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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 1 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ January 10, 2013 The iTeam photo by SGT. Venessa HernandezGeralyn Skasko, a second-grade teacher at Manor View Elementary School, and her class show off their new iPads. The school received 23 new iPads and an iPad cartthrough a $15,000 grant from the Target Corporation last November. For the story, see Page 12.soldier hero homecoming UPCOMING EVENTS200th MP NCO 1917 log cabin returns Today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: “A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration” - McGillhonored at Army to Fort Meade after 90 Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: USO Center grand opening & ribbon cutting - Bldg. 8612 years in Valley Forge, Pa. Jan. 17, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The LanesAll-American Bowl Jan. 18, 7-10 p.m.: Lounge Party - The Lanespage 16 page 3 Jan. 18, 6:30-10 p.m.: CYSS Parents’ Night Out
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Happy New Year! ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter It’s the beginning of a new year and like so or area for any Public Affairs Officer many of you, I’ve had an opportunity to think reason. Service Chad T. Jones about resolutions and commitments that I would members who Chief, Command Information like to take on this year. go to these estab- Philip H. Jones I normally don’t announce my New Year reso- lishments can be lutions, but this year I feel it’s important to share subject to “nega- Assistant Editor & Senior Writer them with you. tive administra- Rona S. Hirsch As garrison commander, I want you to know tive or personnel Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes my primary resolution is to continue to build on actions” for vio- Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz the progress that we, Team Meade, accomplished lating a lawful Design Coordinator Timothy Davis over the past year. order. Supple­mental photography provided I am determined to continue promoting and This admin- COL. Edward c. by Patuxent Publishing Co. building wellness and resiliency programs that istrative action Rothstein Garrison Commander meet the demand of Fort Meade service members only applies to Advertising and their families. I want all service members and active-duty military service members. Family General Inquiries 410-332-6300 their families to know about behavioral health members are not part of the restriction. However, Allison Thompson services and support options available on post. I encourage service members to share this infor- 410-332-6850 I am also determined to use all the resources mation with their family members. Michele Griesbauer available to help me protect service members and (The full list of off-limits establishments or 410-332-6381 their families. The safety and security of our post areas are available at community is my top priority. frequentlyrequestedlinks.) If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are Our police and force protection personnel are In addition to spice, the AFDCB will identify experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail responsible for many initiatives and measures that establishments and investigate reports of service Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through help ensure the safety of the community, includ- members being sold bath salts, another synthetic Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. ing random patrols in marked and unmarked drug such as spice that is touted as a legal high Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the vehicles and foot patrols in the housing neighbor- and has gained popularity because it is undetected personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary hoods and other areas on post. in urine tests. of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday Another resource I use to protect service mem- Spice has been banned by the Department of except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. bers and their families is the Fort Meade Armed Defense since 2010. And while there is no specific Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the Forces Disciplinary Control Board. regulation restricting bath salts use, I want service desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. The AFDCB provides the garrison commander members and their families to know that bath with a tool to identify, investigate, report and act salts are a scary drug and its users can suffer from Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage on conditions within the Fort Meade community anxiety, depression, hallucinations, delusions, without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, that in any way adversely affects the health, safety, tremors and seizures. user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser welfare, morale and discipline of the armed forces The bottom line: the military has a zero toler- will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. and their families. ance policy regarding the use of synthetic drugs. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department Last week I added two local gas stations to the I will use every resource available to me to enforce of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are installation’s list of off-limit areas and establish- this policy and help protect our service members not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance ments: the Exxon stations - 7898 Ridge Road in and their families. of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Hanover and 1318 Annapolis Road in Odenton. This is just another effort, on my part, to the Army of the products or services advertised. These businesses were placed on the list of remain committed to promoting and building off-limit establishments because they have sold wellness and resiliency; to keep the Fort Meade synthetic marijuana, aka SPICE, to members of community safe; and to provide a safe and secure the Fort Meade community. The AFDCB recommended that the businesses environment for service members and their fami- lies. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at be added to the list after the board met in October We had a great year last year and I look forward and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at because they posed a threat to the good order and to our continued success in 2013. I’m sure that by discipline of the Fort Meade community. working together, we can continue to make Fort Service members assigned to Fort Meade are Meade a great place to work, live and play. barred from going to any off-limits establishment Have a great week! Co n t e n t s News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 16 Follow Fort Meade Crime Watch.................. 4 Movies.................................. 19 at Community.................. 14 Classified.............................. 20 SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013
  3. 3. NewsFort Meade log cabin returns home after nine decadesBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer The last time it was on Fort Meade,the 314th Infantry Regiment’s cabinprobably sat somewhere on the old golfcourse. But when it came back to theinstallation last fall after decades at Val-ley Forge, Pa., the structure resembled apile of Lincoln Logs. The century-old cabin was transport-ed in pieces to Fort Meade beginningOct. 26, with the final logs dropped offon Nov. 2. The disassembled cabin willbe rebuilt near the Fort Meade Museumand used as a community activity cen-ter for the Directorate of Family andMorale, Welfare and Recreation. Through the Descendants and Friendsof the 314th, the Washington MemorialChapel in Valley Forge gifted the cabinto Fort Meade. “It is now going to be returned to anactive-duty post,” said Barbara Taylor,Fort Meade Museum exhibits special-ist. “It is a veteran coming home to doservice for active duty.” Initially built in 1917 by the Soldiersof the 314th Infantry Regiment of the79th Division American ExpeditionaryForces, the cabin was constructed usingtrees from the forest that surroundedthe post, then known as Camp Meade.With construction material scarce in thedesolate camp, spikes were hammeredout of horseshoes and door hinges were photo courtesy of Descendants and friends of the 314th Infantryshaped from wagon tires. While the exact location of the cabin’s An officer stands outside the 314th Infantry Regiment’s cabin at Camp Meade in 1918. The cabin, which was moved in 1922 tooriginal site is unknown, it is believed Valley Forge, Pa., was transported back to Fort Meade last November and will be reconstructed to serve as a community activity— based on old maps and photos — that center.the cabin was built on what later becamethe Courses. In France, the Soldiers were heavily fell through, Fort Meade came into the in the cabin at Valley Forge, were given “[The Directorate of Public Works] involved in the Meuse Argonne Offen- picture as its new home. The process to to the installation. The large collectiontook a map of everything we have today sive and remained in Europe until Armi- move the cabin to Fort Meade began contains enemy machine guns, war arti-and overlaid a map from 1917 over stice Day on Nov. 11, 1918. three years ago after Taylor met Shetler facts, trench art and, and then they looked for where the Soldiers returned home in May 1919 at a World War I seminar. Most of the materials will be con-building would be,” said Chris Thiel, and were discharged. Shortly after the “Their descendants would like to see served and displayed in the Fort Meadechief of training for the Directorate war ended, the cabin was transported, the cabin returned to Fort Meade,” Thiel Museum, but some will be placed backof Plans, Training, Mobilization and log by log and stone by stone, to Valley said. “It’s kind of returning it to where in the cabin.Security. Forge by rail. It was rebuilt on top of a it came from.” “We have a few artifacts that can with- “One of the 314th Infantry asso- hill and dedicated on Sept. 30, 1922 as a The cabin was then disassembled and stand cabin environment because it’s notciation members brought us a big unit memorial for the Soldiers who lost their moved to Fort Meade by truck at no going to be humidity controlled,” Taylorpicture and it looks like it was right in lives in Argonne. charge to the installation. It is currently said. “Certain artifacts that wouldn’t befront of the chow hall. So we were able John Shetler, president of the Descen- being stored in a warehouse. affected by humidity, like some wroughtto identify that and some of the other dants and Friends of the 314th Infantry, The goal is to have the facility recon- iron, original lamp fixtures, those are allbuildings around it, and we think we said that for several years the third structed by the summer. Shetler said going to stay with the cabin.”have it pinpointed where it was.” generation of the organization was look- that the group hopes to make a trip With the cabin and artifacts now in Before the 314th was deployed during ing for a new location to preserve the to Fort Meade once the cabin is fully possession of Fort Meade, the museumWorld War I to France in 1918, the cabin cabin. reconstructed. staff is eager to get the materials sortedserved as an officers club and assembly Initially, the cabin was going to be part “We would love to see it,” he said. and the cabin erected.hall for the members of the unit trained of the Carlisle Barracks’ Army Heritage In addition to the log cabin, the 314th’s “I can hardly stand it I’m so excited,”at Camp Meade. Trail in Pennsylvania. But when the plan collection of artifacts, which were stored Taylor said. January 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsDINFOS names Civilian of the Year employeeBy Navy Seaman Apprentice While DINFOS prides itself on these tics, maintenance, construction and many formance and a supervisor’s nomination.Taylor L. Jackson highly trained instructors, it also recog- other tasks that help keep the school run- Mikel Griffith, director of Logistics atDINFOS Intern nizes the civilians who work to make this ning efficiently. DINFOS and Foster’s supervisor, submit- The Defense Information School is the school great. The civilian members of the DINFOS recognizes the important ted the nomination for Foster.Department of Defense’s premier training DINFOS staff play a tremendous role in contributions of its civilian members “He’s in charge of the building as wellenvironment for both military and civilian various aspects of the school’s operation throughout the year and has created the as the new expansion that’s being built,”public affairs specialists. including information technology, logis- Civilian of the Quarter and Civilian of Griffith said. “His work ethic can’t be the Year awards to show appreciation for compared. He bleeds this building.” their excellent performance. When asked his thoughts on receiving The Civilian of the Year for 2012 is the award, Foster said he was surprised. Linn Foster. Everything that happens in this building Foster has been a DINFOS employee is the result of a team effort, he said, since January 1997. He works as the and nothing could happen without the facilities manager and is responsible for collaboration of every department at the ensuring the overall maintenance of the school. building. “I’m not sure why I was picked, but Foster and his team, alongside the I’m honored that I was,” Foster said. “I’m Corps of Engineers, are preparing to just another person within the team that break ground on a new expansion to works to get things done.” DINFOS. Because of his efforts and those of all The Civilian of the Year is chosen the members of the DINFOS team, the from the four winners of Civilian of the school is able to train more than 3,000 Quarter. Foster was named Civilian of the students each year. Quarter for the first quarter of 2012. So what happens next for the Civilian The other nominees for Civilian of the of the Year? Year were Cathy Jewitt, Scott Wakefield Foster said he will continue his work at and Mary O’Shea. DINFOS for as long as he can. According to the official guidelines “I think I’m going to stay here until for Civilian of the Year, the winners are they kick me out,” he said with a smile. picked based on professionalism, attitude, Foster said he is doing what he loves courtesy, self-development, overall per- and that’s what really matters. Community Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Dec. 12, Possession of drug para- Dec. 22, Assault: The Directorate of phernalia: An investigation revealed Emergency Services was notified of a that an officer observed empty plastic possible domestic disturbance in progress. bags containing suspected marijuana An investigation revealed that a husband residue while conducting a routine and his wife entered into a verbal alterca- inspection of the subject’s vehicle. tion, which turned physical when the wife Further investigation revealed a small hit and scratched the husband, who in plastic bag and two clear bottles in turn pushed her into a wall and door. a backpack. All items contained residue of a green, leafy substance. A field test was con- Dec. 24, Theft of private property: The victim ducted of the residue, which tested positive for stated she arrived home and left her wallet in the presence of THC (the active chemical in the open in the center console of her vehicle, cannabis). which was unsecured. When she went to retrieve the wallet, it was not in her car. Dec. 13, Possession of marijuana: The Direc- Photo by Spc. Joseph Joynt torate of Emergency Services was notified of Dec. 25, Assault: The Directorate of Emergency possible drugs and paraphernalia in a vehicle Services was notified of a possible runawayLinn Foster, facility manager for the Defense Information School, displays his 2012 at the Gate 7 inspection area on Route 32. AnCivilian of the Year award in the Hall of Heroes at DINFOS on Tuesday. Behind him juvenile. An investigation revealed that the investigation revealed drug paraphernalia and subject and his son were involved in a verbalare fellow nominees and recipients of the Civilian of the Quarter Award for 2012: Mary residue that tested positive for THC. altercation, which turned physical when theO’Shea, course developer; Cathy Jewitt, DINFOS regristrar; and Scott Wakefield, video subject struck his son with a closed fist.skills instructor. SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013
  5. 5. N ews Xtra parking Walbridge construc- tion company has completed the demoli- tion of the PXtra at the Exchange. Work- ers are now beginning to turn the space into a temporary parking lot that will fit approxi- mately 200 vehicles. The lot will serve as the main parking area for the new 167,000- square-foot Exchange, which is being con- structed on the cur- rent parking lot. photo by brandon bieltzSocial Security is more than a retirement programBy Wendy Poulson get Social Security disability benefits. Myth 3: If I work after I retire, I’ll be it will re-compute your monthly benefitSocial Security Manager About 6.5 million dependents of penalized. amount when you reach full retirement ageGlen Burnie deceased workers (including 2 million to account for those months benefits were Once you reach your full retirement age, Like any other successful and long- children) receive Social Security survivors withheld. there is no penalty and no limit on thestanding program or organization, there benefits. There is no limit on earnings for workers amount you can earn.are a number of myths surrounding Social at full retirement age or older for the entire Myth 2: I don’t need to save because You can determine your full retirementSecurity. year. Social Security will take care of me age by visiting Some are grounded in truth but just when I’m retired. ed.htm. The earnings limit for workers who Myth 4: To apply for benefits or doslightly misconstrued. Others are completely are younger than full retirement age — age business with Social Security, I needout of line with the truth. Social Security was never intended to be a 66 for people born in 1943 through 1954 — is to go to an office. person’s sole income in retirement. It should $15,120 in 2013. (Social Security deductsMyth 1: Social Security is just a be combined with pension income and per- Not only is this false, but we encourageretirement program. $1 from benefits for each $2 earned over sonal savings and investments. $15,120.) you to do business with us the most conve- Social Security is more than a retirement Your Social Security Statement, available The earnings limit for people turning 66 in nient and fastest way: at It provides benefits to retirees, at, is a great 2013 is $40,080. (Social Security deducts $1 At the website, you can apply for benefits,survivors and people with disabilities who place to get an idea of what to expect during from benefits for each $3 earned over $40,080 use the Retirement Planner, get an estimatecan no longer work. retirement. until the month the worker turns age 66.) of your benefits, request a replacement Almost seven million disabled workers You also can visit our Retirement Estima- Keep in mind that if Social Security with- Medicare card and get answers to yourand nearly two million of their dependents tor at holds some of your benefits due to work, questions. SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013
  6. 6. N ewsArmy Cyber Command conducts first change of responsibilityStory and photo by Mike MilordArmy Cyber Public Affairs Army Cyber Command notched anotherentry into its expanding history on Dec. 17when Headquarters and Headquarters Com-pany, Army Cyber, conducted its first changeof responsibility. During the ceremony at McGill TrainingCenter, 1st Sgt. Kristen A. Anderson assumedresponsibility from 1st Sgt. Scottie L. Jarrett. “This is an historic event,” said CommandSgt. Maj. Roger P. Blackwood, Army Cyber,presiding official and master of ceremonies.“Change of responsibility for the first ser-geant is symbolic, representing the unbrokenchain of noncommissioned officer leader-ship.” Blackwood spoke about Jarrett’s role inhelping grow the command, which activatedOct. 1. “1st Sergeant Jarrett had a formidabletask as HHC’s very ‘first’ first sergeant whoserved honorably helping Army Cyber grow,”Blackwood said. For the incoming first sergeant, Blackwoodsaid: “This duty takes a unique style of leader-ship able to work with Soldiers and [Depart-ment of Army] civilians. We are fortunate togain the proven leadership that 1st SergeantAnderson brings from her previous opera-tions experience of working with Army CyberSoldiers and Department of the Army civil-ians.” With that, Jarrett called the formation toattention. The new first sergeant posted andaccepted the change of responsibility. “Today is not about me or 1st SergeantAnderson; it’s about the future of the com- 1st Sgt. Kristen A. Anderson salutes and accepts responsibility as the new first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquartersmand and the change we must go through,” Company, Army Cyber Command, during a ceremony held Dec. 17 at McGill Training Center.Jarrett said. “We started with roughly 50Soldiers and 50 civilians. Now we have more headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., command- During a brief reception after the ceremo- ing recommendations to the commander,”than 150 Soldiers and 200 civilians.” ed by Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez, and a ny, Anderson reflected on her new role. Anderson said. “My first priority in the new Army Cyber Command is staffed at two support staff at Fort Meade overseen by Col. “I am looking forward to leading the Sol- year is to help prepare for an intense inspec-metropolitan Washington locations, with the Scott E. Sanborn, chief of staff. diers of the HHC, assessing the unit and mak- tion in February.” Regular Pap test can change those numbers and save lives. Here’s what you need to know about cervical cancer: 8. There’s a vaccine to protect you from the most dangerous HPVs. 9. A Pap test is quick, easy and painless. prevent cervical cancer 1. Cervical cancer is preventable. 2. Regular Pap tests can catch abnormal cells 10. There’s no cost to you as a TRICARE benefi- ciary when you see a network provider. TRICARE By Mark DeVaughn before they turn into cervical cancer. covers Pap tests from a network provider for women Health Net Federal Services 3. Cervical cancer is slow growing. On average, it older than age 18. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. takes 10 years to develop. Make a commitment today. If you need your Health Net Federal Services wants every woman in 4. Women in their 40s and 50s are at the greatest screening, call your provider. If you’re current on the TRICARE North Region to be cervical cancer- risk. your screening, encourage someone in your life to get free. 5. If you have never had a Pap test or not had one theirs. You can help save a life. TRICARE beneficiaries who receive their health in a long time, it’s not too late. For more information, visit the Cervical Cancer care from civilian providers are screened for cervical 6. Early stage cervical cancer can be treated. Awareness Campaign at or cervical cancer cancer less frequently than the national average. Let’s 7. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV, a virus. posts on Facebook. SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013
  7. 7. N ews “     Civil Relief Act HANG ON TIGHT. You’re in for a hell of a ride with this high-voltage thriller. ” PETER TRAVERS, provides protection for service members By Capt. Adam Petty rate protection of the SCRA. Fort Meade Legal Assistance • Stay of civil proceeding The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, The SCRA provides that a court or SCRA, provides a wide range of may temporarily stay a civil action or protections for individuals entering the proceeding against a defendant who is military, called to active duty or being either on active duty or was released deployed. from active duty not more than 90 days The SCRA covers issues such as rental prior. agreements, security deposits, evictions, The defendant service member must credit card interest rates, mortgage inter- provide a letter that states how his/ est rates, mortgage foreclosures, civil her current military duty requirements judicial proceedings, automobile leases materially affect the service member’s COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS A KATHRYN BIGELOW FILM “ZERO DARK THIRTY” JESSICA CHASTAIN JASON CLARKE JOEL EDGERTON and income tax payments. ability to appear in court. However, the MUSIC BY ALEXANDRE DESPLAT PRODUCERS COLIN WILSON TED SCHIPPER GREG SHAPIRO PRODUCED MARK BOAL KATHRYN BIGELOW MEGAN ELLISON WRITTEN MARK BOAL DIRECTED KATHRYN BIGELOW EXECUTIVE BY BY BY Protections offered by the SCRA service member must be careful to avoid generally end when the service member any impression that his/her letter is a is released from active duty or dies while submission to the court’s jurisdiction. on active duty. A better option may be for the defen- The SCRA’s most widely used provi- dant service member’s commanding offi- sions include: cer to provide a letter stating that the Healthy Smiles are Happy Smiles • Interest rate limit of 6 percent service member’s current military duty The SCRA places a 6 percent limit prevents appearance, and that military on interest rates for debts incurred leave is not authorized at the time of d top Vote ist in by service members prior to entering the letter. Dent more active duty. This provision applies to all Be mindful that this provision of the Balti azine Mag financial obligations, including home SCRA provides a temporary — not a mortgages, credit card debts and auto- permanent — stay of a civil court pro- mobile loans. ceeding. So, for example, Bob Smith has a • Termination of residential lease credit card interest rate of 14 percent The SCRA allows a service member and carries a balance forward each who is the tenant on a residential lease month (he just cannot seem to pay off to terminate the lease if the lease was that 72-inch flat screen he bought a few executed after he/she entered active duty We offer a child-friendly, months ago). or if the lease was executed while the ser- happy, and caring If Bob enters the military, he can vice member was already on active duty environment for all of your request that his interest rate of 14 per- and subsequently received orders to PCS cent be reduced to 6 percent — but only or deploy for more than 90 days. child’s dental needs to on the balance he had at the time he The service member must provide ensure a lifetime of healthy entered active duty. the landlord written notice and a copy teeth. Come see why our Bob may have to pay his normal 14 of his/her military orders. Generally, patients recommend us to percent interest rate on any debts he the service member is then free from their family and friends. incurs going forward. If Bob leaves the the lease 30 days after the first date on service or goes off of active duty, he will which the next rental payment is due. Ximena F. Pareja, D.D.S. not be entitled to the 6 percent interest For more information regarding fed- Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry eral laws that protect the civil rights of Mitali Y. Patel, D.D.S. service members, visit the U.S. Depart- home+living Chesapeake ment of Justice online at servicemem- 8600 Snowden River Pkwy., #302, Columbia, MD 21045 410-953-0111 For more information or detailed assistance, schedule an appointment with a Fort Meade Legal Assistance To advertise or subscribe 410.332.6517 Specializing in Dentistry for Children A BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301-677- 9536.10 SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013
  8. 8. C over S toryTarget grant provides iPads for Manor ViewStory and photos by Lisa R. Rhodes O’Shea said the school is using freeStaff Writer apps that have been approved by the The grins were unmistakable as Gera- Anne Arundel County Public Schools.lyn Skasko gave each student in her sec- The iPads are being incorporated in theond grade class an iPad to use during a school’s curriculum.math lesson on Jan. 2. “I think it’s fabulous that we can do “The more they use the technology, the this,” said Skasko, who used the iPads tomore they get interested,” said Skasko, help her students with a lesson in two-a teacher at Manor View Elementary digit subtraction. “Everyone participates,School. that’s what I like about it.” The school received 23 iPads last Seven-year-old Lukus Lecher saidNovember through a $15,000 grant from using the iPads is fun.the Target Corporation as part of the “They can help you learn more aboutcompany’s “Apps for Reading” program. math, like three-digit numbers,” he said. The tablets will be used to develop Manor View also purchased 35 iPodsan iPad lab as a supplement to the through funding provided by a Depart-school’s iPod lab located in the STEM ment of Defense Education Activity grant(science, technology, engineering and called STEM@Meade. The goal of themath) room. $1.5 million grant is to boost science, “I think it’s terrific,” said Donna O’Shea, technology, engineering and math educa-Manor View’s principal, of the new iPads. tion at Manor View, Pershing Hill and“The students are so engaged.” Meade Heights elementary schools and at The school applied for the “Apps for West Meade Early Education Center.Reading” grant early last year after the Marcus D’Arcangelis, the STEMTarget Corporation emailed O’Shea to resource teacher at Pershing Hill Elemen-inform her that the school was eligible tary School, oversees the grant.for the grant. O’Shea said the school plans to pur- O’Shea and Kim Terry, then a reading chase seven additional iPads throughspecialist at Manor View, wrote a pro- STEM@Meade.posal for how the iPads would be used to “It takes higher-level thinking skills tostart a school-wide reading initiative. Tar- use this technology,” she said. “The stu-get notified O’Shea last September about dents are developing this as they use theManor View’s receipt of the grant. iPads and iPods.” The company began its relationship Skasko said by using new technologieswith Manor View in 2010 when it pro- in the classroom, the school opens thevided funding to renovate the school’s door to greater possibilities for center. “What is the full potential of every kid? The iPads were purchased along with This is fun for them,” she said. “Theyan iPad cart. learn by doing.” Geralyn Skasko, a second-grade teacher at Manor View Elementary School, helps Joey Benjamin, 7, with a math assignment on his new iPad. Manor View received 23 new iPads and an iPad cart through a grant from the Target Corporation. The iPads are being incorporated in the school’s curriculum. LEFT: Seven-year-olds Gabriella Smith and Jeremy Amaya take a look at Gabriella’s new iPad during math class at Manor View Elementary School. The second-graders used the new technology to help them with two-digit subtraction.12 SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013
  9. 9. N ews704th MI celebrates 25th birthdayStory and photo byStaff Sgt. Taikeila Chancey704th MI Brigade The 704th Military Intelligence Bri-gade returned from the holidays on Jan.2 celebrating 25 years of existence. The brigade kicked off the celebra-tion with a three-mile run on FortMeade. The youngest Soldier of the brigade,Pfc. Demetris J. Fields, Alpha Compa-ny 742nd MI Battalion, and the oldestSoldier, Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Eisen-mann, Headquarters and Headquar-ters Company, 704th MI, were giventhe honor of assisting the commandteam in a cake-cutting ceremony duringlunch at McGill Training Center. Though the unit can trace its lineageback to 1954, it was redesignated as the704th Military Intelligence Brigade onJan. 1, 1988. “A Soldier from this brigade hasbeen involved in every operation ournation has been involved in since 1988,”said Col. Anthony R. Hale, 704th MIcommander. “We have been a part ofevery mission since the brigade wasdesignated.” The ceremony was very significantfor Eisenmann. He arrived to the 704thMI in May 1988 shortly after it becamean intelligence brigade. Now, 25 yearslater, Eisenmann has returned for hisfinal assignment before retiring. “I have taken part in numerousceremonies during my time in service,but this one brought back many great Members of the 704th MI Brigade cut thememories,” he said. brigade’s 25th anniversary cake. From Command Sgt. Maj. Mark A. Thorn- left to right: the civilian who has been inton, 704th MI, stressed the importance the brigade the longest, Axel Gonzalez;of commemorating the significance of the youngest Soldier, Pfc. Demetris J.the brigade and the Army. Fields; Col. Anthony R. Hale, commander; “What the last decade has done the oldest Soldier, Sgt. Maj. Thomas the Army is limit opportunities to Eisenmann; and Command Sgt. Maj.maintain traditions,” Thornton said. Mark A. Thornton.“Taking the opportunity to recognizethis anniversary is part of trying to getback the customs and courtesies. You’llstart seeing more and more of thesetraditions within the brigade.” Thornton said the Army has to getback to the traditional way of business. “The Army birthday ball, the mili-tary intelligence ball and dining-insare all ways to recognize significantevents in important ways,” he said. “A Connect with Fortlot of professional development is tied Meade at to history and tradition, and unitsare responsible for teaching this to the com/ftmeadeSoldiers.” January 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
  10. 10. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community Lunch will be served at The“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All NEWS EVENTS Conference Center, formerly the Courses EDUCATIONsubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis- Clubhouse.cretion and may be edited for space and For more information, call 301-677-grammar. Look for additional community Kimbrough closure 4333 or 301-677-5330. Preschool openingsevents on the Fort Meade website at www. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center The Little Meade Mustangs, and the Fort Meade will be closed Jan. 25 for mandatory USO Center grand High School’s preschool program, hasFacebook page at openings for ages 4 and 5. For more information or to submit an training. opening The preschool will be held one to twoannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. Club Meade closure The grand opening and ribbon days per week. The program reopens or call 301-677-5602. cutting of the new USO Center first week of February and ends in May. Club Meade will be closed through on Fort Meade at Bldg. 8612 on The fee is $30 per semester. April 6 for renovations. 6th Armored Cavalry Road will be For more information, email Amanda held Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon, Bolt at followed by a reception from noon to 2 p.m. PWOC Bible study The center features a technology/ business center, media room with Protestant Women of the Chapel will theater seating, video-gaming room, hold its spring kickoff on Wednesday snack bar and café with seating, and a from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Argonne Hills large patio. Chapel Center. Guests will include Gen. Keith B. This year’s theme is Generation Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber 2 Generation. Learn what it means Command and chief of the National to leave a Godly legacy for the next Security Agency and Central Security generation. Service; Garrison Commander Col. Eleven different Bible studies will be Edward C. Rothstein; and Elaine available for the spring semester. Rogers, CEO and president of the Free child care will be provided. USO of Metropolitan Washington. For more information, email meade@ For more information, call 410-305- or visit Facebook: Meade 0660. PWOC. Super Sale YOUTH The final day of the Post Thrift Shop Super Sale is today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 410-672- Story Time 3575.  The Medal of Honor Memorial Library offers pre-kindergarten Story Time on Karaoke Night Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 to 11 a.m. The next Karaoke Night will be Jan. • Today: “Snow Happy!” - a winter- 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th Frame themed story time Lounge at the Lanes. • Jan. 17: “Warm, Woolly, and The event is held the third Thursday Wonderful” - stories, songs and fingerplays of the month. about sheep For more information, call 301-677- • Jan. 24: “Touchdown!” - a football- 5541 or visit themed story time • Jan. 31: “Ice is Nice” - a story time file photo Parents Night Out focusing on penguins and polar bears Parents Night Out is offered the third For more information, call 301-677-5522 MLK CELEBRATION TODAY Friday of each month from 6:30 to 10 p.m. or 301-677-4509 or visit The Fort Meade community is invited to “A Martin Luther King Jr. Cel- The next event will be Jan. 18. Pizza, movie night ebration” today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 The fee is $10 for the first child and Zimborski Ave. The guest speaker is Turhan E. Robinson, civilian aide to Child, Youth and School Services is $5 for each additional child ages 6 weeks offering an evening of Pizza Boli’s and the Office of the Secretary of the Army for Maryland. to 12 years old. The event will feature music, courtesy of Pershing Hill Elementary a movie to grades six to eight on Jan. 18 The program is open to active-duty from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Youth Center. School, and food samplings. The free event is open to the public. service members and Reservists on active- All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouraged Cost of pizza is $7. duty status, DoD personnel, retirees and For more information, call 301-677- to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave. Fort Meade DoD contractors. Administrative leave is authorized. 1437. For more information, call 301-677- RSVP to Master Sgt. Batiste at 301-677-7063 or email rae.batiste@ 1149 or 301-677-1156. or Sgt. 1st Class Palmore at 301–677-6687 or email torey. SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013
  11. 11. C ommunity N ews N otes Club Meade. The next monthly luncheon will or email Home Alone workshop be Tuesday. Cost is $15. MOWW is a veterans service organization • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for open to all active, retired and former officers prayer, faith, fellowship and service at the Child, Youth and School Services is offering a free program to help parents and of the uniformed services, their spouses and Main Post Chapel. guardians prepare their children, ages 8 to 17, to stay home alone. offspring. Mother’s Prayer Apologetics meets Tues- The program will be held Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Parents must For more information, contact retired Air days from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Anne Arun- attend the adult workshop on Feb. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. Force Lt. Col. Sheldon A. Goldberg at 301- del County schools are in session. Monthly The program is open to active-duty service members and Reservists, DoD 572-6168 or email programs are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 employees, retirees and DoD contractors. • Bully Proofing Support Group meets the p.m. Youths must be registered with CYSS. first and third Tuesdays of the month from For more information, email Beth Wright, During this course, youths will learn how to stay safe when they are home alone, 1 to 2 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood president, at or how to handle emergency situations, activities to keep from being bored, how to Center. The next meeting is Tuesday. The call 305-240-1559. be safe in the kitchen and how to deal with conflict. group is geared for parents of children ages • Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op meets The program includes an adult workshop to help parents assess their children’s 5 to 12. For more information, call 301-677- Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Reece Road. For knowledge and skills to enable them to stay home alone. 5590. more information, call Kelli Stricker at 410- These and other factors will supply the youths with knowledge and tools to • Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club will 674-0297 or email ftmeadehomeschooling@ ensure a successful stay at home alone. hold its next monthly luncheon on Jan. 17 For more information, call Parent Central Services at 301-677 1149, 301-677- from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Post • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first 1156 or 301-677-1104. Chapel, 4419 Llewellyn Ave. through fifth grades,, or ages 7 to 10, to The luncheon will be catered by Jason’s attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. Deli. The speaker is a member of the Fort at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Meade Museum. Cost is $13. RSVP by For more information, email CubmasterGrilling and Chilling Smith at 202-459-3821; or Sonny Brown at 301-674-8992. Saturday at Tom Johnston at pack377_cm@yahoo. Grilling and Chilling will be offered To purchase tickets online, go to • Retired Enlisted Association meets the com or Committee Chairperson Elizabethfor youths in grades six to eight on Jan. third Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30 Johnston at from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Youth • The Wizard of Oz at Port Discovery p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets MondaysCenter. Children’s Museum will be featured Jan. Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Jan. 17. at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center Cost is $5. 26 to Sept. 15 at Port Discovery Children’s For more information, visit or call on Rockenbach Road. The troop is For more information, call 301-677- Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore. Elliott Phillips, the local president, at 443- actively recruiting boys age 11 to 18. For1437. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the 790-3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past national more information, email Lisa Yetman, educational exhibit based on the beloved president, at 443-336-1230. at or WendallRomp ‘n Stomp movie classic. • Meade Area Garden Club will hold its Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@ Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 next meeting on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for parents Jessup Community Hall located at Route 175 • American Legion Post 276 is open toand their children up to age 5 meets a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Wigley Avenue. veterans and active-duty service membersTuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., when Sharon Hyde will present the program at 8068 Quarterfield Road in is in session, at the Youth Center Admission costs $13.95 for ages 2 and older. For more information, call 410-727-8120 “Hydroponic Gardening in Small to Medium Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9gym. Spaces.” Hydroponics is the science of a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 For more information, call Kimberly or visit growing plants in a solution with minerals. a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 toMcKay, Parent Support coordinator, at The community is invited. No reservations 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m.301-677-7823. MEETINGS necessary. Refreshments will be served. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every Annual dues are $20. month. RECREATION • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the For more information, call Pat Loosarian, Membership discounts are offered second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in membership chairman, at 410-519-6443, or for active-duty military. For more the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next Sharon Durney, club president, at 410-761- information, call 410-969-8028 or visit meeting is Friday. The association is open to 5019. About active, retired, Reserve and National Guard • Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter • Families Dealing with Deployment meets E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the the first and third Monday of every month • Leisure Travel Services is offering month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Roost, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forestmonthly bus trips to New York City on area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, 9827 Love Road. The next meeting is Jan. 23. Neighborhood Center. The next meetingSaturday and Feb. 9, with discounts to For more information, call 443-534-5170 or is Feb. 4. For more information, call Rikkiattractions. Bus cost is $55. For more visit or call 410-551-7953. • Patient/Family Advisory Council meets visit Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at 301-information, call 301-677-7354 or visit • Society of Military Widows meets for 677-3617 or email the third Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. The brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 11 mil. • The People’s Presidential Pre-Inaugural a.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Jan. • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by theBall will be celebrated Jan. 19 at the Bolling next meeting will be Tuesday in Kimbrough’s main conference room on the third floor, 27. For more information, call Betty Jones at Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the firstAir Force Base Club Capital Ballroom, 50 410-730-0127. Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at ClubTheisen St., Washington, D.C. room 3C03. For more information or to become a • Single Parent Support Group meets the Meade. The next prayer breakfast is Feb. 7. Cocktails will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. second and fourth Monday of the month All Fort Meade employees, familyDinner will be served from 8 to 9 p.m. council member, call Becky Mays Jenkins, coordinator of Patient and Family Centered from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 members, and civilian and militaryDancing is from 9 p.m. to midnight. Reece Road. The next meeting is Jan. 28. personnel are invited. There is no cost for Dress is formal black tie or military Care, at 301-677-8261. • Gen. George G. Meade Chapter of the Free child care will be provided on site. the buffet; donations are optional. For moredress uniform. For more information, call Rikki Ford, information, call 301-677-6703 or email Tickets cost $100 per person. For tickets, Military Order of the World Wars meets the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 Jo Ann Way at 301-839-7190; Robbie January 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15
  12. 12. S ports200th MP Soldier recognizedat 2013 All-American BowlBy Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Lazo For the first 20-25 minutes we were Bronze Star with V device and the PurpleArmy News there, myself and my TC [passenger-side Heart. SAN ANTONIO — Soldier, college occupant] were the only two that were That was enough recognition for thestudent, parachutist, electrician, police in the killzone and returning fire. At current full-time college student but notofficer and soon-to-be reporter. some point during the engagement I was for his friends and co-workers. Three All of these words describe Staff Sgt. wounded in my left arm.” years ago, his friend and former TC sentDallas Pierce, with the 200th Military Pierce didn’t even register the wound. him a form to apply for recognition atPolice Command at Fort Meade. In fact, he has no memory of feeling it. the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. But this week, the 38-year-old U.S. “Finally, other vehicles came to recov- Pierce thought about it and decided toArmy Reserve Soldier is known as a er us,” he said. apply. He was not called. The following“Soldier Hero.” Unfortunately, the first vehicle that year, his friend sent him the form again. Pierce was one of 55 Soldiers recog- tried to retrieve them was also disabled. He still wanted to go, so he applied.nized during the 2013 U.S. Army All- With two vehicles disabled, a third vehi- No call or email.American Bowl week in San Antonio. cle was forced to try to recover both. But For 2013, Pierce decided not to apply.The game was held Saturday at the the recovery was slow. But then came the recommendationsAlamodome. “It took six to seven hours, evading from friends and co-workers, and shortly “It’s a great honor to be selected, to and cutting across the desert back to an after, the form was in the mail. A couplerepresent the entire Army, one of seven American base,” Pierce said. of weeks later, he received an email.from the Reserve,” Pierce said. “For He was treated for his wounds, which Now, days after the New Year, Pierceme, it’s a great honor to be picked to were a result of a possible ricochet or was in San Antonio for the first time andrepresent all of my brothers and sisters shrapnel that left a nearly two-inch scar experiencing the U.S. Army All-Ameri-in uniform.” on his forearm. The next day he was out can Bowl firsthand. Since 2002, the Army has hosted the on another mission with his unit. But even after the week ends, PierceAll-American Bowl, highlighting the 90 For his actions, Pierce was awarded a will be known as a Soldier high school football players, 125 courtesy photobest high school marching-band musi- Staff Sgt. Dallas Pierce of the 200thcians and color guards from across the Military Police Command at Fort Meadenation. stands on the field during the 2013 Pierce, a native of Sudlersville, spent U.S. Army All-American Bowl schoolthe week interacting with students going football game Saturday at San Antonio’sthrough the same activities and events. Alamodome. Pierce was among 55 “It’s a privilege to sit down with these Soldiers recognized during the game.high school students,” he said. “I canremember when I was 18 and what Iwanted to do with my life. The Army LEFT: Staff Sgt. Dallas Pierce (middle)gave me a great opportunity to learn how of the 200th Military Police Commandto do something, get paid for it and have shakes hands with of Lt. Gen. Jeffreya good time doing it.” W. Talley, chief of Army Reserve and During his 19-year career, Pierce has commanding general, U.S. Army Reservedeployed three times — twice to Iraq Command. Pierce’s wife, Shannon; Lindawith the Army Reserve and once to Bos- Talley; and Command Sgt. Maj. Jamesnia while on active duty. It was during his Lambert also attended the annual All-second tour to Iraq, between 2005-2006, American high school football gamethat his actions would lead him to San Saturday in San Antonio where PierceAntonio in 2013. was recognized. “In 2006, we were in the Diyala prov-ince, Iraq,” Pierce said. “I was part of a photo by sgt. andrew Vallesmilitary transition team. We were train-ing an Iraqi Army battalion and theyhad two checkpoints. One checkpointcame under attack. We were going toprovide relief to them from our [Forward Connect withOperating Base], and our convoy was Fort Meade atambushed en route. “My vehicle was disabled during the /ftmeadeinitial ambush, and I was the gunner.16 SOUNDOFF! January 10, 2013