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Today, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Safety, Health,Wellness & Resiliency Expo - The Pavilion
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community Job Fair - Club Meade
Sunday, 1:35 p.m.: Orioles Military Appreciation Day - Camden Yards
May 29, 4-6 p.m.: Right Arm Night - Club Meade
May 30, 11:30 A.m.: Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance - The Pavillion
Sesame Street helps
Meade youth deal
with military life
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Staff Sgt. Danny Goodwin, Army 3rd Battalion/312th Regiment, stands with the regiment’s colors before the procession of Fort Meade’s 28th Annual Massing of the Colors
and Memorial Day of Remembrance into the Pavilion on Sunday. The two-hour event was hosted by the General George G. Meade chapter of the Military Order of the World
Wars and the Fort Meade garrison. For the story, see Page 12.
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Hello again, Team Meade! I hope everyone is
taking full advantage of the beautiful springtime
weather we are having this week.
I’m sure we’ll be looking back with longing on
cool mornings and bright sunny, low-70s after-
noons very soon.
Truly fitting weather as we head toward our
nation’s holiday to memorialize all those who, in
President Abraham Lincoln’s words, gave their
“last full measure of devotion” to preserve and
advance our great nation.
Thankfully, our country is filled with organiza-
tions dedicated to sustaining our patriotic lineage.
This past Sunday, Fort Meade and the Military
Order of World Wars hosted our annual Mass-
ing of the Colors ceremony at the Fort Meade
The event drew more than 50 color guards
representing military and civilian service organi-
zations. Members ranged in age from 6-year-old
Cub Scouts to 86-year-old World War II veterans.
Veterans of past conflicts sat with veterans of
present conflicts, who sat next to veterans of future
It was a special gathering of organizations
whose members are dedicated to preserving the
patriotic lineage of this great country of ours.
Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the new commander
of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the
National Security Agency, served as grand marshal
during the event and spoke of the service and sacri-
fice of our military members, past and present.
Adm. Rogers gave special recognition to the
Gold Star mothers and military spouses present in
the audience for representing all family members,
who in most cases did not have a choice but served
and sacrificed with equal honor.
It is during events such as this that I am
heartened in the strength of our nation. Seeing
the young and old together, marching proudly,
strengthens me in the knowledge that we will not
doom ourselves to repeat history by forgetting it.
I thank The Old Guard, U.S. Army Field Band,
U.S. Army Drill Team and all those who worked
so hard to make the ceremony go off without a
So on Memorial Day this Monday, please pause
to reflect on our nation’s past and on those who
gave their last full measure to protect our way of
Please say a prayer, or kneel and place a hand
on a gravestone, or stop and thank the parent, or
spouse, or child
of a fallen ser-
vice member for
It is they who
most basic fiber
of our national
I want to also
thank all those
who donated to
the Army Emer-
gency Relieve campaign. We exceeded our goal
by raising just over $100,00 that will be used to
assist Soldiers, service members and their families
in times of need. A more worthy cause does not
June is almost upon us and will be a very busy
month, as usual. Our Army Field Band Summer
Concert Series in Constitution Park begins June
Our new Installation Management command-
ing general, Lt. Gen. Dave Halverson, will spend
the day at Fort Meade on June 6.
Reece Crossings, the first DoD privatized hous-
ing for single, unaccompanied service members in
grades E-1 to E-5, will open for business with a
ribbon cutting on June 18.
And our new Exchange is still on track for a
grand opening in the third week of August.
We have a big summer ahead, so enjoy the
weather this week and we will see you soon!
A Time of Honor
COL. Brian P. Foley
Commander’s Open Door
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
has an open door policy.
All service members, retirees, government
employees, family members or community
members age 18 or older are invited to address
issues or concerns 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.
Because of Memorial Day, Foley’s
office will be open Tuesday from 4-6
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By Brandon Bieltz
Fort Meade has surpassed its goal for
the annual Army Emergency Relief cam-
paign by raising more than $100,000.
The 75-day campaign, which began
March 1, wrapped up May 15 with dona-
tions exceeding its goal of $90,000. As
of Monday, the campaign has raised
$100,157 — or 111 percent of its goal.
“Team Meade is committed to taking
care of its own,” said Garrison Com-
mander Col. Brian P. Foley. “Meeting
this year’s goal allows the installation to
continue to help our service members and
their families with emergency financial
The campaign yielded $3,000 more
than last year at the deadline. Wallace
Turner, the installation’s AER officer, said
he expects the 2014 total to continue to
grow in the coming weeks.
“I’m delighted,” he said. “We’ll prob-
ably end up with a lot more now. The
donations will continue on.”
Unlike past years, Soldiers were the
leading contributers of this year’s cam-
paign, donating more than $50,000.
“The Soldiers really came through for
us this year,” Wallace said. “I know Sol-
diers know that it’s something that they
do that affects them and their families.
Soldiers have big hearts, so they donate.
“Retirees are the same way. They know
that if they had an emergency, they can
always come to AER and we’re going to
find a way to say yes.”
Money raised at Fort Meade will be
added to the total AER fund, which has
helped more than 3.2 million Soldiers and
family members with more than $1 billion
AER is open to active-duty Soldiers,
retirees, Reservists, Guardsmen and their
family members, and surviving spouses
and orphans of Soldiers who died while
on active duty.
Although primarily established to aid
those associated with the Army, recipro-
cal agreements with similar agencies for
all branches of the military allow the
Fort Meade AER office to help all service
members, Turner said.
The program provides financial assis-
tance for a wide range of situations
including emergency transportation, rent,
and medical and funeral expenses. It also
provides college scholarships to children
“While reaching our goal this year was
important, our job is not complete,”Foley
said. “We have to continue making sure
Soldiers and their families are aware of
the AER program and how it is a resource
for them to meet emergency financial
AER is on pace to top last year’s totals
in assistance. Through new programs,
Wallace said, it has become easier for
AER to help service members.
