Today, 7-9 p.m.:
Trivia Night - The Lanes
Oct. 3, 7 a.m.:
Monthly Prayer Breakfast -
Oct. 10, 7 p.m.:
U.S. Army Field Band Hispanic
Heritage Concert - Devers Hall
Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.:
Retiree Appreciation Day - McGill
Oct. 19, 10 a.m.:
Youth Fishing Rodeo - Burba Park
awards Meade veteran with
704th MI Brigade ceremony
honors, welcomes new
sergeants to NCO corps
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photo by brandon bieltz
play timeQuinntin Roach, 9, weaves through cones under the supervision of “celebrity trainer” Washington Redskins quar-
terback Robert Griffin III during the NFL’s “Salute to Play 60” event at Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday. Quinntin
was among the 40 Fort Meade youngsters who participated in the event. For the story, see Page 12.
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“When are we going to open back up the Mapes
Road gate at 175?”
That is the No. 1 question I hear as I travel around
As the director of Emergency Services, people are
quick to bend my ear over their constant frustration
over the closure of that gate and the traffic backup it
has created at other gates during rush hours.
“I had to wait 15 minutes to get on post.”
“I saw a car almost hit someone when they did ‘X’
while waiting in line.”
And many rumors are flying as to why we closed that
gate. I’ve heard everything from the furlough to safety
and terrorist threats.
Well, the actual truth is that we simply cannot keep
payroll. We can’t pay them as much as other agencies
and organizations in the region.
So after we spend a few months bringing a DA guard
on board through the federal hiring process, medical
clearance, security clearance, a training academy, and
to switch jobs and transfer to another installation for a
I can’t blame them for going to another installa-
tion or agency where they will earn more money, but
it has put Fort Meade in a bind. And to the credit of
the many guards who have remained here guarding
Fort Meade for less money, we have developed a solid
force of motivated guards who care deeply about their
responsibilities. A majority of the guards are veterans,
some retired and some with combat experience, and
many have college degrees.
Despite their title of “DA security guard,” they
actually maintain limited law enforcement authorities,
similar to our MPs and DA Police.
The solution to our current challenge of keeping
DA security guards is to adjust their pay scale. This
goal has been difficult to achieve in a year in which the
federal government is also dealing with the effects of
The good news is there are many general officers
and even a U.S. senator trying to help change the legal
requirements to make this happen.
Additionally, we are working on a short-term solu-
tion with our higher headquarters, IMCOM Central
Command, to offer our guards a 10 percent retention
bonus. This solution will allow Fort Meade guards to
receive compensation equivalent to a GS-6 pay scale.
This bonus could be approved as early as mid-
In the meantime, we continue to receive significant
support from tenant units on Fort Meade. We have Sol-
these units, we would have closed one to two more gates.
I can’t even fathom the traffic disaster that would have
resulted from it.
ing of our guard
on the professionalism of our guards. However, we also
get a number of complaints. To that point, I can only
say that my guards are human and do make mistakes,
but for many of the complaints we receive, we find out
that many “miss the mark” as to the reality of the job.
Within the same day, I received complaints about
one guard, that he was holding ID cards too long or
not long enough. One individual immediately posted
on Fort Meade’s Facebook page, after passing through
a gate, to complain there was only one guard there,
guard in the guard shack’s bathroom.
We took a complaint that one guard was working
while a second guard was just standing there watching.
He was the training sergeant observing a new guard in
And my favorite complaint: “Why did they close the
Mapes gate if there are three to four guards at the Reece
gate almost every day?”
I can understand the point, but the key word is
“almost.”Before we closed the Mapes Road and Route
175 gate, we were so thin with manpower vs. require-
ments that some gates were closing on some days
without any notice. People were actually trying to leave
post only to drive up to a closed gate. That kind of
decision-making process simply had to stop.
So now, when we do have those days where there are
no guards who are out sick, or conducting training or
taking a much-earned vacation day, then I have one to
two extra. And we put them at the other gates, typically
Reece Road, to speed up the through-put.
We have about 57,000 vehicles driving onto Fort
Meade every day. Fort Meade is blessed to have a guard
force that remains vigilant to the threats against our
post; guards who professionally conduct their job while
standing on their feet eight to 12 hours a day, in all types
of weather and temperature extremes, working for less
than ideal pay, and logging 40-60 hours a week.
The leadership of Fort Meade and the Army will
continue to work diligently to solve the legal bureau-
cracy behind the DA security guard pay issue so we can
maintain a larger force and get the gate open at Mapes
Road and Route 175.
In the meantime, I ask Fort Meade to really consider
giving our civilian and military guard force a “thank-
you” the next time you enter Fort Meade.
I’m sure the guards on duty will really appreciate
your kind words of support.
Editor’s note: Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides is the direc-
tor of Fort Meade’s Directorate of Emergency Services,
overseeing law enforcement, firefighting/rescue, and gate
security operation on the installation.
DA security guards
easier said than done
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
Joseph Saunders is walking on cloud
On Aug. 12, Saunders received a phone
call from Operation Homefront while at
work on post. He was notified that he and
his wife had been selected to receive a mort-
Saunders, a material expediter contractor
for the Logistics Readiness Center, hurried
to tell his supervisor.
“It’s like a million dollar lottery,” he said.
“I couldn’t hardly breathe. Everyone was
happy for me.”
Operation Homefront is a nonprofit orga-
nization that provides emergency financial
and other assistance to the families of service
members and wounded warriors.
The organization awards mortgage-free
homes to service members and veterans
through its Homes on the Homefront pro-
gram. Recipients must undergo a six-month-
to three-year trial period, working with a
case manager and attending financial educa-
tion courses to learn about the responsibili-
ties of credit and home-ownership.
During this time, a lien is placed on the
home. At the end of the trial period, they
receive the deed to the house, free and
The only costs to the service member or
veteran are the upkeep for the home and any
taxes or applicable home-owner association
Saunders is a former Army specialist who
was medically discharged due to a serious
back injury he sustained while serving in
Iraq in 2007.
Operation Homefront officially awarded
Injured vet given mortgage-free home
the Catonsville home to Saunders and his
wife, Tara, on Aug. 31 during the American
Le Mans Series at the Grand Prix of Balti-
more. The presentation was made in coop-
eration with Operation Homefront’s corpo-
rate partners in the project — Wells Fargo
and SERKET Racing. Wells Fargo owned
the property and donated it to the program.
SERKET Racing, a Porsche race team,
made a financial contribution to the project
photos courtesy of operation homefront
Former Spc. Joseph Saunders (far right) and his wife, Tara, (center) are awarded a
mortgage-free home by Jim Knotts (second from left), president and CEO of Operation
Homefront, during the American Le Mans Series at the Grand Prix of Baltimore on
Aug. 31. They were joined by Mark Llano (far left), the founder and a driver with the
SERKET Racing team, and Angela Vander Werf, community development manager
at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. SERKET and Wells Fargo are corporate partners of
15 minutes from downtown Baltimore.
Saunders and his wife are first-time home
owners and currently live in Laurel.
Operation Homefront is scheduled to
present them with the keys to their new
home on Oct. 24. The couple is responsible
for covering their moving costs to Catons-
“It was hard for me to keep my compo-
sure, I feel so blessed,” Saunders said. “This
is a great country. What more can a person
hope for? What more can a man give his
Saunders said Tara is elated.
“She’s ecstatic,” he said. “She started cry-
ing when I told her. She’s really happy and
After serving in Iraq, Saunders was a
unit supply specialist with the 2nd Engineer-
ing Battalion at the White Sands Missile
Range in White Sands, N.M. When it was
determined that he was not fit for duty due
to his back injury, Saunders was medically
discharged in September 2010.
He then worked as a DoD security guard
at the missile range until his recurring injury
led him to be disqualified because he was
unable to meet the jobs’s physical require-
ments. Saunders’ employment ended in June
While Saunders was undergoing a medi-
cal review prior to his civilian job, he and his
wife applied for a home through Operation
Homefront. When his job ended at the mis-
sile range, the couple later left New Mexico
to live with Saunders’ father in Upper Marl-
boro. He was hired to work at Fort Meade
last October with the assistance of the Vet-
An ordained Baptist minister, Saunders
said he and his wife intend to pay off their
bills and make sure their credit remains in
“I’m looking to get my own church, if
God is willing,”he said. “Start off small, and
as God increases, go from there.”
and donates 25 percent of its sponsorship
dollars to veteran and military charities.
“This new home will provide Joe and Tara
with a tremendous opportunity to start the
next chapter in their lives,”said Nick Kaylor,
spokesperson for Operation Homefront.
To receive a home through the program,
applicants must either be in the military or
a veteran and must not currently be a home
owner. An applicant cannot have committed
a felony, and must meet income and family
Kaylor said an applicant’s ties to the
community where a house is located is also
The Saunders have received a newly reno-
vated, Victorian-style, brick single-family
home. The 1,159-square-foot house features
three bedrooms,1.5 bathrooms, wood floors,
a partially finished basement, a Jacuzzi and
a covered back patio. The property is located
‘This is a great country.
What more can a person
hope for? What more can a
man give his wife?’
Former Spc. Joseph Saunders and his
wife, Tara, are the proud new owners
of this newly renovated, Victorian-style
home in Catonsville. The couple will
receive the keys to the morgage-free
house from Operation Homefront on
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Story and photo
by Sgt. Amy Christopherson
704th Military Intelligence Brigade
In an organization as large as the
Army, long-standing traditions can
serve to bring Soldiers together and
make them feel more connected to the
history of the service.
The tradition of the noncommis-
sioned officer induction ceremony is
a rite of passage for Soldiers who are
The 704th Military Intelligence
Brigade’s NCOs gathered Sept. 12 at
McGill Training Center to welcome
new sergeants to the NCO Corps by
sharing history, and offering advice and
encouragement as they accept their new
roles as leaders.
“This is a significant moment for
those of you who were recently pro-
moted,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Mark
Thornton, the command sergeant major
of 704th MI. “It’s an important step in
understanding the roles and responsibil-
ities that you have chosen to accept.”
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thom-
as J. Latter spoke to the Soldiers about
the meaning of becoming an NCO.
“We are the greatest nation in the
world for one reason — the noncom-
missioned officer corps of the United
States Army,” he said. “We train and
lead Soldiers. It’s not about ‘me,’ it’s
about ‘we.’ It’s about team.”
Latter explained to the new NCOs
that a private learns to be a Soldier,
a specialist learns about his military
occupational specialty, or MOS, and
when that specialist becomes a ser-
geant, he is a true professional who
has a responsibility to train and lead
“We train Soldiers not to make them
as good as we are; we train them to
make them better than us,” Latter said.
Sgt. Henry Vasquez, a paralegal
with Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 704th MI, was promoted to
sergeant on Aug. 1, with his wife and
daughters by his side.
Vasquez, who is from Ecuador, is
already an experienced leader after
honors NCO tradition
of leadership, training
Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Thornton, the command sergeant major of the 704th
Military Intelligence Brigade, welcomes the newly promoted Sgt. Henry Vasquez, a
paralegal with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 704th MI, to the corps of
noncommissioned officers during the brigade’s NCO Induction Ceremony held Sept.
12 at McGill Training Center.
serving 15 years as a mechanic in the
Ecuadorian Air Force before he moved
his family to the U.S. and eventually
enlisted in the Army.
“The induction ceremony was a tra-
dition that I had never seen before,”
Vasquez said. “After the doors closed
and it was only NCOs in the room, I
really felt like I was part of the NCO
By Jim Garamone
Armed Forces Press Service
Although Defense Department offi-
cials believe a government shutdown
can be avoided when the new fiscal year
begins Tuesday, they want DoD employ-
ees to be prepared for the possibility,
Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter
said in a memo issued to the workforce
The fiscal year ends Monday, and
Congress has not passed a budget. If
Congress does not approve a budget or
pass a continuing resolution, the portions
of the government funded via appropri-
ated funds will be forced to close.
“The department remains hopeful that
a government shutdown will be averted,”
Carter wrote in the memo. “The admin-
istration strongly believes that a lapse in
funding should not occur and is working
with Congress to find a solution.”
Congress still can prevent a lapse in
appropriations, but “prudent manage-
ment requires that we be prepared for all
contingencies, including the possibility
that a lapse could occur at the end of the
month,” the deputy secretary wrote.
The absence of funding would mean a
number of government activities would
“While military personnel would con-
tinue in a normal duty status, a large
number of our civilian employees would
be temporarily furloughed,” Carter said.
“To prepare for this possibility, we are
updating our contingency plans for exe-
cuting an orderly shutdown of activities
that would be affected by a lapse in
President Barack Obama and Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel understand the
hardships such a shutdown could cause
civilian employees, the deputy secretary
Memo prepares Defense Department employees for shutdown
Follow Fort Meade
“The administration strongly believes
that a lapse in funding should not occur
and is working with Congress to find
a solution,” Pentagon Press Secretary
George Little told reporters Monday.
“The secretary has made it clear that
budget uncertainty is not helpful for us
in executing our budget efficiently, and
a shutdown would be the worst type
of uncertainty. A shutdown would put
severe hardships on an already stressed
workforce, and is totally unnecessary.”
Carter vowed to provide more infor-
mation as it becomes available. The
Office of Personnel Management’s web-
site has more information on shutdown
furloughs, also called emergency fur-
loughs, at opm.gov.
Editor’s note: The memo is available
for download at defense.gov. For more
information regarding guidance for shut-
down furloughs, Department of Army
civilian employees can call the Employee
Assistance Program at 301-677-7121 or
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Story and photo by Tina Miles
Public Affairs Officer
780th Military Intelligence Brigade
National Hispanic Heritage Month is
observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
The Department of Justice observed
the occasion on Sept. 17 at the Office
of Justice Programs Ballroom in Wash-
The theme was “Hispanics: Serving
and leading our nation with pride and
Sgt. Rafael Ortiz, information man-
agement, 780th Military Intelligence
Brigade, was invited to perform during
Ortiz is the lead singer of a Latin
band called SalBomPle. The name is
derived from the three styles of Latin
music they perform: Salsa, Bomba and
Salsa is primarily Cuban popular
dance music merged with American
music styles such as jazz and occasion-
ally, elements of rock, RB and funk.
Eight to 10 Cuban musical genres
comprise Salsa, a term initially coined
in New York City in the 1970s.
Bomba is one of the traditional musi-
cal styles of Puerto Rico, containing
a mix of the three different island
cultures. The base rhythm is played by
two or more drums, which originated in
Puerto Rico among the African slaves
who worked the sugar cane fields.
Since they came from different
regions of Africa, they could not easily
communicate with each other, so they
Today, Bomba is combined with
different styles such as jazz or Salsa
Plena originated in Puerto Rico
around 1900. It was first heard in the
neighborhoods whose population was
mostly immigrants from neighboring
islands who had settled on Puerto Rico
from the late 1800s.
The music’s beat and rhythm are
usually played using panderos, hand-
held drums resembling tambourines.
The drums’ round wooden frames are
covered with stretched animal skins,
usually goat skin.
The music is accompanied by a scrape
gourd — the güiro — that Ortiz some-
times plays as he sings.
Although Bomba and Plena are famil-
iar in Puetro Rico, the style of music is
a new rhythm in the U.S.
“People like the beat, but it’s not that
easy to dance to,” Ortiz said. “That’s
780th MI Soldiers support National Heritage Month event
Charlie Himel plays bass as Sgt. Rafael Ortiz, information management, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, sings a Puerto Rican
plena song while playing the güiro (a scrape gourd). Ortiz’ Latino ensemble, SalBomPle, performed at the National Hispanic
Heritage Month observance held Sept. 17 at the Office of Justice Programs Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
why we also play Salsa.”
Ortiz comes by his love of music and
his talent naturally. His brother Car-
los, who also serves in the Army as a
recruiter, plays in a Latino band.
Both Ortiz’s father and grandfather
sang in bands.
Originally, SalBomPle was the name
given to a band started in Puerto Rico
by Ortiz’ father, Rafael “Pole” Ortiz Sr.,
a singer who is well known in the Latino
music circuit and has several records
recorded under various bands.
In 2011, when the elder Ortiz was
diagnosed with cancer, he retired from
his full-time music career and passed the
name SalBomPle to his son in an effort
to keep the band name and the culture
of the Puerto Rican music alive.
Ortiz accepted the gauntlet.
“I met with a Puerto Rican conga
player who knew my dad and he said,
‘Let’s do it,’ ”Ortiz said.
They’ve been together ever since.
In the past, Ortiz has sung with the
All Army Latin Ensemble, which was
created last year to bring entertainment
to the League of United Latin Ameri-
can Citizens Convention and to help
establish a contact between the Army
and civilians in their native language.
“The experience of being part of
the [LULAC] convention, to me, is
an amazing honor,” Ortiz said. “I can
become part of their effort by provid-
ing assistance in different ways to the
Hispanic community — by sharing my
military experiences with people so they
can understand better our role in the
U.S. Army and how honored we are to
serve this country.”
Ortiz and SalBomPle travel locally,
performing at various Latino-Hispanic
They were recently featured at the
2013 DC Latin Flavor Fest, a celebra-
tion of Latin food, music and dance.
Fort Meade at
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Photo by Philip H. Jones
Helping Students SucceedMain Post Chapel Protestant Congregation volunteers LaGrant Smith,
Ava Martin and June Toler examine school supplies Tuesday with Hank
Branch, a seventh-grade guidance counselor at MacArthur Middle
School. The congregation has adopted MacArthur Middle and Meade
Middle schools this school year with the goal of helping students suc-
The congregation recently contributed more than $6,000 in basic school
supplies and food bank items and to the “Backpack Buddy” Program
for the two schools. Guidance counselors, social workers and teach-
ers work together to identify students in need of school supplies and
The Backpack Buddy Program is a Meade Middle School initiative that
accommodates students who may not have enough food at home for
meals over each two-day weekend. The backpacks are returned to the
school and re-filled for the following weekend.
Providing food in backpacks allows the students to receive food items in
a nondiscriminatory manner, so they can blend in with other students.
Sept. 17, Shoplifting:
AAFES loss prevention
personnel at the Exchange
observed the subject take a
lip liner and one lipstick and
place them into her purse.
She then attempted to leave
the Exchange without pay-
ing for the merchandise.
Sept. 17, Shoplifting: The subject placed
makeup under her jacket and exited the
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
Exchange without rendering proper pay-
Sept. 19, Shoplifting: AAFES loss preven-
tion personnel at the Exchange observed the
subject remove a a data stick from a shelf in
the toy aisle, remove it from the packaging
and place it in his pocket. He then proceeded
to exit the Exchange without rendering
proper payment for the item.
Sept. 18, Shoplifting: AAFES loss preven-
tion personnel at the Exchange observed the
subject shopping in the health and beauty
aisle. While shopping, she retrieved a preg-
nancy test kit. She removed the items from
the box and placed them in her purse. She
paid for other items, but exited the Exchange
without rendering payment for the item that
she placed into her purse.
Sept. 22, Simple assault - consummated by a
battery, disorderly conduct toward noncom-
missioned officer, simple assault on military
law enforcer: Units were dispatched to an
assault in progress. A witness stated that
when he arrived on the scene he witnessed
the subject punch the victim in the side of
the face. The subject was highly intoxicated,
laughing hysterically, and stating that he
was not going to listen to anything the units
had to say. The subject resisted and kicked
a police officer in the jaw.
For week of Sept. 16-22:
• Moving Violations: 5
• Nonmoving Violations: 2
• Verbal Warnings for Traffic Stops: 33
• Traffic Accidents: 11
• Driving on Suspended license: 0
• Driving on Suspended Registration: 0
• Driving Without a License: 0
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By Jane M. Winand
Chief, Legal Assistance Division
Home security systems are common these
days. Whether you have expensive items in
your house, a latchkey child who comes home
alone, or you just want peace of mind, you
may seek a home security system to give you
a sense of safety.
But you should be wary if a salesperson
from a home security service knocks on your
door. You may be at risk of being scammed.
These door-to-door sales are unexpected
and unsolicited. Note that both federal and
state law provide consumer protection in this
The Maryland Door-to-Door Sales Act
requires the salesperson to state, and provide
written identification of, the salesman’s iden-
tity, the name and address of the company
for which the salesman works, and the kind
of goods or services being offered.
All this must happen before the sales pitch
Study the identification information care-
fully. The alleged “salesperson”could actually
be a thief seeking access to your home to
evaluate it as a potential burglary target.
And remember, you don’t have to allow
a salesperson into your home. Once you let
him or her in, it may be difficult to get them
The door-to-door salesman may use decep-
tive or high-pressure sales tactics to convince
the consumer to buy a home security system
that is overpriced or outdated.
The following are some common signs of
a potential home security system:
• Some salespersons use scare tactics to
convince a consumer to buy the home security
system. They may site statistics of home bur-
glaries in the area. This is particularly effective
with older consumers.
• The salesperson may claim this is a one-
time offer that must be acted on immediately.
They may claim that the home-monitoring
equipment will be “free” if you sign the con-
tract that day.
What you may not know is that you will
be obligated to sign a long-term contract with
high fees that more than pay for the “free”
• The salesperson may pressure you to gain
access into your home to make the sales pitch
and then refuses to leave.
It is not rude to tell the salesperson you are
not interested in the product. It is always best
to not invite the sales representative into your
home. However, if the rep refuses to leave,
call the police.
These scammers also target homeowners
who post signs from their current home secu-
The scammer may tell you that he or she
has been sent from your current security
company to upgrade your current system.
Once you allow the scammer access to your
home, they install a new home-monitoring
system and have you sign papers that include
a contract for the new system.
Another scam has the representative claim-
ing that your current security company has
gone out of business and that the accounts
were taken over by a new company that he
The scammer may go on to explain that
new equipment is required and a new contract
must be signed. Before you allow any changes
to your existing home-monitoring system,
contact your current monitoring company
For more information about home secu-
rity system scams, go to the Federal Trade
Commission website at ftc.gov, or call the
Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office at
301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536 to schedule
an appointment to speak with an attorney.
Home security systems
- safety or a scam?
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.
Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anne Arundel Medical Center present a
Please join Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anne Arundel Medical
Center for a Family Wellness Day on Saturday, October 12 from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Johns Hopkins Medicine is celebrating 20 years of serving the
health care needs of the local community. Get a variety of free health care screenings,
tour the facilities and enjoy fun activities for the entire family.
Free ﬂu shots while supplies last
Free blood pressure screenings
Free vision screenings
Other health screenings
Fun activities (tour the inﬂatable colon!)
And much more...
Family Wellness Day | Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Odenton Medical Pavilion 1, 1106 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113
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Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley accepts a $5,000 check for Army youth
programs from Tanya Snyder, wife of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, at
Joint Base Andrews.
RIGHT: Elijah Jennings, 11, runs through drills during Tuesday’s “Salute to Play 60”
at Joint Base Andrews. The Washington Redskins joined an estimated 500 military
children for the mini-combine event.
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
Running down field, Quinntin Roach
broke away from the defender mirroring
his route and pulled in a 5-yard pass
— from Washington Redskins’ quarter-
back Robert Griffin III.
“He throws pretty hard,” the 9-year-
old said. “It hurt a little bit.”
Quinntin was among the 40 Fort
Meade youngsters ages 9 to 14 who
joined the Washington Redskins for
the “Salute to Play 60 Challenge” on
Tuesday evening at Joint Base Andrews.
An estimated 500 children from military
families from the Washington, D.C.,
area participated in the mini-combine
The NFL’s Play 60 campaign aims to
fight childhood obesity by encouraging
youth to get active for at least 60 min-
utes a day.
“We are very appreciative to the
National Football League and the Play
60 Challenge, which seeks to make
the next generation of youth the most
active and most healthy,” said Barbara
Thompson, director of the Office of
Family Policy and Children and Youth.
“This compliments what we do in the
Department of Defense, and it is so
exciting to see such young, healthy,
active military youth.
“We applaud the efforts of the Wash-
ington Redskins for promoting healthy
initiatives in support of military chil-
dren and their families. …You have
touched our children’s lives forever.”
Several Redskin players served as
“celebrity trainers” for the mini-com-
bine that included a variety of drills
ranging from catching to running drills
that improved footwork.
Redskin celebrity trainers included
Griffin, running back Alfred Morris,
receiver Josh Morgan, fullback Darrel
Young, receiver Niles Paul, cornerback
Josh Wilson and guard Adam Gettis.
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley said he appreciated the Redskins
for taking the time to be with the chil-
“It’s just really awesome,” he said.
“It’s a real class act by the Redskins this
afternoon. … I leave this with a really,
really great impression of the Redskins
as an organization, as a team. I’m really
impressed by the professionalism of the
The 90-minute event opened with
Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner
Daniel Snyder, presenting Foley with
a $5,000 check for Army youth pro-
During a short opening ceremony,
two of the Redskins discussed their
relationships to the military, including
Griffin. Both his parents served in the
“I was once where you all were, going
to camps and events,” he said. “We’re
looking forward to having a lot of fun
with you guys today.”
Young’s brother has served in the
military for the past 15 years, including
five tours of duty in Afghanistan.
“The military is special to me,” he
said. “What your parents do, they are
great heroes every day. … We thank
In his brief remarks, Bruce Allen,
executive vice president and general
Fort Meade youngsters hit the
field with Washington Redskins
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Ronald Bailey takes a handoff from
Washington Redskins’ receiver Josh
Morgan at the NFL’s “Salute to Play
60.” The Play 60 campaign aims to fight
childhood obesity by encouraging youth
to get active for at least 60 minutes a
manager of the Redskins, also thanked
the children and their parents for their
“You all look at them as heroes, but
the Washington Redskins organization
looks at your parents and your mentors
as our heroes,” Allen said. “We thank
you for everything your family has done
The youngsters then split up into
small groups, with the Redskins players
leading the children through a variety
of stations with different drills.
“It was awesome,” Quinntin said.
At the end of the drills, the players
autographed footballs for the young-
Morgan said he enjoyed spending the
evening with the military children.
“It was a lot of fun hanging out with
all the kids,” he said. “It’s always fun.
The kids always make you appreci-
ate life that much more. They always
have a good time, regardless of what’s
Washington Redskins fullback Darrel
Young speaks to a group of 500 military
children during the “Salute to Play 60”
event on Tuesday. Young’s brother has
served in the Army for 15 years.
‘It was a lot of fun hanging
out with all the kids. It’s
always fun. The kids always
make you appreciate life
that much more.’
Washington Redskins Receiver
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photo by nate pesce
Old Mill prepares to snap the ball as Meade defenders crowd the line during Friday night’s home game. The Patriots defeated
the Mustangs 30-20 as Meade falls to 2-1 on the season.
By Brandon Bieltz
Two offensive mistakes by the Meade
Mustangs were the deciding factor in a
tightly contested battle between the top
two teams in Anne Arundel County.
Turnovers that resulted in touchdowns
were the backbreakers for Meade High
as the Mustangs fell to the Old Mill
Patriots 30-20 at home Friday night.
Despite another strong performance
by running back Kyle Evans, who ran
for 144 yards and a touchdown, and a
defense that produced four sacks, the
Mustangs were unable to overcome a
costly interception and a botched hand-
off that led to a fumble.
“We know we made mistakes today
and need to hold each other accountable,”
said offensive lineman Jake Hawk.
The Mustangs fell to 2-1 while the
Patriots maintained a firm hold as the
top team in the county standings with a
“The better team is not walking off
the field with the ‘W’ because we made
too many mistakes,” said head coach
Friday’s game opened as a defensive
battle with the Patriots’ special teams
scoring first as Devin Salisbury returned
a punt for a touchdown to give Old Mill
an early 7-0 lead.
Meade continued to contain Old Mill
running back Marcus Hicks through the
first quarter, but four consecutive three-
and-outs by the Mustang offense kept
the momentum in the Patriots’ favor.
An interception midway through the
second quarter led to Old Mill’s second
scoring drive in the game. Hicks scored a
touchdown on a 35-yard run, giving the
Patriots a 14-0 advantage.
Evans ignited the Mustangs’ offense
on the following drive with a 15-yard
kick return and rushing for another 57
yards. Evans capped the seven-play drive
with a 5-yard touchdown run cutting the
lead to 14-7.
“Evans is a stud,” Holzer said. “When
he’s going, just get on his back and ride
and let him do his work.”
Old Mill opened the second half with
an 11-play drive that resulted in a 32-
yard field goal by Brady Hannon.
Down 17-7, Evans responded with a
20-yard kick return, then rushed for 50
yards on the 10-play drive. Smith scored
the Mustangs’ second touchdown with
a 9-yard run, cutting the Patriots’ lead
The touchdown drive and a strong
Old Mill hands Meade Mustangs first loss of season
defense gave the Mustangs the momen-
tum. However, a botched handoff on
Meade’s second drive in the second half,
returned the momentum to the Patriots.
Old Mill turned the turnover into seven
points with a nine-play drive ending with
a 2-yard touchdown run by Donovan
Franklin. The early fourth-quarter score
gave the Patriots a 24-14 lead.
With three minutes left in the game,
Meade quarterback Marcus Smith and
Evans moved the Mustangs down field
in a six-play drive that ended with Smith
completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to
A failed onside kick gave the Patriots
possession at midfield. Hicks scored
again on a 43-yard run. A blocked extra-
point attempt ended Old Mill’s offensive
dominance; with the Patriots’ leading
With the time running out, a deep des-
peration pass by Smith was intercepted,
sealing the Old Mill win.
“We played hard for the most part,”
Evans said “We just turned the ball
Smith threw for 102 yards and one
touchdown, while rushing for 61 yards
and another touchdown. David Richards
led the Meade receivers with 49 yards.
The Mustang’s ended the night stat-
ing that they had confidence they would
bounce back from the team’s first defeat
of the season and hoped they would get
an opportunity for a rematch with Old
Mill in the county playoffs.
“Hopefully, this is the wake-up call
that we need and everything starts to
click,” Holzer said.
Week Four: Chesapeake at Meade
High School, Friday at 6:30 p.m.
For the Meade High School’s home-
coming game, the Mustangs will face the
1-2 Chesapeake Cougars as both teams
look to bounce back after hard-fought
losses last week.
Last Friday, the Cougars lost to Sever-
na Park 28-27 in overtime with Ches-
apeake quarterback Rashawn Shields
throwing for 258 yards and three touch-
downs to three different receivers in his
Chesapeake has a big offensive line
that will allow the team to focus on its
run game similar to Old Mill. On defense,
the Cougars run a similar scheme to the
Mustangs but play mostly in zone cover-
age to compensate for slower defenders.
“I think that’s an area [zone coverage
defense] we can get a little advantage on
them,” Holzer said.
In practice this week, Meade focused
on ball security, simplifying the offense
and cutting down on mental mistakes
through repetition drills.
Holzer believes this team does not
have a hangover from last week’s loss
and that the Mustangs are eager and
ready to get back on the field to redeem
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Meade High 2013 Fall 5K Run/Walk
The Meade Athletic Boosters will sponsor a 5K Run/Walk to support all
athletic teams at Meade High School on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m.
Race will start at the Meade High track.
Online registrations will be open on active.com until Oct. 13, or on race day
from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
Cost of the race is $20 for adults and $15 for students until Oct. 13, and
$25 on race day.
A race T-shirt is guaranteed with online registration before Oct. 13.
Medals will be given for first- and second-place in each category.
Printable registration form can be found at http://meadeathletics.org/index.
Register online at http://www.active.com/running/fort-meade-md/meade-
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nate
Moyer at email@example.com.
EFMP Walking Group
The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet Oct.
10 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Arundel Mills Mall for its monthly walking event.
All are welcome — strollers, too.
The group will meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of Best Buy inside the mall.
Registration is required.
To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@
The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly
bowling event on Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes.
Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other
family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental.
To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@
Ravens’ Hometown Heroes
The Baltimore Ravens and Dietz Watson are joining forces to honor active-
duty 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 11 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.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
Hey, steeler, redskin and giant fans,
here’s a few jokes for ya:
O and 3!
And if you liked that one, our friend
Bobbie Johnson already hooked us up
for some laughs after you all lose this
General Lee who?
General Lee, even the steelers/redskins/
giants don’t suck this bad.
Yeah, that just happened.
The Notre Dame Broadcasting Compa-
ny, aka NBC, had some jokes on Saturday
with its opening for the Notre Dame vs.
Michigan State game.
Former Heisman Trophy winner, and
ND alum, Tim Brown decided to talk about
what makes a rivalry. bit.ly/1dH3i0S
*If you are squeamish, I implore you to
only watch the first minute or so of this
clip because the Irish/Spartan tilt was one
of the worst games ever played.
Now hyping up Notre Dame’s rivalry
with the Spartans isn’t what was so funny.
The teams have played against each other
since 1897 and took part in the so-called
“Game of the Century” in 1966.
attempt to diss its rivalry with Michigan,
which Notre Dame decided to end after
next season because of its commitment to
play five ACC games on its schedule.
That legitimate agreement meant that
Notre Dame would have to cut its noncon-
ference schedule down to its primary rivals,
and that list didn’t include Michigan.
The only thing I can say to that is: Notre
Dame, if you’re scared, say you’re scared.
It is only human nature to want to stop
getting beat like a drum two out of every
three times you take the field.
Michigan is 24-16-1 against Notre Dame
since the two teams played their first game
Conversely, Notre Dame’s record against
its other rivals — rivals they plan on keep-
ing on their schedule — is a little more
• ND vs. USC:
*Great rivalry no
doubt, but USC
has gotten the
best of it lately,
so it may be going
• ND vs. Bos-
ton College: 13-9
(ND) *Understand, you gotta keep the
man upstairs happy.
• ND vs. Navy: 71-12-1 (ND) *This
rivalry is akin to hammer vs. nail.
• ND vs. Army: 38-8-4 (ND) *This
rivalry was huge during the time of the
Wing T and Knute Rockne.
Are you starting to see a pattern?
Rivalries in South Bend are based less on
equitable competition (Michigan has the
most wins in college football history; Notre
Dame is third) and memorable moments
like Desmond Howard’s catch on fourth
down in 1991 bit.ly/18pnhOu or Denard
Robinson’s last-second touchdown pass
in 2011 bit.ly/1bbR6Ia, and more on who
Notre Dame can beat.
Again, Notre Dame has every right to
play whoever they want to play, and if their
folks believe it is better to pad their sched-
ule with cupcakes, then good on them.
But it’s not cool when an academic
institution shows a clear lack of integrity
when revealing why it no longer wants to
play against certain, superior teams. Hail
to the Victors.
Lastly, the HCI - Healthy Chad Initia-
tive - kicked off in earnest this week with a
workout around Burba Lake on Tuesday.
Per usual, the lake was beautiful: Geese
were swimming and pooping, a very nice
older lady gave me a low five and told me to
“flush out my kidneys,” a crane gracefully
made its way through some marsh.
And after I finished my run, I picked up
four empty night-crawler containers, a few
used paper plates, and an empty box of
Sippy fruit juice.
Come on, people. Listen to Woodsy the
Owl and give a hoot, don’t pollute. bit.
And as always, if you have any questions
on this or anything to do with sports, contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up
on Twitter @ctjibber.
Jokes for ya
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
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Runners start the Football Fan Fair on Saturday morning. Competitors dressed in NFL
and college jerseys, T-shirts and hats of their favorite football teams.
LEFT: Tim Rothenhoefer runs with his devil sticks during Saturday’s Football Fan Fair
5K and One-Mile Run at Constitution Park. More than 300 competitors participated in
the event, which was the fourth of eight in the annual Run Series.
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
A Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons jersey
and a frilly red tutu.
That was the running outfit of choice
for Krystle Lein, and she didn’t appear out
of place — except for the tutu.
“It’s light, it’s fluffy,” the Potomac Place
resident said. “It separates me.”
Like Lein, many participants sported
NFL or college jerseys, T-shirts or hats of
their favorite football teams as they com-
peted in the installation’s Football Fan Fair
5K Run and One-Mile Walk on Saturday
morning at Constitution Park.
More than 300 runners competed in the
event, which was the fourth of eight events
in Fort Meade’s annual Run Series.
As runners gathered near the starting
line prior to the race, a variety of unique
outfits and competitors filled English
Avenue near McGlachlin Parade Field.
Among them was Lein and her tutu, which
will become a staple of the Run Series
“I got it for the last race,”she said. “And
I plan on wearing it to the Halloween one,
the Turkey Trot and the Christmas one.”
For Tim Rothenhoefer, warming up for
the 5K included more than just stretching
out this legs. He also got into a rhythm
with his devil sticks. In a form of juggling,
Rothenhoefer ran the entire 5K bouncing
a baton between two sticks — “just for the
heck of it,” he said.
Although he said running with the devil
sticks isn’t too difficult, when Rothen-
hoefer began juggling them during 5Ks, he
was adding two minutes a mile.
“It slowed me down a fair amount,” he
said. “If you do it regularly, it’s not that
much of a difficulty to do. I just do the
simple basics, I don’t do any tricks when
I’m running. ... It keeps it interesting.”
Runners darted off the starting line at 8
a.m., with first-time Run Series competi-
tors Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley and Luke Rodina leading the pack.
Foley pushed the first mile, but Rodina
then pulled away to cross the finish line
first at 16:15.
in annual Football
Fan Fair Run Series
“I was happy with it,”Rodina said. “I’ve
been doing a lot of base work, trying to
build up my aerobic fitness.”
Foley finished second at 17:46. Run
Series veteran Luis Navarro finished with
a final time of 18:03.
Carol Brong was the first woman to
cross with finish line at 19:04. Kelly Tim-
ney followed closely with a second-place
time of 21:31. Sandra Griffin finished third
“I feel good, but I still need to work on
it,”Timney said. “I’m still a minute behind
my personal best, and I want to get down
Rodina said he felt “pretty good” about
winning his first Run Series event.
“I know there’s a lot of talented run-
ners here and I was excited to see the good
turnout and, hopefully, it continues like
this through the rest of the Run Series,”
Editor’s note: The Run Series will con-
tinue with the Ghost, Ghouls and Goblins
5K and One-Mile Walk on Oct. 26 at the
• The 70-pound Cougars defeated the Annapolis Little Giants,
• The 80-pound Cougars were defeated by the Andover Apaches, 33-6.
• The 90-pound Cougars defeated the South River Seahawks, 18-0.
• The 100-pound Cougars were defeated by the Pasadena Panthers, 20-0.
• The 11U Cougars were defeated by the Severna Park Green Hornets, 27-13.
• The 13U Cougars were defeated by the Pasadena Panthers, 20-6.
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
Notice of Availability
U.S. Army Cyber Command /2nd
Army proposes to establish and operate
a command and control facility at Fort
Meade or Fort Gordon, Ga.
The purpose of the proposed action is
to construct a facility or renovate existing
buildings to accommodate a workforce
comprised of active-duty service members
and government civilian and contract
personnel at one of seven alternative site
locations at either Fort Meade or Fort
The results, as found in the
Environmental Assessment, show that
the proposed action would not have
a significant adverse impact on the
environment, though the EA does not
indicate a preferred alternative.
At the conclusion of the public
comment period, it is anticipated that a
draft Finding of No Significant Impact
would be appropriate and would be signed
for the proposed action.
An environmental impact statement,
therefore, is not necessary to implement
the proposed action.
Copies of the draft EA and draft FNSI
are available online at ftmeade.army.mil by
clicking on the ‘environmental programs’
tab to ‘public notices’ and http://www.
The documents also can be found at the
Fort Meade Medal of Honor Memorial
Library; the West County Area Library,
1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton; Fort
Gordon Public Affairs Office (Builidng
29801); and Richmond County Main
(HQ) Public Library, 823 Telfair St.,
Additionally, copies can be obtained
by contacting Suzanne Teague at
the Directorate of Public Works,
Environmental Division, 4215 Roberts
Ave., Fort Meade, 20755; or by phone
at 301-677-9185 or email at suzanne.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Robert
Drumm, at the DPW, Environmental
Division, 527 15th St., Building 14500,
Fort Gordon, Ga. 30905 or by phone at
706-791-6374 or email at robert.l.drumm6.
Comments on the draft final EA and
draft FNSI may be submitted to Teague
or Drumm no later than 30 days from the
publication of this notice.
Monthly Prayer Breakfast
The next Monthly Prayer Breakfast
will be held Oct. 3 at 7 a.m. at Club
The guest speaker is Judge William P.
Green Jr., who was appointed judge of
the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans
This court has exclusive jurisdiction to
provide judicial review of final decisions
by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals,
an entity within the Department of
The prayer breakfast, hosted by the
Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month.
There is no cost for the buffet;
donations are optional.
All Fort Meade employees, family
members, and civilian and military
personnel are invited.
For more information, call Diana
Durner at 301-677-6703 or email diana.
Army Emergency Relief is transforming
into a new data base, effective Oct. 15.
Due to this change, AER sections
worldwide will not be able to process AER
cases until after the migration period of
Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. to Oct. 15 at 8 a.m.
All AER cases during this period will
be referred for processing to the American
Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337.
Other important updates: Service
members in the rank of E-7, WO3, O3
and above no longer require commander/
1st sergeant approval on loan applications.
AER offers two scholarship programs:
• The Spouse Education Assistance
Program provides scholarships for spouses
of Army Soldiers. Funds are available for
spouses pursuing their first undergraduate
degree at an accredited college or
• The Maj. Gen. James Ursano
Scholarship Program provides scholarships
for children of Soldiers, including active-
duty, retired and deceased.
Funds are available for children
pursuing their first undergraduate degree
at an accredited college or university.
Applications and information are
available the first week of January on
AER’s website at aerhq.org.
For more information, call Wallace
Turner, AER officer, at 301-677-5768.
ESC Roll Off
The Enlisted Spouses Club will
sponsor its annual “Roll Off” on Oct.
16 at 6:30 p.m. at Midway Commons
Registration begins at 6 p.m. Arrive
promptly to learn about your group’s
All interested groups, units and
organizations on post are invited
and encouraged to participate in this
fundraising opportunity, as there is no
cost to participate.
Limit one representative per group to
attend the Roll Off. Each representative
will receive a number and choose dates
to gift wrap, based on availability. Each
representative must provide its group’s
point of contact, contact phone number
and email address.
Participating groups will be able to
wrap gifts inside the Exchange food
court area to earn monetary donations
for their organization.
For more information, email Laura at
OSC Bingo Bonanza
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club will sponsor its annual Bingo
Bonanza on Oct. 18 at McGill Training
Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo begins at
Tickets cost $20. Purchase tickets
before Oct. 15 to get a second book of
20 bingo games for free.
Pre-sale tickets are available online at
fortmeadeosc.org until Oct. 15.
For more information, contact
the OSC bingo chair at 2ndvice@
Individuals interested in participating
in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
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.
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 410-590-
• The Retired Officers’ Officers’ Wives’
Club is sponsoring a bus and boat trip
on the CO Canal on Oct. 16. Cost is
$38 and includes the bus to the canal
and the hourlong mule-powered barge
ride with commentary on the canal.
For reservations or more information,
call Joan Fiscus at 410-465-0492.
• The Orthodox Church of St.
Matthew Multicultural Festival,
Columbia’s largest international festival,
will be held Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8
p.m. and Oct. 6 from 11:30 p.m. to 5
p.m. at the church, 7271 Eden Brook
Drive, Kings Contrivance Village Center,
The annual event features homemade
Greek, Slavic, Romanian, Ethiopian,
American and Lebanese foods; a
wine and beer garden; free cultural
entertainment; a children’s activity area;
silent auction; church tours; traditional
ethnic desserts; and specialty vendors.
For more information, go to
stmatthewfestival.org or call 410-381-
• Maryland Renaissance Festival will be
held through Oct. 20 at 1821 Crownsville
Road, Annapolis. Admission is $7 to $22.
For more information, email rennfest.com.
• Leisure Travel Services is offering
its next monthly bus trips to New
York City on Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, with
discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $60.
For more information, call 301-677-7354
or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is sponsor-
ing a luncheon meeting on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
at Club Meade.
Cost is $18. Reservations are required.
For reservations, call your area representative
or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082 by today at
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The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start 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 Oct. 16
Today, Saturday Sunday: “Planes” (PG). A
crop-dusting plane dreams of competing in a
famous aerial race but must overcome his fear
of heights. With Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad
Garrett. (3D Saturday)
Friday: “Elysium” (R). In 2159, the wealthy live
aboard a luxurious space station while others
suffer on the surface. With Matt Damon, Jodie
Foster, Sharlto Copley.
Wednesday Oct. 5, 6: “Jobs” (PG-13). Looking
inside the major moments and defining char-
acters that influenced Steve Jobs. With Ashton
Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad.
Oct. 3, 4: “Kick-Ass 2” (R). Bad guy Red Mist
gets a new name and hunts down the amateur
superheroes. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris-
topher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz.
Oct. 9, 13: “Getaway” (PG-13). Brent Magna
must get behind the wheel and follow the orders
of a man in order to save his kidnapped wife.
With Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight.
Oct. 10, 11: “Paranoia” (PG-13). A blue collar
guy rises in the corporate world and is confronted
by a ruthless CEO. With Liam Hemsworth, Har-
rison Ford, Gary Oldman.
Oct. 12, 16: “The Smurfs 2 3D” (PG). Gargamel
kidnaps Smurfette. With Neil Patrick Harris,
Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays.
Jim Heins, park supervisor for the CO
Canal, will present “The Park That Almost
Wasn’t,” a musical slideshow.
For more information, call Genny Bell-
inger, ROWC president, at 410-674-2550.
• Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first
Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s
Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis
Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of
the building. The next meeting is Oct. 3. Din-
ner is served at 6 p.m. For more information,
• National Alliance on Mental Illness of
Anne Arundel County offers a free support
group for families with a loved one suffering
from mental illness on the first Thursday of
every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West
County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The
next meeting is Oct. 3. For more information,
• Families Dealing with Deployment, Unac-
companied 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 Oct. 7. For more informa-
tion, email Kimberly.email@example.com.
• NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Oct. 8
at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 7436
Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.
The speaker is Michael Volk, business
development coordinator, Cyber Center,
Anne Arundel Community College.
Anyone wishing to join this chapter or
find out more information should attend
this meeting. The organization is in need of
personnel wishing to become active members
and attend meetings.
For more information, call Diane
Shreves, publicity chairman, at 410-760-
• Fort Meade TOP III Association meets
the second Wednesday of each month at
3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting
is Oct. 9. The association is open to all
Air Force active-duty and retired senior
noncommissioned officers. For more
information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob
at 443-479-0616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 Oct. 11. The association is open
to active, retired, Reserve and National
Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s
in this area are invited to attend a breakfast
and meet the membership. For more
information, visit e9association.org or call
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