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Fort Meade Soundoff June 12, 2014


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Fort Meade Soundoff June 12, 2014

  1. 1. 3-Star Visit New IMCOM commander tours Fort Meade page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7:30 a.m.: AUSA Army Birthday Breakfast - Club Meade Today, 7 p.m.: Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Concert - Constitution Park Friday, 7 p.m.: 2014 U.S.Army Soldier Show - Murphy Field House Saturday, 8 a.m.: Fallen Heroes 5K Run & 1-MileWalk - Defense Information School June 18, 5-6:30 p.m.: Facebook Town Hall - graduation Celebrate Meade High’s Class of 2014 in our annual pull-out section pages 11-14 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 23 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community June 12, 2014 Photo courtesy U.s. Army Field Band wish you were hereMembers of The Volunteers — Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Lindsey, guitar; Staff Sgt. Glenn Robertson, drums; and Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher, vocals — thank the audience for their support during the first concert of the U.S. Army Field Band’s Summer Concert Series on June 5 at Constitution Park. The Volunteers, the touring rock band of the Field Band, performed a Pink Floyd tribute concert to kick off the free series. For more information, see Page 17.
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! June 12, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................15 Graduation 2014.........11 Movies..................................19 Community..................17 Classified..............................21 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 This Saturday, the United States Army will cel- ebrate 239 years of service to defend the concept of liberty. Hence our motto, “This We’ll Defend,” surmounting a liberty cap thrust aloft on a pike on the Army seal. Before our forefathers declared independence, before our nation was officially born, before we had a Constitution and Bill of Rights, the 1st Continen- tal Congress placed the militia at Boston under its control and authorized 10 additional companies of riflemen to be raised on June 14, 1775 — the birth of what is now the United States Army and the infantry branch. The following day the command of the Conti- nental Army was given to Gen. George Washing- ton, our first commander in chief. As the nation has done since before its inception, it has relied on the professional corps of officers and NCOs such as Maj. Gen. Baron Von Stuben, who was the first to put sergeants major in charge of drilling recruits into a cohesive disciplined fight- ing organization to represent America and fight our wars. The size of our Army over the course of our nation’s history has ebbed and flowed based on the needs of America. But there always remained a corps of professionals — professional Soldiers who sacrificed their own individual rights to join the profession of arms and defend America. If you have a chance, look at the battle stream- ers affixed to the Army colors. Read those names of places in our history where battles were fought and the trust of the American people was won through honorable service, demonstrated military expertise, and an esprit de corps that could not be conquered. These sacrifices on the battlefield were equaled by the dedication that Army professionals exhibited duringperiodsof peaceastheypre- pared to defend the nation in its next conflict. There are many examples of this in Fort Meade’s own history and readily available for viewing at our museum. For example, did you know that in 1919, then-Lt. Col. George S. Patton was in charge of the Army Tank Corps on Fort Meade? He applied the lessons he learned on the battlefields of World War I to mentor and develop the next generation of Army leaders — including then-Maj. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who replaced Patton when he departed. The Army’s history is filled with examples of professionals developing the next generation of leaders to defend our country. To all of our younger siblings — the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard: We thank you for your continued support of us on battlefields across the world where you have shared our danger, our sorrow and our joy to ensure the defense of the nation and American ideals. Someone must be the “first to fight.” Please join me this Saturday in a toast to our nation’s most senior service - the United States Army - and all of those professionals who have served her with honor in the past and continue to serve America today — those Army professionals, those Soldiers for life. Happy birthday to the United States Army! America’s Army - Our Profession Garrison command Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter 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. June 12, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, the com- manding general of Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, toured the installa- tion Friday to meet with Fort Meade’s military and civilian leaders. The daylong visit included stops at the National Security Agency, Directorate of Emergency Services, Reece Crossings and Asymmetric Warfare Group, as well as an aerial tour of the installation and lunch with garrison employees. “My goal is to interact with our garrison commander and the senior commanders here to see how are things going, what are their concerns and to ensure that we can pave a way ahead,” Halverson said. In April, Halverson took command of IMCOM, which focuses on synchronizing, integrating and delivering installation services and sustaining facilities in support of senior commanders to enable a “ready and resilient” Army. The command manages 184 installa- tions on four continents. Halverson’s first stop was at the NSA where he spoke with Adm. Michael Rogers, com- mander of Cyber Command and director of the NSA. The general also met with retired Col. Daniel L. Thomas, the agency’s chief of logistics and a former Fort Meade garrison commander, and Harvey Davis, the director of Installation and Logistics, for a tour of Fort Meade’s East Campus. Halverson, along with Garrison Command- er Col. Brian P. Foley, then toured the DES facility and its emergency call center. During the stop, the general met with several firefight- ers and discussed their training and duties. “It really is tough work,” he said to the firefighters. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Winegar, director of DES, and Halverson discussed partnerships with local law enforcement and the security of the installation that supports 138,000 people. The group also discussed challenges with funding for infrastructure as the installation continues to grow and alternative ways Halverson is looking to change the funding process. During lunch at the Freedom Inn Dining Facility, Halverson thanked the garrison staff for their work and the “great services” they provide to the installation’s service members in a “24-hour, 7-days-a-week operation.” “It’s exciting to be at Fort Meade,” Halver- son said to the civilian staff. “I appreciate all your leadership.” Halverson also addressed such issues as IMCOM commander visits Fort Meade employees’ professional development, budget problems, and speeding up the background check process at Child, Youth and School Services. Following a status update on the AWG’s construction projects, Halverson stopped at Corvias Military Living’s Reece Crossings apartment complex, which is expected to open later this month. After the tour, Halverson said he was impressed with the various partnerships that Fort Meade has formed in order to pro- vide “extraordinary” services for its 79,258 patrons. “It’s a great community,” he said. “It really is refreshing to see how, if we work together as a team, you can really move forward.” Foley said the visit was beneficial. “He left with a clear understanding of the growth on Fort Meade and uniqueness of our huge DoD population,” he said. “Lt. Gen. Halverson is committed to fighting for resources needed to support the handful of installations that continue to grow in contrast to overall downsizing of our military. “Fort Meade is now firmly in his mind as one of those few critical Army forts.” photos by steve ellmore Garrison Command Col. Brian P. Foley and Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson tour Corvias Military Living’s Reece Crossings on Friday afternoon. Halverson, the commanding general of Installation Management Command, visited Fort Meade to meet with the installation’s senior leaders. It was Halverson’s first tour of the installation since taking command in April. Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, the commanding general of Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, talks to Lt. Col. Jeffrey Winegar, director of the Directorate of Emergency Services, during a tour of the DES facility on Friday.
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! June 12, 2014 News Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer After a busy two years that included two separate deployments to Kuwait and Honduras, the 48th Combat Support Hospital welcomed a new leader Sunday morning. Col. Gregory A. Kolb took the reigns of the 48th CSH from Col. Thomas A. Johnson during a change of command ceremony at McGlachlin Parade Field. “Throughout my career I have been blessed with great assignments, and being selected as a commander for the 48th CSH is no exception,” Kolb said. “I am honored to serve as your commander for the next two years.” Headquartered at the Capt. John Smathers Reserve Center, located on Route 175, the 48th CSH provides the medical capability of a 248-bed hospital, providing operating rooms, emergency medical triage and treatment facilities, intensive care units, minimal care wards and neuropsychiatry services. Formed during World War II as the 48th Portable Surgical Hospital, the unit was first assigned to the China-Burma- India Theater in 1943 to provide medi- cal training for Chinese army medical personnel. Shortly after arriving in China, how- ever, the unit split into two elements, joining the 2nd Army and the 53rd Army, 35th Division. During this time, the 48th Portable Surgical Hospital provided surgi- cal treatment to more than 325 combat causalities. The unit was reactivated during the Korean War, with the mission of receiv- ing and treating all hemorrhagic fever virus cases in the 8th Army and was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commenda- tion streamer. After serving in Korea and Japan, the 48th CSH was activated at Fort Meade as the first multicomponent combat support hospital. From 2002 to 2003, the 48th CSH mobilized 119 Soldiers to Afghani- stan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Most recently, 178 of its Soldiers served in Kuwait in support of the War on Ter- rorism and 199 more Soldiers deployed to Honduras on a humanitarian mission. Johnson served at the helm of the 48th CSH during both recent deployments and commanded the unit in Kuwait from March 2013 to January. “He’s an excellent leader who multi- tasks very well,” said Col. Stephen Sauter, commander of the 338th Medical Bri- New commander takes control of Reserve unit gade. “He had split operations in Kuwait, Honduras and back here at home. He did everything I asked of him and more.” In his remarks, Johnson thanked the Soldiers of the 48th CSH for their work under his command. “You all are awesome,” he said. “ ... I greatly appreciate everything each and all of you have done.” Sauter said Kolb will continue to lead the 48th CSH to success. “He’s an excellent officer and has my full trust and confidence,” he said. “He’s going to do great things for you guys.” Kolb takes command of the 48th CSH with 30 years of service and several deployments. After enlisting in 1984, Kolb was com- missioned in 1987. He graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia with a bachelor’s in business administra- tion in 1988. Kolb also earned a master’s of business administration degree from Touro University International. During his military career, Kolb has held a variety of positions including deputy surgeon, chief of plans and opera- tions, mobilization officer, chief of medi- cal readiness, and commander. In 2002, he deployed with the 3rd Medical Command to Kuwait in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Free- dom. In May 2010, Kolb commanded the 334th CSH as the unit deployed to Afghanistan. Mostly recently, Kolb served as the chief of staff for the 3rd Medical Com- mand (Deployment Support) in Gillem Enclave, Ga. During his brief remarks, Kolb said his leadership philosophy is to “lead others by example with respect.” “We will be the best battalion in the 3rd Medical Command and we’re going to have fun doing it,” he said. Incoming commander Col. Gregory A. Kolb hands the 48th Combat Support Hospital’s flag to Command Sgt. Maj. Wanda Bivens during a Change of Command Ceremony on Sunday at McGlachlin Parade Field. Kolb replaces Col. Thomas Johnson, who had served as commander of the Reserve unit since 2012.
  5. 5. June 12, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News May 25, Driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, failure to drive right of center, driving with an expired license: While conducting routine patrol, a police unit observed a vehicle driving left of the center line. Furthermore, the driver would slow down, and weaved in and out of the lane repeatedly. Upon contact, the police observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver’s breath. The driver was asked to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and performed poorly. The tests were then terminated because the driver was informed of his Maryland implied consent, which he invoked, and failed to render a breath sample. May 25, Driving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, exceed- ing speed limit by 20 to 29 mph: While on routine patrol, a police unit observed a vehicle traveling at CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services a high rate of speed. While following the vehicle, the officer observed the driver weaving in and out of his lane. Upon contact, the officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver’s breath. The driver performed poorly on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The driver rendered a breath sample of .12 blood alcohol content. June 3, Assault consummated by a battery: The victim stated that Subject 1 struck him in the face with a closed fist, and then Subject 2 slammed him to the ground and began punching him in the face and head. June 7, Shoplifting: Loss prevention personnel at the Exchange stated that she observed the subject select cosmetics and jewelry from their respective display counters and conceal them in her purse. She then exited the Exchange without rendering proper payment for the concealed items. For week of June 2-8: • Moving violations: 14 • Nonmoving violations: 3 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 18 • Traffic accidents: 10 • Driving on suspended license: 0 • Driving on suspended registration: 1 • Driving without a license: 0 FORT MEADE ARMY EDUCATION CENTER: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday Advising hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday or call 410-672-2117 Claudia Velazquez, Coordinator of College Services Visit our office at the Fort Meade Army Education Center to learn about AACC’s many education programs for active duty, veterans and dependents: • Transfer options allow you to complete a four-year degree. • Career advising and workforce training for continued career development. • Interest-free tuition payment plans and other payment options. • Online, weekend and evening classes for flexible scheduling. • Opportunities for spouses and dependents, including the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program that provides up to $4,000 in financial assistance to eligible military spouses. • Early College Access Program classes for high school students. • AACC Military and Veteran Resource Center. • Classes at Fort Meade High School, AACC at Arundel Mills, Center for Cyber and Professional Training, Glen Burnie Town Center, AACC’s Arnold campus and many other locations in the county. For a challenging education that directly applies to the real world, look no further than Anne Arundel Community College. FREE ADVICE. Just one of the ways we’re “military friendly.” *See clinic for details. Rates and services may vary by location and session. Not all Massage Envy Spa locations offer facial and other services. For a specific list of services available, check with specific location or see Additional local taxes and fees may apply. Each location is independently owned and operated. ©2013 Massage Envy Franchising, LLC. Exclusively featuring LAUREL 14720 Baltimore Ave Next to Burlington’s (301) 497-9977 • Convenient Hours • Franchises Available Open 7 Days: M-F 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm vailable GRAND OPENING! Schedule today to save on our most popular sessions. $ 5999 $ 6999 INTRODUCTORY 1-hour massage session* INTRODUCTORY 1-hour Murad® Healthy Skin facial session* Ask about our Military Discounts.
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! June 12, 2014 News Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer The recipients of this year’s Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s scholarships have vol- unteered for a wide range of activities, including tutoring at schools, providing food for the needy and raising money to fight cancer. The organization held its annual schol- arship ceremony on June 3 at the Fort Meade Museum. “Our organization is about community spirit,”said Heather Thomas, chairperson of the OSC scholarship committee. Five high school seniors were awarded the Merit Scholarship, which ranged from $500 to $2,000. Thomas said there was twice the num- ber of scholarship applicants this year and that students’ transcripts and resumes were “impressive.” In addition to the Merit Scholarship, OSC also awarded its Etta Baker Schol- arship of $2,500 to Nicholas Bishop, son of Erin Bishop and Navy Cmdr. Steven Bishop. Nicholas, who did not attend the cer- emony, is a senior at Liberty High School in Eldersburg and will attend Ohio State University. Both the Merit Scholarship and Etta Baker Scholarship are awarded for aca- demic achievement and community ser- vice. The Central Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association donated $2,000 toward the Etta Baker Scholarship. Proceeds from the OSC’s annual “Old Joe” Golf Tournament, Bingo Bonanza and Holiday Bazaar support the organi- zation’s scholarship fund. In his remarks at the ceremony, Quen- tin Smith, executive vice president of AFCEA, told the students that the orga- nization is investing in the future. “We think that because of your accom- plishments to date, you are a good invest- ment,” he said. “We’re very proud to partner with the OSC. Their objectives of identifying outstanding and bright students and encouraging them in their education is exactly in line with what we want to do.” The five Merit Scholarship winners who attended the ceremony were: Kim- berly Toler, a senior at Meade High School and daughter of June and Col. Eric Toler, who will attend the University of Maryland; Katherine O’Reilly, a senior at Centennial High School and daughter Officers’ Spouses’ Club awards scholarships The recipients of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s Merit Scholarships include Ryan Wyatt, a freshman at University of Maryland Baltimore County; Gavin Cook, a senior at Old Mill High School; Katherine O’Reilly, a senior at Centennial High School; Kimberly Toler, a senior at Meade High School; and Michael Desiena, a senior at Archbishop Spalding High School. The students received the scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,000 each, in a ceremony held June 3 at the Fort Meade Museum. of Kira and Chief Warrant Officer 5 John O’Reilly, who will attend the University of Maryland; Gavin Cook, a senior at Old Mill High School and son of Medea and Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Cook, who will attend Randolph Col- lege in Lynchburg, Va.; Michael Desiena, a senior at Archbishop Spalding High School and son of Thomas Desiena and of Michelle and retired Lt. Col. William Hensley, who will attend the University of Maryland; and Ryan Watt, a freshman at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and son of Kevin and Gina Wyatt. “I’m very happy I got two scholar- ships,” said Kimberly Toler, who also received the Evelyn Silva Scholarship Award of Excellence from the Enlisted Spouses’ Club. Kimberly, who is a member of Meade High’s Key Club, said she appreciates the efforts of OSC and ESC to help students. Katherine O’Reilly is a member of seven honor societies and was active in high school soccer and track. “I feel extremely honored to have won this,” she said. “I’m really happy about it.” Michael Desiena, who is a member of the National Honor Society, said receiv- ing the scholarship was “very good. It helps a lot.” Ryan Watt received a Merit Scholar- ship last year as a senior at Archbishop Spalding High School and appreciated this year’s award. “It’s an honor,” he said. “I’m very grateful to be back.” The Merit Scholarship winners who did not attend the ceremony were: Jordan Curry, a freshman at the University of California, Los Angeles; Paige Markley, a senior at South River High School; Emily Rothstein, a senior at Century High School; Emily Trendle, a senior at Meade High School; Brittany Reynolds, a senior at Meade High School; and Ryan Berry, a senior at Arundel High School. Connect with Fort Meade at /ftmeade
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! June 12, 2014 News took place. Industrial solvents were used at OU-4 for cleaning and degreasing metals, to dry clean fabrics, and in paint removers and pesticides. OU-4 remediation activities include three treatment areas: • LPA groundwater treatment system • Former Building 2276 and Building 2286 at the Asymmetric Warfare Group complex • Building 2250, the Fort Meade Recy- cling Center Working together, these three systems actively remove historical environmental contaminates, greatly reducing the lifespan and migration of contamination in OU-4. The LPA system treats groundwater through the following steps: 1. Contaminated groundwater is extract- ed through a series of six wells, approxi- mately 200 feet deep. 2. The water is filtered to remove fine silt and sands. 3. The water is treated by activated car- bon to remove the contaminants. 4. The clean water is re-injected into a series of four wells 1,500 feet down-gradi- ent and approximately 180 feet deep. This process will enhance flushing of the aquifer to reduce or eliminate migration of contaminates off post. The system is antici- pated to operate for at least 20 years. The system is made up of more than 21,000 linear feet of piping and extracts approximately 180 gallons/min of ground- water contaminated with tetrachloroeth- ene, trichloroethene, carbon tetrachloride and other low-level volatile organic com- pounds. To date, the system has already treated more than 17 million gallons of water. Drinking water on Fort Meade is not affected since it is extracted from the deeper Patuxent aquifer. Additional information about OU-4 and other cleanup sites is available on Fort Meade’s Environmental Program website at (Click on the link for Clean-Up Pro- gram.) Fort Meade has established an informa- tion repository, which contains various documents available for the public’s review, at the Environmental Division at 4215 Rob- erts Ave. and at the Anne Arundel County Public Library-West County Branch. For more information, call the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office at 301-677- 1361. By Denise Tegtmeyer Fort Meade Environmental Division Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley — along with Mick Butler, Fort Meade Environmental Division chief, and regulators from the Environmental Protec- tion Agency and the Maryland Depart- ment of the Environment — jointly com- missioned the Operable Unit-4 groundwa- ter treatment system on May 15. Butler recognized and thanked the regu- lators and contractors for their time and efforts. They included John Burchette of the EPA; Elisabeth Green and Jim Carroll of MDE; and Arcadis-U.S. Inc., which provides design, consultancy, engineering, and project and management services to infrastructure, water, environment, build- ings, and federal markets worldwide. The system commissioning marked the start of the groundwater treatment system that took over two years in planning and construction, and the culmination of more than two decades of investigation. The treatment system, which is located off Range Road, has been successfully treating groundwater from the Lower Pata- psco Aquifer since March. Operable Unit-4, or OU-4, is an Installa- tion Restoration Program site encompass- ing the southeast corner of the post, where a majority of historical industrial activities EPA commissions groundwater treatment system American Water American Water will start its 2014 Annual Water Main Flushing Program on Monday. The purpose of the program is to pro- vide the best quality water available to you, the customer, by removing any build- up of sediment that may have occurred in the water lines. Flushing may result in some temporary discoloration and the presence of sedi- ment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of very short duration. During the hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., limit your use of water to help prevent discolored water reaching your service lines to your residence. Should you notice an increase in discolored water at your residence, flush all faucets inside for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear up, call the Water Treatment Plant at 443-591-0909. This number is monitored 24/7 should you have any additional questions or concerns. 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  8. 8. Meade High School senior Ethan Yeardley (center) is awarded his diploma by Principal John Yore during the high school’s graduation ceremony on Tuesday at the Show Place Arena and Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro. Nearly 500 students comprised the Class of 2014. C l a s s o f 2 0 1 4 GRADUATION Meade High School Photos by Nate Pesce I More graduation photos online at Editor’s note: The list of graduate names was provided by the Anne Arundel County Public School System. Because of publication deadlines, some students’ names might have been provided prior to final review of requirements. Some students listed might not have completed all requirements to graduate. Olusegun O. Abioye, Modupeoluwa O. Ademola, Pearl N. Agoha, Aaron A. Agustin, Oluwatoyin O. Akinwande, Jamal M. Alexander, Kalyn Y. Ali, Alexander D. Anderson, Breanna S. Anderson, Brittnee B. Anderson, Carlos D. Andrews, Justin R. Andrise, Noraima J. Aponte Martinez, Brea M. Armstrong, Stuart N. Armstrong, Karina L. Arredondo, Estefania G. Arredondo-Torres, Cristopher G. Ascencio, Anthony E. Ash Jr., Jaylen M. Avery, Nia N. Avery, Salvador A. Ayala- Delgado, Averi N. Ayala- Ridgeway Avery M. Baker, Sytonnia E. Ball, Briana A. Banks, Erin M. Banks, Bri- Shae P. Barnes, Khyla T. Barnes, Sydney A. Barnhart, Abigail L. Bartell, Jonathan D. Beachum, Kyle W. Beaver, Michael L. Beckwith II, Shameila L. Bell, Justin M. Benoit, Bryan E. Bentley, Robert G. Berto, April N. Birchfield, Lorraine D. Black, Shenique C. Black, Malik D. Bobo, Ama S. Bonsu, Cameron L. Booker, Stephanie A. Booker, Michael S. Booth, Amanda L. Bowen, John K. Brayboy, Logan W. Brentzel, Malik K. Britt, Amaris K. Brooks, Eric L. Brown, Imani S. Brown, Jacob K. Brown, Jerald L. Brown, Michael D. Brown, Montre D. Brown, Vanity H. Brown, Bradley N. Buabeng, Raquan C. Burgess, Tyjai M. Burtwell, Darrel E. Butler, Shakalai A. Bydume José R. Cambronero- Hernandez, Emily M. Carpenter, Samantha E. Carpenter, Yazmeen S. Carter, Frank B. Chambers, Dejah G. Chang, Kayla Chapman, Kelly M. Chapman, Rebecca A. Chapman, Kayley M. Chappell, Owen R. Chappell, Skylar A. Charles, Jae W. Choi, Seung H. Choi, Stephanie N. Cirino, Joy C. Clayborne, Ava L. Clayton, Amanda C. Clevinger, RaKwon M. Coates, Tre’Vail D. Cobb, Dor Cohen, Alexus E. Coleman, Allexander J. Coleman, Melanie R. Combes, Niquekko J. Cook, Christiana L. Cornette, Alberto M. Correa, Nelly J. Cortez, Bobbi P. Costello, Millennium I. Coulson, Tyrese L. Cox, Langston M. Craft, Abby J. Crosgrove, Daphne R. Culpepper, Marcus X. Cunningham, Alisha J. Currier Dereka T. Dangerfield, Kayla I. Darby, My’Kesha M. Darden, Sharon S. Davall, Jada L. Davis, DaKera A. Day, Derione A. De Leon, Nicole T. De Vos, Alberto L. Deener, Cassidy T. Dennis, Genesis M. Diaz-Rodriguez, Donald Dismuke, Devin A. Dixon,
  9. 9. GRADUATION C l a s s o f 2 0 1 4 Meade High School Katelyn N. Doherty, Francesca E. Dorsey, Mark V. Dotimas, Glorie L. Dowell, Clement A. Dowuona, Kaitlyn J. Dulaney, Jakob N. Dunbar, Devontae K. Dunn, Juan D. Dupuy India C. Eady, Imani S. Edwards, Akhere F. Ehidiamhen, Odion F. Ehidiamhen, Alexis S. Elliott, Heather M. Ellis, Kyle C. Evans, Darius J. Everett Akintomiwa O. Falodun, Christopher W.S. Faria, Antonio C. Farrar, Ty’Keisha R. Finney, Brian Flores-Toro, Alexis S. Forbes, Mikayla J. Ford, Cameron K. Foreman, Amanda M. Fortner, Pershawn Foster, Denzel J. Fox, Selena M. Francis, Brianna S. Freeman, Jason M. Fritz Valesia G. Gaines, Anaia J. Gaither, Joshua A. Gaither, Shyann L. Gajcowski, Nancy M. Gamez, Ranija A. Gentry- Barbour, Daniel S. Gilbert, Desirae S. Gilbert-Dixon, De’Vaughn A. Goodwyn, Jacquese B. Graham, Jazmin D. Granthum, Leslie E. Gray, Symone D. Gray, De’leila E. Green, Harry Green III, Haley D. Grinde, Samuel A. Gross, Jevian D. Gudger, Yamile S. Guraieb, Ariel F. Gutierrez, Alora S. Guzman, Reina M. Guzman Selena N. Ha, Sierra M. Hale, Destinee I. Hamilton, Bianca M. Hammond, Nathan J. Hargett, Alexander D. Harris, Christopher A. Harris, Karen M. Harris, Lexie C. Harrison, Marlynn K. Harrison, Saraubi E. Harrison, Onn Hasnan, Jacob C. Hawk, Sarah K. Hayes, Jerell S. Henderson, Sanuri T. Hennayake, Maria S. Hernandez- Escamilla, Markeyce J. Herring, Donald B. Hiatt, Samantha E. Higgins, Daniel E. Hildebrand, Kamaria V. Hill, Ladrell J. Hill, Tiffany L. Hodge, Robert C. Hogan, Dustin T. Hontz, Aloysius James B. Hora, London D. Howard, Zaria J. Howard, Stacey L. Hug, Essence L. Hurley, Nathan M. Hutton Christina In Ilonalyn M. Jackson, Kiana L. Jackson, Monique B. Jackson, Niquera T. Jackson, Sterling A. Jackson, Taiylor D. Jackson, Katrina L. Jaeger, Duwa- E-Zhera Jafri, Fatmata Jalloh, Imanya J. James, Chelsea L. Jarrell, Isis L. Johnson, Jeremiah D. Johnson, Kiara S. Johnson, Megan C. Johnson, Monet A. Johnson, Robert T. Johnson, Samuel H. Johnson, Victor J. Jolley II, Alexis O. Jones, Asia L. Jones, Markeisha M. Jones, Morganne R. Jones, Daniel J. Jordan, Keanu J. Jordan-Stovall, Anthony E. June Minata L. Kaba, Fasukuwa S. Kamanda, Evana Karim, Shaquan M. Kennedy, Lakeesha K. Kenney, Abigael I. Kigame, Daniel C. Kincer, Giovanni M. Kindle, Mikelann R. Kirby, Matthew A. Krause, Nicole M. Krug, Stacey M. Kum Denay A. Lane, Edwin E. Larios, German E. Larios, Jacob D. Lassiter, Jennifer R. Lau, Mohammed T. Lawal, Hui S. Lei, Chelsea R. Lewis, Daniel R. Lewis, DeShaun A. Lewis, Sierra L. Lewis, Matthew R. Lindrose, Courtney M. Lipsey, Lakerera C. Little, Jasmine N. Lomax, Marc A. Long, Jenyffer D. Lopez, Ryan A. Louden, Johanna E. Lozano, Diana E. Lucas, Stefhany F. Lucero Garcia Franklin N. Mai, Zachary D. Maisonet, Nuria E. Majano-Velasquez, Joshua Gaither adjusts his graduation cap while in line with other classmates. Meade High School valedictorian Sanuri Hennayake speaks to her fellow graduates at Tuesday’s commencement ceremony.
  10. 10. Shaianne K. Makishima, Sarah E. Makowski, Raven D. Malloy, Briana Manderson, Neraiah Joy D. Manlangit, Hallie F. Marbury, Kiaya- Jay S. Marshall, Kyle L. Marshall, Stephen R. Martin, Carlos A. Martin-Palmer, Brandon J. Mason, Lavont’ay M. Massie, Malik A. Mateen, Amisha L. Matthews, Temerriel R. Maynard, Whitney B. Mayo, Lesny N. Mazariego, Samantha R. Mazowieski, Mariah L. McBride, Breanna S. McCallum, Richshard T. McCann, Daquan I. McClenton, Sarah E. McIntire, Destiny S. McKinney, T’ara A. McKinney, Dylan J. McNeal, Justin C. McNeill, Tyrell N. McSee, Vanessa L. Melendez, Deja I. Merriel, Jakarri D. Milbourne, Gabrielle R. Miller, Emprise L. Mines, Malachi T. Minor, Brandon A. Miracle, Sergio D. Miranda Arevalo, Asha L. Modali, Daejah L. Moffett, Trevor M. Moon, Alexia T. Moorman, LaDaysia S. Morgan, T’Mia C. Morris, Christopher A. Motz, Norman K. Mugisha, Joey T. Mui, Wayne A. Mundell Jr., Dyron J. Murphy, Faustinus M. Musi Tazmyne N. Naksone, Brittany A. Nau, Patrick M. Neary, Desiree N. Negron, Isaiah M. Nelson, Don-ece B. Newman, Thien Q. Nguyen, Markus A. Nocho, Korrina G. Nolan, Eric J. Novreske, Amber L. Nuby Felicia O. Obayan, Stephanie O. Oghomienor, Carrie C. Ohanyerenwa, Pipeloluwa A. Ojoibukun, Osaretin O. Okonedo, Dillon M. Olinde, Edgardo I. Ortiz Torres, Joshua R. Osorio, Niya D. Otis, Chad K. Otsuji, Eniola I. Otubanjo, Dylan D. Overson, Danielle B. Owusu, Samuel O. Oyinloye Jose J. Pangelinan, Wilson I. Parada-Martinez, Kevin O. Pariag, Matthew A. Parker, Nicki L. Parker, Crystal A. Parks, Cynthia R. Pasley, Daryl M. Pate Jr., Shivani Patel, Rebecca M. Patterson, Anthony K. Paul, Tajee V. Paye, Nicholas D. Pearson, Lydia M. Pegram, Trishauna C. Perkins, Kathyana J. Philippe, Janee L. Phillips, Jeanetta L. Pierce, Jordan M. Pope, Jada V. Powell, Shandell E. Powell, Neelima Pradhan, Princess A. Proctor, Jelani S. Prue, Larry E. Pullen Qur’an M. Rawlins, Marissa L. Reaves, Kaiyla C. Reed, Wendell M. Reed, Megan A. Reyda, Brittany M. Reynolds, Orishejolomisan A. Rice, David A. Richards, Darrion J. Richardson, Jalil W. Richardson, Rachel G. Richardson, Tristhan G. Richardson, D’Andre M. Riggins, Trehana M. Riley, Lynnette M. Rivera, Ana L. Rivera-Puerta, Hailey U. Roberson, Faith L. Roberts, John A. Robinson, Andredi O. Rodriguez-Lebron, Deyanna R. Rogers, Paulo A. Roldan, Brandon S. Rolling, Rhian D. Rose, Stephanie B. Rose, Alexander S. Rosendale, Jordan D. Ross, Natalie C. Ruiz, Sara E. Russell Farjahana Saif, Elizabeth A. Samayoa, Myles A. Sanchez, Oscar H. Sanchez-Martinez, Giovanni A. Sanchez- Ortiz, Erika Sanchez- Palacios, Corey D. Sanders, Julian Sandoval, Key’shel T. Saunders, Chanell M. Savage, Jade M. Savage, Adrian M. Savoy, Britney M. Savoy, Kaley T. Scherer, Alexis C. Schmidt, Aaron J. Scott, Alexis L. Scott, Taylor A. Seales, Alexia J. Sellman, Joann S. Sesay, Kyla A. Sessoms, Hamza Shahid, Dejuante T. Sheppard, James F. Sherwood, Porscha C. Silva, Noah S. Simpler, Abby Crosgrove was one of nearly 500 Meade High School seniors to graduate Tuesday afternoon. Carlos Martin-Palmer reacts as his name is called to receive his high school diploma. Family members in the audience cheer for their graduate during Meade High School’s graduation ceremony.
  11. 11. Tyler C. Sine, Alazha S. Smith, Jadia A. Smith, Jer’lesa H. Smith, Jonathan R. Smith, Joshua T. Smith, Marcus D. Smith, Meaghan R. Smith, Rudolph R. Smith Jr., Zachary J. Smith, James F. Smoak-Gardner, Brian P. Sniegowski, Tiffany D. Snyder, Brianna L. Spivey, Lauren B. Staples, Daijhah L. Starling, James C. Stevens, Rouke A. Stevens, Kania’ A. Stringfellow, Darrius N. Summers Jamaal T. Talbert, David J. Tanthorey II, Rio S. Tate, Damien T. Taylor Jr., Geneva S. Tchamabe, John J. Terry, Elizabeth M. Thomas, Tierre’ J. Thomas Jr., Angel R. Thornton, Lorella Tiku Ngu Anyi, Te’Vion D. Tillman, Renita J. Timmons, Kimberly A. Toler, Ngoc Chau T. Tran, Tamia K. Traylor, Emily V. Trendle, Shae D. Truman, Tyree L. Turner, Valencia Tynes Tianna C. Uyeno Saida L. Vasquez, Deni A. Vazquez, Jesse B. Ventura, Tanairi Vera-Vera, Raymoi N. Victorine, Kevin R. Villeneuve Kassidy K. Walker, Bryant M. Warr, Asjah D. Warren, Montell D. Washington, Tayler D. Watkins, Sayvon L. Watson, Elizabeth M. Weaver-Chavez, Damian P. Welsh, Jaichaune D. West, Jamia N. West, Jeffrey A. West, Malik O. Whiteside, Latoshia A. Whitley, Kiyera S. Whitmire, Cheyanne N. Williams, Michael D. Williams, Jenna K. Williamson, Alexandra E. Wilson, Khaliq L. Wilson, Netanya L. Wilson, Maya- Nicole L. Wilson-Stephen, Kavon T. Witherspoon, Mark A. Woodard, Kyera K. Woodward, Justin T. Wright, Maya E. Wright, Simala T. Wright, Kenneth W. Wyatt II Ethan J. Yeardley, Katisha T. Younger Jessica M. Zhao, Krystal L. Zollinhofer C l a s s o f 2 0 1 4 Meade High School GRADUATION From right: DaKera Day, Nicole De Vos and Jada Davis stand in line with other graduating seniors before heading out to take their seats at The Show Place Arena and Prince George’s Equestrian Center on Tuesday afternoon. Evana Karim is congratulated after receiving her high school diploma.Kayla Chapman cheers for her classmates during Meade High School’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday.
  12. 12. June 12, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer With the end of the school year in sight, the installation’s Child, Youth and School Services’ Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills is providing a roster of summer sports camps for Fort Meade’s youngsters. This year, SKIES is offering several sports camps: soccer, beginning June 23; football, beginning July 7; basketball, beginning July 14; volleyball, begin- ning July 21; and lacrosse, beginning July 28. Individual contractors will be brought in to teach the various camps, which are open to youngsters ages 6 and up. “It teaches the basic fundamentals of each of those different sports,” said Karen Surratt, director of SKIES. Registration is still open for all the camps, but will close one week before the start of the specific camp. Cost of each weeklong camp is $85 — a fee that rivals other area camps, Surratt said. All of the camps will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon at Fort Meade facilities including the Youth Sports Complex and Murphy Field House. The camps can provide summer train- ing for athletes or introduce the sport to a new competitor. Surratt said the skill levels vary in the camps and are open to individuals of all experience. “Some of them come in who have never had the experience. They get the basic fundamentals and beyond with this experience,” she said. “For those who are already experienced, they just build on what they already have.” The sports camps are part of a num- ber of camps sponsored by SKIES during the summer for various interests including dinosaurs, dance, space, art and the Missoula Children’s Theatre Drama Camp. In addition to working on their skills, Surratt said the camps provide the youngsters with an opportunity to expand their interests outside of school in a supervised environment. “Their children are engaged in a community activity,” she said. “It also allows them to have these extracurricu- lars, outside of academics, to develop into a full child.” Meade SKIES to offer summer sports camps file photo Fort Meade’s Child, Youth and School Services’ Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills is providing a roster of summer sports camps on the installation. Camps will include soccer, football, basketball, volleyball and lacrosse. Get certified in dealing blackjack, craps, roulette, mini-baccarat and carnival games and more. Earn up to $50,000 a year! Free tuition for qualified candidates through the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project. Full tuition reimbursement, if hired by Maryland Live! Casino. PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT AND BECOME A CASINO GAMES DEALER IN AS LITTLE AS 11 WEEKS. • 410-777-2398
  13. 13. SOUNDOFF! June 12, 2014 Sports Since we didn’t have a link in last week’s column, I figured I’d start off with a doozy: Though for the life of me, I can’t see why people get queasy or want to fester when they hear words like bulbous, munch or moist. Or why words like fetus and phlegm make some folks’ skin form pustules and make them want to stick their foot in someone’s southern-most orifice. For me, folks who use davenport instead of couch or say slacks instead of pants, need to be smeared into paste. Like several things in my life, I’m sure my disdain for those words can be traced back to my grandma. Not to get all Jones-family history on you, but my mom’s mom and I have never hit it off, and it doesn’t take much for my belly to curdle when I recall her screeching, “Chad, get your feet and those dirty slacks off my davenport. … And stop being lazy.” I was never one to blame Grandma Deboer’s crotchetiness on her age. Grandma was propped up on her couch (excuse me, davenport) and yelling since she was my age. Plus, most old people I know realize being mean and rushed and grumpy are way harder than just being kind. And if they are direct, it is only because they have less time to dive into the drama we middle-age folks thrive on. Then, of course, there’s Donald Sterling, 80, and Steve Coburn, 61. Those dudes are just grumpy old men. Sterling is the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who famously lost his team for letting his bigot flag fly. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a man with little character would be a poor judge of it, but come on. Ray Charles could have seen that Ster- ling’s self-proclaimed “right-hand arm and silly rabbit” V. Stiviano was not a good XO — executive officer. Though maybe she was hired because she gave good XOXOXOXOs. As for Coburn, before Sunday’s Belmont, California Chrome’s co-owner reminded me of our favorite ’80s grandpa: Wilford Brimley, circa his Quaker Oats commercials. However, after Sunday’s loss, Coburn was more like Brimley, circa “The Firm” or the postmaster general in “Seinfeld.” bit. ly/1nwVLrc I don’t necessarily disagree with Coburn’s complaints about bringing in ringers bit. ly/1odeT0T to keep horses from winning the Triple Crown. Converse- ly, I couldn’t be more opposed to Sterling’s diatribe. However, I have mutual dis- appointment in both of them because they are guilty of flipping the universal paradigm established by every older person I’ve met from my dad, to my grandpa, to retired Col. Bert Rice, to grandma. You don’t go back on your word and don’t apologize if you don’t mean it. These are like the golden rules for the elderly, and Sterling and Coburn broke them. First, Sterling said he would not sue the NBA for making him sell his franchise for $2 billion. He bought the Clippers for $12.5 million in 1981. Not suing the NBA was a great move for everyone involved, but now Donald is trying to take this whole fiasco back into court. Whether the NBA can make Sterling sell the franchise or not is fodder for another Jib- ber, but the fact that Sterling went back on his word is not what old people do. I mean, John Wayne or Shaft never recanted. If “The Duke” said he was going to shoot you, you knew you were shot. The only thing worse, and more anti- elderly, than going back on what you say is providing a hollow apology, which is what Coburn did a few days ago. The apology itself was fine. But I bet if you put a couple ounces of liquid courage into Mr. Coburn, his explanation of what happened at Belmont would be more like what we heard on Saturday than what we heard on Monday. And I just don’t buy it. Sterling was at least being true to himself when he brought his suit back. Coburn is just selling out to those young punks in the Twitterverse. That’s like the old man on the porch let- ting punk kids run on his lawn without pok- ing a stick at them, or grandma not yelling. It may be nice, but at the same time, it just shouldn’t happen. If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones. or hit me up on Twitter @ CTJibber. The tales of two geezers Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - OpinionSports Shorts Summer Sizzler The installation’s annual Run Series continues June 21 with the Summer Sizzler 5K at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion. The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25. The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $75. The pre-registration cost is $45 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. To register, go to For more information, call 301-677-7916. 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 301-677-4473. EFMP Walking Group The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet today and June 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the track at Mullins Field. All are welcome — strollers, too. To register, call 301-677-4473. Swimming options on- and off-post With four neighborhood pools open to Corvias residents and a community partnership with the Columbia Association, Fort Meade residents and service members have several options when it comes to cooling down this summer. Corvias Military Living neighborhood pools • Through Wednesday: Weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • June 19 through Aug. 24: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Aug. 25 through Sept. 3: Weekdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pools are open to residents only. Residents may bring up to four guests per family. Residents must provide pool passes to access the pool. To pick up a pool pass, visit your neighborhood center. Columbia Association The Columbia Association is offering special military and DoD rates at five of its pools in Columbia. Cost per visit is $4 for adults and $2 for children. A valid military or DoD identification card is required. • Talbott Spring, 9660 Basket Ring. Information: 410-730-5421 • Faulkner Ridge, 15018 Marble Fawn Court. Information: 410-730-5292 • Jeffers Hill, 6030 Tamar Drive. Information: 410-730-1220 • McGills Common, 10025 Shaker Drive. Information: 410-730-5995 • Running Brook, 5730 Columbia Road. Information: 410-730-5293
  14. 14. June 12, 2014 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. Facebook town hall Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley will host a Facebook town hall on Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The online town hall is an opportunity to post Fort Meade-related questions, comments and suggestions on the garrison’s Facebook page, facebook. com/ftmeade. Foley and other garrison leadership will respond to posts on Fort Meade’s Facebook page during the town hall. For more information, contact Stephen Ellmore at stephen.d.ellmore@ or 301-677-1109. Summer Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band’s free Summer Concert Series is held Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park. Each week, members of the Army Field Band and special guests will perform a new lineup of music spanning contemporary pop to jazz classics. Final concert is Aug. 23. • Today: Concert Band Soldiers’ Chorus • June 19: Jazz Ambassadors • June 26: Soldiers’ Chorus • July 10: U.S. Naval Academy Band • July 17: “Pershing’s Own” Down Range • July 24: “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Blues • July 31: The Volunteers No tickets required. Bring a folding chair or blanket for seating. In inclement weather, the performance will take place at the Pavilion. The decision will be made at 3 p.m. on the day of each performance. For updates, check armyfieldband. com or the Fort Meade Facebook page at All visitors should enter Fort Meade via the main gate at Route 175 and Reece Road. Visitors are subject to an identification check and vehicle inspection. For more information, call 301-677- 6586. 34th IS Change of Command Lt. Col. Joseph M. Appel of the 34th Intelligence Squadron will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Lisa M. Biewer in a Change of Command Ceremony on June 23 at 10:34 a.m. at the McGill Training Center ballroom. For more information, email Staff Sgt. Bryan Stadtmueller at bryan. 780th MI Change of Command The 780th Military Intelligence Battalion will conduct a Change of Command Ceremony on June 27 at 9 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. Lt. Col. Deitra Trotter will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Brady Stout. 704th MI Change of Command Col. Anthony Hale will relinquish command of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade to Col. Michele Bredenkamp during a Change of Command/Change of Responsibility Ceremony on July 1 at 9 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. In inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Fort Meade Pavilion. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Thornton will relinquish responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Hoke. All family members and spectators are invited. For more information or to RSVP, call 301-677-0249. Diaper Drive Sarah’s House, an emergency and transitional shelter at Fort Meade, is conducting a Diaper Drive on June 21 and June 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ridgeview Plaza on Route 175 in Hanover, between Taco Bell and Lima’s Chicken. Diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6 of any brand are greatly needed as well as pull-ups and unscented wipes. Collection bins at UPS stores at the Ridgeview Plaza and Odenton Shopping Center are available all year long. Checks can be made payable to Sarah’s House. For more information, contact Donna Williams at 716-863-5266 or dlarue8@ or Bruce Clopein at 410- 519-5085 or bclopein@catholiccharities- Army Birthday Ball In honor of the Army’s 239th birthday, the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff of the Army are sponsoring the 2014 Army Birthday Ball on June 21 from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Gaylord National Resort Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. All active-duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers, Army family members, Department of the Army civilian employees, government contractors, Army retirees and Army veterans may purchase tickets through the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) page: The event will feature combined performances of the U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Field Band and the U.S. Army Soldier Show. file photo 2014 U.s. Army Soldier Show on FridayThe 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show will be presented Friday at 7 p.m. at Murphy Field House. The free event is open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, call 301-677-7785 or go to CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 NEWS EVENTS
  15. 15. SOUNDOFF! June 12, 2014 Community News Notes For more information, email the Army Birthday Ball helpdesk at Usarmy. pentagon.hqda-oaa.mbx.abbhelpdesk@ Farmers market The Fort Meade Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 12 in the Smallwood Hall parking lot, across from McGlachlin Parade Field. Vendors are all local to the region. The Fort Meade community will have access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables, free-range meats, quality heirloom vegetables, herbs and annuals, flowers, jams, baked goods and breads. For more information, go to Odenton Masonic Center The Odenton Masonic Center, located at 1206 Stehlik Drive, invites the community, local military, fire/emergency services and local businesses to enjoy its reasonably priced breakfast and specialty dinners. The center’s events can accommodate large families, groups or personal settings. Fundraisers and events are generally conducted for children and seniors. The center offers a fundraising “all- you-can-eat” breakfast every second Sunday of the month, from 7-11 a.m. Fundraising specialty dinners are held the third Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Menus vary and are listed on its website at Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of classes at its new facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. The free classes are open to DoD identification cardholders including active- duty service members, retirees and their family members, DoD civilian employees and contractors. Registration is required for each class. • Stress Management: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m. • Car Buying: June 23, 1-3 p.m. • Interviewing Skills: June 24, 9 a.m. to noon • Investing 101: June 30, 1-3 p.m. • Medical Records Review: Appointment required at 301-677-9014. To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. Storytime The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Children’s Library in Kuhn Hall, 4415 Llewellyn Ave. • Today: “Hooray for Father’s Day” • June 19: “Summer Spectacular” • June 26: “My Farm Friends” For more information, call 301-677- 5522. Romp ‘n Stomp Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for children age 5 and younger and their parents meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from June to August at the Boundless playground on Llewellyn Avenue and from September to June at the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email Out About • The Columbia Festival of the Arts will be held Friday through June 28. The 2014 season lineup features an eclectic mix of free and ticketed events including film, literature, theater, music, art exhibitions, workshops, artistic competitions and demonstrations by the Center Ring Circus School. “Opening Weekend on the Lakefront,” from Friday through Sunday in Columbia Town Center, offers children’s entertainment and crafts, strolling performers, activities for all ages and festival food. For a complete schedule, call 410-715- 3044 or go to • Faith Baptist Church in Glen Burnie will host “Freedom Sunday” on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Glen Burnie High School. The event is a patriotic celebration of “God and country” with special recognition of the community’s military men, women and their families. The choir and orchestra will lead a salute to the armed forces. Representatives of the military and community leadership will acknowledge military families and first responders. U.S. flags will be given to every child. Coupons for free merchandise will be distributed to military families. For more information, call the church at 410-761-5346 or go to its website at • The Bowie Baysox will host Star Wars Night on Saturday at Prince George’s Sta- dium as the Baysox play the Harrisburg Senators beginning at 6:35 p.m. The event features characters in replica costumes, light-saber battles, postgame per- formances, and a fireworks extravaganza after the Jedi Knights and Sith Lords have a final showdown. Rocko’s Kids Park will be open from 5-5:30 p.m. For more information, go to baysox. com. • The Bowie Baysox is sponsoring a Father’s Day Celebration on Sunday at Prince George’s Stadium as the Baysox take on the Harrisburg Senators at 2:05 p.m. Starting at 12:30 p.m., fans can go into the outfield to play catch. Baysox players and coaches will also be available to sign autographs and pose for pictures. A Father’s Day picnic buffet will be held in the Diamond View Restaurant. Stadium gates open at 12:30 p.m. Food is served from 1-3 p.m. Tickets for the picnic are $39 for adults, or $34 for Baysox ticket plan holders; $25 for children ages 6-12; and $10 for ages 3-5. Picnic tickets must be ordered by 3 p.m. on June 11. For more information or to order tickets, call Jake at 301-464-4890 or email, or visit • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Saturday, with discounts to attractions. Onboard prize giveaway will be offered. Bus cost is $60. For more information, call 301- 677-7354 or visit • 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 NEWS EVENTS file photo Red, White and Blue celebration july 3 Fort Meade’s annual Red, White and Blue Celebration will be held July 3 at 4 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. The event will feature food and novelty vendors, inflatables, a DJ, fireworks and a performance by the U.S. Army Field Band’s The Volun- teers. For more information, go to CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION MEETINGS
  16. 16. June 12, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 19 Movies the membership. For more information, 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 meeting is Saturday. Active-duty, Reserve and 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. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neigh- borhood Center. Children welcome. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email colaina.townsend. • 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 Ser- geant 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 inter- ested 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 Cen- ter in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is June 19 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.l.hudak. • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is June 22. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • Calling All Dads meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is June 23. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is June 23. Free child care is provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • 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 June 23. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Building 9801 at the National Security Agency. The next meeting is June 25. For more information, call 443- 534-5170 or visit • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, educa- tion and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 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@yahoo. com 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 lawrencewendall@ • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The Catholic Women of the Chapel 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 Loretta Endres at • Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. To register, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-677-5590. • American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. The next prayer breakfast is July 3. There is no cost for the buffet; donations are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call Diana Durner at 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.civ@ • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is July 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 July 3. For more information, visit • Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is July 9. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior noncommis- sioned officers. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email Community News Notes The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through June 29 Friday: “A Haunted House 2” (R). Having exor- cised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre para- normal events. With Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer. Saturday Sunday: “The Quiet Ones” (PG-13). A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process. With Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke . June 20 21: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (PG-13). Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of super villains against him, impacting his life. With Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx. (3D June 20) June 22 28: “Moms’ Night Out” (PG). All Ally- son and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun — a long-needed moms’night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours. What could go wrong? With Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton. June 27: “Neighbors” (R). A couple with a new- born baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. With Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron. June 29: “Godzilla” (PG-13). The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scien- tific arrogance, threaten our very existence. With Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Eliza- beth Olsen.