Published on October 22, 2014
1. Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 42 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 23, 2014 Slow down Safety is shared responsibility during PT hours page 10 celebrating diversity UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday, 8 a.m.: Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins 5K Run/1-Mile Walk - The Pavilion Saturday, 9:30 a.m.: Halloween Pet Costume Contest - The Pavilion Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.: Hallelujah Festival - The Pavilion Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m.: Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon - Club Meade Nov. 4, 3 p.m.: Army vs. Navy Flag Football game - Mullins Field historic Main Post Chapel celebrates 80 years of worship service page 8 photo by daniel Kucin jr. Layaka Young wears traditional Mexican Día De Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, makeup at Fort Meade’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 15 at McGill Training Center. Young, who represented Mexico at one of six informational tables, spoke to service members about the country’s history and culture during the event sponsored by Fort Meade’s Equal Opportunity Office and Navy Information Operations Command Maryland. For the story, see Page 12.
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Cont ent s News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 9 Movies..................................19 Community..................16 Classified..............................21 Cybersecurity is everyone’s mission Today’s Army depends on cyberspace. In fact, every sector of our national economy, government and society relies on access to a stable, safe and resilient cyberspace. Maintaining our freedom to operate in cyber-space and protecting critical information is the essence of cybersecurity. Just as the Army and people around the world use cyberspace to conduct business, communicate and perform everyday tasks, criminals, nation states, terrorists, hackers and malicious insiders also use cyberspace for their own purposes. Each year the threats and vulnerabilities from cyberspace grow as the world becomes more con-nected, and technology becomes cheaper and easier to use. Cyberspace threats range from highly sophisti-cated cyber attacks aimed at disrupting operations to simple efforts using social media and email to gain information and access our networks. Threats often use vulnerabilities, either known or unknown, to conduct operations. All have the potential to threaten our nation’s economic and national security as well as our own personal security. Army Cyber Command and Second Army defend Army networks and conduct cyberspace operations to ensure our freedom to operate in cyberspace. Users remain the Army’s first line of defense. Cybersecurity is everyone’s mission. It takes only one careless or malicious act anywhere on our net-works to threaten Army operations. Clicking on a link or attachment in an email that is not digitally signed, not safeguarding common access cards or using removable media are all risky behaviors in cyberspace. Most vulnerabilities and malicious acts against Army systems could be prevented by following and enforcing cybe r s e cur i t y standards and policies. Cyberse-curity is a person-al responsibility, and leaders and supervisors are responsible for ensuring their organizat ions and people are following estab-lished guidelines. Lt. Gen. edward c. cardon Commanding general, Army Cyber Command and Second Army Throughout October, in observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Army is focusing on improv-ing overall readiness through cybersecurity policies, practices and training. Now is a great time to refresh your understanding of cybersecurity. There are many resources to help leaders and managers ensure their organizations and people practice good cybersecurity. The Army Information Assurance One-Stop Portal is a great place to start: https://www.milsuite.mil/wiki/Portal: Army_Information_Assurance Cybersecurity at home is also important. I urge all Soldiers, Army civilians, contractors and fami-lies to review their personal cybersecurity practices. Tools are available to help protect yourself, your family and your personal computers in addition to devices available to Army personnel at: https://www. milsuite.mil/wiki/Portal:Army_Information_Assur-ance/ Resource_Toolbox Together we can all help improve Army readiness by practicing good cybersecurity. Cyber strong helps keep us Army strong! Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or con-cerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. http://SOUNDOFF! 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3. News Army Guard’s first cyber protection team activated, receives new insignia Story and photo by Mike Milord Army Cyber Command The Army National Guard’s first cyber protection team received its new shoulder sleeve insignia during a ceremony Oct. 7 at Fort Meade conducted by members of the U.S. Army Cyber Command/Second Army. Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, command-ing general, U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army, cited the ceremony as a major milestone for Army cyberspace operations, Guard and Reserve forces and for the Army. “It is another indication of the tremen-dous momentum that the Army is building to organize, train and equip its cyberspace operations forces,” Cardon said. “Army Cyber Command is taking a total force approach to building and employing the Army’s cyber force.” Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, acting director of the Army Guard, joined Cardon and Col. Jayson M. Spade, commander of the 1st Information Operations Command (Land), to present the patches. For many, the ceremony represented something larger than the presentation of a uniform item. “It’s symbolic of the integration of the Reserve forces into the active forces in the common defense of our networks,” said Maj. Hung Diep, team chief of the 1636th Cyber Protection Team and an Iraq war vet-eran. “The team represents one of the most diverse forces that we have in the [Army] National Guard. We represent 19 states and two territories.” The ceremony also represented a number of “firsts” for the Army. “Today this cyber protection team repre-sents another first — the first Army Nation-al Guard active-duty cyber protection team,” Cardon said. “The Army plans to build 10 additional Army National Guard cyber protection teams in the future.” Cardon cited the experience that Army Guard Soldiers bring with them from both the military and civilian sectors as being beneficial to the mission. “They bring a wide range of experience, not only from serving in the Army National Guard, but also from working in indus-try, state government or other government agencies,” he said. “They are experienced, Maj. Hung Diep (left), detachment commander, 1636th Cyber Protection Team, fixes an Army Cyber Command shoulder sleeve insignia on a Soldier’s sleeve during a ceremony conducted Oct. 7 at Fort Meade. Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon (center), commanding general, Army Cyber Command and Second Army congratulates a member of the 1636th — the Army National Guard’s first cyber protection team. educated and motivated.” The team will be an invaluable part of the cyber force, said Cardon, responsible for conducting defensive cyberspace opera-tions, readiness inspections and vulnerability assessments as well as a variety of other cyber roles and missions. For Lyons, cyber operations tie into the Guard’s heritage and are the next step for-ward in Guard history. “Since 1636, the Army National Guard has been called upon to respond to floods, wildfires, storms and threats far from our shores,” he said. “The cyber threat is no less real, and it is absolutely in keeping with the finest traditions of the National Guard that Guard Soldiers will be fully integrated into the cyberspace force.” WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT Samantha Herring (left), an Army Community Service domestic violence victim advocate, introduces Joan Phillips, an Army Air Force Exchange Service employ-ee, who served as a guest speaker during last week’s ACS Women’s Empowerment Group luncheon. The Women’s Empowerment Group, which meets Wednesdays, provides a safe, confidential forum for support, education and empowerment of those who have experienced or are expe-riencing domestic violence. For more information call 301- 677-4118. Photo by Steve Ellmore http://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 23, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
4. News 780th MI Brigade gives back to Maryland Food Bank Story and photo by Tina Miles Public Affairs Office 780th MI Brigade It takes more than just donations to help end hunger in Maryland. It takes time and manpower. In an effort to meet that need, mem-bers of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade and its sister units volunteered their personal time at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore Oct. 4. One in seven Maryland residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 38 percent do not qualify for federal food assistance. They must rely solely on the Maryland Food Bank, according to statistics from the food bank. This problem is not isolated to just one area; it affects our neighborhoods as well. The Maryland Food Bank also supports the Fort Meade community through the USO on post. “We have several programs that extend to Fort Meade, to include our mobile food pantry; the Farm to Food Bank, which is part of the mobile program; and the School Pantry,” said Cassie Kelly, salvage coordinator for the Maryland Food Bank. The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading this movement and nurturing the belief that together we can end hunger. MFB partners with farms, manu-facturers, retailers, wholesalers, Feed America and other sources to secure food for families in need. The food is distributed to soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, schools and other commu-nity- based organizations. The MFB also oversees direct ser-vice programs to reach those most Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Augustin, logistics, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, checks the expiration date on a canned food item from the assembly belt while volunteering Oct. 6 at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore. Augustin was among the 22 volunteers from the 780th MI and two of its sister units who volunteered to work at the MFB. Volunteers sorted the food donations and other items into specific groups to be boxed for shipment to shelters and pantries throughout Maryland. at risk of hunger — children and they spent hours sorting and boxing seniors. food donations and other items into The Farm to Food Bank partners separate groups for shipping to vari-ous with farms across the state that donate locations. fresh, local produce. Their mobile Among the volunteers was Sgt. 1st food pantry delivers large amounts of Class Tommy Robinson, information food to various areas in need. management, 780th MI. The School Pantry is an innovative “As a child, growing up, I was on partnership with schools that provides the receiving end of the food bank,” children with vital nutrition needed Robinson said. “So I wanted to give for cognitive development, focus and back to those who gave to me.” energy. In charge of organizing the vol-unteer Twenty-two service and family event was 1st Sgt. Anthony members from the 780th and 704th Parker, Headquarters and Headquar-ters MI Brigades, as well as the 902d Company, 780th MI. MI Group, volunteered their personal “I am aware of how much the Mary-land time in support of both the cause and Food Bank gives and does, so I the community. They worked on the wanted to give my time to the orga-nization assembly line at the food bank, where [that] supports Fort Meade,” Parker said. Brigade member Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Augustin was accom-panied by his spouse, Jeannette. “When my husband told me he volunteered, I wanted to volunteer as well,” she said. “I have been a Red Cross volunteer in Korea and Ger-many, and wanted to volunteer for Fort Meade.” The sentiment to give back was the main reason for volunteering. “I like to give back as much and whenever I can,” said Sgt. Darius Cox, HHC, 780th MI. Editor’s note: For more information, go to mdfoodbank.org. To see more photos from this event, visit www.flickr. com/photos/ftmeade/. ‘As a child, growing up, I was on the receiving end of the food bank ... so I wanted to give back to those who gave to me.’ Sgt. 1st Class Tommy Robinson Information management 780th MI Brigade http://SOUNDOFF! October 23, 2014 www.ftmeade.army.mil
5. News Annual Red Ribbon Week observance begins today By Samson Robinson Prevention Coordinator, Army Substance Abuse Program Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of children and families during the last week of October every year. Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31. This year’s theme is “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” By wearing red ribbons and participat-ing in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live a drug-free life and pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enriqué “Kiki” Camarena. Camarena was an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico to investigate a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. One of the drug trafficking groups that Camarena was trying to break up identi-fied him as an undercover agent. He was kidnapped by the Mexican drug trafficking group on Feb. 7, 1985. Camarena was later found dead in a shallow grave, tortured and stabbed. He was only 37. Within weeks of Camarena’s death in March 1985, his congressman Rep. Duncan Hunter and high school friend Henry Loz-ano launched Camarena Clubs in Impe-rial Valley, Calif., near Camarena’s home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. From these clubs emerged the Red Rib-bon Campaign. Red Ribbon Week eventually gained momentum throughout California and the rest of the country. In 1985, club members presented the “Camarena Club Proclama-tion” to then-first lady Nancy Reagan, bringing national attention to the event. That summer, parent groups in Califor-nia, Illinois and Virginia began promoting the wearing of red ribbons nationwide during late October. The campaign was formalized in 1988, with President Ronald Reagan and the first lady serving as honor-ary chairpersons. Today, the eight-day celebration is spon-sored by the National Family Partnership and has become the annual platform to show intolerance for drugs in our schools, workplaces and communities. Each year, beginning on the last Satur-day of October, youths and adults show their commitment to living a healthy and photo by Navy mass communication spc. 2nd class zach allan Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley ties a red ribbon around a tree to promote Red Ribbon Week, celebrated from Oct. 23-31. The annual event commemorates the life of Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Enrique´ “Kiki” Camarena and the sacrifice he made to promote a drug-free future. drug-free life by wearing or displaying the red ribbon. The campaign goal is to mobilize every community to work toward a drug-free America. Many organizations across the coun-try have used Camarena as their model — a man who stood tall in the fight to destroy drug trafficking organizations and embraced his belief that one man can make a difference. Editor’s note: For more information about Red Ribbon Week or the Army Substance Abuse Program, call Samson Robinson at 301-677-7983. http://SOUNDOFF! October 23, 2014 www.ftmeade.army.mil
6. News Congregants pray during the Main Post Chapel’s 80th anniversary commemoration service Sunday. The hourlong service featured remarks by Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Charles R. Bailey, deputy chiefs of chaplains for the Army, and vocal and music performances. A reception at Club Meade was held after the service. ‘A Sacred Space’ Post Chapel celebrates 80th anniversary of service By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer The Fort Meade community gathered Sunday for an hourlong worship service to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the historic Main Post Chapel. The Religious Services Office hosted the commemoration, which featured Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Charles R. Bailey, deputy chief of chaplains for the Army, as the guest speaker. Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley later presented Bailey with a paint-ing of the chapel. In his invocation, Chaplain (Maj.) James Covey, the garrison’s Family Life Minis-try chaplain, called the chapel a “sacred space.” “We are also reminded that for eight decades, [God’s] light has shined through all of the communities of faith who have gathered within these walls,” Covey said. “As this building has blessed our predeces-sors and us, we pray that for many more years it will witness your blessings upon your people.” The service also featured a vocal per-formance by Olive Dungan and Staff Sgt. Charis Strange, a soprano with the U.S. Army Field Band’s Soldiers’ Chorus, and music by the Archbishop Spalding High School String Quartet and the Post Chapel Protestant Choir. A reception at Club Meade followed the service. The Main Post Chapel, which today serves Protestant, Catholic and Episcopal faiths, was built at a cost of $75,000 and dedicated in December 1934. The gable-roofed rectangular building was designed in the Colonial Revival style. The chapel’s inte-rior Colonial architecture was influenced by Greek and Roman design, a common theme at the end of the 18th century. With the addition of stained-glass win-dows in the 1930s and 1940s, the chapel became a memorial. The windows were donated by active regiments garrisoned on the installation and veterans of the 79th Infantry Division in memory of Soldiers who trained at Camp Meade and died in World War II. The chapel is considered a lasting memo-rial to these and other men and women who have fought and died in wars around the world. In his remarks, Bailey called the historic Main Post Chapel “an illustrious building of history.” He spoke of the many genera-tions of families who sat in the chapel pews, photos by spc. Tristan Bolden, 55th SIGNAL COMPANY (combat camera) The historic Main Post Chapel’s cornerstone was set on May 4, 1934 and dedicated Dec. 13. The stained-glass windows were an addition to the chapel during the 1930s and 1940s and gave the building its memorial status as a tribute to service members who trained at Camp Meade and died in World War II. and the many choirs that lifted their voices in praise of God. “It is a typical congregation who came into this building to celebrate the glory of God,” Bailey said. “And they were human beings like us, struggling and trying to find answers for their lives like we do.” Bailey said that the colorful stained-glass windows “depict the great stories of the military and Christianity.” The chapel serves as a “spiritual sanctu-ary,” Bailey said, where couples marry and are blessed and children are baptized. “The glory of God radiates outside of the building,” encouraging despondent people who walk by to give their lives a second chance and inspiring young Soldiers who may be disheartened by military life to remain dedicated to a career in the Army, said Bailey. In his closing remarks, Bailey said that for the future, he hopes the chapel “will continue to be a place of acceptance, peace and hope. “I wish that these doors not be a stum-bling block to those who wish to enter, but a mighty entrance of love and care,” he said. “ ... May God bless this wonderful chapel.” Editor’s note: To view more photos, visit www.flickr.com/photos/ftmeade. http://SOUNDOFF! October 23, 2014 www.ftmeade.army.mil
7. News TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME Fram, a patrol and drug-detector dog, bites the padded arm of Spc. Raymond Saxton, a specialized search-dog handler with the 2nd Military Working Dog Detachment at Fort Meade, during a demon-stration Saturday in Glen Burnie. Fram was featured in a neighbor-hood watch event at the Tanyard Springs community center that also included a firefighting dem-onstration and the Maryland Child Identification Program. photo by navy mass communication spc. 2nd class zach allan On the lookout The Directorate of Emergency Servic-es is actively work-ing to keep neigh-borhoods safe. Families resid-ing on post should remember to ensure that windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at all times, regardless of time of day. Although the crime rate in mili-tary housing is lower than off post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to take an active role in deterring crime. Remain aware of your sur-roundings and immediately report any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623. Name: Wilkins Subaru Width: 9.6667 in PRICES ARE FALLING DURING WILKINS SUBARU’S FALL SAVINGS EVENT The last of the 2014 Subarus must go! Get great model year Tm end e deals NOW on these rem remaining vehicles in stock! Hurry for best selection! New 2014 Subaru BRZ Premium Option Pkg. #1 • Modell #EZA Stk. #B14410 MSRP: $26,961 $24,295 Includes Freight! Come in & ask about ADDITIONAL savings available on select vehicles in stock! Save on a huge selection of 2015 models in stock for immediate delivery! sa sele New 2014 Subaru IMPREZA 2.0i Sedan Option Pkg. #1 • Modell #EJA Stk. #I140621 MSRP: $18,762 $17,945 Includes Freight! New 2014 Subaru K XV CROSSTREK HYBRID Option Pkg. #1 • Modell #ERH Stk. #C140692 MSRP: $26,820 $25,560 Includes Freight! k! New 2014 Subaru BRZ Limited 2 at this Price! Option Pkg. #1 • Modell #EZE Stk. #B140087 MSRP: $28,390 $25,596 Includes Freight! New 2014 Subaru XV CROSSTREK HYBRID TOURING Option Pkg. #1 • Modell #ERI Stk. #C140658 MSRP: $30,120 $28,629 Includes Freight! WILKINS 6917 Ritchie Highway Jay Danick, nick, Sales Manager Glen Burnie 410-650-5011 See Our Entire Inventory Online at wilkinssubaru.com Ask Me About Additional Savings for Active Military! ie e High *LEASES: On approved credit to qualified buyers through dealer lender and include all applicable manufacturer rebates & incentives. Based on 12k miles per year. Cash or trade down payment if required plus tax, tags and $299 Dealer processing fee (not required by law) due at lease inception. No security deposit. See dealer for complete details. All vehicles subject to prior sale. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect vehicle advertised. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. Offer ends 10/31/14. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 23, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
8. News Safety is everyone’s priority during PT By Shari Rosen Staff Writer The hours between 5 to 7:30 a.m. are designated physical training hours on Fort Meade. However, leaders of the Directorate of Emergency Services and the Instal-lation Safety Office have expressed con-cern about speeding during PT hours and reckless behavior by service mem-bers during training. “Everyone is noticing that people aren’t following speed limits” said Kirk Fechter, director of the ISO. “They’re being aggressive. The pedestrians are doing it themselves; they pop in front of cars, don’t respect the crosswalk.” Robert Holmes, deputy director of DES, explained the specific speed limit regulations during PT hours. “The official speed limit on Fort Meade is 25 miles per hour, unless oth-erwise posted,” Holmes said. “It’s 10 miles per hour when passing personnel conducting physical training.” To prevent accidents on post, ISO has implemented various law enforcement strategies. “We employ traffic control devices such as signage, crosswalks in front of headquarters and speed humps,” Fech-ter said. Fechter said drivers, as well as pedes-trians and service members performing PT, must take responsibility for their actions. “Another threat is, people are in the crosswalk and vehicles don’t respect that,” he said. “Alternately, I see people on the PT field, they finish their PT and there’s a bus coming and they just walk in front of it.” Fechter urges service members to practice safety protocol by crossing at specified crosswalks and avoiding dis-tractions. He said they should also wear protective equipment such as reflective belts. Together, DES and ISO will rewrite Fort Meade 350-1, a policy indicating where service members and civilians can run on the installation. Until this change is implemented within the next week, Fort Meade com-munity members must continue to pri-oritize safety. “Traffic safety is not a slogan, it is a mindset,” Holmes said. “Drivers and pedestrians — this includes PTers — need to understand that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure a safe environ-ment for personnel that work, reside and visit the installation.” Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Oct. 17, Simple assault, con-summated by a battery: A domestic violence incident was reported. Investigation revealed that the victim was in a verbal argument with her husband that turned physical when he grabbed her by the throat and pushed her to the floor. Oct. 15, Spouse abuse: The victim stated that she was arguing with her wife and the argument turned physical when the subject pushed her into the wall. Oct. 15, Larceny of private property: Investiga-tion revealed that a license plate was stolen from a vehicle that was parked and unattended at the Automotive Skills Center. For week of Oct. 6-12: • Moving violations: 28 • Nonmoving violations: 19 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 14 • Traffic accidents: 1 • Driving on suspended license: 1 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 0 For week of Oct. 13-19: • Moving violations: 37 • Nonmoving violations: 3 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 31 • Traffic accidents: 10 • Driving on suspended license: 6 • Driving on suspended registration: 1 • Driving without a license: 1 Name: Queensborough Bank QUEE-14055CR Moving to Augusta/ Ft. Gordon? Get Pre-Qualified for Your Mortgage With only a few clicks you can get a head-start and we can keep you ahead of plan. Queensborough Mortgage works with all major real estate companies in the area so you are unlimited in your choice of homes and representatives. Our work, ahead of time, may reduce the interest rate you pay and help you keep more money in your pocket. Local Loan Processing and Underwriting (866) 770-7628 | www.QMORTGAGELOANS.com Name: Military Media Inc (Advertiser) http://10 SOUNDOFF! October 23, 2014 www.ftmeade.army.mil
9. Cover Story photos by daniel kucin jr. From left: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class José Paz and his wife, Amabel Paz, represent Colombia at Fort Meade’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The couple served empanadas and natalla, a flan-like dessert. RIGHT: SalBomPle, a four-person bomba band, performs at Fort Meade’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 15 at McGill Training Center. The two-hour event also featured a performance by traditional Peruvian dancers, informational tables of various Hispanic countries and food samplings. ¡Una celebración feliz! Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated with music, dance, food By Shari Rosen Staff Writer Peruvian dancer Jocelyn Delgado twirled across the stage, waving a hand-kerchief above her head and stomping in time to the music. Accompanied by her equally adept partner Brian Flores, the dancing duo was part of the entertainment in commemora-tion of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Their footwork, displayed in two fast-paced routines, was all the more impres-sive considering the ages of the dancers: Jocelyn is 8 and Brian is 9. “Oh, I liked it,” Teresa Gantt, telecom-munications specialist at the Defense Information Systems Agency, said of the program. “I enjoyed the dancers.” The standing-room-only event, held Oct. 15 at McGill Training Center, was spon-sored by Fort Meade’s Equal Opportunity Office and Navy Information Operations Command Maryland. The two-hour pro-gram gave attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in Hispanic culture through dance, food and music. In his opening remarks, NIOC Capt. Donald Elam said that 60 Hispanics have been recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. “This is a deep talent pool we need to take advantage of to keep our military strong,” he said. After a few speeches outlining the con-tributions Hispanics have made to society and the military, SalBomPle, a four-per-son bomba band, performed. Vocalist Rafael Ortiz explained that bomba music, which originated in the 16th century, was a source of politi-cal and physical expression for slaves in Puerto Rico. Since then, said Ortiz, Puerto Ricans have used bomba music to represent their identity in the Hispanic community. Victor Maysonet, a dancer with the band, slid on his feet across the floor, quickly moving his hips to the music. He encouraged the audience to mimic his movements in order to learn a basic bomba dance move. Audience members promptly stood up and followed Maysonet’s instructions to the rhythm of the drums. “The show was nice,” said Sgt. 1st Class Odessa Foxworth, First Army Division East. “I liked the dancing and the music. It was different. It was new.” Following the band, Jocelyn and Brian performed a traditional Peruvian dance. The young dancers waved their handker- http://12 SOUNDOFF! October 23, 2014 www.ftmeade.army.mil
10. chiefs in the air, accompanied by quick, stomping footwork. Jocelyn wore a white dress, belted by a thick, red ribbon with matching ribbons in her braided hair. Brian wore a white suit and held a straw hat, which he used as a prop. After 45 minutes of entertainment, attendees visited tables laden with infor-mation on six Hispanic countries: Ecua-dor, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain and Mexico. “It’s nice to get to see a little bit of each country,” said Terri Latter, wife of former Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter. Each table featured food or drink native to the country’s culture, as well as a list of the country’s influential figures. Amabel Paz and her husband, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class José Paz, repre-sented Colombia. They served empanadas and natalla, a flan-like dessert. “There was a lot of information to put [on the table], but we only had so much Guests and service members enjoy the free buffet at Fort Meade’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 15 at McGill Training Center. The buffet featured various foods representative of Hispanic culture. BELOW: The Mexico table at Fort Meade’s Hispanic Heritage Month event contained a Día De Los Muertos — Day of the Dead — display. The holiday, traditional to Mexico, focuses on praying for and remembering family members and friends who have died. space,” said Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class José Antonio Colon, who represented Puerto Rico. “So I wanted to put some main things that a lot of people didn’t know about Puerto Rico. A lot of influ-ential people in the United States are from Puerto Rico.” The Puerto Rican native mentioned that actor Joaquin Phoenix is part Puerto Rican. At his table, Colon served rice with beans and the traditional dish of pernil, or pork shoulder. At the Spain table, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Carolyn Wright had prepared churros to sample. Although she is not Spanish, Wright relished the opportunity of researching Spain and Hispanic culture. “I enjoyed learning more about Spain,” Wright said. “I’ve got some interesting facts [on the poster at my table] that I didn’t even know before. I just enjoyed learning new information.” Editor’s note: To view more photos, visit www.flickr.com/photos/ftmeade. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil October 23, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13
11. Sports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Too much to risk Last week we discussed my unexplained transformation from bubbly, mild-mannered PAO and baseball dad to jerk-faced foot-ball coach, and apparently, the conversation worked. “Did you eat a Snickers before the game, coach?” our friend Mahlon Thomas asked after our victory Friday night. bit.ly/1qilLru He was obviously impressed with my gentle demeanor even after he dropped the neon-green sock he uses as a penalty flag and called “unnecessary roughness” on my son for being too aggressive while breaking up a screen pass. In fairness, YDJ did dump truck that poor Panther while reaching for his flag, but I couldn’t help but be proud of his textbook takedown — he had a wide base, his head was up, and he drove through the target. When I scanned the sidelines after the play, it looked like my wife was the one who had been taken down. She was obviously scared, and the incident provided the perfect segue to an ongoing debate in the Jones’ house: Will our sons play tackle football? It has been a topic of discussion ever since we knew we were having a boy, and my wife’s and my opinions couldn’t have been further apart. To me, there was no doubt my boys would be putting on the pads. Conversely, for my wife, it wasn’t just “no,” it was “HECK, no.” The potential dangers involved with foot-ball are clear and well documented. But the more we learn, the more the conversation that started with my wife — Will our sons play tackle football? — has morphed into a conversation with myself: SHOULD our sons play tackle football? Last week Cousin Claw posted an ABC news story about a Michigan high school that had to cancel its season due to injuries. abcn.ws/1rm0lXA The story also addressed three high school football players who died on the field. It sparked a drawn-out conversation between Claw, my brother Sam, and a few other friends who I grew up with playing football. At some point, all of us were equally confident that ours sons would play tackle football, and now most of us in the conversation were not just saying “no,” but “heck, no!” “When I was young, the thought of my kids not playing football was absurd,” Sam wrote. “[But] I completely steered [my son] away from football. In part because of injury, and also because it’s impossible to play at a high level without instilling a culture of violence.” Claw, who start-ed the conversation by writing that his son would be a “future baseball player,” raised the crux of the issue when he wrote, “Well the hypocrisy of a dad LOVING the game and say-ing ‘no, you can’t Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer play ...’ is going to be tough, and flag football will be a compromise for a while.” Initially I was holding firm to my sons playing tackle. I was confident in the new techniques being taught like the “Heads Up Tackling” program instituted throughout the country, including Fort Meade. I also knew the culture of the game was going to change, so the game I played as a child wouldn’t be anything like the game my children play. Just like the game I played was nothing like the game Deacon Jones played when the primary move for a pass rusher was literally called a head slap. bit.ly/1nygX3A I saw my son’s collision in a flag football game, and I read a commentary Sunday in The Baltimore Sun by Dr. Beryl Rosenstein, profes-sor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The title of his commentary was a simple, declarative sentence: “Football is too dangerous.” Dr. Rosenstein wrote that roughly 21 per-cent of the more than 16,000 football-related injuries in the NFL were considered major, and that the NFL expects one-third of its retired players to develop long-term health issues. For years I argued the attack on football was nothing but hype generated by a bunch of pansies whose goal was to destroy anything physical. Those opposed to football gave no credence to all the good that could be learned from the game — things like discipline, tough-ness and teamwork through tears. The lessons learned on a football field are the lessons that make men great and strong. Part of me still wants to believe that, but unfortunately for me, and probably my chil-dren, most of me knows I’m wrong. Or as my friend and Fantasy Football Commissioner “Kennesaw Mountain” Rohrback wrote, “The science is too compelling,” and my boys’ health may be too much to risk. If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@ mail.mil, or hit me up on Twitter @CTJibber. file photo MEADE Army Vs. Navy Flag Football The rosters have been set for Fort Meade’s 15th annual Army vs. Navy Flag Football game that will take place Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. at Mullins Field. A tailgating party begins at 3 p.m. with free barbecue pork sandwiches, hamburgers, sausages, potato and pasta salads, beverages and more. You also can enter a drawing to win a 50-inch, flat-screen TV. The event will feature children’s activities including a moon bounce, a disc jockey and fun fan accessories to help you root for your favorite team. The event is sponsored by USAA and West County Chamber of Com-merce. For more information call 301-677-7916. The Navy team, which consists of Sailors and Marines, includes: Phillip Giesen, Eddie Griffin, Michael Canonico, Brandon Beckler, Jimmy Terry, Adrian Harris, Brian Randolph, Byron Brown, Jacob Pilarski, James Bundy, Roger Corbin, Jonathan Turner, John Picerno, Derrick Burnett Jr., Jack Pendergraph, Allen Golphin, Dion Evans, Gabriel Cardenas, Tim Taylor, Perry Stewart, J.T. Palilla and Will Brown. The Army team includes: James T. Lee, Clayton Jennings, Keith Whit-field, Nicholas Collington, Darius Evans, Desmond Burgess, Marques Barret, Dareeontay King, Greg Taylor, Matt Riggins, Leroy McDaniels, Qasim Challenger, Nathan Emlett, Sam Sutton, D’Ron Baldwin, Ronald Wyscaver, Marcus Pallares, Kaleb Ivanoff, Justin Castro and Corey Edmonds. Sports Shorts Volunteer coaches needed Volunteer Youth Sports coaches are needed for winter sports including basketball, wrestling and futsal. All volunteers will receive free training and will be certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. Volunteers must submit and complete a background check. Apply at the Youth Sports & Fitness Office at 1900 Reece Road. For more information, call 301-677-1179 or 301-677-1329. http://14 SOUNDOFF! October 23, 2014 www.ftmeade.army.mil
12. Community News Night of Frights BOSS single service members brave ‘Field of Screams’ in Olney By Shari Rosen Staff Writer As six service members hiked the narrow haunted trail, they encountered a dilapidated shack. To navigate through the darkness, Air-man 1st Class Justin Jackson encouraged his group to link hands and feel their way through. This tactic was initially effective, but did not prevent the group from becoming fright-ened moments later when a maniacal clown popped out from behind the corner. This scare was just one of many terrifying thrills service members enjoyed Saturday night at Better Opportunities for Single Service Members’ “Field of Screams” trip in Olney. The five-hour spooky adventure tested 30 service members’ bravery as they climbed through a haunted obstacle course and were confronted by total darkness, zombies and creepy clowns. The event ended with a gathering around a bonfire. “Everyone had plenty of scares, lots of laughs and delicious s’mores,” said Cpl. Victoria Johnson, garrison BOSS represen-tative. “It was a great trip we will definitely be repeating next year.” This outing was just one of BOSS’ many programs, which provide single service mem-bers with the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, contribute to their commu-nity, and plan and execute recreation and leisure activities. The organization’s three pillars are “Qual-ity of Life,” “Community Service” and “Rec-reation and Leisure.” “I think service members get a sense of purpose and belonging from the BOSS pro-gram,” Johnson said. “Our service members know their voice is being heard. BOSS is the voice of the single service member.” Senior Airman Jerisse Anthony, 32nd Intelligence Squadron, said the “Field of Screams” trip was her second outing with BOSS. She attended the group’s parasailing trip last summer and enjoyed both experi-ences. “I thought [‘Field of Screams’] was really, really good,” Anthony said. “I’m not into scary things at all, but the people definitely made the trip.” The scary things Anthony encountered included: a 35-minute haunted trail; a haunt-ed hayride; a walk-through of a haunted house; and the opportunity to shoot zombies with paintball guns. “My favorite part was probably paint-balling, getting to shoot the zombies and everything,” said Airman 1st Class Darren Diaz, 29th IS. “The whole zombie experience of them coming after you and being able to shoot them with paintballs was pretty fun.” Senior Airman Joshua Peckham, 78th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnais-sance Wing, was determined not to get scared, despite the various clowns, zombies and otherworldly creatures that jumped out at him throughout the evening. “Listening to everyone else screaming and getting scared, it [was] probably the most exciting part for me,” said the 22-year-old California native. On the van ride back to Fort Meade, Peckham made fun of the two women in his courtesy photo Better Opportunities for Single Service Members provides members with the opportunity to improve their quality of life, partake in community service and enjoy recreation and leisure activities. Pictured above, BOSS went on a trip to Hershey Park, Pa. Most recently, BOSS members traveled Saturday night to “Field of Screams” in Olney for an evening of thrills and chills. group and how they clung to him, pulling gathered near the bonfires mid-field to him by his shirt out of fear. Despite his jibes, Peckham had nothing but positive things to say about the BOSS program and the relationships he has devel-oped. “Definitely meeting people is a lot easier through BOSS,” he said. “Working on base, you sit in your shop all day, so you might meet a couple cool people in your shop. Other than that, this is the best way I’ve found [to meet people].” At the end of the evening, BOSS mem-bers dance and enjoy the disc jockey. “I think [these events] are wonderful. I have a lot of fun every time I go on them,” Diaz said. “They get everybody together — Airmen, Soldiers, Marines. They just bring everybody together, and you can create long-lasting friendships.” Editor’s note: For more information about BOSS, visit the group’s Facebook page: facebook.com/FtMeadeBOSS or email Cpl. Victoria Johnson at victoria.m.johnson.mil@ mail.mil. Name: Timberlake Homes $0 DOWN & $1,781/mo.* Use Your VA LOAN Now! CREEKSTONE VILLAGE in Pasadena, MD at Routes 2 & 100 FREE o!&