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    Fort Meade Declassified

    Audio | Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs

    About

    A bi-weekly podcast about life in the military and the Fort Meade Community. We will cover a wide range of topics from information about services available to service members and their families to what it means to serve our nation.



    Episodes


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 48 Howard and Anne Arundel County Workforce Development

      On this episode we talk about employment services for spouses, veterans and transitioning service members. Anthony Matsen, a spouse of a Marine stationed in our area, joins us to talk about his experience with the Workforce Development program and the challenges of being a military spouse. Tune in! Workforce development sites: https://www.annapolis.gov/1449/Anne-Arundel-Workforce-Development-Corpo https://www.howardcountymd.gov/howardworkforce

      01/11/2022


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 47 ASAP and Winter Weather Update

      On the final episode of 2021 we close out with an important message about staying healthy and safe during the winter holidays. We talk with Sampson Robinson from the Army Substance Abuse Program about healthy habits and being responsible. Also, we have some important info about winter weather and how to stay informed. Tune in! Resources if you need someone to talk to: National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, press 1 Fort Meade ASAP: 301-677-2727 Maryland Suicide Prevention Hotline: Dial 211, press 1

      12/14/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 46 Family and Finance

      We have another episode in our Holiday Resiliency series! On this episode we talk financial resilience with Mark Paxton a Financial Advisor and different ways we can make smarter money decisions during the holidays. Then, we talk with Francisco Jamison, Director of Child and Youth Services here at Fort Meade about staying strong with your family and ways to ease stress for you and yours kids.

      11/30/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 45 Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention

      This week we talk with Noelle Austin-Jones, Supervisory Health Educator/Director for the Fort Meade Army Wellness Center, and she explains the ways to stay healthy during the holidays. We are bringing new and great information, so stay tuned as we cover various topics over the coming weeks for health and resilience over the holidays.

      11/16/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 44 Vaccine Mandates with JAG

      On this episode Maj. Emily Geisinger, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Meade, talks with us about Vaccine Mandates and the timelines for the different services. This is one you don't want to miss, there is a lot of great information whether you are active duty or a civilian. So tune in!

      11/02/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 43 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

      October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Celena Flowers from the Family Advocacy Program is here to provide details on the differences between domestic violence and intimate partner violence, she also provides us with resources for the community in case you need assistance. The Family Advocacy Program can be reached at (301)677-4118. Tune in for more!

      10/19/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 42 Central Maryland Chamber Comedy Show

      On this episode of Declassified we have Lynn Nichols from the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and comedian Ala Bama on the show to talk about an upcoming Comedy Night here at Club Meade. We had both Lynn and Ala Bama on the show last year to highlight the comedy show which got pushed back due to the pandemic restrictions but now they are back and the show is gonna be great! They are live on Oct. 23rd at 8 p.m. at Club Meade. They have comedians Ala Bama, Robin Montague, Kevin Anthony and Chris Thomas. Tune in and check it out!

      10/05/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified EP 41 Capital Shield

      On this episode of Fort Meade Declassified, we sit down with Dave Mazi, Deputy Director of Emergency Services for Fort Meade. From September 20th through September 24, Fort Meade will be participating in the annual Capital Shield Training Exercise. To sign up for the alert system Dave talks about in the interview, drop him an email at david.a.mazi.civ@army.mil To register for the Illuminate the Darkness Walk on September 24th at Gaffney Track starting at 6 pm, email Ms. Laurie Hanley at laurie.hanley@navy.mil or Ms. Teresa Shipman at teresa.a.shipman.civ@mail.mil Get more on the father/Son Army Chaplain story from Bryan Spann by visiting our YouTube Channel Meade TV Don't forget to visit the Fort Meade website at home.army.mil/meade

      09/17/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 40 The Back to School Special

      On this episode we are back with Sarah Bonise our School Liaison and we are talking about all things back-to-school. And a big Welcome back! to our students here with Team Meade. Be safe and have a great school year! There are loads of great resources out there for parents: Anne Arundel County Public School: AACPS.org Tutoring services: tutor.com Family Advocacy Program at: https://meade.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service - 301-677- 4118 The Anne Arundel County Library: https://www.aacpl.net/ Partners for Success: 410-222-3805

      09/07/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 39 George Matthews from Army Community Service

      On this episode we talk to George Matthews the Employment Assistance Program Supervisor from Army Community Service. The ACS offers a wide range of services for our military members and their families and you can find them at: https://meade.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service You can also reach them at 301-677-5590.

      08/10/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 38 Arundel County Rideshare Coordinator Jessica Allen

      This episode we have the Anne Arundel County Rideshare coordinator, Jessica Allen on with us to talk about all of the services available to commuters in the area. You can find more information at the rideshare site below. ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY RIDESHARE WEBSITE - https://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/commuter-crew (Explore different commuting options available in Anne Arundel County from biking and pedestrian trails to carpools to vanpools and transit routes) EXSITING RIDESHARE DATABASE - https://www.commuterconnections.org/ (find others who live and work near you, have similar work schedules, and are interested in carpooling and/or vanpooling to and from work) POOL REWARDS - https://www.commuterconnections.org/pool-rewards/ (receive up to $200.00 toward the cost of any new van pool created to accommodate 7 – 15 ppl) INCENTRIP - https://incentrip.org/ (The points you earn can be accumulated and redeemed for $10, $20, or $50 in cash. It’s basically like your standard credit card points program) COMMUTER CHOICE MARYLAND - https://mdot.maryland.gov/tso/pages/Index.aspx?PageId=31 (Commuter Choice Maryland is here to connect commuters to transportation options that fit their lifestyle, schedule, and budget.) COMMUTE W/ENTERPRISE - https://www.commutewithenterprise.com/en/commuters.html (A great resource for those who want to start their own vanpool within their co-workers, customize vehicles to meet your needs.) CARPOOL NOW - https://www.commuterconnections.org/carpool-now-app/ Real-time application that assistance in finding carpools that are available in real-time)

      07/27/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 37 Farewell to two of our own

      This is a very special episode where we talk to Larry Whitley, Chief of Command Information and Mary Doyle, Chief of Media Relations for the Public Affairs team here at Fort Meade. They are both retiring this year and we wanted to sit down with them and hear all about their time in the military and as civilian team members here with Team Meade. Enjoy the show!

      07/13/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 36 Entomology with Ben Pagac

      On this episode of Fort Meade Declassified, Ben Rogers steps in for Joe Nieves to Co-Host with Sherry Kuiper who bug’ out with Ben Pagac, Chief of the Entomological Sciences Division/Bioscience program here at Fort Meade. We take a fascinating look at beetles, cicadas and ticks. Plus, we learn about cosmic tick spit and why it is being studied to help humans! Here are some great websites to learn about our little bug friends that are mentioned throughout the episode: MilTick Army Public Health Center: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/envirohealth/epm/Pages/HumanTickTestKitProgram.aspx Bug of the Week: http://bugoftheweek.com/ Entomology Today: https://entomologytoday.org/ Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/eesc/science/native-bee-inventory-and-monitoring-lab?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects Tick Encounter: https://web.uri.edu/tickencounter/ Are you interested in getting involved with the future development of Anne Arundel County including the areas surrounding Fort Meade? Fill out the application here: https://www.aacounty.org/departments/planning-and-zoning/long-range-planning/region-plans/

      06/22/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 35 AAFES GM Robin Boylan

      This episode we talk about the Fort Meade exchange and the services and benefits they provide the garrison. Robin Boylan stops by to talk about his time as GM for several exchanges in the area and everything that entails. Join us for a great episode that answers a few of the questions our community has about the exchange!

      06/15/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Episode 34

      On this episode of Fort Meade Declassified hosts' Joe Nieves and Ben Rogers talk with an Installation Safety Officer, Aaron Raoul, about motorcycle safety and the training that's available for it on base.

      06/01/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 33 Meade High School Teacher of the Year

      On this episode we chat with Jing Dai, a Chinese language teacher at Meade High School. This year Jing Dai was selected as Teacher of the Year for the Anne Arundel County Public School system. We had a great time talking with her so tune in and enjoy!

      05/18/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 32 Maj. Gen. Omar Jones Commander of MDW/JTFNCR

      Join us for a spectacular episode with the Commander of the Military District of Washington and Joint Task Force National Capital Region - say that three times fast. We sat down with the General on his very last official visit to Fort Meade and talked about his time as MDW Commander and these last, very interesting, years. Tune in! Find MDW at: https://www.facebook.com/MDWUSARMY

      05/04/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 31 Andrew Pike for Army Emergency Relief

      This episode we talk with Andrew Pike about all things AER and how you can benefit from it as a service member, family member or veteran. It's a great episode with lots of information, tune in! For more information about AER visit: https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/

      04/20/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 30 The Big CYS Update

      This episode we chat with Francisco Jamison, CYS Director, and Kathleen Wyrough and we talk about some big news for CYS here at Fort Meade. As always we also have our Jibber segment from you friendly neighborhood PAO Chad Jones. Tune in!

      04/06/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 29: Family Advocacy Program Social Worker Katherine Schaible

      This week we have F.A.P. Social Worker Katherine Schaible talks to us about resiliency in relationships and family life. We have another Jibber for you as well. You can find the Family Advocacy Program info at: https://meade.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service #FamilyFirst #TeamMeade #Jibber

      03/23/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 28 AACPS Student Board Member Drake Smith

      This week we sit down with a Anne Arundel County Public School's Board of Education member Drake Smith, a senior at Meade High currently enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Here is a small portion of his profile at the AACPS: "Prior to being elected as Student Member of the Board, Drake was President of the Anne Arundel County NAACP Youth & College Division, where he dealt with community issues such as racism and inequities in the county. He also helped to successfully advocate for police body camera funding as well as the requirement of mandatory written apologies for students involved in bias-motivated behavior." You can read all about him and other members of the AACPS board members here: https://www.aacps.org/domain/157 AACPS Social: https://www.facebook.com/aacps

      03/09/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 27 Inauguration Task Force

      To find out more information about the Owl Prowl on February 25 and the USO Baker’s Bounty head to our community calendar at the link below and click on the respective events: https://home.army.mil/meade/index.php/about/event-calendar Don’t forget to check out the new resource for service in and around Fort Meade at ftmeaderesiliency.org You can view LTC Chapeau's interview here: https://www.today.com/video/inauguration-parade-director-details-schedule-of-events-99716677828

      02/23/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 26: Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. K

      This episode we talk with Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, the Anne Arundel County Health Officer. We discuss COVID, the COVID Vaccine and what the future may hold going forward in a post COVID world, so you don't want to miss out.

      02/09/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 25: Taking care of your mental health with Maj. Amy Brzuchalski

      There are a lot of great resources here at Fort Meade to help you take care of your mental health thanks to the behavioral health team at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center (KACC). In this episode we are talking with Maj. Amy Brzuchalski, chief of Behavioral Health, about all of the services you can use and why it is important for you to take care of your mental health. Here are some links to help you get started: https://kimbrough.tricare.mil/Health-Services/Mental-Health-Substance-Abuse Facebook and Twitter: @KimbroughCARES Instagram: @kimbroughacc You can find some great community resources here: www.ftmeaderesiliency.org

      01/26/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 24: NAMI Howard County Veterans Support Group

      In this episode of Fort Meade Declassified we talk with Paul Rivers, John Way and Topaz Navarro, three facilitators and Veterans, from the NAMI Howard County Veterans Support Group. This is a free resource open to anyone! While this group is geared toward Veterans, anyone over the age of 18 can participate. The group meets on the first Monday of every month and are currently doing virtual meetings due to COVID-19. For more information head to www.namihowardcounty.org

      01/12/2021


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 23 - Maryland Delegate for District 32 Mike Rogers

      This episode Maryland Delegate for District 32, Mike Rogers, stops by to talk about what it means to represent members of the Fort Meade community and how his service to our nation shaped his career. This is our last episode of 2020, be safe and stay healthy and join us again in the New Year!

      12/15/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 22 The Recovery Review Board

      This week we talk to Dave Mazi a member of the Recovery Review Board, a collection of leaders from across the installation that work together to decide the status of services in light of the Covid response.

      12/01/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 21 - DISA's Internship program and Health and Wellness on Fort Meade

      This episode we talk to our teammates at the Defense Information Systems Agency about their internship program and how they've had to adapt during the Covid response. Followed by a conversation our Command Information Chief had with a health and wellness expert about the importance of taking care of yourself.

      11/17/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 20: Councilman Pruski and AACPL

      This episode we sit down with Anne Arundel County Councilman Andrew Pruski to talk about what local government is like and his time dealing with Covid and with Laura Efrom from the Anne Arundel County Public Library who talks about the various programs the library has to keep you engaged and reading. Tune in!

      11/03/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 19: The R2 Performance Center

      Heather Gatten joins us from the R2 Performance Center. R2 Performance Centers provide customized performance training that enables Soldiers to sustain personal readiness, enhance resilience, optimize human performance, and build unit cohesion. Training is available at 32 R2 Performance Centers Army-wide, to active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, as well as Family members and Department of the Army Civilians. For more information on the R2 Performance Center visit: https://readyandresilient.army.mil/r2performancecenters.html Stay connected with Digital Meade! https://home.army.mil/meade/index.php/about/Garrison/public-affairs/digital-meade

      10/20/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 18: The Community Ambassador Program and the O's

      Learn about the Community Ambassador Program here at the fort and how post residents can get involved. We are also talking baseball! We chat with the Baltimore Orioles and find out how they are connecting with fans and the community during the pandemic and a very short baseball season!

      10/06/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 17: the 2020 Census and Sarah's House

      This episode we talk about the 202 Census and what it means for you and your city, then we sit down with our Kelly Anderson from Sarah's House, a Catholic Charities of Baltimore shelter here on Fort Meade.

      09/22/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 16: Meet your new Garrison Commander, Col. Christopher Nyland

      In this episode we sit down with Col. Christopher Nyland, the new Fort Meade garrison commander. We also hang out with Chris Riley, a member of the DISA team and also a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader. Stay connected with Digital Meade https://home.army.mil/meade/index.php/about/Garrison/public-affairs/digital-meade

      09/08/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 15: The Very Different New School Year and We Say Farewell to an Educator

      In this episode we have Sarah Bonise, the Fort Meade School Liaison Officer, on to talk about how different the new school year will be in the midst of this crazy Covid thing. We also say farewell to beloved teacher and principal Carole Janesko after 46 years as an educator.

      08/25/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep 14 - Saying Farewell to Garrison Commander, Col. Spragg

      In this episode of Fort Meade Declassified, we sit down with Garrison Commander, Col. Erich Spragg and his wife, Heather to talk about their time here at Fort Meade - Everything from a rough first week at the fort to the best restaurants to what, and who, they will miss the most. Col. Spragg's Change of Command Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10 a.m. We invite you to join us virtually on the Fort Meade Facebook page.

      08/11/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 13 - Family Child Care and the USO

      This episode we hear about childcare priority groups, we talk about Family Child Care services opening up and the USO and how they have modified how they provide services to service members and their families.

      07/28/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 12 PCS season and Kuhn Hall renovations

      This episode we talk about PCS season during the Covid response and some wall breaking at Kuhn Hall to make way for renovations.

      07/14/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 11 Soundoff! Sendoff and HCB Change of Command

      This episode is an episode of goodbyes. The Fort Meade Soundoff! has produced it's final news paper after keeping you connected to the Fort Meade Community for decades. We talk with Rona Hirsch, the assistant editor for the post newspaper for the last 17 years. Don't worry, you will still get all of your post news via Digital Meade - with can be found at: https://home.army.mil/meade/index.php/about/Garrison/public-affairs/digital-meade We also hear from Lt. Col. Thomas Chapeau, reflecting on his time at Fort Meade as Headquarters Command Battalion commander before heading to his next duty station at Fort McNair.

      06/30/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 10 CYS and Honoring Historical Families

      This week we talk to the head of Child and Youth Services and highlight the families that sold their land for the creation of Fort Meade.

      06/16/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 9 Staying fit with the Army Wellness Center

      We are talking with the Fort Meade Army Wellness Center about staying healthy and fit at a time when gyms are closed and store shelves are more bare than normal. Our friends from the Army Substance Abuse Prevention stop by to tell us about their upcoming Drug Alert program.

      06/02/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 8 COVID-19 update with Col. Spragg and CSM Behnkendorf

      Garrison Commander, Col. Erich Spragg and Command Sgt. Major Michael Behnkendorf talk about the current state of COVID-19 at Fort Meade and what the plans are moving forward with the pandemic. We also have a special message from Anne Arundel County Executive, Steuart Pittman. Plus, the Army Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) team takes us through a breathing exercise.

      05/19/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 7 Wellness with ASAP

      The Fort Meade Army Substance Abuse Program team joins us to talk about wellness during quarantine. You will be walked through a mantra exercise to help you de-stress during these very stressful times. Get comfy and join us! Stay healthy!

      05/05/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 6 Part 2 - Women's Leadership Panel

      Vice Admiral Nancy Norton, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency is joined by the agency's Chief of Staff, Laura Radney and Cyber Development Director, Dr. Serena Chan to discuss what it means to be a woman in leadership, the challenges they faced and what we can all do to help ensure equal leadership opportunities for women in the workforce.

      04/21/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Ep. 6 Part 1 - Vice Admiral Nancy Norton, DISA JFHQ-DODIN

      Vice Admiral Nancy Norton, is the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the commander of the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN). She joins us today to talk about her dual-hatted role in part one of our Women's Leadership episode.

      04/07/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified - Special Episode with MG Omar Jones

      We have a special episode with Maj. Gen. Omar jones, senior Commander of the Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. We talk a little about who he is, how are we doing with the Covid response and what's happening with the housing campaign. Tune in.

      03/17/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Episode 5

      In this episode we speak to the head of base transformation, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and their next comedy show, and the Public Affairs Officer for the National Cryptologic Museum.

      03/11/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Episode 4

      This episode features Sgt. First Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson, a member of the U.S. Army Field Band and a published author. Join us for a talk about his work in the band, in comics and soon to a streaming service near you.

      02/25/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Episode 3

      This episode is all about getting hitched and staying hitched. Tune in for our Valentine's Day special with the Anne Arundel Clerk of the Circuit Court and one of our amazing Chaplains.

      02/11/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified Episode 2

      This episode we speak to the Director of Public Works about recycling and the School Liaison Officer about education and school programs for students on the installation. Remember to visit our Community Calendar page for a list of events happening across Fort Meade: https://home.army.mil/meade/index.php/about/event-calendar

      01/28/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified

      Episode 1- We speak to Garrison Commander Col. Erich C. Spragg about his priorities going into 2020 with topics ranging from Education to Housing.

      01/07/2020


    • Fort Meade Declassified

      The podcast about life in the military and the Fort Meade community.

      01/07/2020