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  • 1. UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Military Spouse Appreciation Lunch - Club Meade Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.: Mother’s Day Brunch - Club Meade May 16, 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.: Sesame Street/USO Experience - McGill Training Center May 17, 8 a.m.: Patriot Pride 5/10K Run & 1-Mile Walk - Murphy Field House May 18, 2:30 p.m.: Massing of the Colors - The Pavilion Homegrown Fort Meade opens farmers’ market May 21 to promote good health options page 9 cruise control 70th Operations Support Squadron secures 10th straight volleyball win page 14 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 18 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community May 8, 2014 Higher ground Spc. Francis Wood of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion climbs the rock wall at the Asymmetric Warfare Groups’ rappel tower on April 24. Wood was among 15 service members who participated in the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers’ climbing event. BOSS, which is open to all single, enlisted service members, is designed to engage military members in the community through volunteerism and recreational trips, while providing service members with an avenue to improve quality of life on post. photo by senior airman Susane coronel
  • 2. SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies..................................13 Community..................12 Classified..............................17 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant 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 If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Hello again, Team Meade. This time I can finally say with confidence that winter is over and spring has arrived. I hope each of you has been able to enjoy some time outdoors with family. The weather seems to be getting a little warmer every day, flowers are blooming around us, baseball season has begun, and yes, we even started filling potholes! On that note I can report a small bit of good news. We were recently able to buy our own pot- hole-filling equipment. In past years we were forced to rent the tamper and other equipment, and high demand limited the time we had to do repair work. That is no longer the case. So road work has begun and will continue. Kudos to Bert Rice and the whole Directorate of Public Works team for this effort. As some of you may know, last week I served as the guest speaker for the monthly Installation Prayer Breakfast. In preparing my comments, I looked around at our wonderful world renewing itself after a long hard winter, and decided that topic was perfect for a springtime speech. Renewal is a key part of life. We see it in the turning of the seasons as the world around us wakes up after a winter of hibernation and rest. Our world renewing is a reminder that we must also renew periodically to grow and sustain our lives. Physical renewal, emotional renewal, spiritual renewal are all needed. We must physically renew ourselves to ensure we have the strength needed to carry on each day; we must emotionally renew ourselves to ensure we have the ability to interact with each other in a positive and beneficial manner; and we must spiritually renew ourselves to ensure we can live free from fear of the unknown. Renewal in each of these areas begins with ourselves but is most often a team effort. Few can truly renew by themselves alone. We need coaches, teachers, mentors, counselors and spiritual advi- sors. Renewal is very much a community effort. It is in com- munity that we band together to give encourage- ment and receive support from one another. It is in commu- nity that we are best equipped to reach out to those who are struggling to recover and renew after harsh winter, like seasons in their lives. So if your New Year’s resolution has been long forgotten, or your physical fitness program has fallen off, or if you are feeling down, I encourage you to take time during this spring season to renew yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Reach out to the world-class community here on Fort Meade and renew as part of a team effort that will better enable us all to contribute toward the greater good of our installation, our military and our nation. As we begin this weekend’s activities, I want to include a well-deserved thank you to our military spouses. Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The day is always celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day. Military spouses are inspirational. They rise to meet challenges with grace and courage. They provide strong support to our service members and our military children and make great sacrifices for our country. Thank you for the important role you play in keeping our military strong and our country safe. It remains my great honor to be a member of the Fort Meade team. I thank each and every person in our community for the hard work you do every day, and wish you all a warm, happy spring. Spring: A Time for Renewal COL. Brian P. Foley Garrison Commander 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 Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  • 3. May 8, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News By Sgt. Marc Loi 200th Military Police Command Public Affairs On the 200th anniversary year of the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, the Army Reserve’s 200th Military Police Com- mand, which is based at Fort Meade, started a new chapter during a relinquishment-of- command ceremony on May 4. At the helm of one of the largest Army Reserve major commands with more than 14,000 Soldiers in 44 states, Maj. Gen. San- ford Holman spent his last hours in com- mand surrounded by the large cannons that defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British Navy in the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812. The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Lt. Gen. Jeffery Talley, chief of Army Reserve, commanding general U.S. Army Reserve Command, accepted the 200th MPCOM colors from Holman and passed them to the deputy commanding general, Brig. Gen. Phillip Churn. Talley said Holman is well prepared for his next assignment as a special adviser to the assistant secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). “Indeed, his distinguished service should come to no surprise for anyone familiar with General Holman and his family,” Talley said. “Under General Holman’s command, the 200th MP Command has deployed to every corner of the world in support of global operations and displayed a high level of readiness and getting the mission done at all costs.” Talley said Holman leaves a highly trained and professional organization capable of supporting the active Army, Army Reserve and joint forces. “That’s what the Army Reserve is all about,” Talley said. Holman, who grew up in Gary, Ind., thanked those who contributed to his career, including his classmates at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was com- missioned and the senior enlisted Soldiers throughout his career. He focused on the sacrifices and impor- tance of Army Reserve Soldiers, whom he hailed as “twice the citizens” for their contributions to their families, communities and nation. Holman said the command’s motto, “Champions of Character,” is extremely important to the 200th MPCOM. “As the largest law enforcement organiza- tion in the DoD, and perhaps the world, we are not just the back up for the Army, but the joint force,”Holman said. “We must not fail, and I know we will not fail.” Holman said his faith in the 200th MPCOM has been validated thousands of times during the past three years. He told Churn that operations move at the speed of trust. “I recommend you keep the faith,” Hol- man said to Churn. Those contributions are enduring char- acteristics of the American spirit, Holman said. He pointed to Key, who penned the poem that eventually became the anthem to which millions of Soldiers past and present have rendered salutes to honor their nation and its flag. Although he recognized the noble goals of military service, Holman also stressed the importance of family, thanking his wife, Roxie, for her support in his Army Reserve career. Holman dubbed her “a battle buddy in life” who did the hard work at home so he could take care of Soldiers. Holman was commissioned in 1978. After a four-year stint on active duty as an infantry 200th MPCOM welcomes new commander PHOTO COURTESY OF 200th MP Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley (left), chief of Army Reserve and commanding general U.S. Army Reserve Command, passes the 200th Military Police Command colors to Brig. Gen. Phillip Churn during a change of command ceremony held May 4 at historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore. officer in Korea and Germany, he joined the Army Reserve where he has served in ever- increasing levels of leadership, including the 200th MPCOM. A native of Washington, D.C., Churn graduated in 1983 from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, and was commis- sioned as a field artillery officer. During the hourlong ceremony, Churn told Holman that his mentoring and coach- ing were essential to success. “I am internally grateful to you,” Churn said. “I could not ask for a better mentor for me during this process as a general officer. I am indebted to you sir. Thank you very much.” Churn said the 200th MPCOM Soldiers were the best trained and resourced forma- tions in the Army Reserve. “You have chartered a course for this com- mand, sir,” Churn said. “Your Soldiers stand as your legacy.” Churn said the command will continue to perform about the line and execute missions with precision. “No course corrections. No change in azimuths,” he said. “We will continue to move out.” By Maj. Gregg Moore Military Intelligence Readiness Command The newest Army Reserve unit is acti- vated. The Africa Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center Army Reserve Element, or “AFRICOM JIOC ARE,” was stood up Sunday at McGill Training Center under the command of Col. E. Dryden Pence III. “What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new organization,” Pence said. Col. Stephen Zarbo, the Military Intel- ligence Readiness Command’s deputy com- manding officer, represented Brig. Gen. Gabriel Troiano at the ceremony by uncas- ing the new colors for the first time with the new unit’s senior noncommissioned officer, 1st Sgt. Michael Wiltz. Zarbo then passed ceremoniously to Pence, the new unit’s first commanding officer. “The learning the military has under- taken over the last 10 years presents itself an opportunity for JIOCs,” Zarbo told the small audience of mostly military intelli- gence professionals from the Army Reserve and the Navy. “A tactical commander is going to take what you analyze and what you say as a basis for planning an operation.” Pence is a renowned economist in his civilian career and created an economic intelligence working group for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. “A nation’s currency is only as good as its military,” he said. “So every time you pay a bill, recognize that you’re the ones making it worth something.” The Military Intelligence Readiness Command will grow from approximately 6,000 Soldiers to more than 7,500 over the next two years by adding several battalions, detachments and more. To fill these positions, spread across 26 states and in England, the command needs highly qualified Soldiers to fill the ranks. Those who are interested in joining should contact their local Army Reserve Careers Division or call the MIRC head- quarters at 703-806-5203. Army Reserve unit activates to support mission in Africa
  • 4. SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014 By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Child, Youth and School Services was awarded a $14,225 grant from National Government Services on April 26 to sup- port its Boys Girls Clubs of America Triple Play program. Triple Play is BGCA’s first, yearlong comprehensive health and wellness pro- gram that strives to improve the overall health of children ages 6 to 18 by increas- ing their daily physical activity, teaching them proper nutrition and helping them to develop healthy relationships, according to the BGCA website. National Government Services is a part of the Wellpoint Foundation and a bene- factor of BGCA. The foundation sup- ports the Healthy Generations Program, a multigenerational effort to improve public health. “I was extremely pleased to receive this funding from the Wellpoint Foundation,” said Francisco Jamison, CYSS adminis- trator. “Foundations like Wellpoint help to improve the health and wellness of countless families in communities around the country.” The grant will be used to purchase sup- plies and equipment, and provide more sports and fitness tournaments and lead- ership development opportunities for the participants. More than 150 youths participate in Triple Play at the Youth Center, Teen Cen- ter and School Age Services. The program is divided into three parts - mind, body and soul. The mind component encourages youths to eat smart through the Healthy Habits program, which covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropri- ate portion size. The body component complements BGCA’s traditional physical activities by introducing sports and fitness activities at a higher level by emphasizing team sports. The soul component helps build posi- tive relationships and cooperation among youths. Mahlon Thomas, a Child and Youth program assistant at CYSS, has been facili- tating Triple Play for almost two years. Thomas said Fort Meade’s program incor- porates cooking clubs to teach proper nutrition, and that rigorous activities such as relay races and basketball are a part of the program. “The soul aspect is covered with sports- Triple Play program gets a monetary boost photo by nate pesce Garrison Commander Brian P. Foley (far left) is presented a $14,225 grant by Brian Brooks (second from left), marketing manager at National Government Services, a benefactor of the Boys Girls Clubs of America, for Child, Youth and School Services’ Triple Play program on April 26. Looking on are: LaToya Hambright, CYSS facility director (holding the check); Omar Richards, CYSS program assistant; and Dawn Brunson, senior director of Military Outreach for the BGCA. manship and respect among themselves, which we strongly encourage,” Thomas said. “Youth learn interpersonal skills and build confidence through team play, which are tools needed in life.” Kevin Flowers, a seventh-grader at MacArthur Middle School, said Triple Play has taught him the value of exercise. “People can get obese it they don’t exercise. It can become an issue,” the 12- year-old said. “You can get sick.” Leah Davis, also a seventh-grader at MacArthur Middle School, said she has learned the importance of moderation. “You get to balance out your mind, your body and your soul,” the 13-year-old said. News Providing single service members a forum to address quality-of-life issues is just one of many opportunities provided by Bet- ter Opportunities for Single Soldiers. For more information, call the garrison BOSS representative, Sgt. Chatonna Powell, at 301-677-6868 or visit the BOSS office, located in the USO Center at 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 5. SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014 News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer As an effective Equal Opportunity leader, military and civilian professionals must keep their “bag closed.” This phrase is an important lesson that more than 40 Soldiers and civilians learned in the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region/Military Dis- trict of Washington’s Equal Opportunity Leader Course Class held April 21-29 at McGill Training Center. “Keeping your bag closed is a term we use in the EO. An EOL should not form opinions of others or groups based on their past experiences [which can form] perceptions and stereotypes, whether they are good or bad experiences,” said Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore, Fort Meade’s Equal Opportunity advisor, who helped to conduct the course. “When gathering information for their commander, [an EO leader] should deal strictly with facts, not opinions.” The course is geared to Soldiers with the rank of E-5 and above and DoD civilians who have been selected to carry out additional duties and responsibilities as their command’s Equal Opportunity leader. The goal is to assist commanders in assessing the climate of their units and addressing EO climate detractors. Other members of Fort Meade’s EO team, EO advisors from units on Fort Meade, and EOL advisors from local installations also served as instructors. Bruce E. Rothwell, deputy Equal Opportunity program manager for the Joint Force Headquarters National Capi- tal Region/Military District of Washing- ton, also helped to facilitate the course. The course is offered once every quar- ter — twice a year at Fort Myer, Va., and at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort Meade. “Equal Opportunity is a readiness issue, and it takes the entire team to ensure everyone is provided an oppor- tunity to work in a healthy and positive environment,” Palmore said. The course uses a building-block con- cept. The curriculum includes the study of individual learning styles and group norms; communication strategies; the history and experience of various eth- nic groups and women; perception and stereotypes; discrimination and power; conflict management; racism and sexism; religious accommodations; and ethnic and special observances. Participants engage in role-plays and scenarios designed to examine their own Equal Opportunity Leader Training fights biases process of socialization, their values, biases and prejudices. They also learn the Army’s EO program and policies, complaint procedures and unit climate assessments. On April 24, in a lesson on the factors that contribute to the development of racism and sexism led by Sgt. 1st Class Walter Smith, the Equal Opportunity advisor at the Old Guard at Fort Myer, Va., participants had an open discussion about the different perceptions of race among various ethnic groups. One Soldier, who is from Jamaica, said that in her country, skin color is not an issue. “In Jamaica, we don’t see color. Every- one is Jamaican,” she said. Smith said that race often becomes a factor among people when they feel they are in competition with each other. He then asked participants to list those things that people compete for in society. Answers varied from resources and dominance to power, fame and money. The Soldiers then discussed how the media’s emphasis on racial stereotypes often influences the negative perceptions people have of one another. As one example of the media’s pan- dering to racial stereotypes, one Soldier remarked that the media would not have covered the Trayvon Martin case if the victim and the perpetrator were of the same race. Later, the participants read case studies of situations in military units. They were then asked to determine whether the case studies were examples of racism, sexism or improper utilization of work skills. In a case study that involved a senior male officer, some Soldiers expressed concern that in the real world there may be reprisals against an EOL who reports a senior officer for an EO violation. Rothwell said all Soldiers and civilians must not be afraid to speak up against a wrong. “If you feel that you have or are being reprised against, report your issues to the local inspector general’s office immedi- ately,” he said. Sgt. Jessica Kendall, a veterinary clin- ic noncommissioned officer-in-charge at Aberdeen Proving Ground who is assigned to the Public Health Command at Fort Belvoir, said the course taught her more about different racial and ethnic groups than what she learned in history classes in school. “I learned about the 442nd Combat Team and how [initially, many] were in internment camps [for Japanese-Ameri- cans] in World War II,” Kendall said. “I did not know there were internment camps. ... It was very enlightening.” Kendall said that as a newly trained EOL, she is the “eyes and ears” of the community. She said it is her responsibility to pro- vide assistance to the commander and the Soldiers in her unit, “so that prejudices are brought to light and to help break down [the walls of] ignorance that are out there. That’s our role.” Carl Brightharp, a management ana- lyst with the Military Postal Service Agency in Arlington, Va., said self-aware- ness was one of the most important les- sons he learned in the course. “Before you can help others, you have to assess you,” he said. “You bring along your own baggage and all of your bias- es. ... You must keep your baggage in check. “This training is universal. It doesn’t matter if you are a civilian or a mili- tary member,” Brightharp said. “We must make sure that people are treated fairly.” a promising youth Talissa McMullen (right), facility director of the Teen Center, congratulates Kimberly Mitchell for being named Fort Meade’s Youth of the Year. The 15-year- old is a sophomore at Glen Burnie High School and is a member of the high school’s National Honor Society, the Biomedical Allied Health program and the varsity cheerleading squad. Kimberly aspires to become an orthopedic sur- geon and hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University. She resides in Odenton with her parents retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Vincent Mitchell and Patri- cia Mitchell. photo by lisa r. rhodes
  • 6. SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014 News sentations emphasized that voting is both a right and a responsibility. Capt. Tony Cardona, trial counsel, spoke to second-graders at Manor View Elemen- tary School, leading them in a discussion about why everyone should be allowed to vote for a democracy to work. Most of the children were very surprised that suffrage hasn’t always been universal. “The second-graders were very respon- sive and rose to the challenge of discussing complex social and legal topics,” Cardona said. All the classes participated in mock elections, complete with campaigning and silent ballots. Capt. Iris Yao, Legal Assis- tance attorney, spoke to Hebron-Harmon Elementary’s fifth-graders. The students held an election to determine which gaming console was the best: Playstation, Nintendo or XBox. “The students were very excited to par- ticipate in the activity, and we had some really effective campaign speeches,” Yao said. “The votes were so close that we had to have a runoff election.” Capt. LaTisha Irwin, chief of military justice, also spoke to the fifth-graders. “I was very impressed by their knowledge of history,” she said. “When I put up a photo of Susan B. Anthony, they identified her right away.” At the end of the presentations, students asked questions about being a lawyer in the military and the history of the JAG Corps. “Law Day provides a great opportunity for our judge advocates to get out of the office and give something back to the com- munity,” said Capt. Erin McCarthy, trial counsel and this year’s Law Day coordina- tor. “We look forward to the presentations each year. Our goal is for the students to have fun and learn something new about the American legal system. I think we accomplished our goal this year.” By the Fort Meade Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Fort Meade’s judge advocates spend a fair share of time arguing cases in the courtroom, but last week they did not face a judge or jury. Instead, the Fort Meade Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and the attorneys at the 70th ISR Wing teamed up to speak to more than 300 local students about the American legal system. The event was part of Fort Meade’s annual Law Day celebration, coordinated each year by the OSJA. Law Day was founded in 1958 by Presi- dent Dwight Eisenhower and is celebrated annually on May 1. Legal offices, courts and schools celebrate nationwide by hosting educational events and activities. Each year commemorates a different theme to teach the importance of the legal and judicial system. This year’s theme, as designated by the American Bar Associa- tion, was “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The theme was selected to honor the 50th anniversaries of two landmark pieces of legislation: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This year, judge advocates spoke to stu- dents in the Fort Meade community rang- ing from second- to fifth grades. The pre- OSJA celebrates Law Day with local students May 1, Shoplifting: AAFES security at the Exchange said she observed via closed circuit TV the subject place a visor on his head and leave the store without rendering proper pay- ment. May 2, Larceny of govern- ment property: The victim stated that unknown person(s) by unknown means removed two tarps while they were stored on top of a wooden pallet in a secure, fenced-in storage area. May 4, Shoplifting: The loss prevention officer at the Exchange stated she observed three juveniles CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services For week of April 28-May 4 • Moving violations: 43 • Nonmoving violations: 2 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 39 • Traffic accidents: 9 • Driving on suspended license: 0 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 2 pull sales tags off of two necklaces and conceal them. The first necklace was concealed in one of the juvenile’s pants pocket. The other juvenile concealed a necklace in a brown paper bag. The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neigh- borhoods safe. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at all times, regardless of time of day. Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to take an active role in deterring crime. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspi- cious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623. Green Terror Army ROTC Battalion has been commissioning dynamic Army Leaders since 1919. Contact Robert Familetti ROTC Recruiting and Enrollment Operations Officer at 410.857.2723. There’s strong. Then there’s Army Strong. Many influential government and business leaders started with the help of Army ROTC. For more information visit
  • 7. May 8, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News Waves, an organization that implements programs to increase affordability and access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. One program that will be in place at the Fort Meade Farmers’ Market is the Double Value Coupon Program. This will allow SNAP, WIC and senior nutrition benefit recipients to get bonus bucks at the market. SNAP users will go directly to the farm- ers’ market information table and have their SNAP card run to receive matching bonus bucks ($10 max) to be used at all market vendors. WIC and senior nutrition benefits recipi- ents will receive their bonus bucks ($10 max) after presenting a receipt at the information table for produce purchased from one of the market’s vendors. These bonus bucks will be able to be used for produce purchases at the market. By Raul Schuett Plans Specialist Plans, Analysis and Integration Office In an effort to help the Fort Meade com- munity make healthy choices, the garrison will offer a farmers’ market beginning May 21. The Fort Meade Farmers’ Market will run every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 12 in the Smallwood Hall parking lot, across from McGlachlin Parade Field. Operation Live Well is part of President Barack Obama’s National Prevention Strat- egy to promote good health for all Ameri- cans. The goal of Operation Live Well is to make healthy living the easy choice and the social norm. The entire Fort Meade community will have access to fresh and local fruits and veg- etables, free-range meats, quality heirloom vegetables, herbs and annuals, flowers, jams, baked goods and breads. Fort Meade Farmers’Market vendors are all local to the region, some are multigenera- tional farms and one is veteran-owned. Establishing the Fort Meade Farmers’ Market is one of 28 initiatives in support of the Healthy Base Initiative. HBI is a demonstration project within Operation Live Well, focusing on 14 pilot installations throughout the DoD to exam- ine and evaluate specific initiatives and their ability to improve nutritional choices, increase physical activity, reduce obesity and decrease tobacco use. Fort Meade is one of three Army installa- tions to be selected as HBI pilot locations. Fort Meade partnered with Wholesome Farmers’ market to begin on Fort Meade Dr. Edwin Zaghi - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry; - American Board Pediatric Dentist; - Fellow American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRY Edwin Zaghi, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • Infant Dental Screening • Emergency Appointments • Accepts MetLife/Tricare JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400 Near Fort Meade! Name: ………………………………...... Email: ………………………………....... Win a GREEK Basket! Sign up for festival email notifications and you will be entered for a chance to win! OPEN FREE BEVERAGE (SODA OR WATER) With purchase of Souvlaki (or Gyro) Fires Combo! Cashier________ Date________ St. Theodore Greek Orthodox Church 7101 Cipriano Road • Lanham, MD 20706 (301) 552-3540 Visit us on Facebook or view our website for event news! Directions: From the DC Beltway, take exit 22a to B/W Parkway (towards Baltimore). Take Greenbelt/ NASA exit to Greenbelt Road (193 east). Continue on 193 for 1.5 miles to Cipriano. Church is 2 blocks ahead on left. Visit our outdoor Gyro / Souvlaki Stand! St. Theodore Greek Orthodox Church Come enjoy all your favorite Foods . Drinks . Pastries . Music . Shops GREEK FESTIVALMay 16-18, 2014 Friday Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday Noon–7pm U.S. citizenship is required. NSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CAREERS AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY A career at NSA is no ordinary job. It’s a profession dedicated to identifying and defending against threats to our nation. And it’s highly rewarding work you can’t do anywhere else. You, too, can rise above the ordinary by putting your intelligence to work to protect the nation. NSA offers a variety of career fields, paid internships and scholarship opportunities. Learn more about NSA and how your career can make a difference. Now hiring for the following two positions at our Ft. Meade, MD location. Computer Network Operations (CNO) - Operator, Job ID 1040178 Uses advanced software applications for network navigation, tactical forensic analysis, and collection of valuable intelligence information. Global Network Analyst, Job ID 1037477 Evaluates target opportunities and strategizes activities against particular networks. For more details, please visit and search for the Job ID. KNOWINGMATTERS Rise Above the Ordinary Search NSA to Download W H E R E I N T E L L I G E N C E G O E S T O W O R K ® Help Fort Meade’s Facebook page reach 20,000 fans!
  • 8. SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014 News Story and photo by Tina Miles 780th MI Brigade Public Affairs Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith always dreamed of the perfect wedding and the perfect bridal gown for that perfect day. As a military bride, however, some- times deployments, financial hardships and other challenges unique to service- men and women can make it difficult to have that perfect wedding. A national charitable organization called Brides Across America helps fulfill the dreams of military brides by giving them free wedding gowns at biannual nationwide gown giveaway events. Smith, information management, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, was one of those lucky brides. She had her perfect day on April 3 in Woodbridge, Va., where she wore her perfect wedding gown. Brides Across America was founded in 2008 by Heidi Janson, who wanted to do more to support our troops and their families. She did so by uniting with bridal salons across the country willing to donate and give away wedding gowns to qualified military brides. During a White House event in 2012, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden rec- ognized Brides Across America for their contributions to improving the lives of military families. Smith met her spouse, Cary Smith, while both were on active duty in 2007 at Fort Gordon, Ga. She was deployed to Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. Upon her return to the U.S., Smith reunited with Cary and they were engaged in July 2012. It was shortly after her engagement that a friend told her about Brides Across America and that one of their give- away events was coming up. Her 2008 deployment qualified her as a participant, so Smith immediately registered for the November 2012 nationwide gown give- away. “I had the last appointment on the last day of the promotion in my area,” Smith said. She dashed out of her unit train- ing meeting and “high-tailed” it to the participating bridal salon to make her appointment. Once inside, Smith spotted that perfect gown instantly and knew it was meant to be hers. “The associate told me to pick out a few more [gowns] as it might not fit Brides Across America makes dreams come true properly. I told her, ‘I don’t need to look at any other dresses, this is it - it will fit.’ It did and I got it!” she said. Smith originally planned to have a formal wedding in April 2013. However, that was postponed due to medical issues. After waiting a year, she was finally able to see her dream come to fruition. Smith also received her second wish — a cake from Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. “I never thought that would happen, since when I saw my ideal cake years ago on ‘Ace of Cakes’ [cable TV show], and I was living down South,” Smith noted. “When I found out I was assigned to Fort Meade, Cary said he would make that happen for me. And he did.” With her perfect wedding day, high- lighted by the perfect gown and topped off with the perfect cake, Smith’s dream had finally come true. Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith, information management, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, wears the gown she received from Brides Across America during her wedding ceremony held April 3 in Woodbridge, Va. Brides Across America is a national charitable organization, which helps fulfill the dreams of military brides by giving them free wedding gowns. Fish Tales Lauren Wiley, 14, and her 13-year-old brother Jacob show off a line of fish they reeled in Saturday during the Youth Fish- ing Rodeo at Burba Lake. The free event was sponsored by the Fort Meade Rod and Gun Club and provid- ed an opportunity for Fort Meade children and families to spend quality time together and have fun. Photo by Philip H. Jones
  • 9. May 8, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11 News By Jacqueline M. Hames Soldiers magazine The library technician at the Post Library Annex greeted mothers and their children as they came into the main room. Chairs were pushed against the wall for parents to sit on while children played on a brightly colored area rug as they waited for a special edition of Storytime. Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley joined the children for Storytime on April 17 and read two books to the enthu- siastic audience. The children laughed and counted along during Foley’s reading of “Count the Monkeys” while their mothers looked on. Families were invited to a special screen- ing of Sesame Workshop’s “Little Children, Big Challenges,” after the readings. The video is meant to teach children and their parents resilience techniques, and is part of a complete tool kit, which includes a guidebook for parents, and access to a resilience app, “Breathe. Think. Do,” for smartphones and tablets. “Our motto here is when the parent deploys, the whole family deploys,” said Lynn Chwatsky, vice president of com- munity and family engagement at Sesame Workshop. “We believe that there is a ser- vice member, but the whole family serves.” On May 16, the “Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families” will per- form two free showings at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zim- borski Ave. Anja Young, a former military child and actress who lived on Fort Meade, plays Katie. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Chwatsky is in charge of overseeing Sesame Workshop’s military family initia- tive project and community engagement, identifying a community and addressing its unmet needs with media and other resourc- es starring “Sesame Street” muppets. The purpose of the LCBC tool kit is to encourage children to talk about or express their feelings, and show how parents can engage in a dialogue with their children during difficult times, like during a long separation, Chwatsky said. “We realize that when we are talking to young children and school-aged children, we know that you can’t just talk to these children, you have to talk to the adults in their lives,” she said. The video, starring Elmo, shows children how to react to the possibility of a long sep- aration, how to deal with frustration, sibling ‘Sesame Street’ teaches military kids about resilience PHOTO by jason lawor Sesame Street characters take the stage during a 30-minute song and dance extravaganza “Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families,” which is coming to Fort Meade on May 16 for two free showings at McGill Training Center. rivalry, and learning and persistence. The accompanying booklet for parents and caregivers outlines ways for adults to introduce new strategies for difficult situations, adding to the video with topics like dealing with aggressive behavior and moving. These basic tenets of resilience help teach children self-regulation, Chwatsky said. “We are giving them those skills and tools to get through those moments, and then hopefully the skills that they develop to get through those moments will then help them through life, through some of life’s easier [and] more difficult challenges,” she added. Emily Tower, married to Maj. Daniel Tower, thought the video was especially appropriate because her husband is leaving for school in a few weeks. Their 3-year-old daughter Allison liked the video. “We learned a good word - ‘strategy’ - didn’t we?” Tower asked her daughter after the video. “We can come up with some strategies to survive the summer.” Tower said this is Allison’s second long separation from her father, but the young- ster doesn’t quite understand what will happen when her dad leaves. The video encourages families to come up with funny ways of saying goodbye and emphasizes that the caregiver will return, which will be one of Tower’s summer strategies. Chwatsky said it’s not just children who benefit from the program. “We’re seeing these adults benefiting from this because you, as an adult, are empowered with tools you help to build resiliency in your child,”she said. “It’s actu- ally building your resilience too, knowing you have the tools to help children.” Danette Simmons, who attended with her son Conner, 5, was reminded of how to help her children during difficult times. “Instead of just saying ‘bye’ and then out the door, you know, take time and then spend a little more time talking about [the situation],” Simmons said. Conner, whose dad is Sgt. 1st Class Robert Simmons, said the video was good before growing too shy to say anything else. One of the eldest children at the event, Jameson Holyoak, enjoyed the video as well. He believes what he learned will enable him to help his mother Rebecca with his younger brother when their dad leaves for work. Calvin gets sad when his father Senior Airman Michael Holyoak leaves for the night shift. “These kids are serving, too,” Chwatsky said. “These resilience skills are going to help them through everything. It’s going to help them through these little everyday things that we were talking about, but it is also going to help with the bigger things like when a parent deploys.” Chwatsky emphasized that the tool kit is available across multimedia platforms, and resilience videos are posted on the Sesame Workshop website and YouTube. The pro- gram is also available in Spanish. “Our children are our future. Our Sol- diers’ children are our future leaders of our military and our Army, and we want to help them and get them as prepared for life as possible,” she said.
  • 10. SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014 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. and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. or call 301-677-5602. AER campaign update Fort Meade’s Army Emergency Relief fund has collected $72,437 as of Friday — 80 percent of its $90,000 goal to help those in need. The AER campaign runs through May 15. 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 proving interest-free loans and 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 410-528-2769 or AER Officer Wallace Turner at 301-677- 5768. 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 testing. Awards and prizes will be presented at the end of the challenge. To register, email Jamie Valis at Jamie. Motorcycle Safety Month May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcyclists and be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to wear proper gear, get proper training and help spread the word about increasing motorcyclists’ safety. The 902nd Motorcycle Mentorship Program is available to assist motorcyclists with questions and training. For more information, call William T. Connor at 301-677-6661 or email Lunch and Learn series Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is hosting its next Lunch and Learn session Tuesday at noon in the Rascon Center (Building 2481). The topic is proper posture. The session will include a posture assessment and guidance through exercises led by Kimbrough physical therapist Capt. Jon Umlauf. For more information, call Capt. Alyson Rhodes at 301-677-8949. Military Mail service The Enlisted Spouses’ Club is holding its biannual Military Mail service on Wednesday. All units are encouraged to send the names and addresses of deployed troops to the ESC to be included in the Military Mail care package program. The service member must be attached to an APO or FPO and not returning before July. For more information, email Amy Shibilski at 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. Career fair The Military Officers Association of America is hosting a military officer career fair on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, D.C. The free event is open to current and former service members and government employees, National Guardsmen, Reservists and their spouses. The conference will feature several NEWS EVENTS career planning seminars to help service members transition to civilian work life. For more information, go to www. career-fair/custom-17-5eaf190e9cb14b45 93c32923eb7414b8.aspx. Program for cancer patients The Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is sponsoring the program “Life with Cancer: Practical Tools for Living with Uncertainty” for all cancer patients and their families on May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the America Building, Room 2525. No registration required. Military ID is required for base access to Walter Reed. For those without a military ID, call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least two business days prior to event for base access. For more information, contact retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918/2900 or 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. • Money and the Move: Monday, 1-3 p.m. • Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon Learn to understand job vacancy announcements, how to write your federal and electronic resumes, and how to track your application. • Anger Management: Wednesday, 9- 11 a.m. • Meet and Greet: May 15, 5-7 p.m. The event will feature food, prizes and information about Maryland and Fort Meade. • Sponsorship Training: May 22 from 2-3:30 p.m., Building 9804, Room 101A To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. Storytime The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall file photo MASSING OF THE COLORS MAY 18Fort Meade’s annual Memorial Day Remembrance and Massing of the Colors ceremony will be held May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Meade Pavilion. The free event is open to the public. EDUCATION YOUTH
  • 11. May 8, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 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 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 24 Friday Sunday: “Noah” (PG-13). A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins. Saturday: Studio Appreciation – Free 3D Screen- ing. Tickets available at the Exchange Food Court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. May 16: “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. May 17: Studio Appreciation – Free Screening. Tickets available at the Exchange Food Court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. May 18: “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, Terrence 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 supernatural 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. 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: “Hooray for Mother’s Day” • May 15: “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. Out About • The U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus will perform Friday at 8 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Washington, D.C. For tickets or more information, call 202- 994-6800. Other free performances include: • “Brass Extravaganza: Gershwin, Wagner Sousa!” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, Va. Col. Timothy J. Holtan leads the U.S. Army Field Band Brass Ensemble in a richly diverse program encompassing music from the 12th to the 21st centuries. • Mixed Performers Concert: May 17 at 2 p.m. at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel No tickets required. For more information, call 301-677-6586. • Cole Bros. Circus will be in Crownsville today at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway. Performances are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Free tickets are available for children ages 12 and younger at For more information, go to or call 800-796-5672. • The Bowie Baysox is featuring several activities today through Sunday during a four-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats at Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie. Celebrate “Mustache Mania” plus Charlie Chaplin’s 125th birthday party today at 6:35 p.m. Get 50 percent off a box seat ticket when you show your mustache (real or fake) at the box office the day of the game. The event also will feature a Mystery Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 250 fans ages 6 and older. Fireworks Night, Anne Arundel/Queen Anne’s/Howard County Reading Night will be held Friday and Saturday at 6:35 p.m. A Mother’s Day celebration will be held Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Play catch with Mom on the field before the game from 12:30-1:15 p.m.. Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch in the Diamond View Restaurant during the game. Tickets must be pre-ordered online at baysoxshop. com. For more information, call 301-464-4865 or go • The Chesapeake Chorale will perform May 17 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 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 May 17, with discounts to attractions. Onboard prize giveaway will be offered. Bus cost is $60. For more information, call 301- 677-7354 or visit • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is Friday. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more informa- tion, go to • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meetingisSaturday.Active-duty,Reserveand retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288. • New Spouse Connection meets the sec- ond Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. The program provides an oppor- tunity for all spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade to meet and get connected. For more information, contact Pia Morales at or 301-677- 4110. • Calling All Dads meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is Monday. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child care is provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie. The speaker is Del. Theodore Sophocleus, District 32, Anne Arundel County, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, Oversight Committee on Personnel of the Appropriations Committee. Anyone wishing to join this chapter or find out more information concerning NARFE, should attend this meeting. The chapter seeks personnel wishing to become active members and attend meetings. Formoreinformation,call DianeShreves, publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750. • 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 infor- mation, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email • 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 May 15 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 without 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. RECREATION MEETINGS
  • 12. SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer A year removed from being swept in the intramural volleyball championship, the 70th Operations Support Squadron is set- ting itself up for another run at a title. With a sweep over the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion’s Panthers on Mon- day night at Murphy Field House, the 70th extended its dominance in the league by securing its 10th straight win. With 25-11, 25-6 wins, the 70th improved its record to 10-0 with two games remain- ing, while the Panthers dropped to 2-10 in its final game of the season. “We’re still undefeated, we’re coasting through right now,” said Jordan Kroell of the 70th. “We’ve been playing really well together. ... The guys are hustling, trying to not let anything drop.” Despite losing three members from last year’s team, the 70th has been running through the competition, having swept 10 of the other 11 teams in the league en route to its top-ranked record. “We picked up a couple of good play- ers and kind of filled in the gaps,” coach Thomas Moore said. The key to the team’s success, Moore said, has been its on-court communication, which has held players accountable for their area and kept balls from hitting the floor. With a healthy team, Moore believes the team can succeed in the postseason. “We’re going to play as a team, commu- nicate and see how far that can take us,” he said. “If we play and not make mistakes to beat ourselves, I think that we have a good chance.” The Panthers entered the game with nothing to lose, having already been elimi- nated from the playoffs, which begin next week. Despite its season ending several games ago, the team was determined to try to knock off the top-seed — even playing a man short. “We’re eliminated from the playoffs, but that’s not going to stop us from try- ing,” coach Chris Carter said. “Never quit — that’s us.” The two teams opened Monday’s match appearing to be evenly matched, with the 70th earning a majority of its early points on the shorthanded Panthers’ mistakes. But midway through the first set, the 70th took control of the game. With Moore’s four kills and two blocks, the 70th took the first set 25-11. Kroell and Crystal Wilson each had two kills for the 70th while Brandon Huff and Harry Freeman each registered a block for 70th OSS extends win streak to 10 the Panthers. The 70th’s dominance continued in the second set as Moore led the team with five kills en route to a 25-6 win and the sweep. With two games left on its schedule before the playoffs, Kroell said he is confi- dent his team has a shot at a title. “Anything can happen in playoffs, but if we keep talking and playing like we’ve been playing, I think that we can definitely take the championship,” he said. Jordan Kroell of the 70th Operations Support Squadron blocks Harry Freeman’s attack during Monday’s intramural volleyball game at Murphy Field House. The 70th swept the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion 25-11, 25-6. RIGHT: Amber Reid and Thomas Moore of the 70th Operations Support Squadron prepare to turn the ball during an intramural volleyball game against the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion. Monday’s win for the 70th extend the team’s 10-game win streak. photos by nate pesce
  • 13. May 8, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports Sports Shorts Free bowling The Lanes is offering free bowling on May 17 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. 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 and search for Defense Information School. Registration closes June 1. For more information, call Master Sgt. Stephen Humphrey at 301-677-4363. Patriot Pride 5K The installation’s annual Run Series continues May 17 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 For more information, call 301-677-7916. Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones, author of Jibber Jabber, is out of the office. As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones. or follow him on Twitter @CTJibber. Jibber-Less Weekly Meade Mustangs roundup Baseball The Mustangs were unable to snap its losing streak before the end of the season as the team dropped its last six games en route to a 3-18 record to close out the year. Meade’s struggles continued last week when they faced Old Mill (12-9) at home on Friday. Despite the team out-hitting Old Mill seven to six, the Mustangs fell 7-2. On Saturday, the Mustangs fell to Glen Burnie (4-16) 9-6. Meade closed out the season with a 12-2 loss to Chesapeake (18-2) on Monday and a 4-2 loss to Annapolis Area Christian School (12-10) on Tuesday. Softball Meade’s softball team also struggled down the stretch as the team lost 11-4 to undefeated Northeast (20- 0) on Saturday, and then were shut out 20-0 by Chesapeake (13-6) on Monday. The team closed on its season 3-17. Tuesday, May 13th • 7pm The Baltimore Sun • 501 N. Calvert St. Join The Baltimore Sun’s editorial page editor Andrew Green as he hosts gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar. Evening includes audience QA. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today. Paid parking is available in the garage located at Monument St. Calvert St. An evening with gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar