Earth Day 5K
kicks off annual
Meade Run Series
Today, 11:30 a.m.: Holocaust Remembrance Observance - McGill Training Center
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - The Conference Center
Saturday, Noon-3 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt - Youth Center
April 20, 7-8 a.m.: Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service - Chapel Center
April 26, 8 a.m.: Earth Day 5K Run/1-Mile Walk - Burba Lake Recreation Area
DES actively working
to hire additional
DA security guards
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Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley leads the Joint Service Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action Community Run through Heritage Park on Friday morning. The
3-mile run, which featured 12 Fort Meade units, launched a month of sexual assault awareness activities and events. For the story, see Page 10.
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By Rosemary Freitas Williams
Special to Soundoff!
Almost 20 years ago, I met Jamie, a 15-year-old
living on base at Quantico, Va., with his three younger
siblings, mom and dad, who was a Marine Corps
major and test pilot.
Jamie was a typical 15-year-old. He loved to play
“war” with the other boys, did fairly well in school
but struggled with math, would leave his bike in the
driveway, and had to be reminded to come in from
playing when it got dark.
Jamie also has Down syndrome and attended
Quantico High School, which, at the time, did not
have the robust special education program it has today.
So the other kids helped Jamie where they could.
What made Jamie remarkable was how unremark-
able he was, meaning, whether it was doing homework
together or including him in sports, Jamie was just one
of the crowd.
I also know 16-year-old triplet girls who, at 2 years
old, learned that if they all ran in different directions,
Mommy couldn’t catch them. Mommy is my friend
Claire Woodward, who was pregnant at the time and
her husband was deployed. Yes, Claire had her work
cut out for her.
Side-by-side, the Woodward sisters and brother
learned to embrace multiple moves, leaving friends
behind, long road trips and the myriad challenges that
go with military life.
A few years back, Claire and the four kids came to
visit us in Annapolis. They were driving from Florida
to Pennsylvania and back, visiting friends along the
way. Five people traveling 1,800 miles in a small Prius,
and they had a ball. I don’t know about you, but being
shoulder-to-shoulder with my siblings was generally
the start of Olympic-level bickering, which included
the time-honored emphatic, “She’s touching me!” as
you’re just pulling out of the driveway.
There have been significant challenges along the
way, but the resilience that often comes with being
military children took over to resolve whatever issues
they faced and still face.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing
many military children. Though each of these children
are unique, they all have one thing in common - their
inner compass always seeks resilience. No matter their
age or situation, these children learn to adapt as they
face numerous moves and deployments.
Military children exhibit pride in their parents’
service and often take on additional duties during
deployments. In this way, they serve our country
too, with strength and bravery. Childhood can be
challenging, and for military children, their nomadic
childhood demands even more.
April is the Month of the Military Child. It’s the
time for our coun-
try to recognize
the strengths and
sacrifices of our
time to let fami-
lies know that we
as a country look
to create strong
support for mili-
tary children is
you be a mentor
to a child whose parent is deployed? Can you befriend
a military spouse dealing with a deployment and in
need of parenting advice?
All of us have talents and something to give, even if
it’s simply a word of thanks. Our actions do not need
to be grand to make a difference. If you live near an
installation, volunteering at a planned appreciation
event this month would be a great way to help.
Military families need our encouragement. Wheth-
er it’s a simple thank you or an elaborate celebration
in their honor, they need to know that our country is
here for them.
Celebrate the Month of the Military Child with all
of us and let military children and their families know
how much they are valued.
To learn more about the Month of the Military
Child, or for creative ways to show your appreciation,
visit Military OneSource.
You can also join the conversation and follow the
celebration on the Military OneSource Facebook
Editor’s note: Williams is the deputy assistant sec-
retary of defense for Military Community and Family
Celebrate the Month
of the Military Child
rosemary freitas williams
Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Military
Community and Family Policy
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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Department of the Army security
guards do more than just check identi-
fication cards and direct traffic through
access control points to enter and leave
The guard’s dedication provides a
level of safety and security that service
members, civilian workers, retirees and
families have come to expect at Fort
Meade, said Lt. Col. Jeff Winegar,
provost marshal and director of DES.
However, maintaining an acceptable
level of DA security guards available
for duty has made manning the gates a
challenge and directly affects the num-
ber of open gates and their respective
The installation began to feel the
effects of the insufficient number of
DA security guards last year, which
led to the closing of the access control
point at Mapes Road and Route 175.
The closing of the Mapes gate, com-
bined with the limited hours of the
Llewellyn Avenue gate — 6 to 9 a.m.
for incoming traffic and 3 to 6 p.m.
for outgoing traffic — has, in turn,
increased the wait time for vehicles to
enter the installation
To avoid further closures, the Direc-
torate of Emergency Services is actively
working to acquire more DA security
“Fort Meade is aggressively hiring
guards to man the gates,” Winegar said
“The reality is we do not have enough
guards to extend hours on Llewellyn
or open any other gates during peak
Once DES acquires enough DA
security guards, more lanes and gates
are expected to open.
According to Winegar, part of the
challenge of keeping DA security
guards at Fort Meade is related to pay
issues. The installation is not autho-
rized to pay its DA guards as much as
they could earn at other organizations
in the region.
However, DES is now providing
recruitment and retention incentives
to attract more guards. The incentives
include an advance in hire bonus to a
GS-04 Step 5, a 5 percent recruitment
incentive and a 10 percent retention
incentive after one year.
But even with the incentives, Win-
egar said, the base salary makes resid-
DES working to hire more DA security guards
ing in an area with such a high cost of
The salary does not take into account
the Fort Meade requirement to provide
immediate incident response.
To better classify a security guard’s
incident response requirements, DES is
working with Installation Management
Command to increase the base sal-
ary to match those duty requirements.
This position-description classification
change would raise the base salary and
potentially have a secondary effect on
A lengthy application process also
provides challenges. The process takes
a minimum of 10 weeks.
Before they are allowed to enforce
security, a DA security guard must
pass security clearance checks, weapon
qualifications, Law and Order training,
and a final certification.
“We’re doing everything within our
power to hire and retain our total
authorization of security guards,” Gar-
rison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
said. “We offer recruitment incentives,
retention incentives, and we’re doing
anything we can to shorten the hiring
timeline for DA security guards.”
In an effort to keep the gates prop-
erly staffed, DES also utilizes service
members from the installation’s tenant
units to man gates.
“Unfortunately, the number of per-
sonnel provided have reduced signifi-
cantly and we are working with the
garrison command team to re-energize
borrowed military manpower utiliza-
tion,” Winegar said.
Foley said that borrowed military
manpower isn’t always a viable option
on Fort Meade as many of the service
members are highly skilled intelligence
and communications analysts.
“Borrowed military manpower is not
an appropriate solution to augment
the DA security guard force on Fort
Meade,” he said. “It is an option of
last resort because the military man-
power we have to tap into are highly
specialized and trained intelligence and
communications analysts whose skills
are much better utilized doing their
primary jobs and duties in our nation’s
Despite the shortage, Fort Meade’s
guards still process more than 375
vehicles per hour. From 7 to 9 a.m.
and 4 to 6 p.m., an average of 1,500
vehicles per hour pass one way through
the gates, Winegar said.
Last year, guards conducted 150,500
vehicle searches; detained six drivers
under the influence and three drug
paraphernalia violators; confiscated
1,800 invalid identification cards; con-
ducted 13,600 random antiterrorism
measures; and identified 171 infant seat
“Approximately 57,000 vehicles a
day pass through the gates,” Winegar
said. “Department of the Army secu-
rity guards are the first individuals to
ensure life, health and safety of those
entering and residing on Fort Meade.
“[They] endure harsh weather condi-
tions, a challenging work environment
and may be called upon to selflessly
put their lives on the line to ensure the
safety of others as a quick reaction
Foley agrees with Winegar’s assess-
ment of the dedication and challenge
Fort Meade’s DA security guards face.
“These security professionals are
truly our first line of defense in keep-
ing this installation, the people that live
and who work on it safe, 24 hours a
day,” Foley said. “Their jobs are chal-
lenging, difficult and as we’ve seen over
the last six months, they perform them
in some darn tough conditions.”
April 5, Theft of private prop-
erty: The victim stated his
12-speed silver Diamondback
bicycle was missing from his
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
A Department of the Army security guard checks a driver’s identification at the Reece
Road gate. Maintaining an acceptable level of security guards available for duty at
Fort Meade has made manning the gates a challenge and affects the number of open
gates and their operating hours. To avoid closures, the Directorate of Emergency
Services is actively working to acquire more DA security guards.
For week of
March 31-April 6:
• Moving violations: 38
• Nonmoving violations: 6
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 36
• Traffic accidents: 7
• Driving on suspended license: 3
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
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By Cory Hancock
Army News Service
The Military and Civilian Police Offi-
cers of the Year for the U.S. Army Mili-
tary District of Washington were recog-
nized during a ceremony on March 25 at
Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington.
Staff Sgt. Danilo Fernandez III, 241st
Military Police Detachment at Fort
Meade, is the Military Police Officer of
the Year for MDW.
Officer Anthony L. Robinson, Police
Services Division at Fort Meade, is the
Department of the Army Civilian Police
Officer of the Year for MDW.
The awards recognize military and
civilian police officers with superior work
records or those who perform meritori-
ous acts or services both on and off duty,
which contribute to the mission and
quality of life at MDW and to its role as
a good neighbor in the community.
Fernandez serves as the Traffic Man-
agement Collision Investigation non-
commissioned officer-in-charge. He
was presented an Army Commenda-
tion Medal by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S.
Buchanan, MDW commanding general,
and Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull, MDW
command sergeant major.
Fernandez’s superior knowledge
regarding traffic safety made him the
main instructor for safety, traffic and
DUI enforcement for tenant units and
special events. His knowledge allowed
him to conduct training events, which
impacted thousands of Fort Meade resi-
“It is about the immediate gratifi-
cation of helping people. That is the
main reason why I like being an MP,”
Fernandez said. “I was shocked to win
Robinson has served with the Direc-
torate of Emergency Services at Fort
Meade since 2005. He was presented the
Department of the Army Achievement
Medal for Civilian Service by Buchanan
While working as a Department of the
Army civilian police officer, Robinson
served in numerous positions includ-
ing AWOL apprehension officer, vehicle
maintenance officer and assistant supply
“The law enforcement side is one
thing, but I really enjoy meeting with
members of the community,” Robinson
said. “I think it is great to be recognized
Awards presented to MDW
Police, DES at Fort Meade
Photos By George Markfelder
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army
general, presents Officer Anthony L.
Robinson, Police Services Division at Fort
Meade, with the Department of the Army
Achievement Medal for Civilian Service
during a ceremony at Fort McNair. The
ceremony was held to recognize Robinson
as the Civilian Police Officer of the Year for
honor to have those actions recognized,”
Fort Meade also has received the Best
National Night Out Award for military
installations across the nation each of
the past six years. The DES has been a
key component of hosting this success-
“It’s all about giving back to the com-
munity,” Russell said. “It means a lot to
Staff Sgt. Danilo
by my fellow peers.
I’m just doing my
job. It’s very grati-
The Fort Meade
DES was awarded
for having the Best
es of the Year for
MDW. The award
was accepted by Lt.
Col. Jeff E. Win-
egar, Fort Meade
provost marshal, and Thomas W. Rus-
sell, Fort Meade deputy chief of police.
“Law enforcement and emergency
responders are on point 24 hours a day
to ensure the life, health, and safety of
the community,” Winegar said. “Most
of the work they do goes unseen by
the general public. Unfortunately for
law enforcement, the most remembered
events by the public usually involve traf-
fic violations or crime resolution.
“The most rewarding actions for law
enforcement officials are saving lives and
protecting the community, and it is our
Voncile Farmer, Fort
Meade’s Survivor Out-
reach Services coordi-
nator, displays a Gold
Star Wives poster during
the Gold Star Wives Tea
on Friday at the Soldier
and Family Assistance
Center. The tea was held
in observance of Satur-
day’s Gold Star Wives
Day, which is designated
to recognize the sacri-
fices of the wives and
families of fallen service
members who died on
active duty or as a result
of a service-connected
cause. The Army’s SOS
currently supports more
than 55,900 surviving
military family members.
photo by brandon bieltz
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Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes
Two survivors of childhood sexual
abuse shared their stories during Fort
Meade’s annual kick-off of Child Abuse
Prevention Month on April 2.
Julie and Selena, (who did not dis-
close their last names), told how they
have overcome childhood sexual abuse
perpetrated by family members and
how parents must be educated to notice
the signs of sexual and child abuse
“Don’t be fooled into thinking that
[sexual abuse] doesn’t happen within a
family. It’s right here,” Julie said. “The
opportunity is there, and the best thing
to do is to educate your children.”
The two-hour event was held at the
Soldier and Family Assistance Center.
It featured a Child Abuse Prevention
Month proclamation signing by Gar-
rison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J.
Latter, and an uplifting rendition of
“The Greatest Love of All,” sung by
Voncile Farmer, Fort Meade’s Survivor
Outreach Services coordinator.
Chaplain (Maj.) James Covey, the
garrison’s Family Life Minister, gave
Celena Flowers, Fort Meade’s Family
Advocacy Program manager, welcomed
the small audience to the event.
“You’re being here shows your sup-
port for child abuse prevention,” Flow-
ers said. “Myself and the family advo-
cacy team work hard every day to show
our efforts in child abuse prevention
— to actually get out and provide edu-
cation and awareness. We thank you for
being part of this today.”
Before signing the proclamation,
Foley spoke about the importance of
educating parents and the general pub-
lic about child abuse.
“There are very few human beings
who wake up in the morning and say,
‘I’m going to go hurt a child this morn-
ing.’ There are some who are probably
considered to be ill, who need help,”
“But there are far more people who,
over the course of the day, end up hurt-
ing a child, or abusing a child in some
way, shape or form because the person
was never educated or taught the skills
they need to properly raise a child.”
Foley said it is the garrison’s task
to reach out to families to provide
them with the tools they need to raise
Garrison educates community about child abuse
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley signs the garrison’s Child Abuse Prevention
Month proclamation as Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter looks on at the Soldier
and Family Assistance Center on April 2. The signing was part of Fort Meade’s annual
observance, which fosters public awareness about child abuse, childhood sexual
abuse and neglect.
children in a healthy environment and
protect them from those who would do
After the signing, Latter said that
although the document is an Army
proclamation, Fort Meade is a joint
garrison and service members from all
military branches can seek assistance at
Army Community Service.
“We support everybody on Fort
Meade,” he said.
Erin Lemon, supervisor of Anne
Arundel County’s Child Sexual Abuse
Investigation Unit, said that during
fiscal year 2013, there were more than
6,000 new Child Protective Services
reports of abuse and/or neglect in the
county. About 2,350 reports were new
CPS investigations, and 538 families
and 1,184 children received in-home
services from the county’s Family Pres-
Lemon urged parents to be vigilant
in protecting children from abuse that
occurs within the family.
“Most children who are abused or
neglected know their abuser well,”
Lemon said. “It’s never someone ran-
dom in the community. It’s someone
that we as parents have let into our
that’s ultimately what I think it is about.
Selena, 16, said that she was sexually
abused by her uncle starting before age
7. She also said she is a survivor of
physical abuse and neglect.
“For the longest time, I thought it
was supposed to happen, that is was
OK,” she said.
But when her uncle started to sexu-
ally abuse her younger sister, Selena
said she spoke out and told her mother
about the years of her own abuse.
Selena said she then learned that her
uncle abused her mother as a child,
and that he also abused his oldest
“I might be only 16, but I’ve lived
through more than most people should
or have,” she said.
But Selena said she is more mature
than most teens and has learned to
“fend for myself.”
Selena plans to graduate from high
school a year early in May to attend
the University of Baltimore. She will
major in digital communication and
After the women spoke, Ruby Nel-
son, a licensed social worker and direc-
tor of Mental Health Services at the
Baltimore Child Abuse Center, gave
a presentation about the center’s ser-
After the event, Gentile said survi-
vors like Julie and Selena benefit from
telling their stories to others.
“It’s very cathartic,” Gentile said.
“It’s painful — it helps them release
some of the pain from their trauma —
but helps them to help other people.”
home. We as parents do a great job
teaching kids about ‘stranger danger.’
These things [abuse] are happening
inside our own home by people we
know, love and trust.”
Julie and Selena are the clients of
Mary Gentile, a licensed social worker
with a private practice in Anne Arun-
del and Charles counties. Selena is also
a client in the Adolescent Victims of
Sexual Assault Group, which Gentile
facilitates. The therapeutic group is
funded by the Anne Arundel County
Department of Social Services.
Julie said she was sexually abused by
an older brother and that the abuse was
“swept under the rug.”
“It was a taboo that wasn’t spoken
of,” she said. “Most of my healing has
been done as an adult.”
Being a survivor of childhood sexual
abuse is “something that never goes
away,” she said. “Once you think you’ve
put it away, it comes back.”
Julie, who is the mother of a 16-year-
old daughter and a 13-year-old son,
said that to protect her children, she
enrolled them in a karate school.
“That’s their power,” she said.
“They’re in control of themselves and
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By Capt. Iris Yao
Joint Installation Tax Center
With Tax Day fast approaching, there
are a few things to remember about tax
The April 15 deadline is only a dead-
line for those who owe taxes. There are
numerous reasons for why one might
owe taxes. For example, you may have a
tax liability if you had no withholdings
on your wages or pension, withheld too
little federal or state taxes, sold stocks
that generated gains (or you were unable
to ascertain your cost basis), or received
interest or dividend income without taxes
The United States follows a progres-
sive tax system in which the more income
you have, the higher your tax bracket and
fewer deductions resulting in a higher
portion of your income being taxed.
If you end up owing taxes for 2013, you
must file your federal and state returns
and pay your taxes by Tuesday, April 15.
You can mail both the Internal Revenue
Tax filing extensions beyond April 15Service and your state check postmarked
by Tuesday, or have it electronically deb-
ited from your bank account.
The IRS will grant an automatic six-
month extension if you mail in a com-
pleted IRS Form 4868. This form can be
found online at irs.gov.
Typically, individual states have their
own versions of the application for an
extension, which are posted on their
Department of Revenue website.
Special extension rules for military
deployed to a combat zone
Military personnel deployed overseas
to a combat zone have an extension equal
to the number of days they are in a com-
bat zone prior to the filing deadline, plus
180 days to file and pay their taxes.
For example, if you enter a combat
zone on March 1, you have the period of
service in the combat zone, plus 180 days
after your last day in the combat zone. In
this case, you have an extension of 226
days (180 plus 46), starting from the day
you leave the combat zone.
Combat zone is defined on irs.gov.
The three main combat zones are:
• Arabian Peninsula areas, beginning
Jan. 17, 1991:
The Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of
Oman, the part of the Arabian Sea north
of 10 degrees north latitude and west of
68 degrees east longitude, the Gulf of
Aden, and the countries of Bahrain, Iraq,
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates
• Kosovo area, beginning Mar. 24,
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Ser-
bia and Montenegro), Albania, the Adri-
atic Sea and the Ionian Sea north of the
• Afghanistan, beginning Sept. 19,
If you are due a refund, you have three
years to claim your refund.
If you owe and do not meet the April
15 deadline and have not filed for an
extension or are not in a combat zone,
you might be subject to additional penal-
ties and interest.
However, if you are due a refund, you
can file your returns up to three years
past the filing deadline to claim your
Those who have not yet filed a 2010
return have until Tuesday to file (the 2010
return was due on April 15, 2011, plus the
You have until April 15, 2017 to file
your 2013 federal tax return. Check with
your individual states for their deadlines.
Most states, but not all, follow the federal
deadline of April 15.
Maryland’s deadline for individual
income tax is also April 15.
The same three-year period applies for
filing amended returns.
If you want to authorize someone to
file in your absence, you will need to
execute a Special Power of Attorney that
authorizes filing federal and state tax
returns for specific tax years.
The Fort Meade Joint Installation
Tax Center will remain open until April
30 to assist with late filing and amended
returns. After April 30, reduced tax assis-
tance will be available on a case-by-case
To schedule an appointment before April
30, call 301-677-9366.
To schedule an appointment after April
30, call 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
Army Military Intelligence Corps Scholarship
The U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Association is the Army’s professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of the
military intelligence community.
The Chesapeake Chapter encompasses the greater Fort Meade area and represents more than 2,500 Army officers, warrant officers
and enlisted intelligence professionals engaged in both Army and joint intelligence operations and support.
The Chesapeake Chapter of MICA seeks to recognize outstanding graduating high school seniors for their academic achievements by
providing financial aid to help them accomplish their career goals through educational opportunities.
The chapter is offering one $2,000 scholarship to a first-year college student or graduating high school senior who is the child of an
Army military intelligence personnel — active duty, Reserve, Department of the Army civilian or retired — in the Chesapeake Chapter
region accepted for undergraduate education at an accredited institution.
Children accepted for trade and technical schools are also eligible to receive scholarships.
This is a performance-based scholarship program, not needs-based. Scholarships can be awarded for both technical and non-
technical, post high school academic studies.
Parents or sponsors of nominees do not have to be MICA members
Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enter undergraduate studies at an accredited college or vocational/technical school in
High school students generally should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, plus a combined math and verbal SAT
score of 1200. In the absence of SAT scores, equivalent ACT scores may be submitted.
College students should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, plus all transcripts.
In addition to academic good standing, applicants also must have demonstrated leadership and commitment to community service.
Special performance can lead to consideration in cases of lesser scores.
All interested students must submit their applications by May 9. For a scholarship application, email the MICA treasurer, Maj. Jake
Ninas, at email@example.com or retired Col. Kenneth McCreedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Navy schedule of events
The Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Team is offering the following events for
Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
• Friday and April 18, 25: Teal Fridays: All government and civilian employees are encouraged to
show their stand against sexual assault by wearing teal each Friday in April.
• Today: Lunch and Learn: “My kid said what?”
NSA OPS 1-2W037-1 at 11:30 a.m.
Bring your lunch and learn more about Internet safety and what you can do to reduce your
teen’s risk of sexual assault.
• Tuesday: Open Mic Night: 6-8 p.m., McGill Training Center ballroom
Share your poetry, music, freestyle (rhyme and dance), or read from your favorite book.
• April 28: NIOC dinner, dessert and discussion: Building 9803 dayroom: “Getting To Know Your
For more information, email Kimberly B. Garrett, sexual assault response coordinator, NIOC
Maryland, at email@example.com or call 301-677-9038 or 410-227-6235.
• 24/7 Victim Advocate Duty Phone: 301-602-1613.
By Brandon Bieltz
More than 1,200 Fort Meade service
members kicked off a month of Sexual
Assault Awareness Month activities with
a 3-mile run through the installation on
The Joint Service Sexual Assault Aware-
ness Day of Action Community Run began
a monthlong dedication to addressing and
working to prevent sexual assault and
harassment in the military.
Each year, April is dedicated to height-
ening awareness of the crime, as well as
informing the community of services
offered and encouraging victims to use the
“We ran this morning as a symbol of
our unity and our commitment towards
combating sexual assault and harassment
in our military,”Garrison Commander Col.
Brian P. Foley said.
Foley and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj.
Thomas J. Latter kicked off the event with
the signing of the Sexual Assault Awareness
Month proclamation in the McGlachlin
Parade Field gazebo.
“Sexual harassment and assault must be
stopped in our ranks,” Foley said. “We all
have personal responsibilities in this fight.”
The 12 Fort Meade units, which stood
in formation along the parade field, began
marching toward English Avenue shortly after
Reveille at 6:30 a.m to start the 3-mile run.
Led by a fire truck, as well as Foley and
Latter, service members ran through the
installation carrying unit flags and singing
Runners arrived back at the parade field
around 7 a.m. They momentarily returned
to their formations before crowding around
the gazebo for remarks from Foley, who
discussed Sexual Assault Awareness Month
and Child Abuse Prevention Month, which
is also commemorated in April.
“As we go through this month, also think
about our children,” Foley said. “Our chil-
dren are the future of this nation, of our
world. Every child deserves to grow up in
an environment free of abuse.”
Foley said the run was held to show the
military’s unity and commitment against
sexual assault and harassment.
“They are cancers that literally attack the
very fibers of our strength and our unity
that we need so deeply in our military,” he
said. “This month we take time out to pay
special attention and focus on this cancer.”
their own actions in their daily lives and to
inform others if they experience or see the
problem, Foley said.
“Every human being deserves to come
to work and live their lives free of fear,” he
said. “Assault and harassment do nothing
but create fear in other human beings.”
Joint service run symbolizes
fight against sexual assault
photos by noah scialom
RIGHT: Soldiers run through Heritage Park on Friday morning as part of the installation’s joint service run. More than 1,200 Fort
Meade service members participated in the run, which began after Reveille at 6:30 a.m.
FAR RIGHT: Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley addresses a crowd of Fort Meade service members following the Joint
Service Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action Community Run on Friday morning. In his brief remarks, Foley discussed Sexual
Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Stacey Hale, Fort
Day of Action
Run. The 3-
mile run kicked
off a month of
photo by tina miles
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Sexual Assault Awareness
Month schedule of events
Each April, the DoD and other organizations across the country commemorate Sexual
Assault Awareness Month.
The Army, Navy and Air Force sexual assault response coordinators, or SARCs, and
Army partner command Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention
(SHARP) personnel at Fort Meade have joined together to plan various events.
• “Got Your Back”: through April 17
This program applies information learned about perpetrators’ motives and behaviors
in order to devise successful bystander-intervention strategies, and decrease
community tolerance for sexual violence.
This event is open to all service branches.
• Today: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center
• Today: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. at National Security Agency, Friedman Auditorium
• Wednesday: 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at NSA, Friedman Auditorium
• April 17: 9 and 11 a.m. at NSA, HQ9A135 conference room
• April 17: 1 p.m. at NSA, Friedman Auditorium
• Friday: “Breaking the Silence” at 1:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center ballroom, 8452
The guest speaker is Monika Korra, who was kidnapped and raped in 2009.
The presentation is open all service branches.
While attending Southern Methodist University in Texas on a track scholarship, Korra
— a Norwegian student — was abducted and brutally sexually assaulted as she
walked back to her dormitory with a friend.
Korra will share her story and the steps that she took toward healing. She talks
candidly about what she’s been through and how she recovered.
Korra found her way back to a normal life, and she hopes to inspire others who may
have faced challenges in their lives.
• April 23: Denim Day
Army civilian personnel are authorized to wear appropriate jeans to work to promote
discussion of the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
For more information, call Stacey Hale, installation sexual assault response coordinator,
at 443-845-0876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• April 24: Mock Trial: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort Meade courthouse
The Fort Meade SJA will host a mock Article 32 hearing and court-martial.
Air Force and Navy JAG personnel will be available to facilitate discussion among SAPR
• SAAM information tables/”Sole Survivor” display at Fort Meade locations:
Outreach tables with information about sexual harassment and sexual assault
prevention and response, including information regarding local installation and
community resources, will be on display.
The display includes a joint-service “Sole Survivor” display representing reports
received at Fort Meade during the previous fiscal year.
For more information, call Stacey Hale, installation sexual assault response coordinator,
at 443-845-0876 or email email@example.com.
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By Brandon Bieltz
Fort Meade’s annual Run Series begins
at the end of the month as local runners
welcome the warm weather with the Earth
Day 5K on April 26.
The series, now in its sixth season, fea-
tures seven runs throughout the year with
various themes ranging from Football
FanFare in September to a Turkey Trot in
Each year, the run draws roughly 400
area runners to every event and is continu-
ing to add to its lure.
This year, 10K runs are returning to the
series, and organizers have added a new
Designed as a family-oriented event,
a stroller division has been added to the
competition, allowing parents to push their
children while competing for placing.
“Parents can come out and push a
stroller in the race, and there are awards
that will be given for that,” said Beth
Downs, sports specialist with the Direc-
torate of Family and Morale, Welfare and
“It’s more of an opportunity for both
parents to be able to run, where one isn’t
having to worry about staying with the
kids when their spouse runs. It gets the
whole family involved.”
The series also will feature 10K events
during the Patriot Pride on May 17 and
the Football FanFare on Sept. 20. Downs
said runners have shown an interest in the
return of longer-course events.
Although organizers have added to
the Run Series, the per-race prices have
remained the same for this season.
Run Series returns with stroller division, 10Ks
For pre-registered participants, each
run costs $15. The fee is $45 for families
of three to six people and $75 for running
groups of seven to 10. Runners also can
register for the entire series for $60.
“It’s much more cost effective —they’re
saving $45 dollars,”Downs said of register-
ing for a full season.
Discounted prices do not apply for
race-day registration as the cost increases
to $25 for an individual runner and to $60
for a family.
Runners can pre-register by going to
the Run Series’ website at ftmeademwr.
com. A link for registration will be listed
under the most recent run and will take the
participant to allsportcentral.com to sign
up for the race.
All pre-registered runners will receive a
run T-shirt at each event. Individuals who
sign up for the full season will receive a
2014 Run Series T-shirt at the final event.
Downs said that every year the runs draw
a wide variety of competitors, from expe-
rienced runners training for marathons to
novices competing for the first time.
The purpose of the event, she said, is to
promote fitness at all ages and provide a
competition for runners of all abilities.
“You don’t have to be the most competi-
tive runner to come out and enjoy our runs,”
Downs said. “Just come out and do your
best and feel accomplished for the day.
“You don’t have to feel like you’re going
to stand out if you’re in the middle of the
pack. Everybody out there is just having a
Editor’s note: For more information, call
After opening the season 0-2, Meade (1-6)
captured its first win March 27 with an 11-4
victory over Glen Burnie (1-6). Pitcher Josh Smith
led the team with 2 RBIs, while allowing five hits
and four runs in five innings to get the win.
The Mustangs then dropped the next four games
with a 9-5 loss to Old Mill (3-4) on March 28, a 9-
4 loss to Severna Park (5-4) on April 2, a 14-0 loss
to Chesapeake (8-0) on April 3, and a 10-0 loss to
South River (7-3) on Friday.
This week, Meade will face Southern (3-6) on
After opening the season with a win, the Meade
softball team has struggled en route to a 1-5 record.
The girls lost 12-0 to Glen Burnie (3-2) on March
27, 6-11 to Old Mill on April 1, 13-0 to Severna Park
on April 2, and 15-4 to Chesapeake (6-1) on April 3.
This week, the team will play Broadneck (6-2)
today, Southern (3-4) on Friday, and compete in the
South River tournament on Wednesday and April
The boys lacrosse team is still searching for its first
win of the year, with losses in its first three games.
On March 26, the team lost 18-1 to Arundel (3-0),
then lost 10-4 to North County(1-3) on March 28,
and 15-6 to Oakland Mills (1-4) on April 2.
The Mustangs will play Chesapeake (4-1) on
Friday and Indian Creek School (6-0) on Wednesday.
The girls team lost its first three games before
finding its first win.
The team opened the season with a 13-11 overtime
loss to Oakland Mills (1-4) on March 24, then an 18-
0 loss to Arundel (2-2) on March 26, and 13-10 loss
to North County (4-1) on March 28.
An 11-5 win over Glen Burnie (0-5) on Friday gave
the Mustangs its first win of the season and a 1-3
This week, the girls will play Chesapeake (2-2) on
Editor’s note: Scores and standings are as of press
time on Wednesday.
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Jim Croce sang it best. bit.ly/1qim9G7
“You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t
spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off
the old Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around
Here on Fort Meade, you still don’t want to
spit in the wind. But instead of Slim, we have
the lovely Marcia Eastland.
Now messing with Marcia probably won’t
leave you “cut in a couple places,”or “shot in a
couple of more,”which is usually what happens
when you mess with Slim.
That’s partially because Slim was a pool hus-
tler. Marcia, on the other hand, is Fort Meade’s
Protestant Religious Education coordinator.
So instead of roaming pool halls looking for
fights and a hustle, she’s around the chapel
center prepping for our world-famous Vacation
Bible School or another gathering that usually
features some outstanding eats.
However, don’t get it twisted. Behind all that
service and goodwill, there’s a touch of bad-
mamma-jamma in Marcia’s eyes.
I learned that the first time I met her at a
local grocery store. She harassed me about
Jibber’s lack of gender equality and continual
disrespect of her New England Patriots. For
some reason, when Marcia put something
about my column in check, I felt like I was
one misguided opinion away from potentially
That’s why I spent Tuesday night watching
the Women’s National Championship game
with a notebook. You see, during one of
Marcia’s functions, she caught me while I had a
mouthful of something delicious in my mouth.
I think it was a brownie.
“Chad, when you going to write about my
girls?” Marcia asked.
She broke me down a little bit more and
next thing you know, I had promised that if
the UConn Huskies finished the season unde-
feated, I’d write a column dedicated to them.
Well, a 21-point victory over Notre Dame
and a perfect 40-0 season later, here I am.
There is no doubt that the University of
Connecticut’s women’s basketball team is the
greatest American sports dynasty over the last
20 years. I don’t even think it’s close.
Since 1994, Geno Auriemma’s Huskies have
won nine National Championships, been to 13
Final Fours and made it at least to the Sweet 16
every other season. That’s 20 seasons in a row.
The only Division I team that can even sniff
the Lady Huskies’ success is the UConn men,
and they only have four titles.
In fairness, compared to men’s college bas-
ketball, there is limited parody in the women’s
game, which does
make it easier for
teams like UConn,
or Tennessee in
the ’80s to domi-
nate. For example,
this year’s Huskies
featured four, first-
I am pretty sure
famed UCLA teams of the ’60s and ’70s didn’t
even have that, and I’m confident it will never
happen in the men’s game moving forward.
But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been
other great teams. Notre Dame, for exam-
ple, had won seven of its last nine games
Brittney Griner’s Baylor Bears were dominant,
and of course, Tennessee.
So it would be unfair to say that UConn
didn’t have quality competition while racking
up five perfect seasons over the last 20 years
(’95, ’02, ’09, ’10, ’14), and an NCAA-record,
90-game winning streak.
It also would be unfair to deny Coach
Auriemma’s place as a great basketball coach.
To think he wouldn’t win with men is sexist and
wrong. The man is 9-0 in NCAA title games.
That means that when he gets his team to the
finals, they do not lose.
