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  1. 1. Undefeated 70th OSS wins post intramural volleyball title page 14 UPCOMING EVENTS 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 Sunny Day Sesame Street helps Meade youth deal with military life page 4 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 20 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community May 22, 2014 photo by nate pesce 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. primary colors
  2. 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................14 Crime Watch................10 Movies..................................19 Community..................17 Classified..............................21 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil 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 advertise@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. 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. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 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 Pavilion. 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 conflicts. 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 hitch. 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 life. 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 their sacrifice. It is they who represent the most basic fiber of our national strength. Beforeclosing, 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 exist. 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 5. 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! Memorial Day: A Time of Honor COL. Brian P. Foley Garrison Commander 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 p.m.
  3. 3. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 22, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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 needs.” 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 since 1942. 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 and spouses. “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 assistance.” 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- est rates. “We’re moving towards helping to eliminate some of those payday lenders,” he said. “Look at us first before you look somewhere else. “[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 roads. 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 the Fort. “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 region.” 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.
  4. 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 News courtesy photo Anja Young 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. PHOTOS BY NOAH SCIALOM 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 Staff Writer 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 life experiences. 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
  5. 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 22, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News 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- vice members. Young said she developed a love for dance and theater as a way to deal with her emotions. “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 Meade High. Young attended the Columbia College of Chicago and worked as a performer at Disney World in Orlando during her summer breaks. 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 Severn. 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 the show. “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. Popular Sesame Street characters Cookie monster, Katie and Elmo take the stage at the Sesame Street/ USO Experience. For full details please visit or call: bobsbmw.com/F800GT 877-BOBS-BMW (877-262-7269) 10720 Guilford Road • Jessup, MD 20794 * RIDE THE 2014 F 800 GT FOR ONLY $189PER MONTH TEST RIDE ANY MODEL AT BOB'S BMW TODAY. Quoted monthly payments are 48-month term and do not include freight, set-up, taxes, tags, doc fees, and additional accessories. 3asy Ride is a retail installment sales contract with a balloon payment. Financing provided to well-qualified customers by participating BMW motorcycle dealers only and assigned to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC or BMW Bank of North America. Program not offered in NC, ND, NH, NV, PA, WV. Total amount financed must be greater than $10,000, the selling price must exceed $10,000. Subject to credit approval. Offer based on a non-promotional rate – rates subject to change on a monthly basis. Summer savings expire July 31, 2014 and cannot be combined with any Special Sales Programs. Contact a Bob's BMW representative for complete details. * Dr. Edwin Zaghi - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry; - American Board Pediatric Dentist; - Fellow American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRY Edwin Zaghi, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • Infant Dental Screening • Emergency Appointments • Accepts MetLife/Tricare JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400 www.dredwinzaghi.com Near Fort Meade!
  6. 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 News 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 Shop Council. 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 students. 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 tennis teams. “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 many times.” 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 Hanover. 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 scholarships. “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- nization. “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 will succeed.” By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer 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 Excellence. 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- ciation. “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.
  7. 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 News 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 demoralizing activities. 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. SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY 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
  8. 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 22, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News 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. Columbia Association The Columbia Association is offering special military and DoD rates at five of its pools in Columbia. Cost per visit is $4 for adults and $2 for children. A valid military or DoD identification card is required. • Talbott Spring, 9660 Basket Ring. Information: 410-730-5421 • Faulkner Ridge, 15018 Marble Fawn Court. Information: 410-730-5292 • Jeffers Hill, 6030 Tamar Drive. Information: 410-730-1220 • McGills Common, 10025 Shaker Drive. Information: 410-730-5995 • Running Brook, 5730 Columbia Road. Information: 410-730-5293 Swimming options on- and off-post – 2014 SEASON – Baltimore Sun Book Club Subscribe today! Catching Air Sarah Pekkanen TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 In the Kingdom of Ice Hampton Sides ON SALE AUGUST 5TH Sniper’s Honor Stephen Hunter Join Our Book Club SUBSCRIPTION SERIES BENEFITS Tickets to all 3 Book Clubs • Parking • Meet Greet Reception • Reserved Seating • Front of Line Book Signing Subscription Series - $60* * Service fees apply. The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street Reserve tickets at baltimoresun.com/bookclub 410.332.6581 for information Visit your local Barnes Noble or bn.com to purchase your copies.
  9. 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 News attached to the dispute. If you have purchased damaged or poor quality goods, here are the steps to take to seek a resolution: 1. Contact the merchant and try to resolve the problem. Give the merchant time to either fix or replace the item. Be calm and courteous when contacting them. If possible, visit the store with the item and ask to speak with a manager or super- visor. Document the date and the outcome of every conversation. Include the names of store representatives that you contacted. 2. If the merchant refuses to fix the prob- lem, complain in writing and send the letter to the merchant by certified mail. Save a copy of the letter for your records. 3. Should the merchant not respond favorably to your certified letter, contact your credit card company and make it aware of the disputed purchase amount. The Fair Credit Billing Act requires you to make written contact with your credit card company within 60 days of the pur- chase. Send the request by certified mail, with the return receipt requested, to the billing inquiries address on your credit card statement. Include the credit card account number, the closing date of the bill on which the 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 merchant. 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 charges. If the credit card company sides with you, then you do not have to pay for the defective merchandise. 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 construction site. 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 Arby’s. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services On the lookout The Directorate of Emergency Servic- es is actively work- ing to keep neigh- borhoods safe. Families resid- 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 or 6623. 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  10. 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 Cover Story 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 great nation.” Rogers expressed his gratitude to the audience for acknowledging the importance of service members, past and present, to the nation. “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 to stand. “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 audience. 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 Meade garrison. 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- tive colors. 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 Soldiers’ Chorus. “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 service members 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.
  11. 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 22, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 “I hope I am able to create a legacy for the men and women who come after me,” he said. 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- day afternoon. 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 Remembrance.
  12. 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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 single set. 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 fingers. 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 right now.” 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, Moore said. 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 quarterfinals. 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 win.” 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 25-22. “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 ABOVE: Sharen Sandoval of the 32nd Intelligence Squadron dives to make a shot during the intramural basketball championship on May 15 at Murphy Field House. The 32nd was swept 25-21, 25-22 by the 70th Operations Support Squadron in the title game. LEFT: Thomas Moore of the 70th Operations Support Squadron 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 15-0 season.
  13. 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 22, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer 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 July. “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 Saturday’s event. 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. (right) Zyiera Jennings, 8, races in the 100-meter dash on Saturday. This year’s Highsteppers team features a combination of new and veteran athletes who have given the coaches optimism for success at the championship meets.
  14. 14. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil16 SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 Sports 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. 5K: Top men • Daniel Bisers, 16:38 • Joseph Roy-Mayhew, 17:19 • Alex Bucholz, 17:37 Top women • Meghan Midlenberger, 19:10 • Alex Szkotnicki, 21:58 • Dee Bucholz, 22:17 10K: Top man • Connor Leftler, 40:46 Top woman • 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 “Retreat”? Or, do I beat feet to the nearest cover so I can continue with my day relatively guilt-free? 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 something. 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 is wrong: 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. civ@mail.mil or hit me up on twitter @CTJibber. Don’t be the schlub Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion Orioles Military Appreciation 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- served basis. 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 team. For ticket information, call 301- 677-7354. DINFOS 5K The Defense Information School will host the Fallen Heroes 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on June 14 at the school. 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- 4363. Sports Shorts
  15. 15. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 22, 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. 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. h.jones.civ@mail.mil 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 Club Meade. The job fair is free and open to the public. 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 ftmeademwr.com. 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’ Chorus • June 19: Jazz Ambassadors • June 26: Soldiers’ Chorus For more information, call 301-677- 7785 or go to armyfieldband.com. Soldier Show 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 Performance Triad. 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 testing. Awards and prizes will be presented at the end of the challenge. To register, email Jamie Valis at jamie. l.valis.ctr@mail.mil. 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 ftmeademwr.com. 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 Meade. 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. Vendors needed The Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events office is seeking food, file photo 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- tracted driving. For more information, call the ISO at 301-677-4231, 301-677-6241 or 301-677-4867. NEWS EVENTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
  16. 16. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil18 SOUNDOFF! May 22, 2014 Community News Notes CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 file photo 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 Meade Pavilion. 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 the year. For more information, call JJ Jordan at 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@ us.army.mil. Drug-Free Workplace training 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 Program. For more information, call Marian Upton at 301-677-7981. Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of classes at its new facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. The free classes are open to DoD identification cardholders including active-duty service members, retirees and their family members, DoD civilian employees and contractors. Registration is required for each class. • 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 required. 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 eight: • Youth Dance: Friday, from 6-8 p.m. Free • Grilling Chilling: May 30, from 6-8 p.m. Cost of meal is $5. For more information, call 301-677- 1437. 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: “Birthdays are the Best” — Stories, songs and finger plays about birthdays • May 30: “Dogs Love Books We Do Too” — Stories, songs and finger plays about dogs For more information, call 301-677- 5522. Romp ‘n Stomp Romp ‘n Stomp playgroup for children age 5 and younger and their parents meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from September to June at the Youth Center gym at 909 Ernie Pyle St., and from June to August at the Boundless playground on Llewellyn Avenue. For more information, call 301-677- 5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ mail.mil. Out About • 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 public. 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. medicalmuseum.mil/MedicalMuseum or call 301-319-3300. • 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 ArmyFieldBand.com. • 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 visit www.hcgh.org/benefitgolfclassic. • 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 MEETINGS EDUCATION RECREATION YOUTH
  17. 17. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil May 22, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 19 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 at www.aafes.com. Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through June 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 30) 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 email colaina.townsend.ctr@mail.mil. • Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club is spon- soring a Garden Tea on June 3 at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. Reservations are due Sunday. 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 your table. • 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 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@ mail.mil. • 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, call 410-674-4000. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free support group for families with a loved one suffering from mental illness on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Odenton (West County) Library, 1325 Annapolis Road. The next meeting is June 5. For more information, visit namiaac.org. • 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 family violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677- 4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email thecarptman@msn.com. • Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350- 8749. • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@yahoo.com or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at pack377_ cc@yahoo.com. • 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 lisayetman@verizon.net or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@juno.com. • 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 bradanloretta@yahoo.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 301-677-5590. • American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit americanlegionpost276.org. • 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. civ@mail.mil 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@ mail.mil. • 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 colaina.townsend.ctr@mail.mil. • 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 jajacob@nsa.gov. • 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 e9association.org. • 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 or 410-768-6288. • 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- 336-1230.

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