Community News and Notes – March 2, 2017

The deadline for Soundoff! community “News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All submissions are posted at the editor’s discretion and may be edited for space and grammar.

Look for additional community events on the Fort Meade website and the Fort Meade Facebook page.

New way to submit announcements

Community members can advertise their upcoming event, meeting or class on the Soundoff! community announcements page by visiting and clicking on the Public Affairs Office tab and calling the listed phone number or emailing

Requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the event, meeting or class.


VCC hours

Operating hours at the Demps Visitor Control Center are Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 902 Reece Road.

The VCC is closed weekends and from 7 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of each month for training.

All individuals who do not have a DoD-issued identification card must go to the VCC for a day pass.

Visit the VCC at least 10 business days in advance to apply for a long-term access pass.

Visitors who arrive on post when the VCC is closed must be escorted on post by an authorized DoD cardholder. This includes weekends and federal holidays.

For more information, call the VCC at 301-677-1064 or visit the Fort Meade Facebook page for announcements on temporary changes to operating hours.

Exchange facilities to shift hours

As a result of limited staffing due to the federal hiring freeze, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is reducing hours of operation at the following restaurants on Fort Meade:

  • Burger King
    • Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Domino’s Pizza
    • Monday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Charley’s Grilled Subs
    • Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Boston Market
    • Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Arby’s
    • Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are working very hard to maintain operations throughout the duration of the hiring freeze by increasing part-time employees’ hours,” Exchange General Manager Joanne Cahalan said.

“We will continue to shift resources to maintain services during peak hours, and thank the community for their patience and understanding.

“We look forward to resuming regular hours as soon as possible.”

Walk-in attorney consultations

The Fort Meade Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides walk-in attorney consultations on Tuesdays beginning at 8 a.m.

Each consultation slot is 30 minutes.

Clients may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment if the 30-minute consult time is insufficient to address all legal issues.

Consults will not be provided for domestic relations matters, wills or other estate planning documents.

The number of walk-in slots are limited.

To be scheduled for a walk-in consultation, visit the Legal Assistance Division, located at 4217 Morrison St., Suite 120, at 8 a.m. Tuesdays.

For more information, call the Legal Assistance Division at 301-677-9504 or 301-677-9536.

Citizenship appointments

Army Community Service will host a Joint Services seminar with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Baltimore.

United States of America Citizenship Appointments is today from 4:30-6 p.m. at ACS, 830 Chisholm Ave.

The free seminar is open to service members, retirees, DoD civilian employees and their family members.

Preregistration is required.

Appointments are scheduled in 15-minute increments. The final appointment is at 5:45 p.m.

Bring the following to your appointment:

  • Supporting documentation
  • Letters received from USCIS Office
  • Forms to be completed

Questions regarding green cards, passports, citizenship and other issues.

For more information, call 301-677-5590 or go online.

RAB meeting

Fort Meade will conduct a Restoration Advisory Board meeting on March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction.

RAB meetings are held to keep the public informed of Fort Meade’s environmental cleanup and restoration program, and provide opportunities for public involvement and open discussion.

Major topics for this meeting include annual updates on various long-term monitoring sites.

Members of the public and the media are invited.

Community members who would like to learn more about the restoration program or become a RAB member are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 301-677-7999 or visit the RAB website. Click on the RAB link.

Right Arm Night

Bring your right arm service member, co-worker or employee to Club Meade for a fun evening of free food, music, dancing, prizes and camaraderie on March 16 from 4-6 p.m.

Beverages are available for purchase. The free event is open to all ranks and all services, military or civilian.

To reserve a table, call 301-677-6969.

Child care providers needed

Family child care providers are needed.

Providers will receive training including: activity organization, USDA approved meal planning, designing learning environments, child development and becoming infant/child/adult first aid & CPR certified.

For more information, call the Family Child Care office at 301-677-1160.

Technical Job Fair

The Fort Meade Technical Job Fair will be held March 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

The free event is open to all job seekers.

More than 65 employers will attend. Bring resumes.

Candidates with security clearance are encouraged to attend.

A “resume doctor” will provide free resume evaluation and preparation assistance.

A shuttle bus will take job seekers from the Visitor Control Center at the Reece Road gate to the front door of Club Meade and back.

Find a complete list of employers online. Click on Job Fair.

