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  1. 1. UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7-9 p.m.: Trivia Night - The Lanes Oct. 3, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - Club Meade Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: U.S. Army Field Band Hispanic Heritage Concert - Devers Hall Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Retiree Appreciation Day - McGill Oct. 19, 10 a.m.: Youth Fishing Rodeo - Burba Park home free Operation Homefront awards Meade veteran with mortgage-free house page 3 tradition 704th MI Brigade ceremony honors, welcomes new sergeants to NCO corps page 4 Soundoff!´ vol. 65 no. 38 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community September 26, 2013 photo by brandon bieltz play timeQuinntin Roach, 9, weaves through cones under the supervision of “celebrity trainer” Washington Redskins quar- terback Robert Griffin III during the NFL’s “Salute to Play 60” event at Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday. Quinntin was among the 40 Fort Meade youngsters who participated in the event. For the story, see Page 12.
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 “When are we going to open back up the Mapes Road gate at 175?” That is the No. 1 question I hear as I travel around Fort Meade. As the director of Emergency Services, people are quick to bend my ear over their constant frustration over the closure of that gate and the traffic backup it has created at other gates during rush hours. “I had to wait 15 minutes to get on post.” “I saw a car almost hit someone when they did ‘X’ while waiting in line.” And many rumors are flying as to why we closed that gate. I’ve heard everything from the furlough to safety and terrorist threats. Well, the actual truth is that we simply cannot keep enoughDepartmentof theArmysecurityguardsonthe payroll. We can’t pay them as much as other agencies and organizations in the region. So after we spend a few months bringing a DA guard on board through the federal hiring process, medical clearance, security clearance, a training academy, and on-the-jobtraining,someof theDAguardshaveelected to switch jobs and transfer to another installation for a better paycheck. I can’t blame them for going to another installa- tion or agency where they will earn more money, but it has put Fort Meade in a bind. And to the credit of the many guards who have remained here guarding Fort Meade for less money, we have developed a solid force of motivated guards who care deeply about their responsibilities. A majority of the guards are veterans, some retired and some with combat experience, and many have college degrees. Despite their title of “DA security guard,” they actually maintain limited law enforcement authorities, similar to our MPs and DA Police. The solution to our current challenge of keeping DA security guards is to adjust their pay scale. This goal has been difficult to achieve in a year in which the federal government is also dealing with the effects of sequestration. The good news is there are many general officers and even a U.S. senator trying to help change the legal requirements to make this happen. Additionally, we are working on a short-term solu- tion with our higher headquarters, IMCOM Central Command, to offer our guards a 10 percent retention bonus. This solution will allow Fort Meade guards to receive compensation equivalent to a GS-6 pay scale. This bonus could be approved as early as mid- October. In the meantime, we continue to receive significant support from tenant units on Fort Meade. We have Sol- diers,Sailors,AirmenandMarineswhoareonloantous toassistatthegates.Withoutthecontinuedsupportfrom these units, we would have closed one to two more gates. I can’t even fathom the traffic disaster that would have resulted from it. And speak- ing of our guard force,wedoreceive manycompliments on the professionalism of our guards. However, we also get a number of complaints. To that point, I can only say that my guards are human and do make mistakes, but for many of the complaints we receive, we find out that many “miss the mark” as to the reality of the job. Within the same day, I received complaints about one guard, that he was holding ID cards too long or not long enough. One individual immediately posted on Fort Meade’s Facebook page, after passing through a gate, to complain there was only one guard there, somethingweneverdo.Aquickcheckfoundthesecond guard in the guard shack’s bathroom. We took a complaint that one guard was working while a second guard was just standing there watching. He was the training sergeant observing a new guard in training status. And my favorite complaint: “Why did they close the Mapes gate if there are three to four guards at the Reece gate almost every day?” I can understand the point, but the key word is “almost.”Before we closed the Mapes Road and Route 175 gate, we were so thin with manpower vs. require- ments that some gates were closing on some days without any notice. People were actually trying to leave post only to drive up to a closed gate. That kind of decision-making process simply had to stop. So now, when we do have those days where there are no guards who are out sick, or conducting training or taking a much-earned vacation day, then I have one to two extra. And we put them at the other gates, typically Reece Road, to speed up the through-put. We have about 57,000 vehicles driving onto Fort Meade every day. Fort Meade is blessed to have a guard force that remains vigilant to the threats against our post; guards who professionally conduct their job while standing on their feet eight to 12 hours a day, in all types of weather and temperature extremes, working for less than ideal pay, and logging 40-60 hours a week. The leadership of Fort Meade and the Army will continue to work diligently to solve the legal bureau- cracy behind the DA security guard pay issue so we can maintain a larger force and get the gate open at Mapes Road and Route 175. In the meantime, I ask Fort Meade to really consider giving our civilian and military guard force a “thank- you” the next time you enter Fort Meade. I’m sure the guards on duty will really appreciate your kind words of support. Editor’s note: Lt. Col. J. Darrell Sides is the direc- tor of Fort Meade’s Directorate of Emergency Services, overseeing law enforcement, firefighting/rescue, and gate security operation on the installation. Hiring, keeping DA security guards easier said than done Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................12 Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies..................................18 Community..................17 Classified..............................20 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. 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 Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 LT. Col. J. 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  3. 3. September 26, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Joseph Saunders is walking on cloud nine. On Aug. 12, Saunders received a phone call from Operation Homefront while at work on post. He was notified that he and his wife had been selected to receive a mort- gage-free home. Saunders, a material expediter contractor for the Logistics Readiness Center, hurried to tell his supervisor. “It’s like a million dollar lottery,” he said. “I couldn’t hardly breathe. Everyone was happy for me.” Operation Homefront is a nonprofit orga- nization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. The organization awards mortgage-free homes to service members and veterans through its Homes on the Homefront pro- gram. Recipients must undergo a six-month- to three-year trial period, working with a case manager and attending financial educa- tion courses to learn about the responsibili- ties of credit and home-ownership. During this time, a lien is placed on the home. At the end of the trial period, they receive the deed to the house, free and clear. The only costs to the service member or veteran are the upkeep for the home and any taxes or applicable home-owner association fees. Saunders is a former Army specialist who was medically discharged due to a serious back injury he sustained while serving in Iraq in 2007. Operation Homefront officially awarded Injured vet given mortgage-free home the Catonsville home to Saunders and his wife, Tara, on Aug. 31 during the American Le Mans Series at the Grand Prix of Balti- more. The presentation was made in coop- eration with Operation Homefront’s corpo- rate partners in the project — Wells Fargo and SERKET Racing. Wells Fargo owned the property and donated it to the program. SERKET Racing, a Porsche race team, made a financial contribution to the project photos courtesy of operation homefront Former Spc. Joseph Saunders (far right) and his wife, Tara, (center) are awarded a mortgage-free home by Jim Knotts (second from left), president and CEO of Operation Homefront, during the American Le Mans Series at the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Aug. 31. They were joined by Mark Llano (far left), the founder and a driver with the SERKET Racing team, and Angela Vander Werf, community development manager at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. SERKET and Wells Fargo are corporate partners of the project. 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore. Saunders and his wife are first-time home owners and currently live in Laurel. Operation Homefront is scheduled to present them with the keys to their new home on Oct. 24. The couple is responsible for covering their moving costs to Catons- ville. “It was hard for me to keep my compo- sure, I feel so blessed,” Saunders said. “This is a great country. What more can a person hope for? What more can a man give his wife?” Saunders said Tara is elated. “She’s ecstatic,” he said. “She started cry- ing when I told her. She’s really happy and thankful.” After serving in Iraq, Saunders was a unit supply specialist with the 2nd Engineer- ing Battalion at the White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, N.M. When it was determined that he was not fit for duty due to his back injury, Saunders was medically discharged in September 2010. He then worked as a DoD security guard at the missile range until his recurring injury led him to be disqualified because he was unable to meet the jobs’s physical require- ments. Saunders’ employment ended in June 2012. While Saunders was undergoing a medi- cal review prior to his civilian job, he and his wife applied for a home through Operation Homefront. When his job ended at the mis- sile range, the couple later left New Mexico to live with Saunders’ father in Upper Marl- boro. He was hired to work at Fort Meade last October with the assistance of the Vet- erans Administration. An ordained Baptist minister, Saunders said he and his wife intend to pay off their bills and make sure their credit remains in good standing. “I’m looking to get my own church, if God is willing,”he said. “Start off small, and as God increases, go from there.” and donates 25 percent of its sponsorship dollars to veteran and military charities. “This new home will provide Joe and Tara with a tremendous opportunity to start the next chapter in their lives,”said Nick Kaylor, spokesperson for Operation Homefront. To receive a home through the program, applicants must either be in the military or a veteran and must not currently be a home owner. An applicant cannot have committed a felony, and must meet income and family size requirements. Kaylor said an applicant’s ties to the community where a house is located is also a consideration. The Saunders have received a newly reno- vated, Victorian-style, brick single-family home. The 1,159-square-foot house features three bedrooms,1.5 bathrooms, wood floors, a partially finished basement, a Jacuzzi and a covered back patio. The property is located ‘This is a great country. What more can a person hope for? What more can a man give his wife?’ Joseph Saunders Former Spc. Joseph Saunders and his wife, Tara, are the proud new owners of this newly renovated, Victorian-style home in Catonsville. The couple will receive the keys to the morgage-free house from Operation Homefront on Oct. 24.
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 News Story and photo by Sgt. Amy Christopherson 704th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs In an organization as large as the Army, long-standing traditions can serve to bring Soldiers together and make them feel more connected to the history of the service. The tradition of the noncommis- sioned officer induction ceremony is a rite of passage for Soldiers who are newly promoted. The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade’s NCOs gathered Sept. 12 at McGill Training Center to welcome new sergeants to the NCO Corps by sharing history, and offering advice and encouragement as they accept their new roles as leaders. “This is a significant moment for those of you who were recently pro- moted,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Thornton, the command sergeant major of 704th MI. “It’s an important step in understanding the roles and responsibil- ities that you have chosen to accept.” Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thom- as J. Latter spoke to the Soldiers about the meaning of becoming an NCO. “We are the greatest nation in the world for one reason — the noncom- missioned officer corps of the United States Army,” he said. “We train and lead Soldiers. It’s not about ‘me,’ it’s about ‘we.’ It’s about team.” Latter explained to the new NCOs that a private learns to be a Soldier, a specialist learns about his military occupational specialty, or MOS, and when that specialist becomes a ser- geant, he is a true professional who has a responsibility to train and lead Soldiers. “We train Soldiers not to make them as good as we are; we train them to make them better than us,” Latter said. Sgt. Henry Vasquez, a paralegal with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 704th MI, was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 1, with his wife and daughters by his side. Vasquez, who is from Ecuador, is already an experienced leader after Induction ceremony honors NCO tradition of leadership, training Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Thornton, the command sergeant major of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, welcomes the newly promoted Sgt. Henry Vasquez, a paralegal with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 704th MI, to the corps of noncommissioned officers during the brigade’s NCO Induction Ceremony held Sept. 12 at McGill Training Center. serving 15 years as a mechanic in the Ecuadorian Air Force before he moved his family to the U.S. and eventually enlisted in the Army. “The induction ceremony was a tra- dition that I had never seen before,” Vasquez said. “After the doors closed and it was only NCOs in the room, I really felt like I was part of the NCO Corps.” By Jim Garamone Armed Forces Press Service Although Defense Department offi- cials believe a government shutdown can be avoided when the new fiscal year begins Tuesday, they want DoD employ- ees to be prepared for the possibility, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a memo issued to the workforce Monday. The fiscal year ends Monday, and Congress has not passed a budget. If Congress does not approve a budget or pass a continuing resolution, the portions of the government funded via appropri- ated funds will be forced to close. “The department remains hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted,” Carter wrote in the memo. “The admin- istration strongly believes that a lapse in funding should not occur and is working with Congress to find a solution.” Congress still can prevent a lapse in appropriations, but “prudent manage- ment requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur at the end of the month,” the deputy secretary wrote. The absence of funding would mean a number of government activities would cease. “While military personnel would con- tinue in a normal duty status, a large number of our civilian employees would be temporarily furloughed,” Carter said. “To prepare for this possibility, we are updating our contingency plans for exe- cuting an orderly shutdown of activities that would be affected by a lapse in appropriations.” President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel understand the hardships such a shutdown could cause civilian employees, the deputy secretary Memo prepares Defense Department employees for shutdown Follow Fort Meade at wrote. “The administration strongly believes that a lapse in funding should not occur and is working with Congress to find a solution,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters Monday. “The secretary has made it clear that budget uncertainty is not helpful for us in executing our budget efficiently, and a shutdown would be the worst type of uncertainty. A shutdown would put severe hardships on an already stressed workforce, and is totally unnecessary.” Carter vowed to provide more infor- mation as it becomes available. The Office of Personnel Management’s web- site has more information on shutdown furloughs, also called emergency fur- loughs, at Editor’s note: The memo is available for download at For more information regarding guidance for shut- down furloughs, Department of Army civilian employees can call the Employee Assistance Program at 301-677-7121 or 301-677-7981.
  5. 5. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 News Story and photo by Tina Miles Public Affairs Officer 780th Military Intelligence Brigade National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The Department of Justice observed the occasion on Sept. 17 at the Office of Justice Programs Ballroom in Wash- ington, D.C. The theme was “Hispanics: Serving and leading our nation with pride and honor.” Sgt. Rafael Ortiz, information man- agement, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, was invited to perform during the observance. Ortiz is the lead singer of a Latin band called SalBomPle. The name is derived from the three styles of Latin music they perform: Salsa, Bomba and Plena. Salsa is primarily Cuban popular dance music merged with American music styles such as jazz and occasion- ally, elements of rock, RB and funk. Eight to 10 Cuban musical genres comprise Salsa, a term initially coined in New York City in the 1970s. Bomba is one of the traditional musi- cal styles of Puerto Rico, containing a mix of the three different island cultures. The base rhythm is played by two or more drums, which originated in Puerto Rico among the African slaves who worked the sugar cane fields. Since they came from different regions of Africa, they could not easily communicate with each other, so they used music. Today, Bomba is combined with different styles such as jazz or Salsa music. Plena originated in Puerto Rico around 1900. It was first heard in the neighborhoods whose population was mostly immigrants from neighboring islands who had settled on Puerto Rico from the late 1800s. The music’s beat and rhythm are usually played using panderos, hand- held drums resembling tambourines. The drums’ round wooden frames are covered with stretched animal skins, usually goat skin. The music is accompanied by a scrape gourd — the güiro — that Ortiz some- times plays as he sings. Although Bomba and Plena are famil- iar in Puetro Rico, the style of music is a new rhythm in the U.S. “People like the beat, but it’s not that easy to dance to,” Ortiz said. “That’s 780th MI Soldiers support National Heritage Month event Charlie Himel plays bass as Sgt. Rafael Ortiz, information management, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, sings a Puerto Rican plena song while playing the güiro (a scrape gourd). Ortiz’ Latino ensemble, SalBomPle, performed at the National Hispanic Heritage Month observance held Sept. 17 at the Office of Justice Programs Ballroom in Washington, D.C. why we also play Salsa.” Ortiz comes by his love of music and his talent naturally. His brother Car- los, who also serves in the Army as a recruiter, plays in a Latino band. Both Ortiz’s father and grandfather sang in bands. Originally, SalBomPle was the name given to a band started in Puerto Rico by Ortiz’ father, Rafael “Pole” Ortiz Sr., a singer who is well known in the Latino music circuit and has several records recorded under various bands. In 2011, when the elder Ortiz was diagnosed with cancer, he retired from his full-time music career and passed the name SalBomPle to his son in an effort to keep the band name and the culture of the Puerto Rican music alive. Ortiz accepted the gauntlet. “I met with a Puerto Rican conga player who knew my dad and he said, ‘Let’s do it,’ ”Ortiz said. They’ve been together ever since. In the past, Ortiz has sung with the All Army Latin Ensemble, which was created last year to bring entertainment to the League of United Latin Ameri- can Citizens Convention and to help establish a contact between the Army and civilians in their native language. “The experience of being part of the [LULAC] convention, to me, is an amazing honor,” Ortiz said. “I can become part of their effort by provid- ing assistance in different ways to the Hispanic community — by sharing my military experiences with people so they can understand better our role in the U.S. Army and how honored we are to serve this country.” Ortiz and SalBomPle travel locally, performing at various Latino-Hispanic cultural events, They were recently featured at the 2013 DC Latin Flavor Fest, a celebra- tion of Latin food, music and dance. Connect with Fort Meade at /ftmeade
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 News Photo by Philip H. Jones Helping Students SucceedMain Post Chapel Protestant Congregation volunteers LaGrant Smith, Ava Martin and June Toler examine school supplies Tuesday with Hank Branch, a seventh-grade guidance counselor at MacArthur Middle School. The congregation has adopted MacArthur Middle and Meade Middle schools this school year with the goal of helping students suc- ceed. The congregation recently contributed more than $6,000 in basic school supplies and food bank items and to the “Backpack Buddy” Program for the two schools. Guidance counselors, social workers and teach- ers work together to identify students in need of school supplies and food. The Backpack Buddy Program is a Meade Middle School initiative that accommodates students who may not have enough food at home for meals over each two-day weekend. The backpacks are returned to the school and re-filled for the following weekend. Providing food in backpacks allows the students to receive food items in a nondiscriminatory manner, so they can blend in with other students. Sept. 17, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel at the Exchange observed the subject take a lip liner and one lipstick and place them into her purse. She then attempted to leave the Exchange without pay- ing for the merchandise. Sept. 17, Shoplifting: The subject placed makeup under her jacket and exited the CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Exchange without rendering proper pay- ment. Sept. 19, Shoplifting: AAFES loss preven- tion personnel at the Exchange observed the subject remove a a data stick from a shelf in the toy aisle, remove it from the packaging and place it in his pocket. He then proceeded to exit the Exchange without rendering proper payment for the item. Sept. 18, Shoplifting: AAFES loss preven- tion personnel at the Exchange observed the subject shopping in the health and beauty aisle. While shopping, she retrieved a preg- nancy test kit. She removed the items from the box and placed them in her purse. She paid for other items, but exited the Exchange without rendering payment for the item that she placed into her purse. Sept. 22, Simple assault - consummated by a battery, disorderly conduct toward noncom- missioned officer, simple assault on military law enforcer: Units were dispatched to an assault in progress. A witness stated that when he arrived on the scene he witnessed the subject punch the victim in the side of the face. The subject was highly intoxicated, laughing hysterically, and stating that he was not going to listen to anything the units had to say. The subject resisted and kicked a police officer in the jaw. For week of Sept. 16-22: • Moving Violations: 5 • Nonmoving Violations: 2 • Verbal Warnings for Traffic Stops: 33 • Traffic Accidents: 11 • Driving on Suspended license: 0 • Driving on Suspended Registration: 0 • Driving Without a License: 0
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 News By Jane M. Winand Chief, Legal Assistance Division Home security systems are common these days. Whether you have expensive items in your house, a latchkey child who comes home alone, or you just want peace of mind, you may seek a home security system to give you a sense of safety. But you should be wary if a salesperson from a home security service knocks on your door. You may be at risk of being scammed. These door-to-door sales are unexpected and unsolicited. Note that both federal and state law provide consumer protection in this situation. The Maryland Door-to-Door Sales Act requires the salesperson to state, and provide written identification of, the salesman’s iden- tity, the name and address of the company for which the salesman works, and the kind of goods or services being offered. All this must happen before the sales pitch is made. Study the identification information care- fully. The alleged “salesperson”could actually be a thief seeking access to your home to evaluate it as a potential burglary target. And remember, you don’t have to allow a salesperson into your home. Once you let him or her in, it may be difficult to get them to leave. The door-to-door salesman may use decep- tive or high-pressure sales tactics to convince the consumer to buy a home security system that is overpriced or outdated. The following are some common signs of a potential home security system: • Some salespersons use scare tactics to convince a consumer to buy the home security system. They may site statistics of home bur- glaries in the area. This is particularly effective with older consumers. • The salesperson may claim this is a one- time offer that must be acted on immediately. They may claim that the home-monitoring equipment will be “free” if you sign the con- tract that day. What you may not know is that you will be obligated to sign a long-term contract with high fees that more than pay for the “free” equipment. • The salesperson may pressure you to gain access into your home to make the sales pitch and then refuses to leave. It is not rude to tell the salesperson you are not interested in the product. It is always best to not invite the sales representative into your home. However, if the rep refuses to leave, call the police. These scammers also target homeowners who post signs from their current home secu- rity company. The scammer may tell you that he or she has been sent from your current security company to upgrade your current system. Once you allow the scammer access to your home, they install a new home-monitoring system and have you sign papers that include a contract for the new system. Another scam has the representative claim- ing that your current security company has gone out of business and that the accounts were taken over by a new company that he represents. The scammer may go on to explain that new equipment is required and a new contract must be signed. Before you allow any changes to your existing home-monitoring system, contact your current monitoring company for verification. For more information about home secu- rity system scams, go to the Federal Trade Commission website at, or call the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536 to schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney. Home security systems - safety or a scam? 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. 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
  8. 8. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 Cover Story Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley accepts a $5,000 check for Army youth programs from Tanya Snyder, wife of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, at Joint Base Andrews. RIGHT: Elijah Jennings, 11, runs through drills during Tuesday’s “Salute to Play 60” at Joint Base Andrews. The Washington Redskins joined an estimated 500 military children for the mini-combine event. Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Running down field, Quinntin Roach broke away from the defender mirroring his route and pulled in a 5-yard pass — from Washington Redskins’ quarter- back Robert Griffin III. “He throws pretty hard,” the 9-year- old said. “It hurt a little bit.” Quinntin was among the 40 Fort Meade youngsters ages 9 to 14 who joined the Washington Redskins for the “Salute to Play 60 Challenge” on Tuesday evening at Joint Base Andrews. An estimated 500 children from military families from the Washington, D.C., area participated in the mini-combine event. The NFL’s Play 60 campaign aims to fight childhood obesity by encouraging youth to get active for at least 60 min- utes a day. “We are very appreciative to the National Football League and the Play 60 Challenge, which seeks to make the next generation of youth the most active and most healthy,” said Barbara Thompson, director of the Office of Family Policy and Children and Youth. “This compliments what we do in the Department of Defense, and it is so exciting to see such young, healthy, active military youth. “We applaud the efforts of the Wash- ington Redskins for promoting healthy initiatives in support of military chil- dren and their families. …You have touched our children’s lives forever.” Several Redskin players served as “celebrity trainers” for the mini-com- bine that included a variety of drills ranging from catching to running drills that improved footwork. Redskin celebrity trainers included Griffin, running back Alfred Morris, receiver Josh Morgan, fullback Darrel Young, receiver Niles Paul, cornerback Josh Wilson and guard Adam Gettis. Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley said he appreciated the Redskins for taking the time to be with the chil- dren. “It’s just really awesome,” he said. “It’s a real class act by the Redskins this afternoon. … I leave this with a really, really great impression of the Redskins as an organization, as a team. I’m really impressed by the professionalism of the players.” The 90-minute event opened with Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, presenting Foley with a $5,000 check for Army youth pro- grams. During a short opening ceremony, two of the Redskins discussed their relationships to the military, including Griffin. Both his parents served in the Army. “I was once where you all were, going to camps and events,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having a lot of fun with you guys today.” Young’s brother has served in the military for the past 15 years, including five tours of duty in Afghanistan. “The military is special to me,” he said. “What your parents do, they are great heroes every day. … We thank you guys.” In his brief remarks, Bruce Allen, executive vice president and general Training Day Fort Meade youngsters hit the field with Washington Redskins
  9. 9. September 26, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13 Ronald Bailey takes a handoff from Washington Redskins’ receiver Josh Morgan at the NFL’s “Salute to Play 60.” The Play 60 campaign aims to fight childhood obesity by encouraging youth to get active for at least 60 minutes a day. manager of the Redskins, also thanked the children and their parents for their service. “You all look at them as heroes, but the Washington Redskins organization looks at your parents and your mentors as our heroes,” Allen said. “We thank you for everything your family has done for America.” The youngsters then split up into small groups, with the Redskins players leading the children through a variety of stations with different drills. “It was awesome,” Quinntin said. At the end of the drills, the players autographed footballs for the young- sters. Morgan said he enjoyed spending the evening with the military children. “It was a lot of fun hanging out with all the kids,” he said. “It’s always fun. The kids always make you appreci- ate life that much more. They always have a good time, regardless of what’s going on.” Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young speaks to a group of 500 military children during the “Salute to Play 60” event on Tuesday. Young’s brother has served in the Army for 15 years. ‘It was a lot of fun hanging out with all the kids. It’s always fun. The kids always make you appreciate life that much more.’ Josh Morgan Washington Redskins Receiver
  10. 10. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 Sports photo by nate pesce Old Mill prepares to snap the ball as Meade defenders crowd the line during Friday night’s home game. The Patriots defeated the Mustangs 30-20 as Meade falls to 2-1 on the season. By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Two offensive mistakes by the Meade Mustangs were the deciding factor in a tightly contested battle between the top two teams in Anne Arundel County. Turnovers that resulted in touchdowns were the backbreakers for Meade High as the Mustangs fell to the Old Mill Patriots 30-20 at home Friday night. Despite another strong performance by running back Kyle Evans, who ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, and a defense that produced four sacks, the Mustangs were unable to overcome a costly interception and a botched hand- off that led to a fumble. “We know we made mistakes today and need to hold each other accountable,” said offensive lineman Jake Hawk. The Mustangs fell to 2-1 while the Patriots maintained a firm hold as the top team in the county standings with a 3-0 record. “The better team is not walking off the field with the ‘W’ because we made too many mistakes,” said head coach Rich Holzer. Friday’s game opened as a defensive battle with the Patriots’ special teams scoring first as Devin Salisbury returned a punt for a touchdown to give Old Mill an early 7-0 lead. Meade continued to contain Old Mill running back Marcus Hicks through the first quarter, but four consecutive three- and-outs by the Mustang offense kept the momentum in the Patriots’ favor. An interception midway through the second quarter led to Old Mill’s second scoring drive in the game. Hicks scored a touchdown on a 35-yard run, giving the Patriots a 14-0 advantage. Evans ignited the Mustangs’ offense on the following drive with a 15-yard kick return and rushing for another 57 yards. Evans capped the seven-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run cutting the lead to 14-7. “Evans is a stud,” Holzer said. “When he’s going, just get on his back and ride and let him do his work.” Old Mill opened the second half with an 11-play drive that resulted in a 32- yard field goal by Brady Hannon. Down 17-7, Evans responded with a 20-yard kick return, then rushed for 50 yards on the 10-play drive. Smith scored the Mustangs’ second touchdown with a 9-yard run, cutting the Patriots’ lead to 17-14. The touchdown drive and a strong Old Mill hands Meade Mustangs first loss of season defense gave the Mustangs the momen- tum. However, a botched handoff on Meade’s second drive in the second half, returned the momentum to the Patriots. Old Mill turned the turnover into seven points with a nine-play drive ending with a 2-yard touchdown run by Donovan Franklin. The early fourth-quarter score gave the Patriots a 24-14 lead. With three minutes left in the game, Meade quarterback Marcus Smith and Evans moved the Mustangs down field in a six-play drive that ended with Smith completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Tyree Turner. A failed onside kick gave the Patriots possession at midfield. Hicks scored again on a 43-yard run. A blocked extra- point attempt ended Old Mill’s offensive dominance; with the Patriots’ leading 30-20. With the time running out, a deep des- peration pass by Smith was intercepted, sealing the Old Mill win. “We played hard for the most part,” Evans said “We just turned the ball over.” Smith threw for 102 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 61 yards and another touchdown. David Richards led the Meade receivers with 49 yards. The Mustang’s ended the night stat- ing that they had confidence they would bounce back from the team’s first defeat of the season and hoped they would get an opportunity for a rematch with Old Mill in the county playoffs. “Hopefully, this is the wake-up call that we need and everything starts to click,” Holzer said. Week Four: Chesapeake at Meade High School, Friday at 6:30 p.m. For the Meade High School’s home- coming game, the Mustangs will face the 1-2 Chesapeake Cougars as both teams look to bounce back after hard-fought losses last week. Last Friday, the Cougars lost to Sever- na Park 28-27 in overtime with Ches- apeake quarterback Rashawn Shields throwing for 258 yards and three touch- downs to three different receivers in his first start. Chesapeake has a big offensive line that will allow the team to focus on its run game similar to Old Mill. On defense, the Cougars run a similar scheme to the Mustangs but play mostly in zone cover- age to compensate for slower defenders. “I think that’s an area [zone coverage defense] we can get a little advantage on them,” Holzer said. In practice this week, Meade focused on ball security, simplifying the offense and cutting down on mental mistakes through repetition drills. Holzer believes this team does not have a hangover from last week’s loss and that the Mustangs are eager and ready to get back on the field to redeem themselves.
  11. 11. September 26, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports Sports Shorts 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 Oct. 13, or on race day from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost of the race is $20 for adults and $15 for students until Oct. 13, and $25 on race day. A race T-shirt is guaranteed with online registration before Oct. 13. 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 Oct. 10 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 Oct. 16 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 11 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. For more Fort Meade sports, visit Hey, steeler, redskin and giant fans, here’s a few jokes for ya: Knock knock. Who’s there? Owen. Owen who? O and 3! And if you liked that one, our friend Bobbie Johnson already hooked us up for some laughs after you all lose this weekend. Knock, knock! Who’s there? General Lee. General Lee who? General Lee, even the steelers/redskins/ giants don’t suck this bad. Yeah, that just happened. The Notre Dame Broadcasting Compa- ny, aka NBC, had some jokes on Saturday with its opening for the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State game. Former Heisman Trophy winner, and ND alum, Tim Brown decided to talk about what makes a rivalry. *If you are squeamish, I implore you to only watch the first minute or so of this clip because the Irish/Spartan tilt was one of the worst games ever played. Now hyping up Notre Dame’s rivalry with the Spartans isn’t what was so funny. The teams have played against each other since 1897 and took part in the so-called “Game of the Century” in 1966. ThefunnypartwasNotreDame’sblatant attempt to diss its rivalry with Michigan, which Notre Dame decided to end after next season because of its commitment to play five ACC games on its schedule. That legitimate agreement meant that Notre Dame would have to cut its noncon- ference schedule down to its primary rivals, and that list didn’t include Michigan. The only thing I can say to that is: Notre Dame, if you’re scared, say you’re scared. It is only human nature to want to stop getting beat like a drum two out of every three times you take the field. Michigan is 24-16-1 against Notre Dame since the two teams played their first game in 1887. Conversely, Notre Dame’s record against its other rivals — rivals they plan on keep- ing on their schedule — is a little more favorable. • ND vs. USC: 45-34-5 (ND) *Great rivalry no doubt, but USC has gotten the best of it lately, so it may be going away too. • ND vs. Bos- ton College: 13-9 (ND) *Understand, you gotta keep the man upstairs happy. • ND vs. Navy: 71-12-1 (ND) *This rivalry is akin to hammer vs. nail. • ND vs. Army: 38-8-4 (ND) *This rivalry was huge during the time of the Wing T and Knute Rockne. Are you starting to see a pattern? Rivalries in South Bend are based less on equitable competition (Michigan has the most wins in college football history; Notre Dame is third) and memorable moments like Desmond Howard’s catch on fourth down in 1991 or Denard Robinson’s last-second touchdown pass in 2011, and more on who Notre Dame can beat. Again, Notre Dame has every right to play whoever they want to play, and if their folks believe it is better to pad their sched- ule with cupcakes, then good on them. But it’s not cool when an academic institution shows a clear lack of integrity when revealing why it no longer wants to play against certain, superior teams. Hail to the Victors. Lastly, the HCI - Healthy Chad Initia- tive - kicked off in earnest this week with a workout around Burba Lake on Tuesday. Per usual, the lake was beautiful: Geese were swimming and pooping, a very nice older lady gave me a low five and told me to “flush out my kidneys,” a crane gracefully made its way through some marsh. And after I finished my run, I picked up four empty night-crawler containers, a few used paper plates, and an empty box of Sippy fruit juice. Come on, people. Listen to Woodsy the Owl and give a hoot, don’t pollute. bit. ly/1dH3i0S And as always, if you have any questions on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber. Jokes for ya Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion
  12. 12. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 Sports Runners start the Football Fan Fair on Saturday morning. Competitors dressed in NFL and college jerseys, T-shirts and hats of their favorite football teams. LEFT: Tim Rothenhoefer runs with his devil sticks during Saturday’s Football Fan Fair 5K and One-Mile Run at Constitution Park. More than 300 competitors participated in the event, which was the fourth of eight in the annual Run Series. Story and photos by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer A Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons jersey and a frilly red tutu. That was the running outfit of choice for Krystle Lein, and she didn’t appear out of place — except for the tutu. “It’s light, it’s fluffy,” the Potomac Place resident said. “It separates me.” Like Lein, many participants sported NFL or college jerseys, T-shirts or hats of their favorite football teams as they com- peted in the installation’s Football Fan Fair 5K Run and One-Mile Walk on Saturday morning at Constitution Park. More than 300 runners competed in the event, which was the fourth of eight events in Fort Meade’s annual Run Series. As runners gathered near the starting line prior to the race, a variety of unique outfits and competitors filled English Avenue near McGlachlin Parade Field. Among them was Lein and her tutu, which will become a staple of the Run Series this year. “I got it for the last race,”she said. “And I plan on wearing it to the Halloween one, the Turkey Trot and the Christmas one.” For Tim Rothenhoefer, warming up for the 5K included more than just stretching out this legs. He also got into a rhythm with his devil sticks. In a form of juggling, Rothenhoefer ran the entire 5K bouncing a baton between two sticks — “just for the heck of it,” he said. Although he said running with the devil sticks isn’t too difficult, when Rothen- hoefer began juggling them during 5Ks, he was adding two minutes a mile. “It slowed me down a fair amount,” he said. “If you do it regularly, it’s not that much of a difficulty to do. I just do the simple basics, I don’t do any tricks when I’m running. ... It keeps it interesting.” Runners darted off the starting line at 8 a.m., with first-time Run Series competi- tors Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley and Luke Rodina leading the pack. Foley pushed the first mile, but Rodina then pulled away to cross the finish line first at 16:15. Runners compete in annual Football Fan Fair Run Series “I was happy with it,”Rodina said. “I’ve been doing a lot of base work, trying to build up my aerobic fitness.” Foley finished second at 17:46. Run Series veteran Luis Navarro finished with a final time of 18:03. Carol Brong was the first woman to cross with finish line at 19:04. Kelly Tim- ney followed closely with a second-place time of 21:31. Sandra Griffin finished third at 21:54. “I feel good, but I still need to work on it,”Timney said. “I’m still a minute behind my personal best, and I want to get down to 18.” Rodina said he felt “pretty good” about winning his first Run Series event. “I know there’s a lot of talented run- ners here and I was excited to see the good turnout and, hopefully, it continues like this through the rest of the Run Series,” he said. Editor’s note: The Run Series will con- tinue with the Ghost, Ghouls and Goblins 5K and One-Mile Walk on Oct. 26 at the Pavilion. Cougars roundup Football • The 70-pound Cougars defeated the Annapolis Little Giants, 19-0. • The 80-pound Cougars were defeated by the Andover Apaches, 33-6. • The 90-pound Cougars defeated the South River Seahawks, 18-0. • The 100-pound Cougars were defeated by the Pasadena Panthers, 20-0. • The 11U Cougars were defeated by the Severna Park Green Hornets, 27-13. • The 13U Cougars were defeated by the Pasadena Panthers, 20-6.
  13. 13. September 26, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 17 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. Notice of Availability U.S. Army Cyber Command /2nd Army proposes to establish and operate a command and control facility at Fort Meade or Fort Gordon, Ga. The purpose of the proposed action is to construct a facility or renovate existing buildings to accommodate a workforce comprised of active-duty service members and government civilian and contract personnel at one of seven alternative site locations at either Fort Meade or Fort Gordon. The results, as found in the Environmental Assessment, show that the proposed action would not have a significant adverse impact on the environment, though the EA does not indicate a preferred alternative. At the conclusion of the public comment period, it is anticipated that a draft Finding of No Significant Impact would be appropriate and would be signed for the proposed action. An environmental impact statement, therefore, is not necessary to implement the proposed action. Copies of the draft EA and draft FNSI are available online at by clicking on the ‘environmental programs’ tab to ‘public notices’ and http://www. The documents also can be found at the Fort Meade Medal of Honor Memorial Library; the West County Area Library, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton; Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office (Builidng 29801); and Richmond County Main (HQ) Public Library, 823 Telfair St., Augusta, Ga. Additionally, copies can be obtained by contacting Suzanne Teague at the Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division, 4215 Roberts Ave., Fort Meade, 20755; or by phone at 301-677-9185 or email at suzanne. or Robert Drumm, at the DPW, Environmental Division, 527 15th St., Building 14500, Fort Gordon, Ga. 30905 or by phone at 706-791-6374 or email at robert.l.drumm6. Comments on the draft final EA and draft FNSI may be submitted to Teague or Drumm no later than 30 days from the publication of this notice. Monthly Prayer Breakfast The next Monthly Prayer Breakfast will be held Oct. 3 at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. The guest speaker is Judge William P. Green Jr., who was appointed judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. This court has exclusive jurisdiction to provide judicial review of final decisions by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, an entity within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The prayer breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month. There is no cost for the buffet; donations are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call Diana Durner at 301-677-6703 or email diana. AER update Army Emergency Relief is transforming into a new data base, effective Oct. 15. Due to this change, AER sections worldwide will not be able to process AER cases until after the migration period of Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. to Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. All AER cases during this period will be referred for processing to the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337. Other important updates: Service members in the rank of E-7, WO3, O3 and above no longer require commander/ 1st sergeant approval on loan applications. AER offers two scholarship programs: • The Spouse Education Assistance Program provides scholarships for spouses of Army Soldiers. Funds are available for spouses pursuing their first undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university. • The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program provides scholarships for children of Soldiers, including active- duty, retired and deceased. Funds are available for children pursuing their first undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university. Applications and information are available the first week of January on AER’s website at For more information, call Wallace Turner, AER officer, at 301-677-5768. ESC Roll Off The Enlisted Spouses Club will sponsor its annual “Roll Off” on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Midway Commons Neighborhood Center. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Arrive promptly to learn about your group’s responsibilities. All interested groups, units and organizations on post are invited and encouraged to participate in this fundraising opportunity, as 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 Oct. 15 to get a second book of 20 bingo games for free. Pre-sale tickets are available online at until Oct. 15. 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. 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 • The Retired Officers’ Officers’ Wives’ Club is sponsoring a bus and boat trip on the CO Canal on Oct. 16. Cost is $38 and includes the bus to the canal and the hourlong mule-powered barge ride with commentary on the canal. For reservations or more information, call Joan Fiscus at 410-465-0492. • The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew Multicultural Festival, Columbia’s largest international festival, will be held Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 11:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the church, 7271 Eden Brook Drive, Kings Contrivance Village Center, Columbia. The annual event features homemade Greek, Slavic, Romanian, Ethiopian, American and Lebanese foods; a wine and beer garden; free cultural entertainment; a children’s activity area; silent auction; church tours; traditional ethnic desserts; and specialty vendors. For more information, go to or call 410-381- 2284. • Maryland Renaissance Festival will be held through Oct. 20 at 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis. Admission is $7 to $22. For more information, email • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trips to New York City on Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $60. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is sponsor- ing a luncheon meeting on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. Cost is $18. Reservations are required. For reservations, call your area representative or Betty Wade at 410-551-7082 by today at NEWS EVENTS YOUTH RECREATION CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 MEETINGS
  14. 14. SOUNDOFF! September 26, 2013 Community 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. 16 Today, Saturday Sunday: “Planes” (PG). A crop-dusting plane dreams of competing in a famous aerial race but must overcome his fear of heights. With Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett. (3D Saturday) Friday: “Elysium” (R). In 2159, the wealthy live aboard a luxurious space station while others suffer on the surface. With Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley. Wednesday Oct. 5, 6: “Jobs” (PG-13). Looking inside the major moments and defining char- acters that influenced Steve Jobs. With Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad. Oct. 3, 4: “Kick-Ass 2” (R). Bad guy Red Mist gets a new name and hunts down the amateur superheroes. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris- topher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz. Oct. 9, 13: “Getaway” (PG-13). Brent Magna must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a man in order to save his kidnapped wife. With Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight. Oct. 10, 11: “Paranoia” (PG-13). A blue collar guy rises in the corporate world and is confronted by a ruthless CEO. With Liam Hemsworth, Har- rison Ford, Gary Oldman. Oct. 12, 16: “The Smurfs 2 3D” (PG). Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette. With Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays. noon. Jim Heins, park supervisor for the CO Canal, will present “The Park That Almost Wasn’t,” a musical slideshow. For more information, call Genny Bell- inger, ROWC president, at 410-674-2550. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is Oct. 3. Din- ner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-674-4000. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free support group for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting is Oct. 3. For more information, visit • Families Dealing with Deployment, Unac- companied 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 Oct. 7. For more informa- tion, email • NARFE Chapter 1519 will meet Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie. The speaker is Michael Volk, business development coordinator, Cyber Center, Anne Arundel Community College. Anyone wishing to join this chapter or find out more information should attend this meeting. The organization is in need of personnel wishing to become active members and attend meetings. For more information, call Diane Shreves, publicity chairman, at 410-760- 3750. • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is Oct. 9. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior noncommissioned officers. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email • 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 Oct. 11. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, visit or call 410-551-7953. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 MEETINGS Make sure your camp is included! Maryland Family Magazine’s 2014 Camp Guide, publishing in the January issue, will feature a listing of camp opportunities. Participation is free, so make sure your camp is included! Submit your information here: