Friday, 6:30 a.m.: Sexual Assault Awareness Run - McGlachlin Parade Field
April 10, 11:30 a.m.: Holocaust Remembrance Observance - McGill Training Ctr.
April 12, 9-11 a.m.: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - The Conference Center
April 12, Noon-3 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt - Youth Center
April 20, 7-8 a.m.: Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service - Chapel Center
22nd IS, NIOC win
vol. 66 no. 13 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community April 3, 2014
’s Happy Day
Fort Meade youngsters walk off the field after
participating in the Baltimore Orioles’ Opening
Day celebration on Monday afternoon. Eighty
children from the installation participated in
the event by holding flags in the outfield as the
Orioles entered the stadium for the first game of
2014. For the story, see Page 10.
photo by steve ruark
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Crime Watch.................. 3 Movies..................................15
Col. Brian P. Foley
Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter
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Hello again, Team Meade.
We have a busy spring ahead and lots of
momentum building for improvement on and
off the installation.
We will start filling potholes soon, and the
command sergeant major and I will be prioritiz-
ing roads for repavement this week.
We also are coordinating for a team from
Installation Management Command to visit in
May and conduct an assessment of growth and
our associated resource needs.
Off the installation, the State Highway
Administration will start working on the Route
175 Mapes and Reece Road intersections in late
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
and we have a full schedule of events planned
to train, educate and raise awareness in our
battle to stop sexual assault and harassment
of any kind.
As we go through the month, I ask everyone
to consider how they treat co-workers, friends
and acquaintances in general. Do you treat oth-
ers in the same manner you wish to be treated
yourself? Do you respect others’ preferences
even if you do not share them? If not, consider
using this month as a catalyst for change.
Every person deserves the right to live and
work in an environment free of the fear and
stress created when one someone invades
another’s personal space without being invited.
Regardless of the location or circumstances, we
must always be mindful and respectful of the
people around us.
When in doubt if your words or actions
to another per-
son, ask that
or actions, tell
them. If the
not to respect
then tell some-
one else and
request help as
needed to correct the situation.
There are proper ways to express attrac-
tion for another person without harassing or
harming them. Always ensure the attraction is
mutual before pursuing further.
Before expressing attraction in the first place,
ask yourself if there is already someone else in
your life who would be hurt or offended by your
actions if they knew.
So I invite all to participate in as many of
our events this month as you can. Highlights
include our installation Resiliency Run on Fri-
day at 6:30 a.m. departing from McGlachlin
Parade Field, and a presentation by Monika
Korra, sexual assault survivor and CEO of the
Monika Korra Foundation, on April 11 at 1:30
p.m. at McGill Training Center.
Hope to see you all there.
We are looking forward to a busy and sunny
April. The Easter Bunny is right around the
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and
community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or con-
cerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from
4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn
Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is
For more information, call 301-677-4844.
COL. Brian P. Foley
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By David Vergun
Army News Service
The number, size and placement of
tattoos have been dialed back under the
revised Army Regulation 670-1, which
tightens Army grooming standards and
The revised regulation was published
Monday, outlining the new standards.
Effective dates for the various changes
can also be found in All Army Activity
message, or ALARACT 082-2014.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F.
Chandler III addressed why the changes
“The Army is a profession, and one
of the ways our leaders and the Ameri-
can public measure our professionalism
is by our appearance,” he said. “Wearing
of the uniform, as well as our overall
military appearance, should be a matter
of personal pride for all Soldiers.
“Every Soldier has the responsibility
to understand and follow these stan-
dards,” Chandler said. “Leaders at all
levels also have a responsibility to inter-
pret and enforce these standards, which
begins by setting the example.”
Tattoos cannot be located anywhere
above the lines of a T-shirt or located
anywhere below the wrist bone.
Visible band tattoos cannot be lon-
ger than 2 inches wide. There can be
no more than one visible band tattoo.
Sleeve tattoos on arms or legs are not
Each visible tattoo below the elbow
or knee must be smaller than the size
of the wearer’s extended hand. There
cannot be more than four total tattoos
below the elbows or knees.
Soldiers who currently violate these
revisions can be grandfathered in as
long as commanders validate their cur-
Also, each year commanders much
check each Soldier for new tattoos that
might be prohibited. The checks will be
done when Soldiers are in their physi-
cal fitness uniform and do not include
tattoos that might be hidden by shorts
Prohibited tattoos also include those
that could be deemed extremist, inde-
cent, sexist or racist.
Soldiers on official travel and travel-
ing by commercial carrier are no longer
allowed to wear the Army Combat
Uniform. Instead, they must either wear
civilian attire or the service uniform.
The only ACU exceptions are when
Soldiers are deploying, on rest and recu-
peration leave to and from theater, and
when authorized by commanders for
emergency leave or casualty assistance
Identification tags must be worn at all
times while on duty in uniform unless
Soldiers may carry plain, black
umbrellas only during inclement weath-
er when in service, dress and mess
uniforms. However, umbrellas are not
allowed in formations or when wearing
field or utility uniforms.
Revisions also cover the wearing of
badges and tabs, carrying of bags; sew-
ing on of name tapes, U.S. Army tape
and grade insignia; wearing of insignia
representing regimental affiliation; and
windbreakers, all-weather coats and
Fancy-style haircuts, including
the “tear drop,” “landing strip” or
“Mohawk,” and “horseshoe” are no
Sideburns cannot extend below the
bottom of the ear opening and can-
not be flared or tapered to a point.
The length of the sideburn hair cannot
exceed one-eighth of an inch.
A mustache cannot extend past the
corners of the mouth, and no portion
can cover the upper lip line or go higher
than the lowest portion of the nose.
Fingernails cannot extend past the
tip of the finger. Nail polish cannot be
Hair must be neatly and inconspicu-
ously fastened or pinned.
Bangs are now authorized, as long as
they don’t fall below the eyebrows.
“Bulk of hair,” measured from the
scalp up, as opposed to the length of
hair, will not exceed 2 inches, except for
a bun, which can protrude 3 inches from
the scalp. The bun cannot be wider than
the width of the head.
Hair needs to be properly secured,
cannot be unbalanced or lopsided, and
parting of hair must be in a straight
Army tightens personal appearance, tattoo policy
Photo by Staff Sgt. Xaime Hernandez
A Soldier displays his tattoos on Monday, the day new regulations on tattoos and
other appearance standards went into effect. This Soldier’s tattoos no longer conform
to the new regulations, but he could be grandfathered in under the older uniform
Hair extensions and wigs are now
authorized as long as they have the
same general appearance as the natu-
ral hair and conform to all other hair
During physical training, women can
now wear the full length of their hair in
one pony tail that’s centered on the back
of the head.
Fingernails cannot exceed one-quar-
ter inch from the tip of the finger. Only
clear nail polish is authorized with all
Soldiers cannot mutilate their bodies
in any manner such as tongue bifurca-
Tooth caps or veneers of any unnatu-
ral color, design, shape or texture can-
not be worn.
Jewelry or objects cannot be attached
to, through or under the skin or other
body part. This applies to all Soldiers
on or off duty. The only exception is
that female Soldiers can wear autho-
Commanders can authorize the wear-
ing of sunglasses in formations or field
environments. Glasses of any type can-
not be worn on top of the head.
Soldiers cannot walk in such a way as
to interfere with saluting, giving saluta-
tions or in a manner that detracts from
a professional image. Examples include
walking while eating, using electronic
devices and smoking.
All restrictions that apply to cigarettes
also apply to tobacco-free cigarettes.
Personnel in civilian clothing, wheth-
er on duty or off duty, on or off post,
must dress in a way that does not
detract from the profession.
The wearing of wireless and non-
wireless devices such as earpieces while
in uniform is prohibited.
However, hands-free devices used in
a vehicle or bicycle are allowed as long
as they are not prohibited by policy or
Connect with Fort Meade at
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
One of the goals of military public
affairs professionals should be to become
a trusted adviser to their commander on
all strategic matters.
This is the message Rear Adm. John
Kirby, press secretary at the Pentagon,
shared with an audience of public affairs
students at the Defense Information
School on March 27.
“The most important strategic skill you
need to develop is being a good adviser
and counselor,” Kirby said. “... If your
advice is only on communications, then
I think you’re selling yourself and the
command short. Your advice should be
on all manner of decisions that the com-
mand has made. ... Be in the room, have
Kirby’s presentation was part of the
Commandant’s Lecture Series, developed
two years ago by Col. Jeremy Martin,
commandant of DINFOS. The event
also was a DINFOS’ 50th anniversary
In his remarks, Martin called Kirby
“the most consequential public affairs
officer of his generation.”
Kirby, who is the chief spokesperson
for the Department of Defense, spoke
to the students about what he considers
to be public affairs truths and myths for
One truth is the importance of prepara-
tion when interacting with the media.
“Preparation really does matter. In fact,
it is the game,” Kirby said. “If you don’t
prepare, and you aren’t prepared for every
interaction you’re having with the media
— whatever the attributes of your envi-
ronment — you’re probably gonna fail.
You’re certainly taking much higher risks
than you need to be.”
Kirby said that the press desk for the
Office of the Secretary of Defense pre-
pares a press binder for him to review
before the two press conferences the DoD
holds each week. The binder contains
information on topics likely to be covered
by the Pentagon press corps and other
The admiral said he reviews the con-
tents with the press team and takes the
binder with him to the podium at each
“I’ve got a cheat sheet,” Kirby said.
“And it’s perfectly OK to do that. And
it’s perfectly OK for you to tell your boss
to do that. Nobody expects everybody to
have every single answer.
Pentagon press official speaks at DINFOS
photo by richard corral
Rear Adm. John Kirby, press secretary for the Pentagon, talks about the importance of
social media before an audience of public affairs students at the Defense Information
School on March 27. The presentation was part of the DINFOS Commandant’s Lecture
“But talking it through, gaming it out,
writing it down, matters a lot. Preparation
counts. It is 80 to 90 percent of success in
public relations,” he said.
Military public affairs professionals
also must be skillful users and monitors
of social media.
“People don’t want access to infor-
mation, they want access to conversa-
tion,” Kirby said. “This is a post-audience
Kirby said that social media commu-
nication with reporters and the public
must be a conversation — a two-way
street — or it can lose its authenticity and
The days of only standing before a
podium to deliver the command message
are over, he said.
Military communicators must “be able
to play in this environment and it’s an
environment that’s constantly changing.”
Kirby said social media is not just a
tool for public affairs professionals to
disseminate information. It also serves as
a resource for reporters to identify pro-
A fundamental truth of good public
affairs is good writing, said Kirby.
“You’ve got to be a good writer,” he
said. “If you can’t write well, nothing else
is going to go right for you. You are not
going to be able to succeed.”
Using PowerPoint, Kirby presented
a list of books on writing and speaking
Kirby said good writers must be able to
take complex and difficult ideas and put
them into plain English.
Good writers produce work for the ear,
not the eye, he said.
For example, Kirby said the Declara-
tion of Independence was written for the
ear, to be read aloud by town criers in
town squares. The document’s purpose
was, in part, “to educate and convince an
illiterate and skeptical audience,” he said.
In the 1700s, more than two-thirds of
the colonists did not know how to read
and write, he said.
“We’ve got to write like [Thomas] Jef-
ferson wrote the Declaration of Indepen-
dence,”Kirby said. “It’s got to be convinc-
ing, compelling and in plain English.”
To become a good writer, said Kirby,
one also must be a good reader of poetry
Among the myths of military public
affairs is that the narrative can be con-
“You can’t control the narrative and
you shouldn’t try,” Kirby said. “Yes, the
narrative is important — explaining and
providing context about what we’re doing
in the world matters.”
But, he said, in a fast-changing media
environment, public affairs professionals
must be flexible and open to contrary
Although professionals must not com-
promise the deadrock principles of their
work, said Kirby, they must be able to
accept and respond to contrary views.
While attribution is critical for a pro-
fessional’s credibility, Kirby said that
to build good relationships with trusted
members of the media, there may be times
when public affairs professionals decide to
“There’s a place for off-the-record,
there’s a place for background,” Kirby
said. “... And it’s somewhat of an art. ...
It’s something that takes time to devel-
Reporters often don’t want to know
just the who, what, where and how of a
news item, they want to know the “why”
behind the decision-making, Kirby said.
“And you sometimes can’t do that from
behind the podium or on-the-record.”
Another myth, he said, is that public
affairs professionals should only talk to
the media when something bad has hap-
“That’s malarkey,” Kirby said. “You
are a spokesperson. ... You have to be
out there representing the command, and
it doesn’t just have to be when there is a
problem or distress.”
Kirby said military public affairs pro-
fessionals can be effective spokespeople
when they have access to their com-
mander and the operational decisions
After the presentation, Kirby answered
questions from the audience and received
a plaque of appreciation from Martin.
Second Lt. Jenny McBride, a student in
the public affairs qualification course, said
Kirby’s presentation was enlightening.
“I was interested to learn a little bit
about his job from the perspective of the
DoD and the general scope of military
operations. ...,” she said. “To learn that
in media relations, there is a time, a place
where you can build a relationship with
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By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class
Navy Information Operations Command
Maryland Public Affairs
Fifteen students from three Fort Meade
schools graduated from the garrison’s Sat-
urday Scholars program during its 10th
anniversary ceremony on March 22.
The event, held at School Age Services
on Reece Road, was attended by Garrison
Commander Col. Brian P. Foley and Capt.
Donald Elam, commanding officer of Navy
Information Operations Command-Mary-
The students attend Pershing Hill and
Meade Heights elementary schools and
MacArthur Middle School.
This year marks a decade of an ongoing
partnership between Fort Meade’s mili-
tary units and Child, Youth and School
Petty Officer 1st Class Jaime Dejesus,
military liaison for Fort Meade and a
member of NIOC Maryland, organizes and
volunteers for the program.
“This is a great opportunity for service
members and civilians alike to contribute
back to our community,” Dejesus said.
“Teachers and parents let us know every
year how thankful they are for our services.
That is how I know this program is a suc-
cess. The impact we have on the children is
major and it last forever.”
Eleven Sailors from NIOC Maryland
volunteered their Saturdays as tutors for
the six-week program. The curriculum helps
students in mathematics and reading in
order to pass the Maryland Schools Assess-
Each student enrolled in the program is
assigned a tutor and receives a graduation
certificate after completing the six-week
The effort gives service members and
civilians a chance to help teachers educate
local students who typically require one-on-
Petty Officer Shaakirah Dalton, a six-
time volunteer for Saturday Scholars, said
she is a tutor because she loves children.
“Knowing that you have an impact on
someone’s life is satisfying in itself,” Dalton
said. “The kids that we help are in a critical
stage of learning. This program develops
the children’s confidence in their studies as
well as boosts their self-esteem.
“The children are always shy at first, but
by the end of the six weeks, the tutors devel-
oped friendships with their students.”
Sheila Brandenberg, creator of the pro-
gram at CYSS, said tutors are always
Saturday Scholars celebrates 10 years of service
photo by noah scialom
Elizabeth Patterson, 12, a sixth-grader at
MacArthur Middle School and a Saturday
graduation and 10th anniversaryceremony
on March 22 at School Age Services.
Fifteen Fort Meade students, who are
enrolled in the tutoring program, received
their graduation certificates.
“The more volunteers we have, the more
children’s lives we can touch,” Brandenberg
said. “The students definitely benefit from
the extra attention they receive in the pro-
“The fact that the service members show
up in their uniform means a lot, and I think
that alone gives the students the extra moti-
vation they need to work harder and more
For more information on how to volunteer
to be a tutor, email Petty Officer 1st Class
Jaime Dejesus at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Lorian Tarver at lorian.m.tarver.naf@
Go “blue” for Child Abuse
By Samantha B. Herring
Victim Advocate Coordinator, Army Community Service
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation
in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families
and communities working together to prevent child abuse.
An estimated 676,596 children were victims of child abuse, and 1,545 children died
as a result of abuse or neglect.
The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that can
be prevented when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive.
A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support and
maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to foster nurturing families and
In support of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Family Advocacy Program is ask-
ing the Fort Meade community to wear blue every Friday during the month of April.
Becoming a “Blue Crew” signifies our unity and commitment to ending child
Editor’s note: For more information, call Samantha B. Herring at 301-677-4124
or email Samantha.email@example.com.
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March 31, Theft of private
property: The victim stated
that person(s) unknown by
unknown means removed one
blue water pump and two
float switches while the items
were secured in a Conex stor-
age container located on a con-
April 1, Simple assault: The Directorate of
Emergency Services was notified of an assault at
Meade High School. Police officers responded.
The victim stated that three males had assaulted
him on the east side of the school grounds and
fled the scene.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
For week of March 24-30:
• Moving violations: 7
• Nonmoving violations: 0
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 22
• Traffic accidents: 5
• Driving on suspended license: 1
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
• Joint Service Sexual Assault Aware-
ness Day of Action Community Run:
Friday, 6:30-8 a.m. at McGlachlin
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thom-
as J. Latter will meet with all senior
enlisted advisors before 6:20 a.m. at the
The formation will run the designated
route as one group.
For more information, call Linda
Winkels at 301-677-4719 or email linda.
firstname.lastname@example.org ,or call Carol
DeBarto at 301-677-5229 or email carol.
• April 11: “Breaking the Silence”
at 1:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center
ballroom, 8452 Zimborski Ave.
The guest speaker is Monika Korra,
who was kidnapped and raped in 2009.
The presentation is open all service
While attending Southern Methodist
University in Texas on a track scholar-
ship, Korra — a Norwegian student
— was abducted and brutally sexually
assaulted as she walked back to her
dormitory with a friend.
Korra will share her story and the
steps that she took toward healing. She
talks candidly about what she’s been
through and how she recovered.
Korra found her way back to a nor-
mal life, and she hopes to inspire others
that may have faced challenges in their
• April 23: Denim Day
Army civilian personnel are autho-
rized to wear appropriate jeans to work
to promote discussion of the miscon-
ceptions that surround sexual violence.
For more information, call Stacey
Hale, installation sexual assault response
coordinator, at 443-845-0876 or email
Each April, the DoD and other
organizations across the country com-
memorate Sexual Assault Awareness
The Army, Navy and Air Force sex-
ual assault response coordinators, or
SARCs, and Army partner command
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response
and Prevention (SHARP) personnel
at Fort Meade have joined together to
plan various events.
• “Got Your Back”: through April
This program applies information
learned about perpetrators’ motives
and behaviors in order to devise suc-
cessful bystander-intervention strate-
gies, and decrease community tolerance
for sexual violence.
This event is open to all service
• Today: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. at
McGill Training Center
• Wednesday and April 10: 9 and 11
a.m., and 1 p.m. at National Security
Agency, Friedman Auditorium
• Monday and Tuesday: 9 and 11
a.m., and 1 p.m. at McGill Training
• April 16: 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
at NSA, Friedman Auditorium
• April 17: 9 and 11 a.m. at NSA,
HQ9A135 conference room
• April 17: 1 p.m. at NSA, Friedman
Sexual Assault Awareness Month schedule of events
The Navy Sexual Assault Prevention
and Response Team is offering the follow-
ing events for Sexual Assault Awareness
• Friday and April 11, 18, 25: Teal
Fridays: All government and civilian
employees are encouraged to show their
stand against sexual assault by wearing
teal each Friday in April.
• Wednesday: Internet Safety: 3:30
p.m., Teen Center
Open discussion with teens on usage
and safety while using Internet and mobile
• April 10: Lunch and Learn: “My kid
NSA OPS 1-2W037-1 at 11:30 a.m.
Bring your lunch and learn more about
Internet safety and what you can do to
reduce your teen’s risk of sexual assault.
• April 15: Open Mic Night: 6-8 p.m.,
McGill Training Center ballroom
Share your poetry, music, freestyle
(rhyme and dance), or read from your
• April 28: NIOC dinner, dessert and
discussion: Building 9803 day room -
“Getting To Know Your SAPR Team”
For more information, email Kimberly
B. Garrett, sexual assault response coor-
dinator, NIOC Maryland, at kimberly.
email@example.com or call 301-677-9038 or
• 24/7 Victim Advocate Duty Phone:
• DoD Safe Helpline: 1-877-995-5247
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photos by steve ruark
Hayle Mann, 5, practices holding her flag before the opening ceremony. The
youngsters waved their flags as the Orioles’ opening lineup entered the field.
By Brandon Bieltz
Donning an orange shirt while waving
an orange flag above an orange carpet, Zhi
Loman helped signal the unofficial start of
spring for more than 46,000 people.
The 10-year-old was one of 80 Fort
Meade children who created a sea of orange
in the outfield of Oriole Park at Camden
Yards as the Baltimore Orioles were wel-
comed onto the field for the first game of
Before a nearly sold-out crowd on Mon-
day afternoon, the youngsters helped the
Orioles kick off the team’s 60th season on
“It was really fun, exciting and I was a
little scared too,” Zhi said of being on the
field for the opening ceremony.
service members and employees — arrived
before game time at 3 p.m. to spend the day
with the Orioles organization. That ranged
from participating in the opening ceremony
to watching the game with their families.
“I got to meet their mascot, and their
mascot gave me a big kiss and gave me a
big high-five before we went onto the field
to wave the flags,” Zhi said.
During the ceremony, which was in honor
of the late author and Orioles’ investor Tom
Clancy, the children held bright orange Ori-
oles flags as the players ran past them and
into the infield for the National Anthem.
Nolan Wilson, who has played catcher
for the Fort Meade Cougars for the past two
years, was excited to see his “hero” baseball
players up close and stand on a Major
League Baseball field.
“It felt great,” the 8-year-old said.
Nolan’s father, Eric Wilson, said his fam-
ily enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the
Orioles’ Opening Day.
“It was awesome, it was exciting,” Wilson
said. “The kids had a blast. ... There’s been
nothing but smiles all day.”
Fort Meade children
Day with the Orioles
Aklyah McAllister, 5, and Jaydyn Simmons, 5, talk into the microphone in the press
area of Camden Yards prior to Monday’s baseball game in Baltimore.
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Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman walks past
children of Fort Meade service members
and employees prior to Monday’s game.
RIGHT: The Oriole Bird, the Baltimore
Orioles’ mascot, hugs Fort Meade children
prior to the opening ceremony on Monday
Baltimore Oriole Nelson Cruz enters the stadium surrounded by youngsters from
Fort Meade during Opening Day. Cruz’s 7th inning home run sent the Orioles past
the Boston Red Sox 2-1.
LEFT: Youngsters prepare to walk onto the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to
participate in the Opening Day celebration with the Baltimore Orioles.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! April 3, 2014
By Brandon Bieltz
Despite stringing together 11 wins
leading up to the intramural basket-
ball championship, the 22nd Intelligence
Squadron stumbled in the title game.
Luckily for the 22nd, the playoffs is a
The team rebounded from its 49-39
loss to the 430th Transportation Compa-
ny with a 59-51 win to earn the Division I
championship March 26 at Murphy Field
House. Navy Information Operations
Command Maryland ran away with the
Division II title with a 53-31 win over the
Defense Media Agency.
Championships in both divisions fea-
tured rematches of the semifinal round,
in which NIOC and the 22nd IS came out
on top and gained an edge for the cham-
pionships. With DMA and the 430th
qualifying for the championship through
the loser’s bracket, they would need to
win twice to earn the title.
When NIOC and DMA met in the
semifinals, the Sailors bounced back
from a halftime deficit with a 29-3 run
in the second half to win 48-26. With a
33-31 win over the 34th IS in the loser’s
bracket, DMA found itself facing off
against NIOC again for the champion-
NIOC overpowered DMA in the first
half, creating a 10-point halftime lead.
DMA continued to struggle offensively
in the second half as the team was again
outscored 27-18, and NIOC won 53-31.
Timothy Taylor led NIOC with 18
points, while Kendric Belfield scored a
team-high 11 points for DMA.
In the Division I bracket, the 430th
regained its title spot with a win over the
32nd IS. At the start of the championship
game, the 22nd and 430th were neck-and-
neck, leading to a 21-21 halftime tie.
Keenan Bennett’s 12 points in the sec-
ond half powered the 430th to a 49-39
win, forcing a winner-take-all game. Ben-
nett scored a game-high 24 points.
The 22nd bounced back from its loss
by taking a 29-23 halftime lead with Ryan
Dillon and Darren Seifert each scoring
10 points. The 430th was unable to over-
come the deficit in the second half as the
22nd won 59-51.
Bennett scored a game-high 25 points
for the 430th, while Dillon led the Air-
men with 17 points.
22nd IS, NIOC win post
photos by nate Pesce
Ronald Mims of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland tries to shoot over
a Defense Media Agency defender during the Division II intramural championship at
Murphy Field House on March 26. NIOC capped off its season with a 53-31 win in
the title game.
LEFT: Steven Toma of the 22nd Intelligence Squadron shoots during last week’s
Division I intramural championship game. The 22nd IS won the championship with a
59-51 win over the 430th Transportation Company on March 26.
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It would be an understatement to say
Sunday was a bad day for basketball in
the state of Michigan.
First, Tom Izzo’s Spartans got bullied
by UConn, and then, that nonsense 3-
pointer by Andrew Harrison lifted Ken-
tucky over Michigan. bit.ly/1myM0qZ
Actually, that shot was clutch, but that
doesn’t make me feel better about the
state of Michigan being eliminated from
the tournament or my bracket being
eliminated from relevancy.
The fact that Michigan, which lost by
3 points, had 3 points taken from them
by the referees doesn’t bring me solace
either. The Wildcats got away with a
clear basket-interference, and Michigan’s
Caris Levert hit a 3-pointer in the second
half that was counted as a 2.
Call me a baby, but what’s the purpose
of referees using instant replay in college
basketball if they stick with bad calls in
spite of indisputable video evidence they
made a mistake?
Traves-sham-mockeries like the ones
described above usually send me into a
multiday depression; however, this time,
my basketball blues didn’t last a day.
“How did I recover so quickly?” you
Well, part of it had to do with what
I’ve learned through the Healthy Chad
But more than that, I went to bed
Monday night with a sunburn, which I
got while spending all day at Camden
Yards for Opening Day.
In case you didn’t pick it up from this
week’s cover or center spread, more than
80 Fort Meade children participated
in the Orioles’ Opening Day ceremony.
The event was another great collabo-
ration between Team Meade and the
O’s, which will again be providing Fort
Meade with 500 free tickets to each Sun-
day home game this season.
So I’ll save my essay on the importance
of civic patriotism and community sup-
port for a later date. I’ll also hold off on
my article titled, “Herding Cats: How
to move 80 children around Camden
Yards without losing one of them or
Instead, I want to talk about Opening
Day. Simply put, it is wonderful.
Unlike football or basketball, base-
Day doesn’t just
mark the begin-
ning of a sports
season. It marks
a new beginning
from winter is
I had actually
great hot dogs
smelled until I caught a waft while walk-
ing the children around the stadium to
get their tickets. My mouth watered and
we all made our dinner plans.
Short sleeves also came back into fash-
ion Monday, thanks to the sun finally
providing some warmth to go with its
sporadic winter shine.
And as I people-watched while walk-
ing along the 300-level concourse, I
noticed how friendly people can be when
they are talking baseball with the sun
on their arms and a cold drink in their
I am not saying people do not smile
during the winter, but it is normally done
while rushing to get some place warm.
On Opening Day, the smiles are more
relaxed because your place of duty is
outside, and rushing really isn’t allowed.
Then there’s the field.
The lush, emerald green grass con-
fused my eyes after five months of seeing
nothing but snow with patches of dingy
brown and blah. I stood on the warning
track during the player’s introductions,
I realized even dirt shines on Opening
Opening Day is like opening a great
gift. You cannot replicate the excitement
you feel the precise moment you realize
how great it is.
And if there is a downside to Opening
Day, it is that regardless of how great the
baseball season is during the next five
months, the grass will never be greener,
the dogs will never taste better, nor the
lemonade more refreshing then it was on
Thankfully, in baseball there is always
If you have comments on this or any-
thing to do with sports, contact me at chad.
firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twit-
Ode to Opening Day
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
Earth Day 5K
The installation’s annual Run Series kicks off April 26 with an Earth Day 5K
Run at 8 a.m. at Burba Park.
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. Individuals can register for the entire season for $60.
All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.
To register, go to www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=51593.
For more information, call 301-677-7916.
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Physical Therapy, the Community
Health Promotion Council, and the Army Wellness Center will host a running
clinic on Friday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Army Wellness Center, 4418
The free program is open to active-duty service members, retirees, family
members and DoD civilians of all running levels.
The clinic will include a health care screening, skills and drills to improve
running techniques, and demonstrations.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, call 301-677-2006.
Old Joe Golf Tournament
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s ninth annual Old Joe Golf
Tournament will be held May 2 at Patuxent Greens Golf Club in Laurel.
Registration is open to the first 25 teams to register (four players per team).
Registration and payment are both due by April 18.
Cost is $80 per player and includes greens fees and cart, breakfast, barbecue lunch,
goodie bags, bounce-back card, and unlimited beer, water and sports drinks.
For more information email Paige Hansen at 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org.
Patriots fall short in postseason
The Fort Meade Patriots had an early exit in the Washington Area Military
Athletic Conference championship tournament last weekend at Fort Belvior, Va.,
dropping two of three games on Saturday.
After finishing the season with an 8-6 record, the Patriots held the No. 4 seed
in the tournament and faced off against No. 5 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
(7-7) in the opening round.
During the regular season, the teams split their two meetings, but on Saturday
the Patriots ran away with the game 91-73 to advance.
In the quarterfinals, Fort Meade played the top-ranked Joint Base Myer-Hen-
derson Hall (11-3), which beat Fort Belvoir (2-12) in the first round 80-70.
Although the Patriots were one of the few teams to defeat Joint Base Myer-
Henderson Hall in the regular season, they were unable to put together another
winning effort and fell 91-78.
The defeat sent the Patriots to the loser’s bracket to play No. 6 Fort Lee (6-8),
with one more loss eliminating the team.
Fort Lee lost in the opening round to Joint Base Andrews (10-4), then elimi-
nated the National Security Agency-Bethesda (2-12) in the loser’s bracket.
Fort Meade was narrowly edged by Fort Lee as the Patriots’ season ended with
a 63-61 loss.
The top two seeds, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the National Capital
Region Marines (10-4), advanced to the championship round, with Joint Base
Myer-Henderson winning the WAMAC championship 113-95.
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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
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.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
Fort Meade’s Army Emergency Relief
fund has collected $37,234 or 41 percent of
its $90,000 goal to help those in need.
The AER campaign runs through May
The campaign raises money and
awareness for the AER fund that helps
active-duty Soldiers, National Guardsmen,
Army Reservists, retirees and their families
in financial emergencies by providing
interest-free loans or grants.
Funds provide financial assistance
for a wide range of situations including
emergency transportation, rent or car
payments, and medical and funeral expenses.
For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class
Nathan Kerr at 410-538-2769 or AER
Officer Wallace Turner at 301-677-5768.
Gold Star Wives Tea
In honor of Gold Star Wives Day,
Fort Meade’s Survivor Outreach Services
Program will host a Gold Star Wives Tea
on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
Soldier Family Assistance Center Building,
2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.
Gold Star Wives Day is designated to
recognize the sacrifices of the wives and
families of fallen service members who
died on active duty or as a result of a
Gold Star Wives of America Inc.
provides service, support and friendship
to the widows and widowers of fallen
For more information, email Voncile C.
Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fort Meade Military Community
2014 National Days of Remembrance
Observance: “Confronting the Holocaust:
American Responses” will be held April
10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill
Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.
The keynote speaker is Nesse Galperin
Godin, a Holocaust survivor.
The free event is open to the public
and will feature a question-and-answer
period with the speaker and food
The observance is hosted by the
Defense Information School and the
Defense Information Systems Agency
(Equal Employment Office).
All community service members and
civilians employees are encouraged to
attend with supervisory approval and with-
out charge to annual leave. Administrative
leave is authorized.
For more information, call Staff Sgt.
Melinda Johnson of DINFOS at 301-
677-4428 or Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore
of the Equal Opportunity Office at 301-
Vendors needed for
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
This is Fort Meade’s largest event of
For more information, call JJ Jordan
at 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@
Miss Fort Meade Pageant
The first annual Miss Fort Meade Pag-
eant will be held June 7 at the Meade
Middle School Auditorium, 1103 26th St.
Girls ages 4-21 are eligible to compete.
Contestants must be a resident of Anne
The Miss Fort Meade pageant empha-
sizes academic achievement and commu-
Applications and entry fees are due by
For more information, go to the pag-
eant website at univeralsupremebeauty.
com or email email@example.com.
Family Fun Fair
Fort Meade’s annual Family Fun Fair
will be held April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452
The free event is open to the public.
The event will feature performances
by SKIES classes, a youth skateboard
park, pony rides, inflatable and
challenge rides, informational health and
Youth Services booths, arts and crafts
stations, face painting, games, raffle
drawings, giveaways and prizes.
For more information, go to
Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair
The annual Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair
will be held April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to
noon at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie
The event is being held in observance
of Child Abuse Awareness Month and
the Month of the Military Child.
For more information, call 301-677-
5590 or email Colaina Townsend, victim
advocate/parent support coordinator at
Army Community Service, at colaina.
Lunch and Learn series
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care
Center hosts a monthly brown bag
Lunch and Learn Series on the second
Tuesday of the month on the first floor
of the Rascon Building, adjacent to
The next lunch is Tuesday at noon.
The topic is resiliency.
The sessions, which are open to the
public, are an opportunity to review
a presentation and discuss new health
For more information, call Capt.
Alyson Rhodes at 301-677-8949.
Moms Support Group
A psychologist from the Behavioral
Psychology Department at Kennedy
Krieger Institute in Baltimore will
facilitate a workshop focusing on home
safety on April 24 from 9:30-11 a.m. at
Potomac Place Neighborhood Center,
4998 2nd Corps Blvd.
April 20 - Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m., Chapel Center
April 13 – Palm Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Contemporary Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
April 16 – Living Last Supper (hosted by Gospel Congregation) – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 18 – Tenebrae Service of Shadows – 2 p.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Contemporary Protestant – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
April 4 11 – Stations of the Cross Lenten Supper – 6:30 p.m., Chapel Center
April 13 – Palm Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
April 17 – Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 18 – Good Friday Stations of the Cross – noon, Chapel Center
April 18 – Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 19 – Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – 8 p.m., Chapel Center
April 20 – 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 19. Regularly scheduled noon Mass will be held at the Post Chapel,
except April 17 and 18.
Spring religious services on Fort Meade
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MoviesCommunity News Notes
Children ages 4 and younger are
Registration is required at Army
Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave.
For more information, call Colaina
Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-
The Fort Meade garrison will host
a two-day resiliency seminar for Army
and joint service military and DoD civil-
ian leaders (company level and higher)
from May 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski
Approximately 70 slots are available.
RSVP to Linda Winkels at linda.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-
677-4719 or Chris Thiel at christopher.
email@example.com or call 301-677-
For more information, visit csf2.army.
Breakfast with Easter
The annual Breakfast with the Easter
Bunny will be held April 12 from 9-11
a.m. at the Conference Center.
For more information, go to
Easter Egg Hunt
Youngsters are invited to participate
in the Fort Meade’s annual Easter Egg
Hunt on April 23 from noon to 3 p.m.
at the Youth Center.
For more information, go to
ftmeademwr.com or call 301-677-1437.
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.
The free event features stories, songs
or a finger-puppet theme.
For more information, call 301-677-
Kids Craft Club
The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and
preschoolers will meet April 15 and May
6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts
Fee is $5 per session. Cost includes a
craft, snack and juice.
Space is limited. Registration is
To register or for more information,
• Believe In Tomorrow Children’s
Foundation’s 18th Annual Port to Fort 6K
race is a fun, family-friendly event that will
be held April 26 in Baltimore. The 6k race
course takes runners and walkers through
historic Fort McHenry before ending with
a post-race picnic at Coke Field. Event will
feature a team challenge for the Biggest
Military Team, T-shirts for participants,
fundraising prizes and medals for age group
Registration is $15 for service members
and their immediate families.
Register online at http://www.
• The Arthritis Foundation is sponsoring
its annual walk to cure arthritis on May 3 in
Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. Volunteers are
needed May 2-3 to help with setup, running
the walk and cleanup.
To volunteer, email Elizabeth Schultz,
volunteer coordinator, at easchultz@aacc.
• America’s VetDogs will host the Fourth
Annual Annapolis 5K Run Dog Walk on
April 27 at 8 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park in
The opening program begins at 8:45 a.m.
The timed race begins at 9 a.m. The dog
walk will follow at 9:05 a.m.
An awards ceremony will take place
shortly after the race ends at approximately
Proceeds benefit America’s VetDogs, a
nonprofit that provides guide and service
dogs to disabled veterans of all eras at no
Registration will be held through April
14. Cost is $35 for Naval Academy students
and alumni, veterans, and active-duty service
members, and $40 for civilians. All pre-
registrants will receive a free pet first-aid kit
and event T-shirt.
Walk-up registration costs $45.
To “virtually participate,” supporters can
register for $25, fundraise in their community
and take on a 5K run or walk in their
hometown. An event T-shirt will be provided.
To register online, go to 5K.VetDogs.org.
For more information, contact community
fundraising/events manager Jaime McGrade
at 631-930-9054 or email Jaime@VetDogs.
To learn more about America’s VetDogs,
go to www.VetDogs.org.
• The Bowie Baysox will open the season
at home against the Harrisburg Senators
today at 6:35 p.m. at Prince George’s
Gates will open at 5 p.m. for a Happy
Hour event featuring corn hole, free snacks
and $2 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts until
Chris Monaghan will perform in the
picnic pavilion from 5-6 p.m. and will sing
the National Anthem.
Kids Opening Night will be Friday at
6:35 p.m. The game will feature ballpark
experiences for children and a Scholastic
Book Giveaway to the first 250 youngsters
Single game tickets are available online at
baysox.com or by calling the box office at
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its next
monthly bus trip to New York City on April
19, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is
$60. For more information, call 301-677-7354
or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the
first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at
1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the
banquet hall in back of the building.
The next meeting is tonight. Dinner is
served at 6 p.m. For more information,
• National Alliance on Mental Illness
of Anne Arundel County offers a free
support group for families with a loved
one suffering from mental illness on the
first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.
at the Odenton (West County) Library,
1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting
is tonight. For more information, visit
• 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.
• Fort Meade TOP III Association
meets the second Wednesday of each
month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next
meeting is Wednesday. The association
is open to all Air Force active-duty and
retired senior noncommissioned officers.
For more information, call Master Sgt.
Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email
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
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
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through April 20
Friday: “About Last Night” (R). Follow two
couples as they journey from the bar to the bed-
room and are eventually put to the test in the real
world. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina
Hall, Joy Bryant.
Saturday: “Non-Stop” (PG-13). An air marshal
springs into action during a transatlantic flight
after receiving a series of text messages that put
his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline
transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
With Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot
Sunday: “3 Days To Kill” (PG-13). A dying CIA
agent trying to reconnect with his estranged
daughter is offered an experimental drug that
could save his life in exchange for one last assign-
ment. With Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld,
April 11: “Stalingrad” (R). A band of Russian
soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their
devastated city against a ruthless German army,
and in the process become deeply connected to
two Russian women who have been living there.
April 12 13: “Son of God” (PG-13). The life
story of Jesus is told from his humble birth
through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate
resurrection. With Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose
Revah, Sebastian Knapp.
April 18, 19, 20: “300: Rise of an Empire” (R).
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge
against invading Persian forces led by mortal-
turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful com-
mander of the Persian navy. With Sullivan Staple-
ton, Eva Green, Lena Headey. (3D April 18)