on fire
DES firefighters
respond to local
fire, plane crash
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hot bats
741st MI outpowers
327th Sig Company
in intram...
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Engines from the Fort Meade Fire ...
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
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For nearly half a century, Army Co...
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Moment in time
During World War I, Fort Meade was established in ...
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recruiting missions within U.S. Recruit-
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Upon taking...
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Army  Air Force Exchange Service
The Army  Air Force Exchange Se...
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Sports
have shift workers, and it is the time
of year with leave.”
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You all will be Jibberless this week so that I may continue to dete...
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Individuals interested in prayi...
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  1. 1. on fire DES firefighters respond to local fire, plane crash page 3 hot bats 741st MI outpowers 327th Sig Company in intramural matchup page 10 Soundoff!´ vol. 65 no. 29 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community July 25, 2013 UPCOMING EVENTS Today, 7 p.m.: U.S. Navy Next Wave Jazz Ensemble Concert - Constitution Park Aug. 1, 7 p.m.: “Backbone of the Army - NCO Concert” - Constitution Park Aug. 2, 7-9:30 p.m.: Ramadan Iftar - Argonne Hills Chapel Center Aug. 3, 3 & 5 p.m.: Missoula Children’s Drama Theater - McGill Training Center Aug. 6, 6-9 p.m.: National Night Out - McGlachlin Parade Field Today, Army Community Service celebrates its 48th birthday. ACS is an integral component of the Army structure, representing the Army’s recognition of the welfare of the individual Soldier and family. The organization is designed to create continuity and provide a framework for the operation of a viable system of social services within the Army community. To celebrate, the Fort Meade ACS will donate a cake at the USO-Metro’s movie night today at 7:30 p.m. at Constitution Park. See the story on Page 4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ACS!
  2. 2. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 25, 2013 Commander’s Column Contents News.............................. 3 Sports...................................10 Crime Watch................12 Movies..................................15 Community..................13 Classified..............................16 Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Assistant Editor Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Supple­mental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group Advertising General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Allison Thompson 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com Michele Griesbauer 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron.A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. www.ftmeade.army.mil You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. Soundoff!´ Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 The average person sees a health care provider just five times a year for 20 minutes a session — 100 minutes. That leaves 525,500 minutes during the year to engage in healthy behaviors that enhance and pro- mote health and wellness. This majority of time is known as “the life space.” Decisions made pertaining to daily life activities — specifically nutrition, activity and sleep — will make a greater difference to your health than the 100 minutes visiting your health care provider. By better managing our nutrition, sleep and activ- ity (The Performance Triad), we are maximizing our health and changing our current health care system into a system of health. How detrimental is being sedentary? Physical inactivity affects at least 80 percent of the population. The World Health Organization warns that there are many disadvantages of having a sed- entary lifestyle. The University of Hong Kong conducted a study showing the correlation of physical activity to the risk of dying. In fact, 20 percent of all deaths of people age 35 and older in the study died from reasons due to inactivity. That is more deaths in China than can be attributed to cigarette smoking. The study showed that the risk of dying from can- cer increased by 45 percent for men and 28 percent for women due to lack of physical activity. The risk of dying from respiratory disease was 92 percent higher for men and 75 percent higher for women. The risk for dying from heart disease was 52 percent higher for men and 28 percent higher for women, all due to a sedentary lifestyle. Studies also have shown that being inactive can damage your mind, sleep cycle and organs. Inactivity also leads to obesity and metabolic disease. Women who sit for more than six hours a day have a 40 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, regardless of their fitness level, compared to those who sit for fewer than three hours. Another study funded by the National Institutes of Health used 18 full-time employees in sedentary occupations who sat 83 percent of their work day. When given access to a pedal exercise machine for four weeks while at work, they used it for an average of 23.4 minutes per day for 12 days and burned 180 calories a day. If they were to use this device for the same amount of time, each day for one year (365 days), they would have lost an average of 19 pounds of body fat. The simple act of standing burns about 50 percent more calories than sitting. A person who weighs 155 pounds can burn 50 calories an hour more standing than sitting. So the next time you are in the office, at a meeting or on the phone, stand up. If you decide to pace, you can burn an additional 40 calories per hour. Keep in mind that the amount of activity one does is more important than the intensity of the physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity every day. This is equivalent to walking two miles, washing and waxing a car, or gardening. You can even divide the 30 minutes into shorter periods of at least 10 minutes each. If you already engage in 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activ- ity a day, you can get added benefits by doing more. Engage in moderate-level activity for a longer period each day or engage in a more vigorous activity. If you have to sit for your job, try to engage is some activity while sitting. I use a desktop exercise bicycle in my conference room and pedal during meetings. On some days, I have four or five hours of meetings. I could pedal five or more miles during these meetings. This is the way I maximize my life space. Sitting can kill you COL. danny B.N. Jaghab MEDDAC Commander Commander’s Open Door Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, govern- ment employees, family members or com- munity members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the com- mander directly by visiting Rothstein’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. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer Engines from the Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services responded July 16 to a fire at a three-story apartment building in nearby Maryland City and rescued two adults and an infant. Nobody was seriously hurt during the two-alarm fire, which began about 4 p.m. at the Ashley Apartments in the 200 block of Red Clay Road. A total of 67 firefighters from Fort Meade and Prince George’s, Howard and Anne Arundel counties responded. The fire was under control in 45 minutes and was contained to the apartment of ori- gin, causing $75,000 in damage. Several other apartments were damaged by the smoke. Firefighters said smoke was pouring out of the building when they arrived at the scene at 4:03 p.m. “There was what we call heavy smoke — a very thick, grayish-brown smoke — that had filled the entire stairwell to the apartment building and was pushing out the front,”Fort Meade Fire Capt. Dave Biddle said. The two Fort Meade engines were called out to the fire as part of a mutual-aid agree- ment with Anne Arundel County, which allows the installation’s station to send two of its three trucks to help at off-post fires. Firefighters from the two Fort Meade engines were on opposite sides of the build- ing as trucks were stationed at all four sides of the apartment. Firefighter Chris Ransom’s unit was the first from Fort Meade to arrive at the scene and set up at the rear of the building. While outside the building, Ransom noticed a man on the second floor. “While we were in the rear of the structure, we noticed and heard a gentleman from the second floor stick his head through a curtain of smoke and yell for help,” he said. “There was enough smoke to where you couldn’t see the balcony, you couldn’t see the apart- ment. You just saw his head poke out of the curtain of smoke and yell for help, and he went back in.” The resident, who lived directly above the apartment on fire, was asleep and woke up to the smoke and smoke detector, but couldn’t get out of his apartment due to smoke in the hallway. Ransom’s unit deployed a ladder for Fort Meade firefighters to retrieve the man. “We were able to get him over the railing, on the ladder and get him down into a safe area,” Ransom said. “Without us hearing him, I don’t know what would have happened with him. If he was in that situation much longer, he probably would have gone uncon- scious and probably would have perished.” The man received attention at the scene, but was not taken to the hospital. Biddle’s unit arrived to the scene shortly after Ransom. Biddle set up command and quickly called for the second alarm once he saw the heavy smoke. Command was turned over to another fire captain from a Jessup fire department. Biddle was then assigned to a rescue crew on the third floor. “There was a mother sheltered inside with a 3-month old,” he said. “We sheltered her in place while we searched the rest of the floor and the rest of the apartments to get an all-clear.” While firefighters set up a fan to help push the smoke out of the hallway, Biddle explained to the mother his plan to evacuate them. Biddle put his mask near the head of the child, who was in the arms of its mother. With his arm around the mother’s shoulder, Biddle took her down the stairwell and out of the building. “At the time, the stairwell was still smoky for civilian occupation,”he said. “It was clear enough where I didn’t mind running down the steps and putting my air to the baby because that would have hurt the small child. I could hold my breath for two sets of stairs.” Biddle said both mother and baby were fine. Post firefighters rescue tenants in county fire Photo courtesy the directorate of emergency services Firefighters from the Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services enter a Maryland City three-story apartment building during a two-alarm fire on July 16. Fort Meade firefighters rescued two adults and an infant. By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer A 70-year-old pilot was injured July 18 when his single-engine plane crashed into two mobile homes located in the Parkway Village Trailer Park in Maryland City. According to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the pilot was conscious and alert following the crash at 10:15 a.m., but suffered from serious, non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. No other injuries were reported and no fire was evident, but the plane’s fuel leak posed a safety hazard. The Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services, which assists at two to three aircraft emergencies per year, responded to the incident. FirefightersfromHowardCountyandAnne ArundelCountyalsorespondedtothecrash.A total of 48 firefighters were at the scene. The plane, which took off from Suburban Airport in Laurel, struck a tree after it failed to gain sufficient altitude, and crashed into the trailer park. “The wreckage of the plane itself was very contained,” Fort Meade Fire Capt. David Hilliard said. “The first wing that struck the first trailer sheered off, so the wing was stuck inside the first trailer. Then the fuselage and the other wing were mashed up against the second trailer. Within the space of a 50-foot circle, all the debris was contained.” Hilliard said bystanders removed the pilot from the plane after they could smell fuel from the leak. “I think they made the right choice in pull- ing him out because there was a high likeli- hood it could have caught fire,” he said. No one was in the two trailers when the plane went down. According to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, one trailer was extensively damaged and considered unin- habitable. The second can be salvaged. Fort Meade sent two engines to the scene; they were the third and fourth to arrive. The units monitored the air to search for flam- mable vapors. While the plane was not on fire, fuel leaking from the Beechcraft Musketeer aircraft had spread throughout the area including under- neath a trailer. The firefighters sprayed foam onto the fuel to suppress the fuel vapors. “There’s always a hazard of the electrical system from the aircraft itself or any kind of ignition source inside the trailer because we did find explosive-level flammable vapors in two of the trailers,” Hilliard said. Crews conducted the initial work for rough- ly 30 to 45 minutes, Hilliard said, but the crews were on the scene for more than three hours. “Once the hazards were taken care of and the patient was off and transported, it was treated like a crime scene,” he said. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation with the Maryland State Police and the Federal Aviation Admin- istration. Fort Meade firefighters respond to plane crash Fort Meade Firefighter James Evans sprays foam under a trailer to suppress fuel vapors from a single-engine plane leaking fuel following a crash on July 18 in Maryland City. Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services deployed two engines to the crash. Photo courtesy the directorate of emergency services
  4. 4. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 25, 2013 News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer For nearly half a century, Army Commu- nity Service has offered an array of programs and resources to benefit service members and their families throughout the Army. In celebration of the ACS’ 48th birthday, the Fort Meade ACS will donate a birthday cake that will be served today at 7:30 p.m. at the USO-Metro movie night at Constitution Park. “ACS is your first and best stop for resil- iency for you and your family — then, now and in the future,” said Doris Tyler, director of ACS. In 1995, the Army established the official mission statement of ACS. “ACS will assist commanders in maintain- ing readiness of individuals, families, and communities within America’s Army by devel- oping, coordinating, and delivering services which promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability during war and peace,” according to an Army website. Tyler said that in addition to being Fort Meade’s first stop for community information and referrals, ACS provides a diversity of pro- grams including Family Advocacy, Financial Readiness, Employment Readiness, Volunteer Corps, Exceptional Family Member Program, Mobilization and Deployment, Relocation Readiness, Soldier and Family Assistance, Sur- vivor Outreach Services, Army Family Action Plan and Army Family Team Building. ACS is equipped to help any military Army Community Service celebrates 48 years By Jane M. Winand Chief, Legal Assistance Division In the wake of a natural disaster, there is usually an outpouring of gifts to chari- ties to help the disaster victims who have lost so much. These generous donations are crucial to help the victims get back on track with their lives. Unfortunately, charity scams also pop up after a disaster as unscrupulous indi- viduals seek to profit from the misfortune of others. It is imperative that before you make a donation, you make sure your contribution is going to a reputable chari- table organization that will use the money for the disaster victims. There are many legitimate charitable organizations to which you may give a donation. However, there are also scam- mers who will collect for a charity that doesn’t exist, or who will use the contri- butions for a cause different from the one you donated to. These scammers may solicit contri- butions by phone, email, in person or on social networking sites. Before you contribute, look for guidance on how to best evaluate a charity that is provided online by the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/ feature-0011-charity-scams. This website also includes information on charities that specifically benefit service members, veterans and their families. If you receive an appeal to contribute to support victims of a disaster, do the following: • Donate only to charities that you know and trust from previous dealings. Be careful when considering a charity that seems to have suddenly been created after a current disaster. • If you receive a phone call asking for a donation, inquire as to whether the caller is a paid fundraiser, who the caller works for, and what percentage of the contribu- tion will go to the charity and what per- centage will go to the fundraiser. Be wary of vague answers. Consider donating to a different charity if a high percentage of each contribution will be paid to the fundraiser. • Never provide financial or personal information such as your bank account number or credit card information unless you are positive that the charity is legiti- mate. • Do not send cash to the charity. You will not be able to determine whether the money actually was received by the charity, and you won’t have a receipt for income tax purposes. • Before giving, research the charity using GuideStar (guidestar.org); the Bet- ter Business Bureau (www.bbb.org/us/ charity); Charity Watch (charitywatch. org); or Charity Navigator (charitynavi- gator.org). • Determine if the charity must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials at http://www.nasconet.org/doc- uments/u-s-charity-offices/. If you have a question about a charity or believe that you have been scammed, contact the Federal Trade Commission online at ftc.gov or schedule an appoint- ment to speak with an attorney at the Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536. Charity scams prey on generosity member of any branch of service or compo- nent, military retirees and dependent family including family members of the Fallen Ser- vice Members through the Survivor Outreach Services program. The ACS that most Soldiers and fam- ily members know today is a form of Army Emergency Relief of the 1940s. Funded by public donations and proceeds from the Irving Berlin Broadway hit “This is the Army,” AER offices were established at Army posts throughout the country by 1941. A large metropolitan AER office also was located in New York City. In March 1944, the AER office was redes- ignated as the “Personnel Affairs Branch,”but continued the same operations. Lt. Emma M. Baird was assigned to the AER and Personnel Affairs Offices as the Allowance and Allot- ment Officer. This experience helped her plan the structure of a family services program that would eventually become ACS. Lt. Gen. J. L. Richardson, deputy chief of staff for personnel for the Army, took the first step to establish an official family assistance program in October 1963. He requested that a qualified Women Army Corps officer be assigned to his staff to develop a plan for the creation of an Armywide community social service program. Baird was selected for the assignment in December 1963. A study to develop a prelimi- nary proposal began in January 1964. In July 1965, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Harold K. Johnson approved the establishment of the ACS program. In the 1970s, ACS began to evolve in its responsibilities and effectiveness. Many ACS centers offered budget counseling, debt liqui- dation and relocation assistance. Criteria was established for financial support, child health and safety protection at military facilities offer- ing temporary care for children. The Family Advocacy Program and the Family Member Employment Assistance Pro- gram were established in 1982. Six years later, the Relocation Assistance Program was established and other programs followed, including: financial assistance, employment assistance, a volunteer program, and the Exceptional Family Member Pro- gram. Editor’s note: Information for this arti- cle was taken from the Fort Riley, Kan., website. file photo Army Community Service celebrates 48 years of providing assistance and resources to service members, their families, Department of the Army civilians and retirees throughout the Army. The Fort Meade ACS donated a birthday cake that will be served today at 7:30 p.m. at USO-Metro’s movie night at Constitution Park.
  5. 5. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 25, 2013 News Moment in time During World War I, Fort Meade was established in 1917 as Camp Meade, a can- tonment for troops drafted for the war. In celebration of the installation’s 96th anniversary, Soundoff! is featuring a series of historical snapshots of the people and events at Fort Meade through the years. ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ For a short time in 1951, Fort Meade became Hollywood-East and the installation’s Soldiers served as actors for the classic sci-fi movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” The film, which hit theaters in September 1951, starred Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Sam Jaffe. It was directed by Robert Wise, who later directed “West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music” and “The Sand Pebbles.” Based on a short story by Harry Bates called “Farewell to the Master,” the movie featured a humanoid alien named Klaatu, who visits Earth with Gort, a large, power robot. Klaatu’s mission is to tell the people of Earth they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. The movie was filmed in downtown Washington, D.C., but also shot at Fort Meade with Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment serving as actors. In addition, the unit supplied vehicles and equipment for the movie segments that depicted Army operations. Today, the movie is viewed as a classic and was named the fifth best film of all time in the science fiction genre by the American Film Institute. The line “Klaatu barada nikto,” which was said to stop Gort from destroying Earth after Klaatu was shot by military personnel, appeared repeatedly in fiction and popular culture. According to the Robot Hall of Fame at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the quote is “one of the most famous commands in science fiction.” Photo by Staff Sgt. Dillon White breaking ground for WELLNESSGarrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas J. Latter; Command Chief Master Sgt. Danny Crudup of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing; Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein; Col. Jonathan Rice, 707th ISRG commander; Jared Olsen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy director; and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Thomas, 707th ISR Group superintendent, participate in the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for an addition to the Eagle Health and Wellness Center that will house a fitness assessment cell and classroom. Construction began Tuesday and is slated for comple- tion in February 2014.
  6. 6. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil SOUNDOFF! July 25, 2013 News recruiting missions within U.S. Recruit- ing Command. Upon taking this new role as com- mander, Dinkelman thanked Fife for passing along his wisdom and expressed his enthusiasm for moving the Gladia- tor team forward. “Words cannot express the excite- ment I feel for the opportunity to command the best recruiting battalion in the United States Army,” Dinkel- man said. “I promise to strive to be the leader that this battalion deserves.” While welcoming the incoming com- mander and his family to USAREC and to the Gladiator team, Fife expressed his confidence in Dinkelman’s ability to go above and beyond for the battalion. He also readied Dinkelman for an exciting challenge. “It’s a heck of a team,” Fife said. “It’s fast-paced, and these next two years will be over before you know it. Embrace it and enjoy it.” Baltimore Recruiting Battalion outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Thomas M. Fife; Col. Sean F. Mullen, commander of the 1st Recruiting Brigade; and Baltimore Recruiting Battalion incoming Commander Lt. Col. David S. Dinkelman salute during the change of command ceremony held July 18 at McGlachlin Parade Field. The battalion has one of the largest recruiting missions within U.S. Recruiting Command. Story and photo by Nicole M. Woods Baltimore Recruiting Battalion Public Affairs Specialist Lt. Col. David S. Dinkelman assumed command of the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion from Lt. Col. Thomas M. Fife during a change of command cer- emony July 18 at McGlachlin Parade Field. Dinkelman comes to the battalion from the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee, Va., where he served as the deputy commander and brigade execu- tive officer. Fife is now the chief of staff for 1st Recruiting Brigade. Col. Sean F. Mullen, commander of 1st Recruiting Brigade, United States Recruiting Command (USAREC), said Dinkelman’s experience as a leader in various positions and as a veteran of several deployments equip him with the skills to lead a successful battalion. “He brings with him a wealth of skills and experience,” Mullen said. “Dave is the leader to bring mission success to one of the largest battalions in Army recruiting.” The Baltimore battalion falls under the 1st Recruiting Brigade and is responsible for recruiting throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware. The battalion has one of the largest Baltimore Recruiting Battalion welcomes new commander Chaplain’s Word HONESTY “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson Learning at home. Learning in the classroom. Learning for success. Flexible Scheduling Onlin� • Hybrid • Acc�l�rat�d Convenient Locations Columbia • Gat�way • Laur�l • Mount Airy Support Services Cr�dit for Prior L�arning • Military Assistanc� Couns�ling and Car��r S�rvic�s • Financial Aid Career Programming Workforc� Training • C�rtifications • D�gr��s Visit hcclearningworks.com or call 443.518.1200 to take the next step! Fall Semester begins August 24 Noncr�dit class�s ar� ongoing Choos� Howard Community Coll�g� for l�arning that works for you! A FeW exAMPLeS of the many pathways availabl� at HCC for adult stud�nts to stay comp�titiv� and advanc� in th�ir car��rs, includ�: • N�twork s�curity • Prof�ssional proj�ct management • M�dical lab t�chnician • Comput�r aid�d d�sign (CAD)
  7. 7. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! News Army Air Force Exchange Service The Army Air Force Exchange Ser- vice is celebrating a past, present and future of savings and service today — July 25 — the organization’s 118th anniversary. In recognition of this historic mile- stone, the Exchange is offering two dining deals for authorized patrons. Express locations worldwide will offer any size fountain drink or Gold Peak tea free today from 2 to 6 p.m. In addition, Exchange Burger King locations will serve Whoppers for only $1.18 with the purchase of a medium size or larger drink or fry today and Friday. “Offering these deals to our patrons is just another way to thank current and for- mer service members for everything they do for our country,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “As we have done for 118 years, we will continue to go where they go to support them and their families wherever they are called to serve.” The Exchange’s dual mission of provid- ing authorized patrons with quality mer- chandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs has remained largely unchanged over the years. However, the past 12 months have brought considerable change to the DoD’s largest and longest-running retailer. The Exchange is making strides toward bringing more well-known national brands to its stores, introducing new con- cept shops, expanding concession opera- tions to include more national name- brand contracts and working toward relaunching shopmyexchange.com with increased product selection and greater ease of use. The size and scope of the organiza- tion’s efforts have only expanded in its 118 years, with the modern Exchange offering customers a wide variety of products at more than 3,100 diverse facili- ties worldwide, including Express conve- nience stores and fueling stations, retail concession and vending services, tele- communications support, and traditional Exchange facilities. Exchange products also can be found online at shopmyexchange.com. The establishment of Exchanges on military installations was authorized by General Order No. 46 on July 25, 1895, directing post commanders to establish an Exchange at every post. The Exchange has supported U.S. troops in 14 major contingencies, start- ing with the Spanish-American War, and most recently in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. “ ‘Color Me’ Cutest Kiddo” contest Youngsters competing to be the Army Air Force Exchange Service’s “Cutest Kiddo” will have the opportunity to flex some artistic muscle. Through Aug. 9, Exchange patrons worldwide may post photographs of their children holding a completed coloring page to the Exchange Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX page for the “ ‘Color Me’ Cutest Kiddo” con- test at Cutest Kiddo” contest. http://www. flickr.com/photos/aafespa/9323624194/ Contestants may choose one of four coloring pages, all of which are available to print online at www.shopmyexchange. com/Community/PatriotFamily/. The randomly chosen, grand prize win- ner will be awarded a seven-night resort stay and an $800 gift card. An additional $5,000 in gift cards will be divided among first-, second-, third- and fourth-place winners in each age category. They will be selected by an online poll, that will be conducted Aug. 19-23, of the top-10 artists determined by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced after Aug. 30. An online entry application also can be found on the Facebook page. Rules and regulations for the “ ‘Color Me’ Cutest Kiddo” contest may be found at www. shopmyexchange.com/Community/Patri- otFamily/. Exchange celebrates 118 years of service with deals Story and photo by Sgt. Amy Christopherson 704th MI Brigade Public Affairs FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — On one of the hottest, most humid days of the year, Soldiers with Alpha Company, 742nd Military Intel- ligence Battalion, 704th MI Brigade, loaded onto a bus on July 18 and headed to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., to put their land navigation skills to the test. Though it was a two-hour bus trip, Capt. Jessamyn Liu, the commander of A Company, explained that she planned the all-day event for a good reason. “We chose to travel outside of the local area for this training because A.P. Hill has more challenging courses with terrain features that Soldiers can identify on a map,” she said. Soldiers receive land navigation training throughout their Army careers to teach them to navigate from one point to another using basic tools such as maps, compasses and pro- tractors. This includes map-reading techniques to identify terrain features such as hills and streams. Even with today’s technology, Soldiers need fundamental skills to rely on in case of tech- nology failure. Loaded with plenty of water, bug spray, gloves and eye protection, approximately 30 Soldiers arrived at the land navigation site and split into teams of two to begin the course. They received their maps, protractors and compasses and were given three hours to find four points on their maps. Cadre members waited at points through- out the course with additional cold water and to ensure the safety of the teams. The training was the culminating event after several weeks of refreshing Soldiers on land navigation skills. The company began with classroom training on map reading and using a protractor and compass, followed by urban land navigation training conducted at Fort Meade. “The only way you can have confidence in the skills you learn is to put them to use,” Liu said. “We can teach things in a classroom, but if you don’t challenge that knowledge in real- life scenarios, you will lose it.” 1st Sgt. Christopher Bell, the company’s first sergeant, noted that the event was more 742nd MI goes the extra mile for challenging course challenging than the typical weekly training that Soldiers receive. “The terrain and the heat really added more of a challenge to the physical aspect of today’s land nav training,” he said. “But the Soldiers did a great job. It was a great opportunity to get out of their offices and away from our typi- cal training areas that we know so well.” Sgt. Abdiel Alvarez, a trainer with Alpha Company, 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 704th MI Brigade, approaches a checkpoint during the company’s land navigation training held July 18 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.
  8. 8. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil10 SOUNDOFF! July 25, 2013 Sports have shift workers, and it is the time of year with leave.” With a larger roster, the 741st was riding a 9-2 season, hoping to grab onto a top seed for the post’s playoffs. “We’re looking good, we’re looking strong,” Wahlgren said. “We don’t have a lot of holes.” Wahlgren said he thought his team could continue its successful regular season, which included an eight- game win streak, into the postseason despite losing players. “We have a good core,” he said. “We pick each other up.” The one thing the team needs to focus on for a run in the playoffs, Wahlgren said, is consistent hitting. “Our defense has gotten a lot bet- ter throughout the season, our out- field is really strong,” he said. “When we hit, it’s a hit parade. And then when we’re not clicking, we don’t put up a lot of runs.” The 741st opened Monday’s game with hot bats, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Hopkins, Wahlgren, Andrew James, Pedro Perry and Jesse Anderson all registered at least one RBI in the first inning. In the second inning, Hopkins and Scott Talbert each hit home runs to extend the 741st lead to 9-0. While the 741st was finding suc- cess in the batter’s box, the 327th was unable to register a hit until the third inning. Photos by nate pesce Timothy Strader of the 327th Signal Company rounds third base during Monday night’s intramural softball game. The 327th fell to 6-6 following the 17-7 loss. By Brandon Bieltz Staff Writer It took only one inning for the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion’s soft- ball team to create an unsurpassable lead to put away the 327th Signal Company on Monday night. Setting the tone in the first inning with seven runs, the 741st defeated the 327th in the late-season matchup at Donahue Field, 17-7. Mike Hopkins led the 741st offen- sive attack with five RBIs, including two home runs, while 10 other team- mates contributed at least one RBI. “We feel good,” said Mike Wahl- gren, coach of the 741st. “We either start fast and slow down, or start slow and step it up. It was one of those games. ... I have no complaints.” The teams entered Monday’s game on different ends of the spectrum. While the 741st was hunting down a No. 1 seed for the playoffs, the 327th attempted to keep its head above water and stay above .500. Entering the game with a 6-5 record, players from the 327th said that while the team has struggled to fill the field on a regular basis, they’ve been making the best of the season, hovering in the middle of the 14-team league. “We’re average. We’re right in the middle,” said 327th shortstop Scott Derry. “We don’t have enough people show up; we just kind of play who- ever shows up. It’s tough because we Hot Bats: 741st outpowers 327th Nicole Wahlgren of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion watches the ball after hitting in an intramural softball game at Donahue Field. Eleven 741st players registered an RBI in the 17-7 win. Mike Hopkins of the 741st Military Intelligence Bat who had two home runs and five RBIs, led the 741
  9. 9. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 11 You all will be Jibberless this week so that I may continue to determine the awesome task of choosing a name for Will and Kate’s baby. I’ve narrowed my selection down to four names: 1. George That way he’d serve as a constant reminder of the king who got whooped by the U.S. back in the Revolution, King George. It also would help those who fall under the Crown to remember the man who whooped King George, George Washington. 2. Fuzzy Navel Apple Bottom Dumb name, right? Almost as dumb as the concept that the royal baby waved. bit.ly/168v95w 3. Franz Ferdinand of Kensington It’s true that Franz was the archduke of Austria whose death sparked World War I. Franz Ferdinand is also a pretty decent rock band from the UK. bit. ly/1bMNzPq But the real reason I’d choose this name is because of the initials FFK, which in my mind equals Fake Future King. 4. @ctjibber That’s my Twitter handle, and if Will and Kate decide to go with it, my assump- tion is my sight would blow up like Gaga’s. So why don’t you beat the rush and follow me on Twitter before I start shutting down servers? You’ll be able to find out my final choice and also get some awesome com- mentary on other pertinent issues like, “The Peeman should sue #Brauncheats,” in reference to Ryan Braun’s fall from grace. Or you can see a retweet of the article, “Ohio State suspends top RB Carlos Hyde after arrest” #shocker! You may even see some Vines of me jumping into a pool and mowing down a date after a Ramadan Fast. Of course, if you are afraid of the Twitterverse, you can still contact me on this or anything to do with sports at chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil. Jibber-Less Sports Shorts AFCEA Sports Day The Central Maryland chapter of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association will host Sports Day on Sept. 13 at Burba Lake Pavilion 2. The event will feature team and individual sports including softball, volleyball and relays. For more information or to sign up for events, go to www.facebook.com/ afceasportsday or www.afceasportsday.webs.com. Dollar Days Summer hours for 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 at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. For more Fort Meade sports, visit quickscores.com/ftmeadesports. A Brian Shadwick single began to turn the momentum for the 327th as Adam Shaw and Timothy Strader each accounted for an RBI and cut the team’s deficit to 9-2. The 327th fielders stepped up and slowed down the 741st offensive power, but was unable to overcome its deficit as the 741st won 17-7. Shaw had four walks in the game, while Wahlgren threw for one strike- out and no walks. With one game remaining in the regular season, Wahlgren said he is confident in his team’s abilities and is expecting a deep run in the playoffs. “This year I expect at least a top- four finish — preferably, obviously, No. 1,” he said. ttalion softball team hits during an intramural game Monday night at Donahue Field. Hopkins, 1st to a 17-7 victory over the 327th Signal Company. Connect with Fort Meade at Facebook.com/ ftmeade
  10. 10. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! July 25, 2013 News By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer For active-duty military families, sum- mer often means a permanent change of station. But for families with pets, it is impor- tant to properly prepare for a move within the U.S. or overseas by following the respective and specific travel and pet health guidelines offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the gov- ernments of foreign countries. Katy Singer, an administrative sup- port specialist at the Fort Meade Veteri- nary Treatment Facility, said as soon as active-duty pet owners know the location of their next duty station, they should make sure their dog or cat has been microchipped and is up to date with its rabies vaccinations. Singer recommends using an ISO microchip. It complies with International Standards Organization or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.134.2 kHz, 15 digits. Preferably, there also should not be any lapses between booster shots for rabies. Many states or countries also require an up-to-date Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from a licensed Army veteri- narian. “Your pet must be examined by a veterinarian in order for a health cer- tificate to be issued,” Singer said. “This certificate basically indicates that your pet is healthy to travel and is not showing signs of a disease that could be passed to other animals or to people. Certain vac- cinations must be up to date for a health certificate to be issued.” Singer said some airlines require an acclimation certificate since some pets may only be allowed to travel with certain specific temperatures. Both the health and acclimation certificates can only be completed and signed by an Army veterinarian. The cost of the certificates vary from facility to facility, depending on the destination. “For international travel, completed and signed international health certifi- cates for the export of animals from the United States must be endorsed by a U.S. Army Veterinary Service area office in order to be valid,” Singer said. “To obtain the USDA endorsement of an international health certificate or any other documents relating to traveling with a pet, the documents must be com- pleted by an Army veterinarian.” If the pet is traveling to Hawaii or abroad, Singer said it may take up to Prepare your pet for PCS move file photo Fort Meade’s Veterinary Treatment Facility recommends that service members who are pet owners and have been assigned a PCS within the U.S. or overseas should make sure their dogs and cats are microchipped, up-to-date with rabies vaccinations and also meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or foreign governments before traveling. eight months to make all of the proper arrangements, particularly for countries such as Japan, Australia and Korea. Some states and countries have spe- cific breed restrictions. Singer recommends that pet owners check these official websites for up-to- date travel information: • USDA: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ regulations/vs/iregs/animals/ • For travel to Europe: http:// ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/ pets/nocomm_third_en.htm • For embassies in Washington, D.C.: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/ fco/5162.htm Pet owners who arrive at Fort Meade should familiarize themselves with FGGM Regulation 40-22 Registration and Control of Animals. There is a two- pet-limit policy for on-post housing. Pet owners are required to register their animals at VTF within 10 days of their arrival. Cats and dogs must be microchipped and owners must show proof of rabies vaccinations with either a rabies certificate or pet passport. On-post registration is free and can be done on a walk-in basis during normal business hours. Singer said that pet owners who arrive at an overseas duty station may not have immediate access to housing, so they should make sure their pets are fully vac- cinated if boarding is necessary. Not all hotels are pet-friendly. Pet owners should also check with an Army veterinarian at their new duty station regarding specific vaccines or preventative medicines that are required for pets abroad, said Singer. Pets that do not meet the requirements for traveling overseas may not be permit- ted to travel. Singer warns that animals could be quarantined at the owner’s expense or even euthanized. For noncompliance of Fort Meade’s regulations, a pet may have to be adopted or the owner may have to move off post. Singer said these requirements and suggestions apply to cats and dogs. Active-duty members with other pets should check the suggested websites for travel requirements. Follow Fort Meade on Twitter.com /ftmeademd July 13, Shoplifting: AAFES loss prevention personnel at the Exchangestatedthatsheobserved, via security camera, two female juveniles secure merchandise from different locations in the store and exit the Exchange without render- ing proper payment. July 18, Larceny of private property: An unsecured and unattended bicycle was stolen by an unknown person. July 20, Operating motor vehicle without required stop lamps equipment, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol: A unit observed a vehicle swerving within the lane and oper- ating without required stop lamps. A unit initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated that he was just leaving the club and had a couple of drinks not long ago. The officer administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which the driver performed poorly. The driver submitted to intoxylizer testing and rendered a breath sample with a result of .19 percent blood alcohol content. July 20, Failure to drive right of center when required, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol: A unit noticed a vehicle swerving inandoutof thelaneof travelandnearlyhitapassing vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated. The driver stated that she was coming from a birthday celebration for her sister and was trying to get home to Annapolis. A strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emitting from the driver. She was administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which she performed poorly. The driver refused to submit to a breath test. July 21, Driving on suspended license, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol: A unit noticed a vehicle swerving within its lane and stopping in the traffic lane for no reason. A traffic stop was initiated. The police officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver. A check with the National Crime Infor- mation Center revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. The driver was administered Standard- ized Field Sobriety Tests, which the driver performed poorly. The driver refused to submit to a breath test. July 21, Failure to stop at red light, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol: A unit observed a vehicle fail to stop for a red light. A traffic stop was initiated. The driver stated that he was coming from a friend’s house and was trying to get back to his home. The unit detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver. The driver was administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which he performed poorly. The driver refused to submit to intoxilyzer testing. CommunityCommunity Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services
  11. 11. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 13 Community News Notes The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at www. ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit an announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. Death notice Air Force Maj. Nora DeLosRios regretfully announces the death of Senior Airman Keegan Eli McCaskie. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of McCaskie should call DeLosRios, the Summary Court Officer, at 301-677-2144 or email nora.delosrios@us.af.mil. RAB seeking new members Fort Meade is soliciting community members interested in enhancing and improving the installation’s environmental program to serve on the Restoration Advisory Board. The RAB is a key element of the Fort Meade environmental program, which enables the community and representatives of government agencies to meet and exchange information about the program. RAB members are expected to provide advice on environmental restoration issues; attend regular meetings; review, evaluate and comment on environmental restoration documents; assist in identifying project requirements; and recommend priorities among sites or projects. Community members interested in becoming members of the RAB should call Paul Fluck at 301-677-9365 or email paul.v.fluck@us.army.mil. For more information, visit the Fort Meade website at ftmeade.army.mil. Click on the Environmental Information link. AAFES discounts Discounts are being offered inside direct-operated Army and Air Force Exchange Service restaurants for Military Star TM Card holders. Through Sept. 21, every food or drink order made with a Military Star TM Card will be discounted by 20 percent. Military StarTM Card users also are entitled to a year-round, 5-cent discount on Express fuel purchases. For more information on the Military Star TM Card, visit shopmyexchange.com. Water main flushing American Water has begun its 2013 Annual Water Main Flushing Program. The purpose is to provide the best quality water available 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 your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of very short duration Limit use of water between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help prevent discolored water reaching service lines to your residence. If you notice an increase in discolored water, flush all indoor faucets for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear up, contact the Water Treatment Plant at 443-592-0909. This number is monitored 24/7 daily. VTF upgrades The Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facility is upgrading its services by adding new staff and a new, centralized web-based record program. In the future, when the program is fully implemented, pets’ records will be connected and accessible at any military vet clinic that service members PCS to. The facility will train and test this program throughout July and August. As a result, the VTF will moderate its appointment availability. The facility will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except on Wednesday. For more information, call the VTF at 301-677-1300. Speakers program Dr. Neal Barnard, an internationally recognized clinical researcher, author and health advocate, will speak about “Nutrition for Cancer Prevention and Survival” on Aug. 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, America Building, Room 2525. The program is sponsored by the WRNMMC Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group. Barnard is on the faculty at George Washington University School of Medicine and is the founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promote preventive medicine and address controversies in modern medicine. His clinical research focuses on the effects of diet on health. The program is free; no registration required. For base access, attendees without a military ID should call the Prostate Center 48 hours in advance at 301-319-2900. For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email jane. l.hudak.ctr@health.mil. file photo IFTAR DINNERThe 5th Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner will be celebrated Aug. 2 from 7-10 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein and the NSA/Fort Meade Muslim Community invite you and your family to the “Demystifying Muslims in Military and Intelligence” program with representatives from Maryland’s congressional delegation, the White House, and the National Security Agency, followed by prayer and Iftar dinner. RSVP to chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil or syrizvi@nsa.gov by COB Friday with your name, organization/affiliation, and names of your guests. For more information, call Chad Jones at 240-778-8212. NEWS EVENTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
  12. 12. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil14 SOUNDOFF! July 25, 2013 Community News Notes Jummah prayers Individuals interested in praying Jummah prayers on Fort Meade should call 301-677-1301. Fort Meade has a room available at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. The community also is seeking individuals who would like to pray a morning prayer on Fridays. Trivia Night The Lanes hosts Trivia Night every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., except the third Thursday of the month. The event is open to the public. Teams must have a minimum of two players and a maximum of 10. Weekly prizes are awarded to the top three winners. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, call 301-677- 5541 or visit ftmeademwr.com/lanes.php. Dental assistant training The Fort Meade Epes Dental Clinic is partnering with the American Red Cross to train four to six highly motivated volunteers to become proficient dental assistants. Volunteers will receive in-depth, hands-on training in all aspects of dentistry, including dental X-rays, sterilization, oral hygiene and dental materials. For more information and to apply, contact Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Boyd at 301-677-7970 or shawn.l.boyd3.mil@ mail.mil or (Dr.) Maj. Matthews Phillips at 301-677-5850 or matthew.d.phillips38. mil@mail.mil. Networking Symposium The Team Meade Networking Symposium for SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention) personnel will be held Aug. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. The symposium will provide information to sexual assault response coordinators and victim advocates about services for victims of sexual assault that are available throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. The objective of the symposium is to develop local relationships with outside organizations. The outside agencies will speak/provide information about how their organizations can help Fort Meade victims. The event also will provide SARCs and VAs with the opportunity to network, build/create referral lists and establish rapport with external agencies. For more information, call Fort Meade VA Angielina Wilson at 301-677- 6933 or the Fort Meade SARC at 301- 677-7802. Teen models needed Arundel Mills Mall is inviting eight boys and eight girls between the ages of 12 to 18 from Fort Meade to model this season’s coolest clothes and latest trends at the Arundel Mills “Back At It: Back to School Fashion Show” on Aug. 17 at noon in the Fashion Court. Models will be invited to a “Back At It Prep Party” hosted at Arundel Mills, prior to the show. If interested, call Vix Mechlin, USO- Metro development associate, at 571- 340-8427 or email victoria@usometro. org. Missoula Children’s Theatre Missoula Children’s Theatre Drama Camp for grades one to 12 will be held on Fort Meade from Monday to Aug. 3 on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Campers will present two performances of “The Frog Prince” on Aug. 3 at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at McGill Training Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677- 1196. CYSS programs Child, Youth and School Services is offering Grilling Chilling for grades six to eight on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Youth Center: Cost is $5. For more information, call 301-677- 1437. Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School, for ages 4 through fifth grade, will be held Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. The theme is: “Kingdom Rock Bible School: Where kids stand strong for God.” The program features a new friends tournament games, crafts, Royal Theatre Missions, music and epic Bible adventures. The free program includes lunch. Registration is limited to the first 200 children and will close Aug. 1. Registration tables are set up through Aug. 1 at Argonne Hills Chapel Center and the Main Post Chapel. Volunteers are needed to sign up imme- diately, including adults and youths in sixth grade and above. For more information, call Marcia Eastland at 301-677-0385 or 301-677- 6305 or Ms. Stewart at 301-677-6038. Out About • War of 1812 Marine Corps Weekend: The U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company will enter Fort McHenry on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to highlight the role of the USMC during the War of 1812 at the Fort McHenry National Monument Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore. The event will feature displays, uniforms, cannon-firing and living history to dramatically showcase the fighting spirit of the USMC during the Age of Sail. A twilight tattoo ceremony featuring patriotic music, military pageantry and living history will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. The free program begins with a concert by the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Team and Color Guard. For more information, visit www.nps. gov/fomc/index.htm. • The 113th Annual Maryland German Festival will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Timonium. The event will feature local German bands; traditional folk dancing; choral NEWS EVENTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 EDUCATION YOUTH RECREATION
  13. 13. http://www.ftmeade.army.mil July 25, 2013 SOUNDOFF! 15 Community News Notes singing; imported and local crafts and collectibles; and children’s activities including outdoor wall climbing, puppet shows, face painting, and arts and crafts. Enjoy authentic German cooking, imported and domestic beer, wine, schnapps, German pastry and fair confections. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and active-duty service members. Children under 12 are admitted free with paying adult. For a complete schedule and more information, call 410-522-4144 or go to www.MD-Germans.org or email buergerverein@comcast.net. • Bowie Baysox Family Campout at Prince George’s Stadium will be held Aug. 2 after the Baysox take on the Portland Sea Dogs at 7:05 p.m. Following the game, fans and families will enjoy a fireworks show. Children can run the bases. Those who purchased the special camping ticket pack will then get their camping gear and pitch their tents to spend a night on the field under the stars. Once all the tents are set up, a family-friendly movie will be shown on the video board. No staked tents will be allowed on the field. No grills, open flames or cooking equipment will be allowed on the field or inside the stadium. Tickets for the campout are $10 and include a box seat ticket to the game. Fans must pre-register for their tent space at the time of their ticket order. Tickets can be ordered online at baysoxshop.com or by calling Matt McCann at 301-464-4885. • Leisure Travel Services is offering its next monthly bus trips to New York City on Aug. 10 and Sept. 7, with discounts to attractions. Bus cost is $55. For more information, call 301-677-7354 or visit ftmeademwr.com. • Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is Sunday. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-730-0127. • Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at the Conference Center. The next breakfast will be Aug. 1. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. There is no cost for the buffet; donations are optional. For more information, call 301-677-6703 or email diana.l.durner.civ@mail.mil. • Meade Rod and Gun Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, in the banquet hall in back of the building. The next meeting is Aug. 1. Din- ner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 410-674-4000. • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County conducts 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. 1. For more information, visit namiaac. org. • Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neigh- borhood Center. The next meeting is Aug. 5. For more information, call Kimberly McKay at 301-677-5590 or email kimberly.d.mckay. ctr@us.army.mil. • Women’s Empowerment Group meets every Wednesday 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 Tina Gauth, victim advocate, at 301-677-4117 or Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124. • Military Council for Catholic Women is open to all women ages 18 and older for prayer, faith, fellowship and service at the Main Post Chapel. Mother’s Prayer Apologetics 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 Beth Wright, president, at bethwright826@ hotmail.com or call 305-240-1559. • Fort Meade Homeschool Co-op meets Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at 1900 Reece Road. For more information, call Kelli Stricker at 410-674-0297 or email ftmeadehomeschooling@verizon.net. • 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 Tom Johnston at pack377_ cm@yahoo.com or Committee Chairperson Elizabeth Johnston at pack377_cc@yahoo.com. • Boy Scout Troop 379 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys age 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at lisayetman@verizon.net or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at lawrencewendall@juno.com. • American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Breakfast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit americanlegionpost276.org. • 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. 9. 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, visit e9association.org or call 410-551-7953. • Enlisted Spouses Club meets the sec- ond Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Midway Common Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Aug. 12. For more information, visit ftmeadeesc.org or email membership@ftmeadeesc.org. • New Spouse Connection meets the second Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Readi- ness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Aug. 12. The program provides an opportunity for all spouses new to the military or to Fort Meade to meet and get connected. For more information, contact Pia Morales at pia.s.morales.civ@mail.mil or 301-677-4110. • 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 Aug. 12. For more information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590. • Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is Aug. 12. Free child care will be provided on site. For more information, call Kimberly McKay at 301-677-5590 or email kimberly. d.mckay.ctr@us.army.mil. • Bully Proofing Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The next meeting is Aug. 12. The group is geared for parents of children ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 301-677-5590. MEETINGS Movies The movie schedule is subject to change. For a recorded announcement of showings, call 301- 677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aafes.com. Movies start Wednesdays to Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. NEW PRICES: Tickets are $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $3 for children. 3D Movies: $7.50 adults, $5 children. Today through Aug. 11 Today: “Man of Steel” (PG-13). Clark Kent roams the world helping people, but returns home to face his destiny: becoming Superman. With Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shan- non. (3D) Friday: “This is the End” (R). An apocalypse strikes Los Angeles. With James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen. Saturday, Sunday Wednesday: “Monsters Uni- versity” (G). Sequel tells the tale of how monsters Mike and Sulley became pals. With Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi. (3D) Aug. 1, 2, 3: “Epic” (PG). A teenager faces chal- lenges and adventure after being transported to another universe. With Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried. (3D) Aug. 4: Studio Appreciation FREE screening. Tickets available at the Exchange food court. Seating open to non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. Aug. 7, 10, 11: “World War Z” (R). A zombie pandemic threatens to destroy humanity. With Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale. (3D) Aug. 8, 9: “The Heat” (R). Two distinctly differ- ent law enforcement officers must team up to take down a ruthless drug lord. With Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir.

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