takes reins of
Today, 7 p.m.: “NCO - Backbone of the Army” Summer Concert - Constitution Park
Friday, 7-9:30 p.m.: Ramadan Iftar - Argonne Hills Chapel Center
Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.: NFL Punt, Pass & Kick - McGlachlin Parade Field
Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.: National Night Out - McGlachlin Parade Field
Aug. 8, 9 a.m.: Garrison Change of Command - McGlachlin Parade Field
set to conclude 30
years of military service
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Youngsters play in Constitution Park as families gather for the USO-Metro’s Movies on the
Lawn on July 25. The free event included popcorn, snacks and a screening of “Field of
Dreams.” The annual National Night Out will held at the nearby McGlachlin Parade Field
on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. with free food, games, and police and fire demonstrations.
For more photos from Movies on the Lawn, see Page 16.
photo by nate pesce
field of dreams
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As the Army continues to evolve and
transform, including reductions in the force
and more selective retention and promo-
tion, it will become mandatory for Soldiers
to become certified professionals to succeed
as a career Soldier.
Over their career, certified Army profes-
sionals are expected to acquire education,
training and experience, which provide
professional development and the basis for
certification in competence, character and
commitment. These qualities are essential
to accomplish the mission and successfully
perform assigned duties with discipline and
For advancement, Army profession-
als will need to demonstrate competence
— their mastery of specific skills; and
exude character by using their expertise on
behalf of the American people and only
in accordance with the law. Commitment
is reflected by each Soldier’s willingness to
put the requirement of the Army and the
nation above their personal goals.
Lifelong learning and a “Soldier for life”
attitude instilled in the Army professional
culture is one of the goals. Institutional
learning and guided self-development will
provide the educational foundation of the
Self-development throughout a Soldier’s
career will become a greater part of the cer-
tification process; simply attending required
courses and “checking the block” will not
be enough. Soldiers are expected to take a
more active role in their own professional
Soldiers should continually develop their
knowledge and expertise, not only in their
specific occupational specialty but in how
their efforts tie into the larger Army mis-
sion to fight and win the nation’s wars on
today’s modern battlefield. This develop-
ment ties directly back to the NCO Creed’s
demand for professional noncommissioned
officers to be tactically and technically
Some things will remain the same. The
NCO Corps, the backbone of the Army,
will still retain responsibility for training
Soldiers and teams.
As training continues to evolve and
become more dynamic in the future, the
need for an
NCO to pass
rience in a
the next Army mission may be.
The Army’s 2013 Leader Development
strategy defines leader development as the
“deliberate continuous and progressive pro-
cess that grows Soldiers and Army civilians
into competent, committed, professional
leaders of character.”
As Army professionals - Soldiers, NCOs,
officers - leaders must strive to “be, know,
• Be a value-based leader; demonstrate
the character expected of the American
public and live the Army values.
• Know and master your specific skill set
and demonstrate your competency in the
way you execute your duties. And remem-
ber, no matter how technically proficient
you are, every professional Soldier needs to
be a leader, so interpersonal and conceptual
skills need to be developed as well.
• Do what is right; use good judgment
and preparation to take charge in the
absence of leaders.
Take initiative, make mistakes and learn
from them. Allow subordinates to do the
same as long as they don’t violate the com-
mander’s intent, unnecessarily risk lives,
fail to learn from their mistakes, or violate
laws or ethical principles.
An individual Soldier’s ability to hon-
esty self-assess their own competence and
improve upon their own shortfalls will be
It is these experiences as a leader over the
course of a career that will keep the Army
profession and defense of our nation strong
in the future.
Set the example. Be a certified army pro-
fessional. Be a Soldier for life.
Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter
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Fort Meade Public Affairs
One of five access control points on
Fort Meade has closed due to staffing
The gate, located at Mapes Road and
Route 175, closed to all incoming and out-
going traffic as of Monday, and will remain
closed for the foreseeable future.
According to Fort Meade officials, the
decision to close the gate was not due to
sequestration or DoD employee furloughs.
Rather, the closure results from an inabil-
ity to maintain security staffing levels high
enough to provide coverage for all of the
installation’s access control points.
“It is a decision I made to ensure safety
and security for our community and the
installation,” Garrison Commander Col.
Edward C. Rothstein said. “We do expect
delays at our other gates. But based on our
current number of security guards, this is
the best decision to ensure our safety.”
Hours of operation for the other gates on
the installation remain unchanged:
• The main gate at Reece Road and
Route 175 will continue to be open 24/7.
• The gate at Mapes Road and Route 32
is open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
and weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to
• The Rockenbach Road and Route 175
gate is open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9
p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The gate is closed on holidays.
• The gate at Llewellyn Avenue and
Route 175 is open to inbound traffic only,
weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and
reopens for outbound traffic only, weekdays
from 3 to 6 p.m. The gate is closed weekends
Operations at the Demps Visitor Control
Center will not be affected by this change.
photo by philip h. jones
Manning verdict is inNearly 100 members of the media representing print, broadcast and social media outlets from around the world
attended the verdict announcement in the United States vs. Pfc. Bradley Manning court-martial. The court-
martial, which began with the Article 32 hearing in December 2011, is now in the final sentencing phase.
Manning faced three charges and 22 specifications, all relating to the downloading and distribution of scores
of classified documents. While he was found not guilty of the most serious of the charges — aiding the enemy
— the remaining charges could result in maximum sentences amounting to more than 100 years in confine-
Health Net Federal Services
From the temporary journey of vaca-
tion to the long-term adjustment of a
permanent change of station, summer is
a time for being on the move.
If a PCS within the United States is in
your near future, you may have questions
about how this change affects your TRI-
Health Net Federal Services, LLC, the
managed care support contractor for the
TRICARE North Region, offers the fol-
lowing tips to beneficiaries preparing to
move to help ensure their transition is a
1. Contact the Defense Enrollment
Eligibility Reporting System.
Call DEERS at 1-800-538-9552 or log
in to http://www.dmdc.osd.mil to confirm
your family’s demographic information is
up to date.
2. Keep your old primary care manag-
er’s contact information.
It’s common for service members to
go on vacation before reporting to their
new duty station. In this case, TRICARE
Prime beneficiaries’ old primary care
manager is still responsible for coordinat-
ing nonemergent medical care.
3. Get your medical and dental
records before you move.
If your new doctor has a question
about your health history, you’ll have
these available to better coordinate your
care. This also saves time.
“It can take two months or more to get
your records if you’ve already moved,”
TRICARE education specialist Terry
Goodyear said. “You want to have these
at-the-ready for when the time comes.”
4. Determine which TRICARE
plan options are available.
Your TRICARE plan options may
change, based on your new location.
to find out what plans are available in
your new area.
5. Transfer your TRICARE Prime
enrollment if changing regions.
If you are moving to a new TRICARE
region (north, south, west), do not dis-
enroll until you’ve arrived at your new
Once there, reach out to your new
regional contractor to transfer enroll-
ment. Your local TRICARE Service Cen-
ter can assist you with your enrollment
“Remembering that enrollment chang-
es between regions are not automatic will
save you a lot of headaches,” TRICARE
Service Center site administrator Sabrina
Ensure TRICARE coverage transition during PCS
Connector road changes
Improvements to the Ernie Pyle
Street connector road that connects
to Reece Road will begin Monday.
During the improvement period,
the connector road will be closed.
Improvements are expected to be
completed on or about Aug. 21.
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Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz
When Jimmy Toth’s grandmother pre-
pared to downsize to a new home two years
ago, the family came across the prayer
book and service record of his great-grand-
father, a German soldier named Ludwig
Wild who was a prisoner of war at Fort
Tucked inside the pages of the service
record was a four-leaf clover the soldier
For a National History Day project
last fall when Jimmy was an eighth-grader
at Sykesville Middle School in Carroll
County, he decided to reopen the books
and look more into his great-grandfather’s
time as a POW in Maryland.
“I just read a news article in a local
newspaper about how German prisoners
of war had harvested some crops in Cal-
vert County,” the 14-year-old said. “I just
wanted to research that for my project.”
Research for the project, which is now
on display at the garrison headquarters
building, spanned nearly six months and
consisted of visiting various historical soci-
eties and museums including the Fort
While at the Fort Meade Museum,
Jimmy received some extra help from the
staff to piece together his research.
“I gave them a brief history of the
POWs, showed them where on post they
were housed and showed them the bridges
POWs built and the graves in the cemetery,”
said Dave Manning, museum specialist. “I
then emailed Jimmy a number of scans of
photos and documents from our collection
related to the POWs.”
For his project, Jimmy focused on the
life of POWs in Maryland during World
War II, which included working on farms,
in canneries or industrial jobs in Baltimore.
But Jimmy also focused on the experience
of his great-grandfather, who was at Fort
Meade and then at a POW camp in Som-
According to the service record that
Jimmy received from his grandmother,
Wild was a grenadier (infantryman) who
was recommended for officer’s training.
During the war, Wild operated in Panzer
tanks and also was a bazooka specialist.
During his time as a POW in Maryland,
Wild picked up new hobbies including
exhibit on German POWs
Jimmy Toth, 14, shows his exhibit about World War II prisoners of war in Maryland to
Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein on July 25. Jimmy’s project focused
on his great-grandfather who was a German POW at Fort Meade.
whittling. Jimmy’s exhibit displays two
wooden boxes Wild carved while at the
camp in Somerset.
“I think he did a very good job,” Man-
ning said about the project. “He talks about
his great-grandfather and Werner Henke [a
German U-boat commander], who is bur-
ied here, as examples of POWs, as well as
talking about the camps themselves and a
U.S. soldier who guarded them.”
Jimmy said his favorite part about the
project was “going into historical societies
and learning more.”
Although his has completed his project,
Jimmy said he will keep digging into his
“I’m really excited to try and continue
the research,” he said.
By Capt. Adam Petty
Legal Assistance Division
In the Legal Assistance Office we have
the opportunity to assist clients dealing with
some really difficult family situations.
Although these situations often present
their own set of difficulties, it is common
that our clients need to be named guardian
for their loved one in order to be empowered
with the authority to help.
A guardian is appointed by the court to
assume legal responsibility for another person
or another person’s property — or both.
Guardianship is appropriate when a dis-
abled person, known as the ward, is unable to
make responsible decisions concerning his or
her medical care or financial situation, usually
because of a physical or mental illness.
Sometimes, guardianship may be neces-
sary to obtain consent for a specific medical
procedure, for continuing ongoing medical
care, or for placing the ward in a safe living
Guardianship for a minor may also be
necessary in certain circumstances.
Maryland law establishes a priority of indi-
viduals eligible to serve as guardians. The first
priority is someone designated by the ward
before the individual became disabled. Next
in priority are blood relatives and individuals
who have a particular interest in the ward.
An individual with higher priority may be
passed over for guardianship in favor of an
individual with lower priority if good cause
In Maryland, in order to be appointed
a guardian, the person must file a petition
with the Circuit Court in the county where
the disabled person resides, is hospitalized or
The petition should state all of the rea-
sons for the appointment of a guardian and
whether the request is for guardianship of the
ward’s person, property, or both.
The prospective guardian’s petition should
also provide the guardian’s name, address,
telephone number, date of birth and relation-
ship to the ward.
The petition also must include the ward’s
name, address, gender, age, the name and
address of the person with whom the ward
resides, and an alternate address for service
of process if the ward resides with the person
submitting the petition.
If a guardianship over property is sought,
the petition should include a description of
the ward’s assets.
After the petition is filed, the court will
sign an order requiring the ward, his or her
attorney, and any other interested person
or agency to respond to the guardianship
request within 20 days.
The ward and any interested person or
agency must be notified of the guardianship
proceedings and their rights at the proceed-
The court will appoint an attorney to rep-
resent the ward and may appoint an indepen-
dent investigator to look over the facts of the
case and report written findings to the court.
The court also will schedule a hearing or jury
trial, where a judge or jury decides whether
guardianship is appropriate and who should
be appointed as the guardian.
Once appointed guardian, the guardian
has a duty to act according to the court’s
instructions, which are usually set during the
If the court grants guardianship over the
ward’s property, the guardian has a fiduciary
duty to manage the ward’s assets properly.
The guardian also is responsible for making
health care decisions and assuring that the
ward is living in a safe environment.
In addition, the guardian must be careful
in managing the ward’s affairs; the guard-
ian should keep a journal and maintain all
A guardian must understand that he or
she may be held personally responsible if the
court determines that the guardian did not
act in the ward’s best interest.
Guardianship proceedings can sometimes
be handled without an attorney, but the pro-
cedure is often complicated.
For more information on whether or not
you need to hire an attorney, schedule an
appointment with a Fort Meade Legal Assis-
tance attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-
Guardianship laws for the state of Maryland
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By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class
David R. Finley
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command
U.S. Tenth Fleet Public Affairs
Navy Capt. Donald E. Elam assumed
command of Navy Information Opera-
tions Command Maryland from Capt.
Timothy J. White during a change of
command ceremony Friday at McGlach-
lin Parade Field.
Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, com-
mander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S.
10th Fleet, presided over the ceremony.
“This ceremony is the ultimate expres-
sion of the visible transmission of
accountability and authority from one
commanding officer to another,” Rogers
said. “It marks the culmination of their
entire adult lives in the voyage to both
complete command as well as assume
Rogers spoke highly of the job White
has done over the last two years and
presented the former commanding officer
with the Legion of Merit Award for his
distinguished performance of duty.
“The fact he was selected for flag officer
speaks volumes,” Rogers said. “He is the
first individual who has had command
here at NIOC Maryland in the entire 55-
year history to pick up flag officer.”
NIOC Maryland’s primary mission
is to conduct information operations
and to provide cryptologic and related
capability to the fleet, joint and national
commanders as well as administrative
and personnel support to Department of
the Navy members assigned to the Fort
NIOC Maryland is a subordinate com-
mand of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and
comprises Task Force 1060 of the U.S.
White, who has been selected for the
rank of rear admiral (lower half), will be
assigned as deputy chief, Tailored Access
Operations, S32, at the National Security
During the ceremony, White thanked
his Sailors for a rewarding tour and
acknowledged the support his family has
provided throughout the years.
“I felt a great honor to imagine I have
been leading this phenomenal crew, but
all along it was really you leading me,”
White said. “From the fleet to the joint
war-fighter, you all have had an impact
further-a-field and in current circum-
stances than our near horizon reveals.”
Elam’s most recent tours include NIOC
Georgia as chief of data acquisition and
NIOC Maryland welcomes new commander
photo by Phil Grout
Capt. Timothy J. White (right), outgoing commander of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland, hands his command pin
to incoming Commander Capt. Donald E. Elam during a change of command ceremony Friday at McGlachlin Parade Field. White,
who has been selected for the rank of rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy chief, Tailored Access Operations,
S32, at the National Security Agency.
executive officer, and the National Recon-
naissance Office as deputy director of
“I am truly honored and humbled for
this opportunity to lead this command,”
Elam said. “Together we will achieve our
mission through excellence, communica-
tion and teamwork.”
Connect with Fort Meade at
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photo by lisa r. rhodes
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERAmber Rustad, a military spouse and volunteer with the Baltimore Mili-
tary Entrance Processing Station at Fort Meade and Army Community
Service, holds a commander’s coin of appreciation and plaque of appre-
ciation that she received from the U.S. Military Entrance Processing
Command in North Chicago and the Baltimore MEPS, respectively, for
outstanding volunteer service.
Rustad received the coin in June from Lt. Col. Rod Boles, commander
of the Baltimore MEPS, and Maj. Keith James, the executive officer of
the station, on behalf of Capt. Eric W. Johnson, then-commander of
the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command. Boles and James also
presented Rustad with the plaque in January.
Rustad, wife of Lt. Col. Robert Rustad of the 704th Military Intelligence
Brigade, was nominated for the coin by a parent for her dedication in
facilitating the weekly “Welcome to the Military” briefing for military
families at the Baltimore MEPS. She is the first volunteer to receive the
coin from the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command.
July 15, Larceny of private
property: The victim stated
that he left his mountain bike
unsecured and unattended in
an area adjacent to the Meade
High School track while at
practice, and it was stolen.
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
A year ago, patients waiting to pick up
a refill prescription at Kimbrough Ambu-
latory Care Center’s pharmacy would
have an average wait of 15 minutes.
Sometimes, depending on the time of
day, that wait could last up to 30 or 40
But since Kimbrough’s new satellite
refill pharmacy opened on May 1, the
wait time is now down to two to three
minutes — 10 minutes at most.
“The feedback has been 99 percent
positive,” said Sgt. 1st Class James Wil-
of the Kimbrough pharmacy. “We get
compliments on how short the wait is.”
Wilson said that the year before the
satellite refill pharmacy opened, the main
pharmacy served more than 185,000
patients — 39,800 of whom came only
to pick up refills.
That was the problem.
“Patients were not happy with having
called in their prescription and having
to wait. We had to fix that to improve
patient care,” Wilson said.
“The idea was, if we could move the
refills out, we could not only decrease
the number of patients in the waiting
room, which was filled to capacity, but
also open up another window in the
pharmacy to speed up the process for
outpatient pharmacy services.”
Lt. Col. Michael Yapp, former chief
of the pharmacy, and Wilson began
brainstorming ideas of how to establish
a satellite pharmacy in or outside of
Kimbrough, with a limited budget.
“We looked for a building on post, but
that didn’t work out,” Wilson said.
But when the vendor at Kimbrough’s
shoppette moved out of the building in
March, the clinic’s command offered the
space to the pharmacy.
Yapp, Wilson and Kimbrough’s logis-
tics division developed a plan of how to
provide the refill services.
“We just made it happen,” Wilson
The satellite pharmacy is now staffed
by two pharmacy technicians. Patients
take a number and are quickly serviced.
Patient feedback on customer evalua-
tions from the Army’s Patient Satisfac-
tion Survey include comments such as
“great idea, no wait” and “so convenient,
no long wait, thank you, thank you,
Kimbrough is currently waiting for
the opening of its new outpatient phar-
macy. which will be located at the new
Editor’s note: The satellite refill phar-
macy is open Monday-Friday from 7
a.m. to 6 p.m. Kimbrough Ambulatory
Care Center is not open on Saturdays
until Sept. 30, due to the sequestration
New satellite refill pharmacy speeds up service
Salman Tranam, a technician at the new satellite refill pharmacy at Kimbrough
Ambulatory Care Center, hands a refill prescription to a customer last week. Since the
refill pharmacy opened May 1, the wait time for customers picking up refill prescriptions
has decreased from an average of 15 minutes to two to three minutes.
By Col. Beverly Maliner
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
The recent spate of hot and humid
days may have led to mold growing
indoors where it doesn’t belong.
Mold thrives where it’s warm and
wet or humid. Wherever there is mold,
there is a source of water.
Does mold that grows indoors
pose a health threat?
Most people are not sensitive to
mold although they may be bothered
by a mold’s odor or appearance. Some
people, however, are sensitive. For these
people, exposure can cause symptoms
such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation,
wheezing or skin irritation.
People with serious mold allergies
may have more dangerous symp-
toms such as an asthma flare-up and
trouble breathing. In some occupa-
tional settings, very high exposure to
mold can trigger an immune reaction
that includes fever and shortness of
How can mold be reduced in the
If mold is present, look for a water
source. The water may be condensa-
tion from a poorly ventilated shower,
a leaky pipe, condensation from a pipe
or an outside source.
If mold is present indoors, an air
conditioner may be set too low — as
the temperature drops, the humidity
rises. It may be helpful to raise the
thermostat setting to the mid-70s to
Onset of mold in the home can be prevented
Follow Fort Meade
keep humidity between 40 and 60
percent, which is too low to support
Also, because water will gather
along outer walls, air circulation can
improve by moving large items away
It is rarely useful to identify the type
of mold that is present. It is more pro-
ductive to control moisture, improve
air circulation and then clean up the
mold if problems persist.
People who are sensitive to mold
should have someone else do the clean-
ing. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the Environmen-
tal Protection Agency both provide
cleaning instructions for mold on their
If there is a concern about mold in
the workplace at Fort Meade, contact
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center’s
Industrial Hygiene Division at 301-
677-8763 to evaluate the matter.
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By Brandon Bieltz
Fourteen years into his Army career,
Staff Sgt. Robert Apger was ready to
take the oath that re-enlisted him for the
remainder of his intended 20-year career.
On the stern of the USS Constellation
in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Soldier
from the Headquarters and Headquarters
Company raised his hand and read the
oath of enlistment as he re-enlisted for an
Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau con-
ducted the brief ceremony Monday.
“It was unique,” Apger said. “It is very
Rau said he has conducted several re-
enlistment ceremonies, but never at a loca-
tion like the USS Constellation.
The 19th-century, sloop-of-war warship
was used during the Civil War as a deter-
rent to Confederate cruisers, in World War
I for training, and in World War II as a
relief flagship for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
The ship, which docked at the Inner
Harbor in 1963, is open as a museum.
“This is a very historic place to come
and do a re-enlistment,” said Staff Sgt.
Buffie Hall, who took part in the cer-
Apger said conducting his re-enlistment
ceremony aboard the ship was a combina-
tion of ideas.
“It was three heads all together,”he said.
“We wanted the Inner Harbor, and Chap-
lain Rau mentioned the USS Constellation
— even better.”
For the ceremony, Apger was joined by
his wife, Ashley, who called the ceremony
“It was her first and last re-enlistment,”
Apger said of his wife.
Apger’s “indefinite re-enlistment” will
extend his Army career another six years.
“It feels great to be able to finish 20
years and retire,” he said.
Soldier re-enlists on stern of USS Constellation
photo by noah Scialom
Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau (left) administers the oath of re-enlistment to Staff Sgt. Robert Apger on Monday morning at
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Apger, who was served in the Army for 14 years, re-enlisted on the stern of the USS Constellation.
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derful friends on Fort Meade. It’s really a
unique feeling being on Fort Meade.”
She attributes her husband’s success
to his efforts at reaching out to the com-
“He got out, tried to meet people, see
what’s going on,” she said. “Leaders out-
side the community said they felt welcome
on Fort Meade, felt a part of our commu-
nity as well.”
Since assuming command in July 2011,
Rothstein’s focus has been all about com-
Whether it’s overseeing continued expan-
sion post-BRAC, strengthening ties with
political, business and education leaders,
or responding to concerns in town halls
and on Facebook, Rothstein has immersed
himself in the well-being of Fort Meade.
“I truly believe the success of an installa-
tion is reliant on community — the people
inside and outside the fence line — Team
Meade,” he said.
Rothstein’s priorities have been in three
key areas: continuing the growth of the
installation, ensuring effective services and
promoting the Team Meade community.
“You can see it from the Exchange to the
apartment complex for single Soldiers,” he
said of the community growth. “It’s one
big construction zone. Safety, security and
the infrastructure have been the focus of
Part of these efforts, he said, is tapping
into the larger community for assistance.
“I don’t have the funds and resources to
do that, so I’m relying on the community,”
Rothstein said. “The community inside
and outside are interdependent. That goes
from local, state and federal government to
businesses to the colleges and universities in
the region. ... If Team Meade is a catalyst,
then the area is becoming a vibrant region.
Therefore, we’re not just an installation in
the middle of the state. We’re now a vibrant
Team Meade in the region.”
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas
J. Latter, who has served with Rothstein
By Rona S. Hirsch
The dozens of framed photographs in
Col. Edward C. Rothstein’s office provide
a literal snapshot of his two-year tenure as
Reflecting on his accomplishments
before he relinquishes command on Aug.
8 to Col. Brian P. Foley, Rothstein proudly
points to the photos that are a visual diary
of his service on Fort Meade:
Formal poses with political, business
and education leaders; grinning along-
side sports figures at military apprecia-
tion events; and standing beside his father
Harold Rothstein, a Korean War veteran
who spoke at Fort Meade’s Veterans Day
observance on Nov. 8.
On a corner wall overlooking his desk,
however, are Rothstein’s most treasured
They include shots of Rothstein reading
to pajama-clad youngsters at Manor View
Elementary School; a boy performing a
trick for the colonel at “Fort Meade’s Got
Talent” show; young girls in orange tutus
surrounding the colonel at the 2012 Volun-
throwing out the first pitch simultaneously
with three veterans of World War II, Korea
and Vietnam at Oriole Park at Camden
Yards on June 14 for the Army birthday.
“Out of all the photos, these are my
favorites,” he said.
That Rothstein values the time he spends
with children and vets comes as no sur-
An intelligence officer who is a veteran
of both Afghanistan and Iraq, Rothstein
initially pursued a career in special educa-
And now, after 30 years of military ser-
vice including three years in the Reserve,
Rothstein will officially retire Feb. 28,
But he is not slowing down.
“When I walked in [as commander], I
was given advice that this is a marathon,
not a sprint,” said Rothstein, who was
born in 1963 outside Wayne, N.J. “But I’ve
personally taken this as a sprint and made
every day a day and a half, and will do that
until the end.”
That energy and commitment have
yielded a long list of achievements, despite
extensive budget cuts, furloughs, an earth-
quake, hurricane and derecho.
“I think we accomplished a lot,” Roth-
stein said. “It’s not for me to say what
went well, but I will reflect on such a great
opportunity every day.”
It’s a position he continues to relish.
“The job has been so wonderful,” said
Rothstein, who resides in Carroll County
with his wife, Audrey, and their teenage
children, Emily and Sam. “Audrey, the kids
and I have been truly blessed to be part of
In a written statement to Soundoff! Sen.
Barbara A. Mikulski praised Rothstein’s
efforts as commander.
“The men and women of Fort Meade
serve our nation every day in every way,
working to keep us safe,” Mikulski said.
“Colonel Rothstein has been a tremendous
partner in supporting the men and women
of Fort Meade. He has served the Fort
Meade community with real devotion to
duty, attention to detail and outreach that
has helped fortify the support of this won-
derful base. He has truly been the mayor
of Fort Meade.”
A farewell ceremony is being held today
from 3 to 6 p.m. at Heritage Park for gar-
“Leaving is very bittersweet,” Audrey
Rothstein said. “We have so many won-
retires after three
decades of service
‘What I enjoy most is that
the entire installation is my
office. Where else can I talk
to the community than being
out in the community?’
Col. Edward C. Rothstein
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since last September, attributed the inroads
with the community to the colonel’s leader-
able leadership and his gregarious person-
ality are key factors in Team Meade’s
success in partnering with the community,”
Latter said. “His attention to underlying
impacts on the people who live and work
on Fort Meade is a reflection of his caring
While strengthening ties with the outside
community, Rothstein zeroed in on such
challenging issues as alcohol and substance
abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault,
and banning the synthetic drug Spice.
“So communicating these challenges
and providing resources to minimize them
across the community inside and outside
the fence line is a must, and that’s what
I’ve done,” he said. “When I speak about
Fort Meade, there are challenges that stem
across the communities and the fence line.
So if a Soldier is suffering from alcoholism,
it’s not just about the installation, it’s about
the region. So we have to all be accountable
for supporting a healthy society.”
Rothstein also oversaw the development
of the Fort Meade Community Covenant,
which is mandated to identify the needs
of the military community, fill those needs
and mobilize resources.
To get a handle on the issues and to
forge relationships within and outside the
fence, Rothstein was at the forefront of
events, from leading ceremonies and the
annual Fort Meade Run Series to par-
ticipating in school programs and Military
Appreciation Day at major sporting events
“What I enjoy most is that the entire
installation is my office,” he said. “Where
else can I talk to the community than being
out in the community?”
As Fort Meade’s most visible representa-
tive, Rothstein credits the town halls, open
door policy and Fort Meade Facebook
page for helping him to communicate with
the community — “all of them together, to
get a pulse of this installation,” he said.
Rothstein articulated community con-
cerns to Maryland’s congressional del-
egation that includes Mikulski and Sen.
Benjamin L. Cardin.
“Senators Mikulski and Cardin, you
can’t get any stronger as advocates of
the installation,” he said. “The Maryland
delegation has embraced this installation.
If I was any part of that, then I have suc-
As commander, all his efforts are geared
toward doing the “right thing,” said Roth-
stein, focusing on health, safety and infra-
structure as well as participation — the
listening and partnership.
Another aspect of doing what’s right,
said Rothstein, is on wellness — “making
good decisions — good diet, fitness. And
on resiliency — when you don’t make
good decisions, it’s what you do to pick
Rothstein said he has been “absolutely
committed” to the development of the
new Army Wellness Center, which will
offer free, holistic health services to help
Soldiers, retirees, their family members and
Army civilians build and sustain a healthy
lifestyle and prevent chronic diseases.
“My focus has been on the well-being
of the community,” Rothstein said. “So
if health and wellness are strong, then the
community is strong.”
But hampered by budget constraints,
Rothstein was forced to choose which
projects to green light.
“I came during a downsizing and had to
reduce the workforce, and the budget was
severely trimmed,”he said. “I had to priori-
tize the work we had to do, so some of the
opportunities had to be sidelined.”
But Rothstein is grateful to the larg-
er community for offering resources to
develop programs such as the resiliency
“The outside community said, ‘We want
to do it with you.’ That’s huge,” he said.
As he prepares to leave, Rothstein offers
straight-forward advice to his successor.
“My advice is to embrace every moment
and recognize this is a diverse environ-
ment,” he said. “Take advantage of every
opportunity, and recognize the diversity
and impact of your duties and responsi-
Just months shy of retirement, Rothstein
pinpointed what he will miss most about
“The camaraderie and esprit, because
values of the Army are instilled in me,” he
said. “Whether I wear the uniform today
and take it off tomorrow, I will still be a
Soldier for life.”
Jayden Moore, 5, gives Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein a high-five
as his mother Katherine Moore, second vice president of the Enlisted Spouses Club,
looks on with Fort Meade volunteers Roger and Kay Crawford at the 2012 Volunteer
Don Seward, a heavy equipment operator with Berg Demolition, helps Garrison
Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein maneuver an excavator as crews demolish the
former Bachelor Officer Quarters off Cooper Avenue on April 24.
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Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
Despite having less swimmers on its
roster than the other teams in Division
VI, the Fort Meade Dolphins took down
all of its competition on the way to an
In one of its best seasons in recent
years, the Dolphins completed the year
5-0 en route to win its division in the
Amateur Athletic Union and sent a dozen
swimmers to compete for state titles at the
Central Maryland Swim League’s Strae-
hle Invitational Championship Meet in
Westminster last week.
Coaches attributed the success to swim-
mers of all levels stepping up and compet-
“Those that are senior and with most
experience, all performing at a high level;
we had the mid-level group, they all rose
up; and then we had the brand-new
development kids, they all did great,” said
coach Marc Czaja. “Everyone at their
own level performed at their peak.”
Matthan Martir, a 10-year veteran of
the team, said it has been awhile since the
team put together a season like this one.
“It has been a long time since we have
had a season this successful,” the 18-year
old said. “I’m very proud of us.”
While the team hasn’t achieved this
level of success for several years, Czaja
said, the program still had a history of
building competitive athletes who excel
in the pool.
At the Straehle Invitational Champi-
onship Meet, competing against the top
swimmers in the states, members of the
Dolphins finished in the top five in eight
“We constantly develop very, very high-
caliber swimmers,” Czaja said.
Martir said the difference this year was
the chemistry on the team.
“The difference was just the camara-
derie of the team and getting together
and focusing on the main goal, which is
winning,” he said.
In order to win meets, the team needed
to overcome the obstacle of simply having
less competitors than other teams. Several
of the teams in the Dolphins’ division
have more than 100 athletes, while the
Fort Meade team had under 40.
The ability to win meets is a testament
to the level of performance the team is
competing on, Czaja said.
“We might be small, but we can pack
a punch,” Martir said. “It’s not so much
the quantity, but the quality.”
Although Martir will not be with the
team next year as he will be attending
Rider University in New Jersey on a
swimming and academic scholarship, he
believes the team can continue to build
on its recent success.
“If they just keep focused the way we
did this year and keep working hard the
way we did this year, I don’t see why not,”
he said. “It’s a great team.”
While the Dolphins’ summer season
wrapped up Saturday with the Division
VI Championships, coaches and swim-
mers are gearing up for the upcoming
longer season with the Meade Patriots
Swim Club. Competing at USA Swim-
ming meets, the season runs from August
Czaja said he is excited to begin the
long season with many of the Dolphin
swimmers returning to the Patriots.
“It just makes me so proud when I go
up and see the Meade cap out in front of
everybody,” he said.
Editor’s note: For more information
about the upcoming Meade Patriots Swim
Club season, visit meadeswimming.org.
Meade Dolphins close out successful season
Sgt. Chatonna Powell (right), Fort Meade’s Bet-
ter Opportunities for Single Soldiers represen-
tative, poses with Sloane Stephens, the No. 15
Women’s Tennis Association and No. 2 Ameri-
can female player on Sunday at the Citi Open.
The weeklong event is Washington, D.C.’s
annual professional tennis tournament.
On Sunday, the Citi Open hosted its inaugural
“Celebrating Our Heroes Day,” recognizing ser-
vice members and their families as well as first
responders – police officers, firefighters and
other emergency personnel – for their service.
Stephens participated in a variety of events
with members of the military and young tennis
Playing her first match since Wimbledon, the
No. 2-seeded Stephens fell to Olga Puchkova
on Monday in the first round, 7-5, 6-3.
Photo by Philip H. Jones
Relay swimmers of the Meade Dolphins
swim team cheer on a teammate at the
Division VI Championships on Saturday
in Cockeysville. In one of their most
successful seasons in recent history,
the Dolphins won their division and
sent 12 swimmers to Central Maryland
Swim League’s Straehle Invitational
Emily Lembach of the Meade Dolphins
swim team dives into the pool during a
relay at the Division VI Championships on
Saturday in Cockeysville. The Dolphins
recently finished the summer season
with an undefeated 5-0 record.
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It’s August. It’s the last 10 days of Ramadan, and vaca-
tion is right around the corner.
That must mean it’s time for the annual fantasy football
preview: the first of three columns dedicated to the upcom-
ing NFL season.
Last year, my paginator Tim Davis complained a lot
about the length of the column, so I promised him I’d get
right to the point. That means you won’t hear about Alex
Rodriguez, “Johnny Football” or even Bradley Manning;
though trust me, I have opinions on all three.
Instead, I’m going to give you tips to winning your
fantasy football league courtesy of myself and our guru,
Brian Riffey, aka B-Riff.
Draft Day Rule (DDR): An early-round QB is only as
good as his receivers on the field. That’s why you shouldn’t
draft Tom Brady or Joe Flacco as early as you may want
“Tom Terrific” is missing his top-six receivers from last
year, while “Joey Unibrow” is missing Anquan Boldin and
Top Pick: Aaron Rodgers (Packers) — He’s way too
efficient not to be the most productive player on the board.
First Round. Matt Ryan is right there.
Sleeper: Tony Romo (Cowboys) — You’ve heard his
name. Late-season struggles make people forget that during
his last three full seasons, Romo is averaging 4,500 yards
and 27 TDs per season.
Not bad for someone you’ll be able to grab in rounds
Bust: Colin Kaepernick (49ers) — Can anyone say
sophomore slump? I can, especially since Michael Crabtree
is going to miss significant time. He’ll go in the second
or third round but will produce like a mid-round pick at
B-Riff special: Carson Palmer (Cardinals) — He is the
patriarch of the overrated USC quarterback, but now he
has a better system in Arizona, and more importantly,
Larry Fitzgerald to throw to. Projection: 4,100 yards and
22 TDs. Rounds 11-12.
DDR: Get your horses early, but unlike last year, there
are plenty of backs in the stable.
Top Pick: Adrian Peterson (Vikings) — All-Day Adrian
is a freak, so don’t be surprised if he goes over 2K again
this year. First Round, first overall.
Sleeper: Reggie Bush (Lions) — This Bush will certainly
give you, and the Detroit Lions, a push, especially in point-
per-reception leagues. He will be selected no later than the
third round. Le’Veon Bell will be a beast in Pittsburgh
Bust: LeSean McCoy (Eagles) — First Round talent
with a Fourth-Round body. In the words of Al Davis, he
will go down, and go down hard.
B-Riff special: Darren McFadden (Raiders) — The
Raiders are a new team with a new identity and have shifted
back to the zone-blocking scheme, one that McFadden
has had great success with. The caveat is health, something
McFadden has not been able to
do in the last two years. 1,100
yards, 8 TDs. He’ll go NLT the
DDR: Go big early or wait a
Top Pick: Calvin John-
son (Lions) — His nickname
is “Megatron.” Do you know
how bad Megatron was? bit.
ly/17hZQ7D Well, Calvin is badder than that. First
Sleeper: Danny Amendola (Patriots) — Brady is going
to have to throw to someone. It might as well be Danny
Boy. He’ll be drafted in the 10th round, but will probably
give you Third- or Fourth-Round production.
Bust: Torrey Smith (Ravens) — People are going to want
to get him early, but without Boldin, he will be the focus
of coverage, and no dude who showed up on “Dancing
with the Stars” is good enough to beat double coverage.
B-Riff special: Robert Woods (Bills) — This rookie for
Buffalo is a polished route-runner with great hands play-
ing opposite of Stevie Johnson. Could have a rookie QB
throwing to him, but Buffalo will be playing from behind
a lot this year. Projection: 800 yards and 6 TDs. He will be
a late-round pick, maybe even a free agent pickup.
DDR: You need a tight end who can stay healthy, stay
out of jail and catch TDs.
Top Pick: Jimmy Graham (Saints) — Drew Brees loves
Jimmy Graham. That means you should love him, too.
Sleeper: Ed Dickson (Ravens) — No Dennis Pitta means
that Dickson will be Flacco’s security blanket. That means
at least 10 TDs for a guy you will be able to pick up after
the 10th Round.
Bust: Brent Celek (Eagles) — Maybe I’d be nicer if he
wasn’t an Eagle, but since he is, he is a bust. Where he will
be selected: Rounds 8-10.
B-Riff special: TE has been the one position that has
haunted B-Riff over the years, but with that, he’s going with
Robert Housler out of Arizona. A name not many recog-
nize, but someone who is 6’5, 250 has to be a stud, right?
No TDs last year, but when you have the hot dog vendor
throwing you passes (no offense, Ryan Lindley), how many
times would you score? Carson Palmer is in town and loves
the check-downs. Projection: 600 yards and 6 TDs.
OK, I’ll get through the AFC and NFC previews before
I leave, but I’m currently looking for a guest columnist for
the Aug. 22 and 29 issues. If you think you’ve got what it
takes, reach out to Phil Jones at Philip.h.jones.civ@mail.
And of course, if you need some pointers, or want to talk
about this or anything to do with sports, you can contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or hit me up on twitter @
NFL 2013 - Fantasy 3.0
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - OpinionSports Shorts
EFMP Walking Group
The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking
Group will meet Aug. 8 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Arundel
Mills Mall for its monthly walking event.
All are welcome — strollers, too.
The group will meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of Best Buy
inside the mall.
Registration is required.
To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email
The Exceptional Family Member program is
sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Aug. 21 from
1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lanes.
Exceptional family members will receive a free game
and shoe rental. Other family members will receive
discounted games and shoe rental.
To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or
Football Fan Fair 5K and 1 Mile
The installation’s annual Run Series continues Sept.
21 with a Football Fan Fair 5K and 1 Mile Walk at 8
a.m. at Constitution Park.
The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on
the day of the run is $25.
The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is
The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to
All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.
To pre-register, go to www.allsportcentral.com/
For more information, call 301-677-3867.
AFCEA Sports Day
The Central Maryland chapter of Armed Forces
Communications and Electronics Association will
host Sports Day on Sept. 13 at Burba Lake Pavilion
The event will feature team and individual sports
including softball, volleyball and relays.
For more information or to sign up for events,
go to www.facebook.com/afceasportsday or www.
Summer hours for Dollar Days at the Lanes is
every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a
hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small
soda for $1 each.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
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LEFT: Anne Rutherford of the USO-Metro bags popcorn as children wait for their free snacks during Movies on the Lawn at Constitution Park on
Monday. More than 150 people attended the free event that featured a showing of the baseball classic “Field of Dreams.”
RIGHT: Jayda Ybarra, 8, and Rudy Yabarra, 16, of Severn enjoy the USO-Metro’s screening of “Field of Dreams” over free popcorn.
Families watch “Field of
Dreams” on an inflatable
screen during Movies on the
Lawn at Constitution Park.
The USO-Metro event fol-
lowed the weekly concert,
which featured the U.S. Navy
Next Wave Jazz Ensemble.
photos by nate pesce