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<ul><li>1.good deed American War Mother volunteer donates pillows page 6 UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday, 8 a.m.: Football Fan Fare 5K Run - Constitution Park Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month Observance - McGillTraining Center Sept. 26, 7-9 p.m.: Trivia Night - The Lanes Oct. 3, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - The Conference Center Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: U.S.Army Field Band Hispanic Heritage Concert - Devers Hall Kickoff 34th IS opens football season with 35-0 shutout over 2nd MPs page 14 Soundoff! vol. 65 no. 37 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community September 19, 2013 photo by noah scialom (Left to right) Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab, commander of U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Meade, and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center; Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin; Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski; Maj. Gen. Dean G. Sienko, commanding general, U.S. Army Public Health Command; Rep. John Sarbanes; and Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley cut the ribbon to officially open Fort Meades new Army Wellness Center on Monday. For the story, see Page 12. well done </li></ul><p>2. SOUNDOFF! September 19, 2013 Commanders Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 3 Movies..................................17 Community..................17 Classified..............................20 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant EditorSenior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supplemental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are 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 Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in 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 address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Soundoff! Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Editors note: Constitution Day and Citizen- ship Day is a combined event that is observed annually on Sept. 17. This event commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on Sept. 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become U.S. citizens. Constitution week is celebrated Sept. 17- 23. To learn more about the U.S. Constitution, visit We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. These words are the preamble of the document that each of us military and Department of Defense civilians in the service of our nation takes an oath to defend, and that all U.S. citizens pledge an oath of allegiance. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. It was adopted on Sept. 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and ratified by conventions in 11 states. It went into effect on March 4, 1789. The Constitution of the United States was drafted 11 years after we boldly declared independence from England and 160 years after the Pilgrims first landed on Plymouth Rock. The words in our Constitution codify an ideal, the principal of democracy, that all people are created equal and should be free to live their lives as equals. This concept was new in the late 1700s, or virtually new as it had been more than 1,300 years since the decline of the Roman Empire in the fifth century. I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domes- tic. That I bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath. In taking this oath, we swear allegiance, not to a king or queen, or to a president, m o n a r c h or religious leader, but to a concept of freedom and equality recorded on a piece of paper, along with its subsequent amendments. And while every young man and woman have their own reasons for wanting to serve their county, the one thing that unites them all in everything they do in uniformed service to our county is the Oath of Enlistment. The Constitution of the United States is the worlds oldest written constitution one and serves as the model for a number of other constitutions around the world. It has provided the basis for political stability, indi- vidual freedom, economic growth and social progress. It gives every person knowledge of the way government is supposed to work and what they should be doing. So as we celebrate Constitution Day this week, I encourage every member of our Team Meade community to read or re-read our nations Constitution and its amendments. I encourage all to think about what the words mean to you. Think about why our founding fathers included each section and why the amendments were added in later years. Doing this can serve as a reminder that even in times of struggle, challenge or threat, our nation remains unique in the world. And the principals on which it was founded are worth every dollar and ounce of energy expended to defend it. As we close out this week, I also want to extend our deepest sympathy to the service members, civilian workers and their families affected by this weeks tragic event at the Washington Navy Yard. Our Team Meade family stands ready and willing to offer assistance in any way possible to help those affected by this event. It continues to be my great pleasure to serve alongside you and I hope, as always, you have a wonderful Team Meade day. Recognizing the document that defines our nation COL. Brian P. Foley Garrison Commander 3. September 19, 2013 SOUNDOFF!News The Directorate of Emergency Ser- vices offers the following crime preven- tion and safety tips for when vacationing, shopping and in your vehicle; using social media; and to prevent identity theft. Home safety Before leaving home for vacation and holidays, place your residence on the Quarters Check List. Call Community Policing Officer Timothy Perkins at 301- 343-0345 or 410-672-4212. If you live off post, call the local police in your jurisdiction as they have similar programs. Stop your mail; purchase light timers and set them in a random pattern; forward your home phone to a device you will be carrying with you; and check all doors and windows to ensure they are locked. Always secure all valuables at all times. Make sure all high-value items are recorded by serial number and photo- graphed, and that documents are stored in a fireproof safe. Mail safety Criminals are starting to follow delivery trucks to steal packages. Ensure you coordinate pickup and delivery of all mail items. Registered mail confirma- tions are the best assurance. Shopping safety Shop with a friend. Do not showcase what you buy at stores by making multiple trips to your vehicle. Do not flash money around. Lock your doors if you are sitting in your car. Have your keys ready before you get to your vehicle. Make a quick check under, around and in the rear seat of your vehicle. Identity theft Keep your receipts. If you are buying a large ticket item, write down the register number and cashiers name. Do not let the store employees keep your receipt. Be aware of scams. Most scams can be cross-checked at Social media Any information is valuable to a criminal. Do not give a blow-by-blow of your vacation details or showcase new holiday presents online. Do not let everyone know you are going out of town or provide any finan- cial information. Vehicle preparation Always have emergency equipment such as blankets, water, cell phone char- ger, battery jump box, dry food goods, flares and flashlights. Account fraud Never cash a second- or third-party check for anyone, unless you personally know who they are. When you cash any form of legal tender, you are solely respon- sible for the fees that apply to the return. If you suspect any form of criminal account fraud, immediately report it to the police. Police emergency numbers Report all emergencies to the Fort Meade Police by calling 911. For non- emergencies, call 301-677-6622 or 301- 677-6540. Suspicious activities If you see suspicious activities in your area, call 301-677-2619 or go to Crime prevention and safety tips Sept. 5, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel at the Exchange observed the subject conceal and fail to pay for a pair of Nike sandals. Sept. 9, Larceny of private prop- erty: The victim stated person(s) unknown took her sons red scooter from their back porch. Sept. 10, Larceny of private property: An unknown person(s) by unknown means removed an unse- cured and unattended flag from its holder. Sept.11,Shoplifting:AAFESlosspreventionpersonnel attheExchangeobservedthesubjectholdingamakeup concealer tester. She then proceeded toward the dress- ingroomwithashirtandthetester.Later,shedeparted the dressing room with the shirt and without the tester visible. She exited the store without payment. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Moving violations: 13 Nonmoving violations: 1 Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 11 Traffic accidents: 4 Driving on suspended license: 0 Driving on suspended registration: 0 Driving without a license: 0 Fort Meade Public Affairs Office As the details of the Navy Yard shoot- ing unfold, Team Meade is asked to remain vigilant and focused on the safety and secu- rity at Fort Meade. When an active shooter situation occurs, witnesses must act quickly to protect them- selves and others. Remember that custom- ers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation. Knowing and understanding how to pre- vent, prepare, respond to and recover from potential hazards can save lives. Many active shooter incidents can be prevented if indicators of violence are reported and acted upon. It is everyones responsibility to understand the indicators of a potentially violent individual, and report them immediately. Some warning signs of potential violence in a co-worker or student could be: Overreacting to changes in policies, talking about incidents of violence or show- ing empathy for violent individuals. Students show warning signs of vio- lence when they become withdrawn, under- go changes in appearance and hygiene, start making suicidal comments, or talk about weapons and violent crimes. These behavioral examples are not com- prehensive or intended to diagnose violent tendencies. However, if you notice these signs in people around you, report them to a trusted official such as a supervisor or teacher. The best way to prepare for an active shooter situation is to ensure that all indi- viduals know how to react, plans are in place and drills are conducted to validate those plans. Leaders are requested to develop emer- gency action plans, which define evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures, and ensure that emergency numbers are immediately available. Every organization should have an emergency action plan. In the event of an active shooter, take the following actions when applicable: Evacuate: Leave everything behind, keep hands visible and follow instructions of police officers. Hide out: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Stay out of sight, lock and barricade the door, silence cell phone and turn off radios. Hide behind large items that protect from gunfire, remain calm and, if possible, call 911 to alert police to the active shooters location. If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen. As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by: - Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her - Throwing items and improvising weap- ons - Yelling - Committing to your actions When law enforcement arrives, remain calm. Put hands in the air with fingers spread, and follow instructions from law enforcement personnel. Do not make sud- den movements or question law enforce- ment. In the event that witnesses are taken to a designated assembly area for questioning following the incident, witnesses should stay in the area until they are officially released. Editors note: For more information on active shooter preparedness, visit www.dhs. gov/active-shooter-preparedness or call Fort Meade Antiterrorism Officer Mark A. George at 301-677-7310. How to respond to an active shooter 4. SOUNDOFF! September 19, 2013 News Corvias Military Living Corvias Military Living, the priva- tized housing partner at Fort Meade, kicks off a series of resident oppor- tunities on Monday with a weeklong open house at 2965 2nd Army Drive. The model home will be open for tours...</p>