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today, 5:30 p.m.: Education Town Hall - Midway Commons Neighborhood Center
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Meade High freshman
vies for Military Child
of the Year award
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Marcus Atchison of the
U.S. Army Medical Activity
team fights to hold on
to the basketball as
defenders from the 327th
Signal Company apply a
double-team to force a
turnover during a Division I
intramural basketball game
Monday night at Murphy
Field House. Atchison led
MEDDAC in scoring with 12
points in their 37-22 defeat
over the 327th.
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This evening I will host an education town hall at
the Midway Commons Neighborhood Center, start-
ing at 5:30 p.m. I hope to see you there.
I have a special interest in our schools on Fort
Meade. Maybe it’s because of my Bachelor of Sci-
ence degree in education or maybe it’s because my
wife, Audrey, and I are raising two kids.
On numerous occasions since becoming garrison
commander, I have had discussions about our schools
with parents, teachers and school principals.
Last month I went on a tour of Fort Meade
schools with Dr. Kevin Maxwell, superintendent of
Anne Arundel County Public Schools. I have learned
that there are a lot of positive things happening at our
schools. I also think there are other things we can do
to create an even more positive school environment.
I am hosting this education town hall because I
want to know what you think about our schools.
It is important for me to understand how you feel
about our schools so I can pass on your thoughts to
Dr. Maxwell and other school administrators. My
goal is to develop a strategy to help educators and
school administrators better understand the Fort
Fort Meade is very different from other military
installations. First, we do not have military schools
on post. Meade High School and the post’s middle
and elementary schools are not Department of
Defense schools; they are part of the Anne Arundel
County public school system.
Fort Meade is also not like Army installations
such as Fort Hood, Texas, or Fort Campbell, Ky.,
where you have a large number of Soldiers who are
either deployed, getting ready to deploy or are return-
ing from a deployment.
Research over the past 10 years of war has
documented the emotional distress for spouses and
children of deployed Soldiers. We know that children
with a deployed parent can have a difficult time
making a connection with their school and having a
positive learning experience.
And while Fort Meade is not like these installa-
tions, we do have individual service members and
units that deploy.
Military families and military children have spe-
cial needs. I know military families are strong.
But I also believe
we can help our
c o m m u n i t i e s
they can help us. I
believe it takes all
of us, inside and
outsides the gates
of Fort Meade,
to support our
My goal, and
I’m sure your goal
as well, is to have a positive school environment. We
want our schools to be a stabilizing force for our
young people, both emotionally and academically.
We need our schools to be flexible and supportive
in meeting the needs of our children. We want our
students to know that our schools care about them,
have high expectations for their education and are
there to provide the support that is essential to their
I know Dr. Maxwell is strongly committed to
supporting Fort Meade and its military and civil-
ian families. We also have a school liaison, Sarah
Bonise, who has established great relationships with
our schools. And my Headquarters Battalion com-
mander, Lt. Col. (P) Ed Barrett, is helping me build
better partnerships between our tenant units on Fort
Meade and our area schools.
Now I am asking you to come out tonight and
tell me what we, as a post community, can do to
help our students. What are your suggestions for
our school administrators and teachers that can help
our students? What can we do to better support our
teachers and school administrators? How can we help
the community, outside our gates, better understand
I believe we have a great opportunity to work
together and create an optimal setting for teaching
and learning at Fort Meade. We have an opportunity
to set some standards that other communities and
other public school systems can model.
I look forward to having this discussion with you
Education town hall
focuses on schools
COL. Edward c.
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government employees, family members or community
members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander
directly by visiting Rothstein’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.
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By Brandon Bieltz
At Fort Meade, Leap Day isn’t just
an extra day added to the calendar this
On Feb. 29, Fort Meade will conduct
a social media town hall from 4:30 to 6
During the 90-minute session, garrison
leaders including Garrison Commander
Col. Edward C. Rothstein will respond to
community-related questions posted on
the Fort Meade Facebook page.
“I sincerely believe this is a great oppor-
tunity for all of us to learn more about
what we can do to make Fort Meade a
better community,” Rothstein said.
The virtual town hall is the second of
its kind on the installation.
“It is an opportunity for people to
connect with us via our Facebook page,
which is already a great resource for our
community to connect with each other,”
said Jason Kelly, emerging media man-
ager at the Fort Meade Public Affairs
“For this event, we’re giving people the
opportunity to connect with our garrison
leadership, specifically Colonel Rothstein,
to let him know what’s on their mind and
to be able to suggest areas of possible
improvement for the community,” Kelly
said. “It’s also a chance for the commu-
nity to tell us what we’re doing right.”
The installation conducted its inaugu-
ral Facebook town hall in October 2011,
with Rothstein and garrison staff answer-
ing more than 70 questions ranging from
on-post speeding to food selection at the
The two-and a-half-hour-session led to
more than 800 “interactions” including
511 comments and more than 330 “likes.”
During the day of the town hall, traffic on
Fort Meade’s Facebook page increased by
more than 500 percent.
“Last time was an overwhelming suc-
cess,” Kelly said. “It was our first large-
scale social media community engage-
Building on the success of the previous
Facebook town hall, the process has been
enhanced to accommodate the high vol-
ume of questions and comments that are
expected during the 90-minute event.
Rothstein, Kelly and the garrison staff
hope to respond to every question during
the town hall. However, some questions
that may need additional information
will be answered and followed up at a
While Rothstein has hosted several in-
person town halls, the Facebook session
provides a platform for people who want
to be part of the social media discussion,
“Just like social media changes, we can
change with it to adapt to our communi-
ty’s needs,” he said. “I think it’s a great
opportunity for people who want to be
able to connect in real-time and from the
convenience of their own home.”
Fort Meade to hold second Facebook town hall
The Fort Meade Commissary will close
Sunday at 4 p.m. and all day Monday and
Tuesday while it undergoes a “reset” as
part of the Defense Commissary Agen-
cy’s ongoing effort to enhance the shop-
The commissary will reopen Wednes-
day at regular hours.
“We hate to inconvenience our custom-
ers with the closure, but this is something
we’ll all appreciate when it’s done,” said
Frank M. Macias, acting store director.
The reset is part of an agency-wide
program that systematically changes
how products are displayed on shelving
throughout a commissary in order to bet-
ter serve customer shopping patterns.
The goal is to give commissaries world-
wide a more customer-friendly product
flow and a layout that is as consistent as
possible from location to location, said
Steve Arland, chief of DeCA’s store reset
and planogram team.
“Although we have to take into consid-
eration that no two commissaries are con-
structed exactly alike, a customer-friendly
product flow means dog food will be next
to pet supplies instead of the charcoal,
peanut butter is best found next to the
jam, and you shouldn’t have to cruise
three different aisles to find all your clean-
ing products,” Arland said. “It’s a simple
matter of making the commissary layout
more sensible by ‘resetting’ the store.”
DeCA is intent on making the commis-
sary shopping experience faster and easier
— making the commissary the place to
shop every day, not just on payday. One of
the priorities is to help busy, active-duty
shoppers make a quick run through their
commissary and get home more quickly.
“The whole idea, in a nutshell, is to
get convenience into the shopping experi-
ence,” Arland said.
Consistency is also part of the reset
“Why shouldn’t you be able to go to
different commissaries and find basically
the same layout?” Arland said.
“We try not to inconvenience the cus-
tomers while resetting stores, but we
often have to close the store for a day,
sometimes two, in order to tear down the
shelving and move it and restock. Our
customers usually like the new layout
once they get used to it. Sales increases
always follow a store reset, and that’s an
indication that the user-friendly product
flow is a good change.”
To make changes easier for customers
to follow, stores have aisle layout maps
available as well as generic item locators
on their web pages. Store web pages are
under the locations link at http://www.
commissaries.com along with store hours,
contact information, store news and spe-
cial customer service features.
Editor’s note: This article was submitted
courtesy of the Fort Meade Commissary.
Commissary closes temporarily to redesign layout
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Feb. 3, Shoplifting: The Direc-
torate of Emergency Services
was notified of a possible shop-
lifting at the Post Exchange.
AAFES security personnel
observed the subject, via the
electronic video surveillance
system, pick up merchandise
and proceed beyond the final point of
sale, and exit the PX without rendering
Feb. 2 and Feb. 3, Larceny of pri-
vate property: The victim reported
that between Feb. 2 and 3, person(s)
unknown by unknown means gained
entry into her vehicle, which was left
unsecured and unattended, and
removed a GPS.
Feb. 2 and Feb. 3, Larceny of pri-
vate property: The victim report-
ed that between Feb. 2 and 3,
person(s) unknown by unknown
means gained entry into her vehi-
cle, which was legally parked adjacent
to the residence and left unsecured and
unattended, and removed an iPod nano,
two headrest video screens and a vehicle
Feb. 12, Larceny of private property:
The victim had her wallet stolen from a
parked, unsecured vehicle.
Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services
Issue: Plan: Status:
Youth Services Sports
Complex is in need of
Renovate the Youth Services
Actual use of fields will be
this fall to allow
grass to mature
have concerns about golf
course service availability in
light of Base Closure and
Maintain a minimum of
18 holes at current site;
restoring golf operations
on a site south of the
installation is also proposed
Golf operations are
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Play equipment near the Boundless Playground is currently undergoing repairs.
The Installation Safety Office
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Burba Lake as unsafe
Repair the play equipment
so that it is functional
Repairs are under way
By Melissa Ballou
Our Family for Families First
John Picerne’s foundation, Our Family for Families First Foundation,
has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the Joining Forces Community
This challenge was a call to action launched in April 2011 by First Lady
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to “recognize citizens and organizations
with a demonstrated, genuine, and deep desire to be of service to military
Our Family for Families First Foundation is committed to supporting
military family members in the pursuit of higher education and establish-
ing a tradition of community service.
The foundation has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships and
grants to the children and spouses of military families since 2006 (more
than 200 students) and initiated more than 40 targeted outreach programs
in towns and cities surrounding military installations.
“We are honored to be recognized for our effort to help military family
members reach their educational goals,” said Maria Montalvo, executive
Our Family for Families First Foundation is now in the running to be
selected as a People’s Choice Award winner.
The foundation submission can be found at http://joiningforces.chal-
The voting period will take place until Feb. 23 at 11 p.m.
Our Family for Families First was created by John G. Picerne, president
and CEO of Picerne Military Housing, to support the spouses and chil-
dren of active-duty service members assigned to Picerne Military Housing
installations at Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Bragg, N.C.,
Fort Polk, La., Fort Rucker, Ala., Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Sill, Okla.
The program continues to expand and will begin to serve several new
communities in 2013. Families do not have to reside in on-post housing
to qualify for scholarships or grants.
John Picerne foundation
selected as top-20 finalist
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TOP LEFT: Master Sgt. Marcia Jackson and Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Vereen
dance at Right Arm Night. More than 360 service members and civil-
ian employees from the installation attended the two-hour event that
featured free food, music and prizes.
LEFT: Air Force Staff Sgt. Dee-Anne Guartuche-Smith celebrates after
winning a $25 dollar gift card at Right Arm Night at Club Meade. The
evening event featured Super Bowl-themed games for prizes.
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The Manor View dump site is a 10-acre site located near the intersection of MacArthur Road and 2nd Corps Boulevard. In 2003,
high concentrations of methane were discovered in the soil. The site restoration is schedule to begin in mid-February and will
take about 14 weeks to complete.
Photos and graphics courtesy of the Environmental Division
Once completed, the proposed Manor View dump site will include safety fencing, new signs along 2nd Corps Boulevard and
restoring the site to a flat grass field. The cleanup project is being carried out by the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental
By Paul Fluck and Denise Tegtmeyer
This is the first in a series of articles
designed to inform the Fort Meade com-
munity on the status of the environmental
cleanup program including actions that will
be noticeable in the near future.
To begin, let’s start with some history
of environmental law. In 1984 and 1986,
Congress passed legislation to provide for
the cleanup of hazardous waste caused
by past disposal activities at Department
of Defense sites under a program known
as the Defense Environmental Restoration
Program, or DERP.
DERP established the Installation Res-
toration Program specifically to identify,
investigate and clean up former disposal
sites at active Army installations with the
goal of protecting human health and the
The IRP is carried out in accordance with
all federal and state laws. The primary fed-
eral laws are CERCLA, the Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation
and Liability Act; and SARA, the Superfund
Amendments and Reauthorization Act.
In 2009, Fort Meade signed a Federal
Facility Agreement with the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency, the Department
of the Interior and the Architect of the
Capitol to establish how Fort Meade will
meet the goals established by DERP, EPA
and Maryland Department of the Environ-
ment cleanup requirements.
In addition to working with the regula-
tors, great emphasis is placed on working
with Fort Meade and surrounding com-
munities with outreach activities including
Restoration Advisory Board meetings, press
releases and social media outlets.
Cleanup sites identified
Fort Meade and the regulators identi-
fied 134 cleanup sites that have potential to
impact human health and/or the environ-
ment. These sites were identified through a
combination of methods including review
of historic photographs, records, descrip-
tions of buildings and the processes used in
them, spill records, or soil and groundwater
Of the 134 sites, 27 sites have been suc-
cessfully completed. Studies of the remain-
ing sites have identified nine major cleanup
sites including Manor View dump site,
former trap and skeet range, closed sanitary
landfill, former Nike fire control site, former
mortar range, former pesticide shop, Archi-
tect of the Capitol, Defense Reutilization
Cleanups protect Meade environment
and Marketing Office, and southeast area
Environmental cleanups at Fort Meade
use a combination of “removal actions,”
which are intended to quickly reduce
immediate threats to human health and
the environment posed by contaminants,
and “remedial actions,” which provide per-
manent cleanup of pollution that poses
long-term risks to human health and the
The cleanup program is being carried
out by the Directorate of Public Works’
Environmental Division. The Manor View
dump site is an example of a removal
action, which will begin soon.
Manor View Dump Site
The Army is planning to remediate
safety hazards associated with methane gas
at the Manor View Dump Site.
The approximately 10-acre site located
near the intersection of MacArthur Road
and 2nd Corps Boulevard is surrounded by
residential housing (Potomac Place) and
Manor View Elementary School.
In 2003, construction workers discovered
buried demolition debris and household
trash when moving soil during the con-
struction of military housing. Fort Meade
began investigating the site and found high
concentrations of methane in the soil.
Methane is produced by the natural
decomposition of trash and is a potentially
flammable gas under certain conditions. In
2004, safety measures were implemented to
control the movement of methane.
Investigations confirmed that the trash
was from the 1940s, located on Army prop-
erty, and that methane was being generated
in the western part of the landfill — not the
eastern part behind Manor View Elemen-
The Army conducted extensive environ-
mental investigations to categorize the age,
type and location of waste within the former
dump site. The investigations found organic
material buried in the western portion of the
site in an area about one acre in size. The
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rest of the site contains construction debris.
Some of the waste is from the 1940s.
Methane, also known as natural gas, is
an odorless and colorless gas. Although
methane is not toxic, methane can pose a
safety hazard at certain concentrations in
the atmosphere that make it potentially
flammable or explosive in the presence of
an ignition source.
Existing safety measures
The Army has taken extensive actions to
ensure the safety of Potomac Place, Manor
View Elementary School and the surround-
First, the Army installed methane moni-
Methane has not been detected at hazard-
ous levels inside the homes or above normal
background levels at the school.
Second, the Army installed a temporary
landfill gas migration control system to
prevent the methane from moving beyond
the site boundary.
Third, when it was determined the con-
trol system was not capturing all the meth-
ane, the system was upgraded from a pas-
sive system to an active system that extracts
methane from the ground.
As a final safety precaution, the homes
nearest the site were vacated and remain
Developing a permanent solution
The current remedy is temporary and
only controls the movement of methane
within the landfill; it does not address the
creation of the methane.
For a permanent solution, the Army will
remove the trash and dispose of it in an
approved off-post landfill. Removal of the
methane-generating waste allows the site
to be returned to the Army community for
The Army anticipates starting work
in mid-February. The work — including
installing safety fencing, new signs along
2nd Corps Boulevard, excavating the trash
and restoring the site to a flat grass field
— will take about 14 weeks.
Additional information available
Fort Meade has established an informa-
tion repository, which contains documents
on the sites on post.
These documents are available for public
review at the West County Area Library at
1325 Annapolis Road in Odenton (410-222-
6277) and the Fort Meade Environmental
Division at 2212 Chisholm Ave. (301-677-
This and other environmental projects
are discussed every other month at meet-
ings of Fort Meade’s Restoration Advisory
Board. Meetings are announced in local
papers and on the Fort Meade Environ-
mental Office website.
Interested community members are wel-
come at the meeting and to apply as a com-
munity board member.
For more information, call the Environ-
mental Office at 301-677-9854.
• February to March: Site
preparation (four weeks)
• March to May: Excavation,
transportation, disposal and
backfill (nine weeks)
• May: Site restoration
Throughout the work:
Air monitoring, methane
monitoring, traffic control, dust
control, odor control and noise
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This 3-D site model details the approximate extent of methane-generating waste. The Army has
taken extensive actions to ensure the safety of Potomac Place, Manor View Elementary School
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By Carrie Shult
FORSCOM Health Promotion Project
U.S. Army Public Health Command
Heart disease is the leading cause
of death in the United States in men
Heart disease affects millions of
Americans. The American Heart Asso-
ciation estimates that about every 34
seconds someone will have a heart
attack. So if you are a slow reader, that
means several people had heart attacks
while you were reading this article.
Research about heart disease risk
factors suggests that making even
small lifestyle changes can reduce the
risk of coronary artery disease, heart
attack, stroke and other serious car-
diovascular conditions. What does that
really mean, and more importantly
what does it mean for you?
Let me break it down:
• Get moving.
If you sit a lot, try to sit less. If
you have a job where you are at your
computer a lot, add a reminder to your
electronic calendar every hour to stand
up and walk away, do 15 push-ups, get
some fresh air.
Take the stairs instead of the eleva-
tor. Avoid being the parking lot shark,
lurking around waiting for an open
spot in front. Park away from your
destination so you can get some extra
Step, march or jog in place for at
least 15 minutes while watching televi-
sion. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
for five days a week or more.
Walk. Get a step counter and set a
goal to walk at least 10,000 steps daily.
Just get moving.
• Maintain ideal weight.
increases the risk of
heart disease and
stroke. To achieve
loss, don’t skip
meals but eat 200 to
300 calories less each
day. This amounts to
one slice of bread, one pat
of butter or one-half cup of
Eat smaller portions and eat break-
fast every day.
• Make a yearly date with the doc-
Get your blood pressure, cholesterol
and blood sugar checked as recom-
mended. Put the date on the calendar
as a special date just like birthdays or
anniversaries or the Super Bowl.
• Control high blood pressure.
Blood pressure that is higher than
120/80 is known to increase the risk of
heart disease. Lifestyle modifications
such as staying physically active and
eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables,
whole-grain and high-fiber foods, and
lean protein can help control blood
If you are an on-the-go person, arm
yourself with information by check-
ing out the nutrition guidelines on the
Internet before going to restaurants.
If you have high blood pressure,
follow your health care provider’s
recommendations carefully, even if
it means taking medication every
day for the rest of your life. By
managing your blood pressure, you
are lowering your risk of heart
• Quit tobacco use.
the amount of oxy-
gen in the blood
and raises blood
harms nearly every
organ in the body,
including the heart, blood
vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproduc-
tive organs, bones and digestive organs
— not to mention it also stains your
teeth, clothing and hands.
To quit smoking, make a personal
quit plan. Pick a “quit day” and tell
everyone about it. You will find out
who supports your goal.
Get rid of tobacco in the house, car,
workplace and your secret stash.
• Cut down on alcohol.
Too much alcohol can raise blood
pressure, cause heart failure and lead
to a stroke. If you drink alcohol, drink
a moderate amount, which equates to
an average of one drink for women
and two drinks for men per day. One
drink is a 12-ounce can of beer or 4
ounces of wine, or 1 and 1/2 ounces
• Manage your stress.
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By Dan Kennedy
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dressing include faster healing, greater pain
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
has cleared the device for antimicrobial
wound care, which is the primary reason for
the Army’s genuine interest in the product.
The bandage is currently being used on
hard-to-heal wounds, with multiple research
studies under way. Anecdotal results are
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control. In some cases, wound pain is
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The nature of the cloth conforms well
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be impacted by the antimicrobial properties
of the bandage dressing, which has tremen-
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the best proving ground in which to test this
emerging medical device.
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Capt. Mohammad Alenezi, a pub-
lic relations officer with the Kuwait
National Guard, hopes to help his coun-
try’s military open its doors to women.
“It’s a very important step that we
have to take,” Alenezi said.
The captain is putting together a
communications plan to convince his
country’s parliament to allow women to
do administrative work in the military so
men can serve in the field.
Alenezi’s communication plan, the
“Capstone Project,” is part of his stud-
ies in the new Public Affairs Course for
International Students, or PACIS, at the
Defense Information School.
Alenezi is one of 15 students enrolled
in the five-week course, which began
Jan. 23 and ends Feb. 24.
The students represent 11 countries —
Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Taiwan,
Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Croa-
tia, Slovenia, Indonesia and Thailand
— and are learning the fundamentals of
military public affairs so they can adapt
these skills to serve their own countries.
“The course is off to a great start,”
DINFOS Commandant Col. Jeremy M.
Martin said. “We have a great group
of students who are very aggressive in
their pursuit of how to communicate
effectively to a variety of audiences
using every available medium of com-
The Public Affairs Leadership Depart-
ment at DINFOS oversees PACIS. The
course does not emphasize a U.S.-centric
approach to military public affairs, but
provides a foundation of knowledge
so students can successfully deploy as
public affairs officers in an international
operational environment, such as a U.S.-
led coalition, a NATO operation, a U.N.
peacekeeping mission or other multina-
The curriculum includes social media,
public affairs ethics, the basic principles
of audio-visual products, crisis commu-
nication, media interviews, on-camera
exercises and global security trends.
By the end of the course, students
must complete a Capstone Project, or
communications plan that incorporates
what they have learned to address a current
communications challenge they are facing
in their military command. The students
will deliver their plan to their military
leadership when they return home.
“I’m really happy I have the oppor-
tunity to attend this class,” said Emina
Military public affairs course boosts skills of foreign students
Lisic, head of the public relations and
information division for the Croatian
Ministry of Defense.
Lisic said she is learning all she can
about social media so she can incorpo-
rate her knowledge into her military’s
“This is DINFOS helping to affect
positive change in other countries,” said
Stefo Lehmann, an instructor in the
advanced studies segment of the PALD.
Lehmann said PACIS is an example of
public affairs capacity building in help-
ing partner and allied countries improve
“We hope to grow and sustain a pro-
fessional Public Affairs Corps among
our partner nations, which ensures
timely and effective communications in
exercises and also in any contingency
operation,” Martin said.
The idea for PACIS came about four
years ago during the tenure of former
DINFOS Commandant Navy Capt. W.
Curry Graham. Former Commandant
Col. Gary L. Keck spearheaded the
efforts to create the course.
Lehmann designed the course that was
vetted by public affairs representatives
from seven Unified Combatant Com-
mands and NATO.
PACIS was advertised through the
State Department and Unified Combat-
ant Command channels. The students
were required to take English compre-
hension and oral proficiency tests to be
admitted to the course.
Capt. Nina Raduha, a public relations
officer with the 1st Infantry Brigade of
the Slovenian army, said she has enjoyed
the discussions with course instructors.
“They give us all their experiences
— not just by the book,” she said. “We
can share our own experiences. The pro-
fessors value our experiences.”
Maj. Krishna Gurung, a company
commander of an infantry battalion in
the Nepal army, said he would like to
add a few more weeks to the course so
he can grasp all there is to learn.
“This is a good opportunity,” he said.
“I will share all my knowledge of what I
Lt. Megan Isaac, an instructor for
the Public Affairs Qualifications Course
who has taught a PACIS lesson, said she
has gained just as much from the inter-
“This is exciting for me, learning about
their variety of experiences and their pri-
orities,” she said. “It’s really fascinating
In addition to their course work,
the international students also have the
opportunity to participate in roundtable
discussions and sporting events with
Lehmann said DINFOS is planning
to offer another PACIS in October. The
Philippines and Turkey have signed up
for the fall course.
“I’m very happy to say I was one of
the first,” said Lisic, as a member of the
inaugural class. “It means something for
Capt. Mohammad Alenezi, Maj. Krishna Gurung, Emina Lisic and Capt. Nina Raduha are students in the first Public Affairs
Course for International Students at the Defense Information School. The five-week course gives students an overview of the
fundamentals of military public affairs that they can adapt to serve their own militaries.
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Since McKenna Thomas-Franz was 5
years old, she has lived in six states and
Germany. She has also attended eight dif-
Her father, Brig. Gen. George Franz,
director of Current Operations, J-33 for U.S.
Cyber Command, has deployed three times
since McKenna was born in 1997.
Now a freshman at Meade High School,
McKenna is a semifinalist in the Army
category for the 2012 Military Child of
the Year Award. The honor is bestowed by
Operation Homefront, a national organiza-
tion that provides emergency financial and
other assistance to military families and
The award recognizes military children
who have demonstrated “resilience and
strength of character; thrive in the face of
the challenges of military life; and dem-
onstrate leadership within their families
and their communities,” according to the
“I am kind of surprised,”McKenna said.
“I think it’s a good thing. All of my experi-
ences as a military child and my previous
volunteer experience has paid off.”
The Military Child of the Year Award
has been presented for the past two years to
an outstanding military child from each of
the service branches. McKenna is one of 20
semifinalists for the Army.
The recipient for each service branch will
be announced March 8. Each winner will
receive $5,000 and will be flown with a par-
ent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a
recognition ceremony on April 5.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will be a special
guest at the ceremony.
“You will not find a finer young person,”
said Bobbi Coffman, a teaching assistant
Meade High freshman vies for Military Child of the Year Award
at Meade High who nominated McKenna.
“She sets the absolute highest standard with
regard to every aspect of her life.”
An honor student, McKenna earned a
4.24 GPA during the first quarter of the
2011-2012 school year.
She is a member of Meade High’s Key
Club and has participated in many volun-
teer activities, including Happy Helpers
for the Homeless, a nonprofit organization
that provides food to the homeless in Glen
Burnie and Baltimore City. McKenna is
also a member of the school’s drama and
“McKenna is an exceptionally consci-
entious student,” said Aaron Santory, a
Meade High English teacher who taught
McKenna’s honors English class last semes-
ter. “I could always count on her to offer an
answer to a difficult question or participate
in a class discussion.”
Coffman, who is also executive direc-
tor of Happy Helpers for the Homeless,
said McKenna participated in the group’s
“Freedom Harvest” event last fall to honor
the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
The freshman has also participated in other
humanitarian efforts spearheaded by the
“She has helped sort through literally
tons of nonperishable food items,”Coffman
said. “Service to humanity is a top priority
Before moving to Fort Meade for a
second time in August 2011, McKenna
lived in Heidelberg, Germany, where she
attended Heidelberg Middle School and was
a member of the National Junior Honor
Society. There she volunteered for the Par-
ent Teacher Association and tutored other
“My father has been deployed for many
periods of time,”McKenna said. “It’s kinda
hard in the beginning because you don’t
know how long your parent will be gone.”
McKenna recalled that whenever she
moved and enrolled in new schools, she
often felt a bit nervous. But her family has
always assured her that she would be fine.