Although the campaign has come to
a conclusion, AER continues to help
service members with emergency funds
year-round. The program, Turner said,
provides service members with a quick
and easy solution for immediate problems
— unlike payday lenders with high inter-
“We’re moving towards helping to
eliminate some of those payday lenders,”
he said. “Look at us first before you look
“[Service members] all have tremen-
dous pride. That’s why we want them to
feel that if they have a concern, ‘don’t try
to do it on your own’ because that’s where
they go out and hit these other places.
Here, it’s zero percent interest.”
AER exceeds 2014 goal by 11 percent
By Fort Meade Public Affairs Office
The state of Maryland announced the
funding to design two key transportation
projects around Fort Meade during a
ceremony Monday in Bethesda.
First, $2 million was set aside to design
the expansion of Route 175 from two
to six lanes between Disney and Reece
Additionally, state leaders including Lt.
Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Sen. Benjamin
L. Cardin and Rep. Donna F. Edwards
announced that $2 million would go
toward design upgrades to the Routes 198
and 295 interchange.
Widening the “soda straw”along Route
175 between Disney and Reece roads is
the installation’s top external transporta-
tion priority, Garrison Commander Col.
Brian P. Foley said.
“I am beyond pleased that the state is
moving forward with these transportation
projects. It shows that our elected leaders
understand the importance of transpor-
tation in our region,” said Foley, who
also praised the Fort Meade Community
Covenant Council for its continued sup-
port for transportation projects around
“Improving local roads is an important
part of the infrastructure improvement
needed to alleviate traffic gridlock and
ease congestion for commuters in our
State approves funding for MD Rt. 175
The design for both projects is expected
to begin this summer.
In addition to Fort Meade, other road
improvement projects are in the works
for Joint Base Andrews, Aberdeen Prov-
ing Ground and Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center.
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LEFT: Muppet Katie, representing a military
child, greets a group of Fort Meade children
at the Sesame Street/USO Experience
presented in two shows on Friday at McGill
Training Center. In the performance, 6-year-
old Katie deals with moving to another
military installation and receives advice
from the other Sesame Street muppets.
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Parents and children enjoy the Sesame Street/USO Experience on Friday.
Sesame Street muppets danced, sang and greeted audience members during
one of two, 30-minute performances.
By Lisa R. Rhodes
Hundreds of Fort Meade children and
their parents held twirling lights as they
watched Sesame Street muppets Elmo
and the Cookie Monster dance and sing
Friday at McGill Training Center.
But when muppet Katie, who repre-
sents a military child, stepped onstage, the
children met a character who shares their
Elmo, Cookie Monster, Katie and Gro-
ver are all part of the Sesame Street/USO
Experience for Military Families, a 30-
minute song and dance performance that
sheds light on the challenges military
children face as they move from installa-
tion to installation.
Anja Young, 26, a performer/dancer
touring with the production, portrays
Katie. Young is the daughter of retired
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Wilbert
Young who retired from Fort Meade in
2004 after 26 years of service. She gradu-
ated from Meade High School in 2007.
“Coming back to Fort Meade to per-
form is an amazing opportunity,” Young
said. “It makes my heart smile to be a
military child and be part of a project that
can help military children deal with some
of the issues I had growing up.”
In the production, 6-year-old Katie
explains to the other muppets that she
and her family are moving once again and
that she is sad to leave her friends.
Young, who was born at Moody Air
Former Fort Meade
military child performs
with Sesame Street
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Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., moved to
four Air Force bases as a child. She said
she understands the social and emotional
issues that military children face as they
attend different schools, struggle to make
new friends and cope with the frequent
deployments of their military parent.
“My dad deployed often. It was really
hard to deal with because I really didn’t
understand,” Young said.
Her parents tried hard to help her and
her two brothers cope with the ups and
downs of military life, she said. Young
and her brothers wrote letters to their
father and sent packaged cookies to ser-
Young said she developed a love for
dance and theater as a way to deal with
“All the troubles and things that I
didn’t understand in life, I could always
go back to the stage and I always found
an outlet there,” she said.
Young enrolled in dance and theater
activities at the Youth Center at each Air
Force base and in local Boys and Girls
Clubs of America. She joined the drama
club and participated in dance classes at
Young attended the Columbia College
of Chicago and worked as a performer
at Disney World in Orlando during her
After graduating with a Bachelor of
Arts in dance two years ago, Young
taught at a charter school in Washington,
D.C. A year later, she was hired to join the
Sesame Street/USO production.
When Young is not touring, she lives
In the show, the muppets help Katie
to learn that she can always stay in touch
with the friends she leaves behind and that
making new friends can be easy, if she just
remains true to herself.
Young said she hopes children also
learn that change can be positive.
“I hope they realize that change is not
always a bad thing,” Young said. “Leav-
ing your friends behind is sad at first, but
you can always stay in touch with them
and they can be your lifetime friends.”
Twelve-year-old Semaj Allen, a student
at MacArthur Middle School, enjoyed
“My favorite character is Cookie Mon-
ster,” the sixth-grader said. “The show
was really cool.”
Semaj’s mother, Millicent Allen, wife of
Petty Officer 3rd Class Willie Allen who is
deployed in Japan, said the show sends a
helpful message to military children.
“[The muppets] gave tips on how to
make friends so children don’t have to be
so afraid when they move,” Allen said.
Katie and Elmo
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Sixteen Fort Meade
military high school
and college students
are awarded $2,000
scholarships by the
Enlisted Spouses’ Club.
This year, the club
presented a total of
$35,000 in scholarships
with proceeds from the
post Thrift Shop.
Photos by Jessica Montour
of Excellence is named after Evelyn Silva,
a longtime ESC member and volunteer
who has served as president of the Thrift
The scholarship was created in 2011
and is given annually to a high school
senior who best exemplifies Silva’s com-
mitment to volunteerism and education.
Eligibility requirements for the scholar-
ship include a minimum 3.0 grade point
average and a commitment to volunteer
service for more than a year.
In addition to the Evelyn Silva Scholar-
ship Award of Excellence, the ESC also
awarded $2,000 scholarships based on
service in school, church and community,
as well as participation in sports, to 16
high school and college students affiliated
with Fort Meade.
The ceremony’s guest speaker was
Quentin Smith, executive vice president
of the Central Maryland Chapter of
AFCEA. The chapter is a nonprofit
organization for information technology
professionals in the fields of communica-
tions, intelligence and global security.
“We feel we are making an investment
in our youth, who are the future of our
country,” Smith said. “You are stewards
of this investment, and we are looking for
big returns on this investment in you.”
Kimberly is enrolled in the Internation-
al Baccalaureate Programme at Meade
High and has a 4.55 GPA. She will attend
the University of Maryland in the fall and
transfer to Cornell University in Ithaca,
N.Y., after her first year.
Kimberly is a member of the high
school’s Key Club, which promotes vol-
unteerism in the community. She also is a
peer tutor and has tutored special needs
An active member of the Korean Meth-
odist Church of Love in Severn and Fort
Meade’s Main Post Chapel, Kimberly has
been a volunteer in the garrison’s Vaca-
tion Bible School for several years.
She also plays the piano, violin, steel
drums and Korean drums, and was cap-
tain of Meade High’s field hockey and
“I am so proud of her,” said Kimberly’s
mother, June Toler, who attended the
ceremony. “She’s really been working
so hard. Her dad has been deployed so
Toler said that despite Kimberly’s com-
mitment to her studies, she has always
“stepped up” to fulfill her responsibilities
at home and in the community.
Kimberly’s father, Col. Eric Toler, is
enrolled in the National War College in
Washington, D.C. The family lives in
Before the ceremony, members of Fort
Meade’s Cub Scout Pack 377 presented
the colors. Lauren Wyatt, an ESC member
and Gold Star mother, sang the National
Anthem. Acting Garrison Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) David Cooper gave the invocation.
“I’m very happy that we had a large
pool of applicants who fit the bill,” said
Geraldine Humphrey, director of the
ESC scholarship fund. “I’m very proud
of all of you. You are good students and
members of the community.”
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas
J. Latter helped to present the 16 ESC
“Congratulations to each and every
one of you for the hard work that you
do,” said Foley, who received a $1,000
scholarship from AFCEA 25 years ago
and is a longtime member of the orga-
“You are taking advantage of the won-
derful, world-class education system that
we have in our nation. We have, hands
down, the best secondary education sys-
tem in the world. ... Continue to learn and
work hard, and each and every one of you
By Lisa R. Rhodes
A Meade High School senior who
aspires to work in international relations
and global affairs is the recipient of this
year’s Evelyn Silva Scholarship Award of
The $2,500 scholarship was awarded by
Fort Meade’s Enlisted Spouses’ Club at
its annual scholarship ceremony Monday
evening at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.
“I am very grateful,” said Kimberly
Toler, 17, after the ceremony. “There was
a lot of competition for it. This is the first
time I’ve ever received a scholarship. It’s
a real blessing.”
This year, ESC awarded $35,000 in
scholarships to military high school and
college students. ESC oversees the post
Thrift Shop. Proceeds benefit the ESC
scholarship fund and other activities.
In addition to the Silva scholarship,
Kimberly also was awarded a match-
ing $2,000 scholarship from the Central
Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces
Communications and Electronics Asso-
“Congratulations to all of the schol-
arship winners,” said Laura Livingston,
president of ESC. “We are very proud of
you. We know you will make great strides
in the years ahead.”
The Evelyn Silva Scholarship Award
Enlisted Spouses’ Club awards scholarships
Kimberly Toler, a senior at Meade High
School, is the recipient of the Evelyn
Silva Scholarship Award of Excellence
awarded by the Fort Meade Enlisted
Spouses’ Club on Monday. The 17-
year-old, who received $4,500, was
recognized for academic excellence and
her commitment to volunteerism.
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Moment in timeDuring World War I, Fort Meade was established in 1917 as Camp Meade, a
cantonment for troops drafted for the war.
As the installation nears its 100th anniversary, Soundoff! is featuring a series of
historical snapshots of the people and events at Fort Meade through the years.
Special Service and Glenn Miller
During World War II, the Army became concerned that inactivity and isola-
tion of service members overseas could lead to problems including boredom,
put their physical stamina and mental alertness in jeopardy, and lead them into
As a way to combat these concerns, the Army organized amateur theater,
music and athletic programs among the service members in 1941. Then, in 1942,
the Army began to commission civilian actors, musicians, theater managers and
professors to become recreation officers.
To train these civilians and enlisted service members, a school was established
at Fort Meade to teach them to conduct recreational activities, to deploy suitable
activities using improvised facilities in remote areas, and to encourage service
members to participate.
Established in 1942, the Special Service Branch School and the first class of
112 officer students graduated on March 28. A total of 918 students graduated
from the program in 1942.
The school focused on five departments: military art, facilities, education,
military recreation and physical training.
In October 1942, the school conducted its final course at Fort Meade. Known
as the “Seventh Course,” the training had an enrollment of 176 students including
big-band leader Glenn Miller.
Miller was a trombonist, arranger and band manager who had gained acclaim
with such popular songs as “Moonlight Serenade,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “In the
Mood” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
In August 1942, Miller asked to join the Army to help improve Army morale
through swing music. By mid-October, Miller received his orders to report for tem-
porary duty in the Army Specialist Corps Replacement Pool, School for Special
Service at Fort Meade.
Miller’s time at the Special Service School did not go smoothly, however. Despite
entering the Army as an established band leader, Miller was forced to take common
music courses to learn tempo.
Miller wasn’t the only one to criticize the School for Special Service. An inad-
equate and redundant curriculum, along with a lack of training doctrine, inadequacy
of instruction, mediocre standards of proficiency and inadequacy of testing pro-
grams, were most commonly cited.
Miller spent 10 days of a monthlong course in the hospital, but on Nov. 23 he
was appointed as a captain in the Army. Four days later, he was reassigned to the
Army Air Corps.
As a member of the Army Air Corps, Miller formed a marching band and played
trombone in a 15-piece band.
While en route to play for Soldiers in Paris, Miller’s plane went missing over the
English Channel. No trace of the crew or passengers has been found, and Miller is
still listed as MIA.
photo courtesy of the Fort Meade Museum
Members of the Special Service Branch School sing and play piano at Fort
Meade. Established on the post in 1942, the unit aimed to teach Soldiers to
become recreation officers and entertain service members.
Members of the 32nd Intelligence Squadron stand in formation during a cer-
emony on April 22 in honor of the 70th anniversary of a World War II attack
that claimed the lives of 317 Airmen from the unit. Each year, the Air Force
Unit conducts a brief ceremony to pay tribute to the fallen Airmen.
The unit, then called the 32nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, was acti-
vated during World War II in Virginia and sent to the European Theater with
342 Airmen in 1944. En route to Italy aboard the S.S. Fitz-Hugh-Lee and S.S.
Paul-Hamilton, the convoy was attacked by the Luftwaffe — the German
aerial warfare branch — in the Mediterranean Sea on April 20.
Nine German planes torpedoed the Paul-Hamilton, sinking the ship in less
than a minute and killing all 580 members aboard including 317 men from
the 32nd. On April 22, the Fitz-Hugh-Lee reached Italy with the remaining 25
Airmen and began to reconstitute the unit.
photo courtesy the 32nd intelligence squadron
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Local outdoor pools will officially kick off summer next weekend as they open for
Memorial Day week.
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
• Saturday through June 18: 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.
The Columbia Association is offering special military and DoD rates at five of its pools
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
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disputed charge appears, a description of
the disputed item, and the reason you are
withholding payment. Also enclose a copy
of the complaint letter that you sent to the
4. While the complaint is pending, the
credit card company cannot charge you
finance charges on the disputed purchase.
However, you are still responsible for pay-
ing the rest of the credit card charges and
will be charged interest on those other
purchases if you do not pay.
5. The credit card company will
contact the merchant to get his side of
the story. If the credit card company sides
with the merchant, you must pay for the
disputed purchase along with any finance
If the credit card company sides with
you, then you do not have to pay for the
6. If you need to dispute a charge, it is
best to move quickly before it is due for
payment because you can’t withhold a pay-
ment once a bill is paid.
For more information, go to the Federal
Trade Commission website at ftc.gov.
To schedule an appointment with an
attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance
Office, call 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.
By Elissa Phillips
Paralegal, Legal Assistance Division
Using a credit card to buy a service or
product gives you additional protections
you don’t have with cash.
There is now another party involved in
the transaction — the bank that issued you
the credit card.
Therefore, the dispute is not just between
you and the vendor. The credit card com-
pany wants your business and wants you to
be satisfied with your purchase. If you are
dissatisfied with the goods or service that
you purchased, the credit card company
can help you dispute the charge.
Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, you
have the right to withhold payment on poor
quality or damaged merchandise if you
have used a credit card.
To dispute a sale, the law requires that
the purchase exceed $50 and that the
transaction occurred in your home state or
within 100 miles of your home address.
Even if you charged less than $50 or
made the purchase outside the geographical
limitations of the legislation, some credit
card companies will help you dispute a
purchase — even if it was made on the
Internet, by mail order or phone order.
The credit card company will often
hold the amount disputed from your state-
ment and the subsequent finance charges
Disputing a credit card purchase
May 14, Larceny of govern-
ment property: Eight industrial
batteries were stolen from a
May 19, Shoplifting: The sub-
ject attempted to shoplift a
camera at the Exchange.
May 19, Larceny of private property: The subject
reported that her backpack was stolen from
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
The Directorate of
es is actively work-
ing to keep neigh-
ing on post should
remember to ensure
that windows and doors to homes,
cars and garages are locked at all
times, regardless of time of day.
Although the crime rate in mili-
tary housing is lower than off
post, it is important to remember
that Fort Meade is not immune to
crime. To protect your family and
belongings, remember to take an
active role in deterring crime.
Remain aware of your sur-
roundings and immediately report
any suspicious activity to the Fort
Meade Police at 301-677-6622
For week of May 12-18:
• Moving violations: 55
• Nonmoving violations: 9
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 38
• Traffic accidents: 9
• Driving on suspended license: 3
• Driving on suspended registration: 2
• Driving without a license: 1
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of the General George G. Meade chapter
of MOWW, in his welcoming remarks. “It
allows us to commemorate the sacrifices
military men and women have made since
the founding of the republic.”
Goldberg said the occasion also reminds
the community to “say a special prayer” for
the safety of active-duty service members in
Afghanistan and all other military members
serving in harm’s way.
Speakers also included Garrison Com-
mander Col. Brian P. Foley.
“It is always a great day to be a member
of Team Meade,”he said, “but today stands
out from others as we have the privilege of
partnering with the Military of the World
Wars again to celebrate all who serve our
nation and who, in President Abraham
Lincoln’s words, ‘gave their last full measure
of devotion’ to preserve and advance our
Rogers expressed his gratitude to the
audience for acknowledging the importance
of service members, past and present, to the
“I thank you for taking time out of busy
lives to think about something that is bigger
than each and every one of us,” he said. “I
love days like today because they always
remind me that life in uniform is about
service and it is about sacrifice.”
Rogers thanked the Gold Star family
members in the audience and asked them
“We talk about sacrifice, and everyone of
us hopes, if we’re all honest with each other,
that it’s something we aren’t going to deal
with in our lives,”he said. “But you have had
to. You and those you love have made that
ultimate sacrifice for the nation.”
In addition, Rogers said, service members
and the nation must also remember the daily
sacrifices of military families.
“The life we have chosen in uniform is
much tougher on you then it is on all of
us,” he said. “Sometimes it takes us a while
to recognize that in our lives.”
Rogers said he always remembers the
sacrifice of service members who came
before him and that there may be future
service members among the youths in the
By Lisa R. Rhodes
Photos by Nate Pesce
In a stirring display of patriotism and
honor to the nation, Fort Meade observed
the 28th Annual Massing of the Colors and
Memorial Day Remembrance.
Leading the commemoration on May 18
was Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander
of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the
National Security Agency and chief of the
Central Security Service.
“There is no greater sacrifice, I believe,
than for one to give their lives for someone
or something else,” said Rogers, who served
as grand marshal. “That is truly selflessness
to me ... because while we hope it never
happens, we realize that when you sign up to
wear the cloth of the nation, you are assum-
ing that potentiality.”
The two-hour event, which was held at
the Pavilion, was hosted by the General
George G. Meade chapter of the Military
Order of the World Wars and the Fort
MOWW, a national patriotic organiza-
tion of American military officers and their
descendants, is the only organization in the
U.S. that sponsors a ceremony of the Ameri-
can flag and military standards.
The Armed Forces Color Guard, from
the Joint Force Headquarters National Cap-
ital Region Military District of Washington,
presented the colors accompanied by the
U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum
Corps of Virginia.
More than 50 military, veteran, civic and
youth organizations presented their respec-
Highlights of the event included an
acknowledgment of Gold Star family mem-
bers, a demonstration by the U.S. Army
Drill Team and a 40-minute concert by the
U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert Band and
“This is an important event for all mili-
tary service members, their families and
members of the community,” said retired
Lt. Col. Sheldon Goldberg, commander
Massing of the
Colors honors all
Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the
National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, speaks
at the podium during the commemoration. Rogers, who served as grand
marshal of the Massing of the Colors, spoke about the importance of service
and sacrifice to the nation.
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“I hope I am able to create a legacy for
the men and women who come after me,”
Among those who attended was retired
Navy Photographer Mate 1st Class Grant
Goods, treasurer of the Fort Meade chapter
of the Retired Enlisted Association.
“I think it was a wonderful event,” he
said. “Like the admiral said, this day is for
those that came before us. They paved the
way, so we shouldn’t forget that.”
This was the first Massing of the Colors
for Cadet 2nd Lt. Sean Smith, a sophomore
at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia
and a member of the school’s Air Force
Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
“This is a true display of American patri-
otism,” he said. “There actually is hope for
us as a nation because people care about our
country and are proud to be a part of it.”
The color guard of the Asymmetric Warfare Group stands outside the Pavilion, preparing to make its entrance Sun-
Adm. Michael S. Rogers (left) and
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley salute during the opening pro-
cession of the Massing of the Colors
on Sunday.The U.S. Army Drill Team performs during the Massing of the Colors. The
event also featured a 40-minute concert by the U.S. Army Field Band’s Con-
cert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus.
A procession of more than 50 military,
veteran, civic and youth organization
colors guards enter the Pavilion dur-
ing Fort Meade’s 28th Annual Mass-
ing of the Colors and Memorial Day
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By Brandon Bieltz
Throughout the 12-game intramural
volleyball season, the 70th Operations Sup-
port Squadron managed to stay a cut
above the competition by not dropping a
The team carried that trend and its
momentum into the postseason, earning
the team a spot in the title game for the
second consecutive year. Unlike last season
— when the 94th Intelligence Squadron
swept the team — the 70th players didn’t
let this championship slip through their
With a 25-21, 25-22 sweep of the 32nd
IS, the 70th took home the intramural
championship on May 15 at Murphy Field
House. Thomas Moore led the team with
12 match kills, while John Walsch contrib-
uted an additional five and four blocks.
“It feels great,” Moore said. “I’m happy
The 70th entered the game riding a
14-game winstreak, including two sweeps
in the playoffs. The trip back to the cham-
pionship made up for last year’s title loss,
Having gone undefeated in the double-
elimination tournament, the 70th would
need to lose two matches to the 32nd IS to
be knocked from the tournament. Moore
said his team wasn’t going to play conserva-
tive and take the chance of letting the title
come down to a second match.
“We’re going to give it all we have,” he
said. “We’re going to play like we have all
season. We’re going to talk and play as a
team. Hopefully, we can win it outright
from the beginning.”
While the 70th was sitting in a strong
position before the championship round,
the 32nd had been fighting an uphill battle
after being sent to the loser’s bracket in the
With wins over the Air Force Cyber
Command and 707th Communications
Squadron, the 32nd set up a semifinal
against the 22nd IS — immediately before
the championship game.
Mike Wells of the 32nd IS said the task
of taking down the 70th twice in one night
wouldn’t be easy but was possible.
“I think we’re up to the challenge,” he
said. “We’re ready to play, we’re ready to
The key to an upset victory, he said,
would be playing smart.
“It’s going to take clean play, we can’t
make any mistakes,” Wells said. “They’re a
very good team and if we make mistakes,
they’re going to take advantage of that.”
70th OSS seals undefeated season with championship
At the start of the championship match,
it was the 32nd taking advantage of its
opponent’s mistakes en route to an early
8-4 set lead.
The 70th’s struggles would only last for
so long, however, as the team chipped its
way back to tie the set at 12. Both teams
exchanged points for much of the rest of
the set before the 70th pulled away and
sealed the 25-21 win.
Moore had seven set kills and Walsch
contributed two kills, three blocks and a
serving ace. Armando Batista and Eddy
Cazarez each had three kills for the 32nd.
In the second set, the 70th quickly took
control of the game by jumping out to an
early lead. The 32nd made a late comeback
attempt to pull within three points, but fell
short as the 70th took the set and match
“It feels good,” Moore said.
With the team’s main core returning next
season, Moore said the 70th will be set for
another title shot in the 2015 season.
“I think we have a good core that we can
be competitive next year,” he said.
photos by noah scialom
Sandoval of the 32nd
dives to make a shot
during the intramural
on May 15 at Murphy
Field House. The 32nd
was swept 25-21, 25-22
by the 70th Operations
Support Squadron in the
LEFT: Thomas Moore
of the 70th Operations
accepts his team’s
trophy following the
championship game on
May 15 at Murphy Field
House. Moore led the
70th with 12 match kills
in the victory, which
gave the team a perfect
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By Brandon Bieltz
With less than a month before Fort
Meade youngsters compete for spots in
the Junior Olympics, the Highsteppers
Track and Field coaches are preparing
their team for tough competition.
A combination of new and veteran ath-
letes have given the experienced coaching
staff optimism for the level of success the
Highsteppers could achieve this year.
The athletes and coaches have now set
their attention toward the district cham-
pionships in Randallstown next month.
“We’ve got a lot of talent this year,”
said coach Cliff Timpson. “[New ath-
letes] come in here naturally gifted. And
some of the veterans — they’ve come in
with some new skills. For us coaches, it
presents us with some good challenges.
Now we have to tune up out veterans in
new events and shape our rookies.”
Saturday’s Armed Forces Track and
Field Classic — the Highstepper’s annual
host meet at Meade High School — fea-
tured 1,500 area Amateur Athletic Union
athletes from more than a dozen teams.
The meet was the fourth for the High-
steppers, whose ages range from 7 to 18.
Fort Meade coaches said they are
happy with how well the youngsters are
competing this year. With a larger num-
ber of high school athletes and depth in
several age groups, coach Olivia Hunter
said the team has had a solid year and
hopes to send more athletes to the AAU
Junior Olympics in Iowa at the end of
“We have a lot more talent that showed
up,” Timpson said.
The increase in skilled athletes has
allowed the Highsteppers to compete in
new events, including relays.
“We don’t have a relay team very
often,” Hunter said. “We don’t normally
have enough talent in one age group and
I think we have it this year.”
With only a few weeks before the dis-
trict championship, where the athletes
qualify for spots in the Junior Olympics,
Hunter said the sprinters are working on
building their speeds while the field com-
petitors are tweaking their form.
“I think we’re really going to make
a nice splash in the long jump and the
turbo [javelin],” she said.
Regardless of the event, Timpson said
a main focus over the coming weeks will
be mentally preparing the young athletes
for what’s to come.
“We’re focused on maturity, a little
bit more intensity,” he said. “Now that
they’re a bit seasoned, they’ve seen what
the competition level is like.
“They’ve raced against some of the
best. Now we have to get their minds
ready to understand that it’s only going
to get tougher from this point.”
Highsteppers host home meet, prepare for qualifiers
Ciara Thomas, 9, of the Fort Meade
Highsteppers Track and Field Club
competes in the turbo javelin during
photos by steve ruark
Taleesia Morgan, 11, runs in the 100-meter dash during the team’s Armed Forces Track and Field Classic on Saturday at Meade
High School. With less than a month before the district championship, the team is preparing for tougher competition.
races in the
of new and
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photo by brandon bieltz
PATRIOT PRIDERunners begin the Patriot Pride 5K/10K run on Saturday morning at
Murphy Field House. Nearly 500 runners competed in the event, which
was part of the installation’s annual Run Series. The series will continue
June 21 with the Summer Sizzler at the Pavilion.
• Daniel Bisers, 16:38
• Joseph Roy-Mayhew, 17:19
• Alex Bucholz, 17:37
• Meghan Midlenberger, 19:10
• Alex Szkotnicki, 21:58
• Dee Bucholz, 22:17
• Connor Leftler, 40:46
• Margaret Smith, 39:47
In case you have forgotten, the Healthy Chad Initiative is
alive and well, and even though my back hair is gross, my chest
is looking quite manly. http://on.fb.me/1jCYoYQ
Since the HCI began, I have become familiar with all that
Gaffney Fitness Center has to offer. I have scraped my knuck-
les on the heavy bag in the basement, ran plenty of 5Ks on
the treadmills (when they are working), and hoisted a curl or
two with the free weights.
Depending on what the boss has me doing, I usually get to
the gym between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m., which means I have stood
under Gaffney’s canopy of trees for more than a few retreats.
On Monday, I stepped out of the Camry right at 4:58 p.m.,
which means I, along with five or six other people had crossed Broadfoot, made it
through the parking lot and onto the sidewalk that leads to the old hanger when “To
the Colors” came over the speakers.
“To the Colors” has always sparked an internal debate within me: Should I stay
or should I go? As in, should I stay where I am at, face the flag and prepare for
Or, do I beat feet to the nearest cover so I can continue with my day relatively
I am in no position to judge either course of action because Pvt. Jones usually went
for the latter; however, the farther I am removed from my service — I haven’t worn the
uniform since 2005 — the more often I decide to stand fast.
One reason for my choice could be that I’m too dang lazy to run. Not to mention
I’m so dang slow, trying to beat that tune would leave me short of my objective and
hyperventilating, which is not authorized at the position of attention.
More than slowness, I like to think I stay for “Retreat” because it is good to remind
yourself that you work for more than a paycheck, or participating in cool events like
Sunday’s Military Appreciation Day at Camden Yards, or even your own column.
For me, staying for “Retreat” serves as a reminder that I still serve.
Unfortunately, at least one dude at Gaffney on Monday didn’t feel the same way.
Instead, he — a schlub larger than me — decided to stay and sit on the bench right by
the entrance of the gym. He was slurping on some drink with his earphones on while
a handful of individuals stood and saluted.
Now before anybody asks if the dude had a physical ailment that kept him from
standing, like a broken leg or a cramp, let me say this: Right after “Retreat” finished
and I shouted “play ball,” the schlub popped to his feet to greet a gaggle of folks who
were scurrying out of the gym like roaches break for their hideouts when the kitchen
light comes on.
Again, I’m not judging. That is just what the gaggle looked like.
Besides, taking cover is far better than what the sitting schlub did. The gaggle at least
had some decorum. The schlub just had his schlubiness as he joked with his friends.
Of course, the former NCO in me should have shown the personal courage to say
But I punked out.
I couldn’t shake the guilt from my inaction until I remembered what the Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) said a person should do when they confront an issue they know
If you are strong enough, get up and do something about it. If you can’t do some-
thing, say something. And if you are not strong enough to say something, it is still
better to think and know the action is wrong, so that hopefully the next time you see
it, you will be strong enough to act.
If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.
firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on twitter @CTJibber.
Don’t be the schlub
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
The Baltimore Orioles will hold
its Military Appreciation Day on
Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
Free tickets for the game are
available at Leisure Travel Services,
2300 Wilson St. Tickets will be
distributed on a first-come, first-
Sunday’s pre-game events will
feature service members including
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P.
Foley throwing the first pitch, a U.S.
Army Field Band vocalist performing
the National Anthem, a U.S. Army
Color Guard and an Air Force drill
For ticket information, call 301-
The Defense Information School
will host the Fallen Heroes 5K Run
and 1-Mile Walk on June 14 at the
The run will begin at 8 a.m.
Cost is $20. Runners will receive a
T-shirt and a set of custom dog tags,
marking the fallen hero or heroes they
are running for.
To register, go to allsportcentral.com
and search for Defense Information
School. Registration closes June 1.
For more information, call Master
Sgt. Stephen Humphrey at 301-677-
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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.
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.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
Community Job Fair
A Community Job Fair wil be held
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
The job fair is free and open to the
A free shuttle service from the
parking lot will be available.
Free services include a three-minute
resume evaluation and doctoring, and
ASL interperter service.
For more information, go to
Summer Concert Series
The U.S. Army Field Band’s free
Summer Concert Series will be held
every Thursday at 7 p.m. from June 5
through June 26 at Constitution Park.
• June 5: The Volunteers
• June 12: Concert Band Soldiers’
• June 19: Jazz Ambassadors
• June 26: Soldiers’ Chorus
For more information, call 301-677-
7785 or go to armyfieldband.com.
The 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show
will be presented June 13 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 ftmeademwr.com.
Wellness Elite challenge
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj.
Thomas J. Latter is challenging E-9s
to participate in the Army Wellness
Center Elite challenge as part of the
Participants will undergo an initial
Army Wellness Center assessment in
May and a reassessment in September.
All initial assessments must be
completed by Friday.
Assessments include metabolic testing,
body composition testing and fitness
Awards and prizes will be presented at
the end of the challenge.
To register, email Jamie Valis at jamie.
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
Right Arm Night
Bring your right arm Soldier, co-
worker or employee to Right Arm
Night on May 29 from 4-6 p.m. at Club
The free event is open to all ranks
and services and features food, music,
prizes and dancing.
For more information or to reserve a
table, call 301-677-6969.
Dancing with the Heroes
Free ballroom dance lessons for
the Warrior Transition Unit is offered
Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills
Chapel Center in the seminar room.
Participants should wear loose
clothing, comfortable shoes with leather
soles. No super high heels or flip-flops.
The Fort Meade Directorate of Family
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Special Events office is seeking food,
Safety expo todayThe Fort Meade Installation Safety Office will sponsor its annual Safety, Health, Wellness Resiliency Expo
today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pavilion.
The free event is open to the public and is held each year to kick off the 101 Critical Days of Summer, when the
ISO works to promote safety awareness.
The expo will feature a variety of local, state and federal agencies and private vendors offering a wide range
of information about safety, health, wellness and resiliency through demonstrations, exhibits, and displayed
equipment and training.
The annual event also features blood pressure and vision screenings; exhibits on motorcycle safety awareness
and home fire safety awareness; alcohol and drug awareness; personal protective equipment; recreation safety;
fitness; suicide prevention; environmental, community, and occupational health; audiology; and nutrition.
The resiliency exhibit will provide tips to show how to stay safe, well and resilient during and after duty hours.
Interactive activities will include a drunk driving and texting simulator exposing the dangers of drunk and dis-
For more information, call the ISO at 301-677-4231, 301-677-6241 or 301-677-4867.
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Community News Notes
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Cultural observanceThe Fort Meade garrison’s annual Asian American and Pacific Islander
Heritage Month observance will be held May 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort
The featured performer is Mark H. Rooney, a Taiko drummer.
The event will be hosted by the U.S. Army Field Band. Free food sam-
plings will be provided by Angela’s Catering.
All community service members and civilians employees are encouraged
to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave.
Administrative leave is authorized.
For more information, call Master Sgt. Lesche at 301-677-5334 or Sgt. 1st
Class Torey Palmore of the Equal Opportunity Office at 301-677-6687.
beverage and novelty vendors to
participate in the installation’s annual
Third of July celebration.
This is Fort Meade’s largest event of
For more information, call JJ Jordan
at 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@
The annual Drug-Free Workplace
training will be held Wednesday and
May 29 in the Post Theater.
Each day consists of two sessions: 9
a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Employees are required to attend
only one session, which satisfies the
mandatory, civilian employee substance
abuse training requirement for the year.
Carl Robertson of the new Maryland
Center of Excellence on Problem
Gambling is the featured presenter.
The training also will provide
information on the Employee Assistance
Program, suicide awareness and the
resources of the Army Substance Abuse
For more information, call Marian
Upton at 301-677-7981.
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.
• Sponsorship Training: Today, from
2-3:30 p.m., Building 9804, Room 101A
• Job Search Strategies: Tuesday, 9
a.m. to noon
• Higher Education: Wednesday and
May 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Medical record review: Have
your medical records reviewed by an
AMVETS representative. Appointment
To register or for more information,
call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
Youth Center events
The Youth Center is offering the
following activities for grades six to
• Youth Dance: Friday, from 6-8 p.m.
• Grilling Chilling: May 30, from
Cost of meal is $5.
For more information, call 301-677-
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: “Birthdays are the Best”
— Stories, songs and finger plays about
• May 30: “Dogs Love Books We
Do Too” — Stories, songs and finger
plays about dogs
For more information, call 301-677-
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 September to June at
the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie
Pyle St., and from June to August at
the Boundless playground on Llewellyn
For more information, call 301-677-
5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@
• The Medical Museum Science
Café presents “The Science and Art
of Forensic Facial Reconstruction” on
Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the National
Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500
Linden Lane, Silver Spring.
Admission is free and open to the
Learn how 3-D modeling and forensic
anthropology intersect to reveal the face
of an unknown Civil War soldier. Using
CT data of a skull discovered in 1876 on
Morris Island, S.C., a forensic artist and
a biomedical engineer created a facial
reconstruction of the soldier.
For more information, go to www.
• The U.S. Army Field Band Chamber
Concert will be performed June 1 at 3
p.m. Historic Oakland Mansion, 5430
Vantage Point Road, Columbia.
The solo recital features Sgt. 1st
Class Jennifer Everhart on clarinet,
accompanied by Master Sgt. Sammy
Marshall on piano and Staff Sergeant
John Blair on clarinet, performing Bach,
Beethoven, Schumann and others.
No tickets required. For more
information, call 301-677-6586 or go to
• Howard Hospital Foundation will
sponsor its 24th Annual Golf Classic
on June 2 at the Cattail Creek Country
Club in Glenwood. All proceeds support
Howard County General Hospital.
Morning flight: Registration and
breakfast are at 7 a.m. Shotgun start is
8 a.m. Lunch is at 1 p.m. Cocktail and
awards reception are at 2 p.m.
Afternoon flight: Registration and
lunch are at 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start is
at 2 p.m. Cocktail and awards reception
are at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, to register or
become a sponsor, call 410-720-8706 or
• Leisure Travel Services is offering its
next monthly bus trip to New York City
on June 14, with discounts to attractions.
Onboard prize giveaway will be offered. Bus
cost is $60. For more information, call 301-
677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com.
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month
at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is
Sunday. For more information, call Betty
Jones at 410-730-0127.
• Air Force Sergeants Association Chap-
ter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday of the
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MoviesCommunity 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
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 June 8
Friday: “Oculus” (R). A woman tries to exoner-
ate her brother, who was convicted of murder,
by proving that the crime was committed by a
supernatural phenomenon. With Karen Gillan,
Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff.
Saturday: “Heaven is For Real” (PG). A small-
town father must find the courage and conviction
to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing
experience with the world. With Greg Kinnear,
Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church.
Sunday: “Draft Day” (PG-13). At the NFL
Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the
opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades
for the No. 1 pick. With Kevin Costner, Jennifer
Garner, Chadwick Boseman
May 30, 31: “Rio 2” (G). It’s a jungle out there
for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re
hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the
Amazon. With the voices of Jesse Eisenberg,
Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement. (3D May
June 1: “Transendence” (PG-13). As Dr. Will
Caster works toward his goal of creating an
omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-
technology organization fights to prevent him
from establishing a world where computers can
transcend the abilities of the human brain. With
Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman.
June 6 8: “The Other Woman” (PG-13). After
discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon
meets the wife he’s been betraying. And when yet
another love affair is discovered, all three women
team up to plot revenge on the three-timing cad.
With Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton.
month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the mul-
tipurpose room of Building 9801 at the
National Security Agency. The next meet-
ing is Wednesday. For more information,
call 443-534-5170 or visit afsa254.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 June 2. For
more information, call 301-677-5590 or
• Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is spon-
soring a Garden Tea on June 3 at 11 a.m.
at Club Meade. Reservations are due
Cost is $25, payable to ROWC.
For reservations or more information,
call Rebecca Conover at 443-745-3097 and
tell her if you can bring a pretty teapot for
• Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the
Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first
Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club
The next prayer breakfast is June 5.
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 June 5. Din-
ner is served at 6 p.m. For more information,
• 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 June 5. For more information,
• Women’s Empowerment Group meets
Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide
a safe, confidential arena for the support,
education and empowerment of women
who have experienced past or present
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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-
• 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
email@example.com or Committee
Chairperson Marco Cilibert at pack377_
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at
• Military Council for Catholic Women
is open to all women ages 18 and older
for prayer, faith, fellowship and service
at 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 email@example.com.
• 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
• 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
• New Spouse Connection meets the second
Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
at the Community Readiness Center, 830
Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is June 9.
The program provides an opportunity for all
spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade
to meet and get connected. For more infor-
mation, contact Pia Morales at pia.s.morales.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-677-4110.
• 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 9.
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
9. Free child care is provided onsite.
For more information, call 301-677-5590
or email email@example.com.
• 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 9. For more
information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica
Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• Fort Meade TOP III Association
meets the second Wednesday of each
month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The
next meeting is June 11. The association
is open to all Air Force active-duty and
retired senior noncommissioned officers.
For more information, call Master Sgt.
Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email
• Fort Meade E9 Association meets the
second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the
Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting
is June 13. 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
• 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 June 14. 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
• 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 meet-
ing is June 17. For more information, visit
trea.org or call Elliott Phillips, the local
president, at 443-790-3805 or Arthur R.
Cooper, past national president, at 443-