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  1. 1. food fight Freedom Inn honored in annual competition page 5 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 9 a.m.: Garrison Change of Command - McGlachlin Parade Field Today, 7 p.m.: The Volunteers’ “Best of Pink Floyd” Concert - Constitution Park Sunday, 5 p.m.: Ravens Military Appreciation Day - M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Aug. 15, 7 p.m.: Jazz Ambassadors Summer Concert - Constitution Park Aug. 22, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - Club Meade leadership Col. Brian P. Foley takes command of garrison today page 3 Soundoff!´ vol. 65 no. 31 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community August 8, 2013 photo by noah scialom After an hourlong parade through the installation Tuesday evening, the convoy of emergency vehicles led by Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter atop the fire engine arrives at McGlachlin Parade Field for the 30th annual National Night Out. The free event featured food, games, music and demonstrations by local fire departments and law enforcement agencies. For the story, see Page 10. Night on the town
  2. 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 8, 2013 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Places of Worship...............16 Sports...........................12 Classified..............................17 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Allison Thompson 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com Michele Griesbauer 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Saying goodbye to something you love is hard, and it’s something you never look forward to doing. That’s why I’m not going to say goodbye, just so long ... However, barring some kind of miracle, this will be my last commander’s column. I want to start by saying two very special words: Thank You! Thank you for the opportunity to lead Fort Meade for the past two years. Thank you for being such an astonishing blend of gifted, dedicated and talented people. Thank you for making this last ride of a 30- year military career so joyful for Audrey, Emily, Sam and me. Entering the garrison command, my focus was based on three strategic objectives: • Creating a safe and secure community dur- ing our immense growth, post-BRAC • Providing world-class services to our great community that services our military, civilians and families • Promoting a Team Meade community that recognizes the importance of nesting our com- monalties, goals and vision Working and growing together, I think we have accomplished so much over the past two years. Our teamwork is incomparable. One of the keys from the start for me was not to accept the responsibilities of this command with the thought that I would have to change or conform who I have always been. My first goal has always been to focus on the values that have made me who and what I am — values related to family, my faith, integrity, discipline and a strong desire to help others. My second goal was a commitment to focus my approach to commanding as if it were a sprint and not a marathon. Each day has been a day-and-a-half in my eyes. That’s the way I entered this command and that’s how I plan on leaving. My expectations were met as I realized I had subject-matter experts surrounding me and pro- viding invaluable assistance that has guided me through this command. Recognizing the importance of my staff’s expertise and commitment to the team has been critical to our success. This has been especially true today as we face the impact of a challeng- ing fiscal environment. Few people realize that furlough isn’t just about lost salary. It’s about understanding the challenges that the civilian workers are forced to deal with when they know they can’t get everything done that needs to be accomplished, even though that is what they want. It’s understanding that this dilemma affects job satisfaction. It is a dilemma that leads to stress, tension, and other concerns and chal- lenges. That is why it has been so important dur- ing my tenure as garrison commander to recognize what I can do as a leader in find- ing resources that promote and support good mental health and overall psychological well-being. Wellness and resiliency came to the forefront during my command. And I am still commit- ted to developing programs for our great Team Meade community, inside and outside Fort Meade’s fence line. I know it’s extremely hard to have a healthy body if you don’t take care of yourself. It’s also important that we continue to take care of our families and our community. The Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno says it well when he says the strength of our nation is the men and women in uniform, and our strength comes from our family that stands by our side. To take this thought one step further, I believe our extended family includes our com- munity, and our extended community is a major contributor to our strength. That is what Team Meade is all about. On a personal note, I have to extend a well-deserved “thank you” to Team Meade’s First Lady, Audrey Rothstein. She is a poster child for wellness and resiliency. Whether it’s running with the ladies of Fort Meade in the morning; chaperoning our kids to school and after-school activities; or participating in the Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Enlisted Spouses Clubs, Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club and other Fort Meade activities, Audrey continues to be role model for resiliency. I also want to thank our kids Emily and Sam for their resiliency. They wake up at 5:30 every morning and are out the front door at 6:30. Most nights, they don’t return home until 9 or 10 p.m. Yet they have continued to excel in school, sports and just being all-around great kids. Thank you Team Meade. You are all a part of my family. Thank you for being in my life. Over the past few weeks, you have moved me with the gifts of your generous words and have overwhelmed me with your kindness in phone calls, emails and Facebook messages. To each of you I’m thankful. My life has been enriched by yours. Have a great week! Fond farewell and thank you COL. Edward c. Rothstein Garrison Commander
  3. 3. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 8, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News photo by philip h. jones Col. Brian P. Foley, who served at the Pentagon as coalition branch chief for the Joint Staff, assumes command of Fort Meade today. military in high school through my guidance counselor, who suggested that I fill out forms for an ROTC scholarship,” he said. Through a four-year ROTC scholarship to Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Foley gradu- ated in 1990 with a degree in industrial engi- neering. As an ROTC cadet, Foley was determined tobeaninfantryofficerwithplansof attending Army Ranger School. “In my first three years I was hard-charging as I could be,” he said. “I got into a very good ROTC program with very good instructors and senior ROTC cadets who were very profes- sional, very hard-charging. So I admired that. I wanted to be an infantry officer.” Attending Airborne School in 1988 at Fort Benning, Ga., where he trained to parachute from airplanes, was transformative, said Foley. “Going to Airborne School was a life- changer for me,” he said. “Initially, I was shy and introverted. I was an only child for nine years. I was isolated. I didn’t play sports until I got into running and track and field in high school. So after going to Airborne School, I came out with a confidence level I never had before in my life.” But as a college senior and cadet, Foley modified his plans and gave up his air assault slot, opting instead to work in communications for the Signal Corps with the Branch Detail Program in Air Defense Artillery. In 1991, after graduating the Air Defense Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas, Foley was the rear detachment commander of the Patriot Missile Battery in Kaiserslautern, Germany. After his unit returned to Germany from its deployment to the Gulf War, Foley was platoon leader of the Fire Control Platoon. Six months later, in September 1991, he deployed with the unit to Saudi Arabia to guard the air- port outside Riyadh from Saddam Hussein. After taking a transition course from Air Defense Artillery to the Signal Corps in 1992, Foley was assigned to a signal battalion that supported Air Defense Artillery in Germany. In 1994, he attended the Signal Officer Advanced Course at Fort Gordon, Ga. Three years later, he enrolled in the Army Advanced Airborne School at Fort Bragg, N.C. “It was known as the Jumpmaster Course, responsible for all procedures for safety inspec- tions, for ensuring paratroopers have para- chutes on correctly, and putting paratroopers on the airplane and off,” he said. Foley served at Fort Bragg from 1997 to 2001 with Special Operations Command, earn- ingamaster’sdegreeinbusinessadministration in 2000 from Webster University. In early 2001, he was reassigned to the 1st Corps Support Command, 18th Airborne Corps. Foley’s commander was Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general whose command pushed the first troops into Afghanistan after 9/11. In June 2002, Foley transferred to the 50th Signal Battalion as operations officer and deployed in October to Afghanistan. “We ran the communications network for OEF,” he said. “We were the third signal unit to rotate in. We had communication nodes in Uzbekistan, Bagram and Kandahar.” Foley was in Bagram, running the com- munications network and then building and expanding the network. After returning to Fort Bragg in 2003, Foley graduated the following year from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He returned to Fort Bragg for nearly four years as communications officer for Army Special Forces Command, which provides training, resources and over- sight for all the Special Forces Groups. In 2008, he assumed command of the 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2009 to 2010. The basic respon- sibility was to run the OIF communications network. From 2010 to 2011, Foley attended the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., and the National War College prior to serving at the Pentagon. Foley is married to Lisa Marie “Lee”Foley, who works in health and safety. He has two children, Mary Claire, 11, and Liam Scott, 5. A competitive runner, Foley participated in 13 Army Ten-Milers in Washington, D.C., in addition to coaching the Fort Bragg men’s Ten-Miler team for about eight years. As garrison commander, Foley plans to maintain the initiatives implemented by Roth- stein in the face of budget constraints. “I’ve looked at Colonel Rothstein’s mission, so the current mission, current priorities will be sustained,” he said. “His priorities and efforts to foster the services we provide and to sustain all of those functions are key to the overall function of the mission and organization. There is no intent to change them.” Foley’s key priorities are maintaining the safety, security and well-being of the com- munity; being creative on how to best use the resources at hand; and utilizing and sharing resources through community partnerships. In addition to advocating the Army values, Team Meade values and his philosophy of car- ing,Foleyembracesthevalueof “knowingwhy — ‘Why am I doing this job on a particular day and why do I care? And how does it fit into the mission?” he said. As he prepares to undertake his new com- mand, Foley pinpointed his leadership style, which echoes his core values. “I do my best for everyone in the organiza- tion,” he said. By Rona S. Hirsch Assistant Editor In a military career ranging from parachut- ing out of airplanes to building the Army communicationsnetworkinAfghanistaninthe early years of Operation Enduring Freedom, Col. Brian P. Foley developed two command values: Encouraging troops to dig deep for personal motivation and concern for others. “The theme of caring is a command phi- losophy of mine,” said Foley, 44. “I believe that to be effective, you first have to care about yourself, your loved ones, and then our nation, and our organization as a whole. You have to care about the Army and you have to care about the organization you are a part of. “To be really effective, you have to care about all these things. It has to come from the heart.” Dedicated and introspective, Foley plans to incorporate that philosophy in his newest mis- sion — Fort Meade garrison commander. He assumes command today from Col. Edward C. Rothstein in a ceremony at McGlachlin Parade Field. “I’m extremely honored,” Foley said. Foley, who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal twice for service in both Afghanistan and Iraq, arrives at Fort Meade from the Pen- tagon, where he served as the coalition branch chief for the Joint Chiefs of Staff since 2011. During that period, he worked with Lt. Gen.MarkS.Bowman,directorof Command, Control, Communications and Computers/ Cyber and chief information officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Brian Foley is an outstanding leader,” Bowman said. “This is a guy who fosters a wonderful command climate. He cares deeply about the job, about the people. And he is extremely well-rounded, a great Soldier and a great family man. “He has a really diverse background. He has beeneverywhere,fromdeploymentstostrategic assignments. He is just a well-balanced leader. He gets and understands the value of his people. He really appreciates that together, they accomplish it much better than individually.” Foley was born Sept. 20, 1968 in the small community of Blackstone, Mass. Along with his younger sister Erin, now a pharmacist, Foley grew up on the family property of 40 acres purchased by his maternal grandfather. His father William, who served in the Army from 1963 to 1967 as an ordnance techni- cian, retired five years ago as a manger of a calibration lab in Portsmouth, R.I. His mother Suzanne is a homemaker. Foley’s entry into the Army was through the ReserveOfficers’TrainingCorps.“Ifellintothe Col. Brian P. Foley takes over as garrison commander
  4. 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 8, 2013 News By Philip H. Jones Command Information Chief TheDepartmentof theArmyhasdeclared August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month to increase awareness and vigilance in pro- tecting Army communities from acts of terrorism. Antiterrorism is the defensive measures used to reduce the vulnerability of individu- als and property to terrorist acts. This designation is appropriate given that August falls one month before the anniver- sary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since 9/11, terrorist tactics and methods have targeted civilians in public places in an attempt to influence governments. The terrorist threat ranges from ideologi- cal influence and recruitment to kidnapping for ransom or political gain and to killings. This year marks the fourth annual obser- vance. In support of the national monthlong initiative to combat terrorism, Fort Meade garrison directorates will ensure that their personnel will conduct AT training and edu- cation through Aug. 31. “The purpose of Antiterrorism Aware- ness Month is to create an awareness of antiterrorism throughout the entire Depart- ment of the Army,” said Mark A. George, antiterrorism officer at the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “Fort Meade’s ultimate goal in preventing a terrorist attack is to include every organiza- tion, every unit, every person in the effort to prevent that possibility.” Army families, because of their direct association with the U.S. military, present a lucrative target for terrorists. Moreover, many Army families endure periods of extend- ed separation from their military member, which presents unique vulnerabilities to their safety. Below are basic security-awareness tips that family members should be mindful of that can provide them with practical antiter- rorism tools. • Awareness of what’s going on around you provides the first line of defense against any threat. • Protect personal information at all times and avoid conversations (in public and by email, phone and social networking sites) that involve military missions or discussion about long-term separation. • Maintain a proactive mind-set about the security environment where you live, work and travel. • Maintain a low profile, especially when living or traveling overseas. • Be cautious and prepared for the unex- pected. • Assess your home for adequate security such as locks and lighting. • Talk to your children about their safety and security, such as what to do if they feel threatened and who they can trust. • Report suspicious behavior or activities through local law enforcement agencies or military force-protection units. Antiterrorism individual awareness train- ing is available for military family members through the service member’s unit or the installation antiterrorism officer. Training includes basic knowledge of the terrorist threat pertaining to air and ground travel; security at government facilities, hotels and home; vehicle bomb threat; and hostage survival tips. For more information on the Army’s Anti- terrorism Individual Protection measures, call Mark A. George, antiterrorism officer at DPTMS, at 301-677-7310 or visit www. Acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/index.htm. August is the Army’s Antiterrorism Awareness Month photo by philip h. jones picture perfectGarrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein is presented with a drawing from Andre Richmond, supply technician at Child, Youth and School Services, during his farewell ceremony Aug. 1 at the Heritage Park Neighborhood Center. Rothstein will relinquish command to Col. Brian P. Foley during a ceremony today at McGlachlin Parade Field. By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible today’s announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Depart- ment civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough will be over Aug. 17. Effective immediately, furloughs are over for all DoD Education Activity personnel on 10-month contracts — mostly teachers and support personnel working in the activity’s school system. So the 2013 school year will not be affected, officials said. In a message announcing the reduction, Hagel said that since he announced the 11-day furlough in May, “Congress has approved most of a large reprogramming request that we submitted, giving us the flexibility to move funds across accounts. The military services have been aggressive in identifying ways to hold down costs, and we have been successful in shifting savings to meet our highest priority needs.” When Hagel reluctantly decided to impose furloughs in May, the department faced an $11 billion shortfall. The depart- ment already had imposed a hiring freeze, cut facility maintenance and laid off tempo- rary employees before making the furlough decision. The cuts severely affected readiness accounts, with Navy ships not sailing, Air Force squadrons not flying, and Army and Marine Corps units not training. Readiness of these units was so endangered that leaders determined that furloughs were the best way to find the last $2 billion in sav- ings needed. “But even as [Hagel] made the announce- ment, the secretary said he would try to reduce the number of days without endangering training and maintenance,” a senior defense official, speaking on background, told report- ers after the memo was issued. The savings and reprogramming allowed the department to accomplish two goals, he said. First, there were “modest improvements” in training. The Air Force has been able to return squadrons to flying, and the Army has been able to fund organizational training. Second, the department was able to reduce furlough days. “While this is positive news for the depart- ment and for our valued civilian workers, we’re still facing some major challenges,” the senior official said. “Military readiness is degraded headinginto2014.Westillneedseveralmonths and substantial funding to recover. “And yet, 2014 is a year that will feature great uncertainty, and it may feature some additional austerity.” The budget for fiscal year 2014 is up in the air. “Secretary Hagel wants to assure our civilian employees that he will do everything possible to avoid imposing furloughs again next year,” the official said. Installation furloughs to end next week
  5. 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 8, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer The Freedom Inn Dining Facility has a new plaque to add to its trophy case. During a short ceremony on July 30, Fort Meade’s chow hall received the sec- ond-place award for the 2013 Philip A. Connelly Award in the civilian garrison category. Representatives from the U.S. Army Quartermaster School in Fort Lee, Va., which conducts the annual competition, presented the entire Freedom Inn staff with the coveted award. “It is very prestigious, it is very com- petitive and only the strong survive,” said Frederick Jackson, director of special programs at the Quartermaster School. “Whether you win or you’re runner-up, or you’re just in it, when you get down to six out of 172 dining facilities in the Army, that speaks volumes for what you do every day. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it.” For the Connelly competition, which is awarded for excellence in food service, facilities are judged in several categories that include food safety, supervision, serving, and food preparation and qual- ity. Each of the dining halls start the competition with 1,000 points. Points are deducted for mistakes during the judging. Judges visited the Fort Meade dining facility on Nov. 8, 2012. Only a total of six Army dining facili- ties throughout the world were selected to compete in the civilian garrison cat- egory. Freedom Inn was selected to represent the Installation Management Command’s Northeast Region in the 2013 Armywide competition. This year’s winner was Casey Main Dining Facility, Camp Red Cloud, Korea. The other competitors were the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany; DFAC 50, Fort McCoy, Wis.; Presidio of Monterey, Calif.; and Army Drill Ser- geant School, Fort Jackson, S.C. Freedom Inn’s second-place finish added to the facility’s list of top finishes in recent years. In 2005, the Chesapeake Inn — the installation’s former dining hall — was named the runner-up in the small-garrison category. Six years later, Freedom Inn took first place in the large- garrison category. “You truly should be proud of your- selves, and congratulations on the work that you’ve done,” Jackson said. All staff members received a letter from the commandant of the Quarter- master School, Brig. Gen. John O’Neil. The facility also was awarded a large silver plaque. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein attended the brief ceremony and thanked the staff for the service they provide. “I’m very proud of all of you,” he said. “I say that because of the selfless work that you provide every day for our service members and civilians as they come through the chow line. “I never see anything but happy faces both from those who are serving, those who are in the back and those who are chowing down. ... You should be very proud of what you do.” Freedom Inn second in Connelly award honors Text FOLLOW FORTMEADE to 40404 to sign up for Fort Meade news alerts on your mobile phone Call: 888.617.1555 Visit: coloradotech.edu/military Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. Not all programs are available to residents of all states. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. 131-35029 0460550 7/13 At Colorado Technical University, our strong support of the military is evidenced by the policies we have in place to help you pursue your education and achieve your personal, professional and academic goals. PREPARE FOR TODAY’S OPPORTUNITIES
  6. 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 8, 2013 News fasting and devotion,” Monteiro said. “It is also an opportunity for family and friends to come together to celebrate the principles that bond people of different faiths — a commit- ment to peace, justice, equality and compas- sion toward our fellow human beings.” Guests also included Anne Arundel County Councilman Peter Smith of District 1; Marl- issa Smith, director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity at the NSA; Beth Halton,theNSA’srepresentativetotheNation- al Cyber Range at the U.S. Cyber Command; and Luther Alexander, administrator of the Religious Affairs Office at the NSA. After the speeches, Hanif Sangi, a DoD employee, recited the call to prayer before the Iftar meal. Muslim men and women gathered separately to pray in the chapel’s sanctuary after breaking their fast. The elaborate dinner featured Middle East- ern delicacies such as samosa, chickpeas, beef kaboob, buttered chicken, biryani rice and rice kheer for dessert. Participants chatted and shared tidbits about their respective faiths and cultures. Rahat Husain, a lawyer with the Universal Muslim Association of America in Washing- ton, D.C., answered several questions about Islam for guests at his table. He said the event was important because it shows that “the gov- ernment is reaching out to Muslims and it’s very exciting for us.” Husain, who attended with his wife, Farwah Zaidi, an employee at the Department of Jus- tice, said the community of Muslims and non- Muslims is “an opportunity to build bridges.” Sehar Sabir, a law student at Georgetown Law School and an intern at the Department of Homeland Security, said that for her, Rama- dan is a “second chance.” “Every day this month, my prayer to God is to do the things that will make me a better person. It’s about my spiritual consciousness and building my character.” The real message of Ramadan, said Farwah Zaidi Husain, is the golden rule of all faiths. “It’s about treating others the way we want to be treated,” she said. photos by steve ruark Five-year-old Sanaa Clark of Fort Meade stands near her family during the Iftar dinner that broke the day’s fast for Muslims observing Ramadan. The dinner was part of the Fort Meade and NSA’s fifth annual observance of one of the most sacred traditions of the Islamic faith. By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Nearly 200 people participated in Fort Meade’s annual Ramadan Iftar dinner Friday evening at Argonne Hills Chapel Center to observe one of the most sacred traditions of the Islamic faith. The three-hour event was co-organized by Chad Jones, chief of Public Affairs at Fort Meade, and Salmah Rizvi, an intelligence ana- lyst at the National Security Agency. The Iftar has been held at Fort Meade for five years in collaboration with the NSA. During the month of Ramadan, which began this year on July 7, Muslims abstain dailyfromfood,drinkandotherphysicalneeds during the daylight hours. Ramadan ended Aug. 7 at noon. “Ramadan is a time of reflection and a time of spirituality,” said Faizul R. Khan, imam of the Islamic Society of the Washington Area in Silver Spring. “It is a spiritual journey that we are going through, a journey that will take us ultimately nearer and closer to God.” Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein welcomed the audience of Muslims andnon-Muslimswhojoinedtogethertobreak the day’s fast. “This is all about community, camaraderie and friendship and family and the love that you share throughout the day as you break your fast,”Rothstein said. “We learn from each other, we learn every day, and tonight should be no different.” Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau said Fort Meade’s recognition of the spiritual sig- nificance of Ramadan demonstrates that Fort Meade accommodates religious practices. “It also demonstrates that Fort Meade pro- tects and supports the free exercise of religion,” he said. Fort Meade and the NSA’s Muslim commu- nityof about50people“fostersanunderstand- ing of other religions,” said Rau. Guest speaker Trumbull D. Soule, deputy chief of staff at the NSA, said all of the agency’s employees, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs, are dedicated to keeping the country safe. “I don’t hire Muslim Americans, I don’t hire Catholics, I don’t hire atheists — I hire Ameri- cans,” Soule said. “We need as many different viewpoints as we can possibly get. ... Whether you’re Muslim, Christian or Jewish, I want every American to sleep safe at night.” Paul Monteiro, public engagement advisor at the White House Office of Public Engage- ment, read a statement from President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama that was released at the start of Ramadan. “For the world’s 1.5 million Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thought and reflection, ‘Spiritual Journey’: Meade celebrates Ramadan with Iftar dinner National Security Agency Deputy Chief of Staff Trumbull D. Soule, left, greets Kareem Salaam of Bowie during the installation’s annual Ramadan Iftar dinner on Friday. The three-hour event was hosted by Fort Meade and the NSA at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.
  7. 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 8, 2013 News Twenty-one sets of boots from Soldiers and a pair of flip-flops from a civilian are the faces of the 22 survivors of sexual assault on Fort Meade, so far this fiscal year. The display was on view at Fort Meade’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention Networking Symposium held Monday at McGill Training Center. Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer It was all about the boots. Twenty-one sets of boots from Soldiers and a pair of flip-flops were on display at Fort Meade’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention Networking Sym- posium. They symbolized the 21 active-duty service members and one civilian case of sexual assault that have occurred on the installation so far during this fiscal year. More than 30 SHARP coordinators and victim advocates attended the three-hour event, which was held Monday at McGill Training Center. “When you know what this represents, it’s powerful,” said Stacey Hale, Fort Meade’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention coordinator to participants. “You’re the ones on the frontlines. You’re the ones who make up the force behind the fight.” The purpose of the event was to give Fort Meade’s SHARP coordinators and victim advocates and those from other installations the opportunity to learn about the resources available in the area for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Angielina Wilson, the garrison victim advocate and organizer of the event, said community resources are important. She explained that while the garrison is able to advocate for survivors and provide counsel- ing, legal assistance, and after-care treatment at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade does not have the capacity to perform the sexual assault forensic exam, which enables medical professionals to gather evidence. “The SHARP coordinators and victim advocates I spoke with said they got good information and they were able to network, which was the goal,” Wilson said. Staff Sgt. Bulynda Thomas, victim advo- cate for the 704th Military Intelligence Bri- gade, said the event gave her the opportunity to learn about hospitals and social service organizations in the civilian sector that will serve active-duty service members and their families. “The information is really good,”Thomas said. “There’s a lot more to offer out there.” More than 15 exhibitors participated, including the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, DoD Safe Helpline, DC Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Violence Cen- ter of Howard County and Mercy Medical Hospital in Baltimore. “This is perfect,” said Sgt. 1st Class J.R. Williams, a SHARP coordinator for the U.S. Army Signal School Detachment. “We are here to find out what resources we can use to educate our trainees.” Williams said every survivor of sexual assault responds differently and may need different resources. While it is a choice to report a sexual assault, Williams said survi- vors must take care of themselves. “That’s the priority,” she said. Victim advocates network on post Learning at home. Learning in the classroom. Learning for success. A FEW EXAMPLES of the many pathways available at HCC for adult students to stay competitive and advance in their careers, include: • Computer Forensics • Professional Project Management • EMT/Paramedic • Teacher Education Flexible Scheduling Online • Hybrid • Accelerated Convenient Locations Columbia • Gateway • Laurel • Mount Airy Support Services Credit for Prior Learning • Military Assistance Counseling and Career Services • Financial Aid Career Programming Workforce Training • Certifications • Degrees Visit hcclearningworks.com or call 443.518.1200 to take the next step! Fall Semester begins August 24 Noncredit classes are ongoing Choose Howard Community College for learning that works for you! Become a Dental Assistant in just 11 weeks Call To Reserve Your Space! 877-777-8719 • www.datsmd.com Columbia Open House 7:00 pm 8/26/2013 Classes Begin 9/11/2013 Century Plaza • 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 410 Columbia, MD 21044 Annapolis Open House 7:00 pm 8/27/2013 Classes Begin 9/10/2013 2623 Housley Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 Annapolis, MD 21044 Germantown Open House 7:00 pm 8/28/2013 Classes Begin 9/12/2013 19512-A Amaranth Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 Westminster Open House 7:00 pm 8/29/2013 Classes Begin 9/9/2013 412 Malcolm Drive, Ste 100 Westminster, MD 21157 Call To Reserve Your Seat! • Dental Terminology Charting • X-Ray Certification Eligibility • Clinical Externship • Sterilization of Equipment OSHA Guidelines • Adult CPR • Job Interviewing Techniques Expanded Function Courses Available Classes Begin Soon! DATS Dental Assistant Training School D T D T
  8. 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 8, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer After a week of auditions, learning lines, costume changes and rehearsals, more than 40 Fort Meade children participated in an original production of “The Frog Prince” on Saturday afternoon. The hourlong musical was the culmina- tion of the Missoula Children’s Theatre Drama Camp, which began July 29 and was held at McGill Training Center. Missoula is a nonprofit organization based in Montana that “strives to use participation in the performing arts as a vehicle to develop the life skills (social skills, communication skills, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, an understanding of the team concept, and self-esteem) neces- sary to answer the challenges of our time,” according to the organization’s website. For the third consecutive year, the drama camp was sponsored by Fort Meade’s SKIES program. Adam Ferguson and Hannah Rable, Missoula actors and directors, helped the youngsters, ages 6 to 15, learn their lines for “The Frog Prince” and prepare to perform before an audience of family and friends. Kamea Weber, a freshman at South River High School in Edgewater, was selected to portray Princess Primm. “It was a big achievement for me,” the 14-year-old said. “I love the musical. I’ve been around theater all my life. I’m a little bit nervous.” Ferguson said the young performers and crew were ready for the bright lights. “I think they will do great,” he said. “They worked hard all this week. They learned a lot of material in the last few days.” Rable said she hopes the drama camp inspires the children to develop a love for the arts. “I hope they learn a little bit about the theater, and that they can see growth in themselves and learn how to work as a team,” she said. Over lunch, Emily Porter, an eighth- grader at Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Hanover, said Missoula is a good experience for young people. “It can help them to come of out of their shell, and it’s a good way to meet new friends,” said the 13-year-old who portrayed a knight. Children’s theater group brings drama to Meade photos by steve Ruark ABOVE: Kamea Weber, 14, (center) portrays Princess Primm during Saturday’s performance of “The Frog Prince.” The Missoula Children’s Theatre Drama Camp’s performance was attended by family and friends after just a week of rehearsals. Twelve-year-olds Kelsie Milko, Jamyria West and Teah Gibson act out a scene from “The Frog Prince.” More than 40 Fort Meade children, ages 6 to 15, participated in the production as actors and crew members. Kamea Weber, 14, (top left) and Teah Gibson, 12, (top right) perform in “The Frog Prince” at McGill Training Center as part the Missoula Children’s Theatre Drama Camp. The play was the culmination of the weeklong camp sponsored by Fort Meade’s SKIES program.
  9. 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! August 8, 2013 Cover Story Night Out helps to familiarize children and the community as a whole with law enforcement officers and firefighters. “It’s invaluable,” he said. “We want them to know that they’re our friends, that we’re here to help. We want to develop that relationship, that rapport, that community friendly face where they get to know us as a friend.” The festivities kicked off with Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Lat- ter riding atop a fire engine as they led a line of emergency vehicles in an hourlong parade through the installation’s neigh- borhoods, inviting the community to the event. When the convoy arrived at the parade field, Rothstein was joined by Lt. Col J. Darrell Sides, director of DES, and Greg Cannito, program director for Corvias Military Living at Fort Meade, to sign the “Community National Night Out” proc- lamation to “join forces with thousands of other communities across the country in promoting cooperative, police-commu- nity crime prevent efforts.” Throughouttheevening,displaysspread across the field featured law enforcement agencies including the Fort Meade Police, 241st Military Police Detachment, the 32nd Civil Support team and the Mary- land Transportation Authority Police. Several fire departments from Fort Meade and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport showed off their equipment. and allowed youngsters to climb inside. The 241st MPs provided a demonstra- tion with its trained military working dogs, that showcased the animals’ skills. At one point, MPs asked for volunteers to step into the ring with one of the dogs. Dressed in padding from head to toe, Spc. Dequan Smith volunteered to feel firsthand how hard the dogs bite. “I’m terrified of dogs,” he said. “I wanted to face my fear.” Smith, who serves with the 289th MP and is at the installation for training, said he wouldn’t want to be the suspect caught by the dogs. By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer At the end of a day of dark skies and sporadic rain showers, the clouds broke up and the sun shined on the dozen fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles spread across McGlachlin Parade Field. With a brighter sky and flashing lights filling the field, the installation celebrated the 30th annual National Night Out on Tuesday night with food, games, music and demonstrations by local fire depart- ments and law enforcement agencies. Organizers estimate that more than 4,000 people attended the three-hour event. “We’re really excited that the weath- er has held up,” said Angela French Marcum, communications manager with Corvias Military Living, which co-spon- sored the event. “You just can’t put this indoors.” Each year, the National Association of Town Watch sponsors the nationwide event on the first Tuesday in August. The free festivities, hosted at Fort Meade by Corvias and the Directorate of Emer- gency Services, promotes public aware- ness of crime and drug prevention and strengthens the bond between police and community, according to the National Night Out website. “This is just one of the greatest events,” Marcum said. “The big thing is just com- munity, bringing the community out to build relationships with the Fort Meade Police and the Fort Meade Fire Depart- ment. Being able to host this completely free to all of the residents and the entire community is something we’re really proud of, to be able to partner with the installation to do this.” Fort Meade Police Capt. Thomas Rus- sell, an event organizer, said National National Night Out strengthens bond between Meade, DES photos by noah scialom Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein signs the “Community National Night Out” proclamation Tuesday at McGlachlin Parade Field. The proclamation signified the installation joining “forces with thousands of other communities across the country in promoting cooperative, police-community crime-prevention efforts.”
  10. 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 8, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11 Four-year-old Sebastian Allen was given a grand tour of the BWI Fire Department’s Tower 43 fire engine. A firefighter took the youngster to every compartment of the vehicle and explained the tools firefighters use in all situations, including for airplanes. “It is good,”Sebastian said. “The sharp stuff I like the most of all.” Sebastian’s father, Capt. Nathan Allen of the 704th Military Intelligence Bri- gade, said his son was enjoying visiting the various vehicles and he appreciated the firefighter explaining the equipment to Sebastian. “It’s tremendous,” Allen said of the event. In addition to the displays and demon- stration, the event offered such attractions as pony rides, inflatable obstacle courses, laser tag, a zip line and a 30-foot-high, rock-climbing wall. Tents surrounding the parade field featured booths of Fort Meade service groups and various programs including free Child ID Services and free Slurpees provided by 7-Eleven. One of the most popular attractions was the Bell 407 helicopter from the Anne Arundel County Police that landed on the far end of the event. Youngsters gathered around to explore the apparatus that is used for patrols. Four-year-old Xavier Wight, who attended with his grandfather, Staff Sgt. Randy Wight of the U.S. Army Field Band, said the helicopter was bigger than he expected and his favorite part was the “big propeller.” One of the helicopter’s pilots was Anne Arundel County Police Cpl. Jeff Bridges who said his agency enjoys coming out each year to Fort Meade’s National Night Out. “It’s a blast,” he said. “It’s the best thing every year. Fort Meade has the best National Night Out around. It has been for years. Nobody can top it.” Keith Broughan, 3, checks out the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Bell 407 helicopter that landed on the parade field during the National Night Out. Displays spread across McGlachlin Parade Field featured law enforcement agencies including the Fort Meade Police, 241st Military Police Detachment, the 32nd Civil Support team and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. LEFT: Adele Foutz, 9, rides the zip line at McGlachlin Parade Field. The event featured such popular attractions as inflatable obstacle courses, pony rides, laser tag and a rock-climbing wall. RIGHT: Children climb the 30-foot-high rock wall at McGlachlin Parade Field during the National Night Out.
  11. 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! August 8, 2013 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer It’s nearly a month before the Fort Meade Cougars football teams take the field for the 2013 season, but the football competitions have already started on the installation. An estimated 90 area youngsters com- peted in the National Football League’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition Tuesday night at McGlachlin Parade Field. The event was part of the installation’s National Night Out celebration as organizers hoped it would draw more participants. “We knew we’d have a captive audience,” said Matt Sagartz, Youth Sports and Fitness director with Child, Youth and School Ser- vices. “We get the biggest bang for the buck out here.” The first 80 competitors received game- worn padded football pants donated by the University of Maryland. The pants were worn during the Terrapins’ Military Appre- ciation Day and feature a camouflage stripe down the side. “They’re neat memorabilia,” Sagartz said. Established in 1961, the Punt, Pass and Kick competition is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. The event is one of the largest youth sports participation programs in the country, with more than 3 million youngsters competing, according to the program’s website. Tuesday’s competition was open to boys and girls ages 5 through 15, with divisions divided up into three age groups: 5-7, 8-11 and 12-15. The program was most recently held at Fort Meade in 2010; Tuesday’s competition marked its return to the installation. Both Sagartz and Rick Eden, commis- sioner of Fort Meade Cougars football, said the event can help draw new athletes to the CYSS teams. “Most of the kids that are participating are in the sport, but we’re always interested in bringing new kids in from the community,” Sagartz said. While the main objective of the competi- tion was to send the ball as far possible in all three events, accuracy played a role in the scoring as points were subtracted if the ball went to the left or right of the center line. The distance between the center line and where the ball drops is subtracted from the total distance. The competitor with the lon- gest combined distance in each age group was declared the winner. This year’s event was 13-year-old DJ Guda’s second time participating in the com- Having A Ball Youngsters compete in NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest petition. Since competing in 2010, Guda said he has improved his skills. “My kicking got better,” he said. Kicking was the strong point for many of the competitors, including Daveon Jef- ferson. “I like kicking,” the 13-year-old said. “It’s good practice.” Top winners in each age group at the installation’s local competition will move on to the regional Punt, Pass and Kick competi- tion later this year. Several participants said the opportunity to compete at the next level would be excit- ing and would prove their abilities on the football field. “I would think I have a lot of potential,” DJ said of the possibility of winning. Editor’s note: Winners will be determined by the end of the week. A list of the winners will be posted on Fort Meade’s Facebook page. photos by noah scialom Jaheim Barner, 10, kicks the football as part of the Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Tuesday. The competition was part of the installation’s National Night Out celebration on McGlachlin Parade Field. Austin Slack, 12, cocks back to throw the football during the National Football League’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition Tuesday night at McGlachlin Parade Field. The event tested competitors on the accuracy and distance of their punts, passes and kicks.
  12. 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 8, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13 Sports Sports Shorts Ravens Military Appreciation Day The Baltimore Ravens will host Military Appreciation Day on Sunday during the team’s free and open training camp practice at 5 p.m. at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active- duty service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium. Immediate family members of the service members are also welcome to join, with all preferred seating coming on a first-come, first-serve basis. Intramural football meeting A coaches meeting for intramural football will be held Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at Murphy Field House Those interested in forming an active-duty team must send a representative to the meeting. For more information, call 301-677-5822. EFMP Walking Group The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet today from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Arundel Mills Mall for its monthly walking event. All are welcome — strollers, too. The group will meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of Best Buy inside the mall. Registration is required. To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@ us.army.mil. EFMP Bowling The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Aug. 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lanes. Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@ us.army.mil. 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 $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. 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. AFCEA Sports Day The Central Maryland chapter of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association will host Sports Day on Sept. 13 at Burba Lake Pavilion 2. The event will feature team and individual sports including softball, volleyball and relays. For more information or to sign up for events, go to www.facebook. com/afceasportsday or www.afceasportsday.webs.com. Eid Mubarek Jabber Nation! Know that while you are enjoying this, I’ll be enjoying my return to daytime eating with a sandwich and a candy bar and a monster plate of poutine and some pop. Then I will burp like this kid. bit.ly/13G0dvg Actually, if you do listen to the clip, you will know what it sounds like when goats are in labor. Anyway, camp is in four days, so I better get started with the AFC review. North: Best Offensive Player: Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore. Joe Cool has overtaken Ben Roethlisberger as the most clutch player in the conference. Cleveland’s Trent Richardson and Cincy’s wideout A.J. Green are also pretty talented, but neither of them have Joe’s unibrow. bit.ly/19aau7c Best Defensive Player: See Geno Atkins. on.nfl. com/175aBvf BestUnit:CincinnatiBengalsDefense.TheSteel- ers defense was better statistically last year, but they lost James Harrison and his 64 career sacks. They are now in Cincinnati with Geno and a top-fiver cornerback in Leon Hall. Worst Unit: Cleveland Browns Offense. It’s been a year, and I still can’t name a Browns wideout. Biggest Addition: Paul Kruger, LB, Cleveland. Kruger was key in the Ravens’ Super Bowl run and now along with free agent pick up, DT Desmond Bryant, the Browns defense should be competitive. Final Standings: Cincinnati 11-5; Baltimore 10-6 (Wildcard); Pittsburgh 9-7; Cleveland 6-10 South: Best Offensive Player: Andrew Luck, QB, India- napolis.Heledoneof theworstrostersinfootballto the playoffs, and anyone who thinks that Luck isn’t way better than RG III doesn’t know football. Best Defensive Player: J.J. Watt, DT, Houston. Justin James Watt is stupid good. bit.ly/14jyb8u Twenty-and-a-half sackslastyear,andhe’llgetclose to that again this year. Best Unit: Houston Texans Offense. I said it last year, and I have no reason to change my opinion: When healthy, quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson may comprise the best big three in Texas since Aik- man, Irvin and Smith. Worst Unit: Jacksonville Jaguars Offense. Last year it was the Jags D. This year’s Jags offense is so bad that Blaine Gabbard is their starting quar- terback. Biggest Addition: Greg Toler, DB, Indianapolis. Toler is one of the few good things to come from the Arizona Cardinals and should help the Colts, who finished 22nd against the pass last year. Final Standings: Indianapolis 11-5; Houston 10-6 (Wildcard); Tennessee 7-9 Jacksonville 4-12. *If Houston is healthy, they will win 13 games. But then again, if bullfrogs could fly, they wouldn’t kick their booties. East: Best Offensive Player: Tom Brady, QB, New England. Still went to Michigan, still dreamy, and even though he won’t have any of his top-six receivers from last season, he’s still the best. He is also the single reason why New England’s offense is the best unit in the East. on.nfl.com/188tQoK Best Defensive Player: Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins. He’s fast, strong and with 37.5 sacks since 2010, the former Canadian Football Leaguer can certainly rush the quarterback. on.nfl. com/188rSox Worst Unit: New York Jets Offense. The Bills defense is really poor, but pop quiz: Name the Jets starting wide receivers? How about running back? Tight end? Nothing? OK. Well, how about who was involved in the butt fumble? That would be Mark Sanchez. bit.ly/172L4CT Biggest Addition: Danny Amendola, WR, New England.Dannymaynotbethebest,butwithnoWes Welker, no Aaron Hernandez and possibly even no “Gronk”inNewEngland,heiseasilythemostimpor- tant acquisition. That’s because if he doesn’t show up, “The Hoodie”may be calling me up for a tryout. Final Standings: New England 12-4; Miami 8-8, Buffalo 7-9; Jets 3-13. West: Best Offensive Player: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver. Since this selection needs no explanation, I’ll show you his new commercial instead. bit. ly/14ym7TN. #FOYP Best Defensive Player: Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City. Tackling machine who is the best linebacker in the AFC. Best Unit: Denver Broncos Offense. Wes Welker adds a nice piece to the Broncos. Worst Unit: Oakland Raiders Defense. Not sure who they are going to stop, maybe Meade High. Biggest Addition: Wes Welker. He’ll catch 100 balls and give Peyton an always-appreciated security blanket. Final Standings: Denver 12-4; Kansas City 8-8; San Diego 7-9; Oakland 6-10. AFC Championship Game: Baltimore vs. Cincinnati OK, you will get your NFC and Super Bowl predictions after camp, but until then, enjoy the end of furlough — at least for 2013. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber ... And of course, if you want to talk to me about this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones. civ@mail.mil. AFC is the place to be Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion
  13. 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! August 8, 2013 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. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. Death notice 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 Soldier. Hammond passed away at her home in Altoona, Pa., on July 24. To reach Salamatovs, call 202-321-2347 or email jevgenijs.salamatovs@us.army. mil. Summer Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band Summer Concert Series will be presented every Thursday through Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park. • Today: The Volunteers are scheduled to perform “The Best of Pink Floyd.” • Aug. 15: The Jazz Ambassadors will perform. • Aug. 24: All components of the Army Field Band will perform the finale concert featuring the “1812 Overture.” For more information, call 301-677- 6586 or visit armyfieldband.com. 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 ftmeademwr.com. New worship service The new Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350- 8749. Right Arm Night Bring your right arm to Right Arm Night on Aug. 22 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 civilians. Units may reserve tables at 301-677- 4333. AAFES sweepstakes 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” sweepstakes. 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 Oct. 4. For more information, visit shopmyexchange.com. 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 Center. Meet some new friends and find out what the OSC is all about. For more information, email membership@fortmeadeosc.org. Jummah prayers 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 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking individuals who would like to join in a morning prayer on Fridays. Funded Legal Education Program 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, 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 Test. 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. 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. • Stress Management: Tuesday, 9 a.m. • Meet Greet: Aug. 15, 4 p.m. • Common Sense Parenting, Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. To register, call 301-677-7836. • Anger Management: Aug. 27, 9 a.m. • Transition Assistance Program: Aug. 19-23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Disability Transition Assistance Program: Aug. 12, 1 p.m. • Retiree Brief: Aug. 12, 8 a.m. to noon • 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- 9017. Financial, employment classes The Financial Readiness Program and Employment Readiness Program at Army Community Service is offering the following 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. ACS is closed Fridays. • Time Management: Friday, 9 a.m. • Thrift Savings Plan, Tuesday, 1 p.m. • Federal Employment: Tuesday, 9 a.m. • Identity Theft: Aug. 22, 1 p.m. • Job Search Strategies: Aug. 20, 9 a.m. • Credit Score and Reports: Aug. 20, 9 a.m. To register or for more information, call ACS at 301-677-5590. Donate school supplies Epes Dental Clinic is sponsoring a School Supply Drive through Aug. 16. Drop off supplies at Epes Dental Clinic, 8472 Simonds St. All supplies will be donated to Army Community Service, which will distribute them to Fort Meade military families in need of help. For more information, call Nicole Ferris at 301-677-6078. 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 Club Midnight for grades nine to 12 will be held Aug. 23 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 ftmeademwr.com. Movie on the Court Child, Youth and School Services will offer the free Movie on the Court for grades six to eight on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Youth Center. Popcorn and juice will be served. Bring chairs; blankets are not NEWS EVENTS EDUCATION YOUTH
  14. 14. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 8, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15 Community News Notes permitted. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com. Block party A “School’s Back Block Party” for grades six to eight will be held Aug. 23 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 ftmeademwr.com. Grilling Chilling Child, Youth and School Services will offer Grilling Chilling for grades six to eight on Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Youth Center. The event features grilled hot dogs and burgers, salads, chips and music. Cost is $5. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com. Out About • The 68th Annual Howard County Fair runs through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 10 years and older; and $2 for seniors age 62 and older. Daily events include rides and games. “Kids and Critters” barn hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (but is closed daily from 2- 4 p.m.) Pig races are at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Bingo Hall opens daily at 6 p.m. Pony rides are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Farm produce is available daily. On “Thursday Dollar Ride Day,” rides cost $1 each all day. The Amateur Variety Show will be held today at 7 p.m. Saturday events include a horse-pulling contest at 10:30 a.m. and Parade of Floats at 5 p.m. For a complete schedule, visit howardcountyfair.org. • The Bowie Baysox will offer an evening of wine and baseball presented by Bordeleau on Aug. 16 at Prince George’s Stadium as the Baysox take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels beginning at 6:05 p.m. with the completion of a suspended game. The event includes suite seating for the game; small-plate food sampling; and five, 4- ounce tastings of offered Bordeleau wines. Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. Food sampling will be served from 6-7:30 p.m. A cash bar for additional glasses will be available. Tickets cost $45 for the Bordeleau Wine Pairing Dinner and $40 for Baysox ticket plan holders. Tickets must be ordered by 3 p.m. Tuesday. For more information or to order tickets, call Jake Seils at 301-464-4890. • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trips to New York City on Saturday and Sept. 7, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com. • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is Friday. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, visit e9association.org or call 410-551-7953. • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Midway Commons Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email membership@ ftmeadeesc.org. • New Spouse Connection meets the second Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. The program provides an opportunity for all spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade to meet and get connected. For more infor- mation, contact Pia Morales at pia.s.morales. civ@mail.mil or 301-677-4110. • 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 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child care will be provided on site. For more information, email Kimberly. d.mckay6.ctr@mail.mil. • Bully Proofing Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. The group is geared for parents of children ages 5 to 12. For more information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.ctr@mail.mil. • Bridging the Gap deployment support group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Tuesday. For more information, call Sharon Collins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon. j.collins@us.army.mil. • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 160 on Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The next meeting is Wednesday. Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more informa- tion, call 410-761-7046 or 301-262-6556. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is Wednesday. The association is open to all Air Force active- duty and retired senior noncommissioned officers. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email jajacob@nsa.gov. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Tina Gauth, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 or Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124. • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at the Main Post Chapel. Mother’s Prayer Apologetics 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 Beth Wright, president, at bethwright826@hotmail.com or call 305-240-1559. Movies The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. 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 Aug. 25 Today Friday: “The Heat” (R). Two distinctly different law enforcement officers must team up to take down a ruthless drug lord. With Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir. Saturday: “World War Z” (PG-13). A zombie pandemic threatens to destroy humanity. With Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale. (3D). Sunday Wednesday: “White House Down” (PG-13). A police officer must save the president when the White House falls under attack. With Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyl- lenhaal. Aug. 15, 17, 18: “Despicable Me 2” (PG). Former villain Gru and his new partner hunt a nefarious bad guy. With Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benja- min Bratt. (3D) Aug. 16: “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” (R). Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart deliv- ers material from his 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour. Aug. 15, 17, 18: “Despicable Me 2” (PG). Former villain Gru and his new partner hunt a nefarious bad guy. With Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benja- min Bratt. (3D) Aug. 21, 24: “The Lone Ranger” (PG-13). A masked lawman and a spirit warrior join forces to fight villains. With Johnny Depp, Armie Ham- mer, William Fichtner. Aug. 22, 25: “Pacific Rim” (PG-13). Humans pilot giant robots as a means of defense against monstrous creatures. With Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kukuchi, Idris Elba. (3D) RECREATION Chaplain’s Word BE YOUR BEST “Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln MEETINGS

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