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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 42 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 18, 2012 ´ empowering Energy Action Month promotes conservation efforts fish for a sustainable future page 6 tales seasoned leader New garrison CSM leverages his experiences to improve Soldiers’ lives page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 1-3 p.m.: Red Ribbon Campaign kickoff - McGill Training Center, classroom 6 Friday, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - The Conference Center Friday, 6-10 p.m.: “Meade’s Gone Country” - The Conference Center Oct. 27, 8 a.m.: Ghost, Ghoul & Goblin 5K Run/ photo by brian krista 1-Mile Walk - The PavilionSeven-year-old Wyatt Finnell casts his line into Burba Lake on Saturday during the Youth Fishing Rodeo. The lake wasstocked with more bluegills on Friday night to improve chances to catch a “big one” and enjoy a day at the lake. Nearly100 young anglers competed in the biannual event that awarded the biggest catches in three age groups, as well as the Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m.:smallest catch of the day. Pet Costume Contest - The Pavilion
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Talk about a busy week Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command By the end of the week, we will have 2011. Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer done a little bit of everything and accom- Our recog- Chad T. Jones plished much good will. It’s amazing to nition of the me how much we are able to accomplish service of an Chief, Command Information each week. outstanding Philip H. Jones We began the week with a continua- civil servant tion of activities related to Energy Action is in keeping Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Month. Great exhibits are still on display with the finest Rona S. Hirsch at McGill Training Center. The open traditions of Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes house, hosted by the Directorate of Public Fort Meade Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Works, is an opportunity to learn how you and the United Design Coordinator Timothy Davis can reduce energy and water consump- States Army. COL. Edward c. Supple­mental photography provided tion, and help Fort Meade reach its energy The dedication Rothstein by Patuxent Publishing Co. conservation goals of 30 percent reduction recognizes Mr. Garrison Commander by 2015. Howie for his commitment to AFGE Advertising This afternoon, we will celebrate Nation- Local 1622 and to improved employee- General Inquiries 410-332-6300 al Red Ribbon Week with a great program management relations. Allison Thompson sponsored by Army Community Service Tomorrow I will be part of an event 410-332-6850 and Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sarah’s Michele Griesbauer Program at McGill Training Center. House. 410-332-6381 National Red Ribbon Week is the old- The mission of Sarah’s House is to pro- est and largest drug-prevention campaign vide safe shelter, daily meals and personal If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are in the country. Traditionally, Red Ribbon as well as professional casework support experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Week takes place the last full week in for those in need. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. October, with the weekends before and Sarah’s House is one of three shelters after the last full week included as appro- in the United States supported by the U.S. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the priate celebration dates. Army. Fort Meade began its partnership personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary This year, Red Ribbon Week will be with Anne Arundel County to provide of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday celebrated from Saturday to Oct. 28 and is space in 1985, making unused World War except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. themed, “The Best Me is Drug Free.” II-era barracks available for use. 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, Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle Anne Arundel County then partnered Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. for communities and individuals to take a with Catholic Charities to run the tran- stand and make a commitment to support sitional housing that is now known as Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage drug prevention, and to take a personal Sarah’s House. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, pledge to live a drug-free life, with the One of the great things about this event user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. ultimate goal being the creation of a drug- is how it illustrates Fort Meade’s long free America. partnership with communities and organi- Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department The week commemorates the ultimate zations outside our gates. of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are sacrifice made by Special Agent Enrique Not only do we provide an infrastruc- not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance “Kiki” Camarena of the Drug Enforce- ture and security that are essential to of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of ment Administration, who died at the Sarah’s House, it is not uncommon to see the Army of the products or services advertised. hands of drug traffickers in Mexico in our service men and women volunteering 1985 while fighting the battle against ille- their time to support Sarah’s House. It’s gal drugs to keep our country and children a wonderful example of how folks care safe. By wearing a red ribbon next week and about those who are less fortunate and how we are invested in our community. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at in the last week in October, Americans Friday evening I’m inviting all of you to and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at demonstrate their passionate opposition come celebrate “Meade’s Gone Country” to drugs, pay homage to Special Agent with me at the Fort Meade Conference Camarena and honor all the men and Center. The event is open to everyone age women who have died in support of our 18 and older and features country music, Co n t e n t s nation’s campaign against drug trafficking and abuse. mechanical bull contests, line dance les- sons, bull’s-eye contests and more. Later this afternoon I will participate There’s a saying, “There’s more to being News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 18 in the dedication of Howie Hall in which a cowboy than just wearing the boots.” we will memorialize the office building “Meade’s Gone Country” is your oppor- Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 23 of American Federation of Government tunity to “cowboy” or “cowgirl” up. Employees Local 1622 in the name of Lon- I hope to see you Friday at The Confer- Community.................. 21 Classified.............................. 24 nie Howie Sr. Howie served as president ence Center having a Yippie-Yi-Yay good of the AFGE Local 1622 from 1989 to time! SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  3. 3. News‘Seasoned leader’Garrison gains new command sergeant majorBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer When Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas ‘As a senior enlisted leader,J. Latter moved to Fort Meade in earlySeptember, he returned to where he had I’m interested in improvingserved twice before. But the installation the quality of life for thehas a new look since his tour with the742nd Military Intelligence Battalion enlisted workforce here onin 1989. “It has changed so much,” he said Fort Meade.’of the area. Garrison Command More than two decades after firstarriving at Fort Meade, Latter’s role Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latteron post is different as well. As the newgarrison command sergeant major, Lat-ter steps in as the installation’s senior of Aurora, Colo.enlisted advisor following the departure “His experiences in both communityof former Garrison Command Sgt. and joint-based environments from hisMaj. Charles E. Smith. most recent assignment in Aurora, Latter is focused on drawing from Colorado brings a mature and seasonedhis past experiences as a young service leader that I can count on for counselmember to improve the lives of the and care of our service members, theirenlisted Soldiers, as well as partnering families and the community at large,”with the outside community to move Rothstein said.the installation forward. After less than a month as the instal- photo by brian krista “As a senior enlisted leader, I’m lation senior enlisted advisor, Latterinterested in improving the quality of Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter sits at his desk at garrison headquarters said partnerships will play a crucial rolelife for the enlisted workforce here on after taking over as garrison command sergeant major last month. Latter plans to in achieving success during his tenure.Fort Meade,” said Latter, 44. “Things focus on partnerships with the outside community. “We have over 95 partners that arelike the barracks programs and Bet- on the garrison, ranging from units aster Opportunities for Single Soldiers year military career in 1985 when the Latter then served with the 125th large as the NSA to detachments thatare things that are near to my heart 17-year-old followed in the footsteps of MI Battalion, 344th MI Battalion, are as small as 20 or 30 Airmen, that— things that affected me when I was his father, brother and uncles. 3rd MI Battalion, 1st Brigade Troops are here to support other units,” hehere as a young Soldier.” Joining the Army was something Battalion, 741st MI and the 743rd MI said. “Partnering all those organiza- Garrison Commander Col. Edward Latter always wanted to do as far back Battalion. tions to work together and the outsideC. Rothstein said he will lean on Lat- as when he played with plastic toy sol- Throughout his long career, Latter community, both Anne Arundel Coun-ter’s extensive experience for advice diers while growing up in a farmhouse has served in various key leadership and ty and Howard County — there is a lotand action. in Selkirk, a few miles outside Albany. analytic positions including electronic- more innovation that has to go on.” “Command Sergeant Major Latter “It’s kind of a family thing,” he said. warfare signal-intelligence analyst; Although the Base Realignment andwas selected by our Army for this “I also came out of high school at 17 battalion training noncommissioned Closure process is completed, said Lat-assignment, and I couldn’t have made a and was still too young to go to col- officer; senior voice analyst; instruc- ter, Fort Meade must continue to focusbetter choice,” he said. “Command Ser- lege. I didn’t have my mind right on tor and developer of Basic Electronic on the future.geant Major Latter’s biggest attribute how to learn and spending money, so Warfare SIGINT Course and Funda- “It’s going to take a lot of effortis in his attitude and experience. These I wanted to join the Army and go see mental Military Cryptanalyst Course; over the coming years to keep thecombined will provide the candidness, the world.” chief Medina Regional SIGINT Opera- ball rolling and keep it moving in thecan-do approach, and counsel that I Trained as an electronic-warfare sig- tions Center (or MRSOC) Cryptana- right direction not only for us, but forlook for every day while supporting our nals intelligence analyst, Latter was lytic Exploitation Center; superinten- the community in which we serve,” hegreat Team Meade community.” first assigned to the 125th MI Battal- dent MRSOC global missions division; said. Latter said it “feels great” to be back ion, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at operations sergeant major; and battal- Enhancing relations with the outsideon Fort Meade with his wife, Terri. Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. ion command sergeant major. community is a major focus point for “I have a lot of great memories here,” From 1989 to 1992, he served with His tours took him around the coun- Latter to find ways to “grow togeth-he said. “I dated my wife for three years the 742nd MI on Fort Meade, interested try and to Korea three times. er.”while we were here. … There’s just a lot in working with the National Security Latter comes to Fort Meade after “Too many times you’ll have an orga-of things in the area we like. There’s Agency. During his tour with the unit, serving as the command sergeant major nization that goes in its own direction,so much to do here with Baltimore, Latter lived on the NSA side of the with the 743rd MI, a subordinate of the and I don’t think that you can do thatAnnapolis and Washington, D.C.” installation. He said his old room in the Fort Meade-based 704th MI Group, at today,” he said. “I think you have to go The New York native began his 27- barracks is now somebody’s office. Buckley Air Force Base located outside forward together.” October 18, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsFreedom Inn serves practice meals for Connelly AwardBy Dwight Wongus, Director The Freedom Inn was nominated The award, which is presented for Calif.: Army Drill Sergeant School,Directorate of Logistics to represent Installation Management excellence in food service, is named Fort Jackson, S.C.; and Casey Main The Freedom Inn Dining Facility Command’s Northeast Region and is after a former president of the Interna- Dining Facility, Camp Casey, preparing to compete for the pres- one of seven dining facilities competing tional Food Service Executives Asso- The Freedom Inn will be evalu-tigious Philip A. Connelly Award for worldwide for the 45th Annual Con- ciation. ated Nov. 8 by three judges from theExcellence in Army Food Service. nelly Award. This is the DFAC’s fifth year com- program’s co-sponsors: the Interna- peting for the coveted tional Food Service Executives Associa- award. In fiscal year 2011, tion and the U.S. Army Quartermaster the Freedom Inn won first School. place in the Large Garrison The dining facility staff is prepar- Category. ing for the evaluation by practicing This year’s competitors the “Connelly Meal” for the next three in the “Civilian-Operated” Thursdays: today, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Dining Facilities Category The meals will be served at the facility. are: U.S. Army Garrison All facets of food service operation Grafenwoehr, Germany; will be evaluated within 10 categories, DFAC 50, Fort McCoy, from supervision and training to food Wis.; Presidio of Monterey, preparation. Once again, the Freedom Inn Dining Facility has been nominated to compete for the prestigious Philip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food Service. The Armywide competition has several categories including large garrison, small garrison and field kitchens. In fiscal year 2011, the Freedom Inn took first place in the Large Garrison Category. Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services file photo Oct. 11, Larceny of private prop- Oct. 13, Underage consumption erty: An investigation revealed of alcohol: The Directorate of that the victim parked and Emergency Services was notified secured his vehicle adjacent to of a juvenile curfew violation in Have you noticed an issue on post Burba Lake. Unknown persons the DES parking lot. An investi- Trouble and wondered if anything is being removed a messenger bag from gation revealed that the juvenile done to fix it? Email concerns and the front passenger seat contain- did not want to go to a party ing a 15-inch laptop computer, with his friend and was dropped issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. one bottle of Oxycodone (10 mg.), one off on the side of the road. The house Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will bottle of Gabapentin (600 mg.), one party had 21 juveniles and 13 young bottle of Tizanidine (4 mg.), one pair of adults in attendance. Alcohol was pres- address issues identified on post cargo pants and a Yankees T-shirt. ent and there were no individuals older and describe what is being done to than 21 years of age in the residence. The home owner was not present. solve them. Issue: Plan: Status: Chaplain’s Word: Youth Services Sports Complex needs renovations Renovate the Youth Services Sports Complex Actual use of fields is expected to be Spring 2013 HELPING OTHERS “It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another Demolition and installation McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC are now being performed, without helping himself.” HVAC is inoperative (except in the ballroom) classrooms 1-5 closed during — Ralph Waldo Emerson A/C installation SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsGoing GreenEnergy Action Month promotes strategies for environmental well-beingBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer October is no longer just about beingaware of energy conservation. Renamed “Energy Action Month,”October is now designated as a time toactively partake in energy conservation. “The purpose of this month is educa-tion,” said Assaf Dvir, energy managerfor the Directorate of Public Works. The Fort Meade campaign features anopen house hosted by DPW to show thecommunity and facility managers howthe installation is taking action to helpconserve energy and what the averageperson can do to make an impact. The open house will continue Mon-day and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30p.m. at McGill Training Center. “We’ve got two kinds of things goingon,” said Tony Karwoski, resource effi-ciency manager for DPW. “We haveenergy technology, then we have ourload management display.” In a letter to the Army community,Army senior leaders said Energy ActionMonth is an opportunity for everyoneto evaluate their daily energy and waterusage, as the DoD is the largest con-sumer of energy in the country. The letter was signed by Army Chiefof Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Sgt.Maj. of the Army Raymond F. ChandlerIII and Secretary of the Army John M.McHugh. photo by brian krista “Overreliance on resources, fossil fuelsand connections to vulnerable electric Tony Karowski, Fort Meade’s resource efficiency manager, discusses new types of lighting with Andy Stunda of Child, Youth andpower grids jeopardizes Soldiers’ lives, School Services during last week’s energy open house.mission effectiveness and the continuedviability of our installations,” according Gas and Electric Co., and American two barracks at the Defense Informationto the letter. “Conservation, efficiency, Water. School and Youth Services.sustainability, technology advancements “It will be slightly different every “We’re trying to make people awareand behavioral change are the pathways time,” Karwoski said. and understand that we’re using renew-to creating an energy- and water-secure The open house also showcases sev- able energy,” Dvir said.Army.” eral projects that are helping conserve It is expected that the $128,000 stu- During the open house, a DPW staff- energy on post, including solar energy dent barracks project and the $83,000er will be available to explain the solar to power facilities. Youth Services project will return theirprojects and answer energy and conser- “We have the largest solar terminal investments in seven years.vation questions. in the country right now at Gaffney “Green energy is also about saving DPW encourages facility managers to [Fitness Center],” Karwoski said. “It’s green money,” Karwoski said. “We’revisit the open house because they are the technology that was 20 years in the trying to use energy more efficiently, but Follow Fortones who can initiate effective change, making.” we’re also trying to save money and talkDvir said. The solar panels, installed on Gaff- about energy economics.” Meade at In addition to the permanent displays, ney’s roof, delivers more than $7,000 per For more information about Energy open house also features displays month in measured energy-cost savings. Action Month and ways you can reducefrom rotating organizations including In addition, solar photo voltaic lighting energy and water consumption, call 301- ftmeademdPicerne Military Housing, Baltimore was installed at the outdoor yards of 677-9569. SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  6. 6. N ewsGroundbreaking marks start of new ExchangeBy Philip H. JonesCommand Information ChiefPublic Affairs Office Fort Meade garrison leaders joined offi-cials representing the Army and Air ForceExchange for a ceremonial groundbreakingon Tuesday for the new AAFES Exchange. The ceremony marked the official begin-ning of the project as Walbridge, the generalcontractor, received its “notice to proceed” onthe $26 million contract to build a new shop-ping center on Fort Meade. The new facility will be built at the site ofthe current parking lot. Construction is sched-uled to be completed in the fall of 2014. The Exchange will remain open duringconstruction, said general manger JonathanD. Bright, who also encourages patrons toshop online on the Exchange website. “Customers should keep in mind theycan still purchase items on,” he said. “These items can be deliveredstraight to their home.” The PXtra is now closed. Sporting goods,toys and seasonal items have been moved tothe Exchange. Appliances and bulk furniture are no lon-ger on display. These items are also availableon Phase one of the project will focus ondemolishing the PXtra and the constructionof a temporary parking lot. The new 167,000-square-foot Exchange Staff photo by xyxyxyyyxwill provide more services than the cur- Garrison leaders join AAFES officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Exchange: Robert Reed, project manager; Larryrent 130,000-square-foot facility, including a Ronke, store manager; Jonathan D. Bright, Exchange general manager; Deputy Garrison Commander John Moeller; Garrisonlarger food court with six food vendors and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter; and T.J. Singh, director of the Directorate of Public Works.a pharmacy.Soldier Readiness Processing to beginBy Philip H. Jones for deployments, and helps commanders ness group data and a legal checklist). Organizers emphasize that preparingCommand Information Chief identify and correct issues that hurt unit The checklist is available through indi- Soldiers for possible deployment is a holis-Public Affairs Office readiness.” vidual unit administrative offices that are tic process. While focused on updating Fort Meade’s Annual Soldier Readiness Thiel said he expects to see approxi- participating in the SRP. records, the installation includes elementsProcessing, which updates records and mately 3,000 Soldiers at the event. “There’s a lot we can do to stream- of its resiliency program in the process.immunizations of Fort Meade’s active- Soldiers may save time and shorten line this,” Thiel said. “Just printing your Representatives and literature take-duty Soldiers, will begin Friday at McGill long lines by using the garrison “early MEDPROS and filling out your DD93 aways will be available to share informa-Training Center. bird” checklist to get some things done the night before will save hours overall. tion about various programs including Hours of operation through Oct. 25 are beforehand. DD93s and SGLI verified on or after resiliency campus maps, a resiliency sur-7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; and Oct. 26 from The checklist, which was developed dur- August 1 are considered up-to-date. Oth- vey, transition assistance, suicide preven-7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ing pre-event planning with units, requests erwise, take a minute and fill in the DD93 tion, Sexual Harassment and Assault Units have reserved blocked time in unit Soldiers to complete some processing at home where you have time and the Response and Prevention, and upcomingadvance for the event. in advance (HIV, vision, hearing and den- right info.” Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Train- “The basic concept of the SRP is indi- tal screenings and MILPO records). Staff will be on hand to help Soldiers ing.vidual preparedness,” said Chris Thiel, They should also fill out forms before update their records with all the required For more information about the SRP,garrison chief of training. “The SRP is a arriving (DD93, SGLI, Exceptional Fam- information, from medical clearances to call Christopher Thiel at 301-677-4381 orgreat way to help Soldiers stay up-to-date ily Member Program data, family readi- emergency contact information. Don Eisenhart at 301-677-3702. SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  7. 7. N ewsTeens learn how to stop bullyingStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes contact, sexual comments or sexual proposi- harassment, she said.Staff Writer tions. Bullying, she said, is any form of emo- “The No. 1 question you need to ask The difference between flirting and sexual tional, verbal or physical abuse that can take yourself to clarify the issue is: Is it [theharassment was the topic of an hourlong place in-person or through social media. behavior] respectful?” James-Brightful said.seminar presented in observance of Domes- In 2008, 19.9 percent of all teens surveyed “Flirting is always respectful.”tic Violence Awareness Month and Bullying by the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- The teens learned that anyone can be aPrevention Awareness Month. vention reported they were bullied in that harasser or a bully and there are serious “Teens and Bullying” was held Oct. 11 year. For girls, the percentage was higher consequences for such the Teen Center. The guest speaker was — 21.2 percent. For boys, the percentage “How many people have heard aboutMothyna James-Brightful, director of com- was 18.7 percent. young people who have killed themselves?”munity education at TurnAround, a domes- According to statistics released by the U.S. James-Brightful asked. “Why did it happen?tic violence and sexual assault center in Department of Justice in 2002, 81 percent of Because they were being bullied.” Mothyna James-Brightful, director ofBaltimore. students will experience some form of sexual Sexual harassment also can be calling community education at TurnAround, a “We haven’t seen a lot of bullying,” said harassment in school. people sexually derogatory names and mak- domestic violence and sexual assaultGia Dey, acting supervisory program special- James-Brightful presented several differ- ing disrespectful comments about a person’s center in Baltimore, speaks to teensist for Fort Meade’s middle school and teen ent scenarios of flirting and sexual harass- sexual orientation, James-Brightful said. about the difference between flirting andprograms. “We try to incorporate awareness ment. It doesn’t matter, she said, if the statement sexual harassment during “Teens andof bullying into the youth programs. We try “We’re going to be real and we’re going to is true or not; if the statement is disrespect- Bullying,” an hourlong seminar presentedto give kids the tools to deal with different be forthright,” she said, using vivid language ful, it is sexual harassment and can also be Oct. 11 at the Teen Center.people and situations.” in the scenarios. a form of bullying. James-Brightful spoke to the small group She then asked the teens to determine James-Brightful said there also are bound- Fox, a freshman at Meade High School.of teens in attendance about the difference whether the behavior was flirting or sexual aries of appropriate behavior between adults “I thought it was good,” the 14-year-oldbetween flirting and sexual harassment and harassment. and teenagers. Flirting is never appropriate said. “It’s not good for someone to touchhow sexual harassment can become a form “Who decides if the behavior is wanted or between adults and teens, under any cir- people in inappropriate ways.”of bullying. unwanted? The person receiving the behav- cumstances. Cody reflected on his own experiences “I thought it was great,” said Kimberly ior,” she said. Teens who feel they are being sexually when he attended eighth grade in MichiganMitchell, 14, a freshman at Glen Burnie Flirting, James-Brightful noted, is wel- harassed or bullied should tell an adult, or last year.High School. “I learned that anyone can be come, mutual attention that makes a person depending on the circumstances, call the “People tried to beat me up,” he said.a harasser — not just older men or guys. feel flattered or attractive. Flirting makes police for help. The bullying eventually stopped afterGirls can be, too.” people feel good about themselves and is However, she said, physical violence or Cody told a teacher and principal about the James-Brightful began the seminar by legal in school. acts of retaliation for bullying or harassment harassment.defining sexual harassment as unwanted “But it can be confusing” to determine are not condoned. “They talked to him. He finally just gavesexual behavior that can include physical the difference between flirting and sexual Among those who attended was Cody it up,” Cody said.New guidelines help Soldiers leaving the ArmyBy Lisa R. Rhodes begin pre-separation counseling at least one Matthews said the VOW Act makes Garrison Commander Col. Edward C.Staff Writer year before their ETS or retirement date. ACAP a unit commander’s program and Rothstein is chair of the Fort Meade Transi- Legislation signed last year by President Soldiers who have an ETS date can start unit commanders and unit career counselors tion Services Council, which is set to conveneBarack Obama calls for mandatory changes the process 18 months earlier. Retiring Sol- responsible for ensuring that Soldiers about within the next 30 days. The council includesin the Department of Defense’s Transition diers can start the process 24 months before to be discharged or retire meet the mandated representatives from ACAP; the DirectorateAssistance Program. their retirement date. timetable for transition services. of Human Resources; the Retirement Ser- The Veterans Opportunity To Work To In the past, Soldiers were given 90 days to Army installations also must track their vices Office; the Directorate of Family andHire Heroes Act, signed by the president in start pre-separation counseling before their progress in meeting the new ACAP guide- Morale, Welfare and Recreation; the FortNovember 2011, updates TAP and better ETS or retirement date. lines. Matthews maintains a database of Meade Education Center; the Department ofprepares service members to transition to the “Under the old program, a lot of folks Soldiers from all units who are assigned to Veterans Affairs; the Department of Labor;civilian sector after their military service and walked right up to the 90 days and were left Fort Meade and are scheduled to ETS or the Army Reserve Regional Support andreduce the number of unemployed veterans. unprepared,” said George Matthews, Fort retire within the next 18 months. He said he Command; the regional National Guard; The Army’s TAP is called the Army Career Meade’s Transition Services manager. is keeping track of units that have Soldiers and other key stakeholders.and Alumni Program. It was created to help The legislation also mandates that Sol- who are adhering to the mandatory require- The Transition Services Council will meetprovide employment and career information diers enroll in the Employment Assistance ments and of units that have fallen behind on a quarterly basis.and services, as well as benefit information, Workshop, attend the Department of Vet- the timetable. Matthews said Soldiers who want to beginto Soldiers who are about to separate or are erans Affairs briefing and register with the Unit commanders are expected to have pre-separation counseling can complete theretiring from the Army. VA to be advised of their entitlements and access to the database in November. Mat- pre-separation counseling checklist form DD- Information and services are also available benefits. thews said “the pressure is on” to adhere to 2648 online at Once the formto veterans, Department of the Army civil- Soldiers also are mandated to receive a the new timetables. is completed, Soldiers should call the Fortians and family members. financial preparedness briefing to provide A final requirement of the legislation is the Meade ACAP Center at 301-677-9781 to Under the VOW Act, Soldiers who have a realistic road map of their financial needs establishment of a Transition Services Coun- schedule an initial counseling Expiration of Term of Service to separate after their separation or retirement. In the cil at all Army installations to assess each The DD-2648 form can only be printedor retire from the Army are now mandated to past, these services were optional. installation’s compliance with the VOW Act. at ACAP.10 SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  8. 8. N ews DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTH AT TRINITY Meade kicks off 2012 CFC giving campaign Oct. 1 marked the kickoff of Fort Meade’s Combined Federal Campaign. The season’s campaign, which tradition- ally runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 14, allows federal employees to direct donations to more than 4,000 charities screened by Convenient schedules the CFC. for military personnel Fort Meade’s 2012 campaign goal is and their families $500,000. Last year’s donations totaled $518,397. Online donations represent more than Currently, the garrison CFC coordinators Earn your degree in our evening and weekend programs. 10 percent of the goal achieved so far, said are scheduling appointments for unit coordi- Chief Warrant Officer Branch Staton, CFC nator training and scheduling charity speak-  Occupational Therapy Assistant ers for unit kick-off/fundraising events. coordinator.  MBA - Master of Business in Administration Fort Meade’s campaign will end Dec. For more information about the CFC, to  International Security Studies 14. schedule coordinator training or to request  and other undergraduate and graduate programs This year, more than 1,486 local non- assistance to schedule a charity speaker or profit organizations are participating in the organize a CFC event, email Sgt. 1st Class Apply now to begin in January! Chesapeake Bay Area CFC in addition to Ronald Seymore at the more than 2,500 national and interna- or call 301-677-6672; or email RSVP TODAY: 202-656-5615 tional organizations, all providing services Chief Warrant Officer Branch Staton at WWW.TRINITYDC.EDU ADMISSIONS@TRINITYDC.EDU that improve the health and well-being of or call 301- millions of people. 677-6667. Soldiers have options State of to make voting count Insurance. Insurance. e By David Vergun Army News Service tioned overseas didn’t receive ballots from their local election office overseas, they National Voter Registration Day was should visit the Federal Voting Assistance Sept. 25 and the Army wants Soldiers Program website at to fill out to recognize “the importance of voting, and send in their federal write-in absentee a right they have fought to defend,” said ballot,” Amrhein said. Lt. Col. Paul Amrhein, chief of Sol- “Do not wait for your ballots to arrive diers Program Branch, Human Resources in the mail. We want to ensure your vote Command. counts.” Marie Waring LUTCF, Agent I deliver both. Success in getting the voting message Amrhein said there will be fewer absen- 1413 Annapolis Road, Suite 206 Odenton, MD 21113 Take the guesswork out of your insurance. out to Soldiers and their families isn’t tee ballots this year because of the draw- Bus: 410-551-4666 Whether it’s your car, home, life, or more, I can measured by the number of people who down in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also help you feel good about your coverage, as well actually vote, Amrhein said. emphasized the Army’s nonpartisanship as the price you’re paying. “We’re not here to force a Soldier to in its effort to get out the vote. vote, that’s the Soldier’s responsibility,” Sept. 27 was the start of Absentee GET TO A BETTER STATE . ™ he said. “We’re here to assist the ones Voter Week. Installations will set up dis- CALL ME TODAY. that want to vote and ensure they and plays and emphasize the importance of their families have all the appropriate voting and reminding them to register if information.” they haven’t already done so and to get Many Soldiers stationed overseas their ballots in, Amrhein said. have already completed absentee ballots, Service members and their families Amrhein said, but some are still waiting can request absentee ballots if they’re State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, on their states to mail their ballot to them. stationed out of their voting district. State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL Each state sets their own timeline when For more information, visit or State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI), State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company they send out absentee ballots. talk to your voting assistance representa- 1101258.1 (Licensed in NY and WI), Bloomington, IL “If Soldiers and family members sta- tive.12 SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  9. 9. C over S tory Photos by Brian KristaAlyissa Walker helps her 5-year-old son Charles reel in his fishing line on Saturday morning.BELOW RIGHT: Glenn Altschuld, of the Meade Rod and Gun Club, weighs a fish caught during Saturday’s Youth Fishing Rodeo.The Meade Rod and Gun Club and DFMWR’s Outdoor Recreation hosted the popular event for youth ages 3-15. Fishing for Fun Nearly 100 young anglers crowded the banks and piers of Burba Lake on Saturday for the Youth Fishing Rodeo. The biannual event was hosted by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Meade Rod and Gun Club. In addition to the catfish and bass normally swimming about, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocked the lake with hungry bluegills the night before the event to improve fishing. Fishermen were separated into three age groups: 3 to 6, 7 to 11 and 12 to 15. Medals and fishing rods were presented for the three biggest catches in each age group. The smallest catch of the day was also awarded. Youth Fishing Rodeo: • Ages 3 to 6: Nigel Latimore, 285-gram bassThree-year-old Noah Walker works on • Ages 7 to 11: Dezi Rodriguez, 370-gram bassgetting his line out of the weeds on the • Ages 12 to 15: Raymond Trendle, 455-gram catfishbank of Burba Lake during the Youth Fishing • Smallest catch: Jacob Simpson, 25-gram bluegillRodeo on Saturday.14 SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  10. 10. Gsabe Lerette, 12, watches a water fowl standing near the banks of Burba Lake at the Youth Fishing Rodeo. LEFT: Camile Thorton, 7, proudly shows off her catches from the Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday morning. Nearly 100 anglers competed in the biannual competition at Burba Lake. CENTER: Competitors and their families line the banks of Burba Lake. Youth anglers spend Saturday morning casting fishing rods and spending quality time with families. October 18, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  11. 11. N ewsSaving a lifeKACC Soldiers recognized for emergency careBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Brig. Gen. (P) The U.S. Army Safety Guardian Award Joseph Caravalhowas presented Oct. 10 to Staff Sgt. Timo- Jr., commandingthy Matz and Spc. Derek Miller of the general, NorthernKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center for Regional Medicalhelping to save the life of a fellow Kim- Command,brough employee in January. presents Staff Brig. Gen. (P) Joseph Caravalho Jr., Sgt. Timothycommanding general, Northern Regional Matz with theMedical Command, U.S. Army Medi- U.S. Army Safetycal Command, presented the award in a Guardian Awardbrief ceremony at Kimbrough’s Rascon on Oct. 10 at theCenter. Rascon Center The U.S. Army Safety Guardian Award at Kimbroughis given by the Office of the Director Ambulatoryof Army Safety to an individual who, Center. Spc. Derekthrough extraordinary individual action Miller waits to bein an emergency situation, prevents an presented with hisimminent dangerous situation, minimizes U.S. Army Safetyor prevents damage to Army property, or Guardian Award.prevents injury to personnel. Both Soldiers This is the first time the award has were recognizedbeen presented to Kimbrough personnel, for helping toand it is the first time in three years that save the life ofthe award has been presented within the a KimbroughNorthern Regional Medical Command. employee in “You ought to be proud of yourselves,” January.Caravalho said. “On behalf of the sur-geon general, thank you for a superb photo by jen ryndajob.” Matz, the noncommissioned officer in inside.” had a pulse. Care, nominated the Soldiers for thecharge of primary care, and Miller, the When another nurse went out to the Emergency medical services personnel award.NCOIC of internal medicine, were recog- parking lot, she saw that Booker was hav- arrived shortly later and removed Booker “I am proud of the initiative thesenized for helping to save Jesse John War- ing a seizure and ran back to Kimbrough from the vehicle. He was taken to a local Soldiers took that morning,” Rickleyren Booker III on Jan. 30. Booker was a screaming for help. hospital. said. “Staff Sergeant Matz and Specialistlicensed practical nurse who worked on Miller, who was then a health care spe- “You just do what you’ve been taught Miller displayed the Army values as theythe Red and White teams. cialist in the Red Clinic, heard the nurse’s to do in terms of medical procedures,” applied their 68W Medic training.” “You guys really took to heart what screams and got Matz. The two Soldiers said Miller, who also served a tour in Iraq Matz said it was “an honor” to receiveyou were trained to do,” said Col. Danny ran out to the parking lot with an auto- as a line medic. the award. “It made both of us feel prettyB.N. Jaghab, commander of Kimbrough mated external defibrillator. Kimbrough Matz said he and Miller had “a game good,” he said.and the U.S. Army Medical Activity, Fort personnel called 911. plan” for gaining access to the vehicle “I am grateful that someone thoughtMeade. The vehicle’s doors were locked so and assessing Booker’s condition. it was important to recognize us,” Miller Jaghab said the Soldiers “remained Matz tried to open a window with his “When you’re treating someone and said.calm in a situation that was full of panic pocket knife. When that didn’t work, he your emotions get in the way, you can After the ceremony, Miller recalledand full of excitement.” got a tire iron from his car, which was miss something,” Matz said. “You set how he and Booker often talked about On the day of the incident, Matz, then parked near Booker’s vehicle. your emotions aside.” music. Miller said Booker knew severalthe NCOIC of the Red Clinic, noticed Matz, who served four tours as a Matz and Miller both sustained lac- members of the U.S. Army Field Bandthat Booker was a little late for work. A combat medic in Iraq, used the tire iron erations on their hands from the broken and that he encouraged him to join thenurse saw Booker sitting in his SUV in to safely break open the back window of window. Field Band as a guitarist.the Kimbrough parking lot with the win- the SUV. Although Booker, 63, returned to visit Miller said when a combat medic isdows up and thought it was a bit odd. “I climbed into the back of the vehicle Kimbrough to thank those who had deployed and treating service members in Soon after, Matz went out to the and unlocked the front door,” said Miller helped him, he later died on March 6 at the field, “you don’t really know them.”vehicle, waved at Booker and asked if he after the ceremony. the Washington Home Community Hos- But for him, this incident was differ-was OK. He said he gave Booker a rapid trauma pice in Washington, D.C. ent. “He nodded his head ‘yes,’ ” said Matz assessment on the spot and checked his Maj. Richard Rickley, head nurse of “When it’s someone you consider aafter the ceremony. “Then I went back vital signs. Booker was breathing and Kimbrough’s Department of Primary close friend, it hits home,” Miller said.16 SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012
  12. 12. N ewsSilent Warrior Challengeenhances 741st MI BNresiliency commitmentBy Sgt. 1st Class Kevin O’Neill complete four, mini-situational train-741st MI Battalion ing exercises. In the wake of the Army Safety One exercise tested the teamwork ofStand-Down Day to combat the risk of company teams to conduct Sensitivesuicide within the force, the 741st Mili- Site Exploitation of a mock insur-tary Intelligence Battalion expanded gent bed-down location to extrapolateits commitment to the Army’s Com- details of a pending attack on a U.S.prehensive Soldier and Family Fitness forward operating base. This eventprogram by conducting its inaugural required Soldiers to put their analyti-Silent Warrior Challenge on Oct. 1, cal skills to use as they differentiated3 and 5. between items of intelligence value The CSF2 program is designed to and items that were individual Soldier and family If performed correctly, each team photo by Staff Sgt. Taikeila Chanceyresiliency to overcome obstacles and could articulate the method and timeenhance the performance of every Sol- of attack and the insurgent organiza- Soldiers with the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, 704th Military Intelligencedier. CSF2 enables resiliency by focus- tion responsible. Brigade, compete in the battalion’s Silent Warrior Challenge held Oct. 5 at Forting on five pillars: physical, emotional, “I’ve never deployed before, and Meade. The event provided an opportunity for Soldiers to build resiliency skills bysocial, spiritual and family. doing something like this was really competing in demanding training events that developed teamwork, esprit de corps The goal of the Silent Warrior Chal- cool,” Spc. Rachel Smith of Bravo and unit cohesion.lenge was to solidify Soldier resiliency Company said. “I learned the impor-in the physical, emotional and social tance of paying close attention — not Joshua Brown of Headquarters and failed.”pillars through cerebral and physi- only looking for the obvious, but Headquarters Company. “We had a And it was teamwork, not necessar-cally demanding training events that digging deeper and finding the hid- lot of elements incorporated into this ily physical training, that this eventdeveloped teamwork, esprit de corps den things. I learned to think like the exercise to make it as realistic as pos- was trying to enforce.and unit cohesion. enemy.” sible, given the time and resource “When we created this challenge, we Over the course of the Silent War- According to senior leadership, that constraints.” wanted to make sure each portion wasrior Challenge, the four companies was exactly the intent. Other scenarios included MOS pro- geared towards a different strength,”of the 741st MI competed in events “We want Soldiers who can piece ficiency quizzes and performing a said Alpha Company Commanderranging from conducting an Army together information and draw intel- nine-line medevac request. Capt. Matt Sheftic. “No one Soldierwarrior task/urban orienteering race ligent assessments,” Huston said. “This provides Soldiers with an will excel all of the stations. This eventto Military Occupational Specialty Another scenario challenged the opportunity to assess themselves on forces teamwork and emphasizes theproficiency tests and high-mobility attention to detail, memory and com- where they stand,” Bravo Company 1st total warrior concept that we’ve want-multiwheeled vehicle pushes. munication ability of 741st Soldiers. Sgt. Angel Espada said. “Hopefully, ed to push throughout the week.” “The Soldiers assigned to this bat- Company teams were divided across this will serve as a wake-up call for While teamwork, building esprittalion will leave one day and relish three observation posts where they some of the Soldiers. These are a few de corps and realistic training werein the outstanding technical training observed a simulated ambush on a of the things the Army is expecting key components of the Silent Warriorthat they can only get here,” Battalion U.S. Army squad and an embedded you to know.” Challenge, Soldier resiliency was theCommander Lt. Col. Terance Huston reporter by a Red Force practicing the Day Three concluded by living up to primary focus.said. “But there is also the expectation tactics, techniques and procedures of the “warrior” aspect of the Silent War- “There are many Soldiers workingthat America’s sons and daughters are Al Qaeda in southern Afghanistan. rior Challenge. Four teams of 10 had in sections that do not see or interactresilient and able to endure the rig- The scenario culminated with an to work together as they completed with each other,” Huston said. “Thisors of whatever challenges lie before IED strike resulting in casualties and an arduous physical challenge: sniper was an opportunity to bring the bat-them.” a kidnapping. Company teams then push-ups, 100-yard over-unders, 300- talion together through some friendly Day One consisted of an urban ori- had to come together and generate pound team log presses, a one-mile competition. And competition oftenenteering race, where Soldiers had to SALUTE (size, activity, location, uni- run, carrying 500 pounds of sand- brings out the best in people.”locate various points throughout Fort form, type and equipment) reports bags for two miles, and a two-mile The competition brought out theMeade. Once a point was found, they describing the details of the battle- HMMWV push to the finish line — all best of Charlie Company, the winnerswere required to either conduct Army field and events that unfolded before while remembering items shown to of the weeklong event.warrior tasks such as evaluating a them. company teams in a memory box. “This is for you,” said Capt. Nataliecasualty, performing a weapons func- Simulated explosions, machine gun “Yeah, I’m really tired,” Spc. Joshua O’Dea, company commander, as shetion check or answering military/pro- fire and high-speed getaways added to Miller of Charlie Company said after held up the award — an inscribedmotion board-related questions. the realism. the event. “I definitely had to rely Roman Rudis sword that will be in her Day Two was less physical but no “We worked on [the SALUTE sce- on [fellow teammates]. Without us company’s possession until the nextless demanding as Soldiers had to nario] for about two weeks,” said Sgt. pushing each other, we would have Silent Warrior Challenge. October 18, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  13. 13. S portsTen Miles of RunTwo Meade teams to participate in annual Army Ten-MilerStory and photos by Brandon BieltzStaff Writer A dozen service members from the instal-lation will race through the streets of Wash-ington, D.C., on Sunday with 30,000 otherrunners from across the world during the28th annual Army Ten-Miler. The two teams of six runners will repre-sent Fort Meade at the race, which is one ofthe world’s largest 10-mile competitions. The event is hosted by the MilitaryDistrict of Washington. All race proceedsbenefit Army Morale, Welfare and Rec-reation that support Soldier and Soldierfamily programs. Preparation for this year’s Fort MeadeArmy Ten-Miler team began in May witha qualifying 10K race. The group of run-ners was then set to 12, in order to formthe two teams. Participants said they joined the team,as opposed to running alone, to give them-selves an extra edge. “It pushes me,” Michael Wahlgren said.“I’m competitive. So to be on a team, Iwant to be better than the next guy on theteam.” For Steve Bichler, joining a team is agood way to get into the popular event,which sold out in 19 hours this year. The large number of runners in the eventis another draw. “In a marathon, you’re probably going tobe alone at some point,” Bichler said. “In the the Pentagon. Members of the twoArmy Ten-Miler you’re never alone. There’s Individual runners have their own goal Fort Meade Armyalways somebody there pushing you.” time, Eberly said. At the end of the race, Ten-Miler teams stand Team captain James Eberly said the the times of the top four runners on each together for a teamFort Meade group consists of experienced team will be averaged together for the final photo near Gaffneyrunners who have competed in endurance team time. Fitness Center beforeevents, including marathons and triathlons. While the event is competitive, it also competing Sunday inMany have completed previous Army Ten- serves as a large reunion for many of the the popular event inMilers as well. service members who travel from around Washington, D.C. Although the runners form teams, com- the world to compete.petitors trained on their own as they pre- “It’s one of the better races to run in LEFT: James Eberly,pared simultaneously for other events. the D.C. area,” said runner Wener Vieux. captain of the Fort “We had several people who were doing “You practically have all the installations Meade Army Ten-half-marathons or training for marathons, in the Army participate. So it’s good to Miler team, runs onso a lot of people were already doing some run into people you knew from the other the track at Mullinskind of training program,” Eberly said. installation, and it’s a lot of fun to see all Field on Monday“It may have been more intense than what the different military units come out and evening. Eberly andwould be required for a 10-miler. We have participate.” 11 other servicepeople on the team who do triathlons, so Auyb Odera said it is “prestigious” to members from theI think most people are doing their own have the opportunity to represent Fort installation willtraining program.” Meade. represent the post on On race day, the team will be spread “How many people do we have at Fort Sunday at the 28ththroughout the course, which begins outside Meade — and you’re chosen to represent annual Army Ten-of Arlington National Cemetery, spans the community? It is an honor,” Odera said. Miler in Washington,through the National Mall and finishes at “It’s an honor to represent your post.” D.C.18 SOUNDOFF! October 18, 2012