today, 2-3 p.m.: Women’s Equality Day Observance - Defense Media Activity
Sept. 5, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - The Conference Center
Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community Job Fair - Club Meade
Sept. 12, 10 a.m.: Army Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting - 4418 Llewellyn Ave.
Sept. 21, 8 a.m.: Football Fan Fare 5K Run - Constitution Park
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on repeating success
of last football season
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Sgt. 1st Class Todd Harrison, drummer for the U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors, carries the rhythm during a song the ensemble performed for the Field Band’s
summer concert series finale on Aug. 24. About 600 people attended the two-hour concert at Constitution Park. For the story, see Page 10.
jazzing it up
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The average person sees a health care provider
just five times a year for 20 minutes a session — 100
That leaves 525,500 minutes during the year to
engage in healthy behaviors that enhance and pro-
mote health and wellness. This majority of time is
known as “the life space.”
Decisions made pertaining to daily life activities,
specifically nutrition, activity and sleep will make
a greater difference to your health than the 100
minutes visiting your health care provider.
By better managing our nutrition, sleep and
activity (The Performance Triad), we are maximiz-
ing our health and changing our current health
care system into a system of health.
One of the most concerning nutritional deficien-
cies in the American diet that may affects wellness
and can contribute to illness is an inadequate mag-
nesium intake. Magnesium is a mineral in the body
that is present in many foods, and in medications
such as antacids and laxatives.
Magnesium has far-reaching impacts on health
and well-being, ranging from simple irritability to
chronic pain and life-threatening disease. This min-
eral is involved in more than 300 enzyme reactions
in the body including protein synthesis, muscle and
nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood
Magnesium is required for energy production,
bone development, and DNA and RNA synthe-
sis. It is also important for nerve impulses, muscle
contraction, and normal heart rhythm. It also can
help prevent conditions such as migraine head-
aches, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular
disease and osteoporosis.
The current U.S. adult Dietary Reference Intake/
Recommended Dietary Allowance/(RDI/RDA) of
magnesium is 320-420 mg per day. However, many
scientists and physicians believe that the optimal
daily intake is more in the range of 500-750 mg
for men and women, nearly double the current
The average American’s intake is only slightly
more than half the minimum amount of magne-
sium required to function effectively. The average
magnesium intake in the U.S. has decreased to less
than half of what it was a century ago:
• In the year 1900: 500 mg per day
• Today: 175-225 mg per day
This is because our current diet is more pro-
cessed and refined. People who are at greater risk
for magnesium deficiencies typically consume
insufficient amounts or have medical conditions
(or take medications) that reduce magnesium
absorption from the gut or increase losses from the
body. That includes people with type 2 diabetes, the
elderly, persons with chronic gastrointestinal prob-
lems, and people with alcohol dependence.
How can one get magnesium from foods? Eat
a variety of whole foods including whole grains,
nuts, seeds and
green color in
due to chloro-
phyll, which is
a molecule that
sugar and white
as most magnesium is removed from them.
The three best sources of magnesium are nuts,
black beans and spinach. Soy milk has twice
the amount of magnesium as cow’s milk. It is
important to note that the body only absorbs 30-
to 40 percent of all the dietary magnesium you
New research is showing that higher levels of
magnesium intake may be instrumental in treating
depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, panic attacks
and even post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Under conditions of chronic mental or physi-
cal stress, magnesium is released from your blood
cells where it is excreted into the urine. The more
stressed you are, the greater the loss of magnesium.
The lower your magnesium level, the more reactive
to stress you become, which increases your level of
adrenaline to deal with this stress.
Higher adrenaline causes greater loss of magne-
sium from cells. This vicious cycle perpetuates the
stress and the adrenaline response to it.
Researchers have begun to make the connection
between stress and magnesium in order to investi-
gate its usage for the treatment of PTSD.
To decrease the stress and anxiety in your daily
life, make sure you eat more wholesome foods, and
make it a habit to have a handful of almonds or a
green salad every day.
The Magic of Magnesium
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government
employees, family members or community
members age 18 or older are invited to address
issues or concerns to the commander directly
by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4
to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges
Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue.
Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-
served basis. No appointment is necessary.
For more information, call 301-677-4844.
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http://www.ftmeade.army.mil August 29, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
By Lisa R. Rhodes
If you find yourself in the midst of an
active shooter incident, never hit the floor
to evade bullets.
Instead, crouching near the floor
reduces exposure to stray bullets.
This sobering advice was among the
many important guidelines presented at a
two-day, Anti-Terrorism Level 1 Aware-
ness Training held Aug. 20-21 at McGill
More than 100 Department of the
Army contractors and their supervisors
attended the sessions each day that were
led by Garrison Antiterrorism Officer
Mark George and Garrison Plans and
Operations Officer Tony Davis.
The training was held in observance of
Antiterrorism Month in August. Army
regulations require that defense contrac-
tors receive antiterrorism training and
education regarding garrison operations
security, or OPSEC.
The event is important to “educate
[the workforce] that the terrorism threat
is real, what the threat is, how to identify
the threat, and when and to whom to
report suspicious activity,” said George
after the event.
The AT training ranged from an over-
view of terrorist activity against the U.S.
government and military, and American
citizens and allies to the tactics terrorists
use to select and attack a target.
Participants also learned how to pro-
tect themselves from becoming a potential
victim when traveling abroad, and what
steps to take if involved in a terrorist
attack. They also were instructed on how
to report suspicious activity on and off
“I pretty much try to stay alert,” said
Michael Allinger, a defense contractor,
who attended the training.
Born into a family of police officers,
Allinger said he knows what to do if he
is ever in a dangerous situation.
“I’d look for a potential exit,” he said,
noting that the training is particularly
helpful to people who are not familiar
with law enforcement.
Participants also were reminded that
when they are given access to informa-
tion, they are responsible for its security.
“I advised our audience [that] people
need to limit what they say about military
movements, including deployments, rede-
ployments and flight dates,” Davis said.
OPSEC also requires safety precau-
tions when using social media.
“I advised our audience not to release
information about going on vacation or
being out of town — don’t spread the
word that your loved one is deployed and
you are home alone,” Davis said. “Avoid
posting excessive personal information on
The installation is working to ensure
that all garrison personnel have complet-
ed the training by the end of the month.
“Antiterrorism is everybody’s business,”
George said. “The antiterrorism pro-
gram’s success truly requires community
involvement from within and outside Fort
Army contractors learn how to fight terrorism
• Mission and Installation Contract
Command: Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Installation Safety Office: Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Equal Employment Opportunity
Office: Monday through Friday, 7:30
a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Housing and Barrack Management:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5
• Training Support Center and Visual
Information: Monday through Friday,
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Demps Visitor Control Center:
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to
• Army Community Service: Monday
through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Legal Assistance Office: Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8
a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:15 p.m.;
Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to
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MANNING SENTENCED TO 35 YEARSMedia outlets representing broadcast, print and social media outlets from around the world attended the final
day of the sentencing phase on Aug. 21 at Fort Meade in the United States vs. Pfc. Bradley Manning court-
martial. A military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years confinement, bringing the court-martial proceeding,
which began December 2011, to a close. Manning plead guilty to 10 separate offenses and was ultimately found
guilty of 20 offenses including espionage and theft. Manning was also sentenced to a dishonorable discharge,
demotion to private (E-1) and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. The judge granted credit of 1,182 days for
time served plus 112 days.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
Today, the nation can acknowledge
nearly 100 years of progress in the strug-
gle for women’s equality, said Del. Jill P.
“In 2013, we all should be proud of
what we have achieved collectively, men
and women, in the century-long struggle
for gender equality,” she said. “We can
take pride for knowing where we’ve been
and how far we have progressed.”
Carter, who represents District 41 as a
Baltimore delegate of the Maryland leg-
islature, was the keynote speaker at Fort
Meade’s annual observance of Women’s
The hourlong program, held Aug. 22 at
McGill Training Center, drew 300 service
members and civilians. The event was
hosted by U.S. Cyber Command and the
Fort Meade Equal Opportunity Office.
In 1971, at the behest of then-New
York Rep. Bella Abzug, Congress desig-
nated Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day
to commemorate the 1920 passage of the
19th Amendment, which grants women
the right to right.
In her welcome, Navy Rear Adm.
Margaret DeLuca Klein, chief of staff,
U.S. Cyber Command, spoke about the
contributions and progress of women in
During World Wars I and II, women
served in the Army Nurse Corps, the
Women’s Army Corps and the Navy
Nurse Corps. In some cases, Klein said,
women were test pilots for fighter planes
in the Army and Navy. In 1979, the mili-
tary standardized the enlistment require-
ments for men and women.
“It’s a pretty remarkable story,” said
Klein, noting that within the more than
30 years since she began her career in
the Navy, the military has “standardized
and equalized the treatment of male and
female commissioned officers.” The ban
prohibiting women from serving in com-
bat was removed earlier this year.
“So women now have the same oppor-
tunities,” Klein said. “Opportunities are
sometimes challenges, there are some-
times risks, but they’re always worth
The observance began with the singing
of the National Anthem by Master Sgt.
Marva Lewis, lead vocalist for the U.S.
Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors.
Chaplain (Col.) David Smith, chaplain
for U.S. Army Cyber Command, gave
Women’s Equality Day observance draws hundreds
photo by noah scialom
Del. Jill P. Carter, who represents District 41, Baltimore City in the Maryland legislature,
talks about women’s progress in politics and the military during the installation’s
annual observance of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 22 at McGill Training Center.
In her speech, Carter acknowledged
how the struggle for gender equality has
opened doors for women in both politics
and the military.
the glass ceiling, or at least puncturing it
and making permanent holes or cracks in
its structure, as we watch women’s pres-
ence grow in roles and career paths that
were historically not available or open to
us,” Carter said.
Carter is the third black female attor-
ney to be elected to the government body.
She is a member of the House Judiciary
Committee and chairs the Juvenile Law
subcommittee. She also is a member of
the Legislative Black Caucus and chair of
the Law and Justice Committee.
Carter noted the achievements of
Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the first
female chief judge of the Maryland
Court of Appeals, and Judge Shirley
Watt, who serves on the Sixth Appellate
Judicial Circuit of the Maryland Court
of Appeals and is the first black woman
to be appointed to the court.
“All across America, in all professions,
the presence of women is vastly expand-
ing, and with that expansion comes nota-
ble progress on the path to equality,”
Maryland is a leading state in regard
to female representation, said Carter.
That ranges from the contributions of
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the longest-
serving woman in the U.S. Congress, to
the Maryland General Assembly, which
includes 55 women.
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the sec-
ond woman to serve as mayor of Balti-
more. She also attended the same high
school as Carter.
Carter also acknowledged the 62
women who were the first female gradu-
ates of the U.S. Military Academy at
West Point in May 1980. They became
the Army’s first female second lieuten-
“These women are pioneers,” Carter
The service and sacrifice of women in
U.S. conflicts and wars from Kosovo to
Afghanistan have been “phenomenal,”
“In celebrating the right to vote, we
also celebrate the right to serve and the
right to have our voices heard,” she said,
acknowledging the repeal on the ban for
women in combat.
“As I look around this audience I see
women in uniform ... and I am proud
that our nation, as it approaches more
than 100 years of women’s suffrage, can
now celebrate a military that’s comprised
of close to 350,000 women — a military
near the end of a 10-year war in which
women can now serve in every capacity
and can serve as proudly and bravely as
their male counterparts.”
Earlier in her speech, Carter acknowl-
edged the contributions of American
suffragists and how their efforts to win
women the right to vote have translated
into progress for women throughout
“We can best give homage to the brave
and tenacious efforts of those great suf-
fragists,” said Carter, noting the dedica-
tion of Alice Paul, Elizabeth C. Stanton,
Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony.
Americans, therefore, should exercise
their right to vote, not only in national
elections, but in state and local elections
where participation often counts the
most, Carter said.
“That is where our votes count, and
elections are often won and lost by just
a handful of votes,” she said. “That is
where we can make the greatest impact
in our communities.”
Before the close of the program, Lewis
sang “In My Life”by The Beatles, accom-
panied by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Epley, a
guitarist with the Jazz Ambassadors.
Following the performance, Col. Scott
Sanborn, chief of staff, U.S. Army Cyber
Command, and Garrison Commander
Col. Brian P. Foley presented Carter with
a plaque of appreciation.
Sanborn also presented Klein with
the Army Cyber Commanding General
After the event, Capt. Gayle Fisher,
clinical nurse-in-charge at the Mult-Ser-
vice Clinic at Kimbrough Ambulatory
Care Center, commented on why the
equal status of women in the military is
“We’re just as good as anybody else,”
she said. “It’s wonderful to be given the
opportunity to prove ourselves.”
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By A. J. Colkitt
Legal Assistance Intern
These scammers talk a good show.
In fact, their ads sound incredibly entic-
ing: “You could earn over $1,000 a week by
working at home!”
Very appealing, no? Who wouldn’t want
to sit in the comfort of their own home and
earn a good pile of cash? What do I have
Follow the ad link and it tells you how
to get started. Usually, you pay a fee for the
start-up kit and you’re off. How simple!
The offers are jobs such as envelope-stuff-
ing, online searches, medical billing or even
Seems too good to be true? Well, it is
too good to be true. The “gotcha” moment
comes as soon as you hand over your money
for the start-up kits.
With the envelope stuffing, if you accept
the job and buy the kit, you are likely to
find that you will have to pay for all of the
supplies and postage. On top of that, the
only way to get any money for the job is to
get people to either buy a product or to con-
vince them to get the same envelope-stuffing
job as you. That’s it.
Not exactly the opportunity you were
In the online-search job scam, after pay-
ing the “small shipping and handling fee”
for the start-up kit and software needed with
your credit card, the company that claimed
to be a major search engine is in fact a sham
that now has your credit card information
and will continue to bill you, running up
your credit and taking your money.
Of course, you won’t have any work with
them at that point.
Medical billing can sound very legitimate
at first glance, so much so that you might
think that you are just applying for a job.
Instead, you would have to pay hundreds,
possibly thousands of dollars for a start-up
kit and the software to start your at-home
This is what they don’t tell you: The
competition for medical billing is very fierce.
It is rare to even get a few clients, let alone
a good income from this. Phyicians usually
process their own claims or contract their
claims out to trusted firms rather than to
someone sitting at home with a software
Craft work can sound fun at first. In order
to fill the job, you would probably have to
can cost you money
buy some equipment for the job such as sew-
ing machines, sign-making machines and
other materials for making the goods.
After making the products, you would
send them to a company that says they will
buy them. However, they will not pay you
because the products aren’t “up to stan-
dard.” Try as you might, your work will
never be up to the company “standard.”
The product could be perfect down to the
stitch, but it won’t be good enough. Why?
The company doesn’t really have a standard
to follow and sells your products at no cost
to them. So again, you have nothing to show
for your investment and no real work.
For more information about working-at-
home scams, go to the Federal Trade Com-
mission website at ftc.gov or schedule an
appointment with an attorney at the Fort
Meade Legal Assistance Office at 301-677-
9504 or 301-677-9536.
Aug. 22, Wrongful damage of
private property: The victim
discovered that two tires on his
vehicle were slashed.
