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Fort Meade SoundOff for July 26, 2012

  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 30 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ July 26, 2012 glory days Fort Meade welcomes four new commanders photo by jen ryndaFour-year-old Samantha Ruth of San, Pedro, Calif., patiently waits for the start of the change of command ceremony for her aunt Col. Yvette C. Hopkins, who assumedcommand of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group on Friday at McGlachlin Parade Field. The 704th MI Brigade, Fort Meade U.S. Army Dental Activity and Asymmetric WarfareGroup’s Baker Squadron each had a change of command ceremony over the past week. See Pages 10-13 for coverage of the ceremonies.you’re hired award winning UPCOMING EVENTSCYSS apprentice Fort Meade firefighters Friday, 7-10 p.m.: Deck Party - The Lanesprogram employs named Army’s Small Friday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: Country-Top 40 Night - Club Meade Fire Department of Year saturday, 3 & 5:30 p.m.: Summer SKIES Drama Camp Performances - McGillyouth for summer Monday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Armed Forces Blood Drive - McGill Training Centerpage 6 page 3 Aug. 4, 7 p.m.: Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Concert - Constitution Park
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Happy birthday ACS; ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein stay safe in the sun Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones There’s a saying in the military: “The strength one to 12 at 3 Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil of a service member comes from the strength of p.m. and 5:30 Assistant Editor & Senior Writer their families.” p.m. at McGill Rona S. Hirsch This week, one of the Army’s most valuable Training Center. Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes family programs committed to supporting service The organiza- Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz members and their families, Army Community tion is the largest Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Service, celebrated its 47th birthday. touring children’s Supple­mental photography provided Since 1965, ACS has assisted commanders in theater program by Patuxent Publishing Co. maintaining the readiness of individuals, families in the country. and communities within the Army by developing, The youth Advertising coordinating and delivering services that promote performance is General Inquiries 410-332-6300 self-reliance, resiliency and stability during war produced in col- COL. Edward c. and peace. laboration with Rothstein Allison Thompson Garrison Commander 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com ACS is part of the family of programs provided Fort Meade’s Michele Griesbauer by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com and Recreation. ACS is designed to provide real-life Skills Unlimited program. solutions for Soldiers and their families. My safety alert this week supports the Ameri- If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are We often think about ACS when we relocate can Cancer Society’s campaign for sun safety and experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. from one military installation to another or when promotes ways you can protect yourself and your Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through we prepare for a deployment. family while outdoors. Most skin cancers are pre- Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ACS also provides an array of other services ventable if you follow a few simple steps to shield Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the such as information about military and civilian your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary agencies in our region, financial planning and According to the American Cancer Society, sun of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday emergency financial assistance, information about safety can be as easy as remembering the catch except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. employment opportunities, Exceptional Family phrase: “Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap!” Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the Member Programs, education planning and Family • Slip on a shirt, preferably a dark-colored shirt 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. Advocacy Programs, which include stress and anger with tightly woven fabric and long sleeves. management classes and relationship-enrichment • Slop on sunscreen with a sun protector factor Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage workshops. (SPF) of 30 or more. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, What you may not know is that ACS offers its • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat. user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser services to all members of the military, regardless • Wrap on sunglasses and protect your eyes from will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. of branch of service. the sun. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department So whether you’re a single service member or a • Stay in the shade, particularly between 10 a.m. of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are Soldier with family, ACS has programs designed to and 4 p.m. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance help you face the challenges of military life today You should also be mindful of the correct way to of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of and tomorrow. apply sunscreen. For the best effect, apply sunscreen the Army of the products or services advertised. As we celebrate ACS this week, please remember 20 to 30 minutes before stepping outside. A palm- that ACS is always looking for members of the Fort sized amount of sunscreen should be enough to Meade community to serve as volunteers who are cover an average adult’s arms, legs, neck and face. www.ftmeade.army.mil willing to use their skills and talents to enhance ACS programs. For more information about ACS, For best results, most sunscreens need to be reap- plied every two hours and after swimming, sweating You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd call 301-677-5590. heavily or toweling off. and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. As we close out the month of July, there are a It’s also important to read the label before you couple DFMWR activities going on this weekend buy sunscreens. Many groups, including the Ameri- that you should consider supporting. can Academy of Dermatology, recommend prod- On Friday, Club Meade will host its Country- ucts with an SPF of at least 30. The SPF number Co n t e n t s Top 40 Night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event is a great way to celebrate summer, make new friends represents the level of protection against UV rays provided by the sunscreen. A higher number means and dance the night away. more protection. News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 16 The Lanes will sponsor a free Deck Party on Remember, protecting yourself and the ones Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be games, prizes you love from the sun reduces the chance of skin Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 19 and music. A special food menu will be available cancer. for purchase. Let’s continue to make good decisions this sum- Community.................. 14 Classified.............................. 20 On Saturday, Missoula Children’s Theatre will mer. Stay focused on safety. present a performance featuring youths in grades Team Meade! SOUNDOFF! July 26, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  3. 3. NewsFort Meade named Army Top Small Fire DepartmentBy Rona S. HirschStaff Writer With just 43 firefighters, the Fort MeadeDepartment of Fire and Emergency Servicesresponds to emergencies on and off post,provides safety training to residents andperforms community service to benefit localcharities. For its tireless work, the Fire Depart-ment was named the Department of theArmy’s Small Fire Department of the Yearfor 2011. The announcement was made July 17 byJohn Erichsen, director of Army Fire andEmergency Services. “It’s a great way to tell the guys we did agreat job,” Fort Meade Fire Chief E.J. Rouvetsaid of the recognition. A trophy will be presented to the FortMeade Fire Department in a ceremony at thePentagon. The date has not yet been set. The department will now compete againstthe other service branches in the DoD-levelcompetition. Fire chiefs from the Interna-tional Association of Fire Chiefs will judgethe submissions. Results are expected nextmonth. The Fire Department initially won at theInstallation Management Command level on PHOTO COURTESY OF FORT MEADE FIRE DEPARTMENTMay 23 after submitting a nomination pack-age listing its accomplishments from January Members of the Fort Meade Department of Fire and Emergency Services stand outside the firehouse. The 43-member departmentthrough December 2011. was recently named the Department of the Army’s Small Fire Department of the Year for 2011 after winning the Installation “We were very active that year — the Management Command competition on May 23.earthquake, Hurricane Irene,” said Rouvet,Fort Meade’s fire chief since 2007. “We had The cutoff for the category of small • Forward leaning! Utilizing Facebook to “Everyone can ride trucks and performinstances where we could show how well we fire department is three companies, or rigs. spread fire safety message, simultaneously firefighting duties, if needed,” said Rouvet, aperformed.” “That’s what we have,” Rouvet said. receiving program feedback retired Air Force master sergeant who served The document was accompanied by a let- In its nomination package, the Fire • 9/11 ceremony and post run to remember 30 years.ter of recommendation from Garrison Com- Department listed its achievements beneath both fallen firefighters and military The department also responds to incidentsmander Col. Edward C. Rothstein. the motto: “We protect those who serve.” • Secret Santa: Adopted two families of outside the gates, from vehicular accidents to “It’s an awesome recognition,” Rothstein • We provide life-saving support to 258,000 deployed members - raised funds/provided house fires.said when notified of the announcement. “It’s military and their families, retirees, civilians, dinner, fuel and presents “We work hand-in-hand with the Annea confirmation of the Fire Department’s hard contractors, 2994 residences, seven schools, The Army recognition follows an array Arundel County Fire Department,” Rouvetwork and dedication to service.” four Child Development Centers, 87 tenant of honors for the Fort Meade Fire Depart- said. “If we’re first on the scene of a fire, we’ll Winning packages are based on a point organizations. ment. be the first to fight the fire, ventilate the room,system, said Gerald Adams, fire protection • The department provides suppression/ The department was recognized as the perform rescue. Firefighters are firefightersspecialist for Headquarters IMCOM at Joint HAZMAT/prevention guidance to federal Army’s Small Fire Department of the Year are firefighters. We show up on the scene andBase San Antonio, Texas. agencies nationwide. for the Northeast Region Office for both work with whomever we need to.” “Once IMCOM got the packages, • Nine firefighters were awarded Depart- 2007 and 2006. The Fort Meade Fire Department isIMCOM convened a board of the San ment of the Army Achievement Medals Keith Stumpf was named NERO Army divided into seven crews. There are 14 to 15Antonio City Fire Department to judge for Civilian Service for lives saved at many Firefighter of the Year for 2010. firefighters per duty day: three crews plus onesubmissions,” Adams said. “They judged the incidents. Fort Meade Fire Chief Officer Jeff Clark dispatcher and one chief officer. Crews workpackages and sent the winners to IMCOM, • The department responded to 2,400 was named NERO’s Fire Officer of the Year two 24-hour shifts and then are off duty forwho sent the packages to the Department of emergencies on post and outside the Fort for 2007. 72 continuous hours.the Army.” Meade gates in Anne Arundel County. William “Jeremy” Magers was named After the department was notified of the The DOA selection committee subse- • Community Emergency Response Teams: Civilian Firefighter of the Year for 2007. IMCOM win in May, Rouvet treated threequently reviewed nomination packages sub- training residents to respond to large-scale Timothy Massey was named Civilian Fire- crews to lunch and another three crews tomitted by IMCOM as well as Army Mobility incidents fighter of the Year in 2009. dinner.Command, the Army National Guard, Army • Participates in the annual Polar Bear Department personnel includes 34 fire- “I bought the ingredients for them toReserve and other Army fire organizations, Plunge to benefit the Maryland Special fighters, five chief officers and four fire cook the meal,” Rouvet said. “We alwayssaid Adams. Olympics inspectors. eat together at the firehouse.”http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 26, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsSocial Security rated Community Crime Watchtop for online services Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services July 15, Burglary of a fam- inch LED television.By Wendy Poulson ily dwelling: The victim stated person(s) unknown threw a largeSocial Security District Manager rock, which shattered his dinning July 19, Wrongful damaging ofGlen Burnie private property: The victim stat- room window, and entered the ed an unknown juvenile sprayed If there was an Olympics for customer services quarters and removed variousavailable online, the services at socialsecurity.gov red paint on his property. An items totaling more than $2,500. investigation revealed there waswould be the Michael Phelps of that competi- red paint across the entire lengthtion. July 17, Burglary of a family dwelling: of the garage door and both sides of Over the years, Social Security’s online services Unknown person(s) cut a window screen, the siding. There also was paint on thehave been rated the best in government and the entered the residence and removed two driveway, sidewalk and grass. Furtherbest in all industries. wallets, credit/bank cards, two cameras, investigation revealed that the victim’s When it comes to independent customer sat- a cell phone, a gold pendant with dia- vehicle had paint on the passenger sideisfaction scores, Social Security’s online services monds and a gift card. door and rear passenger-side rim.consistently bring home the gold, silver andbronze. The American Customer Satisfaction July 17, Larceny of private property: July 20, Wrongful damaging of govern-Index tracks customer satisfaction and rates web- Unknown person(s) cut the lock securing ment property: An investigation revealedsites for their performance. a bicycle to a fence at Child Development the subject intentionally busted the win- Of all online services provided by 101 federal Center III and stole the bicycle. dow in the entry door of Heard Hallagencies in the running, Social Security took all of barracks because he left his access key in his assigned room.the top three spots again in the latest survey. July 17, Larceny of private property: In third place, the application for Extra Help Since its launching in May, the online Social Secu- Unknown person(s) by unknown meanswith Medicare Part D prescription drug costs is rity Statement is rated 88, giving this new service gained access to the victim’s secured July 20, Disrespect to superior noncom-rated 89. one of the highest ratings in government. vehicle and removed a navigation GPS missioned officer and police, failure to system and iPod. obey other order, resisting arrest, disor- Bringing home the silver, in second place, the Whether you want to plan for or apply for your derly conduct: The Directorate of Emer-Retirement Estimator scored a 91. retirement, look into other benefits available, or gency Services was notified of a disor- And the top-rated online service in government learn about the history of the program, you can July 17, Larceny of private property: Unknown person(s) by unknown means derly Soldier. An investigation revealedis the online application for Social Security ben- do it all at Social Security’s website. the subject was refusing to obey orders entered the victim’s quarters and removedefits, with a satisfaction score of 92. When you’re taking a break from the Summer various items. and instructions given by an NCO and It’s worth noting that even Social Security’s Olympics, visit the Olympian of online services at police units on scene. Units attempted tonewest online service is already scoring high praise. socialsecurity.gov. apprehend the subject when he began to July 19, Burglary of a family dwelling: resist. Units used minimal force to gain The victim stated that person(s) unknown compliance. entered his quarters and removed a 52- Have you noticed an issue on post Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and Chaplain’s Word: issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. THE SENSE OF THE BEAUTIFUL Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to “A man should hear a little music, read a little solve them. poetry and see a fine picture every day of his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the Issue: Plan: Status: sense of the beautiful, which God has implanted in Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is the human soul.”— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be spring 2013; see Page 17 for more McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC Survey work has begun; full Follow Fort Meade HVAC is inoperative install set for completion September; portable A/C at Twitter.com/ftmeademd (except in the ballroom) units being used in classrooms SOUNDOFF! July 26, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  5. 5. N ewsNew ‘no parking’ policy near KimbroughDES begins enforcement SundayKimbrough Public Affairs Street, in between the two ball fields In an effort to increase the safety on Llewellyn Avenue and on 5th Streetof Soldiers, patients, and staff, the near the corner of Ernie Pyle and 5thKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center streets.leadership has worked closely with Additional parking will becomeFort Meade garrison leadership to available in the coming weeks anddevelop a safe solution to the parking months as construction around Kim-issues around the clinic. brough is completed and parking spac- Beginning Sunday, parking will no es are once again accessible.longer be permitted along LlewellynAvenue and Ernie Pyle Street in thevicinity of Kimbrough. “No Parking” signs will be posted, Starting Sunday, public parking onand personnel who continue to park in Llewellyn Avenue and Ernie Pylethese areas will receive a warning for Street near Kimbrough Ambulato-the first two weeks after the posting ry Care Center will no longer beof the signs. allowed. Temporary “No Parking” Following this initial warning peri- signs will be installed in the area.od, tickets will be issued to motorists Fort Meade Police will issue parkingwho continue to park in these areas. tickets, enforcing the policy, begin- There are several alternative areas ning Aug. 20.in which to park including along Y photo by marine pvt. coby smith Money Problems Threatening Your Service and Family? THIS SUMMER TAKE A PAYMENT VACATION PAY NOTHING FOR 4 MONTHS DURING OUR SUMMER SALES EVENT ARK (Asset Recovery Kit) is a hassle-free, confidential, and smart 2012 Volvo XC60 3.2 FWD way to solve your money problems. We’ll advance you up to $500 until your next pay- LEASE IT NOW FOR day with no interest.* For more information, visit your nearest PenFed branch. Stock #V8708 $ 399 36 months w/ $3,394 due at signing* Payment vacation offer on new 2012 models. *Security deposit waived. Lease scenario based on 10,000 miles per year. Here’s how easy it is: ★ Eligible for active duty, reserve, and national guard military personnel First payment and $2995 cap cost reduction due at signing. Tax, tags and $199 dealer processing fee extra. With approved credit. Offer expires 7/31/12. ★ No interest* ★ No credit report SAFE + SECURE 5 YEAR WARRANTY + 5 YEAR WEAR TEAR COVERAGE PLAN + 5 YEAR SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE ★ Completely confidential volvocars.com/us Safe + Secure Coverage Plan excludes tires. Call 866-212-2742 or visit PenFedFoundation.org/ARK *There is a $1/$100 borrowed fee, and credit counseling is required for additional advances. Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) covers all of the Foundation’s labor and rental 333 Busch’s Frontage Road • 410-349-8800 • AnnapolisVolvo.com administrative expenses.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 26, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  6. 6. N ewsTeens go to work asHIRED! apprenticesStory and photos by Lisa R. Rhodes LEFT: Aliyah Green holds Kolby Jack, a Chihuahua, at theStaff Writer Five days a week, Tayler Creek begins ‘The program gives these Family Pet Care Center. The 16-his day at the Youth Center at 6 a.m. The 17-year-old assists the facility’s teens insight into what it’s year-old is working at the facility asyouth counselors in supervising children like to have experience in part of Child,enrolled in the Child, Youth and SchoolServices program, periodically completes the workforce.’ Youth and School Services’ HIRED!paperwork, serves meals and helps clean Apprentice Program,the kitchen. James Dey which provides Tayler, son of Brian Creek, a retired Workforce Preparation Specialist employmentAir Force service member, and Shirl opportunities forCreek, an employee at the National Secu- teens at Directoraterity Agency, said he enjoys his job. of Family and “I really like it. Working with kids is ship term. Morale, Welfarereally fun,” said Tayler, who will attend Matthew Wise, supervisory program and RecreationPenn State University in the fall. “When specialist at the Youth Center, said six organizations onI come here, it doesn’t feel like a job. I’m teens are participating in the HIRED! post.having fun.” Program at the facility this summer. Tayler is one of 30 youths ages 15 to “It seems like they’re all working out,” BELOW: Tayler18 participating in the CYSS HIRED! Wise said. “It’s nice to have an extra set Creek, (right), 17,Apprentice Program, which began July 2 of eyes supervising the children.” a participant in theand runs through Sept. 23. Dey said that this year, for the first HIRED! Apprentice The 12-week program provides hands- time during orientation, participants Program, playson work experience for teens at the were required to work on three to four basketball withDirectorate of Family and Morale, Wel- of the training modules that are required Jahahgi Romeu,fare and Recreation organizations on for CYSS employees to complete in order 14, at the Youthpost under the supervision of an adult to work for the Army. Center. Tayler ismanager. This was implemented, Dey said, to one of 30 youths To participate, youths must be eligible help teens understand the high standards who are workingfor CYSS programs; have a 2.0 grade CYSS staffers must meet to fulfill their in the program thispoint average; complete a police back- job responsibilities. summer.ground check; and complete three work- Aliyah Green, a junior at Milford Millforce preparation trainings, two post- Academy in Baltimore County, is work-secondary education trainings and one ing at the Family Pet Care Center.financial management training. The 16-year-old helps the staff wash, The apprenticeship is offered 48 weeks feed and clean up after the dogs, cats andper calendar year. Youths can participate other pets at the center. She also spendsfor up to three years. time playing with the animals. Teens who complete one term are “I love pets,” said Aliyah, daughter ofeligible to receive a $500 stipend from a Roland Green, a retired Soldier. “I havepartnership between the Army and Kan- a dog of my own.”sas State University. Within three years, Aliyah, who hopes to become a cosme-participants can earn up to $4,000. tologist, said she likes her job because she “The program gives these teens insight is busy every day.into what it’s like to have experience in Kim Taylor, manager of the Family Petthe workforce and to learn how FMWR Care Center, said she hopes the facility’sorganizations work,” said James Dey, five HIRED! Apprentices learn what it’sCYSS workforce preparation specialist. like to serve the military community. Youths enrolled in this summer’s pro- “You feel good about helping people,”gram are working at the Youth Center, she said.School Age Center, Family Pet Care Although it is his last term in the pro-Center, Child Development Centers I and gram, Tayler said he is grateful for theII and the Lanes. experience. The teens must commit to work 15 “I feel kind of lucky and honored tohours within a seven-day period for a be in the position I’m in,” he said. “Mosttotal of 180 work hours per apprentice- kids don’t get this kind of opportunity.” SOUNDOFF! July 26, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  7. 7. N ewsSummer food programavailable to county youthStory and photo by Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer DON’T JUST SIT ME IN ANOTHER DESK. TEACH ME TO STAND OUT. Who says there’s no such thing as afree lunch? Youths ages 2 to 18 from Fort Meadeand surrounding communities are eli-gible to receive a free lunch at Meade At CTU we know the sacrifices you make. Your education shouldn’t be oneMiddle School until Aug. 16, regardlessof family income. of those sacrifices. We offer support designed specifically for current and The Anne Arundel County Public veteran Army personnel and their families.Schools has received federal funds fromthe U.S. Department of Agriculture’sSummer Food Service Program to offera free breakfast and/or lunch to thegeneral public at seven county publicschools through the “Food That’s InWhen School Is Out” meals program. “Summer meals are a continuation of Contact us at 888.617.1555 orthe healthy meals we serve throughout Michael Lyons, 14, a student at Arundel High School, eats a free lunch at Meade visit coloradotech.edu/militarythe year,” said Jodi Risse, Food andNutrition Services supervisor for the Middle School on July 19. Michael is onecounty public schools. “Feeding our of several youths taking advantage of Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. Not allchildren throughout the summer will the Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 131-31461 0304353 07/12help them return to school ready to free summer lunch program.learn.” Meade Middle School is serving we would have so many children, [that]a nutritious lunch Monday through we couldn’t feed them all — that weThursday from 11 a.m. to noon. No might have an abundance of families,” AFFORDABLE,income requirement or registration is Risse said. “But unfortunately, it’s been CONVENIENT DEGREESnecessary to receive a meal. the contrary. We don’t see them. But This is the second summer the pro- we’re determined.”gram has operated at a Meade cluster Although no income requirement isschool. necessary for the free summer meal pro- Muhammad Diallo, a freshman at gram, Risse said the county’s reducedMeade High School, was one of several and/or free school meal program is aMeade High students to eat a free lunch critical resource.on July 19 after trying out for the high A little less than 40 percent of fami-school’s football team. lies whose children attend the Fort “It’s good,” said Muhammad, as the Meade cluster schools are eligible to14-year-old ate a lunch of pizza, an receive reduced and /or free meals dur-apple and milk. “I was hungry at prac- ing the school year. Students enrolledtice. I didn’t get to eat much at breakfast in summer school, summer enrichmentbecause I had to get out early.” and foreign language programs can also Convenient schedules Since the program began on June 18, receive reduced and/or free meals. for military personnelRisse said less than 20 youths per day Risse said the county public school and their familieshave taken advantage of the lunch pro- system is promoting the free summergram at Meade Middle School. meals program in the hope that more “When we first started this program families become aware of its benefits. Earn your degree in our evening and weekend programs.in the county two years ago, I thought “It’s for everybody,” she said.  Bachelor of Science in Nursing  MBA LOCAL BUSINESSEAS | SERVICES | LINKS TO BUSINESS WEB SITES | MAPS AND DIRECTIONS TO BUSINESSES  Master of Arts in Teaching all at your finger tips  and other undergraduate and graduate programs. Come to our Info Session - July 31, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. MARYLAND’S LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH RSVP TODAY: 202-656-5615 For online or print advertising CALL 410.332.6600 WWW.TRINITYDC.EDU ADMISSIONS@TRINITYDC.EDUPublished by the Baltimore Sun Media Group.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 26, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
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We are conducting a clinical research study to better understand the The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Pro- at the world championships, Lester has the 20-kilome- effects on sexual functioning of an investigational medicationgram will send what it describes as its stron- more than ample motivation to succeed in ter race walk when compared with an approved medication.gest contingent of athletes and coaches ever London. “I’ve had two bronze medals, and on June 30 at You may be eligible to participate if you: • Are 18-55 years oldto the 2012 Olympic Games in London. they’re all right, but I need an Olympic gold the U.S. Olym- • Are currently taking Celexa® (citalopram), Paxil® Eleven WCAP coaches and athletes have medal,” he said. “That’s eating at me more pic Track and (paroxetine) or Zoloft® (sertaline) and your depressionalready qualified to participate. than anything, that I don’t have that gold Field Team Tri- is well controlled WCAP provides Soldier-athletes the sup- medal.” als in Eugene, • Are experiencing sexual side effects thought to be caused by your antidepressant medicationport and training needed to successfully Two-time Olympian Sgt. Spenser Mango, Ore. Nunn At the first study visit we will also review your medical historycompete in Olympic sports on the national 25, of St. Louis, will compete in the 55- competed in and other criteria to see if you are eligible for participation.and international levels, including the win- kilogram/121-pound Greco-Roman class. the 20-kilome- All study-related of ce visits, medical examinations, psychological assessments and study medications will beter and summer Olympics, Pan American A four-time national champion, Mango is ter event at the provided at no cost to qualified participants. You may alsoGames, world championships and Conseil eager to return to the Olympics. 2004 Olympics receive compensation for your time and travel.International du Sport Militaire’s Military “The first time, I’ll admit, I was surprised in Athens but Call today for more information: 240-997-6593World Games. myself ...,” Mango recalled of his Olympic did not make Team USA for the 2008 Bei- Potomac Grove Clinical Research Center The Soldier-athletes serve as ambassadors debut in Beijing. “This time, it’s all business jing Games. His personal best in the 20K AdultDepressionTrial.comfor the Army by promoting it to the world - need to bring home some medals. I’ve race walk is 1 hour, 22 minutes, 31 seconds.and assisting with recruiting and retention wrestled almost all the top guys in the world Spc. Dennis Bowsher, 29, of Dallas, willefforts. Since 1948, more than 600 soldiers in my weight class. I know what I need to do compete in modern pentathlon, a five-sporthave represented the United States as Olym- – just get out there and really get after it.” event that includes fencing, swimming, eques-pic athletes and coaches. They have collected Four-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Daryl trian show jumping, cross-country and laser REMODELED TO FITmore than 140 medals in a variety of sports,including boxing, wrestling, rowing, shoot- Szarenski, 44, of Saginaw, Mich., will com- pete in both the 50-meter free pistol and pistol shooting all in the same day. Bowsher finished fourth in both the 2011 Military YOUR LIFESTYLEing, bobsled and track and field. 10-meter air pistol. He struck gold with the World Games in Rio de Janeiro and the WCAP wrestling head coach Shon Lewis, air pistol and silver with the free pistol at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara,a retired staff sergeant who has led the Army 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, where he secured an Olympic berth.to 11 national team titles in Greco-Roman Mexico. Szarenski finished 13th at the Olym- Staff Sgt. Charles Leverette, 39, of Brent,wrestling, will lead three of his wrestlers pics in Athens, Greece, in 2004 and 13th in Ala., will serve as Team USA’s assistantto London as an assistant coach for Team Beijing in 2008. He’s aiming for a shot at the boxing coach in London. A former WCAPUSA. podium in London. heavyweight boxer, Leverette was a bronze As a WCAP athlete, Lewis, 45, of Oak- “I’m hoping to keep wearing them down medalist at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Boxingland, Calif., is a 12-time armed forces cham- and get in there and get a medal out of it,” he Team Trials.pion and a 10-time national team member. said. “I think the training regimen that I have Staff Sgt. Joe Guzman, 32, of Eloy, Ariz.,He was named Greco-Roman Coach of now is a lot better. I’ve changed a couple will serve as the trainer and help work thethe Year five times by USA Wrestling, the technical issues and I think I’m heading in corners for Team USA’s boxers in London.governing body for wrestling in the United the right direction. I feel that I’m shooting As a WCAP boxer, Guzman was a three-States. the best now that I’ve ever shot.” time armed forces champion. Two-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Dre- Two-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Keith Four-time Olympian Basheer Abdullah,miel Byers, 37, of Kings Mountain, N.C., Sanderson, 37, of San Antonio, will compete a retired staff sergeant and head coach ofwill wrestle in the 120-kilogram/264.5-pound in the 25-meter rapid-fire pistol event. He set the WCAP boxing team from St. Louis, willGreco-Roman division. A world champion an Olympic record during the qualification serve as Team USA’s head boxing coach inin 2002, Byers, a 10-time national champion, rounds in Beijing but left China without a London. He also led the U.S. boxing teamis the only U.S. wrestler who has won gold, medal. in the 2004 Athens Games and served as home livingsilver and bronze medals at the world cham- Four-time Olympian Maj. David John- a technical advisor for Team USA at the Chesapeakepionships. He also is the only American son, 48, of Hampton, Va., has coached three Olympics in 2000 and 2008. +wrestler to win gold at both the open and athletes to Olympic medals and led shooters WCAP also features a Paralympic pro-military world championships. to 25 medals in World Cup events. He will gram for wounded warriors and expects to Spc. Justin Lester is a strong medal again coach Team USA’s rifle shooters in qualify at least one Soldier for the London ChesapeakeHomeandLiving.comcontender in the 66-kilogram/145.5 pound London. Paralympic Games. Sights are set on quali- To advertise or subscribe 410.332.6517Greco-Roman division. Lester, 28, a native Two-time Olympian Staff Sgt. John Nunn, fying several more for the 2014 Paralympicof Akron, Ohio, heads to England as USA 34, of Evansville, Ind., already qualified for Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 A BALTIMORE SUNWrestling’s reigning Greco-Roman Wrestler the 50-meter race walk and might attempt Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. 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  10. 10. C over S toryAWG welcomes newleader of Baker SquadronBy Maj. Sonise Lumbaca officer.AWG Public Affairs Officer “Your performance was stellar, and Members of Asymmetric Warfare you really took all guidance and made itGroup bid farewell to Lt. Col. Thom- happen in the real world,” Mahaney saidas Goldner, the outgoing commander about Goldner’s command performance.of Baker Squadron, and welcomed the Under Goldner’s command, Bakerincoming commander, Lt. Col. Rafael Squadron was the first of AWG’s opera-Lopez, in a change of command cer- tional squadrons to deploy its entireemony Friday on post. headquarters into a combat zone and Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., command- provide dedicated support inside an oper-er of AWG, presided over the ceremony. ational-level warfighting command. “Colonel Mahaney, thank you for the “Now well-established, this [squad-opportunity to command Baker Squad- ron headquarters] presence continues toron,” Lopez said in his remarks. “AWG develop tremendous effects today,” Mah-is my home.” aney said. The AWG provides operational advi- Goldner, a native of Perth Amboy,sory support to Army and joint force N.J., is a graduate of East Stroudsburgcommanders globally to enhance Soldier University in Pennsylvania and the Uni-survivability and combat effectiveness, versity of Kansas.and enable the defeat of current and His previous assignments were withemerging threats in support of Unified the 24th Infantry Division, the Center forLand Operations. Army Lessons Learned, multiple assign- Baker Squadron is one of two opera- ments within the 75th Ranger Regimenttional squadrons within the AWG. Its and various positions within AWG.operational advisors embed with forces During his remarks, Goldner laudeddown range to provide firsthand obser- his command time with Baker Squad-vations of friendly capability gaps and ron.enemy vulnerabilities, and then utilizes “I have served and continue to servethe unit’s reach-back capabilities to a in the company of heroes,” he said. “Ivariety of problem solvers to identify and have continued to be reminded of thisrapidly develop solutions. as members of Baker Squadron have In his remarks, Mahaney spoke about enhanced Soldier survivability and com-Baker Squadron’s capabilities. bat effectiveness in far-flung locations “As our military and civilian lead- around the world.ers continue to emphasize, in order to “Because of the Soldiers, consultantsmeet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s and Department of the Army civilians’uncertainty, we must field an Army, joint service with Baker Squadron, it has beenand interagency team that can rapidly nothing less than awesome. And I’m verydominate any operational environment thankful to Colonel Mis and Coloneland achieve decisive results across a full Mahaney for the opportunity,” he said.range of missions,” Mahaney said. Lopez, a native of Teaneck, N.J., is “Baker Squadron cracked the code on a graduate of the University of Floridadoing that in new ways and in two major and the School of Advanced Militarycombat theaters. With less than 60 tal- Studies.ented, dedicated and veteran profession- He previously served with the 2ndals, the unit directly enhances that Army, Armored Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Armyjoint and interagency team’s survivability, Corps of Engineers, 3rd Infantry Divi-effectiveness and adaptability.” sion 317th Engineer Battalion and in sev- Mahaney also noted that Baker Squad- eral positions within the AWG includingron’s presence was successful because as operations officer.the unit was directly tied to other AWG “This unit is special,” Lopez said atelements operating across the “far-flung the ceremony. “Over the last seven years,reaches of the combat zone, where the it has largely shaped my view and under- Photo by CW2 Rylan Knight‘rubber meets the road,’ where we fight, standing of world events, of how thewhere we survive or die, win or lose.” Army works, of how good people work Lt. Col. Rafael Lopez, incoming commander for the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Goldner, who assumed command of together and of how a small but deter- Group’s Baker Squadron, receives the squadron’s colors from Col. Patrick J. MahaneyBaker Squadron on July 9, 2010, will mined team can make change happen. I Jr., commander of the AWG, during a change of command ceremony held July 20be assigned as the AWG’s operations am honored.” on Fort Meade.10 SOUNDOFF! July 26, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  11. 11. C over S toryImplanting new leadershipU.S. Army Dental Activity welcomes new commander at Fort MeadeStory and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff Writer The Soldiers, families and friends ofthe Fort Meade U.S. Army Dental Activ-ity filled a small room at Club Meade asthe unit welcomed its new commander. After serving as commander since 2010,Col. David B. Hembree relinquished com-mand to Col. James Howell III duringa ceremony July 18. Hembree is retiringafter 22 years of service, including adeployment to Honduras as part of themedical element of Joint Task Force-Bravo. “I want to say thank you to the UnitedStates Army,” he said. “It has given me so ‘[We will] work as a teammuch more than I could have imagined.” During Hembree’s tenure at DENTAC, and give 110 percent. I amthe unit has experienced several changesincluding construction projects and set- humbled and honored toting up operations at Fort Myer and Fort serve as your leader.’Belvoir — both in Virginia — due tothe Base Realignment and Closure and Col. James M. Howell IIIclosing of Walter Reed Army Medical Fort Meade Dental ActivityCenter. Commander Based at Fort Meade, DENTAC pro-vides dental care to nearly 24,000 servicemembers at nine clinics at Fort Meade, Col. James M. Howell III (left), incomingAberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, commander of the Fort Meade DentalFort Belvoir, Fort Myer and Carlisle Bar- Activity; Col. Robert J. Miller, commanderrack, Pa. of the Northern Regional Dental “Fort Meade DENTAC presents some Command; and Col. David B. Hembree,of the greatest challenges faced by any outgoing DENTAC commander, prepareDENTAC commander,” said presiding to sing the Army song during a changeofficer Col. Robert J. Miller, commander of command ceremony July 18 at Clubof the Northern Regional Dental Com- Meade. Hembree is retiring from themand. “The DENTAC, over the past two Army after 20 years of service.years, has inherited new facilities, newmissions during the BRAC process and Hembree, who jokingly referred to was assigned as a general dental officer tal, responsible for detainee care at Abuis now what I consider geographically himself as “Extractor 6,” is moving to with the Fort Bragg Dental Activity in Ghraib and Camp Cooper.dispersed more than any DENTAC in the Washington state with his wife, retired North Carolina for four years. Following his 14-month deployment,[Contiguous United States].” Lt. Col. Patty Hembree, and their two Howell then served at battalion dental Howell returned to Germany where he Miller said that under Hembree’s com- children, Grace, 10, and Samuel, 7. surgeon for the 302nd Forward Support served as officer in charge of the Baum-mand, the organization maintained a “Colonel Hembree, you’re simply a Battalion at Camp Casey, Korea, until holder Dental Clinic until May 2008,customer satisfaction level of more than great leader. ... You will be missed,” Miller 1997. He later returned to Fort Bragg, when he was appointed commander of94 percent, while maintaining a dental said. “But, fortunately, the Army finds where he started his residency training the unit. He concurrently served as dep-wellness of 44 percent. The U.S. Army a way to find an outstanding leader to with the Advanced Education in General uty commander of Landstuhl DentalDental Command average is 28 percent. come take his place, here at Fort Meade, Dentistry Program at the Womack Army Activity. “I’ve done my best to leave you a top- in Colonel James Howell.” Medical Center. “I know you’re the right leader for thisnotch organization, but I know there’s Howell, a native of Silver Spring, In 2000, Howell was sent to Germany DENTAC and I look forward to havingalways room for improvement,” Hembree arrived at Fort Meade after briefly serving where his assignments included chief of you as part of our team,” Miller said.said to Howell during the ceremony. “I as commander of the Landstuhl Dental general dentistry with the 67th Combat During his brief remarks, Howellhave no doubt you’ll make it better.” Activity in Germany. Support Hospital, Wuerzburg; platoon expressed his leadership philosophy to During his remarks, Hembree thanked After earning a bachelor’s degree in leader with the 523rd Dental Company, the members of DENTAC, promisingthe Soldiers and civilian staff for the biology from St. Louis University in 1988 Giebelstadt; and officer in charge of the “not to just lead, but to listen and learn”quality of dental service they provide to and a doctorate in dental surgery from the Kitzgen Dental Clinic, Kitzgen. and “work as a team and give 110 percent.service members at the various clinics University of Maryland, Baltimore Col- In 2006, Howell deployed to Iraq ... I am humbled and honored to serve asspanning three states. lege of Dental Surgery in 1992, Howell with the 21st Combat Support Hospi- your leader.”http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 26, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  12. 12. C over S toryFormer leader of 310th MI takes over 902nd MI Col. Yvette C. Hopkins assumes command from Col. Andrea L. ThompsonBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer Col. Yvette C. Hopkins may be thenew commander of the 902nd Mili-tary Intelligence Group, but she is nostranger to Fort Meade or the orga-nization. From 2007 to 2009, Hopkins com-manded the 310th MI Battalion, aunit within the 902nd Military Intel-ligence Group formerly known as theCounterintelligence (Counterespio-nage) Battalion until its redesignationin 1996. Hopkins assumed command ofthe 902nd MI from Col. Andrea L.Thompson during a change of com-mand ceremony Friday on McGlachlinParade Field. Thompson, commander of the902nd MI since 2010, will serve as asenior fellow in the Chief of Staff ofthe Army’s Strategic Studies Group atthe Pentagon. “Today marks the change of com-mand in which the 902nd’s proud col-ors are passed from Colonel AndreaThompson to Colonel Yvette Hopkins,”said Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty,commander of U.S. Army Intelligenceand Security Command. “Leaders will PHOTOS BY JEN RYNDAchange, but the loyalty to our nation The unit, nicknamed “The Deuce,”and the mission is unending.” conducts worldwide counterintelligence Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty (right), commander of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security operations in support of Army and Command, passes the guidon to Col. Yvette C. Hopkins, incoming commander of the national objectives including deploying 902nd Military Intelligence Group, during a change of command ceremony Friday on a battalion-sized task force to Iraq. McGlachlin Parade Field. Hopkins assumed command from Col. Andrea L. Thompson, During Thompson’s command, near- who will serve as a senior fellow in the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies ly 400 Soldiers and civilians deployed Group at the Pentagon. to various contingency operations, Fogarty said. and for that I thank all of you,” she Group, Naples, Italy; company com- “Colonel Thompson, you are a spe- said. “I look forward to the next chap- mander for A Company, 308th MI cial leader,” he said. “You brought a ter of this unit’s history.” Battalion, Panama; and platoon leader wealth of combat experience, technical The outgoing commander also wel- for B company, 165th MI Battalion, and tactical acumen and enthusiastic comed Hopkins back to the organiza- Karlsruhe, Germany. leadership to this brigade. You pushed tion. Hopkins also served in multiple staff this organization to its limits, and the “I know the brigade is in great hands positions at the Pentagon; Fort Meade; results speak for themselves.” with you leading the way,” Thompson Kabul, Afghanistan; Iraq; Fort Lewis, Under Thompson’s command, the said to Hopkins. “Have fun. It truly Wash.; Saragevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; 902nd MI won several Army and doesn’t get any better than this.” Honduras; Panama; and Germany. counterintelligence awards and moved Before taking over the 902nd MI, “The 902nd is in great hands in Col-‘You are a national treasure. in April to its new headquarters at Hopkins attended the National War onel Yvette Hopkins,” Fogarty said.I’m excited to be part of the McDonough Hall on Ernie Pyle College in Washington, D.C. During her brief remarks, Hopkins Street. She was commissioned in 1988 after said that although she has been awayteam.’ During the ceremony, Thompson graduating from Central State Univer- from the organization for two years, spoke of the unit’s successes and sity in Wilberforce, Ohio. Throughout she has continued to watch the 902nd Col. Yvette C. Hopkins thanked the Soldiers and civilians of her nearly 25-year career, Hopkins has MI succeed. 902nd MI Group Commander the 902nd MI. had several commands: commander of “You are a national treasure,” she “You’ve made me a better person the 310th MI Battalion, Fort Meade; said. “I’m excited to be part of the and a better intelligence professional, company commander of the 650th MI team.”12 SOUNDOFF! July 26, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  13. 13. C over S tory704th MI takeson new leaderBy Lisa R. Rhodes Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command,Staff Writer Army Special Operations Command and Col. Anthony R. Hale took the reigns Army Forces Command.of leadership of the 704th Military Intel- Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, com-ligence Brigade from Col. Karen H. Gib- mander of U.S. Army Intelligence andson in a change of command ceremony Security Command, said the brigadeTuesday morning on McGlachlin Parade remains in great hands.Field. “Colonel Hale is the perfect officer to Hale assumed command after attend- take this critical brigade to the next level,”ing the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, said Fogarty, noting that Hale has servedPa., as a National Security Fellow with in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.the Triangle Institute of Security Studies Fogarty said both Hale and Thorntonand the University of North Carolina, will “serve these Soldiers well, and I am photos by nate pesceChapel Hill. absolutely confident in your success.” “I am honored by the opportunity to A native of Aulander, N.C., Hale was Col. Anthony R. Hale, incoming commander of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade,join your ranks and look forward to the commissioned in the Military Intelligence and his wife, Stacey Hale, a former director of the Soldier and Family Assistance Centerchallenges that lie ahead,” Hale said to Corps though the Reserve Officers’ Train- and former manager of the Family Advocacy Program at Army Community Service, arethe Soldiers of the brigade during the ing Corps at North Carolina State Uni- welcomed after the change of command ceremony Tuesday morning on McGlachlinceremony. “You have a proud history and versity in 1990. Parade Field.a well-earned reputation for excellence. Prior to attending the Military Intel-You are the premier signals intelligence ligence Officer Basic Course, Hale servedunit for our Army.” for 2 1/2 years in Headquarters Company, Gibson relinquishes command after 1st Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment, Col. Karen H.two years. She will deploy to Kabul on North Carolina Army National Guard. Gibson, outgoingSaturday to serve as director of the Inter- Hale earned a bachelor’s degree in commander of thenational Security Assistance Force’s Com- political science from North Carolina 704th MI Brigadebined Joint Intelligence Operations Cen- State University and a master’s degree who is deployingter-Afghanistan. in National Security and Strategic Stud- to Afghanistan, Retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. ies from the U.S. Naval War College in is greeted byGeorge W. Casey Jr. attended the event. Rhode Island. retired Col. G. In addition to the change of com- His assignments included serving as Dickson Gribblemand ceremony, there also was a change the Joint Special Operations Command Jr., a formerof responsibility ceremony for outgoing liaison to the National Security Agency, commander of theCommand Sgt. Maj. Don W. Harbin, who and commanding the 519th MI Battalion, brigade, followingwill retire after 32 years in the Army, and 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, the changeincoming Command Sgt. Maj. Mark A. XVIII Airborne Corps. of commandThornton. Fogarty called the 704th MI Brigade an ceremony The ceremony began with an invoca- “outstanding brigade,” and said its service Tuesday.tion by 704th MI Chaplain (Maj.) Damon members “have been exceptionally well ledO’Nellion and music provided by the by Colonel Karen Gibson and Command392nd Army Service Forces Band of Fort Sergeant Major Harbin.”Lee, Va. Fogarty credited the Soldiers for their The 704th MI conducts synchronized “dedication, versatility and tactical andfull-spectrum signals intelligence, com- technical expertise.” the Year award from INSCOM and the “I am immensely proud of these Sol-puter network and information assur- Gibson was praised for standing up the Department of the Army. The brigade diers, this unit and their contributions toance operations directly and through 780th MI Brigade, the first cyber opera- also earned a National Intelligence Meri- the Army and the nation,” Gibson said.the National Security Agency to satisfy tions brigade in the Army, and for training torious Unit Citation. “They are simply magnificent and the bestnational, joint, combined and Army infor- and deploying more than 280,000 Soldiers “It is clear that Colonel Karen Gibson at what they do, and I am as humbledmation superiority requirements, accord- around the world, including to Iraq and has special gifts,” Fogarty said. “She is today to be among their ranks as I wasing to its website. Afghanistan. one of our most promising senior military when I took the guidon two years ago.” The brigade, which has the motto of “Karen and Don, your team worked intelligence leaders. She is technically pro- Hale told the Soldiers that he and“Here and Everywhere,” has subordinate tirelessly to set conditions to make sig- ficient and a quiet professional.” Thornton pledge their commitment tobattalions at Fort Meade and Buckley nificant progress in our signal and cyber In her remarks, Gibson called the 704th continued excellence in accomplishing theAir Force Base, Colo., with additional capabilities,” Fogarty said. MI “stellar Soldiers” who helped to sup- brigade’s mission.elements assigned in support of Army Under Gibson’s leadership, the bri- port the operation to eliminate Osama “It is a privilege to be counted amongand joint commands such as U.S. Central gade received the Language Program of Bin Laden. your ranks,” he said.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 26, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13

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