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THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 | 67th Year Number 27
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Aug.1, 7 p.m.: Jazz Ambassadors Summer Concert - Consititution Park
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Hello again, Team Meade.
thank all who worked so hard
to make our Independence
Day celebration on July 2
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
community safe was tremen-
dous, and we all owe the
garrison staff and Team Meade partners
who contributed a big thank you!
re-state the key tenets of my leadership
philosophy for the newly arrived.
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
have to care about our military, our
profession and the organization you are a
I believe you will be effective at whatever
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
push forward with a sense of purpose and
drive to successfully accomplish the task at
employees informed, and to do our abso-
lute best to explain and communicate all
decisions made at every level within the
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-
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
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
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
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
This has been our most enjoyable and
rewarding assignment in 25 years, and we
look forward to the year ahead!
Caring for, communicating
with the Fort Meade workforce
Col. Brian P.
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
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The annual Fort Meade Summer Con-
cert Series begins Aug. 1 at Constitution
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
Lauren Curran, musician. “Fort Meade is
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
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
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
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
• Aug. 15: “Kings of the Highway:
America’s Road Music” performed by
• Aug. 22: “Finale Concert with ‘1812
Overture,’ Continental Color Guard and
the Presidential Salute Battery” per-
formed by the Concert Band and Soldiers’
Editor’s note: For more information on
the Army Field Band and future perform-
ances, visit ArmyFieldBand.com.
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
“The Press Center gives media a direct
connection to the Public Affairs Office so
they need,” Fort Meade Public Affairs
Officer Chad Jones said. “It’s also a great
place to find out what is happening on the
“If you’re looking for a story, the Fort
Meade Press Center is a good place to
from the installation’s website at ftmea-
de.army.mil, 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
for a color guard, anthem singer and other
The form also can be used to request
coverage of an event or issue in the
The Press Center makes it easier to find
as downloadable photos and video footage
featuring Fort Meade.
nication platform,” Jones said. “It allows us
to target the right markets for the right
stories and helps us track media queries
the Press Center can be accessed from any
computer, tablet or smart phone, a feature
that is vital to keeping public affairs
“In the past, we relied on Facebook,
Twitter and text alerts to update residents
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
Media that would like to be included on
Fort Meade’s media list should visit the
For more information, visit www.ftmea-
depresscenter.com or contact Mary Doyle
at 301-677-5592 or mary.l.doyle14.civ
@mail.mil, or Veronica Castro at 301-677-
1465 or email@example.com.
Fort Meade launches Press Center website
Fort Meade Public Affairs Office
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Wearing a black T-shirt bearing the
likeness of rock guitar legend Jimi
Hendrix, Cheyenne Graham stood on a
crowded sidewalk outside of McGill
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
on June 30 as part of a two-day
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-
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-
This was the first time that AAWDC
held a teen internship orientation at Fort
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
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
Besides information-gathering at Fort
Meade and Camden Yards, the partici-
pants go out on job interviews with
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
The bulk of the program’s participants
come from the Brooklyn Park and Glen
Burnie areas, according to McGarry.
visited tables that offered materials and
and medical fields. Among the offerings
were customized faux Army dog tags.
At the same time, they were invited
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
here and see everything.”
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
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
“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
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
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.
Army Community Service to celebrate 50th birthday
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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
But the outdoor program also affords
the same opportunity to active-duty serv-
The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade
took advantage of this opportunity, thanks
to the generosity of the Heroes on the
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.
MI who helped organize the outing.
“Most [participants] have never been on
they probably wouldn’t do on their own
time,” he said. “And it’s good team-
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
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-
“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
“We offer the same opportunities for all
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,”
“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
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.
the Heroes on the Water-Maryland chapter,
go to www.facebook.com/HeroesOnThe-
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
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Tanya Biank dedicated her second
book on military life to her older sister, a
Col. Maria Biank works for a U.S.
Cyber Command unit located at Defense
Information Systems Agency head-
“I’m very humbled by it,” the colonel
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.
retired Army colonel.
Tanya Biank is also the author of
“Under The Sabers,” published in 2006.
inspiration for the popular television
show “Army Wives,” which aired on the
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
“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
The servicewomen in the book range
from their early 20s to mid-50s, and their
ranks range from junior enlisted to
“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
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
Army wives in Fayetteville near Fort
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,”
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,
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
“She brings their individual experi-
encesto life. She truly has a gift for telling
Biank said there is interest in “Un-
daunted” from producers and that she is
working on a new project currently
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
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
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analyst, JUSTIN came to HCC with
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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,
Telephone conferencing will be avail-
able for participants not attending in
Participant call-in number: 800-289-
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-
Approximately 1.3 million children re-
ceive SSI, and about one-third live in
poverty despite these benefits.
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.
• How SSI youth fare during the
• Services available across the federal
government to support them
• Possible improvements in policies and
services for these children and their
The event will feature opening remarks
Social Security Administration.
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.
the Water Treatment Plant at 443-
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-
Water main flushing continues
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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
gathers for annual
Red, White and
By Rona S. Hirsch
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
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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
“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
from 4 to10 p.m. and open to the public.
“It’s just us giving back to the community
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
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
a variety of food vendors ranging from
barbecue, chicken teriyaki, and lobster mac
and cheese to funnel cakes and tall fruit
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
“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-
PHOTO BY NATE PESCE
"The fireworks were
great. It’s what keeps you
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
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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
“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.
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
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
Stephanie Owen, who moved to Heritage
Park two months ago, attended with her
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
kid-friendly,” Owen said. “We love fire-
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
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
But it was the finale — the rapid
explosions of color — that brought the
“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
photos, visit www.flickr.com/photos/
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
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
It’s been another strong season for the
Highsteppers Youth Track and Field team.
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
was the 100-meter bronze medalist and
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
“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
a carryover into the classroom.”
Eleven-year-old Highstepper Emily
“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.
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!
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
our books if you improve every time you go
out and compete,’ ” Huntersaid.
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
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
Out of those participants, the competi-
tion is whittled down to 4,000 to 5,000
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
advancing to theJunior Olympics.
Almost 2,000 youths participated in the
High School in Pasadena. Region 3 is
composed of athletes from the state of
Maryland andNorthern Virginia.
Highsteppersthe successfulteam theyare.
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
Editor’s note: Youths interested in being a
part of the Highsteppers should call CYSS at
301-677-1179. A physical is required before
The season begins the first week of April
and ends with the Junior Olympic Games in
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.
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My boss, “The Jibber,” gave
me a chance to write a sports
column this week — an oppor-
tunity I found too hard to pass
So here it is, sports fans. I
hope you enjoy my viewpoint.
cents” on all things sports, you
should probably know a little
about my sports philosophy.
my favorite teams, my favorite
sports. But unlike a lot of
people, I’m just not a diehard
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.
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
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
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
At best, I’m upset for about five or10
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
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
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.
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
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
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
few more column inches next week.
JIBBER JABBER - OPINION
A summer like no other
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-
Hip-Hop Indoor Spin
Gaffney Fitness Center is offering Hip-
Hop Indoor Spin, a high-energy cardiovas-
cular workout, on Wednesdays from 5:15-
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-
Youth Sports fall registration
Registration for fall sports is underway.
Fall sports include: NFL Flag Football,
tackle football, volleyball, tennis, soccer
Youth Sports is seeking volunteer
coaches for every sport.
To register or for more information, go
to ftmeademwr.com or call 301-677-1179
The Lanes at Fort Meade offers Cosmic
Bowling on Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m.
For more information, call 301-677-
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-
Football referees wanted
CYSS Youth Sports is looking for volun-
teer NFL Flag Football referees for ages
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.,
Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins 5K: Oct. 24, 8
a.m., The Pavilion
Turkey Trot 5K: Nov. 21, 8 a.m., Murphy
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
Preregistration for groups of seven to
10 runners costs $85.
All preregistered runners will receive a
For more information, call 301-677-
Youth Sports seeks
Volunteer coaches are needed for
baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse,
basketball, track, NFL Flag Football, and
All volunteers will receive free training
and will be certified through the National
Youth Sports Coaches Association.
All volunteers must complete a back-
Apply at the Child, Youth and School
Services’ Youth Sports & Fitness Office at
1900 Reece Road.
For more information, call 301-677-1179
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
For more information, call 301-677-
Tae kwon do
Child, Youth and School Services offers
tae kwon do classes for youths of all ages
Tuesdays and Thursday at the Youth
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.
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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
www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort Meade
Facebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade.
For more information or to submit an
announcement, email dijon.n.rolle.civ
@mail.mil or call Editor Dijon Rolle at 301-
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
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
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.
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
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
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 www.ftmeade.army.mil/director-
ates/dpw/environment. (Click on the RAB
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-
band.com 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
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-
For more information, call 301-677-6969.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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-
Registration is required for each class.
Stress Management: Today, 9:30-11:30
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
Topic: “Parents Are Teachers”
Ten Steps to a Federal Job: July 21, 9 a.m.
Career Technical Training: July 22-23, 8
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anger Management: July 30, 9:30-11:30
Medical Records Review: Appointment
To register or for more information, call
301-677-9017 or 301-677-9018.
‘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-
Vacation Bible School is open to all de-
nominations postwide. This year’s theme is
Weird Animals: “Where Jesus’ Love is One-
This year’s VBS is limited to the first 40
preschool children and 125 elementary-age
For more information, call Marcia East-
land at 301-677-0386 or Sheila Stewart at
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
The playgroup features a variety of en-
gaging activities to build strong parent-
Space is limited. Registration is required
for each session.
For more information, call 301-677-5590.
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-
Tickets cost $15 on Friday and $25 on
Service members with a valid military ID
and one guest will be admitted for free on
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.,
A free event will be Saturday from 9 p.m.
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-
Tickets for adults cost $30 on Saturday
and $25 on Sunday. Tickets for all weekend
Tickets for children ages 6-12 cost $10
All-weekend passes for seniors and
teens ages 13-17 cost $45; tickets for Sat-
urday cost $25 and tickets for Sunday costs
For more information, call 410-857-2290
or go to commongroundonthehill.org.
• Maryland Battle of the Beast is being
held through Sept. 30 at the J Bar W Ranch,
10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge, rain
Gates open at 5 p.m. Event ends about
Event includes full rodeo, bull riding,
barrel racing, wild cow milking and mutton
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
For more information, call 301-898-9841
or go to jbarwranch.com.
• 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
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 artscape.org.
• 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,
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-
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.
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
All members and those interested in
joining the club are welcome. For more
information, contact Master Sgt. Erica
Lehmkuhl at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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 AFSA254.org.
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
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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
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
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 trea.org 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
For more information about becoming a
TREA member, go to trea.org or call Charles
Green, the local chapter president, at 443-
610-4252 or email Cgreen151@verizon.net.
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
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-
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-
hoo.com or Committee Chairperson Marco
Cilibert at email@example.com.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org; Scoutmaster Ed
Smith at email@example.com; 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
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
Menus vary and are listed on the center’s
website at odentonlodge209.net.
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
Monthly Prayer Breakfast, hosted by
the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, is held the
first Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at
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 namiaac.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The movie schedule is subject to change.
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
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,
July 18: “Pitch Perfect 2” (PG-13).
After a humiliating command perform-
ance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas
enter an international competition that
to regain their status and right to
perform. With Anna Kendrick, Rebel
Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld.