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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 6 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ February 14, 2013 mountaineering Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeffrey TuganMembers of a Mobile Multifunctional Signals Intelligence Team for the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade participate in a field training exercise in the mountains of Utah.Preparing for deployment to Afghanistan, the Soldiers trained for several weeks at Camp Williams, a training site located 25 miles south of Salt Lake City and operated by theUtah National Guard. The camp offers specialized training environments such as desert, winter and mountain training as well as an Afghan village to simulate experiencesdownrange. For the story, see Page 11.committed food safety UPCOMING EVENTSMeade players sign Meade inspectors help Today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Black History Month Observance - McGillletters of intent ensure eating facilities Friday, 7-10 p.m.: Lounge Party - The Lanes adhere to standards Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.: National Prayer Luncheon - The Conference Centerwith NCAA schools Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m.: EFMP Bowling night - The Lanespage 12 page 3 Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - The Conference Center
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Never leave a fallen comrade Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command What is the greatest challenge the U.S. Armed These efforts Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Forces face right now? were success- Public Affairs Officer Suicide. ful and by early Chad T. Jones This issue is causing us to lose quality Soldiers, morning, the Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen at military police Chief, Command Information an alarming rate. Last year, we lost more Soldiers to and first respond- Philip H. Jones suicide than we did to combat-related deaths. ers at the gar- The Army provides resources to address this rison where the Assistant Editor & Senior Writer issue. We train our force to recognize signs that suicidal Soldier Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes someone may not be acting “normal” or that inter- was stationed Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz vention may be required. had identified Design Coordinator Timothy Davis But when the opportunity presents itself, it is that the Soldier’s resi- Garrison command Supple­mental photography provided Soldier, service member, DoD civilian who interacts dence and arrived Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter by Patuxent Publishing Co. with the troubled individual who must make the to render aid. call, reach out and ask, “Are you thinking of kill- That troubled Soldier is alive today, and a 3-year Advertising ing yourself?” old child still has a parent. Command Sgt. Maj. Earl L. Rice, the U.S. How easy would it have been for that Fort General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Army Installation Command sergeant major, is Meade Soldier to simply turn off his phone and Allison Thompson 410-332-6850 often heard saying you have to “find the good.” say, “I’ll text my buddy in the morning.” Michele Griesbauer Focus on those success stories in which Soldiers I have personally thanked that Soldier for his 410-332-6381 and leaders are doing the right thing and taking efforts to “never leave a fallen comrade” and his care of each other. NCOs who have helped instill the Army values in If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are I want to share with you all a recent event on him that allowed him to transition from words to experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Fort Meade. deeds. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through A junior enlisted Soldier on Fort Meade checked You will not see that individual’s name in my Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. his Twitter around 11:30 p.m. before going to sleep. column as he prefers to remain anonymous. He did He noticed another junior enlisted Soldier he knew what he did because it was the right thing to do. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary who was stationed elsewhere in the United States That Soldier needed him and he was there. For of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday had signed off that night “goodbye” to friends and him, it was as simple as that. except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. family members. You have seen and will continue to see me refer Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the This Fort Meade Soldier recognized something to service in the Army, or any of the services, as a desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, different in this posting, something wrong. … He career-long study of the Profession of Arms in the Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. immediately texted the Soldier in trouble and got defense of our nation. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage the service member to admit that the service mem- But also remember that this is not just a profes- without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, ber was thinking about committing suicide. sion or a career, but a family. We take care of each user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser He then worked to get the service member on other. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. the phone to start talking. During the conversation, When was the last time you checked on your he found out that the Soldier had already taken buddy? Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are some pills. Editor’s note: For suicide prevention resources, not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance The Fort Meade Soldier kept his battle buddy on call the Fort Meade Army Substance Abuse Pro- of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the phone for more than eight hours throughout gram at 301-677-7121 or the National Suicide Life- the Army of the products or services advertised. the night, while simultaneously reaching out to his line at 1-800-273-8255, or go to the Army Suicide own noncommissioned officers to get in contact Prevention Program website at www.preventsuicide. with the leadership of the Soldier in need. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members Co n t e n t s and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mon- days from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 12 Llewellyn Avenue. Crime Watch.................. 5 Movies.................................. 15 Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Community.................. 14 Classified.............................. 16 For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! February 14, 2013
  3. 3. NewsInspectors work to ensure food safetyStory and photo by Philip H. JonesCommand Information Chief Thanks to the efforts of food inspec-tors on Fort Meade, food safety is apriority at all of the installation’s food Staff Sgt. Michaelestablishments. Sapp, a preventive Fort Meade’s Public Health Command medicineRegion-North Food Inspection Section noncommissionedand Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Cen- officer-in-chargeter’s Preventive Medicine Section work at Kimbroughtogether to oversee and monitor the safety Ambulatoryof food. Care Center’s Each has distinctive responsibilities. Preventative PHCR-North looks at food storage on Medicine section,post, makes sure that food comes from inspects aapproved sources, and inspects commis- refrigerator at asaries, main Exchanges and Shoppettes food facility at thefor sanitation. Exchange food Preventive Medicine is responsible for court. Fort Meadesanitation in food courts, dining facilities food inspectorsand Family and Morale, Welfare and ensure that theRecreation facilities, said Lyn Kukral, post communitypublic affairs officer for U.S. Army Public has safe food.Health Command. While these Soldiers usually go unno-ticed because most of their work is con-ducted behind the scenes, they were verynear the center of attention last week dueto a faulty soda dispenser. existed,” Rothstein said. “I wanted the “The Army Air Force Exchange Rothstein emphasized that the health On Feb. 6, Garrison Commander Col. community to know that they live and Service takes the health and safety of our and safety of everyone who lives andEdward C. Rothstein ordered the AAFES work on an installation that takes food patrons extremely seriously and deeply works on Fort Meade is of the upmostBurger King franchise closed for one day safety seriously.” regrets this incident. Additional checks importance to him and the garrison staff.due to a problem with a soda dispenser Following the incident at Burger King, and inspections have been put in place “I will continue to do whatever is nec-in the drive-through after workers discov- AAFES Chief of Public Affairs Lt. Col. over and above the normal requirements essary to ensure that all of our eatingered an infestation of fruit flies. Thomas E. Shrader issued the following to ensure no such incidents occur in the establishments on post adhere to safety According to an entomologist from statement: future.” standards for food handling,” he said.PHCR-North, the infestation was found “The Army Air Force Exchangein an area that is normally inaccessible Service owns the Burger King franchiseto restaurant workers. A weeklong leakin the soda dispenser resulted in the at Fort Meade. On Feb. 2, we noticed a lack of pressure in the soda dispenser. So we called a repair technician to fix the Temporary parking lot for Exchange opens Mondayinfestation. Once the infestation was discovered, problem.Rothstein ordered the facility closed to “Upon dismantling the machine, we dis-ensure that workers would have adequate covered there was an internal leak within By Brandon Bieltztime to thoroughly clean and correct the the electrical area, which attracted insects. Staff Writerproblem area. This area is in the mechanical section of The Walbridge construction company is planning the takeover of the current The area was reinspected by Kim- the dispenser, and at no time were direct Exchange parking lot for Tuesday.brough’s Preventive Medicine and Public food contact surfaces compromised. A temporary lot will open to the public on Monday as crews begin milling theHealth Command Region-North Veteri- “The restaurant was closed to allow for current parking lot and install a temporary fence around the site.nary Services. a thorough cleaning to ensure correction Construction of the temporary lot began in late December with the demolish- Rothstein said the decision to reopen of the deficiencies. This issue was isolated ment of the PXtra.the dining facility was based on his con- to the faulty drink dispenser in the drive- The new lot, which will fit approximately 208 vehicles, was constructed oversultation with the Preventive Medicine thru area. The machine was completely the vacant space. The median of the main driveway off MacArthur Road alsoteam. cleaned and disinfected. will be used for parking. “I made the decision to close the Burg- “Two inspections were conducted on The new 167,000-square-foot Exchange will be constructed on top of the older King, not because it posed an immedi- Feb. 7, one by Preventive Medicine health parking lot.ate health risk, but because we wanted to inspectors and the other by the installation Construction on the new Exchange, which will feature a larger food courtgive the staff the opportunity to conduct commander. The Burger King successfully with six food vendors, a gun shop and pharmacy, is scheduled to be completeda top-to-bottom cleaning to ensure they passed both of these inspections and was in 2014.were able to correct the problems that subsequently reopened that evening. February 14, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsCelebrating 112 years of serviceKimbrough pays tribute to Army Nurse CorpsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Col. Vinette Gordon, deputy chief ofthe Army Nurse Corps, celebrated theorganization’s 112th birthday with avisit to Kimbrough Ambulatory CareCenter. During her visit on Feb. 7, whichincluded a tour and cake-cutting cer-emony, Gordon praised the facility’sdedication to service members. “This is one of Army Medicine andthe Army Nursing Corps’ treasures,”Gordon said. “The efforts of thenursing leadership and staff are veryvisible. You can see and hear how theyare taking care of America’s sons anddaughters.” The Army Nurse Corps becamea permanent corps of the MedicalDepartment under the Army Reor-ganization Act, which was passed byCongress and signed by President Wil-liam McKinley on Feb. 2, 1901. The organization’s mission, accord-ing