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  1. 1. ´ PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF THE FORT MEADE COMMUNITY THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | 67th Year Number 27 FTMEADE.ARMY.MIL PHOTO BY NATE PESCE HHaappppyy BBiirrtthhddaayy,, AAmmeerriiccaa!! (Left) Hayley Epperson, 6, of Severn, puts bunny ears on 7-year-old Alexia Simon during Fort Meade’s annual Red, White and Blue Celebration held July 2 at McGlachlin Pa- rade Field. Open to the public, the six-hour event featured free children’s attrac- tions, food ven- dors and live mu- sic topped off by fireworks. For complete coverage, see Pages 10-13. JUNIOR OLYMPIC DREAMS Meade youth excel in track and field PAGE 14 Today, 7 p.m.: Ramadan Iftar observance - Argonne Hills Chapel Center Wednesday,10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fort Meade Farmers’ Market - The Pavilion July 31, 5:30-9 p.m.: "Magic of Motown" Dinner & Dance - Club Meade Aug.1, 7 p.m.: Jazz Ambassadors Summer Concert - Consititution Park UPCOMING EVENTS WOMEN IN UNIFORM Post author shares servicewomen’s stories PAGE 6
  2. 2. 2 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! ´ EDITORIAL STAFF Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodwell L. Forbes Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones 301-677-1301 Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones 301-677-5602 Editor Dijon Rolle 301-677-6806 Assistant Editor & Senior Writer Rona S. Hirsch 301-677-1438 Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes 301-677-1432 Staff Writer Alan H. Feiler 301-677-5159 Design Coordinator Timothy Davis 301-677-1431 Supplemental photography provided by The Baltimore Sun Media Group DEADLINES Community notices Friday, noon CIRCULATION If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are experi- encing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sun- day, 8 a.m. to noon. Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-5602; DSN: 622-5602. Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. Printed by The Baltimore Sun Co., LLC, a private firm, in no way connected with the Department of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an en- dorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 or Like Fort Meade on Facebook at Follow Fort Meade on Twitter at View the Flickr photostream at Get text alerts from Fort Meade by texting “Follow FtMeadeAlert” to 40404 And view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ADVERTISING General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Death Notices: 410-332-6781 Hello again, Team Meade. Firstandforemost,Iwantto thank all who worked so hard to make our Independence Day celebration on July 2 anotherhugesuccess.Therain cleared up just in time, and it was a beautiful evening of fun and fireworks for all. The amount of work that went in behind the scenes to setup,teardown,andkeepour community safe was tremen- dous, and we all owe the garrison staff and Team Meade partners who contributed a big thank you! AsIapproachtheendofmysecondyear asgarrisoncommander,Irealizeit’stimeto re-state the key tenets of my leadership philosophy for the newly arrived. Thesepasttwoyearshaveflownby,andI remain incredibly thankful to be working with this wonderful team and community for a third year. So if commands came with a theme, mine would be about caring. I believe that to be effective, you first have to care about yourself. You have to care about those you loveandaboutournation.Ialsobelieveyou have to care about our military, our profession and the organization you are a part of. Ifyoutrulycareaboutallofthesethings, I believe you will be effective at whatever you do. When we are motivated, we are better people, better workers. Caring, and know- ing why you are doing something, are both key enablers of motivation. If you know why you are doing some- thing, be it cutting grass or creating strategicplans,youaremuchmorelikelyto push forward with a sense of purpose and drive to successfully accomplish the task at hand. Iencourageleadersateveryleveltokeep employees informed, and to do our abso- lute best to explain and communicate all decisions made at every level within the organization. Our garrison mission is to provide a safe and secure environment, and high-quality support services and infrastructure for those who live and work on this in- stallation. People who are able to get to work without traffic frustration, know their children are well cared for in school and day care, and quickly receive service or assistance of any kind when needed are better able to focus completely on their jobs while at work. A focused workforce results in stronger partner organizations, all of whom perform vital missions toward our national defense. A strongerFortMeademeansastrong- er U.S. military and a safer country. I also deeply care about diversity and working in a respectful, friendly environment free of harassment of any kind. Diversity is wonderful and something we should all embrace. I often wonder how incredibly dull the world would be if we all shared the same likes,dislikesandopinions.Diversitymakes the world an interesting place. We do not have to share others’ likes, dislikes and opinions, but we should respect and be thankful for them. Lastly, I believe good leaders promote professional development. I believe every- one — military and civilian — deserves routine, written performance feedback. I believe praising people when they are doing a good job increases their commit- ment and effectiveness, and that most people honestly appreciate it when they receive suggestions for improvement. I provide written performance feedback forthoseIrate,andencourageallleadersto do the same. Continue to have a great summer and please be safe in all you do. My wife, Lee, our children Mary Claire and Liam, and our dog Buddy all remain deeply honored to serve in the Team Meade community. This has been our most enjoyable and rewarding assignment in 25 years, and we look forward to the year ahead! COMMANDER’S COLUMN Caring for, communicating with the Fort Meade workforce Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley Garrison Commander Col. Brian P. Foley has an open door policy. All service members, retirees, gov- ernment employees, family mem- bers and community members age 18 or older are invited to address issues or concerns to the com- mander directly by visiting Foley’s office on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at garrison headquarters in Hodges Hall, Bldg. 4551, Llewellyn Avenue. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary.
  3. 3. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 NEWS 3 The annual Fort Meade Summer Con- cert Series begins Aug. 1 at Constitution Park. The free concert series features four distinct performances taking place every Saturday in August at 7 p.m. “It is extremely gratifying to play for the local community,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lauren Curran, musician. “Fort Meade is ourhome,andit’sanhonortosharemusic with the people that make it a great place to live and work. “We are sure to see familiar faces in the audience. Fort Meade is a tight-knit military community that appreciates the music we play to honor veterans and celebrate America.” In inclement weather, concerts will be canceled and not rescheduled. All weather calls will be made by noon on the day of the concert and posted online at “This is a must-see concert series,” said Lt. Col. Paul Bamonte, deputy command- er of the Army Field Band. “We have the best musicians in the world playing a variety of music that has something for everyone. From patriotic marches to pop androck,we’vegotitcovered—andit’sall free!” Theconcertseriesisopentothepublic. Visitors should enter Fort Meade via the main gate at Route 175 and Reece Road. All privately owned vehicles are required to be licensed, registered, inspected and insured. Summer Concert Series schedule: • Aug. 1: “100 Years of Billie Holiday” performed by the Jazz Ambassadors • Aug. 8: “Army Goes to the Movies” performed by the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus • Aug. 15: “Kings of the Highway: America’s Road Music” performed by The Volunteers • Aug. 22: “Finale Concert with ‘1812 Overture,’ Continental Color Guard and the Presidential Salute Battery” per- formed by the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Editor’s note: For more information on the Army Field Band and future perform- ances, visit Free Summer Concert Series at Fort Meade Eugene Cedras (right) plays the cowbell, while Master Sgt. Marva Lewis sings during the 2013 Fort Meade Summer Concert Series. PHOTOS COURTESY U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND Staff Sgt. Paul White, saxophonist with the Jazz Ambassadors, delivers the smooth sounds of jazz during the Summer Concert Series finale last August at Fort Meade’s Constitution Park. This year’s four-week series be- gins Aug. 1. Jazz Ambassadors kick off four-week concert series beginning Aug. 1 By Jonathan Agee Public Affairs Officer U.S. Army Field Band Fort Meade recently launched a new web page aimed at providing an easy way for newsmakers to stay informed about events and issues associated with the installation. “The Press Center gives media a direct connection to the Public Affairs Office so thatwecanensuretheygettheinformation they need,” Fort Meade Public Affairs Officer Chad Jones said. “It’s also a great place to find out what is happening on the installation. “If you’re looking for a story, the Fort Meade Press Center is a good place to start.” ThePressCenter,whichcanbeaccessed from the installation’s website at ftmea-, features upcoming events that media are invited to cover and an inquiry form, which can be used by media to get answers to questions for stories they may be working on. Community members can use the form torequesteventassistancesuchastheneed for a color guard, anthem singer and other support. The form also can be used to request coverage of an event or issue in the Soundoff! The Press Center makes it easier to find mediaadvisoriesandpressreleases,aswell as downloadable photos and video footage featuring Fort Meade. “ThePressCenterisatwo-waycommu- nication platform,” Jones said. “It allows us to target the right markets for the right stories and helps us track media queries and responses.” Designedasacrisiscommunicationtool, the Press Center can be accessed from any computer, tablet or smart phone, a feature that is vital to keeping public affairs operations open “In the past, we relied on Facebook, Twitter and text alerts to update residents andcommunitymembersabouteventsthat happened on weekends or times when we’re unable to get to the installation, like the severe snow events we had a few years ago,” Jones said. “While we’ll still use social media, the Press Center allows us to update in- formation from anywhere at any time. It hasalreadyprovenitselftobeausefultool.” Media that would like to be included on Fort Meade’s media list should visit the PressCenterandcompleteaninquiryform. For more information, visit www.ftmea- or contact Mary Doyle at 301-677-5592 or mary.l.doyle14.civ, or Veronica Castro at 301-677- 1465 or Fort Meade launches Press Center website Fort Meade Public Affairs Office
  4. 4. 4 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! Wearing a black T-shirt bearing the likeness of rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, Cheyenne Graham stood on a crowded sidewalk outside of McGill Training Center. The 14-year-old watched closely as a pair of teenage boys participated in a pushups challenge overseen by Staff Sgt. Ryan Elliott of the Glen Burnie office of the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion. “It’s cool being here,” Cheyenne, an Arundel High School freshman, said of Fort Meade. “There’s a lot of cool things about a military base. But I don’t see myself going into the military. “I want to be either a film director or a choreographer. But right now, I came here because I’m looking for a summer job — just something to do.” Cheyenne was one of approximately 85 Anne Arundel residents between the agesof14and24whocametoFortMeade on June 30 as part of a two-day internship orientation. The pre-employment gathering was sponsored by the Anne Arundel Work- force Development Corporation’s Sum- mer YouthWorks Program. The program coordinates six-week paid internships at businesses and companies around the county for participants. The internships — none of which will take place at Fort Meade this summer — are funded by federal, state and local sources through the AAWDC. On the orientation’s first day, the participants — who come from disad- vantaged backgrounds — went to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a tour and to hear from members of the Orioles organization about their work environ- ment. Onthesecondday,theyreceivedatour of Fort Meade before hunkering down at McGill to hear from staff members of the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion and other garrison personnel about professional- ism, leadership and ethics in the work- place. This was the first time that AAWDC held a teen internship orientation at Fort Meade. The speakers, including Command Sgt. Maj. Charles N. Orange of the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion, spoke of professional opportunities for service members and civilian employees at Fort Meade. “We’renottryingtopushthemintothe military but help them see that Fort Meade is a major employer in the area,” said Shannon McGarry, the AAWDC’s director of youth programs. “This is the age where everything is open to you, but you need to know your options. They need to get real-world experience. So we’re trying to help them build up their resumes and get them motivated.” Besides information-gathering at Fort Meade and Camden Yards, the partici- pants go out on job interviews with variousbusinessesaspartoftheprogram. Those who are hired will receive internships — at $8.50 an hour for 30 hours a week — with such local organiza- tions as the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel, Mid-Atlantic System, and A New You and Eccentrics The Spa Sanctuary salons. The bulk of the program’s participants come from the Brooklyn Park and Glen Burnie areas, according to McGarry. AfterthebriefingsatMcGill,thegroup visited tables that offered materials and informationonArmycareersinthecyber and medical fields. Among the offerings were customized faux Army dog tags. At the same time, they were invited outsidetoparticipateinpullups,pushups and situps challenges, as well as cornhole and football tosses. Later in the day, the group toured the National Cryptologic Museum before returning to McGill for a pizza lunch. Nathan Douglas, an Annapolis High School sophomore, said the visit to Fort Meade made him consider a military career more seriously. “I’ve always thought about it,” said Nathan, 15. “I have an uncle in the Air Force. So maybe I’ll do something like thatdowntheroad....It’simpressivetobe here and see everything.” Nathan,wholivesinAnnapolis,saidhe learned about the internship program while surfing the Internet. “I thought it would be a good opportu- nity togeta first job and someexperience out there,” he said, noting that he had an interview at a local summer camp the following day. A Northeast High School senior, Pasa- dena resident Zach Barnett said he might get a clerical job with the Anne Arundel County Police Department this summer through the program. Although his father is a retired Navy officer who worked at Fort Meade, Zach said he probably will not seek a military career. His dream, he said, is to become a film director. “It’s really interesting here,” the 18- year-old said of Fort Meade. “It’s like a city here, and it’s been helpful to learn about jobs and stuff.” Femi Kamson, a junior at the SEED School of Maryland in Baltimore, agreed. “It’s been very helpful,” said Femi, 17, who lives in Glen Burnie. “I’ve learned a lot about leadership skills, so it’s been fun and interesting.” Editor’s note: For information about the AAWDC or the Summer YouthWorks Program, call 410-987-3890 or visit http:// Local youths attend internship orientation By Alan H. Feiler Staff Writer Command Sgt. Maj. Charles N. Orange of the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion is among the speakers during an orientation at Fort Meade for Anne Arundel County summer jobs and internships. PHOTO BY ALAN H. FEILER On July 25, Army Community Service celebrates its 50th birthday. Fort Meade’s ACS is celebrating all year by partnering with garrison events, and will have a display booth at National Night Out on Aug. 4. ACS provides critical services and programs for active-duty service members, DoD civilian employees, retirees and their families. ACS offers 12 core programs and “a variety of services aimed at assisting unit commanders in maintaining the readiness of individuals, families and communities with the Army by promoting self-reliance, resiliency and stability during war and peace,” according to an ACS brochure. All of the programs and services are offered at no cost. For more information about ACS services, call 301-677-5590. FILE PHOTO Army Community Service to celebrate 50th birthday
