respond to local
fire, plane crash
741st MI outpowers
327th Sig Company
in intramural matchup
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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.
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The average person sees a health care provider
just five times a year for 20 minutes a session — 100
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-
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
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
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,
Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-
served basis. No appointment is necessary.
For more information, call 301-677-4844.
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By Brandon Bieltz
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
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
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
Post firefighters rescue tenants in county fire
Photo courtesy the directorate of
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
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.
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
“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
“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-
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-
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
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
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
“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
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
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
• 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-
• 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-
• 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-
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
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
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
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-
Editor’s note: Information for this arti-
cle was taken from the Fort Riley, Kan.,
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.
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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
serving as actors.
In addition, the unit
and equipment for
the movie segments
that depicted Army
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.
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recruiting missions within U.S. Recruit-
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
“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
Dinkelman comes to the battalion
from the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade
at Fort Lee, Va., where he served as the
deputy commander and brigade execu-
Fife is now the chief of staff for 1st
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
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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 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
“ ‘Color Me’ Cutest
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
for the “ ‘Color Me’ Cutest Kiddo” con-
test at Cutest Kiddo” contest. http://www.
Contestants may choose one of four
coloring pages, all of which are available
to print online at www.shopmyexchange.
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.
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.
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
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
Even with today’s technology, Soldiers need
fundamental skills to rely on in case of tech-
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
“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.
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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
“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
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
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
“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
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
Mike Hopkins of the 741st Military Intelligence Bat
who had two home runs and five RBIs, led the 741
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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:
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
2. Fuzzy Navel Apple Bottom
Dumb name, right? Almost as dumb as the concept that the royal baby waved.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFCEA Sports Day
The Central Maryland chapter of Armed Forces Communications and
Electronics Association will host Sports Day on Sept. 13 at Burba Lake
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.
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.
Fort Meade at
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By Lisa R. Rhodes
For active-duty military families, sum-
mer often means a permanent change of
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
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-
“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
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/
• For travel to Europe: http://
• For embassies in Washington,
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
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
Singer said these requirements and
suggestions apply to cats and dogs.
Active-duty members with other pets
should check the suggested websites for
July 13, Shoplifting: AAFES
loss prevention personnel at the
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
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
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.
Compiled by the Fort Meade
Directorate of Emergency Services
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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.
email@example.com or call 301-677-5602.
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
RAB seeking new
Fort Meade is soliciting community
members interested in enhancing and
improving the installation’s environmental
program to serve on the Restoration
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
For more information, visit the Fort
Meade website at ftmeade.army.mil. Click
on the Environmental Information link.
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
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.
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
The facility will be open weekdays from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except on Wednesday.
For more information, call the VTF at
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
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
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.
IFTAR DINNERThe 5th Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner will be celebrated Aug. 2 from 7-10 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by COB Friday with your name, organization/affiliation, and
names of your guests.
For more information, call Chad Jones at 240-778-8212.
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Community News Notes
Individuals interested in praying
Jummah prayers on Fort Meade should
Fort Meade has a room available
at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100
The community also is seeking
individuals who would like to pray a
morning prayer on Fridays.
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
Volunteers will receive in-depth,
hands-on training in all aspects of
dentistry, including dental X-rays,
sterilization, oral hygiene and dental
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.
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
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
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-
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.
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
Admission is free and open to the
For more information, call 301-677-
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-
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
The program features a new friends
tournament games, crafts, Royal Theatre
Missions, music and epic Bible
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.
• 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.,
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
For more information, visit www.nps.
• 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
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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
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
• 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
• 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,
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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
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
• 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_
firstname.lastname@example.org or Committee
Chairperson Elizabeth Johnston 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 email@example.com
or Wendall Lawrence, Scoutmaster, at
• American Legion Post 276 is open to
veterans and active-duty service members
at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn.
Breakfast may be purchased beginning
at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased
from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy
Hour is 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
• 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
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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.
• 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,
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
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-
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.
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.