Fort meade soundoff apr 23, 2014

1,673 views

Published on

Fort Meade Soundoff for April 23, 2014

1 Comment
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • hello, my name is miss lynda i am a single girl i like to make new friends please contact me by my Email address > weahlynda@hotmail.com
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,673
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
5
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
2
Comments
1
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Fort meade soundoff apr 23, 2014

  1. 1. assisting Better training prepares NCOs to prevent suicides page 4 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Save-A-Life Tour - McGill Training Center Saturday, 8 a.m.: Earth Day 5K Run/1-Mile Walk - Burba Lake Recreation Area Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Family Fun Fair - McGill Training Center Saturday, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Prescription MedicineTake-Back Day - PX,Commissary May 1, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - Club Meade Coming soon AAFES projects mid-August opening of new Exchange page 3 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 16 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community April 24, 2014 photo by nate pesce Erza De Leon blocks a shot during soccer practice Monday evening at the Youth Sports Complex. The 9-year-old is among the nearly 500 youngsters in the Child, Youth and School Services’ spring sports program, which features soccer, T-ball, baseball and flag football. For the story, see Page 14. Kicking off Spring
  2. 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 4 Movies..................................19 Community..................17 Classified..............................21 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email advertise@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing 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 through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel 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 in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without 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 advertiser will 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 the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own 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 by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 The new Army and Air Force Service’s Express on Mapes Road has brought new traffic challenges for vehicles and pedestrians. As director of the Installation Safety Office, I emphasize that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between everyone who uses the roadway. Three weeks ago, a pedestrian warning sign was placed at the crosswalk at the corner of 6th Armored Cavalry and Mapes roads to create greater awareness to drivers that pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing the street at this intersection. This week, the crosswalk at this intersection will be repainted. Drivers should be mindful that Maryland law requires vehicles yield to pedestrians in a cross- walk. Drivers must come to a complete stop when a pedestrian is crossing the roadway in a crosswalk. Walking along and near major roadways can be dangerous for pedestrians. With the onset of spring and warmer weather, more pedestrians are using installation roadways. The increased pedestrian traffic due to the new Express on Mapes Road provides a great opportu- nity to talk about safety for pedestrians. • Pedestrians should always make an effort to make themselves visible to drivers. If possible, wear bright or light-colored clothing and reflective materials. Carry a flashlight when walking at night and always cross streets in well-lit areas. • When in a crosswalk, pedestrians should never assume vehicles will stop. If possible, make eye contact with drivers. Don’t just look at the vehicle. • Look across all lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you. • Drivers also should be alert for pedestrians at all times. They should scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians. • Before making a turn, drivers should look in all directions for pedestrians crossing the roadway. • Drivers also should not block or park in crosswalks. One final safety tip: Don’t be a distracted driver. Distracted driving can be talking on a cell phone. And if you haven’t heard, talking on a handheld cell phone is now a primary violation in Maryland that comes with a $75 fine. Distracted driving is also texting, reading, eat- ing, applying makeup, changing radio stations or adjusting the climate controls in your vehicle. Keep your mind on your driving, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Remember, crosswalk safety is everyone’s responsibility. Drivers and pedestrians both share the respon- sibility to follow the rules of the road. Use basic safety guidelines and respect each other. Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility kirk fechter, director Installation Safety Office Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or con- cerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters 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. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer By the end of summer, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will be ready to open the doors of the installation’s new Exchange. With a modernized Exchange featuring expanded departments and new merchandise, the company is eyeing a mid-August open- ing as construction nears the final stretch of work. Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley, who toured the facility on April 16 with Gar- rison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter, said he was pleased with the progress of the construction. “Everything is on track for it to open on time,” Foley said. “There are no issues. Every- thing is going well.” Portions of the facility are expected to be turned over to AAFES within the next few months to begin final steps of the process. “We’re all excited,” said Rita Inchaurregui- Powell, store manager. “I can’t wait.” Construction on the 167,000-square-foot facility began in December 2012 to replace the current 130,000-square-foot store. The $37 million project will feature a pharmacy and a larger food court with Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Subway, Boston Market and Denny’s Express. A large concession section in the front of the facility will include a GameStop, GNC, flower shop, engraving and watch repair, Paul Mitchell Salon, optometry clinic, tactical shop and a Military Clothing Store. ThenewMilitaryClothingStorewillreplace the current store located on Ernie Pyle Street. Although the square footage of the new store isslightlysmallerthanthecurrentone,thestore will provide most of the same merchandise. The only products that will be dropped are those already supplied at the main Exchange. “They’re still going to have the same amount of selling place,” Inchaurregui-Powell said. “They’re not going to be carrying the snacks and health and beauty care. They’re getting rid of that kind of stuff and just going to a stan- dard[MilitaryClothingStore].They’rewiththe main store, they don’t need to carry those.” In the main store, a larger sales floor will allow the Exchange to provide more merchan- dise and new departments including a new gun New Exchange nears completion photos by nate pesce Michele Weisshaar, general manager of the Fort Meade Consolidated Exchange; Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley; Rita Ichaurregui-Powell, Exchange general manager; and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter tour the new Exchange’s stock room on April 16. The 167,000-square-foot facility will replace the current 130,000-square-foot store. shop and a 6,000-square-foot furniture concept shop. The Exchange will expand its pets and sporting goods sections, while also providing an outdoor living department with plants. Crews from Walbridge construction are completing the administration offices and the stock room. Workers also are installing lockers in the dressing rooms and cabinets. “Everything is great,” Inchaurregui-Powell said. “They’re finishing up.” Walbridge will turn the building over to AAFES in phases, allowing the Exchange staff to slowly transition to the new facility. “They complete sections and turn those sections to us at different times during con- struction,”Inchaurregui-Powell said. “It’ll take longer to do the main store to do anything.” The stock room will be turned over first within the next month. Shortly after, AAFES will take control over the main sales floor, followed by concessions and then the food court. Inchaurregui-Powell said the Exchange will not open until AAFES has control over the entire facility in August. Once the new Exchange is open, the current facility will be vacated and torn down to be turned into a new parking lot. Inchaurregui-Powell said she is aiming to be out of the old Exchange within three weeks to begin the demolition process, with a goal of having a finished parking lot by the end of November. “The sooner we’re out of here is the sooner they can start the demolition process and start getting our parking lot done,” she said. Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter asks questions during a tour of the installation’s new Exchange on April 16. The $37 million project is expected to open in mid-August and will offer expanded departments and new services. $37 million facility slated to open in August
