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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 3 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ January 19, 2012 celebrating King day photo by Nate pesceChaplain (Maj.) Grace Hollis-Taylor of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group hugs guest speaker Joe Madison after the annual Dr. Martin luther King Jr. Day communityobservance Jan. 12 at McGill Training Center. Madison, a talk-show host on Radio-one Wol-AM in Washington, D.C., and on XM Satellite Radio Channel 169, met withseveral audience members following the event. For the story, see Page 12.meals-to-go sketCh artIst UPComINg eVeNtsClub Meade DINFOS instructor today, 6-9 P.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanesdelivers lunches uses artistic skills at WedNesday, 12:30 P.m.: Military Spouse Newcomer’s Seminar - ACSon and off post Meade courthouse JaN. 27, 5-9 P.m.: Mongolian Barbecue - Club Meade Feb. 2, 4-6 P.m.: Right Arm Night - Club Meadepage 11 page 6
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Great places to go on Meade Col. Edward C. rothstein Recently, I was in a meeting with one of Fort The installation’s Garrison Command Meade’s partner commands. full-service cater- Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith We talked about a variety of subjects. However, ing facility offers Public affairs officer I was most surprised to learn that many civilian more than 50 Chad t. Jones workers (and a few service members) were unaware breakfast and Chief, Command information of many of the facilities and activities they are dinner items, Philip H. Jones eligible to use as members of the Fort Meade com- including a meat munity. carving station. assistant Editor & Senior Writer For starters, Gaffney Fitness Center offers a Brunch hours are rona S. Hirsch cardiovascular room with treadmills, steppers, cross 10 a.m. to 1:30 Staff Writer lisa r. rhodes trainers, bikes, rowers and TV monitors. You can p.m. Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz exercise with free weights or use plate-loaded Club Meade COL. Edward C. machines. also hosts special rOthstEin design Coordinator timothy davis Garrison Commander Supplemental photography provided There are also two racquetball courts and a 25- occasion dinners by Patuxent Publishing Co. meter heated indoor pool. All you have to do to throughout the year, including Valentine’s Day, use the facility is stop by the Family and Morale, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. For these special advErtiSinG Welfare and Recreation administration office and dinners, reservations are required. Call 301-677- General inquiries 410-332-6300 request an FMWR activity card. 5358 for more information about how you can allison thompson Fort Meade also has an Automotive Skills Cen- experience one of the finest dining facilities in the 410-332-6850 ter with state-of-the-art equipment for all of your military. Michele Griesbauer mechanical needs. With 24 open bays, scanning When was the last time you and a member of 410-332-6381 computers, tools and hydraulic lifts, you can service your family went bowling? The Lanes features 36 all types of domestic and foreign vehicles. lanes of bowling, a full service Pro Shop and a great If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are The Post Theater shows recently released movies café. Most recently, the Lanes installed eight 42-inch experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail to the Fort Meade community. The movie schedule HD flat screen televisions and is the place to go to Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through is published weekly in Soundoff! Movies start at enjoy NFL playoff games. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and at 2 p.m. on The list of things to do at Fort Meade doesn’t Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the Sundays. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults (12 years and stop here. I urge you all to pick up a copy of personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary older) and $2.25 for children. the 2012 Fort Meade Welcome Guide. The guide of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday If you haven’t stopped by the post library, you’re provides a complete listing of all the activities and except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. missing out on a good read. The library, which is facilities available on post. There is information Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the officially named the “Medal of Honor Memorial about the golf course, Arts and Crafts Center, desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. Library,” has been serving the Fort Meade com- Leisure Travel Services, the Fort Meade museum munity since 1952. and more. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage In addition to fiction and nonfiction books and You’ve heard me say many times that Fort Meade without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, reference material, the library offers music on a is a great place to work, live and serve. I truly mean user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser compact disc, DVDs on topics of general interest, this every time I say it. We have great recreational will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. and nearly 150 magazines as well as local newspa- facilities, a wonderful park that surrounds a pool, Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department pers, including The Baltimore Sun, The Washington pavilions for barbecues, an RV park and great social of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are Post and The Capital. There are also computers clubs that are always seeking new members. not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance available with Wi-Fi and the Internet with no wait- My hope is that you find time to add balance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of ing and no time limit. between work and life activities and enjoy all the the Army of the products or services advertised. Did you know Club Meade offers Sunday brunch? amenities that Fort Meade has to offer. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on twitter at Commander’s Open Door and view the Fort Meade Blog at Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members or community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or Co n t e n t s concerns to the commander directly by visiting Rothstein’s office on Mon- days from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, News ............................. 3 News to Use ......................... 8 Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is Trouble Ticket ............... 4 Sports .................................. 16 necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. Community ................. 14 Movies ................................. 18 SOUNDOFF! January 19, 2012
  3. 3. NewsDISA transfers directorshipDefense Information Systems Agency Northern Virginia area to the newPublic Affairs Office DISA campus at Fort Meade. Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett transferred Pollett also led development of thedirectorship of the Defense Informa- DISA Campaign Plan, which estab-tion Systems Agency to Air Force Lt. lished a two-year framework for theGen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. during a organization’s future. The Campaignceremony at the agency’s headquarters Plan focuses agency planning and guidescomplex Jan. 11. the allocation of resources, outlines the Pollett has been the DISA director design of DISA’s organizational struc-since December 2008. He is retiring ture, and the execution of its prioritiesafter serving in the Department of — all of which are inextricably linked.Defense for more than 37 years. “Every part of DISA has an essential DISA is a Department of Defense role in the accomplishments and sup-combat support agency that provides port we have provided the war fighterreal-time information technology over the past three years,” Pollett said.and communications support to the “Our partners throughout the depart-president, vice president, secretary of ment, elsewhere in the governmentdefense, the military services and the (foreign and domestic), and in industrycombatant commands. have had critical roles as well. I want to From its Fort Meade headquarters thank them for their continued serviceand through worldwide field activities, to their country and for the hard workDISA offers IT services, capabilities they do every day.”and acquisition expertise that enable Hawkins returns to DISA from Wash-the military to accomplish its mis- ington, D.C., where he was the deputysions. director of Command, Control, Com- Under Pollett’s leadership, DISA has munications and Computer Systemsaccomplished many operational and (C4), Joint Staff, the Pentagon.logistical milestones, including support- He was the vice director of the DISAing critical defense operations in the from September 2009 to July 2011.Iraq and Afghanistan wars, responding “I am honored to assume the direc-to natural disasters in Haiti and Japan, torship of DISA and to continue ourand providing communications to DoD critical support to joint war fighters,war fighters around the world. national level leadership, and mission Photo by thomas L. burton At the same time, Pollett led the and coalition partners, providing jointagency’s partnership with the U.S. and combined war-fighting information Defense Information Systems Agency Command Sgt. Maj. Donald G. Manley givesArmy to develop and implement enter- technology capabilities,” he said. the first salute to the new DISA director, Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr.prise services, and consolidated several For more information, contact DISA- Hawkins replaces Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, who is retiring after more than 37 yearsDISA headquarter’s locations from the or call 301-225-8100. of service.DINFOS to launch course for international studentsBy Defense Information School is designed to meet DoD priorities by course will also compare and contrast in our continual pursuit of provid-Public Affairs Office giving U.S. personnel the opportu- U.S., NATO and U.N. approaches to ing high-quality education and serving The Defense Information School is nity to train with our foreign counter- military public affairs through the use as DoD’s premier center for publicscheduled to begin the first class for the parts.” of lectures, performance exercises, case affairs and visual information,” Lehm-Public Affairs Course for International DINFOS, the Department of studies, assigned readings, field trips an said.Students on Monday. Defense’s center for public affairs and and guest speakers. For more information, visit www.din- The course is for international mili- visual information training, is respon- The goal is to provide skills that will or email Maj. A.D. McKin-tary and civilian personnel selected by sible for training members from all be transferable to the requirements ney at of U.S. partner nations branches of the U.S. military, DoD of individual nations in coalition andto perform public relations, media civilians and international military per- peacekeeping operations.relations and community-relation func- sonnel in public affairs, print journal- Personnel from 11 countries aretions. ism, photojournalism, photography, scheduled to attend the January course. Find Fort “This course was created to accom- television and radio broadcasting, They are: Nepal, Taiwan, Brazil, meade onmodate increased requests for pub- lithography, equipment maintenance Dominican Republic, Croatia, Indone- Facebook atlic affairs training from our part- and various forms of media. sia, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Slovenianer nations,” said Stefo Lehman, an In addition to being offered solely and Thailand. Facebook.cominstructor for the course. “The course to international students, the five-week “This new course is a natural step /ftmeade January 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ews Have you noticed an issue on post Community Trouble and wondered if anything is being done to fix it? Email concerns and issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. Crime Watch Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services address issues identified on post Jan. 10, Theft of service: A unit related that he was going into the and describe what is being done to was dispatched in reference to a quarters to get the money while solve them. taxi passenger who failed to pay the taxi waited. The passenger his fare. The driver stated that appeared to have entered the rear the passenger did not pay him of the quarters and disappeared for transportation. The passenger without paying the fare. Construction Zone Ongoing construction and renovations on Fort Meade Four scheduled projects will require will be closed Feb. 3 for asphalt work. the closure of several installation • The right-turn lane on MacArthur roads: Road onto westbound Mapes Road • The side-entrance drive to the will be closed Feb. 4. commissary will be closed today for Drivers should plan ahead and use pipe crossing and Feb. 2 for asphalt alternative routes. All roads are sched- work. uled to reopen by 3 p.m. on the day of • Both lanes of Rose Street will be the closures. closed Wednesday for pipe crossing The schedule is subject to change and on Feb. 2 for asphalt work. due to weather or other circumstanc- • Both center lanes of MacArthur es. Changes will be posted on Fort file photo Road will be closed Jan. 28 and 29 for Meade’s Facebook page and official Play equipment near the Boundless Playground is currently undergoing repairs. pipeline construction. The lanes also website. Chaplain’s Word Issue: Plan: Status: HEARTFELT The Installation Safety Office Repair the play equipment Repairs are under way has deemed and marked so that it is functional The best and most beautiful things in the world some play equipment at cannot be seen or even touched. Burba Lake as unsafe They must be felt with the heart. Community members Maintain a minimum of Golf operations are have concerns about golf 18 holes at current site; unchanged through — Helen Keller course service availability in restoring golf operations March light of Base Closure and on a site south of the Realignment installation is also proposed find fort Meade on Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields will be Complex is in need of Sports Complex this fall to allow facebook at renovations grass to mature SOUNDOFF! January 19, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsDINFOS instructortakes artistic skillsto Meade courtroomStory and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff Writer As media outlets throughout the worldscrambled to cover the Article 32 hearing atFort Meade last month, Marine Sgt. ShawnSales sat in the front row of the courthouseon Llewellyn Avenue, keeping a close eye onthe events. He needed to get his lighting and shadingright. Sales was one of two courtroom sketchartists who illustrated the evidentiary pro-ceeding for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who ischarged with leaking hundreds of thousands IllustratIon by sgt. shawn salesof classified documents to WikiLeaks. Using ink and pastels, Marine Sgt. Shawn Sales drew four to five courtroom sketches Sales, an instructor in the Marines’ Basic ‘I had an artistic license to during the first four days of an Article 32 hearing on Fort Meade in December.Multimedia Reproduction Course at theDefense Information School, was named the approach this in an artistic for both his career and the image of military “I had an artistic license to approach this2010 Military Graphic Artist of the Year by artists. in an artistic manner, and what I have to dothe Visual Information Awards Program, manner, and what I have to “It was one of those things that helps us is grab those moments in time that I thinkwhich is under the Office of the AssistantSecretary of Defense of Public Affairs and do is grab those moments be proactive and shows what we do for the military,” Brown said. are important,” he said. To select the best sketches for the day,administered by the commandant of DIN- in time that I think are Sales had never done courtroom sketches Sales needed to pay attention to the hap-FOS. before, but said he looked forward to the penings of the hearing, which he found Staff Sgt. Amy Louise Brown, Sales’ non- important.’ challenge that he felt would help him grow enlightening.commissioned officer-in-charge, approached as an artist. While sketching, he used skills he “It was very educational,” he said. “Upthe former combat illustrator about the Marine sgt. shawn sales learned in college and at DINFOS. until this point I didn’t know how hearingsopportunity to take his artistic skills into the DInFos instructor “I’ve always done gesture drawing ever were.”courtroom. since college,” he said. “I always found it very, During his four days at the hearing, Sales “I thought he would be good and it would very interesting to capture a fleeting moment was seated next to seasoned sketch artisthelp in his career,” Brown said. Sales deployed several times to the Middle and materialize that on a two-dimensional William Hennessy, who has sketched several Although Sales, who is 35, had been East, where he served as a combat illustra- surface. I’ve always found that amazing. Supreme Court cases in addition to suchdrawing his entire life, it was at Conard High tor. “Gesture drawing is very, very fast. What famous cases as the impeachment of formerSchool in West Hartford, Ct., that he began Nearly seven months ago he moved on you’re doing essentially is blocking in your President Bill mature as an artist, using a variety of post to Heritage Park with his wife, Lauren simple shapes. This individual’s head is here, Sales credits Hennessy with helping himmediums including acrylics, oil and pastels. Purple-Sales, a special education teacher at his shoulders are here, these are the shapes. hone in on the craft at the hearing, which,From there he continued to branch out. Annapolis High School. If he’s making a gesture, such as pointing to he said, became an “accelerated course” in After high school, Sales studied fine arts As a DINFOS instructor, Sales teaches the defendant, then I’ll try to capture that courtroom sketch Paier College of Art in Hamden, Ct., for layout and design, graphic design, presenta- because I know every one else within in the “To be able to sit next to somebody whoa few semesters before leaving to exhibit his tion software and color theory. courtroom will not move — people don’t has worked in that medium for that long iswork at galleries. His artistic interests eventu- “We cram in the first year if you were move as much as we think they do.” invaluable,” Sales evolved to three-dimensional art such as going into art school or graphic design,” One day prior to the hearing, Sales sat Sales will be able to bring the skills heinstallation and assemblage artwork. he said. in his seat in the courtroom to study the learned at the hearing back to his students At the age of 25, Sales decided it was When it was determined that the Article arrangement of the room and the lighting. at DINFOS, Brown said.time for a change and enlisted in the Marine 32 would be held at Fort Meade, DINFOS After learning how the light cascaded on “We impart all the knowledge we have onCorps in October 2004. leadership was asked to send an artist to each object in the room, Sales drew a few these young service men and women and we “My dad mentioned to me I could join the sketch the hearing for use by the media. rough sketches in preparation. never know when the government is going toMarine Corps and draw for them or paint for Publications such as The Miami Herald Assigned to sketch the first four days of use these skills,” Sales said.them,” he said. “And I thought that would be published his work. the hearing, Sales sat in the courtroom’s Although Sales continues to work on hisamazing because I always wanted to join the Brown, who was the sketch artist at the front row, capturing specific moments. Using pastels, he said he would eagerly take onMarine Corps — my dad was in the Marine court-martial of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin in pastels and ink, he drew four or five sketches another court proceeding.Corps.” 2010, said she thought Sales would be suc- but only submitted the few he felt best repre- “I’d be more than willing to get back into During his seven years in the Marines, cessful and that the work would be beneficial sented the day’s events. a courtroom and do that again,” he said. SOUNDOFF! January 19, 2012
  6. 6. N ews Stratford takes Yellow Ribbon Program School News To Use a personal Army is one step closer to interest in me, replacement of ACU pattern not just my military benefits. By C. Todd Lopez protective vests, Army News Service ruck sacks and The Army is now one step closer to select- plate carriers ing a new set of camouflage patterns that — are more could replace what Soldiers are wearing in expensive than a most places. Soldier’s regular As part of the “Phase IV” camouflage uniform. The effort, the Army this week awarded contracts Army doesn’t to five vendors — selected from an initial 20 want to main- — to each provide enough fabric in the new tain OCIE in camouflage patterns they have developed to each of the produce 150 uniforms for the Army to test. three patterns. Each vendor had been asked to produce So instead, the a “family of camouflage patterns,” including Army will have one that would be suitable in a woodland it in one pattern that looks good with all three environment, one that would be suitable in a of the uniform pattern variants. desert environment and one that would work Cole said other organizations have OCIE in a “transitional” environment. that is a solid color, but “we were hoping we The Army will spend the next nine months could do better than that.” He said the Army testing the effectiveness of those patterns. asked industry vendors to come up with an Your application fee is waived “To really have confidence in being able to make a recommendation to senior leaders, we OCIE pattern to break up solid color “and still look good on all three uniform patterns. when you bring this ad and apply to need to do field trials,” said Col. William Cole of Program Executive Office Soldier. “We are “We had seen some examples of grossly mismatched OCIE in uniforms in the early Stratford University ($50 value) looking forward to getting out into the woods, into the deserts, into the transitional areas and part of Iraqi Freedom. We didn’t want to have any telltale signs of where the OCIE, the vest having real Soldiers wear these uniforms and and armor, stopped and where the rest of the have real Soldiers observe them.” body began.” Cole said the Army will use both real-world Many vendors have chosen their “tran- testing in varying terrains and conditions, as sitional” pattern for use on the OCIE, Cole Business Administration Accounting well as more advanced computer testing to said. Computer Information Systems • Culinary Arts Hospitality evaluate the patterns. Each of the five vendors will now produce Management • Health Sciences • Nursing “We’re going to put them through the enough fabric to build 50 uniforms out of ringer,” he said. each of their three submitted patterns for a Also Online Degrees Available Due to the varying types of terrain Soldiers total of 150 uniforms from each company. In operate in, Cole said the Army had found all, the Army will have 750 uniforms for use that “we can’t really have one pattern that is in its testing. as effective as we’d like in every single terrain Cole said that by October, PEO Soldier will type.” have completed testing of the patterns and will Today, most Soldiers wear the Army Com- be able to make recommendations to Army 4 Convenient Locations: bat Uniform. The ACU bears the Universal senior leadership. – Baltimore Campus at Inner Harbor – Camouflage Pattern, the familiar grey/blue “digital” pattern. In Afghanistan, Soldiers also “There’s a lot to do between now and Octo- ber, but that’s our plan — complete the field – Falls Church Campus at Tysons Corner – have the Operation Enduring Freedom Cam- trials and complete the more sensitive com- ouflage Pattern, or OCP, available for wear. puter simulations, and come back to senior – Woodbridge Campus at Potomac Mills – Each vendor developed three patterns with leaders in October and lay out the results of – Richmond Campus at Glen Allen – the same geometry — the shapes on the fabric what we found and have a recommendation,” — but with different color palettes. Addition- Cole said. Culinary and Hospitality at Baltimore campus *Contact Admissions for degree availability at each campus. **Disclosure statements available at ally, the vendors were to develop a fourth The five vendors awarded contracts include: “coordinated” pattern, or name one of the Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia Beach, three already in their family of patterns, that Va.; Brookwood Companies Inc., New York, Call us at 877-649-7847 would work well with all three patterns. That N.Y.; Crye Precision LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y.; fourth pattern is for use on organizational Kryptek Inc., Fairbanks, Alaska; and U.S. or visit clothing and individual equipment, or OCIE. Cole said that OCIE — things like belts, Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Natick, Mass. SOUNDOFF! January 19, 2012
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  8. 8. N ewsSpecial ed teacher earns national board certificationStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes “I learned to look at the parent’sStaff Writer needs and the school’s goals for col- Two years ago, special education laboration,” she said. “So much learn-teacher Jennifer Vosburg began work- ing occurs outside the school.”ing with a 10-year-old boy who had a A native of Minnesota, Vosburglearning disability in math. always wanted to become a teacher, but The youngster needed a calculator decided upon special education afterfor sixth grade, but his mother was completing a high school internshipconcerned that he didn’t have the confi- working with disabled students.dence or language skills to ask for what She earned a Bachelor of Arts degreehe needed. in psychology and special education So Vosburg, then a teacher at from Hood College in Frederick andHebron-Harman Elementary School in a master’s in special education fromHanover, incorporated role-playing to Johns Hopkins boost his self-esteem. By the time Vosburg worked as a special educa-he entered sixth grade, he was using a tion teacher in the Prince George’scalculator. County public school system before “The mother was really excited,” teaching for seven years at Heborn-said Vosburg, now a special education Harman Elementary School in Anneteacher at Meade Heights Elementary Arundel County. She started at MeadeSchool. “He began building his inde- Heights in September 2011.pendence skills to advocate for his own The mother of three daughters, Vos-education.” burg is married to Chad Vosburg, the Vosburg submitted her work with head wrestling coach at Meade Highthe youngster as part of her portfolio School and a math teacher at Hebron-to become a National Board certified Harmon Elementary.teacher, the highest teaching credential Now that she is board certified, Vos-in the nation. Jennifer Vosburg, a special education teacher at Meade Heights Elementary School, is burg said she will have access to more “I’m ecstatic and also relieved I had now certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Arlington, leadership opportunities. Eventuallya year to work on it,” said Vosburg, an Va. The certification is the highest teaching credential in the nation. she would like to work with infants andearly childhood intervention teacher toddlers and earn a doctorate degree.who now works with 3- and 4-year- website. Through the certification process, “I really enjoy seeing the differenceolds. As part of the certification process, Vosburg said, she realized the impor- you can make in the lives of children Vosburg and Amy Fee, a teacher candidates complete 10 assessments tance of working with families. and their families,” she Pershing Hill Elementary School, that are reviewed by trained teachersearned in 2011 the certification, which in their certificate area. The assess-is given by the National Board for Pro- ments include four portfolio entries thatfessional Teaching Standards in Arling- concentrate on teaching practice and The 2012 Fort Meadeton, Va. six constructed response exercises that Welcome Guide is now Vosburg learned of her certification assess content knowledge. online at November. Vosburg joins two other national “It comes as no surprise to me that board certified teachers at Meade mil/guide. It can be viewedMs. Vosburg earned this honor,” said Heights — Stephanie Bensley, a read- online or downloaded fromSusan Gallagher, principal at Meade ing specialist, and Amy Young-Buckler, the website.Heights. “She does everything well. a media specialist. It is also available forEspecially commendable is that she Vosburg said her former principal atcontinues to be a student of teaching Hebron-Harman Elementary School distribution at the Fort Meadeby constantly seeking ways to improve encouraged her to seek certification. Public Affairs Office at 4409programming to ensure all students are “I was looking for a challenge,” she Llewellyn Ave.successful.” said. “I wanted to take my practice to The Anne Arundel County Public the next level.” Organizations that needSchools will recognize Vosburg and Fee, In addition to making two videos of just a few post guides mayalong with more than 35 other educa- her work in the classroom, Vosburg was stop by the Public Affairstors, at a reception in the spring. also required to complete a computer- National Board certification comple- aided test featuring five questions about Office. For more than 50ments a state teaching license. It is valid teaching pedagogy. The test presented copies, a scheduled pickupfor 10 years and is achieved through problem scenarios involving sample is required.the completion of a voluntary assess- students and required teachers to come For more information or toment program designed to recognize up with their own solutions — witheffective teachers who meet high stan- only 30 minutes per question. schedule a pickup, call 301-dards, according to the National Board “My anxiety increased, but I did very 677-1109.for Professional Teaching Standards’ well,” Vosburg said.10 SOUNDOFF! January 19, 2012
  9. 9. N ewsClub Meade offers new lunch, recreation optionsStory and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes ery service came up during the BaseStaff Writer Realignment and Closure process. When Military and civilian personnel who the Defense Information Systems Agen-don’t have time to run out for lunch will cy, the Defense Media Activity and thebe happy to know that Club Meade deliv- Defense/Military Department Adjudica-ers lunch on and off post, allowing one tion Activities first moved to the installa-hour for delivery time. tion, their cafeterias were not ready and The new service started in November many employees had to go off post forand has been posted on the Directorate lunch.of Family and Morale, Welfare and Rec- Myers said it was difficult for people toreation website. return to work within an hour. However, few Fort Meade employees “We thought, ‘How could we best sup-have called in with lunch orders, said port them and try to fill that gap?’ ” heDominick Ciallella, manager at Club recalled.Meade. In addition to the lunch delivery ser- “I’m really surprised/ I’m baffled,” Cial- vice, Club Meade now offers an Italianlella said. “People don’t know about it.” lunch buffet on Tuesdays and a Mexican The delivery service is open to anyone lunch buffet on Fridays.who works on post. Ciallella said Club The Brass Lounge will be open everyMeade will also make deliveries to the day beginning sometime in February.School Age Services building at 1900 Beginning Jan. 28, Club Meade will offerReece Road and Meade High School. Country Music Night every other Friday The lunch menu, which is posted on the from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will fea-FMWR website, offers a wide range of Haesu Yi, a cook at Club Meade, fries tempeh for an Asian lunch buffet. Club Meade ture music, dancing and a full cash bar.lunch items, including tuna and chicken now offers a lunch delivery service for Fort Meade employees on and off post. The Ciallella said he is now working onCaesar salads, turkey and a beef Philly minimum order for the free delivery is $30. plans to offer for singers an Open Micwraps, fried fish sandwiches, blackened Night and a Karaoke Night within thechicken sandwiches and turkey clubs. also offered for 75 cents. by calling 301-677-6969. next three months.Wraps are served with free chips. The minimum for lunch orders is $30. Scott Myers, chief of DFMWR’s busi- “We want to keep them [service mem- Prices range from $7 to $9 for salads, There is no delivery charge. Orders must ness operations division and Ciallella’s bers] on the base and give them morewraps and sandwiches. Canned sodas are be made between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. supervisor, said the idea for the deliv- options for something to do,” he said. 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As you read online profiles, put your full name in the “from” field. a popular way to meet a prospective out too much personal information responses to emails, have phone con- Use only your first name or something mate. and to always meet in a public place versations and meet in person, trust else. Online Dating Magazine estimates for the first meeting. your instincts to measure when to • Use a cell phone or anonymous that more than 280,000 marriages a According to Online Dating Maga- move forward, proceed with caution or phone service to chat. year are a direct result of singles meet- zine, surveys show that more than 50 when to end the encounter. Never give out your home phone ing through an online dating service percent of people who use online dat- • Don’t provide personal infor- number. Provide a cell phone number, such as and eHarmony. ing services lie in their profile. 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So, in the initial ing, arrange to meet in a public place Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating very safe and effective way of meeting stages of communication, guard your and provide your own transportation. Magazine, said people who use online other people as long as you are always personal information. Never accept an offer to be picked up dating services must be careful. alert, trust your gut instinct and use • Use a free email account. at your house. Make sure that a friend “It’s vital to remember that when common sense,” Tracy said. If you decide to move your com- knows where you are meeting and who you communicate with someone online, For a positive dating experience, munication from the anonymous email you are with. January 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  10. 10. C over S toryRadio personality urges change on MLK DayBy Brandon Bieltz Robin Ferguson of the 310th MI Battalion, to the war zones in Southern Sudan, where said. When King took over in 1956 at theStaff Writer which is part of the 902nd MI Group. he participated in the freeing of more than Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Mont- Radio talk-show host Joe Madison posed In his welcome, Garrison Commander 7,000 slaves and delivery of survival kits to gomery, Ala., he was replacing a ministera provocative question to the large crowd Col. Edward C. Rothstein presented rep- refugees. who was dismissed for being too much ofattending the installation’s Dr. Martin Luther resentatives of Maryland’s congressional During his powerful speech that com- an activist.King Jr. Day community observance: delegation who delivered remarks from Sen. bined passion with humor, Madison said he “Here was a man who had to convince “What Martin Luther King do you want Barbara A. Mikulski and Sen. Benjamin L. hoped to present a different perspective on black people before he convinced whiteto honor?” Cardin. King’s life and work by “taking King off of people that a transformation of their society As he listed King’s numerous struggles By the time Madison took his place at the [National] Mall.” was possible,” Madison said. “He had toand accomplishments, Madison repeated the the podium, only standing room remained Madison recounted the struggles King convince African Americans first becausequestion again and again. as service members and civilians continued faced as a civil rights leader and for his they were the ones who were asking, ‘Why “I come here not just to give a run-of-the- to file in for the 90-minute event. opposition to the Vietnam War, including are you getting into all this mess?’ ”mill address,” he said. “I hope by the time I A civil rights activist, Madison was named his alma mater seeking to revoke his college Madison also discussed the role of thefinish, you will have looked at Dr. King from executive director of the 10,000-member degree and being denounced by other civil military, which desegregated in 1948 — wella different perspective.” Detroit NAACP in 1974 when he was just rights leaders for his unpopular position on before private industry. Madison, an award-winning talk-show 24. In recent years, he led demonstrations in the war. “There would not be a civil rights move-host known as the “Black Eagle” on Radio- front of the Sudanese Embassy for 90 con- King’s challenges began early. At that ment if it wasn’t for the integration of theOne WOL-AM in Washington, D.C., and secutive days to end the genocide in Darfur. time, a typical middle-class Baptist preacher United States military. That’s a fact,” heon XM Satellite Radio Channel 169, was the Madison then led a campaign to divest $93 with a doctorate didn’t even think about said. “Most of the men who fought in Worldguest speaker at the annual event on Jan. 12 billion in Sudan. He also traveled three times demonstrating or going to jail, Madison War II came out of that war, came back toat McGill Training Center. Several hundred people attended theobservance, which was themed “A Day On,Not A Day Off” and hosted by the 902ndMilitary Intelligence Group. “I am pleased to welcome all of who joinus today to celebrate the very special contri-bution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whowas a heroic figure in the civil rights move-ment and inspired ordinary people — youngand old — to take a stand and get involved inthe fight against the injustice of discrimina-tion and racism of all people,” said Lt. Col.‘There would not be a civilrights movement if it wasn’tfor the integration of theUnited States military.That’s a fact.’ photo by nate pesce Joe Madison Radio talk-show host Joe Madison (right), a popular radio talk-show host, receives a plaque and a 902nd Military Intelligence Brigade from Lt. Col. Robin Ferguson of the 310th MI Battalion at the end of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community observance at McGill Training Center.12 SOUNDOFF! January 19, 2012
  11. 11. C over S toryMississippi, came back to Georgia, cameback to Alabama and said, ‘If we can fightfor democracy against Hitler and againstMussolini, we can go against the Klan andDixiecrats in the South.’ “If anybody would be appreciative ofDoctor King and civil rights movements,it’s you men and women in uniform becauseyou integrated.” Madison noted that several prominentcivil rights activists, including Medgar Eversand Hosea Williams, served during WorldWar II. “Most of the men who were involved inthe civil rights movement came out of themilitary with the discipline — but moreimportant of all, with the commitment andspirit that was instilled in them to go andtransform this country,” Madison said. If King were alive today, Madison said, hewould be fighting for better loans and healthbenefits for service members. Scanning the ballroom filled with servicemembers, Madison said he saw positiveexamples for the rest of society. “I see young people who are disciplined,I see young people who are learning and Isee young people who are role models,” hesaid. Madison ended his speech by discussingthe initial purpose of Martin Luther KingJr. Day. The federal observance that took photos by nate pesce15 years to enact, he said, was meant to bemore than just another holiday with sales Guest speaker Joe Madison delivers his presentation during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day community observance hostedand a day off. It should be a time when by the 902nd Military Intelligence Group. During his speech, the popular radio talk-show host who was given a standing ovationpeople go out and try to promote change, provided a different perspective on the life and work of the slain civil rights leader.urged Madison. BELOW: Pvt. Anthony Lawson of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion meets with guest speaker Joe Madison following the “Everybody, whoever you are, can do annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day community observance held Jan. 12 at McGill Training Center. Madison is an award-winning,something,” he said. “Remember Rosa Parks radio talk-show host on Radio-One WOL-AM in Washington, D.C., and on XM Satellite Radio Channel 169.was not the mother of the civil rights move-ment when she sat down on that bus — shewas a seamstress.” After the standing ovation, as audiencemembers lined up to meet Madison or min-gled over a lunch of Southern fare, severalpeople said they gained a new perspectiveof King. “It was one of the best [presentations] Ihave seen in my military career,” said Chap-lain (Maj) Dean Darroux, resource managerand director of pastoral care. “The speechwas awesome. The different perspective thathe gave made it more meaningful. ... Every-body normally comes and gives you a historyof Martin Luther King. They don’t help usthink outside the box.” Pvt. Anthony Lawson of the 741st MIsaid he found it interesting to hear not onlyabout King’s successes but his struggles. “It’s good to look at Martin Luther Kingcome from his strife and not just hearingabout all the good,” Lawson said. “It’s goodto focus on the adversity that he did have to A Soldier holds a program for the annualgo through to get to the level he was [at] observance that also featured a barbecueand making the change that he did.” lunch. January 19, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13