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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 14 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ April 11, 2013 A GOLD STAR TRIBUTE photo by nate pescePatricia Jackson, acting coordinator and financial coordinator of Fort Meade’s Survivor Outreach Services program, hugs Odessa Banks-Griffin (right) and Peggy Pergerson (left) duringthe Gold Star Wives Tea on Saturday. SOS sponsered the social event for the spouses of fallen service members that was held in observance of Gold Star Wives Day on April 5.See story on Page 10.Batter up! PLAY TIME UPCOMING EVENTSYouth Sports US Army Field Band TODay, 11:30A.M.-1 P.M.: Holocaust Remembrance observance, McGill Training Centercomplex ready for focus locally after April 18, 10 A.M.-2P.M.: Fort Meade Earth Day celebration, Burba Lake cancelled spring tours April 19, 9 A.M.-Noon: Motorcylce safety awareness day, Motorcylce Range2013 spring season April 20, 8 A.M.-11 A.m..: Clean up Fort Meade, Neighborhood centerspage 14 page 6 April 22, 9 A.m.-6 P.m.: Save a Life! Tour, McGill Training Center
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Strengthening our moral resolve This week’s commentary is in support of National Sexual Assault Col. Edward C. Rothstein Awareness Month. Garrison Command SAAM is an annual campaign that raises awareness and edu- Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter cates communities on the prevention of sexual violence. The Army, Public Affairs Officer in conjunction with the DoD, is implementing the 2013 SAAM Chad T. Jones theme: “We own it ... We’ll solve it ... Together.” Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones The theme is designed to strengthen our collective moral and ethi- cal commitment, in keeping with our values and warrior ethos, to Assistant Editor & Senior Writer show respect and dignity for every service member, civilian worker, Rona S. Hirsch family member and the nation we serve. Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes The DoD’s sexual assault policy is that this crime has no place COL. Edward c. Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz in the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about the Sexual Rothstein Garrison Commander Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Assault Prevention and Response Program, visit When no means no Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Allison Thompson By Elaine Wilson more likely to be a date or acquaintance. Accord- 410-332-6850 It was Friday night and, as usual, a tight-knit ing to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Net- Michele Griesbauer group of girls met outside of their college dorm work, about two-thirds of sexual assault victims 410-332-6381 to make plans. They were headed to a fraternity in the United States knew their assailants. party, but decided at the last minute to meet up And it is predicted that one in seven college If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are with some guys that one of the girls knew from women will be raped before graduation and 90 experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail high school. percent will know their attacker, according to the Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Sue” had a crush on one of the guys, so she University of Texas at Austin Counseling and talked her buddies into going to their apartment. Mental Health Center website. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the The freshmen walked the mile to the apartment, Sexual assault is intentional sexual contact, personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. giggling all the way. characterized by use of force, physical threat Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in The men, of course, were thrilled to have the or abuse of authority, or when the victim does conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing college girls over. They turned on the radio, not or cannot consent, according to the U.S. address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD popped the tops off of some beers and the group Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. drank, laughed and flirted. Now slightly buzzed, Program website. The term includes rape; non- Sue drifted off with her crush into a bedroom. consensual sodomy, whether oral or anal sex; Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage It got hot and heavy, she later said. They made indecent assault, which is unwanted and inap- without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, out for a while and then, when Sue felt like it was propriate sexual contact or fondling; or attempts 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. getting too hot, she decided to leave the room and to commit these acts. hang with her friends. Bottom line for potential offenders is, “no” Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the He, on the other hand, had different plans. He means “no,” whether the victim is making out Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their pinned her down, fondled her and tried to rape with them, had sex with them in the past or is own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. her. She said no and he ignored her. She fought dressed provocatively. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by him and ran out into the hall crying. Wilson writes for the Fort Sam Houston Public the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. The girls left, but Sue didn’t say much on the Information Office. walk home. “You shouldn’t have let things get that far,” they told her. “It wasn’t just his fault.” Although he didn’t rape Sue, the incident Commander’s Open Door scarred her. Her self-esteem dipped and her You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at friends’ words haunted her for years. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at “Maybe I should have dressed differently or Rothstein has an open door policy. shouldn’t have led him on,” she thought. “Maybe All service members, retirees, govern- it was my fault.” ment employees, family members or com- She was wrong. It had nothing to do with the munity members age 18 or older are invited Co n t e n t s way she dressed or the amount of kissing she did. The man she was with sexually assaulted her. to address issues or concerns to the com- mander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office But like thousands of other victims, Sue blamed on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 14 herself. And the man walked away. headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Women are taught to avoid dark alleys and Llewellyn Avenue. Cover Story ................ 10 Movies.................................. 15 dimly lit parking lots to avoid “stranger danger.” Visitors are seen on a first-come, first- But they’re not taught to avoid the offenders that served basis. No appointment is necessary. Community.................. 12 Classified.............................. 17 may be a friend, boyfriend or even a relative. For more information, call 301-677-4844. Rape by a stranger can happen, but it’s much SOUNDOFF! April 11, 2013
  3. 3. NewsShining a spotlight on sexual assaultBy Brandon Bieltz ways to help victims.Staff Writer “At the end of the day, we all have Last year, 1,695 cases of sexual assault one mission and that is to help defendin the Army were reported. this nation and pull together,” said Navy Nationally, one in five women and one Cmdr. Rachel J. Velasco-Lind, executivein seven men will be sexually assaulted officer of Navy Information Opera-at some point in their lives. tions Command Maryland. “How are But despite the large number of vic- we going to do that if we can’t trust eachtims, sexual assault is considered a high- other to do the right thing?”ly unreported crime. The first two weeks of Sexual Assault “It is one in which people suffer in Awareness Month have been filled withsilence, thus the reason for an aware- events including the Walk Against Rapeness month to heighten the sense of held Friday at McGlachlin Parade Fieldawareness in the community because and the Date Safe Project’s “Can I Kisswe don’t want people to have suffer in You” briefing held Monday at McGillsilence,” said Stacey Hale, Fort Meade’s Training Center.Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. Hale said all of the events are joint-“We want people to speak out.” service and all branches are working Throughout the month of April, the together to provide the lineup.installation will offer a variety of Sexual On April 20, a Rape AggressionAssault Awareness Month activities to Defense Course will be offered at Gaff-heighten awareness of the crime, as well ney Fitness Center to instruct basic self-as inform the community of services defense techniques.offered and encourage victims to use the Parenting seminars also will be heldresources. to teach parents how to talk to their Senior leaders from the Marines, children about sex. Separate classes are photo by brandon bieltzNavy, Air Force and Army signed a offered for parents of pre-teens and Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein signs the Sexual Assault Awareness Monthproclamation on April 2 at Potomac teens. proclamation on April 2 at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. Throughout April, FortPlace Neighborhood Center. The “birth to pre-teen years” class Meade will sponsor various events to raise awareness of sexual assault. “An awareness month is a stepping will be held April 22 at Army Commu-stone for 365, 24/7,” Garrison Com- nity Service at 830 Chisholm Ave., while ness Month’s national theme: “It’s time healthy sexual development in children,”mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein said. the course for parents of teens will be to talk about it.” Remaining events, Hale said. “Fort Meade took it beyond During their brief remarks at the sign- offered April 29 at McGill. however, stretch the theme beyond the that to talk about healthy relationshipsing, all the leaders said it was important The parenting seminars fall in line national focus. throughout the life cycle. ...The lineup atto shine a light on sexual assault and find with this year’s Sexual Assault Aware- “The national theme really focuses on Fort Meade is the full gamut.”AER provides financial aid in times of needBy Brandon Bieltz emergencies that can be solved right toward the fund that makes the Com- that’s going to help them through a hardStaff Writer at the unit,” said Wallace Turner, Fort mander’s Referral Program possible. time — an unforeseen financial stress.” Since 1942, the Army Emergency Meade’s AER coordinator. The program provides assistance for Unlike general AER assistance, loansRelief Fund has helped Soldiers through AER issues loans and grants to Sol- typical emergencies including car repairs through the Commander’s Referral Pro-tough financial situations — from medi- diers and National Guardsmen, Army and household bills, such as utility pay- gram must to repaid within 15 emergencies to funeral expenses — by Reservists, retirees and their families for ments. After the commander approves A normal loan, however, has a paymentsupplying interest-free loans and grants. a variety of reasons including funeral the assistance, all the Soldier needs to do plan based on rank and amount of But through the AER’s Command- expenses, emergency transportation, rent is bring the form to the AER Office to money that needs to be’s Referral Program, Soldiers with or car payments, and medical expenses. have the check written — no questions. Turner said he hopes that the Com-smaller emergencies can quickly receive There is no cap on how much can be “Mostly, the commanders in the unit mander’s Referral Program will helpassistance. The referral program allows loaned. are going to know the situation of their Soldiers turn to AER instead of paydayunit commanders and first sergeants to The installation is midway into the Soldiers, whether they’re coming into lenders who charge high interest rates,approve their Soldiers for loans up to annual, 75-day campaign that helps raise some hardship, they know the back- while AER offers no-interest loans.$1,500. money for the fund. With five weeks left ground,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 “We want to keep Soldiers from going “The Commander’s Referral Program in the campaign that ends May 15, Fort Jennifer Candy, coordinator of the Fort to payday lenders,” Turner said. “Theis a plan where the Army Emergency Meade has raised $42,265 of the $90,000 Meade AER Campaign. “They know Commander’s Referral Program shouldRelief has made it simple for unit com- goal. the background, they want to be able to be able to jump in there and take themanders to assist Soldiers with simple For every dollar donated, 89 cents goes get the Soldier some financial assistance place of payday lenders.” April 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsWounded Soldier’shome repaired byRenovatingHopeBy Lisa R. Rhodes not worth it due to the legal fees,” saidStaff Writer Callender, who also has been diagnosed For nearly three years, Staff Sgt. Sal- with post-traumatic stress disorder. “Ivatore Callender was overwhelmed with was embarrassed. I don’t have peoplerepairs to a Baltimore County house he come over.”had purchased while still recovering from The condition of the house, he said,severe internal injuries he sustained in has made life difficult for his wife and twoIraq. sons, ages 2 and 10 months. But on March 25, RenovatingHope, a “The stress on my family is unbeliev-not-for-profit organization based in West able,” Callender said.Chester, Pa., stepped in to renovate the RenovatingHope, which recently beganhome at no charge. construction to repair and remodel the “We’re overjoyed,” said Callender, a home, was created to provide basic hous-Solider in Fort Meade’s Warrior Transi- ing rehabilitation services to service mem-tion Unit. “Can’t wait till it’s done.” bers and veterans. The trouble began the day after Cal- RenovatingHope is now part of thelender and his wife, Esmay, purchased the NewDay USA Foundation, a philan-three-story Halethorpe home in August thropic organization that provides grants photos by sarah pastrana2010. and charitable contributions to nonprof- Staff Sgt. Salvatore Callender and his wife, Esmay, pose with their sons 2-year-old Salvatore When Callender and his father decided it organizations that support veterans, III and 10-month-old Oldin in front of their three-story Cape Cod home in Halethorpe. Theto remove a piece of sheet rock from active-duty service members and military house is being repaired and remodeled by RenovatingHope, a not-for-profit that providesthe wall above the fireplace in the living families. basic housing rehabilitation for service members and veterans at no, they discovered a gaping hole. A The construction on Callender’s home iswall caved in the living room from leaks scheduled to be completed in six weeks.seeping through the hole. “We can’t wait,” Callender said. By the spring, a broken sump pump Paul Hoffecker, founder and CEO of room, craft room and a new mold-proof but the stress is so much better,” he said.left the basement flooded after a storm. RenovatingHope and president of the and waterproof floor. Esmay Callender is happy, too.The basement flooded again after Hur- NewDay USA Foundation, started Reno- The bathrooms are being upgraded “This is the best thing that happened toricane Irene. vatingHope five years ago after a career and the kitchen is being redesigned with us since our daughter passed away,” she There were other problems, too, such as a senior project manager, building new new cabinets and new appliances. A new said. “Something good is coming into ouras the smell of cat urine in the carpet on hospital wings in New Jersey and New heatng system and hot water heater are lives after so much pain.”the third floor when the air conditioner York. also being installed.was turned off; no heat or insulation on “I just couldn’t believe how many of “He [Callender] wasn’t smiling when Ithe third floor; mold and lead piping in our Soldiers are living this way,” Hof- met him,” Hoffecker said. “The smile willthe bathroom; and a swimming pool filled fecker said. “I thought, maybe we can be even bigger when we’re done.”with algae due to a broken pool liner and make a difference.” The Callenders purchased the homefilter. Hoffecker said many of the Soldiers after their 16-month-old daughter Kaelyn “It looked fine when we moved in,” Cal- he helps are referred to him by the Army died in May 2010 of Sudden Unexpectedlender said. “We didn’t know we couldn’t Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), the Death in Children. The family decidedfix it ourselves.” Wounded Warrior Project and Walter to relocate to Maryland to be near Cal- Callender spent more than $10,000 Reed National Military Medical Center. lender’s family. They buried Kaelyn at afrom his personal savings to repair the The contractors must have liability cemetery in Elkridge where Callender’shole above the fireplace and to gut and insurance and at least 15 years of experi- grandfather is also buried.waterproof the basement. ence. Callender was stationed at Fort Ben- But his injuries from an IED blast in Callender was referred to Renovat- ning, Ga., at the time of his daughter’sFebruary 2009 in Iraq — a crushed verte- ingHope by Mureen Merkel, a federal death and received a compassionate reas- Paul Hoffecker, founder and CEO ofbrae in his neck, a paralyzed diaphragm, recovery coordinator for the Department signment to First Army Division East RenovatingHope and president of thea collapsed left lung and skin cancer of Veterans Affairs at Walter Reed. in August 2010. His wife was pregnant NewDay USA Foundation, shows Staff Sgt.— coupled with the expense of repairing The home is being completely renovat- with their oldest son and relocated from Callender the framing for the basement inthe Cape Cod-style home, made the task ed. The roof is being raised and the third Phenix City, Ala. his home last week. A broken sump pumptoo large to handle. floor is being remodeled. The basement Callender said he was reluctant to has caused the basement to flood twice “I thought of suing the previous own- is being refurbished with a new ceiling, receive help, but he put his pride aside. since the Callenders purchased the houseers, but the real estate agent said it was improved lighting, a laundry room, play- “Not only is my house getting fixed, in 2010. SOUNDOFF! April 11, 2013
  5. 5. N ewsArmy Field Bandfocuses locallyafter cancellationof spring tourStory and photos by Jonathan Agee impact in the local community.U.S. Army Field Band Chris McMahan, director of instru- April 1 was scheduled to be the start mental music at Glen Burnie High School,of Spring Tour 2013 for the United States appreciates the Soldier-musicians workingArmy Field Band, but sequestration and with his students.restricted travel guidance forced the band “One major benefit that I see is thatto refocus its efforts. students not only get to experience the On March 5, Under Secretary of performances, but also that there areDefense Joseph W. Westphal directed all career opportunities such as militarymilitary bands to stop travel outside the bands for their future,” McMahan said.local area. This essentially put an end Army Field Band Soldier-musicians areto the 139 performances scheduled in also seeing the benefits of their efforts.the Southeast as part of the Army Field “The clinic at Glen Burnie High SchoolBand’s spring tour. was a very successful one,” Smith said. The band is now limited to a 100-mile “It is a small program compared to manytravel radius from Fort Meade. schools that we have visited, but I was “On the one hand, it’s a little disap- pleased to note that these students werepointing to not be on the tour that we unusually alert and receptive.spent so much time and energy prepar- “Everyone had questions. It’s great toing,” said Master Sgt. Shari Smith, Army see a program where the students haveField Band clarinet section leader. “On questions/input and are not held backthe other hand, it is an exciting opportu- from expressing their interest and curios-nity to spend time with the community ity,” she at home. The Army Field Band is hopeful Con- “We spend so much time on the road gress will pass a balanced deficit reduc-that we often don’t have the chance to get tion plan that the president can sign, ulti-in touch with the audience that is in our mately reversing sequestration and allow-own backyards.” ing the band to bring the “Army story” to Local missions, such as educational grass-roots America once again.clinics at Maryland high schools, are Until that time, the Soldier-musicians Photo by Jonathan Ageebecoming commonplace. The Army Field of the Army Field Band will continue to U.S. Army Field Band Master Sgt. Michael Klima, trumpet section leader,Band is averaging about 20 outreach focus efforts in the local area, showcasing hosts an educational clinic on proper trumpet technique with students fromengagements per week and is making an Army excellence through music. Glen Burnie High School on April 2.Picerne Military Housing renamed Corvias Military Living Corvias Group, a privately-owned, student housing division, Corvias Cam- ing division under the parent company than a job; it’s a vocation. Our commit-vertically-integrated real estate solutions pus Living. name. ment to them remains unchanged, andgroup, announced April 2 that its mili- The switch from Picerne Military “Our name is changing, but our lead- our customer’s best interests remain attary housing division will now be called Housing to Corvias Military Living will ership, partnership and innovation will the heart of our business decisions.”Corvias Military Living. help Corvias Group reinforce its brand not,” said John Picerne, founder and The brand transition, including The change advances a corporate re- by unifying the names of the established, CEO of Corvias Group. “For us, pro- the introduction of all new signage, isbranding that began in July 2012 with award-winning, military housing divi- viding our service members and their expected to take approximately one yearthe introduction of the company’s new sion with that of the new student hous- families with improved housing is more to complete. SOUNDOFF! April 11, 2013
  6. 6. N ews KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRYIMCOM headquarters hosts Edwin Zaghi, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • Infant Dental Screeningsequestration town hall • Emergency Appointments • Accepts Tri-CareBy U.S. Army Installation by the deciding official, and then final someone and go take advantage of everyManagement Command decisions will be given in writing. opportunity.” SAN ANTONIO (March 26) — The exact manner of how the delay will Other details and announcements wereLeaders of the U.S. Army Installation affect the furlough schedule is unclear. made during a question and answer ses-Management Command headquarters Some implementation plans are still not sion including how the furlough wouldpledged to work through the difficult settled without further guidance from be scheduled.times ahead together as a “team of the Department of the Army. “Each garrison commander [in coor-teams” as members of the IMCOM On March 28, the secretary of Defense dination with the senior commander]workforce continue to face an unsure announced the reduction of furlough will make their own decision about fur- Nearway ahead into sequestration and fur- days to 14. lough schedules. But here at HQ, Friday Fort Meade!loughs. “The maximum number of furlough will be furlough day,” Ferriter said. “We Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOM com- hours is 176,” said Perkins. “Part-time listened to feedback from your leaders Dr. Edwin Zaghimanding general, and IMCOM Com- employee hours will be pro-rated based and decided that it would be best if you - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry;mand Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, called for on their hours per week.” could tell your spouse and your kids, - American Board Pediatric Dentist;unity during a “packed house” town hall There are specific furlough exceptions ‘You can count on me then.’ - Fellow American Academy ofmeeting on March 26 at historic Fort for employees deployed in a combat “We want to be the best in the world Pediatric DentistrySam Houston Theatre to help ease the zone and foreign nationals employed and we want to do it right. As we buildpain of the potential furlough. outside the continental United States. the capability to do what we do, little JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD “We cannot get through this tough Nonappropriated fund employees are by little we go from over-hire to autho- COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400road separately,” Ferriter said. “We can also excluded from furloughs, regar dless rization. While we reshape, you need to www.dredwinzaghi.comdo this together. You are a valued mem- of how their positions are paid for. continue to develop yourself and yourber of this team. You are creating stabil- “No one takes this lightly. We realize team. ... That’s as much certainty as weity down at the garrison, so that when this will have an unprecedented effect have today.[Soldiers] are overseas, their family home on the workforce,” Perkins said. “Our “We are good as an agency, but weis safe and taken care of.” attitude must be that this is the most are great as one of the best three-star Karen Perkins, IMCOM director of important thing we can do together.” headquarters in the Army. Taking carehuman resources (G1), gave an update The command is taking other steps of Soldiers, families, civilians, retireeson what is known about furloughs today to engage the workforce during these and survivors is what we do best. We— even as decisions are still being made times, including stress training led by the have the skills and talent. Just give us aat the Department of Army. Office of the Chaplain, G1-sponsored problem and we can solve it. The speed “I wanted to relay the straight facts supervisor training, weekly “lunch and of action at the three-star level movesabout furlough planning, but first I learn” speaker sessions and other spiri- mountains.”want to say that your leaders know how tual counseling opportunities. Ferriter later welcomed Brig. Gen.important this is to our civilian work- “We have the expert counselors in Jason Evans, who will serve as the newforce,” said Perkins. “No matter what we this headquarters who know the busi- deputy commanding general for opera-do, we can take care of our employees.” ness of taking care of our Soldiers and tions. Due to a decision at the Department civilians,” Perkins said. “We care about “General Evans is an inspirationalof the Army level, furlough notices have you. Everyone has something to learn leader,” Ferriter said. “You’re going tobeen delayed in order for officials to and contribute. All I can say is, grab love working with him.”assess the effect of the continuing resolu-tion bill presented by Congress. “Last week, I thought we were inexecution mode,” Perkins said. “We got apause, due to the continuing resolution.The result is, we’re going to hold up forat least two weeks.” Chaplain’s Word Changes made by DoD two days afterthe town hall pushed the earliest date for GOD FREEDOMfurlough proposals into May. “Freedom prospers when religion is Sequestration furloughs are a three-step process: proposal, reply and deci- vibrant and the rule of law undersion. God is acknowledged.” After proposals are sent, everyemployee will have seven days to reply — Ronald Reaganto their supervisor, either orally or inwriting. All replies will be considered April 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  7. 7. N ews In between the lines Sgt. Ari Holden, of the 741st Mili- tary Intelligence Battalion, repaints faded parking lines at Freedom Center Barracks on April 3. Due to budget cuts, the installation was unable to repaint the lines. As a quality-of-life issue, service mem- bers from representing units across the installation came together April 1 through Friday and repainted the parking lines. Paint and supplies were donated by the Directorate of Public Works. Service members living in the bar- racks were authorized by their respective units to work on the project during normal duty hours. Providing single service members a forum to address quality-of- life issues is just one of many opportunities provided by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers. For more information, call the garrison BOSS representative, Sgt. Chatonna Powell, at 301- 677-6868 or visit the BOSS office, located in the USO Center at 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. photo by sgt. chatonna PowellHero2Hired automates job search toolsBy U.S. Army Installation ed the Hero2Hired program as a central, with H2H, just type it in the search box events in your area or attend a virtualManagement Command user-friendly resource for active-duty, and it will narrow down your search. career fair online from home, or search a SAN ANTONIO — Transitioning Reserve and National Guard service • Military Skill Translator: You can database of jobs and speak directly withSoldiers have access to many kinds of members to connect with military- enter your Military Occupational Code employers from your home. The onlyresources as they prepare to enter the friendly companies who want to hire to get a list of career paths that most requirement is a personal computer withpost-military phase of their lives. them. likely to fit your military training and Internet access. Many of those are available at Army H2H has an array of interactive tran- experience. The H2H website is intended to pro-Career and Alumni Program offices on sition tools including military-to-civilian • Career Assessment Survey: If you’re vide transitioning service members withinstallations. skills translation, education and training not sure what you want to do, H2H one more way to access the tools and For Soldiers without regular access to resources, and lists of employers, as well offers a short skills and interests survey information needed to step out of thean installation, however, the resources as a mobile smartphone app. to help you determine what career types combat uniform and into a new civilianand tools needed for a successful transi- H2H is provided through the DoD’s fit best with your background. career.tion might not be readily available — or Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, • Advice and Training: This tool The H2H site is located at this link:available at all. which currently is revising and expand- provides helpful tips on job-hunting Go to the site; set up an This applies to many Reserve and ing its scope due to demand for the techniques, interview preparation and account and look around to find out howNational Guard Soldiers, but could also program. resume building, along with informa- H2H can help you find your next job.apply to Soldiers recovering from inju- H2H offers the following valuable job- tion on school offerings, certificate and For more information, email Mitchellries or illness. search tools: training programs, apprenticeships and Lee at or call 210-466- To address the need for widely avail- • Search for jobs: If you know the financial aid. 0123 or transition resources, the DoD creat- name of a company that is registered • Hiring Events: Find local hiring SOUNDOFF! April 11, 2013
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  9. 9. N ewsSurvivor Outreach Services providessupport lifeline to family membersBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Three years ago, Kristen Santos-Silva was the Family Readiness Pro-gram group leader at Fort Bragg,N.C. On March 22, 2010, her husband,Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Santos-Silva, waskilled in action when an IED explodedwhile he was serving in the southernregion of Afghanistan. Santos-Silva knew about SurvivorOutreach Services through her workorganizing activities for military fami-lies, but she never imagined that oneday she would seek out the program’sassistance. “The possibility when they deployis always in the back of your mind,”Santos-Silva said. “But you don’t thinkabout it. Your remain positive.” The mission of the Army’s SOSprogram, according to its website, isto “build a unified support program,which embraces and reassures survi-vors that they are continually linkedto the Army family for as long as theydesire.” Patricia Jackson is the acting coor-dinator and financial coordinator ofthe Fort Meade SOS, which is locatedin the Soldier Family AssistanceCenter, Building 2462, at 85th MedicalBattalion Ave. Jackson provides long-term supportto surviving family members by link-ing them to resources such as support photos by nate pescegroups, counseling services and educa- Patricia Jackson, acting coordinator and financial coordinator of Fort Meade’s Survivor Outreach Services, hugs Giovanna Morris, a Gold Star Wife, as she sings a Bette Midler song at the Gold Star Wives Tea on Saturday. The tea, sponsored by SOS, was held to recognize the sacrifices of the spouses of fallen service members.‘I hope our participants tion opportunities. She also provides ard, St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert is a nonprofit organization of wid- financial education regarding budget- counties. The survivors are referred ows and widowers whose spouses diedgain knowledge about ing, investment planning and estate to Fort Meade through the Casualty while on active duty in the military planing. and Mortuary Affairs Office at Fort services or as the result of a militaryour resources, and the “I hope our participants gain knowl- Sam Houston, Texas, and through service-connected cause, according tofriendship and support from edge about our resources, and the the Installation Management Com- the organization’s website. friendship and support from those that mand. Jackson said she serves about Participation in SOS and the Goldthose that have experienced have experienced the same loss and 24 survivors on a regular monthly basis Star Wives of America is voluntary. sorrow,” Jackson said. “I also hope through outreach referrals. The Fort Meade SOS is required tothe same loss and sorrow.’ that they can give of themselves to be Survivors receive information about host an event for the Gold Star Wives, a support to others as others have been SOS and the Gold Star Wives of Amer- Gold Star Moms and Gold Star Fami- Patricia Jackson a support to them.” ica, Inc., soon after they are notified lies three times a year. Acting SOS Coordinator The program currently serves about about the death of their Soldier. The Gold Star Wives was recognized 176 survivors in Anne Arundel, How- Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., on Friday, which was Gold Star Wives10 SOUNDOFF! April 11, 2013
  10. 10. N ewsDay. The following day, Fort Meade’sSOS held an invitation-only GoldStar Wives Tea at the SFAC. Events for the Gold Star Moms andGold Star Families will be held thelast Sunday in September. Santos-Silva contacted the SOSprogram at Fort Bragg and becamea member of Gold Star Wives ofAmerica after she resigned from theFamily Readiness Program in April2010. Twelve Gold Star “SOS is there for the long haul,” Wives and Survivorsaid Santos-Silva, who now lives in Outreach ServicesOdenton with her 14-year-old son volunteers poseCameron. with Partricia Santos-Silva said that when she Jackson (far right),decided to relocate to the Fort Meade acting coordinatorarea in the fall of 2010, the Fort Bragg and financialSOS and the Fort Meade SOS worked coordinator of Forttogether to facilitate her move. Meade’s Survivor “They reached out to me,” Santos- Outreach Services,Silva said. “They were really proac- during Saturday’stive in helping me relocate.” Gold Star Wives Fort Meade’s SOS provided her Tea in observancewith information about the local of Gold Star Wivesschools and communities. Day. “That was a blessing,” she said, Golden tribute to fallen military spousesnoting she was able to find a schoolfor her son that was located in aschool district near her new home. Santos-Silva said the SOS supportgroups also are a helpful service. By Luke Elliott “It’s just being able to share,” Installation Management Commandshe said. “You can be yourself. The America paid respect Friday to thepeople that you’re with understand. spouses and families of fallen members of... You can talk about your service the U.S. Armed Forces.member and your service member’s A resolution to designate Gold Starlegacy.” Wives Day was approved March 20 by At Fort Bragg, said Santos-Silva, the U.S. Senate in recognition of the sac-her son participated in a Kids Day rifices made by these spouses and familyevent sponsored by the SOS there. members. On Saturday, she attended Fort The Senate resolution states that serviceMeade’s Gold Star Wives Tea. members and veterans “bear the burden of “It was really nice to get to sit and protecting the freedom of the people of thesocialize with other survivors,” San- United States, and … the sacrifices of thetos-Silva said. “The day was special families of the fallen members and veteransin being able to meet and speak with of the Armed Forces of the United Statesothers that share our uniqueness as should never be forgotten.”military survivors.” Gold Star Wives Day was first celebrated Santos-Silva is now a volunteer for Dec. 18, 2010, through a Senate resolution (Left to right:) Gold Star Wives Giovanna Morris, Peggy Roberts and Eleanor Laymanthe Fort Meade SOS and works to with support from the Gold Star Wives of chat during the installation’s Gold Star Wives Tea at the Soldier Family Assistancepromote awareness about its services America, Inc., a nonprofit organization of Center. The event featured hors d’oeuvres, pastries, music and door the Fort Meade community. about 10,000 members that provides ser- and expectations, it impacts her identity their family members’ military service. “I love SOS,” she said. “I don’t vices and support to the spouses of fallen within the Army culture and completely The first pin is the Gold Star Lapelknow what I would do without service members. changes the path of her future. Pin, which was established by Congressthem.” “Remembrance days like Gold Star “The importance of Gold Star Wives in 1947 and is presented to spouses and Wives Day specifically honor the sacrifices Day is that it brings acknowledgment to family members of service members killed Editor’s Note: The Fort Meade SOS is of some of the individuals a fallen Soldier and honors the many sacrifices of these in combat.offering a new support group for survivors has left behind,” said Donna Engeman, incredibly courageous and resilient women,” The second pin is the Next of Kin Lapelon April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Soldier Survivor Outreach Services program man- she said. Pin, which is presented to immediate fam-and Family Assistance Center, Building ager, U.S. Army Installation Management The DoD presents one of two lapel pins ily members of service members who died2462, at 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Command. “The sacrifices of a Gold Star to Gold Star Family members. The pins while serving outside of combat operations. For more information, call 301-677- wife reach beyond losing the person she are worn by the survivors to recognize their This pin features a gold star on a gold4116. considers a life partner. It is a loss of goals sacrifices and is a way for others to honor background. April 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
  11. 11. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community demonstrations, personal protective- children’s organization with the most“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. equipment displays, T-Clocks participation. EDUCATIONAll submissions are posted at the editor’s inspections, motorcycle exhibits, Two separate green-themed prizeddiscretion and may be edited for space and educational materials, coaches to provide packages will be awarded to the top twogrammar. Look for additional community proper techniques for riders, police and schools on post with the most collected College fair for teensevents on the Fort Meade website at www. State Highway Administration mobile garbage/recycling. The Fort Meade Teen Center will and the Fort Meade units and booths, and a Motorcycle For more information, email Laura at a college fair for high school juniors andFacebook page at Mentorship Sign-up Station. seniors on April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to submit an Guests are encouraged to ride their Representatives from Anne Arundelannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip. motorcycles to the event. Massing of the Colors Community College, Bowie or call 301-677-5602. For more information, call Aaron University and other local colleges and Rowell at 301-677-6241 or Jenelle Fort Meade’s Memorial Day universities will attend. Ferguson at 301-677-4867. Remembrance and 27th Annual Massing The event is free; refreshments will be of the Colors Ceremony will be held served. NEWS EVENTS May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the Pavilion. Change of command The event will feature the Armed For more information, call 301-677- 6054. Capt. Daniel E. McCarey, commander Forces Color Guard and the U.S. of the 241st Military Police Detachment, Army’s Old Guard Fife Drum Corps. VetSuccessMany happy returns will relinquish command to Capt. Hamid The U.S. Army Field Band will perform C. Conteh on May 3 at 9 a.m. at the Fort a concert of patriotic music. Counseling Day As of Friday, the Fort Meade Joint Meade Museum. Under Secretary of the Army JosephInstallation Tax Center has served 1,428 VetSuccess Counseling Day will be In inclement weather, the ceremony W. Westphal will be the grand marshalclients, and saved service members and held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the will take place at Murphy Field House. and keynote speaker.their families $462,877 in preparation Army Education Center, 8601 Zimborski The entire Fort Meade community This venue is a tribute to honorfees and $4,058,720 in tax returns. Ave. is welcome to attend. Dress for service veterans from all wars who made the The tax center is located at 4217 A VetSuccess counselor will provide members is duty uniform. Civilians may ultimate sacrifice in their service. ItRoberts Ave. veterans benefit counseling for veter- dress casual combines the colors and color guards The tax center is still accepting walk- ans seeking enrollment at University of For more information, call Sgt. of active and Reserve component andins for 1040EZ of less than $100,000 Maryland University College who intend Andrew Lavigne at 301-677-4592. National Guard military units, veteransonly. Call 301-677-9366. to use their VA education benefits, includ- service organizations, and various civic ing the Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Holocaust Remembrance and patriotic organizations.Army Emergency Relief observance The public is invited. Refreshments Rehab and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. No appointment is necessary. Walk-insFund will be served following the ceremony. are welcome. The Defense Information School will For more information, call 301-621- As of Monday, Fort Meade’s annual host this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Trivia Night 9882.Army Emergency Relief fundraising Day/Days of Remembrance Observancecampaign has collected $42,625, or 47 today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Lanes at Fort Meade hosts Triviapercent of its $90,000 goal. McGill Training Center. Night every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., Financial Readiness classes The campaign raises money and The guest speaker is Robert Behr, except the third Thursday of the month. Army Community Service offersawareness for the AER fund that a Holocaust survivor and retired Air The event is open to the public. Financial Readiness classes at thehelps active-duty Soldiers, National Force civilian. Teams must have a minimum of two Community Readiness Center, 830Guardsmen, Army Reservists, The observance also will feature a players and a maximum of 10. Chisholm Ave.retirees and their families in financial viewing of the U.S Holocaust Memorial Weekly prizes are awarded to the top Classes are open to DoDemergencies by providing interest-free Museum’s official DVD. three winners. Food and beverages are identification cardholders includingloans or grants. The free event is open to the public. available for purchase. active-duty service members, retirees The AER Campaign runs through Food samplings will be served. For more information, call 301-677- and their family members, DoD civilianMay 15. 5541 or visit employees and contractors. For more information, call WallaceTurner, Army Emergency Relief officer Clean Up! Fort Meade Parents Night Out Registration is required for each class. • Paying for College/Raising Financialat 301-677-5768. The Enlisted Spouses Club will host Fit Kids: Today, 1 to 3 p.m. the 5th Annual Clean Up! Fort Meade on The next Parents Night Out will be April 19 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. • Car Buying (Better BusinessMotorcycle Safety April 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. The fee is $10 for the first child and Bureau): Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m. The project will begin at the followingAwareness Day neighborhood centers as well as the new $5 for each additional child ages 6 weeks • Smart Spenders: April 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Picerne Military Housing Program Office: to 12 years old. The Installation Safety Office will The program is open to active-duty • Renting/Military Pay Issues: Aprilhost Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day Meuse Forest, Heritage Park, Potomac 23, 1 to 3 p.m. Place and Midway Commons. service members and Reservists onon April 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at active-duty status, DoD personnel, • First Term Financial Readinessthe Fort Meade Motorcycle Range on Participants can register on the morning (online class): April 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. of the event beginning at 8 a.m. or online retirees and Fort Meade DoDCooper and Bundy avenues. contractors. • Home Buying: April 25, 1 to 3 p.m. The event, which is designed to raise at To register or for more information, When registering online, participants Register early; spaces are limited.awareness of the need to manage the For more information, call 301-677- call 301-677-5590. To schedule anrisks of riding motorcycles, will take place will receive a free raffle ticket for the appointment, visit fortmeadeacs. drawings, which are separate for children 1149 or 301-677-1156.prior to May’s Motorcycle Safety Aware- Month, the start of peak motorcycle and adults. Awards will be presented to the militaryriding season. Vendors and services include: rider unit with the most participation and any ACS classes12 SOUNDOFF! April 11, 2013