Aug. 23, Larceny of AAFES
property: AAFES loss preven-
tion personnel at the Exchange
observed the subject on camera
pick up the following property: wire cutters,
key holder, package of electrical cord, pocket
knife and a USB pocket storage drive. The
subject then exited the store without rendering
Aug. 24, Driver changing lanes when unsafe, driv-
ing while under the influence of alcohol, driving
while impaired by alcohol: A unit observed a
vehicle weaving and make an unsafe lane change
while traveling on Route 32. A traffic stop was
initiated. The unit detected a strong odor of an
alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. The
driver was asked to perform the Standardized
Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed. The driver
provided a breath sample with a result of .18
percent blood alcohol content.
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By Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca
Asymmetric Warfare Group
Public Affairs Office
Members of the Asymmetric Warfare
Group bid farewell to their outgoing
commander, Col. Patrick J. Mahaney
Jr., and welcomed their new commander,
Col. John P. Petkosek, at a change-of-
command ceremony held Aug. 22 at the
Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy com-
manding general of Futures and director
of the Army Capabilities Integration
Center, presided over the event on behalf
of Gen. Robert W. Cone, the Training and
Doctrine commanding general.
“It is a tremendous privilege to be
here to preside over an Army tradition,
a change of command of responsibilities
from one outstanding leader to another,”
Walker said. “And we are truly blessed to
have such dedicated and talented leaders
as Pat Mahaney and John Petkosek and
The Army profession remains strong,
said Walker, because of leaders such as
Mahaney and Petkosek “who never fail
to shoulder the great responsibilities of
commanding Soldiers and leading the
Mahaney, who commanded AWG
since July 2011, is headed to New York
City to serve as a senior Army Fellow at
the Council of Foreign Relations.
“Colonel John Petkosek comes to us
with a tremendous background from tac-
tical to strategic level,” Walker said. “He
brings an exceptional set of operational
experiences needed to lead the Asym-
metric Warfare Group in support of our
Soldiers and our Army as we transition
from an Army at war to an Army prepar-
ing for war.”
The AWG provides Operational Advi-
sory and Solution Development support
globally to the Army and Joint Force
Commanders to enhance Soldier sur-
vivability and combat effectiveness, and
enable the defeat of current and emerg-
ing threats in support of unified land
operations. It is the operational arm to
Petkosek, who thanked Mahaney for
one of the smoothest transitions and
warmest welcomes to the unit, anticipates
the experience in leading AWG.
“To the members of the AWG, your
reputation preceded you,” he said. “I am
in awe of what you have accomplished
and am looking forward to facing the
challenges of the future together.”
Petkosek, who earned an undergradu-
ate degree in political science from The
Citadel in South Carolina, was commis-
sioned as an infantry officer in 1988. His
previous assignments include a variety of
infantry units such as the 2nd Battalion,
503rd Infantry Regiment and 1st Battal-
ion, 506th Infantry Regiment in the 2nd
Infantry Division; 2nd Battalion, 16th
Infantry and 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry
Regiment in the 1st Infantry Division at
Fort Riley, Kan., and Vilseck, Germany,
Previous assignments also include 1st
Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment; the
Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort
Chaffee, Ark; and the 9th Psychological
Operations Battalion (Airborne), Fort
Following his command of 2nd Battal-
ion, 14th Infantry Regiment with the 10th
Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.,
Petkosek was assigned to the Pentagon
where he served as the military assistant
and later chief of Initiatives Group for the
Office of the Secretary of the Army.
Most recently, Petkosek graduated
from the Senior Service College at the
Royal College of Defense Studies in
Petkosek also earned a master’s degree
in international relations from Troy State
Mahaney began his service as a cavalry
scout in the New York Army National
Guard in 1983 and was later commis-
sioned as a military policeman from Ford-
ham University ROTC after graduating
from New York University.
Mahaney began his Special Forces
career in 1994. His assignments included
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the
Joint Special Operations Command, and
the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Spe-
cial Warfare Center and School. He has
master’s degrees in international relations
from Columbia University in New York
and the University of Perugia, Italy.
“[Mahaney was] the man who ensured
that the Asymmetric Warfare Group was
clearly focused to provide the operational
AWG welcomes new
advisory assistance and solution develop-
ment for our combat leaders,” Walker
said. “And this enhanced combat effec-
tiveness directly led to saving Soldiers’
During Mahaney’s tenure, the AWG
continued to provide operational advi-
sory support that included embedding
with various units deployed to such loca-
tions as Africa, South West and South
East Asia, South America and Australia,
as well as development of solutions to
friendly capability gaps and mitigation of
enemy tactic, techniques and procedures.
That included pre-deployment advisory
support, security force assistance, sub-
terranean operations, tactical mobility,
adaptability and resiliency programs, jun-
gle operations training support, inter-
agency collaboration and various other
In his closing remarks to the AWG,
Mahaney lauded the unit’s past, ongoing
and future efforts.
“You are a magnificent unit made up
of the most remarkable individuals,” he
said. “I know you will continue to use
your talents, experience and drive to stay
focused on enhancing our forces’ surviv-
ability and effectiveness — lethally and
non-lethally. And you will conduct your
essential professional business guided by
the three simple word of the group’s
motto: Think. Adapt. Anticipate.”
Photo by Spc. Robert Porter
(Right) Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general of Futures and director
of the Army Capabilities Integration Center for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine
Command, passes the Asymmetric Warfare Group’s colors to incoming commander
Col. John P. Petkosek during the unit’s change-of-command ceremony held Aug. 22
at the Pavilion. Petkosek assumed command from Col. Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., who
will serve as a Senior Army Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! August 29, 2013
Story and photo by Tina Miles
780th Military Intelligence Brigade
Public Affairs Office
Being a single parent can be challeng-
ing, especially if you’re a Soldier.
While single parents who are service
members face the same problems and
concerns that all working parents face,
trying to set priorities and juggle the
demands of raising a child alone with the
demands of a 24-7 military lifestyle can
Nine single-parent Soldiers and civil-
ians from the 780th Military Intelligence
Brigade, and two additional agencies,
were able to take advantage of quality
time with their children during a retreat
hosted by the 780th’s Unit Ministry
The retreat was held Aug. 15-17 at the
Aspen Wye River Marriott Conference
Center in Queenstown.
Parents and children had the opportu-
nity to bond in a remote, tranquil setting.
The UMT event focused on developing
successful team-building skills through
experiential learning using “The Seven
Habits of Highly Effective Army Fami-
lies” curriculum and Outward Bound
Although most UMT retreats focus on
married couples, traditional families or
single Soldiers without children, Chap-
lain (Maj.) Ken Harris, chaplain, 780th
MI, wanted single-parent Soldiers to
know their service is equally valued.
“I feel that single-parent families are
an underserved demographic,” he said.
“They have many of the same stressors
that two-parent households have, but
often fewer resources.”
While the children participated in
mostly outdoor activities, parents attend-
ed classes on how to establish boundar-
ies, encourage their children and prob-
lem-solve. The classroom training was
designed to enhance the skills parents
already have and allow them to share
their experiences with their peers.
Families participated in Outward
Bound lessons twice a day. The hands-
on lessons ranged from canoeing to a
team-building adventure course.
“Our activities develop a sense of
bonding to help bridge the gap between
kids and their parents,” said Amanda
August, an Outward Bound children’s
instructor. “We teach them to support
For most Soldiers, this retreat was
their first time participating in a single-
DoD single-parents, children bond at retreat
Single parent Master Sgt. Eric Fred-
ericks, operations, 781st MI Battalion,
attended with his two children.
“I have my kids for the summer,” he
said. “I think it’s great to have an event
that focuses on the single parent. This
gave me the chance to build stronger fam-
ily skills and improve on my habits.”
Fredericks’ son Aidan enjoyed the
outdoor activities and thought the whole
experience was “first class.”
“I hope I can come back again,” he
Custodial grandparent Lisa Wine-
brenner, training educator, Army Cyber
Command, came with her granddaughter
“Jazlyn’s been my authorized depen-
dent for over two years,” Winebrenner
said. “This is a great opportunity for
both of us, and it put me in contact
with other single parents and shared
resources. I also thought I’d bring a dif-
ferent perspective to single parents with
The guest speakers were single-par-
ent service members who shared their
experiences. Fort Meade Deputy Gar-
rison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Cooper
spoke candidly about being “thrown”
into single parenthood.
“I went through a rough patch, a very
difficult time,” Cooper said. “You know
your kids depend on you. Through the
difficult times you’ll also have good
Cooper’s children are adults now and
he has grandchildren.
“My story has had time to play out;
give yourself time,” Cooper said.
Lt. Col. Deitra Trotter, commander,
781st MI Battalion, also spoke about her
experience as a single parent. She has a
child who is heading off to college.
“You made the conscious choice to
stop and take the time away from your
busy careers to focus on your family and
kids,” Trotter said. “It’s not something
you plan, and it’s hard to admit you
need help because you are doing it on
“This time with others who know
how you feel helps you realize you can’t
let pride get in the way. It’s important
to know what’s most important — and
Capt. Cynthea Tossie, personnel, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, helps Marcus Murray, son of Sgt. 1st Class Wendoly Portillo,
logistics, 780th MI Brigade, maneuver his way to the top of the rock wall as part of the Outward Bound activities provided during
the single-parent Soldiers’ retreat.
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photos by nate pesce
Col. Timothy Holtan, commander and conductor of the U.S. Army Field Band, leads
the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus during the finale of the Field Band’s annual
summer concert series. The concert featured selections of jazz, rock, country, pop,
orchestral and patriotic music, as well as Tchaikovsky’s famous “1812 Overture.”
RIGHT: Four senior members of the U.S. Army Drill Team, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The
Old Guard) perform a synchronized rifle drill during an intermission at the concert.
The Jazz Ambassadors’ Dixieland Band performed selections from early jazz during
the second intermission.
By Lisa R. Rhodes
The U.S. Army Field Band’s final concert
of the summer was a sublime mix of jazz,
rock, country, pop, orchestral and patriotic
music — genres for every age group and musi-
“It was really fun,” said Jay Dietrich, 12,
a student at MacArthur Middle School who
attended the concert with his music teacher
Diana Riccobene. “The people that play the
drums are the best people I’ve ever heard.”
The two-hour concert, which ended the
Field Band’s annual summer series, was held
Saturday evening at Constitution Park under
a clear twilight sky.
About 600 people attended the program,
which featured all of the Field Band’s ensem-
bles — the Concert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus,
Jazz Ambassadors and Volunteers.
The Jazz Ambassadors opened the concert
with the “Army Song,” and was followed by
the singing of the National Anthem by Master
Sgt. Marva Lewis, lead vocalist for the Jazz
“We have beautiful weather here tonight,”
said Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley, who welcomed an audience of Field
Band alumni, family members and friends
as well as the public. “We have the very best
musicians in the U.S. Army.”
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, command-
ing general of Joint Force Headquarters-
National Capital Region and the Military Dis-
trict of Washington, spoke briefly about resil-
iency and the Field Band and how it adjusted
its touring schedule due to the sequester, which
curtailed the organization’s traditional spring
touring schedule throughout the country.
The Field Band was scheduled to perform
139 concerts for its spring tours throughout
the Southeast. The Field Band Operations
Music of the Night
Army Field Band ensembles
close out summer concert series Groups, however, was forced to cancel the
The tour was quickly rebooked within 100
miles of Fort Meade, and featured 149 local
ensemble clinics, master classes and ceremo-
“We can all learn from their example,”
The concert resumed with several high-
lights from the Jazz Ambassadors including
“Big Swing Face,” a jazzy foot-stomper that
featured a piano solo by Master Sgt. Timothy
Young and tenor saxophone solos by Staff
Sgt. Brandford Danho and Staff Sgt. Dustin
Lewis then gave a soulful rendition of “A
House Is Not a Home,”a stirring RB ballad
made popular by the late Luther Vandross.
The Volunteers followed with “Magic
Man,” the 1976 rock hit by Heart that fea-
tured haunting vocals by Sgt. 1st Class April
Boucher, the Volunteers’ lead vocalist, and a
ripping electric guitar solo by Sgt. 1st. Class
The band also performed a rendition of
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” originally sung by
country singer Miranda Lambert, and closed
the set with a performance of the Allman
Brothers’ country hit “Ramblin Man.” The
song featured electric guitar solos by Lindsey
and Master Sgt. John Lamirande, who also
Col. Timothy Holtan, commander and
conductor of the Field Band, led the Concert
Band in a performance that featured popular
love songs from the 1970s and ’80s sung by
Master Sgt. Victor Cenales and Staff Sgt.
Tracy Labrecque, vocalists from the Soldiers’
The Concert Band also was led by previ-
ous Field Band commanders Col. Thomas
H. Palmatier, commander of the U.S. Army
Band Pershing’s Own, and retired Col. Wil-
liam E. Clark.
During the concert’s two intermissions, the
audience was treated to a demonstration of
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a synchronized rifle drill performed by four
senior members of the U.S. Army Drill Team,
3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) and
a performance by the Dixieland Band, a small
ensemble of the Jazz Ambassadors that played
selections of early jazz.
In the finale, Holtan led the Concert Band
and Soldiers’ Chorus in the “Armed Forces
Salute” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,”
the Field Band’s signature ending for the series.
An electronic sound device was used to simu-
late cannon fire during the Overture.
Riccobene, whose father Sgt. Maj. Joseph
Riccobene served with the Field Band for 24
years, said she grew up listening to the musi-
“It inspired me to become a professional
musician and music teacher,” she said.
Riccobene, a percussionist and newly enlist-
ed staff sergeant with the Maryland Defense
Force Band, said she and Jay had a great
“We think it was terrific,” she said.
Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher, lead vocalist of The Volunteers, an
ensemble of the Field Band, hits a high note. The band played
a mixture of rock and country, which featured ripping electric
(Right to left:) Master Sgt. Michael Johnston, Sgt. Maj.
Kevin Watt, Sgt. 1st Class John Altman and Sgt. 1st Class
Liesl Whitaker comprise the trumpet section of the Jazz
Ambassadors. The ensemble opened the concert with the
traditional “Army Song” and the National Anthem sung by lead
vocalist Master Sgt. Marva Lewis.
Children run and dance through Constitution Park as their adult family members watch the concert.
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Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
A year removed from breaking a decade-
long playoff drought that included a run to
the Class 4A State Semifinals, the Meade
High School Mustangs football team is look-
ing to improve last season’s record.
With six starters from the offensive unit
and eight defenders — including all-county
defensive end Niquekko Cook — returning
from last year’s 10-3 team, the Mustangs
maintained enough experience to field a solid
team with the drive to make a deep run in the
The Mustangs will kick off their season at
home on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. against Old Mill
“We’re looking real good,” said quarter-
back Marcus Smith. “I think we might have
a better team than we did last year.”
Although the team returns a majority of
its 2012 starters, third-year coach Rich Holzer
and his staff are left filling in the spots of
several all-county caliber players competing
at the collegiate level.
Among the biggest losses are defensive
tackle Malik Dorsey (University of Maine),
linebacker Hunter Cox (Concordia University
Ann Arbor), wide receiver Anthony Watkins
(Lawrenceville Prep), and defensive backs
Korey Brooks (ASA College) and Daivon
Nixon (West Virginia Wesleyan).
“We have to emphasize what we have this
year,” Holzer said. “Last year, with Dorsey
and Cox on defense, we were able to do dif-
ferent things. And with Watkins, we could
really just throw the ball up at times. We have
different players this year, so it requires us as
coaches to adjust to the strengths of the guys
“We have some talent but we’re still eyeing
that chemistry and work ethic. The talent is
there, it’s just a matter of getting it to gel.”
Two of the Mustangs’ biggest weapons did
return for the 2013 season — Marcus and
running back Kyle Evans. Kyle rushed for
1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns last season,
while Marcus threw for 970 yards and rushed
for another 787.
Junior running back Travis Chidebe has
been added to the mix of rushers who will
need to find success pounding the ball for an
effective offense, Holzer said.
Coaches are looking to replace the deep-
threat Watkins, who had 47 catches for 812
yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Senior
Brad Richards and transfer senior Devontae
Dunn are primed to take the outside receiver
The team’s sole sophomore Devin McNeal,
junior Dominique Hudson and senior Avery
Meade High Mustangs look to improve 10-3 record
Junior running back Travis Chidebe breaks away from a tackler during a preseason practice. Travis and senior running back Kyle
Evans will lead the Mustangs’ running attack this season.
Baker are aiming to fill two empty slots of
the offensive line, which Marcus said is bigger
than last year.
“We returned most of the defense,” Holzer
said. “We’re pretty solid along the line and we
returned all our linebackers.”
Holzer said there are position battles for
the safety and cornerback positions, with
junior Jatwan Jones and senior Raekwon
Coates looking to fill in the spots left by
Brooks and Nixon.
In addition to filling roster spots, coaches
are left replacing vocal team leaders in Dorsey
“We’re going to have to build leaders, and
along with that comes mental toughness,”
One of the challenges this year, Holzer
said, will be keeping players focused on the
games week-by-week and not looking ahead
to another Class 4A East Regional title or
“I think that’s something we’re eye-balling
down the road,” he said. “ With a team that is
coming back with some success, the big thing
is keeping them focused — keeping them
Rich Holzer, head coach of the Meade High School football team, addresses his
team during a preseason practice Monday afternoon. The third-year coach returns a
majority of his starters from last year’s 10-3 team.
focused on the task at hand, not 10 weeks from
now but what’s right in front of our face.”
Both Kyle and Marcus are entering the
school year with optimism for another prom-
“I’m really motivated, especially since this
is my last year,” Kyle said. “We have a pretty
good team. I think we’re going to do bet-
ter than last year. We’re taking it game-by-
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Ravens’ Hometown Heroes
The Baltimore Ravens and Dietz Watson are joining forces to honor active-
duty service members and veterans at each of the Ravens’ 2013 home games.
Through their Hometown Hero program, the two partners will celebrate service
members of the greater Baltimore community, currently serving or retired, whose
bravery and strength make them deserving of special recognition.
Each week, one person will be chosen as that game’s Hometown Hero and
deliver the game ball to the NFL referee prior to kickoff. The hero also will
receive tickets to the game and pre-game sideline passes.
The Hometown Hero program is open to all current and former service
members from any military branch.
Throughout the season, fans can submit a friend or family member’s name,
contact information, service number and brief description about why they want to
honor that person at www.baltimoreravens.com/hometownhero.
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 through Sept. 1 near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
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.
EFMP Walking Group
The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet Sept. 12
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly
bowling event on Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 7 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@
Football Fan Fare 5K and 1 Mile Walk
The installation’s annual Run Series continues Sept. 21 with a Football Fan
Fare 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.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
Meade High School
Mustangs’ varsity football
• Glen Burnie, Sept. 6
• at South River, Sept. 12
• Old Mill, Sept. 20
• Chesapeake-AA, Sept. 27
• at Severna Park, Oct. 4
• at Southern, Oct. 11
• Annapolis, Oct. 17
• at North County, Oct. 25
• Broadneck, Nov. 1
• at Arundel High, Nov. 8
All games are played at 6:30 p.m.
Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones and his NFC predictions will
appear in next week’s Soundoff!
As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or
anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones.
email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ctjibber.
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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
Defense Media Activity is hosting a
Women’s Equality Day observance today
from 2 to 3 p.m. at DMA, 6700 Taylor
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.
DMA Director Ray B. Shepherd 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.
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
Square Dance Club
The Swinging Squares Square Dance
Club dances the third and fifth Saturday
of the month from September to the end
of May at Meade Middle School.
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.
photo by brandon bieltz
BACKPACK to SchoolNatalie McKiernan, a USO-Metro intern, distributes backpacks filled with
school supplies to Nathan and Tuesday Arthur at the USO-Metro Fort
Meade Center on Aug. 21. The organization handed out 3,000 backpacks
to military children in the Baltimore-Washington area.
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/
OSC Super Sign-Up
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club will host a Super Sign-Up for
Membership today from 6-8 p.m. at
Midway Commons Neighborhood
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.
First Sergeant Course
The USAMDW Company
Commander/First Sergeant Course
will be held Oct. 15-18 in Lincoln
Hall, National Defense University, Ft.
McNair, Washington, D.C.
The course is conducted to introduce
new and prospective company leaders to
potential challenges of command; the
avenues and resources available to assist
them; and overall concerns within the
National Capitol Region.
MDW Regulation 350-5, Company
Commanders and First Sergeants
Training requires all JFHQ-NCR/
MDW company commanders and first
sergeants to attend this training.
To participate, individuals should
contact their unit S3 or installation
DPTMS. Course allocations will be
made IAW Chapter 6, MDW Reg. 350-
The final list of individuals
recommended to participate in this
training is due to the MDW J/G37
Office by Sept. 27.
Contacts in J/G37 are Michael Egly at
202-685-2910 or michael.c.egly.civ@mail.
mil, and David Stone at 202-685-1923 or
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 email@example.com.
Teen Center Open House
The Fort Meade Teen Center is
sponsoring an open house to welcome
teens and the new school year on Sept. 6
from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Learn about the Teen Center
activities and programs such as youth
sponsorship, homework assistance and
Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call 301-677-
•YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater will
host the 18th Women’s Wellness Weekend:
Spirit, Mind and Body from Oct. 12-13.
This year, the camp is reaching out to
military spouses to enjoy the experience
and will give their children, ages 6-16, the
opportunity to enjoy camp as well.
Cost is $175 per person. Early registration
is $150 if postmarked by Sept. 13. Enlisted
spouses may apply for scholarships for up to
$100 with valid military ID. Call to register.
Space is limited.
Fee includes lodging, meals, workshops,
entertainment and most activities.
Activities include: Yoga, dance, canoeing,
stress reduction, hiking, exercise classes,
archery, high ropes adventure, tennis,
basketball, volleyball, sailing, arts, campfire,
crafts fair, and speakers and presenters.
For more information, call Chessa
Ormond at 410-919-1410 or email info@
campletts.org. or call the camp at 410-919-
1410 or go to campletts.org.
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Community News Notes
• Maryland Renaissance Festival will be
held through Oct. 20 at 1821 Crownsville
Road, Annapolis. Admission is $7 to $22.
For more information, email rennfest.com.
• Maryland State Fair runs 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.
For a complete schedule, visit
• 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
• 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
• A Quarter Auction will be held Sept. 12
at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1381 Becknel
Ave., Odenton. Doors and kitchen open at 6
p.m. Auction begins at 7 p.m.
The auction is for adults only. Admission
is $5 (two paddles). Each additional two
paddles costs $5. Food and beverages will
be available for purchase. The event also will
feature door prizes.
All proceeds will benefit charities
including Christmas Family Adoption
Program, supported by the Ladies of the
Living Rosary, Knights of Columbus,
Keough Council #5263.
For more information, call Jo-Ann at 410-
• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will
sponsor an Opening Lunch Buffet on
Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. As
part of the opening program, there will be
news and information from other clubs,
community organizations, and the Office of
the Garrison Commander.
Cost is $20. Reservations are required by
today at noon. For reservations, call your
area representative or Betty Wade at 410-
Membership dues are $25 per year.
Regular membership is extended to spouses,
widows and widowers of retired officers,
and to retired officers of all branches of the
military services. Associate membership is
Members may bring guests to the
luncheons, which are held on the first
Tuesday of each month, except in June, July,
August and January.
For more information, call Genny
Bellinger, president of the ROWC, at 410-
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 410-674-4000.
• National Alliance on Mental Illness of
Anne Arundel County offers a free support
group for families with a loved one suffering
from mental illness on the first Thursday
of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton
(West County) Library, 1325 Annapolis
Road. The next meeting is 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
• Bully Proofing Support Group meets
the second and fourth Monday of the
month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place
Neighborhood Center beginning Sept. 9.
The group is geared for school-age children
and parents. For more information, email
• 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 Sept. 9. The program provides
an opportunity for all spouses new to the
military or to Fort Meade to meet and get
connected. For more information, contact
Pia Morales at email@example.com
• 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 Sept. 9. 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 Sept.
9. Free child care will be provided on site.
For more information, email Kimberly.
• NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Sept.
10 at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall,
7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen
Burnie. The speaker will be Mary McGraw,
representing the Elizabeth Coronet
To join this chapter or for more
information concerning NARFE, please
attend this meeting. The chapter is in
dire need of active members. For more
information, call Diane Shreves, publicity
chairman, at 410-760-3750.
• 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 Sept. 10. For more information, call
Sharon Collins at 301-667-4116 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. 13
Today Sunday: “R.I.P.D. 3D” (PG-13). From
the great beyond, a cop joins a team of spirit
lawmen. With Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds,
Friday: “The Conjuring” (PG-13). Paranormal
investigators confront a demonic entity. With
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor.
Saturday: “Turbo 3D” (PG). A snail attains the
power of super speed, and pursues his dream
of becoming a racer. With Ryan Reynolds, Paul
Giamatti, Michael Peña.
Wednesday: “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.
Sept. 5, 6, 7: “RED 2” (PG-13). An unlikely
team of elite secret agents reunites on a quest
to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
With Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise
Sept. 8: “Turbo” (PG). A snail attains the power
of super speed, and pursues his dream of becom-
ing a racer. With Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti,
Sept. 11: “The Wolverine” (PG-13). Wolverine
confronts the prospect of mortality. With Hugh
Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Famke Janssen.
Sept. 12, 13: “2 Guns” (R). Two undercover
agents go on the run after a mission goes bad.
With Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula
FACTS OF LIFE
“Life is like an escalator:
You can move forward
or backward, but you cannot remain still.”
— Patricia Russell-McCloud, Motivational Speaker