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  1. 1. stepping upYouth track teamkicks off seasonwith optimismpage 12UPCOMING EVENTStoday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance - McGillSunday, 11-a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Mother’s Day Brunch - Conference CenterMay 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Technology Expo - Club MeadeMay 18, 8 a.m.: Patriot Pride 5K - Murphy Field HouseMay 19, 2:30 p.m.: Massing of the Colors/Memorial Day Remembrance -The PaviliontransitioningJob fair helpswounded warriorsprepare for futurepage 7Soundoff!´vol. 65 no. 18 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community May 9, 2013photo by air force staff sgt. dillon whiteMembers of Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion, Bravo Company celebrate at McGlachlin Parade Field after winning the National Security Agency’s Armed Forces Week SportsDay championship, beating the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing and Navy Information Operations Command Maryland. For the story, see Page 11.ALL IN
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! May 9, 2013Commander’s ColumnContents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................12 Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Classified..............................16Editorial 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 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 can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at view the Fort Meade Live Blog at!´Guaranteed circulation:11,285In between our monthlong show of appreciationto services members - past and present - and ourtribute Friday to military spouses for the numerousresponsibilities they take on to keep our militaryhouseholds running with resiliency, there is anotherimportant national observance that should commandour attention.It is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, or asit is now officially proclaimed, Asian American andPacific Islander Heritage Month.Fort Meade will host its annual observance todayat 11:30 a.m. at McGill Training Center. We are hon-ored to have Ken Niumatalolo, the Naval Academyhead football coach as our guest speaker.Since being promoted to head coach in 2007,Niumatalolo has accomplished unprecedented featsin the 131-year history of the Naval Academy footballprogram.He is just the second coach since World War IIto lead Navy to a winning record in each of his firstthree seasons. And his 40 wins are the most in schoolhistory by a coach in his first five years.Football aside, Niumatalolo has distinguishedhimself as a consummate professional and unques-tioned role model with impeccable loyalty and char-acter. He’s come a long way since growing up in Laie,Hawaii.You might wonder why the month of May waschosen to celebrate the contributions of Asian Ameri-cans and Pacific Islanders.May was selected to commemorate the immigra-tion of the first Japanese to the United States on May7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the comple-tion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.The majority of the workers who laid the tracks wereChinese immigrants.Today’s celebration of the many contributionsmade by this diverse community include individu-als from various countries in Asia, including China,India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singaporeand Taiwan.Their contributions include every field imaginable,from art and entertainment to science and technologyto public policy and business. They have strengthenedthe fabric of our nation.Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descenthave proudly served in our armed forces, participatingin every major American conflict including the CivilWar, World War I, World War II, the Korean War,Vietnam War, Gulf War and our current overseascontingency.They have answered the call of duty and servedwith great distinction.As I have said about other national observances,I believe observances are important because theygive us an opportunity to become more aware of ourcountry’s rich traditions, culture and heritage.And events such as today’s observance are anopportunity torecognize theimpact of thework, innovationand leadershipthat individualsof diverse back-grounds have hadon our daily lives.We are grate-ful to the Asian-Pacific commu-nity. Their con-tributions havemade us a stronger and more diverse country.We celebrate yet another observance on Sunday— Mother’s Day. It is a day to honor mothers andmotherhood, maternal bonds and the influence ofmothers in our society.Most mothers have the same plea the world over,that her children are safe and sound, loved and caredfor, fed and clothed — without fear of violence, havea good education, and experience a good life earnedfrom hard work.I hope you all have an opportunity to pause andhonor our mothers and the mothers of our children.If you can, do something special for your mother thisweekend. If you are a mother, take some time off foryourself. You’ve earned it.Next week, I plan to promote Fort Meade’sMemorial Day Remembrance and 27th AnnualMassing of the Colors Ceremony, which will be heldMay 19 at the Pavilion starting at 2 p.m.This is one of the most amazing displays of patrio-tism and a true tribute to veterans from all wars whomade the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.If you have not marked your calendar for thisevent, now is the time to do it. It is truly a remark-able event.Have a great week.Paying tribute to Asian Americans,Pacific Islanders and momCOL. Edward c.RothsteinGarrison CommanderCommander’s Open DoorGarrison Commander Col. Edward C.Rothstein has an open door policy.All service members, retirees, govern-ment employees, family members or com-munity members age 18 or older are invitedto address issues or concerns to the com-mander directly by visiting Rothstein’s officeon Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrisonheadquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551,Llewellyn Avenue.Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary.For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  3. 3. May 9, 2013 SOUNDOFF! NewsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff WriterSixty Reservists from the 48th CombatSupport Hospital are deploying to theJoint Task Force-Bravo at the Soto CanoAir Base in Honduras in support ofOperation Enduring Freedom.The Soldiers said farewell to their fam-ily members and friends in a two-hourdeployment ceremony Sunday at McGillTraining Center.The 48th CSH is headquartered at theCapt. John Smathers Army Reserve Cen-ter on Route 175. The Reserve unit con-sists of more than 900 Soldiers with themission of providing deployable hospital-ization and outpatient services. It has themedical capacity of a 248-bed hospital,providing operating rooms, emergencymedical triage and treatment facilities,intensive care units, minimal care wardsand neuropsychiatry services.The deployment to Honduras is partof a humanitarian mission to providemedical support to the allied forces at thebase; conduct medical training exercises;support the U.S. government to addresstransnational crimes; and be a forwardingmedical presence for disaster response inCentral America.Sunday’s ceremony included the read-ing of a farewell letter from Sen. BarbaraA. Mikulski by Denise Nooe, a repre-sentative from the senator’s office, andremarks from the Honduran MilitaryAttaché to the United States and othersenior military leaders.“I know that you have a great mis-sion to perform,” Nooe said on behalfof Mikulski. “I want you to know I amgrateful for your service to our country.”Nooe presented Lt. Col. Russell E.Cote, commander of the Honduras mis-sion, with a folded American flag thatwas flown over the Capitol at Mikulski’srequest to honor the unit.Honduran Military Attaché Col. AdamHilario Suazo Molina spoke about theestablishment of the Joint Task Force-Bravo in 1982 and the importance of theU.S. presence in the region.Molina said Honduras and the U.S.“will be friends for life.”Lt. Col. Sharlene Holladay, chief ofstaff of the 338th Medical Brigade, con-gratulated the Soldiers for being chosento deploy for the mission.“Your training, your professionalism,your skills, your hearts are very admirable— second to none,” Holladay said. “...48th CSH deploys on humanitarian missionWe’re very proud to be able to providethese assets to support goodwill and notwar.”Cote called the Soldiers “a team ofoutstanding men and women,” and saidthey were “exceedingly qualified, trulymotivated, with Army values ingrained.”Cote promised to bring the Soldiersback home to their loved ones.Garrison Commander Col. EdwardC. Rothstein called the Soldiers ambas-sadors who represent their country, thestate and Team Meade.Rothstein encouraged the Soldiers tostay healthy and safe and to focus ontheir mission.“You are the best of the best,” hesaid.After the ceremony, the Soldiers andtheir family and friends enjoyed a lunchof sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw,lemonade and cake.Sgt. Juan Martinez-Medrano, a licensedpractical nurse, said he is excited to deploybut sad to leave his wife and 3-year-oldson Victor.“It’s a good opportunity to help outpeople who may not be able to affordmedicine,” he said. “I’m sure they will begrateful.”His wife, Stacy Martinez-Medrano,also a licensed practical nurse at theWalter Reed National Military MedicalCenter in Bethesda, said the deploymentis “bittersweet.”“For active-duty service members, it’ssomething that you expect. But when it’syour family, it’s difficult,” she said.Sgt. Courtney Kreft, an animal carespecialist and veterinarian food inspector,said she looks forward to deploying withher peers.“I’m excited,” she said. “I think it willbe great to work with the local peopleand help people. There are good peoplein this unit, and I’m excited to work withthem.”Kreft’s father, Jerry Kreft, a retiredNavy commander, said although hisdaughter has deployed three times, themission in Honduras is a bit easier onthe family.“It’ll be easier to communicate,” hesaid, noting that Soldiers are allowedguests on the base in Honduras. “Maybewe’ll get the opportunity to visit. It will begood to do something like that.”photo by nicole martynCapt. Diane Klescewski of the 48th Combat Support Hospital holds her daughter Sophia Williams, 2, (left) and her nephew, 8-month-old Remy Dalton, at the deployment ceremony for her unit on Sunday at McGill Training Center. Sixty Reservists from the48th CSH are deploying to Honduras on a nine-month humanitarian mission.
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! May 9, 2013NewsMay Fort MeadeMilitary SpouseEmployment Activities• Starting a Business: Monday andTuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., McGill TrainingCenter, Room 3, 8452 Zimborski Ave.• Federal Employment Preparation:Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, CommunityReadiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.• Army Start Right and Air Force RightStart Fort Meade Programs: Wednesday,7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., CommunityReadiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.• Job Search Strategies: May 21, 9 noon, Community Readiness Center,830 Chisholm Ave.• Army Start Right and Air Force RightStart Fort Meade Programs: May 22, 7:30a.m. to 4 p.m., Community ReadinessCenter, 830 Chisholm Ave.• Apply for a Federal Job: May 23, 11a.m. to 1 p.m., McGill Training Center,Room 2, 8452 Zimborski Ave.• Get Ready! Employment ServicesOrientation: May 30, 9 a.m. to noon,Community Readiness Center, 830Chisholm Ave.• ACAP Employer Day Mini-Job Fair:May 30, 1 to 3 p.m., Soldier and FamilyAssistance Center, 2462 85th MedicalBattalion Ave.Employment ServicesFour Key Access PointsI. Employment Readiness Program1. Army Employment Readiness Program andVolunteer Corps: 301-677-55902. Navy Family Army Employment ReadinessProgram: 301-677-9014 or 301-677-9017• Get Ready! Employment Orientation: For onpost and local community job resources• Joint Employment Readiness Classes• Career Center, Internet Job Search, Job/Internship Listings• One-on-One Career Counseling andInterview Preparation• Career Personality Assessments• Private Sector/Federal Resume Reviews• Federal Employment Resume/ApplicationPreparation Assistance• Army Volunteer Corps Volunteer Registration• Orientations to Fort Meade at Army StartRight and Air Force Right Start Programs(Wednesdays. All Day)• Orientation to Fort Meade at Navy Meet andGreet Program (Evenings. Quarterly)II. Civilian Personnel Advisory Center• Registration for DoD Military SpousePreference: 301-677-5403• Registration for Priority Placement Program,Program S: 301-677-2442• Computer Access to Federal EmploymentOpportunitiesIII. Army Career Alumni Program:301-677-9871• Navy Transition Program (TAP)• Transition and Career Development Seminarsand Employer Day Mini-Job Fairs• One-On-One Career Counseling and MockInterviews• Computer Lab for Job Search, Applicationsand Automated Career Tools• Resume Review and/or DevelopmentAssistance• Federal Employment Application PreparationAssistance• Warriors In Transition and Family MemberCareer SupportIV. Anne Arundel One-Stop FortMeade Outreach Center: 410-674-5240• Career Counseling and Registration forWorkforce Investment Act Services• Connection to Free Workforce CareerClasses, Resume/Job Search Assistance,Training• Eligibility: Military, Military Dependents,Veterans and Federal Employees in AnneArundel County* Military spouses registering with CPAC musthave a federal resume. Federal EmploymentPreparation Classes are available on and offpost through listed access points.By Lisa R. RhodesStaff WriterIn observance of Military SpouseAppreciation Month, Fort Meade’s Civil-ian Personnel Advisory Center is promot-ing the DoD’s Priority Placement ProgramS, which provides employment preferencefor eligible military spouses.The program applies to military spouseswho are relocating with the active-dutyservice member on a Permanent Changeof Station move.Erica Deas-Johnson, a human resourcesspecialist at CPAC, said that in the past,military spouses who sought employmenthad to have some form of “status” as apreference-eligible veteran or current fed-eral employee.Executive Order 13473 and Program Sassist military spouses, with or withoutstatus, with gaining federal employmentwithin the DoD. Executive Order 13473was implemented by President BarackObama in 2008 and became effective onSept. 11, 2009.Program S applies to eligible spouses ofactive-duty service members of the armedforces, including the U.S. Coast Guard andfull-time National Guard, within the com-muting area of the permanent duty stationof a service member who is not separatingor retiring.The spouse preference can be utilized intwo ways: competitively or noncompeti-tively, when management is seeking to fill aposition. A spouse with eligible preferenceand is ranked among the best qualified ona competitive list must be selected for theposition.If more than one spouse is determinedto be the best qualified among the can-didates, management may select eitherspouse.When seeking employment under Pro-gram S, the spouse must meet additionalrequirements. However, the specific detailsare provided by CPAC during each coun-seling session.Spouse preference eligibility begins 30days prior to the service member’s report-ing date to the new duty station andcontinues for two years after the date theservice member’s orders are issued, or untilthe spouse accepts or declines a continuing(permanent) appropriated or nonappropri-ated fund position from any federal agencywithin commuting distance of the servicemember’s duty location.Deas-Johnson said that prior to request-ing Program S counseling and/or registra-tion, spouses should take advantage of thefree employment resources available at theCommunity Readiness Center.Located at 830 Chisholm Ave., the Com-Military spouses gethead start to find jobsmunity Readiness Center is jointly oper-ated by Army Community Service and theNavy’s Fleet Family Support Center.The Community Readiness Center willeducate the spouses on creating narrativeresumes, which are more suitable whenseeking federal employment.The center also offers a number of freeemployment-related classes“After the job fair, I hope that everyspouse is reassured that the CPAC is readyto assist them with gaining federal employ-ment under Program S,” Deas-Johnsonsaid.Editor’s note: For more information, callArmy Community Service at 301-677-5590or the Navy’s Fleet Family Support Cen-ter at 301-677-9014.file photoMilitary spouses may be eligible foremployment preference through the DoD’sPriority Placement Program S. The programappliestomilitaryspouseswhoarerelocatingwith an active-duty service member on aPermanent Change of Station move.
  5. 5. May 9, 2013 SOUNDOFF! NewsOffice of the Staff Judge AdvocateFort MeadeThe nation’s commitment to the rule oflaw is a fact that is celebrated every year onMay 1, which is also known as “Law Day.”As outlined by the American Bar Asso-ciation website, “Law Day is a national dayset aside to celebrate the rule of law.”Every year since 1958, the president ofthe United States has specifically recognizedLaw Day. In 1961, Congress passed a jointresolution designating May 1 as the officialday for Law Day celebrations.Law Day events on post are coordinatedeach year through the Fort Meade Officeof the Staff Judge Advocate. This year,judge advocates celebrated Law Day 2013by presenting a series of legal presentationsto nearly 800 local students.Based on the theme of “Realizing theDream: Equality for All,” these presenta-tions primarily focused on the importantrole of courts in promoting equality forcitizens.“Above all else, we wanted each studentto understand how courts can help protectthe constitutional rights of citizens,” saidOSJA Capt. Cody Cheek, who helped coor-dinate the Law Day presentations.“To that extent, we tried to get creativein constructing scenarios that helped breakdown complicated legal concepts into muchsimpler terms.”In one scenario, elementary school stu-dents were asked how they would challengea Maryland law that said girls would receivethree hours of recess, while boys would notreceive any recess.While several scenarios from the pre-sentations were purely hypothetical, otherscenarios actually mirrored previous U.S.Supreme Court decisions.In addition to incorporating scenarios,each presentation also included a varietyof key facts and information about theU.S. Supreme Court and our nation’s legalsystem. For example, during each presenta-tion, students were shown a diagram of allthe various state and federal courts.Additionally, all students learned themottoengravedintotheU.S.SupremeCourtbuilding: “Equal Justice Under Law.”Even though the Law Day presentationsinvolved discussing complex legal issues,OSJA Capt. Adam Petty said the studentsrose to the challenge.“I thought the students were fantastic,”he said. “They were active, engaged andasked great questions. After spending timewith them, I feel confident the challenge ofmaintaining our country’s promise of equal-ity and justice for all rests in good hands.”For more information about Law Day2013, visit the ABA website at Day celebrated atlocal elementary schoolsphoto by lisa r. rhodesCapt. Chris Cusmano, a military justice attorney and prosecutor with the Office of theStaff Judge Advocate, speaks to second-graders at Manor View Elementary Schoolon Law Day, May 1. Cusmano discussed how the nation’s laws strive to make societymore equitable for Americans.St.Theodore Greek Orthodox Church7101 Cipriano Road • Lanham MD 20706(301) 552-3540 www.sttheodores.orgVisit us on Facebook or view our website for event news!Visit our outdoorGyro / Souvlaki Stand!ST THEODOREGREEK ORTHODOX CHURCHCOME ENJOY ALL YOUR FAVORITEFOODS • DRINKS • PASTRIES • MUSIC • SHOPSMAY 17 – 19, 2013FRIDAY 11AM-9PM, SATURDAY SUNDAY NOON-9PMSATURDAY SUNDAY ONLYLAMB ON THE SPITKIDS ACTIVITY CORNERDirections:From the DC Beltway, take exit 22a to B/WParkway (towards Baltimore). Take Greenbelt/NASA exit to Greenbelt Road (193 east). Continueon 193 for 1.5 miles to Cipriano Road. Turn rightonto Cipriano. Church is 2 blocks ahead on left.LIVE GREEK MUSICNIGHTLY WITHODYSSEYNEW!Call: 888.617.1555Visit: COLLEGE INTO YOUR LIFE,NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.At Colorado Technical University, our strong support of the military isevidenced by the policies we have in place to help you pursue youreducation and achieve your personal, professional and academic goals.Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more Not all programs are available to residents of all states.CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 131-34326 0460550 4/13
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! May 9, 2013NewsPhoto by Chris ThielRecognizing public serviceFort Meade Fire Chief E.J. Rouvet and firefighters Jason Jackow, Capt. Jeremy Magers,Joe Donnelly, Chris Smith and Division Chief Jeff Clark are presented with the “HeroicAct, Group Award” for the Baltimore Federal Executive Board’s 2013 Excellence in Fed-eral Career annual ceremony and awards banquet held May 3 in Woodlawn.Firefighter Jim Dean, also honored, could not attend.Fort Meade fire crew members were honored for their role in establishing commandand control of a major fire at the Seven Oaks apartment complex in Odenton on Sept.9, 2012. During the first 15 minutes upon arriving at the scene, crew members began theinitial attack of the fire, keeping it contained to the area of origin; started resident evacua-tion; established triage for medical treatment; and mitigated crimes from being committedagainst fleeing residents.The award ceremony is held annually in conjunction with national Public Service Rec-ognition Week, which honors the extraordinary contributions that serve the public.Library renovationsThe Medal of Honor MemorialLibrary at 4418 Llewellyn Ave. willundergo renovations in order to sharespace to accommodate the ArmyWellness Center.Library hours will remain thesame throughout the renovation. Thecomputer lab and adult fiction andnonfiction sections will remain in thelibrary.The children’s collections, Storytime,study lab and employee offices willrelocate next door to the first floor ofKuhn Hall. Kuhn Hall, the former DistinguishedVisitors’ Quarters, also will featurechild, adolescent and teen readingrooms, a quiet study area, and the ArmyResiliency Center.The library’s additional space will beoperational on or around Monday.The Wellness Center is scheduled toopen this summer.Motorcycle MentorshipThe Motorcycle Mentorship Program isdesigned to take a new rider from unlicensedbeginner to licensed experienced rider withhelp and guidance from other riders.The MMP helps get a new rider startedwith beginner rider training, advanced ridertraining, classes specific to riding sport bikesand other vehicles.The MMP applies to riders of both on-road and off-highway motorcycles, all-terrainvehicles, utility vehicles and recreationalsports vehicles.This is an Army mandated training underthe DoD Traffic Safety Program and AR385-10.The 902d Military Intelligence Group, inconjunction with the Fort Meade InstallationSafety Office, has established an MMP opento all military riders and services as a primarypoint of contact for all matters related to theMMP for Fort Meade Army units.For more information, call WilliamConnor at 301-677-6661.Identification SectionDirectorate of Human ResourcesThe Defense Manpower Data Centeris implementing new Beta software to theexisting DEERS/RAPIDS automationsystem.DEERS is the Defense EligibilityEnrollment Reporting System, acomputerized database of those entitledto TRICARE medical benefits. RAPIDSis the Real-Time Automated PersonnelIdentification System. Both programs areused to process ID cards.The software will drastically change theability of verifying officials and site securitymanagers to update personnel informationwithin the DEERS/RAPIDS automationsystem.These changes, or lockdowns, will restrictour ability to update active-duty, NationalGuard, and Reserve personnel information.The lockdown will disallow us theauthority to change a service member’sname, gender, date of birth, UnitIdentification Code, Reserve ComponentCategory Code, and begin-and-end dates.Currently, DMDC is conducting Betatests with the new software at certainRAPIDS/DEERS ID sites. The Fort Meadesite, located at the Identification Sectionof the Directorate of Human Resources at2234 Huber Road, is not included in thetesting.An official start date has not beenidentified at this time.DEERS/RAPIDSautomationsystem changesClasses 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! and programs for kids, seniors, and everyone in between.
  7. 7. May 9, 2013 SOUNDOFF! NewsBy Brandon BieltzStaff WriterFor many Soldiers at the Fort Meade War-rior Transition Unit, their time in the Army iscoming to an end and they are preparing tomove into civilian life.This transition, however, can be both stress-ful and overwhelming.“There’s a lot of apprehension and nervous-ness,” said Staff Sgt. Sean Green, a squadleader with the WTU.To help ease the Soldiers through theprocess, the WTU’s rehab team hosted aTransition Check Point on Friday morning atMcGill Training Center. The event introducedthe wounded Soldiers to government agencyrepresentatives, internship opportunities, col-leges and adaptive sports.“Today is one-stop-shop basically for edu-cation, internship and career opportunities forall the Soldiers,” said Shannon Webb, occu-pational therapist with the WTU. “We haveover 17 schools represented, we have over 30internship and career opportunities. Soldierscan go around, tell them what they’re lookingfor career-path-wise or education-wise and tryto make some connections.”In the past, the unit has sponsored similareducation, internship and job, or adaptivesports fairs, but this is the first time all threehave been combined into one event.“This affords every opportunity to exploreanything that you could want,” Webb said.The goal of the fair, she said, was to help“ensure successful transition from the militarytocivilianlifeforthosewhoarebeingmedicallyretired. For those who are going back to activeduty, this is a time that they can do school orinternships to build a resume or increase their[military occupational specialty].”During the three-hour fair, Soldiers metwith various representatives from govern-ment agencies including the National SecurityAgency, Interpol, NASA and the Secret Ser-vice. Online colleges, such as the Universityof Phoenix, and physical universities includ-ing the University of Maryland and OldDominion University in Virginia also wererepresented.Spc. Christopher Larock spent a large por-tion of the fair meeting with college represen-tatives. After his military career ends, Larockplans to start a career as a funeral director andis looking to study mortuary science.“I’ve found a lot of information about col-leges,” Larock said.The fair also featured adaptive sports pro-grams including Paralympic Sports Club,Horses for Heroes and Baltimore AdaptedRecreation and Sports. The adaptive sports,Webb said, keeps Soldiers from being idle.Job fair points WTU Soldiers in ‘right direction’“The best thing for anybody who is sittingin a WTU to do is to get out and be active,whether it is kayaking, fly fishing, archery,horseback riding. ... Get out and do some-thing,” said Jon Forte, a representative fromTeam River Runner, an organization that helpsservice members heal through kayaking.Outside McGill, Hero 2 Hired hosted aninteractive job search trailer. The organiza-tion runs a website to help military membersfind employment opportunities, as well asassist with resume building and advice for jobinterviews.Hero 2 Hired counselor Sandy Williamssaid there are currently 3.5 million jobs onthe website. Inside the trailer, Soldiers wereassisted in using the program.Green, who noted that transitioning frommilitary to civilian life is complicated andstressful, said the fair was a useful tool formany of the recovering Soldiers.“This right here gives them the confidence,”he said.Larock agreed.“It was pretty stressful to begin becauseI didn’t know all my options,” he said. “Justbeing here helps out a lot. It points us in theright direction.”Employmentcounselor SandyWilliams assistsSpc. Katy Eyler inthe Hero 2 Hiredtrailer duringFriday’s TransitionCheck Point atMcGill TrainingCenter. Hero 2Hired providesjob search advicefor transitioningservice byphil groutSpc. ZacharyWhite ties a troutfly for fishing withthe help of LarryVauth of HealingWaters during theTransition CheckPoint for the FortMeade WarriorTransition Unit.The event, heldFriday morningat McGill TrainingCenter, featuredrepresentativesfrom governmentagencies,colleges andadaptive sportsorganizations.
  8. 8. SOUNDOFF! May 9, 2013Newsphoto by nicole martynBy the BookRetired Gen. Colin Powell autographs his book, “It Works For Me: In Life and Leadership,” for April and ChrisPizzo of Aberdeen during the former secretary of state’s book signing on Saturday at the Exchange. More than1,200 books were sold at the signing.April 30, Simple assault consummatedby a battery: An investigation revealedthat the subject assaulted the victimby striking him in the face and uppertorso with a closed fist.April 29, Shoplifting: The subject wasobserved via surveillance video in theboys’ department of the Exchangeopening cases of DVD movies, removing theDVDs from their cases and placing them into thepockets of his shorts. He also selected a warm-upjacket, put it on over his T-shirt and exited thestore without rendering payment for the items.April 28, Wrongful destruction of private prop-erty: The Directorate of Emergency Serviceswas notified of a report of damage to an unoc-cupied residence. A window was broken.Further investigation of the surroundingarea revealed that additional houses weredamaged as well. Damages include brokendoors, windows blinds and residue fromdeployed fire extinguishers.April 28, Larceny of private property:The owner of the sports kiosk outside theExchange was informed by store security thatshe witnessed a shoplifter who stole from theExchange also shoplift a sun visor from hiskiosk.May 4, Simple assault - consummated by a bat-tery: The victim was struck in the face at theMeade Middle School soccer field after an argu-ment ensued over money.CommunityCommunityCrime WatchCompiled by the Fort MeadeDirectorate of Emergency ServicesChaplain’s WordSILENCE ISGOLDEN“He who knows,does not speak.He who speaks,does not know.”— Lao Tzu, AncientChinese PhilosopherNEWLIFETIMEWARRANTYGLIDEUPSTAIRSOn A Stannah StairliftMake climbing stairs easy again with the world’s topselling stairlift in your home. Stannah is simply thebest solution for any straight, curved or spiral stairway.6300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209800-825-1440 • bedcomobility.comCall For A Free Home Survey410-825-1440Stannah®JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RDCOLUMBIA • 410-992-4400NearFortMeade!• Infant DentalScreening• EmergencyAppointments• Accepts Tri-Carewww.dredwinzaghi.comDr. Edwin Zaghi- Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry;- American Board Pediatric Dentist;- Fellow American Academy ofPediatric DentistryKID-FRIENDLYDENTISTRYKID-FRIENDLYDENTISTRYEdwin Zaghi, DMDPEDIATRICDENTISTRY
  9. 9. May 9, 2013 SOUNDOFF! NewsBy Staff Sgt. Dillon White70th ISR WingPublic Affairs OfficeChief Master Sgt. of the Air ForceJames Cody and his wife, Athena, vis-ited Airmen at the 70th Intelligence,Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing,the Defense Media Activity and severalother offices at Fort Meade on April26.Cody visited with Airmen of the 70thISR Wing in the morning within theirduty locations, then ate lunch with asmall group of Airmen at the House ofFive Hats dining facility.Athena Cody, a retired chief mastersergeant, also visited with Fort MeadeAirmen and support offices, focusing onfinding ways for spouses to connect andshare information.She visited the Fort Meade USO Cen-ter, Army Community Service, DefenseMedia Activity and 70th ISR Wing.During the chief’s lunch with Airmen,Cody talked about decisions he and hiswife made during their Air Force careers,specifically, to re-enlist after their eightyears of service.“You really come to the conclusionthat the Air Force becomes a part ofwho you are,” Cody said. “For Athenaand me and our family, being part of ourAir Force family is who we are. The thingabout being enlisted, you’ll ask yourselfthat every four-to-six years. So there willbe a point where you ask yourself that.But do what you do as if you are going tostay in. Work as hard as you can and getas much out of it. Then when you makethat decision with your family, it will bethe right decision.”Following the couple’s morning visits,they converged at the 70th ISR Wing’sAirman Leadership School where Codyaddressed the Airmen.“This is a family business,” he said.“Your spouses serve whether they’re inuniform or not. Your children serve aswell, and they don’t choose to serve.It’s not corny; it’s real and it’s what youdo.”The most common question Airmenasked was related to tuition assistanceand benefits as a whole. The chief’sresponse was the same.“We are here to serve, not to beserved,” Cody said. “These benefits areimportant and I understand that. I willfight for them, but in the priority thatthey are related to what we’re here todo.Air Force chief master sergeant visits AirmenPHOTO BY Airman 1st Class Samuel DaubChief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks to service members during an Enlisted Call on April 26 in the Post Theater.The Enlisted Call was Cody’s last public-speaking appearance during his visit, after lunching with Airmen at the Five Hats diningfacility and visiting students at the Airman Leadership School.“If you you’re telling me we can’t doour mission, which is to fly, fight andwin, then I don’t need to have a discus-sion about who is enrolled in off-dutyeducation. I need to have a discussionabout how to get our squadrons back tobeing combat-mission ready.”Cody also explained that job perfor-mance should be the No. 1 factor in anenlisted performance report, suggestingevery supervisor knows who his or hertop Airmen are, though most tend toevaluate everyone as a top performer.This makes identifying top performersmore difficult.“If you say we’re hurting someoneby giving him a 4, I say no,” Cody said.“We’re just accurately evaluating theirperformance. What you are doing ishelping the person who earned a 5 getrecognized and advance.”“If I were to walk into your workcenter and ask you who is your No. 1Airman, you would probably say, ‘Oh,they’re all great.’ But then if I would say,‘We have this really important project weneed to do and we need to get this done,who are you going to get to do it?’ andyou say, instantaneously, ‘That personright there.’ ”Cody’s comments drew laughter fromthe crowd.“So, that’s your No. 1,” he said with asmile. “You know who these people areand you can pick them out in a heartbeatin your work centers.”The chief reinforced his “family busi-ness” message in his final speakingengagement of the day as he talkedabout the tough decisions Air Forceleaders are making in these fiscally chal-lenging times.“Each and every one of you in thisroom is part of my family,” Cody said.“And when we do the things we have todo, we’ll be thinking in that context. Itdoesn’t mean you’ll like everything we’lldo, just the same way you don’t likeeverything your families do back home.It also doesn’t mean we won’t rustle andtussle over some of this stuff.“But at the end of the day, we’re fam-ily — and we don’t let anybody messwith us.”
  10. 10. SOUNDOFF! May 9, 2013NewsStory and photos bySgt. Amy Christopherson704th Military Intelligence BrigadePublic AffairsAs a part of the National Security Agen-cy’s Armed Forces Week Observance, twoteams of Soldiers represented the 704thMilitary Intelligence Brigade in a SuperSquad competition May 1.The event brought teams of Marines,Soldiers, Airmen and even NSA Policeout to compete against one another in anobstacle course designed and set up by theMarines.Staff Sgt. Cameron Renner, a platoonsergeant with Alpha Company, 741st MIBattalion, 704th MI, and one of the teamleaders, first participated in the SuperSquad team last year.“I was introduced to [the Super Squadcompetition] last year by another Soldier inmy company,” he said. “Last year was fun,but this year was definitely more physicallychallenging.”Renner said that competitions such asthis are good for team building within theunit.“These events are one of the few oppor-tunities to build camaraderie between Sol-diers who don’t see each other very often,”he said. “We’re all on different schedulesworking in different offices, so it’s good totrain and compete as a team.”The Soldiers began training in March,five days per week during PT. In April, theylearned what the specific events would beso they could adjust their training accord-ingly.Though the competition required themto carry a 25-pound rucksack, duringtraining they ruck marched with at least35 pounds and sometimes up to 45 or 50pounds.The competition began in a staggeredstart near McGlachlin Parade Field, withcompetitors each carrying a rucksack andeach team carrying their scorecard taped toa 35-pound ammunition can.As the teams ran the 5.5-mile course,they were required to stop at different sta-tions and answer a trivia question, thencomplete a physical challenge. At the firststation, each team had to complete 150burpees before continuing on to the nextstation.After the route brought teams back tothe parade field, competitors dropped theirpacks and began the final events. Thoughthe 704th MI and NSA Police teams arrivedand began the final push together, the NSAPolice team was the overall winner.Super Squad builds camaraderie, tests enduranceMembers of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade compete in the tire-carry event during the Super Squad competition held May1 as part of the National Security Agency’s Armed Forces Week Observance. The NSA Police team was the overall winner.Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Thorntonof the 704th MI said these competitionsare important for building esprit de corpswithin a unit and within the military as awhole.“We do PT every day, but today thecompetitors are out there combining dif-ferent events to really push themselves totheir limits in a safe environment,” Thorn-ton said. “They are able to bond with theirteam while measuring themselves againsttheir peers and compete against our sisterservices, including our civilian force.”A team of Soldiers from the 704thMilitary Intelligence Brigade completesthe final stretch of a ruck march duringthe Super Squad competition May 1at Fort Meade. The event brought outteams of Marines, Soldiers, Airmen andNSA Police to compete against oneanother in an obstacle course designedby the Marines.
  11. 11. May 9, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11Cover StoryStory and photos byAir Force Staff Sgt. Dillon White70th Intelligence, Surveillance andReconnaissance WingPublic AffairsMarines from the Marine Corps Cryp-tologic Battalion, Bravo Company, securedthe Armed Forces Week Sports Day trophyfor the second consecutive year on May 1on McGlachlin Parade Field.Maj. Gen. Scott George, deputy chief,Central Security Service, National Secu-rity Agency, presented the trophy toCpl. Rachel Martell, Marine Corps teamcaptain.After pausing for a photo, the corporalhoisted the trophy — nearly as tall as her— high above her head and carried it toher high-fiving teammates.“We just came out and whoever wantedto play each game would play,” Martellsaid. “Our strength is that we have a lotof camaraderie, and Marines help eachother out when they need it.”The corporal’s team battered the Air-men from the 70th Intelligence, Surveil-lance and Reconnaissance Wing and Sail-ors from Navy Information OperationsCommand Maryland in dodge ball andout-scored them in Ultimate Frisbee.“Ultimate Frisbee was the most excit-ing game,” said Marine Sgt. Jacob Rangelof MCSB Bravo Company. “It was socompetitive, and we went right down toTeamwork earns MarinesArmed Forces Week trophysudden death.”To finish them off, they dragged theSailors and Airmen across the line in a10-man tug-of-war.“We’re good at just winging it andbeing a team,” Rangel said. “We’re accus-tomed to someone saying, ‘Here, do this,’and we say ‘OK’ and make it happen.”While the Marines came into the com-petition without plans for who wouldcompete, they were all united by a similarframe of mind.“There is a saying we have: ‘If you messwith the best, you die like the rest,’ ”Rangelsaid. “We live by that — even if it’s just forfun.”When asked how it felt to bring backthe trophy to MCSB, Rangel smiled.“It feels good,” he said. “It’s how itfeels to be a Marine.”BOTTOM LEFT: Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott George, deputy chief of the NSA’s CentralSecurity Service, presents Marine Cpl. Rachel Martell, of Marine Cryptologic SupportBattalion Bravo Company, with the NSA Armed Forces Week Sports Day championshiptrophy after the team beat Airmen and Sailors in Ultimate Frisbee, dodge ball (above)and tug-of-war on May 1 on McGlachlin Parade Field.Marinesfrom MarineCryptologicSupportBattalion BravoCompanypull Sailorsfrom NavyInformationOperationsCommandMaryland acrossthe line duringthe NationalSecurityAgency’s ArmedForces WeekSports DaycompetitionMay 1 onMcGlachlinParade Field.Airmen fromthe 70thIntelligence,Surveillance andReconnaissanceWing alsocompeted.
  12. 12. SOUNDOFF! May 9, 2013SportsDestini Brown, 8, and Brennan Wheeler, 9, sprint during a Fort Meade Highsteppers Track and Field Club practice Monday atMullins Field. The team, consisting of more than 60 new team members, kicked off its 2013 season Saturday with a meet atRandallstown High School in suburban Baltimore.Story and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff WriterAs the Fort Meade Highsteppers Track andField Club begins its 2013 season, more thanhalf the members of its current roster are alsokicking off their track and field careers.When the Highsteppers opened the seasonSaturday at Randallstown High School, morethan 60 of the 93 athletes on the team werenew to the club. Even with the inexperience,coaches are optimistic for another success-ful season for the team, which typically seesseveral athletes compete in the national cham-pionships.“I have some very good feelings about someof these kids,”Bruce Hunter said. “They jumpwell and they run well — a few have morespeed than we thought they had. A lot ofthem had a lot more endurance than we hadever imagined.”Third-year Highstepper Jordan Obletonsaid the large team, which will grow to morethan 100 athletes once the high-schoolersreturn to the team, will help “competition-wisebecause we’ll have more people competing”as most other teams in the area have largerrosters.With a large number of new athletes, Hunt-er said coaches began the season working onwhole-body conditioning and building endur-ance to prepare the inexperienced competitorsfor the rigors of the sport.“They have to have a good base level ofendurance and we have to assess what theirathletic capabilities are,” he said. “We wantthem to have a good base level of enduranceto start with because you can’t start the intenseworkouts unless that base level of endurance isset. If you do, you risk injury.”Coaches then conducted time trials, jumptrials and throwing trials to gauge the athlete’sraw abilities.“It gives us some idea what events we canproject that most of these kids will competein once the season starts,” Hunter said, notingcompetitors’ events are adjusted as the seasonprogresses.Following Saturday’s track and field meetat Randallstown High School in suburbanBaltimore, Hunter said many of the athletesare already showing raw abilities unseen inpractice.“It went well — a lot better than we expect-ed,” he said of the meet. “We didn’t expectit to be bad, but we didn’t expect it to go aswell as it did. We had a few people who weresurprises.”This year, the Highsteppers have returnedOn the right trackYouth Sports’ track and field team opens season with new athletesto the Amateur Athletic Union after compet-ing last season in USA Track and Field events.Last year, the Highsteppers sent 13 athletes tothe organization’s Junior Olympics at MorganState University in Baltimore.Hunter doesn’t think the competition levelwill change in the return to AAU, and expectsto again send athletes to the Junior Olympics,which begins July 29 at Eastern MichiganUniversity in Ypsilanti.Kyla Hall, who competed in last year’sJunior Olympics, said she thinks this year’steam is already looking better than previ-ous Highstepper teams have this early in theseason.“It’s looking good,” the 16-year-old said.“We’re doing better than we did the last coupleyears. I think kids are getting into it and focus-ing and working harder.”• Basketball• Football• Softball• SoccerFind schedules, scores, standingsand upcoming seasons forAll-Army athletics, new sports and special events atAnd more, plus
  13. 13. May 9, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13SportsSports ShortsPatriot Pride 5KThe installation’s annual Run Series continues with the PatriotPride 5K on May 18 at 8 a.m. at Murphy Field House.The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day ofthe run is $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 the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family.All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.For more information, call 301-677-7916.Gaffney poolThe swimming pool at Gaffney Fitness Center is closed formaintenance.Dollar DaysThe Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 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.EFMP BowlingThe Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring itsmonthly bowling event on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at theLanes.Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoerental. Other family members will receive discounted games and shoerental.To register, call 301-677-7836.Texas Hold ‘emTexas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at theLanes.Games are free and open to the public.For more information, call 301-677-5541.For more Fort Meade sports, visit know I set everybody up for a serious dis-cussion this week, but that was before CharlesRamsey.So if you didn’t think I was going to startthis week’s column with a clip from one of thebest interviews ever, then you don’t really knowme. you can tie ribs, salsa dancing, thestatus of race relations, McDonalds and crimefighting into a 2:41 second clip, you know it isgoing to be an all-time great interview — rightup there with Robert Blake, any-thing by the Motor City Madman TheodoreNugent, or even Sir CharlesBarkley., “The Round Mound of Rebound”is a great transition to our scheduled con-versation, which is Jason Collins declaringhis homosexuality a few weeks ago, and theimportance of his announcement.Dan Patrick asked Barkley about Collinsa few weeks ago, and per usual, Barkley’sresponse was honest and refreshingly the interview, Barkley shared the senti-ments of another outspoken former athlete,Curt Schilling, who basically said he didn’tthink about who Jason Collins was sleepingwith before his announcement, nor did he thinkabout it the day after Collins’ announcement.That is pretty much how I feel about thesituation because, quite frankly, being gay isn’tthat big of a deal anymore. It is just a partof life.In the Patrick interview, Barkley claimedthat every NBA player has knowingly playedwith a gay teammate. Charles said he playedwith three or four.My guess is, the same is true for every othersport and profession including those that fallunder the Department of Defense. I servedwith homosexuals while in the Army. I havehad multiple homosexual co-workers sincebecoming a civilian, and have had at least onegay employee.That familiarity is why I’m a little put offby the coverage given to the issue. I find thehyperbole offensive and think that Collinsbeing compared to Jackie Robinson is reck-less, at best.Does Collins now have to fear for his life? Ifhe is signed by another team (more on that ina bit), will he have to stay in a different hotelthan his teammates? Will Collins’ teammateshate him for something he can’t control? Willthe future of all homosexuals playing in profes-sional sports depend on Collins’ production?Because those arethe issues Robinsonhad to go throughwhen he brokeMajor League Base-ball’s color barrierin 1947.• Robinson’s lifewas threatened mul-tiple times.• Jackie did haveto stay in another hotel when the team traveledsouth of the Mason-Dixon line.• Several of Jackie’s teammates did hate himsimply for being black.• Black athletes would have been hard-pressed to get into the league if Jackie wouldhave been a scrub or even just average.Fortunately for all of us, Jackie wasn’t ascrub. has a .311 career batting average,won the 1947 Rookie of the Year, and wasleague MVP in 1949.Collins, on the other hand, strictly from aplayer’s perspective, is a scrub.And as a sports fan, that’s the other part ofthe hyperbole that is bothersome. People areactually calling Collins a star. That’s downrightoffensive! In 11 years, Collins has averaged 3.6points, 3.8 rebounds and .5 blocks per game.The dude’s 7 feet tall and can’t even get a blocka game.This season he was a role player for theWashington Wizards for goodness’sake, whichis on par with starting for a developmentalleague team.That’s probably why Wizards fan and gen-eral good guy Robert Johnson said in responseto my article last week, “First, I wish he’d comeout as a good player. The Wizards need that.”But Johnson, who is also our post historian,did provide some perspective that is hard toargue regarding Collins’ announcement, andseems to be a fitting ending to this week’scolumn.“Athletes are important role models. Theyhelp break down barriers. Jackie Robinsonmattered because he helped convince manywhite Americans that racism was poison,”Johnson said. “Does Jason Collins have thepotential to help many straight Americansunderstand that homophobia is poison? I thinkso. Are the two exactly the same? Well, no, butthey are damn close.”If you have comments on this or anything todo with sports, contact me at outChad T. Jones,Public AffairsOfficerJibber Jabber - Opinion
  14. 14. SOUNDOFF! May 9, 2013Community 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 and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at more information or to submit anannouncement, email Philip Jones at or call 301-677-5602.Asian Pacific AmericanHeritage MonthObservanceThe garrison and 902nd MilitaryIntelligence Group will host FortMeade’s annual Asian Pacific AmericanHeritage Month Observance today from11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill TrainingCenter, 8542 Zimborski Ave.Guest speaker is Ken Niumatalolo,head coach for the U.S. Naval Academyfootball team.All Fort Meade service membersand civilian employees are encouragedto attend with supervisory approvaland without charge to annual leave.Administrative leave is authorized.For more information, call the FortMeade Equal Opportunity Office at301-677-6687 or the 902nd MI EqualOpportunity Office at 301-677-2162.Tech ExpoThe Fort Meade Technology Expowill be held May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at Club Meade.The expo is a showcase of the latestin multimedia, communication systemsand surveillance.The expo is open to the Fort Meadecommunity. Refreshments will beprovided.Registration is encouraged. To registeror for more information, visit prayersIndividuals interested in prayingJummah prayers on Fort Meade shouldcall 301-677-1301.Fort 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.Death noticeAnyone with debts owed to or bythe estate of Staff Sgt. Adam A. Arndtmust contact the Summary CourtMartial Officer for the Soldier.Arndt died at his home on April 8.Call Capt. (P) Tony Carodine at 301-677-7062 or email Emergency ReliefFundAs of Friday, Fort Meade’s annualArmy Emergency Relief fundraisingcampaign has collected $81,174, or 91percent of its $90,000 goal.The campaign raises money andawareness for the AER fund thathelps active-duty Soldiers, NationalGuardsmen, Army Reservists,retirees and their families in financialemergencies by providing interest-freeloans or grants.The AER Campaign runs throughWednesday.For more information, call WallaceTurner, Army Emergency Relief officerat 301-677-5768.Right Arm NightBring your right arm Soldier, co-worker or employee to Club Meade forRight Army Night, a fun evening of freefood, music, dancing and camaraderieon May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Win prizes.The event is open to all ranks andservices, military or civilian.Reserve your table at 301-677-4333.Mother’s Day BrunchA Mother’s Day Brunch will beoffered Sunday at the ConferenceCenter.Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.The brunch is open to all ranks andservices. Cost is $21.95 for members and$25.95 for nonmembers. Reservationsare recommended.For reservations or more information,call 301-677-4333.Bible studyThe Protestant Women of the Chapelis offering two evening Bible studyclasses at Argonne Hills Chapel Center:• Couples marriage Bible study:file photomassing of the colorsFort Meade’s Memorial Day Remembrance and 27th Annual Massing of theColors Ceremony will be held May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the Pavilion.The event is sponsored by Fort Meade and the Military Order of World Wars.The grand marshal and keynote speaker is Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington,commander, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and MilitaryDistrict of Washington.The event will feature the Armed Forces Color Guard and the U.S. Army’sOld Guard Fife Drum Corps. The U.S. Army Field Band will perform aconcert of patriotic music.This venue is a tribute to veterans from all wars who made the ultimatesacrifice in their service. It combines the colors and color guards of activeand Reserve component and National Guard military units, veterans serviceorganizations, and various civic and patriotic organizations.The public is invited. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.Wednesdays, 7 p.m.• Evening women’s study of the Bookof Jonah: Thursdays, 7 p.m.All are invited. For more information,email Ground veteransscholarshipsCommon Ground on the Hill’sVeterans Initiative provides fullscholarships for 10 veterans to attend theTraditions Weeks summer workshops atMcDaniel College in Westminster.The “common ground” of thetraditional arts is celebrated as mastermusicians, artists, craftsmen and creativethinkers provide a quality learningexperience.Traditions Weeks is from June 30 toJuly 5 and from July 7 to 12.Interested candidates must contactJose Flores by May 30 at more information, TimeThe Medal of Honor MemorialLibrary offers pre-kindergarten StoryTime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and10:30 a.m.• Today: “Hooray for Mother’sDay,” stories about Mother’s Day andcelebrating mothers• May 16: “Our Fine, FeatheredFriends,” stories, songs and finger playsabout birds.For more information, call 301-677-5522.NEWS EVENTSEDUCATIONYOUTH
  15. 15. May 9, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15Community News Notes MoviesThe 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 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 May 26Today Friday: “Olympus Has Fallen” (R).When terrorists take over the White House, anex-Secret Service agent must rescue the president.With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, MorganFreeman.Saturday Wednesday: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”(PG-13). Threats from within the governmentjeopardize the G.I. Joe unit. With Dwayne John-son, D.J. Cotrona, Bruce Willis, Byung-hun Lee,Adrianne Palicki. (3D)Sunday May 17: “The Host” (PG-13). Whenan unseen enemy threatens mankind, a womanrisks everything to protect those she loves. WithSaoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, WilliamHurt.May 16, 18, 19: “The Croods” (PG). A prehistoricfamily embarks on a journey into the world whentheir cave is destroyed. With Nicolas Cage, EmmaStone, Ryan Reynolds. (3D)May 22, 25: “42” (PG-13). Story depictinghow Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn DodgersGeneral Manager Branch Rickey changed thegame of baseball by breaking the color barrier.With Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, NicoleBeharie.May 23, 26: “Jurassic Park 3D” (PG-13). In this3D release, cloned dinosaurs run amok at anisland-jungle theme park. With Sam Neill, LauraDern, Jeff Goldblum. (3D)May 24: “Evil Dead” (R). A remake of the 1981cult-hit horror film. With Bruce Campbell, EllenSandweiss, Betsy Baker.Dinner and movieThe Youth Center is offering WingNight for grades six to eight on Fridayfrom 7 to 9:30 p.m.Participants will make their ownchicken wings and a variety of sauces.Wings will be served with carrots, celeryand dipping sauces as well as beverages.Cost is $5.Participants will choose activities afterdinner has been served.For more information, call 301-677-1437.Girl Scouts Camp ChicaGirl Scouts of Central Maryland isoffering a day camp from June 24 to 28for girls in kindergarten to grade five atCamp Woodlands in Annapolis.Cost is $25. Transportation from FortMeade to Camp Woodlands as wellas breakfast and lunch each day areincluded.Girls do not have to be current Scoutsto attendTo register, call Jessica Pryor at theGirl Scouts of Central Maryland at410-358-9711, ext. 214 or email About• “Springing Up Healthy,” a freefamily health event promoting health,fitness and safety sponsored by HowardCounty General Hospital, will be heldMay 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in theCenter Court of The Mall in Columbia.The event will feature communityexperts who will discuss how to helpchildren stay healthy, including tipson good nutrition, staying active andways to promote safety. Sample healthyfood from Panera Bread and Williams-Sonoma, and enter drawings for abicycle and helmet, a gift certificate anda 32GB iPad.For more information, call 410-740-7601.• Leisure Travel Services is offering atrip to the Linganore Wine Festival inMount Airy on May 25 at 9 a.m. Enjoylive music, crafts, fine art, winery tour,wine tasting and food from more than30 vendors. Cost is $50 and includestransportation and admission. For moreinformation, call 301-677-7354.• Wine in the Woods will be held May18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 19from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SymphonyWoods in Columbia.Sample Maryland’s finest wines froma souvenir glass; purchase food fromdistinctive restaurants and caterers;and attend wine education seminars.The annual event also features liveentertainment and the works of invitedartists and crafts persons.Wine Taster tickets cost $30 inadvance and $35 at the gate. Admissioncost for designated driver is $20, whichincludes up to four complimentarybeverages at the Designated DriverBooth. Tickets for ages 3 to 20 is $20.The taster ticket for May 18includes lawn admission to an eveningconcert featuring “The Band Perry” atMerriweather Post Pavillion. Ticketsare first-come, first-served, limited bycapacity.For more information, call 410-313-4700 or 410-313-7275 or• Camp Corral Bingo Night, a cashbingo fundraiser for Camp Corral, willbe held Friday at 7 p.m. the JessupCommunity Hall, 2920 Jessup Road.Doors open at 6 p.m.Camps are set up nationwide forchildren of fallen, disabled or injuredheroes to give them a week of outdoorfun.Cost is $15 for advanced ticket salesand $20 at the door.Refreshments will be on sale. Doorsprizes will be awarded. To hold ticketsor for more information, call ChairmanDana Herbert at 410-796-7999 or• Leisure Travel Services is offeringits next monthly bus trip to New YorkCity on May 18, with discounts toattractions. Bus cost is $55. For moreinformation, call 301-677-7354 or• Fort Meade Chapter of the MilitaryOfficers Association of America will hostits next luncheon meeting today at 11:30a.m. at the Conference Center.Cost of luncheon is $16. Guest speakeris retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, MOAApresident. The public is invited. Forreservations and more information, callRebecca Conover at 410-964-3237.• Fort Meade E9 Association meets thesecond Friday of every month at 7 a.m. inthe Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The nextmeeting is Friday. 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.• New Spouse Connection meets thesecond Monday of every month from 7to 8:30 p.m. at the Community ReadinessCenter, 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 thesecond Monday of each month at 7 Potomac Place Neighborhood Center.The next meeting is Monday. For moreinformation, visit or• Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsoredby Army Community Service, meets thesecond and fourth Monday of everymonth from 3 to 4 p.m. at the CommunityReadiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.The next meeting is Monday. For moreinformation, call Celena Flowers or JessicaHobgood at 301-677-5590.• Single Parent Support Group meets thesecond and fourth Monday of the monthfrom 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services,1900 Reece Road. The next meeting isMonday. Free child care will be providedon site.For more information, call KimberlyMcKay at 301-677-5590 or email• Bully Proofing Support Group meetsthe second and fourth Monday of themonth from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac PlaceNeighborhood Center. The next meetingis Monday. The group is geared forparents of children ages 5 to 12. For moreinformation, call 301-677-5590.• NARFE Chapter 1519 will meetTuesday at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity ParishHall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.,Glen Burnie.Guest speaker is state Sen. JamesDeGrange, who will discuss the legislativesession that has concluded. Questionsshould be addressed to the results of theapproved changes and laws.If schools are closed, there will be nomeeting. For more information, call theDiane Shreves, publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750.• 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 meetingis Tuesday. For more information, callSharon Collins at 301-667-4116 or