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Fort Meade SoundOff November 8 2012


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Fort Meade SoundOff November 8 2012

  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 45 ´ Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community November 8, 2012 In honor of those who served Veterans Day, which annually falls on Nov. 11, honors and thanks military personnel who served the United States. The observance is marked by parades, religious services and appropriate ceremonies across the country. Today, Fort Meade will host the post’s observance at 3 p.m. at the Fort Meade Museum. See pages 14 and 15 for articles about other post events celebrating Veterans Day. Photo by Noah Scialomarmy strong WATCH D.O.G.S. UPCOMING EVENTSIMCOM seeks Pershing Hill hosts Today, 3 p.m.: Veterans Day Observance - Fort Meade Museumformer Soldiers for dads, kids pizza party Friday, 7 p.m.: “Laugh Out Loud” Comedy Show - Club Meade to address youth needs Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Veterans Job Fair - Club Meadecivilian workforce Wednesday-Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m.: Harvest Fest Revival - Argonne Hills Chapel Centerpage 3 page 8 Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Native American Heritage Observance - McGill
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Standards and discipline Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command The election is over, and Veterans Day is upon us. standards creates Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Both of these events are extremely important to a disciplined force Public Affairs Officer us as Americans and as enlisted service members that will pay off Chad T. Jones because it is our responsibility to select our com- in critical situa- mander in chief and to recognize those individuals tions. Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones who have served this nation before us, and with us, in Discipline is the profession of arms to keep our nation free. doing what is Assistant Editor & Senior Writer As the senior enlisted advisor to the garrison right. Self-dis- Rona S. Hirsch commander, I have the privilege and responsibility cipline is at the Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes to share the things I see from my foxhole that are core of discipline. Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz important to Team Meade’s enlisted service-member However, for ser- Design Coordinator Timothy Davis community. vice members, it Command sgt maj.. This monthly column is one way I hope to do must grow beyond thomas j. latter Supple­mental photography provided Garrison Command by Patuxent Publishing Co. that. that to become a In my first column I will talk about two things mind-set: a professional value to ethically and morally Advertising that I believe are the foundations for the professional execute their duties. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 volunteer military forces we have today: standards Discipline as an individual can then be molded into Allison Thompson and discipline. discipline as a unit, as a force, to achieve any mission 410-332-6850 Standards are formal, detailed instructions: above the standard. Michele Griesbauer describable, measureable and achievable. One of the best ways for everyone to uphold the 410-332-6381 Leaders must know, communicate and enforce standards and demonstrate they are a disciplined ser- high but achievable standards. The standards of indi- vice member is to make on-the-spot corrections. If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are viduals who have selected the profession of arms are Whether you identify an issue with someone’s experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail more rigid and extensive in order to meet the mission uniform, see an unsafe act or find a piece of litter Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through to defend the nation and represent the United States on the ground, everyone should be trying to uphold Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. as its ambassadors to the world. the standards and make a correction to improve our Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the These standards, whether established by regula- performance as a team. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary tions, doctrine or local Standard Operating Proce- Point out to the individual what is wrong with their of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday dures, become the accepted norms for the profes- uniform. If they outrank you, do so in a respectful, except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. sional. Adherence to the standards, the strive to disciplined manner. Put safety in the forefront by Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the exceed them, and the discipline to execute your duties stopping any unsafe act immediately. And pick up desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. in a professional manner is what gains you the trust that piece of trash even though you saw three other of your subordinates, peers, seniors and the American people walk by it. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage public we serve. Every time someone lacks the discipline to make without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, Professional standards build credibility. an on-the-spot correction, he or she unknowingly user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser The standard bearers for any U.S. military orga- sets a new standard for those that observe them, a will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. nization are its noncommissioned officers who con- lower standard. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department stantly set the example and enforce the standards. Again, it is my privilege to serve as your garrison of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are In superior organizations, meeting the standard command sergeant major, and I ask you to please not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance is expected. Exceeding the standard becomes the keep these words in mind as we celebrate this Veterans of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of norm. Coaching, mentoring and counseling subor- Day weekend. the Army of the products or services advertised. dinates and peers are key elements in continuing to More importantly, continue to enforce the stan- reinforce the standards and instill discipline in our dards that have set this nation’s service members apart professionals. and demonstrate the discipline that has gained you Holding individuals to the standard is not always easy for enlisted leaders. But habitually enforcing the our nation’s trust. Team Meade! You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and com- Co n t e n t s munity members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 18 garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. (This week it will be Tuesday due to Veterans Day.) Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 22 Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is neces- sary. Community.................. 20 Classified.............................. 23 For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  3. 3. NewsIMCOM seeks to hire, retain formerSoldiers in Army civilian workforceBy Bill Bradner quickly. “There’s not much difference in how youInstallation Management Command Schedule A benefits both the employer feel about your job and how you conduct Army civilians serve alongside Soldiers and potential employee by assisting those business in and out of uniform,” saidevery day, in every theater. with disabilities to gain federal employ- retired Sgt. Maj. Willie Wilson, who works From state-side garrisons to forward ment and by shortening the hiring process, for IMCOM and runs the Army’s Worldoperating bases in Afghanistan, Army which averages 102 days using traditional Class Athlete Program. “And in mostcivilians write contracts, deliver goods, methods. Army civilian positions, you’re still takingmanage networks, operate ranges, manage For example, IMCOM headquarters care of Soldiers and their families. I’m glad PHOTO COURTESY OFbusiness operations and provide support placed six interns in less than 45 days using that’s still part of my job description.” INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMANDfunctions that would otherwise present the Schedule A appointment authority and Training and leader development are Lori Mann (right) an Army Career anddistractions to training and wartime opera- the Wounded Warrior database. also as pervasive in the civilian workforce Alumni Program counselor offers careertions. “Schedule A cuts through a lot of the as they are in uniform. The Civilian Edu- guidance to a Soldier at the ACAP center There are vacant civilian positions red tape,” said Rufus B. Caruthers, the cation System, modeled after the Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.throughout the U.S. Army Installation IMCOM Equal Employment Opportu- Non-commissioned Officer Education More than 2,000 civilian positions areManagement Command that need to be nity director. “The hiring action can take System, provides a full spectrum of con- available worldwide throughout thefilled so IMCOM can provide world-class as little as two weeks. It can happen just tinuing education and career development U.S. Army Installation Managementcustomer service and deliver programs and that fast.” courses. to Soldiers, civilians and families. Many opportunities are available for Civilians are first exposed to the training Throughout the command, about 40 Soldiers transitioning out of the Army, at in-processing to their first duty station, program is designed to give employeespercent of civilian employees have served regardless of their status, to continue their and have access to schools and virtual affected by structure and resourcingin uniform. service by joining the IMCOM team. classes to help them progress from entry changes the opportunity to relocate and For Soldiers considering taking off their Many of the benefits are obvious: paid level to senior executive service. find the best fit to continue serving theuniform, continuing their career with the job-related training and education, com- IMCOM leads the way in workforce Army family.Army as a civilian is a logical transition prehensive benefits packages and leave- development initiatives that include yearly “We owe it to our dedicated civilianschoice, said Col. Francis Burns of the accruement rates based on time-in-service. opportunities for developmental assign- and to the Soldiers we support to dooffice of the Assistant Chief of Staff for In addition to opportunities in the U.S., ments, structured mentoring programs, everything we can to keep a highly moti-Installation Management at headquarters, civilians serve around the world in loca- and an academy dedicated to instruction vated, highly qualified workforce in placeDepartment of the Army. tions such as Japan, Korea, Europe and of installation management professionals. to maintain our infrastructure and sustain Federal service may be an ideal oppor- Puerto Rico. IMCOM also has developed the our Army,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter,tunity for wounded warriors and disabled There are also many not-so-obvious IMCOM Enterprise Placement Program IMCOM commanding general.veterans through a process called “Sched- benefits. The sense of camaraderie and to help ensure the command can keep Ferriter said more than 2,000 posi-ule A” appointment authority. teamwork is strong in the civilian work- employees in the organization once hired. tions are available worldwide throughout Using Schedule A, qualified candidates force, and is cultivated just as carefully as IEPP matches job vacancies at Army IMCOM.with disabilities can be hired noncom- it is among active-duty Soldiers. installations around the world with quali- To learn more about the IEPP or civil-petitively. This speeds up the recruitment Another similarity to serving on active fied IMCOM employees already serving in ian job opportunities within the Installationprocess, helping wounded warriors gain duty is the emphasis Army civilians place another capacity. Management Command, visit the IMCOMemployment while filling critical vacancies on values. The voluntary referral and placement homepage at information Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment Train- ing Service at; the Hire Hero’s pro- gram at; and the Wounded Warriors agency’s selective placement coordinator or disability program manager, usually found in the garrison’s EEO offices, and describe the competencies required for theabout Schedule A project at • Other resources include the Office of Personnel position. 2. The SPC/DPM will consult with numerous resourc-Schedule A: The basics for those with disabilities Management’s disability site at and es, including local colleges and universities, the Wounded the federal government’s one-stop website for people Warrior program, EARN and the Department of Labor’s 1. Wounded warriors or disabled persons seeking a with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and Workforce Recruiting Program and develop a list of eli-position in the federal government should register with service members: gible candidates. No job announcement is or more of the following agencies: 2. Once registered, the selective placement coordina- 3. The hiring official reviews the list, conducts inter- • The Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network, tor or disability program manager at the agency taking views and makes a selection. Hiring officials also have, is a free service that connects advantage of the Schedule A hiring authority will search the option of not selecting from the list and using theemployers with active-duty, veteran