  4. 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 News Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer About a month ago, Sgt. 1st Class Katie Smith ran into a Solider who she had trained in Fort Meade’s Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training work- shop. The Soldier told Smith that a few days after she completed the ASIST workshop, she volunteered at a women’s shelter and met a client who was at risk for suicide. Smith recalled that the Soldier inter- vened and was able to help the woman. “You could tell how proud she [the Soldier] was. She was confident in the situation,” Smith said. “I was so proud of her.” Smith, an Advanced Individual Train- ing platoon sergeant at the U.S. Army Sig- nal School Detachment, was one of two newly trained ASIST trainers to lead an ASIST workshop for 15 service members on April 17 at the Calvary Chapel. ASIST is a 15-hour workshop that teaches participants to connect, under- stand and assist people who may be at risk for suicide. Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse Program sponsors monthly ASIST work- shops as part of its ongoing suicide pre- vention/intervention efforts. Smith, along with 22 other NCOs and two DoD civilians, completed a five-day ASIST Training the Trainer (T4T) ses- sion last August that was sponsored by ASAP. As a newly trained ASIST trainer, Smith is required to lead three, two-day ASIST workshops within a year. Marissa Pena, Fort Meade’s Suicide Prevention Program manager, said the new group of ASIST trainers are different from past trainers. “Historically, over the years, ASIST trainers have been chaplain and chaplain assistants or mental health professionals,” Pena said. “These individuals have been a great asset to the Army’s suicide preven- tion programs. However, suicide tends to be a very taboo subject, and many times individuals contemplating suicide may feel, because of the negative stigma, that they can’t reach out to chaplains and mental health providers for help.” Pena said that service members may feel that chaplains and mental health providers will “judge them, or get them in trouble with their career.” For the ASIST T4T session in August, ASAP decided to recruit NCOs whose primary job was not of the “typical” Suicide intervention training draws diverse NCOs Staff Sgt. Peter Yokel (right), a training developer at Fort Meade’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy Detachment, and Sgt. 1st Class Katie Smith, an Advanced Individual Training platoon sergeant at the U.S. Army Signal School Detachment, demonstrate a role-play exercise that is part of the garrison’s Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training curriculum on April 17 at the Calvary Chapel. Yokel and Smith are two of more than 20 NCOs who are newly trained to lead ASIST workshops. chaplain or mental health professional. The aim was to recruit service members from different military occupation spe- cialties who could support chaplains and mental health providers, Pena said. “Another reason was because we need as many people as possible in the Depart- ment of Defense from all different jobs and military occupational specialties to be trained as caregivers because anyone at anytime can be at risk for suicide,” she said. The NCOs who completed the train- ing range in job occupations, including IT specialists, communications, logistics, and intelligence analysts, and work for various units and organizations on post, including the garrison, the Defense Infor- mation School and the National Security Agency. “We want those ‘frontline’ workers to be able to help and respond if their battle buddy or co-worker might be at risk for suicide,” Pena said. Staff Sgt. Peter Yokel, a training devel- oper at Fort Meade’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy Detachment, also com- pleted the ASIST T4T session last August. He helped to lead the ASIST workshop on April 17. “They want someone in the trenches — someone other than mental health professionals to get the training out there to people,” said Yokel. Although he was assigned to complete ASIST T4T, Yokel said he would have signed up for the training on his own. “It’s helping me to bring down the number of people who are hurting, to get down the number of suicides,” he said. Yokel said the T4T training was unlike any other kind of Army training. “This makes you a combat medic, but for mental health, and it’s much more effective,” he said. “You work alongside them [the person at risk for suicide]. They connect with you, and you get to help them when they are in need.” Smith said that as a platoon sergeant, she interacts with Soldiers every day. She said Soldiers who are young and new to the Army often feel isolated and alone and may not be aware that there are service members who can support them when they need help. “The very fact that I talk to them keeps my door open,” Smith said, noting that her training in suicide prevention and intervention is an asset in her job. “If they didn’t have anyone to talk to, they would have been a person at risk.” Pena said the varied job specialties of the NCO trainers enable them to present the ASIST curriculum in a way that their peers can relate to and understand. As a result, participants who complete the training are spreading the word about ASIST. “The number of participants who come to our monthly garrison ASIST workshops have doubled,” Pena said. “Participants are leaving the workshop as trained caregivers in suicide first aid, feeling confident and secure in knowing how to aid someone at risk for suicide. At the end of the day, [that’s] all that mat- ters,” she said. April 18, Larceny: An inves- tigation revealed the victim parked his vehicle, and when he returned he noticed his wallet was sitting on the dashboard. The victim checked and found $351 missing from the wallet. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was left unsecured and unattended. April 20, Assault: The subject stated that he and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation, but nothing else. Further investigation revealed the altercation was physical. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services For week of April 14-20 • Moving violations: 76 • Nonmoving violations: 3 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 46 • Traffic accidents: 7 • Driving on suspended license: 7 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 0
  5. 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 News Story and photo by Brian Murphy 902nd MI Group The 902nd Military Intelligence Group activated a new battalion during a ceremony Friday at Fort Meade. The 752nd MI Battalion, a Reserve unit with detachments in Georgia, Texas and Cali- fornia,willprovidecounterintelligencesupport to the 902nd MI’s counterterrorist and coun- terespionage investigations and operations. “Our principal mission is to provide that specific support with qualified counterin- telligence teams and agents,” said Lt. Col. Anthony M. Callandrillo, commander of the 752nd MI. When called upon, the 902nd MI’s newest battalion will mobilize and deploy in support of contingency counterintelligence and force protection requirements. “We’re going to recruit from all over,” Cal- landrillo said. “If I’ve got a Soldier in Colo- rado who has a unique skill set, we’re going to have the flexibility to place them where they best fit in. After looking at their skill set and the mission requirements, it might be determined they’re best suited to supporting a field office in San Antonio or they might end up coming to Fort Meade. “It is interesting with the Reserves, because you want to match a unique skill set with the mission, and that’s not always going to be geographically based.” According to Callandrillo, the battalion will also pay special attention to more than just a Soldier’s military occupational specialty. “One of the more exciting aspects of this will be not simply the military qualifications the members of the 752nd MI will have, but what qualifications they have as a whole,” he said. “Where people work and what they do in their day jobs will play a part in this as well — not just what they do when they’re in uniform.” While the 752nd MI is brand new, the 902nd MI activates 752nd MI Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Robinson unfurls the 752nd Military Intelligence Battalion’s guidon during an activation and assumption of command ceremony on Friday. Col. Yvette C. Hopkins, commander of 902nd MI Group, presided over the ceremony, with Lt. Col. Anthony Callandrillo becoming the battalion’s first commander. unit couldn’t arrive at a better time, said Col. Yvette C. Hopkins, commander of the 902nd MI. “The timing of this activation is impec- cable,” Hopkins said. “As the Army draws down, there will be inherent risks associ- ated with our foreign adversaries and insider threats. The counterintelligence discipline is the pivotal discipline which mitigates that risk to the Army.” By 70th ISR Wing Finance Office In March, the 70th Intelligence, Surveil- lance and Reconnaissance Wing Finance Office started the Air Force-directed revalida- tion of with-dependent rate Basic Allowance for Housing. By Dec. 31, every Airman receiving with- dependent rate BAH must provide their servic- ing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. Necessary documents include the Airman’s marriage certificate, birth certificates for chil- dren (youngest child), and/or divorce decree that requires child support to be properly documented by the 70th ISR Wing Finance Office. The push for revalidation of dependent documentation comes as the Air Force pre- pares to meet financial improvement and audit readiness requirements laid out in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. The Air Force currently retains dependent documentation for six years, which is insuf- ficient to meet audit readiness requirements. This one-time revalidation will ensure Air Force compliance with audit requirements. BeginninginMarchandcontinuingthrough December, the finance office will contact Air- men assigned to Fort Meade by email to notify them of their responsibility to provide depen- dent documentation. The finance office will tell them exactly which documents are required. Additionally, Airmen who recently provided documentation may not be required to do so again. Once notified, Airmen will have 30 days to provide the required documents to their servicing finance office or have their housing allowance status reduced to single rate. Deployed Airmen and those on extended leave or temporary duty will be given special consideration in meeting the 30-day deadline. If Airmen have a grandfathered higher rate of BAH, and do not provide the proper documentation or notify their local finance office of extenuating circumstances to get an extension, their BAH rate will be reduced to the without-dependent rate until the proper documentation is provided. If this occurs, Airmen will no longer have the higher BAH rate. It will be the current rate of BAH based on the zip code of their current assignment. Airmen will be notified in numerical order based on the last two digits of their Social Security number. Starting March 24, all members who have the last digits of 00 to 09 will have until today to bring in their supporting documentation, or their BAH will be reduced or lose their grand- fathered higher rate of BAH. On April 1, members with the last two digits of 10 to 29 were sent an email to recertify. They have until May 1 to bring in the appropriate documentation or to notify the Finance Cus- tomer Service for an extension. On April 2, members with the last two digits of 30 to 39 were sent an email to recertify. They will have until May 2 to bring in the appropri- ate documentation or to request an extension. On or about May 2, if members with the last two digits of 10 to 39 have not provided appropriate documentation, their BAH will be reduced to single rate. From then on, the notification schedule is projected to correspond with each calendar month and last two digits of the Airman’s Social Security number in increments of 10 as follows: • June: Social Security numbers ending in 40 to 49 • July: Social Security numbers ending in 50 to 59 • August: Social Security numbers ending in 60 to 69 • September: Social Security numbers ending in 70 to 79 • October: Social Security numbers ending in 80 to 89 • November: Social Security numbers ending in 90 to 99 “By December, everything should be abso- lutely completed,” said Master Sgt. Kimberly Weiss, 70th ISR Wing Finance Office superin- tendent. “The month ahead will give us leeway to make sure everyone in the system gets taken care of.” The current schedule is subject to change. Airmenareencouragedtomonitortheirpoten- tial months and revalidate their documents coinciding with their slated Social Security number month. “Ensuring we have the proper documenta- tion to account for every expenditure in a very large budget is a difficult but essential effort,” said Dr. Jamie Morin, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller. “Becoming audit ready will help us demonstrate to the American public that we are responsible stewards of taxpayer money at a time when we must make every dollar count.” For more information regarding the BAH recertification, call the Finance Customer Ser- vice at DSN: 622-0815 or commercial at 301- 677-0815. FinancecustomerservicehoursareMonday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Editor’s note: Most of the information pro- vided came from U.S. Air Force News published March 19 at www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/ tabid/223/Article/474979/airmen-must-revali- date-dependents.aspx. Fort Meade Airmen must revalidate BAH documentation
  6. 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 News “First-party” cookies placed by the actual site visited and “third-party” cook- ies placed by an outside person or com- pany. First-party cookies are helpful to identify user names, passwords, specified preferences and high-game scores. Third-party cookies are extracting information to form a profile on the con- sumer and consequently deliver advertise- ments based on this profile. An example of a third-party cookie would be ads of running shoes sales after browsing the top 10 marathons in the U.S. While you may be searching a different topic, these ads will appear on the side and become a reminder of a topic you’ve searched before. There are ways to protect your infor- mation by controlling the cookies already embedded in each website. Locate the privacy setting on the web browser (usu- ally under Tools and Internet Options to program accordingly by blocking, delet- ing or controlling cookies). By eliminating any cookies, you’re eliminating the memory of each site you visited and altered, and will have to manually enter the information each time the site is visited again. Private Browsing is another option found in Settings that keeps all your activ- ity hidden from other users on the same computer. In addition to utilizing the privacy setting, security software is also useful in identifying other sources extracting information from your web browsing. By keeping the web browser up-to-date, it leaves little room for trespassing from other companies. Some websites and companies have “opt-out” cookies that give the consumer a choice of whether the information is used for target advertisements existing in the form of an add-on to the browser. Similarly, a “Do Not Track”tool allows the consumer to monitor and set prefer- ences not to be tracked. If companies offer this tool and have placed a commit- ment to honor it, they are legally required to do so. The next time you pull up a website, be aware of what information you are searching and inputting because cookies will always remember. For more information about how to pro- tect your privacy, go to the Federal Trade Commission website at ftc.gov or call the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office at 301-677-9504/9536. By Joslyn Dambra Legal Assistance Division Intern When was the last time you set out to complete a simple task and forgot what it was you were supposed to do once you reached your destination? Thanks to technology, you no longer have to remember on your own. While this idea sounds life-changing, it may not produce completely positive results. An example used daily to help save memory is the Internet. Every time a website is browsed, data is collected with information that tracks every move made on the Internet in the form of “cookies.” This data is then stored as memory and can pop up instantaneously the next time you browse the Internet as a reminder of your activity the last time you logged on. In addition to acting as memory, these cookies are used by alternate companies to promote products, based on your browsing behavior, that are attractive to one’s interests. However, cookies are not only a reminder for the Internet-user, but also for companies tracking each individual’s activity to help their business succeed in their marketing. There are two types of cookies that track data: Cookies you may not want to share By Wendy Poulson Social Security District Manager Glen Burnie On Memorial Day, as we pay trib- ute to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, we also share some news about Social Security disability benefits for veterans with disabilities: a new expedited dis- ability process. We believe it is important to recog- nize those who currently serve in the military as well as those injured in the line of duty, and consider it an honor and a duty to serve them. Whether the injury is physical or mental, getting a decision about Social Security disability benefits from the government shouldn’t add to the prob- lems faced by the injured. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting com- missioner of Social Security, recently unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability applications from veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total. Under the new process, Social Secu- rity will treat these veterans’ applica- tions as high priority and issue expe- dited decisions, similar to the way we currently handle disability claims from wounded warriors. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country, and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve,” Colvin said. For more information about the new expedited process for veterans, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/pressof- fice/pr/2014/expedited-dib-process2- pr.html. Read about this new service at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability- pt.htm. The Wounded Warriors page at www. socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors fea- tures informative webinars, a Disability Planner, an overview of our disability programs and a convenient, online dis- ability application. Faster benefit decisions for veterans Green Terror Army ROTC Battalion has been commissioning dynamic Army Leaders since 1919. Contact Robert Familetti ROTC Recruiting and Enrollment Operations Officer at 410.857.2723. There’s strong. Then there’s Army Strong. Many influential government and business leaders started with the help of Army ROTC. For more information visit goarmy.com/rotc/leadership
  7. 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 News High five! Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley and Kathy Stikes, library technician, cheer with a group of children during a Storytime reading at the Post Library Annex at Kuhn Hall on April 17. The reading was held to commemorate the Month of the Military Child and National Library Week. photo by lisa r. rhodes By Jennifer L. Evans Tobacco Treatment Specialist Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center It is completely normal for an indi- vidual to try, on average, eight to nine attempts at quitting tobacco. Managing nicotine withdrawal can be extremely challenging, but it does not have to be. Prescription and over- the-counter medications are available to help reduce cravings and to lessen the uncomfortable symptoms while quit- ting. The Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Tobacco Cessation Program offers support for TRICARE benefi- ciaries who want to quit tobacco: • To schedule an individualized appointment with a clinical pharmacist who can prescribe medications to ease and assist with the quitting process, call Kimbrough’s Call Center at 301-677- 8800 or for assistance at 301-677-8278. • The online tobacco cessation sup- port reference is ucanquit2.com. • The 24-hour online chat line and telephone hotline is 1-866-459-8766. • The national tobacco cessation hot- line is 1-800-QUIT-NOW. • An additional resource available to any tobacco user seeking support with quitting is 1-800-784-8669. Many smartphones offer applications to download for free or a small fee that provide support during tobacco cessa- tion. Some offer tracking of tobacco use, motivational phrases, commentary or techniques, while others offer incen- tive reminders. Studies show that as many as 70 percent of American smokers want to quit, and that reduction in tobacco use has favorable effects on health and cancer risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released current cigarette smoking rates in the United States. The adult rate has decreased from 20.9 per- cent in 2005 to 18.1 percent in 2012. When thinking about, and planning for, the quitting of tobacco, here are a few tips to assist along the way: 1. Delay. Nicotine within the first 30 minutes of waking indicates a stronger addic- tion. Modify morning routines to defer initial tobacco use. Extending beyond 30 minutes is favorable and starts to adjust with habit changing. 2. Decrease. Modification and reduction are favor- able, even if completely quitting is a challenge. Decreasing use can be accom- plished by daily rationing, delaying each tobacco use, or increasing nicotine-free zones. 3. Plan. Much of the quitting process revolves around changing habits. Anticipating weaknesses and planning for alternative actions, thoughts, coping or distractions will help with dealing with cravings and common associations or problem triggers. Identify and recognize what is needed during the quitting process such as reduced stress, friend and family sup- port, or new projects. Acknowledge important reasons for quitting, as well as those reasons pre- venting change. Seek support from the many tobacco cessation programs listed above, which are proven to increase quit rates. Quitting tobacco: Don’t go it alone
  8. 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11 News photo by brandon bieltz TWO Child development centers break groundChildren from Fort Meade’s Child Development Centers and their parents join Bert Rice, director of the Directorate of Public Works; Martha McClary, director of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley; Francisco Jamison, Child, Youth and School Services administrator; Derrick Troutman, acting child administrator; and Sarah Bonise, acting director of CYSS, to break ground for two more CDCs on Friday morning. The centers will be constructed at the intersection of Ernie Pyle and 5th streets. By Public Health Command Whether you’re new to military service, a seasoned warrior, a supportive spouse or a proud retiree, you’ve undoubtedly had days when your body or mind simply felt “old” or didn’t perform as well as it should. In many cases, this may be a one- time occurrence due to lack of sufficient sleep, overexertion from physical activity or another factor. In some cases, however, your body may be showing signs of its “RealAge” — its biological age based on your overall health. How do you find out your RealAge and take steps to maintain or reduce it? Thanks to Operation Live Well — the DoD’s long-term healthy living initiative — the entire defense community can test out a new online wellness site that will help you calculate your RealAge, make personalized recommendations to help maintain or improve your lifestyle, and provide a variety of empowering resources to support you. Known as UltimateMe, the secure dot- mil site serves as a one-stop shop for personalized health and wellness tips; interactive tools like nutrition, sleep and fitness trackers; access to medical experts; workout video clips; and a social commu- nity where you can post or blog about your progress, comment on your friends’ activi- ties and make new social connections. You’ll earn virtual badges for your progress, and you can even engage in fun and friendly competitions with your peers as you pursue your performance and well- ness goals. Representatives of DoD’s Operation Live Well initiative hope that UltimateMe users will share the results of their online health and wellness assessments with their medical providers so they can jointly make the best decisions about maintaining or improving their health. “Our forces and our families face more stress than ever before,” said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg of the Defense Health Agency. “Through our new DoD wellness site, we can have an immediate impact on their health and well-being, and reduce health care costs in the long run. “We encourage all members of the defense community to join UltimateMe and discover how they can take charge of their health, achieve better performance, look and feel their best, and ultimately maintain or lower their RealAge,” she said. UltimateMe is being pilot tested at all 14 DoD sites participating in Operation Live Well’s yearlong Healthy Base Initiative demonstration project. Depending on the success of the pilot testing, the wellness site may be continued and/or expanded to other military installa- tions in coming years. You can join UltimateMe at www. health.mil/ultimateme. UltimateMe: a one-stop site for health, wellness
  9. 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 News Story and photo by Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca Asymmetric Warfare Group Public Affairs The Department of Defense honored an Army contractor with the highest civilian award for valor at an awards ceremony held April 14 at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. David Jensen, a Wexford Group Inc. contractor who served with the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group as an operational advisor until 2013, was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Valor for his actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. The medal recognizes government employees and private citizens who perform an act of heroism while risking personal safety in the face of danger. Jensen, a native of Lemmon, S.D., who served with the 75th Ranger Regi- ment and U.S. Army Special Operations Command before being honorably dis- charged, now works as a Special Opera- tions Task Force advisor at Fort Bragg, N.C., for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Maj. Gen. Mark MacCarley, the dep- uty chief of staff for the Training and Doctrine Command, presided over the ceremony and presented Jensen with the award. “This ceremony is not only about you [Dave], or for you, it is really for us,” MacCarley said. “We asked — your leaders, your supervisors — we asked you to be here. One, because we are going to give you a medal and say thank you. “But, really, because we needed, all of us, to confirm that our lofty values - the ones that we scribe on monuments like duty, selfless service, loyalty - that they mean something, and that they are more than words just found in a dictionary. “Those words - selfless service, duty, loyalty, commitment to others, purpose - they only make sense, they’re only understandable, when Dave and men and women like you turn those words into visible actions of extraordinary courage.” While deployed to Afghanistan as an AWG operational advisor on Sept. 10, 2012, Jensen was embedded with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 505th Para- chute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Air- borne Division. The AWG provides operational advi- sory and solution development support Former AWG advisor honored for valor Maj. Gen. Mark MacCarley (right), the deputy chief of staff for the Training and Doctrine Command, presents Dave Jensen, a contractor who served with the Asymmetric Warfare Group until 2013, with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Valor at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on April 14. As an AWG operational advisor embedded with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, Jensen risked his life to save the lives of four Soldiers after a rocket attack hit their aircraft on Bagram Airfield on Sept. 10, 2012. globally to Army and Joint Force Com- manders to enhance Soldier survivabil- ity and combat effectiveness, and enable the defeat of current and emerging threats. During Jensen’s embed with Com- pany C, they were preparing to fly out of Bagram Airfield on a partnered air assault operation with Afghan National Security Forces to Parwan Province when one of the two CH-47 Chinooks they were to travel in was struck by a rocket. The rocket hit the fuel tanks, setting the aircraft on fire. For his part, Jensen immediately began evacuating wounded paratroopers and ANSF members from the burning aircraft. Despite the danger involved, he returned to the aircraft several times before it became engulfed in flames. In total, Jensen evacuated four wounded Soldiers from the wreckage. Shortly after, he provided immediate aid to the wounded. “So, not only do we salute you Dave, and applaud what you did that day, but more importantly for each one of us out there, we thank you for inspiring us to do what is right, to take the high and sometimes hard road, and to affirm all that is great about the American Army,” MacCarley said. Jensen summarized his actions on that day as situation awareness and vigilance. “You didn’t have time to think about [the situation],” he said. “You didn’t have time to plan for it. You didn’t have time to talk about it. People with situa- tion awareness just had to act.” Jensen added that taking action and remaining “switched on” is a key part of vigilance. “I just knew we had a problem,” he said. “I was able to help and I tried to fix the problem as best as I could.” For Jensen, who resides in Whisper- ing Pines, N.C., the honor of the recog- nition was far from his thoughts when it came to risking his life to save others. “Being honored at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes is remarkable,” Jensen said. “I never would’ve imagined that in my entire life. So it’s a huge honor, and I’m very blessed to be here to be a part of it, and very blessed to be a part of the Asymmetric Warfare Group.”
  10. 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 News By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service The United States works with military and diplomatic counterparts every day in relationships that are central to stability in the security environment. In the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, nine countries are pooling resources. During rescue operations fol- lowing Typhoon Haiyan in the Philip- pines last year, many countries from around the world — including the U.S. — worked with the Philippine govern- ment to bring relief. Such partnerships are not limited to humanitarian operations. Operations such as those in Libya, countering pirates off Somalia, in Afghanistan and in Iraq were performed by coalitions. Getting the message out about all these efforts is a part of the operational picture, and international press officers need to be able to work smoothly with American counterparts. The Public Affairs Course for Inter- national Students is one way that inter- national students and American offi- cers can learn ways to work together in humanitarian operations or on the battlefield. The Defense Information School hosts the five-week class. This week, eight offi- cers from Brazil, El Salvador, Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Philippines and Jordan are studying the American way of public affairs. The genesis of the course came from conversations among officials at the State Department, NATO, the United Nations and the school about how to better work together in a crisis, said Col. Jeremy M. Martin, the DINFOS commandant. “It also fits in with our curriculum in that training international officers supports our national strategic goals,” he said. “The 2012 national strategic guidance talks about building partner capacity.” When a coalition deploys, it is helpful to have a common operating picture, Martin noted. “The PACIS program will allow us to do that,” he said. A good example was Philippine typhoon relief. The November storm was a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people. It lev- eled whole cities, knocked out commu- nications, crippled essential services and threatened to be a public health catas- trophe. Thousands of Philippine and Public Affairs Course builds international partnerships international service members arrived to provide help. And along with them came journalists from around the world. Maj. Angelo Guzman was working in his first public affairs job in the Philip- pine armed forces when the typhoon struck. He is now attending PACIS. He had to learn the extent of the dam- age and communicate that quickly and clearly to thousands of reporters world- wide. Guzman said he was aware of the concept of a communications plan, but hazy about how to implement it. Capt. Rebeca Calles of El Salvador’s air force said she hopes to be an instru- ment of change in her country’s military. In the 1980s, her country was wracked by civil war. Today, El Salvador pro- vides troops for peacekeeping operations around the world. U.S. soldiers fought alongside Salvadoran troops in Iraq. Calles said she understands the con- cepts of public affairs and knows what makes a good communications effort. “But nothing is written down,” she said. The Bulgarian representatives in the class - Teodora Garkova and Antoaneta Todorova - already are working with their NATO allies. “But this prepares us to work beyond the alliance,” Garkova said. The Brazilian officers said the course will help them as their nation welcomes visitors from around the globe for the World Cup and the Olympics. And that is a big part of this effort, Martin said. “To be able to have that caliber of public affairs professional on the ground in different regions of the world will enhance combatant commanders’ the- ater engagement plans, security coopera- tion and will help to break down some of those cultural barriers that we always face when we come into a region,” he said. “We don’t understand the local cul- ture or the local media. Having a public affairs professional who knows how we work and is familiar with our forces would be an advantage.” So it is very much a two-way street, Martin said. U.S. officers can provide subject expertise and technological know-how. International officers can provide the on-the-ground knowledge that often makes or breaks a communi- cations plan, Martin said. The graduates of this class will go on to serve around the world. The school wants to hold two of these courses a year and has room for about 15 officers per class, Martin said. Martin cited one graduate of the program— Col. Philip Aguer Panyang of the South Sudanese army — as a success story. South Sudan fought a ter- ribly destructive civil war to break away from Sudan and has been a country only since 2011. “Philip came here with the intent to develop public affairs infrastructure for the South Sudanese army,” Martin said. “He left here and within months — when hostilities commenced again in South Sudan — he was quoted in The New York Times and the Washington Post and on television, and his quotes were spot on.” On the air, Martin recalled, the South Sudanese colonel said, “The people must know what’s happening, and they have that democratic right to timely, accurate information. It’s better to talk to allay their fears.” Photo by Air Force Maj. Joseph Coslett Students enrolled in the Defense Information School’s Public Affairs Course for International Students pose for a photograph while visiting with the State Department in Washington, D.C., in April. The course provides instruction on public affairs concepts to civilian and military personnel from U.S. partner nations. Attendees in the current course include students from Brazil, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Jordan, the Philippines and Ukraine.
  11. 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer The nearly 500 young athletes in the Child, Youth and School Services’ spring sports will jump into the season this weekend as many of the youngsters take to the field to compete for the first time of the year. Fort Meade’s spring sports program includes soccer, T-ball, baseball and flag football, with several teams in various age groups for each sport. The program’s several intramural teams are scheduled to begin play- ing Friday, while the county teams’ seasons are already underway. During the season, the youngsters — ages 4 to 11 — will learn the fundamentals of their respective sports. “I tell our coaches to try to teach them the fundaments and make sure they have fun out there and that they’re excited to come out and play,” said Jim Dey, assistant director of Youth Sports. “If you do those two things, if the kids are excited to be out there and having fun and they’re learning stuff about the sport, winning will take care of itself.” Youth Sports’ largest sport this season is soccer with approximately 250 youngsters forming 17 intramural teams and two county teams. During the season, the intramural teams will sport international jerseys to tie into the World Cup, which will be held this summer. For the first time, the spring sports sea- son also features flag football as part of the National Football League’s Play60 initiative. In its inaugural season, CYSS is fielding nine teams. Dey said the sport allows youngsters to play football without the tackling aspect of the game, as well as provide offseason training Spring sports kick off at Fort Meade photos by nate pesce Jordyn Isom, 5, bats during practice at the Youth Sports Complex. The spring sports program features four T-ball teams and three baseball teams this season. RIGHT: Jaivon Blyther grabs for Joey Holstead’s flag during drills on Monday evening. In its inaugural flag football season, CYSS is fielding nine teams. Spring, summer, fall or winter... Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call 301-677-1105/1146/1156/1179. for tackle football players. “We picked up a good mix of guys who play tackle in the fall but people who are new to the sport or haven’t played because their parents didn’t want them participating in tackle,” he said. The season also includes four T-ball teams and three baseball teams. This season, the intramural teams will don throwback Major League Baseball jerseys, while the county teams will be wearing camouflage batting helmets. “We really like that because we are an Army garrison and these are military kids or kids whose parents work to support the military,” Dey said. “It’s kind of nice to have some camo.” Bryatt Smith, coach of the 7- and 8- year-old baseball team, said the coaches are focused on teaching the children to “hit the ball the right way and trying to throw it.” In his second year with the baseball team, Nolan Wilson said he is excited to get back onto the diamond for the season. “I’m looking forward to doing my best and trying to win every time,” the 8-year-old said.
  12. 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports photos by nate pesce TOP LEFT: A flag football player tightens his gloves before a drill at the Youth Sports Complex. Flag football offers offseason training for players, as well as allowing more youngsters to play the game without tackling. TOP RIGHT: Ethan Izzo, 9, kicks the soccer ball during practice on Monday. During the season, the intramural soccer teams will sport international jerseys to tie into the World Cup, which will be held this summer. LEFT: Soccer players Marcus Griffin II, 5, and Joseph Duncan, 6, take a break from practice on Monday evening. There are approximately 250 soccer players forming 17 intramural teams and two county teams.
  13. 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil16 SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 Sports Sports Shorts Army Ten-Miler qualifier A qualifying run for active-duty service members interested in joining the Fort Meade Army Ten-Miler team will be held May 2 at Murphy Field House. Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. The top seven women and top seven men runners will be selected to represent Fort Meade at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12. To register, call 301-677-3318, or email beth.d.downs.naf@mail.mil. Earth Day 5K The installation’s annual Run Series kicks off Saturday with an Earth Day 5K Run at 8 a.m. at Burba Park. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $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. Individuals can register for the entire season for $60. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. To register, go to www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=51593. For more information, call 301-677-7916. Spring sports Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and basketball. Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html. For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. Flag Football Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is offering NFL Flag Football through USA Football for ages 6 to 13. Cost is $55 per player and includes an NFL-branded jersey, flag football belt, game shorts and participation trophy. Two practices and one game will be held each week at the Fort Meade Youth Sports Complex. Games will played Friday evenings. Flag football will be played as a spring and fall sport. For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179. Coaches needed Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is looking for coaches for flag football and soccer. For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179. For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. Well, I might have finally broken the poor girl. It was Tuesday night and the Joneses just made it back from T-ball practice on Fort Meade’s fine Youth Sports field. We had barely taken off our shoes when the TV was turned to “NBC Sports” for Red Wings/Bruins Game 3. Then, the kids began to bicker about who was going to win between the “Memphis Grizzly Bears and OKC” — a reference to the Western Conference playoff series between my daughter’s favorite team (Oklahoma City) and the team with my son’s favorite mascot (the Memphis Grizzly Bears, aka Memphis Grizzlies). That turned into questions about the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. But the high-deci- bel level debates about LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the Stanley Cup Playoffs aren’t what set my wife over the edge. In fact, the Canuck in her couldn’t resist pointing out that Red Wings versus Bruins was an “Original Six matchup,” a reference to the Wings and Boston being two of the original six professional hockey teams along with Toronto, Montreal, New York Rangers and Chicago. It was my Galaxy SIII with its MLB Radio App that sent my bride spin- ning. The Tigers just started their game against the hated White Sox, and JV was on the mound, which of course is a must-listen event. So when I set my phone down to help prepare for dinner, the game was on. “OK, Chad,” my wife said, exasper- ated as she set down a rather large knife she was using to slice up some radishes. “This is too much!” “Too much what?” I asked. “Sports,” she said. “I’ve got hockey on TV, kids arguing about basketball in one ear, and now I’ve got to listen to baseball?” “And the problem is ...?” That’s what I would have asked if it wasn’t for the prospect of my wife going all Michael Myers on me with her knife and slicing me up like one of those radishes in the salad bowl. bit. ly/1ifwdZA So I begrudg- ingly turned off the radio and followed the gamecast instead. That doesn’t mean I under- stood the issue. I merely understood that leaving the radio on could have literally been one of those “cut off your nose to spite your face moments,” and that some- times, discretion is the better part of valor. In fairness to my bride of 13 years, she has come a long way regarding my sports addiction. She hasn’t scheduled any more din- ner parties in October since the Mag- glio Ordonez incident of ’06 when a Ramadan iftar kept me from witness- ing the greatest moment in Tigers history during the last 30 years. bit. ly/RLIY9u She’s also accepted that nothing starts a run against my teams quicker than her coming downstairs in the middle of a game. Conversely, I have a fairly high winning percentage when she watches a game from tip-off to buzzer. So, I can’t be too upset with my wife’s mini-meltdown even though I do not understand it. In fact, Laila — my wife, my love, my much-better half — in the spirit of Mother’s Day and considering your services rendered and time served - five football game weekends; basketball fol- lowed by hockey, followed by a sports documentary, followed by fishing; watching your husband do everything within his power to ensure our children have an appropriate appreciation of sports - I forgive you for your tempo- rary lapse. You have the hardest job in the world, and nobody does it better. Moreover, the next time a “Master- piece Classic” is on, count me in — sports schedule permitting, of course. If you have comments on this or any- thing to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber. Sports overload? As if ... Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion
  14. 14. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 17 Community News Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. Save-A-Life Tour The Army Substance Abuse Program is sponsoring the Save-A-Life Tour at Fort Meade today from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the McGill Training Center ballroom as part of Alcohol Awareness Month. The tour takes a “shock jock” approach to alcohol awareness by immersing each participant in a multiscreen drinking-and-driving simulation experience. At five different and continuously running video presentation, participants begin the tour experience “sober.” The videos then change to simulate levels of alcoholic impairment. For more information, call Samson Robinson, the ASAP prevention coordinator, at 301-677-7982. Open House and Information Fair for veterans The VA Maryland Health Care System is hosting a free Open House and Information Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic, 2479 5th St. Free parking is available just past the clinic on the left side of the building in a VA parking lot. If you served in the armed forces and received an honorable discharge, you may qualify for health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA staff will be available to answer questions, accept enrollment applications, and guide veterans in completing their application paperwork. Veterans and their family members also can visit information tables to learn more about VA compensation benefits and available VA health care services. All veterans are encouraged to apply for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System. file photo FAMILY FUN FAIRFort Meade’s annual Family Fun Fair will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. The free event is open to the public. The event will feature performances by SKIES classes, a youth skateboard park, pony rides, inflatable and challenge rides, informational health and Youth Services booths, arts and crafts stations, face painting, games, raffle drawings, giveaways and prizes. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com. Veterans interested in enrolling for VA health care during the Open House and Information Fair should bring a copy of their discharge paperwork (Form DD 214), a photo ID and financial information from the previous calendar year. Veterans may complete the VA health care enrollment application at the event. They can expedite the process by accessing the application for health benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ) at http://www.maryland.va.gov/patients/ eligibility.asp and bring a printed copy of the form to the Open House and Information Fair. For more information, call the Community Outreach Office for the VA Maryland Health Care System at 1- 800-949-1003, extension 6071 or email VAMHCSPublicRelations@va.gov. Drug Take-Back Day Fort Meade will host a Community Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Exchange. The event is sponsored in support of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Army Substance Abuse Program, in conjunction with the Directorate of Emergency Services, will collect unneeded, unused and/or expired medications. Remove and destroy all identifying personal information such as prescription labels from all medication containers before recycling or throwing items away. For more information, call Samson Robinson at 301-677-7983 or Latonia Stallworth at 301-677-7982. Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair The annual Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair will be held Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie Pyle Road. The event is being held in observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Month of the Military Child. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email Colaina Townsend, victim advocate/parent support coordinator at Army Community Service, at colaina.townsend.ctr@mail. mil. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 NEWS EVENTS
  15. 15. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil18 SOUNDOFF! April 24, 2014 Community News Notes Military Human Resources Workshop The Directorate of Human Resources and Finance will conduct an installation Military Human Resources Workshop on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the McGill Training Center in Classroom 2. For additional information and to confirm a reservation for the workshop, call Jannette Bolling at 301-677-2903 or Richard Lee at 301-677-4209. Col. Foley to Speak at Prayer Breakfast Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley will be the guest speaker at the Garrison Chaplain’s Office’s monthly prayer breakfast May 1 at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. There is no cost for the buffet. Donations are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call Diana Durner, Religious Services Office, at 301-677-6703. Military Spouse Job Fair The Fort Meade Military Spouse Job Fair will be held May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Sponsors include the DLLR/Anne Arundel One Stop Career Centers; Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation; Navy Fleet Family Support Center; Navy Transition Assistance Program; Army Community Service; Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Army Career and Alumni Program; USO; Corvias Military Housing; and Operation Homefront. Participating employers include: Anne Arundel County Police, Anne Arundel County Police 911 Communication Center, Army Air Force Exchange Service, Cardinal Health, Compu-Power, CyberVillage Networkers, Diplomatic Language Services, Enterprise Holdings/Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Kelly Government Resources. Lockheed Martin, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Melwood Horticultural, Morgan Stanley, National Gallery of Art, PNC Bank, Premier Designs, Pride Industries, Safeway, Social Security Administration, Tapestry Solutions, Transportation Security Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Secret Service, U.S. Treasury and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. For more information, contact Julie Yates at julie.yates@navy.mil or call 301- 677-9017; Pamela Stangee at pamela. stangee@navy.mil or call 301-677-9017; or Jerome Duncan at jduncan@dllr.state. md.us or call 410-674-5240. AER Campaign Update Fort Meade’s Army Emergency Relief Fund has collected $60,077 as of Friday, 67 percent of its $90,000 goal to help those in need. The AER campaign runs through May 15. The campaign raises money and awareness for the AER fund that helps active-duty Soldiers, National Guardsmen, Army Reservists, retirees and their families in financial emergencies by providing interest-free loans or grants. For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Kerr at 410-528-2769 or AER Office Wallace Turner at 301-677- 5768. Kimbrough’s Lunch and Learn Series Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is hosting its next Lunch and Learn session on May 13 at noon in the Rascon Center (Building 2481). The topic will be proper posture. The session will include a posture assessment and guidance through exercises led by Kimbrough physical therapist Capt. Jon Umlauf. For more information, call Capt. Alyson Rhodes at 301-677-8949. CID recruiting Monthly recruiting briefings are conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade CID Office, 855 Chisholm Ave. The next recruiting briefing is May 6. For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Allen at 301-677-1687 or go to cid.army.mil. Miss Fort Meade Pageant The first annual Miss Fort Meade Pag- eant will be held June 7 at the Meade Middle School Auditorium, 1103 26th St. Girls ages 4-21 are eligible to compete. Contestants must be residents of Anne Arundel County. The Miss Fort Meade pageant empha- sizes academic achievement and commu- nity involvement. Applications and entry fees are due by May 12. For more information, go to the pag- eant website at univeralsupremebeauty. com or email usbeautyinfo@gmail.com. Vendors needed for Independence Day The Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events office is seeking food, beverage and novelty vendors to participate in the installation’s annual Third of July celebration. This is Fort Meade’s largest event of the year. For more information, call JJ Jordan at 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@ us.army.mil. OSC Welfare Grants The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club is accepting requests for the disbursement of welfare funds. The OSC Welfare Grants provide assistance to various nonprofit organizations, community and school groups, and government entities through financial support for special projects and events based upon merit and need. These funds benefit the service members, their families, and DoD civilians who reside in the Fort Meade area. Organizations requesting funds are required to submit a completed request form by May 1. Applications can be found on the OSC website at fortmeadeosc.org in the Welfare Request tab. All completed requests will be reviewed and processed by the Fort Meade OSC Welfare Committee. A primary goal of OSC is to support charitable activities through the Welfare Grant program. Funds raised by the club through various activities including bingo, the Holiday Bazaar and golf tournaments are dedicated to this purpose. Any nonprofit organization or government entity serving the Fort Meade community may request assistance from the OSC. For more information, email communitywelfare@fortmeadeosc.org. Education fair The Fort Meade Army Education Center is hosting the Armed Forces Week Education Fair on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Two dozen colleges will present their certificate and degree plans. The event will feature a refreshment table. For more information, call 301-677- 6421. Kids Craft Club The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and preschoolers will meet May 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts Center. Fee is $5. Cost includes a craft, snack and juice. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call 301-677-7809. Teen Center events The Fort Meade Teen Center is offer- ing the following activities: • Fort Meade “Youth of the Year” announcement will be Friday at 3:30 p.m. Youth of the Year is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Americas’s premier recognition program for club members, promoting service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. • Worldwide Operation Megaphone for grades six to 12 on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Youth Center For more information, call 301-677- 6054. Out About • Cole Bros. Circus will be in Crownsville from May 7-8 at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway. Performances are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets costs $16 for adult general admission. Reserved seats are NEWS EVENTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION
  16. 16. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 19 MoviesCommunity News Notes The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through May 11 Friday: “Need for Speed” (PG-13). Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Coo- per, Imogen Poots. Saturday Sunday: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (PG).Thetime-travellingadventuresof anadvanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert. (3D Sunday) May 2: “Muppets Most Wanted” (PG). While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. With Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. May 3: “Divergent” (PG-13). In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet. May 4: “Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club” (PG-13). When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. With Nia Long, Wendi McLendon- Covey, Amy Smart. May 9 11: “Noah” (PG-13). A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mis- sion to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world. With Rus- sell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins. May 10: Studio Appreciation – Free Screening. Tick- ets available at the Exchange Food Court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. available for $20. VIP seats cost $23. Advance tickets are on sale through May 6 at Tara’s Gifts Parties, 10 Annapolis St. and online at GoToTheCircus.com. Free tickets are available for children ages 12 and younger at GoToTheCircus.com. For more information, go to GoToTheCircus.com or call 800-796- 5672. • Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation’s 18th Annual Port to Fort 6K race is a family-friendly event that will be held Saturday at historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Event will feature a team challenge for the Biggest Military Team, T-shirts for participants, fundraising prizes and medals for age group winners. Registration is $15 for service members and their immediate families. Register online at www. believeintomorrow.org/p2f. • America’s VetDogs will host the Fourth Annual Annapolis 5K Run Dog Walk on Sunday at 8 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Walk-up registration costs $45. To register online, go to 5K.VetDogs.org. For more information, contact community fundraising/events manager Jaime McGrade at 631-930-9054 or email Jaime@VetDogs.org. • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Sunday. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • Calling All Dads meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is Monday. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ mail.mil. • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child care is provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@mail.mil. • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will hold its May luncheon on May 6 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. This is its final regular meeting of the year, with the year-end program for the installations of officers for the 2014-2015 season. Reservations required by May 1. The ROWC will celebrate members’ “Every- body’s Birthday Party.” Cost of luncheon is $18. Call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082. For more information, call Genny Bell- inger, ROWC president, at 410-674-2550. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapo- lis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is May 1. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-674-4000. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free support group for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting is May 1. For more information, visit namiaac.org. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. Children welcome. The next meeting is May 5. For more infor- mation, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina. townsend.ctr@mail.mil. • The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will sponsor a Garden Tea on June 3 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. Cost is $25, payable to ROWC. Reservations are due by May 25. For reservations or more information, call Rebecca Conover at 443-745-3097 and tell her if you can bring a pretty teapot for your table. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present fam- ily violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email thecarptman@msn.com. • Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@ yahoo.com or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at pack377_cc@yahoo. com. • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys age 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at lisayetman@verizon.net or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@juno.com. • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The Catholic Women of the Chapel meets Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County schools are in session. Monthly programs are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, email Loretta Endres at bradanloretta@yahoo.com. • Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. To register, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-677-5590. • American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit americanlegionpost276.org. • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is May 9. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more informa- tion, go to e9association.org. MEETINGS

×