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  1. 1. Soundoff! ´ vol. 65 no. 41 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 17, 2013 photo by brandon bieltz soaking it in A referee signals a touchdown following the 65-yard run by Meade High running back Kyle Evans during Friday’s game at Southern High School that was played in a driving rain. Evans rushed for 367 yards and three touchdowns in the 51-36 victory. For the story, see Page 10. Save a life Ten-Miler Post welcomes suicide prevention program manager Post service members prepare for annual run in Washington, D.C. page 3 page 12 UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Red Ribbon Campaign Kickoff Event - McGill oct. 26, 8 a.m.: Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins 5K Fun Run - The Pavilion Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.: Halloween Pet Costume Contest - The Pavilion Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.: Chaplain’s Office Annual Hallelujah Festival - The Pavilion Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Retiree Appreciation Day - McGill Training Center
  2. 2. Soundoff! ´ Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Co n t e n t s News.............................. 3 Sports................................... 10 Crime Watch.................. 9 Movies.................................. 15 Community.................. 14 Classified.............................. 16 SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013 Commander’s Column Getting a little help for the holidays With the continuing impact of sequestration, furloughs and budget woes, many of us are experiencing even greater stress as we look ahead to the upcoming holiday season — how we are going to get home to see loved ones, how to purchase that special present for a child, or how to figure out a way to ensure our traditional meal is on the table with all of the fixings. In this column I am going to highlight some of the programs available, primarily for junior enlisted service members at Fort Meade who may need a helping hand this holiday season. A major message I want to share with you within the column is that if you need help, please let one of your leaders know. It may not be easy to ask for help from someone outside your family, but for those of you who are new to the military or new to Team Meade, you need to know: “At Fort Meade, we are a family. We take care of each other.” Last year, the USO assumed responsibility for holiday programs from Fort Meade’s Army Community Service, which primarily focuses its support for junior enlisted (E1 to E5, with E6 by exception) families over the holidays. These programs are open to all services. The USO requires that requests for these programs be directed through the service member’s senior enlisted leader in order to maximize opportunities for those military families in need throughout the greater Washington-Baltimore metro area. The USO Turkey for Troops program provides a Thanksgiving food basket to military families. Baskets include the traditional ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal such as stuffing, canned goods, pie ingredients, corn bread mix, and even a gift card for a fresh turkey. The second program, Project USO Elf, provides holiday gifts for military children. At the time of registration, a wish list is submitted for each child. These children are sponsored by area companies, organizations and families who donate an age-appropriate gift and try to find exact items on the list, if possible. Registration is underway for both programs. If you or a junior enlisted family needs assistance, contact your senior enlisted leader. Registration for Turkey for Troops and Project USO Elf ends Oct. 28. Two other USO programs are also available: BAE Trees for Heroes provides an opportunity for junior enlisted families to cut down their own tree at a Virginia farm. Registration opens Oct. 24. The Holiday Hotel program works with local hotels to provide a free, three-night stay for visiting family from out of town. Registration opens Nov. 12. In addition to these programs, the Fort Meade Religious Support Office provides programs to assist military and civilian families over the holiday season. These opportunities are not limited to junior enlisted families. For submissions to these programs, service members and Garrison command their leadership Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter should contact their organization’s chaplain. If your organization does not have a chaplain, contact your senior enlisted leader, who can then contact the Garrison Chaplain’s Office and request assistance for a needy family. The chaplains’ programs include Harvest for the Hungry, which provides Thanksgiving baskets for military and civilian families in need at Fort Meade and in the surrounding communities, and Operation Helping Hand, which provides vouchers for commissary purchases for families in need. OHH is not solely for Thanksgiving, and in the past has helped many families celebrate other holiday events. The Religious Support Office also sponsors the Angel Tree Project, which provides toys and clothes to families in need at Fort Meade and in the surrounding communities. The goal of these programs is to maximize the ability of every family to have a wonderful holiday season and lessen stress. Keep in mind that resources for these programs are limited. You should also note that senior enlisted leadership involvement is required because these senior NCOs need to know the service members and their families in their respective units who need help. They also can help ensure that families do not receive duplicate services and that families most in need receive appropriate services and resources. If you know about other holiday programs and resources, please share them with your senior enlisted leaders. If you are looking for ways to give back during the holiday season, the USO Food Pantry is always seeking donations. Project USO Elf and the Angel Tree Project will need sponsors in November after registration closes for their programs. Information about both programs is available on their respective websites. I continue to be amazed at the generosity of our community. Plan ahead to help ensure you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season. And if you need some help, please let someone know.
  3. 3. News New Suicide Prevention Program manager targets civilians Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Marissa Pena said many people would be surprised to know the positive impact a kind word can make in the day of a Soldier. Pena, the garrison’s new Suicide Prevention Program manager, said that in her job as a social worker serving military personnel, several of her clients have told her they were contemplating suicide but changed their mind when a stranger showed concern. “We don’t know how many Soldiers’ lives we have touched when we are just being nice,” said Pena, who has been a social worker for 14 years. “It just takes five to 10 minutes of someone’s day to say ‘How are you?’ ” Pena, who works at the Army Substance Abuse Program, said such small gestures can be part of a larger strategy to reduce suicide among service members at Fort Meade. Last year, three service members who were affiliated with Fort Meade committed suicide, according to the Installation Management Command. In her new position, Pena will coordinate ASAP’s free monthly Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for service members, civilians, retirees, contractors and family members. She also will coordinate outreach and education efforts to prevent suicide. ASIST is a two-day workshop that helps participants learn the skills to identify people at risk for suicide, and how to better listen to and care for people who are having thoughts of suicide. The workshop features group exercises and discussions, and videos on suicide intervention. Living Works Education, a suicide intervention company based in Fayetteville, N.C., produces the curriculum for the training and considers the workshop to be suicide first aid. Funding is provided by the Department of the Army. Prior to assuming her new position, Pena had worked as a licensed social worker and licensed chemical dependency counselor at ASAP for a year. Before coming to Fort Meade, Pena worked for two years as a substance abuse counselor at Fort Bliss, Texas. Pena volunteered to coordinate an ASIST Train-the-Trainer session that was held in August at Fort Meade. Twenty noncommissioned officers and two civilians participated in the five-day course. They are now provisional master trainers and are expected to lead three ASIST workshops to attain full certification as master trainers. “Due to her excellent organizational skills Michael Noyes, chief of Fort Meade’s Army Substance Abuse Program, meets with Marissa Pena, the garrison’s new Suicide Prevention Program manager, in his office on Tuesday. Pena will coordinate ASAP’s free monthly offering of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and will spearhead outreach and education efforts to reduce suicide within the Fort Meade community. and her desire to create a world-class suicide prevention program, I laterally transferred her to the Suicide Prevention Program manager position,” said Michael Noyes, chief of ASAP. Noyes said his goal is to focus on a holistic approach to suicide prevention, increase the community’s awareness of suicide prevention and provide intervention techniques and skills. Pena said ASAP also plans to increase the number of civilians who participate in ASIST. She said it is important for civilians to learn how to recognize the warning signs of someone contemplating suicide because the risk affects many of their peers, particularly with the impact of the shutdown of the federal government. “We want civilians to know we are here for them, too,” she said. Pena was born in Philadelphia and later moved to Texas with her family. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2000 from West Texas AM University and a master’s degree in social work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2005. Her experience ranges from counseling at-risk youths with substance abuse issues to service members with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pena said providing quality mentalhealth care, and substance abuse and suicide prevention services to military personnel should be a priority. “They risk their lives for us,” she said. “We owe it to them to give them the best services and treatment possible without having to feel the shame of stigma [of experiencing mental health issues] or [the] threat to their career.” Pena plans to complete the ASIST Trainthe-Trainer program in the near future. “I feel pretty great,” she said. “I can reach more people this way.” Editor’s note: ASIST is being offered today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 6th Cavalry Chapel. The next session will be held Nov. 20-21 at the same time and location. Participation in the full two days is required, along with pre-registration. To participate, call Pena at 301-677-7901 or email her at Shutdown: Useful Internet links and information The following links are available to military personnel and civilian employees impacted by the government shutdown. Resources are available for financial counseling and/or stress counseling: Military: • Military One Source is available at 1-800-342-9647. The crisis line is 1-800-273-TALK. Military One Source is also available online at Civilians: For stress, counseling: • Employee Assistance Program EAP is a free, 24-hour confidential counseling and referral service that can help you and your family successfully deal with life’s challenges. EAP is available at 1-800-222-0364 or online at foh4you. com. • Federal Occupational Health’s Work/Life program is offered to you and your dependents at no cost. There is no limit on how often you utilize services. Call 1-877-WL4-NOAA (1-877-954-6622) or (TTY 800873-1322), or go online at • Other resources and information: • OPM: Furlough guidance Available online at pay-leave/furlough-guidance#url=Shutdown-Furlough • Civilian Personnel Office Guidance for the 2014 lapse in appropriations is available online at 2013sequestration/FY14Lapse.html. • DoD Financial planning during civilian furlough is available online at • Army Emergency Relief Services available online at October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ews Flu vaccinations coming to Kimbrough By Col. Beverly Maliner Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Once again we have entered the annual influenza vaccination season. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center offers excellent protection and safety without charge, little-to-no wait, ample parking, and documentation in your military medical record. Kimbrough planned to start vaccinating the Fort Meade community two days ago. Unfortunately, we had to reschedule when vaccine shipment dates were delayed. There are several “brands” of influenza vaccine and most of what we ordered was just released to the Army. We recommend that everyone older than 6 months old get vaccinated, preferably before Thanksgiving. However, some people should seek earliest possible vaccination because they are more likely to experience life-threatening effects from influenza infection. They include people older than age 65, women who are pregnant, high-risk infants and children, and beneficiaries with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease and cancer. We recommend that those people get vaccinated sooner rather than later. One option for people at high risk is to get vaccinated as part of a scheduled medical appointment at Kimbrough or from their physician. Plans include offering flu vaccinations at the Retiree Appreciation Day event on Nov. 1 at McGill Training Center; vaccinate active-duty service members from the end of October into early November; and vaccinate all remaining personnel Nov. 12-15. People who get the flu vaccine are not 100 percent protected from getting the flu. But they tend to spend less time off work, less time sick even from other flu-like viruses, are much less likely to die or get sick enough to need hospital care, and are less likely to pass the virus to someone else. The more people vaccinated, the better protected we all are. It’s harder for a virus to gain a foothold in a community if most members of that community are protected. It’s better for generally healthy active-duty service members to wait and get their vaccine at Kimbrough. We’ll get that information documented into the medical record and also into their service-specific system (MEDPROS, MERS or ASIMS) for compliance tracking. Updates will be posted on the Kimbrough Facebook page. For more information, call Kimbrough’s Preventive Medicine section at 301-677-8661, 301-677-8400 or 301-677-8435. Shutdown forces GoArmyEd to suspend tuition assistance By John W. Anderson Education Services Specialist Fort Meade Army Education Center GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance is not available because Congress has not passed a funding bill. Denied tuition-assistance requests for classes with start dates during the budget impasse period will not be reinstated or reimbursed. Once Congress passes the budget, only those classes with start dates after tuition assistance has been reinstated will be approved. We do not anticipate any lag between the time of the congressional budget approval and the reinstatement of tuition assessment. Flu shot vs. nasal spray vaccine By Sgt. Terence Ellis and Zachary McCormic Disease Epidemiology Program U.S. Army Public Health Command Each year, the influenza virus makes millions of people ill worldwide. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are at highest risk of developing flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization or even death. The best way to prevent the flu is by receiving an annual influenza vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months old get vaccinated against influenza. There are two primary types of influenza vaccine: the flu shot and the nasal spray. The flu shot comes in several different forms that target a variety of age groups from age 6 months and older. All forms of the flu shot contain inactivated or killed virus and are administered as an injection in the upper arm or in the thigh for infants. Your health care provider will determine which form is right for you, based on age, SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013 allergies and health conditions. The nasal spray vaccine, or the live, attenuated influenza vaccine, is commonly known by its trade name “FluMist.” The vaccine offers protection to healthy individuals from ages 2 to 49 including women who are not pregnant. “FluMist” contains a live but weakened flu virus that cannot cause flu illness. Studies comparing the flu shot to the nasal vaccine have shown the shot or inactivated vaccine to be more effective in protecting against influenza A in healthy adults. Both vaccinations were more effective in preventing influenza than those receiving no vaccine. However, studies conducted in children have found the nasal spray or attenuated vaccine more effective in preventing influenza than the shot. The influenza vaccination for the 20132014 influenza season protects against the strains of the virus influenza experts believe are most likely to circulate during this season. Before any influenza cases develop, get the flu vaccine. It may take up to two weeks to develop complete protection against influenza after vaccination. Vaccination of people at high risk for serious flu-related health complications and their close contacts is especially important. Talk to your health care provider to see if you fit this high-risk category or if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine options are best for you and your family. Connect with Fort Meade at /ftmeade
  5. 5. N ews Division focuses on NCO spiritual resilience By Amanda C. Glenn First Army Division East Public Affairs The Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program takes a holistic approach to fitness, emphasizing the five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family. A recent prayer breakfast at First Army Division East focused on recognizing the role of noncommissioned officers, their role as shepherds of Soldiers, and showing how a deep-seated faith can increase their spiritual resilience. More than 30 Soldiers, civilians and family members gathered Sept. 26 at the Post Chapel for the event. “We wanted to do a prayer breakfast focused on our noncommissioned officer corps,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Harry Huey, First Army Division East chaplain. “That’s why we focused on our NCOs as spiritual leaders and the role they play. What makes our American Army so magnificent is our NCO corps.” The Army defines spiritual resilience as the purpose, core values, beliefs, identity and life vision, which defines the essence of a person, enables them to build inner strength and an ethical foundation, and helps increase their resilience when faced with adversity. In his address, Huey linked their resilience with the NCO creed. “One of the lines in the NCO Creed, the line that means the most to me, is ‘I know my Soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own.’ That’s an incredible line,” he said. Huey used the example of Sgt. Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzales, who was killed in Vietnam, to illustrate both the line from the NCO Creed and resilience. The Army defines resilience as the mental, physical, emotional and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks. Gonzales enlisted in 1965 out of high school as an infantryman and fought his first tour in Vietnam in 1966. While home on leave, he received a letter from a buddy telling him about an ambush of a sister platoon in his old company that was wiped out almost to a man. “At that point of time, Freddy made up his mind that he was returning to Vietnam,” Huey said. “Freddy said, ‘If I had been there, this wouldn’t have happened. I would have taken care of those guys.’ ” Several months later back in Vietnam, Gonzales was severely wounded but refused SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013 Photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Crofoot Members of First Army Division East attend a prayer breakfast held Sept. 26 at the Post Chapel. The event focused on recognizing the role of noncommissioned officers, their role as shepherds of Soldiers, and showing how a deep-seated faith can increase their spiritual resilience. to leave his men. He was killed in action a short time later when his unit was in a firefight involving rocket propelled grenades. “He refused to allow his men to take the shots he was taking.” Huey said. “He had them hunker down behind cover, and he moved from window-to-window-to-window, taking shots. He died instead of his men.” For his actions, Gonzales, who was 21 when he died, was awarded the Medal of Honor. Huey explained that he chose Gonzales, a Marine, as his example to emphasize that “an NCO is an NCO — regardless of their branch of service.” Forty years later, a then-young riflemen in his platoon now in his mid-60s wrote, ‘He was a hero to us all, and he took care of us young guys when we got in country.’ “Think about the extraordinariness of that statement,” Huey said. “Forty years later a man in his 60’s, when he thought back to Freddy Gonzales, he thought not only of his heroism, his refusal to leave the battlefield, his refusal to give up the fight even though he was severely wounded, but also of how he took care of the young guys when we got in country. “He was absolutely committed to knowing his Soldiers and always placing their needs above his own.” During the prayer breakfast, Huey said he would argue that the imagery that undergirds the phrase in the NCO Creed is that of a good shepherd. “NCOs are called to be shepherds of their Soldiers,” Huey said. “And they do it well. NCOs are called to know their Soldiers, their personalities, thoughts, hopes, even their failures and to be committed to them anyway. “NCOs are called to lead in a sacrificial way, to give up their prerogatives and serve your Soldiers by taking care of them. Over the years I have seen so many times, in the middle of the night the squad leader, platoon sergeant, the first sergeant, getting Soldiers … out of trouble, out of places they don’t need to be, helping them. That’s what being an NCO is all about. And that’s absolutely inspiring. “This is an exhausting calling. Over the years I’ve often wondered how NCOs do it, day in and day out, constantly giving of themselves, taking care of their Soldiers.” Placing their Soldier’s needs above their own can be draining, Huey said. The good news, he said, is that NCOs can rely on their spiritual resilience to renew and support them. “I believe that it’s important for NCOs to find a source of spiritual resilience in a personal relationship with God,” Huey said. Master Sgt. Michelle D. Norvell, First Army Division East’s chief paralegal NCO, agreed. “I feel that being spiritually resilient makes my job as a senior NCO more fulfilling,” she said. “If you place your faith and belief in a higher being or state of life, then everything else will fall into place. Nothing is easy, and there are some things that you have to work hard at. But that makes the reward so much more worthwhile.”
  6. 6. N ews First Army Soldiers endure challenges to earn proficiency badge Story and photos by Capt. Keith E. Thayer First Army Division East Public Affairs Camaraderie and fitness go hand-inhand as Soldiers from First Army Division East’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment discovered when they began the arduous and demanding journey to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. Five Soldiers from First Army Division East, which is headquartered at Fort Meade, joined more than 350 participants in this year’s competition held over several months this summer at Fort Meade and in various locations in Virginia. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Begley, operations noncommissioned officer in the Division East Operations section who has earned medals in previous years, earned a silver medal this year. “The competition always pushes a Soldier to reach his limits,” he said. “The events change, and the difficulty seems to increase as the years go by.” Established in 1980, the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is presented to service members who complete a variety of mandatory physical and mental challenges, including the flexed-arm hang, shuttle sprints, and the 100-meter swim in uniform. German Sgt. Maj. Sven Theede, a member of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, proctored most of First Army Division East’s events. “There were over 360 registered U.S. service members, which is up 100 from last year,” Theede said of the recent testing. “We had 26 German soldiers participate in the foot march as well.” Theede and other members of the Bundeswehr provide opportunities for U.S. service members to earn the badge by establishing guidelines, issuing the annual competition rules and requirements, and proctoring the events. After participants completed all the events, Theede tallied the points and SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013 ‘It’s always fun to do any activity that builds morale and camaraderie with other members of the unit. We pushed each other as much as possible to make sure everyone gave the competition their all.’ Capt. Steven Lim, First Army Division East intelligence officer, renders a salute and a smile to Germany Navy Capt. Guenther Fritz, chief of staff and deputy commander of the German Armed Forces Command United States and Canada, after receiving his German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency on Sept. 26 in Reston, Va. Staff Sgt. Francisco Medina First Army Division East awarded bronze, silver and gold proficiency badges on Sept. 26 in Reston, Va. “The German Armed Forces put together a great event,” said Capt. Steven Lim, First Army Division East Intelligence Operations officer. “It was well planned, resourced and executed. The new events were a challenge for most candidates. The post-ceremony activities were well received.” Staff Sgt. Francisco Medina, First Army Division East, said the competition did a lot more then showing off the physical abilities of the Soldiers who compete. “I really enjoyed the whole experience,” Medina said. “It’s always fun to do any activity that builds morale and camaraderie with other members of the unit. We pushed each other as much as possible to make sure everyone gave the competition their all.” Once scores were totaled, and the Bundeswehr ensured all standards were met, awards were handed out. Every Soldier from First Army Division East received an award. After the ceremony, Soldiers were treated to a bit of German culture, enjoying German food and music from a German band. Maj. Daniel Tower, First Army Division East plans officer, prepares himself as Staff Sgt. Francisco Medina, First Army Division East, executes the flexed-arm hang event at Mullins Field. The arduous competition was held over several months on Fort Meade and in various locations in Virginia.
  7. 7. N ews Red Ribbon Week celebrates memory of slain drug agent By Samson Robinson Prevention Coordinator Army Substance Abuse Program Each year our children are exposed to drugs at much younger ages. It is estimated, according to some studies, that the average age of the first use of drugs in the United States has been decreasing over the years. One government study states that Americans consume approximately 70 percent of the world’s production of illegal drugs, but constitute approximately 8 percent of the world’s population. To know the story behind the Red Ribbon Campaign, you must know the cause and memory for which it stands. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every October from Oct. 23-31. A kickoff ceremony at Fort Meade will be held Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center. We all know that drug use and abuse is a major problem in the United States, and has been a problem for quite a long time. The goal is to shut this problem down before it destroys our youth, our future and our country. One man saw this problem as a threat to his own society, his own world and the future of his own children. The man, who stood tall in the fight to destroy drug trafficking organizations, was killed in his efforts to fight in the war against drugs. That man was Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico to investigate a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. One of the drug trafficking groups that Camarena was trying to break up identified him as an undercover agent. He was kidnapped by the Mexican drug trafficking group on Feb. 7, 1985. Camarena was later found dead in a shallow grave, tortured and stabbed to death. He was only 37. Within weeks of Camarena’s death in March 1985, his congressman Rep. Duncan Hunter and high school friend Henry Lozano launched Camarena Clubs in Imperial Valley, Calif., near Camarena’s home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. From these clubs emerged the Red Ribbon Campaign. Red Ribbon Week eventually gained momentum throughout California and later, the United States. In 1985, club members presented the “Camarena Club Proclamation” to then-first lady Nancy Reagan, bringing it national attention. That summer, parent groups in California, Illinois and Virginia began Protect your digital fingerprint By A. J. Colkitt Legal Assistance Division Intern Take a look at your fingertip. What do you see? You see lines of skin going every which way making a fingerprint — your fingerprint. What’s amazing is that nobody else has that pattern on your finger except for you. You can be identified simply by the formation of skin on the tip of your finger. Similarly, you have another unique way of identification that separates you from everyone else. The difference is, it’s computerized. This “digital fingerprint” is what makes you “you” in the cyber world. However, this identification can be taken advantage of. If someone gets hold of your “digi-print,” he or she can easily masquerade as you and hold you responsible because nobody else has the same digital fingerprint, or Social Security number, as you do. How safe is your identity? According to a study of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2010 about 8.6 million households in America had knowingly experienced identity theft. The scary part is, the number is on the rise because people fail to take the right steps to ensure their identity is safe. Follow these easy steps to protect your identity: • Limit the amount of personal information you carry. Don’t have personal information with you that you don’t need. A favorite trick of identity thieves is to steal a wallet or purse and take your information from there. • Destroy personal documents you don’t need. Use a shredder to dispose of those unneeded documents. There is more information than you realize on those receipts that you throw away. • Destroy the labels on medicine bottles. By obtaining your information off of a prescription bottle, people can access your medical account. • Read privacy policies. One of the biggest lies in the world is, “I have read and accept the terms of agreement.” Know what you are signing before you agree. • Be WiFi wary. Public WiFi networks can be dangerous. Make sure you are on a secure network before sending your personal information from that hotspot. • Watch for “phisher-men.” Phishing is common today. If you receive an email with a link from someone you don’t know, don’t click it. Also, if you receive an email from a contact of yours with no subject and a link in the email, that’s a pretty good clue that their email account has been hacked. Do not open the link. Instead, let your contact know of the email. • Keep your Social Security number private. Do not give out your Social Security number unless you absolutely have to. Keep that as personal as possible. For more information about identity theft, go to the Federal Trade Commission website at or call the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office at 301677-9504 or 301-677-9536 to schedule an appointment with an attorney. promoting the wearing of red ribbons nationwide during late October. The campaign was formalized in 1988, with President Ronald Reagan and the first lady serving as honorary chairpersons. Today, the eight-day celebration is sponsored by the National Family Partnership and has become the annual platform to show intolerance for drugs in our schools, workplaces and communities. Each year, beginning on the last Saturday of October, youths and adults show their commitment to living a healthy and drug-free life by wearing or displaying the red ribbon. The campaign goal is to mobilize every community to work toward a drug-free America. Some organizations/coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one man can make a difference. Oct. 23 to 31 is your opportunity to stand up against drugs by wearing or displaying a red ribbon each day. For more information, call Samson Robinson or Latonia Stallworth, drug testing coordinator, at 301-677-7983. Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Oct. 3, Larceny of private property: The subject stated that she placed her bicycle beside the Exchange parking sign behind the cart-return and bike rack. When she went outside to retrieve the bike, it was gone. The bicycle was unsecured and unattended. Oct. 8, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel at the Exchange observed the subject shoplift a bottle of cologne and a bottle of Mountain Dew soda. She then proceeded beyond the point of sale without rendering payment. For week of Oct. 7-13: • Moving violations: 19 • Nonmoving violations: 4 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 18 • Traffic accidents: 8 • Driving on suspended license: 1 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 0 October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF!
  8. 8. C over S tory Ground attack fuels Mustang victory Meade battles rain, Bulldogs for 51-36 win Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Heading into Friday’s game against the Southern High School Bulldogs, Meade football coach Rich Holzer was expecting to create a solid passing game that would soften the Bulldog defense and allow the ground game to power the Mustang offense. But with the majority of the game played in the driving rain, running became the only option. “Normally, in regular conditions, we’ll try to throw the ball a little bit, but tonight it just wasn’t happening. That ball weighed about 20 pounds,” Holzer said. “Luckily we have Kyle [Evans] and a very good offensive line.” The running back rushed for 367 yards and three touchdowns as he pow- ered the Mustangs to a 51-36 victory at Southern. Meade quarterback DJ Pate also ran for three touchdowns. With the rain holding off to start the game, both offenses moved the ball well in the first quarter. A Pate 2-yard touchdown run was shortly followed by Southern’s DeJaun Neal’s 14-yard scoring run. A failed extra point attempt by the Bulldogs gave the Mustangs a 7-6 lead. The light rain turned into a downpour as the teams played the remainder of the game in heavy rain. Evans scored his first touchdown with a 33-yard run to extend the lead to 14-6. Malique Pratt responded for Southern with a 9-yard rushing touchdown. Another failed extra point kept Meade in the lead 14-12. Gio Ogo made a 28-yard field goal to open the second quarter, extending the Mustang’s lead to 17-12. On the ensuing Southern drive, Meade recovered a fumble at the Bulldogs’ 20yard line. Travis Chidebe turned the turnover into a Meade touchdown with a 2-yard run for a 23-12 lead. Meade wide receiver Dajon Burns lines up against DeJaun Neal of Southern High School. The Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs 51-36 despite playing in torrential downpours Friday night. 10 SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013
  9. 9. After a nearly hourlong weather delay due to lightning, the Mustangs added two more touchdowns before halftime. Evans scored on a 65-yard run, while Pate rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. A successful two-point conversion on Pate’s run gave the Mustangs a 38-12 lead. Southern added a score before halftime with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Aiken to Yoshua Brown. A two-point conversion gave Meade a 38-20 halftime lead. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a six-minute drive, but stalled inside the Mustangs’ 20-yard line. Following the turnover on downs, Meade put together its own six-minute drive that ended with Evans running for a 6yard touchdown for a 44-20 lead. Carrington Contee kept the Bulldogs in the game returning the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown, then catching a 17-yard touchdown pass. Two-point conversions on both scores cut the Mustangs lead to 44-36. Pate’s third rushing touchdown sealed the 51-36 win and improved the Mustangs’ record to 5-1. Although the defense forced five turnovers — including interceptions by Kavon Witherspoon and Robert Hogan — Holzer said the Bulldogs’ comeback attempt spawned from the Mustang defense unable to make the necessary plays. “They put themselves in a lot of bad spots,” Holzer said. “We have interceptions we drop and then, all of a sudden, they drive it the rest of the way for a touchdown. We stop them on third down and we get a pass interference call and the next thing you know, they drive it the whole way for a touchdown. “When you drop an interception, the next play is usually not good for the defense, and it held true tonight.” The Mustangs ran for 470 total yards in the victory while only throwing for 24 yards. Evans’ game put him above 1,000 yards for the season, as he now leads the county with 1,266 rushing yards. “The rain affected us because we really couldn’t throw,” Pate said. “Our game plan was to come in and throw a little bit. The rain stopped that. But we still executed the run.” Week 7: Annapolis High School at Meade, today at 6:30 p.m. The 1-5 Fighting Panthers enter today’s game on a three-game losing streak — losing to Severna Park, Old Mill and Arundel high schools. During the three-game skid, Annapo Running back Kyle Evans breaks away from tacklers during Friday night’s game at Southern High School. The Mustang running back ended the game with 367 yards and has accumulated more than 1,000 rushing yards this season. BELOW RIGHT: Battling a driving rain proved to be a lot tougher than facing off against the Southern Bulldogs. The Mustangs improved their record to 5-1 with a 51-36 win. lis has only scored 31 points while allowing 73. The Fighting Panthers primarily run the football, rarely mixing in an occasional pass. Charlie Wells has led the running game with 541 yards and five touchdowns. Last week, Monte Davis rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown. In preparation for Annapolis, Holzer said the team has been focusing on stopping the off-tackle run. Pate will continue to start for the Mustangs, and Marcus Smith will play at receiver. “DJ has earned it,” Holzer said. “The offense has been real efficient when he’s been in there. I think he deserves the shot.” Last year, the Mustangs won 41-0. October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11
  10. 10. S ports Meade runners prepare to compete in Army Ten-Miler Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer For a fourth time, Staff Sgt. Jennifer Morris will take a fast-paced tour through downtown Washington, D.C. And for the second consecutive year, she will sport a Fort Meade uniform on her route. Morris is one of 14 Fort Meade service members who will represent the installation in the 28th annual Army Ten-Miler run on Sunday morning. The post is sending a men’s and women’s team, each with seven service members. “It’s pretty much the best run out there,” Morris said. “To join the team, it’s just awesome. You’re representing Fort Meade. ... To say you’re representing somebody is pretty awesome.” The ten-mile road race is one of the largest races of its kind in the world and is considered the Army’s premier running event. Within nine hours of registration opening on May 1, all 35,000 slots in the race were sold out. Team member Sgt. Brian Pitaniello, who is competing in his second Army Ten-Miler, said the atmosphere is unlike other races. “I love this race just because of the energy, the excitement,” he said. “You’re out there running shoulder-to-shoulder with 25,000 to 30,000 people through D.C. It’s a really positive, fun event.” The formation of the Fort Meade teams began in April with a 10K qualifier. Sgt. Michael Wahlgren, captain of the men’s team, said the competition to make the team was tight this year. For the past several months, runners have trained for the event mostly on their own. With team members coming from different units and having varying schedules, Wahlgren said that it was difficult to train together. “If you’re on this team, you take running seriously enough where you’re going to do it on your own because you want to improve,” he said. Both Fort Meade teams include several experienced runners. However, Sunday’s event will be the first for a handful of team members. The first-timers said they are excited to participate in the Ten-Miler tradition but are unsure of what it will be like. “I don’t really know what to expect,” Sgt. Ryan Doyle said. On Sunday, the team will meet up before the race. But once the event starts, runners will compete at their own pace. The top-six times from each team will count toward placing. “It is an individual event,” Pitaniello said, “but to be a part of a team and represent Fort Meade — it is an honor.” 12 SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013 Members of the Fort Meade Army Ten-Miler teams pose for a team photo before Sunday’s race. Each of the two teams has seven service members. Army Ten-Miler rosters Men’s team: Christopher Cusmano, Thomas Boehm, Brian Pitaniello, Michael Wahlgren, Joel Ciaccio, Ryan Doyle, and Alexander Sapunov Women’s team: Megan Isaac, Jennifer Eskandarion, Deborah Howe, Jennifer Morris, Tameka Dixon, Selina Meiners, and Erica Lehmkuhl Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley meets with members of the Fort Meade Army Ten-Miler teams on Tuesday. The installation is sending a men’s and women’s team to compete at the Army’s premier road race in Washington, D.C.
  11. 11. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Cougars roundup No mood for the masses You’re getting a truncated version of Jibber this week for a few reasons. 1. Yours truly had a little too much fun in his Eid al Adha celebration. No, I didn’t tie one on in the traditional sense, but that late night piece of red velvet cake hit me as hard as any tequila shot I had ever taken. 2. After Games Two and Three of the Tigers vs. Red Sox series, I don’t think I can go more than a few hundred words without dropping an F-bomb or disparaging Big Papi’s or Mike Napoli’s mom or their stupid beards. Let me be clear. I’m sure Mrs. Papi and Mrs. Napoli are very nice ladies, but their sons have sent me into near cardiac arrest. Plus, those beards are really, really bogue. As you can imagine, neither of these reasons are very good for my HCI. So I’m going to get out while I’m ahead, but not before I compliment the Cowboys for giving me something to cheer for on Sunday night by beating the Deadskins. Also, I have a music question I’m hoping Jabber Nation can solve for me. You all know the Kenneth Loggins classic hit “Footloose.” But does anyone know what Kenny is saying at the beginning of the song right before the guitars kick it? It is something funky, I’m sure, but Kenny’s voice is all spooky so I don’t Chad T. Jones, know if he’s sayPublic Affairs ing “Come on Officer now, let’s move” or “Hey, Hey, it’s all right ’cause Sean Penn’s brother can move.” Either way, here is the original with lyrics in question. And because I’m sure a nice guy, here’s proof that the late Chris Penn, plus a young Kevin Bacon, really could boogie. So please, help a brother solve the mystery of the lyrics by sending me what you think the answer is. The one who is closest to the correct answer, or at least makes me laugh the hardest, will get a mention in next week’s column. And of course, if you have any questions on this or anything to do with sports, you can contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@mail. mil or hit me up on twitter @ctjibber. • The 70-pound Cougars were defeated by the Pal Hawks, 21-0. • The 80-pound Cougars had a bye. • The 90-pound Cougars defeated the Andover Apaches, 18-12. • The 100-pound Cougars defeated the South River Gators, 7-0 in overtime. • The 11U Cougars had a bye. Sports Shorts Fishing Rodeo canceled The Youth Fishing Rodeo, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled. Burba Lake will still be restocked. Wounded Warrior 5K The Fort Meade Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is hosting a Wounded War 5K Run and Walk on Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. start at the Columbia Island Marina in Arlington, Va. Registration is $30, with a portions of the proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. To register, go to or Onsite registration will begin at 7 a.m. For more information, call 405-200-8448 or 703-472-0712. Ravens’ Hometown Heroes The Baltimore Ravens and Dietz Watson are joining forces to honor activeduty service members and veterans at each of the Ravens’ 2013 home games. Through their Hometown Hero program, the two partners will celebrate service members of the greater Baltimore community, currently serving or retired, whose bravery and strength make them deserving of special recognition. Each week, one person will be chosen as that game’s Hometown Hero and deliver the game ball to the NFL referee prior to kickoff. The hero also will receive tickets to the game and pre-game sideline passes. The Hometown Hero program is open to all current and former service members from any military branch. Throughout the season, fans can submit a friend or family member’s name, contact information, service number and brief description about why they want to honor that person at Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Texas Hold ‘em file photo Ghosts, GHouls GOblins 5K Fort Meade’s 2013 Annual Run Series continues with the Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Walk on Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion. Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. For more Fort Meade sports, visit October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13
  12. 12. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. or call 301-677-5602. NEWS EVENTS Public notice The United States, Department of Defense, Department of the Army hereby officially notifies the public of its intent to transfer property known as “Little Patuxent River Parcel” of Fort Meade for transfer to Anne Arundel County. A draft Finding of Suitability to Transfer, or FOST, has been prepared to document the environmental conditions of the LPRP and its suitability for transfer. The draft FOST is available for a 30day public review and comment period commencing Monday and ending Nov. 20. The document is available during the review and comment period at http:// bracLegacy/index.html. To request a copy of the draft FOST, submit written comments or obtain more information, contact the BRAC environmental coordinator using the following contact information: • 4215 Roberts Ave; Suite 5115 Fort Meade, MD 20755-7068 • Telephone: 301-677-9178 • OSC Welfare Grants The Fort Meade Officer’s Spouses’ Club is now accepting requests for the disbursement of its welfare funds. The OSC Welfare Grants provide assistance to various nonprofit organizations, community and school groups, and government entities through financial support for special projects and events based on merit and need. These funds benefit service members, their families and DoD civilians who reside in the Fort Meade area. Request forms can be found at the OSC website at or at in the Welfare Request tab. All nonprofit organizations or government entities serving the Fort 14 SOUNDOFF! October 17, 2013 Meade community may request assistance from the OSC. Organizations requesting funds are required to submit the completed request form by Nov. 1. All completed requests will be reviewed and processed by the Fort Meade OSC Welfare Committee. One of the primary goals of OSC is to support charitable activities through the OSC Welfare Grants program. Funds raised by the club through various activities, including Bingo Bonanza, Holiday Bazaar and golf tournaments, are dedicated to this purpose. For more information, email Retiree Appreciation Day rescheduled The 38th Annual Fort Meade Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. This event provides military retirees and their family members with valuable information pertaining to their rights, benefits and privileges. For information, call the Retirement Services Office at 301-677-9603. Drug Take-Back Day Fort Meade will host a Community Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Exchange. The event is sponsored in support of the National Prescription Drug TakeBack Day. The Army Substance Abuse Program, in conjunction with the Directorate of Emergency Services, will collect unneeded, unused and/or expired medications. Remove and destroy all identifying personal information such as prescription labels from all medication containers before recycling or throwing items away. For more information, call Samson Robinson at 301- 677- 7983 or Latonia Stallworth at 301-677-7982. Veterans’ Appreciation Day The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club and co-sponsors invite the community to attend the Veterans’ Appreciation Day Luncheon on Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. Check-in, socializing and appetizers will be from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m. Cost is $25. Reservations must be submitted by Wednesday. USO happenings The Fort Meade USO Center features the following events: • Bakery Bonanza: Baked goods are donated by Weis Food Market every Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. First-come, first-served for active-duty service members and/or spouses. • Y.U.M. Service Member Appreciation Lunch will be held Wednesday (and the second and fourth Wednesday of every month) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Active-duty service members are invited to enjoy a free lunch and music. • Super Market Sweeps will be held Oct. 31 (and the last Thursday of every month) from 10 a.m. to noon. USO-Metro and the Maryland Food Band offer free fresh fruits and vegetables to active-duty service members and/or spouses. Bring bags for your produce. • What to do with a pumpkin? Crafts, baking, cooking: Tuesday at 3 p.m. • Healthy Cooking Class: Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. • Turkey For Troops: USO-Metro will provide holiday food baskets to active-duty service members E5 and below. In lieu of baskets, grocery store gift cards may be distributed. Service members must be referred to USO-Metro for assistance by their E7 (sergeant first class) or service branch equivalent. Registration deadline is Oct. 28. • Children’s Holiday Celebration: USO-Metro partners with HealthNet to host a holiday celebration for children, ages 4-11, of active-duty service members. The event will feature games, crafts, prizes, gifts, food and a visit from Santa. Children will be bused from installations around the area to the event. Registration deadline is Nov. 5. • Project USO Elf: Children of active-duty service members E5 and below will receive age-appropriate gifts selected by their sponsor: area companies, organizations and families. Service members must be referred to USO-Metro for assistance by their E7 (sergeant first class) or service branch equivalent. Registration deadline is Oct. 28. • Holiday Hotel: USO-Metro partners with local hotels to provide free hotel stays for visiting family members of active-duty service members E5 and below for any three consecutive nights, maximum, during the duration of the program. Placements are first-come, first-served. One room per applicant. Registration opens Nov. 12 and ends Dec. 6. For more information, call 410-305-0660 or visit Co-sponsors include the Association of the United States Army, Enlisted Spouses Club, Military Officers Association of America, Military Order of the World Wars, Officers’ Spouses’ Club, and The Retired Enlisted Association. The keynote speaker is retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, the national president of the Military Officers Association of America. The event also will feature a patriotic musical tribute by the Archbishop Spaulding High School Choir. For more information or reservations, call co-chairpersons Genny Bellinger at 410-674-2550 or Lianne Roberts at 301-4645498. ROWC luncheon The Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club will sponsor its November luncheon on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. Jewelry will be modeled by ROWC models. Bring your friends and family, and your checkbook to begin your holiday shopping early. You also will have the opportunity to win some of the jewelry shown. Cost of luncheon is $18. Reservations are required by Oct. 31 at noon. Call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082. For more information, call Genny Bellinger, ROWC president, at 410-6742550. OSC Bingo Bonanza The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club will sponsor its annual Bingo Bonanza on Friday at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20. For more information, contact the OSC bingo chair at Jummah prayers Individuals interested in participating in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
  13. 13. C ommunity N ews N otes should call 301-677-1301. Fort Meade has a room available at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking individuals who would like to join in a morning prayer on Fridays. EDUCATION Troops to Teachers The Fort Meade Army Education Center will host a “Teaching as a Second Career” information session on Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. Each briefing will be presented by Melissa Fantozzi, coordinator of Maryland Troops to Teachers. Interested personnel — service members, spouses and DoD civilians — should attend to get the most recent information on how to become a school teacher. Registration is required because of limited seating. To register or for more information, email John Anderson at john. or call 301677-6421. YOUTH Hallelujah Festival The Garrison Chaplain’s Office will sponsor the Hallelujah Festival on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pavilion. Volunteers are needed. The family event is free and open to the community. There will be food, cotton candy, popcorn, games, a moon bounce, prizes, and candy for every child. No monsters, witches, ghosts or other scary costumes. For more information, call Marcia at 301-677-0386 or Connie at 410-5907882. RECREATION Out About • The U.S. Army Field Band will present a Mixed Performers Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Bernadette Parish, 801 Stevenson Road, Severn. The concert will showcase the variety of sounds and styles of the Field Band’s Soldier-musicians. For more information, visit • The Bowie Baysox and Tulip Gulch Productions is presenting “Nightmares Haunted House,” a haunted attraction at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie. The attraction will be presented every Friday and Saturday in October beginning Thursday, as well as Halloween weekend, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Tickets are $15 when ordered in advance and $17 when purchased the day of the show. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the box office the night of the show. Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted House is rated PG-13. Stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tours run from dusk until 11 p.m. The show is indoors but fans should dress for the weather. For more information, visit tulipgulch. com or check out the Tulip Gulch Productions Facebook page. MEETINGS • 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 today from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room (next to the Prostate Center), third floor. Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center 48 hours prior to the event at 301-319-2900 for base access. For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane. • Meade Area Garden Club will meet Friday at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Center, located at the corner of Route 175 and Wigley Avenue. Lisa Winters, master gardener and head of the perennials department at Homestead Gardens, will present the program “Gardening for Pollinators.” Refreshments will be served; reservations are not required. Annual membership is $20 per year and is extended to anyone in the community interested in gardening. You may attend one meeting before you are required to become a member. For more information, call Jennifer Garcia, membership chair, at 443-949-8348, or Sharon Durney, club president, at 410761-5019. • Families Dealing with Deployment, Unaccompanied Permanent Change of Station, Temporary Duty meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6.ctr@ • Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Building 9801 at the National Security Agency. The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information, call 443-534-5170 or visit • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Oct. 27. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Oct. 28. Free child care will be provided on site. For more information, email Kimberly. • 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 Oct. 28. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • Bully Proofing Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Oct. 28. The group is geared for school-age children and parents. For more information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Tina Gauth, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 or Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124. Chaplain’s Word NEVER GIVE UP “We are never defeated unless we give up on God.” — Ronald Reagan M ovies The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through Nov. 3 Today Saturday: “One Direction: This Is Us” (PG-13). An all-access look at the British pop sensation One Direction at a live concert. Friday: “Riddick” (R). Left for dead on a sunscorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. With Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista. Sunday: “The Smurfs 2” (PG). Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette. With Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays. Wednesday Oct. 27: “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (PG-13). A White House butler serves many presidents over the years. With Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack. Oct. 24: “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (PG-13). A young woman discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, half-angel warriors locked in an battle to protect the world from demons. With Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan. Oct. 25: “The World’s End” (R). A pub-crawl turns into a fight for mankind’s survival. With Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine. Oct. 26: Studio Appreciation FREE Screening. Tickets available at the Exchange food court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. Oct. 30 Nov. 3: “The Family” (R). A mob family is relocated to a French town, and has a bit of trouble adjusting. With Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer. Oct. 31 Nov. 2: “Insidious: Chapter 2” (PG-13). A family seeks to discover why they are being haunted. With Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey. October 17, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15