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November 7, 2013

  1. 1. Soundoff! ´ vol. 65 no. 44 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community November 7, 2013 A day of remembrance Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Odom, of the U.S. CyberCommand/National Security Agency/Central Security Service Joint Service Color Guard, lights the candle to honor the memory of fallen service members during Fort Meade’s annual Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon on Saturday at Club Meade. For the story, see Page 3. photo by phil grout appreciation Number 2 Annual post event provides services to community retirees Marines edge closer to taking on topranked 704th MI page 4 page 13 UPCOMING EVENTS today, 2 p.m.: Veterans Day Ceremony - Fort Meade Museum today, 4-9 p.m.: Right Arm Night Goes Country - Club Meade Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Community Covenant Signing - BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Veterans Job Fair - Club Meade Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Native American Heritage Observance - Post Theater
  2. 2. Soundoff! ´ Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email advertise@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Co n t e n t s News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 13 Crime Watch................ 10 Movies.................................. 17 Community.................. 16 Classified.............................. 20 SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 Commander’s Column Honoring our veterans by remaining vigilant On this Veterans Day we will all pause to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have stepped forward to defend our great nation since its inception. On Monday, I ask that each member of our Team Meade community reach out and thank at least one currently serving veteran and one retired veteran of any of our nation’s conflicts. Our veterans represent the best of America. Coming from every background and every walk of life, they represent the rich tapestry of our nation and they earned our respect by their willingness to defend our way of life and the freedoms so many are able to take for granted. It is in November each year we honor the men and women who have answered the call to defend our nation when needed. Men and women who understand through their own personal and military experiences that the world is not always a safe place, that there are those out there who would do us harm, and that we must always remain vigilant and strong in the defense of our country. This has been especially true over the past 10 years as so many service members have willingly answered the call of duty and preserved the freedom and democracy that makes our nation great. We should all be thankful for these American service members. They have served the United States with courage and commitment. Last month I had the privilege of speaking at an Honor Flight banquet for veterans of World War II and the Korean War. The Honor Flight Network is one of many organizations that serve and honor our nation’s veterans. These nonprofit organizations are dedicated to transporting, at no cost to the veterans, as many U.S. military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war(s) they fought in. Currently, these organizations are focused, as you might imagine, on bringing veterans of World War II to Washington, D.C., to see the National World War II Memorial. They also focus on transporting any veteran with a terminal illness to see the memorial of the war they fought in. The best way I could think of to honor these special veterans and their service to our nation is to pledge that we will not forget. We will not doom ourselves to repeat history and we will remain vigilant in our nation’s defense. I encourage all of you to do the same as we extend our thanks on Monday. We are fortunate to have hundreds of local and national groups dedicated to supporting our veterans, and I thank them all. I also thank the public affairs specialists of all services who perform the vital function of documenting history so we will not forget. It is their words, their images, their records that enable our minds COL. Brian P Foley . Garrison Commander to recall, to celebrate and reflect on our past achievements, and to be warned of our mistakes and failures so we will not repeat them. So on behalf of each and every member of our Team Meade community, I thank our veterans for their service to our great country, and I pledge to all that we will not forget. We will continue their legacy of remaining vigilant and standing prepared to answer our nation’s call whenever it comes. Thank you veterans. Thank you Team Meade. Editor’s note: Fort Meade’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is today at 2 p.m. at the Post Museum Memorial Plaza. The guest speaker is Richard Hagman, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, Fort Meade’s “favorite son,” and expert on the life and achievements of Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. Remarks will be given by Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland 2nd District. The event will feature the U.S. Army Field Band’s “Pershing’s Own” brass quintet, vocalist Sgt. Audrey Santana, Defense Media Activity, and the DINFOS Joint Color Guard. The post flag will be raised today for reveille at the Post Museum Memorial Plaza. The flag will not be raised at McGlachlin Parade Field. The 5 p.m. retreat will not occur. Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members or community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, firstserved basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  3. 3. News Veterans Day luncheon celebrates service members By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Veterans and concerned citizens must remain proactive in the effort to ensure that service members and their families are well cared for by the nation. This was the message retired Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan, national president of the Military Officers’ Association of America, shared with about 240 people at Fort Meade’s annual Veterans Appreciation Day luncheon on Saturday at Club Meade. “The challenge is, are we going to be able to continue to keep the sacred commitments that we have made to these men and women?” Ryan said. “It’s going to take all of the different organizations to work to make sure that we continue to do the right thing for our troops.” The nearly three-hour event, hosted by the Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club, has become a tradition at Fort Meade. It was co-sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, the Enlisted Spouses Club, the Officers’ Wives’ Club, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Retired Enlisted Association and MOAA. Rep. Donna F. Edwards, who represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, was a special guest. “This month we honor the veterans of our nation’s conflicts,” said Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley in his welcome, “the men and women who answered the call to defend our nation when needed, men and women who understand through experience that the world is not always a safe place, and that we must always remain vigilant and strong in defense of our nation.” Former Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein served as master of ceremonies for the event, which began with an invocation by Garrison Chaplain Col. Carl Rau and the posting of the colors by the National Security Agency Color Guard. The Archbishop Spalding Chorus from the Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn sang the National Anthem. Retired Sgt. Maj. Jim Gilbert, president of the Francis Scott Key Chapter of AUSA, narrated the annual Fallen Comrades Ceremony to recognize service members who are prisoners of war, missing in action or were killed. After the ceremony, Bill Sturgis, band http://www.ftmeade.army.mil photos by phil grout The Vintage Voices from Centennial High School in Ellicott City perform a medley of patriotic songs, including popular World War II-era songs by The Andrews Sisters. RIGHT: Retired Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan, national president of the Military Officers’ Association of America and guest speaker for the Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon, receives a donation of $500 from the Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club and the other co-sponsoring organizations, on behalf of the MOAA during Saturday’s event. director of the Archbishop Spalding Chorus, played “Taps” on the bugle. In his remarks, Ryan said that Veterans Day is a reminder “that we are still the greatest country on earth because of the men and women who are here today. “We have another greatest generation that is in uniform,” Ryan said. “It has been this other 1 percent that has kept us secure and safe” since the Sept. 11 attacks. Ryan said that veteran and military organizations and the American public have made their voices heard in Congress to advocate on behalf of today’s service members and families — and Congress has listened in regard to a pay raise for service members; improved benefits for National Guardsmen, Reservists and disabled veterans; the taxation of income for military spouses; and a new GI Bill. In addition, Ryan said, troops and military families are overstressed by multiple redeployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world, and veterans are returning home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. “We have the most resilient families in our country, but how much more can we ask from them?” Ryan said. Moving forward, veteran and military organizations and concerned citizens must continue to speak out and roll up their sleeves for the hard work ahead, said Ryan. He encouraged the audience to “stay in the arena.” “We as a nation can do better and we need to do better,” Ryan said. “There are still many troops out there who need our help.” After the speech, Genny Bellinger, president of ROWC, presented Ryan with a $500 donation, for MOAA scholarships for military dependents, on behalf of ROWC and the co-sponsoring organizations. A $1,000 donation also was given to the Maryland Therapeutic Riding Association in Crownsville. The event ended with a medley of patriotic songs by the Archbishop Spalding Chorus and the Vintage Voices of Centennial High School in Ellicott City, the retiring of the colors and the benediction. Anna Conover, 17, daughter of retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kirk Conover and Rebecca Conover, said Veterans Day is a day of “personal remembrance” and that the luncheon was meaningful. “The dedicated moment [during the luncheon] to thank people we don’t normally think about on any other day but we should, was special” said Anna, a senior at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia and commandant of the school’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. “He was right on point,” Rose Pinder, a member of the Baltimore Buffalo Soldiers, said of Ryan’s speech. “We have to make sure that we take care of those who go to war. We have to do the best we can.” November 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ews Retiree Appreciation Day celebrates military service By Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Nearly every room in McGill Training Center was brimming with activity as military retirees and spouses lined up for flu shots and posture screenings, checked out informational displays, learned how to control cholesterol, and posed questions to representatives of dozens of organizations. But some of the retirees just savored reconnecting with old friends. “We get a chance to see some of the guys we used to serve with,” said Master Sgt. Thomas B. Smith of Baltimore, who retired in 2005 after 26 years in the Reserve. Smith was among the 515 people who attended Fort Meade’s 38th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day on Friday at McGill Training Center. Organized by the Retirement Services Office at Fort Meade, the daylong event is open to retirees of all service branches, their spouses and widows. “I always enjoy it every year,” said retired Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Queen of Laurel who has attended about six times. The popular event was originally planned for Oct. 18, but was rescheduled because of the government shutdown. “Despite the postponement, we still had an excellent turnout,” said Anna M. Taylor, Installation Retirement Services officer. After lunch at the Freedom Inn Dining Facility, the event was topped with an update on retiree benefits by keynote speaker Mark E. Overberg, deputy chief of Army Retirement Services. “It was beautiful, very informative,” said Becky Brown, wife of retired Lt. Col. William Brown, who attended with her Potomac Place neighbor Terry Hasting. Throughout the morning, attendees clutching yellow souvenir bags filled with pamphlets, giveaways and Exchange coupons gathered around information tables and displays represented by organizations on and off post. They included the Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club, the Military Officers’ Association of America, the Army Career and Alumni Program, Prostate Cancer Support Group, and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. “This [event] is very nice,” said Hasting, whose husband is a retired master sergeant. “There’s a lot of good information and very friendly people.” Influenza vaccinations were administered by Johns Hopkins Hospital to its patients, SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 and by Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, which offered flu shots and sprays as well as pneumococcal vaccinations. “Kimbrough provides our health screenings at the event because it falls within flu season,” said Ted Robinson, public health administrator for Preventive Medicine Services at Kimbrough. “This is how we get the retiree community vaccinated.” Kimbrough also conducted posture screenings and a travel clinic, advising retirees on immunizations needed when traveling outside the country. “Retirees travel all over the world,” said Virginia Taylor, Army Public Health nurse for Kimbrough. “We look at immunizations to see what is needed for that area. So if they are going to Nepal, we give them the prescription for malaria and tell them how to take it, or prescribe medication for high-altitude sickness in Peru. We prepare them.” After lunch, retired Col. Bert Rice, a member of the Fort Meade Retiree Council, and Deputy Garrison Commander John Moeller welcomed everyone. “We appreciate your coming,” Rice said. “You are part of the Fort Meade family. ... We appreciate the RSO for putting this together for us and we appreciate the Retiree Council for working with RSO. So it’s a great day.” Moeller discussed the construction projects on post as well as plans to ease traffic congestion. “We work closely with the Regional Growth Committee, constantly looking for ways to improve transportation infrastructure,” he said. “We are looking for ways to make it easier to get on post and once on post, to get around. ... Transportation is the No. 1 priority.” Overberg, who is responsible for coordinating Retirement Services policy, discussed the status of various programs. “There are more retirees than people on active duty,” he said. “This year, more than 30,000 people are retiring.” In 2010, there were 562,000 active-duty service members and 847,000 retirees. This year, there are more than 865,000 retirees. The government, he said, is closing the Army Knowledge Online, or AKO, email for a more secure site requiring Common Access Cards. Inactive accounts will close Dec. 31; active accounts will remain open until March 3. Retirees will be unable to access TRI- PHOTO BY NAVY MASS COMMUNICATION SPC. GERALD FRAILEY Military retirees and spouses, greeted by clusters of balloons, hot coffee and pastries, register at Fort Meade’s 38th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day held Friday at McGill Training Center. The daylong event featured informational displays, influenza vaccinations and an update on the status of retiree benefits. CARE and Veterans Affairs records via AKO. “If you are using AKO as primary email, get a civilian email,” Overberg said. “Get a Premium DS Logon account to access records online on DoD and Veterans Affairs websites. If you have any files in AKO, download now before you lose access. Save all files in personal storage.” Overberg also addressed the Survivor Benefit Plan. The annuity, he said, is now set at 55 percent of retirement pay or benefit level selected, and there is no reduction at age 65. Overberg urged retirees to enroll in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program because “it covers certain care not covered by TRICARE,” he said. He also they also are eligible for Army Emergency Relief financial assistance for mortgage or rent, auto repairs, funeral expenses, emergency travel, and dependent medical emergencies. Praising their service, Overberg encouraged retirees to stay engaged with the military and to volunteer with a veterans’ or military service organization. “Only 1 percent serve,” he said. “Only 17 percent of those who serve, serve until retirement.” http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  5. 5. N ews Fort Meade students selected for local pageant Story and photos by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Imagine receiving a letter in the mail about being nominated to participate in a local pageant, but there is no clue about the nomination process. That’s what happened to Taylor Birkett, 11, Myra Thornhill, 11, and Jazmin Granthum, 18 — all students at Fort Meade schools. Taylor and Myra will participate in the 2014 Miss Pre-Teen Baltimore/Washington area pageant on Saturday, while Granthum will participate in the Miss Team Baltimore/ Washington area pageant on Sunday. The students, each of whom have a parent in the military, will be competing in their respective age category. They will compete in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear, and they will be interviewed by a panel of four judges By winning the title of Miss Pre-Teen or Miss Teen, Taylor, Myra or Granthum will be a preliminary pageant divisional winner and will represent the Baltimore/Washington area at the 2014 National Competition in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 11-16. They will compete for the national title and $20,000 in scholarships and bonds, as well as $30,000 in prizes. Divisional winners will receive an allexpenses-paid trip to the national competition. Each contestant who received a nomination letter was invited to attend an interview by a panel of judges at a local hotel on Oct. 13. The judges selected 200 girls, ages 7 to 19, to participate in the pageant this weekend. Taylor, Myra and Granthum were all selected to compete. When Taylor, a sixth-grader at MacArthur Middle School, opened the section letter in October, she was quite surprised. “Oh, my God, this can’t be happening! I must be dreaming, but I don’t remember going to sleep!” she recalled saying. Taylor, the daughter of Sgt. Nadia Nixon, a pharmacy technician serving in Kuwait, is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Programme where she studies Mandarin and is an honor student. She is a representative for MacArthur’s student government and plays the clarinet and flag football. Taylor also is a new member of the Fort Meade Highsteppers Track and Field Club and participated in this summer’s Junior Olympics, where she improved her personal best time in the 1,500-meter race. “Every opportunity that seems positive SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 Taylor Birkett, 11, and Myra Thornhill, 11, both sixth-graders at MacArthur Middle School, are competing in the 2014 Miss Pre-Teen Baltimore/Washington area pageant on Nov. 9. The winner will compete in the 2014 National Pageant Competition that will be held Dec. 11-16 in Orlando, Fla. LEFT: Jazmin Granthum, 18, a senior at Meade High School, will compete in the 2014 Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington area pageant on Nov. 10. About 200 contestants, ages 7 to 19, from the Baltimore/Washington area will be judged in a modeling routine. for her, her mother and I support her,” said Carol Dunn Shaw, Taylor’s grandmother and guardian. Myra, also a sixth-grader at MacArthur, said she was “very excited and nervous” when she received the letter in the mail. “The fact that it would be my first pageant. There would be so many other girls and I may be accepted,” she said. Amber Thornhill, Myra’s mother, said she was a bit hesitant when she read the letter about the pageant. “I did pageants when I was younger, and there was a lot of pressure,” said Thornhill, wife of Sgt. Jeremy Thornhill of Fort Meade’s Warrior Transition Unit. “[But] I thought she was old enough to make the choice if this is what she wanted to do or not.” Myra, who is a member of MacArthur’s French club and takes dance lessons at the school, has already purchased an emerald green gown for the formal wear event. “The bodice has black rhinestones,” she said. “And I’ll be wearing black flats with rhinestones.” A senior at Meade High, Granthum is an honor student and enrolled in Advanced Placement statistics. She is captain of the school’s volleyball team and has been enrolled in Meade High’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps since her sophomore year. As a military child, Granthum said she has gained the confidence and self-esteem necessary to do well in the pageant. “Being a military child, and moving to different places and personalities, I know how to be open and social,” said Granthum, who has worked as a bagger at the Fort Meade commissary for three years. Her mother, Yolanda Granthum, said that when the letter arrived, she thought it was junk mail. But she’s glad she didn’t throw it away. “I’m very excited. This is an opportunity to show her blossoming personality,” said Yolanda Granthum, a contractor with the National Security Agency. She is married to Chief Petty Officer Derrick Granthum, who works at the Defense Media Activity. To prepare for the pageant, each contestant had to participate in a training class sponsored by the pageant organizers to learn interviewing and basic modeling skills. Contestants also are required to pay a $495 sponsorship fee to cover the costs of the pageant application, training class and rehearsal on the day of the pageant. Taylor and Granthum also have entered the Miss Photogenic Contest that is part of the competition. “If you want something go for it,” Taylor said. “Don’t let life hold you back.” Chaplain’s Word GREATEST CONCERN “My concern is not whether God is on my side. My greatest concern is whether I am on God’s side, for God is always right.” — Abraham Lincoln http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  6. 6. N ews Chief Russell Wilson, chief investigator for the Directorate of Emergency Services, speaks to a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 377 during the group’s weekly meeting on Monday at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Wilson and DoD K-9 Police officers demonstrated their abilities for the Scouts. DES police demonstrate abilities for Cub Scouts career education ATTENTION VETERANS! % * % * % * % * % * % * YOUR EDUCATION % OUR MISSION Get the education benefits and skills that could serve you for the rest of your life • Flexible class schedules • Military discounts available* • Train for a career in Allied Health, Information Technology, Criminal Justice** or Trades Active military, veterans and military spouses welcome Learn More CALL NOW! 877.874.5783 www.tesst.com 1520 S. Caton Avenue • Baltimore, MD 21227 4600 Powder Mill Road • Beltsville, MD 20705 803 Glen Eagles Court • Towson, MD 21286 For more information on our programs and their outcomes visit www.tesst.com/consumer-info. TESST does not guarantee employment or career advancement. Programs vary by campus. *Tuition discounts available for military individuals who meet elegibility requirements. Other restrictions may apply. **Additional academy training or education may be required for law enforcement positions. SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Under the supervision of Fort Meade Police Chief Investigator Russell Wilson, four Fort Meade youngsters searched for fingerprints on the side of a car in the parking lot outside Argonne Hills Chapel Center. After a few sprays, black fingerprints appeared on the silver sedan. With the pressing of a clear, sticky sheet of plastic, the prints came off the car ready for identification. “They did it just like one of our technicians,” Wilson said. The wet print demonstration was the first of two demonstrations provided by the Directorate of Emergency Services and DoD Police for the youngsters of Cub Scout Pack 377. The law enforcement agencies attended the pack’s weekly meeting Monday at Argonne Hills Chapel Center to showcase their abilities and teach the children about what police do. “This is education for the children — showing them the police officers and what they do for the community, protecting the base and the facilities around here,” said Pack Cubmaster Chris Lassiter. Wilson opened the hourlong meeting with the wet print demonstration, in which Cub Scouts learned how to retrieve fingerprints off a wet car. The exercise, Wilson said, showed the youngsters the technology officers use and that police are the “good guys.” “It is to teach them about safety, to teach them that they can trust law enforcement,” Wilson said. “It also teaches them about the technology that’s out there.” Wilson said that while DES often meets with the Scouts, this session provided a new element. The idea to bring the DoD Police and working dogs came from the Cub Scouts’ summer camp where the children saw similar dogs at work and decided to bring the program to the Fort Meade meeting. “The kids really loved it; it was a blast,” Lassiter said of the summer camp demonstration. “Kids love dogs.” Two DoD police officers also demonstrated the bomb-sniffing abilities of working dogs through two exercises. In the first, Cub Scouts hid a package in the bushes surrounding the facility that the dog was quickly able to track down. The Scouts then hid the package in various boxes to see if the dog could find it. “I thought that it was pretty cool,” said Cub Scout Braeden Marrs. The 9-year-old said he enjoyed watching the police officers do their daily work. “I think that the policemen are important because most of them protect other citizens,” he said. Editor’s note: For information about joining Pack 377 Cub Scouts, email pack_cc@yahoo. com. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
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There are penalties set in place for being fiscally irresponsible. This leads to the difficult decision of whether Text FOLLOW FORTMEADE to 40404 the penalties are worth debt forgiveness. to sign up for Fort Meade news alerts While there isn’t a blanket statement of how good or how bad bankruptcy can be for on your mobile phone everyone individually, it is vitally important to understand both sides of the issue when dealing with a major decision such as this. The pros might seem obvious with bankKID-FRIENDLY ruptcy. If you successfully file, it significantly relieves you of debts or makes them vanish; DENTISTRY it stops collection actions by all creditors; and Edwin Zaghi, DMD you are given that fresh start to reconstruct. PEDIATRIC Most of the pros are focused on the “here DENTISTRY and now” and not really focused on the long• Infant Dental term benefits. This might appeal to those who Screening have had enough of their current situation • Emergency and just want out. Appointments But if you look down the road at the • Accepts Tri-Care consequences of bankruptcy, then you are in for a sobering sight. While most states have exemptions for your home, car and other essentials, it is almost impossible to get a mortgage for the first five years or so. There also is a danger of being forced to give up some luxury items if the court deems this necessary. You will also have to give up all of your credit cards for quite some time as you will not be able to get another one for a long time. The worst downside to bankruptcy is that Near Fort it will go on your credit report for 10 years. Meade! This makes all things credit very difficult for that period. Dr. Edwin Zaghi Military members also should be aware - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry; that filing for bankruptcy may result in a re- American Board Pediatric Dentist; - Fellow American Academy of evaluation of their security clearance. Pediatric Dentistry Clearly, there are a lot of factors that go into the decision-making. The best advice is JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD to do a very careful search about bankruptcy COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400 and what it entails. You can start by going to the Federal Trade Commission website www.dredwinzaghi.com s Sarah’ House # 89505 10 SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 at ftc.gov. Talking with a lawyer would be another wise move in making your decision. To schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office, call 301-677-9504 or 301-6779536. Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Oct. 24, Possession of controlled substance (marijuana): The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified by gate security of a possible controlled substance inside a vehicle. During a routine search to enter the installation, a bag with a green leafy substance had been found. The substance was tested and was determined to be marijuana. Oct. 25, Simple assault: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified of a possible assault at the commissary. The subject and victim had a verbal argument over an item that was just purchased at the commissary. The subject stated he was upset and had taken a sticker off the item and forcibly placed the sticker on the right side of the victim’s face. Oct. 27, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel at the Exchange witnessed the subject select and conceal makeup in her purse prior to exiting the store with the unpaid merchandise Nov. 2, Wrongful damage of private property: An unknown person by unknown means broke the driver-side window of the victim’s vehicle. Nov. 2, Simple assault - consummated by a battery: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified of a domestic assault. An investigation revealed that the subject and victim were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical when the subject attempted to forcefully remove the victim from the passenger side of his vehicle. For week of Oct. 25-Nov. 3: • Moving violations: 34 • Nonmoving violations: 1 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 48 • Traffic accidents: 15 • Driving on suspended license: 1 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 0 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  8. 8. N ews all treats, no tricks Taegan Welsh, 3, daughter of Stacie and Maj. Chris Welsh of Glen Burnie, kisses McGruff the Crime Dog at this year’s Hallelujah Festival on Oct. 31 at the Pavilion. The annual event is sponsored by the Religious Services Office and encourages familyfriendly costumes for children and adults as an alternative to the traditional Halloween celebration. photos by phil grout Retired 1st Sgt. Rev. Ron Vails, a minister at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, helps 7-year-old Damon Brown of Odenton with a “fish catch” game at the Hallelujah Festival. The annual event features games and prizes as an option to trick-ortreating in nearby neighborhoods. BELOW: Oladapo Oyenuga of Baltimore and his daughter Awaliyat play a game of Twister at the Hallelujah Festival on Oct. 31. Awailyat is dressed as a fairy princess with a cowgirl twist. Submitted photo presidential trick-or-treat Yessica, Alexia and Yasime Sepulveda, daughters of First Army Division East’s Maj. Zachariah Sepulveda, trick-or-treat outside the holiday-decorated White House on Halloween night. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama handed out candy. 12 SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  9. 9. S ports Marines roll into playoffs, eye title Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer In the final weeks of the intramural football regular season, two of the top three teams were still battling for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. On Tuesday night, the Marines took a firm grasp on the seeding with a 19-14 win over the third-place 29th Intelligence Squadron Black Knights. Jeremy Beers, who filled in for the starting quarterback, threw for one touchdown and rushed for another in the victory. “Basically, we just needed to get another win for the playoffs,” Beers said. The Black Knights and the Marines entered the game in similar situations — behind the undefeated 704th Military Intelligence Brigade in the standings and needing to win Tuesday night. The 29th IS Black Knights, with an 8-3 record, needed to win the remainder of their games to secure the No. 2 seed, while the Marines at 10-2 only needed to beat the 29th to earn the spot. The Marines, who won the intramural championship two years ago, returned very few players from the championship team. Starting quarterback Will Brown said it was the Marines’ best team yet. Confident the No. 2 seed was theirs, the Marines were already eyeing a matchup against the 704th in the playoffs. “We’re looking to sneak up on them,” Brown said. Last season, the Black Knights won the Division II title and returned eight of their players but have struggled against the top teams this season. When the two teams met earlier in the season, the Marines came out on top 26-6. The Black Knights were looking to avenge the defeat while creating a roll heading into the playoffs. “Tonight is very important,” said coach Thomas Taylor. “This team has beat us once already. We need to get some revenge.” The Marines opened the scoring Tuesday night as Brown moved his team down the field in six plays to score off a touchdown pass to Nate Rausch to give the Marines a 7-0 lead. After the first Marines possession, Brown left the game and Beers stepped http://www.ftmeade.army.mil Jeremy Beers, quarterback for the Marines, runs from a defender during an intramural football game Tuesday night at Mullins field. The Marines defeated the Black Knights to hold onto second-place in the standings. in under center. Beers gave the team a 13-0 lead with a touchdown pass to Phil Giesen. In a four-play drive, the 29th IS responded with a touchdown pass from Felix Peters to Jay Pemberton. A failed extra point attempt kept the Marines in the lead 13-6 at halftime. The Marines opened the second half with an eight-play drive that was capped with Beers running for a touchdown to extend the lead to 19-6. On the ensuing drive, Giesen intercepted the ball at the Black Knights’ 20-yard line, but the Marines were unable to drive the ball in for a score. Quarterback Felix Peters, of the 29th Intelligence Squadron Black Knights, throws to Sam Sutton during Tuesday’s intramural football game at Mullins Field. The Black Knights fell to the Marines 19-14. The 29th IS scored on a touchdown pass from Tyrece Thompson to Sam Sutton on their last drive. But they were unable to stop the Marines on the ensuing possession as time ran out, with the Marines winning 19-14. With the win, the Marines are turning their attention to the playoffs and taking down the top-seeded team. “We have to be efficient and execute better,” Beers said. “We’re looking to knock off the 704th.” Connect with Fort Meade at Facebook.com /ftmeade November 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
  10. 10. S ports Coaches must register early for background checks By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Each season, the Youth Sports programs seek new coaches to volunteer to teach youngsters the basics in sports. With the winter sports season right around the corner, the program is in search of more volunteer coaches. Organizers are asking those interested in leading a team to sign up as soon as possible. In accordance with Child, Youth and School Services policies, all individuals who wish to volunteer with CYSS programs must first undergo a background check in order to be allowed to participate in activities. With the background checks taking longer to complete, coaches must allow plenty of time to be approved before practices and the start of the season. “All installation record checks have to be completed prior to a coach coaching,” said Deanna Knox, outreach director of CYSS. “They can’t be pending. They need to be completed.” To initiate the process of becoming a coach, individuals must first complete a Youth Sports coaching application, which is available at ftmeademwr.com and at the Youth Sports office located at 1900 Reece Road. Knox then submits the individual’s name for a background check. Background checks can take anywhere from days to months, said Francisco Jamison, CYSS administrator, but are usually completed in three or four weeks. “That’s a month time period that the coach needs before he can get on a field,” Knox said. Jamison said the lengthy process is conducted for the safety of the youngsters who participate in the sports programs. “We need coaches so much earlier than before,” he said. “This allows us to screen coaches further in advance.” Once an individual is approved through the background check process, he or she can volunteer for the next five years without repeating the process. The CYSS staff will still keep track of coaches and can pull specific names for internal audits if concerns arise. Jim Dey, assistant director of Youth Sports, said that winter sports coaches must apply as soon as possible to make sure they are cleared for the start of the season. Dey also urges interested individuals to begin the application process, even if they don’t plan on coaching right away. “If there’s somebody who thinks they may be interested in coaching, they should probably just come in and initiate the paperwork and get that done,” he said. “So if two months down the road they decide they do want to do it, that stuff is all taken care of. They’re in the system and they’re good to go.” 14 SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 file photo Coach of the 13U Cougars, Donald Day teaches Jon’Darius Stone proper positioning during a youth football practice in August. Youth Sports organizers are asking those interested in volunteering as a coach to sign up immediately, as they must clear a background check before participating. Mustangs overcome mistakes to defeat Broadneck By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Mistakes plagued the Meade High Mustangs from the opening kickoff on Friday, contributing to four turnovers against the Broadneck Bruins. Fortunately for the Mustangs, the Meade defense forced six turnovers — including five interceptions — to over- come the offensive mistakes on its way to a 26-20 victory at home. The win improved the Mustangs to 8-1 and sealed the No. 2 seed in the 4A East Region playoffs to give Meade its first home playoff game since the 1990s. Quarterback DJ Pate threw for two touchdown passes — both to David Richards — while Travis Chidebe rushed for Spring, summer, fall or winter... Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call 301-677-1105/1146/1156/1179 . 115 yards as he filled in for injured starting running back Kyle Evans. Gio Ogo kicked a 33-yard field goal. Jamarkeus Hammond tackled Broadneck’s Thor Ferrierra in the end zone for a safety and forced a fumble that Daniel Butler recovered for a touchdown. Kavon Witherspoon had two interceptions, while Jatwan Jones, Chris Harris and Robert Hogan each had one. The Mustangs will play at Arundel on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Wildcats need to win to make the playoffs. For more Meade Mustangs football coverage, including a complete game summary, photos and a preview of Friday’s game at Arundel, go to ftmeadesoundoff. com/sports. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  11. 11. S ports Cougars playoff roundup • The 70-pound Cougars defeated the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club Little Giants, 26-7. • The 80-pound Cougars defeated the South River Gators, 33-12. • The 90-pound Cougars were defeated by the Andover Apaches, 32-7. • The 100-pound Cougars were defeated by the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club Little Giants, 19-13 in OT. • The 11U Cougars defeated the Cape St. Claire Cougars, 19-6. • The 13U Cougars were defeated by the Cape St. Claire Cougars, 46-7. Upcoming playoff games Jibber-Less Jibber Jabber should return next week. As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones. civ@mail.mil. or follow him on Twitter @CTJibber. • The 70-pound Cougars will play the Pasadena Panthers on Saturday at noon at Arundel High School. • The 80-pound Cougars will play the Andover Apaches on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Burnie High School. • The 11U Cougars will play the Chesapeake Bay Piranhas on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Annapolis High School. Sports Shorts Wounded Warrior 5K The Fort Meade Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is hosting a Wounded Warrior 5K Run and Walk on Saturday 8 a.m. start at the Columbia Island Marina in Arlington, Va. Registration is $30, with a portions of the proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Onsite registration will begin at 7 a.m. For more information, call 405-200-8448 or 703-472-0712. EFMP Walking Group The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet Nov. 14 from 8:15 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@ us.army.mil. EFMP Bowling The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Nov. 20 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@ us.army.mil. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Texas Hold ‘em Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil file photo intramural basketball meeting Wed. A coaches meeting for intramural basketball will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Murphy Field House. A team representative must attend the meeting for the team to be added to the schedule. For more information, call 301-677-3318. November 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15
  12. 12. 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. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. NEWS EVENTS Veterans Day ceremony The installation’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Post Museum Memorial Plaza, 4674 Griffin Ave. The guest speaker is Richard Hagman, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, Fort Meade’s “favorite son,” and expert on the life and achievements of Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, of the Maryland 2nd District, will offer remarks. The event will feature the U.S. Army Field Band’s “Pershing’s Own” brass quintet, vocalist Sgt. Audrey Santana of Defense Media Activity, and the Defense Information School Joint Color Guard. The post flag will be raised today for reveille at the Post Museum Memorial Plaza to support the installation’s Veterans Day Retreat Ceremony at 2 p.m. The flag will not be raised at McGlachlin Parade Field and the 5 p.m. retreat will not occur. Uniform is military duty. Civilian dress is business attire. Corvias open house celebrating veterans Corvias Military Living has scheduled an open house to celebrate veterans on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Leasing Center located at 2965 2nd Army Drive. The event will showcase the homes of Fort Meade and include free food, live music from Mix 106.5 radio station and giveaways, including a drawing for an iPad mini. The open house marks the end of current move-in specials for select residents and homes. These include paid moves, free rent and resident referrals. Resident appreciation activities and 16 SOUNDOFF! November 7, 2013 events are held throughout the year, and are open and free to all Corvias Military Living residents. The next resident activity is the “Give Thanks Storytime” on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. For more information, call the Leasing and Relocation Center at 410-305-1258 or go to Meade. CorviasMilitaryLiving.com. Veterans Job Fair The Fort Meade Veterans Job Fair will be held Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. All veterans and non-veterans are invited. Meet employers, bring resumes, dress for success. Arrive early; anticipate lines at the gate and job fair. A shuttle service will be available from the Smallwood Hall parking lot to Club Meade’s front door. Some employers require an active security clearance. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com or email jduncan@dllr. state.md.us. Women Veterans Day Extravaganza Women Veterans Interactive will host its second annual Women Veterans and Women in the Military Veterans Day Extravaganza from Saturday to Monday at the National Harbor. The three-day event will feature a hiring fair, a 5K run/walk, a Potomac River brunch cruise, a formal gala, and panel discussions on education, benefits, housing and financial literacy. Speakers include finance expert Suze Orman; Ginger Miller, event co-host and founder of Women Veterans Interactive; Nancy Glowacki, Women Veteran program manager for the U.S. Department of Labor; and Vicky Irvin, CEO of Superwoman Lifestyle movement. A complete list of activities, speakers and panel topics can be found on the events tab on womenveteransinteractive. org/. Tickets can be purchased by going to: https://wviex2013.eventbrite.com/ For more information on this event or to learn about membership, event sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact Women Veterans Interactive at 516-851-0812 or info@ womenveteransinteractive.org. WRNMMC shuttle service The free shuttle service between Fort file photo native american heritage month celebration The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing will host Fort Meade’s annual Native American Heritage Month observance on Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Post Theater. E. Keith Colston, administrative director of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, is the guest speaker. Meade and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda has a new pick-up location. The shuttle now picks up riders at the Burger King parking lot located on Rose Street, off Mapes Road, at the following times: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m. 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The shuttle departs WRNMMC at 7:10 a.m., 9:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. Tax Center seeking volunteers The Fort Meade Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is seeking full-time and part-time volunteers to work at the Joint Installation Tax Center from January through April. No tax experience is needed. All training will be provided. For more information, contact the Tax Center officer-in-charge, 1st Lt. Iris Yao at iris.yao@us.army.mil or 301-6779755. Right Arm Goes Country Right Arm Night Goes Country will be held today from 4 to 9 p.m. at Club Meade. The event will feature country music and dancing, mechanical bull rides, line dance lessons, a Texas Hold’em Tournament, and country food and beverage sales. A free, hors d’oeuvre buffet will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Right Arm Night is open to all ranks and all services, military or civilian. For more information or to reserve tables, call 301-677-6969. OSC Holiday Bazaar The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club will sponsor its 14th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. The bazaar will feature crafts, food booths, home-based businesses, a sweet shop, gifts and raffles. For more information, go to fortmeadeosc.org. Jummah prayers 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 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  13. 13. C ommunity N ews N otes individuals who would like to join in a morning prayer on Fridays. EDUCATION 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 teacher. Registration is required because of limited seating. To register or for more information, email John Anderson at john.w.anderson. civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-6421. Financial preparedness seminar A financial preparedness seminar by a USAA military affairs representative, retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Carl Bratton, will be hosted by the Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses Club on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. Light refreshments will be served. The event also will feature door prizes. For more information, email membership@ftmeadeesc.org. ACS classes Army Community Service offers a variety of classes at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. Classes are open to DoD identification cardholders, including active-duty service members, retirees and their family members, DoD civilian employees and contractors. Registration is required for each class. Financial Readiness: • Financial Services and Account Management: Tuesday, 9 a.m. • 1st Term Financial Readiness: Nov. 26, 8 a.m. Army Family Team Building: • Etiquette and Protocol: Friday, 9 a.m. Employment Readiness: • Getting a Federal Job: Nov. 19, 9 a.m. • Job Search Strategies: Nov. 26, 9 a.m. To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil YOUTH Storytime The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at 4415 Llewellyn Ave. • Today: “Quiet as a Mouse” • Nov. 14: “Bears, Bears, and More Bears” • Nov. 21: “Feed Your Mind at the Library” For more information, call 301-677-5522. Kids Craft Club The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and preschoolers will meet Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts Center. Cost is $5 and includes a craft, snack and juice. Space is limited. Registration is required by Nov. 18 at noon. For more information, call 301-6777809. RECREATION Out About • Maryland Irish Festival will be held Friday from 6-11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $20 for adults ages 18-62; $15 for seniors ages 62 and older; $10 for teens ages 14-17; and free for active-duty service members with ID and for ages 13 and younger. Admission on Friday costs an additional $5 for adults and seniors. Presented by Irish Charities of Maryland, the event will feature music, dance, cultural exhibits and vendors. For more information, visit irishfestival. com. MEETINGS • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. The next prayer breakfast is today. 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.l.durner. civ@mail.mil. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is tonight. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-6744000. • 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 today. For more information, visit namiaac.org. • Prostate Cancer Support Group is sponsoring a presentation on “The PSA Controversy: What Patients Should Understand” by Dr. Ed Paquette today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the America Building, River Conference Room (next to the Prostate Center), third floor. The presentation also will be available via video-teleconference at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the Oaks Pavilion, 1st floor, Room 332. 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. l.hudak.ctr@health.mil. • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is Friday. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, go to e9association.org. • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is Saturday. Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is Wednesday. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior noncommissioned officers. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@ nsa.gov. M ovies 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 at www.aafes.com. 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. 24 Today: “Parkland” (PG-13). A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. With Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton 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. Saturday Sunday: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG). Food comes to life and takes on a mind of its own in this animated comedy sequel. With Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Terry Crews, James Caan. (3D Saturday) Wednesday Nov. 16: “Gravity 3D” (PG-13). When a mishap occurs, two astronauts become stranded in space. With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris. Nov. 14, 17: “Battle of the Year 3D” (PG-13). Dancers’ skills are put to the test in France. With Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck. Nov. 15: “Don Jon” (R). A man struggles with his own attitudes about women and the expectations of modern romance. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore. Nov. 20, 23, 24: “Captain Phillips” (PG-13). True story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by pirates. With Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi. Nov. 21, 22: “Machete Kills” (R). Danny Trejo returns as ex-agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission. With Charlie Sheen, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara. November 7, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 17

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