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Soundoff July 2, 2015

  1. 1. ´ PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF THE FORT MEADE COMMUNITY THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | 67th Year Number 26 FTMEADE.ARMY.MIL FILE PHOTO RREEDD,, WWHHIITTEE && BBLLUUEE RREEDD,, WWHHIITTEE && BBLLUUEE FFoorrtt MMeeaaddee’’ss aannnnuuaall hhoolliiddaayy cceelleebbrraattiioonn iiss TTOODDAAYY ssttaarrttiinngg aatt 44 oonn MMccGGllaacchhlliinn PPaarraaddee FFiieelldd.. TTuurrnn ttoo PPaaggee 33 ffoorr mmoorree ddeettaaiillss.. FFoorrtt MMeeaaddee’’ss aannnnuuaall hhoolliiddaayy cceelleebbrraattiioonn iiss TTOODDAAYY ssttaarrttiinngg aatt 44 oonn MMccGGllaacchhlliinn PPaarraaddee FFiieelldd.. TTuurrnn ttoo PPaaggee 33 ffoorr mmoorree ddeettaaiillss.. BOOKMARK Library honors DINFOS journalist PAGE 8 Wednesday,10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers’ Market - The Pavilion July 9, 7 p.m.:Ramadan Iftar observance- Argonne Hills Chapel Center July 31, 5:30-9 p.m.: "Magic of Motown" dinner & dance - Club Meade Aug.1, 7 p.m.: Jazz Ambassadors Summer Concert - Constitution Park UPCOMING EVENTS HELPING OTHERS Enlisted club spouse exemplifies service PAGE 6
  2. 2. 2 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! ´ EDITORIAL STAFF Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodwell L. Forbes Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones 301-677-1301 Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones 301-677-5602 Editor Dijon Rolle 301-677-6806 Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch 301-677-1438 Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes 301-677-1432 Staff Writer Alan H. Feiler 301-677-5159 Design Coordinator Timothy Davis 301-677-1431 Supplemental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group DEADLINES Community notices Friday, noon CIRCULATION If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experi- encing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sun- day, 8 a.m. to noon. 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 en- dorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 or Like Fort Meade on Facebook at Follow Fort Meade on Twitter at View the Flickr photostream at Get text alerts from Fort Meade by texting “Follow FtMeadeAlert” to 40404 And view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ADVERTISING General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Death Notices: 410-332-6781 The Fourth of July is a great occasion in our country and a day to celebrate with patriot- ism. John Adams, the first vice president and second president of the United States, helped write the Declaration of Inde- pendence. He said: “Iamapttobelievethatitwill be celebrated by succeeding gen- erationsasthegreatanniversary festival. “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” IndependenceDayremainsa national celebration just as Ad- ams predicted. We encourage you to celebrate in the spirit of independence and patriotism that has endured for 239 years. As Army professionals who protect our freedom, we must remain aware of the risks present at Fourth of July festiv- ities. Outdoor activities are a source of sunburn and heat injuries. Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks when working or playing in hot weather. Water activities are also popular during the July 4th weekend. Wear life jackets while boating, swim only in supervised areas and obey posted signs. Pay attention to weather conditions and get out of the water at the first sign of bad weather. Alcohol doesn’t mix with boating, swimming or driving. Watch your consumption, and don’t drink if you will operate any type of vehicle. Give a responsible person details on where you will be and how long you will be gone for added safety. Enjoy Independence Day as you celebrate with family and friends. Please be safe because our nation needs each one of us tosupportanddefendthisgreat country. Once a Soldier, always a Soldier. Soldier for life! COMMANDER’S COLUMN Celebrating our nation’s birthday the right way Lt. Gen. David Halverson IMCOM COMMANDER Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey S. Hartless IMCOM COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, government employees, family members and 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. Commander’s Open Door Find us on Facebook at ftmeade
  3. 3. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 NEWS 3 ThisweekwewillcelebrateIndepend- ence Day. This is a chance to also celebrate the freedoms that brave men and women have fought and died for, and that we hold dear. With all the festivities comes backyard barbecues, fun times with friends and family, and of course, fireworks. This year’s “Red, White and Blue Celebration” is scheduled to kick off today at 4 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. It’s going to be a good time with a beautifulfireworksshowattheendofthe evening. TheFortMeadeFirePreventionOffice wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are not permitted during the festivities. This includes sparklers. However, for your personal celebra- tionsoffpost,Marylandlawprohibitsany fireworks except ground-based displays. For community members living on post, Fort George G. Meade 420-7, Directorate of Emergency Services In- stallation Fire Regulation, section 2-9 paragraph B states: “The use of fireworks, i.e. sparklers, snakes, firecrackers, bottle rockets, etc., on Fort Meade is prohibited, except for approved displays at the garrison level conductedbyalicensedpyrotechnician.All displays shall conform to the provisions of NFPA1123, Code for Fireworks Display.” Here is some information about the dangers of fireworks: Fireworks by the numbers • In 2011, fireworks caused an esti- mated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct proper- ty damage. • In 2013, hospital emergency rooms in the United States treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks-related in- juries; 55 percent of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38 percent were to the head. • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 4 and younger,followedbychildrenage10 to14. • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. The injury estimates were obtained from the Consumer Product Safety Com- mission’s “2013 Fireworks Annual Re- port” by Yongling Tu and Demar Grana- dos. The following, detailed statistics are based only on injuries seen from June 21 to July 21, 2013: • More than three out of five (62 percent) of the 2013 fireworks injuries were burns, while just over one-fifth (22 percent) were contusions or lacerations. • Two out of five (40 percent) people injured by fireworks were under the age of15. • Males accounted for three-fifths (57 percent) of the injuries. • The risk of fireworks injury was highestforthe0-4agegroup,followedby children10 to14 years old. • Sparklers alone accounted for 41 percentoftheemergencyroomfireworks injuries in 2013. • Sparklers accounted for four out of five (79 percent) of the injuries to children under age 5. TheFortMeadeFirePreventionOffice wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day free of fireworks- related injuries. Editor’snote:Formoreinformation,call 301-677-3417. Keep the Fourth free of fireworks mishaps By Capt. Shaun M. Bagley Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services Fort Meade’s annual “Red, White and Blue Celebration” is today from 4-10 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. The free event is open to the public. The celebration will feature free inflatable rides, a zip line and a kiddie train as well as a variety of food and novelty vendors. Rides will be open from 4-8:30 p.m. Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m. EntertainmentwillbeprovidedbytheU.S.ArmyFieldBand’s Jazz Ambassadors, a disc jockey and the band Til September. Parking will be limited or restricted in certain key areas. On-post residents are encouraged to walk to the event due to limited parking areas and road closures. To ensure traffic flow, residents who are driving may be directed to exit the installation and re-enter through a different gate to reach home. Drivers must have their DoD identification card with them to ease their re-entry onto the post. Below is a list of restricted parking areas and road closures during the event: • Commissary and Exchange (limited parking) • Defense Information Systems Agency parking garage, first level (parking off limits) • Mapes Road (between MacArthur Road and Leonard WoodAvenue)willclosetodayat2p.m.tovehiclesforthesafety of pedestrians and to allow event setup. • Reece Road (between MacArthur Road and Cooper Avenue) will be closed at approximately 9 p.m. for exiting the installation. For more information on parking changes, go to Red, White and Blue Celebration today Tre Dunn, 13, of Fort Meade, is thrown off a mechanical bull during last year’s event. FILE PHOTO
  4. 4. 4 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which is running through Aug. 31, at participating stateside military installations includingFortMeade. During this campaign, participating in- stallations help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to areafood banks. “It is important to assist those in need,” Fort Meade Commissary Director John Blythesaid.“Themilitarycommunityhasa great support network, and supporting this program allows us to assist in fighting hunger.” So far, the Fort Meade Commissary has collected 516 donation packages or 4,579 poundsof food. Last year, the Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, collected almost one million pounds of food donated at commis- saries and given to area food banks. That represents 30 percent of the DoD’s total FedsFeedFamilies donation. Many stores featured donation packages filled with nonperishable food items pro- videdbycommissaryvendorsforpatronsto purchase and donate to the campaign on thespot. Blythe said that customers can also purchase individual items themselves and drop them off at the collection point near thestore’s exitdoors. “[The year] 2014 was a great campaign year for us,” said Randy Eller, DeCA’s deputydirectoroflogistics.“Ourcustomers should be really proud. A large number of people were helped.” Since the campaign’s inception in 2009, more than 24 million pounds of food have beendonated. Once the items have been collected, installation officials will work with their commissary to deliver them to their local foodbank. The most-needed items for donations include: • Canned vegetables – low sodium, no salt • Canned fruits – in light syrup or its own juices • Canned proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken,peanut butter andbeans • Soups – beef stew, chili, chicken noodleor turkey • Condiments – tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils • Snacks – individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cerealbars,pretzels andsandwich crackers • Multigrain cereal • 100 percent juice – all sizes, including juiceboxes • Grains – brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgur, quinoa, couscous, pasta, andmacaroniand cheese • Paperproductsandhouseholditems– paper towels, napkins and cleaning sup- plies • Hygiene items – diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo “We want to make a difference in the communitiessurroundingourstores,”Eller said. “And our patrons and employees help us dothat.” This year, no goals have been set, but DoD is urging participants to do their best totop their past donations. TheFedsFeedFamiliesdisplayislocated attheentryoftheFortMeadeCommissary, near thecustomer servicedesk. For more information on the campaign, go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website at Editor’s Note: The Fort Meade Public AffairsOffice contributed tothis article. Commissaries serve as Feds Feed Families collection sites Shopper Danette Hampton makes a quick stop at the Feds Feed Families campaign display at the Fort Meade Commissary on Friday. The paper bags are filled with nonperishable food items that shoppers can purchase to donate to the campaign. BELOW: The display is located at the commissary entrance. The donation drop-off point is near the exit doors. PHOTOS BY DIJON ROLLE By Jessica Rouse DeCA Public Affairs Specialist
  5. 5. 6 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! Evelyn Silva’s commitment to others started as a first-grader at the Hasty School in Thomasville, N.C. She volunteered with her mother Maye, who organized a fundraiser to collect money to build a school cafeteria. “I just thought [volunteering] was part oflifebecausewe’reneighbors,”saidSilva, recalling that the children at the school all came from her small farming community. Decades later, Silva is a member of the Fort Meade Thrift Council, which deter- mines the rules that operate the Enlisted Spouses’ Club’s Thrift Shop. Silva has been a member of the council since2003andanESCmembersince1975. “I have held every office of ESC, except president,” she said. “I’ve done it all. You name it, I’ve done it.” Four years ago, the ESC established the Evelyn Silva Scholarship Award of Excel- lence, which is presented annually to a high school senior who best exemplifies Silva’s commitment to volunteerism and education. Eligibility requirements for the schol- arship include a minimum 3.0 grade point average and a commitment to volunteer service for more than one year. “I was, of course, thrilled that they would do that for me,” said Silva of the scholarship. “It’s an honor.” LauraLivingston,ESC’soutgoingpresi- dent, said Silva’s dedication to the club is “priceless and immeasurable.” “I truly am not sure what the status of the ESC would be without her,” Living- ston said. “She has seen us through hundreds of events, meetings and social gatherings — one of which is the Annual MardiGrasFunNightthatshehostsather house while cooking an amazing feast for us. “She has an optimistic attitude toward everything she does, and without her the Fort Meade community and ESC would not be what it is today.” Born in High Point, N.C., and raised in Washington, D.C., Silva said volunteering became a permanent part of her life when she attended McKinley High School. “I was 13 and I was a member of the USO Youth Entertainment Group,” Silva recalled. “I volunteered as a singer.” The group of high school singers and musicians toured military installations in the Washington-metro area during the summer.Silvasaidthegroupperformedat Fort Meade many times, as well as Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort McNair in Washing- ton, D.C. “It was fun,” Silva said. “I enjoyed it so much.” Two years after attending the Univer- sity of Maryland, she married 1st Sgt. Manuel Silva, who was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. During her husband’s 20 years of Army service, the couple, who have two daugh- ters, moved 23 times. They lived in Germany, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. In Germany, Silva joined the Non- commissioned Officers’ Wives’ Club and became its secretary. She also volunteered as director of a youth choir. “I was pretty busy,” Silva said. “I just like helping people. I get more out of it than I give. You’ve got to love it to put in hours and days. I enjoy it.” In 1965, the family moved back to the United States and settled at Fort Dix, N.J. Once again, Silva joined the NCO Wives’ Club.Herloveof music ledherto perform in the Army Soldier Show, where she sang with a Soldier who was a friend. In the meantime, her husband was an instructor for the Reserve Officers’ Train- ing Corps at the University of Richmond in Virginia and later served a tour in Vietnam. After being promoted to ser- geant major, he later became the com- mand sergeant major of the 6th Calvary Regiment at Fort Meade in1969. Two years later, he served as the command sergeant major of the Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aber- deen Proving Ground. At Aberdeen, Eve- lyn Silva volunteered for the installation’s Army Community Service. Manuel Silva’s last assignment was at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He retired from the Army in1973, and a year later the family moved to Fort Meade, where he worked as a Department of the Army employee. EvelynSilvajoinedtheFortMeadeESC in1975. Afterherhusbanddiedin1987,she worked in real estate and marketing for eight years. In 2002, she decided to dedicate her life to volunteer work full-time. “I’veworkedharderasavolunteer than I’veeverdidworking,”shesaid.“Youdon’t do it for the money, you do it for love.” At Fort Meade, Silva has volunteered at the USO Metro and has served on the ESC’s scholarship committee for five years. In 2007, Silva was the recipient of the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award from the Military District of Washington, which is presented to Army spouses whose achievements merit special recognition. “I was so surprised,” she said. “It was kept a deep dark secret. I was stunned.” In early June, Silva was presented with the President’s Lifetime Achievement AwardfromFortMeade’sACS.Theaward is given for a “lifetime commitment to building a strong nation through volun- teer service.” Silva, who started volunteering for ACS in 1970, also received a letter from President Barack Obama and a volunteer service pin. “I was thrilled and surprised,” she said. “And I”m happy to be recognized.” A resident of Gambrills and the grand- mother of two, Silva said volunteering is an important habit to form early in life — especially for young people. “It gets them out of themselves,” she said.“It’snotabout‘me,me,me.’Thereare other people in the world who need help.” When will Silva stop volunteering? Not any time soon. “If I did, I would be bored,” she said. Military spouse dedicates her life to service By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Evelyn Silva, a longtime Fort Meade volunteer, takes a look at the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award she received from Army Community Service last month. PHOTO BY LISA R. RHODES
  6. 6. 8 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! Staff Sgt. Paul D. Savanuck loved the written word. So having a library named in memory of Savanuck, who died during the Vietnam War as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, is only fitting. The SSG Paul D. Savanuck Memorial Library is currently tucked away in the basement of the Defense Information School. The library is normally located near the staff entrance of the DINFOS main building but moved to its current location – a former television studio – last October. The library will permanently return to its original location, which is undergoing a major roof and interior renovation, most likely this fall, according to librarian Mary Hickey. “We think we’re the only library in the country in an old TV studio,” she said. “Engineerswereusingthisspacebeforewe moved in.” Between 13,000 and 14,000 books are keptatthelibrary,aswellasmorethan500 e-books and hundreds of active magazine and newspaper titles. Hickey said the library also maintains a collection of more than 2,000 DVDs – documentaries, in- structional movies and feature films – and hundreds of vintage magazines and peri- odicals in bound volumes. Books include fiction and nonfiction works, as well as instructional and enter- tainment materials. Most of the materials covermilitaryandmediamatters,although graphic novels and photography books tendtobeamongthemostpopularitemsat the library. In addition, the library has a database, photo collection, and a computer lab with 24 work stations. About 75 percent of the library’s collec- tion is currently in storage, Hickey said. She said circulation usage has been down since moving to the temporary space. “It’s more obscure,” she said of the location. ThelibraryisprimarilyusedbyDINFOS students, faculty and alumni. Hickey said members of the community can come in and browse through the collection but cannot take out materials. “Our mandate is the school,” she said. Atanygiventime,DINFOShasastudent body of approximately 500 and a faculty of about 400 instructors and administrators. “Thank goodness, most of them have their names on their uniforms,” Hickey said of library visitors. “Most of them are transient and only here for a little while, althoughthatvaries.Butwedogettoknow our visitors. “We brief every class and new faculty member about the library, and we try to do surveys on the library. Sometimes, people don’t even know about it. I think there’s a perception that we don’t have anything that anyone wants or needs to see.” The library is operated by Hickey, library technician Janet Curtis and library clerk LaSelle Carpenter, as well as by occasional volunteers. The library receives between200to250visitsperday,largelyto the computer lab. Hickey said the library staff and DIN- FOS leadership take great pride in the library being named in memory of Sava- nuck. The library is supported by DINFOS and the Savanuck family. Two of Savanuck’s nephews are cur- rently serving in the Army, said Hickey. “He was a Soldier and a journalist,” she said of Savanuck. “Every once in a while, students will write a story about him and come in here to research.” Hickey,whohasmetSavanuck’sbrother Stuart on several occasions, described the military journalist’s death as “very tragic, heartbreaking.” A Baltimore native, Savanuck earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1967. Deter- mined to hone his craft as a reporter, he enlisted in the Army after college and studied at DINFOS when the school was located at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. He was originally assigned to a missile base in Mainz, Germany, but initiated a letter campaign to legislators to be trans- ferred to Vietnam. Savanuck wanted to learn the fundamentals of combat re- porting. Sixmonthslater,Savanuckwasassigned to an artillery unit in Vietnam, serving as a field correspondent, publicist and photog- rapher for his division. On April18,1969, he was gunned down by enemy fire near the demilitarized zone, north of the Cam Lo Valley, while reportedly trying to save a wounded American Soldier. Savanuck was 23. He had been working at Pacific Stars and Stripes for only13 days. He was the first and only Stars and Stripes correspondent to be killed during the Vietnam War. Today, the Baltimore- based Paul D. Savanuck Post No. 888 of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA is named after him, as is the Paul D. Savanuck MilitaryPrintJournalistoftheYearAward. Savanuck was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant and awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Medal. The library, which was named in Savanuck’s memory in 2003, maintains exhibition cases featuring Savanuck’s photos and letters, as well as his camera and eyeglasses. Hickey,whocameto DINFOStwoyears ago, said she thoroughly enjoys working at the library. “It’s very inspiring,” she said. “These young people are so talented, and the instructors as well. Working with the military is a reality check for me. They’re risking their lives for us. They’re all so amazing.” Hickey said the library will likely hold a reopening ceremony when returning to its permanent location. “Thestudentsarereadyforittoreopen,” she said. Editor’s Note: The Savanuck Library is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 301-677-4692. Library honors memory of fallen military journalist By Alan H. Feiler Staff Writer A Baltimore native and University of Maryland graduate, Staff Sgt. Paul D. Sava- nuck was the only Stars and Stripes correspondent to be killed during the Viet- nam War. He was 23. PHOTO BY ALAN H. FEILER
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 NEWS 9 Incredible Barbeque... Quick Service... Military Discount... Take Out Catering Private Party Rooms Two Bars Live music & Karaoke 10% military disc w/id EEAAWWAAYYSSOOMMEEWWHHEERREE IINN OODDEENNTTOONN T H E 1439 Odenton Road Odenton, MD 21113 410-874-7300 Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight Fri-Sat 11am-2am LLooookkiinngg FFoorr AA GGrreeaatt LLooccaall LLuunncchh SSppoott?? We have 250 seats in three dining rooms; plenty of room to stay, relax and stretch-out for a working lunch! In Odenton, behind the MARC Train Station (175 to Town Center Blvd, To The End, Right on Odenton Rd.) Dr. Edwin Zaghi - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry; - American Board Pediatric Dentist; - Fellow American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry KID-FRIENDLYKID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRYDENTISTRY 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 Near Fort Meade! Over the past year, Fort Meade has participated in DoD’s Healthy Base Initiative demonstration project. During HBI, changes have been made to a number of our food operations and fitness facilities. In addition, other health initiatives have been implemented to make the healthy choices easier and to assist those interested in reducing or eliminating tobacco use. Your assistance is needed to help evaluate the effectiveness of HBI. We specifically need feedback from commu- nity members about your awareness of these changes, and how using or partici- pating in any of them may have influ- enced you to make healthier changes. However, we are not authorized to invite civilian contractors to participate in this survey. If you are a civilian contractor who received an invitation to takethesurveybyemail,pleasedisregard it. Iinviteyoutotakeabrief(fiveminutes or less) survey that tells us about your awareness, use and satisfaction with the changes that have been made related to HBI, as well as any personal changes you may have made in the last year regarding healthiereating,increasedphysicalactiv- ity, and reduction or cessation of tobacco use. I would also like to know what things affect your eating, exercising and tobacco use, and anything else you would like to share about what makes it harder or easier to eat a healthy diet, increase your physical activity, or reduce or quit using tobacco at Fort Meade. This survey is anonymous and confi- dential, and no effort will be made to trace your responses back to you. The answers you give will be combined with others and reported in aggregate form. Participation is voluntary and can be ended at any time for any reason. Therearenoknownriskstoparticipat- ing, and your responses will be used to continue to make improvements in what is offered and how it is offered at Fort Meade. I realize that these matters may be of greater interest and importance to some members of our community than others, but we need to have everyone’s com- ments as we work toward a healthier community. ThesurveyisavailablethroughJuly29. Please take a few minutes to follow the link, ?SID=SV_byJeP9Mkfijrmtv, and an- swer the questions. Feedback needed for Healthy Base Initiative By Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Commander Deb Alston (center), a volunteer tour guide for Cooking Matters Commissary Tours, helps two participants under- stand the food label on products at the Fort Meade Commissary on Aug. 15, 2014. The tour is part of the garrison’s Healthy Base Initiative. FILE PHOTO
  8. 8. 10 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! • Career skills and credentials • Online, classroom, or hybrid formats • Accelerated course options • Support services After spending fourteen years in the Navy as a digital communications analyst, JUSTIN came to HCC with an ultimate goal of becoming a software engineer. At the college, he found a supportive environment where he was able to meet fellow veterans who could relate to the challenges of balancing civilian life and higher education. Learning That Works for You REGISTER NOW! Fall credit semester beginsAugust 22 Noncredit classes are ongoing The 6 percent interest rate cap pro- vided for in the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, generates many questions at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office. The provision in the SCRA states: “An obligation or liability incurred by a service member or service member and spouse jointly prior to military service shall not bear an interest rate in excess of 6 percent during the period of military service.” The law is clear about the effect of the cap and how the protection is invoked. When the 6 percent cap applies to an obligation, excess interest must be forgiv- en, acceleration of principal is prevented, and the amount of payment must be reduced by the amount of interest forgiven that is allocable to the period for which the payment is made. To get the benefit of this provision, the service member or legal representative must provide written notice to the creditor, along with a copy of military orders. The burden is on the service members.Iftheydon’trequestrelief,they don’t get relief. And, of course, if the debt is not eligible pre-service debt, the cap does not apply, even if the service member requests it. A request for relief must also satisfy a timing requirement. In order to benefit from the 6 percent cap, the service member must make a request no later than180 days after the date of the service member’s termination or release from active duty or military service. If the request is made within the proper time frame, protection goes back to the date on which the service member entered the military. If the servicemember fails to request the relief until more than 180 days after termination or release from active serv- ice, the relief is not legally mandated. A creditor seeking to avoid application ofthissectionmustpetitionthecourtand show that the ability of the service member to pay more is not materially affectedbyreasonofmilitaryservice.The court may grant a creditor relief from the interest cap if, in the opinion of the court, the ability of the service member to pay interest upon the obligation at a rate in excess of 6 percent is not materially affected by reason of the service mem- ber’s military service. Protections in the SCRA apply both to those who have come on active duty voluntarily, either during times of peace or war, and to those who are called up involuntarily. While the 6 percent cap applies only to loans for which the service member is obligatedtopay,itappliestopersonaland business obligations alike. For example, if the service member operates a sole proprietorship and obtains a loan for that business, the cap would certainly apply if it was preservice debt. The interest rate reduction and corre- sponding payment reduction will end when the service member’s period of active duty ends. However, for an obliga- tion or liability consisting of mortgage, trust deed or other security in the nature of a mortgage, the rate cap consists of the period of military service plus one year afterward. For more information regarding the SCRA, call the Fort Meade Legal Assist- ance Office at 301-677-9504 or 301-677- 9536 to schedule an appointment with an attorney. Understanding interest rate cap for service member’s Civil Relief Act By Sandra Drake Legal Assistance Office American Water is continuing its annual Water Main Flushing Pro- gram on Monday. The purpose of the program is to provide the best quality water avail- able to customers by removing any buildup of sediment that may have occurred in the water lines. Flushing may result in some temporary discoloration and the presence of sediment in the water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of very short dura- tion. During the hours between 8 a.m. and4p.m.,limityouruseofwaterto help prevent discolored water reaching service lines to your resi- dence. If you notice an increase in discolored water at your residence, flush all faucets inside for 15 min- utes. If the water does not clear up, contact the Water Treatment Plant at 443-591-0909. This number is monitored daily — 24/7 — 365 days a year. Areas that may be affected from planned flushing through July10 are: • Rock Avenue • Redmond Road •LeonardWoodAvenuebetween Broadfoot Road and Rock Avenue • Doyle Court • Redwood Road • Wright Avenue • Bamford Court • Varney Road • Morrison Street • Roberts Avenue • Buck Road • Parsons Road • Wilson Street • Huber Road Streets adjacent to Rock Avenue and Huber Road may see a tempo- rary change in their water during flushing activities. Signs will be posted ahead of any flushing activities to notify custom- ers. 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  9. 9. 12 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! For Soldiers, taking the Army physical fitnesstesttwiceayearisagoodindicator of changes in physical fitness. The number of situps and pushups performed and the 2-mile run time can increase or decrease, as can weight. These things can show progress or the need for improvement. Physical fitness is important for ac- complishing the mission and staying healthy. Whether you are a Soldier or Department of Army civilian, family member or retiree, taking stock of your health will reap great benefits. But what about your spiritual fitness? Spirituality has to do with a person’s world view, sense of morality and ethics, and sense of meaning. It is easy to confuse spirituality with religious practice. In fact, even atheists and agnostics can be spiritual. Buddhists are not necessarily theists, but few would argue that they are not spiritual. ArmyRegulation600-63,ArmyHealth Promotion, states: “A spiritually fit person recognizes there are multiple dimensions that make up a human being and seeks to develop the total-person concept. This includes en- hancing spiritual fitness through reflection andpracticeofalifestylebasedonpersonal qualities needed to sustain one during times of stress, hardship and tragedy." Spirituality is not static; it changes and (hopefully) deepens and matures as we get older. In 1981, Dr. James W. Fowler, a developmental psychologist at Emory University in Atlanta and a United Methodist minister, published “Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Devel- opment and the Quest for Meaning.” In this book, Fowler proposed that peoplegothroughphasesintheirspiritu- al development. The faith of a child is different from the faith of an adult, for instance. During the course of his research, Dr. Fowler interviewed Jews, Catholics, Protestants, agnostics and atheists. He suggested that there are six stages of faith, starting with zero (in infancy). According to Fowler, very few people achieve the highest level — stage six. But he suggests that individuals such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa andMahatmaGandhimightbeexamples of those who have. Most of us are somewhere in the middle. But we do not have to stay at the same stage through life. Spiritual growth will be different for each person. What works for one person may not work for another. But activities such as belonging to a worship community, prayer and med- itation,anddeliberatestudyofanysacred texts from your own tradition can help contribute to growth. Manypeoplealsoexpresstheirspiritu- ality through volunteerism. Youmightgetanideaofyourownlevel of spiritual fitness from a source such as the “Spiritual Dimension” on the Global Assessment Tool, or GAT. Soldiers must take the GAT each year. But there are many ways to gauge your spiritualresilience.The“SpiritualFitness Inventory” Technical Guide No. 360, which is available through the U.S. Army Public Health Command spiritual health website at, is anoth- er tool. Whenever you step on the scale or monitor your exercise, you are taking stock of your health. Shouldn’t your spiritual health be just as important? Taking stock of your spiritual fitness By Lt. Col. David Bowerman Chaplain, Public Health Command Soldiers assigned to the 62nd Engineer Company, 4th Engineer Battalion link arms and pray as a way to build camaraderie before going out on their missions while deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. ARMY PHOTO Members of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade compete in the tire-carry event during the Super Squad competition held May 1, 2013, as part of the Na- tional Security Agency’s Armed Forces Week observance. Army leaders are en- couraging Soldiers to also actively focus on their spiritual fitness. FILE PHOTO
  10. 10. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 SPORTS 13 Gaffney Fitness Center has reintro- duced its group fitness classes for the Fort Meade community. The classes, which began in May, are freeuntilAugustandopentoactive-duty service members, their family members, DoD civilian employees, retirees and contractors. Active-duty service members and DoD civilians must show their CAC card. Family members must show their military identification. Retirees and contractors must obtain a gym card, which is issued through the Directorate of Family and Morale, Wel- fare and Recreation. These group fitness classes were on hiatus while new instructors were being recruited, said Sylvia Garcia, Gaffney’s fitness coordinator. “All of our instructors are volunteers through Army Community Service and arecertifiedintheirdisciplineandCPR,” Garcia said. Thegroupfitnessclassesincludespin, Zumba, hip-hop indoor cycling, full- body resistance, and stretch and flexibil- ity. Garcia is recruiting a yoga instructor and water aerobics instructor. She said a new female personal trainer is undergoing the process to be awarded a contract. Thefeeforthepersonaltrainersrange from $60 to $65 per session, which is more favorable than the fees charged off the installation, Garcia said. Editor’s note: The class schedule for group fitness classes is posted at Group fitness classes return to Gaffney By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer
  11. 11. 14 SPORTS THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! The 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games provided a showcase for how determination and support can help people overcome seemingly impos- sible obstacles, Deputy Defense Secre- tary Bob Work said Sunday at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Work spoke at the adaptive sports competition’s closing ceremony. “What an incredible series of games it’s been,” he said. “These games demonstrate just how important adaptive sports are to the recovery, reconditioning, rehabilitation process for our wounded, ill and injured warri- ors.” The Warrior Games also show the world “how seemingly impossible per- sonal challenges can be overcome with the right support,” Work said. Medical and recovery care, transition support, caregiving and the love of “remarkable people” all contribute to helping and healing America’s troops and veterans in need, the deputy secre- tary noted. Speaking for the entire Defense De- partment, Work said, “I want to salute the family members, the loved ones, the friends, the coaches, the medical profes- sionals and the caregivers — both professional and volunteer, human and canine — who have stood alongside these brave warriors through their recovery process.” He also commended the volunteers, communities and corporate sponsors — without whom, he emphasized, the Warrior Games would not be possible. WhiletheWarriorGamesarefriendly, competition is an innate part of military life, where “the best and the brightest” is at least as commonly heard as “first in, last out.” The Army led the field this year in all medal categories, as well as Chairman’s Cup points. The Marines followed, whiletheAirForcefinishedthirdintotal medals earned. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Ma- rines, Coast Guard members and special operators at the Warrior Games “repre- sent the very best America has to offer,” Work said. Addressing the athletes, Work said they answered the nation’s call during times of war, stepped forward and “asked only that you have the honor of serving your country, regardless of the dangers you faced. We are all proud of each and every one of you.” In addition to U.S. service members, British athletes also competed at Quan- tico this year. “[They] traveled all the way over ‘the pond’ to compete and show us the fighting spirit for which their armed forces are so famously known through- out the world,” Work said. The U.S. has “no better ally, no better friend than the United Kingdom,” he said. “And we share a close warrior bond with its armed forces.” The two countries have stood beside and bled beside each other on battle- fieldsacrosstheworld,Worksaid,"aswe take the fight, together, against enemies of freedom — wherever they might be found.” Warrior Games showcase fighting spirit amid competition By Karen Parrish DoD News, Defense Media Activity Visually impaired Army cycling teams finish together to take the gold, silver and bronze in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games held June 21 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. PHOTO BY EJ HERSOM, DOD NEWS Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Ramirez and veteran Kyle Reid of the 2015 DoD War- rior Games All-Marine Team conduct block takeoffs during track practice on June 20 at Marine Corps Base Quanti- co, Va. PHOTO BY MARINE CPL. OWEN KIMBREL
  12. 12. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 SPORTS 15 ThemoreRamadansIpartic- ipate in – this is my 14th – the more I realize the rhythm of the month is a lot like that of a deployment. The first week or so flies by: The 3:45 a.m. wake-up call to eat is almost jovial, and the evening iftar almost comes too soon because you are excited about the journey you’ve just begun. The last week or so goes similarly because you can see the light at the end of the tunnel andyouknowdaytimeeatingandEidare right around the bend. You may not be as awake at 0345, but youeagerlymakeeverylate-nightprayer. Then,ofcourse,there’sthemeatinthe Ramadan sandwich — the 15 or 16 days between the beginning and the end. And like deployments, there comes a time every day when you’re sure sunset will never come. You are living on three-hour blocks of sleep. You wake up with cottonmouth, tired and struggling to find the good nature this month brings. Mornings become a negotiation with- in yourself of whether you should get up and eat, or stay in bed and starve because you know you’re going to be hungry and thirsty anyway. And when you finally get up, the only goal is to stay awake until your next nap. A Ramadan nap is truly a grand siesta where I’m on my couch with my new partner-in-loaf, our cat Admiral Afro Link Cougar Jones ... Pufferfish. He is a lounging ninja. He’s got his technique down and everything – laying on his back,fourlegsandbellyup,purringlikea … cat. A key to any good siesta is finding the right show on television — something that provides adequate background noise,longperiodswithoutcommercials, and limited excitement. I normally settle for a Ken Burns documentaryonNetflix,butwhenIsped through the channel guide on Tuesday evening, I found something I was sure would be even better: Women’s World Cup soccer. I’ll never make that mistake again. The U.S. team’s 2-0 vic- tory over Germany didn’t just keep me awake; it provided me an energy boost similar to what I was only getting from my first date (the fruit) and sip of water after16 hours without either. Tobehonest,beforeTuesday, myonlyreasontowatchtheU.S. women’s team was to see goalie HopeSologonutsoracoupleof action shots of midfielder Alex Morgan. I know that last reason is borderline haram(bad),especiallyduringRamadan. But a dude’s stilla dude, and my plan was to sleep through the game anyway. Well, it became clear that wasn’t going to happen. Our women played an enjoyable, fast-paced game from the start, and even though the game was scoreless going into half, there were plenty of opportunities, a potential con- cussion and skill. Three things I never expected to see from a women’s soccer game. I got a text from my cousin Doug midway through the game, which read: “So interesting that women don’t flop [as much as men] …” It’s something I came to admire about the lady’s game. What they may lack in physical strength, size and speed, they tend to make up for with grit, hustle, and attention to details like passing and teamwork. By the time the second half came, it was time to break my fast. I ordered a cheeseburger pizza and gyro, fed a piece of lamb to Admiral, and watched Carli Lloyd show the German team how not to choke on a penalty kick. I am not sure why Germany’s Celia Sasic pushed her kick really wide left. Maybe it was nerves, wind, or the thought of Solo going beast mode on her. But I was really glad she missed. Andnow,I’mreallylookingforwardto Sunday’s championship, and my next siesta. For more information about this or anything to do with sports, contact me at or hit me up on Twitter @CTJibber. JIBBER JABBER - OPINION Awake through my Ramadan siesta Chad T. Jones PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER Body tone Gaffney Fitness Center is offering a full-body resistance-training class on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cost is free and open to all authorized users age 18 and older. For more information, call 310-677- 2349. Hip-Hop Indoor Spin Gaffney Fitness Center is offering Hip- Hop Indoor Spin, a high-energy cardiovas- cular workout, on Wednesdays from 5:15- 6:15 p.m. This class combines cycling with up- beat hip-hop and R&B music. Cost is free and open to all authorized users age 18 and older. For more information, call 410-677- 2349. Youth Sports fall registration Registration for fall sports is underway. Fall sports include: NFL Flag Football, tackle football, volleyball, tennis, soccer and cheerleading. Youth Sports is seeking volunteer coaches for every sport. To register or for more information, go to or call 301-677-1179 or 301-677-1329. Cosmic Bowling The Lanes at Fort Meade offers Cosmic Bowling on Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- 5541. Zumba classes Zumba is offered Wednesdays from noon to 12:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thurs- days from 7-8 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Gaff- ney Fitness Center. The free class, which incorporates Latin dance, is open to all authorized users age 18 and older. For more information, call 301-677- 2349. Aqua Zumba Gaffney Fitness Center offers Aqua Zumba, a class blending Zumba and water resistance, on Mondays from 4:15-5 p.m. in the Gaffney pool. The free class is open to authorized users age 18 and older. For more information, call 301-677- 2349. Football referees wanted CYSS Youth Sports is looking for volun- teer NFL Flag Football referees for ages 6-12. If interested or for more information, call the Youth Sports office at 301-677- 1329 or 301-677-1179. EFMP walking group Exceptional Family Member Program families are invited to join the EFMP walk- ing group on the second and fourth Mon- day of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Arundel Mills Mall, at the entrance between Best Buy and Old Navy. Registration is required. To register, call 301-677-4473. Fort Meade Run Series The annual Fort Meade Run Series continues with the following events: Football Fanfare 5K: Sept. 19, 8 a.m., Constitution Park Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins 5K: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., The Pavilion Turkey Trot 5K: Nov. 21, 8 a.m., Murphy Field House Reindeer Run 5K: Dec. 19, 8 a.m., Mur- phy Field House All runs are open to the public and include a 1-mile walk. Preregistration for individuals costs $15. Registration on event day costs $25. Preregistration costs $45 per family of three to six people and $60 on the day of the event. Preregistration for groups of seven to 10 runners costs $85. All preregistered runners will receive a T-shirt. For more information, call 301-677-3318. Youth Sports seeks volunteer coaches Volunteer coaches are needed for base- ball, softball, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, track, NFL Flag Football, and soccer. All volunteers will receive free training and will be certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. All volunteers must complete a back- ground check. Apply at the Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports & Fitness Office at 1900 Reece Road. For more information, call 301-677-1179 or 301-677-1329. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes are offered every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or medium soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677- 5541. SPORTS SHORTS
  13. 13. 16 COMMUNITY THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! 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 commu- nity events on the Fort Meade website at and the Fort Meade Facebook page at ftmeade. For more information or to submit an announcement, email dijon.n.rolle.civ or call Editor Dijon Rolle at 301-677-6806. NEWS & EVENTS Clark Road closure Clark Road, between 27th Street and Rockenbach Road, will be closed July 15 in both directions and will not reopen. This is a programmed closure to sup- port the construction of the new access control point at Rockenbach Road. A connector road from Ernie Pyle Street to Rockenbach Road is under construction and is expected to be com- pleted around the first week of Septem- ber. Death notice Air Force 2nd Lt. Ry L. Ottulich an- nounces the death of Senior Airman Ryan A. Shackleford. Anyone having claims or indebtedness to the estate of Shackleford should contact Ottulich, summary court officer, at 443-634-4818 or 845-797-8667. Armed Forces Voting Week Armed Forces Voters Week, scheduled through Tuesday, provides voters the opportunity to receive key materials such as the federal post application. For voting-related questions or more information, call Installation Voting As- sistance Officer Derrick L. Horsley at 301-677-2506 or email Derrick.l.hor- ACS Needs Assessment Survey What programs would you like ACS to provide? Are your expectations of ACS offerings being met? What services have been the most beneficial to you? Make your opinions count by taking a brief ACS Needs Assessment Survey facilitated by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Installation Management Command. The survey provides a unique opportu- nity to measure usage and helpfulness of individual ACS programs and services and identify emerging needs related to the Army way of life. The confidential survey is available at through Aug. 30. RAB meeting The next Fort Meade environmental Restoration Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction. All community members are invited. RAB meetings are held to keep the public informed of Fort Meade’s environ- mental cleanup and restoration program, and to provide opportunities for public involvement and open discussion. Anyone who would like to learn more about the restoration program or be- come a RAB member is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 301-677- 7999 or visit directorates/dpw/environment. (Click on the RAB link.) Summer Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band will present its weekly Summer Concert Series from Aug. 1-22 at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park. The Saturday evening concerts are free and open to the public. Aug. 1: The Jazz Ambassadors: “One Hundred Years of Holiday” Aug. 8: Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus: “Army Goes to the Movies” Aug. 15: The Volunteers: “Kings of the Highway: Road Music” Aug. 22: Finale concert featuring the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus: “Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture” For more information, go to armyfield- or call 301-677-6586. 2016 Welcome Guide submissions The Fort Meade Public Affairs Office is compiling information for the 2016 Fort Meade Welcome Guide and Telephone Directory. Garrison organizations, partner com- mands, and installation clubs and service organizations are requested to submit a brief summary about their organizations. Consider including information regard- ing the organization’s mission, date of unit activation, and unique attributes as part of the brief descriptive paragraphs. Also include the organization’s ad- dress, main telephone number and im- portant secondary phone numbers, and organizational email address. Limit submissions to one to two para- graphs. Organization photos are wel- come. Email submission to Philip Jones at philip. before July 10. For more information, call 301-677- 5602. Dental rep at Kimbrough A representative from the Tricare Retiree Dental Plan (Delta Dental) will be available July 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center in the pharmacy waiting area. Dinner and dance “Magic of Motown” dinner and dance will be held July 31 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Club Meade. The event is open to Club Meade members and nonmembers, civilians and military, all ranks and services. Advance tickets are recommended. Cost is $23 for Club Meade members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets purchased at the door cost $27 for club members and $30 for non- members. For more information, call 301-677- 6959. Farmers’ market The Fort Meade Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday through Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion. The farmers market features a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads and hot lunch options. For more information, call 301-677- 3579 or 301-252-8688. EDUCATION Financial, Employment Readiness Army Community Service offers Fi- nancial Readiness and Employment Readiness classes to all ranks and serv- ices and to DoD civilian employees at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chis- holm Ave. Registration is required for each class. Financial Readiness: NEWS & NOTES RAMADAN OBSERVANCE Fort Meade and the National Security Agency will host the installation’s annual Ramadan Iftar on July 9 at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. This year’s event features guest speaker Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana’s 7th District, and a traditional breaking of the fast and meal. Reservations are required by Friday. For more information, call Chad Jones, director of the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office, at 301-677-1301. FILE PHOTO
  14. 14. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 COMMUNITY 17 • Dollars & Sense: Tuesday or Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to noon • Banking Basics: July 14, 9-11 a.m. • Car Buying: July 21, 9-11 a.m. • Basics of Investing: July 28, 9-11 a.m. • First Term Financial Readiness (on- line): July 28 or Aug. 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Thrift Savings Plan: Aug. 11, 9-11 a.m. • Home Buying: Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to noon Employment Readiness: • Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Wednes- day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., McGill Training Center • Social Media for Job Seekers: July 23, 8 a.m. to noon, McGill Training Center To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590 or go to fortmeadeac- Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of classes at its facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. The free classes are open to DoD ID cardholders including active-duty service members, retirees and their family mem- bers, DoD civilian employees and con- tractors. Registration is required for each class. • Resume Workshop: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon • Stress Management: July 9, 9:30- 11:30 a.m. • TGPS Workshop (Transition, Goals, Plans and Success): July 13-17 or July 27-31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • DTAP Brief: July 20, 1-2:30 p.m. • Common Sense Parenting: July 20, 9-10 a.m. Topic: “Parents Are Teachers” • Ten Steps to a Federal Job: July 21, 9 a.m. to noon • Career Technical Training: July 22-23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Anger Management: July 30, 9:30- 11:30 a.m. • Medical Records Review: Appoint- ment required To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. YOUTH Teen Leadership Challenge Fort Meade Volunteer Services is hosting its 4th Annual Teen Leadership Challenge for ID cardholders between the ages of 13-18. The challenge is designed to assist in the development of positive leadership qualities in teens that can help lead to better pay, intern or volunteer opportuni- ties, self-confidence and other virtues. Orientation and all leadership semi- nars will be held at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd. Money Habitudes: Today, 9 a.m. to noon Discover what’s behind the way you save, spend, give away your money or go into debt. Public Speaking and Customer Service Skill Development: July 9, 9 a.m. to noon Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: July 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon Positive Life Choices: July 23, 9 a.m. to noon Cyber Security and End of Summer Bash: July 30, 9 a.m. to noon, Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. Entrepreneurship: “So you want to own your own business?”: July 16, 9- 10:30 a.m. Teens can preregister for the challenge at For more information, email ma- or call 301-677- 5590 or 301-677-4128. ‘Blackbeard The Pirate’ Missoula Children’s Theatre drama camp for grades one to 12 will be held July 20-25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration costs $55. The camp will present a free perform- ance of “Blackbeard The Pirate” on July 25 at 3 p.m. To register or for more information, go to Parent Central Services at 1900 Reece Road or call 301-677-1196. Weekly playgroup Children ages 4 and younger are in- vited to a weekly playgroup held every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Family Advocacy Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The playgroup features a variety of engaging activities to build strong par- ent-child relationships. Space is limited. Registration is re- quired for each session. For more information, call 301-677- 5590. RECREATION Out & About • Sunset Serenades are presented Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pic- nic.. July 8: Rainbow Rock - children’s mu- sic July 15: Slick Hampton - jazz fusion July 22: Shotgun Shack - classic rock July 29: Jenee´ - R&B, soul Aug. 5: Soul Island Rebels - eclectic blues funk & roots Aug. 12: Higher Hands - funky soul fusion Refreshments are available for sale. Boat rentals available at Centennial Park, cash only. The Community Action Council of Howard County will collect nonperish- able food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades con- certs. For a recorded announcement about cancellation due to inclement or heat- related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5 p.m. on the day of the performance. For more information, call 410-313- 4700. • Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, will be held July 17 and July 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Baltimore. The annual event features more than 150 fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits, outdoor sculpture, art cars, and photography; live concerts on outdoor stages; a full sched- ule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, children’s entertainers and street theater; and an international menu of food and beverages throughout the festival site. Artscape takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts and Entertainment District neighborhoods. For more information, go to artscape- .org. • The 37th Anniversary of the Mont- pelier Summer Concert Series in Laurel is helds Fridays throgh Aug. 7. Bring a picnic and blanket or chair and enjoy free performances on the west lawn of the Montpelier Mansion grounds. Concerts are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 10: Four Star Combo (rockabilly, honky tonk) July 17: Shakespeare in the Park fea- turing “ Romeo and Juliet” (Rain location: Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Route 197) July 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: The Tribe (rhythm and blues, jazz, soul, funk) Aug. 7: Jazz Caravan (blues, swing, Motown) In the event of heavy rain, concerts will be canceled. Call 301-953-7882 after 5 p.m. the day of the concert for verifica- tion. • Celebrate Independence Day at the American Legion Post 175 on Saturday from 1-7 p.m. at 832 Manhattan Beach Road, Severna Park. Admission is free. Donation to the building fund is appreciated. The community event will feature children’s games and activities and the band, “Ahead Full.” Food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information, call 410-544- 2066. • The Bowie Baysox’s “Red, White and Boom All-American Independence Day Celebration” will be held Saturday at Prince George’s Stadium, as the team takes on the Erie SeaWolves at 6:35 p.m. A fireworks display follows the game. Individual tickets range from $7 to $15 when ordered in advance. Tickets are available online at baysox- .com or by calling 301-464-4865. MEETINGS • 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 today There is no cost for the buffet. Dona- tions are optional. All Fort Meade em- ployees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call 301-677- 6703. • National Alliance on Mental Ill- ness 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 tonight. For more information, visit • Calling All Dads, for expecting fa- thers and fathers with children of all ages, meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is Monday. Children are welcome. Registration is required. For more information, call 301-677-4118. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Children welcome. The next meeting is Monday. The group is for families experiencing an upcoming or current deployment, or who have recently returned from deploy- ment. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email • Fort Meade TOP III Association See NEWS & NOTES, page 18
  15. 15. 18 COMMUNITY THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! Caulking & Sealing of Vents; Flashings; & Nail Holes Tightening of Loose Shingles Where Missing Replacement of up to Ten Shingle Tabs Repair of Exposed Nail Heads (Nail Pops) Replacement of up to One Pipe Boot Gasket Full Attic, Roof, Gutter & Exterior Inspection - with Photos! MHIC# 31337-03 Premium Roof Tune UpPremium Roof Tune Up Only $149!Only $149! Offer Expires 07/31/15 Book Today at (410) 988-4075 $250 Gift Certificate towards future project meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is Wednesday. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior noncommissioned officers. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email • Fort Meade E9 Association meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. in the Pin Deck Cafe at the Lanes. The next meeting is July 10. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, go to • Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is July 11. Ac- tive-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. • Marriage Enrichment Group, spon- sored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3-4 p.m. at the Com- munity Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is July 13. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Dining Facility in Virginia. The next meeting is July 15. All members and those interested in joining the club are welcome. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Erica Lehmkuhl at or 301-833-8415. • Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the third Wednes- day of every month from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Airman Leadership School, 8470 Zimborski Ave. The next meeting is July 15. For more information, call 831-521- 9251 or go to • 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 July 16 from 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 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 with- out a military ID should call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least four business days prior to the event for base access. For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email • Meade Rod and Gun Club will meet July 16 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 club usually meets the first Thursday of the month. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call Charisma Wooten at 240-568-6055. • Retired Enlisted Association meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restau- rant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is July 21. For more in- formation, visit or call Elliott Phillips, the local president, at 443-790- 3805 or Arthur R. Cooper, past national president, at 443-336-1230. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2-3:30 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 partici- pants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30-9:15 a.m. at the Family Advo- cacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battal- ion Ave. To register, call 301-677-3617. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the phys- ical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vaw- ter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email • Dancing with the Heroes, free ballroom dance lessons for the Warrior Transition Unit, meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center in the seminar room. Participants should wear loose cloth- ing, comfortable shoes with leather soles. No super high heels or flip-flops. • Spanish Christian Service is con- ducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Men- dez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. NEWS & NOTES, From page 17
  16. 16. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 COMMUNITY 19 • Couples Communication meets every Monday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The session is aimed at helping cou- ples develop tools to enhance their relationship, gain problem-solving strat- egies, and create a long-lasting relation- ship. For more information, call 301-677- 4118. • 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 Cub- master Christopher Lassiter at or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at • Boy Scout Troop 377 meets Mon- days from 7-8:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys ages 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at lisayetman@veri-; Scoutmaster Ed Smith at eks-; or Wendall Law- rence, committee chairperson, at law- To see what the troop offers, go to • Catholic Women of the Chapel meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for prayer and Bible study in the Main Post Chapel, 4419 Llewellyn Ave. Monthly programs are held Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The group is open to all women in the community ages 18 and older — active duty, retiree and civilian — for prayer, faith fellowship, and service. For more information, email Mariana Yinh at • American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is 4-6 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 informa- tion, call 410-969-8028 or visit ameri- • Odenton Masonic Center, located at 1206 Stehlik Drive, invites the com- munity, local military, fire/emergency services and local businesses to enjoy its breakfast and specialty dinners. The center offers a fundraising “all- you-can-eat” breakfast every second Sunday from 7-11 a.m. Fundraising spe- cialty dinners are held the third Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Menus vary and are listed on the center’s website at odenton- 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.aa- Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. PRICES:Ticketsare$6foradults(12and older)and$3.50forchildren. 3DMovies:$8 adults, $5.50 children. Today through July 12 Friday & Sunday: “Pitch Perfect 2” (PG-13). After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Bar- denBellasenteraninternationalcompeti- tion that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform. With Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld. CLOSED JULY 4 July 10 & 12: “Tomorrowland” (PG). Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place some- where in time and space that exists in their collective memory. With George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie. July11:“Poltergeist”(PG-13).Afamily whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive. With Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements. MOVIES RICHARD CARTWRIGHT/UNIVERSAL PICTURES TNS