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Getting velcroed upside down, Survivor Outreach Services Family & MWR Command, 100724
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U.S. Army photo by Rob McIlvaine, cleared for public release, not for commerical use, attribution requested.

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Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services, a model for the Army, holds 2nd annual TAPS Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp

By Rob McIlvaine
FMWRC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – The 2010 TAPS Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp at Fort Hood, Texas, brought together nearly 300 Family members from as far away as South Korea, Alaska and Nebraska who joined other survivors in weekend-long program of comfort and support.

Included in this group were 120 youngsters ranging in age from four to 19 who participated in a full schedule of activities, each with a Soldier/Mentor who spent the entire two full days with them using the buddy system.

“We’ve had Families tell us, ‘We don’t want to sit around and cry,’ so based on their feedback and with the help of Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, our Survivor Outreach Services has grown considerably,” said Janeth Lopez, Fort Hood Survivor Outreach Services Program Manager.

Lynch, who is now the commanding general of the Installation Management Command, combined the efforts of several organizations and services to take care of military Families when he was the III Corps and Fort Hood Commander.

“One of the biggest challenges for an installation is acquiring the space needed to house the services required to adequately help surviving Families,” Lopez said.

Beginning in the spring of 2009, a series of events led to significant changes for surviving Families at Fort Hood.

First, the God Star Family Center’s organization, Helping Unite Gold Star Survivors (HUGSS) was replaced by SOS, a program which falls under the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.

“Along with the Casualty Assistance Center, HUGSS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and focus groups used to help form the program’s future, the Fort Hood SOS program began to take shape,” Lopez said.

Lopez went on to say that weekend events such as this wouldn’t be possible without the assistance and financial help from groups like TAPS.

The Fort Hood area of responsibility includes 175 counties in Texas. Because of the size, one of the first actions, after acquiring the large space to house their offices and Hall of Remembrance, was to hire a staff.

“Our local program was given a Program Manager position and an Office Assistant, two Support Coordinators who would help a Family with programs already existing within the Army, two Financial Counselors and two Family Life Coach positions who would help Families of fallen Soldiers cope with the impact of grief, loss and bereavement,” Lopez said.

For the second annual Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp, Fort Hood units, their Soldiers and area businesses pitched in to make the weekend memorable for all those attending.

Members of the Armed Services YMCA volunteered their time to cook beef brisket from six in the morning on Saturday until four in the afternoon when the pulled brisket, baked beans, hot dogs and salad were served up for free.

One of the guys pulling out the brisket and wrapping it up in tin foil for further baking was retired Army Sgt. Maj. David Clemons, who was 1st Cavalry Command Sergeant Major from 2006 to 2008.

“I’ve got some guys in there on the wall at the Hall of Remembrance and I just enjoy giving back,” Clemons said as he jabbed a long fork into a brisket with a hearty smile on his face.

Other units joining were Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, pilots of an Apache Attack helicopter from the 21st Cavalry, a couple of tanks including an M1 A2 SEP V2, a team of Army bridge builders, the Army band, and dogs and their Soldier handlers from the Army K-9 corps. Local businesses included Westbound, a rock and roll band, and Veteran Sound, a group of veterans who handled music mixing and speakers for the band.

“In the three months I’ve been here at SOS the ball has really begun to roll and is now creating a landslide,” Financial Counselor Duane Atchison said of the program.

“Thanks to Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch who started the ball rolling, the interaction of units here on base and the chaplain, this program will do nothing but get stronger and become a major support system for surviving Families,” Atchison said.

During the first day’s opening general session, TAPS Director of Training Darcie Sims told the surviving Families that no matter where or how a Soldier died, everyone was there to listen and to help.

“It is not how someone died that brought us here. None of us wanted to be here. Whatever happened that cost them their life, it did not cost them our love,” Sims said.

“Many of us here maybe never got a chance to say ‘I’m sorry’ or you didn’t get a chance to say ‘goodbye.’ Tonight after dinner and the Soldier Show, we’ll all get a chance to yell up to the heavens, ‘Goodbye, I love you,’” Sims said.

Following two full days of sessions where Families spent time sharing their stories and learning how to cope through meditation, games, exercise and dance, the time for the balloon release finally arrived.

Messages to their loved ones were attached to balloons and they took to the field.

Wayne, a child of a Soldier who had fallen, had no problem announcing what he had written to his father as his Soldier/Mentor David Riecke helped him get ready to release his balloon.

“I miss you,” Wayne said.

Infernal Overdrive at O’Brien’s, Allston MA, Jul 16 2011
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Image by Chris Devers
Paraphrasing Infernal Overdrive’s Facebook page:

Genre
Heavy Rock

Members
Marc Schleicher– Lead Guitar and Vocals
Rich Miele– Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
Mike Bennett– Lead Drums
• Keith Schleicher- Lead Bass Guitar

On the web
MySpace
Facebook
ReverbNation
SongKick
Last FM

Photos of their shows
O’Brien’s, Allston MA, 16 Jul 2011
Great Scott, Allston MA, 2 Apr 2011
O’Brien’s, Allston MA, 4 Sept 2010
O’Brien’s, Allston MA, 16 Jan 2010

Hometown
Red Bank, NJ

Record Label
Small Stone Records

About
Infernal Overdrive is a heavy rock and roll band formed in early 2008 when Marc Schleicher (fmr. Quintaine Americana [Wikipedia, MySpace, AllMusic], Cracktorch [MySpace], Antler, Liquor Tricks [MySpace]) of Allston , Mass. started jamming with Mike Bennett (fmr. Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]) in Red Bank. Soon they got Rich Miele (fmr. Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]) on board playing second lead guitar. During some of their early shows, Jake Metz (Godzero [MySpace]) joined the band on bass, but he was soon replaced by Keith Schleicher.

Their sound is a combination of their classic influences such as Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Free, Grand Funk, Cactus, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd and newer heavy bands like Kyuss, Nebula, Soundgarden, STP, QOTSA and Monster Magnet.

Biography
Rumors abound that somewhere in the depths of New Jersey time stands still and it is always 1977. Trapped in this interstellar time warp, making electric amageddon is Infernal Overdrive. Fronted by the mysterious, oft reckless Marc Schleicher (Cracktorch [MySpace], Quintaine Americana [Wikipedia, MySpace, AllMusic], Antler) – a Boston native transplanted in time and space to this 4th dimension – summoned by the all-powerful duo of Mike Bennett and Rich Miele of Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]. After a treacherous search to find his long lost brother, Keith Schleicher was sucked into the vortex to fulfill his destiny on bass guitar. They journey in the last of the V8 interceptors, proving themselves worthy of the Small Stone pedigree. Forces to be reckoned with on their own, as a group their wonder team powers activate to kick into Infernal Overdrive.

Armed with their wits, New Jersey dialect and a passion for surviving the likes of the Tall Man, flying orbs, giant sharks, the Turnbull AC’s and an occasional family of albino zombies, Infernal Overdrive will be coming to an area near you soon. Can you dig it?

Current Location
Red Bank, NJ

Artists We Also Like
Cortez, Maegashira, Monster Magnet, Roadsaw, Pigs, The Brought Low

Influences
Delta Blues, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, Cactus, Deep Purple, Nebula, Pink Floyd, Cream, Mountain, Kyuss, James Gang and shit loads of other bands.

Reviews

Review by The Obelisk / Stoner Rock:

Infernal Overdrive Kick into Gear
With production by Andrew Schneider (Throttlerod, The Brought Low, Hackman) and mastering by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East in Boston, there’s no doubt that New Jersey riff rockers Infernal Overdrive are going for that Small Stone Records sound. The four tracks that comprise their new self-titled EP fall in line with the kind of straightforward guitar-led rock the Detroit label has proffered for well over a decade now, and with a similar southern/classic ‘70s influence to New York’s The Brought Low, Infernal Overdrive seem remarkably conscious of what they’re doing sonically. More so than you might expect for a band just releasing their first EP.

The story goes that when guitarist/vocalist Marc Schleicher (ex-Cracktorch [MySpace], Antler) moved from Massachusetts to central New Jersey, he got hooked up with drummer Mike Bennett and guitarist/backing vocalist Rich Miele (both ex-Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]). Keith Schleicher (relation assumed) was added on bass and Infernal Overdrive began rocking out early 2008. The EP was recorded over two days in February and four in April, and though that seems quick, none of the songs feels rushed or underdone. Schneider, who also shows up on extra backing vocals, makes his mark sound-wise in the tone of Schleicher and Miele’s guitars and Bennett’s snare sound, which has the same pop Schneider has become known for – not too bright, but able to cut through the mix and propel the songs forward. Some of Schleicher’s leads, as on EP closer “Motor,” feel a little too thought out, too structured where what I’d like to hear is a little bluesy ‘70s recklessness, but they get the job done nonetheless, and the vocals are never out of place.

Although the highway for which it’s named runs down through the whole East Coast, there’s no question that when Infernal Overdrive open the EP with “I-95,” they’re talking about Jersey. The song is a southern-hued guitar rocker that sets the tone well for the three tracks that follow with an ear toward rock traditionalism and, once again, like-minded Small Stone heavy-hitters Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, et al. It’s hard to argue with the approach when it works as well as it does on the speedy “The Edge,” which forgoes central Jersey’s reputation for heavy psychedelia in the style of Monster Magnet in favor of Halfway to Gone’s stripped-down take on rock. “Duel” slows down the pace somewhat but still keeps a mid?paced groove that makes use of some well?placed lead lines that start the song reminding me of Iron Maiden filtered through Nebula’s druggy haze. Only “Motor,” which devolves into an extended jam that brings the track to a total of just under 12 minutes, is longer, as the songs on Infernal Overdrive go in order from shortest to longest. Whether or not that’s on purpose on the part of the band, I don’t know – I’d imagine at least putting “Motor” last is – but I suppose it’s as good a method of organization as any.

There’s a short message from the Devil after “Motor” finishes up, and that’s the end of the EP. Infernal Overdrive are out relatively quick when you consider their first release is only 26 minutes and three of the four songs take up about 11 of it. No complaints though, as the four-piece know precisely how to get the most out of their sound and show exactly that on these tracks. It’s a hell of an investment to make with a self-released debut to hook up with the likes of Schneider and Zampiello, but Infernal Overdrive make the most of Schleicher and co.’s collected experience, and come off sounding confident and notably mature for a band who’s been together less than three years. It may not be changing the game, but Infernal Overdrive is definitely worth checking out for anyone who wants to hook into some solid and unpretentious heavy rock.

Review by Cutting Edge Rocks:
A couple years ago we reviewed a strong up-and-coming Jersey band Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]. Well, it seems they dissolved and morphed into Infernal Overdrive. The new band is two parts Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook] (drummer Mike Bennett and guitarist/backing vocalist Rich Miele), one part Cracktorch [MySpace], Antler (guitarist/vocalist Marc Schleicher) and one part brother (bassist Keith Schleicher). Mike contacted me letting me know the band formed after Marc relocated from Boston and set up shop in Jersey. He sent along the EP for my listening pleasure. And a pleasure it is! The songs are baked in southern ‘70s hard rock with catchy riffs and plenty of power rumbling in the pipes. The info is sketchy but according the record’s liner notes, the four-song EP was recorded this year in Brooklyn, NY over five days (Feb 27, 28 & April 17, 18, 24, 25). Production was handled by Andrew Schneider (Throttlerod, The Brought Low, Hackman) with mastering by Nick Zampiello. Fans of our site will immediately make the Small Stone connection and that seems to be where the band are heading as the vibe is defiantly Detroit retro.

Take for instance “I-95” which opens the disc with a solid guitar wail and foot-stomping drum beat. Tambourine is added for flavor but the song bellows like fellow Boston-natives Roadsaw, mixing biker thunder with a Pat Travers/Leslie West riff-fest. Second track, “The Edge” is pure old school Nugent, including the repeat riff and frantic, almost MC5 delivery. Schleicher voice is ragged and ready to rock. The drums hammer and the bass drives laying down a solid bed for some sexy solo leads. “Duel” has more Fu Manchu in the groove. It’s mostly in the chorus, but the build in the verse is still very Scott Hill/Brant Bjork. The track also boasts our favorite solo – frayed, not over played and sparked with cosmic energy. “Motor” is a 13-minute stoner masterpiece. A heavy bottom end brings to mind Sabbath, Sasquatch and Mountain. The riff is clean but thick with a layered solo painting in all the little nuances – perfect for a psychedelic ride. The echo on the vocals adds to the songs dripping mysticism while the guitar is allowed to float, pierce and melt the brain. Yeah, it only four songs, but dude, sometime that’s all you need when they’re this good.

Review by Heavy Planet
I recently had a chance to hear some new material from thee guys and I’ll tell you right now, this is a band to be on the look out for. They’re going places. Their sound is straight up southern stoner rock. If I had to compare them, I’d say they’re a bit harder version of The Brought Low. Checkout the usual social media spots (links below) to hear what I’m talking about and keep up to date with all their happenings because you’ll certainly be hearing from them again.

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