vol. 66 no. 4
Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community
January 30, 2014
‘a ray of sunshine’
photo by nate pesce
Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, talks with Pfc. Sergio Ramirez Romero (second from left), Pfc. Sara Graham (right) and other service members during her visit to the Fort
Meade USO-Metro on Jan. 22. Davuluri was in the Washington-metro area to promote science, technology, engineering and math education. For the story, see Page 10.
‘a day on’
promotes need for
service on MLK Day
Vietnam War POW
credits strong faith
as key to success
sunday, 6:25 p.m.: Super Bowl Party - The Lanes
Feb. 6, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - Club Meade
Feb. 6, 4 p.m.: Right Arm Night - Club Meade
Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.: Kids’ Craft Club - Arts & Crafts Center
Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m.: National Prayer Luncheon - Club Meade
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Weathering the weather
As I look back on all the years I have
dealt with safety issues, one lesson of history
stands firm — we don’t learn the lessons of
The Greeks even recognized the fallibility
of man: Cassandra was able to predict the
future but was cursed by the gods because no
one would believe her.
It took a whale to change the mind of the
prophet Jonah since he felt a trip to Ninevah
to outline their safety deficiencies was not
worth the trip.
Life is very complex and unpredictable.
Every day we are inundated with the requirements and we don’t have enough time or
money. This year, despite many warnings,
many were unprepared for the extremes of
Every year the Installation Safety Office
has safety campaigns. This time of year we
do winter safety.
In retrospect, we could have had winter
safety campaign with possible updates:
• Unusual snow fall: 5-inch accumulation
in 24 hours.
• Unusual cold: Sustained cold below 5
degrees and/or equivalent temperature with
wind chill for more than three days.
This would possibly have alerted people
that additional precautions are needed.
One individual who had just had his oil
changed in December was concerned that
when his windshield cleaner was topped off, it
was with a summer mix that lacked any antifreeze. He noticed it when it did not work in
the extreme cold.
In the extreme cold, even indoors we are
vulnerable in the event of a power failure.
One thought is to have a kerosene heater
available for emergencies. Another is purchasing a generator. Of course, the car has a
heater as a last resort.
Maintenance of tire pressure is a good way
to think of safety. Regular checks of equipment is the best way to go.
If you check your tire pressure every month,
then after the temperature goes down from 80
degrees to 60, one might add 4 pounds since
air pressure in a tire typically goes down 1 to
2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature
There are people who haven’t checked their
tire pressure since the weather began turning
colder: 32 at 60 degrees could become 20 at
Maintaining proper air pressure is the
single most important thing drivers can do for
their tires to prevent increased tread wear on
the shoulder area (outside edges) of the tire;
excessive heat, which reduces tire durability;
tires make the
that will signal
the driver when
Kirk Fechter, director
Installation Safety Office
pressure is low.
The tire stems are aluminum and when cold,
they are more brittle.
Don’t extend the air hose so that it pulls
the stem because it could break and totally
deflate the tire. This even happens in warmer
A reminder on wind chill: A chart of the
effects from temperature is located at www.
The chart indicates that 5 degrees with a
wind of 30 knots, which we had recently, is
the equivalent of -19 degrees. At that temperature, frostbite can occur in 30 minutes.
Inside the house, sustained cold can freeze
pipes. For travels, be sure and leave the heat
In better weather, it is better to use plastic
pipes since they bend instead of break. Water
expands 1/11th of its size, creating the problem when water in a pipe freezes.
The Weather Channel offers these tips on
preventing frozen pipes:
“Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does
not typically cause a break where the ice
blockage occurs. It’s not the radial expansion
of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes
“Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to
increase downstream between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end.
“It’s this increase in water pressure that
leads to pipe failure. Usually the pipe bursts
where little or no ice has formed.
“Upstream from the ice blockage, the water
can always retreat back toward its source,
so there is no pressure buildup to cause a
“Water has to freeze for ice blockages to
occur. Pipes that are adequately protected
along their entire length by placement within
the building’s insulation, insulation on the
pipe itself, or heating are safe.”
Keep these tips in mind. I hope I don’t have
to do a message on too much snow!
‘A Day On’
Fort Meade honors MLK Day
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
The first time Johnny Green saw Martin Luther King Jr. was on his black
and white television in his hometown of
Just 5 years old, he understood little
of what was spoken at the March on
Washington and King’s “I Have A Dream
Speech” in 1963, but its impact still resonates for Green, the lead pastor of the
Jessup-based Bethel Ministries.
Green reflected on King’s messages as
guest speaker for Fort Meade’s annual
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance”
held Jan. 23 at McGill Training Center.
“I didn’t understand or take in anything [King] said [at the March on Washington],” recalled Green. “I just noticed
here is a black man on this television. I
don’t know what he said, but history tells
me he said a lot.
“This speech lasted roughly 17 minutes
and from what I understand, was an
amazing speech. The same speech still
stirs the hearts and challenges the minds
of all of us each and every day, 50 years
After Green spoke, Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley presented him
with a glass plaque and thanked him for
“great words to inspire us all.”
The observance, which focused on the
theme “Make it a day on, not a day off,”
opened with a brief video. The video
detailed the transformation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday from what
started out as a day to commemorate
King’s work through observances and
conferences, to a day of service — not
just a day off work.
“Dr. King didn’t take a day off, he was
always on,” Green said. “Fort Meade, are
you taking a day off ? It’s not a day off.
It’s a day on all the time when you seek
“There’s too much work to do, no matter who you are. There’s too much work
to do, no matter your rank. There’s too
much work to do, no matter what you do
or what you’ve seen.
“Don’t take a day off. There are no
days off. There are only days on.”
Green, an Air Force veteran who served
20 years, called King a “brilliant thinker”
who led by example through nonviolent
protests and campaigns.
‘There’s too much work to
do, no matter what you do
or what you’ve seen. Don’t
take a day off. There are
no days off. There are only
Lead Pastor, Bethel Ministries
“He was quite a few things,” he said.
“He was a father, a speaker, a leader, an
advocate for civil rights, a man of change,
a husband and an American.”
Recalling the story of when a young
King became frightened after a bomb
threat to his Alabama home, Green said
that King was not unlike those who filled
“He was human like you and I are. ...
It got rough for Dr. King sometimes, just
like it will get rough for us. Still stand for
the truth.” Green said. “It got rough for
Dr. King in a time when he couldn’t help
it and it wasn’t his fault. He still stood
for the truth.”
Today, King is remembered “as an
icon of faith who had courage to change
a nation, he had tenacity to stand up to
wrong,” Green said.
Although fearful at times, said Green,
King never stopped working for equality.
“It’s great to have a day off, it’s nice to
sleep in every now and then, [and] just
roll over,” he said. “But when injustice
is happening and when somebody else
is being put down, and the poor are getting poorer and the needy keep getting
in more need, we’ve got to do something
about it besides roll over.
“You can’t take a day off.”
After the presentation, Staff Sgt. Danilo Fernandez of the 241st Military Police
Detachment said Green’s speech provided
an important message for service members.
“He didn’t stray away from the point
he wanted to get across,” Fernandez
Johnny Green speaks during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance on Jan. 23 at
McGill Training Center. Green is the lead pastor of the Jessup-based Bethel Ministries
and Air Force veteran who served 20 years.
BELOW: Service members watch a brief video explaining the history of Martin Luther
King Jr. Day during the installation’s annual MLK Day observance on Jan. 23 at McGill
Training Center. Guest speaker Pastor Johnny Green, lead pastor of the Jessup-based
Bethel Ministries, reflected on King’s messages in his presentation.
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Story and photo by
Airman 1st Class Samuel Daub
70th Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
Retired Air Force Capt. Guy Gruters,
a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war, shared his experiences with
the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance Wing Airmen and Fort
Meade service members on Jan. 22 at the
Airman Leadership School and Friedman
During the presentation, Gruters
recounted his survival of North Vietnamese prison camps and torture at the
hands of communist fighters.
Gruters survived more than five years
of imprisonment and was able to return
home with honor. He credited his strength
to carry on to a strong faith in his leadership and teamwork with his fellow
He imparted the wisdom he gained
under these circumstances to the future
supervisors in his audience.
“To me, the most important message is
to have a strong faith, and above everything else to try to do the right thing in
every aspect of your career,” Gruters said.
“I mean always, always, every day, try
to do what you truly believe is the right
thing, despite any consequence.
“That right thing involves real obedience to your leadership and all your
procedures and everything that everybody
is telling you to do above you, and real
loyalty to your leadership and real loyalty
and true loyalty to all the people you are
responsible for — loyalty up and down
“Don’t play any games with any selfishness. Truly try to be unselfish in everything and you’ll never regret it.”
Gruters’ talk accompanied a PowerPoint presentation centered on teamwork.
Gruters shared that the same force
employed to help him return home in
1973 is the same that affects the success
of today’s leaders and Airmen.
“If you’re a leader who really cares for
your people, your people know it and will
do anything for you,” he said. “You won’t
have people doing just what they are supposed to do. They’ll go above and beyond
for you, and the unit will be stronger
because of it.”
Gruters urged participants to take
responsibility for mistakes at every opportunity to do so. When taking responsibility, Airmen also receive the opportunity
to correct the issue and be proactive in
improving their work place.
“It looks like a stupid thing to do, but
believe me, it’s the right thing to do,” he
said. “The thing about it is, when you take
the blame for the problem, people let you
fix the problem. Because you’ve taken the
What you need
to know about
average, it takes 10 years to develop.
• Women in their 40s and 50s are at the
• If you have never had a Pap test or not
had one in a long time, it’s not too late.
• Early stage cervical cancer can be
• Almost all cervical cancer is caused by
HPV, a virus.
• There’s a vaccine to protect you from
the most dangerous HPVs.
• A Pap test is quick, easy and painless.
• There’s no cost to TRICARE beneficiaries when they see a network provider.
TRICARE covers Pap tests for women
older than 18 years old from a network
By Health Net Federal Services
January is cervical cancer month. Here’s
what you need to know about cervical
• Cervical cancer is almost completely
• Regular Pap smears (also known as a
Pap test) can catch abnormal cells before
they turn into cervical cancer.
• Cervical cancer is slow growing. On
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Retired Air Force Capt. Guy Gruters, a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner
of war for more than five years, answers an Airman’s question on Jan. 22 in the
Airman Leadership School at Fort Meade. Gruters shared his experiences during a
presentation for the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Airmen
and Fort Meade service members.
responsibility, everybody lets you lead the
Gruters was introduced by his nephew,
Maj. Peter Gruters of the 34th Intelligence Squadron, who joined the Air
Force shortly before Sept. 11. His grandfather served in World War II and his
uncles, Terry and Guy Gruters, were both
pilots in the Vietnam War.
“One of the reasons I got in was to
continue that tradition as the next genera-
What is a Pap test and what does
The Pap test can tell if you have an
infection, abnormal (unhealthy) cervical
cells or cervical cancer.
If unhealthy cervical cells are detected, they can be treated before they turn
Regular Pap tests also can detect
cervical cancer early, when it’s the most
Cervical cancer screening
The United State Preventive Services
Task Force recommends screening for
cervical cancer through Pap tests every
tion,” Maj. Peter Gruters said. “Bottom
line goes back to the Air Force Creed: ‘I
am faithful to a proud heritage, a tradition of honor and a legacy of valor.’
“That really hits home for me — just to
continue that legacy of family.”
After his talk, the elder Gruters joined
the Airmen for lunch and answered an
array of questions. He also spoke to a
joint-service audience at the Friedman
Auditorium later that day.
three years, beginning at age 21 and
continuing until age 65.
It is also recommended for women
ages 30 to 65 who want to lengthen the
screening interval, screening with a combination of a Pap test and an HPV test
every five years.
Cervical cancer vaccine for youth
The rate of cervical cancer can be
significantly reduced by protecting
youngsters with the vaccine that protects against the most dangerous forms
of HPV, the virus that causes cervical
The vaccine is available to adolescent
girls and boys, beginning at age 11, as
well as young adults through age 26.
VA retroactive award may be a tax benefit
By Capt. Iris Yao
Joint Installation Tax Center
Are you receiving both Veterans Affairs
disability compensation and retirement pay?
These two types of payments fall under
IRS Ruling 78-161, also known as the
According to the Internal Revenue ruling,
military retirees may receive the tax benefit
that comes from retroactive awards of VA
When a retiree receives an initial award, or
a retroactive increase in disability pay from
the VA, the retroactive portion of the pay
may be excluded from the retiree’s taxable
The portion of military retired pay that is
reduced due to receiving the VA disability pay
is called the “VA Waiver.”
For the first VA award, the retroactive
portion is the disability pay entitlement from
the effective date shown on the VA award
letter through the day before the reduction
of retired pay.
For increases in awards, the retroactive portion is the difference between the
increased award and the amounts by which
retired pay had been reduced. This includes
payments from the effective date of the
increased award, as shown on the VA award
letter, through the day before the reduction
of retired pay.
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The amount you exclude may not exceed
your monthly taxable retired military pay for
any given month.
If your retired pay was reduced after the
effective date of the award, you may exclude
the retroactive portion when you file your
annual federal income tax return.
Attach copies of the VA award letter(s),
along with your Form 1099-R, to your tax
return to substantiate your entitlement to
In addition, it may benefit you to file
amended tax returns for any previous years in
which retroactive disability pay was awarded.
You can contact the IRS directly to determine
which years you may file amended returns.
For more information, go to www.dfas.
mil/retiredmilitary or call DFAS at 800-3211080.
You also may schedule an appointment
at the Fort Meade Tax Center to have your
taxes prepared at no charge. Center volunteers are specifically trained in militaryunique tax issues.
The Tax Center serves active-duty service
members, retirees and family dependents
with valid military ID Cards.
The center, which is located at 4217 Roberts Ave., is open Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments are limited. Call 301677-9366.
The Directorate of
Emergency Services is actively working to keep neighborhoods safe.
Families residing on post should
remember to ensure
that windows and doors to homes,
cars and garages are locked at all
times, regardless of time of day.
Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off
post, it is important to remember
that Fort Meade is not immune to
crime. To protect your family and
belongings, remember to take an
active role in deterring crime.
Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report
any suspicious activity to the Fort
Meade Police at 301-677-6622
For week of Jan. 20-26:
• Moving violations: 34
• Nonmoving violations: 3
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 92
• Traffic accidents: 8
• Driving on suspended license: 3
• Driving on suspended registration: 3
• Driving without a license: 2
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
Jan. 16, Assault consummated
by a battery: An investigation
revealed that the subject and
his daughter were involved
in a verbal altercation that
turned physical when he
grabbed her by the neck and
started choking her, leaving
red marks and scratches on
Jan. 18, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention
personnel stated that a shoplifter was observed
via surveillance exiting the store without rendering proper payment for items she concealed
on her person.
Jan. 18, Theft of private property: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified of
a theft from the 24-hour Shoppette. AAFES
loss prevention personnel observed an AAFES
employee performing an excessive amount of
void, no sale, and price challenges on her cash
register. Further investigation revealed that the
subject was removing money from her cash
register. When confronted, the subject admitted to the thefts.
Jan. 19, Larceny of private property: The
victim stated that her iPad Mini was missing. An investigation revealed that person(s)
by unknown means had removed her Apple
iPad Mini from her purse while she was at
DISA employees learn about financial wellness at expo
By DISA Strategic Communications
The Defense Information Systems
Agency hosted a Financial Wellness Expo
on Jan. 16.
The event, open to all military and
civilian employees of the agency, featured
a variety of financial services exhibitors ranging from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Consumer
Credit Counseling Service of Maryland
The theme was “Exercises to Shape Up
Your Spending.” The focus was on financial wellness through education.
“Maintaining a balance in your financial wellness leads to an overall decrease
in stress levels, which is beneficial to
your health,” said Helena Jenkins, who
manned a table for Federal Occupational
Health that featured a free blood pressure
Exhibitors included banks, credit
unions, financial planners, credit counselors and insurance agents.
“The expo was extremely well laid out,
logistically and aesthetically speaking,”
said Jennifer Augustine, deputy director
of the DISA Manpower, Personnel, and
Employees received a variety of information including how to balance a budget, get out of debt, prevent identity theft,
and avoid bankruptcy. Many exhibitors
provided brochures and other collateral
materials to take home.
Exhibits such as the Thrift Savings Program and National Association of Retired
Federal Employees provided information
to help employees work proactively to
secure their future financial well-being.
Federal Trade Commission representatives shared information such as what to
do if you are a victim of identity theft,
how to receive a free credit report, and
how to deal with debt.
Other exhibits highlighted ways that
individuals with financial problems can
“The aim of the Maryland Center of
Excellence on Problem Gambling is to
offer counseling and help for anyone with
a gambling addiction, which can lead to
financial ruin,” said Carl Robertson, who
represented the organization at the expo
and handed out literature featuring its
24-hour help hotline.
The expo also featured charitable and
nonprofit organizations, providing information for those who need assistance as
well as those interested in giving.
They included the National Military
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Family Association, which advocates for
military benefits and manages programs
that include scholarships; summer camps
for children whose parents are deployed;
and support for the caregivers of wounded warriors and the Manna Food Center, a nonprofit organization working to
eliminate hunger in Montgomery County
through food distribution, education and
“Ten Thousand Villages is the gift that
gives twice” said Melba Leopardi, pointing out that the hand-made textiles, jewelry and art featured in her exhibit were
made from sustainable natural resources
and recycled materials.
Leopardi said the nonprofit organization works to improve the livelihood of
disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.
Michele Rackey, executive director of
Government Employees’ Benefits Association, praised event organizers.
“I’ve been a vendor at many of these
events over the years, and this was by far
the most well-organized expo I’ve ever
had the pleasure of attending,” she said.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DISA
A representative from Fort Meade’s Army Community Service explains the
organization’s mission and provides an overview of services offered to a Defense
Information Systems Agency employee at the agency’s Financial Wellness Expo
held Jan. 16. The exhibitors included banks, credit unions, financial planners, credit
counselors and insurance agents to help DISA employees secure their financial wellbeing.
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click on “Religious Services” for
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New chaplain takes over Family Life Ministry Center
Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Twelve years ago, Chaplain (Maj.) James
Covey counseled a Solider who did not want
to admit she was having suicidal thoughts.
At the time, Covey was a battalion chaplain at the 204th Forward Support Battalion,
4th Infantry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas.
“Just being there with her let her know
that people cared,” said Covey, the garrison’s
new chaplain at the Family Life Ministry
Center located at Argonne Hills Chapel
After a few hours of talking with the Soldier, Covey convinced her to come with him
to the Behavioral Health Clinic, where she
was assessed and not found to be at risk.
“The last time I knew, she was OK,
“Covey said. “Every chaplain in the Army
has a story like that.”
Covey said this form of counseling is
called “ministry of presence.” He practices it
regularly, along with the two pastoral counseling interns who work at the Family Life
The center provides pastoral counseling
to all branches of the military, DoD civilian
employees and family members in the Fort
Its mission is to “provide professional and
compassionate care to the whole person,”
according to the garrison’s Religious Support
The Pastoral Counseling Program at
Loyola University Maryland in Columbia
has a partnership with Fort Meade to provide internships at the Family Life Ministry
Center for students pursuing their graduate
or doctoral degrees.
Michelle Adams and Carol Stewart are
currently interning under Covey’s supervision and the supervision of their instructors
Covey said that he, Adams and Stewart
are professional counselors who integrate
theology and psychology in their practice.
“It’s not about imposing our religious or
spiritual ideas on others,” he said, noting that
the center encourages clients to share their
religious faith in counseling. “We meet them
where they are, and walk alongside them to
be the source of care.”
Covey and the interns handle a wide range
of issues: grief, anger, stress, child therapy,
marital, parenting, divorce, addictions, posttraumatic stress and spirituality.
Clients are guaranteed privileged communication. All matters discussed are kept
confidential, unless clients sign a release-ofinformation form.
Because pastoral counseling is provided by
Chaplain (Maj.) James Covey, who arrived on Fort Meade in September, is the chaplain of the Family Life Ministry Center located
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Covey and two pastoral counseling interns provide free, confidential counseling to all service
members, their families and DoD civilian employees.
a chaplain, Covey said, “there is a sense of
safety that is unique.”
Clients do not have to worry that their
counseling sessions will be shared with their
chain of command or anyone else.
“It’s like a vault, “Covey said “Information goes in. Nothing goes out.”
Soon after his arrival on Fort Meade last
September, Covey gave the invocation at the
opening of the new Army Wellness Center.
Covey also is minister of the traditional
Protestant service held Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
at the Main Post Chapel.
Prior to enlisting in May 2002, Covey was
ordained a Baptist minister. He pastored at
the University Park Baptist Church in San
Antonio and the Westwood Baptist Church
in Tyler, Texas.
His decision to become an Army chaplain
was “providential,” he said.
Covey said that the week before 9/11, he
read an article in a Baptist publication about
the dearth of Army chaplains.
After the attack, serving in the Army felt
like the right thing to do, he said.
“I prayed about it, and the Lord opened
the doors,” Covey said.
Covey attended basic training at the U.S.
Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort
Jackson, S.C., and is a graduate of the
Chaplain Captain Career Course and the
Chaplaincy Resources Manager Course.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990; a Master of Divinity from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary,
Fort Worth, Texas, in 1997; and a Master
of Science in community counseling from
Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga.,
Covey is currently pursuing licensure as
a marriage and family therapist from the
American Association of Marriage and
In addition to providing individual, marriage and family counseling, Covey also provides suicide awareness, stress management
and resiliency training to garrison units that
“I once heard someone say that if you find
a job you love, you’ll never have to work a
day in your life,” Covey said. “That’s certainly
the way I feel as I think about God’s provision and calling in my life to offer pastoral
care for service members, their families and
our civilian co-workers in the Fort Meade
For an appointment at the Family Life
Ministry Center, call 301-677-6035 or 301677-7959.
“We must accept finite disappointment,
but we must never lose infinite hope.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
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C over S tory
Air Force Staff Sgt.
Anthony Nelson Jr.
takes a picture on his
cell phone with the
reigning Miss America,
Nina Dauvuluri, at
the Fort Meade USOMetro. Dauvuluri signed
autographs, posed for
pictures and greeted
from different military
BELOW: Miss America,
wearing a tiara, shares
a laugh with service
members during her
visit on Jan. 23 at the
Fort Meade USO-Metro.
photos by nate pesce
Miss America brings
‘sunshine’ to USO-Metro
By Lisa R. Rhodes
Despite a morning of frigid temperatures,
Miss America 2014 took time out of her
busy schedule to chat with service members
at Fort Meade’s USO-Metro on Jan. 23.
“It was outstanding,” said Laura DexterMoody, Fort Meade’s USO-Metro coordinator. “She brought a lot of warmth and
sunshine on a very cold day.”
Miss America — Nina Davuluri — greeted
service members, signed autographs, posed
for pictures and shared a bit of laughter.
Davuluri was in the area to promote
science, technology, engineering and math
education. The day before, she visited the
offices of Google in Washington, D.C.
After leaving Fort Meade, Davuluri visited the USO-Metro at Fort Myer, Va.
The Miss America organization, which is
based in Linwood, N.J., has had an ongoing
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relationship with USO-Metropolitan Washington for more than 20 years, according
to Karen Nocella, business manager of the
Miss America organization.
“We have a real nice relationship with
USO-Metro,” Nocella said. “Miss America
goes at least once a year to a military installation. We give USO-Metro a heads-up when
Miss America is in the area.”
Davuluri said that Miss America has
always been a patriotic symbol for the
“It’s always a pleasure to be able to work
with the USO and visit with members of our
military,” she said. “[I want to give] a genuine, heartfelt thank you for their service.
“Words simply can’t express my gratitude,
but I’m so thankful to them for keeping us
safe and allowing our nation the freedom
and safety we may sometimes take for
Youth basketball, clinics tip off
By Brandon Bieltz
With some assistance from coaches
— from both the sideline and the
bleachers — a group of five youngsters
slowly moved from one end of the
court to the other.
Sometimes, the ball gets away from
the dribbler and a pack of children
chases after it. Occasionally, the ball is
heaved in the general direction of the
hoop only to land in the possession of
the other team. At other times, a score
is met with smiles and a loud cheer.
Through the Child, Youth and
School Services Youth Sports basketball program, the young athletes are
developing the fundamental skills of
the sport, while also learning to enjoy
“If they don’t have the fundamentals, progression will be difficult later,”
said coach Nikki Pruitt. “Fun is definitely key.”
The winter sports program features
clinics, intramural leagues and county
The youth basketball program offers
twos clinics: one program is for ages 3
and 4; the second is for ages 5 and 6.
The clinics help teach youngsters the
“basic fundamentals — dribbling, passing, shooting,” said Jesse Miller, acting
Youth Sports director.
With the younger group, parents
are able to get on the court and help
“It’s a parent-child participation
program where the coach shows them
drills and the parents works with their
child on that,” Miller said. “They [the
parents] love it.”
In the older age group, however, the
children work with a coach who runs
the young athletes through drills.
In addition to two county Cougar
teams that compete against other local
organizations, the youth basketball
program also features instructional
intramural leagues for athletes ages 6
The intramural leagues, which meet
photos by noah scialom
Amelia Williams looks for an open teammate as she is defended by Colin Carlton during Saturday’s intramural basketball game
at the Youth Center. Child, Youth and School Services’ youth basketball program tipped off last weekend with clinics, intramural
teams and county teams.
Saturday mornings, consist of two
age groups with about 10 players per
Seven-year-old Xavier Roach, who is
in his first year of playing basketball,
said the best part of the games is when
he “gets to steal the ball.”
Miller said that although the purpose of the clinics and leagues is to
help the young athletes experience the
sport in order to develop as players, the
main focus is having a good time.
“I want them to have fun and want
to come back and play,” Miller said.
Tyler Ricks shoots during Saturday’s
basketball game at the Youth Center.
The Youth Sports program aims to teach
young athletes the fundamental skills of
Spring, summer, fall or winter...
Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call
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My Two Cents
Who will win Super Bowl XLVIII?
“I’m a huge believer in defense.
I think defense will prevail over
offense, so I’m taking
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Amaro Vega, 70th Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing
“Broncos. I’m not going against
Peyton Manning. They say defense
wins championships, but when
Peyton Manning is on the offensive
side of the ball, I don’t
believe in that.”
Airman Robert Volio, Photojournalism student
at the Defense Information School
photo by brandon bieltz
Jerry Washington looks for a teammate to pass to during Friday’s
game against North County. Meade won 79-77 for their 11th win
of the season.
“We did a great job and I’m proud of
After losses to Old Mill on Jan. 17, both
my guys,” said head coach Pete Corriero.
of Meade’s basketball teams bounced back
“We were down big and we fought back.
with wins at home over North County on
That’s a good thing. I’m proud of my
The girls team jumped out to a fast 13-0
On Saturday, the Mustangs defeated
lead and didn’t slow down on its way to a
Harford Christian School on the road as
73-54 win to improve to 10-5.
Tristan Easton’s 25 points led the team to
“I really wanted us to work on offense
a 66-59 victory.
today, but we still gave up too many
The team will play at Glen Burnie (9-5)
points,” said head coach Reggie Leach.
on Friday, as the Mustangs aim to beat the
“We scored in transition, which was
Falcons for a second time after a 75-67 win
important to us, especially coming back
on Dec. 19. Meade will then play Severna
from that Old Mill loss.”
Park (13-2) on Tuesday.
Bria Gates led the Mustangs in scoring
with 19 points, while Alexis Jackson added
16 and Jatarrikah Settles contributed 12.
The team will play at Glen Burnie (6The Meade wrestling team will host
9) on Friday. When the two teams met
in December, Meade won 50-34. The South River on Friday, then travel to SuitMustangs will then play at Severn School land on Saturday for another meet.
For more coverage of Meade High School
(14-2) on Monday and Severna Park (13sports, including complete summaries of last
2) on Tuesday.
Unlike the girls, the boys team fought week’s games against North County, go to
off a slow start to battle back for a 79-77 ftmeadesoundoff.com/sports.
Standings are as of press time on Jan. 29.
win to give Meade its 11th win of the
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“Seattle. You don’t bet against
Peyton Manning until deep in the
playoffs. Deep in the season is
when he typically screws up.”
“Denver. I think it’s Peyton’s
year to go out on top. ”
Beth Downs, Sports specialist with Directorate of
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Sgt. 1st Class Clifford Timpson, U.S. Cyber Command
“Seattle. Defense wins championships, and the one-two punch
of Russell Wilson and Marshawn
Senior Airman Jay Pemberton,
68th Network warfare Squadron
“I’d like to see the Broncos win.
I’ve always been a huge Peyton
Manning fan. The Denver Broncos
are just a great team.
They have offense and defense.”
Chaplain (Capt.) Chris Weinrich, 447th Signal battalion
Super Bowl XLVIII
Most of you who read this know the one
glaring chink in Team Jones’ armor is that we
are half Canadian. That’s because my wife is
full Canuck: Born in St. Catharines, Ontario,
educated in Toronto, and yet surprisingly
unable to deal with the cold.
Despite all the issues that comes with
being married to a Canadian — aloofness;
the word “eh” being thrown around like the
Army uses “hooah”; and American envy
— being married to my particular Canadian has some advantages. The list includes
homemade Indian food (Super Bowl recipes
to follow); our kids are cute; poutine; and of
course, my in-laws.
Today, I’ll mention my little cousin Riyad.
He’s great with kids, thin as a rail and loves
football. In fact, he along with our other
cousin Zayd (Think Desi elf) watched the
Cowboys lose to the Eagles on the final game
of the season.
We were also together the last time Peyton
Manning was in the Super Bowl (Super Bowl
XLIV). Before that game kicked off four years
ago, Z, or maybe it was my other short, Canadian cousin, Saoud, asked me if Manning was
the greatest quarterback ever.
From that moment on, I knew that regardless of how much my Canadian cousins may
watch and appreciate football, their Canadianess would always keep them from fully
grasping the game.
That’s why it is my responsibility to spend
a few graphs providing a proper breakdown
for Sunday’s game.
Since this is a battle between the NFL’s top
offense (Denver) and defense (Seattle), it is
silly to do a position-by-position breakdown.
However, there are two matchups that will be
key to either team winning.
1. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
versus Broncos defensive tackles Sylvester Williams and Terrance Knighton:
We all know Marshawn Lynch and what
Beast Mode can do. bit.ly/1fxdecy But if
Denver’s two defensive tackles can stay strong
in the middle, they will be able to keep Lynch
And if Lynch goes, you can also say
goodbye to Seattle’s play-action passing game,
which should make things a lot easier for
Denver’s D. However, if Lynch is able to run,
Denver’s D probably will not get off the field,
which means Peyton will not get on it.
2. Seattle’s Legion of Boom versus Denver’s
It will not matter if Peyton is bothered
by the wind or not if Seattle’s secondary bit.
ly/1f9JRO5 is able to contain Denver’s receivers. bit.ly/1nfnexI
A lot of attention has been paid to the LOB
and Peyton Manning, but Denver’s receivers,
Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker
and TE Julius Thomas, are an all-time great
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Physical Therapy, the Community
Health Promotion Council, and the Army Wellness Center will host a running
clinic on Friday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Meade Army Wellness
Center, 4418 Llewellyn Ave.
The free program is open active-duty service members, retirees, family
members and DoD civilians of all running ability levels.
The clinic will include a health care screening, skills and drills to improve
running techniques as well as demonstrations.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, call 301-677-2006.
Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900
Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, track, flag football
Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece
Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
Seattle’s wide receiver Percy Harvin
It’s an understatement to say that Harvin
has been a disappointment this year. However,
there is no denying his versatility and skills.
Denver’s best option is to try and knock
him out of the game. But if that doesn’t happen, Denver will have to account for him,
which will make it harder to focus on Lynch.
The Referees: In spite of complaints about
refs calling games too close, there have been
only seven pass-interference penalties called
so far during the playoffs (10 games). If that
trend continues, it will be a huge advantage
Denver running back Knowshon Moreno:
If Denver is going to win the game, Moreno,
and not Peyton Manning, will be the game’s
Seattle’s defense is good, but they are by
no means the 1985 Chicago Bears or Dallas’
Doomsday Defense. That’s because Seattle is
vulnerable on the ground.
The Seahawks’ run defense gave up more
than 100 yards per game this season, and
they are giving up nearly 135 yards per game
during the playoffs.
Conversely, Moreno and his running mate,
Montee Ball, combined for nearly 1,600 yards
and 14 touchdowns this season.
Who wins and why:
Seattle is going to win 20-17 because Marshawn Lynch is going to get at least 25
touches, 100 yards,
and be the game’s
MVP. Harvin is
going to get another 15 touches,
which means Seattle is going to run
at least 60 plays
and keep Peyton
off the field.
Chad T. Jones,
The refs will
call the game
close, but Seattle’s
defense will keep
being physical, and Denver’s receivers will
Additionally, the LOB will man up on
Manning’s receivers, which will allow the rest
of the defense to pressure Peyton.
The weather will be what everyone talks
about, but the people in Peyton’s face will be
a much bigger factor than the wind blowing
Enjoy the game and more importantly,
enjoy Olivia Locher’s sliders (recipe below). I
know I will. You can find this and more Super
Bowl recipes on the Fort Meade Facebook
Of course, if you have comments on this or
anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.
email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter
Sliders by Olivia Locher
• 2 pounds of ground beef
(more depending on size of
• 1 packet of French onion
• 1 block of cheddar cheese
• 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
• 1-2 packs of Hawaiian sweet
rolls or slider buns (depending
on crowd size)
Preheat oven to 350.
1. Shred one cup of the
cheddar cheese and sit the rest
of the block off to the side.
2. Mix the hamburger,
shredded cheese, soup mix and
mayo together until completely
3. Spread the mixture into
the bottom of a large casserole
pan (it will shrink as it bakes,
so make more than you expect)
and bake until fully cooked.
4. While mixture is baking,
slice up leftover cheese to use on
sliders and slice the rolls in half
to use as buns.
5. Once the meat is finished
baking, cut it into small squares
to fit onto buns. Place the meat
and a slice of cheese onto each
6. Place each slider onto a
cookie sheet. Once all of the
sliders are made, cover the top
with tin foil and bake them until
cheese is melted (5-10 minutes).
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C ommunity N ews N otes
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.
National Prayer Luncheon
The Fort Meade observance of the
National Prayer Luncheon will be held
Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Club Meade,
6600 Mapes Road.
The guest speaker is Dave Roever, a
Commanders, directors and
supervisors are asked to attend and be a
part of this meaningful tradition.
Civilians may attend this observance
without charge to annual leave.
Seating is limited to 300 people.
The suggested donation is $10 for
civilians and service members E-6 and
Tickets can be obtained through unit
chaplains or the Garrison Chaplain’s
For more information, call Lynn
Durner at the Garrison Chaplain’s
Office at 301-677-6703.
Photo by Sgt. Chatonna Powell
Wreaths Across America Cleanup
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Milledge, 780th Miltary Intelligence Brigade,
removes a wreath from a gravesite Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery. About a dozen volunteers representing the Better Opportunities
for Single Soldiers, or BOSS, participated in the annual holiday wreath
cleanup. The event is sponsored by Wreaths Across America, which
places tens of thousands of remembrance wreaths at Arlington National
Cemetery each year to honor fallen troops and veterans over the winter
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The Exceptional Family Member
program is sponsoring its monthly
bowling event on Feb. 19 from 5:30 to 7
p.m. at the Lanes.
Participants may bowl one free game
with free shoe rental.
Discounted games and shoe rentals
are offered to family members.
To register, call LaToya Travis at 301677-4473 or email email@example.com.
Those without a military ID should call
the Prostate Center at least two days prior
to the event for base access at 301-3192900.
For more information, call retired Col.
Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.
A new program at the Soldiers and
Family Assistance Center is dedicated to
the physical and emotional rehabilitation
of wounded warriors and veterans
through fly fishing, fly tying and
Meetings are held Thursday evenings
from 6-8 p.m. at SFAC, 2462 85th
Medical Battalion Ave..
For more information, call Larry
Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club has posted its 2014 scholarship
applications on its website at http://www.
College-bound, high school seniors
and dependent children currently
enrolled in college can apply for the
High school seniors with an
outstanding academic record also will be
considered for the Etta Baker Memorial
A Military Spouse Scholarship is also
Applications must be postmarked by
Read the eligibility requirements
carefully before applying.
For more information, email the OSC
Scholarship Chair at scholarships@
Support group presentation Free classes
The Prostate Cancer Support Group is
sponsoring a presentation on “Hormone
Therapy 101 for Prostate Cancer
Patients” by Dr. Michelle Ojemuyiwa on
Feb. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the River
Conference Room, third floor of the
America Building, Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center.
Spouses/partners are invited. Military
identification is required for base access at
The Navy Fleet and Family Support
Center offers a variety of classes at its new
facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave.
The free classes are open to DoD
identification cardholders, including
active-duty service members, retirees
and their family members, DoD civilian
employees and contractors.
Registration is required for each class.
• Pre-deployment Brief: Feb. 13, 1011:30 a.m.
C ommunity N ews N otes
• Car buying: Feb. 18, 9-11 a.m.
Develop skills to conduct adequate
research on a new car purchase, determine
how much you can afford to spend, and
• Medical Record Review: Have your
medical records reviewed by Ms. Johnson
of AMVETS. Appointment required.
• Financial counseling appointments are
available every Monday.
Transition: Pre-separation Brief: Preseparation counseling is mandatory for
all service members who are separating
or retiring from the service and must
be completed prior to attending the
Transition GPS workshop.
Your Pre-separation Counseling
Checklist, DD2648 form, will be
completed and signed during the brief.
To register or for more information, call
301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall
offers pre-kindergarten Story Time on
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The free event features stories, songs or a
• Today: “Ice is Nice” — focusing on
penguins and polar bears
For more information, call 301-677-5522.
Grilling Chilling for grades six to
eight will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m.
at the Youth Center.
Fore more information, call 301-6771437.
Teen Center events
The Fort Meade Teen Center is featuring
a checkers tournament on Friday from 3-5
Teens will play a freestyle/unrestricted
For more information, call 301-677-6054.
Kids Craft Club
The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and
preschoolers will meet Feb. 11 at 9:30
a.m. at the Arts and Crafts Center.
Remaining sessions are: March 11,
April 15 and May 6.
Fee is $5 per session. Cost includes a
craft, snack and juice.
Space is limited. Registration is
To register or for more information,
• The Naval Academy Band will perform
Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Kerr Center for
the Arts at the Annapolis Area Christian
School, 109 Burns Crossing Road, Severn.
Led by Lt. Cmdr. Bruce McDonald,
the ensemble performs a year-round public
concert series featuring varied programs of
marches, orchestral transcriptions, patriotic
music, and classic wind band repertoire.
Concerts are free and open to the
public with no tickets required. For more
information, visit the band’s website or
Facebook page, or call 410-293-1262.
• “Sci-Fi Spectacular” will be performed
by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff
Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.,
Baltimore. Hosted by George Takei, the
event features selections from “Star Trek”
and the best of John Williams including
“E.T.,” “Somewhere in Time,” and “Star
For more information, go to bsomusic.
org or call 410-783-8000.
• Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op will
meet Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Potomac
Place Neighborhood Center. For more
information, go to its Facebook page at
Fort Meade Homeschool Group and Co-op.
• Families Dealing with Deployment, Unaccompanied Permanent Change of Station,
Temporary Duty meets the first and third
Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30
p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more
information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.ctr@
• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will sponsor
its February luncheon on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
at Club Meade.
The topic is “Health and Wellness Options”
presented by the Johns Hopkins US Family
Cost of the luncheon is $18. Reservations
are required by today. Call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082.
Membership dues are $25 per year, but you
may join from February through May now
for half price. Members may bring guests at
any time 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 Club
The next prayer breakfast is Feb. 6.
There is no cost for the buffet; donations
are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited.
For more information, call Diana Durner
at 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.civ@
• 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 Feb. 6. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information,
• National Alliance on Mental Illness of
Anne Arundel County offers a free support
group for families with a loved one suffering
from mental illness on the first Thursday of
every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West
County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The
next meeting is Feb. 6. For more information,
• 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 Feb.
10. Free child care will be provided on site.
For more information, email Kimberly.
• Bully Proofing Support Group meets
the second and fourth Monday of the
month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place
Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is
Feb. 10. The group is geared for school-age
children and parents. For more information,
• 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 Feb. 10. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve
Association meets the second Saturday of
each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160,
2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next
meeting is Feb. 8. Active-duty, Reserve and
retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine
Corps and Coast Guard are invited.
For more information, call 443-604-2474
• 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 Feb. 10.
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 pia.
email@example.com or 301-677-4110.
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301677-5324. 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.
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through Feb. 15
Today Friday: “American Hustle” (R). A con
man, along with his seductive British partner, is
forced to work for a wild FBI agent who pushes
them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and
mafia. With Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper,
Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence.
Saturday: “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
(R). With the 1970s behind him, San Diego’s top
rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take
New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
With Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell.
Sunday Feb. 9: “Walking With Dinosaurs”
(PG). See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.
With the voices of Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban,
Angourie Rice. (3D Feb. 9)
Wednesday: “Grudge Match” (PG-13). A pair of
aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement
to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last
match. With Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone,
Feb. 6, 7: “47 Ronin” (PG-13). A band of samurai
set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their
master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. With
Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki.
Feb. 8: Studio Appreciation FREE screening.
Tickets available at the Exchange food court.
Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes
prior to showtime.
Feb. 12, 15: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
(PG). A daydreamer escapes his anonymous life
by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled
with heroism, romance and action. With Ben
Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn.
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