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  • 1. Appreciated Job fair highlights unique skills of military spouses page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.: Sesame Street/USO Experience - McGill Training Center Saturday, 8 a.m.: Patriot Pride 5/10K Run & 1-Mile Walk - Murphy Field House Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: Memorial Day Remembrance/Massing of the Colors -The Pavilion Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers’ Market - Smallwood Hall lot May 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Safety, Health,Wellness & Resiliency Expo - The Pavilion Good Fellas Baltimore Orioles take part in Fort Meade youth baseball clinic page 14 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 19 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community May 15, 2014 photo by phil grout Coast Guard Seaman Kevin Malmrose, serving as a drill instructor, inspects Zhairi Birondo Vue’s posture and hat during the USO-Metro’s Operation Boot Camp on Saturday at the USO-Metro Fort Meade Center. The daylong program gave military children ages 12 to 17 a firsthand glimpse of what their parents experienced in boot camp. For the story, see Page 12. in your face
  • 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 3 Movies..................................19 Community..................17 Classified..............................21 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Assistant Editor & Senior 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 advertise@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. 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. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Many of you have seen the new apartment complex under construction at the corner of Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue, where the leasing office recently opened to answer questions and begin leas- ing properties that will become available this June. This is not a barracks. Reece Crossings is an apartment complex con- structed by Corvias Military Living through the Army’s Residential Community Initiative program. It will be specifically for unaccompanied, service members E-1 to E-5, who have been provided Certificates of Non-Availabilty and are authorized Basic Allowance for Housing to reside out of the barracks. Fort Meade currently does not have enough barracks space to house all of the unaccompanied, junior enlisted service members assigned here for duty; more than 1,000 service members are already living out of the barracks with approved CNAs. As the cyber operations center of gravity for our nation, junior enlisted service member growth at Fort Meade is expected to continue in future years. However, currently there are no approved projects for additional permanent-party barracks construc- tion, which means more service members are trying to occupy the same space. The logical conclusion then is more junior enlist- ed service members being authorized CNAs and granted BAH. Who will be authorized to move out of the barracks is based on requests by the service member’s chain of command with final approval of all CNAs resting with the garrison commander. In the past, partner commands were allowed to manage their own service barracks at 95 percent occupancy and approve CNAs internally. That has changed and continues to change since the implementation of the new First Sergeant Barracks Program 2020 across the Army. Due to the old system, the majority of the junior enlisted military members living out of the bar- racks in the neighboring communities are Sailors and Airmen. That is because in those branches it is more common for E-4s and E-5s to be allowed and encouraged to live on their own. The garrison is in the process of giving the sister services on Fort Meade more barracks space, which they would be responsible for filling based on their increased footprint over the past 10 years of growth. Over the course of the coming year, these numbers will become more equitable across the services as more E-4s in the Navy and Air Force inbound to Fort Meade reside in barracks and more E-5 Army and Marines are authorized CNAs to move out — provided the garrison as a whole maintains 95 percent occupancy for the barracks. At this time, the garrison — working with the partner units — is reviewing inbound person- nel for the sum- mer PCS cycle to identify needed space for project- ed junior enlisted who occupy the barracks and reviewing options to move up those service mem- bers who have demonstrated the maturity and responsibility to take the next step and be granted authorization to move out of the barracks. While leaders cannot make living at Reece Cross- ings a requirement for receiving a CNA, these apart- ments are all inclusive, brand new, don’t require a vehicle to get to and from duty, and are priced at a rate below BAH so as to put money back into a junior service member’s pocket — which makes them an excellent choice. Corvias Reece Crossings apartments is currently leasing with occupancy to start taking place in its initial buildings by the first week of June. Some of the changes they have made, based on their interaction with enlisted members of all ranks and organizations such as Better Opportunity for Single Service Members on the garrison, include: permis- sion to now have pets, and a special offer to assist service members currently living off post in break- ing their lease to move into these new facilities. If you haven’t visited the leasing office, you need to stop by and see what they have to offer. The clubhouse will be completed this month and avail- able for viewing as well. Reece Crossings — Not a Barracks Garrison command Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley 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 Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first- served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  • 3. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 15, 2014 SOUNDOFF!  News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Nearly 400 military spouses and other DoD ID cardholders attended Fort Meade’s annual Military Spouse Job Fair on May 7 to land a job or advance a career. This year’s attendance increased 15 per- cent compared to last year, said Julie Yates, Fort Meade’s Navy Family Employment program manager who coordinated the event. More than 60 employers attended the event. “I feel the job fair gets better and bet- ter each year,” Yates said. “Not only have the numbers increased, but we get more employers who want to participate.” The four-hour event was sponsored by the Navy Information Operations Com- mand Maryland’s Fleet & Family Sup- port Center; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Army Community Service; Fort Meade Alliance; Corvias Military Housing; Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Anne Arundel One Stop Career Centers; and Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Capt. Donald Elam, commanding offi- cer of NIOC Maryland, welcomed the employers and participants. “I would like to thank the employers for being here to support the hiring of military spouses,”Elam said. “The military spouse is an important role within the military family. Military spouses are just as experienced, educated, hard-working and dependable as our veterans. It is important that our spouses have the opportunity to have a career and not just a job.” The guest speaker was Leonard J. Howie III, secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and a veteran. Howie spoke about Gov. Martin O’Malley’s commitment to supporting Maryland’s veterans and military spouses, and reducing unemployment within the state’s military community. “Today’s job fair is an important step in the right direction for achieving the governor’s goal of reaching full employ- ment for veterans in Maryland by the end of 2015,” Howie said. “Military spouses make great employees because they are the backbone of our armed forces. ...They are committed to the success of this country while maintaining multiple responsibilities on the home front. “They adapt easily to new situations in addition to providing unique skill sets that can give companies the competitive edge that is needed to thrive,” Howie said. The Veterans Full Employment Act, signed by O’Malley, allows recently sepa- rated veterans and the spouses of currently serving members of the military — includ- ing active-duty Reservists and National Guardsmen — to receive expedited occu- pational and professional licenses and certificates from the state. The law allows the state’s occupational and professional licensing units to expe- dite licenses for military spouses who are actively licensed in other states. Howie said that to date, more than 100 veterans or veterans’ spouses have received licenses through the law. Tina Sivilli, a recruiter for the Mosaic Technologies Group, which provides con- sulting and technical services to govern- ment and commercial clients, said the Fulton-based company prefers to hire veterans and military spouses because they often possess the technical and people skills required for many of its jobs. Sivilli also said that the military com- munity is familiar with the process of attaining and maintaining a security clear- ance, which is critical for technical and IT positions. The company came to the job fair, in part, to recruit military spouses for an opening for proposal coordinator to work with external clients and for an IT office position. Sivilli said she was hopeful because Job fair for military spouses draws 60 employers photos by steve ellmore Nearly 400 military spouses and other DoD ID cardholders participate in the Military Spouse Job Fair at McGill Training Center. More than 60 employers came to the event seeking job candidates in fields ranging from military intelligence and law enforcement to health care and business. several military spouses who visited the company’s booth were promising candi- dates for the jobs. FranchaunArmstead,arecruiterforiJet, an operational risk management solutions company based in Annapolis and a former military spouse, said she understands the challenges many military spouses face in landing a job and pursuing a career. “I know what it’s like to move from place to place and try to find employ- ment,” Armstead said. “I’ve been on the other side of the table.” Armstead said one military spouse, who left her resume, was looking for a part-time teaching position. Although iJet is not a fit for this spouse, Armstead said she would talk to her col- leagues to see if anyone can help her. “With networking, I think we can find her something,” she said. Shani Herbert, a military spouse who moved to Fort Meade from Fort Bragg, N.C., two months ago, came to the job fair to look for a job as an intelligence analyst. “I’m just looking to get back into the job market in this location, so it’s a new experience,” she said. “I think the job fair is fantastic. It’s a good way to bring aware- ness to the skills of military spouses.” Leonard J. Howie III, secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, talks about the importance of hiring veterans and military spouses at the Military Spouse Job Fair on May 7. May 12, Larceny of private property: Two green chairs, which were left unsecured and unattended, were stolen from the victim’s front porch. May 12, Larceny of pri- vate property: The victim stated person(s) unknown by unknown means entered his quarters and removed a 14-inch, Hewlett-Packard Pavilion laptop computer. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services For week of May 5-11: • Moving violations: 47 • Nonmoving violations: 14 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 21 • Traffic accidents: 7 • Driving on suspended license: 0 • Driving on suspended registration: 1 • Driving without a license: 0
  • 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 News Story and photo by Sean Patrick Marshall Chief, Public Affairs 1st Recruiting Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Luther F. Legg became the 25th command sergeant major for the 49-year-old 1st Recruiting Brigade at Fort Meade on March 12. “I think we can bring quite a bit to help the community of Fort Meade and its relationship with the surrounding com- munities,” Legg said about his brigade’s benefits to Fort Meade as a tenant unit. “It is what we do as recruiters, and I think we could help the garrison.” Legg previously served at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command headquar- ters as the command’s operation sergeant major. “The 1st Recruiting Brigade headquar- ters may have a small staff population, but we have two subordinate battalions that are relatively close,” he said. “We can support with Army Recruiting assets and our existing community support net- work.” The 1st Recruiting Brigade has eight subordinate battalions and numerous companies and recruiting centers located throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlan- tic regions. Its Baltimore battalion headquarters is located on Fort Meade. Its Harrisburg Battalion headquarters is located within 100 miles at the New Cumberland Army Depot. Legg said he has already reached out to Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter to discuss how 1st Recruiting Bri- gade can lend a hand to the garrison. “I intend to schedule office calls with other sergeants major on the installa- tion to discuss partnership opportunities,” Legg said. Legg is not satisfied with only engag- ing the 1st Recruiting Brigade in garrison support. He plans to reach out personally to the community. “I would like to participate in the Sergeants Major Association and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Association,” he said. Legg’s family has donated to the post Thrift Shop to support the Enlisted Spouses’ Club, His son Zachary has even started working at the commissary. “We purposefully chose to hold my change of responsibility ceremony at Club Meade to support [the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recre- ation],” Legg said. Why does Legg plan to dedicate so much effort to the Fort Meade commu- 1st Recruiting Brigade’s 25th CSM hits ground running 1st Recruiting Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Luther F. Legg, who recently became the 25th command sergeant major for the 49-year- old brigade at Fort Meade, handles some of the paperwork at his desk. nity? He is returning to Fort Meade for his second tour here, and serving here with the 1st Recruiting Brigade plays an impor- tant role in an Army recruiting career. “Having entered the brigade as a ser- geant over 20 years ago, it is an honor to follow in the footsteps of some of the most accomplished command sergeants major in Army Recruiting Command’s history,” Legg said. “All but two of the 79R USAREC command sergeants major in the last 20 years served in the 1st Recruiting Brigade. The first recruiting stations were all here in the 1st Recruiting Brigade area. It all started here.” By Nicole M. Woods U.S. Army Recruiting Command Local centers of influence participated in a daylong tour on post April 25, visit- ing the various military agencies that support Soldiers, families, retirees and civilians at Fort Meade. A COI is a person in a position or busi- ness who can directly inform U.S. Army Recruiting target markets between the age of 17 to 24 years old, as well as parents, teachers, coaches and other consumers who influence career decisions. According to Baltimore Recruiting Battalion’s education specialist, Calvin Moore, the importance of this tour, in lieu of an Educator’s Tour, is to educate lead- ers in the community about what it takes to qualify for Army service, what jobs are available, how those jobs translate into the civilian sector and what educational train- ing support is available for Soldiers. “If the proper funding was available, a traditional educator’s tour would typi- cally include a large charter bus to an active, deployable installation, usually Fort Jackson [S.C.,] or Fort Lee, [Va.,] for a multiday tour,” Moore said. “Even with limited funding, we still have a responsi- bility to connect with and to educate the public.” The tour kicked off at the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion’s headquarters at Fort Meade with a briefing from Battalion Commander Lt. Col. David Dinkelman, who highlighted the key responsibilities of a recruiter, from face-to-face engage- ments at high schools and universities, to table setups at the most popular events in our area. “I enlisted into the Reserve and I did ROTC, plus I was in the National Guard, doing a little of both all at once — known as the simultaneous-mission program, which provided me additional pay for col- lege and other expenses,”Dinkelman said. “It kept me from having to eat ramen noodles every day. Moreover, it provided continual job experience and instilled valuable leadership skills.” The next stop on the tour was the Defense Information School, which has a long-standing mission of producing public affairs and visual information per- sonnel for the DoD. COIs from Google+, University of Maryland University Col- lege and other local businesses received a briefing from DINFOS Commandant Col. Jeremy Martin. Martin explained that DINFOS gradu- ates more than 2,000 communicators a year: Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, Air Force, Coast Guard, federal civilians and even international military members. Christy Castro, a representative from Google+, asked Martin about the quality and availability of equipment that stu- dents train with, in addition to how the level of their lessons equate to industry standards. “We bring in industry professionals from digital components like Canon and other agencies of that nature,” Martin said. “We buy the necessary camera kits and equipment, in accordance with DoD regulations and policy.” The tour continued to the Defense Media Activity, where educators learned about media activities that support and communicate not just the Army’s story, but the entire military’s story, to the DoD audience. At privatized housing, the COIs were shown the inside of new model homes on the post designed for the average Soldier and his or her family. The COIs took a midday break for lunch at the Freedom Inn Dining Facil- ity, which presented another opportunity to gain insight into a Soldier’s quality of life. Rounding out the tour, Moore led tour members to the Education Center for an in-depth overview of military education programs and benefits such as money for college, internships, and hands-on career and leadership training from experts in their field. “A lot of people don’t realize that a lot of these classes can be used toward credit hours at a lot of major colleges and uni- versities,” Moore said. COIs can help underscore the connec- tivity between the Army and the public by helping to inform young people and veterans about educational and career opportunities in the Army. Local centers of influence learn about Army’s educational, career benefits
  • 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Fort Meade’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate recently conducted a mock trial of the legal proceedings in a sexual assault case for nearly 80 victim advo- cates and sexual assault response coor- dinators. The daylong trial was held April 24 at the Fort Meade courthouse in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Stacey Hale, Fort Meade’s sexual assault response coordinator, approached the OSJA in February to educate victim advocates and sexual assault response coordinators about the adjudication pro- cess because there have been changes under the National Defense Authoriza- tion Act of 2013 and 2014 and many advocates have not been informed. “I thought it would be beneficial for them to see an Article 32 and a court- martial so they can explain the process to their clients to lessen the stress that they [the clients] experience as they go through the military justice system,” Hale said. “I think it was invaluable to their experience.” Lt. Col. Roseanne Bennett, Fort Meade’s staff judge advocate, said although the OSJA has conducted many hourly and lunch trainings for victim advocates and sexual assault response coordinators, “one of the consistent things that came up was that they did not have a full appreciation of the entire court-martial process.” The National Authorization Act is a federal law that outlines the budget and expenditures of the Department Victim advocates learn legal process for sexual assaults photos by steve ellmore Capt. Erin MacCarthy and Capt. Tony Cardona, both trial counsels at Fort Meade’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, participate in the mock trial of the United States vs. Sgt. Richard Archie, a fictional sexual assault case. The trial was held to educate victim advocates and sexual assault response coordinators about the legal process that is involved in a sexual assault case. of Defense. The law is usually renewed each year and recently included specific provisions that relate to sexual assault and how it is to be handled under the Uniform Military Code of Justice. Capt. Latisha Irwin, chief of Mili- tary Justice at the Fort Meade OSJA, came up with the idea of a mock trial and coordinated the effort. She said the mock trial was conducted to “pull the curtain back” on the entire legal process of a sexual assault. The OSJA decided to use elements of U.S. vs. Sgt. Richard Archie as an exam- ple of a military sexual assault case. The facts of the case are fictional and involve a male sergeant and a female private. The Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps uses the case as a model to train military lawyers. “It is a typical sexual assault sce- nario,” Irwin said, noting that the case involves alcohol, barracks and a victim whose sexual history is called into ques- tion. “[The case] tries to pull in a lot of the facts that you see in a lot of sexual assault cases.” The mock trial illustrated the sexual assault case from start to finish, includ- ing the report of the assault, the investi- gation, the charging decision, the Article 32 hearing, the victim’s testimony, dis- covery, arraignment and the guilty plea. Participants included military lawyers from OSJA, the Military District of Washington, First Army Division East, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, 780 Military Intelligence Brigade and the U.S. Claims Service, Irwin said that the National Autho- rization Act has changed the Article 32 to a preliminary investigation. Congress also has provided victims with legal rep- resentation and certain rights. Victims are now represented by a special victim’s counsel who can argue in front of the court on their behalf. There also is a special victim’s prose- cutor who is considered a subject matter expert and has experience prosecuting sexual assaults. After the convicted perpetrator is sentenced, victims can submit matters to the convening authority in the case on what impact the crime has had on Lt. Col. Nate G. Hummel, deputy staff judge advocate at Fort Meade’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, serves as the military judge in OSJA’s mock trial of a sexual assault case held April 24 in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The case is used as a model by the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps to train military lawyers.
  • 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 15, 2014 SOUNDOFF!  News their lives. Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley is the convening authority for many of the in sexual assault cases at Fort Meade. Sgt. 1st Class Jill Easton, a victim advocate with the 310th Military Intel- ligence Battalion, said the mock trial was informative. “It gave us a good idea as to what to expect and how to prepare victims for the process,” she said. Easton said the process of report- ing, investigating and testifying in a sexual assault case can be difficult and emotionally intensive for victims. For example, victims must repeatedly tell the details of an alleged assault, and if the case goes to trial, they face their alleged attacker in the court room, and their character and sexual history are often called into question by the defense. “One of the comments made by one of our players [in the mock trial] is ‘misinformation is so much worse than no information,’ ” Bennett said. “So if you’re telling a victim [about the process and] they have some expectations but that’s not what happens, [the] victim lacks trust in the system. ... So it’s really important to have them [victim advo- cates] understand what we do.” Fort Meade’s Public Affairs Office videotaped the trial so it can be used as a teaching tool in future trainings. Irwin said the victim advocates and sexual assault response coordinators who attended the mock trial “are better equipped to do their job and will be bet- ter able to provide the necessary support to victims who are going through the judicial process.” By Jane M. Winand Chief, Legal Assistance Division Many service members use a mili- tary allotment to repay a loan. Since April 1, the Military Assis- tance Corporation, one of the largest allotment processors, is no longer processing allotments used to pay for commercial and consumer loans such as loans for electronics or furniture. However, MAC will continue to process allotments for the payment of privatized housing. If you have used MAC to process your non-privatized housing discre- tionary loan, you must make alterna- tive arrangements to pay the loan that had been previously paid by allot- ment. You must immediately contact the company that sold you the prod- uct or made you the loan, and set up a new repayment arrangement. If you have a military allotment, here are the steps to take in light of MAC’s change in the processing of non-privatized housing allotments: 1. Determine if your allotment is provided by MAC. The allotment may bear the title “MAC Easy Bill Payment Service” and the deduction will be going to Citizens Union Bank of Shelbyville. If the allotment indicates a different processor, the change in MAC proce- dures will not affect your allotment. 2. If you have a MAC-processed loan, MAC will not accept your loan payment. The payment will be rerouted back to your regular pay by your payroll processor. Be wary of a bump up in pay. This “extra” money is your bill repayment amount. Do not spend it! Quickly make repayment arrangements to keep your loan current. 3. Talk to your creditor and arrange for an alternative automatic payment arrangement such as a direct monthly payment from your bank or credit union account. As an alternative, you may ask your bank or credit union to send the money electronically to your creditor using a free, online bill pay service. 4. If you are not sure who your original creditor is, you may request assistance from MAC to identify the creditor. MAC representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-800-765-2110. 5. Log onto MyPay and turn off the allotments you had going to MAC/Citizens Union Bank of Shelbyville. There will be no change in MAC’s processing of privatized housing allot- ments, so your monthly housing pay- ment is secure. For more information, log onto its website at https://www.allotment.net/. To schedule an appointment with an attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office, call 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. Military Assistance Corporation ends processing of some military allotments *Tax, tags & $199 dealer processing fee extra.Lease scenarios based on 10,000 miles annually with approved credit through Volvo Car Finance. Security deposit waived. Buyer(s) may be required to provide documentation to qualify for some incentives. Expires 5/31/14. PURCHASE OR LEASE PURCHASE OR LEASE CURRENT VOLVO OWNERS SAVE EVEN MORE V9681 2014 Volvo S60 T5AWDFeaturing Premier Plus Package, Heated Front Seats $ 31,980* $ 479/MONTH 39 MO. LEASE* $2995 due at signing* MSRP $43,660 2014 Volvo XC60 3.2AWDFeaturing Premier Plus, BLIS, Heated Front seats $ 38,900* V9492 V9595 $ 399/MONTH 39 MO. LEASE* $2995 due at signing* MSRP $41,865 2014 Volvo XC70 T6AWD $ 39,950* V9477 2014 Volvo XC90 3.2AWD Featuring Climate Package, BLIS $ 38,695* FINAL DAYS 333 Busch’s Frontage Road 410-349-8800 AnnapolisVolvo.com MARYLAND’S #1 RETAILER FOR NEW AND CPO VOLVO MODELS
  • 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 News dio room, outdoor grill with fire pit and a resort-style swimming pool. Some may find the value of Reece Cross- ings is one of the most appealing benefits. “The square footage is larger than what is off post, and you are paying less,” Gonzalez said. “A Soldier would have to pay out-of- pocket to get the same space off post. Plus, Reece Crossings is brand new.” Rental rates are based on floor plan fea- tures and include all utilities, cable, Internet, furniture, renter’s insurance and appliances. Rates may allow some service members to pocket a portion of their Basic Allowance for Housing. For example, an E-4 with a roommate would retain $300 of his current BAH based on the Fort Meade unaccom- panied rate. “You can hang out at the community clubhouse or pool with your friends.” Gon- zalez said. “With the fitness center, you don’t have to go to the post gym to work out. [You] don’t have to leave the immediate area if you don’t want to. Everything is right there.” Corvias Military Living currently man- ages on-post family housing at Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground. Other posts where Corvias Military Living has privatized on-post housing include Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Riley, Kan.; and Fort Sill, Okla. In addition to the Army, Corvias Military Living manages base housing for the Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Eielson Air Force Base, Ark.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.; and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Service members interested in leasing an apartment should visit the Reece Crossings Leasing Office and model home weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 4751 Cooper Ave. Pre-leasing options are available, and current specials are running through Aug. 1. For more information, visit ReeceCross- ings.com or call 410-672-4076. By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service More than 110 Defense Department employees and organizations were hon- ored Friday for the extraordinary sacrific- es made by military journalists and visual information specialists around the world. The annual Defense Department Com- municators of Excellence awards ceremo- ny was held at the Defense Information School where service members and civil- ians were recognized for excellence in graphic arts, photography, videography and visual information production. This year garnered more than 3,500 award submissions from 603 entrants. On behalf of President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Brent Colburn, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, noted the worldwide scope of coverage of DoD’s activities, which includes a presence in 94 countries. “Even with the changing mission com- ing out of Iraq and Afghanistan, that global footprint is going to remain vital, and we’re going to remain engaged around the world, so these are truly global awards,” Colburn said. Those honored represent the best, brightest and most-talented of media working on every continent, in every type of situation, he added. “Without our journalists and visual information specialists, both uniformed and civilian, it would be difficult for [DoD] … to meet its obligations to docu- ment our actions, tell our story and keep the American people informed,” Colburn said. He also noted that DINFOS does an “outstanding job” every day, providing the armed services with highly skilled print and broadcast journalists, public affairs specialists and visual information professionals that comprise the defense communications team. Thanking what he called a “unique group of public servants,”Colburn empha- sized the difficult nature of their jobs to tell DoD’s story. “You all put yourselves in harm’s way so that our citizens can be better armed to understand the work that the military does,” he said. “The sacrifices you make speak not only to your character, but to the values of this nation.” Defense Department honors its military journalists Corvias Military Living Set to deliver in just a few short weeks, Reece Crossings is a groundbreaking con- cept for the Army, focused on enhancing the quality of life for unaccompanied, junior enlisted service members stationed at Fort Meade. “I never thought I would see a community like Reece Crossings,” said Sgt. Cassandra Gonzalez, a Fort Meade Better Opportuni- ties for Single Soldiers representative. “This is going to be really life changing for Soldiers moving in.” Reece Crossings is the first privatized on-post housing community designed for unaccompanied, junior enlisted personnel, ranked E-1 through E-5. The garden-style apartment community will feature 432 one- and two-bedroom homes and is open to all branches of the military. The community, which opens in June, will feature numerous modern and conve- nient amenities including lockable master bedroom suites with private bathrooms, personal climate controls, private storage and walk-in closets. The furnished apartments include a full- size kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area, a spacious living room, modern appli- ances and full-size washer and dryer. “We are currently leasing apartments at Reece Crossings, and we are offering one month free rent as a lease-up special for service members that move in before August 1,” said Scott Kotwas, program manager for Corvias Military Living. Similar to other communities in the Cor- vias Military Living portfolio, Reece Cross- ings provides a contemporary living space comparable to what is available off post. “We are providing unaccompanied, junior enlisted personnel with the same benefits their married peers receive with privatized housing,” Kotwas said. “Those not living in the barracks live outside the gates. With Reece Crossings, they will have a community that offers the best of off-post living right here on post.” Reece Crossings is centrally located at the intersection of Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue. The community is within walking distance of the Express, Class Six, Exchange, bowling alley and commissary. “There is no commute to get anywhere,” Gonzalez said. “You are closer to work. It is centrally located on post so you can get anywhere in five minutes.” Being minutes from anywhere on post, residents have more downtime. Corvias provides a worry-free lifestyle with 24/7 emergency maintenance and on- site management. In addition to the apartments, service members at Reece Crossings will enjoy the Wi-Fi accessible clubhouse that is available to all residents at no cost. The facility offers numerous contem- porary amenities such as a video gaming room, lounge with widescreen televisions, state-of-the-art weightlifting equipment, car- Get more for your BAH New Reece Crossings saves time and money file photo Corvias Military Living’s Reece Crossings housing community, which opens in June, will allow junior enlisted personnel to save time and money. The garden-style apartment complex will feature 432 one- and two-bedroom homes and is open to all branches of the military.
  • 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 News Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center beneficiaries can receive customized and coordinated health care through their Pri- mary Care Team under the Patient Cen- tered Medical Home. The Patient Centered Medical Home is the Army’s health care model in which patient is our center, our focus, and our partner in their health care journey. Kimbrough’s PCMH has been recog- nized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 — the highest level — Patient Centered Medical Home since December 2012. The NCQA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care qual- ity. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving health improvement throughout the health care system. As part of the recognition process, NCQA reviewed hundreds of documents submitted by the Kimbrough staff that provided fact-based evidence showing how the clinic was conducting business as truly patient-centered. The NCQA measures the ability of medical facilities to provide quality health care through standardized, objective mea- surement guidelines. NCQA requires recognized facilities to enhance access to care and patients’ conti- nuity with their provider teams; keep track of patient data to help manage patients’ well-being; plan and manage care using evidence-based practices; provide self-care support and community resources; and track and coordinate tests, referrals and other care for patients. In addition, clinics must show that they measure their performance and patients’ feedback to continue improving the qual- ity of care. Here’s what patients can expect from the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Medical Home: • A personal provider: Each patient has an ongoing relation- ship with a personal physician, physi- cian assistant or nurse practitioner who is trained to provide first contact, continuous and comprehensive care. If a patient’s provider is not immediately available, they can choose to see another provider, or can wait and see their provider. This provider will lead the patient’s health care team, with the patient at the center, in managing health care needs. Other members of the patient’s health care team may include nurses, administra- tive assistants, nutritionists, pharmacists and care managers. • Whole-person orientation: The personal provider and the health care team are responsible for providing all of the patient’s health care needs or for helping the patient arrange care with other qualified professionals. They will work together with the team to receive personalized health care that meets the patient’s needs. • Coordinated and integrated care: Each patient’s care is coordinated and integrated across all elements of the health care system and the patient’s community. Communication is the key to this coordi- nated care. That is why it is so important for the patient to let the team know if they have received care outside the facility. • Quality and safety focus: All members of the health care team are focused on ensuring the highest quality care in the medical home. • Improved access: In the PCMH, enhanced access to care options are available through open sched- uling, same-day appointments, secure elec- tronic messaging, telephone consults and other innovative options for communica- tion between patients and members of their health care team. The Army Medicine’s goal is to have all of its primary care facilities in the continental United States and overseas achieve NCQA recognition and transform to the PCMH model of care no later than Oct. 1. The transition to this model of care is part of Army Medicine’s overall shift from a health care system to a system for health. Kimbrough enhances patient experience with customized care Help Fort Meade’s Facebook page reach 20,000 fans! Facebook.com/ftmeade Wherecreditproblemsarenoproblem CALL: 240-624-2555 WWW.AMKOAUTO.COM $2000 DOWN OR $405 MON $1600 DOWN OR $390 MON $1300 DOWN OR $350 MON $1500 DOWN OR $375 MON $1400 DOWN OR $385 MON $2200 DOWN OR $415 MON $1000 DOWN OR $385 MON $1200 DOWN OR $385 MON $1400 DOWN OR $375 MON Toward Any Purchase! Offer available to eligible active and reserve U.S. Military personal and their spouses. Down payment assistant or cap cost reduction assistance through HFS. � � � � � � � � � � � � � � Toward Any Purchase! Offer available to eligible active and reserve U.S. Military personal and their spouses. Down payment assistant or cap cost reduction assistance through HFS. � � � � � � � � � � � � � �
  • 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 Cover Story By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Howard Mahoney is a few years away from graduating high school but has already set his sights on the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. On Saturday, the 15-year-old got a taste of military life at the USO-Metro’s Operation Boot Camp. “I feel like this is a good way to get trained-up to be in the Navy — get an example of what it will be like in boot camp,” Howard said. Operation Boot Camp provides area mili- tary children a firsthand experience of what their parents went through when they entered the military. Modified boot camp activities included physical training, learning forma- tions, academics and an obstacle course. The free program was open to youngsters ages 12 to 17 who have parents in the mili- tary. For the second consecutive year, youths from surrounding installations and bases attended the program at Fort Meade. “The goal is for them to meet kids who go through similar experiences and to get a better understanding of what their parent in the military has gone through and does on a daily basis — they have more respect and understanding,” said Shannon Rush, a program coordinator with the USO. “It also builds confidence, teamwork and respect.” Camp started with the teens signing their forms before being shuffled through a Mili- tary Entrance Processing Station for testing and physical training. “It’s very interesting,” Howard said. “It’s mighty tough.” To add a more realistic touch to the process, service members were brought in to serve as drill instructors. Coast Guard Sea- man Kevin Malmrose — a member of the Honor Guard at Telecommunication and Information Systems Command in Alexan- dria, Va., — was one of the instructors who spent the day keeping recruits in line. “I love working with kids,” he said. “I just thought it would be great. The parents defi- nitely love getting them in, getting the kids yelled at, giving them a taste of military life — what their parents went through, which is pretty awesome because a lot of the kids Learning the drill Local teens get early glimpse of military boot camp photos by phil grout CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Alexis McGee displays her platoon’s flag during Operation Boot Camp. The free program was open to military children ages 12 to 17. Recruits perform burpees after aggravating their drill instructor on Saturday morning. Service members volunteered to serve as drill instructors and lead recruits through boot camp. Under the supervision of their drill instructors, recruits march in formation during Saturday’s Operation Boot Camp at USO-Metro Fort Meade Center. Recruits went through a fast-paced military academy where they learned formations, the military alphabet and survival tactics. Recruits do pushups during Operation Boot Camp as punishment from the drill instructor. Zhairi Birondo Vue shaves a balloon after enlisting in Operation Boot Camp on Saturday morning. The activity simulated recruits having to shave their head upon entering camp.
  • 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 15, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 don’t understand what their parents went through. Maybe they’ll be able to respect what we do a lot more.” After physical training, recruits went through a fast-paced military academy to learn formations, the military alphabet, and survival tactics including hand signals and the importance of camouflage. “I think this stuff is fun,” said recruit Jacob Seitz. Staff Sgt. Edward Smith said he hopes to teach the teenagers a sense of leadership through the program. “Anytime they get to work and perform as a group, it helps build those leadership characteristics and skills,” he said. Howard said the camp gave him a sample of what lies ahead as well as what his father, Capt. Howard Mahoney, experienced at the start of his own career. “My favorite part is getting an example of what it’s going to be like in the military,” he said. “This is showing what the difficulty is going to be like and helping them get ready for it.” ‘The parents definitely love ... giving them a taste of military life.’ Kevin Malmrose Coast Guard Seaman
  • 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer It was a relatively routine play: Kyler Armstrong rounded third and sprinted home. The only thing different than a normal day at the ball field was that instead of a catcher waiting for Kyler at home plate, it was Al Bumbry — the 1973 American League Rookie of the Year and member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. “It was awesome,” the 9-year-old said. Kyler was among the nearly 100 Fort Meade youngsters from Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports who participated in a baseball clinic led by the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday morning at the Youth Sports Complex. Bumbry was joined by current Ori- oles pitchers Chris Tillman and Darren O’Day, third-base coach Bobby Dicker- son, and members of the Meade High School baseball team. The hourlong clinic taught the young baseball players the fundamentals of the game — base running, fielding, throwing and hitting — with the Orioles leading the four stations. “Fort Meade is an Orioles fort and we are all Orioles fans today,” Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley said. “Fort Meade cannot thank the wonderful partnership that we have with the Orioles enough. “The Orioles are a wonderful organi- zation, a great team and we are thankful today for their support and thankful for the Orioles coming out here.” Chad Jones, director of the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office, said the clinic was an extension of the installation’s three- year partnership with the Orioles, which has included tickets for service members and participation in military appreciation events and Opening Day. “The Orioles have been great partners,” he said. In addition to one-on-one time with the Orioles, the Fort Meade players also received tickets to an upcoming game. O’Day, who helped the youngsters with pitching and throwing, said he hoped the A Big Hit Orioles players lead baseball clinic clinic would help to develop the children’s interest in the game. “We enjoy being out here with the little guys,” he said. “I was a little man like them playing in the dirt, goofing around not too long ago. Everybody starts some- where in baseball. For them to remember coming to a camp and having fun and screwing around, maybe they’ll stick with baseball.” Tillman said he was impressed by the young players’ abilities. “They did an awesome job,” he said. “The kids are good, and it was a lot of fun.” Seven-year-old Austin Starling said his favorite part of the clinic was running the bases and learning to catch the ball from Dickerson — the youngster’s new favorite member of the Orioles. Austin also said he liked learning how the professionals “hit so far and how they catch it.” Yancy Nunez, who coaches the 10U photos by daniel kucin jr. Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day teaches Morgan Gibson how to throw a baseball during the clinic at the Youth Sports Complex. O’Day said he hoped the clinic would help to develop the children’s interest in the game. TOP LEFT: Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman watches Corris Bullock swing during the batting portion of Saturday’s clinic. The program focused on base running, fielding, throwing and hitting.
  • 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 15, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports Fort Meade baseball team, said he was excited for this players to get the oppor- tunity to learn from professionals. “Getting to meet players, see what they do and what you learn — it’s always a good thing,” he said. “This is a special thing not many kids get to do, and getting to do this is pretty cool.” Hunter Davis, director of Youth Sports, agreed. “It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s great for the program. These guys get to meet some of the legends of the Orioles and the cur- rent players of the Orioles. It’s something that a lot of kids don’t get to do. “It’s a great opportunity and we’re honored that the Orioles came out to do this for us.” ABOVE: Al Bumbry speaks to nearly 100 youngsters at the start of Saturday’s clinic. Bumbry was the 1973 American League Rookie of the Year and is a member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. TOP RIGHT: The Oriole Bird, the mascot of the Baltimore Orioles, shakes hands and meets Fort Meade youngsters before a baseball clinic on Saturday afternoon at the Youth Sports Complex. Nearly 100 installation baseball players participated in the hourlong clinic, which was led by members of the Baltimore Orioles including pitchers Chris Tillman and Darren O’Day. Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley talks to young baseball players at the start of Saturday’s clinic.
  • 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil16 SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 Sports I have 20 minutes, go … So much to write and so little time. That line took me a good 45 seconds to come up with — this one another 10, so now I have exactly 17 minutes to get in this dose of Jibber, which is a challenge when you consider everything that happened dur- ing my two-week hiatus to attend the Joint Senior Public Affairs Course at the Defense Information School here on Fort Meade. There’s Michael Sam eating cake bit. ly/1mXWa4t; Donald Sterling being Don- ald Sterling bit.ly/1jfPr7E; and of course, Baltimore Orioles closer Tommy Hunter tugging on Superman’s cape and watching Miguel Cabrera spit his nonsense fastball over the center field wall for a game-winning home run on Tuesday atmlb.com/1jfPvEq. There’s also my little Pirates pulling off two wins, last weekend, YJ3 delivering a knee to the boss’ kid, and the NFL draft. But, I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend at least some of the remaining 12 minutes introducing you to Ms. Cheryl M. Shipp. For those of you who do not know, Ms. Shipp is the HR chief at DINFOS. More importantly, she’s also a long-time member of Jabber Nation. I know this because when I went into her office to register for my JSPAC course, I finally knew what it was like to feel like a celebrity. Now during the last five years or so, I’ve been recognized by a few folks who know me as “the guy in the newspaper.” And even though I have many other highbrow duties on the Fort, it does feel good to be recognized for something I love doing. However, Cheryl took the recognition to another level. “Do you know who this man is?” Cheryl asked my instructor Ms. Johnston, who admitted she only usedyourprimary command infor- mation platform to “cover her head when it rains.” “Well,” Cheryl said. “This guy is a great writer. I read his stuff all the time.” To say I was humbled to hear those words would be an understatement. The sincerity of this obviously outstanding individual brought a permasmile to my face similar to the grin I sported after the first time I met my wife — admit- tedly Cheryl’s smile lasted until I got my first homework assignment; whereas I still blush a bit when I think back to the first time I met my wife. After spending a few minutes speaking with Cheryl, I couldn’t get over the fact that outstanding Team Meade members like her take the time to read what I have to say. So instead of bagging on Donald, or the Cowboys selecting an offensive line- man with their first-round pick, or even the fact that every Jones except me left Monday’s Orioles game with a baseball, I want to say “Thanks,” to Cheryl and every other member of Jabber Nation for your continued support. If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones. civ@mail.mil or hit me up on Twitter @ ctjibber. So much to write Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Free bowling The Lanes is offering free bowling Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in celebration of Armed Forces Day. The event is open to all military identification cardholders and their families. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Patriot Pride 5K The installation’s annual Run Series continues Saturday with the Patriot Pride 5K/10K Run at 8 a.m. at Murphy Field House. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75. The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. To register, go to www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=52366. For more information, call 301-677-7916. DINFOS 5K The Defense Information School will host the Fallen Heroes 5K Run and 1- Mile Walk on June 14 at the school. The run will begin at 8 a.m. Cost of the run is $20. Runners will receive a T-shirt and a set of custom dog tags, marking the fallen hero or heroes they are running for. To register, go to www.allsportcentral.com and search for Defense Information School. Registration closes June 1. For more information, call Master Sgt. Stephen Humphrey at 301-677-4363. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Texas Hold ‘em Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Weekly Meade Mustangs roundup Baseball The 13-9 Mustangs fell to Severna Park (12-9) in the first round of the Class 4A East Region playoffs 3-1 on Friday. Softball Meade’s softball (3-16) team also fell in the first round of the playoffs in a 13-6 defeat to Old Mill on May 8. Lacrosse Both Mustang lacrosse teams had early exits in their playoff brackets with the boy’s team (2-13) fall to Chesapeake (10-4) 22-7. The girl’s team lost to Broadneck 16-3 on Friday. www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. • Basketball • Football • Softball • Soccer Find schedules, scores, standings and upcoming seasons for All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at And more, plus
  • 14. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 15, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 17 Community News & Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion 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 Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. Armed Forces Day An Armed Forces Day Celebration will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade. U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service will join with the Fort Meade garrison to provide activities outside and inside the museum. Admission and parking are free. Events include: • Crabtowne Stompers of the U.S. Naval Academy will perform from 1- 2:30 p.m. • Civil War re-enactors demonstrate flag signaling “in the clear” and in code. • NSA K-9 Police unit will talk about its K-9 partners and give demonstrations. • Flight simulator with Civil Air Patrol • Camouflage face painting and “dressing for combat” with body armor • Create cards and letters for deployed troops at Sea Cadets’ table. • Military services’ displays • Fly tying and fly fishing by Fort Meade’s Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program for wounded warriors • Tours of museum every 30 minutes, talks and children’s activities • Food, drink and ice cream For more information, go to Facebook.com/ NationalCryptologicMuseum. Farmers’ market The Fort Meade Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 12 in the Smallwood Hall parking lot, across from McGlachlin Parade Field. Vendors are all local to the region. The Fort Meade community will have access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables, free-range meats, quality heirloom vegetables, herbs and annuals, file photo MASSING OF THE COLORS SundayFort Meade’s annual Memorial Day Remembrance and Massing of the Colors ceremony will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Meade Pavilion. Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, will be the guest speaker. The free event is open to the public. flowers, jams, baked goods and breads. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com. Safety Expo The Fort Meade Installation Safety Office will sponsor its annual Safety, Health, Wellness & Resiliency Expo on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion. The free event is open to the public. It is held each year to kick off the 101 Critical Days of Summer, when the ISO works to promote safety awareness. The expo will feature a variety of local, state and federal agencies and private ven- dors offering a wide range of information about safety, health, wellness and resil- iency through demonstrations, exhibits, and displayed equipment and training. The annual event also features blood pressure and vision screenings; exhibits on motorcycle safety awareness and home fire safety awareness; alcohol and drug awareness; personal protective equip- ment; recreation safety; fitness; suicide prevention; environmental, community, and occupational health; audiology; and nutrition. The resiliency exhibit will provide tips to show how to stay safe, well and resilient during and after duty hours. Interactive activities will include a drunk driving and texting simulator exposing the dangers of drunk and dis- tracted driving. For more information, call the ISO at 301-677-4231, 301-677-6241 or 301-677- 4867. Community Job Fair A Community Job Fair wil be held May 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade. The job fair is free and open to the public. A free shuttle service from the parking lot will be available. Free services include a three-minute resume evaluation and doctoring, and ASL interperter service. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com. Wellness Elite challenge Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter is challenging E-9s to participate in the Army Wellness Center Elite challenge as part of the Performance Triad. Participants will undergo an initial Army Wellness Center assessment in May and a reassessment in September. All initial assessments must be completed by May 23. Assessments include metabolic testing, body composition testing and fitness NEWS & EVENTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
  • 15. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil18 SOUNDOFF! May 15, 2014 Community News & Notes testing. Awards and prizes will be presented at the end of the challenge. To register, email Jamie Valis at jamie. l.valis.ctr@mail.mil. AER campaign update Fort Meade’s Army Emergency Relief fund has collected $75,205 as of Friday, 84 percent of its $90,000 goal to help those in need. The AER campaign runs through May 15. The campaign raises money and aware- ness for the AER fund that helps active-duty Soldiers, National Guards- men, Army Reservists, retirees and their families in financial emergencies by prov- ing interest-free loans or grants. Funds provide financial assistance for a wide range of situations including emer- gency transportation, rent or car pay- ments, and medical and funeral expenses. For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Kerr at 410-528-2769 or AER Officer Wallace Turner at 301-677-5768. Right Arm Night Bring your right arm, co-worker and employees to Right Arm Night on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at Club Meade. The free event is open to all ranks and services and features food, music, prizes and dancing. For more information, call 301-677- 7785 or go to ftmeademwr.com. Dancing with the Heroes Free ballroom dance lessons for the Warrior Transition Unit is offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center in the seminar room. Participants should wear loose clothing, comfortable shoes with leather soles. No super high heels or flip-flops. Vendors needed The Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events office is seeking food, beverage and novelty vendors to participate in the installation’s annual Third of July celebration. This is Fort Meade’s largest event of the year. For more information, call JJ Jordan at 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@ us.army.mil. NEWS & EVENTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 Drug-Free Workplace training The annual Drug-Free Workplace training will be held May 28-29 in the Post Theater. Each day will consist of two sessions: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Employees are required to attend only one session, which satisfies the mandatory, civilian employee substance abuse training requirement for the year. Carl Robertson of the new Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling is the featured presenter. The training also will provide information on the Employee Assistance Program, suicide awareness and the resources of the Army Substance Abuse Program. For more information, call Marian Upton at 301-677-7981. Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of classes at its new facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. The free classes are open to DoD identification cardholders including active-duty service members, retirees and their family members, DoD civilian employees and contractors. Registration is required for each class. • Predeployment brief: Today, 10- 11:30 a.m. • Meet and Greet: Today, 5-7 p.m. The event will feature food, prizes and information about Maryland and Fort Meade. • Home Buying: Monday, from 1-3 p.m. • Resume Writing Workshop: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon • Stress Management: Wednesday, 9- 11 a.m. • Sponsorship Training: May 22 from 2-3:30 p.m., Building 9804, Room 101A • Job Search Strategies: May 27, 9 a.m. to noon • Higher Education: May 28-29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. Youth Center events The Youth Center is offering several activities for grades six to eight. • Pizza & Movie Night: Friday, 6-8 p.m. • Youth Dance: May 23, 6-8 p.m. • Grilling & Chilling: May 30, from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- 1437. Storytime The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Children’s Library in Kuhn Hall, 4415 Llewellyn Ave. • Today: “Zoom Zoom to the Library” — Storytime about things that “go” • May 22: “Birthdays are the Best” — Stories, songs and finger plays about birthdays • May 30: “Dogs Love Books & We Do Too” — Stories, songs and finger plays about dogs For more information, call 301-677- 5522. Romp ‘n Stomp Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for children age 5 and younger and their parents meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from September to June at the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St., and from June to August at the Boundless playground on Llewellyn Avenue. USO Sesame Street shows The Sesame Street/ USO Experience will be performed Friday at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. The event is free. Doors open 30 min- utes prior to each performance. Seating is limited. For more information, go to ftmeademwr. com. file photo EDUCATION YOUTH
  • 16. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 15, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 19 MoviesCommunity News & Notes The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through May 31 Friday: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (PG-13). Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson. Saturday: Studio Appreciation – Free Screening. Tickets available at the Exchange Food Court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. Sunday: “Sabotage” (R). Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Ter- rence Howard. May 23: “Oculus” (R). A woman tries to exoner- ate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a super- natural phenomenon. With Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff. May 24: “Heaven is For Real” (PG). A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. With Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church. May 25: “Draft Day” (PG-13). At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman. May 30, 31: “Rio 2” (G). It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. With the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hatha- way, Jemaine Clement. (3D May 30) For more information, call 301-677- 5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ mail.mil. Out & About • The 22nd annual Wine in the Woods will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Symphony Woods in Columbia, rain or shine. The event features sampling a variety of Maryland’s finest wineries from a souvenir glass; food for sale from restaurants and caterers; wine education seminars; art and specialty crafts; and continuous, live entertainment. Cost on Saturday is $40 for wine tasters; $25 for designated drivers; and $25 for ages 3-20. Cost on Sunday is $35 at gate; $20 for designated drivers; and $20 for ages 3-20. Non-tasters admission entitles patrons up to four complimentary beverages at the Designated Driver Booth.  For more information, call 410-313- 7275 or go to wineinthewoods.com. • The U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert will present a Mixed Performers Concert on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel No tickets required. For more information, call 301-677-6586. • The Chesapeake Chorale will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at Cresthill Baptist Church, 6510 Laurel-Bowie Road, Bowie. Coffee and a concert preview with the artistic director, Dr. Jesse Parker, will be at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments and a raffle will be held during intermission. General admission is $15. Tickets for seniors and service members cost $12, and are free for children and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at chesapeakechorale.org. Bring canned goods for the Bowie Food Pantry. For more information, call 410-721-5422. • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Saturday, with discounts to attractions. Onboard prize giveaway will be offered. Bus cost is $60. For more information, call 301- 677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com. • Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is today from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room (next to the Prostate Center), third floor. Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men with- out a military ID should call the Prostate Center 48 hours prior to the event at 301- 319-2900 for base access. For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane. l.hudak.ctr@health.mil. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. Children welcome. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@mail.mil. • Retired Enlisted Association meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meet- ing is Tuesday. For more information, visit trea.org or call Elliott Phillips, the local president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past national president, at 443- 336-1230. • Military District of Washington Ser- geant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Dining Facility in Virginia. The next meeting is Wednesday. All members and those interested in joining the club are welcome. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Erica Lehmkuhl at erica.lehm- kuhl@us.army.mil or 301-833-8415. • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is May 25. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • Air Force Sergeants Association Chap- ter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Building 9801 at the National Security Agency. The next meet- ing is May 28. For more information, call 443-534-5170 or visit afsa254.org. • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is spon- soring a Garden Tea on June 3 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. Reservations are due by May 25. Cost is $25, payable to ROWC. For reservations or more information, call Rebecca Conover at 443-745-3097 and tell her if you can bring a pretty teapot for your table. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is June 11. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior noncommissioned officers. For more infor- mation, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@nsa.gov. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present fam- ily violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email thecarptman@msn.com. • Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. • 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 Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@yahoo.com or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at pack377_ cc@yahoo.com. • 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 lisayetman@verizon.net or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@juno.com. • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The Catholic Women of the Chapel meets Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County schools are in session. Monthly programs are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, email Loretta Endres at bradanloretta@yahoo.com. • Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. To register, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-677-5590. RECREATION MEETINGS