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Today, 7 p.m.: “Pershing’s Own” Down Range Concert - Constitution Park
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers Market - Smallwood Hall lot
July 24, 7 p.m.: “Pershing’s Own” U.S.Army Blues Concert - Constitution Park
July 31, 7 p.m.: The Volunteers Summer Concert - Constitution Park
Aug. 5, 5 p.m.: National Night Out - McGlachlin Parade Field
780th MI Brigade
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photo by noah scialom
jazzing it upThe Crabtowne Stompers, an ensemble with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, performs July 10 at the Pavilion during the Fort Meade Summer Concert Series. Rooted in New
Orleans jazz music, the band fuses its music with modern funk and jazz elements.
For the story, see Page 6.
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Let’s talk about customer service.
It is about the Golden Rule: “Do unto others
as you would have them do unto you” — and
you must love Soldiers and families.
Members of the Installation Management
Command must understand their role in deliver-
ing customer service to Soldiers, Army civilians,
wounded warriors, retirees, and their families
and survivors. The IMCOM team builds a ready
and resilient Army. We take care of people and
make them self-reliant.
Soldiers, family members, Army civilians,
wounded warriors, retirees and survivors depend
on the Army and the IMCOM team to enable
them through installation services. Soldiers are
committed to the Army profession and expect
others in the Army to be as passionate about the
mission as they are.
The Army has made a promise to champion
Soldiers, civilians and families. Everyone on the
installation management team helps fulfill this
promise and delivers to standards.
As the commander of the U.S. Army Instal-
lation Management Command and the Army’s
assistant chief of staff for installation manage-
ment, I want to ensure we set the example and
that we deliver installation services to established
Installations provide the structure, the foun-
dation, the platform of readiness and resilience.
As Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, says:
“The strength of the nation is the Army. The
strength of the Army is the Soldier. The strength
of the Soldier is the family. That’s what makes
us Army Strong!”
Being the Army’s home means striving to
provide the utmost in customer service to Sol-
diers, family members, Army civilians, veterans
and survivors of the fallen — the entire Army
You also are part of the great Army com-
munity. Your well-being and professional devel-
opment helps us provide even better customer
service. Seek ways to improve your skills through
education and training. Develop your sub-
ordinates so they are empowered for greater
Our customers are paramount. We need to
listen when our customers speak. The breadth
and depth of the services we provide is complex;
it is our role to coordinate, anticipate and verify
IMCOM has developed a culture of treat-
ing people with dignity and respect. A person
who comes to
one of our gar-
walk away satis-
fied and with a
sense of having
received fair and
should always have the attitude of expectancy
— expecting to be the person who makes some-
one’s day better.
Positive attitudes go a long way toward
enhancing customer relations and enhances
Follow through with deeds instead of words
alone. We must be adaptable and agile. Our abil-
ity is a measure of organizational success.
Members of the IMCOM team are vital to
how the Army lives, works, trains and plays.
Whether it’s an intramural softball tournament,
a fresh coat of paint for a barracks, or a range
ready for realistic training, the quality of your
work shows our customers we care about them,
and their missions and their quality of life.
It’s what we mean by our vision — a ready
and resilient Army: Providing Soldiers, families
and civilians with a quality of life commensurate
with the quality of their service.
The Army is about values. Live Army values
daily. Use Army values to guide you for the best
customer service on your installation.
The Army is counting on you.
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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.
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By Brandon Bieltz
Col. Jennifer G. Buckner passed the reigns
of leadership of the 780th Military Intelligence
Brigade to Col. William J. Hartman during a
change of command ceremony Friday near the
unit’s facility off Chamberlin Avenue.
“We’re very fortunate today at the Army as
one great leader leaves, we welcome another
great leader in Colonel William Hartman,”
said Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commander
of Army Cyber Command.
Cardon and Maj. Gen. George J. Franz
III, commander of Intelligence and Security
Command, presided over the ceremony as
Hartman took command of the Fort Meade-
based cyber unit.
The 780th MI supports combat operations;
enables signals intelligence and computer net-
work operations; and supports the DoD,
Army and interagency operations worldwide.
It is the Army’s only computer-network opera-
The unit consists of the Headquarters
and Headquarters Company and 781st MI
Battalion at Fort Meade, and the 782nd MI
Battalion at Fort Gordon, Ga.
“For the last two years, this unit has been
led by an incredibly talented officer,” Franz
said. “Jen Buckner has provided the right
kind of technical experience and disciplined
leadership, creativity, innovation and selfless
During Buckner’s tenure, the unit “built the
best cyber team possible”and “built a force for
the ages,” Cardon said.
In her brief remarks, Buckner called the
780th “an amazingly talented group of offi-
cers, NCOs and civilians.” She thanked the
service members of the unit for their innova-
tive thinking and creativeness in establishing
the 780th’s role in the Army.
“I share an enormous sense of pride in this
force and their accomplishments,” Buckner
Buckner is set to become the first com-
mandant of the Cyber School of Excellence
at Fort Gordon. She said she is confident that
Hartman will continue to successfully lead the
“[Hartman] brings a great reputation, an
impeccable background into the command,”
Hartman comes to the 780th MI after serv-
ing as commander of U.S. Special Operations
Command’s Joint Communications Integra-
tion Element since 2010.
During his two decades of service, Hart-
man has served in a variety of roles including
New leader takes command of 780th MI
photos by nate pesce
Incoming Commander Col. William J. Hartman receives the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade’s colors from Maj. Gen. George J.
Franz III, commander of Intelligence and Security Command, during a change of command ceremony Friday. Hartman replaces
Col. Jennifer G. Buckner as commander of the computer-network operations brigade.
BELOW: Col. Jennifer G. Buckner says her goodbyes following the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade’s change of command
ceremony Friday near the facility on Chamberlin Avenue. Buckner, who commanded the unit for two years, has been assigned
as the first commandant of the Cyber School of Excellence at Fort Gordon.
battalion, brigade and company commander;
infantry platoon leader; and intelligence offi-
The colonel has served with the 505th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne
Division during Operation Desert Storm; the
Southern European Task Force; 165th MI
Battalion; 1st Ranger Battalion; and 524th
MI Battalion. Hartman was deployed several
times in support of Operation Enduring Free-
dom in Iraq and to Afghanistan.
the unit’s Soldiers and said he looked forward
to commanding the 780th.
“You’re the absolute tip of the spear of our
nation’s cyber-space operations capabilities,”
he said. “I’m honored and humbled to be here
today and have the opportunity to command
this extraordinary organization.”
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
A new three-digit suicide telephone
hotline will now make it easier for active-
duty service members and DoD civilians
on post to get assistance in crisis situa-
The phone number automatically con-
nects them to the Military Crisis Line/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hot-
The three-digit number, which has been
available since mid-April, is 118.
All landline telephones on Fort Made
have the capacity to directly dial 118 and
immediately connect to 1-800-273-TALK,
where a trained suicide prevention coun-
selor is available to provide assistance.
The counselors have military experience,
and all phone calls to them are confiden-
“I feel wonderful,” said Marissa Pena,
Fort Meade’s Suicide Prevention Program
manager, who helped to establish the three-
digit number on post. “I feel like it is going
to really make people feel more comfort-
able and at ease to ask for help when they
Although Fort Meade’s Army Substance
Abuse Program offers the Applied Suicide
Intervention Training Skills on a monthly
basis to all service members and DoD
civilians, Pena said none of the participants
in the training workshop was aware of a
Military Crisis Line/National Suicide Pre-
vention Lifeline Hotline.
This is despite the fact that suicides con-
tinue at Fort Meade.
“We had two suicides, back-to-back,
of two active-duty Soldiers in brigades in
December 2013,” Pena said.
Pena came up with the idea to establish
the three-digit phone number at Fort Meade
after she learned that the same number has
been operational for Army installations in
Europe since 2011.
“Think of how hard it is to remember a
nine- or 11-digit phone number,” Pena said.
“It is so confusing.”
In March, Pena contacted Scott Har-
ris, who was the Installation Management
Command-Europe Region-Suicide Preven-
tion Program manager in Heidelberg, Ger-
“My initial focus was to create a toll-free
number in Europe that Soldiers, Airmen,
Marines, Sailors and their family members
could dial from their off-post homes and
from their cell phones,” said Harris, who
is now the director of Army Community
Service at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg,
“The intent was to ensure assistance that
would be available 24/7, but at no cost to
the caller. The system was created so that
we could ‘plug-in’ to the stateside National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline and
Military Crisis Line network,” he said.
Harris said that over the years, a signifi-
cant number of service members in Europe
have made use of the number.
Once Pena learned the details of the
Noyes, Fort Meade’s Alcohol and Drug
Control officer, about the project.
“Marissa’s work has been exceptional,”
Noyes said. “People who are experiencing
psychological stress or contemplating sui-
cide find it hard to concentrate. So it’s hard
to remember a 1-800 phone number. And
if you dial from Fort Meade, you must dial
99 first, which makes it a 13-digit phone
number, which is difficult.”
Noyes said the 118 phone number is a
“significant advantage” for people.
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley was briefed for his approval.
Steve Goodman, a telecommunications
specialist with Fort Meade’s Network
Enterprise Center, worked to help establish
the 118 phone number for Fort Meade’s
Goodman said the project was easy to
complete, and now anyone can dial 118
from any working 301-677-, 833 or 255
exchange from a landline phone on post.
Pena said the 118 phone number is liter-
ally a lifesaver.
she said. “One suicide is too many.”
Suicide prevention number available on post
American Water is continuing its
2014 Annual Water Main Flushing
Program on Monday.
The purpose of the program is
to provide the best quality water
available to you, the customer, by
removing any buildup of sediment
that may have occurred in the water
Flushing may result in some
temporary discoloration and the
presence of sediment in your
water. These conditions are not
harmful and should be of very short
During the hours between 8 a.m.
and 4 p.m., limit your use of water
to help prevent discolored water
reaching your service lines to your
residence. Should you notice an
increase in discolored water at your
residence, flush all faucets inside
for 15 minutes.
If the water does not clear up, call
the Water Treatment Plant at 443-
591-0909. This number is monitored
24/7, should you have any
additional questions or concerns.
Areas that may be affected by
planned flushing from Monday
through July 25:
• Y Street
• Chamberlin Avenue
• Rose Street
• 9th Street
• 10th Street
• 13th Street
• 14th Street
• 15th Street
• 16th Street
• 18th Street
• Chisholm Avenue
Streets adjacent to Llewellyn
Avenue, Ernie Pyle Street and Reece
Road may see a temporary change
in their water during flushing
activities. Signs will be posted
ahead of any flushing activities to
By Brandon Bieltz
Beginning today, Fort Meade’s Automotive
Skills Center is reducing its hours by nearly
The facility, which is managed by the Direc-
torate of Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation, has cut its hours from 40 to 24 and
is operating only three days a week.
New hours are Thursday and Friday from 1
to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Since it’s a very used facility — it’s very
popular, it’s always crowded — they want
to keep it open,” said Steve Orcutt, facility
manager. “So the options on the table were to
either close the facility or open it with reduced
hours, reduced services and reduced opera-
tions. We’ll still have it open, but it won’t be
the same amount of time.”
The Automotive Skills Center, located at
6530 Taylor Ave., features 24 open bays,
hydraulic lifts, state-of-the-art tools, and
equipment for use on all domestic and for-
eign vehicles. Patrons can work on their own
cars using the tools, equipment and assistance
“It’s a good place for people to meet and
hang out,” Orcutt said. “They like it a lot.”
Despite the center’s popularity, the facility
has never generated a profit, nor was it ever
expected to. Surpluses in the budget and prof-
its from other DFMWR facilities have kept
the Automotive Skills Center afloat.
Now, however, due to the funding con-
straints and limitations for fiscal year 2015, the
extra money isn’t there to break even.
“Since budget cuts have been coming down
more and more from the Army, it’s becoming
harder for MWR to keep that process going,”
Orcutt said. “It wasn’t meant to produce any
income. The facilities were meant to be a
Instead of closing the facility, DFMWR
opted to reduce the hours and restructure the
staff to fit into the budget. The four mem-
bers of the staff will be offered other jobs
— nobody will be fired.
Classes, from welding to servicing transmis-
sions, which used to be taught at the center but
ended last year, will continue to be canceled
for the time being.
The “convenience resale items” will also be
removed from the center. All other services
Orcutt said DFMWR is seeking ways to
find extra funding or alternative solutions
around the budget to extend the Automotive
Skills Center hours.
“We’re not stopping the fight,” he said. “...
We’re trying to do everything we can [to avoid]
closing the place because once you close the
place, it’s almost impossible to open again.”
Auto Skills Center puts brake on hours
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By Navy Mass Communication
Spc. 2nd Class Zach Allan
Fort Meade Public Affairs Office
The Fort Meade Pavilion was filled
with the sounds of New Orleans-style
jazz as the Crabtowne Stompers, an
ensemble of the U.S. Naval Acade-
my Band, played a range of smooth
and energetic tunes to an enthusiastic
“I thought it was very entertaining,”
said 1st Lt. Seth Leigh, a student at the
Defense Information School, after the
program. “I’ll definitely come out to
another show in the series.”
The 90-minute concert, performed
July 10, was part of the Summer Con-
cert Series’ annual lineup of weekly per-
formances by the U.S. Army Field Band
to help boost morale on Fort Meade and
in its surrounding communities.
“The crowd here was great!” said
Navy Musician 1st Class Colin Renick,
the Crabtowne Stompers’ leading petty
officer. “We’d love to come out and play
Fort Meade again.”
This was the first time that the Crab-
towne Stompers played at Fort Meade,
performing a mostly instrumental blend
of classic New Orleans brass music with
a few original compositions.
The band is led by Navy Senior Chief
Musician Nicholas Pastelak, who pro-
vided vocals for a moving jazz rendition
of “America the Beautiful.”
“It was fantastic!” said Italian Air
Force Col. Urbano Floreani, another
student at DINFOS. “I won’t forget it.”
One of Renick’s original songs,
“Funeral Song: Death of a Clown,”
stood out for its somber yet playful
“I’ve seen some of the Navy bands
before and they are all quite good,” said
Wanda Coral of Severna Park. “I think
they should play alongside the Army
band’s Jazz Ambassadors. That would
be a great show.”
The 250-strong crowd could hardly
be contained with its enjoyment of the
Stompers’ tunes. Many clapped and
danced to the soulful rhythms and ener-
gy as children ran amok.
The band closed out the show with the
number, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans,”
which earned the Stompers the final of
many standing ovations.
Even as the crowd dispersed, the band
“played the crowd out to their cars,” said
Pastelak, with a light soothing melody.
The Crabtowne Stompers bring soul to Fort Meade
PHOTOS BY NOAH SCIALOM
The Crabtowne Stompers, an ensemble
with the U.S. Naval Academy Band,
performs July 10 at the Pavilion during
the Fort Meade Summer Concert Series.
Rooted in New Orleans jazz music, the
band fuses its music with modern funk
and jazz elements.
RIGHT: An audience of 250 people attends
the 90-minute concert presented by the
U.S. Naval Academy Band’s Crabtowne
Stompers. The band performed a mostly
instrumental blend of classic New
Orleans brass music with a few original
• Tonight: “Pershing’s Own” Down
• July 24: “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army
• July 31: The Volunteers
• Aug. 7: The Jazz Ambassadors of the
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By Joseph Van Meter
Division Chief of Operations
Fort Meade Fire and Emergency
A child safety-seat check will be
conducted by Fort Meade Fire and
Emergency Services on Wednesday from
2-5 p.m. at Meade Heights Elementary
School, 1925 Reece Road.
The event is open to the community
and will be held in cooperation with
Kids in Safety Seats, a statewide non-
profit program funded through a federal
The mission is to reduce injuries and
death among Maryland’s children by
helping people obtain and use car seats
and booster seats correctly each time an
infant or child rides in a motor vehicle.
The safety-seat check event is one of
the best ways for parents and caregiv-
ers to determine if they are using the
car seat correctly. On average, almost
75 percent of all child safety seats
inspected in Maryland are improperly
installed or misused.
Here are some things to expect when
attending a safety-seat check event:
• If possible, bring your child or
children. Safety technicians will want
to see how your child fits in the seat
• If you are unable to bring your child,
place a piece of tape on the vehicle seat,
level with the child’s shoulders, so that
the technician can accurately determine
your child’s shoulder level.
• Pre-install the safety seat to the best
of your ability. You must read through
your vehicle owner’s manual (car seat
section) and safety seat manual — prior
to the appointment.
If you are replacing one safety seat
for another, read through the owner’s
manual for the new safety seat prior to
• Bring all manuals with you that
• You will be asked to fill out a form,
providing your name and address; the
child’s name, weight, height and age; and
the year, make, model and mileage of
Unless required by law, your personal
information will be used for identification
purposes and data collection only.
• Plan on spending approximately 30
minutes per car seat, to fully assess and
learn how to use your child’s safety seat.
• Bring a spouse, friend or relative to
help keep an eye on your child while you
are working with the technician to install
the safety seat.
• Ask questions and be prepared to be
involved in the checking process.
Because it is your seat and your child,
you should feel confident about how to
reinstall the safety seat on your own or
with help from a spouse, friend or relative
after leaving this event.
For more information, call Chief Joseph
Van Meter at 301-677-4725.
Bring car seats for safety check
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http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 17, 2014
prepaid debit card, sent through wire trans-
fer or paid with credit card, is the sure sign
you are dealing with a scammer.
The IRS does not ask people to pay with
prepaid debit cards or wire transfers and
does not ask for credit card numbers over
the phone. When the IRS contacts people
about unpaid taxes, they do it by mail and
not by phone.
If you get a call like this and suspect
you are speaking with a tax scammer, hang
up the phone immediately and consider
contacting your phone provider and asking
them to block the number.
The IRS requests that you report the inci-
dent to the Treasury inspector general for tax
administration at 800-366-4484.
You also may file a formal complaint with
the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/
complaint (select “other” and then “impos-
ter scams,” and in the notes include “IRS
If you receive a suspicious email, forward
it to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not
open any attachments or click any links
within the email.
If you owe or think you may owe federal
taxes, contact the IRS directly at 800-829-
If you believe you have been the victim of
a phishing scam or any other type of fraud,
call the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office
to schedule an appointment to speak with an
attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
By Austin J. Short
Legal Assistance Intern
Tax season may have ended, but offi-
cials from the Internal Revenue Service and
Federal Trace Commission are once again
warning the public about scammers posing
as IRS officials.
In what tax officials are calling one of the
“largest scams of its kind,” scammers have
been calling people and reporting that they
still owe the IRS money and threatening to
deport them, revoke their driver’s license,
or even shut down their business if they do
As of March 20, the Treasury inspector
general for tax administration had received
more than 20,000 contacts related to this
scam and reports that thousands of victims
have paid more than $1 million to those
pretending to be from the IRS.
The scam involves a thief posing as the
IRS by hacking the caller ID information
to appear as if the IRS is calling. The caller
demands that the victim pay the money
immediately with a pre-loaded debit card or
wire transfer with threats of arrest, deporta-
tion, or suspension of a driver’s license or
business if the victim does not pay.
In some instances, the scammers will even
make follow-up calls, claiming to be the
police or from the Department of Motor
While there are different variations to the
scam, the demand for money loaded on a
Spotting IRS tax scams before it’s too late
nal before right turn, operating
an unregistered motor vehicle,
driving without a license, driv-
ing while under the influence of
alcohol, driving while impaired
by alcohol: While on routine
patrol, an officer observed a
vehicle fail to stop at a steady,
red circular light before making
a right-hand turn. The officer made contact with
the driver, who was unable to produce a valid
state registration or driver’s license.
The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic
beverage emitting from the driver. The driver was
asked to exit the vehicle and submit to Standard-
ized Field Sobriety Tests. He agreed to the test
and performed poorly. He refused to render a
July 11, Driving while impaired by alcohol, driv-
ing while under the influence of alcohol, reckless
driving, failure to control speed to avoid accident:
Police were dispatched in reference to a downed
motorist. While waiting for a tow truck, units
witnessed a vehicle strike the patrol vehicle, caus-
ing damage to the left-rear section, rendering the
The police noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage
coming from the driver. The driver was asked to
perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to
determine his ability to drive, which he agreed
to and performed poorly. He refused to render
a breath sample.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
For week of July 7-13:
• Moving violations: 14
• Nonmoving violations: 7
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 34
• Traffic accidents: 6
• Driving on suspended license: 0
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
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Muslims and non-Muslims gather at Argonne Hills Chapel Center for an Iftar meal. The
dinner is the traditional breaking of the daily fast during the month of Ramadan.
CENTER: Families prepare to break the Ramadan fast on Friday evening. The meal
provided an opportunity for non-Muslims to learn about Ramadan from those who
By Brandon Bieltz
For the fifth consecutive year, the local
Muslim community was joined by non-
Muslims to break bread and celebrate
Ramadan with an Iftar feast.
The nearly two-hour event, hosted by
Fort Meade and the National Security
Agency at Argonne Hills Chapel Center,
provided an opportunity for non-Muslims
to learn about Ramadan from those who
Nearly 200 people attended the dinner,
which featured Adm. Michael S. Rogers,
commander of U.S. Cyber Command and
director of the National Security Agency,
as the keynote speaker.
“Our Department of Defense diversity
is on full display tonight and every day on
Fort Meade,” said Garrison Commander
Col. Brian P. Foley. “We are home to over
49,000 U.S. service members and civil-
ians of every major faith. Tonight we are
proud to celebrate Iftar with one of those
major groups — our wonderful Muslim
“...Tonight’s Iftar does not just show-
case our diversity, it provides us an oppor-
tunity to celebrate and learn from it.
I know that I am looking forward to
learning more about the Muslim faith this
evening,” he said.
The Iftar dinner traditionally breaks
each of the daylong fasts during the
month of Ramadan, which began June 28
and ends July 28. Muslims abstain daily
from food, drink and other physical needs
between sunrise and sunset.
The fast is meant to allow individuals
to put more effort into following Islamic
“Iftar is the traditional Muslim break-
ing of the fast,” said Chad Jones, director
of the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office
and Fort Meade’s Muslim lay minister.
“Ramadan is a monthlong celebration. It
is the month the Quran was revealed and
a very holy month for us Muslims.”
Aqueel Iqbal of Makkah Learning
Center in Gambrills opened the ceremony
with a reading from the Quran, which
discussed the importance of Ramadan
Rogers said the reading reminded him
of hearing the “Call to Prayer” during his
service in Muslim countries.
“I don’t understand the language, but I
Fort Meade hosts
traditional Iftar dinner
can recognize beauty and I can recognize
the idea of faith and I can recognize the
idea of being part of something bigger
than oneself,” he said.
During his remarks, Rogers said he
looked forward to the opportunity to
learn more about the Islamic faith.
“I love events like this because they
recognize the diversity that is America,
and they revel in that diversity that we
can recognize the different faiths, different
experiences, and they make us stronger as
a nation and that we can learn from each
other,” he said.
At 8:33 p.m., the “Call to Prayer” was
made in the chapel center. At the first note
of the call, the Muslim attendees broke
their fast, having their first bite of food
and drink of water of the day.
Shortly after, the Maghrib prayer was
conducted in the chapel. Non-muslims
returned to the chapel to observe the
“It’s very important for non-Muslims
to enjoy and break bread with us; that’s
our pleasure,” said Mamadou Thioune of
Upper Marlboro. “It’s wonderful.”
Following the prayer, non-Muslims
joined Muslims in a meal of traditional
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some extent, is misrepresented at times,”
he said. “To break bread with them and
build these relationships strengthens us as
a community and a country.”
Highland resident Homayara Aziz said
it is important for non-Muslims to partici-
pate the Iftar meal to learn about Rama-
dan and that the principles of the holiday
are universal — not just Islamic. The fast-
ing, she said, helps people appreciate they
have food to eat at the end of the day.
“We believe in the those same principles
of charity, citizenship, helping the poor,
helping the needy,” Aziz said. “I think it
really bonds us together. That’s the whole
reason Iftar draws so many people — the
principles of Ramadan are the same for
Aziz, who has attended Fort Meade’s
Iftar for the fourth year, said more people
participate each year.
“Every year I feel like this grows and
grows,” she said. “It feels like there were
more non-Muslims than Muslims cel-
ebrating with us. They were part of the
“It’s really become like a family. Some
of these folks who are non-Muslim, we see
them every year and it’s just celebration
here. It’s wonderful.”
‘I love events like this
because they recognize the
diversity that is America.’
Adm. Michael S. Rogers
Commander, U.S. Cyber
Command National Security
Middle Eastern food and pizza. During
the dinner, non-Muslims were encour-
aged to ask questions about Islam and
Pete Smith, a candidate for the seat of
Anne Arundel County councilman Dis-
trict 1, attended the Iftar dinner to better
understand the beliefs and identity of the
“This is part of our community that, to
Laila Hamidi-Booher, 5, eats pizza during the Iftar meal at Argonne Hills Chapel
Center. The meal also featured traditional Middle Eastern food.
BELOW: Hussein Karachiwalla (center) prays at Argonne Hills Chapel Center during
Friday’s Iftar. The event, in its fifth year, was hosted by Fort Meade and the National
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With four neighborhood pools open to Corvias residents and a community part-
nership with the Columbia Association, Fort Meade residents and service members
have several options when it comes to cooling down this summer.
Corvias Military Living neighborhood pools
• Through Aug. 24: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Aug. 25 through Sept. 3: Weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and weekends and
holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pools are open to residents only. Residents may bring up to four guests per
Residents must provide pool passes to access the pool. To pick up a pool
pass, visit your neighborhood center.
The Columbia Association has opened five pools to the Fort Meade
community, offering a special military/DoD rate.
Cost to visit the below pools will be $4 per adult and $2 per child per visit. A
valid military/DoD I.D. card will be required.
• Talbott Spring: 410-730-5421
9660 Basket Ring, Columbia, MD 21045
• Faulkner Ridge: 410-730-5292
15018 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia, MD 21044
• Jeffers Hill: 410-730-1220
6030 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045
• McGills Common: 410-730-5995
10025 Shaker Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
• Running Brook: 410-730-5293
5730 Columbia Road, Columbia, MD
• North Arundel Aquatic Center: 410-222-0090
7888 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
$4 for active-duty adults / $4 for children. They also offer a 20-use family
swim pass for $68.
• Arundel Olympic Swim Center: 410-222-7933, 301-970-2216
2690 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
$4 for active-duty adults / $4 for children.
By Brandon Bieltz
For the past several months, Gaffney
Fitness Center gym-goers have been able
to receive guidance from trained fitness
Body Spirit, the contractor that leads
Gaffney’s aerobics programs, began pro-
viding personal trainers in January. The
paid service includes one-on-one or two-
“The personal training program is
off to a good start with a lot of room
for growth,” said Beth Downs, sports
specialist with the Directorate of Fam-
ily and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
“We had anticipated a bit of a slow start
since it was a brand-new program being
introduced for our patrons. But over
time, the program grew due to increased
marketing efforts along with word of
The company offers several packages
that range from $40 to $600, from a
micro-fit assessment to 12 one-on-one
training sessions with one of the two
personal trainers. The sessions include a
health screening, measurements and an
“It’s to help increase fitness and offer
something different here to mix it up to
help people if they’re kind of hitting a rut
in their routines,” Downs said. “They can
use the trainers to try to get some new
ideas to help them get back on track.
Two-on-one sessions also are avail-
While the sessions are conducted at
Gaffney, the FMWR is not directly pro-
viding the service. The gym staff serves
as the go-between for the clients and
Downs said those interested in the
service should contact Gaffney. The staff
will then pass the client’s information
onto the trainers.
“The trainers are the ones who estab-
lish the contact to come out for that
initial assessment,” Downs said. “We
don’t deal directly with the clients. We
just have the facility, offering the time
and the equipment.”
Downs said there had been a request
for trainers in the past and expects the
program to be successful and grow on
“I think it’s good to provide something
different for our patrons to change the
pace a little bit,” she said.
Gaffney Fitness Center
provides physical trainers
Personal trainer prices
• Micro-fit assessment: $40
• One 60-minute individual session:
• Two-on-one, 60-minute session:
• Six one-on-one, 60-minute sessions:
• Eight one-on-one, 60-minute
• Six two-on-one, 60-minute sessions:
• Twelve one-on-one, 60-minute
Find schedules, scores, standings
and upcoming seasons for
All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at
And more, plus
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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.
For more information, call
301-677-1149 or 1156.
Child, Youth and School
Services’ Youth Sports is looking
for coaches for fall sports.
For more information, call
301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179.
EFMP Walking Group
The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet July 24
from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the track at Mullins Field.
All are welcome — strollers, too. To register, call 301-677-4473.
Intramural flag football meeting
A coaches meeting for intramural flag football will be held Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.
at Murphy Field House.
A team representative must be present at the meeting to submit a roster.
Only active-duty service members are allowed to compete in the league.
For more information, call 301-677-3318 or email beth.d.downs.naf@mail.
Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger,
small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Texas Hold ‘em
Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesdays at 7
p.m. at the Lanes.
Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-
To Taraweh or not to Taraweh?
That was the question facing the Jone-
ses Tuesday evening.
For those of you unaware, we are
currently in the month of Ramadan,
which most people know as the month
when Muslims fast while the sun is up.
This year, it is about 17 hours a day. In
another 10 years, it will only be about
eight hours a day. And yes, fasting
includes no water.
It is also a time of reflection, gen-
erosity and prayer. Every night during
Ramadan, Taraweh prayer takes place
after our final daily prayer. It is read
aloud, takes about an hour, and if
you attend every day during Ramadan
(either 29 or 30 days depending on the
moon), you will have heard the entire
Now Taraweh is not mandatory like
Fajr (morning prayer), nor is it a “vol-
untold” activity, which anyone who has
ever put on the uniform is familiar
with. But missing Taraweh is certainly
frowned upon, both socially and spiritu-
ally. That’s because for those who believe
in such things, Taraweh is when you get
to spend some quality time with the Boss
That’s why missing it is such a big
Of course, in the Jones house, so is
missing the All-Star Game.
My love for baseball is no secret,
and after dominating T-ball this spring
and skipping a day of school to catch a
Tigers game at Camden, my oldest son
Yusuf (aka YDJ) finally has caught his
case of baseball fever.
His favorite thing to do is check scores
on my phone and watch highlights. He’s
starting to know all the teams, he’s ask-
ing good questions, and last night he
even asked for a Miguel Cabrera Jersey
for his Eid gift. Eid is the celebration
after Ramadan, and for kids, it is sort of
like Christmas without Santa or a tree.
Anyway, the boy loves him some
baseball. My “Pumpkin Girl” does too,
especially since Orioles All-Star Adam
Jones called her out of the stands and
handed her a baseball last month.
of putting our
heads to the
prayer mat at
the mosque, The
to keep their eyes
on the television to watch the game.
We watched the pregame ceremonies
and learned that the girl who sang in
“Frozen” has a great voice, but has no
business singing Dylan or the National
I went over the difference between the
two leagues, and with the Tigers and
Orioles on the same squad, there were
no arguments on who we wanted to win.
A debate usually leads to tears and a
takedown or two — the tears courtesy of
YDJ, the takedowns from Meena.
And even though Cabrera and Jones
both played, it didn’t take long for every-
one to root for “The Captain” Derek
Jeter during his final All-Star Game.
The fact that a dude my age, and who
played on the same Little League fields
as I did, is now the face of baseball is
From his first standing ovation and
snagging Andrew McCutchen’s ground-
er, to his leadoff double, Jeter owned the
As the game went on and the tributes
continued, I was able to share a piece of
baseball history, and hometown pride,
with the kids while we scarfed down hot
dogs and mac n’cheese. Even my baby
boy “YJ3” got into the game because
he and Jeter both wore No. 2 on their
When the game was over and the
American League helped ensure the
Tigers would have home field advantage
in the upcoming World Series, I still felt
a bit guilty about missing Taraweh.
Then I figured that I still had 14 more
nights to pray, and if Allah was going to
give a pass for anything, it would prob-
ably be for “The Captain.”
If you have comments on this or any-
thing to do with sports, contact me at
email@example.com or hit me up on
No shame watching
the All-Star Game
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
Spring, summer, fall or winter...
Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.
Fort Meade will conduct a Restoration
Advisory Board meeting today at 7 p.m.
at the Holiday Inn Express BWI at 7481
Ridge Road, Hanover.
RAB meetings are held to keep the
public informed and involved in Fort
Meade’s environmental cleanup and
restoration program, and to provide
opportunities for public involvement.
Major topics include a summary of
the Southeast Regional Site Investigation
and updates on the Nevada Avenue area.
The public and media are invited.
To foster communication and open
discussion, video recording devices are
prohibited from the meeting room.
Interested citizens who would like
to learn more about the restoration
program or become an RAB member, are
encouraged to attend the meeting.
For more information, call 301-677-
7999 or visit www.ftmeade.army.mil/
environment and click on RAB link.
902nd MI change of
Col. Yvette C. Hopkins of the
902nd Military Intelligence Group
will relinquish command to Col.
John J. Bonin during a change of
command ceremony Friday at 10 a.m. at
McGlachlin Parade Field.
During the ceremony, Command
Sgt. Maj. Mark Mathis will relinquish
responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj.
Gordon S. Walker.
Kimbrough change of
Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab will
relinquish command of the U.S. Army
Medical Department Activity and
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
to Col. Laura Renee Trinkle during a
change of command ceremony on Aug.
7 at 10 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade
In inclement weather, the event will be
moved to McGill Training Center.
Kimbrough change in
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
is modifying its hours of operation on
Aug. 5 and 7.
These changes are to facilitate events
associated with its upcoming change of
On Aug. 5, Kimbrough will be open
from 7:30 a.m. to noon and closed from
noon to 4 p.m.
On Aug. 7, Kimbrough will be closed
from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and open from
1 to 4 p.m.
New hours for Auto Skills
Due to funding constraints and
limitations for FY 2015, the Automotive
Skills Center at 6530A Taylor Ave. has
reduced its hours of operation.
New hours of operation: Thursday and
Friday, 1-9 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5
For more information, call 301-677-5542.
Summer Concert Series
The U.S. Army Field Band’s free
Summer Concert Series is performed
Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park.
Each week, members of the Army Field
Band and special guests perform a new
lineup of music spanning contemporary
pop to jazz classics.
Final concert is Aug. 23.
• Tonight: “Pershing’s Own” Down
• July 24: “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army
Comprised of exceptional jazz
musicians, the Army Blues strives to
fulfill its mission through public concerts,
educational outreach and the preservation
of the tradition of America’s unique art
• July 31: The Volunteers
Since its inception in 1981, The
Volunteers has been telling the Army story
through rock, pop, country and patriotic
• Aug. 7: The Jazz Ambassadors of the
U.S. Army Field Band
The 19-member ensemble is the official
touring big band of the U.S. Army.
No tickets required. Bring a folding
chair or blanket for seating.
In inclement weather, the performance
will take place at the Pavilion. The
decision will be made at 3 p.m. on the day
of each performance.
For updates, check armyfieldband.
com or the Fort Meade Facebook page at
All visitors should enter Fort Meade
via the main gate at Route 175 and
Reece Road. Visitors are subject to an
identification check and vehicle inspection.
For more information, call 301-677-
Naval Academy Band
The U.S. Naval Academy Band is
presenting concerts at the Annapolis City
Dock’s Susan B. Campbell Park, 1 Dock
Concerts are free and open to the
public with no tickets required.
• Electric Brigade: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• Alumni Concert: July 29 at 7 p.m.
For more information, go to www.usna.
edu/USNABand or call 410-293-1262.
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.
The Fort Meade community will
have access to fresh and local fruits and
vegetables, free-range meats, quality
heirloom vegetables, herbs and annuals,
flowers, jams, baked goods and breads.
For more information, go to
The Navy Fleet and Family Support Cen-
ter offers a variety of classes at its facility at
2212 Chisholm Ave.
The free classes are open to DoD identifica-
tion cardholders including active-duty service
members, retirees and their family members,
DoD civilian employees and contractors.
Registration is required for each class.
• Pre-deployment Brief: Today, 10-11:30
• Common Sense Parenting: Monday, 9-
Topic: Preventing Misbehavior
• Career exploration: Tuesday, 9 a.m.
Learn about your personality prefer-
ences, values and interests, and how to use
them to achieve success.
• Boots2Business/Small Business Asso-
ciation (SBA): Tuesday and Wednesday
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., McGill Training
• Medical Records Review: Have your
medical records reviewed by an AMVETS
representative. Appointment required at 301-
For more information or to register for
any of the classes, call 301-677-9017 or 301-
Child, Youth and School Services is
offering summer classes in math enrichment
for CYSS youths entering grades eight to 12.
Session One: Algebra I, Monday-July 25
Session Two: Algebra II, July 28-Aug. 1
Session Three: Pre-Calculus, Aug. 4-8
Session Four: AP Physics, Aug. 11-15
All classes meet from 2-4 p.m., with a
break from 2:50-3:05 p.m.
To register, call the Teen Center at 301-
677-6054 or 301-677-6093 or the Youth
Center at 301-677-1437 or 301-677-1603.
The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall
offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at
the Children’s Library in Kuhn Hall, 4415
The free event features stories, songs or
a finger-puppet theme.
• Today: “Into the Woods at Storytime”
- Books about woodland animals
• July 24: “Bookworms” - Stories, songs
and fingerplays about bugs
• July 31: “Beach Party” - Beach and
There is no Storytime in August.
For more information, call 301-677-
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will run Aug.
4-8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Argonne
Hills Chapel Center.
The free program is for ages 4
through fifth grade.
Registration tables are set up through
Monday at Argonne Hills Chapel Center
and the Main Post Chapel. Registration
is limited to the first 200 children.
This year’s theme is “Weird Animals
and Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-
Kind” and features one-of-a-kind Bible
adventures; untamed games; KidVid
cinema; Ozzy’s Preschool Park; crafts;
For more information, call Marcia
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Eastland at 301-677-0386 or 301-677-
6035 or Sheila Stewart at 301-677-6038.
• Anne Arundel County Public Library
is offering the following events:
“Fizz, Boom, Read Magic Show! today
at 1:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. at West County,
1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton. Joe
Romano returns to amaze, amuse and
delight with his magic. Be prepared to
watch the fizz and hear the boom!
“Reading with Ladybug” today at 3:30
p.m. at Crofton Community Library, 1681
Riedel Road. Improve your reading skills
while enjoying the attention of Ladybug,
a Yorkie dog tutor. To book a 15-minute
slot, call the library at 410-222-7915.
Family Movie Night: “Planes,” today
at 7 p.m. at Linthicum Community
Library, 400 Shipley Road. Wear your
jammies, bring your blanket. (Rated PG,
91 minutes) For more information, call
“Ask a Master Gardener” on Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crofton
Community Library. Ask gardening
questions and bring your bug, weed or
plant in a sealed plastic bag for analysis.
• Tent Troupe will present “Folk Tales,
Fables and Fun” today at 1:30 p.m. at
Montpelier Mansion grounds, 9650
Muirkirk Road in Laurel, rain or shine.
Seating is under the big top tent.
The free children’s matinee will feature
“The Bremertown Musicians” and an
adaptation of “Anansi the Moss-Covered
Rock,” “Caps for Sale” and two tales
written and adapted for Tent Troupe.
The interactive format begins with a
pre-show of singing and dancing.
For more information, call 301-377-
7817 or 301-776-2805.
• Artscape, America’s largest free
arts festival, will be celebrated Friday
to Sunday in the Mount Royal Avenue
and Cathedral Street, Charles Street,
Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts
Entertainment District neighborhoods.
Hours are: Friday and Saturday from
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11
a.m. to 8 p.m.
The free event features 150-plus
fine artists, fashion designers and
craftspeople; visual art exhibits including
exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars,
and photography; concerts on outdoor
stages; a full schedule of performing arts
including dance, opera, theater, film,
experimental music and the Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra; family events such
as hands-on projects, demonstrations,
competitions, children’s entertainers and
street theater; and an international menu
of food and beverages.
For a complete schedule, go to artscape.
• The National Museum of Health
and Medicine, in conjunction with the
Naval Medical Research Center, will shed
light on the latest advances in the world
of undersea research and emergency
preparedness at its next Medical Museum
Science Café, “Undersea Medicine
Research: Improving Performance Under
Pressure” on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the
Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans
Place, Silver Spring.
The free event will feature a lecture by
Navy Capt. David Regis, a diving medical
officer who heads the Undersea Medicine
NMHM’s Science Cafés are a regular
series of informal talks that connect the
mission of the Department of Defense
museum with the public.
For more information, call the NMHM
at 301-319-3303 or visit medicalmuseum.
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its
next monthly bus trip to New York City
on July 26, with discounts to attractions.
Bus cost is $60. For more information, call
301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Prostate Cancer Support Group meets
at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday
of every month. The next meeting is today
from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the
America Building, River Conference Room
(next to the Prostate Center), third floor.
Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID
is required for base access. Men without a
military ID should call the Prostate Center
at 301-319-2900 at least two days prior to the
event for base access.
For more information, call retired Col.
Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.
• 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 Monday. For more
information, call 301-677-5590 or email
• Air Force Sergeants Association
Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday
of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the
multipurpose room of Building 9801 at the
National Security Agency. The next meeting
is July 23. For more information, call 443-
534-5170 or visit afsa254.org.
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month
at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is
July 27. For more information, call Betty
Jones at 410-730-0127.
• 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
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@
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School Age Services,
1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is July
28. Free child care is provided onsite.
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email email@example.com.
• 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 July 28. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• 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
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
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
• 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.
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
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
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through July 27
Friday July 27: “Edge of Tomorrow” (PG-13).
An officer finds himself caught in a time loop
in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as
he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and
his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him
closer and closer to defeating the enemy. With
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton.
Saturday: “Maleficent” (PG). A vengeful fairy
is driven to curse an infant princess, only to dis-
cover that the child may be the one person who
can restore peace to their troubled land. With
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley.
Sunday: “22 Jump Street” (R). After making their
way through high school (twice), big changes are
in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they
go deep undercover at a local college. With Chan-
ning Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube.
July 25: “Jersey Boys” (R). The story of four
young men from the wrong side of the tracks in
New Jersey who came together to form the iconic
1960s rock group The Four Seasons. With John
Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda.
July 26: “The Fault in Our Stars” (PG-13). Hazel
and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic
wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love
that sweeps them on a journey. Their relation-
ship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s
other constant companion is an oxygen tank,
Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met
and fell in love at a cancer support group. With
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff.