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  1. 1. anniversary ACS celebrates 49 years of community service page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7 p.m.: “Pershing’s Own” U.S.Army Blues Concert - Constitution Park Saturday, 3 p.m.: Missoula Children’s Theatre Performance - McGill Training Center Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers Market - Smallwood Hall lot July 31, 7 p.m.: The Volunteers Summer Concert - Constitution Park Aug. 5, 5 p.m.: National Night Out - McGlachlin Parade Field teamwork 707th FSS tops 10th Fleet in softball showdown page 12 Soundoff!´ vol. 66 no. 29 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community July 24, 2014 photo by nate pesce united we standSoldiers of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group stand in formation on Friday as they welcome incoming commander Col. John J. Bonin during a change of command ceremony at McGlachlin Parade Field. For the story, see Page 11. In addition, Col. Jacqueline Chando assumed leadership of the Public Health Command Region-North in a change of command ceremony on July 16 at McGill Training Center. For the story, see Page 10.
  2. 2. SOUNDOFF! July 24, 2014 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................12 Crime Watch.................. 8 Movies..................................15 Community..................14 Classified..............................17 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 or email If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. 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You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 On Friday, Army Community Service cel- ebrates its 49th birthday. ACS is a vital resource to our community, providing an array of programs and services to help active-duty service members, civilian employees, retirees and their families stay ready and resilient. ACS was established in 1965 to assist commanders in reducing conflicts between a Soldier’s family responsibility and duty requirements. Over the years, the program has evolved into the commander’s primary vehicle to assess, coordinate and implement Soldier and family support systems. For Fort Meade leaders, ACS is a critical partner in mission success. The ACS team’s expertise encompasses the entire spectrum of supporting Soldiers and their families, from the birth of their children to providing continued support to loved ones after a Soldier’s death. Located at 830 Chisholm Ave., between Lewellyn Avenue and Mapes Road, ACS should be the first stop for anyone new to the Fort Meade community or anytime a Soldier, civilian employee, retiree or a family member needs information and assistance. The mission of ACS is to facilitate a commander’s ability to support the readiness of Soldiers, civilian employees, retirees and their families in managing the challenges of daily living experienced in the unique context of military service by coordinating and delivering comprehensive, responsive services that promote self-reliance, resiliency and stability. ACS is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Fort Meade families through educa- tion, informa- tion and sup- port services. We are tailored to meet cus- tomers’ needs. S e r v i c e s are delivered via one-on- one sessions, groups, class- es/workshops and large-scale c o m m u n i t y events. We offer something for everyone. All services are free of charge. ACS works closely with agencies on and off post to create and expand a network of sup- port for Fort Meade community members. The depth and diversity of what ACS can provide is evident through its 12 core programs: the Army Family Action Plan, Army Family Team Building, Army Volun- teer Corps, Community Information Services, Employment Readiness, Exceptional Family Member, Family Advocacy, Financial Readi- ness, Mobilization/Deployment, Relocation Readiness, Soldier and Family Assistance, and Survivor Outreach Services. ACS stands with its community readiness partners — the Fleet and Family Support Center, the Airman and Family Readiness Center, unit family support teams and tenant wellness staffs — to serve you. Stop by to see and learn about the services we provide and how we can assist in meeting your needs. Happy birthday, ACS! Army Community Service: Something for everyone doris tyler, chief Army Community Service Commander’s Open Door 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 con- cerns 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.
  3. 3. July 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News Story and photo by Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Whether registering volunteers, hosting a toddlers playgroup or offering a seminar on how to prepare financially for retire- ment, Army Community Service provides critical services and programs for active- duty service members, DoD civilians, retir- ees and their families. On the cusp of five decades of service, ACS will celebrate its 49th birthday on Friday. Its commitment to the community is stronger than ever. “As we approach our half-century mark, the programs have grown to better meet the needs of our evolving military work- force and their families,” said Doris Tyler, director of ACS. In celebration of the milestone, children at Child Development Center 1 deco- rated letters of the alphabet that spell out “Happy Birthday ACS.” ACS provides 12 core programs and a variety of services aimed at assisting unit commanders in maintaining the readiness of individuals, families and communities within the Army by promoting self-reli- ance, resiliency and stability during war and peace, according to an ACS brochure. All of the programs and services are provided at no cost. Services include the Family Advocacy Program, which intervenes in cases of fam- ily distress and promotes a healthy fam- ily life; Employment Readiness Program, which provides information and services in areas of career planning and job searches; Exceptional Family Member Program, a mandatory enrollment program that pro- vides comprehensive services to families with special-needs dependents; and the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, which provides support to Soldiers and family members in coordination with the Warrior Transition Unit. A WTU closely resembles a “line”Army unit, with a professional cadre and inte- grated Army processes that build on the Army’s strength of unit cohesion and teamwork. This allows wounded Soldiers to focus on healing to transition back to the Army or to civilian status. “There’s something for everybody,” Tyler said. “ACS is a big part of your benefits package. If you were in the civil- ian sector, many of our programs would be fee-based.” Over the last two years, ACS was required to reduce its staff by one-third due to budget constraints. Since January, however, Tyler has been able to hire eight new staff members, reviv- ing weakened program staffs. “We had to reduce a lot of our pro- grams,” Tyler said. “We had to access what the community was invested in and what programs were being utilized. We partnered with other agencies on and off post to fill in the gaps.” ACS has partnered with the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center, the Airman and Family Readiness Center, and the Workforce Center at the National Security Agency. In addition to the programs and services that ACS provides, the agency responds to the needs of the Fort Meade community during natural and man-made emergen- cies by standing up a Family Assistance Center at the request of the garrison com- mander. For example, ACS stood up a Family Assistance Center in response to the 9/11 attacks, Tyler said. More recently, when federal employees were furloughed last fall, ACS provided financial seminars for affected personnel. The agency also provided job assistance to employees who were furloughed due to the closing of the post’s golf course. But, said Tyler, the primary mission of ACS is to serve unit commanders to help ready and maintain the Army force. At the request of Fort Meade unit com- manders, an ACS staff member is assigned as a point of contact to inform command- ers on ACS programs. “ACS’ services reflect our community’s success in working together,” Tyler said. Decades of dedication Army Community Service celebrates 49 years of service Children at Child Development Center 1 display the Army Community Service letters they decorated for the agency’s 49th birthday. The children decorated the letters as part of an art project to commemorate ACS’ dedication to serving active-duty service members, DoD civilians, retirees and their families. Water main flushing continues American Water is continuing its 2014 Annual Water Main Flushing Program on Monday. The purpose of the program is to pro- vide the best quality water available to you, the customer, 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 sedi- ment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of very short duration. During the hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., limit your use of water to help prevent discolored water reaching your service lines to your residence.Should you notice an increase in discolored water at your residence, flush all faucets inside for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear up, call the Water Treatment Plant at 443-591-0909. This number is monitored 24/7, should you have any additional questions or concerns. Areas that may be affected by planned flushing from Monday through Friday: • Ernie Pyle Street • Rockenbach Road • 27th Street • Wise Court • McWhorter Court • Thorson Court • Burr Court • MacArthur Road between Ernie Pyle Street and Clark Road • Red Cloud Court • Endl Court • C Street • Terry Court • Amoroso Court • Oliver Court • Chason Court • Gentry Circle • Jamack Circle • Tremblay Circle • 26th Street • F Line Road Streets adjacent to Ernie Pyle Street and Annapolis Road may see a tem- porary change in their water during flushing activities. Signs will be posted ahead of any flushing activities to notify customers.
  4. 4. SOUNDOFF! July 24, 2014 News Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell 200th Military Police Command Taking care of Army Reserve youth is a priority for the 200th Military Police Command leadership before, during and after a mobilization or deployment. Meghan Norris, a youth services spe- cialist for the 200th MPCOM, spent several days at a recent Yellow Ribbon Program event for two MP companies scheduled to deploy overseas this sum- mer. “Family is a big word for the Army Reserve,” Norris said. “It’s just not about the Soldier and spouse but a whole lot more people. We have children, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends that represent our 200th MPCOM fam- ily.” Taking care of that family is a big deal for Brig. Gen. Phillip Churn, the com- manding general of the largest military police force in the Army, with more than 14,000 Soldiers living in 44 states. “My No. 1 focus is ensuring our families have the resources to succeed throughout the deployment cycle,”Churn said. “We must take a serious look at how we integrate our military youth into Yellow Ribbon Programs and the Family Readiness Groups. “Anything less than 100 percent effort would be a failure within the leadership at all levels in this command.” Norris said one of the biggest issues for the military family during the deploy- ment cycle is child care. From child sub- sidies and tutoring to providing resources to local schools about military programs available to both youths and educators, Norris said all the information is a phone call or mouse click away. “The first step is to ask,” she said. “Many times, parents just don’t know how many programs are out there to support them. 4-H, Operation Military Kids and MilitaryOneSource are just three resources out of dozens that have programs for our military children.” Norris said Yellow Ribbon events are designed to arm parents with the infor- mation to succeed as a family. “We have Family Life consultants at these events for the Soldiers and their families,” she said. “They are here to help, guide and provide an ear to listen to the concerns and issues of our fami- lies.” Communication is the pillar of suc- cess for the Army Reserve family, Norris Army Reserve’s 200th MPCOM leaves no child behind said. “As parents sit through briefings and discussions at Yellow Ribbon events, they must communicate that informa- tion to their children in a way they understand what is going on,” she said. “Many of these families are going from a two-parent household to having one parent having to do the work of two. Their children need to understand there is going to be change in their lives.” One of the best and basic support mechanisms for Army Reserve families is the Family Readiness Group, she said. “FRGs are not for just for the spouse left behind to meet,” she said. “Families must include their children when partici- pating in FRG activities. While there, the children will be able to talk with others who are going through the same exact situation. You will see they will open up to others and discuss their feelings in a safe, secured environment.” Norris said FRGs should not go through the deployment alone. The Army Reserve has resources dedicated to assisting the families during this dif- ficult time, she said. “Our youth is our future,” she said. “We need to ensure they have the same care and concerns as our Soldiers and spouses. On the outside, our military children may seem capable of handling the deployment, but on the inside there could be hatred, hurt or mistrust.” During FRG meetings, Norris encour- ages unit leadership to reach out and find the resources to help the youngest members of the 200th MPCOM family. “We are one phone call away from pro- viding assistance and ensuring the right people are attending the FRG meetings,” she said. Family Life counselors and other pro- fessionals also are available to the Army Reserve family. “We don’t stop caring when these families leave our Yellow Ribbon events,” she said. “We are here 365 days a year to answer the call when a family is in need. “ Norris said summer camps and other recreational activities are important for both the parent and child. “We understand that sometimes, that parent left behind needs a break because they have been filling both parent roles for a year,” she said. “We can help our families find those activities that will place Reserve children in a positive envi- ronment for them to grow and learn.” For more information about the Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services, visit or call 301-677- 1494/1579/1578. Read more at news/135974/army-reserves-200th- mpcom-leaves-no-child-behind#.U8VdN YURY7A#ixzz37YbaF6qz. Four-year-old Riley Martinez, son of Sgt. Ted Martinez, a personnel sergeant for the 200th Military Police Command, uses glitter for a project during a military-youth day camp hosted March 2 by the 200th MPCOM at Fort Meade. The command hosted the daylong camp during the unit’s battle assembly weekend to give Soldiers an opportunity to bring their children to battle assembly.
  5. 5. SOUNDOFF! July 24, 2014 News By Navy Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Zach Allan Fort Meade Public Affairs Office At a recent brain-storming sympo- sium at Club Meade, dozens of lead- ers from the garrison and surrounding communities exchanged suggestions for mutually beneficial partnerships. “Don’t keep quiet if you have a good, common-sense idea just because cur- rent policy or legislation doesn’t allow it,” Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley said. “The goal here is to bring in as many good ideas as possible and if they could work, change those policies to benefit everyone.” Foley, along with representatives from the Pentagon, city of Laurel, How- ard, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, and the Fort Meade Commu- nity Covenant opened the event with an hourlong orientation to drive the focus of the gathering toward new ideas. These partnerships are meant to deter- mine where local governments and the post can support each other, said Foley. “I want you all to think about excess services that you have to facilitate, and think about gaps you have,” said Ivan Bolden, chief of privatization and part- nerships for the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Man- agement. “Don’t bring in any win-lose ideas — just give us your win-win sug- gestions.” For example, there are seven traf- fic lights on post. According to Randy Williams, chief of engineering for the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Meade, the installation could easily ser- vice many more without putting a strain on its resources. Other possible partnerships discussed included child care, road work, emer- gency services coordination, use of rec- reation areas, and better coordination of on- and off-post buses. “If anyone is looking to open a wild- life refuge or petting zoo and you need white-tailed deer and ground hogs, let’s broker that deal today,” Foley joked dur- ing his opening remarks. “I’m pretty sure we have most of Maryland’s white-tailed deer population on this installation.” After the symposium, Foley said he would like to see the group reconvene in the fall once garrison staff has reviewed and selected the most feasible sugges- tions. “The working groups came up with several good ideas we otherwise wouldn’t have considered.” Foley said. “Right now, these are all only ideas. “We plan to keep up this momentum and solidify some of these ideas into actions that will strengthen partner- ships and ultimately, save money and resources.” Partnership Symposium brings Fort Meade, local communities, governments closer RIBBON CUTTING FOR NEW HEADQUARTERS Col. Jennifer G. Buckner, former commander, 780th Military Intelligence Bri- gade, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Rinehart cut the ribbon to the entrance of the brigade’s newly con- structed headquarters at 310 Chamberlin Ave. on July 11. Buckner and Rinehart were assisted by members of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and the Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. Ground broke on the new headquarters in February 2012. The facility is designed to serve as the brigade’s headquarters, operations center and training facility. The ribbon cutting marked the next step in the brigade’s path to become fully opera- tional, and better allows the 780th MI to accomplish its mission of providing cyber defense and conducting full- spectrum cyber operations. Photo by Tina Miles
  6. 6. July 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer This summer, the Fort Meade Direc- torate of Emergency Services has seen an increase in the amount of bike thefts on the installation, including a recent 30-day span when more than a dozen bikes were stolen. “Every couple years — it’s almost like a cycle — there’s an increase of property crimes,” said Fort Meade Chief Investi- gator Russell Wilson. “It comes usually most of the time during the summer months or holidays. Bicycles — because people are out more and they have bikes left unsecured — scooters, skateboards, anything people can carry in the com- munity.” According to the FBI’s most recent annual crime statistics, more than 223,000 bikes were reported stolen nationwide in 2012. The thefts made up nearly 4 percent of the country’s larceny thefts, which is the unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession of another. This includes bicycle thefts, motor vehicle parts and accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the steal- ing of any property. In 2012, the property crimes resulted in an estimated loss of $15.5 billion nationwide. Wilson said bike thefts are taken seri- ously by police. For a DoD-associated youngster’s first offense of bike theft, the culprit must attend an administra- tive hearing at the installation’s Juvenile Misconduct Review Board. Punishment can include restitution, community ser- vice or being barred from the installa- tion. A youngster’s second offense would result in judgment by the Anne Arundel County legal system, where they can be sentenced to probation, a year in jail or a $1,000 fine. Wilson attributes the bicycle thefts on Fort Meade to bikes being left unse- cured in public places or on sidewalks and front yards. The trend this year, he said, has been for thieves to take the bikes for joy rides then dump them elsewhere. “It’s a crime of opportunity,” Wilson said. Lately, the bikes have been recovered — typically in wooden areas. The trend shows that thieves are not stealing the bikes to pawn or resell, but rather to get around on post. “Are there a couple of kids out there stealing bikes? Yes,” Wilson said. “Are they taking them for profit? No. What they’re doing is basically riding around with them until they get tired and dumping them. “Unfortunately, the ones that we do find, that are recovered, are usually damaged. They have bent rims or rusted from sitting outside in the rain.” When bikes are recovered, they are held by DES for 45 days. Unclaimed bikes are taken to the installation’s Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office. Rideable bikes are resold, while damaged ones are used as scrap metal. The thefts, Wilson said, are mostly preventable. “If people would secure their stuff, follow the guidelines that we do put out there, they would see a reduction in these crimes,” he said. Wilson also suggests that commu- nity members be proactive in the event that their property is stolen. A large problem, particularly with bikes, is the lack of information kept on each spe- cific bike. Taking photos of the bike, keeping receipts and writing down the serial number can help police recover the bicycle. “If we don’t have a serial number or photos to go off of, it is very rare we’ll be able to do a heavy investigation on it,” Wilson said. “If they have serial numbers or they have photographs, it’s easier to go down to a pawn shop or run it through a pawn database or do a canvas of the neighborhood.” The notion, Wilson said, goes for all property — not just bikes. If people are missing anything, it is suggested they file a police report as soon as possible. “The biggest thing right now is, if people had serial numbers and keep records of the stuff,” he said. “If you keep a record of it, we can get the stuff back most of the time. There’s a larger chance to get things back.” Wheels of justice Reports of bike theft on post increase during summer months FORT MEADE ARMY EDUCATION CENTER: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday Advising hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday or call 410-672-2117 Claudia Velazquez, Coordinator of College Services Visit our office at the Fort Meade Army Education Center to learn about AACC’s many education programs for active duty, veterans and dependents: • Transfer options allow you to complete a four-year degree. • Career advising and workforce training for continued career development. • Interest-free tuition payment plans and other payment options. • Online, weekend and evening classes for flexible scheduling. • Opportunities for spouses and dependents, including the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program that provides up to $4,000 in financial assistance to eligible military spouses. • Early College Access Program classes for high school students. • AACC Military and Veteran Resource Center. • Classes at Fort Meade High School, AACC at Arundel Mills, Center for Cyber and Professional Training, Glen Burnie Town Center, AACC’s Arnold campus and many other locations in the county. For a challenging education that directly applies to the real world, look no further than Anne Arundel Community College. FREE ADVICE. Just one of the ways we’re “military friendly.”
  7. 7. SOUNDOFF! July 24, 2014 News education. OSA provides service-specific personal financial-management services, while also reaching out to military spouses, parents and to those service members who are wounded, ill or injured. This office also works with military personnel to protect their finances and benefits. OSA provides consumers with ways to be smart about accessing VA ben- efits and ways to avoid getting ripped off when applying for one or more of these benefits. It also provides consumers with infor- mation about how to save money on credit cards by being privy to the rights given under federal regulations such as the Ser- vicemembers Civil Relief Act. Additionally, CFPB gives consumers who have an issue with a financial prod- uct or service the opportunity to submit a complaint or simply to tell their story. CFPB forwards and actively monitors complaints to the applicable company or agency, and works to get a timely response from them. However, CFPB has the authority to take complaints that fall under one of a handful of categories, which includes mortgage, debt collection, credit report- ing, bank account or service, payday loans, student loans, credit card, money transfer, vehicle or other consumer loan issues. OSA offers a number of recommenda- tions and links that provide a summary of protections against predatory lending for service members. Most importantly, the CFPB has cre- ated a user-friendly website that that boils down relevant consumer protections and information into an understandable tool. The website also incorporates a number of resourceful links that essentially creates a one-stop-shop for military consumers seeking a better understanding of their personal finances and applicable protec- tions. Visit to learn more about financial planning, consumer issues that affect military members, or to submit a consumer complaint. If you have questions regarding a con- sumer issue or need more information about your rights as a service member con- sumer, call the Fort Meade Legal Assis- tance Office to schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. By Jacqueline K. Lovdahl Intern, Legal Assistance Division Service members face unique financial risks and are oftentimes, attractive targets for both good and bad lenders. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, created an additional outlet for service members to learn about these risks, to avoid being financially tar- geted, and enforces current laws and regu- lations that serve to protect our military members. The Office of Servicemember Affairs ensures that military personnel and their families have a voice at the CFPB and strives to protect these consumers. The CFPB emphasizes the importance of being a better-informed consumer by providing streamlined information that is accurately translated for service members. Part of OSA’s mission is to help military families plan for their future by providing tools and resources that open the door to moving financially forward. From financ- ing education to providing financial man- agement teams, the OSA helps military personnel make informed decisions about saving and about planning for higher Consumer Financial Protection Bureau protects military personnel July 13, Simple assault, con- summated by a battery: The Directorate of Emergency Ser- vices was notified of a physical domestic assault in progress. Upon arrival of police, the victim stated that he and his spouse were involved in a ver- bal argument in front of their home that turned physical when his spouse punched him in the chest and head area. July 14, Theft of private property: The Directorate of Emergency Services was notified of a theft of private property. Police made contact with the victim, who stated that her son’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet was taken from a Child, Youth and School Services’ facility. July 17, Assault, consummated by a battery: The victim stated that she and her spouse were involved in a verbal argument, which turned physical. An investigation revealed that the vic- tim was struck multiple times and later choked as well. July 18, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention per- sonnel at the Exchange stated they observed the subject, via surveillance camera, place a watch on her wrist and walk to the register. She then made a purchase and left the Exchange without rendering proper payment for the watch. July 19, Burglary: Unknown person(s) entered the subject’s quarters through the unlocked front door and stole her purse that was located near the door. July 19, Drunk and disorderly, fleeing from appre- hension, drunk in public: While on foot patrol, police observed an individual stumbling and limping down the sidewalk. When asked for his ID card, the subject fled on foot. Police appre- hended him and noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from him. A Standardized Field Sobriety Test was conducted on the subject. The results, coupled with the odor of alcohol, indicated he was severely impaired by alcohol. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services For week of July 14-20: • Moving violations: 27 • Nonmoving violations: 0 • Verbal warnings for traffic stops: 20 • Traffic accidents: 7 • Driving on suspended license: 1 • Driving on suspended registration: 0 • Driving without a license: 2 Learning That Works for You REGISTER NOW! 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  8. 8. July 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! News Public notice Proposed plan for Architect of the Capitol site The U.S. Army at Fort Meade invites the public to comment on a proposed plan that evaluates proposed remedial action alterna- tives for soil and groundwater at the Archi- tect of the Capitol site at Fort Meade. The approximately 93-acre site is located on the southeastern corridor of Fort Meade and is bound by Rock Avenue to the north, Route 32 to the south, Pepper Road to the east, and Remount Road to the west. Site background The 93-acre parcel was transferred from the Army to the Architect of the Capitol in 1994. The site presently is used to accommodate long-term storage and service needs of the Library of Congress and other legislative branch agencies. Multiple phases of environmental investigation and sampling have been conducted at the site since the late 1980s. The investigation and sampling found lead concentrations in soil at two loca- tions that need to be addressed. Metals present in shallow groundwater would pose a risk if the groundwater was ever used in the future for drinking water. Alternatives evaluated The proposed plan evaluates the fol- lowing remedial action alternatives: • Alternative 1 for soil: No action • Alternative 1 for groundwater: No action • Alternative 2 for soil: Land use con- trols • Alternative 2 for groundwater: Land use controls and long-term monitoring • Alternative 3 for soil: Soil excavation with off-site disposal As required by law, a formal review of the effectiveness of the selected alterna- tives will be conducted every five years. Preferred Response Action Alternative 3 is the Preferred Response Action for the soil. Alternative 2 is the Pre- ferred Response Action for groundwater. These alternatives provide an optimum balance between the selection criteria and are protective of human health and the environment. The Preferred Response Actions may be modified, or new alterna- tives may be developed based on public input. The Final Response Actions selected will be documented in a Record of Deci- sion that summarizes the decision-making process. The Army will summarize and respond to comments received during the comment period as part of the Record of Decision. Public comment period Starting today, copies of the proposed plan will be available for review at www. (click the links for Cleanup Program, Program Sites, and Architect of the Capitol Site). For a paper copy, go to: • Fort Meade Environmental Division Office 4215 Roberts Ave., Room 320 Hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- 9648. • Anne Arundel County Library West County Area Branch 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton Hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 410-222- 6277. The public may submit written com- ments during the 30-day comment period through Aug. 22. Comments must be postmarked by Aug. 22 and sent to Mary Doyle, U.S. Army Gar- rison Public Affairs Office, 4409 Llewellyn Ave., Fort Meade, MD, 20755-7058. Following the 30-day public comment period, written responses will be prepared and included within the Administrative Record. Public meeting The Army invites the public to attend a meeting on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Court- yard BWI Business District, 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction to discuss the proposed plan and the Army’s plan to remediate the site. 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  9. 9. SOUNDOFF! July 24, 2014 Cover Story By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Col. Jacqueline Chando assumed command of the Public Health Com- mand Region-North in a 30-minute change of command ceremony July 16 at McGill Training Center. “I’m so proud to be able to serve beside you in this mission,” Chando said to the several Soldiers and civil- ians of the command who attended the ceremony. “Congratulations on a job well done.” Col. Michael R. Bell relinquished leadership after a two-year tenure. He moves on to become the medical officer in the Division of Communicable Dis- ease Alert and Response Operations at the World Health Organization’s Euro- pean office in Copenhagen, Denmark. In his remarks, Maj. Gen. Dean G. Sienko, commander, U.S. Army Public Health Command, called Chando “a proven leader.” “Jackie, I’m glad to have you on our team,” Sienko said. “Colonel Bell has left a lasting mark, but you bring the right experiences, talents and leadership skills we need to continue our support of the surgeon general’s transition to a system of health.” PHCR-North has the mission of providing regionally focused preventive medicine, veterinary service, and health promotion support to the Army in a 20- state area of responsibility, stretching from Maine to North Carolina and as far west as Wisconsin. Approximately 500 personnel are spread across the PHCR-North area of operations, serving in three Public Health Command districts. They pro- vide support services across the full spectrum of public health disciplines and are divided into five divisions: environmental health engineering, vet- erinary services, occupational health sciences, health risk management and laboratory services. Chando was born into a military fam- ily and raised in New Jersey. She tran- sitioned and graduated from Reserve Public Health Command welcomes new leader photo by Spc. Benjaman Pollhein, 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) Left to right: Maj. Gen. Dean G. Sienko, commander, U.S. Army Public Health Command; Col. Michael R. Bell, outgoing commander of the Public Health Command Region-North; and Col. Jacqueline Chando, incoming commander of the Public Health Command Region-North, observe a formation of Soldiers during the unit’s change of command ceremony on July 16 at McGill Training Center. Chando assumed command from Bell, who served two years. Officers’ Training Corps and Rutgers University in 1988 with a bachelor of administration in sociology. She was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps. Chando earned a master’s degree in human resources from Central Michi- gan University in 1996 and a doctorate in philosophy in health sciences while attending the Command and General Staff College in 2003. Chando’s early career assignments include chief, Patient Administration, 28th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C.; hospital adjutant, 28th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bragg; platoon leader and company executive officer, 10th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo.; and Bat- talion S1, 4th Forward Support Battal- ion, Fort Carson. Most recently, Chando served as assis- tant chief of staff of human resources at the Northern Regional Medical Com- mand at Fort Belvoir, Va. During the ceremony, Sienko praised Bell for being “passionate about his responsibilities,” an “outstanding men- tor” and “innovative in leadership devel- opment.” He also credited Bell for his leader- ship in developing a regionwide emer- gency management plan and leading the way in implementing MEDCOM’s safety management system. Sienko said that Bell and former Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Davis were successful in “creating a noteworthy legacy” that should make them proud. In his remarks, Bell said that when he started his tenure two years ago, he called PHCR-North “an amazing unit.” “I stand here today even more con- vinced of this fact than I was then,” he said. Bell said that Chando and Command Sgt. Maj. David Galati “bring new capa- bilities” to Public Health Command. “This is the command team that our region needs to take it to the next level,” he said. In her remarks, Chando said that the Soldiers and civilians of her new unit “continue to do an extraordinary job.” “It is an honor to be part of such an illustrious team,” she said. Connect with Fort Meade at /ftmeade
  10. 10. July 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 11 Cover Story By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer The 902nd Military Intelligence Group welcomed Col. John J. Bonin, its new commander, in a change of command ceremony Friday at McGlachlin Parade Field. “To all the Soldiers, civilians and families of the 902nd stationed around the world, my family and I are honored to be handed the responsibility of com- manding this great organization,” Bonin said in his brief remarks. Bonin assumed command of the coun- terintelligence unit from Col. Yvette C. Hopkins, who served for two years. Hopkins will serve as the intelligence officer for Special Operations Command Africa. “John brings a great reputation [and] tremendous operational experience into this command,” said Maj. Gen. George J. Franz III, commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Va. “John, you’re ready.” During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Mathis, who served with Hopkins and is retiring after 30 years of service, relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Gordon S. Walker. The 902nd MI conducts counterin- telligence activities to protect the U.S. Army, selected Department of Defense forces and agencies, and classified infor- mation and technologies by detecting, identifying, neutralizing and exploiting foreign intelligence services and transna- tional terrorist threats. Bonin, a native of Burrillville, R.I., is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a degree in political science. After graduation, he was branch-detailed Air Defense Artil- lery and transitioned to the Military Intelligence Corps in March 1997. In 2002, Bonin attended the National Systems Development Program at Fort Meade. After completing the one-year program, he was assigned as a collec- tion manager with the National Security Agency and deployed to Iraq as the team leader for an intelligence support team in May 2004. A year later, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., for a second time as the brigade intelligence officer for the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Air- borne Division. He deployed to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief operations, and to Iraq in support of New leader takes over 902nd MI Group Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007. In 2010, Bonin assumed command of the 344th MI Battalion at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, where he was responsible for training Army Signals Intelligence and firefighter Soldiers. Most recently, Bonin was the director of plans and deputy chief of staff for intelligence for the International Secu- rity Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghani- stan. During the event, Franz praised Hop- kins for her “great energy, mission focus and truly innovative spirit.” The commanding general wished her well in her new assignment. “Yvette, you are truly prepared for this critical mission,” Franz said. “And I know you will shape the future of operational and tactical intelligence for years to come.” In her remarks, Hopkins praised the 902nd MI and welcomed Bonin. “John, I leave you the Army’s — no the DoD’s — finest counterintelligence organization,” Hopkins said. “I leave you a group of resilient professionals, who not only have each other’s back, but they will have your and Command Sergeant Major [Gordon] Walker’s back. “They will follow your vision and leadership, and deliver results in a way that you could not have possibly imag- ined.” In his remarks, Bonin mentioned the betrayal of Benedict Arnold against the fledging nation during the Revolution- ary War. “Today, we face an even more complex array of threats from nation states, non- state actors and insider threats,” Bonin said. “I am humbled to be a small part of our Army’s effort to protect the nation and our Soldiers.” photo by nate pesce Col. John J. Bonin, incoming commander of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group, receives the counterintelligence unit’s colors from Maj. Gen. George J. Franz III, commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., during his change of command ceremony Friday at McGlachlin Parade Field.
  11. 11. SOUNDOFF! July 24, 2014 Sports By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer In an up-and-down season that led to a 7-5 record, one of the 707th Force Support Squadron’s constants has been topping the 10th Fleet. The 707th continued the trend Mon- day night in the opening round of the Division I softball playoffs at Rosie’s Field as the team stormed past 10th Fleet, 18-4, in four innings. Eric Erbaugh led the team with two home runs and seven RBIs in the vic- tory. “It always feels good after a win,” said coach Jordan Dix. Monday’s game was the third time the two teams have met this year, with the 707th winning 15-11 in June and 16-5 in the season finale. The main dif- ference, Dix said, was his team stringing together solid hitting spurts as the 10th Fleet failed to match the power. Bryon Brown, the 10th Fleet’s coach, brought his team out to the field early Monday evening to get in extra batting practice before the game in an attempt to solve the struggles in the batter’s box. “The last two games, we weren’t hit- ting the ball against them,” Brown said before the game. “We’re feeling pretty good about it [now].” As the No. 5 seed with a 7-5 record, the 10th Fleet faced an uphill battle to return to last season’s success, which had led the team to the Division II finals. “We’re trying to get back to the top again,” Brown said. The team’s march to another shot at a title began Monday night with a two-run opening inning. The 707th, however, was stacked with too much hitting power as the team put up seven runs in the bottom of the first for a 7-2 lead. Erbaugh led the first-inning charge with a three-run, in-the-park home run on an overthrown ball at third. A second, three-run home run by Erbaugh in the second helped the 707th slug for a nine-run inning for a 16-3 lead. Despite a solo home run by Brown in the third, the 10th Fleet was unable to match the 707th’s offensive power and lost 18-4 in the fourth inning. Erbaugh’s seven RBIs led the team, while Corey Edmonds contributed four and Dix had two. With the win, the 707th advanced to play top-ranked 7th Intelligence Squadron later that evening. Dix said a matchup against the 7th IS would be a challenge, but if the team hit the way it did against the 10th Fleet, it stood a chance. “That’s what it will take to beat the 7th, a base hit every time up,” Dix said. “ ... Hit the ball and don’t let them hit the ball. It comes down to solid defense.” The 707th was unable to edge out a win against the 7th IS, sending the team to the loser’s bracket. Dix was confident that his team could win its way through the loser’s bracket and find itself back in a situation for a title shot. “We’re ready to play,” he said. “We’re here to fight and win.” 707th FSS blow past 10th Fleet in playoffs Jordan Dix of the 707th Force Support Squadron hits a single during Monday’s intramural softball game at Rosie’s Field. Dix had three RBIs as his team defeated 10th Fleet 18-4 in four innings. BELOW: Eric Erbaugh, who hit two home runs for the 707th Force Support Squadron, runs to third during Monday’s intramural softball game. Erbaugh had seven RBIs in the 18-4 win over 10th Fleet. photos by nate pesce
  12. 12. July 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 13 Sports Sports Shorts Fall sports Registration for fall sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Fall sports include football, soccer, cheerleading, swim team and flag football. Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece Road or online at html. For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. Coaches needed Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is looking for coaches for fall sports. For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179. Intramural flag football meeting A coaches meeting for intramural flag football will be held Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at Murphy Field House. A team representative must be present at the meeting to submit a roster. Only active-duty service members are allowed to compete in the league. For more information, call 301-677-3318 or email beth.d.downs.naf@mail. mil. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 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 Wednesdays 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 If there is truly no place like home, why am I spending so much time away from it? My summer abroad is getting set to resume with two more trips to Canada over the next month: One trip to celebrate Eid with the in-laws, and the other to relive my youth at Camp Deen. But as always, there are some loose ends to tie up before I go. For one, there’s fixing the small radiator leak, which is spewing out vapors that provide the party van with a coolant-scented air freshener. Then there’s power washing the bugs off the house, clipping my hair, praying for Gaza, and saying goodbye to some close friends who will be leaving Team Meade before I come back. First, there is the great Lynn Durner. For those of you Team Meade members who have been living under a rock for the last three decades, Ms. Durner has been the garrison chaplain secretary for the better part of 37 years. On July 31, she will retire after 41 years of federal service. She’s the lady who’s always bouncing around handing out cocoa and candles at every tree lighting ceremony. The matriarch of Fort Meade’s faith community was also its greatest comforter. She always had a smile on her face and joy in her voice. When I came back to work after my mom died, Ms. Lynn’s words were some of the first I heard. I don’t remember exactly what she said, but I do remember her empathy and that I, like so many people in our community, felt comforted knowing she cared. The other person taking off has only been on the post for four years as opposed to nearly 40, and he’s not nearly as cheery or comforting as Ms. Lynn. However, he does like hockey, became a pretty solid sports writer and journalist, and is a pretty righteous dude. Of course, I’m talking about our crack reporter and resident Buffalo Sabres fan, Brandon Bieltz. In August, he’ll be packing up and heading down South for greener pastures. During his time here, Bran- don has covered everything from gate policies to last week’s Rama- dan Iftar, but where he really made his mark was with his sports coverage. When Brandon first joined the staff, I told him I didn’t just want sports stories — I wanted a sports section that reflects the diversity of Team Meade’s interests and activities. Brandon ran with that challenge further than I could have imagined. He brought us inside the rink with our wounded warrior hockey team, followed our youth onto the field at Camden Yards, and with his graphs, made every intramural outfielder feel like an Oriole. I’m proud to have worked with him, and he’s going to go out with a bang by writing next week’s Jibber. Being a reliable second set of eyes during the last four years, Brandon knows better than most the pressures that come with writing a Jibber, and how important these column inches are to me. So I’m sure B2 will be twirling around that jet-black, dented Staples Hockey puck he always keeps on his desk. He rubs that thing like Aladdin rubbed his lamp, and then at some point the magic happens and words flow. Of course, if those words are garbage, it’s cool. I won’t be here to read them, and even if I was, it’s not like I can fire him. Regrettably, he, and Ms. Lynn, will already be gone. If you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones. or hit me up on Twitter @ CTJibber. Gone Daddy Gone Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - Opinion • Basketball • Football • Softball • Soccer Find schedules, scores, standings and upcoming seasons for All-Army athletics, new sports and special events at And more, plus Spring, summer, fall or winter... Get involved with Youth Sports on Fort Meade, call 301-677-1105/1146/1156/1179.
  13. 13. SOUNDOFF! July 24, 2014 Community News Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. or call 301-677-5602. TAP Employer Day The Transition Assistance Program is sponsoring Employer Day, a mini career fair, today from 1-3 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave., Room 6. TAP Employer Day provides an opportunity to meet and network with employers. This event is open to TAP Soldiers, their spouses and retirees. Participating employers include: American Systems, Anne Arundel County Communications Division, CACI, G2 Inc., KeyWCorp, Leidos (formerly SAIC), ReliaSource, U.S. Secret Service and Verizon. Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally, bring copies of their resume, provide contact information to employers, and be prepared for a possible interview. For more information, visit the Soldier for Life TAP Center at 4216 Roberts Ave., Room 132 or call 301-677- 9871. Kimbrough change of command Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab will relinquish command of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center to Col. Laura Renee Trinkle during a change of command ceremony on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. In inclement weather, the event will be moved to McGill Training Center. Kimbrough change in hours Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is modifying its hours of operation on Aug. 5 and 7. These changes are to facilitate events associated with its upcoming change of command. On Aug. 5, Kimbrough will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon and closed from noon to 4 p.m. On Aug. 7, Kimbrough will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and open from 1 to 4 p.m. Summer Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band’s free Summer Concert Series is performed Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park. Each week, members of the Army Field Band and special guests perform a new lineup of music spanning contemporary pop to jazz classics. Final concert is Aug. 23. • Tonight: “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Blues Comprised of exceptional jazz musicians, the Army Blues strives to fulfill its mission through public concerts, educational outreach and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz. • July 31: The Volunteers Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country and patriotic music. • Aug. 7: The Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band The 19-member ensemble is the official touring big band of the U.S. Army. No tickets required. Bring a folding chair or blanket for seating. In inclement weather, the performance will take place at the Pavilion. The decision will be made at 3 p.m. on the day of each performance. For updates, check armyfieldband. com or the Fort Meade Facebook page at All visitors should enter Fort Meade via the main gate at Route 175 and Reece Road. Visitors are subject to an identification check and vehicle inspection. For more information, call 301-677- 6586. Farmers market The Fort Meade Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 12 in the Smallwood Hall parking lot, across from McGlachlin Parade Field. The Fort Meade community will have access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables, free-range meats, quality heirloom vegetables, herbs and annuals, flowers, jams, baked goods and breads. For more information, go to Lunch and Learn series Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center hosts a monthly brown bag Lunch and Learn Series on the second Tuesday of the month on the first floor of the Rascon Building, adjacent to Kimbrough. The next session will be held Aug. 12 at noon. All sessions are open to the public. The topic is Lyme disease and will be presented by infectious diseases physician Col. Michael Zapor. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, call Maj. Anne Spillane at 301-677-8463. AARP driving course The American Association of Retired Persons Safe Driving Course, sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College’s Center on Aging, will be offered Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies and new traffic laws. Upon completion, participants could be eligible for a multi-year discount on their car insurance. Course fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers, and includes a continental breakfast. To register, call AARP at 410-647-8667. For more information, visit www.aacc. edu/aging/events.cfm. Host families needed Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Fort Meade for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15. Host families (traditional families, singles, empty-nesters) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member. The sponsoring program, iE-USA, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. iE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines. Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his/her own spending money and full health insurance coverage. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at For more information, contact iE Maryland representative Joe Bissell at or 517-388-8948. Math enrichment Child, Youth and School Services is offering summer classes in math enrichment for CYSS youths entering grades eight to 12. Session Two: Algebra II, Monday-Aug. 1 Session Three: Pre-Calculus, Aug. 4-8 Session Four: AP Physics, Aug. 11-15 All classes meet from 2-4 p.m., with a break from 2:50-3:05 p.m. To register, call the Teen Center at 301- 677-6054 or 301-677-6093 or the Youth Center at 301-677-1437 or 301-677-1603. Storytime The Children’s Library at Kuhn Hall offers pre-kindergarten Storytime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Children’s Library in Kuhn Hall, 4415 Llewellyn Ave. The free event features stories, songs or a finger-puppet theme. • Today: “Bookworms” - Stories, songs and fingerplays about bugs • July 31: “Beach Party” - Beach and ocean-themes There is no Storytime in August. For more information, call 301-677- 5522. Out About • The 114th Annual German Festival will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, NEWS EVENTS EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION
  14. 14. July 24, 2014 SOUNDOFF! 15 MoviesCommunity News Notes Timonium. Tickets cost $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and active-duty military with ID; and free for children ages 12 and under with a paying adult. The event will feature live entertainment; imported and local crafts and collectables; and children’s activities such as wall climbing, puppet shows and face painting. Enjoy authentic German cooking, imported and domestic beer, and German pastries. Entertainment includes local German bands, traditional folk dancing and choral singing. For more information, call 410-252- 0200 or 410-446-8189, or go to md- • The Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival shows movies outdoors on Monday and Friday nights through September at the Lakefront, located off Little Patuxent Parkway. Films begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. “Iron Man 3” will be shown Friday. “Dolphin Tale” will be shown Monday. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages permitted. In inclement weather, call 410-715- 3127. • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trip to New York City on Saturday, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $60. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Sunday. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • Calling All Dads meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps Blvd. The next meeting is Monday. The group is for expecting fathers, and fathers with children of all ages. Children welcome. For more information, call 301- 677-5590 or email colaina.townsend.ctr@ • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Monday. Free child care is provided onsite. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • 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 Monday. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301- 677-5590. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neighborhood Center. Children welcome. The next meeting is Aug. 4. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. The next prayer breakfast is Aug. 7. There is no cost for the buffet; donations are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call Diana Durner at 301-677-6703 or email diana. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is Aug. 7. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-674- 4000. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free 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 Aug. 7. For more information, visit • 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 Aug. 8. 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 Aug. 9. Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 443-604-2474 or 410-768-6288. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence. Location is only disclosed to participants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Katherine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117. • Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. To register, call Colaina Townsend or Michelle Pineda at 301-677-5590. • Project Healing Waters meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email • 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 clothing, comfortable shoes with leather soles. No super high heels or flip-flops. • Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Armored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. • Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@ or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys age 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The Catholic Women of the Chapel meets Tuesdays from 9:45 a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County schools are in session. Monthly programs are held Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, email Loretta Endres at The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (The Fort Meade Theater will no longer be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through Aug. 3 July 25: “Jersey Boys” (R). The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. With John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda. July 26: “The Fault in Our Stars” (PG-13). Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relation- ship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. With Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff. July 27: “Edge of Tomorrow” (PG-13). An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. With Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton. Aug. 1: “How To Train Your Dragon 2” (PG). When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler. Aug. 2: FREE SCREENING - “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Tickets available at the Exchange Food Court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. Aug. 3: “Think Like a Man Too” (PG-13). All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. With Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey. MEETINGS