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Army News Service
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  1. 1. get ready Earth Day 5K kicks off annual Meade Run Series page 12 UPCOMING EVENTS 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 safety first DES actively working to hire additional DA security guards page 3 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 14 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community April 10, 2014 Photo by Noah Scialom 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. united we run
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! April 10, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................12 Crime Watch.................. 3 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Classified..............................17 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. 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You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 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 military children. Taking the time to let fami- lies know that we as a country look to create strong communities of support for mili- tary children is important. Could 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 page. Editor’s note: Williams is the deputy assistant sec- retary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy. 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.
  3. 3. April 10, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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 Fort Meade. 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 operating hours. 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 guards. “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 egress hours.” 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 living difficult. 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 retention. 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 defense.” 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 violations. “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 force.” 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 backyard. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch 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
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! April 10, 2014 News 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- dents. “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 this award.” 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 and Turnbull. 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 technician. “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 MilitaryDistrictofWashingtoncommanding 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 MDW. honor to have those actions recognized,” he said. 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- ful event. “It’s all about giving back to the com- munity,” Russell said. “It means a lot to be recognized.” Staff Sgt. Danilo Fernandez III by my fellow peers. I’m just doing my job. It’s very grati- fying.” The Fort Meade DES was awarded for having the Best [Policing] Practic- 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 Gold Star Wives Tea 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
  5. 5. SOUNDOFF! April 10, 2014 News Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer 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 within families. “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 the invocation. 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,” Foley said. “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 harm. 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- ervation Unit. 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. It’s education.” 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 daughter. “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 graphic design. 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- vices. 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 Text FOLLOW FORTMEADE to 40404 to sign up for Fort Meade news alerts on your mobile phone
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! April 10, 2014 News By Capt. Iris Yao Joint Installation Tax Center With Tax Day fast approaching, there are a few things to remember about tax filing extensions. 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 withheld. 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 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 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, 1999: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Ser- bia and Montenegro), Albania, the Adri- atic Sea and the Ionian Sea north of the 39th parallel • Afghanistan, beginning Sept. 19, 2001 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 money. 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 three years). 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 basis. 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 advanced education. 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 or retired Col. Kenneth McCreedy at Dr. Edwin Zaghi - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry; - American Board Pediatric Dentist; - Fellow American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRY Edwin Zaghi, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • Infant Dental Screening • Emergency Appointments • Accepts MetLife/Tricare JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400 Near Fort Meade!
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! April 10, 2014 Cover Story 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 SAPR Team” For more information, email Kimberly B. Garrett, sexual assault response coordinator, NIOC Maryland, at or call 301-677-9038 or 410-227-6235. Resources • 24/7 Victim Advocate Duty Phone: 301-602-1613. By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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 Friday morning. 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 resources. “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 cadences. 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.” Everybodyhastheresponsibilitytocheck 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 Meade’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention coordinator, cheers on runners during Friday’s Joint Service Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action Community Run. The 3- mile run kicked off a month of sexual assault awareness events. photo by tina miles
  8. 8. April 10, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11 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 Other events • Friday: “Breaking the Silence” at 1:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center ballroom, 8452 Zimborski Ave. 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 • 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 staff. • 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
  9. 9. SOUNDOFF! April 10, 2014 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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 November. 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 competition bracket. 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 Recreation. “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 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 good time.” Editor’s note: For more information, call 301-677-3318. Meade Mustangs weekly roundup Baseball 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 Friday. Softball 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 17. Lacrosse 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 record. This week, the girls will play Chesapeake (2-2) on Friday. Editor’s note: Scores and standings are as of press time on Wednesday. file photo
  10. 10. April 10, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 Sports Jim Croce sang it best. “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 with Slim.” 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 going away. 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- team All-Ameri- cans. I am pretty sure John Wooden’s 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 againstUConnbeforeTuesday’schampionship. 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 competition. “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 week. 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 game. And, of course, RIP Ultimate Warrior. bit. ly/PRwI5Y If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@ or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber. Don’t mess with Marcia Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer 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 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 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 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 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 Spring sports Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and basketball. Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece Road or online at For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. Flag Football 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.
  11. 11. SOUNDOFF! April 10, 2014 Community News Notes IN STYLE Rebecca Conover, 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. and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. 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. Holocaust observance 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 samplings. 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- 677-6687. Vendors needed for Independence Day 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 celebration. This is Fort Meade’s largest event of the year. 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 Neighborhood Center. 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 Arundel County. The Miss Fort Meade pageant empha- sizes academic achievement and commu- nity involvement. Applications and entry fees are due by May 12. For more information, go to the pag- eant website at univeralsupremebeauty. com or email 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 Zimborski Ave. 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 Pyle Road. 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. NEWS EVENTS 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 welcome. Registration is required at Army Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave. For more information, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301- 677-5590. Breakfast with Easter Bunny 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 Youth Center. For more information, go to 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 Center. Fee is $5 per session. Cost includes a craft, snack and juice. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call 301-677-7809. EDUCATION YOUTH
  12. 12. April 10, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Movies Out About • 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 at • 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 Annapolis. 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 cost. 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 For more information, contact community fundraising/events manager Jaime McGrade at 631-930-9054 or email To learn more about America’s VetDogs, go to • 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 • 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 • 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 invited. For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288. • 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 or 301-677-4110. • 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 provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community 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 or call Elliott Phillips, the local president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past national president, at 443- 336-1230. • 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. 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 violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. Community News Notes RECREATION MEETINGS The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at 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 and Thursdays.) 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 Sutherland. 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 Poots. 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 The new “I want to…..” feature puts everything that beneficiaries want to do online right on the front page of 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 enrollment. 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