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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 41 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 11, 2012 ´ all out photo by brian kristaKevin McKeegan of the 327th Signal Company Spartans dives to catch an interception during an intramural flag football game against the 34th Intelligence Squadron on Oct.4. McKeegan’s two interceptions at the beginning of the game weren’t enough to hold off the 34th IS, who won 20-12. For the story, see Page 16.two-alarm diversity UPCOMING EVENTSMeade firefighters Hispanic Heritage Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Youth Fishing Rodeo - Burba Lakerespond to Odenton Month Observance Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Lounge honors contributions Oct. 19, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - The Conference Centerapartment fire Oct. 19, 6-10 p.m.: “Meade’s Gone Country” - The Conference Centerpage 3 page 8 Oct. 26: Commander’s Cup golf tournament - Eisenhower Golf Course, Crownsville
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! October is Energy ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Awareness Month Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones I’m sure you have noticed Fort Meade A couple of Assistant Editor & Senior Writer postmaster messages and fliers promoting the our most recent Rona S. Hirsch theme, “Team Up to Energy Action Month.” efforts have Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Our Directorate of Public Works is using exceeded that Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz this theme in a most efficient manner. requirement. Design Coordinator Timothy Davis In doing this, DPW has teamed up with The recent Supple­mental photography provided Fort Meade’s Public Health Command as they installation of by Patuxent Publishing Co. offer you more opportunities to get your flu a solar thermal shot this year. roof at Gaffney Advertising As a “value add” to the Meade Energy Open Fitness Center General Inquiries 410-332-6300 House, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center delivers more Allison Thompson is providing walk-in flu shots today through than $7,000 per COL. Edward c. 410-332-6850 Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McGill month in mea- Rothstein Garrison Commander Michele Griesbauer Training Center. Active-duty service members, sured energy 410-332-6381 retirees and their family members, along with cost savings. DoD civilian employees, are eligible to receive We also plan to implement high-efficiency If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are a free flu shot. LED exterior lighting as part of our preventa- experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail The Centers for Disease Control and Pre- tive maintenance programs. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. vention recommends that everyone 6 months DPW anticipates the LED lighting will of age or older be vaccinated annually against reduce lighting energy use by up to 40 percent, Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the influenza. providing substantial cost savings over legacy personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary The experts are telling me that it takes a lighting. of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday couple of weeks to build immunity after get- In March, the installation installed solar except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. ting a flu shot. That makes this week a good photo voltaic lighting in the outdoor yard at Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, time to get your shot and, at the same loca- Buildings 8478 and 8479, two student bar- Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. tion, receive energy-saving tips and energy racks at the Defense Information School. The souvenirs, and have the option to schedule a same lighting was installed in the yard outside Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage tour showcasing geothermal (thermal energy Youth Services on Ernie Pyle Street. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, generated and stored in the Earth) and pho- The solar PV lighting is a renewable energy user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser tovoltaic (solar) projects that are in operation with an economical impact on energy reduc- will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. at Fort Meade. tion in which the buildings do not receive Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department For a complete schedule of dates and times power from the utility company grid. It is of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are to get flu shots and participate in the energy expected that the $128,000 student barracks not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance open house, visit project and the $83,000 Youth Services project of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Past observances have referred to October will return their investments in seven years. the Army of the products or services advertised. as Energy Awareness Month. This year, the We are just as concerned about finding ways Department of Energy wanted to go beyond to reduce the installation’s water consumption. energy awareness and encourage everyone to We are now required to reduce our consump- look for ways to take action to save energy, water and money for American taxpayers. tion by 2 percent annually, which puts Fort Meade on track to reduce its water consump- You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at Did you know that the DoD is the nation’s tion by 26 percent in FY2020 compared to and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at single largest energy user and the Department FY2007. of Army is one of the largest utility consum- Each of us has an obligation to enhance ers? As energy becomes a more expensive our effectiveness through individual conserva- commodity, we need to be more aware of how tion efforts. Co n t e n t s we use it. We must commit now to conserve energy in our homes, community and the Please take time to review your daily routine to conserve energy and empower others to take workplace. action. Working together, I know we can con- News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 16 At Fort Meade, our energy design, opera- tinue to find ways to help Fort Meade (and our tions and services are focused on the conser- planet) reduce its energy and water use. Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 23 vation of both limited energy resources and Always think safety with the changing limited funding sources. Our goal is to ensure weather and our kids going to school. Community.................. 20 Classified.............................. 24 that new energy projects provide long-term With all this said, have a great Team Meade value. week! SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  3. 3. NewsMeade firefighters help extinguish apartment fire off postBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer At 6:08 p.m. on Sept. 30, the FortMeade Fire Department was dispatchedto a fire just outside the fence line. By6:12 p.m., eight of the post’s firefight-ers were on the scene battling the blazethat resulted in the evacuation of resi-dents living in 24 apartments. No injuries were reported. Damagewas contained to 12 apartments. Four apartments were occupied byFort Meade personnel. According toArmy Community Service, the dis-placed residents have been relocated toother units in the apartment complexand have received assistance from theAmerican Red Cross. “It’s sad and unfortunate,” FortMeade firefighter Jimmy Dean said. The Fort Meade Fire Departmentwas the second arriving engine and thefirst truck at the two-alarm fire, whichstarted at around 6:05 p.m. at the 2000block of Military Place in Odenton’sSeven Oaks Apartments. Fort Meade Fire Capt. Josh Mor-gan said that when they arrived onthe scene, there was heavy fire on thethird floor. “The fire started on a third floorbalcony,” he said. “As to the cause ofthe fire, nobody knows yet. It’s underinvestigation.” Fort Meade responded to the fireas part of a mutual-aid agreementwith the county. Although the fire photo by jen Wilbanks, MSFAdepartment has three crews, only oneis designated for the installation. The Fort Meade firefighters battle the blaze of a fire at the Seven Oaks apartments in Odenton on Sept. 30. The Fort Meade Fireremaining two can be used off post. Department dispatched eight firefighters, an engine and truck to the two-alarm fire. “Any day, they can take two pieces ofequipment from us,” Morgan said. More than 60 firefighters and 25pieces of equipment responded to the ladders to the third floor. “Our [engine] crew made entry to the third floor via ladder and we ended NIOC Maryland Sailor saves livesfire, with crews from surrounding coun- up pulling the ceiling down to make By Terrina Weatherspoon mon said. “And anybody who didn’tties fighting the fire in the three-story access to the fire,” Morgan said. “As Navy Information Operations Command come out, we went into the apartment,apartment building. Morgan said he we started putting water on top of it, Maryland Public Affairs cleared them and moved on to the nextlost count of how many fire depart- command pulled us out because the fire A cryptologic technician for the Navy floor. We got everybody cleared outments were dispatched to the site. had consumed the entire half of the Information Operations Command of the building before the first engine “It was busy,” he said. “A lot of building on the roof.” Maryland saved countless lives Sept. showed up.”things were going on, and a lot of The fire truck crew also made entry 30 when a two-alarm fire broke out at Several NIOC Sailors were affectedthings were happening at the right into the building as Dean began setting the Seven Oaks Apartments near Fort by the fire that damaged more than 20pace. But the fire had a pretty good up the master stream devices to shoot Meade. units and took more than two dozen firejump.” large quantities of water onto the fire Cryptologic Technician (Collection) trucks to extinguish. Although the building had a sprin- from the exterior. 1st Class Bonnie McCammon, a resi- “The hardest part is watching peoplekler system, flames spread through the All eight Fort Meade firefighters dent of the complex and a volunteer lose their homes because as the roofattic space and burned off the top of remained at the scene until around 11 firefighter, said she drove up to the site caught on fire, the whole of this went,”the sprinklers. Fire and smoke ema- p.m. and saw smoke coming out of the peak McCammon said. “We actually took anated from the roof. “That’s what we train for, and we go of the roof. few people into my apartment before When Morgan’s engine arrived at out and it’s good to be able to do the “We were knocking on doors and see- the Red Cross got there, so we could allthe scene, firefighters quickly deployed job you’re there for,” Morgan said. ing if the handles were open,” McCam- take care of each other.” October 11, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsWorship services donate more than $14,000 to food bankBy Philip H. Jones coordinated a designated offering involv- All nine of the Fort Meade worship ser- The Interfaith Day of Service was aCommand Information Chief ing all installation chapel services on Sept. vices supported the Day of Caring. They regional effort by Maryland, West Virgin-Public Affairs Office 30. include the Apostolic Service, Catholic ia, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In response to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Collectively, through the generosity of Mass, Protestant Contemporary Service, The Day of Service encouraged non-call to engage all Marylanders in com- worship service members, Fort Meade Episcopal service, Gospel Protestant Ser- profit organizations and religious groups -munity service projects focused on ending donated $14,770.41 to the Maryland Food vice, Islamic service, Jewish service, Main churches, youth groups and religious-affili-hunger and protecting the environment, Bank as part of an effort to end childhood Post Protestant Service and Spanish Prot- ated schools — to recruit members andthe Fort Meade Religious Support Office hunger. estant Service. supporters to participate in their area. 902nd MI Soldiers prepare for deployment By Veronica Castro is happening with you.” Afghanistan,” she said. Public Affairs Office Hopkins left her business cards on the Hopkins said they are ready for the Service members of the 902nd Mili- table and urged the deploying Soliders to mission. tary Intelligence Group gathered for take one and let her know if they have “Command Sergeant Major Mark a deployment ceremony Friday at the any issues. Mathis and I, we certify these Soldiers facility’s courtyard before being released “You all are part of the U.S. Army as trained and ready for the mission,” she to spend time with family and friends Intelligence and