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  1. 1. resiliency A good night’s sleep improves optimal health page 6 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7 p.m.: Jazz Ambassadors Summer Concert - Constitution Park Saturday, 8 a.m.: Summer SizzlerArmy Birthday 5K Run & 1-MileWalk -The Pavilion Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers Market - Smallwood Hall lot June 26, 7 p.m.: Soldiers’ Chorus Summer Concert - Constitution Park July 3, 4 p.m.: Red,White & Blue Celebration - McGlachlin Parade Field happy birthday Post celebrates Army’s 239th anniversary with AUSA breakfast page 3 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 24 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community June 19, 2014 photo by noah scialom Soldiers perform onstage in the Army Soldier Show held Friday at Murphy Field House. This year’s production paid tribute to “The Star-Spangled Banner” and focused on core Army values. More than 600 people attended. For the story, see Page 12. SHOW of strength
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 6 Movies..................................18 Community..................16 Classified..............................21 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 It’s officially riding season and motorcyclists are out in full force enjoying the summer weather. Motorcycles are unlike any other recreational vehi- cle. Boats, jet skis, snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles have their own areas and environments that allow them to be enjoyed in relative isolation. Motorcycles, on the other hand, constantly inter- act with the local population. They share the same roads and environments that everyone else populates. And at times, this puts motorcycles at an extreme disadvantage. Motorcycles are harder to see and require the motorcyclist to be a smarter and better driver than those of the four-wheeled world. Moreover, psycholo- gists determined that because a motorcycle does not register as a threat, drivers do not react as fast. There- fore, a rider must respond quickly. Motorcycle-related fatalities continue to be a lead- ing cause of death among service members unrelated to war, according to a study published in the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, a peer-reviewed journal on illnesses and injuries affecting service members published by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. The majority of these fatalities are a direct result of excessive speed and speed too great for road condi- tions. This is caused by behavioral issues. The second greatest contributing factor is lack of discipline: not wearing proper protective gear or not wearing the proper gear correctly. Some state laws do not require helmets, but military members are required to wear all protective gear for every ride. This includes a helmet that meets Department of Transportation standards, shatter- resistant eye protection, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and above-the-ankle boots. Brightly colored retro-reflective vests are recom- mended everywhere and required on Fort Meade. Recent studies have demonstrated that new motor- cycle body armor provides another level of protec- tion. If an accident were to happen, the rider has every edge available to minimize his or her injuries. Did you know that mopeds and scooters fall under the same regulations as motorcycles? In fact, effective Oct. 1, 2012, all motor scooters and mopeds in Maryland must be titled, insured and display a registration decal. Did you know that all Soldiers must complete an Army-approved motorcycle safety course to ride a motorcycle anywhere? Training is provided at no cost to all tenant military personnel stationed at Fort Meade, and for all active- duty Army active-duty personnel seeking training at Fort Meade. Army Reservists and National Guard person- nel must be on training orders to take the training. Training is not authorized for civilian personnel unless their spe- cific government work duties dic- tate the use of a motorcycle. Throughout the year, Fort Meade’s Installa- tion Safety Office offers three dif- ferent motorcycle training courses for service members. The courses are designed to help service members keep their riding skills sharp and their attention focused at all times. While the majority of this commentary is directed at motorcyclists, drivers of two-wheeled and four- wheeled forms of transportation also share the responsibility of ensuring the safety of bikers. Recent statistics show that nearly two-thirds of automobile-motorcycle accidents are caused by driv- ers of automobiles, most often during the daylight hours at intersections. Motorists must get into the habit of looking for motorcycles as they drive, and not follow too closely behind a motorcycle in case traffic suddenly slows or the rider needs to maneuver the motorcycle to avoid road hazards or other dangerous traffic conditions. The best way for operators to reduce the likelihood of an automobile-motorcycle collision is for both par- ties to pay attention. Sharing is caring, and nowhere is that more true than on our highways and community streets. For more information about motorcycle training courses offered at Fort Meade, call 301-677-6241 or go to the Installation Safety Office website at www. Motorcycle safety affects everyone on the road Kirk Fechter, DIRECTOR Installation Safety Office Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members or community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first- served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  3. 3. June 19, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Several generations of Soldiers, ranging from World War II to present day service members, came together June 12 to com- memorate the Army’s 239th birthday. The annual breakfast was held at Club Meade to celebrate both the Army’s birth- day and Flag Day, which are observed on June 14. Retired Lt. Col. Alfred Shehab, a World War II veteran, served as the event’s guest speaker. “We are assembled here today to cel- ebrate the 239 years that the Army has existed to defend our country and our flag — the flag, which represents the unity and common purposes of our nation, our national goals and aspirations, and our sense of vigilance, perseverance and justice,” Shehab said. The event was hosted by the Francis Scott Key Chapter Association of the United States Army, a nonprofit edu- cational organization that supports the Army — active duty, National Guard, Reserve, wounded warriors, veterans, civilian employees, retirees and family members — and represents the Army on Capitol Hill. “This organization, the organization that serves as our voice to lobby legally for needs of service members, is vital,” said Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley. “I cannot emphasize the impor- tance of the Association of the United States Army for its fighting for the ben- efits of Soldiers and service members.” Following the buffet, Matt Hauser, vice president of membership for the Francis Scott Key AUSA, spoke about the chap- ter’s background and the War of 1812. Hauser discussed how during the war, local businesses banded together with the military to hinder the assault of Fort McHenry by donating ships for the mili- tary. The boats where chained together and sunk outside Fort McHenry to stop the British ships from approaching. Corporations and the Army still work together, Hauser said, to accomplish the country’s goals. In his speech, Shehab discussed his 21 years of service and how the Army has changed since he served. The 94-year-old fought in the World War II Battle of the Bulge and continued a military career that included various troop and staff assignments in armored divisions and cavalry regiments in the United States, Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. Fort Meade, AUSA celebrate 239th Army birthday Pvt. Shannon Thomas, retired Lt. Col. Alfred Shehab, retired Sgt. 1st Class Carlo De Porto and retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Moran cut the Army birthday cake on June 12 at Club Meade. Shehab served as the guest speaker at the Army’s 239th birthday and Flag Day celebration hosted by the Francis Scott Key Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. “I enjoyed the challenges and experi- ences of military life, the life-long friend- ships that develop as part of the life we lead in the military — and that’s something that I’ll carry with me right to Fiddler’s Green [a reference to the afterlife in “The Cavalrymen’s Poem,”] Shehab said. Despite his desire to join the fight in Europe at the start of World War II, She- hab had to wait until Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. After the surprise attack, Shehab went to a recruitment office in New York, where there was a line around the corner. In 1942, he was commissioned as a second lieuten- ant in the U.S. Cavalry. “There was a chap in Japan and another one in Germany who wanted to work up a system where he could come over here and grab me and have me break rocks for them,” Shehab said. “... If I didn’t want to break rocks, I had to go fight. There’s nothing confusing about it.” As a member of what is considered “the greatest generation,” Shehab said that accolade is inaccurate. “Many people have called my genera- tion the greatest generation, but the great- est generation is sitting here,” he said. “Those of you sitting in uniform are the greatest generation. Less than 1 percent wear the uniform.” It is the Army, Shehab said, that allows the country to thrive. “Our [country] is a land of opportunity where one can accomplish almost anything — it takes will and education to suc- ceed,” he said. “Such opportunity is pos- sible because of the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens, thanks to the Soldiers in this room and around the world over the past 239 years.” ‘Many people have called my generation the greatest ... [but] those of you sitting in uniform are the greatest generation.’ Retired Lt. Col. Alfred Shehab
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 News By Tina Miles, PAO 780th MI Brigade Time is precious and weekends are no exception. For Soldiers of the 781st Military Intel- ligence Battalion, one way to spend that extra time is repairing homes for complete strangers. They decided to put their own “honey-do” lists on hold to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and restore homes in Baltimore. Partnered with Fort Meade’s Unit Min- istry Team, five Soldiers and one family member from the 781st MI assisted the Chesapeake Habitat in the renovation of sev- eral homes on McCabe Street in Baltimore on May 31. “We could give money, but time is more valuable — time and effort,” said Capt. Dan Canchola, a volunteer from the 781st MI. Making it a true team effort, Canchola was accompanied by his wife, Arlah Can- chola, who also volunteered. “We like to give back to communities and in return, we gain new skills,” said Arlah Canchola, as she applied sealant to the walls of one of the homes. “It’s amazing how much we take for granted — heat, electricity — even the walls. You don’t think about those things until you work on a project like this, where the homes are stripped down to the bare bones.” Brian Barker, development associate for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, said there are four active neighborhood projects in Baltimore, with 22 homes desig- 781st MI Soldiers volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Photo by Derrick Shine Sgt. 1st Class Mike Marchese, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, prepares to caulk the window frame as Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Santos, 781st MI, and Sgt. Maj. Craig Davis, Public Health at Kimbrough, paint sealant around the windows of one of the homes being renovated for the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake in Baltimore on May 31. nated for restoration in the McCabe Street area alone “Our focus is on the neighborhoods and communities, not just the individual homes,” Barker said. “That’s what makes Habitat Chesapeake different from other Habitat for Humanity affiliates.” This is not the first time members from the 781st MI have assisted Habitat for Humanity. On behalf of the Meade’s Chaplains Office, Chaplain (Capt.) Peter Baek has spear- headed four working groups with Habitat Chesapeake. He is right there alongside the other vol- unteers working at each event. Baek does whatever is needed. “It gives the Soldiers a chance to earn vol- unteer hours and it gives me an opportunity to try different skills,” he said. “Each time out, I do different jobs.” The mission goal for Habitat for Human- ity is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope, and their vision is to create a world where everyone has a safe and secure place to live. Founded in 1982, Habitat Chesapeake serves Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. Other members from the 781st MI who volunteered on May 31 included Sgt. 1st Class Mike Marchese, Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Santos and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Cortez. Other volunteers from Fort Meade were Sgt. Maj. Craig Davis of Public Health at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, and his friend, J.R. Nash, a retired first sergeant. By Kevin Robinson DeCA Public Affairs Specialist The Defense Commissary Agency’s “Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival” is running through July 6 at 236 installations worldwide. This inaugural event allows patrons to see discounted prices on produce at commissary farmers markets, savings on workout equipment at Exchanges, and fitness events hosted by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities. Fort Meade will host its festival June 27-29. With the theme “Shop Healthy! Eat Healthy! Be Healthy!,” the festival reinforces the health and wellness goals of the military community, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “We all have a vested interest in helping service members and their families improve their health and wellness,”Jeu said. “Together, the synergy of military resale makes the installa- tion the No. 1 destination for collaborative events such as the Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival.” The festival combines commissary farmers markets, Exchange sidewalk sales, FMWR fitness events, demos, music, nutritious food samples, prize giveaways, discount coupon offers, health and wellness information, and children’s programs. It’s no coincidence that health and wellness is a dominant theme, especially as the Department of Defense continues to roll out its Healthy Base Initiative. HBI is a project of DoD’s Operation Live Well, an initiative to boost the nutrition and fitness of service members, retirees, their families and military civilian employees. “There’s a special ‘take care of our own’ mentality about military communities, and this festival embodies the best of that philosophy,”said DeCA Sales Director Randy Chandler. “Whenever commissaries, Exchanges, MWR services and our industry partners collaborate like this, our customers benefit the most.” For DeCA, the Lifestyle Festival also gives the commissary agency an opportunity to showcase its worldwide farmers market program, an event that has offered plenty of tasty fruits and vegetables for the past three years, Chandler said. “Our commissary associates and industry partners work hard to offer quality healthy fruits and vegetables,” Chandler said. “The creativity, imagination and excitement of the farmers markets, combined with the Exchange sales and the MWR fitness events, will make this festival something our military customers cannot afford to miss.” Customers who live near multiple commissaries should use the DeCA website to frequent all sales in their area. An overall schedule, listing installations and dates, can be found on the DeCA website at http://www.commissaries. com/healthy-lifestyle-festival.cfm. Commissary patrons should also check the individual store websites for more information on farmers market dates and other scheduled events. ‘Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival’ coming to Fort Meade
  5. 5. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer A restful night’s sleep can mean the difference between optimal health and chronic disease. The Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign encourages Soldiers, families, retirees and Army civilian employees to “develop a mindset that drives them to optimize their own health in order to improve their resiliency,” according to an Army website. As a result, the Army is focusing on three components of health — sleep, activity and nutrition — as part of the Performance Triad. This triad emphasizes the basics of proper health as the key to attaining and maintaining a resilient Army. Sheila Greaney, chief of the Integrated Behavioral Health Department in Primary Care at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, said proper sleep is critical. “Chronic sleep deprivation may lead to changes in mood or memory problems,” Greaney said. “Depression and anxiety may contribute to poor interactions with family and co-workers. The ability to learn and retain information is affected by get- ting enough sleep. “Insufficient sleep may make it more difficult to lose weight, and may even contribute to a service member gaining weight. Other physical problems that may be related to chronic sleep deprivation are hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke.” Despite the importance of sleep, Army research has shown that service mem- bers often experience problems in getting adequate rest and can suffer from other health issues in conjunction with a lack of sleep. Lt. Col. Vincent Mysliwiec, chief of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine Service at the Madigan Healthcare System in Tacoma, Wash., is a leading expert in Army sleep research. Last year, Mysliwiec and his colleagues published a study in Sleep, the peer- reviewed, scientific journal of the Asso- ciated Professional Sleep Societies, that found a high prevalence of sleep disorders and a high rate of short-sleep duration among active-duty service members. “While sleep deprivation is part of the military culture, the high prevalence of short-sleep duration in military person- nel with sleep disorders was surprising,” Mysliwiec said. “The potential risk of increased accidents as well as long-term clinical consequences of the short-sleep duration and a sleep disorder in our popu- lation is unknown.” The study’s results showed that 85.1 percent of participants had a clinical sleep disorder. Obstructive apnea was the most frequent diagnosis at 51.2 percent, fol- lowed by insomnia at 24.7 percent. Participants’ self-reported sleep dura- tion was only 5.74 hours per night, while 41.8 percent reported sleeping five hours or less per night. Although individual sleep needs vary, Mysliwiec said most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep to feel alert and rested during the day. “Soldiers perform strenuous tasks that demand vigilance and focus,” Mysliwiec said. “Lack of adequate sleep is known to contribute to performance errors and inadequate recovery.” In addition, the study showed that service members with sleep disorders also suffered from one or more medical condi- tions. The most common service-related ill- nesses were depression (22.6 percent), anxiety (16.8 percent), post-traumatic stress disorder (13.2 percent), and mild traumatic brain injury (12.8 percent). Nearly 25 percent of service members were taking medications for pain. Par- ticipants with PTSD were two times more likely to have insomnia, and those with depression or pain syndrome were 1.5 times more likely to have insomnia. “The other unique aspect is that mili- tary personnel, irrespective of their sleep disorder, have short duration and sleepi- ness,” Mysliwiec said. “This is not typi- cally seen in civilian patients.” The causes of sleep disorders in Sol- diers vary. For example, Mysliwiec said that learned maladaptive sleep practices in deployed settings, such as having to wake up at all hours and 24-hour missions, contribute to sleep disorders. Other causes are: caffeine, mental health conditions, a genetic disposition, medications and substance abuse. Kimbrough’s IBHC program typically treats people suffering from insomnia or lifestyle issues that are disrupting their ability to feel rested. Obstructive apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, sleep walking, snoring and nightmares also are assessed in Primary Care. As part of the assessment, the clini- cians will determine if the disorder can be treated in a primary care setting or at a specialty clinic. Greaney said that depending on the sleep disorder, many patients are able to Sleep is critical for Soldier resiliencyWater main flushing continues American Water American Water is continuing its 2014 Annual Water Main Flushing Program through Friday. The purpose of the program is to provide the best quality water available to you, the customer, by removing any buildup of sediment that may have occurred in the water lines. Flushing may result in some tempo- rary discoloration and the presence of sediment in your water. These condi- tions are not harmful and should be of very short duration. During the hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., limit your use of water to help prevent discolored water reaching your service lines to your residence. Should you notice an increase in dis- colored water at your residence, flush all faucets inside for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear up, call the Water Treatment Plant at 443- 591-0909. This number is monitored 24/7 should you have any additional questions or concerns. Areas that may be affected by planned flushing are: • Mapes Road between O’Brien Road and Cooper Avenue • 6th Armored Cavalry Road • O’Brien Road between Mapes Road and Dutt Road • Grant Road • Simonds Street • Zimborski Avenue • Leonard Wood Avenue • York Avenue • Dutt Road • Gordon Street • Cain Circle • Mackall Court • Officers Club Road • Hodges Street • Taylor Avenue Streets adjacent to Cooper Avenue, Mapes Road and Rock Avenue may experience a temporary change in their water during flushing activities. Signs will be posted ahead of any flushing activities to notify customers. return to a normal sleep cycle after com- pleting the program. Fort Meade’s Army Wellness Center offers the “Healthy Sleep Habits” class on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., by appoint- ment, for active-duty service members, family members, retirees and DoD civilian employees. The class focuses on the importance of sleep, the science of sleep, methods for achieving better quality of sleep, and posi- tive steps to improve sleep. “We have had a very positive response to the class,” said Jamie Valis, director of AWC. “Clients walk away with specific goals to assist them in improving their sleep habits.” Editor’s Note: For more information on sleep and other components of the Perfor- mance Triad, go to http://armymedicine. mil/Pages/performance-triad.aspx or call the Army Wellness Center at 301-677- 2006. June 12, Larceny of private property: The victim stated that her daughter’s iPod Touch and charger, which were in her son’s room unsecured and unattend- ed, were missing. June 15, Wrongful damage of private property: The complain- ant stated that he video-recorded juveniles break- ing out the windows of vacant quarters. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services For week of June 9-15: • Moving violations: 21 • Nonmoving violations: 3 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 29 • Traffic accidents: 3 • Driving on suspended license: 1 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 0 Connect with Fort Meade at /ftmeade
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 News photos by nate pesce Boy Scouts retire flagsMembers of local Boy Scout Troops conducted a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday evening at the Camp Meade RV Park. The ceremony was held in observance of Flag Day. The Federal Flag Code prescribes the proper display of, and respect for, the United States flag. According to the code, Public Law 94-344, “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” The Scouts retired nearly a dozen worn, torn, faded or badly soiled flags by ceremonially burning them in a fire pit at the campground. Eleven-year-old Steven Weeks of Boy Scout Troop 119 places a retired American flag into the fire during Saturday’s ceremony. An American flag burns inside a fire pit at the Camp Meade RV Park. BELOW: Local Boy Scouts retire a donated worn flag on Saturday evening by ceremoniously placing it in fire.
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 News With simple interest, the faster one pays off the car payments, the less inter- est is paid. Pre-computed interest will be paid off in full no matter how quickly the payments are paid off. Check the contract to determine whether the company will offer a rebate or refund of pre-computed interest if you pay the loan off sooner than the established payment schedule. Also, watch out for pre-payment penalties from the bank and/or finance company before becoming overzealous with extra or higher payments. Do your research by comparing differ- ent contracts with dealerships and banks to make sure the payment penalties are clear. If extra payments are allowed without any associated costs, be sure you clearly understand the process required to make these extra payments. Contacting the company’s customer service department would be a step in the right direction to make sure that any extra payments are being credited properly. Once you have settled on a purchase and have arranged the financing, it is crucial to make each and every payment in a timely fashion. Failing to make a payment by the mandated date could result in the assessment of a late fee as well as an adverse entry on your credit report. Make sure that all scheduled pay- ments are made on time and that your bank account has a sufficient monthly balance if you have opted for automatic electronic payments. When the debt is finally paid off, request written confirmation from the bank or finance company that the loan has been paid in full. For more information on financing, go online to the Federal Trade Commis- sion website at To schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office, call 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. By Joslyn Dambra Legal Assistance Intern Just turn on the television and you’ll be spun into a world full of limited-time finance offers on a variety of products. If the product doesn’t already sound intriguing, then the way to purchase it will be the icing on the cake. Among the top products, automobile advertisements are plentiful. To obtain that newest model with the fancy accessories, you must sign a con- tract that provides details of the transac- tion that includes the total amount owed and the payment arrangement. The total amount you will actually pay for that car loan is dependent on the length of time the payment arrangement is in place. For example, a five-year contract of low monthly payments will result in you paying more for the car than you would with a three-year contract requir- ing higher monthly payments. Beware that low monthly payments may be costing you more in the long run due to accumulated interest. When finalizing the contract, a factor to consider is that interest comes in two forms. Simple interest is calculated based on the amount owed, while pre-comput- ed interest is a fixed amount calculated at the beginning of the contract. Fast financing … not so fast Flexible Scheduling Online • Hybrid • Accelerated Convenient Locations Columbia • Gateway • Laurel • Mount Airy Support Services Credit for Prior Learning • Military Assistance Counseling and Career Services Financial Aid Career Programming Workforce Training Certifications • Degrees Learning at home. Learning in the classroom. Learning for success. If you want to maintain, stay competitive, or advance in your career, choose Howard Community College for learning that works for you! Visit to take the next step. • It’s not too late to register for a summer class! • Fall semester begins August 25 • Noncredit classes are ongoing Dr. Edwin Zaghi - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry; - American Board Pediatric Dentist; - Fellow American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRY Edwin Zaghi, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • Infant Dental Screening • Emergency Appointments • Accepts MetLife/Tricare JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400 Near Fort Meade! Follow the Fort Meade Live Blog! Log on and check out the latest edition of the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive. mil. For all the latest news, community events, sports, and health, visit often for videos and articles, includ- ing Chad Jones’ Jibber Jabber. Follow Fort Meade on /ftmeademd
  8. 8. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 Cover Story photos by noah scialom Pfc. Bryan McNeill performs with the cast of the popular Army Soldier Show on Friday at Murphy Field House. BELOW: Spc. Enjolee Williams sings a stirring solo during a poignant skit about supporting Soldiers who contemplate suicide. By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer A tribute to Francis Scott Key and his writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” set the patriotic tone for this year’s Army Solider Show. “It was exceptional,” said retired Air Force Master Sgt. Dallas Pope of Easton, who came with his wife, Phyllis. “It is always high-end and very professional.” The 90-minute performance was held Fri- day at Murphy Field House. More than 600 people attended. This year’s Soldier Show, entitled “Stand Strong,” highlights the strength, character and resiliency of Soldiers and the families that support them. Dedication to the nation, pride and leaving no Soldier behind were the themes that the cast of Soldiers and Reservists explored throughout the show. The performance featured songs from every era, including contemporary hits such as “Roy- als” recorded by Lorde and “Roar” recorded by Katy Perry, as well as older favorites such as “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles and “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. A highlight was a poignant skit about supporting Soldiers who are contemplating suicide. Spc. Enjolee Williams sang a stirring solo that garnered much applause from the audience. The cast then performed a medley of songs that have boosted Soldier morale from World War II to the present. The songs included “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,”“Stop The Love You Save,” Soldier Show focuses on Army values through song
  9. 9. June 19, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 “Killing Me Softly,”“Have You Forgotten?”and “Home.” No musical performance would be complete this year without a rendition of “Happy,” the popular hit song by Pharrell Williams, which had the audience clapping along as the cast sang and danced. The show ended with Staff Sgt. Yvonne Col- lier and Williams leading the cast in “The Star- Spangled Banner,”harmonizing as the audience rose to its feet. Sgt. 1st Class Frederick McDuffy, noncom- missioned officer-in-charge of the Soldier Show, thenpresentedGarrisonCommanderCol.Brian P. Foley with a Soldier Show plaque. Foley called the production “phenomenal,” and presented McDuffy and the cast with a plaque of appreciation. After the show, audience member Alma Pierce, a military spouse from Severn, said it was her first time at a Soldier Show performance. “It was simply fantastic. I really enjoyed it,” said Pierce, who came with her daughter Altese Cabiness and her two granddaughters. “It was perfect.” The Army Soldier Show pays homage to the sacrifice of military families as part of its “Stand Strong” theme for 2014. LEFT: Performers sing and dance to emphasize the importance of physical fitness and resiliency during the Soldier Show. The 90-minute performance included songs originally performed by the Beatles, Bill Withers, Lorde, Katy Perry, The Jackson Five and Roberta Flack. BELOW: Staff Sgt. Duane Reno (foreground) communicates with friends on his iPhone as part of the Soldier Show as other cast members dance and sing.
  10. 10. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 Sports Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer In just under 20 minutes, the Defense Information School and nearly 200 run- ners celebrated three birthdays Saturday morning with a dash through the instal- lation. On the Army’s 239th anniversary and the 237th birthday of the American flag, and with the school’s 50th anniversary less than three weeks away, DINFOS hosted a Fallen Heroes 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk to commemorate the occa- sions. “It’s perfect timing for everything,” said Audric Burnett, who competed in the walk with his 3-year-old daughter Olivia resting on his shoulders. The run was part of a series of events that DINFOS has hosted during its year- long celebration of the 50th anniversary on July 1. DINFOS was established in 1964 at Fort Slocum, N.Y., before relocating the following year to Fort Benjamin Har- rison, Ind. In 1995, DINFOS moved to Fort Meade. The current facility officially opened three years later. Since its opening in 1964, DINFOS has trained nearly 100,000 service members, civilians and international allies to serve around the world in information career fields including public affairs, broadcast- ing and visual information. Saturday’s run also honored public affairs, visual information and broadcast professionals who have died in service. To honor the fallen professionals, many of the runners wore dog tags bearing the deceased service member or civilian’s name. Others wore dog tags with a more personal meaning. Sarah Myrick ran with a dog tag bearing the name of her grandfather, World War II veteran Bill Johnson. “I think that it is a neat idea,” Myrick said of the commemorative dog tags. While many DINFOS students and faculty participated in the run, the event also drew a few local celebrities including Miss Washington D.C., Shannon Lynch, and Ms. Washington D.C., Allison Hill. “It’s been a great event,” Hill said. Lynch, who was crowned in early June, competed in the beauty pageant with a platform advocating veteran rights. She attended Saturday’s race to support the military. A former military child, Lynch said Fort Meade reminded her of her youth. DINFOS hosts Fallen Heroes 5K Run “I grew up at Fort Lewis [in Washing- ton],” she said. “This feels like home.” Runners began the race in front of DINFOS and darted off through the installation. Michael Martinez separated himself from the rest of the pack en route to a first-place finish at 18:04, while Myrick won the women’s competition with a time of 20:08. Following the race, several competi- tors said the event was a fitting way to celebrate the three anniversaries. “I love running, so it seems like a good way to celebrate it for me,” Myrick said. DINFOS broadcast student Luke Wil- son said the run represented the Army well. “It’s fellowship with other Soldiers,” he said. “I think it’s a really good way to celebrate the birthday.” Marines from the Defense Information School run in formation during Saturday’s race. Nearly 200 runners participated in the event that started outside the school. BELOW: Runners begin the Defense Information School’s Fallen Heroes 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday morning. The run commemorated Flag Day, the Army’s Birthday and DINFOS’ 50th anniversary.
  11. 11. June 19, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports Sports Shorts Summer Sizzler The installation’s annual Run Series continues Saturday with the Summer Sizzler 5K at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75. The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. To register, go to For more information, call 301-677-7916. EFMP Walking Group The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet June 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the track at Mullins Field. All are welcome — strollers, too. To register, call 301-677-4473. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Texas Hold ‘em Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesdays 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 • Basketball • Football • Softball • Soccer Find schedules, scores, standings and upcoming seasons for All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at And more, plus Jabber nation, let’s start today by getting your Led out, as in Led Zeppelin. Hey, hey, what can I say, my vaca starts in one more day. So, so, so, what should I do? I guess I better write this getaway column for you. I love you all more than a little bit, but I’d be lying if I said the getaway column isn’t one of my favorite pieces of the year. Within two days of this week’s dose going to print, I will be on a beach, play- ing in big waves, working on the next great piece of American fiction, and watching the World Cup 2014: Netherlands’ domi- nance over Spain would have made my Grandpa Doc proud. Not to mention that Portugal getting whooped by Germany paired with our amazing win over Ghana means the U.S. is probably one draw away from making it through the group of death. It doesn’t take a genius to see why the World Cup is great. The goals in the first round have been fantastic, and the athleticism is mind-blowing. I worked out on the elliptical for the first half of Bosnia and Argentina. I tried to mimic the action on the field, so when the dudes were sprinting, I went faster. When they jogged, I slowed down. And despite my sprinting being as fast as Messi when he’s still, I still logged nearly six miles in 45 minutes. However, after Fred’s flop slate. me/1jyCUI8 helped Brazil win its open- ing match, I also realized why I can only handle the World Cup every four years. Even Dwyane Wade has to admit that when it comes to flop- ping, he’s got nothing on footballers. bit. ly/1lCYgYR Since we’re talking D-Wade and flop- ping, we better talk about the Heat losing to the Spurs. It’s popular to use Miami’s loss as another example of LeBron James’ lack of greatness. Allah knows I have been less than fair at times to the King. But three things were made clear during this year’s playoffs: 1. San Antonio is the best team in the league. 2. James is the best player in the world. 3. The distance between the second-best team and player and the Spurs and James should be measured in light years. I am no longer silly enough to debate James’ greatness, or that he is the most athletically gifted and well- rounded player in NBA history. However, I was really start- ing to drink LBJ’s crunk juice. A few weeks ago, I even made the mistake of texting to Cousin Claw that James moved ahead of Larry Bird as the greatest small forward in NBA history. Physically, the only area where James is inferior to Bird is shooting, which isn’t to say James is a poor shooter; it’s just that no one shot better than Bird. James also has just as high of a bas- ketball IQ to go along with his physical dominance. And even though Bird was 3-2 in his five finals appearances while James is now 2-3, that record alone doesn’t prove why Bird is better than James. Those Celtic teams in the ’80s were all-time greats, whereas James has gone into the finals with an inferior team all but once: In 2012, the Heat was a better team than OKC. (Sorry, Meena.) The difference between Bird and James is mystique. Right or wrong, everybody knew if you went at Bird too hard, he was going to find a way to beat you down. Of course, he was going to steal the ball against the Pistons or hit the game-win- ning shot. And even if Bird had the lesser team, you knew if the season came down to one game, or the game came down to one minute, Bird was going to be at his best, and you were going to be surprised if he failed. James, on the other hand, seems to dominate the game that gets you to the last game or the first 47 minutes. But when it comes down to it, you expect him to find a way to fall short. Unlike me, the C-H-A to the D. I will see you all in a couple of weeks. Until then ... If you have questions on this or anything to do with sports, email me at chad.t.jones. or hit me up on Twitter @ CTJibber. The getaway column 2014 Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion
  12. 12. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 Community News Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. or call 301-677-5602. Youth bagger applications Applications for youth baggers at the Fort Meade Commissary will be processed on Monday from 9-10:30 a.m. at Gaffney Fitness Center, on a first- come, first-served basis. Applications are being accepted for 20 bagger positions. Youth baggers must be at least 15 years old. Applicants must be able to work evening shifts (weeknights or weekends) when school starts in August. Applicants must apply in-person with their military ID card, and be a dependent of an active-duty service member including active-duty Reservists. For more information, call 301-677- 5502. Summer Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band’s free Summer Concert Series is held Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park. Each week, members of the Army Field Band and special guests will perform a new lineup of music spanning contemporary pop to jazz classics. Final concert is Aug. 23. • Today: Jazz Ambassadors • June 26: Soldiers’ Chorus • July 10: U.S. Naval Academy Band • July 17: “Pershing’s Own” Down Range • July 24: “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Blues • July 31: The Volunteers No tickets required. Bring a folding chair or blanket for seating. In inclement weather, the performance will take place at the Pavilion. The decision will be made at 3 p.m. on the day of each performance. For updates, check armyfieldband. com or the Fort Meade Facebook page at All visitors should enter Fort Meade via the main gate at Route 175 and Reece Road. Visitors are subject to an file photo Red, White and Blue celebration july 3 Fort Meade’s annual Red, White and Blue Celebration will be held July 3 at 4 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. The event will feature food and novelty vendors, inflatables, a DJ, fireworks and a performance by the U.S. Army Field Band’s The Volunteers. For more information, go to identification check and vehicle inspection. For more information, call 301-677- 6586. 34th IS change of command Lt. Col. Joseph M. Appel of the 34th Intelligence Squadron will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Lisa M. Biewer in a change of command ceremony on Monday at 10:34 a.m. at the McGill Training Center ballroom. For more information, email Staff Sgt. Bryan Stadtmueller at bryan. 780th MI change of command The 780th Military Intelligence Battalion will conduct a change of command ceremony on June 27 at 9 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. Lt. Col. Deitra Trotter will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Brady Stout. 704th MI change of command Col. Anthony Hale will relinquish command of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade to Col. Michele Bredenkamp during a change of command/change of responsibility ceremony on July 1 at 9 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. In inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Fort Meade Pavilion. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Thornton will relinquish responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Hoke. All family members and spectators are invited. For more information or to RSVP, call 301-677-0249. Diaper Drive Sarah’s House, an emergency and transitional shelter at Fort Meade, is conducting a Diaper Drive on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ridgeview Plaza on Route 175 in Hanover, between Taco Bell and Lima’s Chicken. Diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6 of any brand are greatly needed as well as pull-ups and unscented wipes. Collection bins at UPS stores at the Ridgeview Plaza and Odenton Shopping Center are available all year. Checks can be made payable to Sarah’s NEWS EVENTS
  13. 13. June 19, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 17 Community News Notes House. For more information, contact Donna Williams at 716-863-5266 or dlarue8@ or Bruce Clopein at 410- 519-5085 or bclopein@catholiccharities- Army Birthday Ball The 2014 Army Birthday Ball will be held Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Gaylord National Resort Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. All active-duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers, Army family members, Department of the Army civilian employees, government contractors, Army retirees and Army veterans may purchase tickets through the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) page: The event will feature combined performances of the U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Field Band and the U.S. Army Soldier Show. For more information, email the Army Birthday Ball helpdesk at Usarmy. pentagon.hqda-oaa.mbx.abbhelpdesk@ Naval Academy Band concerts The Naval Academy Band will present four concerts this summer at the Annapolis City Dock’s Susan B. Campbell Park, 1 Dock St., Annapolis. Concerts are free and open to the public with no tickets required. • Independence Day Concert: July 4 at 8 p.m. • Crabtowne Stompers: July 8 at 7 p.m. • Electric Brigade: July 22 at 7 p.m. • Alumni Concert: July 29 at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www. or call 410-293- 1262. Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of classes at its new facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. The free classes are open to DoD identification cardholders including active- duty service members, retirees and their family members, DoD civilian employees and contractors. Registration is required for each class. • Car Buying: Monday, 1-3 p.m. • Interviewing Skills: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon • Investing 101: June 30, 1-3 p.m. • Medical Records Review: Appointment required at 301-677-9014. To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. CID recruiting brief Monthly recruiting briefings are conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade CID Office, 855 Chisholm Ave. The next recruiting briefing is July 1. For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Allen at 301-677-1687 or go to Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School will run Aug. 4-8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. The free program is for ages 4 through fifth grade. Registration tables are set up through July 21 at Argonne Hills Chapel Center and the Main Post Chapel. Registration is limited to the first 200 children and will close July 21. This year’s theme is “Weird Animals and Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a- Kind” and features one-of-a-kind Bible adventures; untamed games; KidVid cinema; Ozzy’s Preschool Park; crafts; and music. All volunteers over the age of 12 must have completed a background check before the program begins. VBS is seeking adults and youths (in grade six and above), but only 30 youths below the age of 16 are needed. For more information, call Marcia Eastland at 301-677-0386 or 301-677- 6035 or Sheila Stewart at 301-677-6038. Storytime The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Children’s Library in Kuhn Hall, 4415 Llewellyn Ave. • Today: “Summer Spectacular” • June 26: “My Farm Friends” For more information, call 301-677- 5522. Out About • The Bowie Baysox will begin a six-game homestand on Friday that includes a Tribute to the Negro Leagues and Orioles Pride Day. The 13th Annual Tribute to the Negro Leagues will be celebrated Saturday at 6:35 p.m. A pregame ceremony will honor former Negro League players. An autograph session will be offered on the concourse during the game. Orioles Pride Day will be Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Wear your Orioles gear and save $5 on a box seat ticket the day of the game. Event also features a Manny Machado lunch bag giveaway for the first 500 fans ages 13 and older presented by the City of Bowie. For more information, go to baysox. com.  • Tent Troupe will present “Folk Tales, Fables and Fun” on June 30 and July 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Montpelier Mansion grounds, 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel, rain or shine. No reservations or tickets required. Seating is under the big top tent. The free children’s matinee will feature “The Bremertown Musicians” and an adaptation of “Anansi the Moss-Covered Rock,” “Caps for Sale” and two tales written and adapted for Tent Troupe. The interactive format begins with a pre-show of singing and dancing. file photo Farmers market every Wed.The Fort Meade Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 12 in the Smallwood Hall parking lot, across from McGlachlin Parade Field. Vendors are all local to the region. The Fort Meade community will have access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables, free-range meats, quality heirloom vegetables, herbs and annuals, flowers, jams, baked goods and breads. For more information, go to EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
  14. 14. SOUNDOFF! June 19, 2014 Community News Notes For more information, call 301-377- 7817 or 301-776-2805. • The Columbia Festival of the Arts runs through June 28. The 2014 season lineup features an eclectic mix of free and ticketed events including film, literature, theater, music, art exhibitions, workshops, artistic competitions and demonstrations by the Center Ring Circus School. For a complete schedule, call 410-715- 3044 or go to • Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is today from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room (next to the Prostate Center), third floor. Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center 48 hours prior to the event at 301-319-2900 for base access. For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane. • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Sunday. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • Calling All Dads meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is Monday. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child care is provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • 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 • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. The next prayer breakfast is July 3. There is no cost for the buffet; donations are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call Diana Durner at 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is July 3. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more informa- tion, call 410-674-4000. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free support group for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting is July 3. For more information, visit • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. Children welcome. The next meeting is July 7. For more infor- mation, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is July 9. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior noncommis- sioned officers. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family vio- lence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email • Dancing with the Heroes, free ballroom dance lessons for the Warrior Transition Unit, meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center in the seminar room. Participants should wear loose clothing, comfortable shoes with leather soles. No super high heels or flip-flops. • Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@ or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys age 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The Catholic Women of the Chapel meets Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County schools are in session. Monthly programs are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, email Loretta Endres at • Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. To register, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-677-5590. • American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit RECREATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 MEETINGS Movies The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through July 6 Friday Saturday: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (PG-13). Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of super villains against him, impacting his life. With Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx. (3D Friday) Sunday June 28: “Moms’ Night Out” (PG). All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown- up evening of dinner and fun — a long-needed moms’night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours. What could go wrong? With Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton. June 27: “Neighbors” (R). A couple with a new- born baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. With Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron. June 29: “Godzilla” (PG-13). The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scien- tific arrogance, threaten our very existence. With Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Eliza- beth Olsen. July 4: “Blended” (PG-13). After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeon- ing relationship. With Adam Sandler, Drew Bar- rymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey. July 5 6: “Million Dollar Arm” (PG). A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strat- egy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. With Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin.