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  1. 1. Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 11 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ March 21, 2013 DINFOS’ best photo by navy Lt. Commander karen E. eifertJohn Roswell Camp, a 1967 Defense Information School student who is a journalist, a New York Times bestselling author and winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1986, gives AirForce Tech Sgt. Neil Ballecer (left) and Seaman Joane Audena — both DINFOS students in the basic public affairs specialist course — a peak at the manuscript for his nextbook. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Rosine, a DINFOS public affairs instructor, looks on. Camp, along with six other DINFOS alumni, was inducted into the DINFOS AlumniHall of Fame on March 14. For the story, see Page 4.own it just for fun UPCOMING EVENTS‘Boots to Business’ Earth Day 5K set to Today, 3-6 p.m.: Youth Job Fair - McGill Training Centerhelps transitioning kick off 5th season of Today, 6 p.m.: WATCH D.O.G.S. Dads & Kids Pizza Night - Pershing Hill ES Meade Run Series Today, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanesservice members Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Easter Bunny Brunch - The Conference Centerpage 3 page 10 Monday, 11:30 a.m.: Women’s History Month Observance - McGill Training Center
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! A time of renewal ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Spring is here and it is a great time to get outside Day Celebration. Public Affairs Officer and improve your fighting position, or in our case, If you are a single Chad T. Jones area beautification! service member The Post Spring Cleanup effort is scheduled for on Fort Meade Chief, Command Information April 11 to 15. and not sure Philip H. Jones But I wanted to talk to everyone now about tak- where to pitch in ing advantage of the season to look at your own to help out but Assistant Editor & Senior Writer office, home, workplace and neighborhood, when want to, stop by Rona S. Hirsch you are walking around, to start turning in items the BOSS office Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes you may no longer need so that someone else can use in the new USO Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz them. Whether this is winter clothes you don’t want Center at 8612 Design Coordinator Timothy Davis to save and pack away, or printer cartridges for print- 6th Armored Garrison command Supple­mental photography provided ers your office no longer owns, if you do not need it, Cavalry Road Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter by The Baltimore Sun Media Group donate it or turn it in to someone who can. and Mapes Road, or check out its website/Face- Reutilizing and recycling what resources we do book page for contact information and upcoming Advertising have is a great way to help the environment at a events. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 deeper level than beautification. Spring is also an excellent time to get back out- Allison Thompson Please look for those opportunities to clean up side and take advantage of daylight saving time, 410-332-6850 the environment over the coming month, whether and get in an evening walk or playtime with the Michele Griesbauer at work or home, or simply walking around the family or a pickup game with friends. 410-332-6381 installation or your neighborhood. Renew some of those contacts that you may It sets a great example to others when you stop have let lapse over the winter months. Re-establish If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are to pick up a piece of trash or right an object that those relationships that will make for a great sum- experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through has tipped — not just for beautification, but also mer. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for safety. From a spiritual standpoint, spring is also a time If you see something that needs to be fixed or of renewal for many faiths. Please take advantage Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the cleaned up that is too large of an effort for you to of the garrison’s religious services. (See Page 15 for personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. do on your own, please let someone know, whether a list of Fort Meade’s religious services).   Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in it is Picerne Military Housing, your chain of com- Make a difference in someone’s life: a child, conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing mand in the operations area, or a staff member at spouse, parent, sibling, friend, sister service mem- address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD a location that provides services you utilize. ber, co-worker, retiree or Soldier. Wellness and 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. You may be the individual who identifies some- resiliency are like growing something: it takes effort thing that is a safety issue that needs to be to be physically, mentally and spiritually prepared Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage addressed. to successfully meet life’s obstacles. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, The Garrison Earth Day Celebration on April When everyone pitches in, no matter how little user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. 18 is an excellent opportunity for you to come out or how much any obstacle can be overcome, Team and see some of the latest environmental efforts on Meade wins — not just an individual or a unit, but Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the the installation and in the community as well as old as a community. Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their basics like planting spring flowers. Continue to set the example here in our com- own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. Better Opportunities for Single Service Mem- munity by leading the way in renewing your- The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. bers, or BOSS, is planning on repainting the park- selves, your environment and the resources under ing lines outside the Freedom Center Barracks in your control. April as well as participating in the Garrison Earth Team Meade! You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members Co n t e n t s and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or 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 Sports................................... 10 Llewellyn Avenue. Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies.................................. 14 Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Community.................. 12 Classified.............................. 16 For more information, call 301-677-4844. SOUNDOFF! March 21, 2013