and civilian disabled the databases above, as well as counterparts at other traditional hiring process.job candidates. agencies, and provide a list of qualified disabled candi- 4. Once a selection decision is made, the agency’s • The Workforce Recruitment Program, http://wrp. dates to the hiring authority. human resources office makes an offer to the candi-gov, is a recruitment and referral program that recently date.graduated students with disabilities through both sum- Schedule A: The basics for employers For more information, visit your local EEO or Woundedmer and permanent jobs. 1. Hiring managers should coordinate with their Warrior office, or go online to • Veterans and wounded warriors should contact the November 8, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ews tug of war XV Coach Phil Stellar of Annapolis encourages Soldiers from Fort Meade during “Tug of War XV” on Saturday in Annapolis. The annual event, which is billed as the longest tug-of-war over water in the world, featured 14 teams battling through seven rounds for bragging rights for neighborhood residents of Eastport and Annapolis. The “tug” featured a 1,700-foot rope stretched from Second Street and Severn Avenue across Spa Creek to Susan B. Campbell Park on the Annapo- lis City Dock. The event was originated by the Maritime Republic of Eastport in 1998 when residents of Eastport felt excluded from Annapolis when the Compromise Street Bridge was closed for repair. Photo by Sgt. Walter Reeves Community Construction Zone Crime Watch Ongoing construction and renovations on Fort Meade Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Nov. 2, Damage to government Rock Avenue Outdoor Pool rest- property: Person(s) unknown by room, entered the shed, painted unknown means broke a window graffiti and symbols on the walls, The following roads are scheduled for out of a storage shed next to the and rearranged the ceiling tiles.restriping and repaving: • Wilson Street, Monday On the lookout for theft • Rock Avenue, Nov. 12 • 85th Medical Battalion Avenue and The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep4th Street, Nov. 19 neighborhoods safe. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that windows • 5th Street, today and Nov. 19 and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at all times, regard- • Cooper Avenue, Friday and Nov. 19 less of time of day. • Building 2468 parking lot, Llewellyn Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off post, itAvenue, today and Nov. 19 is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to take an active role in Please allow extra time and exercise deterring crime.caution while driving in these areas. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspi- cious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623. SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsArmy builds team of elite cyber professionalsStory and photo by Tina MilesPublic Affairs Office780th MI Brigade Twenty-nine Soldiers in the 781stMilitary Intelligence Battalion, 780thMilitary Intelligence Brigade, U.S.Army Intelligence and Security Com-mand raised their hands and recited theArmy Oath of Re-enlistment during aformal ceremony held Oct. 26 at thePentagon. The ceremony was led by Lt. Gen.Rhett A. Hernandez, commanding gen-eral, Army Cyber Command. While all re-enlistment ceremoniesare unique and impactful to the person-nel involved and the families and unitssupporting them, this re-enlistment wasnoteworthy for the ranks of the ArmyCyber community. Two years after the activation ofARCYBER in October 2012, and oneyear after the activation of the 780thMI Brigade, the Army established itsfirst cyber specific military occupationalspecialty — the Cryptologic NetworkWarfare Specialist. Twenty of the re-enlistees wereCNWS, committed to continue servingthe cyber community. Lt. Gen. Mary A. Legere, the Army’sdeputy chief of staff for intelligence,said in a speech on Oct. 23 to theAssociation of the U.S. Army’s annualconference in Washington, D.C., thatit takes about five years of training tobecome one of the Army’s best cyberoperators. CNWS Soldiers must pos-sess a unique combination of technicalcomputer knowledge, operational capa-bilities and analytical skills. “Growing the Army’s ComputerNetwork Operations expertise remains Twenty-nine members of the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, U.S. Army Intelligencean Army priority,” Legere wrote in a and Security Command recite the Army Oath of Re-enlistment during a formal ceremony led by Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez,November 2011 memo as the INSCOM commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, at the Pentagon on Oct. 26. Twenty-two of the 29 Soldiers re-enlisted for thecommanding general last year. first time. Hernandez also addressed the signifi-cance of the new MOS as he reflected cultural backgrounds including Asian infiltrating the networks are real and Soldiers who re-enlisted in other [mili-on the activation of the Army Cyber and Hispanic. continue to grow. tary occupational specialties] are also ofCommand. Combined, they total 163 years “These Soldiers are on the frontline great value and support to the 780th MI “Two years ago I wrote a simple already served and 164 more as a result daily,” Hernandez said. “People, not Brigade. They are all cyber warriors.”vision,” he said. “When I wrote the of the re-enlistment. technology, out-think and out-maneu- As Soldiers pledged to continue towords ‘cyber warrior,’ I had you in mind Family members from as far as Penn- ver those threats.” serve, standing before the monument to— a professional team of elite, precise, sylvania and Texas attended the ceremo- Col. Jennifer Buckner, commander, national defense, CNWS Soldiers sig-trusted and disciplined cyber warriors.” ny. Two married couples were among the 780th MI Brigade, expressed pride for nify the Army’s commitment to defend In addition, 22 of the 29 Soldiers re-enlistees. all Soldiers who rededicated their lives against threats into the for the first time. The 29 While lauding the importance of these to the Army. “I could think of no better place forSoldiers, who range in age from 20 to 40, new Army “cyber warriors,” Hernandez “While it is extremely exciting that this ceremony — the Pentagon,” Her-consisted of 23 males and six females, cautioned those in attendance as to so many of the Soldiers re-enlisted as nandez said. “You are our best. ... Youand 14 noncommissioned officers. The why the country needs them in the first Cryptologic Network Warfare special- are our nation’s strength, today and ourdiverse group was made up of many place: adversarial threats attacking and ists, it must also be noted that the nine future.” SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsPershing Hill hostsWATCH D.O.G.S.father initiativeBy Lisa R. Rhodes fathers and father figures to volunteerStaff Writer in local schools to provide positive male One of the things Marine Gunnery role models for students and to enhanceSgt. Jamir Burton missed most during school security.his six-month deployment to Afghani- Pershing Hill hosted a Dads/Kidsstan was being involved with the educa- Pizza event in the school’s cafeteria totion of his two school-age children encourage fathers and father figures to So after his recent return home, Bur- join the initiative and pledge to volun-ton was one of more than 90 men to teer at least one day during the schoolparticipate in a kick-off for the WATCH year.D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Pershing Hill Principal Tashekaprogram held Oct. 23 at Pershing Hill Green said the school adopted the pro-Elementary School. gram because it benefits students and WATCH D.O.G.S. is a father involve- encourages parental involvement.ment initiative of the National Center “The positive partnership between photos by noah scialomfor Fathering, a nonprofit educational home and school increases student Mackenzie Maki, 6, eats pizza with her father Navy Collection Cryptologic Technicianorganization based in Kansas City, Mo., achievement both academically and 1st Class Matthew Maki at the WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad/Kids Pizza event at Pershing Hillthat provides research-based training socially,” Green said. Elementary School on Oct. 23.and resources so that men are equipped According to the National Centerto address their children’s needs. for Fathering, 72 percent of Americans National Center for Education Statistics a third-grader at Pershing Hill, said The organization’s goal is to reverse consider fatherlessness to be the most found that when fathers are involved in he wanted to help launch the programthe cultural trend toward fatherlessness significant family or social problem fac- their children’s education, children are because his parents were not involved inby helping every dad learn how to be ing the nation. more likely to get good grades, enjoy his education when he was a child.a father. WATCH D.O.G.S. organizes A 1997 study conducted by the school and participate in extracurricu- “As a father of three, I will be in lar activities. the schools as long as I have children Sgt. 1st Class Algrish C. Williams, going,” Williams said. “... The bottom an administrative supervisor with the line here is that dads make a difference. Defense Programs Support Activity, is We can do that by getting involved with the WATCH D.O.G.S. coordinator. He our children and those that don’t have organized the Dads/Kids Pizza event, dads available in their life.” which included a short film about the Green said volunteers will assist program’s objectives. Participants then teachers and staff in the classroom, signed up to volunteer at the school. hallways and front office. Volunteers “The men in attendance were very also will monitor students when they impressed with the overview of the arrive at school and during lunch and program,” Williams said. “This is an dismissal. excellent way for dads to connect with Staff Sgt. Eric Avelar, of the 742nd other dads and help build a network Military Intelligence Battalion, came to community with a safety net for our the event with his two children. children while in school and outside of “It sounded like a good program,” school.” Avelar said, noting he is unable to Williams, whose daughter Regine is attend school functions because of his work schedule. Avelar said he wanted to be more Col. Rich Patterson gives his 8-year-old involved in his children’s lives. daughter Katherine a hug at the WATCH “This was a good opportunity,” he D.O.G.S. Dads/Kids Pizza event. More said. than 90 men signed up to volunteer at Avelar’s 9-year-old daughter Alejan- the school as part of an initiative to dra Cervantes agreed. encourage fathers to be more involved “I feel happy,” the fourth-grader said. in their children’s lives. “I’m happy that he came.” SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  7. 7. N ewsDINFOS on pace tosurpass 2012 CFC goalBy Navy Seaman Nicolas N. Lopez After only four weeks, the DefenseInformation School has reached 78percent of its Combined FederalCampaign goal. DINFOS, which overshot its previ-ous goal by more than $10,000 lastyear, has assisted the Chesapeake BayArea CFC in becoming the third larg-est CFC in terms of money raised sofar this year. ture, we’re third on post, about fourth “We have exceeded our halfway or fifth regionwide. ... We’re keepingmark toward our goal toward the up with the big units.”end of this week,” said Sgt. 1st Class DINFOS Commandant Col. Jer-Brian Lehnhardt, the administra- emy Martin praised the efforts of thetive noncommissioned officer for the DINFOS CFC staff.Visual Communication Directorate “Our staff who manage the CFCand a part-time basic still photogra- program do an exceptional job ofphy instructor. “Our goal this year ensuring contact with all our studentsis $20,000. Currently, DINFOS has and staff and they help everyone givereceived $15,678 in online contribu- to the organization of their choice,”tions.” Martin said. Photo by Navy Seaman Nicolas N. Lopez Lehnhardt is a volunteer for the Lehnhardt said he is confident that Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant of the Defense Information School, receives aCFC at DINFOS, helping the pro- DINFOS will reach its goal. Combined Federal Campaign flyer from Sgt. 1st Class Brian Lehnhardt at the CFCgram run smoothly and providing “We’re at a very good pace to do donut and coffee breakfast on Oct. 24 at DINFOS. The event was held to informopportunities such as the CFC donut that,” he said. “We’re still only in the students and staff about the campaign.and coffee breakfast on Oct. 24. fourth week of this campaign, so we “We just started the fourth week have lots of time. Our goal is to makeof the campaign this week; so all $20,000, and since we’re already atthings considered, we’re doing well,” 78 percent, we don’t have far left toLehnhardt said. “As far as the big pic- go.” Improve Lives th ugh yo ro ur Wo rkplace Giving. Please Designate: Catholic Charities ofBaltimore # 54862 Sarah’ House s # 89505 Our Da Bread ily Employment Center # 17581 My Sister’s e Plac Women ’sCenter # 23249 cc-m SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  8. 8. N ews Start preparing for tax season By Capt. William Biggers United States and Puerto Rico. Fort Meade Legal Assistance • Tax Tip 3: Show your holiday spirit by With the holidays just around the volunteering at the Fort Meade Tax Center corner, most of us are simply trying to for the upcoming tax season. Howard Community College salutes our adjust our finances to get through the next There is no better way to give back to month. But it’s time to start thinking about your Team Meade community than by military personnel and their families this tax season. helping Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines As the saying goes, an ounce of preven- and Guardsmen get their taxes prepared Veterans Day and everyday. tion is worth a pound of cure. So while you’re planning out holiday finances, keep for free. We are still in need of volunteers for these tax tips in mind to help ease the stress both administrative and tax preparation HCC is at your service to help you achieve of the new year: • Tax Tip 1: Start gathering all of your positions. It’s never too early to start preparing for your educational goals: paperwork now. the upcoming tax season. Employers begin to send out W2s in Follow these simple tips and you’ll find mid-January and the beginning of Febru- that the process is a lot smoother this year. ary. There are also some years where the Even if you can’t volunteer this tax sea-  A G.I. JOBS magazine 2013 Military Friendly School IRS does not even have all necessary forms son, get your taxes prepared at no charge printed until January or February. at the Fort Meade Tax Center at 4217  The only community college Veteran Peer Support site However, individuals can begin their tax Roberts Ave. preparations by gathering other necessary The center opens Jan. 28 and will start of the Maryland Veterans Resilience Initiative papers and materials. Take a day out of the scheduling appointments in January. holiday season to gather necessary receipts, To volunteer at the Fort Meade Tax  Partner in the Excelsior College Consortium materials to support credits and exemp- Center or for more information about tions, and to think of questions you may volunteering, call Capt. William Biggers for bachelor’s degree opportunities have for your tax preparer. at the Legal Assistance Division at the It is also important to take the time to be Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at proactive in researching changes to tax laws 301-677-9086.  Credit for military experience that may affect you and your family. If you have not already done so, Decem-  Deferred payment plan ber is a great time to begin gathering these materials and to start a tax folder for the Legal Assistance  Assistance in applying for veterans’ benefits upcoming tax season. • Tax Tip 2: If you’re deployed or deploy- Office hours ing, don’t stress about the filing deadline.  Disability support, career services, and more! The IRS and most state Departments of The hours of operation for the Fort Meade Revenue extend the deadline to file taxes Legal Assistance Office are: for service members deployed to a combat • Monday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. zone. • Tuesday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. If you know you will be deployed dur- • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 ing tax season, IRS Publication 17 will tell p.m. you if your deployment zone qualifies as a • Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. “Combat Zone” for a deadline extension. • Friday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Those deployed or to be deployed dur- ing tax season should ask their spouse or The office is closed for lunch each day Contact one of our military and veterans’ affairs specialists: immediate family member to collect and from noon to 1 p.m. The office also closes organize pertinent papers and forms so that for training every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Office of Records, Registration and Veterans’ Affairs upon returning home, the service member Power of Attorney drafting and notaries 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway is not scrambling to gather tax materials to services are available on a walk-in basis meet the extended deadline. Columbia, MD 21044 Service members are allowed an auto- during normal hours of operation. Attorney matic two-month extension to file 2012 counseling is provided by appointment 443-518-4514  only. federal tax returns and to pay any federal income tax due if they are in military or For more information, call the Legal Assistance naval service and are on duty outside the Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.12 SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  9. 9. C over S torySenator’s visit celebrates Veterans DayBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Speaking at Manor View ElementarySchool, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin dis-cussed the importance of Veterans Dayand the sacrifice of service members andtheir families. Cardin’s visit on Monday morning waspart of Operation Caring Classroom, anannual education initiative administeredby the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Washington,D.C. According to the foundation’s website,the goal of Operation Caring Classroomis to educate children about VeteransDay and to help youngsters understandthe sacrifice service members and theirfamilies make each day. At the event, Manor View PrincipalDonna O’Shea said 98 percent of theschool’s students have a parent in themilitary. Manor View participated in OperationCaring Classroom because the students“need to see how valued their parentsare as veterans and their sacrifice for thecountry,” O’Shea said. “They often don’thear that.” In addition to participating in Opera-tion Caring Classroom, the school willprovide pastries for parents on Monday— Veterans Day — from 7:45 to 8:30 photo by nate pescea.m. Parents also will have an opportu-nity to visit classrooms. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin speaks to students at Manor View Elementary School on Monday morning about the importance of Cardin spoke before an assembly of Veterans Day. The senator’s visit was part of Operation Caring Classroom, an annual education initiative administered by thestudents in third, fourth and fifth grades. Armed Forces Foundation based in Washington, D.C.The senator began by asking childrenabout the meaning and significance of everybody has to live by.” a lot of fun,” Cardin said. “So I spend a be part of a military family.”Veterans Day. Cardin called the Constitution “a won- lot of time doing what I do. I enjoy it. I By educating their peers and people Several students said the day was derful document,” and spoke about the think it’s neat. I find it very rewarding.” in their communities about the realitiesset aside to recognize those who have importance of the Bill of Rights. Cardin said that in addition to the of military life, “there is a better chanceserved in the armed forces. Others said it “Why do we have a democracy? Why parades and festivities on Veterans Day, that we’ll have the right type of policieswas a time to say thank you to Soldiers do we have our freedom? ... What was the observance is also a time to renew the in the country that will support our mili-who have fought in the nation’s wars for George Washington before he was presi- nation’s commitment to service members tary, support our military families andfreedom. dent?” Cardin asked. “He was General by ensuring that the military has “the keep our military strong,” Cardin said. One child said Veterans Day is an Washington. He led our Solders to free- best equipment” and provides “the best “So our freedoms are protected and ouropportunity to celebrate military fami- dom.” training.” world is a safer place to be.”lies. Cardin also asked students to name “We should show our thanks to mili- After the assembly, 10-year-old Ashley “If your mother or father or both countries that do not have the same rights tary families by making sure that they Anderson, whose father serves in theserve in the military, you’re part of a as Americans. The students mentioned have what they need,” he said. Coast Guard, said it was exciting to seemilitary family,” Cardin said. “Military China and Egypt. When service members transition from Cardin.families are the ones who really protect Countries throughout the world “look their military careers and become veter- “He was very knowledgeable,” theour country.” to America as a beacon of hope and ans, the nation must “help them because fourth-grader said. Cardin then conducted a mini civics opportunity,” Cardin said. “So what they helped our country” with adequate Nathan Landry, also a fourth-grader,lesson and asked students about the role we do here is focused on around the health care and opportunities for educa- said the assembly was fun and that theof the Senate and the work of senators world.” tion and jobs, Cardin said. event reminded him of why Veteransand members of Congress. Students also had the opportunity to He then asked the children to raise Day matters. “The Senate and Congress make laws,” ask Cardin questions such as if the sena- their right hand to become student sena- “It’s important,” the 10-year-old said,Cardin said. “We’re a democratic coun- tor liked his job and if his job was hard. tors and to go into their communities to “because it’s a good time to say thanktry. We’re elected. We make the laws that “If you like what you do, work becomes “let people know how proud you are to you for serving in the wars.”14 SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  10. 10. C over S toryVeterans honored atannual post luncheonBy Lisa R. Rhodes World Wars; Officers’ Spouses’ Club; andStaff Writer The Retired Enlisted Association. Veterans are not asking for a handout. Retired Col. Ed Cramer served as emcee That is the message retired Brig. Gen. of the event, which included the traditionalGeorge B. Price shared in his speech at the Fallen Comrades Ceremony and a perfor-installation’s Veterans Appreciation Day mance of patriotic songs by the West PointLuncheon on Saturday. Alumni Glee Club. “Veterans are asking to be assimilated in Garrison Chaplain Col. Carl Rau gavethe population at the same level they left,” the invocation. Patricia Baker, presidentPrice said. “They’re not begging for some- of the ESC, led the recital of the “Pledgebody to do something for them. They’re of Allegiance.” Mary Gray, president ofasking for those entitlements and benefits TREA Chapter 24, sang the Nationalthat they earned.” Anthem. Price was the guest speaker at the annual Before Price’s speech, Rep. John Sar-luncheon held at Club Meade. banes made brief remarks to pay homage “It was very moving to hear someone to veterans and the military. photos by noah scialomwho is saying what we feel,” said retired “This is such an important recognitionChief Warrant Officer 3 Jack Matthews, a of our veterans,” Sarbanes said. Brig. Gen. George B. Price speaks about the nation’s commitment to veterans at theVietnam veteran. The congressman said that although this installation’s annual Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon on Saturday. The three-hour The three-hour event attracted more is an election year, the country is united event, held at Club Meade, was co-sponsored by the Retired Officers’ Wives Club andthan 250 people, twice the number of those behind veterans. seven other Fort Meade and civic organizations.who attended last year. “When it comes to our veterans, there “People were very enthusiastic,” said is a solidarity that is a tribute to what itLianne Roberts, president of the Retired means to be a patriot in America that I “What a great morning and an oppor- successful in their second careers, have madeOfficers’ Wives’ Club, a co-sponsor of the think is singular and exceptional in the tunity to spend with you, from our Buffalo enormous contributions to our country andevent. “People wanted to celebrate our ser- world,” Sarbanes said. “We come together Soldiers, from World War II veterans, to are moving on with their lives.”vice members.” across party lines, across all walks of life to Korea, to Vietnam and to the wars that are But for those who do face obstacles, Other sponsors included the Associa- honor the sacrifice and commitment that existing today,” he said. “we’re obligated to take care of those vet-tion of the United States Army; Enlisted our Soldiers make.” The one- to two percent of men and erans that need help,” Price said. “[Help] isSpouses Club; Military Officers’ Associa- Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. women who serve in the military, said Roth- a little broader requirement than just sayingtion of America; Military Order of the Rothstein welcomed the audience. stein, “serve our country strong.” ‘thank you.’ ” The strength behind those service mem- Veterans need to feel welcome, respected bers are their families, friends and home and appreciated for their service and for communities, he said. the contributions they continue to make to Price began his speech by calling his visit society, he said, and the nation must value to Fort Meade “a homecoming. ... There’s the world view that veterans bring to the enough camaraderie and good feelings to table. go around.” “Let’s be sure to capitalize on their skills,” Fort Meade was his last active-duty said Price, noting that veterans know first- assignment in a career that included serving hand the value of life, service and sacrifice. at every level of command and staff, from To close his speech, Price said it is time platoon leader to assistant commander and for the nation “to come together for a com- battalion staff. mon cause. ... [Let’s] make things right for From 1976 to 1978, Price served as the the veterans and everyone else who is disen- chief of staff of First Army. franchised by the system, and be proud to Veterans, he said, deserve the nation’s be an American.” “undying and untiring support” as they Retired Staff Sgt. Tyrone Johnson, a transition from their military service to member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, civilian life. Odenton Chapter, Post 5712, said he was “They deserve the same dignity and impressed by Price’s remarks. pride that you would heap upon somebody “He brought up a lot of points that we if they were a great athlete that just hit need to think about ... that veterans don’t the home run that won the World Series,” want a handout, but a hand up,” Johnson Price said. said. “We’re not asking for anything weThe Fallen Comrades Ceremony is a tradition at Fort Meade during the Veterans Contrary to the often-common portrayal didn’t earn. Assimilate us back into society.Appreciation Day Luncheon. A table was set to honor fallen comrades killed in war, of veterans as in distress and homeless, We’re back. Just accept us as we are andmissing in action and prisoners of war. Price said most veterans “are adjusted, are let us live our lives.” November 8, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  11. 11. N ewsPrevent, control diabetes with healthy dietBy Deirdre Smith and Nancy Reed stroke than people without diabetes. Diabetes amount of carbohydrates in a person’s diet. How many carbs should be eaten? A gen-Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center also greatly increases the chance of kidney, Foods that contain carbohydrates can eral rule of thumb for women is three to four November is National Diabetes Month, eye and nerve diseases. affect blood sugar if they are eaten in exces- carb choices per meal. Men can eat four toa time to increase awareness about a disease While there is no known cause for type 2 sive amounts. Carbohydrates are actually five carb choices a meal.that has reached epidemic, if not pandemic, diabetes, it is well established that certain risk needed to give the body energy, so a person Remember to include snacks along withproportions. factors increase one’s chance of developing needs to eat carbs each meal. The trick is to meals. If you eat breakfast and then a mid- The number of Americans affected by the condition. The more factors a person has, know how many carbs to eat. morning snack, all the foods count as break-diabetes mellitus is out of control. In 1958, the higher the risk. Carbohydrates are primarily starches, such fast.according to the Centers for Disease Con- Several of these risk factors, such as age, as bread, rice, cereal, pasta and starchy veg- Juices can be tricky, but it is the portiontrol and Prevention, 1.6 million Americans gender, race and family history, cannot be etables like potatoes, corn, peas and lima size that matters the most. A 4-ounce servingwere diagnosed with diabetes. In 2010, 21.1 changed. However, the primary risk factor for beans. of juice, or a one-half cup, contains aboutmillion Americans were diagnosed with the developing type 2 diabetes is central obesity. Fruits contain natural sugars that can one carb choice, or about 15 grams of car-condition. The more fatty tissue a person has, especially increase blood sugar. People should keep their bohydrate. But 16 ounces of bottled juice has Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 in the abdomen, the more resistant a person’s fruit servings the size of their fist and have no about 60 grams of carbs. That is the samepercent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes cells are to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that more than three servings per day. as eating four slices of bread or four piecesmellitus. In a nutshell, diabetes mellitus occurs lowers the amount of sugar in the blood. Not all dairy products are created equal. of fruit.when there is too much sugar in the blood The increasing rates of diabetes mellitus Milk and yogurt contain about the same If you drink juice, it is important to keepstream, which can be caused by a deficiency in in the U.S. are directly proportionate to the amount of carbs as starches and fruit, but that portion size small and only have onethe body’s hormones, the body’s metabolism, increasing rates of obesity. People can reduce cheese has very few carbs. However, cheese glass per day.or both. their personal risk of developing type 2 dia- has a good deal of fat, which can increase a It is a good idea to eat non-starchy veg- Preventing and controlling diabetes is criti- betes by achieving and maintaining a healthy person’s risk for heart disease. So it is recom- etables. They have very few carbs, are low incal. All forms of diabetes increase a person’s weight. This can be accomplished by eating a mended to eat no more than one serving for calories and contain fiber. People can makerisk for heart disease. Sixty-five percent of healthy diet and being physically active. cheese each day. half of their plate vegetables and keep starchypeople with diabetes die from heart disease What a person eats is a major factor in What is a carb? In general, a serving of foods to just one-quarter of the plate.or stroke. weight loss. Healthy eating is essential for a carb or a carb choice is about one cup for In general, people with diabetes should Adults with diabetes are two to four times person with diabetes, but it doesn’t have to most foods. That equals eight ounces or the meet with a registered dietitian who can helpmore likely to have heart disease or suffer a be difficult. It’s really all about controlling the size of a tennis ball. them figure out the best foods to eat. Kick tobacco habit during Warrior Transition Unit Great American Smokeout provides specialized care By Dr. Jennifer Evans Tobacco Cessation Program; Call 301-677- By Capt. Bernard Ortega and referrals into education, employment Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center 8435 for enrollment. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center and internship programs. Have you been thinking about quitting • TRICARE’s online Smoking Cessa- Fort Meade has its own Warrior Transi- The Fort Meade (Alpha Company) tobacco? You are not alone. tion Program: Telephone support service at tion Unit, a specialized unit that provides WTU is subordinate to the Walter Reed When surveyed, more than 70 percent 1-866-459-8766 or online training and tools personalized, compassionate and future- National Military Medical Center War- of tobacco users were interested in quitting at oriented care for the Army’s wounded, ill rior Transition Brigade. and more than two-thirds of those that • National Quit Hotline: Call 1-800- and injured Soldiers. If you or someone in your chain of relapse would like to try again. QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for tele- November is Warrior Care Month. command has a medical condition that There are many options available to phone support service. Long gone are the days of medical hold requires complex care management and support reducing, modifying and quitting • Internet resources: units. The “T” in “WTU” places emphasis more than six months of duty limitations, tobacco products. • on not only delivering world-class care, use your chain of command to contact In celebration of the Great American • but on helping every wounded, ill or our Intake Review Board at WTU-REF@ Smokeout on Nov. 15, Kimbrough Ambu- • injured Soldier to successfully get to the latory Care Center will offer quick enroll- • next step, whether it’s while remaining in You will receive assistance to complete ment into the Tobacco Cessation Program. to_quit/you_can_quit/index.htm uniform as a service member or transi- a command referral packet, which will be The local program will then provide • tioning as a productive civilian veteran. reviewed by Warrior Transition Brigade support through various approaches dur- Quitting tobacco is one of the leading To that end, six elements comprise the leadership. ing the transition off nicotine. TRICARE ways to improve one’s health and reduce cadre: a care management team that con- prime beneficiaries can stop by the Wellness the risk for serious medical consequences, sists of a primary care physician; nurse Center Conference Room at 2480 Llewellyn although it is also one of the toughest case managers; clinical social workers; Ave. on Nov. 15 to enroll between 7:30 and changes for a person to make. noncommissioned officers to guide each NO ONE DOES COMMUNITY 10:30 a.m. The Great American Smokeout challeng- Soldier through the process; an admin- NEWS LIKE WE DO Many resources are available for those es tobacco users to abstain from tobacco for istrative support staff; and a specialized interested in quitting tobacco: one day. Know that there is continued help team of rehabilitation specialists. A Baltimore Sun Media • Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center to extend that day to a lifetime. Rehabilitation specialists help facilitate Group Publication physical recovery, next-step counseling,16 SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012
  12. 12. R eligion Fort Meade 2012 Holiday Religious services, activities DATE SERVICE TIME LOCATION Nov. 14-16 Harvest Festival Revival 7 p.m. Chapel Center Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Day Mass 10 a.m. Post Chapel Dec. 2-6 Reconciliation Services (Catholic) 5:30-6:30 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 2-6 Advent Retreat (Catholic) 7-9 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 9 Episcopal Service of Lessons Carols 4 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 11 Hanukkah Luncheon Celebration 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Chapel Center Dec. 12 Fort Meade Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m. Parade Field (near gazebo) Dec. 24 “Happy Birthday Jesus” Mass (for children) 5 p.m. Chapel Center Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 10 p.m. Chapel Center Dec. 24 Episcopal Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 24 Episcopal Christmas Eve Carols/Service 10:30/11 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 25 Christmas Day Mass 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 31 New Year’s Vigil Adoration 4-4:45 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 31 New Year’s Vigil Mass 5 p.m. Post Chapel Dec. 31 Gospel Watch-Night Service 10 p.m. Chapel Center Jan. 1 Mary, Mother of God 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel Times of the regular weekend Protestant and Catholic services during the day will remain the same (if not noted). For more information about religious services, call the Garrison Chaplain’s Office at 301-677-6703. home living Chaplain’s Word Chesapeake To advertise HAPPINESS + or subscribe 410.332.6517 “Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” A BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION — Henri Matisse JOAN M. KANTER, DDS Find the Fort Meade Specializing in Children’s Dentistry Religious Schedule Ages 0-21 at Welcome New Patients! Look for the “Community” tab then click “Most Insurance Honored” on “Religious Services” for Saturday Hours Available • 410-715-9555 schedules, events and contact information. Connect with Fort Meade at 5076 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042 Visit my website at www.kanterdental.com November 8, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  13. 13. S portsMeade participates in UMD Military Appreciation DayBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer From the 30-yard line, Marine Pfc.Armand Powell could hear the roar ofthe crowd at University of Maryland’sCapital One Field at Byrd Stadium. As eager football players and fans pre-pared for an Atlantic Coast Conferencematch-up Saturday between Georgia Techand the University of Maryland, Powelland more than a dozen other Fort Meadeservice members stretched a large Ameri-can flag across the grid iron. “I always like coming out to events likethis,” Powell said. “It’s amazing.” Airmen, Marines and Sailors from theDefense Information School joined AirForce Col. Michael Downs, commanderof the 707th Intelligence, Surveillance,and Reconnaissance Group, and fourSoldiers from Headquarters CommandBattalion in helping the university in cel-ebrating its Military Appreciation Day atCollege Park. The Fort Meade service members par-ticipated in pregame events, including thecoin toss, and were recognized during thegame. “It means so much for us to come outto a Maryland football game,” Downssaid. “It means a lot to these guys. There’s photos by lloyd fox, baltimore sunso much sacrifice for our Soldiers, Airmenand Marines, and having this level of More than a dozen Fort Meade service members participated in the University of Maryland’s Military Appreciation Day prior toappreciation means a great deal.” Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. The Military Appreciation Day eventsbegan with the DINFOS service members Service members who participated inextending a 40-foot flag on the field dur- the appreciation day also were given seatsing the National Anthem. to catch the game. Several DINFOS stu- Airman 1st Class Joshua Goodnight, dents said it was a pleasant change froma journalism student, said he had some the school routine.previous experience handling the flag “It’s nice to come out and be part ofsuch as raising and lowering the flag the community and get off base,” Good-during Reveille and Retreat. But unveil- night the flag in front of more than 30,000 Downs said the event provides thepeople, however, provided a little change young service members with an opportu-to the task. nity to relax and enjoy a football game. “I’ve never done anything like this “They’re just new to the military, get-before,” Goodnight said. “This is some- ting accustomed to our way of life andthing new.” being a professional,” he said. “To come Immediately before the game, Downs out here on a great football day to watch aconducted the coin toss at the 50-yard great football game — you can’t beat that.line. Excited to participate in his first I’m sure they’ll love every minute of it.”coin toss, Downs said he also was lookingforward to seeing his nephew Sean Poole Air Force Col. Michael Downs, commander— a punter for Georgia Tech. of the commander of the 707th Intelligence, “I can’t wait to see him out there,” he Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group,said. greets a referee before conducting the During the game, Soldiers from Head- coin toss at a University of Marylandquarters Command Battalion were rec- football game. The university celebratedognized in the end zone and received Military Appreciation Day at Saturday’sapplause from the large crowd. game.18 SOUNDOFF! November 8, 2012