Today, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.:
Women’s History Month Observance
- McGill Training Center
April 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.:
Child Abuse Prevention Month -
Family Assistance Center
April 4, 6:30 a.m.:
Sexual Assault Awareness Run -
McGlachlin Parade Field
April 10, 11:30 a.m.:
Holocaust Remembrance Observance
- McGill Training Center
April 12, 9-11 a.m.:
Easter Bunny Breakfast - Conference Ctr.
Certified child care providers
give parents quality service,
peace of mind
Single service members
program enhances quality
of life, builds friendships
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photo by Stephen Ellmore
Keiff Hash and Rod Belangue of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service maintenance crew install car stops in the
new Express parking lot on Wednesday morning. The retail portion, including the gas pumps, of the $5.6 million facility is
expected to open Friday, while the food services will open later this month. The Express is located on Mapes Road and
6th Armored Cavalry Road.
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Hello again, Team Meade.
March is already half over and, yes, it is still snow-
ing! So as I wrote two weeks ago, hoping once again
this week’s event was our last, and I’m still confident
spring will be in full bloom by the end of the month.
We’ll get to work patching the roads and parking
lots soon, and repaving those that need it. We’re also
working on a long-term effort to widen and modern-
ize Mapes and Reece roads, our primary east/west
This effort will be challenging in a time of con-
strained resources. But our campaign to highlight
growth on Fort Meade is making good progress, and
I’m confident we’ll be able to make a strong case for
Earlier this month we said goodbye to Chaplain
(Col.) Carl R. Rau, who retired after 33 years of ser-
vice to our nation. Thanking Chaplain Rau gave me
cause to reflect on the importance of our Chaplain
Corps and the Fort Meade Religious Support Office.
No branch of our Army or military defines the
term “selfless service”better than the Chaplain Corps.
Chaplains minister in every possible form and fash-
ion — from traditional pastoral counseling and life
counseling to grief counseling and marital counseling
— and sometimes, just providing a safe place and an
ear for a frustrated service member to let off steam,
or even just find a quiet place for a hot cup of coffee
and some personal reflection.
Chaplains do it all, and they do it wherever the
Army goes, in the harshest of conditions — in the
jungles, foxholes and firebases of places like Haiti,
Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and
on and on.
Chaplains remove feelings of grief, fear and confu-
sion as they minister, and replace them with comfort
and peace of mind. Because they are most often not
allowed to share the information confided in them, I
often think of chaplains as sponges or black holes.
and fear out of
others, and hold-
selves, without the
ability to let it out
by sharing. The
to care for chap-
lains as they care
for others cannot
be overstated. So
I encourage all to
take a few moments this week to thank them.
That is also where our chaplain assistants, employ-
ees and volunteers that make up our wonderful Reli-
gious Support Office come in. Our Army chaplain
assistants are Soldiers assigned to protect and care for
chaplains as they care for us.
Chaplains are considered noncombatants by the
Geneva Convention, and as such, do not carry weap-
ons. Chaplain assistants bear arms, and are tasked to
protect their chaplain when in combat. Many have
sacrificed their lives doing just that, and to all we owe
a debt of thanks for their selfless service.
We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful
Religious Support Office on Fort Meade. From Rabbi
Levi Finkelstein conducting a daily Jewish sunrise
service (the only one on any DoD installation, I might
add) to Diana L. Durner and the administration staff
making sure the organization runs smoothly, to the
volunteers who teach Sunday school and run many of
our events, I extend my deepest thanks on behalf of
our nine practicing faith groups, and each and every
member of our Team Meade community.
I hope everyone had a safe and fun St. Patrick’s
Day. And if we all keep thinking warm, happy
thoughts, the snow will melt faster. I hope!
Thanks to our
COL. Brian P. Foley
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and
community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or con-
cerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from
4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn
Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is
For more information, call 301-677-4844.
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By Brandon Bieltz
Just one year ago, Fort Meade’s
Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers
barely had 10 service members signing
up for weekend trips and even fewer
Since opening BOSS to all service
branches, the program for the installa-
tion’s single service members has more
than doubled over the past several
months with waiting lists for trips and
up to 40 representatives at meetings.
“We have increased in all areas,” said
Sgt. Chatonna Powell, the garrison’s
BOSS representative. “Our numbers for
everything — trips, community service,
attending meetings — everything has
increased over the past year.”
BOSS, which is open to all single
enlisted service members, is designed to
engage military members in the com-
munity through volunteerism and recre-
ational trips. The program also provides
single service members with an avenue
to improve quality of life on post.
“It’s people getting engaged in where
they live and trying to improve that,”
said Garrison Command Sgt. Maj.
Thomas J. Latter. “The volunteerism
is getting out in the community, help-
ing out at a local food bank, helping
with Wreaths Across America — just
being engaged and giving back to the
Powell calls BOSS “the voice” of the
single service members as the program
is focused on solving quality of life by
addressing issues faced by members of
Unit representatives meet on the first
and third Tuesday of every month to
discuss issues effecting them.
“We cover any quality-of-life issues,”
Latter said. “I find out if there’s a
problem in the barracks or a problem
somewhere. So that skips all the chains
[of command], comes right up to me so
I can address those issues.”
Volunteer work is a staple of the Fort
Meade program. Members of BOSS
have volunteered for various programs
including post events, animal shelters,
Honor Flights in Washington, D.C.,
and at MacArthur Middle School.
“We’re here to help out our com-
munity,” said Spc. David Jaiman, Fort
Meade’s BOSS president. “That’s what
the military is, helping out the commu-
nity and doing things for other people
BOSS program expands to include all branches
photo by noah scialom
Joe Basile (left) serves chili to Pfc. Antonio Lewis and Marine Pfc. Elisha Peake during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers’
chili cookoff on March 7. BOSS, which is open to all single enlisted service members, is designed to engage military members in
the community through volunteerism and recreational trips. The program also provides single service members with an avenue
to improve quality of life on post and make new friends.
— not just for yourself.”
The program, which is funded by
the Directorate of Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation, also provides a
variety of social events such as ski trips,
parasailing and zip lining.
The trips help single service members
make connections, Powell said.
“It’s kind of a way for them to net-
work and get to know other service
members,” she said. “It’s a way for them
to be able to get out and get involved
and do things rather than just be stuck
in their room after work.”
Jaiman, who has been part BOSS for
several years at various installations,
described the program as a “good out-
let to have fun and interact with other
people.” The increased growth of Fort
Meade’s BOSS, he said, has improved
“It just becomes a great program,” he
said “More interaction, more person-to-
person contact and it becomes fun. You
get to know people a lot better. Friend-
ships develop as well. I’ve met a lot of
great people through this program.”
Latter said he is happy with its direc-
tion and has high standards for its
future. The goal, he said, is to develop
BOSS slowly to establish a strong foun-
“Building the support, slowly but
steadily I think, is going to have a last-
ing impression on all of the incoming
service members here on Fort Meade,”
Latter said, “so that they know there’s
a way for them to quickly integrate into
the community and find friends to do
Editor’s note: Philip H. Jones, chief
of command information, contributed to
this story. For more information about
the BOSS program, contact Sgt. Powell
Fort Meade at
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A member of an Explosive
Ordnance Detachment from
Fort Belvoir, Va., holds an
inert, training mortar round
that a utility crew unearthed
while working in Potomac
Place on March 11. The
mortar was found about
a foot underground near
The Directorate of Emer-
gency Services evacu-
ated residences in the
area and blocked off a
300-meter section as the
EOD removed the mortar. A
similar mortar was located
in the same area several
Unexploded ordnances are
not always harmless and
should not be touched or
handled by an unqualified
person. Always report the
discovery of an UXO to
Photo by Brandon Bieltz
March 15, Driving while under
the influence of alcohol, driving
while impaired by alcohol: The
Directorate of Emergency Ser-
vices was notified of a possible
intoxicated driver at the Reece
Road gate. Police made contact
odor of an alcoholic beverage
emitting from her. She agreed to
perform a couple of tests to determine her ability
to drive, which she performed poorly. The driver
rendered an insufficient breath sample.
March 11, Larceny of private property: The victim
stated she discovered that a Ziploc bag containing
a number of jewelry items was missing from her
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
For week of March 10-16:
• Moving violations: 21
• Nonmoving violations: 5
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 29
• Traffic accidents: 8
• Driving on suspended license: 2
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 3
By Ryan D. Yarnell
Personal Financial Readiness Specialist
Army Community Service
It’s tax time, and if you’re like mil-
lions of Americans, you’re expecting a
refund. This is a perfect time to evalu-
ate why you’re getting this refund.
For most Americans, at least some of
their federal income tax refund comes
from over-withholding from their pay-
checks throughout the year.
When we over-withhold, all we are
doing is providing an interest-free loan
to the federal government. We send
them money to hold onto throughout
the year, and they send it back to us a
few weeks after we file our return.
No interest is paid, we lose access
to this money until we file and receive
the refund, and actually lose purchas-
ing power due to inflation. It’s not free
money, as some believe. It’s just getting
our own money back.
Additionally, many service members
with families actually owe no federal
taxes, especially if the military paycheck
is the only one in the household.
With deductions, exemptions and tax
credits such as the Child Tax Credit,
often their tax liability ends up being
$0. With refundable tax credits, such
as the Earned Income Tax Credit, they
will receive money back they didn’t
This means that every penny withheld
from their paycheck will be returned
when they file.
Instead of over-withholding, I rec-
ommend the Goldilocks approach:
Don’t withhold too little, don’t with-
hold too much. Instead, withhold just
This way, your withholding through-
out the year will match your tax liabili-
ty. You won’t get a tax refund, but your
paycheck will be larger each payday.
Also, you’ll still receive any refundable
tax credits, if eligible.
What many don’t realize is that the
amount withheld each paycheck is
determined by the information col-
lected on their Form W-4 they file with
their employers. This form identifies
whether they are married or single and
how many allowances they would like
to claim. The more allowances, the less
the employer will withhold for federal
A common misconception is that the
allowances should match the number
of people in the household. But this
is not accurate. The number of allow-
ances should be determined by the
expected tax liability for the year.
“But I like my refund; it forces me
I hear this often. Does it really force
you to save? What are you doing with
For some, the refund is truly forced
savings, and they use the money on
things like big-ticket purchases and
For others, the refund allows them
to catch up from the previous year by
paying bills that are overdue or for
debt they incurred, which is accruing
interest. (The average credit card APR
is 15.38 percent.)
In either case, there are better ways.
Instead of forced savings with the fed-
eral government, use a savings account.
It might actually earn some interest,
and you also will have access during the
year if you need the money.
Instead of using a refund to catch
up, adjust your withholding so your
paycheck is larger. Hopefully, this will
keep you from getting behind or adding
to your debt in the first place.
Use the IRS Tax Withholding Calcu-
lator at apps.irs.gov/app/withholding-
calculator/ to determine the appropri-
ate amount of withholding and file a
revised Form W-4 with your employer.
For service members, this can be
done on MyPay within seconds.
For more information, call the Joint
Installation Tax Center at 301-677-
To schedule an appointment with an
Army Community Service financial
counselor, go to fortmeadeacs.checkap-
Tax refunds: Should you adjust your federal withholding?
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Odin Powell doesn’t mind being
dropped off in the morning at the home
of his Fort Meade Family Child Care
provider in Heritage Park.
“I know he’s in a good spot,” said Tech
Sgt. Jamie Powell, mother of 21-month-
old Odin. “He likes to be dropped off
and he doesn’t like to be picked up.”
Powell and her husband, Tech Sgt.
Christopher Powell, both employed at
the Defense Media Activity, have worked
with Chandra Wolfe, the family’s FCC
provider, for nearly three years.
“I say it’s more personal. She’s like his
second mom,” Jamie Powell said of the
toddler’s relationship with Wolfe. “She’s
very flexible and understanding of our
Post Family Child Care
providers undergo rigorous
age 2. If the provider’s children are under
age 8, they are included in the total.
The FCC program is part of Child,
Youth and School Services. FCC provid-
ers are required to adhere to the same
Army regulations as staff who work at
Prior to becoming an FCC provider,
Wolfe worked for 14 years as a fine jew-
elry manager for a major retailer. She
said she often worked nights and week-
ends, and traveled a great deal. During
that time, Wolfe said, her husband cared
for their two sons, Kadin, now 14, and
Tristin, now 11.
But when Rylan was born three years
ago, Wolfe’s husband suggested that she
become an FCC provider.
Wolfe said that in addition to being
home with her son and helping to pro-
vide for her family, being an FCC pro-
vider is an important responsibility.
“You have to be on your toes,” she
said. “You must follow all the rules and
regulations to protect the children.”
Matthews said a benefit of FCC cer-
tification is that it can be applied to
working at other Army and military
Hardy said that it is a violation of
Army regulations for anyone to provide
home child care on the installation for
more than 10 hours a week on a regular
basis without FCC certification.
Those on Fort Meade who provide
unauthorized day care may lose their
housing privileges and jeopardize the
career of their military family member.
To become a certified FCC provider,
call Hardy or Matthews at 301-677-
The next FCC pre-orientation brief-
ing is April 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the
School Age Services at 1900 Reece Road.
Matthews and Hardy will explain the
program and the application process for
Parents interested in enrolling in an
FCC home must register with Parent
The same waiting list policy applies
to FCC as it does for the CDCs’ child
For more information, call Parent Cen-
tral Services at 301-677-1149 or 301-677-
Chandra Wolfe, a Fort Meade Family Child Care provider, helps Odin Powell, 21 months;
Wolfe’s son Rylan, 3; and Elizabeth Lesche, 2 1/2, with an arts and crafts project in her
Heritage Park home. Prospective providers undergo a rigorous certification process
that includes annual background checks and six days of training.
Wolfe is one of more than 20 child
care providers on post who are certified
by the installation to provide day care for
military personnel and DoD civilians.
“I always thought I would open my
own day care center one day,” said Wolfe,
wife of Tech Sgt. Matthew Wolfe who
works at the National Security Agency.
“I get to stay home with [my son] Rylan
and make a decent income. I love chil-
More than 100 children are enrolled in
the program. They are registered to par-
ticipate through Parent Central Services
on Reece Road.
Currently, the program is recruiting
providers, particularly candidates inter-
ested in caring for infants.
The FCC certification process is rig-
orous. Prospective child care providers
must be at least 18 years old and high
school graduates. They are required to
attend an orientation session as well as
six days of training in child development,
health, nutrition, communicable diseases,
special needs, fire and safety standards,
child abuse identification and preven-
tion, and administrative paperwork.
Providers also receive training in CPR
once a year and in first aid every three
Background checks are conducted
every year on providers and their family
members ages 12 and older who live in
Once the initial background check is
cleared, Patricia Hardy and Christine
Matthews, the program’s co-directors,
inspect the provider’s home.
The home also is inspected by the Fort
Meade Fire Department, the Installation
Safety Office and a public health nurse
from Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Cen-
Once providers pass these inspections,
they are certified.
The Army now provides a subsidy for
parents who select an FCC provider for
child care. The FCC provider’s fee is the
same fee required if the child is enrolled
at a Child Development Center, plus a 10
percent discount. The fee is established
by Parent Central Services.
FCC providers may care for a total of
six children, two of whom can be under
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The goal of Sexual Assault Aware-
ness Month is to raise awareness of
sexual assault and spotlight the need for
prevention and intervention as well as
the availability of services for victims of
The national 2014 SAAM theme is:
“It’s time ... to talk about it! Your voice.
Our future. Prevent sexual violence.”
Each April, the DoD and other orga-
nizations across the country commemo-
rate Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
This annual observance provides the
opportunity to highlight the efforts that
DoD and the respective military services
are taking to combat sexual crimes and
The Army, Navy and Air Force sex-
ual assault response coordinators, or
SARCs, and Army partner command
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response
and Prevention (SHARP) personnel at
Fort Meade have joined together to plan
The hope is that all members of the
community will “join the conversation
and use their voice to shape our future
and prevent sexual assault.”
Events on Fort Meade include:
• Changemaker’s Breakfast/Victim
Advocate Recognition: March 31, 9-
10:30 a.m. at Potomac Place Neighbor-
Victim advocates, representing all
branches of military service, and com-
munity leaders are invited for breakfast.
• “Got Your Back”: April 1-17
Myths about sex are being used to
blame victims, protect perpetrators and
confuse potential bystanders into inac-
This program applies information
learned about perpetrators’ motives and
behaviors in order to devise successful
bystander-intervention strategies, and
decrease community tolerance for sexual
This event, sponsored by the Depart-
ment of the Army, is open to all service
The workshop will:
- Make connections between sexist
language, stereotypes about “hooking
up,” and the perpetuation of a culture
that supports rapists.
- Discuss the difference between a
healthy sexual encounter, a regretted
sexual encounter and rape.
- Encourage individuals to act as
change agents within military culture to
ensure it does not perpetuate a climate
that enables sex offenders to operate.
- Incorporate DoD/military core
values and utilize these principles to
empower personnel to be allies in sexual
• April 1-3: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.
at McGill Training Center
• April 9-10: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.
at National Security Agency, Friedman
• April 14-15: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1
p.m. at McGill Training Center
• April 16: 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at
NSA, Friedman Auditorium
• April 17: 9 and 11 a.m. at NSA,
HQ9A135 conference room
• April 17: 1 p.m. at NSA, Friedman
• Joint Service Sexual Assault Aware-
ness Day of Action Community Run:
April 4 from 6:30-8 a.m. at McGlachlin
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thom-
as J. Latter will meet with all senior
enlisted advisors before 6:20 a.m. at the
After Reveille, Latter will give remarks
and the run will immediately follow. The
formation will run the designated route
as one group.
At the end of the run, Garrison Com-
mander Col. Brian P. Foley and other
leaders will gather at the Constitution
Park archway as the units run past and
back to the starting position.
Once all units return to their original
areas, remarks will be presented.
For more information, call Linda
Winkels at 301-677-4719 or email linda.
email@example.com ,or call Carol
DeBarto at 301-677-5229 or email carol.
• April 11: “Breaking the Silence” at
1:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center
Guest speaker is Monika Korra of the
Monika Korra Foundation.
After she was kidnapped and raped in
2009, Korra decided she would not be
defined as a victim and began speaking
up about the rape. Korra found that her
voice gave other survivors their voice
The event, sponsored by the Military
District of Washington, is open all ser-
• April 23: Denim Day
This is an international protest
responding to the Italian Supreme
Court’s overruling of a rape conviction
in 1999. Although the assailant had been
found guilty at trial, the Supreme Court
argued that because jeans are difficult to
remove, the assailant couldn’t have done
so without the victim’s help. Thus, the
victim gave consent.
To honor Denim Day, USAG civilian
personnel are authorized to wear appro-
priate jeans to work to promote discus-
sion of the misconceptions that surround
• April 24: Mock Trial: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Meade courthouse
In an effort to enhance mutual under-
standing of the relationship between the
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and
SHARP/SAPR personnel and to further
educate advocates regarding the adjudi-
cation process (and recent changes to the
process), the Fort Meade SJA will host a
mock Article 32 and court-martial.
Air Force and Navy JAG personnel
will be available to facilitate discussion
among SAPR staff.
• SAAM information tables/”Sole Sur-
vivor” display at Fort Meade locations:
Outreach tables with information
about sexual harassment and sexual
assault prevention and response, includ-
ing information regarding local installa-
tion and community resources, will be
The display includes a joint-service
“Sole Survivor” display representing
reports received at Fort Meade during
the previous fiscal year.
For more information, call Stacey Hale,
installation sexual assault response coor-
dinator, at 443-845-0876 or email stacey.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
events observed throughout April
The Navy Sexual Assault
Prevention and Response Team is
offering the following events for
Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
• March 31: Victim Advocate
Recognition Breakfast: 9 a.m. at
Argonne Hills Chapel Center
Guest speaker is Miss York
County, Pennsylvania: Trista Bixler-
• April 4, 11, 18, 25: Teal Fridays:
All government and civilian
employees are encouraged to show
their stand against sexual assault
by wearing teal each Friday of the
month of April.
• April 4: Community Run and
Proclamation Signing: 6:30 a.m.
McGlachlin Parade Field
• April 9: Internet Safety: 3:30
p.m., Teen Center
Open discussion with teens on
usage and safety while using Internet
and mobile applications.
• April 10: Lunch and Learn: “My
kid said what?”
NSA OPS 1-2W037-1 at 11:30 a.m.
Bring your lunch and learn more
about Internet safety and what you
can do to reduce your teen’s risk of
• April 11: “Breaking the Silence”
1:30 p.m., McGill Training Center
Guest speaker is Monika Korra,
who was raped in 2009.
• April 15: Open Mic Night:
6-8 p.m., McGill Training Center
Share your poetry, music, freestyle
(rhyme and dance), or read from your
• April 28: NIOC dinner, dessert
and discussion: Building 9803 day
room - “Getting To Know Your
For more information, email
Kimberly B. Garrett, sexual assault
response coordinator, NIOC
Maryland, at kimberly.garrett@navy.
mil or call 301-677-9038 or 410-227-
• 24/7 Victim Advocate Duty
• DoD Safe Helpline: 1-877-995-
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By Jane M. Winand
Chief, Legal Assistance Division
The Internal Revenue Service recently
issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” listing of tax
scams for consumers to avoid.
Taxpayers may encounter these scams
throughout the year, but these schemes seem
to peak during tax filing season.
Many scams use the IRS name to try
to convince taxpayers that the scheme is
legitimate. The IRS Criminal Investigation
Division works closely with the Department
of Justice to stop scams and prosecute the
Here are this year’s “Dirty Dozen”:
1. Identity theft:
The thief uses personal information such
as your name and Social Security number
to fraudulently file an income tax return and
commit other crimes.
2. Phone scams:
The scammer calls and pretends to be from
the IRS to either steal your identity or threaten
you with a false tax debt to extort payment.
The scammer will send out unsolicited
email, purporting to be a representative of
the IRS, and will seek valuable personal and
4. False promises of large refunds from
inflated tax returns
Thieves may pose as tax preparers and
convince the taxpayer to file a return using
benefits and tax credits to which the taxpayer
is not eligible.
Since the taxpayer is responsible for the tax
form, even if a scammer prepared it incorrect-
ly, the taxpayer may be penalized for filing a
false return or receiving a fraudulent refund.
5. Return preparer fraud:
Some tax preparers unscrupulously prey on
their customers and use data obtained from
tax return preparation to commit identity
6. Hiding income offshore:
Some taxpayers avoid paying U.S. taxes by
hiding income in offshore accounts, annui-
ties and trusts. Even if you keep money in
offshore accounts, you still must report these
sums and will face stiff fines and penalties if
you do not.
7. Impersonation of charitable organiza-
In the wake of a natural disaster, scammers
often pop up with bogus charities to solicit
contributions. These thieves also may attempt
to get personal financial information to com-
mit identity theft.
Scammers also may contact disaster victims
purporting to be IRS representatives and assist
in the filing of fraudulent claims.
8. False income, expenses or exemptions:
Taxpayers may claim expenses they did not
pay or include income they never earned to
maximize tax credits on their returns.
These false claims may result in fines, pen-
alties and even prosecution. Filing excessive
claims for the fuel tax credit is an example of
9. Frivolous and outlandish arguments to
avoid tax liability:
Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage
taxpayers to make ridiculous claims to avoid
paying income taxes.
Taxpayers have the right to contest their
tax liability in court, but some frivolous claims
have already been determined by the Tax
Court to be invalid.
Taxpayers who rely on frivolous claims may
face fines, penalties and prosecution.
10. Falsely claiming zero wages or using a
false Form 1099:
Filing a phony tax return in an attempt to
lower the amount of tax you owe is illegal.
Also, don’t willingly allow a scammer to use
your information to file a false return.
11. Abusive tax structures:
Using Limited Liability Companies, Lim-
ited Liability Partnerships, International Busi-
ness Company and foreign financial accounts,
some taxpayers scheme to evade income
These multilayer transactions seek to con-
ceal the true nature and ownership of taxable
income and assets.
12. Misuse of trusts:
Scammers will encourage consumers to
transfer large amounts of assets into private
annuity trusts and foreign trusts to shift
income and maximize the deduction of per-
While some trusts may legitimately mini-
mize tax liability, taxpayers should seek the
advice of a trusted professional before enter-
ing into what could be a questionable trust
There are many other scams that will seek
to part you from your money. For more infor-
mation on potential tax scams, check the link
If you think that you have been the victim of
a scam, schedule an appointment to speak with
an attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance
Office at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
Be wary of “Dirty
Dozen” tax scams
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http://www.ftmeade.army.mil March 20, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
By Nicole M. Woods
Baltimore Recruiting Battalion APA
The Baltimore Recruiting Battalion
hosted its semiannual Recruiting Partner-
ship Council for all local support units on
Feb. 22 at McGill Training Center.
The RPC is as an open forum designed
to strengthen synchronicity between vari-
ous Army components including local
recruiters, Reserve units, Reserve Officers’
Training Corps representatives, civilian
aids to the Office of the Secretary of the
Army, and local Army Reserve ambas-
All units were given the opportunity
to share specific needs and military occu-
pational specialty shortages in their areas
This was in addition to several presen-
tations given by Command Sgt. Maj. of
the U.S. Army Reserve Luther Thomas
and Baltimore Battalion Commander
Lt. Col. David S. Dinkelman, who spoke
about current recruiting programs and
incentives, along with the current themes
and benefits of the ROTC program.
In an effort to strengthen the working
relationship between local Reserve units
and the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion,
local recruiting company commanders
and their designated Reserve recruiters
also were in attendance.
Topics of discussions ranged from
mission shortages to better community
involvement, and synergy among com-
mands that could offer bilateral support
in the recruiting mission.
With the Army Recruiting Command
barely making mission in fiscal year 2012,
it is already forecasted that a 2-3K mis-
sion shortfall is expected in FY14.
“The Army Reserves need to seek out
guidance counselors, get them to help
us isolate college bound students,” Din-
kelman said. “We need to show those
students the opportunities the Army can
offer them. But it’s how we engage the
student. This is how we close in on our
mission. I’ve seen how you guys engage
— it’s a beautiful thing — but we can
Dinkelman provided an overview on
the importance of having individual goals
as well as organizational goals.
“It is important to develop a goal and
a message that can effectively engage
college-bound seniors and even prior ser-
vice,” Dinkelman said. “We need to con-
vey that all we have is their best interest
at heart. If they feel that, then they will
let their guard down, just for a moment,
Recruiting Partnership Council strengthens synchronicity
and listen to us.”
