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  • 1. respectBoy Scoutsceremony honorsretired U.S. flagspage 4UPCOMING EVENTSToday, 7 p.m.: Jazz Ambassadors “Son Tropical” Concert - Constitution ParkMonday, 9 a.m.-Noon & 1-4 p.m.: Drug-Free Workplace Training - Post TheaterMonday, Noon-1 p.m.: LiveArmy Green - Meuse Forest Neighborhood CenterJune 27, 7 p.m.: Soldiers’ Chorus“From Stage to Screen”Concert - Constitution ParkJuly 3, 4-10 p.m.: Red,White and Blue Celebration - McGlachlin Parade FieldresiliencyJoint service runsalutes Army birthday,importance of wellnesspage 14Soundoff!´vol. 65 no. 24 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community June 20, 2013photo by steve ruarkhappy 238th Army birthday!Staff Sgt. Randy Wight of the U.S. Army Field Band sings “God Bless America” during the Baltimore Orioles’ Military Appreciation Day on Friday. The event, hosted on theArmy’s 238th birthday, featured Fort Meade Soldiers — active-duty and retired — who were recognized during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at CamdenYards. The Orioles beat the Red Sox 2-0. For the story, see Page 12.
  • 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013Commander’s ColumnContents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Classified......................21 Movies..................................19 Community..................17 Places of Worship...............20Editorial StaffGarrison CommanderCol. Edward C. RothsteinGarrison CommandSgt. Maj. Thomas J. LatterPublic Affairs OfficerChad T. JonesChad.T.Jones.civ@mail.milChief, Command InformationPhilip H. JonesPhilip.H.Jones.civ@mail.milAssistant Editor & Senior WriterRona S. HirschStaff Writer Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Brandon BieltzDesign Coordinator Timothy DavisSupple­mental photography providedby The Baltimore Sun Media GroupAdvertisingGeneral Inquiries 410-332-6300Allison Thompson410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.comMichele Griesbauer410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.comIf you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or areexperiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com.Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday throughSunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of thepersonnel 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 inconjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reachthe Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailingaddress: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602.Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronagewithout 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 advertiserwill 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 theDepartment of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are theirown 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 bythe Department of the Army of the products or services advertised.www.ftmeade.army.milYou can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademdand view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil.Soundoff!´Guaranteed circulation:11,285Last week, we had our first severe weather of thesummer. High winds, thunderstorms and heavy rainpoured down in parts of Baltimore, and Anne Arun-del and Prince George’s counties.The storm brought down trees and power lines.National Weather Service meteorologists are stilldetermining if a tornado touched down in Laurel.Last week’s weather is a reminder that this is thestart of our 101 Critical Days of Summer, which runsthrough Labor Day weekend.While taking precautionary measures during severeweather is something we all need to keep in mind,there are a number of other things — some quite easy— that we can do to enjoy the summer months whilecontinuing to make safety a priority.My wish is for everyone to have an opportunity toget out of the house, take time off from work, andenjoy warm weather activities like swimming, boatingand camping or some of the events here such as theSummer Concert Series and the Red, White and BlueCelebration.But keep in mind that many of these activities havepotential danger tied to them. For example, off-dutyvehicle accidents are the leading cause of fatal mis-haps, while water sports and drowning have the secondhighest number of fatalities.It’s important to take the time to assess the risksinvolved in whatever we do, whether on- or off-duty.Here are some safety tips we should all be mindfulof to increase our opportunities for a safer summer:• Vehicle/motorcycle operationsAvoid summer accidents by never drinking anddriving.Always wear your seat belt when driving a vehicleand a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Obey thespeed limit.Do not use a cellular phone while driving. Keepsummer road trips to a reasonable length; take restbreaks.• Water safety (swimming, boating)Don’t drink when you’re swimming or boating;good judgment and balance are adversely affected.Drownings most often occur during off-duty rec-reational swimming in unauthorized swimming areas,after dark, and are frequently related to alcohol use.• Sun protectionLimit sun exposure by seeking shade between 10a.m. and 4 p.m.Wear protectiveclothing (hat toshade your face,ears and neck;sunglasses to pro-tect your eyes).Apply sun-screen with a sunprotection factor(SPF) of 30 orhigher.• Grilling safetyLearn how tooperate your barbecue before you begin.Keep a fire extinguisher handy and put the bar-becue in a safe place, at least 10 feet from a house orbuilding. Check the equipment frequently.Never leave a grill unattended.• Food safetyFood poisoning increases during the summerbecause bacteria and other organisms grow faster inthe warm summer months.Keep everything clean. Separate the raw meat andpoultry from the vegetables and use a meat thermom-eter to make sure meats reach the correct internaltemperatures.Don’t let food sit out for more than two hours.• CampingAlways prepare for the unexpected. Before youleave, check the weather report, learn about securityat your camp location, and tell family and friendsyour plans.Be sure to bring a supply kit that includes a first aidkit, compass or GPS, map, flashlight, blankets, batter-ies, food, water, clothes and medications.• Lawn-mowingBe sure to remove rocks and sticks from the yardbefore mowing. Use personal protective equipment(eye, hearing, foot).Turn off the motor before removing debris from theblades. Don’t let a child sit on your lap when you’reoperating a riding lawn mower.• Insect awarenessAvoid areas where insects nest or congregate, suchas stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gar-dens where flowers are in bloom.Avoid using scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays.Apply insect repellent to exposed skin.Remember, it’s important to think safety whenyou’re having summer fun. You don’t want to havean avoidable accident happen to you or anyonein your family.Have a great week!Think safety duringsummertime funCOL. Edward c.RothsteinGarrison CommanderCORRECTIONIn last week’s Soundoff! Commander’s Column,it was incorrectly stated that the Army WellnessCenter had recently open. The center is scheduledto open later this summer.
  • 3. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 20, 2013 SOUNDOFF! NewsBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff WriterRetired Sgt. Maj. of the Army KennethO. Preston spoke about the importance ofthe Association of the United States Armyin his presentation for the Francis Scott KeyChapter of AUSA.He called AUSA “the linchpin of ourorganizations.”Preston spoke June 13 as part of thechapter’s commemoration of the Army’s238th birthday and Flag Day, which was heldat the recently renovated Club Meade.The sergeant major is the director ofNCO & Soldier Programs for AUSA. Thenonprofit educational organization supportsthe Army — active duty, National Guard,Reserve, wounded warriors, veterans, civil-ian employees, retirees and family members— and represents the Army on Capital Hilland in local communities, according to itswebsite.Retired Sgt. Maj. Jim Gilbert, president ofthe Francis Scott Key Chapter, welcomed theaudience of 100 people.“We’re going to have a good party thismorning,” he said.The two-hour event began when theDefense Information School color guardposted the colors. Staff Sgt. Randy Wight, avocalistwithTheVolunteersof theU.S.ArmyField Band, sang the National Anthem.Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Thompson, thegarrison chaplain resource manager, gavethe invocation.In his remarks, Garrison CommanderCol. Edward C. Rothstein said the strengthof the nation extends from the service mem-bers who defend the country to the familiesand communities that support them.Gilbert presented Rothstein, who is retir-ing later this year, with a 15-star, 15-stripe“Star-Spangled Banner Flag” encased inglass. The flag was flown over Fort McHenryin Baltimore in Rothstein’s honor.Preston, who served as sergeant majorof the Army from 2004 to 2011, began hispresentation by highlighting the history ofthe founding of AUSA in 1950.Preston said the buildup of Army troopsand equipment for World War II left a “hugedebt” for the nation when the Army experi-enced an immediate downsizing of troopsafter the war in 1945.“The thought was that after World War II,we would go into Germany and into Japanand we would recoup those losses from thosecountries,” Preston said. “So we realizedreally quickly that if we were going to standthosecountriesrightupagainandmakethemAUSA chapter celebrates Army birthdayself-sustaining and a partner, we couldn’t justgo in there and strip all the money out. So wedidn’t. We suffered the loss.”Military leaders from the infantry andfield artillery branches of the Army appealedto Congress to preserve the Army’s fightingpower.“This was a hit-and-miss approach,”Pres-ton said. “They realized we needed to cometogether as one voice.”It was at that point that AUSA wasestablished. The organization was initiallya merger between the Infantry Associationand the Field Artillery Association, Prestonsaid.Gen. Wade Haislip, then the vice chief ofstaff of the Army, served as the organization’sfirst president, along with Lt. Gen. RaymondMcLain, then comptroller for the Army whoserved as vice president.Preston said AUSA was led by a uni-formed service member until 1956, when theorganization’s leaders realized that “whena uniformed service member is speaking toelected officials, we work for the government;the Congress is our boss” and could notengage in debate.It was then that the Council of Trust-ees of AUSA amended the bylaws to pro-hibit active-duty personnel from holdingpolicy-making positions in the association,according to the AUSA communicationsdepartment.Preston said this decision “gave the Armygreat strength.”Afterthespeech,GilbertpresentedPrestonwith a “Star-Spangled Banner Flag” flownover Fort McHenry in Preston’s honor.FortMeade’stwooldestSoldiers—retiredLt. Col. Alfred Shehab, 93, a member of thechapter’s executive committee, and retiredSgt. 1st Class Carlo De Porto, 92, a mem-ber of AUSA — cut the Army birthdaycake along with retired Sgt. Maj. RaymondMoran, vice president of Retiree Affairs forthe chapter, and Spc. Dylan Royer, 23, ofU.S. Cyber Command.The Volunteers performed a medley ofpatriotic songs. Cassie Sandacz, a guest ofShehab, sang “God Bless America.”AUSA member retired Lt. Col. RuthHamilton, vice commander-in-chief of theMilitary Order of the World Wars andsenior vice commander of the Gen. GeorgeG. Meade chapter of the Military Order ofthe World Wars, later presented Gilbert andthe Francis Scott Key chapter’s executivecommittee with a plaque of appreciation forcommunity service.After the event, Sgt. John Hall of U.S.Cyber Command said he was impressed byPreston’s speech.“It reminds us of where we came from andwhere we are going,” he said.Giancarob Van Wright, a Meade HighSchool graduate who completed the school’sJunior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, saidhe attended the event last year and was gladto be back.“You get to meet many dignitaries,” the19-year-old said, “... and remember themeaning of the Army’s birthday.”photo by nate pesceRetired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston (far right) looks on as retired Lt. Col. Alfred Shehab, 93, (second from left)and retired Sgt. 1st Class Carlo De Porto, 92, cut the Army birthday cake along with retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Moran (far left)and Spc. Dylan Royer, 23, on June 13 at Club Meade. Preston was the guest speaker at the Army’s 238th birthday and Flag Daycelebration hosted by the Francis Scott Key Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.
  • 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013NewsCol. Tracy Smith, chief of staff of First Army Division East, renders a final salute to aflag that was retired during the Boy Scout Troop 755 Flag Day ceremony on June 14in Gambrills. Smith was the guest speaker.Story and photo byStaff Sgt. Stephen CrofootFirst Army Division East Public AffairsWhen American flags become unser-viceable, Boy Scouts step in to ensurea proper retirement for the most visiblesymbol of America’s honor, courageand strength.On Flag Day, First Army DivisionEast Chief of Staff Col. Tracy Smithjoined Boy Scouts from Troop 755 fora flag retirement ceremony June 14 inGambrills.“We have been presented with flags ofour country, which have been inspectedand condemned as unserviceable,” saidBruce McPherson, VFW Post 5172trustee. “They have reached their pres-ent state in a proper service of tribute,memory and love.”McPherson, a retired lieutenant col-onel, said it is important to understandwhy Flag Day is so important to theArmy’s birthday.“A flag may be a flimsy bit of printedgauze, or a beautiful banner of finestsilk,” he said. “Its intrinsic value maybe trifling or great. But its real value isbeyond price, for it is a precious symbolof all that we and our comrades haveworked for and lived for and died for— a free nation of free men, true to thefaith of the past, devoted to the idealsand practice of justice, freedom anddemocracy.”During the ceremony, the Boy Scoutsrecited the “Pledge of Allegiance,” andguest speakers talked about the historyand significance of the Army birthdayand Flag Day. Both fall on June 14.“I began this day participating inan Army birthday ceremony, and I amending it participating in a Flag Dayceremony,” Smith said in his guestspeech. “I have spent all day amongpeople who are proud of our nation,who want to make it a better place andwho proudly wear our flag on theirshoulders.”Inspired by decades of state andlocal celebrations, Flag Day — theanniversary of the Flag Resolution of1777 — was officially established by theproclamation of President WoodrowWilson on May 30, 1916.While Flag Day was celebrated invarious communities for years afterWilson’s proclamation, it was not untilAug. 3, 1949 that President Harry Tru-man signed legislation designating June14 as National Flag Day.Duringtheceremony,Smithexplainedwhat the American flag means to him.“When I joined the Army, I stood infront of the flag and I raised my righthand, and the flag went from beinga piece of cloth to being the symbolof my nation … the nation I was nowcharged with supporting and defend-ing,” Smith said.“It became the symbol of freedomand liberty. It became a symbol ofeverything I hold dear. When I see theflag, I can’t help but stand taller, walkprouder and hold my head up knowingthat I personally have supported anddefended my nation and way of life.”Boy Scouts prepared the flag for aproper retirement. They cut the bluefield of stars from the red and whitestripes, then cut the stripes apart.Scouts then handed the pieces to Smithand other guests to place in the fire.As each stripe was placed in thefire, those assembled rendered salutesand showed respect with a moment ofsilence.“Tear each of [the] 13 stripes and laythem on the fire, one at a time,” saidMichael Brown, senior patrol leader,Troop 755. “As you do this, thinkabout the 13 original colonies and thepioneers who carved a nation out of awilderness. They risked everything tofight for the independence, which weenjoy today.”At the ceremony’s end, the Scoutshanded out portions of the flags toaudience members to participate inthe retirement of the tattered flags.Once all pieces were burned, the Scoutsraised a new flag and led a prayer.“This was a huge honor beinghere today,” Smith said. “As I lookedthrough the crowd, I saw many morepeople who have the same pride in theflag that represents our great country.“I also saw the future of our worldout there, and the future is extremelybright.”‘Symbol of Pride’Boy Scouts honor retired flagsat National Flag Day ceremony
  • 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013Newsphoto by Sgt. Walter reevesApproximately 45 members of the Maryland Army National Guard’s 29th Military Police Company partnered with the 241stMilitary Police Detachment and the Directorate of Emergency Services from June 2 through Friday to supplement security forthe installation during the beginning of the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning.By 2nd Lt. Jessica C. Donnelly29th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentDue to the need for heightened secu-rity, military police with the MarylandNational Guard conducted its annualtraining at Fort Meade from June 2through Friday to provide support toits active-duty counterparts.Approximately 45 members of theMaryland National Guard’s 29th Mili-tary Police Company partnered with the241st Military Police Detachment andthe Directorate of Emergency Servicesto supplement security for the installa-tion during the beginning of the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning.“We have been performing law andorder operations including entry-pointsecurity, trial security and patrol duties,”said 2nd Lt. Christopher Larkin, 29thMP Company platoon leader.He explained that the unit’s respon-sibilities included crowd control duringdemonstrations at the gates, ensuringthat demonstrators did not attemptto access unauthorized areas, as wellas conducting security inspections ofrandomly selected vehicles.Due to the trial, there was a largeincrease of personnel traveling on andoff post. While individuals were allowedto attend the trial, camera equipmentand political signs were not permitted.Once the trial was under way, theduties expanded to more law enforce-ment tasks including assisting postMPs in identifying and ticketing driv-ers using cell phones while operating avehicle, seat belt enforcement, respond-ing to domestic violence and sexualassault incidents, directing traffic dur-ing an installation run and assistingwhen a vehicle rolled over, said Capt.Toriono Davis, 29th MP Companycommander.The unit was originally scheduled toperform its annual training at BethanyBeach, Del., conducting U.S. ArmyMilitary Police School requirementsfor military police training, but insteadtook the opportunity for a real-worldmission.“You can’t fully mimic this experi-ence and exposure just through train-ing,” Davis said. “They are learninghow 24-hour operations work. … Itgives them a better idea of what it’s liketo work in law enforcement.”He added that working at Fort Meadegave the Soldiers the opportunity towork in a joint environment - inter-acting with military members fromother services, military dependents andcivilians. It also gave them the chanceto build relationships with their active-duty counterparts and learn from eachother.“During this era of downsizing, wehave to work together,” Davis said. “Wehave to work to expand the NationalGuard presence.”Read more at dvidshub.net/news/108690/maryland-military-police-help-protect-and-defend#.Ub84a4URY7A#ixzz2WUXDxyii.29th MPs provide additional post supportExchangecredit cardfees impactcommunityArmy & Air Force Exchange ServicePublic AffairsDALLAS — Military shopperspatronizing their local Exchangeprobably don’t give a second thoughtas to which credit card to use atcheckout. What they may not beaware of, however, is that the use ofbank-issued cards at the Exchangeultimately costs the military commu-nity millions annually.Last year alone, bank-issued cardprocessing expenses at Army & AirForce Exchange Service facilitiessapped more than $86 million fromthe Exchange and, in turn, criticalfunds that could be used for Familyand Morale, Welfare and Recreationprograms.One way military families can helpreduce costs and strengthen theirExchange benefit is to take advantageof the Exchange’s exclusive MILI-TARY STARR Card.Unlike bank cards, profits gener-ated from the MILITARY STARRCard are shared with military com-munities through contributions tothe military service’s quality-of-lifefunds.“Using the MILITARY STARRCard is one of the easiest waysfor troops to directly impact theirExchange and [FMWR} benefits,”said the Exchange’s Senior EnlistedAdvisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pear-son.“Reducing these unnecessaryexpenses can go a long way in maxi-mizing the dividend the Exchangeannually returns to the military com-munity.”The MILITARY STARR Card isaccepted at all Army and Air Force,Navy, Marine Corps and Coast GuardExchange activities, as well as theExchange catalog and the Exchangeonline store at shopmyexchange.com.To learn more about the MILITARYSTARR Card, visit shopmyexchange.com and click “Credit Services.”
  • 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013NewsPhoto by Sgt. Amy ChristophersonSHOW OF APPRECIATIONAlexis Moiseyenkov, daughter of Staff Sgt. Aleksey Moiseyenkov, a linguist with Charlie Company, 741st MilitaryIntelligence Battalion, 704th MI Brigade, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Capt. Benjamin Hopper,commander of Charlie Company, on June 7 at Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel. Alexis organized a team ofvolunteers at her school to raise money and send care packages to deployed Soldiers from the brigade.perform well and is as crucial to missionreadiness as fuel, food and fire power.Fortunately, there are some actions youcan take to minimize the effects of lack ofsleep from jet lag and its impact on per-forming your duties.Tips for travelers from the National SleepFoundation:• Choose flights that allow early eveningarrival. Stay up until 10 p.m. local time.• Prepare for time zone changes. Wake upand go to bed earlier several days prior toan eastward trip, or wake up and go to bedlater for a westward trip.• Limit daytime naps. If you must napduring the day, limit the nap to less thantwo hours in the early afternoon.• Change your watch to the destinationtime zone upon boarding the plane.• Bring earplugs and blindfolds to blockout unwanted noise and sound while sleep-ing.• Avoid alcohol or caffeine three to fourhours before bedtime. Both act as stimu-lants that interfere with sleep.• Avoid heavy meals upon arrival atdestination.• Avoid vigorous exercise close to bed-time.• Get some sun. Daylight is a power-ful stimulant for regulating the biologicalclock. Staying indoors worsens jet lag.• Talk to you doctor about sleep aids.There are several over-the-counter and pre-scription sleep aids that can be taken short-term to minimize jet lag’s effects.For more resources on dealing with jet lagor other sleep disorders, visit the NationalSleep Foundation website at sleepfounda-tion.org/article/sleep-topics/jet-lag-and-sleepor the U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention at cdc.gov/sleep.By Laura VasquezProgram EvaluatorU.S. Army Public Health CommandDo you ever find yourself struggling tofall asleep at night, yet falling asleep duringbriefings after a day of traveling?You are probably experiencing jet lag.Jet lag is a common sleep disorder thatoccurs when crossing time zones and dis-rupts the body’s natural biological clockthat tells you when to sleep and when tostay awake.Jet lag is a significant concern for Sol-diers, civilians and retirees who travel oftenfor temporary duty assignments, deploy-ments or permanent change of stationmoves.It can take several days to several weeksto adjust for jet lag’s effects, leaving the trav-eler feeling fatigued and prone to accidentsrelated to insufficient sleep.Sufficient, healthy sleep — six to eighthours a night — is one of the Army sur-geon general’s top priorities for buildingand sustaining good Soldier- and familymember health through the “PerformanceTriad.”Sleep, along with a focus on healthyactivity and nutrition, is one of the threelegs of the triad.Lack of sleep impedes mission readiness.Incidents of friendly fire and navigationalerrors have occurred as a result of a lack ofsleep. Insufficient sleep also contributes tomotor vehicle and machinery-related acci-dents or deaths in the military and generalpopulation.Sleepiness impairs the ability to thinkclearly, perform complex mental tasks, formmemories and solve problems. Going 24hours without sleep is comparable to beinglegally drunk in all 50 states.Sleep is a restorative process necessaryfor muscle repair, memory consolidation,appetite control, and hormonal growthand regulation, and is a part of a healthyimmune system.Adequate quality and quantity of sleepallows you to wake up feeling refreshedand alert for the day. Sleep is a necessity toJet lagcan affectsleep fortravelersThank you for helpingFort Meade’sFacebook pagereach 15,000 fans!Facebook.com/ftmeade
  • 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013NewsBy Capt. Adam PettyLegal Assistance DivisionYou probably heard of a “last willand testament,” often referred to simplyas a “will.” You’ve probably been toldthat you need to have a will.But you may have asked yourself,“What exactly is a will? What’s the bigdeal?”A will is a written legal documentprepared for one person, called the“testator,” which sets forth what is tohappen to his or her property (referredto as the “estate”) upon the testator’sdeath.The will also designates who is tobe named as guardian to care for anyminor children and appoints a personcalled the “personal representative” or“executor,” who carries out the instruc-tions in the will.A person receiving a gift from the tes-tator’s estate is called a “beneficiary.”Having a will is important becauseif you die without leaving a valid will,much, if not all, of your estate will bedivided and distributed according tothe “intestate succession” laws of thestate.These laws divide all property betweena few close relatives according to a setformula, and generally exclude moredistant relatives, friends and charities.Intestate succession laws may notproperly reflect your wishes. If you aremarried and have no children, Mary-land law requires your spouse to shareyour property with your parents.There is even less protection forunmarried couples. At the time of writ-ing this article, I have not been able tofind any state in the United States thatgives an unmarried partner any prop-erty under intestate succession.In addition, intestate succession lawsdo not deal with the question of whowill take care of minor children if bothparents die or if the surviving parentis unavailable, forcing the courts andsocial service agencies to appoint aguardian.Stating your preference in the will isthe only way to evidence who you wantto raise and educate your children afteryour death.In general, a will becomes effectiveonly when it is signed by you and wit-nessed with certain formalities. Mary-land law requires the will be in writing,signed by the testator, and witnessed byat least two individuals in the testator’spresence.The witnesses should not be benefi-ciaries under your will. This is called“executing a will.”Every adult should have an up-to-date will. If you are married, you andyour spouse each will need a will.You should update your will everyfive to seven years or if your marital/family status changes, the assets in yourestate change significantly, or anyonementioned in the will passes away.Also, update your will if you changeyour mind about any of the provisionsin your will. Otherwise, your will isvalid until it is revoked. You can revokea will by destroying it (and any copiesyou may have made), or by making anew will.A will does not dispose of property,which would pass to another by con-tract or by operation of law, such as cer-tain jointly owned property, investmentaccounts and life insurance policies.For more information or to have a willprepared for you, schedule an appoint-ment with a Fort Meade Legal Assis-tance attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.Having a legal willvalidates your wishesChaplain’s WordREPUTATIONS“You cannot build a reputationon what you are going to do.”— Henry FordClasses fill fast, so REGISTER TODAY!Choose from FourSummer Credit Sessions:Session 1: May 28 – July 1Session 2: May 28 – July 23May 28 – August 2Session 3: June 12 – August 7Session 4: July 3 – August 7Noncredit classes are ongoing.Summers forEveryone HCC!Summers forEveryone @ HCC!www.howardcc.edu/SUMMERwww.howardcc.edu/SUMMERCourses and programs for kids, seniors, and everyone in between.• Certified in Harmony (lingual braces) • Clear Correct (invisible braces) CertifiedWe AcceptMostInsurances8761- A Piney Orchard PkwyODENTON410-672-7207www.victoryorthodontics.com$500 OFF$500 OFFComprehensive TreatmentVictory Orthodontics • Call For Details • 410-672-7207$250 OFF$250 OFFLimited TreatmentVictory Orthodontics • Call For Details • 410-672-7207Public Open Houseon Sat., 6/22/13 from 10AM To 2PMCome for Free Ice Cream and GiveawaysPublic Open HouseSWEET INVITATION!veawa aywaawa
  • 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 20, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11NewsBy Health Net Federal ServicesRANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. —More than 3,500 people die from drown-ing each year; one in five of those arechildren ages 14 and younger, accordingto the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention.Whether you’re at the pool, ocean,river, lake or pond, play it safe this sum-mer by using common sense and payingattention. It could save your life or thelife of someone you love.Health Net Federal Services, themanaged care support contractor forthe TRICARE North Region, offers thefollowing water safety tips.At the pool:• Enroll your child in swimming class-es taught by a certified instructor.• Stay within an arm’s reach of chil-dren and watch them at all times.• Take your children with you if youneed to leave the pool area or make sureanother adult is available to watch them.• Don’t eat food or chew gum whileswimming.• Enclose pools with a 5-foot-highfence to prevent access when unattend-ed. Make sure gates self-close and self-latch, and install latches high enough tobe out of reach from your child.• Remove any toys or inflatable itemsin the pool when not in use so they don’ttempt a child.• Don’t run around the pool; alwayswalk to avoid slipping.• Avoid drinking alcohol before swim-ming or when you’re watching chil-dren.• Keep radios, televisions and elec-trical appliances away from the pool.Don’t operate them when you’re wet.• Make sure nonswimmers wear lifejackets and only use pool toys in theshallow end of the pool.At the beach:• Stay within designated swim-ming areas, preferably where there’s alifeguard, and don’t go too far fromshore.• Pay attention to all posted warningsigns.• Be aware of currents and tides. Ifyou get caught in a current, swim par-allel to the shore until you feel the cur-rent relax, then start swimming towardshore.• Avoid jumping off of bridges, cliffsor rocks. The water may be shallow oryou may hurt yourself when you hitthe water.• Find a spot that has good visibilityand is safe for swimming. Murky water,hidden underwater objects, unexpecteddrop-offs and aquatic plant life are allhazards.• Never swim alone. Children shouldalways have a buddy.• When boating or kayaking, alwayswear a life jacket.For more information and wellnesstips, visit hnfs.com > Beneficiary >Wellness.Water safety prevents drowningsfile photo
  • 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013Cover StoryGarrison Command Sgt. Maj. ThomasJ. Latter (far right) shakes hands withretired Col. Douglas Dillard before MilitaryAppreciation Day on Friday at Oriole Parkat Camden Yards.photos by steve ruarkRetired Col. Bert Rice, acting directorof the Directorate of Public Works,salutes before throwing the first pitchat a Baltimore Orioles game on Friday.Rice was among 13 Fort Meade Soldiers— retired and active-duty — who wererecognized during the game.National Anthem.“It was like meeting a giant,” Portillosaid of the 6-foot-3 player. “It was kind ofintimidating. ... He’s a lot taller in person.”Portillo was among the group of FortMeade Soldiers — 10 active duty and threeretired — recognized during the Oriolesgame against the Boston Red Sox at Ori-ole Park. Soldiers participated in variousMilitary Appreciation Day events, includingthrowing four first pitches, a swearing-in cer-emony for recruits and leading the NationalAnthem.“It was like a dream,” Portillo said. “It’smemorable to be a part of baseball. It’s adream.”Garrison Commander Col. Edward C.Rothstein said Military Appreciation Day isan example of the installation’s “special rela-tionship” with the Orioles and Baltimore.“The strength of Team Meade is thecommunity, and what happened tonightwith the Orioles exemplified that,” he said.“It brought together our installation andthe community as one. You can’t get morespecial than that.”Pregame events began with the swear-ing-in of 30 young Army recruits from theFort Meade-based Baltimore RecruitingBattalion.Rothstein was then joined by three retiredSoldiers at the pitcher’s mound, where eachthrew out the first pitch. The group consist-ed of retired Col. Bert Rice, a veteran with30 years of active-duty service and two toursin Vietnam; retired Col. Douglas Dillard,By Brandon BieltzStaff WriterWith Baltimore Orioles’ first basemanChris Davis’ rookie card stuffed in hispocket, Staff Sgt. Norman Portillo took tothe field at Camden Yards on Friday night.The Soldier from the NCO Academyfound his place in front of second base, nextto Davis. The Oriole signed his rookie cardbefore the two men stood together for theBaltimore Orioles honorArmy’s 238th anniversary
  • 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 20, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13who served in World War II, Korea andVietnam; and retired Sgt. Maj. RaymondMoran, also known as the “Old Soldier,”who served in Korea and Vietnam.The four vets threw their pitches simulta-neously. Rice called the experience a “oncein a lifetime” opportunity.“What an exciting time,” he said. “I’llnever forget this night.”Nine Soldiers from various Fort Meadeunits then joined the Orioles on the field forthe National Anthem, which was performedby Staff Sgt. Randy Wight of the U.S. ArmyField Band.Portillo said he briefly talked with Davisout on the field.“He was kind enough to thank me,” hesaid. “He was very humble.”Orioles fans said they enjoyed seeing themilitary recognition events.“It made me feel good that my home-town city goes out of the way to recognizethose who serve,” said Mike Urgo of Bal-timore County. “I have many family andfriends who served and never get the kindof recognition that they deserve. I think itwas cool that the Orioles took the time todo that.”Baltimore Oriole Tommy Hunter, retired Col. Douglas Dillard, retired Col. Bert Rice, Oriole Brian Matusz, the Oriole Bird, retired Sgt.Maj. Ray Moran, Oriole Troy Patton, Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and Oriole T.J. McFarland pose for a photoduring Friday’s Military Appreciation Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Rothstein and the three retired Soldiers simultaneouslythrew out the first pitch.BELOW: Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein conducts a swearing-in ceremony before Friday’s Baltimore Oriolesgame against the Red Sox. More than 30 young recruits were sworn in during the ceremony.Members of the 3rd Infantry Regimentcolor guard stand in the outfield duringthe National Anthem at Friday’s MilitaryAppreciation Day at Oriole Park atCamden Yards. Nine Fort Meade Soldiersstood on the field alongside Oriolesplayers during the performance.‘It made me feel good thatmy hometown city goesout of the way to recognizethose who serve.’Mike UrgoBaltimore County
  • 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013SportsBy Brandon BieltzStaff WriterA steady rain didn’t prevent servicemembers representing 26 units from cel-ebrating the Army’s 238th birthday witha spirited run through the installation.With an emphasis on resiliency, FortMeade celebrated the Army’s anniver-sary with the Army Birthday Run forResiliency joint service run Friday morn-ing at McGlachlin Parade Field.Approximately 1,800 service membersparticipated in the early-morning, three-mile run.“It’s a good start to the day,” said Sgt.David Dote, who is stationed in Vilseck,Germany, and visiting family at FortMeade. “It’s great to come together tocelebrate the Army birthday.”Units from all service branches, joinedby civilians, lined up on the parade fieldin formation shortly after daybreak. Fol-lowing Reveille at 6:30 a.m., the servicemembers marched off the soggy fieldand onto English Avenue. The grouppicked up pace and transitioned into arun.Led by a fire truck and Garrison Com-mander Col. Edward C. Rothstein andGarrison Command Sgt. Maj. ThomasJ. Latter, service members ran throughthe installation carrying unit flags andsinging cadences.Around 7 a.m., runners arrived backat the parade field and returned to theirformations before crowding around thegazebo for remarks from Rothstein, whodiscussed the importance of resiliencyand wellness.Rothstein said the new Army WellnessCenter, which is scheduled to open at theend of July on Llewellyn Avenue, willhelp improve the resiliency of the instal-lation’s service members and families.“I’m absolutely committed to wellness,keeping ourselves fit mentally, physically,emotionally, spiritually and socially,”Rothstein said. “We are going to do thatby increasing wellness programs on theinstallation for our community. We’regoing to do that by building a resiliencycenter and campus that supports you,your family and the entire community.“I’m absolutely committed thatthrough strong leadership and spon-sorship and embracing each other ineverything we do, we will be a healthy,ready, fit service and an awesome TeamMeade.”Rothstein also wished a happy birth-day to the Army, which celebrated itsJoint service run highlights resiliency for Army birthdayPhotos by nate pesceMembers of the Marine Cryptological Support Battalion run in formation in the rain during the joint service run at McGlachlinParade Field. The run celebrated the Army’s 238th birthday.238th year of service June 14. Thecolonel also thanked the military fortheir service to the country and theinstallation.“The strength of our nation are ourSoldiers in uniform, our service membersin uniform,” he said. “The strength of usis our families and our community.“I like to share one more step, andthat is the strength of Team Meade andthis Army post. It’s all of you.”Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J.Latter talks with senior leaders from thevarious units that participated in Friday’sArmy Birthday Run for Resiliency jointservice run at McGlachlin Parade Field.Approximately 1,800 service membersparticipated in the early-morning, three-mile run.
  • 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 20, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15Sportsphotos by Sgt. Walter ReevesSUMMER SIZZLERRunners sprint off the starting line of the ArmyBirthday 5K at the Pavilion. Saturday’s compe-tition was the fourth event in the installation’sannual Run Series. Erik Gibbs was the firstoverall finisher with a time of 17:06, whileShannon Corona led all women with a finishingtime of 19:35.RIGHT: Abel Keshishina, 8, high-fives AndreKeshishina at the Army Birthday 5K on Sat-urday morning. Abel finished the race with atime of 34:34. The next Run Series event is theFootball Fan Fare 5K on Sept. 21.Top menfinishers1. Erik Gibbs, 17:062. Luis Navarro, 17:503. Samuel Graves, 18:27Top womenfinishers1. Shannon Corona, 19:352. Emma Mellamphy, 21:463. Deborah Howe, 22:19
  • 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil16 SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013SportsA few weeks ago, a certain wannabecolumnist put it out to the world that SanAntonio would take down the Heat in sixgames.And, if Manu Ginobli or Kahwi Leon-ard would have made one extra free throw,that columnist, aka me, would have beenright.Right as when I say that people whocelebrate eighth-grade graduations likesome sort of grand accomplishment — I’mlooking at you Phil Mickelson — are onlyadding to the demise of our society. Justlike those yahoos I heard on the news afew days back claiming that sibling rivalryneeds to be dealt with like bullying.But unlike middle school grads andover-sensitive counselors, I’m not angryabout the Spurs choking away Game 6. Infact, after a few hours of sleep, I’m prettyhappy about it.For one, if the Spurs would have won,we never would have been able to seeMiami’s true colors. bit.ly/1asAKaPSecond, we get a Game 7.There are few adjectives that properlyput Game 7s into context. They combinethe winner-take-all, one-and-done mental-ity of the Super Bowl with the tension thatcan only be generated when two teamsspend hundreds of minutes competingagainst each other with nothing to showfor it.Game 7 does not prove who the bestteam is or which team is the luckiest. That’sbecause both teams proved their skill andhad plenty of luck while making it throughthe first six games.Instead, Game 7 proves which teamwants it most. And when you’ve got thatmany world-class athletes giving every-thing they’ve got, you know you are in forsomething special.So whether you are a fan of either theSpurs or Miami, and regardless if you likebasketball or not, if you are a sports fan,your place of duty tonight is in front of atelevision — snacks in hand, kids in bedand your significant other on mute, or atleast in Canada like mine is.In fact, any “fan” who misses tonight’sgame needs to turn in their fandom cardand stop reading this column immediatelybecause you are not worthy.And in case you think I’m kidding, hereis a rundown ofsome of the greatGame 7s of alltime:• AtlantaBraves vs. Minne-sota Twins: Oct.27, 1991Future Hallof Fame pitcherJohn Smoltz was great, however, should-beHoFer Jack Morris was even better, pitch-ing 10 shutout innings to help the Twinswin one of the greatest World Series everbit.ly/190grTS. Or, if you are a true fan,bit.ly/15jAaqn.• New York Yankees vs. PittsburghPirates: Oct. 13, 1960Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run.Enough said, especially after I was justtalking to retired Sgt. Maj. Ray “Old Sol-dier” Moran about this last Friday at theOrioles game. bit.ly/102CKST• Detroit Pistons vs. L.A. Lakers: June21, 1988Magic versus Isiah, Showtime versus theBad Boys, A.C. Green’s Jerry Curl, and thesweet repeat. bit.ly/12JZwS4 Watch thisclip and you can’t help but wonder howthese teams would whip today’s competi-tion.• Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Lakers: May5, 1969All you really need to say is that BillRussell and Wilt Chamberlain took theopening tip — that and those shorts wouldbe illegal nowadays. bit.ly/12JZwS4• St. Louis Blues vs. Detroit Red Wings:May 16, 1996I know this game didn’t win the cupfor the Wings, but how could I pass up anopportunity to show the greatest sportsmoment I witnessed on TV?Stevie Y, Tennessee side-sipping and myboy Jake Pschigoda chilling in the base-ment. bit.ly/1asNONAI guess since I’m on hockey, I might aswell include this clip featuring the Top-10Game 7s in Stanley Cup finals history. bit.ly/12K2OEXEnjoy tonight’s game.If you have comments on this or any-thing to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil or at Chad Jones onFacebook.Game 7Chad T. Jones,Public AffairsOfficerJibber Jabber - OpinionSports ShortsPremier soccerThe Arundel Soccer Association Premier 99’s Rising Girls U14 Division Iteam is looking for a goalkeeper and field players born between Aug. 1, 1999and July 31, 2000.Interested players should call 443-956-3828 or email coachthomas20@verizon.netGaffney poolThe swimming pool at Gaffney Fitness Center is closed for maintenance.EFMP bowlingThe Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthlybowling event on July 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lanes.Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Otherfamily members will receive discounted games and shoe rental.To register, call 301-677-7836 or email theresa.r.strawhecker.civ@mail.mil.EFMP walking programThe new Exceptional Family Member Walking Group will meet at ArundelMills Mall on July 11 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.The group will gather at 8:15 a.m. in front of Best Buy, inside the mall.Registration is required.For more information or to register, call 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@us.mail.mil.Dollar DaysSummer 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 ‘emTexas 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.Highsteppers to compete in National QualiferThe Fort MeadeHighsteppers Track andField Club is sending 38athletes to the AmateurAthletic Union’s NationalQualifier at SouthHagerstown High Schoolfrom Friday to Sunday.Athletes who qualify willcompete in the AAU JuniorOlympics from July 28 toAug. 3 at Eastern MichiganUniversity in Ypsilanti,Mich.
  • 14. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 20, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 17Community News & NotesThe deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.All submissions are posted at the editor’sdiscretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional communityevents on the Fort Meade website at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.For more information or to submit anannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602.Corvias informationalsessionCorvias Military Living will conduct itsnext informational meeting for residentson Live Army Green on Monday fromnoon to 1 p.m. at the Meuse ForestNeighborhood Center.The meeting will be held incoordination with a planned visit fromMinol, the third-party billing managementcompany for Live Army Green.Minol also will be available to meetwith residents individually until 5 p.m.To attend the session or schedule anindividual appointment with Minol,RSVP at 410-672-4033.Residents with specific concerns,or those who would like to have anenergy assessment completed or want tospeak with a Corvias team member inadvance of the session should call theirneighborhood office.For general information on theprogram, visit http://meadepicerne.com/residents/live-army-green-program.Budweiser Red, White, andBlue Grilling CompetitionActive-duty service members areinvited to compete in the BudweiserRed, White, and Blue GrillingCompetition at Fort Meade on July 3.Entry forms are available at the FortMeade AAFES Class VI store and mustbe dropped off at the Weber Grill at theClass VI store by June 27.The Directorate of Family andMorale, Welfare and Recreation willselect 10 entries to compete at thecelebration.Each contestant will be providedwith a Weber Charcoal Grill, Kingsfordcharcoal, ribs, Johnsonville Brats and a$100 cash card for all the ingredients fortheir winning recipes.FILE PHOTORED, White and blue celebrationThe Fort Meade Red, White and Blue Celebration will be held July 3 from 4 to 10 p.m. at McGlachlin ParadeField. The free event is open to the public.The celebration will feature fireworks, a Budweiser Clydesdales procession, two country music bands, abarbecue cook-off, children’s inflatables, two NASCAR simulators, corn hole games, and food vendors.The U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassasdors will perform at 5:15 p.m.For more information, visit ftmeadefmwr.com.70th ISRW change ofcommandCol. Mary F. O’Brien, commander ofthe 70th Intelligence, Surveillance andReconnaissance Wing, will relinquishcommand to Col. Kevin D. Dixon on July10 at 9 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field.The Fort Meade community is welcometo attend. Dress for service members isduty uniform. Civilian dress is casual.For more information, call Master Sgt.LaSanda M. Seymore-Frazier at 301-677-0366.2014 Fort MeadeWelcome GuideThe Fort Meade Public AffairsOffice is compiling information for the2014 Fort Meade Welcome Guide andTelephone Directory.Fort Meade garrison organizations,partner commands, installation clubsand service organizations are requestedto submit a brief summary about theirorganizations before July 5.Include information regarding theorganization’s mission, date of theactivation and unique attributes as partof the brief descriptive paragraphs.Also include the organization’saddress, main telephone and importantsecondary phone numbers, andorganizational email address.Limit submission to one or twoparagraphs. Organization photos arewelcome.Email submissions to CommandInformation Chief Philip Jones at philip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil.For more information, call 301-677-5602.Radiology appointmentsTo schedule appointments for theRadiology Department at KimbroughAmbulatory Care Center, callKimbrough’s main telephone number at301-677-8800, option 7.Farmers’ marketBaltimore Washington MedicalCenter and Healthy Markets, BenefitLLC are teaming up to offer a farmers’market, rain or shine, every Saturdayfrom 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June toOctober at the BWMC/ExecutiveCenter, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie.NEWS & EVENTSCONTINUED ON PAGE 18
  • 15. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil18 SOUNDOFF! June 20, 2013Community News & NotesBWMC and Healthy Markets arecommitted to promoting heathy livingby supporting local farmers and artisansthrough offering healthy, locally grownand produced food to the community.Items will include seasonal fruits,vegetables, baked goods and preparedfoods. EBT/SNAP benefits, WIC fruitand vegetable checks, and Farmers’Market Nutrition Program checks willbe accepted.For more information, contactBWMC’s Community OutreachDepartment at 410-787-4367 or visithealthymarketsmd.wordpress.com.Military Unit TriviaContestThe Lounge at The Lanes offersmilitary unit competitions during TeamTrivia Night on Tuesdays from 7 to 9p.m.The free event is open to all ranks andservices. Teams must have a minimum oftwo players and a maximum of 10.Food and beverages are available forpurchase.For more information, call 301-677-5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com/lanes.php.Jummah prayersIndividuals interested in prayingJummah prayers on Fort Meade shouldcall 301-677-1301.Fort Meade has a room availableat Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100Rockenbach Road.The community also is seekingindividuals who would like to pray amorning prayer on Fridays.Karaoke NightThe next Karaoke Night is todayfrom 7 to 10 p.m. in the 11th FrameLounge at the Lanes.The event is held the third Thursdayof the month.For more information, call 301-677-5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com.Drug-free workplacetrainingThe Army Substance Abuse Programis sponsoring the Annual Drug FreeWorkplace Training.The training is mandatory for all DoDcivilian employees, in accordance with AR600-85. Employees are required to attendonly one session.The first training, for managers andsupervisors, will be Monday from 9a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in the PostTheater.The second training day, for allemployees, will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. tonoon and 1 to 4 p.m. in the Post Theater.For more information, call SamsonRobinson at 301-677-7983.Story TimeThe Medal of Honor MemorialLibrary offers pre-kindergarten StoryTime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30a.m.• Today: “Summer Story TimeSpectacular• June 27: “Turtle Tales and AmphibianAnecdotes,” frog and turtle themesFor more information, call 301-677-5522.Out & About• The B&O Railroad Museum 901W. Pratt St., Baltimore is hosting theChesapeake Region of the AntiqueAutomobile Club of America onSaturday from noon to 4 p.m. See rare,classic and vintage automobiles.Admission is $16 for adults; $14for seniors age 60 and older; and $10for children ages 2 to 12. For moreinformation, visit borail.org or call 410-752-2490.• The Bowie Baysox will host “StarWars Night” on Saturday when theBaysox play the Altoona Curve at 6:35p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium, 4101Crain Highway.The event will feature charactersin movie-quality replica costumes,lightsaber battles between innings,postgame performances, and a fireworksextravaganza after the Jedi Knights andSith Lords have a final showdown.Fans can take part in the Death Starputt-putt game outside the stadium andon the main stadium concourse. Theevent also will feature a memorabiliadisplay from the Star Wars Museum.Tickets are available at baysox.com orby calling the Baysox box office at 301-464-4865.• The Columbia Association’sLakefront Summer Festival will be heldthrough Aug. 18 at the Columbia TownCenter Lakefront, 10275 WincopinCircle.Admission and parking are free.Sunday concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Allother concerts begin at 8 p.m.Free dance instruction with music willbe offered Fridays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.under the People Tree. Movies begin atdusk, about 8:30 p.m.No glass containers or alcoholicbeverages are permitted. In inclementweather, call 410-715-3127. For moreinformation, visit lakefrontfestival.com.• The 2013 Columbia Festivalof the Arts offers free and ticketedevents through June 29. The 16-day,multidisciplinary arts festival featuresperformances, exhibitions, concerts,family activities, master classes,workshops and film.For a complete schedule and tickets,visit columbiafestival.com or call 410-715-3044.• Society of Military Widows meets forbrunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Sunday.For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127.• Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsoredby Army Community Service, meets the sec-ond and fourth Monday of every monthfrom 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community ReadinessCenter, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meetingis Monday. For more information, call CelenaFlowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590.• Single Parent Support Group meets thesecond and fourth Monday of the month from6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 ReeceRoad. The next meeting is Monday. Free childcare will be provided on site.For more information, call KimberlyMcKay at 301-677-5590 or email kimberly.d.mckay.ctr@us.army.mil.• Bully Proofing Support Group meetsthe second and fourth Monday of themonth from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac PlaceNeighborhood Center. The next meeting isMonday. The group is geared for parentsof children ages 5 to 12. For more informa-tion, call 301-677-5590.• Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the monthfrom 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipurposeroom of Building 9801 at the National Secu-rity Agency. The next meeting is Wednesday.NEWS & EVENTSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 17EDUCATIONYOUTHRECREATIONMEETINGS
  • 16. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 20, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 19Community News & Notes MoviesThe movie schedule is subject to change. Fora recorded announcement of showings, call 301-677-5324. Further listings are available on theArmy and Air Force Exchange Service websiteat www.aafes.com.Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at6:30 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 14Today, Saturday & Sunday: “The Great Gatsby”(PG-13). A Midwestern war veteran finds himselfdrawn to the past and lifestyle of his million-aire neighbor. With Leonardo DiCaprio, TobeyMaguire, Carey Mulligan. (3D)Friday & Wednesday: “Tyler Perry’s Temptation”(PG-13). An ambitious married woman’s tempta-tion by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal,recklessness, and forever alters the course of herlife. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Kim Kardashian,Vanessa Williams.June 27, 28, 29: “Star Trek Into Darkness”(PG-13). Capt. James Kirk and the crew of theEnterprise hunts a one-man weapon of massdestruction. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto,Karl Urban. (3D)June 30, July 4, 6: “Fast & Furious 6” (PG-13).A driver and his crew are offered a full pardonif they help complete a dangerous mission. WithVin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson.July 3, 5: “The Hangover Part III” (R). The Wolf-pack hits the road in this third installment of thecomedy series. With Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms,Zach Galifianakis.July 7, 11, 12: “Now You See Me” (PG-13). Anelite FBI squad matches wits with a team of greatillusionists. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo,Woody Harrelson.July 10, 13, 14: “After Earth” (PG-13). A boytraverses hostile terrain to recover a rescuebeacon. With Jaden Smith, Will Smith, SophieOkonedo.For more information, call 443-534-5170 orvisit afsa254.org.• Women’s Empowerment Group meetsevery Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. toprovide a safe, confidential arena for thesupport, education and empowerment ofwomen who have experienced past or pres-ent family violence.Location is only disclosed toparticipants. To register, call Tina Gauth,victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 orSamantha Herring, victim advocate, at301-677-4124.• Military Council for Catholic Womenis open to all women ages 18 and olderfor prayer, faith, fellowship and service atthe Main Post Chapel. Mother’s Prayer& Apologetics meets Tuesdays from 9:45a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel Countyschools are in session. Monthly programsare held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.For more information, email BethWright, president, at bethwright826@hotmail.com or call 305-240-1559.• Fort Meade Homeschool Co-opmeets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900Reece Road. For more information, callKelli Stricker at 410-674-0297 or emailftmeadehomeschooling@verizon.net.• Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys infirst through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10,to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.For more information, emailCubmaster Tom Johnston at pack377_cm@yahoo.com or CommitteeChairperson Elizabeth Johnston atpack377_cc@yahoo.com.• Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondaysat 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills ChapelCenter on Rockenbach Road. The troopis actively recruiting boys age 11 to18. For more information, email LisaYetman, at lisayetman@verizon.netor Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, atlawrencewendall@juno.com.• American Legion Post 276 is open toveterans and active-duty service membersat 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn.Breakfast may be purchased beginning at9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour isfrom 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchasedat 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourthSunday of every month.Membership discounts are offeredfor active-duty military. For moreinformation, call 410-969-8028 or visitamericanlegionpost276.org.• Families Dealing with Deployment meetsthe first and third Monday of every monthfrom 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neigh-borhood Center. The next meeting is July 1.For more information, call Kimberly McKayat 301-677-5590 or email kimberly.d.mckay.ctr@us.army.mil.• Enlisted Spouses Club meets the sec-ond Monday of each month at 7 p.m. atPotomac Place Neighborhood Center. Thenext meeting is July 8. For more informa-tion, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email member-ship@ftmeadeesc.org.• New Spouse Connection meets thesecond Monday of every month from 7to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readi-ness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The nextmeeting is July 8. The program providesan opportunity for all spouses new to themilitary or to Fort Meade to meet and getconnected. For more information, contactPia Morales at pia.s.morales.civ@mail.milor 301-677-4110.• Bridging the Gap deployment supportgroup, sponsored by Army CommunityService, meets the second Tuesday of themonth from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac PlaceNeighborhood Center. The next meetingis July 9. For more information, callSharon Collins at 301-667-4116 or emailsharon.j.collins@us.army.mil.• Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet ReserveAssociation meets the second Wednesdayof each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 160on Route 170 in Glen Burnie. The nextmeeting is July 10. Active-duty, Reserveand retired members of the U.S. Navy,Marine Corps and Coast Guard areinvited. For more information, call 410-761-7046 or 301-262-6556.• Fort Meade TOP III Associationmeets the second Wednesday of eachmonth at 3 p.m. at the Courses. Thenext meeting is July 10. The associationis open to all Air Force active-duty andretired senior noncommissioned officers.For more information, call Master Sgt.Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or emailjajacob@nsa.gov.• Fort Meade E9 Association meets thesecond Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in thePin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meetingis July 12. The association is open to active,retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s ofany uniformed service. All E9s in this areaare invited to attend a breakfast and meetthe membership. For more information, visite9association.org or call 410-551-7953.• Retired Enlisted Association meets thethird Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 AnnapolisRoad, Odenton. The next meeting is July 16.For more information, visit trea.org or callElliott Phillips, the local president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past nationalpresident, at 443-336-1230.• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by theGarrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the firstThursday of every month at 7 a.m. at theConference Center. The next prayer breakfastis Aug. 1.Get to work on time.Know the hoursof operation forAccess Gateson Fort MeadeGate 1: Rockenbach Road5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday through Friday;9 a.m. to 9 p.m.weekends and holidaysGate 3: Reece Road andMaryland Route 175(Demps Visitor ControlCenter gate) 24-hour accessDemps Visitor Control Center,Bldg. 902 Reece Road7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,Monday through FridayGate 4: Mapes Road andMaryland Route 1755:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.,Monday through Friday;closed weekends and holidaysGate 5: Llewellyn Avenue andMaryland Route 1756 to 8 a.m., Monday throughFriday for inbound traffic;3 to 6 p.m., Monday throughFriday for outbound trafficGate 7: Mapes Roadand Route 325:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday through Friday;9 a.m. to 9 p.m.weekends and holidays