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Fort Meade SoundOff for June 28, 2012


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Fort Meade SoundOff for June 28, 2012

  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 26 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ June 28, 2012 Rockets’Red Glare Fort Meade celebrates Independence Day Wednesday with fireworks, music, games, rides andfood. See Page 8 for details.Moving on word up UPCOMING EVENTSCSM Smith Rain forest animals Friday, 5:30-9 p.m.: Texas Barbecue - Club Meadeprepares for life help encourage kids to Friday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.: Country/Top 40 Night - Club Meade read during summer Monday-July 5: McGlachlin Parade Field CLOSED for Fourth of July setupafter Fort Meade Wednesday, Noon-10 p.m.: Independence Day Celebration - Parade Fieldpage 6 page 9 July 12, 9 a.m.: Kimbrough Change of Command ceremony - Parade Field
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Celebrate the Fourth with fun, festivities and gratitude Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Erma Bombeck, a humorist, journalist and estimated 20,000 columnist, once said: people celebrat- Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones “You have to love a nation that celebrates its ed the nation’s independence every July 4, not with a parade of birthday here Assistant Editor & Senior Writer guns, tanks and Soldiers who file by the White on McGlachlin Rona S. Hirsch House in a show of strength and muscle, but Parade Field. Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the This year’s Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from hap- festivities will Design Coordinator Timothy Davis piness. You may think you have overeaten, but it begin at noon. Supple­mental photography provided is patriotism.” There will be by Patuxent Publishing Co. As we get ready for Fourth of July celebrations music, food next week, I want to encourage everyone who has vendors, games, COL. Edward c. Advertising the day off and a chance to relax with family and rides, inflatables Rothstein Garrison Commander General Inquiries 410-332-6300 friends to use this day of remembrance as a happy and a fabulous Allison Thompson occasion and an opportunity to find balance in fireworks show I’m sure you don’t want to miss. 410-332-6850 your life. The festivities are designed to help our com- Michele Griesbauer I hope somewhere in between those backyard munity (inside and outside our gates) show their 410-332-6381 barbecues and, of course, Fort Meade’s fireworks patriotism in a relaxing environment where you celebration, we also find time to honor the ideas can find a pretty good balance between all the If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are that gave birth to this country. important things in life including work, family, experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail The Declaration of Independence was signed chores and other things that may keep us from Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through on this day in 1776. Our nation’s independence, truly enjoying life. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. however, did not come overnight. It took an army I also want to update you on youth summer Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the of determined and patriotic men united by the volunteer opportunities at Fort Meade. One of personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary ideal of freedom that allowed them to persevere, my priorities this summer has been working of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday defeat the British and establish rights in this coun- with Team Meade to create a Summer Volunteer except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. try to ensure all who live here can celebrate our Challenge. I believe volunteering is a great way to Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the democracy and freedom. show our youth that they can make a difference 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. On this Fourth of July, let’s remember our at any age. troops, past and present, who have fought for The Summer Volunteer Challenge officially Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage the democracy so many of us are able to take for kicked off June 25. The program is sponsored by without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, granted. Let’s thank our service members for the the Fort Meade Army Volunteer Corps, in part- user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser sacrifices they make on our behalf. nership with Child, Youth and School Services, the will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Just as in 1776, today’s military is an all-volun- USO and Picerne Military Housing. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department teer force. The brave men and women who make Youths ages 12 through 18 can register to volun- of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are up our military today do so freely. They know that teer a few days a week in organizations throughout not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance life and liberty are sometimes at risk, and they Fort Meade. The more hours you volunteer, the of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of remain willing to sacrifice their time and their lives greater the opportunity to earn prizes. the Army of the products or services advertised. for the good of all of us. For more information or to register for vol- This Fourth of July let’s honor their generosity unteer opportunities, call Marie Miles at Army and courage. It is because of them that our nation Volunteer Corps at 301-677-5590 or email marie. is able to continue to live and grow. Like Erma said, the Fourth of July is all about It was only two weeks ago that we had a great You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at patriotism and family picnics. Please make sure Army birthday celebration. I’m sure this year’s and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at you add Fort Meade’s celebration to your list of Independence Day celebration will be just an things to do. impressive. As always, our goal this summer is to For the record, Fort Meade has one of the best have fun. Fourth of July celebrations around. Last year, an Have a safe and fun Fourth of July. Co n t e n t s Commander’s Open Door News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 16 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 Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 19 issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, Community.................. 14 Classified.............................. 20 first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! June 28, 2012