to its website, is “providing respon-sive, innovative, and evidenced-basednursing care integrated on the ArmyMedicine Team to enhance readiness,preserve life and function, and pro-mote health and wellness for all thoseentrusted to our care.” Traditionally, active-duty andReserve component officers comprisedthe Army Nurse Corps. Today, the PHOTOs BY sgt. vanessa hernandezorganization also includes Depart- Col. Vinette Gordon (center), deputy chief of the Army Nurse Corps, greets Roberta Ross, acting nurse manager of the Same-Dayment of the Army civilians and enlist- Surgery/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, during her visit Feb. 7 to celebrate the 112th birthdayed medical personnel. of the Army Nurse Corps. Col. Lorraine Fritz (right), deputy commander for Nursing at Kimbrough, and Lt. Col. Rebecca Preza, The nursing team at Kimbrough is chief of Perioperative Nursing Services, look on.made up of more than 150 nurses whoare Army Nurse Corps officers, DA Corps’ Patient CaringTouch System, tory of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps,”civilians and Army medics. which was rolled out by the Army to Capt. Gayle Fisher, nurse manager Col. Lorraine Fritz, deputy com- Medical Department in early 2012. of the Multi-Service Clinic; Glennemander for Nursing at Kimbrough, The PCTS was developed to reduce Kertes, clinical nurse manager forand Lt. Col. Andrew Baxter, assistant clinical quality variance by adopt- the Primary Care Unit; Sgt. Antonideputy commander for Nursing, wel- ing a set of internally and externally Alatorre, noncommissioned officer-comed Gordon to Kimbrough. They validated best practices that have been in-charge of the Specialty Clinic andled her on a tour of the facility’s Green shown to improve the care provided to Multi-Service Clinic; and retired Maj.Clinic, the Same-Day Surgery Operat- patients and their families, Fritz said. Hector Erazo, who retired from Kim-ing Room and the new Multi-Service Nurses from several clinics within brough in November 2012 after 21Clinic, which began a phased-in open- the Fort Meade Medical Department years of in December and will celebrate its Activity updated Gordon via telecon- “It’s a great opportunity to have said she was honored to be recog-official ribbon-cutting ceremony on ference on the progress of the system [Gordon] here today to interact with nized by Gordon and the Army NurseFeb. 25. at their respective facilities. the staff and [for them] to be recog- Corps. After the tour, Gordon met with The visit ended with a cake-cutting nized for what they do at Kimbrough “I had a great experience with themembers of Kimbrough’s nursing ceremony where Gordon presented the every day,” Fritz said. Army Nurse Corps,” said Kertes, whoteam for a briefing on the facility’s Army Nurse Corps coin and a copy of Kertes, who served as an Army is now a DA civilian nurse. “It felt likeimplementation of the Army Nursing the book, “The Contemporary His- Nurse Corps officer five years ago, I was part of a family.” SOUNDOFF! February 14, 2013
  5. 5. N ewsExecutor responsiblefor decedent’s estateBy Capt. Adam PettyLegal Assistance Attorney Figure out what bills the decedent owed at the time of death, determine if the bills • Individual and Business Serving as the personal representativeof a decedent’s estate is a huge responsibil- are legitimate, and then pay the bills. The personal representative also will be Tax Preparationity and can be overwhelming at times. responsible for making sure that the ongo- A personal representative, or “execu-tor,” administers the decedent’s estate, ing expenses of administering the estate such as legal fees, utilities and mortgage • Walk in, Appointmentswhich generally involves resolving anydebts and handling the distribution of payments are paid. • Step 5: Pay the decedent’s income or Drop Off Available Will reviewproperty. taxes and estate taxes. your prior There are various steps a personal rep-resentative could be called upon to take: Pay any income taxes and estate taxes that may be due for the tax year of the • Fast, Accurate 3 returns • Step 1: Inventory the decedent’s docu-ments and assets. death or any years that the decedent was delinquent. and Affordable for errors or missed Locate all of the decedent’s assets, • Step 6: Distribute the balance to thepersonal effects and estate-planning docu-ments such as a Last Will and Testa- estate beneficiaries. The final step in the estate settlement • E File, Wire Transfer, money!ment. Other documents that should be locat- process is to manage the remaining estate assets. Carry out the will’s instructions Debit Card ored include bank and brokerage statements,life insurance policies, car and boat titles, regarding specific gifts and monetary donations, then make distributions of Checks availabledeeds, and the decedent’s three prior the estate assets to the appropriate estate 1040EZ filingincome tax returns. beneficiaries. Be sure to collect any money owed to The role of a personal representative ofthe decedent. an estate is an important responsibility. only $ 50 • Step 2: Open the probate estate For more information about the duties The personal representative must offi- of a personal representative or steps tocially open the probate estate. take, schedule an appointment with a In Maryland, the personal representa- Legal Assistance Division attorney attive must contact the appropriate county’s 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. With this coupon. One coupon per person.Register of Wills. However, in other states,the executor may be required to retain an Offer ends April 15th, attorney. Community 30 OFF Be sure to file any appropriate claimsfor veterans and Social Security benefits. • Step 3: Value the decedent’s assets. The next step in the estate settlement Crime Watch $process is to establish date-of-death val- Compiled by the Fort Meadeues for all of the decedent’s assets. All Directorate of Emergency Services Receive $30 off your tax preparationfinancial institutions where the decedent’s with this coupon only. One coupon per person.assets are located must be contacted to Feb. 4, Larceny of private prop-obtain the date-of-death values. erty: The victim stated that two 55 OFF bottles of liquor, including one $ For assets such as real estate, personal bottle of Jack Daniel’s, wereeffects, collectibles and closely held busi- stolen from his residence.nesses, the executor may need to contacta professional appraiser. • Step 4: Pay the decedent’s final billsand estate expenses. Bring a friend and receive $30 off your tax preparation and a $25 referral bonus. One coupon per person. 10760 Hickory Ridge Rd Unit 121 Follow Fort Meade Columbia, MD 21044 at 410-772-2274 www.atlanticcashandtaxservices.com February 14, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  6. 6. N ews And the oscar goes to ... Marine Pfc. Josue Perezquinones poses with the golden Oscar statuette and mural of actress Marilyn Mon- roe at the USO-Metro Center at Fort Meade. An “Oscar Roadtrip” crew made the stop at the USO-Metro Center on Feb. 8 during a 21- day journey to deliver the coveted statuette to Hollywood for the 85th Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Photo by STAFF SGT. Sean K. Harp Chaplain’s Word LIFE’S JOURNEY Moment in Time During World War I, Fort Meade was established in 1917 as Camp Meade, a cantonment for troops drafted for the war. In celebration of the installation’s 96th anniversary, Soundoff! will feature a series of historical snapshots of the people and “If you don’t know events at Fort Meade through the years. where you’re going, when you get there you’ll be lost.” Joe Henderson While serving out his draft during the Vietnam War, jazz musician Joe Henderson played saxophone for the U.S. Army Band. — Yogi Berra, At the tail end of his two-year stint in the Army, Henderson was stationed at Fort Meade, where he was a member of the Second Army Band. baseball legend A native of Lima, Ohio, Henderson studied music at Kentucky State College and Wayne State University in Detroit while playing in local jazz clubs. He was drafted in 1960, first serving with the Army Band at Fort Benning, Ga., where he competed in a talent show with a four-piece combo and won first place. At Fort Belvoir, Va., Henderson was selected to tour with a show that entertained troops around the world. NO ONE DOES COMMUNITY In 1962, on the final leg of his Army service, Henderson was stationed at Fort Meade. After his honorable discharge later that NEWS LIKE WE DO year, he promptly drove to New York City where he immediately began playing with jazz groups. In 1963, Henderson released his first album titled “Page One.” Throughout his nearly 40-year career, Henderson released more A Baltimore Sun Media than 30 albums as the primary artist and appeared as a sideman on more than 100 records. Group Publication Henderson released his final album in 1998. He died in 2001 of heart failure after a long battle with emphysema at age 64. SOUNDOFF! February 14, 2013
  7. 7. N ewsMeade High copes with grief after tragediesBy Lisa R. Rhodes challenging part,” El-Ghazal said. “But learning that freshman Jaelin Ashe, 15, graduates.Staff Writer the way the staff, students and families was fatally struck by a vehicle in Laurel Meade High provided families with In the past two years, Meade High came together to work through these trag- on Dec. 20. information about community resourcesSchool has faced the sudden deaths of five edies has been remarkable.” Yore said Maxwell and his staff pro- and invited them to participate in thestudents and five recent graduates. Students have received direct services, vided support throughout the day and memorial service and candlelight vigil. Two of the deceased were struck by such as individual and group counseling, continue to have conversations with the El-Ghazal said that while people grievevehicles, six were involved in car accidents, grief counseling, mediation and assess- staff about how the county school system differently, the emotional pulse at theone succumbed to an illness and the other ments to help them develop interventions can assist in the healing process. school, on the whole, is improving.died of a ruptured aorta. that suit their needs. Meade High and the county school The support for students, staff and In the wake of the tragedies, the school is El-Ghazal said the school’s grief coun- system, which provides resources and sup- families will be ongoing, said Yore.slowly healing, said Principal John Yore. seling is not long term, but eligible stu- port to families in cases of student death, “We want to have a foundation and “Resilient is one way to describe our dents have had access to behavioral health illness and injury, also have reached out to climate of support in place at all times,”students and teachers,” he said. “Commu- services from the Villa Maria Continuum, the families of the deceased students and he said.nity is another way to describe Meade.” an independent counseling agency, and To help the students and faculty deal the Tele-Behavioral Health program atwith the unprecedented loss, trauma the Walter Reed National Medical Centerresponse teams from the Anne Arundel in Bethesda.County Public Schools system and Meade Bob Mosier, spokesperson for the coun-High’s staff of two school psychologists ty school system, said the trauma responseand seven counselors have provided men- teams are staffed by counselors, psycholo-tal health services, including grief and gists and social workers who are sent tocrisis counseling, to students and consulta- schools when a crisis happens and con-tions for faculty. tinue to work at schools on an as-needed The county school system “has been very basis after a tragedy.supportive with mental health resources The school system employs more thanand presence for our students and the 300 counselors, psychologists and socialschool,” Yore said. workers who are trained to provide mental Meade High held a memorial service health and wellness services for studentsand candlelight vigil on Jan. 10 that was and staff.coordinated by school psychologist Nelli In the wake of Meade High’s mostEl-Ghazal with the help of students, par- recent tragedy, Yore said Anne Arundelents from Fort Meade and the Meade County Schools Superintendent KevinHigh Alumni Association. Maxwell and his administrative staff “The loss of our students has been the arrived at the school within an hour after photo by Sgt. walter reeves Two Meade High School students comfort each other during the school’s candlelight vigil on Jan. 10. Grief and crisis counseling were provided to students after the deaths of five students and five recent graduates during the past two years. SOUNDOFF! February 14, 2013
  8. 8. N ews Social Security and tax time By Wendy Poulson Social Security Benefit State- Social Security Manager ments (Form SSA-1099) for tax year Glen Burnie 2012 were mailed to beneficiaries Whether you are a small-business and should be received by Jan. 31. owner, a retiree or a new parent, here If you receive Social Security and are some Social Security tax tips that haven’t received your 1099, you can may help you prepare for Tax Day. request one online at socialsecurity. gov/1099. Are Social Security benefits taxable? Does your baby need a Social About one-third of those receiving Security Number? benefits must pay taxes on some of their Yes. Most people apply for their Social Security. baby’s Social Security number while If your total income, including Social they’re still in the hospital at the same Security and all of your other taxable time they apply for the birth certifi- PHOTO by jay l. baker income, is $25,000 or more and you file cate. federal taxes as an individual, you’ll But if you didn’t, you’ll need to apply aligning priorities Navy Petty Officer Christina Walrath shakes hands with Gov. Martin O’Malley, need to pay federal taxes on some of your benefits. That amount is $32,000 for married for your child’s Social Security number in order to claim the child as a depen- dent on your tax return. who met with Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein, Fort Meade couples filing a joint return. You’ll also need it if you ever apply Alliance General Manager Tim O’Ferrall (left rear) and other members of for government benefits on behalf of Maryland’s Federal Facilities Advisory Board on Feb. 7 in Annapolis for the Will I get a tax form for my Social the child or your family. release of the board’s strategic plan. The plan outlines recommendations Security benefits? For more information about Social on how the state can align its resources with federal priorities such as Yes. In fact, you should have already Security cards and numbers, visit encouraging innovation and the creation of more jobs in Maryland. received it. February 14, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  9. 9. N ewsOlé: Army Field Band performs Latin music for studentsStory and photo by Sgt. Michael KieseU.S. Army Field Band Son Tropical, an 11-piece ensemblemade up of members of the U.S. ArmyField Band’s Jazz Ambassadors, Con-cert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, per-formed at Roland Park ElementaryMiddle School in Baltimore on Feb. 1. The band performed authentic Latinand Afro-Cuban music with a uniqueeducational focus. Teachers instructedstudents on the basics of Latin musichistory and dance the week before theperformance to empower them to beeducated listeners and participants. For example, during the call andresponse sections of the performance,students were quizzed on Latin musicterminology, history and geography.They also were encouraged to dance tothe appropriate styles of Latin music. The school band also participatedin performing “Malaguena,” a Latinjazz standard, before Son Tropical’sset. Band director Danni Schmitt saidher students were delighted to hear alive performance by professional musi-cians. One of the school band’s tromboneplayers, a seventh-grader named Julian,was excited to see Son Tropical’s trom-bonist perform a solo, said Schmitt. “He said, ‘Mrs. Schmitt! Mrs.Schmitt! Come here!,” Schmitt recalled.“I walked over and he turned aroundand pointed at the guy, and his mouthjust dropped. It was just such a beauti-ful and perfect moment. Seeing thatkind of reaction from the kids, that’swhy we get up and do what we do everyday.” Son Tropical also performed for the An aspiring drummer in the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School band watches Son Tropical, an ensemble of the U.S. Armystudents last year. Schmitt said that Field Band, perform authentic Latin and Afro-Cuban music during a performance at the school on Feb. 1 as part of the Fieldafter the band’s visit, she noticed an Band’s educational outreach.influx of beginner musicians to theband. for Son Tropical and the Jazz Ambassa- him some feedback. educational music assemblies throughout “For the students who aren’t in music, dors, said educational outreach is part The usher later joined the Marines the exposes them to [music] they probably of the Field Band’s mission. and, in 2011, contacted Young to let The Army Field Band also offers freehaven’t ever heard before,” said Jared “We mostly do these kinds of things him know he was stationed at Quantico, educational materials online at Army-Perry, Roland Park’s assistant teacher. when we are out on the road,” Young Va., and had become a pianist with the For more information,“And for them to learn the dances and said. “One of our goals is just to present Marine Corps Band based there. visit the website and click the “Educa-to be able to dance along with the band ourselves. A lot of people aren’t aware Young said that since then, the tion” phenomenal. For the musicians who of the opportunities the Army affords Marine has attended some of the Jazzare up-and-coming … it gives them people musically and otherwise.” Ambassadors’ rehearsals. Young is nowmotivation to practice. And to [hear] the As an example of how the Field Band his piano teacher.range on the trumpet, the range on the influences young musicians, Young “It’s very cool and inspiring to see a Connect withtrombone, the dexterity of the saxophone, recalled how he once met an aspiring young man like that follow in my foot- Fort Meade atand just the rhythm and just feeling it jazz pianist who was an usher at one steps, so to speak,” Young said.… it’s just a phenomenal experience for of the Jazz Ambassadors’ concerts six Editor’s note: In addition to instru-everyone.” years ago. The usher later sent Young mental demonstrations, the Field Band /ftmeade Master Sgt. Timothy Young, pianist some of his recordings and Young gave also performs clinics, master classes and10 SOUNDOFF! February 14, 2013
  10. 10. C over S tory704th MI Soldiers prepare for upcoming deploymentBy Sgt. Amy Lane704th Military Intelligence BrigadePublic Affairs DRAPER, Utah — In preparationfor an upcoming deployment, Soldiersof Alpha Company, 742nd MilitaryIntelligence Battalion, 704th MilitaryIntelligence Brigade, traveled to CampWilliams for several weeks of trainingin the mountains of Utah. The Soldiers are members of theMobile Multifunctional Signals Intelli-gence Team, and will deploy to Afghani-stan to support tactical units to providemission critical intelligence. “This is where SIGINT meets tacti-cal forces,” said Capt. Jessamyn Liu,commander of Alpha Company. “Thisteam brings specialized SIGINT skillsin to support ground forces. They act asa force multiplier.” Training focused on the Low LevelVoice Intercept used to provide earlywarnings against possible enemy forces. “The MMST Soldiers are carryingnot only everything the ground troopscarry, but they are also carrying theirown specialized equipment,” Liu said.“Their rucksacks can weigh up to 90pounds while they’re out there climbingmountains.” Liu traveled to Camp Williams toobserve her Soldiers in their training,which consisted of classroom time fol-lowed by hands-on training. The teamof 31 Soldiers, along with some fromthe 743rd MI Battalion, split into groups Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeffrey Tuganand worked with members of the Utah A team of 31 Soldiers in Alpha Company, 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 704th MI Brigade, train at Camp Williams beforeNational Guard, who acted as the oppos- deploying to Afghanistan. The terrain and elevation in the Utah training environment operated by the Utah National Guard mirrorsing force during real-life scenarios. the harsh environment the team will face in Afghanistan. Having grown up in Utah, Spc.Megan Sten, a signal collector/analyst 25 miles south of Salt Lake City and us aside. It kind of makes us an elite day, temperatues plunged to 13 degreeswith Alpha Company, knew how chal- operated by the Utah National Guard, group.” below zero.lenging it would be to train in the higher offers specialized training environments Sten said the training was tough and The Soldiers were supposed to campaltitude. such as desert, winter and mountain she enjoyed the opportunity for more out for the entire two weeks, but because “I’ve always been an active, athletic training as well as an Afghan village to in-depth learning on the equipment. of the cold they were brought in eachperson and I like the more tactical side simulate the experiences Soldiers will Both Soldiers said they were given an night. They stayed warm while climbing,of my job, so this was fun for me,” she have downrange. overview of the equipment back at Fort but got cold quickly when they stoppedsaid. “I did acclimate faster than the Spc. Albert Hatem, a signals intel- Meade, but the hands-on experience is moving.others because I grew up in the area.” ligence analyst with Alpha Company, even more important. Periodically, the group took turns Though mostly focused on learning said the elevation was tough, but he “It was more like the environment in taking a break to change into dry topsthe new equipment, Sten also had the acclimated quickly. Afghanistan, so it was better training and socks to preserve body heat. Theyopportunity to see her family who lives “I’m not built to be behind a desk,” he than just walking around Fort Meade also slid into their sleeping bags duringnearby. said. “I volunteered for this deployment with a rucksack,” Sten said. “It’s a lot breaks. Liu said the Soldiers trained not only to experience the more tactical side of different when you throw in the moun- “When your ruck weighs 80 to 90on their equipment, but also in the my job.” tains, altitude and snow. It was exciting pounds and you add 15 inches of snowoperating environment. The terrain and This will be the first deployment for and a good experience.” and high altitudes, a hill that wouldelevation in the Utah training environ- both Sten and Hatem. An additional challenge was the freez- normally take 30 minutes to climb takesment mirrors the environment the Sol- “It’s a great opportunity, even the ing temperatures. During the two-week an hour,” Hatem said. “But training indiers will face in Afghanistan. training alone is,” Hatem said. “Very field portion of the training, tempera- the worst of conditions can give us the Camp Williams, a training site located few Soldiers get to do this. It really sets tures fell below zero every day. One upper hand.” February 14, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
  11. 11. S portsMeade High football players sign college commitments By Brandon Bieltz “I’m trying to get up there as soon as Staff Writer I can,” he said. After helping lead the Meade High Dorsey’s motor and effort on the School Mustangs to playoffs for the field, Holzer said, are what set him first time in 11 years and to the state above other players. semifinals, seven seniors are prepared “He never stops,” Holzer said. “It’s to take their playing career to the next like the Energizer Bunny — he just level. keeps going. There’s not many kids in On last week’s National Signing Day, high school football who play as hard two Mustangs — Malik Dorsey and as he does.” Anthony Watkins — signed letters of Watkins agreed to play in the North- intent to officially accept offers to play east Conference with the Saint Francis college football. Five other players Red Flash. followed, either by signing later in the “I went up there and I liked the week or continuing official visits to coaches,” he said. “The players brought schools before signing. me in like I was there for awhile. I just Dorsey is heading to the University felt comfortable with the decision. My of Maine, while Watkins will attend mom liked the school and I liked the Saint Francis University in Lorette, school. It was just a good fit.” Pa. Corey Brooks later signed to play His senior season of 47 catches for for ASA Community College in New 812 yards and 10 touchdowns was the York. first year of his career. Had Watkins “It’s a dream come true,” Watkins played all four years, Holzer said, he said. would have ended up on the roster of a Fellow Mustangs Ray Myers, Hunter bigger program. Cox, Kevin Johnson and Daivon Nixon, “He’s just a freak of an athlete, he’s photos by brian krista who are still making official visits, will an outstanding athlete,” he said. “I canMeade High senior Anthony Watkins poses for a picture with his mother Kimberly declare their intent by the end of Febru- see him being an All-American at SaintMurray after signing his letter of intent on Feb. 6 at the high school. The wide receiver ary, said head coach Rich Holzer. Francis.”will play football next year at Saint Francis University in Lorette, Pa. Dorsey and Watkins were accompa- Besides Dorsey and Watkins, Myers nied by Holzer, their families and Prin- will make the most immediate impact cipal John Yore during the ceremony on his college team, said Holzer. The on Feb. 6. defensive back is considering West Vir- Sporting a new Maine Black Bears ginia Wesleyan College and Misericor- hat, Dorsey signed the letter that will dia University in Dallas, Pa. send the defensive lineman to the town “He has all the natural abilities; he’s of Orono to play Division I football in just short,” Holzer said of the 5-foot, the Colonial Athletic Association. 6-inch defensive back. “In Division II “I think he found a pretty good fit,” you can get away with that.” Holzer said. “They’re not afraid to play Although they are heading to college shorter, maybe a little undersized defen- to advance their playing career, both sive linesman.” Dorsey and Watkins said they will miss Dorsey’s father Rodney Myrick, a playing at Meade High. retired Air Force master sergeant who “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Watkins served with the 70th Intelligence, Sur- said. “I’m going to fulfill my dream, but veillance and Reconnaissance Wing, I still wish I could play with my high called the signing the “ultimate accom- school team.” plishment” for his son. This large group of seniors recruited Myrick recalled helping to put the to play college football puts Meade equipment on his son when Dorsey High School “on the map,” Watkins was a youngster and all the effort the said. Holzer agreed, adding that colleg- 18-year-old has put in since then. es don’t go to schools that lose games. “I’ve seen all his hard work — get- “I think it lends a lot of credibility ting up 6 o’clock in the morning and to what we’re doing,” Holzer said. “Par- working out,” Myrick said. “It’s just ents see that we have kids succeeding in great to see all his hard work is coming our program and moving on to bigger to pay off.” and better things. Dorsey said he decided to attend the “We’re winning football games now,Malik Dorsey’s parents Rodney and Lisa Myrick join the defensive lineman after he University of Maine because of the but the bigger picture most parents aresigned his letter of intent to play football at the University of Maine next year. Dorsey bigger and better competition he will concerned about is what we’re doing tojoins six other Meade High School seniors who have been recruited to play college face; adding he is eager to begin train- help their sons, and I think that thisfootball. ing with the team. kind of proves it,” he said.12 SOUNDOFF! February 14, 2013
  12. 12. S ports Sports Shorts Jibber-Less (Somewhat) Indoor triathlon Did your mother ever tell you that if you don’t Gaffney Fitness Center will host an indoor triathlon on March 9 inside the have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all? facility. Wave start times will be between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, which includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Well, Momma Jones never played by that rule. Participants must be at least 18 years old. But fortunately for you, Drill Sgt. Jones at Fort Registration is required by Feb. 25. There will be no onsite registration. The competition will consist of a 10-minute swim, 30-minutes on bike, and a Sill, Okla., did. 20-minute run. Performance will be measured by the total distance covered in the three legs. In fact he’d do it in cadence. It went sorta like To register, go to For more information, call 301-677-3318. this: Chad T. Jones, Old Joe Golf Tournament Drill Sgt. Jones: “If you ain’t got nothing nice ...” Public Affairs The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual Old Officer Joe Golf Tournament on April 12 at Eisenhower Golf Course, 1576 Generals Highway, Crownsville. Delta 1/40, Company C: “One!” Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $70 for active-duty service members, retirees and family members, DS J: “Don’t say it at all.” and $75 for everyone else. Registration and payment are due by March 29. Delta: “Two!” Registration includes green fees and cart, putting contest, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, two beverage tickets, door prizes, snacks and player goodie bags. DS J: “Unless you wanna get smoked ...” Proceeds benefit the Fort Meade OSC Scholarships and Welfare Programs. For more information, email Lorin Neslony at Delta: “Three!” or visit EFMP bowling DS J: “By Drill Sergeant Jones.” The Exceptional Family Member program is Delta: “Four!” sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Exceptional family members will receive a free DS J: “I am the man.” game and shoe rental. Other family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. Delta: “Five!” To register, call 301-677-4473 or email kelly. DS J: “You all are stinking privates.” Spring sports registration And so on and so forth. Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, It was ironic since it seemed that Drill Sgt. Jones never seemed to softball, track, indoor football and basketball. have anything nice to say. Regardless, a few push-ups, flutter kicks For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. and turn-and-bounces later, the message took. Texas Hold ‘em And since this is the first week without football, and Michigan lost by Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. 23 to the stinking Spartans, and ESPN is giving way too much coverage For more information, call 301-677-5541. to Michael Jordan, I’m not very happy right now. Dollar Days So I’m just going to keep quiet until next week when I’ll focus on The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spring Training, CYSS spring sports, and a beef with our own Marcia Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. Eastland. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Until then, if you have any comments on this or anything to do with For more Fort Meade sports, visit sports, contact me at February 14, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