  5. 5. SOME OF THE COMFORTS THAT MAKE THIS PLACE UNIQUE: Crown molding Wainscoting 9-foot ceilings Built-in bookcases* Walk-in closets Screened-in porches* Theater & media room Mondrian-style swimming pool 5,000 SF health club Full elevator service * In select apartments MORETHAN JUSTFOUR WALLS Experience apartment living in a whole new way. Spacious layouts. Thoughtful interiors. Amenities to suit your every whim. At Novus Odenton, you’ll discover there’s a lot that makes living here feel less like an apartment and more like home. For more information, visit or call us at 410.874.2051. Heroes on the Water is a nonprofit organization that traditionally allows vet- erans freedom from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. But the outdoor program also affords the same opportunity to active-duty serv- ice members. The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade took advantage of this opportunity, thanks to the generosity of the Heroes on the Water-Maryland chapter. SeveralSoldiersenjoyedsometherapeu- tic relaxation time, kayaking and fishing on the Severn River in Annapolis on June 22. The majority of participants had never kayaked or fished before. “This experience is a great morale builder for the troops,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph“Joey”Cote,platoonsergeantatthe 704th MI who helped organize the outing. “Most [participants] have never been on thewater,andthisgivesthemtheopportu- nitytoexperiencesomethingdifferentthat they probably wouldn’t do on their own time,” he said. “And it’s good team- building.” What appeared to be a timeout just for fun went much deeper as the day trip provided a therapeutic environment and gave the Soldiers an opportunity to simply relax and interface with nature. HOW operates on the premise that there is an effective benefit from the physical therapy of paddling and fishing, occupational therapy learning a lifetime sport or activity, and mental therapy from relaxing in nature with no distractions or performance expectations. HOW is divided into local chapters nationwide. The Maryland chapter, which is in its second year of operation, is made up of volunteers from across Maryland who come together for meetings and monthly statewide kayaking and fishing activities offered January through Novem- ber. “We operate on 100 percent donations and 100 percent volunteers,” said James “Coop” Cooper, director of the Maryland chapter and a veteran who works as a Department of the Army civilian for the 780th MI. “We offer the same opportunities for all active-dutymilitarymembersthatweoffer toallveterans.Lastyearwestartedoutonly doing our scheduled, once-per-month events on Saturdays that were open to anybody who had worn the uniform. “An active-duty unit from [Maryland] approached our national director at a special operations convention and asked if we could do an event just for them,” Cooper said. “It went so well that we advertise to active-duty units that they can sign up like everyone else for our open events, or they can contact meand request a special event, just for them. It can be on a weekend or a weekday.” Afterthekayaking,Soldiersweretreated to a picnic lunch at the Jonas Green State Park in Annapolis, provided by HOW. Cote said that word of mouth will help bring more Soldiers to the program. “It’s a great thing going on here and, hopefully, word will get around and more units will take advantage of the opportuni- ty Heroes on the Water offers,” Cote said. Editor’snote:Formoreinformationabout the Heroes on the Water-Maryland chapter, go to WaterMarylandChapter. 704th MI Soldiers benefit from Heroes on the Water Harry Steiner, volunteer and kayaking guide for Heroes on the Water-Maryland chapter, adjusts the foot position of the kayak for a 741st Military Intelligence Battalion Soldier to launch from the Jonas Green State Park on the Severn River in Annapolis on June 22. PHOTO BY TINA MILES By Tina Miles Public Affairs Office, 780th MI Brigade SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 NEWS 5
  6. 6. 6 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! Tanya Biank dedicated her second book on military life to her older sister, a colonel. Col. Maria Biank works for a U.S. Cyber Command unit located at Defense Information Systems Agency head- quarters. “I’m very humbled by it,” the colonel said. Thebook,“Undaunted:TheRealStory of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military,” is a nonfiction narrative about four servicewomen and the challenges and rewards of their military service. Published by Penguin Books/New American Library in 2013, the book was released in paperback last year. TheBianksistersarethedaughtersofa retired Army colonel. Tanya Biank is also the author of “Under The Sabers,” published in 2006. Thecriticallyacclaimedbookbecamethe inspiration for the popular television show “Army Wives,” which aired on the Lifetimecablechannelfrom2007to2013. Theseriesendedwithatwo-hourspecial that aired last March. “I’ve been there to pin my sister’s rank from second lieutenant to colonel,” said Biank, who lives in Heritage Park with her husband and two children. “When she was a young lieutenant, she and her female lieutenant friends were like my big sisters. “Over the past 25 years, I’ve watched their lives in the military unfold in extraordinary ways. I knew their experi- ences were emblematic of what so many servicewomen experience. They were the impetus for me to write ‘Undaunted.’ ” Biank started working on the book proposal for “Undaunted” in 2009 and embarked on several years of research that included interviews with service- women — and servicemen — from all the military branches to establish common issues and experiences that led to the themes for the book. In writing “Undaunted,” Biank fo- cused on the “unique issues and circum- stances” that servicewomen face in- cluding balancing marriage, motherhood and the military mission; the impact of discriminatory labels in the workplace; blurred gender roles; and finding the right balance between femininity and military bearing. The servicewomen in the book range from their early 20s to mid-50s, and their ranks range from junior enlisted to general officer. “Undaunted” covers a five-year period in their lives. “What they have in common is a drive and determination to succeed and reach their goals despite significant and, in some cases, extraordinary obstacles,” Biank said. “I found that their experi- ences were similar to what so many servicewomen face.” Biank started writing books about military life in the early 2000s. She was a reporter for The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina at the time and had brokenthestoryaboutthemurderoffour Army wives in Fayetteville near Fort Bragg. A literary agent called Biank to ask if she was interested in writing a book about Army spouses after she appeared on TV’s “Good Morning America” in August 2002 to discuss the murders. Biank, who majored in journalism at Pennsylvania State University, said she always wanted to write a book and had thought about writing a military novel. “Under The Sabers,” which is also a nonfiction narrative, is based on the lives of four real women married to Soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg. In regard to her new book, Biank said she learned that “our nation’s service- women are not only courageous on the battlefield, but also off the battlefield. “Most of all, I learned that strength is often borne out of struggle and that being a strong woman is not a masculine trait,” she said. Biank is married to Col. Michael A. Marti. The family arrived at Fort Meade two summers ago. She frequently travels for speaking engagements and has done several local book signings including at Fort Meade’s Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s Scholarship Award Dinner in May and at a panel discussion on women writing about war, moderatedbyJudyWoodruffofthe“PBS NewsHour,” also in May. “I’m very proud of Tanya for telling these important and sometimes over- looked stories, especially during a time of war,” Maria Biank said. “Tanya has an innate ability to vividly describe the experiences of our military spouses and servicewomen in a way someone not associated with the military can easily understand. “She brings their individual experi- encesto life. She truly has a gift for telling those stories.” Biank said there is interest in “Un- daunted” from producers and that she is working on a new project currently under wraps. But through her present work, Biank hopes to educate the American public about the true lives of service members. “My hope is that readers will come away with a belief that all service members, regardless of gender, should be allowed to pursue their goals and reach their full potential,” she said. “That makes for not only a better military, but a better culture, country and society.” Military spouse writes book about servicewomen By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer Tanya Biank (left), author of the book “Undaunted: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military,” stands with her older sister Col. Maria Biank in her home in Heritage Park. Biank dedicated the book to the colonel. PHOTO BY LISA R. RHODES
