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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.
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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
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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
They also focus on transporting any veteran with
a terminal illness to see the memorial of the war they
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
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 records that
enable our minds
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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.
Veterans Day luncheon celebrates service members
By Lisa R. Rhodes
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
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
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
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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
“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.
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
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
“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!
Retiree Appreciation Day
celebrates military service
By Rona S. Hirsch
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
Influenza vaccinations were administered
by Johns Hopkins Hospital to its patients,
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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
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
“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-
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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
“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
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
Fort Meade students selected for local pageant
Story and photos by Lisa R. Rhodes
Imagine receiving a letter in the mail
about being nominated to participate in a
local pageant, but there is no clue about the
That’s what happened to Taylor Birkett,
11, Myra Thornhill, 11, and Jazmin
Granthum, 18 — all students at Fort
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
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
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
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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
for her, her mother and I support her,” said
Carol Dunn Shaw, Taylor’s grandmother
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
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
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
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
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
“If you want something go for it,” Taylor
said. “Don’t let life hold you back.”
“My concern is not
whether God is on my
side. My greatest concern
is whether I am
on God’s side, for God is
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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.
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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,”
Editor’s note: For information about joining
Pack 377 Cub Scouts, email pack_cc@yahoo.
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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
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
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.
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.
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Marines roll into
playoffs, eye title
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
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,”
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
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
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
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.”
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Coaches must register early for background checks
By Brandon Bieltz
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
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
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.”
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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
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
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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.
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 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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@
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@
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.
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.
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C ommunity N ews N otes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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events are held throughout the year, and
are open and free to all Corvias Military
The next resident activity is the
“Give Thanks Storytime” on Nov. 14
from 10 a.m. to noon at Potomac Place
For more information, call the
Leasing and Relocation Center
at 410-305-1258 or go to Meade.
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
For more information, go to
ftmeademwr.com or email jduncan@dllr.
Women Veterans Day
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.
Tickets can be purchased by going to:
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@
WRNMMC shuttle service
The free shuttle service between Fort
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
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
Tax Center seeking
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-6779755.
Right Arm Goes Country
Right Arm Night Goes Country will
be held today from 4 to 9 p.m. at Club
The event will feature country music
and dancing, mechanical bull rides,
line dance lessons, a Texas Hold’em
Tournament, and country food and
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
The bazaar will feature crafts, food
booths, home-based businesses, a sweet
shop, gifts and raffles.
For more information, go to
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
C ommunity N ews N otes
individuals who would like to join in a
morning prayer on Fridays.
Troops to Teachers
The Fort Meade Army Education
Center will host a “Teaching as a Second
Career” information session on Nov. 20
at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at McGill
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
To register or for more information,
email John Anderson at john.w.anderson.
email@example.com or call 301-677-6421.
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
Light refreshments will be served. The
event also will feature door prizes.
For more information, email
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
Registration is required for each class.
• 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.
• Getting a Federal Job: Nov. 19, 9 a.m.
• Job Search Strategies: Nov. 26, 9 a.m.
To register or for more information, call
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
• Nov. 21: “Feed Your Mind at the
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
Space is limited. Registration is
required by Nov. 18 at noon.
For more information, call 301-6777809.
• 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
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.
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by
the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at
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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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@
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at
6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults
(12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through Nov. 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
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