Tax preparation services

Free income tax preparation services are offered through April 18 at the Fort Meade Joint Installation Tax Center at 4217 Roberts Ave.

Free tax preparation and e-filing will be provided for active-duty service members, retirees and dependents who are valid ID cardholders.

Eligible patrons may schedule an appointment by calling 301-677-9366.

Prize drawing

Each month through April, Leisure Travel Services offers customer appreciation prize drawings.

Patrons must enter each month to be eligible to win. No purchase is necessary.

Winners are drawn on the last day of the month.

  • March: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore or the B&O Railroad Museum.
  • April: Win four tickets (two adults and two children) to Medieval Times in Arundel Mills.

Tickets are available to these attractions at Leisure Travel Services.

For more information, call 301-677-7354.

Flea Market

Fort Meade’s indoor Flea Market opens May 6 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion.

Admission is free and is open to patrons with access to the installation.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Post Thrift Shop’s monthly Saturday Sale at its new location across from the Pavilion.

Vendor spaces are limited. Each 8-foot by 8-foot space includes one table and two chairs. An additional table costs $5.

Vendor space cost $15 in advance through May 3.

Registration at the door costs $20.

Non DoD cardholders must preregister by April 20. Preregistration will authorize entry onto the installation.

To reserve a space, call 301-677-3579.


Senior Service College Fellowship

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center is accepting applications for the 2017-18 SSCF program through March 23.

The SSCF program is a 10-month educational opportunity conducted under the auspices of the Defense Acquisition University at Aberdeen Proving Ground; Huntsville, Ala.; and Warren, Mich.

The fellowship is open to permanent Department of the Army acquisition civilians in grades GS-14/15 or broadband equivalents.

Non-Army personnel may apply and must submit their applications in accordance with the Army DACM process.

Find complete program information and application requirements online.

For more information about the program, contact Jim Oman at or 410-272-9470.

Judges needed

Judges are needed for the Solley Elementary Science Fair on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the school at 7608 Solley Road in Glen Burnie.

See what Solley students are investigating and creating in science and STEM classes.

Refreshments will be provided for all judges.

Arrive at 8 a.m., noon or 4 p.m. to learn how to judge. Spend 1.5 hours evaluating projects using a rubric.

You will meet with other judges and select your top three projects for each grade.

For more information, email or call 410-222-6473, ext. 31.

Financial, Employment Readiness

Joint Services offers workshops and briefings by Army Community Service at the Community Readiness Center, 830 Chisholm Ave., and the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center at 2212 Chisholm Ave., unless otherwise noted.

The free classes are open to active-duty service members and family members, DoD civilian employees and retirees.

Registration is required for each class.


  • TGPS (Transition, Goals, Plans, Services) Five-Day Workshops: March 20-24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., FFSC
  • Retiree Brief: Monday, 8-11:30 a.m., FFSC
  • Sponsorship Training: Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m., FFSC
  • Joint Pre-Deployment Brief: March 16, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Pre-Separation Brief: March 16, 9-11:30 a.m., FFSC


  • Banking Basics: Tuesday, 9-11 a.m., ACS
  • Gambling Awareness: March 21, 9-11 a.m., ACS


  • Job Search Strategies: March 14, 9 a.m. to noon, FFSC
  • Ten Steps To A Federal Job: March 28, 9 a.m. to noon, FFSC

Life Skills

  • Anger Management: Today, 9-11 a.m., FFSC
  • To register, call FFSC at 301-677-9017 or ACS at 301-677-5590, or visit


Anne Arundel County Public Library is offering events to mark Women’s History Month. The programs, held at nine libraries, run through March 25.

Events include a series celebrating outstanding Hispanic women at the Annapolis Regional Library.

On April 4 at 6:30 p.m., the program will focus on the accomplishments of local Hispanic women who have enhanced the quality of life in the community.

Other events include:

Hands of Harmony Sign Language Concert: Saturday at 11 a.m. at Deale Community Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road

For more information, call 410-222-1925.

Living History: Georgia O’Keeffe: Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Edgewater Senior Center, 27 Stepney Lane, Edgewater

Enjoy a living history interpretation portraying the long life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

For more information, call 410-222-1927.

Culture Queen: March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Broadneck Community Library, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis

Family event features African, calypso, jazz and hip-hop beats.

For more information, call 410-222-1905.

For more information about library events, visit


Teen Center events

The Fort Meade Teen Center offers the following activity:

  • Etiquette Class: Today and March 16, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.
  • Paint & Snack: Tuesday and March 21 and 28 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Comic Day: Today, 5 p.m. Bring your favorite comic or graphic novel to share and discuss.
  • Race Day 10-Miler: Friday, 6 p.m.
    • Set-up includes two steering wheels with pedals for teens to compete in auto sport challenges.
  • Smash Bros. Tournament: Wednesday, 5 p.m.
  • Shamrock Rock Party: March 17, 8 p.m.
    • The St. Patrick’s Day-themed dance party features food and music. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for guests.

For more information, call 301-677-6054.

Youth Center events

The Youth Center will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Youths will participate in “lucky shamrock” inspired activities and snacks while learning the history of St. Patrick’s Day.

For more information, call 301-677-1437.


Out & About

BOSS is sponsoring a New York City trip for single service members on March 18 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes transportation.

Trip includes visits to the 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. For more information, call Spc. Derek Young at 301-677-6868.

Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show will be held this weekend at Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Hours are: Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Features include improvement exhibits, craft show, orchid show, wine tasting, seminars, bouquet giveaways and a petting zoo.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6 years old. On Friday, all tickets are $5.

Admission is free for active-duty military, police and fire employees with ID. Maryland Spring Craft Show admission is $6.

Find more information online or call 410-863-1180.

Harlem Globetrotters will perform March 25 at 2 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Discounted tickets at Leisure Travel Services cost $27, $32 and $48. For more information or tickets, go to LTS at 6530B York Road or call LTS at 301-677-7354.

Leisure Travel Services offers its next monthly bus trip to New York City on March 18 at 7 a.m. Cost is $65. Discounted tickets to attractions will be provided. For more information, call 301-677-7354.


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.

Meade Branch 212 of the Fleet Reserve Association meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is 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.

Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s next luncheon meeting is March 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Park Community Center. The topic is “Mind Your P’s and Q’s.” Food will be provided by Wegmans.

Reservations required by Monday at

Marriage Enrichment Group, sponsored 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 information, call Celena Flowers or Jessica Hobgood at 301-677-5590.

Single Parent Support Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at School Age Services, 1900 Reece Road. Children welcome. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call 301-677-7823.

Kritikos Toastmasters Club meets the first three Mondays of every month at 6:15 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton. The next meeting is Monday.

The club offers an opportunity to service members and civilian residents in the Fort Meade community to improve their public speaking skills in a supportive environment.

For more information, go to the Kritikos Toastmasters Club website or call 410-305-9190.

Glen Burnie NARFE Chapter 1519 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 7436 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

The next meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees is Tuesday.

The speaker is Anne Healy from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, who will discuss health care changes.

Federal employees and retirees who are members of NARFE are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Barbara Jacobs at 410-969-5980.

Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the third Wednesday of every month from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Airman Leadership School, 8470 Zimborski Ave. The next meeting is Wednesday. Find more information online or call 831-521-9251.

Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday. For more information, email Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, club vice president, at

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 March 16 from 1-2 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the America Building, River Conference Room, 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

Enlisted Spouses’ Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Potomac Place Community Center, 4998 Second Corps Blvd. Location and time subject to change. The next meeting is March 16 at 6:30 p.m. For child care during ESC functions, email membership@FtMeadeESC.

For information, call 301-908-3773.

Moms of Multiples Group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Program, 2462 85th Medical Battalion Ave. The next meeting is March 16. Group topics include sharing, sibling integration, time management, schedules and positive discipline. For more information, call 301-677-4118.

Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7 p.m. at the Glen Burnie North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. The next meeting is March 16.

For more information, visit the website or call 443-883-1429.

Meade Area Garden Club will meet March 17 at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, Jessup.

Maria Price-Nowakowski of Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm in Severn will present a program on roses. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

The club features nine informative and fun programs throughout the year plus trips, activities relating to gardening, and a bake sale in the fall. Annual membership is $20.  For more information, call Jennifer Garcia, membership chair, at 443-949-8348, or Sharon Durney, club president, at 410-761-5019.

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 March 20. The group is for families experiencing an upcoming or current deployment, or the service members who have recently returned from deployment.

For more information, call 301-677-7823.

Society of Military Widows meets for brunch the third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting is March 21. For more information, call Betty Jones, 410-992-1123.

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