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  1. 1. Soundoff!´vol. 65 no. 22 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community June 6, 2013UPCOMING EVENTSToday, 7 p.m.:The Volunteers “Pink Floyd Tribute”Summer Concert - Constitution ParkJune 13, 7:30 a.m.:AUSA Army Birthday Breakfast - Club MeadeJune 13, 7 p.m.:Army Birthday Celebration SummerConcert - Constitution ParkJune 14, 6:30-8 a.m.:Army Birthday Run for Resiliency -McGlachlin Parade FieldJune 15, 8 a,m.:Summer Sizzler 5K - The Pavilionopening day34th IS begins intramuralsoftball season with12-5 win over 707th CSpage 15tea timeFort Meade spouses clubsbid farewell to garrisoncommander’s wifepage 12PHOTO BY AIR FORCE TECH SGT. DAVID SPEICHERtwo-alarm fireFort Meade Fire and Emergency Service personnel, Anne Arundel County firefighters and Kimbrough Ambulatory CareCenter paramedics respond to a two-alarm fire Sunday that destroyed two homes and damaged two others in the PotomacPlace housing neighborhood. To make a donation for the families affected, go to https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/donate/.For the story, see Page 3.
  2. 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013Commander’s ColumnContents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 4 Movies..................................19 Community..................17 Classified..............................20Editorial StaffGarrison CommanderCol. Edward C. RothsteinGarrison CommandSgt. Maj. Thomas J. LatterPublic Affairs OfficerChad T. JonesChad.T.Jones.civ@mail.milChief, Command InformationPhilip H. JonesPhilip.H.Jones.civ@mail.milAssistant Editor Senior WriterRona S. HirschStaff Writer Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Brandon BieltzDesign Coordinator Timothy DavisSupple­mental photography providedby The Baltimore Sun Media GroupAdvertisingGeneral Inquiries 410-332-6300Allison Thompson410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.comMichele Griesbauer410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.comIf you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or areexperiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com.Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday throughSunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of thepersonnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N.Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year inconjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reachthe Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailingaddress: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602.Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronagewithout regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser,user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiserwill result in the refusal to print advertising from that source.Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with theDepartment of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are theirown and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army.The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement bythe Department of the Army of the products or services advertised.www.ftmeade.army.milYou can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademdand view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil.Soundoff!´Guaranteed circulation:11,285This week I’m happy to share space with Col. Danny B.N.Jaghab, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Activity atKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.Col. Jaghab’s column is an opportunity for you to learnmore about the Army Surgeon General’s Performance Triad,a well thought-out vision that is now influencing the healthof the Army and the nation as it moves us from a health caresystem to a system for health.The idea is for all of us to take ownership of our health,based on a model that includes support, information andeducation well beyond what we can get today in a clinicalsetting.Have a great week.The typical Soldier visits the doctor fourtimes a year for 20 minutes a visit. That meansthe average time spent on health care is just100 minutes or 1.7 hours a year.Is 100 minutes really enough time for adoctor to spend treating illness and makingrecommendations to stay well for an entireyear? Most of us spend more than 100 min-utes a day taking care of our pets, our gar-dens, responding to email, watching a movie,washing our cars or paying bills.For something as important as taking careof our health, why is it acceptable that doc-tors spend so little time promoting healthybehaviors only when you are ill? That wouldbe equivalent to only filling your car withgasoline after you have run out of gas and arenow stuck on the side of the road.Taking care of ourselves takes forethoughtand planning. Spending just 100 minutesa year prioritizing how you will plan yourhealth and wellness can only lead to inad-equate prevention, continued illness and poorhealth practices.To effectively engage in good health, onemust capitalize on the remaining 525,500minutes left in the year to impart healthybehaviors.The Army surgeon general calls these525,500 minutes of the year, when not seeinga health care provider, the person’s “whitespace” or “life space.” (See page 11 in linkbelow.) This is 99.9 percent of our lives— the time that we live our lives, go to work,spend time with family and friends, and stayat home.During this larger portion of time, wemust all develop strategies that will build aframework for preventive health care throughhealthy habits.The surgeongeneral wantsto turn ourhealth care sys-tems into a sys-tem of healthby the year2020, using thiswhite spaceappropriately.But how dowe do this?The threebehaviors most influential to fostering goodhealth are sleeping at least eight hours pernight, exercising 30 to 60 minutes each daywith moderate activity and eating healthyfoods.Good nutrition, sleep and exercise arecalled the “Performance Triad” since theseare the three main elements that determineendurance and successful energy levels forperformance. The Performance Triad willincrease readiness, decrease health care costsand increase mental acuity.Improving healthy behaviors in these threelife areas will ensure better health outcomesand improved wellness. Sleep, nutrition andexercise are the vehicles that will move usfrom a health care system into a system ofhealth.Look for future articles on how to makesimple lifestyle changes in these areas thatmake huge strides toward better health.Editor’s note: For more information,go to armymedicine.army.mil/news/docs/MHS2012PlenaryLTGHorohoArmySurgeon-General_31_JAN_12_Remarks.pdf.COL. Edward c.RothsteinGarrison CommanderMaximizing healthin the ‘white space’COL. danny b.n. JaghabMEDDAC Commander
  3. 3. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 6, 2013 SOUNDOFF! NewsBy Fort Meade Public Affairs OfficeFort Meade fire and emergency teamsresponded to a two-alarm fire Sundayevening that destroyed two homes anddamaged two others in the Potomac Placeneighborhood.Five families were evacuated. No onewas injured.Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Ser-vices dispatched two fire engines and oneladder truck at 6:24 p.m. to the fire, whichwas the result of a lightning strike to theroof of one home.Anne Arundel County firefighters andKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center para-medics also responded to the blaze, whichwas extinguished at 11:04 p.m.Two houses located at 5th Corps Bou-levard and Taylor Lane were destroyed. Athird home sustained smoke damage. Partof the roof of a fourth home was damaged.The house also sustained some interiordamage because of the exposed ceiling andwater damage.Corvias Military Living is providingalternative housing for the families. TheFort Meade USO-Metro Center providedthe families with food from its food pantrySunday night.Queen Waddell, Fort Meade USO Cen-ter specialist, said the Fort Meade USO willcontinue to donate food from its pantryfor as long as the families are in need ofassistance.Doris Tyler, director of Fort Meade’sArmy Community Service, and PiaMorales, Fort Meade’s Mobilization andDeployment program manager, met withfour families Monday morning at PotomacPlace Neighborhood Center and providedinformation about ACS programs availableto military families in a disaster.The families were referred to the ArmyEmergency Relief Fund and the ACSFinancial Readiness Program for assistance.The families also were referred to MilitaryFamily Life Consultants for counseling.To make a donation for the familiesaffected by the fire, go to https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/donate/.Two-alarm fire destroysPotomac Place homesPHOTO BY AIR FORCE TECH SGT. DAVID SPEICHERFirefighters respond to a two-alarm blaze Sunday evening that destroyed two homesand damaged two others in Potomac Place. Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Servicesdispatched two fire engines and one ladder truck to the fire, which was the result ofa lightning strike to the roof of one house.By Brandon BieltzStaff WriterOver the past week, more than 425 gar-rison employees received letters inform-ing them of proposed administrativefurloughs.The notice states that the proposedone-day furlough per week will beginJuly 8 and continue through the end ofSeptember.A minimum of 11 furlough days —down from the original 22 days — hasbeen proposed as part of the automaticspending cuts of the Budget ControlAct of 2011. The furloughs will impactnearly 680,000 employees throughoutthe DoD.“I have made this decision very reluc-tantly because I know that the furloughswill disrupt lives and impact DoD opera-tions,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagelsaid. “I recognize the significant hardshipthis places on you and your families.”Notices were hand-delivered to FortMeade employees by supervisors. DeputyGarrison Commander John Moeller saiddelivering the letters in person ensuredemployees an opportunity to ask ques-tions.“The most important part aboutimplementing the furloughs is to haveopen communication to ensure employ-ees are fully informed of the policies,regulations and the implementation,” hesaid. “Supervisors and managers, like therest of the dedicated staff at Fort Meade,are also subjected to the mandatory fur-loughs.”Tenant organizations will issue theirown furlough notices if their agencies areaffected by the funding reductions.While service members will not befurloughed, Fort Meade services willbe affected by the furloughs includingreduced operating hours, cancellation ofevents, and the closing of facilities onvarious days.There will be no reduction in policeand fire services.During the furloughs, Army Com-munity Service and Legal Assistance willbe closed Fridays. Services operating onreduced hours will include the Officeof the Staff Judge Advocate, ResourceManagement, and Directorate of Fam-ily and Morale, Welfare and Recreationfacilities.The Defense Commissary Agencyannounced stores will be closed Mon-days during the furloughs as more than14,000 of DeCA’s 16,000 employees willbe impacted.“We know that any disruption incommissary operations will impact ourpatrons,” said Joseph H. Jeu, CEO anddirector of DeCA. “Also, we understandthe tremendous burden this places on ouremployees. ... We determined that Mon-day closures would present the least painfor our patrons, employees and industrypartners.”Commissary case-lot sales also havebeen canceled but will be replaced withweekly sidewalk sales.The DoD-wide furloughs are intendedto help cover the more than $30 billionshortfall in its operation and mainte-nance accounts. Furloughs will amountto an approximately 20 percent per-pay-period salary reduction.Cuts have already been made to facili-ties maintenance. Funds from invest-ments have been shifted to the operationand maintenance accounts; many nones-sential programs have been reduced; andtraining and maintenance for nonde-ployed operating forces have been signifi-cantly reduced.When these cuts came up short, Hagelmade the decision for the 11-day fur-loughs.“Since deeper cuts to training andmaintenance could leave our nation’smilitary exposed in the event of anunforeseen crisis, we have been forced toconsider placing the majority of our civil-ian employees on administrative leave,”he said. “... I am counting on all of youto stay focused on this vital mission inthe days ahead.”Furloughs to affect services on post
  4. 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013NewsMay 21, Operating motor vehi-cle unrestrained by seat belt;failing to transport child underage 16 in a seat belt; failing tosecure child under age 8 in childsafety seat; attempt by driver toelude uniformed police by fail-ing to stop vehicle; driving whileunder the influence of alcohol;driving while under the influenceof alcohol while transporting a minor: While con-ducting seat belt enforcement at the Reece Roadgate, a unit observed a vehicle approaching theoutbound lane and neither the driver nor thepassenger in the rear were wearing seat belts.The police officer instructed the driver to pullhis vehicle off of the roadway. The driver com-plied, waited three to five seconds and then spedaway. The driver was stopped, and the officernoticed that a young child in the back seat wasnot secured in a safety seat. A strong odor ofalcohol was detected. The officer administeredthe Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which thedriver performed poorly. The driver refused tosubmit a breath sample.May 26, Failure to drive vehicle right of center,driving on suspended license, driving under theinfluence of alcohol, driving while impaired byalcohol: A police officer observed a red scooterwith its headlight off. He initiated a traffic stopand observed that the operator could not placethe scooter on the kickstand. The officer detecteda strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Standard-ized Field Sobriety Tests were administered; thedriver performed poorly. He submitted to intoxi-lyzer, testing with a result of .21 percent bloodalcohol content.May 29, Shoplifting: AAFES loss preventionpersonnel at the Exchange observed the subjecton video surveillance equipment take a lipstickpencil and leave the store without renderingpayment.May 29, Assault in the second degree: Director-ate of Emergency Services was notified of adomestic assault in progress. The two subjectswere involved in a verbal altercation that turnedphysical when subject two hit subject one on thechest with a picture frame. In turn, subject onetook the frame from subject two and struck himon the head, causing the glass on the frame tobreak over his head.May 30, Break-in, intent to commit a misde-meanor: While conducting a walking patrol ofvacant quarters, an officer observed two juvenileswalk to the rear of the quarters and enter thedwelling.CommunityCommunityCrime WatchCompiled by the Fort MeadeDirectorate of Emergency ServicesManning TrialUNDER WAYGarrison Commander Col. EdwardC. Rothstein talks with Anne ArundelCounty Acting Chief of Police Lt. Col.Pamela R. Davis and other membersof the Anne Arundel County PoliceDepartment during a briefing priorto Saturday’s mass rally sponsoredby the Bradley Manning SupportNetwork and the national VeteransAgainst War organizations.The rally, which took place onRoute 175 between Reece Road andLlewellyn Avenue, was held in antici-pation of the first day (Monday) ofPfc. Bradley Manning’s trial at FortMeade. Manning is charged withleaking classified information whiledeployed in Iraq in 2009 and 2010 asan intelligence analyst.Photo by Chad T. JonesBy Maj. Tammy JonesChief of StaffKimbrough Ambulatory Care CenterKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center istaking steps to increase appointment avail-ability and improve the patient’s experience.Across the Northern Regional MedicalCommand, Kimbrough has the highest rate— 11 percent — of unkept appointments,also known as “no-shows.”This is more than 1,500 appointmentsper month. The value of each appointmentis about $125, representing approximately$187,500 in lost revenue per month.When a patient does not keep a previouslyscheduled appointment, that is a lost oppor-tunity for other patients needing an appoint-ment. This problem costs Kimbrough andthe Army revenue necessary to maintainstaffing and facility, and costs other patientsaccess to their health care appointments.Kimbrough Commander Col. DannyB.N. Jaghab recently presented GarrisonCommander Col. Edward C. Rothstein witha mock bill for $350,000 for missed appoint-ments at the partner luncheon in effort toincrease visibility of this concern.Jaghab is also visiting unit commanderson the installation with a by-name roster ofservice members who missed their appoint-ments.“My visit is two-fold,” he said. “First, [itis] to allow commanders to have situationalawareness of the costs incurred from theirunit members missing appointments andhow this impacts KACC.“Second, to learn why military servicemembers are missing their appointmentsand how our cancellation process mightimpacts this mishap. KACC is always tryingto improve our processes to better facilitatethe needs of our patients.”A Kimbrough Facebook survey in April2013 identified key information on whypatients don’t keep their appointments.In response, Kimbrough is implement-ing changes to make cancelling appoint-ments easier and is trying to improve theconvenience of appointments and appoint-ment reminders. Of 103 survey participants,most of the no-show patients forgot abouttheir appointment. Of those, most alsohad received a reminder via the telephonicreminder system.The majority of participants preferred textor email reminders over phone reminders.Work conflicts were the leading contributorto patients not keeping appointments. Manypatients expressed frustration with the pro-cess to cancel appointments.In order to cancel appointments eas-ily, Kimbrough has changed its policy sopatients can cancel appointments 24 hours aday by leaving a telephone message.The previous policy required patients tocall and wait in the queue to speak to a callcenter agent to cancel the appointment.A web link for cancellations is also beingdeveloped and will be available on Kim-brough’s website in June.Patients are reminded that tricareonline.com is an alternative to calling Kimbroughto book and cancel appointments and to setup text and email reminders.To use the reminder features in tricareon-line, users must provide an email address forreminders and/or cell phone numbers. Thesereminder features work automatically forappointments scheduled via tricareonline.For appointments scheduled through thecall center, patients manually associate theappointments on tricareonline with the text/email reminders.System changes later this summer willautomate the text/email reminders, regardlessof where the appointment was booked.Kimbrough needs patients’ help to reducelost revenue and increase available appoint-ments by reducing the rate of no-shows atKimbrough. This will allow the facility toserve you better by improving funding forits programs and increasing your odds ofgetting an appointment with us.To cancel or schedule an appointment atKimbrough, call 301-677-8800 or visit tricare-online.com.For more information about scheduling orcancelling appointments, visit the Kimbroughwebsite at http://kacc.narmc.amedd.army.mil.For up-to-date news and information, visitKimbrough on Facebook at facebook.com/KimbroughCARES.No-shows to Kimbrough appointments are costly
