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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.
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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
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
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
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
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-
for drivers, other
such as eating,
ing the climate
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
What is still a concern for me is that many
people still believe hands-free devices are a safer
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
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.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
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
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-
The Army’s 2014 theme for Sexual
Assault Awareness Month is “Speak Up!
A Voice Unheard Is An Army Defeat-
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-
“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
“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
“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
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
“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
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
The last element toward healing was
“It’s not becoming friends with offend-
ers or liking them,” Korra said. “It’s let-
ting go and not wasting any more time
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
“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,”
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.’
Sexual Assault Survivor
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
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
“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
The 90-minute event was hosted by
the Defense Information School, the
Defense Information Systems Agency
and Fort Meade’s Equal Opportunity
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
Tynette Pierce, an Equal Employ-
ment Opportunity specialist, sang the
National Anthem. Chaplain (Lt.) Todd
Delaney, chaplain at DINFOS, gave the
“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
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-
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
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
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
When the Soviet army liberated the
group on March 10, 1945, only 200
women, including Godin, were still
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-
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
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.
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Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz
During the past year, Fort Meade’s
1,950 registered volunteers saved the
installation $5,401,000 through their
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
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
“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
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-
Navy Information Operations Com-
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
“I just do it to do it,” he said. “I never
expect anything in return.”
By Brandon Bieltz
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
“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
“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
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 AERGQ.org.
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
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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
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
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
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
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-
Editor’s note: Lyudmyla Sisco of the
Directorate of Family and Morale, Wel-
fare and Recreation contributed to this
Know rules before fundraising on post
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-
photo by brandon bieltz
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
To entice young service members
to eat healthy meals, the Freedom Inn
launched its own Facebook page a
month ago, highlighting nutritious and
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
“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
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
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
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Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
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
“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
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
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
“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
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
“We wanted to do this huge mural so
it will be here for years it come,” Haslun
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
“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.
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Annual Easter hunt, Breakfast with
Easter Bunny draw more than 300
an Easter egg
to his 2-year-
the Easter Bunny
on Saturday at
wears bunny ears
while hunting for
Easter eggs on
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
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.
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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.
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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
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.
The softball team also captured its second win of
the season with a 10-0 victory over Annapolis on
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
Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz
Four games into the intramural volley-
ball season, the 707th Communications
Squad has yet to lose a single set, let alone
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
“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
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
at Murphy Field
House. The 707th
win streak to
five games by
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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 email@example.com.
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 www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=51593.
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 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org.
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 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org.
Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900
Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and
Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece
Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
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.
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 quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
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
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
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
I just didn’t
pay quite enough
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-
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
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
If you have comments on this or any-
thing to do with sports, contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on
To be ore too bee
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
Spring, summer, fall or winter...
Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com 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
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
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
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
For more information, call the
Community Outreach Office for the
VA Maryland Health Care System at 1-
800-949-1003, extension 6071 or email
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
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
The event is sponsored in support of
the National Prescription Drug Take-
The Army Substance Abuse Program,
in conjunction with the Directorate
of Emergency Services, will collect
unneeded, unused and/or expired
Remove and destroy all identifying
personal information such as
prescription labels from all medication
containers before recycling or throwing
For more information, call Samson
Robinson at 301-677-7983 or Latonia
Stallworth at 301-677-7982.
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
The tour takes a “shock jock”
approach to alcohol awareness by
immersing each participant in a
At five different and continuously
running video presentation, participants
begin the tour experience “sober.” The
videos then change to simulate levels of
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
The Miss Fort Meade pageant empha-
sizes academic achievement and commu-
Applications and entry fees are due by
For more information, go to the pag-
eant website at univeralsupremebeauty.
com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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Community News Notes
Army Community Service, at colaina.
Vendors needed for
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
This is Fort Meade’s largest event of
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
Organizations requesting funds
are required to submit a completed
request form by May 1. Applications
can be found on the OSC website at
fortmeadeosc.org in the Welfare Request
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
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
Space is limited. Registration is
To register or for more information,
• 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 navyband.navy.mil or
• 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
Registration is $15 for service
members and their immediate
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
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 ftmeademwr.com.
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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 5K.VetDogs.org.
For more information, contact
community fundraising/events manager
Jaime McGrade at 631-930-9054 or
• 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),
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
For more information, call retired
Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or
• 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 afsa254.org.
• Society of Military Widows meets
for brunch the fourth Sunday of the
month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next
meeting is 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
• 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
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
For more information, call Larry
Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-
5074 or email email@example.com.
• Spanish Christian Service is
conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at
the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465
Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry
For more information, call Elias
Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-
• 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
For more information, email
Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Committee Chairperson Marco
Cilibert at email@example.com.
• Boy Scout Troop 379 meets
Mondays at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills
Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road.
The troop is actively recruiting boys
age 11 to 18. For more information,
email Lisa Yetman, at lisayetman@
verizon.net or Wendall Lawrence,
Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@
• Military Council for Catholic
Women is open to all women ages 18
and older for prayer, faith, fellowship
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April 20 - Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m., Chapel Center
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
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
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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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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
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,
• 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-
• 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 e9association.org.
• Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet
Reserve Association meets the second
Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at
VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road,
Glen Burnie. The next meeting is 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
email@example.com or 301-677-
• 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
• 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. 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 443-336-
• 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 May 21.
All members and those interested in
joining the club are welcome. For more
information, contact Master Sgt. Erica
Lehmkuhl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
mil or 301-833-8415.
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