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    • rules of law Legal documents help keep your affairs in order page 7 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7 p.m.: The Volunteers “A Night of Country” Concert - Constitution Park Today, 7-9 p.m.: Trivia Night - The Lanes July 18, 7 p.m.: The U.S.Army Blues Summer Concert - Constitution Park July 18, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes July 25, 7 p.m.: U.S. Navy Next Wave Jazz Ensemble Concert - Constitution Park Go Navy Meade High senior verbally commits to Naval Academy page 8 Soundoff!´ vol. 65 no. 27 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community July 11, 2013 a day to remember An eight-horse Clydesdale team, complete with costumed drivers and the Budweiser Clydesdale mascot, a Dalma- tian, stand ready for a late afternoon of photo-taking on McGlachlin Parade Field. The Clydesdale hitch was just one of many attractions, including a 30-minute-plus fireworks display, featured at the July 3 Budweiser-Fort Meade Red, White and Blue Celebration. See the special coverage on Pages 9-12. Photo by noah scialom
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 11, 2013 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports.....................................8 Crime Watch.................. 3 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Classified..............................16 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Allison Thompson 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com Michele Griesbauer 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Dear Kimbrough patients: Due to congressionally mandated sequestra- tion and administrative furloughs, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is required to reduce its services beginning Friday. On behalf of the staff and beneficiaries, Kim- brough’s leadership is working hard to mitigate the disruption to the livelihood of its civilian workforce and the impact on the services ren- dered. In addition, we would like to thank you for your patience during this period as we make the appropriate changes in staffing and access to care. Kimbrough’s staff is made up of more than 450 civilian employees who represent approximately 80 percent of its workforce. We are required to fur- lough the civilian workforce one day per week. The vast majority will be furloughed on Fridays. With the exception of pre-scheduled appoint- ments, Kimbrough will be closed on Fridays through Sept. 30. In addition, all routine outpatient care such as pharmacy, laboratory and radiology will be closed. However, we expect most services to be available at typical levels Monday through Thursday. Anticipate delays during this period as a result of the decrease in services. The following details regarding available ser- vices, where and how to access care on Fridays through Sept. 30 include: • Active-duty service members will be able to schedule same-day acute appointments and Periodic Health Assessments in Primary Care through the call center at 301-677-8800 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Defense Information School students will continue to be seen on-site as they are now. • Family members and retirees who have medi- cal needs on Fridays should seek care at the near- est urgent care facility. For assistance in locating an urgent care facility, visit hnfs.com or call 1-877-874-2273. Following your visit at an urgent care facility, notify your primary care team using Relay Health or by calling Kimbrough’s call center on the fol- lowing business day at 301-677-8800. Urgent care on all other days still requires pre- authorization by contacting the call center. • Operating rooms and specialty care will con- tinue to function with limited capacity and will care for patients by pre-scheduled appointments only. For an appointment, call 301-677-8800. • Behavioral Health services will continue to be available on the second floor of Building 2481, Rascon Center. Coordinate care by calling 301- 677-8895orwalk over between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. • Both the main pharmacy and refill phar- macy will be closed Fridays. Either visit Monday to Thursday or consider the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy program for home delivery of your regular medications. For more information, visit tricare.mil/homede- livery or call 1-877-363-1303. • To improve health care access and assist us in caring for patients who require face-to-face treat- ment, cancel any appointments you cannot keep at least 24 hours in advance, but up to the time of the appointment. This single initiative will maximize the amount of care available to other patients. To cancel an appointment, call 301-677-8800. You may leave a message with your cancellation information without waiting. The following are alternate methods for sched- uling or canceling appointments: • TriCare online at tricareonline.com is now accessible using a single registration for the entire family. • Relay Health Secure Messaging System is an online service that allows you to email questions to your health care team, request medication refills, and more. For more information about Relay Health Secure Messaging, visit relayhealth.com or speak to the front-desk medical support assistant about how to register. For more information and up-to-date news about our services during the furlough, visit Kim- brough’s webpage at http://kacc.narmc.amedd. army.mil or visit us on Facebook at facebook. com/KimbroughCARES. Thank you for your patience during this dif- ficult period. We remain committed to doing everything possible to maintain high quality care throughout the furlough. If you have recommendations or feedback, con- tact our patient representative at 301-677-8800 or at usarmy.meade.medcom-kacc.mbx.kacc-patient- advocate@mail.mil. KACC to reduce health care services COL. Danny B.N. Jaghab MEDDAC Commander
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF!  News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer On July 3, Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein closed the Children’s Library located in Kuhn Hall at 4415 Llewellyn Ave., until further notice due to a broken air conditioning system that has resulted in growth of mold in the base- ment. The library will remain closed until the mold is removed from the basement walls by a professional cleaning service and the HVAC system is repaired. Daryl L. Kauffman, the industrial hygienist for the installation, said the mold didn’t pose a serious health hazard and was closed as a precautionary measure. Mold is not generally a health hazard, but it could affect children or adults with allergies and asthma, Kauffman said. “What we were doing is playing it safe to close down the library until we could get the HVAC system fixed,” Kaufman said. “We decided that we need to close it down and get it fixed before it got worse. ... We’re being proactive.” The Medal of Honor Memorial Library adjacent to Kuhn Hall will remain open. Until the mold is removed and the HVAC is repaired, Potomac Place Library, which is located inside the Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, will be used as the temporary location for children activities. The Potomac Place Library will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Story Time will be presented at the library today, and July 18 and July 25 with two sessions each day at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The annual summer reading program also will move to Potomac Place. Patrons also are encouraged to use nearby public libraries such as the Prov- inces Library at 2624 Annapolis Road in Severn, and the West Anne Arundel County Library at 1325 Annapolis Road in Odenton. Kuhn Hall was initially inspected on June 7; results showed some mold prob- lems. At the time, it was recommended that no one should be allowed in the basement, but the library upstairs was unaffected. Kauffman said the building had been monitored and when the facility was inspected again on July 2, it needed to be shut down until the problem was resolved. “Because of the weather and the humid- ity the last two or three weeks, it just got worse,” he said. “We were monitoring it and it kept getting worse. It got to the point where we said to close it and get it fixed.” Results from the inspection on July 2 showed that the relative humidity inside the basement reached the point where mold could grow on porous surfaces such as walls, ceiling tiles or books. “The heat and humidity that we’ve had the last couple of weeks is causing the rela- tive humidity to be above the point where spontaneous mold growth can occur,” Kauffman said. A cleaning crew will remove the mold from the concrete walls in the basement with water and soap, then will place a dehumidifier in the room. The HVAC also will be repaired. Once the work is completed, Kauffman said, mold should not be a problem and the facility will continue to be monitored after the repairs. Directorate of Public Works officials said a clean-up is not yet scheduled and they are working on obtaining estimates. Children’s Library temporarily closed due to mold June 28, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel at the Exchange witnessed two juveniles conceal several items and exit without rendering proper payment. July 1, Larceny of private funds: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified of a larceny of private property at the Exchange. The vic- tim reported she was missing $90 in cash. The victim stated that while she was shopping at the Exchange, she left her purse and wallet unat- tended for several minutes in a dressing room. Later, her purse was returned to her after it was located in the dressing room by an AAFES employee and was missing $90. July 2, Driving under the influence, driving while impaired by alcohol, drunk on duty: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified of a possible intoxicated driver at the Reece Road gate. Units were dispatched to the scene. They met with driver and could smell the odor of alcohol. The driver stated he was drunk. The officer conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which he failed. The driver was transported to the DES, where he submitted a breath sample with a reading of .22 percent blood alcohol content. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services photo by brandon bieltz DUG INA construction crew works to install a large oil tank at the site of the future Army and Air Force Service’s Express shoppette on Monday afternoon. Workers installed two oil tanks in the 16-feet deep and roughly 60 feet by 80 feet hole for the Express, which will open by the end of the year.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 11, 2013 News Chaplain’s Word CHARACTER “Doing your best is more important than being the best.” — Mother of Former Gymnast Cathy Rigby By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer On June 27 at noon, Chaplain (Capt.) Angel Berrios did something that he believed is important to the well-being of the nation. Berrios led the opening prayer for the session of the U.S. House of Rep- resentatives. “I feel that I made a difference because of the prayer,” said Berrios, chaplain for the 308th Military Intel- ligence Battalion. In February, Berrios contacted the office of Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppers- berger of Maryland’s 2nd congressional district and expressed interest in con- ducting the opening prayer for a session of the House. The congressman’s office asked Ber- rios to submit his biography, which was then sent to the Office of the Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives. It is the duty of the Chaplain of the House to offer a prayer at the com- mencement of each day’s sitting of the House, as required by the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The prayers are offered in the House Chamber. Guest chaplains are also nominated personally by a House member to lead the opening prayer. After Berrios was approved, he was asked to submit a 150-word prayer for consideration. Berrios said he knew the spiritual message he wanted to communicate. The prayer’s emphasis, he said, was on truth. “There is deception throughout the world in general,” Berrios said. “My prayer was about truth.” This was not the first time Berrios performed the opening prayer for a congressional body. In 2007, he conducted the opening prayer for a session of the U.S. Senate. At the time, Berrios was a civil- ian minister for an Assembly of God Church in Savage. Berrios enlisted in the Army in September 2008. “I am concerned about political mat- ters. … I do love my country,” he said. “I believe in the power of prayer.” Speaker of the House John Boehner introduced Berrios before the prayer. After the prayer, Ruppersberger read his biography in the House Chamber. Later, Berrios had his photograph taken with Boehner, Ruppersberger and Military chaplain conducts opening prayer for Congress the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. “I do believe my prayer was heard by God,” Berrios said. “God will make a difference as a result.” photo courtesy U.S. House of Representatives From left to right: Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Chaplain (Capt.) Angel Berrios of the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion and the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, pose after Berrios conducted the opening prayer for the session of the House on June 27. Follow Fort Meade on Twitter.com /ftmeademd
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF!  News By Col. Marjorie Grantham Army Hearing Program Manager U.S. Army Public Health Command Most people are aware that hazardous noise damages hearing, but protecting ourselves while we live and work in a world of often-dangerous noise is not easy. There is a hearing protector for every kind of activity. Whether it is a recre- ational activity that involves shooting such as hunting, concerts, boating or fishing, or going to a NASCAR or other sporting event, people can reduce their hazardous sound exposure by listening to music and other good sounds below the halfway point for the volume control on the device. Hearing also can be preserved by limit- ing the listening time and giving the ears quiet time to recover. There are many forms of hearing pro- tection. Earplugs, earmuffs, and commu- nications and protection systems such as Tactical Communications and Protective Systems come in different styles and are convenient to use. When do people need hearing protec- tion? If a person stands three-feet away from someone and has to raise his or her voice above the background sounds, or if a person is facing someone and the noise is so loud that the other person can be heard from this distance, hearing protec- tors are necessary. Be sure to insert earplugs properly before venturing into a noisy environ- ment. For example, foam earplugs are inserted at least three-fourths of their length into the ear canal. Even very young children can wear earplugs since very small sizes are available. If people are unsure whether their hearing protectors are the right fit or cor- rect style, they can check with the instal- lation hearing program manager, the unit hearing program officer, an audiologist or a hearing technician. It is no longer inevitable that people retire from the Army with hearing loss. Research demonstrates that if people wear their hearing protection properly and at the right time, they can retire with their hearing intact. For more information about how the Army Hearing Program supports Soldiers, go to http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/ workplacehealth/hrc/Pages/RelatedSites. aspx and http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/ workplacehealth/hrc/Pages/default.aspx. Protect your ears for healthy hearing • Certified in Harmony (lingual braces) • Clear Correct (invisible braces) Certified) C tifi d We AcceptMostInsurances ) Cl C t (i isible b 8761- A Piney Orchard Pkwy ODENTON 410-672-7207 www.victoryorthodontics.com $500 OFF$500 OFFComprehensive Treatment Victory Orthodontics • Call For Details • 410-672-7207 $250 OFF$250 OFFLimited Treatment Victory Orthodontics • Call For Details • 410-672-7207 Directions: From I-95, take the Rt. 100 East exit. Follow to Rt. 2 toward Glen Burnie. Right on Marley Station Rd. Marley Station becomes Marley Neck Blvd. Follow approx. 2.5 miles to Creekside Village on right. Creekside Village MHBR No.56 885.833.2870 | 8805 Clubhouse Dr., Glen Burnie, MD. 21060 | www.CreeksideVillageMD.com LOVE where you LIVE LOVE where you LIVE Craftsman-Style Single Family Homes from the $370s Townhomes from the $240s You can afford the good life in convenient North Anne Arundel County. Brokers Welcome SOLD! OVER 50NEW HOMES
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 11, 2013 News By C. Todd Lopez Army News Service Beginning Aug. 1, Soldiers who elect to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service. The policy already applies to nearly every Soldier in the Army — and has since the beginning of transferability in 2009. Until now, Soldiers who were near- ing retirement were eligible for certain exemptions from the policy. That will no longer be the case. This policy change affects them. “This policy was drafted in 2009 and takes effect Aug. 1, 2013. It is important that we inform Soldiers of this existing policy regarding the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” said Lt. Col. Mark Viney, chief of the Enlisted Professional Development Branch, Army G-1. That news comes in a message to mili- tary personnel, dated April 15, 2013. The rule largely affects senior officers and enlisted Soldiers who are retirement- eligible. As of now, these Soldiers may be able to transfer benefits to their loved ones with anywhere from zero to three years of additional service. Soldiers who are not retirement-eli- gible, electing to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a family member, means com- mitting for an additional four years. Beginning Aug. 1, that rule will apply to all Soldiers, whether they are retire- ment-eligible or not. “The Post-9/11 GI Bill Soldiers are entitled to the benefit for their own use, but to transfer to dependents, that is used as a recruiting and retention tool,”said Lt. Col. Mark Viney, chief of the Enlisted Profes- sional Development Branch, Army G-1. Viney also serves as the policy pro- ponent for the Army’s Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Education Benefits Program. “We want Soldiers to be informed of the impact of this policy,” Viney said. “This is going to impact their decisions and their families, and whether or not they are going to have this money available to fund their dependent’s education.” Veterans Affairs also has eligibility requirements for transferability. A Soldier must have six years of active duty in order to transfer his GI Bill benefits. In some cases, if a Soldier has incurred additional time in service in order to transfer GI Bill benefits to a family mem- ber and is afterward unable to serve that additional time in service, he or she may be required to pay back those benefits. Viney said that as the Army draws down, some Soldiers will be involuntarily separated under force-shaping initiatives. Soldiers who are separated early under such circumstances and who had previ- ously transferred their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their dependents may retain the transferred benefits, with- out needing to repay them to the VA. Soldiers who were retirement-eligible after Aug. 1, 2009 and before Aug. 1, 2012 and are considering transferring their benefits to their dependents should review their service obligation before doing so. All Soldiers will incur a four-year ser- vice obligation after Aug. 1 if they trans- fer their benefits to their dependents. Soldiers with questions about transfer- ring their Post-9/11 GI Bill education ben- efits to their dependents should contact their approving official. New Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy to begin Aug. 1 change of responsibility Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Daniel Jr. (left) presents the sword of the Non-Com- missioned Officer to 1st Sgt. Joseph Billups Jr. during a change of responsibility cere- mony on June 28. The passing of the sword signifies Billups’ acceptance of his new role as first sergeant of 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera). photo by Spc. Heather Guerrero
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF!  News By Sang Hoon Chae Legal Assistance Intern The main estate-planning service pro- vided by the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Division is the preparation of a last will and testament. During the preparation of the will, three other documents can be prepared and signed: living will, power of attorney and health care power of attorney. While the titles may speak for the pur- pose of the documents, they do not fully represent the distinct and unique effect of each document. Living Will A living will is a legal document that informs your health care providers and family about your wishes regarding life- prolonging medical treatments. You, the “declarant,” pronounce your desires for medical treatment by describ- ing certain life-prolonging treatments and indicating which treatments you do or do not want applied to you. Unfortunately, the title of the docu- ment can be deceiving. A living will is not actually a will, since its effect is not trig- gered by your passing. Rather, it becomes effective when you are incapacitated or when your ultimate recovery is hopeless. Consequently, a certification by your doctor and another physician that you are either suffering from a terminal ill- ness or permanently unconscious is usu- ally required before a living will becomes effective. Despite its name, a living will has almost no bearing on what comes to mind when people hear “will.” Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a written doc- ument in which you, the “principal,” appoint another person — an “agent” — to act on your behalf. Unlike a living will, the scope of a power of attorney is not limited to medi- cal treatments. You may use a power of attorney to grant a variety of legal authorities, from making financial decisions on your behalf to recommending a guardian for your children. As the principal, you have the power to determine the amount of authority given to the agent. When you grant author- ity to handle most of your personal and financial matters, the document is called a “general power of attorney.” On the other hand, you may grant a “specific power of attorney” and allow your agent to deal with only specific issues. Regardless of the type of power of attorney granted, the agent is responsible for keeping accurate records of all trans- actions that he or she makes on behalf of the principal. An agent can be anybody from a spouse to a trusted friend of the princi- pal, as long as he or she is trustworthy and acts in good faith on behalf of the principal at all times. Health Care Power of Attorney A health care power of attorney is a document that allows you, the “princi- pal,” to confer a legal authority to make decisions regarding your health care or medical treatment when you become inca- pacitated. In contrast to a living will, a health care power of attorney becomes effective in situations where you are not able to speak for yourself but your health is not so dire that a living will is appropriate. As a result, it is highly recommended that you have both a living will and a health care power of attorney to have complete authority over medical treat- ments, regardless of your physical condi- tion. Each of these documents serve dif- ferent purposes for different situations. Therefore, it is best to consider having all three documents prepared, along with a will, to retain complete and continuous control over your life. For more information or to have any of these documents prepared for you, schedule an appointment with a Fort Meade Legal Assistance attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. Legal documents create binding agreements parade on wheels Heritage Park youngsters prepare for the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade. For the past four years, Washington Avenue in the Heri- tage Park neighborhood has host- ed a bike parade and frog jumping contest on July 4. The tradition continued despite the residents’ disappointment at not being able to find frogs for the contest. The parade started at the duck pond and wrapped up at the end of Washington Avenue. photo by megan freund
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 11, 2013 Sports Photo courtesy john Hawk Meade High School offensive lineman Jake Hawk stands on the field between plays during a 2012 game at the school. Jake verbally committed to play at the U.S. Naval Academy following his senior year at Meade High. By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Only four years after first putting on a football helmet, Jake Hawk of the Meade High School Mustangs is ready to showcase his abilities under bigger lights. On June 27, the senior offensive lineman verbally committed to play for Ken Niuma- talolo at the U.S. Naval Academy next sea- son. Jake served as the starting right tackle of last year’s Mustangs team that finished the season 10-3 and with a Class 4A East Region championship. “It’s a great school,” the 17-year-old said. “It feels like I accomplished my goal.” Meade High football coach Rich Holzer said Jake has an “outstanding work ethic, tremendous physical potential and a strong academic background,” and was a leader on the team. “He is a rock on the offensive line,” Hol- zer said. “He has been a dominating force clearing holes for our running game and protecting our QBs.” Holzer said he expects Hawk to excel at the next level. “He has tremendous potential and upside,” he said. “One of the areas he will need to work on is filling out his frame and becoming a better knee bender, which plagues a lot of tall big men.” Jake initially drew interest from the Mid- shipmen in the spring when he attended a Navy practice with his father John Hawk, a logistics officer with the Asymmetric War- fare Group and a retired chief warrant officer 3. After the 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman then participated in a Naval Academy camp in late June, he was offered a scholarship to the school. After talking to his grandparents, the decision to commit to the academy was easy for Jake, who said a big draw is the Annapo- lis area and his military ties. “I knew that if they offered me, I knew that’s where I wanted to go to school,” he said. “Right when they offered me, I wanted to commit.” Jake chose Navy over James Madison University and the College of William and Mary, both in Virginia; and Wake Forest University and Campbell University, both in North Carolina. “It feels great for a parent of any service academy for them to get in because it is an honor,” Hawk said. “Not many people can put the Naval Academy on their resume.” While Jake never planned on a military career, he said it “feels right” since commit- ting to the academy. “It is great that football is there and that’s my way of getting in, but that’s a great school for my future,” he said. Since the pressure of deciding where to go to school is off, Hawk said his son can just focus on the upcoming season and his school work. Jake’s commitment to the Naval Academy also threw a kink in his family’s tradition of supporting the Black Knights during the annual Army-Navy game. His father, who served in the Army for more than two decades, will now be cheering on the Midshipmen. “I’ll be rooting for my son,” Hawk said. ‘A dominating force’ Meade football player verbally commits to Naval Academy www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. • Basketball • Football • Softball • Soccer Find schedules, scores, standings and upcoming seasons for All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at And more, plus
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF!  Cover Story photos by noah scialom A dramatic fireworks display, which started at 9:30 p.m., lights the sky for more than 30 minutes, drawing oohs and ahhs from the thousands of visitors at McGlachlin Parade Field as country music artist Jerrod Niemann wraps up his set. LEFT: Five-year-old Sarah Munson of Pasadena blows on a flag in the wind while awaiting the fireworks display. STar-spangled celebration
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! July 11, 2013 Cover Story to the sponsorship of Anheuser-Busch, Fort Meade was able to maintain its long- standing tradition of celebrating with the community residing on and off post. The free celebration featured country music singers Chelsea Bain, Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann; a procession of Clydesdale horses; a barbecue cook-off; Budweiser beer stations; and two NAS- CAR simulators. The event was topped off by a fireworks display that lasted more than 30 minutes. Popular attractions ranged from chil- dren’s inflatable slides and bounce houses to wooden cornhole games and food ven- dors. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein welcomed everyone from a con- cert stage where DJ Michael J of WPOC radio station served as emcee. The radio station was the event’s radio partner. In a nod to the event’s sponsor, Roth- stein held up a tall can of Budweiser. “I’ve always wanted to say this: ‘This Bud’s for you, Team Meade,’ ” he said to cheers. Rothstein thanked the radio crew, Bud- weiser and “the entire team [the inner Fort Meade community and outside partners] for making this happen. “This community is unbelievable,”Roth- stein said. “We’re doing this with music, with barbecue, with fireworks, with NAS- CAR. We got the Jazz Ambassadors play- ing. This is an awesome time, and we are able to do this is because of community.” Rothstein and his wife, Audrey, later sat alongside the costumed drivers of the Anheuser-Busch beer wagon that was pulled by a team of eight Clydesdales. Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter and his wife, Terri, sat on the red wagon’s crates beside the Clydesdales’ mas- cot, a Dalmatian. As the Clydesdales trotted along the parade field, the Rothsteins and Latters waved to the gathering crowds that gawked at the ornately decorated horses and the long white hairs covering their hooves. When the wagon came to a halt, long By Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer A s children chased bubbles and glow lights and parents sipped frozen fruit drinks, growing crowds clustered around the concert stage. Entertained by three young country music artists on July 3 at McGlachlin Parade Field and the Jazz Ambassadors at nearby Constitution Park, residents, employees and visitors relaxed on lawn chairs and blankets, swaying and clapping as the music played into the night. “They’re great,” said JoAnn Johnston, a nurse from Abingdon. “They really engage you.” The concerts also provided a backdrop for the array of activities that transformed Fort Meade’s Independence Day obser- vance — the Red, White and Blue Celebra- tion — into an all-American festival of barbecue, Budweiser, country music, jazz, race cars and fireworks. “It’s all fun,” said Joe Halye of Pasa- dena, who came with his wife, Krista, of the National Security Agency, and their three young children. The six-hour event drew more than 10,000 people — all undeterred by the early celebration. “We’re having a wonderful time,” said Naomi Dilworth, who accompanied her husband, retired Col. Ernest Dilworth, to hear the big band sounds of the U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors. The couple, who lived on Fort Meade before moving to Hanover several years ago, return annually for the Fourth of July. “We come back to celebrate and for the good food,”Ernest Dilworth said. “And it’s nice to see a lot of people we know.” Because of budget cutbacks, many installations were forced to cancel their events and fireworks displays. But thanks Red, White and Blue Celebration highlights American traditions Photo by Sgt. Walter Reeves Country music artist Jerrod Niemann performs as darkness falls at the Red, White and Blue Celebration on July 3 at McGlachlin Parade Field. Niemann and his band, who performed after country singers Chelsea Bain and Brett Eldredge, played as the fireworks started.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11 photos by noah scialom Shannon Robinson plays cornhole on the parade field, one of many attractions on the parade field. LEFT: Staff Sgt. Ryan Duarte and his wife, Jessica, play with daughters Reagan, who is 3 months old, and Kennedy, dressed in the colors of the day. lines formed for photos beside the Clydes- dales that sported flowers braided into their mane and bows on each tail. “They’re absolutely gorgeous,” said Pau- line Burnopp of Pasadena who operates a nursery outside Andrews Air Force Base. “They’re American icons we’ve seen on TV our entire lives. Think of Budweiser and Clydesdales — and that’s the picture you get.” Nearby, 10 active-duty service members competed in the Budweiser barbecue cook- off along English Avenue. “Barbecue is a staple in Budweiser American tradition,” said Carly Blake of Mosaic marketing for Budweiser. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Her- nandez, an instructor at the Defense Information School, took first place. He won a pair of tickets to the Live Nation Budweiser Made in America Music Fes- tival in Philadelphia. “I tried jalapeño in the barbecue sauce and a mango jalapeño jam on the brats,” Hernandez said. “It was different and helped it to stick out.” Sgt. 1st Class Alan Wolfer of U.S. Army Signals School Detachment placed second. Budweiser supplied each contestant with a grill station they could keep — awning, Weber charcoal grill, cooler with built-in radio, grilling tools and ingredients. Competitors had one hour to prepare four servings of brats and baby back ribs for the panel of four judges. One require- ment was to incorporate Budweiser as a main ingredient, said Blake. “Budweiser formulated the require- ments,” she said. “They came up with an extensive list of ingredients.” Judges were Howard Mountain of the Freedom Inn Dining Facility; Dana and Robert Sitnick, master judges for the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and Gary Droen, brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch in Virginia. As contestants presented their dishes, CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rob Jones flips 7-year-old Kaleb Maxey on the parade field during the six-hour celebration that featured children’s inflatables and games.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! July 11, 2013 Cover Story each explained how the food was pre- pared. Wolfer grilled bratwurst topped with homemade sauerkraut on a Hawaiian sweet roll served alongside smoked bacon. He grilled the ribs with a mustard-base barbe- cue sauce. “My wife, Diana, thought I was good enough and she entered for me,” the Meuse Forest resident said. “This is a secret recipe, 13 years in the making. “I think I have an excellent shot [at winning]. I don’t know what the prize is. I don’t care what the prize is. Bragging rights? That’s enough for me.” As each dish was presented, the judg- es savored each bite then recorded their reviews. “Normally, I take one to two bites,”Rob- ert Sitnick said of one entry. “But this is one of those times I can eat the whole thing.” Judges cleansed their palate with crackers and water. “It’s going great,”said Mountain, dressed in his white chef’s jacket. “But I’m getting kind of full. The food is excellent.” At the opposite side of the parade field, Senior Airman Justin Burley of the 34th Intelligence Squadron stood on line with his brother-in-law, Blake Payne of Dallas, for a strawberry smoothie for his wife, Amanda. All are fans of country music. “My wife and I came last year,” Burley said. “We like coming out with everybody. But this year is better because of all the country bands. Brett was awesome.” As darkness fell, Niemann continued to perform as the fireworks lit the sky at 9:30 p.m. The first explosion of sound and color brought screams and whoops. As displays grew progressively larger with cascading patterns embedded in pat- terns, crowds responded with cheers and applause. “Ooh-la-la,” said 7-year-old Arianna Freeman. The youngster attended with her par- ents, Gene and Gabby Freeman, and three siblings. “It was fantastic,” said Gene Freeman, IT specialist for U.S. Army Claims Service. “I liked the finale. I was waiting for it and I wasn’t disappointed. It was awesome.” Daughter Kimberly agreed. “Amazing,” the 7-year-old said as the colors splashed across the sky. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 PHOTO BY Philip H. Jones Air Force Sgt. Antwain Gooding of U.S. Cyber Command tastes a rib he grilled during the Budweiser barbecue cook-off. Ten active-duty service members competed for concert tickets. PHOTO BY Philip H. Jones Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brent Pena of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group and son Teddy check out Kevin Harwick’s race car at the NASCAR display. LEFT: Country music singer Chelsea Bain takes center stage as the first of three country music artists to perform July 3. Fans clustered around the stage as each artist performed. Photo by Noah Scialom
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13 Sports Sports Shorts AFCEA Sports Day The Central Maryland chapter of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association will host a Sports Day on Sept. 13 at Burba Lake Pavilion 2. The event will feature team and individual sports including softball, volleyball and relays. For more information or to sign up for events, go to www.facebook.com/ afceasportsday or www.afceasportsday.webs.com. EFMP bowling The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling event Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lanes. Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. To register, call 301-677-7836 or email theresa.r.strawhecker.civ@mail.mil. EFMP walking program The new Exceptional Family Member Walking Group will meet at Arundel Mills Mall on Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The group will gather at 8:15 a.m. in front of Best Buy, inside the mall. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 301-677-4473 or email latoya. travis@us.mail.mil. Dollar Days Summer hours for Dollar Days at the Lanes is offered every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 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 at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. I have a couple of apologies to make this week. First, I apologize for our paper being deliv- ered a few days late last week due to some Fourth of July miscommunication between us and The Baltimore Sun. I believe it is the first time in my five years here that we have missed a deadline, so I’m trying real hard not to break my Ramadan fast due to dropping multiple four-letter bombs. However, breaking one of the cardinal rules of newspapers is never good, so all I can say is that we will do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Next, this week’s column is not going to be about sports. Instead, I’m going to put on my PAO hat and discuss something that affects most of us. Facebook has been a valuable tool for your Public Affairs Office. I continue to marvel at the fact that even four or five years ago, the concept of communicating a command mes- sage to thousands of people would involve a weeks-long process. Now, as of press time, I can speak to 15,294 people in about 10 seconds with a simple post. Additionally, Facebook has made two-way communication a daily reality as opposed to something mystic that may have occurred at an open door or town hall. And that two-way stream has been effective for both the garrison and those who live and work on the Fort. Facebook has been a cata- lyst to getting potholes repaired, speed humps placed and safety hazards reported. Heck, it even closed Burger King for a day. But a recent post regarding the moving of the Children’s Library reminded me of the most frustrating part about managing Facebook, and that is that some people will complain about anything. The post I’m talking about basically says that the recent moves regarding the Children’s Library shows the Fort’s lack of commitment to children’s literacy. On the list of ridiculous complaints posted on our Fbook page, this one about children’s literacy is actually pretty low on the list. BeingconcernedabouttheChildren’sLibrary is absolutely credible. But to somehow tie it to a lack of commitment is where the poster went way off track and shows, once again, that people will post things without thinking out the issue or without any regard for facts. Yes, the Children’s Library was moved from the Medal of Honor Memorial Library to Kuhn Hall so that the Fort could have space to open a Wellness Center — something that will help service mem- bers and families live better lives for years to come. Itisalsotruethat the space for Kuhn Hall is smaller than the space at the Post Library. How- ever, what the post didn’t share, or even consider, is that the Fort has every intention to build out the space as part of Kuhn Hall’s transition to a state-of- the-art Resiliency Center. The center will serve as the hub of Fort Meade’s Resiliency Campus, and again will enrich the lives of the entire Team Meade community for years to come. Additionally, the post did not take into consideration the other alternatives we already provide our children, namely the library at Potomac Place, which is dedicated specifically tochildren,orthemultiplepartnershipswehave forged with the Anne Arundel County Library system. (See Page 3 for more information.) And before anybody jumps up and says they didn’t know about these alternatives or plans, let me point out that everything discussed in this column were all published in one way or another on the same Facebook page that was used to criticize the Fort’s actions. As for moving the Children’s Library out of Kuhn Hall because of mold, what the heck did you expect the garrison to do? Safety first is not just a bumper sticker, it is how we oper- ate, and even though we cannot eliminate every safety risk as quickly as we’d like, safety is our mission. We couldn’t let folks just hang out in the library. First, because it wouldn’t be the right thing to do, and second, what if we would have justactedlikenothingwaswronguntilsomeone found out about the mold? What would the complaints have been then? Anyway, I’m not calling for people to stop using Facebook because its value far outweighs its downside. However, to those of you who use our page, please use some common sense and remember Facebook probably isn’t the best way to resolve your issues with the garrison. You should know about ICE submissions, which can be filed on the Fort Meade web page, and if you prefer face-to-face conversations, the command group has its open door from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday. And of course, if you have issues on this, or anything else to do with Fort Meade (or sports), you can contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil. Be Good on the Book Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! July 11, 2013 Community News & Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. Parking lot closure The Exchange’s temporary parking lot will close Monday for repair work (striping and patching). The commissary will be closed that day due to sequestration, so customers will have an area to park.   Death notice 1st Lt. Alexander Ryan regretfully announces the death of Spc. Hilda I. Clayton. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Clayton should call Ryan, the Summary Court Officer, at 301-471-4703 or email alexander.b.ryan.mil@mail.mil. Death notice Air Force Maj. Nora DeLosRios regretfully announces the death of Senior Airman Keegan Eli McCaskie. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of McCaskie should call DeLosRios, the Summary Court Officer, at 301-677-2144 or email nora.delosrios@us.af.mil. Water main flushing American Water has begun its 2013 Annual Water Main Flushing Program. The purpose is to provide the best quality water available to customers by removing any buildup of sediment that may have occurred in the water lines. Flushing may result in some temporary discoloration and the presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of very short duration. Limit use of water between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help prevent discolored water reaching service lines to your residence. If you notice an increase in discolored water, flush all indoor faucets for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear up, contact the Water Treatment Plant at 443-592-0909. This number is monitored 24/7 daily. VTF upgrades The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facility is upgrading its services by adding new staff and a new, centralized web-based record program. In the future, when the program is fully implemented, pets’ records will be connected and accessible at any military vet clinic that service members PCS to. The facility will train and test this program throughout July and August. As a result, the VTF will moderate its appointment availability. The facility will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except on Friday, Monday and July 31. For more information, call the VTF at 301-677-1300. Ramadan Iftar A Ramadan Iftar will be held Aug. 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Argonne Hills Chapel Center Fellowship Room. For more information, call 301-677- 6035 or 301-677-1301. Jummah prayers Individuals interested in praying Jummah prayers on Fort Meade should call 301-677-1301. Fort Meade has a room available at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking individuals who would like to pray a morning prayer on Fridays. Karaoke Night The next Karaoke Night is July 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th Frame Lounge at the Lanes. The event is held the third Thursday of the month. For more information, call 301-677- 5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com. Trivia Night The Lanes hosts Trivia Night every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., except the third Thursday of the month. The event is open to the public. Teams must have a minimum of two players and a maximum of 10. Weekly prizes are awarded to the top three winners. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, call 301-677- 5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com/lanes.php. New civilian employee orientation The Fort Meade Garrison New Employee Orientation class will be held today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Attendance is mandatory for all garrison employees. For more information, call Jose Flores at 301-677-5663 or Linda Winkels at 301-677-4719. Networking Symposium The Team Meade Networking symposium for SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention) personnel will be held Aug. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. The symposium will provide information to sexual assault response coordinators and victim advocates of services available throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. The event also will provide SARCs and VAs with the opportunity to network, build/create referral lists and establish rapport with external agencies. For more information, call Fort Meade VA Angielina Wilson at 301-677- 6933 or the Fort Meade SARC at 301- 677-7802. Financial Readiness Army Community Service is offers Financial Readiness classes at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. 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. • Consumer Awareness: Today, 1 p.m. • Car Buying: Tuesday, 9 a.m. • Developing Spending Plans: July 18, 1 p.m. • Investing: July 25, 1 p.m. To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590. To schedule an appoint- ment, visit fortmeadeacs.checkappoint- ments.com. Free classes Army Community Service and the Fleet and Family Support Center offer free classes at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. 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 all programs. • Basic Military Knowledge: Today and Friday, 8:30 a.m. • Anger Management: Friday, 9 a.m. • Stress Management: July 18, 9 a.m. • Common Sense Parenting: July 19, 11:30 a.m. To register, call 301-677-7836. • Employment Orientation: July 18, 9 a.m. • Career Exploration: July 23, 9 a.m. To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590 or 301-677-9014. Missoula Children’s Theatre Missoula Children’s Theatre Drama Camp for grades one to 12 will be held on Fort Meade from July 29 to Aug. 3 on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Campers will present two performances of “The Frog Prince” on Aug. 3 at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677- 1196. CYSS programs Child, Youth and School Services is offering the following events for grades six to eight at the Youth Center: • Projection Movie Night: Friday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is free for CYSS members and $2 for guests. • Grilling & Chilling: July 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $5. For more information, call 301-677- 1437. Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School, for ages 4 through fifth grade, will be held Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. The theme is: “Kingdom Rock Bible School: Where kids stand strong for God.” The program features a new friends tournament games, crafts, Royal Theatre NEWS & EVENTS EDUCATION YOUTH
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 11, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15 Community News & Notes Movies The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through July 26 Today & Friday: “Now You See Me” (PG-13). An elite FBI squad matches wits with a team of great illusionists. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson. Saturday & Sunday: “After Earth” (PG-13). A boy traverses hostile terrain to recover a rescue beacon. With Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo. Wednesday & July 18, 21: “The Internship” (PG- 13). Old-school salesmen finagle internships at Google, then struggle to adjust to new ideas. With Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne. July 19: “The Purge” (R). All crime is legalized during an annual 12-hour period. With Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane. July 20, 24, 25: “Man of Steel” (PG-13). Clark Kent roams the world helping people, but returns home to face his destiny: becoming Superman. With Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shan- non. (3D) July 26: “This is the End” (R). An apocalypse strikes Los Angeles. With James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen. & Missions, music and epic Bible adventures. The free program includes lunch. Registration is limited to the first 200 children and will close Aug. 1. Registration tables are set up through Aug. 1 at Argonne Hills Chapel Center and the Main Post Chapel. Volunteers are needed to sign up immediately, including adults and youths in sixth grade and above. For more information, call Marcia Eastland at 301-677-0385 or 301-677- 6305 or Ms. Stewart at 301-677-6038. Wanted: Girl Scout leaders Girl Scout leaders and co-leaders are needed for Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette level troops. Meetings are held at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. They will resume at the end of August. Training is available from Girl Scouts Central Maryland, 4806 Seton Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215 (410-358-9711) or online at gscm.org. Registration and background check are required. For more information, email Lorrie Short at jnlshort@gmail.com. Out & About • 8th Annual Pet-a-Paw-looza!, a Pets on Wheels fundraiser, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Bring your pets. The event will feature demos, speakers, contests, entertainment, “puparazzi” photos, pet costume and trick contests, vendors including local rescue groups, raffles and silent auction. Relax in the beer and wine garden and enjoy catered food. The event is pet friendly and held indoors with air-conditioning. For more information, visit petsonwheels.org or call 410-913-5569. • Leisure Travel Services is sponsoring “Wine & Music: Reggae” on July 20 at the Linganore Winery in Mount Airy. Bus departs LTS at 9 a.m. The event will feature live music, crafts, tour, tasting and food vendors. Cost is $50 and includes admission and transportation. Advance registration and payment are required. For more information, call 301-677- 7354. • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trips to New York City on Saturday and Aug. 10, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com. • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, will be held today at 7 a.m. at the Conference Center. All Fort Meade employees, family mem- bers, and civilian and military personnel are invited. There is no cost for the buffet; dona- tions are optional. For more information, call 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.civ@ mail.mil. • Meade Rod and Gun Club will meet today 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 club usually meets the first Thursday of the month. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-674-4000. • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is Friday. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, visit e9association.org or call 410-551-7953. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neigh- borhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call Kimberly McKay at 301-677-5590 or email kimberly.d.mckay. ctr@us.army.mil. • Retired Enlisted Association meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Tuesday. For more information, visit trea.org or call Elliott Phillips, the local president, at 443- 790-3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past national president, at 443-336-1230. • Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the third Thursday of every month for informal, frank discussions about prostate cancer. The next meeting is July 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both meetings are held at the Center for Prostate Disease Research, America Build- ing, third floor, River Conference Room. Spouses/partners are invited. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center 48 hours prior to the meeting for base access at 301-319-2900. 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