vol. 66 no. 1
Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community
January 9, 2014
Photo by brandon bieltz
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Hans J. Lueth braves the cold while on guard Tuesday afternoon at the Reece Road gate. Monday night and all day Tuesday, Directorate of
Emergency Services personnel as well as borrowed military manpower braved the coldest arctic air the area has faced in two decades — a polar vortex that paralyzed air
travel, closed roads and schools, and impacted almost the entire country with subfreezing temperatures.
For more information on protecting yourself in frigid weather, see Page 4.
drive wraps up
New Post Exchange,
Express on track for
2014 grand openings
tuesday, 9:30 a.m.: Kids’ Craft Club - Arts & Crafts Center
Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m.: Exceptional Family Member Program Bowling - The Lanes
Jan. 17, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes
Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Observance - McGill
Jan. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: National Blood Donor Month Blood Drive - McGill
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Fort Meade: The nation’s
‘Cyber Center of Gravity’
Happy New Year to all!
It’s hard to believe the year 2014 is upon us.
I hope everyone in our Team Meade community had a restful, safe and enjoyable holiday
We are now plunging headlong into what
will be another eventful year full of challenges
We will undoubtedly be challenged by lack
of resources, but remain confident that our
government and leadership will continue to
compromise and make decisions that will
preclude taking extreme measures such as
There will be further resource cuts across
our military. But I pledge a coordinated effort
by Fort Meade leadership to ensure those cuts
are focused and not blindly enforced in the
too-often-used “salami slice” methodology.
As we make our argument for focused cuts,
we will remind senior Army and DoD leaders that Fort Meade is, and will remain, the
“Cyber Center of Gravity” for our Department of Defense. It is also the Center of Gravity for our defense against insider threat, for
DoD public affairs and media outreach …
The list of vital missions performed by our
115 resident organizations goes on and on.
So as DoD and the Department of the
Army contemplate further cuts, we will argue
that resources must be focused toward those
organization that are performing vital national security missions.
The risk to our nation from the cyber domain
is real and just about limitless. If you use the
Internet, get money from an ATM, and enjoy
the comfort of electricity and running water,
you enjoy the benefits of a cyber domain
that must be
nation in this
hours a day,
live and work
on Fort Meade.
Our installation must be
COL. Brian P Foley
them to do
It is our job as the garrison staff to quantify
the needs of this installation. To do that, we
need the help of our partner organizations.
We will work together with all to ensure the
needs of Fort Meade are coordinated and
voiced by the senior leaders who live and
So thank you all again for your hard work
and dedication to our great nation.
As we move through the winter, please continue to be safe. Plan extra time to get to your
destinations, walk carefully to avoid slipping
on wet and frozen surfaces, and take a few
moments to enjoy the beauty of Fort Meade
after a fresh snowfall.
As we begin the new year, also remember
those less fortunate, and please consider using
the Combined Federal Campaign to give to
your organization(s) of choice.
The 2013 campaign was extended until
Wednesday, so we all have one more week to
Here’s to an eventful year ahead!
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and
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
Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is
For more information, call 301-677-4844.
Exchange, Express to open this year
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
After more than a year of construction,
the end is in sight for the Army and Air Force
Exchange Service’s two construction projects
on Fort Meade.
The Exchange and the Express near the
Route 32 gate are both slated to open this
year. The Express is scheduled to be completed in late February, while the AAFES
staff is aiming for a summer grand opening
of the Exchange.
“It is exciting to get brand new facilities,”
said Rita Inchaurregui-Powell, store manager
of the Exchange and acting general manager
of the Fort Meade facilities. “We’ve been in
this building for so many years and it’s been
pieced together, so going into a brand new
building. And to be able to offer new fixtures
and the new department-store look — it’s
really exciting to us.”
Construction on the 8,420-square-foot
Express began last spring. The facility, which
will feature six gas pumps, an Arby’s and
pizza restaurant, was built on the former
softball field on Mapes Road across from the
Defense Information School.
While installation of the fixtures for the
Arby’s will start in the coming weeks, AAFES
is soliciting contracts for the pizza restaurant.
“It’s coming along very well,” Inchaurregui-Powell said. “They’re right on time as
far as opening. All the merchandise and fixtures have been ordered for that facility. We’re
just waiting to get an exact date from the
construction company when we can open.”
Once the new facility opens in late February or early March, the Trading Post across
from DINFOS will close as the new Express
will offer a similar mini mart in the 4,985square-foot store. The Express on MacArthur
Road will remain open as a 24-hour store.
Initial plans for the Express mirrored the
hours of the Route 32 gate. The post and
AAFES are currently working to determine
the most effective hours of operation.
“We’re looking at the traffic flow to see
how we can best benefit the community,”
Inchaurregui-Powell said. “So the hours of
operation have not been established yet; we’re
still looking at them.”
AAFES’ long-term project, the Exchange,
is expected to open during the summer after
construction began in December 2012. The
$37 million project will replace the current
“Everything is on time; they’ve already
installed the skylights,” Inchaurregui-Powell
A construction crew works outside the nearly completed Express on Mapes Road near the Route 32 gate on Monday. The $5.6
million project will feature six gas pumps, an Arby’s and pizza restaurant.
BELOW: The front of the new 167,000-square-foot Exchange nears completion. The facility is expected to open during the summer
after construction began in December 2012.
said. “They’re starting to drywall — you can
actually see the walls now. They’re getting
ready to lay the concrete on the food court.
Otherwise, all the concrete is complete.
“Construction is right on time. You can
now see offices and spaces, and you see where
each concession is going to be. It’s really
The new 167,000-square-foot Exchange
will feature a pharmacy and a larger food
court with six vendors. Starbucks, Domino’s
Pizza, Charley’s Grilled Subs and Subway are
confirmed to be in the food court. Inchaurregui-Powell said AAFES is also conferring
with Boston Market and Denny’s Express.
Once the new Exchange opens, the current
facility will close and prepare for demolition.
The gravel parking lot will continue to serve
as the main parking lot.
“We will keep this store open until the
day of the grand opening on the new store,”
Inchaurregui-Powell said. “Then we have
probably two to three weeks to get out of
here so that we can demolish this building
and make a parking lot.”
January 9, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
Take time to stay warm and safe in frigid temperatures
By Lisa R. Rhodes
It was 15 degrees below zero in Baltimore
early Tuesday morning, thanks to a cold
The deep freeze was brought on by a
polar vortex, a circulation of strong, upperlevel winds that normally surround the
northern pole in a counterclockwise direction, bringing temperatures to their lowest
in almost 20 years.
According to The Baltimore Sun, temperatures dropped to at least 3 degrees by
6 a.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. With
winds gusting to 30 mph, it felt 20 degrees
colder. A wind chill advisory was in effect
through 6 p.m.
Fort Meade’s Installation Safety Director Kirk Fechter said that in frigid weather
such as this, it is important to pay attention
to the wind chill.
“It is very important to consider the
wind chill,” he said. “We tend to only pay
attention to the temperature. But depending
on the wind chill, within 30 minutes you can
When the wind chill dips below 0 degrees
Fahrenheit, frostbite and hypothermia are
the most prevalent dangers.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, frostbite is an
injury to the body that is caused by freezing.
Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color
in affected areas. It most often affects the
nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.
Frostbite can permanently damage the
body. Severe cases can lead to amputation.
The risk of frostbite is increased in
people with reduced blood circulation and
among people who are not dressed properly
for extremely cold temperatures.
The CDC also reports that when the
body is exposed to cold temperatures, it
begins to lose heat faster than can be
produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will
eventually use up the body’s stored energy.
The result is hypothermia, or abnormallylow body temperature.
Body temperature that is too low affects
the brain, hindering the ability to think
clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a
person may not know it is happening and
won’t be able to do anything about it.
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• Avoid alcohol (as it gives the body a
false sense of warmth).
• Avoid tobacco products (as they
decrease blood circulation to the skin).
• Eat full meals to maintain energy.
• Limit the amount of time outside on
extremely cold days
Wear proper clothing
• Wear high-technology apparel that
allows moisture to go through the clothing without leaving moisture on the skin.
• Wear several layers of loose clothing to allow the blood to circulate to the
extremities. (Layers can be removed to
• Keep clothing in good condition,
clean and dry. Change wet, damp clothes
• Carry an extra pair of socks, and
change damp socks immediately. Use foot
powder to help absorb moisture.
• Wear overshoes to keep boots and
socks clean and dry.
• Avoid tight socks and boots, ensuring
not to overtighten boots or shoes.
photo by brandon bieltz
Security Officer Justin Bridges checks IDs during the freezing cold on Tuesday
afternoon at the Reece Road gate. The chances of frostbite and hypothermia increase
as temperatures plunge below zero.
The young and the elderly are especially
Fechter said that in cases of frostbite
and hypothermia, people should get to the
nearest emergency room. Both conditions
“Don’t take a chance,” he said.
Fechter also urges people to take precautions with their vehicle.
“In the cold, it’s highly likely that a car
will break down,” said Fechter, noting that
a car’s battery is likely to have trouble in
Fechter advises motorists to warm up
their vehicle before driving.
When taking a car on the road, Fechter
said to make sure to have a working cell
phone and additional clothes in case the
car is stranded and time passes before help
The Installation Safety Office offers the
following tips for staying safe and warm in
Keep your body warm
• Keep moving by exercising large
muscles (arms, legs).
• Drink water or warm noncaffeinated/nonalcoholic fluids to prevent dehydration.
• Wear gloves/mittens to avoid frostbite
• Keep gloves/mittens clean and dry.
Change damp gloves immediately.
• Warm hands under clothes if they
• Avoid skin contact with snow, fuel or
bare metal that has been exposed to the
cold for extended periods.
Protect head, face and ears
• Wear a hat. It reduces the amount of
body heat that escapes from your head. (As
much as 70 percent or more of the body’s
heat is lost through an uncovered head.)
• Cover face and ears with a scarf to
prevent frostbite injuries and to retain
• Warm face and ears by covering them
with your hands. Do not rub face or ears.
• Wear sunscreen.
Fechter said that when it comes to safety
in brutally cold weather, common sense
“Be smart and stay inside,” he said.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
Dec. 18, Shoplifting: The subject was observed by video
surveillance at the Exchange
removing a container of makeup and departing the store
without rendering proper payment.
Dec. 20, Shoplifting: AAFES
loss prevention personnel at the Exchange stated
that the subject was observed via surveillance
camera selecting multiple items throughout the
Exchange and failing to render proper payment.
Dec. 23, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention
personnel at the Exchange observed the subject
remove the $38 price tag from a pair of sunglasses and replace it on another pair sunglasses
priced at $189, and exit the store without rendering proper payment.
Dec. 26, Simple assault: The victim stated that
she was assaulted in the courtyard near Taylor
Lane. She was taken to Howard County General Hospital for evaluation and treatment of a
Dec. 31, Larceny of private funds: The victim
stated that he parked in the parking lot in front
of Gaffney Fitness Center and placed his cell
phone and wallet on the driver’s-side floor board
of his vehicle prior to exiting and locking the
vehicle. When he returned, he noticed money was
removed from his wallet and that a Dominicanmade cigar was removed from the glove box.
Jan. 2, Driving with suspended registration, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while
impaired by alcohol: A unit responded to a possible single vehicle accident. An investigation
revealed that the vehicle had run off the road.
The driver was examined by Emergency Medical
Services for a possible head injury, but he refused
further medical treatment. The officer detected
a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from his
breath. The driver agreed to take the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. which he failed. The
driver refused to provide a breath sample.
Compiled by the
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Synthetic drugs dangerous,
can end a military career
By Lisa A Ferdinando
Army News Service
Not only are synthetic drugs dangerous,
but they can cost a Soldier his or her military
The Drug Enforcement Administration
said users of synthetic drugs have suffered
vomiting, anxiety, seizures, hallucinations,
loss of consciousness, organ damage and
Soldiers can face disciplinary action that
could include a discharge if they test positive for synthetic drugs including “Spice”
and “bath salts,” said Dr. Les McFarling,
the director of the Army Substance Abuse
The DoD expanded its urinalysis drug
testing to include synthetic cannabinoids, or
synthetic marijuana, said McFarling. The
random testing began Dec. 16, he said.
The Army prohibited the use and possession of all synthetic cannabinoids in 2011.
Bath salts, which are synthetic cathinones,
were banned in 2012, McFarling said.
The Army can do “probable cause” testing
or “competence for duty” testing for synthetic
drugs, he said.
Soldiers who use synthetic drugs are
encouraged to self-refer for treatment to the
Army Substance Abuse Program or to a military medical facility, McFarling said.
Service members who do not self-refer and
subsequently test positive, can face action
deemed appropriate by their commander
under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,
“The same rules that apply with any other
drug, including THC (the active ingredient in
marijuana), cocaine or any other illicit substance, now apply to synthetics,” said Buddy
Horne, the civilian and military drug testing
manager for the Army.
The use of synthetic drugs in the Army is
believed to have decreased, Horne said, after
the DEA began classifying chemicals used
to make the drugs as Schedule I substances,
prohibited under the Controlled Substances
Act, or CSA.
Congress in 2012 permanently placed 26
substances into Schedule I of the CSA.
For example, Horne said, the Army took
10,000 negative drug tests from across the
force and then tested them for synthetic cannabinoids, coming up with 250 positives, or a
2.5 percent positive rate, in 2012.
In 2013, the Army tested a brigade combat
team, approximately 2,500 Soldiers, and came
up with 18 positives for synthetic cannabinoids, he said.
“We feel the impact of the legislation has
helped curtail the use of this,” Horne said.
“It’s getting harder and harder to get.”
The chemical structure of synthetic cannabinoids is similar to THC and produces a
psychoactive response in the brain, the Army
said in a policy message.
Bath salts are comprised of a class of dangerous substances perceived to mimic drugs
such as cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine,
according to the DEA.
In addition to the possible loss of a military
career, the message to Soldiers, especially the
younger and more easily influenced members
in the 18- to 25-year-old range, is just to stay
away from these unregulated substances, said
Synthetic drugs contain chemicals that
were never meant for human consumption
and can produce any number of unanticipated, violent reactions that can have permanent
consequences, said Horne.
“It’s just overall very dangerous,” he said.
Editor’s note: For more information or
assistance, call the Fort Meade Army Substance Abuse Program at 301-677-7121.
For week of Dec. 16-22:
For week of Dec. 23-29:
For week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5:
• Moving violations: 30
• Nonmoving violations: 4
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 26
• Traffic accidents: 7
• Driving on suspended license: 0
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
drug enforcement administration photo
• Moving violations: 16
• Nonmoving violations: 0
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 31
• Traffic accidents: 2
• Driving on suspended license: 0
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
• Moving violations: 11
• Nonmoving violations: 0
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 33
• Traffic accidents: 7
• Driving on suspended license: 0
• Driving on suspended registration: 1
• Driving without a license: 0
Start preparing now for 2013 tax returns
By 1st Lt. Iris Yao
Legal Assistance Attorney
With tax season fast approaching, it’s
never too early to start planning.
Although the IRS will be delaying
the 2014 filing period due to the recent
government shutdown, it’s wise to start
thinking about your taxes now.
The original start date of Jan. 21 for
filing will be delayed to sometime between
Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.
Nevertheless, get organized now so filing your taxes this year will be a smooth
Tax Tip 1: Start gathering all of your
Create a tax folder to store all of
your materials such as your W-2 form,
receipts, documentation showing credits
and exemptions, and any questions you
may have for your tax preparer,
Every year there may be new tax laws
that affect you. Take some time to research
any changes that can impact you and your
The earlier you start preparing, the
sooner you will be ready to get your taxes
done at the Fort Meade Tax Center.
Avoid the rush toward the end of the
filing period and get your refund even
sooner this year.
Tax Tip 2: If you’re deployed, or deploy-
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ing, don’t stress about the filing deadline.
The IRS and most State Departments
of Revenue extend the deadline to file
taxes for service members deployed to a
If you are deployed to a combat zone
prior to the April 15 filing deadline, you
will receive a 180-day extension plus any
days in a combat zone prior to the deadline. For example, if you deployed to a
combat zone on March 1, you will have
an extra 180 days plus the 46 days between
March 1 and April 15.
But make sure your spouse or family member is collecting and organizing
pertinent papers and forms so that upon
your return, you are not scrambling to
gather tax materials to meet the extended
Not only are service members entitled
to an extended filing deadline. Military
pay is exempt from taxes as well. If you are
enlisted or a warrant officer, your military
pay — including hostile fire or imminent
danger pay — will be excluded from your
If you are a commissioned officer, the
monthly exclusion is capped at the highest
Tax Tip 3: Support the Fort Meade Tax
Center and your fellow service members
by volunteering at the Tax Center this
As a volunteer, you give back to your
Team Meade community by helping
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and
Guardsmen get their taxes filed at no
The Tax Center opens Jan. 27. Scheduling of tax appointments will start this
Remember, it’s never too early to start
preparing for the upcoming tax season.
The Tax Center is still in need of volunteers for both administrative and tax
preparation positions. Even if you can’t
volunteer this tax season, you should still
get your taxes filed for free at the Fort
Meade Tax Center.
Editor’s note: To volunteer, or if you
have questions about volunteering, contact
1st Lt. Iris Yao at the Legal Assistance
Division at 301-677-9755.
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Noncredit classes are ongoing
The Fort Meade Tax Center will open Jan.
27 through April 15 for tax assistance and
electronic filing at 4217 Roberts Ave., in
the rear of the first floor of the Office of the
Staff Judge Advocate.
The Tax Center is a free service available
to all active-duty personnel, retirees and
dependents in the Fort Meade area.
The office is staffed by volunteer service
members and operates under the IRS
Volunteer Information Tax Assistance (VITA)
All clients will be required to show military,
retiree or dependent identification. The
following is a short list of documents
you should bring at the time of your
• Social Security cards for yourself, spouse
and all dependents (if available)
• All income documents such W-2 for
wages, 1099 for interest and miscellaneous
• If direct deposit to your bank institution is
desired, bring a check or other document
showing account number and routing
In addition, bring documents or other
information substantiating tax credits of
• Dependent child care (including taxpayer
ID or Social Security numbers for child care
• Interest on education loans
• Rental income and expenses
• Itemized expenses
• Education credits
• Power of Attorney, if signing for your
• Any other document applicable to your
To schedule an appointment, call the Tax
Center at 301-677-9762.
AER now accepting scholarship applications
By Army Emergency Relief
Army News Service
Army Emergency Relief has opened
its scholarship application period for the
2014-15 school year.
Applications from spouses and dependent children of Soldiers will be accepted
until May 1, officials said.
This year, scholarships will be awarded
based solely on financial need, said Tammy
LaCroix, manager for Army Emergency
Relief, or AER’s scholarship programs.
Army Emergency Relief is a private
nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Soldiers,
active duty and retired, and their families.
Since its incorporation in 1942, AER has
provided more than $1.5 billion to more
than 3.5 million Soldiers, families and
In previous years, some scholarships
were awarded based on scholastic achievement and leadership, LaCroix said. For
instance, if students could demonstrate
leadership such as serving as class president, leading a Scout troop or serving
in an ROTC leadership position, that in
itself was worth a $500 scholarship. If their
grade point average was above a 3.5 GPA,
that could be worth another $500.
Those types of $500 scholarships have
been eliminated, however, so that larger
awards to needy family members can be
“What we’re trying to accomplish is
help the neediest of our Soldiers,” LaCroix
Last year, AER awarded 4,629 scholarships, totaling more than $10 million to
spouses and children of Soldiers. That
included scholarships to 1,148 spouses and
awards to 3,481 children.
Those scholarships are helping send
students this year to about 1,400 schools,
ranging from Harvard to Alabama State to
American Military University. Some of the
students are attending university classes
online and a few are going to vocational or
cosmetology schools, LaCroix said.
About 9,000 applications were received
last year online, LaCroix said, adding that
the number kept her and another staff
member quite busy.
“Last year was our first year using a new
online application process,” LaCroix said.
“By upgrading the scholarship application
software, we were able to streamline the
entire process and more efficiently serve
“Applicants are able to create their own
profile, submit their documentation online,
and check their status. This proved to be
a huge time saver for both the applicants
and the scholarship staff.”
The most common reason for applicants
to be turned down was incomplete packets,
LaCroix said. Application packets should
include school transcripts, the Student
Aid Report from the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid known as FAFSA,
and the Soldier’s Leave and Earnings
More information on the application
process and necessary documentation is
available on the AER website at aerhq.
org. The entire application package must
be submitted by May 1.
Only spouses and dependent children
of active-duty Soldiers are eligible for the
scholarships, LaCroix said. This includes
dependents of activated Army Reserve and
National Guard troops, as long as they
will remain on active duty for the 2014-15
Army Public Health Command employees exercise during meetings
By Chanel S. Weaver
Public Health Command Public Affairs Office
One of the most common reasons many people
do not exercise is because they don’t have time in
But a group of personnel at the U.S. Army
Public Health Command have discovered a way
to incorporate fitness into the day by approaching
work differently. While many people scour buildings looking for a meeting space, these people
conduct their meeting outdoors — and they walk
while they talk.
All are members of the USAPHC’s Health Promotion and Wellness Portfolio.
“We like to call it our outdoor boardroom,” said
Col. Heidi Warrington, program manager for the
Army Public Health Nursing Program.
These “outdoor boardrooms” are becoming a
popular meeting place within the USAPHC, especially since they allow employees to take a break
from the monotony of sitting at a computer for
“When we step out of the office, and walk
and talk, it breeds collaboration and allows us to
brainstorm freely,” said Lauren Kropp, a program
evaluator at the USAPHC.
Regular physical activity — along with adequate
sleep and healthy nutrition — are the three pillars
of Army Medicine’s Performance Triad. Personnel
who include these essentials to their daily routine
are able to optimize their health.
Maj. Kari Bruley, an Army Public Health nurse,
said being outdoors causes USAPHC employees to
stay focused on the mission.
“The ‘outdoor office’ lends itself to free thinking
with few interruptions or boundaries, all the while
exercising the body and mind,” Bruley said.
In addition to the opportunities for contemplation and collaboration, these outdoor walking
meetings allow USAPHC employees to build and
sustain good health.
“After 45 minutes to one hour of walking and
talking, we find that we have walked over two
miles,” said Maj. Lakisha Flagg, an Army Public
“Walking and talking have become a collegial
venue for us to incorporate physical activity while
comfortably and creatively working through both
routine and complex mission requirements,” Bruley
The outdoor meetings can also be conducted
Dr. Steven Bullock, program manager for the
Public Health Assessment Program, holds daily
running meetings by himself.
“I typically run each day with my voice recorder,”
he said. “While I am running, I record myself as I
reflect on the day’s events and dictate the things I
have remaining to do that day.”
He said the solo outdoor running allows him to
prioritize his actions, and helps him to be more
efficient at accomplishing tasks.
“I run in all sorts of weather — rain or shine, sun
or snow,” Bullock said. “I really think it is a good
use of my lunch hour to increase physical activity
and avoid sitting for long periods of time.”
Many USAPHC employees say they are grateful
to work for an organization with such flexibility.
“I enjoy incorporating walking into my day,” said
Wana Jin, a program evaluator. “I haven’t experienced this emphasis on health and wellness in other
places where I’ve worked.”
Laura Mitvalsky, who manages the Health Promotion and Wellness Portfolio at the USAPHC,
encourages her employees to be active during the
day. Many of her staff members wear pedometers to see if they can meet Army Surgeon General Patricia D. Horoho’s recommendation to take
10,000 steps daily.
Lauren Shirey, Public Health accreditation lead
and program evaluator, said she enjoys incorporating walking into her day.
“It’s great to work for an organization where we
can accomplish the mission and support our health
and wellness goals at the same time,” Shirey said.
“Anyone is capable of leading a healthy lifestyle if
they think outside of the box.”
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Alamo City hosts Army’s All-American outreach effort
By Brian Lepley
U.S. Army Recruiting Command
SAN ANTONIO — Future NCAA
and NFL players weren’t the only stars at
the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Senior general officers, the U.S. Army
Field Band, the Old Guard Drill Team,
Medal of Honor recipients and the Golden Knights were all part of the Army’s
biggest marketing and outreach event
staged each January in San Antonio.
The West team beat the East 28-6 in the
high school senior national all-star game
in the Alamodome. The game, however,
concludes a week of activity that publicizes the Army’s recruiting efforts.
Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting
Command, said he has personally felt
America’s appreciation of its Soldiers during the last dozen years of war. He also
knows that these patriotic feelings don’t
always equal recruiting contracts.
“As the wars wind down, patriotism
is no longer the prime motivator to join
the Army,” Batschelet said. “With a better economy, youth have other options to
consider. So we have to find better ways
to communicate how Army service helps
with paying for a college education, job
skills and personal development that will
affect the rest of your life.”
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl’s
outreach impact helps accomplish that. In
San Antonio during the week leading up
to the bowl are 100 players, their parents
and coaches, 125 U.S. Army All-American
band members and their parents, and 100
VIP guests of the Army from across the
U.S. The guests are civic, education and
business leaders — the type of community
influencers the Army seeks to become
The Golden Knights take a select few
of these guests on tandem jumps. All
of them tour Fort Sam Houston, meet
AIT Soldiers, and attend workshops with
Army luminaries that this year included
the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen.
John Campbell; Sgt. Maj. of the Army
Raymond Chandler; and Gen. Robert
Cone, commanding general of Training
and Doctrine Command. These senior
Army leaders and other general officers
hosted the guests in suites for the game
“Bowl week is a great public relations
and partnership development effort on
the part of Army leadership,” said one of
this year’s VIP guests, Dr. Mickey Burnim,
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Photo by Spc. Victor Blanco
U.S. Army Field Band Staff Sgt. Randall Wight sings the National Anthem before kickoff of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American
Bowl on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The All-American Bowl is the premier high school football all-star game,
providing a national platform to showcase how Army service is a viable alternative for young people to help finance their college
education or start a career.
president of Bowie State University.
He thinks Army leadership is smart to
engage in events like the U.S. Army AllAmerican week.
“The Army is an attractive and viable
alternative for young people looking for
a way to help finance their college education,” he said. “It’s a great start on a career
track that provides lots of flexibility and
Dr. Mark Church, superintendent
of Franklin County Schools in Rocky
Mount, Va., steers young people toward
the Army from personal experience. His
son and daughter both enlisted after
“U.S. Army All-American Bowl week
is a great opportunity for community
and Army leaders to talk and build relationships,” he said. “With educators and
recruiters working together, we can reach
the right kids.”
Broadcast nationwide live on NBC,
U.S. Army All-American Bowl reaches
more than a million households. Social
media exposure has grown exponentially
the last few years as many of the players
have Twitter and Instagram accounts that
buzz on their selection day and during
The personal outreach from the U.S.
Army All-American Bowl began last fall.
Each of the 100 players and 125 band
musicians had a selection ceremony in
their high school.
The media interest in these events,
and the game itself, creates months of
sustained publicity for the U.S. Army
“We pay a lot of money to pull this all
together, and it’s important to us that the
All-American Bowl be productive, that
we’re getting a good value for the money
we invest,” Batschelet said.
Negative media perceptions about military service (PTSD, personnel cuts, budget sequester) shape public opinion and
become obstacles for recruiters. Marketing
efforts like the U.S. Army All-American
Bowl week and national advertising allow
the Army to tell its side of the story.
The information campaign is critical
since such a small population of 17- 24year-olds are eligible to enlist.
“In today’s youth population of 1724-year-olds, about 75 percent of them
are not qualified for weight, for moral
issues or for cognitive/education issues,”
Batschelet said. “The propensity of these
young adults to enlist is also declining.
“These are the factors that point to
our desire to provide the most accurate
information to a young person and their
decision-influencers. We need to overcome
their lack of information, their concerns
and their questions.”
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Physical Therapy, the Community
Health Promotion Council, and the Army Wellness Center will host a running
clinic on Jan. 31 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.
Body Spirit to offer
trainers at Gaffney
By Brandon Bieltz
Starting at the end of January, Gaffney
Fitness Center gym-goers can get guidance from trained fitness professionals.
Body Spirit, the contractor that leads
the center’s aerobics programs, will provide personal trainers at Gaffney beginning Jan. 21. The paid service includes
one-on-one or two-on-one sessions.
“It’s to help increase fitness and offer
something different here to mix it up to
help people if they’re kind of hitting a
rut in their routines,” said Beth Downs,
sports specialist with the Directorate of
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “They can use the trainers to try
to get some new ideas to help them get
back on track.”
The company is offering several packages that range from $40 to $600, from
a micro-fit assessment to 12 one-on-one
training sessions with one of the two
personal trainers. The sessions include a
health screening, measurements and an
Two-on-one sessions also will be available.
While the sessions will be conducted
at Gaffney, the FMWR is not directly
providing the service. The gym staff will
serve as the go-between for the clients
Downs said those interested should
contact the fitness center. The staff will
then pass the client’s information onto
“The trainers are the ones who establish the contact to come out for that initial
assessment,” Downs said. “We don’t deal
directly with the clients. We just have the
facility offering the time and the equipment.”
Downs said there has been a request for
trainers in the past and expects the program to be successful on Fort Meade.
“I think it’s good to provide something
different for our patrons to change the
pace a little bit,” she said.
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.
The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly
bowling event on Wednesday 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@
Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger,
small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Texas Hold ‘em
Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7
p.m. at the Lanes.
Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Personal trainer prices
• Micro-fit assessment: $40
• 60-minute individual session: $60
• Two-on-one session, 60-minute
• Six one-on-one 60-minute sessions:
• Eight one-on-one 60-minute
• Six two-on-one 60-minute sessions:
• Twelve one-on-one 60-minute
Find schedules, scores, standings
and upcoming seasons for
And more, plus
All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at
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Jibber Jabber - Opinion
Here’s our new year
This is few days later than I like to say this,
but Happy New Year, Team Meade!
And despite the strong legal opinion by
our SJA, Lt. Col. Rose Bennett, that any
positive predictions for the upcoming year
will only serve as a jinx, there is nothing but
good signs that 2014 is going to be a banner
year for the Nation’s Preeminent Center for
Information, Intelligence and Cyber Ops.
I mean, we’re only nine days into 2014, and
we’ve already had a snow day and survived a
Plus, people were so nice and understanding on Facebook after the PAO’s information
faux pas during Monday’s power outage in
Potomac Place, that I can only assume things
Things are looking up for me as well. After
starting the year by officially turning old — I
had my 40th birthday on Jan. 2 — I got to
go skiing for the first time in my life. And by
skiing, I mean partying in the village like a
Muslim P-Diddy: King-size bed in the room,
a bath tub so big it could float a boat, a hot
tub outside, lift tickets dangling from my neck
like gold chains, and a poutine shack right
around the corner so I could spend the cold
Mont Tremblant nights with gravy dribbling
down my chin while cheese curds melted in
And even though I probably won’t
walk across the stage Ric Flair style, bit.
ly/1gE2wDP, and pick up a master’s degree
like I did in 2013, I have already learned a
few valuable lessons that will help me way
more during the next 40 years of my life than
a piece of paper.
1) Even if your mother looks you in the eye
and tells you that she loves you, get a second
source to confirm it before you publish it.
I first learned this lesson when I was a
private going through AIT at DINFOS. But
I forgot it Monday night when I posted that
McGill Training Center was open for families
without power 30 minutes before it was actually opened.
2) Just because you dominate the bunny
hills at a ski resort, it doesn’t mean you are
ready to take on the mountain.
I guarantee if you put a clock on it, I
spent way more time sitting on the mountain,
humbled, bruised and potentially concussed,
than I did skiing on it.
But all that time freezing my fanny on the
snow did provide a perfect landscape to see
all that laid before me, and from my multiple
perches, I contemplated several things: What
I’ve done; What
I’m going to do;
Did I just break
my spleen? And
for you: What the
2014 sports year is
going to look like.
Chad T. Jones,
the six games I’ve
watched so far
— Cotton Bowl,
Saints/Eagles NFL playoff games, NHL’s
Winter Classic, the BCS Championship
game and Tuesday night’s MSU/OSU B-ball
game — the competition in 2014 is going to
So, I’m going to focus on some other
aspects of the upcoming year:
1) Dennis Rodman’s outburst on CNN will
lead to his permanent deportation to North
Korea bit.ly/KEed2s, or even better, Mars.
2) One major sporting event will be ended
before there is a final outcome because
of delays caused by the officials reviewing
Do you remember when the last two minutes of a basketball game used to last five
minutes because of free throws? Well, now,
with how officials are reviewing everything,
you can multiply that delay by a gazillion.
There is something more than ironic
about officials taking five minutes to review
an eight-second violation.
3) The top three sporting events of 2014
will be the Winter Olympics (even without
Lindsay Vonn); The World Cup (Brazil
will host, Spain will win); March Madness
(Three Big Ten teams will make the Final
Four, including Michigan).
4) Champions: The Detroit Tigers will
win in baseball, the Heat will three-peat in
5) Add on: The Dallas Cowboys will
finish 8-8. The Redskins and Ohio will still
And personally, I will coach my youngest
in youth baseball (See sports briefs on Page
11 for CYSS spring sports registration); the
HCI will continue on.fb.me/1lPPwvc; and
I will finally beat my 10-year-old in something. on.fb.me/1lPNZFq
If you want to share your predictions for
2014, or if you have questions on this or
anything to do with sports, e-mail me at chad.
firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter
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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.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
CFC wraps up
Less than a week remains in the
annual Combined Federal Campaign
charity fundraiser. The final day to
donate is Wednesday.
The largest workplace charity program
in the world, the CFC helps federal
employees and service members
donate to thousands of charities
through one-time donations and
To donate, visit http://cbacfc.org.
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ID Card Section updates
The Fort Meade Personnel ID Card
Section at 2234 Huber Road will no longer
accept state-issued identity documents
that display the phrase: “Not For Federal
RAPIDS has been upgraded.
For lost or stolen ID cards, the following
documents are now required: two forms
of ID, a military police report, counseling
statement or civilian official memorandum.
For more information, call 301-6773342.
MLK Day observance
The Fort Meade commemoration of
the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
observance will be held Jan. 23 from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McGill
Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.
The free event is open to the public.
The keynote speaker is Pastor Johnny
Green, a retired member of the Air Force.
All Fort Meade service members
and civilian employees are encouraged
to attend with supervisory approval
and without charge to annual leave.
Administrative leave is authorized.
For more information, call the Fort
Meade Equal Opportunity Office at
301-677-6687 or the Equal Employment
Opportunity Office at 301-677-6298.
Dental program changes
The Tricare Retiree Dental Program
instituted the following changes on Jan. 1:
• The annual maximum has increased
from $1,200 to $1,300 per person per year.
• The dental accident benefit has
increased from $1,000 to $1,200 per
person per year.
• The orthodontic benefit has increased
from $1,500 to $1,750 per person per
lifetime. (No age limit on this benefit.)
• Enrollees with Type 1 or Type
2 diabetes are now covered for three
cleanings per year.
The new contract year is Jan. 1 through
In addition, the monthly premiums
have decreased. To find rates or other
program information, visit the new TRDP
website at http://trdp.org.
Club Meade lunch service
Club Meade is offering an all-youcan-eat daily lunch buffet or order from
the menu on weekdays from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
Buffet themes are: Monday - seafood;
Tuesday - Asian; Wednesday - Southern;
Thursday - barbecue; Friday - soup and
The buffet is open to all.
Lunch service is no longer available at
the Conference Center.
For more information, call 301-6776969.
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Fort Meade MARC Shuttle Bus Schedule
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Get to work on time.
Know the hours
of operation for
on Fort Meade
Gate 1: Rockenbach Road
5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday through Friday;
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
weekends; closed holidays
Gate 3: Reece Road and
Maryland Route 175
(Demps Visitor Control
Center gate) 24-hour access
Demps Visitor Control Center,
Bldg. 902 Reece Road
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday
Gate 4: Mapes Road and
Maryland Route 175
CLOSED until further notice
Gate 5: Llewellyn Avenue and
Maryland Route 175
6 to 8 a.m., Monday through
Friday for inbound traffic;
3 to 6 p.m., Monday through
Friday for outbound traffic
Gate 7: Mapes Road
and Route 32
5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday through Friday;
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
weekends and holidays
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In observance of National Blood
Donor Month, the Armed Services
Blood Program will sponsor a blood
drive on Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at McGill Training Center.
To learn more about the Armed
Services Blood Program, or to
schedule an appointment, visit
To interact directly with an
ASBP staff member or for the latest
news, visit www. facebook.com/
Individuals interested in participating
in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
should call 301-677-1301.
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals who would like to join in a
morning prayer on Fridays.
Mobile Training Team
The Office of the Secretary of the
Army has approved revisions to the
Officer Evaluation Reporting System.
These enhancements are scheduled for
implementation in April.
The U.S Army Human Resources
Command Mobile Training Team will
provide hands-on training on the revised
Officer Evaluation Reporting System
from March 3-7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
at Smallwood Hall, Building 4650.
All Army commands supported by
Fort Meade are required to send a
representative to complete this Train the
Trainer course and train other human
resource professionals and officers
within their units.
Units must select a primary and
alternate officer/HR professional to
attend this weeklong training.
To reserve a seat, call Jannette Bolling
at 301-677-2903 or email jannette.
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jolynda
Thompson at 301-677-7036 or email
For more information, call Richard
Lee, chief of the Military Personnel
Division, at 301-677-4209 or email
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.
• Common Sense Parenting: Friday,
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topic is “Parent
• Retiree brief: Monday, 8-11:30 a.m.
The class is open to those within two years
of retirement eligibility. Information will
be provided on Tricare, the Johns Hopkins
Family Health Plan, and the Navy Mutual
Aid Financial Planning/Survivor Benefit
• Car Buying: Monday, 1 to 2 p.m.
• 10 Steps to a Federal Job: Tuesday, 9
a.m. to noon. Learn about understanding
job vacancy announcements, writing
your federal and electronic resumes, and
tracking your job application.
• Small Business Association: Jan. 2122, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Stress Management: Jan. 22, 9 a.m.
• Transition, Goals, Plans, Success
(TGPS) Workshop: Jan. 27-31
• Career Exploration: Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to
• Time Management: Jan. 29, 9-11 a.m.
• Medical Record Review: Have your
medical records reviewed by Ms. Johnson
of AMVETS. Appointment required.
To register or for more information, call
301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
Army Community Service offers a
variety of classes at 830 Chisholm Ave.
The free classes are open to DoD ID
cardholders including active-duty service
members, retirees and their family
members, DoD civilian employees and
Registration is required for each class.
• Marriage Enrichment Group:
Tuesday to Feb. 18, 1 to 3 p.m.
• Banking Basics: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.
• Debt Management: Jan. 21, 9-11
• 1st Term Financial Readiness: Jan.
28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register or for more information,
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 finger-puppet theme.
• Today: “Snow Happy” winter theme
• Jan. 16: “Warm, Wooly and
Wonderful” — stories, songs and
fingerplays about sheep
• Jan. 23: “Silly Stories and Giggles”
• Jan. 30: “Ice is Nice” — focusing on
penguins and polar bears
For more information, call 301-6775522.
Teen Center events
The Fort Meade Teen Center is
featuring the following events for grades
nine to 12:
• Taco Night: Friday, from 6-10 p.m.
Teens make their own tacos.
• Pizza Movie Night: Jan. 17, from
Teens play for the cost of their own
• Checkers Tournament: Jan. 31, from
Teens play a freestyle/unrestricted
For more information, call 301-6776054.
Kids Craft Club
The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and
preschoolers will meet Wednesday at
9:30 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts Center.
Remaining sessions are: Feb. 11,
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 U.S. Naval Academy Band’s
Brass Ensemble will perform Jan. 22 at
7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our
Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore.
The Naval Academy Band has provided
music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and
surrounding community since 1852.
The Brass Ensemble performs original
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works for brass, orchestral transcriptions,
and arrangements by ensemble members.
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 410-2931262.
• Shen Yun will perform Jan. 16, 17
and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 18 and 19
at 2 p.m. at the Modell Performing Arts
Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal
The production features classical
Chinese dance, a live orchestra, dazzling
costumes and animated backdrops.
Tickets range from $50 to $180. For
tickets, call 1-888-974-3698 or 410-5477328, or email email@example.com.
• The Horse World Expo 2014 will be
held Jan. 17 from noon to 8 p.m., Jan. 18
from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Jan. 19 from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maryland State
Fairgrounds in Timonium.
The event will feature mounted
demonstrations, seminars, a daily roping
contest, a musical equine variety show, a
4H art contest, pony rides and vendors.
All activities are indoors.
Daily admission is $10 for adults and
$5 for children ages 6 to 12. Pets are not
permitted. For more information, visit
horseworldexpo.com or call 301-916-0852.
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its
next monthly bus trip to New York City
on Saturday, with discounts to attractions.
Onboard prize giveaway will be offered.
Bus cost is $60. For more information, call
301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Fort Meade E9 Association meets the
second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in
the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next
meeting is Friday. The association is open to
active, retired, Reserve and National Guard
E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this
area are invited to attend a breakfast and
meet the membership. For more information,
go to e9association.org.
• 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 Saturday. 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 Monday.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-677-4110.
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at School Age Services,
1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is
Monday. Free child care will be provided on
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
Monday. 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 Monday. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Tuesday
at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 7436
Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie. The
meeting will be canceled if there is inclement
weather and schools are closed.
To join this chapter or for more
information, please attend this meeting. The
organization is in dire need of personnel
wishing to become active members of the
chapter and to attend meetings.
For more information, call Diane Shreves,
publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750.
• Military District of Washington
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third
Wednesday of each month from noon to 1
p.m. at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Dining Facility in Virginia. The next meeting
is Wednesday. All members and those
interested in joining the club are welcome.
For more information, contact Master Sgt.
Erica Lehmkuhl at email@example.com.
mil or 301-833-8415.
• Prostate Cancer Support Group meets
at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday
of every month. The next meeting is Jan. 16
from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the
America Building, River Conference Room
(next to the Prostate Center), third floor.
Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID
is required for base access. Men without a
military ID should call the Prostate Center
48 hours prior to the event at 301-319-2900
for base access.
For more information, call retired Col.
Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.
• Meade Area Garden Club will meet
Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community
Hall at the corner of Route 175 and Wigley
Jim Heins will present the program, “The
Netherlands When the Tulips Are Not in
Bloom.” Reservations are not required.
Refreshments will be served.
Those interested in the club may attend
one program before being asked to join for
the annual fee of $20.
If Anne Arundel County Schools are
closed or opening late due to inclement
weather, the meeting will be canceled.
For more information, call Membership
Chairman Jennifer Garcia at 443-949-8348 or
Club President Sharon Durney at 410-7615019.
• 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 Jan. 20. For
more information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.
• Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op will meet
Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 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.
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1
p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Jan.
26. For more information, call Betty Jones at
• Women’s Empowerment Group meets
Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide
a safe, confidential arena for the support,
education and empowerment of women
who have experienced past or present family
Location is only disclosed to participants.
To register, call Tina Gauth, victim advocate,
at 301-677-4117 or Samantha Herring, victim
advocate, at 301-677-4124.
• Spanish Christian Service is conducted
Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel
located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th
Armored Cavalry Road.
For more information, call Elias Mendez
at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749.
“Coincidence is God’s
— Albert Einstein,
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 Jan. 24
Today: “Frozen” (PG). A young queen’s icy
powers trap a kingdom in eternal winter. With
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff.
Friday: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
(PG-13). The 75th Hunger Games may change
Panem forever. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh
Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland.
Saturday, Sunday Wednesday: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (PG-13). Bilbo
and company encounter the fearsome dragon,
Smaug. With Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman,
Richard Armitage. (3D Saturday)
Jan. 16, 17: “Homefront” (R). A former DEA
agent encounters trouble in a small town. With
Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder.
Jan. 18, 19, 22: “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” (PG-13). Madea dispenses her unique form
of holiday spirit on a rural town when she’s
coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter
a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.
With Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, Tika
Jan. 23, 24: “Out of the Furnace” (R). When
Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law
enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough,
his older brother Russell takes matters into his
own hands to find justice. With Christian Bale,
Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana.
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