vol. 66 no. 2
781st MI Soldiers judge
MacArthur Middle School
science fair projects
Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community
January 16, 2014
Arts & Crafts Center offers
wide variety of programs
for youth and adults
Karaoke Night - The Lanes
Tuesday, 11 A.m.:
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Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.:
Martin Luther King Jr. Observance
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National Blood Donor Month
Blood Drive - McGill Training Center
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in the new year
Hope everyone had a safe and happy
holiday season. Welcome back for an exciting
and challenging new year.
As we return to our routines, let’s do so
with a positive and resilient mindset.
Many of us are focused on the physical
aspect of resiliency in either dropping the
few pounds we put on eating great food with
family and friends, or just trying to improve
our overall health during the new year.
Hopefully, you are taking advantage of the
Army Wellness Center resources, challenging
yourself in the Dump Your Plump competition and participating in upcoming Healthy
Base Initiatives to achieve your goals.
However, if you want to be truly resilient
and be prepared to deal with the challenges
that come with service, you also have to focus
on the other pillars of resiliency: family,
social, emotional and spiritual.
The family pillar is there because no service member does it by himself. A supportive
family, whether you are married or single, can
understand your challenges as a service member. Conversely, you can be supportive of
their needs as well such as frequent deployment, changing schools and the uncertainties
that come with serving in the military.
Army Community Service offers Military Family Team Building and Resiliency
Training to help you improve your ability to
communicate your goals. Take a look at its
website at www.ftmeademwr.com/acs.php to
see what classes are coming up.
Similar to family, the social pillar depends
on effective communication and strong relationships. Being clear and consistent with the
people you work with, the people you live
with, and with your family and friends can
lay the foundation for better resiliency when
This pillar includes your friends, neighbors, and other people in your life with whom
you have built relationships.
Keep up those contacts with your friends
from your last duty station or with the
neighbor who moved. These are people who
may have helped you in the past deal with
adversity, people you trust, people you have
helped in return.
With today’s communication capabilities,
don’t let a few miles impact the strength of
this pillar. Look out to the future and plan
an event with
some of them.
Take advantage of upcoming community
events, make a
play date for
the kids, or
even just Skype
with your best
Super Bowl or Sgt. maj. thomas j. latter
Put some effort into maintaining good
communication with your extended family,
and this resiliency pillar will remain strong
for when you need to lean on it.
The emotional pillar is how we deal with
stress and increase the confidence we have in
ourselves to overcome adversity.
Identify stressful situations early and seek
out new ways to build your coping resources.
For instance, tax season can be stressful. But
the Fort Meade Tax Center, which opens Jan.
27, can help by offering free tax assistance to
service members and their families.
The spiritual pillar is often one of the most
underfocused pillars because many people
think only of the religious aspect associated
with it. Spiritual fitness is about having a
sense of purpose and meaning in your life.
For those of you who do garner your
spiritual strength from your religious activities, the Fort Meade Religious Services Office
provides widely diverse opportunities, which
I encourage you all to take advantage of. Visit
its website at www.ftmeade.army.mil/pages/
chapel for more information.
Ask yourself: What makes you happy?
What makes your spirit sing and bring a smile
to your heart?
If it is sitting with your dog curled up at
your feet, then you need to plan to spend
more time with your dog.
Spend more time this year being happy.
All five pillars combined make the most
resilient individuals. Please continue to use
all of the resources available on Fort Meade
and in our surrounding communities to
maintain a strong mind and strong body this
Arts and Crafts Center expands programs
Story and photo by Brandon Bieltz
From computer classes to crafts highlighting the marvels of duct tape, the Fort
Meade Arts and Crafts Center is more than
just a place to have a flag framed.
“Framing and engraving is our bread
and butter,” said Angie Wanner, business
manager of the Arts and Crafts Center.
“But it’s more than just ‘Here, frame this.’
They can do it themselves and learn a new
The center, located near Club Meade
at 6530 York Ave., offers a wide variety
of crafting classes for both children and
adults including do-it-yourself framing,
“Mommy and Me Crafts,” ceramics and
Framing and engraving professionals
are also available to perform customized
“We try to provide an area for the community to fill their crafting needs,” Wanner
One of the center’s more popular programs helps crafters learn to construct their
own frames and mats. During the threehour, do-it-yourself framing course, which
includes supplies, individuals learn every
aspect of the skill from a framing professional as they construct a 5-by-7 frame.
“He will take you everywhere from start
to finish,” Wanner said “You have a stick
of molding, you’d have to chop the molding. You’d have to learn how to measure
correctly, put it together — glue and nail
it together. Then you have to cut the glass
and cut the mats.
“It’s a great way to get it started without
costing too much.”
Individuals certified for framing at
another installation can prove their abili-
Angie Wanner, business manager of the Arts and Crafts Center, helps 4-year-old
Teresa Milligan design a snowman out of a Styrofoam cup Tuesday morning during
the monthly “Kids Crafts Club.” The center, located at 6530 York Ave., offers a wide
variety of crafting classes for both children and adults.
CYSS Summer Day Camp
registration begins in February
Registration for currently enrolled Before and After
Care children/youth will be held Feb. 17-28.
To avoid long waiting times for patrons, the process
for the community registration will be different this
year. Each patron will complete a Summer Day Camp
Waiting List Application that will be available Feb. 17
at all Child, Youth and School Services facilities.
Patrons are to submit their applications to Parent
Central Services via walk-in, fax or email. Each application will be date- and time-stamped. Patrons will be
added to the summer camp waiting list based on their
Parent Central Services will begin calling patrons
from the waiting list on March 3 to register and enroll
If any child has a special need such as asthma,
ADHD, ADD, food allergies, or developmental/behavioral concerns, additional medical paperwork will be
Patrons will have until May 1 to submit all special
needs medical documentation. If registering after May
1, all medical paperwork will be required at time of
enrollment. This will provide CYSS ample time to
ensure that the child’s paperwork has been cleared for
ties instead of having to take the complete
class at Fort Meade. Once they complete the
course and are certified, participants can
use the Arts and Craft Center’s equipment
on their own for $8 an hour.
“We give helpful input if they request
it,” Wanner said. “But if they got it, they
Framers can order material through the
Arts and Crafts Center or bring in their
Other adult options at the center include
courses such as scrapbooking, cardmaking, party decor, cricut, embellishment,
silhouette cameos and computer classes for
Powerpoint, Word and Excel.
The Arts and Crafts Center also provides
several courses for youngsters including
rainbow looms, school project assistance,
“Jewelry for Kids” and “Fun with Duck
One of the newest programs is the
monthly “Kid’s Craft Club” that teaches
toddlers and preschoolers to create such
works of art as snowmen out of Styrofoam
cups and turkeys out of pine cones.
“It’s just about fun,” Wanner said. “It
just is a good time for them.”
In addition to the classes and framing
equipment, the center also provides customizable framing and engraving services
performed by professionals.
“We’re cheaper than you’re going to find
anywhere else,” Wanner said.
While the majority of the projects include
framing guidons, flags or statues, Wanner
said the center can engrave most anything.
“It’s not just plaques and clocks, and it’s
not just eagles and globes,” she said. “We
also [engrave] poker sets, coasters, barbecue
sets for Father’s Day. There’s a world of fun
things that you can engrave.”
In some cases, a Special Needs Accommodation
Process meeting may be required. Children with medical conditions listed above must be cleared prior to
participating in any CYSS program.
Eligibility applies to: active-duty military, DoD civilian employees, Fort Meade DoD contractors, Reservists and National Guard members on active duty.
Eligible patrons must produce a DoD ID Card for
verification purposes. Contractors must produce a
CAC Card/Civilian Welfare Card with a memorandum
from the employer stating that the sponsor works on
For more information, call Parent Central Services at
301-677-1149, 301-677-1156 or 301-677-1104.
January 16, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
781st MI Soldiers judge science fair
Story and photo by Tina Miles
Public Affairs Office
780th MI Brigade
Students have come a long way from
experimenting with plant growth and
incubating chicken eggs. This was evident
in MacArthur Middle School’s Science
Fair held Jan. 7.
Soldiers from the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, a subordinate unit of
the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade
— also known as the Army’s cyber brigade — served as judges for the event.
As MacArthur Middle School’s “Partner in Education,” the battalion proved
to be the perfect match for the annual
event, which consisted of students from
the sixth to eighth grades, and included projects featuring video games and
Every student from each of the
school’s 43 science sections was required
to conduct and record an experiment
that would be eligible for entry into this
year’s Anne Arundel County Schools
“Up to 10 projects per science section was selected by MacArthur Middle
School’s 12 science teachers to move onto
the next [school] level,” said Melissa Wallace, chair of the school’s science department and an eighth grade teacher. “As a
result, 95 projects were submitted and 10
of those will move to the county-level science fair, which is held in March.”
More than 60 judges participated,
including teachers, staff members, Soldiers and other volunteers from local
engineering companies and the Anne
Arundel County Public School STEM
Command Sgt. Maj. William Rinehart
of the 781st MI Battalion, a judge for the
second year, noted that each year the science projects get better.
“Either the kids are getting smarter, the
parents are becoming more involved with
their children’s homework, or the faculty
has sincerely put the effort into helping
guide these children into tomorrow’s
industries,” Rinehart said. “I believe I am
seeing the fruit of all three.”
Rinehart was especially thrilled to see
a project by a young sixth-grader who
developed his own video game and built
“This sixth-grade student used Python
computing language and hardware
knowledge to construct his project,”
Rhinehart said. “This is truly a step
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Command Sgt. Maj. William Rinehart, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, marks his scores for one of the science entries at the
MacArthur Middle School’s 2014 Science Fair, as Sgt. Natasha Orslene also reviews the project. Both Rinehart and Orslene judged
the school’s annual event for their second consecutive year as part of the 781st MI’s Partners in Education with the school.
in the right direction of progress for
tomorrow’s leaders in technology development. ...
“MacArthur Middle School has made
great strides in education since we first
stepped into that school more than a year
ago. Soldiers’ families benefit from a faculty that takes the time to truly educate
Also judging the science fair for her
second year was Lt. Col. Deitra Trotter,
commander of the 781st MI.
“This event is my favorite activity
that we do with the school,” she said.
“The projects are creative, and a lot of
the students go all out. I was genuinely
impressed by the research and presentation methods.”
Trotter jokingly added that she noticed
several future hires for the cyber unit.
“I saw sixth-grade projects that modified computer programming language,
redesigned video games and challenged
how we use some technology,” she said.
“Their parents and teachers should be
The judging was divided into eight categories: behavioral and social sciences,
chemistry, engineering, energy and transportation, environmental science, physics
and astronomy, plant sciences, and other
(encompassing projects that did not fall
within the other seven categories).
Each project, or experiment, was
judged based on creativity, scientific
thought and processes, clarity and
appearance. Each project was afforded
51 possible points given by a judge and
was evaluated three times.
Average scores from the three judges
were tallied. The 10 top projects with the
highest scores were selected to participate
in the Anne Arundel County Schools
In addition to these 10 projects, three
more projects from each grade level,
having earned high scores, were awarded
honorary mentions from the school.
RCI, Corvias Military
Housing win top award
By Lisa R. Rhodes
Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley
presented Fort Meade’s Residential Communities Initiative and Corvias Military Housing
with the Army’s RCI Asset Management 2012
Top RCI Project Award on Jan. 8 at the Post
The award was signed by Lt. Gen. Michael
Ferriter, assistant chief of staff for Installation
Foley presented the award to Debbie Faux,
Fort Meade housing chief; Scott Kotwas,
program manager for Corvias; Maureen Van
Besien, deputy community manager for Corvias; and Angela Marcum, communications
manager for Corvias.
“We feel good about it,” said Aimee Stafford,
lead community development and operations
specialist at Fort Meade’s RCI. “We believe
that we have a good program, and we get great
feedback from our residents. It’s great for the
staff who works in and out, every day, to see
their work recognized, especially staff who work
with residents every day.”
RCI is the Army’s program for privatizing
housing. In 2002, Fort Meade’s RCI formed a
partnership with Picerne Military Housing, now
Corvias Military Housing, in regard to post
housing. Corvias is responsible for the day-today operations of housing on the installation
including construction, property management
In the award application, which was written
by Stafford and Marcum, the two entities highlighted several accomplishments.
The application noted that Corvias provides
24-hour maintenance for its residents, including
emergency service requests: For more than five
years, “We have consistently met a 98 percent
response time each month for completed services.”
When a family requires extensive repairs in
their home, the residents are offered a hospitality suite — a two- to three-bedroom, fully-furnished townhome that provides the family with
the convenience of staying on post in a larger
space than a hotel room.
Corvias also provides a “honey-do” service
for families with deployed service members.
The service does everything — from hanging
curtains to assembling a bicycle at Christmas.
Quality customer service in leasing also was
“A relocation specialist works with each family as their main point of contact from the time
they apply through their move,” wrote Stafford
“One example is our use of corporate suites
for incoming families. When a family arrives,
if a home not being readily available will cause
hardship, the relocation team will assist the family to provide a furnished corporate suite until
their home is ready.”
The Fort Meade team, they said, responds to
resident feedback as well.
“We have a commitment to respond to
residents who have inquiries within a 24-hour
time frame, to include those submitted through
ICE, the Fort Meade Facebook page, the
Picerne website, the commander’s open door,
installation town halls and community council
Resident feedback is actively sought through
RCI’s quarterly surveys and its annual third
party-conducted telephone survey called SatisFacts.
Corvias also supports military families
through community service, and sponsors various garrison activities and groups — from the
Month of the Military Child to the Enlisted
Spouses Club Scholarship Fund.
Corvias also partners with the Directorate
of Emergency Services to host Fort Meade’s
annual National Night Out, which has been
recognized by the National Association of
Town Watch for the past four years.
Darla Humbles, the family services manager
at Corvias, works directly with military families
who have unique circumstances, such as exceptional family members, “to be sure that they
are housed appropriately and coordinates with
the garrison support staff to ensure that their
needs are met.”
Gary Kolinfski, the Corvias vice president of
Military Affairs and a retired sergeant major,
trains the staff on the inner workings of the
military and military culture. Although Corvias
hires military family members, training is important for employees coming from the private
sector “to understand the stresses, lifecycles
and overall traditions of our military members
Corvias staff members also have received
training in suicide prevention due to the Army’s
ongoing suicide prevention campaign.
In 2001, Fort Meade ranked last in customer
satisfaction with housing as measured by the
Department of the Army Annual Housing
Survey. Since that time, the property management team has continued to improve customer
satisfaction, which has risen to the top 15 out of
more than 40 privatized installations.
In addition, RCI’s quarterly survey scores
have increased from 67 percent satisfaction in
2003 to 83 percent satisfaction in 2012.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 4–7 p.m.
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January 16, 2014 SOUNDOFF!
During 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.
Cooks and Bakers School
Long before the Directorate of Human Resources occupied the large brick building at the
corner of Huber Road and Ernie Pyle Street, aromas of fresh bread filled the halls.
The facility served as the Fort Meade Cooks and Bakers School to train Soldiers in the
proper handling of rations, baking and cooking. Established in 1919, it had been in continuous operation longer than any other Army Food Service School when it closed in 1955.
Capt. Paul F. Huber served as the school’s first assistant commandant. The enlisted leaders — one master sergeant, two technical sergeants, four staff sergeants, two sergeants and
three privates — were transferred to the new facility due to the reduction of staff at other
During the 1930s, approximately 20 bakers and 75 cooks graduated from the school every
year. At the time, the course was four months long for enlisted personnel. By World War II,
however, the course had been shortened to eight weeks.
The school moved in 1939 to the current Max J. Beilke Human Resources Center at 2234
Huber Road. The facility also contained barracks for the students.
Cooks used “The Army Cook” textbook in their courses, while bakers used “The Army
Baker.” Baking students received instructions in making yeast, blending flour and baking
bread. Cooks worked in the kitchen, learning to procure, prepare and serve rations.
Students were trained in the kitchens for their entire course and spent their spare time
in theory classes. Special courses for preparations of dehydrated foods, coffee roasting and
meat cutting also were offered.
While in operation, the bakery provided bread for the entire post of roughly 20,000
people. A large electric oven cooked 700 one-pound loaves every hour. All the food provided
photo courtesy fort meade museum
in the mess hall also was prepared at the school.
In later years, the school also trained Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and Organized
Reserve units, the National Guard, Civil Defense personnel, Boy Scouts, and Citizens’
Military Training Camp participants to be cooks, bakers, meat cutters, mess stewards and
Throughout its 36 years, more than 214,000 Soldiers graduated from the school.
Today, the Cooks and Bakers School’s cast-iron Army No. 5 Range oven, which was
built in 1941, sits in the foyer of the Human Resources Center.
KACC offers help to quit smoking
By Jennifer L. Evans
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
The start of a new year is the perfect
time to resolve to quit tobacco.
Studies show that as many as 70
percent of American smokers want
to quit, and that reduction in tobacco
use has favorable effects on health and
The Kimbrough Ambulatory Care
Center Tobacco Cessation Program
offers support for TRICARE beneficiaries who want to quit tobacco.
To schedule an appointment with a
clinical pharmacist, who can prescribe
medications to ease and assist with the
quitting process, call the Public Health
Nursing Department at 301-677-8435
or visit the Public Health Nursing
trailer, located on 5th Street behind
Another resource for all TRICARE
beneficiaries is ucanquit2.com, an
online tobacco cessation support program. After registering, participants
must complete four support phases.
There also are 24-hour online chat lines
and phone hotlines at 1-800-694-4747.
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Another resource is 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669), a national
tobacco cessation hotline.
Many smartphones offer applications
to download, for free or a small fee,
which provide support during tobacco
cessation. Some offer methods to track
tobacco use as well as motivational
phrases and commentary or techniques,
while others offer incentive reminders.
Electronic cigarettes, often referred
to as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, have become
increasingly popular. These devices
vaporize liquid nicotine for inhalation,
mimicking the act of smoking. E-cigarettes come in hundreds of shapes and
sizes. Some are very similar to cigarettes
or cigars in size, weight and taste.
A lot of controversy surrounds the
use of e-cigarettes. There are questions
about their safety and their health
risks. Although some may believe that
e-cigarettes are safer and contain fewer
carcinogens, studies are not available to
validate this opinion.
Tobacco manufacturers promote the
use of e-cigarettes in place of cigarettes
— not as a tobacco cessation tool but
as a nicotine device that avoids taxation.
The amount of nicotine that e-cigarettes deliver varies between products,
and manufacturing processes do not
have oversight by the federal government.
The Food and Drug Administration
has published several statements advising against the use of e-cigarettes, while
decisions about the agency’s involvement in the oversight of the production
are still pending.
There is no consensus as to whether
e-cigarettes are an effective tool for
quitting tobacco or even a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. They should
be recognized as a risk for normalizing
or increasing nicotine use.
Below are a few tips for quitting
Inhaling nicotine within the first 30
minutes after waking up in the morning
indicates a stronger addiction.
Modify your morning routine to
delay the initial use of tobacco.
Waiting beyond 30 minutes is best
and can help make the adjustment to
quitting the habit.
Modifying and reducing the use
of tobacco is best, even if quitting
is a challenge. Smokers can decrease
their use with daily rationing, delaying
tobacco use, or increasing nicotine-free
To quit tobacco use, smokers must
change their habits. Anticipating weaknesses and planning for alternative
actions, thoughts, coping strategies or
distractions can help with dealing with
the cravings for tobacco.
Reducing stress and seeking support from family and friends can help.
Developing new hobbies can distract
from the need to use tobacco.
It is also important for smokers to
think about why they want to quit and
what prevents them from breaking the
Seeking support from any of the
tobacco cessation programs offered
by Kimbrough and other sources have
helped people to be successful.
Mobile phone cramming scams on the rise
By Jane M. Winand
Chief, Legal Assistance Division
You bought the expensive phone with
the fancy data plan and figured your hefty
monthly phone bill will cover all of your
Unfortunately, you may be the victim
of the latest scam.
You should check your mobile phone
bill every month because it may contain
charges for random text messages and
other fraudulent data subscriptions.
The Federal Trade Commission recently settled a case against Tatto Inc., a
company that generates and sends out
text messages with horoscopes, trivia and
celebrity gossip tidbits.
Tatto crammed a subscription for “Pre-
mium Text Messaging Services,” at a
charge of $9.99 per month, onto many
consumers’ phone bills without their
knowledge or consent. Many consumers ignored the text messages as spam
and were shocked to later discover the
monthly charge on their bill.
Worse yet, when consumers detected
the fraudulent charge and complained to
their phone carrier or directly to Tatto,
many people didn’t get adequate refunds
for the months of fraudulent charges that
appeared on their phone bills.
If you are careful, you can avoid this
kind of scam. To detect and avoid cramming charges on your mobile phone bill,
do the following:
• Check your phone bill carefully every
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You may have set up an arrangement
for a monthly automated online payment
and typically ignore your phone bill.
Yet, if you take the time to review your
statement, you will detect any fraudulent
charges and avoid erroneously paying for
• Consider placing a block on thirdparty charges.
Many phone carriers offer this thirdparty blocking service free of charge.
• Be very careful when a website asks
for your mobile phone number.
Some websites advertise free prizes like
concert tickets or gift cards in exchange
for your mobile phone number or other
You may be getting set up for a scam.
• Review your phone carrier’s policy on
refunds for fraudulent charges.
Some phone companies have a 60-day
period for refund requests. If you didn’t
check your bill for a while, and paid for
fraudulent charges for several months,
your carrier may only refund the fraudulent charges paid for the past 60 days.
If you think you have been the victim
of a mobile cramming scam, immediately
report it to your phone carrier. You also
should file a complaint with the Federal
Trade Commission at ftc.gov.
To schedule an appointment with an
attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office, call 301-677-9504 or 301677-9536.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
Jan. 4, Larceny of government
commissary funds: The Directorate of Emergency Services
was notified by the commissary
of a larceny of government
commissary funds. An investigation revealed that an undetermined amount of money
was placed within a blue cash
bag underneath a cash drawer.
The funds were removed by person(s) unknown
by unknown means.
For week of Jan. 6-12:
• Moving violations: 22
• Nonmoving violations: 3
• Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 27
• Traffic accidents: 7
• Driving on suspended license: 3
• Driving on suspended registration: 2
• Driving without a license: 1
Fort Meade at
Fort Meade Tax Center to open
The Fort Meade Tax Center will open Jan.
27 through April 15 for tax assistance and
electronic filing at 4217 Roberts Ave., in the
rear of the first floor of the Office of the Staff
The Tax Center is a free service available to all
active-duty personnel, retirees and dependents
in the Fort Meade area.
The office is staffed by volunteer service
members and operates under the IRS
Volunteer Information Tax Assistance (VITA)
All clients will be required to show military,
retiree or dependent identification.
Below is a short list of documents to bring at
the time of your appointment:
• Social Security cards for yourself, spouse
and all dependents, if available
• All income documents such W-2 for wages,
1099 for interest and miscellaneous income
• If direct deposit to your bank institution is
desired, bring a check or other document
showing account number and routing symbol.
In addition, bring documents or other
information substantiating tax credits of
• Dependent child care (including taxpayer
ID or Social Security numbers for child care
• Interest on education loans
• Rental income and expenses
• Itemized expenses
• Education credits
• Power of Attorney, if signing for your spouse
• Any other document applicable to your tax
To schedule an appointment, call the Tax
Center at 301-677-9366.
Public Health opens intramural season with win
By Brandon Bieltz
For the past two years, Derek Bailey
had been a member of the Surface Force
Logistics Center intramural basketball
team that tore through the competition with two undefeated championship
This year, as Bailey suits up for
Public Health, he sees a lot of the similarities between his previous and current
“I see a bunch of good guys that like
to play with each other, that enjoy the
game of basketball,” he said.
Monday’s season opener against the
22nd Intelligence Squadron didn’t give
Bailey any reason to withdraw his comparisons as Public Health ran away with
a 68-37 victory.
Tyler Francis led Public Health with a
game-high 27 points, while Chris Stokes
was the 22nd’s leading scorer with 18
“It was a great defensive game,” Bailey said. “The guys played real well
Although the team is new, several of
the Public Health players have played
together in the past. Bailey said that
the prime focus early on in the season is
In addition to finding enough players to field a team, Stokes is looking
for a competitive attitude out of the
“I just want us to come out and compete,” he said.
The start of Monday’s game was
delayed as the 22nd IS was a player
short. Eight minutes into the 10-minute
delay, the team acquired its fifth player.
With a short bench, the 22nd IS came
out strong on a 6-point run. Public
Health battled back as it found success
in the paint, grabbing rebounds.
Bailey helped his team to a 14-12 lead
midway through the half.
Public Health’s substitutions and
man-on-man defense began to wear
down the five 22nd IS players, as Public
Health created fast breaks up-court on
the way to a 25-6 run to end the first
Francis led Public Health to the 3618 halftime lead with 12 points, while
Stokes tried to keep the 22nd IS in the
game with 11 points.
Despite transitioning its defense to
zone at the start of the second half,
Public Health continued to overpower
10 SOUNDOFF! January 16, 2014
the 22nd IS at both ends of the court on
its way to the 68-37 victory.
Francis scored 15 points in the half
for Public Health. Carmelo Rodruiguez’s eight points and Stokes’ seven
weren’t enough for the 22nd IS to overcome the deficit.
After the game, Stokes was dissatisfied with the team’s level of competition.
“It didn’t seem like everybody wanted
to play at the end when we went down,”
Bailey said he liked how the team
worked together during the game and
hoped the early-season win could help
Public Health develop faster.
“It’s good because we have a bunch
of new guys here getting to know each
other,” Bailey said. “A win makes that
transition so much easier.”
photos by nate pesce
Jeffrey Serrano grabs
a rebound during the
season opener on
Monday at Murphy
Field House. Serrano
scored 10 points
in the win over the
LEFT: Public Health’s
Darius Evans tries
to steal the ball from
during Monday night’s
game at Murphy Field
House. Public Health
AWG NCO’s son takes first place in motocross event
Story and photos by
Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca
Asymmetric Warfare Group Public Affairs
Vigorous riding, a good physical training regimen, healthy eating, and a great
support network is what 8-year-old Alexander “Xander” Brion attributes to his
Saturday night win at a Baltimore Arenacross.
The son of Sgt. Maj. Anthony Brion,
an operational advisor for the Asymmetric
Warfare Group, Xander beat out 15 other
competitors in his age group.
“I couldn’t be more proud of him,”
Brion said. “He rode his heart out and
he won. His hard work paid off and now
he’s standing on top of the podium as a
winner. It’s a good feeling.”
Motocross is a physically demanding
form of motorcycle racing held indoors
or outdoors on paved or dirt tracks. The
sport originated in the United Kingdom in
the early 1900s and has since evolved.
Xander began his racing career three
years ago at the age of five. He said there
isn’t any part of racing that scares him and
that the most exciting part is winning.
“We went to a race in Southern Maryland in 2011 and he loved it so much that
after the race he said, ‘Hey, Daddy, I want
to get a motorcycle.’ So I told him okay
and bought him a motorcycle,” Brion said.
“After that, it just took off. He just loved
it and has ridden ever since.”
Brion said there is a lot that goes into
racing besides being agile, adaptive, and
mentally and physically fit.
“Racing is tough on these little guys,”
he said. “So what I’ve done for Xander is
take a lot of the things that I learned in
my 20 years in the Army — not just with
special ops but with my current unit, the
AWG, and all of the different functional
fitness and principles — and adapted
them to a motocross training regimen that
an 8-year-old can handle.
“Obviously, he can’t do some of the
things that [Soldiers] do, but it worked
Participating in motocross is a funfilled family event that involves lots of
“My dad helps me to exercise, train and
ride,” Xander said. “My mom makes me
eat well. She gets my breakfast ready in the
morning and she gives me healthy snacks.
My sister helps me by getting all of my
stuff ready for the races.”
But for a military family, participation
can be a challenge as well.
“It can be pretty tough,” said Debra
Alexander “Xander” Brion, the 8-yearold son of Sgt. Maj. Anthony Brion, an
operational advisor for the Asymmetric
Warfare Group, poses with his first-place
plaque that he won during a motocross
race on Saturday at the Baltimore
Brion, Xander’s mother. “There have been
times when I had to travel with Xander to
these competitions without my husband
because he was deployed.
“Between transporting his bike, maintaining his training, and everything else,
there is a lot of energy involved. But we
are a resilient family and want to support
In some cases when his father is
deployed, Xander is unable to participate
when it comes to competing in the bigger
competitions because of the travel and
“Actually, last year I was deployed,
and there was a national race that we
wanted him to go to that he could’ve easily
qualified for,” Anthony Brion said. “But
without the support network there, I was
gone and he wasn’t able to go. So it can
He counts his command as a piece to
the support network.
“My command has been fantastic,
allowing me to take leave whenever I
needed to for some of the larger races,”
Anthony Brion said. “It just works out
While Xander is undecided about
whether he wants to be a Soldier like his
dad or race professionally when he grows
up, his short term goal is to do well on an
international team he recently was invited
Alexander “Xander” Brion, who has been racing motocross for three years, competed
against 15 other children at Saturday’s Baltimore Arenacross and took first place for
his age category. He plans to compete at the U.S. National Championship this year.
“Xander is now a member of MX
ANTIX USA,” Anthony Brion said.
“Hopefully, this year he will get to compete at the U.S. National Championship.
And then later this year in the October
time frame, we plan to go to New Zealand
to compete in their national champion-
For now, Xander will take on more
training, an indoor race in Pennsylvania,
and qualifiers for the national championship in the summer.
“I am excited about my next races and
will practice so that I can win more,” he
January 16, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Physical Therapy, the Community
Health Promotion Council, and the Army Wellness Center will host a running
clinic on Jan. 31 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Meade Army Wellness
Center, 4418 Llewellyn Ave.
The free program is open active-duty service members, retirees, family
members and DoD civilians of all running ability levels.
The clinic will include a health care screening, skills and drills to improve
running techniques as well as demonstrations.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, call 301-677-2006.
Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900
Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, track, flag football
Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece
Road or online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/meadecyms.html.
For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156.
Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger,
small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Texas Hold ‘em
Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7
p.m. at the Lanes.
Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541.
For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.
Find schedules, scores, standings
and upcoming seasons for
And more, plus
All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at
12 SOUNDOFF! January 16, 2014
Jibber Jabber - Opinion
Two wins from the top
Peyton Manning was better than Tom Brady
on “Saturday Night Live.” bit.ly/1m5j5Jf, bit.
ly/1dtbghe Not to mention Manning’s commercials are things Tom Terrific could never
pull off. #Cutthatmeat, #FYOP, bit.ly/Kh7tXf,
I wanted to share that first because when it
comes to football, there is little doubt in my mind
that Brady is a better quarterback.
However, there is a debate to be had — similar
to the one that used to be waged regarding Dan
Marino and Joe Montana. But unlike Montana
and Marino, who only squared off in a handful
of meaningful games, Brady and Manning are
preparing for their 15th meeting on Sunday.
Another difference is that Marino versus
Montana was truly a stats-versus-rings debate
— Marino had all the stats and Montana had
all the rings.
Brady and Manning, on the other hand, have
more balanced resumes featuring gaudy statistics
and success, which means if either of the two
greatest quarterbacks of our generation pulls
out two more wins this postseason, he will be the
greatest quarterback of any generation.
Before I explain why Brady or Manning
would be the greatest ever, here are the four
quarterbacks on my Mount Rushmore as of
Wednesday, Jan. 14 (Happy birthday, YJ3):
• Joe Montana: Four rings, “The Catch” and
most clutch performer not named Jordan
• Tom Brady: He’s like Montana except with
Troy Brown and Deion Branch, instead of Jerry
Rice and John Taylor.
• Brett Favre: He had flaws and lost a lot of
big games because of his aggressiveness, but he
could win games pretty much on his own.
• John Elway: I was more impressed with
Elway’s three Super Bowl losses than his two
victories. Those teams in the ’80s were basically him, Sammy Winder and an arena league
• The case for Manning: When all is said and
done, Manning will be the most prolific passer
in NFL history. The dude is a maestro who has
been his own offensive coordinator and revolutionized the position with his changes at the line
of scrimmage and use of the “Omaha.” on.nfl.
He also won nearly 70 percent of his regularseason games. But since his days at Tennessee,
the knock on Manning has been that he shies
away from the brightest lights. (He is 4-10 in
games versus Brady and is 9-11 in the playoffs).
Also, there is no way he can be considered the
greatest as long as he still has less rings than his
However, all those negatives go away if
Peyton gets to his
third Super Bowl
and earns his second ring. And even
though he would
still have fewer rings
than Montana and
Brady, his statistics
paired with a secChad T. Jones,
would be too much
for any quarterback
to compare with.
• The Case for Brady: If Brady makes it to his
NFL-record sixth Super Bowl and ties Montana
and Terry Bradshaw with four rings, then forget
His position is more solidified when you look
at the people he has played with.
The only time Brady was paired with a Hallof-Fame-caliber receiver — like Montana had
with Jerry Rice and Manning has had with Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison — was in 2007
when Randy Moss came to New England. And
in that season, all Brady did was set every singleseason passing record there was. bit.ly/1doAls8
And even though current Broncos receiver
Wes Welker set a career high in touchdowns
(10) this season with Peyton Manning, Welker
became the best slot receiver in the game by
averaging nearly 100 catches and more than
1,000 yards per season during a seven-year
stretch with Brady.
A lot of people are saying that Manning has
the most legacy pressure going into Sunday’s
game, but I disagree. If Brady comes up short,
he could very easily go from being on football’s
Mount Rushmore to a footnote in NFL history
— albeit a handsome one. That’s because the
knocks on Brady are legit.
1. He is a product of head coach Bill Belichick’s greatness — similar to how Montana was
a product of Bill Walsh’s genius.
2. Brady hasn’t won a Super Bowl since
3. Eli Manning beat him twice.
For those reasons, if Manning hoists the
Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 2, he would replace
Brady on my Mount Rushmore.
Of course, since I picked Seattle to win the
whole thing back in September, I’m betting both
quarterbacks will come up short. But not before
Brady gives us one more reminder that he, and
not Archie, is Peyton’s real daddy, and the best
QB of our generation — but not quite all-time.
If you have questions on this or anything to do
with sports, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or hit me up on Twitter @CTJibber.
C ommunity N ews N otes
To reserve a seat, call Jannette Bolling
at 301-677-2903 or email jannette.
email@example.com, or call Jolynda
Thompson at 301-677-7036 or email
For more information, call Richard
Lee, chief of the Military Personnel
Division, at 301-677-4209 or email
The deadline for Soundoff! community
“News and Notes” is Friday at noon.
All submissions are posted at the editor’s
discretion and may be edited for space and
grammar. Look for additional community
events on the Fort Meade website at www.
ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email Philip Jones at philip.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-677-5602.
ID Card Section updates
The Fort Meade Personnel ID Card
Section at 2234 Huber Road will no longer
accept state-issued identity documents
that display the phrase: “Not For Federal
RAPIDS has been upgraded.
For lost or stolen ID cards, the following
documents are now required: two forms
of ID, a military police report, counseling
statement or civilian official memorandum.
For more information, call 301-6773342.
Dental program changes
The Tricare Retiree Dental Program
instituted the following changes on Jan. 1:
• The annual maximum has increased
from $1,200 to $1,300 per person per year.
• The dental accident benefit has
increased from $1,000 to $1,200 per person
• The orthodontic benefit has increased
from $1,500 to $1,750 per person per
lifetime. (No age limit on this benefit.)
• Enrollees with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
are now covered for three cleanings per year.
The new contract year is Jan. 1 through
In addition, the monthly premiums have
decreased. To find rates or other program
information, visit the new TRDP website at
Club Meade lunch service
Club Meade is offering an all-you-can-eat
daily lunch buffet or order from the menu
on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Buffet themes are: Monday - seafood;
Tuesday - Asian; Wednesday - Southern;
Thursday - barbecue; Friday - soup and
The buffet is open to all.
Lunch service is no longer available at the
For more information, call 301-677-6969.
14 SOUNDOFF! January 16, 2014
MLK DAY OBSERVANCE
The Fort Meade commemoration of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr.
Day observance will be held Jan. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McGill
Training Center, 8542 Zimborski Ave.
The free event is open to the public.
The keynote speaker is Pastor Johnny Green, a retired member of the Air
All Fort Meade service members and civilian employees are encouraged
to attend with supervisory approval and without charge to annual leave.
Administrative leave is authorized.
For more information, call the Fort Meade Equal Opportunity Office at 301677-6687 or the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 301-677-6298.
In observance of National Blood
Donor Month, the Armed Services
Blood Program will sponsor a blood
drive on Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at McGill Training Center.
To learn more about the Armed
Services Blood Program, or to
schedule an appointment, visit
To interact directly with an ASBP
staff member or for the latest news,
Individuals interested in participating
in Jummah prayers on Fort Meade
should call 301-677-1301.
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals who would like to join in a
morning prayer on Fridays.
Mobile Training Team
The Office of the Secretary of the
Army has approved revisions to the
Officer Evaluation Reporting System.
These enhancements are scheduled for
implementation in April.
The U.S Army Human Resources
Command Mobile Training Team will
provide hands-on training on the revised
Officer Evaluation Reporting System
from March 3-7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
at Smallwood Hall, Building 4650.
All Army commands supported by
Fort Meade are required to send a
representative to complete this Train the
Trainer course and train other human
resource professionals and officers
within their units.
Units must select a primary and
alternate officer/HR professional to
attend this weeklong training.
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.
• Small Business Association: Tuesday,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Stress Management: Wednesday, 9
a.m. to noon
• Transition, Goals, Plans, Success
(TGPS) Workshop: Jan. 27-31
• Career Exploration: Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to
• Time Management: Jan. 29, 9-11 a.m.
• Medical Record Review: Have your
medical records reviewed by Ms. Johnson
of AMVETS. Appointment required.
To register or for more information, call
301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
Army Community Service offers a
variety of classes at 830 Chisholm Ave.
The free classes are open to DoD ID
cardholders including active-duty service
members, retirees and their family
members, DoD civilian employees and
Registration is required for each class.
• Debt Management: Tuesday, 9-11
• 1st Term Financial Readiness: Jan.
28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register or for more information,
The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall
offers pre-kindergarten Story Time on
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The free event features stories, songs
or a finger-puppet theme.
• Today: “Warm, Wooly and
Wonderful” — stories, songs and
C ommunity N ews N otes
fingerplays about sheep
• Jan. 23: “Silly Stories and Giggles”
• Jan. 30: “Ice is Nice” — focusing on
penguins and polar bears
For more information, call 301-6775522.
Teen Center events
The Fort Meade Teen Center is featuring
the following events for grades nine to 12:
• Pizza Movie Night: Friday from 6-10
Teens play for the cost of their own
• Checkers Tournament: Jan. 31, from
Teens play a freestyle/unrestricted
For more information, call 301-677-6054.
Kids Craft Club
The Kids Craft Club for toddlers and
preschoolers will meet Feb. 11 at 9:30
a.m. at the Arts and Crafts Center.
Remaining sessions are: March 11,
April 15 and May 6.
Fee is $5 per session. Cost includes a
craft, snack and juice.
Space is limited. Registration is
To register or for more information,
• The 18th Annual MSP Polar Bear
Plunge will be held Jan. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. Mass Plunges
will take place at both 1 and 3 p.m.
Participants take a quick dip in the
Chesapeake Bay for $75 in pledges, to raise
funds for Special Olympics Maryland.
There is a PeeWee Plunge for children
ages 10 and younger.
The Carnival FunFest heated tent hosts
vendors, crafters and roving entertainment
including stilt walkers, caricaturists, hop
dancers and balloon sculptors.
For more information, email plunge@
somd.org or call 410-242-1515.
• The U.S. Naval Academy Band’s Brass
Ensemble will perform Wednesday at 7 p.m.
at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200
N. Charles St., Baltimore.
The Naval Academy Band has provided
music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and
surrounding community since 1852.
The Brass Ensemble performs original
works for brass, orchestral transcriptions,
and arrangements by ensemble members.
Concerts are free and open to the public
with no tickets required.
For more information, visit the band’s
website or Facebook page, or call 410-2931262.
• Shen Yun will perform today, Friday
and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and
Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Modell Performing
Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount
Royal Ave., Baltimore.
The production features classical Chinese
dance, a live orchestra, dazzling costumes
and animated backdrops.
Tickets start at $50. For tickets, call 1888-974-3698 or 410-547-7328, or email
• The Horse World Expo 2014 will be
held Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maryland State
Fairgrounds in Timonium.
The event will feature mounted
demonstrations, seminars, a daily roping
contest, a musical equine variety show, a
4H art contest, pony rides and vendors. All
activities are indoors.
Daily admission is $10 for adults and
$5 for children ages 6 to 12. Pets are not
permitted. For more information, visit
horseworldexpo.com or call 301-916-0852.
• Prostate Cancer Support Group meets
at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of
every month. The next meeting is today from 1
to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the America
Building, River Conference Room (next to the
Prostate Center), third floor.
Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID
is required for base access. Men without a
military ID should call the Prostate Center 48
hours prior to the event at 301-319-2900 for
For more information, call retired Col. Jane
Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane.l.hudak.
• Meade Area Garden Club will meet Friday
at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Hall at the
corner of Route 175 and Wigley Avenue.
Jim Heins will present the program, “The
Netherlands When the Tulips Are Not in
Bloom.” Reservations are not required.
Refreshments will be served.
Those interested in the club may attend one
program before being asked to join for the
annual fee of $20.
If Anne Arundel County Schools are closed
or opening late due to inclement weather, the
meeting will be canceled.
For more information, call Membership
Chairman Jennifer Garcia at 443-949-8348
or Club President Sharon Durney at 410761-5019.
• Families Dealing with Deployment, Unaccompanied Permanent Change of Station, Temporary Duty meets the first and third Monday
of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at
Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. The next
meeting is Monday. For more information,
• Retired Enlisted Association meets the
third Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30
p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis
Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Tuesday.
For more information, visit trea.org or call
Elliott Phillips, the local president, at 443790-3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past national
president, at 443-336-1230.
• Air Force Sergeants Association
Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday
of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the
multipurpose room of Building 9801 at the
National Security Agency. The next meeting
is Wednesday. For more information, call
443-534-5170 or visit afsa254.org.
• Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op will meet
Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Potomac
Place Neighborhood Center. For more information, go to its Facebook page at Fort
Meade Homeschool Group and Co-op.
• Society of Military Widows meets for
brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at
1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Jan.
26. For more information, call Betty Jones at
• Single Parent Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month from
6 to 7:30 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900
Reece Road. The next meeting is Jan. 27. Free
child care will be provided on site.
For more information, email Kimberly.
• Bully Proofing Support Group meets the
second and fourth Monday of the month from
4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood
Center. The next meeting is Jan. 27. The group
is geared for school-age children and parents. For more information, email Kimberly.
• 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 Jan.
27. For more information, call Celena Flowers
or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590.
• 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
Location is only disclosed to participants.
To register, call Tina Gauth, victim advocate,
at 301-677-4117 or Samantha Herring, victim
advocate, at 301-677-4124.
The movie schedule is subject to change. For
a recorded announcement of showings, call 301677-5324. Further listings are available on the
Army and Air Force Exchange Service website
Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at
6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12
and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies:
$7.50 adults, $5 children.
Today through Feb. 1
Today Friday: “Homefront” (R). A former DEA
agent encounters trouble in a small town. With
Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder.
Saturday, Sunday Wednesday : “Tyler Perry’s
A Madea Christmas” (PG-13). Madea dispenses
her unique form of holiday spirit on a rural town
when she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her
daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. With Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray,
Jan. 23, 24: “Out of the Furnace” (R). When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older
brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands
to find justice. With Christian Bale, Casey Affleck,
Jan. 25, 26: “Saving Mr. Banks” (PG-13). Author
P.L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood
while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during
production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary
Poppins. With Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks,
Annie Rose Buckley.
Jan. 29 Feb. 1: “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (R). With the 1970s behind him, San Diego’s
top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take
New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
With Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell.
Jan. 30, 31: “American Hustle” (R). A con man,
along with his seductive British partner, is forced to
work for a wild FBI agent who pushes them into
a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. With
Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams,
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