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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 36 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ September 6, 2012 gifted and talented file photosFinalists will compete in the installation’s annual entertainment variety show, “Fort Meade’s Got Talent,” on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at McGill Training Center. The two-hourevent is a chance for the community to showcase its talent as contestants compete for prizes: first prize is $250, second prize is $150 and third prize is $90. The talent show,sponsored by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is free and open to the public. For more information, call eagle pit stop UPCOMING EVENTSNew Staff Judge IndyCar driver Today, 4:30-6 p.m.: Fort Meade Facebook town hall - settles JR Hildebrand friday, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Latin Dance Night - Club Meade visits Fort Meade saturday, 7 p.m.: ”Fort Meade’s Got Talent” competition show - McGill Training Centerin at Fort Meade sunday, 1 p.m.: NFL Sunday Ticket - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Loungepage 3 page 13 wednesday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community Job Fair - Club Meade
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Saying goodbye to summer; paying tribute on Sept. 11 Col. Edward C. Rothstein Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Where did summer go? ful efforts to It seems like only a few weeks ago we kicked thank soldiers Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones off summer with a Memorial Day weekend for their service celebration. as they actively Assistant Editor & Senior Writer I clearly remember writing about finding seek out ways Rona S. Hirsch time to be with family and friends. I urged to honor and Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes you all to enjoy the first holiday of summer at support mili- Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz a picnic or backyard barbecue. It was time to tary communi- Design Coordinator Timothy Davis enjoy our favorite off-duty pastimes. ties. Supple­mental photography provided Labor Day weekend, however, marked the One of the by Patuxent Publishing Co. symbolic end to summer. It’s that time of year things I’m when we begin to refocus on other matters. most proud of COL. Edward c. Advertising Our youths have returned to school. Work- at Fort Meade Rothstein Garrison Commander General Inquiries 410-332-6300 related projects that have been put on hold is the constant Allison Thompson now require our attention. Maybe it’s time sense of respect and pride for our service mem- 410-332-6850 to actually clean that closet you talked about bers and their families from our surrounding Michele Griesbauer getting to all summer. communities. 410-332-6381 The holiday has always been a signal for me We are fortunate to have so many local busi- that it’s time to transition. nesses, civic and government leaders and oth- If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are Labor Day also signals the end of Fort ers who are patriotic friends of Fort Meade. experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Meade’s 101 Days of Summer Safety Cam- Working together, we continue to improve Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through paign. As you may recall, the campaign’s goal the strength and well-being of the entire Fort Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. is to remind everyone not to lose focus on Meade region by recognizing our opportuni- Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the safety this summer. ties for partnerships and strengthening ways personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary So as we close out summer, I want to thank in which we connect our communities. of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday you for keeping safety in mind and making a As we celebrate this year’s 9/11 anniversary, except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. conscious effort to avoid off-duty mishaps. I let’s honor the lives of the men and women Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the also ask that you continue to make safety — who wear their service uniforms proudly and desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. and I’ll add stress management — an impor- their commitment and selfless service to our tant part of your daily routine. country. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage In between this week and next week’s issue Let’s also honor the efforts and willingness without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, of Soundoff! we will mark another anniversary of private citizens and community leaders user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser of Sept. 11 and our nation’s participation in to establish great partnerships between this will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. memorial services and other events to honor installation and surrounding communities. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department and remember the victims of those attacks. Together, we all can help make our country of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are Over the past 11 years we have all seen many a safer place to live, work and raise families. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance changes to our lives. For members of the mili- Working together, we all help make the world a of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of tary, there have been multiple deployments. For safer place to foster freedom and democracy. the Army of the products or services advertised. community members, there have been thought- Have a great week. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at Commander’s Open Door and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or Co n t e n t s concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mon- days from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 11 Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 15 necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. Community.................. 13 Classified.............................. 16 SOUNDOFF! September 6, 2012
  3. 3. NewsNew staff judge advocate focuses on educating communityStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes she heard about the Army Judge AdvocateStaff Writer General’s Corps and was interested. Lt. Col. Roseanne M. Bennett’s dream “It just resonated,” said Bennett, whoof becoming a lawyer began when she was resides in Severna Park with her husband,in seventh grade. Lt. Col. Roland Bennett of the Asym- “I don’t know what triggered it,” said metric Warfare Group, and their 5- andBennett, Fort Meade’s new staff judge 2-year-sons. “It was an opportunity foradvocate. “I think someone told me I me to explore the legal field, live elsewherecould argue very well and, therefore, I and expand my horizons.”should be a lawyer.” After graduating in 1996, Bennett As the garrison’s top lawyer, Bennett, joined the JAGC the following year andwho began her tenure on July 15, said the attended the Judge Advocate Basic CourseOSJA has a “great reputation across the in Charlottesville, Va.command.” After completing the course, Bennett Maj. Nate G. Hummel, deputy staff served as a legal assistance attorney atjudge advocate, said the Office of the Fort Carson, Colo., and later became aStaff Judge Advocate is “extremely excit- trial defense attorney at the installation.ed and fortunate to have a judge advocate During her military career, Bennett hasof Lieutenant Colonel Bennett’s caliber served as the chief of military justice atleading our office.” Fort Richardson, Ala.; an administrative With a staff of 31 service members and law attorney and chief of legal assistancecivilians, the OSJA assists Soldiers, family at Fort Hood, Texas; brigade judge advo-members, retirees and the garrison with cate for the 1st Medical Brigade in Iraq;legal services. chief of administrative law, lll Corps, The office is made up of four divisions Lt. Col. Roseanne M. Bennett, who became the garrison’s new staff judge advocate Iraq; and the brigade judge advocate- legal assistance and claims, adminis- July 15, is leading the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in its efforts to rejuvenate for 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Divisiontrative law and military justice - and is its outreach to the Fort Meade community. Bennett previously served as deputy SJA (Fort Drum, N.Y./Iraq).now focusing its efforts on educating the at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Before serving as the deputy staff judgeFort Meade community to prevent legal advocate at Fort Leavenworth, Bennettmishaps and ease the stresses of military As the national election draws near, she briefly considered joining the Reserve served as the legal advisor at the Com-life. the OSJA will publish an article on DoD Officers’ Training Corps while enrolled mand and General Staff College at Fort The OSJA, Bennett said, is rejuvenat- guidelines for political activity on social at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., its preventive law efforts with a series media. but didn’t know enough about ROTC to Bennett said her immediate goal at Fortof articles in Soundoff! to “help people Bennett said the law is important commit. Meade is to get to know her staff and tounderstand the laws” and to stay ahead because of its “ability to affect people’s During an internship in her senior year “find ways to assist them in making it aof legal problems. lives on the good side.” at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, little bit better.” The OSJA recently published articles A native of Quakertown, Pa., Bennett a retired colonel suggested to Bennett that The OSJA has experienced some cut-explaining escrow in a mortgage loan, served two years as the deputy staff judge she join the Army, but Bennett said she backs in its civilian staff. Bennett said thehow to use credit cards wisely and the advocate at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was set on becoming a lawyer. office is currently assessing the long-termprocess for filing a claim for damaged before arriving at Fort Meade. Bennett attended George Washington impact of the cutbacks to ensure thegoods during a permanent change-of- Bennett said she initially did not con- University Law School in Washington, OSJA can continue to provide superiorduty station. sider a career in the military, although D.C. During her second year, Bennett said, service to the community.Two-step process damaged during their move. Fortunately, there is a system in place to pay service vide the carrier with the proper “notice of loss” and also keep a record for future their Military Claims Office at a later date. If a claimant is unhappy with some or all members for their damaged items. reference. of the settlement amounts offered by theirmakes task easier Navigating this process, however, is not as difficult as one might think. Once proper “notice of loss” is given, all claimants should file a claim with their carrier for certain items, they can choose to transfer these items to their Militaryfor filing claims The most common source of confusion among claimants is that filing a claim is carrier within nine months of delivery. Claimants will receive more money by filing Claims Office within two years of the date of delivery. actually a two-step process. directly with their carrier, as they should For more information, visit the recentlyBy Capt. Cody Cheek Within 75 days of delivery, claimants receive full replacement value for their dam- revamped Fort Meade Claims DivisionClaims Judge Advocate must provide a proper “notice of loss” to aged items. website at Michael W. Davis their carrier. Missing this first step can limit While all claimants also have the option claims.html.Chief, Claims Division or preclude recovery for damaged items. of filing a claim through their Military The website features a one-page flow- Summer is PCS season for service mem- The form for providing “notice of loss” to Claims Office within two years of delivery, chart that explains the claims process, infor-bers and their families. The process of re- the carrier is very specific and is typically they are only entitled to receive depreciated mation papers on specific topics and a step-establishing a home and orienting oneself noted on the forms given by the carrier. value. by-step guide for filing a a new duty assignment can be stressful. Claimants can bring their forms to the Another reason that claimants should For more information or to schedule an But while unpacking, service members Fort Meade Claim Division within 70 days generally go through the carrier first is that appointment, call the Claims Division atfind that some of their property has been of delivery. The Claims Division will pro- they retain the right to transfer items over to 301-677-9898 or 301-677-9960. September 6, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsRoadway work zones Picerne launches e-newsletter By Angela Marcumrequire alert drivers Picerne Military Housing Beginning Oct. 1, Picerne Military Housing will launch a free, monthly digital newsletter to Fort Meade residents. Picerne’s newsletter is going digital as a result of on-post resident feed- back. It is also part of compa-By Jenelle L. Ferguson ity as a regulatory sign. ny-wide efforts to minimize itsInstallation Safety Office • Stay alert and minimize distractions. use of natural resources such With increasing construction on Fort Meade road- Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and as paper and ink.ways, it is important to be safety cautious while operat- avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while “Not only will the environ-ing motor vehicles in these work zones. driving in a work zone. ment benefit from this, but so Excessive speed and the failure to remain alert while • Be patient and stay calm. will our residents,” said Jodidriving are top contributors for crashes. It is important Work zones aren’t there to inconvenience you. Collins, community manage-for motorists to obey the speed limits posted in a con- Remember, crew members are working to improve the ment director at Picerne onstruction zone. road and make your future drive better. Fort Meade. “Our newsletter Keep the following tips in mind when driving • Don’t pass on the shoulder or drive across the will now be readily accessiblethrough work zones: median. on the Internet, whether our • Expect the unexpected. This creates a very dangerous situation for you, residents are on the go or at Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes construction workers and other motorists. home.”may be changed and people may be working on or • Follow posted speed limits within construction In preparation for the switch to a digital newsletter, Picerne distributednear the road. zones. a Resident Communication Survey to all on-post residents. • Slow down. • Leave room. Feedback collected from this survey will be incorporated into the new You will be in the work zone quicker than you Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic e-newsletter, in addition to neighborhood event details and seasonalthink. barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers. reminders. • Don’t tailgate. • Keep your cool, calm down and don’t rush. Previously, each residence received only one hard copy of the monthly Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead Remember, the temporary inconvenience of a con- newsletter. With the switch to digital, residents can now choose to haveof you. The most common crash in a highway work struction zone will pay off with greatly improved the newsletter emailed to more than one person in the is the rear-end collision, so leave two car lengths roads. Picerne will continue to supply hard copies of the newsletter, whichbetween you and the car in front of you. • Don’t assume that work is completed if you see will be available for pick-up at all neighborhood offices. Each newsletter • Pay attention to the signs. no workers immediately upon entering a posted work also will be posted on the Picerne website. Warning signs are there to help you and other drivers zone. For more information about the e-newsletter and to ensure the emailmove safely through the work zone. Observe the posted Some work zones such as line painting, road patch- address associated with their account is accurate, on-post residentssigns until you see the one that states you have left the ing and mowing are mobile, moving down the road as should contact their neighborhood zone. the work in an area is finished. • Obey road crew flaggers. Implementing work-zone safety and awareness is a The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic must for drivers and the construction crew that work onsafely in the work zone. A flagger has the same author- our highways. Good driving is about being prepared. Community Have you noticed an issue on post Crime Watch Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Aug. 28, Larceny of government Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to property: Unknown person(s) removed an unsecured and unat- tended desktop computer from an office located on Chisholm Sept. 1, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel at the Exchange said she observed the subject switch a price tag on a solve them. Avenue. high-value item with a low-value item and proceed to the checkout Aug. 28, Larceny of private prop- line. The subject failed to render Issue: Plan: Status: erty: Unknown person(s) removed an unsecured and unattended bicycle from any payment for the items in the transac- tion and left the store. the front porch of a residence. Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be Spring 2013 Chaplain’s Word: GET UP AND LEAD Demolition and installation “Leadership is a combination of strategy and McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC are now being performed, classrooms 1-5 closed during character. If you must be without one, be without HVAC is inoperative A/C installation (except in the ballroom) (until Oct. 1, estimated) the strategy.” — H. Norman Schwarzkopf SOUNDOFF! September 6, 2012
  5. 5. N ews Healthy Smiles are Happy Smiles d top We will Vote ist in offerin be nt De more toddler g free Balti azine s in Septe creenings Mag mbe Novemb r and er. We offer a child-friendly, happy, and caring environment for all of your child’s dental needs to ensure a lifetime of healthy Photo by marine Pvt. Ronald Brink teeth. Come see why our patients recommend us to Feds Feed Families (Left to right) Edith Koleoso, Zack Lieberman, Steve Lee, Marsha Guda their family and friends. Ximena F. Pareja, D.D.S. and LaVern Atkinson, of the Directorate of Human Resources Adminis- Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry trative Services Division on Fort Meade, organize food products for pick up by a local food bank. 8600 Snowden River Pkwy., #302, Columbia, MD 21045 The Fort Meade community donated 1,268 pounds of nonperishable foods on Aug. 29 to the Maryland Food Bank as part of the annual Feds 410-953-0111 Feed Family food drive. The campaign is a governmentwide effort to donate to food banks during the summer months when children are out of school and not benefiting from school nutrition programs. Specializing in Dentistry for Children CITY GIVES Join the Mall in Columbia to celebrate the philanthropic HONOREES achievements of two exceptional women. Event includes wine, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz You are invited to attend exquisite bites and extraordinary Association of AUSA’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition prizes from your favorite Baltimore Area Mall in Columbia retailers. Grantmakers in Washington, D.C. 100% of ticket sales benefit 22-24 October 2012 The Women’s Giving Circle of Marcy Leonard Howard County. Hammond High School Come to the only event where you can see all the Army Leaders in one place! Stroll through over 600 exhibits to view state-of-the-art equipment. Thursday, September 13, 2012 Further your professional career by attending 5 pm to 8 pm, Lord Taylor Court numerous seminars and luncheons which address the latest issues affecting our Army and its Soldiers. in partnership with You will never have this opportunity anywhere else. Visit to learn more about our honored women and how to obtain your tickets. REGISTER TODAY! | 800-336-4570 September 6, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  6. 6. N ewsArmywide stand down to support suicide preventionBy David Vergun The last Armywide suicide prevention Although the stand down is just for one Morales said. “They know there’s help avail-Army News Service stand down took place in 2009. During day, Morales said training and activities will able, but it’s sometimes difficult finding out Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. that event, Morales said, the Army used the be conducted throughout September, which how to access it and find the appropriateLloyd J. Austin III ordered an Armywide “chain teach” approach to push information is recognized in the Army as Suicide Preven- points of contact.”suicide “stand down,” scheduled for Sept. down to Soldiers. tion Month. This year’s theme for suicide prevention27, to empower leadership to prevent further “For example, the Army required that Efforts will likely continue into October, month is “A healthy force is a ready force.”loss of life. specific training materials would be used and particularly for the Reserve component. The theme reflects the Army’s awareness The stand down is meant to familiarize all specific training requirements met, although One of the main events slated for Sept. 27 that healthy people and mission go together,members of the Army family with the health some supplemental training was allowed is the terrain walk. Morales said that during Morales said.promotion, risk reduction, suicide preven- such as leader-led discussions,” he said. the event, Army leaders at posts, camps and “We’re not just worried about suicides,tion, and comprehensive Soldier and family This stand down will be different, Morales stations will go on tours of their respective we’re concerned with the overall fitness andfitness resources available in the Army. said. service support organizations and will visit well-being of our Soldiers, Army civilians The stand down also will focus on how to “Activities and training will be less pre- the caregivers there “who are in excellent and family members,” he said. “It is espe-improve the health and discipline of the force scriptive,” he said. “Commanders now have positions to help Soldiers and their families cially important that leaders lead the chargeand reducing the stigma associated with seek- the flexibility to assess the needs of their units who are most at risk.” in changing the Army culture, wherevering care for behavioral health issues. and customize the training and activities.” Providers include chaplains, clinicians, seeking help for suicide or other issues is The stand down was issued after Austin Morales said some commanders might lawyers, social workers, financial advisors, stigmatized.”visited installations around the Army and opt for a fun walk or run to get Soldiers, family therapists, substance abuse counselors, In addition to the terrain walk and unitlistened to Soldier feedback and suggestions, civilians and their families involved. They military life consultants and psychologists. events, other suicide awareness activities aresaid Walter O. Morales, chief of the Army might follow that with an afternoon town The purpose of the terrain walks, Morales planned throughout September includingSuicide Prevention Program. hall meeting. said, is to let commanders know which health fairs and resilience training. “He realized more work was needed to Others may conduct risk assessments to resources are available so they may let Sol- For more information, go to the Suicideaddress the issue of suicides in the Army and better inform their training requirements for diers know what is available. Prevention Month web page located on theto ensure the awareness and training momen- the training and sustainment portion of the “We have so many good programs out Army Suicide Prevention website, preventsui-tum continues,” Morales said. stand down. there, but people often get lost in the shuffle,” Prostate Cancer Awareness Day hosted at WRNMMC Walter Reed National Military Medical tion of factors, said Lt. Col. Inger Rosner, PSA in the blood, a substance produced by by prostate cancer, but they are usually not Center urologic oncologist at WRNMMC and the normal prostate. It is usually produced in due to cancer. After lung cancer, prostate cancer is the associate director of the CPDR. higher levels by most prostate tumors. For men who are diagnosed with prostate second leading cause of cancer-related McLeod and Rosner said that although All men will have some PSA in their cancer, the CPDR conducts a comprehen- deaths among men in the United States. a healthy diet and lifestyle, which includes blood; an elevated PSA does not necessarily sive, team-focused, patient-centered Multi- According to the American Cancer Soci- regular exercise, may be helpful in reducing mean that a man has prostate cancer. Disciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic. ety, the disease will claim approximately men’s chances of developing prostate cancer, “With early risk assessment and detec- This clinic is an all-day forum of educa- 28,000 lives this year. The ACS estimates awareness of their individual prostate cancer tion of prostate cancer, we are diagnosing tion and physician consultations that pro- that in 2012, the incidence of new cases risk is very important. prostate cancer in its earlier stages,” Rosner vides men and their families information of prostate cancer will be approximately McLeod, who has successfully treated said. about their prostate cancer. A recommended 240,000. scores of prostate cancer patients during his Prior to the use of PSA testing, 21 treatment plan is established by a panel of One in six men over their lifetime will more than 40 years of practicing medicine, percent of men at diagnosis had prostate prostate cancer specialists. develop prostate cancer. But most prostate said men should be aware that the medical cancer that had spread beyond the prostate Treatment for prostate cancer can take cancers are not life-threatening. community continues to debate the exact (metastatic). a number of different forms, depending on Due to the prevalence of prostate can- age men should begin testing or screening Today, it is approximately 4 percent, as the patient’s clinical presentation, consulta- cer, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is for the detection of prostate cancer. the majority of men have tumors that are tion with his urologist and other specialists, observed each September in a number of The American Urological Association confined to the prostate, and some may not and the stage of the disease. Some men may countries around the globe. A blue ribbon strongly supports that the decision should be considered aggressive. be candidates for close observation (active is used to promote the cause. be individualized and include a discussion In most cases, men with early prostate surveillance) only. The Center for Prostate Disease Research with a health care provider about the risks cancer have no symptoms. This finding Rosner and McLeod said that forms of and Urology Clinic at the Walter Reed and benefits. explains the importance of the PSA blood treatment for prostate cancer confined to National Military Medical Center will host McLeod said it is reasonable for the test and DRE. the prostate may include active surveillance, their annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day discussion to start at age 40 for men at an The National Cancer Institute advis- surgery or radiation. for military beneficiaries on Sept. 22 at the increased risk of developing prostate cancer es men to consult their physician if they Other therapies may involve cryotherapy CPDR, which is located on the third floor of such as African Americans and men with a notice: (freezing the prostate cancer) and High the America Building at WRNMMC. family history of the disease. Otherwise, it is • A need to urinate often, especially at Intensity Focused Ultrasound. Hormone “The exact reasons why men develop pros- recommended that testing be discussed and night therapy also may be used in conjunction tate cancer are unknown,” said retired Col. offered beginning at age 50. • Difficulty starting or stopping urination with radiation and as a treatment option for David McLeod, director of the CPDR. Rosner said that detection for prostate • A weak flow of urine more advanced disease found to be outside Certain factors may increase the chances cancer is carried out by a digital rectal exam • Painful or burning urination the prostate. for some men developing the disease such as and a blood test for PSA, or prostate specific • Blood in the urine or semen For more information, call 301-319-2900 or genetics, diet, advancing age or a combina- antigen. The PSA test measures the level of Any of these symptoms may be caused email SOUNDOFF! September 6, 2012
  7. 7. N ewsUSAPHC-North welcomes new commanderBy Brandon Bieltz “It’s been fun, but it’s time for me to moveStaff Writer on,” he said. “I hope that I’ve left this orga- From an artillery man to an intelligence nization in good shape for Colonel Bell and Iofficer to a command surgeon in Afghani- know that he’ll do a great job.”stan, Col. Michael R. Bell has held a variety Keenan said that Bell is set up for successof positions during his 27-year Army career. and will “continue to do great things” with Bell added another credential on Aug. 28, PHC-North.when he took the reigns of the Public Health Bell previously served as the associateCommand Region-North. Col. Bradford W. director of the Occupational and Environ-Hildabrand, who commanded the organiza- mental Medicine residency program at Uni-tion for a year, passed the unit’s colors to formed Services University of the HealthBell during a change of command ceremony Club Meade. During his 27 years in the military, Bell has “Today we bid a fond farewell to Colonel served in a number of roles and positions.Brad Hildabrand, who is an outstanding After graduating from the University ofofficer and dedicated leader, and we welcome Alabama in 1985 with a degree in businessColonel Mike Bell, a veteran of the Public administration, Bell was commissioned asHealth Command team and also an officer a second lieutenant of field artillery in theof proven ability who will carry forward Reserve.the critical mission of Public Health Com- After serving as the assistant logisticsmand Region North,” said Maj. Gen. Jimmie officer for the 41st Field Artillery BrigadeO. Keenan, commander of the U.S. Army and the 4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery inPublic Health Command, who spoke at the Babenhausen, Germany, Bell transferred toceremony. military intelligence. He then served with the PHC-North has the mission of providing 24th Infantry Division and as an intelligenceregionally focused preventive medicine, vet- officer with the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantryerinary service and health promotion support Regiment during Operations Desert Shield/for the Army in a 20-state area, from Maine Desert North Carolina and as far west as Wiscon- Following his deployment from Desertsin. The region consists of approximately 500 Storm, Bell left active duty to earn a degree in photos by phil groutpersonnel who serve at three Public Health biology from Syracuse University in 1993 andCommand Districts at Fort Belvior, Va., Fort returned to the Army at the USUHS, where Col. Michael R. Bell,Knox, Ky., and Fort Eustis, Va. he earned his doctorate in medicine in 1997. incoming commander of Personnel provide support services across Bell has since served in academic and med- Public Health Commandpublic health disciplines including environ- ical roles at Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Myer, Region-North, receivesmental health, engineering, veterinary ser- Va.; Aberdeen Proving Ground; Kabul; and the unit’s colors from Maj.vices, occupation health sciences, health-risk Washington, D.C. He also has a faculty Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan,management and laboratory services. appointment as an assistant professor of pre- commander of U.S. Army “It’s about taking care of America’s sons ventive medicine and biometrics at USUHS. Public Health Command,and daughters,” Keenan said. During his brief remarks, Bell spoke about during a change of Hildabrand became the first commander the history and past successes of PHC-North command ceremony onof PHC-North in June 2011 when the unit including detecting West Nile virus in the Aug. 28 at Club Meade. Bellwas redesignated from the U.S. Army Center United States and being the first to deploy assumed command fromfor Health Promotion Preventive Medi- to the Pentagon after 9/11 to assess health Col. Bradford W. Hildabrand.cine-North to PHC-North. The redesignation concerns.signified the combining of the USACHPPM- “This is a fantastic unit,” he said. “It’s a LEFT: Col. Bradford W.North and the North Atlantic Regional tremendous honor for me to be selected to Hildabrand, outgoingVeterinary Command. command this unit.” commander of Public Health “Brad, you have truly done a phenomenal Bell said that with such future challenges as Command Region-North, isjob in the transitions that we’ve had to make,” a lack of resources during a time of transition congratulated by GarrisonKeenan said. “When you think of the posture in the Public Health Command, there will be Commander Col. Edwardthat you’re leaving North Region in, it’s just a greater need for preventive medicine. C. Rothstein followingphenomenal. ... We want to thank you for all “My charge to the leadership, Soldiers and a change of commandyou’ve done.” technical staff of this unit is to come into ceremony Aug. 28. During his remarks, Hildabrand discussed work every day focused on improving the Hildabrand became the firsthighlights of the unit during his command health of Soldiers and their families and the commander of PHC-Northincluding the creation of several new pro- readiness of the force; everything else will fall in June 2011 when the unitgrams, and thanked the members of the unit into place,” he said. was redesignated from thefor their work. “We’ll continue to do great things and lead U.S. Army Center for Health Hildabrand’s next assignment will be at the the way for the Public Health Command. Promotion PreventiveDefense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvior. Let’s get to work.” Medicine-North. September 6, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  8. 8. N ewsThe Volunteers concerts rock motorcycle rallyStory and photo by Jonathan AgeeU.S. Army Field Band STURGIS, S.D. — It started on Aug.14, 1938 when group of nine men gath-ered in Sturgis, S.D., and raced theirmotorcycles in front of a small crowd. More than seven decades later, theevent has grown into the largest motor-cycle gathering in the world, attractinghundreds of thousands of people eachyear. But behind the excitement of races,stunts and thunderous tailpipes is asentiment shared among many of theriders - patriotism. “Bikers are a weird bunch, but theyhave a lot of respect for the military,”said Frank Moyer, entertainment direc-tor for The Broken Spoke. In June, Moyer and his team hosteda motorcycle rally in Johnstown, Pa.,where they invited The Volunteers, theU.S. Army Field Band’s premier touringrock band. The six-member group per-forms rock, pop, country and patrioticmusic. Jack S., master of ceremonies at TheBroken Spoke, said The Volunteers’performance stood out more than anyother during the rally. “It was a different style of entertain-ment than I’ve ever seen at a bike rally,”he said. “For me, it is the people I getto meet at these rallies that make ‘TheSpoke’ their home, and that’s why wewanted to bring in the band becausethey are welcomed so warmly here.” Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher, lead vocalist for The Volunteers, performs at The Broken Spoke Campground during the Sturgis Two months later, The Volunteers Motorcycle Rally on Aug. 4. The U.S. Army Field Band’s premier touring rock band performed a series of rock classics at thearrived in Sturgis to perform two con- South Dakota rally.certs on Aug. 4 and 5 at The BrokenSpoke Campground. half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veter- there loved you,” said Shpak, a Vietnam a set that included the music of Van The patriotic mood was set from the ans Memorial in Washington, D.C. vet. “The response was just unbeliev- Halen, Pink Floyd and Johnny Cash.beginning when Sgt. 1st Class April “She did a marvelous job, one of the able.” When the performance finished, theBoucher, lead vocalist, sang the Nation- best renditions of the National Anthem For members of The Volunteers, the audience broke into chants of “Oneal Anthem at The Wall That Heals, a I think I ever heard,” said Daniel Little, rally was a chance to interact with thou- more song. One more song.” who served in Vietnam from 1965 to sands of patriotic Americans and share The Volunteers performed an encore, 1966. “I really enjoyed it.” the Army story. then went into the crowd to spend the Little said he makes an effort to “When we can reach out in one event evening with the community.‘When we can reach out in ensure that service members are treated and hit a cross section of America at a “Motorcycle clubs seem to attract with dignity, something he did not festival like that, I think the effort will a lot of veterans,” Boucher said afterone event and hit a cross experience when returning home from pay benefits for a long time,” said Col. the rally. “Many of the clubs especiallysection of America at a Vietnam. Timothy Holtan, commander of the honor POWs and MIAs as they ride all “Hopefully, out of that whole Viet- Army Field Band. “The organizers were over the country. It was a great honor tofestival like that, I think the nam experience, if our country learned so tickled they said, ‘Any event that we meet so many of them in one place. one thing and that is how to treat our do, you’re welcome back. We’ll make “One particular Vietnam vet thankedeffort will pay benefits for a veterans coming home today, then to me room for you.’ That really summarizes us for representing his generation andlong time.’ it was all well worth it,” he said. Ted Shpak, president of Rolling what The Volunteers bring in terms of telling the Army story and living the making it honorable to serve in the U.S. Army,” she said. “I hugged him and Col. Timothy Holtan Thunder in Washington, D.C., attended Army values.” expressed my gratitude for his service. It U.S. Army Field Band commander the singing of the National Anthem and For their second concert, The Volun- was a very small attempt to compensate a concert. teers played just before national recording those who served when it was unpopular “It was incredible, and the people in artist Night Ranger. The group performed to do so.” SOUNDOFF! September 6, 2012
  9. 9. N ewsPartners in Education780th MI collects school supplies, backpacks for Meade Heights ElementaryStory and photo by Tina Miles students, and we look forward to a fun,Public Affairs productive school year together.”780th Military Intelligence Brigade Spc. Chatonna Powell, orderly room Back to school means back to the store clerk and P.I.E. liaison, Headquartersfor backpacks and school supplies. It can and Headquarters Company, 780th MI,also mean another financial burden to stu- obtained a student supply list for each gradedents and faculty. level and posted a “donation challenge” to In today’s economy, many families are the entire brigade.experiencing hardships in purchasing their Each staff section rose to the challenge,children’s back-to-school necessities. Bud- donating supplies to Meade Heights Ele-get cuts in education cause teachers to rely mentary valued at more than $1,400.on outside help to purchase basic classroom “I am ecstatic at the response and thesupplies such as tissues, hand soap, cleaning amount of donations we received,” Powellwipes and other miscellaneous items. said. “The Soldiers, civilians and contrac- The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade tors of the 780th really came through forstepped up and responded to the need of our school.”the local community. As a member of the Supplies were boxed according to prod-Fort Meade Partners in Education Pro- uct type and delivered to Meade Heights.gram, the 780th MI collected more than They were presented to the school faculty400 pounds of donated school supplies for on Aug. 28.its adopted school, Meade Heights Elemen- “Meade Heights continues to be trulytary School. grateful for the support of the 780th,” “We’ve expanded ‘Team Cyber’ to include Principal Susan Gallagher said. “TheirMeade Heights Elementary,” said Col. Jen- Spc. Chatonna Powell, Partners in Education liaison for the 780th Military Intelligence campaign to collect school supplies wasnifer G. Buckner, commander, 780th MI Brigade, and Pvt. Benjamin Bravo, 780th MI Brigade, load a delivery van with school obviously an enormous success.Brigade. “P.I.E. is such a great initiative supplies for Meade Heights Elementary School. The supplies were collected and “Their efforts have made learning a littlebetween our units and local schools. It’s donated as part of the Fort Meade Partners in Education program between the 780th easier for hundreds of children. We couldn’ta great honor for us to partner with these MI and Meade Heights Elementary School. ask for better Partners in Education.”Taking back controlSpeaker gives tips on scream-free parentingBy Lisa R. Rhodes funded by the U.S. Army Installation Bartuss, mother of Jonathan, 3, and Runkel said by remaining calm, set-Staff Writer Management Command through its Fam- Natalie, 2. “I learned a lot from it.” ting boundaries for children and letting When parents react to their children’s ily and Morale, Welfare and Recreation The Normandy Bluffs resident attended them know the consequences for negativebad behavior by yelling and screaming, programs at Army installations through- the parenting seminar with her husband, behavior, parents earn their children’sthey give up their role as adults in the out the country. Spc. Jason Bartuss, 741st Military Intel- respect.relationship. “It’s a great way to get the word out ligence Battalion. “We give a lot of our respect and power “We’ve lost it with our kids. The ‘it’ about alternative ways of parenting,” “We wanted to learn to not scream at to people who keep their cool in tenseis our adulthood,” said Hal Runkel, a said Rikki Ford, Parent Support Program our kids,” she said. “They definitely push situations,” he said.licensed marriage and family therapist. “In coordinator at Army Community Service. our buttons. We wanted to learn how to Runkel gave the example of how Sol-the very heat of the moment, we lose what “Parenting is difficult. ... This is a dif- react better than we have been.” diers learn that in the midst of battle, it isdifferentiates us from our kids and then we ferent approach [of how to] be a leader Runkel said part of the problem for their ability to stay calm that determineswonder why they don’t respect us.” for your family and not be emotionally many parents is that when they try to their ability to lead. Runkel, author of “ScreamFree Par- reactive.” make their children behave, they become “The real question is, how am I goingenting: A Revolutionary Approach to In addition to the parenting seminar, reactive. Instead, he said, parents should to react?” Runkel said.Raising Your Kids By Keeping Your Runkel also conducted a two-day Scream- strive to become calm and stay focused on After the program, Spc. Jason BartussCool,” shared his philosophy on how to Free Leaders Training on Aug. 20 and 21 their own behavior and response. said the seminar “provided a fresh takedevelop new parenting skills by remain- for garrison professionals who work with “When I make the commitment to be on things.”ing calm under pressure to a group of families. All the programs were spon- calm, I take away any enticement for them “It opened my eyes,” he said. “I canmore than 30 parents at the Meuse Forest sored by the Family Advocacy Program [children] to behave badly,” Runkel said. control what I do as a parent. I can takeNeighborhood Center on Aug. 22. at ACS. “Getting reactive creates the outcome we control of the situation, rather than let- The lecture was part of an initiative “I thought it was amazing,” said Nicole want to avoid.” ting the situation take control of me.”10 SOUNDOFF! September 6, 2012
  10. 10. S portsPit StopNational Guard IndyCar driver visits Fort Meade By Brandon Bieltz Racing’s second visit to the installation. Staff Writer Before last year’s inaugural Baltimore Just a few days before JR Hildebrand Grand Prix, they met with the Warrior joined some of the world’s best race car Transition Unit on post. drivers for a fast-paced route through city Elaine Rodgers, president of the USO streets for the Baltimore Grand Prix, the of Metropolitan Washington, said the 24-year-old driver of the National Guard team frequently spends time with service IndyCar and his team from Panther Rac- members, including a visit to the Walter ing stopped at Fort Meade to meet with Reed National Military Medical Center service members on Aug. 30. “We’re so blessed to carry the National “They go to all the military bases that Guard colors and name and to be with we ask them to go to, not just here but Soldiers, Airmen and Marines across around the world,” Rodgers said. the world,” said Johns Barnes, owner of Last week’s event kicked off with a Panther Racing. “Our job is easy; we get small ceremony and remarks from Hil- to stand in your shadows.” debrand, Rothstein, Rodgers, Barnes and For several hours on Aug. 29, Hil- Don Elsey, Emergent’s senior vice presi- debrand met with fans at the Freedom dent of finance and administration, and Inn Dining Facility and the Exchange chief financial officer. parking lot. Hildebrand and Barnes both thanked The USO of Metropolitan Washington the service members and said meeting and Emergent BioSolutions sponsored with the military keeps the team humble. the meet-and-greet. “I’m excited to be here,” Hildebrand “Today we are completely delighted said. “It’s an honor and privilege to that through the partnership with USO represent you guys. ... We just want to and Emergent to bring Panther Racing thank you for everything you do with and JR Hildebrand [to Fort Meade] and your service.” watch him win the Baltimore Grand Prix Throughout the afternoon, Hildeb- on Sunday,” Garrison Commander Col. rand met with service members, posing Edward C. Rothstein said at the event. for photos and signing autographs. The “This is a way to kick it off by meeting crowd who gathered around the event the star of the show.” were able to jump into the National This was Hildebrand and Panther Guard car to get a feel for Hildebrand’s machine. “I probably wouldn’t drive it for real, but I’d love to see [Hildebrand] drive it,” said Seaman Paolo Bayas, who is attend- ing the Defense Information School to become a mass communications special- ist. As a fan of race car driving, Bayas said he enjoyed meeting Hildebrand. “These guys are super awesome to be able to maneuver the cars at those speeds. They have that ‘X-factor’ not everybody has,” he said. “It’s definitely cool meet- ing him.” Bayas and Sgt. Tim Koster, a basic photos by phil grout combat correspondence course student at DINFOS, said events such as the meet-Timmy Ground, 1, stands in IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand’s National Guard car during and-greet with Hildebrand help studentsa meet-and-greet Aug. 29 at the Freedom Inn Dining Facility. Hildebrand met with through training since there isn’t muchservice members and their families at the dining center and the Exchange parking free time to go out after school.lot. “It’s really cool having the racer come out here,” Koster said. “It obviouslyRIGHT: IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand shakes hands with Fort Meade service members shows a lot of support with racing for theoutside the Freedom Inn Dining Facility on Aug. 29, his second visit to the installation. National Guard and coming out to meet-Hildebrand, who drives the National Guard car, finished 12th in Sunday’s Baltimore Grand ing the troops. It’s a big morale boost.”Prix. September 6, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11