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  1. 1. December 20, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  2. 2. 2012 Year in Review 2012 Year in Review T he following is a compilation of stories and photos that made news on Fort Meade throughout the year of 2012. From the closing of the Courses and visits by high-profile legisla- tors and senior military leaders to historical storms and an award- winning talent show, it was indeed a year to remem- ber. Photo by Noah Scialom Photo by Pfc. Joshua R. MckinneyService members run down MacArthur Road during the Wellness and RemembranceJoint Service Run on Sept. 21. More than 2,400 service members attended the run inrecognition of 9/11, POWS and MIAs, and to promote resiliency and wellness.TOP RIGHT: Mercedes Drew sings “Movin’ On Up” during “Fort Meade’s Got Talent”on Sept. 9 at McGill Training Center. The annual production won first place in theVariety Entertainment and Talent Show category of the 2012 Army Festival of the Artsand Recreation Program.RIGHT: Children participate in Fort Meade’s celebration of the Army’s 237th birthdayat The Mall in Columbia on June 14. Photo by Jen Rynda14 SOUNDOFF! December 20, 2012
  3. 3. January 2012 Year in Review February JANUARY FEBRUARY • Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett transfers • Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center directorship of the Defense Information completes renovations to its patient ser- System Agency to Air Force Lt. Gen. vice center and medical laboratory, and Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. during a ceremony addition of new operating rooms and on Jan. 11. medical teams to accommodate the nearly • Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., com- 1,500 patients who use the facility daily. mander of the Asymmetric Warfare • Bettina Pickett, wife of Navy Lt. Group, breaks ground on an AWG indoor Aaron Pickett, delivers a baby girl in her gun range behind the old World War I Potomac Place home on Feb. 7 with the barracks on Rock Avenue on Jan. 18. help of her neighbor, Dori Welsch. • Yolanda Clark is the new acting prin- • The 780th Military Intelligence Bri- cipal of Meade High School, taking over gade and Meade Heights Elementary from Daryl Kennedy, who left to serve as School sign on Feb. 14 a formal agree- executive director of principal support for ment establishing a partnership in educa- the Baltimore City Public Schools. tion. • Radio talk-show host Joe Madison, • Col. Jonathan Sweet, commander of known as the “Black Eagle,” is the guest the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, speaker for the annual Martin Luther breaks ground Feb. 21 on the brigade’s King Jr. observance on Jan. 12. new headquarters, operation center and • The Anne Arundel County Board of training facility. Education votes Jan. 18 to approve the • Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is arraigned construction of 12 additional classrooms Feb. 23 at Fort Meade on 22 charges, photo by brian krista at Meade High School. including wrongfully releasing intelli-Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein (third from right) and former Garrison • Defense Information School launches gence, theft of records and aiding theCommand Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith (second from right) join Fort Meade Soldiers its first Public Affairs Course for Interna- enemy.for Military Appreciation at the University of Maryland’s men’s basketball game at the tional Students on Jan. 23. • JoAnne Martin, co-founder of theComcast Center in College Park on Feb. 21. • Renovations to the Fort Meade National Great Blacks In Wax Museum Express, formerly the Shoppette, are com- in Baltimore, is the guest speaker for the pleted on Jan. 28. post’s Black History Month observance on Feb. 23. • Meagan Chesser, 17, a senior at Meade High School, wins first place in the high school essay category of the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council’s statewide Young Authors Contest. photo by Sarah Pastrana A wax figure of Dr. Dorothy Height, a former president of the National Council of Negro Women, stands in the foyer of Club Meade as part of the installation’s photo by brian krista annual observance of Black History Month on Feb. 23. The figurine was onSpectators and competitors fill the room as two young fighters battle in the 2012 East Coast National Qualifier karate tournament loan from the National National Greatheld Feb. 11 at McGill Training Center. About 250 of the top Taekwondo students in the region attended the event. Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore. December 20, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  4. 4. March 2012 Year in Review April Carson Johns, 9, of Monarch Academy Glen Burnie harvests oysters at the Oyster Recovery Partnership display during Fort Meade Earth Day on April 17 at Burba Park. photo by Jen RYndaphoto by noah scialomRetired Sgt. Michael Kacer, who lost his MARCH spend six weightless minutes 60 miles above • Master Sgt. Joshua E. Powell, an opera- • Garrison officials announce the sched- Earth in a privately owned spacecraft. tional advisor for the Asymmetic Warfarearm in an RPG attack in Afghanistan uled closing of the Courses in May. • Twenty fifth-graders from Manor View Group, is presented the Soldier Medal duringin 2009, gives a high five of sorts to • Maj. Savan Becker, a Space Systems offi- Elementary School win silver medals during a ceremony held March 23 at Fort Eutis, Va.,retired Sgt. Robbie Gaupp during the final cer and contractor at Fort Meade, is a finalist a mini-Olympic event hosted by first lady for saving the life of a South African soldierselection held March 11 at Fort Meade for in Space Race 2012, a Facebook-hosted com- Michelle Obama on March 13 at American during a training exercise in South Africa.the Army team 2012 Warrior Games. petition offering the winner the chance to University. • Six longtime employees of the the Direc- torate of Human Resources are honored in a retirement luncheon on March 23 at Club Meade. • Army Chief of Chaplains (Maj. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford speaks at the post’s National Prayer Luncheon on March 28 at Club Meade. APRIL • Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. begins upgrades to the electric and gas lines in Heritage Park, a historic section of the installation that has the oldest infrastruc- ture within Fort Meade housing. • More than 250 children attend the 13th annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 7 at the Youth Center. Two days later, several Fort Meade families participate in the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. • Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center unveils its technologically advanced surgi- cal center after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11. • The 902nd Military Intelligence Group conducts a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 19 for its new headquarters and Army Counterintelligence Center complex. • Halina Silber, a Holocaust survivor who was included on Schindler’s list, is the guest speaker at the post’s Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 19 at McGill Training Center. • Col. Thomas A. Johnson Jr. assumes Photo by Jen Rynda leadership of the 48th Combat SupportRiley Bateman, 6, of Fort Meade, giggles while attempting to spin an oversized hula hoop during the installation’s annual Family Hospital from Col. Corinne M. Ritter onFun Day on April 28 outside McGill Training Center. April 21.16 SOUNDOFF! December 20, 2012
  5. 5. May 2012 Year in Review June A procession of color guards participate in Fort Meade’s Memorial Day Remembrance and the 26th Annual Massing of the Colors at the Pavilion on May 6. Photo by Jen Rynda MAY rial Day Remembrance ceremony and 26th Annual Massing of the Colors on May 6 • The Directorate of Family and Morale, at the Pavilion. Welfare and Recreation opens a revised Photo by Nate Pesce • During the National Security Agency’s jogging trail on May 1 after the closing ofRiley Wharton, 12, of Fort Meade Boy Scout Troop 377, carries an American flag to be Armed Forces Week, five groups of service the East Campus, a trail around the formerplaced among other worn or tattered flags during the troop’s flag retirement ceremony members compete in the annual Super golf course.near the Fort Meade RV Park on June 14. Squad on Fort Meade on May 8. • Gov. Martin O’Malley pays tribute • The installation’s 2012 Army Emer- to the military at the installation’s Memo- gency Relief campaign raises $98,988 as the fundraising effort ends May 15, collecting 123.7 percent of its $80,000 goal. • Ten World War II-era letters written to Fort Meade Soldiers are found on May 24 by Melwood employees in the wall frame of Bldg. 249 on Chisolm Avenue. • The Directorate of Emergency Services unveils its new mobile command post nick- named “The Beast,” a self-contained com- munications center with cameras, satellites, computers and radios. JUNE • Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III meets June 7 with Soldiers and families during a tour of the post with his wife, Jeanne, and speaks at a town hall. • Meade High’s first class of 49 graduating seniors in the Homeland Security Signature Program receive their diplomas on June 11. • The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade welcomes Col. Jennifer G. Buckner as its new commander on June 15. • Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman celebrate the Army’s 237th birthday in a cake-cutting ceremony at The Mall in Columbia on June 14. • Lt. Col. Marion Bakalorz takes com- mand of Headquarters Command Battalion on June 22 from Col. Edmund Barrett. • On June 29, a fierce storm called a photo by noah scialom derecho whips through Fort Meade withGraduates line up to take their seats at Meade High School’s graduation ceremony held June 11 at the Prince George’s Equestrian high winds and heavy rain, causing dam-Center in Upper Marlboro. age to property and leaving the installation without electricity. December 20, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 17
