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  1. 1. Speak Up! Sexual assault survivor shares story of healing page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Sunday, 7-8 a.m.: Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service - Chapel Center Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Earth Day 2014 Event - The Pavilion April 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Save a Life Tour - McGill Training Center April 26, 8 a.m.: Earth Day 5K Run/1-Mile Walk - Burba Lake Recreation Area April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Family Fun Fair - McGill Training Center stand tall Manor View ES celebrates Month of Military Child page 11 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 15 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community April 17, 2014 photo by nate pesce Fort Meade youngsters scramble to collect eggs outside the Youth Center on Saturday morning as part of the Child, Youth and School Services’ annual Easter Egg Hunt. More than 300 children participated in the event, which featured a large egg hunt and raffles for prizes. For more photos, see Page 12. a-hunting we will go
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch................10 Movies..................................19 Community..................16 Classified..............................21 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. 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You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Unless you have been distracted while driving on the installation or our local roads, you should have noticed electronic message boards warning that if you’re caught by law enforcement officers talking on a handheld cell phone or texting while driving, you will be paying a hefty fine for the use of that technology. Last year, the state of Maryland enacted a new law tightening the state’s curb on cell phone use behind the wheel. What used to be a secondary offense (meaning an officer couldn’t stop the vehicle without witnessing some other violation) is now a primary violation that includes a $75 fine. In 2010, lawmakers passed legislation banning handheld cell phone use while driving. Today, most proponents agree that drivers have been given adequate notice about concerns related to crashes caused by distracted drivers and believe it’s time to enforce the intent of the law — making distracted drivers accountable for their actions. In an effort to create even more awareness about the consequences of distracted driving, April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As part of the monthlong awareness campaign, the National Safety Council is urging motorists to take a pledge to drive cell-free. This year’s theme — “hands-free is not risk-free” — seeks to raise awareness about cognitive distrac- tion and why switching to a hands-free device is not a risk-reduction. About every 30 seconds in the United States, a driver using a cell phone is involved in a crash. In an effort to curb these preventable accidents, the National Safety Council is asking motorists to put down the phone and focus on the task at hand — driving. The NSC estimates that nearly 25 percent of vehicle crashes involve drivers either talking - both handheld and hands-free - or texting on a cell phone. Thousands die each year as a result of these accidents. Additionally, more than 30 studies show that hands-free devices do not offer drivers any safety benefit because they do not eliminate cognitive distraction. The Department of Defense and Army leaders also have taken steps to reduce distracted driv- ing accidents. DoD Instruction 6055.04 prohibits personnel from text messaging or engaging in any other form of electronic data communication while driving government-owned vehicles on or off military installations, and while driving any vehicle, regardless of duty status, with government-supplied electronic equipment. It also discourages the use of hand-free devices, which inhibit safe driving. And while tex- ting or talking on a cell phone is often viewed as the most danger- ous distractions for drivers, other non-drivingtasks such as eating, changing radio stations, adjust- ing the climate controls, groom- ing and rubber- necking can be just as hazardous. Remember, anything that takes your eyes and attention from the task of driving your vehicle safely should be avoided. The best way to limit these distractions is to allow a passenger to do it for you. If you are alone, pull over or wait until stopped at a traffic signal to address those non-driving tasks. The good news is that public opinion surveys have shown drivers are becoming less tolerant of handheld cell phone use. Nearly half of all people who say they feel less safe than they did five years ago, say distracted driving by other drivers fuels their concerns. What is still a concern for me is that many people still believe hands-free devices are a safer alternative. My advice to everyone is simple: Hands-free devices do not eliminate the crash risk. Drivers may have both hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, but their mind still is not on driving, which is where it needs to be. Take the pledge to drive distraction-free. Editor’s note: Lt. Col. Jeff Winegar is the Fort Meade provost marshal and director of the Director- ate of Emergency Services. Take the pledge to drive distraction-free Lt. CoL. Jeff Winegar Director, Emergency Services and Provost Marshal Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members or community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first- served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  3. 3. April 17, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Dec. 5, 2009, Monika Korra, then a college freshman in Dallas, was kidnapped at gunpoint by three men in a black van as she walked home with friends after a soc- cer team party. For more than an hour, Korra was raped by the three assailants. After the attack, she was pushed out of the van, naked, along with her dress. Today, Korra is a survivor. She shared her story — and of how she found the courage to build a new life — with an audience of service members and garrison civilian workers during a presentation Friday at McGill Training Center. The nearly 90-minute event, held in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, was sponsored by the Joint Force Headquarters-National Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Wash- ington. The Army’s 2014 theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month is “Speak Up! A Voice Unheard Is An Army Defeat- ed.” The colors were presented by The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. The Nation- al Anthem was performed by the United States Army Band. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, com- manding general, Joint Force Headquar- ters-National Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, called sexual assaults “a terrible set of crimes” that erode every one of the Army’s val- ues. “I think courage and the ability to speak up shows itself in an intervention,” Buchanan said. “Speak up when you know a victim who needs help.” During her talk, a video of Korra’s life before and after the incident played as she recalled her thoughts on that cold winter morning. “Take whatever you want from me. I want to live. I want to survive,” she said. Korra said that during the assault, she saw a pair of women’s shoes on the floor of the van. She realized then that she was not the first victim. Standing at only 5’2’’, Korra is an avid long-distance runner and came to South- ern Methodist University from Loten, Norway on a running scholarship. “I moved to Dallas to follow a dream to become a professional runner,” she said. After adjusting to her new life in the U.S. and at college, Korra was studying hard, making new friends, and had fallen in love. “Life was smiling at me,” she said. When Korra had heard reports on cam- pus that a girl had been raped, she said the incident didn’t register an alarm for her. “I heard about it. ... It was something that happened far, far away — not here in the perfect world we lived in,” she said. But her life would later be changed forever. Almost an hour after Korra was pushed out the van, a Dallas police officer found her and took her to a local hospital. She endured a rape exam and was given an anti-HIV medication that made her vomit for several days. After calling her parents in Norway the morning after the assault, Korra began writing in a journal to express the flood of emotions she was experiencing. “I made the decision right away to fight back,” she said. “I knew I had just been given a chance to get my life back. I told myself, ‘one step at a time’ until I could cross the finish line. .. It is possible to start over. It is possible to go on.” Korra said there were four key elements to her ability to heal: openness, hope, pas- sion and forgiveness. She said it was important to her to be open about everything that had happened to her, and to ask people for help. Telling her parents about the assault, said Korra, was the hardest thing she ever had to do, but it was the first step in her healing, along with receiving professional Sexual assault survivor shares story with garrison help. “Whatever you do, hold on to hope,” she said. “No matter how dark it may seem, the future is still there in front of us, if we just hold on and don’t give up hope.” Korra said although she pushed herself too hard as a runner after the assault to prove to others she could still perform at the top of her game, she later realized that it was important not to give up on her passion in life. “Once a runner, always a runner,” she said. The last element toward healing was forgiveness. “It’s not becoming friends with offend- ers or liking them,” Korra said. “It’s let- ting go and not wasting any more time or energy.” Korra said she worked closely with the police and prosecutors to bring her three attackers to trial a year after the assault. She testified against them in court. Two of the men were convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to life in prison. The third man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years. Korra said that after the trials she could live her life in freedom. In the years after the assault, Korra has rebuilt her life and now resides in Norway where she works as a personal trainer and running coach. She created a foundation in her name to help survivors of abuse, and frequently shares her story. Korra also is the author of the forth- coming book “Kill the Silence.” After the presentation, Korra answered questions from the audience and received a gift from Buchanan. Maj. Jeff Nicholson, executive officer for the 741st Military Intelligence Battal- ion, said Korra’s message is an important one. “I know that there are some tragic [inci- dents] here at Fort Meade [of people who] definitely need to hear her story,” he said. “It is a message of courage.” Capt. Wendy Stull, a company com- mander with the 704th Military Intel- ligence Brigade, said it was helpful for Korra to share the healing and legal pro- cess that occurred after the assault. She said many sexual assault survivors do not know what to expect in the after- math of an attack. Korra’s example shows others “they can find it within themselves to overcome,” Stull said. Editor’s note: Some information for this story was taken from articles pub- lished in the Dallas Observer and the Dallas Morning News. photo by steve ellmore Monika Korra (right), a survivor of sexual assault in 2009, greets Capt. Jezamine Connant of Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center following her speech Friday at McGill Training Center. Korra’s presentation was part of the Army’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. ‘Whatever you do, hold on to hope. No matter how dark it may seem, the future is still there in front of us, if we just hold on and don’t give up hope.’ Monika Korra Sexual Assault Survivor
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer One day, a teenage Nesse Galperin begged God to let her die. She could no longer endure the brutality of a Nazi slave labor camp. But a Jewish woman in the camp heard her desperate prayers and said words that Nesse would never forget. “Little girl, the Nazis want you dead. You have to live,” the woman said. “But if you survive, you have to promise us that you won’t let us be forgotten.” Nesse Galperin Godin, now 86, has dedicated her life to telling others what she and millions of other Jews experi- enced at the cruel hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Godin shared her story on April 10 with an audience of 250 people at McGill Training Center. The event was part of Fort Meade’s observance of the National Days of Remembrance, a national commemoration of the Holo- caust created by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “I am not a speaker, or a teacher, or a professor. What I am is a survivor of the Holocaust. And I am here with you wonderful people for one reason only. To share memories,” Godin said. “I do so, so you could know the truth, [so] you would understand. But most of all, not allow humanity again to experience what we did during the Holocaust.” The 90-minute event was hosted by the Defense Information School, the Defense Information Systems Agency and Fort Meade’s Equal Opportunity Office. The observance included a Holocaust exhibit created by DISA and a kosher lunch of hero sandwiches and stuffed knishes catered by the Knish Shop in Pikesville. Tynette Pierce, an Equal Employ- ment Opportunity specialist, sang the National Anthem. Chaplain (Lt.) Todd Delaney, chaplain at DINFOS, gave the invocation. “April is the time we set aside to commemorate a very shadowy and par- ticularly evil period in human history — the Holocaust,” DINFOS Comman- dant Col. Jeremy Martin said in his remarks. Martin said that as a child, Godin witnessed firsthand the “unspeakable horrors of this period,” and survived to “tell the world what hatred can do.” Godin grew up in an observant Jewish Holocaust survivor honors the memory of lives lost home in Siauliai, Lithuania. She said she was happy as a child in the town of 10,000 Jews and regularly played with non-Jew- ish children. But, Godin said, there were signs of hatred drawn on people’s homes, the synagogues and in cemeteries. “Signs of hatred don’t get washed off with soap and water,” Godin said. “Yelling ‘never again’ is not enough. We have to act.” In June 1941, the German army marched through the town on its way to the Soviet Union. Godin said that the main road from Lithuania to the Soviet Union ran through her town. She was 13 at the time. Her family hid in the basement for a few days. Shortly later, mobile killing units came through the town and swept 1,000 Jewish men and boys off the street under the pretense of cleaning up the city’s damage due to the occupation. They were taken to a nearby forest, forced to dig large pits and undress. The men and boys were shot to death and buried in the pits. Soon after the massacre, Godin said anti-Semitic laws were enforced, pro- hibiting Jewish children from going to school and requiring Jews to wear a yellow Star of David. Godin recalled that the town’s Jewish Community Council approached the town’s Catholic priests to “stand in the churches and say ‘Thou shall not kill innocent people.’ ” She said that the priests replied, “We don’t have any orders from above.” “What do we learn?” Godin asked the audience. “Do we speak up for another human being? Are we there for each other? God in heaven created us all, and we have to be responsible and stop the hatred.” By August, Godin and her family were living in the Siauliai ghetto. On Nov. 5, 1943, 1,700 people — includ- ing Godin’s father and 1,000 children — were deported to Auschwitz and killed in the gas chambers. A year later, the Jews who remained in the ghetto were deported to the Stut- thof concentration camp. Godin was separated from her mother and her older brother, and stood help- lessly in line not knowing her fate. “A Jewish woman pulled me over quickly and said, ‘That’s the good line. Stay here,’ ” Godin recalled. “... We didn’t know how lucky we were,” Godin said, noting that millions of other Jews were taken to the “show- ers” and gassed. In the camp, Godin became prisoner 54015. When a woman later told Godin that she was in danger of being killed and advised her to stand in line to be sent to a slave labor camp, Godin did what she was told. She survived four slave labor camps and in January 1945, Godin went on a death march in a group of 1,000 female prisoners. When the Soviet army liberated the group on March 10, 1945, only 200 women, including Godin, were still alive. Eventually, Godin was reunited with her mother and married a Holocaust survivor from Poland whom her mother chose for her. The couple immigrated to the U.S. They now have three adult children, seven grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. Today, Godin volunteers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “When I am gone, continue to share and teach so we can make it a better world,” she said. After the presentation, Martin and Lt. Col. Marion Bakalorz, commander of Headquarters Command Battal- ion, presented Godin with a plaque of appreciation. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Con- stance Heinz, senior enlisted advisor at the Defense Media Activity, was tearful after viewing the Holocaust exhibit. “It’s tough,” she said. “I think that everyone needs to listen to the stories so history does not repeat itself.” photo by noah scialom Nesse Galperin Godin, 86, a Holocaust survivor, tells how Jewish women helped her stay alive at a Nazi concentration camp and four slave labor camps during her presentation for the garrison’s commemoration of the National Days of Remembrance on April 10 at McGill Training Center. Text FOLLOW FORTMEADE to 40404 to sign up for Fort Meade news alerts on your mobile phone
  5. 5. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 News Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer During the past year, Fort Meade’s 1,950 registered volunteers saved the installation $5,401,000 through their service. The volunteers and their work were honored during the annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on April 10. The cer- emony, held at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, featured dinner, awards for the top volunteers, and music by the Meade High School Jazz Band. “You have certainly paid it forward this year,” said Marie Miles, the installation’s Army Volunteer Corps coordinator. “We have one of the largest volunteer corps around, and I am extremely proud to be just a little part of it. “From the Thrift Shop to our youth program to our chapels, Boys and Girls Clubs, clinics, sewing blankets for our new Parents Support Group, whatever area, we have a booming program of volunteers.” The two-hour event focused on cel- ebrating the contributions and the accom- plishments of the Fort Meade volunteers. This year, the number of registered vol- unteers increased from 1,650 to nearly 2,000. “Thank you all,” said Doris Tyler, director of Fort Meade’s Army Commu- nity Service. “I get to see what a difference you make every day, and trust me you do. We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.” Mrs. All American Shannon Henson and former area volunteer Fatma Carl served as the event’s guest speakers. Carl, who has volunteered at several installations, discussed her transition from volunteer work to a full-time career in the information technology field. Henson discussed the significance of the volunteers giving their time — not just their money. “Technology of today has made it very easy to give money to worthwhile causes — you can text donations, give through payroll deductions,” she said. “There’s many ways to give money, but there’s something extra special about giving your time. It’s the most precious resources in our lives. You can’t get a refund on the time you spend in this life. “Money, while appreciated by orga- nizations, can be printed. It can be re- earned by the giver. Time cannot. To give it so freely to help make the world a better place deserves celebration.” At the end of the ceremony, the year’s top volunteers were honored with a cer- tificate as well as a personalized brick at Centennial Park. Two Fort Meade staples, retired Lt. Col Alfred Shehab and retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Moran, were honored with the Lifetime Volunteer of the Year award for their many years of service to the instal- lation. Navy Information Operations Com- Community volunteers honored at dinner Sandres Mann, acting deputy garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Tomas Gonzales of Headquarters Company Battalion display an oversized check for $5,401,000 during the Volunteer Awards Ceremony on April 10 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. The check represents the amount of money Fort Meade’s 1,950 registered volunteers have saved the installation during the year. mand Maryland was awarded the Unit of the Year, while the Post Thrift Shop was named Organization of the Year. The Laus family was honored as Fami- ly of the Year. Autumn Sims was awarded the Youth of the Year. For her work at the Post Thrift Shop and as the family readiness group leader for the 3rd Training Support Battalion, 312th Regiment, Cheri Fish was awarded the Civilian of the Year. Fish said she volunteers because the Soldiers and fam- ily members deserve the service. “It’s overwhelming and I’m very hon- ored,” she said of winning the award. Staff Sgt. Sean Green of the Warrior Transition Unit was named Active Duty of the Year for his work as a master resil- iency instructor and sexual harassment and assault response prevention trainer as well as coaching youth soccer. “It feels awesome,” he said. “It feels good to give back to the community. It makes me feel good to be a part of this.” Green said he never expected any kind of award or recognition for his volunteer work, but just simply focused on paying it forward. “I just do it to do it,” he said. “I never expect anything in return.” By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer With just a month left in the annual Army Emergency Relief fundraiser, campaign organizers are making a final push with less than $40,000 left to raise to reach the installation’s $90,000 goal. “We’re doing pretty good,” said Wal- lace Turner, the installation’s AER offi- cer. “We’re nice and respectable.” The campaign, which began in March, has raised $54,500 for the fundraiser that ends May 15. Money raised at Fort Meade will be added to the total AER fund, which has helped more than 3.2 million Sol- diers and family members with more than $1 billion since 1942. AER is open to active-duty Soldiers, retirees, Reservists, Guardsmen and their family members, and surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty. The program provides financial assis- tance for a wide range of situations including emergency transportation, rent, and medical and funeral expenses. It also provides college scholarships to children and spouses. For those in financial need, AER’s interest-free loans and grants provide a better alternative to high-interest loan services. “We don’t want service members going out and taking out loans where they’re paying double the interest rate,” Turner said. “This [AER] is inter- est-free. We want AER to be the first choice.” Of every dollar donated, 88 cents goes directly to the fund — only 12 cents goes to administrative costs. Fort Meade’s AER awarded a total of $688,000 in interest-free loans and grants last year, and the number is expected to increase in 2014. This year, AER has loaned more than $216,000 compared to $107,000 in the same period last year. The majority of loans, Wallace said, are for house repairs after the cold winter, rent and mortgage payments, and vehicle repairs. “People still need help, and we’re helping them at a tremendous rate this year,” Turner said. “It’s probably going to be a record-breaking year if it con- tinues at this push.” Individuals can donate through three avenues: contacting their unit AER representative; stopping by the installa- tion’s AER office at 830 Chisholm Ave.; and online at Editor’s note: For more information about the AER campaign, call Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Kerr at 410-538-2769 or Wallace Turner at 301-677-5768. AER campaign reaches 60 percent of goal
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 News By Capt. Tony Cardona Legal Assistance Division You have a bunch of books, popcorn, cookies or Tupperware loaded onto a wagon and you are ready to pound the pavement looking for a sale. Or maybe you belong to an organiza- tion that raises money for charity and you found the perfect spot outside the Exchange to put up a tent. Either way, if you are hoping to fund- raise on Fort Meade, there are some Army and federal regulations you need to keep in mind before you set up your stand or tie your laces. While they may at first seem burdensome, they are designed to ensure safety and fairness. All fundraising requests should be sent to the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, 2nd Floor, Cubicle #22, 4216 Roberts Ave., Fort Meade, MD 20755-5070. The office will review the request, and through the assistance of other garrison offices, ensure your fundraising event is consistent with Army regulation. Generally, organizations composed primarily of DoD employees or their dependents may fundraise among the Fort Meade community for the ben- efit of welfare funds for their members. Occasional fundraising in support of on-post private organizations or to assist those in need is also allowed. After a request is submitted, the garri- son may approve and support these types of events by providing limited logistical support as long as the fundraising is not held in a workplace. Depending on the nature of the fund- raiser, it might take anywhere from two to six weeks to get approval or disapproval. Plan accordingly and submit your fund- raiser request in timely manner. Organizations not officially associated with Fort Meade may also come onto the installation to fundraise. Again, such a request must be sent to the DFMWR. Additionally, federal and Army regu- lations require such a request to be on a limited basis, for charitable fundraising, and in the interest of the Fort Meade community. According to Army regulation, fund- raising during the Combined Federal Campaign should be limited in number and scope to minimize competition with CFC. The usual CFC season on Fort Meade runs from Oct. 1 through the middle of December. A common question is whether some- one can knock on the doors of private homes on Fort Meade to fundraise or to sell a product. The DoD prohibits any kind of door-to-door solicitation, sales or fundraising. While this ensures that communities will not be harassed by private vendors trying to sell their latest gadgets, it does not make an exception for traditional, community door-to-door fundraising activities such as school fundraisers or the Scouts. However, you may make in-house appointments to sell these items or request to sell that same popcorn, books or cookies in designated areas on Fort Meade. Contact the DFMWR with your orga- nization’s idea, and the agency will help ensure you don’t run into any problems. For more information, call the DFMWR fundraiser coordinator at 301- 677-3772. Editor’s note: Lyudmyla Sisco of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Wel- fare and Recreation contributed to this article. Know rules before fundraising on post community Cleanup Ethaniel Castleberry, 11, removes trash from the bank of Burba Lake during the Enlisted Spouses’ Club’s sixth annual Clean Up Fort Meade on Sat- urday morning. More than 50 registered volunteers helped remove garbage — ranging from bicycle tires to bottles — from the lake and the sur- rounding area. photo by brandon bieltz
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 News Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer To entice young service members to eat healthy meals, the Freedom Inn launched its own Facebook page a month ago, highlighting nutritious and tasty meals. The launch is part of the Freedom Inn’s participation in the Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative, a yearlong demonstration project aimed at improving the health and wellness of service members and their families by reducing obesity and decreasing tobacco use. “The food looks very appetizing on the page,” said Christine Griggs, food program manager/contract officer rep- resentative at the Logistics Readiness Center. “We’re doing everything we can to reach out to the troops. We hope they like [the Facebook page] and run with it.” HBI is part of the DoD’s Operation Live Well campaign, which is aimed at increasing the health and wellness of the total force including civilians and family members. Fort Meade joined the HBI demon- stration project last September and is one of 14 Army installations to par- ticipate. Each of the installations will be visited by HBI project teams that will examine and measure the installation’s ability to create initiatives that improve nutritional choices, increase physical activity and decrease tobacco use. Best and promising practices across the installations will be shared through- out the DoD. Although Fort Meade has been a part of the HBI for seven months, the Freedom Inn has been offering healthier food options for the past year. Howard Mountain, program man- ager and dining facility manager, said he began changing the facility’s menu as part of the Army’s Go for Green initia- tive, a nutrition education program for Army dining facilities. Go for Green provides a nutritional- recognition labeling system that provides Soldiers with a quick assessment of the nutritional value of menu offerings and food products in the dining facility. The menu offerings and food items are labeled green (eat often), amber (eat occasionally), and red (eat rarely) based on the impact the food can have on a Soldier’s performance, according to an Army website. Since then, the Freedom Inn has Freedom Inn menu features healthy choices Senior Airman Gregory Ferreira, a student at the Defense Information School, selects a healthy lunch of grilled chicken, salad and strawberries on April 4 at the Freedom Inn. The dining facility has overhauled its menu items for healthier choices as part of the DoD’s Healthy Base Initiative and the Army’s Go for Green dining facility program. Both efforts are aimed at improving nutritional choices for service members. replaced beef and pork dishes with more ground turkey, poultry and fish meals. The breakfast menu offers less pas- tries and pork, and includes fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mango and papaya. Whole-wheat breads are also served at breakfast. For lunch, the Freedom Inn has been marketing healthier foods by expanding its salad bar and placing it at the front of the facility near the entrance. The dinner menu is mostly the same as lunch, however the gourmet salad is not offered at dinner. The facility also has replaced its soft ice cream dessert with frozen yogurt. All three meals are offered using the Go for Green labeling system. The facility has been tracking the popularity of its healthier fare. Current- ly, about one-third of service members are eating green. “They’re [service members] pretty happy with the changes we’ve made,” Mountain said. “I haven’t had any complaints from any Soldiers in the past year about food choices and food items.” “I think it’s going very well. HBI is pretty satisfied with what we’re doing.” Mountain said that during a recent visit, a HBI project team told him that the Freedom Inn was “ahead of the game.” Senior Airman Gregory Ferreira, a student studying photojournalism at the Defense Information School, said he likes the menu changes. “I really like what they offer here,” he said. “I don’t like to eat heavy so I can stay awake during class and I have energy throughout the day.” For lunch on April 4, Ferreira select- ed a salad with grilled chicken and a bowl of fresh strawberries. “This is all about preventing long- term health issues,” Griggs said. “If you eat healthy when you’re young, you will be healthier as you grow older.” April 8, Driving vehicle on high- way at speed exceeding limit 10 to 19 mph; driving while impaired by alcohol; driving while under the influence of alcohol; attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by failing to stop vehicle: While conducting speed enforce- ment, a police unit observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The unit attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver failed to stop, and continued driving at varying speeds for approximately two miles, where he stopped. The police officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver. The driver agreed to perform tests, which he performed poorly. The driver was informed of his Maryland implied consent, which he invoked, failing to render a breath sample. April 13, Driving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; driving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol per se; driving while impaired by alcohol; failure of vehicle on highway to display lighted lamps in unfavorable visibility conditions: While on routine patrol, a police unit observed a vehicle traveling with no headlights or tail lights illuminated. The unit initiated a traffic stop and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver. The driver was asked to submit to stan- dardized field sobriety testing to determine her ability to drive. She agreed and performed poorly. The driver was informed of her Maryland implied consent, which she waived. She rendered a breath sample of .11 percent blood alcohol content. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services For week of April 7-13 • Moving violations: 55 • Nonmoving violations: 9 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 45 • Traffic accidents: 5 • Driving on suspended license: 3 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 0 Help Fort Meade’s Facebook page reach 20,000 fans!
  8. 8. April 17, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11 News Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer From the equipment to the parade field drills, Zion Thompson likes the Army. On Friday morning, he had the oppor- tunity to experience firsthand what it is like to be a Soldier. The 7-year-old served as squad leader, helping lead his unit of fellow first-graders through a series of formations on the field behind Manor View Elementary School. “I like doing Army stuff,” Zion said. The formation drill was part of the school’s daylong event celebrating the Month of the Military Child. The students were joined by members of the 200th Military Police Command, as well service members from other units with chil- dren at Manor View, who led the youngsters through a series of programs including an obstacle course and touring a Humvee. “We’re trying to give awareness to the Month of the Military Child and show appreciation for the youth,” said Deadra Martin, school support specialist with the 200th MP. Every April, the Department of Defense celebrates the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices that the children make as their parent, or parents, serve. With a large population of military dependents attending Manor View, the school’s guidance counselor Jaclyn Haslun said it seemed fitting to hold events for the month. “We wanted to do a little bit of a celebra- tion,” she said. “Their parents get most of the attention for being Soldiers, and the children kind of serve as well. They have to move around a lot and they don’t get to see their parents for months at a time, sometimes. We wanted to give them a day where we get to celebrate them.” During the event, service members led the youngsters through a series of stations that highlighted various aspects of military life. An obstacle course focused on physi- cal fitness while formation drills taught the children discipline, Martin said. “We’re trying to teach them hard work, dedication and teamwork,” said Master Sgt. Marcia Jackson of the 200th MP. “Teamwork is a vital part of what we do in the military, and we want to pass it on to them.” ThechildrenalsotouredaHumveeparked in the school’s parking lot. While roaming through the military vehicle, youngsters asked questions, tried on a helmet and learned about Meals Ready to Eat. Inside the school, students created an Manor View, MPs celebrate Month of the Military Child American flag mural using their hand prints. “We wanted to do this huge mural so it will be here for years it come,” Haslun said. Last week’s festivities were among several events the elementary school has organized to celebrate the observance. Other events included a Red, White and Blue Day and a Camouflage Day. “All the kids get very excited about it,” Haslun said. “We just wanted to give them an opportunity to celebrate and show our appreciation for them.” Capt. John Barbee of the 200th Military Police Command shows first-grader Mikayla Jones where to stand in formation during Manor View Elementary’s celebration of the Month of the Military Child on Friday. The event featured formation drills, an obstacle course and a tour of a Humvee. BELOW: Robby Hutto paints his hand print on a wall of Manor View Elementary School to help create an American flag mural on Friday morning. Children designed a mural using their hand prints as part of the school’s Month of the Military Child celebration.
  9. 9. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 Cover Story Egg-stravaganza Annual Easter hunt, Breakfast with Easter Bunny draw more than 300 photo by Noah Scialom ABOVE: Andy Hernick hands an Easter egg to his 2-year- old daughter Scarlette during Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday at the Conference Center. RIGHT: Bailey Bincaroswsky, 3, wears bunny ears while hunting for Easter eggs on Saturday. photo by nate pesce Photos by Nate Pesce TOP: Ceraeya Guyton, 3, collects Easter eggs in her basket during Saturday’s hunt at the Youth Center. The large egg hunt featured raffles for prizes including tricycles and toys. RIGHT: Lt. Col. Garvey Wright from the Pentagon holds up a golden egg as part of a raffle contest during the Easter Egg Hunt at the Youth Center. The annual event was sponsored by Omega Psi Phi’s Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter on Fort Meade. FAR RIGHT: Kaytelynn Bentley, 3, colors an Easter Bunny during Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Youth Center.
  10. 10. April 17, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 photo by noah scialom Noah Heggins, 4, hugs the Easter Bunny while his 2-year-old sister Dayton waits her turn on Saturday as part of the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Conference Center. The breakfast included crafts and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
  11. 11. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 Sports Meade Mustangs weekly roundup Baseball The Mustangs have added another tally to the win column with a 12-4 victory over Annapolis on April 9. The win ties last year’s total of two wins. Pitcher Josh Smith grabbed his second win of the season against Annapolis (0-10), allowing four runs in five innings. Ray Victorine led the Mustangs on offense with four hits and two RBIs. On April 10, the Mustangs fell 12-1 to Broadneck (7-4). Michael Booth led Meade with two hits, while sophomore Chris Gleaner dropped his third game on the mound. A 7-5 loss to Southern (6-6) on Friday then dropped the Mustangs to 2-8. Meade is scheduled to play today against Northeast, then compete in the Kent Island tournament this weekend before facing Arundel (12- 0) on Wednesday. Softball The softball team also captured its second win of the season with a 10-0 victory over Annapolis on April 9. Meade, however, dropped its next two games to fall to 2-8 as the team lost 15-2 to Broadneck (7-3) on April 10 and 8-0 to Southern on Friday. This week, the team is scheduled to play Northeast on Friday, Annapolis on Tuesday and Arundel on Wednesday. Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Four games into the intramural volley- ball season, the 707th Communications Squad has yet to lose a single set, let alone a match. The hot streak continued Monday night at Murphy Field House as the team swept the 781st Military Intelligence Bat- talion 25-5, 25-20. The win extends the 707th’s wining streak to five, while the 781st still searches for its first win of the season. “We feel pretty good,” said Laurence Santos of the 707th “We got a lot of people some playing time.” The 781st has had a tough opening stretch of the season, facing some of the top competition in the league. Within the first three weeks, the team has faced the 707th, 70th Operations Support Squad- ron and the 32nd Intelligence Squadron, which are now a combined 14-1. “We’re putting our hearts out there, we’re doing everything we can do,” said Terrance Smith of the 781st. “I have faith in us.” Smith said his team is a balance of players with experience and those without any. As the season progresses, he said, the team should continue to improve with players logging more time on the court. “We all have something we bring to the table,” he said. With the 781st looking to get the first win of the year, the 707th has been sitting in a three-way tie with the 70th and 32nd for first place. The team’s communication has been the key to the five-game win streak, Santos said. In Monday’s opening set, the 707th dominated the court. Santos set the tone for his team with two serving aces early in the set, while the majority of the 781st points were results of 707th miscues. 707th CS extends win streak The 707th sealed the game when it fol- lowed a 5-point run with a 9-point streak en route to the 25-5 set win. In the second set, the 707th rotated in several of their bench players. Santos said the lineup change would allow more players to get on-court experi- ence — something that will help the team further down the road. Despite the change, the 707th contin- ued to control the game for the first half of the set until the 781st began to find confidence and tied the game 9-9. A 6-point run late in the set, however, broke the 781st momentum and sealed the 707’s 25-20 win. With a five-game win streak under his team’s belt, Santos said the players will have room for improvement particularly with their rotation. “We need to get people where they need to be,” he said. The 707th won’t face the 70th or 32nd IS until the final week of the season. Santos said his team is confident and is focused on racking up more wins before the late-season showdown. “From here until then, we’re just pretty much working on everybody getting bet- ter,” he said. Andrew Cook of the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion prepares to block Alec Depaola’s attack during Monday’s intramural volleyball game at Murphy Field House. The 707th Communications Squadron extended its win streak to five games by sweeping the 781st 25-5, 25-20.
  12. 12. April 17, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports Sports Shorts Army Ten-Miler qualifier A qualifying run for active-duty service members interested in joining the Fort Meade Army Ten-Miler team will be held May 2 at Murphy Field House. Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. The top seven women and top seven men runners will be selected to represent Fort Meade at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12. To register, call 301-677-3318, or email Earth Day 5K The installation’s annual Run Series kicks off April 26 with an Earth Day 5K Run at 8 a.m. at Burba Park. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75. The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. Individuals can register for the entire season for $60. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. To register, go to For more information, call 301-677-7916. Old Joe Golf Tournament The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s ninth annual Old Joe Golf Tournament will be held May 2 at Patuxent Greens Golf Club in Laurel. Registration is open to the first 25 teams to register (four players per team). Registration and payment are both due by Friday. Cost is $80 per player and includes greens fees and cart, breakfast, barbecue lunch, goodie bags, bounce-back card, and unlimited beer, water and sports drinks. For more information email Paige Hansen at Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams as well as a putting contest, longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin. For more information email Paige Hansen at Spring sports Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and basketball. Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece Road or online at For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. Flag Football Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is offering NFL Flag Football through USA Football for ages 6 to 13. Cost is $55 per player and includes an NFL-branded jersey, flag football belt, game shorts and participation trophy. Two practices and one game will be held each week at the Fort Meade Youth Sports Complex. Games will played Friday evenings. Flag football will be played as a spring and fall sport. For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179. Coaches needed Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is looking for coaches for flag football and soccer. For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179. For more Fort Meade sports, visit So I am back for another edition of Jibber, which means Ms. Marcia was happy with last week’s column. Actually, she was more than happy. “I am humbled and in Awe!!” Eastland emailed me last Friday. “Thank You very much for being a Man of Your Word. Not many of them around these days, LOL. It is an outstanding representa- tion of My Ladies Huskies. I took a picture of it with my phone and put it on Facebook for my fellow Husky Fans to enjoy.” Well, being a man of integrity and principle can be hard, especially when it comes to admitting a mistake. Last week I wrote, “In fairness, com- pared to men’s college basketball, there is limited parody in the women’s game …” Fellow Jibber reader, Jim Bitgood, kindly pointed out my mistakes a few hours after I received Marcia’s e-mail. “I hope Marcia has raked you over the coals for using “parody” instead of “par- ity,” Jim wrote. “She should beat you to a pulp for making a joke of the UConn championships. I grew up in Connecti- cut, so I am quite proud of UConn’s second double.” Well first, welcome to the nation, Jim and thank you for reading. I am consis- tently humbled that people take the time to read something I write. And second, I agree that Marcia should beat me to a pulp, except I wasn’t trying to make a joke, or parody, of UConn’s championships. I simply used the wrong word and didn’t realize it until Jim pointed it out. The point I was trying to make is that there are not as many equal teams in women’s college basketball as there are in men’s basketball. And that lack of parity makes it easier for a team like the Lady Huskies to dominate. Now before last week, I knew the dif- ference between parody — an imitation of style with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect — and parity — the state or condition of being equal. I just didn’t pay quite enough attention to detail when edit- ing the copy, and in my ear, paro- dy sounded like the write word. I’ve made similar mistakes with its and it’s or there, their and they’re. I make more copy editing mistakes than I’d like to admit; especially, for someone whose job depends on getting such things correct. Could you imagine Col. Foley sending correspondence to the county executive or a member of Congress that reads, “Their our several optoins to are trans- potation issues.” I certainly can. Thankfully it hasn’t happened yet, but the possibility has shaken me from my slumber a time or two. Now I would love to blame my mis- takes on my editors or the texting society where such mistakes are more forgivable, but being a man of integrity, my only recourse is to suck it up, apologize, and take more care with my copy editing. So, that is what I will do, starting next week. Speaking of next week, the NBA and NHL playoffs are getting ready to ramp up. I’ll leave the hockey predictions to our friend Brandon Bieltz — of course any prediction that isn’t the Detroit Red Wings will be revised. However, for the NBA, I’ll step out a bit and say the Indiana Pacers will take on San Antonio and that Old Man Tim Duncan and the Spurs will win one more ring. If you have comments on this or any- thing to do with sports, contact me at or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber. To be ore too bee Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion Spring, summer, fall or winter... Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call 301-677-1105/1146/1156/1179.
  13. 13. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 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. and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. or call 301-677-5602. Open House and Information Fair for veterans The VA Maryland Health Care System is hosting a free Open House and Information Fair on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic, 2479 5th St. Free parking is available just past the clinic on the left side of the building in a VA parking lot. If you served in the armed forces and received an honorable discharge, you may qualify for health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA staff will be available to answer questions, accept enrollment applications, and guide veterans in completing their application paperwork. Veterans and their family members also can visit information tables to learn more about VA compensation benefits and available VA health care services. All veterans are encouraged to apply for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System. Veterans interested in enrolling for VA health care during the Open House and Information Fair should bring a copy of their discharge paperwork (Form DD 214), a photo ID and financial information from the previous calendar year. Veterans may complete the VA health care enrollment application at the event. They can expedite the process by accessing the application for health benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ) at eligibility.asp and bring a printed copy of the form to the Open House and Information Fair. For more information, call the Community Outreach Office for the VA Maryland Health Care System at 1- 800-949-1003, extension 6071 or email New Episcopal-Lutheran service On Easter Sunday, a new Episcopal- Lutheran service begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Main Post Chapel. The Right Rev. Jay Magness, bishop for armed forces and federal ministries for the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Dr. Wally Jensen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will preside at the Eucharist during this inaugural service. Almost 14 years ago, full communion was established between these two bodies yet their chaplains had to choose between using the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer or the Lutheran Book of Worship. Recently, a common liturgy was developed by leaders in both bodies that provides more flexibility for worship in military and federal environments. This new service draws upon a common call to mission, a deep appreciation for both Scripture and sacramental ministry, as well as the belief that there is more that unites them than divides them. All are welcome. A reception in the Great Hall and an outdoor Easter Egg Hunt will be held after the service. For more information, call Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Don Bretz at 410-854-9889. Drug Take-Back Day Fort Meade will host a Community Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Exchange. The event is sponsored in support of the National Prescription Drug Take- Back Day. The Army Substance Abuse Program, in conjunction with the Directorate of Emergency Services, will collect unneeded, unused and/or expired medications. Remove and destroy all identifying personal information such as prescription labels from all medication containers before recycling or throwing items away. For more information, call Samson Robinson at 301-677-7983 or Latonia Stallworth at 301-677-7982. Save-A-Life Tour The Army Substance Abuse Program is sponsoring the Save-A-Life Tour at Fort Meade on April 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the McGill Training Center ballroom as part of Alcohol Awareness Month. The tour takes a “shock jock” approach to alcohol awareness by immersing each participant in a multiscreen drinking-and-driving simulation experience. At five different and continuously running video presentation, participants begin the tour experience “sober.” The videos then change to simulate levels of alcoholic impairment. For more information, call Samson Robinson, the ASAP prevention coordinator, at 301-677-7982. Miss Fort Meade Pageant The first annual Miss Fort Meade Pag- eant will be held June 7 at the Meade Middle School Auditorium, 1103 26th St. Girls ages 4-21 are eligible to compete. Contestants must be a resident of Anne Arundel County. The Miss Fort Meade pageant empha- sizes academic achievement and commu- nity involvement. Applications and entry fees are due by May 12. For more information, go to the pag- eant website at univeralsupremebeauty. com or email Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair The annual Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair will be held April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie Pyle Road. The event is being held in observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Month of the Military Child. For more information, call 301-677- 5590 or email Colaina Townsend, victim advocate/parent support coordinator at NEWS EVENTS
  14. 14. April 17, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 17 Community News Notes Army Community Service, at colaina. Vendors needed for Independence Day The Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events office is seeking food, beverage and novelty vendors to participate in the installation’s annual Third of July celebration. This is Fort Meade’s largest event of the year. For more information, call JJ Jordan at 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@ OSC Welfare Grants The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club is accepting requests for the disbursement of welfare funds. The OSC Welfare Grants provide assistance to various nonprofit organizations, community and school groups, and government entities through financial support for special projects and events based upon merit and need. These funds benefit the service members, their families, and DoD civilians who reside in the Fort Meade area. Organizations requesting funds are required to submit a completed request form by May 1. Applications can be found on the OSC website at in the Welfare Request tab. All completed requests will be reviewed and processed by the Fort Meade OSC Welfare Committee. A primary goal of OSC is to support charitable activities through the Welfare Grant program. Funds raised by the club through various activities including bingo, the Holiday Bazaar and golf tournaments are dedicated to this purpose. Any nonprofit organization or government entity serving the Fort Meade community may request assistance from the OSC. For more information, email Kids Craft Club The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and preschoolers will meet May 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts Center. Fee is $5. Cost includes a craft, snack and juice. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call 301-677-7809. Out About • The Carbiz Spring Football Festival will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at McHenry Row, 1514 Key Highway, Baltimore. The free event will feature Ravens player Justin Tucker and some teammates, live music, drinks, food trucks and other activities. For more information, call 877-724- 4243 or go to cbs.local. • The Naval Academy Band’s Wind Quintet will perform May 7 at noon at Tawes Garden, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. Concerts are free and open to the public with no tickets required. For more information, go to the band’s website at or call 410-293-1262.  • Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation’s 18th Annual Port to Fort 6K race is a fun, family-friendly event that will be held April 26 at historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Event will feature a team challenge for the Biggest Military Team, T-shirts for participants, fundraising prizes and medals for age group winners. Registration is $15 for service members and their immediate file photo Family Fun FairFort Meade’s annual Family Fun Fair will be held April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. The free event is open to the public. The event will feature performances by SKIES classes, a youth skateboard park, pony rides, inflatable and challenge rides, informational health and Youth Services booths, arts and crafts stations, face painting, games, raffle drawings, giveaways and prizes. For more information, go to CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION
  15. 15. SOUNDOFF! April 17, 2014 Community News Notes families. Register online at www. • America’s VetDogs will host the Fourth Annual Annapolis 5K Run Dog Walk on April 27 at 8 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The opening program begins at 8:45 a.m. Timed race begins at 9 a.m. Dog walk will follow at 9:05 a.m. Proceeds benefit America’s VetDogs, a nonprofit that provides guide and service dogs to disabled veterans of all eras at no cost. Walk-up registration costs $45. To register online, go to For more information, contact community fundraising/events manager Jaime McGrade at 631-930-9054 or email • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Saturday, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $60. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit • 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 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 • 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 Wednesday. For more information, call 443-534-5170 or visit • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is April 27. For more informa- tion, 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 April 28. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • 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 April 28. Free child care is provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677- 5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ • 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 April 28. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. The next prayer breakfast is May 1. There is no cost for the buffet; donations are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call Diana Durner at 301-677-6703 or email • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to pro- vide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677- 4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • 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 • 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 or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at • 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 lisayetman@ or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@ • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship RECREATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 MEETINGS April 20 - Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m., Chapel Center Protestant Services April 18 – Tenebrae Service of Shadows – 2 p.m., Post Chapel April 20 – Easter Sunday Episcopal/Lutheran Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel April 20 – Easter Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel April 20 – Easter Sunday Contemporary Protestant – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel April 20 – Easter Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center Catholic Services April 17 – Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m., Chapel Center April 18 – Good Friday Stations of the Cross – noon, Chapel Center April 18 – Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 7 p.m., Chapel Center April 19 – Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – 8 p.m., Chapel Center April 20 – Easter Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule *Regular Catholic Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. Cavalry Chapel; Sunday: 9 a.m. Chapel Center; 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel. There will be no 5 p.m. Mass at Cavalry Chapel on Holy Saturday, April 19. Regularly scheduled noon Mass will be held at the Post Chapel, except April 17 and 18. Spring religious services on Fort Meade
  16. 16. April 17, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 19 MoviesCommunity News Notes The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through May 2 Friday: “About Last Night” (R). Follow two couples as they journey from the bar to the bed- room and are eventually put to the test in the real world. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant. Saturday: “300: Rise of an Empire” (R). Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey. Sunday: “Pompeii” (PG-13). A slave-turned- gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pom- peii crumbles around him. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland. April 25: “Need for Speed” (PG-13). Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots. April 26, 27: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (PG). The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert. (3D April 27) May 2: “Muppets Most Wanted” (PG). While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. With Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. 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 • 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. • 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 • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is May 1. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-674-4000. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free support group for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting is May 1. For more information, visit • 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 May 5. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email colaina.townsend. • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will hold its May luncheon on May 6 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. This is its final regular meeting of the year, with the year-end program for the installations of officers for the 2014-2015 season. The ROWC will celebrate members’ “Everybody’s Birthday Party.” Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations required by May 1. Call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082. For more information, call Genny Bellinger, ROWC president, at 410-674- 2550. • 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 May 9. The associa- tion is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uni- formed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, go to • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is May 10. Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 443-604- 2474 or 410-768-6288. • New Spouse Connection meets the second Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readi- ness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is May 12. The program provides an opportunity for all spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade to meet and get connected. For more information, contact Pia Morales at or 301-677- 4110. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is May 14. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior noncommissioned offi- cers. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email • 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 meeting is May 20. 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