“As I got older, I got more confident,”
Heather Thomas, McKenna’s mother,
said spending quality time with McKenna
and the teen’s 13-year-old sister Caitlyn is
paramount, particularly when her husband
“We sit down and talk about the day and
eat dinner together every night,” Thomas
Thomas also volunteers alongside her
daughters at school and community events.
McKenna aspires to become a statistician
and hopes to attend Dartmouth College or
the University of Maine, her father’s alma
Reflecting on the nomination, McKenna
said it would be a great honor if she is
selected as the Army winner.
“I think it’s a good thing to be celebrated
as being part of the military,” she said.
McKenna Thomas-Franz, 14, a freshman at Meade High School, is a semifinalist in the
Army category for the 2012 Military Child of the Year Award presented by Operation
Homefront. A winner in each of the service branches will be announced March 8.
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By Brandon Bieltz
With Steven Strickland and Marcus
Atchison controlling the paint for the
U.S. Army Medical Activity basketball
team, opponents have struggled to create
positive matchups against the two power
“When you have big guys, it’s always
a good thing,” Strickland said.
Monday night was no different as the
6-foot-6 Strickland and 6-foot-4 Atchi-
son combined to score 22 points and
led MEDDAC to a 37-22 victory over a
struggling 327th Signal Company team
in the Division I intramural basketball
matchup at Murphy Field House.
MEDDAC opened the season with a
3-1 record, falling to the 780th Cyber
Squad in a tight 36-35 game on Jan. 18.
However, the team fell to just above .500
with a 4-3 record after losing to the top
two teams in the division last week.
In an effort to get back on track, the
team has been focusing on the funda-
mentals — playing basic basketball,
Strickland said. Coach Charles Jackson,
however, said his players are still working
on getting back into game shape.
While the rest of the team builds
chemistry and develops, Jackson said the
team relies on its “big men” to play in
the paint, holding off the opposition and
scoring off offensive rebounds.
“That’s our bread and butter — those
guys,” Jackson said.
The 327th team has also struggled this
season, with a 0-7 record. The majority
Big men of MEDDAC take down the 327th
photos by Nate pesce
MEDDAC’s Alfonso Myrie shoots over the 327th’s Kevin Mckeegan Monday night at
Murphy Field House. MEDDAC improved its record to 5-3 with the victory over the
RIGHT: The 6-foot-6 Steven Strickland powers his way to the basket during a Division
I intramural basketball game against the 327th Signal Company Monday night.
Strickland and Marcus Atchison controlled the paint with their size.
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of the team’s players have been out of
the sport for a year or two, player Joseph
Merrill said, and the team is still working
to get back into the swing of the game.
“We don’t give up,” Merrill said.
“From the start of the game to the end
of the game we battle up and down the
The team’s main struggle, players said,
is scoring points. In its previous seven
games, the team averaged only 30 points
a game while its defense was giving up an
average of 53 points.
Monday’s game was a rematch of the
teams’ season opener in which MED-
DAC secured a 34-27 victory over the
327th. The 27 points was a season low
for the 327th.
When the teams met this week, the
327th’s scoring struggles continued.
While the 327th offense failed to
score points, MEDDAC opened the
game on a 12-1 run — a lead the 327th
could not overcome.
Strickland and Atchison outplayed
the 327th big men and provided their
MEDDAC teammates with multiple
opportunities to score.
Strickland and Atchison were both
removed from the game with 7:20
remaining in the half. The move allowed
the 327th to begin hitting its shots and
battle back as Merrill, Julius Thomas
and Calvin House completed jump shots
that gave the 327th a little momentum.
However, Strickland was inserted back
into the game toward the end of the half
and took control of the paint, shutting
down the 327th offense. In the process,
MEDDAC held a 20-7 lead into half-
Strickland led MEDDAC’s charge
with 8 points while Atchison contributed
6. Thomas, Merrill and House all added
2 points for the 327th.
Much like at the start of the game,
MEDDAC opened the second half on a
9-2 run. Jay Snow quickly added 8 points
to MEDDAC’s lead.
With Strickland and Atchison on the
court early in the half, the 327th was
unable to get into an offensive rhythm
as the team suffered multiple miscues
and the inability to attack the basket.
But once MEDDAC’s power forwards
were removed from the game, the 327th
offense began fighting to the basket and
sinking shots from the outside to battle
But the team’s late-game surge was
unable to overcome the large deficit as
MEDDAC won by a 15-point margin,
37-22. Atchison led MEDDAC in scor-
ing with 12 points, while Strickland and
Snow each scored 10. Merrill scored a
team-high 8 points, and House added an
additional 7 points for the 327th.
After the game, Jackson said that
despite the one-sided victory, MEDDAC
still needs to tweak its defense and avoid
turning over the ball.
With three weeks left in the season,
Jackson said if the team continues to
improve, it could advance far in the
“I think we’re going to be a team to
be reckoned with in the postseason,” he
Julius Thomas of the 327th shoots from
behind the arch. Thomas’ 4 points weren’t
enough to help the 327th overcome an
early 12-1 deficit.
LEFT: Jay Snow of the U.S. Army Medical
Activity team drives to the basket during
the intramural basketball game at Murphy
Field House. MEDDAC defeated the 327th
Signal Company 37-22 in the Monday
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What can I say? This dude knows how to
throw a party.
At least that’s the general feeling of the 30
or so individuals who partook in the Joneses’
Super Bowl XLVI fiesta.
The three rules I shared last week certainly
played a role in our success. Minus a few
diatribes into politics, the game was the focus
of attention; there was no need to escape
upstairs or into the guest bathroom. The
kids’ area proved more than adequate. And
the food was pretty outstanding.
It stinks that I wasn’t able to use any of the
crab legs recipes you provided, but I had no
idea those tasty appendages were going for
about the same rate as saffron or gold — $20
per pound, which is roughly $7 per leg. So, we
called an audible and went with crab cakes,
which apparently fit better with our Mary-
land theme. Berger Cookies and “Old Bay on
everything” mantra helped as well.
I did go with Candy Bright’s meatball
recipe featuring plum jelly and chili sauce,
and I have to say the whole simpler-the-
better approach worked because the sauce
was fantastic and is currently being used on
everything from pita bread to the scores of
chicken wings we’re still finishing.
LESSON LEARNED: Either make it
clear you are providing the chicken wings,
or delegate what guests should bring. It may
seem tyrannical, but if you don’t, you’ll end
up with 12 platters of wings and no deviled
The game itself was about what I expected.
I thought there would be a few more touch-
downs, but in the end the Giants were the
better team. The scores of analysts said
about the same thing during their post-game
Interesting enough, the best analysis didn’t
come from a future hall-of-famer or ornery
former coach. They all seemed way too
focused on the idea of Eli Manning already
that he is now better than his brother Peyton,
as if none of them watched the Colts play
Ironically, the most interesting perspective
came from supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Unlike professional analysts who oftentimes
avoid pinning the loss on one particular
group or player, Bundchen, the wife of Patri-
ots quarterback Tom Brady, was very specific
with who she felt deserved blame for the loss:
Everyone on the team except for Tom Terrific,
but particularly that group of stone hands he
was throwing to.
throw the ball
and catch the ball
at the same time.
... I can’t believe
the ball so many
times,” the Brazil-
ian bombshell said
after being heckled
by a dork after the
Here’s the video in case you are curious:
First off, let me reiterate that the dude
heckling Bundchen is a scrub who is obvi-
ously not supermodel material.
Nevertheless, I do take issue with Gisele’s
remarks for two reasons. One, why can’t Tom
throw and catch the ball at the same time?
Former WWE superstar “Mr. Perfect” Curt
Hennig did it all the time. Check out http://
Second, dork boy is right. Eli does own
Brady. And that has some serious NFL
implications. Sure, Tom is still heading to
Canton, but there is no way he’s going in as
the best ever, which was the opinion du jour
among analysts heading into Sunday’s game.
But how can you be the best ever when it’s
not even clear you’re the best of your genera-
However, Tom’s place in history isn’t his
biggest issue right now. How and the heck is
he going to handle his wife after she threw his
team under the bus and then backed over his
favorite receiver, Wes Welker, a few times for
good measure? My guess is she’ll have some
leeway, being that she is the most super of
supermodels and all.
But he is Tom Brady. A fairly good-look-
ing man in his own right who happens to
be a three-time Super Bowl champion and
So I’m thinking he has a little more hand
in this partnership than the average schlep-
per, who would be thankful just to be with a
model. Therefore, he should be able to give
Gisele a little more than a sour look and cold
Beyond that, I don’t know how it’s going to
play out, but I’m guessing Dr. Phil and TMZ
will break it all down for us.
At least I’m hoping so.
If you have comments on this or anything
to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.
Hot model in hot water
Chad T. Jones,
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Bowling for the Exceptional Family Member Program will be offered Feb.
21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes.
All EFMP participants bowl for free. Other family members bowl at a
For more information, call 301-677-4122
Bull Oyster Roast
The Meade High School Baseball Program is sponsoring a Bull Oyster
Roast on March 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Gambrills Athletic Club, 682
McKnew Road, Gambrills.
The menu features: pit beef, pit turkey, oyster on the half shell, fried
oysters, oyster stew, mash potatoes, green beans, vegetables and desserts.
The entertainment includes: a disc jockey, money wheel, silent auction, door
prizes and 50/50 raffle.
Tickets cost $40. Proceeds will benefit Meade High’s new batting cage.
For more information, email Dave Lanham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Texas Hold ‘em
Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lane’s
11th Frame Lounge.
Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Fort Meade is hosting the 2012 Maryland East Coast Taekwondo National
Qualifier on Saturday at 9 a.m. at McGill Training Center.
Adults and children ages 6-17 will compete in the martial arts tournament.
The event is open to spectators. Cost is $10. Children under 5 attend at no
For more information, call 301-677-1196.
First Tee youth golf
Young golfers are invited to participate in the free First Tee golf program at
• The “Player” course for beginners, ages 4 to 6, will be held Thursdays
from March 1 to April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.
• The “Par” course, for those who have already completed the Player course,
will be held Saturdays from March 3 to April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-1196
Spring Sports registration
Registration for spring sports is under way at Parent Central Services,
1900 Reece Road.
Youth sports are available for ages 3 to 18 years old. Spring sports
include soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, track, swim and indoor football.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
Coaches are needed for the Child, Youth and School Service’s spring sports season.
All coaches are required to complete a background check and attend coach
certification training. Head and assistant coaches whose children are enrolled in
spring sports will be given a coach’s discount.
For more information, call 301-677-1329 or email email@example.com.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
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April 8 - Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m., Chapel Center
Feb. 21 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 6 p.m., Post Chapel
Feb. 22 – Ash Wednesday Protestant Service – 11 a.m., NSA Noon, Cavalry Chapel
Feb. 22 – Ash Wednesday Episcopal Service – 6 p.m., Post Chapel
March 28 – Living Last Supper (hosted by Gospel Congregation) – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 1 – Palm Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 1 – Palm Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 1 – Palm Sunday Contemporary Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 1 – Palm Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
April 5 – Holy Thursday Protestant Service – 11 a.m., NSA
April 6 – Good Friday Protestant Service – 11 a.m., NSA
April 8 – Easter Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 8 – Easter Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 8 – Easter Sunday Contemporary Protestant – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 8 – Easter Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
Feb. 22 – Ash Wednesday Mass – 11 a.m., NSA; Noon, Post Chapel; 7 p.m., Chapel Center
Feb. 24, March 2 9 – Stations of the Cross Lenten Supper – 6:30 p.m., Chapel Center
March 11-15 – Lenten Parish Retreat Reconciliation Service – 6 p.m., Post Chapel
March 16, 23, 30 – Stations of the Cross Lenten Supper – 6:30 p.m., Chapel Center
April 1 – Palm Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
April 5 – Maundy Thursday Service – 11 a.m., NSA
April 5 – Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 6 – Good Friday service – 11 a.m., NSA
April 6 – Good Friday Stations of the Cross – noon, Chapel Center
April 6 – Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 7 – Holy Saturday Great Easter Vigil – 8 p.m., Chapel Center
April 8 – Easter Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
*Regular Catholic Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. Cavalry Chapel; Sunday: 9
a.m. Chapel Center; 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel. There will be no 5 p.m. Mass at Cavalry Chapel
on Holy Saturday, April 7. Regularly scheduled noon Mass will be held at the Post Chapel,
except April 5 and 6.
April 9-12 – Passover meals – 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapel Center
Spring religious services on Fort Meade
By Wendy Poulson
Social Security manager, Glen Burnie
Valentine’s Day is just around the
corner, making this a popular time of
year for proclamations of love.
If you happen to be a newlywed who
is head over heels in love, you may not
be focused on things such as taxes or
Social Security, but you should be.
If you plan to exchange your maiden
name for a married name, including
hyphenated names such as Smith-Jones,
be sure to let us know.
Telling us about your name change
shortly after your marriage will help us
accurately keep track of your earnings
and will ensure that you and your fam-
ily get the Social Security retirement,
disability and survivors’ coverage you’re
Also, if the Internal Revenue Service
and Social Security records do not show
the same name and Social Security
number, your federal income tax refund
could be delayed.
If you continue to use your maid-
en name consistently throughout your
working years, you do not need to
However, if you decide to change
your name at a later time, you should
let us know so that we can update your
Social Security record and send you
a Social Security card with your new
There’s no need to pay someone else
to mail in the information for you.
Changing your name with Social Secu-
rity is a quick, easy and free service.
Just go online to www.socialsecurity.
gov/ssnumber, learn what documents
you need, and click on “Fill Out and
Print an application (Form SS-5).”
You also can call us at 1-800-772-
1213 to obtain the form. We will need
the completed application along with a
marriage certificate or divorce decree
verifying your old and new names.
If you were born outside the United
States, you also need proof of your U.S.
citizenship or proof that you are law-
fully living in the U.S. You can bring or
mail these documents to us.
You may be focused on the one you
love, and we don’t blame you. But
if you like us, click on the Facebook
icon at our homepage and “like” us on
You can follow us on Twitter, too.
Look for our Facebook and Twitter
icons at www.socialsecurity.gov.
We share information daily that can
help you and all your Valentines.
A Valentine tip from Social Security
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All
submissions are posted at the editor’s dis-
cretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Meade TV Blog
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email philip.h.jones.civ@
mail.mil or call 301-677-5602.
Education town hall
An education town hall will be
held today at 5:30 p.m. at the Midway
Commons Neighborhood Center.
Garrison Commander Col. Edward
C. Rothstein will host the event that will
focus on Fort Meade schools.
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care
Center will close Friday for quarterly
mandatory training and on Feb. 20 in
observance of Presidents Day.
Latin Club Night
Enjoy a nightclub atmosphere at Latin
Club Night on Friday from 8 p.m. to 2
a.m. at Club Meade.
There is no cover charge. Cash bar is
For more information, call 301-677-
Black History Month
The garrison command, along with the
Equal Opportunity Office, will sponsor
the African American/Black History
Observance on Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at Club Meade.
The theme is “Black Women in
American Culture and History.”
The annual event is hosted by the
Defense Information School. The
keynote speaker will be Joanne Martin,
co-founder of the National Great Blacks
In Wax Museum in Baltimore, the
country’s first wax museum concentrating
on black history, life and culture.
Admission is free and open to the
public. Free food samplings will be
Administrative leave is authorized.
For more information, contact Staff
Sgt. Fox or Staff Sgt. Fultz at 301-677-
4696 or SFC Bass at 301-677-6687.
DINFOS Black History
The Defense Information School is
hosting a series of events in celebration
of Black History Month.
This year’s theme is “Black Women in
American Culture and History.”
• Today through Feb. 29: “Coats for
Kids” and educational books for Sarah’s
House. Donations can be dropped off at
the main desk in the DINFOS lobby.
• Today: Black History Movie
discussion, “The Secret Life of Bees,” 11
a.m. to 1 p.m., DINFOS
• Feb. 17: Open mic event, 7 to 9 p.m.,
Club Meade. To perform, register by
Monday. Email Staff Sgt. Celisse Cortez
• Feb. 18: Lunch cruise on the
Spirit of Washington on the Potomac
with a musical tribute to African-
American artists, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For reservations, visit http://www.
• Feb. 22: Tour of Washington, D.C./
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 7
a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Feb. 29: Food Sampling/Trivia Bowl,
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., McGill Training
Center. Registration required by Feb. 24.
Email Master Sgt. Keisha Montague at
• Weekly emails: Check your inbox
for educational information about black
women’s contributions to American
history and culture.
To help with upcoming Black History
Month events, contact Master Sgt.
LaShawndra Ramsey at lashawndra.
firstname.lastname@example.org or attend
weekly planning meetings on Thursdays
at 2 p.m. at DINFOS.
For more information, email
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Madris
Gras-themed, all-you-can-eat lunch
menu on Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. at Club Meade.
For more information, call 301-677-
Country: Top 40 Night
Dance and party at Country: Top 40
Night on Feb. 24 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
at Club Meade.
There is no cover charge. Cash bar is
For more information, call 301-677-
LATIN CLUB NIGHTEnjoy a nightclub atmosphere at Latin Club Night on Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Club Meade.
There is no cover charge. Cash bar is available.
For more information, call 301-677-6969.
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Community News Notes
A Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner
will be held Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
at the Courses Clubhouse.
The dinner is open to military and
Reservations are required. For reserva-
tions or more information, call 301-677-
The 11th Frame Lounge at the Lanes
is hosting a free Karaoke Night on the
third Thursday of the month.
The next Karaoke Night will be Feb.
16 from 7 to 10 p.m. The general public
For more information, call 301-677-
The Exceptional Family Member
Program at Fort Meade is sponsoring
several events in February.
• “Meet and Greet,” Wednesday from 2
to 3 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood
Center. Join other EFMP parents for
monthly, informal parent-to-parent
chats. Registration required. For more
information, email email@example.com
or call 301-677-4473.
• EFMP Bowling events are held the
third Tuesday of each month at the Lanes.
The next event will be Feb. 21 from 5:30
to 7 p.m. and includes a free buffet and
giveaways for exceptional family members
ages 18 and younger and their siblings.
Register for free games and shoe rental
meadecyms.html. For more information,
call the EFMP office at 301-677-1156.
Adult exceptional family members may
register for free games and shoe rental at
the EFMP office by calling 301-677-7836.
Discounted games and shoe rental are
available for other adult family members.
Registration required by Feb. 17.
For more information, email theresa.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-
For general information, call Caraline
Someck, EFMP manager, at 301-677-
Pre-K enrollment starts
Pre-kindergarten applications for West
Meade Early Education Center starts
Applications must be completed in
person at the school. Children must be
age 4 by Sept. 1.
Bring the following documents when
• Child’s original birth certificate
• Copy of the child’s immunization
• Two proofs of residency (rental or
mortgage agreement and current utility
• Federal Income Tax Return for 2011
• Current award letter for Temporary
Cash Assistance, food stamps or WIC,
the federally-funded health and nutrition
program for women, infants and
Public pre-kindergarten programs in
Maryland were established to improve
the school readiness of children who are
economically disadvantaged or homeless.
If seats remain, children with other
readiness needs may be enrolled.
‘Military Saves’ Week
Army Community Service will host
“Military Saves” Week from Feb. 21 to 24
at the Community Readiness Center, 830
• Credit Scores and Reports will be
held Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. The free program is
open to everyone. Advance registration is
• Credit Score Clinic will be held Feb.
22 at 10 a.m. The free program is open to
active-duty service members and spouses
only. Advance registration is required.
• Day of Financial Fitness will be held
Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. The free program is open
to active-duty service members and spouses
only. Advance registration is required.
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or visit www.ftmeademwr.com.
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club will award scholarships for the
2012-2013 academic school year in the
Completed applications must be
postmarked by April 1.
• The Etta Baker Memorial
Scholarship will be awarded for
academic advancement to deserving
college-bound high school seniors.
• The Merit Scholarship for continued
learning will be awarded for academic
advancement to graduating high school
seniors and students currently enrolled
• The JROTC Scholarship will
be awarded to highly motivated,
community-minded students to further
Toothbrush GiveawayIn celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Fort
Meade Dental Activity will host the 25rd annual “Toothbrush Giveaway”
on Friday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the commissary.
Talk to the Tooth Fairy; get a new toothbrush, floss and rings; and
brush “Doogey Dog’s” teeth. Learn the keys to a lifetime of healthy
teeth and gums.
For more information, call Deanna Benicewicz, community health den-
tal hygienist, at 301-677-5920.
their education beyond a high school
• The Military Spouse Scholarship
will be awarded for academic
advancement to highly motivated,
community-minded individuals to
further their education.
Application forms with all eligibility
requirements are available on the OSC
website at www.fortmeadeosc.org and at
high school guidance offices.
For more information, email Pat
Hagerty at email@example.com.
The Medal of Honor Memorial Library
offers Pre-Kindergarten Storytime every
Thursday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to
• Today: “Love is in the Air” pre-
Valentine’s Day celebration
• Feb. 16: “A Presidential Birthday”:
Learn about President’s Day.
• Feb. 23: “Goodness Gracious — What
a Nose” about elephants
For more information, call 301-677-
Youth Center activities
Child, Youth and School Services is
offering the following activities for grades
six to eight:
• Pizza and Movie Night, Friday, 6:30
to 10 p.m. Cost is $6.50 for pizza. Order
deadline is today at 6 p.m. Movie is free.
• Skating trip to Quiet Waters Ice Rink,
Feb. 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $10 with
skate rental, and $7 without skate rental.
• “Grilling and Chilling,” Feb. 24, 6:30
to 9:30 p.m. Menu includes barbecue
chicken legs, hot dogs, picnic salads and
drink. Food cost is $5.
For more information, call 301-677-1437.
Romp ‘n Stomp
Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup, for parents
and their children up to 5 years old, meets
Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Youth
Services gym, when Anne Arundel County
Public Schools are in session.
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Community News Notes
For more information, call Rikki
Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at
301-677-3617 or e-mail rikki.l.ford.ctr@
• Chamber Music Concert presented
by the U.S. Army Field Band on Sunday
at 3 p.m. at Epiphany Episcopal Church
at 1419 Odenton Road, Odenton. The
free event is open to the public. For
more information, call 301-677-6586.
• Leisure Travel Services, 2300 Wilson
St., is sponsoring monthly bus trips to
New York City on Saturday and March
10 and discounts to attractions. Bus cost
is $55. For more information, call 301-
677-7354 or visit www.ftmeademwr.com.
• Motor Trend International Auto
Show at the Baltimore Convention
Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Hours are:
Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday
and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is
$10 for ages 13 and older; $6 for service
members with DoD identification; $6 for
seniors (ages 62 and older) today and
Friday; $8 for seniors on Saturday and
Sunday; and $4 for children ages 7 to 12.
Children ages 6 and under attend free.
For more information, call 410-649-7000
or visit www.autoshowbaltimore.com.
• Monster Jam at 1st Mariner Arena,
201 W. Baltimore St. Hours are: Feb. 24
at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30
p.m.; and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Pit party is
Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Must
have a ticket to the 2 p.m. performance
and pit pass.) Tickets are $22, $30 and
$62. (All prices are $2 more on the day
of show.) Purchase pit passes for $10
(in advance or day of show). For more
information, visit baltimorearena.com.
• Fort Meade E9 Association meets the
second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in
the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next
meeting is Friday. The association is open
to active, retired, Reserve and National
Guard E9s of any uniformed service.
All E9s in this area are invited to attend
a breakfast and meet the membership.
For more information, visit www.
e9association.org or call 410-551-7953.
• Enlisted Spouses Club meets the
second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
at the Clubhouse in Bldg. T-4, across from
the Pet Care Center. The next meeting
is Monday. For more information, visit
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services,
1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is
Monday. For more information, call Rikki
Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at
301-677-3617 or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@
• NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet
Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish
Hall at 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.,
Glen Burnie. The speaker will be Jack
Czarnecki, a certified public accountant
who will speak to the changes and
requirements of filing tax returns. All
current and retired federal employees
and their spouses are invited. For more
information or to join, call Diane Shreves,
publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750.
• Bridging the Gap deployment support
group, sponsored by Army Community
Service, meets the second Tuesday of the
month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place
Neighborhood Center. The next meeting
is Tuesday. For more information, call
Sharon Collins at 301-667-4116 or email
• Officers’ Spouses’ Club will meet Feb.
16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Courses.
The February theme is “Oh, the Places
You Will Go.” The menu features Asian
beef with snow peas, brown rice, stir-
fry vegetables and sweet sticky rice with
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistance is needed in creating table dis-
plays for the following countries: England,
Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Korea,
Japan, Turkey, Greece and Germany. Any
loaned items and photos would be appreci-
To be a vendor, email 1stvice@fortmead-
eosc.org. Cost is $5 for members and $10
For the OSC “Wedding March” lun-
cheon, the club is collecting wedding photos
of members. Email a jpeg (and include
wedding date) to 1stvice@fortmeadeosc.
org by March 2.
Wear white to get in the wedding spirit,
and encourage members to don their best
“Royal Wedding Hat.”
• Patient/Family Advisory Council meets
the third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m.
at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.
The next meeting is Feb. 16 in Kimbrough’s
main conference room on the third floor,
The council is committed to improving
the delivery of our health care by
collaborating with providers, patients and
family members. For more information or
to become a council member, call Patient
and Family Centered Care, at 301-677-
• Retired Enlisted Association meets the
third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to
8:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.
The next meeting is Feb. 16. For more
information, visit www.trea.org or call
Mary Gray, the local president, at 410-
916-5385 or Arthur R. Cooper, national
president, at 443-336-1230.
• Meade Area Garden Club will
meet Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup
Community Hall at the corner of Route
175 and Wigley Avenue. Maria Price
of Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm
will present “Making Herbal Teas.”
Refreshments will be served. In inclement
weather, the meeting will be canceled if
Anne Arundel County Public Schools are
closed or open two hours late.
For more information or to join, call
Pat Loosararian, membership chairman,
at 410-519-6443 or Lois Stephenson, club
president, at 410-740-8024.
• Hearts Apart support group meets
monthly at Army Community Service,
830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is
Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hearts
Apart provides a supportive group setting
for adults and children (with children’s
activities provided) when the service
member is separated by TDY or PCS or
deployed for more than 30 days. For more
information, call 301-677-5590 or 301-677-
• Parenting With a Purpose will meet Feb.
22 and 29 and March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from
1 to 3 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood
Center at 8700 91st Division Blvd. Learn
what your parenting style is and the art
of judo-parenting. For reservations, call
Rikki Ford, Parent Support coordinator,
at 301-677-3617 or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@
• Air Force Sergeants Association
Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday
of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the
Roost, 9827 Love Road. The next meeting
is Feb. 22. For more information, call 443-
534-5170 or visit www.afsa254.org.
• Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op
meets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900
Reece Road. For more information, call
Laura Edens at 443-510-4715 or email
• Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in
first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10,
to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6
p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For
more information, email Kimberly Smith
• Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays
at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel
Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop
is actively recruiting boys age 11 to
18. For more information, email Lisa
Yetman, at email@example.com
or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at
• Protestant Women of the Chapel
invites women for prayer, fellowship and
food at its weekly Wednesday meeting
from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Argonne Hills
Chapel Center. Child care and a home-
school room are provided. For more
information, call Christine Washburn
at 443-230-1553 or email cwash1993@
• American Legion Post 276 is open to
veterans and active-duty service members
at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn.
Breakfast may be purchased beginning
at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased
from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy
Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be
purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the
fourth Sunday of every month.
Membership discounts are offered
for active-duty military. For more
information, call 410-969-8028 or visit
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at
11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting
is Feb. 26. For more information, call
Betty Jones at 410-730-0127.
“God, grant me.
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference.”
— Reinhold Niebuhr
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