boot campMilitary youthexperience basictraining programpage 4UPCOMING EVENTSToday, 7-9 p.m.: Trivia Night - The LanesTuesday, 4:30-6 p.m.: Facebook town hall - facebook.com/ftmeadeMay 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Military Spouse Job Fair - McGill Training CenterMay 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance - McGillMay 19, 2:30 p.m.: Massing of the Colors/Memorial Day Remembrance -The Pavilionlive greenAnnual Earth Daycelebration teachesrespect for environmentpage 12Soundoff!´vol. 65 no. 16 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community April 25, 2013photo by amy davis, baltimore sunFort Meade service members and spouses stand with first lady Michelle Obama as Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Maryland Senate president Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr.,Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Bush sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 in Annapolis on April 17. Those from Fort Meade represented thethousands of service members and spouses who will be aided by the legislation that will help them get the credentials they need to successfully transition to the civilianlabor market. For the story, see Page 3.streamliningbureaucracy
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013Commander’s ColumnContents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................18 Crime Watch................10 Movies..................................17 Community..................15 Classified..............................20Editorial StaffGarrison CommanderCol. Edward C. RothsteinGarrison CommandSgt. Maj. Thomas J. LatterPublic Affairs OfficerChad T. JonesChad.T.Jones.firstname.lastname@example.orgChief, Command InformationPhilip H. JonesPhilip.H.Jones.email@example.comAssistant Editor Senior WriterRona S. HirschStaff Writer Lisa R. 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Mailingaddress: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602.Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronagewithout regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser,user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiserwill result in the refusal to print advertising from that source.Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with theDepartment of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are theirown and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army.The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement bythe Department of the Army of the products or services advertised.www.ftmeade.army.milYou can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademdand view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil.Soundoff!´Guaranteed circulation:11,285Listening to what you have to say hasalways been a priority since I became garrisoncommander.Last week, Fort Meade hosted one of 30Community Listening Sessions on the Army’splan to reduce its force and cut spending by2020. The sessions are designed to give arearesidents, community leaders, elected officialsand other key stakeholders an opportunity tocomment on factors the Army should considerbefore making a decision on cuts.The Army is committed to hosting theselistening sessions because we want to providemilitary communities a forum to voice theirconcerns and provide their perspectives onhow the Army can mitigate as much as pos-sible — the impact of force and fiscal reduc-tions on local communities.While last week’s listening session wasdesigned for you to provide your thoughtsto Army leadership, I want to continue ourefforts to listen to what you have to say abouthow we can continue to make Fort Meade agreat place to serve, work and live.Next week I will host another one of ourFacebook town hall on Tuesday from 4:30 to6 p.m.The Facebook town halls have been a greatway for me and Team Meade to connect withyou and respond to your questions and con-cerns.For those who are interested, the Face-book town hall will be initiated from the FortMeade Public Affairs Office, 4409 LlewellynAve. You are welcome to stop by the PAOand discuss your issues and ideas with me andother members of Team Meade.I look forward to hearing what’s on yourmind and your suggestions for improving ourcommunity.As we close out April, we end our com-memoration of the Month of the MilitaryChild.So much has been said about the resiliency,sacrifices and the strength of military youthsand teens. This monthlong celebration is anopportunity for everyone to recognize militarychildren who are, in every sense of the word,“exceptional citizens” who proudly face thechallenges of military family life.It can easily be said, “military childrenserve their nation, too.” They feel the effectsof deployments, separations and moving everytwo to three years, starting over with little orno say in the matter.They “pick up,” “pack up” and move fromone side of the country to the other. Some-times they even move to another country.And while we pay tribute to military chil-dren for beingtough, remem-ber, it’s notalways easy forthem to stayresilient.Several stud-ies have point-ed out thatmilitary chil-dren can alsobe affectednegatively fromevery phrase ofpre-deployment, deployment and post-deploy-ment.The effects can range from a decline in aca-demic performance to symptoms of depres-sion and high-risk behaviors.And while the moving and deploymentsmay be the hardest part of military family lifeand often are stressors for behavioral issues,there are other studies that note military kidsalso tend to me more adaptable, make friendseasily and understand what’s happening inthe world.So while their official month of commemo-ration may end, I ask that you continue tohonor them but also remember some of thechallenges they face throughout the year.If you are a service member, remember totell your kids that you love them and thankthem for being so strong, understanding andsupportive throughout the years that you haveserved or are serving our country.We can all play a positive role in recognizingthe unique challenges that military childrenface. And we can all reinforce our commit-ment to them to continue to find ways to worktogether so that we can maintain the qualityof life that they and their families deserve.Have a great week.Listening is a PriorityCOL. Edward c.RothsteinGarrison CommanderCommander’s Open DoorGarrison Commander Col. Edward C.Rothstein has an open door policy.All service members, retirees, govern-ment employees, family members or com-munity members age 18 or older are invitedto address issues or concerns to the com-mander directly by visiting Rothstein’s officeon Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrisonheadquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551,Llewellyn Avenue.Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary.For more information, call 301-677-4844.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! NewsBy Brandon BieltzStaff WriterWith the Army facing major changes inthe near future, including cutting the sizeof its force by nearly 80,000 Soldiers, theDepartment of the Army provided a “listen-ing session” at Fort Meade on April 18 tohear what the is saying about the reductionsand restructuring.The 45-minute listening session, which washeld at the Conference Center, was attendedby various community leaders as well as Maj.Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commandinggeneral of the Joint Force HeadquartersNational Capital Region/Military District ofWashington.During the session, community leadersexpressed concern about the changes, whichare occurring as the installation continuesto grow.“The Army has asked that we go out toall 30 installations that have populations of5,000 or greater and just listen, learn fromall of you and let you know what’s going onwith regard to the force structure decisions,”Linnington said during his remarks.Similar listening sessions have been held orare scheduled for many Army installations inthe U.S. to better understand how changeswill affect communities.Duringthesession,Col.TomO’Donoghue,the Department of the Army representativeat the session, briefly discussed the majorchanges affecting the Army, including reduc-ing its size from 570,000 to 490,000 by the endof fiscal year 2017.Both Linnington and Garrison Com-mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein said thesechanges are not an effect of sequestration butthe Budget Control Act of 2011.The downsizing, O’Donoghue said, willrequire a reduction in at least eight brigadecombat teams. The first two slated to beinactive are based in Europe. Reductions tosupport units have already been announced,officials said.“The Army is reducing its footprint overseas,” O’Donoghue said.After the briefing, the session opened up toquestions from the community. A majority ofconcerns focused on ensuring the installationhas proper funding for the large number ofservice members from all branches who workand live on Fort Meade.“I don’t know how our garrison com-mander does what he does, but it’s getting tothe point where he can’t,” said Claire Louder,chair of the Fort Meade Community Cove-nant Council and president of the West AnneArundel County Chamber of Commerce.Both O’Donoghue and Linnington tooknotes based on the community’s commentsand said they will send them up to seniorleaders for consideration.Army hosts listening session on postBy Brandon BieltzStaff WriterLast week, several Fort Meade servicemembers and spouses joined first ladyMichelle Obama as Gov. Martin O’Malleysigned the Veterans Full Employment Actof 2013.The bill, which was unanimously approvedby the General Assembly, was signed intostate law in Annapolis on April 17.Those attending from Fort Meade repre-sented the thousands of individuals who canbenefit from the new legislation, which willhelp service members, their spouses and veter-ans to obtain and keep 70 civilian credentialsand licenses.“It was an honor to be chosen to representmilitary spouses and veterans at the bill sign-ing,”said Elyn Thomas, a military spouse. “Itwas very exciting to meet the first lady andwitness such an important bill being signedinto law.”Prior to the signing, Obama shook handsand hugged Fort Meade families.“She offered her thanks for my presence atthe signing. In her speech, she made it clearthat she was very excited with the leader-ship that Maryland had taken on this issue,”Thomas said. “She is very passionate abouthelping military families through her JoiningForces initiatives.”Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of VicePresident Joe Biden, have been supportive ofthe Veterans Full Employment Act, whichwill allow service members to transfer mili-tary training and experience into certificatesand licenses.Prior to the bill signing, Obama spokeabout Army medics unable to get jobs asEMTs and of Marine welders who couldn’tget construction work because they lack civil-ian credentials.“Even with all that experience, these menand women wouldn’t even be considered forentry level jobs in their fields because theydidn’t have the right civilian credentials,”Obama said. “All of this is happening after wehave already asked so much of our troops.“We have asked them to risk their livesin combat, manage dozens of peers, operatecomplicated machinery, oversee millions ofdollars of assets and save lives on the battle-field. And then, when they come home, we arealso asking them to repeat months of trainingfor skills they’ve already mastered.”The legislation also will help spouses —who move frequently because of their militarymember — quickly obtain professional licens-ing in the state.Thomas, wife of Air Force Maj. RyanWilliams of the 7th Intelligence Squadron,has seen firsthand how the Veterans FullEmployment Act will help military membersand spouses.A social worker since 1999 and a clinicalgeriatric social worker since 2003, Thomashas had to relicense in every state she hasmoved to — a total of five times in fourstates. The process, Thomas said, takes aboutsix months and costs several hundred dollarseach time.“This bill will greatly simplify the licensingprocess and allow me to more quickly enterthe workforce in a field that is chronicallyunderstaffed,”she said. “... Licensing require-ments can be a major hurdle to employment.... Anything that reduces these hurdles isgoing to assist both veterans and militaryspouses.”During her remarks, Obama said the leg-islation is about “putting highly skilled indi-viduals to work in communities all acrossMaryland” and that it will help strengthenbusinesses, schools and hospitals.“This is about more than just eliminatinga few bureaucratic headaches for these menand women,”she said. “This is about improv-ing the financial security for thousands ofmilitary families. It’s about giving veteransand their spouses an opportunity to buildtheir careers and create a better future fortheir children.”Service members attend bill signing with first ladyphoto by noah scialomLinda Greene, executive director of theBWI Partnership, asks a question duringa Community Listening Session withthe Department of the Army on April 18at the Conference Center. Communityleaders attended the session to expressconcern about Army downsizing whilethe installation continues to grow.The session, O’Donoghue said, helps theArmy make better decisions as they cancombine various other forms of data withthe concerns and comments of the com-munities.“The best way to [make decisions] is to goout to the communities and reach out to themand say, ‘What else, besides the stuff we havecoming in, should we consider about yourinstallation?’” O’Donoghue said.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013NewsBy Brandon BieltzStaff WriterThe grounds outside the USO MetroFort Meade Center slightly resembleda military training exercise, with youngwarriors marching in formation whileothers worked through physical trainingwith the assistance of a drill instructorbarking in their ear.But instead of soon-to-be servicemembers preparing for battle, the train-ees were teens of military families gettingtheir first glimpse of what boot camp islike.“It was a lot of fun,”participant JordanCurry, 17, said. “It was challenging.”Operation Basic Boot Camp, a day-long camp hosted by USO Metro, gave45 area youths a firsthand experience ofwhat their parents went through whenthey entered the military. Modified bootcamp activities included physical train-ing, learning formations, academics andan obstacle course.The free program was open to young-sters ages 12 to 17.Shannon Rush, a program special-ist with USO Metro, said Saturday’sevent was the third Operation Basic BootCamp hosted by the organization in thearea. It was the first time the event washeld at Fort Meade.The aim, Rush said, is to show theteens some of the challenges their parentsovercame.“They get to experience what it was likefor their parents to go through camp,”shesaid. “I think, in the long run, they haverespect for their parent. They have a littlebit of a taste of what they went throughat boot camp.”The camp started with the teens sign-ing their forms, issued gear and goingthrough a Military Entrance ProcessingStation for testing and physical training.To create a more realistic experience,organizers brought in military membersto serve as drill instructors. 1st Sgt. Mar-lon Green was among the more than 40service members from Fort Meade whoassisted in the program.While the program is less intense thanactual boot camp, Green said it gets thepoint across.“It’s realistic for their age group,” hesaid. “They get to see the whole process.They came through from signing up togetting their uniform to going throughthe MEPs station, and they came outand the first thing you know you havedrill instruction in front of you scream-Military children experience boot camping at you.”After the MEPS and physical train-ing, participants attended the camp’smilitary academy, which included forma-tions, marching and learning the militaryalphabet. They also took survival classesto learn how to blend in, track and handsignals.Green said the process took a toll onsome of the youngsters — much like realboot camp.“You’ve got some kids who are brokedown and said they just quit — just likein basic training — and you have to pullthem to the side and ask them, ‘Why’dyou come here?’ and ‘You don’t want tobe a quitter,’ and you motivate them toget back into formation and keep fight-ing,” he said.Boot camp wrapped up with an obsta-cle course that included physical training,low crawl, tires and an inflatable coursewith ropes and climbing wall. Teens werethen graduated from the boot camp.“It was awesome,” said James Wil-liams, 12. “It pushes you to the extreme.It does teach you a lot of things liketeamwork, fitness, and pushes you pastyour limits.”Staff Sgt. E. JamesOmelina givesinstructions toyoungsters duringSaturday’s OperationBasic Boot Camp.More than 40 servicemembers acted asdrill sergeants forthe daylong camp.BELOW: GabrielLerette of Severnruns through aninflatable obstaclecourse duringOperation Basic BootCamp at the USOMetro Fort MeadeCenter on Saturday.The program, hostedby USO Metro,offered militarychildren a glimpseof what their parentsexperienced in bootcamp.photos bynicole martyn
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013NewsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff WriterMore than 150 military and civilianmotorcyclists attended Fort Meade’sinaugural Motorcycle Safety AwarenessDay on Friday.The Installation Safety Office hostedthe three-hour event, held at the FortMeade Motorcycle Range at the inter-section of Cooper and Bundy avenues.The goal was to “bring the motor-cycle riding community together, form-ing a bond between experienced ridersand less experienced riders,” said AaronRowell, an ISO safety specialist and co-organizer of the event.ISO hosted the event in conjunc-tion with 780th Military IntelligenceBrigade, Navy Information OperationsCommand Maryland, Army CyberCommand, and the 70th Intelligence,Surveillance and ReconnaissanceWing.Military District of Washington Safe-ty Director Kerry Bonos said motor-cycle safety is a priority for Maj. Gen.Michael S. Linnington, commanderof the MDW in the hopes of prevent-ing motorcycle fatalities in the capitalregion.Representatives from the MotorcycleMentorship Programs at the 902ndMilitary Intelligence Group and theNIOC were available to sign up seniorand junior motorcyclists in an effort topromote safety on the road.William Konnor, deputy specialistsecurity officer with the 780th MI, saidthe mentorship program is importantbecause it fosters a lifelong passionfor the motorcycle in less experiencedriders, while demonstrating the tech-niques needed to prevent injuries andfatalities.Novices often buy motorcycles thatare “inappropriate for their skill level,”said Konnor. As a result, they give upriding or injure themselves.But an experienced rider who isa mentor can “help them make theright choices so they can learn how toproperly purchase and operate a bike,”Konnor said.A co-host of the event, NIOC cryp-tologic technician collection 1 MatthewMoser of NIOC, said the commandwanted to reach out to riders of all agesto “build a safe riding environment.”NIOC’s Motorcycle Mentorship Pro-gram is the process of planning grouprides for its members.Motorcycle safety promoted at community eventPhoto by Staff Sgt. Sean K. HarpSgts. 1st Class James Fidel and Roman Galiki of 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) look at motorcycles displayed by fellowriders during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day held Friday at the Fort Meade Motorcycle Range. The Installation Safety Officehosted the three-hour event to raise awareness of risk management for riders. Vendors, Maryland State Highway personnel, andmembers of a Motorcycle Mentorship Program were on site to discuss and demonstrate safety knowledge to riders.All armed forces motorcyclists arerequired to take the Motorcycle SafetyFoundation basic rider course in orderto receive a membership card. Thecard enables riders to receive a ridingendorsement for their state’s Depart-ment of Motor Vehicle Administra-tion.Fort Meade also offers an experiencedrider course and the military sport bikerider course, which are instructed byCapeFox, a government contractor.Several motorcycle vendors displayedtheir latest and most popular motor-cycles and sport bikes, along with per-sonal protective riding gear for men andwomen. Motorcycle inspections alsowere held to promote safety and educa-tional materials were distributed.Cpl. Chuck Dalton of the AnneArundel County Police attended theevent. He works in the county’s trafficsafety section investigating fatal car andmotorcycle crashes.Dalton said that most of the motor-cycle crashes he investigates involveinexperienced riders who can’t controltheir bikes at high speeds.“They’re not wearing proper safetygear,” he said. “We’re just trying to getthe message out there.”Dalton also demonstrated severaladvanced motorcycle maneuvers forentertainment.The MVA’s Motorcycle Safety Pro-gram sponsored the SMARTrainermotorcycle safety simulator to giveparticipants the opportunity to test howwell they could operate a motorcycle indifferent traffic scenarios on the road.Spc. Pedro Mercado of the 310th MIBattalion tried the simulator and scoreda C on the test. He said he was a bitsurprised because he has been riding amotorcycle for 20 years.“I need a little bit more practice,”Mercado said. “A rider came in frontof my bike and I crashed.”Petty Officer 2nd Class BenjaminShelton of NIOC said the event wasmandatory for all the motorcyclists inthe command.“I love to ride and be around othermotorcyclists,” said Shelton, who has10 years of riding experience under hisbelt. “The reinforcement of safety isimportant. It’s always good.”
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013Newsphoto by Staff Sgt. Sean K. HarpOne FOR THE ROADSpc. Nathan Franco is surrounded by his peers in the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) while “driving” avirtual car simulating the effects of driving intoxicated as part of the National Save a Life Tour presented Mon-day and Tuesday at McGill Training Center. The event, sponsored by the Fort Meade Army Substance AbuseProgram, showed the hazards of drunk driving with graphic videos and the simulator.Chaplain’s WordCOURAGE“Courage is going from failure tofailure without losing enthusiasm.”— Winston ChurchillProviding single service mem-bers a forum to address qual-ity-of-life issues is just one ofmany opportunities providedby Better Opportunities for Sin-gle Soldiers. For more informa-tion, call the garrison BOSSrepresentative, Sgt. ChatonnaPowell, at 301-677-6868 orvisit the BOSS office, locatedin the USO Center at 86126th Armored Cavalry Road,on weekdays from 9 a.m. to5 p.m.Find the Fort MeadeReligious Scheduleatwww.ftmeade.army.mil.Look for the “Community” tab thenclick on “Religious Services” forschedules, events andcontact information.JOAN M. KANTER, DDSSpecializing inChildren’s DentistryAges 0 - 215076 Dorsey Hall Drive • Ellicott City, MD 21042Welcome New Patients!Most Insurance Honored Maryland Healthy SmilesSaturday Hours Available410-715-9555Visit my website at www.kanterdental.com
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013NewsBy Lisa R.RhodesStaff WriterMorning showers did not dampen thespirits of the school children and familieswho attended Fort Meade’s annual EarthDay celebration on April 18.The installation’s EnvironmentalDivision sponsored the four-hour event,which was held at Burba Lake Cottageand Burba Park.About 800 people attended the cel-ebration including a group of studentsfrom Meade Middle School and Mon-arch Academy in Glen Burnie.“We can learn about the earth and staygreen,” said Dahnavia Abernathy, 13, aseventh-grader at Meade Middle School,about Earth Day.Mick Butler, chief of the Environmen-tal Division, said this year’s event drewmore students than ever before.“It’s always great to see young smilingfaces and great minds,” he said. “It wasgreat.”The festivities began with a welcomefrom Butler and Deputy Garrison Com-mander John Moeller at Burba LakeCottage.“All of you, no matter what your age,you can make a difference, you can makea change,” said Moeller, who recalledthat when he was 12 years old, youngpeople recycled paper and glass. “Evenas an individual, you can do things tohelp save our earth, to help our environ-ment.”Moeller reminded students to turn offthe lights at home and to avoid wastingwater.Shawn Garvin, regional administra-tor for the Environmental ProtectionAgency’s mid-Atlantic region, spoke tothe audience of students about remind-ing adults to make the environment apriority.“You are the current environmentalleaders,” Garvin said. “Your job is tocontinue to push us. ... You demandedthat we do better to protect our environ-ment and public health.”Dr. Michelle Selvans, a post-doctoralfellow at the Center for Earth and Plan-etary Studies at the National Air andSpace Museum, recalled her experiencesduring a five-week exploration of theRoss Sea, a deep bay of the SouthernEarth Day celebratedwith exhibits, lecturesphotos by noah scialomAwaliyat Oyenguga, 4, has fun during Fort Meade’s annual Earth Day festivities.Students from Meade Middle School and Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie enjoyeda wide range of activities including making a cleaning paste from baking soda andvinegar to viewing two Diamondback terrapins from Poplar Island.Ocean in Antarctica.Selvans described the habits of a com-munity of Adelie penguins that she sawduring her travels.“They walk like toddlers. ... And theysurfed the waves around the boat,” shesaid. “The boat to them was a play-ground. ... This is an amazingly specialplanet.”After the guest lectures, the studentsheaded out to Burba Park where morethan 45 environmental exhibits were ondisplay. Exhibits ranged from a pair ofDiamondback terrapins from PoplarIsland, showcased by Maryland Envi-ronmental Services and the U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers, to a clean air displayfrom Clean Air Partners, a nonprofitorganization that works to improve theenvironment and public health.Molly Alton Mullins, communicationsand development director at the Chesa-peake Bay Trust, a nonprofit grant-mak-ing organization that works to protectand restore the Chesapeake Bay and itsrivers, set up a booth at the event.She said the organization is dedicatedto funding environmental projects foryouth.“We believe you have to teach kidsearly so they can make a difference whenthey grow up,” Mullins said. “They canlearn a respect for the environment andtheir community.”Davette Phifer, media specialist at theschool, said the event was an importantlearning tool for the students.“They can find out how to make a dif-
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13ference in protecting our environment sothey can make the earth a better place,”Phifer said.Rachel Fowler, wife of Air Force Mas-ter Sgt. Tim Fowler of U.S. CyberCom-mand, attended the event with her twochildren, Ian and Hailey.“We came last year and learned alot of about the Chesapeake Bay,” saidFowler, noting that the family is fromMissouri and knew very little about themid-Atlantic region. “It’s [the event]very educational. We are very excited tobe here.”But 10-year-old Ian, who is home-schooled, said Earth Day is about morethan just having fun.“We need to pick up the trash whenwe see it,” he said.Deputy Garrison Commander John Moeller speaks to a group of students during Fort Meade’s annual Earth Day celebration onApril 18 at Burba Cottage. The four-hour event was sponsored by the installation’s Environmental Division. Moeller urged studentsto make the environment a priority by turning off unused lights at home and conserving water.LEFT: Payton Stevenson, 3, collects oysters from a prop boat provided by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a nonprofitorganization that works to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, during the installation’s annual Earth Day celebration. Morethan 40 environmental groups displayed booths at Burba Park to educate adults and children about the importance of preservingthe earth and its natural resources.Three-year-oldMimi Roachtosses a rubberduck into atrash can fora prize at theChesapeake BayTrust display atBurba Park.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013NewsStory and photo by Sgt. Amy Lane704th Military Intelligence BrigadePublic AffairsMany service members find that alittle healthy competition can be goodmotivation for self improvement, andin an effort to encourage linguists toimprove their skills, the 704th MilitaryIntelligence Brigade organized a lan-guage competition to do just that.The Joint Language Wars gave teamsof 704th MI linguists the opportunityto show their skills and compete withtheir Navy and Air Force counterpartsfrom March 26 to 29 at the Joint Lan-guage Center in Linthicum.After discovering that the brigadehasn’t participated in a language com-petition since 2005, Col. AnthonyHale, commander of the 704th MI,decided to revive the tradition previ-ously referred to as the “LanguageOlympics.”Hale said the skills of the brigade’slinguists have improved immenselysince he put a focus on it in the lastquarter of fiscal year 2012 and in thebeginning of FY 2013. There has beena large increase in those consideredproficient and expert in their languag-es, while the number of sub-proficientscores has decreased significantly, hesaid.“Having a competition puts thefocus on how important language is,”Hale said. “A linguist being an expertin his or her language is like anotherSoldier shooting expert on his or herweapon.”Lt. Col. Terance Huston, the com-mander of 741st MI Battalion, 704thMI, said the improvements haveworked so well that only 9 percentof the linguists in his battalion arecurrently considered sub-proficient intheir languages. He said this is the firsttime he can remember ever having lessthan 10 percent sub-proficient.This significant improvement, Hus-ton said, is due not only to the hardwork of the linguists and the world-class training facilities, but also the“focus on set [teams of] linguists andmentors and tailored training pro-grams.”Hale said he plans to bring backthe Joint Language Wars as an annualevent to encourage Soldiers to keeptheir skills sharp.The competition focused on fivelanguages that are among those stud-704th hosts Joint Language Wars competitionCompetitors and judges participate in a Joint Language Wars competition March 27 at the Joint Language Center in Linthicum.The four-day event, organized by the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, brought Fort Meade linguists from all services to competein five different languages.ied by 704th linguists: Arabic, Korean,Chinese, Spanish and Russian.Sgt. 1st Class Adrian Holler, thebrigade’s command language programmanager, said Soldiers receive at least150 to 200 hours of language trainingevery year through various trainingmethods including mentorship pro-grams and classroom time.Programs offered to the brigadeare flexible, with the ability to tailortraining to focus on any areas thatan individual may need to work onmost — whether it’s reading, writingor speaking.“One reason for the recent improve-ments is the emphasis throughout theunit on the importance of languages,”Holler said. “Everyone understandsthat’s our job, and it’s important tomaintain those skills because they’recritical to the mission of supportingour national defense.”Maj. Shawn Stroop, the 704th MIBrigade operations officer, said thatwhile the event was organized toencourage Soldiers to improve andprogress, it also was a great oppor-tunity to compete with the sisterservices.“What a great way to represent notonly your service but put your skills touse and compete against each other,”Stroop said.The event was scheduled to end onthe morning of March 29, but it wassuch a close competition that tiebreak-ers lasted into the afternoon. After thewinners were determined, the eventclosed out with an awards ceremony.Though the 704th MI was the over-all winner, Hale said that “We didn’thost the competition to win it, but tobring focus back to the importanceof your languages as a weapons sys-tem.”Sgt. Jesse Anderson, a Korean linguistwithCharlieCo.,741stMilitaryIntelligenceBattalion, 704th MI Brigade, competes inthe “Picture Perfect” event during theJoint Language Wars on March 27 at theJoint Language Center in Linthicum. Theevent, organized by the 704th MI, broughtFort Meade linguists from all the servicestogether to compete in five differentlanguages.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15Community News NotesThe deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.All submissions are posted at the editor’sdiscretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional communityevents on the Fort Meade website at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.For more information or to submit anannouncement, email Philip Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.DUI checkpointA DUI checkpoint will be set upFriday at 11 p.m. at the Reece Roadgate.Facebook town hallGarrison Commander Col. Edward C.Rothstein will host a Facebook town hallTuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.The online town hall is an opportunityto post Fort Meade-related questions,comments and suggestions on thegarrison’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ftmeade.Rothstein and other garrison leadershipwill respond to posts on Fort Meade’sFacebook wall during the town hall.For more information, contact PhilipJones at email@example.com or301-677-5601.Death noticeAnyone with debts owed to or bythe estate of Staff Sgt. Adam A. Arndtmust contact the Summary CourtMartial Officer for the Soldier.Arndt died at his home on April 8.Call Capt. (P) Tony Carodine at 301-677-7062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Army Emergency ReliefFundAs of Friday, Fort Meade’s annualArmy Emergency Relief fundraisingcampaign has collected $71,482, or 79percent of its $90,000 goal.The campaign raises money andawareness for the AER fund thathelps active-duty Soldiers, NationalGuardsmen, Army Reservists,retirees and their families in financialemergencies by providing interest-freeloans or grants.The AER Campaign runs throughMay 15.file photoMASSING OF THE COLORSFort Meade’s Memorial Day Remembrance and 27th Annual Massing of the Colors Ceremony will be held May 19 at2:30 p.m. at the Pavilion.The event will feature the Armed Forces Color Guard and the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife Drum Corps. The U.S. ArmyField Band will perform a concert of patriotic music.This venue is a tribute to veterans from all wars who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service. It combines the colorsand color guards of active and Reserve component and National Guard military units, veterans service organizations, andvarious civic and patriotic organizations.The public is invited. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.For more information, call WallaceTurner, Army Emergency Relief officerat 301-677-5768.Kimbrough refill pharmacyopenKimbrough Ambulatory Care Centeropened its new refill pharmacy on Mon-day on the first floor in Room 1A10, nearthe elevators and directly across from theMusculoskeletal Clinic.Hours are Mondays to Fridays from 7a.m. to 6:30 p.m.This new refill location will providefaster and more efficient service to benefi-ciaries, decreasing the wait time normallyexperienced at the main pharmacy.Patients will only be able to pick uprefills that have either been phoned in at1-800-377-1723 or requested online atwrnmmc.capmed.mil.Patients are reminded that prescriptionrenewals, prescribed by a provider for thecontinuation of medication therapy, areprocessed as a “new” prescription andmust be picked up at the main pharmacy.For more information, call 301-677-8288.Asian Pacific AmericanHeritage MonthObservanceThe garrison and 902nd MilitaryIntelligence Brigade will host FortMeade’s annual Asian Pacific AmericanHeritage Month Observance on May9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGillTraining Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.Admission is free.The guest speaker is Ken Niumatalolo,head coach for the Navy football team.All Fort Meade service membersand civilian employees are encouragedto attend with supervisory approvaland without charge to annual leave.Administrative leave is authorized.For more information, call the FortMeade Equal Opportunity Office at 301-677-6687 or the 902nd MI Equal Oppor-tunity Office at 301-677-2162.CONTINUED ON PAGE 16NEWS EVENTS
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil16 SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013Community News NotesChange of commandCapt. Daniel E. McCarey,commander of the 241st Military PoliceDetachment, will relinquish commandto Capt. Hamid C. Conteh on May 3 at9 a.m. at the Fort Meade Museum.In inclement weather, the ceremonywill take place at Murphy Field House.The Fort Meade community iswelcome to attend. Dress for servicemembers is duty uniform. Civilian dressis casual.For more information, call Sgt.Andrew Lavigne at 301-677-4592.Karaoke NightThe next Karaoke Night is May 16from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th FrameLounge at the Lanes.The event is held the third Thursdayof the month.For more information, call 301-677-5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com.Trivia NightThe Lanes at Fort Meade hosts TriviaNight every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.,except the third Thursday of the month.The event is open to the public.Teams must have a minimum of twoplayers and a maximum of 10.Weekly prizes are awarded to the topthree winners. Food and beverages areavailable for purchase.For more information, call 301-677-5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com/lanes.php.Francis Scott KeyscholarshipsThe Francis Scott Key Chapter of AUSAon Fort Meade is offering two scholarshipsfor academic year 2013 to 2014.Application deadline is June 30.The scholarships are in honor of retiredBrig. Gen. Jack Kaufman, who dedicatedmore than 40 years of service to thechapter.• AUSA Member Scholarship is opento all active members. Applicants musthave applied to or are attending anaccredited college or university for anundergraduate or advanced degree.• Family Member Scholarship is opento all family members of active FrancisScott Key members (officer, enlisted orcivilian) who are high school seniors.Applications are available in high schoolguidance offices and at the Fort MeadeCredit Union offices.For more information, email JacquelineSmith at email@example.com.GoArmyEd portalnow availableThe GoArmyEd portal has beenactivated for Soldiers to request tuitionassistance for the remainder of fiscalyear 2013.Eligibility rules for use of tuitionassistance, the $250 semester-hour capand the annual ceiling of $4,500 remainunchanged.For more information, call Mr.Anderson at the Fort Meade ArmyEducation Center at 301-677-6421.Financial Readiness classesArmy Community Service offersFinancial Readiness classes at theCommunity Readiness Center, 830Chisholm Ave.Classes are open to DoDidentification cardholders includingactive-duty service members, retireesand their family members, DoD civilianemployees and contractors.Registration is required for each class.• Home Buying: Today, 1 to 3 p.m.To register or for more information,call 301-677-5590. To schedule anappointment, visit fortmeadeacs.checkappointments.com.Out About• The Bowie Baysox is sponsoring“Bark in the Park Day” on Sunday at2:05 p.m., the final day of a three-gameseries against the Harrisburg Senators,at Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 CrainHighway.Fans are invited to bring their dogs toenjoy the game. Dogs must be leashedat all times. Canine-related tables will beset up around the concourse. For moreinformation, call 301-805-6000 or go tobaysox.com.• The National Museum of Civil WarMuseum’s Tent at “First Call” Weekendwill be May 4 and 5 at the CarrollCounty Farm Museum, 500 SouthCenter St., Westminster. Hours are: MayNEWS EVENTSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15photo by philip h. jonesSEEDS OF GENEROSITYPost Garden Club President Sharon Durney, former President BeverlyDurana and garden club member and fundraiser Patricia Loosarian talkwith Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and Mark Stoes-sel, director of the Fort Meade Soldier and Family Assistance Center, onApril 17 after presenting a $2,000 check to support SFAC programs andservices. The donation was made possible from proceeds of the club’scookbook, “Meade Area Garden Club Cookbook.” Last year, the gardenclub donated an automatic external defibrillator to benefit the JessupProvidences Youth Organization.4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 5from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admissionand parking.The event will feature Civil Warre-enactments, children’s games andstories, artillery demonstrations,artisan demonstrations, food vendors,and living-history exhibits includingthe National Museum of Civil WarMedicine.For more information, call 410-386-3880 or 800-654-4656, or visitcarrollcountyfarmmuseum.org orheartofthecivilwar.org/firstcall.• Baltimore’s annual Flowermart willbe held May 3 and May 4 from 11 a.m.to 8 p.m. at Mount Vernon Plaza, 699 N.Charles St. The event will feature more than100 vendors, a food court, wellness servicesand an array of flowers, plants, accessories,and arts and crafts. Entertainment will beprovided on two stages.On May 4, the West Park will hosta children’s camp from noon to 5 p.m.Participants will be able to make origamianimals, Mother’s Day cards and more. TheUrban Pirates will offer storytime.Make a hat or flower costume, bring yourpet or enter one of four dance contests. Formore information, visit flowermart.org.• The Third Annual Naptown BarbecueContest and Music Festival will be heldMay 4 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and May 5from noon to 6 p.m. at the Anne ArundelCounty Fairgrounds.The event is sponsored by the Parole(Annapolis) Rotary Club Foundation.Admission is $10. Children under 12 attendfree. Parking is free.Live music will be performed bymore than 40 bands on three stages. Theevent also will feature a People’s Choicebarbecue tasting, Kiddie Korral, Corn HoleTournament, and regional arts and crafts.For a schedule and more information,visit barBAYq.com.• Leisure Travel Services is offering itsnext monthly bus trip to New York City onMay 18, with discounts to attractions. Buscost is $55. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club luncheonwill be May 7 at 11 a.m. at the ConferenceCenter. Reservations are required bySaturday at noon.This meeting will feature theinstallation of officers for 2013 to 2014,starting in September. The installation willbe followed by a musical tribute to spring.Cost of luncheon is $15. Forreservations, call your area representativeor Betty Wade at 410-551-7082This is the last formal meeting ofthe ROWC until September. AnnualEDUCATIONRECREATIONMEETINGS
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 17Community News Notesmembership dues are $25. Membersmay bring guests to the luncheons. Formore information, call Lianne Roberts,president of the ROWC, at 301-464-5498.• Society of Military Widows meets forbrunch the fourth Sunday of the monthat 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting isSunday. For more information, call BettyJones at 410-730-0127.• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted bythe Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held thefirst Thursday of every month at 7 a.m.at the Conference Center. The next prayerbreakfast is May 2.Catholic Chaplain (Maj.) BoguslawAugustyn is the guest speaker.There is no cost for the buffet; dona-tions are optional. For more information,call 301-677-6703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.• Meade Rod and Gun Club meets thefirst Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The nextmeeting is May 2 in the banquet hall inback of the building. Dinner is served at 6p.m. For more information, call 410-674-4000.• National Alliance on Mental Illnessof Anne Arundel County conducts a freesupport group for families with a lovedone suffering from mental illness on thefirst Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. atthe Odenton (West County) Library, 1325Annapolis Road. The next meeting is May2. For more information, visit namiaac.org.• Families Dealing with Deploymentmeets the first and third Monday of everymonth from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at MeuseForest Neighborhood Center. The nextmeeting is May 6. For more information,call Kimberly McKay at 301-677-5590 oremail email@example.com.• Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet ReserveAssociation meets the second Wednesdayof each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 160on Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The nextmeeting is May 8. Active-duty, Reserveand retired members of the U.S. Navy,Marine Corps and Coast Guard areinvited. For more information, call 410-761-7046 or 301-262-6556.• Fort Meade TOP III Associationmeets the second Wednesday of eachmonth at 3 p.m. at the Courses. Thenext meeting is May 8. The associationis open to all Air Force active-duty andretired senior noncommissioned officers.For more information, call Master Sgt.Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.• Fort Meade E9 Association meets thesecond Friday of every month at 7 a.m.in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. Thenext meeting is May 10. The associationis open to active, retired, Reserve andNational Guard E9s of any uniformedservice. All E9s in this area are invitedto attend a breakfast and meet themembership. For more information, visite9association.org or call 410-551-7953.• Women’s Empowerment Group meetsevery Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. toprovide a safe, confidential arena for thesupport, education and empowermentof women who have experienced past orpresent family violence.Location is only disclosed toparticipants. To register, call Tina Gauth,victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 orSamantha Herring, victim advocate, at301-677-4124.• Military Council for Catholic Womenis open to all women ages 18 and older forprayer, faith, fellowship and service at theMain Post Chapel.Mother’s Prayer Apologetics meetsTuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon whenAnne Arundel County schools are insession. Monthly programs are heldMondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.For more information, email BethWright, president, at email@example.com or call 305-240-1559.• Fort Meade Homeschool Co-opmeets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900Reece Road. For more information, callKelli Stricker at 410-674-0297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.• Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys infirst through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10,to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.For more information, emailCubmaster Tom Johnston at email@example.com or CommitteeChairperson Elizabeth Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org.• Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondaysat 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills ChapelCenter on Rockenbach Road. The troopis actively recruiting boys age 11 to18. For more information, email LisaYetman, at email@example.com Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, firstname.lastname@example.org.• American Legion Post 276 is open toveterans and active-duty service membersat 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn.Breakfast may be purchased beginningat 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchasedfrom 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. HappyHour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may bepurchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and thefourth Sunday of every month.Membership discounts are offeredfor active-duty military. For moreinformation, call 410-969-8028 or visitamericanlegionpost276.org.MoviesThe movie schedule is subject to change. Fora recorded announcement of showings, call 301-677-5324. Further listings are available on theArmy and Air Force Exchange Service websiteat www.aafes.com.Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRIC-ES: Tickets are $5 for adults (12 and older)and $2.50 for children. 3D Movies: $7 adults,$4.50 children.Today through May 15Today Saturday: “The Incredible Burt Wonder-stone” (PG-13). Feuding magicians try to savetheir act. With Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, OliviaWilde, Jim Carrey.Friday: “The Call” (R). A 911 operator takes acall from a teenage girl who has been abducted,and she realizes she must confront a killer fromher past in order to save the girl’s life. With HalleBerry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut.Sunday: “Dead Man Down” (R). Two strangers’mutual desire for revenge unravels in an trail ofviolence. With Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Ter-rence Howard.Wednesday May 4, 5: “Admission” (PG-13). Anadmissions officer for Princeton University takesa surprising detour on the road to happiness. WithTina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen.May 2, 3: “21 Over” (R). The night before hisbig medical school interview, a promising studentcelebrates his 21st birthday with his two bestfriends.May 8, 9, 10: “Olympus Has Fallen” (R). Whenterrorists take over the White House, an ex-SecretService agent must rescue the president. WithGerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Free-man.May 11, 15: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (PG-13).Threats from within the government jeopardizethe G.I. Joe unit. With Dwayne Johnson, D.J.Cotrona, Bruce Willis, Byung-hun Lee, AdriannePalicki. (3D)Get to work on time.Know the hoursof operation forAccess Gateson Fort MeadeGate 1: Rockenbach Road5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday through Friday;9 a.m. to 9 p.m.weekends and holidaysGate 3: Reece Road andMaryland Route 175(Demps Visitor ControlCenter gate) 24-hour accessDemps Visitor Control Center,Bldg. 902 Reece Road7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,Monday through FridayGate 4: Mapes Road andMaryland Route 1755:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.,Monday through Friday;closed weekends and holidaysGate 5: Llewellyn Avenue andMaryland Route 1756 to 8 a.m., Monday throughFriday for inbound traffic;3 to 6 p.m., Monday throughFriday for outbound trafficGate 7: Mapes Roadand Route 325:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday through Friday;9 a.m. to 9 p.m.weekends and holidays
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil18 SOUNDOFF! April 25, 2013SportsStory and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff WriterThe fourth time was a charm forAlexander Buchholz.After several second-place finishes,the 15-year-old from Gambrills earnedhis first Fort Meade victory Saturdaymorning at the Earth Day 5K Run.“I feel pretty good,” he said afterthe race.The Earth Day run, held at BurbaLake, was the first event in the annualFort Meade Run Series. More than400 runners were on hand to kick offthe series, which features seven 5Kruns throughout the year.Many runners such as Alexanderwere eager to return to the Run Seriesafter several months of winter hiber-nation.“They’re fun runs,” he said.The event also drew a large numberof first-time run series competitorsincluding Eric Reid and his 4-year-olddaughter Abigail. Reid said the duofrom Columbia came out to enjoy theweather, but the temperatures werelower than they were expecting asAbigail was bundled up in a stroller.“I like to come out and push her,”he said. “She’ll run a little bit, thenshe’ll ride a little bit — get her startedyoung to be active.”Prior to the run, Garrison Com-mander Col. Edward C. Rothsteinasked competitors to participate ina moment of silence for “those thathave lost their lives up in Boston andfor the tragedies that have occurredduring that great run.”Rothstein said that despite thebombings during the marathon onApril 15, Boston and the event willmove forward forward, empoweredby the country’s “resolve and resil-iency.”“No one will deter us,” he said.After the moment of silence, severalhundred runners darted off the line toofficially kick off the fifth season ofthe run series.Near the two-mile marker, Alex-ander pulled ahead from the packand ran away with the competition,finishing the 5K at 18:43.9. That wasnearly a full minute before second-place Khaleed Robinson crossed thefinish line at 19:35.4.Caleb Galvas closed out the top-three men finishers a few secondsbehind Robinson with a time of19:41.4Despite earning his first win in theseries, Alexander said he can knockmore seconds off his finishing time asthis was his first run of the year.“It’s shaking off all those cobwebsfrom the winter,” he said.Connie Pruner was the first womanto finish, with a time of 21:35.9. Shewas closely followed by Sarah Fisher,who finished at 22:14.6.Rachel Makhfi finished in third at22:58.5.Pruner, who was competing in herfirst run series, said it was her firstrun after a long winter but she wasalready prepared for the season.“Ready to go for another one,”Pruner said.Run series takes off with Earth Day 5KEarthDay 5KResultsMen• AlexanderBuchholz, 18:43.9• KhaleedRobinson, 19:35.4• Caleb Galvas,19:41.4Women• Connie Pruner,21:35.9• Sarah Fisher,22:14.6• Rachel Makhfi,22:58.5Runners dash off the startingline at the Earth Day 5K onSaturday morning at BurbaLake. More than 400 runnerscompeted in the event, whichkicked off the fifth annualFort Meade Run Series.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil April 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 19SportsThose of you who read this column shouldknow three things about me:• One, I hate Ohio. • Two, I love the NFL draft.Infact,RadioCityMusicHallduringthethirdweekendof Aprilismyversionof Hogwarts,andRoger Goodell serves as my Gandalf.• Three, when all else fails and deadlines arelooming, I make a list.Well, this week I’m combining numbers twoand three by listing the best NFL players of mytime (1980 through today) by position, includ-ing when they were drafted and by what team.I may even throw in a few clips.Just remember, this definitive list is playersof “MY.”So sorry Bob Johnson; we will not beseeing Dick Butkus. Nor will we be seeing JackLambert, Doug Wise.But there will be at least one former Patriot,so that should make Marcia Eastland happy ...at least for this week.Also, we are talking skilled players. So, sorry,no offensive lineman. Punters and kickers neednot apply either.QB: Joe Montana (1979, 3rd Round - 82nd, SanFrancisco)There isn’t much for a Cowboys fan fromMichigan to like about “Joe Cool.” He ledNotre Dame to a national championship, wonall four Super Bowls he played in and, of course,was responsible for the worst play in NFL his-tory, “The Catch.” bit.ly/14P25E6Regardless, he’d still be the first overall pickon this team.RB: Emmitt Smith: 1990, 1st Round (17th)DallasAll-time NFL leading rusher, leads NFL inrushing touchdowns, three rings and the bestrunning back of all time.RB: Barry Sanders: 1989, 1st Round (3rd)DetroitThemostdynamicrunnerever,bit.ly/ZOvM-ML, and if he wasn’t taken out on most third-down and goal-line situations, he may have beenthe best ever.WR: Jerry Rice: 1985, 1st Round (15th), SanFran)No justification required.WR: Randy Moss: 1998, 1st Round (21st), Min-nesotaThere is room for debate here, but Moss was“Straight Cash, Homey.”TE: Shannon Sharpe: 1990, 7th Round (192)DenverHe looked like a horse, played for the Bron-cos; but the dude was a winner and revolution-ized the position.DEFENSE:Iama 3-4 kind of guy, sohere we go:DL: Reggie White:1984, 1st Round(4th - supplementaldraft), PhiladelphiaEaglesThe Minister of Defense preached one heckof a sermon on the field. bit.ly/15GQbM2DL: Bruce Smith: 1985, 1st Round (1st) BuffaloUnderrated, but dominantDL/LB: Charles Haley: 1986, 4th Round (96th)San FranciscoCanton, Ohio isn’t complete until Mr.Haley gets his invitation. There is a reasonwhy he is the only player to earn five SuperBowl rings.LB: Lawrence Taylor: 1981, 1st (2nd) New YorkGiantsHe was almost as good on Tecmo bit.ly/14P86kb as he was in real life bit.ly/17Sj7xc... almost.LB: DeMarcus Ware: 2005, 1st (11th) Dallas)The closest thing to Lawrence since Law-renceLB: Ray Lewis: 1996, 1st (26th) BaltimoreHometown guy made good on this list. AnyDawgs in the House?LB: Junior Seau: 1990, 1st (5) San DiegoMan, I was so excited when I got his footballcard. Then I got to see him play.SS: Ronnie Lott: 1981, 1st (8th) San FranciscoThe dude cut off his finger so he could goback into a game. Plus, he did a whole lot ofhitting. bit.ly/XWFr7tFS: Ed Reed: 2002, 1st (24th) BaltimoreBest ball hawker of my day.CB: Deion Sanders: 1989, 1st (5th) AtlantaFalconsThe man couldn’t tackle his way out of a wetpaper bag, but nobody has taken away a fieldbetter than “Primetime.” bit.ly/Y4c99jCB: Charles Woodson: 1996, 1st (4th) OaklandRaidersOnly defensive player to win the Heisman,NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and proba-bly the smartest player in the league still today.So let the debate begin. You can send yourcomments to the Fort Meade Live blog orunder the article that will be attached to the FortMeade Facebook page on Friday.And, of course, if you want to talk about thisor anything to do with sports, contact me at email@example.com.With the first selection,CTJ picks ...Chad T. Jones,Public AffairsOfficerJibber Jabber - OpinionSports ShortsGaffney poolThe swimming pool at Gaffney Fitness Center is closed for maintenance.Texas Hold ‘emTexas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes.Games are free and open to the public.For more information, call 301-677-5541.Dollar DaysThe Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger,small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.For more information, call 301-677-5541.EFMP BowlingThe Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthlybowling event on May 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes.Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Otherfamily members will receive discounted games and shoe rental.To register, call 301-677-4473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.photo by staff sgt. sean k. harpMUSCLE MENMembers of 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) — Spc. RickyLowes, Staff Sgt. Noah Jacobs, Pfc. Connor Mendez, Sgt. KwadwoFrimpong and Sgt. 1st Class Roman Galiki — compete in a tug-of-waragainst a team from First Army Division East during the installation’sEarth Day celebration on April 18 at Burba Lake.