  3. 3. NewsASAP hosts Drug-FreeWorkplace TrainingBy Philip H. Jones and cocaine) and alcohol, to warningsCommand Information Chief about new drugs and stimulants (legal and When dealing with someone who has a illegal) that are now altering the country’ssubstance or alcohol abuse problem, the drug way to convince the person to seek Gimbel began his presentation talkinghelp is to document the problem. about alcohol abuse. These words of advice were provided Alcohol is the single most used andby Michael Gimbel, director of Sub- abused drug in America, according to thestance Abuse Education for the Sheppard National Institute on Alcohol Abuse andPratt Health System in Baltimore. Gimbel Alcoholism. Nearly 14 million Americansshared this advice as well as other infor- — one in every 13 adults — abuse alcoholmation about the dangers of drugs and or are alcoholics.alcohol during the final session of the Alcoholism not only affects the indi-garrison’s Federal Drug-Free Workplace viduals who drink but also those who haveTraining held June 21 at McGill Training to live and work in the same environmentCenter. as the alcoholic, Gimbel said. “Document the behavior so we can say, Gimbel also discussed prescription drug‘We care about you,’ ” Gimbel said. “Use abuse, calling it the nation’s fastest-grow-behavior as a tool because the person can’t ing drug problem.deny behavior.” Data from the National Survey on Gimbel, a recovering addict with nearly Drug Use and Health show that nearly40 years of sobriety, talked about the neg- one-third of people ages 12 and olderative impact that substance abuse can have who used drugs for the first time in 2009on an individual’s life and the challenges began by taking a prescription drug non-and problems often faced by the family, medically.friends and co-workers of an alcoholic Gimbel referred to the drug Adderallor addict. as an example of a prescription drug used His presentation was part of the Army illegally. Adderall was developed to helpSubstance Abuse Program’s annual train- youths control symptoms associated withing for civilian employees. In addition to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,educating civilian employees about sub- he said.stance abuse, the training was designed According to the Centers for Diseaseto help civilian managers and supervisors Control and Prevention, an estimatedbetter understand their roles and responsi- one in five students has abused Adderall.bilities in the intervention process. For youths who do not have ADHD, the Photo by Marine pvt. coby Smith Gimbel, who has an extensive back- drug, like other powerful amphetamines,ground as a speaker and subject mat- causes euphoria, increasing the risk of Michael Gimbel, director of substance abuse education for the Sheppard Pratt Healthter expert on substance abuse, provides addiction. System in Baltimore, uses a funnel as a prop to illustrate the negative impact ofsubstance abuse education and consulta- Gimbel also discussed concerns raised alcohol abuse during the garrison’s Federal Drug-Free Workplace Training on Junetion services to schools, universities, com- by energy drinks such as Red Bull and diet 21 at McGill Training Center.munity organizations, businesses, faith supplements that mimic caffeine.organizations, parents and youth groups. “The government does not regulate the products are sold in local stores and constituent of marijuana.He also has provided NCAA-certified health food world,” he said. “You need to online as incense, Gimbel said. He warned Gimbel ended his presentation bysubstance abuse education programs to be careful when you use these products. participants that these products are not reminding participants that every week,college athletic programs throughout the This stuff can be harmful.” regulated by the Food and Drug Admin- problems with substance and alcoholUnited States and is often consulted by A popular concoction among young istration. abuse increase. However, he believes every-media outlets to provide insight on sub- people is adding Adderall to Red Bull, “People have no idea what they are one is obligated to find ways to helpstance abuse program. Gimbel said. He also expressed concerned really getting when they use this stuff,” people struggling with addiction. “The greatest threat to the quality of about individuals who combine an alco- Gimbel said. “There is hope,” Gimbel said. “We canlife can be tied to the use of drugs and holic drink such as vodka to an energy The Army has banned Soldiers from help people who have a problem withalcohol, “Gimbel said. “It not only affects drink. using Spice. In February, Army Secretary pain killers. We can help people who havethe individual abuser, it affects their family “The alcohol puts you to sleep and John McHugh issued a memorandum that a problem with alcohol. Education is ourand their friends and co-workers. … We all the energy drink wakes you up,” he said. established an Armywide policy prohibit- biggest weapon.”pay for their abuse.” “There’s nothing worse than a wide-awake ing the use and possession of synthetic Editor’s note: For more information Gimbel’s presentation ranged from pro- drunk.” cannabis and other substitutes for delta-9- about the Fort Meade’s Army Substanceviding straightforward information about Gimbel also warned about marijuana tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred Abuse Program, call Samson Robinson atcommonly used illegal drugs (marijuana substitutes such “Spice” or K2. These to as THC, the primary psychoactive 301-677-7983. June 28, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsSummer lunch program Community Crime Watchoffered countywide Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services A summer lunch program for children ages 2 to 18 will be offered through Aug. 16 at MeadeMiddle School. June 20, Criminal trespassing, quarters and stole a purse. Free lunches will be served Mondays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. reckless driving, failure to stop at flashing-red traffic signal, attempt June 24, Exceeding speed limit No income or registration requirements are necessary. by driver to elude uniformed police Meade Middle School needs volunteer lunchroom monitors from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. by 22 mph, driving in violation by failing to stop vehicle: The of restricted license requirement,each day. Volunteers must be older than 18. Directorate of Emergency Ser- For more information, call Mrs. Daryl Sanders, principal’s administration, at 410-674- driving under the influence of alco- vices was notified of a possible hol, driving while impaired by alco-2555. violation of a protective order. hol: While conducting stationary The summer lunch program is part of an initiative to serve more than 100,000 healthy meals An investigation revealed that the subject radar, a unit observed a vehicle travelingto Anne Arundel County children this summer at seven school sites. attempted to make contact with the vic- 47 mph in a 25-mph zone. Upon contact Anyone between the ages of 2 and 18 can visit one of the following sites and receive free tim by attempting a forced entry into her with the driver, the officer detected abreakfast and/or lunch as part of the “Food That’s In When School Is Out” meals. home in violation of a protective order. strong odor of an alcoholic beverage There are no income or registration requirements. The subject fled from the residence, fail- emitting from him. Standarized field Schedule includes: ing to stop for a flashing red light and sobriety tests were conducted, which driving in a reckless manner. Several the driver failed. He was advised of • Brooklyn Park Middle School, through Aug. 16, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for breakfast; 12:30 patrols engaged in a high-speed 1:30 p.m. for lunch the Maryland implied consent law and Anne Arundel County Police later trans- refused to render a breath test. • Corkran Middle School, through Aug. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch only ported the subject to Fort Meade Police. • Germantown Elementary School, through Aug. 9, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., lunch only • Maryland City Elementary School, through Aug. 2, from noon to 1 p.m., lunch only June 24, Exceeding speed limit by 13 June 20, Spousal abuse of civilian female: mph, driving under the influence of alco- • Old Mill Middle School South, Monday to Aug. 2, from 8 to 9 a.m., breakfast; noon to Units were dispatched for a verbal alter- hol, driving while impaired by alcohol:1 p.m., lunch cation. The victim stated that her hus- While conducting stationary radar, a • Tyler Heights Elementary School, through July 26, from noon to 1 p.m., lunch only band was being very loud, disorderly and unit observed a vehicle traveling 38 mph Using federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service was cursing toward her in front of the in a 25-mph zone. Upon contact withProgram, Anne Arundel County Public Schools also serves meals at various summer school children, so she called the police. While the driver, the officer detected a strongand summer camp sites and works with various organizations and agencies to help feed their attempting to make the call, the subject odor of an alcoholic beverage emittingyoung participants. placed his hands on her and removed the from the driver. The officer administered For the first time, a mobile meals service will bring meals to certain communities in West phone from her hands, causing her to be standarized field sobriety tests, which the scratched on the neck. driver failed. He rendered a breathalyzerCounty, including Sarah’s House. Applicable neighborhoods will receive notice of when themobile meals will be available. test with a result of .09 percent blood June 23, Larceny of private property: alcohol content. Unknown person(s) entered unsecured Have you noticed an issue on post On the lookout for theft Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. keep neighborhoods safe. Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to 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. Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off solve them. post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to take an active role in deterring crime. Issue: Plan: Status: Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677- Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is 6622 or 6623. Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall after the grass matures Chaplain’s Word: CHANGING McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC Survey work has begun; full HVAC is inoperative install set for completion “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” (except in the ballroom) September 2012; portable A/C — Ben Franklin units being used in classrooms SOUNDOFF! June 28, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsManor Viewdump site updateBy Denise Tegtmeyer and Paul FluckEnvironmental Division The excavation of methane-generating Cleanup timelineburied trash at the Manor View dumpsite continues. • February to March: Site preparation To date, approximately 19,000 tons ofburied trash have been safely removed (complete)and transported off post to an approved • March to early July: Trashlandfill. excavation, off-post disposal and When the trash removal is complete,the site will be backfilled, leveled and backfilling (in progress)seeded with grass, leaving an open flat • July: Site restoration (two weeks)field. The project schedule has been extended Throughout the work: air monitoring,into mid-July, primarily due to inclement methane monitoring, trafficweather — a common problem with out- control, dust control, odor control,door construction projects. noise control and public outreach For more information, call the Envi- activitiesronmental Office at 301-677-9854.DINFOS hosts annual DoDMilitary Photography WorkshopBy Public Affairs Office “I get so much out of the workshopDefense Information School and have actually become a better story- Military photographers participated in teller and photographer just by soakingthe 20th Annual Department of Defense up all of the inspiration and teachingsWorldwide Military Photography Work- of faculty, mentors and students,” saidshop last month at the Defense Informa- mentor Mary Calvert, a freelance pho-tion School. tographer. To participate, military and DoD The workshop was created in 1992 bycivilian photographers submitted photo then-Maj. Mike Edrington at the photog-portfolios that demonstrated their visual raphy training school at Lowery Air Forcevariety and storytelling abilities. The top Base in Denver, Colo.25 portfolios were then selected for the In 2009, the workshop began a mul-photo workshop. timedia wing. This year, 12 participants The workshop, held June 3 to 9, fea- out of 71 applicants were selected for thetured representatives from across the pho- multimedia wing based on experience,tography industry mentor the military portfolios and command recommenda-photographers. Mentors have included tions.both well-known military photographers For more information, visit www.dinfos.and civilian photojournalists. or email Lt. Megan Isaac at Many mentors have won awards in including the RobertF. Kennedy Journalist Award in Interna-tional Photography and the World PressPhoto Award, among others. Connect with BALTIMORE WASHINGTON PARKWAY TO ROUTE 100 EAST, EXIT 10 Additionally, most mentors are also Fort Meade at 410.540.5100members of the National Press Photog- Facebook.comraphers Association and the White HouseNews Photographers Association. /ftmeade June 28, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  6. 6. N ewsGoing forwardCommand sergeant major prepares to end his role at Fort MeadeBy Philip H. JonesCommand Information Chief Calling it a great opportunity to serveand one of the most rewarding jobs in themilitary, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E.Smith prepares for life after Fort Meade as hecompletes his final week as garrison commandsergeant major. Smith will officially relinquish his garrisonresponsibilities today as he takes on new dutiesas the senior enlisted advisor for the EasternSector Great Lakes Military Entrance Process-ing Station in Chicago. Smith will be replaced by Command Sgt.Maj. Thomas J. Latter, who is scheduled toassume the duties as the garrison’s seniorenlisted advisor in September. During the interim period, Sgt. Maj. DebraL. McGarity of the Directorate of Family andMorale, Welfare, and Recreation will serve asthe acting garrison command sergeant major. For the past year, Smith has been a fixtureat Fort Meade garrison events, serving firstas the garrison’s senior enlisted advisor forformer Garrison Commander Col. Daniel L.Thomas and continuing that role for GarrisonCommander Col. Edward C. Rothstein. “Command Sergeant Major Smith is awise NCO and a superb Soldier,” Rothsteinsaid “The garrison command sergeant majoris another set of eyes and ears for the garrisoncommander. Command Sergeant Major Smithhas done an outstanding job of supporting mein my duties as garrison commander and insupporting and inspiring Soldiers and their photo by noah scialomfamilies.” As the garrison’s command sergeant major, Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith shares a laugh with Sgt. 1st Class Milliasent Jacobs and Sgt. 1st Class CarlosSmith has had a wide variety of duties. In Alvedo at Right Arm Night on May 24. After serving for a year, Smith is relinquishing his position at Fort Meade today to becomeaddition to serving as the garrison’s senior the senior enlisted advisor at the Eastern Sector Great Lakes Military Entrance Processing Station in Chicago.enlisted advisor, Smith performed ceremonialfunctions and kept the commander advised of Tours of duty have included stops at Fort all activities that affect Fort Meade [inside and programs that develop service members andpotential situations, procedures and practices Carson, Colo.; U.S. Army Okinawa, Japan; outside the gate] has been a great honor.” support their families. A big part of my jobaffecting the welfare, morale, job satisfaction 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort His takeaways, or accomplishments at Fort has been making sure I share this informationand use of garrison enlisted service members. Campbell, Ky., Fort Jackson, S.C., Baghdad; Meade, will revolve around the friendships, with others.” Smith also served as an advocate for enlist- Fort Hood, Texas; and U.S. Army, Korea. partnerships and people Smith has helped Smith credits “everything I stand for anded Soldiers in the garrison. Since August 2009, Smith has been assigned while serving as garrison command sergeant my actions” to his wife, Audrey. “The most important part of my job has to Fort Meade, serving as the command major. “She is the wind under my wings; withoutbeen taking care of people — that, and always sergeant major for Headquarters Command “I care about people - Soldiers, civilians, her there is no me,” he said. “She is my sound-trying to find ways to help people have balance Battalion prior to assuming his current assign- and family members,” he said. “It’s not about ing board.”in their lives,” he said. ment. me. I’m successful when everyone around me As he reflects on his past service, Smith said A native of Benton Harbor, Mich., Smith One of the things Smith said he will miss is successful.” he is looking forward to his next assignment.has served in the Army for 27 years. He most is the variety of activities he has had on Smith is also proud of the partnerships “I’m always the optimist,” he said. “Whileattended basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and off post, noting that no two days were he has established with tenant units at Fort I was here it was about what can we do hereand completed advanced individual training ever the same. Meade. to make things better at Fort Meade. Now, it’sat Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., where he “This is a diverse population, and there are “There are so many opportunities to bond time for me to go forward and do the best Iwas awarded the Military Occupational Spe- so many different activities at Fort Meade,” and build partnerships with NCOs, Soldiers can. Just be Smith.”cialty - Personnel Administration Specialist he said. “There are traditions and a heritage and their families,” he said. “I had the oppor- Editor’s note: See more photos of CSM(MOS-75B). here. Having an opportunity to be involved in tunity to attend and be a part of a lot of Smith on the Fort Meade Facebook page. SOUNDOFF! June 28, 2012
  7. 7. N ews Independence Day celebration The installation will celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday from noon to 10 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. The annual celebration is open to the public. The event will feature music, food vendors, games, rides, inflatables and fireworks. Children’s rides are free beginning at noon. A DJ will perform from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The band “New Monopoly” will perform from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase by a variety of vendors. The Fort Meade Public Affairs Office will man an information booth at the gazebo and take photos to be used on free personalized Soundoff! covers. Fireworks will take place at approximately 9:30 p.m. In inclement weather, fireworks only will be held July 5 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Pets, grills and glass containers are forbidden. For more information and updates, visit Social media users are encouraged to share their photos on the garrison’s Facebook page as well as Tweeting them with the hashtag #FtMeade4th. SOUNDOFF! June 28, 2012
  8. 8. N ewsLibrary program teaches children about rain forest animals By Lisa R. Rhodes about them at the library.” Charlie, a green iguana, is a “very Staff Writer Upcoming events at Burba Cottage quiet and peaceful kind of guy,” Seeley When Leslie Eicher, a manager at a include “Books, The Magic is Real,” said. Reptiles like him have long claws Virginia animal park, held in her arms featuring magician Joe Romano on so they can climb trees to get heat from Amelia, a South American raccoon, the July 17 at 10 a.m., and Mad Science of the sun. children at Burba Lake Cottage were Central Maryland on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. “Charlie’s favorite foods are crickets, fascinated. All events are free. Registration is not worms and fruits and vegetables,” Seeley “It was cool,” said Olivia Clark, 7, required. said. daughter of Capt. Tobias Clark and Karen Hayward, director of the Eicher and Seeley also showed the Ashley Clark. “Her nose could bend and library, said the goal of the summer children a red-footed tortoise and a go up and down.” reading program is to encourage children Madagascar hissing cockroach. Olivia was one of the about 159 to continue reading throughout the sum- But when Eicher held a 6-foot, red- children and parents to attend the first mer. This year’s program ends Aug. 25. tailed boa constrictor named Sliky on performance of the Medal of Honor Participants receive a reading log and stage, with the help of Pfc. Alex Pool, Memorial Library’s annual summer a goodie bag. After seven days, they can the children and parents in the audience reading program, “Reading Is So Deli- bring their reading log to the library for were amazed. cious,” on Tuesday. additional prizes. Seeley said snakes like Sliky eat their The free event featured animals from During Tuesday’s presentation, Jeanne prey whole and can take up to two weeks the Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg, Seeley, a day manager at the animal to digest a meal. Sliky weighs 75 pounds Va. The animals were examples of the park, introduced the children to several and can lay up to 100 eggs. wildlife and reptiles that can be found in different animals and shared interesting “I was kind of nervous,” said Pool, the South American rain forest. facts about their habits. a member of the Marine Detachment “We hope [the children] will be inspired For example, Amelia’s favorite snack at the Defense Information School. “I to learn more,” said Kathy Stikes, a are bugs. South American raccoons like never handled a snake like that before. librarian technician who organized this her have long claws to help them climb It was big.” year’s summer reading program activi- the tall trees in the rain forest and dig Editor’s note: For more information ties. “Hopefully, the kids will want to deep in the ground for vegetables and about the library’s summer reading pro- help preserve the animals and learn more insects. gram, call 301-677-5522. Photos by brain krista Leslie Eicher (right), a manager at the Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg, Va., holds Charlie, a green iguana, as Jeanne Seeley, a day manager at the park, talks aboutNearly 160 children and parents attend the first presentation of the post library’s Charlie’s favorite foods during the “Reading Is Delicious” annual summer readingsummer reading program, which focused on animals of the rain forest. The audience program sponsored by the Medal of Honor Memorial Library on Tuesday at Burbalearned about a South American raccoon and a Madagascar hissing cockroach. Lake Cottage. Upcoming events include a magician in July and “mad science”TOP: April Beckler of Fort Meade and her son Zaki, 5, learn about the rain forest during program in August.the “Reading is Delicious” summer reading program. June 28, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  9. 