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
First Army Division
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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.
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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 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
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
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
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-
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
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
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 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.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
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-
“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
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
For this event, ACAP partnered
with the Regional Growth Manage-
ment Committee, a network of local
jurisdictions working to support the
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
“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
Jackson said one job candidate is
scheduled for a follow-up interview
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
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By Brandon Bieltz
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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By Master Sgt. Gary Younger
First Army Division East
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
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
“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-
First Army Division East
deputy director earns
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
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
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
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
“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
“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
“Working with military families brings
a sense of pride for me,” she said. “I love
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
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
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
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
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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-
• 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
• Dec. 15: Soldiers return to their
• 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
By Tim Hipps
U.S. Army Installation Management
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
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
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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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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-
Below is a list of traffic
offenses on post for the
week of Aug. 26 to Aug.
• Moving violations: 15
• Non-moving violations: 3
• Verbal warnings for traffic
• Traffic accidents: 5
• Driving on suspended license: 1
• Driving on suspended registration: 1
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
Broadcast by 98 Rock
Belly Rub Hub
Barks and Beers -
Cutest Dog Contests
Paws Pals Kids
Learn more and register at
Strut Your Mutt and help Save Them All.™
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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
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
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
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
“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
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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
“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
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-
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
“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-
“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
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.”
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By Brandon Bieltz
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
“You guys just do an incredible job,”
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
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
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
“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-
Editor’s note: Oriol Servia finished the
Baltimore Grand Prix in 12th place.
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
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil September 5, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
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:
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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;
* In my opin-
ion, this has
t r a n s f o r m e d
itself into the
best division in
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
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
Seattle vs. Cincinnati: Seattle will
really be sleepless when the Seahawks
win the championship.
If you disagree, hit me up on Twit-
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@
NFC is the place to be
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts
The Baltimore Ravens and Dietz
Watson are joining forces to honor
active-duty service members and
veterans at each of the Ravens’ 2013
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/
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
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.
Meade football roundup
The 70-pound Cougars lost to the Andover Apaches,
The 80-pound Cougars lost to the Davidsonville
The 90-pound Cougars lost to the PAL Hawks, 24-12.
The 100-pound Cougars defeated the PAL Hawks,
The 11U Cougars lost to the Davidsonville Gators,
The 13U Cougars defeated the Gambrills-Odenton
Recreation Council Wildcats, 34-14.
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
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
For more information, call 301-677-
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
Fall Chamber Concert
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,
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
For more information, visit
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
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.
The Enlisted Spouses Club is hosting
Quarter Mania, a quarter auction, on
Sept. 20 at Jessup Community Hall, 2920
Doors open at 6 p.m. Play begins at 7
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
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
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
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).
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.
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 who would like to join in a
morning prayer on Fridays.
Army Human Resources
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-
To confirm attendance, call Ms. Bolling
at 301-677-5406 or Ms. Bautista at 301-
677-7545 by Sept. 15.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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-
• Baltimore Comic Con will be held
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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
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,
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,
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
Sept. 14, 15: “The Wolverine 3D” (PG-13).
Wolverine confronts the prospect of mortality.
With Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Famke
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
Admission is $25 on Saturday; $20 on
Sunday; and $40 for both days. Children ages
10 and under are admitted free with a paid
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
• 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
For more information or to hold or
purchase tickets, call the event chairman,
Dana Herbert, at 410-796-7999 or email
• 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
All proceeds will benefit charities. For
more information, call Jo-Ann at 410-900-
• 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 email@example.com.
• 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
• 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
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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
For more information, email Kimberly.
• 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
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.
“By failing to prepare,
you are preparing to fail.”
— Benjamin Franklin