tips to survive
today, 7 p.m.: Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Concert - Constitution Park
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers Market - Smallwood Hall lot
July 3, 4 p.m.: Red,White & Blue Celebration - McGlachlin Parade Field
July 10, 7 a.m.: Monthly Prayer Breakfast - Club Meade
July 10, 7 p.m.: U.S. Naval Academy Band Concert - Constitution Park
vol. 66 no. 25 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community June 26, 2014
photo by Pfc. pablo chung
Law enforcement agents gather outside the door of Murphy Field House during a staged hostage-taking scenario on June 17. The installation teamed up with various local
law enforcement and emergency services for its annual full-scale antiterrorism exercise, which tests Fort Meade’s response force in the event of a real-life attack.
For the story, see Page 12.
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You’ve seen them: Troops from all services and
many from allied nations, all around the garrison,
armed with state-of-the-art cameras, invading bar-
ber and beauty shops, construction sites within the
local community and even downtown Baltimore.
These photographers, along with their col-
leagues in public affairs, videography, broadcast-
ing, broadcast maintenance and visual communi-
cations, are among the nearly 3,000 of America’s
best and brightest training at the Defense Informa-
tion School each year. They will continue to hone
their skills to serve across the force and in the fleet,
and in combat theaters of operation, sharing the
story of our military with the American people
and worldwide audiences.
DINFOS is a component of the Defense Media
Activity, which is also located at Fort Meade. As
the Department of Defense’s direct line of com-
munication for news and information to U.S.
forces worldwide, DMA presents news, informa-
tion and entertainment on a variety of media
platforms, including radio, television, Internet,
print media and emerging media technologies.
DMA informs millions of active, Guard and
Reserve service members, civilian employees, con-
tractors, military retirees and their families in the
U.S. and abroad through such robust entities as:
American Forces Press Service, Defense Imagery,
AFN (American Forces Network), Stars and
Stripes, and DoD News.
And next week, DINFOS turns 50!
Under the direction of then-Secretary of
Defense Robert S. McNamara, efforts began in
1961 among DoD, the services and the military
information schools to consolidate service infor-
mation training. This led to the establishment of
DINFOS on July 1, 1964.
In October 1991, the American Forces Infor-
mation Service (now DMA) assumed operational
control of DINFOS, then located at Fort Ben-
jamin Harrison, Ind.; the Defense Photography
School at Pensacola, Fla.: and the Defense Visual
Information School at Lowry Air Force Base,
In 1998, as a result of BRAC closures at Lowry
and Fort Benjamin Harrison, they began operat-
ing as a single, joint-service educational facility at
Fort Meade. For the first time, all the elements of
DoD’s communications needs were consolidated
into one training organization.
Since its inception, DINFOS has trained more
than 100,000 students for public affairs and visual
information duties throughout the world. In resi-
dence at the school — through correspondence,
advanced distributed learning, or via mobile train-
ing teams oper-
— they have
served as work-
officers at posts
and bases as well
as on ships.
more than 80
have sent stu-
dents for public affairs and visual information
training at DINFOS.
The faculty and staff at DINFOS are as diverse
and eclectic as any campus in America. Our out-
standing instructor population represents every
branch of the country’s military, both officer and
enlisted, and includes a cadre of highly trained,
credentialed civilian instructors.
Our teachers have been bylined in the world’s
top publications, have snapped cover shots the
world over and have produced award-winning
They are proud of their alma maters, from West
Point to Michigan State to Harvard to Oklahoma
University — and everywhere in between. And,
they represent every major conflict this nation
has fought in since (and including) Vietnam, with
many having just recently returned from multiple
tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The support staff at the school is outstanding.
Logistics, engineers, finance, IT (military, DoD
civilians and contractors) — all great professionals
committed to the DINFOS mission.
The DINFOS mission is critically important.
The public affairs and visual information prac-
titioners who study at DINFOS go all over the
world, in war and in peace, to bring no small
measure of accountability and transparency to the
They expect no less, nor should they.
Our motto, “Strength Through Truth,” says it
all. If our nation is to send America’s sons and
daughters into harm’s way, the very least we can
do is provide an accurate accounting of their
extremely serious and dangerous work, whether
those missions are reported by the civilian news
media who we assist, or with our own cameras,
laptops, pens and radio equipment.
DINFOS is proud to be a part of Fort Meade-
DoD’s “Preeminent Center for Information, Intel-
ligence and Cyber Operations.”
50 years of service
Col. jeremy m. Martin
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Photo by Shane Keller
DINFOS TURNS 50In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Defense Information School, DINFOS staff and faculty stand together for a group photograph in front
of the school at Fort Meade on June 11. Under the direction of then-Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, the multiservice public information
training school was established on July 1, 1964. Since then, DINFOS has trained nearly 100,000 military, civilian and foreign military personnel in resi-
dence through distance learning and by numerous Mobile Training Teams operating worldwide. DINFOS continues to fulfill its mission of growing and
sustaining a corps of professional organizational communicators who fulfill the communications needs of the military services, government leaders
By Nicole Koebke
Army Wellness Center
Maintaining a healthy routine is a
challenge that many people face while
they travel, whether it is for business or
Travelers usually find it difficult to eat
healthy while also indulging in the local
cuisine, and they have a hard time fitting
in exercise while working or getting some
The good news is that there are some
fun and simple ways that can make a
big difference in finding the right bal-
ance. By making just a few adjustments,
travelers can indulge in the pleasures of
their destination while incorporating a
Here are some suggestions for staying
fit while traveling or on vacation:
• Walking is free. Use an app such as
MapMyWalk and take a self-guided tour
of the area.
• Work out first thing in the morning
for at least 20 minutes. You are more
likely to get it done.
• Take advantage of the hotel gym and
squeeze in a 20-minute workout as soon
as you can. You will feel refreshed, and
it will help battle jet lag.
• Pack your exercise clothes at the top
of your suitcase. That way, exercise is in
the front of your mind when you open
your suitcase and not an afterthought.
• Pack healthy, nonperishable snacks
(such as dried fruit, nuts, homemade gra-
nola or trail mix, healthy energy drinks)
so you aren’t tempted to overindulge.
• Scout out airport restaurants in
advance so you know what your healthy
• Use the hallways and stairways of
your hotel as a makeshift exercise track
or walk around the airport terminal
while waiting for your flight.
• Choose sightseeing and tourist activ-
ities that require movement. Choose the
walking tour of the city over the bus
• Bring a workout video with you.
Most hotels have a DVD player in the
• Track your steps. Wear a pedometer
and aim to take at least 10,000 steps per
• Get adventurous: rent a bike, kayak
or surfboard while on vacation. Try
something new and fun, and burn some
calories while you’re at it.
• Take advantage of the hotel pool and
swim some laps while the children play.
Editor’s note: For more information
about how you can take healthy lifestyle
steps, call the Army Wellness Center at
The Army Wellness Center is free to all
service members, family members, retirees
and DoD civilian employees. The center
offers health assessment reviews, physical
fitness tips, proper nutrition guidelines,
stress management, general wellness, and
Stay healthy while traveling
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By Brandon Bieltz
The first three buildings and clubhouse of
Corvias Military Living’s Reece Crossings
officially opened June 18 during a ceremony
outside the complex.
“Today we look to expand the number
of residents living on the installation by
opening the first residential community in
our Army dedicated for single, unaccompa-
nied junior-enlisted service members,” said
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley.
“Reece Crossings will ultimately provide a
high-quality and modern living experience
for 816 service members.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony opened the
first phase of the $72 million project, which
includes the construction of 14 total build-
ings that will feature 432 one- and two-bed-
Last week’s event was attended by Paul
D. Cramer, deputy assistant secretary of
the Army for Installations, Housing and
Partnerships; Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey
S. Hartless, command sergeant major of
Installation Management Command; and
John Picerne, founder and CEO of Corvias
“What you see before you today are only
buildings, and the reality is anybody can
build buildings,” Picerne said. “The ques-
tion is, how do you convert buildings into
something more than just buildings? And
that’s what we’re here to do. Starting today,
as we open and cut that ribbon, our goal
and our success looks like turning buildings
into a community.”
Located on the corner of Cooper Avenue
and Mapes Road, Reece Crossings is the
Army’s first apartment complex for unac-
companied, junior-enlisted service members
of ranks E-1 to E-5.
The entire complex is scheduled to be
completed in early 2017.
“When completed, Reece Crossings will
enlisted men and women, providing apart-
ments and amenities specifically designed to
meet the needs and demands of today’s mili-
tary lifestyle,” said Scott Kotwas, program
manager for Corvias. “This community
offers service members the opportunity to
live on post, close to their community, work
and training resources.”
Each of the garden-style apartments
features a large kitchen with a breakfast bar,
full-size appliances, a spacious living room
Ribbon cutting celebrates
opening of Reece Crossings
and laundry room.
One-bedroom apartments are 1,081
square feet with a den, while two-bedroom
apartments are 1,141 square feet.
Service members will have private suites
that includes a bathroom and walk-in closet.
Ultimately, all apartments will be furnished
with a sofa, media cabinet, bar stools, desk
and queen-size bed.
Reece Crossings’ clubhouse features
weight-lifting and fitness rooms, a club-
room with multiple flat-screen televisions, a
cyber cafe, basketball and volleyball courts,
a 1-mile running trail, lap pool and outdoor
“It is only right that we offer housing
that’s commensurate for the service that is
given to our nation,” Cramer said.
Reece Crossings’central location provides
close access to installation services including
the Exchange, Gaffney Fitness Center and
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.
Foley said the opening of Reece Cross-
ings is another milestone in the installation’s
partnership with Corvias Military Living.
“The garrison and Corvias team work
hand-in-hand every day to ensure that all
9,622 residents on this installation have the
very best possible homes to live in and com-
munity recreation facilities to enjoy,” Foley
said during the grand opening.
Last week’s ceremony was held just a few
hundred feet from the installation’s former
bachelor housing. Picerne said Reece Cross-
ings is a step forward for military housing.
“That’s today, that’s tomorrow,” he said.
“We all here opt for tomorrow, and through
that tomorrow it should look more like this.
And this is what our junior service members
deserve to be living in.”
‘[Reece Crossings] is what
our junior service members
deserve to be living in.’
CEO, Founder of Corvias Group
photos by nate pesce
John Picerne, founder and CEO of Corvias Group, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey S. Hartless, command sergeant major of
Installation Management Command, cut the ceremonial ribbon into small pieces during the grand opening of Reece Crossings
on June 18. The ceremony officially opened the first three buildings and clubhouse of the $72 million project.
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Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley and Paul Cramer, deputy assistant
secretary of the Army for Installations,
Housing and Partnerships, sit on stage
during the Reece Crossings grand
opening on June 18. The complex is
the Army’s first apartment complex for
unaccompanied, junior-enlisted service
members of ranks E-1 to E-5.
Spc. Alvin Wallace and Spc. Garry Davis of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade play air hockey in the clubhouse of Reece
Crossings before the grand opening last week. The apartment complex opened June 18 after beginning construction last
The Reece Crossing clubhouse features weight-lifting and fitness rooms, a clubroom with multiple flat-screen televisions, a cyber cafe, basketball and volleyball courts, a
1-mile running trail, lap pool and outdoor grilling. Once completed in 2017, Reece Crossings will consist of 432 one- and two-bedroom apartments to house more than 800
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the home and car, and staying indoors
when pollen counts are high.
Avoid drying bed linens and clothing
outdoors since pollen may collect on
• Limit outdoor activities between 5
and 10 a.m. when pollen counts tend to
be the highest.
• Certain prescription and over-the-
counter nasal medications can also help
to reduce and prevent allergic reactions.
Ask your health care provider if nasal
sprays are an option for your type of
• Treat allergy symptoms. Many over-
the-counter medications work well to
control seasonal allergy symptoms.
• Oral antihistamine
Preference is usually for the less sedat-
ing antihistamines (such as loratadine,
These medications work to block the
allergic reaction and also tend to dry the
nose and eyes. They are available in many
formulations (including liquid, tablet and
dissolvable tablet) and are tolerated in
both adults and children over age 2.
• Eye antihistamine
Several options are available for treat-
ment of itchy, watery and red eyes. Use
caution to ensure proper administration
of the eye drops, and read the label for
any specific instructions or age restric-
Sometimes, allergy symptoms lead to
nasal congestion, which can be relieved
with a decongestant such as pseudo-
ephedrine or phenylephrine.
These should be used with caution if
you have high blood pressure (hyperten-
sion) or heart disease.
If your allergies tend to occur at the
same time each year, starting treatment
with nasal allergy medication one to two
months prior may reduce the severity
and possibly even prevent the allergic
For spring allergies, this can be as early
as February. Even if the weather is cold,
trees will release pollen as the daylight
hours begin to increase.
Some allergy treatments are available
to TRICARE beneficiaries enrolled at a
Fort Meade medical facility without see-
ing a provider or needing a prescription.
By Jennifer L. Evans
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
After this winter’s polar vortex, the
weather is finally beginning to feel like
ing trees, blossoming flowers — and with
that, tons of pollen.
Baltimore and Washington, D.C., both
rank in the top 100 cities with high pollen
count, according to the 2014 Asthma and
Allergy Foundation of America spring
For many individuals, breathing in pol-
len can trigger an allergic reaction with
symptoms such as runny or itchy nose,
sneezing, and/or itchy eyes.
In addition to being annoying, sea-
sonal allergies can interrupt your daily
Coping with allergies
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
recommends the following tips for surviv-
ing this allergy season:
• Anticipate allergies. Use Internet
(such as weather.com) or mobile applica-
tions to monitor local pollen counts and
• Prevent allergies. Minimize pollen
exposure by keeping windows closed in
Tips to survive this allergy seasonAsk clinic staff for an over-the-coun-
ter card in order to access medications
through the Self-Care Program at Kim-
brough Pharmacy (a limit of two items
per individual per 30 days applies).
Speak with a pharmacist to answer
any questions about preferred allergy
treatment or special considerations when
taking allergy treatment.
For more information, go to www.
Spring_2014.pdf or http://www.weather.
June 18, Larceny of private
property: Unknown person(s)
stole two bicycles, which were
left unsecured and unattended
on the front lawn of govern-
June 18, Larceny of private prop-
erty: An unknown person stole
a bicycle, which was left unsecured and unattended
behind the owner’s government quarters.
June 20, Assault: The Directorate of Emergency
Services was notified of an assault in progress. An
investigation revealed that the victim was assaulted
because the subject believed the victim was being
an aggressive driver. After the victim cut him off,
the driver followed him on post and then assaulted
him. The victim sustained minor injuries to his
lip and displayed red markings around his neck
consistent with choking.
June 20, Housebreaking: The Directorate of Emer-
gency Services was notified of a possible house-
breaking. An investigation revealed that there were
signs of damage on the front door. The victim said
that during the night, the house alarm went off.
The victim went downstairs and noticed that the
door was opened, but the chain was still intact.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
For week of June 16-22:
• Moving violations: 11
• Nonmoving violations: 1
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 13
• Traffic accidents: 9
• Driving on suspended license: 2
• Driving on suspended registration: 0
• Driving without a license: 0
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Security Agency, Military District of
Washington’s Special Response Team,
Maryland Emergency Management
Agency, Maryland Institute for Emer-
gency Medical Services Systems, the
Baltimore-Washington Medical Center
and Howard County General Hospital.
Lt. Col. Jeffery Winegar, provost mar-
shal and director of DES, said the exer-
cise provided an opportunity for all the
various agencies to work together — as
they would in a real situation.
“The purpose of the Fort Meade
full-scale exercise is not to evaluate
the emergency responder’s ability to
respond. It is an opportunity to rehearse
the cooperative relationships established
between Fort Meade assets and those
of the surrounding community —local,
state and federal,” Winegar said. “Just
like a muscle group, those cooperative
relationships will atrophy if not regu-
“No agency by themselves has the
resources to appropriately respond to
serious incidents such as the ones simu-
lated in the exercise. It is only through
a collaborative and unified effort across
multiple agencies can such dynamic inci-
dents be contained and resolved.”
Although the exercise followed a gen-
eral timeline, Wise said the hostage tak-
ers — played by Asymmetric Warfare
Group volunteers — were given the
freedom to run with their own script.
“We wanted to keep it as much free
play on the scene as possible,” Wise
After law enforcement cleared the
area, hostages were taken to a triage
established by McGill Training Center.
Patients were then sent to local hospitals
During the events at Murphy and
McGill, military and civilian garrison
officials gathered at the Emergency
Operations Center to monitor the situa-
tion and call in necessary resources.
“Their purpose is to support the inci-
dent command,” Wise said.
By Brandon Bieltz
It took just seconds for “armed ter-
rorists” to storm Murphy Field House
and take control of the facility and the
dozens of patrons inside.
But through partnerships with a
plethora of local emergency services
and law enforcement agencies, the instal-
lation defused the staged hostage-taking
scenario on June 17.
The “crisis” was part of the garrison’s
annual full-scale training exercise, which
tests Fort Meade’s response force in the
event of a real-life attack.
“It was pretty realistic,” said Doug
Wise, chief of plans and operations
with the Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security. “It was a
very good training exercise. The fact that
we worked with all those folks from off
post — we don’t do that a lot. It was a
real good training experience.”
Each year, the installation is mandat-
ed to conduct a full-scale training exer-
cise. While organizers try to change the
scenario from year-to-year, events such
as business-place and school shooters
have placed an emphasis on preparing
for a shooter situation.
“What we’re looking at is the threat
— what is the most likely thing that
could happen?” Wise said. “For the past
couple years, we’ve been focusing on the
Last week’s daylong exercise began
with a “homegrown, extremist move-
ment group” taking control of Murphy
Field House and taking hostages.
When negotiations broke down
between the group and law enforce-
ment, the terrorists began to “shoot”
hostages. Local law enforcement then
For the exercise, Fort Meade’s Direc-
torate of Emergency Services was joined
by Anne Arundel County Fire and Emer-
gency Services, the FBI, the National
Photo by Sgt. Scott brooks
Members of the Chemical Response Team test a suspicious liquid found on the floor
of Murphy Field House during a full-scale antiterrorism exercise on June 17. The
exercise provided an opportunity for various agencies to work together.
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Photos by Sgt. Scott brooks
CENTER: Law enforcement
agents, who made entry
into Murphy Field House
to free “hostages” during
an exercise, arrest one of
the hostage takers. The
training, which consisted of
an active-shooter scenario,
tested Fort Meade’s
LEFT: A member of the
Special Response Team
searches Murphy Field
House after making entry
into the facility on June 17.
The installation teamed with
local law enforcement and
emergency services for the
BELOW: A makeup artist
paints a fake wound on a
volunteer hostage before
last week’s exercise.
photo by Pfc. pablo chung
Later in the day, a press conference
with Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley, Winegar and FBI Assistant Spe-
cial Agent in Charge Scott Hinckley was
held at the Fort Meade Public Affairs
Office to face role-playing reporters.
Throughout the exercise, observers
from Installation Management Com-
mand and experts from other installa-
tions evaluated the emergency response.
“It’s very important,” Wise said of
the evaluation. “It points out some of
the weakness, the gaps that we need
to work on and make sure that we get
After the exercise, Wise said the part-
nerships with local law enforcement and
emergency services allows Fort Meade
to be ready for an emergency situation.
“We have limited assets here on the
installation,” he said. “But with the sup-
port of the local community and other
agencies like the FBI — and that we can
work together — shows that we are pre-
pared to handle most any situation.”
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hosts Fort Meade
Members of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command color guard stand
on the field prior to Friday’s minor league baseball game. Installation organizations
participated in several pregame events during Fort Meade Appreciation Day.
Lt. Col. David S. Dinkelman, commander of the U.S, Army Baltimore Recruiting
Battalion, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during Friday’s Bowie Baysox game
at Prince George’s Stadium. The Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles minor league affiliate,
hosted Fort Meade Appreciation Day during its game against the Binghamton Mets.
Photos by nate pesce
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Army recruits take the oath of enlistment just before Friday’s Bowie Baysox game. Lt.
Col. David S. Dinkelman, commander of the U.S. Army Baltimore Recruiting Battalion,
administered the oath.
Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones, author of Jibber Jabber, is
out of the office.
As always, if you have any comments about Jibber Jabber or
anything to do with the world of sports, e-mail chad.t.jones.
email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @CTJibber.
Master Sgt. Laura Lesche of the U.S. Army Field Band sings the National Anthem
before the Bowie Baysox game on Friday. Lesche also sang “God Bless America”
between innings later in the game.
Registration for fall sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900
Fall sports include football, soccer, cheerleading, swim team and flag
Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900
Reece Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
EFMP Walking Group
The Exceptional Family Member Program Walking Group will meet today,
July 10 and July 24 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.
The Exceptional Family Member Program is sponsoring its monthly
bowling event on July 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 301-677-4473.
photo by brandon bieltz
SUMMER SIZZLERCompetitors run the final stretch of the Army Birthday Summer Sizzler
5K run on Saturday morning at the Pavilion. Nearly 400 runners com-
peted in the race, which was won by Luke Rodina with a 17:30 time.
Margaret Smith was the first woman to cross the finish line at 19:04.
The Fort Meade Run Series will continue with the Football FanFair 5K
on Sept. 20 at Constitution Park.
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
An earlier tornado threat did not stop the
U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors
from giving an impressive performance of jazz
standards, original compositions and patriotic
the Pavilion, was the third in the Field Band’s
annual 12-week Summer Concert Series.
“It was fantastic,” said Janice Custis, a West
Laurel resident who plans to attend each of the
upcoming concerts this summer.
The series ends Aug. 23 with a joint perfor-
the Jazz Ambassadors and The Volunteers.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring
big band of the Field Band. The ensemble’s
diverse repertoire includes big-band swing,
bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz standards,
Dixieland, popular songs and patriotic selec-
Instrumental music was featured during
the first 30 minutes of the show. To open the
concert, Chief Warrant Officer William S.
McCulloch, conductor and officer-in-charge
of the ensemble, led an instrumental version
of “The Army Goes Rolling Along.” The
National Anthem was sung by lead vocalist
Master Sgt. Marva Lewis.
Other instrumental performances included
Sammy Nestico’s “Wind Machine”; Duke
Ellington’s “Cottontail” and “Shepherd”; and
“Good-bye Mr. Schultz,” an original composi-
tion by retired Master Sgt. Vince Norman, a
former member of the ensemble.
This portion of the concert showcased solo
performances by Master Sgt. Timothy Young
on keyboard, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Shook on
tenor saxophone, Staff Sgt. Dustin Mollick
on baritone saxophone, Sgt. 1st Class Todd
Harrison on drums, and Master Sgt. Michael
Johnston on trumpet with a plunger.
Lewis returned with a jubilant performance
of Broadway’s “Hello Dolly,” followed by
“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,”record-
ed by Ella Fitgerald, and “Dearly Beloved,”
composed by Johnny Mercer.
The ensemble then performed “Muttnick”
by Quincy Jones and “The Visitor,” an original
composition by Staff Sgt. Thomas Davis, a
trumpeter with the group.
The Dixieland Band, also known as the
Burba Lake Ramblers, gave a brief perfor-
mance highlighted once again by Harrison on
The concert ended with the traditional
Armed Forces Salute and Lewis singing “God
Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.
Former Reservist Oliver Witting, who has
mer concerts for the past three years, intends
to return for the ensemble’s next concert on
“It’s always a great performance,” the Sever-
na Park resident said.
Jazz Ambassadors swing despite weather
A Dixieland band
section of the U.S.
Army Field Band’s
perform during a
show June 19 at
the Pavilion. The
performed a diverse
songs and patriotic
concert. The show
was the third in the
Field Band’s annual
which ends Aug. 23.
photo by phil grout
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301-
677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30
p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade
Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through July 13
Friday: “Neighbors” (R). A couple with a newborn
baby face unexpected difficulties after they are
forced to live next to a fraternity house. With Seth
Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron.
Saturday: “Moms’ Night Out” (PG). All Allyson
and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up eve-
ning 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.
Sunday: “Godzilla” (PG-13). The world’s most
famous monster is pitted against malevolent
creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientif-
ic arrogance, threaten our very existence. With
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth
July 4: “Blended” (PG-13). After a bad blind date,
a man and woman find themselves stuck together
at a resort for families, where their attraction grows
as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning
relationship. With Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore,
July 5 6: “Million Dollar Arm” (PG). A sports
agent stages an unconventional recruitment strat-
egy to get talented Indian cricket players to play
Major League Baseball. With Jon Hamm, Aasif
Mandvi, Alan Arkin.
July 11, 13: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (PG-13).
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desper-
ate effort to change history and prevent an event
that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
WithHughJackman,PatrickStewart, James McA-
voy, Michael Fassbender. (3D July 13)
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
Final concert is Aug. 23.
• Today: Concert Band Soldiers’ Chorus
• July 10: U.S. Naval Academy Band’s Crabtowne Stompers
Rooted in the original New Orleans jazz music of the early 1900s,
the Crabtowne Stompers fuses its music with modern funk and
• 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
For updates, check armyfieldband.com or the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
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.
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The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.
704th MI change of
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 Tuesday 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.
All family members and spectators
For more information or to RSVP,
780th MI change of
The 780th Military Intelligence
Brigade will conduct a change of
command ceremony on July 11 at 10
a.m. on the soccer field adjacent to 310
Col. Jennifer G. Buckner, commander
of the 780th MI, will relinquish
command to Col. William J. Hartman.
Naval Academy Band
The Naval Academy Band will
present four concerts this summer at the
Annapolis City Dock’s Susan B. Campbell
Park, 1 Dock St., Annapolis.
Concerts are free and open to the
public with no tickets required.
• Independence Day Concert: July 4 at
• Crabtowne Stompers: July 8 at 7 p.m.
• Electric Brigade: July 22 at 7 p.m.
• Alumni Concert: July 29 at 7 p.m.
For more information, go to www.usna.
edu/USNABand or call 410-293-1262.
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
For more information, go to
CID recruiting brief
Monthly recruiting briefings are
conducted by the Criminal Investigation
Division on the first Tuesday of every
month at 1 p.m. at the Fort Meade CID
Office, 855 Chisholm Ave.
The next recruiting briefing is
For more information, call Sgt. 1st
Class Matthew Allen at 301-677-1687 or
go to cid.army.mil.
The Navy Fleet and Family Support
Center offers a variety of classes at its
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
• Investing 101: Monday, 1-3 p.m.
• 10 Steps to a Federal Job: Tuesday,
9 a.m. to noon:
Learn about understanding job
vacancy announcements, writing your
federal and electronic resumes, and
tracking your application.
• Anger Management: Wednesday,
• Resume Workshop: July 8, 9 a.m.
• Stress Management: July 9, 9-11
• Common Sense Parenting: July 21,
Topic: Preventing Misbehavior
• Medical Records Review: Have
your medical records reviewed by an
AMVETS representative. Appointment
required at 301-677-9014.
For more information or to register
for any of the classes, call 301-677-9017
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will run Aug.
4-8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Argonne
Hills Chapel Center.
The free program is for ages 4
through fifth grade.
Registration tables are set up through
July 21 at Argonne Hills Chapel Center
and the Main Post Chapel. Registration
is limited to the first 200 children.
This year’s theme is “Weird Animals
and Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-
Kind” and features one-of-a-kind Bible
adventures; untamed games; KidVid
cinema; Ozzy’s Preschool Park; crafts;
All volunteers over the age of 12 must
have completed a background check
before the program begins.
VBS is seeking adults and youths (in
grade six and above), but only 30 youths
below the age of 16 are needed.
For more information, call Marcia
Eastland at 301-677-0386 or 301-677-
6035 or Sheila Stewart at 301-677-6038.
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: “My Farm Friends”
For more information, call 301-677-
• The Bowie Baysox will sponsor the
“Red, White and Boom All-American
Independence Day Celebration” at Prince
George’s Stadium on July 3 as the team
takes on the Altoona Curve at 6:35 p.m.
The event features the popular
Independence Day Barbecue and an
extended fireworks display.
RED, White BLUE CELEBRATIONFort 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 Volunteers.
The free public concert featuring The Volunteers, the official touring rock
band of the Army, will be performed at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park off
English Avenue. No tickets required.
For more information on the concert, call 301-677-6586.
For more information on the celebration, go to ftmeademwr.com.
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Fans can enjoy the game along with
a two-hour picnic buffet at the annual
Independence Day Picnic served from
Picnic tickets are $27 for adults; $22 for
children ages 6 to 12; $10 for ages 3 to 4;
and $22 for season ticket holders. Picnic
includes a general admission seat ticket for
the games. Fans can upgrade to box seat
tickets for $4 each.
To order tickets for the picnic, go to
baysoxshop.com or call Ashley Nalley at
301-464-4885 by Monday at 3 p.m.
Individual tickets for the Independence
Day Celebration range from $7 to $22
when ordered in advance, and are available
online at baysox.com or by calling 301-
• A twilight tattoo ceremony will
be conducted July 5 at 6 p.m. at Fort
McHenry National Monument and
The free program begins with a concert
by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and
Drum Corps (dressed in the uniforms
of Washington’s Continental Army), the
Continental Color Guard and U.S. Army
Every ceremony concludes with the
folding of the flag, playing of “Taps” from
the ramparts and firing of the cannon.
Tickets are not required. Visitors may
bring lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is
For more information, go to nps.gov or
• The Naval Academy Band’s Electric
Brigade will perform July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at
Quiet Water Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park
This free concert is open to the public
with no tickets required. Park entry fees
will be waived for the event, beginning at
Under the direction of Chief Musician
Rory Cherry, EB’s repertoire includes the
most current and popular music, as well
as rhythm and blues, dance, Motown,
classic rock, modern rock, soul, hip-hop,
swing, country and disco.
For more information, go to the band’s
website at www.usna.edu/USNABand or
• Tent Troupe will present “Folk Tales,
Fables and Fun” on Monday and July
17 at 1:30 p.m. at Montpelier Mansion
grounds, 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel,
rain or shine.
No reservations or tickets required.
Seating is under the big top tent.
The free children’s matinee will feature
“The Bremertown Musicians” and an
adaptation of “Anansi the Moss-Covered
Rock,” “Caps for Sale” and two tales
written and adapted for Tent Troupe.
The interactive format begins with a
pre-show of singing and dancing.
For more information, call 301-377-
7817 or 301-776-2805.
• 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 meet-
ing is July 3. Dinner 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 sup-
port 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 namiaac.
• Families Dealing with Deployment
meets the first and third Monday of every
month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse
Forest Neighborhood Center. Children
welcome. The next meeting is July 7. For
more information, call 301-677-5590 or
• 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 non-
commissioned officers. For more informa-
tion, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at
443-479-0616 or email email@example.com.
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by
the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at
The next prayer breakfast is July 10.
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 Durn-
er at 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.
• 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 July 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, go to e9association.org.
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