Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 2 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ January 17, 2013 grand opening photo by Staff Sgt. Sean HarpGarrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and Elaine Rogers, president of USO-Metro, cut the ribbon Tuesday morning, marking the official opening of the new USO-MetroFort Meade Center. The 2,200-square-foot facility, located at 6th Armored Cavalry Road, was provided at no cost to the USO by the garrison. For the story, see Page 3.MLK DAY inaugurating UPCOMING EVENTSMeade celebrates Meade units, NCO Today, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanescivil rights leader’s provide support to Friday, 7-10 p.m.: Lounge Party - The Lanes swearing-in ceremony Friday, 6:30-10 p.m.: CYSS Parents Night Outvision, dedication Tuesday, 1 p.m.: Tax Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Bldg. 4217, Roberts Ave.page 8 page 10 wednesday, 10 a.m.: DINFOS Ground Breaking Ceremony - DINFOS
Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Military customs, Col. Edward C. Rothstein courtesies, traditions Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.email@example.com Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones First, I want to take this opportunity to thank courtesies and Philip.H.Jones.firstname.lastname@example.org every service member and their family for their traditions of Assistant Editor & Senior Writer efforts over this past year to represent the United your unit, your Rona S. Hirsch States and, specifically, its military services to service and the Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes the American people and the world as the pre- nation are espe- Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz eminent profession of arms. cially important Design Coordinator Timothy Davis In my last column I discussed the foundation because they Supplemental photography provided of our professional volunteer military forces, provide struc- by Patuxent Publishing Co. standards and discipline. In light of the fact that ture and rein- we just finished up the winter holiday season force core val- Advertising during which many of us have our own customs ues that build General Inquiries 410-332-6300 and traditions — sometimes, generations old the military’s Garrison command Allison Thompson — I want to discuss military customs, courtesies foundation of Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com and traditions. standards and discipline. 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Ask yourself, would you recognize all of the The bugle calls we utilize every day on every ranks from all of the services and know how to military installation are also an example of mili- properly address each? www.ftmeade.army.mil tary traditions. Service members understand the Knowing, observing and enforcing customs, significance of most bugle calls that punctuate courtesies and traditions are an important part You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd daily life on a military installation. of maintaining America’s military as the pre- and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. These traditions make life in the U.S. Armed eminent profession of arms. Forces distinctive and special for service mem- Please be safe in this new year and continue bers and their families. to enforce the standards. The importance of knowing the customs, Team Meade! 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NewsUSO-Metro Fort Meade Center officially opensBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The installation celebrated the formalopening of its new USO-Metro Fort MeadeCenter on Tuesday with a ribbon-cuttingceremony and reception attended by morethan 400 people. “This is a very special day,” said JohnMarselle, chairman of the USO-Metroboard of directors, in his remarks duringthe ceremony. “If you look at the before-and after-pictures of the new center, you’llget a chance to see how far we’ve come.” The 2,200-square-foot facility, located at8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road at the cor-ner Mapes Road, replaces the USO-Metrocenter in Midway Commons. The new center, which was previouslyoccupied by the Defense Information Sys-tems Agency, was provided to the USO atno cost by the garrison. The facility features a nine-seat theaterroom, snack bar, wireless computer space,two offices, stoveless kitchen, an outdoorpatio and ample room for the organization’sfood pantry. Several sponsors, including ComputerSciences Corporation, Northrop Grummanand SAIC, donated funds to cover the costof the furniture, two televisions and a pairof gaming monitors. The previous center, a small townhouselocated at 7007A Baker St., did not provide photos by Staff Sgt. Sean Harpparking for the USO-Metro clientele and Kasey Staniszewski, Miss Maryland USA, serves lunch to a service member during the reception at the grand opening of the newwas not located on a bus route. USO-Metro Fort Meade Center on Tuesday. The center, located at 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road, includes a nine-seat theater A highlight of Tuesday’s ceremony was room, snack bar and wireless computer space.an appearance by Stephanie McMahon,executive vice president of Creative at World Rothstein said. “When asked how much He noted that although the military isWrestling Entertainment, and David Otun- this cost, it was zero. The cost of that build- taking important measures to decreasega, a wrestler with WWE. Both presented ing and the cost of the opportunities that suicide rates among service members, theGarrison Commander Col. Edward C. are given in that building are priceless.” military cannot do it alone.Rothstein with a WWE championship belt Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, com- “How do we take care of the troops andfor the Soldiers at Fort Meade. McMahon manding general of the Joint Task Force let them know that we care? That’s what theand Otunga later signed autographs. National Capital Region, said “true to its USO does,” Alexander said. “They [service In addition, Kasey Staniszewski, Miss motto, the USO-Metro lifts the spirit of members] have a place to go that bringsMaryland USA, served lunch to service National Capital Region bases, service men them back to home.”members at the reception. and women and their families” with a wide Alexander’s wife, Debbie Alexander, also During the ceremony, Elaine Rogers, range of programs, services and entertain- thanked the volunteers.USO-Metro president, thanked Rothstein ment. “Thank you for your dedication, for yourfor securing the new facility. “They are a huge hit around the world,” support,” Alexander said. “If the volunteers “Thank you, sir, for your leadership in Linnington said. are not manning the desks, the doors do notgiving us this location,” said Rogers who The general praised the USO-Metro open. ... When you see them [volunteers],called the colonel “a champion for the USO staff, who “continue to extend their special they deserve a special pat on the back.”and the work that we do.” touch to make all of our lives better at Rothstein said the new center allows home and in our communities.”service members and their families to take Gen. Keith B. Alexander, commander David Otunga, a wrestler with Worlda break from the stresses of military life. He of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the Wrestling Entertainment, meets a youngalso thanked the organization’s more than National Security Agency and chief of the fan at the reception for the USO-Metro40 volunteers. Central Security Service, also thanked the Fort Meade Center, where Otunga also “The support is all about the volunteers,” organization’s volunteers. signed autographs.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil January 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
N ews photo by spc. paul b. watts JR.Marines from the Cryptologic Support Battalion exit a CH-46 helicopter after it landed on McGlachlin Parade Field on Jan. 9. Forty members of Company L had met withmembers of Marine Helicopter Squadron One in Quantico, Va., during a training exercise earlier that day.Cryptologic Marines catch ride in helicopterBy Brandon Bieltz “It’s a pretty rare opportunity to be able Gaynor, who has ridden on similar models, ter Squadron One, Gaynor said.Staff Writer to do it,” said Marine Capt. Dane Gaynor, said the 25-minute ride was a new experi- “We got to see a lot about the history When two CH-46 helicopters landed in executive officer, Company L. “It was ence for him. and see all the different presidents thatthe middle of McGlachlin Parade Field great to be able to get down there and see “That was a first, being on those birds,” they’ve supported, the history of [Marineon Jan. 9, the huge green helicopters from something that not a lot people even in the he said. “It was a pretty smooth ride, much Helicopter Squadron One], all the differentMarine Helicopter Squadron One were Marine Corps get to see.” warmer than what they are in some places kind of operations they support,” Gaynorcarrying a different kind of cargo. Marine Helicopter Squadron One, in Iraq or Afghanistan.” said. The helicopters generally ferry VIPs, which is based at Quantico, supports the Marine Capt. Robert Monday, com- “It’s a very, very unique opportunityincluding the president. But when they president and maintains the role as the pri- mander of Company L, said the flight and unique organization that they’re a parttouched down at Fort Meade around 3:15 mary Operational Test and Evaluation unit was beneficial for the Marines because it of. It was great to be able to go down therep.m., 40 Marines from the Cryptologic for the Marine assault support helicopters prepared them for deployments. to see them and talk to them and see theSupport Battalion exited the rear of the and related equipment. According to its “Marines don’t get much opportunity very special role that those Marines play“Sea Knights.” website, the unit also supports the Marine to fly,” he said. “Especially when you’re for the president of the United States.” Members of the battalion’s Company L Corps Combat Development Command deployed or are on an MEU [Marine expe- Marine Helicopter Squadron One thenwere concluding daylong training, which in the development of helicopter tactics, ditionary unit], you’re going to fly a lot. So flew the Marines back to Fort Meade. Theincluded hitching a ride on the presidential techniques and landing force equipment. it’s nice to get this opportunity to get them exercise, said Monday, was a chance to getchoppers. The exercise included traveling Company L’s exercise started in the in an aircraft.” service members out from behind theirto Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., and morning, with the helicopters picking Once at Quantico, the company trained desks and into training.meeting with members of Marine Helicop- up the Marines at the parade field and at Marine Corps operations schools and “It was awesome,” he said. “Marineter Squadron One. transporting them 60 miles to Quantico. met with members of the Marine Helicop- training, Marine stuff. Marines love it.” SOUNDOFF! January 17, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsMeade High pays tribute to deceased students, gradsBy Lisa R. Rhodes sonal remembrances, poetry, photography honored to share our lives with them and had tional assistant at Meade High and executiveStaff Writer slides and a candle-lighting ceremony. the privilege of walking alongside them during director of the nonprofit organization, called Nearly 500 students, faculty members, and “Words are inadequate to express how we our journey.” her “extraordinary, selfless and precious.”family and friends of the 10 Meade High truly feel at times like these ...,” said Meade After the service, about 200 people headed Coffman said that humanitarian service wasSchool students and recent graduates who High Principal John Yore at the beginning of to the school’s football stadium where they held a top priority in Owens’ life.have died since March 2011 filled the school’s the service. “We’ve assembled here today to lit candles as they walked around the track, “Ajia did not serve to receive recognition norauditorium on Jan. 10 to attend a memorial remember, to reflect and to celebrate the lives following the lead of the Meade High Junior to earn service learning hours,” Coffman said.service in their honor. of those we have lost over this past year. While Reserve Officers’ Training Corps color guard. “She completed four times the amount needed The somber 45-minute event included per- their lives were far too short, we have been Within the past two years, eight students for graduation.” have been killed on area roads. The most recent The senior, who volunteered at the organi- were Jaelin D. Ashe, 15, a freshman who was zation once a week for a year, “poured herself fatally struck by a car on Dec. 20 at the inter- into serving others,” Coffman said. section of Route 198 and Russett Green East, In honor of Owens, Coffman said she will and Ajia Owens, 18, a senior who was fatally award the Ajia Owens Humanitarian Award struck by a Jeep Wrangler on Dec. 7 at a busy to one of the organization’s youth volunteers intersection in Annapolis. at its anniversary celebration on March 16 in On Nov. 18, Crystal Jean Benton, who Annapolis. graduated in 2011, was killed in a car accident Coffman also will present the award to a in Glen Burnie. Two days later, Chelsea Ann deserving Meade High student during the Combes, also a recent graduate, was killed by school’s senior award presentation at the end of a truck on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway the school year. The award will be presented at near Arundel Mills. every future senior award presentation. Last January, three former students were Both Ashe and Owens also were enrolled in killed in a wrong-way crash on Route 50: the school’s JROTC program. Zachary Tyler Rose, who graduated in 2011; Master Sgt. Rickey Gethers, an Army Brittany Ann Walker, who graduated in 2010; instructor in the JROTC program, offered his and Breanna Franco, who attended Meade condolences to the Ashe and Owens family High for three years before graduating from during the service. Severna Park High School in 2011. Senior Julie Benton, 17, delivered an emo- Symone Johnson, a senior, died in October tional tribute to her sister, Crystal, along with 2011 from illness; sophomore Chris Catron a slide show. died in May 2011 from a ruptured aorta; and Several friends of Combes were overcome Kianna Thomas was killed in March 2011 in with tears as they tried to share remembrances a Prince George’s County car crash. of her. The memorial service began when Xiomara Later in the service, Yore joined family Patel, a ninth-grade math teacher, and Nichole members and friends in lighting a candle for Fitzgerald, a ninth-grade English teacher, read each of the deceased students. A unity candle the poem “We Remember Them,” by Sylvan also was lit in their memory. Kamens and Rabbi Jack Reimer. After the service, Marquenta Taylor, a school Lamar Turner, the head junior varsity foot- counselor, was tearful during the vigil. ball coach, then shared his remembrances of “It means so much; you can’t put it into Ashe, who joined the team several weeks after words,” she said. “This is something that the season began last year. [the students] wanted to do, and look at the Turner said the 15-year-old was gifted with turnout.” speed, size and strength. Richard Holzer, head coach of the var- “I knew he would become a special player,” sity football program, presented Vann Ashe, Turner said. “He had great character. He was Jaelin’s father, with a football autographed by well mannered, respectable and always with a the coaches and team members. smile.” Holzer said that the JV team’s Most Valu- Turner recalled that last summer he had an able Player Trophy has been renamed as the accident at the same intersection where Ashe Jaelin Ashe Memorial Most Valuable Player was killed. When he heard of Ashe’s death, he Trophy. was stunned. At the end of the vigil, Master Sgt. Jack “To say that the news hit me hard is truly an Wengrosky, trumpet player for the U.S. Army understatement,” Turner said. “I’m grateful to Field Band, played Taps. To pay homage to have been a part of his life.” their loved ones, several family members of In honor of Ashe, students showcased a the deceased students released balloons on the photo by sgt. wally reeves banner of photographs and messages, which football field.Casey Lewis, a recent Meade High School graduate, lights a candle in memory of was displayed on the auditorium’s stage. “Nothing will extinguish the memories andZachary Rose, one of 10 Meade High students who have died since March 2011, In remembering Owens, who volunteered at love that we have for the students we recentlyduring a memorial service at the high school on Jan. 10. Meade High School Principal Happy Helpers for the Homeless in the Balti- lost,” Yore said. “We know their memory willJohn Yore looks on. more-metro area, Bobbi Coffman, an instruc- live on for the rest of our lives.” SOUNDOFF! January 17, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsTax Man Delayed Chaplain’s WordTimeline to begin filing PROGRESS “It is common sense to take a methodpushed to Jan. 30 and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”By Capt. William Biggers you may not be able to file at the start — Franklin D. RooseveltLegal Assistance Attorney of the tax season on Jan. 30. The recent debates in Congress over Most taxpayers, particularly thosethe so-called fiscal cliff have many tax- with investment income, rental prop-payers worried about their tax returnsthis year. erties or stock sales, will have to wait until they receive the necessary tax Community Crime Watch Congress did pass a last-minute paperwork to file.deal that avoided both automatic cuts As a result of this delay, many tax-to government-funded programs and payers may be considering tax returnbroad increases to the tax rate for most advancement loans. While it should Compiled by the Fort MeadeAmericans. be noted that this year the IRS and Directorate of Emergency Services Unfortunately, because this was a other regulators outlawed this prac-l a s t - m i nu t e tice, these loans may Jan. 7, Shoplifting:deal, it hasaltered the still be in existence in some form or The subject was observed Stay updated with real-normal time- another. The bottom by video camera at the time information fromline for thetax season. line is, advancement loans of any kind are Exchange force-open a Fort Meade on Twitter. package of earpods and Each tweet keeps youWhile this often very expensive proceed to the health andmay not meanthat average to the consumer and should be avoided. beauty section where he connected with newstaxpayers will While there are selected one lip balm, removed the pack- and updates about Fortget less money many other changes aging and applied the lip balm to his Meade.from their tax to the tax season lips. The subject also was found withreturns, it cer- other than an altered one iPhone 4/4S storage case with mir- Follow Fort Meade attainly means timeline, it is impor-that they’ll tant to realize that ror; one OtterBox Commuter Series case Twitter.com/have to wait a little longer to get it. every year Congress and the IRS make for iPhone 4/4S; and one iPhone screen At an absolute minimum, we know changes to the Tax Code. Oftentimes, protector. ftmeademdthat all taxpayers have to wait until these are minor changes that do notJan. 30 — nine more days than origi- affect many Americans. Sometimes, Available now!nally planned. The original day set by they are major changes that will affectthe IRS to start filing your taxes was the majority of taxpayers.Jan. 22. Regardless of what the change is, The IRS pushed back the date that the Fort Meade Joint Installation Taxthey would accept tax returns in orderto give them the time to make the nec- Center is here to help. The center is moving forward with its grand opening Copies of theessary changes to the IRS systems anddocuments. on Jan. 22 at 4217 Roberts Ave. and will start seeing clients on Jan. 28, as 2013 Fort Meade Futhermore, many Americans maystill not be able to file their taxes on planned. We’ll simply wait to file those first Welcome GuideJan. 30. Because the IRS is still work- few tax returns until Jan. 30. are available now.ing on this year’s tax forms, employers We have expert tax preparers whoand banks may not have the appropri- are well versed in the changes brought Please call 301-ate forms. They have to wait until the on by the new deal passed by Congress,forms are released by the IRS before and we’re here to help you and answer 677-5602 or emailthey can begin issuing W2s, 1099s, andall the other documents necessary to questions at no charge. If you are an active-duty service philip.h.jones.file returns. So what does this mean to you? member of any branch, a dependent with an ID card, a retiree, or a Reserv- email@example.com toUnless you plan on filing a 1040 EZ— generally meaning that you are ist or National Guardsman on active- duty orders for 30 days or more, call request guides forsingle or married, but you claim nodependents and have a taxable income 301-677-9366 to schedule an appoint- ment at the Fort Meade Joint Installa- your organization.of less than $100,000 dollars — then tion Tax Center.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil January 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsFort Meade observes Martin Luther King Jr. DayBy Lisa R. Rhodes 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968,Staff Writer which were all signed by President Lyn- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. don B. Johnson.was a leader with a vision whose life’s King was “ a leader with a vision,”work helped to make it possible for Robinson said, “whereas others ... hadevery American to enjoy the full rights the political will to put into legislation”outlined in the Declaration of Indepen- what King hoped for the nation.dence. The election of President Barack This was the sentiment that Turhan Obama in 2008 was “one of the crown-E. Robinson, senior civilian aide to the ing points of Dr. King’s vision beingsecretary of the Army for Maryland, attained,” Robinson said.shared during his speech for the instal- The election of a more diverse Con-lation’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King gress is part of King’s vision “of [an]Jr. Day observance on Jan. 10. America that truly is a melting pot,” “To be a full citizen, it wasn’t until Robinson said. “We’re all one.”Dr. King that that happened,” Robin- King was an important leader, saidson said. Robinson, because he “revealed most of The 90-minute event, hosted by the our nation’s faults, yet appealed to theBaltimore Recruiting Battalion, was nation’s conscience, the nation’s human-held at McGill Training Center. ity and also our destiny.” Among those who attended were As a minister, King saw racial con-Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. flict as a “struggle between good andRothstein; Lt. Col. Mike Fife, com- evil that required an uncompromisingmander of the Baltimore Recruiting stance,” said Robinson.Battalion; Col. Ricky Emerson, com- These beliefs meant that King’s lifemander of the 1st Recruiting Brigade; “was always in danger,” he noted. “Butand Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. sometimes you have to make that sacri-Thomas J. Latter. fice. ... The question is, do you do the Pershing Hill Elementary School’s right thing or the convenient thing?”student choir was a highlight of the In closing, Robinson said that theevent. The fourth- and fifth-grade stu- diversity of today’s military, regardlessdents, led by Lindsay Reisler, the school’s of a service member’s ethnicity, genderchoral director and music teacher, sang or sexual orientation, is partly the resultthe National Anthem and “Precious of King’s landmark “I Have A Dream”Lord Take My Hand,” a gospel hymn speech. photo by sarah pastranaby Thomas A. Dorsey. “That was his vision — all Americans The hymn was King’s favorite song Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein presents a plaque of appreciation to working together for a common good,”and was performed at his funeral by Turhan E. Robinson, senior civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for Maryland and Robinson said.gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. guest speaker at the installation’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance After the speech, a short PowerPoint Master Sgt. Timothy Young, pianist on Jan. 10 at McGill Training Center. slide of King’s life was presented, alongfor the Jazz Ambassadors, an ensemble with audio of several of his speeches.of the U.S. Army Field Band, played the The presentation was followed by apiano for the choir. gible to vote.” Robinson said it was not until the lunch of baked chicken, macaroni and At the start of his speech, Robinson The Emancipation Proclamation, passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th cheese, collard greens, cornbread andpresented a brief overview of what signed by President Abraham Lincoln Amendments, which respectively abol- cake prepared by Black Tie Caterers,he called “the history of the need for on Jan. 1, 1863, declared “that all per- ished slavery; guaranteed citizenship to based in Baltimore.equality in our country.” sons held as slaves” within the rebellious blacks, due process, and equal protec- Among those on line was Juanita The Declaration of Independence, states “are, and henceforward shall be tion under the law; and granted voting Phillips, a military spouse who resideshe said, contains the “essential ideas of free.” rights to all men regardless of race, color in Gambrills.democracy ... the belief in diversity and According to the National Archives, or previous condition of servitude, that “Mr. Robinson’s speech was verythe inalienable rights of all the citizens the proclamation applied only to states a foundation for equal rights to all men good, exceptional, outstanding,” she... the right to liberty and the pursuit of that had seceded from the Union, leav- and people of color was laid. said.happiness of all individuals.” ing slavery untouched in the loyal bor- King’s life work was dedicated to Phillips, who said she lived through But at the time the document was der states. It also expressly exempted ensuring basic civil rights for all Ameri- the civil rights era, said it was importantwritten, these rights did not apply to parts of the Confederacy that had cans, regardless of their race or socio- that children attend the annual eventpeople of color or women. already come under Northern control. economic background. The nonviolent because “they tend to forget” the signifi- “They were only applicable to white Most important, the freedom it prom- protests and marches he led helped to cance of leaders such as King.men,” Robinson said. “Only white men ised depended upon Union military ensure the passage of the Civil Rights “They need to be reminded throughcould be property owners and were eli- victory. Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of things like this,” she said. SOUNDOFF! January 17, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsFort Meade units, NCO support inaugurationBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Sgt. 1st Class Buffie Hall, garrisonchaplain noncommissioned officer incharge, and the U.S. Army Field Bandare respectively lending support to,and participating in, the 57th presi-dential inauguration on Monday. Hall has been assigned as the Armysafety officer in the safety office atthe Joint Task Force National CapitalRegion. JTF-NCR consists of members ofall five uniformed services and is theDoD agency tasked with coordinatingmilitary ceremonial support to theinauguration. Hall works with an Air Force techsergeant and civilian to ensure thesafety of military personnel and civil-ians during the event. “I love it,” Hall said. “It’s a greathonor for me to be a part of some-thing this big. It’s a great honor forme to able to support the president ofthe United States.” The U.S. Army Field Band willcontinue a long-standing traditionand join bands from the other servicebranches in the Presidential Inaugu-ral Parade. Col. Timothy Holtan, commanderof the Field Band, said the musicorganization takes “great pride insupporting a great national event.” photo courtesy u.s. army field band Hall was tasked by the Installation The U.S. Army Field Band rehearses at Fort Meade for its participation in theManagement Command last July. She Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday. It is a long-standing tradition for the Fieldwas assigned to Fort Lesley J. McNair Band to lead the Army element in the inaugural parade.in Washington, D.C., last October. In her position, Hall oversees non- all the time,” Hall said, noting that will begin with the presidential escort,commissioned and commissioned she had the opportunity to contribute followed by honor guard membersofficers from all service branches who to his holiday safety messages to the of each of the service branches, thework as safety representatives on each troops. Commander-in-Chief ’s Guard, theof the inaugural teams. On the day of the inauguration, Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and The service members are respon- Hall will be up at 6 a.m. and on duty then the Field Band.sible for safety matters such as cold- until 3 a.m. the next day. The Field Band will participateweather injuries, slips and falls, vehi- “I anticipate it will be an exciting as a 99-piece marching band andcle safety and computer equipment event,” she said. “It is an historical will perform “National Emblem” andsupport. occasion that I’m very proud to be a “March Grandioso,” which are two “We also do spot inspections to part of.” marches. When the parade passes theensure that safety is maintained,” Hall will be assigned to Fort White House, the Field Band will playHall said. “It’s just good to work with McNair until March 10. When the “Ruffles and Flourishes” and will endall the different service branches.” inauguration is over, she will help pre- their march with the Army song. Hall is also responsible for submit- pare after-action reports of the safety The Field Band began rehearsingting risk-assessment reports to Maj. detail that will be used to create a for the event in August. photo by lisa r. rhodesGen. Michael S. Linnington, com- game plan for the next inauguration. “For us, this is a fairly big deal,”manding general of JTF-NCR. JTF-NCR will maintain the reports Holtan said. “It is different from Sgt. 1st Class Buffie Hall, garrison chaplain A highlight of her assignment, Hall in a database. our normal way of doing business. NCOIC, has been tasked as the Armysaid, has been the opportunity to be Holtan said it is a tradition for the We’ve been ready for this for a good safety officer with the Joint Task Forcein the company of the general. Field Band to lead the Army element long while, so we’ll be properly pre- National Capital Region in preparation for “I get to see General Linnington in the inaugural parade. The parade pared.” the presidential inauguration.10 SOUNDOFF! January 17, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ews200th MP honored withrole in inaugural paradeBy Sgt. Jeannette McAllister discussed why it was important for them to200th Military Police Command take time away from their families and friends The 6-foot-2-inch Army Reserve Soldier to be here. Pfc. Kasmere Thomas said onlyappeared even taller as he rigidly stood to five Soldiers of a formation with more thanhave his height carefully measured as dozens 200 were chosen to represent citizen warriorsof Soldiers waited in line behind him. within her company. The Soldiers representing 10 Army Reserve “It was not only an honor but a great oppor-major commands were at the 200th Military tunity and learning experience for any youngPolice Command headquarters at the Army Soldier,” she said.Reserve Center on Annapolis Road on Nov. “It’s a great opportunity to be a part of3 and 4. They were part of a unique selection something bigger than myself, my unit andprocess for the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s our command,” said Spc. Matthew Volpe,participation in the Presidential Inaugural 312th Psychology Operations Company, outParade on Monday. of Upper Marlboro. “Today is the first step we make toward The 312th PSO is assigned to the Armymarching in the historic event,” said Maj. Gen. Reserve’s Civil and Psychological CommandSanford Holman, commanding general of the (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, N.C., with more200th MPCOM. “And I know our Soldiers than 12,000 Soldiers across 39 states andwill not only represent the Army Reserve to Puerto Rico.the highest standard but all service members Next in the long line to have their Army ser-— past, present and future.” vice uniform inspected was Spc. Michael Bul- Holman said his staff took on the challenge lis, who also volunteered for the high-profileof bringing Soldiers from 10 different com- mission. Bullis said his parents are extremelymands to the 200th MPCOM headquarters, proud he is participating in the parade.ensuring all Soldiers were a match for the mis- “This is the first presidential election where Ision and everyone knew the importance of the can vote,” he said. “So I thought it was a greatinaugural parade for the American people. opportunity to do both.” “We are a nation that prides itself on peace- As uniforms were inspected under theful transfer of power,” Holman said. “This is watchful eye of several senior NCOs, the longa unique opportunity, not only as a citizen day continued with more briefings, preparationSoldier but as an American.” and heading outside for the basics of drill and As Sgt. Mark Horn, who is assigned to the ceremony.818th Maintenance Company, 377th Theater With a mass formation filled with enlistedSustainment Command — the Army Reserve’s and officers, the Reserve professionals set asidelargest command — stepped out from under rank to ensure the ranks and columns werethe small metal bar marking his height, he said near perfection. Young specialists stepped uphe remembers standing in the cold to watch the and marched small platoon-sized formationsparade four years ago. around the large parking lot before coming This year, Horn said, his dream to march in together into one formation.the parade will be reality. 1st Lt. Mary O’Neill Charles, who is assigned “We must support our commander in chief, to the 3rd Medical Command (Deploymentregardless of political party affiliation,” the Support), or “Desert Medics,” which is head-Washington, D.C., native said. “This is the quartered in Atlanta, stood shoulder-to-shoul-highest honor for any service member and a der with two sergeants as marching orderspart of American history.” were given. Spc. David Shobe of Indianapolis moved “We live in the greatest country on Earth,”through the various in-processing stations to said Charles, who lives in Chester. “We have photo by Sgt. Katryn Tutonensure the Army Reserve is well represented freedoms others dream about. We have thewhen they step onto Pennsylvania Avenue forthe historic parade. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be right to vote, and the inauguration represents one of our greatest rights, the right to elect our own leaders.” INAUGURAL SUPPORT Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of Joint Taskthere for our president and commander of all Holman said Reserve Soldiers come from Force-National Capitol Region, presents opening remarks during a mapAmerican forces, and an opportunity to sup- all walks of life and that he is excited to see exercise on Dec. 12 at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. The mapport our nation,” Shobe said. the melting pot of Army Reserve command exercise was used by JTF-NCR to discuss plans for military support of As a half dozen forms were filled out and standing in the formation. the 57th presidential inauguration scheduled for Monday. JTF-NCR con-height and weight were carefully recorded by “Today and during the inauguration parade sists of members of all five uniformed services and is the DoD agencyMaster Sgt. Robert Wood, 200th MPCOM we will march as Soldiers, but more important- tasked with coordinating military ceremonial support to the Inaugura-operations sergeant, Reserve Soldiers from the ly, stand proud as Americans to support the tion.1015th Quartermaster Company, 377th TSC, president and commander in chief,” he said.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil January 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
S portsShow of appreciationUMD ‘Terps for Troops’ honors service membersBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer On a typical Wednesday night, Petty Offi-cer 3rd Class Grayson Hart would be study-ing for military tests. But on Jan. 9, theSailor from Navy Information OperationsCommand Maryland was standing on thecourt at Comcast Center, gripping a largeAmerican flag. “This is a lot better,” he said. More than 20 service members from FortMeade participated in the university’s Mili-tary Appreciation Day during the Terps’men’s basketball game against Florida State.Service members assisted during the Nation-al Anthem by extending an American flagacross the court. Four Marines from the installation alsowere honored during the first half of thegame. All of the service members receivedseats near the court to see Florida State pulloff a comeback and win 65-62. Last week’s event was part of the Universi-ty of Maryland’s service member recognitionprogram “Terps for Troops.” The universityrecognizes four service members at everyhome football and men’s basketball game. The partnership allows Fort Meade tohighlight its more than 95 partner units andgives the university an opportunity to thankthe troops for their service. “The relationship between Fort Meadeand the University of Maryland is a tre- photos by sarah pastranamendous example of community partner-ship,” Garrison Commander Col. Edward Marines from the Defense Media Activity - Sgt. Aaron Hostutler, Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea, Cpl. Christofer P. Baines and Cpl. Jacob D.C. Rothstein said. “The university’s ongoing Osborne - stand on the court at Comcast Center at College Park. The group was recognized during the first half of the Universitycommitment to our service men and women of Maryland’s men’s basketball game on Jan. 9 during Military Appreciation Night.is one of the many reasons why they are sucha valuable member of Team Meade.” Near the midway point of the first half, Garrison The evening began with service mem- four Marines from the Defense Media Activ- Commanderbers from various post units unfurling the ity were recognized on the court during a Col. Edward C.flag across Gary Williams Court during break in the game. Sgt. Aaron Hostutler, Sgt. Rothstein, Marinethe Maryland Pep Band’s rendition of the Jimmy D. Shea, Cpl. Christofer P. Baines and Master GunneryNational Anthem. The large flag spanned a Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne received a standing Sgt. Gary Engle andmajority of the court, from free-throw line to ovation from the packed arena. Garrison Commandfree-throw line. The group of Marines also had courtside Sgt. Maj. Thomas Hart, who is a member of an honor guard seats. Last week was the first time Osborne Latter pose forfor funeral services, said that despite handling had attended a college basketball game. He a photo at theirthe flag regularly, the task of extending the said he was “very excited” to be close to the courtside seatsflag across the court was a new challenge. Atlantic Coast Conference action. during the University The large crowd of 14,157 basketball fans Osborne and other service members said of Maryland’sin the arena surprised Hart when he walked they appreciated the opportunity to partici- Military Appreciationout of the tunnel and onto the hardwood. pate in the University of Maryland’s Military Night on Jan. “I had to bite my lip to keep from smil- Appreciation Day and to represent Fort 9. Nearly twoing,” he said. Meade and its branches. dozen Fort Meade Following the National Anthem, the ser- “I think it’s awesome,” Osborne said. “It’s service membersvice members moved to their courtside seats a great experience for us. It’s also great to participated in theto catch the game. represent the Marine Corps.” event.12 SOUNDOFF! January 17, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
S ports Sports Shorts Jibber Jabber - Opinion NFL playoffs at the Lanes No place like home There are few things I enjoy more than tak- and Maryland is The Lanes’ lounge ing my daughter to school. palpable. Same is a showing venue for Anyone who has a 9-year-old girl knows with the O’s and NFL games this football getting her ready is a completely different every team in the season, with the exception story. But once I get her in the car, it’s the best AL East and, of of local blackouts, on 15 to 20 minutes of my day. course, Ravens eight, 42-inch high- I just never know what’s going to come out fans have a healthy definition flat-screen of her mouth. hatred for anything televisions. Food service For example, on Wednesday, somewhere on Black and Gold. Chad T. Jones, and full bar are available. Route 10, we started talking about Sunday’s Now none of Public Affairs For more information, Ravens-Patriots game. that is to say that Officer call 301-677-5541. We were both rooting for the Ravens to I’m going to stop win, but when I tried to enlighten her about rolling with Big Blue, my Tigers and Dal- Texas Hold ‘em the greatness that is Tom Brady — best QB of las. But I can tell you that when Joe Flacco Texas Hold ‘em no my generation, perfect hair, model wife and, of hooked up with Jacoby Jones to send the buy-in games are played course, Michigan grad — the “Pumpkin Girl” Denver game into overtime bit.ly/11zrC1d, we Mondays at 7 p.m. at the turned the tables by dropping some knowledge Joneses cheered as loud as we ever had for any Lanes. on me. Michigan game. Games are free and open to “I know that, Dad,” she said. “But don’t we The second reason why the Fort Meade the public. have to root for our home team?” region is a great place to call home is Fort For more information, call 301-677-5541. I was speechless. Not by her logic, which Meade. was more than sound. I mean I know homers. I was strolling from my office on Llewellyn Dollar Days Heck, I am a homer. Just ask Ohio fans. However, it wasn’t until her statement, or Avenue to Hodges Hall on Tuesday. It’s a walk I make at least 10 times a week, and usually The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. more correctly, the matter-of-fact way in which I’m either thinking about what the Boss just Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, she made it, that I realized that Maryland is said to me or what I’m getting ready to say small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. home. to the boss. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Please pardon my self-psychoanalysis, but Yet for some reason on Tuesday, I recalled as a former foster child who needs to use his that where I was currently walking was the EFMP bowling toes to count the number of schools I attended same stretch of road I used to run on when growing up, the concept of home is still some- I was a young, thinner and awesome private The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling what foreign. attending DINFOS. It was the one place on event on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Obviously, I’m a proud Michigander, but post we couldn’t call cadence in fear of waking Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other the fact that I have a place other than “the up the locals. family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. Mitten” to call home is huge. I remembered how impressed I was with all To register, call 301-677-4473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s also a blessing because there are a ton of the brick and how peaceful, yet important, the reasons why the Fort Meade region is a great place seemed to be. For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. place to live: Annapolis, crab cakes, big birds Then I fondly remembered running to the chilling on the Magothy. Class Six for a bottle and hiding out at the golf But for this column I’m going to focus on course so that my drill sergeant wouldn’t catch two. me and my friends drinking it. The first, obviously, is sports. I don’t know Then, right next to the chapel, I realized about you, but I certainly can’t call a place how peaceful and important Fort Meade Find schedules, scores, standings home unless it has a reputable sports scene, still is, and that I couldn’t imagine going any which we do. place else. and upcoming seasons for Be honest. Who wasn’t excited about the When I walked into Hodges Hall and used Orioles’ run in September? Moreover, there the old “cross-my-fingers” trick to get Mr. are certainly a lot of teams less likable than Mowery to eat a Crisco-covered cupcake cour- • Basketball • Softball the Ravens, and the University of Maryland is tesy of the Air Force, I realized there were no • Football • Soccer more than relevant in college athletics. people I would rather work with. And more, plus Now for full disclosure. It certainly doesn’t And then Wednesday, right after my hurt that all three of those organizations sup- daughter left me speechless with her All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at port Fort Meade, but it is more than that. insight, I realized there was no place like Our fans are passionate and knowledge- home. able. Our media coverage is appropriately If you have comments on this or any- www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. biased and unrealistic. And our teams have thing to do with sports, contact me at chad. quality rivalries: The disdain between Duke email@example.com://www.ftmeade.army.mil January 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community The goal is to introduce couples to offering an evening of Pizza Boli’s and movie classic.“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All the processes of growth in marriage a movie to grades six to eight on Friday Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9:30submissions are posted at the editor’s dis- while speaking with other couples; from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Youth Center. a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.cretion and may be edited for space and to provide effective ways to deal with Cost of pizza is $7. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.grammar. Look for additional community conflict; maintain personal boundaries; For more information, call 301-677- Admission costs $13.95 for ages 2 and older.events on the Fort Meade website at www. and establish effective communication to 1437. For more information, call 410-727-8120ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade maintain a healthy relationship. or visit portdiscovery.org.Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information, call Celena Grilling and Chilling • Leisure Travel Services is offering For more information or to submit an Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677- monthly bus trips to New York City onannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. 5590. Grilling and Chilling will be offered Feb. 9 and March 23, with firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602. for grades six to eight on Jan. 25 from to attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. information, call 301-677-7354 or visit EDUCATION Cost is $5. ftmeademwr.com. NEWS EVENTS For more information, call 301-677- 1437. MEETINGS Discussion on marriage Romp ‘n StompKimbrough closure The Exceptional Family Member • Retired Enlisted Association meets Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for parents Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Program is sponsoring “Let’s Talk and their children up to age 5 meets the third Tuesday of the month fromwill be closed Jan. 25 for mandatory About Marriage: A Discussion” on Feb. Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., when 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant,training. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community school is in session, at the Youth Center 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. gym. meeting is tonight. For more information,Club Meade closure The discussion will focus on what For more information, call Kimberly visit trea.org or call Elliott Phillips, the local is needed for a strong and healthy McKay, Parent Support coordinator, at president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur R. Club Meade will be closed through marriage. Cooper, past national president, at 443-336-April 6 for renovations. 301-677-7823. The event is open to the community. 1230. Lunch will be served at The Registration is required. • Meade Area Garden Club will hold itsConference Center, formerly the CoursesClubhouse. To register or for more information, RECREATION next meeting on Friday at 10 a.m. at the call 301-677-4473 or email kelly. Jessup Community Hall located at Route For more information, call 301-677- email@example.com. 175 and Wigley Avenue.4333 or 301-677-5330. Sharon Hyde will present the program Preschool openings Out About “Hydroponic Gardening in Small toKaraoke Night • The People’s Presidential Pre-Inaugural Medium Spaces.” Hydroponics is the The Little Meade Mustangs, Meade science of growing plants in a solution with The next Karaoke Night will be High School’s preschool program, has Ball will be celebrated Saturday at thetonight from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th Bolling Air Force Base Club Capital minerals. openings for ages 4 and 5. The community is invited. NoFrame Lounge at the Lanes. The preschool will be held one to two Ballroom, 50 Theisen St., Washington, The event is held the third Thursday D.C. reservations necessary. Refreshments will be days per week. The program reopens the served. Annual dues are $20.of the month. first week of February and ends in May. Cocktails will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- Dinner will be served from 8 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Pat Loosarian, The fee is $30 per semester. membership chairman, at 410-519-6443, or5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com. For more information, email Amanda Dancing is from 9 p.m. to midnight. Dress is formal black tie or military Sharon Durney, club president, at 410-761- Bolt at firstname.lastname@example.org.Parents Night Out dress uniform. 5019. • Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter Tickets cost $100 per person. For tickets, The next Parents Night Out will be YOUTH call Jo Ann Way at 301-839-7190; Robbie 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of theFriday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Smith at 202-459-3821; or Sonny Brown at month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Roost, The fee is $10 for the first child and 301-674-8992. 9827 Love Road. The next meeting is$5 for each additional child ages 6 weeks To purchase tickets online, go to Wednesday. For more information, call 443-to 12 years old. Story Time eventbrite.com/event/5102291090. 534-5170 or visit afsa254.org. The program is open to active-duty • Baltimore Orioles FanFest will be • Society of Military Widows meets forservice members and Reservists on active- The Medal of Honor Memorial Library brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at offers pre-kindergarten Story Time on held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.duty status, DoD personnel, retirees and at the Baltimore Convention Center. 11 a.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting isFort Meade DoD contractors. Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 to Jan. 27. For more information, call Betty 11 a.m. FanFest features autograph and QA For more information, call 301-677- sessions with current and former Orioles Jones at 410-730-0127.1149 or 301-677-1156. • Today: “Warm, Woolly, and • Single Parent Support Group meets the Wonderful” - stories, songs and fingerplays players and coaches as well as clinics, exhibits and interactive games. Tickets second and fourth Monday of the monthMarriage Enrichment about sheep • Jan. 24: “Touchdown!” - a football- cost $10 for adults and $5 for ages 55 from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services,Group themed story time and older and for children ages 14 and 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Jan. 28. Free child care will be provided on site. • Jan. 31: “Ice is Nice” - a story time younger. To purchase tickets, go to Army Community Service is offering orioles.mlb.com or call 888-848-BIRD. For more information, call Rikki Ford,a Marriage Enrichment Group on focusing on penguins and polar bears Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 For more information, call 301-677-5522 • The Wizard of Oz at Port Discoverythe second and fourth Wednesday of Children’s Museum will be featured Jan. or email email@example.com month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the or 301-677-4509 or visit ftmeademwr.com. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets 26 to Sept. 15 at Port Discovery Children’sCommunity Readiness Center, 830 the first and third Monday of every monthChisholm Ave. Pizza, movie night Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest The next meeting will be Wednesday. Child, Youth and School Services is educational exhibit based on the beloved Neighborhood Center. The next meeting14 SOUNDOFF! January 17, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil