1. Big Losers
494 pounds for
Dump Your Plump
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Technical Job Fair - Club Meade
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.: EFMP Bowling - The Lanes
March 20, 11:30 a.m.: Women’s History Month Observance - McGill Training Ctr.
April 4, 6:30 a.m.: Sexual Assault Awareness Run - McGlachlin Parade Field
April 10, 11:30 a.m.: Holocaust Remembrance Observance - McGill Training Ctr.
vol. 66 no. 10 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community March 13, 2014
photo courtesy Anne Arundel County fire department
fire displaces familiesUnits from Fort Meade’s Fire and Emergency Services are the first to arrive at a three-alarm fire at Seven Oaks apartment complex in Odenton that damaged 10 apartments
and displaced nine Fort Meade military families. For the story, see Page 3.
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Counseling has been and still is a great tool for
Unfortunately, in many cases leaders have fallen
out of practice due to concentrating on other mis-
sion aspects over the past decade or more.
The counseling I am referring to is not for an
event or situation, or because someone just did
something right or something wrong. It is perfor-
mance counseling and developmental counseling.
Everyone in a leadership position — military or
civilian — knows they are responsible for periodic
performance counseling for those subordinates they
rate. Whether it be monthly performance counsel-
ing of a junior enlisted service member, quarterly
counseling for NCOs/CPOs and officers, or semi-
annual counseling for our civilian workforce, every
subordinate deserves performance counseling from
their supervisor to show them what is expected of
them, where they are doing well, and where they
need to improve.
Basics for counseling still apply. Preparing and
picking the right time and place for the counseling,
and ensuring you allow enough time to have a good
interactive counseling session are key.
Take advantage of periodic, performance coun-
seling sessions to reinforce to the individuals the
importance of their work and how it helps support
the organization’s larger mission and ultimately, the
defense of our nation.
Provide clear feedback on the individuals’ per-
formance to date, and where you rate them on
whatever scale is being used.
Ensure you cover what the individual needs
to focus on in the coming period before the next
counseling session, and be clear in your expectations
Evaluations should provide clear statements of
what the individual’s potential is, and should be
backed up by qualitative and quantitative state-
ments of current performance. Work those same
types of statements into the counseling so individu-
als have a clear understanding of exactly where they
are on the road to exceeding the standards.
Remember, while performance counseling is
directed by the rater, you still need to actively listen
and may have to adjust your focus and goals for the
upcoming period based on what you hear.
The more the individuals are engaged in develop-
ing their plans and goals, the more likely they are to
take ownership and achieve them.
Developmental counseling isn’t as structured or
periodic as performance counseling, but I would
ask leaders to find the time to sit down with their
the people they
— and listen to
what their goals
are and help
them develop a
plan to obtain
can be more of a
toring session; it does not necessarily have to be
between supervisor and subordinate. Keep in mind
that as a leader, your subordinate’s goals may not
be yours. But in these sessions, you are there to help
them develop a plan.
Some of the hardest developmental sessions for
me were to help stellar Soldiers plan to achieve goals
that were not to become senior noncommissioned
officers — the goal I had for them.
Many of the senior NCOs/CPOs reading this col-
umn may be thinking, “Why is he writing about this
subject as if we don’t know what performance and
developmental counselings are, and how important
they are to maintaining our profession of arms?”
I’m taking the time to write this column because
these counselings are simply not being done for
everyone. There are civilians, officers, NCOs/CPOs,
and junior enlisted service members who are not
receiving the counseling they need to achieve their
goals, improve their performance, meet mission
requirements, and develop into the future leaders
of our organizations.
If you are one of those subordinates not being
counseled, you need to demand that of your lead-
Many of the tools such as counseling, which
leaders early in my career used to develop me, have
atrophied in our force over the last decade-plus of
war. This is a skill we must reapply ourselves to
These types of counseling sessions help subor-
dinates build their resiliency by understanding the
commitment the organization has to them, and
builds the trust that their supervisor cares about
them — not just about the mission.
I want to remind all leaders it is your responsibil-
ity to develop your subordinates to not only replace
you, but to exceed your standards and take the
organizations we have dedicated our lives to into
the future of our nation’s defense.
Who have you
Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
At 10:10 a.m. Friday, Fort Meade’s
Fire and Emergency Services units were
dispatched to a three-alarm fire in the
Seven Oaks apartment complex outside
Fort Meade firefighters responded
to the initial alarm and were the first
to arrive at 2100 Peaceful Way off Blue
Water Boulevard in Odenton.
Nine Fort Meade families from the
Army, Navy and Air Force were affected
by the fire, which damaged 10 apart-
No one was injured.
Fire departments from Anne Arun-
del, Howard and Baltimore counties,
Annapolis and Baltimore were called to
the apartment complex and worked more
than three hours to put out the flames,
which were coming from an attic.
“It took a long time to place the fire
under control because some of the floors
collapsed, making it hard to get water
to the fire in the collapsed areas,” said
Fort Meade Deputy Fire Chief Bruce
Smith Jr. “Anne Arundel County fire
department kept a fire watch there for
the night just to make sure there were
The exact cause of the fire remains
under investigation and no estimate of
the damage has yet been determined,
according to a statement by Anne Arun-
del County Fire Department Division
Chief Keith Swindle.
The three-story building was not
equipped with fire sprinklers due to the
age of the building, Swindle said in the
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas
J. Latter arrived at the scene to help the
Representatives from Fort Meade’s
Residential Communities Initiative also
visited the site to provide the families
with information about discounts at
Corvias Military Living offered fami-
lies the option to relocate to military
housing on post. One family has been
relocated to Midway Commons.
All of the families have been referred
to their respective family support centers
The Directorate of Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation can accept mon-
etary donations for the families affected
Fire damages 10 apartments at Seven Oaks
by the fire through gifts to the Army
Donations will be divided among the
families to purchase goods and services.
The website is: http://giftstoarmy.
To specify the families, donors must
write Fort Meade 7 Oaks in the “In
Honor of” box on the website.
PHOTO BY M. Bogusky
Nine Fort Meade families from the Army,
Navy and Air Force were affected by
the three-alarm fire, which damaged 10
apartments. The three-story building was
not equipped with sprinklers.
RIGHT: Fire departments from Anne
Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties,
Annapolis and Baltimore worked more
than three hours to extinguish the flames,
which were coming from an attic.
Photo by Jen Underwood Wilbanks
4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! March 13, 2014
By Corvias Military Living
Privatized housing is opening for a
new population of Fort Meade’s service
Reece Crossings, built by Corvias Mili-
tary Living, is now pre-leasing apartments
in the first community designed for unac-
companied junior enlisted personnel.
“We are excited to be the first privatized
partner to build homes for our junior
enlisted, unaccompanied service members
on an Army post,” said Scott Kotwas,
program manager for Corvias. “We want
to offer the same increased quality of life
and amenities we provide in family housing
as an option for all the personnel assigned
to Fort Meade.”
Service members who want a preview of
Reece Crossings are invited to stop by the
leasing office and model home located at
4751 Cooper Ave. Tours of the fully-fur-
nished, two-bedroom apartment model are
available by appointment or walk in.
The modern community will feature 432
one- and two-bedroom apartment homes
for unaccompanied, junior enlisted service
members, ranked E-1 through E-5.
Reece Crossings is a garden-style apart-
ment community located at the intersection
of Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue and
within walking distance of the commissary,
Exchange and installation services.
The first buildings will be delivered in
June and offer numerous modern and
convenient apartment amenities including
lockable master bedroom suites with pri-
vate bathrooms, personal climate controls,
private storage, walk-in closets, a full-size
kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area,
a spacious living room, modern appliances,
and full-size washer and dryer.
“The community is the best of both off-
and on-post living,”Kotwas said. “In addi-
tion to the quality amenities of modern
apartment complexes, Reece Crossings is
designed for unaccompanied service mem-
bers with the policies and floor plans that
meet their needs and exceed expectations.
“For example, if one person moves out,
the remaining roommate does not have to
pay any difference in rent. And we do the
work of finding a new, compatible room-
Both the one- and two-bedroom floor
plans come furnished with queen-size beds,
desks, a sofa, media cabinet, coffee table
and bar stools — all at no additional
Reece Crossings, like other Corvias Mili-
tary Living communities, does not charge
any move-in fees or require credit checks
“One of the biggest differences between
what is off post and what we offer is the
master suites,” Kotwas said. “Many apart-
ments off post are designed for families
and only have one master. The two-bed-
room floor plan is actually two master
suites, so each person has the same per-
Rental rates will be standard based on
floor plan features and include all utilities,
cable, Internet, renter’s insurance, appli-
ances and 24-hour maintenance.
Rates may allow some service members
to pocket a portion of their Basic Allow-
ance for Housing. For example, an E-4
with a roommate would retain $300 of his
current BAH based on the Fort Meade
Corvias also offers apartments that meet
the handicap accessible requirements of
the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Residents at Reece Crossings will enjoy
access to the Wi-Fi accessible clubhouse
and numerous high-tech offerings such as
a video gaming room, lounge with wide-
screen television, cyber café with charg-
ing stations, state-of-the-art weight-lifting
equipment, cardio room, outdoor grill with
fire pit and resort-style swimming pool.
“Some off-post communities charge for
amenities, either up front or monthly,”
Kotwas said. “At Reece Crossings, all the
amenities and services are included.”
“Reece Crossings is a no cost initiative
to the Army,” said Fort Meade Garrison
Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter.
“The project will give junior enlisted single
service members, not living in barracks, a
place to live on post.”
Corvias Military Living currently man-
ages on-post family housing at Fort Meade
and Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Other posts where Corvias Military Liv-
ing has privatized on-post housing include
Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort
Rucker, Ala.; Fort Riley, Kan.; and Fort
In addition to the Army, Corvias man-
ages base housing for the Air Force at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Eglin
AFB, Fla.; Eielson AFB, Alaska; Hurlburt
Field, Fla.; McConnell AFB, Kan.; and
Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
Service members interested in leasing an
apartment should visit the Reece Crossings
Leasing Office and model home Monday
through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30
For more information, visit ReeceCross-
ings.com or call 410-672-4076.
photos courtesy corvias military living
All service members living at Reece Crossings will enjoy private master suites which
include individual bathrooms, walk-in closets, personal climate controls and private
climate-controlled secure storage for military gear.
The garden style apartments will feature a full-size kitchen with breakfast bar and
dining area, a spacious living room, modern appliances and full-size washer and dryer.
Reese Crossing, like other Corvias Military Living communities, does not charge any
move-in fees or require credit checks and deposits.
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photo by lisa r. rhodes
MUSIC MANEric Zaho, a sophomore at Meade High School and a baritone saxophon-
ist, was recently named an All-State Musician — one of the best student
musicians in the state — by the Maryland Music Educators Association.
The 15-year-old performed with the All-State Senior Band at Morgan
State University on Feb. 23.
For week of Feb. 24-March 2:
• Moving violations: 32
• Nonmoving violations: 9
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 22
• Traffic accidents: 13
• Driving on suspended license: 2
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 1
For week of March 3-9:
• Moving violations: 32
• Nonmoving violations: 4
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 23
• Traffic accidents: 8
• Driving on suspended license: 2
• Driving on suspended registration: 1
• Driving without a license: 3
Feb. 25, Larceny of private
property: The victim stated that
while at Gaffney Fitness Center,
unknown persons removed her
items from a locker, which was
unsecured and unattended.
Feb. 25, Simple assault: An inves-
tigation revealed that two juve-
niles had an altercation, which turned physical when
the subject attempted to kick the victim but missed.
The victim retaliated by punching the subject in
the left eye.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
By Lisa R. Rhodes
A lunch at a popular fast food eatery
that offers healthy options may not be so
That’s the message Nancy Reed, the
registered dietician-nutritionist at Kim-
brough Ambulatory Care Center and a
certified diabetes management educator,
shared during Kimbrough’s first Brown
Bag Lunch and Learn on Tuesday after-
Col. Michael Zapor, deputy command-
er of clinical services, and Capt. Alyson
Rhodes, a physician’s assistant, came up
with the idea for the series late last year.
“What we wanted to do was find a
way to share health information with our
patients outside of the clinical setting,”
said Rhodes, who organizes the series. “We
hope that we come up with topics that will
Tuesday’s presentation was part of the
monthlong observance of National Nutri-
Reed gave a 60-minute presentation on
healthy fast foods and dispelled many of
the assumptions that most people have
about what should comprise a nutritious
For example, a tuna salad sandwich
on whole wheat contains 28 grams of fat,
compared to 5 grams of fat for a roast beef
sandwich on whole wheat.
Reed said many people assume that
tuna fish mixed with mayonaise is healthier
than roast beef.
“But all fast foods are not what they
seem,” she said.
Reed said that one of the biggest prob-
lems in eating right is finding the time to
prepare a nutritious meal.
“But there are fast and easy ways to do
a healthy lunch,” she said.
Reed suggested that people follow the
joint recommendations for proper nutri-
tion from the American College of Cardi-
ology and the American Heart Association
when planning meals.
Each meal should be comprised of at
least three different food groups — pro-
tein, vegetables, fruit, grains and dairy—
and should be 500 to 650 calories.
Each meal should have no more than 4
grams of saturated fat or 800 milligrams
“Variety is important,” Reed said. “You
can be very creative in how you put these
food groups together.”
For example, including vegetables for
breakfast is a good way to add variety to
A lunch of Greek yogurt, a mini granola
protein bar, strawberries and a bowl of
salad provides plenty of protein, dairy, and
a mixture of vegetables and fruit.
On the other hand, a double-stacked
hamburger, medium fries and a mocha
iced tea adds up to 1,100 calories, 47 grams
of fat (15 grams of saturated fat) and 1,340
milligrams of sodium.
Reed said salt is used as a preservative in
most fast foods so the food can remain on
a shelf or in the freezer for a long time.
When it comes to condiments such as
mayonnaise and butter, Reed suggested
that people use a teaspoon less.
“The goal is to be healthier,” she said.
“Eat from these food groups and eat in
Reed said that years ago, a 9-year-old
patient gave her the best definition of what
it means to eat in moderation.
“Eat a little bit of everything and not a
whole lot of one thing,” she recalled.
After the program, retired Master Sgt.
Art Marshall said the presentation was
“Don’t take your health for granted,”
the Laurel resident said. “Make sure you
give yourself an extra 10 minutes in the
morning to prepare yourself a healthy
Editor’s Note: Kimbrough Ambulatory
Care Center’s Brown Bag Lunch and
Learn series is held the second Tuesday
of the month at noon. The topic for April
8 is resiliency.
Lunch and Learn series
provides health tips
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By Jonathan E. Agee
U.S. Army Field Band Public Affairs
After more than a year of restricted
travel, the U.S. Army Field Band returns
to the road where they will share the
Army story with Americans in the North-
Soldiers of the U.S. Army Field Band
departed Fort Meade on Monday and
will return April 17.
The Soldiers will perform community
outreach concerts in 10 states through-
out the Northeast as part of the band’s
“Our Soldiers are thrilled to get back
on the road and do what we do best
— showcase Army excellence through our
music,” said Col. Timothy Holtan, com-
mander and conductor of the Army Field
Band. “We put together a musical pro-
gram that has something for everyone.
“If you are in the Northeast, or know
someone who is, come out to our con-
certs, enjoy wonderful music, and speak
to a few of America’s Soldiers who live
the Army values and showcase its pro-
The Field Band’s last tour took place
throughout the Midwest in the fall of
2012. Shortly after the Soldiers returned,
the band was restricted to a 100-mile
radius from Fort Meade as part of
“During restricted travel, we dem-
onstrated resiliency,” Holtan said. “We
toured locally, engaged students and
produced educational content. We even
implemented online education clinics
where we worked with students through-
out America in a virtual forum.
“But getting back on the road is where
we belong,” he said. “I can’t wait!”
All Army Field Band concerts are
free and open to the public. However,
due to venue size restrictions, tickets are
For more information about tickets
and performance locations, go to the
Field Band’s website at www.armyfield-
On the road again ...
Army Field Band tours
after restricted travel
PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND
Members of the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band perform in Torrington,
Conn., during fall tour 2011. After a year of restricted travel, the Field Band returns to
the Northeast this month as part of spring tour 2014, performing community outreach
concerts in 10 states.
By Joslyn Dambra
Intern, Legal Assistance Division
How many times have you seen a
commercial or advertisement for the
latest and greatest dietary supplement?
Whether the supplement claims to
be an all-natural traditional remedy or
a simple pill to take without changing
your habits, the marketing is convincing
and can sound life-changing.
These supplements may consist of
vitamins, minerals, enzymes and herbs
— just to name a few — and come
in the forms of capsules, liquid and
An important fact concerning
dietary supplements is that they are not
approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration before they’re sold.
While they may present similar out-
comes, they are not drugs and should
be taken with precaution.
Some of these supplements may pro-
duce negative outcomes if combined
with different drugs or medications.
Always read the nutrition label of
the ingredients, intake amount and
precautions of taking the supplement
to make the most informed decision
before adding a dietary supplement to
your daily routine.
Dietary supplements are extremely
attractive to people looking for cures
for diseases, or for weight loss or body-
Some key terminology to look for
that may be misleading includes claims
that one product provides a solution for
a variety of health issues, has cured and
treated diseases before, and because of
this success, has received recognition
from a well-respected health and/or
This claimed success is accompanied
by testimonials from people who will
vouch for the improvement in their own
lives from taking this simple pill. Yet,
the documentation is not verified.
Requiring advance payments due to
the limited availability of a product is
another sign of wanting to collect from
the consumers before the offer expires.
An additional promise claims
“money-back guarantee” if this prod-
uct does not live up to the high stan-
dards set forth.
Keep in mind that not all ingredients
are listed on the nutrition label and can
result in dangerous symptoms and/or
side effects. These supplements could
lead to a potential threat to one’s health
and bank account.
While dietary supplements are
allowed to claim maintenance with
a body’s regular function or current
state, the companies must include a
disclaimer that this product is not
approved or endorsed by the FDA and
FDA-approved companies must have
significant-based scientific evidence and
research to provide a link between the
product offered and a disease/health
condition, and can only claim the prod-
uct reduces specific health problems
— not diagnose, treat, cure or prevent
Next time another commercial and/or
advertisement promotes dietary supple-
ments, be aware of products claiming
to be alternatives for FDA-approved
products, legal alternatives for steroids,
marketing materials in foreign languag-
es, and promises for rapid results.
For more information on how to spot
and report a potential problem, go to the
FDA website at fda.gov.
Take a closer look at your dietary supplements
Fort Meade at
7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil March 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
Public Notice on
Manor View dump site
The U.S. Army at Fort Meade invites the public to comment on a Proposed Plan
that evaluates proposed remedial action alternatives to control and mitigate exposure
pathways at the Manor View dump site.
The approximately 10-acre site is near the intersection of MacArthur Road and
2nd Corps Boulevard in the north-central portion of Fort Meade. The site is sur-
rounded by residential housing (Potomac Place) to the north along Phelps Avenue,
to the west along Hayden Drive, and to the south along 2nd Corps Boulevard.
Manor View Elementary School is to the east.
The site was discovered during construction activities at Potomac Place in 2003
and was found to contain waste from the 1940s.
Because some of the waste was found to generate methane, approximately 20
homes in Potomac Place were evacuated.
The Army initially installed a system to control the methane and began monitor-
ing methane levels. Following a comprehensive investigation, the Army excavated
approximately 30,000 tons of methane-generating waste, disposed of the waste off
post, and placed a soil cover over the site.
The Proposed Plan evaluates the following remedial action alternatives:
• Alternative 1: No further action
• Alternative 2: Maintenance of existing soil cover, land use controls, and long-
• Alternative 3: Installation of a low permeability cap, land use controls, and
Preferred response action
Alternative 2 is the Preferred Response Action for the site.
This alternative provides an optimum balance between the selection criteria and
is protective of human health and the environment.
The Preferred Response Action may be modified or a new alternative may be
developed based on public input.
The Final Response Action selected will be documented in a Record of Decision that
summarizes the decision-making process. The Army will summarize and respond to
comments received during the comment period as part of the Record of Decision.
Public comment period
Starting March 20, copies of the Proposed Plan will be available for review at www.
ftmeade.army.mil/environment (click the links for Cleanup Program, Program Site and
Manor View Dump Site).
Paper copies are available at:
• Fort Meade Environmental Division Office
4215 Roberts Ave. Room 320
Fort Meade, MD 20755
Hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-9648.
• Anne Arundel County Library
West County Area Branch
1325 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113
Hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 410-222-6277.
The public may submit written comments during the 30-day comment period,
March 20 to April 19.
Comments must be postmarked by April 19 and sent to Mary Doyle, U.S. Army
Garrison Public Affairs Office, 4409 Llewellyn Ave., Fort Meade, MD, 20755-7058.
Following the 30-day public comment period, written responses will be prepared
and included within the Administrative Record.
The U.S. Army invites the public to attend a meeting on March 27 at 7 p.m. at McGill
Training Center, Classroom 6, 8452 Zimborski Ave. to discuss the Proposed Plan and the
U.S. Army’s plan to remediate the site.
Community members also are invited to attend the Fort Meade Restoration Advisory
Board bimonthly meetings.
The next RAB meeting will be held March 20 at the Holiday Inn Express, 7481 Ridge
For more project information, visit Fort Meade’s Environmental Management System
website at www.ftmeade.army.mil/environment (click the links for Cleanup Program, Program
Sites and Manor View) or call the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office at 301-677-1361.
By Loma Lohn
Meade MEDDAC Patient Safety Manager
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is
celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week,
a national educational campaign aimed at
improving patient safety across the coun-
The theme this year is “Navigate Your
Health … Safely.”
As part of an ongoing effort, the staff will
focus on encouraging patient involvement in
their health care by encouraging questions.
We want you to be involved in your care
and by asking questions you will have all
the information you need to make informed
decisions and take steps in improving patient
By maintaining open lines of commu-
nication and understanding your health
issues, we, as a team, can prevent medical
errors and keep patients healthy. Remember,
you the patient is the center of the health
care team, and your active involvement as
a team through open communication is the
key to navigating your health safely.
The medical team at Kimbrough is com-
mitted to providing high-quality health
care. We want to partner with you and your
families to ensure you are comfortable and
confident about the care you are receiving.
To achieve this goal, we need you to be an
active participant in your health care. How
involved are you in your care?
Do you understand your current health
conditions? Do you understand the recom-
mendations for improving your health? Do
you know how to manage your medicines?
Do you ask questions if you are not sure
what the provider is telling you? Do you
keep all of your medical information in one
place, such as a medical journal?
If you answered yes to all the questions,
then you are active in your own health care.
If not, let’s work together to improve patient
safety to make sure your experience and
outcome are a positive one.
In order to be more involved in your
health care, here are some steps to take
when you visit your health care provider:
• Ask questions if you have concerns. It is
OK to bring someone with you to be your
advocate if necessary.
• Keep an updated and complete medica-
tion list, which includes over-the-counter
medicines, and bring the list to all your
• Tell the staff about your allergies and
verify that it is documented in your health
• Get your test results. Do not take the
“no news is good news” approach.
• Make sure you are asked to state your
name and date of birth before receiving care
• Check the medications you are given
and know what they are for and that they
• It is OK to ask the staff member to
wash their hands before they treat you.
These are just a few simple ways to be
involved in your health care and improve
National campaign aims to improve patient safety
8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! March 13, 2014
By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service
March is National Save Your Vision
Month, and the Defense Department
wants service members to take care
of their eyes by wearing eye protec-
tion when performing dangerous work,
reducing eye strain and routinely under-
going eye examinations.
Dr. Robert Mazzoli, an ophthalmolo-
gist at the Vision Center of Excellence at
Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint
Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., noted
the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of more
than a decade produced a historic high
in the percentage of eye injuries.
“When we were first going into Iraq,
eye injuries accounted for 25 percent of
all combat casualties,” he said. “That’s
because people weren’t wearing their eye
That was when warfare was differ-
ent and comprised mostly of artillery,
Mazzoli said. After the introduction of
improvised explosive devices, he said,
eye injuries dropped to about 10 to 15
percent, which still is higher than it’s
been in the U.S. history of war.
After witnessing fellow troops with
compromised or lost vision, service
members eventually began to under-
stand the importance of wearing their
protective eyewear, he noted.
The military is assertive about its
service members wearing protective eye
wear, Mazzoli said.
“If you can’t see, you can’t shoot
[and] that becomes ineffective to the
unit and the service member,” he said.
The military spent a lot of money on
improving its eyewear, Mazzoli said.
“We have continually modified,
improved and refined combat eye pro-
tection,” for such issues as visual clar-
ity, he said, adding that the combat eye
protection the military is fielding is bul-
letproof and can stop fragments.
In addition, since about 2005, com-
mercial eyeglass companies have con-
tracted with the military to make com-
bat eyewear a bit more fashionable too,
the doctor said.
“Prevention is always better than
treatment,” Mazzoli said. “The No. 1
point is to wear eye protection even
when you don’t think you need it,
because that’s when you’re going to wish
you had it. Eye injuries are completely
Even outside the combat arena, some
90 percent of eye injuries that happen at
home could be prevented by wearing eye
protection, he said.
Simple activities such as using a ham-
mer, stretching a bungee cord or using
weed eaters are common causes of eye
injuries when protective eyewear isn’t
used, Mazzoli said.
Recreational activities also can take a
toll on eye injuries. Basketball is a com-
mon source of eye injuries, he said.
“Even LeBron James [of the NBA’s
Miami Heat] wears a big plastic mask
because he got elbowed and broke his
nose,” he said.
When an eye injury occurs, it is
critical to not apply pressure to the
eye before seeing a doctor to avoid
further damage, Mazzoli emphasized.
Unlike tight tourniquets and compress-
es used to stop bleeding in other parts
of the body, eye injuries should not be
patched, he said.
Shielding the eye with glasses or sun-
glasses is acceptable as long as they do
not touch the eye, Mazzoli said.
Another approach to keeping eyes
healthy is to take breaks from electron-
ics, such as computer monitors, smart-
phones, tablets, GPS units and other
items with screens, because they strain
the eye from “near work,” he said.
Activities such as crocheting, wood-
working and reading books also qualify
as “near” work, he pointed out
Televisions usually don’t apply
because they are not close enough to
cause eyestrain, Mazzoli said.
For “near” activities, Mazzoli sug-
gests the “20/20/20 rule:” Every 20
minutes, look at something 20 feet away
for 20 seconds.
Routine eye examinations are impor-
tant to maintaining healthy eyes, he
said, adding that a family eye history of
a disease such as glaucoma or diabetes
dictates how often people should visit
their eye doctor.
Wearing sunglasses with ultraviolet
protection year-round also is important
for healthy vision, he said.
The eye “is the window to the body,
because [certain] diseases such as hyper-
tension and diabetes can be seen in the
back of the eye,” Mazzoli said.
“If we see diabetic changes going on
in the eye, there’s a good chance those
kinds of changes are happening in the
kidney, brain, heart, liver and every-
where else in the body,” he said.
Eye injuries avoidable with use of eye protection
Meade High School students
Jevian Gudger, 18; Averi Ayala,
17; Rio Tate, 17; and Tayler
Watkins, 17, are recipients of
the Tribute to Women of Color
Future Leaders Award from
the YMCA of Annapolis and
Anne Arundel County’s Racial
Justice Committee. Each stu-
dent was awarded a college
scholarship ranging from $500
to $2,500 at the organization’s
annual luncheon on March 1
at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen
photo by lisa r. rhodes
9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil March 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11
Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz
For the second straight week, the Fort
Meade Patriots squeaked out a win at
home as the team narrowly defeated Fort
Belvoir 80-79 on Sunday.
Despite holding a commanding lead
through a majority of the first half, the
Patriots nearly collapsed as Fort Belvoir
(2-9) recovered from a 14-point deficit to
take a 10-point lead.
Fort Meade was able to fight back in
the waning minutes of the game, how-
ever, to earn the team’s sixth win of the
“We squeezed that one out,” said head
coach Ronny Cunningham. “We don’t
Dararius Evans led the Patriots with
26 points, and Mike McKenzie scored an
additional 16 points.
The win split the team’s weekend as the
Patriots lost to Joint Base Andrews 87-74
on Saturday. The games dropped Fort
Meade to 6-4 for third place behind Joint
Base Fort Myer-Henderson (9-1) and
Joint Base Andrews (7-4) in the Washing-
ton Area Military Athletic Conference.
Fort Meade opened Sunday’s game
taking an early lead despite the Patriots’
interior defense struggling to slow down
The Patriots held a 31-27 lead with
eight minutes left in the half. But defen-
sive problems finally caught up with
the Patriots, as Belvoir outscored Fort
Meade 23-11 to close out the half.
Despite the surge by Belvoir, the Patri-
ots held a 42-40 lead at halftime.
Belvoir started the second half on a 15-
3 run, jumping out to a 10-point led over
the Patriots. While Belvoir maintained its
lead as the Patriots continued to struggle
on defense, foul trouble caught up with
A turnover at midcourt set up Taras
Newby to tie the game at 78 with 46
seconds left. In the final seconds, the
Patriots played with a man advantage as
Belvoir players fouled out and McKenzie
gave the Patriots the 80-79 lead.
After the game, Evans said if the
Patriots could improve its defense, games
wouldn’t be coming down to the final
“We have the offense chemistry
already,” he said. “If we can get our
defense together, it wouldn’t be close
Cunningham agreed, adding that
chemistry is among the team’s biggest
“They’ve got to realize defense is heart
and discipline,” he said. “Defense isn’t
hard. When people don’t communicate
and don’t play with heart on defense,
that’s what happens.”
The Patriots will close out the regular
season with four straight home games
at Murphy Field House. This week-
end, they will play the National Capital
Region Marines (6-4) on Saturday and
the National Security Agency-Bethesda
(2-10) on Sunday.
Fort Meade will have to win out to
hold the No. 2 in the post season.
“We’ve got the players on both ends
of the court,” Cunningham said. “This
is the time of the year when you have to
be mentally tough and come out and play
hard for 40 minutes.”
Patriots squeak out win over Fort Belvoir
By Brandon Bieltz
For the past two months, staff mem-
bers at the Fort Meade Community Cred-
it Union banded together in the battle
to lose weight in the annual Dump Your
“We brought in salads to eat together
at lunchtime and we did walk-arounds
whenever we really felt like eating sweets,”
said Jacqueline Smith, CEO of the credit
By the beginning of March, the group
of four women dropped a combined aver-
age of 9.2 percent body fat with Smith
leading the way, losing 12 percent.
The team, along with other winners
of the flexible weight-loss program, were
honored during an awards ceremony
March 5 at Gaffney Fitness Center.
Participants from the Fort Meade
Credit Union won the team competition,
while Smith was also the contest’s overall
“It feels amazing,” Smith said. “I
intend to keep going. I have more weight
Sharon Priester won the women’s com-
petition with a 7.2 percent loss. Edward
Lindsay topped the men’s category by
dropping 10.2 percent.
The 47 contestants combined to
lose nearly 500 pounds during the two
months, for an average of 10.5 pounds
“It went well,” said Katie Harrington,
the program’s organizer. “There was a lot
of healthy weight loss.”
Dump Your Plump, which began Jan.
6, allows contestants to design their own
workout plan and diet. Participants could
enter as individuals or as teams.
“It gives you a jump start,” Smith said.
“Everybody wants to lose weight at the
beginning of the year. This program gives
you a set date and you’ve got to get going.
I think it’s great.”
Competitors were required to weigh
in weekly to measure the percentage of
weight lost — not total pounds. Missing
weigh-ins resulted in penalties of adding
a pound or elimination.
This year the competition utilized the
services of the Army Wellness Center.
The center welcomed walk-ins from the
competition to use the BOD POD, which
measures body mass. The readings gave
participants a base line at the start and
a more detailed assessment at the end of
The Wellness Center also hosted classes
on nutrition, fitness and stress manage-
“It was great that we had Army Well-
ness,” Harrington said. “I think they gave
great services to us. A lot of people took
advantage of it.”
During last week’s awards ceremony,
the top finishers were honored for their
success at beating the battle of the bulge.
The winners received a bag, sweatbands,
cold/hot pack and water bottle, as well as
an eight-week pass to Gaffney’s aerobics
Second-place finishers received a bag,
sweatbands, water bottle and hot/cold
Lindsay said it feels “good” to be
named the top men’s finisher. The captain
from Fort Meade Fire and Emergency
Services has competed on Dump Your
Plump teams in the past, but chose to see
what he could do on his own this year
with personal goals.
“I actually ran on the treadmill, I actu-
ally took four minutes off of my mile
since I’ve been doing it,” Lindsay said.
“I’m still continuing it every day.”
Smith focused on her calorie count and
hitting the treadmill for her weight loss.
She plans on continuing her track in the
lead-up to her son’s wedding in June.
“I’ve got more energy,”Smith said. “I’ve
got more strength than I had before.”
Dump Your Plump competitors lose combined 494 pounds
Dararius Evans fights off a Fort Belvoir
Field House. The Patriots narrowly
defeated Belvoir 81-79 to improve to
Dump Your Plump
1. Jacqueline Smith: 12 percent
1. Edward Lindsay: 10.2 percent
2. Matthew Maki: 9.2 percent
1. Sharon Priester: 7.2 percent
2. Shermeen Baig: 7 percent
1. Fort Meade Community Credit Union
(Breonna Smith, Jacqueline Smith, Lola
Jenkins and April Forbes): 9.2 percent
2. Ripped Dragons (Michael Lennon,
Aaron Sannutti, Christopher Arvin and
Davida Patton): 8.3 percent
10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! March 13, 2014
Welcome to March Madness, Jabber
And to prove Mother Nature has a
sense of humor, after a horrid winter she
held out on decent weather until now
— the one time of year that sports fans
want nothing more than to be indoors, on
the couch, with a bag of chips (or peanut
Anyway, for the better part of 30 years,
I have made it my life’s mission to watch
as much March Madness as possible.
I’ve faked sick, skipped work, buried my
Uncle Art three times, and visited more
than a few sick grandmas just to ensure I
had the opening Thursday and Friday of
the NCAA tournament free.
As I got older, I realized faking a family
member’s death or illness could be insen-
sitive. Fortunately, I also became big time
enough to realize how awesome it is to
have cable TV in my office. Pair that with
legitimate leave time and I no longer have
to come up with reasons to skip work.
Of course, life — like Mother Nature
— has a twisted sense of humor. Just as
I squared away my weekday watching,
children and all things domestic made the
most maddening part of March trying to
catch a weekend game.
Soon enough, instead of using ole
Uncle Art to take advantage of my
employer’s good nature, I contemplated
telling my real boss, Mrs. Jones, that my
employer showed no nature, and hit me
up with a last-minute weekend assign-
But anyone who is married will tell you
the only thing worse than trying to pull a
fast one on your wife is when she catches
you. And she will catch you, which is why
Instead, I developed a work around to
ensure I get my madness, which, by the
way, started on Sunday with the tip-off
of Championship Week.
When life’s got you down and putting a
crimp in your basketball style, remember
the Three Ds. No, not drive, draw and
dish, which happens to be my favorite
I’m talking Discipline, Delivery and
I love my family, and I’d do anything
for them, but sometimes — especially dur-
ing March Mad-
ness — you gotta
put yourself first
and say no.
“No, son, I’m
not going to
wrestle with you
now.” Or, “No,
dear, I will not
clean those gut-
ters until after Michigan finishes beating
Iona by 40 points.”
It’s hard. It could get you yelled at,
and even lead to a mini-revolt where the
spouse will not want to provide you food.
That’s where Delivery comes in.
If you aren’t keeping your local piz-
zeria, curry hut or crab shack in business
during March, then you are ate up like a
soup sandwich. Besides, March shouldn’t
be a hardship on anyone.
It would be selfish and cruel of me to
make someone cook when all I have to do
is pick up the phone.
• Digital Cable:
Back in the day of rabbit ears when the
games were only on CBS, nothing irked
me more than when the network refused
to move from a game that was already
decided because of regional loyalty.
Plus, there was always one game (usual-
ly in the West region) that I’d have to miss
because the yokels wanted their news.
We don’t have to worry about that any-
more. Now you can watch every minute
of every game in crystal-clear high defi-
nition. It is a beautiful thing you should
take advantage of.
Heck, peeps, we can even watch games
on our computers and phones.
Though, if you are following the Three
Ds, you’ll make the riffraff watch their
whatnot on the portable devices, so you
can get your March on in front of your
42-, 46-, maybe even 50-inches of Love.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a
shout-out to former Cowboy linebacker
DeMarcus Ware. Dallas never won a ring
during Ware’s nine years in Big D, but it
certainly wasn’t his fault. bit.ly/PpZieM
If you have comments on this or any-
thing to do with sports, contact me at chad.
firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twit-
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - OpinionMeade Mustangs weekly roundup
The Meade basketball teams were bounced from the 4A East Region
sectional playoffs March 5 as the boys were upset by Glen Burnie 61-60 and the
girls were defeated 55-50 by Old Mill in the semifinals.
The losses wrapped up successful seasons for both teams as the boys finished
the year 17-7, while the girls held a 16-8 record.
As the No. 2 seed, the Mustangs hosted the No. 4 seeded Glen Burnie (14-
10). Down 31-23 at halftime, Meade battled back in the second half, but went
1-for-8 on free throws in the fourth quarter and fell short by 1 point.
Marcus Smith led the Mustangs with 13 points. Tristan Easton scored
“We didn’t really have a great shooting night,” said Pete Corriero, head
coach of the Meade boys team. “We fought back. We turned an 8-point lead.
It came down to the last second of the game. ... I’m proud of the guys for how
they fought to the end.”
Glen Burnie advanced to the sectional finals, but lost 74-45 to Severna Park
(23-3). Annapolis (17-8) won the 4A East Region and will play Whitman High
School (20-6) at the Comcast Center in College Park today at 7 p.m.
The girls, the No. 4 seed, led the top-seeded Old Mill (21-5) for a majority of
the game, but were unable to hold onto the lead. Bria Gates scored 15 points
and Alexis Jackson scored 12.
Old Mill lost to North Point (23-2) in the region finals, 57-51.
Junior Travis Chidebe capped his 38-0 season with a state championship
win this weekend at the University of Maryland. Chidebe defeated Northern’s
Jackson Drum in the 160-pound weight-class finals.
Meade finished the state tournament in 24th place with 25 points.
Three more Meade football players have committed to play in college. A total
of 12 players have signed.
Defensive end Segun Aboiye will join fellow Mustangs Daniel Gilbert and
Robert Hogan at Concord University Athens, W. Va.
Linebacker Chris Harris committed to Lycoming College in Williamsport,
Pa. Wide receiver David Richards signed with Shenandoah University in
For more coverage of Meade High School sports, go to ftmeadesoundoff.com/
Team Meade/Corvias 2014 NCAA Challenge
It’s March Madness and for the sixth straight year, Meade TV, the Fort Meade
Public Affairs Office and Corvias Military Living are teaming up for our annual
NCAA pick’em contest.
Look for details next week on the Fort Meade Facebook page and Soundoff!
Spring, summer, fall or winter...
Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call
11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil March 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13
Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
Anyone having claims against or
indebtedness to the estate of Senior Air-
man Christian Miltersen should contact
1st Lt. Dan Bond, Summary Court offi-
cer, at 240-373-6186.
Tax Center update
The Joint Installation Tax Center has
saved more than $330,700 in filing fees,
generated more than $2.7 million in tax
refunds, and has saved the average client
more than $300 in tax preparation fees.
The deadline to file the federal 2013
tax return is April 15.
Active-duty personnel, military
retirees and their dependents can
schedule an appointment to have their
taxes prepared at 301-677-9366.
Women’s History Month
Fort Meade and First Army Division
East invite the community to attend
the annual Women’s History Month
Observance on March 20 from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center,
8542 Zimborski Ave.
Admission is free and open to the
The keynote speaker is Dr. Christine
Altendorf, director of the Sexual
Harassment/Assault Response and
Prevention Office, Army G-1 in
For more information, call Sgt. 1st
Class Torey Palmore at the Equal Oppor-
tunity Office at 301-677-6687.
Technical Job Fair
A Technical Job Fair will be held
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
The free event is open to the public.
More than 60 employers will
participate. Bring resumes. Dress for
success. ASL interpreters will be on site.
Free parking and shuttle service will
be available from the Smallwood Hall
The next Karaoke Night is March 21
at 7 p.m. in the 11th Frame Lounge at
The free event is held the third Friday
of the month
For more information, call 301-677-
5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
Team Trivia for teams of two to 10
players is held every Thursday at 7 p.m.
in the 11th Frame Lounge at the Lanes.
For more information, call 301-677-
5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
Individuals interested in participating
in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
should call 301-677-1301.
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals to join in a morning prayer
The Fort Meade garrison will host
a two-day resiliency seminar for Army
and joint service military and DoD civil-
ian leaders (company level and higher)
from May 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski
Approximately 70 slots are available.
It’s important to take quality time to
share critical skills that strengthen our
warriors’ health and wellness, promote
trust among service members and leaders,
establish a culture of resiliency, reduce
negative incidents, and ultimately improve
and maintain force readiness.
• Day 1: Hunt the Good Stuff, Avoid
Thinking Traps, Energy Management,
and Active Constructive Responding,
Mental Skills Foundations, Sustainment
Training, and Goal-Setting.
• Day 2: Hunt the Good Stuff
Deliberate Breathing, Operational and
Institutional Resilience, Detect Icebergs,
Attention Control, Put It In Perspective,
Integrating Imagery, Discussion Setup/
This is a unique course that will con-
tinue on a regular basis based on the
participation of Team Meade partners.
RSVP to Linda Winkels at linda.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-
4719. or Chris Thiel at christopher.w.thiel.
email@example.com or call 301-677-4381.
For more information, visit http://csf2.
Women leaders summit
Building Resilience in Women Leaders
Summit will be held March 27 from 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Arlington, Va.
Objectives are to understand the
skills needed to be a resilient woman
leader, and to utilize a goal-setting
model to lay out necessary resilience
skill development, leadership skills,
and opportunities to advance both in
the workplace and personal life while
The summit is for women in the
military: active-duty, National Guard or
Reserve commissioned officer, warrant
officer or enlisted service member.
For more information, go to http://
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.
• Gambling Awareness: March 24, 1-3
• Interviewing Skills: March 25, 9
a.m. to noon
This workshop teaches basic
interviewing skills and tips on dressing
for success. Learn the dos and the don’ts
at job interviews, and strategies on how
to successfully work a job fair.
• Credit Management: March 31, 1-3
• Financial Counseling: available
To register or for more information,
call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
ACS financial classes
Army Community Service is offering
Financial Readiness workshops at 830
The free classes are open to DoD ID
cardholders including active-duty service
members, retirees and their family
members, DoD civilian employees and
Registration is required for each class.
• Investing 101: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.
• Term Financial (online class):
March 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register or for more information,
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12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! March 13, 2014
Community News Notes
Lunch and Learn Series
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care
Center hosts a monthly brown bag
Lunch and Learn Series on the second
Tuesday of the month on the first floor
of the Rascon Building, adjacent to
The next lunch is April 8 at noon. The
topic is “Healthy Fast Foods.”
The sessions, which are open to the
public, are an opportunity to review
a presentation and discuss new health
For more information, call Capt.
Alyson Rhodes at 301-677-8949.
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club has posted its 2014 scholarship
applications on its website at www.
College-bound, high school seniors and
dependent children currently enrolled in
college can apply for the merit scholarship.
High school seniors with an
outstanding academic record also will be
considered for the Etta Baker Memorial
A Military Spouse Scholarship is also
Applications must be postmarked by
Read the eligibility requirements
carefully before applying.
For more information, email the
OSC scholarship chair at scholarships@
The Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses Club
has posted its 2014 scholarship applications
on its website at FtMeadeesc.org.
High school seniors and students
currently enrolled in college who are
dependents of a military member of any
rank or branch who is on active duty,
deceased, a Reservist or in the National
Guard can apply for the scholarships.
High school seniors with an outstanding
academic record and volunteer community
service will be considered for the Evelyn J.
Silva Scholarship of Excellence.
Sponsors for all scholarships must reside
in the Fort Meade area.
Applications and all required
documentation must be received by March
28 at the ESC, PO Box 105, Fort Meade,
MD 20755, attn: Scholarship Director
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 Llewellyn Ave.
The free event features stories, songs
or a finger-puppet theme.
• Today: “It’s Easy Being Green”
- celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the
• March 20: “Spring into a Good
Book” - Storytime about spring
• March 27: “Reading Makes Us
Happy” - Stories, songs and fingerplay
For more information, call 301-677-
Movie and dinner
The Teen Center is offering Movie
and Dinner Night for grades nine to 12
on Friday from 6-8 p.m.
Teens pay for their order.
For more information, call 301-677-
The Youth Center is sponsoring
several events for grades six to eight:
• Appetizer Night: March 21, from
6-8 p.m. Youths will create a variety of
• Grilling Chilling: March 28, from
6-8 p.m., features hamburgers, hot dogs
Participants must register at the
For more information, call 301-677-
Romp ‘n Stomp
Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for children
age 5 and younger and their parents
meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
from September to June at the Youth
Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St., and
from June to August at the Boundless
playground on Llewellyn Avenue.
For more information, call 301-677-
5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@
• Caroline Center presents the
Baltimore premiere of “Sing-a-long-a
Grease,” an audience participation film
experience, on March 29 at 7 p.m. at the
Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.,
Enjoy the original film with on-screen
lyrics that invite the audience to sing and
dance along; a movie-themed costume
contest; and prizes.
The event benefits Caroline Center,
a nonprofit workforce development
organization sponsored by the School
Sisters of Notre Dame.
For more information, go to baltimore.
call 800-343-3103 for tickets.
• National ShamrockFest’14 will be held
March 22 from 3-11 p.m. at RFK Stadium,
2400 E. Capitol St., SE Washington. The
annual event features seven concert stages,
photo by phil grout
ON CUEAnthony Hawthorn stretches out to get the shot during a pool tourna-
ment at the Fort Meade Teen Center. The Meade High School freshman
went on to win the round at the center, which offers a variety of after-
school programs and activities for grades nine to 12.
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13 party areas, extended hours, and new
festival grounds filled with amusements,
rides and games.
Ticket cost is $29. For more information,
go to shamrockfest.com or call 877-521-
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its
next monthly bus trip to New York City on
March 22, with discounts to attractions. Bus
cost is $60. For more information, call 301-
677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Fort Meade E9 Association meets the
second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in
the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next
meeting is Friday. The association is open
to active, retired, Reserve and National
Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All
E9s in this area are invited to attend a
breakfast and meet the membership. For
more information, go to e9association.
• 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
• Retired Enlisted Association meets the
third Tuesday of the month from 7:30
to 8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210
Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meet-
ing is Tuesday. For more information, visit
trea.org or call Elliott Phillips, the local
president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur R.
Cooper, past national president, at 443-
• Military District of Washington
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the
third Wednesday of each month from
noon to 1 p.m. at the Joint Base Myer-
Henderson Hall Dining Facility in
Virginia. The next meeting is Wednesday.
All members and those interested in
joining the club are welcome. For more
information, contact Master Sgt. Erica
Lehmkuhl at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Prostate Cancer Support Group meets
at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda on the third Thurs-
day of every month. The next meeting is
March 20 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 with-
out a military ID should call the Prostate
Center 48 hours prior to the event at 301-
319-2900 for base access.
For more information, call retired Col.
Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1
p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is March
23. For more information, call Betty Jones at
• 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 March 24.
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 Ser-
vices, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting
is March 24. Free child care is provided
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email email@example.com.
• Bully Proofing Support Group meets
the second and fourth Monday of the
month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place
Neighborhood Center. The next meet-
ing is March 24. The group is geared for
school-age children and parents. For more
information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.
• Marriage Enrichment Group, spon-
sored by Army Community Service, meets
the second and fourth Monday of every
month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Commu-
nity Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.
The next meeting is March 24. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• 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 Secu-
rity Agency. The next meeting is March 26.
For more information, call 443-534-5170 or
• 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 fam-
Location is only disclosed to
participants. To register, call Tina Gauth,
victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 or
Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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
email@example.com or Committee
Chairperson Marco Cilibert at pack377_
• Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays
at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel
Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop
is actively recruiting boys age 11 to
18. For more information, email Lisa
Yetman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at
• 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 email@example.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
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by
the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at
The next prayer breakfast is April 3.
There is no cost for the buffet; donations
are optional. All Fort Meade employees,
family members, and civilian and military
personnel are invited.
For more information, call Diana Durn-
er at 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.
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 March 29
Friday: “The Monuments Men” (PG-13). An
unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue
art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return
them to their owners. With Matt Damon, George
Clooney, Bill Murray.
Saturday Sunday: “The Lego Movie” (PG). An
ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought
to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from
gluing the universe together. With Chris Pratt,
Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell. (3D Sunday)
March 21: “Winter’s Tale” (PG-13). A burglar
falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When
he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he
sets out to save her. With Colin Farrell, Jessica
Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe.
March 22: “That Awkward Moment” (R). Three
best friends find themselves where we’ve all been
- at that confusing moment in every dating rela-
tionship when you have to decide, “So ... where is
this going?” With Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan,
March 23: “Endless Love” (PG-13). The story
of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose
instant desire sparks a love affair made only
more reckless by parents trying to keep them
apart. With Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce
March 28 29: “Robocop” (PG-13). In 2028
Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband,
father and good cop - is critically injured in the
line of duty, the multinational conglomerate
OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-
robot police officer. With Joel Kinnaman, Gary
Oldman, Michael Keaton.