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to restricted list
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Last week, the Fort Meade Armed Forces
Disciplinary Control Board held its quarterly
Following the meeting, the board presented
me with several recommendations for establish-
ments or areas that should either be added or
removed from the Fort Meade off-limits list
due to safety concerns or unethical business
As many of you know, maintaining a list of
off-limit businesses is a common practice at most
military installations. The list outlines areas and
establishments where service members are not
allowed to go to for their own protection.
Civilian employees and family members of
service members are not required to obey the
order. However, I always recommend they avoid
areas and businesses on the list.
The list typically includes establishments that
engage in activities that could be detrimental to
service members, including places found to have
issues with unfair commercial practices, prostitu-
tion, high crime, or alcohol and drugs.
The Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board
is one of the tools that I, as the garrison com-
mander, can use to identify, investigate, report
and act on conditions within the Fort Meade
community that in any way adversely affects the
health, safety, welfare, morale and discipline of
the armed forces and their families.
One establishment, the Exxon Gas Station
located at 7898 Ridge Road in Hanover, has been
returned to the off-limits list.
The gas station was returned to the list for
continuing to sell the synthetic marijuana prod-
uct known as Spice. This local business outside
the Rockenbach Road gate was originally placed
on the off-limits list in January. However, after
the station manager presented arguments to the
board that it no longer sold the product, the
AFDCB recommended that the gas station be
removed from the off-limits list in February.
Most recently, the drug task force informed
the board that its surveillance of the establish-
ment showed that the Exxon station has contin-
ued to sell synthetic marijuana products to Fort
Meade service members.
The AFDCB and I take our responsibility for
maintaining this list very seriously. The require-
ments that it takes to place an establishment or
area on the off-limits list are quite stringent.
We make every effort to fully investigate and
review any activity that is recommended for the
On a good note, Little Falls Park in Potomac
list. The area
placed on the
list due to safety
the rapids in the
after the board
was briefed by
Park Service, it
was recommended that the area be removed
from the list.
Please note, it is still illegal and unsafe for
anyone to swim or dive at the park. But the
board and I see no reason why service members
and their families should not be allowed to
enjoy the beauty of Little Falls Park and have
fun participating in safe boating and rafting
The board also heard from Anne Arundel
County Police who patrol housing areas that
were on the off-limits list. Two neighborhoods,
Meade Village, located at Reece Road in Severn,
and Arwell Court, also in Severn, were on the
off-limits list because of concerns about high
However, after hearing that the police officers
believe the major concerns for these two neigh-
borhoods have been alleviated and that they feel
confident these areas should not be singled out
for prohibition, the neighborhoods have been
removed from the list.
I know that no business, area or neighbor-
hood wants to be placed on the off-limits list.
My hope and their goal should be to correct
the shortfalls or circumstances that led them
to being placed on the list. There is an appeals
process to take an area off the list.
Service members, family members and civilian
workers can also alert the AFDCB of potentially
dangerous areas or questionable establishments
by reporting the situation to their chain of com-
As you have heard me say many times, the
health, safety, welfare, morale and discipline
of service members and their families are a top
priority at Fort Meade. I will continue to do all
I can to keep everyone safe.
Have a great week.
Editor’s note: To view the full list of off-limits
establishments and areas, visit ftmeade.army.mil.
COL. Edward c.
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Fort Meade Public Affairs
Following its quarterly meeting last
week, the Fort Meade Armed Forces
Disciplinary Control Board made rec-
ommendations to Garrison Commander
Col. Edward C. Rothstein to remove
several locations from the list of establish-
ments deemed off limits to Fort Meade
The board also recommended placing
one local business back on the list of
Based on reports from the Metro-
politan Area Drug Task Force, the Exxon
station, located at 7898 Ridge Road in
Hanover, was returned to the off-limits
list for continuing to sell the synthetic
marijuana product known as Spice.
Originally placed on the off-limits list
in January, the station owner presented
arguments to the board that the estab-
lishment no longer sold the product. The
AFDCB removed the establishment from
the list in February.
Most recently, however, the drug task
force informed AFDCB membership
that its surveillance of the establishment
revealed that the Exxon station has con-
tinued to sell synthetic marijuana prod-
ucts to Fort Meade service members.
“Placing a business, locale or activity
on the off-limits list is not something the
board or the garrison commander takes
lightly,” said Lt. Col. Marion Bakalorz,
Headquarters Company commander and
chairperson of the board. “The require-
ments to place an activity on the off-limits
list are stringent. We make every effort to
fully investigate and review any activity
that is recommended for off-limits con-
In addition, the board heard from the
National Parks Service in relation to the
Little Falls Park area in Potomac, which
has been on the off-limits list due to safety
concerns about the rapids in the area.
After deliberating on information pro-
vided by the park service, the board rec-
ommended Little Falls Park be removed
from the list.
“Let’s be clear. It is illegal and unsafe
for anyone to swim or dive in this area
of the park,” Bakalorz said. “That said,
we see no reason why service members
should not be allowed to enjoy the beauty
of Little Falls Park and to engage in safe
boating and rafting there.”
During the same meeting, the AFDCB
heard from Anne Arundel County police
officers who patrol housing areas that
were on the off limits list. Meade Vil-
lage, located at Reece Road in Severn,
and Arwell Court in Severn were placed
on the off-limits list because of concerns
about high crime in the neighborhoods.
“No neighborhood is without crime,”
Bakalorz said. “The patrol officers believe
the major concerns for these two neigh-
borhoods have been alleviated and they
felt confident that they should not be
singled out for prohibition.”
Service members assigned to Fort
Meade are barred from going to any
off-limits establishment or areas for any
reason. Service members who go to these
establishments may be punished under
the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The AFDCB is an installation function
whose goal is to protect service members
and their families by warning them of
unsafe areas to avoid or unethical busi-
The AFDCB provides the garrison
commander with a tool to identify, inves-
tigate, report and act on conditions within
the Fort Meade community that in any
way adversely affect the health, safety,
welfare, morale and discipline of the
armed forces and their families.
A business or activity under consid-
eration for off-limits status is officially
notified, and the proprietor is offered the
opportunity to appear before the board
prior to the board’s recommendation to
the garrison commander.
Even after an activity is placed on
the off-limits list, the board continues to
maintain visibility of the establishment
or activity. Removal from off-limits status
requires a board recommendation to the
If the business or activity resolves the
issue that led to its placement on the off-
limits list, it can petition the board to be
removed from the list.
Significant changes to off-limits list
• Around the Clock Locksmith,
Pasadena: Unethical business practices
• Exxon Gas Station, 1318 Annapolis
Road, Odenton: Selling Spice
• Exxon Gas Station, 7898 Ridge Road,
Hanover: Selling Spice
• Tobacco Stop, 3351 Corridor
Marketplace, Laurel: Selling Spice
July 5, Larceny of government
property: A unit was patrolling
Fort Meade when he stopped
three individuals for larceny
of a traffic sign. The officer
observed three individuals
stopped on the side of the road
and a woman kneeling down,
unscrewing a traffic sign.
July 7, Assaulting, resisting or impeding cer-
tain officers or employees, drunk/disorderly: The
Directorate of Emergency Services was notified
of an adult female guest being disorderly and
unruly in Army lodging. Units were dispatched
and made contact with the subject who refused
to leave. The subject admitted to drinking alcohol
and taking prescription medication. The subject
was disorderly and belligerent with units as they
attempted to contact someone to pick her up. The
subject kicked a police officer in the chest twice
as he was attempting to place her in the vehicle
for transport to the DES.
July 10, Spouse abuse, simple assault: The Direc-
torate of Emergency Services was notified of a
possible domestic assault in progress. An investi-
gation revealed that the subject and victim were
in a verbal domestic dispute over a Facebook
posting, which turned physical when the subject
assaulted her spouse, leaving marks on his neck.
July 13, Wrongful sexual contact: Two witnesses
stated they observed the subject commit a sexual
act against the subject, who was passed out in the
back seat of their vehicle.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
By Sgt. Amy Christopherson
704th MI Brigade Public Affairs
Though the concept of warrant offi-
cers in the military is said to date back
to Napolean’s time, the official birthday
of the Army’s Warrant Officer Corps
was July 9, 1918.
The 704th Military Intelligence Bri-
gade observed the Warrant Officer
Corps’ 95th birthday on July 9 at Fort
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Wendy Way-
man, the signals intelligence senior tech-
nical advisor, hosted the event.
Wayman, the brigade’s senior warrant
officer who has a total of 29 years in the
Army including 17 years as a warrant,
began by reviewing the history of the
corps. After a look-back through the
years past, Wayman summarized the
future of the corps.
“To boil it down, it is our job to find
the best and the brightest noncommis-
sioned officers to follow in our foot-
steps,” she said.
The most experienced warrant officer
present and the newest, Warrant Officer
Ava Thompson, with Bravo Company
742nd MI Battalion, cut the birthday
cake. Thompson, who has only been a
warrant officer for six days, expressed
a common sentiment about wanting to
be a warrant.
“The first warrant officer I ever met
was the most knowledgeable person
I ever met,” she said. “He made me
decide this is where I want to go in my
Wayman shared a similar sentiment
about one of her first mentors.
“He was the epitome of warrant offi-
cers,” she said. “He knew everything,
and if there was something he didn’t
know, he would find out. He was a
mentor, friend and an example to live
According to the definition devel-
oped by the Army in 1985, a warrant
officer is “an officer appointed by war-
rant by the Secretary of the Army,
based upon a sound level of technical
and tactical competence. The warrant
officer is the highly specialized expert
and trainer who, by gaining progres-
sive levels of expertise and leadership,
operates, maintains, administers, and
manages the Army’s equipment, sup-
port activities, or technical systems for
an entire career.”
Wayman said that is why she wanted
to become a warrant officer.
“I love my job,” she said. “And I knew
I wanted to keep doing it long-term.”
Warrant officers look at history, future at 95th birthday
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By Staff Sgt. Dillon White
70th Intelligence, Surveillance and
Public Affairs Office
More than 300 Airmen from the 70th
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnais-
sance Wing converged July 10 on McGla-
chlin Parade Field under a light rain to
witness Col. Kevin Dixon accept the wing’s
flag and render a parting salute to Col.
Maj. Gen. John Shanahan, Air Force
ISR Agency commander and presiding
officer, delivered opening comments, prais-
ing the wing’s achievements.
“It is no accident that Fort Meade
remains one of our nation’s national secu-
rity crown jewels,” he said. “It is the direct
result of the terrific relationships between
all the organizations across this installa-
“To the men and women of this wing,
you are the engine of this wing, its
very heart and soul … who have helped
Colonel O’Brien lead this wing to unprec-
edented accomplishments over the past
O’Brien is the new vice commander of
the Air Force ISR Agency headquartered
at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
In his remarks, Shanahan also high-
lighted several of the wing’s significant
accomplishments. For example, Airmen
completed the stand-up of the 659th ISR
Group at Fort Meade, the 526th Intelli-
gence Squadron and the establishment of
the first Cyber National Mission Team.
“It is no exaggeration whatsoever to
proclaim that the intelligence gathered and
analyzed by the 70th’s Airmen often reaches
the desk of the president of the United
States,” Shanahan said. “What they do is
“Finally and equally, if not more impor-
physical, mental and spiritual well-being of
the 70th’s most valuable asset — its people.
She fostered close ties with the Army to
create the first Air Force-centered medical
clinic at Fort Meade, servicing 2,400 Air-
“And she also turned the wing’s Key
Spouse program into a model for the rest of
the Air Force, earning praise not only from
the chief of staff of the Air Force, but the
spouse of the CSAF.
“Colonel O’Brien takes care of people
and she takes care of the mission — and
she does both equally well.”
After Shanahan presented O’Brien with
the Legion of Merit, O’Brien addressed
70th ISR Wing welcomes new commander
Air Force Maj. Gen.
John Shanahan, Air
passes the 70th
ISR Wing flag
to Col. Kevin
the wing’s change
ceremony on July
10 at McGlachlin
Parade Field. Dixon
from Col. Mary
PHOTO BY Airman 1st
Class Samuel Daub
her Airmen for the final time as the wing
“I’ve never worked with a more pro-
fessional, dedicated, innovative group of
people,” O’Brien said. “Across the globe,
you make minor and major miracles hap-
pen. I’m grateful to our group, squadron
and detachment leaders, both officer and
enlisted, for using their initiative to solve
problems, get the mission done and take
care of our Airmen. They’re the real experts
in our wing.”
of ISR professions, one mostly unknown
beyond classified doors.
“Most Airmen of the 70th have very little
ability to share on-duty accomplishments
with spouses and children or pick up the
phone and brag,” O’Brien said. “Even if
you could, you wouldn’t. You’re too humble
and always willing to give the credit to
someone else, or prefer to talk about the
contributions of your entire team.”
Following her comments, the formation
rendered a final salute to O’Brien.
In his speech, Shanahan also welcomed
Dixon, whom he previously selected as the
vice commander of the 55th Wing, at Offut
Air Force Base, Neb., from 2011 to 2012.
“As I look around the U.S. Air Force
and talked to people I trusted the most, one
name kept coming back to me — Kevin
Dixon,” Shanahan said about his deci-
sion to hire Dixon for the second time.
”Based on feedback across the 55th Wing,
from those who I truly entrust the most,
Kevin succeeded spectacularly, as I knew
“If asked to find someone with exactly
the right blend of skills needed to succeed as
the 70th ISR Wing commander, you would
not find a better resume than the resume of
Colonel Kevin Dixon.”
After accepting the wing’s flag, Dixon
addressed his fellow 70th Airmen.
“Thank you, General Shanahan for the
kind words and your confidence in me
to serve this phenomenal wing as its next
commander,” Dixon said. “I look forward
to leading the 70th ISR Wing and build-
ing upon our Airmen’s impressive success
across the breadth of our current missions,
and enabling the wing to realize your vision
for our future Air Force ISR enterprise and
the presentation of our capabilities to the
joint forces, our Air Force, and the intel-
ligence community team.”
Dixon also thanked Lt. Gen. Robert
Otto, deputy chief of staff for ISR Head-
quarters U.S. Air Force, for the valuable
experiences he gained while appointed the
Air Force ISR Agency assistant vice com-
He also thanked the many Airmen in for-
mation and across the global wing for their
leadership lessons and mentorship.
“I’m honored to rejoin this wing,”Dixon
said. “I’ve seen, experienced and celebrated
firsthand the mission successes and opera-
tional impacts you have achieved and are
achieving on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
“In short, I’m in awe of what this wing’s
Airmen do on behalf of our nation, and
our brothers and sisters in arms,” he said.
“This wing, its heritage, our predecessors
and you hold a special place of respect in
“I’m humbled to assume the title of
your commander, and prouder still to join
the ranks as a 70th ISR Wing Airman,”
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By Brandon Bieltz
With commanders from all of the
1st Recruiting Brigade’s eight battal-
ions present to witness the passing
of the colors, Col. Ricky N. Emerson
relinquished command to Col. Sean F.
Mullen assumed command of the
Fort Meade-based brigade during a
ceremony Friday at McGill Training
Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet,
commanding general of U.S. Army
Recruiting Command, served as guest
“Today we say goodbye to a great
leader and welcome another one,”
Batschelet said. “It is always important
to honor those who have done an out-
standing job, and it’s equally important
to welcome the new commander.
“We say goodbye to Colonel Emer-
son, who has been doing an outstand-
ing job commanding this brigade, and
we are welcoming Colonel Sean Mullen
Mullen, who recently graduated from
the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle
Barracks, Pa., takes command of the
brigade that consists of eight recruiting
battalions, 50 companies, one European
detachment, 149 recruiting centers and
2,200 personnel located in the North-
east and Mid-Atlantic regions.
The brigade’s mission is to recruit
qualified men and women for the
Army, Army Reserve, Officer Candi-
date School, Army Chaplain Corps,
Warrant Officer Flight Training and
various other military occupational
“The mission that we have is one
of the most crucial — if not the most
crucial — mission in direct support
of our Army in regards to readiness,”
During his tenure, Emerson increased
the brigade’s recruiting numbers since
he took command of the 1st Recruiting
Brigade in 2011.
“First Brigade has improved in just
about every category measured under
his leadership,” Batschelet said. “Colo-
nel Emerson has been instrumental
in shaping the success of the brigade
through his positive leadership, com-
mitment to standards and discipline,
emphasis on training management and
remarkable team-building skills.
“First Brigade has seen an increase in
New commander heads 1st Recruiting Brigade
photo by nate pesce
Outgoing Commander Col. Ricky N. Emerson; Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting
Command; and incoming Commander Col. Sean F. Mullen salute during the National Anthem at the 1st Recruiting Brigade’s
change-of-command ceremony Friday at McGill Training Center.
overall production, which will certainly
continue for years to come.”
Emerson will return to the military
intelligence field as the assistant to
the deputy under secretary of Defense
In his remarks, Emerson thanked his
family and unit for their support during
“I’m incredibly proud to stand with
you one last time,” he said to the bri-
gade. “I want to thank you for your
While the 1st Recruiting Brigade
loses a strong commander, Batschelet
said, it also is welcoming an equally
“I’m glad to have a leader of his
background,” Batschelet said of Mul-
len. “His ability to think and help shape
the future of our Army will be a great
fit as we continue to reshape and redi-
rect our efforts in, what I believe, will
be very challenging years ahead for our
Army and our nation.”
Commissioned as an infantry offi-
cer after graduating in 1990 from the
Citadel military college in South Caro-
lina, Mullen has served with various
units. They include the 24th Infantry
Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan.;
3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort
Stewart, Ga.; 188th Separate Infantry
Brigade, Fort Stewart; 4th Infantry
Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; and the
U.S. Special Operations Command,
MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
During his more than 20-year career,
Mullen has served in several leadership
roles including platoon leader, battalion
maintenance officer, company com-
mander, task force executive officer,
battalion commander and deputy bri-
In his brief remarks, Mullen con-
gratulated Emerson for a successful
tenure with the 1st Recruiting Brigade
and expressed his excitement in leading
“You have a phenomenal reputation,
and I’m proud of joining the organiza-
tion,” Mullen said. “More importantly,
I’m very humbled to join such a great
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Story and photo by
Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca
Asymmetric Warfare Group
Members of the U.S. Army Asym-
metric Warfare Group are assisting the
Army with incorporating aspects of the
Army Learning Concept 2015 within its
forces through its Adaptive Soldier Leader
Training and Education Mobile Training
The Army Learning Concept 2015,
developed by the Training and Doctrine
Command, is an ongoing priority that is
reworking how the Army trains and edu-
cates its Soldiers.
ALC 2015 recognizes that forces oper-
ating within an era of persistent conflicts
require Soldiers with both tangible and
intangible attributes refined to a higher
degree than in the past. The AWG ASLTE
MTT assists the Army’s training and edu-
cation community to develop adaptive,
thinking Soldiers and leaders capable of
meeting the challenges they will face in the
future operational environment.
For more than a year the AWG ASLTE
MTT, under the direction of the TRA-
DOC, has been traveling to various Cen-
ters of Excellence and Army schools to
assist with efforts to implement ALC 2015
into lessons and courses. A key compo-
nent is understanding how to design train-
ing that develops the nine 21st Century
The AWG was charged to spearhead
this aspect of the initiative due to its suc-
cess with its own adaptability program,
the Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader
Program, a 10-day resident program that
operates quarterly out of Fort A.P. Hill,
“The Adaptive Soldier Leader Training
and Education is about enhancing adapt-
ability in training and education,” said
Sgt. 1st Class Keith Pruett, an AWG mem-
ber and the noncommissioned officer in
charge for the MTT. “ASLTE is important
because it provides a grounded and behav-
iorally anchored philosophic approach to
meet the real needs of Army learners and
prepare them for any potentialities of the
“It is an approach that concentrates
learning on principles that span all aspects
of warfare and encourages development
AWG Adaptive Soldier Leader Training provides
assistance to 2015 Army Learning Concept
Sgt. 1st Class Keith Pruett, of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group and noncommissioned officer in charge of the Adaptive
Soldier Leader Training and Education mobile training team, demonstrates to members of the Fort Huachuca, Ariz., training
community how to tie a rope during an adaptability practical exercise during the five-day event held March 25-29. The AWG
ASLTE MTT, under the direction of the Training and Doctrine Command, has been traveling to various Centers of Excellence and
Army schools to assist with efforts in implementing the Army Learning Concept 2015, specifically the Adaptive Learning Model,
into lessons and courses.
of genuine knowledge with practice.”
The ASLTE MTT allows the AWG
MTT members, also known as AWG
Guides, to demonstrate aspects of the con-
tinuous adaptive learning model to Cen-
ters of Excellence and schools across the
Army. In modeling the Adaptive Learning
Model 2015, the AWG Guides provide a
comprehensive and conceptual approach
to help instructors, training developers
and quality assurance evaluators trans-
form old practices with new concepts.
ALM 2015 is the operational term
for the Continuous Adaptive Learning
Model. The ALM signifies the shift from
concept to deliberate actions that will
change Army learning methods and pro-
cesses from a platform-centric, location-
dependent model, to one that is adaptable
to learner needs.
“It bridges the techniques and methods
traditionally associated with both training
and education in order to develop Soldiers
and enhance their potential,” Pruett said.
So far, the ASTLE MTT has visited 10
Centers of Excellence and school houses
including Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Hua-
chuca, Ariz., Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Lee,
Va., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Jack-
son, S.C., and Fort Rucker, Ala.
The overall responses from the partici-
pants have been enthusiastic and positive.
“This is a movement that in the field
of education we’ve had for years, and it is
putting students in the center of instruc-
tion and doing best practices to make
sure that students understand the learner
is a learner-centric environment,” said Dr.
Lorae Roukema, an AWG AWALP and
ASLTE consultant who is also an asso-
ciate professor at Campbell University,
N.C. “The ASLTE process really follows
along with those best practices. And being
able to seed in or layer in the intangibles,
those competencies, the 21st Century Sol-
ider Competencies is extremely important
because we just don’t want people who
have a lot of knowledge. We want people
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who have skills and abilities to be able to
work in groups, [and to] think for them-
While Soldiers overall are the key audi-
ence that the concept aims to target, the
ASLTE MTT is focused on a different
audience in order to increase the visibility
and speed in incorporating ALM 2015.
“The target audience for the ASLTE
MTT is what we call the ‘triad’ - instruc-
tors, training developers, and quality
assurance personnel from the CoEs,” Pru-
Pruett believes these individuals have
a direct effect on the course design and
instruction down to the student level.
Educational change at this level would
ensure possible continuity within an insti-
tution for ALM 2015 implementation,
Master Sgt. Norman Rentschler had
the opportunity to participate in the MTT
when it made its round to Fort Huachuca.
Rentschler is a military intelligence subject
matter expert with the Utah Nation-
al Guard and works at the intelligence
school house there.
“To me, this [ASLTE] MTT is really
getting the quality assurance office, the
instructors and the course developers
together in one room, teach them what
ALM 2015 is, and gives them some exam-
ples of how to implement it,” Rentschler
said. “We took an [intelligence course]
lesson plan and we modeled it after the
principles that were taught here. And
basically, to me, it was getting everyone in
one room, showing them the principles,
seeing that they have success with the
principles so that they can go back to their
individual units and responsibilities and
“For a majority of the participants,
they leave with a better idea or way
ahead to affect change in their courses
by incorporating ALM 2015 with an
ASLTE approach,” Pruett said. “They
leave here with [their own] modified les-
son plans with examples of ways to move
“I am benefiting from [the ASLTE
MTT] because although I am a lifelong
educator, it reaffirms everything that I’ve
learned as an educator, and it commits
me to working through that instruction-
al model that the Army would like to
see,” said Sandy Cozect, an instructional
designer with the Learning Innovation
Office at Fort Huachuca.
“So for me, it’s been a benefit, it’s been
a reaffirmation, a review of the materials
and just the kind of thing you’re going
to leave, not only feeling good about the
training, but with some real tools that you
can use to develop the kind of trainings
and educational products that the Army
is looking for.”
The tools that Cozect is referring to are
the methods and techniques used during
the five-day ASLTE MTT. For example,
participants run through a series of indoor
and outdoor practical exercises that at
face value seem unrelated to the ASLTE
process. But as the week progresses, par-
ticipants are able to relate and translate
the PEs to the ALM 2015 process.
“I like [the PEs] because I know that
any kind of activity stimulates thought and
brain activity,” Cozect said. “And so for
me, instead of sitting and receiving a long
drawn out lecture, it has allowed me to
process, to get up and move around, to do
all the things that will stimulate long term
retention and internalizing some of the les-
sons that they want us to receive here.”
The culminating event for the ASLTE
MTT involves taking actual school house
lesson plans and applying the methods
learned during the week.
While the ASTLE has provided a plat-
form to assist Centers of Excellence in
understanding ALM and its role within
ALC 2015, there are still some challenges
with how some organizations are going
to manage how the learning concept is
interpreted and implemented.
“The challenge is on me to articulate
what I know from this [particular course
I am responsible for] and how I want to
implement it to my chain of command;
but it shouldn’t be hard,” said Sgt. 1st
Class Tomas Eggers, a master instructor
at the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort
Benning. “It’s still going to take time
because there’s going to be a huge cultural
shift. It will be easier in some respects, but
it’s going to be a generational shift.”
In the end, the benefits continue to out-
weigh the small cost of implementation.
“I think our Soldiers do a very good job
downrange right now,” Roukema said. “I
think that [ASLTE] will make them more
confident, more comfortable with having
to be on those autonomous situations and
be comfortable with taking initiative and
doing things on their own.”
By Rona S. Hirsch
Most parents must eventually decide if
or when to leave a child alone at home.
State law requires that children must be
of certain age before they are left alone or
are supervised by older children.
Various parental guides also suggest
that children know how to respond in an
emergency or if a stranger knocks at the
Fort Meade’s “Policy on Parental
Responsibilities and Supervision of Chil-
dren and Youth” — updated earlier this
year by the Family Advocacy Program
at Army Community Service — provides
guidelines that comply with Maryland
But before leaving children alone, par-
ents first must consider whether their child
has the maturity to be a latchkey kid,
said Celena Flowers, Family Advocacy
“What we’ve done, in compliance with
the state, is to establish if the child is
mature enough to be left home alone or to
baby-sit, even though the child is of age,”
Flowers said. “Ultimately, it’s the parents’
liability. Parents are doing it at their own
risk if they leave alone a child who is
under age or not mature enough.”
But parents aren’t off the hook if they
leave their children in the care of an
irresponsible baby sitter. According to
the policy, “Parents are responsible for
their children’s safety even when in the
care of another. Baby sitters should be
selected carefully, ensuring that the baby
sitter is mature and experienced enough
to adequately supervise a child.”
Copies of the policy are distributed by
Officer Timothy Perkins, Fort Meade’s
community policing officer, who also dis-
tributes the pamphlet, “At Home Alone:
A Parent’s Guide,” developed by the
National Crime Prevention Council.
“The focus is for child safety and for
parents to take responsibility for the
actions of their children,” he said. “People
are confused about when children can be
left alone and unattended.”
Newcomers to Fort Meade receive a
copy of the supervision policy in their
welcome packet when they arrive on post.
Child, Youth and School Services also
provides the updated versions to parents
when they register for hourly care.
According to Fort Meade’s “Policy on
Parental Responsibilities and Supervision
of Children and Youth”:
• Children age 7 or younger can never
be left unsupervised or unattended.
• Children age 8 to 17 “may begin to
exercise their own responsibility to super-
vise themselves without placing them-
selves or others in danger.”
However, they must not “be left unat-
tended without verified arrangements
being made with a responsible adult, age
21 years or older, to check on their behav-
ior or whereabouts, telephonically and/or
All children in this age category must
have an emergency plan in place. At a
minimum, children should have a point
of contact accessible by telephone and
available for them at all times.
If emergency responders see an under-
age child left unattended or gets a call
about an unattended child, they will
instruct parents about the “Child Super-
vision Policy” implemented on military
“It is based on maturity level and
breaks down the ages of when a child can
be left unattended,” Perkins said.
According to the “Child Supervision
• Ages 8 to 11 should not be unsu-
pervised or left alone for more than two
• Ages 12 to 14 should not be unsu-
pervised or left alone for more than six
• Ages 15 to 18 should not be unsuper-
vised or left alone for more than 12 hours
Perkins said parents can prepare their
children to be home alone by following
• Tell children to check immedi-
ately with a parent by phone or with
an immediate adult neighbor once they
arrive home after school.
• Tell children not to enter the home
or apartment if the front door is open,
a window is broken, or a window screen
is ripped. Go to a neighbor’s house and
call a parent.
• Make sure children know how to
call 911, the area emergency phone
number, or the operator in case of
• Make sure children know how to
give emergency responders directions to
your home in case of an emergency.
• Tell children to never let anyone into
the home without an adult present, and
to never let a caller at the door or on the
phone know they are home alone.
• Make sure children know how to
use the door and window locks and the
home alarm system, if one is available.
• Make sure children know how to
escape from the home in case of a fire.
For more information, call the Family
Advocacy Program at ACS at 301-677-
1432 or Community Policing at 301-
Home Alone policy provides guidelines for child care
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! July 18, 2013
By Jane M. Winand
Chief, Legal Assistance Division
The Legal Assistance Division fre-
quently gets questions about door-to-
door sales and solicitations for sales of
periodicals and other goods.
Problems include misunderstanding
rights of cancellation, failure of the
company selling the material to deliver
the product promised, and the buyer
figuring out that he or she really didn’t
want the product.
At stake is the potential obligation to
pay lots of money for unwanted, defec-
tive or undelivered merchandise.
The Federal Trade Commission’s
Cooling-Off Rule mandates that you
have three days to cancel purchases of
$25 or more.
The Cooling-Off Rule applies to sales
at your home and place of employment
as well as at facilities rented by the seller
on a temporary or short-term basis such
as hotel rooms, convention centers and
The Cooling-Off Rule also applies if
you invite the salesperson to your home
to make a presentation. Under this rule,
the seller must tell you about your cancel-
lation rights at the time of the sale.
The seller must also give you two cop-
ies of a cancellation form (one to keep
and one to send in), and a copy of your
contract. The contract must be dated, list
the seller’s name and address, and explain
your cancellation rights — all in the same
language that is used during the sales
The following types of sales, however,
may not be canceled, even if they occur
in locations normally covered by the
FTC mandates three days
to cancel home purchases
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by telephone or mail; sales that are
the result of prior negotiations held at
the seller’s permanent place of business;
sales needed to meet an emergency; sales
made as part of your request for repairs
and maintenance on your personal prop-
erty; sales for goods and services not
primarily intended for personal, family
or household use; sales involving real
estate, insurance and securities; sales of
arts and crafts at fairs, schools and shop-
ping malls; and sales of motor vehicles
at temporary locations, provided the
seller has at least one permanent place
To cancel a sale, you must sign and
date one copy of the cancellation form
and mail it to the address given on the
form. The envelope must be postmarked
before midnight of the third business
day after the contract date. Saturday is
considered a business day but Sundays
and federal holidays are not.
Since proof of the mailing date and
proof of receipt are important, you
should send the form by certified mail so
that you get a return receipt.
Keep a copy of the cancellation form
for your records. If the seller did not
provide you with a cancellation form, you
may write your own letter.
You do not have to provide a reason
for your decision to cancel.
If you have canceled the purchase, the
seller has 10 days to return any promis-
sory note to you, refund your money,
inform you whether the product you have
will be picked up, and return any trade-in
Within 20 days, the seller must either
pick up the merchandise or reimburse
you for mailing expenses, if you agree to
mail the items back. You must make all
merchandise available to the seller in as
good a condition as when you received
If you do not make the merchandise
available to the seller, or you fail to return
the items as agreed, you will be obligated
under the contract to pay for them.
If you have a question about the Cool-
ing-Off Rule, you may get additional
information through the FTC online at
ftc.gov or you may schedule an appoint-
ment to speak with an attorney at the
Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office at
301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
Michael Houck spoke like a drill ser-
“Lunge forward, hold your stomach
in, reach those arms!” he shouted to a
group of 16 girls.
The group was practicing cheernastics
moves Monday evening in the Youth
What may seem like a soft hobby
for children is actually “a higher inten-
sity form of gymnastics,” said Houck,
head coach of the cheernastics program
offered at Fort Meade through the
For the second consecutive year,
SKIES is offering a three-month cheer-
nastics mini camp for children ages 5
This month’s sessions began July 8
and will run until July 29. The camp is
held Mondays from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.
The mini camp is an extension of the
cheernastics program that began two
years ago and is offered at SKIES dur-
ing the school year.
Houck said the cheernastics program
is a recreational activity that combines
tumbling and aspects of cheerleading.
On Monday, Houck led a group
of girls ages 9 to 12 through a series
of drills to practice basic cheernastics
moves such as handstands, lunges, leg
extensions, back bends, cartwheels and
This is not an activity for the faint-
During the practice, the girls per-
formed sprints and exercises to strength-
en their abdominal muscles and improve
their flexibility and balance.
Houck said the purpose of the sum-
mer camp is to improve technique and
But for 11-year-old Caitlyn Harris,
cheernastics is all about fun.
“I like that we get to do a lot of
tumbling and cartwheels,” said Caitlyn,
daughter of Master Sgt. Shaun Har-
ris and his wife, Laura, who reside in
Cheernastics camp combines
technique with fun
Laura Harris said she enrolled her
daughter in the cheernastics program
because it suits the youngster’s energetic
“It’s the perfect combination of the
things she likes to do,” Harris said.
Houck is also the coach and cho-
reographer of The Maryland Twisters
All-Stars, an organization of more than
500 athletes on 27 cheer teams (plus two
dance teams), based in Glen Burnie and
Waldorf. The Twisters have won four
world championship gold medals and
have captured hundreds of national
titles over the past 14 years.
Last spring, Fort Meade’s partici-
pants in the 9-12 age category won first
place in an exhibition at a cheerleading
competition held at Annapolis High
School. The girls in the 5-8 age category
took second place.
This year, girls in both age groups
won first place in the exhibition.
In addition, both age groups won
first place in the exhibition category at
this spring’s Cheer and Dance Extreme
Extravaganza, a national cheerleading
and dance competition.
Houck said his goal is to train the
girls to attend three state competitions
for the 2013 to 2014 year.
tremendously” in their technique and
confidence, Houck said.
“They are eager to progress and mas-
ter the skills,” he said.
Houck, whose grandparents retired
from the Navy and whose mother works
at the National Security Agency, said he
is grateful for the opportunity to coach
girls from military families.
“It’s my way of giving back,” he
Gabby Jackson, a sixth-grader at
MacArthur Middle School who is
enrolled in the mini camp, is just as
grateful for the chance to train with
“He pushes us to be the best about
things,” the 11-year-old said.
Grace Jackson works on her cartwheels. Youngsters enrolled in the mini camp
participated in a series of drills to practice basic cheernastics moves including
handstands, lunges, leg extensions, back bends and handsprings.
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photos by noah scialom
Serma Farmer, 12, stretches and tries to balance her weight on one foot during the
cheernastics mini camp on Monday evening. Cheernastics, a recreational activity
offered to children ages 5 to 12, is sponsored by Fort Meade’s SKIES program.
CENTER: A group of 16 girls, ages 9 to 12, participate in a drill during cheernastics
mini camp. The girls are being trained to participate in state cheernastics competitions
for the 2013 to 2014 season.
LEFT: Michael Houck, head coach of the SKIES cheernastics program, demonstrates
a move for the girls enrolled in the program’s mini camp. Houck is also the coach
and choreographer for The Maryland Twisters All Stars, based in Glen Burnie and
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! July 18, 2013
Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz
For years, Fort Meade and its Child,
Youth and School Services have been well
represented at the Junior Olympics.
This year is no different.
Nearly 30 members of the Fort Meade
Highsteppers Track and Field Club quali-
fied for the Amateur Athletic Union’s
Junior Olympics. Coaches said around
25 of the young athletes will head to
the national championships at Eastern
Michigan University outside of Detroit
to compete against the best athletes in
The 29 Highsteppers who qualified for
the Junior Olympics, which begins July
29, caps the team’s successful season that
featured several new, younger athletes
competing for the first time. The team is
open to ages 8 to 18.
“I’m surprised by how well that they
did because we had so many newcomers,”
said longtime coach Bruce Hunter. “Most
of the kids who made it are 10 and under.
They were introduced to track, many of
them for the very first time, and they were
The number of athletes who qualified
for the national championships is an
increase from last year’s 13, who compet-
ed in the USA Track and Field National
Junior Olympics Track and Field Cham-
pionships at Morgan State University in
Hunter attributed the increase to a
larger team with more young competi-
This season, the Highsteppers consisted
of about 100 athletes. Of those, 60 were
new to the team. With a younger roster of
competitors, Hunter said the focus wasn’t
on qualifying for the Junior Olympics but
rather introducing them to the sport and
making it enjoyable.
“I don’t even think about trying to
qualify for the Junior Olympics; that’s not
a major objectives,” Hunter said. “With
the little ones, the objective is to make
them fall in love with the sport. Once
A young Highsteppers team gears up for Junior Olympics
they become motivated enough to want
to keep on participating, then we have
them hooked. Surprisingly enough, they
Among the new athletes competing in
the national championships are 8-year-
old Ciara Thomas who qualified in the
longjump, 400-meter run and 200-meter
dash, and her 11-year-old brother Romeo,
who will compete in the 800-meter run.
The siblings said they are excited and
proud of themselves for qualifying for the
The roster of athletes attending the
championships also features more expe-
rienced runners who will compete on the
national level for the first time.
Imani Buggs will be making her first
trip to the Junior Olympics after three
years on the team.
“There’s going to be a lot of competi-
tion,” the 16-year-old said.
with the large number of new athletes
who will be competing for national titles.
“That’s always gratifying when you get
some first-timers in there,” he said.
The Highsteppers also will bring peren-
nial qualifiers, including Samuel Graves
who has competed at the Junior Olympics
for the past 10 years.
With several national titles already
to his name, Graves will compete in the
3,000-meter run, 3,000-meter racewalk
and the steeplechase.
“I want one for the steeplechase real
bad,” the 18-year-old said. “If I get one
for that, that’s going to be good for me
Graves will be competing in his final
Junior Olympics, a “horrible” feeling, he
said. “I want another year.”
With only a few weeks remaining until
the competition begins, Hunter said the
team is tweaking and fine-tuning for
events such as focusing on race-paces.
“It’s a lot of high-quality workouts, not
a lot of quantity, not a lot of distance,”
Even with an inexperienced lineup
of competitors at the Junior Olympics,
Hunter said the team intends to come
home with more medals.
“I’m not certain how many,” he said.
“I’m confident we’ll come back with a
handful of medals.”
at Meade High
is among the
29 members of
the Fort Meade
Track and Field
Club who will
at the Junior
8, trains for
event that she
in at the Junior
Ciara is one of
under 10 years
old who will
for the Fort
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In April, this Jones took a step that no Jones
has ever taken before.
I cut cable.
And by never before I mean way back in 1982,
when my family was chilling in West Point Hills
snacking on government cheese, and ketchup
sandwiches, I was watching Jason Voorhees do
his thing in “Friday the 13th Part 2” on Show-
I cut cable for two reasons: Prepare for fur-
lough and attempt to get my kids away from
The first part of the plan has worked pretty
well. Trading in my HD DVR cable receiver
for a Boxee and digital antenna has saved me
about $120 a month — and that is after my
monthly fees for Hulu and Netflix (both $7.99
However, keeping the kids from the tube has
turned out to be a Jurassic challenge, thanks
largely to a now-unending supply of “Dinosaur
Train” episodes. bit.ly/15jpFVi
To be fair, the show does have a catchy tune.
Plus, YDJ and YJ3 are suckers for “Top Gear”
(the British version).
Now you don’t have to be Einstein to know
that my major concern regarding this monu-
mental display of responsibility was watching
sports. My brother had recently gone through
an involuntary stretch without cable, courtesy
of the flailing construction market in Las Vegas.
And to put it bluntly, the experience was more
depressing than his stretch in the Van Buren
“At least when I was in jail, I got to watch the
playoffs,” Sam warned.
You see, during Sam’s time in the pokey, any
sport worth watching was still on regular TV.
Now everything seems to be on cable, and
because of that, Sam was sure my move would
soon become a cross I couldn’t bear.
either at home or in the VB County hoosegow
was a WiFi connection. If he had, he may not
have been so glum because there are a ton of
options to get your sports fix.
Before I get too holier than thou on this, I’d
be remiss if I didn’t admit that having ESPN
in my office doesn’t hurt. Though pretty much
everything they talk about could be found just as
easily on a blotter report — see Aaron Hernan-
dez and the Denver Broncos front office — or
TMZ — see Johnny Manziel.
MLB Radio ($19.99 a year) squared away my
need for Tigers baseball and provides the home-
and-away broadcast for every game. Plus, MLB.
TV shows a free game every day. It may not be
your favorite team, but if you are a fan of the
game, it is a great way to keep up with what’s
I’ve been able to hear
Vin Scully and watch
Yasiel Puig play a
couple of times. bit.
Thanks to my
Xbox Gold subscrip-
tion ($59.95 for the
entire year), I get to
watch MLB.TV on
my couch and on my HDTV, along with my
wrestling courtesy of Hulu.
Additionally, Watch ESPN features free high-
lights, analysis, and a ton of tape-delayed sports.
For example, I watched most of the Confedera-
tions Cup Soccer tournament and Neymar. bit.
ly/13vijuV (Apologizes for the techno music, but
it is soccer after all).
As mentioned, the one downside to ESPN
is that the games are delayed. Live contests are
reserved for the cricket match between What-
samatta U and St. Mary’s School for the Blind.
However, the most pleasant surprise with this
experiment (and I might regret sharing this) is
that not having access to everything has made
watching what I do have way better. I appreciate
the games on regular TV now. I pay more atten-
tion, in part, because watching sports on TV has
become an event again.
I can’t remember the last time I watched
every minute of the NBA Finals. The final game
between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic was
a great sports moment. And on Tuesday Night, I
skipped Taraweeh prayers in favor of the MLB
I don’t think I would have made that decision
last year when I had cable. Instead, I would have
just recorded it so I could fly through the game
when I got home. Or maybe I would have just
listened to the score on the radio and then delete
the game before watching a single pitch so that I
could save some hard drive-space.
However, thanks to not having cable, the All-
Star Game became must-see TV again. So even
if my soul has to pay a price, at least I got to see
Mariano Rivera’s entrance.
Looking forward, I’m not sure how well
this plan will work once football season starts.
SiriusXM ($12.48 per month) is great, but my
need to watch every Michigan game on BTN
may just be greater.
Of course in a pinch, our bowling center has
a bunch of TVs and free cable. At least it’s free
If you have comments on this or anything to
do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@
How to make it work
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion 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
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.
Summer hours for Dollar Days at the Lanes is 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.
Corvias Military Living neighborhood pools
• Now through Aug. 21:
Sunday through Thursday
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and
Friday and Saturday from
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Aug. 27 through Sept. 3:
Weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m.,
and weekends and holidays
from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pools are open to residents
only. Residents may bring up
to four guests per family.
Residents must provide
pool passes to access the
pool. To pick up a pool pass, visit your neighborhood center.
The Columbia Association is offering special military and DoD rates at five
of its pools in Columbia.
Cost per visit is $4 for adults and $2 for children. A valid military or DoD
identification card is required.
• Talbott Spring, 9660 Basket Ring. Information: 410-730-5421
• Faulkner Ridge, 15018 Marble Fawn Court. Information: 410-730-5292
• Jeffers Hill, 6030 Tamar Drive. Information: 410-730-1220
• McGills Common, 10025 Shaker Drive. Information: 410-730-5995
• Running Brook, 5730 Columbia Road. Information: 410-730-5293
Swimming options on and off post
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
1st Lt. Alexander Ryan regretfully
announces the death of Spc. Hilda I.
Anyone having claims against or
indebtedness to the estate of Clayton
should call Ryan, the Summary Court
Officer, at 301-471-4703 or email
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
RAB meeting at
The next Fort Meade Restoration
Advisory Board meeting will be held at
a new location.
Interested community members are
invited to attend the meeting today at
7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 7481 Ridge
The RAB is a key element of the
Fort Meade environmental program,
which enables the community and
representatives of government agencies
to meet and exchange information about
Fort Meade is soliciting new
RAB members from the community
who may be interested in enhancing
and improving the installation’s
RAB members are expected to
provide advice on environmental
restoration issues; attend regular
meetings; review, evaluate and
comment on environmental restoration
documents; assist in identifying project
requirements; and recommending
priorities among sites or projects.
In short, RAB members play a vital
role in the environmental remediation
efforts on Fort Meade.
Community members interested in
becoming members of the RAB should
attend the next meeting or call Paul
Fluck at 301-677-9365 or email paul.
For more information, visit the Fort
Meade website at ftmeade.army.mil.
Click on the Environmental Information
Live Army Green meeting
Corvias Military Living will hold
its next Live Army Green meeting on
Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Meuse
Forest Neighborhood Center.
The meeting is being held in
coordination with a visit from Minol, the
third-party billing management company
for Live Army Green.
Minol also will be available to meet
with residents individually until 5 p.m.
Residents who plan to attend the
informational session or who would like to
schedule an individual appointment with
Minol should RSVP at 410-672-4033.
Residents with specific concerns or
residents who would would like to have an
energy assessment completed or wish to
speak with a Corvias team member before
Wednesday’s meeting, should call their
Residents unable to attend the meeting
can find general information on the
program at http://meadepicerne.com/
Discounts are being offered inside
direct-operated Army and Air Force
Exchange Service restaurants for Military
Star TM Card holders.
Through Sept. 21, every food or drink
order made with a Military Star TM Card
will be discounted by 20 percent.
Military StarTM Card users are also
entitled to a year-round, 5-cent discount
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on Express fuel purchases.
For more information on the Military
Star TM Card, visit shopmyexchange.com.
The Fort Meade Epes Dental Clinic
is partnering with the American Red
Cross to train four to six highly motivated
volunteers to become proficient dental
Volunteers will receive in-depth, hands-
on training in all aspects of dentistry,
including dental X-rays, sterilization, oral
hygiene and dental materials.
For more information and to apply,
contact Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Boyd at 301-
677-7970 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dr. Maj. Matthews Phillips at 301-677-
5850 or email@example.com.
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
Areas that may be affected by planned
flushing for today:
• 2900 block of 2nd Army Drive
• 4800 block of 2nd Corps Boulevard
• 4900 block of 2nd Corps Boulevard
• 5000 block of 2nd Corps Boulevard
• 3000 block of 2nd Corps Boulevard
Areas along MacArthur Road may see
a change in their water.
Areas that may be affected by planned
flushing for Wednesday:
• 900 block of Ernie Pyle Street
• 2000 block off Route 175
• 2100 block off Route 175
• 1800 block off Route 175 and Reece
• 1900 block off Route 175 and Reece
Streets adjacent to Ernie Pyle Street,
Reece Road and Route 175 may see a
change in their water.
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.
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
The facility will be open weekdays
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except on July 31.
For more information, call the VTF
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.
Individuals interested in praying
Jummah prayers on Fort Meade should
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals who would like to pray a
morning prayer on Fridays.
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HCC provides a wide range of programs, services, and resources
to meet the needs of veterans, active-duty military personnel and
their families, reservists, and guardsmen, including:
A G.I. JOBS magazine Military Friendly School
A Veteran Peer Support site of the Maryland Veterans Resilience Initiative
Excelsior College Consortium opportunities for bachelor’s degree
Credit for military experience
Deferred payment plan
Assistance in applying for veterans’ benefits
Disability support, career services, and more!
Register for fall credit classes through AUGUST 24!
Visit www.howardcc.edu/military, call 443-518-1200,
or stop by Admissions Advising (RCF-242).
your country . . .
and Howard Community College is at your
service to help achieve
your educational goals
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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 for victims of sexual assault that
are available throughout Maryland and
The objective of the symposium is to
develop local relationships with outside
organizations, reinforcing the Army’s
commitment to offer victims exemplary
services. The outside agencies will
speak/provide information about how
their organizations can help Fort Meade
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-
Teen models needed
Arundel Mills Mall is inviting eight
boys and eight girls between the ages of
12 to 18 from Fort Meade to model this
season’s coolest clothes and latest trends
at the Arundel Mills “Back At It: Back
to School Fashion Show” on Aug. 17 at
noon in the Fashion Court.
Models will be invited to a “Back At
It Prep Party” hosted at Arundel Mills,
prior to the show.
If interested, call Vix Mechlin, USO-
Metro development associate, at 571-340-
8427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner Movie Night for grades
nine to 12 will be held Friday from 6 to
9 p.m. at the Teen Center.
For more information, call 301-677-
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
Admission is free and open to the
For more information, call 301-677-
Child, Youth and School Services is
offering Grilling Chilling for grades six
to eight on July 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
at the Youth Center:
Cost is $5.
For more information, call 301-677-
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
The program features a new friends
tournament games, crafts, Royal Theatre
Missions, music and epic Bible
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 imme-
diately, 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.
• Leisure Travel Services is sponsoring
“Wine Music: Reggae” on Saturday 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-
• Artscape, a free arts festival, will be
held Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.
to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8
p.m. in Baltimore at Mount Royal Avenue
and Cathedral Street, Charles Street,
Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts and
Artscape features fine artists, fashion
designers and craftspeople; visual art
exhibits including exhibitions, outdoor
sculpture, art cars and photography; live
concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule
of performing arts including dance, opera,
theater, film, experimental music and the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Family events include hands-on
projects, demonstrations, competitions,
children’s entertainers and street theater.
An international menu of food and
beverages will be available throughout the
For more information, visit artscape.
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its
next monthly bus trips to New York City
on Aug. 10 and Sept. 7, with discounts
to attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more
information, call 301-677-7354 or visit
• 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 today 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
For more information, contact retired Col.
Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or jane.l.hudak.
email@example.com or Vin McDonald at 703-643-
2658 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored
by Army Community Service, meets the sec-
ond 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.
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month from
6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece
Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child
care will be provided on site.
For more information, call Kimberly
McKay at 301-677-5590 or email kimberly.
• Bully Proofing Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighbor-
hood Center. The next meeting is Monday.
The group is geared for parents of children
ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 301-
• Air Force Sergeants Association
Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday
of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the
multipurpose room of Building 9801 at the
National Security Agency. The next meeting
is Wednesday. For more information, call
443-534-5170 or visit afsa254.org.
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1
p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is July
28. For more information, call Betty Jones
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at
6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults
(12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through July 26
Today Sunday: “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.
Friday: “The Purge” (R). All crime is legalized
during an annual 12-hour period. With Ethan
Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane.
Saturday, Wednesday July 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 Shannon. (3D)
July 26: “This is the End” (R). An apocalypse
strikes Los Angeles. With James Franco, Jonah
Hill, Seth Rogen.