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    • job-seekers Targeted hiring aids transitioning military personnel page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7-9 p.m.: Trivia Night - The Lanes Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.: 9/11 Remembrance Run - McGlachlin Parade Field Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community Job Fair - Club Meade Sept. 16, 10 a.m.: Army Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting - 4418 Llewellyn Ave. Sept. 21, 8 a.m.: Football Fan Fare 5K Run - Constitution Park new leader First Army Division East welcomes incoming commander page 10 Soundoff!´ vol. 65 no. 35 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community September 5, 2013 photo by noah scialom in the driver’s seatFour-year-old Colton Swafford and his 1-year-old brother Rayson play in the National Guard IndyCar during a meet-and-greet with driver Oriol Servia on Aug. 28 at the USO- Metro Fort Meade Center. Service members and their families were able to get a close look at the IndyCar during the event. For the story, see Page 12.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! September 5, 2013 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................12 Crime Watch.................. 9 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Classified..............................16 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email advertise@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 I know time is supposed to fly when you are having fun, but it’s hard to believe I’ve been in command of Fort Meade’s garrison for a month already, and to say my first month has been busy is an understatement. My focus so far has been on receiving in- briefings from my staff and getting to know the people who work with me. As I’ve been moving around, I’ve been asking a lot of questions: How does this make Team Meade better? Where do I need to be? When do I need to be there? But most of my questions have started with “Why.” • Why is this important? • Why should I care? • Why are we doing it? Ensuring my team knows “why” something is done is one of the fundamental principles of my leadership philosophy. I believe that everyone in any organization, regardless of rank, grade or position, needs to know why the task he or she is performing is important. Leaders in every organization should do their absolute best to explain to their subor- dinates why the task they are being told to do is important. For example, the garrison staff has a vital but often overlooked mission. So during my first “Commander’s Call” on Aug. 28, I made it a pri- ority to let my staff know why I believe their mis- sion of providing a safe and secure environment with top-quality customer service is important to Fort Meade and the United States. In my opinion, the services we provide — whether it be efficiently maintaining infrastruc- ture, providing quality child care and morale services, managing our resources, keeping you informed or guarding the gates — enable our more-than 100 partner organizations to do their vital missions with the confidence that their gar- rison is providing a safe and secure environment for their families. That confidence in security also allows those individuals to put their full concentration on their vital missions and to the defense of our nation. Knowing “why” is also tied closely to another one of my command philosophies: “Care about what you do.” Making sure the workforce knows “why” something is done is important because you can’t truly care about what you are doing if you don’t understand why you are doing it. And if you don’t truly care about what you do, your per- formance will inherently suf- fer. It is human nature that a person who is invested in a task and aware of its impor- tance will do more to ensure the success of that task. They will pay extra attention to detail, put in the extra effort and even ask the right questions. The reality is that answering the “why” ques- tion is a powerful way to help people learn, and empowers and motivates them to present their own ideas and solutions to a task. As you incorporate answering the question “why” as a part of your job as a leader, you are also empowering your people to ask questions, and thus developing responsibility muscle and a greater leadership capacity in your staff. The bottom line is, answering the question “why” creates buy-in and commitment, and commitment gets results. So thank you for a wonderful first month in command. I have learned a great deal already and will now begin using my knowledge to focus my effort toward attaining the resources our garrison needs to better serve the Fort Meade community. I am also looking forward to visiting our partner organizations this month and getting to know our community even better. As always, have a great Team Meade day! Knowing why creates buy-in, commitment COL. Brian P. Foley Garrison Commander Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members or community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the commander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first- served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil September 5, 2013 SOUNDOFF!  News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer On Aug. 28, Fort Meade’s Army Career and Alumni Program sponsored a pilot, targeted-hiring job fair to con- nect separating military personnel and veterans with companies looking to fill open vacancies that matched each candidate’s skill set. The daylong job fair, which drew 45 participants, was held at McGill Train- ing Center. “The greatest reward job-seekers got from the targeted hiring event was the validation that they have marketable skills and [that] companies are looking to hire them, “said George Matthews, the installation’s transition assistance manager. ACAP provides Soldiers and their eligible family members with transi- tion and job assistance services, which include pre-separation counseling and employment assistance, according to an Army website. For this event, ACAP partnered with the Regional Growth Manage- ment Committee, a network of local jurisdictions working to support the installation’s mission. The committee reviewed the resumes of military personnel with separation dates between April 30, 2013 and April 1, 2014, as well as veterans, to deter- mine which companies had job open- ings that matched their skills. Each person who attended the job fair had a scheduled interview. Most job-seekers interviewed with at least two companies, while others interviewed with five or six companies. About 15 employers, including Northrop Grumman, J.P. Morgan Chase and Raytheon, interviewed job candidates. “I think this was the best thing they could have done,” said retired Staff Sgt. Rebecca Stone, an Army veteran who interviewed with five companies and is waiting for follow-up interviews. “I wish every job fair was like this one.” Stone, who was an intelligence ana- lyst, said she feels she had an advantage at the job fair because she has worked with Matthews and other ACAP coun- selors during the past few years to pre- pare for her separation from the Army. In that time, Stone said, she was able to think about her next career move and perfect her interviewing techniques. Targeted hiring links job-seekers to specific jobs photo by philip H. jones Countess Simiyo, Army Career and Alumni Program center manager, talks with retired Staff Sgt. Rebecca Stone at ACAP’s pilot targeted hiring job fair on Aug. 28 at McGill Training Center. The daylong event was held to connect separating military personnel with companies offering positions that match their job skills. “This job fair was very unique,” Stone said. “You had one-on-one time with hiring managers for 15 minutes, as opposed to other job fairs where you meet very briefly with a recruiter.” Matthews said the job fair was a suc- cess for several reasons. “First, it was the first interview expe- rience for many of our clients,” he said. “Although we in ACAP had provided theoretical advice on the interview pro- cess, this provided them with the real- world experience of interviewing. “The interactions clients had with employers also provided them with insight about what employers are seek- ing and how they can better articulate the skills and abilities on their resumes. They appreciated the opportunity to get a sense of their marketability.” Jesse Jackson Jr., lead for military relations and deployment at Northrop Grumman’s headquarters in Falls Church, Va., said the job fair was extremely helpful and that his company met with several potential candidates who matched the qualifications to open positions. Jackson said one job candidate is scheduled for a follow-up interview this week. The goal of the pilot program was to hold the event within the quarter. There are tentative plans for another targeted-hiring job fair in December or January.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! September 5, 2013 News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer In his office located in the corner of a graphic design shop, Shawn Sales dis- plays the various graphic art awards he earned during his nearly nine-year military career. Towering over his two glass DoD Mili- tary Graphic Artist of the Year awards is a framed copy of the magazine cover that yielded his most recent honor — the Thomas P. Bartlett Award as the creator of Leatherneck magazine’s best cover for 2012. Sales created a graphite illustration of a Marine and two helicopters for the September 2012 issue of the Marine- focused publication with a circulation of 294, 834. Sales was one of seven photographers and artists who qualified for the honor and received the award in early August. “The artwork produced for Leather- neck’s September 2012 cover by Shawn Sales incorporated his superior talent as an artist, clearly demonstrated his superb eye for technical detail and accuracy and his understanding of the U.S. Marine Corps’ war-fighting focus on the air- ground team,” said Walt Ford, editor and publisher of Leatherneck. “This gave him the edge over others in our competition for best cover in 2012.” Sales served as an instructor in the Marines’ Basic Multimedia Reproduction Course at the Defense Information School before separating from the Marines in late-July as a sergeant. He now manages the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobi- lization and Security’s visual information shop, which designs and redesigns logos, creates publications, posters and power points. With an extensive artistic background, including briefly attending Paier College of Art in Hamden, Conn., for a few semesters and then exhibiting his work at galleries, Sales enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2004. During his career, Sales always looked for the opportunity to produce more art than what had simply come across his desk. This led him to more exposure, including creating the cover of the January-Feburary 2011 issue of Marines Magazine. “It made for long nights — very, very long nights,” the Edgewater resident said. “I never painted myself into a corner, but long nights.” When Ford, a retired Marine colonel, Fort Meade graphic artist awarded for cover of year illustration courtesy Leatherneck magazine Shawn Sales’ award-winning illustration includes a ground Marine and two helicopters, AH-1Z Super Cobra and the UH-1 “Venom” Super Huey, above. The graphite illustration for the September 2012 issue of Leatherneck took roughly 10 hours to complete. photo by brandon bieltz Shawn Sales, manager of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security’s visual information operations shop, recently was awarded the Thomas P. Bartlett Award for the best Leatherneck magazine cover in 2012. Sales was among seven photographers and artists who qualified for the award. was looking for an artist to produce an illustration of the Marines’ newest attack and utility helicopters, the AH-1Z Super Cobra and the UH-1 “Venom” Super Huey, for the cover of the September 2012 issue, Sales’ name came up. “I reached out to several longtime Marine friends for recommended art- ists, and retired Marine Major Bob Jor- dan, a leadership instructor on the staff at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, suggested I ask Marine Ser- geant Shawn Sales, a Defense Information School instructor with a strong knowledge of the Marine Corps and a keen eye for detail, to come up with a concept illustra- tion,” Ford said. “Sales submitted a con- cept drawing as did a couple of others and it was clearly obvious that he was the man to create our September cover.” Sales said one of his main objectives in creating the cover was displaying the skills of the Marines in his field. “I just wanted to make sure that I was showcasing what 4612s [Combat Camera production specialist] can do with hopes that other people would be tasked with these things,” he said. The graphite illustration, which depicts a ground Marine and the helicopters above, took Sales roughly 10 hours to complete. “I want the details of each image I create to be exact, down to less than an eighth of an inch,” he said. “I work the graphite so that as your eye moves across the image each value helps the image come together as a whole. With each new project I encounter, I attempt to learn something from it and to push myself to make it bet- ter than the last. I believe my determina- tions has made me the artist I am today.” As part of the United States Marine Corps Division of Public Affairs and U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association awards program, Sales was awarded the Thomas P. Bartlett Award for the best cover award after being judged by the Leatherneck staff. “Most people like to be acknowledged for their hard work and many artists like their work to be seen,” Sales said. “I was honored to not only be acknowledged but to be seen by so many who support the Marine Corps.”
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! September 5, 2013 News By Master Sgt. Gary Younger First Army Division East Public Affairs A First Army Division East officer has earned a new title: doctor. Maj. Juanita Catchings, deputy direc- tor of the First Army Division East Surgeon’s Office, recently received her Doctor of Management degree from the University of Phoenix. “When I received the diploma in the mail, I knew it was real,” Catchings said. She completed her course work in 2012 — 43 months after she started. Her dis- sertation was accepted this past spring, making her eligible for graduation. Catchings expects her paper, “For- ward, March: A Qualitative Phenom- enological Study for Developing Army Officers Through a Formal Mentorship Program,” to be published in the near future. During her research, Catchings dis- covered that, compared to other services such as the Air Force and Navy, the Amy is behind in creating a formal mentoring program for officers. While the Army Personnel Office offers some mentoring suggestions on its web- site, Catchings’ paper lays out the case for the creation of a formalized program. “Many junior officers don’t know how to form mentor/mentee relationships,,” she said. “Sometimes they are uncomfort- able going to a supervisor for mentoring. They kind of learn as they go through their career and sort of figure things out by the time they are captains or majors.” Her supervisor, Lt. Col. Andy Doyle, said he is proud not only of Catchings but also of what her degree brings to the Division East Surgeon’s Office. “I am extremely proud.” Doyle said. “One of the primary requirements of our section is to mentor and develop junior officers and NCOs throughout the command. “To accomplish our missions, we have to coach and lead others to succeed. To have an officer who is passionate, trained and experienced in leadership is invalu- able.” First Army Division East deputy director earns management doctorate photo by Amburr Reese Maj. Juanita Catchings (right), deputy director of the First Army Division East Surgeon’s Office, assists Capt. Brandon Kraun, the surgeon’s operations officer at Division East’s headquarters. Catchings recently earned a Doctor of Management degree. Because military service members and their families are always priority No. 1, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service regularly seeks authorized shoppers’ feedback on how the organization is doing in supporting their needs. As part of this effort, the Fort Meade Exchange Mys- tery Shopper program identifies a select group from each installation to go about their normal day-to-day shopping for a period of six months and detail their experience in a series of three survey sets. Mystery Shoppers are rewarded for their participa- tion with a $30 Exchange gift card and, for sharing their movie-going experience, two free movie tickets along with popcorn and drinks. If three sets of surveys are completed within a six- month period, Mystery Shoppers receive $90 in gift cards and six free movie passes. “Not only is the Exchange Mystery Shopper program a great way to improve the shopping experience, but it allows shoppers to take ownership of military shopping all over the world,” said the Fort Meade Exchange’s General Manager Jonathan Bright. “It’s only through the input of shoppers that we can offer the level of service [that] our nation’s finest, and their families, have come to expect at the Fort Meade Exchange.” Authorized patrons can apply to become mystery shoppers by registering at shopmyexchange.com. From this pool of applicants a new crop of participants are selected every six months. Currently, there are about 350 active mystery shoppers at 130 Army and Air Force installations worldwide. To apply, visit shopmyexchange.com and click the “Mystery Shopper - I want to apply!” link under the “Exchange Locations” header at the bottom of the page. Exchange shoppers also can offer feedback by visiting www.shopmyexchange.com/CustomerService and click- ing the “Catalog / Internet Feedback” and “Exchange Store Feedback” links on the right-hand side of the screen. Exchange Mystery Shoppers enlisted to enhance customer service To advertise or subscribe 410.332.6517 A BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION Chesapeake +homelivingChesapeakeHomeandLiving.com
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil September 5, 2013 SOUNDOFF!  News Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer The most important part of Lorian Tarver’s day is dinner time with her hus- band and two children. “Those moments are when you build a bond with your family that can rarely be broken,” said Tarver, Fort Meade’s new part-time school liaison officer. “I share this philosophy with each new fam- ily arriving at Fort Meade. It helps ease the transition and builds those lifelong memories.” Tarver, who began her position in June, works with Sarah Bonise, the garrison’s full-time school liaison officer for the past four years. It is their responsibility to assist Fort Meade parents whose children are enrolled in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and other county schools in the state. “My main focus will be the Partners In Education program. I will assist in build- ing partnerships between the military units on post [all service branches] and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools located on and around Fort Meade,” Tarver said. Prior to becoming a school liaison officer, Tarver worked as the supervisory program specialist at the Child Develop- ment Center l for three years. Before moving to Fort Meade in 2010 with her husband, retired Navy Chief Charlie Tarver, and their two daughters Danielle and Sabrina, the family was stationed at the Naval Support Activity Garrison welcomes new school liaison officer Lorian Tarver is Fort Meade’s new part-time school liaison officer, responsible for managing the installation’s Partner In Education program between military units on post and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools on and around Fort Meade. in Naples, Italy, where Tarver was acting director of the School Age Care Center for two years. Tarver said one of the goals for her and Bonise is to improve the relationship and communication between the garrison command and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. “Military life is more different and challenging than what most people know or realize,” she said. “The more people we can educate in the community around us, the more students will feel at home while here at Fort Meade. Families will be able to thrive in education.” Tarver began her career in education six years ago as a part-time Child Youth Program assistant for the School Age Care facility in Naples. After three months, she worked full-time and eventually moved on to management positions at the facility. Tarver earned an associate degree in business from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ash- ford University in Clinton, Iowa. Tarver also has completed Child and Youth Pro- gram training courses. Tarver’s father Daniel Sanders served a four-year tour in the Army in Vietnam before returning to the U.S. to work as a swim instructor at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. After marrying Tarver’s mother, Arlene, the family lived in Steubenville, Ohio, where Tarver was raised. Tarver’s brother Daniel served for three years in the Navy and completed his ser- vice as a petty officer 2nd class. Now that the school year has begun, Tarver recommends that parents build a relationship with their children’s teachers and the school administrators. Tarver encourages new families to uti- lize the resources on post and in the com- munity that will help them adjust to their new surroundings. “Working with military families brings a sense of pride for me,” she said. “I love it.” Editor’s note: The School Liaison Office is located at 1900 Reece Road in the Child, Youth and School Services building. Tarver is available from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reach her, call 301-677-1749. By Jenelle L. Ferguson Installation Safety Office How many times have you seen a person walking in the street or on a sidewalk, texting or talking on a cell phone with their head down? This is a classic case of distracted walking. Cell phone use, whether texting, talk- ing, or listening to music with head- phones, can distract a pedestrian from seeing or hearing oncoming vehicles. High visibility has been given to distracted driving awareness. But not as much has been given on the dangers posed to pedestrians who use mobile devices while not looking both ways before crossing the street. According to the Consumer Prod- uct Safety Commission, there is an alarming trend in injury risk involv- ing distracted walkers due to mobile technologies. Distracted walkers take longer to cross the street and are often unaware of the actions of the automo- biles around them. Each year, more children and teens are using electronic hand-held devices while walking to and from school. Therefore, it is critical that they under- stand the importance of pedestrian safety - the risks and precautions neces- sary for them to get to and from school safely. Walking requires motor skills and decision-making of the surrounding area. Talking on the phone, sending a text messaging or browsing the Inter- net increases the risk of being hit by a car. Using a cell phone isn’t just a danger to drivers; it can be hazardous to those who are merely walking. As students prepare for the new school year, they need to learn and practice basic safety tips while walking to and from school: Do not walk, talk and text. Distracted walking - a growing problem for school-age children allat your finger tips TO ADVERTISE CALL 410.332.6600 Published by the Baltimore Sun Media Group MARYLAND’S LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH Local businesses Services Links to business web sites Maps and directions to business
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! September 5, 2013 News Providing single service members a forum to address quality-of-life issues is just one of many opportunities provided by Bet- ter Opportunities for Single Soldiers. For more information, call the garrison BOSS representative, Sgt. Chatonna Powell, at 301-677-6868 or visit the BOSS office, located in the USO Center at 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. it’s just the timeline has changed,” said Tim Higdon, with Army Entertainment. “The reason why is, we’re going to do the video auditions for the Soldier Show in conjunction and with the same team that judges the videos for the Operation Rising garrison winners.” Local winners of garrison Operation Rising Star events, if eligible, receive an automatic pass into live auditions for the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show, so they could be “double dipping” come December at Joint Base San Antonio- Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Soldier Show live auditions will be conducted during the second week of the Operation Rising Star finals. “That allows us to be a little more efficient with the artistic and production team that’s already going to be in place for Operation Rising Star, to work with the Soldier Show candidates during that week,” Higdon said. “It also allows us, as Army Entertainment, to better promote the upcoming Soldier Show tour season because [as] part of that live audition process, those Soldiers will perform group numbers on the Opera- tion Rising Star live shows.” Higdon also hopes to cross-promote both programs. The new timeline: • Nov. 1: Soldier Show video submis- sion packets due to Army Entertain- ment. • Nov. 8: Army Entertainment judges Soldier Show video submissions. • Nov. 13: Army Entertainment announces roughly 20-30 candidates for Soldier Show live auditions. • Dec. 7: Performers/technicians report to Fort Sam Houston for live auditions for 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show. • Dec. 15: Soldiers return to their units. • Dec. 18: Army Entertainment announces cast and crew for 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show. The goal is that before Christmas, Army Entertainment will announce the cast and crew for the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show. By Tim Hipps U.S. Army Installation Management Command SAN ANTONIO — In an effort to streamline efficiencies, Army Entertain- ment has integrated live auditions for the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show with selections of the 2013 Operation Rising Star finalists. Therefore, Nov. 1 is the new deadline for Soldiers submitting packets to be considered as a performer or technician for the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show. Details are available at armyentertain- ment.net, where candidates can down- load registration forms and upload their video auditions and resumes. “None of that process has changed, Soldier Show auditions link with Operation Rising Star
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil September 5, 2013 SOUNDOFF!  News By A.J. Colkitt Legal Assistance Intern Although the underlying consider- ations and process for executing a will may be standard, no two documents are ever alike. Oftentimes, it’s the questions and issues raised by the Legal Assistance attorney that make clients fully understand the estate planning process and re-think their original plans for their wills. So the glaring question should be asked: Have you considered every aspect of getting your will prepared? Wills aren’t too complicated, but there are still some areas that could be confus- ing. If you ask the man on the street what a will is, he’d probably say something like: “It’s that document where you give all your stuff to people when you die.” While he may be right in most respects, there is more that actually goes into that piece of paper. When you appoint an executor or personal representative of your estate, the executor must be able to work all of the paperwork that goes with the passing of the testator (the person who wrote the will). That includes paying off debts owed by the testator, managing your property and house, and dividing up the assets according to the particular instructions directed by your will. If you are looking for someone to be an executor, you should select someone who is responsible, has the time to handle all of the many issues that will come up, and who preferably lives close to your assets and estate beneficiaries to deal with the day-to-day issues of estate administra- tion. You also have the opportunity with estate planning documents to address the disposition of your bodily remains when you die. You have the option of donating tissue and organs for transplant and/or medical research. Organ donation for transplant is quite common because many people feel strong- ly about making their organs available for someone else to use. Your heart could go on beating in another person’s chest to replace the original defective heart. Human organs and tissue also may be used for research so that medical advance- ments may be made. For instance, your body could be used at a medical school for the doctors-in-training to learn how the human body functions and to see what damage occurs with certain diseases and medical conditions. Researchers can determine the effects Wills: A more personal look of new medications on human tissue and develop better medical procedures and implants. These are all important goals but must be considered along with the potential impact on the family members you leave behind. Although your family may want closure after your death, including an open-casket viewing and burial, this would not be possible if your body was donated for medical research. It is important to think through all of your options and to discuss the choices with loved ones who may be affected by your plans. The Fort Meade Legal Assistance attorneys also prepare many estate plan- ning documents that address the appoint- ment of a health care surrogate. This is the person who calls the shots for you medically. If you are in an accident and go into a coma, who will authorize medical treat- ment for you? That’s what this document is for. It specifies who will take charge if you are incompetent, This needs to be someone who can keep it together when they find out you are not in a good place medically. They cannot be afraid to make the hard decisions on your behalf. For more information about wills and other estate planning documents, or if you would like these documents prepared for you, call the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office and make an appointment to speak with an attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301- 677-9536. Below is a list of traffic offenses on post for the week of Aug. 26 to Aug. 30: • Moving violations: 15 • Non-moving violations: 3 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 23 • Traffic accidents: 5 • Driving on suspended license: 1 • Driving on suspended registration: 1 CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services GET READY TO STRUT YOUR MUTT! Join us for Strut Your Mutt — a fundraising dog walk and festival for pets and their people to help save the lives of shelter pets in the Baltimore/ D.C. area. Help the cause and enjoy a great day out with your dog. The festival includes: Live Music by Tony Denikos Broadcast by 98 Rock Belly Rub Hub Barks and Beers - Beer Garden Cutest Dog Contests Paws & Pals Kids Activities Learn more and register at strutyourmutt.org/Soundoff Strut Your Mutt and help Save Them All.™ SEPTEMBER 21 BLOB’S PARK, JESSUP, MARYLAND Can’t be at the actual event? Animal lovers nationwide can participate in a virtual Strut Across America and raise money to help Save Them All. Presented by Best Friends Animal Society. Special thanks to our sponsors:
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! September 5, 2013 News photos by phil grout LEFT: Incoming commander of First Army Division East, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bailey, speaks during the change-of-command ceremony on Aug. 26 at McGlachlin Parade Field. Bailey comes to First Army Division East following an assignment as the chief of operations (G-3/5/7), U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. RIGHT: Maj. Gen. Kevin R. Wendel, First Army Division East’s outgoing commander, ends his 30-month tour with Division East. More than 36,000 service members mobilized and more than 52,000 demobilized during Wendel’s tenure. By Amanda C. Glenn First Army Division East Public Affairs Office Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bailey took com- mand of First Army Division East from Maj. Gen. Kevin R. Wendel in a ceremony on Aug. 26 at McGlachlin Parade Field. Bailey assumed command following an assignment as the chief of operations (G-3/5/7), U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. “Thank you for joining us today on this momentous occasion to recognize the leadership of two superb Army senior officers,” said First Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, the ceremony host. Division East has had a positive impact on the readiness of the Army’s operation- al Reserve, said Tucker. More than 36,000 service members mobilized and more than 52,000 demobilized during Wendel’s tenure from March 2011 to August 2013. “Kevin, your skillful division command leadership during the last 30 months has been absolutely masterful,” Tucker said. “I just want to personally say thanks.” Tucker compared Wendel to a great baseball pinch hitter, referencing the five months when Wendel commanded both First Army and Division East. “Major General Wendel’s prowess at being dual-hatted must be well known across our Army,” Tucker said. “In a few days, Kevin will depart for his new assignment to — once again —don two command hats as the commander of the Combined Security Transition Com- mand-Afghanistan and commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.” During an award ceremony just prior to the change of command, Tucker pre- First Army DIV East changes commanders; readiness still priority sented Wendel with the Distinguished Defense Service Medal for all he accom- plished as commander of both First Army and Division East. His wife, Denise Wendel, was pre- sented with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for her support to the Sol- diers, families and Division East members across the command. “Kevin, your superb dedication to Division East, First Army and our nation exemplifies the best in what our nation expects from our Army’s greatest leaders,” Tucker said. “Your legacy with Division East is cemented, and you should take great pride in knowing you leave behind a great training organization that truly lives up to your unit’s motto, ‘Train for Combat.’ “Your reputation and that of your divi- sion as the premier Reserve component training formation makes it obvious why you were selected for your next job.” Wendel emphasized the professional- ism of his trainer/mentors as well as the impact they make every day on the readi- ness of the Operational Reserve as well as their growing training mission to other elements of the Army’s total force. “The brigades you see on the field deliver world-class training,”Wendel said. “Bottom line — what you see before you
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil September 5, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11 is a team of teams that trains, and they do a magnificent job.” He noted that even as the Army begins drawing down, the First Army mission will continue, focusing on enabling and supporting readiness in the Operational Reserve. “What senior leaders are seeing is that our unique, multicomponent approach is one of the most cost-effective training options available to the Army,” Wendel said. “Our teams are small but highly effective, delivering relevant, mission- focused, standards-based training at exceptional value.” Wendel thanked all team, staff, and enterprise and installation partners throughout the Division East footprint for ensuring the division and his success over the last 30 months. “I have been blessed by being sur- rounded by a superb staff, our brigade commanders, their command sergeants major, trainer/mentors, and civilians — experts in every facet of manning, equip- ping, training, mobilizing and demobiliz- ing our nation’s Reserve component,” he said. “I am in awe of what you do. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve with all of you and the Soldiers in your ranks. Train for combat.” After thanking his wife and family for photo by phil grout (Left) Incoming Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bailey receives the First Army Division East guidon from First Army Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker during a change-of-command ceremony held Aug. 26 at McGlachlin Parade Field. Bailey assumed command from Maj. Gen. Kevin R. Wendel as the leader of the Fort Meade- based organization. LEFT: First Army Division East Soldiers stand in formation on McGlachlin Parade Field during the change-of-command ceremony. The event, held Aug. 26, marked the change in leadership for the organization. photo courtesy first army division east their support, Wendel welcomed Bailey and his wife, Karen, to the First Army Division East family. “It is a real pleasure to see a great war- fighter, leader and trainer join the divi- sion,” Wendel said. “As you can see from Jeff Bailey’s bio, there is no one more qualified to command Division East.” Bailey thanked all the general officers, family members, guests, and installation and enterprise partners attending the ceremony before specifically thanking Tucker for allowing him to command Division East. “Thank you for the privilege of com- mand and honor you’ve bestowed on me,” he said. “I understand the magnitude of the responsibility you’ve given me, and I want you to know Karen and I are will- ing, ready, able and committed to the task. We’re going to make your Army and this division successful.” Bailey had a special message for Wen- del. “I’ve stood in admiration and awe of this division over the last year,” he said. “I want you to know I’m committed to carrying on the legacy you’ve established over the last few years, and we’ll keep pushing forward.” Bailey then turned his attention to the brigade leaders and all the Soldiers assembled on the parade field. “To the commanders and Soldiers on the field, it’s an honor to see you out there, and I’m thrilled to be joining your ranks today,” he said. “You enjoy a tre- mendous reputation … across the U.S. Army. I’m looking forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with you as we con- tinue to work the task that’s ours in First Army Division East.”
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! September 5, 2013 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Instead of making tweaks to the National Guard car or gearing up for the annual Baltimore Grand Prix, the Panther Racing team made a pit stop at Fort Meade to meet with service mem- bers and their families on Aug. 28. Driver Oriol Servia and his team from Panther Racing, including owner John Barnes, spent several hours at the USO-Metro Fort Meade Center signing autographs, showing off the National Guard IndyCar and giving away tickets to Sunday’s Grand Prix. The visit was the third consecutive year the Indiana-based racing team stopped at the installation prior to the Baltimore Grand Prix. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering company, spon- sored the event. “This is wonderful, this is like church for me,” Barnes said. “Getting to come and be with the brothers, it is just amaz- ing. ... We love it here. We love the com- munity. What a great opportunity to come meet Soldiers.” Elaine Rodgers, president of the USO of Metropolitan Washington, opened the event with brief remarks, thanking Panther Racing for continuing to sup- port service members in various ways and for returning to the installation for another year. “You guys just do an incredible job,” she said. Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley thanked Panther Racing for spend- ing time with service members. He also talked about the importance of the USO and the services they provide for mem- bers of the military. “After you have been in an austere location for several months and you have not had much physical contact with our home, when you walk into a USO facil- ity or you see performers that come to perform for us when we are deployed, it gives you the most wonderful feeling on the inside to know that our home is still there for us,” Foley said. “It enables you to continue on serving the difficult mis- sions that we do.” Servia, who has been driving the Speed Racer IndyCar driver Oriol Servia, racing team visit installation National Guard car for about a year, also spoke to the crowd that gathered outside the USO-Metro center. “I have to start with thanking you for everything that you guys do when you’re out there, when you’re here,” he said. While a driver is happy and proud with any sponsor because sponsors pay the bills and allow racers to compete, Servia said the experience of being sponsored by the National Guard is “special.” “I get to hear a lot of the stories of what you guys go through,” he said. “I feel like what I do is very cool, I feel like it’s awesome. I’m very lucky. But you guys are awesome, and for us to at least have the name of National Guard around and keep some exposure to what you do is great. “For me to be the driver of this special car, it’s very special. I hope every week- end I make you guys proud.” Servia then signed autographs and met with service members and their families, while Barnes explained the mechanisms of the IndyCar on display to those who hopped into the driver’s seat. photos by noah scialom Oriol Servia shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Matthew Parks on Aug. 28 at the USO- Metro Fort Meade Center. For several hours, Servia signed autographs and met with service members. The car was not exactly as Crytoplogic Technician 2nd Class Thomas Forthsye imagined. The pedals were further back than he expected, but Forthsye said he would be eager to get behind the wheel of the car on the track. “I think I could. I’ve always wanted to try,” said the Sailor from Navy Informa- tion Operations Command Maryland. Forthsye said he was thankful the team stopped at Fort Meade before Sunday’s race. “I think it shows a lot for the sport, a lot for the team,” he said. “It shows that they care; it is not just the sponsor- ship.” Editor’s note: Oriol Servia finished the Baltimore Grand Prix in 12th place. Cryptologic Techni- cian 2nd Class Thomas Forthsye jumps in the driver’s seat of the National Guard IndyCar on Aug. 28 at the USO- Metro Fort Meade Cen- ter. Prior to Sunday’s Baltimore Grand Prix, racer Oriol Servia and his Panther Racing team stopped at Fort Meade to meet with service members and their families.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil September 5, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13 Sports I know, I know, it has been way too long. But finally, Chad Jones has come back to Jabber Nation! To say I missed the tens of Jibber Jabber readers would be an under- statement. And before I get to my NFC and Super Bowl predictions, I do feel the responsibility to shine light on a couple of things that happened while I was gone. First, for all you Miley Cyrus hat- ers, just remember there would have never been any of Miley’s twerk- ing bit.ly/1fx2riD without Billy Ray’s “Achy Breaky Heart.” bit.ly/18pjGzy And in the long run, Billy’s mullet was way worse than Miley’s foam fin- ger, so don’t be so judgmental. On to the NFC: North Best Offensive Player: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota. “All Day” Adrian is the best running back since Emmitt Smith, and he will become the first running back ever to go for 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. bit.ly/17CkcKH Best Defensive Player: Charles Till- man, CB, Chicago. People want to give this honor to Green Bay’s Clay Matthews, but I don’t like his hair, and his sack dance is dumb. Plus, “Peanut” is probably the best nickname in the league short of “Megatron.” Best unit: Detroit Lions Offense. Everybody wants to talk about Green Bay, but did you know that the Lions averaged nearly 50 yards more per game than the Pack? QB Matt Stafford, RB Reggie Bush and the aforementioned “Megatron,” aka Calvin Johnson, who abuses receivers like the real Megatron abused Starscream bit.ly/1ah9qPF, will put up a lot of points this year. Worst Unit: Detroit Lions second- ary. If the Lions’ front line doesn’t cause any pressure, NFL offense is going to be twerking all over the Lions D. Biggest Addition: Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit. Like him or hate him, Bush is probably the most versatile back in the league and will make the Lions offense nearly unstoppable. Final Standings: Green Bay 10-6; Detroit 9-7; Chicago 8-8; Minnesota 8-8 South Best Offensive Player: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans. Simply put, he is one of the best QBs in the world. Best Defensive Player: J.J. Watt, DT, Houston. There might not be a single good defensive player in the South, but they have some really good QBs in Matt Ryan, Brees and Cam Newton. Best unit: New Orleans’ offense. Brees and coach Sean Payton will score at least 30 points per game. Worst Unit: Carolina’s defense. In a league full of sieves, Carolina is the biggest. Biggest Addition: Sean Payton. Get- ting a Super Bowl winning coach back on the sidelines is usually a very good thing. Running back Steven Jackson to Atlanta isn’t bad either. Final Standings: Atlanta 13-3; New Orleans 11-5 (Wildcard); Tampa Bay 7-9; Carolina 4-12 East Best Offensive Player: Tony Romo, QB, Dallas. Like him or not, Tony Romo is one bad (shut your mouth). What? I was only talking about Tony Romo. The dude’s got a great arm, and even though he struggles when it counts, he puts the team in position to win more times than not. Best unit: Washington Redskins Offense. Regardless of RG III’s health, Mike Shanahan’s offense will be efficient. Worst Unit: New York Giants run- ning backs. David Wilson is OK, but beyond that I don’t know how they are going to move the ball on the ground. Biggest Addition: Chip Kelly, Head Coach, Eagles. I am not sure how effective Chip Kelly will be as an NFL coach, but his video game-type of offense seems to fit with the new-look NFL. Be prepared for Michael Vick to be a dawg this year. Final Standings: Dallas 11-5; New York Giants 10-6; Washington 7-9; Philadelphia 6-10 West * In my opin- ion, this has t r a n s f o r m e d itself into the best division in the NFL. Best Offen- sive Player: M a r s h a w n Lynch, RB, Seattle. Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are nice, but Lynch is a beast. Nearly 2,800 yards and 23 touchdowns during the last two years, not to mention a boat load of dump truck runs. bit.ly/1fxdecy Best Defensive Player: Aldon Smith, DE, San Francisco - 19.5 sacks last year and the best player on the best defense in football. Best unit: San Francisco Defense. No unit matches its coach’s personal- ity more than the Niners match coach Jim Harbaugh. They are merciless to the point of cruelty on the defensive side of the ball. Worst Unit: St. Louis Rams Offense. Sam Bradford is unproven, and they are going to be playing six games against conference opponents who are just going to overrun this group. Biggest Addition: Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco. Ask Ravens fans how good Boldin is. The dude had the best hands in Balti since the “human vacuum cleaner” Brooks Robinson. bit. ly/17EiAzV OT Jake Long to St. Louis and Percy Harvin to Seattle could also be huge gets. Final Standings: San Fran 13-3; Seattle 11-5 (Wildcard); St. Louis 8- 8; Arizona 3-13 NFC Championship game: Seattle vs. Atlanta Super Bowl Seattle vs. Cincinnati: Seattle will really be sleepless when the Seahawks win the championship. If you disagree, hit me up on Twit- ter @ctjibber. And of course, if you want to talk to me about this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@ mail.mil. NFC is the place to be Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Ravens’ Hometown Heroes The Baltimore Ravens and Dietz & Watson are joining forces to honor active-duty service members and veterans at each of the Ravens’ 2013 home games. Through their Hometown Hero program, the two partners will celebrate service members of the greater Baltimore community, currently serving or retired, whose bravery and strength make them deserving of special recognition. Each week, one person will be chosen as that game’s Hometown Hero and deliver the game ball to the NFL referee prior to kickoff. The hero also will receive tickets to the game and pre-game sideline passes. The Hometown Hero program is open to all current and former service members from any military branch. Throughout the season, fans can submit a friend or family member’s name, contact information, service number and brief description about why they want to honor that person at www.baltimoreravens.com/ hometownhero. EFMP Walking Group The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet Sept. 12 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Arundel Mills Mall for its monthly walking event. All are welcome — strollers, too. The group will meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of Best Buy inside the mall. Registration is required. To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya. travis@us.army.mil. Meade football roundup The 70-pound Cougars lost to the Andover Apaches, 18-12. The 80-pound Cougars lost to the Davidsonville Gators, 30-18. The 90-pound Cougars lost to the PAL Hawks, 24-12. The 100-pound Cougars defeated the PAL Hawks, 19-6. The 11U Cougars lost to the Davidsonville Gators, 8-6. The 13U Cougars defeated the Gambrills-Odenton Recreation Council Wildcats, 34-14.
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! September 5, 2013 Community News & Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. 9/11 Remembrance Run The installation will host a 9/11 Remembrance Run on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. Partner organizations, civilians and guests are welcome to participate in the three-mile run. For more information, call 301-677- 4719. Community Job Fair A Community Job Fair will be held Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. The job fair is open to the public. Come early; anticipate lines. Bring resumes. Dress for success. A free shuttle service will be available to the parking lot. For more information, go to ftmeademwr.com. Fall Chamber Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band will perform its Fall Chamber Concert Series on and off post. • Concert of Conducted Small Works: Saturday, 3 p.m., Our Lady of the Angel Chapel, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville With the antiphonal sounds of Giovanni Gabrieli, expressiveness of Charles Gounod and Richard Strauss, and the percussion music of John Wesley Gibson, Col. Timothy Holtan and guest conductor Dr. Otis French lead members of the Concert Band in a different type of chamber concert. • Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Oct. 10, 7 p.m., U.S. Army Field Band Building-Devers Hall, 4214 Field Band Drive, Fort Meade • Mixed Performers Concert: Oct. 20, 3 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish, 801 Stevenson Road, Severn The concert will showcase the variety of sounds and styles of the Field Band’s Soldier-musicians. For more information, visit armyfieldband.com. Air Force Ball The 66th Air Force Ball will be held Sept. 13 at the Hilton Baltimore Washington International Hotel. All services are welcome. The ball marks the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as an independent service on Sept. 18, 1947. This year’s theme is “Road to the Future” which emphasizes the Air Force’s transition into the digital age. The guest speaker is Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin G. Slater, senior enlisted advisor to Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and chief of Central Security Service. Military attire is semi-formal or mess dress. Civilian attire is semiformal or black tie. Admission is $29 for E1-E4 and GS-1 through GS-8; $30 for E5-E6 and GS-9 through GS-11; $40 for SNCO/CGO and GS-12 through GS-13; and $50 for FGO/ GS-14 and above. Cost for spouses and guests is the same as the Air Force member. For tickets, call 301-677-5015.   Quarter auction The Enlisted Spouses Club is hosting Quarter Mania, a quarter auction, on Sept. 20 at Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Play begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 and includes two paddles. Group fee is $20 for four people and includes paddles. Cost for each additional paddle is $2. Players who register online at ftmeadeesc.org and/or bring five nonperishable food items, may select either an extra paddle or magic paddle ticket at the door. Bring quarters. Bids will be one to four quarters on a variety of themes. Snacks will be available for purchase. For more information, email Kim at waysandmeans@ftmeadeesc.org. Square Dance Club The Swinging Squares Square Dance Club dances the third and fifth Saturday of the month from September to the end of May at Meade Middle School. The first dance of the 2013-14 season will be Sept. 21 from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is $6. Square dance attire is optional. For fun, fellowship and exercise, try this modern, western square-dancing. Dance classes are held Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Meade Middle School, starting Sept. 19. Each class costs $6. The first two classes are free. For more information, call Darlene at 410-519-2536 (voice); 410-868-5050 (text), or Carl at 410-271-8776 (voice/text). Trivia Night The Lanes hosts Trivia Night every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., except the third Thursday of the month. The event is open to the public. Teams must have a minimum of two players and a maximum of 10. Weekly prizes are awarded to the top three winners. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, call 301-677- 5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com/lanes.php. Jummah prayers 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 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking individuals who would like to join in a morning prayer on Fridays. Army Human Resources Workshop The Directorate of Human Resources and Defense Military Pay Office (Finance) will conduct the first Fort Meade Army Human Resources Workshop on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m to noon at McGill Training Center, classroom 6. It is imperative that administrative officers (S1s), Personnel Staff NCO, Army Human Resources specialists, and all individuals that perform Army military personnel functions attend this workshop. The workshop will provide critical information and essential tools required for the timely and accurate processing of all Army personnel actions submitted to the DHR and the Defense Military Pay- Office (Finance). To confirm attendance, call Ms. Bolling at 301-677-5406 or Ms. Bautista at 301- 677-7545 by Sept. 15. Company Commander/ First Sergeant Course The USAMDW Company Commander/ First Sergeant Course will be held Oct. 15-18 in Lincoln Hall, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. The course is conducted to introduce new and prospective company leaders to potential challenges of command; the avenues and resources available to assist them; and overall concerns within the National Capitol Region. MDW Regulation 350-5, Company Commanders and First Sergeants Training requires all JFHQ-NCR/MDW company commanders and first sergeants to attend this training. To participate, individuals should contact their unit S3 or installation DPTMS. Course allocations will be made IAW Chapter 6, MDW Reg. 350-5. The final list of individuals recommended to participate in this training is due to the MDW J/G37 Office by Sept. 27. Contacts in J/G37 are Michael Egly at 202-685-2910 or michael.c.egly.civ@mail. mil, and David Stone at 202-685-1923 or david.g.stone.ctr@mail.mil. Mustangs Preschool Program Little Meade Mustangs Preschool Program is open to children ages 3 1/2- 5 years old at Meade High School. The program runs three days per week from mid-October to mid-May. Tuition is $30 per semester. Applications are available in Meade High School’s main office. For more information, email Rebecca Schroeder at rschroeder@aacps.org. Teen Center Open House The Fort Meade Teen Center is sponsoring an open house to welcome teens and the new school year on Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Learn about the Teen Center activities and programs such as youth sponsorship, homework assistance and various clubs. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 301-677- 6054. Out & About • Baltimore Comic Con will be held NEWS & EVENTS EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION
    • http://www.ftmeade.army.mil September 5, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15 Community News & Notes Movies The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through Sept. 22 Today, Friday & Saturday: “RED 2” (PG-13). An unlikely team of elite secret agents reunites on a quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. With Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker. Sunday: “Turbo” (PG). A snail attains the power of super speed, and pursues his dream of becom- ing a racer. With Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña. Wednesday: “The Wolverine” (PG-13). Wolverine confronts the prospect of mortality. With Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Famke Janssen. Sept. 12, 13: “2 Guns” (R). Two undercover agents go on the run after a mission goes bad. With Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton. Sept. 14, 15: “The Wolverine 3D” (PG-13). Wolverine confronts the prospect of mortality. With Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Famke Janssen. Sept. 18, 21: “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 3D” (PG). Percy and friends go in search of the Golden Fleece. With Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario. Sept. 19, 20: “We’re The Millers” (R). A drug dealer goes to Mexico with a fake family to complete a big deal. With Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter. Sept. 22: “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (PG). Percy and friends go in search of the Golden Fleece. With Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jack- son, Alexandra Daddario. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. Admission is $25 on Saturday; $20 on Sunday; and $40 for both days. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult admission For a complete schedule and more information, visit baltimorecomiccon.com. • Community Day will be celebrated Sept. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at 12511 Old Gunpowder Road Spur, Beltsville. The event will feature free prizes, international foods, games, a basketball tournament, moon bounce and an outdoor concert. For more information, call 301-498-6006. • YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater will host the 18th Women’s Wellness Weekend: Spirit, Mind and Body from Oct. 12-13. This year, the camp is reaching out to military spouses to enjoy the experience and will give their children, ages 6-16, the opportunity to enjoy camp as well. Cost is $175 per person. Early registration is $150 if postmarked by Sept. 13. Enlisted spouses may apply for scholarships for up to $100 with valid military ID. Call to register. Space is limited. Fee includes lodging, meals, workshops, entertainment and most activities. Activities include: yoga, dance, canoeing, stress reduction, hiking, exercise classes, archery, high ropes adventure, tennis, basketball, volleyball, sailing, arts, campfire, crafts fair, and speakers and presenters. For more information, call Chessa Ormond at 410-919-1410 or email info@ campletts.org. or call the camp at 410-919- 1410 or go to campletts.org. • Maryland Renaissance Festival will be held through Oct. 20 at 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis. Admission is $7 to $22. For more information, email rennfest.com. • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Saturday and Oct. 5, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com. • Johnny Seaton and his band, Bad Behavior, will entertain with their rockabilly and Elvis revue on Saturday at the Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, Doors open at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets cost $20. Tickets purchased at the door cost $25. The event will feature a silent auction of jewelry, gift cards, Vera Bradley and Coach bags, and a “basket of cheer.” Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be on sale. The event will benefit Camp Corral, sponsored by the Golden Corral at Arundel Mills Mall. The camps, located at 14 different sites across the U.S., benefit the children of injured, disabled or fallen military heroes. Children, ages 8-15, enjoy a free week of summer camp. For more information or to hold or purchase tickets, call the event chairman, Dana Herbert, at 410-796-7999 or email ddherbert@maxinter.net. • A Quarter Auction will be held Sept. 12 at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1381 Becknel Ave., Odenton. Doors and kitchen open at 6 p.m. Auction begins at 7 p.m. The auction is for adults only. Admission is $5 (two paddles). Each additional set costs $5. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event also will feature door prizes. All proceeds will benefit charities. For more information, call Jo-Ann at 410-900- 5576. • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at the Conference Center. The next breakfast is today. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. There is no cost for the buffet; donations are optional. For more information, call 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.civ@mail.mil. • 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 today. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, 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 today. For more information, visit namiaac.org. • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Midway Commons Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email membership@ftmeadeesc.org. • Bully Proofing Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center beginning Monday. The group is geared for school-age children and parents. For more information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.ctr@mail.mil. • New Spouse Connection meets the second Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. The program provides an opportunity for all spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade to meet and get connected. For more information, contact Pia Morales at pia.s.morales.civ@mail.mil or 301-677-4110. • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child care will be provided on site. For more information, email Kimberly. d.mckay6.ctr@mail.mil. • NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie. The speaker is Mary McGraw, representing the Elizabeth Coronet Healthcare Network. To join this chapter or for more information concerning NARFE, please attend this meeting. The chapter is in dire need of active members. For more information, call Diane Shreves, publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750. • Bridging the Gap deployment support group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Tuesday. For more information, call Sharon Collins at 301-667-4116 or email sharon. j.collins@us.army.mil. MEETINGS Chaplain’s Word PREPARATION “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin