vol. 65 no. 41
Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 17, 2013
photo by brandon bieltz
soaking it in
A referee signals a touchdown following the 65-yard run by Meade High running back Kyle Evans during Friday’s game at Southern High School that was
played in a driving rain. Evans rushed for 367 yards and three touchdowns in the 51-36 victory. For the story, see Page 10.
Save a life
Post service members
prepare for annual run
in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Red Ribbon Campaign Kickoff Event - McGill
oct. 26, 8 a.m.: Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins 5K Fun Run - The Pavilion
Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.: Halloween Pet Costume Contest - The Pavilion
Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.: Chaplain’s Office Annual Hallelujah Festival - The Pavilion
Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Retiree Appreciation Day - McGill Training Center
Col. Brian P. Foley
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
General Inquiries 410-332-6300
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are
experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the
personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N.
Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in
conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach
the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing
address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD
20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602.
Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage
without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser,
user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser
will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source.
Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the
Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their
own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army.
The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by
the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised.
You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd
and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil.
Co n t e n t s
Crime Watch.................. 9
SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
Getting a little help for the holidays
With the continuing impact of sequestration,
furloughs and budget woes, many of us are
experiencing even greater stress as we look ahead
to the upcoming holiday season — how we are
going to get home to see loved ones, how to purchase that special present for a child, or how to
figure out a way to ensure our traditional meal
is on the table with all of the fixings.
In this column I am going to highlight some
of the programs available, primarily for junior
enlisted service members at Fort Meade who
may need a helping hand this holiday season.
A major message I want to share with you
within the column is that if you need help, please
let one of your leaders know.
It may not be easy to ask for help from someone outside your family, but for those of you
who are new to the military or new to Team
Meade, you need to know: “At Fort Meade, we
are a family. We take care of each other.”
Last year, the USO assumed responsibility
for holiday programs from Fort Meade’s Army
Community Service, which primarily focuses its
support for junior enlisted (E1 to E5, with E6
by exception) families over the holidays. These
programs are open to all services.
The USO requires that requests for these programs be directed through the service member’s
senior enlisted leader in order to maximize
opportunities for those military families in need
throughout the greater Washington-Baltimore
The USO Turkey for Troops program provides
a Thanksgiving food basket to military families.
Baskets include the traditional ingredients for
a Thanksgiving meal such as stuffing, canned
goods, pie ingredients, corn bread mix, and even
a gift card for a fresh turkey.
The second program, Project USO Elf, provides holiday gifts for military children. At the
time of registration, a wish list is submitted for
each child. These children are sponsored by
area companies, organizations and families who
donate an age-appropriate gift and try to find
exact items on the list, if possible.
Registration is underway for both programs.
If you or a junior enlisted family needs assistance, contact your senior enlisted leader. Registration for Turkey for Troops and Project USO
Elf ends Oct. 28.
Two other USO programs are also available:
BAE Trees for Heroes provides an opportunity for junior enlisted families to cut down
their own tree at a Virginia farm. Registration
opens Oct. 24.
The Holiday Hotel program works with local
hotels to provide a free, three-night stay for
visiting family from out of town. Registration
opens Nov. 12.
In addition to these programs, the Fort Meade
Religious Support Office provides programs to
families over the
These opportunities are not
limited to junior
to these programs, service
their leadership Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter
their organization’s chaplain.
If your organization does not have a chaplain,
contact your senior enlisted leader, who can
then contact the Garrison Chaplain’s Office and
request assistance for a needy family.
The chaplains’ programs include Harvest
for the Hungry, which provides Thanksgiving
baskets for military and civilian families in need
at Fort Meade and in the surrounding communities, and Operation Helping Hand, which
provides vouchers for commissary purchases for
families in need.
OHH is not solely for Thanksgiving, and in
the past has helped many families celebrate other
The Religious Support Office also sponsors
the Angel Tree Project, which provides toys and
clothes to families in need at Fort Meade and in
the surrounding communities.
The goal of these programs is to maximize
the ability of every family to have a wonderful
holiday season and lessen stress. Keep in mind
that resources for these programs are limited.
You should also note that senior enlisted
leadership involvement is required because these
senior NCOs need to know the service members
and their families in their respective units who
need help. They also can help ensure that families do not receive duplicate services and that
families most in need receive appropriate services
If you know about other holiday programs
and resources, please share them with your
senior enlisted leaders.
If you are looking for ways to give back during the holiday season, the USO Food Pantry
is always seeking donations. Project USO Elf
and the Angel Tree Project will need sponsors
in November after registration closes for their
programs. Information about both programs is
available on their respective websites.
I continue to be amazed at the generosity of
Plan ahead to help ensure you and your family
have a safe and happy holiday season.
And if you need some help, please let someone
New Suicide Prevention Program manager targets civilians
Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Marissa Pena said many people would be
surprised to know the positive impact a kind
word can make in the day of a Soldier.
Pena, the garrison’s new Suicide Prevention Program manager, said that in her job
as a social worker serving military personnel,
several of her clients have told her they were
contemplating suicide but changed their
mind when a stranger showed concern.
“We don’t know how many Soldiers’ lives
we have touched when we are just being
nice,” said Pena, who has been a social
worker for 14 years. “It just takes five to
10 minutes of someone’s day to say ‘How
are you?’ ”
Pena, who works at the Army Substance
Abuse Program, said such small gestures
can be part of a larger strategy to reduce
suicide among service members at Fort
Last year, three service members who
were affiliated with Fort Meade committed
suicide, according to the Installation Management Command.
In her new position, Pena will coordinate
ASAP’s free monthly Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for service members,
civilians, retirees, contractors and family
members. She also will coordinate outreach
and education efforts to prevent suicide.
ASIST is a two-day workshop that helps
participants learn the skills to identify people at risk for suicide, and how to better
listen to and care for people who are having
thoughts of suicide. The workshop features
group exercises and discussions, and videos
on suicide intervention.
Living Works Education, a suicide intervention company based in Fayetteville, N.C.,
produces the curriculum for the training and
considers the workshop to be suicide first
aid. Funding is provided by the Department
of the Army.
Prior to assuming her new position, Pena
had worked as a licensed social worker and
licensed chemical dependency counselor at
ASAP for a year.
Before coming to Fort Meade, Pena
worked for two years as a substance abuse
counselor at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Pena volunteered to coordinate an ASIST
Train-the-Trainer session that was held in
August at Fort Meade. Twenty noncommissioned officers and two civilians participated
in the five-day course. They are now provisional master trainers and are expected to
lead three ASIST workshops to attain full
certification as master trainers.
“Due to her excellent organizational skills
Michael Noyes, chief of Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse Program, meets with
Marissa Pena, the garrison’s new Suicide Prevention Program manager, in his office
on Tuesday. Pena will coordinate ASAP’s free monthly offering of Applied Suicide
Intervention Skills Training, and will spearhead outreach and education efforts to
reduce suicide within the Fort Meade community.
and her desire to create a world-class suicide
prevention program, I laterally transferred
her to the Suicide Prevention Program
manager position,” said Michael Noyes,
chief of ASAP.
Noyes said his goal is to focus on a holistic approach to suicide prevention, increase
the community’s awareness of suicide prevention and provide intervention techniques
Pena said ASAP also plans to increase
the number of civilians who participate in
ASIST. She said it is important for civilians
to learn how to recognize the warning signs
of someone contemplating suicide because
the risk affects many of their peers, particularly with the impact of the shutdown of the
“We want civilians to know we are here
for them, too,” she said.
Pena was born in Philadelphia and later
moved to Texas with her family.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in social
work in 2000 from West Texas AM University and a master’s degree in social work
from New Mexico Highlands University
Her experience ranges from counseling
at-risk youths with substance abuse issues
to service members with post-traumatic
Pena said providing quality mentalhealth care, and substance abuse and suicide
prevention services to military personnel
should be a priority.
“They risk their lives for us,” she said.
“We owe it to them to give them the best
services and treatment possible without
having to feel the shame of stigma [of experiencing mental health issues] or [the] threat
to their career.”
Pena plans to complete the ASIST Trainthe-Trainer program in the near future.
“I feel pretty great,” she said. “I can reach
more people this way.”
Editor’s note: ASIST is being offered
today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 6th
Cavalry Chapel. The next session will be held
Nov. 20-21 at the same time and location.
Participation in the full two days is required,
along with pre-registration. To participate,
call Pena at 301-677-7901 or email her at
Shutdown: Useful Internet links and information
The following links are available to military personnel and
civilian employees impacted by the government shutdown.
Resources are available for financial counseling and/or
• Military One Source is available at 1-800-342-9647.
The crisis line is 1-800-273-TALK.
Military One Source is also available online at militaryonesource.mil/army.
For stress, counseling:
• Employee Assistance Program
EAP is a free, 24-hour confidential counseling and referral
service that can help you and your family successfully deal
with life’s challenges.
EAP is available at 1-800-222-0364 or online at foh4you.
• Federal Occupational Health’s Work/Life program is
offered to you and your dependents at no cost.
There is no limit on how often you utilize services.
Call 1-877-WL4-NOAA (1-877-954-6622) or (TTY 800873-1322), or go online at WorkLife4You.com.
• Other resources and information:
• OPM: Furlough guidance
Available online at www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/
• Civilian Personnel Office
Guidance for the 2014 lapse in appropriations is available online at http://cpol.army.mil/library/general/
Financial planning during civilian furlough is available
online at http://www.whs.mil/HRD/Furlough/FinancialPlanning.cfm.
• Army Emergency Relief
Services available online at www.aerhq.org/dnn563/
October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
Flu vaccinations coming to Kimbrough
By Col. Beverly Maliner
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
Once again we have entered the annual influenza
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center offers excellent protection and safety without charge, little-to-no
wait, ample parking, and documentation in your military medical record.
Kimbrough planned to start vaccinating the Fort
Meade community two days ago. Unfortunately, we
had to reschedule when vaccine shipment dates were
delayed. There are several “brands” of influenza vaccine and most of what we ordered was just released
to the Army.
We recommend that everyone older than 6 months
old get vaccinated, preferably before Thanksgiving.
However, some people should seek earliest possible
vaccination because they are more likely to experience
life-threatening effects from influenza infection. They
include people older than age 65, women who are pregnant, high-risk infants and children, and beneficiaries
with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease and cancer.
We recommend that those people get vaccinated
sooner rather than later.
One option for people at high risk is to get vaccinated as part of a scheduled medical appointment at
Kimbrough or from their physician.
Plans include offering flu vaccinations at the Retiree
Appreciation Day event on Nov. 1 at McGill Training
Center; vaccinate active-duty service members from the
end of October into early November; and vaccinate all
remaining personnel Nov. 12-15.
People who get the flu vaccine are not 100 percent
protected from getting the flu. But they tend to spend
less time off work, less time sick even from other
flu-like viruses, are much less likely to die or get sick
enough to need hospital care, and are less likely to pass
the virus to someone else.
The more people vaccinated, the better protected
we all are. It’s harder for a virus to gain a foothold in
a community if most members of that community are
It’s better for generally healthy active-duty service
members to wait and get their vaccine at Kimbrough.
We’ll get that information documented into the medical record and also into their service-specific system
(MEDPROS, MERS or ASIMS) for compliance tracking.
Updates will be posted on the Kimbrough Facebook
For more information, call Kimbrough’s Preventive
Medicine section at 301-677-8661, 301-677-8400 or
By John W. Anderson
Education Services Specialist
Fort Meade Army Education Center
GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance is not available because Congress has not passed a funding bill.
Denied tuition-assistance requests for classes
with start dates during the budget impasse
period will not be reinstated or reimbursed.
Once Congress passes the budget, only those
classes with start dates after tuition assistance
has been reinstated will be approved.
We do not anticipate any lag between the
time of the congressional budget approval and
the reinstatement of tuition assessment.
Flu shot vs. nasal spray vaccine
By Sgt. Terence Ellis
and Zachary McCormic
Disease Epidemiology Program
U.S. Army Public Health Command
Each year, the influenza virus makes
millions of people ill worldwide.
Children, the elderly, pregnant women
and those with weakened immune systems
are at highest risk of developing flu-related
complications that can lead to hospitalization or even death.
The best way to prevent the flu is by
receiving an annual influenza vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the
age of 6 months old get vaccinated against
There are two primary types of influenza
vaccine: the flu shot and the nasal spray.
The flu shot comes in several different
forms that target a variety of age groups
from age 6 months and older.
All forms of the flu shot contain inactivated or killed virus and are administered
as an injection in the upper arm or in the
thigh for infants.
Your health care provider will determine
which form is right for you, based on age,
SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
allergies and health conditions.
The nasal spray vaccine, or the live,
attenuated influenza vaccine, is commonly
known by its trade name “FluMist.” The
vaccine offers protection to healthy individuals from ages 2 to 49 including women
who are not pregnant.
“FluMist” contains a live but weakened
flu virus that cannot cause flu illness.
Studies comparing the flu shot to the
nasal vaccine have shown the shot or inactivated vaccine to be more effective in
protecting against influenza A in healthy
Both vaccinations were more effective in
preventing influenza than those receiving
no vaccine. However, studies conducted
in children have found the nasal spray or
attenuated vaccine more effective in preventing influenza than the shot.
The influenza vaccination for the 20132014 influenza season protects against the
strains of the virus influenza experts believe
are most likely to circulate during this
Before any influenza cases develop, get
the flu vaccine. It may take up to two weeks
to develop complete protection against
influenza after vaccination.
Vaccination of people at high risk for
serious flu-related health complications and
their close contacts is especially important.
Talk to your health care provider to see if
you fit this high-risk category or if you have
any questions regarding which flu vaccine
options are best for you and your family.
Fort Meade at
Division focuses on NCO spiritual resilience
By Amanda C. Glenn
First Army Division East
The Comprehensive Soldier and Family
Fitness program takes a holistic approach
to fitness, emphasizing the five dimensions
of strength: physical, emotional, social,
spiritual and family.
A recent prayer breakfast at First Army
Division East focused on recognizing the
role of noncommissioned officers, their
role as shepherds of Soldiers, and showing
how a deep-seated faith can increase their
More than 30 Soldiers, civilians and
family members gathered Sept. 26 at the
Post Chapel for the event.
“We wanted to do a prayer breakfast
focused on our noncommissioned officer
corps,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Harry
Huey, First Army Division East chaplain.
“That’s why we focused on our NCOs as
spiritual leaders and the role they play.
What makes our American Army so magnificent is our NCO corps.”
The Army defines spiritual resilience as
the purpose, core values, beliefs, identity
and life vision, which defines the essence
of a person, enables them to build inner
strength and an ethical foundation, and
helps increase their resilience when faced
In his address, Huey linked their resilience with the NCO creed.
“One of the lines in the NCO Creed, the
line that means the most to me, is ‘I know
my Soldiers and I will always place their
needs above my own.’ That’s an incredible
line,” he said.
Huey used the example of Sgt. Alfredo
“Freddy” Gonzales, who was killed in
Vietnam, to illustrate both the line from
the NCO Creed and resilience. The Army
defines resilience as the mental, physical,
emotional and behavioral ability to face
and cope with adversity, adapt to change,
recover, learn and grow from setbacks.
Gonzales enlisted in 1965 out of high
school as an infantryman and fought his
first tour in Vietnam in 1966. While home
on leave, he received a letter from a buddy
telling him about an ambush of a sister
platoon in his old company that was wiped
out almost to a man.
“At that point of time, Freddy made
up his mind that he was returning to Vietnam,” Huey said. “Freddy said, ‘If I had
been there, this wouldn’t have happened. I
would have taken care of those guys.’ ”
Several months later back in Vietnam,
Gonzales was severely wounded but refused
SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
Photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Crofoot
Members of First Army Division East attend a prayer breakfast held Sept. 26 at the Post Chapel. The event focused on recognizing
the role of noncommissioned officers, their role as shepherds of Soldiers, and showing how a deep-seated faith can increase
their spiritual resilience.
to leave his men. He was killed in action a
short time later when his unit was in a firefight involving rocket propelled grenades.
“He refused to allow his men to take the
shots he was taking.” Huey said. “He had
them hunker down behind cover, and he
moved from window-to-window-to-window, taking shots. He died instead of his
For his actions, Gonzales, who was 21
when he died, was awarded the Medal of
Honor. Huey explained that he chose Gonzales, a Marine, as his example to emphasize that “an NCO is an NCO — regardless
of their branch of service.”
Forty years later, a then-young riflemen
in his platoon now in his mid-60s wrote,
‘He was a hero to us all, and he took care
of us young guys when we got in country.’
“Think about the extraordinariness of
that statement,” Huey said. “Forty years
later a man in his 60’s, when he thought
back to Freddy Gonzales, he thought not
only of his heroism, his refusal to leave the
battlefield, his refusal to give up the fight
even though he was severely wounded, but
also of how he took care of the young guys
when we got in country.
“He was absolutely committed to knowing his Soldiers and always placing their
needs above his own.”
During the prayer breakfast, Huey said
he would argue that the imagery that
undergirds the phrase in the NCO Creed is
that of a good shepherd.
“NCOs are called to be shepherds of
their Soldiers,” Huey said. “And they do it
well. NCOs are called to know their Soldiers, their personalities, thoughts, hopes,
even their failures and to be committed to
“NCOs are called to lead in a sacrificial
way, to give up their prerogatives and serve
your Soldiers by taking care of them. Over
the years I have seen so many times, in
the middle of the night the squad leader,
platoon sergeant, the first sergeant, getting
Soldiers … out of trouble, out of places
they don’t need to be, helping them. That’s
what being an NCO is all about. And that’s
“This is an exhausting calling. Over the
years I’ve often wondered how NCOs do
it, day in and day out, constantly giving of
themselves, taking care of their Soldiers.”
Placing their Soldier’s needs above their
own can be draining, Huey said. The good
news, he said, is that NCOs can rely on
their spiritual resilience to renew and support them.
“I believe that it’s important for NCOs
to find a source of spiritual resilience in
a personal relationship with God,” Huey
Master Sgt. Michelle D. Norvell, First
Army Division East’s chief paralegal NCO,
“I feel that being spiritually resilient
makes my job as a senior NCO more fulfilling,” she said. “If you place your faith and
belief in a higher being or state of life, then
everything else will fall into place. Nothing
is easy, and there are some things that you
have to work hard at. But that makes the
reward so much more worthwhile.”
First Army Soldiers
endure challenges to
earn proficiency badge
Story and photos
by Capt. Keith E. Thayer
First Army Division East Public Affairs
Camaraderie and fitness go hand-inhand as Soldiers from First Army Division East’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment discovered when
they began the arduous and demanding
journey to earn the German Armed
Forces Proficiency Badge.
Five Soldiers from First Army Division East, which is headquartered at
Fort Meade, joined more than 350
participants in this year’s competition
held over several months this summer
at Fort Meade and in various locations
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Begley, operations noncommissioned officer in the
Division East Operations section who
has earned medals in previous years,
earned a silver medal this year.
“The competition always pushes a
Soldier to reach his limits,” he said.
“The events change, and the difficulty
seems to increase as the years go by.”
Established in 1980, the German
Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is presented to service members who complete a variety of mandatory physical and mental challenges,
including the flexed-arm hang, shuttle
sprints, and the 100-meter swim in
German Sgt. Maj. Sven Theede, a
member of the Bundeswehr, the armed
forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, proctored most of First Army
Division East’s events.
“There were over 360 registered U.S.
service members, which is up 100 from
last year,” Theede said of the recent
testing. “We had 26 German soldiers
participate in the foot march as well.”
Theede and other members of the
Bundeswehr provide opportunities for
U.S. service members to earn the badge
by establishing guidelines, issuing the
annual competition rules and requirements, and proctoring the events.
After participants completed all the
events, Theede tallied the points and
SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
‘It’s always fun to do any
activity that builds morale
and camaraderie with
other members of the unit.
We pushed each other as
much as possible to make
sure everyone gave the
competition their all.’
Capt. Steven Lim, First Army Division East intelligence officer, renders a salute and a
smile to Germany Navy Capt. Guenther Fritz, chief of staff and deputy commander of
the German Armed Forces Command United States and Canada, after receiving his
German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency on Sept. 26 in Reston, Va.
Staff Sgt. Francisco Medina
First Army Division East
awarded bronze, silver and gold proficiency badges on Sept. 26 in Reston,
“The German Armed Forces put
together a great event,” said Capt.
Steven Lim, First Army Division East
Intelligence Operations officer. “It was
well planned, resourced and executed.
The new events were a challenge for
most candidates. The post-ceremony
activities were well received.”
Staff Sgt. Francisco Medina, First
Army Division East, said the competition did a lot more then showing off
the physical abilities of the Soldiers
“I really enjoyed the whole experience,” Medina said. “It’s always fun to
do any activity that builds morale and
camaraderie with other members of the
unit. We pushed each other as much as
possible to make sure everyone gave the
competition their all.”
Once scores were totaled, and the
Bundeswehr ensured all standards were
met, awards were handed out. Every
Soldier from First Army Division East
received an award.
After the ceremony, Soldiers were
treated to a bit of German culture,
enjoying German food and music from
a German band.
himself as Staff
hang event at
was held over
on Fort Meade
and in various
Red Ribbon Week celebrates memory of slain drug agent
By Samson Robinson
Army Substance Abuse Program
Each year our children are exposed
to drugs at much younger ages.
It is estimated, according to some
studies, that the average age of the first
use of drugs in the United States has
been decreasing over the years.
One government study states that
Americans consume approximately 70
percent of the world’s production of
illegal drugs, but constitute approximately 8 percent of the world’s population.
To know the story behind the Red
Ribbon Campaign, you must know the
cause and memory for which it stands.
Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every
October from Oct. 23-31. A kickoff
ceremony at Fort Meade will be held
Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
McGill Training Center.
We all know that drug use and abuse
is a major problem in the United States,
and has been a problem for quite a long
time. The goal is to shut this problem
down before it destroys our youth, our
future and our country.
One man saw this problem as
a threat to his own society, his
own world and the future of
his own children. The man,
who stood tall in the fight
to destroy drug trafficking
organizations, was killed in
his efforts to fight in the war
That man was Enrique
“Kiki” Camarena, an undercover agent for the Drug
Enforcement Administration. The DEA sent
Camarena to work
undercover in Mexico
to investigate a major
drug cartel believed
to include officers
in the Mexican army,
police and government.
One of the drug trafficking groups that Camarena was
trying to break up identified him as an
undercover agent. He was kidnapped
by the Mexican drug trafficking group
on Feb. 7, 1985. Camarena was later
found dead in a shallow grave, tortured and stabbed to death. He was
Within weeks of Camarena’s
death in March 1985, his congressman Rep. Duncan Hunter
and high school friend Henry
Lozano launched Camarena
Clubs in Imperial Valley, Calif.,
near Camarena’s home. Hundreds of club members pledged to
lead drug-free lives to honor the
sacrifices made by Camarena
and others on behalf of all
From these clubs emerged
the Red Ribbon Campaign.
Red Ribbon Week eventually gained momentum
throughout California and
later, the United States. In
1985, club members presented
the “Camarena Club Proclamation” to
then-first lady Nancy Reagan, bringing
it national attention.
That summer, parent groups in California, Illinois and Virginia began
Protect your digital fingerprint
By A. J. Colkitt
Legal Assistance Division Intern
Take a look at your fingertip. What
do you see? You see lines of skin going
every which way making a fingerprint
— your fingerprint.
What’s amazing is that nobody else
has that pattern on your finger except
for you. You can be identified simply
by the formation of skin on the tip of
Similarly, you have another unique
way of identification that separates you
from everyone else. The difference is, it’s
computerized. This “digital fingerprint”
is what makes you “you” in the cyber
However, this identification can be
taken advantage of. If someone gets
hold of your “digi-print,” he or she can
easily masquerade as you and hold you
responsible because nobody else has
the same digital fingerprint, or Social
Security number, as you do.
How safe is your identity? According
to a study of the U.S. Bureau of Justice
Statistics, in 2010 about 8.6 million
households in America had knowingly
experienced identity theft.
The scary part is, the number is on
the rise because people fail to take the
right steps to ensure their identity is
Follow these easy steps to protect
• Limit the amount of personal information you carry.
Don’t have personal information with
you that you don’t need. A favorite trick
of identity thieves is to steal a wallet or
purse and take your information from
• Destroy personal documents you
Use a shredder to dispose of those
unneeded documents. There is more
information than you realize on those
receipts that you throw away.
• Destroy the labels on medicine
By obtaining your information off of
a prescription bottle, people can access
your medical account.
• Read privacy policies.
One of the biggest lies in the world
is, “I have read and accept the terms of
agreement.” Know what you are signing
before you agree.
• Be WiFi wary.
Public WiFi networks can be dangerous. Make sure you are on a secure
network before sending your personal
information from that hotspot.
• Watch for “phisher-men.”
Phishing is common today. If you
receive an email with a link from someone you don’t know, don’t click it.
Also, if you receive an email from a
contact of yours with no subject and a
link in the email, that’s a pretty good
clue that their email account has been
hacked. Do not open the link. Instead,
let your contact know of the email.
• Keep your Social Security number
Do not give out your Social Security
number unless you absolutely have to.
Keep that as personal as possible.
For more information about identity
theft, go to the Federal Trade Commission website at ftc.gov or call the Fort
Meade Legal Assistance Office at 301677-9504 or 301-677-9536 to schedule an
appointment with an attorney.
promoting the wearing of red ribbons
nationwide during late October. The
campaign was formalized in 1988, with
President Ronald Reagan and the first
lady serving as honorary chairpersons.
Today, the eight-day celebration
is sponsored by the National Family
Partnership and has become the annual
platform to show intolerance for drugs
in our schools, workplaces and communities.
Each year, beginning on the last
Saturday of October, youths and adults
show their commitment to living a
healthy and drug-free life by wearing
or displaying the red ribbon.
The campaign goal is to mobilize
every community to work toward a
Some organizations/coalitions took
Camarena as their model and embraced
his belief that one man can make a difference. Oct. 23 to 31 is your opportunity to stand up against drugs by wearing
or displaying a red ribbon each day.
For more information, call Samson
Robinson or Latonia Stallworth, drug
testing coordinator, at 301-677-7983.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
Oct. 3, Larceny of private property: The subject stated that she
placed her bicycle beside the
Exchange parking sign behind
the cart-return and bike rack.
When she went outside to
retrieve the bike, it was gone.
The bicycle was unsecured and
Oct. 8, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention
personnel at the Exchange observed the subject
shoplift a bottle of cologne and a bottle of
Mountain Dew soda. She then proceeded beyond
the point of sale without rendering payment.
For week of Oct. 7-13:
• Moving violations: 19
• Nonmoving violations: 4
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 18
• Traffic accidents: 8
• Driving on suspended license: 1
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
C over S tory
Ground attack fuels Mustang victory
for 51-36 win
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
Heading into Friday’s game against
the Southern High School Bulldogs,
Meade football coach Rich Holzer was
expecting to create a solid passing game
that would soften the Bulldog defense
and allow the ground game to power
the Mustang offense.
But with the majority of the game
played in the driving rain, running
became the only option.
“Normally, in regular conditions,
we’ll try to throw the ball a little bit, but
tonight it just wasn’t happening. That
ball weighed about 20 pounds,” Holzer
said. “Luckily we have Kyle [Evans] and
a very good offensive line.”
The running back rushed for 367
yards and three touchdowns as he pow-
ered the Mustangs to a 51-36 victory at
Southern. Meade quarterback DJ Pate
also ran for three touchdowns.
With the rain holding off to start
the game, both offenses moved the ball
well in the first quarter. A Pate 2-yard
touchdown run was shortly followed by
Southern’s DeJaun Neal’s 14-yard scoring run. A failed extra point attempt
by the Bulldogs gave the Mustangs a
The light rain turned into a downpour as the teams played the remainder
of the game in heavy rain.
Evans scored his first touchdown
with a 33-yard run to extend the lead
to 14-6. Malique Pratt responded for
Southern with a 9-yard rushing touchdown. Another failed extra point kept
Meade in the lead 14-12.
Gio Ogo made a 28-yard field goal to
open the second quarter, extending the
Mustang’s lead to 17-12.
On the ensuing Southern drive, Meade
recovered a fumble at the Bulldogs’ 20yard line. Travis Chidebe turned the
turnover into a Meade touchdown with
a 2-yard run for a 23-12 lead.
Meade wide receiver Dajon Burns lines up against DeJaun Neal of Southern High School. The Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs 51-36 despite playing in torrential downpours
10 SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
After a nearly hourlong weather delay
due to lightning, the Mustangs added
two more touchdowns before halftime.
Evans scored on a 65-yard run, while
Pate rushed for a 2-yard touchdown.
A successful two-point conversion on
Pate’s run gave the Mustangs a 38-12
Southern added a score before halftime with a 9-yard touchdown pass
from Ethan Aiken to Yoshua Brown.
A two-point conversion gave Meade a
38-20 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs opened the second half
with a six-minute drive, but stalled
inside the Mustangs’ 20-yard line. Following the turnover on downs, Meade
put together its own six-minute drive
that ended with Evans running for a 6yard touchdown for a 44-20 lead.
Carrington Contee kept the Bulldogs in the game returning the ensuing
kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown, then
catching a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Two-point conversions on both scores
cut the Mustangs lead to 44-36.
Pate’s third rushing touchdown sealed
the 51-36 win and improved the Mustangs’ record to 5-1.
Although the defense forced five
turnovers — including interceptions by
Kavon Witherspoon and Robert Hogan
— Holzer said the Bulldogs’ comeback
attempt spawned from the Mustang
defense unable to make the necessary
“They put themselves in a lot of bad
spots,” Holzer said. “We have interceptions we drop and then, all of a sudden,
they drive it the rest of the way for
a touchdown. We stop them on third
down and we get a pass interference call
and the next thing you know, they drive
it the whole way for a touchdown.
“When you drop an interception, the
next play is usually not good for the
defense, and it held true tonight.”
The Mustangs ran for 470 total yards
in the victory while only throwing for 24
yards. Evans’ game put him above 1,000
yards for the season, as he now leads the
county with 1,266 rushing yards.
“The rain affected us because we
really couldn’t throw,” Pate said. “Our
game plan was to come in and throw a
little bit. The rain stopped that. But we
still executed the run.”
Week 7: Annapolis High School at
Meade, today at 6:30 p.m.
The 1-5 Fighting Panthers enter
today’s game on a three-game losing
streak — losing to Severna Park, Old
Mill and Arundel high schools.
During the three-game skid, Annapohttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil
Running back Kyle Evans breaks away from tacklers during Friday night’s game at Southern High School. The Mustang running
back ended the game with 367 yards and has accumulated more than 1,000 rushing yards this season.
BELOW RIGHT: Battling a driving rain proved to be a lot tougher than facing off against the Southern Bulldogs. The Mustangs
improved their record to 5-1 with a 51-36 win.
lis has only scored 31 points while
The Fighting Panthers primarily run
the football, rarely mixing in an occasional pass. Charlie Wells has led the
running game with 541 yards and five
touchdowns. Last week, Monte Davis
rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown.
In preparation for Annapolis, Holzer
said the team has been focusing on stopping the off-tackle run.
Pate will continue to start for the
Mustangs, and Marcus Smith will play
“DJ has earned it,” Holzer said. “The
offense has been real efficient when
he’s been in there. I think he deserves
Last year, the Mustangs won 41-0.
October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
Meade runners prepare to compete in Army Ten-Miler
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
For a fourth time, Staff Sgt. Jennifer Morris
will take a fast-paced tour through downtown
And for the second consecutive year, she will
sport a Fort Meade uniform on her route.
Morris is one of 14 Fort Meade service
members who will represent the installation
in the 28th annual Army Ten-Miler run on
Sunday morning. The post is sending a men’s
and women’s team, each with seven service
“It’s pretty much the best run out there,”
Morris said. “To join the team, it’s just awesome. You’re representing Fort Meade. ... To
say you’re representing somebody is pretty
The ten-mile road race is one of the largest
races of its kind in the world and is considered
the Army’s premier running event. Within nine
hours of registration opening on May 1, all
35,000 slots in the race were sold out.
Team member Sgt. Brian Pitaniello, who is
competing in his second Army Ten-Miler, said
the atmosphere is unlike other races.
“I love this race just because of the energy,
the excitement,” he said. “You’re out there
running shoulder-to-shoulder with 25,000 to
30,000 people through D.C. It’s a really positive, fun event.”
The formation of the Fort Meade teams
began in April with a 10K qualifier. Sgt.
Michael Wahlgren, captain of the men’s team,
said the competition to make the team was
tight this year.
For the past several months, runners have
trained for the event mostly on their own. With
team members coming from different units
and having varying schedules, Wahlgren said
that it was difficult to train together.
“If you’re on this team, you take running
seriously enough where you’re going to do it
on your own because you want to improve,”
Both Fort Meade teams include several
experienced runners. However, Sunday’s event
will be the first for a handful of team members.
The first-timers said they are excited to participate in the Ten-Miler tradition but are unsure
of what it will be like.
“I don’t really know what to expect,” Sgt.
Ryan Doyle said.
On Sunday, the team will meet up before
the race. But once the event starts, runners will
compete at their own pace.
The top-six times from each team will count
“It is an individual event,” Pitaniello said,
“but to be a part of a team and represent Fort
Meade — it is an honor.”
12 SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
Members of the Fort Meade Army Ten-Miler teams pose for a team photo before Sunday’s race. Each of the two teams has
seven service members.
Army Ten-Miler rosters
Men’s team: Christopher Cusmano,
Thomas Boehm, Brian Pitaniello,
Michael Wahlgren, Joel Ciaccio,
Ryan Doyle, and Alexander
Women’s team: Megan Isaac,
Jennifer Eskandarion, Deborah
Howe, Jennifer Morris, Tameka
Dixon, Selina Meiners, and Erica
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
meets with members of the Fort Meade
Army Ten-Miler teams on Tuesday. The
installation is sending a men’s and
women’s team to compete at the Army’s
premier road race in Washington, D.C.
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
No mood for the masses
You’re getting a truncated version of
Jibber this week for a few reasons.
1. Yours truly had a little too much
fun in his Eid al Adha celebration.
No, I didn’t tie one on in the traditional sense, but that late night piece of
red velvet cake hit me as hard as any
tequila shot I had ever taken.
2. After Games Two and Three of the
Tigers vs. Red Sox series, I don’t think I
can go more than a few hundred words
without dropping an F-bomb or disparaging Big Papi’s or Mike Napoli’s mom
or their stupid beards.
Let me be clear. I’m sure Mrs. Papi
and Mrs. Napoli are very nice ladies, but
their sons have sent me into near cardiac
arrest. Plus, those beards are really, really
As you can imagine, neither of these
reasons are very good for my HCI. So
I’m going to get out while I’m ahead, but
not before I compliment the Cowboys
for giving me something to cheer for on
Sunday night by beating the Deadskins.
Also, I have a music question I’m hoping Jabber Nation can solve for me.
You all know the Kenneth Loggins
classic hit “Footloose.” But does anyone know what Kenny is saying at the
beginning of the
song right before
the guitars kick
it? It is something funky, I’m
sure, but Kenny’s voice is all
spooky so I don’t
Chad T. Jones,
know if he’s sayPublic Affairs
ing “Come on
now, let’s move”
or “Hey, Hey, it’s
all right ’cause Sean Penn’s brother can
Either way, here is the original with
lyrics in question. bit.ly/19Iig4h
And because I’m sure a nice guy, here’s
proof that the late Chris Penn, plus a
young Kevin Bacon, really could boogie.
So please, help a brother solve the
mystery of the lyrics by sending me what
you think the answer is. The one who is
closest to the correct answer, or at least
makes me laugh the hardest, will get a
mention in next week’s column.
And of course, if you have any questions
on this or anything to do with sports, you
can contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.
mil or hit me up on twitter @ctjibber.
• The 70-pound Cougars were defeated by the Pal Hawks,
• The 80-pound Cougars had a bye.
• The 90-pound Cougars defeated the Andover Apaches,
• The 100-pound Cougars defeated the South River Gators,
7-0 in overtime.
• The 11U Cougars had a bye.
Fishing Rodeo canceled
The Youth Fishing Rodeo, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled.
Burba Lake will still be restocked.
Wounded Warrior 5K
The Fort Meade Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter, Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity is hosting a Wounded War 5K Run and Walk on Nov. 9 at 8 a.m.
start at the Columbia Island Marina in Arlington, Va.
Registration is $30, with a portions of the proceeds benefiting the Wounded
To register, go to active.com or ques-lgg.org. Onsite registration will begin
at 7 a.m.
For more information, call 405-200-8448 or 703-472-0712.
Ravens’ Hometown Heroes
The Baltimore Ravens and Dietz Watson are joining forces to honor activeduty service members and veterans at each of the Ravens’ 2013 home games.
Through their Hometown Hero program, the two partners will celebrate service
members of the greater Baltimore community, currently serving or retired, whose
bravery and strength make them deserving of special recognition.
Each week, one person will be chosen as that game’s Hometown Hero and
deliver the game ball to the NFL referee prior to kickoff. The hero also will
receive tickets to the game and pre-game sideline passes.
The Hometown Hero program is open to all current and former service
members from any military branch.
Throughout the season, fans can submit a friend or family member’s name,
contact information, service number and brief description about why they want to
honor that person at www.baltimoreravens.com/hometownhero.
Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger,
small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Texas Hold ‘em
Ghosts, GHouls GOblins 5K
Fort Meade’s 2013 Annual Run Series continues with the Ghosts, Ghouls and
Goblins 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Walk on Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion.
Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7
p.m. at the Lanes.
Games are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
C ommunity N ews N otes
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.
The United States, Department of
Defense, Department of the Army hereby
officially notifies the public of its intent
to transfer property known as “Little
Patuxent River Parcel” of Fort Meade for
transfer to Anne Arundel County.
A draft Finding of Suitability to
Transfer, or FOST, has been prepared to
document the environmental conditions of
the LPRP and its suitability for transfer.
The draft FOST is available for a 30day public review and comment period
commencing Monday and ending Nov.
The document is available during the
review and comment period at http://
To request a copy of the draft FOST,
submit written comments or obtain
more information, contact the BRAC
environmental coordinator using the
following contact information:
• 4215 Roberts Ave; Suite 5115
Fort Meade, MD 20755-7068
• Telephone: 301-677-9178
OSC Welfare Grants
The Fort Meade Officer’s Spouses’
Club is now accepting requests for the
disbursement of its welfare funds.
The OSC Welfare Grants provide
assistance to various nonprofit
organizations, community and school
groups, and government entities through
financial support for special projects and
events based on merit and need.
These funds benefit service members,
their families and DoD civilians who
reside in the Fort Meade area.
Request forms can be found at the
OSC website at fortmeadeosc.org or at
mcscftirwin.org in the Welfare Request
All nonprofit organizations or
government entities serving the Fort
14 SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
Meade community may request
assistance from the OSC.
Organizations requesting funds
are required to submit the completed
request form by Nov. 1. All completed
requests will be reviewed and processed
by the Fort Meade OSC Welfare
One of the primary goals of OSC is
to support charitable activities through
the OSC Welfare Grants program.
Funds raised by the club through
various activities, including Bingo
Bonanza, Holiday Bazaar and golf
tournaments, are dedicated to this
For more information, email
Retiree Appreciation Day
The 38th Annual Fort Meade Retiree
Appreciation Day will be held Nov. 1
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McGill Training
Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.
This event provides military retirees
and their family members with valuable
information pertaining to their rights,
benefits and privileges.
For information, call the Retirement
Services Office at 301-677-9603.
Drug Take-Back Day
Fort Meade will host a Community
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on
Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of
The event is sponsored in support of
the National Prescription Drug TakeBack Day.
The Army Substance Abuse Program,
in conjunction with the Directorate of
Emergency Services, will collect unneeded, unused and/or expired medications.
Remove and destroy all identifying
personal information such as prescription labels from all medication containers
before recycling or throwing items away.
For more information, call Samson
Robinson at 301- 677- 7983 or Latonia
Stallworth at 301-677-7982.
The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club and
co-sponsors invite the community to attend
the Veterans’ Appreciation Day Luncheon
on Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Club Meade,
6600 Mapes Road.
Check-in, socializing and appetizers will
be from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m.
Cost is $25. Reservations must be
submitted by Wednesday.
The Fort Meade USO Center features the following events:
• Bakery Bonanza: Baked goods are donated by Weis Food Market every
Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. First-come, first-served for active-duty service
members and/or spouses.
• Y.U.M. Service Member Appreciation Lunch will be held Wednesday (and
the second and fourth Wednesday of every month) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Active-duty service members are invited to enjoy a free lunch and music.
• Super Market Sweeps will be held Oct. 31 (and the last Thursday of every
month) from 10 a.m. to noon. USO-Metro and the Maryland Food Band offer
free fresh fruits and vegetables to active-duty service members and/or spouses.
Bring bags for your produce.
• What to do with a pumpkin? Crafts, baking, cooking: Tuesday at 3 p.m.
• Healthy Cooking Class: Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.
• Turkey For Troops: USO-Metro will provide holiday food baskets to
active-duty service members E5 and below. In lieu of baskets, grocery store gift
cards may be distributed. Service members must be referred to USO-Metro for
assistance by their E7 (sergeant first class) or service branch equivalent.
Registration deadline is Oct. 28.
• Children’s Holiday Celebration: USO-Metro partners with HealthNet
to host a holiday celebration for children, ages 4-11, of active-duty service
members. The event will feature games, crafts, prizes, gifts, food and a visit from
Santa. Children will be bused from installations around the area to the event.
Registration deadline is Nov. 5.
• Project USO Elf: Children of active-duty service members E5 and below
will receive age-appropriate gifts selected by their sponsor: area companies,
organizations and families. Service members must be referred to USO-Metro
for assistance by their E7 (sergeant first class) or service branch equivalent.
Registration deadline is Oct. 28.
• Holiday Hotel: USO-Metro partners with local hotels to provide free hotel
stays for visiting family members of active-duty service members E5 and below
for any three consecutive nights, maximum, during the duration of the program.
Placements are first-come, first-served. One room per applicant.
Registration opens Nov. 12 and ends Dec. 6.
For more information, call 410-305-0660 or visit usometro.org/holiday.
Co-sponsors include the Association of
the United States Army, Enlisted Spouses
Club, Military Officers Association of
America, Military Order of the World
Wars, Officers’ Spouses’ Club, and The
Retired Enlisted Association.
The keynote speaker is retired Vice Adm.
Norb Ryan, the national president of the
Military Officers Association of America.
The event also will feature a patriotic
musical tribute by the Archbishop
Spaulding High School Choir.
For more information or reservations,
call co-chairpersons Genny Bellinger at
410-674-2550 or Lianne Roberts at 301-4645498.
The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will
sponsor its November luncheon on Nov.
5 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.
Jewelry will be modeled by ROWC
models. Bring your friends and family,
and your checkbook to begin your
holiday shopping early. You also will
have the opportunity to win some of the
Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations
are required by Oct. 31 at noon. Call
your area representative or Betty Wade
For more information, call Genny
Bellinger, ROWC president, at 410-6742550.
OSC Bingo Bonanza
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club
will sponsor its annual Bingo Bonanza on
Friday at McGill Training Center, 8452
Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo begins at
Tickets cost $20.
For more information, contact the OSC
bingo chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals interested in participating
in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
C ommunity N ews N otes
should call 301-677-1301.
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals who would like to join in a
morning prayer on Fridays.
Troops to Teachers
The Fort Meade Army Education
Center will host a “Teaching as a
Second Career” information session on
Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at
McGill Training Center.
Each briefing will be presented
by Melissa Fantozzi, coordinator of
Maryland Troops to Teachers.
Interested personnel — service
members, spouses and DoD civilians
— should attend to get the most recent
information on how to become a school
Registration is required because of
To register or for more information,
email John Anderson at john.
email@example.com or call 301677-6421.
The Garrison Chaplain’s Office will
sponsor the Hallelujah Festival on Oct. 31
from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pavilion.
Volunteers are needed.
The family event is free and open to
the community. There will be food, cotton
candy, popcorn, games, a moon bounce,
prizes, and candy for every child.
No monsters, witches, ghosts or other
For more information, call Marcia
at 301-677-0386 or Connie at 410-5907882.
• The U.S. Army Field Band will
present a Mixed Performers Concert
on Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Bernadette
Parish, 801 Stevenson Road, Severn.
The concert will showcase the variety
of sounds and styles of the Field
Band’s Soldier-musicians. For more
information, visit armyfieldband.com.
• The Bowie Baysox and Tulip Gulch
Productions is presenting “Nightmares
Haunted House,” a haunted attraction at
Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.
The attraction will be presented every
Friday and Saturday in October beginning
Thursday, as well as Halloween weekend,
Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.
Tickets are $15 when ordered in
advance and $17 when purchased the day
of the show. Group rates are available.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at
baysox.com or at the box office the night
of the show.
Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted
House is rated PG-13.
Stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tours
run from dusk until 11 p.m. The show
is indoors but fans should dress for the
For more information, visit tulipgulch.
com or check out the Tulip Gulch
Productions Facebook page.
• Prostate Cancer Support Group meets
at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday
of every month. The next meeting is today
from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in
the America Building, River Conference
Room (next to the Prostate Center), third
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.
• Meade Area Garden Club will meet
Friday at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community
Center, located at the corner of Route 175
and Wigley Avenue.
Lisa Winters, master gardener and head
of the perennials department at Homestead
Gardens, will present the program
“Gardening for Pollinators.”
Refreshments will be served; reservations
are not required.
Annual membership is $20 per year and
is extended to anyone in the community
interested in gardening. You may attend
one meeting before you are required to
become a member.
For more information, call Jennifer
Garcia, membership chair, at 443-949-8348,
or Sharon Durney, club president, at 410761-5019.
• Families Dealing with Deployment, Unaccompanied Permanent Change of Station,
Temporary Duty meets the first and third
Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30
p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more
information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.ctr@
• Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of
the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the
multipurpose room of Building 9801 at the
National Security Agency. The next meeting
is Wednesday. For more information, call
443-534-5170 or visit afsa254.org.
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1
p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Oct.
27. For more information, call Betty Jones
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at School Age Services,
1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Oct.
28. Free child care will be provided on site.
For more information, email Kimberly.
• 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 Oct. 28. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• Bully Proofing Support Group meets
the second and fourth Monday of the
month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac
Place Neighborhood Center. The next
meeting is Oct. 28. The group is geared for
school-age children and parents. For more
information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.
• Women’s Empowerment Group meets
Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide
a safe, confidential arena for the support,
education and empowerment of women
who have experienced past or present
Location is only disclosed to participants.
To register, call Tina Gauth, victim
advocate, at 301-677-4117 or Samantha
Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124.
NEVER GIVE UP
“We are never defeated
we give up on God.”
— Ronald Reagan
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at
6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults
(12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through Nov. 3
Today Saturday: “One Direction: This Is Us”
(PG-13). An all-access look at the British pop
sensation One Direction at a live concert.
Friday: “Riddick” (R). Left for dead on a sunscorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against
an alien race of predators. With Vin Diesel, Katee
Sackhoff, Dave Bautista.
Sunday: “The Smurfs 2” (PG). Gargamel kidnaps
Smurfette. With Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan
Gleeson, Jayma Mays.
Wednesday Oct. 27: “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
(PG-13). A White House butler serves many presidents over the years. With Forest Whitaker, Oprah
Winfrey, John Cusack.
Oct. 24: “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
(PG-13). A young woman discovers she is the
descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, half-angel
warriors locked in an battle to protect the world
from demons. With Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell
Bower and Robert Sheehan.
Oct. 25: “The World’s End” (R). A pub-crawl turns
into a fight for mankind’s survival. With Simon
Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine.
Oct. 26: Studio Appreciation FREE Screening.
Tickets available at the Exchange food court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior
Oct. 30 Nov. 3: “The Family” (R). A mob family is relocated to a French town, and has a bit of
trouble adjusting. With Robert De Niro, Tommy
Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer.
Oct. 31 Nov. 2: “Insidious: Chapter 2” (PG-13).
A family seeks to discover why they are being
haunted. With Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne,
October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15