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Fort Meade SoundOff August 16, 2012


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Fort Meade SoundOff August 16, 2012

  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 33 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ August 16, 2012 saturday in the park file photoThe Volunteers, the U.S. Army Field Band’s premier touring rock/pop band, will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park as part of the Army Field Band’s annualSummer Concert Series at Fort Meade. The Volunteers have been telling the Army story through music - rock, pop, country, R&B and patriotic tunes - since 1981. The seriesfinale, a combined concert featuring all four performing components and the “1812 Overture,” will be presented Aug. 25. For more information or up-to-date inclementweather information, visit it’s academic UPCOMING EVENTSFirst Army Soldiers Meade High begins today, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Loungeuse weekend retreat 2012 school year friday, 7 p.m.-Midnight: Chicago Steppin’ dancing - Club Meade with new principal saturday, 7 p.m.: The Volunteers Summer Concert - Constitution Parkto strengthen families Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Women’s Equality Day Observance - McGillpage 10 page 6 Aug. 25, 7 p.m.: U.S. Army Field Band “1812 Overture” Concert - Constitution Park
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Working together we can keep Col. Edward C. Rothstein Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity Public Affairs Officer Fort Meade safe from terrorism Chad T. Jones The Department of the Army has pro- becoming a vic- claimed August as the Army’s Antiterrorism tim of terror- Chief, Command Information Awareness Month. ism. It begins Philip H. Jones Fort Meade’s ultimate goal in preventing a with each of us terrorist attack involves every organization, taking a proac- Assistant Editor & Senior Writer every unit and every person in our efforts to tive mind-set Rona S. Hirsch promote heightened awareness and vigilance about the secu- Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes against terrorism. rity environ- Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Antiterrorism Awareness Month focuses ment where we Design Coordinator Timothy Davis on four major themes: antiterrorism training; live, work, go Supple­mental photography provided education and awareness; suspicious-activity to school and by Patuxent Publishing Co. reporting; antiterrorism roles and responsi- travel. COL. Edward c. bilities for leaders and staff; and enhancing General Rothstein Advertising antiterrorism preparedness through emergency awareness tips Garrison Commander General Inquiries 410-332-6300 response planning. include: Allison Thompson Throughout the month, we should all strive • Maintain situational awareness of your sur- 410-332-6850 to enhance our understanding of the nature of roundings at all times. Michele Griesbauer terrorism and the potential for terrorist attacks Pay particular attention to activities around 410-332-6381 on our installations and in our surrounding you in order to identify anything unusual. If communities. necessary, leave the area and report suspicious If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are As I have often said, our responsibilities activity or behavior to local authorities. experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail and relationships extend well beyond the Fort • Protect your personal information at all Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Meade fence line. The vitality of our surround- times. 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Criminals and terrorists are known to Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department for everyone to report suspicious activities. use these forums for open-source information of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are Fort Meade established an iWatch program gathering and for recruitment. These media do not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance in the spring of 2011. iWatch allows the Direc- not provide “secure” communications. of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of torate of Emergency Services to work with The key point to remember is everyone can the Army of the products or services advertised. local and federal police and emergency service learn to be watchful and help prevent terror- agencies to share information about potential ism. Reporting even a minute detail can stop crimes or suspicious activities. an incident from happening. The iWatch program empowers each of us to protect places where we live, work and play. We all play a role in helping to keep our neighbors and our communities safe. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at To learn more about the website, visit iWatchft- We must remain vigilant and aware of the and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at dangers of terrorist activities and we should all We can all take steps to reduce the risk of make vigilance an everyday focus. Co n t e n t s Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 14 members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 19 Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Community.................. 17 Classified.............................. 20 For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! August 16, 2012
  3. 3. NewsCyber Guard exercise focuses on defensive cyberspace operationsBy Col. Rivers Johnson guys), the Opposing Forces (OPFOR assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters- authorities and partnerships it has withU.S. Cyber Command - the threat), and the Controllers (who Missouri (National Guard), was one of the NSA.Public Affairs Office provided oversight and guidance, ensur- the players for Cyber Guard. A com- “One of the key takeaways for those Cyber defense of the homeland is a ing the exercise ran smoothly). puter network defense analyst, Cham- who participated in Cyber Guard, espe-critical mission and relies on a whole The Blue players exercised fully coor- bers said the exercise provided him and cially for the National Guardsman, isof government approach. Key players dinated defensive-response actions and the Missouri team he supported with going to be the personal networkingfor the defense of the homeland include mitigation measures in support of a a better understanding of the various they developed while here,” said Charlesgovernmental agencies and academic homeland security scenario. The exercise stages required to execute their mission Berlin, director of the NSA’s Nationalinstitutions, as well as the Department was conducted in a tactical, virtual in defense of the homeland. Security Operations Center. “Those per-of Defense. environment on a closed cyber “I am excited to participate in sonal networks will pay dividends down Cyber defense requires a number range. Cyber Guard 12-1,” Cham- the road.”of skill sets and capabilities as well Cyber Guard pro- bers said. “I’m participat- Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, adjutant gen-as detailed coordination for a quick vided the command ing in the first full-spec- eral for the state of Wisconsin who hasresponse. Cyber threats against our criti- with an opportunity trum discussion of how helped lead the Governor’s Homelandcal infrastructure are increasing every to put into practice the National Guard, Security Advisory Council efforts, alsoday. and institutionalize Cyber Command and praised Cyber Guard. To examine just such a scenario, U.S. processes and proce- federal agencies can “Cyber Guard was a great exer-Cyber Command recently conducted on dures while provid- come together and cise,” Dunbar said. “It allowed existingFort Meade its first exercise in collabo- ing a framework for apply their collective National Guard cyber units to gain valu-ration with cyber subject-matter experts future operational cyber expertise to sup- able training in a complex emergencyfrom across the National Security Agen- imperatives. port critical infrastruc- exercise facing substantive cyber events,cy, National Guard, Department of “A superb, world- ture service providers. which challenged all of our systems -Homeland Security and FBI. class event,” said Lt. Gen. “The exercise explores civilian and military. The tactical-level exercise called Cyber Jon Davis, deputy command- the various avenues of how “The National Guard provides keyGuard focused on national defensive er for U.S. Cyber Command. “I the National Guard is able to con- surge capacity to the governor and thecyberspace operations and command saw a complete cadre of cyber warriors tinue its existing mission of supporting nation for cyber operations. Includingand control with mission integration so energized about fighting an extremely and defending the homefront into the the National Guard can only improvebetween USCYBERCOM/NSA and the complex, realistic cyber threat scenario. next frontier.” our nation’s capacity to respond. AndNational Guard in a dynamic joint- The ‘cyber culture’ is beginning to take U.S. Cyber Command is responsible in the cyber realm, we must act withcyber training environment. shape, and we shouldn’t underestimate for operating and defending DoD net- urgency to develop these relationships The primary objective was to estab- the value of creating this kind of culture works. Its establishment was directed in and continue to test them.”lish long-lasting DoD/NSA relation- at the tactical levels.” June 2009 by then-Secretary of Defense Cybersecurity continues to be a prior-ships with the National Guard in order Cyber Guard provided an environ- Robert Gates. Gen. Keith B. Alexander ity across government. The Cyber Guardto increase cyberspace capability and ment where multiple cyber incidents assumed command in May 2010. exercise was just one of the trainingsituational awareness to better support could affect a variety of targeted loca- As a sub-unified command, U.S. opportunities to ensure DoD’s cyberse-the DHS and FBI in the defense of the tions and facilities. The National Guard Cyber Command relies upon the assets, curity needs are met.nation. would play a critical role in the cyber The weeklong exercise included about defense of the nation, so Guard units500 participants, of which approximately from 12 states were on hand. They100 came from National Guard units. responded to a variety of scenarios The exercise provided realistic training including cyber attacks against criticalopportunities for the command, agencies infrastructure such as water treatment Connect with Fort Meade atinvolved and National Guard units. facilities, a gas pipeline and the electri- Like most exercises, participants were cal grids.part of either the Blue Forces (the good Staff Sgt. Dennis Chambers, who isVaccines protect family pets from wildlife, rabies riskBy Maj. William Wilkins Facility has treated multiple dogs who scratch from a rabid animal can transmit ated with these “playdates.”Fort Meade Veterinary Service were seriously injured by groundhogs. the virus. Unfortunately, rabies disease A confirmed current rabies vacci- As many of you may have noticed, In addition to the obvious trauma suf- is nearly always fatal. A potentially nation reduces the requirements. Forthere seems to be no end to the abun- fered, the groundhog can transmit fatal exposed pet or person must be evaluated these reasons, we strongly recommenddance of wildlife on the installation, rabies illness to pets or working dogs as rapidly as possible by the appropriate you keep your animals current on theirparticularly the groundhogs. during their encounter. medical facility. rabies vaccines and always maintain a While these chubby little furballs may Rabies is an ever-present threat any- While we have made significant safe distance between you or your petappear sweet and harmless, they are time people and/or pets are involved with advances in the field of rabies treat- and wildlife.formidable opponents when matched wildlife. Any warm, furry animal can ments, there are still extensive quarantine For more information, call your vet-against the beloved pets of our Soldiers. potentially carry rabies. requirements and even tougher post- erinarian or the Fort Meade Veterinary The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Even something as trivial as a small exposure shot regiments that are associ- Treatment Facility at 301-677-1318. August 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsImmunizations provide best protection against diseaseBy Kirk Frady rates, resulting in a recommendation from severe and may cause life-threatening • People with a history of Guillain-Army Medicine the Centers for Disease Control that complications. Barré syndrome The month of August has been desig- everyone receive one lifetime booster dose However, certain groups should not • Children younger than 6 months oldnated as National Immunization Influ- of a pertussis-containing vaccine. receive the vaccination. For instance, per- • People acutely ill with a feverenza Vaccination Awareness Month. Other vaccine-preventable diseases sons with altered immune competence are For people at a higher risk for flu com- It is critically important that every Sol- include polio, mumps, rubella, chicken at high risk for influenza infections and plications and vaccination, it is especiallydier, family member, Department of Army pox, meningococcal disease, pneumonia, should be vaccinated with trivalent inac- important to decrease their risk of severecivilian and health beneficiary receive all tetanus, diphtheria, human papillomavi- tivated influenza virus vaccine. Live virus illness. They include:required immunizations and obtain their rus, shingles, and Haemophilus influenza vaccines are contraindicated and should • Pregnant womeninfluenza vaccinations to ensure the Army B. be postponed until after chemotherapy • Children younger than age 5, espe-is a healthy and mission-ready force. “Immunization is the very best pro- or long-term, high-dose steroid therapy cially children under 2 years old Immunizations are really the best pro- tection against disease and related com- has ended. • People age 65 and oldertection against disease and have saved plications,” Looney said. “Vaccines are Similarly, if a person has had a severe • Native Americans and Native Alas-more lives than any other medical mea- safe and effective, and have saved more allergic reaction to a vaccine, another kanssure in history. lives than any other medical measure in dose is not recommended. However, a • People of any age with certain chronic “Immunizations have prevented approx- history.” person with a mild common illness such medical conditionsimately 42,000 deaths and 20 million cases The dominant strain of influenza dur- as a cold with a low-grade fever does not • People who are morbidly obeseof disease over the past decade,” said Col. ing the upcoming flu season is still expect- have to wait to be vaccinated. • People who live in nursing homesRichard Looney, director of the Army’s ed to be the H1N1 strain from the 2009 Some people should not be vaccinated Flu vaccinations are also available at noMilitary Vaccination Program. “Those pandemic. against the flu without first consulting a cost to beneficiaries from any TRICARE-preventive efforts have also saved billions “H1N1 is still circulating,” Looney physician. They include: authorized provider or at participatingof dollars in related health care costs said, “but due to outstanding efforts and • People with severe allergies to chicken pharmacies.and total societal costs. Morbidity from immunization campaigns of the past few eggs To locate a participating pharmacy, callvaccine-preventable diseases has fallen 90 years, people are more aware and likely to • People who have previously had a 1-877-363-1303 or visit express-scripts.percent or more for most diseases since be adequately protected during the height severe reaction to influenza vaccination com/TRICARE/pharmacy/.the 20th century.” of flu season. Influenza immunization A majority of disease outbreaks in rates have gone up every year, and there’sthe U.S. occur in unvaccinated or inad- no reason to expect they won’t go upequately vaccinated populations. again during the 2012-13 season.” Chaplain’s Word: REWARDING WORK Measles made a comeback in the U.S. A common misconception is that vac-partly because unvaccinated people trav- cinations are just for children. Everyone “The secret to joy in work is contained in one word —eled to Europe, contracted the disease older than 6 months of age should receiveand returned home. Incidence of pertussis a seasonal flu shot every year. excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”(whooping cough) have increased largely Infection from influenza viruses candue to declining vaccination coverage result in illness ranging from mild to — Pearl S. Buck Have you noticed an issue on post Community Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Crime Watch Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Aug. 1, Theft: The Directorate Aug. 11, Spousal abuse: The solve them. of Emergency Services was civilian victim stated that her notified of a theft outside the husband assaulted her at their Eagle Fitness Center at the on-post residence. She further Issue: Plan: Status: National Security Agency. An investigation revealed that an stated that she and her hus- band had been arguing and unknown person, by unknown the incident turned physical Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is means, gained access to the when a struggle ensued over Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be Spring 2013 victim’s vehicle and removed $12 in the iPad and the subject grabbed her cash, a wedding ring set, watch, Naval around the neck. A few minutes later, Academy class ring, necklace and the subject pinned her to the couch earring set, and a small bag of miscel- and choked her and choked her again Demolition and installation laneous jewelry. a few minutes after that while she was McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC are now being performed, in the kitchen. HVAC is inoperative classrooms 1-5 closed during (except in the ballroom) A/C installation (until Oct. 1, estimated) SOUNDOFF! August 16, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsDays of YoreMeade High welcomes new principalStory and photo by Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer In all his years as an educator, John ‘We certainly want to seeYore said he has never met a student successful completionwho doesn’t want to feel valued andrespected. of all courses, as well as As the new principal of Meade HighSchool, Yore said fostering an environ- strong scores on AP and IBment where every interaction is respectfulis one of his top priorities. exams.’ “I want everything we do to represent John Yoreclass and character,” he said, “whether it’s Meade High School principalin the classroom, hallway, athletic field oron the stage.” Yore replaces Yolanda Leonard-Clark,who served as acting principal for six improvement in creating access for allmonths and is now principal of Arundel students to engage in advanced courseMiddle School in Odenton. work. We certainly want to see successful Before arriving at Meade High, Yore completion of all courses, as well as strongserved for one year as assistant principal at scores on AP and IB exams.”Old Mill Middle North in Millersville. Meade High offers more than 25 AP “It’s very exciting to be here at Meade,” courses and a complete course sequencehe said. “It’s a very unique and special in the IB Programme in English, socialschool.” studies, math, and world and classical lan- Yore plans to build on the success of the guages. Yore said freshmen are encouragedhigh school’s International Baccalaureate to maintain excellent study habits and toProgramme, Homeland Security Signa- enroll in honors, AP and IB classes.ture Program, Project Lead The Way and Although the high school did not meetJunior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. John Yore, the new principal at Meade High School, said he wants to build on the the state’s Adequately Yearly Progress tar- “We want to continue the good work success of the high school’s International Baccalaureate Programme, Homeland gets under the No Child Left Behind Actthat’s being done academically and even Security Signature Program, Project Lead The Way and Junior Reserve Officers’ for limited proficient students and specialenhance that further,” he said. “We want Training Corps. education students in the 2010-2011 schoola strong instructional focus and make sure year, Yore said he and the staff will “workwe’re reaching every student.” Yore began his graduate studies at at Sherwood. He later served as principal strategically to develop strong interven- Meade High’s High School Challenge the University of Maryland, studying of Cape Henlopen High School in Sus- tions in every classroom” to “continue toIndex, which takes into account the num- motor development, but later transferred sex County, Del., where he oversaw the eradicate any achievement gaps.”ber of advanced placement, Internation- to Bowie State University for a master’s school’s $79 million construction. Yore and his wife, Susan, a school coun-al Baccalaureate and other college-level degree in counseling. In 2010, Yore served as principal at selor in the Montgomery County Publicexams given at a school divided by the During this time, he worked in special Our Lady of Good Counsel, a Catholic Schools, have two children, Gabrielle, 16,number of graduates for the year, has education at Buck Lodge Middle School high school in Olney. The following year, and John Patrick, 10.increased. in Adelphi and on weekends as a con- he was assistant principal of Old Mill A native of Washington, D.C., Yore The nationally recognized index, for- sultant in a child development center Middle North. was born at the former Walter Reed Armymerly called the Challenge Index and program for children with special needs. Yore, who recently had breakfast with Medical Center. His father worked brieflypublished by The Washington Post, ranks The center was a partnership between Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. at the National Security Agency in theschools and school systems across the the University of Maryland and Prince Rothstein, said he looks forward to “main- early George’s Community College. taining strong ties with the community Yore attended Catholic grade schools During the 2006-2007 school year, After completing his course work in and the base.” in Prince George’s County and attendedMeade High’s Challenge Index was .770, counseling, Yore earned a master’s degree Yore also has met with students and Largo High School. He began studyingindicating less than one college-level exam in school administration at John Hopkins some parents and is enthusiastic about biology at Gettysburg College in Gettys-per student per year. In 2011, the index University in 2002. creating a climate of mutual respect. burg, Pa., but transferred to the Universityrose to 2.049, indicating more than two While pursuing his master’s degree, he “Integrity and values are very impor- of Maryland, College Park due to a familyexams per student per year. worked as a special education, science tant to me,” he said, noting that a climate crisis. The index remained the same for this and physical education teacher at Tilden of mutual respect doesn’t “happen in At the University of Maryland, Yoreyear. Middle School in Rockville, and as an isolation with single individuals.” majored in kinesiological sciences — the “In terms of advanced placement, we assistant principal at Redland Middle “It’s a collective response from the study of human movement — with anhave been seeing more students involved School in Rockville and Sherwood High school community. ... We’re much stronger interest in a career in special educationin the courses and taking more assess- School in Sandy Spring. together than we are individually,” Yore and physical education. He earned a bach-ments in the spring,” Yore said. “From By 2004, Yore had become the principal said. elor’s degree in perspective, I love to see continuous SOUNDOFF! August 16, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsTeam Meade briefs MDW commanderStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz best of the six installations he oversees:Staff Writer Fort Myer, Va., Fort Belvoir, Va., Fort In a Club Meade ballroom crowded AP Hill, Va., Fort McNair, Washington,with installation employees, the com- D.C., and Fort Hamilton, N.Y.manding general of the Joint Force “Fort Meade is a great place,” Linning-Headquarters National Capital Region/ ton said at the lunch. “Frankly, I wouldMilitary District of Washington joined love to be assigned down here. No. 1, itin to welcome several new staffers while would get me out of the Beltway. Butbidding farewell to another. No. 2, I sense a real enthusiasm for life, The buffet-style “Garrison Hail and for working, for playing at Fort Meade.Farewell” lunch was among the handful ... Thank you for what you bring to theof stops during Maj. Gen. Michael S. table every day.”Linnington’s biannual visit to the instal- After driving throughout the installa-lation on Aug. 9 “just to see how things tion, Linnington joined Garrison Com-are,” he said. mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein, Deputy The general also took a brief wind- Garrison Commander John Moeller andshield tour of Fort Meade before meet- other leaders from Team Meade at theing with garrison leaders to discuss sev- Medal of Honor Memorial Library con-eral topics affecting service members and ference room to discuss resiliency, schools,their families. drugs and senior leader training. Linnington’s first stop was at Club “Ed is probably my most aggressiveMeade, where he briefly spoke to gar- and my most imaginative commander,”rison employees. During his remarks, he Linnington said. “Whenever I need aacknowledged the Fort Meade Depart- Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters good idea, I call Ed and he gives me threement of Fire and Emergency Services National Capital Region/Military District of Washington, attends a meeting with Garrison good ideas.”for being named the DoD’s Small Fire Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein on Aug. 9 at the Medal of Honor Memorial Library During his visit, Linnington urgedDepartment of the Year. conference room to discuss issues affecting the installation. Linnington’s biannual visit installation employees to continue to Linnington also recognized the work to Fort Meade also included a windshield tour and Hail and Farewell luncheon. reach out to constituents and clients toperformed by the Fort Meade Sexual provide the best service possible.Assault Prevention and Response Pro- Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Pardue, Fort The “summer of transitions” also was “Keep pushing the envelope and keepgram, or SHARP. Meade’s SHARP program manager, discussed as several commands within the asking the questions,” he said. “Keep “Fort Meade, in my opinion, sets the said he is “both honored and humbled” JFHNCP/MDW changed leaders over fighting for resources and we’ll continuestandard for all DoD in how to go about by Linnington’s recognition of the pro- the summer. to make this a great place to live, workSHARP training,” he said at the lunch. gram. Fort Meade, Linnington said, is the and play.” CHEss MATES (Right) Adrian McCree,13, makes his move against Alexander Rodgers, 12, during the Fort Meade Teen Center/ Youth Services Chess Tournament on Aug. 2 at the Youth Cen- ter. Fourteen-year-old Jacob Ralston finished the tournament in first place. photo by william morris SOUNDOFF! August 16, 2012
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  9. 9. N ewsDINFOS Marines lead fast-paced lifeBy Coby SmithSpecial to Soundoff! All is quiet in the halls of the MarineDetachment on Fort Meade until about4 a.m. when alarms start to blare, doorscrack open and slam shut, and the soundsof shuffling can be heard down the stairsas the Devil Dogs head to morning forma-tion. With a daily schedule of formations,physical training, class, and for some, mar-tial arts training, the lives of the MarDetMarines can be fast-paced and alwaysregimented. “It can get pretty stressful because bythe time you go to class, you’re alreadyexhausted from PT, but you still have tomake sure that you are alert and focusedin class,” said Pvt. Gerardo Meza. “Thenonce you come back at the end of the day,all your free time is devoted to homework— if you really want to be successful.” Marines assigned to the Marine Detach-ment for schooling attend the DefenseInformation School, where they learn arange of Military Occupational Special-ties in media from Combat Correspondent(Public Affairs) to Combat Camera andCombat Camera Repro/Graphics. “The schooling is tough,” said Pfc.Andrew Fildes, a DINFOS-trained combat photo by coby smithcorrespondent. “A lot of focus is put into decision-making processes and situationaldealing with media and making sure that awareness. Combat Camera supports allyou represent your service in a professional elements of the Marine Air Ground Taskmanner.” Force and Training Commands and Sup- Marines in the public affairs occupa- porting Establishments with organicallytional field work so hard because they must assigned personnel, providing a full rangebe trained, equipped and postured to serve of professional imagery capabilities.”the force commanders as they execute their After a long day of class, most Marinesduties in keeping Marines and the Ameri- are ready to call it a day, but some take itcan people informed of what is happening upon themselves to train even further.on the battlefield as well as aboard Marine The Marine Corps Martial Arts programCorps bases, according to the Headquarters is a hand-to-hand combatives programMarine Corps Public Affairs website. that emphasizes its slogan, “One mind, any A Combat Camera Marine is trained weapon.” Marines spend two hours everyin accurately documenting and sourcing afternoon and four hours on Saturdaycritical information that can play a role in mornings conditioning and learning newchanging Marine Corps history. techniques in order to advance to the next “It’s a big responsibility knowing how belt level in the program.important the work you do can be,” said “It’s exhausting,” said Pfc. Casey Scar-Meza. “A lot of detail has to be put into pulla. “Some days you don’t want to getyour work. It’s not finished until it’s per- out there and do it, but those are the timesfect.” you have to be mentally tough and push photo by marine pvt. ronald brink According to Marine Corps Order yourself to continue.”3104.1A, the mission of Marine Corps Once Friday afternoon finally arrives, the Marine Pfc. Anthony P. Rays, a broadcasting student at the Defense InformationCombat Camera is to “provide command- exhausted Marines look forward to their School, works on a computer to complete his homework assignment.ers with photographic, video, digital layout weekend liberty.and design production, printed products However, after a couple of days off, they TOP: Marine Pvt. Wesley Cole, of the Marine Detachment at Fort Meade, barks out aand archival capabilities which directly sup- return Monday morning fresh and ready to drill movement to a platoon of Marines during a morning formation. Marines assignedport Marine Corps operations, enhancing tackle the week all over again. to the detachment lead a busy life during their time at Fort Meade.12 SOUNDOFF! August 16, 2012
  10. 10. N ews Iftar hosted at Chapel Center Fort Meade and the National Security Agency hosted an Iftar, the tradi- tional evening dinner when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. The Iftar was held Friday at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. There were 125 participants at the event designed to create awareness for Ramadan. Special guests included Denise G. Nooe, a congressional staffer for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski; Anne Arundel County Councilman District One Peter Smith; Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein; and Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau. LEFT: (Right) Imam Fazul Khan of the Islamic Society of the Washing- ton Area prepares to lead the Maghrib before the fast break on Friday night. The Maghrib is prayed just after sunset and is the fourth of five obligatory prayers Muslims must make every day. BELOW LEFT: Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein speaks Friday at the Iftar meal attended by 125 people. BELOW: Homayara Aziz (right) sits with her children Jannah, 4, (cen- ter) and Mahir, 6, before the Iftar dinner Friday night at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. As part of the holy month of Ramadan, the meal broke the day’s fast. photos by steve ruark August 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  11. 11. S portsFirst Strike A League of Their OwnFall bowling season features • Senior League, mixed: Mondays at 9:30 a.m., beginning Aug. 27 • Scratch Men: Mondays at 5:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 10leagues for all ages, skills, gender • MWR Doubles, mixed: Mondays at 5 p.m.By Brandon Bieltz that bowl in the league, and we have manu- • NABI League, mixed: Mondays at 8 p.m.Staff Writer facturer representatives that bowl in the • Bud’s Trio, sport: Mondays at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 10 Dorine Whitman has been bowling with league,” Sinek said. “It’s the highest level.”the Friday Night Mixed league for nearly a The season also features leagues for ladies, • CCF, mixed: Tuesdays at 5 p.m., beginning Sept. 18decade and still looks forward to the weekly men and mixed groups. Leagues are alsogathering of bowlers every summer. available for senior bowlers on Mondays at • Tuesday Men: Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m., beginning Aug. 28 “Everybody has a good time,” the Hanover 9:30 a.m. and youngsters looking to pick up • Tuesday Mixed: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.resident said. “We try to run a league that’s the game on Saturdays at 9 a.m.fair to all the bowlers, whether they have a Depending on the league, bowlers will • Sleepy Head Ladies: Wednesdays at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 576 average or a 200-plus average. We’re fair play three or four games every week dur-to all.” ing the 32- to 36-week season. Fees for the • Goddard Men: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 29 With the summer leagues at the Lanes leagues range from $15 to $25 per week. The • Wednesday Mixed: Wednesdays at 5:40 p.m., beginning Aug. 29now in the books, teams are forming for the fees also go toward a cash prize or banquetfall season that features 17 leagues for bowl- at the end of the season. • Wednesday Fun Mixed: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 5ers of all ages, skill level and gender. Sinek said there are typically 20 teams in All leagues begin the last week of August each league during the fall season. Depend- • NSA Mixed: Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 6or early September. ing on the league, the number of team mem- • Thursday Early Birds, mixed: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 30 “We have leagues for beginning bowl- bers range from two to five. Bowlers caners who aren’t hypercompetitive and don’t sign up as a team or as individuals. Those • Armed Forces Mixed: Fridays at 5:15 p.m., beginning Sept. 7want to spend a whole lot of money,” said without a team will be placed on one.Mike Sinek, the Lanes manager. “Then we With an average of 80 to 100 bowlers in • Friday Early Birds, mixed: Fridays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 7also have the highest level league, which is each league, Sinek said that in addition to • Youth Program: Saturdays at 9 a.m., beginning Sept. 8a PBA [Professional Bowling Association] regular competition, leagues provide a sociallevel scratch league. We have everything from aspect as well.a beginning league to a pro league.” “It’s regular bowling, it’s competition The most relaxed league that is best for and it’s also a social event,” he said. “You’rebeginners, Sinek said, is the Wednesday Fun bowling against a different team in yourMixed, which meets every Wednesdays at league every week, so you’re seeing different6:30 p.m. people every week.” “It’s not cutthroat, and the fee is low,” he Whitmann said the opportunity to social-said. “They’re just bowling for food and a ize while competing is a draw for leaguelittle bit of fun.” participation. On the other end of the competition spec- “You get to meet lots of people and it’strum is the Bud Scratch Trios league, which fun,” she said.meets Mondays at 7 p.m. and features some Editor’s note: Registration is under wayof the best bowlers in the area. for the fall bowling season. Sign-up is at the “We have PBA region members that bowl Lanes. For more information, call 301-677-in the league, former national team members 5541. Find schedules, scores, standings and upcoming seasons for • Basketball • Softball • Football • Soccer And more, plus All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at Follow Fort Meade at SOUNDOFF! August 16, 2012
  12. 12. S portsSports lead way fornon-battle injuriesBy Injury Prevention Program reation.U.S. Army Public Health Command Some prevention strategies that can Injuries are the biggest health prob- be recommended on the basis of sci-lem in the Army and are the leading entific evidence include avoidance ofcause of non-battle injuries and medi- overtraining; wearing mouth guardscal evacuations. and semirigid ankle braces during About 60 percent of Soldiers are high-risk activities; wearing synthetic-injured each year, resulting in a little blend socks to prevent blisters; andmore than 1 million medical visits wearing helmets for bicycling, skiing,annually due to musculoskeletal inju- football, lacrosse and Army combat-ries. ives. Roughly half of the Soldiers expe- The use of breakaway bases forriencing an injury were injured due to softball and baseball has been shownparticipation in sports, exercise and to reduce the risk of ankle injury byrecreational activities. 98 percent. As an indicator of the impact of Other suggested strategies, thoughthese injuries on Soldiers and unit not yet proven to be effective, includereadiness, 72 percent of Soldiers with banning of sliding in baseball or soft-an injury had two or more days of lim- ball, balance training, and focusing onited duty, and nearly 40 percent had 15 dynamic warm-up exercises instead ofor more days of limited duty. stationary stretching. Running causes about 50 percent of When Soldiers suffer serious injuriesall sports- and activity-related injuries. such as concussions, fractures or dislo-A review of non-running related sports cated joints, they should seek medicalinjuries demonstrates that the most treatment and inform unit leadership.common ones result from basketball Other injuries such as sprains,(15 percent), weight training (13 per- strains, abrasions or bruises can becent), football (10 percent), martial treated with rest, ice, compression andarts (9 percent) and softball/baseball elevation (R.I.C.E.).(3 percent). • You must rest to give the injury The body region most frequent- time to heal. This could take severally injured in sports and recreational days or weeks, depending on the sever-activities is the lower extremity, with ity of the injury.the knee making up almost a quarter • Use ice — 20 minutes on, 20 min-of all injuries. The ankle follows (18 utes off — for four to six hours topercent), then back (12 percent), foot reduce swelling of the affected area(10 percent) and shoulder (9 percent). and decrease the pain. The most common type of sports • Compression bandages will helpinjury is sprained joint, with ankle stabilize the joint.sprains being the most frequent. • Elevating the affected area will Strained muscles, particularly in the help reduce swelling.back, are the second most common If pain and swelling persist, seekinjury followed by tendonitis or bursi- medical treatment.tis of the knee, and dislocation of the Sports- and activity-related inju-shoulder. ries are a major contributor to the Although fractures and concussions Army injury problem. Implementingmake up only 10 percent and 1 percent the above recommendations and sug-of sports injuries, respectively, they gested strategies should reduce yourtend to require more days of limited risk of being injured and will allow aduty and longer rehabilitation than quicker recovery.other injuries. Keep in mind that the best option is Sports medicine literature offers to prevent injuries before they occur.only a few scientifically proven, evi- Apply what you know and use com-dence-based approaches to prevent mon sense so you don’t get sidelinedinjuries from sports, exercise and rec- by a sports injury. August 16, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15