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Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for March 29, 2012
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  1. 1. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Spring Break! It’s about balance, partnership, safety Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones starting April Chief, Command Information I say it all the time — spring break is noth- 6. You also Commander’s Philip H. Jones ing but goodness. know about coLUMN It is the time of year where we shake off our Annapolis, the Assistant Editor & Senior Writer winter doldrums and enjoy those things that Eastern Shore Rona S. Hirsch only nature can provide. and, of course, Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes For my children Sam and Emily and every the National Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz other student, including those attending one Cherry Blos- Design Coordinator Timothy Davis of the seven Anne Arundel County Public som Festival Supple­mental photography provided Schools on the installation, it is a time to put down in D.C. by Patuxent Publishing Co. down the books and give your mind a much- But, what if needed rest. At the same time, it gives families you are looking Advertising the opportunity to enjoy each other. for a cool place General Inquiries 410-332-6300 More practically, spring break provides me to let the kids Allison Thompson with an opportunity to talk to you about three play or to go COL. Edward c. 410-332-6850 things that are always at the top of my mind: for a walk, that Rothstein Michele Griesbauer finding balance, partnership and safety. also happens to Garrison Commander 410-332-6381 There is no underestimating the importance be right around of finding an appropriate work-life balance. the corner? Check out the Thomas A. Dixon If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail That’s especially true for Team Meade. Observation Area-BWI Playground off Dorsey Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through I know how hard you have been working Road. It has a play area and an 11-mile trail, Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and how easy it is to let that work take away and is easily the best place to watch the planes from quality time with your friends and fam- touch down at BWI. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the ily. Maybe you are spending extra time in the There are more opportunities like that on personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary office to finish a project that you do not think Page 15, along with countless others that we of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. will get done otherwise. Or you may be leav- do not have room for in the paper. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the ing the office, but still taking your work home Also, if you really want to stay close to desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, with you. home, we have the Fort Meade Museum, the Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. I know this, because I have to stop myself Courses, the Lanes, the new Kaboom! play- from doing the same things and remind myself ground behind the Post Chapel and, of course, Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage of the adage that you are supposed to work to Burba Park. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser live, not live to work. If you use our areas, please adhere to post will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Not taking the time for balance — whether regulations by keeping your pets on a leash it is playing some golf, meeting with friends and cleaning up after them. It’s courtesy and Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department or reading a good book — can have detri- the right thing to do. of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are mental effects. One, it increases your stress Finally, my battle buddy Command Sgt. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of level, which can lead to several issues, and can Maj. Charles Smith would get after me if I the Army of the products or services advertised. also make you a less effective employee. Two, didn’t take this opportunity to remind you to it takes away opportunities for you and your always be safe. family to take advantage of all the things that Regardless of whether you’re packing up are available in the area. the minivan to see family, hitting the beach That’s where partnership and Team Meade or taking advantage of the activities around come in. here, safety always needs to be at the front of You can also keep track of Fort Meade on twitter at One of my most important jobs as garrison your mind. and view the Fort Meade Blog at commander is to show the community what Dress appropriately for the weather, don’t we do and what Fort Meade has to offer. But drink and drive, and do not be afraid to call to truly live the motto that “Fort Meade isn’t someone for help are general rules to follow. about the fence line; it’s about the community,” I also encourage you to take a few minutes Co n t e n t s I also need to encourage you to see all that our community offers. And trust me, there is and read through IMCOM’s spring and sum- mer safety brochure, which can be found on enough out there for you to get two weeks, two the Fort Meade website or by following this News.............................. 3 News to Use.......................... 7 days or even two hours of balance. link: Most of us know about the Inner Harbor in Other than that, have fun finding balance, Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports................................... 22 Baltimore and the awesomeness that is Cam- and thank you for all that you do. den Yards, which is celebrating its 20th year Team Meade! Community.................. 15 Movies.................................. 25 SOUNDOFF! March 29, 2012
  2. 2. NewsParking solutions explored to alleviate shortagePolice issuing$85 tickets forparking violationsBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer With parking spaces becoming scarceat some Fort Meade services, includingKimbrough Ambulatory Care Centerand Gaffney Fitness Center, garrisonofficials are looking into options that willhelp alleviate the parking shortage. “The installation is aware that parkingis an issue, and we’re working towardssolving the problem the best that wecan, efficiently in a timely manner,” saidFort Meade Police Lt. George Manning,traffic supervisor for the Directorate ofEmergency Services. Some are attributing the parking issuesto the 2005 Base Realignment and Clo-sure, which brought nearly 5,700 employ-ees to Fort Meade. However, Fort Meade Transformationdirector Bert Rice said the installationplanned for the influx of employees relo-cating to the area. “We think we pretty well accommo-dated for BRAC agencies,” he said. When the new BRAC facilities werebuilt, agencies were told that there wouldnot be a parking space for every relocatedemployee. To ensure enough spaces for those photo by brandon bieltzwho work at the new facilities, agencies To curtail illegal parking such as these vehicles on Llewellyn Avenue across from Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, garrisonhave found alternative methods of trans- officials are exploring options to solve parking problems throughout the post.portation such as carpooling and shuttleservices. Some agencies — and now gar- two years during the construction of a Officials are also considering vacant the vehicles cause safety issues suchrison staff — have also started to allow new Exchange facility. (See the March and underused parking lots that can be as parking in front of fire hydrants, inteleworking. 22 Soundoff! article at utilized as additional options, but they access aisles that emergency vehicles use These strategies, Rice said, have assist- Es7 ) must “make sense for the installation,” or when a vehicle is parked too far ontoed garrison officials in preventing the Manning said the parking shortage is Rice said. the road.parking problem from becoming worse. likely to get worse before it gets better While the garrison works to resolve The location of No Parking signs are “If you have fewer people and vehicles, with more construction ahead. But Rice current parking problems, Rice said it dictated by Maryland state laws andyou don’t need as many parking spaces,” is working through possible solutions, also needs to look ahead to see how Army regulations, which stipulate wherehe said. with Kimbrough as a primary project. further installation growth may affect vehicles can or cannot park based on One effect BRAC has had on park- “We’re working with Kimbrough to future parking. proximity to features such as intersec-ing is the amount of customers at such alleviate the severe parking issues they “We have to be smart enough to know tions, crosswalks or stop as Kimbrough and Gaffney, said have over there,” Rice said. “We’re trying what’s going to happen in the future,” “If we have a sign put up for no park-Manning. real hard.” he said. ing, it’s referencing something; there’s a Garrison officials are actively search- Rice discussed several options includ- Lack of ample parking is not an excuse method to it,” Manning for solutions to solve those issues. ing shuttling Kimbrough employees from for parking in illegal locations, such as on Editors note: For more information about In addition, they are preparing to satellite parking lots to the facility. Ide- the side of Llewellyn Aveune or desig- Fort Meade’s Transportation Demandmitigate anticipated parking shortages ally, additional parking for Kimbrough nated No Parking areas, Manning said. Management program, including shuttles,in the summer when the Post Exchange will be within walking distance to the Fort Meade Police will issue tickets ride sharing and telework options, visitparking lot will be blocked off for up to facility. of $85 for illegally parked vehicles when March 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  3. 3. N ews Have you noticed an issue on post Community 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 23, Failure to stop was 44 mph in a posted 25- and describe what is being done to after unattended vehicle or mph zone. A traffic stop was solve them. property damage accident, conducted. A check with the driving vehicle without license National Crime Information and driving without consent Center showed that the motor- of owner: The Directorate of ist’s registration was expired Emergency Services was noti- and that his driver’s license was fied of a larceny of private suspended. The driver could not property. An investigation revealed produce his vehicle’s registration or that the juvenile dependent of the proof of insurance. victim took her vehicle and drove it to school without permission. March 23, Violation of a civilian pro- tective order, violation of a military March 24, Driving at speed exceeding protective order: The Directorate of limit, driving on suspended license, Emergency Services was notified of driving uninsured vehicle, driving with a violation of a protective order and expired registration: A unit observed a unit no-contact order. A unit met a vehicle traveling at a high rate with the victim who stated that her of speed. Radar indicated the speed husband had made contact with her. Construction Zone Ongoing construction and renovations on Fort Meade file photo Play equipment near the Boundless Playground is currently undergoing repairs. Seven scheduled projects may impact drivers: • Heritage Park: Shoulder work and lane closures on English Avenue, McKay, Upton, Washington, Estridge, Butler and Croft until Issue: Plan: Status: May 25 • 9800 Area: Shoulder work and lane closures on 3rd Cavalry Road, Love Road, Emory Road and Cochrane Lane until June 1 The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way • Reece Road: Ongoing shoulder work and lane closures from Jacobs has deemed and marked so that it is functional Road to Route 175 some play equipment at • Ernie Pyle Street: Ongoing shoulder work between 20th Street and Burba Lake as unsafe MacArthur Road • Leonard Wood Avenue: Ongoing shoulder work and temporary Community members Maintain a minimum of Golf operations will lane closure between Rock Avenue and Broadfoot Road have concerns about golf 18 holes at current site; continue through • Rockenbach Road: Ongoing shoulder work near the National course service availability in restoring golf operations May 1; The Clubhouse will Security Agency entrance light of Base Closure and on a site south of the remain open for catering • Rockenbach Road and Cooper Avenue intersection: Shoulder work Realignment from April 5 to May 11 installation is also proposed and conferences The schedule is subject to change due to weather or other circum- stances. Changes will be posted on Fort Meade’s Facebook page and Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is official website. Complex is in need of Sports Complex expected to be this fall renovations to allow grass to mature SOUNDOFF! March 29, 2012
  4. 4. N ewsWomen’s equalitycelebrated at postobservanceBy Mike Milord Women’s Empowerment,” Jones stressedArmy Cyber Command empowerment. Women’s history came alive March “We need to invest others with power;22 for more than 300 service members the ranks and titles go away,” said Jones,and civilians at McGill Training Center noting that she most reveres the titleduring the 2012 National Women’s His- “mommy.”tory Month observance hosted by Army “What are left are the future leadersCyber Command. that we have helped to grow by enabling The event featured retired Command others to perform and develop their ownSgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones, director of talents,” she said.External Veteran/Military Affairs and Jones reflected on a time when sheCommunity Outreach, U.S. Office of was asked to testify before Congress toPersonnel Management, who discussed answer a question about her opinion.her personal steps to success. “My opinion is irrelevant,” said Jones Spc. Paula L. Ashcraft, 298th Signal to the elected officials’ surprise. “My jobCompany, 302nd Signal Battalion, Fort is to tell you what Soldiers and familiesDetrick, sang the National Anthem a are telling me.”cappella, followed by the invocation On leadership, she said the test is whatfrom Chaplain (Maj.) Grace R. Hollis- the organization does while you’re away.Taylor of the 902nd Military Intelligence “Empower them to take care in yourGroup. absence,” Jones said. “What they do Representing Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Her- when you’re not looking is the best mea-nandez, commanding general of Army sure of how successful you are.”Cyber Command, Chief of Staff Col. Jones alluded to a list of leadership Photo by brendan cavanaughBrian P. Moore introduced Jones. characteristics she has developed during Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones, director of External Veteran/Military “Today we have an awesome opportu- her years in the Senior Executive Service Affairs and Community Outreach, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, holds up anity to hear Ms. Jones,” Moore said. “It and the Army. doll that she calls her “legacy reminder” during the National Women’s History Monthis important that we observe diversity to “First, the only ‘I’ is the individual you Observance on March 22. More than 300 service members and civilians attended theshare experiences and life’s lessons.” are selecting to lead,” she said. “Next, is annual event at McGill Training Center. At the onset of her message, Jones tapping into the individual’s talents andrequested a moment of silence “for those strengths. Third, knowledge is power was wrong,’ ” Jones said. “Then there is the faceless doll,” Jones said. “The wandAmerican forces who remain in harm’s when it is shared — empower someone the wishbone, to have hope and believe in is a reminder that we need to empowerway.” to grow and spread the seeds. Then edu- yourself; otherwise, it won’t happen. others.” Vowing to “speak from the heart,” cate through formal and informal ways “To combat the haters, the stealers, Moore, joined by Command Sgt. Maj.Jones described herself as “a recipient of — take the person aside.” those who are negative, the funny bone Roger P. Blackwood, Army Cyber, thenthe contributions made by women.” Jones also discussed the importance is a powerful tool. Rather than stay- presented Jones and Ashcraft with awards Jones previously served 25 years in of teaching, taking ownership, holding ing angry, learn to laugh, let it go. Go and Army Cyber Command coins.the Army and Army Reserve, growing people accountable, providing rewards around or over the obstacle.” “On behalf of Lieutenant Generalfrom a Soldier, acceding to the rank and confronting fear. The fourth part of the bones theory, Hernandez, Army Cyber and the Fortof command sergeant major and the “I have three daughters,” said Jones. “I said Jones, involves the tailbone and the Meade communities, thanks for yourfirst woman in Army history to serve as want them to be independent and make importance of not sitting on it. inspiring words today, and more so,command sergeant major of the Army sound decisions. That’s how we should “Nothing will happen unless you get thanks for your continued commitmentReserve. guide those who will lead in the future.” off your tailbone, take action and do and dedication of service to the men and “We have the opportunity to serve, not Jones shared her own fear of heights what’s necessary to be successful,” she women of our armed forces, their fami-because we are women, but because we and how she learned to confront it by said. lies, and our nation,” Blackwood saidare Americans,” she said. undergoing paratrooper training. In closing, Jones shared two items during the presentation to Jones. Jones attributed her success as a leader She then revealed her “bones” theory from her tool kit that she said helped her: After the presentation, Col. Olen Kel-to five tenets - loyalty, leadership, liberty, during which she asked the audience a faceless Soldier doll and a magic wand, ley, director, G-6 Army Cyber, praisedlife and legacy - and she encouraged the what they thought were the most impor- complete with a mystical tune. Jones’ presentation.audience to exemplify those traits in tant bones. “This Soldier is to remind me of our “Ms. Jones is an exceptionally moti-their own service. “Backbone is having the courage to legacy to help our men and women in vating speaker,” Kelley said. “She kept Citing the 2012 Women’s History stand your ground, to go against the tide the armed forces and their families, her promise to keep our attention. She isMonth Theme, “Women’s Education - when it is right, to say ‘I need help’ or ‘I without regard to who they are, hence very energetic and very accomplished.” March 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  5. 5. N ewsAWG Soldier awarded the Soldier’s MedalBy Maj. Sonise LumbacaAsymmetric Warfare Group PublicAffairs A U.S. Army Asymmetric WarfareGroup Soldier was awarded the Soldier’sMedal during a ceremony Friday held inhis honor at Fort Eustis, Va. Master Sgt. Joshua E. Powell, anoperational advisor for the AWG, waspresented the medal by Gen. Robert W.Cone, Training and Doctrine Commandcommanding general, for saving the lifeof a drowning South African soldier onSept. 17, 2011, while participating in thetraining exercise, Southern Warrior, inSouth Africa. “I am truly humbled and honoredby the whole situation,” Powell said. “Inever thought that it would mean somuch. I did what was needed to be done,to help a comrade in need.” Southern Warrior was a joint multi-national integrated exercise in which thescenario required special forces soldiersfrom Southern African DevelopmentCommunity countries to react to severalstrategic emergencies. Powell, among other AWG members,participated in the exercise to advise onvillage stability operations. According to Powell, on one particu-lar day of the exercise, the weather wasunseasonably warm, between 50 and60 degrees. Soldiers participating in theexercise were located ocean side on abeachfront. When the opportunity pre-sented itself, they went into the water towash and cool themselves off. One South African soldier, a non-swimmer, waded deeper into the water Photo by Capt. Jason Spaldingthan his comrades. Within seconds, the Master Sgt. Joshua E. Powell, an operational advisor for the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, receives the Soldier’s Medalsoldier was pulled deeper into the ocean from Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of the Training and Doctrine Command, during an awards ceremony on Marchdue to the strong current. 23 at Fort Eustis, Va. Powell was awarded the medal for saving the life of a South African soldier during a training exercise in “My first thought was, ‘This is not South Africa.happening,’” said Powell, who did nothave any previous lifeguard experience. swimming].” said. “There was a point where I believed than hardware.”“One minute we are speaking to [our Powell swam more than 200 meters. we were both in danger.” When presenting Powell with the Sol-South African comrades] about the sce- Besides dealing with the distance and While exhausted and cold, both ser- dier’s Medal in front of an audience ofnario, the next thing we are hearing is strong current, Powell said he was chal- vice members were in good health when his family members, senior military per-‘help, help.’ ” lenged by other obstacles: low water they made it to shore. sonnel and peers, Cone echoed Powell’s Powell noted that the current was temperatures, which made it difficult The South African soldier was grate- regard for living the Army Values.pulling the soldier deeper into the ocean to breathe, and the language barri- ful for Powell’s actions. In his own words “When I talk about valor, I believeand felt that something had to be done ers, which complicated communication he said, “If it were not for Sergeant First it’s a character issue,” Cone said. “Thedespite the turbulent conditions. So he efforts in telling the drowning soldier Class Powell’s bravery, I would have issue is there’s no time to think; eitherwent in to save the soldier. He said that what to do. drowned; I didn’t know what to do and you have it in your heart and soul tohis response to help by entering the He also was exhausted and over- I was scared.” do the right thing, or you don’t. And inocean was second nature. whelmed by the water he had swallowed Powell attributes his quick response this case, this tremendous noncommis- “As soon as I had seen and identi- by the time he reached the drowning to the values the Army has taught him sioned officer who certainly has it — allfied what was happening, I immediately soldier. throughout his military career. of the markings of one of the Army’sbegan removing my uniform,” he said. “I “The current pulled me under quite “Loyalty and personal courage,” Pow- finest NCOs — did the right thing tothought it would reduce the drag [while a few times before hitting land,” Powell ell said. “Life is always more important save a life.” SOUNDOFF! March 29, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsNews To UseCelebrating the Month of the Military ChildBy William Bradner children may need support, now more make and the support they provide to the strength ofIMCOM Public Affairs than ever. Many are dealing with a new their Soldier-parent(s) and families. our nation by The Month of the Military Child begins reality. Often added to their burden is The celebrations vary on each instal- contributingSunday. This year’s theme, developed by adjustment to a parent who’s returned lation based on resources, deployment to the strengththe Army Teen Panel, is “Military Kids: home with severe wounds, post-traumatic status of installation units and other of the ArmyHeroes for the Future.” stress or other medical issues. factors. They can be as simple as Child family. More than 1.7 million children have at “In many cases, the simple fact that Development Center events where par- The Armyleast one parent serving in the military. mom or dad is now home, and the fam- ents are invited to share at assemblies recognizes andAn estimated 900,000 children have had ily dynamic has changed, can have a big why their children are their heroes, or as appreciates theone or both parents deployed multiple impact in a child’s life,” Hamlin said. complex as a day of parades, carnivals sacrifices ourtimes over the last 10 years. Taking a moment to thank military and youth activities. children make “Now that troop strength in combat kids for their service and the sacrifices In many cases, garrisons combine daily, and isis being drawn down, there’s a tendency they’ve made during 10 years of conflict, spring festivals or other planned events committed toto just breathe a sigh of relief and think Hamlin said, is a simple way to remind to coincide with MOMC activities. maintainingthings will all go back to normal,” said everyone that as resilient as they’ve prov- The Month of the Military Child cre- excellence in schools, youth services andLisa Hamlin, director of Child, Youth en to be, our military children still need ates awareness of the service and sacri- child care to support our children andand School Services at the Installation our support. fices of our military’s children. It is an their families.Management Command. Garrisons around the world are devel- opportunity to thank children for their However, many child development and oping events and celebrations designed to support to our nation’s war fighters, and Editor’s note: For more information,mental health experts believe military recognize the sacrifices military children recognize the important role they play in visit March 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  7. 7. N ewsSix DHR retirees honored at luncheonBy Rona S. HirschStaff Writer When Almaria “Rita” Coates first start-ed working at the Directorate of HumanResources, Lyndon Johnson was president,the war in Vietnam was raging, Green Bay Wearing rosewon Super Bowl I, a gallon of gas cost 33 corsages, Talmacents and Elvis married Priscilla. Brayboy, Carol That was 1967. Now, 44 years later, Coates Jackson, Leliais retiring as chief of reassignments of DHR’s McLean, AlmariaPersonnel Strength Management, along with Coates, Cynthiafive other DHR staffers. Johnson and It’s not often that six longtime employees Viesta Williamswith decades of service retire at the same time are recognizedfrom an entire organization. So on Friday, for their decadesthe DHR bid a grand farewell at a three-hour of service by theretirement luncheon at Club Meade that Directorate offeatured an awards presentation, slide show, Human Resourcesmusic and poetry followed by dancing at the at their retirementBrass Lounge. luncheon attended “This is fantastic,” said Coates, who resides by 150 peoplein Annapolis. “I see so much love out there. I Friday at Clubam going miss seeing everyone. We’ve grown be such a great family.” Photo by Nate Pesce As the six women were escorted into theballroom and took their seats at a long table thing you earn by time, experience and wis- praise and anecdotes about each retiree. to ski in Colorado and Nevada and volunteerdecorated with balloons and votive candles, dom. ... The empowerment of these ladies is “You’re one in a million,” she said to in her community and church.the 150 people who attended — family, through that time, energy, passion and love Coates. “Your inspiration as a role model “I’m looking forward to spending timefriends and current and former co-workers they have for this community. and mentor will be missed.” together and traveling, and just enjoying life,”— stood and later applauded. “Thank you for all you have done. ... You Bernadine Bautista, lead tech for Strength said Johnson, who resides in Severna Park “It’s such a tribute,” said Cynthia Johnson have left your mark on Fort Meade every day Management, and retired 1st Sgt. Rod- with her husband, Roger, who will retire afterof Retirement Services, who retired after you came to work, 44 years on down.” ney Ramsey, who is replacing Coates, then 41 years with Anne Arundel County Public37 years on Fort Meade (35 with the Mili- As participants dined on ribs, fish and presented a framed photograph of Coates Schools.tary Personnel Division, including the past enchiladas, a slide show displayed images of bearing the inscription “The Cornerstone of Jackson, 69, who joined DHR in 1996,decade as a Retirement Services officer). “All the retirees at work and with family. MPD” that will hang in the office. will catch up on her reading and volunteer.37 of my years have been serving Soldiers, “This [recognition] is so much more than In his remarks, Deputy Installation Com- Williams plans to open a data processingretirees and their families, and I’ve enjoyed I ever imagined, above and beyond,” said mander John Moeller said this was the fourth business.all 37 years.” McClean, 56, of Owings Mills, who joined retirement ceremony he attended that week. “I like work,” the Odenton resident said. Wendy Messick, director of DHR, wel- DHR in 1992. “There are over 400 years of experience,” he But Brayboy, 63, drew laughs and applausecomed everyone to the bittersweet event Music was provided by “DJ Rich,” aka said. “You can’t just hire new employees who for what she will not do:honoring her staff. “It’s a sad time to say Richard Lee, chief of DHR’s Military Per- have that knowledge and experience. I don’t “I will never, never, ever work again.”goodbye to these stars,” she said. sonnel Division. “Almost 200 years of com- know what we will do.” The Temple Hill resident, who worked The group, who had signed up for the bined service, I feel like I owe them this,” Lee Then, turning to the retirees, Moeller said, from 1987 to 2010 in Human ResourcesVoluntary Early Retirement Plan, included said of the event. “You are and always will be part of the Fort Command in Alexandria, Va., said she willfour members of DHR’s Personnel Ser- After lunch, each retiree was called for- Meade family.” “travel some and enjoy my family and what-vices branch: Lelia McLean, retiring after 32 ward with her spouse and/or children and Retired Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Payne, ever life God has left for me.”years; Carol Jackson, retiring after 29 years; showered with awards, gifts and hugs. executive assistant to the deputy chief of After the presentations, each retiree wasTalma “T.J.” Brayboy, retiring after 28 years; That included a plaque from the Fort staff the Pentagon, recited the poem “Tribute given a moment to speak.and Viesta Williams, retiring after 24 years. Meade Civilian Welfare Fund; a Retirement to Old Glory” and presented a folded flag to “I’m not gonna miss you because I’m “Thank you for making Monday through Services pin and certificate; a Department Brayboy, a former sergeant who served in the going to see you again,” Williams said.Friday so enjoyable,” said Jackson, 69, to the of the Army Certificate of Appreciation for Army from 1974 to 1982. “I want to thank everyone I workedaudience. The Hanover resident has worked immediate family; DA retirement certificate; Among those who attended was Steve with,” Johnson said. “I can honestly sayfor the garrison since 1986 after working for a citation signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley; Ashley, a former colleague of Coates and it’s been a pleasure. ... And this has been aDefense Finance and Accounting Services on a brick from garrison command with the Johnson, who flew in from Maine. wonderful send-off.”Fort Meade for four years. retiree’s name and years of service for the “It’s great; they deserve it,” said Ashley, Coates delivered the final thanks. In his remarks, Garrison Commander Walk of Fame at Constitution Park; a black who retired in 2010 as Retirement Services “The grace of God has made it possibleCol. Edward C. Rothstein discussed a theme marble plaque with a gold clock from DHR; officer. “It’s the end of an era for the MPD for me to serve 44 years, seven months,” sheof last week’s Women’s History Month and a commander’s coin within a framed with Rita and Cynthia retiring.” said. “I’ve inherited so many families. ... It’sobservance — empowerment. photograph of the Roberts Avenue building Retirement plans vary for the group. While just so nice to have you all here. I love you “Empowerment comes by leading by where they had previously worked. all share a desire to travel and spend time all. And now my life is in God’s hands — allexample,” he said. “Empowerment is some- During the presentations, Messick offered with family, Coates, who is 70, will continue my dreams and all my plans.” SOUNDOFF! March 29, 2012
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  11. 11. N ewsAER offers new categories of assistanceBy Jason Kelly is to assist Soldiers and their familiesEmerging Media Manager establishing a household when their More emergency assistance for Sol-diers and their families is available quarters have no furniture. Help also is available to Soldiers AER updatethrough Army Emergency Relief. who lost their furniture in a natural Expenses for family-member dental disaster. The Fort Meade Army Emergency Reliefcare, basic furniture needs, and replace- Assistance for a replacement vehicle campaign has collected $13,935 as ofment and rental vehicles are covered helps Soldiers when the cost to repair Sunday.effective Jan. 1 through the program, their current vehicle is more than it is The goal is to collect $80,000 by May 15.said Wallace Turner, the installation’s worth. Each unit should have an AER representativeAER officer. Help for dental care, basic furniture who can assist with donations. “These new opportunities for assis- needs and a replacement vehicle is lim- Contributions can also be made with a credittance reinforce AER’s mission of the ited to $4,000. card online at taking care of its own,” he said. A rental vehicle for Soldiers who are For more information, call Wallace Turner, AER The additions were made to meet the on emergency leave or waiting for the officer, at 301-677-5768.changing needs of today’s Soldiers and repair of their primary vehicle is gener-their families, according to a statement ally available for seven to 10 days.released March 1 by AER National “AER also provides grants and inter- Assistance is evaluated on a case-by- the pay grades of E8, W3 or 03 do notHeadquarters. est-free loans for medical and hospital case basis and must comply with Army require the signature. Dental care eligible for AER assis- [expenses], emergency travel, rent, utili- Regulation 930-4, which governs the Blank forms can be downloadedtance includes diagnosis, fillings, crowns, ties and funeral expenses as well as loss program. on AER’s website at root canals, extractions, sealants and of funds and nonreceipt of pay,” Turner Applicants must complete AER Once the application is completed andemergency care to alleviate pain. said. Form 700 and have it signed by their approved, applicants can schedule an Basic furniture needs include beds, Last year, more than $700,000 was commander or first sergeant to verify appointment by calling the AER officecribs, sofas, chairs and tables. The intent distributed to Fort Meade Soldiers. they are on active duty. Soldiers above at 301-677-5590 or 301-677-5768.Longtime volunteer honors late husbandBy Lisa R. Rhodes dedication.Staff Writer Garrison Commander Col. Edward To celebrate her 95th birthday Tues- Rothstein, Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.)day, Louise Outlaw, a longtime Fort Sid Taylor and Missy Duncan, a formerMeade volunteer and Meade Area Gar- president of the Meade Area Gardenden Club member, paid tribute to her Club who worked with Le Roy Outlaw,late husband at a memorial site at Burba attended the dedication.Park Cottage. “It was very heart-moving,” said Out- Outlaw, two family members and the law, who attended the event with herMeade Area Garden Club dedicated a son LeRoy Brookins Outlaw and herheadstone at the base of a tree that was grandson Ollan McElligott. “I was justplanted by the club in 1995 to honor overwhelmed and highly honored.”retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Le Roy After the dedication, Outlaw joinedOutlaw. garden club members for lunch at Club The retired warrant officer, who died 1994, served in Korea and Vietnam. A member of the Meade Area Gar-After retiring from the Army in 1971, den Club for more than 30 years, Out-he volunteered with the Meade Area law has also been active in the Officers’Garden Club, the Post Chapel, the USO Spouses’ Club, the Retired Officers’and the American Red Cross. Wives’ Club and the Protestant Women The garden club planted the tree of the Burba Park Cottage to recognize In 2008, she was named the FortOutlaw’s husband for his years of com- Meade Lifetime Volunteer of the Yearmunity service. Outlaw said a bookmark for more than 45 years of service towas also placed on a limb of the tree in various organizations on post.his honor but was lost. Outlaw said she and her husband photo by Chris Thiel In memory of her husband, Out- became volunteers because it was how Louise Outlaw pays tribute to her late husband, retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Lelaw paid for a headstone by Hardesty they were raised by their parents. Roy Outlaw, with her son LeRoy Brookins Outlaw during a brief dedication ceremonyFuneral Home in Gambrills, which laid “It’s a part of life,” she said. Tuesday afternoon at Burba Lake Cottage. The headstone was placed in front of athe headstone at the site prior to the tree planted by the Meade Area Garden Club in 1995.14 SOUNDOFF! March 29, 2012
  12. 12. C ommunitySpring is in the airRegion offers fun spring break activitiesBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The start of the spring and Easter breakfor the Anne Arundel County PublicSchools on Monday means families will belooking for inexpensive ways to have fun. Below is a listing of family-friendlyactivities in Maryland, Washington, D.C.,and Virginia that can be enjoyed for free orat a reasonable cost until April 9. Enjoy!Maryland: • Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave.,Mitchellville Leisure Travel Services is offering aMonth of the Military Child special forall-day park tickets for $23 per personfor active-duty service members and DoDcivilians from Saturday to April 9. Tickets can be used throughout theweek and include a free, daily ice-creamsocial at the park from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at LTS, whichis located in the Outdoor Recreation The Nationalbuilding at 2300 Wilson St. For more Cherry Blossominformation, call 301-677-7354. Festival in • “We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off’ ” - Bowie Washington D.C.,Baysox Baseball Opening Game is just one of The Baysox opens its 20th season several activitiesagainst the Harrisburg Senators on April available to5 at 7 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium, families during4101 Crain Highway, Bowie. spring break. Tickets can be purchased at 313-7271. Washington, D.C.: and 9th streets. • Family Dance Jam • Baltimore Art Museums Advance reservations are recommend- Dance BMore, a professional dance • National Cherry Blossom Festival Baltimore features two free art muse- This year marks the centennial of the ed. The convenience fee for online res-company based in Baltimore, offers a free ums: The Walters Art Museum and Bal- ervations is $1.50 per person, althoughnight of salsa, disco and hip-hop danc- 3,000 cherry blossom trees given to the timore Museum of Art. United States by Japan in 1912. The trees, admission to all of the National Archiveing for parents and children on Tuesdays The Walters Art Museum is interna- exhibits is free.from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. which are located along the Tidal Basin, tionally known for its renowned collec- are part of an annual celebration until Reserved visits are available for guided The event is located at St. John’s tion of art that includes pre-dynastic tours Monday through Friday at 9:45Church, 2640 St. Paul St. at the corner April 27. Egypt, 20th-century Europe, Greek sculp- • Live performances a.m.of 27th Street, Baltimore. For more infor- tures and medieval paintings. Visitors can also wait in the generalmation, call 917-776-2728. Free and diverse music, dance, martial Located at 600 North Charles St., the arts and marching band performances public line for entry at any time, starting Walters is open Wednesdays through will be held Saturday until April 15 at at 10 a.m. until 90 minutes before closing• Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, at 7 p.m. until Labor Day.Ellicott City Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the information, call 410-547-9000 Washington Monument. For more information, visit www. The 337-acre park features a paved, The Baltimore Museum of Art holds Performances are held Sunday to walking, running and biking 90,000 works of art, including pieces by Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., and Fri- • The National Zootrail; a 54-acre, man-made lake; play- Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne and Vincent day and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Visitors can view sloth bears, fishinggrounds; and nine picnic pavilions. van Gogh. For a listing of performances, visit cats, red pandas, clouded leopards, small- The lake is home to variety of wildlife Located at 10 Art Museum Drive, clawed otters, a Japanese giant salaman-such as white-tailed deer, beavers, foxes, the BMA is open Wednesdays through • Documents of the Founding Fathers der, orangutans and giant pandas alongturtles, herons and many other bird spe- Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Visitors to the National Archives can the zoo’s Asia trail.cies, and is stocked with bass, trout, sun- Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to view the original Declaration of Indepen- All animal exhibits are open daily untilfish and tiger muskies for fishing. 6 p.m. For more information, call 443- dence, Constitution and Bill of Rights in October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admis- The park is open from 7 a.m. to 573-1700. the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom sion is free.dusk. For more information, call 410- at Constitution Avenue, NW, between 7th March 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  13. 13. F eatureTrucks move in asManor View Disposaldigs into next phaseBy Denise Tegtmeyer and Paul FluckEnvironmental Division The excavation of methane-generating buried trash at the Manor View dump sitebegan March 23 and remains on schedule. To date, 390 tons of the approximately 12,000 tons of buried trash have been safelyremoved and transported off post to an approved landfill. When the trash removal is complete, the site will be backfilled and leveled, leavingan open, flat field for future beneficial use. For more information, call the Environmental Office at 301-677-9854. Cleanup timeline • February to March: Site preparation (four weeks - complete) • March to May: Trash excavation, off-post disposal and backfilling (nine weeks) • May: Site restoration (two weeks) Ongoing: Air monitoring, methane monitoring; traffic, dust, odor and noise control; and public outreach activities Photo by Noah ScialomA contractor from ARCADIS enters the staging area at the 10-acre Manor View dump Photo by Denise Tegtmeyersite, location near the intersection of MacArthur Road and 2nd Corps Boulevard An excavator digs into the buried trash layer at the Manor View dump site on Monday.on Monday. The excavation, disposal and backfill of the site is scheduled to take The excavation is part of the remediation associated with methane gas safety hazardsapproximately nine weeks. Site restoration, which is expected to take two weeks, at the site.will follow.16 SOUNDOFF! March 29, 2012
  14. 14. F eature Photo by Denise Tegtmeyer Above: An excavator places trash that was buried at the Manor View dump site into a truck Friday to be hauled off post. Left: Crews begin the process of removing methane-generating trash near a vacated house by the Manor View dump site on Monday. Officials vacated approximately 20 homes closest to the site as a final safety precaution in 2005. Photo by Noah Scialom Once completed, the Manor View site will include safety fencing, new signs along 2nd Corps Boulevard and restoring the site to a flat grass field. The cleanup project is being carried out by the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental March 29, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  15. 15. N ewsTrue GritExpert speaks about resiliency in youthsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The most important goal of parentingis to raise children to be successful adultswho are happy, hardworking, compas-sionate and creative — and able to bounceback from life’s challenges. That is the philosophy of Dr. Ken-neth Ginsburg, a nationally renownedpediatrician and author, who shared hisstrategies on how to achieve this goalin “Building Resiliency in Children andTeens: A Workshop for Educators andCaregivers.” The workshop, held March 22 at MeadeHigh School, was sponsored by the Child,Adolescent and Family Behavioral HealthOffice at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Wash., and the high school. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, The workshop was one of three events a nationally renownedthat Ginsburg facilitated at Meade High. pediatrician and author, Before the afternoon resiliency work- shares his philosophyshop on March 22, Ginsburg spoke to on developing resiliencymore than 1,000 students about stress in youths during amanagement in three separate school workshop for educatorsassemblies held that morning in the audi- and caregivers on Marchtorium. 22 at Meade High School. photo by lisa r. rhodes The following day, Ginsburg led adaylong workshop on resiliency in mili-tary children that was targeted to mental Philadelphia and is an associate professor things they do right and for their commit- society and the world,” he clinicians. of pediatrics at the University of Pennsyl- ment to integrity. Helping children see their own self- Many of the educators and caregivers vania School of Medicine, said this can be The key to helping young people is worth and encouraging them to becomewho attended the March 22 resiliency achieved by instilling what he calls “The to see them as problem-solvers, not as problem-solvers also means not breakingworkshop were also parents, so Gins- 7 Cs: The Essential Building Blocks of problems. their spirit, Ginsburg said.burg tailored his presentation to fit their Resilience.” “When we see them as experts in their “When I make a human being feel badneeds. These building blocks are competence, own lives, we are facilitators who help about themselves, they are paralyzed,” he Ginsburg used humor and real-life confidence, connection, character, contri- them come up with their own solutions,” said. “When we focus on the problem,scenarios to help the audience under- bution, coping and control. he said. “When kids own their own solu- kids feel ashamed and do worse.”stand how they can foster resiliency and Ginsburg said adults can do real harm tions, they learn that they matter.” Ginsburg said that while adults shouldself-esteem in youths without damaging to children when they praise them only for In addition to his work as a pediatri- not ignore the risks of drugs, teenagetheir spirit. their intelligence and their accomplish- cian and educator, Ginsburg is also the pregnancy, violence and other social While resiliency is not a character trait ments. This was done by many parents director of Health Services at Covenant problems when dealing with youths, they- something that a person is born with - and caregivers two decades ago. House Pennsylvania, an agency that can help young people redirect negativeGinsburg said it can be encouraged with “We made everyone feel unique and serves homeless and marginalized youth behavior by emphasizing their strengthsa foundation of unconditional love and special,” Ginsburg said. in Philadelphia. and helping them devise their own planhigh expectations. The problem is that “sometimes, life is In counseling youths who are gang for getting back on the right track. “Resilience is the ability to overcome awful,” Ginsburg said, “and when chil- members, drug addicts and prostitutes, “They have to understand that theyadversity,” he said. “It is a mindset — do dren didn’t feel special, they fell apart.” Ginsburg said he has found that service have value and it has to come from youryou see a hardship as a catastrophe or as Children also should be praised for opportunities are most effective in helping heart,” Ginsburg opportunity to change?” their effort in life so they can build young people find purpose in their lives. Mary Vincitore, the parent of a teenage Ginsburg said it is important that important skills and become competent, “Making a contribution is the ultimate daughter, said the workshop validatedchildren grow up to be generous and Ginsburg said, noting that adults can act of resilience,” Ginsburg said. “When what she is doing right as a parent andcompassionate and “have the empathy to undermine children when they don’t allow you’re going through a rough time, help- highlighted areas that need repair the world.” them to pick up the pieces after a disap- ing someone else makes you feel good.” “Instead of praising for intelligence But children must also have “tenacity pointment. Ginsburg said service helps young peo- and that everything should be easy —and grit,” he said. Rather than focusing too much on intel- ple understand their self-worth. that’s really challenging for me,” she said. Ginsburg, who specializes in adolescent ligence, Ginsburg said children should be “We need every kid to have a plan to “How to really build self-esteem is hardmedicine at the Children’s Hospital of praised for their character — for the commit to helping the neighborhood, to practice.”18 SOUNDOFF! March 29, 2012