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  1. 1. Soundoff! ´ vol. 66 no. 6 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community February 13, 2014 spring finish Reece Crossings on pace to finish first phase of apartment complex page 3 young author faked out MacArthur sixth-grader’s drawings lead to book about father’s deployment page 6 UPCOMING EVENTS Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.: National Prayer Luncheon - Club Meade Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.: Black History Month Observance McGill Training Center Feb. 27, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Military Saves Week presents “A Day of Financial Fitness” Community Readiness Center March 13, 11:30 a.m.: Women’s History Observance - McGill March 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Technical Job Fair - Club Meade Fort Meade Patriots’ Mike McKenzie fakes out and dribbles past Joint Base Andrews’ Quentin Stoudemire during Sunday’s basketball game at Murphy Field House. McKenzie’s 12 points led the Patriots to a 91-67 win. For the story, see Page 12. photo by steve ruark
  2. 2. Soundoff! ´ 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 Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 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. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Co n t e n t s News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 11 Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies.................................. 15 Community.................. 14 Classified.............................. 16 SOUNDOFF! February 13, 2014 Commander’s Column Step Up - Stand Strong The profession of arms for all armed services revolves around our core values and the discipline of our members to build trust with each other. Knowing that we have each other’s back all day every day. Sexual assault violates those values and detrimentally impacts the overall discipline of the force and the trust we have with each other and the American people. Whether your parent service refers to their program efforts as Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) or Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP), the prevention of sexual assault is one of the highest priorities in our armed forces. All services are getting better at response, holding perpetrators accountable and providing support to victims of this crime. But we need to do better at prevention and instilling in our organizations that sexual assault is unacceptable. Why am I writing this article now instead of in April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Because this issue needs to be talked about every day. And it is being discussed daily by every service’s senior enlisted leaders. Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stresses the dignity and respect every service member deserves and the importance of eliminating sexual assaults in the military. He has noted the moral and physical courage it takes for members to report sexual assaults so perpetrators can be held accountable, and clearly states preventing sexual assaults is our goal: Prevention — by ensuring at a roots-based cultural level that every service member knows sexual assault is a crime and unacceptable. That it is contrary to good order and discipline; detrimental to morale and trust; and at odds with the core values every service member swears to uphold in defense of the nation. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler recently released a short video titled “Stand Strong,” in which he stressed that as an Army professional, you need to uphold the standards and enforce core values. Let your actions speak for you. Lead by example and be men and women of character. Treat others with dignity and respect, and build trust with your fellow service members and the American people. Do this by stepping up to combat sexual harassment and intervening to stop sexual assault. Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett is one of the most passionate and blunt about combating this crime. Sexual assault is against the Corps’ ethos and core values. It is a crime. It is a fundamental principle of leadership that if you see something wrong, you correct it. There is never a wrong time to do the right thing, so step up and do something. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens is focusing on shipmates committing to character — living the service core values and intervening to Garrison command ensure everyone Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter is treated with dignity and respect. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody speaks about creating a culture of dignity and respect — being the example for peers and the American people of what right looks like. Taking care of each other by ceasing to be a bystander, and intervening when you see inappropriate behavior and making on-the-spot corrections. Become part of solution to the sexual assault problem. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt is ensuring the culture of the Coast Guard is to be proactive and engaged at all levels. This is not only a leadership issue. There are no bystanders when it comes to taking care of shipmates and supporting victims. Everyone should be looking out for one another and doing everything they can to eliminate sexual assault from the service. I’ve paraphrased these leaders from recent articles and videos from interviews and public speaking appearances for the purposes of my column. I recommend you take the time to look up not only your service senior enlisted leader, but those of other services. Sexual assault is a crime and violates the core values and culture of our profession of arms. Keep discussing this issue every day so we can prevent it from happening in the future. Step up and stand strong. 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, firstserved basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  3. 3. News Reece Crossings to finish first phase in spring Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer With the exterior of several of the main structures nearing completion, Corvias Military Living’s Reece Crossings is rounding the homestretch for the first group of buildings in the large complex. “We’re a bit ahead of schedule,” said Greg Gundling, project manager for Reece Crossings. “We’re moving along quite well.” Gundling said the target completion for the first buildings, including the clubhouse, is mid-May. Residents are already lined up for the first phase of openings. Located on the corner of Cooper Avenue and Mapes Road, the garden-style apartments community will provide housing for more than 800 service members of all branches of ranks E-1 to E-5. Reece Crossings’ central location provides close access to installation services including the Exchange, Gaffney Fitness Center and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. The interior of the first buildings is already built, and construction crews are preparing to install cabinets, Gundling said. Currently, crews are working on seven of the 14 total buildings. The remainder of the buildings in the $72 million project will be phased in as each is completed. The project is funded at no cost to the Army. According to the Corvias website, the complex is being constructed to ensure sustainability with low-flow toilets, faucets and showers and high-efficiency HVAC systems. Plans were designed “using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver, Low-Impact Development and Energy Star guidelines, including advanced storm water management techniques such as bio filtration facilities and rain gardens,” according to the website. The 14-building project will include 432 Construction crews work on Reece Crossings, Corvias Military Living’s garden-style apartment complex. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in mid-May. The 14-building complex will provide housing for more than 800 junior, unaccompanied service members. one- and two-bedroom apartments featuring large kitchens with a breakfast bar, full-size appliances, spacious living rooms and a laundry room. One-bedroom apartments will be 1,081 square feet with a den, while two-bedroom apartments will be 1,141 square feet. All service members will have private suites, bathrooms and walk-in closets. Apartments will be furnished with a sofa, media cabinet, bar stools, desk and queen-sized bed. The Reece Crossings’ clubhouse will feature weight-lifting and fitness rooms, a clubroom with multiple flat-screen televisions, a cyber cafe, basketball and volleyball courts, a 1-mile running trail, a lap pool and outdoor grilling. “It’s a great project — one of a kind,” Gundling said. Corvias developed a similar apartment complex — Randolph Pointe — for sin- gle senior enlisted service members at Fort Bragg, N.C. Reece Crossings is the first apartment complex for unaccompanied junior enlisted service members. “We’re so excited,” said Angela Marcum, communications manager for Corvias. “We’re happy to provide an option for junior, unaccompanied service members to live on post.” ‘You Made the Grade’ program rewards students Army and Air Force Exchange Service Fort Meade students can turn good grades into rewards with the Army Air Force Exchange Service’s “You Made the Grade” program. From first-graders to high school seniors, pupils who maintain a B average or higher are eligible for the program that recognizes academic excellence. “You Made the Grade” rewards students in military families with a coupon booklet filled with free offers and discounts, including a regu lar 6-inch Subway sandwich and a Burger King Tendergrill chicken sandwich. Those who make the grade will also score Snack Avenue coupons for a free 16-ounce drink, a complimentary hot dog and more. Other offers include $5 off a $25 iTunes gift card as well as discounts on clothing and shoes. Students with a B average or better also can enter the “You Made the Grade” semiannual sweepstakes to receive gift cards worth $2,000, $1,500 or $500. “The Fort Meade Exchange is proud to reward military students who make it their mission to do well in school,” said Fort Meade Exchange General Manager Michele Weisshaar. “Service members’ children face unique challenges inside and outside the classroom. The Fort Meade Exchange recognizes these students’ challenges, and they deserve to be rewarded.” According to, most military children will attend nine different schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Students, including those who are homeschooled, can receive a “You Made the Grade” coupon booklet by presenting a valid military I.D. and proof of an overall B average at the Fort Meade Exchange receptionist desk. Eligible students can pick up one coupon booklet for each qualifying report card. Entries for the gift card sweepstakes drawing can be submitted twice a year, with drawings typically held in June and December. More information is available at the Exchange. February 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ews Photos by Noah Scialom Right Arm Night promotes camaraderie ABOVE: Service members and civilians mingle during Right Arm Night at Club Meade. Right Arm Night is an Army tradition that promotes camaraderie and esprit de corps. RIGHT: Capt. Hamid Conteh balances a pingpong ball on a spoon during a relay race at the installation’s Right Arm Night on Feb. 6 at Club Meade. The free twohour event featured food, music, games and prizes. LEFT: 1st Sgt. Jared Shaw carries a 42-inch television he won during last week’s Right Arm Night. Service members and civilians also won an XBox One, DVD players and gift cards. SOUNDOFF! February 13, 2014
  5. 5. N ews MacArthur Middle School student writes book Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer When Jake Neslony’s father deployed to Iraq three years ago, he felt lonely and unsafe. “I was worried he wasn’t coming back, or he was coming back injured,” said Jake, a sixth-grader at MacArthur Middle School. “My mother and I sat down and I started to draw pictures. It made me feel better.” Jake’s pictures were the inspiration for “Daddy’s Deployment,” a self-published book he wrote with his mother Lorin Neslony that was published last month. “I feel good,” said Jake, 11, who resides in Meuse Forest. “They [my classmates] want a copy. They want me to autograph it.” Neslony said that at first, her son had no intentions of writing a book. The pictures were just a way of helping him express his feelings. Jake, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, sometimes has a hard time letting others know how he feels. “I had to find a way for him to express his feelings, whether he was angry, sad or happy,” Neslony said. Jake began drawing the pictures about a month after his father, Capt. Timothy Neslony of the 7th Intelligence Squadron, deployed. At the time, the family, which includes Jake’s 7-year-old sister Haley, was visiting the captain’s parents in Dallas. “When we were doing the pictures, I asked Jake to tell me what he was feeling, to put the pictures into words,” Neslony said. Along with the pictures, Jake and his mother wrote prayers to Jesus. Neslony found Scriptures reflecting Jake’s prayers. Neslony said the book was just going to be a keepsake for the family. The decision to publish was entirely up to Jake, said his mother. “He felt some anxiety and fear of being rejected, putting your feelings and your faith out there,” Neslony said. “Nobody likes to be rejected.” The family prayed about the book. “If he felt led to publish it, we would when he was ready,” Neslony said. Jake said that after some thought, he felt a book about deployment could help other military children. When Jake decided to publish, Neslony researched self-publishing companies and started thinking about hiring an illustra SOUNDOFF! February 13, 2014 Jake Neslony, a sixth-grader at MacArthur Middle School, and his mother Lorin read a copy of “Daddy’s Deployment,” a book they co-wrote that was self-published last month. In the book, the 11-year-old shares how he felt when his father, Capt. Timothy Neslony of the 7th Intelligence Squadron, deployed to Iraq three years ago. tor. While Neslony’s sister-in-law Diana Lewis was visiting Maj. Brian Smith, a physical therapist at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, she noticed several drawings in Smith’s office. “He said his wife drew the pictures,” Neslony said. “My sister-in-law said, ‘My nephew just wrote a children’s book on deployment.’ ” Smith said that his wife, Sharon, was praying for the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book. Neslony called Sharon Smith and drove to Goodfellow to show her Jake’s drawings and the text for the book. Smith agreed to illustrate the book. “My prayer was to be able to use my God-given artistic ability to help military families dealing with deployment,” Smith said. “I’m very proud of Jake, and his story is inspirational.” In the book, Jake shares how he felt lonely and frightened during his father’s deployment, and how he missed going fishing together and celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas as a family. But Jake also shares his love and appreciation for his mother and grandparents who are always there for him and his sister. In his prayers, Jake asks for protection for his family and his father. He also expresses his gratitude for all the love in his life. In addition to Smith’s colorful drawings, the book features drawings from children at military bases around the country and includes a page for children to draw and write their own prayer. Neslony said she researched the market for children’s books on deployment. There were a few, but none of the books offered a Christian perspective. “There’s not anything like it,” she said. To celebrate the book’s publication, Jake’s science class had cake and ice cream. “It’s not just about me,” Jake said. “It’s for other military kids.” Neslony said there may be a book release party at Fort Meade, or a book signing at the Exchange. “We’re really proud of Jake,” Neslony said. “I can’t even imagine how hard it is for a kid to process a military deployment.” Neslony said the book is also important because it shows Jake what he can accomplish through his own effort, despite Asperger’s. “We didn’t want that to be at the reason why Jake does not pursue his dreams,” Neslony said. “He can do anything he wants.”
  6. 6. N ews Thousands using new ArmyFit site for self-improvements By David Vergun Army News Service Since Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness launched its ArmyFit site two weeks ago, tens of thousands have logged on and are taking advantage of its features, designed to improve self-awareness in health and resilience. In the first week alone, some 28,000 users visited the site where they took the Global Assessment Tool, or GAT, 2.0 Many then went on to view the myriad help and resources offered, said Lt. Col. Daniel Johnston, program manager for ArmyFit. GAT 2.0 is an online assessment that’s been scientifically validated and accurately measures five dimensions of health including the emotional, social, spiritual, familial and physical. The physical dimension consists of sleep, activity and nutrition, the three parts of Performance Triad. The metrics from those five dimensions are then aggregated through an algorithm that has been scientifically validated to accurately predict life expectancy, Johnston said. The assessment takes an average of 23 minutes to complete, is easy to do and the results are presented in colorful graphics depicting how the person rates in each of the five dimensions compared to his or her peers, Johnston said. The GAT 2.0 also scores a person’s “real age” with their “actual age.” In other words, someone who is 35 years old but is especially strong on all or most of the categories might be several years younger in “real” but not “actual” age. Each of those dimensions have been shown to be a strong predictor of life expectancy and quality of life, and those taking GAT 2.0 will, hopefully, be motivated to use the advantages of ArmyFit’s extensive information, programs and coaching. Taking GAT 2.0 “is the first step in self-awareness and starts the on-boarding process to ArmyFit,” Johnston said, adding that taking GAT 2.0 annually is a requirement for every Soldier and the first step in using ArmyFit. As to the help that’s offered after taking GAT 2.0, Johnston said there are some 5,000 pages of sites relevant to those five dimensions on ArmyFit. He noted that within the first week, Photo Courtesy Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Since Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness launched its ArmyFit site two weeks ago, tens of thousands have logged on and are taking advantage of its features, designed to improve self-awareness in health and resilience. those topical pages generated around 86,000 page views. Those topical pages, he said, connect people with organizations, groups and other users. Johnston emphasized that GAT 2.0 protects confidentiality and that those who do the assessment can choose to continue on the site and how much information they’re willing to share. The original GAT, hosted on a site called “Soldier Fitness Tracker,” was missing the “physical” dimension of sleep, activity and nutrition. One of Johnston’s first tasks was to build that “critically important” fifth dimension into a new GAT. But “I noticed right away that the site was archaic, with very little follow-on training, advice or recommendations following completion of the GAT,” he said. “I just felt we were failing our Soldiers in terms of giving them great online feedback and training. It had become just another requirement to check the box, and see you next year. “We needed to get our Soldiers engaged and provide them with some interactive content and information they needed to improve. “So then my mission became much greater,” Johnston said. “Not only did we need to enhance this assessment tool by making it truly global, we also needed to make the entire web platform much more engaging.” Johnston said he found solutions after doing a lot of research on the latest web engagement strategies, stuff like Web 3.0, and talking to a lot of users and experts. His web developers also came up with a more enhanced graphical user interface. The site is easier to navigate and more appealing to the eye. It also includes shorter, more enticing videos, and the ability to interact with organizations, communities and persons, depending on the user’s comfort level, Johnston said. Branding was important as well, he noted. So his team of developers changed the name of the site to ArmyFit, hoping to erase the memories of the older, clunkier site. That all started about 18 months ago, Johnston said. His metrics analyst — the person who compiles the statistics on site visits, page views and so on — found after just the first week that instead of spending 30 seconds to a minute, users were loitering after taking GAT 2.0 an average of 4.5 minutes — about a fivefold increase. And, there were about twice as many users as before. Spc. Ryan Bradley, a medic at Fort Bliss, Texas, said he found the content compelling. After completing GAT 2.0, the site offered content appropriate to his needs, he said. “I’ve never before been able to con- nect spirituality in my life,” Bradley said. “[The site] linked me to information that explained self-awareness, valuing self and having a purpose for being. Now I understand what that pillar means.” Bradley said he clicked around on family topics and that dimension brought up a lot of resources as well. ArmyFit also was good at “helping me set goals and get a sense of accomplishment as I moved toward achieving them,” he said. After taking the original GAT for several years, Bradley said the new 2.0 version is “a lot more accurate in finding parts of my life I’d like to improve.” He also said the real-age data impressed him. “I wish the site was there when I first came in the Army six years ago,” he said. Future plans include expansion of content that will provide “an ecosystem of knowledge from the Army, the Department of Defense and civilian accredited organizations,” said Johnston. Several enhancements will be added to the site like financial readiness assessment tools, an installation profile dashboard for leaders to see trends, and other metrics for their population to understand their unique needs, and aids in navigation, he said. Whatever the future holds, Johnston promised that the site will always focus first on the Soldier, providing them “appropriate, customized content.” Johnston encouraged members of the Army family to “let ArmyFit show you how to be ‘Army Strong.’ ” To access the ArmyFit site, visit Users may log in using CAC login or AKO username and password. Family members must be registered in DEERS. Those experiencing difficulties getting in or needing more information about GAT 2.0 or ArmyFit should contact CSF2 at html. Connect with Fort Meade at /ftmeade February 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
  7. 7. N ews Filing your taxes with an unavailable spouse By Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Gravante NCOIC, Fort Meade Tax Center The last thing to do when completing your tax return is to sign it and send it on its way to the Internal Revenue Service. Seems simple. However, being military, we may be deployed or unavailable and cannot be physically present to sign the tax return. This means that come tax season, someone may need to sign on your behalf in order to get the refund to which you are entitled. If you are deployed, your spouse is deployed or otherwise unavailable, and you are looking to file your tax return jointly this year, you will need a power of attorney. There are different types of powers of attorney: • A limited power of attorney limits the authority of the attorney-in-fact so that he or she may only handle certain, specific functions for the grantor. For example, this type of power of attorney may be used if an individual is going out of town and needs someone just to be a temporary guardian of the children or to pay bills while the grantor is away. It is always advisable to have an expiration date on the power of attorney, whether it is a limited or general power of attorney, so that the power of attorney becomes void by a certain date. Thus, the grantor may then decide whether to renew the power of attorney for a future term. If used for tax purposes, a limited power of attorney must specify that a specific person is able to prepare, execute, sign and file the tax return for the taxpayer for a specific tax year. (This year is the 2013 tax year.) A general power of attorney gives the attorney-in-fact the power to do anything that the grantor has the ability to do. But the general power of attorney can be a very dangerous document because Fort Meade Tax Center is open The Fort Meade Tax Center is open through April 15 for tax assistance and electronic filing at 4217 Roberts Ave., in the rear of the first floor of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. The Tax Center is a free service available to all active-duty personnel, retirees and dependents in the Fort Meade area. The office is staffed by volunteer service members and operates under the IRS Volunteer Information Tax Assistance (VITA) program. All clients will be required to show military, retiree or dependent identification. Below is a short list of documents to bring at the time of your appointment: • Social Security cards for yourself, spouse and all dependents, if available • All income documents such W-2 for wages, 1099 for interest and miscellaneous income • If direct deposit to your bank institution is desired, bring a check or other document showing account number and routing symbol. In addition, bring documents or other information substantiating tax credits of deductions for: • Dependent child care (including taxpayer ID or Social Security numbers for child care provider) • Interest on education loans • Rental income and expenses • Itemized expenses • Education credits • Power of Attorney, if signing for your spouse • Any other document applicable to your tax situation To schedule an appointment, call the Tax Center at 301-677-9366. . SOUNDOFF! February 13, 2014 of its broad, sweeping powers. A grantor should sign it only after giving the matter much thought. If using a general power of attorney for tax purposes, the power of attorney must state that the person accepting the power is authorized to prepare, execute, sign and file the tax return for a specific tax year. Another option for the taxpayer is to sign IRS Form 2848, the IRS power of attorney. However, IRS Form 2848 only authorizes the representative to receive and inspect confidential tax information. It does not specifically authorize the representative to sign the tax return on the taxpayer’s behalf. The power to sign is only granted in the following limited circumstances: • The taxpayer is suffering from disease or injury. • The taxpayer is continually absent from the United States (including Puerto Rico), for a period of at least 60 days prior to the date the return is due (in most cases, April 15). • Specific permission is requested of and granted by the IRS for other good cause. The bottom line is, if you are having your taxes done at Fort Meade’s Joint Installation Tax Center, and your spouse is unavailable for the appointment or cannot come into the office to sign the return once completed, you must obtain a power of attorney giving you the authority to sign on your spouse’s behalf. Make sure the power of attorney specifies the applicable tax year. You can execute an IRS Form 2848 and have the authority to sign the tax return for your spouse if you meet one of the three above requirements. The Tax Center, located at 4217 Roberts Ave., is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are limited. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 301-677-9366. Community Crime Watch On the lookout Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Feb. 7, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel stated she witnessed Subject 1 pick up a container of lotion. The subject opened the container and put the lotion on her lips, continued walking and dropped the container on the floor. Subject 2 picked it up and placed it in the pocket of Subject 1’s sweatshirt. Both individuals exited the store without rendering payment. For week of Feb. 3-9: • Moving violations: 41 • Nonmoving violations: 5 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 42 • Traffic accidents: 7 • Driving on suspended license: 4 • Driving on suspended registration: 1 • Driving without a license: 2 The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neighborhoods safe. Families residing on post should remember to ensure that windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at all times, regardless of time of day. Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to take an active role in deterring crime. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623.
  8. 8. N ews Refractive eye surgery offered at Joint Base Andrews By Mike Martin Air Force District Washington Public Affairs Tired of being restricted by your glasses? The Warfighter Eye Center, located at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base, is offering refractive surgery to active-duty service members. Qualified candidates can leave their glasses behind in as little as two months. “You’re looking at being scheduled within a month for the pre-op and then, once you’re approved, our goal is to have you treated within 30 days after that,” said Bianca Spears, clinical manager of the 779th Warfighter Eye Center. There are several reasons to consider refractive surgery, said Maj. (Dr.) Megan E. McChesney, one of three comprehensive ophthalmologists at Malcolm Grow Medical Center. Reduced dependence on glasses and improvement in lifestyle and functionality are the most common reasons people decide to have the operation. “I think one of the biggest benefits to the force is for our deployed,” McChesney said. “While wearing eye armor downrange, the member can get a lot of visual distortion, so there is an indisputable readiness mission associated with our center.” The eye center offers two refractive surgery options: PRK and LASIK. Surgeons will establish which procedure is right for the patient after an in-depth, preoperation examination. During this exam, they also will determine if the patient is a candidate for refractive surgery. “If I don’t think you’re a good candidate, I’m going to tell you you’re not a good candidate because we’re looking out for our patient’s best interest,” McChesney said. “We spend a lot of time in our pre-op evaluation Protect vision with Military Combat Eye Protection By Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program Staff U.S. Army Public Health Command February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is a general term used to describe partial sight or sight that is not fully correctable by lenses, surgery or medication. In the United States, the most common to make sure the candidate isn’t someone who might have problems after surgery.” Good candidates have stable prescriptions that typically range from positive three to negative eight. Candidates not within this range may still be eligible depending on the individual, and are still encouraged to inquire. The eye center has treated 153 eyes since May 5, said Spears. There is a 96 percent success rate of 20/20 or better vision post surgery. Of the 4 percent who didn’t achieve 20/20, there was only a small need for correction as compared to their previous dependence on glasses. McChesney said when patients are asked to describe their pain on a scale from 1 to 10 post-operation, they usually respond with a 1 or 2. The procedure is about 15 minutes. The laser portion only takes about 10 to 40 seconds. The hardest part for most patients is staying calm prior to surgery. “When you come into the laser suite, it’s important to just stay relaxed” McChesney said. Spears knows exactly what it’s like to be a refractive surgery patient. “From my perspective, from having the surgery, it’s one of the best things I have done for myself,” she said. “The reward is hard to even explain. It’s wonderful the Air Force provides this service for its members.” The surgery is open to all branches of the military. Service members not stationed on Joint Base Andrews are encouraged to take advantage as well. Patients who aren’t from the area can get assistance with scheduling base lodging. Their doctor will sign over post-procedure checkups to another doctor in the visiting patient’s area of residence. People come from out of town for several reasons: location, waiting time, and because the Warfighter Eye Center is the only Air Force eye clinic in the National Capital Region. Candidates traveling from out of town should plan on arriving on Monday for the pre-operation screening and staying until the following Monday. “They come in for briefing and assessment on Monday, consent on Tuesday, and have surgery on Wednesday,” Spears said. The first step to applying for the surgery is coming to the information briefing held every Friday at 1 p.m. “If you bring your packet to the briefing and you have everything signed, we can actually schedule you for your pre-op that day,” Spears said. It’s recommended that, at minimum, potential candidates bring their prescription to the briefing. For more information and forms, go to the Andrews’ refractive surgery website at or call 240-857-8306. causes of low vision are age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss for people older than age 50. Other causes include glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, albinism, some birth-related conditions, and trauma. Doctors help low vision patients increase visual function by prescribing and training them to use magnifiers, prisms, and automated reading and writing devices. These alternatives help maximize existing vision and teach people how to accomplish things they would like to do by using technology and other senses such as hearing and touch. Roughly 92 percent of Army personnel are under the age of 40, so the more immediate low vision concern is from trauma. An eye injury can occur literally faster than the blink of an eye, and in that brief time the injury may cause permanent loss of vision. Unlike AMD, glaucoma and cataracts, trauma can be prevented or reduced through basic safety precautions. The best way to preserve vision is to protect it. People can drastically reduce the risk of certain conditions such as diabetes through a good diet and exercise. Soldiers can reduce the risk of cataracts by wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet light, or by limiting exposure to it. They can avoid most eye injuries simply by using appropriate eye protection at work, home, during recreational activities and any time eye hazards are present. Prevent Blindness America estimates 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable simply with the use of proper protective equipment. Current Military Combat Eye Protection devices represent more than 50 years of research and development. All that work becomes useless when a Soldier suffers an eye injury because the service member was not wearing the proper protection. The Approved Protective Eyewear List shows the tested and approved MCEP devices at The eyewear on the APEL meets and goes beyond the impact requirements for standard industrial safety glasses by four- to six times, depending on whether the eyewear is a spectacle or a goggle. “Preserve Your Sight to Fight.” Wear your MCEP whenever an eye hazard is present. photo by AIR FORCE Staff Sgt. Perry Aston A slit lamp is used to check the cornea, conjunctiva, lids, lashes and the angles of the eye for refractive surgery performed on active-duty service members at Joint Base Andrews. The surgery is open to all branches of the military. Service members at Fort Meade eligible and encouraged to take advantage of the service. February 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
  9. 9. N ews Meade High junior selected for medical leaders program Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Jacob Seitz has wanted to become a doctor since he was in kindergarten. “I like the idea of helping people and making people feel better,” said Jacob, a junior at Meade High School. “The human body is interesting. ... The body is one of the mysteries that I’d like to figure out.” Jacob is one of 3,500 high school students to be selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders that will be held Friday through Sunday at the D.C. Armory. The 16-year-old is the son of Sgt. Lee Ann Seitz of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade. “This is amazing, and he’s doing very well,” Seitz said. “He’s definitely pursuing his interests.” The congress is an honors-only program for high school students who aspire to become physicians or go into medical research. Its aim is to honor, inspire and motivate top students in the country who want to enter the medical field and to provide a path and resources for them to achieve their goal, according to the organization’s press office. The congress is a program of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, based in Washington, D.C. According to the American Medical Colleges, there will be a major shortage of primary care doctors and most specialists during the next 10 years. The academy’s mission is to address this shortage by identifying, encouraging and mentoring students who want to devote their careers as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. “I’m excited for it. It will be a really great experience,” said Jacob, who has a 3.94 GPA. He also is a cadet captain and company commander in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Meade High. “I’ll be meeting students who have the same mentality as me and share the same dream. I’ll make long-term friends,” Jacob said. During the three-day congress, participants will hear Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; receive advice from Ivy League and top 10 SOUNDOFF! February 13, 2014 Jacob Seitz, 16, a junior at Meade High School, has been selected to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders that will be held Friday through Sunday at the D.C. Armory. The congress is an honors-only program for high school students with plans of becoming physicians or going into medical research. medical school deans about what to expect in medical school; hear the stories of patients who are living medical miracles; hear about the achievements of teen medical and science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances in medicine and medical technology. Upon completion of the congress, the students will receive the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. Participants are nominated for the congress by teachers, guidance counselors and principals, or through a survey conducted by My College Options or the College Board. Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, demonstrate leadership potential and be dedicated to entering the medical field. Jacob was selected through an in- class survey administered by My College Options, a free college planning service. Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the academy, nominates the participants. The students are formally invited to attend the congress through the mail and must verify their academic standing and pay the required $985 tuition to participate. Jacob aspires to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, performing surgical treatments on diseases that affect the heart and lungs. Jacob said he is considering the University of Michigan for his pre-med studies, and would like to attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine or the University of Michigan Medical School. He is currently enrolled in advanced placement chemistry and AP language and composition. He plans to enroll in AP biology next year. “Jacob is very energetic and loves to learn,” said Samaira Basit, who teaches AP chemistry. “It’s very rewarding to hear of students who have high goals and strive to achieve them.” Basit said the AP chemistry class is very rigorous and one of the most difficult classes in the school. “It’s a really great opportunity for a great student,” Meade High Principal John Yore said. Yore called Jacob “a young man of the highest character and level of integrity,” and praised him for his “humanitarian spirit.” “Jacob is a reflection of all that is good about Meade,” Yore said.
  10. 10. S ports Meade football players set to compete on next level By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer With two regional titles and trips to the state playoffs, the seniors of Meade High School’s football team quickly transformed a struggling program into a county powerhouse. “They’re kind of like the backbone of this turnaround,” said head coach Rich Holzer. “They set a tone for the standard.” Having left the program better off than when they arrived, more than a dozen players will be moving on to compete at the next level as they accepted offers to play football in college. Eight players made their commitments official during last week’s National Signing Day, while others are continuing to visit schools and make decisions in the coming weeks. The signing class was highlighted with defensive end Niquekko Cook’s commitment to Towson University and all-state offensive lineman Jake Hawks’ official commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Cook recorded 60 tackles, five-and-ahalf sacks and two blocked field goals for the Mustangs this season, and was named to the all-state team. Hawk verbally committed to the school in the summer and made it official on National Signing Day. “It felt great to get it over and know where I’m going,” Hawk said. Other National Signing Day commitments included the linebacking duo of Daniel Gilbert and Robert Hogan, who will be attending Concord University in Athens, W. Va. The two combined for 70 tackles, two-and-a-half sacks, three inter- submitted photo Niquekko Cook, Marcus Smith, Daniel Gilbert, Tyree Turner, Robert Hogan, Jake Hawk and Darrius Everett pose with their families on Feb. 5 after signing their letters of intent to play college football. Eight players accepted offers on National Signing Day, while others are continuing to visit schools and will make decisions in the coming weeks. ceptions and two forced fumbles in 2013. Gilbert said he is looking forward to playing alongside Hogan for another four years. “Its going to great. We have a bond,” Gilbert said. “We’re going to excel at the college level.” Running back Jamaal Talbert will join defensive back Darius Everett at the Division III Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Marcus Smith committed to play Division II football at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon. Smith, who played quarterback and wide receiver for the Mustangs, was recruited to play free safety — the position he played Meade Mustangs weekly roundup Basketball The girls basketball team won two of three this week as they defeated Chesapeake on Friday and Southern on Tuesday, but lost to Severn 73-58 on Feb. 6. Bria Gates’ 11 points led the Mustangs to the 6272 win over Chesapeake. Kinard Dakota and Denay Lane each scored 9 points. Gates and Jatarrikah Settles each scored 11 points in a 65-50 win on Tuesday night. The Mustangs now hold a 14-7 prior to transferring to Meade from Texas. He will also be returning kicks for the Bobcats. “I feel like I’ve accomplished something,” Smith said of his commitment. “I’m definitely excited to play at the next level.” The coaching staff at West Virginia Wesleyan said Smith will have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the offensive side of the ball. Smith’s father Sgt. 1st Class James Wilson said although his son didn’t set out to get a football scholarship, it “feels good” that Smith earned an offer. “It felt great,” the noncommissioned record. Meade will close out the regular season on the road against Northeast (1-15) on Friday. The boys won both of their games this week as they stormed past both Chesapeake and Southern behind big games by Tristan Easton. Easton scored 37 points in Friday’s 88-81 win over Chesapeake and then 27 points in Tuesday’s 7358 win against Southern. The boys improved to 15-6 with the wins. They will play Northeast (7-14) on Friday. Both teams are gearing up and looking toward the regional playoffs, which begin in two weeks. Boys head coach Pete Corriero said his players have their work cut out for them in what will be a tight contest. “There’s not going to be an easy game,” he said. officer of the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center’s Department of Pharmacy said. “It felt like he was finally being rewarded for all his hard work.” All-state running back Kyle Evans, who rushed for 2,320 yards and 18 touchdowns, signed to play at East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Mass. Evans follows the path of former Mustang Anthony Watkins, who played at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey last year and recently signed with the University of Connecticut. Holzer said Evans is already being actively recruited by Penn State. Quarterback-turned-receiver Tyree Turner committed to Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. As a receiver this season, Turner had 36 catches for 431 yards and 4 touchdowns. “It was great to see him sign,” said Turner’s father, retired Master Sgt. Lamar Turner, the installation’s former Equal Opportunity advisor. “He’s worked hard.” While it is the players who compete on the field, the recruitment process is a family task — from driving the athletes to combines in various states to sorting through game-tape to create a highlight reel. “The hours are countless,” Wilson said. For Turner, the time was well spent. “It was definitely worth it,” he said. “I wouldn’t change it for anything.” Although an offer to play football at the next level is a special opportunity for players, it also shows the caliber of the Meade program as more players compete in college. “It shows that it’s no joke here,” Hawk said. “We’re moving guys onto the next level.” “There’s no weak link in our sectional, despite records. ... We have to make a run at the playoffs. If we’re going to start playing good basketball, now is the time.” Reggie Leach of the girls team said his players will be focusing on ball pressure, execution and fundamentals in the lead up to the postseason. He said he is confident in his team heading in to the playoffs. “We’re reading for the regionals; we’re focusing on that right now,” Leach said. “We feel that we’re ready.” For more coverage of Meade High School sports, including up-to-date football commitments and complete summaries of Tuesday’s basketball games against Southern, go to February 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11
  11. 11. S ports Patriots bounce back with two wins By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer After dropping the first two games of the Washington Area Military Athletic Conference in close matchups, the Fort Meade Patriots men’s basketball season didn’t exactly start off the way the players had envisioned But back-to-back wins over the National Security Agency-Bethesda (05) and Joint Base Andrews (4-2) this weekend has returned the optimism to the season. An 81-64 win at Bethesda on Saturday, and Sunday’s 91-67 victory over Andrews improved the team to 2-2 as the Patriots got back on track. “It took a team effort,” said head coach Ronny Cunningham. “We really had to play hard.” The Patriots, which was assembled a month ago, won the preseason Martin Luther King tournament, but then lost to Fort Lee (3-1) and Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall (5-0) on the road in tight games. Cunningham said the team will continue to improve as the season progresses and players continue to build chemistry. “The talent is there, the chemistry is there, but you have to put it together,” he said. “It’s still a work in progress. ... I don’t put a lot of pressure on them because it’s a new team, but they’re getting better every game.” Fort Meade’s scoring touch was the focal point of a 57-point second-half that led the Patriots to a win in its first home game of the season on Sunday. “We’re finally playing like a team,” said Darrius Evans, who scored 10 points in Sunday’s game against Joint Base Andrews. “The results speak for themselves.” The team opened the game in a tight battle with Joint Base Andrews as the teams exchanged the lead 11 times in the first half. Fort Meade struggled in its defensive end for a majority of the half, but closed out the period on a 12-2 run to secure a 34-30 halftime lead. At the start of the second half, the Patriots kept up its fast-paced tempo in both the offensive and defensive zones, allowing Fort Meade to build its lead to 13 points midway through the half. Joint Base Andrews was unable to cut into the lead as the Patriots continued to tally points en route to a 91-67 blowout. McKenzie and Deion McClenton led Fort Meade with 12 points, while Zarion Cooper and Deron Bethea each scored 11 points. “We’re definitely feeling better,” McKenzie said after Sunday’s game. “We felt good the whole season. We just dropped two close ones.” After the game, the Patriots turned its attention to this weekend’s Capital Classic tournament at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The tournament will feature military teams from around the country. “We’re definitely going to make a run for it,” McKenzie said. CYSS spring sports enrollment open, offers new program By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Although winter sports is still in high gear, the Youth Sports staff at Child, Youth and School Services is preparing for warmer weather and looking ahead to spring sports. Registration is underway for spring sports, which includes baseball, T-ball, soccer, track and a new flag football program. Youth Sports is open to Fort Meade children ages 3 to 13 with clinics, and intramural and county teams. “Our goal here is to introduce kids to the sport, try to build a foundation of skills that they can build upon if they want to go on,” said Jim Dey, assistant 12 SOUNDOFF! February 13, 2014 photo by steve ruark Fort Meade Patriots’ Brian Burns tips a pass intended for Joint Base Andrews’ Joseph McNeil during Sunday’s game at Murphy Field House. The Patriots won 91-67. director of Youth Sports. “At this level, it’s introducing the sport and making sure they have fun, that they want to continue and learn more.” Youth Sports staff said the deadlines for county teams are approaching quickly and encourage young athletes to sign up soon. CYSS is also seeking coaches to lead teams. But before a coach can step onto the field, he or she must undergo a background check. “If people are interested in coaching, they need to contact us now so we can get them the certification and background-check information,” Dey said. New to the spring sports program this year is flag football, offered as part of the National Football League’s Play60 initiative. Hunter Davis, Youth Sports’ Complex and equipment manager, said Fort Meade is only the second program in the state to offer the league. The program also will be offered during the fall sports season. Participants will receive an NFL team-branded jersey, as well as a flag football belt and game shorts. Teams will have two practices per week and one game every Friday evening. Practices and games will be played at the Youth Sports Complex. Games are 5-on-5 on a 70-yard field. “It’s a great opportunity for kids at the younger age group to develop the fundamentals of football and introducing the sport of football before they jump into tackle,” Dey said. Flag football is a good off-season conditioning program, Hunter said, but it also allows some of the younger or more inexperienced players to phase into the sport, as opposed to starting with tackling. “They [parents] were kind of a little bit apprehensive about throwing them out there into such a physical sport without knowing if they’re going to like it or not,” Dey said. “This is a nice alternative for kids who haven’t played before. “It’s a nice introduction to football and for those who may feel tackle football may be a little too much for kids at that age. It’s a nice alternative.” For more information about spring sports, call 301677-1329 or 301-677-1179.
  12. 12. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion The “P” that counts You never know where a column is going to take you. On Tuesday I stayed late, trying to put together a rebuttal to all the media nonsense regarding NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam coming out. But then I was reminded Valentine’s Day is Friday, and two things came to mind. First, you can’t have Valentine’s Day without a little bit of the greatest love ballad of all time, Buckwheat’s “Wookin Pa Nub” Second, Valentine’s Day eve is the perfect time to talk about Sam, a projected third- or fourth-round pick in May’s NFL Draft, who is in position to be the NFL’s first openly gay football player bit. ly/1dHEeEw. And, according to every single sports talk show, morning news program and newsfeed, I need to care about it. Moreover, I have to like it and think that Sam is a hero for proclaiming his sexual preference — a move that could impact his draft position either positively or negatively. There are some things I need to clarify before I go further: 1. I am not gay, but like most people, I know, work with and like members of the LGBT community. Rumor has it that back during my younger days, I even passed out in a bed next to one of my gay friends, and he, like 99.8 percent of the women I have been around, fought off the urge to make a move. 2. I am Muslim and understand what monotheistic religions believe about homosexuality, but I do not think being gay is a one-way trip to eternal damnation. 3. I understand Sam coming out is newsworthy, deserves coverage, and was courageous. I have been in enough locker rooms and on enough teams to understand how his admission could make things difficult. 4. If Sam, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, is as productive in the pros as he was at Missouri, he will have a great NFL career But if the dude washes out of the NFL, it will be because he can’t tackle, not because of who he spends his free time with. And to me, that is really all anyone should be able to expect. But if you listen to the pundits, it is not enough. The media doesn’t just want you to accept Sam’s announcement. They want you to like it on Facebook, send a tweet of support, and build it up to the point that any contrary opinion or uneasiness isn’t just different, it is bigoted. Chad T. Jones, Growing up, Public Affairs being called a bigot Officer — which Webster’s describes as a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance — was a big deal. It was a name normally reserved for older individuals who still longed for the days of Jim Crow. Individuals like my father. My old man dropped the “Nbomb” like most people use prepositions, and bragged openly about the things he used to do to African-Americans simply for being one. I share that piece of family history because I want you to know where I’m coming from when I say that New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathon Vilma admitting he’d be uncomfortable showering next to a homosexual doesn’t necessarily make him a bigot. It makes him honest. According to Gallop, 3.4 percent of Americans are involved in a homosexual relationship, while 57 percent of individuals are opposed to gay marriage So it is fair to assume those averages hold up in NFL locker rooms, which is why most pro athletes who have been interviewed since Sam’s announcement have admitted to playing with a gay athlete. And you know what? I haven’t heard a single reported story about someone being harassed or released or fined for being gay, straight, or celibate for that matter. That’s because, in most professional environments, performance — not preference — is the “P” that counts. The question is, will the media allow that to happen in Sam’s case? Or, will they continue beating this story, along with any opposing viewpoints, to death for ratings? If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones. or hit me up on Twitter @ ctjibber. Sports Shorts Flag Football Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is now offering NFL Flag Football through USA Football for ages 6 to 13. Cost is $55 per player and includes an NFL-branded jersey, flag football belt, game shorts and participation trophy. Two practices and one game will be held each week at the Fort Meade Youth 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. 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 html. For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. EFMP Bowling The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Participants may bowl one free game with free shoe rental. Discounted games and shoe rentals are offered to family members. To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@ Intramural volleyball meeting A coaches meeting for intramural volleyball 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 beth.d.downs.naf@mail. mil. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Texas Hold ‘em Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. For more Fort Meade sports, visit February 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13
  13. 13. C ommunity N ews N otes Building 4650. All Army commands supported by Fort Meade are required to send a representative to complete this “train the trainer” course and train other human resource professionals and officers within their units. Units must select a primary and alternate officer/HR professional to attend this weeklong training. To reserve a seat, call Jannette Bolling at 301-677-2903 or email jannette., or call Jolynda Thompson at 301-677-7036 or email 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. NEWS EVENTS Scholarships for Military Children Program SJA closed for inspection The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate will close for inspection all day on Wednesday. On Feb. 20, SJA hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. SJA will resume normal duty hours on Feb. 21. The Joint Installation Tax Center will remain open for normal duty hours. Exchange holiday hours The Fort Meade Army and Air Force Exchange Service will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, Presidents’ Day. Hours of operation: • The Trading Post, National Security Agency and Military Clothing: Closed • Burger King: Open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Meade Main Store: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • 24-Hour Express: Regular hours Red Cross seeks volunteer drivers The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region is seeking volunteer drivers to transport blood products and volunteers from area blood drives to the Mt. Hope facility in Baltimore. This position is open to people with daytime/weekday availability for at least six hours during the week. To become a registered volunteer, requirements include completing an application, attending an orientation and passing a background check. The minimum time of commitment is for six months. Volunteers must have a valid Maryland driver’s license with a clear driving record and be familiar with the central Maryland area. Drivers must be at least 21 years old with two years of driving experience in 14 SOUNDOFF! February 13, 2014 file photo black historythe Equal Opportunity Office will celebrate the month observance The Fort Meade Garrison and 2014 African American/Black History Month Observance on Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave. The event is hosted by U.S. Army Cyber Command. The theme is “Civil Rights in America.” The keynote speaker is Claiborne Douglass Haughton Jr. From 1979 until his retirement in 2002, Haughton served in the top DoD career Senior Executive Service position for military and civilian equal opportunity programs. The free event, open to military, civilians and family members, will feature food samplings. For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Donnel Cabanos of Cyber Command at 301-677-4022 or Sgt. 1st Class Torey Palmore of EOO at 301-677-6687. the U.S. For more information, call Terry Ann Karloff at 1-800-272-0094, ext. 1 or email Durner at the Garrison Chaplain’s Office at 301-677-6703. National Prayer Luncheon Individuals interested in participating in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade should call 301-677-1301. Fort Meade has a room available at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking individuals to join in a morning prayer on Fridays. The Fort Meade observance of the National Prayer Luncheon will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. The guest speaker is Dave Roever, a Vietnam veteran. Commanders, directors and supervisors are asked to attend and be a part of this meaningful tradition. Civilians may attend this observance without charge to annual leave. Seating is limited to 300 people. The suggested donation is $10 for civilians and service members E-6 and above. Tickets can be obtained through unit chaplains or the Garrison Chaplain’s Office. For more information, call Lynn Jummah prayers EDUCATION Evaluation training The U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Officer Evaluation Report (Revised) Mobile Training Team will provide hands-on training March 3-7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Smallwood Hall, Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program are available at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at Applications must be turned in to a commissary by Feb. 28. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed or faxed. This year’s award amount has risen to $2,000. The program awards at least one scholarship at each commissary with qualified applicants. Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. For more information, students or sponsors should call scholarship managers at 856-616-9311 or email militaryscholar@ Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers free classes at its new facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. Registration is required for each class. • Pre-deployment Brief: Today, 10-11:30 a.m. • Car buying: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m. • Meet and Greet: Feb. 20, 5-7 p.m. Join us for friendship, food, prizes and to learn about Maryland and Fort Meade. • Retiree Brief: Feb. 24, 8-11:30 a.m. For participants within two years of retirement eligibility. • Paying for College: Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m. Participants will learn to evaluate college funding options and identify resources for researching financing alternatives. To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
  14. 14. C ommunity N ews N otes M ovies cost is $60. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. ACS classes Army Community Service offers free classes at 830 Chisholm Ave. Registration is required for each class. • Buying an Automobile: Tuesday, 911 a.m. • 1st Term Financial Readiness: Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Military Saves: “A Day of Financial Fitness”: Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590. YOUTH Romp ‘n Stomp Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for children age 5 and younger and their parents meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from September to June at the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St. For more information, call 301-6775590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ RECREATION Out About • The Naval Academy Band will perform Monday at 1 p.m. at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road in Bowie. The Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble will perform Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore. For more information, visit the Naval Academy Band website at mil or Facebook page, or call 410-293-1262. • The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, located at Martin State Airport in Middle River, offers free, year-round admission to military families with military ID. The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free. Indoor exhibits include “They Answered the Call,” “The Martin Company,” “The Lockheed History,” and displays on astronaut Tom Jones and the Maryland Air Guard. There is also an outdoor aircraft display. For more information, call 410-682-6122 or visit • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Feb. 22, with discounts to attractions. Onboard prize giveaway will be offered. Bus MEETINGS • 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 information, go to • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. Children welcome. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina. • 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 443790-3805 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 Feb. 20 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. • Meade Area Garden Club will meet Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Hall at the corner of Route 175 and Wigley Avenue. Stephen McDaniel, a master bee keeper who is knowledgeable about the important relationship between bees and the environment, will present the program “Save the Bees!” No reservations required. Refreshments will be served. Those interested in our club may attend one program before being asked to join for the annual fee of $20. If Anne Arundel County schools are closed or opening late due to inclement weather, the meeting will be canceled. For more information, call Jennifer Garcia, membership chairman, at 443-949-8348 or Sharon Durney, club president, at 410761-5019. • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Feb. 23. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • 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 Feb. 24. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • 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 Feb. 24. Free child care is provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • Bully Proofing Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Feb. 24. The group is geared for school-age children and parents. For more information, email • Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Feb. 24. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. Chaplain’s Word THE SKY IS THE LIMIT “There is no limit to what a man can do if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” — Ronald Reagan Today through March 1 Today Wednesday: “The Wolf of Wall Street” (R). Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie. Friday Sunday: “Lone Survivor” (R). Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd in late June 2005. With Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch. Saturday: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (PG). A daydreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. With Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn. Feb. 20: “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” (R). A recent high school graduate begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn’t long before he finds he’s been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity. With Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh. Feb. 21: “August: Osage County” (R). A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney. Feb. 22: “Walking With Dinosaurs” (PG). See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages. With the voices of Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice. Feb. 23, 26 March 1: “The Nut Job” (PG). An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson. February 13, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15