Security Command said. “They are America’s best.” to enjoy some of the comforts of home family,” she said. Ed Connor, a Department of the in advance of their mission in Afghani- The group’s Command Sgt. Maj. Army civilian who works for the 902nd stan. Mark Mathis said the service members MI Group, thanked the service members Col. Yvette Hopkins, commander of have undergone intense training in a very for all they do. the 902nd MI, addressed the Soldiers, short time. “Thank you for protecting my family,” telling them they are “trained and ready” “This group makes up the premier he said. “All of you are better than any for the mission. group of Soldiers in INSCOM, “said Super Bowl player or Heisman Trophy “This is a very serious mission what Mathis. “This group of Soldiers is very winners.” you are about to do, and you will be intelligent to be able to grasp the amount Reflecting on the 902nd MI’s commit- photo courtesy 902nd mi group phenomenal,” she said. of training received in this short time.” ment to military service, Connor said, Hopkins stressed the importance of Speaking about the mission the Sol- “what they do, they do it with a senseCol. Yvette Hopkins, commander of the keeping in touch with loved ones back diers will face downrange, Hopkins said of duty, honor and courage. They don’t902nd Military Intelligence Group, speaks home. that it is “really unique.” do it for fanfare and fortune but forto Soldiers at the group’s deployment “They will keep you grounded,” she “This is a team that is in direct love of country and their fellow serviceceremony held Sept. 28. said. “We care and want to know what response to increased insider threats in members.” Have you noticed an issue on post Chaplain’s Word: Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and WELL DONE issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. “Do well the little things now and then great Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to things will come to you by and by, asking to be done.” solve them. — Persian Proverb Issue: Plan: Status: Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be Spring 2013 Connect with Fort Meade at Demolition and installation McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC HVAC is inoperative are now being performed, (except in the ballroom) classrooms 1-5 closed during A/C installation SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsDISA conducts emergency-response exerciseDISA Public Affairs The Defense Information SystemsAgency performed a readiness exerciseon Oct. 2 at its Fort Meade headquarterslocation in coordination with Fort Meadeemergency response and security person-nel and the National Security Agency’sSpecial Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)unit. The exercise included an individual act-ing as a shooter who entered the complex,then scoured hallways, common areasand office spaces, using a fake weaponto “shoot” DISA personnel until he wastaken into custody by security officials. The goal of the exercise was to testhow DISA personnel would react to suchan event, allowing them to practice emer-gency-response procedures that have beendisseminated through classroom train-ings, handouts, instructions from direc-torate security managers and DatelineDISA articles. DISA security personnel, along withFort Meade and NSA units, used the exer-cise to identify ways to improve their owninternal processes, as well as collaborativeemergency-response procedures. During the exercise, employees wereperiodically notified of the “armed per-son’s” location via the agency’s publicannouncement system and email alerts. Employees were instructed to “takeappropriate action” to ensure their safety,which differed depending on location.The safest course of action for manyemployees was to evacuate the complex. PHOTOs COURTESY OF DISAFor others, the prudent action was to takeshelter in offices, restrooms and meeting As employees followed emergency-rooms as security personnel sought out response procedures, Defensethe “armed” individual. Information Systems Agency security The entire exercise lasted approximate- called in Fort Meade emergency responsely two hours. and security personnel (pictured at left) “The event went well,” said Tim Chrys- and the National Security Agency Specialler, DISA’s Chemical, Biological, Radio- Weapons and Tactics unit (pictured above)logical, Nuclear and High-Yield Explo- to assist with subduing the “shooter” andsives and Installation Emergency Man- aiding “victims” during DISA’s readinessagement Program manager and deputy exercise on Oct. 2.antiterrorism officer. “It gave securityemployees an opportunity to put theirtraining to the test. And for others, ithelped them realize how they could reactin such an event.” Chrysler also noted that DISA secu-rity’s partnership and coordination withthe Fort Meade emergency response and Follow Fortsecurity personnel and the NSA SWAT Meade onunit greatly enhanced the exercise and Twitter.comprovided realistic training for an emer-gency situation. /ftmeademd SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsDomestic violence survivor shares storyBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer So far this year, 200 cases of domesticviolence have been reported to the Fam-ily Advocacy Program at Army Com-munity Service. This startling statistic was shared withan audience of 32 garrison leaders andvarious helping professionals includingsocial workers and nurses during theinstallation’s annual inaugural event forDomestic Violence Awareness Month. The 90-minute presentation, “Remem-ber Me,” was held Oct. 3 at McGillTraining Center and was sponsored byACS. The guest speaker was WilliamKellibrew, chair and president of theboard of directors of the William Kelli-brew Foundation, an organization dedi-cated to breaking the cycles of violenceand poverty. “Domestic violence is very importantto us,” said Celena Flowers, FamilyAdvocacy Program manager. “It’s oneof those things that kind of never seemsto go away.” photos by brian krista In his remarks before signing the proc- William Kellibrew, chair and president of the board of directors of the William Kellibrew Foundation, discussed how his motherlamation for Domestic Violence Aware- and older brother were victims of domestic violence and how he survived his family’s tragedy during the event “Remember Me.”ness Month, Garrison Commander Col. About 32 garrison leaders and helping professionals attended the presentation.Edward C. Rothstein attributed the lowattendance to the fact that domestic