9. N ewsFew clues to burial of infants on post six decades agoBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer There is a 60-year-old mystery associatedwith the Post Cemetery on Rock Avenue. More than 100 infants, ages newborn to afew weeks, are buried there, despite the factthat the cemetery is only open to deceasedactive-duty service members. The infants were buried between 1950and 1955, and no one knows why they wereinterned there. “It is one of the most frequently askedquestions at the museum,” said Robert John-son, director of the Fort Meade Museum.“Everybody who goes to the cemetery seesthem.” Johnson, who began working at the muse-um in 1989, said he has researched possiblereasons for the mystery and has come up withno conclusions. Early on, Johnson looked through old areanewspapers from the 1950s in the Baltimorepublic library system and found no reportsof an epidemic or other cause for the infants’deaths at Fort Meade. No military spouses or military dependentsare allowed to be buried in the Post Cemetery,so Johnson said perhaps a kind garrison com-mander allowed one infant to be buried thereand somehow, the others followed. During the early 1950s, there were several photos by staff sgt. kyle richardsonarmed cavalry regiments at Fort Meade and More than 100 infants, who died betweenthe National Security Agency was being 1950 and 1955, are buried in the Postestablished, but no extraordinary or odd Cemetery. Robert Johnson, director ofevents happened on post, Johnson said the Fort Meade Museum, said the infants’ Thirty-three German and Italian prisoners death and burials remain a mystery.of war from World War II are also buried inthe cemetery. Many of them did not die atFort Meade but were buried here because it LEFT: The daughter of 1st Lt. S.I. Kareskywas a convenient military burial site, Johnson is one of the few Jewish infants buried insaid. It is possible, he said, that the infants the Post Cemetery on Rock Avenue.actually died elsewhere and were buried herefor the same reason. Johnson said the museum welcomes any-one, preferably a museum volunteer docent,who would like to do further research tosolve the mystery of the infants buried onFort Meade. To contact the Fort Meade Museum, call301-677-7054.‘It is one of the mostfrequently asked questionsat the museum.’ Follow Fort Robert Johnson Meade at Fort Meade Museum director ftmeademd10 SOUNDOFF! June 28, 2012
  10. 10. N ewsSpouse support group focuses on handling transitionsBy Lisa R. Rhodes who are transitioning out of the military “It does take a lot of flexibility to be a should know what to look for.”Staff Writer or their jobs, network for new employment spouse,” Gordon-Battle said. “Somehow, After working as an elementary school The process of finding a new job or opportunities in a safe and professional you manage your family, your career, in teacher’s assistant, Smith is now attendingchanging careers can mark a major transi- environment,” said James, who started the order to achieve your goals and the goals Anne Arundel Community College to pur-tion in any person’s life. support group in November 2011. for your family.” sue an associate’s degree in business manage- But for military spouses, who must deal During the presentation, Battle said tran- Gordon-Battle said the best way to han- ment. She said she wants a new career thatwith their spouse’s frequent new assign- sitions are an inevitable part of life, but they dle a transition is for the spouse to have a is portable — that will earn an income noments, the transition can be especially dif- can become a source of stress when people plan for his or her next step and to prioritize matter where her husband is reassigned inficult. try to resist change. goals. the future. Belinda Gordon-Battle, the installation’s “Your life maybe changed in your transi- She said if a military spouse is looking for Smith said Gordon-Battle and the sup-Adult and Military Family Life consultant tion, but it does not mean you are defeated,” a new job or to change careers during a per- port group have helped her realize thatat Army Community Service, gave a pre- Gordon-Battle said. “You must think ‘I’m manent change of station, the spouse should there are many options available to mili-sentation on managing life’s transitions to a going to find a way to grow from this expe- contact the Employment Readiness Program tary spouses who are transitioning in theirsmall gathering of military spouses on June rience.’ ” at the couple’s next military base and start careers. For example, she learned about20 at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. Gordon-Battle said life transitions hap- the process for finding employment. MilitaryOneSource, a website designed for The hourlong seminar was hosted by the pen more often for military spouses who are “What resources are available to make service members and their families.Fort Meade Military Spouse Employ- often responsible for finding new housing, your transition?” Gordon-Battle asked. “It is Before ending her presentation, Gordon-ment Support Group, which is part of the new schools and new medical providers for a matter of having the confidence and self- Battle said it is important to make one’sEmployment Readiness Program at ACS. their families when their service-member assurance to make a smooth transition.” faith or spiritual beliefs a priority during a The support group’s co-facilitators are spouse is reassigned to a new military base Support group member Monica Smith, life transition and to keep the lines of com-Vikki Torrence, Employment Readiness or position. wife of Spc. Dametry Smith who is assigned munication open with one’s spouse.Program manger, and Jamesinaez James, Many military spouses also must find to the Pentagon, said she and her spouse “Don’t lose sight of your personal mis-Employment Readiness specialist. new jobs or change careers. Gordon-Battle have experienced many transitions during sion,” she advised. “It’s all a work in prog- “The purpose of the support group is said some military spouses decide to put their 13-year marriage. ress.”to help military spouses, military personnel their careers on hold while their mate is on “We’re at the midpoint in his career,” she Editor’s note: For more information, calland DoD civilians and their dependents, active duty. said. “We’re getting to that time when we Army Community Service at 301-677-5590. USDA serves up four steps to food safety By Marine Pvt. Coby Smith • Use a bowl of ice to chill anything that cannot Marine Detachment Fort Meade stay at room temperature or higher for excess periods Summer marks a time of fun in the sun, cookouts of time. and get-togethers with friends and family and an To demonstrate these steps, Grill Sergeants Edmund enjoyable escape from everyday life. Perez, a staff sergeant, and Sgt. 1st Class Guy Winks With June 20 marking the official start the season, fired up the grill. the U.S. Department of Agriculture and “The Grill Winks has been a Grill Sergeant for three years. His Sergeants” from the Pentagon Channel’s “Grill it experience includes hosting a culinary show at Fort Safe” remind everyone of the importance of food Lee, Va., as well as cooking for the Australian and safety during their summer fun. British armies’ chief of staff. “It’s a serious public health issue in the United “Because I’ve been in food service so long, some- States — 48 million people a year get sick from food,” times I don’t realize that a lot of the general public said Dr. Elisibeth Hagan, the under secretary for food don’t know as much as I think they do about food safety at the USDA. “It’s the most vulnerable among safety,” Winks said. “Clean, separate, cook and chill us: little kids, older people, pregnant women.” — that’s what people should remember.” file photo Some of Hagan’s duties include the responsibility Perez has been a Grill Sergeant for three years. His of food safety policy for the entire commercial meat, The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides four steps experience includes being the enlisted aid for a three- poultry and processed egg supply for the United to ensure food is cooked safely: clean, separate raw star general at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. States. meats, cook to a proper temperature and chill anything “Not a lot of people understand the dangers “It’s our job to make sure that food is produced as that can’t remain at room temperature. involved when they are grilling,” Perez said. “I think safely as possible before it ever reaches the grocery the message got across loud and clear.” store,” Hagan said. • Utensils should always be washed before they are With the weather changing and the temperature The heat and humidity that come along with sum- used to handle any sort of food produce. rising, remember the four simple steps to ensure your mer are what make the dangers of cooking outdoors • Raw meats should be separated from cooked meats safety when cooking outdoors this summer. increase. as well as from the utensils used to handle them. For more information or for help with grilling, check To combat this, the USDA provides four simple • Use tools such as meat thermometers to ensure out the app ‘Ask Karen,’ available for Blackberry, steps to ensure food is cooked safely: clean, separate, that your meats have been cooked to the proper tem- iPhone and Android phones. Log on to cook to a proper temperature, and chill. perature. or call 888-MPHOTLINE. June 28, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  11. 11. N ews Headquarters Command Battalion welcomes new commanderBy Brandon Bieltz McGlachlin Parade Field. “I am truly a blessed man,” BarrettStaff Writer Barrett, who took command of the said. “It couldn’t get a whole lot bet- Just one year after assuming com- unit last June, is preparing to deploy to ter.”mand of Headquarters Command Bat- Afghanistan to serve with the Combined During the ceremony, various unitstalion, Col. Edmund Barrett passed the Security Transition Command. He was from Fort Meade stood on the paradeunit’s colors on to a new commander. promoted to colonel by Garrison Com- field including Headquarters and Head- Lt. Col. Marion Bakalorz took the mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein in a quarters Company, the 241st Militaryreigns of HCB during a change of com- brief ceremony following the change of Police Detachment with two K-9 teams,mand ceremony Friday morning on command. the Defense Information School, U.S. Signal Detachment School and the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion. HCB is tasked with enabling base- operations support to the installation, which includes nearly 95 organizations and more than 56,000 employees and residents. “Leading Headquarters Battalion is a rather distinctive command opportu- nity,” Rothstein said during the 30-min- ute ceremony. “The responsibilities go beyond commanding documents.” Rothstein began his remarks by high- lighting Barrett’s community service, focusing on his efforts with the schools on Fort Meade. “I charged Colonel Barrett and his team to go after our schools in unprec- HCB. edented ways,” Rothstein said. “I didn’t Bakalorz comes to Fort Meade after just want a partnership of paper, but serving as the staff officer at the Office bonds developed between our public of the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff schools on Fort Meade and our partners for Intelligence at the Pentagon since on post.” 2009. During his command of HCB, Barrett “I believe you’re going to this job expected that everyone was cared for running and I look forward to the com- with little oversight — a mission he suc- mitment and drive you will be bringing cessfully completed, Rothstein said. to the command and Team Meade,” In an emotional speech, Barrett Rothstein said to Bakalorz. thanked Rothstein, his family and his Throughout her more than 20 years in support team from the installation for the military, Bakalorz has served in vari- helping him during his command. ous roles throughout the world. “I don’t want to leave this battalion,” Bakalorz, who reached the rank of he said. “I will miss this place.” sergeant after enlisting in 1988, gradu- Barrett also welcomed Bakalorz to ated from Officer Candidate School the unit. four years later. Her career as an officer “You’re in for a wild ride,” he said to started as a platoon leader in the fir- Bakalorz. ing battery with 6th Battalion, 43rd Rothstein said the Army “got it right” Air Defense Artillery in Ansbach, Ger- in the selection of Bakalorz to lead many. In 1993 she served in southeast Asia in (Right to left) Garrison Commander Col. support of Operation Desert Falcon as a Edward C. Rothstein; Lt. Col. Marion tactical patrol officer and platoon leader Bakalorz, incoming commander of with the 43rd Air Defense, and in 1996 Headquarters Command Battalion; as a security officer the 6th Battalion, and Col. Edmund Barrett, outgoing 52nd Air Defense Artillery as the unit commander of HCB, participate in the supported Operation Desert Vigilance. symbolic passing of the colors during In 1997, Bakalorz served as the secu- HCB’s change of command ceremony. rity officer for the 1st Battalion, 43rd12 SOUNDOFF! June 28, 2012
  12. 12. photos by jen rynda Lt. Col. Marion Bakalorz speaks at the change of command ceremony on McGlachlin Parade Field. Bakalorz, who previously served at the Office of the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Pentagon, took command of Headquarters Command Battalion on Friday. LEFT: Col. Edmund Barrett, outgoing commander of Headquarters Command Battalion, embraces his 10-year-old daughter Jenna Comer while greeting his family before his change of command ceremony Friday morning at McGlachlin Parade Field. Barrett, who was promoted to colonel following the ceremony, has been assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan.Air Defense Artillery in Suwon, Korea. Lt. Col. MarionThe following year, she joined the 1st BakalorzCavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, shakes handsand deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as with Garrisonintelligence chief of operations with the Commanderdivision. Col. Edward C. Following her deployments, Bakalorz Rothstein asserved in various roles within the 312th Col. EdmundMilitary Intelligence Battalion, 1st Cav- Barrett looksalry Division and at the Pentagon as an on during theexecutive support officer to the Office of Headquartersthe Secretary of Defense. Command After graduating in 2005 from the BattalionNavy War College in Newport, R.I., change ofBakalorz was assigned to the 10th commandMountain Division in Fort Drum, N.Y., ceremony.and was deployed to Afghanistan as adivision planner as part of CombinedJoint Task Force-76 in support of Oper-ation Enduring Freedom. In 2008, Bakalorz deployed to Iraq ascommander of Task Force Vigilant, pro-viding security at Victory Base Complexin Baghdad and then as division deputyof intelligence in Baghdad and Basra. During her brief remarks, Bakalorzthanked Rothstein for the “honor andopportunity” to join Team Meade. “I am truly honored to serve with allof you,” she said to the service memberson the parade field. June 28, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  13. 13. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community monthly inventory.“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All Summer holiday closings will be onsubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis- Wednesday and July 5 for Independencecretion and may be edited for space and Day and Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for Labor Day.grammar. Look for additional community For more information, call 301-677-events on the Fort Meade website at www. and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at EFMP focus groups For more information or to submit anannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. Exceptional Family Member or call 301-677-5602. focus groups will meet July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. NEWS EVENTS Registration is required. For more information, email joi. or call 301-677- 4473.Parade field closure McGlachlin Parade Field will be Tax Center openclosed Tuesday through July 5 for the The Fort Meade Tax Center at 4217setup and breakdown of Independence Roberts Ave. will take appointmentsDay festivities. until Saturday. Other sites available for PT include file photo To schedule an appointment, call 301-Mullins Field, Broadfoot Field, summer concert series 677-9765.Donahue Field, Rosie’s Field and thesoccer field. For reservations, call Everette Carr, The U.S. Army Field Band will present its annual Summer Concert Series Country - Top 40 NightGaffney Fitness Center manager, at 301- every Saturday in August at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park. Dance to country music at Top 40677-5950. Admission is free; no tickets required. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Night on Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Grills, glass containers, alcoholic beverages and pets are forbidden. Club Meade. For more information, visit hours No cover charge. A cash bar and food menu are available. Bagger-licensing renewals for the For more information, call 301-677-Fort Meade Commissary will be issued Entrance Processing Station to Master Meade CARE (Casualty Response) 6969.Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 Sgt. Daryl R. Hayes today at 2 p.m. at Team. 850 Chisholm Ave. In the event of a casualty, severep.m. at the Fort Meade Public AffairsOffice at 4409 Llewellyn Ave. injury or disaster within the community, Texas BBQ Those who come to the office outside Kimbrough change of the garrison commander may activate Texas barbecue will be served Friday a CARE Team based on the affected from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Club Meade.of this block of time will be able to leavetheir information. Badges will be issued command ceremony family’s needs and request for support. For more information, call 301-677-as time permits. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Fort Meade CARE Teams consist of 6969. will be closed July 12 until 1 p.m. for three to four responsible, knowledgeableNotice the change of command ceremony volunteers who have been screened and Karaoke Night of Col. Leon E. Moores at 9 a.m. at trained and have signed a confidentiality Anyone with debts owed to or by the McGlachlin Parade Field. agreement. The 11th Frame Lounge at the Lanesestate of Sgt. Marc G. Williams, Fort Moores will relinquish command of The CARE Team will provide up hosts free Karaoke Night on the thirdMeade, Alpha Company, WTB, must the U.S. Army Medical Department to four consecutive days of service, Thursday of the 1st Lt. Anthony Cosentino, the Activity, Fort Meade, and Kimbrough to including emotional support and The next event will be July 19 from 7summary court officer for the Soldier. Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab. practical assistance, to a family until to 10 p.m. The public is invited. Williams passed away on June 21. other support arrives. For more information, call 301-677- 5541. To contact Cosentino, call 202-641-2298. 704th MI change of To volunteer, email Pia Morales, Mobilization/Deployment Program command manager at Army Community Service, EDUCATIONChange of command, Col. Karen H. Gibson will relinquish at or callresponsibility ceremonies command of the 704th Military 301-677-4110. PWOC Bible study Intelligence Brigade to Col. Anthony R. Lt. Col. Christopher J. Beveridgewill relinquish command of the Hale in a change of command ceremony VTF closings Protestant Women of the Chapel July 24 at 9 a.m. on McGlachlin Parade will be host summer Bible study onBaltimore Military Entrance The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Field Wednesdays from July 11 to 25 fromProcessing Station to Lt. Col. Rod L. Facility at 2018 Annapolis Road is In the event of inclement weather, the 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Argonne HillsBoles on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at 850 undergoing renovations through August. ceremony will be held at the Pavilion. Chapel Center.Chisholm Ave. VTF’s regular hours of 8 a.m. to 3 Child care will be provided. p.m. will be maintained through July 13. Air Force Chief Master Sgt.James D. Baker Jr. will relinquish his CARE Team volunteers The clinic will close July 16-31 for The prayer and fellowship program’s fall kickoff is scheduled for Aug. 29position as the senior enlisted advisor, needed the remodeling of the lobby and exam from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more12th Battalion and Baltimore Military room, and on Friday afternoon for Volunteers are needed for the Fort information, visit Facebook at PWOC14 SOUNDOFF! June 28, 2012
  14. 14. C ommunity N ews N otesFort Meade, or email • “Grow Skills for Military Life,” Level For more information, call Rikki Monday. For more information, call Rikkior call Kori Yates at 301-262-0756. 2, on Aug. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677- • Instructors Course, MFTB instructor 301-677-3617 or e-mail 3617 or email and Veterans training, Sept. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by p.m. the garrison, is held the first Thursday ofAppreciation Day Bring a brown bag lunch. Children’s Reading Room every month at 7 a.m. at its new location, University of Maryland University Registration is required. Limited child Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. The nextCollege will sponsor Spouse and care is available. The Potomac Place Children’s breakfast is July 5. Post employees, familyVeterans Appreciation Day on July To register or for more information, call Reading Room is open Tuesdays and members, and civilian and military personnel10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Army 301-677-5590 or email amber.e.rustad@ Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. are invited. No cost; donations are optional.Education Center, 8601 Zimborski Ave. or For more information, call 301-677-5522. For more information, call 301-677-6703 or The informal event will feature email about the career-relevant YOUTH Summer reading program • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets theundergraduate and graduate programs Children of all ages are invited to the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. atoffered online and on site by University Medal of Honor Memorial Library to Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210of Maryland University College. Grilling Chilling register for this year’s “Reading Is So Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting Advisors will be available. Delicious” summer reading program that is July 5 in the banquet hall in back of the Child, Youth and School Services is As an added incentive, students who ends Aug. 25. building. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more offering Grilling Chilling for gradesmake an application at the event will Participants will receive a reading log information, call 410-674-4000. six to eight on Friday from 6:30 to 9have the $50 application fee waived. and a goodie bag. • Spouse PTSD Support Group meets p.m. at the Youth Center.(The is not available for Doctor of The following reading program events Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the The event will feature music andManagement applicants.) will be held at Burba Cottage: Soldier and Family Assistance Center, 2462 games after dinner. For more information, call 301-621- • July 17, 10 a.m.: “Books, The Magic is 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Cost is $6 for the meal.9882. Real,” featuring magician Joe Romano The support group, sponsored by For more information, call 301-677- • Aug. 7, 10 a.m.: Mad Science of Behavioral Health Care Service, the Religious 1437.Joint Financial Readiness Central Maryland Support Office and the Army Substance Abuse Program, is for spouses whose lovedClasses PROPS Drama Camp For more information, call 301-677-5522. ones are exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. Joint Financial Readiness Classes are Summer SKIES is offering PROPS Learn valuable tools and resources tobeing offered in July at the Community Drama Camp for grades one to 12 from RECREATION understand PTSD and how to cope.Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. July 23-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To join or for more information, call 301- Classes are open to active-duty and Cost is $40 and includes breakfast, Out About 677-8870.retired service members, Reservists and snack and a T-shirt. • Single Parent Support Group meets themembers of the National Guard (on Performances will be July 28 at 3 and • Wild West Rodeo Days at Adventure second and fourth Monday of the monthduty), family members with identification 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. Park USA in Frederick County will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900cards and DoD civilians. Admission is free and open to the public. held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. Reece Road. The next meeting is July 9. Free • Dollars Sense: Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature bull child care will be provided on site. • Home Buying, July 5, 1 to 3 p.m. 1196. riding, Little Ranglers Rodeo, rodeo For more information, call Rikki Ford, • Financial Services Account clowns, trick roping, barrel racing, line Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 dancing, covered wagons and cowboyManagement, July 10, 9 to 11 a.m. Sky Vacation Bible School shoot-outs. A cowboy breakfast will be or email • Consumer Awareness, July 12, 1 to • Enlisted Spouses Club will meet the3 p.m. Sky Vacation Bible School will be served Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. for $5 second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at • Investing 101, July 17, 9 to 11 a.m. held Aug. 6 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 with admission. Potomac Place Neighborhood Center due to • Developing Your Spending Plan, p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Tickets cost $30 for ages 8 and older renovations. The next meeting is July 9. ForJuly 19, 1 to 3 p.m The free program is for children ages and $18 for ages 7 and younger. Admission more information, visit or • First Term Financial Readiness, July 4 years old up through fifth grade. includes all-day rides and attractions. For email, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. VBS features games, crafts, music more information, call 301-865-6800 or • Spouse Connection meets the second For more information, call ACS at and adventures. Snacks and lunch are visit Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30301-677-5590 or the Navy Fleet and included. • The Blue Star Museums program p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood,Family Support Center at 301-677-9014. Registration is limited to the first is offering free admission for all active- 4998 Second Corps Blvd. The next meeting 200 children and will close July 23. duty, National Guard and Reserve service will be July 10. The program provides an Registration tables will be set up until members and their dependents throughMFTB courses July 23 at Argonne Hills Chapel Center Labor Day. More than 1,800 museums opportunity for all spouses in the Fort Meade community and surrounding area to Army Community Service and Army and the Main Post Chapel. are registered. For more information, meet and get connected.Family Team Building are offering Family Volunteers are needed to sign up visit Child care is not available. For moreTeam Building classes at Potomac Place immediately. Star_Museums or information, call 301-677-4110 or emailand Meuse Forest neighborhood centers. For more information, call 301-677- php/2012/06/blue-star-museums-all- • “Navigating Military Life” on July 12 0386 or 301-677-6038. summer-long. • Bridging the Gap deployment supportand 13, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. group, sponsored by Army Community The Level I class, for military Romp ‘n Stomp MEETINGS Service, meets the second Tuesday of thepersonnel and spouses and Department month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Placeof Army civilians, provides tools to During the summer, Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to Neighborhood Center. The next meeting isnavigate the military lifestyle. Modules • Families Dealing with Deployment meets July 10. For more information, call Sharoninclude Expectations of Military Life, 11:30 a.m. at the Boundless Playground. the first and third Monday of every month The playgroup is for parents and their Collins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon.Understanding Military Acronyms, and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Traditions and Customs. children up to 5 years old. Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is June 28, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15