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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 12 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ March 22, 2012race to1st place Defense Information School names winners of visual arts competition Photo by Lance Cpl. Sharon D. KyleSPORTS 2ND PLACE: Marine Lance Cpl. Reagan Lodge, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, conducts water running exercises during aphysical training session on Sept. 14, 2011 in Ramer Hall, The Basic School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.Some of the military’s best photographers, videographers and graphic artists were named during the Defense Information School’s 49th annual Visual Information Awardsprogram held March 12-15. For more, see Pages 14-15.PX update olympic gold UPCOMING EVENTSConstruction on Manor View students today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Women’s History Month Observance - McGillnew facility to join first lady at Saturday, 9 a.m.: Ice Breaker Golf Tournament - The Courseschange parking mini-Olympics event friday-saturday: NAF property sale - The Pavilion (details on Page 13) wednesday, 11:30 a.m.: Fort Meade National Prayer Luncheon - Club Meadepage 5 page 18
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Rendering honors to the flag Col. Edward C. Rothstein Enforcer of the Standards. When in a Garrison Command That is one of the most important jobs I have formation or Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith as Fort Meade’s garrison command sergeant a group, the Public Affairs Officer major. Some of the standards I enforce include senior service Chad T. Jones the proper wear of the uniform, maintenance of member pres- Chief, Command Information our barracks and safety during PT. ent will call the Philip H. Jones If I see something wrong, it is my job to fix it. group to “Atten- That’s why I’m writing today. tion” and then Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Recently, I have witnessed numerous customs “Parade, Rest.” Rona S. Hirsch and courtesies violations throughout the Fort At the first note Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Meade community, particularly in regard to of “Retreat,” Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz saluting the flag. the senior ser- Charles E. Smith Design Coordinator Timothy Davis I know the subject has been discussed before. vice member Garrison Command Sergeant Major Supple­mental photography provided But in the military I’ve learned that if you have will then call by Patuxent Publishing Co. not said it in 90 days, it must be said again. the group to This is especially true when it comes to render- “Attention” and “Present, Arms” at the first Advertising ing honors to the flag during Reveille, Retreat note of “To the Colors” and then “Order, Arms” General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or Taps. I think the best rule of thumb is if our at the conclusion. Allison Thompson team members are conducting minor infractions When in civilian clothing, the only change is 410-332-6850 when it comes to rendering honors, it may be to place your right hand over your heart instead Michele Griesbauer because our community does not know what of saluting. Veterans and retirees, however, may 410-332-6381 the standards are, or as I like to say, what right salute. looks like. Additionally, vehicles in motion should stop. If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are The flag of the United States is the symbol If you are in a car or on a motorcycle, dismount experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail of our nation. All service members stationed on and salute. If you are with a group in a military Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Fort Meade will honor our national colors dur- vehicle or bus, remain in the vehicle. The indi- Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ing two distinct moments: Reveille and Retreat. vidual in charge will dismount and salute. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the Reveille occurs at 6:30 a.m. and is tradition- These honors also apply to the national personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary ally when the flag is raised. Not coincidentally, anthems of foreign countries during ceremonies of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday that is the same time the cannon goes off in the or parades. except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. morning. During the playing of Reveille, service Taps is sounded at 9 p.m. daily. Once the song Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the members should stand at attention and salute begins, face the music and come to the position 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. until the song is over. of attention until the music is complete. Service Similarly during Retreat, which is at 5 p.m. members are required to render honors in uni- Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage and when the flag is taken down, individuals, form or civilian clothes. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, regardless of where they are, need to face the The garrison commander and I are here to user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser flag (or the direction of the music if the flag is serve the Fort Meade community and ensure will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. not visible) and render a proper hand salute at that everyone is fully aware of military customs Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department the first note of “To the Colors.” and courtesies. We believe situational awareness of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are For both Reveille and Retreat, service mem- is the key. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance bers normally face the flag when saluting, unless If you have further questions, feel free to of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of duty requires you to face a different direction. speak with your chain of command or visit me the Army of the products or services advertised. At the conclusion of the music, resume your during the commander’s open door every Mon- regular duties. day from 4 to 6 p.m. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on twitter at Monika Hiatt and view the Fort Meade Blog at (left) of Odenton and Monika Reda of Severn honor the flag Co n t e n t s during Retreat at McGlachlin Parade Field on March 20. News.............................. 3 Religion................................. 21 Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports................................... 18 Photo by Jason Kelly Community.................. 16 Movies.................................. 22 SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012
  3. 3. NewsDrive with cautionDES, Picerne crack down on speedersBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer Speeding on the installation has been a hottopic on the Fort Meade Facebook page andduring Garrison Commander Col. Edward C.Rothstein’s town halls. With a few more tools in their arsenal,the Directorate of Emergency Services andPicerne Military Housing are prepared tocombat speeders on installation roads. Although there are less speeding problemson post than outside the fence line, DES hasequipped more patrol cars with effective radarinstruments while Picerne is operating a pilotprogram with eight speed humps throughoutMeuse Forest. “Our speeding problem on the installationis lower than anywhere in Anne ArundelCounty,” said Maj. J. Darrell Sides, operationsofficer at DES. “We’ll never prevent speeding;we can only reduce it.” To curtail speeding, the DES obtainedeight mobile radar units from Fort Campbell,Ky. The devices are in addition to the sev-eral already installed in traffic enforcementvehicles. The mobile radar instruments allow driv-ing police officers to check the speed of avehicle. The passive system remains on at alltimes. And with the push of a button, theofficer can track the speed of a vehicle hebelieves is speeding. While traffic enforcement officers have hadmobile radar in their patrol cars for severalyears, regular patrol officers have still been map courtesy picerne military housingusing hand-held radars, which require the offi-cer to be parked to get an accurate reading. “When a person’s radar detector goes off, Another tool that Manning uses is a small by the end of April. The speed humps will With the addition of the eight instruments, all that’s telling them is that their speed has device with two hoses that lay across the street. be strategically placed on straight, downhillDES can put the equipment in several, regular just been registered by the police car,” Sides The device registers and tracks the speed of streets — roads conducive to speeding, saidpatrol cars to allow officers to track speeders said. “It’s too late. The radar detector just lets drivers. Using this information, Manning can Jessie Hyder, a Picerne community builder.while handling other tasks. them know when they’ve been busted.” determine where the most speeders are. “[The placements are] a combination of In addition to allowing moving police To further deter speeders, DES is also using In addition to these tools, DES determines our team knowing the streets, and some wereofficers to obtain an accurate reading, some radar trailers; empty, marked patrol cars; and where to focus its efforts based on complaints geared from residents,” Hyder said.patrol cars will have dual mounted systems speed tracking devices. from the community. Most complaints, Man- Unlike narrow speed bumps, which arewith radar in the front and back of the vehicle. Fort Meade Police Lt. George Manning, ning said, come from school zones and the against Army regulations, the speed humpsWith this technology, officers can track a car DES’ traffic supervisor, sets up two to four residential neighborhoods. will not slow down emergency vehicles. Tirethat drove past them. radar trailers at all times that prominently “We increase area presence when we get gaps on the humps will allow larger emer- “Somebody slows down when they see the display a vehicle’s speed. certain complaints in certain areas,” he said. gency vehicles to straddle the hump, insteadcop car, but they have the tendency to speed “Most people are generally law-abiding “That’s one way we use the public’s comments of driving directly over it.back up after they pass the police officer,” citizens but get a little excessive with their right and concerns as a way to try to deter speeding While Picerne is waiting to see how theSides said. “We’ll continue to track the vehicle foot,” Sides said. “When they’re reminded of problems.” speed humps work in Meuse Forest beforeuntil it is out of sight.” their speed, a fair amount do slow down.” Following suggestions by residents, Picerne installing them in other neighborhoods, the Unlike active radar, the mobile radar’s Empty patrol cars are also parked around has taken its own steps to help deter speeding Directorate of Public Works has received rec-passive system can’t be picked up by a radar the installation to create the illusion that more in its housing areas. ommendations about installing speed humpsdetector, which is illegal on the installation. officers are patrolling the streets, then later As part of a larger roadwork program, beyond the housing areas.The motorist will only get a reading after he replaced with police officers conducting radar eight speed humps, also known as speed “It will deter a majority of the popula-has been tracked. enforcement. cushions, will be installed in Meuse Forest tion,” Sides said. “We will see a reduction.” March 22, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ews Have you noticed an issue on post Community Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Crime Watch Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services address issues identified on post March 12, Larceny of pri- in the head and right eye. and describe what is being done to vate property: An unknown solve them. person(s) removed an unse- March 15, Larceny of pri- cured, unattended bicycle vate property: The victim from the side of the victim’s stated that unknown persons quarters. removed his cell phone char- ger from his room. March 13, Traffic violations - driving in wrong direction on one-way March 15, Assault - consummated road, driving on suspended license: A by a battery: The Directorate of unit observed a vehicle traveling in Emergency Services was notified of the wrong direction on a one-way a fist fight at Murphy Field House. road. A traffic stop was initiated. An investigation revealed that the A check with the National Crime subject struck the victim in the face Information Center revealed that the and pushed him onto the floor. driver’s license was suspended. March 17, Wrongful damage of pri- March 14, Larceny of private prop- vate property: Unknown persons by erty: The Directorate of Emergency unknown means broke the rear win- Services was notified of a theft of dow of a vehicle while it was legally private property at Murphy Field parked and secured. House. An investigation revealed that the victim placed his hooded jacket in his locker while he was in the gym. March 17, Shoplifting, possession of When he returned from the gym, he marijuana: AAFES security at the found the locker had been opened Post Exchange observed the subject and the jacket was gone. remove a computer game from its original package, conceal it on him- self and exit the store without render- March 14, Assault - consummated ing proper payment. A search of the by a battery: The Directorate of subject revealed what appeared to be Emergency Services was notified of a a rolled marijuana cigarette. A test domestic disturbance in progress. An was conducted using a narcotics test investigation revealed that the subject kit, with positive results for Tetrahy- assaulted her mother by striking her drocannabinol, or THC. file photo Play equipment near the Boundless Playground is currently undergoing repairs. AER update Issue: Plan: Status: The Fort Meade Army Emergency Relief campaign has collected The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way $7,002 as of Monday. has deemed and marked so that it is functional The goal is to collect $80,000 some play equipment at by May 15. Each unit should Burba Lake as unsafe have an AER representative. For more information, call Community members Maintain a minimum of Golf operations will Wallace Turner, AER officer, at have concerns about golf 18 holes at current site; continue through 301-677-5768. course service availability in restoring golf operations May 1; The Clubhouse will light of Base Closure and on a site south of the remain open for catering Realignment installation is also proposed and conferences Find Fort Meade on Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex is in need of Sports Complex expected to be this fall Facebook at renovations to allow grass to mature SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsConstruction of new PX scheduled for summerPost, AAFES current Exchange.” The new 167,000-square-foot PX will provide more services than the current the current PX will be demolished and a parking lot will be paved there. During a March 8 meeting about tion of the PXtra, which would provide an additional 100 spaces. The employee parking lot, which was initially desig-plan to mitigate 130,000-square-foot facility, including a larger food court with six food ven- the new PX, parking options were discussed. nated as a construction staging area, could also provide another 116 parkingparking issues dors and a pharmacy. “We’re going to be able to provide better service to our customers,” Bright “Parking is a significant issue,” said Bert Rice, Fort Meade’s director of transformation. “For the customer, you spaces. With these possible solutions to the parking shortage during construc-By Brandon Bieltz said. “Everyone is very excited about have to think about having that reason- tion, 342 spaces would be created forStaff Writer the project.” ably available to the current store dur- customers. Officials are working on When construction of the new Army Construction plans for the $38 mil- ing the entire construction phase.” a sketch of the proposed temporaryand Air Force Exchange begins in July, lion project aim for the new PX, with The PX averages about 1,850 trans- parking plan for review.the current PX will remain open. But a new parking lot, to be completed in actions per day, with customers filling “None of this has been firmed upwhat is now a parking lot will be trans- two years. Once the facility is complete, half of the 600-space parking lot daily. yet,” Rice said. “It’s a work in prog-formed into a construction zone. Based on these numbers, officials deter- ress.” The new facility will be built on mined that at least 300 to 350 spots are Bright said he will communicate withtop of the current parking lot, leaving required to accommodate customers customers throughout the construc-Exchange and garrison officials search- ‘We’re going to be able to during the construction. tion process, including updates on theing for an alternative parking plan forcustomers. The PX will lose close to provide a better service to One plan includes turning the grassy area near PNC Bank at the corner of changing parking situation. A solution for the parking lot is600 parking spaces while the new facil- our customers.’ Reece and MacArthur roads into a expected to be determined and set upity is constructed. temporary gravel parking lot to create prior to the groundbreaking in July. “We have some ideas on parking,” Jonathan Bright 100 spaces. More spaces could be cre- “When we start the process in Julysaid Jonathan Bright, general manager Fort Meade AAFES general manager ated by using the median at the access we hope to have all parking issuesof the Fort Meade AAFES. “We are drive on MacArthur Road. resolved,” Bright said. “That’s ouridentifying areas that are close to the Officials also considered the demoli- goal.” Only one kind of auto insurance is earned once, but may be handed down from generation to generation. At USAA, our commitment to serve the financial needs of our military members, veterans who have honorably served and their families is without equal. It’s why we save members $450 a year on average1 when they switch to USAA Auto Insurance. Begin your legacy. Get a quote. | 800-531-3550 Insurance Banking Investments Retirement Advice 1 Average Annual Savings based on countrywide survey of new customers from 10/1/09 to 9/30/10, who reported their prior insurers’ premiums when they switched to USAA. Savings do not apply in MA. Use of the term “member” does not convey any legal, ownership or eligibility rights for property and casualty insurance products. Ownership rights are limited to eligible policyholders of United Services Automobile Association. The term “honorably served” applies to officers and enlisted personnel who served on active duty, in the Selected Reserve or National Guard and have a discharge type of “Honorable.” Eligibility may change based on factors such as marital status, rank or military status. Contact us to update your records. Adult children of USAA members are eligible to purchase auto or property insurance if their eligible parent purchases USAA auto or property insurance. Automobile insurance provided by United Services Automobile Association, USAA Casualty Insurance Company, USAA General Indemnity Company, Garrison Property and Casualty Insurance Company, USAA County Mutual Insurance Company, San Antonio, TX, and is available only to persons eligible for PC group membership. Each company has sole financial responsibility for its own products. © 2012 USAA. 124912-0112 March 22, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  6. 6. N ewsFacelift for Fort Meade’s Facebook page 1By Fort Meade Public Affairs Office Beginning this morning, visitors to theinstallation’s Facebook page,, will experience a new designand features. The update is part of Facebook’s newtimeline format for pages. The Army’s Facebook page,, was one of approximately30 organizations that introduced the newformat on Feb. 29. The social network hasrequired all pages to transition to the formatby March 30. “As soon as we learned about the require- 2ment, we started to plan for it,” said JasonKelly, Fort Meade’s emerging media man-ager. “It is more than just a new look. It is arefined way for our community to connect.” The update adds another way for com-munity members to provide feedback aboutFort Meade’s services and organizations. “We’ve always answered questions postedon our Facebook page, but sometimes weneed additional information that may not beappropriate for posting on the page such as atelephone number or address,” Kelly said. Users can now send private messages 3through the page to the Public AffairsOffice and receive a response without leav-ing Facebook. Other changes include milestones anda timeline, which extend far beyond FortMeade’s first post on May 14, 2009. “Fort Meade has a very rich history dat-ing back to training Soldiers here for WorldWar I,” Kelly said. “Now, we’re able to shareour history to better tell our story.” Users can now explore significant mile-stones and historical photos by scrollingdown the page. The design is similar to the timeline thatFacebook introduced for profiles last Sep-tember. New features on the installation’spage include a cover photo, highlighted Guide to new features on Fort Meade’s Facebook pageposts and larger stories. The update allows the Public Affairs 1) The concept behind the new design is the timeline. Visitors can now click on the timeline to read pastOffice to keep information at the top of the posts and learn about milestones in Fort Meade’s history. Users can also scroll down the page to viewpage, Kelly said. recent posts. “Now, we can showcase what’s impor-tant, regardless if it is a text-based post, 2) The message button is a new tool. Users who like Fort Meade’s Facebook page can now send thephoto album or a video,” he said. It may take some time to adjust to the Public Affairs Office a private message and receive a response. The feature is similar to sending anew design, Kelly said. message to a friend. It is not a real-time chat. “Social media is constantly evolving,” hesaid. “Sometimes, those changes are beyond 3) There are now four ways to view and organize content on the page: highlights, friend activity, postsour control. It’s one of the reasons why we by (Fort Meade) and posts by others. Highlights, which is shown above, displays Fort Meade’s posts,didn’t rush to transition to the new design. the user’s friends who also like the page, and recent posts that are not from PAO. Friend activity showsWe wanted to make sure we got it right.” posts on the page by a user’s friends. Posts by Fort Meade displays only content from PAO. “Posts by For more information, call Jason Kellyat 301-677-1109 or email jason.s.kelly. others” display all posts that are not from PAO. Visitors can switch between the views by selecting drop-down menu next to the No. 3 shown above. SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012
  7. 7. RELAX, REFRESH N ews REJUVENATE FOR FREE! FREE CLASSES At Howard County’s Best Yoga Studio Winners named for 21st Signal YOGA, PILATES, QIGONG MEDITATION Brigade NCO and Soldier of the Year April 2 - 8, 2012 By Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Czuba 302nd Signal Battalion, at Fort Detrick.Choose From Over 70 Free Classes At The Yoga Center. 21st Signal Brigade Command The quarterly winners in the SoldierNo Prior Yoga or Exercise Experience Is Necessary. No Obligation. After three days and nights of compet- category included Spc. Kimberly N. Trum- Classes Fill Quickly. Call 410-720-4340 To Reserve Your Spot. ing, two Fort Meade service members came bull, a combat production/documentation out on top in the 21st Signal Brigade’s NCO specialist, from 55th Combat Camera; Pfc. and Soldier of the Year competition. Carl Singleton III, an automated logistics The competition was held Feb. 28 to specialist from 525th Signal Company, 56th March 2 at Camp Dawson in West Vir- Signal Battalion, in Miami; and Cpl. Shaun ginia. J. Lawson Jr., an information technology Sgt. Amber L. Lengele, a combat pro- specialist from Headquarters and Head- duction/documentation specialist from 55th quarters Detachment, 56th Signal Battal- Signal Company (Combat Camera), 114th ion, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Signal Battalion at Fort Meade, was named The winners of the NCO and Soldier of NCO of the Year. the Year competition were chosen based Spc. Christopher A. Ludeking, a satellite on their overall performance in events that communication systems operator/maintain- included the Army Physical Fitness Test, an Discounted Classes For Seniors, Teens er from the 327th Signal Company, 302nd administrative board appearance in service Signal Battalion at Fort Meade, was named dress uniform before a panel of brigade Active Military Personnel Their Spouses. Soldier of the Year. senior NCOs, a written examination, aThe Yoga Center Of Columbia They will represent the 21st Signal Bri- written essay on the topic of retention, three 8950 Route 108, Suite 109, Columbia, MD 21045 gade at the 7th Signal Command (Theater) randomly selected Army Warrior Tasks, a 410.720.4340 NCO and Soldier of the Year competition daytime land-navigation course, a weapons at Fort Gordon, Ga., at the end of April. Photo By Spc. Justin Young challenge using the EST 2000 simulator and The 21st Signal Brigade is charged to a map reading event. provide and defend global information Sgt. Amber L. Lengele is named NCO The competition culminated with an Get the insider’s capabilities to enable joint and combined of the Year and Spc. Christopher A. Army combatives tournament. battle command across the full spectrum Ludeking is named Soldier of the Year in The combined challenges allowed partic- of operations from the president of the the 21st Signal Brigade competition held ipants to show their proficiencies and skills advantage United States to the war fighter and other Feb. 28 to March 2 at Camp Dawson, W. as “Best Warrior” by being well-rounded federal agencies. Va. They will represent their brigade at in all training events — not just a subject The brigade is geographically dispersed the 7th Signal Command (Theater) NCO/ matter expert in one category. across the United States at eight instal- Soldier of the Year competition in April at Lengele, a native of Olympia, Wash., Join the conversation on lations, stationed in Central and South Fort Gordon, Ga. entered the Army in August 2007. She Fort Meade’s social media America, deployed to Southwest Asia, and NCO and Soldier of the Quarter boards. has deployed to Afghanistan and recently platform for the latest com- supports national, strategic and tactical The NCO quarterly winners included made cutoff score to be promoted to staff missions worldwide. Staff Sgt. Carla A. Philpot, a chaplain assis- sergeant. munity news. The challenging, three-day competition tant from Headquarters and Headquarters Ludeking, who was born in Sioux City, Connect with more than included five other competitors who rep- Company, 21st Signal Brigade, at Fort Det- Iowa, joined the Army in March 2010. resented subordinate units within the 21st rick and Sgt. Kedrick T. Nelson, a senior Both Lengele and Ludeking received the 8,000 post community mem- Signal Brigade. All who competed were the satellite communication systems operator/ Army Commendation Medal for winning bers on the installation’s best from the first, second, third and fourth maintainer from 298th Signal Company, the competition. Facebook page. Stay updat- ed with Tweets from Fort Meade’s Twitter feed. Catch Representation needed and recommendations on specific educational issues, and the committee may choose to study and report on educational issues of concern to the county. the latest episode of Meade for cluster schools The representative for the Fort Meade cluster elementary schools will serve for three years. Week’s video blog. Visit the Those interested in filling the vacancy must complete an The executive committee of the Anne Arundel County installation’s website at www. Public Schools Citizen Advisory Committee is seeking a rep- application and forward it by March 30 to Teresa Tudor, resentative for the Fort Meade cluster elementary schools. senior manager for School and Family Partnership, at ttu- and visit The Citizen Advisory Committee’s executive committee is the links to add your voice to appointed by the Board of Education and provides advice Applications are available on the CAC page on the to the board on specific issues that impact education policy, AACPS website at Go to “Community” the conversation. on the AACPS website and click “Citizen Advisory Com- activities and programs. The CAC responds to requests from the board for research mittee.” SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012
  8. 8. N ewsArmy’s ‘global scouts’ commemorate six yearsBy Maj. Sonise LumbacaAsymmetric Warfare GroupPublic Affairs Office March 8 marked six years since theAsymmetric Warfare Group first unfurledit colors during an activation ceremony onFort Meade. Activated originally to mitigate and/ordefeat asymmetric threats faced by U.S.forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, theAWG continues to demonstrate its uniquemission as a global, enduring Army capa-bility. The AWG provides operational advisorysupport to Army and joint force com-manders globally to enhance Soldier sur-vivability, combat effectiveness, and enablethe defeat of current and emerging threatsin support of Unified Land Operations. The unit includes about 350 Soldiers,Department of the Army civilians andcontractors who are seasoned war fight-ers and functional area experts who fillthe ranks of four squadrons; two opera-tional squadrons; a training, recruiting andassessment squadron; and a concepts andintegration squadron. Since its inception six years ago, AWGhas provided firsthand observation ofenemy tactics, techniques and procedures,and friendly capability gaps with the goalof developing solutions to exploit enemycapability gaps and to mitigate friendlyvulnerabilities. Photo courtesy U.S. Army The unit is able to do this through its An Asymmetric Warfare Group Soldier provides security from an observation post overlooking the Kholbesat bazaar in Khwosthand-selected operational advisors and province, Afghanistan, on March 13, 2011.through three key attributes: • Proximity - its firsthand observations is ever-changing in its methods. ground is using to thwart enemy tactics adaptability in Soldiers and teams whilein combat and operational areas Many units that are focused on the fight that another unit 30 miles away may not promoting innovative training and criti- • Duration - maintaining an enduring are challenged with the opportunity to step be aware of. cal thinking to prepare future leaders forglobal presence back and observe the “big picture” of the All of the observations made are non- decisive action. • Experience - recent and relevant com- battlefield. Or they may be headed to a attributable and do not interfere with the These examples demonstrate how, overbat and operations experience with the location they are unfamiliar with. unit operations, but rather complement it. the past six years, AWG has affected imme-ability to rapidly blend capabilities across Operational advisors are able to make In partnering with other Army organi- diate change of behavior at the tacticalthe Army these observations for deploying and zations such as the Rapid Equipping Force, level, which is critical to help reduce the Enabling the defeat of current and deployed units, ultimately resulting in Sol- the Army Capabilities Integration Center learning curve of current OEF rotationalemerging threats begins with AWG’s dier survivability and unit combat effec- and with industry, the AWG has been able, forces.operational advisors - the Army’s “global tiveness. in some cases, to pull commercial off-the- To complement this disseminationscouts.” Operational advisors deploy glob- In making these observations, the AWG shelf items and rapidly get it in the hands effort, AWG also uses current observa-ally and embed with units. is able to gather information and rapidly of Soldiers on the ground. tions to inform the more deliberate Army AWG operational advisors are able to develop solutions through a reach-back In other cases, the AWG and its internal capabilities’ development processes and theprovide units with current enemy TTPs, capability to a robust variety of prob- team of experts have developed possible associated Doctrine, Organization, Train-along with best practices, to mitigate lem-solvers and solution-developers. These capabilities that are first tested internally, ing, Materiel, Leadership and Education,threats and overall atmospherics of any solutions are developed in the form of and then offered to the Army. An example Personnel and Facilities changes.given region because they have firsthand nonmaterial solutions, methodologies or of this is the Asymmetric Warfare Adap- Moreover, this deliberate disseminationexperience in the region. processes that units can use to mitigate a tive Leader Program. In keeping pace with informs senior leader decisions on policy The combination of experience and cur- threat; or material solutions, which can an adaptable enemy, the AWALP places and resourcing that assists Army Transfor-rent understanding of the operational envi- include adapting equipment for units to Soldiers in scenarios that are ambigu- mation to Army 2020.ronment gives the AWG advisory mission a operate better within their environment. ous, with environments that have limited For more information on joining theunique capability to help build an adaptive The solution can even be the dissemina- resources. Asymmetric Warfare Group, call AWGforce that is confronted with an enemy that tion of a best practice that one unit on the The program is designed to enhance recruiters at 301-833-5366.10 SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012
  9. 9. N ewsTax Center addsmore appointmentsBy Capt. Michael Madsen preparation stations, allowing for newLegal Assistance Attorney appointment slots.Fort Meade Tax Center These appointment slots are avail- The Joint Installation Tax Center able immediately, but they are fillinghas been busy — so busy that the center up fast.has been booked solid one month in While the Fort Meade Tax Centeradvance. strives to serve as many people as pos- The center, located in the Legal Assis- sible, the services offered do have sometance Office of the Fort Meade Office limitations. The center can only serveof the Staff Judge Advocate, has had active-duty personnel, military retireesa hard time just keeping up with the and their calls. In addition, taxes cannot be prepared Several installations in the Washing- for anyone with income from a privateton, D.C., region have had to curtail business, two or more rental properties,their tax center operations this year. For or more than 10 stock transactions inexample, Fort Belvoir, Va., has made its center available only to active-duty Every tax preparer at the Fort Meadeenlisted Soldiers below the rank of E-5. Tax Center has been trained and certi- Consequently, retirees, senior enlisted fied by the IRS. The center also has aSoldiers and even general officers sta- number of civilian employees and vol-tioned at other posts have been flocking unteers who assist in ensuring that eachto the Fort Meade Tax Center. return is as complete as possible. To accommodate the crowds, the cen- To schedule an appointment, call theter has recruited additional manpow- Fort Meade Tax Center at 301-677-er and has opened up additional tax 9086.Retirees receive erroneousletter regarding 2008 taxesBy Capt. Michael Madsen been adjusted to eliminate or reduce theLegal Assistance Attorney pension exclusion. The adjustment toFort Meade Tax Center your account resulted in a balance due Several military retirees have come as follows ... “to the Fort Meade Tax Center seeking According to one representative atassistance after receiving a letter from the Comptroller’s Office, many of thesethe Comptroller of Maryland. letters were sent to retirees who had, in The letter states that the taxpayers fact, properly reported their retirementhave improperly taken a retirement exclu- income on their 2008 Maryland Incomesion on their 2008 taxes. The letter also Tax Return.reports a balance due, which is usually The representative encourages every-several thousand dollars. one who has received such a letter to If you receive such a letter, call the call the Comptroller’s Office to haveComptroller of Maryland before you their case reviewed before submittingsubmit payment to verify whether or not improperly reported your retirement If you have received such a letter, callincome in 2008. the Comptroller of Maryland at 1-800- The letter reads: 648-9638 to contest your liability. “According to our records, you either For further assistance, call the Fortoverstated the allowable pension exclu- Meade Legal Assistance Office andsion amount, or claimed a pension exclu- Fort Meade Tax Center at 301-677-sion that you were not entitled to, pursu- 9536/9762.ant to Maryland law. As a result, your Do not submit payment until someonetotal subtraction modifications have has reviewed your case. March 22, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  10. 10. N ewsThrift Shop features dedicated volunteersBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The Post Thrift Shop has been a FortMeade institution for at least 60 years. Kay Crawford has volunteered at theshop for half that time. “I like to help people,” said Crawford,a Severn resident. “The staff became likemy family.” For the past eight years, Crawford’shusband, Roger, has volunteered along-side her. “Glad we can do it,” said Roger Craw-ford, a former mail carrier for the FortMeade Post Office. The Enlisted Spouses Club overseesthe Thrift Shop, which is located inBuilding 2206 at the corner of First andChisholm avenues. The shop sells new and secondhanditems at discount prices. It is open to thegeneral public; military identification isnot necessary to make purchases. Consignments, however, are onlyavailable by appointment to military IDcardholders. Sixty percent of the shop’s merchan-dise is clothing for children and adults.The stock also includes military uni-forms, housewares, small electronics,sporting gear, camping gear, pet suppliesand a wide variety of books. Jennifer Scales, managing editor atThe Frontline, the military newspaper atFort Stewart, Ga., said she shops at theThrift Shop whenever she is in the area. photo by jen rynda “I like the style of the clothes, andthe merchandise is affordable,” Scales Kay Crawford and her husband, Roger, volunteer Tuesday at the Enlisted Spouses Club’s Post Thrift Shop. The couple, who livesaid as she looked through a selection in Severn, have been volunteering at the shop for a combined 38 years.of blouses. Retired 1st Sgt. Jesse Diaz, and his dise for sale. ing and that working in the clearance late 1950s to 1968.wife, Arosa, searched for housewares Other volunteers help with stocking, room “is just like housework.” Roger Crawford was a staff sergeant inafter a recent move from Arizona to pricing and consignments. Roger Crawford became a volunteer the Army Reserve when he began work-Odenton. Trenda Quinn, president of the Thrift when he learned that the staff “needed ing as a mail carrier at the Fort Meade “I think it’s nice,” Diaz said of the Shop Council, which oversees the shop a guy to help.” Post Office in 1960. He was recalled toshop. “The prices are comparable to and sets its policy, said the dedication of In addition to making repairs to items active duty in 1961 and sent to Fortother thrift stores.” the Crawfords is exceptional. and cleaning them, Crawford also trans- Eustis, Va. He returned home a year All profits generated by sales are “They are wonderful,” Quinn said. ports unsold merchandise to Goodwill later after his unit was deactivated andput back into the Fort Meade commu- “We can always depend on them. They and the Salvation Army. resumed working at the post office beforenity through scholarships for military take it very seriously. They’ll do anything “It’s in your heart to help somebody,” retiring in 1992.spouses and children, welfare grants and you ask.” he said. The couple said they don’t intend tocharitable donations. This year, the Thrift Shop Coun- Both have roots at Fort Meade. stop volunteering at the Thrift Shop any In the past year, the club has awarded cil nominated the Crawfords for Fort Roger Crawford’s grandfather, Charles time soon.$14,000 in scholarships to military chil- Meade’s Volunteer of the Year award in Reigle, owned farm land off post that the “We’ll go as long as our health holdsdren and an additional $8,000 in schol- the family category. Army rented in 1917 for $15 a month. up,” Roger Crawford said.arships to military spouses, according to Kay Crawford, who is not a member His grandparents, Charles and Mary Editor’s note: The Post Thrift Shop isthe ESC website. of ESC, said she started volunteering Reigle, and several aunts and uncles open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. The Crawfords are among the eight when her son, Roger Crawford Jr., was a are buried in Fort Meade’s Bethel Cem- to 2 p.m., with consignments from 9 a.m.volunteers who help run the shop. Kay child and attended school. etery. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. toCrawford works in the clearance room “I had the time,” she said, noting that Kay Crawford’s father, Samuel Chalf- 2 p.m., with consignments by appointmentorganizing reduced-price items. Roger the family lived in Odenton at the time. ant, worked as the assistant post trans- only; and the first Saturday of the monthCrawford repairs and cleans merchan- Kay Crawford said she likes organiz- portation officer at Fort Meade from the from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.12 SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012
  11. 11. N ews DFMWR hosts property sale of used equipment By Rona S. Hirsch computers, commercial-grade restaurant Staff Writer equipment, fishing boat, Lund with trailer, From 16-pound bowling balls and Dell single kayak, canoes, riding mower, cartop monitors to a barbecue smoker and Sea Pro carrier, dunk tank, DJ booth, storage shelves boat with trailer, the Fort Meade Directorate and a Coca-Cola soda system. of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recre- Condition of equipment and furnishings ation is hosting a sale of used equipment and varies from slightly used to nonoperational furnishings on Friday and Saturday at the due to missing parts. Pavilion. • All items are sold “as is” with no war- Sale items have been culled from DFMWR ranty. activities including Outdoor Recreation, the • Items must be paid for with cash or credit Lanes, Club Meade and Child, Youth and card. School Services. • Items must be moved at the time of pur- “We have a lot of accumulation,” said chase, no holding. Moving and transporting Bill Hicks, financial management officer for are the responsibility of the purchaser. DFMWR. “We took a look and saw there is • No holding of tags. If an item has been an excess of equipment.” without a tag for an extended time frame, the Money generated from the sale will go back item will be re-tagged. to the community. • Any remaining items will be discounted “The sale is a good stewardship of govern- 50 percent on Saturday only, from 1 to 3 p.m. ment funds,” Hicks said. “They will contribute The Pavilion will be cleared 10 minutes prior to the continuation of DFMWR activities on to the discounting and items will be re-tagged. PHOTO BY NOAH SCIALOM Fort Meade, from CYS2 to Outdoor Rec.” No previous tags will be honored; first come, HATS OFF! The sale schedule varies: • Today, noon to 5 p.m., viewing only first served. The Llewellyn Avenue gate will be open Laura Desena, of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club on Fort Meade, sports a stylish hat at the club’s first “Wedding March” luncheon on March 15 at • Friday, 2 to 6 p.m., for active-duty ser- Saturday for public access and pick up of the Courses. To get in the wedding spirit, OSC members were asked to vice members and dependent ID cardholders small items. If large items require full access, dress in white and don their best royal wedding hat. Some of the festive only staff will coordinate entrance via the Reece hats were homemade, others borrowed or purchased. Table center- • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the public Road gate. pieces featured floral “cakes” on glass cake plates. Items for sale include: ellipticals, treadmills, For a full inventory, visit www.ftmeadem- steppers, child care furniture, campers, Apple‘Get Your Plate in Shape’ focuses on healthy eatingBy Lt. Col. Sandra Keelin, easy-to-understand visual cue used to options, share with a buddy or save part that are high in solid fats, added sugarsRegistered Dietitian show Americans how to incorporate the of the meal for later. and salt should be used as occasionalU.S. Army Public Health Command recommendations of 2010 Dietary Guide- • Include physical activity into your treats, not everyday foods. March is National Nutrition Month. lines into every meal. daily routine; this, too, helps you balance • Reduce salt in your diet. Use the This annual campaign, sponsored by MyPlate uses the familiar image of a calories. Nutrition Facts label to compare sodiumthe Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics place setting for a meal to illustrate the five • Choose foods to eat more often. Eat in foods, and choose lower sodium ver-(formerly the American Dietetic Associa- food groups. The plate is divided into four foods that are nutrient-rich more often, sions of foods such as soup, bread, frozention), reinforces the importance of good sections — fruits, vegetables, grains and and make them the basis for meals and and other convenient foods.nutrition and physical activity. proteins — and includes a glass represent- snacks. These foods contain health-pro- • Drink fewer sugar-sweetened bever- The academy also helps consumers ing dairy products. moting nutrients such as potassium, cal- ages such as soda, energy drinks and sportunderstand how to implement the 2010 The simple key messages of MyPlate cium, vitamin D and fiber. drinks, which are a major source of addedDietary Guidelines for Americans. include: • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 per- sugar and calories in the American diet. The theme for this year, “Get Your Plate • Balance your calories by managing cent) milk and dairy products. • Drink smaller portions and substitutein Shape,” encourages Americans to return calories in with calories out. • Fill half your plate with a variety with water or other unsweetened bever-to the basics of healthy eating by consum- • Enjoy your food, but eat less. of colorful fruits and veggies (to include the recommended amounts of food • Take the time to fully enjoy your meal beans and peas). To help you get your plate in shape,essential for performance and health. by eating slowly. Eating fast or when dis- • Make at least half your grains whole check out the Super Tracker, an online This year’s theme coincides with tracted may cause you to eat more calories grains by substituting whole-grain foods tool where you can get a personalizedthe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s than you need. for refined. (Switch to whole wheat bread nutrition and activity plan.MyPlate, which replaced MyPyramid in • Downsize your portion sizes by using from white bread or brown rice instead of To find the SuperTracker or for moreJune 2011. MyPlate is the government’s a smaller plate, bowl or cup. white rice.) information about MyPlate, visit www.primary food-group symbol and is an • When eating out, choose smaller-sized • Choose foods to eat less often. Foods March 22, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  12. 12. C over S tory Photo by Senior Airman Marcy GlassNEWS 1ST PLACE:A father salutes the casket of his son on March 31, 2011 at Buckley Air Force Base,Colo., honoring Lance Cpl. Christopher Mies when he arrived home.Eye-catchingDINFOS names winners ofvisual arts competitionBy Jason KellyEmerging Media Manager Some of the military’s best photographers, videographers and graphic artistswere named during the Defense Information School’s 49th annual Visual Informa-tion Awards program held March 12-15. Professional photographers from local and national organizations judged morethan 3,000 entries from across the Department of Defense based on the entry’sstorytelling ability, technical quality, originality and creativity. Winners were named in three separate competitions: Military Graphic Artist ofthe Year, Military Photographer of the Year and Military Videographer of the Year. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock of the Defense Media Activity received hissixth Military Photographer of the Year honor. Navy Mass Communications Spc. 2nd Class Andrew A. Breese of DMA wasnamed the Military Videographer of the Year. Marine Corps Sgt. Shawn Sales of DINFOS was selected as the Military GraphicArtist of the Year. The accompanying photos represent some of the winners in the photographyportion of the program. Visit to view additional winning entries.14 SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012
  13. 13. Photo by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras PORTRAIT-PERSONALITY 2ND PLACE: Staff Sgt. Patrick Reynolds, Security Forces squad leader attached to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, fights racing water while holding onto a tow strap attached to an Afghan National Army vehicle stuck in the Lurah River in Shinkai District, Afghanistan, on Oct. 12, 2011. The ANA asked PRT Zabul for assistance because of the PRT’s vehicle recovery capabilities and the organizations’ working relationship after frequent joint operations in the Shinkai District. PHOTO BY SGT. SEAN HARP COMBAT DOCUMENTATION 2ND PLACE: Staff Sgt. Angel Alvarez, assigned to the Warrior Training Center on Fort Lee, Va., cocks back to throw a pyrotechnic grenade simulator into the sky during a night fire event for the 2011 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition on Oct. 5, 2011. During the event, warriors fired from the prone-supported and prone-unsupported firing positions while pyrotechnics exploded around them. FEATURE 1ST PLACE: LEFT: Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ken Swigart stares into the Grand Canyon on Dec. 13, 2011 at the location where the Flagstaff Community Toys For Tots organization delivers toys to the children of the Havasupai tribe. Swigart and Photo by Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III others join annually with U.S. Marines PICTORIAL 1ST PLACE: to deliver toys to the Native American An Army Ranger trainee gets “turtled” while repelling and can’t gain balance due to his 80-pound rucksack during the mountain tribe. phase of Army Ranger School at Camp Frank D. Merrill, Ga. Photo by Sgt. A.J. Parson March 22, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  14. 14. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community The event is sponsored by the readiness by providing employment • The JROTC Scholarship will be awarded“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All Garrison Chaplain’s Office. Chief of consultations/coaching, career classes and to highly motivated, community-mindedsubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis- Chaplains Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald assessments, and job search/interview- students to further their education beyond acretion and may be edited for space and L. Rutherford will be the guest speaker. preparation assistance. high school diploma.grammar. Look for additional community Suggested donation is $10 for civilian Advance registration is required for the • The Military Spouse Scholarship will beevents on the Fort Meade website at www. employees and service members with a free classes. awarded for academic advancement to and the Meade TV Blog rank of E-6 and above. • Military Spouse Employment motivated, community-minded individuals toat Seating is limited to 300 people. Support Group, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. further their education. For more information or to submit an Tickets can be obtained through the unit to 1 p.m., Potomac Place Neighborhood Application forms with all eligibilityannouncement, email Chad Jones at chad. sergeant major or noncommissioned Center requirements are available on the or call 301-677-1301. officer in charge. • Employment Orientation, March 29, 9 website at and at high For more information on tickets, call a.m. to noon, Army Community Service, school guidance offices. the Garrison Chaplain’s Office at 301- 830 Chisholm Ave. Network, improve job For more information, email Pat Hagerty NEWS EVENTS 677-6703 or 301-677-7842. skills, get tips from industry professionals. at • Get Ready!, March 29, 9 a.m. to noon, Blue ribbon event Army Community Service, 830 Chisholm Company Commander/DHR closure The community is invited to place Ave. Learn about job readiness resources through the Employment Readiness First Sergeant Course The Directorate of Human Resources a blue ribbon on a tree at Burba Park Program, Anne Arundel Workforce The Military District of Washingtonand the Military Personnel Division will in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Development’s Kick Start Program and Company Commander/First Sergeantclose Friday at 11 a.m. for a retirement Month on April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 Howard County’s Office of Workforce Course will be held April 23 to 25 at theceremony. p.m. at Burba Lake Cottage. Development, including websites, classes, National Defense University, Fort Lesley Normal operations will resume The event will include free hot dogs. job listings, employment support groups J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in LincolnMonday at 7:30 a.m. A proclamation will also be signed. and a tour of the resource center. Hall, Room #2212. For more information, call 301-677- • Resume Writing Class, April 3, 9 The course acquaints new andFreedom Inn change 5590. a.m. to noon, Army Community Service, prospective company leaders with some 830 Chisholm Ave. Get tips for creating of the challenges of command, and most All Fort Meade Department of Country dance night winning resume styles and cover letters. importantly, the avenues and resourcesDefense civilians and military retirees • Federal Employment Class, April 10, Club Meade is offering Country-Top available to assist them in solving orcan now eat lunch Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. Army Community Service, 40 Night on Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 addressing Soldier issues and concernsfrom 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the Freedom 830 Chisholm Ave. Learn to demystify the a.m. within the National Capital Region.Inn Dining Facility, 8502 Simonds St. application process for federal employment. No cover charge. A cash bar is MDW Regulation 350-5, Company Cost is $4.55. Customers must • Career Exploration Class, April 17, 9 available. Commanders and First Sergeantspresent a valid military identification or a.m. to noon, Army Community Service, For more information, call 301-677- Training, requires all Joint Forceapproved Fort Meade ID badge. 830 Chisholm Ave. Using various career/ 5298. Headquarters-National Capital Region/ For more information and updated personality assessments and tools, learn to MDW company commanders and firstdaily menus, visit achieve personal and professional success. sergeants to attend this EDUCATION • BRAC 101 Employment Training To participate, individuals should Orientation, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon, contact their unit S3 or the installation’sWomen’s History Month Military career advancement Soldier and Family Assistance Center, 2462 Directorate of Plans, Training,observance and college fair 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Learn about Mobilization and Security. new jobs coming to the Fort Meade area A final list of individuals recommended Fort Meade’s annual Women’s History in 2012 and 2013, and how to enroll to to participate in this training is due to theMonth observance will be held today from The Fort Meade Education Center will host a military career advancement qualify for them. MDW J/637 Office by April 4.11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training • Military Spouse Employment For more information, call MichaelCenter. and college fair April 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Support Group, April 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 Egly at 202-685-2910 or michael.egly@ Admission is free and open to the p.m., Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, or call David Stonepublic. Free food samplings will be served. Zimborski Ave. Topics will include Army assignments To register, call 301-677-5590. For at 202-685-1923 or email david.stone@ The event is hosted by Army Cyber more information, call Vikki Torrence or Army. with the Army Medical Detachment, the Chaplain Corps, the Criminal Jamesinaez James at 301-677-5590. The keynote speaker will be Michele Investigation Command and the Special Resiliency workshopS. Jones, director of External Veteran/Military Affairs and Community Operations Command; a career as OSC scholarships “Building Resiliency in Children andOutreach, U.S. Office of Personnel a warrant officer; the Army’s Green The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club Teens: A Workshop for Educators andManagement, President’s Veterans to Gold program; the Navy College will award scholarships for the 2012-2013 Caregivers” will be presented today fromEmployment Initiative. Program; financial aid; and U.S. academic school year in the spring. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Meade High For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. Completed applications must be School Media Center.Kah at 301-833-2011, Ms. Telsee at 301- Light refreshments will be served. postmarked by April 1. Registration will be from 2:15 to833-2002 or Sgt. 1st Class Bass at 301-677- For more information, call the • The Etta Baker Memorial Scholarship 2:30 p.m. The workshop is free, but6687. Education Center at 301-677-6421. will be awarded for academic advancement to admission is limited. deserving college-bound high school seniors. To register, call 202-650-7634 or emailNational Prayer Luncheon Employment Readiness • The Merit Scholarship for continued The Fort Meade National Prayer classes learning will be awarded for academicLuncheon will be held Wednesday at The Employment Readiness Program advancement to graduating high school EFMP workshop seniors and students currently enrolled in11:30 a.m. at Club Meade. helps the military community with job college. A workshop for military parents of16 SOUNDOFF! March 22, 2012