Sen. Cardin hosts
forum to discuss
today, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - Club Meade
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Army Field Band“1812 Overture”Finale Concert - Constitution Park
Monday, 10 a.m.: First Army Division Change of Command - Parade Field
Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Post Women’s Equality Day Celebration - McGill
Aug. 29, 2-3 p.m.: DMA Women’s Equality Day Observance - Defense Media Activity
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nothing but blue skies aheadIan Fowler looks for his wide receiver during a preseason practice on Aug. 15. The Fort Meade Cougars youth football teams have been on the practice fields preparing for
the 2013 season since late July. The Anne Arundel Youth Football Association season officially gets underway Aug. 30. See the story on Page 19.
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Welcome to Fort George G. Meade!
As we near the end of summer and the major
military-move season, as well as the beginning of the
school year, I want to take this column to ensure that
everyone is aware of some of the opportunities avail-
able while working and living on Fort Meade.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, or BOSS,
is an Army program designed to improve the qual-
ity of life, volunteerism, and morale of single service
On Fort Meade we have adapted the program to
Better Opportunities for Single Service Members so
that all of our joint service members can take advan-
tage of its opportunities. The program on Fort Meade
is led by Sgt. Chatonna Powell, whose office is located
in the USO-Metro Center.
Powell represents the garrison commander and
myself working with the BOSS council and unit BOSS
representatives to achieve their goals.
If you’re a single service member, I recommend you
subscribe to the BOSS website at www.ftmeademwr.
com/boss.php and like their Facebook https://www.
facebook.com/FtMeadeBOSS so you can keep
informed of upcoming events such as End of Sum-
mer Cookout on Sept. 7 at Freedom Village; Busch
Gardens overnight trip on Sept. 28; Field of Screams
trip on Oct. 5; and support for Honor Flight veterans’
visit to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.
Did you know there is a USO on Fort Meade?
It is located on the corner of Mapes Road and 6th
Armored Cavalry Road, Building 8612, across from
the site where the new AAFES Express is being con-
The Fort Meade USO is open from 9 a.m. to 9
p.m. daily. It not only provides a great place for single
Soldiers and families to hang out and take a break, but
also has a food pantry for military families in need.
The USO also sponsors many special events on the
garrison such as the upcoming Panther Racing lunch
on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Super
Market Sweeps Food Bank giveaway on Aug. 29 from
10 to 11:30 a.m.
By the way, if you are looking for a way to volunteer
in the community, the USO is always looking for sup-
port in order to keep the facility open for its posted
hours. For those service members working toward a
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, this is
an accepted organization.
Fort Meade is centrally located between Baltimore,
Annapolis and Washington, D.C. It is an excellent
location for service members and their families to take
advantage of all the area has to offer.
If you are interested in finding out more about the
history of our nation, before taking advantage of all
the wonderful museums (Smithsonian) and historic
sites (Fort McHenry) in the area, why not stop at the
FortMeadeMuseum, accessible from both Griffin and
Leonard Wood avenues.
Also, take advantage of the various tours, attrac-
tions, sporting events and entertainment opportu-
nities while sta-
tioned here. If
unsure where to
start, visit Leisure
located inside the
ation Center next
to the RV Park
on Wilson Street,
and talk to the
staff about what
is available in the
local area and to plan trips up and down the coast
Regardless of your preference, from opera to the
Orioles, dinner cruise to jousting, they can assist you.
Unfortunately, if you are new to the area sometimes
the high volume of traffic can be daunting. Did you
know there is a MARC train station in Odenton, just
off Route 175? The MARC’s daily runs, Monday
through Friday from 5 a.m. to midnight, costs $5 each
way to Union Station in Washington, D.C. There,
you can connect with the Metro and get essentially
anywhere in the city.
The light rail station is located at Cromwell Station,
7378 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie, where
you can catch a ride into Baltimore with stops within
a block of both the Ravens’and Orioles’stadiums and
a few blocks to the Inner Harbor.
If you haven’t tried these public transportation
systems, get out of your comfort zone and give them a
try. More information can be found at mta.maryland.
For our service members who have honorably sepa-
rated from their respective services, a VA Outpatient
Clinic is now open on Fort Meade behind Kimbrough
Ambulatory Care Center.
Services include general outpatient medical care,
preventive health and education services, various
medical screenings, TeleHealth services, and referrals
to specialized programs and inpatient services available
throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System.
For more information about the new Fort Meade
VA Outpatient Clinic or to schedule a primary care
appointment, call 410-305-5300.
Whether this is your first duty station or your last,
chances are the culturally diverse area surrounding
Fort Meade will make an excellent opportunity to have
some adventures to remember during your tour here.
Remember, as we approach Labor Day weekend
and the end of the 100 days of summer, to keep safety
in your planning. Whether it is that last time taking out
the boat or camping, or simply the backyard barbecue,
Don’t forget that school will be starting up next
week. Look out for children, slow down in school
zones, and give yourself some extra time to commute
with the buses getting back on schedule.
Things to do and see
Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 22, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
By Brandon Bieltz
Although the 2013 furloughs are offi-
cially over for many DoD civilians, the
government is looking ahead to 2014
when the required days off could return
To gain a better understanding of the
opinions and stances of the civilian work-
force at Fort Meade, the American Fed-
eration of Government Employees Local
1923 hosted a town hall Aug. 14 at McGill
The hourlong forum included Sen. Ben-
jamin L. Cardin, addressing congressional
resolutions to the furloughs and taking
questions from attendees.
“I’m on base frequently; I come here
for a lot of groundbreakings, ribbon cut-
tings and celebrations,” Cardin said in his
remarks. “I thought it was important to be
here today when we’re not celebrating.
“In fact, we’re rather angry about what’s
happening as far as the federal budget is
concerned and the impact it is having on
your ability to carry out your mission.”
On Aug. 6, Defense Secretary Chuck
Hagel announced that the duration of
furloughs affecting hundreds of thousands
of DoD civilian employees would be cut
from 11 days to six. Although the 2013
furloughs have ended, Hagel said future
furloughs are a possibility.
“If Congress does not change the Bud-
get Control Act, DoD will be forced to cut
an additional $52 billion in FY 2014, start-
ing Oct. 1,” Hagel said in the statement.
“This presents 40 percent more than this
year’s sequester-mandated cuts of $37 bil-
Sen. Cardin talks future furloughs during town hall
photos by philip h. jones
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin addresses a town hall hosted by the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1923 on Aug.
14 at McGill Training Center. Cardin attended the town hall to hear the concerns of Fort Meade’s furloughed civilian workforce.
Shelley Bazemore of the 902nd Military
Intelligence Group poses a question
to Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin during a
town hall on Aug. 14 at McGill Training
Center. Cardin addressed congressional
resolutions to the furloughs and took
questions during the hourlong forum.
lion. Facing this uncertainty, I cannot be
sure what will happen next year.”
The possibility of future furloughs was
the main topic at last week’s town hall.
“We have to really pay attention to what
is going to happen in October,” said John
Gage, former National President of the
AFGE. “It does not look pretty.”
During his remarks to the small crowd
seated in a classroom at McGill, Cardin
said he doesn’t know what will happen in
October regarding more furloughs in 2014.
But he reassured the group that Congress
is focused on resolving the issue.
“We will never allow sequestration to
become the new norm,”he said. “We can’t
let that happen.”
Cardin thanked the attendees, who
represented the more than 27,000 civil-
ian DoD employees at Fort Meade, for
their service to the country and working
through the sequestration and furloughs.
“Our federal workers have made major
sacrifices to help in regards to a budget
problem that you did not create,” said
Cardin, who serves on the Congressional
Committee on Finance. “It was not what
we paid federal workers that caused our
Topics during the open forum included
money-saving suggestions such as cutting
funds for military ceremonies and business
travel; force reduction; how the furloughs
will affect various other programs; and
how employees could be compensated for
time and money loss.
“I wanted to come by today and let
you know that your federal team will not
stand still and say, ‘I guess there’s nothing
we can do and sequestration will be here
in October.’ We’re not going to stand still,”
“What we’re going to do, and continue
to do, is stand up and stay that we will not
Fort Meade services
returning to normal hours:
• The commissary is open seven days
• Army Community Service and the
Soldier Family Assistance Center is
open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
• The Legal Assistance Office is open
five days a week. Call for hours at
Soundoff! will provide a complete
list of services returning to normal
operating hours next week.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 22, 2013
By A. J. Colkitt
Legal Assistance Intern
There’s a new scam that has surfaced
to con veterans out of pension benefits
called Aid and Attendance, or AA.
If you are a veteran age 65 or older,
you may be approached by a scammer
offering to help you get benefits through
the Veterans Administration, often for a
fee. Be wary of such offers.
You can already apply for AA your-
self without paying a fee with the help of
professionals trained and accredited by
the VA to help you complete the forms.
Unlike the scammers, these profession-
als are not allowed to charge a fee.
The scammer also may be trying to
get you to purchase an annuity or estab-
lish a trust, all with fees that will be paid
directly to the scammer.
The scammer also may try to get you
to restructure your finances so that you
may qualify for AA. This will generate
even more fees for the scammer.
The eligibility guidelines for AA
are straightforward. You must be older
than 65, eligible for a military pension,
fall under a certain income bracket,
need assistance with daily living tasks,
be mentally or physically incapacitated,
have strictly limited eyesight, or con-
fined to a bed or nursing home.
AA is not automatically given to
veterans; a careful examination is made
of each application.
The scammer might try to convince
you that you could qualify for these
benefits, but won’t tell you that only a
very select few qualify.
The scammer may try to advise you to
give away assets so that you fall under
the income requirements to qualify for
AA. Then the scammer will offer to
sell you an annuity or to create a trust in
which you may invest your money.
In other words, if you put money
away in an investment, it looks like you
need some more cash. What could pos-
sibly go wrong?
Transferring your money into trusts
or annuities could make you ineligible
for AA. Even if you are accepted by
AA, it may not be enough to cover
your expenses in the long-term. If that’s
the case, you might then apply for Med-
icaid, the government program to assist
people who can’t afford medical care.
Medicaid conducts a 60-month review
of your account, and if you have moved
significant sums of money or assets
below market value within the past
five years, you are given the rejection
Of course, the scammers don’t tell you
If you went along with the scammer
and purchased an annuity or trust fund,
you may have additional problems. Your
investment arrangement may not create
the necessary cash flow for you.
To get an annuity, you pay a down
payment and you’re set. The basic idea
of an annuity is that an insurance com-
pany gives you regular payments over
the years, but in limited amounts.
If you need money now and try to
withdraw some from your annuity, you
have a very high price to pay with pen-
alty fees. For retirees, this is not the best
For more information through the
Veterans Administration, visit va.gov.
For more information through the Fed-
eral Trade Commission, visit ftc.gov.
You also may call the Fort Meade
Legal Assistance Office at 301-677-9504
or 301-677-9536 to schedule an appoint-
ment to speak with an attorney.
Be wary of scammers of supplemental pension benefits
Aug. 11, Shoplifting: The sub-
ject was observed on camera
at the Exchange stealing two
Aug. 12, Larceny of private
property: The victim stated
that she secured her wallet and
money in a wall locker upon
entering her work place. At the end of her shift
she noticed that her wallet and money were
Aug. 18, Driving while under the influence of
alcohol: A unit observed a vehicle approaching
a security gate, swerving within its lane. At the
checkpoint the officer detected a strong odor of
an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver.
The driver agreed to perform tests to check his
ability to drive. He performed poorly. The driver
refused to render a breath sample.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
PHOTO by Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides
drive safelyA police traffic enforcement officer uses a LIDAR to determine the exact speed of a vehicle leaving the Reece
Road gate. With the increase of speed limits for the outbound lanes of all gates from 15 mph to 25 mph, patrols
are now conducting extensive radar and LIDAR enforcement daily to ensure drivers don’t take advantage of the
speed limit increase by driving faster than the new 25 mph speed limit.
The speed limit entering the gates remains at 15 mph. About 150 vehicles are directed to turn around daily,
another hazard that outbound traffic must watch for to prevent an accident.
Fort Meade at
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
After graduating from high school, Laura
Dexter-Mooty enlisted in the Air Force and
trained as a Russian linguist.
Before she ended her four-year tour, Dex-
ter-Mooty worked at the National Security
Agency in the late 1970s.
Now, decades later, she has returned to
Fort Meade as the new USO-Metro coor-
“I’m coming back home to the home-
away-from-home for everyone,” said Dexter-
Mooty, who began her new tenure on Aug.
She replaces Queen Waddell, who resigned
in late June.
“She’s fantastically qualified to serve the
Fort Meade garrison,” said John Falin, the
new regional manager for USO Airport Ser-
vices and Fort Meade. “I believe she will not
only offer sustainability, but also exciting, new
and innovative programs.”
In her new position, Dexter-Mooty said
she wants to remind the Fort Meade commu-
nity of the recreational activities offered by
USO-Metro for active-duty service members
and their families.
“I want everyone on post to know that
we’re here and that this is a comfortable and
inviting place to relax, kick back your feet
and make new friends,” said Dexter-Mooty,
who resides in Ellicott City with her husband,
The USO-Metro, located at 8612 6th
Armored Calvary Road at the corner of
Mapes Road, provides a wide range of ser-
vices and programs for service members. That
includes a free food pantry and Operation
Cinderella, which provides donated special
occasion dresses in all sizes for teenage girls.
USO-Metro distributed free backpacks for
military children on Wednesday morning.
Oriol Servia, driver of the National Guard
IndyCar, will visit USO-Metro for a meet-
and-greet lunch on Wednesday from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. Servia will sign autographs
and take photos with service members and
The event also will feature a simulator
show car. A free lunch will be served to the
first 300 attendees.
On Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon, the
Maryland Food Bank will distribute fresh
produce for active-duty military families at no
charge. Fresh produce is distributed at USO-
Metro on the last Thursday of every month.
Prior to coming to Fort Meade, Dexter-
Mooty served as the guest services coordina-
tor for Grace Community Church in Howard
County for nearly a decade. She also worked
USO-Metro welcomes new coordinator
Laura Dexter-Mooty is Fort Meade’s new USO-Metro coordinator. The Ellicott City resident had served in the Air Force as a
Russian linguist and worked at the National Security Agency.
as a licensed funeral director at several funeral
homes in Howard and Baltimore counties
and as a real estate agent.
In the Air Force, Dexter-Mooty served as a
Russian linguist at the Iraklion Air Station in
Crete. She was then stationed at the NSA.
“I wanted to see the world, so I enlisted
after high school,” she said.
Dexter-Mooty, who ended her enlistment
at the rank of sergeant, then worked in public
relations for an American-Arabian oil com-
pany for about a year. She and her husband
then started a family and she stayed at home
to raise their two children. Paul Mooty now
works in the plastics industry.
Dexter-Mooty said she wants to give back
to the military because of the commitment of
the nation’s service members.
“It’s refreshing to see young men and
women volunteer to join and serve,”she said.
“We are the best military in the world and we
still are the best country in the world.”
Turn old phones into cash at
Exchange Mobile Center
Military shoppers who have old cell phones lying around can now trade them in for
credit toward a smartphone upgrade at the Exchange Mobile Center.
A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new smartphone, acces-
sory or insurance for a new phone. The new program, “Trade-Up and Save,” is available
only at Exchange Mobile Center in-store locations in the continental United States.
“This is an eco-friendly program that makes it even easier for military shoppers to
buy that hot, new smartphone, upgrade early or just change their mobile look with a
colorful new skin or cover,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master
Sgt. Tony Pearson.
Shoppers can trade in up to three handsets per transaction. The credit must be applied
toward a purchase at that time.
Trade-in values vary depending on model, condition, age and market factors.
The Exchange Mobile Center Exchange carries the latest models and accessories.
Experts are available who can assist in understanding features and plans.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 22, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
By Lisa R. Rhodes
Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab, commander
of the U.S. Army Medical Department
Activity and Kimbrough Ambulatory
Care Center, is working hard to meet the
medical needs of Soldiers on post.
Jaghab, who also serves as the instal-
lation’s director of health services, leads
Fort Meade’s new Installation Medical
Council. The council was established in
March in response to a directive sent last
December from the Northern Regional
The council serves “as a collabora-
tive forum for medical coordination,”
according to an Army memorandum.
Jaghab is charged with consulting with
the garrison’s senior commanders “on
matters regarding the delivery of health
care and public health services,” the
“The purpose is to bring together the
medical assets of the community and
commanders of the units to ensure that
we’re meeting their needs. We are strictly
here to serve senior commanders on the
installation,” Jaghab said.
The council, according to the memo-
randum, works to “ensure compliance
with the installation-specific, medical ser-
vices plan to address ongoing challenges
and new medical issues as they arise.”
Participants include Col. Beverly
Maliner, Fort Meade’s Public Health
Emergency Officer; Col. Michael Zapor,
deputy commander, Clinical Services at
Kimbrough; Col. Michael Bell, com-
mander, Public Health Command North;
Col. James Howell III, commander, U.S.
Army Dental Activity; James Getz, Emer-
gency Medical Services; Jeffrey McClen-
don, installation emergency management
officer, Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security; and Martin
Pate, chief of Plans, Training, Mobiliza-
tion, Security and Education for Kim-
The council meets on the fourth
Wednesday of every month from 9:30 to
10:30 a.m. in the main conference room
on the third floor at Kimbrough. Unit
commanders are invited to attend the
The directive charges participants to
“address ongoing challenges while rec-
ommending changes in existing and new
medical issues as necessary, using exist-
ing measures and metrics where possible
and develop additional ones as needed
... [and] help identify both redundancies
and gaps in the delivery of high-quality
health care, dental and environmental
services by evaluating population needs
and assessing existing programs,” accord-
ing to the Army memorandum.
In the months since the council was
established, Jaghab and Joanie Rainey,
action officer for the council, have been
visiting unit commanders to discuss what
Jaghab said are the two most pressing
health concerns for Soldiers - the no-
show rate to appointments at Kimbrough
and their medical readiness status.
Jaghab said the number Soldiers who
do not show up for their scheduled medi-
cal appointments is “pretty excessive.”
“This decreases access to care for the
rest of the community,” he said, noting
that one Soldier missed 10 appointments
in one month.
During his visit, Jaghab provides unit
commanders with the medical-readiness
status reports of Soldiers who need sup-
“Oftentimes, there’s a correlation
between missed appointments and their
readiness medical status,” Jaghab said.
Rainey said mission readiness is always
a top priority.
“Readiness still is paramount to every-
thing we need to do,” said Rainey. “...
We can’t help improve your health if you
don’t show up.”
Jaghab and Rainey have met with
senior leaders from 704th Military Intel-
ligence Brigade and U.S. Cyber Com-
“So far, everyone we’ve met with has
been very receptive,” Rainey said.
Jaghab said the council is an extension
of Fort Meade’s ongoing resiliency and
“We’re trying to make sure we can
get our arms around our units and let
them know what avenues to use to access
care to improve their readiness and their
health overall,” he said.
New Installation Medical Council serves garrison
Proposed plan for
The U.S. Army invites the public to comment
on a proposed plan that evaluates proposed reme-
dial action alternatives to address groundwater
at the Phoenix Military Reservation, located
approximately one-half mile west of Jacksonville,
The site is a sub-installation to Fort Meade.
Investigations and studies show no current,
unacceptable human health risks according to
guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. However, groundwater directly
beneath the site has been impacted by a solvent
(trichloroethene, or TCE) and could present health
risks in the future if the use of the site changes to
Phoenix Military Reservation was developed in
1954 as a Nike missile site and was manned by the
Army until 1966. After a period of inactivity, the
Army leased the property to the Maryland Army
The property has been unoccupied since 1982.
The future use of the property is undetermined.
The proposed plan evaluates the following reme-
dial action alternatives:
• Alternative 1: No further action
• Alternative 2: Monitored natural attenuation
and land use controls
• Alternative 3: In-Situ chemical oxidation,
monitored natural attenuation, and land use con-
Alternative 4: Directed groundwater recircula-
tion, monitored natural attenuation, and land use
Preferred response action
Alternative 4 is the preferred response action.
Under this alternative, groundwater would be
extracted, treated and reinjected.
After five years of treatment, natural attenu-
ation would additionally reduce the remaining
concentrations. Land use controls would limit use
of the property and groundwater.
The preferred response action may be modified
or a new alternative may be developed based on
The final response action selected will be docu-
mented in a Decision Document that summarizes
the decision-making process. The Army will sum-
marize and respond to comments received dur-
ing the comment period as part of the Decision
Public comment period
Copies of the proposed plan and the adminis-
trative record have been available for review since
Aug. 15 at the Cockeysville Branch Library, 9833
Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, MD 21030.
A copy of the proposed plan is also avail-
able at the Fort Meade Environmental Division,
4215 Roberts Ave., Room 320, Fort Meade, MD,
The public may submit written comments dur-
ing the 30-day comment period through Sept. 13.
Comments must be postmarked by Sept. 13 and
sent to Mary Doyle, U.S. Army Garrison Fort
Meade, Public Affairs Office, 4409 Llewellyn Ave.,
Fort Meade, MD, 20755-7058. The PAO telephone
number is 301-677-5592.
Following the 30-day public comment period,
written responses will be prepared and included
in the administrative record.
The Army invites the public to attend a meeting
on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express,
11200 York Road, Hunt Valley, to discuss the
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 22, 2013
By Installation Management Command
With August recognized as Antiterror-
ism Awareness Month, the Army is pro-
moting a campaign encouraging and train-
ing communities to become extensions of
the service’s overall force-protection plan.
iWatch aims to heighten public sensi-
tivity to indicators of possible terrorist
activity while encouraging people to report
suspicious behavior to military or civil-
ian law-enforcement agencies. In addition,
iWatch creates a partnership between on-
and off-post organizations.
“Such information or cooperation may
reveal a piece of the puzzle that thwarts
a terrorist plot,” said Brian Crowley of
the Installation Management Command
Several installations, especially those
overseas where the threat remains high,
have already launched iWatch efforts.
Fort Meade is also focusing on individual
awareness of antiterriorism precautions
during the month.
iWatch empowers Soldiers, family mem-
bers, civilian employees and retirees with
protecting places where they live, work
However, iWatch isn’t a neighborhood
program with volunteers roaming the
streets armed with flashlights and radios.
Instead, it raises community awareness
of what to look for and who to call when
something is out of place.
The types of activities and behaviors to
• Strangers asking questions about secu-
rity or building security procedures
• Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or pack-
• Cars or trucks left in no-parking zones
in front of important buildings
• Chemical smells or fumes
iWatch works by encouraging an indi-
vidual to report unusual or suspicious
“Eighty to 90 percent of the program
is raising awareness levels,” said Stan-
ley Andrusczkiewicz, deputy director of
emergency services at USAG Bamberg,
Through iWatch, officials hope to direct
the attention of community members
accustomed to being wary of threats only
from outside the gate, “totally focused on
the external and not the internal,” Andrus-
That outlook changed Nov. 5, 2009,
when a Soldier at Fort Hood, Texas,
opened fire on a crowd. Andrusczkiewicz
used the metaphor of a clam to describe
the focus of installation security prior to
that shooting — a hard, impenetrable shell
with a soft interior.
Because of the post shootings, said
Andrusczkiewicz, the military became
aware of its vulnerabilities on the inside.
“Everyone plays a key role in force pro-
tection,” said Mike Britton of IMCOM’s
Antiterrorism Branch. “Even a minute
detail being reported can stop an incident
For more information on the Army’s
Antiterrorism Individual Protection mea-
sures, call Mark A. George, antiterror-
ism officer, Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security, at 301-677-7310
or visit www.Acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/
iWatch promotes antiterrorism awareness
‘BOSS’ IN THE
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj.
Thomas J. Latter (far right)
helps Sgt. Christa Venery and
Sgt. Marvin Morris clean the
gutters at the USO-Metro
Fort Meade Center on July
23. Members of the installa-
tion’s Better Opportunities
for Single Soldiers made
repairs to the facility after
the building sustained minor
PHoto by Sgt. Chatonna Powell
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 22, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
By Brandon Bieltz
When Elias Mendez arrived at Fort Meade
in March as a guidance counselor for the Sol-
dier and Family Assistance Center, he noticed
that the installation didn’t offer a Spanish-
speaking worship service.
He quickly set out to change that.
“I wanted to be able to provide some spiri-
tual services for the Spanish-speaking popula-
tion,” Mendez said. “We wanted to be able to
provide them worship in their own language.”
Mendez, who serves as a “distinctive faith
group” leader, and his wife, Mildred, now
Service held every Sunday at 1 p.m. at the
The couple launched the worship service
three weeks ago with modest attendance but
expects the congregation to grow.
“I’m hoping that the ministry is going to
grow for the benefit of everybody — not for
my benefit. We don’t get paid for this,” Men-
dez said. “This is something that is voluntary
because we love to do it.”
Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau said
the service is the third of its kind since he
arrived at Fort Meade last year. Early on in
the planning process, Rau said, he could tell
that Mendez and his wife were determined to
make the service work.
“I could see that they both had a lot of
energy to make this happen,” Rau said.
Rau created a marketing plan with Mendez
and launched the nondenominational service
at the beginning of August.
“We welcome every one,” Mendez said.
“But we do talk about the Gospel of Jesus.
That’s what we preach”
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mendez is
excited to offer the service for Spanish-speak-
ing members of the Fort Meade community.
Distinctive faith group leaders are nonpaid
volunteers who provide religious services in
chapels on military installations when special-
ized chaplains are unavailable.
“I’m not an ordained minister, but I soon
will be,” Mendez said. “I have been preaching
the Gospel for about eight or nine years. That’s
what I love to do. I’m passionate about it.”
Rau said the couple’s enthusiasm is evi-
“They have a lot of energy and passion,”he
said. “That’s what it takes. People sense that.”
Through the service, Mendez aims to help
service members become more resilient by
assisting them in building their “spiritual fit-
“There is so much going on in the world
right now. People need to strengthen their spir-
itual beliefs, and this is something that we are
looking forward to do,” Mendez said. “That’s
one of the reasons we wanted this — to help
Soldiers work with their spiritual fitness.”
While there is not a large Spanish-speak-
ing population on post, Mendez is hoping to
spread the word to the diverse communities
surrounding the installation to help the service
grow and provide support for Fort Meade’s
“We are hoping to create something here
that a year from now people can benefit from,
especially Soldiers,” Mendez said. “Young
Soldiers come here to Fort Meade, perhaps for
the first time separated from their family and
they need some spiritual support. And that is
what we want to do.”
Spanish-speaking Christian service offered at Cavalry Chapel
“My interest is in the
future because I am
going to spend the rest
of my life there.”
— Charles Kettering,
By Tony E. Davis
Operations Security Officer
Operations security is a key compo-
nent of antiterrorism and force protec-
tion, helping to protect service members,
civilian employees, families, facilities
and equipment everywhere by denying
Operations security is not a specific
category of information. It is a process
for identifying, controlling and protect-
ing generally unclassified information
which, if becomes known to a competi-
tor or adversary, could be used to our
One of the first steps to consider
when developing an OPSEC process
traditionally involves identifying critical
information. Service members, civil-
ian employees and family members
should always be mindful about poten-
tial adversaries who seek to discover
critical information about our military
communities and missions.
Critical information deals with spe-
cific facts about military intentions,
capabilities, operations or activities.
Even though information may not be
secret, it is what we call “critical infor-
If an adversary knew this detailed
information, our mission accomplish-
ment and personnel safety could be
jeopardized. It must be protected to
ensure an adversary doesn’t gain a sig-
Examples of critical information
• Detailed information about the mis-
sion of assigned units
• Details on locations and times of
• Personnel transactions that occur
in large numbers (For example: pay
information, powers of attorney, wills,
and deployment information)
• References to trends in unit morale
or personnel problems
• Details concerning security proce-
This information may seem insignifi-
cant. However, to a trained adversary,
they are small pieces of a puzzle that
highlight what a military unit is doing
Remember, the elements of security
and surprise are vital to the accomplish-
ment of our goals and our collective
When it comes to protecting critical
information, there are several things
individuals can do. They include editing
emails for operational security before
sending them, using encryption emails
to protect sensitive information, and
using burn bags to destroy notes and
documents with Social Security num-
bers, personal records, home addresses
and reports that reflect our strengths,
assets and future operations.
Where and how you discuss critical
information are just as important as
with whom you discuss it with. Adverse
agents tasked with collecting informa-
tion frequently visit some of the same
stores, clubs, recreational areas or plac-
es of worship as you do.
Determined individuals can easily
collect data from trash cans, cordless
and cellular phones, and even baby
monitors, using inexpensive receivers
available from local electronics stores.
Remember, it’s everyone’s job to pro-
tect critical information. You cannot
afford to let your guard down. Your
diligence in OPSEC is key to ensuring
our effectiveness in operations and our
If anyone persistently seeks informa-
tion, notify your unit OPSEC program
manager. If you see suspicious activity
on or near Fort Meade, call the Fort
Meade Police at 301-677-2619.
Editor’s note: August is the Army’s
Antiterrorism Awareness Month. Fort
Meade’s ultimate goal in preventing a
terrorist attack is to include every orga-
nization, unit and person in the effort to
prevent that possibility.
For more information on the Army’s
antiterrorism protection measures, call
Tony Davis, Fort Meade Operations
Security Officer, at 301-677-2635.
Protecting critical information a vital part of security
Find the Fort Meade
Look for the “Community” tab then
click on “Religious Services” for
schedules, events and
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
On the morning of Aug. 12, more
than 100 children sang songs of praise
in the sanctuary at Argonne Hills Chapel
The jubilant celebration marked the
start of Vacation Bible School, which
ended Friday. Sponsored for close to a
decade by the Installation Chaplain’s
Office, the weeklong ecumenical pro-
gram features Bible points reinforced
daily through Bible stories, games, crafts
The program is targeted to ages 4 to
10 and is open to children of active-duty
service members of all branches, DoD
civilians and retirees.
This year’s program theme was “King-
dom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for
“This year’s [objective] was to teach
kids that prayer and family will help
them stand strong and will encourage
them to help one another,” said Marcia
Eastland, Protestant Religious Education
More than 50 volunteers led 220 chil-
dren in activities that emphasized the
power of prayer and placing trust in God,
family and friends.
Lynn Blackmon, a second-grader at
Ridgeway Elementary School in Severn,
said she enjoyed hearing stories about
Jesus, making arts and crafts, and eating
“I like learning about God and being
kind,” the 7-year-old said.
Vacation Bible School strives to
encourage youth to have faith
photos by noah scialom
Children sing in the hallway during the installation’s annual Vacation Bible School,
which was held at Argonne Hills Chapel Center from Aug. 12 to Friday. This year’s
program theme was “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God.”
Children participate in an
arts and crafts activity dur-
ing Vacation Bible School.
The weeklong ecumenical
program features Bible les-
sons reinforced through
daily Bible stories, arts and
crafts, games and songs.
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illustration by Shawn Sales
and Judee Snyder,
Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security (DPTMS),
Visual Information Graphics.
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Back To School
School Support Services and School
Liaison are part of Child, Youth and
School Services and work in conjunc-
tion with the local school communities to
address educational issues involving chil-
dren of military families.
CYSS School Liaisons Sarah Bonise
and Lorian Tarver, who serve as a link
between the installation and the surround-
ing school districts, answer the following
questions that parents frequently ask.
How do I contact the Fort Meade
School Support Services is located at
Child, Youth and School Services, 1900
The office is open Mondays to Fri-
days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The telephone number is 301-677-
1227 or 301-677-1749.
Bonise’s email: sarah.e.bonise.naf@
Tarver’s email: lorian.m.tarver.nay@
Are the Fort Meade schools
Department of Defense schools?
No. The schools located on Fort
Meade are operated and governed by
Anne Arundel County Public Schools,
2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD
The AACPS telephone number is 410-
222-5000. The website is aacps.org.
The interim superintendent of Anne
Arundel County Public Schools is
What is the Meade Feeder
The Meade Feeder System is the term
used to designate the elementary and
middle schools that “feed” into Meade
This system includes the following
elementary schools: Manor View, Per-
shing Hill, Meade Heights, Seven Oaks,
Jessup, Van Bokkelen, Brock Bridge,
Maryland City, Hebron-Harmon and
West Meade Early Education Center.
The middle schools are MacArthur
Middle and Meade Middle.
Where does my child attend
Your child will attend a neighborhood
school designated by your address.
• If you live in Anne Arundel County,
your child will attend Anne Arundel
County Public Schools (aacps.org).
• If you live in Howard County, your
child will attend Howard County Public
• If you live in Prince George’s Coun-
ty, your child will attend Prince George’s
County Public Schools (pgcps.org).
How do you enroll in a charter
AACPS has two charter schools in
the Meade area:
• Monarch Academy Public Charter
School in Glen Burnie, serving kinder-
garten and grades one, two, five and
The telephone number is 410-760-
2072. The website is monarchcharter.
• Chesapeake Science Point Charter
School in Hanover, serving grades six
The telephone number is 443-757-
5277. The website is mycsp.org.
Parents must contact each individual
school for enrollment openings.
How old does my child need to be
to start kindergarten?
If your child reaches age 5 on or
before Sept. 1 of the desired school year,
your child is eligible to enroll.
Can I enroll my child in
kindergarten if the child turns 5
after the Sept. 1 deadline?
A 4-year-old child who will be 5 by
Oct. 15, upon request by the parent or
guardian may be admitted to kinder-
garten if the child meets the mandated
criteria on the required assessments:
• 125 or better on a standardized
cognitive ability assessment
• 8th stanine or better on a standard-
ized achievement assessment
For more information, see early kin-
dergarten enrollment at aacps.org.
Where can I learn more about
Contact the Fort Meade Home
Schooling Group at ftmeadehome-
During the school year, the group
meets every Friday at the Child, Youth
and School Services School-Age Care
Center, 1900 Reece Road.
What do I need in order to enroll
my child at school?
Once you have determined your neigh-
borhood school, call for an appoint-
ment to register.
You will need to bring your child’s
birth certificate, shot record, current
physical, two proofs of residency (your
lease or mortgage and a piece of mail
such as a utility bill or cable bill that
has your name and new address), report
card from previous school and IEP
(Individualized Education Program) if
the child has any special needs.
What is the best school?
This is a common question from par-
ents to ask the school liaison.
Since educational success differs for
each student and family, we cannot rec-
ommend the “best” school for you. We
can provide guidance on how to select
a school. These decisions are based on
the needs of the child, academic and
extra-curricular interests, and housing/
All area schools have successful stu-
dents. We can help families choose a
school that can best fit their children.
What if my child needs a tutor or
• CYSS School-Age Care Center,
Youth Services and the Teen Center
all have homework computer labs with
onsite staff ready to help children.
To register, call Parent Central Ser-
vices at 301-677-1149.
• Bus transportation to and from the
School-Age Care Center and Youth
Services is provided from the following
area schools: Manor View, Pershing
Hill, Seven Oaks, Meade Heights, West
Meade EEC, MacArthur Middle and
The Teen Center is a short walking
distance to Meade High School.
• Tutor.com: Military families can
get free help from a professional tutor
anytime they need it at tutor.com.
Tutors are available online 24/7. This
service is also available for adults return-
ing to school.
School liaisons answer frequently asked questions
As parents prepare to send their
children back to school next week,
there’s one more event to note on the
family calendar: Back-To-School Night.
More than 77,000 students are
expected to enter Anne Arundel County
classrooms this year.
Back-To-School Nights provide parents
with a chance to learn more about
classroom procedures, the instruction
their children are receiving and the
teachers who are providing that
Detailed information on dates and
times for schools in the Meade cluster
also can be found on the school
system’s website, aacps.org.
• Meade High School: Sept, 12, 6 p.m.
• MacArthur Middle School: Sept. 9, 6 p.m.
• Meade Middle School: Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
• Manor View Elementary: Sept. 3, 5 p.m.
• Pershing Hill Elementary: Sept. 18, 6 p.m.
• Meade Heights Elementary: Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
• Seven Oaks Elementary: Sept. 11, 6:45 p.m.
• Jessup Elementary: Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
• Brock Bridge Elementary: Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
• Maryland City Elementary: Sept. 25, 6:30
• Hebron-Harmon Elementary: Sept. 16, 6
• Van Bokkelen Elementary: Sept. 11, 6 p.m.
• West Meade Early Education Center: Sept.
10, 6 p.m.
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Back To School
Michael T. Lyons is the new principal at Meade Middle School. Prior to his appointment,
Lyons was an assistant principal at the school for two years. Lyons, whose father
served in the Army at Fort Meade, is a graduate of MacArthur Middle School, Arundel
High School and Morgan State University.
Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Michael T. Lyons, the new principal at
Meade Middle School, said he is “com-
ing full circle.”
The son of a retired staff sergeant
stationed at Fort Meade in 1970, Lyons
is a graduate of MacArthur Middle
School, Arundel High School and Mor-
gan State University.
“I’ve always wanted to come back to
Maryland,” said Lyons, who previously
worked in school districts in California.
“So this gave me the opportunity to
Lyons replaces Bill Goodman, who
served as principal at Meade Middle
for four years. Goodman is now senior
manager for human capital manage-
ment at the Anne Arundel County
Board of Education.
Prior to his new position as princi-
pal, Lyons was an assistant principal
at Meade Middle for two years. Before
that, he worked for three years as
principal of Ronald McNair Middle
School, a once low-performing charter
school in East Palo Alto, Calif., that
had its charter revoked before Lyons
came on board in 2008 and turned it
“Dr. Lyons has always been very
visible and hands-on in his previous
capacity as an assistant principal,” said
Toni Ndika, president of the school’s
Parent Teacher Student Association.
Ndika said the new principal’s major
strength is his years in education admin-
istration prior to coming to Meade
Lyons said one of his goals in
education has been to make a quality
instruction available to all students,
particularly low-income students in
low-performing schools with few edu-
“A lot of times their ticket out is a
good education,” Lyons said. “If you
lay the foundation for a good educa-
tion, when they get to high school then
getting to college is not going to be an
Meade Middle, however, has ample
resources for all students including a
counselor for each grade level, a social
worker, a school psychologist, a speech
therapist and a technical staffer, said
“The only thing that’s missing - we
need more parent participation,” he
New principal leads Meade Middle School
Encouraging more parents to become
involved in school activities and volun-
teer at the school is one of Lyons’ goals
for the year.
Ndika said the PTSA also plans to
raise funds to purchase iPads for stu-
dents and a marquee for the school.
Lyons advises parents to “have a say-
so” in their child’s school. Lyons said
one thing he has learned as an educator
and as a parent, is that if parents don’t
tell educators what their needs are, they
will be told what their needs are.
A second goal, said Lyons, is to
continue the implementation of the
state’s three-year Common Core State
Standards Initiative, a national effort
“to communicate what is expected of
students at each grade level,” according
to the initiative’s website.
This will be the third year of imple-
mentation in Maryland.
“Common Core is a new way of
looking at how we are going to edu-
cate and prepare students beyond high
school,” Lyons said. “Now we prepare
students for college, career readiness
and the workforce.”
According to the website, Common
Core will “focus more on core conceptu-
al understanding and procedures start-
ing in the early grades, thus enabling
teachers to take the time needed to
teach core concepts and procedures well
— and give students the opportunity to
Lyons said students will be expected
to demonstrate a deeper understanding
of the content of subjects across all
For example, Lyons said that in lan-
guage arts, students may be required to
read three different articles on a subject
and cite multiple references, and show
evidence of learning in an essay or oral
Implementing Common Core will
not require a change in curriculum but
a shift in instructional practices, Lyons
said. Parents are being educated about
the initiative as well.
A third goal is for Meade Middle
to meet its Adequate-Yearly-Progress
benchmarks in language arts and math,
as required by the Maryland School
Lyons said the school must provide
additional support in language arts
for special education students and that
he expects the school to meet its AYP
requirements in math this year.
Born at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Lyons
played football at Arundel High School.
He enrolled in the Reserve Officer’s
Training Corps in college, but opted out
so he could play football on an athletic
Lyons credits his high school football
coach, Buddy Hepner, for helping him
to switch from general studies to college
Lyons said if it wasn’t for Hepner
and the quality education he received
at Morgan State University, he “hon-
estly could not say” where he would
He earned a Bachelor of Science
degree in psychology and then went on
to North Carolina Central University,
where he earned a master’s degree in
He was awarded a doctoral degree in
education leadership from the Univer-
sity of California, Berkley.
Lyons began his education career
as a high school counselor and social
studies teacher at Archbishop Mitty
High School, a Catholic college pre-
paratory school in San Jose, Calif. He
then served as a school psychologist,
assistant principal, principal, and later
a school director and assistant superin-
tendent in the state before working at
Ronald McNair Middle School.
Lyons’ wife, Angelita, works at the
National Security Agency. He has two
teenage sons. One is a freshman at
Meade High School, and the other is
a sophomore at Arundel High and a
member of the school football team.
He also has four adult daughters and
is the grandfather of three boys.
Lyons said he plans to meet with
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley to discuss how Meade Middle can
align its goals with the installation.
Lyon’s message to the Fort Meade
community is to get involved with its
“They need parent support. Most
importantly, volunteer your time,”
Lyons said. “Show your child, show
your community that you care.”
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Back To School
Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Meade High School is undergoing sev-
eral construction and renovation projects
that will be completed either by the start
of the school year or in 2015.
The most ambitious construction proj-
ect is a two-story addition with 12 class-
rooms, including one resource room,
one teacher planning room, a custodian
closet, a storage closet, and mechanical
and electrical rooms with restrooms.
The project is currently on hold while
the contractor, Whiting Turner Con-
struction based in Baltimore, resolves
some related matters. However, the proj-
ect is scheduled to be completed in about
18 months from the initial start date.
“The addition will help alleviate future
issues with overcrowding and provide
an excellent classroom environment for
our students and staff,” Principal John
Meade High is the largest school in
the county. Yore said the school system
anticipates continued growth. Currently,
school enrollment is about 2,300; por-
tables are being used to accommodate
It has not yet been determined how
many more students will be able to enroll
once the two-story addition has been
Meade High School gets face-lift
(Left) Tony Niacin, vice president of NGE Inc., a mat hoist company in Roland, Iowa,
and Tim Kinyon, the lead installer, prepare a mat hoist ladder at one of Meade High
School’s auxiliary gymnasiums on Aug. 21. Contractors are working to place the high
school’s wrestling mats, which weigh up to 7,000 pounds, for storage on a mat hoist
near the ceiling. The storage of the wrestling mats is part of several renovations at
In June, three contractors began reno-
vating the auditorium with the installa-
tion of new flooring, seating and cur-
tains. The cost was $265,000.
Renovations to the auxiliary gymna-
siums are scheduled to be completed
by the end of the month. The gymna-
siums will have new basketball back-
boards, LED lighting and a hoist sys-
tem for large wrestling mats. Partitions
will be removed. The project’s cost was
“We are excited about the work that
has been done,” Yore said. “The audito-
rium looks very nice. … The new LED
lights look great.”
Three Brothers Construction, which
is based in Detroit, will begin building
a new concession stand for the school’s
baseball field once the required permits
have been obtained.
According to Janice Tores, business
manager at Meade High, the existing
concession stand is in poor operating
condition. The cost will be $275,000.
All of the projects are being paid
through a combination of funding
from the Anne Arundel County Public
Schools, the Meade High Athletic Boost-
ers Club and grants from the state.
Expo links parents to school system resources
The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of School and Family Partnerships is partnering with Abundant Life
Church to host the free Back-to-School Expo, providing parents and students with important information as they prepare to
return to school.
The expo will be part of the church’s annual Super Saturday Kids Carnival, a free community event, on Saturday from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Church, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road, Glen Burnie.
The event will include a mega-sports obstacle course, waterslide, balloon twister, more than 25 game booths, and a food
AACPS employees will distribute school supplies, share information and answer questions.
Employees on hand include local school principals; school system personnel including representatives of the Title I Office;
and community agency representatives from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Anne Arundel County Read-
ing Council, and Centro de Ayuda.
Supplies will include information provided by the Maryland State Department of Education about Common Core, the new
state standards for reading and math.
Bilingual interpreters will be available to assist Spanish- and Korean-speaking families.
“This event has become an annual kickoff for the school year, bringing excitement and relief to many families getting ready
for school,” said Teresa Tudor, AACPS’ senior manager of School and Family Partnerships.
“We are always grateful to the many businesses and agencies that continue to not only help with this event, but have enabled
it to grow. Every year we are able to affect more families because of their generosity.”
School Menu Pricing
The following price structure has been
approved by the Board of Education of
Anne Arundel County
Breakfast (full price - all schools)
Breakfast (reduced price - all schools)
Lunch (full price - elementary)
Lunch (full price - secondary)
Lunch (reduced - all schools)
Milk (all schools) .55
Meal Benefit Applications are handed
out at the beginning of the school
year. Applications are available
through the school office and
Food and Nutrition Services office.
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.
Women’s Equality Day
The Fort Meade community is invited
to Women’s Equality Day “Celebrating
Women’s Right To Vote” today from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training
The event is hosted by U.S. Army
Cyber Command. Admission is free and
open to the public.
The keynote speaker is Del. Jill P.
Carter, representing Maryland House
District 41. Carter is a member of the
House Judiciary Committee; Chair of
the Estates and Trusts Subcommittee;
the Legislative Black Caucus of
Maryland; and the Women Legislators
Rear Adm. Margaret Klein, chief of
staff, U.S. Cyber Command, will deliver
All Fort Meade service members
and civilian employees are encouraged
to attend with supervisory approval
and without charge to annual leave.
Administrative leave is authorized.
For more information, call Sgt. 1st
Class Kah at 301-833-2011 or Sgt. 1st
Class Palmore at 301-677-6687.
Women’s Equality Day
Defense Media Activity will host a
Women’s Equality Day observance on
Aug. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. at DMA, 6700
The event is open to all military and
civilians on Fort Meade.
Civilian attire is business. Military
attire is Class CS.
The guest speaker is Air Force Maj.
Gen. Sharon K.G. Dunbar, commander,
Air Force District of Washington and
320th Air Expeditionary Wing.
Ray B. Shepherd, director of DMA,
will give the closing remarks.
This year’s theme honors the 350,000
women who joined the military during
World War II as well as those who are
still working toward full equality for
women in the U.S. military.
For more information, call 301-222-
6843 or email Allison.Highley@dma.mil.
First Army change of
The mantle of leadership at First
Army Division East will pass from
Maj. Gen. Kevin R. Wendel to Maj.
Gen. Jeffrey L. Bailey in a change-of-
command ceremony Monday at 10 a.m.
on McGlachlin Parade Field.
The First Army commanding general,
Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, will host the
The community is invited to attend.
Wendel, who took command of
Division East on March 1, 2011, also
assumed command of First Army this
year from March 14 to Aug. 1, prior to
Bailey takes command of First
Army Division East following an
assignment as the deputy chief of staff
for operations and training, U.S. Army
Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
For more information, call Amanda
Glenn, First Army Division East public
affairs officer, at 301-833-8457 or email
Finale summer concert
The finale concert of the U.S. Army
Field Band Summer Concert Series
will be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. at
All components of the Army Field
Band — Jazz Ambassadors, The
Volunteers, The Concert Band and
Soldiers’ Chorus — will perform the
finale featuring the “1812 Overture.”
For more information, call 301-677-
6586 or visit armyfieldband.com.
Anyone with debts owed to or by the
estate of Staff Sgt. Stacey M. Hammond
must contact 2nd Lt. Jevgenijs Salama-
tovs, the Summary Court Officer for the
Hammond passed away at her home in
Altoona, Pa., on July 24.
To reach Salamatovs, call 202-321-2347
or email email@example.com.
Grand Prix jobs
BCM Solutions Incorporated is
seeking to hire service members to work
12-hour shifts at the Grand Prix of
Baltimore Indy Car Race from Tuesday
to Sept. 1.
Day and overnight shifts are available.
Pay is $10 an hour.
All applicants must be at least 18
years old with a reliable cell phone and
transportation, as well as a photo ID.
To apply, email a resume with
a copy of a valid U.S. ID to
Community Job Fair
A Community Job Fair will be held
Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club
Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.
The job fair is open to the public.
Come early; anticipate lines. Bring
resumes. Dress for success.
A free shuttle service will be available
to the parking lot.
For more information, go to
Right Arm Night
Bring co-workers to Right Arm Night
today from 4-6 p.m. at Club Meade.
The event features free food, music
and prizes and is open to all ranks and
services, and all military and DoD/NSA
Units may reserve tables at 301-677-
Square Dance Club
The Swinging Squares Square Dance
Club, which just celebrated its 34th
anniversary, dances the third and fifth
Saturday of the month from September
to the end of May at Meade Middle
The first dance of the 2013-14 season
will be Sept. 21 from 7:30-10 p.m.
Admission is $6. Square dance attire is
For fun, fellowship and exercise, try
this modern, western square-dancing.
Dance classes are held Thursday
nights at 7:30 p.m. at Meade Middle
School, starting Sept. 19.
Each class costs $6. The first two
classes are free.
For more information, call Darlene
at 410-519-2536 (voice); 410-868-5050
(text), or Carl at 410-271-8776 (voice/
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Community News Notes
The Army Air Force Exchange
Service and Proctor and Gamble
have teamed up to give five Exchange
shoppers the opportunity to “clean
up” in the “Free Tide for a Year”
Authorized shoppers can enter
through Aug. 29 at Exchange stores
worldwide for the opportunity to win
one of five $1,500 Exchange gift cards.
Entrants must be at least 18 years old.
Winners will be announced on or about
For more information, visit
OSC Super Sign-Up
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club will host a Super Sign-Up for
Membership on Aug. 29 from 6-8 p.m.
at Midway Commons Neighborhood
Meet some new friends and find out
what the OSC is all about.
For more information, email
Individuals interested in participating
in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
should call 301-677-1301.
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals who would like to join in a
morning prayer on Fridays.
Little Meade Mustangs Preschool
Program is open to children ages 3 1/2-
5 years old at Meade High School.
The program runs three days per week
from mid-October to mid-May. Tuition
is $30 per semester.
Applications are available in Meade
High School’s main office.
For more information, email Rebecca
Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded Legal Education
The Office of the Judge Advocate
General is accepting applications for the
Army’s Funded Legal Education Program.
Under this program, the Army
projects sending up to 25 active-duty
commissioned officers to law school at
government expense. Selected officers will
attend law school beginning the fall of
2014 and will remain on active duty while
attending law school.
Interested officers should review
Chapter 14, AR 27-1 (Judge Advocate
General’s Funded Legal Education
Program) to determine their eligibility.
This program is open to commissioned
officers in the rank of second lieutenant
through captain. Applicants must have
at least two years, but not more than six
years, of total active federal service at the
time legal training begins.
Eligibility is governed by statute (10
U.S.C. 2004) and is nonwaivable.
Eligible officers interested in applying
should immediately register for the earliest
offering of the Law School Admission
Applicants must send their request
through command channels, including the
officer’s branch manager at AHRC, with a
copy furnished to the Office of the Judge
Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT
(Yvonne Caron, Room 2B517), 2200 Army
Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 20310.
The application must be received by
Nov. 1. Submission well in advance of the
deadline is advised.
For more information, call Maj. Nate
Hummel, the Fort Meade deputy staff
judge advocate, at 301-677-9023.
Fort Meade MARC Shuttle Bus Schedule
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Due to the closing of the Mapes Road gate, the MARC Shuttle Bus schedule has been affected. Here are the new hours:
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Community News Notes
Career classes, programs
Army Community Service and the Fleet
and Family Support Center offer free
classes at the Community Readiness Center,
830 Chisholm Ave., to DoD identification
cardholders, including active-duty service
members, retirees and their family members,
DoD civilian employees and contractors.
Registration is required for each class.
• Common Sense Parenting, Friday, 11:30
a.m. To register, call 301-677-7836.
• Anger Management: Tuesday, 9 a.m.
• Medical records review: Appointment
required at 301-677-9017.
For more information, call ACS at 301-
677-5590 or the Fleet Center at 301-677-
Volunteer guitarist needed
The Fort Meade Teen Center has an
opening for a volunteer guitarist to head
the guitar club.
If you are interested in working with
teens in grades nine through 12 to help
them hone their musical talents, call the
Teen Center at 301-677-6054.
Club Midnight for grades nine to 12
will be held Friday from 9 p.m. to 12:30
a.m. at the Teen Center.
The event is an “end-of-summer jam.”
Cost is $2 for registered members of
Child, Youth and School Services and
$3 for guests.
For more information, go to
A “School’s Back Block Party” for
grades six to eight will be Friday from
3-6 p.m. at the Youth Center.
The event is free for registered
CYSS members. Cost is $2 for a guest
accompanied by a CYSS member.
The event will feature games and
music. The snack bar will be open.
For more information, go to
Child, Youth and School Services will
offer Grilling Chilling for grades six
to eight on Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the
The event features grilled hot dogs
and burgers, salads, chips and music.
Cost is $5.
For more information, go to
• Maryland Renaissance Festival will
be held Saturday through Oct. 20 at 1821
Crownsville Road, Annapolis. Admission
is $7 to $22. For more information, email
• Maryland State Fair runs Friday
through Sept. 6 at the Maryland State
Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.
Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors
age 62 and older; $3 for children ages 6 to
11; and free for ages 5 and younger. Rides
are individually priced.
A ticket is required for all fairgoers age 3
and older for concerts held in the racetrack
Events include: “Battle of the Beast”
Bull Riding Barrel Racing, Monday at 7
p.m.; Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming
Pig Show, Friday-Sept. 2, at 12:30 p.m., 2:30
p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Three
Days Grace performing Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.;
thoroughbred horseracing, Friday-Sept. 2;
professional chainsaw sculptors; and “Milk
It Yourself” — learn to milk a cow for a
For a complete schedule and more
information, visit marylandstatefair.com.
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its next
monthly bus trip to New York City on Sept.
7 and Oct. 5, with discounts to attractions.
Bus cost is $55. For more information, call
301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Johnny Seaton and his band, Bad
Behavior, will entertain with their rockabilly
and Elvis revue on Sept. 7 at the Jessup
Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, Doors
open at 7 p.m.
Advanced tickets cost $20. Tickets
purchased at the door cost $25.
The event will feature a silent auction of
jewelry, gift cards, Vera Bradley and Coach
bags, and a “basket of cheer.”
Refreshments including beer and wine will
be on sale.
The event will benefit Camp Corral,
sponsored by the Golden Corral at
Arundel Mills Mall. The camps, located
at 14 different sites across the U.S., benefit
the children of injured, disabled or fallen
Children, ages 8-15, enjoy a free week of
For more information or to hold or
purchase tickets, call the event chairman,
Dana Herbert, at 410-796-7999 or email
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month
at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is
Sunday. For more information, call Betty
Jones at 410-730-0127.
• 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 Monday. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at School Age Services,
1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is
Monday. Free child care will be provided
For more information, email Kimberly.
• 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
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by
the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at
the Conference Center.
The next breakfast is Sept. 5.
All Fort Meade employees, family
members, and civilian and military
personnel are invited. There is no cost for
the buffet; donations are optional.
For more information, call 301-677-6703
or email email@example.com.
• Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the
first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at
Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210
Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet
hall in back of the building. The next
meeting is Sept. 5. Dinner is served at 6
p.m. For more information, call 410-674-
• National Alliance on Mental Illness
of Anne Arundel County offers a free
support group for families with a loved
one suffering from mental illness on the
first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at
the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325
Annapolis Road. The next meeting is Sept.
5. For more information, visit namiaac.org.
• Enlisted Spouses Club meets the second
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at
Midway Commons Neighborhood Center.
The next meeting is Sept. 9. For more
information, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email
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 Wednesdays to Saturdays at
6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults
(12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through Sept. 1
pilot giant robots as a means of defense against
monstrous creatures. With Charlie Hunnam,
Rinko Kukuchi, Idris Elba. (3D)
Friday: “Grown Ups 2” (PG-13). Lenny (Adam
Sandler) relocates his family back to the small
town where he and his friends grew up. With
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock.
Saturday: “The Lone Ranger” (PG-13). A masked
lawman and a spirit warrior join forces to fight
villains. With Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer,
Aug. 28, 31: “Turbo” (PG). A snail attains the
power of super speed, and pursues his dream
of becoming a racer. With Ryan Reynolds, Paul
Giamatti, Michael Peña. (3D)
Aug. 29, Sept. 1: “R.I.P.D.” (PG-13). From the
great beyond, a cop joins a team of spirit law-
men. With Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin
Aug. 30: “The Conjuring” (PG-13). Paranormal
investigators confront a demonic entity. With
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor.
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IndyCar meet and greet
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade USO Center.
The free event will feature a simulator show car, autograph cards, photo
opportunities and lunch for the first 300 attendees.
Grand Prix discount
For a 10 percent discount on tickets for the Baltimore Grand Prix, enter the
code “DODGrandPrix” when purchasing online.
The discount is open to DoD employees and service members.
The Grand Prix will be held Tuesday to Sept. 1 near Baltimore’s Inner
New hours at the Lanes
The Lanes’ new hours are: Mondays, 4 to 10 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 10
p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays,
4 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Lounge is open Monday to Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Football Fan Fair 5K and 1 Mile Walk
The installation’s annual Run Series continues Sept. 21 with a Football Fan
Fair 5K and 1 Mile Walk at 8 a.m. at Constitution Park.
The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is
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.
All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.
To pre-register, go to www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=46037
For more information, call 301-677-3867.
Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones, author of Jibber Jabber, is
out of the office.
As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or
anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones.
firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ctjibber.
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By Brandon Bieltz
With only a little more than a week before
the youth football season kicks off, the esti-
mated 130 athletes who will sport blue and
yellow on the grid-iron are gearing up for a
Fort Meade’s Child, Youth and School
Services’ football teams have been on the
practice fields since late July, preparing for
the Anne Arundel Youth Football Asso-
ciation season that officially gets underway
With a higher numbers of participants,
Fort Meade is fielding six teams this year.
Cougars’ commissioner Rick Eden said
that with a large number of returning play-
ers and a consistent line-up of coaches, the
continuity on the team could help propel
the various Cougars teams to a successful
“We have a lot of continuity right now,”
he said. “Continuity helps.”
Eden said the teams have been focusing on
the fundamentals and moving into working
on plays during the preseason practices.
Despite being smaller in stature than the
rest of the AAYFA, the Fort Meade young-
sters are skilled and find ways to win when
outmatched by size, Eden said.
“Fort Meade is always a little smaller than
everybody else, but we’re a little quicker and
we’re more disciplined,” he said.
Quarterback Timothy Anderson said his
team looks good in the practices and players
are excited to take the field.
As the Cougars close out of their pre-
season practices, Eden said he is expecting
big things from all seven teams this year.
“It’s going to be a good year,” he said.
Cougars football teams
prepare for season
Photos by Nate Pesce
Coach Donald Day demonstrates the center position to Jon’Darius Stone prior to
a scrimmage during a preseason practice on Aug. 15. More than 130 Fort Meade
youngsters will compete for the Cougars football teams this season.
Fort Meade Cougars quarterback Ian
Fowler snaps the ball during practice
at the Youth Sports Complex. The Anne
Arundel Youth Football Association
season officially gets underway Aug. 30.
LEFT: David Nakasone tackles Justin
James during drills at last week’s practice
at the Youth Sports Complex. The Child,
Youth and School Services’ Cougars
football teams are gearing up for the