  5. 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013NewsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff WriterFor a second consecutive year, thegarrison will sponsor a Teen Leader-ship Challenge to provide communityservice opportunities for Fort Meadeteens.The program, for ages 13 to 21, wasinitiated by Garrison Commander Col.Edward C. Rothstein to provide youthswith the opportunity to volunteer atgarrison organizations and learn pro-fessional skills for the workforce.The challenge begins June 24 andends Aug. 9.More than 60 teens have signed upso far, and more than 10 post organi-zations and five off-post organizationsare committed to providing volunteeropportunities for participants.Marie Miles, Fort Meade’s ArmyVolunteer Corps coordinator at ArmyCommunity Service, said the programaims to provide teens with professionalexperience working in offices, child carefacilities, the pet care facility and orga-nizations specializing in outside labor.“We’re hoping they have fun,” Milessaid. “We want them to know theyare important and that they matter,and that the organizations they workfor will give them the skills to go intocareers in the future.”Miles said the challenge also willprovide limited volunteer opportunitiesfor teens with special needs.In addition, participants can gainservice learning hours toward theirgraduation from high school.The program’s orientation sessionwill be held June 24 from 9 a.m. tonoon at Potomac Place NeighborhoodCenter. Participants will be given theirvolunteer assignments and meet theirorganizational representative.This year’s challenge will provideclasses on preparing a resume and man-aging finances.On July 25, teens will participate in aTeen Army Family Action Plan Confer-ence to get feedback on how well thegarrison is serving their needs. Resultsof the conference will be presented toRothstein and the Department of theArmy.On Aug. 8, the teens will participatein a resiliency training to build charac-ter strength and help them bounce backfrom adversity.Training will be led by five masterresiliency trainers who will use theArmy’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitnesscurriculum. A Military Family Lifeconsultant and a social worker willassist in the training.After the training, the program willconduct its annual award ceremony andluncheon celebration.Teen Leadership Challenge offers job skillsfile photoGarrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein, center, and his wife, Audrey, presentan award to William Hendron, 16, a volunteer in last year’s Teen Leadership Challenge.This year’s challenge begins June 24 and ends Aug. 9.Fort Meade Veterinary TreatmentFacility Summer time is around the corner, andthe wildlife on Fort Meade are pokingtheir heads outOn post we see a lot of geese, ground-hogs, deer and turtles. While they are cute,they can harm families, children and pets.Geese have their goslings and the deerhave their fawns, and like any other par-ent they are extremely protective of theiryoung.Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facil-ity would like to raise awareness in thecommunity to prevent children and petsfrom playing with baby animals becausethe parents could chase and bite to protecttheir young.While groundhogs normally mind theirbusiness, they can come into contact withrabid animals and are susceptible to therabies virus just like other warm-bloodedmammals. The rabies virus, a zoonoticdisease passed from animals to humans,is transmitted through a break in the skinby bite or scratch, and attacks their centralnervous system.In 2011, six groundhogs were found tobe positive for rabies throughout Mary-land.So if you’re walking your dog and hewants to play with a cute little fur ball,think about the consequences of beingexposed to rabies. If your pet is bitten byany stray animal, it must be quarantinedand monitored for up to 45 days.Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facil-ity strongly encourages keeping your pet’srabies vaccination current and maintain-ing a safe distance between your pet andwildlife.This will help prevent exposure of thefatal virus and will keep our family, chil-dren and pets safe.Beware of post wildlifeNotice of AvailabilityFort Meade has developed a programmatic environmental assessment. or PEA,for the implementation of a Real Property Master Plan at Fort Meade.The Army proposes to adopt and implement a Real Property Master Plan, orRPMP, to respond to changing conditions at Fort Meade in compliance with AR210-20, Real Property Master Planning for Army Installations, which mandatesupdating existing plans as circumstances require.As a long-range flexible plan, the RPMP is necessary to provide overall supportfor certain infrastructure improvements (maintenance, repair, facility upgrades,demolition and construction) that need to be completed to ensure that the instal-lation and government-supported organizations are able to perform their missionto support Army readiness and would also provide for the conservation andprotection of Fort Meade and its natural resources.The Army will address and incorporate comments received during the publiccomment period in preparing the final version of the PEA.Copies of the Programmatic Environmental Assessment Available.Copies of the draft PEA and draft Finding of No Significant Impact are avail-able online at ftmeade.army.mil by clicking on the “Environmental Programs” taband then “Public Notices.”The documents also can be found at the Medal of Honor Memorial Libraryon Llewellyn Avenue and the West County Area Library, 1325 Annapolis Road,Odenton.Copies can be obtained by contacting Suzanne Teague, Directorate of PublicWorks, Environmental Division, 4215 Roberts Ave., Suite 5115, Fort Meade,MD 20755; by phone at 301-677-9185; or by email at suzanne.m.teague.civ@mail.mil.Comments on the draft EA and draft Finding of No Significant Impact shouldbe submitted to Teague no later than 30 days from the publication of this notice.Written comments are welcome.
  6. 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013NewsBy Jane WinandChief, Legal Assistance DivisionDespite the downturn in the housingmarket, many military families havemade the financial commitment ofpurchasing a home.Without fail, the homeowner thenforwards to the mortgage companyeach month the required mortgagepayment.After several months or years, how-ever, the homeowner may get a noticethat the mortgage has been sold toanother lender and that the homeownershould send monthly payments to thenew lender at a new address.It is common practice for a lender tosell a mortgage or the right to service amortgage to another lender. To “servicea mortgage” means that the lender willperform such functions as acceptingthe monthly payments, holding moniesin escrow for insurance and taxes, andissuing periodic statements.Some mortgage companies are in thebusiness of financing home sales merelyto make funds available to a prospec-tive purchaser. These companies thenimmediately sell the mortgage or theservicing rights to another lender afterclosing has taken place.Other lenders prefer to keep and ser-vice their own loans.Most mortgage documents will per-mit the lender to sell the obligation atits convenience without providing theborrower with a right to question orobject to the sale.Although the sale of a mortgage orthe mortgage servicing rights is not nec-essarily a cause for alarm, a borrowermust be wary of notices regardingsuch a sale. Some innocent borrowerscould be duped by scams involvingfalse sales.The borrower may receive a noticeto send the monthly payments to a newcompany at a new address. However,after sending several payments to thenew company, the borrower is notifiedthat the original mortgage companystill holds the note and never receivedthe payments.The new company was just a fictioncreated to rip off the borrowers and hassince disappeared.By law, the current lender must notifyyou at least 15 days before the first pay-ment is due to a new lender. The noticemust include the name and address ofthe new lender, the date your currentlender will stop accepting payments,the date your new lender will begin toaccept payments, and telephone num-bers for both the current and newlender.You also have a 60-day grace periodafter a transfer to a new lender, whichmeans you can’t be charged a late fee ifyou send your mortgage payment to theold lender by mistake.Also, your new lender can’t reportany such misdirected payments as lateto a credit bureau.To protect yourself from mortgage-sale scams, you should do the follow-ing:• Call your current lender to verifythe validity of a notice of sale.• Look for a “goodbye” letter fromyour current lender on its companystationary at least 15 days before yournext payment is due.• Examine the letter from the newcompany to ensure it contains a fullcompany name and phone number andyour mortgage account number.• Compare your mortgage accountnumber in the letter to the numberlisted on the mortgage documents tomake sure they match.• If you make payments to the newlender and then receive a delinquencynotice from your former company, calland investigate immediately.For more information concerning yourmortgage, contact the Federal TradeCommission at ftc.gov or schedule anappointment to speak with a LegalAssistance attorney at the Fort MeadeLegal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504/9536.Know your rightswhen lenders sellhome mortgagesClasses fill fast, so REGISTER TODAY!Choose from FourSummer Credit Sessions:Session 1: May 28 – July 1Session 2: May 28 – July 23May 28 – August 2Session 3: June 12 – August 7Session 4: July 3 – August 7Noncredit classes are ongoing.Summers forEveryone HCC!Summers forEveryone @ HCC!www.howardcc.edu/SUMMERwww.howardcc.edu/SUMMERCourses and programs for kids, seniors, and everyone in between.• Certified in Harmony (lingual braces) • Clear Correct (invisible braces) CertifiedWe AcceptMostInsurances8761- A Piney Orchard PkwyODENTON410-672-7207www.victoryorthodontics.com$500 OFF$500 OFFComprehensive TreatmentVictory Orthodontics • Call For Details • 410-672-7207$250 OFF$250 OFFLimited TreatmentVictory Orthodontics • Call For Details • 410-672-7207Public Open Houseon Sat., 6/22/13 from 10AM To 2PMCome for Free Ice Cream and GiveawaysPublic Open HouseSWEET INVITATION!veawa aywaawa
  7. 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013NewsBy Sgt. Amy Lane704th Military Intelligence BrigadePublic AffairsSafety is a recurring theme in all aspectsof Army life, particularly as the summerholidays approach. From weekly safetybriefings to larger presentations, Soldiersare constantly reminded of unsafe behav-iors and safety procedures.The 704th Military Intelligence Bri-gade observed Safety Stand Down Dayon May 22 at McGill Training Center.Soldiers split into groups for briefingsfrom law enforcement and public safetypersonnel.Firefighters from Fort Meade Fire andEmergency Services demonstrated fireextinguisher use and allowed Soldiers touse extinguishers to put out a controlledfire. They gave a tour of the equipmentand supplies within one of their fireengines and answered questions.“It was good to have the experiencepulling the pin and using it in a sweep-ing motion,” said Spc. Michael Urrutia,a signals intelligence analyst with BravoCompany, 742nd MI Battalion. “Now I’llbe familiar with actually using it if I everneed to put out a fire, rather than justhearing how it works.”A Maryland State Police officeraddressed driving safety, driving underthe influence, and the legal consequencesof speeding and distracted driving.Guest speaker Amanda Kloehr spokeabout the devastating consequences sheexperienced from her own distracteddriving incident in 2008.At the time, Kloehr was serving in theAir Force at McGuire Air Force Base,N.J., and was driving to Virginia to visitfriends for the weekend. She was in heavytraffic and distracted by the radio, talk-ing on the phone and texting during herdrive.“I was driving behind a van with threekids in the back and a mom and dad inthe front seat,” Kloehr said. “I was doingabout 65 or 70 and tried to pass the van.But when I pulled into the left lane, Ididn’t see the tractor trailer that hadstopped in the left lane.”Kloehr said she hit the truck so hardthat her Acura Integra pushed it 6 feetforward. The collision snapped her anklealmost completely off and fractured herjaw in four places. A piece of broken glasscut her eye in half.Even after 20 surgeries to reconstructher face and two years in and out ofhospitals, Kloehr said she was fortunate704th MI Brigade preps for safe summerin many ways. She survived the crash,and she hit the back of the tractor trailerinstead of the van full of passengers,leaving her the only person who wasinjured.“You need to be aware that driving ina responsibility and a privilege,” Kloehrsaid. “Every time you get in your car,you’re taking the lives of everyone inyour car and everyone on the road inyour hands.”photos by Staff Sgt. Taikeila ChanceySpc. Henry Vasquez, a paralegal with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, practices ona fire extinguisher to put out a controlled fire under the supervision of the Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services during thebrigade’s Safety Stand Down Day on May 22 at McGill Training Center.Soldierswiththe704thMilitaryIntelligenceBrigade learn about the features andequipment on a fire engine. The FortMeade Fire and Emergency Servicesgave fire safety presentations during thebrigade’s Safety Stand Down on May 22at McGill Training Center.
  8. 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 6, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11NewsBy Sgt Amy Christopherson704th Military Intelligence BrigadePublic AffairsAfter Lt. Col. James Walker returnedfrom Afghanistan last winter, he recog-nized an opportunity to prepare his unitto better care for one another in the eventof a tragedy.Walker, commander of the 742nd Mili-tary Intelligence battalion, 704th MI Bri-gade, established a Casualty Responseteam within his battalion. A CARE teamis a group of Soldiers and civilian vol-unteers trained to assist families in theevent of the death or serious injury of aSoldier.Though this task is covered at theinstallation level with volunteers fromevery unit, Walker said he wanted his unitto take care of their own.“We are all one big Army family,” hesaid. “But members from a Soldier’s ownunit take that one step further. We alreadyhave established relationships, and I don’twant strangers to be taking care of one ofour families if a tragedy should happen.”The battalion has about 12 CARE teammembers who attended a four-hour classtaught by Army Community Service. Theall-volunteer team consists of not onlySoldiers, but several family members.Walker and Maj. Timothy Blanch, theexecutive officer for 742nd MI, planned atraining exercise May 16 with the help ofBlanch’s wife, Marie, and their children toensure team members were prepared andunderstood what was expected of them inthe event of the death of a Soldier.Four CARE team members were pre-sented with a realistic scenario that a maleSoldier was killed and his family neededsupport.“After the [Casualty Assistance officerand Casualty Notification officer] andcommand team visit with the family, theywill offer the assistance of the CAREteam,”Blanch said. “If the family accepts,the CARE team will arrive and carefor children, cook meals, answer phonecalls and help with anything the familyneeds.”The team members, who had no priorknowledge of the scenario, met at Blanch’shome in Laurel and were briefed on thesituation. They knocked on the door andintroduced themselves to Blanch’s family,who acted as the family members of thedeceased Soldier.Throughout the morning, the Soldiersprovided emotional and practical supportto the wife of the simulated casualty andinteracted with the children.CARE team assists families of fallen service membersPhotos by Staff Sgt. Taikeila ChanceyCasualty Response Team members of 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 704th MI Brigade, are briefed by Capt. Blaine Sellman,commander of Headquarters and Operations Company, prior to their CARE Team exercise on May 16 in Laurel. The battaliondeveloped its own CARE team to be prepared in case of a tragedy such as the death or serious injury of a Soldier.Walker said the training went well andrevealed some opportunities to adjustthe CARE team’s standard operatingprocedure.“This was a great exercise that I planto continue on a quarterly basis,” Walkersaid. “Next time, we’ll change the formata little bit by adding some additionalchallenges. But it will be helpful to putother CARE team members through thisexercise.”Spc. Ben Rutkowski, a signals intelligenceanalyst with Alpha Company, 742ndMilitary Intelligence Battalion, 704th MIBrigade, and a Casualty Response Teamvolunteer, interacts with the child of asimulated casualty during a CARE teamexercise May 16 in Laurel.
  9. 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013NewsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff WriterA tearful Audrey Rothstein thankedFort Meade’s spouses clubs for their friend-ship and support during a farewell tea heldin her honor Tuesday morning.“It really means a lot to me that youwent through all this trouble to do this forme,” she said. “It’s been a fast two years,but it’s been an awesome two years.”Rothstein’s husband, Garrison Com-mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein, willrelinquish command in August and retirelater this year. The family will reside attheir home in Sykesville.The Officers’ Spouses’ Club, the RetiredOfficers’ Wives’ Club and the EnlistedSpouses Club sponsored the 90-minuteevent, which was held at the ConferenceCenter.The tea featured a slide show of AudreyRothstein and her family at garrison activi-ties and a lunch of finger sandwiches, fruit,herbal teas, coffee, cookies, brownies andscones.Tables were decorated with porcelainteapots filled with flowers.Among the 90 guests who attended,including Rothstein’s daughter Emily,many wore colorful dresses and festivehats. As they arrived, each guest was givenpersonalized pastel envelopes containingtwo herbal tea bags.In her remarks, Debbie Alexander, wifeof Gen. Keith B. Alexander who is com-mander of U.S. Cyber Command, directorof the National Security Agency and chiefof the Central Security Service, spoke ofRothstein’s impact on the community.“You have reached out and support-ed so many organizations both on FortMeade and off, and you touched everyonein this room,” Alexander said. “You’vealways shown yourself to be caring andcompassionate and a friend and a mentor.You’ve touched so many hearts.”In her two years of service at FortMeade, Rothstein has been a member ofthe OSC and ROWC. She served as anadvisor to the OSC and a supporter ofthe ESC.After lunch, various community mem-bers presented Rothstein with gifts includ-ing a porcelain figurine from Alexander.Several organizations also presented herwith bouquets of flowers including DeonViergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alli-ance, and Tim O’Ferrall, general manager‘A wonderful friend’Garrison spouses say goodbye to Audrey Rothsteinphotos by nate pesce(Center) Audrey Rothstein, wife of Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein who is relinquishing command in August, andtheir daughter Emily attend a farewell tea Tuesday morning at the Conference Center. They are joined by Debbie Alexander (left),wife of Gen. Keith B. Alexander who is commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chiefof the Central Security Service.of the Fort Meade Alliance.“You have been a blessing to our com-munity,” Viergutz said.Dina Dinsmoor, a member of the gov-erning board of the Family Action Boardat the NSA, also presented Rothstein witha bouquet.“Have fun with your new adventures inlife,” Dinsmoor said.Queen Waddell, Fort Meade USO Cen-ter specialist, gave Rothstein a bouquetand a box of chocolate.“You’ve been such a wonderful friendto the USO,” Waddell said. “These flowersare bright and beautiful just like you.”Pia Morales, Mobilization and Deploy-ment program manager at Army Com-munity Service, and Marie Miles, FortMeade’s Army Volunteer Corps coordi-nator at ACS, presented Rothstein withengraved glass coasters and an ACS totebag on behalf of the agency.“We just can’t say enough about yoursupport of ACS, especially in the area offamily readiness,” Morales said.Miles called Rothstein a “phenomenalwoman” — after the title of the renownedpoem by Maya Angelou.The final gift — a portrait of the Roth-stein’s Fort Meade home by local artistSusan Wilson — was given in a joint pre-sentation by Jennifer Moesner, presidentof OSC; Genny Bellinger, president ofROWC; Lianne Roberts, former presidentof ROWC; and Laura Livingston, incom-ing president of ESC.Each of the presidents noted that it islikely that Rothstein will remain an activemember of the Fort Meade community.“It’s great, all of these friends that Ihave,” Rothstein said after the presenta-tion. “I love you all.”A guest writes a farewell message forAudrey Rothstein in a keepsake bookat the tea held in her honor on Tuesdaymorning. The 90-minute event was co-sponsored by the Officers’ Spouses’Club, the Retired Officers’ Wives’ Cluband the Enlisted Spouses Club.
  10. 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 6, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13NewsStory and photo by Tina MilesPublic Affairs Office780th Military Intelligence BrigadeSo far in this fiscal year, there have been10 motorcycle fatalities, compared to 23for the same time frame in fiscal year 2012,according to the U.S. Army Combat Readi-ness/Safety Center.The decrease in motorcycle fatalitiescould be attributed to the enforcementof the Army Traffic Safety Training Pro-gram, which requires mandatory motor-cycle training for all Soldiers who operate amotorcycle on or off the installation.Ensuring its members are in compliancewith the program, the 780th Military Intel-ligence Brigade held a special advancedmotorcycle training class for its Soldiers onMay 11 at Fort Meade. May is MotorcycleSafety Awareness Month, the start of peakmotorcycle riding season.“There are many factors contributing tothe success of the past few years; accidentaldeaths are falling as we place more empha-sis on safety,” said George Lawler, safetyspecialist, 780th MI. “We’ve made progress,but we can’t let improved numbers give usa false sense of security. Mishaps involvingboth cars and motorcycles remain the No. 1cause of accidental fatalities for Soldiers.”Courses are conducted at Fort Meadefrom March through November.“All of our Soldiers who operate amotorcycle have to take accredited coursesdetermined by the type of motorcycleowned or operated,” Lawler said. “It’srequired by the Motorcycle Safety Foun-dation.”These courses involve the basic ridercourse, followed up within a year by anadvanced course, which is the experiencedrider course or the military sport-bike ridercourse.“The courses focus on risk managementand sharpening rider skills,” Lawler said.The motorcycle training program ismandated by Army Regulation 385-10, theArmy Safety Program, which establishesrequirements for motor vehicle accidentprevention on Army installations and sup-plements public traffic safety law:“This program applies to all active-dutyArmy military personnel at any time, on oroff a DoD installation; to Army NationalGuard and USAR personnel while in amilitary duty status; to all Army civilianpersonnel in a duty status, on or off a DoDinstallation; to all personnel (including con-tractor personnel) in a DoD-owned motorvehicle; and to all persons (including con-tractor personnel) at any time on an Armyinstallation,” according to the regulation.Safety training required for Soldiers motorcycling on, off postBob Hansen, lead motorcycle safety instructor for Cape Fox Government Services, offers braking points to a student duringan advanced motorcycle training class for Soldiers of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade conducted May 11 at Fort Meade.Hansen has been conducting motorcycle safety classes on post since 2009.Not only is enforcement of the regula-tion extremely important to Col. JenniferG. Buckner as the commander of the 780thMI, it is also personal.“During my first week in command ofthe 504th BfSB [Battlefield SurveillanceBrigade], at Fort Hood [Texas], one of ourcaptains had returned from 15 months inIraq,” Buckner said. “He was engaged,about to PCS, and bought a new sportbike.“On his mentor ride with an experiencedrider, he took a turn too fast and slid ongravel. He lost his life as a result of theaccident. It was terrible.“Losing a teammate to a motorcyclefatality impacts families, friends and aunit. It can be especially tragic post-deploy-ment.”FormoreinformationabouttheFortMeadeMotorcycle Safety Program, call Aaron Row-ell of the Installation Safety Office at 4216Roberts Ave. at 301-677-6241.In next week’s Soundoff!The Meade High graduating class of 2013!file photo
  11. 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013SportsBy Sgt. 1st Class Erica LehmkuhlFirst Army Division EastAlthough the next Summer Olym-pics isn’t until 2016 in Rio De Janeiro,4,600 athletes representing 49 schoolsin Washington D.C., competed May22 in the D.C. Special Olympics atCatholic University.Traditionally, military day is thesecond day of the Special Olympics’track and field events. This year, 362volunteers from the Army, Air Force,Navy, Marines and Coast Guard sup-ported the day’s events by escortingathletes to starting lines, serving ascheerleaders, ensuring water and trashare taken care of, and presenting ath-letes with medals and ribbons.Kicking off military day, Com-mand Sgt. Maj. David Turnbull ofthe Military District of Washingtonran the 100-meter relay, assisting theArmy team in earning a second-placefinish.The Coast Guard managed a last-second push that garnered the teamthe highly coveted first-place slot.Eleven Soldiers from the MDWSergeant Audie Murphy Club volun-teered at the event including Sgt. AnnPorogi.“My younger brother was an avidswimmer before becoming physicallydisabled a little over five years ago,”she said. “Approximately one yearafter becoming wheelchair-bound, hebegan to ease back into swimming.”Porogi said that 18 months ago,her brother started training with aParalympics swim team and is nowworking toward qualifying to competein the 2016 Summer Paralympics inBrazil.“I loved volunteering at the 2013D.C. Special Olympics,”Porogi said. “Iam so glad events like this exist, givingathletes with special needs opportuni-ties for building and strengtheningfriendships”.Throughout the warm day, volun-teers and athletes were seen smiling,cheering and encouraging each other.“For every competitor with amedallion around their neck beforeor after the games, there were a thou-sand hugs, high-fives and smiles,” Sgt.Mitchell McFarland said.Competitors “weren’t focused onwinning and being the best,” he said.“Instead they focused on camaraderieand the acceptance of one another.”MDW Sergeant Audie Murphy Club assists DC Special Olympicssubmitted photo(Left to right:) Master Sgt. William Haddon, Spc. Christiane Roberto, Sgt. Mitchell McFarland, Master Sgt. Tammy White-McKnight,Spc. Raequinette Harris, Sgt. 1st Class Erica Lehmkuhl, Sgt. Ann Porogi, Sgt. Scott Kennebrew, Staff Sgt. Sidiq Al’Uqdah, Sgt.1st Class Dominic DiFatta and 1st Sgt. Antione Valentine — all members of the Military District of Washington Sergeant AudieMurphy Club — pose during the D.C. Special Olympics on May 22 at Catholic University. The Soldiers joined more than 300 otherservice members who volunteered at the annual event.Swimming optionson and off postCorvias Military Livingneighborhood pools• Daily through June 8: Weekdaysfrom 4 to 8 p.m., and weekends from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.• June 9 through Aug. 21: Sundaythrough Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.• Aug. 27 through Sept. 3: Weekdaysfrom 4 to 8 p.m., and weekends andholidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.Pools are open to residents only.Residents may bring up to four guests per family.Residents must provide pool passes to access the pool. Topick up a pool pass, visit your neighborhood center.Columbia AssociationThe Columbia Association is offering special military andDoD rates at five of its pools in Columbia.Cost per visit is $4 foradults and $2 for children.A valid military or DoDidentification card is required.• Talbott Spring, 9660Basket Ring. Information:410-730-5421• Faulkner Ridge, 15018Marble Fawn Court.Information: 410-730-5292• Jeffers Hill, 6030 TamarDrive. Information: 410-730-1220• McGills Common, 10025Shaker Drive. Information:410-730-5995• Running Brook, 5730 Columbia Road. Information:410-730-5293
  12. 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 6, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15SportsBy Brandon BieltzStaff WriterLast season, the 34th IntelligenceSquadron intramural softball teamstruggled to find enough players to fillthe field, forcing the team to frequentlyforfeit during the up-and-down season.But with a rejuvenated roster to openthe 2013 season, coach Justin Burley wasoptimistic his team would fare better.“Last year we were pretty mediocre,”he said. “I think we’ll be strong witheverybody showing up.”The 34th IS made a statement in theseason-opener Tuesday night as it defeat-ed the 707th Communications Squadron12-5 at Donahue Field. Two in-the-parkhome runs in the sixth inning by Cam-eron Eskite and Jay Durrant sealed theearly-season victory.Eskite, Durrant and Gabe Hunter ledthe 34th IS with three RBIs each, whilepitcher James Turner helped keep thebats of the 707th CS at bay with threestrikeouts. Five 707th players each con-tributed a run in the losing effort.Both teams entered the game withvery little practice time, but their coacheswere happy with how their teams werelooking to start the season.Mike Lackovic, coach of the 707thCS, said his team looked “awesome” intheir preseason preparation but neededto continue to improve its on-field com-munication.Burley said his team’s biggest focusheading into the season was working onits fielding.“I think we’ll be OK,” he said. “Butsoftball is all about fielding.”The 34th IS opened the game witha quick one-run lead resulting from aBrent Simpson single. Down 1-0 in thesecond inning, Blake Richardson tiedthe game up with a single that broughtin a runner.The tie was short-lived. Hunteraccounted for two of the runs as the 34thIS added four runs in the third inning totake a 5-1 lead.A momentary lapse in fielding forthe 34th IS helped the 707th CS pullback into the game in the fourth inning.Joshua McClain opened the scoring asthe 707th CS added three runs to pullwithin one at 5-4. The 34th IS had sev-eral opportunities to end the inning butstruggled to make outs.Huber gave the 34th some extra breath-ing room in the fifth inning, adding a runto extend the lead to 6-4; the team sealed34th IS opens season in convincing fashionphotos by noah scialomMarci Treat of the 34th Intelligence Squadron intramural softball team prepares to hit during Tuesday’s game at Donahue Field.Two in-the-park home runs in the sixth inning sealed the 12-5 victory for the 34th IS.BELOW: Rebecca Dahms of the 707th Communications Squadron stretches to make a catch at second base during the intramuralsoftball season opener on Tuesday night. The 34th Intelligence Squadron defeated the 707th CS 12-5.the victory in the sixth inning. Eskite’sin-the-park home run added two moreruns to the score. Five batters later, Dur-rant hit another in-the-park home run toextend the 34th IS lead to 11-4.Joel Rosenau tried to give the 707thCS life in the bottom of the sixth withan RBI, but the team was unable to rallyback and lost 12-5.Players from the 34th IS said theyfeel confident in this year’s team and arehopeful it could continue to add wins toits record.“As long as people show up, we’regoing to be a pretty good team,” Eskitesaid.For Eskite, who played for the teamlast year, the early-season win was anunfamiliar feeling.“It feels good,” he said. “It’s a newfeeling after last year.”
  13. 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil16 SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013SportsAfter almost 40 years on this earth,all presumably with the XY chromo-some, I finally know what it means tobe a man.And, no, it is not just being able togrow a sweet beard (see column pic-ture), blow a massive bubble (check outmy Facebook profile pic Chad Jones) orbeing able eat large quantities of meat.bit.ly/16JKoa1 (Is it me or has MichaelBuffer’s career really gone downhill?)The essence of man also is not lim-ited to doing the lewd like New ZealandRugby player Russell Packer. He decid-ed to use the pitch, and his pants, as alatrine. bit.ly/16JJla7 Nor is it just hav-ing the obvious equipment as explainedby “The Dude.” bit.ly/10PUPUZAnd before I tell you what the essenceof man is, let me add that being a manisn’t limited to providing readers accessto a bubble the size of one’s head, aman going against a grizzly in a hotdog eating contest, someone from NewZealand micturating, and a clip from“The Big Lebowski” in less than 120words.Being a man is having your ownpower washer. I joined the club Tues-day, and let me tell you, nothing makesyou feel more GRRRRRR than supersoaking the neighborhood kids with anelectric-powered gun kicking out waterat a clip of 1,800 PSI.As much as I hate to admit it, ourfriend Doug Wise probably has a powerwasher too. He certainly had a responselast week regarding the Pittsburgh Steel-ers shirts and who was to blame for notaccepting them for my children:First off, congratulations on yourmaster’s degree and thank you for theSTEELER t-shirt, my grandson will likeit a lot and I feel confident he will notdevelop a rash.Back to the response, my initial reac-tion was you’re a [jackalope] for disap-pointing your sister-in-law who was try-ing to do something nice and embarrass-ing your wife in front of her sister. ThenI thought maybe you’re right and thatyour wife put you in an awkward situ-ation knowing your intense jealousy ofthe NFL’s best franchise and misguideddevotion to the Cowgirls.... I have had the pleasure of meetingand talking to Laila a few times andknow that sheis a very intel-ligent and caringwoman who lovesyou a great deal.She is pained bythe stress andpressure youhave been expe-riencing on thejob. ... She alsounderstands thatone of your favorite ways of relax-ing and getting your mind off of workhas been a series of disappointmentsbecause of the Cowgirls’ prolonged stayas a mediocre at best team.Her purchasing of the STEELER t-shirts was a subtle suggestion that youend your annual agony and become afan of a team that would provide youwith excitement and a realistic chance ofbeing a Super Bowl winning team yearin and year out.I think Laila deserves an apologyand a dinner at a Primanti’s restaurant.Again congrats and thanks for the t-shirt.Per usual, Doug is on the wrong sideof the issue, but as we prepare for thestart of the NBA Finals, I will take theliberty and assume Doug and I bothfeel the Heat are in some trouble. SanAntonio is a better team. Tim Dun-can, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobiliare currently more effective than theHeat’s big three — sans LeBron James,of course.Few people have been harder on theKing than I have, but let me be clear.He is the best player in the league,and it isn’t even close. He is leadinghis team to its third consecutive NBAFinals, and he’s going to the fourthfinals of his career.James hasn’t lost a game he’s hadto win in a few years, and the Heathaven’t lost back-to-back games sinceJanuary.That’s why it is imperative for theSpurs to win one of the first two gamesin Miami. If they do, they should winthe series. I’m picking them to do soin six.If you have comments on this, or any-thing to do with sports, contact me atchad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil.The Essence of ManChad T. Jones,Public AffairsOfficerJibber Jabber - OpinionSports ShortsJoint service runFort Meade will host the Army Birthday Run for Resilency joint service runon June 14 from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field.All civilians and service members are encouraged to participate in the three-mile run through the installation.For more information, call 301-677-4719 or 301-677-5229.Gaffney poolThe swimming pool at Gaffney Fitness Center is closed for maintenance.Summer runThe installation’s annual Run Series continues with the Army BirthdaySummer Sizzler 5K and One-Mile Walk on June 15 at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion.The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the runis $25.The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75.The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On theday of the event, the cost is $60 per family.All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.Participants can pre-register at visit allsportcentral.comFor more information, call 301-677-7916.For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.Orioles celebrate Army birthdayThe Orioles will helpcelebrate Flag Day andthe Army’s Birthday onJune 14.Pre-game ceremonieswill include a swearing-in ceremony for futureSoldiers; a first pitchthat includes veteransfrom World War II, theKorean War, the Viet-nam War and Afghani-stan; color presentationby the U.S. Army, 3rdU.S. Infantry Regiment(The Old Guard); anda vocalist from the U.S.Army Field Band performing the National Anthem.In addition, nine soldiers from Fort Meade will take the field with Orioles play-ers for the National Anthem.Game-worn jerseys, which will be autographed and authenticated, will beauctioned online at orioles.com beginning June 14 at 7 p.m. through June 21 atmidnight, with proceeds benefiting the Fort Meade Alliance Resiliency CenterFund.The Fort Meade Alliance, an independent community organization designed topromote the well-being of the region, is undertaking a fundraising effort to sup-port resiliency programs for military, civilians and their families at Fort Meade.The first 10,000 fans ages 15 and older attending the game will receive an Ori-oles Military Appreciation shirt presented by GEICO.
  14. 14. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 6, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 17Community News NotesThe deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.All submissions are posted at the editor’sdiscretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional communityevents on the Fort Meade website at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.For more information or to submit anannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602.Red, White and BlueCelebrationThe Fort Meade Red, White and BlueCelebration will be held July 3 from 4 to10 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field.The free event is open to the public.The celebration will feature fireworks,a Budweiser Clydesdales procession, twocountry music bands, a barbecue cook-off, children’s inflatables, two NASCARsimulators, corn hole games, and foodvendors.The U.S. Army Field Band’s JazzAmbassasdors will perform at 5:15 p.m.For more information, visitftmeadefmwr.com.2014 Fort MeadeWelcome GuideThe Fort Meade Public AffairsOffice is compiling information for the2014 Fort Meade Welcome Guide andTelephone Directory.Fort Meade garrison organizations,partner commands, installation clubsand service organizations are requestedto submit a brief summary about theirorganizations before July 5.Include information regardingthe organization’s mission, date ofthe activation and unique attributesas part of the brief descriptiveparagraphs.Also include the organization’saddress, main telephone and importantsecondary phone numbers, andorganizational email address.Limit submission to one or twoparagraphs. Organization photos arewelcome.Email submissions to CommandInformation Chief Philip Jones atphilip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil.For more information, call 301-677-5602.file photoflag retirement ceremonyThe Scouts of Fort Meade will conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 14 — Flag Day — at 6:30 p.m. atthe Camp Meade RV Park. Worn-out flags can be brought to the ceremony for retirement or delivered to thetroop at its regular meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Avenue.For more information, email Lisa Yetman at lisayetman@verizon.net.AUSA Army BirthdaybreakfastThe Francis Scott Key, Fort MeadeChapter, Association of the United StatesArmy will host a breakfast on June 13 at7:30 a.m. at Club Meade in celebrationof the Army Birthday/Flag Day.Tickets cost $10.The guest speaker is former Sgt. Maj.of the Army Ken Preston.Units in need of tickets shouldcontact retired Sgt. Maj. Jim Gilbert at301-677-4864.Tickets also are available at the FortMeade Community Credit Union.A limited number of tickets will beavailable at the door.Father’s Day BrunchThe Conference Center will offer aFather’s Day Brunch on June 16 from 10:30a.m. to 2 p.m.Location subject to change. Reservationsare recommended.For more information, call 301-677-4333.Barbecue cook-offActive-duty service members areinvited to compete in a barbecue cook-off at Fort Meade’s Red, White andBlue Celebration on July 3.Entries are required by June 17. Entryforms are available at the Fort MeadeAAFES Class VI store.The Directorate of Family andMorale, Welfare and Recreation willselect 10 entries to compete at thecelebration.Contestants will have their own grillstation, grilling tools and ingredients,and will be given one hour to preparetheir best barbecue.A panel of judges will select a winner.Military Unit TriviaContestThe Lounge at The Lanes offersmilitary unit competitions during TeamTrivia Night on Tuesdays from 7 to 9p.m.The free event is open to all ranksand services.Teams must have a minimum of twoplayers and a maximum of 10.Food and beverages are available forpurchase.For more information, call 301-677-5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com/lanes.php.Jummah prayersIndividuals interested in prayingJummah prayers on Fort Meade shouldcall 301-677-1301.CONTINUED ON PAGE 18NEWS EVENTS
  15. 15. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil18 SOUNDOFF! June 6, 2013Community News NotesFort Meade has a room availableat Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100Rockenbach Road.The community also is seekingindividuals who would like to pray amorning prayer on Fridays.Karaoke NightThe next Karaoke Night is June 20from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th FrameLounge at the Lanes.The event is held the third Thursdayof the month.For more information, call 301-677-5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com.Trivia NightThe Lanes hosts Trivia Night everyThursday from 7 to 9 p.m., except thethird Thursday of the month.The event is open to the public.Teams must have a minimum of twoplayers and a maximum of 10.Weekly prizes are awarded to the topthree winners. Food and beverages areavailable for purchase.For more information, call 301-677-5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com/lanes.php.EFMP programThe next Exceptional Family MemberProgram support group meeting willfeature School Behavioral Health Servicesat Fort Meade on Wednesday from 6 to8 p.m. at Army Community Service, 830Chisholm Ave.The School Behavioral Health Serviceprovides a wide range of behavioral healthservices in all seven schools on Fort Meade.Dr. Maisley Paxton, SBH chief, willprovide information and answer questionsabout the service. He also will talk about avariety of groups and services available thissummer.All are welcomed to attend. Registrationis required.To register or for more information, call301-677-4779 or email anita.l.hendrix,civ@mail.mil.Company Commander/First Sergeant CourseThe USAMDW CompanyCommander/First Sergeant Course willbe offered July 9 to 12 at Fort McNairin Washington, D.C., in Room 1107of Lincoln Hall at National DefenseUniversity.The course is conducted to introducenew and prospective company leadersto potential challenges of command,avenues and resources available to assistthem, and overall concerns within thenational capitol region.MDW Regulation 350-5, CompanyCommanders and First SergeantsTraining, requires all JFHQ-NCR/MDW company commanders and firstsergeants to attend this training.To attend, contact your unit S3 orinstallation DPTMS. Course allocationswill be made according to IAW Chapter6, MDW Regulation 350-5.A final list of individualsrecommended to participate is due tothe MDW J/G37 office by June 21.Points of contact in J/G37 areMichael Egly at 202-685-2910 ormichael.c.egly.civ@mail.mil, and DavidStone at 202-685-1923 or david.g.stone.ctr@mail.mil.Youth bagger positionsApplications for potential baggersat the Fort Meade Commissary will beprocessed June 17 between 9 and 10a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis atGaffney Fitness Center.Applications are being accepted for 12bagger positions for the weekend shift(Saturday and Sunday) from 2:30 to 9:30p.m.Applicants must apply in person andbring their military ID card. They mustbe a dependent of an active-duty servicemember and between the ages of 15 and18.Social Security numbers are requiredon all applications.For more information, call 301-677-5502.Story TimeThe Medal of Honor MemorialLibrary offers pre-kindergarten StoryTime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and10:30 a.m.• Today: “Have Book - Will Travel”stories about travel• June 13: “Hooray for Father’s Day”celebration featuring stories, songs andfingerplay• June 20: “Summer Story TimeSpectacularNEWS EVENTSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 17EDUCATION• June 27: “Turtle Tales andAmphibian Anecdotes,” frog and turtlethemesFor more information, call 301-677-5522.Youth Volunteer SummerChallengeThe 2nd Annual Commander’s YouthVolunteer Summer Challenge will runfrom June 24 through Aug. 9.Organizations will provide youths ages13 to 21 with opportunities to gain workexperience and additional knowledge inclerical, labor or other support areas.The volunteer opportunity can be atleast two days per week.All organizations are asked to registera volunteer position with the ArmyVolunteer Corps program by June 14.For more information, emailMarie Miles, Army Volunteer Corpscoordinator, at marie.n.miles.civ@mail.mil or virginia.brown1@us.army.mil, orcall 301-677-4128 or 301-677-5590.Interested youths may register bylogging onto myarmyonesource.comand select “Teen Volunteer LeadershipChallenge.”Out About• The Columbia Association’sLakefront Summer Festival will beheld June 18 to Aug. 18 on the lawn atthe Columbia Town Center Lakefront,10275 Wincopin Circle.Admission and parking are free.Sunday concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Allother concerts begin at 8 p.m.Every Friday, beginning June 15, freedance instruction with music will beoffered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. under thePeople Tree.Movies begin at dusk, about 8:30 p.m.All films are G-rated, unless otherwisenoted.No glass containers or alcoholicbeverages are permitted. In inclementweather, call 410-715-3127. For moreinformation, visit lakefrontfestival.com.• Leisure Travel Services is offeringits next monthly bus trip to New YorkCity on June 15, with discounts toattractions. Bus cost is $55. For moreinformation, call 301-677-7354 or visitftmeademwr.com.• The U.S. Army Field BandChamber Music Series will present aYOUTHRECREATION
  16. 16. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 6, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 19Community News Notesvariety of free concerts off post. MixedPerformers Concert will be Sunday at3:30 p.m. at the Second PresbyterianChurch, 4200 Saint Paul St., Baltimore.A solo recital by Staff Sgt. KasumiLeonard, flute, and accompanied bySgt. 1st Class Melissa Dunne, harp,and Staff Sgt. Darren Lael, piano, willbe June 16 at 4 p.m. at the OaklandHistoric Mansion, 5430 Vantage PointRoad, Columbia.For more information, visitarmyfieldband.com.• Meade Rod and Gun Club meets thefirst Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. atPerry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meet-ing is tonight in the banquet hall in back ofthe building. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Formore information, call 410-674-4000.• National Alliance on Mental Illnessof Anne Arundel County conducts a freesupport group for families with a lovedone suffering from mental illness on thefirst Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.at the Odenton (West County) Library,1325 Annapolis Road. The next meetingis tonight. For more information, visitnamiaac.org.• NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Tues-day at noon at Holy Trinity Parish Hall,7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Bur-nie. Registration is required today.This is the final meeting for the year.New officers will be sworn in; personnel areneeded to hold office.The year-end celebration luncheon costs$5 and must be mailed by today to KathyZyla or Joan Czarnecki. To contact them,call 410-766-6642 or 410-987-3047. Noentry at the door without prior payment.Formoreinformation,callDianeShreves,publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750.• New Spouse Connection meets thesecond Monday of every month from 7to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readi-ness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The nextmeeting is Monday. The program providesan opportunity for all spouses new to themilitary or to Fort Meade to meet and getconnected. For more information, contactPia Morales at pia.s.morales.civ@mail.milor 301-677-4110.• Enlisted Spouses Club meets the sec-ond Monday of each month at 7 p.m. atPotomac Place Neighborhood Center. Thenext meeting is Monday. For more informa-tion, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email member-ship@ftmeadeesc.org.• Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsoredby Army Community Service, meets thesecond and fourth Monday of every monthfrom 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readi-ness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The nextmeeting is Monday. For more information,call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at301-677-5590.• Single Parent Support Group meetsthe second and fourth Monday of themonth from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Ser-vices, 1900 Reece Road. The next meetingis Monday. Free child care will be providedon site.For more information, call KimberlyMcKay at 301-677-5590 or email kimberly.d.mckay.ctr@us.army.mil.• Bully Proofing Support Group meetsthe second and fourth Monday of themonth from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac PlaceNeighborhood Center. The next meeting isMonday. The group is geared for parentsof children ages 5 to 12. For more informa-tion, call 301-677-5590.• Bridging the Gap deployment supportgroup, sponsored by Army CommunityService, meets the second Tuesday of themonth from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac PlaceNeighborhood Center. The next meeting isTuesday. For more information, call SharonCollins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon.j.collins@us.army.mil.• Meade Branch 212 of the FleetReserve Association meets the secondWednesday of each month at 7 p.m. atVFW Post 160 on Route 170 in GlenBurnie. The next meeting is Wednesday.Active-duty, Reserve and retired membersof the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps andCoast Guard are invited. For moreinformation, call 410-761-7046 or 301-262-6556.• Fort Meade TOP III Associationmeets the second Wednesday of eachmonth at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The nextmeeting is Wednesday. The associationis open to all Air Force active-duty andretired senior noncommissioned officers.For more information, call Master Sgt.Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or emailjajacob@nsa.gov.• Baltimore/Fort Meade Chapter of theAir Force Association will meet June 13 at3:30 p.m. in the 11th Frame Lounge at theLanes. Light refreshments will be providedstarting at 3 p.m. For more information,email Tech Sgt. Muinda Gueston at 70IW.SABC@Ft-Meade.af.mil.• Fort Meade E9 Association meets thesecond Friday of every month at 7 a.m. inthe Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The nextmeeting is June 14. The association is opento active, retired, Reserve and NationalGuard E9s of any uniformed service. AllE9s in this area are invited to attend abreakfast and meet the membership. Formore information, visit e9association.orgor call 410-551-7953.• Families Dealing with Deployment meetsthe first and third Monday of every monthfrom 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse ForestNeighborhood Center. The next meetingis June 17. For more information, callKimberly McKay at 301-677-5590 or emailkimberly.d.mckay.ctr@us.army.mil.• Women’s Empowerment Group meetsevery Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. toprovide a safe, confidential arena for thesupport, education and empowerment ofwomen who have experienced past or pres-ent family violence.Location is only disclosed toparticipants. To register, call Tina Gauth,victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 orSamantha Herring, victim advocate, at301-677-4124.• Military Council for Catholic Womenis open to all women ages 18 and olderfor prayer, faith, fellowship and service atthe Main Post Chapel. Mother’s Prayer Apologetics meets Tuesdays from 9:45a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel Countyschools are in session. Monthly programsare held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.For more information, email BethWright, president, at bethwright826@hotmail.com or call 305-240-1559.• Fort Meade Homeschool Co-opmeets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900Reece Road. For more information, callKelli Stricker at 410-674-0297 or emailftmeadehomeschooling@verizon.net.• Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys infirst through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10,to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.For more information, emailCubmaster Tom Johnston at pack377_cm@yahoo.com or CommitteeChairperson Elizabeth Johnston atpack377_cc@yahoo.com.• Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondaysat 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills ChapelCenter on Rockenbach Road. The troopis actively recruiting boys age 11 to18. For more information, email LisaYetman, at lisayetman@verizon.netor Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, atlawrencewendall@juno.com.MEETINGSMoviesThe movie schedule is subject to change. Fora recorded announcement of showings, call 301-677-5324. Further listings are available on theArmy and Air Force Exchange Service websiteat www.aafes.com.Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRIC-ES: Tickets are $5 for adults (12 and older)and $2.50 for children. 3D Movies: $7 adults,$4.50 children.Today through June 23Today: “Scary Movie 5” (PG-13). Parents needhelp to rid their family of a demon in this horrorspoof. With Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, CharlieSheen.Friday, Sunday Wednesday: “The Big Wedding”(R). A divorced couple fakes being married.With Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, SusanSarandon.Saturday: Studio Appreciation FREE screening.(PG-13) Tickets available at the Exchange FoodCourt. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30minutes prior to showtime.June 13: “Pain Gain” (R). Florida bodybuild-ers get caught up in an extortion ring. With MarkWahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris.June 14: “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples” (PG-13).Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeplesannual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for theirprecious daughter Grace’s hand in marriage.With Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, DavidAlan Grier.June 15, 16, 19: “Iron Man 3” (PG-13). A pow-erful enemy tests Tony Stark’s true mettle. WithRobert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, DonCheadle, Ben Kingsley. (3D)June 20, 22, 23: “The Great Gatsby” (PG-13). AMidwestern war veteran finds himself drawn tothe past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, CareyMulligan. (3D)Chaplain’s WordMATURITY“Maturity is the capacityto endure uncertainty.”— John FinleyPrinceton Professor

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