vio- RIGHT: Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein displays the Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation helence is “hard to talk about.” signed Oct. 3 at McGill Training Center. The signing was part of the installation’s annual inaugural event for Domestic Violence “Domestic violence should never be Awareness Month.tolerated,” Rothstein said. “We can’tturn a deaf ear to domestic violence. It’s their marital relationships, develop their murders, he saw his distraught grandfa- trauma that changes the paradigm fromgoing to take all of us as a community relationship and parenting skills, and ther Jack Mitchell shoot a neighbor over one that asks, “What’s wrong with you?”to work together to start mitigating or improve their quality of life. a parking space for the undertaker who to “What has happened to you?”lessening the impact that domestic vio- In his presentation, Kellibrew said had come to Mitchell’s home to discuss “Trauma-informed care opens thelence has.” his mother was a victim of domestic funeral arrangements. The neighbor sur- door for dialogue and communication,” Flowers said that domestic violence violence. vived the shooting. Kellibrew a national epidemic. In 2008, nearly He shared the story of how on July 2, “I was lost growing up as a teenager,” Trauma-informed care can help victimsone in four women and about one in 10 1984, at age 10, he helplessly watched as Kellibrew said. of trauma feel empowered by providingmen in the U.S. reported experiencing his mother Jacqueline and 12-year-old He said he lived a life of “despair” treatment and services in an environmentviolence by a current or former spouse brother Anthony were shot and killed in and thought of committing suicide at that fosters trust and compassion.or dating partner at some point in their the living room of their Capitol Heights age 13. Kellibrew ended his presentation withlife, according to the Centers for Disease home by Marshall Brent Williams, his Kellibrew credited his grandmother an a cappella performance of the songControl and Prevention. mother’s boyfriend. for raising him, calling her a “shero.” “You Raise Me Up,” made popular by The Department of Justice reported Williams also threatened Kellibrew at “I don’t stand here by myself,” said singer Josh 2007 that on average, each day in the gunpoint, but the child begged for his life Kellibrew, who has three other siblings. “It was very moving,” said Joyce Cole-United States more than three women and was spared. “Every step she took was an extraordi- man, an administrative support techni-are murdered by their husbands or boy- Williams committed suicide in the nary step.” cian at the Directorate of Emergencyfriends family’s home on the same day of the A consultant for the Substance Abuse Services. “It was amazing how the guest The installation’s Family Advocacy murders. A former Marine charged with and Mental Health Services Adminis- speaker went through things but kept hisProgram emphasizes the prevention, desertion, Williams had previously been tration’s National Center for Trauma- dignity as he was growing up. He waseducation, prompt reporting, investi- convicted in 1971 of second-degree mur- Informed Care, Kellibrew also spoke able to cope with his trauma and nowgation, intervention and treatment of der on Marine Corps Base Quantico in about the center’s work in designing works with others.”spouse and child abuse, according to Quantico, Va. trauma-specific interventions to address For more information on domesticthe Fort Meade website. FAP provides “I didn’t know what was going on,” the consequences of trauma in individu- violence and the services available tosupport groups, seminars, workshops, Kellibrew said. “I lost everything, I lost als and help them heal. help service members and their families,counseling and intervention services for my mother.” He explained that trauma-informed call Army Community Service at 301-Soldiers and their families to enhance Kellibrew said that the day after the care is an approach to treating victims of 677-5590. SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  7. 7. N ews Red Ribbon Campaign kicks off Oct. 18 Military Retirees Active-Duty Families By Samson Robinson Army Substance Abuse Program prevention coordinator Whether you retired in uniform or wear it now, The Fort Meade Army Substance Abuse Program and the Fort Meade com- munity will collaborate together to celebrate the 2012 National Red Ribbon Week Campaign starting from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31, as part of a public awareness campaign yOu’ve earned tHe beSt care. to promote drug-free choices in our community. This year’s theme is “The Best Me is Drug Free.” The Department of Defense gives active-duty The Red Ribbon Campaign was launched in 1985 after DEA Specialist Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. The Red Ribbon has family members and military retirees outstanding become a symbol of the need to reduce the demand for drugs and the commit- ment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. health care choices, including the Johns Hopkins US Since the inception of the campaign, activities have expanded beyond one week Family Health Plan. Get all of your TRICARE Prime® in October to year round sponsorship of the prevention efforts that advance the goal of drug-free communities and individuals. ����fi�s ��� mo�� wi�h �h� Joh�s Hopki�s pl��. Army Community Service and the Fort Meade ASAP will sponsor a Red Rib- bon Campaign Kickoff Program to show honor and celebration to Camarena and all others who have been killed in the line of duty in the war on drugs. Get our free information packet. There will be a celebration at the McGill Training Center in class room number 6, Oct. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. If you believe in a drug-free community, then come Call 1-800-220-0183 or visit out and join others who are standing tall for a drug-free America. www.i�hos�joh�shopki�s.o�g/SO today. Drug information pamphlets, brochures and gifts will be available at the event. For more information on the Red Ribbon Campaign Kick-off or the Red Rib- bon Campaign, contact Latonia Stallworth at 301-677-7982 or Samson Robinson at 301-677-7983. TRICARE is a registered trademark of the TRICARE Management Activity. All rights reserved. October 11, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  8. 8. N ews Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Public Notice at Fort Meade Record of Decision for former pesticide shop available for review Career-focused degrees with The U.S. Army at Fort Meade is making available the Record of Decision for knowledge you can use the next day. the former pesticide shop at Fort Meade. The U.S. Army and the Environmental Protection Agency signed the ROD on Master of Science in Administration degree Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, respectively. • No GRE or GMAT required The ROD for the former pesticide shop documents the Army’s plans for • Weekend classes in compressed terms addressing soil and groundwater contamination at the site. The response action includes soil excavation with off-site disposal and enhanced Classes available at 7 Metro DC centers reductive dechlorination with long-term monitoring of groundwater and land use • Aberdeen PG • Alexandria controls to ensure continued protectiveness of human health and environment. • Fort Belvoir • Fort Meade All aspects of the remedy are subject to five-year reviews. Copies of the ROD are available for review online at • JBMHH • Joint Base Andrews ment. Click the links for Clean-up Program, Program Sites and Pesticide Shop. • Pentagon Paper copies of the ROD are available at the Fort Meade Environmental Division Office at 239 Chisholm Ave. and at the West County Area Library in Odenton. Military Tuition Discounted Rate The Administrative Record file for the former pesticide shop, which includes the ROD and all documents that formed the basis for the Army’s selection of the CMU is proud to support our military students. For details on response action, is available for public review at the Fort Meade Environmental CMU’s military tuition discounted rate, visit Division Office and the West County Area Library. For additional project information, visit Fort Meade’s Environmental Manage- ment System website at or call the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office at 301-677-1361. CMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CMU is an AA/EO institution (see 34147 6/12 Get it all at CMU’s Global Campus at Fort Meade. Call 301-621-9796 or toll-free 866-588-4188 today! Public Notice Information on former mortar in Laurel range project available At the intersection of Whiskey Bottom Rd. The U.S. Army at Fort Meade is making available the Record of Decision for and Rt. 198 (Ft. Meade Rd.) the former mortar range munitions response area, or MRA, at Fort Meade. The U.S. Army and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed the ROD MARYLAND’S BEST CAR AND TRUCK SERVICE CENTER RV CE CENT RVICE CENTER RVICE CEN CE on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, respectively. 24/7 ROAD SERVICE The ROD for the former mortar range MRA documents the Army’s plans for addressing risk posed by munitions and explosives of concern at the site. The TOWING response action includes land use controls with long-term monitoring. GREAT DISCOUNTS ON SERVICE The response action provides an optimum balance between the selection criteria Comfortable lounge makes and is protective of human health and the environment. All aspects of the remedy are subject to five-year reviews. waiting for your car a pleasure! Copies of the ROD are available for review online at Knowledgeable Mechanics COME IN AND ment. Click the links for Clean-up Program, Program Sites and Pesticide Shop. Paper copies of the ROD are available at the Fort Meade Environmental SEE WHY WE’RE E #1 MILITARY DISCOUNT Division Office at 239 Chisholm Ave. and at the West County Area Library in 10% OFF all services Odenton. The Administrative Record file for the former mortar range MRA, which Located close to base We Support Our Troops includes the ROD and all documents that formed the basis for the Army’s selection of the response action, is available for public review at the Fort Meade Environ- FULL MINIMUM mental Division Office and the West County Area Library. ONE YEAR WARRANTY For additional project information, visit Fort Meade’s Environmental Manage- on all services ment System website at or call the Fort Meade 301-498-1616 • Public Affairs Office at 301-677-1361.10 SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  9. 9. N ews BANDING TOGETHER Brig. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, chief of pub- lic affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Army, re-enlists 23 Soldiers of the U.S. Army Field Band during a mass re-enlistment ceremony on Oct. 2 at the field band’s rehearsal hall on Fort Meade. Members of the Army Field Band are selected by highly competitive auditions. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title of “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.” PHOTO BY Master Sgt. Robert McIver DELIVERY RELIABILITY SMARTENERGY SAFETY Call before you dig. If you’re planning to dig anywhere—from large construction jobs to home landscaping—call Miss Utility at 811 at least two full business days before your project. By having your utility lines marked, you can help prevent disruptions of your community’s critical services while avoiding penalties, repair costs, injuries or worse. To learn more, go to BGE.COM Call Miss Utility at 811 ENERGY WORKS SMARTER together October 11, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  10. 10. N ews Are timeshares worth your time? By Capt. William Biggers has to pay a maintenance fee which can total Fort Meade Legal Assistance several hundred dollars, regardless of whether We’re all familiar with the scenario. or not the customer uses the timeshare. You receive a letter in the mail or a phone But these companies ultimately make their call that promises you an all-expenses-paid, profit when customers purchase a timeshare two-day vacation to Aspen, Colo., or some and never use it, which accounts for a large other desirable location, all in exchange for portion of timeshare owners. Often, this just sitting through a 30-minute timeshare occurs because customers forget to factor in presentation. vacation time from work as well as air travel There’s no requirement or pressure to expenses to and from these exotic locations. purchase, just simply listen to the great deals In short, the more you use your timeshare, they offer. Sounds a bit too good to be true, the more money you’ll save in the long run. right? Just make sure you’ll actually use it. To be clear though, timeshares are not all • Does the company have a good reputa- bad nor are all of them scams. Many people tion? who own a timeshare enjoy the full use and Sadly, there are some timeshare companies benefits of the contract and are quite happy that have less than reputable business prac- with their purchase. tices. Often, they will show you a list of exotic In general, a timeshare is a type of owner- locations where you can spend your vacation, ship in property that allows the purchaser but what they don’t tell you is that the list of the right to use the house or condo for a locations is subject to change without notice. set amount of time each year. However, it’s Once you purchase the timeshare you important to note that typically, a timeshare browse their online category of vacation get- holder has no actual right to the property. aways, only to discover that none of the ones They cannot sell or receive proceeds from the they advertised are listed. sale of the land. The best way to know if the company So why would anyone purchase a time- you are looking at has a good reputation share interest? It all depends on your budget is to check online with the Better Business and travel habits. The more you travel, the Bureau. better a timeshare might be. • Is the contract I’m signing in my best But to ensure a timeshare is right for you, interest? answer these three questions: The best way to know that is to have an • Do I really need a timeshare? attorney review it for you. The Legal Assis- Like all companies, a timeshare corpora- tance Division at the Office of the Staff Judge tion’s main goal is to achieve a profit. The Advocate is a great place to have this done. way they do this is by charging all custom- If you have any questions concerning time- ers an upfront initiation fee, usually several share contracts, schedule an appointment with thousand dollars. a Fort Meade Legal Assistance attorney at On top of that, each year the customer also 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. The government wears many hats. We put them all in one place. Legal Assistance Office hours The hours of operation for the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office are: Looking for one place to get fast answers to your questions about • Monday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. government benefits and services? is your official source • Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. for all federal, state and local government information. Now that’s • Thursday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. something you can hang your hat on. • Friday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The office is closed for lunch each day from noon to 1 p.m. The office also closes for training every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Power of Attorney drafting and notaries services are available on a walk-in basis during normal hours of operation. Attorney counseling is provided by appointment only. For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.12 SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  11. 11. N ewsHispanic Heritage Month celebrates diversityBy Lisa R. Rhodes Detachment, called Diaz’s speech “phe- in 1972 from Temple University in Phila- nation’s largest growing minority group.Staff Writer nomenal.” delphia, becoming the first Puerto Rican By 2050, there will more be more than 130 As our nation’s heroes, service members “Judge Diaz was one of the best speakers to receive the degree from the university. million Hispanics in the country, said Diaz,are the leaders who can make positive I have heard since I’ve been coming to these While attending Temple, Diaz founded the citing the 2010 U.S Census.change in communities that are in need. kinds of events,” said Paulus, a Severn resi- university’s first organization for black and “Having that kind of a population creates That’s the message Nelson A. Diaz gave dent of Puerto Rican heritage. “He used a Hispanic law students. a great multicultural and ethnically diversein his guest speech to more than 300 people lot of humor while talking about his humble Diaz was the youngest judge elected to population,” he the installation’s annual Hispanic Heri- beginnings and how he came to be. He is a the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas The distinct Hispanic culture is repre-tage Month Observance on Oct. 4 at McGill mentor and encouraged service members to and the first Latino judge in Pennsylvania’s sented by Mexican Americans, Colombians,Training Center. do the same.” history. He also served as the city solicitor Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and “You are the leadership of our com- In her welcome, Col. Mary F. O’Brien, of Philadelphia and was later appointed by Argentineans, to name a few.munity,” said Diaz, a former judge on commander of the 70th ISRW, spoke about President Bill Clinton to serve as the general “Each one of them has an incrediblethe Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. the inherent strengths of diversity. counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing contribution,” Diaz said.“Whether you are African American or “The diversity that we have in our armed and Urban Development. At HUD, Diaz Despite the growing influence of His-Latino, you are the leaders that are going forces and our nation is critical to excel- focused on reforming public and mixed-use panics, Diaz said they remain “the mostback into our communities and will hope- lence,” O’Brien said. “The diverse personal housing programs. undereducated.”fully bring about some change ... because experiences, perspectives and vision allow In his speech, Diaz called Hispanic Amer- According to the 2010 census, only 13you are the heroes.” for creative thinking and help strive [toward] icans “a proud and distinguished group of percent of Hispanics age 25 and older have a The 90-minute event was hosted by the innovation and ingenuity.” people,” particularly in the military. college degree or higher and only 6.2 percent70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Recon- In his remarks, Deputy Garrison Com- Diaz said people of Hispanic origin have of full-time undergraduate and graduatenaissance Wing; the Fort Meade Equal mander John Moeller, who presented Diaz served in every one of the nation’s wars. He students are Hispanic.Opportunity Office; and the Equal Employ- with a Commander’s Coin of Excellence, noted several Hispanic service members Diaz encouraged service members toment Opportunity Office. called the event “an extraordinary celebra- including Lt. Augusto Rodriquez, a Puerto reach out to needy communities in Balti- The program also featured a performance tion.” Rican officer who served in the Civil War, more and Washington, D.C.of a dance from the Dominican Republic Diaz, who grew up in public housing in and Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban-born “Reach out to the people who just wantand samplings of Hispanic food. Harlem, N.Y., was raised by a single mother woman who dressed as a man to serve as a to know that they’re worth something,” he Retired Sgt. 1st Class Myra Paulus, from Puerto Rico. Diaz worked his way Confederate soldier during the Civil War. said.who served with the 247th Military Police through college and earned his law degree Today, people of Hispanic origin are the To illustrate, Diaz shared how scientists have found that as geese fly south for the winter in a V formation, the birds flap their wings, creating an uplift for the birds flying behind them. Scientists also have found, Diaz said, that14 SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  12. 12. when a goose is sick or injured, two geese lic, was performed by Navy Yeoman 3rdleave the formation and follow the bird to Class Irving Figueroa, of Navy Informationthe ground and stay with it until it is able Operations Command Maryland; Terrisato fly again or until the goose dies. The Widener, a logistics management specialistgeese then join the remaining birds in the at the Pentagon; and Kat Arias, owner offormation. the Ferocity Dance Company in Vienna, “People who share a common direction Va.and a sense of community can get where Barrett’s of Alexandria, Va., catered athey’re going quicker and easier because lunch of rice and beans, hot turkey and chilithey’re traveling on the thrust of one anoth- sandwiches, and bread,” Diaz said. “If we have as much sense On line for lunch, Staff Sgt. Cliftonas a goose, we will stand by each other in Burns, Alpha Company, 741st Militarythat way.” Intelligence Battalion, said he was moved After the presentation, the Bachata, a by Diaz’s presentation.slow dance from the Dominican Repub- “I thought it was very motivational,” he said. Inspired by the geese story, Burns said he will soon deploy with a small group of Soldiers and they must work “toward a common goal.” Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter attended the event with his wife, Terri. “He was a great, great speaker,” Latter said of Diaz. “The opportunity to be an photos by jen rynda American allows us to be diverse and be a part of a larger community. You can Mexican sombreros and candy and South American maracas are displayed at the become who you want to be.” Hispanic Heritage Month Observance. FAR LEFT: Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Irving Figueroa, Navy Information Operations Command Maryland, and Terrisa Widener, a logistics management specialist at the Pentagon, perform the Bachata, a slow dance from the Dominican Republic, during the installation’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Observance. ABOVE LEFT: Lt. Col. Bill Burrell, wing captain of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, shares a laugh with guest speaker Nelson A. Diaz and Col. Mary F. O’Brien, commander of the 70th ISRW, during the installation’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Observance on Oct. 4. Diaz, a former judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the first Latino judge in Pennsylvania history, shared his life story and encouraged service members to give back to communities in need during his speech. LEFT: More than 300 people attended the installation’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Observance on Oct. 4 at McGill Training Center. The 90-minute event featured a dance performance and a catered lunch of Hispanic food. October 11, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  13. 13. S ports 34th IS overcomes rocky start to top 327th Signal Co. By Brandon Bieltz After the 34th IS took possession in the Staff Writer red zone, Daniels threw his second inter- Jeff Daniels knows well that it’s not ception to McKeegan for a touchback. always how a team starts that matters but McKeegan opened their drive with a deep how it finishes. pass to Strader, who took the ball deep into The quarterback of the 34th Intelligence 34th IS territory. Five plays later, McKeegan Squadron opened last week’s intramural scrambled for the touchdown, giving the flag football game with two interceptions Spartans a 6-0 lead. off his first two passes. But Daniels closed On the following possession, Daniels out the game with three touchdowns after quickly moved his team down the field with going 9 for 11. four passes. The drive was capped with a “You just shrug it off; that’s football,” touchdown pass to Daniel Caulder. A suc- he said of his early interceptions. “I forget cessful point after attempt gave the 34th IS whatever happened last play. Each play is a the 7-6 lead. new play.” With two minutes left in the first half, Daniels’ performance helped lead the McKeegan orchestrated a nine-play drive 34th IS to a 20-12 victory over the Spartans that moved the Spartans inside the 34th IS of the 327th Signal Company. The win on 20-yard line. But time ran out on the drive Oct. 4 at Mullins Field improved the 34th and the 34th IS carried a one-point lead into IS record to 6-1, breaking a third place tie halftime. with the 327th. The 34th IS opened the second half with a Both teams entered last week’s game with two-play possession that resulted in the team a 5-1 record. The 34th’s only loss came at the extending its lead to 13-6. Daniels connected hands of the undefeated 29th IS. The 29th’s with Sean McDaid on a deep pass. At the 12 points were from two red zone errors by 10-yard line, McDaid lateralled the ball to the 34th IS. Darius McCracken, who carried the ball “We didn’t have any problem driving the into the end zone. ball, but we couldn’t put it in the red zone,” McKeegan again moved his team down Daniels said. “It was two tipped passes by the field with a series of short passes, but the wide receivers, and their defense caught Caulder intercepted a pass in the end zone the ball and returned [the interceptions] for for his second interception of the day. The two touchdowns.” ensuing five-play drive ended with another Spartans quarterback Kevin McKeegan touchdown as Daniels found Haber in the attributed the team’s early season loss to end zone. the Blue Knights to lack of chemistry and With time running out, the Spartans practice. quickly made their way down the field with “It was the beginning of the season and three passes, including one in the end zone to we hadn’t played together,” he said. Jeremy Ramsey to cut the lead to 20-12. The After its Week 1 loss, the Spartans went 34th IS was able to run the clock out on its on a five-game win streak with credit to the next possession, giving the team the win. good hands of wide receiver Tim Strader, “I think it was a sloppy first half, but we McKeegan said. found out what they were giving us,” Daniels photo by brian krista Crucial errors plagued both teams early said. “They kept giving us single coverage on in last week’s game, starting with a failed the corner backs, so we kept trying to sendSean McDaid of the 34th Intelligence Squadron jumps to catch the ball in the end fourth-down conversion by the Spartans. a decoy at the safety, which gave one-on-onezone for the extra point following a touchdown during last week’s intramural flag After turning the ball over at midfield, McK- on the receivers.”football game at Mullins Field. The 34th IS offense overpowered the Spartans in a eegan picked off Daniels’ first pass and took Daniels said despite the early game strug-20-12 victory. over at the Spartans 20-yard line. gles, the 34th IS remains confident in its The Spartans’ possession was short-lived abilities. after 34th IS Gabriel Haber snagged McK- “We were confident coming in,” he said. eegan’s pass for an interception. “We’re confident coming out.”16 SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012
  14. 14. S ports photo by brian kristaSpartans’ Jamal Fowler keeps the ball and his body away from Darius McCrackenfollowing a reception during an intramural football game on Oct. 4 at Mullins Field. Find schedules, scores, standingsThe 34th Intelligence Squadron won 20-12. and upcoming seasons for • Basketball • Softball • Football • Soccer And more, plus Spring, summer, fall or winter... Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at 301-677-1105/1146/1156/1179 . October 11, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  15. 15. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. Allsubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis-cretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional communityevents on the Fort Meade website at and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at For more information or to submit anannouncement, email Philip Jones at or call 301-677-5602. NEWS EVENTSBagger licensing New bagger licensing for the FortMeade Commissary is suspended untilfurther notice. The program and process for issuinglicenses are currently under review by thegarrison command sergeant major. As soon as the new procedures are inplace, notification will be made throughcommand information channels. Photo by Brandon BieltzDeath Notice Anyone with debts owed to or by the IRONMAN WORLD CHAmPIONSHIP Staff Sgt. Kristopher J. Betz, a drummer and web developer for the U.S. Army Field Band, shakes hands withestate of Chief Warrant Officer 4 CurtisE. Stephens must contact Capt. Thomas Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter after receiving a check for $2,800 on Oct. 1 from JonathanEmerson, the Summary Court Martial Bright, general manager of the Fort Meade Consolidated Exchange. Betz, who entered a Foster Grant sweep-officer for the Soldier. stakes drawing at the Fort Meade Exchange in November, won a trip for two to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to watch Stephens passed away at Johns the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship held Oct. 12 to 13. The triathlon combines into one event a 2.4-mileHopkins Hospital on Sept. 12. swim, 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile marathon. Betz’s sweepstakes winnings included airfare, hotel for two To contact Emerson, call 302-326- days and two nights, transfer fare and $500 cash.7710 or email safety seminar Car seat check Energy open house Style Steppin on Friday and Oct. 26 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Club Meade. The Family Action Board will host The Fort Meade Fire Department and The Directorate of Public Works is Beginners can receive free lessonsa cyber safety seminar for adults and state of Maryland will host a free car hosting an open house in October as part from 7 to 8 p.m.children in middle school and higher seat check on Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. of Energy Awareness Month at McGill This event is free. Food and drink willon Oct. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at McGill in the Demps Visitor Control Center Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. be available for purchase.Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. parking lot at the intersection of Route The theme is “Team up to Energy For more information, call 301-677- The seminar will address online 175 and Reece Road. Action Month.” 6969.sexual predators and cyber bullying No appointment necessary. Information about energyas well as techniques that parents can To ensure proper fit, bring the vehicle conservation, energy efficiency, Military choirs in concertuse to protect their children from these and car seat owner’s manuals and the renewable energy and water conservationthreats. child who will be using the seat. is available through Friday from 9 a.m. The Collective Protestant Gospel Specialists will explain how sexual For more information, call 301-677- to 2:30 p.m.; Monday to Wednesday Service will celebrate the 37thpredators make initial contact and 5577. from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Oct. 22 to anniversary of the Adult Gospel Choirthe techniques predators use to meet 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ministry with a concert on Oct. 21children offline. Speakers also will Meade High flea market During the open house, the Public from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.address the seriousness of bullying and Health Command will administer Vendors and crafters are needed for influenza vaccinations to service The concert will feature militarythe special set of problems created by Meade High School’s flea market oncyber bullying. Prevention techniques members, civilians, retirees and choirs from Maryland, Virginia and Oct. 20. dependents. Washington, D.C.will be stressed. Cost to rent a 6-foot table is $15. The seminar is limited to 120 For more information, call 301-677- The event is open to the public. For more information, email meade- 9569. For more information, email Sabrinapeople. or call Teresa RSVP by email to info@ F. Brown at Tapp at 410-491-9811 or Chicago Style Steppin’ Dance the night away at Chicago20 SOUNDOFF! October 11, 2012