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  1. 1. couponing 780th MI Soldier’s discount products aid assault victims page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7 p.m.: U.S.Army Field Band Hispanic Heritage Concert - Devers Hall Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Red Ribbon Campaign Kickoff Event - McGill Training Ctr 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 undefeated 704th MI wins again, improves to 7-0 record in intramural football page 11 Soundoff!´ vol. 65 no. 40 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community October 10, 2013 Photo by Nate Pesce toy soldiersMarine Capt. Pete Smith, head of the Anne Arundel County Toys for Tots program, addresses the crowd at Saturday’s second annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run at the Pavilion. Nearly 100 bikers participated in the ride from Annapolis to Fort Meade to officially kick off the Anne Arundel County Toys for Tots campaign. For the story, see Page 10.
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! October 10, 2013 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................11 Crime Watch.................. 3 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Classified..............................16 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. 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It’s hard to believe fall is already upon us. I have continued to visit our partner com- mands across the installation, and I am com- mitted to doing my absolute best to attain the resources and infrastructure needed to pro- vide high-quality garrison services for all. In my effort to obtain our needed resourc- es, I think it’s important for you to know that I will cooperate and not compete with the people and organizations we work with at Fort Meade. This key to success is something I learned a long time ago as a young officer — a simple piece of advice that I offer to all: Be coopera- tive and not combative. Before you call or walk into an office to collaborate with another person or organi- zation, check your ego at the door. Always remember that negotiation is not about you or your personal best interest. It’s about the interest of the organization you represent. My war story: In 1997, young Capt. Foley was the automation officer for the 3rd Spe- cial Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C. A primary duty of the automation officer was processing procurement contracts through the U.S. Army Special Operation Command Contracting Office and one particularly gruff contracting officer named Dave Fouche. Mr. Fouche was not an easy man to deal with. He would routinely tell young offi- cers their procurement actions were totally messed up and needed complete revision. Most of my peers took this harsh critique personally and refused to deal with Mr. Fouche any longer. I chose to check my ego at the door before going to see Mr. Fouche. Slowly, and gradu- ally, over time I built a relationship of trust and mutual respect. Fast-forward six months in time. My peers could not u n d e r s t a n d why the 3rd Special Forces had newer, bet- ter automa- tion equipment than any other Special Forces Group. It was not because we had more money or time than any other. It was because Capt. Foley chose to check his ego at the door and cooperate with an outwardly difficult person. By the time I left the 3rd Special Forces Group nearly two years later, grumpy old Dave Fouche and I were good friends, and the 3rd Special Forces Group’s procurement contracts were automatically placed on the fast track from the moment they arrived at the USASOC contracting office. So I leave you all with some sound advice I truly live by: Be cooperative and not com- bative as you go through your daily lives, and I pledge that our garrison will embrace this philosophy in our support of services and organizations on post — our wonderful Team Meade community. Thanks to all who participated in our Football Fanfare 5K Run on Sept. 26. We enjoyed good weather, and a fun time was had by all. Be safe in all that you do and don’t be shy about providing input and suggestions for ways we, in the garrison, can better support your needs. Our mission is to support, and our com- munity is Team Meade! Check your ego at the door COL. Brian P. Foley Garrison Commander 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 Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-677-4844.
  3. 3. October 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News Story and photo by Tina Miles Public Affairs Officer 780th Military Intelligence Brigade A woman enters the checkout line with her shopping cart filled with multiple items. As the cashier scans each item, the subtotal mounts to more than $200. The shopper hands the cashier a stack of small papers and magically, the total cost is reduced to a mere $3.52. How is this possible? And what does one do with all those extra bottles of shampoo and other sundries? One answer is to donate them to a worthy cause. Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith, information management, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, has perfected the art of clipping and using discount coupons to purchase hundreds of dollars of products for little or next to nothing. It’s called extreme couponing. Smith has been an “extreme couponer” for about two years and is always willing to share with those less fortunate. She is no stranger to helping charities such as food banks, shelters and churches, and homeless veterans or families in need. Recently, Smith was approached by her friend and co-worker, Sgt. 1st Class Jen- nifer Milledge, a victim advocate, about supporting the brigade’s Sexual Harass- ment/Assault Response and Prevention program, or SHARP. The unit was in need of items to fill its Victim Response Bags carried by a victim’s advocate when responding to a sexual assault crisis. Smith was immediately on board. “I was a VA in my previous unit. I know how important and helpful these bags would be,” she said. “We didn’t have response bags at my previous unit. The victim used whatever the hospital would provide and that never included a change of clothes.” The goal of Army’s SHARP program is to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assaults by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army family. Despite best efforts, sexual assaults within the Army still occur. And when they do occur and are reported, a victim’s advocate becomes involved. A VA is a volunteer who receives appointment orders for their unit, but first must be interviewed by the unit com- mander and command sergeant major. The candidate also must undergo a series Extreme couponing benefits 780th MI SHARP program of background checks, including those from Family Advocacy and the National Sex Offenders Registry. VAs also must receive certification by completing an 80-hour training course and completing DoD credentialing. The 780th MI has 17 victim advocates within the brigade and its subordinate units, as well as a sexual assault response coordinator, or SARC, and a SHARP representative, both who also serve as VAs. A VA can be called directly by the victim, or by a hospital/emergency room where the victim is being treated. The VA responds to the hospital immediately upon being called, armed with a Victim Response Bag and ready to provide total support to the victim. The bags containing personal necessi- ties are given to the victim advocates who are on call to respond to the emergency room in support of victims of sexual assault. The VA takes the bag to the hos- pital so victims can shower or clean them- selves after being examined, and will have suitable clothing to travel home. One male and one female VA are both on call 24 hours, for one week per month, on a rotating basis. A cell phone is pro- vided during on-call status, and the bags are always completely packed and ready to be picked up by the VA when needed. Each Victim Response Bag contains a set of scrubs, one in each size of small, medium and large, for the victim to wear because often their clothes are kept as evidence. The bag also contains a folder with forms that the responding VA com- pletes on behalf of the victim, as well as personal toiletry items for the victim. Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Pardue, the 780th MI’s SARC, suggested the idea of creating the Victim Response Bags to Milledge, who implemented the idea. While the unit was able to purchase the scrubs and the actual bags used to carry everything, it is not legal to use unit funds to purchase the individual toiletry items. The regulation didn’t stop Milledge from figuring out a way to get toiletry items for the Victim Response Bags. “Instead of soliciting individual dona- tions, I knew that Smith often donated her extra items to other charities,” Milledge said. “So I asked her if she would support the brigade’s SHARP program.” Smith has donated all of the toiletry items for the Victim Response Bags used by the brigade’s SHARP program. “I thought providing these items to the victim would make it more personal for them — let them know someone cares,” she said. Editor’s note: For more information, visit Military One Source offers assistance, anytime, anywhere. A master’s level consul- tant will speak to victims who are eligible for this service at no charge, 24/7. CONUS: Call 1-800-655-4545, interna- tionally toll free at 800-3429-6477 or inter- nationally dialed collect at 484-530-5947. Other resources include for victims: a local medical treatment facility; Military Police/Criminal Investigation Division; your commander, supervisor or first ser- geant; the chaplain, social services, family advocacy; and Legal Services. Military One Source, Army psychiatric counselors, and chaplains are confidential counseling channels. You also can call the DoD Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247. Staff Sgt. Kirston Smith, information management, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, stacks the items she donated for the brigade’s Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention program’s Victim Response Bags. An “extreme couponer,” Smith also donates to food banks, shelters, churches, and homeless veterans and families in need.
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! October 10, 2013 News photo by lisa r. rhodes Learning To Resolve ConflictColaina Townsend (right) and Samantha Herring, victim advocates at Army Community Service, read “Hands Are Not For Hitting,” a book about peaceful ways to resolve conflicts and angry feelings among chil- dren, to a group of preschoolers at Child Development Center l on Oct. 3. The reading was part of the garrison’s observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month to promote alternatives to violence in families. By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Service members who order free sports and entertainment tickets from the USO- Metro website for an event in the Balti- more-metro area can now pick up their tickets at the Fort Meade USO-Metro. John Fallin, regional manager for USO Airport Services and Fort Meade, and Pam Horton, regional manager for USO War- rior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Bethesda, worked out an arrangement last month to allow service members to pick up recreation tickets to Baltimore events at either Fort Meade or Fort Belvoir. In the past, tickets could only be picked up at Fort Belvoir, regardless of the loca- tion of the event. “We thought it would be wise to ensure that all of our service members through- out Maryland are accommodated,” Fallin said. Tickets can be ordered online at uso- Laura Dexter-Mooty, Fort Meade’s USO-Metro coordinator, said tickets are made available to service members through donations from corporate sponsors. Service members must fill out an appli- cation online to reserve a ticket. A com- puter generator selects ticket recipients at random. Service members are notified by email to pick up their tickets. The only requirement is that recipients actually attend the event. Tickets for events in the Washington, D.C., and Virginia areas are available for pick up at Fort Belvoir. Recreation tickets available at Fort Meade USO-Metro 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 • 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 800-873-1322), or go online at • Other resources and information: • OPM: Furlough guidance Available online at policy-data-oversight/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 fur- lough is available online at http://www. ning.cfm. • Army Emergency Relief Services available online at www.aerhq. org/dnn563/ Government shutdown: Useful Internet links and information photo by noah scialom SEEDS OF WISDOMTina Gillmeister, coordinator of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program; John Ceschini, principal of Seven Oaks Elementary School; and Maria Barbosa, an art- ist, landscaper and designer, break ground for the school’s new STEM and arts garden on Oct. 3. The garden, which was designed by Barbosa and STEM students from South River High School and North County High School this summer, will serve as an outdoor learning center for STEM and arts education. Construction will begin in the spring. Funding will be provided by AACPS and Seven Oaks.
  5. 5. October 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News reading for the record Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley reads Loren Long’s “Otis” to Manor View Elementary first-grad- ers on Oct. 3. Foley participated in Jump- start’s “Read for the Record” campaign to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart’s mission of promot- ing early childhood education. Millions of individuals across the country participated in the program by read- ing the same book. photo by brandon Bieltz CHANGE THE ODDS FOR FAMILIES FACING POVERTY Lardarius Webb #21 BALTIMORE RAVENS Choose #4444 (CFC #80834) in your workplace giving campaign. Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anne Arundel Medical Center present a 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! You’re invited... Please join Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anne Arundel Medical Center for a Family Wellness Day on Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Johns Hopkins Medicine is celebrating 20 years of serving the health care needs of the local community. Get a variety of free health care screenings, tour the facilities and enjoy fun activities for the entire family.  Free flu shots while supplies last  Free blood pressure screenings  Free vision screenings  Other health screenings  Health education  Farmer’s market  Fun activities (tour the inflatable colon!)  And much more... Family Wellness Day | Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Odenton Medical Pavilion 1, 1106 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113 JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400 Near Fort Meade! • Infant Dental Screening • Emergency Appointments • Accepts Tri-Care Dr. Edwin Zaghi - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry; - American Board Pediatric Dentist; - Fellow American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRY KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRY Edwin Zaghi, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! October 10, 2013 News By AER Communications Army Emergency Relief announced that assistance will remain available for Soldiers and families in need while AER conducts a major systems upgrade sched- uled to occur between Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. through Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. AER is conducting a major upgrade of its systems to better serve Soldiers and their families, according to Guy Shields, chief of Communications and Public Affairs for AER. Army Emergency Relief is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to pro- viding financial assistance to Soldiers, active and retired, and their families. Since its founding in 1942, AER has provided more than $1.5 billion to more than 3.5 million Soldiers, families and retirees, while helping the Army take care of its own. During the upgrade, local AER sec- tions will not be able to process auto- mated assistance requests. However, local AER sections will be able to assist Sol- diers in the preparation of their requests for assistance through the American Red Cross Call Center at 1-877-272-7337. AER has a reciprocal agreement with the American Red Cross to process AER requests during non-duty hours. Soldiers and families not in need of immediate assistance should wait until the system upgrade is completed on Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. Emergency needs, though, will be pro- cessed through the American Red Cross Call Center, as required, said Shields. For more information regarding Fort Meade’s AER program, contact Wallace Turner, AER officer, at 301-677-5768 or AER assistance available during systems upgrade photo by Brandon Bieltz New Lodging ConstructionRichard Fetter, construction manager from Lend Lease construction company; Kate Alger, development manager with Lend Lease; Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley; Martha McClary, director of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Emma Beard, general manager of InterContinental Hotels Group, break ground for the Candlewood Suites hotel, which is being constructed near McGlachlin Parade Field. The 243-room hotel is expected to be completed in December 2015 as part of the Privatization of Army Lodg- ing program. Sept. 24, Turning vehicle with- out giving adequate signal, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol: A unit noticed a vehicle fail to use its turn signal. Upon making contact with the driver, the police offi- cer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath. The driver agreed to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. She performed poorly. The driver rendered a breath sample with results of .12 percent blood alcohol content. Sept. 28, Simple assault, communicating a threat: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified of a fight at the Freedom Center. A patrol was dispatched. Witnesses stated that a beer drinking game called “beer pong” got out of control when the subject punched the victim in the mouth and busted his lip. The subject then threatened and swung a punch at the witness, which missed. Oct. 1, Larceny of private property: The victim stated that person(s) unknown removed a bottle containing 45 Zoloft pills from his vehicle that was parked and unsecured. Oct. 1, Shoplifting: The subject was observed by close circuit video at the Exchange removing three DVDs from their case and placing the case in a men’s department display. The subject then concealed the DVDs on himself and exited the store without rendering payment. Oct. 1, Larceny of private property: The victim stated that her bicycle was missing. She stated that her bicycle was secured with a master lock to a metal post outside of her quarters. Oct. 5, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention per- sonnel at the Exchange observed the subject on closed circuit video trying to leave the store with- out paying for makeup and a pack of Tic Tacs. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services For week of Sept. 30 to Oct. 6: • Moving violations: 12 • Nonmoving violations: 1 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 21 • Traffic accidents: 5 • Driving on suspended license: 1 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 0
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! October 10, 2013 News By Jason Bart Legal Assistance Division Extern The Legal Assistance Office at Fort Meade prepares documents such as wills and advance directives to help meet cli- ents’ end-of-life planning needs. Residents of Maryland should con- sider meeting with their Maryland- licensed doctor or nurse practitioner to complete Maryland’s Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, or MOLST, as part of a comprehensive end-of-life plan. The MOLST is a two-page medical order expressing a patient’s current pref- erences for life-sustaining treatments such as artificial ventilation. The Mary- land Legislature passed the MOLST in 2011 to replace the Maryland EMS DNR order form and the Life-Sustain- ing Treatment Options form. Since July 1, civilian health-care facil- ities in Maryland (other than hospitals) have been required to accept, update if appropriate, and complete the MOLST for each patient they admit. Maryland civilian hospitals must accept, update if appropriate, or complete a MOLST during a patient’s inpatient stay if the patient will be transferred to another Maryland civilian health-care facility. Patients do not have to complete a MOLST form, but civilian Maryland health-care facilities will probably offer to complete one. If a patient chooses not to complete a MOLST, the doctor must check a box on the form indicat- ing that the patient does not wish to participate in the MOLST. In addition, patients can request that a civilian health-care facility in Mary- land complete a MOLST. Generally, the facility must supply the patient with a copy of the completed and signed MOLST within 48 hours. An advance directive and MOLST differ in key ways. An advance directive is a legal document completed in con- sultation with a lawyer that expresses an individual’s preferences and desires regarding different types of life-sustain- ing treatment. However, medical staff require medical orders before they can implement a patient’s wishes for end- of-life care as expressed in an advance directive. The MOLST is designed to accurately translate the advance directive’s legal language into the medical language of a valid medical order that medical person- nel can then use to treat a patient. The medical orders on the MOLST must be consistent with the advance directive. If a patient will likely be treated in a Maryland civilian hospital, the patient should consult with a doctor or nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland to ensure that the medical orders in the MOLST accurately track the wishes in the advance directive. To be valid, the MOLST form must be completed and signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland. The medical official must complete the MOLST in consultation with the patient, or, if the patient is incapaci- tated, with the patient’s agent as desig- nated in the advance directive. If the patient does not have an advance directive, the medical official may consult with the patient’s surrogate, who is a guardian, spouse, child, parent, relative or friend of the patient. Valid MOLST forms may be originals, copies or faxes. MOLST orders do not expire and should be updated regularly. To update the MOLST, the medical official must void the current MOLST and complete a new one. Health-care facilities must obey the orders in the most recent MOLST. Many states have a document simi- lar to the MOLST. These documents are based on the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form. For more information about the MOLST and to download the MOLST form, go to Ques- tions about the MOLST may be directed to Tricia Tomsko Nay, medical director of the Office of Health Care Quality, at 410-402-8055 or tricia.nay@maryland. gov. For more information about the POLST and end-of-life care in states other than Maryland, see http://www. For more information about end-of- life planning, including completing a will and advance directive, schedule an appointment with a Fort Meade Legal Assistance attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. MOLST forms complete advance directive plan 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. Text FOLLOW FORTMEADE to 40404 to sign up for Fort Meade news alerts on your mobile phone
  8. 8. SOUNDOFF! October 10, 2013 Cover Story By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer The government shutdown took a bite out of the festivities at Saturday’s second annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run, but it didn’t diminish the significance of the start of the 2013 campaign. “The government shutdown cannot affect the spirit of caring and giving,” said Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley. Nearly 100 motorcyclists participat- ed in the charity event, which included a police-escorted motorcycle ride that ended at the Pavilion, lunch provided by Mission BBQ and music by Mad Planet. The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Pla- toon was scheduled to perform at the con- clusion of the ride, but due to the federal government shutdown, it had to cancel. Organizers said that despite the setback, they were pleased with the turnout. “The main purpose was to be here for the kids,” said Marine Capt. Pete Smith, head of the Anne Arundel County Toys for Tots program. The event was the official kickoff of the annual Anne Arundel County Toys for Tots campaign, a Christmas toy drive sponsored by the Marine Corps. Last year, the campaign collected 100,000 gifts for less fortunate children in the area. Bikers gathered at the First Christian Community Church of Annapolis to begin the 18-mile motorcycle ride to Fort Meade. To register for the ride, motorcy- clists donated toys to the campaign. Smith said the ride serves as a very public display of the start of the toy drive. “The intent was to make the public aware that the Christmas season is get- ting ready to kick off, and the Toys for Tots effort is getting ready to kick off,” he said. “Most of the folks who ride motorcycles care a lot about the military. They’re patriotic. “We wanted to use them as a means to get the word out. Bikers mean a lot to this community, and we asked for their help to help spread the word.” When the bikers arrived at the Pavilion, they dined on a free lunch catered by Mis- sion BBQ to the music of Mad Planet, a local cover band. In his brief remarks, Foley offered his support for the Toys for Tots campaign and thanked the bikers for participating in the kickoff. With the 2013 Toys for Tots program officially underway, Smith said the cam- Bikers kick off annual Marine toy drive paign would begin collecting toys imme- diately and that he hopes to collect as many unwrapped toys as last year. Individuals can donate a toy at one of the various collection sites throughout the area. “We’re going to have boxes all over the county,” Smith said. Editor’s note: To find a donation loca- tion, go to Photos by Nate Pesce Dani Kallas, 7, organizes donated toys during Saturday’s second annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run at the Pavilion. The event was the official kickoff of the 2013 toy drive sponsored by the Marine Corps. RIGHT: Motorcycles line up outside the Pavilion during the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run on Saturday. Nearly 100 bikers participated in the 18-mile, police- escorted ride from Annapolis to Fort Meade.
  9. 9. October 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer The last time the 704th Military Intelli- gence Brigade lost an intramural football game was two years ago. Players rode the perfect season — which was capped with a championship title — into the 2013 season and has continued to rack up wins. On Tuesday, the Navy Information Command Maryland’s Men of War put the undefeated squad to the test at Mul- lins Field. The 704th narrowly escaped Men of War in a tight defensive battle to win 13-7 and to improve its record to 7-0. The 704th quarterback, Keith Whitfield, threw for two touchdowns and had two interceptions on defense to lead his team to victory. “It was a tough win,” said James Lee, the 704th coach. “We were out of sync from the beginning. Once we settled down in the second half, we started flowing again.” The Men of War and the 704th last met in the 2012 championship when the Sailors were defeated 20-6. Head coach Shaun Lee said his team was eager to avenge the title loss. The teams went in opposite directions in the offseason. While the 704th returned the core of the team, Men of War only has four players from last year’s roster on the team. “The biggest issue is trying to figuring out where people’s strengths lie,” Shaun Lee said. “The past couple games we’ve been doing better.” In the past, Men of War has had a solid offense that put up points in a hurry. This year their strength is on the other side of the ball — defense. “This is the best D-unit that we’ve had,” Shaun Lee said. With the core seven players returning, the 704th is strong on both sides of the ball. “We always preach that we have to stay together as a team,” he said. 704th continues to build on undefeated streak Members of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade huddle between plays during Tuesday’s intramural flag football game at Mullins Field. The 704th improved its record to 7-0 with the 13-6 victory over the Navy Information Operations Maryland’s Men of War. LEFT: Men of War’s Derrick Brooks runs the ball Tuesday night at Mullins Field. The team from Navy Information Operations Command Maryland fell to 4-2 with the loss. On Tuesday night, the Men of War struck first after Justin Carlson picked off Whitfield at the 704th 15-yard line. Adriane Guy turned the interception into seven points with a pass to Perry Stewart to give the Men of War an 7-0 lead. Whitfield opened the second half by intercepting Guy deep in 704th territory. He then moved his team down the field on a drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Desmond Burgess tying the game at 7. Whitfield sparked his team again with a second interception. A seven-play drive ended with Whitfield rushing for another touchdown. A failed extra point gave the 704th a 13-7 lead. A late-half desperation drive failed for the Men of War, cementing the 704th’s 13-7 win. With half the season remaining, James Lee said his team will continue to get stronger and build on the win streak. “We’ll execute from here on out,” he said. photos by nate pesce Men of War’s quarterback Adriane Guy throws a quick pass under pressure during an intramural football game at Mullins Field. Guy threw for one touchdown in the 13-6 loss.
  10. 10. SOUNDOFF! October 10, 2013 Sports Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer After allowing the Chesapeake Cougars to throw for more than 400 yards and nearly erase a 22-point halftime deficit last week, the Meade Mustang defenders were angry. The defense channeled that frus- tration into Friday’s game against the Severna Park Falcons, by hold- ing the Falcons to less than 100 yards en route to a 30-0 road win. “We knew that we had to pick it up early,” said linebacker Chris Har- ris whose first quarter interception set up the game’s first touchdown. “We had to come out here and help our offense out and make a play.” With the win, Meade improved its record to 4-1 for a three-way tie for second place with Arundel and Broadneck high schools. The Mustangs offense picked up where it left off last week, struggling to find the end zone. The first drive ended with the Falcons intercepting Meade quarterback Marcus Smith at the Severna Park 27-yard line. Harris’ interception, which occurred late in the first quarter, gave the football to the Mustangs at the Falcons’ 13-yard line and provided the spark that jump started Meade’s offense. Kyle Evans capitalized on the turnover, running for a 13-yard touchdown to give Meade a 7-0 lead to open the second quarter. The Mustang defense helped the offense again with a strong stand deep in Falcons territory. A high snap from the 6-yard line rolled out of the end zone, leading to a safety and extending Meade’s lead to 9-0. On the ensuing drive, the Mus- tangs moved down field in four plays, ending the drive with a 30- yard touchdown pass to receiver David Richards from DJ Pate — who replaced an injured Smith at quarterback —for a 16-0 lead. A Pate 12-yard touchdown pass to Travis Chidebe extended Meade’s lead to 30-0 in the third quarter. Two late fourth-quarter defensive stands inside Meade territory sealed the Mustang win. Pate finished the game throw- ing for 213 yards and three touch- downs. “I’m always ready to play when- ever coach needs me,” the senior Meade defense bounces back, leads Mustangs to shutout Meade’s Kyle Evans rushes for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Friday’s game at Severna Park. The Mustangs improved their record to 4-1 with the 30-0 victory. said. “I can step in there and play, and help the team win however pos- sible.” The addition of a consistent pass- ing game for the first time this sea- son made the team more dangerous, Holzer said, as the Falcons were unable to simple focus its defense to stop the run. The passing game also allowed the Mustangs’ offensive line to create running lanes, which led to Evans rushing for 202 yards and a touchdown. “It took away a running element at the quarterback position, but we knew he could pass,” Evans said. “Not a lot of teams know about [Pate], and he came out and showed off his arm today.” Week Six: Meade at Southern, Friday at 6:30 p.m. While Smith recovers from an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Meade head coach Rich Holzer said Pate will continue to be the team’s starting quarterback. “DJ is pretty athletic,” Holzer said. “He’s more athletic than most of the quarterbacks in the league.” Smith will still see the field, how- ever, primarily at receiver. The 3-2 Bulldogs are coming off a 28-26 win over the South River Seahawks last week. Running back DeJaun Neal rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Southern primarily runs a time- consuming offense with a focus on the ground game. Neal has rushed for 733 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Holzer said he expects the defense to keep up the same intensity it had against the Falcons. Last year, the Mustangs won 35-0. David Richards catches a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Mustangs game against Severna Park. Meade quarterback DJ Pate threw two of his three touchdowns to Richards in the 30-0 win.
  11. 11. October 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13 Sports Sports Shorts Fishing Rodeo canceled The Youth Fishing Rodeo, scheduled for Oct. 19, has been canceled. Burba Lake will still be restocked. Meade High 2013 Fall 5K Run/Walk The Meade Athletic Boosters will sponsor a 5K Run/Walk to support all athletic teams at Meade High School on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. Race will start at the Meade High track. Online registrations will be open on until Sunday, or on race day from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost of the race is $20 for adults and $15 for students until Sunday, and $25 on race day. A race T-shirt is guaranteed with online registration before Sunday. Medals will be given for first- and second-place in each category. Printable registration form can be found at cfm?action=main.boosters. Register online at boosters-fall-5k-2013. For more information, email or call Nate Moyer at EFMP Walking Group The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet today from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Arundel Mills Mall for its monthly walking event. All are welcome — strollers, too. The group will meet at 8:15 a.m. in front of Best Buy inside the mall. Registration is required. To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@ EFMP Bowling The Exceptional Family Member program is sponsoring its monthly bowling event on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Exceptional family members will receive a free game and shoe rental. Other family members will receive discounted games and shoe rental. To register, call LaToya Travis at 301-677-4473 or email latoya.travis@ Ravens’ Hometown Heroes The Baltimore Ravens and Dietz Watson are joining forces to honor active- duty 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. Saying this really hurts, but America’s Team sure sounded a lot like France’s team. At least Jerry Jones did on Sunday after he described his team’s 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos. “I know what’s going to happen to me when I say this, but that’s a good term,”the Cowboys owner said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “This is a moral victory. It’s not a loser talk- ing here.” Ummm Jerry, I hate to disagree with you — especially after building that brand new stadium and winning all those Super Bowls in the ’90s — but according to Webster’s, it was a loser talking. To break it down to you second-grader style, the Cowboys started the game with a 2-2 record, and they finished the game with a 2-3 record. That, by any definition, is a loss — a loss that I’m OK with as a fan. Denver is a better team, and I’m used to the Boys finding a way to snatch defeat from victory. What I’m not fine with, or used to, is this moral victory nonsense. Last time I checked, there weren’t moral victories in professional sports. Seriously, what stats are used to document moral victories — near completions, barely missed tackles, almost third-down conver- sions? Maybe sabermatricians should create a new stat for baseball geeks called MWAR (Moral Wins Above Replacement). Do they hand out a trophy for the most moral victories in a season? If they do, I’m guessing it’s made of copper or cubic zirco- nia. At Mattawan Elementary School in Michi- gan, they used to give pink and purple rib- bons for moral victories. The pink ribbon had “Fifth Place”written on it in gold block letters. The purple said “Sixth Place.” To be fair, I understand what Jones was trying to say. There were a few positives that came out of the Broncos game - namely the offense is sick and Tony Romo can throw the ball with the best of them. Plus, it is logical to think that if Dallas can run with the Bron- cos on a fast field, they should be able to blow by the rest of their competi- tion this season, or at least enough of it to win the terrible NFC East. But to come out and claim a moral victory is wrong on so many levels. First, there is nothing positive you can take from that defensive performance. They gave up 51 points. Second, as I explained before, the concept of a moral victory doesn’t exist in professional sports where athletes are being paid millions of dollars to perform. And third, Jones’ comments were reckless, irresponsible and show no respect for the Cow- boys’ place in our society. The Cowboys are America’s Team, i.e., they represent America, and America doesn’t believe in moral victories when it comes to win-loss situations. Imagine if George Washington would have settled for moral victories during the early part of the Revolution. Or if Patton and the Big Red One settled for moral victories in World War II, or if Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf would have done so during Desert Storm. Where would we have been as a nation? Come to think of it, I’m getting ready to take my fitness test as part of the HCI. If I pass, maybe I’ll just declare a moral victory and stop while I’m ahead even though my body mass is still on par with a Panda. Speaking of the HCI, the first video blog is expected to air today. So if you want to see me in the BOD POD shirtless and in a swimming cap, go to the Facebook page. Until then, Eid Mubarak to my Muslim peeps. If you want to talk about this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@ or hit me up @ctjibber on Twitter. Moral Victory Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion For all your varsity and intramural sports schedules, scores and standings, visit
  12. 12. SOUNDOFF! October 10, 2013 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. 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. Fall Chamber Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band will perform its Fall Chamber Concert Series on and off post: • Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Today, 7 p.m., U.S. Army Field Band Building-Devers Hall, 4214 Field Band Drive, Fort Meade • Mixed Performers Concert: Oct. 20, 3 p.m., 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 Retiree Appreciation Day canceled Fort Meade’s annual Retiree Appreciation Day, scheduled for Oct. 18, is canceled due to the government shutdown. Patuxent Research Refuge closed The Patuxent Research Refuge is closed to the public due to the government shutdown. Public access to service properties is prohibited, and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs are cancelled. This includes all hunting activities scheduled refuge-wide until the shutdown concludes. For more information, go to DOI. gov/shutdown and, as well as at, which contains information about the government’s operating status. Exchange essay contest It takes a special breed to volunteer while off-duty or after retirement. Authorized Army Air Force Exchange shoppers can submit an essay of 200 words or less until Oct. 18, nominating any authorized shopper embodying these qualities for a chance to win a cash prize in the Exchange’s “Still Serving the Military Community” contest. One first-place volunteer will receive a $1,000 prize. Two second-place winners will receive $500 prizes. Four third-place winners will receive $250. Submissions must include the entrant’s full name; mail and email addresses and telephone number; and nominee’s name, rank, branch of service, job title or volunteer description. All winners will be featured online at and the Exchange Facebook page. www. For complete rules and contest details, visit patriotfamily. 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 Oct. 23. 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 presented by the Archbishop Spaulding High School Choir. Dress is duty appropriate for military, and coat and tie for civilians. ESC Roll Off The Enlisted Spouses Club will sponsor its annual “Roll Off” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Park Neighborhood Center. Registration begins at 6 p.m. All post-recognized organizations, clubs, unit, famly readiness groups and PTAs are encouraged to participate in this fundraising opportunity. There is no cost to participate. Limit one representative per group to attend the Roll Off. Each representative will receive a number and choose dates to gift wrap, based on availability. Each representative must provide its group’s point of contact, contact phone number and email address. Participating groups will be able to wrap gifts inside the Exchange food court area to earn monetary donations for their organization. For more information, email Laura at OSC Bingo Bonanza The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club will sponsor its annual Bingo Bonanza on Oct. 18 at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Purchase tickets before Tuesday to get a second book of 20 bingo games for free. Pre-sale tickets are available online at until Tuesday. For more information, contact the OSC bingo chair at 2ndvice@ Jummah prayers Individuals interested in participating in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade should call 301-677-1301. Fort Meade has a room available at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking individuals who would like to join in a morning prayer on Fridays. Sponsorship training If you plan to be a sponsor, call Army Community Service and sign up for your mandatory sponsorship training. Classes are offered the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sponsorship plays a major role in integrating the newcomer into the unit and installation, and also in making the first impression on the Soldier, civilian and family. The purpose of the sponsorship program is to ensure a smooth transition for incoming personnel and their families. For more information, call 301-677- 5590. 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 410-590- 7882. Out About • A Digital Family Summit will be held Friday from 3 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Hilton, 401 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. The Digital Family Summit is an interactive, hands-on conference for tween and teen digital media creators and their families. Join a host of tween and teen bloggers, game creators, videomakers and entrepreneurs for a weekend of fun activities, interactive and hands-on workshops, thought leadership and personal guidance. Workshops are geared toward tweens and teens ages 9 and older and their parents. Activities will be available for children ages 4 to 8. Registration cost for the weekend is $179 and includes six meals, snacks and all activities (hotel not included). For more information, visit or call 646- 543-5512. • 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. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more that order tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the box office the night NEWS EVENTS EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION
  13. 13. October 10, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15 Community News Notes Movies The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at Movies start 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 Oct. 26 Today Friday: “Paranoia” (PG-13). A blue collar guy rises in the corporate world and is confronted by a ruthless CEO. With Liam Hem- sworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman. Saturday Wednesday: “The Smurfs 2 3D” (PG). Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette. With Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays. Sunday: “Jobs” (PG-13). Looking inside the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs. With Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad. Oct. 17, 19: “One Direction: This Is Us” (PG). An all-access look at the British pop sensation One Direction at a live concert. Oct. 18: “Riddick” (R). Left for dead on a sun- scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. With Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista. Oct. 20: “The Smurfs 2” (PG). Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette. With Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays. Oct. 23, 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, 26: “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, Robert Sheehan. of the show. Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted House is rated PG-13; parental discretion is advised. Stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tours run from dusk until 11 p.m. The show takes place indoors but fans should dress for the weather. For more information, visit tulipgulch. com or check out the Tulip Gulch Productions Facebook page. • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is Friday. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more informa- tion, go to • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meetingisSaturday.Active-duty,Reserveand retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288. •NewSpouseConnection meetsthesecond Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. The program provides an opportunity for all spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade to meet and get connected. For more information, contact Pia Morales at pia. or 301-677-4110. • 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 Mon- day. 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 Monday. 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 Monday. The group is geared for school-age children and parents. For more information, email Kimberly.d.mckay6. • Retired Enlisted Association meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Tuesday. For more information, visit or call Elliott Phillips, the local president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past national president, at 443- 336-1230. • Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Joint Base Myer- Henderson Hall Dining Facility in Virginia. The next meeting is Wednesday. All members and those interested in joining the club are welcome. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Erica Lehmkuhl at or 301-833-8415. • Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is Oct. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room (next to the Prostate Center), third floor. Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center 48 hours prior to the event at 301-319-2900 for base access. For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane. • Meade Area Garden Club will meet Oct. 18 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 410- 761-5019. • 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. • Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op meets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Reece Road. For more information, call Kelli Stricker at 410-674-0297 or email • Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@ or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys age 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at the Main Post Chapel. Mother’s Prayer Apologetics meets Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County schools are in session. Monthly programs are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, email Beth Wright, president, at bethwright826@ or call 305-240-1559. 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