  3. 3. News‘Boots to Business’Transition Assistance Program aids service membersStory and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff Writer After more than seven years in the Army,Sgt. Kwami Fox will be joining the morethan 250,000 service members who will hangup their military uniforms and head into thecivilian workforce this year. Following his transition out of the mili-tary, the Soldier from the 781st MilitaryIntelligence Battalion plans on continuinghis career in cyber security. With aspirations of someday startinghis own network security company, Foxjoined a group of other transitioning servicemembers and military spouses in attendingthe Operation Boots to Business course atMcGill Training Center. “I always wanted to start my own businessand I wanted get as much information as Ican,” Fox said. The two-day course, held Monday andTuesday, taught the fundamentals of owningand running a business, and brought in localresources to help participants on their pathto starting their own businesses. “It’s a good introduction to some of thechallenges you’re going to face when youstart a business,” said Mark Williams, Veter-ans Business Development officer with theU.S. Small Business Administration. “We’retrying to introduce them to the resourcesthat they can use to help them start the busi- Mark Williams, Veterans Business Development officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration, speaks during the Bootsness. ... This is the big picture.” to Business course on Tuesday at McGill Training Center. The two-day course was part of a program that provides exposure to Boots to Business is part of the DoD’s entrepreneurship to service members who transition out of the military.Transition Assistance Program, which helpsprepare service members for civilian life. path. The second phase is the two-day, in- will be better prepared when they start their “I feel I have my foot in the door to start,” The curriculum, which was created by person course. business, according to the organization’s he said. “Now it’s just up to me.”Syracuse University, is designed to pro- Williams said the course covers a wide website. The third phase of the program is an in-vide exposure to entrepreneurship to service variety of topics including financing and “I do see a lot of veterans who didn’t have depth, eight-week online course that leadsmembers who transition out of the military business planning. a chance to plan beforehand,” Williams said. to the creation of a building plan. While theevery year. The goal is to introduce and ori- Sgt. Dave Townsend, who is stationed at “It’s really important to know what you’re two-day course is an overview, the onlineent them to the tools and resources available the Pentagon and lives in Potomac Place, doing before you’re in there. course is a more detailed look at the process,to help them become successful entrepre- also attended the course, which he said “If you’re running a business and you’re Williams said.neurs and job creators. teaches the “ins and outs of opening your writing a business plan, that’s time away George Matthews, transitions service According the most recent U.S. Census own business.” from running the business. If you aren’t run- manager, said he plans on conducting theBureau data, the 2.45 million veteran-owned The course, Williams said, also serves as ning the business yet and you’re planning, program quarterly at Fort Meade and willbusinesses represent 9 percent of all Ameri- a reality check for service members looking you have more time to think about it.” open it to military retirees.can businesses. These companies generate to start a company. A majority of the course is taught by “A lot of times our first career businessmore than a trillion dollars in sales and “Because of things that people learn those whom Williams calls “resource part- choice is not the final one,” he said. “I knowaccount for the employment of 5.793 million in the military, statistically the businesses ners” — the ones who actually help guide the that in this community, there are retireesindividuals. that veterans run have better success rates new business owners through the process. who may want to [re-evaluate] what they’re “Veterans are entrepreneurial by their because a lot of the same things that you “We’re talking from experience from our doing, whether it’s within a job or small busi-makeup,” Williams said. learn in the Army are things that help you own personal blood, sweat and tears,” said ness. If that retiree comes back here and he Boots to Business is a three-phase pro- get through the tough times in business,” Sheila Jackson, a resource partner from gets a better game plan and he makes moregram that begins with a brief introductory he said. “However, sometimes people don’t Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore. money, that gives more to the economy andvideo asking veterans to consider entrepre- really have a well thought-out plan.” Fox said the interaction with the resource it may create an opportunity coming outneurship, with a description of the career Through the course, service members partners will help launch his business. to get a job.” March 21, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. C over S toryDINFOS honors alumni communicatorsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer The Defense Information School heldits inaugural induction ceremony forthe DINFOS Alumni Hall of Fame onMarch 14. In recognizing the achievements ofthe prominent alumni, DINFOS Com-mandant Jeremy Martin called the eventa “great day for the Defense MediaActivity and a great day for the DefenseInformation School.” Martin said the seven inductees of theClass of 2012 are professionals “firmlyestablished among the best journalists,authors and visual information commu-nicators in the nation. “I salute each and every one of youfor your outstanding service to ournation while in uniform, and for yourlifelong commitment to professionalismand excellence, which has propelled youto rise to the top of your profession.” The DINFOS Alumni Hall of Famewas established to recognize living ordeceased graduates of DINFOS, theDefense Photography School, theDefense Visual Information School andother predecessor schools who havedemonstrated significant contributionsto the military, their chosen professionor the country. The Hall of Fame also is designed toprovide positive role modes for currentDINFOS students. The Hall of Fame was in planningfor several years, but came into fruitionunder Martin’s leadership. The inductees who attended the cer-emony are: Jim Bryant, a 1980 DINFOS photo by navy Lt. Commander karen E. eifertstudent and award-winning freelancephotojournalist and author whose pho- Defense Media Activity Director Ray Shepherd (left) and Defense Information School Commandant Jeremy Martin (far right)tography has appeared in the New York congratulate Clarence Page (second from left), John Roswell Camp (center) and Jim Bryant, three DINFOS alumni who wereTimes, Washington Post and The London inducted into the DINFOS Alumni Hall of Fame during a ceremony on March 14.Daily Mail; John Roswell Camp, a 1967DINFOS student who is a journalist, seller “Dangerous Minds”; Les Payne, ence viewed a brief film highlighting career as a journalist “amazing fromwinner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and a 1966 DINFOS student who won the the achievements of the Class of 2012 beginning to end, and I have DINFOSthe author of more than 30 novels that Pulitzer Prize in 1974, was a founder inductees. to thank for that.”have appeared on the New York Times of the National Association of Black The three recipients in attendance Page said that after earning his jour-best-seller list; and Clarence Page, a 1970 Journalists and a columnist for Tribune each received a Hall of Fame plaque and nalism degree at Ohio University inDINFOS student who is a nationally Media Services; and Steve Doig, a 1970 a letter from Assistant to the Secretary 1969, DINFOS provided him with thesyndicated columnist for the Chicago DINFOS student and former DINFOS of Defense for Public Affairs George discipline he needed.Tribune and a 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winner instructor from 1971 to 1973 who is the Little, who is the Pentagon press sec- “Let me say thank you to DINFOS,for commentary. Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona retary. thank you for helping me,” Page said. The remaining inductees who were State University and a 1990 Pulitzer “I’m greatly humbled,” Bryant said in “As my Daddy used to say, ‘Went innot present at the ceremony are former Prize-winner for public service. his remarks. “Photojournalism has been there as a boy, came out as a man.’ ”Vice President Walter Mondale, a 1952 Retired Sgt. Maj. Jim Gilbert, dep- one of my great passions and has made After the ceremony, Bryant, Camp andDINFOS student; LouAnne Johnson, a uty director of training at DINFOS, my life worthwhile.” Page joined other guests at a reception.DINFOS student from 1972 to 1974 who served as emcee for the 45-minute event. In his remarks, Camp said he consid- The inductees later visited DINFOS stu-is the author of more than five books DINFOS Chaplain (Lt.) Todd Delaney ered becoming a lawyer before attend- dents in the classroom to answer ques-including the New York Times best- gave the invocation before the audi- ing DINFOS in 1967. But he called his tions about careers in communication. SOUNDOFF! March 21, 2013
  5. 5. N ews photos by phil grout By Rona S. Hirsch Assistant Editor Joyous Celebration The significance of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Passover and the celebration of freedom were brought to life during a model Passover seder conducted Sunday eve- ning at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Rabbi Leonard Finkelstein, who runs the weekly “Lunch with the Rabbi” and morning Jewish prayer service, led the two-hour event attended by 59 people in the Fellowship Room. The seder recounts the biblical story of the exodus — the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Passover begins Monday night at sundown. Seder customs include eating matzah, drinking four cups of red wine, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the seder plate, and dinner. At the start of the seder, Finkelstein’s wife, Malka, recited Hebrew blessings as she lit holiday candles. Finkelstein (top left) displays the seder plate and explains the significance of the foods including a vegetable to dip into salt water, symbolizing the tears of the Jewish slaves; marror, or bitter herbs; charoset, a mixture of chopped apples, sweet red wine, walnuts and cinnamon, symbolizing the mortar used by the Israelites for building; and a shankbone, symbolizing the Passover sacrificial lamb. Finkelstein also removed some wine from the cup, drop by drop with his finger, to signify the need for “compassion for our enemies. We must not rejoice at the suffer- ing of other humans.” Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein (right) helps with preparations by opening the Passover wine. On the table is an old Haggadah, a Hebrew text which sets the order of the Passover celebration. Joined by his grandchildren, Finkelstein led the singing of holiday songs. After the seder, participants dined on kosher Chinese food. SOUNDOFF! March 21, 2013
  6. 6. N ewsGate hours changed During World War I, Fort Meade was established in 1917 as Camp Meade, a cantonment for troops drafted for the war. In celebration of the installation’s 96th anniversary, Soundoff! will feature a series of historical snapshots of the people and events at Fort Meade through the years. Starting Monday, the hours of operation the Llewellyn Avenue and Route 175 three Fort Meade access control points The gate will be open to inbound trafficwill be changed due to staffing shortages. only on weekdays from 6 to 8 a.m. and will The gate at Mapes Road and Route 32will be open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to reopen for outbound traffic only, from 3 to 6 p.m. The gate will remain closed on week- Hello Girls9 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 9 ends and holidays. The first women to serve ina.m. to 9 p.m. The main gate to Fort Meade, located at uniform in the U.S. Army were The gate at Mapes and Route 175 will Reece Road and Route 175, will continue to trained at Fort Meade — thenbe open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. be open 24/7. called Camp Franklin.and will remain closed on weekends and These changes are expected to have a In 1917, Gen. John J. Persh-holidays. minor impact on wait times at the affected ing, commander of the Ameri- The Rockenbach Road and Route 175 gates. These charges are not tied to seques- can Expeditionary Forces,gate will be open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. tration or potential furlough. However, if announced the need for tele-to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 sequestration does occur, gate hours could phone operations for dutyp.m. The gate will be closed on holidays. be adjusted further and some gates may with the U.S. Signal Corps in There will be no changes to the hours at potentially have to be closed. France. At the time, French telephone operators were used to operate the switchboards. But a language barrier caused misunderstandings and confusion, leading to frustration of Americans at war. To join the Signal Corps of Female Telephone Operators Unit, women were required Text FOLLOW to speak French and to be college-educated, in good physical condition and unmarried. Of the 7,000 women who applied, only 450 were selected. Many had previously served FORTMEADE at switchboard operations or worked at telecommunication companies. to 40404 to Following training at the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, the women were trained in basic military radio procedures at Camp Franklin. sign up for Only half of the 450 women completed the military training. Those who did were able Help Fort Meade’s to purchase their regulation uniform with the official “U.S.” crest, Signal Corps crests Fort Meade and dog tags. Facebook page reach news alerts on your In the spring of 1918, the first 33 operators were deployed to France. The women were 15,000 fans! so close to the frontlines that they were issued gas masks and steel helmets for protection mobile phone as they could see the flashes and hear the rumbles of the guns. The women, who worked 48 hours at a time, became known as “Hello Girls” because they always answered the phone with a “hello.” Following the war, the Hello Girls were denied veteran status. Although they wore a Become a Dental Assistant uniform, they were considered civilians working for the Army. 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  7. 7. N ews Free Yoga, Pilates, Qigong Meditation Classes At Howard County’s Best Yoga Studio!Establishing Testamentary Trusts to provide benefits CHOOSE FROM OVER 65 FREE YOGA, PILATES, QIGONGBy Yosefi Seltzer Once the children reach the age identified matically receive $400,000 when they turn 18. MEDITATION CLASSES DURING OUR FREE WEEKLegal Assistance Attorney in the Trust, the remainder of property and To avoid this potential problem, clients April 8 - 14, 2013 When clients prepare a will, one of the first money held in trust will be released to them should update the section of the SGLV 8286things they often say is: “I just want a simple to do with as they desire. where they want to designate the life insur- No Prior Yoga or Fitness Experience Necessary.will; this shouldn’t take long at all.” When it comes to life insurance, most com- ance proceeds for their children with language No Obligation. 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If ed2012-11.pdf) if the primary beneficiary To be clear, the SGLV 8286 does not estab-the spouse predeceases the client, then the spouse died first. lish the Testamentary Trust for the children’sestate passes to any surviving children of the This presents several potential problems. benefit. The client must prepare a will thatmarriage. The most obvious is if the children are under- establishes the Trust, including making many In cases when the children are minors, age, the money will be controlled by their choices such as selecting the trustees, age(s)the client may elect to establish a Testamen- guardians and, in most cases, must be released of maturity and percentages each child willtary Trust for their benefit until they are of to the children once they reach age 18. receive.“mature” age. 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  8. 8. S portsRun Series takes off on April 20By Brandon BieltzStaff Writer After four months of hibernation,the annual Fort Meade Run Seriesreturns for its fifth season. The 2013 series schedule has beenreleased, featuring seven runs through-out the year. Each run features its owntheme, from the Patriot Pride 5K inMay to the Turkey Trot in November. Runners will kick off the series onApril 20 at 8 a.m. with the EarthDay 5K and One-Mile Walk at BurbaLake. The Run Series has grown in popu-larity over the past five years, with lastyear’s series drawing between 350 to 400runners to each event. Lauren Williams, chief of Athlet-ics and Fitness for the Directorate ofFamily and Morale, Welfare and Recre-ation, said the series continues to growin popularity because of its low pricesthat allow families to participate. “I just think that we hit on a goodcost point; we try to keep it reasonablefor the families,” she said. “I think thatit’s growing because we have a lot offamily participation. It’s an inexpensivething to do with the family on a Satur- file photoday morning.” Runners compete in last year’s Earth Day 5K at Burba Lake. The 2013 Fort Meade Run Series schedule has been released and For pre-registered participants, each features seven 5K events throughout the year. The annual series kicks off April 20 at 8 a.m. with the Earth Day 5K at Burbarun costs $15. The fee is $45 for fami- Lake.lies of three to six people and $75 forrunning groups of seven to 10. Runners The series will continue to include aalso can register for the entire seriesfor $80. All pre-registered competitors will one-mile fun walk for the youngsters not yet ready for the fast-paced 5K. The one-mile walk allows more family 2013 Fort Meade Run Series Schedulereceive a run T-shirt. Runners who participation, Williams said. • Earth Day 5K and One-Mile Walk, April 20 at Burba Lakepre-register for the entire season will “The family can come out and dad orbe given a special series shirt at the end mom can go do the 5K, and the other • Patriot Pride 5K and One-Mile Walk, May 18 at Murphy Field Houseof the season. parent can take the smaller children Runners can pre-register by going to on the one-mile walk, and they can all • Army Birthday Summer Sizzler 5K and One-Mile Walk, June 15 at the Pavilionthe Run Series’ website at ftmeademwr. come out and do something as a fam-com. A link for registration will be list- ily,” she said. • Football Fan Fair 5K and One-Mile Walk, Sept. 21 at Constitution Parked under the most recent run and will Throughout the year, the series willtake the participant to allsportscentral. feature four courses beginning at Burba • Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins 5K and One-Mile Walk, Oct. 26 at the Pavilioncom to sign up for the race. Lake, Murphy Field House, the Pavil- • Turkey Trot 5K and One-Mile Walk, Nov. 23 at Murphy Field House Discounted prices do not apply ion and Constitution Park. Williamsfor race-day registration as the cost said organizers try to keep the courses • Reindeer Run 5K and One-Mile Walk, Dec. 14 at Murphy Field Houseincreases to $25 for an individual run- as flat as possible.ner and to $60 for a family. While there are a number of serious All races begin at 8 a.m. Schedule is subject to change. Although the series is scheduled to competitive runners who attend thefeature the same seven races as past Run Series as training for larger racesyears, 10K runs will no longer be such as half marathons or marathons,included. the series also attracts a large group Spring, summer, fall or winter... “We didn’t have the numbers that we of runners just looking to enjoy them-had for the 5Ks,” Willams said. “We selves. Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, callthought we’d just make it a 5K run “I think people come to have fun,”series. The 10K is a little more for seri- Williams said. “I think that everybody 301-677-1105/1146/1156/1179 .ous runners.” enjoys the community aspect of it.”10 SOUNDOFF! March 21, 2013
  9. 9. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Gaffney poolWhy the madness? The swimming pool at Gaffney Fitness Center is closed for maintenance. Youth coaches needed I don’t get what all the excitement is about than this thingand why people would want to take a list of called “March Coaches are needed for needed for soccer and baseball youth teams.66 teams and then try to figure out who will Madness.” The Fort Meade Highsteppers Track and Field Club is seeking a polebe the last team standing? But it does have vaulting coach. It’s like trying to figure out the Super some cool mar- For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.Bowl champions before the first game of keting and cutethe season. Yes, I know that’s not a completely true names like the “Sweet Sixteen,” Mixed martial arts classcomparison because you have a whole sea- the “Elite Eight” Kristen Parker, Gaffney Fitness Center is offering free, mixed martial-arts classes every secondson to back up your choices. But seriously, and the “Final Community and fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.who has time to pay attention and remember Four.” Relations Chief The next class is Saturday.each team’s information? I’ve even found Classes include lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and are taught by I can’t find a news report or confirmation myself cheering for the underdogs or who- certified instructors.of anyone filling out a perfect bracket. Is it ever’s team I’m in the company of. For more information, call 301-677-3867.even possible? But honestly, I just don’t understand the What I did find was a submission posted excitement and I doubt I ever will. Spring sports registrationon by a DePaul Univer- So even though I fail to get the obses-sity math professor who said the odds of sion with filling out brackets for the NCAA Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900someone without any knowledge randomly basketball tournament (a tournament that Reece Road.picking and filling out a perfect bracket are seems to grip the minds of men and some Spring sports include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, indoor football“9.2 quintillion to 1.” women), I took a few minutes to chart out and basketball. That’s 18 zeros, and if you have some my picks. For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.knowledge about college basketball, the For the record, here are this Pittsburghodds are still 128 billion to 1. With these kind girl’s picks for the final four: Louisville, Earth Day 5K Runof odds, why bother? Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The installation’s annual Run Series kicks off April 20 with an Earth Day 5K We didn’t follow college sports in my Now it’s time to start picking your win- Run at 8 a.m. at Burba I didn’t go to a college that had a huge ners. See below. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25.athletic program. So maybe that’s why I get Editor’s note: Chad Jones is out of the The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75.more excited about St. Patrick’s Day in March office and will return in two weeks. The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. Team Meade/Picerne An individual can register for the entire season for $60. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. For more information, call 301-677-7916. 2013 NCAA Challenge Old Joe Golf Tournament The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual Old It’s March Madness and for the fifth straight year, Meade TV, the Fort Meade Joe Golf Tournament on April 12 at Eisenhower Golf Course, 1576 Generals Public Affairs Office and Picerne Military Housing are teaming up for our annual Highway, Crownsville. NCAA pick’em contest. It’s easy. Make the most correct picks in the upcoming Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. NCAA basketball tournament and you could win a $100 VISA gift certificate, Cost is $70 for active-duty service members, retirees and family members, courtesy of Picerne Military Housing. and $75 for everyone else. Registration and payment are due by March 29. The rules are simple. In order to play, you must either live or work in the Fort Registration includes green fees and cart, putting contest, continental Meade community, or be an immediate family member of someone who works or breakfast, barbecue lunch, two beverage tickets, door prizes, snacks and player lives at Fort Meade. Secondly, just download our NCAA bracket (it’s a fillable PDF goodie bags. file, so you’ll need an Adobe PDF reader), make your picks and then email your Proceeds benefit the Fort Meade OSC Scholarships and Welfare Programs. bracket to For more information, email Lorin Neslony at or visit To download your bracket, go to and right- click on the Team_Meade_Picerne link. Select “Save As” and save the file to your EFMP bowling computer or device. The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling Don’t forget to include a final score for the championship game — that’s the event on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. tiebreaker! Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. To register, call 301-677-4473 or email Please return your entry to by noon today! March 21, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
  10. 10. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community ited/licensed vocational/technical program“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. for the 2013-2014 academic year.All submissions are posted at the editor’s Spouses also may be eligible if theydiscretion and may be edited for space and are currently in an accredited program.grammar. Look for additional community Child/dependent applicants (up to age 23events on the Fort Meade website at www. with valid military ID card) must be and the Fort Meade high school graduates and rising freshmenFacebook page at in an accredited program for the 2013-2014 For more information or to submit an academic year.announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. Those who previously received or call 301-677-5602. scholarships or who are pursuing a second degree (technical, second undergraduate or graduate) are not eligible to apply. NEWS EVENTS Applications for the BOSC scholarships are available on Fort Belvoir at the Officers Club, Education Office, Army Commu-MPD closures nity Service, Soldier and Family Assistance Center, the Belvoir Federal Credit Union or The Identification Card Section at online at Huber Road will discontinue all file photo Applications are also distributed to allSaturday hours of operation. high school counselors in the greater Wash- For more information, call VynetteJohnson, chief of ID Card Branch, at women’s history observance The rescheduled annual Women’s History Month Observance will be ington, D.C., area. Incomplete packages will not be considered. Application package301-677-3342 or 301-677-9601.  requirements are available at belvoirosc. held Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 org. Zimborski Ave.Thrift Shop The event is hosted by the U.S. Army Field Band and will feature a per- Packages should be postmarked by April 12 and mailed to: The Post Thrift Shop will be open formance by the Soldiers’ Chorus and a reception. BOSC Scholarship Committeefor sales only on Wednesday from 6 to The keynote speaker is Regina Hanson, intelligence analyst for the FBI. P.O. Box 3229 p.m. The free event is open to the public. Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 For more information, call 410-672- For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore at 301-677-6687 An awards reception will be held May3575. or Master Sgt. Timothy Young at 301-677-5334. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Belvoir in Quarters One.Tech Expo For more information, contact Jennifer purchase. welcome on a space-available basis. Wilder, BOSC scholarship chair, at 703-532- A Technology Exposition, hosted by For more information, call 301-677- During the two-day workshopU.S. Army Intelligence and Security 1383 or 5541 or visit participants will learn specific skills toCommand, will be held April 2 from help them identify those at risk and how10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Meade to better listen to and care for those Financial Readiness classesConference Center. EDUCATION having thoughts of suicide. Army Community Service offers The expo will feature demonstrations Participants will view powerful videos Financial Readiness classes at theand presentations from a variety of on suicide intervention. They will learn Community Readiness Center, 830companies. For more information, visit Lunch and Learn suicide first aid and how to recognize invitations for help; how to reach out Chisholm Ave. Classes are open to DoDtechexpos/2013/fortmeade/. The Safara Group will present a free and offer support; how to apply a identification cardholders, including Lunch and Learn Financial Seminar suicide intervention model; and how to active-duty service members, retireesKaraoke Night on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the link people with community resources. and their family members, DoD civilian The next Karaoke Night is tonight Conference Center, 6800 Taylor Ave. For more information, email alan. employees and contractors.from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th Frame Topics include: How to go from debt Registration is required for each class.Lounge at the Lanes. elimination to wealth creation; the VA Loan • First Term Financial Readiness: The event is held the third Thursday and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage BOSC scholarships Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.mof the month. Loan; TSP/401K - retirement plan alterna- • Consumer Awareness: March 28, 1 tivess; and Good Debt vs. Bad Debt. The Belvoir Officers’ Spouses’ Club is to 3 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- accepting applications for its scholarship5541 or visit Seating is limited. To register or for more information, To register, call 732-800-1477. program through April 12. call 301-677-5590. To schedule an The scholarship program is open toTrivia Night appointment, visit fortmeadeacs. ASIST Workshop spouses and dependents of all ranks —active duty, retired or deceased — in The Lanes at Fort Meade hosts Trivia The next Applied Suicide Intervention all branches of military service includingNight every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., Skills Training Workshop will be offered Guard/Reserves with a valid military iden- Career, relationship classesexcept the third Thursday of the month. The event is open to all. April 10 and 11 at the Cavalry Chapel, tification card. The Fleet and Family Support Center Teams must have a minimum of two 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Eligible applicants or their military spon- offers the following free classes at theplayers and a maximum of 10. Cavalry Road. sor must reside in the greater Washington, Community Readiness Center, 830 Weekly prizes are awarded to the top The ASIST Workshop is open to D.C., area. All applicants, spouses and chil- Chisholm Ave.:three winners. all military, adult family members and dren/dependents, must enroll at either an Registration is required for all Food and beverages are available for DoD civilian employees. Contractors are accredited college/university or an accred- programs.12 SOUNDOFF! March 21, 2013
  11. 11. C ommunity N ews N otes • Anger Management: Today, 9 to 11 Registration is required. For Youth is now accepting applications on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thea.m. For more information, email Pia for the free, two-week summer Youth Center. • Building Healthy Relationships: Morales, Mobilization/Deployment leadership camp for ages nine to 12 from Cost is $5 for meal.Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. Program manager, at pia.s.morales.civ@ July 9 to 19 on Fort Meade. For more information, call 301-677- • Consumer Awareness: March 28, 1 or call 301-677-4110. Participants will learn the basics 3 p.m. on drug use and prevention, alcohol, • Transition Goals, Plans, Success tobacco, peer pressure and gangs. All(TGPS): April 1 to 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. YOUTH gear, training material and field trips will RECREATION • Resume Writing: April 2, 9 a.m. to be provided by DEFY.noon Availability is limited. Applications • Dollars and Sense: April 2, 1 to 3p.m. Youth Job Fair will be taken until April 30. To download an application, visit Out About Topics include: Basic Budgeting, The Fort Meade Youth Job Fair • Oakland Music Cafe, where localFinancial Goals and Priorities, Saving is today from 3 to 6 p.m. at McGill support/nadap/Documents/DEFY/ musicians perform in a coffeehouseand Investing, and Managing Your Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Youth%20Application%202010.pdf and atmosphere, will present PaintedCredit. The event, for ages 16 to 21, is open forward it to the DEFY mailbox at Trillium on April 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- to the public. at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage9014, 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. More than 35 businesses and schools For more information, email Chief Point Road, Columbia. Admission and will be represented. Bring resumes. Hankins at, snacks are free. Donations for musiciansMob/Dep programs For more information, call the Army CTN2 Vassell at or accepted. To register or for more Community Service Employment information, call 410-730-4744 or visit The Mobilization/Deployment Readiness Program at 301-677-6658. will offer CARE Team Grilling and Chilling Night • Bowie Baysox’s 14th annual FreeTraining on Mornday from 9 a.m. to3 p.m. at the Community Readiness Summer leadership camp Child, Youth and School ServicesCenter, 830 Chisholm Ave. The Navy-sponsored Drug Education is offering Grilling and Chilling Night CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Easter Happenings Easter Bunny Brunch Brunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Conference Center. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will visit from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $13 for adults and $8 for ages 4 to 10. Children ages 3 and under attend free. Tickets are on sale at the Youth Center. For more information, call 301-677-1437 or visit Easter Egg Hunt Fort Meade’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 30 at noon at the Youth Center. file photo The free event will feature Dads and kids’ pizza night Pershing Hill Elementary School will host WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of contests, activities, treats and door prizes. Great Students) Program with a Dads and Kids’ Pizza Night today at 6 p.m. at Bring your own Pershing Hill, 7600 29th Division Road. basket for the egg The event is for Pershing Elementary School students and fathers and hunt. father-figures. The innovative father-involvement program is an initiative of the For more National Center For Fathering and has spread to more than 2,276 schools in information, call more than 41 states and countries. 301-677-1437 or For more information on the WATCH D.O.G.S. program, call 1-888-540- visit ftmeademwr. 3647, e-mail or visit com. For information on Pizza Night, call Pershing Hill Principal Tasheka L. Green at 410-222-6523. March 21, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
  12. 12. C ommunity N ews N otes M ovies second and fourth Monday of every month 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.civ@ The movie schedule is subject to change. For RECREATION from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readi- a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- ness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next • Women’s Empowerment Group meets 677-5324. Further listings are available on the meeting is Monday. For more information, every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to Army and Air Force Exchange Service websiteCONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at provide a safe, confidential arena for the at 301-677-5590. support, education and empowerment Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at 6:30Family FunFest will be held Saturday • Single Parent Support Group meets the of women who have experienced past or p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES: Tick-from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Prince second and fourth Monday of the month present family violence. ets are $5 for adults (12 and older) and $2.50 forGeorge’s Stadium, rain or shine. children. 3D Movies: $7 adults, $4.50 children. from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Location is only disclosed to The event features free rides and games Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. participants. To register, call Tina Gauth,in Louie’s Kids Park, music and gameson the concourse, and displays from local Free child care will be provided on site. For more information, call Rikki Ford, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 or Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301- Today through March 31businesses and organizations. For more Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 677-4124.information, visit or email • Military Council for Catholic Women Today Friday: “Parker” (R). A thief with a • The Laurel Museum will present a free • Bully Proofing Support Group meets the is open to all women ages 18 and older for unique code of professional ethics is double-Civil War re-enactment on April 13 from 9 second and fourth Monday of the month prayer, faith, fellowship and service at the crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuminga.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of American a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighbor- Main Post Chapel. with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijackLegion Post 60 at 2 Main St., Laurel. The hood Center. The next meeting is Monday. Mother’s Prayer Apologetics meetsre-enactment is part of the exhibit, “Laurel the score of the crew’s latest heist. With Jason The group is geared for parents of children Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis.Station: A Living History Program” and ages 5 to 12. For more information, call Anne Arundel County schools are in session.will feature the 2nd Maryland Infantry 301-677-5590. Monthly programs are held Mondays fromand 28th Massachusetts, 3rd USV. Saturday: Studio Appreciation FREE Screening. • Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets available at the Exchange food court. Visitors can explore a Civil War 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the month For more information, email Beth Wright,encampment, participate in a drill, and Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose president, at prior to a firing demonstration and an room of Building 9801 at the National Secu- or call 305-240-1559.afternoon skirmish. Author J. David rity Agency. The next meeting is Wednesday • Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op meetsWonderling will sign and sell copies of his and will cover physical fitness. Guest speaker Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Reece, “Living History of the Civil War.” is Patrice Hickey, an exercise physiologist for For more information, call Kelli Stricker at For more information visit the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Recon- 410-674-0297 or email naissance Wing. For more information, call • The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is 443-534-5170 or visit • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in firstsponsoring a bus trip to the Sight and • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will hold through fifth grades,, or ages 7 to 10, toSound Theater in Pennsylvania to see the its next monthly luncheon on April 9 at 11 attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m.presentation of “Noah” on April 16. a.m. at the Conference Center. The program at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Cost is $100, which covers the bus, a includes the club’s annual fashion show fea- For more information, email Cubmastersmorgasbord lunch at Hershey Farms turing fashions from the Exchange modeled Tom Johnston at pack377_cm@yahoo.comRestaurant, and show ticket. by ROWC members. Bring your friends, or Committee Chairperson Elizabeth John- The bus will leave Ridgeview neighbors or spouses. ston at at 8:30 a.m. lunch and return Cost is $15. Reservations are required • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondaysat approximately 5:30 p.m. For more by March 30 at noon. For reservations, call at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Centerinformation or reservations, call Joan your area representative or Betty Wade at on Rockenbach Road. The troop is activelyFiscus at 410-465-0492. 410-551-7082. recruiting boys age 11 to 18. For more infor- • Staff Sgt. Joel Klenke, of the U.S. Membership dues are $25 per year, but mation, email Lisa Yetman, at lisayetman@Army Field Band, will perform a free, is now $12.50 for the meetings this spring. or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmas-solo clarinet recital on Sunday at 6 Members may bring guests at any time to ter, at at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Sunday, Wednesday March 28: “Identity Thief” the luncheons, which are held on the first • American Legion Post 276 is open to (R). A victim of identity theft fights back. WithOakland Mills Road, Columbia. For more Tuesday of each month except June, July, veterans and active-duty service members Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Joninformation, call 301-677-5789 or visit August and January. at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. For more information, call Lianne Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 • Leisure Travel Services is offering its Roberts, ROWC president, at 301-464-5498. a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 March 29, 31: “A Good Day to Die Hard” (R).next monthly bus trips to New York City • Families Dealing with Deployment a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to John McClane joins forces with his son to battleon Saturday and April 20, with discounts meets the first and third Monday of every 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. Russian villains. With Bruce Willis, Jai Courtneyto attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every and Sebastian Koch.information, call 301-677-7354 or visit Forest Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is April 1. For more information, Membership discounts are offered March 30: “Safe Haven” (PG-13). A young call Rikki Ford, Parent Support for active-duty military. For more woman with a dark past falls in love with a MEETINGS coordinator, at 301-677-3617 or email rikki. information, call 410-969-8028 or visit widower. With Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough and David Lyons. • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first • Society of Military Widows meets for the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’sbrunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapo-p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Sun- at the Conference Center. The next prayer lis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Aprilday. For more information, call Betty Jones breakfast is April 4. 4 in the banquet hall in back of the 410-730-0127. There is no cost for the buffet; donations Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more informa- • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored are optional. For more information, call tion, call Army Community Service, meets the14 SOUNDOFF! March 21, 2013