A lot of that success has to do with the
fact that he doesn’t treat his women like girls;
he treats them like players. He also makes
it clear that there isn’t anything nice about
“Most people look to just survive and
advance in the tournament,” Auriemma said
in an interview. “We want to beat the hell out
of you. Beat you so good that the next team
we play doesn’t want to play us. … It doesn’t
always work, but it works a lot.”
It certainly worked enough to make me
spend Wednesday morning fulfilling a prom-
ise to my friend Marcia. I certainly hope she
is happy. Guess we’ll know if I’m here next
I’d be remiss if I didn’t add a few things
before I go. One, there is always room in my
column for a link showing firefighters and
policemen fighting during a charity hockey
And, of course, RIP Ultimate Warrior. bit.
If you have comments on this or anything to
do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@
mail.mil or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber.
Don’t mess with Marcia
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - OpinionSports Shorts
Army Ten-Miler qualifier
A qualifying run for active-duty service members interested in joining the
Fort Meade Army Ten-Miler team will be held May 2 at Murphy Field House.
Run will begin at 6:30 a.m.
The top seven women and top seven men runners will be selected to represent
Fort Meade at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.
To register, call 301-677-3318, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intramural softball meeting
A coaches meeting for intramural softball will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at
Murphy Field House.
A team representative must be present at the meeting to submit a roster.
Only active-duty service members are allowed to compete in the league.
Those eligible to play, but do not have a team, can sign up to be on a free agent list.
For more information, call 301-677-3318 or email email@example.com.
Earth Day 5K
The installation’s annual Run Series kicks off April 26 with an Earth Day 5K
Run at 8 a.m. at Burba Park.
The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25.
The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75.
The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the
event, the cost is $60 per family. Individuals can register for the entire season for $60.
All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.
To register, go to www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=51593.
For more information, call 301-677-7916.
Old Joe Golf Tournament
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s ninth annual Old Joe Golf
Tournament will be held May 2 at Patuxent Greens Golf Club in Laurel.
Registration is open to the first 25 teams to register (four players per team).
Registration and payment are both due by April 18.
Cost is $80 per player and includes greens fees and cart, breakfast, barbecue lunch,
goodie bags, bounce-back card, and unlimited beer, water and sports drinks.
For more information email Paige Hansen at 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org.
Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams as well as a
putting contest, longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin.
For more information email Paige Hansen at 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org.
Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900
Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and
Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece
Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is offering NFL Flag Football
through USA Football for ages 6 to 13.
Cost is $55 per player and includes an NFL-branded jersey, flag football belt,
game shorts and participation trophy.
Two practices and one game will be held each week at the Fort Meade Youth
Sports Complex. Games will played Friday evenings.
Flag football will be played as a spring and fall sport.
For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179.
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Community News Notes
a member of Fort
Meade’s Retired Offi-
cers’ Wives’ Club,
models a print dress
and matching sweater
during the organiza-
tion’s annual ROWC
Fashion Show on April
1 at Club Meade.
photo by phil grout
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.
Tax Center update
The Joint Installation Tax Center has
saved more than $578,500 in filing fees,
generated more than $4 million in tax
refunds and has saved the average client
more than $300 in tax preparation fees.
Active-duty personnel, military
retirees and their dependents can
schedule an appointment to have their
taxes prepared by calling 301-677-9366.
The deadline to file federal 2013 tax
return is Tuesday.
The Fort Meade Military Community
2014 National Days of Remembrance
Observance: “Confronting the Holocaust:
American Responses” will be held today
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill
Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.
The keynote speaker is Nesse Galperin
Godin, a Holocaust survivor.
The free event is open to the public
and will feature a question-and-answer
period with the speaker and food
The observance is hosted by the
Defense Information School and the
Defense Information Systems Agency
(Equal Employment Office).
All community service members and
civilians employees are encouraged to
attend with supervisory approval and with-
out charge to annual leave. Administrative
leave is authorized.
For more information, call Staff Sgt.
Melinda Johnson of DINFOS at 301-
677-4428 or Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore
of the Equal Opportunity Office at 301-
Vendors needed for
The Fort Meade Directorate of
Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation Special Events office
is seeking food, beverage and
novelty vendors to participate in the
installation’s annual Third of July
This is Fort Meade’s largest event of
For more information, call JJ Jordan
at 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@
Moms Walking Group
Army Community Service’s Parent
Support has started a Moms Walking
Group that meets every Thursday from
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place
To register, call Colaina Townsend or
Michelle Pineda at 301-677-5590.
Miss Fort Meade Pageant
The first annual Miss Fort Meade Pag-
eant will be held June 7 at the Meade
Middle School Auditorium, 1103 26th St.
Girls ages 4-21 are eligible to compete.
Contestants must be a resident of Anne
The Miss Fort Meade pageant empha-
sizes academic achievement and commu-
Applications and entry fees are due by
For more information, go to the pag-
eant website at univeralsupremebeauty.
com or email email@example.com.
Family Fun Fair
Fort Meade’s annual Family Fun Fair
will be held April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452
The free event is open to the public.
The event will feature performances
by SKIES classes, a youth skateboard
park, pony rides, inflatable and
challenge rides, informational health and
Youth Services booths, arts and crafts
stations, face painting, games, raffle
drawings, giveaways and prizes.
For more information, go to
Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair
The annual Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair
will be held April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to
noon at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie
The event is being held in observance
of Child Abuse Awareness Month and
the Month of the Military Child.
For more information, call 301-677-
5590 or email Colaina Townsend, victim
advocate/parent support coordinator at
Army Community Service, at colaina.
Moms Support Group
A psychologist from the Behavioral
Psychology Department at Kennedy
Krieger Institute in Baltimore will
facilitate a workshop focusing on home
safety on April 24 from 9:30-11 a.m. at
Potomac Place Neighborhood Center,
4998 2nd Corps Blvd.
Children ages 4 and younger are
Registration is required at Army
Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave.
For more information, call Colaina
Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-
Breakfast with Easter
The annual Breakfast with the Easter
Bunny will be held Saturday from 9-11
a.m. at the Conference Center.
For more information, go to
Easter Egg Hunt
Youngsters are invited to Fort
Meade’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on
Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the
For more information, go to
ftmeademwr.com or call 301-677-1437.
Kids Craft Club
The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and
preschoolers will meet Tuesday and May
6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts
Fee is $5 per session. Cost includes a
craft, snack and juice.
Space is limited. Registration is
To register or for more information,
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• Believe In Tomorrow Children’s
Foundation’s 18th Annual Port to Fort 6K
race is a fun, family-friendly event that will
be held April 26 at historic Fort McHenry
in Baltimore. Event will feature a team
challenge for the Biggest Military Team, T-
shirts for participants, fundraising prizes and
medals for age group winners.
Registration is $15 for service members
and their immediate families. Register online
• America’s VetDogs will host the Fourth
Annual Annapolis 5K Run Dog Walk on
April 27 at 8 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park in
The opening program begins at 8:45 a.m.
The timed race begins at 9 a.m. The dog
walk will follow at 9:05 a.m.
Proceeds benefit America’s VetDogs, a
nonprofit that provides guide and service
dogs to disabled veterans of all eras at no
Registration will be held through Monday.
Cost is $35 for Naval Academy students and
alumni, veterans, and active-duty service
members, and $40 for civilians. All pre-
registrants will receive a free pet first-aid kit
and event T-shirt.
Walk-up registration costs $45. To register
online, go to 5K.VetDogs.org.
For more information, contact community
fundraising/events manager Jaime McGrade
at 631-930-9054 or email Jaime@VetDogs.org.
To learn more about America’s VetDogs,
go to www.VetDogs.org.
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its next
monthly bus trip to New York City on April
19, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is
$60. For more information, call 301-677-7354
or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Fort Meade E9 Association meets the
second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in
the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next
meeting is Friday. The association is open to
active, retired, Reserve and National Guard
E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this
area are invited to attend a breakfast and
meet the membership. For more informa-
tion, go to e9association.org.
• Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve
Association meets the second Saturday
of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post
160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The
next meeting is Saturday. Active-duty,
Reserve and retired members of the U.S.
Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are
For more information, call 443-604-2474
• 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
• Calling All Dads meets the second and
fourth Monday of every month from 4 to
5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood
Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next
meeting is Monday.
The group is for expecting fathers, and
fathers with children of all ages. Children
welcome. For more information, call 301-
677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@
• Single Parent Support Group meets
the second and fourth Monday of the
month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School
Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next
meeting is Monday. Free child care is
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email email@example.com.
• 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.
• Retired Enlisted Association meets
the third Tuesday of the month from
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant,
1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next
meeting is Tuesday. For more information,
visit trea.org or call Elliott Phillips, the
local president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur
R. Cooper, past national president, at 443-
• Military District of Washington
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the
third Wednesday of each month from noon
to 1 p.m. at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson
Hall Dining Facility in Virginia. The next
meeting is Wednesday. All members and
those interested in joining the club are
welcome. For more information, contact
Master Sgt. Erica Lehmkuhl at erica.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-833-8415.
• Prostate Cancer Support Group meets
at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday
of every month. The next meeting is April 17
from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the
America Building, River Conference Room
(next to the Prostate Center), third floor.
Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID
is required for base access. Men without a
military ID should call the Prostate Center
48 hours prior to the event at 301-319-2900
for base access.
For more information, call retired Col.
Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.
• Women’s Empowerment Group meets
Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide
a safe, confidential arena for the support,
education and empowerment of women
who have experienced past or present family
Location is only disclosed to
participants. To register, call Samantha
Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124
or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at
Community News Notes
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30
p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade
Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through April 25
Friday: “Stalingrad” (R). A band of Russian
soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in
their devastated city against a ruthless Ger-
man army, and in the process become deeply
connected to two Russian women who have
been living there.
Saturday Sunday: “Son of God” (PG-13).
The life story of Jesus is told from his humble
birth through his teachings, crucifixion and
ultimate resurrection. With Diogo Morgado,
Amber Rose Revah, Sebastian Knapp.
April 18: “About Last Night” (R). Follow two
couples as they journey from the bar to the
bedroom and are eventually put to the test
in the real world. With Kevin Hart, Michael
Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant.
April 19: “300: Rise of an Empire” (R). Greek
general Themistokles leads the charge against
invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-
god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful com-
mander of the Persian navy. With Sullivan
Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey.
April 20: “Pompeii” (PG-13). A slave-turned-
gladiator finds himself in a race against time
to save his true love, who has been betrothed
to a corrupt Roman senator. As Mount
Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his
beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.
With Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer
April 25: “Need for Speed” (PG-13). Fresh
from prison, a street racer who was framed
by a wealthy business associate joins a
cross-country race with revenge in mind.
With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen
Online TRICARE service ends walk-in service
Walk-in service at the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, TRICARE
Service Center is longer available as of April 1 in order to keep up with the
rapidly increasing number of TRICARE beneficiaries who most often turn to a
laptop or cell phone when they have questions.
Eligible beneficiaries still have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer
service options available through tricare.mil.
The new “I want to…..” feature puts everything that beneficiaries want to do
online right on the front page of tricare.mil.
Beneficiaries in need of personal assistance with enrollment, claims and
benefit information may call TRICARE North at 1-877-874-2273.
Beneficiaries can get TRICARE benefit information, and make enrollment
and primary care manager changes online 24 hours a day at tricare.mil/
Walk-in customer service is also the most expensive possible customer service
option. By eliminating walk-in customer service at TSCs, the DoD estimates
savings of approximately $250 million over five years.
The change does not affect TRICARE benefits or health care delivery.
For more information, visit www.tricare.mil/TSC.