Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 32 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ August 9, 2012 fired up photo by nate pesceA convoy of emergency vehicles makes a grand entrance to Fort Meade’s 29th annual National Night Out on Tuesday. The free event at McGlachlin Parade Field featuredlaw enforcement demonstrations, games, children’s attractions, food and music. For more, see Pages 12-13.faithful gratitude UPCOMING EVENTSPost welcomes Baltimore Ravens Saturday, 7 p.m.: The Jazz Ambassadors Summer Concert - Constitution Parknew garrison show appreciation to SATURDAY: National Bowling Day - Free games at The Lanes area service members Monday & Wednesday, 12:30-2 p.m.: “Meade’s Got Talent” auditions - McGillchaplain Aug. 16, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanespage 11 page 14 Aug. 18, 7 p.m.: The Volunteers Summer Concert - Constitution Park
Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Summer events slowly give way to back-to-school plans Col. Edward C. Rothstein Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones The past week has been a great one for Team tions. The con- Chad.T.Jones.firstname.lastname@example.org Meade. certs, which are Chief, Command Information Saturday started in a fantastic way as the USO held every Satur- Philip H. Jones Metro hosted its annual “Operation Back to day this month, Philip.H.Jones.email@example.com School” at the Youth Center. The event, held in are free and open Assistant Editor & Senior Writer partnership with Google, DynCorp International, to the public. I Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes BAE Systems and PH/AMD, is designed to help hope to see many Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz kids get excited about the new school year as they of you at one of Design Coordinator Timothy Davis enjoyed a couple of hours together playing and these wonder- Supplemental photography provided enjoying fun activities that included core academic ful and patriotic by Patuxent Publishing Co. subjects such as reading, math, science, history concerts. and art. On Tuesday, COL. Edward c. Rothstein Advertising Afterward, children of our service members received the Fort Meade Garrison Commander backpacks filled with school supplies. The backpacks Directorate of General Inquiries 410-332-6300 and school supplies are greatly appreciated. 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Odierno presented Harbaugh with the send a message to criminals that crime has no place of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Award. on our streets or in our communities. the Army of the products or services advertised. Saturday marked the fifth year that the Ravens It seems like summer is flying by, which means have hosted a Military Appreciation Day. From we’ll just have to squeeze in as much fun as pos- the conversations I had with service members, their sible out of August. Those who know me know families, the players and Ravens coaches, this was I talk a lot about making sure we have balance in www.ftmeade.army.mil a tremendous event for everyone involved. It was a our lives. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd great way to spend the afternoon. I’m sure every- I believe we all need to find balance between and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. body had a lot of fun. work, family and personal time to lead happy and I ended Saturday evening at Constitution Park, fulfilled lives. I hope you agree with me that balance where we enjoyed the first free concert of the in life is important, and you’ll join me in making it U.S. Army Field Band’s annual Summer Concert an important part of your life. Co n t e n t s Series. The Concert Band’s 65-member instrumen- tal ensemble and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus per- Thinking about the end of summer reminds me that it will not be long before we all need to return formed show tunes, opera, Americana and classical to our “back-to-school” mind-set and start think- News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 14 works. The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus put ing about ways to make the first days of school safe on an incredible show! ones for our children. This weekend at Constitution Park, the Army Let’s stay alert and be patient as back-to-school Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 19 Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors will perform a mix traffic hits our roadways, and please drive cau- of big-band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary tiously through posted school zones. Community.................. 17 Classified.............................. 20 jazz, jazz standards, Dixieland and patriotic selec- Have a great week! SOUNDOFF! August 9, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
NewsLeader development a critical part of cyberspace missionBy Mike Milord “We are developing an Army Cyber planning.” focused to leaders, staff and individuals,”Army News Service Warrior outreach program nested with Similarly, said Kagel, the training he said. “This will enhance knowledge, Leader development, training and edu- a full range of initiatives to recruit and aspect must develop the U.S. Army cyber skills and abilities required for cyberspacecation are critical to the Army cyberspace retain the required workforce,” said workforce training strategy to identify professionals nested with the USCC jointwarfighting mission, said Lucas Kagel, Kagel. “We have developed initial cyber current training efforts, what training cyberspace certification and training stan-chief of Concepts and Doctrine for U.S. specific intern, scholar and fellowship needs to be modified to meet emerg- dards.”Army Cyber Command. opportunities.” ing requirements. Then, it must develop The long-range education venue for “Cyber operations will be executed Looking ahead, Kagel said it is impor- new training solutions and incorporate cyberspace operations is the foundationfrom various cyberspace warfighting plat- tant to stay focused on the future also. cyberspace training requirements within for leader development and training.forms that people will build, operate “In the way of leader development, we Army Training and Doctrine Command’s “The best way to do this is to organizeand defend to support friendly mission want to incorporate cyberspace leader “Revolution in Training and Learning cyber within Army e-Learning Program,command, and to exploit, attack, and development at all levels of professional Initiative” (home station and integrated within Army continuing education and toinfluence adversary mission command,” military and civilian education,” he said. training environment), Kagel said. support one standard virtual educationalKagel said. “This will ensure the Army has sufficient “We must plan to incorporate cyber institute tied to the technical careers, “Army Cyber Command must provide planners and leaders with knowledge specific training through the Mission which connects all organizations involvedArmy leaders, staffs and Soldiers an to integrate cyber capabilities into the Command Training Center and provide with training and educating the work-increased understanding of cyberspace combatant commanders’ operations and cyberspace ‘digital awareness’ training force,” Kagel said.threats and capabilities, specifically thosecapabilities that are critical to enablingmission command, to achieve desiredeffects in support of the commander’sobjectives and intent.” Kagel said Army Cyber Command isworking to identify what leaders need toknow with regard to cyber threats to pro-tect the force and maintain the freedomto operate and increase cyber awarenessamong senior leaders. In addition, he said, Cyber Commandis working to provide a cyber warriortraining and leader development strat-egythat addresses the active-duty andReserve forces and civilians with associ-ated cost analysis in a fiscally constrainedenvironment. “The training ladder must include cre-ation of cyber programs of instructionin schoolhouses at all levels of individ-ual training,” Kagel said. “That meanswe need to identify and manage theknowledge, skills and ability standardsfor current and future cyber professionals,nested with the U.S. Cyber Command,joint cyberspace training and certificationstandards.” Establishing and continuing to improvea world-class cyber opposing force toprovide combat training center-quality,highly-realistic information warfare andcyberspace threat replication is essential,he said. “For example, 1st Information Opera- photo by marine pvt. coby smithtions Command offers three cyberspacetraining courses for leaders and planners:the Basic Computer Network Operations CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE CALL Rep. John Sarbanes, of Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District, and his father, retired Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes,Planners Course, the Executive CNOPlanners Seminar and the Senior Leader discuss the Fort Meade community with Garrison Commander Col. Edward Rothstein and his wife, Audrey, dur-CNO Awareness Seminar,” Kagel said. ing a congressional office call Monday at garrison headquarters. The elder Sarbanes, who served from 1977 to Underlying leader development and 2007, was the longest-serving senator in Maryland history. Both Sarbanes also were given a windshield tour oftraining efforts, education is fundamental, the installation during their two-hour visit.he said.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 9, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsPublic NoticeArmy invites comment on plan for former pesticide shop The U.S. Army at Fort Meade invites the site disposal with land use controls with gram, Program Sites and Pesticide Shop) and included within the Administrativepublic to comment on a proposed plan that long-term monitoring For a paper copy, visit the Fort Meade Record.evaluates proposed, remedial-action alter- Environmental Division Office at 239natives to address risk posed by pesticides, Preferred response action Chisholm Ave. or call 301-677-9854. Public meetingmetals and chlorinated, volatile organic Alternative 3 is the preferred response The office is open Monday to Friday The Army invites the public to attend acompounds at the former pesticide shop site action for the former pesticide shop. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at theat Fort Meade. This alternative provides an optimum Copies also are avialable at the Anne Capt. John Smathers Army Reserve Center The former shop is located in the south- balance between the selection criteria and Arundel County Library, West County on Route 175 (Annapolis Road, betweencentral portion of Fort Meade. is protective of human health and the Area Branch at 1325 Annapolis Road in 20th and 21st streets in Odenton) to discuss The site was used as a pesticide shop environment. Odenton. the proposed plan and the Army’s plan tofrom 1958 through 1978. The preferred response action may be The library is open Monday to Thursday remediate the site. During its operation as a pesticide shop, modified or a new alternative may be devel- from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday Community members are also invited tothe building also housed a maintenance oped based on public input. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 attend the Fort Meade Restoration Advisoryfacility for landscaping equipment. The site The final response action selected will be to 5 p.m. For more information, call 410- Board meetings held bimonthly at the Capt.is presently a fenced-in vacant lot used for documented in a Record of Decision that 222-6277. John Smathers Army Reserve Center.equipment storage. summarizes the decision-making process. The public may submit written com- The next RAB meeting is scheduled for The Army will summarize and respond to ments during the 30-day comment period, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.Alternatives evaluated comments received during the comment through Sept. 7. For additional project information, visit The proposed plan evaluates the follow- period as part of the Record of Decision. Comments must be postmarked by Sept. Fort Meade’s Environmental Managementing remedial action alternatives: 7 and sent to Mary Doyle, U.S. Army Gar- System website at ftmeade.army.mil/envi- • Alternative 1: No further action Public comment period rison Public Affairs Office, 4409 Llewellyn ronment (click the links for Cleanup Pro- • Alternative 2: Land use controls with Copies of the proposed plan will be avail- Ave. Fort Meade, MD, 20755-7058. gram, Program Sites and Pesticide Shop)long-term monitoring able for review at fortmeade-ems.org (click Following the 30-day public comment or call the Fort Meade Public Affairs • Alternative 3: Soil excavation with off- the links for Environmental Cleanup Pro- period, written responses will be prepared Office at 301-677-5592. Connect with Fort Meade at On the lookout for theft Facebook.com/ftmeade The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neighborhoods safe. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that windows and doors to homes, Have you noticed an issue on post cars and garages are locked at all times, Trouble and wondered if anything is being regardless of time of day. done to fix it? Email concerns and Although the crime rate in military housing issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. is lower than off post, it is important to remember that Fort Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to take an active role in deterring crime. solve them. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623. Issue: Plan: Status: Youth Services Sports Complex needs renovations Renovate the Youth Services Sports Complex Actual use of fields is expected to be Spring 2013 Chaplain’s Word: FREELY SHARE Demolition and installation “You can’t live a perfect day without doing McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC are now being performedfrom Aug. 16 to Oct. 1 (estimated), something for someone who will never be able to HVAC is inoperative classrooms 1-5 closed during (except in the ballroom) repay you.” — John Wooden A/C installation SOUNDOFF! August 9, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ews photo courtesy u.s. army field bandThe Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus perform the first concert in the U.S. ArmyField Band’s annual Summer Concert Series on Saturday evening. All the concertsare held every Saturday in August at 7 p.m. in Constitution Park.Summer ConcertSeries every Saturday The Jazz Ambassadors will • Aug. 25: Finale: “1812perform Saturday at 7 p.m. Overture,” combined concertat Constitution Park during featuring all four performingthe U.S. Army Field Band’s componentsannual Summer Concert In the event of inclementSeries. weather, the first three The free concert will feature concerts will be canceled anda mix of big-band swing, not rescheduled. The Aug. Photo by Lauren Loaderbebop, Latin, contemporaryjazz, jazz standards, Dixieland 25 concert will be performed at McGill Training Center IN THE BAG Malia Bennett, 9, accepts a backpack of school supplies from a USOand patriotic selections and will feature a variety volunteer during “Operation Back to School” hosted Saturday by the Other concerts include: of selections from The USO at the Youth Center. The annual event, held in partnership with • Aug. 18: The Volunteers Volunteers. Google, DynCorp International, BAE Systems and PH/AMD, is designed to help area youngsters get excited about the new school year as theywill perform a blend of For more information enjoy fun activities that includes core academic subjects such as read-popular American music, or up-to-date inclement ing, math, science, history and art. Children of service members alsoincluding rock ‘n’ roll, pop weather information, visit received backpacks filled with school supplies.and country. ArmyFieldBand.com. SOUNDOFF! August 9, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsSky-highsummer funVacation Bible Schoolencourages children‘to be good people’By Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Through games, interactive exercis-es and music, more than 190 childrenenrolled in Vacation Bible School arelearning how they can trust God in every-day life. The theme of this year’s ecumenicalBible-study program is “Sky VacationBible School.” “[The program] teaches children aboutGod and teaches them to trust God,” saidMarcia Eastland, Protestant ReligiousEducation coordinator at Argonne Hillswho has directed Vacation Bible Schoolfor nine years. “It teaches them aboutGod’s love and how to be good people.” The program, which is being held atArgonne Hills Chapel Center, beganMonday and ends Friday. Vacation Bible School is sponsored photos by nate pesceannually by the Religious Services Office Children, volunteers and instructors at Sky Vacation Bible School surround a giant colorful parachute for a game called “Skydive”and features Bible points that are rein- at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. The Religious Services Office is hosting the weeklong Vacation Bible School for children ages 4forced daily through Bible stories, games, years old through fifth grade.crafts and songs. The program is targeted to childrenages 4 through fifth grade and is led byabout 90 volunteers. According to the website of GroupPublishing, a national publishing housethat develops each year’s theme and cur-riculum, young people will “discover thatby trusting God, everything is possible.” The summer’s theme is taken from theGospel of Mark, Chapter 10, Verse 27:“Everything is possible with God.” Eastland said the annual programmakes a difference in young people’slives. “Vacation Bible School stays with youthrough adulthood,” she said. “It’s a verygood experience.”1st Lt. Brandon Williams of the MarylandNational Guard, a leader in this week’s SkyVacation Bible School, gives instructions Children eat lunch in the cafeteria areaduring an outdoor activity. The program, during this week’s Sky Vacation Biblewhich began Monday and ends Friday, School. More than 190 children andfeatures games, arts and crafts, and 90 volunteers are participating in themusic to teach youngsters about the ecumenical program that focuses on aBible. different theme each year. SOUNDOFF! August 9, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
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N ewsNew garrison chaplain praisessupport for religious servicesStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes organizations on post. Rau also noted Chaplain (Maj.) Bogu-Staff Writer Rau said he has attended eight of the slaw Augustyn, the garrison’s Catholic Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau would rather nine worship services and is impressed. priest, and his spiritual leadership of threenot be the center of attention. “The congregations are amazing,” he vibrant Catholic congregations. When the new garrison chaplain was said. “God is alive and well in the peo- Rau urges members of the Fort Meadetold that SoundOff! wanted to publish a ple.” community who do not have a homeprofile on him to introduce him to the During the interview, Rau highlight- church to visit a worship service on post.Fort Meade community, Rau insisted that ed the contributions of Chaplain (Maj.) “They need to experience one of theseveral garrison chaplains join him in the Dean Darroux, the former director of nine worship services,” he said. “Each oneinterview to talk about their respective pastoral ministries who left Fort Meade is exciting.”ministries. on Tuesday to serve at Fort Story, near For the first 30 to 60 days of his tenure, “I really don’t want a big, full article Virginia Beach. Rau plans to meet with garrison leaderson me,” Rau said. “I want it on all the Darroux also led the Argonne Hills and directors of partner organizations toreligious support these gentlemen and Chapel Center Protestant Gospel Service, determine “what’s working and why andothers give.” which was named the 2011 Volunteer what needs improving and why” Rau, who began his tenure at Fort Organization of the Year in the spring. While Rau said it is a bit too early toMeade on July 2, previously served at “He’s done a wonderful and great job,” state his vision for his tenure, Jacobs saidthe Pentagon for four years on both the Rau said. Team Meade is Rau’s focus.Army G-1 staff and the Army Chief of Rau also mentioned the work of Chap- “He sees himself as a vital part of TeamChaplains staff. lain (Maj. ) Mark Jacobs, director of the Meade,” Jacobs said. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sid A. Taylor, who Family Life Ministry at Argonne Hills, A native of Michigan, Rau and his Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau, who beganserved as the garrison chaplain for one who supervises several pastoral interns wife, Kathy, have two children and three his tenure at Fort Meade on July 2,year, is now the deputy garrison chaplain. from the Pastoral Counseling and Spiri- grandsons. His father, Raymond Rau, said he has never been assigned to an “I’ve inherited a very good situation tual Care Department at Loyola Univer- was a World War II Bataan Death March installation before with such a diversefrom Chaplain Taylor,” Rau said. “The sity in Columbia. The interns, who are survivor and a prisoner of war for 36 selection of religious services.more I learn about the installation, the pursuing either a master’s or doctoral months.more I say kudos and congratulations to degree, volunteer as pastoral counselors in The Bataan Death March was a forcible Concordia Theological Seminary in FortChaplain Taylor. ... He had a great sup- the Family Life Ministry program for nine transfer of 78,000 American and Filipino Wayne, Ind.portive staff.” months to a year. POWs by the Japanese Imperial Army After his seminary studies, Rau minis- In his 24 years as an Army chaplain, “It helps me grow as a supervisor in after the three-month Battle of Bataan in tered two congregations in Lexington andRau said he has never been assigned to guiding and assisting other young coun- the Philippines in World War II. Winchester, Ky., before entering the Armyan installation before with such a diverse selors,” Jacobs said. Rau served in the Marine Corps from chaplaincy.selection of religious services. Rau also highlighted the worship ser- 1971 to 1974 and then re-entered military Rau said he was called by God to serve Fort Meade’s Religious Services Office vices for Jewish service members, their service as an Army chaplain in 1988. as an Army chaplain and that his father’soffers 22 daily and weekly worship services families and civilian employees that are led During his break in service from the faith during the war also inspired him.that accomodate nine different faiths. A by Rabbi Levi Finkelstein. Marines, Rau pursued a bachelor’s degree The satisfaction of helping people workstaff of five chaplains, five chaplain assis- The Islamic service across the hall is in religion and psychology from Michigan through problems and overcome obstaclestants and four staff members provide sup- led by Fort Meade Public Affairs Officer State University and a Master of Divinity is what is most rewarding about his work,port to congregants, as well as to partner Chad Jones. degree in theology and counseling from he said. For All of Your Personal Banking Needs... You Belong Here! At The Washington Savings Bank our Premium Checking is FREE! Five Convenient Locations to Serve You! And it comes with all the features to make your life easier! 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C over S tory photos by nate pesce National Night OutOwen Kinney, 16, and Henry Valdes, 18, spar during a balancing jousting match at theFort Meade Boy Scouts’ booth. On- and off-post organizations provided informationalbooths that offered games and giveaways. celebrates communityBELOW: Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein signs the CommunityNational Night Out proclamation Tuesday at McGlachlin Parade Field during theannual event attended by an estimated 5,000 people. By Brandon Bieltz pony rides, informational booths and free Staff Writer hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and Kendall Farr was dressed head-to-toe in a Slurpees. metallic suit that looked like he stepped out The National Association of Town Watch of a sci-fi movie. sponsors the nationwide event on the first Though prepared to join firefighters from Tuesday in August every year. Fort Meade’s Baltimore-Washington International Thur- anticrime community event was co-hosted by good Marshall Airport to take down a fuel fire the Directorate of Emergency Services and on the runway, the 5-year-old from Baltimore Picerne Military Housing. had trouble maneuvering in the gear and stood “It’s a police-community partnership a few inches shorter than the tires of the Air- designed to heighten crime awareness and craft Rescue and Firefighting truck. show the community the friendly face of the “I was a real firefighter,” Kendall said. “The police department by showing them our tools boots were hard [to walk in]. I kept falling and equipment we use to investigate crime,” over.” said Fort Meade Police Capt. Thomas Russell, Kendall and his mother Navy Reserve an event organizer. Counselor 1st Class Kristi Farr were among Meagan Murray, a communications spe- the estimated 5,000 people attending the 29th cialist at Picerne, said co-hosting the event is a annual National Night Out held Tuesday eve- “great fit” for the privatized housing partner. ning at McGlachlin Parade Field. “It’s centered around safety and it brings The three-hour event featured demonstra- out the community,” she said. tions by emergency responders, music, games, A majority of Picerne’s 120 employees at12 SOUNDOFF! August 9, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
Tyler Rucker-Pickett, 6, puts out a virtual fire with the help of Fort Meade Fire Capt.John Trottman. The simulator used a laser direction-sensing fire extinguisher to teachchildren how to properly extinguish a fire.LEFT: Youngsters climb the rock wall erected in the middle of the parade field.Fort Meade worked the event, either grilling, parade field. Navy Chief Petty Officer Derrickhelping vendors or running inflatables. Granthum of the Defense Media Activity and Festivities kicked off with a parade of his son Julien, circled the apparatus, checkingemergency response vehicles through the out each part. The 9-year-old declared that hisinstallation’s residential areas. favorite piece was the propeller. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Later in the evening, the APG SpecialRothstein and DES Director Lt. Col. J. Dar- Response Team demonstrated its explosiverell Sides joined Sparky the Fire Dog and breaching tactics on a door set up near theMcGruff the Crime Dog atop a fire truck and end of the field.used a megaphone to invite the community to “We like to demonstrate the amount ofthe block party. The convoy came to a halt on training and dedication we have to our craft,”Cooper Avenue alongside the parade field at 6 Police Lt. Joel Holdford said. “It’s gives usp.m. to officially start the event. a chance to show the community that we’ve This year’s National Night Out featured got them, that they’re safe and that we canpopular new attractions including a 7-Eleven protect them.”Slurpee trailer, where Rothstein served a batch The large number of law enforcement andto thirsty visitors, and a zip line. fire departments gathered together in one Airman 1st Class Thomas Spaugh of the place presented an opportunity for young22nd Intelligence Squadron was the first in line Kendall to feel comfortable with emergencyto get hooked up to the harness. “It was awe- responders, said his mother.some,” he said after zooming down the cable. “Every since he was little, we made sure In addition to the attractions, various dem- that he speaks to policemen, speaks to theonstrations and informational booths from firemen,” Farr said. “We don’t want him to beorganizations on- and off-post spanned a intimidated by any emergency personnel. It’s amajority of the parade field. fun way for [children] to interact and ask their Fire departments from throughout the questions and feel more comfortable.”area displayed a variety of fire-fighting tools. The former Defense Information SchoolLaw enforcement agencies such as the FBI, instructor, who has attended National NightNaval Criminal Investigative Service, Nation- Out for the past four years, said her familyal Security Agency, Fort Meade Police and looks forward to the gathering every year.military police, Anne Arundel County Police, Granthum, who attended the event for a Lexi Rivera, 9, and her father Air Force Tech. Sgt. Marcelo Rivera of the 29thMaryland State Police and Aberdeen Proving second year, said his family enjoys the annual Intelligence Squadron take a ride down the zip line, one of several new features atGround Special Response Team all brought activity as well. “We come out and let the this year’s free event.equipment and showed off their skills. kids enjoy themselves and interact with the Around 7 p.m., a helicopter from the How- other neighbors,” he said. “It’s just a prettyard County Police Department landed on the good time.”http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 9, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
S portsRavens honor service of military membersBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer As the Baltimore Ravens prepare for theNational Football League season, the teamopened its training camp to 20,324 fansSaturday evening. Among the energetic crowd that nearlyfilled the entire lower level of MT BankStadium in Baltimore, more than 3,000 seatswere reserved for service members, retireesand family members as part of the Ravens’fifth annual Military Appreciation Day. The event was instituted by Ravens’ headcoach John Harbaugh during his first sea-son with the team in 2008. “It’s great that Coach Harbaugh reachedout to the military and is doing this [Mili-tary] Appreciation Day for us,” said Maj.Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanderof Joint Forces Headquarters NationalCapital Region/Military District of Wash-ington. “We love the Ravens and the factthat he’s paying tribute to our Soldiers,Sailors, Airmen, Marines and deployed.” In addition to being seated near theendzone, service members received T-shirts,patriotic gifts, and opportunities for auto-graphs and photos with players and cheer-leaders. Prior to the practice, Harbaugh met withservice members to sign autographs andshake hands. “Just want to thank all the folks from theU.S.. military who were here ... just all ofour good friends in the military for being photo by jason kellyhere,” Harbaugh said after the practice.“Thank you for what you do. Freedom is Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed signs autographs for service members during the team’s Military Appreciation Day on Saturday.not free, and we can’t do what we do with- The open practice was attended by 20,324 fans.out you. Thank you very much.” During practice, several service members Meade didn’t know that people came toincluding Linnington and Garrison Com- watch preseason practices.mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein walked While he doesn’t follow the Ravens,around the field for a closer look at the Hodge said that as a fan of football hedrills and to meet several of the players, appreciated the team reserving seats forincluding running back Ray Rice and safety service members to see the action up close.Ed Reed. “It’s nice,” he said. “It’s good.” Staff Sgt. Reynold Thomas of the Thomas agreed.National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va., “It’s well worth it,” he said of the event.was among the fans watching the practice “I don’t know how they do it, but I appreci-from the endzone seats. Saturday was the ate it for sure.”closest Thomas had ever been to an NFLfield. Isaac Perry, 5, Dorrian Gooding, 6, and “I would like to go on there,” he said. Jonathan Perry, 6, all members of the Several service members said they Fort Meade Cougars youth football team,enjoyed watching how the team trains for watch the Baltimore Ravens practicethe season. Saturday evening. The team reserved “It’s great seeing how they practice,” more than 3,000 seats for serviceThomas said. “It looks kind of chaotic members and their families to attend theout there.” training camp at MT Bank Stadium in Staff Sgt. Clayton Hodge of the U.S. Baltimore.Army Medical Department Activity at Fort photo by Sarah Pastrana14 SOUNDOFF! August 9, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
S portsAirman joins Team USA in duathlon championshipStory and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff Writer When David Perez laced up his run-ning shoes for the Blackwater Duathlonin Cambridge on June 3, the Air Forcetechnical sergeant was aiming to finish hisfirst duathlon in five hours. But after crossing the finish line in a Air Force Tech.little more than four hours, Perez is now Sgt. Davidpreparing to head to Europe to compete in Perez poseshis second duathlon — the International with his bicycleTriathlon Union Long Course Duathlon and Team USAWorld Championship. uniform Saturday Perez of U.S. Cyber Command will morning. Perezjoin 18 other Americans representing their will join 18 othercountry for the event that consists of a Americans to10K run, 150K bike ride and another 30K compete at therun through the hills of Zofingen, Swit- Internationalzerland. More than 1,500 athletes from Triathlon Unionaround the world are expected to compete Long Coursein the endurance event on Sept. 2. Duathlon World “It’s going to be awesome,” the 31-year- Championshipold Meuse Forest resident said. “I’m very on Sept. 2excited for it. It’s a huge honor. It’s very in Zofingen,humbling.” Switzerland. A veteran endurance athlete with expe-rience in marathons, ultra marathons andcentury bike rides, Perez tested his skills inhis first duathlon at Blackwater. But Perez was unaware that the eventserved as the National Long CourseChampionship and qualifier for the worldchampionships. According to Team USA’s official web- asked Perez if he wanted to join Team While the rest of Team USA is train- “I enjoy biking, I legitimately enjoy it,”site, the top 18 athletes in each age group USA that Perez found out he qualified. ing together in Colorado Spring, Perez is he said. “I hate running, I run because it’squalified for a spot on the team in Swit- He joined without hesitation, he said. training on his own at Fort Meade and in what I need to do. It’s good for me.”zerland. The event consisted of a 10K run Then the training started. surrounding areas. Perez equates his dislike for running tofollowed by a 70K bike ride, and finished The world championship is a much lon- “I am the Lone Ranger,” he said. fear and uses endurance races and longwith a 10K run, covering a total area of ger course than the Blackwater, totaling Perez trains during any spare time that periods of running as a way of facing55.89 miles on a flat course. 118 miles through the rugged terrain of he can find. But between his duties at that fear. Unaware of the race’s magnitude, Perez the Northern Switzerland town and home U.S. Cyber Command and his career as a “I think every individual has the abilitywent into his first duathlon with aspira- of an ancient monastic settlement. professional mixed martial artist, free time to do what I do. I’m not special,” he said.tions of just trying to hit his goal of five According to the event’s website, the is hard to come by. “I think it just comes down to heart andhours. He said he wasn’t trying to beat first run consists of two 5K laps: “The “Training has been very difficult,” he the mental attitude. I believe in myself. Ifanybody and was purposefully checking course is demanding — one half is on said. I set my mind to it, I know I have enoughhis watch throughout the race to keep his asphalt streets and the other half on paths Six days a week, Perez works out with heart to get through it. ... It’s courage, hav-tempo on track. through the forest.” Team Warfighter, a team of amateur ing the courage to face your fears.” Perez finished at 4:09.36. Following the run, competitors will mixed martial artists, while preparing for Perez will arrive in Switzerland about Shortly after the race, Perez left without transition to cycling for three laps of a upcoming fights in October. two days before the world championshipwaiting for the awards or results to be 50K course through the hilly town. Ath- To find time, he has resorted to early to acclimate himself to the climate andannounced — still unaware the Blackwa- letes will then complete one final run on morning runs and weekend training — altitude — as well as meet his team forter was more than an average race. a 30K “hilly running course,” according helped by having Fridays off to work the first time. “I don’t think it would have made to the website. out. Having worn an American flag patchany difference, but mentally, for a lot of The hills and altitude are what Perez is “I’m the guy out here at 3:30, 4 o’clock for the past 11 years as an Airman, Perezpeople, it probably would have,” Perez most focused on. in the morning running the base over and looks forward to competing with “USA”said of not knowing the event was a world “That’s one of the biggest things I’m over and over again trying to find as many written on his uniform.championship qualifier. “I felt good that concerned about,” he said “Normally, little hills as I can,” he said. “It’s not just about me,” he said. “It’sday.” I would be in Colorado Springs, which On an average work day, Perez runs about everything that Team USA stands It wasn’t until later in the week when a would simulate the high altitude and the six to eight miles. On weekends, he logs for and that flag, and representing myteam coordinator from the Olympic Train- amount of inclines I’m going to encoun- nearly 50 miles on his bike and 10 miles country with all the other countries outing Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., ter.” running. there. It will be amazing.”http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 9, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Flag football coachesBlatant disrespect Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is in need of four flag football coaches for the flag football season. Coaches will receive training and certification. First things first. National Night Out was peers had me feel-pretty outstanding. ing a little bit like Flag football season runs Aug. 26 to Oct. 12. YDJ, YJ3 and my nephew, Bilal, are all a Carmelo Anthony For more information, call 301-677-1329 or email matthew.sagartz@little tough after climbing on HMMWVs and after he took a fla- us.army.mil.spending 20 minutes with the NSA Police. grant shot to thePlus, my wife and I learned that nothing “man region” by Running clubbreaks a fast quite like a brain freeze, courtesy some Argentinean Gaffney Fitness Center plans to form a running club that will meet once aof a Slurpee. scrub during the week at the facility. I even enjoyed being taunted by our police Olympics. http:// Chad T. Jones, Those interested in joining should contact Angie Wanner at 301-677-3318and the boss from atop a fire truck during bit.ly/QDFXmY Public Affairs or email firstname.lastname@example.org parade. I can still hear our DES Director AND http://bit.ly/ OfficerLt. Col. J. Darrell Sides screaming over thesirens: “Come on out. Free for everybody, RmOZEK I couldn’t have been more proud of Team Texas Hold ‘emexcept PAO.” USA’s response: A 42-17 run, which turned a Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Of course, he carries a gun, has access to a close game into a 29-point blowout. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-fire hose and was proceeding down Llewellyn Now since we are talking about disrespect, 5541.Avenue three or four steps faster than I could I would like to seek your counsel on an issuemaintain. So he knew there was no chance I brought up on my Facebook page. It is Youth Fall Sportsof me mustering a retaliatory assault on his regarding what to think about U.S. gymnast Fall sports registration is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reecemotorcade. McKayla Maroney’s behavior on the medal Road. However, one day (obviously not this week) stand after bringing home the silver in the Youth sports are available for ages 3 to 18 years old. Fall sports includeFort Meade’s top cop is going to want some vault. In case you haven’t seen the image, here cheerleading, flag football, tackle football, swim and soccer.coverage or maybe a photo. He may even ask it is: http://bit.ly/TcZlqL. For more information or to coach, call 301-677-1156 or 301-677-1149.for it at a command and staff meeting. And If you watched the coverage of the vault,when he does, then maybe, just maybe, I may an event that Maroney was the clear favoritestand and say, “Free coverage for everyone, to win, it was clear she wasn’t happy about National Bowling Dayexcept DES.” coming in second. Her behavior could only The Lanes is celebrating National Bowling Day on Saturday with free Similarly, I should give some NNO kudos be described as childish at best. It could also games.to a certain communications director from be described as downright boorish and the Each customer’s first game will be free.FGGM’s favorite housing partner — tech- epitome of “The Ugly American.” For more information, call 301-677-5541.nically its only housing partner — Picerne My initial thought to her reaction andMilitary Housing. the image was not favorable, and I know if EFMP bowling This director, who shall remain nameless, McKayla was some other athlete, or at leastshowed amazing integrity while serving as if she was competing against other American The Exceptional Family Member Program bowling events are held the thirdthe literal end of the funnel cake line Tuesday athletes, I’d be much harder on her. Tuesday of each month at the Lanes.night. And by literal end, I mean she was kick- It is not like she was handed a lump of coal The next EFMP bowling event will be Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.ing more people out of the line than Patrick on Christmas, or her dog was just kicked. She Events are open to Fort Meade exceptional family members and their familySwayze kicked out of the Double Deuce in just earned a silver medal, for goodness’ sake, members and features free buffet food and giveaways.“Road House,” http://bit.ly/rLWfz. and her only reaction was to pucker her lips Exceptional family members ages 18 and younger and their siblings may Of course her weapon of choice was a and cover the medal with her hands as if it register for free games and shoe rental at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/smile as opposed to Swayze’s roundhouse or was the scarlet letter. meadecyms.html.throat rip, but it proved to be just as effective But I also know I wouldn’t have been overly Adult exceptional family members may register for free games and shoe rentaldespite the pleas from everyone hankering for enthused if she would have celebrated coming at the EFMP office at 301-677-4779. Discounted games and shoe rental will befree fried dough covered in powdered sugar. in second as if she came in first. So, I ask you, offered to other adult family members.That includes me, a man who had been fast- how should she have reacted? For more information, email Anita Hendrix at email@example.com oring for 15 hours and wanted nothing more Send your thoughts on this and anything call 301-677-4779.than some cake. Yet despite my hardships and to do with the world of sports to chad.t.jones.threats similar to what I’m going to drop on firstname.lastname@example.org. Dollar DaysLTC Sides one fine day, she remained firm, Barring any more disrespect on par with The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday.and I remained hungry. our American flag being improperly secured Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, My wife, also hungry, couldn’t help but during a medal ceremony (http://bit.ly/QLx- small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.take the opportunity to question my appar- EaT), we will have our fantasy football 2012 For more information, call 301-677-5541.ent lack of influence on this post. But what preview next week.good is a spouse if she can’t kick you while Columnist note: You wanna-be columnists For more Fort Meade sports, visit www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.you’re down? have exactly two weeks to send in your Jibber To be honest, my wife’s jab teamed with the Jabber submissions for possible publication onabove examples of blatant disrespect by my Aug. 23 and 30.16 SOUNDOFF! 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