Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 7 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ February 21, 2013 good sports photo by Nate pesceDrake Smith, 4, of the Fort Meade Cougars wrestling team, shakes hands with opponent Kelly Doney after their match Sunday morning at Meade High School. The end-of-the-year tournament wrapped up Child, Youth and School Services’ inaugural wrestling season. For the story, see Page 12.unveiled black history UPCOMING EVENTS780th MI uncovers Meade observance today 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes’ 11th Frame Loungehistory behind celebrates historic civil friday, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - The Conference Center rights anniversaries Monday: Last day to register for March 9 Gaffney Indoor Triathlonwar hero portrait March 1: Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks offpage 8 page 6 March 9, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.: Indoor Triathlon - Gaffney Fitness Center
Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Remembering the past, Col. Edward C. Rothstein looking to the future Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.email@example.com Chief, Command Information If you missed the installation’s Black History are, no matter Philip H. Jones Month observance last week at McGill Training what you look Philip.H.Jones.firstname.lastname@example.org Center, you missed a great program. like, no matter Assistant Editor & Senior Writer The annual event was hosted by Navy Informa- how modest your Rona S. Hirsch tion Operations Command Maryland. The keynote beginnings or the Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes speaker was Navy Rear Adm. James Crawford, III, circumstances of Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz the deputy judge advocate general and commander your birth, you Design Coordinator Timothy Davis of Naval Legal Service Command. 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The highlight of the day was Martin Luther King The Military Saves campaign can help you learn Jr.’s delivery of his celebrated “I Have a Dream” proper money management skills, and just as impor- speech. tantly, show you ways to practice these skills. www.ftmeade.army.mil In his 2013 White House proclamation, our com- More details about Military Saves Week are on mander in chief and President of the United States Page 3 of this week’s Soundoff! You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd Barack Obama said: I urge all service members, their families, and civil- and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. “In America, we share a dream that lies at the ian employees to take the Military Saves pledge. heart of our founding: that no matter who you Have a great week! Co n t e n t s Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. 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NewsMilitary Saves Weekstarts Monday at ACS Army Community Service’s Financial Beginning Monday, Fort Meade willReadiness Program is combining efforts conduct its annual Military Saves Cam-with the Fleet and Family Support Cen- paign until March 2. The main goal ister to encourage the entire Fort Meade to encourage service members and theircommunity to pledge to save money, families to increase household savingsreduce debt and build wealth over time and decrease consumer debt by sign-— and win a prize in the process. ing pledge cards to “Build Wealth, Not Debt.” After completing one of the pledge Take the pledge cards and placing it in a designated box, participants will automatically be entered to win one of several donated Don’t be afraid to take the pledge. prizes. No one will contact you to try to sell During the entire week, pledge cards you anything or attempt to track your and a designated box will be located at progress. PNC Bank, the Fort Meade Commu- You will receive motivating emails nity Credit Union, the Fort Meade Tax designed to help you save and Center, the USO-Metro Center and the eliminate debt. You can unsubscribe at Community Readiness Center. any time. To sign a pledge, you must The drawing will be held March 4 at be a valid military ID cardholder and ACS. Winners will be notified. age 14 or older. To assist with execution of your and the Thrift Savings Plan. Photo by Philip H. Jones Those under age 14 may ask a parent pledge, financial counselors will con- Door prizes will be available; free Army Community Service Personal or guardian to assist. duct “A Day of Financial Fitness” on lunch will be provided. Financial Readiness Specialists Gwen You also may take the pledge online Feb. 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Participants must be present to win. Galloway and Ryan Yarnell join Garrison at militarysaves.org/take-the-pledge/. the Community Readiness Center, 830 Space is limited; pre-registration is Command Sgt. Major Thomas J. Latter However, this will not enter you into Chisholm Ave. required. as Garrison Commander Col. Edward the local drawing. Select Fort Meade Topics include: Legal Rights, Finan- To register, call ACS or the Fleet and C. Rothstein signs a proclamation as the installation. cial Planning, Identity Theft, Credit Family Support Center at 301-677-5590 designating Monday through March 2 as Counseling, Car Buying, Home Buying, or 301-677-9017. Military Saves Week at Fort Meade. Seven deadly myths of heart disease By Mark DeVaughn ally silent. diet and regular exercise. Communications Coordinator By the time you experience symptoms from high 5. Every heart attack victim experiences chest Health Net Federal Services cholesterol or high blood pressure, it may be difficult pain. February is Heart Health Month, and Health Net to reverse the damage already done to the heart. About one out of every three people who have a Federal Services wants to help all service members 2. Younger women aren’t at risk. heart attack doesn’t feel chest pain. in the TRICARE North Region maintain a healthy Not all women who have heart disease are elderly. 6. Men are the vast majority of heart attack vic- heart. Risk factors such as obesity, hypertension (high tims. Heart disease claims approximately 600,000 lives blood pressure) and Type II diabetes are showing up Women are especially vulnerable. Women also each year, according to the Centers for Disease Con- earlier now in women. experience subtle, less-traditional heart attack symp- trol and Prevention. That’s one in four deaths in the 3. Exercise is too risky for those who have heart toms such as fatigue and sleep disturbance more United States, the most common killer of both men disease. commonly than men. and women. Exercise reduces the progression of heart disease 7. Cancer and AIDS are much deadlier diseases. Saving lives involves fighting misconceptions. Here and makes those who do exercise less likely to have More people die of heart disease than AIDS and are seven common myths about heart disease: a first or recurrent heart attack. all cancers combined. 1. All those who suffer from heart disease have 4. Those who suffer from heart disease can’t undo Learn what you can do to keep a healthy heart by obvious symptoms. the damage. visiting our Heart Health Awareness campaign page A person can be thin and in good shape yet still Research shows that you may be able to undo the running throughout February at hnfs.com or follow our have high cholesterol. High blood pressure is gener- damage through lifestyle changes such as a healthy healthy heart posts on Facebook.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 21, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsFort Meade Navyrecruiters earn honorsStory and photos by Brandon Bieltz his district for the title of Civilian of theStaff Writer Year, which is determined by a board. Navy Personnel Specialist 1st Class Ultimately, Gilmore earned the annu-Benjamin Erdelyi had a busy start to al award. As his prize, he was presentedthe year. with a large eagle statue, which he jokes During the second week in January, is larger than him.he attended a week of receptions and “I was honored,” he said. “I was com-meetings with the master chief petty pletely surprised.”officer of the Navy and the secretary of Although the statue is displayed onthe Navy, and toured the Capitol and his fireplace at home, Gilmore said thePentagon with the Navy’s top recruit- award reflects the work of the entireers. Fort Meade office, which was named It was here that Erdelyi, who works the best Navy Recruiting Region Eastat Fort Meade’s Baltimore Military (Large) MEPS of the Year and NavyEntrance Processing Station, was hon- Recruiting District Philadelphia MEPSored as the best classifier in the Navy in Team of the Year.2012. Representing the Navy Recruit- “I can’t do it by myself,” Gilmore Michael Gilmore, the enlisted processing division supervisor of Fort Meade’sing District Philadelphia, Erdelyi was said. “I think ... the reason why I was Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station, was honored as the Navy Recruitingamong the 13 Navy recruiters who were selected as Civilian of the Year [is] District Philadelphia’s Civilian of the Year in 2012. Gilmore’s office also was namedhonored for being at the top of their because of the accumulation of awards Best Navy Recruiting Region East (Large) MEPS of the Year and Navy Recruitingfield last year. my office won. We all contribute to all District Philadelphia MEPS Team of the Year. “It was definitely one of [the high- those accolades.lights], if not the highlight of my career “It’s a good feeling. It shows all thein the Navy,” he said. “There’s been so hard work we did throughout the yearmany great things, but this was some- paid off,” he said. “It’s good to be rec-thing that was for me, that I did and I ognized.”won.” Of the awards won by the members of While Erdelyi brought recognition the Fort Meade MEPS, Erdelyi earnedto his district and MEPS, his supervi- the most prestigious personal honor assor Michael Gilmore also earned some the Navy’s Classifier of the Year. Gilm-personal hardware as he was named the ore said that although he has had classi-Civilian of the Year for the Philadel- fiers win command awards, he has neverphia district. The area spans Northern had one win the Navy-level award.Virginia, Maryland and the District of “He works hard,” Gilmore said ofColumbia, as well as parts of West Vir- Erdelyi. “He does a super job.”ginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Erdelyi, 38, has worked on Fort Meade “It shows that what I’m doing is since 2009, but spent the previous por-appreciated and recognized,” said Gilm- tion of his 18-year career in humanore, the enlisted processing division resources. With the Navy Recruitingsupervisor. “It’s just a good feeling for District Philadelphia, Erdelyi assignsa civilian to get something like that. It’s specialties for recruits. Last year, he metjust like saying, ‘Thank you for doing a with more than 1,000 recruits. Navy Personnel Specialist 1st Class Benjamin Erdelyi was named the Navy’s Classifiergreat job.’ It’s just a good feeling.” “The best part is when you take a kid of the Year for 2012. For his award, Erdelyi attended Recruiter of the Year Week in Gilmore, a retired senior chief petty from an area that they don’t have much Washington, D.C., where he was presented with trophies, plaques, certificates andofficer with 21 years in the Navy, has going for them, but they’re a smart kid monetary prizes.been a recruiter for 27 years including and they really want to do something15 as a civilian. The 61-year-old Balti- for themselves,” the Baltimore resident January in Washington, D.C. Navy Commendation Medal, Erdelyimore native said he continued to serve said. “I love it.” During that week, Erdelyi and his also was honored with trophies, plaques,as a civilian recruiter because he enjoys A Severn native, Erdelyi was named father Benjamin joined 14 other top certificates and monetary prizes.the work. Classifier of the Year for his district the recruiters in the Navy for a packed Much like Gilmore, Erdelyi was quick “I enjoy paying it forward,” Gilmore past two years, but wasn’t expecting to schedule of meeting Navy leadership, to credit the rest of the recruiting staffsaid. “I really get satisfaction from help- win the larger award — “not in a million attended receptions and visiting the for his honor.ing these young people get their lives years,” he said. Pentagon and Capitol. “They make my job easy because theystarted.” Erdelyi was notified that he won the “We had a very busy schedule; it was recruit such great men and women,” he In the second quarter of 2012, Gilm- award in early November but didn’t know great,” he said. “It was really great to be said. “It just makes my job easier. Youore was nominated and won Civilian of the extent of the honor until he started with my dad, too, because he had a good can’t just do it on your own. If we hadthe Quarter. At the end of the year, he getting information about Recruiter of time and was real proud of me.” bad recruiters, we wouldn’t have Classi-competed against three other civilians in the Year Week, which was held in early In addition to being awarded the fier of the Year.” SOUNDOFF! February 21, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsFort Meade celebrates Black History MonthBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer This year marks milestones for two ofthe biggest event in the history of African-Americans. It was 150 years ago that PresidentAbraham Lincoln issued the Emancipa-tion Proclamation, freeing slaves duringthe Civil War. A century later, MartinLuther King Jr. led more than 200,000people on the March on Washingtonpolitical rally, which became a key momentin the civil rights struggle. In honor of the two anniversaries, FortMeade celebrated Black History Monthwith the theme of “At the Crossroads ofFreedom and Equality: The Emancipa-tion Proclamation and the March onWashington.” The annual observance was hostedFeb. 14 by Navy Information OperationsCommand Maryland at McGill TrainingCenter. “One of the good things about historyis its accessibility,” said Navy Capt. Timo-thy White, commander of NIOC. “We canalways find common ground by lookingthrough the rearview mirror.” The 90-minute event featured guestspeaker Rear Adm. James W. CrawfordIII, deputy judge advocate general andcommander of Naval Legal Service Com-mand; a dramatic performance by the IraAldridge Players of Morgan State Univer-sity; photo displays; and food samplingscatered by Barrett’s of Alexandria. The NIOC Choir opened the event withan acappella performance of the National photo by noah scialomAnthem and “Lift Every Voice” — some-times referred to as the African-American Rear Adm. James W. Crawford III, deputy judge advocate general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command, addressesNational Anthem. the audience at the annual Black History Month Observance on Feb. 14 at McGill Training Center. During his speech, Crawford During his welcome, White discussed posed the question, “What is the purpose of Black History Month?”what he called the country’s “original sin”of slavery and the importance of both the general public in an attempt to human- is not only a time to commemorate the Aldridge Players, students performed tra-Emancipation Proclamation and March ize those who were being dehumanized,” past. ... It is a time to consider, what are ditional stories from African-Americanon Washington. Crawford said. “This one week out off 52 you doing to fulfill that dream and great culture including Virginia Hamilton’s “When confronted with this history gave solace to the soul and encouragement height that Dr. King saw for us all.” “The People Could Fly” and Zora Nealeand our nation’s current challenges, what to the heart for African-Americans caught All citizens, not just African-Americans, Hurston’s “Man and Woman Equal.”is the answer to the question: Is this up in the drama of equality.” are beneficiaries of the courage, persever- “They were great,” Navy Cryptologi-change complete and is it enough?” White In 1976, the weeklong event was ance and risks of those who worked to cal Technician Collection 3rd Class Coriasked. extended to a full month of celebration. bring equality to society, Crawford said. Brown said after the performance. “It was In his speech, Crawford posed provoca- The observance of African-American his- “We have the responsibility to continue really exciting.”tive questions as well: What is the purpose tory, Crawford said, is not a time to focus to work,” he said. “This annual celebra- As hundreds of audience members linedof Black History Month? Why it is cel- on historical achievements and nostalgic tion is not merely to hail African-Ameri- up for black-eyed peas, pork, chicken andebrated every year? remembrances, but to continue to prog- can heroes of the past or to recognize peach cobbler, several service members The celebration was started in 1926 by ress. African-American achievements of those discussed the event.black historian Carter G. Woodson as “African-American history is not post- who stand among us today, but rather “I thought it was very informative,”“Negro History Week.” ers and plaques, it’s not a weird dress or to have internalized that this is a time to said Navy Cryptological Technician Col- “Woodson’s objective ... was to create speech, it’s not a hair style and it’s certainly thoughtfully recommit ourselves anew to lection 2nd Class Vamdale Killebrew. “Ito a vehicle by which he could convey con- not something that can be relegated to one the ideas of Carter G. Woodson.” think it was an excellent representationtributions of African-Americans to the month of the year. ...,” he said. “February During the presentation by the Ira of past and present.” SOUNDOFF! February 21, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
N ewsBlack doctors train at Camp Meade during WWIBy Joann Buckley and Douglas Fisher A. Harris, a graduate of Leonard Medical bearer work and field work. pandemic that would reach its height justSpecial to Soundoff! College in Raleigh, N.C.; and William J. The physicians also were given com- before the great Meuse Argonne offensive Nearly 100 years ago, in the era of seg- Howard, a graduate of the University of mand of five- to 10-man medical detach- in September 1918.regation and Jim Crow laws, 118 African- Illinois College of Medicine. ments. The 18 months of Army training andAmerican doctors answered the country’s The physicians received specialized Many training hours also were spent on war experiences certainly equipped themcall during World War I and voluntarily training in treating war injuries at Camp paperwork, including writing and filing well beyond anything they had learnedleft their practices to provide medical care Meade Hospital. During their training, regular Army daily and weekly reports. in medical school. They were given com-to the fighting men in the all-black 92nd the hospital was made up of temporary The reports included lists with the num- mand of medical detachments, whichInfantry Division and the 93rd Infantry wooden buildings and tents. It was located bers and names of sick and injured men, taught them leadership, discipline andDivision. along what is now Rock Avenue, about as well as those who were suffering from responsibility. They learned military orga- The medical colleges of Howard Uni- one-half mile south of Kimbrough Ambu- veneral disease, tuberculosis, meningitis, nization, planning and training, and par-versity in Washington, D.C., and Meharry latory Care Center. cholera, pneumonia and influenza. Sanita- ticipated in grand- and small-scale fieldMedical College in Nashville, Tenn., heav- Before arriving at Camp Meade, the tion was critical to preventing epidemics. operations.ily recruited their graduates and provided doctors attended the Medical Officers Of the 118 doctors who were trained at Many of the men used the organization-more than half of these doctors - 43 from Training Camp (MOTC) for black medical the MOTC, 104 successfully completed the al skills and medical advances that came asMeharry and 22 from Howard. officers, which was a late addition to the program. Of the 1,021 medics, 949 would a result of the war to make extraordinary When asked at the time by The Wash- segregated Officers Training Camp at Fort continue and ultimately serve with the contributions to the field of medicine,ington Bee newspaper why he volunteered, Des Moines, Iowa. 92nd or 93rd Infantry Divisions. their communities and their country.a black doctor from Indianapolis put it The doctors at the MOTC, who were Eight of the doctors from the MOTC Editor’s note: Joann Buckley and Doug-simply: “This is a history-making period, first lieutenants, were housed in whatever went on to Camp Meade. las Fisher are members of the World Warand I want to be connected with it.” spare barracks were left from the field offi- By May 1918, they left for France. One Association and The Great War Soci- On Nov. 3, 1917, eight of these black cers. More than 1,000 African-American They would all serve with the 92nd Infan- ety.physicians were sent to the newly estab- Soldiers also reported for training as med- try Division. Harris, Jones, Williams and Fisher’s grandfather Maj. John N. Doug-lished Camp Meade for further training ics. These medics had to use lumber from Whittico remained with the 368th Infantry las served with 1st Lt. Jonathan N. Rucker,and to provide care for the African-Ameri- an old National Guard armory to floor Regiment. DeVaughn was assigned the a black doctor, in France from 1918 tocan troops of the 368th Infantry Regiment the stables, which lacked plumbing, heat- 365th Field Hospital. Howard stayed with 1919.and 351st Field Artillery, which were ing or a cooling system. The men turned the 351st Field Artillery. Jackson and Cur- Buckley’s grandfather was a sergeant instationed there. the unsuitable buildings into barracks for tis joined the 367th Field Hospital. New York’s 7th Infantry Division, and her The doctors were Arthur L. Curtis and nearly 1,000 medics. All of these doctors treated the hor- grandmother was a registered nurse whoThomas E. Jones, graduates of the College Training at the camp began in the heat rific wounds of trench warfare largely worked with wounded Soldiers.of Medicine at Howard University; Oscar of August 1917. The doctors learned how caused by artillery (gas and shrapnel) They are now researching and writing aDeVaughn, Raymond W. Jackson, John to make camp, sanitation procedures, and machine guns. Their Army reports book on the 104 black doctors who com-H. Williams and James Whittico, gradu- regimental medical-detachment adminis- tell of the carnage they encountered, and pleted medical officer basic training at Fortates of Meharry Medical College; William tration, camp infirmary work, packing, the lightening spread of the influenza Des Moines, Iowa. My Two Cents Who is your inspirational figure in black history? “Langston Hughes. For his poetry, one poem in particular, ‘A Dream Deferred.’ “Rosa Parks. What she did was I admire it because we as black people pretty phenomenal. I don’t know “Michelle Obama. She’s a very “Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens. have big dreams, but as life goes on, we strong and independent woman. I was a linebacker in high school many black women, particularly tend to allow them to die. We stop believ- these days, who would do what she She’s not only an advocate for and he inspired me. Everything he ing that we can achieve them. That poem black rights but women’s rights does, it’s to heart — the fullest. did. I admire her strength, dedica- inspires me because I used to feel that I tion and all-around good faith.” as well.” Everything I do, I do to the fullest.” couldn’t reach any goals. And because of – Cryptologic Technician Reporter Tanya – Staff Sgt. Jennifer McNair – Spc. Shane Mansfield that poem, I realized that anything you put Sorey, Naval Information Operations your mind to, you can achieve.” 704th Military Intelligence Brigade 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion Command – Alfred Dawkins, Meuse Foresthttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 21, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
N ewsMystery of unknown780th portrait solvedBy Tina Miles Pangso-ri during the780th Military Intelligence Brigade Korean War, he led aPublic Affairs patrol of 30 Korean In the first issue of the 780th Military police and interpret-Intelligence Brigade’s newsletter published ers to surprise thein June 2012, a challenge was made to enemy guerilla forceidentify an original oil painting found in the before it reached thebrigade headquarters building. village. The painting was a head-and-shoulders Wilson, who stoodportrait of a Soldier who had no identifi- Master Sgt. at 6 feet, 6 inches,able marks. There was no accompanying John R. Wilson took four Koreansplaque or any information other than the with him and pro-ribbons on his uniform that showed he was ceeded to dislodgea World War II veteran and a Silver Star the enemy, who had made a stand in oneand Purple Heart recipient. of the houses. There were no clues to the artist; the only In the subsequent firefight, Wilson ledmarking was his or her last name, Young, a successful attack on the hostile position.and a date, 1952. Nor were there any clues He was killed by a sniper, but his patrolas to why the painting was in the building. eliminated the enemy force and his actions Did the subject of the painting once facilitated the capture of 21 opponents.work or live on Fort Meade? For his gallantry under fire, Wilson was The other units that occupy the building posthumously awarded the Silver Star.complex, such as the 902nd MI Group and On May 16, 1952, the CIC Center at thethe 310th MI Battalion, were asked about former Fort Holabird in Baltimore dedi-the painting. Inquiries also were made at the cated three buildings to honor three menFort Meade Museum. of valor. The buildings were named after But there was no luck in identifying Sgt. Woodrow G. Hunter, killed on Maythe Soldier in the portrait. No one could 18, 1944, in the Insoemaar Islands; 1st Lt.correctly answer the challenge that was Eldon L. Allen, killed in action in Germanyproposed last summer — until now. during the airborne crossing of the Rhine, Mike Bigelow, command historian for March 24, 1945; and Wilson.the Intelligence and Security Command, Each building had a similar oil paintingasked for a copy of the 780th MI Brigade’s of the subject of its dedication — thus thenewsletter for the command’s historical Wilson portrait.records. (The 780th is a subordinate unit But these facts did not answer the ques-of INSCOM.) tion of why and how the Wilson painting Photo Courtesy of INSCOM History Office After receiving the issue and flipping came to hang in the 780th MI headquartersthrough the pages, he noticed the portrait building. Bigelow, who taught history at The portrait of Master Sgt. John R. Wilson, which hangs in the 780th Military Intelligenceand recognized it to be that of a painting the Intelligence Center 22 years ago, has Brigade headquarters building, was initially in Wilson Hall at the former Fort Holabirdthat had been lost for years. a theory. in Baltimore. The dedication of the building on May 16, 1952 was attended by Brig. Bigelow identified the portrait to be of “Since Allen Hall was an academic build- Gen. Philip E. Gallagher, commanding general of Fort Holabird; Wilson’s father, JosephMaster Sgt. John R. Wilson, who, dur- ing, that painting and plaque got moved R. Wilson; and Col. Henry C. Newton. Wilson, who was killed by a sniper during theing the Korean War, was a member of to Fort Huachuca in Arizona when the Korean War, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his gallantry under firethe 25th Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) schoolhouse moved there,” Bigelow said. while serving with the 25th Counterintelligence Corps Detachment.Detachment, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry “But Wilson Hall was connected more withDivision. the operational side and moved from the INSCOM in 1977, the 902nd MI Group um at Fort Huachuca. Wilson was inducted According to the book “In the Shadow CIC Center to its successor organizations.” took over the building and presumably the into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fameof the Sphinx, a History of Army Counter- Bigelow believes each painting stayed painting.” in 1990. Fort Huachuca approved the Wil-intelligence,” Wilson “was among the CIC with a different military channel. The 902nd MI once occupied the build- son barracks on April 6, 1992.cadre deployed in the early days of the war. “From the CIC Center, the Wilson paint- ing complex where the 780th MI is now Bigelow took custody of Wilson’s por-A veteran of World War II in the Pacific, ing went first to the U.S. Army Intelligence headquartered and where the portrait was trait from the 780th MI earlier this monthWilson had risen to the rank of major, Command, then probably to the U.S. Army left. and will ensure that it joins its partner,but following the Army’s downsizing, had Intelligence Agency, which moved to Fort “Apparently, the intelligence center has the Allen portrait, at the MI Museum.enlisted with the CIC.” Meade in 1974,” he said. “Two years later, been looking for the Wilson painting for With two of the three paintings When Wilson was alerted early in the USAINTA used the painting to memorial- years,” Bigelow said. “And we found it.” accounted for, Bigelow is now in searchmorning of Oct. 13, 1950 that the enemy ize its command suite after Wilson. Currently, the painting of Allen is the of the Hunter painting. But that’s anoth-was moving to capture the village of “And after USAINTA merged with property of the Military Intelligence Muse- er story. SOUNDOFF! February 21, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
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C over S tory Wrestling program takes hold in Youth Sports By Brandon Bieltz Sagartz added wrestling to the winter Staff Writer sports lineup this year after introducing The Olympics may have dropped wres- the sport at a variety of installations tling from its future Summer Games, but over the years. the sport is alive and growing at Fort “Everywhere I’ve gone I started a Meade. wrestling program,” he said. “Military Beginning in December, Child, Youth communities support wrestling just as and School Services’ new youth wres- much as any other sport. It’s always tling program introduced more than been a huge success.” 30 youngsters to the combative sport When registration began for the sea- of grappling. The team wrapped up its son, openings on the wrestling team inaugural season Sunday with an end- filled up so quickly that organizers hadSix-year-old Isaac Perry (top) wrestles Chesapeake Bay’s Owen Russell in the opening of-the-year tournament at Meade High to limit the team to roughly 30 spots.bout of Sunday’s end-of-the-year tournament. Youngsters competed in three, one- School. The Cougars consists of wrestlers agesminute periods. CYSS Youth Sports director Matthew 3 to 13, but the majority of the group photos by Nate pesceThe Fort Meade Cougars wrestling team poses for a group photo with Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein before Sunday’s meet at Meade High.12 SOUNDOFF! February 21, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
are 4 to 6 years old, said head coachD.J. Reedy. Wrestler Chris Fonseca joined theteam as a training regiment in the foot-ball offseason. “I heard it helps with football,” the13-year-old said. “It helps for push-ing people around and getting off theline.” As with his teammates, this was Chris’first attempt at competitive wrestling. Headapted to the new sport quickly, earn-ing first-place finishes in three meets. For coaches, the season has beenabout teaching the fundamentals of thesport and putting in place the corner-stones for a growing program. “We’re working on the very basics,just the positions — neutral, top andbottom — a few pinning combinations,takedowns, escapes and reversals,” Reedysaid. “We have the ability to maintain avery good, growing program.” Despite bringing new competitors tothe large meets that featured wrestlersfrom throughout the county, Reedysaid his team has competed strongly.Throughout the season, half the athletesfinished meets in the top two. “They’re been doing very well,” hesaid. “All of our kids seem to have agood time. We haven’t had any com- Drake Smith pins Kelly Doney during aplaints.” bout at Sunday’s competition. Chris said he plans on extending hiswrestling career into high school next tling,” Sagartz said.year at Glen Burnie High School. Wrestling also introduces a new style Fort Meade’s new sport provides a of athletics to the Youth Sports pro-feeder program into the area high school gram, said Sagartz, and has a lot to offerwrestling teams by preparing the young- to youngsters.sters before ninth grade. “Wrestling is unique,” he said. “It’s “They learn the basic skills and atti- an individual sport, and you learn lifetude to go on to more competitive wres- lessons at an early age.” Athletes from various teams warm up before the daylong tournament. More than 500 area wrestlers competed in the meet at Meade High School. LEFT: Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein leads a team cheer before Sunday’s wrestling tournament at Meade High School. The Fort Meade wrestling team featured more than 30 youngsters between the ages of 3 and 13.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil February 21, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
S ports Sports Shorts Jibber Jabber - Opinion Indoor triathlon Gaffney Fitness Center will host an indoor triathlon on March 9 inside the facility. Wave start times will be My Girl Marcia So I walked into a meeting at the “Why can’t between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Van Fleet Conference Room a few you leave Belich- Cost is $15 per person, which weeks ago. ick alone?” includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. The whole gang was there: Fran “What are Participants must be at least 18 from CYSS, Ryan from security and you talking years old. his boss Mary, too. Shoot, even Cous- about?” Registration is required by in Jeff from the SJA made an appear- “My boy, Monday. There will be no onsite ance. Belichick. That Chad T. Jones, registration. Oh, yeah, Ms. Marcia Eastland was was 10 years Public Affairs The competition will consist of a 10-minute swim, 30-minutes on bike and a there. For those of you who do not ago and you Officer 20-minute run. Performance will be measured by the total distance covered in the know Marcia, she’s one of the saintly still gotta bring three legs. members of the chaplain’s staff and it up.” To register, go to ftmeademwr.com. For more information, call 301-677-3318. longtime member of Jabber Nation. “Well, because it’s true.” The first time I ever met Ms. Marcia “Whatever. You’re just hating.” Old Joe Golf Tournament was in the checkout line at the local “But ...,” I mumbled. The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual Old grocery store where she did some part- “And you still don’t write about Joe Golf Tournament on April 12 at Eisenhower Golf Course, 1576 Generals time work. women.” Highway, Crownsville. A lover of the entire checkout pro- Funny thing is, after about three Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. cess, I started our first discussion with minutes, she realized she was at the Cost is $70 for active-duty service members, retirees and family members, a cheery, “Hello. How are you?” wrong meeting, so she politely got up and $75 for everyone else. Marcia responded with something and said goodbye to everyone, except Registration and payment are due by March 29. nice and a welcoming smile, which me, of course. She just stared me down Registration includes green fees and cart, putting contest, continental quickly turned cold when she recog- with a look that said two things: breakfast, barbecue lunch, two beverage tickets, door prizes, snacks and player nized me. 1) You better not let me catch you goodie bags. “You write that Jib Jab, don’t slipping. Proceeds benefit the Fort Meade OSC Scholarships and Welfare Programs. you?” 2) Until next time For more information, email Lorin Neslony at 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org “Yes I do,” I proudly replied. I sure do love that Marcia. or visit fortmeadeosc.org. “You’re messed up,” Marcia Speaking of love, I would be remiss responded in a tone that made it if I didn’t give some birthday wishes EFMP bowling clear she thought I was more than a little crazy. to the baddest man on the planet, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander, The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling From then on, every time I saw who turned 30 on Wednesday. event on March 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Marcia, she had some helpful critique Yeah, he may still be getting over Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other she felt obliged to share. the breakup with Kate Upton. But I’m family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. “Chad, why don’t you write about sure it’s harder on her than him. you- To register, call 301-677-4473 or email email@example.com. women?” tube.com/watch?v=GLWYeMzWqhg “Why did you write that, Mr. Jib Speaking of baseball, Jesse Miller, Spring sports registration Jab? You’re wrong in the head.” can you please get me some informa- “Chad, UCONN’s women went tion so I can coach the next JV during Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 undefeated two years in a row, and spring baseball? Reece Road. you haven’t said a thing. You’re sex- I know I could just call 301-677- Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, indoor football ist.” 1149/1156 like the average Joe, but and basketball. Our meeting in Van Fleet was no you know I’m big time, so hook a For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. different. You see, about a month ago brother up. I wrote a column entitled “Under And lastly, in a piece of personal Texas Hold ‘em the Hoodie” where I basically called news, Cousin Claw sent out the draft Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. out New England Patriots coach Bill order for this year’s fantasy baseball Games are free and open to the public. Belichick for not winning a Super draft. And in somewhat of an upset, For more information, call 301-677-5541. Bowl since he was caught cheating. Claw didn’t wrangle himself the first One thing I forgot to tell you about pick. In fact, he’s picking eighth. Dollar Days Marcia is that she loves her Patriots. I’m No. 5. And by love, I’m talking Robert De If you have any suggestions on The Lanes offers Dollar Days every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Niro in “The Fan” type of love. you- whom I should take or ... Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, tube.com/watch?v=-e5Yac9KC30 If you have comments on this or any- small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. “Hey Marcia, long time, no see,” I thing to do with sports, contact me at For more information, call 301-677-5541. said. “How in the heck are you?” firstname.lastname@example.org SOUNDOFF! February 21, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. EDUCATIONAll submissions are posted at the editor’sdiscretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional community ESC scholarshipsevents on the Fort Meade website at www. The Enlisted Spouses’ Club is hostingftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade its annual Enlisted Spouses’ ClubFacebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. Military Dependent Youth Scholarships For more information or to submit an for the 2013-2014 school year.announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. The ESC scholarship award, valued email@example.com or call 301-677-5602. $1,500, is open to qualifying graduating high school seniors as well as continuing NEWS EVENTS education students. Numerous scholarships will be awarded. The Evelyn Silva Scholarship AwardRAPIDS ID new office of Excellence is offered to qualifying high school seniors only and is valued athours $2,000. There will be only one recipient. The Fort Meade RAPIDS ID Card The complete application packageSection at 2234 Huber Road will extend its is available on the ESC website athours of operation beginning March 4. ftmeadeesc.org. photo by lisa r. rhodes The office will be open weekdays from For more information, email Paying Tribute7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trish Baker at scholarshipdirector@ The office will close the Iast ftmeadeesc.org.Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Meade High School seniors Leah Banks (left) and Tykeyria Green will Beginning April 6, customers will be OSC scholarships receive the A Tribute to Women of Color Future Leader Award and schol-seen on the first Saturday of the month The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ arship from the A Tribute to Women of Color organization in an awardsby appointment only. Customers can Club has posted its 2013 scholarship luncheon on March 2 at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie. The awardsnow start scheduling their appointments. applications on its website. are designed to encourage and inspire minority high school students For more information, call the College-bound, high school seniors who show potential to continue their roles as student leaders.Identification Section at the Directorate and dependent children currently enrolledof Human Resources at 301-677-9586. in college can apply for the Merit Scholarship. Employment Readiness March 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • Family Readiness GroupKaraoke Night High school seniors with an classes Roundtable: March 20, 9 to 11 a.m. The next Karaoke Night will be today outstanding academic record also will be • CARE Team Training: March 25, 9 considered for the Etta Baker Memorial The Employment Readiness Programfrom 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th Frame is offering the following free programs on a.m. to 3 p.m.Lounge at the Lanes. Scholarship. For more information, email Pia The Fort Meade OSC also will award a Feb. 27: The event is held the third Thursday • Military Spouse Employment Morales, Mobilization/Deploymentof the month. JROTC Scholarship as well as a Military Program manager, at pia.s.morales.civ@ Spouse Scholarship. Support Job Club Meeting: 11:30 a.m., For more information, call 301-677- Potomac Place Neighborhood Center mail.mil or call 301-677-4110.5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com. Application forms with eligibility • Part 1: “From Resolution to Reality: requirements are available at fortmeadeosc. How to stick to your career goals and Financial Readiness classesRight Arm Night org. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be considered. mean it”: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Army Community Service is offering Bring your right arm Soldier or co- For more information, email Heather • Part 2: Bonus webinar: Federal resume the following Financial Readiness classesworker to the next Right Arm Night Thomas at scholarships@fortmeadeosc. training - Tips to understanding the at the Community Readiness Center, 830on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the org. government hiring process: 1 to 2 p.m. Chisholm Ave.Conference Center for a fun evening Learn the difference between Classes are open to DoD appropriated positions, nonappropriatedof free food, music, dancing and CMU graduate school status, and how to qualify. Learn to read identification cardholders, includingcamaraderie. active-duty service members, retirees The free event is open to all ranks Central Michigan University’s and understand the position you are and their family members, DoD civilianand services and DoD civilians. Graduate School on Fort Meade offers applying for. employees and contractors. To reserve unit tables or for more a Master of Science in Administration To register online, visit eventbrite.com/ Registration is required for each class.information, call 301-677-4333. degree program. edit?eid=5478682888. • Credit Clinic meets every Wednesday The program is designed for the For more information, call 301-677- from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 5590.Latin Night working adult; courses are offered in an accelerated weekend format. Use the new online appointment system to schedule for the Credit Enjoy a night of Latin dancing at the Military and DoD discounted tuition Mob/Dep programs Clinic and regular appointments withnext Latin Night on March 8 at 7 p.m. rates are available. a financial counselor at fortmeadeacs.at the Conference Center. Registration for the Spring II and III The Mobilization/Deployment Program will offer the following checkappointments.com. The event is free. terms is in progress. • Money Management: Today, 1 to 3 For more information, visit For more information, call Linda programs at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. p.m.ftmeademwr.com. Zedan at 301-621-9796 or visit cmich. • First Term Financial Readiness edu/globalcampus. Registration is required. • Pre-deployment Brief: March 1 and (online class): Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.16 SOUNDOFF! February 21, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil