Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 13 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ April 4, 2013 on the hunt photo by jen ryndaFort Meade youngsters race to find Easter eggs spread out on the soccer field across from the Youth Center on Saturday afternoon. Several hundred children participatedin the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which included egg hunts, coloring activities and prizes including Easter baskets and a bicycle. For more photos, see Pages 10 and 11.well-being you got served UPCOMING EVENTSMeade celebrates Top two volleyball MONDAY: Construction on Reece Road at Post ExchangeNational Social teams meet in early- April 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance - McGill season matchup April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Earth Day celebration - Burba ParkWorkers Month April 20, 8 a.m.: Earth Day 5K Run - Burba Parkpage 4 page 12 April 20, 8-11 a.m.: Clean Up! Fort Meade - Neighborhood Centers
Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ A month of awareness Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command April is one of the busiest months of the to DoD and Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter year as it relates to awareness activities and military leaders. Public Affairs Officer commemorations. There continues Chad T. Jones A quick search on the “Google machine” to be a startling Chad.T.Jones.email@example.com identified more than 15 issues or subjects that increase in vio- Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones host monthlong commemorations in April, and lent sex crimes Philip.H.Jones.firstname.lastname@example.org another 21 activities that have a day or week in the military. Assistant Editor & Senior Writer designated. Some attri- Rona S. Hirsch While I’m not going to list all of the month’s bute the increase Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes commemorations, I would like to draw your in reported Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz attention to a couple of issues that I consider cases of sexual Design Coordinator Timothy Davis important. assaults to an COL. Edward c. Supplemental photography provided You may have noticed ribbons tied around increase in the Rothstein Garrison Commander by The Baltimore Sun Media Group trees on the installation this week. The ribbons, number of ser- blue, teal and rainbow or puzzle, are there to vice members who feel more comfortable com- Advertising raise awareness for issues such as sexual assault, ing forward to report the crime. However, many General Inquiries 410-332-6300 child abuse and autism. victim advocates and law enforcement officials Allison Thompson The rainbow or puzzle ribbon is designated believe the overall number of sexual assault 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com for National Autism Awareness Month. cases continue to be under reported. Michele Griesbauer Today, autism prevalence is one in every 88 Over the past year, several new initiatives 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com children in America. There is a growing need have been introduced in the military to combat for more concern and awareness about autism. the problem, such as requiring sexual assault If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are The puzzle pattern of the autism awareness policies to be explained to all service members experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. ribbon reflects the mystery and complexity of within 14 days of their entry into active duty Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through the autism spectrum. The different colors and and enhancing training programs for sexual Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. shapes represent the diversity of the people assault prevention, including training for new Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the and families living with the condition. The military commanders. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. brightness of the ribbon signals hope, hope The bottom line is that all service members Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in that through increased awareness of autism, and their families must feel secure enough to conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach and through early intervention and appropriate report incidents of sexual assault without fear the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, of retribution and commanders at all levels address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. more complete lives. must hold offenders appropriately account- As a nation, we talk a lot about the special able. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage sacrifices of military families. However, please To report a sexual assault through Fort without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, consider the additional stresses for military Meade’s 24/7 sexual assault hotlines, call 443- user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser families with children who have been diagnosed 845-0876 (Army) 240-752-2773 (Air Force) or will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. with autism and the extraordinary challenges 301-419-1936 (Navy). Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the that they face. Blue ribbons are being used this month to Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their Since the 1980s, the military has helped promote awareness and prevent child abuse. own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. families with special needs children through Since 1983, April has been known as Nation- The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Exceptional Family Member Program. The al Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. program is a mandatory enrollment program month, humanitarian organizations, family that works with other military and civilian advocates and child welfare groups will hold agencies to provide comprehensive and coordi- educational programs, organize fund raisers, www.ftmeade.army.mil nated community support, housing, education, medical and personnel services to help military host awareness activities and distribute infor- mative materials to make the public aware of You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd families with special needs. the pervasive social problem known as child and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Show your support for people with autism abuse. by wearing the Autism Awareness Ribbon It’s been said that the blue ribbon is intended this month. For more information, about Fort to symbolize the black-and-blue bruises suf- Meade’s EFMP, contact the EFMP manager fered by victims of child abuse. Co n t e n t s in the Army Community Service at 301-677- 4779. Throughout the month there will be installa- tion activities and commemorations in support April is also National Sexual Assault Aware- of these subjects and other issues, which you News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 12 ness and Prevention Month, which is com- can support by sharing information to help memorated with a teal ribbon to raise public raise awareness and educate communities. Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies.................................. 15 awareness and educate communities on the I hope to see you at one or more of these prevention of sexual violence. events or wearing one of the colorful ribbons Community.................. 14 Classified.............................. 16 The number of reported sexual assaults with- that show your support. in the military continues to be of high concern Have a great week! SOUNDOFF! April 4, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
NewsSupport group helps bullied children, parentsBy Lisa R. Rhodes two fights with a classmate at school, Fort Meade students are encouraged reporting the incidents to the school.Staff Writer he was required to appear before the to report cases of bullying to their teach- Maneka Monk, communications man- A Fort Meade mother is concerned installation’s Juvenile Misconduct Review ers or school administrators, who are ager for AACPS, said that many schoolabout the safety of her son. Board. required by the county to investigate the buses are equipped with video cameras The second-grader attends a school on The board is an administrative body allegation and to notify the parent(s) and audio recording devices, but it is notpost and has been complaining to her for established to review cases of juvenile or guardian(s) of the alleged victim. required by law.several weeks that he is being bullied on misconduct committed on Fort Meade. The school’s Student Services division is “These tools monitor the passengerthe school bus on his way home. The board provides findings and recom- required to provide counseling to both the area of the bus. The objective is to provide “It’s one particular kid. They don’t get mendations to the garrison commander student victim and offender within two an important additional tool to assist thealong, but he lives on the same street [as for his review. weeks of the incident. driver in managing student conduct onus],” the mother said. “I have no clue what The review board recommended that The principal decides what conse- school buses,” Monk said, noting thatactually goes on the bus. ... He [her son] the teen attend the bullying support group quences and remedial actions will result county bus drivers are asked to report tosaid he’s being hit on the bus.” with a parent. His father, a service mem- from the investigation, according to the school administrators any activity that This parent, who said other children ber, attended the meeting with him. AACPS Code of Student Conduct. The may be in violation of the Student Codeare also being bullied on the bus, told her The Anne Arundel County Public parents of victim and offender are noti- of Conduct.story at a gathering of the installation’s Schools has a formal policy that prohibits fied of any actions that will be taken. McKay and Colaina Townsend, a vic-new Bullying Support Group on March bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and However, if the principal determines that tim advocate at ACS who helped lead11. intimidation, hazing and bias behavior a student poses a continuing danger to the meeting, advised the mother to join Formed in February, the group meets among children and teens. other students, personnel or school prop- with the parents of other bullied childrenthe second and fourth Monday of the AACPS defines bullying, cyberbul- erty or is an ongoing threat of disrupting on the bus and have a meeting with themonth from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Potomac lying, harassment and intimidation as the academic process, the student can be school principal to address their con-Place Neighborhood Center. “intentional conduct, including verbal, removed immediately from school. cerns. The group was created by Kimberly physical, graphic or written conduct or The middle-schooler who attended the The middle-school student said thatMcKay, the parent support group coordi- an intentional electronic communication support group said students often encour- when it comes to bullying, school admin-nator at Army Community Service. that creates a hostile educational environ- age other students to be bullies, and that istrators need to let students know that “I started it because I want parents to ment by substantially interfering with a students who report being bullied are any form of misconduct will be pun-know that they have support and to be student’s educational benefits, opportuni- considered a “snitch.” ished.able to network with other parents who ties, or performance, or with a student’s “I believe a lot of it [bullying] is a “When they’re [school administrators]are having similar problems with any physical or psychological well-being.” respect factor and kids not respecting stricter, they try to show you that it’s [bul-aspects of bullying,” she said. “The group Bullying is specifically defined as other kids’ boundaries between acquain- lying] not nice,” he said. “But when theyalso provides confidentiality.” “repeated conscious, willful and deliber- tances,” McKay said. try to be nice, it’s like it’s not a big deal.” Youths who are being bullied also are ate, direct or indirect action with the The Fort Meade mother said she has Editor’s note: The Anne Arundel Coun-encouraged to participate in the support intent to physically or psychologically been frustrated by the lack of cameras on ty Public Schools collects data on thegroup, McKay said. intimidate or distress someone else; physi- the bus to videotape student behavior to prevalence of bulling at each of the county At this small meeting, a 14-year-old cal, social, verbal actions; or intimidation and from school. schools. Visit the AACPS website forstudent from a Fort Meade middle school toward another person with negative She also said the bus driver has not fol- information about your child’s respectivetalked about how, as a result of having intent.” lowed up with allegations of bullying by school. Fun Fair, youth fields opening cancelled Fort Meade Public Affairs Office to repair any damage to the fields. We Recent wet weather moved Fort Meade felt it important to protect them so that officials to cancel two events planned they are ready for play this spring for to mark the reopening of renovated all of the baseball and soccer events youth sports fields on post. already scheduled.” The Annual Fort Meade Family The $2.6 million dollar renovation Fun Fair was planned to coincide with project to the sports fields was largely the official grand opening events for funded through Army Community of the Child, Youth and School Services Excellence award winnings Fort Meade sports fields on Saturday. Both events earned in 2009 and 2010. have been cancelled. The renovation, which includes “The fields are so damp we are fear- seven baseball fields, six soccer fields, file photo ful of the damage large crowds could a football field, a practice field and do to them,” said Lida-M. H. Payne, refreshment stand, began in Novem- The grand opening of the new youth sports complex has been cancelled to protect chief of CYSS. “Our current budget ber 2009 and will be ready for the first the fields from damage due to recent wet weather. The fields will be ready for the situation would make it difficult for us games sometime this spring. opening days of the soccer and baseball seasons on April 12 and 13.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 4, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsFort Meade celebrates social workersBy Lisa R. Rhodes people seek Christian counseling, butStaff Writer few mental health professionals provide A small gathering of social workers the service.was held Friday during a luncheon in “A lot of people are looking forrecognition of National Social Work Christian counselors, but can’t findMonth. them,” Manning said. “There’s more of “I hope that the joining of social a need, but not enough people are step-workers at this event will form a network ping up to the plate.”of partners and resources that benefit He said secular counseling takes athe military community,” said Maj. Ter- humanistic approach to solving psy-rance Beasley, the S3 Operations Officer chological problems and focuses on theat the Army 1st Medical Recruiting Bat- client’s strengths as a person.talion, and a co-organizer of the event. Secular counselors ask “what is the The two-and-a-half hour luncheon power that people have and how canwas held at the Potomac Place Neigh- they be empowered,” Manning said.borhood Center and included music and “The power is in the self.”beauty services provided by Zibazz Day Manning said secular counselorsSpa in Owings Mills. believe that the difficulties their clients The participants learned about efforts face are a result of dysfunctional behav-at the University of Maryland’s School iors in their lives. As a result, the secularof Social Work to train mental health mental health providers view people asprofessionals to serve military person- inherently good and help their clients tonel with post-traumatic stress disor- use their own human resources to solveder, and how City Ranch, a nonprofit their life problems.organization, is working to reintroduce These mental health professional dohorsemanship to Baltimore City and not inquire about the client’s religiousprovide therapeutic services to children beliefs.and adults. Christian counseling, however, takes National Social Work Month is cel- a different approach.ebrated each March and is sponsored “Christian counseling starts with aby The National Association of Social belief in God, in the unseen,” Manning photo by jen ryndaWorkers, the largest membership orga- said.nization of professional social workers For Christian counselors, the client’s Colaina Townsend, a victim advocate with Fort Meade’s Army Community Service,in the world, according to the organiza- spiritual beliefs and the degree of their signs a banner commemorating National Social Work Month at a luncheon fortion’s website. faith in a higher power is central to their social workers held on Friday. The two-and-a-half hour event was an opportunity to This year’s theme was “Weaving treatment, Manning noted. recognize social workers who serve the military and to build partnerships with localThreads of Resilience and Advocacy.” Manning said that clients understand- community groups.The observance is an opportunity for ing of their problems “comes throughsocial workers across the country to turn the heart and spirit, not the mind.” of National Social Work Month. later sang “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Ithe spotlight on the profession and high- People who seek Christian counseling Marianne Wood, admissions director Need You To Survive,” with keyboardlight the important contributions they rely on their faith in God, and not solely for the University of Maryland School accompaniment by Capt. Randolphmake to society, according to NASW. upon their own human strengths and of Social Work, spoke about the school’s Copeland, a physicist with the Health Gary Hardy, the clinical director for abilities to face life’s challenges. creation of a course that specializes Physics Public Health Command also atthe Army Substance Abuse Program at “The only way they can do better is in clinical work with service members Aberdeen Proving Ground.Aberdeen Proving Ground, also helped to realize that they can only do better who suffer from post-traumatic stress Shelia Ramsey-Caldwell, a socialto organized the event, along with Fort through God,” Manning said. disorder. worker with Fort Meade’s Warrior Tran-Meade’s Family Advocacy Program at Manning said mental health providers The school also has established a Vet- sition Unit, said Manning’s lecture wasArmy Community Service. who take a spiritual approach to coun- erans In Partnership pilot program that timely and useful. Hardy said he hoped the event would seling believe that the difficulties their enables veterans to volunteer in local “I thought it was a much neededremind social workers who serve the clients face are a part of the person’s middle schools to help improve student talk,” she said. “People still don’t havemilitary “how important their role is as spiritual growth and that a hardship is performance. a good idea of the differences [betweenit relates to shaping and transforming a way of God promoting the person “to Ahesahmahk Dahn, CEO of City the two] and how important Christianthe lives of their clients.” a higher spiritual assignment.” Ranch, spoke about how he started the counseling is to people who are seek- Maxwell Manning, Ph.D., a licensed “God is working through the coun- organization and invited participants to ing help from outside of themselves forclinical social worker and CEO of the selor to help the person create a strong view several of his therapeutic horses strength.”New Life Counseling Center in Largo, spiritual maturity [in] their relationship that grazed in the yard along side the Ramsey-Caldwell said she appreciatedwas the luncheon’s guest speaker. to God,” Manning said. neighborhood center. being acknowledged for her work. He spoke about the differences The Friday’s event began with a brief Tiana Ford, a human resource spe- “I can just chill, have lunch, havebetween secular counseling and Chris- overview of the history of social work cialist in the Civilian Human Resource some spa services — all with a kindtian counseling and the fact that many and previous themes for the observance Agency at Aberdeen Proving Ground, word,” she said. “It’s fantastic.” SOUNDOFF! April 4, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ews Free Technology Exhibition in Baltimore Look for special insert in the April 25 500 suppliers issue Demos and training Fort Meade will celebrate Earth Day on Job Fair April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burba Park. Optics, lasers, sensors, image processing, The event is free and open to the public. spectroscopy, infrared systems, unmanned vehicles, optoelectronic components, and more There will be food, fun, activities, giveaways and door prizes, as well as novelties and goods available for purchase. 2013 Exhibition: 30 April to 2 May 2013 Defense Conferences Courses: 29 April to 3 May 2013 Baltimore Convention Center For more information, call Suzanne Teague at 301- Security+ 677-9185 or email email@example.com. Sensing Register Today · www.spie.org/dss6 Healthy Smiles are Happy Smiles Big MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR d top We Vote ist in 15% offer a t Den more Balti azine to al discount lm Mag patie ilitary nts! Event Leadership and the Power of Service We offer a child-friendly, happy, and caring environment for all of your child’s dental needs to ensure a lifetime of healthy with Eric Greitens teeth. Come see why our Navy SEAL and Founder of The Mission Continues patients recommend us to their family and friends. April 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. Turf Valley Resort Ximena F. Pareja, D.D.S. Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Tickets: $100 $75 military (active or retired) $50 student rate Mitali Y. Patel, D.D.S. Registration available at www.leadershiphc.org 8600 Snowden River Pkwy., #302, Columbia, MD 21045 For more information or to inquire about sponsorships, call 410-730-4474. 410-753-2039 Presenting Sponsor: www.kidssupersmile.com Proceeds to benefit Leadership Howard County programs and scholarships Specializing in Dentistry for Childrenhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 4, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsBetter Opportunitiesfor Single SoldiersStory and photo by Sgt. Chatonna Powell BOSS has already started the year offFort Meade BOSS representative with a couple of exciting events. Better Opportunities for Single Sol- In February, 20 service members tookdiers, also known as BOSS, is the voice an overnight trip to Whitetail Ski Resortfor the single Soldier, Marine, Seaman in Mercersburg, Pa., for a day filled ofand Airman. skiing and snowboarding. On March 21, BOSS was created to support the overall 46 service members had a night of fun atquality of life for single and unaccompa- Medieval Times dinner and tournament atnied service members as well as offer com- Arundel Mills in Hanover.munity service opportunities for service Further BOSS events include a cavingmembers. and rock climbing trip, a day trip to Ocean BOSS meetings are held every first and City, summer cookouts, and a horsebackthird Tuesday of each month at the McGill riding tour at Gettysburg, Pa.Training Center at 3 p.m. The meetings are Single service members can also reviewan opportunity for BOSS representatives a listing of volunteer community serviceand single service members from the instal- events scheduled throughout the year.lation to identify and discuss quality of life For more information, contact the Fortissues and concerns as well as make recom- Meade Garrison BOSS Representative Fort Meade service members pose for a photograph during a overnight trip to Whitetailmendations on ways for improvement. Sgt. Chatonna Powell at 301-677-6868 or Ski Resort in Mercersburg, Pa., on Feb. 20 sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single The meetings also are an opportunity to stop by the BOSS office, located inside of Soldiers. For more information on how single and unaccompanied service members canindentify and plan recreational and leisure the USO building, at 8612 6th Armored get involved in BOSS activities, contact Sgt. Chatonna Powell at 301-677-6868 or stopactivities for single service members. Cavalry Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by the BOSS office at 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Gold Star installation access card availableU.S. Army Installation Management one of their biggest frustrations is get- vivor Outreach Services Program, located plete, Jackson will contact the applicantCommand ting onto an installation to attend Sur- at the Soldier Family Assistance Center at and schedule an appointment with the On March 14, the U.S. Army Installa- vivor Outreach Services support groups, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Avenue. Directorate of Human Resources’ ID cardtion Management Command implement- attend events, visit memorials and visit Patricia Jackson, Fort Meade’s SOS section to have an ID photo taken.ed a program to ensure family members of with other survivors,” said Hal Snyder, financial coordinator, verifies family mem- The card only provides access to eventsfallen Soldiers have easier access to Army chief, Wounded and Fallen Support Ser- bers’ eligibility for the card and processes and services at Army Community Service.installations. vices, G-9 Family and Morale, Welfare the application. The card is renewable every two years Army installations are now issuing a and Recreation Programs, Headquarters, To be eligible for the card, family and must be revalidated by a SOS staffstandardized Gold Star Installation Access IMCOM. members must have the Gold Star Lapel member.Card to parents and siblings of deceased The Gold Star Installation Card is only Pin and complete form 1602 — the appli- In addition to the installation accessactive-duty Soldiers to allow unescorted available to family members of fallen cation for a civilian identification card card, the Army also implemented a pro-access to the installation so they are able active-duty Soldiers who do not have a — which is available through SOS. Once gram that provides reserved parkingto receive services and support. DoD ID card. the form is completed, Jackson will con- spaces to Gold Star family members at “Surviving parents, siblings and oth- Members of the Fort Meade communi- tact the Fort Meade Visitor Center for a various locations on Army installations.ers who do not already have a military ty can apply for the Gold Star Installation background check on the applicant. SOS is also the point of contact foror family member ID have told us that Access Card through the installation’s Sur- Once the background check is com- vehicle decals. Chaplain’s Word Find the Fort Meade ALWAYS SEEK THE TRUTH Religious Schedule “Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred at excellences and endowments of the human mind.” www.ftmeade.army.mil. Look for the “Community” tab then click — Vince Lombardi, on “Religious Services” for legendary football coach schedules, events and contact information. SOUNDOFF! April 4, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ews REMODELED TO FIT YOUR LIFESTYLEDrunk driving puts lives at riskBy Jessica Rawlings impaired driver cannot recognize a dangerous coholic drinks, arrange for a cab for someoneProgram Evaluator situation and react quickly enough to avoid an that has had too much to drink, and do notU.S. Army Public Health Command accident. Unfortunately, because judgment is be afraid to take someone’s car keys. You may Drunk driving kills. impaired, impaired drivers do not often realize save someone’s life. On average, someone dies as a result of they have had too much. Even if you have not been drinking, theredrunk driving every 53 minutes, and someone Heavy alcohol consumption is a problem are ways to protect yourself on the road byis injured as a result of drunk driving every nationally and in the military. The Institute knowing what to look for.90 seconds. of Medicine recently reported that the use of According to law enforcement officials, At any given moment, according to the alcohol has spiked since the wars in Iraq and there are several signs of drunk driving includ-National Safety Council, one in 50 drivers are Afghanistan began. ing wide turns, weaving, swerving, drifting,not just impaired but legally intoxicated. This Nearly half of active-duty military person- driving on the wrong side of the road, driv-number jumps to one in 10 on the weekends. nel report being binge drinkers. Binge drinking ing at a very slow rate, or stopping withoutIn 2012, there were nearly 300,000 incidents of is having five or more drinks on a single occa- reason.drinking and driving each day. sion at least once in the past 30 days. One drink If you encounter someone on the road who Drunk driving costs the U.S. an estimated is equal to 5 ounces of wine, 1.5 oz of 80-proof you think is driving under the influence, keep$132 billion per year, and costs each adult in distilled spirits, or 12 ounces of regular beer. a safe distance and call 911.the U.S. almost $500 per year in increased Unfortunately, 20 percent of the population For more information on alcohol and alcohol home living Chesapeaketaxes due to the higher demand for law still admits to drinking and driving. abuse or drunk driving, visit:enforcement. Drunk driving can be prevented in these • Army Substance Abuse Program, http:// + In an effort to draw attention to this nation- ways: acsap.army.mil/sso/pages/public/facts/facts-al tragedy, the National Safety Council has • Appoint a designated driver who sticks to training-packages.jsp ChesapeakeHomeandLiving.comdesignated April as “Alcohol Awareness Pre- nonalcoholic beverages. If a designated driver • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, madd.vention Month.” slips or cannot be decided on, call a cab. (Keep org/drunk-driving/ To advertise or subscribe 410.332.6517 Alcohol is a depressant that slows down a taxi company telephone number in your cell • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and A BALTIMORE SUNthe brain and body. The first abilities that are phone). Prevention, cdc.gov/Features/VitalSigns/Drink- MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATIONaltered are judgment and coordination. An • If you are throwing a party, offer nonal- ingAndDriving/ Free Yoga, Pilates, Qigong Meditation Classes Commissary At Howard Countys Best Yoga Studio! Gift Cards CHOOSE FROM OVER 65 FREE YOGA, PILATES, QIGONG MEDITATION CLASSES DURING OUR FREE WEEK Ron Schmidt, district April 8 - 14, 2013 manager of Advan- No Prior Yoga or Fitness Experience Necessary. tage Sales for Unilever No Obligation. Call 410-720-4340 Or Email Us — a leading supplier at firstname.lastname@example.org To Reserve Your Spot. of food, home and Visit www.columbiayoga.com For The Full Schedule. Discounted Classes For Seniors, Teens personal care prod- Active Military Personnel Their Spouses. ucts and a Defense Commissary Agency @YogaCtrColumbia industry partner — presents Doris Tyler, Fort Meade Army Community Service division chief, with $1,300 worth of Com- missary gift cards. The gift cards will be dis- tributed to active-duty families in need. Photo courtesy of Army Community Service The Yoga Center Of Columbia 8950 Route 108, Suite 109, Columbia, MD 21045 410.720.4340 www.columbiayoga.comhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 4, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
N ews sexual How to free yourself assault awareness from telemarketers month By Capt. Adam Petty Legal Assistance Attorney Picture this: you have just survived another not-for-profit organizations, persons conduct- ing surveys, and companies with which you have an existing business relationship (calls Garrison Commander long day at work. You rush to pick the kids may last for up to 18 months after your last Col. Edward C. Roth- up from daycare and you fire-up a delicious business transaction, unless you specifically stein, Stacey Hale, meal for dinner…the family sits down to enjoy ask them to stop calling you). garrison sexual assault dinner, and then the phone rings. Unfortunately, creditors or other bill collec- response coordinator, It’s those pesky telemarketers again trying tors may still call your home as well; however, and Angie Lina to sell you Mr. Muscle’s “8 in 1 Home Body other consumer safeguards are in place that Wilson, garrison sexual Makeover Machine” for just six easy pay- can provide you protection. assault victim advocate, ments of $129.99. What do you do if a company calls you pause for a photograph As tempting as Mr. Muscle’s offer sounds, anyway? The FTC suggests that you fill after tying a teal all you want is for them to stop calling your out the complaint form available at www. ribbon around a tree house. Luckily for all of us, in June 2003, donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: in front of the garrison the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 1-866-290-4236). headquarters — opened the “National Do Not Call Registry,” For further information or should you have commemorating the in order to comply with the Do-Not-Call other questions, feel free to make an appoint- start of Sexual Assault Implementation Act of 2003. The law estab- ment with a Fort Meade Legal Assistance Awareness Month. The lished the FTC’s National Do-Not-Call Reg- Attorney by calling (301) 677-9504/9536. goal of SAAM is to raise istry in order to comply with the Telephone public awareness about Consumer Protection Act of 1991. sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how Enforcement of the Do-Not-Call Registry began on October 1, 2003. If you want to stop those annoying tele- Community to prevent sexual violence. marketing phone calls, all you need to do is add your phone number to the registry via the Crime Watch FTC’s special website — www.donotcall.gov. photo by philip h. jones If you register online, you will receive an email Compiled by the Fort Meade confirmation. You must reply to the email Directorate of Emergency Services within 72 hours to activate your registration. March 21, Shoplifting: A unit You may also call 1-888-382-1222 (1-866- responded to the Exchange in 290-4236 for TTY users) to register your reference to shoplifting. An inves- tigation revealed that two female Become a Dental Assistant phone number. If you do call in order to reg- ister your phone number, you must dial from subjects removed items from the the phone you want to place on the registry. store and departed without ren- in just 11 weeks DATS After you register, your phone number will show up on the registry the next day. Telemar- dering proper payment. • Dental Terminology Charting • X-Ray Certiﬁcation Eligibility • Clinical Externship March 22, Driving while impaired • Sterilization of Equipment OSHA Guidelines • Adult CPR • Job Interviewing Techniques keters will have 31 days to remove your phone number from their call lists. The registration by alcohol: Investigation revealed the subject was observed in what appeared to demonstrate Annapolis Open House at 7:00 pm 4/9/2013 remains in effect until the phone number is intoxicated behavior. Opened alcohol containers Classes Begin 4/23/2013 disconnected or until you take your number within the vehicle also were observed. The driver 180 Admiral Cochrane Dr., Ste 200 Annapolis, MD 21044 off the registry. refused the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and Columbia Open House at 7:00 pm 4/10/2013 You may remove your number from the the intoxication test. Classes Begin 4/24/2013 registry by calling 1-888-382-1222 from the Century Plaza • 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 410 Columbia, MD 21044 telephone number you want deleted from the March 22, Larceny of private property: A unit was registry. dispatched for a report of theft of private prop- Germantown Open House at 7:00 pm 4/11/2013 Alternatively, if you do not want to register Classes Begin 4/25/2013 erty. The victim stated that person(s) unknown by 19512-A Amaranth Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 a number on the national registry, you can still unknown means removed his Defense Informa- prohibit individual telemarketers from calling tion School student ID and a pair of Timberland Westminster Open House at 7:00 pm 4/15/2013 by asking the caller to put your phone number boots from his room. Classes Begin 4/29/2013 on the company’s internal do-not-call list. 412 Malcolm Drive, Ste 100 Westminster, MD 21157 Tuition is Call To Reserve Your Seat! The National Do-Not-Call Registry doesn’t March 31, Larceny of private property: The only $2800 prevent all telemarketers from calling you Directorate of Emergency Services received a — there are some exceptions. DATS Dental Assistant Training School The registry only applies to residential complaint of a larceny of private property. The victim stated that his son’s Novara Tractor Classes Begin Soon! phone lines, not to business lines. You may bicycle was stolen. The bicycle was unsecured Call To Reserve Your Space! 877-777-8719 • www.datsmd.com still receive calls from political organizations, and unattended. SOUNDOFF! April 4, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsMotorcycle Safety Awareness Day offers demos, displaysInstallation Safety Office check for and what to look for” items (tires On April 19, the Installation Safety Office and wheels, controls, lights, oil, chassis and— in conjunction with 780th Military Intelli- stands)gence Brigade, Navy Information Operations • Fort Meade Directorate of EmergencyCommand Maryland, Army Cyber Com- Services’ Military Police, Maryland Statemand, and 70th Intelligence, Surveillance Highways Administration mobile unit andand Reconnaissance Wing — will host a boothMotorcycle Safety Awareness Day event, at • Motorcycle exhibitsthe Fort Meade Motorcycle Range (Cooper • Educational materials and coaches toand Bundy Avenues) from 9 a.m. to noon. provide proper techniques for riders The event is designed to raise awareness • Motorcycle Mentorship Sign-up Station.of the need to manage the risks of riding The purpose of the Motorcycle Men-motorcycles. torship Program is to establish voluntary This event will take place just prior to installation-level motorcycle clubs where lessMay’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month experienced riders and seasoned riders can— the start of peak motorcycle riding season. create a supportive environment of respon-Less experienced and seasoned riders will sible motorcycle riding and enjoyment.come together to promote safety throughout Such an environment can create posi-the motorcycle community through proper tive conduct and behavior and serve as atraining, practice, and preparation. force multiplier that supports a commander’s Vendors and services will be on site to motorcycle accident prevention program.discuss and demonstrate safety knowledge to Guests are encouraged to ride their motor- file photoriders. Topics and services include: cycles to this event. The Installation Safety Office will host a Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day at the • Rider demonstrations For more information about this event, Motorcycle Range on April 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will feature displays, • Personal protective equipment displays contact Aaron Rowell at 301-677-6241 or demonstrations and educational materials to raise awareness of the need to manage • T-Clocks inspections: the “what to Jenelle Ferguson at 301-677-4867. the risks of riding motorcycles.Take proper precaution Get to work on time. Know the hours of operation for Access Gates on Fort Meadeagainst identity theft Gate 1: Rockenbach Road 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday;By Wendy Poulson etary loss for you as a victim. It also can 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and holidaysSocial Security Manager hurt your credit score and record.Glen Burnie Protect yourself by not carrying your Identity thieves victimize millions of Social Security card with you and not Gate 3: Reece Road and Maryland Route 175people each year. providing your personal information to (Demps Visitor Control Center gate) 24-hour access They have some sly tricks to obtain unknown sources over the Internet or byyour personal information such as: phone. Demps Visitor Control Center, Bldg. 902 Reece Road • Stealing wallets, purses and mail Be sure to shred any documents, bills or 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., • Posing by phone or email as someone paperwork before you throw them away. Monday through Fridaywho legitimately needs information about Most important, never reply to anyou such as employers or landlords email claiming to be from Social Security • Stealing personal information you that asks you for your Social Security Gate 4: Mapes Road and Maryland Route 175provide to an unsecured site on the Inter- number or other personal information. 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday;net — from business or personnel records If you are contacted by someone claim- closed weekends and holidaysat work to personal information in your ing to be from Social Security and youhome have doubts about the validity of the Gate 5: Llewellyn Avenue and Maryland Route 175 • Rummaging through your trash, the caller, call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1- 6 to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday for inbound traffic;trash of businesses, and public trash 800-325-0778).dumps for personal data If you think you’ve been the victim of 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday for outbound traffic Don’t be fooled by identity thieves; identity theft, contact the Federal Tradetake the proper precautions. Be sure Commission at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877- Gate 7: Mapes Road and Route 32to safeguard your personal information 438-4338) or TTY 1-866-653-4261, or go 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday;such as your Social Security number and to idtheft.gov and click on the link for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and holidaysmother’s maiden name. “Report Identity Theft.” If an identity thief scores this informa- Learn more about identity theft attion, it could result in more than mon- socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10064.html.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 4, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
C over S tory on the hunt Youth Center Easter tradition provides fun for allPhotos by Jen RyndaRIGHT: Young Easter egg hunters search for their colorfultreasure outside the Youth Center on Saturday afternoonfor the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Several hundred youngstersfrom Fort Meade participated in the annual hunt.FAR RIGHT: Colored Easter bunnies hang on the wall insidethe Youth Center gymnasium. Youngsters colored the pic-tures for a chance to win prizes, including a bicycle.BELOW RIGHT: Megan Allen (center), 5, takes off at thestart of the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Eggs were spreadacross the fields surrounding the Youth Center.BELOW: Sophia Hernandez, 3, colors an Easter Bunny atthe Youth Center during the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday.10 SOUNDOFF! April 4, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
Nathan Hardyman, 8, and Madelyn Fink, 5, wear their Easter baskets on their head while waiting for the Easter Egg Hunt to begin on Saturday. LEFT: Caleb Hardyman, 7, shows off his bounty from the Easter Egg Hunt at the Youth Center.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 4, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
S portsMichael Gomez of the 70th OperationsSupport Squadron blocks a shot duringan intramural volleyball game Mondaynight. The 70th extended its win streakwith the 25-22, 25-11 sweep of the 741stMilitary Intelligence Battalion.RIGHT: Jason Linton of the 741st MilitaryIntelligence Battalion spikes the ballduring Monday’s intramural volleyballgame against the 70th Operations SupportSquadron at Murphy Field House. Lintonhad three kills and three serving aces in photos by sarah pastranathe 25-22, 25-11 loss to the 70th.Top two volleyball teams meet in early-season matchupBy Brandon Bieltz match win streak, having swept the 34th attack, the 70th battled back to a 16-15 Moore attributed the team’s second-Staff Writer Intelligence Squadron and Navy Infor- lead. After the 70th took the one-point set dominance to better on-court com- Early in the intramural volleyball sea- mation Operations Command Maryland lead, the teams see-sawed until the end munication.son, the 70th Operations Support Squad- in Week 1. Jason Linton said his team’s of the set. “We’re starting to know how peopleron has already established itself as the biggest advantage early in the season is a An out-of-bounds serve by the 741st play so we aren’t running over eachteam to beat. large roster that allows the team to stay sealed the 25-22 set win for the 70th. other,” he said. Two games into the season, the squad fresh. Moore led the team with seven kills and While the 70th was gelling as a team inhas yet to lose a set and swept the top- “We’re going to come home with the two blocks, while Linton contributed two the second set, its opponent’s communi-ranked 741st Military Intelligence Bat- championship — I have no doubt,” he kills and three aces for the 741st. cation broke down, Linton said.talion, 25-22, 25-11, Monday night at said. In the second set, the 70th instantly “It was the lack of communication onMurphy Field House. The 741st kept the While the 741st was confident in its took control and quickly held a 7-3 lead. our part,” he said. “They were increasingmatch close in the first set, but the 70th number of players, the 70th players were Despite a few sparks from the 741st, the tempo and flow of the ball. We got atook control in the second set for the 2-0 more confident in their small team’s expe- including two kills by Marques Barrett, little bit confused.”sweep. rience. Team captain Michael Gomez said the 70th continued to build their lead and Despite being swept and losing the “We started talking and playing several of the team’s players have played took the set 25-11. team’s first two sets of the season in onetogether,” Thomas Moore of the 70th for years and are seasoned athletes. Barrett’s two kills were a set-high for match, Linton said he is confident thesaid of the second set. When the two teams met Monday the 741st, while Gomez had five and an team will immediately bounce back. Moore led the 70th to victory with night, the 741st jumped out to a quick ace in the set. Moore had a match-high “It’s not an indication of our skill levelnine match-kills. lead with the help of Linton’s three nine kills, which extended the 70th’s win at all,” he said. “I guarantee we’ll come The 741st entered the game on a two- serving aces. With the help of Moore’s streak. back fiercer and stronger.”12 SOUNDOFF! April 4, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Youth Sports delayedTrees on the right Child, Youth and School Services has delayed the opening days of intramural soccer and baseball until April 12 and April 13 due to weather and fieldside of the tracks conditions. Meade High Spring 5K Run/Walk The Meade Athletic Boosters will hold a 5K Run/Walk to support all If Terrance Mann is right and fish and chips, athletic teams at Meade High School on April 20 at 9 a.m.baseball does “mark the time,” then it came within The race will start at the Meade High track.seems fair to say that the handful of six-inches of Online registrations will be open until April 14 at active.com/running/fort-trees that line the warehouse’s brick a hole-in-one, meade-md/meade-boosters-spring-5k-2013.wall on the railroad-track side of and saw more Chad T. Jones, Registration also will be held on race day from 8 to 8:45 a.m.Camden Yards, mark the seasons. sheep than you Public Affairs Pre-registration cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Cost on race day Though you wouldn’t guess it if can shake a stick Officer is $25 for all runners.you saw them in February. You prob- at, I need to tell A race T-shirt is guaranteed with online registration before April 14.ably wouldn’t even guess they were you that I missed the sunshine. Printable registration forms are available at http://meadeathletics.org/index.trees — they look more like pimpled, And today, as I look out my office cfm?action=main.boosters.warped spears planted in concrete window and see more sunshine in 10 For more information, contact email@example.com or Nate Moyerquivers, and during the cold, gray minutes than I saw during eight days at 410-353-8783.winters, they guard a gate no one on the Emerald Island, I thought itwants to enter. would be good to share that the trees But in spring, the pimples pop into described above are now sprouting Burba Lake fishingsmall, green leaves. The spears turn like the whiskers on my face — a The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock Burba Lake forto trees. And, instead of guarding a prickly reminder of Ireland, which fishing beginning April 19.gate, they lead scores of fans to one also happens to provide my double All state regulations will be in effect.of the unrecognized great locales in chin with some much-needed cover. For more information, 301-677-3810.the city: Will Call. This year, I am awfully happy to In mathematical terms, Will Call report that Team Meade will get Gaffney poolBox Office. plenty of opportunities to see those That’s because the tickets have trees, plus the stadium, and more The swimming pool at Gaffney Fitness Center is closed for maintenance.already been bought, or better yet, importantly the team that plays in it.given to you by a friend, a friend of That’s because Fort Meade and the Spring sports registrationa friend, or if you’re really cool, 1983 Orioles are building on our relation- Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900World Series MVP, Rick Dempsey. ship that was established last year. Reece Road.Regardless, the tickets are already Thanks to some outstanding work Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, indoor footballwaiting for you, which typically means by your community relations chief and basketball.the lines move quicker. Kristen Parker, our DFMWR is For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. Once in a while some dude forgets working with the Orioles on gettinghis picture ID, or the lady holdingthe tickets — the gate keeper if you tickets for Sunday home games. Plus on June 14, Fort Meade will help Earth Day 5K Runwill — can’t find your name. That Buck’s Boys celebrate Army Birthday The installation’s annual Run Series kicks off April 20 with an Earth Day 5Kusually leads to a call for a manager at Camden. Not to mention all the Run at 8 a.m. at Burba Park.who always calls someone else. But other programs the Orioles have to The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25.even this delay is minor compared to appreciate the Military which you can The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75.the hassle of having to listen to a fan find at baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day ofdecide if he wants to go all in on box community/military.jsp the event, the cost is $60 per family.seats or slum it in the bleachers so he Beyond that, the O’s are working An individual can register for the entire season for $60.can justify buying an extra one, three, hard to get out here and play some All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.or ten beverages. catch with our kids on our renovated For more information, call 301-677-7916. The good news is, people usually Youth Sports Fields. We are alsodon’t get turned away at Will Call continuing our long-standing rela- Mixed martial arts classbecause baseball hates to let anyone tionship with the Orioles’ Double-Adown. Affiliate, the Bowie Baysox. Gaffney Fitness Center is offering free, mixed martial-arts classes every second A few weeks ago, I wrote about So stay tuned to the standings, and and fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.what makes baseball great, so I won’t Soundoff! and Fort Meade Facebook The next class is April 13.rehash my argument here. However, page for upcoming events and I’ll Classes include lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and are taught byafter returning from an all-time great hopefully see you at the ball game certified instructors.vaca in Ireland where I gained some If you have comments on this or For more information, call 301-677-3867.much needed eloquence by kissing the anything to do with sports, contact meBlarney Stone, ate my fair share of at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 4, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13