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Fort Meade SoundOff for May 10, 2012


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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 19 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ May 10, 2012 To the colors photo by jen ryndaA procession of more than 45 color guards opens the installation’s Memorial Day Remembrance and 26th Annual Massing of the Colors on Sunday at the Pavilion. Gov.Martin O’Malley was the guest speaker at the event, which also featured performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps as well as the U.S. Army Field Bandand Soldiers’ Chorus. For more, see Pages 12-13.reel fun staying fit UPCOMING EVENTSChildren compete Gaffney Fitness Center Friday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: Latin Night - Club Meadefor biggest catch updates schedule FRIDAY: Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center CLOSED with new classes Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m.: Mother’s Day Brunches - Club Meadein fishing rodeo May 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance - McGillpage 17 page 16 May 18, 6:30-8 a.m.: Joint Service Installation Run - McGlachlin Parade Field
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by Patuxent Publishing Co. file photo Advertising Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein (center left) and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Charles E. Smith lead 1,800 service members and civilians on a three-mile joint service run last Allison Thompson September. Resiliency Run focuses 410-332-6850 Michele Griesbauer 410-332-6381 on esprit de corps If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary By Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith fitness, endurance, strength, healthy-body com- 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. Team Meade, it’s time again for our biannual position and flexibility derived through exercise, Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the Fort Meade Joint Service Run scheduled for May nutrition and training. desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, 18 from 6 to 8 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. Emotional strength is demonstrated by Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. The focus of the run is to bring all leaders, approaching life’s challenges in a positive, optimis- service members, family members and the civilian tic way by demonstrating self-control, stamina and Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage workforce together for a highly spirited 3-mile good character with your choices and actions. 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 esprit de corps run or walk. Social strength comes from developing and will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Something new for all of our walkers: The maintaining trusted, valued relationships and garrison team has mapped out a 1.5-mile walking friendships that are personally fulfilling and fos- Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department route to ensure everyone who wants to participate ter good communication including a comfortable of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are has a chance to come out and demonstrate they exchange of ideas, views and experiences. 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 are part of the team. Family strength means being part of a family the Army of the products or services advertised. Everyone, even if you’re not part of a larger unit that is safe, supportive and loving, and pro- organization, is welcome to take part. We will vides the resources needed for all members to live find a group for you to join as you run or walk in a healthy and secure environment. with us. Spiritual strength requires strengthening a set During our previous run, more than 1,900 of beliefs, principles or values that sustain a person Team Meade members participated. Our goal for beyond family, institutional and societal sources You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at this run is to reach 2,000 or more participants. of strength. and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at The theme for this year’s event is “Resiliency,” We hope to see you on the parade field May 18, which is defined as having the ability to spring ready to take the challenge either by participating back from and successfully adapt to adversity. The in the 3-mile run or showing your support on the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program 1.5-mile walking route. Co n t e n t s outlines five dimensions of strength which, when improved upon, can support the strong minds and The Joint Service Run is a great way to demon- strate physical, social and even family dimensions bodies necessary to increase a Soldier’s ability to of strength during this rousing, postwide event. News.............................. 3 Classified.............................. 20 adapt to adversity and improve resiliency. The garrison commander and I enjoy sharing The five dimensions of strength are: physical, ideas and available information to the Team Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports................................... 17 emotional, social, family and spiritual. Meade community on a weekly basis. Please Physical strength means performing and excel- share this and always ask yourself: Who else Community.................. 14 Movies.................................. 19 ling in physical activities that require aerobic needs to know this information? SOUNDOFF! May 10, 2012
  3. 3. NewsRevised jogging route Co o pereplaces Courses trail rA Housing area ue ve ven nu b a ch A e ken RocBy Jason Kelly revised route will meet our community’s JOGGING TRAILEmerging Media Manager needs.” Stop / Turn-around point The closure on May 1 of the trail around One option involved using a utility accessthe former golf course — now known as the path that crosses Reece and Mapes roads asEast Campus — did not mark the end of the well as Llewellyn Avenue. The proposal wasroad for joggers and runners. rejected, Gibbs said, because of safety con- The Directorate of Family and Morale, cerns over joggers crossing the roadways. Parking lotsWelfare and Recreation opened a revised In addition, safety remains a concern Housing areajogging route on the same day. on the closed jogging trail, said Installation Coop The mixed-surface course begins at the Safety Officer Kirk Fechter, who visited thesame starting point as the previous trail at site this week. DISA er Avthe parking lot near the baseball diamond Despite signs and barriers posted at theon Mapes Road near Zimborski Avenue. entrance to the closed trail, unauthorized enueThe revised course, which includes a portion personnel, including joggers, have been spot- oad Reece Rof the previous trail from Mapes through theDefense Information Systems Agency, leads ted on the trail, which is part of an active construction site, Fechter said. Community Jogging Trail DISAto a turn-around point near the intersection “We’re just trying to keep them from risk,” Fort George G. Meade, Marylandof Rockenbach Road and Cooper Avenue. he said. “A construction area is high risk.” Main trail (One way) = 9,107 feet / 1.75 milesThe course is 1.75 miles each way. In an attempt to deter trespassing, the This is not the first change to the once 3.1 Directorate of Emergency Services hasmile trail, which originally formed a complete placed the area on special watch, said Lt. Coop Housing arealoop around the golf course. Col. Darrell Sides, director of the Director- In March 2008, approximately one mile of ate of Emergency Services. ethe trail was closed for the construction of Gibbs encourages individuals to use the r AveDISA’s campus, leaving behind a “C” shaped revised route and other locations on post suchcourse. More than four years later, DISA’s as the almost one-mile trail around Burba Former nuecampus, which includes its own jogging trail, Lake, the track at Mullins Field and the side- Golf Clubhousenow forms a portion of the revised route. walk around McGlachlin Parade Field. Parking lots DFMWR began to plan for a revised While Gibbs admits the alternatives areroute in March. It accelerated the process in less scenic than the previous trail, she believesApril when it was announced the golf course Fort Meade remains fortunate. Parking lots oadwould close May 1, said Wendy Gibbs, chief “A lot of other installations don’t have the es R Map Tayloof DFMWR community recreation. land [for a trail]. ... [The revised route] is a “The installation is undergoing a lot of good option for the people who want to be rgrowth and transformation right now,” said outdoors,” she said.Gibbs. “Just like forming partnerships with Depending on finances and other projects, Aven Parade FieldAnne Arundel County for our golfers, we improvements to the trail may include placing DMA uelooked at all the options available, includ- better signage, widening the trail and laying Leo Cooing working with DISA, and we believe this more compressed gravel, said Gibbs. Gri n p ard Roads to close for joint run ffin er A Wo Ave ven od nue ue The Joint Service Installation Run on May 18 will impact drivers from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Ave Sections of Mapes, Reece and MacArthur roads will be closed for the “Resiliency Run,” Club JOGGING TRAIL nue which will begin at McGlachlin Parade Field. Meade Tay Starting point Emergency Drivers should use the following alternate routes during the one-hour closure: Services lo • Access to west side of post: Use Route 32 gate. Ball field r Av Yo • Access to Defense Information Systems Agency and west side of post: Use Rockenbach Zim rk Road gate and road. d enu Parking lot oa Av • Access to Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center and surrounding areas: Use Mapes Road bor sR DINFOS e and Llewellyn Avenue gates. e en ap ski Road barriers and personnel will be used to control traffic during the temporary clo- ue M Ave sures. For more information, call 301-677-4719. To view maps of the run and alternate nu routes, visit e Courtesy of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation May 10, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsEnsure your teen’s summer AER campaignemployment is safe, legal surpasses $80,000 goalBy Joan Twigg • Talk to your child’s employer. Tell the man- The Fort Meade Army EmergencyKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center ager the hour limits you set with your teen. Relief campaign, which ends Despite the overall brighter summer-jobs pic- Watch out if your teen: Tuesday, has collected $80,371ture, teens who want a job should be aggressive • Is always tired and complains of not getting as of Wednesday, 100.5 percentand start looking right away. enough rest of its $80,000 goal. According to a new survey from Snagajob, an • Loses interest in school, academics and extra-online employment network, employers expect curricular activities, or has a drop in gradesto finish the lion’s share of summer hiring by • No longer has time for family and friends Communitythe end of May. • Displays a change in attitude toward the job Knowing the state laws that apply to youth (is reluctant to go to the workplace, or is fearful,employment helps parents guide their teen anxious, or stressed)toward a rewarding and safe work experience. Every year, teens are seriously injured onthe job or are victims of criminal assault. It Know the laws: • U.S. Department of Labor’s “Youth Rules” ( provides information on Crime Watchis strongly recommended that parents do not federal child labor laws. Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Servicesallow their teens to work alone or without adult • OSHA’s Teen Worker website ( Be involved! youngworkers) provides safety and health infor- May 2, Larceny of private prop- May 6, Larceny of private proper- • Talk to your teen about their job. Focus on mation. erty: Unknown person(s) by ty: The victim stated that duringchanges in duties, new equipment and supervi- Contact telephone numbers for local state unknown means removed the vic- the night while asleep, person(s)sion. departments of labor: tim’s unsecured and unattended unknown by unknown means • Talk to your teen’s teachers and ask them • Maryland: 410-767-2357 bicycle from a bicycle rack. entered through a unsecured bal-to notify you if grades, attendance or attention • Washington: 202-693-0200 cony door and removed fromdeclines. • Virginia: 804-786-2386 May 2, Simple assault: Both par- the living room area a Microsoft ties agreed that an argument in Zune, a pair of Sennheiser head- their vehicle turned physical when the phones, one Ninetendo console system Have you noticed an issue on post subject backhanded his spouse in the face and 10 Wii CD games. Trouble and wondered if anything is being with his left hand. May 6, Exceeded posted speed limit, done to fix it? Email concerns and driving while impaired by alcohol, driving May 3, Larceny of private property: The issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. victim stated she noticed that the window while under the influence of alcohol: A Ticket unit observed a vehicle traveling at a high mil. Each week, Soundoff! will screen in her kitchen was cut and her rate of speed and swerving multiple times iPad 2 was missing. address issues identified on post within the lane. Radar determined the speed to be 42 mph in a posted 25-mph and describe what is being done to May 3, Larceny of private property: zone. A traffic stop was initiated. Upon solve them. Unknown person(s) by unknown means contact with the driver, the police officer removed a government sign (identified observed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot as the Bethel Cemetery sign) from its and glossy, and there was an odor of an Issue: Plan: Status: original place. alcoholic beverage on his breath. The officer administered standardized field May 4, Larceny of private property: The sobriety tests, which the driver failed. The The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way driver was transported to the Directorate has deemed and marked so that it is functional victim stated that person(s) unknown removed two bicycles from her front of Emergency Services and submitted some play equipment at porch. The bicycles were unattended and to a breathalyzer test with result of .14 Burba Lake as unsafe unsecured. blood alcohol content. Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall Chaplain’s Word after the grass matures SABBATH TIME “Work when there is work to do. Rest when you are tired. One thing done in peace will most likely Connect with Fort Meade at be better than 10 things done in panic … I am not a hero if I deny rest; I am only tired.” — Susan McHenry SOUNDOFF! May 10, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsArmy cyber company activates at ceremonyStory and photo by Tina Miles “You can’t have a great unit withoutPublic Affairs Office great leaders, and I’m absolutely thrilled to780th Military Intelligence Brigade welcome a new company command team The guidon of Delta Company, 781st to our battalion.Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th MI “The commander of Delta Company,Brigade, was unfurled for the first time Captain Matthew Lembright, is a provenduring an activation ceremony on April 23 leader. He comes highly recommended byat the Fort Meade Museum. both his own peers and by a couple of The guidon was uncased by Lt. Col. his former battalion commanders, which IThomas E. Toler, commander of the 781st know personally. And through my personalMI Battalion, and the battalion’s com- interaction with Captain Lembright overmand sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. the last few weeks, I am positive he is theThomas M. Holycross. perfect man to command this company.” The guidon was passed to Capt. Mat- Lembright graciously thanked his supe-thew K. Lembright, entrusting him to care rior officers and staff for their trust.for and lead the unit as its first company “Today is not about me taking com-commander. mand; it is about us, Delta Company, “As a relatively new battalion, we are making history and coming into our own,”accustomed to a lot of firsts,” Toler said in he said.his speech. “However, today’s ceremony is Lembright then addressed his troops. Lt. Col. Thomas E. Toler, commander ofextra special to me personally because it is “What I expect from you is your utmost “Be proud of the reputation that pre- the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion,the first time I’ve had the opportunity to effort to serve the mission, the Army and cedes you. Be proud of the company we and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas M.activate a new company. This activation cer- the United States with everything you become today and the family that we will Holycross uncase and unfurl Deltaemony also is significant because it marks have,” he said. “It is my promise to you be.” Company’s guidon at the company’syet another milestone in the growth of the that I will give all that I have and take care The ceremony was immediately followed activation ceremony held April 23 at theArmy’s cyberspace operations capability. of you. with a reception in the museum. Fort Meade Museum. St Theodore Greek Orthodox Church Come Enjoy All Your Favorite Lasagna Dinner with Garlic Bread Foods • Drinks • Pastries • Milk • Shops 1139 Annapolis Rd. • Odenton, MD 21113 $7.99 410-674-0160 Not Valid with other offers or discounts. Expires 6/30/12 Fax 410-674-0162 Open 7 Days a Week! 2 Free Toppings Only two miles down the road in the Odenton Shopping Center with Purchase of 16” Pizza May 18 – 20, 2012 Three Brothers Catering Not Valid with other offers or discounts. Expires 6/30/12 14” Cheese Pizza Friday 11AM-9PM Saturday Sunday Noon-9PM We Can Deliver And Set Up For Your Party, Be sure to get tickets for our Raffle of the Gods For The Office, Home Or Business. $7.95 • Veggie Trays • Spring Chicken w/ Rice Pilaf Not Valid with other offers or discounts. Expires 6/30/12 for your chance to win Ravens or Capitals tickets, • Baked Lasagna • Deli Platters • Sub Platters Restaurant Vouchers… and more! • Chicken New Orleans • Wing Trays • 3 Foot Subs $5.00 Off • Baked Ziti w/ Meatballs • Fruit Platters any purchase of $25 or More From Regular Menu Live Greek Music Check for Our Specials Not Valid with other offers or discounts. Expires 6/30/12 Nightly with Odyssey Directions: TUESDAY NIGHT PIZZAS! FRIDAY PIZZA SPECIAL From the DC Beltway, take exit 22a Every Tuesday, All Day, to B/W Parkway (towards Baltimore). Buy 1 Large 16’’ Pizza, Take Greenbelt/NASA exit to Greenbelt Road It’s 2-For Tuesday Get the 2nd One 2.99 HALF OFF (193 east). Continue on 193 for 1.5 miles Buy Any 16’’ Pizza, Get a 2nd to Cipriano Road. Turn right onto Cipriano. Church is 2 blocks ahead on left 16” Cheese Pizza for $ Equal or lesser value. Neopolitan or thin crust Not valid with other offers or discounts. Expires 6/30/12. Not valid with other offers or discounts. Expires 6/30/12. St. Theodore Greek Orthodox Church 7101 Cipriano Road • Lanham MD 20706 PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR OUR ENTIRELY NEW MENU (301) 552-3540 • Visit us on Facebook or view our website for event news! www.threebrotherspizza.com May 10, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  6. 6. N ewsMeade employees earn silver, bronze in federal awardsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Fort Meade employees earned two silverand eight bronze awards during the 45thExcellence in Federal Career Awards Lun-cheon and Ceremony on May 4. The awards luncheon and ceremony, whichwas sponsored by the Baltimore FederalExecutive Board, was held at Martin’s Westin Baltimore. The annual event coincideswith National Public Service RecognitionWeek held May 6 to 12 and is the only fed-eral employee recognition event of its kind inMaryland. The Baltimore Federal Executive Boardhonored the outstanding contributions andaccomplishments of 245 federal employeesin Maryland with gold, silver and bronzeawards. Nominations for the awards were submittedby Federal Executive Board member agenciesand installations. Garrison Commander Col.Edward C. Rothstein is a member of the FEBboard of directors. “I like to think all of our employees are goldmedal winners, but the FEB awards highlightthe fact that we have outstanding employeesthroughout the federal government as the com- photo courtesy of the directorate of emergency servicespetition for these awards is intense,” said John The Fire and Emergency Response Team at the Directorate of Emergency ServicesMoeller, deputy garrison commander. “I would are winners of a silver award as the Outstanding Para-Professional (nonsupervisory)have liked to have seen more silver medals and Technical, Scientific Program Support Team presented by the Baltimore Federalmaybe a gold or two presented to Fort Meade. Executive Board.But the main point is that we recognized out-standing performance by our employees. So in tive example of efficiency on Fort Meade,” • In October 2011, Fort Meade firefightersthat regard, this annual awards program was a Thiel wrote, noting that Howard’s previous responded to a reported cardiac event at thegreat event, as it always is.” Contracting Command audit resulted in a Courses 15th hole. A second crew of firefight- The Silver Award for Outstanding Profes- excellent rating. ers assumed CPR chess compressions, whilesional (Administrative Management Spe- The Silver Award for Outstanding Para- a paramedic administered lifesaving drugs.cialist) was presented to Robert Howard, a Professional (nonsupervisory) Technical, Sci- While still performing lifesaving interventions,general supply specialist in the Directorate of entific Program Support Team was awarded firefighters loaded the man into an ambulancePlans, Training, Mobilization and Security for to the Fire and Emergency Response Team of and traveled with the paramedics to a medical photo courtesy of the armymore than a year. the Directorate of Emergency Services. treatment facility. A general supply specialist in the Christopher Thiel, chief of training for Lt. Col. Howard Yates, former director When the ambulance reached the hospi- Directorate of Plans, Training, MobilizationDPTMS, credits Howard for conducting a of DES, credited the Fire and Emergency tal, the man had regained his pulse and was and Security, Robert Howard is the winner100 percent inventory of equipment that was Response Team for its competence and com- breathing. He was eventually transferred to the of a silver award as the Outstandingworth more than $450,000 and was located at mitment in serving the installation and local critical care unit at the University of Maryland Professional (Administrative Managementfive separate training and DPTMS facilities. civilian community. Medical Center in Baltimore. Specialist).It was the first inventory of its kind in several Among the team’s accomplishments:years, even though the equipment had been • In February 2011, Engine 451 was dis- Bronze Award winners: • Outstanding Administrative Assistance/moved and there were no existing sub-hand patched to assist the Anne Arundel County • Outstanding Supervisor, GS-13 and Management Assistance: Dorothy Terry, sec-receipts. Fire Department with a large-scale brushfire above: Kirk Fechter, director of the Installa- retary, Directorate of Family and Morale, Due to his diligence, Howard accounted for that spread across a 652-acre area within tion Safety Office Welfare and Recreationall items, discovered $83,000 in undocumented the Crofton/Odenton community on Conway • Outstanding Supervisor, GS-12 and below: • Outstanding Administrative Work Group/equipment, which was added to the new hand Road. Mary McCauley, supervisory paralegal spe- Team, Safety Occupational Health Team:receipts, then split one receipt into three. Fort Meade firefighters were tasked with cialist, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Kirk Fechter, Tony Simms, Aaron Rowell, Howard is responsible for three separate extinguishing woodland fires in the western • Outstanding Professional (nonsupervi- Jenelle L. Ferguson, George Lawlerfund accounts and created a system to account area, protecting residential structures and sory) Technical, Scientific Program Sup- • Volunteer Service-Community Outreachfor all purchases in accordance with acquisi- ensuring the safe evacuation of all surround- port: John W. Nance, installation antiterrorism Individual Award: Robert D. Mogel, fire-tion and logistics regulations. ing residents. They fought the blaze for 12 officer, DPTMS fighter, DES In his nomination of Howard, Thiel said hours. No homes were lost during the fires, • Outstanding Para-Professional (nonsuper- • Distinguished Public Service Career:the results of Howard’s efforts have been and environmental damage was limited to a visory): Mark A. George, installation antiter- Charles A. Blocker, Emergency Operations“spectacular.” The system is now a “defini- minimum. rorism officer, DPTMS Center manager, (now retired), DPTMS SOUNDOFF! May 10, 2012
  7. 7. N ews KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRY Edwin Zaghi, DMDFirst Army screens Reservists for rabies PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • Infant Dental ScreeningBy Tim Shannon • EmergencyFirst Army Division East Public Affairs Appointments Spc. Kevin Shumaker, a cook for • Accepts Tri-Carethe 615th Military Police Companyfrom Livermore, Calif., died Aug. 31,2011, from wounds he received whiledeployed to Afghanistan. His injury didn’t come from a bulletwound, shrapnel from an improvisedexplosive device or mortar attack. Hisinjury didn’t come from a battle at all.His injuries came from a dog. When Shumaker, 24, was bitten bya rabid dog in Afghanistan, he becamethe first Soldier to die from rabies since Near1967. His death and the sheer number Fort Meade!of feral animals Soldiers come in con-tact with in Afghanistan prompted the Dr. Edwin ZaghiArmy to add rabies screening to its - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry;demobilization screening process. - American Board Pediatric Dentist; “Rabies is a serious infection of - Fellow American Academy ofthe nervous system and is caused by a Pediatric Dentistryvirus,” said Capt. Akil Rahman, FirstArmy Division East clinical opera- PHOTO COURTESY OF FIRST ARMY DIVISION EAST JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RDtions officer. “It’s transmitted through COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400 In Afghanistan, Soldiers come into contact with feral animals frequently. Uponcontact with the saliva of infected or redeployment, First Army Division East screens all Reserve Component Soldiers for www.dredwinzaghi.comrabid warm-blooded animals such as the rabies virus.dogs, cats, bats, foxes, skunks, raccoons,mongooses and jackals.” documentation of every Soldier-readi- years, before showing symptoms. The First Army Division East, headquar-tered at Fort Meade, mobilizes, trains, ness processing encounter in the DoD electronic health record. incubation period averages one to three months. REMODELED TO FITvalidates, deploys and demobilizes As part of the screening, individu- However, “once the signs and symp- YOUR LIFESTYLEReserve Component troops. The divi- als who meet the following criteria are toms of rabies develop, the disease ission demobilized almost 27,000 service advised to report for a medical evalua- almost always fatal,” Cersovsky said onmembers in support of overseas con- tion as soon as possible: the Public Health Command’s website.tingency operations, such as Operation • Those who had a possible animal One myth about rabies that theEnduring Freedom and Operation New exposure that occurred after March 1, Army’s Public Health Command web-Dawn, at three mobilization training 2010 such as a bite or contact with the site dispels is that animals with rabiescenters across the eastern United States saliva of warm-blooded animals includ- will always be foaming at the mouthin 2011. ing dogs, cats, bats, foxes, skunks, rac- and rabid or overly aggressive. Infected Although encounters with rabid coons and jackals animals may not always look or actanimals are rare, they do occur. The • Those who had no medical evalua- strangely.Army directed 100 percent screening to tion or incomplete/undocumented eval- Although rabies is fatal, it is pre-minimize the risk of deployed Soldiers uation, or an incomplete series of rabies ventable. The disease also is rare in thereturning from theater with the rabies shots following an exposure incident United States due to an active vaccina-virus. • Individuals who are not 100 percent tion program for pets. The vast majority “The death of this Soldier is very confident they received appropriate and of rabies cases in the U.S. occur in wildtragic, and we are taking actions to completely documented care animals like raccoons, skunks, bats andensure something like this does not “Soldiers don’t have to be bitten to foxes.happen again,” Lt. Col. Steven Cer- get rabies,” Rahman said. “If Soldiers In developing countries, however, thesovsky, director of Epidemiology and have an open wound and come into vast majority of human rabies cases areDisease Surveillance at the Army’s Pub- contact with a rabid animal’s saliva, the result of bites from rabid dogs.lic Health Command, said in a news they can contract the disease. It is “The best treatment is prevention home livingrelease. Chesapeake important that Soldiers identify all con- and post-exposure prophylaxis, which “In the aftermath of the Soldier’s tact with animals in theater.” includes thorough cleansing of the +death, we [First Army Division East] Additionally, First Army Division wound as soon as possible, timely com-were directed to screen 100 percent of East provides Soldiers preparing to pletion of a vaccine series and adminis- ChesapeakeHomeandLiving.comour Soldiers,” Rahman said. “We pub- deploy with information on preventing tration of human rabies immunoglobu-lished an order and had brigades con- rabies during medical-threat briefings. lin,” said Rahman. 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  9. 9. C over S toryGovernor pays tribute tomilitary and veterans atMassing of the ColorsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The nation’s future is guaranteed bythe sacrifices of the men and women inuniform who are willing to defend it. That was the message Gov. MartinO’Malley shared with an audience of1,150 people during the installation’sMemorial Day Remembrance and 26thAnnual Massing of the Colors on Sundayat the Pavilion. “We are fortunate to have been borninto the strongest and freest republic evercreated,” O’Malley said. “But its tomor-rows, its future is never inevitable. Its photos by jen ryndafuture is secured by the men and women Retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Moran laughswho are willing to step up — not in times at a joke by Gov. Martin O’Malley duringthat are easy, not when in their own per- the governor’s speech Sunday. O’Malleysonal circumstances it’s easy, but when paid tribute to active-duty servicetimes are difficult.” members and veterans, and spoke about The 90-minute event, hosted by the gar- the Maryland militia during the Battle ofrison and the General George G. Meade their respective colors. The Battle of Baltimore began Sept. 13, Baltimore in the War of 1812.Chapter of the Military Order of the “I think it was wonderful,” said Col. 1814, when Maryland militia withstood aWorld Wars, featured a performance by concert by the U.S. Army Field Band and Jeffrey Mascoll of the 200th Military 25-hour bombardment by British navalthe U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Soldiers’ Chorus. Police Command. “I have never been to forces at North Point.Corps from the Military District of Wash- During the massing, the MDW Armed a Massing of the Colors and Memorial O’Malley reflected upon the courageington, a reading of the preamble to the Forces Guard and more than 45 military, Day celebration before. It was great. The and commitment of citizens and citizenconstitution of the MOWW and a free civic and youth organizations presented governor’s remarks were right on point.” Soldiers who came together during the In his introduction of the governor, battle “in that deepest most patriotic Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. sense, the deepest most patriotic love — Rothstein acknowledged O’Malley’s com- the love of one’s home, of one’s neighbors, mitment to Fort Meade during the imple- of one’s city.” mentation of the Base Realignment and Throughout the bombardment, all of Closure process and his signing of the Baltimore’s lights were extinguished. The Fort Meade Community Covenant in only light was from the exploding shells November 2011. that lit up an enormous American flag still The covenant, Rothstein said, repre- flying over Fort McHenry on the morning sents “the promise of key partners based of Sept. 14. on trust and cooperation, a promise that “The thread that held that flag togeth- could not be kept without [O’Malley’s] er was the thread of human dignity,” leadership and dedication to our service O’Malley said, “the dignity of home, the men and women and their families.” dignity of country and the dignity of the In his remarks, O’Malley thanked the individual.” nation’s veterans and active-duty service The governor said the freedoms that members. Americans enjoy are not free. “Our country is only as strong as the “Previous generations have fought, have men and women who are willing to step worked, have invested, have died for the up in the present to defend the future and, quality of life that we enjoy — and it is when it is necessary, fight for her future,” not something that we should ever take he said. for granted,” O’Malley said. The governor also spoke about the “Our men and women in uniform doThe U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps perform during the Memorial Day upcoming bicentennial celebration of the not take it for granted. They are the coreRemembrance and Massing of the Colors on Sunday. The 90-minute event was hosted War of 1812, fought between the United of what makes us the strong, compassion-by the garrison and the General George G. Meade Chapter of the Military Order of States and Great Britain from 1812 to ate, caring, growing and generous countrythe World Wars. 1815. that we are, the country that we are going12 SOUNDOFF! May 10, 2012
  10. 10. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and Gov. Martin O’Malley enjoy the performance of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus alongside retired Lt. Col. John H. Hollywood, commander of the General George G. Meade Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith. LEFT: More than 45 military, civic and youth organizations present their colors at the annual event attended by 1,150 be proud to give to the next generationto carry forward.” Among those who attended were 16Boy Scouts from Troop 1299 of Balti-more, who camped Saturday night at theinstallation’s RV park. The event was thefirst time the troop attended a Massing ofthe Colors. “I hope they get an appreciation forMemorial Day and get exposure to thediversity of military and civic organiza-tions that they have here,” Scout lead-er Sidney White said. “Maybe this willinspire them to join the military.” Boy Scout David Lee, who attends theTalmudical Academy of Baltimore, saidhe was inspired by the ceremony. “I liked everything about it,” the 14-year-old said. “It’s a great way to acknowl-edge all the people who are still servingus today.” Briana Scott, 15, a sophomore at Fred-erick Douglass High School in UpperMarlboro, said the event was memorable. “We all came together and brought tolight how many were dedicated and puttheir lives on the line for our country,”said Briana, a member of the high school’sNavy Junior Reserve Officers’ TrainingCorps who helped post its colors. “It wasa good experience.” Editor’s note: Visit for photos and videos of the cer- Col. Timothy Holtan, commander of the U.S. Army Field Band, leads musicians in a 40-minute concert Sunday that includedemony. patriotic melodies and songs from popular movies. May 10, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13