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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 29 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ July 19, 2012 summer drills build skills photo by nate pesceA sunset silhouette of C.J. House, 8, jumping to catch a pass while warming up with members of the Fort Meade Cougars youth football team, is a subtle reminder that thestart of football season is less than a month away. The Cougars are preparing to kick off their season in August as part of Child, Youth and School Services’ fall youth sports.Good hands Kid Smart UPCOMING EVENTSNew commander Geek Squad hosts today, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Loungeset to take charge two-day technology friday, 7 p.m.-Midnight: Chicago Steppin’ - Club Meade camp to improve skills Wednesday, Noon-3 p.m.: Army Community Service Birthday - The Lanesof Medical Activity July 27, 7-10 p.m.: Deck Party - The Lanespage 6 page 12 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 ´ An ounce of prevention Col. Edward C. Rothstein is a home security cure Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones True to the maxim that “an ounce of preven- ignated neigh- Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones tion is worth a pound of cure,” we can all do borhood center more to prevent crime from happening in our to discuss your Assistant Editor & Senior Writer neighborhoods. concerns. Rona S. Hirsch As garrison commander, the safety and secu- • Do not Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes rity of our post community is my top priority. leave items such Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Our police and force protection personnel as bicycles, chil- Design Coordinator Timothy Davis have initiated many measures to ensure the dren toys and Supple­mental photography provided safety of the community, including random sporting goods by Patuxent Publishing Co. patrols in marked and unmarked vehicles and unsecured out- foot patrols in the housing neighborhoods. side. Advertising And while Fort Meade is one of the safest • Do not leave COL. Edward c. places to live, work and visit in the region, cell phones, Rothstein General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Garrison Commander Allison Thompson there are things we can all do to help keep our iPods, GPS sys- 410-332-6850 communities safe. tems, purses or wallets in plain view and in Michele Griesbauer It starts with everyone taking responsibility unlocked vehicles. 410-332-6381 to remember the basics of personal security. • Close your garage door. An empty garage That means doing simple things such as locking says, “You’re not at home.” Thieves can easily If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are doors, securing valuables and ensuring windows steal bikes, lawn mowers and other valuables. experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail are locked when you leave your home. Burglars can close the garage door and take Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through According to crime prevention specialists, their time breaking into your home. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. crime of opportunity is one of the main issues To learn more about how you can help keep Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the on military installations. Opportunity crimes our neighborhoods safe, I encourage everyone personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary mainly occur in three areas of the installation: to attend Fort Meade’s annual National Night of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday barracks, parking lots and family housing. Out on Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at McGlachlin except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Here are a few home security tips: Parade Field. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the • Set timers on lights when you’re away from This free event is sponsored by the Director- desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. home so your house appears to be occupied. ate of Emergency Services and Picerne Military Did you know you also can alert the Fort Housing. National Night Out is designed to Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage Meade Police to check on your home while heighten crime-prevention awareness, generate without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, you are on vacation or an extended leave of support for anticrime programs and strengthen user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser absence? partnerships between emergency responders will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. • Keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor, and the neighborhoods their serve. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge or This is a great event and I hope to see you of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are in the mailbox. there. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance • Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder We may not live in a perfect world but we of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, all can take steps to make our communities the Army of the products or services advertised. stairwells, alleys, hallways and entryways. safer and prevent many crimes from becoming If you live in post housing, call your des- a reality. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at Commander’s Open Door and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or Co n t e n t s concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mon- days from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 14 Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 19 necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. Community.................. 16 Classified.............................. 20 SOUNDOFF! July 19, 2012
  3. 3. NewsUtilities need coordinated responseBy Picerne Military Housing During the spring and summer, theweather brings a lot of rain and thunder-storms. Oftentimes, this can lead to poweroutages. At this time, responsibility for util-ity management and maintenance on FortMeade is split between the Baltimore Gas Electric Co. and the Fort Meade Director-ate of Public Works. Picerne Military Housing, however, is theresidents’ liaison and service provider for numbers to report outages and mainte-all housing needs including utility service nance emergencies. Calls to the toll-freecoordination. number will directly connect residents to All residential power outages should be the emergency on-call service.reported to the appropriate neighborhoodoffice. This will allow staff to determine Heritage Park andif the outage is widespread or specific to Normandy Bluffsthe home, and coordinate the responsible file photo • Heritage Park: 1-866-860-2403provider to restore power. privatizing lines for the homes on post. to coordinate restoration efforts with the • Normandy Bluffs: 1-866-866-3709 As the installation’s privatized partner for This effort will end with a great result of appropriate provider. • Office: 410-672-2000utilities, BGE is in the process of upgrading new underground infrastructure that should Picerne will make every effort to makegas and electric lines to all facilities on post. help to solve a large portion of the current sure that residents receive the most updated Midway CommonFort Meade will have dual service providers outage issues experienced on post. and accurate information on the status of • Level One: 1-866-524-2404through the ongoing utility upgrades. As utilities continue to privatize in the outages and repairs. • Office: 410-672-2301 At the completion of the upgrade proj- neighborhoods, responsibility for utility In the event a neighborhood office losesect, BGE will be responsible for all utilities services will transfer to BGE. As such, it power, the phone system also may be Meuse Foreston Fort Meade. is important for residents to report power affected. • Level One: 1-866-861-1935 BGE has privatized utilities in most outages to their neighborhood staff as If the office cannot be reached, resi- • Office: 410-672-2475office areas and is now in the process of they have the most current information dents should call the following toll-freeSatisfaction survey AAFES celebrates 117thaids PX performance birthday with specialsBy Army Air Force Exchange Service 4 to 25. By Army Air Force Exchange Service Express patrons also will receive free Public Affairs 20- and 30-ounce fountain drinks andPublic Affairs During this time, service members and their The Fort Meade Exchange facilities will 20-ounce Fresh Java until 1:17 p.m. The Army Air Force Exchange Service families are encouraged to visit the Exchange mark the Army Air Force Exchange constantly seeking opportunities to improve to provide feedback on locally available ser- Service’s 117th birthday on Wednesday The birthday savings can be usedon the Exchange benefit. vices. Beyond improving the Exchange benefit, with a host of savings and specials. online at As part of this effort, the DoD’s oldest and shoppers who participate also will receive a In 1895, the War Department issued The website will offer a one-day salelargest Exchange service relies on an ongo- coupon worth $5 off their next purchase at General Order 46, directing command- on hundreds of products including aing Customer Satisfaction Index to provide the Exchange. ers to establish an Exchange at every 40-inch Sharp AQUOS 1080 LCD TVlocalized, real-time snapshots of the job that “We want to hear from as many Fort Meade post. for $717, up to 25 percent off name-Exchange facilities are performing to improve shoppers as possible,” said Jonathan Bright, To celebrate the Exchange’s birthday, brand watches and 66 percent off selectthe value of the support provided to service general manager of the Meade Consolidated shoppers using their Military Star Card fine jewelry.members and their families. Exchange, which includes AAFES operations to fill up at the Express gas station from The survey, which addresses customer ser- on Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground Wednesday through July 27 will receivevice, pricing, sales associate availability, mer- and Dover Air Force Base, Del. a discount of 17 cents per gallon.chandise assortment and many more key issues, “Efforts like the CSI are critical to not only The Military Star Card also will pay Connect withis administered at one-fourth of Exchange improving the shopping experience, but also dividends at the food court on Wednes- Fort Meade atmain stores twice a year. bolstering the dividend the Exchange annu- day as diners can take 20 percent off Fort Meade shoppers’ opportunity to par- ally delivers to the community,” Bright said. orders at Exchange-operated restau-ticipate in the 2012 Customer Satisfaction “Healthy Exchange operations produce greater rants such as Burger King, Anthony’s /ftmeadeIndex is coming to the Exchange from Aug. returns for military quality-of-life programs.” Pizza and Charley’s grilled subs. July 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsAmerica’s most popular baby namesBy Wendy Poulson popular names of a decade, the five most about having a healthy pregnancy, takingSocial Security District Manager popular names of the past century, or care of your newborn and childproofingGlen Burnie search for the most popular names in your home. Each year, Social Security announces your state. Need to read up on childhood immu-the top baby names for boys and girls, You can even get popular baby names nizations, food stamps or other nutritionbased on Social Security card applica- for twins. Plug in any name — including assistance programs for families withtions for babies born in the previous your own — to see where it comes in on children? The links are there, along withyear. the list. more information than there are gifts at This year, the most popular babies in But Jacob and Sophia’s page isn’t just a baby shower.the playpen are Jacob and Sophia, fol- about baby names. Find out about get- When people think about Sociallowed by Mason and Isabella. You can ting a Social Security number for your Security, they often think of the retire-visit them in their online “crib” at www. baby and what every parent should know ment years. But Social Security is about Social Security. Learn about ben- throughout your life — from the day a At the website, you also can see other efits for children and grandchildren and child is named.lists of popular baby names. For exam- plan your family’s financial future. For the listing of popular baby names,ple, you can search for the 1,000 most You also can link to information visit Have you noticed an issue on post Community Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Crime Watch Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services July 11, Increasing speed when removed his bicycle from an overtaken by passing vehicle, driv- unsecured shed at his quarters. solve them. ing under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, July 14, Larceny of private driving with suspended registra- Issue: Plan: Status: tion: The Directorate of Emer- gency Services was notified of a property: The victim stated that person(s) unknown removed two, 24-inch bicycles from the traffic stop for a vehicle that was Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is driving erratically. The driver appeared front porch of his quarters. The Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall girls’ bicycles were unsecured and unat- to be impaired by alcohol. Police offi- tended. after the grass matures cers offered the driver standardized field sobriety tests, which he refused. The driver submitted to a breath test, which July 15, Aggravated assault, with a box- yielded a result of .13 percent blood er’s fist: An investigation revealed that McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC Survey work has begun; full alcohol content. the victim had several lacerations to his HVAC is inoperative install set for completion face, and both eyes were almost swollen (except in the ballroom) September; portable A/C shut. The victim stated he was drinking July 13, Larceny of private property: An the night before with friends and woke units being used in classrooms investigation revealed that someone went up in the morning in his barracks with into an unsecured vehicle and removed a lacerations on his face and swollen eyes. wristwatch, iPod and a BlackBerry cell On the lookout for theft phone, as well as $25 in cash. July 16, Larceny of private property: Unknown person(s) removed an unse- July 13, Larceny of private property: The cured bicycle from the front porch. victim stated that person(s) unknown The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neighborhoods safe. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at all times, regardless of time of day. Chaplain’s Word: 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, CREATED BEAUTY remember to take an active role in deterring crime. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity to “You are God’s created beauty and the focus of the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623. His affection and delight.” — Janet L. Smith SOUNDOFF! July 19, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsKimbrough Care Center gets new commanderBy Lisa R. Rhodes ington, D.C., on Sept. 1. mand and a partner in the Walter Reed emony began with the invocation byStaff Writer “I am proud to follow the path of health care system. MEDDAC is charged Chaplain (Maj.) Dean Darroux, director Col. Danny B. N. Jaghab assumed great commanders of this MEDDAC,” with providing medical and environ- of pastoral ministries, and music by thecommand of the U.S. Army Medical said Jaghab, a registered dietitian, to the mental services for 140,000 active-duty U.S. Army Band of Fort Myer, Va.Activity, Fort Meade, and Kimbrough Soldiers and audience at the ceremony. and retired service members and their Brig. Gen. (P) Joseph Caravalho Jr.,Ambulatory Care Center in a change of “I promise you all that I will continue families, as well as occupational health commanding general of the U.S. Armycommand ceremony on July 12. the great traditions for patients and staff services to civilian employees. Medical Command’s Northern Regional Jaghab, former commander of the alike.” The organization’s area of responsibili- Command, later presented Moores withRodriguez U.S. Army Health Clinic at Before the ceremony ended, Jaghab ty includes Maryland and Pennsylvania. the Legion of Merit for “exceptionalFort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, took the and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry D. Lipsey MEDDAC’s roots extend back to the meritorious service, unrelenting focusreigns of leadership from Col. Leon E. of Kimbrough signed the Army Medicine Camp Meade Hospital, which was orga- and exemplary performance of duty.”Moores, who served as the commander of Healthcare Covenant, pledging quality nized in 1917 and was part of the original In his welcome to Jaghab, CaravalhoFort Meade MEDDAC for two years. health care to all beneficiaries within the post. In July 1961, Kimbrough Army called the new commander an “incredible Moores will serve as the special assis- Fort Meade region. Hospital was established. Eight years officer with energy, vision and compas-tant to the university president of the Fort Meade MEDDAC is subordinate later, the hospital was reorganized and sion” who will “write the MEDDAC’sUniformed Services University in Wash- to the Northern Regional Medical Com- redesignated to MEDDAC. next chapter of greatness.” As a result of the 1995 Base Realign- Jaghab earned his bachelor’s degree in ment and Closure Commission, Kim- nutrition and dietetics from Drexel Uni- brough Army Hospital was downgraded versity in Philadelphia and his Master of to an outpatient facility. Its emergency Science degree in education and counsel- room closed in 1996, when Kimbrough ing from the Long Island University at Ambulatory Care Center was estab- West Point, N.Y. He received a second lished. master’s degree in strategic studies from In 2007, the Warrior Transition Com- the Army War College at Carlisle Bar- pany A, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care racks, Pa. Center was created. Four years later, the After completing his dietetic intern- company was designated as the Warrior ship at the former Walter Reed Army Transition Unit, Fort Meade, and was Medical Center in 1989, Jaghab was reassigned to the Warrior Transition Bri- chief of Nutrition Care Assessments at gade at Walter Reed National Military Kimbrough Army Hospital. He later Medical Center in Bethesda. served in the same capacity at the 46th Last week’s change of command cer- Combat Support Hospital in Nasriyah, photos by nate pesceBrig. Gen. (P) Joseph Caravalho Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army MedicalCommand’s Northern Regional Medical Command, passes the guidon to Col. Danny Col. Leon E. Moores, outgoing commander of U.S. Army Medical Activity, Fort Meade,B.N. Jaghab, incoming commander of U.S. Army Medical Activity, Fort Meade, and and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, and incoming Commander Col. Danny B.N.Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. Jaghab salute before their change of command ceremony on July 12 at McGlachlin Parade Field. SOUNDOFF! July 19, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsIraq; Keller Army Community Hospital DAC West Point, N.Y.; the nutrition clinic “You have truly led the Fort Meadeat Walter Reed; and the DeWitt Army MEDDAC into this new era of ArmyCommunity Hospital at Fort Belvoir, medicine, and I salute your accomplish-Va. ments,” Caravalho said. “It has been my Caravalho praised Jaghab for his distinct honor to serve with you.”leadership of the Rodriquez U.S. Army During his speech, Moores called theHealth Clinic, which received the Sur- Fort Meade MEDDAC “a spectaculargeon General’s 2011 Excalibur Award for assignment,” and said Jaghab “will leadinnovation, efficiency and effectiveness in you far better than I could do.”delivery of health care. Moores said he was proud that “by “You may see big boots ahead of you,” every statistic we measure, our MED-Caravalho said to Jaghab. “But I have DAC provides some of the safest, highestabsolutely no doubt you will take this quality health care, resulting in some ofcommand to unimagined new and excit- the best patient satisfaction ratings in theing heights.” entire Army medical department.” Caravalho credited Moores for his In his brief remarks, Jaghab said heability to “deliver world-class health care, was “truly honored” to serve the com-while skillfully optimizing business prac- mand.tices.” “Coming to this MEDDAC brings Under Moores’ leadership, MEDDAC me full circle in my career and my life,”received more than $10 million in perfor- he said.mance-based reimbursements from theArmy Medical Command during the pasttwo fiscal years for increasing productiv- Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab, formerity, patient satisfaction and higher output commander of the Rodriguez U.S. Armyof evidence-based practices. Health Clinic at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Caravalho also praised Moores for Rico, holds his 6-year-old daughterinitiating the “Your Best Self ” profes- Jennine after the ceremony.sional development program for MED- photo by nate pesce Ashford University is shaping the future of today’s Army. Complete your degree at home or abroad. Discover a supportive learning community designed for you to go to school while you serve. Ashford’s digital tools allow you to keep in touch with your courses while on the go. Even deployment doesn’t mean your education is over — you can continue while deployed or pick up where you left off when you return. To learn about all your benefits, contact Ashford today. Call 888.233.7912 or visit MILITARY.ASHFORD.EDU/SOUND today. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association ( Benefits subject to eligibility. Visit for complete eligibility requirements. 400 North Bluff Blvd. Clinton, IA 52732 12AUAM1022 • AC-0255 July 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  7. 7. N ews Anne Rutherford and Jo-Ann Geary of USO Metro Fort Meade work the free snack table set up for movie night. PHOTOS BY NATE PESCE SHOW TIME Fort Meade residents gather on lawn chairs and blankets at Burba Lake’s Pavilion 1 to enjoy “Kung Fu Panda 2” at the Movies on the Lawn presented July 12 at sunset. The free event for active-duty service members and their families was sponsored by USO Metro Fort Meade, which also provided free popcorn and drinks. Two-year-old Catherine Ortiz munches on a bag of free popcorn during the showing of “Kung Fu Panda 2” at Burba Lake. SOUNDOFF! July 19, 2012
  8. 8. N ews(Left) Victoria Smalling, 15, a volunteer at Army Community Service through the installation’s new Youth Summer Leadership Challenge, makes a flyer for the Army FamilyTeen Building Program at ACS. Voya Coleman, 16, stands beside the billboard she created as an ACS volunteer to advertise the youth volunteer program, an initiative startedto help youth ages 12 to 18 gain professional experience and community service hours. More than 20 teens are volunteering at various garrison organizations for sevenweeks.Youth volunteer program kicks off for summerStory and photos by Lisa R. Rhodes Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. sional experience and community-ser- of customer service and professionalStaff Writer Rothstein. vice hours through volunteering. conduct and dress. More than 20 youths will spend seven The Youth Summer Leadership Chal- The challenge is coordinated by Victoria Smalling, 15, a sophomoreweeks of their summer volunteering at lenge, which started June 25 and ends Marie Miles, Fort Meade’s Army Vol- at Thomas Stone High School in Wal-various organizations on post, thanks Aug. 10, provides youths age 12 to 18 unteer Corps coordinator at Army dorf, and Voya Coleman, 16, a junior atto a new initiative spearheaded by with the opportunity to gain profes- Community Service. Manor New Technology High School “Colonel Rothstein has been extreme- in Manor, Texas, are volunteers at ly supportive and he’s excited about the ACS. The teens assist staffers with program,” Miles said. clerical work, special events and other Several post organizations, includ- projects. ing the Family Pet Care Center, Thrift “I feel it’s a good thing,” said Victo- Shop, Army Substance Abuse Program, ria, daughter of a DoD civilian employ- Public Affairs Office, Soldier Family ee. “You’re able to get a feel for a real Assistance Center, ACS and the Lanes, working environment. You get to meet are hosting the volunteers for the sum- new people, and it looks excellent on mer. your college application.” First Month’s FREE Use of Move-In Truck Reserve a Unit or Pay Online Ten youths also will be selected to Voya, daughter of a retired Air Force Rent $1 24 Hour Video Surveillance Electronic Gate with Keypad Entry participate in disaster-preparadeness training. service member, said participating in the program inspires her to come to with payment of 2nd month Each organization determines the work every day. at lease signing Resident Managers amount of hours and days the volun- “I love it,” she said. “It’s fun doing on a 5’x5’, 5’x10’ or 10’x10’ 365 Day-A-Year Access teers will serve. different mini-projects and helping climate controlled storage unit Month to Month Lease “We want the young people to know other employees.” Full Line of Boxes Packing Supplies that working can be fun, and for them Mike Sinek, manager at the Lanes, Plus receive additional to develop good habits of commitment said five youths are volunteering at the 5% Military Discount. $10 off Boxes and and responsibility,” Miles said. bowling center during the summer. Not to be combined with any other rental Packing Supplies when In addition to volunteering, ACS will “We’re introducing them to customer discounts. Expires: October 31, 2012. provide participants with a free class in service and how to deal with custom- purchasing $40 or more financial management and an opportu- ers,” he said. “It’s a real eye-opening 790 Maryland Route 3 South 410-923-2392 nity to create a professional portfolio. experience for them.” Gambrills, MD 21054 The volunteer program began with To volunteer or for more information, (Located between Tuesday Morning Waugh Chapel Shopping Center) an orientation session where partici- call Army Community Service at 301- pants learned about the importance 677-5590.10 SOUNDOFF! July 19, 2012
  9. 9. N ewsRamadan observed with month of fastingBy Chaplain (Lt. Col.) 10-day difference between the lunar and the elimination of fatty substances from the day. The celebration continues withAbdul-Rasheed Muhammad solar calendars each year. the blood and a decrease in the harmful related festivities for three days.U.S. Army Public Health Command Fasting during Ramadan is the fourth activity of intestinal microbes and uric This year, Muslim Soldiers and family Muslim Soldiers and their families of the Five Pillars that Islam is based acid, it should be emphasized that all members will meet in various locationsaround the world will observe the Holy upon. It is obligatory for every healthy these benefits are not the main objective throughout the world for the purpose ofMonth of Ramadan (the Month of Fast- and able-bodied man and woman to of fasting. daily fast-breaking, or Iftar, and congre-ing), which begins this year on Friday observe the fast. This spiritual act Muslims fast solely because God com- gational prayers.and is observed continuously for 30 increases the sense of unity and brother- mands them to do so as devout and Each weekend throughout Ramadan,days. hood for Muslims all over the world. obedient servants to his will and through a special Iftar program will be held at After Ramadan ends, Eid-ul-Fitr (the Ramadan is the month in which every his grace to learn self-restraint and dis- various mosques and military installa-Celebration of Fast Breaking) takes day is a day of fasting. The period of cipline of morals that will ultimately on the first day of the succeeding fasting is from dawn, approximately benefit the total person. We pray for those who will fast — asmonth, the month Shaw’wal. The first one hour before sunrise, until just after At the completion of Ramadan, Eid- well as those who have the intention today of Shaw’wal begins this year on or sunset. During these hours, one may not ul-Fitr takes place. Eid is a day of fast but cannot due to various exemp-about Aug. 18. eat or drink. thanksgiving and rejoicing for the ful- tions from fasting — that all may suc- Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslims believe that fasting is an act fillment of the obligations of fasting cessfully complete the prescribed period,Islamic calendar. It’s also the month in of pure submission to God’s command, according to God’s command. On the and gain the greatest of rewards in thiswhich the first verses of the Qur’an were which is given in the Qur’an. Fasting has morning of Eid, at some time after life and the hereafter.revealed to Muhammad by the angel many benefits, but its true significance is sunrise and before midday, a special The Fort Meade Islamic community hasGabriel in the year 610 A.D. to develop a sense of complete obedience congregational prayer is offered, fol- a designated room (Room 120) at Argonne Accurate dates cannot be given to the one who created all people and lowed by a sermon from the imam of Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Roadbeforehand since the Islamic calendar gave them physical and spiritual needs the community. for daily prayers during Ramadan andis a lunar one, and the actual date of and the means to fulfill those needs. A period of marked joy and happi- Jummah services.observance is determined by viewing the While many benefits to a person’s ness follows the prayers, with a large For more information, call Chad Jonescrescent moon every month. There is a health come through fasting, such as feast and festival given sometime during at 301-677-1301 or 240-328-4103.Combating childhood obesity: A family affairBy Allison Pompey are at an increased risk of developing preparing foods at home and eating tor at least annually. A registered dieti-U.S. Army Public Health Command emotional problems such as depression meals together as a family. tian can assist with developing goals for The obesity epidemic has grown con- and anxiety. Turn family time into fun, active time healthy eating and physical activity.siderably in recent years, particularly in Although the risks and complications by taking a family bike ride or hike, going Go online to forchildren and adolescents. In fact, one in associated with childhood obesity are to the park and throwing a ball back and reliable, scientifically-based health andevery three American children is over- burdensome, they are not necessarily forth, or taking a family martial arts class nutrition information to help childrenweight or obese. permanent. Families can do a number together. grow healthy. Like other childhood health conditions of things to combat obesity. By mak- Choose to be healthy. Use 5-2-1-0 For more information on childhoodsuch as diabetes and asthma, obesity in ing healthy eating and regular exercise a goals every day. obesity, visit the Centers for Diseasechildren requires some form of lifestyle family activity, parents can improve the Remember, small changes can make a Control and Prevention at Numerous studies have chances of successful weight control and big difference in the long run. Maintain sity/childhood.found that overweight children and teens positively affect their children’s health in a lifestyle for your child that supports Editor’s note: Allison Pompey is a pub-are much more likely to become over- a big way. healthy eating and active living. lic health researcher for U.S. Army Publicweight adults unless they make positive The American Academy of Pediatrics Discuss your child’s weight with a doc- Health changes in eating and physical recommends families start with one ofactivity. the “5-2-1-0” behaviors and set specific Parents and guardians are key deci- goals to improve their health:sion-makers who affect the lifestyle needswhen it comes to the nutrition, physical • 5 - Eat at least five fruits and veg- etables every day. Find the Fort Meade Religious Scheduleactivity and health of their children. • 2 - Limit screen time (such as tele- While the problem of obesity is largely vision, computer, video games) to twodue to inactivity coupled with poor diet, hours or less per day. Children younger atseveral other factors also contribute to than 2 should have no screen time at all.the problem. Those factors include cul- • 1 - Strive for one hour or more of, a family history of obesity, medica- physical activity every day.tions, medical illness, stressful life events/ • 0 - Drink fewer sugar-sweetenedchanges, low self-esteem and depression drinks. Try water and low-fat milk Look for the “Community” tab thenor other emotional problems. instead. click on “Religious Services” for Children who are overweight are at In addition to the 5-2-1-0 goals, adopt schedules, events andgreater risk of developing complications family activities such as eating breakfast contact information.such as diabetes, high blood pressure and every day; limiting fast food, take-outheart disease. Additionally, these children food and eating out at restaurants; and July 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  10. 10. N ewsGeek Squad camp provideshands-on technology skillsBy Brandon Bieltz Trevyur was one of the nearly 120 young- ogy-based activities, from building a PCStaff Writer sters from the Fort Meade community who to creating music. Throughout the day, With a screwdriver in hand, Trevyur Mos- participated in the Geek Squad Summer groups moved between four stations thatley began to install the CD drive of a desk- Technology Academy at the Youth Services each introduced a technology skill by Besttop computer that had been disassembled building. The two-day camp for youth ages 9 Buy employees.into several pieces spread on a table. to 16 was sponsored by Best Buy and Camp “We hope the youth learn about the inner Gazing into the shell of the machine, the Fire USA. workings of a computer and other techno-11-year-old thought about what makes the Child, Youth and School Services and logical devices, as well as participating in thecomputer operate. the Army Community Service Employment fun activities that the Geek Squad has set “This is the first time I ever actually done Readiness Program hosted the event to kick up for them to learn through experience,”this,” he said. “It makes you wonder what’s off CYSS Summer Camp’s “Technology Jamison it.” Week.” The Geek Squad runs 40 similar camps “This Geek Squad Academy was a won- throughout the country, including six at derful opportunity for our kids to get hands- military installations as part of the “Joining on training and experience with technology,” Forces Initiative.”‘It’s one of the few summer said Francisco Jamison, a CYSS adminis- Since the academy was only two days,camps where the kids get to trator. “With STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] education being instructors packed a lot of information into a short period. On the first day, participantsdo what they want.’ a major focus of our educational system learned the basics. On the second day, they today, this was a no-brainer for CYSS to built on the fundamentals. with the organization’s camps. “We find that Jacob Ralston, age 13 participate.” “They get a lot of hands-on experience,” when you get hands-on experience on some- During the daylong camp sessions, par- said Norma Villa, a Geek Squad field lieu- thing, that’s when the kids take to learning ticipants engaged in a variety of technol- tenant, who travels the country working it the best.” In the Youth Services building’s computer lab, youngsters learned about programming by using a computer game. The game is designed with some programming flaws, which participants fix in order to play. They tweaked the game to change level designs and make the character jump higher or pick something up. “The idea behind the flaws is they learn how to go into the video game to actually fix the flaws and in that instance they learn how to make their own video games,” Villa said. The programming portion of the academy was Trevyur’s favorite part of the camp. “It’s fun,” he said. “You have games and stuff and a different variety of things to do.” Youngsters also learned about digital photography by using a digital camera, cookie trays and magnets to create a stop- motion movie on the first day. The follow- ing day, participants were taught to extend the camera’s shutter speed to write with Zalika Hyde, 11, and Tyrek Scott, 12, assemble a desktop computer Monday afternoon at the Geek Squad Summer Technology Academy held at the Youth Services building. Nearly 120 youngsters from the community participated in the two-day program.12 SOUNDOFF! July 19, 2012
  11. 11. photos by jen ryndaflashlights. were inducted into the Geek Squad as hon- CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A group of young ladies create a stop-action video using In the program’s popular digital music orary “Junior Agents.” photos they took with digital cameras. The group used cookie trays and magnets toclass, students used recording software to Many of the youngsters said they enjoyed make the movie.create their own song. working with the computers to learn more In the PC Build portion of the camp, about the technology. Zalika Hyde, 11, tightens the screws of a computer as he puts the machine togetheryoungsters examined the inner-workings of Jacob Ralston, whose parents Isaac and during the PC Building class Monday afternoon at Youth Services. During the Geeka computer. Danielle Ralston work at the National Secu- Squad academy, youngsters learned about the computer’s inner-workings. “Kids get to learn how to actually build rity Agency, said the academy provides aa computer,” Villa said. “They take differ- unique experience that allows participants Kayla Hall, 12, Makayla Cropper, 12, and Mina Gaston, 11, work on their digitalent components from the computer and see to work on useful skills they enjoy. photography project during the two-day technology camp sponsored by Child, Youththat it all comes together to make one giant “It’s one of the few summer camps where and School Services and the Army Community Service Employment Readinessmachine.” the kids get to do what they want,” the 13- Program. At the end of the academy, participants year-old said. July 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  12. 12. S portsFighters take to matin Jiu Jitsu at GaffneyStory and photo by Brandon Bieltz In pairs, students learn a number ofStaff Writer techniques — from takedowns to choke- Six years ago, Kenny Wilson began holds — under the supervision of thetraining in Jiu Jitsu. His training slowly veteran instructors. Instructors teach eachevolved into fighting at amateur mixed- technique by demonstrating the variousmartial arts events throughout the area. ways their opponent would react to the Although Wilson now focuses on strik- move and how to block the forms of martial arts, in order to Participants are also taught to defendremain a well-rounded competitor he con- and reverse the various attacks.tinues to hone his ground fighting skills “It’s a good class for people who want to Studentswith Brazilian Jiu Jitsu courses at Gaffney get into it and people who are already into JohnFitness Center. it,” Wilson said. “It’s good for all walks of McCormick “It flows right into my MMA training,” Jiu Jitsu.” (top) andhe said. While those such as Wilson have been Kenny Wilson The free class for men and women training for years, several students are spar, or “roll,”meets three times a week in Gaffney’s new to the sport. Instructor and student during aCombatives Room to train in the century- Mike McDonnell said participants work Brazilian Jiuold form of martial arts. The combative together and improve each other’s skills Jitsu classsport and self-defense system is taught by — passing off tips during training. Monday nightexperienced instructors who don brown “You learn just as much teaching,” he at Gaffneyand blue belts. said. Fitness Promoting the concept that smaller and To help each other develop into better Center.weaker fighters can defend against a bigger fighters, students are not separated by skill Experiencedand stronger foe, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses level, but train against each other. Toward instructorsleverage, joint-locks and chokeholds to the end of class, participants spar, or “roll,” teach thedefeat the opponent. with each other as newer students compete century- “It’s basically what happens when you against experienced fighters. old form ofget thrown to the ground — how you fight On Monday night, Mike Jernigan took martial artswith a person on top of you,” said instruc- on Wilson for a four-minute round. Jerni- three daystor Deke Richardson. gan, who started learning Jiu Jitsu about a week in For two hours on Mondays, Tuesdays two months ago, said this method of the gym’sand Thursdays, more than a dozen stu- training has helped him learn the sport Combativesdents train in the fundamentals and basic quickly. Room.skills of the sport, while the more expe- “I didn’t know anything, so I got myrienced participants work on advanced butt kicked a lot,” Jernigan said. “But it’s With the sport’s growing popularity, cost.techniques and moves. full immersion. They just throw you in with there are a variety of schools in the area “This is one of the best classes I’ve The format of the class allows all levels all the guys who have been here for a couple that draw more seasoned students. But been to,” he said. “We get a pretty goodof ability to work out and learn the skills, years. After a little while you start picking Wilson said the courses at Gaffney are group of people here that would rivalWilson said. up on it and you learn the moves.” equal to the other schools — without the pretty much any school in the area.” The Washington Savings Bank Purchase Rewards Find out more at Turn Everyday Purchases into Cash Saving Real Money Just Got Real Easy. Just log on to TWSB Just Use Your TWSB Debit Card at to learn more. to activate exclusive cash back offers at the Click types of places you like to shop. MEMBER Shop online or in stores to redeem your offers by FDIC paying with your card. FIVE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! cash back – deposited right into your account BOWIE CROFTON ODENTON MILLERSVILLE WALDORF Enjoy at the end of next month. 301-352-3100 410-721-8867 4201 Mitchellville Rd. 1669 Crofton Centre 410-551-8800 1161 Annapolis Rd. 410-987-1515 676 Old Mill Road 301-843-7200 3225 Crain Highway14 SOUNDOFF! July 19, 2012
  13. 13. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Running clubIn their dreams I must be getting old because those stinking “My Bron versus 30-something, Gaffney Fitness Center plans to form a running club that will meet once a week at the facility. Those interested in joining should contact Angie Wanner at 301-677-3318 or email” segments on “SportsCenter” are tearing me up. broke back Larry Bird? As When they first aired I couldn’t help but chucklebecause they seemed so cheesy. Then, a few years later, much as I disliked Scotty Pippen as a player, he was Texas Hold ‘emthe segments were just depressing, so I turned the TV clearly the best pure athlete Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7off as soon as they started. on the Dream Team outside p.m. at the Lanes. But now that I’ve got kids, I’m compelled to watch. of Jordan. But if you looked Games are free and open to the public. For more information,And I sob, literally. I went through 10 tissues watch- at it honestly, he probably Chad T. Jones, call Wednesday’s segment featuring a little boy with wasn’t as good of an athlete Public Affairssickle cell who got to spend a day with the Philadelphia as Andre Iguodala. Officer Intramural flag football meetingEagles. Obviously, athleticism is Anyway, I’d like to pivot from my softness so I can not the only factor. On the court, as much as everybody A coaches meeting will be held July 31 at 1 p.m. atput a laser focus on yours. I haven’t received one single wants to complain that the current NBA isn’t as skilled Murphy Field House for those interested in forming ansubmission for a guest Jibber. Kind of pathetic if you as the former NBA, there is no doubt that Team USA intramural flag football team for the fall.ask me, but you have a few more weeks to save your is a better shooting team than the Dream Team. Each team is asked to send one representative to thereputation and send in a column that could be pub- Chris Mullin and Larry Bird aside, who else on the meeting. Letter of intent to play is due by Aug. 10.lished either Aug. 23, Aug. 30 or Sept. 6 — that is, if it Dream Team had a consistent jump shot? For more information, call good enough. And before you start asking about Michael, think Speaking of good enough, bowling center manager about this: In the 91-92 NBA season, Jordan shot 27 Wholy FitMike Sinek stopped by the PAO on Tuesday, bearing percent from the 3-point line. This season, Lebron shot Wholy Fit, a devotional exercise program combininglunch menus for the journalists working the court pro- 36 percent. Kobe shot 30 percent. Forward Kevin Love physical fitness, Scripture memorization, worship and prayerceeding here. And while the reporters where deciding on was in the 3-point shootout at the All-Star Game. Fact is, is offered Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 a.m. at Argonnetuna salad or a cheeseburger, Mike asked me to decide almost everybody in today’s NBA shoots jump shots. Hills Chapel Center.something that had nothing to do with food or bowling: Now, all this doesn’t mean that the players on Team The program aims to promote healthy lifestyles, increasedDream Team or Team USA. USA are more accomplished or will have better careers energy, strength, flexibility and stress management With the Olympics eight days away, this has become than the members of the Dream Team, which had 11 For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Buffie Hall ata popular topic around the water cooler. Even our presi- Hall of Fame players on its 12-man roster. 301-677-7842 or Kay Snow at 703-855-9318, or visit wholyfit.dent got involved with the debate. To be honest, I only see four or five HoFers on the Team USA roster: Bryant, James, Durant and Chris Now I’m not one to disagree with the commander-in- Paul. Anthony Davis. Carmelo Anthony and Deron Youth Fall Sportschief, but he, along with most people I’ve spoken with Williams have an outside shot at getting in as well.about this, seem confident that the Dream Team would I’m also not saying that there aren’t certain areas Fall sports registration is under way at Parent Centralwin. But being the consummate contrarian, it’s only where the Dream Team would dominate Team USA Services, 1900 Reece Road.natural that I’d see things differently. — most notably, the center position and rebounding. Youth sports are available for ages 3 to 18 years old. Fall I will explain why I think Team USA would beat the Plus, I think the Dream Team has a certain “old school” sports include cheerleading, flag football, tackle football,Dream Team. But before I do, let me be clear that Team toughness that Team USA would have a hard time swim and soccer.USA is not, nor ever will be, the Dream Team, which dealing with. Participants ages 9 and older are encouraged to register asis clearly the most influential group of athletes ever So, if I had to choose a winner in a one-game, win- early as possible, especially those interested in tackle football.assembled. The cultural significance that the Dream ner-take-all scenario where both teams were completely For more information or to coach, call 301-677-1156 orTeam had, as well as its influence on the game of bas- fresh and injury-free, I’d put my money on the Dream 301-677-1149.ketball, will never be matched. Team. I’d also probably take them in a game-seven However, its skills on the court can be. scenario. Team River Runner As I’ve said before, the most overlooked aspect in However, in an Olympic-style tournament, where The Fort Meade chapter of Team River Runner meetsany present-versus-past sports debate is athleticism. In both teams would have to go through the current the first and third Thursday of the month from 4 to 6his prime, Michael Jordan was a supreme athlete. Leb- international competition — competition that is much p.m. at the Gaffney Fitness Center indoor pool. The nextron James, in his prime, is better. And Kobe Bryant is tougher now than what the Dream Team had to deal meeting is today.just as good, even though he is slightly past his prime. with in 1992 (ironically enough, because of the influence The program — open to active-duty Soldiers andThat’s not a knock on “His Airness.” It is just a fact. the Dream Team had on international basketball) — I’d retirees with an injury or disability during service — aimsScience is better, diets are better, workouts are better, have to go with Team USA in the Gold Medal game. to help individuals find health, healing and new challengeskids start working out earlier, which combine to make And if the teams were to play in a traditional seven- through white water boating and other paddling sports.athletes better. game format, I’d pick Team USA in six. For more information, call 570-236-7927 or email Let’s look at the point guard position. Magic John- Borderline blasphemy I know. It actual hurts a bit to is my favorite player of all time, but nobody can tell write this column, but now that I’m older, more matureme that post-HIV, post retirement, 32-year-old Magic and cry at sappy television features, I know that some- For more Fort Meade sports, visit John Stockton would be able to do anything with times, truth hurts. ftmeadesports.Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. If you have comments on this or anything to do with And if you think that is a mismatch, what about Bron sports, contact me at July 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15