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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 5 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ February 7, 2013 THE BIG CHILL photo by tina milesStaff Sgt. Kirston Smith, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th MI Brigade, quickly retreats from the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay after taking the plunge at the 17thAnnual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Smith, along with another 781st MI NCO and family members, participatedin the event to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. For the story, see Page haven growing pains UPCOMING EVENTSTeen Center AWG breaks ground Friday, 7 p.m.: Latin Night - The Conference Centerprovides youth on $31M headquarters Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Black History Month Observance - McGill construction project Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m.: Lounge Party - The Lanesroom to grow Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.: National Prayer Luncheon - The Conference Centerpage 8 page 3 Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - The Conference Center
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Ravens Super Victory; Col. Edward C. Rothstein Teen Center underused Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information It was at the beginning of the fourth quarter They are well Philip H. Jones when I said, “The Ravens could use a little help from behaved, have Team Meade right about now.” supportive par- Assistant Editor & Senior Writer And just like that, the Ravens seemed to catch ents and have an Rona S. Hirsch their second wind and closed out the game the way opportunity to Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes we all knew they were capable of doing. The end work with CYSS Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz result was a 34-31 Super Bowl win over the San staffers who can Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Francisco 49ers. help guide them Supple­mental photography provided It was a much-deserved victory for head coach toward a reward- by Patuxent Publishing Co. John Harbaugh, who has been a great supporter of ing future. our service members, the entire Ravens organization What I find Advertising and the City of Baltimore. most comforting COL. Edward c. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Congratulations Ravens. You made us proud! about the center Rothstein Garrison Commander Allison Thompson For the record: “Thanks Team Meade.” I’m is that parents 410-332-6850 sure the Ravens appreciated your support during know their children are safe here. They are not being Michele Griesbauer the game. We certainly appreciate the support that bullied. It’s a place where teens can feel comfortable 410-332-6381 service members at Fort Meade receive from the being themselves in a environment where it’s OK to Ravens each year. have dreams about succeeding in life and get the If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are This week, I’m calling on Team Meade again. I assistance of staffers who can help them make their experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail want to remind everyone that we have a great Teen dreams come true. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Center on the installation. I had a chance to visit Most of the teens at the center are from Meade the center last week and was surprised by the low High, although teens also come from North County, Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the number of teenagers who take advantage of the Arundel, Old Mill and Annapolis high schools. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary center and the resources it provides. Activities offered include a book club, weight lift- of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday The Teen Center has more than 140 registered ing, a computer lab, a cooking class, the Boys and 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 youths in ninth through 12th grades, but only serves Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, 40 to 45 teens each day. I can’t help but think that The center is also organizing activities for youths Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. there should be more youths there on a daily basis. with an interest in music and art. There also are The Teen Center is located at 3102 MacArthur BGCA activities geared specifically for boys and Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage Road, less than 300 feet across from Meade High girls such as the Passport for Manhood Club and without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, School. It is available to children of service members Smart Girls Club. 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. and DoD ID card holders who are registered with In addition, the center provides assistance in pre- Child, Youth and School Services or sponsored by paring for SAT and ACT subject tests while helping Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department a registered teen. youths prepare for college. of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are The center encourages high schoolers to be the There are even opportunities to perform commu- not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance best they can be and challenges them to achieve this nity service such as volunteering at Sarah’s House or of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of goal in a variety of ways. reading to younger children at one of Fort Meade’s the Army of the products or services advertised. Unfortunately, we live in an era where finding Child Development Centers. “safe havens” for our kids is a high priority for So parents, if you forgot your child was enrolled working parents. at the Teen Center, I ask that you revisit the facility The Teen Center is just that — a safe haven for and explore how it can be a positive force in your our youth. Under the direction of the Directorate child’s life. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the The center is teen friendly and teen driven. It’s a and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at facility is managed by CYSS. The center is staffed great place for high school kids to hang out, social- by five CYSS personnel who all have a commitment ize, play games, get their homework done and be an to excellence. important part of our community. Participants at the Teen Center are great kids. Have a great week! Co n t e n t s Commander’s Open Door News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 13 Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 Crime Watch................ 10 Movies.................................. 19 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 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! February 7, 2013
  3. 3. NewsAWG breaks ground on three-building projectStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz sory and solution-development sup-Staff Writer port globally to the Army and Joint Fort Meade continues to grow as Force Commanders to enhance Soldierthe Asymmetric Warfare Group pre- survivability and combat effectiveness,pares for the construction of a three- and enable the defeat of current andbuilding complex that will feature a emerging threats in support of Unifiedheadquarters facility, visitor control Land, and a vehicle maintenance and The new complex will consist ofmotor pool. a 75,000-square-foot headquarters Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., com- building; 2,700-square-foot visitormander of AWG, broke ground for the control center; and a 7,000-square-footnew complex during a ceremony on Jan. maintenance facility and motor pool.29. He was joined by Garrison Com- New facilities will provide office spacemander Col. Edward C. Rothstein; Lt. for operational support and staff sec-Col. Brad Endres, deputy commander tions as well as conference rooms. Theof Baltimore District Army Corps of maintenance facility will have spaceEngineers; and Joe Tierney, project to conduct vehicle maintenance andexecutive with Skanska USA Building company. The contract was awarded on Oct. The $31 million project is scheduled 30, 2012 to Skanska. The U.S. Armyto be completed in late 2015 to “replace Corps of Engineers Baltimore Districtor complement the current aging facili- will manage the contract through itsties,” said Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca, Bay Area Office in coordination withpublic affairs officer for AWG. Fort Meade and AWG leaders. When the unit stood up on Fort The three buildings will join currentMeade in 2006, AWG was moved into facilities used for operational squad-an old jail near Huber Road. rons, warehouse and logistic opera- “It was very interesting moving the tions, and a new 26,000-square-footunit into an old jail, but it served our indoor firing range, which underwentpurpose,” Mahaney said. construction last winter and is not yet Since then, the unit and mission has completed.“grown by leaps and bounds,” Mah- Garrison Commander Col. Edward Rothstein; Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., commander Lumbaca said the new facilities willaney said, making the construction of of the Asymmetric Warfare Group; Lt. Col. Brad Endres, deputy commander of “ensure that the AWG continues toa new complex necessary. Baltimore District Army Corps of Engineers; and Joe Tierney, project executive meet its rapidly deployable global mis- “The facility is just simply too with Skanska USA Building construction company, break ground for the new AWG sion and solution-development mis-small,” he said. complex. The $31 million project will consist of a headquarters building, visitor control sion in support of Army and joint- AWG provides operational advi- center, and vehicle maintenance and motor pool. force commanders.”New veterans clinic opens at Fort MeadeBy Department of Veterans Affairs rooms, one audiology booth, comfort- in delivering personalized attention to ily available clinic appointments, veter- More than 80,000 veterans living in able patient waiting areas and state-of- meet the unique needs of veterans,” said ans will find the new clinic convenientAnne Arundel and Howard counties the-art medical technology. Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA and have access to VA health care ser- Services include general outpatient Maryland Health Care System. For more information about the newvices at the new Fort Meade VA Outpa- medical care, preventive health and “This clinic is an example of our Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic or totient Clinic, which opened Jan. 14. education services, various medical ongoing commitment to making VA schedule a primary care appointment, The new clinic, located at 2479 5th screenings, TeleHealth services, and health care more accessible to veterans call 410-305-5300.St. adjacent to Kimbrough Ambulatory referrals to specialized programs and where they live and work.” For information about VA healthCare Center, will be the sixth commu- inpatient services available throughout As the first VA outpatient clinic in care eligibility and enrollment or hownity-based outpatient clinic throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System. the country to be Leadership in Energy to apply for a VA medical care hard-the state that is operated by the VA “Veterans in Anne Arundel and and Environmental Design (LEED) ship to avoid future co-payments for VAMaryland Health Care System. Howard counties can expect to receive Certified, the new facility has incorpo- health care, call the Enrollment Center Designed by Nutec Group of York, exceptional health care services at the rated sustainable building design ele- for the VA Maryland Health Care Sys-Pa., in collaboration with the Depart- new clinic that are coordinated by ments to meet federal green policy tem on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30ment of Defense, the 13,300-square- experienced and compassionate clini- requirements. p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 orfoot facility features 21 spacious exam cians and support staff who specialize With plenty of free parking and read- visit February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsSailor’s MLK poemwins DINFOS contestBy Navy Seaman Apprentice read it out loud.”Blagoj B. Petkovski Coover’s motivation to write the poemDefense Information School came when fellow shipmate Mass Commu- Navy Seaman Paul S. Coover, a student at nication Spc. Seaman Hansel Pintos, a for-the Defense Information School, took first mer DINFOS student, addressed his fellowplace in a poetry contest that was part of sailors about the importance of the holidaythe school’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, before the Martin Luther Kingobservance. Jr. holiday weekend. The event was hosted Jan. 29 by the Pintos wanted to remind people to reflectDefense Equal Opportunity Management on King’s accomplishments.Institute at DINFOS. After hearing Pintos speak, Coover During the observance, Coover was thought about posters he had seen aroundacknowledged by DINFOS Commandant the school advertising the 2013 MartinCol. Jeremy Martin for his participation. Luther King Jr. observance and decided toHe received a certificate of appreciation write a poem. PHOTO by NAVY Mass Communication specialist seaman BRADLEY J. GEEfrom Martin for his poem, “Memory of Coover has had a passion for writing andthe Fight.” journalism from a young age. Defense Information School Commandant Col. Jeremy Martin presents a certificate The contest featured poems written by “Writing was the only subject that I was of appreciation to Navy Seaman Paul S. Coover, a student at DINFOS, for his poem,service members from different branches any good at in school,” he said. “I wanted “Memory of the Fight.” Coover’s poem won first place in a poetry contest for theof the military. Poems submitted by fourth- to be a journalist since I was in seventh Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance hosted Jan. 29 by the Defense Equalgrade students from a local elementary grade.” Opportunity Management Institute at were also read as part of the day’s After earning a bachelor’s degree in jour-events. nalism from Indiana University and teach- geant in charge of the event and actually and provide a means of remembrance for The poems were read aloud to a crowd of ing in the public school system in California, reading the poem was unexpected, said King’s work and impact on society.service members and civilians in the Hall of Coover joined the Navy to become a mass Coover. “It was not intended to be anything otherHeroes at DINFOS. communications specialist. Nor did he expect to win the competi- than a writing exercise and a good way to “It was an honor to win,” Coover said. “It The whole course of events from writ- tion. The poem — Coover’s first — was a sort of force myself to remember why weended up being a good experience having to ing the poem, emailing it to the staff ser- way for him to keep his writing skills sharp have a day off in January,” Coover said.DINFOS, WVU sign academic partnershipBy West Virginia University that such a partnership will help both schools “The partnership with DINFOS will pro- To ease the financial burdens of prospec- West Virginia University President Jim share and benchmark best practices. vide our students and faculty a unique insight tive veteran students, WVU has expanded itsClements and Defense Information School “We believe this is a potential starting point into how the U.S. military tells its own story Yellow Ribbon Program to include graduateCommandant Col. Jeremy Martin signed a for us to work together in the near future in the through multiple media and channels,” said programs in the School of Public Health, thememorandum of understanding on Jan. 28, areas of mutual interests,” Martin said. “By School of Journalism Dean Maryanne Reed. Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and theformally establishing a first-of-its kind aca- partnering with West Virginia University, we “In addition, we look forward to having Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineeringdemic partnership between WVU’s P.I. Reed feel we have a partner who has a great history DINFOS students and graduates participate and Mineral Resources.School of Journalism and the DINFOS. of working with military students and offers in our academic programs to further the The Yellow Ribbon program is an extension The memorandum of understanding lays a wide variety of programs directly related to exchange of ideas between communications of the 9/11 GI Bill that pays all in-state tuitionthe foundation for a mutually beneficial aca- our programs of training. professionals.” and fees at public colleges and universities fordemic partnership between DINFOS and the “Of course, we are pleased that our stu- The signing is a continuation of WVU’s eligible students. WVU has taken part in theSchool of Journalism to provide professional dents will be offered a chance to use their commitment to students in the military and Yellow Ribbon program for undergraduatedevelopment and programming for both insti- hard-earned credits to earn a degree at an student veterans and their families. out-of-state students for years, but this is thetutions’ students, faculty and communications accredited institution that offers both online WVU was recently ranked 18th in the first year that the university has offered it toprofessionals. and residency courses that meet the needs of Military Times’ Best for Vets list for 2013, and graduate students. Clements and Martin signed the memoran- these students — no matter where they may be several major initiatives will be unveiled in the The new initiatives are an expansion ofdum during a 10 a.m. ceremony in Stewart stationed,” he said. coming year. previously established programs and policiesHall. The alliance will include increasing the WVU’s Mountaineer to Mentor program, that have helped WVU gain a national reputa- “The memorandum of understanding that availability of high-quality online and tradi- which pairs new student veterans coming to tion for accommodating veteran students andwe have signed is one way for us to continue tional educational opportunities for DINFOS WVU with other student vets who have suc- job-seekers in recent strive for excellence in our training mission graduates, offering convenient education access cessfully made the transition, was created last More than 800 veterans, military personnelwith the help of an established and well- for military men and women, and facilitating semester. It also will pair new student veterans or their dependents are currently studying atrespected partner like the Perly Isaac Reed the exchange of professional and scholarly with a faculty or staff member who will serve WVU, including nearly 100 new student vetsSchool of Journalism,” Martin said. “I believe knowledge between WVU and DINFOS. as a mentor. who were admitted this spring. SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013
  5. 5. N ewsSponsorships benefit families, businessesBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer From banners spread throughout thepost to the large white letters abovethe finish line of the Fort Meade RunSeries events, business sponsorship withthe Directorate of Family and Morale,Welfare and Recreation are prevalentthroughout the installation. The relationships with businesses,donors and volunteers off post helpkeep programs operational for servicemembers and their families. Businessesalso benefit from the relationship as theyspread their name across Fort Meade. “It’s a good way to build a partner-ship,” said Cara Masterson, marketingmanager with FMWR. In fiscal year 2012, FMWR generated$130,000, which has greatly impacted thequality of life on post, Masterson said. Sponsorships are one way businessesand corporations off post help the FortMeade community, while expanding theiradvertising and exposure to new clients. “It’s a commercial venture,” Mastersonsaid. “It’s more corporations, businessesthat are trying to get exposure on FortMeade. They can sponsor any of ourevents or they can have static advertisinglike banners at Gaffney [Fitness Cen-ter]. It helps us either underwrite somecosts or maybe give something extra thatwe wouldn’t have been able to budgetthrough our normal budgeting process.” The defense company SAIC has beena three-year sponsor of the annual RunSeries. The partnership between FortMeade and SAIC allows FMWR to offerlow-cost races because the company paysfor the T-shirts and has helped purchasea timing system and timing chips. In return, the SAIC logo is on T-shirts,flyers and even the inflatable finish-linearch. “Sponsorship helps us break even,”Masterson said. “SAIC comes out andgets exposure to customers, introducing file photothem to the company.” Another way individuals or businesses Runners cross the finish line of last year’s Ghost, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Run, which was sponsored by SAIC defense the installation is through gifts or Sponsors, donors and volunteers help the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation provide services for the Fortdonations, which can range from money Meade community.for purchasing snacks for a party to thedonation of tickets by the Baltimore the military.” In many cases, volunteers bring ideas to welcome support and we’re always openOrioles. Through Army Community Service, FMWR. to form new partnerships,” she said. “Gifts and donations can be either individuals or companies can sign up to “We’re totally open to finding ways to “With Fort Meade growing, we definitelyfrom personal individuals or corpora- volunteer to assist on Fort Meade. This make our community better,” she said. want to connect with the outside more.tions [who] just want to give some- can include interning at an office or help- Masterson said FMWR is open to It’s a good way to build a partnership.”thing out of the goodness of their heart ing to build a playground. long-term relationships or working Editor’s note: For more informationto benefit a program,” Masterson said. Volunteering on post, Masterson said, together on one-time events. about sponsorship, donating or volunteer-“They want to do something good for is a way to network and gain experience. “Whether it’s large or small, we always ing, call 301-677-2988. SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013
  6. 6. N ewsTeen Center: A safe place, a fun placeStory and photo by Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer When Ashley Vega, a senior at MeadeHigh School, talks about the Fort MeadeTeen Center to her friends, many areunfamiliar with the facility. “Every time I talk about the TeenCenter, they say ‘What is that?’,” saidAshley, 16, the newly elected presidentof the center’s Keystone Club, its formof student government. But the Teen Center’s five-memberstaff want to change all that. Alonzo Coley, Middle School/TeenCenter facility director, said he wantsteens and their parents to know thatthe Teen Center is “a great place, a safeplace, a fun place.” High school students registered withChild, Youth and School Services areeligible to attend the Teen Center, whichis open Mondays to Thursdays from 2 to8 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 10 p.m. For those not registered with CYSS,youths must pay a $2 fee and be spon-sored by a registered teen. The center serves about 40 to 45 teensdaily, although more than 140 teens areregistered for its programs. Most of the teens attend MeadeHigh, while others attend North County,Arundel, Old Mill and Annapolis highschools. “We have great kids here,” Coley said.“They’re well-behaved kids. When theirkids are here, [parents know] they aresafe. They won’t come here and be bul-lied.” Several of the center’s programs aresponsored by the Boys Girls Clubs of Fourteen-year-old Edwin Rodriquez, (left), a freshman at Meade High School, and Chance Peterson, 16, a junior at the school,America and 4-H. The BGCA programs prepare a dish of sweet potatoes in the kitchen at the Teen Center on Monday afternoon to celebrate Black History Month.include the Keystone Club, which pro-motes youth leadership and community eligible to receive a learner’s permit. with friends. right.”service; Passport to Manhood, a program Last summer, the center received a “The people are really nice,” he said. The center also participates in thethat encourages character, leadership $5,000 grant from Taco Bell that was Darmont also participates in Passport Army Youth Leadership Forum, whereand positive behavior among adolescent used to fund a fall tour of three area to Manhood. Army youths meet with youths fromboys; and the Smart Girls Club, which colleges: Georgetown University, How- “You learn how you can be a man other garrisons to discuss the mostseeks to develop healthy attitudes and ard University and the University of yourself and help others,” he said. important issues for youths Armywide.lifestyles among adolescent girls. Maryland. The newly elected officers of the Key- These issues may be incorporated into The facility also offers free tutoring In addition to the tour, the teens also stone Club have proposed several volun- the Solider Family Action Plan processand homework help including tutoring attended a University of Maryland foot- teer projects for the year including read- and presented to the Department of thefor standardized tests such as the SAT ball game. ing to children at the Child Development Army. Youths from each installation alsoPrep and ACT Prep. Students can also William Morris, a homework Child Centers and preparing meals at Sarah’s present their issues to their respectiveuse the computer lab for homework. and Youth Program assistant, is current- House, a transitional housing program. garrison commander. For recreation, there is a pool table ly organizing a college fair at the center. As the club’s new president, Ashley Coley said the Teen Center is a viableand pingpong table, age-appropriate A trip to the Defense Media Activity is said community service is important to option for parents who want their teensvideo games and music videos, a weight- planned for March. young people. engaged in productive activities afterlifting room, a library, a chess club and Darmont Russell, 16, a sophomore at “We’re kind of the future,” she said. school.a cooking class. Meade High, comes to the center every “Sure, some people need to be indepen- “Why not have them come here where Fort Meade’s SKIES program spon- day after school to do his homework, dent, but a lot of people in the world they are supervised and with theirsors a driver’s education class for students lift weights, play video games and talk need help and helping others is what’s friends?” he said. SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013
  7. 7. N ewsTax exclusion allowed 780th MI course offerson combat zone income financial peace of mindBy Capt. William Biggers you made in a month you served in a By Tina Miles good finance handling and who would beLegal Assistance Division combat zone Public Affairs Officer good mentors to other Soldiers,” Harris If you are a member of the U.S. 7. Student loan repayments that are 780th Military Intelligence Brigade said.Armed Forces who has served in a des- attributable to your period of service According to recent financial surveys, The current facilitator is Staff Sgt. Ryanignated combat zone, you can exclude in a combat zone, provided that a full many Americans have never calculated for Flore of the 781st MI Battalion.certain pay from your income. year’s service is performed to earn the retirement, yet the many have hopes of being “I started the program right after I got Enlisted personnel, warrant offi- repayment financially comfortable upon retirement. married in 2011,” said Flore, who has cutcers and commissioned officers can You do not have to receive the pay The paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle is dan- his debt in half since then. “I have been veryexclude the following amounts from while you are in a combat zone, are gerous to many Americans, but service mem- successful using the lessons and encouragetheir income: hospitalized, or in the same year you bers face particularly difficult challenges. others to take the class.” 1. Active-duty pay earned in any served in a combat zone. Members of the military have been popu- The facilitated video course is open tomonth you served in a combat zone However, your entitlement to the pay lar targets for financial scams and unethical all brigade members, Soldiers and civilians 2. Imminent danger/hostile fire pay must have fully accrued in a month loan practices such as payday advance loans alike, regardless of age or marital status. 3. A re-enlistment bonus if the volun- during which you served in the combat and auto loans. Each participant receives a member kittary extension or re-enlistment occurs zone or were hospitalized as a result Because of the young Soldiers’ steady that contains a “Financial Peace” work-in a month you served in a combat of wounds, disease or injury incurred income and strong desire for the latest and book, audio library, budgeting guide formszone. while serving in the combat zone. greatest cars and gadgets, financial sharks and a cash management envelope system to 4. Pay for accrued leave earned in any This also means that the days of leave began swarming the perimeter of military help participants organize their money andmonth you served in a combat zone you accrued during your service in the posts, hoping for a taste of a service mem- stay on budget. The DoD must determine that the combat zone will be treated as tax free ber’s LES (Leave and Earnings Statement). “It’s never too early or too late to start,”unused leave was earned during that when you take that leave or cash it in, The problem became so severe that some Harris said.period. even if you do not use those leave days service members found themselves paying up For more information about future train- 5. Pay received for duties as a mem- until the following tax year. to 800 percent interest on loans and jeopar- ing, call Chaplain (Maj.) Kent Harris, 780thber of the U.S. Armed Forces in clubs, For more information about income dizing their careers. MI Brigade, at 301-677-4897 or email Ken-messes, post and station theaters, and exclusion or to schedule a tax appoint- The FY 2007 Military Authorization Act nonappropriated fund activities ment, call the Fort Meade Tax Center made such unbalanced targeting of service Community The pay must be earned in a month at 301-677-9366. members illegal. But the problem of pooryou served in a combat zone. Tax appointments are still available financial decision-making and planning was 6. Awards for suggestions, inven- but are filling up quickly. A limit- often just as much the fault of the service Crime Watchtions or scientific achievements you ed number of evening and weekend members who signed up for the loans dueare entitled to because of a submission appointments are still available. to their lack of education or experience with finances. There are, however, positive educational Compiled by the Fort Meade opportunities for Soldiers, military families Directorate of Emergency Services and personnel, one of which the 780th Mili- tary Intelligence Brigade has discovered to Jan. 30, Larceny of private be most successful. property: The victim stated that The brigade is offering financial educa- when she arrived home from work she noticed her motor- tion to their Soldiers and civilians to ensure cycle cover missing from her they have brighter, debt-free futures. motorcycle, which was parked The 13-week course, spearheaded by Maj. in the parking spot next to her Kenneth Harris, chaplain of the 780th MI, residence. is a back-to-basics financial planning pro- gram, “Financial Peace (Military Edition),” Feb. 1, Larceny of private property: Unknown designed for military personnel by money person(s) by unknown means removed $350 from management expert Dave Ramsey. an unsecured and unattended purse. “It’s a common-sense class about dollars and cents,” Harris said. “I took the course Feb. 3, Driving vehicle while impaired by alcohol, driv- three years ago and have reduced my debt by ing while under the influence of alcohol, possession about $45,000. It retrains us in how we look of open container in passenger area of motor vehicle, at money. It has taught me things I wish I failure to stop at traffic light: While conducting had learned much earlier in life.” mobile patrol, a unit observed a vehicle traveling at Harris selected noncommissioned officers a high rate of speed, stop and then proceed through from within each of the brigade’s subordi- a red traffic light. The unit initiated a traffic stop and nate units’ companies and trained them to smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. The unit administered a Standard- be course facilitators. ized Field Sobriety Test, which the driver performed “The NCOs chosen had reputations for poorly, then refused to submit to a breath test.10 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013
  8. 8. N ewsAER campaign aims to raise awareness, fundsStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz who are empowered to make decisionsStaff Writer on how and when to provide a loan or Fort Meade kicked off its annual Army grant.Emergency Relief campaign fundraiser “Their motto is, ‘Find a way to saywith a visit from the organization’s direc- yes’,” Foley said. “We have the resources,tor. we have the money, and what I’m trying Retired Lt. Gen. Robert F. Foley was to do is put the money in the hands ofthe guest speaker at the Partner Com- Soldiers who need it. They’ll know whatmanders Luncheon, held Jan. 31 at the to do with it.”Conference Center, officially launching AER can also assist during the repay-the 75-day campaign. ment of the loan by converting the loan to The fundraiser begins March 1 and a grant or deferring payments.ends May 15. Foley discussed the importance of pro- The campaign raises money and aware- moting AER and the assistance it can pro-ness for the AER fund that helps active- vide, as many Soldiers will turn to high-duty Soldiers, National Guardsmen, Army interest loans to raise the needed cash.Reservists, retirees and their families in “Why should a Soldier go and pay 500financial emergencies by providing inter- percent APR when they could come toest-free loans or grants. AER and get free money?” Foley asked. “Our mission is basically providing Fort Meade AER Officer Turner Wal-financial assistance to Soldiers and fami- lace said while the campaign helps raiselies,” Foley said. “We have provided about money for the greater fund, it also pro-$80 million a year for the last five years. Retired Lt. Gen. Robert F. Foley, director of Army Emergency Relief, talks to Fort motes awareness of the program and whatWe have provided over $700 million since Meade leaders on Jan. 31 at the Conference Center. Foley’s presentation officially is offers.9/11. Ninety percent of what we do is inter- kicked off the AER campaign, which runs from March 1 to May 25 with a fundraising “It’s helping Soldiers, retirees and mili-est-free loans, 10 percent [are] grants.” goal of $90,000. tary families with emergency financial This year’s campaign coordinators have needs,” he said. “It provides an oppor-set a goal of $90,000 after breaking last and their families. or car payments, and medical expenses. tunity for Soldiers to help their fellowyear’s goal of $85,000 by more than Loans and grants can be issued for There is no cap on how much can be Soldiers, and it also creates a great$25,000. For every dollar donated, 89 a variety of reasons including funeral loaned. awareness and understanding of AERcents goes to the fund that helps Soldiers expenses, emergency transportation, rent Funds are distributed by AER officers, programs and benefits.”Protect your heart during winter weatherBy Laura Vasquez risk. Being male or having a family his- your heart. Warning signs of a heart attack:Program Evaluator tory of heart disease also puts you at a • Don’t drink alcohol before or imme- • Chest pain or discomfortU.S. Army Public Health Command greater risk. diately after shoveling. • Discomfort in upper body including Every year, heart attacks claim thou- Some risk factors are within your • Be aware of the dangers of hypo- arms, back, neck, jaw or shouldersands of lives during harsh winter control to change by adjusting your thermia. • Shortness of breathweather. lifestyle or taking medications. These • Consult your doctor prior to exer- • Nausea, lightheadedness, cold sweats Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of include quitting smoking, exercising cising in cold weather. If these signs are present, call 911both men and women in the United regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, • Learn CPR to increase a victim’s immediately.States. and controlling high blood pressure or chances of survival. This winter, make sure to take pre- Winter weather and winter weather cholesterol. • Learn heart attack warning signs. cautions to prevent a heart attack.activities, particularly shoveling snow, This winter, before heading out to Warning signs of a heart attack are Know your risk factors, check on yourincrease a person’s risk of a heart shovel snow, consider your risk factors often ignored or overlooked. Heart elderly neighbors and learn the warningattack due to overexertion. Cold weath- and take appropriate precautions. Tak- attacks often start slowly with mild signs of a heart, combined with a sudden change in ing certain precautions can be the dif- symptoms. Many people do not know Remember, prevention and earlyphysical activity, increases the heart’s ference between life and death. the warning signs and often wait too action save lives.workload. long before getting help. For more information and tips on February is American Heart Month Winter weather tips for the heart: Minutes matter during a heart attack; preventing heart attacks, visit the fol-and a good time to learn how to prevent • Take frequent breaks when shovel- early treatment greatly increases the lowing websites:or react to a heart attack, particularly ing snow. chances of survival. Learn the signs of • American Heart Association, http://during the winter months. • Use a small shovel or snow blow- a heart attack and you can help save It’s important to know your risk fac- er. a life. • U.S. Centers for Disease Controltors for a heart attack. The elderly and • Don’t eat a heavy meal prior to and Prevention, with heart disease are at highest shoveling to avoid the extra load on heartdisease/heart_attack.htm February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
  9. 9. C over S tory Sgt. 1st Class Jason Fischer, operations noncommissioned officer for the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, his daughter Kireina and sister-in-law Allyne Castillo brave the cold as they plunge into the 35-degree waters of the Chesapeake Bay during the 17th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. The charity event raised $2.1 million.780th MI NCOs take the PlungeStory and photo by Tina Miles offers year-round sport training and com- noncommissioned officer for the 780th alongside her father.Public Affairs Officer petition to individuals with intellectual MI, his daughter Kireina and his sister- “It was cold,” she said, teeth chatter-780th Military Intelligence Brigade disabilities. in-law Allyne Castillo. ing, “but I’m glad I supported something It may be hard to believe anyone in The annual Maryland State Police “As this was my first experience, I important.”their right mind would voluntarily decide Polar Bear Plunge was established in 1997 wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a Also participating from a subordinateto take a dip in Maryland’s frosty January when approximately 350 participants first great time,” Fischer said. “It was a lot unit of the 780th MI was Staff Sgt. Kir-waters, let alone pay to do so. plunged into the icy waters of the Chesa- of fun supporting such a well-deserving ston Smith, information management But every year for the past 17 years, peake Bay and raised $75,000 that year. cause along with a notably broad slice NCO for the 781st MI Battalion.thousands of sane people do exactly As of 2012, approximately 72,000 peo- of society.” For her, it’s personal.that. This year, two brave Soldiers from ple have taken the plunge over the years Although Fischer said his family “The Special Olympics hold a specialthe 780th Military Intelligence Brigade and raised more than $20 million. doesn’t actively support any particular place in my heart because my brother hasand their families were enticed to join “Our numbers for 2013 so far are charity, they have volunteered for other cerebral palsy,” Smith said.the crowd. 13,000 Plungers and $2.1 million raised,” charities. This was Smith’s second year of plung- The annual event that has become a said Linda Ellingsworth, director of com- “It’s never hard to get involved in well ing and she vowed to return again.winter-time tradition is the Maryland munications and marketing for Special coordinated and enjoyable fundraising “I love doing things to support childrenState Police Polar Bear Plunge, held this Olympics Maryland. “We are still col- events like the MSP Polar Plunge,” he and I will be there again next year plung-year on Jan. 26 at Sandy Point State Park lecting and processing donations from said. “I would gladly take the plunge ing for the kids,” said Smith, a regularin Annapolis. [Jan. 26].” again, and thanks very much to all the volunteer with the Fort Meade Partners For $50 in pledges, participants plunged Among the estimated 12,000 people family and friends who pledged their in Education program within the brigade.into the 35-degree waters of the Chesa- who participated in one of the state’s larg- support.” “I love volunteering and supporting any-peake Bay to raise money for Special est fundraisers were first-time Plungers Despite the freezing temperature, thing that can help anyone and give backOlympics Maryland. The organization Sgt. 1st Class Jason Fischer, operations Kireina was proud to be a participant to the community.”12 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013
  10. 10. S ports55th Combat Camera overpowers MEDDACBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer With six lead changes in the final 10 min-utes of the first half of Monday’s intramuralbasketball game, 55th Combat Camera wasneck-in-neck with U.S. Army Medical Activityat halftime. But a 31-point second half powered byCombat Camera’s balanced offense attackpulled the team to a 64-54 victory over MED-DAC at Murphy Field House. Three CombatCamera players scored double digit points tohelp them overcome the game-high 26 pointsscored by MEDDAC’s Llewellyn Smalley. Atiba Laroche led Combat Camera in scor-ing with 19, while John McMillan and ErnestHenderson each added an additional 15 pointsin the victory that improved the team’s recordto 6-1. “We’re feeling pretty good as a team,”Laroche said. “We’re very confident with ourteam.” Combat Camera entered Monday’s game ona dominating four-game win streak, outscoringits opponents by a combined 56 points. Coach Cain Bassett said the team still needsto focus on its on-court communication, butwith strong shooters and fast tempo, playershave been able to string together a series ofwins. Following a 101-65 defeat to the undefeatedSurface Forces Logistic Center on Jan. 23,MEDDAC entered the game having regainedits winning ways. “They [SFLC] were a more experiencedteam, they play together all the time,” saidCharles Jackson, coach of MEDDAC. Since then, the team put together twostraight victories by more than 20 points.Jackson said he sees his team advancing to photo by sarah Pastranathe championship as players continue to com- Mikki Sprenkle and Atiba Laroche of 55th Combat Camera go after a rebound during Monday’s intramural basketball game against U.S.municate and improve. Army Medical Activity. Laroche’s 19 points led Combat Camera to a 64-54 victory. “We are coming together as a team,” Jacksonsaid. “Right now we’re working on reboundsand pushing the ball.” at the start of the second half, but MED- MEDDAC’s win streak appeared to be DAC was never able to take an outright lead.coming to an end early in Monday’s game, Midway through the half, Combat Camera extended its lead by seven points. Find schedules, scores, standingsas Combat Camera opened on a fast 7-0 runusing crisp and accurate passing. Despite suc- A desperate MEDDAC team changed its strategy and began to force fouls, hoping and upcoming seasons forcess from the perimeter, MEDDAC continuedto battle inside the paint with little luck. to get the ball back with enough time for a MEDDAC fought back to take a 13-12 comeback. But the team was unable to pull • Basketball • Softballlead. The two teams then engaged in a back- out a win as Combat Camera sealed its 64-54 • Football • Soccerand-forth battle, which included 10 lead chang- victory. Following the game, Laroche said his team And more, pluses before Combat Camera took a 33-31 leadinto halftime. was feeling confident in defeating the high- powered offense of MEDDAC. He credited All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at Smalley’s 18-point half kept MEDDAC inthe game, as Combat Camera spread the scor- the team’s defense for the success, but said theying around with Laroche’s 12, Henderson’s 8 need to continue to improve in their own end. “Defense is the key,” he said. “If we stop McMillan’s 7. The point-for-point trade-off continued them, we score.” February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
  11. 11. S ports ultimate fighter Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts fighter Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn signs an auto- graph for Capt. William Montoya, commander of U.S. Army Signal School Detachment, during a “meet and great” Monday at the USO-Metro Fort Meade Center. Penn, a winner of the World Jiu- Jitsu Championship in the black belt category, is a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion. photo by sgt. walter Reeves Sports Shorts Old Joe Golf Tournament The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual Old Joe Golf Tournament on April 12 at Eisenhower Golf Course, 1576 Generals Highway, Crownsville. Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $70 for active-duty service members, retirees and family members, and $75 for everyone else. Registration and payment are due by March 29. Registration includes green fees and cart, putting contest, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, two beverage tickets, door prizes, snacks and player goodie bags. Proceeds benefit the Fort Meade OSC Scholarships and Welfare Programs. For more information, email Lorin Neslony at or visit EFMP bowling The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. photo by noah Scialom Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other SUPER bowl PARTY family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. To register, call 301-677-4473 or email Service members watch Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday at the USO- Spring sports registration Metro Fort Meade Center. Approximately 145 members from all service Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 branches attended the free Super Bowl party, which featured a festively Reece Road. decorated center, 300 slices of pizza, 400 chicken wings, nachos and Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, indoor football beverages throughout the game. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San and basketball. Francisco 49ers 34-31. For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.14 SOUNDOFF! February 7, 2013
  12. 12. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion‘I want winners’ OK, Fort Meade Facebook fan Jona- wanted winners. • Individual and Businessthan Ferguson, we’ve got beef. yo u t u b e. c o m / I’m sure you’re a great guy, Jon. Yourprofile picture makes me believe you are watch?v=EB5- yJM3vJc Tax Preparationan outstanding father. The fact you are In fairness tostudying law enforcement makes me thinkyou have a servant’s heart. And since you Jon, he is not the only person • Walk in, Appointmentsare following the page, I can only assumeyou have decent taste in your online com- in my life who believes in bare- Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs or Drop Off Availablemunication venues. ly winning. Our Officer However, it’s your most recent post I Command Infor- Will reviewhave issue with. mation Chief Philip Jones started spewing • Fast, Accurate your prior On Monday morning, Fort Meade similar nonsense on Wednesday whenposted a congratulatory note to the Balti-more Ravens for winning the Super Bowl. describing Michigan’s victory over Ohio on Tuesday. and Affordable 3 returnsIn particular, the post pointed out Coach I think his rant went something like for errors or missedJohn Harbaugh for winning since he wasa “big supporter of the military.” “Bladdy, bladdy, blah, Aaron Craft was fouled. Bladdy, bladdy, Michigan barely • E File, Wire Transfer, money! Your response: “He barely won.” I’m not even sure what that means, Mr. won.” You barely whiners (I mean winners) Debit Card orFerguson. It’s professional football, so need to learn to take your lumps withthere is no barely winning. some dignity and stop appeasing your dis- Checks available The fact is, it doesn’t matter whether appointment with false hope and fiction.Baltimore won by 3 or 33, they still had When your team loses, say that theya victory parade on Tuesday, youtube. lost, and then hope they do better next $30 OFFcom/watch?v=Knlhbd27i7Q, and Mr. time.Lombardi’s trophy will be chilling in “The This column may seem a bit harshCastle” this year. about the concept of disparaging close Now, upon further review of your victory, especially since everyone com-profile, Jon, I guess I could chalk up ments about how close games are. Plus,your comment to the fact that you are if Baltimore would have given up the 22-from Pittsburgh, and as we all know from point lead, this column probably wouldDoug Wise, Steelers fans are particularly be about choking as opposed to Jon and Receive $30 off your tax preparation with this couponbitter toward every other thing not related Phil’s misguided attitude. only. One coupon per the Steel City. However, Baltimore didn’t give up their Case in point, your fellow FGGM lead, and as a society, it’s important weFacebook follower, Christopher Brett, learn to recognize barely winning asfollowed your post by writing, “Steelers winning. Because if we don’t, it won’t $55 OFFstill have a better average on Super Bowl be long before criticizing barely winningvictories!” becomes praising barely losing, which Of course, this is untrue: Steelers are 6-2 then becomes praising effort, regardless(.750 winning percentage), the Ravens are of consequence or outcome.2-0 (1.000 winning percentage). Appar- And that is not how we do things inently, Steelers fans aren’t real good at Jabber Nation.math either, so we’ll give Chris a pass. If you have comments on this or any- Jon doesn’t get that luxury. thing to do with sports, contact me at Bring a friend and receive $30 off your tax preparation That’s because his comment isn’t just and a $25 referral bonus. One coupon per person.hateful, it’s also illogical. Hello, you playto win the game. At least that’s whatHerman Edwards said: Follow Fort When Vince Lombardi said, “Winning 10760 Hickory Ridge Rd Unit 121 Meade onisn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” he Columbia, MD 21044didn’t caveat that by including a margin Twitter.comof victory. /ftmeademd 410-772-2274 Similarly, “Iron” Mike Singletary www.atlanticcashandtaxservices.comdidn’t want triers or good guys, he February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15
  13. 13. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community Registration is required by Friday.“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. Leave children ages 6 weeks to 12All submissions are posted at the editor’s years old with trained staffers.discretion and may be edited for space and Cost is $10 for the first child and $5grammar. Look for additional community for each additional on the Fort Meade website at www. All youths must be registered and the Fort Meade Child, Youth and School Services.Facebook page at For more information, call Parent For more information or to submit an Central Services at 301-677-1149.announcement, email Philip Jones at or call 301-677-5602. EDUCATION NEWS EVENTS OSC scholarships The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’National Prayer Luncheon Club has posted its 2013 scholarship The Fort Meade Annual National applications on its website.Prayer Luncheon will be held Feb. 20 College-bound, high school seniorsat 11:30 a.m. at the Conference Center, and dependent children currently6800 Taylor Ave. enrolled in college can apply for the The guest speaker is retired Chaplain Merit Scholarship.(Maj. Gen.) Matthew A. Zimmerman, High school seniors with anwho served as the 18th Army chief of outstanding academic record also will bechaplains from 1990 to 1994. considered for the Etta Baker Memorial Seating is limited to 200 people. Scholarship. Suggested donation is $10 for civilians The Fort Meade OSC also will awardand service members E6 and above. a JROTC Scholarship as well as a Tickets are available at the Main Military Spouse Scholarship.Post Chapel, 4419 Llewellyn Ave. or by Application forms with eligibility file photocontacting the Religious Support Office requirements are available atat 301-677-6703 or at Completed applications must be postmarked by BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION April 1 to be considered. Fort Meade’s annual Black History Month observance will be held Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center.Latin Night For more information, email Heather Admission is free and open to the public. Thomas at scholarships@fortmeadeosc. Enjoy a night of Latin dancing at the org. The event is hosted by Navy Information Operations Command Latin Night on Friday and March 8 The speaker is Navy Rear Adm. James Crawford III, deputy judge advocateat 7 p.m. at the Conference Center. general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command. The event is free. CMU graduate school Entertainment will feature the Morgan State University Performance Arts For more information, visit Central Michigan University’s Graduate School on Fort Meade offers Food samplings will be provided. a Master of Science in Administration All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouragedParents Night Out degree program. to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave. The program is designed for the Administrative leave is authorized. The next Parents Night Out will be For more information, call Navy Chief Edward T. Brown at 301-688-6373 orheld Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore at Equal Opportunity at 301-677-6687. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 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! BOWIE CROFTON 301-352-3100 410-721-8867 • On-Line Banking with Bill Pay 4201 Mitchellville Rd. 1669 Crofton Centre • Premium Mobile Banking with a TWSB APP MILLERSVILLE ODENTON 410-987-1515 410-551-8800 • Text Message Banking with Text Alerts 676 Old Mill Road 1161 Annapolis Rd. • Free Debit Card with Purchase Rewards WALDORF MEMBER • Surcharge Free Access to over 2,000 ATMs For more information visit us 301-843-7200 FDIC • Finance Works™ - The latest banking @ 3225 Crain Highway tool that puts money management at your fingertips and your financial goals within reach! or Scan the QR Code with your Smart Phone February 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 17