  13. 13. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community Financial Readiness classes“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. Black History Month celebration Army Community Service is offeringAll submissions are posted at the editor’sdiscretion and may be edited for space and Fort Meade’s annual Black History Month observance will be held today the following Financial Readiness classesgrammar. Look for additional community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center. at the Community Readiness Center, 830events on the Fort Meade website at www. Admission is free and open to the public. Chisholm and the Fort Meade The event is hosted by Navy Information Operations Command Maryland. Classes are open to DoDFacebook page at The speaker is Navy Rear Adm. James Crawford III, deputy judge advocate identification cardholders, including For more information or to submit an general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command. active-duty service members, retireesannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. Entertainment will feature the Morgan State University Performance Arts and their family members, DoD or call 301-677-5602. Department. employees and contractors. Food samplings will be provided. Registration is required for each class. All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouraged • Credit Clinic meets every Wednesday NEWS EVENTS to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Administrative leave is authorized. Use the new online appointment For more information, call Navy Chief Edward T. Brown at 301-688-6373 or system to schedule for the Credit Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore at Equal Opportunity at 301-677-6687. Clinic and regular appointments withNational Prayer Luncheon a financial counselor at fortmeadeacs. The Fort Meade Annual National Luncheon will be held $1,500, is open to qualifying graduating Support Job Club Meeting: 11:30 a.m., • Car Buying: Today, 1 to 3 p.m.Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the high school seniors as well as continuing Potomac Place Neighborhood Center • Liquidating Your Debts: Tuesday, 9Conference Center, 6800 Taylor Ave. education students. • Part 1: “From Resolution to Reality: to 11 a.m. The guest speaker is retired Chaplain Numerous scholarships will be How to stick to your career goals and • Money Management: Feb. 21, 1 to(Maj. Gen.) Matthew A. Zimmerman, awarded. mean it”: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3 p.m.who served as the 18th Army chief of The Evelyn Silva Scholarship Award • Part 2: Bonus webinar: Federal resume • First Term Financial Readinesschaplains from 1990 to 1994. of Excellence is offered to qualifying training - Tips to understanding the (online class): Feb. 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 200 people. high school seniors only and is valued at government hiring process: 1 to 2 p.m. • Military Saves Day of Financial Suggested donation is $10 for civilians $2000. There will only be one recipient. Learn the difference between Fitness: Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.and service members E6 and above. The complete application package appropriated positions, nonappropriated Numerous speakers will address Tickets are available at the Main is available on the ESC website at status, and how to qualify. Learn to read various financial topics throughout thePost Chapel, 4419 Llewellyn Ave. or by and understand the position you are day. Enjoy a free lunch and a chance tocontacting the Religious Support Office For more information, email applying for. win door prizes. Space is 301-677-6703 or at diana.l.durner. Trish Baker at scholarshipdirector@ To register online, visit http://www. To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590. To schedule an For more information, call 301-677- appointment, visit fortmeadeacs.Lounge party OSC scholarships 5590. Party at the 11th Frame Lounge atthe Lanes on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Common Sense Parenting Career, financial classes Club has posted its 2013 scholarship The free event will feature music, food applications on its website. A Common Sense Parenting class will The Fleet and Family Support Centerspecials, a special drink menu, games College-bound, high school seniors be offered Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to offers the following free classes at theand giveaways. and dependent children currently enrolled 12:30 p.m. at the Community Readiness Community Readiness Center, 830 For more information, call 301-677- in college can apply for the Merit Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. Chisholm Ave.:5541. Scholarship. Share some of your insight and get • Stress Management: Today, 9 to 11 High school seniors with an more tools to learn how parents are a.m.Karaoke Night outstanding academic record also will be teachers. • Spouses Meet and Greet: Today, 10 considered for the Etta Baker Memorial To register or for more information, a.m. to noon The next Karaoke Night will be Feb. • Pre-deployment: Feb. 21, 9:30 to 11 Scholarship. call 301-677-5590.21 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th Frame a.m. The Fort Meade OSC also will award aLounge at the Lanes. The event is held the third Thursday JROTC Scholarship as well as a Military Mob/Dep programs • Money Management: Feb. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Spouse Scholarship.of the month. The Mobilization/Deployment • Job Search Strategies: Feb. 26, 9 a.m. Application forms with eligibility For more information, call 301-677- Program will offer the following to noon requirements are available at fortmeadeosc.5541 or visit programs at the Community Readiness Learn techniques to help you succeed org. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be considered. Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. in your job search as well as the tools for Registration is required. networking and negotiating job offers. EDUCATION For more information, email Heather • Pre-deployment Brief: March 1 and • Day of Financial Fitness: Feb. 28, 8 Thomas at scholarships@fortmeadeosc. org. March 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m. • Family Readiness Group Registration is required for allESC scholarships Employment Readiness Roundtable: March 20, 9 to 11 a.m. • CARE Team Training: March 25, 9 programs. For more information, call 301- 677-9014, 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. The Enlisted Spouses’ Club is hosting classes a.m. to 3 p.m.its annual Enlisted Spouses’ ClubMilitary Dependent Youth Scholarships The Employment Readiness Program For more information, email Pia UMUC info session is offering the following free programs on Morales, Mobilization/Deploymentfor the 2013-2014 school year. Program manager, at pia.s.morales.civ@ Learn all about University of The ESC scholarship award, valued at Feb. 27: Maryland University College at an • Military Spouse Employment or call 301-677-4110.14 SOUNDOFF! February 14, 2013