  6. 6. July 2012 Year in Review AugustJULY • Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau beginshis tenure as the garrison chaplain onJuly 2, replacing Chaplain (Lt. Col.) SidA. Taylor, who became deputy garrisonchaplain. • Col. Danny B. N. Jaghab takes com-mand on July 12 of the U.S. Army Medi-cal Activity, Fort Meade, and KimbroughAmbulatory Care Center from Col. LeonE. Moores. • Lt. Col. Roseanne M. Bennett isnamed the garrison’s new staff judgeadvocate on July 15. • The Fort Meade Fire and EmergencyServices is named the Department of theArmy’s Small Fire Department of theYear on July 17. • Col. James M. Howell III assumescommand of U.S. Army Dental Activityduring a ceremony on July 18 at ClubMeade from Col. David B. Hembree. • Col. Yvette Hopkins takes commandof the 902nd Military Intelligence Group photo by lt. Col. j. Darrell Sideson July 20 from Col. Andrea L. Thomp- An uprooted tree rests on a house onson. Washington Avenue in the historic section • The 704th Military Intelligence Bri- of Heritage Park on June 30. Winds ingade welcomes its incoming commander, excess of 60 mph moved across theCol. Anthony R. Hale, in a ceremony on region June 29 at around 11 p.m. and leftJuly 24 from Col. Karen H. Gibson. behind more than 75 downed trees and power outages on post, the aftermath ofAUGUST the band of storms called a derecho. • Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington,commanding general of the Joint ForceHeadquarters National Capital Region/ photo by Anthony CastellanoMilitary District of Washington, visits Fort for his photographs taken Aug. 15 for an artMeade on Aug. 9. Linnington attended a exhibition at Sarasota National Cemetery Fireworks brighten the sky over McGlachlin Parade Field at Fort Meade’s annuallunch and meeting with garrison officials in Florida. Fourth of July Celebration. An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 residents and visitorsin addition to taking a windshield tour of • Col. Michael R. Bell takes command attended the event that featured music, carnival rides, games and novelty vendors.the installation. of Public Health Command Region-North • Maryland photographer Greg Schaler from Col. Bradford W. Hildabrand on BELOW: A convoy of emergency vehicles makes a grand entrance at Fort Meade’suses Fort Meade service members as models Aug. 28. 29th annual National Night Out held Aug. 7 on McGlachlin Parade Field. The free event featured law enforcement demonstrations, music, pony rides, laser tag, inflatables, a zip line and food.Farmers marchonstage duringthe MissoulaChildren’sTheatre camp’sproduction of“Jack and theBeanstalk” onJuly 28 at McGillTraining Center.More than 50Fort Meadeyoungstersparticipated inthe by nate pesce photo by nate pesce18 SOUNDOFF! December 20, 2012
  7. 7. September 2012 Year in Review OctoberSEPTEMBER Airmen from the • Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Perez of U.S. Defense InformationCyber Command competes at the Inter- School’s Air Forcenational Triathlon Union’s Long Course Student DetachmentDualthlon World Championships on Sept. reach up to secure2 in Switzerland. As a member of Team the flag duringUSA, Perez finished the competition 113th Retreat on Oct.overall and 11th in his age group. 29 at McGlachlin • The Fort Meade Museum transports Parade Field duringa 21-cm Morser 16 on Sept. 6 to Fort Sill, Hurricane Sandy.Okla. The German howitzer, captured by The superstorm leftFirst Army in 1918 and displayed outside minimal damage onthe museum, was donated to the U.S. Army post.Field Artillery Museum at Fort Sill. Photo by • More than 400 Boy Scouts learn new Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harpscience, technology, engineering and mathskills during the Scouts’ first S.T.E.M. MeritBadge Day hosted Sept. 8 by Fort Meade. BELOW: Fort Meade • The Directorate of Family and Morale, firefighters workWelfare and Recreation sponsors “Fort to extinguish aMeade’s Got Talent” on Sept. 8 at McGill two-alarm fire atTraining Center. The annual talent show the Seven Oaksdrew its biggest crowd since its inception apartment complexin 2008. in Odenton on Nov. • Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. 7. The fire wasRothstein and more than a dozen Soldiers the second at theand Airmen from the Defense Information complex in six weeks.School participate in Towson University’s“Hometown Heroes Day” on Sept. 15 atJohnny Unitas Stadium. DINFOS studentshelped extend the National 9/11 Flag prior OCTOBER contract security guards to Department of new $26 million shopping center is scheduledto the game, while Rothstein conducted the • The Civilian Wellness and Civilian Army security guards. to be completed in 2014.coin toss. Fitness Program begins a pilot run on Oct. 1. • Fort Meade hosts the University System • Sarah’s House celebrates 25 years of • First Army Division East welcomes its The program allows civilian employees to take of Maryland’s monthly meeting of the uni- providing emergency shelter and transitionalnew senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. off one hour, three days a week, from work to versity presidents on Oct. 1 at the Conference housing with a reception on Oct. 19 featur-Maj. Dennis E. Defreese, on Sept. 21. engage in an exercise or fitness program. Center, providing an opportunity for the ing Anne Arundel County Executive John • More than 2,400 service members • Beginning Oct. 1, service members pro- installation to build a partnership with the R. Leopold and Garrison Commander Col.participate in the three-mile Wellness and vide additional personnel at the installation’s university system. Edward C. Rothstein.Remembrance Joint Service Run that paid five access control points, part of a mitigation • Garrison leaders join Exchange officialstribute to 9/11 and to POWs and MIAs plan to keep the gates open while the Director- in breaking ground on the site of the newwhile promoting wellness and resiliency. ate of Emergency Services transitions from Exchange during a ceremony on Oct. 16. The • MacArthur Middle School Princi-pal Stacy Gray signs a three-year sisterschool agreement of education and culturalexchange with the Beijing Yucai School inChina on Sept. 21. Lui Jizhong, principalof the school in China, visited Fort Meadewith a delegation of educators. • Eight Fort Meade firefighters respondSept. 30 to a two-alarm fire at the SevenOaks apartments in Odenton. Two dozenapartments were evacuated, including fouroccupied by Fort Meade personnel. • Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. ThomasJ. Latter replaces former Garrison Com-mander Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith.Truck owner and operator Bobby Joneshelps guide a 21-cm Morser onto histruck on Sept. 6. The Fort Meade Museumdonated the German howitzer capturedduring World War I to the U.S. Army FieldArtillery Museum at Fort Sill, Okla. photo by Brian krista photo by Joshua Kruger December 20, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 19
  8. 8. November 2012 Year in Review December photo by nate pesce photo by noah scialomNineteen-month-old Max Tjaden takes a gander at the rooster and hen that were a Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and his wife, Audrey, hand out eggnogpart of the petting zoo at Picerne Military Housing’s “December in the City” holiday during the Thanksgiving dinner at the Freedom Inn Dining Hall attended by a recordevent for residents on Dec. 1. crowd of 527 people.NOVEMBER Fort Meade Soldiers, was the second • The Fort Meade Religious Support fire at the complex in six weeks.Office coordinates a designated offering, • The Freedom Inn Dining Facility iscollecting $14,770.14 for the Maryland judged Nov. 8 for the 45th annual PhilipFood Bank in response to Gov. Martin A. Connelly Award, which recognizesO’Malley’s call to engage Marylanders excellence in food service, for the civilianin community service projects aimed at garrison category. The Freedom Inn isending childhood hunger. one of only seven civilian-operated dining • The Fort Meade Directorate of facilities in the Army, out of more thanFamily and Morale, Welfare and Recre- 120, that was selected to compete.ation is notified that the “Fort Meade’s • Fort Meade service members takeGot Talent” production held Sept. 6 on rugby players from the Australianwon first place in the Variety Entertain- Embassy in Washington, D.C., duringment and Talent Show category of the a friendly series on Nov. 10 at Mullins2012 Army Festival of the Arts and Field.Recreation Program competition. • David Hatch, senior historian at • Fort Meade service members par- the National Security Agency’s Centerticipate in the University of Maryland’s for Cryptologic History, speaks at theMilitary Appreciation Day on Nov. 3, post’s Native American Heritage Monthprior to the Terrapins football game. Air observance on Nov. 15 about the role ofForce Col. Michael Downs, commander code talkers in World Wars I and II.of the 707th Intelligence, Surveillance photo by sarah pastranaand Reconnaissance Group, conducted DECEMBER Ryan Maclean, 3, has his photo taken with Santa, who arrived atop a fire truckthe coin toss. • The Fort Meade USO-Metro opens and then met with children in the gazebo during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting • Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin visits its new center at 8612 6th Armored Ceremony on Dec. 7 at McGlachlin Parade Field.Manor View Elementary School on Nov.5 as part of Operation Caring Class- Calvary Road on Dec. 5. The 2,200-room, an education initiative adminis- square-foot facility features a nine-seattered by the Armed Forces Foundation. theater room, wireless computer space,Cardin discussed Veterans Day and the snack bar, patio and the organization’s Program. • Fort Meade celebrates the holidayssacrifices made by service members and food pantry. • Retired Washington Redskins defen- with the U.S. Army Field Band Holidaytheir families. • Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang, sive end Dexter Manely signs autographs Concert on Dec. 6 to a packed audience • Nine Fort Meade firefighters an instructor at the Defense Information at the Exchange on Dec. 1. in the Meade High auditorium and withrespond to a two-alarm fire at Oden- School, is one of 12 photographers hon- • Jason Acuna, also known as “Wee the Christmas tree lighting ceremony onton’s Seven Oaks apartment complex ored Nov. 30 at the Pentagon for their Man,” screens his Christmas movie “Elf Dec. 7 on McGlachlin Parade Field thaton Nov. 7. The fire, which displaced two participation in the Arts in Embassies Man” at the Post Theater on Dec. 2. drew more than 600 people.20 SOUNDOFF! December 20, 2012