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  1. 1. equality Event recognizes women’s progress, suffrage efforts page 4 UPCOMING EVENTS 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 bring it Meade Mustangs set on repeating success of last football season page 12 Soundoff!´ vol. 65 no. 34 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community August 29, 2013 photo by nate pesce 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
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! August 29, 2013 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................12 Crime Watch.................. 5 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Classified..............................16 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Allison Thompson 410-332-6850 Michele Griesbauer 410-332-6381 If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. 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. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 The average person sees a health care provider just five times a year for 20 minutes a session — 100 minutes. 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 pressure regulation. 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 RDI/RDA. 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 vegetables. The green color in vegetables is due to chloro- phyll, which is a molecule that contains magne- sium. Avoid refined processed foods, especially white sugar and white flour products, 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 consume. 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. COL. danny b.n. Jaghab MEDDAC Commander
  3. 3. August 29, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer 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 Training Center. 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 post. “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 personal websites.” 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 Meade’s boundaries.” Army contractors learn how to fight terrorism The following services have returned to normal operating hours: • 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 p.m. • 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 3:30 p.m. • 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 2 p.m. Photo by Philip H. Jones 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.
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! August 29, 2013 News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Today, the nation can acknowledge nearly 100 years of progress in the strug- gle for women’s equality, said Del. Jill P. Carter. “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 Equality Day. 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 the military. 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 taking.” 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 the invocation. 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. “Ourpridecomesfrompushingthrough 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,” Carter said. 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- ants. “These women are pioneers,” Carter said. The service and sacrifice of women in U.S. conflicts and wars from Kosovo to Afghanistan have been “phenomenal,” Carter said. “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 society. “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 coin. 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 important. “We’re just as good as anybody else,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to prove ourselves.”
  5. 5. August 29, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News 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 to do? 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 craft work. 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 hoping for. 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 business. 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 program. Craft work can sound fun at first. In order to fill the job, you would probably have to ‘Home-work’ scams 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 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 proper payment. 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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  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! August 29, 2013 News 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 Pavilion. 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 their families.” 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 Army.” 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 TRADOC. 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, respectively. 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 Bragg, N.C. 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 London. Petkosek also earned a master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University. 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 commanding officer advisory assistance and solution develop- ment for our combat leaders,” Walker said. “And this enhanced combat effec- tiveness directly led to saving Soldiers’ lives.” 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 ongoing initiatives. 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.
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! August 29, 2013 News 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 be overwhelming. 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 Team. 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 activities. 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 each other.” For most Soldiers, this retreat was their first time participating in a single- DoD single-parents, children bond at retreat parent event. 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 said. Custodial grandparent Lisa Wine- brenner, training educator, Army Cyber Command, came with her granddaughter Jazlyn. “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 DoD.” 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 times.” 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 your own. “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 that’s family.” 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.
  8. 8. SOUNDOFF! August 29, 2013 Cover Story 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 Staff Writer 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- cal taste. “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 Ambassadors. “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 performances. The tour was quickly rebooked within 100 miles of Fort Meade, and featured 149 local ensemble clinics, master classes and ceremo- nial support. “We can all learn from their example,” Buchanan said. 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 Mollick. 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 Thomas Lindsey. 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 sang vocals. 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’ Chorus. 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
  9. 9. August 29, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11 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- cians practice. “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 time. “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 guitar solos. (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.
  10. 10. SOUNDOFF! August 29, 2013 Sports Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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 postseason. The Mustangs will kick off their season at home on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. against Old Mill High School. “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. “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 spots. 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 and Hunter. “We’re going to have to build leaders, and along with that comes mental toughness,” Holzer said. 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 state championship. “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- ising season. “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- game.”
  11. 11. August 29, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13 Sports Sports Shorts 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 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 EFMP Bowling 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 $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 For more information, call 301-677-3867. For more Fort Meade sports, visit Meade High School Mustangs’ varsity football schedule • 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. or follow him on Twitter @ctjibber. Jibber-Less
  12. 12. SOUNDOFF! August 29, 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. and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. or call 301-677-5602. Women’s Equality Day observance Defense Media Activity is hosting a Women’s Equality Day observance today from 2 to 3 p.m. at DMA, 6700 Taylor Ave. 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 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 optional. 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/ text). 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 Center. For more information, email 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. Company Commander/ 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- 5. 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 Mustangs Preschool Program 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 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 various clubs. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 301-677- 6054. Out About •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@ or call the camp at 410-919- 1410 or go to NEWS EVENTS EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION
  13. 13. August 29, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15 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 • 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 military heroes. Children, ages 8-15, enjoy a free week of summer camp. 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- 900-5576. • 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- 551-7082. 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 also available. 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- 674-2550. • 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 • 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 • 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 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 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 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 Healthcare Network. 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 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 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, Kevin Bacon. 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 Parker. 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, Michael Peña. 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 Patton. Chaplain’s Word FACTS OF LIFE “Life is like an escalator: You can move forward or backward, but you cannot remain still.” — Patricia Russell-McCloud, Motivational Speaker MEETINGS