unwind from classes and the “The faculty can talk as much as they daily tasks of the military. want, but the students can’t say anything “We have some high standards and work now,” Iliff said. them hard and long, so to give them a chanceStaff Sgt. Joseph diGirolamo breaks away from the Air/Land defender during the In between the games, DINFOS and to come out and relax and be human, weDefense Information School’s annual Toilet Bowl faculty football game at Mullins Field. USO-Metro sponsored a lunch of hot dogs, gotta do it,” he said. “This is a great oppor-Air/Land broke a three-year losing streak with the 13-7 victory. hamburgers and wings. During the hour tunity for them.”12 SOUNDOFF! October 4, 2012
  12. 12. photos by sarah pastrana ABOVE: (right) Seaman Luis Rodriguez and Seaman Recruit William Blees celebrate their team’s completion of the mummy run during halftime of the Defense Information School’s Toilet Bowl on Friday. Students and faculty members participated various competitions between football games. TOP CENTER: Soldiers wrap Sgt. 1st Class JR Williams in toilet paper during the mummy run on Friday at Mullins Field. Teams of three wrapped four rolls of toilet paper around a runner, once all the paper was draped on the service member, the runner then sprinted across the football field. LEFT: 1st Sgt. Marlon Green wipes a whipped cream pie off his while Defense Information School students cheer. Students donated $460.50 for the chance to hit Green with the pies. October 4, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  13. 13. S portsIn shape: Gaffney renovates aerobics roomBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Two years after a work order was 5:30-6:30 A.M. Indoor Cycling Indoor Cycling Indoor Cycling Indoor Cycling Indoor Cyclingsubmitted for a new floor and speakersystem, the aerobics room at Gaffney 10-10:45 A.M. Power Pump Zumba Power Pump Indoor CyclingFitness Center is finally equipped for its 4:30-5:30 P.M. Zumbaaerobics classes. SATURDAY Closed for about two weeks for the 5:15-6 P.M. Water Aerobics Water Aerobics FRIDAYrenovations, the aerobics room opened Zumba 5:15-6:15 P.M. Step Sculpt Indoor Cycling/ Indoor Cycling Indoor Cycling/Yogafor classes Monday with upgrades that 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yogainclude a new rubberized floor withmore padding and a new sound system 6:30-7:30 P.M. Power Pump Zumba Power Pump Zumbawith larger speakers, a new CD player,iPod dock and headset for instructors. hazard. It didn’t have as much give to it there. The outlets in the floor also “This will be much better.” “The flooring was older; it was origi- for aerobics, so we upgraded it.” were removed, taking away the tripping Once the floor and upgrades werenally from when we had the cardio In addition to the rubber material, hazard. installed, the room opened Monday forequipment downstairs,” said Lauren the floor also was leveled out and a The new speaker system was request- a new schedule of courses.Williams, acting chief of athletics, fit- thicker padding added to give more ed by the instructors. “The floor is a great improvementness and aquatics. “There were old cushion to accommodate the step, yoga, “Before, they were working on a lit- to the room,” Williams said. “It will beoutlets in the floor, which is a tripping power pump and Zumba classes held tle stand-alone system,” Williams said. better for our aerobics program.” file photo youth fishing rodeo oct. 13 The annual Youth Fishing Rodeo, for ages 3 to 16, will be held Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burba Lake. Registration will be held the day of the event from 9 a.m. to noon at Burba Lake Cottage. The free event is hosted by Outdoor Recreation and the Fort Meade Rod Gun Club. The lake will be stocked by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. State regulations will be in effect. Participants must provide their own fishing gear and bait. Youth will be divided into three age divisions. Awards will be presented for each age group. Burba Lake will be closed to all other fishing prior to Oct. 13. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at 301-677-3810 or 301-677-3825.14 SOUNDOFF! October 4, 2012
  14. 14. S ports Sports Shorts Jibber Jabber - Opinion A Big Fish Tale Hey, guess what? That is defined Tony Romo just threw another pick-6 as the statistical against the Bears, and Jim and mathemati- Furyk missed another gimmie putt at Medi- cal analysis of nah,, which happens to be baseball records, pretty close to Chicago. and argues that But fortunately, Team USA isn’t the only the statistics men- group that choked things away in the Windy tioned above are Chad T. Jones, City. The Chicago White Sox also managed basically meaning- Public Affairs to find a way to cough up a large lead and less and should Officer because of their weak constitution, I’m able be scrapped for to write this beautiful sentence: The Detroit statistics like run Tigers are your American League Central differential, on-base percentage plus slugging, Division champions. and the acronym at the center of this year’s Those words are more than enough debate — the appropriately named WAR, to make this man go “Gangnam Style” wins above replacement. Commander’s Cup like it’s nobody’s business WAR is a single number that presents the watch?v=TTqpEJh03fI. number of wins the player added to the team The Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville will host the Commander’s But before I do, I need to spend a few above what a replacement player would have Cup on Oct. 26. moments on the biggest faux debate going given. Basically, it asks how much value the Tournament includes driving range balls, greens fee, cart, dinner, unlimited on in America. No, I’m not talking about team would lose if the player being rated drinks and prizes. whatever our presidential candidates blath- was injured and had to be replaced with a Cost is $100 per person or $375 for a foursome. ered about during last night’s debate, which minor leaguer or someone from their bench Registration is held at the Lanes and at the Conference Center. I can pretty much sum up for you right now For more information, call 301-677-4333. even though I’m writing this 10 hours before For example, this season Mike Trout’s it is scheduled to begin: WAR is currently 10.3, while Miggy’s is 7.1. Ghost, Ghoul and Goblin 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk Republican to Democrat: You hate rich And by that logic, Trout should be MVP The installation’s annual Run Series continues with the Ghost, Ghoul and people. because a computer determined he’s worth Goblin 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion. The Democratic response: You hate poor more to his team. Not to mention he is a far The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run people. superior defender and is probably going to be is $25. Both will agree our military is great, and the first rookie ever to hit 30 home runs and The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85. that the moderator is biased. steal 50 bases in the same season. The pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. On the Now the fake debate I’m referring to is Now don’t get me wrong, Trout has had day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. the one being promulgated on sports talk a great season. I mean people in the know, All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. radio. It centers around who should be the young and old alike, are comparing the dude The next run will be the Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Nov. 17 AL MVP - Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel to Mickey Mantle. It is well-earned praise at Murphy Field House Cabrera or LA Angels rookie phenom Mike that says a lot. I’m also not saying that For more information, call 301-677-7916. Trout. sabermetrics don’t have a place in baseball. Baseball has always been a master of If nothing else, there’d be no fantasy baseball NFL Sunday hyperbole and making people care about what nonfans rightly view as pap. In fact, without it. But let’s be real. Cabrera is going to win The Lanes’ lounge is a showing venue for NFL games this football season, it is fair to argue that our national pastime the triple crown, which for those of you who with the exception of local blackouts, on eight, 42-inch high-definition flat- wouldn’t be what it is if not for the meaning- do not know what that means, he’s going to screen televisions. Food service and full bar are available. less debate: Babe Ruth versus Barry Bonds, lead baseball in home runs, RBI and batting For more information, call 301-677-5541. Roger Maris’ asterisks, swing away or sacri- average in the same season. It hasn’t been fice, DH or no DH. done since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967 Texas Hold ‘em But even I have to admit that the game has and has only been done nine times since topped itself this time in how they have spun 1900. Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. this choice over who should be crowned the Plus, even though Trout’s WAR may be Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. best player in baseball. higher, the fact of the matter is when the Basically, this decision is billed as the vote baseball playoffs start this weekend, Cabrera Dollar Days that will determine if baseball greatness will is going to be standing in the batter’s box The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. continue to be evaluated by the same statistics fighting for a World Series ring. Trout, on the Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, used since Dickey Pearce invented the bunt in other hand, will be fishing. small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. the 1870s — little things like home runs, RBI, If you have comments on this or anything For more information, call 301-677-5541. batting average, wins, ERA and saves. to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones. Or, will it be judged by sabermetrics? October 4, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15