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    • Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 5 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ February 7, 2013 THE BIG CHILL photo by tina milesStaff Sgt. Kirston Smith, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th MI Brigade, quickly retreats from the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay after taking the plunge at the 17thAnnual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Smith, along with another 781st MI NCO and family members, participatedin the event to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. For the story, see Page 12.safe haven growing pains UPCOMING EVENTSTeen Center AWG breaks ground Friday, 7 p.m.: Latin Night - The Conference Centerprovides youth on $31M headquarters Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Black History Month Observance - McGill construction project Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m.: Lounge Party - The Lanesroom to grow Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.: National Prayer Luncheon - The Conference Centerpage 8 page 3 Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - The Conference Center
    • Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Ravens Super Victory; Col. Edward C. Rothstein Teen Center underused Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information It was at the beginning of the fourth quarter They are well Philip H. Jones when I said, “The Ravens could use a little help from behaved, have Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Team Meade right about now.” supportive par- Assistant Editor & Senior Writer And just like that, the Ravens seemed to catch ents and have an Rona S. Hirsch their second wind and closed out the game the way opportunity to Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes we all knew they were capable of doing. The end work with CYSS Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz result was a 34-31 Super Bowl win over the San staffers who can Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Francisco 49ers. help guide them Supple­mental photography provided It was a much-deserved victory for head coach toward a reward- by Patuxent Publishing Co. John Harbaugh, who has been a great supporter of ing future. our service members, the entire Ravens organization What I find Advertising and the City of Baltimore. most comforting COL. Edward c. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Congratulations Ravens. You made us proud! about the center Rothstein Garrison Commander Allison Thompson For the record: “Thanks Team Meade.” I’m is that parents 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com sure the Ravens appreciated your support during know their children are safe here. They are not being Michele Griesbauer the game. We certainly appreciate the support that bullied. It’s a place where teens can feel comfortable 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com service members at Fort Meade receive from the being themselves in a environment where it’s OK to Ravens each year. have dreams about succeeding in life and get the If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are This week, I’m calling on Team Meade again. I assistance of staffers who can help them make their experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. want to remind everyone that we have a great Teen dreams come true. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Center on the installation. I had a chance to visit Most of the teens at the center are from Meade the center last week and was surprised by the low High, although teens also come from North County, Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the number of teenagers who take advantage of the Arundel, Old Mill and Annapolis high schools. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary center and the resources it provides. Activities offered include a book club, weight lift- of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday The Teen Center has more than 140 registered ing, a computer lab, a cooking class, the Boys and except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the youths in ninth through 12th grades, but only serves Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, 40 to 45 teens each day. I can’t help but think that The center is also organizing activities for youths Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. there should be more youths there on a daily basis. with an interest in music and art. There also are The Teen Center is located at 3102 MacArthur BGCA activities geared specifically for boys and Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage Road, less than 300 feet across from Meade High girls such as the Passport for Manhood Club and without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, School. It is available to children of service members Smart Girls Club. user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. and DoD ID card holders who are registered with In addition, the center provides assistance in pre- Child, Youth and School Services or sponsored by paring for SAT and ACT subject tests while helping Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department a registered teen. youths prepare for college. of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are The center encourages high schoolers to be the There are even opportunities to perform commu- not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance best they can be and challenges them to achieve this nity service such as volunteering at Sarah’s House or of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of goal in a variety of ways. reading to younger children at one of Fort Meade’s the Army of the products or services advertised. Unfortunately, we live in an era where finding Child Development Centers. “safe havens” for our kids is a high priority for So parents, if you forgot your child was enrolled working parents. at the Teen Center, I ask that you revisit the facility www.ftmeade.army.mil The Teen Center is just that — a safe haven for and explore how it can be a positive force in your our youth. Under the direction of the Directorate child’s life. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the The center is teen friendly and teen driven. It’s a and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. facility is managed by CYSS. The center is staffed great place for high school kids to hang out, social- by five CYSS personnel who all have a commitment ize, play games, get their homework done and be an to excellence. important part of our community. Participants at the Teen Center are great kids. Have a great week! Co n t e n t s Commander’s Open Door News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 13 Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 Crime Watch................ 10 Movies.................................. 19 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Community.................. 17 Classified.............................. 20 For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • NewsAWG breaks ground on three-building projectStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz sory and solution-development sup-Staff Writer port globally to the Army and Joint Fort Meade continues to grow as Force Commanders to enhance Soldierthe Asymmetric Warfare Group pre- survivability and combat effectiveness,pares for the construction of a three- and enable the defeat of current andbuilding complex that will feature a emerging threats in support of Unifiedheadquarters facility, visitor control Land Operations.center, and a vehicle maintenance and The new complex will consist ofmotor pool. a 75,000-square-foot headquarters Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., com- building; 2,700-square-foot visitormander of AWG, broke ground for the control center; and a 7,000-square-footnew complex during a ceremony on Jan. maintenance facility and motor pool.29. He was joined by Garrison Com- New facilities will provide office spacemander Col. Edward C. Rothstein; Lt. for operational support and staff sec-Col. Brad Endres, deputy commander tions as well as conference rooms. Theof Baltimore District Army Corps of maintenance facility will have spaceEngineers; and Joe Tierney, project to conduct vehicle maintenance andexecutive with Skanska USA Building fabrication.construction company. The contract was awarded on Oct. The $31 million project is scheduled 30, 2012 to Skanska. The U.S. Armyto be completed in late 2015 to “replace Corps of Engineers Baltimore Districtor complement the current aging facili- will manage the contract through itsties,” said Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca, Bay Area Office in coordination withpublic affairs officer for AWG. Fort Meade and AWG leaders. When the unit stood up on Fort The three buildings will join currentMeade in 2006, AWG was moved into facilities used for operational squad-an old jail near Huber Road. rons, warehouse and logistic opera- “It was very interesting moving the tions, and a new 26,000-square-footunit into an old jail, but it served our indoor firing range, which underwentpurpose,” Mahaney said. construction last winter and is not yet Since then, the unit and mission has completed.“grown by leaps and bounds,” Mah- Garrison Commander Col. Edward Rothstein; Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., commander Lumbaca said the new facilities willaney said, making the construction of of the Asymmetric Warfare Group; Lt. Col. Brad Endres, deputy commander of “ensure that the AWG continues toa new complex necessary. Baltimore District Army Corps of Engineers; and Joe Tierney, project executive meet its rapidly deployable global mis- “The facility is just simply too with Skanska USA Building construction company, break ground for the new AWG sion and solution-development mis-small,” he said. complex. The $31 million project will consist of a headquarters building, visitor control sion in support of Army and joint- AWG provides operational advi- center, and vehicle maintenance and motor pool. force commanders.”New veterans clinic opens at Fort MeadeBy Department of Veterans Affairs rooms, one audiology booth, comfort- in delivering personalized attention to ily available clinic appointments, veter- More than 80,000 veterans living in able patient waiting areas and state-of- meet the unique needs of veterans,” said ans will find the new clinic convenientAnne Arundel and Howard counties the-art medical technology. Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA and accessible.now have access to VA health care ser- Services include general outpatient Maryland Health Care System. For more information about the newvices at the new Fort Meade VA Outpa- medical care, preventive health and “This clinic is an example of our Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic or totient Clinic, which opened Jan. 14. education services, various medical ongoing commitment to making VA schedule a primary care appointment, The new clinic, located at 2479 5th screenings, TeleHealth services, and health care more accessible to veterans call 410-305-5300.St. adjacent to Kimbrough Ambulatory referrals to specialized programs and where they live and work.” For information about VA healthCare Center, will be the sixth commu- inpatient services available throughout As the first VA outpatient clinic in care eligibility and enrollment or hownity-based outpatient clinic throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System. the country to be Leadership in Energy to apply for a VA medical care hard-the state that is operated by the VA “Veterans in Anne Arundel and and Environmental Design (LEED) ship to avoid future co-payments for VAMaryland Health Care System. Howard counties can expect to receive Certified, the new facility has incorpo- health care, call the Enrollment Center Designed by Nutec Group of York, exceptional health care services at the rated sustainable building design ele- for the VA Maryland Health Care Sys-Pa., in collaboration with the Depart- new clinic that are coordinated by ments to meet federal green policy tem on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30ment of Defense, the 13,300-square- experienced and compassionate clini- requirements. p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 orfoot facility features 21 spacious exam cians and support staff who specialize With plenty of free parking and read- visit maryland.va.gov.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 
    • N ewsSailor’s MLK poemwins DINFOS contestBy Navy Seaman Apprentice read it out loud.”Blagoj B. Petkovski Coover’s motivation to write the poemDefense Information School came when fellow shipmate Mass Commu- Navy Seaman Paul S. Coover, a student at nication Spc. Seaman Hansel Pintos, a for-the Defense Information School, took first mer DINFOS student, addressed his fellowplace in a poetry contest that was part of sailors about the importance of the holidaythe school’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, before the Martin Luther Kingobservance. Jr. holiday weekend. The event was hosted Jan. 29 by the Pintos wanted to remind people to reflectDefense Equal Opportunity Management on King’s accomplishments.Institute at DINFOS. After hearing Pintos speak, Coover During the observance, Coover was thought about posters he had seen aroundacknowledged by DINFOS Commandant the school advertising the 2013 MartinCol. Jeremy Martin for his participation. Luther King Jr. observance and decided toHe received a certificate of appreciation write a poem. PHOTO by NAVY Mass Communication specialist seaman BRADLEY J. GEEfrom Martin for his poem, “Memory of Coover has had a passion for writing andthe Fight.” journalism from a young age. Defense Information School Commandant Col. Jeremy Martin presents a certificate The contest featured poems written by “Writing was the only subject that I was of appreciation to Navy Seaman Paul S. Coover, a student at DINFOS, for his poem,service members from different branches any good at in school,” he said. “I wanted “Memory of the Fight.” Coover’s poem won first place in a poetry contest for theof the military. Poems submitted by fourth- to be a journalist since I was in seventh Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance hosted Jan. 29 by the Defense Equalgrade students from a local elementary grade.” Opportunity Management Institute at DINFOS.school were also read as part of the day’s After earning a bachelor’s degree in jour-events. nalism from Indiana University and teach- geant in charge of the event and actually and provide a means of remembrance for The poems were read aloud to a crowd of ing in the public school system in California, reading the poem was unexpected, said King’s work and impact on society.service members and civilians in the Hall of Coover joined the Navy to become a mass Coover. “It was not intended to be anything otherHeroes at DINFOS. communications specialist. Nor did he expect to win the competi- than a writing exercise and a good way to “It was an honor to win,” Coover said. “It The whole course of events from writ- tion. The poem — Coover’s first — was a sort of force myself to remember why weended up being a good experience having to ing the poem, emailing it to the staff ser- way for him to keep his writing skills sharp have a day off in January,” Coover said.DINFOS, WVU sign academic partnershipBy West Virginia University that such a partnership will help both schools “The partnership with DINFOS will pro- To ease the financial burdens of prospec- West Virginia University President Jim share and benchmark best practices. vide our students and faculty a unique insight tive veteran students, WVU has expanded itsClements and Defense Information School “We believe this is a potential starting point into how the U.S. military tells its own story Yellow Ribbon Program to include graduateCommandant Col. Jeremy Martin signed a for us to work together in the near future in the through multiple media and channels,” said programs in the School of Public Health, thememorandum of understanding on Jan. 28, areas of mutual interests,” Martin said. “By School of Journalism Dean Maryanne Reed. Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and theformally establishing a first-of-its kind aca- partnering with West Virginia University, we “In addition, we look forward to having Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineeringdemic partnership between WVU’s P.I. Reed feel we have a partner who has a great history DINFOS students and graduates participate and Mineral Resources.School of Journalism and the DINFOS. of working with military students and offers in our academic programs to further the The Yellow Ribbon program is an extension The memorandum of understanding lays a wide variety of programs directly related to exchange of ideas between communications of the 9/11 GI Bill that pays all in-state tuitionthe foundation for a mutually beneficial aca- our programs of training. professionals.” and fees at public colleges and universities fordemic partnership between DINFOS and the “Of course, we are pleased that our stu- The signing is a continuation of WVU’s eligible students. WVU has taken part in theSchool of Journalism to provide professional dents will be offered a chance to use their commitment to students in the military and Yellow Ribbon program for undergraduatedevelopment and programming for both insti- hard-earned credits to earn a degree at an student veterans and their families. out-of-state students for years, but this is thetutions’ students, faculty and communications accredited institution that offers both online WVU was recently ranked 18th in the first year that the university has offered it toprofessionals. and residency courses that meet the needs of Military Times’ Best for Vets list for 2013, and graduate students. Clements and Martin signed the memoran- these students — no matter where they may be several major initiatives will be unveiled in the The new initiatives are an expansion ofdum during a 10 a.m. ceremony in Stewart stationed,” he said. coming year. previously established programs and policiesHall. The alliance will include increasing the WVU’s Mountaineer to Mentor program, that have helped WVU gain a national reputa- “The memorandum of understanding that availability of high-quality online and tradi- which pairs new student veterans coming to tion for accommodating veteran students andwe have signed is one way for us to continue tional educational opportunities for DINFOS WVU with other student vets who have suc- job-seekers in recent years.to strive for excellence in our training mission graduates, offering convenient education access cessfully made the transition, was created last More than 800 veterans, military personnelwith the help of an established and well- for military men and women, and facilitating semester. It also will pair new student veterans or their dependents are currently studying atrespected partner like the Perly Isaac Reed the exchange of professional and scholarly with a faculty or staff member who will serve WVU, including nearly 100 new student vetsSchool of Journalism,” Martin said. “I believe knowledge between WVU and DINFOS. as a mentor. who were admitted this spring. SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • N ewsSponsorships benefit families, businessesBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer From banners spread throughout thepost to the large white letters abovethe finish line of the Fort Meade RunSeries events, business sponsorship withthe Directorate of Family and Morale,Welfare and Recreation are prevalentthroughout the installation. The relationships with businesses,donors and volunteers off post helpkeep programs operational for servicemembers and their families. Businessesalso benefit from the relationship as theyspread their name across Fort Meade. “It’s a good way to build a partner-ship,” said Cara Masterson, marketingmanager with FMWR. In fiscal year 2012, FMWR generated$130,000, which has greatly impacted thequality of life on post, Masterson said. Sponsorships are one way businessesand corporations off post help the FortMeade community, while expanding theiradvertising and exposure to new clients. “It’s a commercial venture,” Mastersonsaid. “It’s more corporations, businessesthat are trying to get exposure on FortMeade. They can sponsor any of ourevents or they can have static advertisinglike banners at Gaffney [Fitness Cen-ter]. It helps us either underwrite somecosts or maybe give something extra thatwe wouldn’t have been able to budgetthrough our normal budgeting process.” The defense company SAIC has beena three-year sponsor of the annual RunSeries. The partnership between FortMeade and SAIC allows FMWR to offerlow-cost races because the company paysfor the T-shirts and has helped purchasea timing system and timing chips. In return, the SAIC logo is on T-shirts,flyers and even the inflatable finish-linearch. “Sponsorship helps us break even,”Masterson said. “SAIC comes out andgets exposure to customers, introducing file photothem to the company.” Another way individuals or businesses Runners cross the finish line of last year’s Ghost, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Run, which was sponsored by SAIC defense company.help the installation is through gifts or Sponsors, donors and volunteers help the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation provide services for the Fortdonations, which can range from money Meade community.for purchasing snacks for a party to thedonation of tickets by the Baltimore the military.” In many cases, volunteers bring ideas to welcome support and we’re always openOrioles. Through Army Community Service, FMWR. to form new partnerships,” she said. “Gifts and donations can be either individuals or companies can sign up to “We’re totally open to finding ways to “With Fort Meade growing, we definitelyfrom personal individuals or corpora- volunteer to assist on Fort Meade. This make our community better,” she said. want to connect with the outside more.tions [who] just want to give some- can include interning at an office or help- Masterson said FMWR is open to It’s a good way to build a partnership.”thing out of the goodness of their heart ing to build a playground. long-term relationships or working Editor’s note: For more informationto benefit a program,” Masterson said. Volunteering on post, Masterson said, together on one-time events. about sponsorship, donating or volunteer-“They want to do something good for is a way to network and gain experience. “Whether it’s large or small, we always ing, call 301-677-2988. SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • N ewsTeen Center: A safe place, a fun placeStory and photo by Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer When Ashley Vega, a senior at MeadeHigh School, talks about the Fort MeadeTeen Center to her friends, many areunfamiliar with the facility. “Every time I talk about the TeenCenter, they say ‘What is that?’,” saidAshley, 16, the newly elected presidentof the center’s Keystone Club, its formof student government. But the Teen Center’s five-memberstaff want to change all that. Alonzo Coley, Middle School/TeenCenter facility director, said he wantsteens and their parents to know thatthe Teen Center is “a great place, a safeplace, a fun place.” High school students registered withChild, Youth and School Services areeligible to attend the Teen Center, whichis open Mondays to Thursdays from 2 to8 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 10 p.m. For those not registered with CYSS,youths must pay a $2 fee and be spon-sored by a registered teen. The center serves about 40 to 45 teensdaily, although more than 140 teens areregistered for its programs. Most of the teens attend MeadeHigh, while others attend North County,Arundel, Old Mill and Annapolis highschools. “We have great kids here,” Coley said.“They’re well-behaved kids. When theirkids are here, [parents know] they aresafe. They won’t come here and be bul-lied.” Several of the center’s programs aresponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fourteen-year-old Edwin Rodriquez, (left), a freshman at Meade High School, and Chance Peterson, 16, a junior at the school,America and 4-H. The BGCA programs prepare a dish of sweet potatoes in the kitchen at the Teen Center on Monday afternoon to celebrate Black History Month.include the Keystone Club, which pro-motes youth leadership and community eligible to receive a learner’s permit. with friends. right.”service; Passport to Manhood, a program Last summer, the center received a “The people are really nice,” he said. The center also participates in thethat encourages character, leadership $5,000 grant from Taco Bell that was Darmont also participates in Passport Army Youth Leadership Forum, whereand positive behavior among adolescent used to fund a fall tour of three area to Manhood. Army youths meet with youths fromboys; and the Smart Girls Club, which colleges: Georgetown University, How- “You learn how you can be a man other garrisons to discuss the mostseeks to develop healthy attitudes and ard University and the University of yourself and help others,” he said. important issues for youths Armywide.lifestyles among adolescent girls. Maryland. The newly elected officers of the Key- These issues may be incorporated into The facility also offers free tutoring In addition to the tour, the teens also stone Club have proposed several volun- the Solider Family Action Plan processand homework help including tutoring attended a University of Maryland foot- teer projects for the year including read- and presented to the Department of thefor standardized tests such as the SAT ball game. ing to children at the Child Development Army. Youths from each installation alsoPrep and ACT Prep. Students can also William Morris, a homework Child Centers and preparing meals at Sarah’s present their issues to their respectiveuse the computer lab for homework. and Youth Program assistant, is current- House, a transitional housing program. garrison commander. For recreation, there is a pool table ly organizing a college fair at the center. As the club’s new president, Ashley Coley said the Teen Center is a viableand pingpong table, age-appropriate A trip to the Defense Media Activity is said community service is important to option for parents who want their teensvideo games and music videos, a weight- planned for March. young people. engaged in productive activities afterlifting room, a library, a chess club and Darmont Russell, 16, a sophomore at “We’re kind of the future,” she said. school.a cooking class. Meade High, comes to the center every “Sure, some people need to be indepen- “Why not have them come here where Fort Meade’s SKIES program spon- day after school to do his homework, dent, but a lot of people in the world they are supervised and with theirsors a driver’s education class for students lift weights, play video games and talk need help and helping others is what’s friends?” he said. SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • N ewsTax exclusion allowed 780th MI course offerson combat zone income financial peace of mindBy Capt. William Biggers you made in a month you served in a By Tina Miles good finance handling and who would beLegal Assistance Division combat zone Public Affairs Officer good mentors to other Soldiers,” Harris If you are a member of the U.S. 7. Student loan repayments that are 780th Military Intelligence Brigade said.Armed Forces who has served in a des- attributable to your period of service According to recent financial surveys, The current facilitator is Staff Sgt. Ryanignated combat zone, you can exclude in a combat zone, provided that a full many Americans have never calculated for Flore of the 781st MI Battalion.certain pay from your income. year’s service is performed to earn the retirement, yet the many have hopes of being “I started the program right after I got Enlisted personnel, warrant offi- repayment financially comfortable upon retirement. married in 2011,” said Flore, who has cutcers and commissioned officers can You do not have to receive the pay The paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle is dan- his debt in half since then. “I have been veryexclude the following amounts from while you are in a combat zone, are gerous to many Americans, but service mem- successful using the lessons and encouragetheir income: hospitalized, or in the same year you bers face particularly difficult challenges. others to take the class.” 1. Active-duty pay earned in any served in a combat zone. Members of the military have been popu- The facilitated video course is open tomonth you served in a combat zone However, your entitlement to the pay lar targets for financial scams and unethical all brigade members, Soldiers and civilians 2. Imminent danger/hostile fire pay must have fully accrued in a month loan practices such as payday advance loans alike, regardless of age or marital status. 3. A re-enlistment bonus if the volun- during which you served in the combat and auto loans. Each participant receives a member kittary extension or re-enlistment occurs zone or were hospitalized as a result Because of the young Soldiers’ steady that contains a “Financial Peace” work-in a month you served in a combat of wounds, disease or injury incurred income and strong desire for the latest and book, audio library, budgeting guide formszone. while serving in the combat zone. greatest cars and gadgets, financial sharks and a cash management envelope system to 4. Pay for accrued leave earned in any This also means that the days of leave began swarming the perimeter of military help participants organize their money andmonth you served in a combat zone you accrued during your service in the posts, hoping for a taste of a service mem- stay on budget. The DoD must determine that the combat zone will be treated as tax free ber’s LES (Leave and Earnings Statement). “It’s never too early or too late to start,”unused leave was earned during that when you take that leave or cash it in, The problem became so severe that some Harris said.period. even if you do not use those leave days service members found themselves paying up For more information about future train- 5. Pay received for duties as a mem- until the following tax year. to 800 percent interest on loans and jeopar- ing, call Chaplain (Maj.) Kent Harris, 780thber of the U.S. Armed Forces in clubs, For more information about income dizing their careers. MI Brigade, at 301-677-4897 or email Ken-messes, post and station theaters, and exclusion or to schedule a tax appoint- The FY 2007 Military Authorization Act neth.d.harris82.mil@mail.mil.other nonappropriated fund activities ment, call the Fort Meade Tax Center made such unbalanced targeting of service Community The pay must be earned in a month at 301-677-9366. members illegal. But the problem of pooryou served in a combat zone. Tax appointments are still available financial decision-making and planning was 6. Awards for suggestions, inven- but are filling up quickly. A limit- often just as much the fault of the service Crime Watchtions or scientific achievements you ed number of evening and weekend members who signed up for the loans dueare entitled to because of a submission appointments are still available. to their lack of education or experience with finances. There are, however, positive educational Compiled by the Fort Meade opportunities for Soldiers, military families Directorate of Emergency Services and personnel, one of which the 780th Mili- tary Intelligence Brigade has discovered to Jan. 30, Larceny of private be most successful. property: The victim stated that The brigade is offering financial educa- when she arrived home from work she noticed her motor- tion to their Soldiers and civilians to ensure cycle cover missing from her they have brighter, debt-free futures. motorcycle, which was parked The 13-week course, spearheaded by Maj. in the parking spot next to her Kenneth Harris, chaplain of the 780th MI, residence. is a back-to-basics financial planning pro- gram, “Financial Peace (Military Edition),” Feb. 1, Larceny of private property: Unknown designed for military personnel by money person(s) by unknown means removed $350 from management expert Dave Ramsey. an unsecured and unattended purse. “It’s a common-sense class about dollars and cents,” Harris said. “I took the course Feb. 3, Driving vehicle while impaired by alcohol, driv- three years ago and have reduced my debt by ing while under the influence of alcohol, possession about $45,000. It retrains us in how we look of open container in passenger area of motor vehicle, at money. It has taught me things I wish I failure to stop at traffic light: While conducting had learned much earlier in life.” mobile patrol, a unit observed a vehicle traveling at Harris selected noncommissioned officers a high rate of speed, stop and then proceed through from within each of the brigade’s subordi- a red traffic light. The unit initiated a traffic stop and nate units’ companies and trained them to smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. The unit administered a Standard- be course facilitators. ized Field Sobriety Test, which the driver performed “The NCOs chosen had reputations for poorly, then refused to submit to a breath test.10 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • N ewsAER campaign aims to raise awareness, fundsStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz who are empowered to make decisionsStaff Writer on how and when to provide a loan or Fort Meade kicked off its annual Army grant.Emergency Relief campaign fundraiser “Their motto is, ‘Find a way to saywith a visit from the organization’s direc- yes’,” Foley said. “We have the resources,tor. we have the money, and what I’m trying Retired Lt. Gen. Robert F. Foley was to do is put the money in the hands ofthe guest speaker at the Partner Com- Soldiers who need it. They’ll know whatmanders Luncheon, held Jan. 31 at the to do with it.”Conference Center, officially launching AER can also assist during the repay-the 75-day campaign. ment of the loan by converting the loan to The fundraiser begins March 1 and a grant or deferring payments.ends May 15. Foley discussed the importance of pro- The campaign raises money and aware- moting AER and the assistance it can pro-ness for the AER fund that helps active- vide, as many Soldiers will turn to high-duty Soldiers, National Guardsmen, Army interest loans to raise the needed cash.Reservists, retirees and their families in “Why should a Soldier go and pay 500financial emergencies by providing inter- percent APR when they could come toest-free loans or grants. AER and get free money?” Foley asked. “Our mission is basically providing Fort Meade AER Officer Turner Wal-financial assistance to Soldiers and fami- lace said while the campaign helps raiselies,” Foley said. “We have provided about money for the greater fund, it also pro-$80 million a year for the last five years. Retired Lt. Gen. Robert F. Foley, director of Army Emergency Relief, talks to Fort motes awareness of the program and whatWe have provided over $700 million since Meade leaders on Jan. 31 at the Conference Center. Foley’s presentation officially is offers.9/11. Ninety percent of what we do is inter- kicked off the AER campaign, which runs from March 1 to May 25 with a fundraising “It’s helping Soldiers, retirees and mili-est-free loans, 10 percent [are] grants.” goal of $90,000. tary families with emergency financial This year’s campaign coordinators have needs,” he said. “It provides an oppor-set a goal of $90,000 after breaking last and their families. or car payments, and medical expenses. tunity for Soldiers to help their fellowyear’s goal of $85,000 by more than Loans and grants can be issued for There is no cap on how much can be Soldiers, and it also creates a great$25,000. For every dollar donated, 89 a variety of reasons including funeral loaned. awareness and understanding of AERcents goes to the fund that helps Soldiers expenses, emergency transportation, rent Funds are distributed by AER officers, programs and benefits.”Protect your heart during winter weatherBy Laura Vasquez risk. Being male or having a family his- your heart. Warning signs of a heart attack:Program Evaluator tory of heart disease also puts you at a • Don’t drink alcohol before or imme- • Chest pain or discomfortU.S. Army Public Health Command greater risk. diately after shoveling. • Discomfort in upper body including Every year, heart attacks claim thou- Some risk factors are within your • Be aware of the dangers of hypo- arms, back, neck, jaw or shouldersands of lives during harsh winter control to change by adjusting your thermia. • Shortness of breathweather. lifestyle or taking medications. These • Consult your doctor prior to exer- • Nausea, lightheadedness, cold sweats Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of include quitting smoking, exercising cising in cold weather. If these signs are present, call 911both men and women in the United regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, • Learn CPR to increase a victim’s immediately.States. and controlling high blood pressure or chances of survival. This winter, make sure to take pre- Winter weather and winter weather cholesterol. • Learn heart attack warning signs. cautions to prevent a heart attack.activities, particularly shoveling snow, This winter, before heading out to Warning signs of a heart attack are Know your risk factors, check on yourincrease a person’s risk of a heart shovel snow, consider your risk factors often ignored or overlooked. Heart elderly neighbors and learn the warningattack due to overexertion. Cold weath- and take appropriate precautions. Tak- attacks often start slowly with mild signs of a heart attack.er, combined with a sudden change in ing certain precautions can be the dif- symptoms. Many people do not know Remember, prevention and earlyphysical activity, increases the heart’s ference between life and death. the warning signs and often wait too action save lives.workload. long before getting help. For more information and tips on February is American Heart Month Winter weather tips for the heart: Minutes matter during a heart attack; preventing heart attacks, visit the fol-and a good time to learn how to prevent • Take frequent breaks when shovel- early treatment greatly increases the lowing websites:or react to a heart attack, particularly ing snow. chances of survival. Learn the signs of • American Heart Association, http://during the winter months. • Use a small shovel or snow blow- a heart attack and you can help save www.heart.org It’s important to know your risk fac- er. a life. • U.S. Centers for Disease Controltors for a heart attack. The elderly and • Don’t eat a heavy meal prior to and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/those with heart disease are at highest shoveling to avoid the extra load on heartdisease/heart_attack.htmhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
    • C over S tory Sgt. 1st Class Jason Fischer, operations noncommissioned officer for the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, his daughter Kireina and sister-in-law Allyne Castillo brave the cold as they plunge into the 35-degree waters of the Chesapeake Bay during the 17th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. The charity event raised $2.1 million.780th MI NCOs take the PlungeStory and photo by Tina Miles offers year-round sport training and com- noncommissioned officer for the 780th alongside her father.Public Affairs Officer petition to individuals with intellectual MI, his daughter Kireina and his sister- “It was cold,” she said, teeth chatter-780th Military Intelligence Brigade disabilities. in-law Allyne Castillo. ing, “but I’m glad I supported something It may be hard to believe anyone in The annual Maryland State Police “As this was my first experience, I important.”their right mind would voluntarily decide Polar Bear Plunge was established in 1997 wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a Also participating from a subordinateto take a dip in Maryland’s frosty January when approximately 350 participants first great time,” Fischer said. “It was a lot unit of the 780th MI was Staff Sgt. Kir-waters, let alone pay to do so. plunged into the icy waters of the Chesa- of fun supporting such a well-deserving ston Smith, information management But every year for the past 17 years, peake Bay and raised $75,000 that year. cause along with a notably broad slice NCO for the 781st MI Battalion.thousands of sane people do exactly As of 2012, approximately 72,000 peo- of society.” For her, it’s personal.that. This year, two brave Soldiers from ple have taken the plunge over the years Although Fischer said his family “The Special Olympics hold a specialthe 780th Military Intelligence Brigade and raised more than $20 million. doesn’t actively support any particular place in my heart because my brother hasand their families were enticed to join “Our numbers for 2013 so far are charity, they have volunteered for other cerebral palsy,” Smith said.the crowd. 13,000 Plungers and $2.1 million raised,” charities. This was Smith’s second year of plung- The annual event that has become a said Linda Ellingsworth, director of com- “It’s never hard to get involved in well ing and she vowed to return again.winter-time tradition is the Maryland munications and marketing for Special coordinated and enjoyable fundraising “I love doing things to support childrenState Police Polar Bear Plunge, held this Olympics Maryland. “We are still col- events like the MSP Polar Plunge,” he and I will be there again next year plung-year on Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park lecting and processing donations from said. “I would gladly take the plunge ing for the kids,” said Smith, a regularin Annapolis. [Jan. 26].” again, and thanks very much to all the volunteer with the Fort Meade Partners For $50 in pledges, participants plunged Among the estimated 12,000 people family and friends who pledged their in Education program within the brigade.into the 35-degree waters of the Chesa- who participated in one of the state’s larg- support.” “I love volunteering and supporting any-peake Bay to raise money for Special est fundraisers were first-time Plungers Despite the freezing temperature, thing that can help anyone and give backOlympics Maryland. The organization Sgt. 1st Class Jason Fischer, operations Kireina was proud to be a participant to the community.”12 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • S ports55th Combat Camera overpowers MEDDACBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer With six lead changes in the final 10 min-utes of the first half of Monday’s intramuralbasketball game, 55th Combat Camera wasneck-in-neck with U.S. Army Medical Activityat halftime. But a 31-point second half powered byCombat Camera’s balanced offense attackpulled the team to a 64-54 victory over MED-DAC at Murphy Field House. Three CombatCamera players scored double digit points tohelp them overcome the game-high 26 pointsscored by MEDDAC’s Llewellyn Smalley. Atiba Laroche led Combat Camera in scor-ing with 19, while John McMillan and ErnestHenderson each added an additional 15 pointsin the victory that improved the team’s recordto 6-1. “We’re feeling pretty good as a team,”Laroche said. “We’re very confident with ourteam.” Combat Camera entered Monday’s game ona dominating four-game win streak, outscoringits opponents by a combined 56 points. Coach Cain Bassett said the team still needsto focus on its on-court communication, butwith strong shooters and fast tempo, playershave been able to string together a series ofwins. Following a 101-65 defeat to the undefeatedSurface Forces Logistic Center on Jan. 23,MEDDAC entered the game having regainedits winning ways. “They [SFLC] were a more experiencedteam, they play together all the time,” saidCharles Jackson, coach of MEDDAC. Since then, the team put together twostraight victories by more than 20 points.Jackson said he sees his team advancing to photo by sarah Pastranathe championship as players continue to com- Mikki Sprenkle and Atiba Laroche of 55th Combat Camera go after a rebound during Monday’s intramural basketball game against U.S.municate and improve. Army Medical Activity. Laroche’s 19 points led Combat Camera to a 64-54 victory. “We are coming together as a team,” Jacksonsaid. “Right now we’re working on reboundsand pushing the ball.” at the start of the second half, but MED- MEDDAC’s win streak appeared to be DAC was never able to take an outright lead.coming to an end early in Monday’s game, Midway through the half, Combat Camera extended its lead by seven points. Find schedules, scores, standingsas Combat Camera opened on a fast 7-0 runusing crisp and accurate passing. Despite suc- A desperate MEDDAC team changed its strategy and began to force fouls, hoping and upcoming seasons forcess from the perimeter, MEDDAC continuedto battle inside the paint with little luck. to get the ball back with enough time for a MEDDAC fought back to take a 13-12 comeback. But the team was unable to pull • Basketball • Softballlead. The two teams then engaged in a back- out a win as Combat Camera sealed its 64-54 • Football • Soccerand-forth battle, which included 10 lead chang- victory. Following the game, Laroche said his team And more, pluses before Combat Camera took a 33-31 leadinto halftime. was feeling confident in defeating the high- powered offense of MEDDAC. He credited All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at Smalley’s 18-point half kept MEDDAC inthe game, as Combat Camera spread the scor- the team’s defense for the success, but said theying around with Laroche’s 12, Henderson’s 8 need to continue to improve in their own end. “Defense is the key,” he said. “If we stop www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.and McMillan’s 7. The point-for-point trade-off continued them, we score.”http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
    • S ports ultimate fighter Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts fighter Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn signs an auto- graph for Capt. William Montoya, commander of U.S. Army Signal School Detachment, during a “meet and great” Monday at the USO-Metro Fort Meade Center. Penn, a winner of the World Jiu- Jitsu Championship in the black belt category, is a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion. photo by sgt. walter Reeves Sports Shorts Old Joe Golf Tournament The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual Old Joe Golf Tournament on April 12 at Eisenhower Golf Course, 1576 Generals Highway, Crownsville. Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $70 for active-duty service members, retirees and family members, and $75 for everyone else. Registration and payment are due by March 29. Registration includes green fees and cart, putting contest, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, two beverage tickets, door prizes, snacks and player goodie bags. Proceeds benefit the Fort Meade OSC Scholarships and Welfare Programs. For more information, email Lorin Neslony at 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org or visit fortmeadeosc.org. EFMP bowling The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. photo by noah Scialom Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other SUPER bowl PARTY family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. To register, call 301-677-4473 or email kelly.g.burger@us.army.mil. Service members watch Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday at the USO- Spring sports registration Metro Fort Meade Center. Approximately 145 members from all service Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 branches attended the free Super Bowl party, which featured a festively Reece Road. decorated center, 300 slices of pizza, 400 chicken wings, nachos and Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, indoor football beverages throughout the game. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San and basketball. Francisco 49ers 34-31. For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.14 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion‘I want winners’ OK, Fort Meade Facebook fan Jona- wanted winners. • Individual and Businessthan Ferguson, we’ve got beef. yo u t u b e. c o m / I’m sure you’re a great guy, Jon. Yourprofile picture makes me believe you are watch?v=EB5- yJM3vJc Tax Preparationan outstanding father. The fact you are In fairness tostudying law enforcement makes me thinkyou have a servant’s heart. And since you Jon, he is not the only person • Walk in, Appointmentsare following the page, I can only assumeyou have decent taste in your online com- in my life who believes in bare- Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs or Drop Off Availablemunication venues. ly winning. Our Officer However, it’s your most recent post I Command Infor- Will reviewhave issue with. mation Chief Philip Jones started spewing • Fast, Accurate your prior On Monday morning, Fort Meade similar nonsense on Wednesday whenposted a congratulatory note to the Balti-more Ravens for winning the Super Bowl. describing Michigan’s victory over Ohio on Tuesday. and Affordable 3 returnsIn particular, the post pointed out Coach I think his rant went something like for errors or missedJohn Harbaugh for winning since he wasa “big supporter of the military.” “Bladdy, bladdy, blah, Aaron Craft was fouled. Bladdy, bladdy, Michigan barely • E File, Wire Transfer, money! Your response: “He barely won.” I’m not even sure what that means, Mr. won.” You barely whiners (I mean winners) Debit Card orFerguson. It’s professional football, so need to learn to take your lumps withthere is no barely winning. some dignity and stop appeasing your dis- Checks available The fact is, it doesn’t matter whether appointment with false hope and fiction.Baltimore won by 3 or 33, they still had When your team loses, say that theya victory parade on Tuesday, youtube. lost, and then hope they do better next $30 OFFcom/watch?v=Knlhbd27i7Q, and Mr. time.Lombardi’s trophy will be chilling in “The This column may seem a bit harshCastle” this year. about the concept of disparaging close Now, upon further review of your victory, especially since everyone com-profile, Jon, I guess I could chalk up ments about how close games are. Plus,your comment to the fact that you are if Baltimore would have given up the 22-from Pittsburgh, and as we all know from point lead, this column probably wouldDoug Wise, Steelers fans are particularly be about choking as opposed to Jon and Receive $30 off your tax preparation with this couponbitter toward every other thing not related Phil’s misguided attitude. only. One coupon per person.to the Steel City. However, Baltimore didn’t give up their Case in point, your fellow FGGM lead, and as a society, it’s important weFacebook follower, Christopher Brett, learn to recognize barely winning asfollowed your post by writing, “Steelers winning. Because if we don’t, it won’t $55 OFFstill have a better average on Super Bowl be long before criticizing barely winningvictories!” becomes praising barely losing, which Of course, this is untrue: Steelers are 6-2 then becomes praising effort, regardless(.750 winning percentage), the Ravens are of consequence or outcome.2-0 (1.000 winning percentage). Appar- And that is not how we do things inently, Steelers fans aren’t real good at Jabber Nation.math either, so we’ll give Chris a pass. If you have comments on this or any- Jon doesn’t get that luxury. thing to do with sports, contact me at Bring a friend and receive $30 off your tax preparation That’s because his comment isn’t just chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil. and a $25 referral bonus. One coupon per person.hateful, it’s also illogical. Hello, you playto win the game. At least that’s whatHerman Edwards said: youtube.com/watch?v=6uTLtBGgSAM. Follow Fort When Vince Lombardi said, “Winning 10760 Hickory Ridge Rd Unit 121 Meade onisn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” he Columbia, MD 21044didn’t caveat that by including a margin Twitter.comof victory. /ftmeademd 410-772-2274 Similarly, “Iron” Mike Singletary www.atlanticcashandtaxservices.comdidn’t want triers or good guys, hehttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15
    • E ducationMeade High senior vies for prestigious scholarshipStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes to about 1,500 four-year colleges andStaff Writer universities. Phylesia Fralin said she is proud to Phylesia, who is a member of thebe a semifinalist for a National Achieve- National Honor Society and aspires toment Scholarship, which is awarded to become an accountant, also is consider-exceptional black high school students, ing the University of Pennsylvania andand is aware that previous generations of Howard University.accomplished black students did not have She visited Florida A&M Universitythe same opportunities. two weeks ago with her family. “I think it’s very exciting that they have “I really liked it,” Phylesia said, notingthis scholarship,” said the 17-year-old that she has applied for admission. “I’msenior at Meade High School. “I work as seriously considering it.”hard and as much as anybody else. I know Phylesia commended the university’smy grandmother and great-grandmother “sense of community.”would not [have been] recognized even if At Meade High, Phylesia plays the vio-they had good grades.” lin and vibraphone. She has been a mem- Phylesia is enrolled in Meade High’s ber of the school orchestra and marchingInternational Baccalaureate Programme band for four years. She most recently wasand has a 4.541 G.P.A. the section leader of the marching band’s The National Achievement Scholar- front ensemble.ship Program is an academic competition “She is a talented young lady who worksestablished in 1964 to provide recogni- very hard. She is reliable and always per-tion for outstanding black high school severes,” said Eric Kilby, a music teacherstudents and is conducted concurrently and faculty adviser to the orchestra andwith the National Merit Scholarship Pro- marching band. “I have a lot of respectgram. and admiration for Phylesia.” The two scholarships are administered This year, Phylesia was elected viceby the National Merit Scholarship Cor- president of the school’s Model Unitedporation, which recognizes academical- Nations Club, an international issues clubly talented students across the United that debates solutions to transnationalStates. problems. According to the organization’s web- Masami Stratton, a social studiessite, black students may enter both the teacher who instructs senior IB students,National Achievement Program and the is a club adviser.National Merit Program by taking the “Phylesia is a model student and aPreliminary SAT/National Merit Schol- great person,” Stratton said. “She is dili-arship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) gent and hard-working, on top of beingand meeting other requirements for par- bright and enthusiastic — truly a winningticipation. The two annual programs are combination.”operated and funded separately. Phylesia said she hopes she is selected A student’s standing is determined as a finalist for the scholarshipindependently in each program. Black stu- “I think I turned in a strong applica-dents can qualify for recognition and be tion,” she said. “I do hope I can get it.”honored as scholars in both the NationalMerit Program and the National Achieve-ment Program, but can receive only onemonetary award from NMSC. Phylesia Fralin, 17, a senior at Meade High School, is a semifinalist for the National About 1,600 National Achievement Achievement Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding black high school studentsScholarship semifinalists throughout the nationwide.country compete for a $2,500 single pay-ment scholarship, which is awarded on a About 1,300 finalists are expected to be about Phylesia’s selection as a semifinal-regional basis. announced shortly. Eight hundred win- ist. Phylesia qualified as a semifinalist ners will be notified later this month. “My role as a school counselor is tobased on her scores on the PSAT exam, Jonathan Putt, chair of Meade High’s stay off camera and allow the student towhich she took in her junior year. She wasnotified of her status as a semifinalist last Guidance Department, said the last stu- shine,” Putt said. Connect with dent to be recognized as a National Merit In addition to her status as a semifinal-September. semifinalist was three to four years ago. ist, Phylesia was offered a scholarship to Fort Meade at Semifinalists are the highest-scoringparticipants in their state. They advance The last National Merit finalist dates back seven years. Florida A&M University in Tallahassee through the National Achievement Schol- Facebook.com/to finalist standing by meeting high aca-demic standards and other requirements. Putt said he feels a great deal of pride arship Program, which refers participants ftmeade16 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • C ommunity N ews & N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community Registration is required by Friday.“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. Leave children ages 6 weeks to 12All submissions are posted at the editor’s years old with trained staffers.discretion and may be edited for space and Cost is $10 for the first child and $5grammar. Look for additional community for each additional child.events on the Fort Meade website at www. All youths must be registered withftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Child, Youth and School Services.Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information, call Parent For more information or to submit an Central Services at 301-677-1149.announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. EDUCATION NEWS & EVENTS OSC scholarships The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’National Prayer Luncheon Club has posted its 2013 scholarship The Fort Meade Annual National applications on its website.Prayer Luncheon will be held Feb. 20 College-bound, high school seniorsat 11:30 a.m. at the Conference Center, and dependent children currently6800 Taylor Ave. enrolled in college can apply for the The guest speaker is retired Chaplain Merit Scholarship.(Maj. Gen.) Matthew A. Zimmerman, High school seniors with anwho served as the 18th Army chief of outstanding academic record also will bechaplains from 1990 to 1994. considered for the Etta Baker Memorial Seating is limited to 200 people. Scholarship. Suggested donation is $10 for civilians The Fort Meade OSC also will awardand service members E6 and above. a JROTC Scholarship as well as a Tickets are available at the Main Military Spouse Scholarship.Post Chapel, 4419 Llewellyn Ave. or by Application forms with eligibility file photocontacting the Religious Support Office requirements are available atat 301-677-6703 or at diana.l.durner.civ@mail.mil. fortmeadeosc.org. Completed applications must be postmarked by BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION April 1 to be considered. Fort Meade’s annual Black History Month observance will be held Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center.Latin Night For more information, email Heather Admission is free and open to the public. Thomas at scholarships@fortmeadeosc. Enjoy a night of Latin dancing at the org. The event is hosted by Navy Information Operations Command Maryland.next Latin Night on Friday and March 8 The speaker is Navy Rear Adm. James Crawford III, deputy judge advocateat 7 p.m. at the Conference Center. general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command. The event is free. CMU graduate school Entertainment will feature the Morgan State University Performance Arts For more information, visit Central Michigan University’s Department.ftmeademwr.com. Graduate School on Fort Meade offers Food samplings will be provided. a Master of Science in Administration All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouragedParents Night Out degree program. to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave. The program is designed for the Administrative leave is authorized. The next Parents Night Out will be For more information, call Navy Chief Edward T. Brown at 301-688-6373 orheld Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore at Equal Opportunity at 301-677-6687. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 For All of Your Personal Banking Needs... You Belong Here! At The Washington Savings Bank our Premium Checking is FREE! Five Convenient Locations to Serve You! And it comes with all the features to make your life easier! BOWIE CROFTON 301-352-3100 410-721-8867 • On-Line Banking with Bill Pay 4201 Mitchellville Rd. 1669 Crofton Centre • Premium Mobile Banking with a TWSB APP MILLERSVILLE ODENTON 410-987-1515 410-551-8800 • Text Message Banking with Text Alerts 676 Old Mill Road 1161 Annapolis Rd. • Free Debit Card with Purchase Rewards WALDORF MEMBER • Surcharge Free Access to over 2,000 ATMs For more information visit us 301-843-7200 FDIC • Finance Works™ - The latest banking @ www.twsb.com 3225 Crain Highway tool that puts money management http://www.facebook.com/TWSBank at your fingertips and your financial goals within reach! or Scan the QR Code with your Smart Phonehttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 17
    • C ommunity N ews & N otes • Stress Management: Feb. 14, 9 to 11 • Feb. 28: “Smile! Dental Health at 9 a.m. The course will cover streets EDUCATION a.m. Month” - Special guest demonstrates surrounding the church. The event • Spouses Meet and Greet: Feb. 14, 10 dental care. will benefit the Howard County Food a.m. to noon For more information, call 301-677-5522 Bank. Participants are asked to bringCONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 This is an opportunity for Navy spouses or 301-677-4509 or visit ftmeademwr.com. nonperishable foods to the event. to come out to the FFSC, meet the staff Registration is limited to 350 people.working adult; courses are offered in anaccelerated weekend format. and learn about the resources available. Dance, grilling To register, visit glenmarumc.org. For Light refreshments will be served. There more information, contact Connie Military and DoD discounted tuition also will be prizes and drawings. Child, Youth and School Services will Ballenger at cballe1031@verizon.net orrates are available. Registration is required for all sponsor the following events for grades 410-796-0290. Registration for the Spring II and III programs. For more information, call 301- six to eight at the Youth Center: • The Meade Area Garden Club isterms is in progress. 677-9014. • Valentine’s Dance: Feb. 15, 6:30 to sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia For more information, call Linda 10 p.m. Flower Show on March 4 from 8:45 a.m.Zedan at 301-621-9796 or visit cmich. Cost is $2. The event will featureedu/globalcampus. UMUC info session music, prizes and snack bar. to 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Brilliant,” showcasing the culture and plants of Learn all about University of • Grilling & Chilling, Feb. 22, 6:30 to Great Britain.Financial Readiness classes Maryland University College at an 9:30 p.m. Cost, which includes bus fee and admis- information session on Feb. 26 from 9 Food cost is $5. Games are free. sion, is $60 for members and $65 for non- Army Community Service is offering a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Army Education For more information, call 301-677-the following Financial Readiness classes members. Center, 8601 Zimborski Ave. 1437. Reservations are required; payment mustat the Community Readiness Center, 830 Advisors will be available to discussChisholm Ave. accompany the reservation. There are no transfer credit and help you put together Classes are open to DoD a degree plan. Bring transcripts. RECREATION refunds of the bus fee after Feb. 20.identification cardholders, including Make your reservation with Bever- You can apply, register for classes and ly Durana at 7676 Ridge Chapel Road,active-duty service members, retirees find out how to maximize your educationand their family members, DoD civilian Hanover, MD 21076, or call her at 410-employees and contractors. benefits. The $50 application fee will be waived Out & About 551-2263. Registration is required for each class. • The Laurel Museum will feature the if you apply at the event. (The $100 appli- • Motor Trend International Auto exhibit, “Stationed in Laurel: Our Civil War • Credit Clinic meets every Wednesday cation fee for Doctor of Management is Show will be held today through Sundayfrom 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story,” beginning Sunday until Dec. 22. not.) at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from Use the new online appointment For more information, call 301-621- West Pratt St. Hours are: today, noon tosystem to schedule for the Credit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 9882. 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to p.m. at 817 Main St. in Laurel.Clinic and regular appointments with 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.a financial counselor at fortmeadeacs. The exhibit focus is on the Northerncheckappointments.com. Discussion on marriage Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for units serving at Laurel Station, an area that seniors (age 62 and older) on Thursday included the only rail line between Washing- • Thrift Savings Plan: Tuesday, 9 to The Exceptional Family Member and Friday and $8 on Sunday; $6 for11 a.m. Program is sponsoring “Let’s Talk ton, D.C., and the Northern states, and the service members with DoD ID; and $4 war’s affect on the town. • Car Buying: Feb. 14, 1 to 3 p.m. About Marriage: A Discussion” on for ages 7 to 12. Family Day is Sunday • Liquidating Your Debts: Feb. 19, 9 Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the For more information visit laurelhis- when children ages 12 and younger will be toricalsociety.org or contact the Laurelto 11 a.m. Community Readiness Center, 830 admitted free with paying adult. • Money Management: Feb. 21, 1 to Chisholm Ave. Museum at info@laurelhistoricalsociety.org For more information, call 410-649- or 301-725-7975.3 p.m. The discussion will focus on what 7000 or visit motortrendautoshows.com/ • First Term Financial Readiness is needed for a strong and healthy • U.S. Naval Academy Wind Ensemble baltimore. Concert Band will perform a free concert(online class): Feb. 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. marriage. • The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club • Military Saves Day of Financial The event is open to the community. today at 7 p.m. on the Severn campus of of Fort Meade is sponsoring a bus trip Annapolis Christian School at the KerrFitness: Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required. to George Washington University in To register for classes, call 301-677- To register or for more information, Center for the Arts, 101 Buchanan Road. Washington, D.C., for a free concert for For more information, call 410-293-12625590 or 301-677-9014. To schedule call 301-677-4473 or email kelly. Veterans’ Appreciation Day co-sponsors,an appointment, visit fortmeadeacs. g.burger@us.army.mil. or visit usna.edu/USNABand or facebook. family members and friends on Feb. 17 com/USNABand.checkappointments.com. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. • Celebrate Babe’s Birthday Bash, YOUTH The concert, VETStravaganza, willCareer, financial classes feature the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the 118th anniversary of the birth of Babe Ruth in Baltimore, on Friday and The Fleet and Family Support Center the West Point Alumni Glee Club, Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sportsoffers the following free classes at the veteran quartet Homefire, and two Legends Museum at Camden Yards, 301Community Readiness Center, 830 Story Time country western singers from Nashville, W. Camden St., Baltimore.Chisholm Ave.: Mark Wills and David Kroll. Tickets cost $55 and are available The Medal of Honor Memorial Library Bus cost is $22. The bus will depart • Federal Employment: Tuesday, 9 a.m. offers pre-kindergarten Story Time on by calling Whitney Edmonds at 410-to noon at 1:45 p.m. from Ridgeview Shopping 727-1539 ext. 3033 or online at http:// Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 to Center. The concert is free but tickets • Thrift Savings Plan overview: Tuesday, 11 a.m. baberuthbash2013.ticketleap.com/9 to 11 a.m. are required. For more information or buytickets/. • Today: “Noisiest Story Time Ever” reservations, call Althea Freeman at • Hearts Apart: Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m., - Stories about noise • Celebrate the Chinese New YearPotomac Place Neighborhood Center. 410-451-9097 or Joan Fiscus at 410-465- on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the • Feb. 14: “Love is in the Air” - A 0492.It’s Mardi Gras! Join the group for New Valentine’s Day celebration Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St.,Orleans-style food, children’s crafts and • Glen Mar United Methodist Baltimore. In celebration of the Year of • Feb. 21: “Pets Galore” - Celebrate Church in Ellicott City will sponsorpiñatas. “Responsible Pet Owners Month.” the Snake, events include a tour of snake a Family 5K Run/Walk on April 2018 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
    • C ommunity N ews & N otes M oviesattributes as seen in works of art at noon information, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is The movie schedule is subject to change. Forand 2:30 p.m.; a performance by the membership@ftmeadeesc.org. Wednesday. The association is open to all a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-Baltimore Chinese School at 12:30 and • Single Parent Support Group meets the Air Force active-duty and retired senior 677-5324. Further listings are available on the1:30 p.m.; and a presentation by the second and fourth Monday of the month noncommissioned officers. For more Army and Air Force Exchange Service websiteJohns Hopkins University Lion Dance from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan at www.aafes.com.Troupe at 1 and 2 p.m. 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@ Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at For more information, email Monday. Free child care will be provided nsa.gov. 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES:avespoint@thewalters.org or call 410- on site. • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Tickets are $5 for adults (12 and older) and $2.50 for children.547-9000 ext. 323. For more information, call Rikki Ford, Association meets the second Wednesday • Leisure Travel Services is offering Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677- of each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Postmonthly bus trips to New York City onSaturday and March 23, with discounts 3617 or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil. • NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet 160 on Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The next meeting is Wednesday. Active-duty, Today through March 3to attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Reserve and retired members of the U.S.information, call 301-677-7354 or visit Hall at 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are Today & Friday: “This Is 40” (R). A husband andftmeademwr.com. Glen Burnie. If the schools are closed, invited. For more information, call 410- wife pursue ways to deal with their approaching there will be no meeting. If the schools 761-7046 or 301-262-6556. middle age. With Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow. MEETINGS are delayed two hours, the meeting will • Women’s Empowerment Group meets be held as usual. every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to Guest speaker is CPA Jack Czarnecki, provide a safe, confidential arena for the • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by who will address issues concerning support, education and empowermentthe Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the income tax filing for the year. The free of women who have experienced past orfirst Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at event is open to family members and present family violence.The Conference Center. The next prayer those contemplating membership. Location is only disclosed tobreakfast is today. For more information or to join, call participants. To register, call Tina The guest speaker is retired Lt. Col. Diane Shreves, publicity chairman, at Gauth, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117Richard H. Barnes, Association for 410-760-3750. or Samantha Herring, victim advocate,Christian Conferences, Teaching, and • Bridging the Gap deployment support at 301-677-4124.Service staff member for Eastern and group, sponsored by Army Community • Meade Area Garden Club willCentral Europe. Service, meets the second Tuesday of the meet Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup There is no cost for the buffet; dona- month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place Community Hall at the corner of Routetions are optional. For more informa- Neighborhood Center. The next meeting 175 and Wigley Avenue.tion, call 301-677-6703 or email diana. is Tuesday. For more information, call Master gardener and floral designerl.durner.civ@mail.mil. Sharon Collins at 301-667-4116 or email Anne Brooks will present the program • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the sharon.j.collins@us.army.mil. “From Garden to Vase” on using andfirst Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. • Spouse Connection meets the second maintaining a cutting garden.at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 Meetings are canceled if Anne Saturday & Sunday: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood, Arundel County public schools are Journey” (PG-13). Bilbo Baggins begins a jour-next meeting is tonight in the banquet 4998 Second Corps Blvd. The next closed or open late due to inclement ney to reclaim a stolen treasure. With Ian McKel- len, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage.hall in back of the building. Dinner is meeting is Tuesday. The program provides weather.served at 6 p.m. For more information, an opportunity for all spouses in the Fort For more information, call Patcall 410-674-4000. Meade community and surrounding area Loosarian, membership chairman, at Wednesday & Feb. 16, 17: “Rise of the Guardians” • National Alliance on Mental Illness to meet and get connected. For more 410-519-6443 or Sharon Durney, club (PG). An evil spirit schemes against the immortal Guardians (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, theof Anne Arundel County conducts a free information, call 301-677-4110 or email president, at 410-761-5019. Tooth Fairy and the Sandman). Voices of Chrissupport group for families with a loved amber.e.rustad@us.army.mil. • Military Council for Catholic Women Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law.one suffering from mental illness on the • Marriage Enrichment Group, is open to all women ages 18 and older forfirst Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. sponsored by Army Community Service, prayer, faith, fellowship and service at the Feb. 14, 20: “The Guilt Trip” (PG-13). An inven-at the Odenton (West County) Library, meets the second and fourth Wednesday Main Post Chapel. tor and his mom hit the road together so he can1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at Mother’s Prayer & Apologetics meets sell his latest creation. With Barbra Streisand,is tonight. For more information, visit the Community Readiness Center, 830 Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Seth Rogen, Brett Cullen.namiaac.org. Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Anne Arundel County schools are in • Fort Meade E9 Association meets Wednesday. For more information, call session. Monthly programs are held Feb. 15, 21: “Jack Reacher” (PG-13). An investiga-the second Friday of every month at Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tor (Tom Cruise) probes a random sniper attack.7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the 301-677-5590. For more information, email Beth With Rosamund Pike and Robert Duvall.Lanes. The next meeting is Friday. The • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets Wright, president, at bethwright826@association is open to active, retired, the second Wednesday of each month at hotmail.com or call 305-240-1559. Feb. 22, 23, 24: “Gangster Squad” (R). A chroni-Reserve and National Guard E9s of cle of the Los Angeles Police Department’s fightany uniformed service. All E9s in thisarea are invited to attend a breakfast Chaplain’s Word to keep the East Coast mafia out of their area in the 1940s and 1950s. With Josh Brolin, Ryanand meet the membership. For more Gosling, Nick Nolte.information, visit e9association.org or GET UP AND LEADcall 410-551-7953. • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. Feb. 27, March 2, 3: “Les Misérables” (PG-13). An adaptation of the stage musical based onsecond Monday of each month at 7 p.m. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” Victor Hugo’s classic novel. With Hugh Jackman,at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. — H. Norman Schwarzkopf Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.The next meeting is Monday. For morehttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 19