Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Child Abuse Prevention Month - Family Assistance Ctr.
April 4, 6:30 a.m.: Sexual Assault Awareness Run - McGlachlin Parade Field
April 10, 11:30 a.m.: Holocaust Remembrance Observance - McGill Training Ctr.
April 12, 9-11 a.m.: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - The Conference Center
April 12, Noon-3 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt - Youth Center
Testing to begin for
new entry system at
two security gates
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‘none tougher’Joe Bowser, a member of the USA Warriors hockey team, takes control of the puck during a hockey game Friday in Laurel. The team, comprised of area retired and active-
duty service members with VA-rated disabilities, aims to use the sport of hockey as a rehabilitation tool. The program features a standing hockey team and a sled team, in
which players sit in individual sleds and propel themselves with sticks in both hands. For the story, see Page 12.
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Our garrison commander, Col. Brian P. Foley, has
assigned his staff to make presentations on the U.S.
Constitution at our monthly Commander’s Call.
For more than 200 years, the U.S. Constitution has
been a living document, maintaining the original prin-
ciples upon which our nation was founded while at the
same time changing with the country, as reflected in
While the U.S. Constitution itself outlines the basic
structure of the federal government, its 27 amend-
ments address many subjects but primarily focuses on
the rights of individual American citizens.
Understanding the history of the Constitution
and its amendments will assist all of us in more fully
appreciating these rights and responsibilities as they
have evolved over time.
Years ago, I wanted to take closer look at this
238-year-old document. (It was 87 years old when
President Abraham Lincoln said “Four score and
seven years ago” in the Gettysburg Address).
I thought about the oath I had sworn to defend.
I even went as far as taking an online course about
the constitution at Concord Law School, which to be
honest, was not as helpful as some other law courses.
There are many complex and technical issues that go
along with understanding the Constitution and what
groups have to do to have standing to challenge a
I also did some analysis on how safety fits in with
On Dec. 29, 1970, Congress passed the Williams-
Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act. The law
gave the federal government the authority to set and
enforce safety and health standards for most of the
The ability of Congress to make law applicable to
all the states on safety was decided by the Supreme
Court’s findings on the Commerce Clause: “The U.S.
Congress shall have power to regulate commerce
among several states.”
I have noticed
safety changes as
you cross borders.
I was in the safe-
ty office at Fort
A lot of people
don’t realize that
Fort Campbell is
in two states, Ten-
nessee and Ken-
When a mili-
does not have law in an area, the Assimilative Crimes
Act (ACA) (18 U.S.C.A. § 13) provides adoption by
Congress of state criminal laws for areas of exclusive
or concurrent federal jurisdiction if the crime is not
punishable under federal law.
So at Fort Campbell, a trip from the safety office
to the post headquarters would involve a change in
Of course, some changes for the military aren’t
A trip on a motorcycle from Fort Meade north to
Pennsylvania involves a change in the law for helmets.
In Pennsylvania, law enforcement will not stop you for
lack of helmet, but Department of Defense Instruc-
tion requires all military members to wear helmets at
My reference today to a law regarding motorcycle
safety is not by chance. It is hard to believe after this
year’s cold winter we will soon be riding motorcycles
I am particularly impressed with the modern safety
apparel. It provides protection from the impact of a
fall and also protects the body from the consequences
of a high-speed slide.
They are also light so they are comfortable in sum-
mer when, if memory serves, it will be hot again. These
items also have great reflective qualities so that a rider
doesn’t need a vest.
But before you jump on your motorcycle, take a
few minutes and ensure you and your bike are ready
for the ride.
Editor’s note: For more information on motorcycle
safety and training, go to the Installation Safety Office
website or call the ISO at 301-677-2396.
How safety fits in
with the Constitution
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Kirk Fechter, Director
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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
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
Fort Meade’s new Automation Installa-
tion Entry system at two security gates will
undergo an endurance testing period for 30
days beginning Tuesday.
The far right lanes at the Reece Road
and Route 32 gates will allow for AIE traf-
fic from 1 to 9 p.m. during the endurance
testing and system validation period.
Once testing is complete and as more
people are registered into the AIE system,
the Directorate of Emergency Services will
open more lanes to use the technology.
The AIE system, which was installed
at garrison gates during the past several
months, is designed to electronically vali-
date DoD identification credentials against
authoritative databases in near real-time. A
registered DoD ID card must be used to
gain access to the post through the system.
“The premise is to speed vehicle access,
reduce guard requirements and improve the
identification vetting process,” said Joseph
Shinskie, chief of the Physical Security
Division at DES.
The goal of the AIE system is to use
technology to increase security for Soldiers,
family members, DoD civilians, retirees,
contractors and visitors to the installation
by electronically validating driver identifi-
The widespread availability of fake mili-
tary identification documents has made it
imperative that the garrison use technology
to better detect fake credentials.
The AIE lanes may be changed periodi-
cally to ensure all components of the system
are working properly during the testing and
validation phase. Signs will be posted at
the gates to indicate which lanes are open
for AIE use.
The system will increase the traffic flow
at the gates and provide a means to verify
identification by using a personal ID num-
ber during periods of increased force pro-
Those who voluntary register in the
program will be granted access to the post
through the AIE gate lanes by swiping their
DoD-issued identification card or Common
Access Card into the system card reader.
All DoD cardholders, retirees, family
members, Reservists and National Guards-
men can gain access through the automated
Shinskie said that ID information for
DoD cardholders who live in the Fort
Meade area and are registered in the
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting
Testing begins for automated gate entrySystem was uploaded into the AIE system
However, DoD cardholders who arrived
at Fort Meade after Nov. 1 must register
to use the AIE system. Registration is held
weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at
the Demps Visitor Control Center at 902
The registration process takes about 10
minutes and includes taking a digital photo,
fingerprinting, establishing a four-digit per-
sonal ID number and entering a digital
The AIE system allows registered drivers
to act as “trusted travelers,” which means
only they have to swipe their ID card, not
each passenger in their vehicle. The term
“trusted traveler” only applies to service
members and their spouse, retirees and their
spouse and DoD civilians who have been
issued a CAC card.
Those who are not registered in the AIE
system can still gain access to the post
through the gate lanes that are not identi-
fied for the AIE system. Gate guards will
validate their ID cards.
Shinskie said that gate guards will be
Manuel Villabla fills
up his truck’s gas
tank at the Army and
Air Force Exchange
Services’ Express on
The retail portion of
the new 8,420-square-
foot facility, located
at Mapes Road and
6th Armored Cavalry
Road, opened last
week. The $5.6 mil-
lion facility features
six gas pumps and
store that includes an
Arby’s that will open
later this month.
photo by noah scialom
available at AIE and non-AIE lanes to
provide assistance to motorists.
Editor’s note: Information for this article
was provided by the Directorate of Emer-
photo by stephen ellmore
Sgt. Thomas S. Easton, a Department
of the Army gate security guard, swipes
a driver’s Common Access Card in the
Automation Installation Entry system at
the Reece Road gate on Tuesday morning.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
Everyone should take some time in
their lives to reflect on whether they have
displayed the traits of courage, character
This is the message that Christine
Altendorf, director of the Sexual Harass-
ment/Assault Response and Prevention
Office, Army G-1, gave during her guest
speech for the garrison’s observance of
Women’s History Month.
The theme of this year’s observance
is “Celebrating Women of Character,
Courage and Commitment.”
“I want to challenge all of you today
to give yourself 15 minutes and think
about your life as they relate to these
three words. ... It will be eye-opening for
you,” Altendorf said.
The hourlong event was sponsored
by First Army Division East and Fort
Meade’s Equal Opportunity Office.
In addition to Altendorf’s presen-
tation, the sponsors paid tribute to
two Gold Star Wives who attended the
Col. Timothy Newson, chief of staff
for First Army Division East, welcomed
He also recognized Mary Moore, wife
of the late Command Sgt. Maj. Ben-
jamin Moore Jr., and Violette Kogut,
wife of the late Mikolaj Kogut, a senior
enlisted Soldier, who are both Gold Star
“Your love, compassion and support
allowed your service member to pursue
this profession of arms,” Newsom said.
“You are and will always be a member
of this family of service men and service
women who have contributed so much
to the defense of our nation.”
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jason Logan,
chaplain of First Army Division East,
gave the invocation. The audience stood
for a recording of the National Anthem
by the U.S. Army Field Band’s Soldiers’
President Jimmy Carter issued the
first presidential proclamation declaring
the week of March 8, 1980 as National
Women’s History Week, according to
the National Women’s History Project
That same year, Sen. Barbara A.
Mikulski, then a member of the House
of Representatives, and Sen. Orrin
Hatch of Utah co-sponsored a congres-
sional resolution for National Women’s
History Week 1981.
Fort Meade observes Women’s History Month
In 1987, Congress declared March
as National Women’s History Month
to recognize, honor and celebrate the
achievements of American women.
In her speech, Altendorf highlighted
the achievements of Harriet Beecher
Stowe, Susan B. Anthony and Helen
“These people have been given gifts
that others can try to emulate,” she
However, Altendorf asked, how can
everyone work to emulate such role
models when the task seems daunting?
“What is it that we need to do as
normal everyday civilians, females,
males and Soldiers, as we make our way
through life so that we can emulate what
we have seen?” she asked.
Altendorf said she reviewed her own
life and found there were pivotal times
when she either displayed courage, char-
acter and commitment, or fell short of
She recalled that when she was pursu-
ing a doctoral degree and in the midst
of a divorce, she found the courage to
tell her father, a staunch Catholic, about
“Even though I broke a commitment,
I did build some courage,” Altendorf
During her nearly 20-year career with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Altendorf volunteered to work in Iraq
in 2004, and also worked in Afghanistan
in 2012. Both experiences taught her a
lesson in commitment.
Last June, while serving as the chief
of the Environmental Division at the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Wash-
ington, D.C., Altendorf was tapped by
Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy
chief of staff, Army G-1, for her current
Altendorf said that as a civilian out-
side of the Army, she could approach
the issue of sexual harassment and
sexual assault from a different perspec-
tive and ask questions.
“It’s an interesting dynamic. I very
much like what I’m doing right now,” she
said of the 18-month assignment.
In closing, Altendorf encouraged the
audience to take the time to learn who
they really are.
“Push yourself a bit further each and
every day. ... Stand up for what you
believe in,” she said. “Give your all in
everything you do.”
Newsom and Garrison Commander
Col. Brian P. Foley presented Altendorf
with a plaque of appreciation.
Afterward, Moore and Kogut each
received a yellow rose. Both women said
they appreciated the recognition.
“I think it’s an honor. ... Every year,
the Army lets us know that they have
not forgotten us,” said Moore, who came
with her 19-year-old daughter Krystal.
“I’m proud to be an Army wife,”
Kogut said. “It teaches you to share.”
photo by noah scialom
Christine Altendorf, director of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and
Prevention Office, Army G-1, speaks about the importance of courage, character
and commitment during Fort Meade’s annual Women’s History Month observance on
March 20 at McGill Training Center.
‘I want to challenge all of
you today to give yourself
15 minutes and think about
your life as they relate to
[courage, character and
commitment] ... It will be
eye-opening for you.’
Christine Altendorf, director
Response and Prevention Office,
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By Yosefi Seltzer
Attorney, Legal Assistance Division
Unfortunately, divorce is commonplace
for far too many military families. The first
step for many is to legally separate.
Different states define “legal separation”
Although some states allow spouses to
continue residing in the same household
or even to periodically continue a physical
relationship with each other, Maryland is
traditional. To be legally separated, the state
requires both spouses to live under separate
roofs and to cease all sexual intimacy with
Grounds for divorce vary across the 50
states. Some states are referred to as “no-
fault” divorce states, which means neither
party has to prove grounds for divorce.
(Adultery, cruelty of treatment or incarcera-
tion are common grounds for divorce.)
One of the spouses merely has to assert
there are unspecified “irreconcilable differ-
Once again, Maryland is more tradition-
al. There are several grounds for divorce in
Maryland: adultery; desertion for more than
12 months; cruelty of treatment toward the
spouse or child; insanity and confinement in
a facility for at least three years; imprison-
ment for at least 12 months of a minimum
three-year sentence; one-year separation;
or excessively vicious conduct toward the
spouse or child.
These must be proved through evidence
ings, or proper admission of documents or
statements), which usually means the party
pursuing such a divorce must hire an expe-
rienced attorney to present the case.
Typically, even if one or more of these
bases for absolute divorce is present, the
parties choose to pursue a divorce under
the grounds of one-year separation. This
requires the parties to reside separate and
apart (not under the same roof) for at least
12 months and not have a physical relation-
ship with each other for the same amount
Maryland courts are strict in the sense
that if the couple lives apart for 11 months,
but has a one-night fling, the 12-month
separation clock will restart.
If you intend to pursue a voluntary
separation divorce in Maryland, you must
strictly abide by these provisions if you
want your divorce to be finalized as soon
Couples in Maryland could separate for
12 months and ultimately secure a voluntary
separation divorce without a written agree-
ment. But it typically makes sense for them
to execute a written separation agreement
when they begin the separation term.
A separation agreement is a voluntary
contract between the parties that divides up
property (such as household goods, land or
houses, and investments, savings and retire-
ment plans) and debts, and determines who
will be responsible for paying ongoing bills.
The agreement also can serve to spell out
spousal support and child custody, visita-
tion rights and support obligations. It also
helps lay the foundation for the final divorce
because the parties usually will resolve many
of the points of contention between them.
If the couple have children together, it is
particularly beneficial to have a separation
agreement to spell out visitation rights, cus-
tody and support obligations. Otherwise, the
parties may end up battling over who gets
the kids on Christmas Eve or which parent
must pay for the child’s braces.
The separation agreement will govern
the separation period. So if one of the par-
ties violates its terms, the other can seek
recourse from a judge.
Because the agreement will establish in
which state the divorce will be ultimately
filed, it must be drafted to comply with that
state’s laws. An agreement that conflicts with
the state’s laws can be rejected by the judge.
As a result, do-it-yourself or fill-in-the-
blank separation agreements create a mul-
titude of legal problems. Therefore, it is
advisable to consult an attorney experienced
in the state’s laws before signing a separation
To schedule an appointment with an
attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance
Office, call 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
Editor’s note: A second article on separa-
tion agreements will address child support
and custody matters, division of property and
Military separation and divorce in Maryland
April 20 - Postwide Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 7 a.m., Chapel Center
April 13 – Palm Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Contemporary Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 13 – Palm Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
April 16 – Living Last Supper (hosted by Gospel Congregation) – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 18 – Tenebrae Service of Shadows – 2 p.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Episcopal Service – 8:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Traditional Protestant Service – 10:30 a.m., Post Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Contemporary Protestant – 10:30 a.m., Cavalry Chapel
April 20 – Easter Sunday Gospel Protestant Service – 11 a.m., Chapel Center
March 28, April 4 11 – Stations of the Cross Lenten Supper – 6:30 p.m., Chapel Center
April 13 – Palm Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
April 17 – Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 18 – Good Friday Stations of the Cross – noon, Chapel Center
April 18 – Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 7 p.m., Chapel Center
April 19 – Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – 8 p.m., Chapel Center
April 20 – Easter Sunday Masses – *Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
*Regular Catholic Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m. Cavalry Chapel; Sunday: 9
a.m. Chapel Center; 12:15 p.m. Post Chapel. There will be no 5 p.m. Mass at Cavalry Chapel
on Holy Saturday, April 19. Regularly scheduled noon Mass will be held at the Post Chapel,
except April 17 and 18.
Spring religious services on Fort Meade
by alcohol; driving while under
the influence of alcohol; attempt
by driver to elude uniformed
police by fleeing on foot; failure
to return and remain at the scene
of accident involving attended
vehicle damage; resisting or
interfering with arrest; malicious
destruction of property: Inves-
tigation revealed that Vehicle 1 struck Vehicle 2.
Vehicle 1 then struck Vehicle 3 and left the roadway
going through the fence line. The driver of Vehicle
1 then fled the scene on foot onto Fort Meade/
National Security Agency property. NSA police
conducted a search of the area and found Driver
1, who was uncooperative. They could detect a
strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.
The driver was transported to the Directorate of
Emergency Services, where he agreed to submit a
breath sample, with a result of .22 percent blood
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
For week of March 17-23:
• Moving violations: 38
• Nonmoving violations: 2
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 29
• Traffic accidents: 11
• Driving on suspended license: 3
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
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The formation will run the desig-
nated route as one group.
For more information, call Linda
Winkels at 301-677-4719 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org ,or call
Carol DeBarto at 301-677-5229 or
• April 11: “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
The presentation is open all service
While attending Southern Methodist
University in Texas on a track scholar-
ship, 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 nor-
mal life, and she hopes to inspire oth-
ers that may have faced challenges in
their lives. While the crimes committed
against her were horrific, Korra’s talks
confront these issues head-on in a way
that uplifts and inspires her audience.
• April 23: Denim Day
Army civilian personnel are autho-
rized to wear appropriate jeans to
work to promote discussion of the
misconceptions that surround sexual
For more information, call Sta-
cey Hale, installation sexual assault
response coordinator, at 443-845-0876
or email email@example.com.
Each April, the DoD and other
organizations across the country com-
memorate Sexual Assault Awareness
The Army, Navy and Air Force sex-
ual 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.
• Changemaker’s Breakfast/Victim
Advocate Recognition: Monday, 9-
10:30 a.m. at Potomac Place Neigh-
Victim advocates representing all
branches of military service and com-
munity leaders are invited for break-
• “Got Your Back”: Tuesday through
This program applies information
learned about perpetrators’ motives
and behaviors in order to devise suc-
cessful bystander-intervention strate-
gies, and decrease community tolerance
for sexual violence.
This even is open to all service
• Tuesday to April 3: 9 and 11 a.m.,
and 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center
• April 9-10: 9 and 11 a.m., and
1 p.m. at National Security Agency,
• April 14-15: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1
p.m. at McGill Training Center
• April 16: 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
• Joint Service Sexual Assault Aware-
ness Day of Action Community Run:
April 4 from 6:30-8 a.m. at McGlachlin
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thom-
as J. Latter will meet with all senior
enlisted advisors before 6:20 a.m. at the
schedule of events
Fort Meade at
FORT MEADE ARMY EDUCATION CENTER:
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
Advising hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday
and Wednesday or call 410-672-2117
Claudia Velazquez, Coordinator of College Services
Visit our office at the Fort Meade Army Education Center to learn
about AACC’s many education programs for active duty, veterans
• How transfer options allow you to complete a four-year degree
• Career advising and workforce training for continued career development
• Interest-free tuition payment plans and other payment options
• Online, weekend and evening classes for ﬂexible scheduling
• Opportunities for spouses and dependents, including the Military Spouse
Career Advancement Account program that provides
up to $4,000 in ﬁnancial assistance to eligible military spouses
• Early College Access Program classes for high school students
• AACC Military and Veteran Resource Center
• Classes at Fort Meade High School, AACC at
Arundel Mills, Center for Cyber and Professional
Training, Glen Burnie Town Center, AACC’s Arnold
campus and many other locations in the county
For a challenging education that directly applies to
the real world, look no further than Anne Arundel
Just one of the ways
we’re “military friendly”
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photos by nate pesce
The USA Warriors huddle before the start of the second period of Friday’s game at
Laurel. The USA Warriors provide camaraderie and an outlet for players to talk about
their hardships with people who have undergone similar situations.
RIGHT: Staff Sgt. Andrew Young shoots during USA Warriors’ hockey game. The team
includes experienced and new players, with volunteer coaches training the team at
active-duty service members with VA-
rated disabilities and aims to use the
sport of hockey as a rehabilitation
Players compete on a standing team
or a sled team, in which players sit in
individual sleds and propel themselves
with sticks in both hands.
The team practices once a week in
Rockville and competes nationwide in
tournaments and charity games.
The program was established in 2007
by an Army staff sergeant recovering
from a 20-foot fall from a helicopter
that broke his neck and lower back, and
shattered his ankle.
To get back onto the ice, he picked up
sled hockey and the USA Warriors pro-
gram was born with the motto: “None
What initially started as sled clinics
transformed into something even rarer
— a standing team for service members
battling injuries including double leg
Joe Bowser was among the first Sol-
diers recovering from an amputated leg
to compete upright.
While serving in Iraq a decade ago,
Bowser was struck by a rocket that severe-
ly injured his right leg from the knee
down. But as a lifelong hockey player
from Ohio, he wasn’t going to let the
injury end his time on the ice.
By Brandon Bieltz
From the rinks of Rochester, N.Y., to
the rare frozen surfaces in Saudi Ara-
bia and Kuwait, Mark Stoessel played
hockey for the majority of his life.
But when the injuries of his 17-year
Army career began to mount, the for-
mer college hockey player’s future on
the ice was in doubt.
That was until 2010 when Stoessel,
the director of Fort Meade’s Soldier and
Family Assistance Center, found a new
home on the ice with other service mem-
bers battling to overcome both physical
and invisible wounds from their time in
“You get out there on the ice and
you don’t even think about how bad
your knees are going to hurt tomorrow,
or how much it hurts,” Stoessel said.
“You’re just thinking about playing the
greatest game in the world.”
Known as the USA Warriors, the
team is comprised of area retired and
take to the ice to heal
‘We’re still a combat team.
Our mission is just a whole
lot different. Instead of
fighting bad guys, now we
put the little black disk in
USA Warriors player
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“I basically cut my leg off so that I
could play hockey,” he said. “The way
it was, there was no way I’d be able to
— and that’s if they could even salvage it.
I just told them to go ahead and take it. I
wanted to play hockey.”
The transition to skating with a pros-
thetic leg was a challenge for Bowser.
When ice skating, players depend on the
ankle to make routine movements such as
stopping and turning. Without an ankle,
Bowser had to learn to make adjustments
with his knee instead.
“It was a whole learning experience,”
said Bowser, who is now serving as a staff
assistant for the secretary of the Army for
issues regarding wounded Soldiers.
Bowser has been playing with the USA
Warriors on-and-off for several years and
has seen a handful of wounded service
members come and go — usually better
off than when they arrived. The team, he
said, provides camaraderie and an outlet
for players to talk about their hardships
with people who experienced similar situ-
“For us, it’s not just a good way of
getting out there to play, but it’s also a
bit of therapy,” Bowser said. “It’s a great
Stoessel, who deals with wounded ser-
vice members on a daily basis at the
SFAC, said the program is an “awesome”
way for injured military members to over-
come their challenges.
“It just does so much for them,”he said.
“It’s a great group of guys.”
While the team includes several expe-
rienced hockey players learning to adapt
their game to their abilities, the USA
Warriors also provides a training ground
for new players as volunteer coaches help
train the teams during their weekly prac-
Among those introduced to the sport
through the team are Fort Meade’s Sgt.
Justin Fallon and Staff Sgt. Andrew
A year ago, the two Soldiers who are
members of the installation’s Warrior
Transition Unit, had never played orga-
“I’ve always wanted to play,” said Fal-
lon, who is recovering from a traumatic
brain injury and back injuries. “I never
ice skated and I wanted to. So I saw the
opportunity and took it.”
Young, who grew up in New York, had
played hockey in his driveway as a child,
but never competed on an ice hockey
team. After suffering two traumatic brain
injuries in 2006 and 2008, the idea of play-
ing ice hockey seemed far-fetched. Young
has now been playing with the USA War-
riors for nearly a year.
“It’s amazing, it’s the best feeling ever,”
he said. “It’s the best therapy. It encom-
passes everything. It’s meeting your social
needs and your physical needs.”
Although Fallon said he will never fully
recover from his wounds, the team and the
challenges presented by playing ice hockey
have helped him on his journey.
“A lot of guys, when they get out,
they’re used to being part of a team, part
of a unit,” he said. “This is a good way
to do that and work together with like-
minded people who have been through
what you’ve been through. And you can
turn around and help people who are
starting to go through what you’ve already
been through. It’s good.”
For Young, the team provides a sense
of unity that service members miss when
they separate from the military.
“It gives you something that was some-
what taken away from you when you leave
the military — that sense of brotherhood,”
he said. “This gives it back.”
Mark Adams, a Vietnam-era veteran
who plays with the team, agreed.
“Not only do you have the great oppor-
tunity to play the game, you’re almost in
the same environment you were in the mil-
itary — you’re always depending on each
other, fast and furious action,” Adams
said. “You have to handle your part of the
game, so no matter how bad you feel, your
teammates are depending on you.”
Although the jerseys are far different
than the ones the players wore when they
served, team members still see themselves
as a military unit — just of a different
“We’re still a combat team,” Bowser
said. “Our mission is just a whole lot
different. Instead of fighting bad guys,
now we just put the little black disk in
Editor’s note: For more information
about the USA Warriors, visit USAWar-
Staff Sgt. Andrew Young (standing) of the Fort Meade Warrior Transition Unit talks
with his teammates between shifts in a hockey game last week in Laurel. Young,
who is recovering from two traumatic brain injuries, joined the USA Warriors nearly
a year ago.
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Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz
For the second consecutive week, the
National Capital Region Marines got the
best of the Patriots after Fort Meade fell
to a 20-point deficit in the first half.
Despite a comeback attempt that
brought the Patriots within 6 points of
the lead, Fort Meade was unable to over-
come the large deficit and closed out the
regular season with an 83-73 loss to the
Marines (10-4) on Sunday.
The defeat locks Fort Meade in as the
fourth seed in this weekend’s champion-
ship tournament with an 8-6 record.
“It always hurts to lose a game,” said
Mike McKenzie, who scored 12 points for
Sunday’s loss comes a week after the
Marines defeated the Patriots 80-75 in
overtime. Much like the previous meeting,
the Marines took an early 15-8 lead Sun-
day as the Patriots struggled to rebound.
The Marines continued to control the
game through the half en route to a 46-
26 halftime lead. All of the Patriots were
held to single-digit scoring in the first
half as Deion McClenton led the team
At the start of the second half, Fort
Meade’s defense slowed down the
Marines’ attack and the offense began to
pull the Patriots back into the game. By
the midway point in the half, the Patriots
were within 10 points.
Fort Meade continued to cut into the
lead and come within 5 points of tying the
game with little more than a minute left as
the Marines led 77-72. However, missed
free throws late in the half allowed the
Marines to secure the 83-73 win.
“We missed 19 free throws and gave
up so many offensive rebounds, we quit
counting,” said head coach Ronny Cun-
ningham. “That’s the game right there.”
McClenton led the Patriots with 17
points, while Wallace Ruffin scored 16
in the loss.
Cunningham said the struggles come
from a lack of urgency early in the
“We just can’t put 40 hard minutes
together,” he said.
With the loss, the Patriots are set to
play Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
(7-7) in the opening round of the Wash-
ington Area Military Athletic Conference
this weekend. The teams split their regu-
lar season meetings with the home team
winning both times.
McKenzie said the team will be ready
for the tournament but need to focus on
defense and playing as a team if they want
to make a deep run.
Cunningham agreed, saying the post-
season is all about a team’s mindset.
“Now everybody is 0-0; this is like a
new season,” he said. “It doesn’t matter
about your seeding, everybody still has
to go play.”
season with loss
Marines. The 83-
73 loss locked
the Patriots at the
No. 4 seed for the
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care
Center Physical Therapy, the
Community Health Promotion
Council, and the Army Wellness
Center will host a running clinic
on April 4 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at
the Army Wellness Center, 4418
The free program is open to active-
duty service members, retirees, family
members and DoD civilians of all
The clinic will include a health
care screening, skills and drills to
improve running techniques, and
Space is limited. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, call 301-677-2006.
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
Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams as well as a
putting contest, longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin.
For more information email Paige Hansen at 2ndVice@fortmeadeosc.org.
Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900
Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and
Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900
Reece Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is 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.
Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is looking for coaches for
flag football and soccer.
For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
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Jibber Jabber will return next week.
As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or
anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones.
firstname.lastname@example.org. or follow him on Twitter @ctjibber.
Meade Mustangs weekly roundup online
For this week’s Meade High Mustangs roundup featuring baseball and
softball, go to ftmeadesoundoff.com/sports.
Fort Meade Public Affairs Office
Chad Jones, Fort Meade’s public affairs officer and the author of Jibber Jabber, is out
of the office today.
That said, he didn’t want this week to go by without sharing some information
regarding the standings of contestants who are participating in the Meade TV, Fort
Meade Public Affairs Office and Corvias Military Living 2014 NCAA Challenge.
There are 57 entries in this year’s competition. It’s pretty safe to say that this year’s
tournament has lived up to its billing as March Madness, and the exciting matchups
will continue this weekend with the Sweet 16 set for today and Friday.
After last weekend, we have 30-plus contestants who already have been mathemati-
cally eliminated from the competition, leaving approximately 25 contestants with a
shot at winning our contest.
The high score, thus far, belongs to Staff Sgt. Michael O’Rourke of Army Cyber
Command. If Louisville wins the championship, he can’t be caught.
Two-time champion Raul Schuett from the garrison’s Plans, Analysis and Integra-
tion Office is still very much in the running. Currently, he’s tied with five other con-
testants in third place.
The good news is that Jibber columnist Chad Jones can still finish in the top three, if
Michigan State wins it all. The bad news is that there are a couple of contestants with
higher scores than Chad, and they also have Michigan State as their top choice.
To Chad’s credit, he correctly picked nine teams competing in the Sweet 16, and six
teams that have a chance to be in the Elite Eight. Chad also has all four teams of his
Final Four still alive.
There are still too many variables and different picks by contestants to see how this
year’s competition is going to shake out.
Michigan State is by far the remaining favorite in our field. Also, all 57 entries picked
Duke to win their first round game. (The 14th-seeded Mercer Bears pulled off one of
the biggest upsets in the tournament last week by knocking off the third-seeded Duke
Blue Devils, 78-71).
Only one of our top five selected Stanford to make it to the Sweet 16.
The top-seeded team, Florida, was not a popular pick for the national champion-
ship. However, a Florida championship can vault Command Information Chief Phil
Jones to the top spot. (No one ahead of him has the Gators picked to win it all.)
Good luck and enjoy this weekend’s games.
March Madness lives
up to expectations
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Community News Notes
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
The Fort Meade community is invited
to attend the garrison commander’s
proclamation signing for Child Abuse
Prevention Month on Wednesday from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soldier and
Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th
Medical Battalion Ave.
The event will feature entertainment
and presentations by child abuse-
prevention experts. Refreshments will be
For more information, call Army
Community Service at 301-677-5590 or
go to www.ftmeademwr.com.
Gold Star Wives Tea
In honor of Gold Star Wives Day,
Fort Meade’s Survivor Outreach Services
Program will host a Gold Star Wives Tea
on April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
Soldier Family Assistance Center Building,
2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave.
Gold Star Wives Day is designated to
recognize the sacrifices of the wives and
families of fallen service members who
died on active duty or as a result of a
Gold Star Wives of America Inc.
provides service, support and friendship
to the widows and widowers of fallen
For more information, email Voncile C.
Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax Center update
The Joint Installation Tax Center has
saved more than $387,800 in filing fees,
generated more than $3 million in tax
refunds, and has saved the average client
more than $300 in tax preparation fees.
The deadline to file the federal 2013
tax return is April 15.
Active-duty personnel, military
retirees and their dependents can
schedule an appointment to have their
taxes prepared at 301-677-9366.
Interested in becoming a CID agent?
Monthly recruiting briefings are held
by the Criminal Investigation Division
on the first Tuesday of every month at 1
p.m. at the Fort Meade CID Office, 855
The next recruiting briefing is Tuesday.
For more information, call Sgt. 1st
Class Matthew Allen at 301-677-1687 or
go to cid.army.mil.
Miss Fort Meade Pageant
The first annual Miss Fort Meade Pag-
eant will be held June 7 at the Meade
Middle School Auditorium, 1103 26th St.
Girls ages 4-21 are eligible to compete.
Contestants must be a resident of Anne
The Miss Fort Meade pageant empha-
sizes academic achievement and commu-
For more information, go to the pag-
eant website at univeralsupremebeauty.
com or email email@example.com.
Family Fun Fair
Fort Meade’s annual Family Fun Fair
will be held April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452
The free event is open to the public.
The event will feature performances
by SKIES classes; a youth skateboard
park; pony rides, inflatable and
challenge rides; informational health and
Youth Services booths; arts and crafts
stations; face painting; games; raffle
drawings; giveaways; and prizes.
For more information, go to
Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair
The annual Romp ‘n Stomp Fun Fair
will be held April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to
noon at the Youth Center, 909 Ernie
The event is being held in observance
of Child Abuse Awareness Month and
the Month of the Military Child.
For more information, call 301-677-
5590 or email Colaina Townsend, victim
advocate/parent support coordinator at
Army Community Service, at colaina.
Anyone having claims against or
indebtedness to the estate of Senior
Airman Christian Miltersen should
contact 1st Lt. Dan Bond, Summary
Court officer, at 240-373-6186.
Moms Support Group
A psychologist from the Behavioral
Psychology Department at Kennedy
Krieger Institute in Baltimore will
facilitate a workshop focusing on home
safety on April 24 from 9:30-11 a.m. at
Potomac Place Neighborhood Center,
4998 2nd Corps Blvd.
Children ages 4 and younger are
Registration is required at Army
Community Service, 830 Chisholm Ave.
For more information, call Colaina
Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-
The Fort Meade garrison will host
a two-day resiliency seminar for Army
and joint service military and DoD civil-
ian leaders (company level and higher)
from May 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski
Approximately 70 slots are available.
RSVP to Linda Winkels at linda.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-
677-4719. or Chris Thiel at christopher.
email@example.com or call 301-677-
For more information, visit http://
The Navy Fleet and Family Support
Center offers a variety of classes at its new
facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave.
The free classes are open to DoD
identification cardholders including active-
duty service members, retirees and their
family members, DoD civilian employees
Registration is required for each class.
• Credit Management: Monday, 1-3 p.m.
• Financial Counseling: Available every
To register or for more information, call
301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’
Club has posted its 2014 scholarship
applications on its website at www.
Applications must be postmarked by
College-bound, high school seniors and
dependent children currently enrolled in
college can apply for the merit scholarship.
High school seniors with an
outstanding academic record also will be
considered for the Etta Baker Memorial
A Military Spouse Scholarship is also
For more information, email the
OSC scholarship chair at scholarships@
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MoviesCommunity News Notes
Grilling Chilling, for grades six to
eight, will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m.
at the Youth Center.
The event will feature hamburgers,
hot dogs and beverages.
Participants must register at the
For more information, call 301-677-
A teen cookout for grades nine to 12
will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the
The cookout will feature hamburgers,
hot dogs and beverages.
For more information, call 301-677-
Breakfast with Easter
The annual Breakfast with the Easter
Bunny will be held April 12 from 9-11
a.m. at the Conference Center.
For more information, go to
The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall
offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
at the Children’s Library in Kuhn Hall,
4415 Llewellyn Ave.
• Today: “Reading Makes Us Happy”
- Stories, songs and fingerplay about
For more information, call 301-677-
Kids Craft Club
The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and
preschoolers will meet April 15 and May
6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Arts and Crafts
Fee is $5 per session. Cost includes a
craft, snack and juice.
Space is limited. Registration is
To register or for more information,
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., and from June
to August at the Boundless playground on
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
An awards ceremony will take place
shortly after the race ends at approximately
Proceeds benefit America’s VetDogs, a
nonprofit that provides guide and service
dogs, free of charge, to disabled veterans of
all eras at no cost.
Retired Staff Sgt. Brian Pearce, who
suffered a traumatic brain injury and
vision loss while deployed in Iraq, and his
America’s VetDogs guide dog Gunner will be
the guests of honor.
Registration will be held through April
14. 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 at the event costs
To “virtually participate,” supporters can
register for $25, fundraise in their community
and take on a 5K run or walk in their
hometown. An event T-shirt will be provided.
To register online, go to 5K.VetDogs.org.
For more information, contact community
fundraising/events manager Jaime McGrade
at 631-930-9054 or email Jaime@VetDogs.
To learn more about America’s VetDogs,
go to www.VetDogs.org.
• The Bowie Baysox will open the season
at home against the Harrisburg Senators
on April 3 at 6:35 p.m. at Prince George’s
Gates will open at 5 p.m. for a Happy
Hour event featuring corn hole, free snacks
and $2 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts until
Chris Monaghan will perform in the
picnic pavilion from 5-6 p.m. and will sing
the National Anthem.
Kids Opening Night will be April 4 at
6:35 p.m. The game will feature ballpark
experiences for children and a Scholastic
Book Giveaway to the first 250 youngsters
Single game tickets are available online at
baysox.com or by calling the box office at
• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will
sponsor its next monthly luncheon on
Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Club Meade.
The event’s annual “Spring into
Summer” fashion show features fashions
from the Fort Meade Exchange modeled by
Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations are
required by today at noon. For reservations,
call your area representative or Betty Wade
For more information, call Genny
Bellinger, ROWC president, at 410-674-
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by
the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at
The next prayer breakfast is April 3.
There is no cost for the buffet; donations
are optional. All Fort Meade employees,
family members, and civilian and military
personnel are invited.
For more information, call Diana Durner
at 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.civ@
• Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first
Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s
Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapo-
lis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in
back of the building. The next meeting is
April 3. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more
information, call 410-674-4000.
• National Alliance on Mental Illness of
Anne Arundel County offers a free support
group for families with a loved one suffering
from mental illness on the first Thursday of
every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West
County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The
next meeting is April 3. For more informa-
tion, visit namiaac.org.
• 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 April 7. For more infor-
mation, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina.
• Fort Meade TOP III Association meets
the second Wednesday of each month at 3
p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is April
9. The association is open to all Air Force
active-duty and retired senior noncommis-
sioned officers. For more information, call
Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616
or email email@example.com.
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30
p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade
Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through April 6
Friday: “12 Years a Slave” (R). In the antebellum
United States, Solomon Northup, a free black
man from upstate New York, is abducted and
sold into slavery. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael
Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o.
Saturday: “Robocop” (PG-13). In 2028 Detroit,
when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father
and good cop - is critically injured in the line of
duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp
sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot
police officer. With Joel Kinnaman, Gary Old-
man, Michael Keaton.
Sunday: “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 Pom-
peii crumbles around him. With Kit Harington,
Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland.
April 4: “About Last Night” (R). Follow two
couples as they journey from the bar to the bed-
room and are eventually put to the test in the real
world. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina
Hall, Joy Bryant.
April 5: “Non-Stop” (PG-13). An air marshal
springs into action during a transatlantic flight
after receiving a series of text messages that put
his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline
transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
With Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot
April 6: “3 Days To Kill” (PG-13). A dying CIA
agent trying to reconnect with his estranged
daughter is offered an experimental drug that
could save his life in exchange for one last assign-
ment. With Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld,