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  • 1. checkmate Service members lead U.S. team at NATO competition page 4 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Women’s Equality Day Observance - McGill Today-Sunday: Case Lot Sale - Commissary parking lot Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: “Cooking Matters” grocery tour - Commissary Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers Market - Smallwood Hall lot Sept. 4, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - Club Meade back to school Insert highlights information needed for academic success inside Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 34 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community August 28, 2014 Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher, lead vocalist for The Volunteers, completes the final song in the Volunteers’ component during the U.S. Army Field Band’s Summer Concert Series finalé presented Saturday night at the Fort Meade Pavilion. The annual concert featured all four components of the Field Band as well as the U.S. Army Drill Team. For the story, see Page 12. grand finalé
  • 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 28, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch................11 Movies..................................19 Community..................17 Classified..............................21 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodwell L. Forbes 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 Shari Rosen Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group 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. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 I have officially been in the seat as the garrison command sergeant major for two weeks and what an awesome journey it has been. I have had an opportunity to meet with many of the garrison directors and partner organization leaders within the community. Over this past week, Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley and I have had the opportu- nity to visit the three Child Development Centers. They are continuously providing excellent care to our children. Congratulations to the staff of CDC III who have just passed the National Association for the Education of Young Children five-year accredita- tion program. It was a team effort that required the CDC staff and program administrators to work together to ensure that the crucial compo- nents of program quality were in place. The accreditation program certifies that CDC III is providing top-quality service to the children and family members who ultimately benefit from their inspiring work. There continues to be a lengthy process to hire more child care providers. However, I thank you for enduring the process to ensure the quality of children’s daily experiences in early childhood programs. We are continuously working diligently to enhance the quality of life for our service mem- bers who live on post and are moving forward with plans to build new housing at Freedom Vil- lage over the next few years. Last week Col. Foley and I visited the Airmen in the barracks, celebrating their monthly “Dorm Night Out” sponsored by the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Chapel. They had food, fun, entertainment and fellow- ship, which helped build the camaraderie with junior Airmen. On Saturday, the U.S. Army Field Band’s Con- cert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors and The Volunteers, as well as the U.S. Army Drill Team, performed their grand finale concert at the Fort Meade Pavilion. It was a phenomenal celebration in which every component of the U.S. Army Band received a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Col. Foley presented a plaque to the band for personifying “excellence in action” and for their faithful service to the community. As I travel around and make my battlefield circulation, I see so many service members doing the right thing and a few not conforming to the standards such as walking and talking on the cell phone when in uniform, tex- ting and talking on the phone while driving, and being incon- siderate to those running between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. by not decreasing their speed. If you are driving by someone or a group of service members running on our installation roads, please be considerate to slow down while passing. I’ve also noticed that some drivers yield instead of stopping at the stop signs, which has increased the possibility of accidents. To end this column on a positive note, the Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation conducted its quarterly “Right Arm Night.” The event was fantastic. Ser- vice members, Department of Army civilians and family members attended the event and socialized with other members of the Fort Meade commu- nity. There was food, games and raffles for prizes such as an Xbox, two 40-inch TVs, and $50 and $20 gift cards, and a whole lot of fun. I look forward to seeing you out in the com- munity or at one of our special events. Thanks for being an active member in the com- munity, I encourage you to get up, get out and do something fun. Capitalize on the time that you’re here in Bal- timore. Let’s go Team Meade. Greetings to all Team Meade! Garrison command Sgt. maj. Rodwell l. Forbes 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, first- served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  • 3. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF!  News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Kendra Piasecki could appreciate the tips that were shared about buying inexpensive healthy foods during Fort Meade’s first Cooking Matters at the Store tour on Aug. 15. The goal of the tour is to educate families about better ways to pre- pare healthy and affordable meals at home. Piasecki, wife of Staff Sgt. Marcin Piasecki of the 781st Military Intel- ligence Battalion, is a registered dieti- tian and participated in the tour with seven other Fort Meade residents. “I think everyone needs to learn about how to eat healthy and save money,” the Midway Commons resi- dent said. “Here’s a way to get reliable information in a way that’s hands-on and informative.” Cooking Matters at the Store is a free, guided grocery tour held at the Fort Meade Commissary. The 45-minute tour is sponsored by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit orga- nization based in Washington, D.C., that works to end childhood hunger. Share Our Strength is a contractor for the DoD’s Healthy Base Initia- tive, a demonstration project at 14 military installations including Fort Meade that is designed to encourage healthy and fit alternatives to correct the trend toward obesity and tobacco use. Cooking Matters at the Store is part of this initiative. Learning to buy healthy foods on a budget “We want to empower military families to be able to stretch their budget by shopping wiser and making healthy choices for their family,” said Nissa Lazenby-Wilson, the Cooking Matters at the Store coordinator for Fort Meade. During the tour, participants learned how to distinguish whole grains, buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare unit prices and read food labels. The tours are led by volunteers. Each tour ends with a $10 challenge to encourage participants to apply what they have learned by purchasing products for a balanced meal for a family of four. On Aug. 15, eight tours of four to 15 people were held between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. About 40 people partici- pated. The next tour will be Friday at the commissary’s case lot sale. A third series of tours is scheduled for Sept. 15 during the Army Wellness Center’s wellness week. Lazenby-Wilson said the tours will be held periodically through March 2015. “We want to continue the tours as long as we can,” she said. The program is seeking volunteers to guide the tours. Share Our Strength provides two to three hours of online training. Editor’s note: To volunteer as a tour guide, call Lazenby-Wilson at 202-594- 3986 or email nwilson @ strength.org. submitted by nissa lazenby-wilson Deb Alston (center), a volunteer tour guide for Cooking Matters at the Store, helps two participants understand the food label on products at the Fort Meade Commissary on Aug. 15. The tour was the kick-off of Cooking Matters at the Store, a program that educates the Fort Meade community about how to buy healthy and affordable foods. It is part of the garrison’s Healthy Base Initiative. By Installation Management Command San Antonio The “Ice Bucket Challenge” is viral on the Inter- net. Although raising research funds and aware- ness for Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS) is a noble effort, this activity is not to be performed by service members while in uniform. Service members or military units who have participated in Internet videos of this promotion while in uniform or acting in an official government capacity should remove that content from social media sites immediately. The Joint Ethics Regulation (JER 3-209) prohib- its federal activities that imply endorsement or pref- erential treatment to non-federal organizations. Military members who support this effort must do so out of uniform. The “Ice Bucket Challenge” is a fundraising/ awareness campaign promoted by a nonprofit organization — and military members are prohib- ited from endorsing a fundraising campaign in an official capacity. There are also a number of hazards associated with shocking the human body with cold water. The real danger, however, is the trend of people trying to “one-up” each other with more and more extreme deliveries of ice water. Jumping from elevated surfaces, standing awk- wardly on ladders or dramatic movements in vehi- cles are becoming more and more common. Each presents an unacceptable risk to our force. Service members and DoD civilians are free to support fundraising efforts as long as they do so as a private citizen. Ice bucket challenge is a no-go when in uniform
  • 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 28, 2014 News Story and photo by Shari Rosen Staff Writer Col. David Hater and Air Force Mas- ter Sgt. Robert Keough may be two of the most boisterous and outgoing chess players to compete at this year’s NATO Chess Championship. Defying the introverted chess player stereotype, Hater, who works as assis- tant chief of staff at U.S. Army Cyber Command, and Keough, who is newly assigned to Fort Meade, view chess as a highly competitive sport that brings together international armed forces. “I started playing when I was very young,” said Keough, who was part of the U.S. silver medal NATO team in 2002. “I liked the competitive aspects. I liked winning tournaments.” At this year’s NATO Chess Champi- onship from Sept. 8-13 in Quebec City, 11 countries and 66 competitors will be present. The U.S. chess team, with a third-place ranking, plans to medal. “We’ve got two masters [ranked higher than 2,200] and four experts [ranked higher than 2,000], which I think is the strongest team we’ve ever had,” Hater said. Regardless, Hater said that everybody on the team would have to play the “tournament of his life” for the U.S. to win gold. “Most years we would have no chance of beating Germany [the top seed],” Hater said. “This year we are certainly not expected to, but it would not be totally outside the realm of possibility. I mean it would be an upset, but at least we can think about an upset.” The official NATO Chess Champion- ship began in 1989 with only four coun- tries, including the U.S., represented at the tournament. The tournament was funded by the Department of Defense until 2011, but due to budgetary con- straints, the U.S. no longer sponsors a team, said Hater. Motivated by his love of chess, Hater decided to form his own team to repre- sent the U.S. He worked with representa- tives of the NATO Chess Championship, the U.S. Chess Federation military chess committee and the Army to determine the proper protocol for creating a team. “This year, everybody’s traveling on their own dime,” Hater said. “I worked Searching for NATO gold Fort Meade chess enthusiasts prepare for international competition through the military chess committee and we came up with a mathematical formula [for who should be on the NATO Cham- pionship Team], and it was objective. I weighted [players’] national ranking the highest, although there were some other factors.” As a nine-time NATO Chess Cham- pionship competitor and the U.S. team captain, Hater wanted to make sure the process through which he determined the team was as objective and transparent as possible. “[Hater] actually put out [an advertise- ment for the team] on uschess.org, which is the United States Chess Federation’s website,” said Keough, a six-time NATO Chess Championship competitor who recently placed second in the Atlantic Open chess tournament in D.C. “If you’re a military player, you don’t have to be active duty; you can be Reserve as well.” To prepare for the tournament, Hater and Keough will continue to study the strategy of top competitors. “We may want to look at games that their opponents have played,” Hater said. “So just like in the NFL where they watch film of their opponents, we like to do the same thing if we can get it.” Hater said that along with preparing for the tournament, as team captain he has other responsibilities, such as relay- ing the nuances of the tournament to his team and representing his players in disputes. However, Hater said he impresses upon his team that “they are all ambassadors of the U.S.” in this tournament. With the tournament less than two weeks away, Keough said there are only so many realistic preparations the team can make due to the large number of participants at the tournament. “We can’t prepare for the [many] play- ers who are going to be there,” Keough said. “We don’t even know who we’re going to play. So what we’ll do to alleviate that is, every one of us will have a laptop with chess programs and chess databases. And we’ll have access to information so that if we can get a round pairing early enough when we get an opponent, then we’ll look up their games and try to find a weakness in their opening repertoire. “Our top seed is already looking at Germany’s top seed,” Hater said. “Every- body’s preparing.” Editor’s note: If you are interested in learning to play chess, email Air Force Master Sgt. Keough at robkeo@hotmail. com. Col. David Hater and Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Keough play a game of chess in preparation for this year’s NATO Chess Championship that will be held Sept. 8-13 in Quebec City. Over the course of five days, each player on the U.S. team, headed by Hater, will play seven games of chess. The United States is expected to place third in this year’s competition.
  • 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 28, 2014 News Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Christine DeGuzman, the new princi- pal at Meade Middle School, was born at Andrews Air Force Base and began her teaching career at Meade Middle. “It feels like a reward coming back here,” she said. “I am so looking forward to the start of the school year.” DeGuzman replaces Michael Lyon, who served as principal for one school year and is now an assistant principal at Old Mill High School in Millersville. Since assuming the reigns of leadership at Meade Middle, DeGuzman has focused on learning about the school’s programs that provide additional academic and social supports to children. Two particular programs — Restor- ative Practices and ALT One — support children with emotional and behavioral problems. “A mentor helps students work through issues in a more proactive way,” DeGuz- man said. “They learn to manage their emotions.” The school’s ROADS program helps prepare students for college and a career. “A lot of ground work has been done [with this program], and teachers have been invested and want the program to flourish,” DeGuzman said. DeGuzman also met with the school’s leadership team, which includes school administrators, teachers, department chairs and counselors, to discuss how the faculty can create opportunities for stu- dents to be exposed to high school, college and future careers. “I really feel we need to help students develop the skills to be successful in school and in their career, whether it’s academic support or learning the skills to deal with different situations,” DeGuzman said. “We want to find ways of helping kids find their own strengths and use them.” In addition, she said the school’s Par- ent Teacher Student Association has been “extremely positive.” DeGuzman is working with the organi- zation to increase its membership and the involvement of parents and teachers. A graduate of Glen Burnie High School, DeGuzman earned a bachelor’s in English literature from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a master’s degree in curriculum and peda- gogy from McDaniel College in West- minster. She also earned a certificate in education administration from Goucher College in Towson. Former Meade Middle teacher returns as principal Christine DeGuzman, the new principal at Meade Middle School, began her teaching career as a language arts teacher at the school. She replaces Michael Lyons, who served for one academic year and is now an assistant principal at Old Mill High School in Millersville. “After I got my bachelor’s degree, I started working here as a language arts teacher,” DeGuzman said. “I was sur- prised by how much I loved middle school. I had so much fun with the kids. I thought I wanted to teach high school.” After teaching language arts for six years, DeGuzman worked for one year as the school’s performance coach. She then was the school performance coach at Annapolis Middle School for two years. Most recently, DeGuzman served as an assistant principal at Broadneck High School for two years and Arundel Middle School for a year. One of DeGuzman’s goals is to improve student achievement by focusing on the professional development of teachers. “I’m a great believer in profession- al development for teachers,” she said. “Teaching is the toughest job out there. I see teachers pour their heart and soul into their work. There are so many stressors, but it is rewarding to see the kids who are engaged.” As she looks forward to the year ahead, DeGuzman said there is no place she would rather be than at Meade Middle. “I keep telling people how excited I am to be back here,” she said. “It’s kind of nice to be back here in a different role. It’s a great school.” For more stories on local schools, see our Back to School insert in this week’s issue.
  • 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 28, 2014 News Story and photo by Shari Rosen Staff Writer There is no question that Eugene Whit- ing, MacArthur Middle School’s new prin- cipal, is a people person. While running around the main office to work with his staff on a variety of tasks, including fixing the broken laminator, the friendly principal always has a smile on his face. “The goal is first to learn the commu- nity, to meet the parents,” said Whiting, who resides in Baltimore. “I want the community of MacArthur to be excited about coming here and also feel comfort- able coming and visiting our school and seeing the daily routine that their students go through.” Whiting replaces Stacey Gray, who served for three years and is now principal at Brock Bridge Elementary School in Maryland City. Whiting met with Aretayus Parker, president of the Parent Teacher Student Association, to discuss his goals for the upcoming school year. He will meet with the rest of the PTSA on Sept. 16. “Look at all the different types of folks and diversity that is coming to MacAr- thur,” Whiting said. “I need for the PTSA to be a face to represent what my entire community is like.” Diversity is nothing new to Whiting. He said his fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Parker, inspired him to become an educa- tor. As the only African American boy in his class, Whiting felt out of place. Mrs. Parker encouraged Whiting to come out of his shell and feel comfortable and excited about school. To this day, Whiting follows in his men- tor’s footsteps. He likes to stand in the hall- way, call students by their first name and find out about their favorite hobbies. He believes that these techniques help students New principal creates comfort zone at MacArthur Middle Eugene Whiting, the new principal of MacArthur Middle School, prepares for the start of the school year. Whiting, a former long- term permanent substitute teacher at Meade High School, plans to create an environment where students, parents and staff feel comfortable approaching him with any issue. learn to feel comfortable around him. “I want [the students] to feel comfort- able coming to school,” Whiting said. “I want them to know school is a place where we care and we will do whatever it takes in order to have them succeed.” Born in Lansdale, Pa., Whiting moved to Maryland when he was in middle school. He attended Annapolis Junior High and graduated from Annapolis High School, where he would later serve as assistant principal from 2007 to 2013. After graduating from Western Mary- land College in 1991 with a degree in English and a minor in education, Whit- ing joined the Peace Corps and lived in Kenya for three years. He then taught high school and summer school in Anne Arundel County. Whiting resigned from the school system to earn a graduate degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1991, then taught in Boston for a year before returning to Anne Arundel County. “This is where I’m from; this is where I grew up,” Whiting said. “I got a fabulous education here [in Anne Arundel County] and I want to give back to the community I was raised in.” Whiting said that his most rewarding experience as an educator occurred when the young man cutting his hair at the barbershop recognized him. The barber recalled that Whiting had taught him at Meade High School more than 10 years ago as a long-term permanent substitute teacher and asked Whiting if he still lis- tened to the Fugees. “I made a connection,” Whiting said. “I established a relationship with this kid. It was really exciting.” As Whiting undertakes his new role at MacArthur Middle School, he plans to draw upon his years of experience as an administrator. He discussed the impor- tance of taking it slow when confronted with difficult situations. “Remember to take a breath and it’s OK to say ‘You know what? I’m not sure yet; I don’t know. Let me get back to you,’ ” Whiting said. With school preparations underway, Whiting and the main office staff are busy answering phone calls and receiving visits from both eager and concerned parents. Whiting welcomes these inquiries. “I’m here to establish relationships,” Whiting said. “I want [parents and stu- dents] to feel comfortable coming to the school that serves their community.” ‘I want the community of MacArthur to be excited about coming here and also feel comfortable coming and visiting our school.’ Eugene Whiting, principal MacArthur Middle School Text FOLLOW FORTMEADE to 40404 to sign up for Fort Meade news alerts on your mobile phone
  • 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! August 28, 2014 Cover Story teers, the U.S. Army’s premiere rock band, performed popular songs like Neil Young’s “Born to Run”and Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You.” Staff Sgt. Randall Wight, lead singer for The Volunteers, held his microphone out to audience members so they could sing along. Vocalist Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher sang a number of country songs from “That’s What I Like About You” to “Mama’s Broken Heart.” “I wrote this song [Mama’s Broken Heart] with Miranda Lambert,” Boucher said to the audience. “But I stay in the Army because I like being a Soldier.” The Volunteers also called up former Field Band member Sgt. 1st Class Sarah Eckman McIver to perform a flute solo. “It’s always a blast to play with The Volunteers,”McIver said after the program. “It’s a really good time.” Midway through the concert, four mem- bers of the U.S. Army Drill Team per- formed a number of skills such as throwing their bayonet-tipped rifles close to their drillmaster’s face, leaving the audience in awe. The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus joined together for the final set of the con- cert with instrumental pieces that included “Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa and both choral and instrumental pieces such as “A Foggy Day” by George and Ira Gershwin. Just before the finale´, the Field Band played the “Armed Forces Salute” and asked service members to stand when their branch was recognized. “[My favorite part] was when they played all the Army, Air Force and Soldier songs,” audience member Milkem Hernandez said. “I was in the Army, my daughter is in the Air Force and my son is in the Marines.” The concert culminated in the “Overture 1812” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with prerecorded cannon fire exploding in the background. Audience members rose to their feet and applauded for more than a minute. “It was great,” said Rick Kiwus, who is retired from the Army. “Wonderful.” By Shari Rosen Staff Writer From light jazz and popular rock to Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” the U.S. Army Field Band provided a smorgasbord of musical genres in its Summer Concert Series finalé. All four components of the Field Band performed including the Concert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors and The Volunteers. “We really enjoyed the concert,”said Jeff Sacco, a civilian accompanied by his wife. “Our favorite part — that’s a tough one because [it all] was really good.” Families gathered Saturday inside the Pavilion, due to an earlier rain, to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment featuring returning alumni from across the United States and performers from the U.S. Army Drill Team (3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment). Some audience members even brought their own chairs and blankets to recreate the feeling of being outside. The 90-minute concert began with Gar- rison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley presenting Col. Timothy J. Holtan, com- mander of the U.S. Army Field Band, with a plaque on behalf of Fort Meade for an outstanding performance of this year’s Summer Concert Series. In addition to performing on Fort Meade, the Field Band tours the United States. “It’s nice to see the country,” said Sgt. Maj. Darrin Blume, who works operations for the Field Band. “It’s nice to reach out across the country. We do it more than any other military band, so it’s great to have the ability to do so.” After the presentation, the Jazz Ambas- sadors took the stage to play the instru- mental piece “Big Dipper.” Master Sgt. Andrew Layton on saxophone and Master Sgt. Michael Johnston on trumpet both played solos in this piece that demonstrated the true range of their abilities. At the end of each solo, the instrumen- talists received thunderous applause. Vocalist Master Sgt. Marva Lewis was invited to the stage to sing with the Jazz Ambassadors, riffing more recognizable songs such as “Hello Dolly” and “Save Your Love for Me.” The band was given a standing ovation. While technicians changed the set, the Jazz Ambassadors’ Dixie Land Band played light, upbeat music to keep audi- ence members amused. The concert genre soon changed from jazz to rock and country as The Volun- Summer Concert Series goes out with a bang Sgt. Maj. Jeff Lopez plays bass for the Jazz Ambassadors during the band’s performance, which featured favorite jazz standards. The annual concert included all four components of the Field Band as well as the U.S. Army Drill Team. Photos by Daniel Kucin Jr. Staff Sgt. Randall Wight, a vocalist for The Volunteers, encourages retired Col. Bert Rice to sing along during the U.S. Army Field Band’s Summer Concert Series finalé presented Saturday night at the Fort Meade Pavilion. ABOVE: Master Sgt. Robert McIver (right) and Staff Sgt. Heidi Ackerman perform a duet while the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus support their leading vocals.
  • 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 The Volunteers’ guitarist Staff Sgt. John Brandon Boron completes a song during their summer concert finalé at Fort Meade. LEFT: The U.S. Army Drill Team (3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment) performs daring skills with their bayonet-tipped rifles, entertaining the audience midway through the concert. Left photo courtesy U.S. Army Field Band Trombonists with the Jazz Ambassadors perform during Fort Meade’s Summer Concert Series finalé.
  • 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! August 28, 2014 Sports Run Series takes off The Fort Meade Run Series returns Sept. 30 with the Football FanFair 5K/10K Run at 8 a.m. at Constitution Park. Other themed runs include the Ghost, Ghouls & Goblins 5K on Oct. 25 at the Fort Meade Pavilion, the Turkey Trot on Nov. 22 at Murphy Field House and the Reindeer Run 5K on Dec. 13 at Murphy Field House. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75. The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. For more information, call 301-677-7916. file photo
  • 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports Sports Shorts Schedule school/sports physicals Appointments for school/ sports physicals are now available for enrollees of Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. A number of Saturday appointments also are available. To schedule an appointment, call the Appointment Line between 6 and 6:30 a.m. at 301- 677-8800 or 1-866-511-8748. Glen Mar Family Walk The Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City. Registration is by Oct. 9. Cost for either course is $25 for those who register on or before Sept. 15 and $30 after Sept. 15. 5K registrants can sign up to participate as individuals or in teams of three or more. The event will benefit the How- ard County Food Bank. Partici- pants are asked to bring nonperish- able food to the event. To register, go to www.active. com/ellicott-city-md/running/races/ glen-mar-family-5k-and-1-mile- walk-2014?int= For more information, call Con- nie Ballenger at 410-796-0290. Fall sports Registration for fall sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Fall sports include football, soccer, cheerleading, swim team and flag football. Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/ webtrac/meadecyms.html. For more information, call 301- 677-1149 or 1156. For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. Finally, Jabber Nation has made it to football season. By the time you read this, I will have finished drafting my first fantasy foot- ball championship team, and we will only be two days away from Michigan starting its run toward a Big Ten Title. bit.ly/1ATWKYA Before I get into our annual NFC predictions, I would be remiss if I didn’t address this whole “Ice Bucket” phenomenon. The DoD has been clear that service members, while in uniform, cannot participate or endorse the challenge. But that doesn’t mean I can’t endorse the epic fails this craze has caused. bit. ly/1pGIC1r On to the NFC. North: Best Offensive Player: Aaron Rodg- ers, QB, Green Bay and Calvin John- son, WR, Detroit It has taken me awhile to get on the Rodgers bandwagon, but the Packers are a completely different animal when Rodgers is on the field. Speaking of dif- ferent animals, “Megatron” is a whole new species of human. bit.ly/1ph0cd4 Best Defensive Player: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit The boy named Suh has turned into a bad, bad man. on.nfl.com/ 1pGTPyUCB If Nick Fairley does his job, next to Suh, Detroit’s pass rush may be enough to overcome its porous secondary. Best unit: Chicago Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jef- fery are beasts, so if QB Jay Cutler stays healthy, the Bears will make cubs out of opposing secondaries. (Yes, I stole that line from my father who once said that while instigating a fight with a former Bears punter-turned-trailer park manager.) Worst Unit: Detroit Lions second- ary They were the worst unit last year, and currently their starting cornerbacks are Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay Biggest Addition: Julius Peppers, DL, Green Bay I have never thought Peppers was as great as everyone said he was, but he has a lot to prove this year after moving from Chicago to the Packers, so don’t be surprised if he and Clay Matthews cause havoc on quarterbacks this year. Final Standings: Detroit Lions 11-5; Chicago 9-7; Green Bay Packers 8-8; Minnesota 8-8 South: Best Offensive Player: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Simply put, he is one of the best QBs in the League. Best Defensive Player: Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay You may not have heard of Mr. McCoy, but offenses around the league have. on.nfl.com/1qh2YwW Carolina’s linebacker Luke Kuechly is right there as well. on.nfl.com/VQBGSJ Best unit: New Orleans’ offense Brees and coach Sean Payton will score at least 30 points per game. Worst Unit: Tampa Bay’s quarter- backs Tampa has made a lot of good moves, but Josh McCown and Mike Glennon are not going to get it done. Biggest Addition: Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay head coach Getting a coach who has been to the Super Bowl on your sidelines is usually a good thing. Tampa grabbing pro bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins isn’t bad either. Final Standings: New Orleans 10-6; Tampa Bay 7-9; Atlanta 6-10; Carolina 4-12 East: Best Offensive Player: LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia The man known as “Shady” leaves jocks on the ground, and Chip Kelly knows how to get him the ball. on.nfl. com/1rA24PO Best unit: Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line The group mauled teams last year, and now with everyone back and a sound offensive scheme, the Boys O should be well protected. Worst Unit: Dallas Cowboys defense The Boys were all-time bad last year, and they got even worse. Biggest Addition: DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington D-Jack is dynamic and if RG III and new coach Jay Gruden can get him the ball, he will be produc- tive in Washing- ton. Final Stand- ings: Dallas 10- 6; Philadelphia 10-6 (Wildcard) Washington 7-9; New York Giants 6-10 West: Best Offensive Player: Larry Fitzger- ald, WR, Arizona Russell Wilson and Colin Kaeper- nick are nice, and “Beast Mode” Mar- shawn Lynch is on the verge of being an all-time great, but Fitzgerald is still a game changer and there is a reason why last year he became the young- est player in league history to get 800 receptions and 11,000 receiving yards. on.nfl.com/1zEFpQE Best Defensive Player: Richard Sher- man, CB, Seattle It is good to be the king, and even though the NFC West is one of the best defensive conferences in recent memory, Richard Sherman is the man. on.nfl.com/VNwjUS Best unit: Seattle Defense They proved last year that defense still wins championships. Worst Unit: St. Louis Rams offense Sam Bradford is out, and he wasn’t that good to begin with. Biggest Addition: Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle I know he was on the team last year, but now he is finally healthy. Final Standings: Seattle 13-3; San Francisco 11-5 (Wildcard); Arizona 9- 7; St. Louis 4-12 NFC Championship game: Seattle vs. New Orleans We will have the AFC and Super Bowl predictions next week. Until then, if you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, con- tact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil or hit me up on twitter @ctjibber. If you disagree, hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber. NFC 2014: Here we go Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion
  • 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 17 Community News & Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. Kimbrough holiday closure The Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center will be closed Friday for a training holiday and on Monday for Labor Day. Field Excercise Battle Buddies Corvias Military Life and USAA are sponsoring Field Excercise Battle Buddies, an event designed to empower military spouses, on Sept. 18 from 5-9 p.m. and Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd. The event will feature military-life survival tips, speed-meeting activities, a networking opportunity, complimentary Mexican buffet of chicken and beef, dessert, gift bags and giveaways. Limited free child care is available through Corvias’ event sponsorship. Beginning Tuesday, child care reservations may be made by calling 410-672-4033. Ask for Camille Torres. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is required. Registration begins Monday at 8 p.m. during AWN’s talk radio show. For details, go to AWN’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ArmyWifeNetwork. To register, go to Army WifeNetwork. com and click dropdown >EVENTS then >REGISTER FOR FIELD EXERCISE. Retiree Appreciation Day The 39th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Retiree Appreciation Day is conducted by the installation Retirement Services Office to keep retired Soldiers and their families up-to-date on changes in their retirement rights, benefits and privileges, and to foster goodwill between the retired and active-duty communities. NEWS & EVENTS file photo women’s equality day todayThe 704th Military Intelligence Brigade and the Fort Meade garrison command are hosting the annual Women’s Equality Day observance today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave. Admission is free and open to the public. The theme is “Women: Back to the Future.” The event will feature a musical performance by Kate Campbell-Stevenson, who was named to the list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2012. Maj. (P) Jacqueline Barcomb, deputy commanding officer, 704th MI, will give opening remarks. All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouraged to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave. Adminis- trative leave is authorized. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tuthill-Rusinko at 301-677-7419 or Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore at 301-677-6687. The event will feature information booths and medical screenings from 8-11:45 a.m. Flu shots will be provided from 8 a.m. to noon. Lunch at the Freedom Inn Dining Facil- ity will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $4.65. A shuttle will be provided starting at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session will feature a benefits symposium of speakers from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Social Security Administration and Army Com- munity Service. For more information, call 301-677- 9434/9600/9603. Square Dance Club The Swinging Squares Square Dance Club dances the first and third Saturday of the month from September to the end of May at Meade Middle School. The first dance of the season will be Sept. 20 from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is $6. Square dance attire is optional. For fun, fellowship and exercise, try this modern, Western square-dancing. Dance classes are offered Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Meade Middle School beginning Sept. 25. Each class costs $6. The first two classes are free. For more information, call Darlene at 410-519-2536 or Carl at 410-271-8776. Raccoon rabies vaccinations Anne Arundel County will conduct a Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination, or ORV, campaign across the county, including at Fort Meade. From Wednesday through the end of the month, two types of rabies bait will be dropped via ground and air. Pet owners should keep their pets confined or on a leash during the baiting campaign and for two weeks after. Any animal that eats the bait is not assumed to be vaccinated. A common side effect is diarrhea due to the bait’s high fat content. Immunocompromized individuals, including those with a history of exfoliative skin conditions, children and pregnant women should avoid handling the bait. Any instances where a person or animal is exposed to the bait should be reported to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-0056, ext. 3025. Reports also can be faxed to 410-222- 6076. Farmers market The Fort Meade Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 12 in the Smallwood Hall parking lot, across from McGlachlin Parade Field. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com. Social media workshop The Army Community Service Employ- ment Readiness Team, Rose Holland and Ana Brown, have created a workshop encompassing a variety of social media platforms geared toward military families. The workshop will be conducted Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at ACS, 830 Chisholm Ave. The workshop will cover creating strong, professional profiles; searching for jobs using various platforms; researching companies; and improving your online visibility and presence while maintaining your safety and security. To register, go to www.ftmeademwr. com/acs/erp.php or call ACS at 301-677- 5590. Lunch and Learn! The Parent Support Program is hosting “Lunch & Learn!” on Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon at Army CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 EDUCATION
  • 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil18 SOUNDOFF! August 28, 2014 Community News & Notes Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave. Registration is required. Bring your own brown bag lunch. Join psychologists from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore as they introduce MFIN (Military Family Interactive Network), a web-based tool designed to provide active-duty military families with guidance on child behavior by connecting them with a behavioral health professional from the privacy of their home. The Behavioral Psychology Department at Kennedy Krieger Institute is staffed by licensed psychologists who are specifically trained to understand and serve the unique needs of military families. Kennedy Krieger Institute is a partner with Johns Hopkins Medicine. To register or for more information, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda of ACS at 301-677-5590. Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of classes at its new facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. The free classes are open to DoD identification cardholders including active-duty service members, retirees and their family members, DoD civilian employees and contractors. Registration is required for each class. • Stress Management: Sept. 4, 9-11 a.m. • Resume Workshop: Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to noon This workshop will provide tips on creating resumes. • Effective communication: Sept. 10, 9-11 a.m. • Anger Management: Sept. 11, 9-11 a.m. • Medical Record Review: Have your medical records reviewed by an AMVETS representative. Appointment required. To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. CID recruiting brief Monthly recruiting briefings are conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade CID Office, 855 Chisholm Ave. The next recruiting briefing is Tuesday. For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Allen at 301-677-1687 or go to cid.army.mil. Out & About • The Maryland State Fair runs through Monday at the state fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, rain or shine. Admission is $3-$8 and free for ages 6 and younger. The event features rides, concerts, pig races, an arm-wrestling competition, a milk- it clinic, sausage-eating contests, agricultural fair tours and an antique/classic vehicle display, For more information or a complete schedule, call 410-252-0200 or go marylandstatefair.com. • The Maryland Renaissance Festival runs weekends through Oct. 10 and on Labor Day (Monday) at 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis. Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 to $22. Admission is free for children ages 6 and younger. Admission is free on Labor Day for seniors age 62 and older. Multiday discounts are available. Active- duty service members with photo ID can purchase tickets at the group discount rate. For more information, call 410-266-7304 or go to rennfest.com. • Join the Chesapeake Chorale for its 34th season. An open rehearsal will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie. Membership is by audition. For more information, go to chesapeakechorale.org. • The Bowie Baysox Fan Appreciation Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday at Prince George’s Stadium. On Saturday, Kids Appreciation Night begins at 6:35 p.m. when the Baysox take on the Altoona Curve. The first 500 children, ages 3-12, will receive a free Youth Baysox Mini Bat. The event also will feature fireworks and a Kids Halloween Party. Children are encouraged to dress in costume for trick-or- treating before the game. On Sunday, Fan Appreciation Day will be celebrated as the Baysox take on the Rock Cats at 2:05 p.m. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Players and coaches will sign autographs and pose for photos between 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. After the game, children ages 12 and under will be invited onto the field for the Baysox Helicopter Candy Drop of 150 pounds of candy. Tickets are available online at baysox.com or by calling the box office at 301-464-4865. • Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club is starting its new season with a Super Sign- Up today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. Join in some fun, and meet the board. The OSC supports the spouses of Fort Meade and the Fort Meade community. The board has planned new luncheons including a murder mystery, winter luau and a party hosting, as well as bingo and annual Holiday Bazaar. photo by shari rosen Roaring for ReadingChildren gathered Friday afternoon at Kuhn Hall for “It’s A Zoo In Here!” a zoo-themed Storytime and stuffed animal sleepover. Youngsters enjoyed enthusiastic readings of animal books and singalongs to songs about monkeys. EDUCATION RECREATION MEETINGS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17
  • 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 28, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 19 Movies Membership is from June to May, and is open to spouses of active-duty and Reserve officers and warrant officers of the U.S. Armed Services as well as retiree spouses of the same ranks. Associate membership is open to DoD civilians GS-9 and above. • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is sponsoring its opening brunch on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. As part of its opening program, the ROWC will feature information from other clubs, community organizations and the garrison commander’s office. Cost of brunch is $20. Reservations are required by today at noon. Call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410- 551-7082. • 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 Sept. 4. 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 301-677-6703. • 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 Sept. 4. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-674-4000. • 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 Sept. 4. For more information, visit namiaac.org. • Calling All Dads meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is Sept. 8. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ mail.mil. • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Sept. 8. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • New Spouse Connection meets the second Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Sept. 8. The program provides an opportunity for all spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade to meet and get connected. For more information, contact Pia Morales at pia.s.morales.civ@mail.mil or 301-677-4110. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is Sept. 10. 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. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. To register, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-677-5590. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email thecarptman@msn.com. • Dancing with the Heroes, free ballroom dance lessons for the Warrior Transition Unit, meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center in the seminar room. Participants should wear loose clothing, comfortable shoes with leather soles. No super high heels or flip-flops. • Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@ yahoo.com or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at pack377_cc@yahoo.com. • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys ages 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at lisayetman@verizon.net or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@juno.com. • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The Catholic Women of the Chapel meets Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County schools are in session. Monthly programs are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, email Loretta Endres at bradanloretta@yahoo.com. • American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit americanlegionpost276.org. • Odenton Masonic Center, located at 1206 Stehlik Drive, invites the community, local military, fire/emergency services and local businesses to enjoy its reasonably priced breakfast and specialty dinners. The center offers a fundraising “all-you- can-eat” breakfast every second Sunday from 7-11 a.m. Fundraising specialty dinners are held the third Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Menus vary and are listed on the center’s website at odentonlodge209.net. • 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 Sept. 12. 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 Sept. 13. 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. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. Children welcome. The next meeting is Sept. 15. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@mail.mil. Community News & Notes The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through Sept. 14 Aug. 29 & 30: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (PG-13). In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race. With Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis. Aug. 31: “Sex Tape” (R). A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts. With Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry. Sept.5&14:“Hercules”(PG-13).Havingendured his legendary 12 labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. With Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane. Sept. 6: Studio Appreciation – Free Screening. Tickets available at the Exchange Food Court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. Sept. 7: “Lucy” (R). A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless war- rior evolved beyond human logic. With Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi. Sept. 12: “Step Up All In” (PG-13). All-stars from the previous “Step Up” installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. With Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam G. Sevani.