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  1. 1. fresh air KACC offers tips to survive summer allergies page 8 UPCOMING EVENTS 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 open house Ribbon cutting officially opens Reece Crossings page 4 Soundoff!´ 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. rapid response
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! June 26, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies..................................16 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 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, Colorado. 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- ating worldwide — they have served as work- ing journalists, broadcastersand public affairs officers at posts and bases as well as on ships. In addition, more than 80 foreign nations 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 broadcast programming. 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 American people. 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.” DINFOS celebrates 50 years of service Col. jeremy m. Martin DINFOS Commandant
  3. 3. June 26, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News 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 and audiences. 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 pleasure. 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 much-needed relaxation. 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 healthy lifestyle. 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 options are. • 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 tour. • Bring a workout video with you. Most hotels have a DVD player in the rooms. • Track your steps. Wear a pedometer and aim to take at least 10,000 steps per day. • 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 301-677-2006. 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 tobacco education. Stay healthy while traveling
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! June 26, 2014 News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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- room apartments. 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 Group. “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 behometoover800unaccompanied,junior- 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 grilling. “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.’ John Picerne 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.
  5. 5. June 26, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News 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 winter. 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 service members.
  6. 6. SOUNDOFF! June 26, 2014 News the home and car, and staying indoors when pollen counts are high. Avoid drying bed linens and clothing outdoors since pollen may collect on them. • 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 allergies. • Treat allergy symptoms. Many over- the-counter medications work well to control seasonal allergy symptoms. Medications • Oral antihistamine Preference is usually for the less sedat- ing antihistamines (such as loratadine, fexofenadine, certirizine). 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- tions. • Decongestants 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 reaction. Early prevention 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 Clinical Pharmacist Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center After this winter’s polar vortex, the weather is finally beginning to feel like summer. Longerdaysbringgreengrasses,bloom- 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 evaluation ( 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 activities. Coping with allergies Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center recommends the following tips for surviv- ing this allergy season: • Anticipate allergies. Use Internet (such as or mobile applica- tions to monitor local pollen counts and air quality. • 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 com/health/pollen/forecast/20755:4:US. June 18, Larceny of private property: Unknown person(s) stole two bicycles, which were left unsecured and unattended on the front lawn of govern- ment quarters. 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. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch 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 Still time to register for summer! Credit Classes: July 7-August 8 Summer's for Everyone HCC! Summer's for Everyone @ HCC! Courses and programs for kids, seniors, and everyone in between. r!
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! June 26, 2014 Cover Story 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- larly exercised. “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 said. After law enforcement cleared the area, hostages were taken to a triage established by McGill Training Center. Patients were then sent to local hospitals for treatment. 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 Staff Writer 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 active-shooter scenario.” 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 made entry. 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 Installation undergoes antiterrorism exercise 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.
  8. 8. June 26, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 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 response force. 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 annual exercise. 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 corrected.” 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.”
  9. 9. SOUNDOFF! June 26, 2014 Sports Bowie Baysox hosts Fort Meade Appreciation Day 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
  10. 10. June 26, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports 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. or follow him on Twitter @CTJibber. Jibber-Less 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. Sports Shorts Fall sports Registration for fall sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Fall sports include football, soccer, cheerleading, swim team and flag football. Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece Road or online at html. 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. EFMP Bowling 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.
  11. 11. SOUNDOFF! June 26, 2014 Community News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer 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 songs. The75-minuteconcert,performedJune19at 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- mancebytheConcertBandSoldiers’Chorus, 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- tions. 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 drums. 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 beencomingtoseetheJazzAmbassadors’sum- mer concerts for the past three years, intends to return for the ensemble’s next concert on Aug. 7. “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 Jazz Ambassadors perform during a show June 19 at the Pavilion. The Jazz Ambassadors performed a diverse repertoire includes big-band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz standards, Dixieland, popular songs and patriotic selections during the 75-minute concert. The show was the third in the Field Band’s annual 12-week Summer Concert Series, 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 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 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 Olsen. 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, Wendi McLendon-Covey. 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) Movies 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 • 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 jazz elements. • 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 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.
  12. 12. June 26, 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. 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 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. Lawrence Hoke. All family members and spectators are invited. For more information or to RSVP, call 301-677-0249. 780th MI change of command 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 Chamberlin Ave. Col. Jennifer G. Buckner, commander of the 780th MI, will relinquish command to Col. William J. Hartman. Naval Academy Band concerts 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 8 p.m. • 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. 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 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 Tuesday. For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Allen at 301-677-1687 or go to Free classes 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 class. • 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, 9-11 a.m. • Resume Workshop: July 8, 9 a.m. to noon • Stress Management: July 9, 9-11 a.m. • Common Sense Parenting: July 21, 9-10 a.m. 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 or 301-677-9018. 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; and music. 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. 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: “My Farm Friends” For more information, call 301-677- 5522. Out About • 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. file photo 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 NEWS EVENTS EDUCATION YOUTH CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 RECREATION
  13. 13. SOUNDOFF! June 26, 2014 Community News Notes Fans can enjoy the game along with a two-hour picnic buffet at the annual Independence Day Picnic served from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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 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 or by calling 301- 464-4865. • A twilight tattoo ceremony will be conducted July 5 at 6 p.m. at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. 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 Drill Team. 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 provided onsite. For more information, go to or call 410-962-4290. • The Naval Academy Band’s Electric Brigade will perform July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Quiet Water Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis. This free concert is open to the public with no tickets required. Park entry fees will be waived for the event, beginning at 4:30 p.m. 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 or call 410-293-1262. • 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. org. • 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 email • 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 • 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 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 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 RECREATION MEETINGS 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