Thomas began his presentation with
referring to Reserve units as being a cus-
tomer — a customer that has a respon-
sibility to help recruiters and to use all
According to Thomas, Reserve units
can help solidify a recruiter’s efforts by
leveraging young Soldiers in those units
who are within the 18-24 age range, in col-
lege, have deployed, and can easily talk to
civilians, letting them know that being in
the Army is not as bad as they’ve heard.
This also can provide opportunities to
point out the many benefits of being in
the Army as a young Soldier.
“That’s a whole lot better than the
38-year-old who doesn’t have much in
common with the 18 year old,” Thomas
Thomas instructed all command ser-
geants major to go into their recruiting
stations and talk to the station command-
ers about what they need help with.
“Networking and building relation-
ships is vital,” he said. “You need to dig
the well before you’re thirsty. Build that
well now and it will pay dividends later.”
He also asked all Reserve units to look
at conducting open houses that involve
the local community, centers of influence,
veterans and military service organiza-
tions, schools, local officials — creating
a platform that allows the community to
share and also allows the Soldiers to fur-
ther communicate the Army’s story.
“Although we are in the community,
we’re not always a part of the community
and that is what we need to get better at,”
Thomas said. “We need to be involved in
everything from county fairs to local high
school graduations and football games.”
Sherwood “Woody” Goldberg, senior
CASA for Washington, D.C., emphasized
the importance of leveraging organiza-
tions like the American Legion, while also
considering the importance of relation-
“The American Legion is there to bond
with Soldiers,” he said. “They want to be
needed. Engage with them and their inter-
ests. Let them know they are important.
That’s how they can help.”
Goldberg explained that building rela-
tionships is more than shaking hands and
passing out business cards.
“You can enhance trust in the com-
munity when you seek out other people’s
best interest,” he said.
Programs like Referral and Recruiting
Assistance (SMART, AR-RAP, A-RAP),
in addition to new AR enlistment options
and local advertising support, all dem-
onstrate the balance between recruiters,
Reserve units, and ROTC for an effective
“Department of the Army has the
CASA, and the Army Reserve has AR
ambassadors,” Thomas said. “Those are
retired general officers, and a lot of them
are members of substantial organizations
in the community. They can come out to
link you up with centers of influence in
“Go back and find out that the AR
ambassadors are in your area — there are
usually two in each state. They can help
you a lot and open some doors.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF Baltimore Recruiting Battalion
Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas, command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve, speaks with Reserve units over lunch
about any concerns in their areas of operations. Luther spoke during the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion’s semiannual Recruiting
Partnership Council for all local support units on Feb. 22 at McGill Training Center.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! March 20, 2014
Story and photo by Tina Miles
PAO, 780th MI Brigade
For the first time in 18 years, the single
largest event dedicated to raise funds and
awareness for the Special Olympics Mary-
land was canceled due to high wind gusts
and hazardous waves.
But that wasn’t about to deter the dedi-
cated Maryland “plungers,” which included
personnel from the 780th Military Intel-
The annual Maryland State Police Polar
Bear Plunge was originally scheduled to be
held Jan. 25 at Sandy Point State Park in
However, high winds gusting up to 25
mph created 3-foot waves. That, combined
with freezing temperatures, created a large
buildup of snow and ice on the shore, result-
ing in unsafe conditions.
After careful assessment of all contribut-
ing factors related to conducting the event,
the Special Olympics Maryland — in con-
sultation with the Maryland State Police
and Maryland Park Service — made the
decision to initially cancel this year’s event.
the Special Olympics Maryland decided to
reschedule the event for March 8 at Sandy
Point State Park.
Participating from the 780th MI Brigade
was Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith, informa-
tion management noncommissioned officer;
Tania Robertson, civilian personnel special-
ist; and Mike Lee, information management
Smith’s faithful participation is person-
“The Special Olympics hold a special
place in my heart because my brother has
cerebral palsy,” she said.
This was Smith’s third year of plung-
ing and she vowed to return again, as she
loves supporting any organization that helps
“I love doing things to support children,
and I will be there again next year plunging
for the kids,” Smith said. “I love volunteer-
ing and supporting anything that gives back
to the community.”
Smith is a regular volunteer with the
Fort Meade Partners in Education program
within the 780th MI, and she donates to
several local food banks, shelters and other
charitable organizations as a result of her
extreme couponing experience.
The annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge was
established in 1997, when approximately 350
participants first plunged into the icy waters
of the Chesapeake Bay and raised $75,000.
This year, thousands participated. Dona-
tions for 2014 amounted to $1,745,162
raised for the athletes of Special Olympics
780th Military Intelligence takes the plunge
Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith (center left), information management noncommissioned officer, and Tania Robertson (center right), civilian personnel specialist, — both from the
780th Military Intelligence Brigade — brave the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay as they participate in the 18th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge held
March 8 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. The Polar Plunge is the single largest event dedicated to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics Maryland.
Plungers were given souvenir T-shirts for their brave participation in the popular fundraiser.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil March 20, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11
By Brandon Bieltz
The Fort Meade Patriots continued its up-and-down
season this weekend as the team split its two home
games at Murphy Field House.
With an 80-75 overtime loss to the National Capital
Region Marines (7-4) on Saturday and an 80-73 win
over the National Security Agency-Bethesda (2-11),
the Patriots fell to fourth place in the Washington Area
Military Athletic Conference with a 7-5 record.
In both games the Patriots struggled with turnovers
and scoreless droughts, but were able to put together
needed runs to remain in the games.
“You’re not going to win being inconsistent,” said
head coach Ronny Cunningham.
The Patriots started Saturday’s game slow as the
Marines jumped out an 18-6 lead in the opening min-
A 13-2 run midway through the half pulled the Patri-
ots back into the game, while a Larry Bailey layup gave
Fort Meade its first lead of the game with two minutes
left in the half.
The Patriots and Marines went into halftime tied
Dieon McClenton, who led Fort Meade with 12
points in the first half, continued to find success in the
paint to keep the Patriots in the game at the start of
the second half. Fort Meade held an 8-point lead six
minutes into the half.
The Patriots controlled the lead until less than two
minutes left in the game. The Marines tied the game at
67 with 35 seconds left on the clock to force overtime.
The teams were neck-and-neck through a majority
of overtime, but the Marines closed the five-minute
period with a 7-0 run to win 80-75.
McClenton led the Patriots with 29 points, and
Darion Bethea scored 18 as the Marines handed Fort
Meade its fifth loss of the season.
“When you’re in overtime or you have four or five
minutes left in a tight game, heart and being mentally
tough is what will win the game,” Cunningham said.
The start of Sunday’s game against NSA-Bethesda
didn’t appear any more promising as NSA took a 14-6
lead early on.
Fort Meade again battled back to take an 8-point
lead with a 17-1 run. NSA cut into the lead near the
end of the half, but the Patriots held a 40-37 lead at
NSA quickly regained the lead in the second half
with a 24-9 run to hold a 13-point advantage with eight
Once again, the Patriots put together a 17-0 run to
take a 4-point lead with two minutes remaining. Fort
Meade held onto the lead to win 80-73 for the team’s
Daraius Evans had 23 points, while McClenton
Cunningham said McClenton stepped up to fill the
void left by the absence of Mike McKenzie.
“I think Dieon is starting to understand how to
make himself available in the paint,”Cunningham said.
“I trust him any day.”
The Patriots will close out the regular season at
home this weekend with Fort Lee (6-6) on Saturday
and the Marines on Sunday.
If Fort Meade can win both games and has the point
differential, they can still grab the No. 2 seed.
“I think we can do good things come tournament
time in two weeks,” Cunningham said.
Patriots fall to Marines, defeat NSA-Bethesda
The big second half sealed the 48-26
victory for NIOC. Timothy Taylor scored
a game-high 16 points for NIOC, while
Kendric Belfield led DMA with 10.
After the game, Smart said he is
confident in his team’s ability to bring
home another championship for NIOC,
but the team can’t afford another slow
“We have to come out with more
intensity and just run it all the way
through,” he said.
Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz
For the third time in four years, the
Navy Information Operations Command
Maryland basketball team will be com-
peting for an intramural championship.
The Sailors won a title in 2011, then
lost in 2012 and missed the champion-
ship completely last year. But with a 48-
26 win on Tuesday night, NIOC is back
in the finals.
“Hopefully we’ll be 3-for-2,” said Eric
Smart, the team’s coach.
NIOC earned the title shot by defeat-
ing the Defense Media Activity in the
semifinals of the Division II intramural
playoffs. The win also extended NIOC’s
10-game win streak that began in Janu-
After finishing the season with a divi-
sion-best 11-1, NIOC only needed to
take down the 741st Military Intelligence
Battalion and DMA to earn the title slot.
DMA, on the other hand, was fighting a
more uphill battle at the No. 3 seed.
On March 11, DMA narrowly defeat-
ed the No. 2-seeded 94th Intelligence
Squadron with a buzzer-beating 3-point-
er. The win gave the team an extra boost
in confidence that it could reach the
championship after a 6-6 season record.
“This is anybody’s game, it’s a tour-
nament,” said James Walton, coach of
DMA. “If we play hard like we did last
game, then it shouldn’t be a problem
Despite a roster of inexperienced play-
ers, the coaching staff knew a champion-
ship was in the team’s reach.
“From Day 1, even though we had an
inexperienced team, we talked about the
championship,” Walton said. “When it’s
a tournament like this, anybody can win.
We preached the championship from
Day 1 and now we’re one game away.”
DMA’s inexperience wasn’t evident
early on in Tuesday game as the team
jumped out to an early lead. A slow,
deliberate attack appeared to get the best
of NIOC, with DMA holding a 23-19
“We can’t go out and run with these
guys,” Walton said. ”What we have to do
is slow the game down.”
The NIOC offense woke up at the
start of the second half as the Sailors
outscored DMA 29-3. A stronger defen-
sive approach by NIOC forced a handful
“We played pressure on our man,”
Smart said. “We were very lackadaisical
in the first half.”
NIOC defeats DMA, earns title shot
Ricky Thompson, of the Navy Information Operations Command Maryland intramural
basketball team, signals his teammate during Tuesday’s Division II semifinal game
against the Defense Media Activity. NIOC earned a spot in the championship game
with the 48-26 win.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! March 20, 2014
It’s a week full of decisions for Mr. Jones.
It started March 13 when I had the 11th pick
in a 12-team fantasy baseball league.
FYI, if you are in a league full of Orioles
fans, do not have a team name that insults Saint
Cal unless you want to draft late.
But you know what? If folks had an ounce
of objectivity, they’d see that former Detroit
Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell was Cal Rip-
ken Jr.’s daddy. bit.ly/1dlQxYi
The good news regarding O’s fans’ lack of
objectivity is that Chris Davis and Adam Jones
were grabbed in the first round, so I was able
to fill my middle infield with the best second
baseman, Robinson Cano bit.ly/1izPEAm, and
shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki bit.ly/1ifppyw, with
my first two picks.
This weekend, I am making my annual
March pilgrimage to Michigan so I can pick
fourth in “The League” with Cousin Claw at
Slows Bar B-Q in Detroit. I should be able to
grab Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen
or Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Gold-
The real decisions will come later in the
draft when I have nine picks in Rounds 5-10.
So if I play my picks right, I should be able to
control the middle part of the draft and start
a premature run on closers or catchers so that
more talented players fall to me.
Currently, the most important decisions
I am making involve my bracket. on.fb.
For those of you reading Jibber this morn-
ing, you still have a few hours to register for a
chance to win a $100 gift card in the Meade
TV and Corvias Military Living Tournament
But since I am such a magnanimous Prince
of Prognostication, I made Phil, Rona and the
gang get you this week’s dose of Jibber a little
early on the Fort Meade Facebook page. That
way, you could take advantage of my knowl-
edge and hopefully bring home the cash — or
card, if you want to be all literal.
• Cinderella: Stephen F. Austin
The Lumberjacks are small, but they have
four players who average double-digits in scor-
ing and have won 28 straight.
They should be able to handle VCU’s pres-
sure and take advantage of UCLA’s lack of
defense on its way to the Sweet 16.
Western Michigan will beat Syracuse in the
first round and Phil’s Ohio State Buckeyes to
advance to the Sweet 16.
• Sweet 16: Florida, SFA, Western Michigan
• Elite 8: Florida
will defeat Kansas
• Cinderella: St.
lead a tough team,
and head coach Phil Martelli knows how to
coach in the tournament. The Hawks will run
past their Big-5 rival, Villanova, and make their
way to the Elite 8.
• Sweet 16: Virginia, Michigan State, North
Carolina, St. Joe’s
• Elite 8: Michigan State will defeat St. Joe’s
• Cinderella: I’m going chalk in the West,
but Nebraska could beat Creighton and get to
the Sweet 16.
Also, if Oklahoma State gets by top-seed
Arizona in the Round of 32, they could easily
shake off their mid-season slump and dance all
the way to the Final Four.
• Sweet 16: Arizona, San Diego State,
• Elite 8: Arizona defeats Wisconsin
• Cinderella: Kentucky
I know it is hard to consider the preseason
No. 1 as a Cinderella, but the Wildcats have
more than enough talent to make up for a poor
regular season, and as much as I dislike John
Calipari’s style, the dude can coach.
Kentucky will beat tourney favorite Lou-
isville and make it to the Elite 8. Also, don’t
be surprised when Iowa makes it out of the
play-in game and upsets Duke to make it to
the Sweet 16.
• Sweet 16: Kentucky, Louisville, Iowa and
• Elite 8: Michigan will defeat Kentucky
Michigan State will defeat Florida. Arizona
will defeat Michigan.
Tom Izzo’s Spartans are healthy, ready and
too much for anyone to handle.
Good luck with your brackets.
And if you have comments on this or anything
to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@
mail.mil, or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber.
Which way to go
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - OpinionSports Shorts
Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900
Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and
Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece
Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is now offering NFL Flag
Football through USA Football for ages 6 to 13.
Cost is $55 per player and includes an NFL-branded jersey, flag football belt,
game shorts and participation trophy.
Two practices and one game will be held each week at the Fort Meade Youth
Games will played Friday evenings.
Flag football will be played as a spring and fall sport.
For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179.
Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small
fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Texas Hold ‘em
Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7 p.m.
at the Lanes.
Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
Have an improvement?
Your comments and suggestions will
help maintain the quality of excellence on
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.
Women’s History Month
Fort Meade and First Army Division
East invite the community to attend
the annual Women’s History Month
Observance today from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8542
Admission is free and open to the
The keynote speaker is Dr. Christine
Altendorf, director of the Sexual
Harassment/Assault Response and
Prevention Office, Army G-1 in
For more information, call Sgt.
1st Class Torey Palmore at the Equal
Opportunity Office at 301-677-6687.
A religious retreat will be held Saturday
from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fort Meade
Catholic Community Chapel Center, 7100
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Registration is
Find out how young service members,
ages 18 to 30, respond to spiritual questions.
The event is sponsored by the
Archdiocese for the Military Services USA,
a member of the Charis Ministries Retreat
Partner Program at milarch.org. Charis is a
Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s and 30s
Limited child care is available for children
ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Call Sheila at
301-677-6038 or email sheila.m.stewart.civ@
For more information about the event
and to register, go to http://goo.gl/Be0xOz,
or call Tara at 571-339-9582 or email
Tax Center update
The Joint Installation Tax Center has
saved more than $387,800 in filing fees,
generated more than $3 million in tax
refunds, and has saved the average client
more than $300 in tax preparation fees.
The deadline to file the federal 2013
tax return is April 15.
Active-duty personnel, military
retirees and their dependents can
schedule an appointment to have their
taxes prepared at 301-677-9366.
The Fort Meade community is invited
to attend the garrison commander’s
proclamation signing for Child Abuse
Prevention Month on April 2 from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soldier and Family
Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical
The event will feature entertainment and
presentations by child abuse-prevention
experts. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Army
Community Service at 301-677-5590 or go
Anyone having claims against or
indebtedness to the estate of Senior
Airman Christian Miltersen should
contact 1st Lt. Dan Bond, Summary
Court officer, at 240-373-6186.
The Fort Meade Veterinary Services is
now open Mondays through Fridays from
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2018 20th St., off
Two veterinarians are now available. A
doctor sees every patient.
An evening clinic is offered monthly on
the first Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m.
The following surgeries are offered: spay,
neuter, dental, and mass removal.
Call early. The office books up fast
due to Fort Meade’s large military pet
For more information, call 301-677-1300.
The next Karaoke Night is Friday at
7 p.m. in the 11th Frame Lounge at the
The free event is held the third Friday
of the month
For more information, call 301-677-
5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
Team Trivia for teams of two to 10
players is held every Thursday at 7 p.m.
in the 11th Frame Lounge at the Lanes.
For more information, call 301-677-
5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
Individuals interested in participating
in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
should call 301-677-1301.
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals to join in a morning prayer
The Rocks Inc., an Army officer
and civilian professional development
organization, hosts the 2014 National
Leadership and Training Forum
scheduled for March 27-29 at the
Officers Club, Fort Belvoir, Va.
The 40th Annual Spring Gala will be
held March 29 at 6 p.m. at the Army-
Navy Country Club Arlington.
Senior leaders participating include:
Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding
general, U.S. Army Forces Command;
and Gen. Dennis Via, commanding
general, U.S. Army Materiel Command.
The 2014 forum theme is
“Leading and Excelling in a Time of
The forum includes educational and
professional development sessions,
and exhibits designed to enhance the
professional knowledge of attendees.
Dress for the professional
development is business attire or duty
uniform, and formal dress for the gala.
Registration fees are waived for
ROTC cadets and civilians.
For registration information,
including lodging information, go to
The Fort Meade garrison will host a
two-day resiliency seminar for Army and
joint service military and DoD civilian
leaders (company level and higher) from
May 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McGill
Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.
Approximately 70 slots are available.
It’s important to take quality time to
share critical skills that strengthen our
warriors’ health and wellness, promote
trust among service members and leaders,
establish a culture of resiliency, reduce
negative incidents, and ultimately improve
and maintain force readiness.
• Day 1: Hunt the Good Stuff, Avoid
Thinking Traps, Energy Management,
and Active Constructive Responding,
Mental Skills Foundations, Sustainment
Training, and Goal-Setting.
• Day 2: Hunt the Good Stuff
Deliberate Breathing, Operational and
Institutional Resilience, Detect Icebergs,
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Community News Notes
Attention Control, Put It In Perspective,
Integrating Imagery, Discussion Setup/
This is a unique course that will con-
tinue on a regular basis based on the
participation of Team Meade partners.
RSVP to Linda Winkels at linda.
email@example.com or call 301-677-
4719. or Chris Thiel at christopher.w.thiel.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-4381.
For more information, visit http://csf2.
Women leaders summit
Building Resilience in Women Leaders
Summit will be held March 27 from 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Arlington, Va.
Objectives are to understand the
skills needed to be a resilient woman
leader, and to utilize a goal-setting
model to lay out necessary resilience
skill development, leadership skills,
and opportunities to advance both in
the workplace and personal life while
The summit is for women in the
military: active-duty, National Guard or
Reserve commissioned officer, warrant
officer or enlisted service member.
For more information, go to http://
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
Registration is required for each class.
• Gambling Awareness: Monday, 1-3
• Interviewing Skills: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to
This workshop teaches basic
interviewing skills and tips on dressing for
success. Learn the dos and the don’ts at
job interviews, and strategies on how to
successfully work a job fair.
• Credit Management: March 31, 1-3
• Financial Counseling: available every
To register or for more information, call
301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club has posted its 2014 scholarship
applications on its website at www.
College-bound, high school seniors and
dependent children currently enrolled in
college can apply for the merit scholarship.
High school seniors with an
outstanding academic record also will be
considered for the Etta Baker Memorial
A Military Spouse Scholarship is also
Applications must be postmarked by
Read the eligibility requirements
carefully before applying.
For more information, email the
OSC scholarship chair at scholarships@
The Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses’
Club has posted its 2014 scholarship
applications on its website at
High school seniors and students
currently enrolled in college who are
dependents of a military member of any
rank or branch who is on active duty,
deceased, a Reservist or in the National
Guard can apply for the scholarships.
High school seniors with an outstanding
academic record and volunteer community
service will be considered for the Evelyn J.
Silva Scholarship of Excellence.
Sponsors for all scholarships must reside
in the Fort Meade area.
Applications and all required
documentation must be received by March
28 at the ESC, PO Box 105, Fort Meade,
MD 20755, attn: Scholarship Director
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.
The free event features stories, songs
or a finger-puppet theme.
• Today: “Spring into a Good Book”
- Storytime about spring
• March 27: “Reading Makes Us
Happy” - Stories, songs and fingerplay
For more information, call 301-677-
The Youth Center is sponsoring several
events for grades six to eight:
• Appetizer Night: Friday, from 6-8 p.m.
Youths will create a variety of appetizers.
• Grilling Chilling: March 28, from 6-
8 p.m., features hamburgers, hot dogs and
Participants must register at the center.
For more information, call 301-677-
Romp ‘n Stomp
Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for children
age 5 and younger and their parents meets
Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from
September to June at the Youth Center
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April 20 - Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m., Chapel Center
April 13 – Palm Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Contemporary Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
April 16 – Living Last Supper (hosted by Gospel Congregation) – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 18 – Tenebrae Service of Shadows – 2 p.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Contemporary Protestant – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
March 21 28, April 4 11 – Stations of the Cross Lenten Supper – 6:30 p.m., Chapel Center
April 13 – Palm Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
April 17 – Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 18 – Good Friday Stations of the Cross – noon, Chapel Center
April 18 – Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 19 – Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – 8 p.m., Chapel Center
April 20 – Easter Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
*Regular Catholic Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. Cavalry Chapel; Sunday: 9
a.m. Chapel Center; 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel. There will be no 5 p.m. Mass at Cavalry Chapel
on Holy Saturday, April 19. Regularly scheduled noon Mass will be held at the Post Chapel,
except April 17 and 18.
Spring religious services on Fort Meade
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MoviesCommunity News Notes
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start 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
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through March 30
Friday: “Winter’s Tale” (PG-13). A burglar falls
for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he
learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he
sets out to save her. With Colin Farrell, Jessica
Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe.
Saturday: “That Awkward Moment” (R). Three
best friends find themselves where we’ve all been
- at that confusing moment in every dating rela-
tionship when you have to decide, “So...where is
this going?” With Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan,
Sunday: “Endless Love” (PG-13). The story of
a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose
instant desire sparks a love affair made only
more reckless by parents trying to keep them
apart. With Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce
March 28: “12 Years a Slave” (R). In the ante-
bellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free
black man from upstate New York, is abducted
and sold into slavery. With Chiwetel Ejiofor,
Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o.
March 29: “Robocop” (PG-13). In 2028 Detroit,
when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father
and good cop - is critically injured in the line of
duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp
sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot
police officer. With Joel Kinnaman, Gary Old-
man, Michael Keaton.
March 30: “Pompeii” (PG-13). A slave-turned-
gladiator finds himself in a race against time to
save his true love, who has been betrothed to a
corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius
erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pom-
peii crumbles around him. With Kit Harington,
Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland
gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St., and from June
to August at the Boundless playground on
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email email@example.com.
• Howard County General Hospital
is sponsoring a panel discussion on
“Weighing in on Your Child’s Weight” for
parents and guardians with overweight
children on Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the Howard County General Hospital
Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive,
Suite 100, Columbia.
Pediatrician Edisa Padder, psychiatrist
Robin Toler, dietician Ashli Greenwald
and exercise specialist Suzie Jeffreys will
offer tips and tools to help children reach
a healthier weight.
The panel discussion is free and open to
the public. Questions for the panel may be
submitted in advance to HCGH_news@
For more information and to register,
go to www.hcgh.org/events or call 410-
• Springtime in the Woods is being held
through April 6 at Rockfield Manor, 501
Churchville Road in Bel Air. Hours are
Monday to Thursday and Saturday from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to
8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event features handicrafts,
collectibles, antique furniture, decorations,
florals, jewelry, children’s accessories and
toys, gifts and specialty foods.
For more information, call 443-829-
5902 or go to www.christmasinthewoods.
• Beer, Bourbon BBQ Festival will
be held Friday from 5:30-10 p.m. and
Saturday from 1-6 p.m. at the Maryland
State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road,
Admission is $25-$89 and includes
a sampling glass. Children ages 12 and
under are free.
The event will feature 40 kinds of
beer, 40 bourbons and barbecue vendors;
performances by Annapolis Blue Grass
Coalition, Kelly Bell Band and the Amish
Outlaws; seminars with master distillers,
brewmasters and pit masters; and contests.
For more information, call 410-252-
0200 or go to www.beerandbourbon.com/
• The 2014 Carroll County Home
Show, an exhibition of home and garden
products and services, will be held
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Carroll County Agriculture Center-Shipley
Arena, 706 Agriculture Center Drive,
Admission costs $4. For more
information, call 410-857-7869 or go to
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its
next monthly bus trip to New York City on
Saturday, with discounts to attractions. Bus
cost is $60. For more information, call 301-
677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Air Force Sergeants Association Chap-
ter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the
month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipur-
pose room of Building 9801 at the National
Security Agency. The next meeting is Wednes-
day. For more information, call 443-534-5170
or visit afsa254.org.
• 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
• 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
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 Mon-
day. Free child care is provided onsite.
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bully Proofing Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighbor-
hood Center. The next meeting is Monday.
The group is geared for school-age children
and parents. For more information, 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 Readi-
ness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next
meeting is Monday. For more information,
call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at
• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will
sponsor its next monthly luncheon on April
1 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.
The event’s annual “Spring into Summer”
fashion show features fashions from the
Fort Meade Exchange modeled by ROWC
Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations
are required by March 27 at noon. For
reservations, call your area representative or
Betty Wade at 410-551-7082.
Membership dues are $25 per year, but
you may join from February through May
now for half price. Members may bring
guests at any time to the luncheons, which
are held on the first Tuesday of each month,
except June, July, August, and January.
For more information, call Genny
Bellinger, ROWC president, at 410-674-2550.
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the
Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first
Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club
The next prayer breakfast is April 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.civ@
• 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 April 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 April 3. For more informa-
tion, visit namiaac.org.
• Families Dealing with Deployment meets
the first and third Monday of every month
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neigh-
borhood Center. Children welcome. The next
meeting is April 7. For more information,
call 301-677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.