Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.:
Military Spouse Appreciation Lunch
- Club Meade
Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.:
Mother’s Day Brunch - Club Meade
May 16, 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.:
Sesame Street/USO Experience -
McGill Training Center
May 17, 8 a.m.:
Patriot Pride 5/10K Run & 1-Mile
Walk - Murphy Field House
May 18, 2:30 p.m.:
Massing of the Colors - The Pavilion
Fort Meade opens farmers’
market May 21 to promote
good health options
70th Operations Support
Squadron secures 10th
straight volleyball win
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Spc. Francis Wood
of the 741st Military
climbs the rock wall
at the Asymmetric
rappel tower on
April 24. Wood was
among 15 service
participated in the
for Single Soldiers’
BOSS, which is open
to all single, enlisted
service members, is
designed to engage
in the community
trips, while providing
service members with
an avenue to improve
quality of life on post.
photo by senior airman
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Hello again, Team Meade.
This time I can finally say with confidence that
winter is over and spring has arrived.
I hope each of you has been able to enjoy some
time outdoors with family.
The weather seems to be getting a little warmer
every day, flowers are blooming around us, baseball
season has begun, and yes, we even started filling
On that note I can report a small bit of good
news. We were recently able to buy our own pot-
In past years we were forced to rent the tamper
and other equipment, and high demand limited
the time we had to do repair work. That is no
longer the case. So road work has begun and will
Kudos to Bert Rice and the whole Directorate
of Public Works team for this effort.
As some of you may know, last week I served
as the guest speaker for the monthly Installation
Prayer Breakfast. In preparing my comments, I
looked around at our wonderful world renewing
itself after a long hard winter, and decided that
topic was perfect for a springtime speech.
Renewal is a key part of life. We see it in the
turning of the seasons as the world around us
wakes up after a winter of hibernation and rest.
Our world renewing is a reminder that we must
also renew periodically to grow and sustain our
Physical renewal, emotional renewal, spiritual
renewal are all needed. We must physically renew
ourselves to ensure we have the strength needed
to carry on each day; we must emotionally renew
ourselves to ensure we have the ability to interact
with each other in a positive and beneficial manner;
and we must spiritually renew ourselves to ensure
we can live free from fear of the unknown.
Renewal in each of these areas begins with
ourselves but is most often a team effort. Few can
truly renew by themselves alone. We need coaches,
teachers, mentors, counselors and spiritual advi-
is very much
It is in com-
munity that we
band together to
ment and receive
one another. It
is in commu-
nity that we are
best equipped to
reach out to those who are struggling to recover
and renew after harsh winter, like seasons in their
So if your New Year’s resolution has been long
forgotten, or your physical fitness program has
fallen off, or if you are feeling down, I encourage
you to take time during this spring season to renew
yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Reach out to the world-class community here
on Fort Meade and renew as part of a team effort
that will better enable us all to contribute toward
the greater good of our installation, our military
and our nation.
As we begin this weekend’s activities, I want to
include a well-deserved thank you to our military
spouses. Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation
Day. The day is always celebrated the Friday
before Mother’s Day.
Military spouses are inspirational. They rise
to meet challenges with grace and courage. They
provide strong support to our service members
and our military children and make great sacrifices
for our country. Thank you for the important role
you play in keeping our military strong and our
It remains my great honor to be a member of the
Fort Meade team. I thank each and every person
in our community for the hard work you do every
day, and wish you all a warm, happy spring.
Spring: A Time for Renewal
COL. Brian P. Foley
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and
community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or con-
cerns 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
Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is
For more information, call 301-677-4844.
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By Sgt. Marc Loi
200th Military Police Command
On the 200th anniversary year of the
Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, the
Army Reserve’s 200th Military Police Com-
mand, which is based at Fort Meade, started
a new chapter during a relinquishment-of-
command ceremony on May 4.
At the helm of one of the largest Army
Reserve major commands with more than
14,000 Soldiers in 44 states, Maj. Gen. San-
ford Holman spent his last hours in com-
mand surrounded by the large cannons that
defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack
by the British Navy in the Chesapeake Bay
during the War of 1812.
The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to
write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Lt. Gen. Jeffery Talley, chief of Army
Reserve, commanding general U.S. Army
Reserve Command, accepted the 200th
MPCOM colors from Holman and passed
them to the deputy commanding general,
Brig. Gen. Phillip Churn.
Talley said Holman is well prepared for
his next assignment as a special adviser to the
assistant secretary of the Army (Manpower
and Reserve Affairs).
“Indeed, his distinguished service should
come to no surprise for anyone familiar with
General Holman and his family,” Talley
said. “Under General Holman’s command,
the 200th MP Command has deployed to
every corner of the world in support of
global operations and displayed a high level
of readiness and getting the mission done at
Talley said Holman leaves a highly trained
and professional organization capable of
supporting the active Army, Army Reserve
and joint forces.
“That’s what the Army Reserve is all
about,” Talley said.
Holman, who grew up in Gary, Ind.,
thanked those who contributed to his career,
including his classmates at the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point, where he was com-
missioned and the senior enlisted Soldiers
throughout his career.
He focused on the sacrifices and impor-
tance of Army Reserve Soldiers, whom
he hailed as “twice the citizens” for their
contributions to their families, communities
Holman said the command’s motto,
“Champions of Character,” is extremely
important to the 200th MPCOM.
“As the largest law enforcement organiza-
tion in the DoD, and perhaps the world, we
are not just the back up for the Army, but the
joint force,”Holman said. “We must not fail,
and I know we will not fail.”
Holman said his faith in the 200th
MPCOM has been validated thousands of
times during the past three years.
He told Churn that operations move at the
speed of trust.
“I recommend you keep the faith,” Hol-
man said to Churn.
Those contributions are enduring char-
acteristics of the American spirit, Holman
said. He pointed to Key, who penned the
poem that eventually became the anthem to
which millions of Soldiers past and present
have rendered salutes to honor their nation
and its flag.
Although he recognized the noble goals
of military service, Holman also stressed
the importance of family, thanking his wife,
Roxie, for her support in his Army Reserve
career. Holman dubbed her “a battle buddy
in life” who did the hard work at home so he
could take care of Soldiers.
Holman was commissioned in 1978. After
a four-year stint on active duty as an infantry
200th MPCOM welcomes new commander
PHOTO COURTESY OF 200th MP
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley (left), chief of Army Reserve and commanding general U.S.
Army Reserve Command, passes the 200th Military Police Command colors to Brig.
Gen. Phillip Churn during a change of command ceremony held May 4 at historic Fort
McHenry in Baltimore.
officer in Korea and Germany, he joined the
Army Reserve where he has served in ever-
increasing levels of leadership, including the
A native of Washington, D.C., Churn
graduated in 1983 from Mount Saint Mary’s
College in Emmitsburg, and was commis-
sioned as a field artillery officer.
During the hourlong ceremony, Churn
told Holman that his mentoring and coach-
ing were essential to success.
“I am internally grateful to you,” Churn
said. “I could not ask for a better mentor for
me during this process as a general officer.
I am indebted to you sir. Thank you very
Churn said the 200th MPCOM Soldiers
were the best trained and resourced forma-
tions in the Army Reserve.
“You have chartered a course for this com-
mand, sir,” Churn said. “Your Soldiers stand
as your legacy.”
Churn said the command will continue to
perform about the line and execute missions
“No course corrections. No change in
azimuths,” he said. “We will continue to
By Maj. Gregg Moore
Military Intelligence Readiness
The newest Army Reserve unit is acti-
The Africa Command Joint Intelligence
Operations Center Army Reserve Element,
or “AFRICOM JIOC ARE,” was stood up
Sunday at McGill Training Center under
the command of Col. E. Dryden Pence
“What we are witnessing now is the birth
of a new organization,” Pence said.
Col. Stephen Zarbo, the Military Intel-
ligence Readiness Command’s deputy com-
manding officer, represented Brig. Gen.
Gabriel Troiano at the ceremony by uncas-
ing the new colors for the first time with the
new unit’s senior noncommissioned officer,
1st Sgt. Michael Wiltz.
Zarbo then passed ceremoniously to
Pence, the new unit’s first commanding
“The learning the military has under-
taken over the last 10 years presents itself
an opportunity for JIOCs,” Zarbo told the
small audience of mostly military intelli-
gence professionals from the Army Reserve
and the Navy.
“A tactical commander is going to take
what you analyze and what you say as a
basis for planning an operation.”
Pence is a renowned economist in his
civilian career and created an economic
intelligence working group for the Military
Intelligence Readiness Command.
“A nation’s currency is only as good as its
military,” he said. “So every time you pay a
bill, recognize that you’re the ones making
it worth something.”
The Military Intelligence Readiness
Command will grow from approximately
6,000 Soldiers to more than 7,500 over the
next two years by adding several battalions,
detachments and more.
To fill these positions, spread across 26
states and in England, the command needs
highly qualified Soldiers to fill the ranks.
Those who are interested in joining
should contact their local Army Reserve
Careers Division or call the MIRC head-
quarters at 703-806-5203.
Army Reserve unit activates to support mission in Africa
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
Child, Youth and School Services was
awarded a $14,225 grant from National
Government Services on April 26 to sup-
port its Boys Girls Clubs of America
Triple Play program.
Triple Play is BGCA’s first, yearlong
comprehensive health and wellness pro-
gram that strives to improve the overall
health of children ages 6 to 18 by increas-
ing their daily physical activity, teaching
them proper nutrition and helping them to
develop healthy relationships, according to
the BGCA website.
National Government Services is a part
of the Wellpoint Foundation and a bene-
factor of BGCA. The foundation sup-
ports the Healthy Generations Program, a
multigenerational effort to improve public
“I was extremely pleased to receive this
funding from the Wellpoint Foundation,”
said Francisco Jamison, CYSS adminis-
trator. “Foundations like Wellpoint help
to improve the health and wellness of
countless families in communities around
The grant will be used to purchase sup-
plies and equipment, and provide more
sports and fitness tournaments and lead-
ership development opportunities for the
More than 150 youths participate in
Triple Play at the Youth Center, Teen Cen-
ter and School Age Services.
The program is divided into three parts -
mind, body and soul. The mind component
encourages youths to eat smart through
the Healthy Habits program, which covers
the power of choice, calories, vitamins and
minerals, the food pyramid and appropri-
ate portion size.
The body component complements
BGCA’s traditional physical activities by
introducing sports and fitness activities
at a higher level by emphasizing team
The soul component helps build posi-
tive relationships and cooperation among
Mahlon Thomas, a Child and Youth
program assistant at CYSS, has been facili-
tating Triple Play for almost two years.
Thomas said Fort Meade’s program incor-
porates cooking clubs to teach proper
nutrition, and that rigorous activities such
as relay races and basketball are a part of
“The soul aspect is covered with sports-
Triple Play program gets a monetary boost
photo by nate pesce
Garrison Commander Brian P. Foley (far left) is presented a $14,225 grant by Brian Brooks (second from left), marketing manager
at National Government Services, a benefactor of the Boys Girls Clubs of America, for Child, Youth and School Services’ Triple
Play program on April 26. Looking on are: LaToya Hambright, CYSS facility director (holding the check); Omar Richards, CYSS
program assistant; and Dawn Brunson, senior director of Military Outreach for the BGCA.
manship and respect among themselves,
which we strongly encourage,” Thomas
said. “Youth learn interpersonal skills and
build confidence through team play, which
are tools needed in life.”
Kevin Flowers, a seventh-grader at
MacArthur Middle School, said Triple
Play has taught him the value of exercise.
“People can get obese it they don’t
exercise. It can become an issue,” the 12-
year-old said. “You can get sick.”
Leah Davis, also a seventh-grader at
MacArthur Middle School, said she has
learned the importance of moderation.
“You get to balance out your mind,
your body and your soul,” the 13-year-old
Providing single service members a forum
to address quality-of-life issues is just one
of many opportunities provided by Bet-
ter Opportunities for Single Soldiers. For
more information, call the garrison BOSS
representative, Sgt. Chatonna Powell, at
301-677-6868 or visit the BOSS office,
located in the USO Center at 8612 6th
Armored Cavalry Road, on weekdays from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
As an effective Equal Opportunity
leader, military and civilian professionals
must keep their “bag closed.”
This phrase is an important lesson
that more than 40 Soldiers and civilians
learned in the Joint Force Headquarters
National Capital Region/Military Dis-
trict of Washington’s Equal Opportunity
Leader Course Class held April 21-29 at
McGill Training Center.
“Keeping your bag closed is a term we
use in the EO. An EOL should not form
opinions of others or groups based on
their past experiences [which can form]
perceptions and stereotypes, whether they
are good or bad experiences,” said Sgt.
1st Class Torey Palmore, Fort Meade’s
Equal Opportunity advisor, who helped
to conduct the course.
“When gathering information for their
commander, [an EO leader] should deal
strictly with facts, not opinions.”
The course is geared to Soldiers with
the rank of E-5 and above and DoD
civilians who have been selected to carry
out additional duties and responsibilities
as their command’s Equal Opportunity
leader. The goal is to assist commanders
in assessing the climate of their units and
addressing EO climate detractors.
Other members of Fort Meade’s EO
team, EO advisors from units on Fort
Meade, and EOL advisors from local
installations also served as instructors.
Bruce E. Rothwell, deputy Equal
Opportunity program manager for the
Joint Force Headquarters National Capi-
tal Region/Military District of Washing-
ton, also helped to facilitate the course.
The course is offered once every quar-
ter — twice a year at Fort Myer, Va., and
at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort Meade.
“Equal Opportunity is a readiness
issue, and it takes the entire team to
ensure everyone is provided an oppor-
tunity to work in a healthy and positive
environment,” Palmore said.
The course uses a building-block con-
cept. The curriculum includes the study
of individual learning styles and group
norms; communication strategies; the
history and experience of various eth-
nic groups and women; perception and
stereotypes; discrimination and power;
conflict management; racism and sexism;
religious accommodations; and ethnic
and special observances.
Participants engage in role-plays and
scenarios designed to examine their own
Equal Opportunity Leader Training fights biases
process of socialization, their values,
biases and prejudices. They also learn
the Army’s EO program and policies,
complaint procedures and unit climate
On April 24, in a lesson on the factors
that contribute to the development of
racism and sexism led by Sgt. 1st Class
Walter Smith, the Equal Opportunity
advisor at the Old Guard at Fort Myer,
Va., participants had an open discussion
about the different perceptions of race
among various ethnic groups.
One Soldier, who is from Jamaica, said
that in her country, skin color is not an
“In Jamaica, we don’t see color. Every-
one is Jamaican,” she said.
Smith said that race often becomes a
factor among people when they feel they
are in competition with each other. He
then asked participants to list those things
that people compete for in society.
Answers varied from resources and
dominance to power, fame and money.
The Soldiers then discussed how the
media’s emphasis on racial stereotypes
often influences the negative perceptions
people have of one another.
As one example of the media’s pan-
dering to racial stereotypes, one Soldier
remarked that the media would not have
covered the Trayvon Martin case if the
victim and the perpetrator were of the
Later, the participants read case studies
of situations in military units. They were
then asked to determine whether the case
studies were examples of racism, sexism
or improper utilization of work skills.
In a case study that involved a senior
male officer, some Soldiers expressed
concern that in the real world there may
be reprisals against an EOL who reports
a senior officer for an EO violation.
Rothwell said all Soldiers and civilians
must not be afraid to speak up against
“If you feel that you have or are being
reprised against, report your issues to the
local inspector general’s office immedi-
ately,” he said.
Sgt. Jessica Kendall, a veterinary clin-
ic noncommissioned officer-in-charge
at Aberdeen Proving Ground who is
assigned to the Public Health Command
at Fort Belvoir, said the course taught her
more about different racial and ethnic
groups than what she learned in history
classes in school.
“I learned about the 442nd Combat
Team and how [initially, many] were in
internment camps [for Japanese-Ameri-
cans] in World War II,” Kendall said.
“I did not know there were internment
camps. ... It was very enlightening.”
Kendall said that as a newly trained
EOL, she is the “eyes and ears” of the
She said it is her responsibility to pro-
vide assistance to the commander and the
Soldiers in her unit, “so that prejudices
are brought to light and to help break
down [the walls of] ignorance that are out
there. That’s our role.”
Carl Brightharp, a management ana-
lyst with the Military Postal Service
Agency in Arlington, Va., said self-aware-
ness was one of the most important les-
sons he learned in the course.
“Before you can help others, you have
to assess you,” he said. “You bring along
your own baggage and all of your bias-
es. ... You must keep your baggage in
“This training is universal. It doesn’t
matter if you are a civilian or a mili-
tary member,” Brightharp said. “We
must make sure that people are treated
Talissa McMullen (right),
facility director of the Teen
Kimberly Mitchell for being
named Fort Meade’s Youth
of the Year. The 15-year-
old is a sophomore at Glen
Burnie High School and
is a member of the high
school’s National Honor
Society, the Biomedical
Allied Health program and
the varsity cheerleading
squad. Kimberly aspires to
become an orthopedic sur-
geon and hopes to attend
Johns Hopkins University.
She resides in Odenton with
her parents retired Chief
Warrant Officer 4
Vincent Mitchell and Patri-
photo by lisa r. rhodes
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sentations emphasized that voting is both a
right and a responsibility.
Capt. Tony Cardona, trial counsel, spoke
to second-graders at Manor View Elemen-
tary School, leading them in a discussion
about why everyone should be allowed to
vote for a democracy to work. Most of the
children were very surprised that suffrage
hasn’t always been universal.
“The second-graders were very respon-
sive and rose to the challenge of discussing
complex social and legal topics,” Cardona
All the classes participated in mock
elections, complete with campaigning and
silent ballots. Capt. Iris Yao, Legal Assis-
tance attorney, spoke to Hebron-Harmon
Elementary’s fifth-graders. The students
held an election to determine which gaming
console was the best: Playstation, Nintendo
“The students were very excited to par-
ticipate in the activity, and we had some
really effective campaign speeches,” Yao
said. “The votes were so close that we had
to have a runoff election.”
Capt. LaTisha Irwin, chief of military
justice, also spoke to the fifth-graders.
“I was very impressed by their knowledge
of history,” she said. “When I put up a
photo of Susan B. Anthony, they identified
her right away.”
At the end of the presentations, students
asked questions about being a lawyer in the
military and the history of the JAG Corps.
“Law Day provides a great opportunity
for our judge advocates to get out of the
office and give something back to the com-
munity,” said Capt. Erin McCarthy, trial
counsel and this year’s Law Day coordina-
“We look forward to the presentations
each year. Our goal is for the students to
have fun and learn something new about
the American legal system. I think we
accomplished our goal this year.”
By the Fort Meade Office
of the Staff Judge Advocate
Fort Meade’s judge advocates spend
a fair share of time arguing cases in the
courtroom, but last week they did not face
a judge or jury.
Instead, the Fort Meade Office of the
Staff Judge Advocate and the attorneys
at the 70th ISR Wing teamed up to speak
to more than 300 local students about the
American legal system.
The event was part of Fort Meade’s
annual Law Day celebration, coordinated
each year by the OSJA.
Law Day was founded in 1958 by Presi-
dent Dwight Eisenhower and is celebrated
annually on May 1. Legal offices, courts
and schools celebrate nationwide by hosting
educational events and activities.
Each year commemorates a different
theme to teach the importance of the legal
and judicial system. This year’s theme, as
designated by the American Bar Associa-
tion, was “American Democracy and the
Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”
The theme was selected to honor the
50th anniversaries of two landmark pieces
of legislation: the Civil Rights Act of 1964
and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This year, judge advocates spoke to stu-
dents in the Fort Meade community rang-
ing from second- to fifth grades. The pre-
OSJA celebrates Law Day with local students
May 1, Shoplifting: AAFES
security at the Exchange said
she observed via closed circuit
TV the subject place a visor
on his head and leave the store
without rendering proper pay-
May 2, Larceny of govern-
ment property: The victim stated that unknown
person(s) by unknown means removed two tarps
while they were stored on top of a wooden pallet
in a secure, fenced-in storage area.
May 4, Shoplifting: The loss prevention officer at
the Exchange stated she observed three juveniles
Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services
For week of April 28-May 4
• Moving violations: 43
• Nonmoving violations: 2
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 39
• Traffic accidents: 9
• Driving on suspended license: 0
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 2
pull sales tags off of two necklaces and conceal
them. The first necklace was concealed in one of
the juvenile’s pants pocket. The other juvenile
concealed a necklace in a brown paper bag.
The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neigh-
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
Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report any suspi-
cious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622 or 6623.
Green Terror Army ROTC Battalion has been commissioning dynamic Army
Leaders since 1919. Contact Robert Familetti ROTC Recruiting and
Enrollment Operations Officer at 410.857.2723.
There’s strong. Then there’s Army Strong. Many
influential government and business leaders
started with the help of Army ROTC. For more
information visit goarmy.com/rotc/leadership
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Waves, an organization that implements
programs to increase affordability and
access to healthy, locally grown fruits and
One program that will be in place at
the Fort Meade Farmers’ Market is the
Double Value Coupon Program. This will
allow SNAP, WIC and senior nutrition
benefit recipients to get bonus bucks at the
SNAP users will go directly to the farm-
ers’ market information table and have their
SNAP card run to receive matching bonus
bucks ($10 max) to be used at all market
WIC and senior nutrition benefits recipi-
ents will receive their bonus bucks ($10 max)
after presenting a receipt at the information
table for produce purchased from one of the
market’s vendors. These bonus bucks will
be able to be used for produce purchases
at the market.
By Raul Schuett
Plans, Analysis and Integration Office
In an effort to help the Fort Meade com-
munity make healthy choices, the garrison
will offer a farmers’ market beginning May
The Fort Meade Farmers’ Market will
run every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. through Nov. 12 in the Smallwood
Hall parking lot, across from McGlachlin
Operation Live Well is part of President
Barack Obama’s National Prevention Strat-
egy to promote good health for all Ameri-
cans. The goal of Operation Live Well is to
make healthy living the easy choice and the
The entire Fort Meade community will
have access to fresh and local fruits and veg-
etables, free-range meats, quality heirloom
vegetables, herbs and annuals, flowers, jams,
baked goods and breads.
Fort Meade Farmers’Market vendors are
all local to the region, some are multigenera-
tional farms and one is veteran-owned.
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Story and photo by Tina Miles
780th MI Brigade Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith always
dreamed of the perfect wedding and the
perfect bridal gown for that perfect day.
As a military bride, however, some-
times deployments, financial hardships
and other challenges unique to service-
men and women can make it difficult to
have that perfect wedding.
A national charitable organization
called Brides Across America helps fulfill
the dreams of military brides by giving
them free wedding gowns at biannual
nationwide gown giveaway events.
Smith, information management, 780th
Military Intelligence Brigade, was one of
those lucky brides. She had her perfect
day on April 3 in Woodbridge, Va., where
she wore her perfect wedding gown.
Brides Across America was founded
in 2008 by Heidi Janson, who wanted
to do more to support our troops and
their families. She did so by uniting with
bridal salons across the country willing to
donate and give away wedding gowns to
qualified military brides.
During a White House event in 2012,
Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden rec-
ognized Brides Across America for their
contributions to improving the lives of
Smith met her spouse, Cary Smith,
while both were on active duty in 2007
at Fort Gordon, Ga. She was deployed
to Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. Upon
her return to the U.S., Smith reunited
with Cary and they were engaged in July
It was shortly after her engagement
that a friend told her about Brides Across
America and that one of their give-
away events was coming up. Her 2008
deployment qualified her as a participant,
so Smith immediately registered for the
November 2012 nationwide gown give-
“I had the last appointment on the
last day of the promotion in my area,”
She dashed out of her unit train-
ing meeting and “high-tailed” it to the
participating bridal salon to make her
appointment. Once inside, Smith spotted
that perfect gown instantly and knew it
was meant to be hers.
“The associate told me to pick out
a few more [gowns] as it might not fit
Brides Across America
makes dreams come true
properly. I told her, ‘I don’t need to look
at any other dresses, this is it - it will fit.’
It did and I got it!” she said.
Smith originally planned to have a
formal wedding in April 2013. However,
that was postponed due to medical issues.
After waiting a year, she was finally able
to see her dream come to fruition.
Smith also received her second wish
— a cake from Charm City Cakes in
“I never thought that would happen,
since when I saw my ideal cake years ago
on ‘Ace of Cakes’ [cable TV show], and
I was living down South,” Smith noted.
“When I found out I was assigned to Fort
Meade, Cary said he would make that
happen for me. And he did.”
With her perfect wedding day, high-
lighted by the perfect gown and topped
off with the perfect cake, Smith’s dream
had finally come true.
Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith, information management, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade,
wears the gown she received from Brides Across America during her wedding
ceremony held April 3 in Woodbridge, Va. Brides Across America is a national
charitable organization, which helps fulfill the dreams of military brides by giving
them free wedding gowns.
Lauren Wiley, 14,
and her 13-year-old
brother Jacob show
off a line of fish they
reeled in Saturday
during the Youth Fish-
ing Rodeo at Burba
Lake. The free event
was sponsored by the
Fort Meade Rod and
Gun Club and provid-
ed an opportunity for
Fort Meade children
and families to spend
quality time together
and have fun.
Photo by Philip H. Jones
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 8, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11
By Jacqueline M. Hames
The library technician at the Post Library
Annex greeted mothers and their children
as they came into the main room.
Chairs were pushed against the wall for
parents to sit on while children played on a
brightly colored area rug as they waited for
a special edition of Storytime.
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley joined the children for Storytime on
April 17 and read two books to the enthu-
siastic audience. The children laughed and
counted along during Foley’s reading of
“Count the Monkeys” while their mothers
Families were invited to a special screen-
ing of Sesame Workshop’s “Little Children,
Big Challenges,” after the readings. The
video is meant to teach children and their
parents resilience techniques, and is part
of a complete tool kit, which includes a
guidebook for parents, and access to a
resilience app, “Breathe. Think. Do,” for
smartphones and tablets.
“Our motto here is when the parent
deploys, the whole family deploys,” said
Lynn Chwatsky, vice president of com-
munity and family engagement at Sesame
Workshop. “We believe that there is a ser-
vice member, but the whole family serves.”
On May 16, the “Sesame Street/USO
Experience for Military Families” will per-
form two free showings at 2:30 and 5:30
p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zim-
Anja Young, a former military child and
actress who lived on Fort Meade, plays
Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each
Chwatsky is in charge of overseeing
Sesame Workshop’s military family initia-
tive project and community engagement,
identifying a community and addressing its
unmet needs with media and other resourc-
es starring “Sesame Street” muppets.
The purpose of the LCBC tool kit is to
encourage children to talk about or express
their feelings, and show how parents can
engage in a dialogue with their children
during difficult times, like during a long
separation, Chwatsky said.
“We realize that when we are talking to
young children and school-aged children,
we know that you can’t just talk to these
children, you have to talk to the adults in
their lives,” she said.
The video, starring Elmo, shows children
how to react to the possibility of a long sep-
aration, how to deal with frustration, sibling
‘Sesame Street’ teaches military kids about resilience
PHOTO by jason lawor
Sesame Street characters take the stage during a 30-minute song and dance extravaganza “Sesame Street/USO Experience for
Military Families,” which is coming to Fort Meade on May 16 for two free showings at McGill Training Center.
rivalry, and learning and persistence.
The accompanying booklet for parents
and caregivers outlines ways for adults
to introduce new strategies for difficult
situations, adding to the video with topics
like dealing with aggressive behavior and
These basic tenets of resilience help teach
children self-regulation, Chwatsky said.
“We are giving them those skills and
tools to get through those moments, and
then hopefully the skills that they develop
to get through those moments will then
help them through life, through some of
life’s easier [and] more difficult challenges,”
Emily Tower, married to Maj. Daniel
Tower, thought the video was especially
appropriate because her husband is leaving
for school in a few weeks. Their 3-year-old
daughter Allison liked the video.
“We learned a good word - ‘strategy’ -
didn’t we?” Tower asked her daughter after
the video. “We can come up with some
strategies to survive the summer.”
Tower said this is Allison’s second long
separation from her father, but the young-
ster doesn’t quite understand what will
happen when her dad leaves. The video
encourages families to come up with funny
ways of saying goodbye and emphasizes
that the caregiver will return, which will be
one of Tower’s summer strategies.
Chwatsky said it’s not just children who
benefit from the program.
“We’re seeing these adults benefiting
from this because you, as an adult, are
empowered with tools you help to build
resiliency in your child,”she said. “It’s actu-
ally building your resilience too, knowing
you have the tools to help children.”
Danette Simmons, who attended with
her son Conner, 5, was reminded of how to
help her children during difficult times.
“Instead of just saying ‘bye’ and then
out the door, you know, take time and then
spend a little more time talking about [the
situation],” Simmons said.
Conner, whose dad is Sgt. 1st Class
Robert Simmons, said the video was good
before growing too shy to say anything
One of the eldest children at the event,
Jameson Holyoak, enjoyed the video as
well. He believes what he learned will enable
him to help his mother Rebecca with his
younger brother when their dad leaves for
Calvin gets sad when his father Senior
Airman Michael Holyoak leaves for the
“These kids are serving, too,” Chwatsky
said. “These resilience skills are going to
help them through everything. It’s going
to help them through these little everyday
things that we were talking about, but it is
also going to help with the bigger things like
when a parent deploys.”
Chwatsky emphasized that the tool kit is
available across multimedia platforms, and
resilience videos are posted on the Sesame
Workshop website and YouTube. The pro-
gram is also available in Spanish.
“Our children are our future. Our Sol-
diers’ children are our future leaders of our
military and our Army, and we want to help
them and get them as prepared for life as
possible,” she said.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.
AER campaign update
Fort Meade’s Army Emergency Relief
fund has collected $72,437 as of Friday
— 80 percent of its $90,000 goal to help
those in need.
The AER campaign runs through
The campaign raises money and
awareness for the AER fund that
helps active-duty Soldiers, National
Guardsmen, Army Reservists,
retirees and their families in financial
emergencies by proving interest-free
loans and grants.
Funds provide financial assistance
for a wide range of situations including
emergency transportation, rent or car
payments, and medical and funeral
For more information, call Sgt. 1st
Class Nathan Kerr at 410-528-2769 or
AER Officer Wallace Turner at 301-677-
Wellness Elite challenge
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj.
Thomas J. Latter is challenging E-9s
to participate in the Army Wellness
Center Elite challenge as part of the
Participants will undergo an initial
Army Wellness Center assessment in
May and a reassessment in September.
All initial assessments must be
completed by May 23.
Assessments include metabolic testing,
body composition testing and fitness
Awards and prizes will be presented at
the end of the challenge.
To register, email Jamie Valis at Jamie.
Motorcycle Safety Month
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Motorists and pedestrians are
reminded to safely “share the road” with
motorcyclists and be extra alert to help
keep motorcyclists safe.
Motorcyclists are reminded to wear
proper gear, get proper training and
help spread the word about increasing
The 902nd Motorcycle Mentorship
Program is available to assist
motorcyclists with questions and
For more information, call William
T. Connor at 301-677-6661 or email
Lunch and Learn series
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
is hosting its next Lunch and Learn
session Tuesday at noon in the Rascon
Center (Building 2481).
The topic is proper posture. The
session will include a posture assessment
and guidance through exercises led by
Kimbrough physical therapist Capt. Jon
For more information, call Capt.
Alyson Rhodes at 301-677-8949.
Military Mail service
The Enlisted Spouses’ Club is holding
its biannual Military Mail service on
All units are encouraged to send
the names and addresses of deployed
troops to the ESC to be included in the
Military Mail care package program.
The service member must be attached
to an APO or FPO and not returning
For more information, email Amy
Shibilski at email@example.com.
Dancing with the Heroes
Free ballroom dance lessons for
the Warrior Transition Unit is offered
Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills
Chapel Center in the seminar room.
Participants should wear loose
clothing, comfortable shoes with leather
soles. No super high heels or flip-flops.
The Military Officers Association of
America is hosting a military officer
career fair on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon
Place, NW Washington, D.C.
The free event is open to current and
former service members and government
employees, National Guardsmen,
Reservists and their spouses.
The conference will feature several
career planning seminars to help service
members transition to civilian work life.
For more information, go to www.
Program for cancer
The Murtha Cancer Center at Walter
Reed National Military Medical Center
is sponsoring the program “Life with
Cancer: Practical Tools for Living with
Uncertainty” for all cancer patients and
their families on May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m.
in the America Building, Room 2525.
No registration required. Military
ID is required for base access to Walter
Reed. For those without a military ID,
call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900
at least two business days prior to event
for base access.
For more information, contact retired
Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918/2900
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 and contractors.
Registration is required for each class.
• Money and the Move: Monday, 1-3
• Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Tuesday,
9 a.m. to noon
Learn to understand job vacancy
announcements, how to write your
federal and electronic resumes, and how
to track your application.
• Anger Management: Wednesday, 9-
• Meet and Greet: May 15, 5-7 p.m.
The event will feature food, prizes and
information about Maryland and Fort
• Sponsorship Training: May 22 from
2-3:30 p.m., Building 9804, Room 101A
To register or for more information,
call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall
MASSING OF THE COLORS MAY 18Fort Meade’s annual Memorial Day Remembrance and Massing of the
Colors ceremony will be held May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Meade
Pavilion. The free event is open to the public.
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MoviesCommunity News Notes
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30
p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade
Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through May 24
Friday Sunday: “Noah” (PG-13). A man is
chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a
momentous mission to rescue the innocent before
an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the
world. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly,
Saturday: Studio Appreciation – Free 3D Screen-
ing. Tickets available at the Exchange Food
Court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30
minutes prior to showtime.
May 16: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
(PG-13). Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his
role in the modern world and battles a new threat
from old history: the Soviet agent known as the
Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans, Samuel L.
Jackson, Scarlett Johansson.
May 17: Studio Appreciation – Free Screening.
Tickets available at the Exchange Food Court.
Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes
prior to showtime.
May 18: “Sabotage” (R). Members of an elite
DEA task force find themselves being taken
down one by one after they rob a drug cartel
safe house. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam
Worthington, Terrence Howard.
May 23: “Oculus” (R). A woman tries to exoner-
ate her brother, who was convicted of murder,
by proving that the crime was committed by a
supernatural phenomenon. With Karen Gillan,
Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff.
May 24: “Heaven is For Real” (PG). A small-
town father must find the courage and conviction
to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing
experience with the world. With Greg Kinnear,
Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church.
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: “Hooray for Mother’s Day”
• May 15: “Zoom Zoom to the
Library” — Storytime about things that
• May 22: “Birthdays are the Best”
— Stories, songs and finger plays about
• May 30: “Dogs Love Books We
Do Too” — Stories, songs and finger
plays about dogs
For more information, call 301-677-
• The U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert
Band and Soldiers Chorus will perform
Friday at 8 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium,
George Washington University, 730 21st St.
NW. Washington, D.C.
For tickets or more information, call 202-
Other free performances include:
• “Brass Extravaganza: Gershwin,
Wagner Sousa!” on Wednesday at 7:30
p.m. at Floris United Methodist Church,
13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, Va.
Col. Timothy J. Holtan leads the U.S.
Army Field Band Brass Ensemble in a
richly diverse program encompassing music
from the 12th to the 21st centuries.
• Mixed Performers Concert: May 17
at 2 p.m. at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652
Muirkirk Road, Laurel
No tickets required. For more
information, call 301-677-6586.
• Cole Bros. Circus will be in Crownsville
today at Anne Arundel County
Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway.
Performances are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Free tickets are available for children ages
12 and younger at GoToTheCircus.com.
For more information, go to
GoToTheCircus.com or call 800-796-5672.
• The Bowie Baysox is featuring several
activities today through Sunday during a
four-game series against the New Britain
Rock Cats at Prince George’s Stadium,
4101 Crain Highway, Bowie.
Celebrate “Mustache Mania” plus
Charlie Chaplin’s 125th birthday party
today at 6:35 p.m.
Get 50 percent off a box seat ticket
when you show your mustache (real or
fake) at the box office the day of the game.
The event also will feature a Mystery
Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 250 fans
ages 6 and older.
Fireworks Night, Anne Arundel/Queen
Anne’s/Howard County Reading Night will
be held Friday and Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
A Mother’s Day celebration will be held
Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
Play catch with Mom on the field before
the game from 12:30-1:15 p.m.. Celebrate
Mother’s Day with brunch in the Diamond
View Restaurant during the game. Tickets
must be pre-ordered online at baysoxshop.
For more information, call 301-464-4865
or go baysoxshop.com.
• The Chesapeake Chorale will perform
May 17 at 8 p.m. at Cresthill Baptist
Church, 6510 Laurel-Bowie Road, Bowie.
Coffee and a concert preview with the
artistic director, Dr. Jesse Parker, will be at
7:30 p.m. Refreshments and a raffle will be
held during intermission.
General admission is $15. Tickets for
seniors and service members cost $12, and
are free for children and students. Tickets
can be purchased at the door or online at
Bring canned goods for the Bowie Food
For more information, call 410-721-5422.
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its
next monthly bus trip to New York City
on May 17, with discounts to attractions.
Onboard prize giveaway will be offered. Bus
cost is $60. For more information, call 301-
677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Fort Meade E9 Association meets the
second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in
the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next
meeting is Friday. The association is open to
active, retired, Reserve and National Guard
E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this
area are invited to attend a breakfast and
meet the membership. For more informa-
tion, go to e9association.org.
• Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve
Association meets the second Saturday of
each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160,
2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next
retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine
Corps and Coast Guard are invited.
For more information, call 443-604-2474
• New Spouse Connection meets the sec-
ond Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30
p.m. at the Community Readiness Center,
830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is
Monday. The program provides an oppor-
tunity for all spouses new to the military or
to Fort Meade to meet and get connected.
For more information, contact Pia Morales
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-677-
• Calling All Dads meets the second and
fourth Monday of every month from 4 to
5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood
Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next
meeting is Monday.
The group is for expecting fathers, and
fathers with children of all ages. Children
welcome. For more information, call 301-
677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School Age Services,
1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is
Monday. Free child care is provided onsite.
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email email@example.com.
• Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored
by Army Community Service, meets the
second and fourth Monday of every
month from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community
Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave.
The next meeting is Monday. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Tuesday
at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7436
Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.
The speaker is Del. Theodore Sophocleus,
District 32, Anne Arundel County, who
serves on the Appropriations Committee,
Oversight Committee on Personnel of the
Anyone wishing to join this chapter
or find out more information concerning
NARFE, should attend this meeting. The
chapter seeks personnel wishing to become
active members and attend meetings.
publicity chairman, at 410-760-3750.
• Fort Meade TOP III Association meets
the second Wednesday of each month at
3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is
Wednesday. The association is open to all
Air Force active-duty and retired senior
noncommissioned officers. For more infor-
mation, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at
443-479-0616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 May 15
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.
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! May 8, 2014
By Brandon Bieltz
A year removed from being swept in the
intramural volleyball championship, the
70th Operations Support Squadron is set-
ting itself up for another run at a title.
With a sweep over the 741st Military
Intelligence Battalion’s Panthers on Mon-
day night at Murphy Field House, the 70th
extended its dominance in the league by
securing its 10th straight win.
With 25-11, 25-6 wins, the 70th improved
its record to 10-0 with two games remain-
ing, while the Panthers dropped to 2-10 in
its final game of the season.
“We’re still undefeated, we’re coasting
through right now,” said Jordan Kroell of
the 70th. “We’ve been playing really well
together. ... The guys are hustling, trying to
not let anything drop.”
Despite losing three members from last
year’s team, the 70th has been running
through the competition, having swept 10
of the other 11 teams in the league en route
to its top-ranked record.
“We picked up a couple of good play-
ers and kind of filled in the gaps,” coach
Thomas Moore said.
The key to the team’s success, Moore
said, has been its on-court communication,
which has held players accountable for their
area and kept balls from hitting the floor.
With a healthy team, Moore believes the
team can succeed in the postseason.
“We’re going to play as a team, commu-
nicate and see how far that can take us,” he
said. “If we play and not make mistakes to
beat ourselves, I think that we have a good
The Panthers entered the game with
nothing to lose, having already been elimi-
nated from the playoffs, which begin next
week. Despite its season ending several
games ago, the team was determined to try
to knock off the top-seed — even playing
a man short.
“We’re eliminated from the playoffs,
but that’s not going to stop us from try-
ing,” coach Chris Carter said. “Never quit
— that’s us.”
The two teams opened Monday’s match
appearing to be evenly matched, with the
70th earning a majority of its early points
on the shorthanded Panthers’ mistakes. But
midway through the first set, the 70th took
control of the game.
With Moore’s four kills and two blocks,
the 70th took the first set 25-11.
Kroell and Crystal Wilson each had two
kills for the 70th while Brandon Huff and
Harry Freeman each registered a block for
70th OSS extends win streak to 10
The 70th’s dominance continued in the
second set as Moore led the team with five
kills en route to a 25-6 win and the sweep.
With two games left on its schedule
before the playoffs, Kroell said he is confi-
dent his team has a shot at a title.
“Anything can happen in playoffs, but if
we keep talking and playing like we’ve been
playing, I think that we can definitely take
the championship,” he said.
Jordan Kroell of the 70th Operations
Support Squadron blocks Harry
Freeman’s attack during Monday’s
intramural volleyball game at Murphy
Field House. The 70th swept the 741st
Military Intelligence Battalion 25-11, 25-6.
RIGHT: Amber Reid and Thomas
Moore of the 70th Operations Support
Squadron prepare to turn the ball during
an intramural volleyball game against
the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion.
Monday’s win for the 70th extend the
team’s 10-game win streak.
photos by nate pesce
http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 8, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15
The Lanes is offering free bowling on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in
celebration of Armed Forces Day.
The event is open to all military identification cardholders and their families.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
The Defense Information School will host the Fallen Heroes 5K Run and 1-Mile
Walk on June 14 at the school.
The run will begin at 8 a.m.
Cost of the run is $20. Runners will receive a T-shirt and a set of custom dog
tags, marking the fallen hero or heroes they are running for.
To register, go to www.allsportcentral.com and search for Defense Information
School. Registration closes June 1.
For more information, call Master Sgt. Stephen Humphrey at 301-677-4363.
Patriot Pride 5K
The installation’s annual Run Series continues May 17 with the Patriot Pride
5K/10K Run at 8 a.m. at Murphy Field House.
The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25.
The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75.
The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of
the event, the cost is $60 per family.
All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.
To register, go to www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=52366.
For more information, call 301-677-7916.
Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones, author of Jibber Jabber, is
out of the office.
As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or
anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones.
email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @CTJibber.
The Mustangs were unable to snap
its losing streak before the end of the
season as the team dropped its last
six games en route to a 3-18 record to
close out the year.
Meade’s struggles continued last
week when they faced Old Mill (12-9)
at home on Friday. Despite the team
out-hitting Old Mill seven to six, the
Mustangs fell 7-2.
On Saturday, the Mustangs fell to
Glen Burnie (4-16) 9-6. Meade closed
out the season with a 12-2 loss to
Chesapeake (18-2) on Monday and a
4-2 loss to Annapolis Area Christian
School (12-10) on Tuesday.
Meade’s softball team also
struggled down the stretch as the team
lost 11-4 to undefeated Northeast (20-
0) on Saturday, and then were shut
out 20-0 by Chesapeake (13-6) on
The team closed on its season 3-17.
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