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Fort Meade SoundOff for July 12, 2012


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Fort Meade SoundOff for July 12, 2012

  1. 1. Soundoff vol. 64 no. 28 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ July 12, 2012 fabulous fourth photos by Anthony CastellanoAn elaborate fireworks display lights up the sky over McGlachlin Parade Field, capping Fort Meade’s annual Fourth of July celebration to the delight of an estimated 12,000to 15,000 residents and visitors. INSET: Two-year-old Kira Lucas of Indian Head waves the flag as her mother, Staff Sgt. Wanda Lucas, watches during the IndependenceDay activities that featured music, free children’s attractions, giveaways, and novelty and food vendors. For the story, see Page 10.doggone endurance UPCOMING EVENTSGood Samaritan Army Cyber Soldier Today, 7:30 p.m.: USO’s Movies on the Lawn: “Kung Fu Panda 2” - Burba Lakehelps locate lost cycles in support of Friday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: Latin Club Night - Club Meade wounded warriors July 19, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes’ 10th Frame Loungefirehouse mascot July 25, noon-3 p.m.: Army Community Service Birthday - The Lanespage 7 page 13 July 30, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Armed Forces Blood Drive - McGill Training Center
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ A fun-filled Fourth and Col. Edward C. Rothstein Facebook frustrations Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of to return service Chief, Command Information July. to normal. And Philip H. Jones This week, I’m sharing a “thank you” to everyone sometimes, disrup- Assistant Editor & Senior Writer that made our post celebration one of the most fun- tions occur longer Rona S. Hirsch filled and spectacular Fourth of July celebrations in than any of us Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes the region. would like. Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Despite the stifling heat, it was good to see so many But there are Design Coordinator Timothy Davis families enjoying an afternoon of free rides, games, other ways to let Supple­mental photography provided music and food on the parade field before our annual us know you have by Patuxent Publishing Co. fireworks show. Staffs from the Directorates of Family a power outage or and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Emergency a question about Advertising Services did their part to make the day and night both service. And before COL. Edward c. enjoyable and safe. I step out too far Rothstein General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Garrison Commander Allison Thompson The only disappointment for me occurred when I on this subject, 410-332-6850 got word that Bo, the Fort Meade firedog, had bolted believe me I know that sometimes, the frustrations are Michele Griesbauer from the firehouse after being frightened during the understandable. I’m just voicing a little concern today 410-332-6381 fireworks. You might have read my post on Facebook and hoping we can try to avoid always venting our asking everyone to keep an eye out for him. frustrations on Facebook. If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are Bo’s story does have a happy ending. (See story on There are other ways to report a problem, find a experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Page 7.) A good Samaritan found Bo on a local high- resolution to a problem or get the customer service we Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through way the next morning and, with the help of a Maryland think we deserve. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. state trooper, returned him to the firehouse. I’m not I know we live in a world where we expect instant Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the sure if she read my Facebook post about Bo being lost, responses to our complaints. But sometimes, phone personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary but it was good to see him back at the firehouse. calls, emails, letters or face-to-face meetings make of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday One of the best things about Facebook is how eas- more sense. except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. ily it allows us to communicate with others on and On another note, we are nearing the mid-point of Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the off post. our “101 Critical Days of Summer” campaign. Our desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Speaking of Facebook, we will have another social goal is to reduce or eliminate preventable mishaps this Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. media town hall later this summer. As many of you summer by keeping safety at the forefront, on and off Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage know, these social media town halls are a way for you to duty. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, ask questions, voice concerns and provide Team Meade This week, I am highlighting the National Weather user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser with feedback about all things Fort Meade. Service summer campaign, “Beat the Heat, Check the will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Like many of us, I’m on Facebook all the time. Back Seat.” The campaign is a safety reminder about I read your posts, look at photos and, sometimes, kids and the dangers of leaving children unattended in Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are respond to comments and join the conversation. a hot vehicle. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance There are other times, however, when I think Face- According to the Department of Geosciences, San of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of book or Twitter makes it too easy for some individuals Francisco State University, there have been 10 deaths the Army of the products or services advertised. to air their grievances. of children due to hyperthermia (heat stroke) after It seems like more people are using social media being left in hot cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. In 2011, — including the Fort Meade Facebook page — as their there were at least 33 juvenile vehicular-hyperthermia preferred method of communicating their frustration fatalities. when other customer-service vehicles might be more It goes without saying, these are needless tragedies. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at appropriate. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Our recent power outage is a good example. for a minute! If you see a child unattended in a hot I do not believe using social media as a communi- vehicle, call 911. cations vehicle for public humiliation aimed at service Let’s continue to make good decisions this summer. providers is the right thing to do when things don’t go Stay focused on safety. Co n t e n t s as planned. I know our service providers work hard Have a great week! News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 12 Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 15 government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, Community.................... 8 Classified.............................. 16 first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! July 12, 2012
  3. 3. NewsGarrison stands up Casualty Response (CARE) TeamBy Army Community Service A CARE Team does not make funeral A casualty is a tragedy. arrangements or provide information For any family, the death of a loved about benefits/entitlements or offer anyone can be among the most difficult chal- type of counseling.lenges they can face. It also can be a very CARE Team volunteers are not trainedstressful and draining ordeal. as grief counselors, but rather to provide One of the great things about the assistance and comfort.Army is a strong desire among Soldiers CARE Team services are available toand their families to help others. Per- active-duty service members and theirhaps this impulse comes naturally to an families on Fort Meade and within aorganization of volunteers dedicated to 25-mile radius outside the gate, andselfless service. to deployed DoD civilians and their It is also why a loss to any military families, as well as the family membersfamily is really a loss to us all, and why of service members.there is no one more deserving of our Garrison Commander Col. Edwardcare and support. C. Rothstein reserves the right to make Fort Meade’s Mobilization and Deploy- exceptions to the existing parameters ofment Office at Army Community Service the Fort Meade CARE establishing a Casualty Response Team Volunteer recruitment and trainingof volunteers to help our military fami- are conducted by Army Communitylies in times of crisis. Service. The National Capital Region will now Pia Morales, Mobilization and Deploy-have coverage through two CARE Teams ment Program manager, is the pointbetween Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort of contact for the Fort Meade CARE photo by Marine Pvt. Coby SmithMeade. Team. The CARE team is responsible for Family Life Chaplain (Maj.) Mark Jacobs speaks with participants at the garrison’s Volunteers undergo a day of traininghelping families deal with a death, serious Casualty Response Team training. The Fort Meade Mobilization and Deployment Office to prepare them for dealing with a crisis.illness or injury, or other tragic event by at Army Community Service established the CARE team of volunteers to help military The team will meet regularly for work-assisting with simple, ordinary tasks that families deal with death, serious illness, injury or other tragic events by assisting with shops and to expand its training.may become an afterthought during a ordinary tasks that may become an afterthought during a time of crisis. Units or organizations that wouldtime of crisis. like to put an in-house CARE Team in The CARE Team exists as another Team’s services. child care arrangements place, should contact Morales to discussfamily resource to the established ser- Some examples of what a CARE Team • Maintaining a log of questions for the their needs.vices that include casualty assistance, does includes: casualty assistance officer or unit com- Applications for the CARE Team arechaplain services and Survivor Outreach • Answering phones, screening calls mander/rear detachment commander now being accepted.Services. At no time does the CARE and visitors • Assisting visiting family members If you have similar experience in crisisteam duplicate or replace any part of • Arranging help with household mat- and friends with installation access and/ support or would like to be trained as athese services. ters, rescheduling appointments, running or lodging part of the Fort Meade CARE Team, In addition, a family always has the errands and providing meal support The time frame for the CARE Team is email Pia Morales at pia.s.morales.civ@option to accept or to decline a CARE • Baby-sitting or making temporary very specific, 24 to 72 hours. or call her at 301-677-4110.Know what to do when the lights go outBy TJ Singh the neighborhood, street name and house Meuse Forest Service members residing in barracksDirectorate of Public Works or pole number (if available): • 1-866-882-8418 (on-call emergency should call the barracks management staff Power on Fort Meade is unique. maintenance) at Bldg. 6405 at 301-677-2174 or the DPW Depending on whether the electric Heritage Park and Normandy Bluffs Work Order Desk at 301-677-1629. After • 410-672-2475 (main)power has been privatized or not, service • 1-866-882-8418 (on-call emergency normal duty hours, call 301-310-4446.responsibility could belong to the Balti- maintenance) Patriot Ridge All other facilities should call the DPWmore Gas and Electric Co. or the Director- • 410-672-2000 (main) • 1-866-882-8418 (on-call emergency Work Order Desk during normal dutyate of Public Works. maintenance) hours at 301-677-1661, 301-677-1662 or All residents and tenants are not aware Midway Commons 301-677-1629. After duty hours, call 301- • 410-672-2183 (main)of who maintains responsibility for their • 1-866-882-8418 (on-call emergency 310-4446.power and how outages should be report- maintenance) Potomac Place This report should include street nameed. • 410-672-2301 (main) and pole number (if available). The more • 1-866-882-8418 (on-call emergency Picerne Military Housing residents information provided, the quicker the maintenance)should call the following numbers with response will be. • 410-672-2981 (main) July 12, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsNews To Use Community Crime WatchDoD to mark anniversary Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Servicesof the Korean War ArmisticeBy Department of Defense ed Nations’ resolve to July 4, Driving while impaired by alcohol, driving under the influ- ence of alcohol, failure to drive July 6, Larceny of private proper- ty: Person(s) unknown removed an unsecured and unattended vehicle on right half of roadway: Samsung tablet from an office The DoD’s 60th Anniversary of the Korean stand against tyranny. The Directorate of Emergency desk drawer.War Commemoration Committee announced Twenty-one nations Services was notified of a trafficJuly 9 its efforts to reach out to Korean War banded together with stop in which the motorist was July 6, Spouse abuse: The victimveterans and their families across the country the United States not driving right of the center of stated she was involved in a ver-and encourage them to join a commemorative and the Republic of the roadway. An investigation revealed bal altercation with her husband, whichprogram celebrating the 59th anniversary of the Korea in a remark- that the driver was possibly intoxicated. turned physical when he pushed her intosigning of the Korean War Armistice. able display of soli- Standardized field sobriety tests were the stairwell, causing bruises on her arms, The program, Heroes Remembered, is open darity to turn back administered, which the driver performed legs, chest, back and neck areas. poorly. He was apprehended and trans-to the public and will take place July 27 at 9 a.m. North Korea’s naked ported to the DES, were he submittedat the Arlington National Cemetery, Va. aggression and stem to a breath test that resulted in a blood July 7, Assault: The Directorate of Emer- Featuring a wreath-laying ceremony at Arling- the tide of commu- alcohol content of .12 percent. gency Services was notified of a possibleton National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns, nism on the Korean drunk and disorderly person. An inves-the program will include official remarks in the Peninsula. tigation revealed that the subject and July 5, Larceny of private property: victim entered into a verbal altercation,Arlington National Cemetery’s Amphitheatre The Armistice, signed July 27, 1953, remains The victim stated person(s) unknownwith high-ranking Defense Department officials in effect today and highlights the need to remain which turned physical when the subject removed his wallet from an unsecured pushed the victim against a wall twice.and other senior government representatives. vigilant against the forces of tyranny and locker at Gaffney Fitness Center.The event also will include activities for Korean oppression in Korea and around the globe.War veterans and their families. Korean War veterans fought to halt the tide On the lookout for theft “Our committee seeks to educate the Ameri- of communism that threatened to sweep overcan people on Korean War veterans’ stories the Korean peninsula. Today, the Republic ofand strives to make their sacrifices known to Korea stands as a modern, prosperous, vibrantthe next generation of Americans,” said Col. democracy because of their courage and selfless The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working toDavid J. Clark, committee executive director. sacrifice. keep neighborhoods safe.“Their fight for the freedom and prosperity we Korean War veterans, family members and Families residing on post should remember to ensure thatenjoy today must be, and will be, remembered friends interested in attending the event may windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked atforever.” RSVP online at all times, regardless of time of day. The Korean War was the first test of the Unit- july27rsvp.html. Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to Have you noticed an issue on post take an active role in deterring crime. Trouble and wondered if anything is being Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report done to fix it? Email concerns and any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677- issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. 6622 or 6623. Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to solve them. Chaplain’s Word: STAY YOUNG “You’ll always stay young if you live honestly, eat Issue: Plan: Status: slowly, sleep sufficiently, work industriously and Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is worship faithfully.” — Unknown Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall after the grass matures McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC Survey work has begun; full Follow Fort Meade HVAC is inoperative install set for completion at (except in the ballroom) September 2012; portable A/C units being used in classrooms SOUNDOFF! July 12, 2012
  5. 5. N ews Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Army prohibits use of at Fort Meade marijuana substitutes By Office of Fort Meade function, loss of concentration and Career-focused degrees with Staff Judge Advocate impairment of short-term memory. knowledge you can use the next day. Soldiers face a new drug threat in the Spice was marketed under the brand form of Salvia Divinorum and “Spice,” names of Spice Silver, Gold, Diamond, Master of Science in Administration degree two substances that have been on the Tropical Synergy, Yucatan Gold, Dream, • No GRE or GMAT required rise as marijuana substitutes. Blue Lotus, Bombay Blue, Gold Seal • Weekend classes in compressed terms Recent changes in federal law make it and Magic Silver. illegal to possess most forms of Spice. Prior to March 1, 2011, synthet- Classes available at 7 Metro DC centers Similarly, all marijuana substitutes are ic cannabinoids such as Spice were illegal in the Army and may subject the legal for civilians to possess and use. • Aberdeen PG • Alexandria Soldier to court-martial, nonjudicial However, on March 1, 2011, the Drug • Fort Belvoir • Fort Meade punishment (Article 15) or separation. Enforcement Agency placed five forms • JBMHH • Joint Base Andrews Salvia Divinorum is a naturally of synthetic cannabinoids used in Spice • Pentagon occurring hallucinogenic plant com- into Schedule I of the Controlled Sub- pound from the mint family. Spice is stances Act. a synthetic cannabinoid made up of This action by the DEA makes pos- many different compounds. Both have sessing and selling Spice illegal. Under Military Tuition Discounted Rate been misused by Soldiers for their mind- federal law, punishment for possession CMU is proud to support our military students. For details on altering or drug-like effects. of Spice containing these chemicals will CMU’s military tuition discounted rate, visit Salvia Divinorum is available com- be similar to punishment for possession mercially in both leaf and extract form. of marijuana. Ingestion may cause intense and dan- More importantly, on Feb. 10, 2011, gerous LSD-like psychedelic experi- Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh CMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ences, which may include hallucinations, issued an Armywide policy prohibiting CMU is an AA/EO institution (see 34147 6/12 uncontrolled emotional outbursts, inco- the use and possession of any synthetic herent speech, changes in perception, cannabinoid or other marijuana sub- and dizziness. In high doses it can stitute. This includes Salvia Divinorum Get it all at CMU’s Global Campus at Fort Meade. cause unconsciousness and short-term and Spice. Call 301-621-9796 or toll-free 866-588-4188 today! memory loss. The policy is punitive. Soldiers that Salvia Divinorum is also referred to violate the policy are subject to pros- as Magic Mint, Diviner’s Sage, Sage ecution under Article 92, United States Goddess, Emerald Essence, “la pastora Code of Military Justice, for failure to (the sherperdess),” and, in context, sim- obey a lawful general order. The maxi- ply as “Dalvia.” mum punishment at a court-martial for Spice is a mixture of herbs and syn- possession or use of either substance is thetic cannabinoid compounds that, confinement for two years, forfeiture of prior to March 1, 2011, was legally all pay and allowances, and a dishonor- marketed by commercial sources. Spice able discharge. could be purchased on the Internet and Don’t be tempted to experiment with at local smoke shops. It was often adver- these substances or fooled by the ease tised as incense or an “herbal smoking by which they can be obtained. Being First Month’s FREE Use of Move-In Truck Reserve a Unit or Pay Online blend.” Users commonly smoke Spice to pro- caught in possession of either Salvia Divinorum or Spice can destroy your Rent $1 24 Hour Video Surveillance Electronic Gate with Keypad Entry duce a feeling of euphoria similar to career. with payment of 2nd month that caused by marijuana. It is 10 times Soldiers caught in possession of either at lease signing Resident Managers stronger than an equivalent amount of substance will be punished severely and on a 5’x5’, 5’x10’ or 10’x10’ 365 Day-A-Year Access marijuana. will most likely lose rank or be sepa- climate controlled storage unit Month to Month Lease Spice can cause decreased motor rated from the Army. Full Line of Boxes Packing Supplies Plus receive additional 5% Military Discount. $10 off Boxes and Not to be combined with any other rental Packing Supplies when discounts. Expires: October 31, 2012. purchasing $40 or more Connect with Fort Meade at 790 Maryland Route 3 South 410-923-2392 Gambrills, MD 21054 (Located between Tuesday Morning Waugh Chapel Shopping Center) SOUNDOFF! July 12, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsFort Meade’s wandering firedog found by motoristBy Brandon Bieltz shoulder of the highway just south of RouteStaff Writer 32. While driving to work July 5, Carroll Hogan An owner of four large dogs, Hogan saidspotted a large German shepherd/Labrador she would have been “mortified and sleepless”mix roaming the shoulder of Route 295. if any of her dogs were on the loose. With dog The Sykesville resident stopped her vehicle leashes in the back of her car, Hogan stoppedand helped the lost dog into the car. to help the lost animal. Roughly an hour later, Bo the Fort Meade She pulled over and approached Beau withfiredog returned to his home at the firehouse a leash, hoping the dog wouldn’t jump theafter more than 12 hours on the run. Jersey barrier and run out of reach. Spooked by the installation’s Fourth of “When dogs are stressed, you don’t knowJuly fireworks show, Bo took off and was how they’re going to react,” said Hogan, anmissing until the following afternoon when auto-damage appraiser.Hogan dropped him off with a Maryland But the friendly dog didn’t have a problemstate trooper. with the leash and jumped into Hogan’s car. “It was a great ending,” Hogan said. Since Bo was wearing a collar, Hogan knew Prior to the fireworks on McGlachlin the dog belonged to someone and beganParade Field, firefighters had locked Bo in searching for an animal shelter.the firehouse because the 18-month old pooch While driving down Route 32, Hogan spot-is easily frightened by loud noises such as ted a Maryland state trooper on the side of thethunder. road and stopped to ask for help. During the fireworks, which began just after file photo With the bulletins out for Bo, the trooper9:30 p.m., a firefighter walked back into the Fort Meade firedog Bo sits during last year’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony. The 18- thought he may be the Fort Meade firedog andfirehouse for a drink. But when he exited, Bo month-old German shepherd/Labrador was spooked by the post’s Fourth of July called the NSA Police, who then called the firebolted out the door and down Mapes Road fireworks display and ran away, but was rescued the following morning by a motorist department to pick up the dog.toward the Route 32 gate. on Route 295. “Everyone was really happy to have him Firefighers chased the dog toward the back,” Hogan said.Defense Information School with no success. After a quick visit to the Fort Meade Veteri- “He was last seen booking it down the fence Agency], 32.” track Bo down. nary Office to be checked out, Bo returned toline,” recalled firefighter Stu Hurlburt. “When The group searched for Bo until around 2 “I don’t think most of us expected to see duty healthy, tired and hungry, Hurlburt said.we realized he wasn’t anywhere close, I got in a.m. and resumed the search later that morn- him back,” Hurlburt said. “It wasn’t fun.” Hurlburt, who spends the most time withone of the chief’s vehicles and in hot pursuit ing. Both the Fort Meade Police and NSA As Hogan headed to Annapolis on Route Bo, said it was exciting to have Bo backheaded down Mapes. And we just started Police assisted in the dog hunt and sent bul- 295, she noticed vehicles in front of her slow- home.checking everywhere — [National Security letins to other off-post departments to help ing down, then saw Bo walking around the “It was a good feeling,” he said.Pets traveling abroadrequire health certificatesBy Lisa R. Rhodes Pets traveling abroad are required to haveStaff Writer a health certificate. Fort Meade’s veterinary Before you pack your bags for a perma- clinic usually provides this documentation,nent change of station or vacation overseas but the facility will be closed for renovationswith your family and beloved pet, be sure the last two weeks of July and will reopento research the requirements for pet travel sometime in your host country. During that period, pet owners who need Fort Meade’s Veterinary Treatment health certificates should visit a veterinarianFacility suggests that prospective travel- at another military installation or contact aers visit the animal welfare section of the local civilian veterinarian.U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website( Brian, a German shepherd, and Nikko, aanimals) to find out what documentation, if golden retriever, play a game of ball atany, is necessary for traveling with a pet. Fort Meade’s Family Pet Care Center. For “The requirements are specific to each those considering traveling overseas withcountry,” said Katie Singer, office manager pets, the Fort Meade Veterinary Treatmentat the VTF. “If the country does not list Facility recommends researching the travelspecific requirements, be sure to contact the requirements for pets in the host countrycountry’s embassy or consulate.” before embarking on your trip. photos courtesy family pet care center July 12, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  7. 7. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community prayer room at Argonne Hill Chapel not rescheduled. The final concert will be“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All Center on Rockenbach Road will be performed at McGill Training Center and EDUCATIONsubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis- open Mondays to Fridays for Dhuhr will feature a variety of selections fromcretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional community prayers. Prayers begin at 1:15 p.m. The Volunteers. For more information or up-to-date Parenting workshopevents on the Fort Meade website at www. For more information, call Chad inclement weather information, visit The Scream Free Parenting workshop, and the Fort Meade Jones at 301-677-1301. “Five Truths Every Parent Needs toFacebook page at Know,” will be held Aug. 21 from 5:30 to For more information or to submit an Movies on the Lawn VTF products 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. atannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. Meuse Forest Neighborhood or call 301-677-5602. Movies on the Lawn 2012 will feature The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Join Hal Runkel, author of “Scream “Kung Fu Panda 2” tonight at 8:30 at Facility at 2018 Annapolis Road is under- Free Parenting,” to learn about his scream- Burba Lake, Pavilion 1. going renovations through August. free approach to parenting and principles NEWS EVENTS Refreshments will be served at 7:30 From Monday through July 27, VTF to help you stay calm and connected with p.m. will only sell pet products through its your children. The event is free for active-duty side entrance while the front entrance and Free child care is provided for children service members and their dependents. clinic are under construction. registered with Child, Youth and SchoolBagger-licensing hours Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and VTF will resume seeing patients on Services. Bagger-licensing renewals for the flashlight. Glass containers and alcohol July 30. Advance registration is required at 301-Fort Meade Commissary will be issued are prohibited. For medical emergencies, see your 677-3617 or by email to from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 For a complete schedule and more nearest civilian veterinarian. The closest at the Fort Meade Public Affairs information, visit military vet clinics are:Office at 4409 Llewellyn Ave. moviesonthelawn. • Andrews Air Force Base VT, at 240- 857-2651 Joint Financial Readiness Those who come to the office outsideof this block of time will be able to leave ACS birthday • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Classestheir information. Badges will be issued VTF, Va., at 703-696-3604 Joint Financial Readiness Classes Celebrate the Army Community Service • Fort Belvoir VTF, Va., at 703-805-as time permits. birthday on July 25 from noon to 3 p.m. are being offered at the Community 4336 Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. at the Lanes.Notice Free bowling and shoes will be For more information, call 301-677- 1300. Classes are open to active-duty and offered to the first 250 people. Prizes and retired service members, Reservists and Anyone with debts owed to or by the members of the National Guard (on giveaways will be of Sgt. Marc G. Williams, Fort The event also will feature birthday EFMP presentation duty), family members with identificationMeade, Alpha Company, WTB, must cards and DoD 1st Lt. Anthony Cosentino, the cake and information about ACS The Exceptional Family Member programs. Program will present the program • Consumer Awareness: Today, 1 to 3summary court officer for the Soldier. p.m. Williams passed away on June 21. For more information, call 301-677- “Tricare, Other Benefits, and Autism 5590. Safety” on Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. • Investing 101: Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m. To contact Cosentino, call 202-641- • Developing Your Spending Plan:2298. at Army Community Service, 830 Summer Concert Series Chisholm Ave. July 19, 1 to 3 p.m. • First Term Financial Readiness: JulyKimbrough change The U.S. Army Field Band will Lt. Col Scott Campbell’s presentation will feature a discussion on autism, 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.of command present its annual Summer Concert Series dollar limits for ABA therapy under For more information, call ACS at every Saturday in August at 7 p.m. at Tricare ECHO, an autism ABA 301-677-5590 or the Navy Fleet and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Constitution Park. Family Support Center at 301-677-9014.will be closed today until 1 p.m. for demonstration, safety precautions and Admission is free; no tickets required. community involvement.the change of command ceremonyof Col. Leon E. Moores at 9 a.m. at • Aug. 4: The Concert Band and Registration is required. The event is Career, financial classes Soldiers’ Chorus featuring symphonic open to service members and civilians.McGlachlin Parade Field. and choral selections. The 65-member The Fleet and Family Support Center Moores is relinquishing command For more information, email theresa. offers free classes at the Community instrumental ensemble is joined by the or call 301-of the U.S. Army Medical Department 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus to perform Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.,Activity, Fort Meade, and Kimbrough to 677-7836. to DoD identification cardholders, Broadway show tunes, opera, AmericanaCol. Danny B.N. Jaghab. and classical works. including active-duty service members, • Aug. 11: Jazz Ambassadors, America’s Dance parties retirees and their family members, DoD308th MI change of Big Band, will perform a mix of big Club Meade is offering several dance civilian employees and contractors. Registration is required for each class.command band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, Dixieland and patriotic events. Special menus will be available. There is • Common Sense Parenting: Friday, Lt. Col. James M. Myers will selections. no cover charge. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.relinquish command of the 308th • Aug. 18: The Volunteers, Army’s • Latin Club Night, Friday, 8 p.m. to 2 • Federal Employment: Tuesday, 9Military Intelligence Battalion to Lt. premier touring pop/rock band, will a.m. a.m. to noon. Learn the basics of theCol. Karl D. Neal in a change of perform a blend of popular American • Chicago Steppin’, July 20, 7 p.m. to federal employment system.command ceremony on Wednesday at 10 music, including rock ‘n’ roll, pop and midnight. • Investing: Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m.a.m. at McGill Training Center. country. Free dance lessons will be offered from 7 Learn the basics of investing and take • Aug. 25, combined concert featuring to 8 p.m. the mystery out of how investments canIslamic prayer room all four performing components • Country - Top 40 Night, July 27, 9 p.m. fit into achieving your financial goals. In the event of inclement weather, the to 2 a.m. • Spending Plan, July 21, 1 to 3 p.m. With the Muslim holy month of • Career Exploration, July 24, 9 a.m. first three concerts will be canceled and For more information, call 301-677-6969.Ramadan beginning July 20, the Islamic to noon: Using various assessment SOUNDOFF! July 12, 2012
  8. 8. C ommunity N ews N otestools and techniques, learn aboutyour personality preferences, values EFMP playgroup Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. at Lake Clifton Park, the third Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. Theand interests and how to use them for The Exceptional Family Member Baltimore. Admission is $10 on Saturday next meeting will be Tuesday in Kimbrough’sachieving personal and professional Program is offering “Little Hands” and $15 on Sunday. Celebrate Caribbean main conference room on the third floor,success. playgroup for enrolled families with children heritage with island cuisine including room 3C03. • Get Ready! Employment ages 5 and younger on July 19 from 9:30 to curried goat and jerk chicken; arts and For more information or to become aOrientation: July 26, 9 a.m. to noon: 11:30 a.m. crafts; international entertainment; and council member, call Becky Mays Jenkins,Learn about job readiness resources Registration is limited to the first 15 live reggae and steel drum bands. For coordinator of Patient and Family Centeredavailable through Fort Meade’s people. more information, call 410-362-2957 or Care, at 301-677-8261.Employment Readiness Programs and For more information, email anita. visit • Fort Meade TOP III Association meetsAnne Arundel Workforce Development’s or call 301-677-4779. • “BSO: Star Wars and Beyond”: the second Wednesday of each month atKick Start Program, including websites, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meetingclasses, job listings, employment support Drama Camp will perform the “Star Wars” score to is Wednesday. The association is opengroups and a tour of the resource center. Summer SKIES is offering PROPS fireworks and selections from other movie to all Air Force active-duty and retired For more information, call 301-677- Drama Camp for grades one to 12 from blockbusters such as “Batman” and senior noncommissioned officers. For more9017 or 301-677-9018. July 23-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “Pirates of the Caribbean” on Saturday information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob Cost is $40 and includes breakfast, snack at 8 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 at 443-479-0616 or email courses and a T-shirt. Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Tickets • Spouse Connection meets the second Performances will be July 28 at 3 and cost $9 to $18. For more information, visit Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 Army Community Service and Army or call the ticket office at p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood,Family Team Building are offering Family 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. Admission is free and open to the public. 410-783-8000. 4998 Second Corps Blvd. The next meetingTeam Building classes at Potomac Place • Leisure Travel Services is offering will be Tuesday. The program providesand Meuse Forest neighborhood centers. For more information, call 301-677-1196. monthly Saturday bus trips to New an opportunity for all spouses in the Fort • “Grow Skills for Military Life,” Level York City on July 21 and Aug. 18, with Meade community and surrounding area2, on Aug. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sky Vacation Bible School discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $55. to meet and get connected. For more • Instructors Course, MFTB instructor Sky Vacation Bible School will be For more information, call 301-677-7354 information, call 301-677-4110 or emailtraining, Sept. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 held Aug. 6 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 or visit p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. • The Blue Star Museums program • Bridging the Gap deployment support Bring a brown bag lunch. The free program is for children ages is offering free admission for all active- group, sponsored by Army Community Registration is required. Limited child 4 years old through fifth grade. duty, National Guard and Reserve service Service, meets the second Tuesday of thecare is available. VBS features games, crafts, music members and their dependents through month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place To register or for more information, call and adventures. Snacks and lunch are Labor Day. More than 1,800 museums Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is301-677-5590 or email amber.e.rustad@ included. are registered. For more information, Tuesday. For more information, call or Registration is limited to the first visit Collins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon. 200 children and will close July 23. Star_Museums or Bible study Registration tables will be set up until php/2012/06/blue-star-museums-all- • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Protestant Women of the Chapel will July 23 at the Chapel Center and the summer-long. Association meets the second Wednesday ofhost summer Bible study on Wednesdays Main Post Chapel. each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 160 onuntil July 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Volunteers are needed to sign up MEETINGS Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The next meetingArgonne Hills Chapel Center. immediately. is Wednesday. Active-duty, Reserve and Child care will be provided. For more information, call 301-677- retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine The prayer and fellowship program’s 0386 or 301-677-6038. • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the Corps and Coast Guard are invited. Forfall kickoff is scheduled for Aug. 29 second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in more information, call 410-761-7046 or 301-from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Summer reading program the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next 262-6556. For more information, visit Facebook meeting is Friday. The association is open to • Spouse PTSD Support Group meets Children of all ages are invited to the active, retired, Reserve and National Guard Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at theat PWOC Fort Meade, or email meade@ Medal of Honor Memorial Library or call Kori Yates at 301-262- E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this Soldier and Family Assistance Center, 2462 register for this year’s “Reading Is So area are invited to attend a breakfast and 85th Medical Battalion Ave.0756. Delicious” summer reading program that meet the membership. For more information, The support group, sponsored by ends Aug. 25. visit or call 410-551-7953. Behavioral Health Care Service, the Religious YOUTH Participants will receive a reading log • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the second Support Office and the Army Substance and a goodie bag. Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Potomac Abuse Program, is for spouses whose loved Summer reading program events will beStorytime held at Burba Cottage. Place Neighborhood Center. The next ones are exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. meeting is Monday. For more information, Learn valuable tools and resources to The Medal of Honor Memorial • Tuesday, 10 a.m.: “Books, The Magic is visit or email membership@ understand PTSD and how to cope.Library offers pre-kindergarten Storytime Real,” featuring magician Joe Romano To join or for more information, call 301-on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and • Aug. 7, 10 a.m.: Mad Science of • Single Parent Support Group meets the 677-8870.10:30 to 11 a.m. Central Maryland second and fourth Monday of the month • Retired Enlisted Association meets the • Today: “Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!” stories For more information, call 301-677-5522. from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 third Thursday of the month from 7:30 toabout things that “go” Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. 8:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. • July 19: “ Don’t be a Square,” about RECREATION Free child care will be provided on site. The next meeting is July 19. For moreshapes For more information, call Rikki Ford, information, visit or call Mary • July 26: “Beach Party,” about the Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 Gray, the local president, at 410-916-5385beach and ocean Out About or email or Arthur R. Cooper, national president, at For more information, call 301-677- • The annual Caribbean Carnival • Patient/Family Advisory Council meets 443-336-1230.5522. July 12, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  9. 9. C over S toryIndependence Day celebratedwith fireworks, music, attractionsBy Rona S. Hirsch games, a radio DJ and band, novelty and every hour.Staff Writer food vendors, giveaways and a 30-minute Radio station Mix 106.5 broadcasted live Soaring temperatures did not deter this fireworks display. from noon to 6 p.m. near the gazebo whilecrowd. “It’s awesome,” Garrison Commander its crew hosted contests with prizes. Throughout Fort Meade’s Fourth of July Col. Edward C. Rothstein said of the festivi- Dunkin’ Donuts offered free samples ofcelebration, thousands of visitors streamed ties. “It’s a great opportunity to bring togeth- iced coffee and Oreo Coolatas. Old Navythrough the gate with picnic coolers, lawn er family, friends and the entire Team Meade distributed flip-flops.chairs and extended families. community - those inside and outside the Living Wellness Chiropractic in Columbia Many arrived early, staking out prime fence line - together on post. I’m very proud provided free massages by Dr. Harry Derr.viewing sites on McGlachlin Parade Field of Team Meade and our staff in putting this “This is part of our community outreach,for the elaborate fireworks display that start- together and the entire community sharing in and we are also offering the opportunityed after 9:30 p.m. the patriotism on the Fourth of July.” for a free chiropractic checkup,” Derr said. “We’re here since 12:30,” said Maryanne Residents and visitors relaxed on lawn “This is our way of giving back.”Ferguson, a Pasadena teacher who attended chairs and blankets, some sipping tall tropi- People lined up to purchase food and bev-with nine family members. “We wanted a cal fruit drinks, while children took a spin on erages from vendors clustered along Coopergood spot.” the Mind Bender and mini-Ferris wheel, and Avenue. Amid the competing aromas of bar- Ferguson chatted with her aunt, Betty teens danced to reggae music and Michael becue, kettle popcorn, chicken teriyaki andUrban of Gambrills, beside the canopy that Jackson. cotton candy, vendors also sold Italian ices,shaded Urban’s 10-year-old granddaughter, “It gets better every year,” said Sgt. Can- shaved ice, frozen drinks, gourmet coffee,Hannah Johns, and coolers containing lunch dice Westbrook of Potomac Place, who has fresh fruit cups, hot dogs and corn dogs.and dinner. attended for nine years. Kiosks featured yo-yo balloons and tarot The 30-minute fireworks display on “I’ve been coming for at least 18 years, A noncommissioned officer in charge of card and palm reader Rita Ritsick of Oden- McGlachlin Parade Field wowed residentssince my son Michael was born and we lived organ transplants at Walter Reed National ton, who has been dispensing fortunes at the and visitors, many of whom arrived hoursin Seven Oaks,” Ferguson said. “The activi- Military Medical Center, Westbrook was event for 15 years. earlier with lawn chairs, canopy tents andties are free, the food is reasonably priced joined by her three children: Chante, 19, Children had their face painted and hair coolers, to celebrate the Fourth of July.and the fireworks, of course, are the best.” Joseph, 17, and Nathan, 2, and their cousin sprayed in multicolors. They cooled off in Throughout the day, an estimated 12,000 Rhonda Battle of Pittsburgh. misting tents, tested their skill at carnivalto 15,000 people attended the annual event “It’s crazy,” Chante said of all the free games and on the five inflatables with dif- for Performing Arts, Corrine joined otherorganized by the Directorate of Family and activities offered. ferent themes including an obstacle course, teens in a dance circle as younger childrenMorale, Welfare and Recreation. The festi- The Fort Meade Museum, which opened bounce castle and basketball challenge. danced in the middle. They later formedval featured children’s attractions, carnival during the day, fired a Civil War-era cannon “I like the slides; they’re super fun,” said an impromptu conga line to Arrow’s “Hot, 5-year-old Sam Boggs, of Glen Burnie, who Hot, Hot.” attended with his parents, Steve and Sharon “The band is really good,” said Corrine, Boggs. daughter of retired Lt. Col. Lee Mitchell. At the inflatable football tug-of-war, two “They interact with the crowd, the kids.” people of the same size were paired up and Ureka Nogales danced with her husband, tethered to a rope, then pulled against each Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Nogales other to throw a football across the goal of Navy Information Operations Command line. Maryland, while their sons Robert, 9, and “Being close to 50, I found it quite diffi- Royce, 6, chomped on pink cotton candy. cult going against a 17-year-old [my victori- “The band keeps an energy and takes ous son],” said Eric York, who works at the requests,” said Nogales, a ballroom dance National Security Agency. instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studio This was the first time that the Severn resi- in Severna Park. “They’re mixing it up and dent, his wife and four children attended the that’s good.” daylong festival. “It’s really nice,” York said. Once darkness fell over Fort Meade, all “We’re looking forward to the fireworks. We heads tilted upward as explosions of color brought tools to camp out.” and patterns lit the sky. Dance fever set in when the New Monop- “Phenomenal,” said Ben Smith, who oly band took the stage at 5:30 p.m., per- works in IT security for the Federal Drug forming four hours of pop favorites ranging Administration, after the show. “I really from Motown and The Monkeys to the Bee enjoyed them.” Gees and Cee Lo Green. This was the first time that the Jessup resi- “The music is all different genres and dent and his girlfriend, Jen Davis, attended PHOTOS BY Anthony Castellano eras,” said Corrine Mitchell of Randall- Fort Meade’s Fourth of July celebration.Craig Sanders of Pasadena is encouraged by his mom Amy Sanders and grandmother stown, who danced with her 5-year-old niece “It seemed the military would be moreSherry Miller as the tethered 5-year-old tries to throw a football across the goal line Aliyah. special than the others,” Davis said. “I reallyat the inflatable football tug-of-war, one of five inflatables at the daylong event. A student dancer at the Baltimore School appreciated it.”10 SOUNDOFF! July 12, 2012
  10. 10. ‘I’m very proud of TeamMeade and our staff inputting this together and theentire community sharing in PHOTOS BY Anthony Castellanothe patriotism on the Fourth Jesse Diaz, 5, of Fort Meade beats the heat at a misting tent, a popular attraction that provided relief to soaring temperatures.of July.’ BELOW LEFT: Dance instructor Ureka Nogales and her husband, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Nogales of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland, dance to the music of the New Monopoly band, which performed for four hours until the Garrison Commander fireworks. Col. Edward C. Rothstein BELOW RIGHT: Melissa Novak, 5, of Baltimore, and her dad, Maryland National Guard Sgt. Gerald Novak, ride the Mind Bender at McGlachlin Parade Field. Children also took a turn on a spinning ride and mini-Ferris wheel. July 12, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  11. 11. S portsExercising religiouslyWholyfit fitness program provides faith-based alternative to yogaBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer A month ago, Ann Quinlan’s search foran alternative form of traditional yoga ledher to Argonne Hills Chapel Center, whereyoga-like exercises are combined with reli-gious Scripture for a new fitness program. “This was the perfect fit for me,” saidQuinlan, who resides in Columbia. Wholyfit classes, taught by volunteerinstructor Kay Snow, meets Tuesdays andFridays for an hourlong class beginningat 6 a.m. Combining physical fitness, Scrip-ture memorization, worship and prayer,Wholyfit offers a Christian alternative totraditional yoga. According to the national organization’swebsite, Wholyfit promotes a healthy life-style, increased energy, strength, flexibilityand stress management. “We work on strength, flexibility, stami-na, balance — all that you would work onin other types of fitness programs — andwe focus on that through also using theword of God,” Snow said. Although Wholyfit is considered analternative to yoga, the movements andpostures are very similar to those asso-ciations with the traditional exercise pro-gram. Snow said that movements in yoga are photos by jen ryndanot exclusive to that form of exercise.Wholyfit takes the movements and inte- Ann Quinlan from the Defense Media Agency postures in Wholyfit, a Christian alternative to yoga, on Tuesday morning at Argonnegrates them with Biblical meanings. Hills Chapel Center. Through a series of movements and postures, the program helps participants improve strength, flexibility, While performing movements and pos- stamina and balance. BELOW: Wholyfit instructor Kay Snow demonstrates a fitness exercise during Tuesday’s class at Argonnetures, Snow recites Scriptures related to Hills Chapel Center. The nationwide fitness program combines physical fitness, Scripture memorization, worship and prayer.the names given to the exercises. Read-ings include selections from the Book of with the fastest movements during thePsalms, the Gospels and devotionals. warm-up. “I like to use Scriptures [so] that when “We move through postures very quick-they do this posture they aren’t only focus- ly, just basically moving through theming on challenging their body and building almost like Tai Chi,” Snow said.their body, but they’re also focusing on The slowest portion of the programGod’s word,” Snow said. is focused on balance. Typically, Snow The integration of the exercise and faith said, the class will consist of one balanceis a main draw for many of the participants posture.such as Quinlan, who joins the group “That section moves slowly because youbefore starting her workday at Defense hold the postures for probably five- to 10Media Activity. breath cycles,” Snow said. “It’s a good way to start my day,” she Participants then move seamlessly intosaid. “It’s good stretching, but I also feel the various sections focusing on differentvery relaxed.” aspects of fitness. Each class ends with a But Snow said the courses also can restoration and meditation period duringbe challenging. Classes are taught in five which Snow reads more Scripture.sections: warming, balance, strength and “It is a great way to not only buildstamina, flexibility and restoration. The and strengthen your body, but build andtempo changes throughout the sections, strengthen your faith,” she said.12 SOUNDOFF! July 12, 2012