  7. 7. 8 NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! Serving a Variety of Businesses & ProfessionalsServing a Variety of Businesses & Professionals 24 Hours 7 Days a Week24 Hours 7 Days a Week A Personal Answering Service, Inc. 410-284-9100 Melissa Mignini, Owner Live Customized Message Services Virtual Office Assistance Call Screening • Appt. Scheduling • Order Taking Confidential, Ethical, Professional • Career skills and credentials • Online, classroom, or hybrid formats • Accelerated course options • Support services After spending fourteen years in the Navy as a digital communications analyst, JUSTIN came to HCC with an ultimate goal of becoming a software engineer. At the college, he found a supportive environment where he was able to meet fellow veterans who could relate to the challenges of balancing civilian life and higher education. Learning That Works for You REGISTER NOW! Fall credit semester beginsAugust 22 Noncredit classes are ongoing The National Disability Forum will be held Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the InternationalTrade Commission Building, Main Hearing Room, 500 E. St. SW, Washington, D.C. RegistrationisrequiredonlinebyFriday at tional_Disability_Forum_Summer_2015. Telephone conferencing will be avail- able for participants not attending in person. Participant call-in number: 800-289- 0436. Participant Pass code:182396# The forum will focus on youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Se- curity Income, or SSI. Youth with disabili- ties is one of the most vulnerable popula- tions that the Social Security Adminis- tration serves. Approximately 1.3 million children re- ceive SSI, and about one-third live in poverty despite these benefits. Policymakershaveexpressedaninterest in improving services and policies that would help these children transition suc- cessfully to adulthood. The forum will feature a panel dis- cussion, “Transitioning SSI Childhood Beneficiaries to Successful Adulthood,” among experts from federal agencies and the nonprofit sector. Topics include: • How SSI youth fare during the transition years • Services available across the federal government to support them • Possible improvements in policies and services for these children and their families. The event will feature opening remarks byVirginiaReno,thedeputycommissioner forRetirementandDisabilityPolicyforthe Social Security Administration. Formoreinformation,gotosocialsecur- National Disability Forum focuses on SSI youths By Matthew Baxter Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration American Water is continuing its annual Water Main Flushing Pro- gram on Monday. The purpose of the program is to provide the best quality water avail- able to customers by removing any buildup of sediment that may have occurred in the water lines. Flushing may result in some tem- porary discoloration and the pres- ence of sediment in the water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of very short duration. During the hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., limit your use of water to help prevent discolored water reach- ing service lines to your residence. If you notice an increase in dis- colored water at your residence, flush all faucets inside for15 minutes. Ifthewaterdoesnotclearup,contact the Water Treatment Plant at 443- 591-0909. This number is monitored daily — 24/7 — 365 days a year. Areas that may be affected from planned flushing through July 24: • Llewellyn Avenue • Cooper Avenue between Mapes Road and Llewellyn Avenue • Mapes Road between Hawkins Drive and Cooper Avenue • English Avenue • Paradise Field Lane • Upton Avenue • Washington Avenue • Buckner Avenue • Butler Street • McKay Street • Croft Place • Eskridge Avenue • Faith Drive • Hartel Street • Gardner Lane • Shea Loop Streets adjacent to Mapes Road and Llewellyn Avenue may see a temporary change in their water during flushing activities. Signs will be posted ahead of any flushing activities to notify custom- ers. Water main flushing continues Every day your local USO provides moments that count in the lives of our troops and their families. From a hot cup of coffee, to a place to relax while traveling and critical services such as emergency housing, the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore is dedicated to serving those who serve. Take a moment to support our troops and their families by donating to your local USO at
  8. 8. Scooping up her 1-year-old son, Keturah Blakeman rushed toward the bandstand at McGlachlin Parade Field with her three other young boys to dance to the music of the Jazz Ambassadors. A dance teacher who has taught ballet, jazz and hip-hop, Blakeman couldn’t help herself. After all, the U.S. Army Field Band Spectators facing Constitution Park gaze at the colorful fireworks display that drew cheers and applause after the daylong celebration. PHOTO BY STEVE RUARK ‘Happy Birthday, America’ Meade community gathers for annual Red, White and Blue Celebration By Rona S. Hirsch Assistant Editor Visitors walk past the variety of food vendors that included gyros, barbecue, tacos, crabcakes, kettle corn, funnel cake, frozen smoothies, Good Humor ice cream and a vintage Good Humor truck that children could climb aboard. PHOTO BY NATE PESCE 10 COVER STORY THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF!
  9. 9. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 COVER STORY 11 ensemble was performing Dixieland jazz. So as the smooth sounds of the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, bass and drums blended in the “hot” jazz standard “Sweet Georgia Brown,” Blakeman leaped to her feet. “Just having fun,” she said smiling. The Meuse Forest resident was among the many fans tapping their toes and swaying to the music of the Jazz Ambassa- dors; Til September classic rock band; and DJ Teddy, aka Platoon Sgt. Teddy Wade of 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera). The live entertainment was part of an array of activities at Fort Meade’s annual Red,WhiteandBlueCelebrationheldJuly2 from 4 to10 p.m. and open to the public. “It’s just us giving back to the community —notjustFortMeade,”GarrisonCommand- er Col. Brian P. Foley said. “This gives an opportunity to the private citizens of Maryland to come here and share a wonderful night with us — a great night for the kids and adults, and great fireworks.” Throughout the day, thousands of com- munity members on and off post streamed ontotheparadefieldfortheearlyIndepend- ence Day celebration capped off by a 30-minute fireworks display. In addition to the live entertainment, the six-hour event featured free children’s attractions — including a zip line, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, teacup ride andaninflatableobstaclecourse—aswellas a variety of food vendors ranging from barbecue, chicken teriyaki, and lobster mac and cheese to funnel cakes and tall fruit drinks. Despitethethreatofrain,crowdssteadily filled the parade field, which was dotted with blankets and lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers. As children jumped and flailed to the music of DJ Teddy, cotton candy vendors walked through the field, hawking light sabers and glow sticks. “This is great for the family, the commu- nity — getting the community out,” said Sharon DeCastro, head bagger at the Fort Meade Commissary, who attended with her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Arnold DeCastro of the 818th Maintenance Company, and their two sons. “I come to all the activities they always have here,” the Meuse Forest resident said. “It’s a great environment, so nice for us to come out here and have a great time with Dan Leavy (left) and Ken Davis perform with their classic rock band Til September led by vocalist Maj. Scott Willens. The roster of live entertainment also featured DJ Teddy and the Jazz Ambassadors, which performed two sets prior to the fire- works. PHOTO BY NATE PESCE "The fireworks were great. It’s what keeps you coming back." Staff Sgt. Mark Blakeman, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade Chief Warrant Officer 2 Carlos Jaime of Odenton takes a spin on the teacup ride with his 5-year-son Christopher. PHOTO BY NATE PESCE See CELEBRATION, page 12 Wearing a harness, Naomi Johnson, 9, of Fort Meade leaps on the Extreme Air Bungee Jumper. The free children’s rides were open for four hours. PHOTO BY NATE PESCE
  10. 10. 12 COVER STORY THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 COVER STORY 13 ourfamilyandfriends.And,wedon’thaveto pay!” DeCastro was joined by her neighbor Carrie Warfel, wife of Staff Sgt. Charles Warfel, an instructor at the Defense In- formation School, and their four children. “They always put on a really good show,” Carrie Warfel said. After zooming down the zip line,13-year- old Julius Warfel checked out the other attractions. “There’s really good food and really fun rides,” said the rising eighth-grader at Brooklyn Park Middle School. “It’s really enjoyable to get out and have an active time instead of staying home and watching TV. ” Popular attractions drew long lines of eager children. Harnessed youngsters gig- gled on the Extreme Air Bungee Jumper, while braver souls mounted the fierce- looking mechanical bull and shrieked as the beast spinned faster and faster before riders fell onto a cushioned mat. “I flew off, but I stayed on a good amount of time,” 12-year-old Grace Miskovsky of Heritage Park said proudly. Sharingpinkcottoncandywithherfriend Mackenzie Dunivent, 14, of Midway Com- mons, Grace had also climbed the rock wall. “That was really, really fun,” said Grace, who is entering MacArthur Middle School. “[The celebration is] good for children. There’s lots to do. Everybody should come on down.” Relaxing in a chair at the edge of the parade field, retired Sgt. Robert White listened to the music as his young family members gathered nearby. “I come every year,” said White, a former contractor for the Directorate of Logistics who resides in Glen Burnie. “After being assigned to FortMeade15years, I decidedto participate in all the events here. “I bring all my nieces and nephews and granddaughter. I’m looking forward to the fireworks. It’s just exciting. And the food is great.” Stephanie Owen, who moved to Heritage Park two months ago, attended with her husband,NavyPettyOfficerMatthewOwen of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland, and their two young children. Saniyah Ruffin of Pittsburgh braves the mechanical bull ride. The 6-year- old visited Fort Meade with family to celebrate the holiday and visit her uncle, Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young of the Defense Media Activity. PHOTO BY NATE PESCE “We’rehavingareallygoodtime;it’svery kid-friendly,” Owen said. “We love fire- works....July4thismyfavoriteholiday.One day a year we see people who care about our country and come out. It’s nice to see everyone put aside they differences and have fun.” As darkness fell and the Jazz Ambassa- dors wrapped up its second set, fireworks emerged from Constitution Park. The ensemble performed “God Bless America” and “Proud To Be An American” before declaring“Happy Birthday, America.” As the fireworks took center stage, crowds cheered and clapped to the cascad- ingshapes thatlitthe cloudy sky. “Oh, man, this is real cool!” shouted one child. “Incredible!”commentedanearbyadult. But it was the finale — the rapid explosions of color — that brought the loudest applause. “Really good,” said Blakeman’s husband, Staff Sgt. Mark Blakeman of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade. “The fire- works were great. It’s what keeps you comingback.” Editor’snote:Toviewanddownloadmore photos, visit ftmeade/. Children toss glow sticks under a cloudy, darkened sky moments before the fireworks show. PHOTO BY STEVE RUARK Fireworks explode during the Red, White and Blue Celebration on July 2. The eagerly anticipated display topped off the six-hour event that drew thousands to McGlachlin Parade Field. PHOTO BY STEVE RUARK ‘Happy Birthday, America’ CELEBRATION, From page 11 Retired Col. Gorham L. Black III, a for- mer Fort Meade garrison commander, salutes during Retreat at McGlachlin Parade Field. PHOTO BY NATE PESCE Sgt. Jason Phillips of Glen Burnie pulls his daughter 4-year-old daughter Amelia (center) and her friends Addison Huffman (left), 4, and Ashlyn Huffman (ob- scured) 1, in a wagon along McGlachlin Parade Field. PHOTO BY STEVE RUARK
  11. 11. It’s been another strong season for the Highsteppers Youth Track and Field team. Thankstoanarmyofdedicatedcoaches, parents and supporters, these blue-and- gold dynamos are heading back to the Junior Olympics next month. The Highsteppers is Fort Meade’s Child, Youth and School Services’ outdoor track and field club for youths age 7 to18. The club was established on Fort Meade in 1984 by Will Gaither and former OlympianretiredMaj.CharlieGreene,who was the 100-meter bronze medalist and 4x100-meterrelaygoldmedalistinthe1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Designed to introduce youths to the joy of competition, the Highsteppers also gets them in shape for other sports, said head coach Bruce Hunter. Power, flexibility, speed, endurance, strength — track and field addresses all of those qualities that are needed to play any sport. “It is a great conditioner for every sport you can think of,” Hunter said. Building self-esteem and getting team members to improve their personnel best are also positive benefits that participants gain from being a part of the club. “In almost every instance, the kids come away with a greater confidence in their abilities,”Huntersaid.“AndIliketothinkit hasacarryoverinotherthingsthattheydo, a carryover into the classroom.” Eleven-year-old Highstepper Emily Rankincompetesinthelongjumpandrace walk events. “It’s a great team to be around,” Emily Members of the Highsteppers take a practice run at the Gaffney Fitness Center track before the team’s competition at Northeast High School in Pasedena on June 25. PHOTOS BY DANIEL KUCIN JR. Highsteppers coach Bruce Hunter speaks to the runners after practice. Members of the track and field team for youths age 7 to 18 will compete in the AAU Junior Olympic Games, which will be held Aug. 1- 8 in Norfolk, Va. Thirteen-year-old Daniel Sherrod practices shot put. The season began the first week of April and ends with the Junior Olympic Games in August. Highsteppers reflect on stellar season, Olympic hopes Ten-year-old Ciara Thomas practices the shot put on June 24. By Veronica Castro Public Affairs Office 14 SPORTS THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF!
  12. 12. said.“It’s very supportiveandkind.” This year’s team includes several mem- bers advancing to the Junior Olympics. But forthe coaches,it’s notaboutthat. “We constantly preach to the kids — as well as the parents — that success is more than just winning or placing in a competi- tion,” Hunter said. “It is also about establishing a personal record. We tell the kids,‘You’reasuccess,you’reachampionin our books if you improve every time you go out and compete,’ ” Huntersaid. HighstepperRobbieHamilton,17,agrees. “Don’tworryaboutnotbeinggoodwhen you first come out,” he said. “The point of track is to make yourself better. So it’s an individual sport, so you’re always trying to improve yourself.” Thecoachesnotedthatthey’vealsoseen some of the members’ health improve while beinga part of theclub. Assistant head coach Olivia Hunter spoke of one team member who had asthma and was not going to continue participating. That all changed when he went to see hisphysician forhis physicals. The doctor said, ‘Young man, I don’t know what you’re doing, but [you] better continue doing it,’ ” Olivia Hunter said. “Each time he would come for his physical, his medication for his asthma was being decreased or removed.” That same youth became a medalist, which is reserved for the top eight competitors in eachevent. Being in the top eight is no small feat. The season starts with 16,000 youths from the continental United States and Puerto Rico who compete to go on to the national championship. Out of those participants, the competi- tion is whittled down to 4,000 to 5,000 youthswhocompeteintrackandfield.The top eight in each event go on to the AAU Junior Olympic Games, which will be held Aug.1-8in Norfolk, Va. Last month, the team participated in a regionalmatchthatresultedin32members advancing to theJunior Olympics. Almost 2,000 youths participated in the Region3meetheldJune25-28atNortheast High School in Pasadena. Region 3 is composed of athletes from the state of Maryland andNorthern Virginia. Butit’snotjusttheathletesthatmakethe Highsteppersthe successfulteam theyare. “Wehavededicatedcoacheswhoarejust out here dedicated to the team,” said Dedra Shears, a team mom. ”We have a team of dedicated team moms who are out here to assist not only the kids, but the parent and the coaches. And then you have the kids who seriously want to excel. They want to do well.” Editor’s note: Youths interested in being a part of the Highsteppers should call CYSS at 301-677-1179. A physical is required before joining theteam. The season begins the first week of April and ends with the Junior Olympic Games in August. To view and download more photos, visit The Highsteppers take a team photo after practice at Gaffney Fitness Center’s track. Several members are advancing to the Junior Olympics. The Highsteppers train before their competition at Northeast High School in Pasadena. Nearly 2,000 youths participated in the Region 3 meet held June 25-28. Region 3 is composed of athletes from Maryland and Northern Virginia. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 SPORTS 15
  13. 13. 16 SPORTS THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! My boss, “The Jibber,” gave me a chance to write a sports column this week — an oppor- tunity I found too hard to pass up. So here it is, sports fans. I hope you enjoy my viewpoint. ButbeforeIcansharemy“two cents” on all things sports, you should probably know a little about my sports philosophy. Likemostsportsfans,Ihave my favorite teams, my favorite sports. But unlike a lot of people, I’m just not a diehard sports fan. Don’t get me wrong. I love football, college and the pros. I think I love basketball even more. March Madness, count me in! NBA playoffs — I’m tuned in from April until a champion is crowned in June. I casually watch major league baseball until the playoffs start. But once they start, I’m all in. Whatseparatesmefrommostfansis that I’m at an age now where I try to rationalize nearly everything I do. And that include sports. If it doesn’t make sense to me, I have a hard time doing it. So when one of my teams loses a big game, instead of getting mad and walking around the house pouting like my son Aaron or my nephew Gary, I simply say to myself, “They’re not paying me.” There’s no shouting at the TV, cussing at players and coaches who can’t hear me or worse, could care less about how I feel about their game. There’s no kicking the dog or tossing the potato chips across the floor. Therefore, there’s no real reason for me to get or stay mad. I have used this rationale for years now and it seems to always work. At best, I’m upset for about five or10 minutes.I’llwatchthepost-gamepress conference (or maybe not), then I get back to living a happy life. My team lost. Whatever! If they paid me, trust me it would be different. You’d see me with bumper stickers on my car, team flags flying in the breeze, and me wearing colorful T-shirts boasting about my favorite team. I know this rationale or sports philosophy doesn’t work for every- body, but it works for me. I consider myself a full-time profes- sional commentator. I love watching great plays and analyzing great games. But I’m not going to let a team losing a game ruin my day. ......................... It’s post Fourth of July. If you take away major league baseball—aprofessionalsport that seems to last forever each year — right now is supposed to be the most boring sports period during the year. There’s no football, basketball or hockey. But as a tennis fan, I’m just fine and I’m having a great time watching Wimbledon, or as the English prefer to call it, The Championships at The All Eng- land Lawn Tennis Club. It’s been a great summer for Ameri- can women. World No. 1 Serena Williams is still on track for a calendar year Grand Slam. Serena won the Australian Open in February and the French Open last month. Meanwhile,AmericansCocoVande- weghe and Madison Key both reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Mon- day. It’s been a long time since three American women have reached a grand slam quarterfinal. Unlike USA’s men’s tennis, it appears USA’s women tennis is moving in the right direction. A win Tuesday over Victoria Aza- renka put Serena in the semifinal for yet another high-drama match with Maria Sharapova. Despite the fact Maria has lost the past15 or16 matches against Serena, this match should be a good one. Both women are playing excellent tennis. Speaking of women’s sports, let me give a quick shoutout to the U.S. women’s national soccer team for its victory Sunday over Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. With the win, America gets another chance to show how inclusive we can be. Who would have thought that there had never been a ticker-tape parade in downtown New York for a female sports team? This subject was trending on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday morning. the New York City mayor’s office explored the logistics and talked with the team, the U.S. Soccer Federation and other partners about a parade. It was finally decided Tuesday evening, according to The New York Times, to throw a ticker-tape parade Friday morning in lower Manhattan. I just started writing and I’m out of space.Imayhavetolobbythebossfora few more column inches next week. JIBBER JABBER - OPINION A summer like no other Philip H. Jones COMMAND INFORMATION CHIEF Body tone Gaffney Fitness Center is offering a full-body resistance-training class on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cost is free and open to all authorized users age 18 and older. For more information, call 310-677- 2349. Hip-Hop Indoor Spin Gaffney Fitness Center is offering Hip- Hop Indoor Spin, a high-energy cardiovas- cular workout, on Wednesdays from 5:15- 6:15 p.m. This class combines cycling with up- beat hip-hop and R&B music. Cost is free and open to all authorized users age 18 and older. For more information, call 410-677- 2349. Youth Sports fall registration Registration for fall sports is underway. Fall sports include: NFL Flag Football, tackle football, volleyball, tennis, soccer and cheerleading. Youth Sports is seeking volunteer coaches for every sport. To register or for more information, go to or call 301-677-1179 or 301-677-1329. Cosmic Bowling The Lanes at Fort Meade offers Cosmic Bowling on Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m. For more information, call 301-677- 5541. Zumba classes Zumba is offered Wednesdays from noon to 12:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thurs- days from 7-8 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Gaffney Fitness Center. The free class, which incorporates Latin dance, is open to all authorized users age 18 and older. For more information, call 301-677- 2349. Football referees wanted CYSS Youth Sports is looking for volun- teer NFL Flag Football referees for ages 6-12. If interested or for more information, call the Youth Sports office at 301-677- 1329 or 301-677-1179. EFMP walking group Exceptional Family Member Program families are invited to join the EFMP walk- ing group on the second and fourth Mon- day of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Arundel Mills Mall, at the entrance between Best Buy and Old Navy. Registration is required. To register, call 301-677-4473. Fort Meade Run Series The annual Fort Meade Run Series continues with the following events: Football Fanfare 5K: Sept. 19, 8 a.m., Constitution Park Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins 5K: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., The Pavilion Turkey Trot 5K: Nov. 21, 8 a.m., Murphy Field House Reindeer Run 5K: Dec. 19, 8 a.m., Mur- phy Field House All runs are open to the public and include a 1-mile walk. Preregistration for individuals costs $15. Registration on event day costs $25. Preregistration costs $45 per family of three to six people and $60 on the day of the event. Preregistration for groups of seven to 10 runners costs $85. All preregistered runners will receive a T-shirt. For more information, call 301-677- 3318. Youth Sports seeks volunteer coaches Volunteer coaches are needed for baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, track, NFL Flag Football, and soccer. All volunteers will receive free training and will be certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. All volunteers must complete a back- ground check. Apply at the Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports & Fitness Office at 1900 Reece Road. For more information, call 301-677-1179 or 301-677-1329. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes are offered every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or medium soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677- 5541. Tae kwon do Child, Youth and School Services offers tae kwon do classes for youths of all ages Tuesdays and Thursday at the Youth Center. Classes are broken into different age groups. Cost is $45 for ages 4 to 6 and $85 for ages 7–17. For more information, call 301-677-1149. SPORTS SHORTS
  14. 14. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 COMMUNITY 17 The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s dis- cretion and may be edited for space and grammar. Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website at and the Fort Meade Facebook page at For more information or to submit an announcement, email dijon.n.rolle.civ or call Editor Dijon Rolle at 301- 677-6806. NEWS & EVENTS 70th ISRW change of command The 25th Air Force commander invites community members to attend the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnais- sance Wing change-of-command ceremony Wednesday at 9 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. Col. Kevin D. Dixon will relinquish com- mand to Col. Thomas K. Hensley. SFL-TAP Employer Day Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (formerly Army Career and Alumni Program) is offering “Employer Day,” a mini career fair, on July 23 from 1-3 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. This event is open to SFL-TAP Soldiers, their spouses and retirees. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, provide contact information for employers and be prepared for a possible interview. The following employers are participat- ing: Department of Homeland Security- Immigration and Customs Enforcement; BCT LLC, Jasint Consulting and Technolo- gies; Johns Hopkins Health System; Leidos scientific, engineering and systems in- tegration services; L-3 Communications; Microsoft; Philadelphia Fire Department; PKW Associates; RCJ Consulting; Secret Service; and the Squires Group. For more information, go to the SFL-TAP Center at 8501 Simonds St., Room 105 or call the office at 301-677-9871. Office closure Effective July 29, the Directorate of Human Resources’ Military Personnel Divi- sion and ID Card Section, located at 2234 Huber Road, will close the last Wednesday of each month from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for training. Clark Road closure Clark Road, between 27th Street and Rockenbach Road, will be closed Wednes- day in both directions and will not reopen. This is a programmed closure to support the construction of the new access control point at Rockenbach Road. A connector road from Ernie Pyle Street to Rockenbach Road is under construction and is expected to be completed around the first week of September. ACS Needs Assessment Survey What programs would you like ACS to provide? Are your expectations of ACS offerings being met? What services have been the most beneficial to you? Make your opinions count by taking a brief ACS Needs Assessment Survey facili- tated by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and In- stallation Management Command. The survey provides a unique opportuni- ty to measure usage and helpfulness of individual ACS programs and services and identify emerging needs related to the Army way of life. The confidential survey is available at through Aug. 30. RAB meeting tonight The next Fort Meade environmental Restoration Advisory Board meeting is today at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction. All community members are invited. RAB meetings are held to keep the public informed of Fort Meade’s environmental cleanup and restoration program, and to provide opportunities for public involve- ment and open discussion. Anyone who would like to learn more about the restoration program or become a RAB member is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 301-677-7999 or visit ates/dpw/environment. (Click on the RAB link.) Summer Concert Series The U.S. Army Field Band will present its weekly Summer Concert Series from Aug. 1-22 at 7 p.m. at Constitution Park. The Saturday evening concerts are free and open to the public. Aug. 1: The Jazz Ambassadors: “One Hundred Years of Billie Holiday” Aug. 8: Concert Band and Soldiers’ Cho- rus: “Army Goes to the Movies” Aug. 15: The Volunteers: “Kings of the Highway: Road Music” Aug. 22: Finale concert featuring the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus: “Tchai- kovsky’s 1812 Overture” For more information, go to armyfield- or call 301-677-6586. Dental rep at Kimbrough A representative from the Tricare Retiree Dental Plan (Delta Dental) will be available Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Kim- brough Ambulatory Care Center in the pharmacy waiting area. Dinner and dance “Magic of Motown” dinner and dance will be held July 31 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Club Meade. The event is open to Club Meade mem- bers and nonmembers, civilians and mil- itary, all ranks and services. Advance tickets are recommended. Cost is $23 for Club Meade members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets purchased at the door cost $27 for club members and $30 for nonmem- bers. For more information, call 301-677-6969. Farmers’ market The Fort Meade Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday through Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion. The farmers market features a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads and hot lunch options. For more information, call 301-677-3579 or 301-252-8688. EDUCATION Financial, Employment Readiness Army Community Service offers Fi- nancial Readiness and Employment Readi- ness classes to all ranks and services and to DoD civilian employees at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. Registration is required for each class. Financial Readiness: Banking Basics: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m. Car Buying: July 21, 9-11 a.m. Basics of Investing: July 28, 9-11 a.m. First Term Financial Readiness (online): July 28 or Aug. 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thrift Savings Plan: Aug. 11, 9-11 a.m. Home Buying: Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to noon Employment Readiness: Social Media for Job Seekers: July 23, 8 a.m. to noon, McGill Training Center To register or for more information, call 301-677-5590 or go to fortmeadeac- NEWS & NOTES See NEWS & NOTES, page 18 RAMADAN OBSERVANCE Fort Meade and the National Security Agency will host the installation’s annual Ramadan Iftar program today at 7 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. This year’s event features guest speaker Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana’s 7th District, and a traditional breaking of the fast and meal. For more information, call Chad Jones, director of the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office, at 301-677-1301. FILE PHOTO
  15. 15. 18 COMMUNITY THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | SOUNDOFF! Free classes The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of classes at its facility at 2212 Chisholm Ave. The free classes are open to DoD ID cardholders including active-duty service members, retirees and their family mem- bers, DoD civilian employees and contrac- tors. Registration is required for each class. Stress Management: Today, 9:30-11:30 a.m. TGPS Workshop (Transition, Goals, Plans and Success): Monday to July 17 or July 27-31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. DTAP Brief: July 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Common Sense Parenting: July 20, 9-10 a.m. Topic: “Parents Are Teachers” Ten Steps to a Federal Job: July 21, 9 a.m. to noon Career Technical Training: July 22-23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anger Management: July 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Medical Records Review: Appointment required To register or for more information, call 301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018. YOUTH ‘Blackbeard The Pirate’ Missoula Children’s Theatre drama camp for grades one to 12 will be held July 20-25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration costs $55. The camp will present a free perform- ance of “Blackbeard The Pirate” on July 25 at 3 p.m. To register or for more information, go to Parent Central Services at 1900 Reece Road or call 301-677-1196. Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School, for ages 4 through fifth grade, will be held Aug. 3-7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Argonne Hills Chapel Center, 7100 Rockenbach Road. Registration is being conducted through July 31. Registration tables are located at the Main Post Chapel and the Chapel Cen- ter. Vacation Bible School is open to all de- nominations postwide. This year’s theme is Weird Animals: “Where Jesus’ Love is One- of-a-Kind.” This year’s VBS is limited to the first 40 preschool children and 125 elementary-age children. For more information, call Marcia East- land at 301-677-0386 or Sheila Stewart at 301-677-6038. Weekly playgroup Children ages 4 and younger are invited to a weekly playgroup held every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Family Advo- cacy Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The playgroup features a variety of en- gaging activities to build strong parent- child relationships. Space is limited. Registration is required for each session. For more information, call 301-677-5590. RECREATION Out & About • The Annapolis Irish Festival will be held Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals High- way. Tickets cost $15 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Service members with a valid military ID and one guest will be admitted for free on Friday. The event will feature national and re- gional music groups, Irish step dancers, competitions, and vendors offering Irish crafts, foods, clothing and jewelry. Leprechaun Land is free for children and open Saturday only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents must purchase tickets to the festival to accompany children in Lepre- chaun Land, which will feature a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon sculptures and hats, activities and culture, and a mu- sic show with Seamus Kennedy. No coolers, pets, outside beverages or food, or pop-up tents are permitted. For a complete schedule, go to annapo- • The 13th Annual Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. A free event will be Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. The event celebrates the common ground of the traditional arts including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, West Afri- can, Celtic, Native American, rock and world music on four stages; a beer garden; juried arts and crafts, arts and food ven- dors. Tickets for adults cost $30 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday. Tickets for all weekend cost $50. Tickets for children ages 6-12 cost $10 per day. All-weekend passes for seniors and teens ages 13-17 cost $45; tickets for Sat- urday cost $25 and tickets for Sunday costs $20. For more information, call 410-857-2290 or go to • Maryland Battle of the Beast is being held through Sept. 30 at the J Bar W Ranch, 10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, rain or shine. Gates open at 5 p.m. Event ends about 9:30 p.m. Event includes full rodeo, bull riding, barrel racing, wild cow milking and mutton bustin’. Little Wranglers Rodeo is held 5:30-6 p.m. Free with admission. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Food available for purchase (cash only). Bleacher seating; bring a blanket to sit in comfort. For more information, call 301-898-9841 or go to • Sunset Serenades are presented Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and picnic.. Wednesday: Slick Hampton - jazz fusion July 22: Shotgun Shack - classic rock July 29: Jenee´ - R&B, soul Aug. 5: Soul Island Rebels - eclectic blues funk & roots Aug. 12: Higher Hands - funky soul fusion Refreshments are available for sale. Boat rentals available at Centennial Park, cash only. The Community Action Council of How- ard County will collect nonperishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. For a recorded announcement about cancellation due to inclement or heat- related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5 p.m. on the day of the performance. For more information, call 410-313-4700. • Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, will be held July 17 and July 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Baltimore. The annual event features more than 150 fine artists, fashion designers and crafts- people; visual art exhibits, outdoor sculp- ture, art cars, and photography; live con- certs on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demon- strations, children’s entertainers and street theater; and an international menu of food and beverages throughout the festival site. Artscape takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts and Entertainment District neighborhoods. For more information, go to • The 37th Anniversary of the Mont- pelier Summer Concert Series in Laurel is helds Fridays through Aug. 7. Bring a picnic and blanket or chair and enjoy free performances on the west lawn of the Montpelier Mansion grounds. Concerts are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday: Four Star Combo (rockabilly, honky tonk) July 17: Shakespeare in the Park featuring “ Romeo and Juliet” (Rain location: Deer- field Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel- Bowie Road, Route 197) July 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: The Tribe (rhythm and blues, jazz, soul, funk) Aug. 7: Jazz Caravan (blues, swing, Mo- town) In the event of heavy rain, concerts will be canceled. Call 301-953-7882 after 5 p.m. the day of the concert for verification. MEETINGS 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 Friday. The association is open to active, retired, Reserve and National Guard E9s of any uniformed service. All E9s in this area are invited to attend a breakfast and meet the membership. For more information, go to Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Re- serve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is Saturday. Active-duty, Reserve and retired members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are invited. For more information, call 443- 604-2474 or 410-768-6288. Marriage Enrichment Group, spon- sored by Army Community Service, meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3-4 p.m. at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. The next meeting is Monday. For more informa- tion, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hob- good at 301-677-5590. Military District of Washington Ser- geant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Dining Facility in Virginia. The next meeting is Wednesday. All members and those interested in joining the club are welcome. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Erica Lehmkuhl at or 301-833-8415. Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the third Wednesday of every month from 3-4 p.m. in the audito- rium of the Airman Leadership School, 8470 Zimborski Ave. The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information, call 831-521-9251 or go to Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is July 16 from 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the NEWS & NOTES, From page 17
  16. 16. SOUNDOFF! | THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 COMMUNITY 19 America Building, River Conference Room (next to the Prostate Center), third floor. Spouses/partners are invited. Military ID is required for base access. Men without a military ID should call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least four business days prior to the event for base access. For more information, call retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918 or email Meade Rod and Gun Club will meet July 16 at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant and Odie’s Pub at 1210 Annapolis Road, Oden- ton, in the banquet hall in back of the build- ing. The club usually meets the first Thurs- day of the month. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information, call Charisma Woo- ten at 240-568-6055. Calling All Dads, for expecting fathers and fathers with children of all ages, meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Family Advo- cacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is July 20. Children are welcome. Registration is required. For more information, call 301-677-4118. Families Dealing with Deployment meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. Children welcome. The next meeting is July 20. The group is for families experiencing an upcoming or current deployment, or who have recently returned from deployment. For more information, call 301-677-5590 or email Retired Enlisted Association meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is July 21. For more information, visit or call Elliott Phillips, local president, at 443-790- 3805; Charles M. Green, local president at 443-610-4252; or Arthur R. Cooper, past national president, at 443-336-1230. The Enlisted Association is seeking members to join its ranks in an effort to increase membership. The membership is open to any enlisted person eligible for retired pay from an active or Reserve com- ponent of the U.S. Armed Forces, either for length of service or permanent medical disability, and is eligible for regular mem- bership including life membership. Active-duty, Reserve and National Guard enlisted personnel are eligible for regular membership only. A retired member ad- vanced to commissioned or warrant officer status, either through recall to active duty or on the retired list, will remain eligible for regular membership as long as dues are kept current. For more information about becoming a TREA member, go to or call Charles Green, the local chapter president, at 443- 610-4252 or email Women’s Empowerment Group meets Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. to provide a safe, confidential arena for the support, education and empowerment of women who have experienced past or present family violence. Location is only disclosed to partici- pants. To register, call Samantha Herring, victim advocate, at 301-677-4124 or Kath- erine Lamourt, victim advocate, at 301-677- 4117. Moms Walking Group, sponsored by Parent Support, meets Thursdays from 8:30-9:15 a.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. To register, call 301-677-3617. Project Healing Waters meets Thurs- days from 6-8 p.m. at the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center, 2462 85th Medi- cal Battalion Ave. The project is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded warriors and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying and outings. For more information, call Larry Vawter, program leader, at 443-535-5074 or email Dancing with the Heroes, free ballroom dance lessons for the Warrior Transition Unit, meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center in the seminar room. Participants should wear loose clothing, comfortable shoes with leather soles. No super high heels or flip-flops. Spanish Christian Service is conducted Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Cavalry Chapel located at 8465 Simonds St. and 6th Ar- mored Cavalry Road. For more information, call Elias Mendez at 301-677-7314 or 407-350-8749. Couples Communication meets every Monday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program Center, 2462 85th Medi- cal Battalion Ave. The session is aimed at helping couples develop tools to enhance their relationship, gain problem-solving strategies, and create a long-lasting relationship. For more in- formation, call 301-677-4118. Cub Scout Pack 377 invites boys in first through fifth grades, or ages 7 to 10, to attend its weekly Monday meetings at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Cubmaster Christopher Lassiter at pack377_cm@ya- or Committee Chairperson Marco Cilibert at Boy Scout Troop 377 meets Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center on Rockenbach Road. The troop is actively recruiting boys ages 11 to 18. For more information, email Lisa Yetman, at; Scoutmaster Ed Smith at; or Wen- dall Lawrence, committee chairperson, at To see what the troop offers, go to Catholic Women of the Chapel meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for prayer and Bible study in the Main Post Chapel, 4419 Llewellyn Ave. Monthly programs are held Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The group is open to all women in the community ages 18 and older — active duty, retiree and civilian — for prayer, faith fellowship, and service. For more information, email Mariana Yinh at American Legion Post 276 is open to veterans and active-duty service members at 8068 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Break- fast may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. Lunches may be purchased from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy Hour is 4-6 p.m. Dinner may be purchased at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Membership discounts are offered for active-duty military. For more information, call 410-969-8028 or visit americanlegion- Odenton Masonic Center, located at 1206 Stehlik Drive, invites the community, local military, fire/emergency services and local businesses to enjoy its breakfast and specialty dinners. The center offers a fundraising “all-you- can-eat” breakfast every second Sunday from 7-11 a.m. Fundraising specialty dinners are held the third Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Menus vary and are listed on the center’s website at Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the fourth Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Lanes. The next meeting is July 26. For more information, call Betty Jones at 410-992-1123. Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Club Meade. The next prayer breakfast is Aug. 6. There is no cost for the buffet. Donations are optional. All Fort Meade employees, family members, and civilian and military personnel are invited. For more information, call 301-677-6703. National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anne Arundel County offers a free sup- port 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 An- napolis Road. The next meeting is Aug. 6. For more information, visit Fort Meade TOP III Association meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Courses. The next meeting is Aug. 12. The association is open to all Air Force active-duty and retired senior non- commissioned officers. For more informa- tion, call Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacob at 443-479-0616 or email The movie schedule is subject to change. Forarecordedannouncementofshowings, call 301-677-5324. Further listings are available on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website at www.aa- Movies start Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. PRICES: Tickets are $6 for adults (12 and older) and $3.50 for children. 3D Movies: $8 adults, $5.50 children. Today through July 25 Friday & Sunday: “Tomorrowland” (PG). Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. With George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie. Saturday: “Poltergeist” (PG-13). A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive. With Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements. July 17, 19 & 25: “Jurassic World” (PG-13). A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction — a genetically-modified giant stealth killing machine — escapes con- tainment and goes on a killing spree. With Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins. July 18: “Pitch Perfect 2” (PG-13). After a humiliating command perform- ance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that noAmericangrouphaseverwoninorder to regain their status and right to perform. With Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld. MOVIES TNS