salute J J J TO THE MILITARY
A special supplement to
Soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground salute the colors.
PHOTO BY MIKE MORGAN
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Healing the Wounds of War with Reconstructive
Surgeries for U.S. Service Members
Operation Mend is a pioneering program that treats U.S. military personnel that have been wounded
and disfigured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Established in 2007, Operation Mend combines the best of the
military’s resources with the skilled doctors and staff at UCLA Health System. The goal is to give returning
service members with severe facial injuries access to the private sector’s best plastic surgeons, located at
the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
The uncompensated costs associated with the reconstructive
surgeries and follow-up care can be as high as $500,000 per patient.
DRS Technologies is pleased to support these efforts for the men and
women of our armed forces.
Contribute online at www.drsfoundation.net
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The men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families serve our country year
after year, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Their service and sacrifice make our
nation stronger and the world a safer place.
On this Memorial Day, it is important to remember those we have lost, and honor
those who work tirelessly for our country. I am so proud of the Marylanders serving as
active duty military or in a civilian role, and our veterans, who have dedicated their lives to
protecting our country and our freedoms.
I’m also proud of Maryland’s leadership in our national security and defense. Maryland’s
eight military bases truly are national assets. They are centers of excellence in our national
security and military readiness at the cutting edge of technology in the fields of cyber
security, medical care, biodefense, and aviation technology.
And with the headquarters of civilian defense agencies such as the National Security
Agency and Defense Information Systems Agencies located in Maryland, our state truly
is today’s global leader in defense. We also train the leaders of tomorrow at the U.S. Naval
Academy in Annapolis.
This year in the field of cyber security we welcomed the re-establishment of the Navy’s
10th Fleet with the Navy Fleet Cyber Command at Ft. Meade. This means new jobs for
Maryland and will showcase Maryland’s know-how and can-do spirit as we work to defend
the United States against the complex and evolving attacks by hackers and cyber spies that
our nation faces each day.
Even as we lead in defense, we show over and over again that we also lead in heart.
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Maryland accepted the call for
help. Our very own USS Comfort set sail from the Port of Baltimore and Maryland’s Air
National Guard deployed from Martin State Air Base to provide relief and medical care
in Port-au-Prince. I am so proud of what Maryland and Marylanders have done and what
they continue to do to help save lives in Haiti. Maryland has answered the call for help with
extraordinary capability, kindness and verve.
Every day I think about the men and women risking their lives overseas as they stand
sentry on the front lines of our defense. I think of their families and their loved ones. They
are in my prayers for a safe return home.
We remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our country’s freedom. We
thank all veterans for their service to our country. I salute our Maryland military – past,
present and future, and promise to fight for you and for the state. Not with just one piece of
legislation, not just for one day of the year, but in all that we do every day.
Thank you and God bless you,
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator
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It is an extreme honor to be part of Maryland Life’s special Salute to the Military. The
people of DRS Defense Solutions are proud to sponsor this issue and be counted among
those who are a part of Maryland’s vital defense fabric. As a supplier of critical electronics
and equipment to the warfighter and peacekeeper, we are focused on bringing the best that
industry has to offer to help them perform their essential missions.
As outlined in Sen. Mikulski’s message, Maryland is a leader in national security and
homeland defense. We all can take pride in that position.
This edition is a tribute to those who selflessly serve in our armed forces and is a
tremendous testimony to the special connection between our military and the state of
Maryland. We salute our men and women in uniform of all services and their families.
They protect us. They truly deserve our gratitude and support.
As you read the following stories, I want to especially point out two organizations that
deserve your attention: Fisher House Foundation and Operation Mend.
Fisher House Foundation supports America’s military by providing a home away from
home enabling family members to be close to a loved one at a most stressful time -- during
hospitalization. Headquartered in Rockville, Fisher House Foundation builds and donates
homes to be used for temporary lodging while a military member receives medical care.
Fisher Houses allow families to stay together. Currently there are 45 Fisher Houses located
on 18 military installations and 15 VA medical centers. Twelve more houses are under
construction or in design.
Operation Mend is a project that offers hope and healing to those suffering casualties
while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through a unique collaboration between Brooke
Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and UCLA Medical Center in Southern
California, Operation Mend ensures that our wounded warriors receive the best care that
the military and private sector can offer. The program focuses on reconstructive surgery
following burns and related trauma.
I point out these two organizations because they illustrate how those who gave their
best for our country receive the best in return. Further, the employees of DRS Defense
Solutions support these organizations as a way to honor our returning injured soldiers.
Thank you to those who serve. You are appreciated.
Richard S. Danforth
President and CEO
DRS Defense Solutions
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BY JENNIFER KEATS CURTIS
DRS DEFENSE SOLUTIONS PHOTO ARCHIVE
CHRISTINE REINHART LUGS TWO STUFFED ANIMALS WITH HER
to work at McCormick & Company in Hunt Valley every day. The voice in
the well-loved bear and monkey, which can be activated by tapping the paws,
belongs to her son, 20-year-old Brandon, who was deployed to Afghanistan
last year on her birthday…and Mother’s Day, May 11.
While Reinhart holds tight to these inanimate reminders of her son, it
is the fact that she can talk live with the real Brandon nearly every day for
which she is most grateful.
When Brandon was first deployed, he only
phoned home sporadically because of the poor
quality of the connection and the expense of using
pre-paid phone cards.
Now he, like other deployed troops, has access to
an Internet Café, an ingenious way for servicemen
and women stationed overseas to stay connected
to their loved ones at home via the Internet and
This type of immediate link is invaluable.
“We mothers protect our children, we shield
them and help them to make the right decisions,”
says Reinhart, who carries her cell phone with
her everywhere in case her son calls. “Now, he’s in
harm’s way, and I can’t really do anything for him, but I can talk to him.”
Thanks to a versatile system designed by a DRS Defense Solutions busi-
ness unit -- DRS Technical Services Inc. (TSI) -- in support of the Space
Thanks to Internet Cafés, home and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic-European Office,
is just a mouse-click away Internet Cafes have become a 21st-century, high-tech mail call.
(DRS TSI is one of the world’s largest satellite communication providers
to the Department of Defense; it uses satellite bandwidth to help connect
people, organizations, and the military worldwide. SPAWAR, a member of
the Naval Acquisition Enterprise, designs, develops, and deploys advanced
communication and information capabilities for the military worldwide.)
Currently located at every major U.S. military base worldwide—includ-
ing nearly 600 active sites in Iraq and 200 in Afghanistan—these cafés
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certainly help service members take part in milestone events, such as a birth
or a school graduation. But equally important is the connection it gives them
to everyday events—like banking online or helping a spouse get her car
repaired—24 hours a day, seven days a week. And thanks to the low cost of
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoilP) calls, the service member may not feel
quite so rushed during their conversations.
“This ability to stay involved in family life and to respond quickly when
needed makes a huge difference in the stress levels of soldiers, airmen,
Marines, and civilians deployed to help support them,” explains DRS
program manager Darin McCloy, who is stationed at the DRS Vaihingen,
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Cafés, which house five to 20 computers and more unusual problems may plague café users. they will send us an email to ask what needs to be
phones, are located within tents, sheds, or build- “Sandstorms and winds can affect the con- done. The SPAWAR folks know what needs to get
ings, and are anchored by nearly six-foot-wide sat- nection; infrastructures can be [damaged]; or done and make sure the troops get connected to
ellite dishes that make communication possible. troops may relocate and take the café with them,” home.”
The cafés can also be set up in mere hours. explains Hartman. “The troops will set it back up
“The hardest part is shipping them around to a as best they can, and call us if a tech is needed to
central location,” explains McCloy. “We provide set up a dish or re-calibrate.”
the gear, but it is the unit’s responsibility to get it Fortunately, staff at the NOC is available
to the site and to set up the wiring and telephones. to help 24/7, says McCloy. “We monitor the
For the most part, these are young kids who grew network, teleports, and satellites at three different
up with computers, and they can certainly plug
them in and turn them on. This type of self-help is
part of what keeps the cost low.”
locations in Germany, Italy, and in Greece.”
Technicians also monitor and check the help
status in every café deployed.
After the troops set up the café, a DRS field “Technicians on watch can log in remotely and TO HELP TROOPS CONNECT
technician comes in to bring the café “on air” and analyze and solve issues quickly,” says McCloy. “If to their loved ones back home,
to commission it. About 63 DRS techs are cur- we get a call or email about a trouble in the field,
several organizations, includ-
rently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. we try to respond within an hour, and we do our
Unlike the Internet provided in the U.S., the best to get it resolved immediately.” ing the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Internet and phone connections in these remote Since most of the SPAWAR and DRS staff sponsor “free call” days. And to
areas are supplied by satellite. members have previous military experience, they show their support for Haitian-
“This is certainly not the norm, and because understand the importance of quickly establishing American military families dealing
[there is only so much bandwidth] available, we and maintaining these communication systems. with the aftereffects of the recent
do have to control café access and usage to be sure “We know these guys are out there talking
earthquake near Port-au-Prince,
that everyone gets an equitable experience and a to their kids, parents, and wives, and that it’s a
guaranteed level of service so that there is good traumatic experience when the [lines] go down,” DRS and SPAWAR have suspended
quality,” explains Michael Hartman, SPAWAR’s explains McCloy, a retired Marine. “Our techni- charges for calls from Operation
senior program manager for the Morale, Welfare cians have the greatest jobs, because when they Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi
and Recreation (MWR) Internet Cafés. show up, they are heroes.” Freedom troops to Haiti.
While civilians may have occasional trouble He adds, “Troops have deployed so often that
with a disconnected cable or a modem issue, they know how to find us, and if a café isn’t there,
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BY JENNIFER KEATS CURTIS
EARLIER THIS SPRING, NELLIE BAGLEY
worriedly kissed her son and then prepared him
for a now common occurrence: undergoing
major surgery at the National Naval Medical
Center in Bethesda.
On March 1, 2006, her son, Staff Sergeant Jose
Pequeno, a military policeman in Iraq, was blown
out of a Humvee during a grenade attack.
“When the medics arrived, they thought my
son was dead,” says Bagley. “His whole left side
was shattered. The driver had died instantly.”
Because of the extent of his injuries, including
severe brain trauma, Pequeno, now 36, has spent
much of the past four years in military hospitals
under the care of doctors desperately trying to
improve the quality of his life.
“Your whole world turns upside down; you lose
a piece of yourself, and you never get it back,” says
Bagley. “When you go through something like
this, you lose all sense of normalcy.”
You also lose all sense of home.
Although Bagley was living in New Hampshire
in 2006, she left everything behind to be at her
son’s hospital bedside, no matter where he was
admitted—in Maryland, DC, Boston, or Florida.
Now, she says, “Home is wherever my son is.”
In several places, she stayed on the floor of
Pequeno’s hospital room or in a hotel. But, with
only her daughter Elizabeth for support and
limited funds, Bagley’s options were quickly
(Standing) David Broome and Kimberly Bennett
(Seated) Elizabeth and Nelida Bagley and Merlin, the dog
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Fortunately, she finally connected with the of all military families in need, including parents
Fisher House. with premature infants and retirees with cancer,
Today, Bagley has a “home away from home.” wounded warriors do receive top priority.
The Fisher House on Stokes Road in Bethesda In Maryland, because of the proximity to the
is one of three current homes in Maryland and 45 Bethesda medical center and Walter Reed Army
nationwide, all of which are located in close prox- Medical Center in Washington, DC, many families
Want to help? Each Fisher
House is run by two paid staff
imity to major military and VA medical centers. are tending to soldiers who have returned from
members and helped by a corps of
Two more Fisher Houses are under construction Iraq and Afghanistan with missing limbs and/or
military and non-military volunteers.
in Maryland, and many more are being built traumatic brain injuries.
Community members also regularly
nationwide. “Families are triaged so that those with the
donate non-perishable items, drop
Founded by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher greatest needs, be they financial, emotional, or the
off movies and books, and decorate
in 1990, the Fisher House Program is a private- gravity of illness, get a room first,” explains Wood,
the house during holidays. To find
public partnership that provides the food and one of two paid Fisher House employees.
out the best way to help, please call
comforts of home, free of charge, to America’s “This is the best thing that could have ever
301-295-5334 or 301-981-1243.
active and retired military and their families happened to us,” proclaims Bagley, whose son was
during medical crises. able to stay at the Fisher House with her and her
Text “HERO” to 40579 to donate
Depending upon its size, each Fisher House daughter before his surgery. “You need a place
$10 to the Fisher House Foundation.
(which has been donated to the military and De- where you can feel normal, to relax and have a cup
This text number can be tailored to
partment of Veterans Affairs by the Fisher House of tea, and to cry, but not at the hospital in front
Foundation) can house between seven and 20
families. Amenities include private bedrooms and
baths and shared kitchens, laundry rooms, and
Bagley also appreciates the close ties she shares
with other families who are staying at Fisher House.
J track a specific corporate campaign
or a single event. Visit www.fisher-
house.org for more information.
dining and living areas. Quiet quarters to meditate, “Nobody knows what we are going through
The Fisher House Foundation is a
to rest, or to play—like the fish pond at the Stokes unless they are in our shoes,” she says. “You lose
nationally recognized, premier
Road home—are common. so much and you have such stress, but [the other
nonprofit with a four-star Charity
“This is one way of giving back to these men families and I] can talk about it so that we don’t
Navigator rating and an A+ from the
and women who make great sacrifices for us, feel so alone.”
American Institute of Philanthropy.
who make us free, and who defend us every day,” Wood understands this sentiment.
Of the 39 military/veterans charities
explains Fisher House manager Becky Wood, “There is a real bond that happens with these
rated in the December 2009 report,
whose passion for her job and dedication to these families,” she says. “In the evening, after everyone
only four received an A+. President
families stems from a feeling that “we need to has returned from visiting their loved one at the
Barack Obama gave the largest
do more than just say thank you to the men and hospital, and when they are all watching TV or
portion of his Nobel Peace Prize
women who serve.” playing games, you can’t tell where one family
award, a $250,000 grant, to the
While Fisher House is intended for members ends and the next begins.”
Fisher House Foundation.
FISHER HOUSE INSPIRES FURTHER GIVING Families served –
North Carolina National Guardsman Dale Beatty was so inspired by his stay Average length of stay – 16 days
at Maryland’s Fisher House that he became the first recipient of its services
Average length of stay for combat
to become a Fisher House Foundation trustee. He also began his own non- casualties – 45-60 days
profit organization to help other wounded veterans. Saved families more than $12 million
After losing both his legs below the knee during his deployment in Iraq, in lodging costs, plus food and
Beatty was transferred to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His wife
More than 75,000 hours of
and two young sons were able to stay at a Fisher House during his 35-day volunteer service
hospitalization. For the 11 remaining months of his outpatient treatment, he
stayed at Fisher House with them. Since 1990:
“By the time we left, my youngest son had lived over half of his life at Families served –
more than 130,000
Fisher House,” says Beatty, 32, who started Purple Heart Homes with Staff
Number of lodging days –
Sergeant John Gallina, who was injured in the same explosion that took Be- nearly 3 million
atty’s legs. Their new charity will assess wounded veterans’ homes and then Saved families more than $150
facilitate the reconstruction, remodeling, or renovations needed to make the million in lodging costs, plus food
homes as accessible as possible.
For more information, visit www.phhnc.org.
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Bethesda is home to DRS Defense
solutions Supporting our warriors
on the battlefield
THROUGHOUT THIS GREAT STATE, ment and Closure (BRAC) is bringing changes to attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as here.
patriotic Americans passionately serve their the military installations in our region. They also include situational awareness optics,
country and fellow countrymen every day. The people employed by the Montgomery sensor devices, and sonar. One example is the
A strong body of defense and aerospace indus- County company are experts in intelligence, com- Driver Vision Enhancer (DVE) A-Kits that are
try employees supports our Army, Navy, Marine munications, avionics, sensor technologies, control installed on Army and Marine Corps vehicles so
Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and government systems, security, cyber warfare, sonar, training that drivers can see—and survive—night driving
agencies by creating, improving, and deploying systems, satellite communications, and unmanned through harsh, hazardous conditions where mines
military products, systems, and services that help technologies. Operations are nationwide. may be present.
keep us safe. While some employees work directly with DRS also offers troops the invaluable ability to
At DRS Defense Solutions, LLC, headquar- warfighters and peacekeepers here and abroad, en- respond rapidly over satellite, wireless, and land
tered in Bethesda, employees are keenly aware that gineers and technicians at business units in Gaith- networks, meaning they can communicate within
their jobs help troops thwart threats, re-establish ersburg, Columbia, and Stevensville also create their unit, as well as with loved ones at home.
peace, and recover from disaster. They have products that protect and defend U.S. troops and “Our mission is tantamount to being in the
responsibilities that may directly impact the lives, their allies on land, by sea, and in the air. military, because our job is to provide the best
well-being, and future of others. DRS’ employees design and develop products capabilities to the world’s best fighting force and to
“Our employees are dedicating their lives and that are deployed on high-profile military platforms make sure it works flawlessly every single time to
their careers to the betterment of our armed ser- like destroyers, tanks, helicopters, jet fighters, cargo keep these people alive,” explains Danforth.
vices,” explains Richard Danforth, president and aircraft, and submarines. Their integrated systems A wholly owned subsidiary of DRS Technolo-
CEO, DRS Defense Solutions. “We have a strong support various military platforms.Sister units gies, Inc., DRS Defense Solutions is comprised of
connection to the products that we design and produce sustainment products that support military seven business lines, with over 3,000 employees
build because we know who is using and operating forces, such as chemical/biological decontamina- worldwide. DRS Technologies, Inc., is a wholly
that equipment.” tion systems. Employees work hand-in-hand with all owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A., a global
A well-kept secret for years, awareness of DRS branches of the U.S. armed forces, homeland security leader in the aerospace, defense, and security in-
is growing, not only because of the tragic events forces, and government and intelligence agencies. dustries, more than 73,000 employees worldwide.
on our own soil on September 11, 2001, but also These programs include intelligence systems In 2009, revenues were $24 billion. For more
since the Department of Defense’s Base Realign- and supports that help thwart potential terrorist information, visit www.drs.com.
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Made in Maryland
DRS Defense Solutions
Products and Services
DRS Defense Solutions, head-
quartered in Bethesda, provides
advanced products, services and
systems integration in the areas of
intelligence and sensor technolo-
gies, security, cyber warfare, sonar,
communications, electronic warfare,
training systems, satellite com-
munications, control systems and
unmanned technologies. Although
business units are scattered across
the country, operations in Maryland
account for a significant proportion
of the business.
In Gaithersburg and Columbia,
signals intelligence (SIGINT) is the
business focus. DRS is a world
leader in providing commercial-
off-the-shelf products and custom
SIGINT solutions. These solutions
leverage more than 45 years of
experience in the design, develop-
ment and manufacture of a broad
range of high performance radio
frequency surveillance equipment.
Applications, including geo-location,
are deployed worldwide by virtually
all United States military as will as
many allies and prime contractors.
Also made in Maryland are inte-
grated recording, processing and
special storage systems for the
SIGINT, instrumentation, Information
assurance and niche telemetry and
telecommunications markets. These
products target high performance
data acquisition, processing, storage
and archiving applications.
Elsewhere in Gaithersburg, the sonar
Reflecting the DRS culture of honoring the military, employees banded together to clean the business area focuses on undersea
Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. warfare systems (UWS) for defense
and homeland security applications.
Stevensville is home to the DRS
Defense Solutions Advanced Marine
LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN Technology Center (AMTC). AMTC
is an advanced software products
development and marine technol-
DRS Defense Solutions – Advancing Technology, Advancing Careers. ogy organization specializing in
research and development, design,
DRS Defense Solutions is always looking for talented engineers, program analysis, and testing primarily for
managers, and business development managers with defense and aerospace naval applications. Major engineering
disciplines and technologies focus
industry experience, technical degrees, and senior-level military or technical on naval architecture, advanced ship
backgrounds. design software, hydrodynamics
and high performance computing,
DRS Defense Solutions is committed to recruiting and retaining the best and marine engineering. AMTC’s
mission is to provide high quality and
talent in the defense and aerospace industry. We offer an exciting and chal- cost effective technical capabilities
lenging work environment, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a and solutions for applications on
aircraft carriers, surface combatants,
business culture that rewards performance. Our culture also fosters innova- submarines, unmanned vehicles, and
tion, high performance, and community involvement. For more information, commercial vessels.
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HOW MARYLAND DOES
By Jennifer Tilley
J J J The Free State is bringing out its patriotic
swag at these sometimes playful, sometimes
somber Memorial Day events happening all
DRS’ CULTURE REFLECTS COMPANY MISSION over the region. So dab on some sunscreen,
put on your red, white, and blue, and get
At a recent corporate meeting, DRS executives viewed a short video that left
ready to celebrate our nation’s heroes.
The film featured servicemen and women who have been horribly dis-
figured and debilitated by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during their “God Bless America” Kids Parade and
tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ice Cream Social (Middletown)
But now, these badly burned and injured soldiers are receiving free care May 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
from some of the world’s best plastic surgeons at the Ronald Reagan UCLA A Memorial Day celebration for all ages! Watch (or
Medical Center, thanks to a project, aptly named Operation Mend, which is participate in) a parade around Middletown Park
before kicking back to enjoy an afternoon of fun
supported by the DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation. After seeing the
activities and free ice cream. Middletown Park,
video and learning that uncompensated costs for these types of extensive Coblentz Road. Call 301-371-6171 or visit www.
reconstructive surgeries and follow-up care can go as high as $500,000 per middletownartsandactivities.com.
patient, DRS executives were further moved by a surprise guest.
Cpl. Aaron Mankin, Operation Mend’s first patient, severely burned after an Hometown Holidays (Rockville)
IED explosion, walked out to demonstrate how far he’d come after more than May 29-31, Sat.-Sun. 1-10 p.m., Mon. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
A weekend full of fun in Rockville: food, games,
parades, art, and activities for kids and teens.
That night, top management donated more than $400,000 to Operation Mend.
Rockville Town Center. Call 240-314-8620 or visit
“A great deal of our employees have served in the military or have family www.rockvillemd.gov.
currently serving, and this connection is part of our culture,” says Richard
Danforth, president and CEO, DRS Defense Solutions. Memorial Day Observance (Gaithersburg)
“We realize the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make for us, May 30, 2 p.m.
and we are committed, from management to hourly workers, because we Honor our nation’s veterans at Gaithersburg’s
holiday observance. Christman Park, 304 W. Deer
all realize that this is but a small token compared to what military men and
Park Road. Visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
women are doing for us.”
In fact, DRS employees regularly and generously donate and encourage Memorial Day Parade (Bowie)
outside contributions to aid military and family members in need. May 29, 11 a.m.
Besides Operation Mend, DRS employees were instrumental in funding the Take pride in America’s heroes at this patriotic
new National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda by supporting the parade in Acorn Hill Park on Stonybrook Drive. Call
Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund with a $650,000 donation. 301-809-3011 or visit www.cityofbowie.org.
Upon completion, the 72,000-square-foot, two-story facility, which will be
dedicated to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of wounded warriors BALTIMORE METRO REGION
suffering from traumatic brain injuries, will be handed over to the Depart- Annual Westminster City Memorial Day
Parade and Service (Westminster)
ment of Defense.
May 31, 10 a.m.
DRS Technology employees hope Operation Mend giving will hit record Celebrate Memorial Day with a Main Street
levels through a company-wide charitable campaign. parade, followed by a ceremony. Westminster
In addition to donating money, DRS employees frequently seek ways in Cemetery, Church Street. Call 410-848-6179 or
which they can honor those who serve. A team at DRS Signal Solutions visit www.carrollcountytourism.org.
places boxes by the elevators to solicit cards and goodies (such as food,
Community Memorial Day Service
magazines, comic books, and gum) for military care packages that are (Westminster)
shipped off to soldiers overseas. And, last fall, 50 DRS employees banded May 30, 1:45-3 p.m.
together to clean the Korean War Veterans Memorial. For more information, One of the oldest services in Carroll County, fea-
visit www.drsfoundation.net. turing music by the Wm. F. Myers Band. Pleasant
Valley Cemetery. Call 410-848-6179 or visit www.
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MARYLAND MILITARY BASES
Fort Meade Aberdeen Proving Ground
Cumberland WASHINGTON Taneytown CECIL
Frostburg ot Hagerstown Hampstead HARFORD Elkton
McHenry a c Ri Thurmont
Deep Westminster BALTIMORE Havre de Grace
Creek Fallston Bel Air C & D Canal
Oakland Eldersburg Timonium De
ac Frederick Mount Airy Randallstown
P WEST Baltimore
h HOWARD KENT
th Ellicott City Dundalk
Fort Detrick MONTGOMERY
Naval Station &
Columbia Rock Hall
U.S. Naval Academy
Potomac Silver Spring
Queenstown Delaware Bay
Bethesda Bowie Annapolis
Washington PRINCE Denton
Andrews Air Force Base—Camp Springs D.C. GEORGE’S ANNE
National Naval Oxon Hill
St. Michaels CAROLINE
Army: North Beach
Aberdeen Proving Ground—Aberdeen Waldorf
CHARLES Prince Frederick Cambridge
Fort Detrick—Frederick La Plata
Fort Meade—Odenton WICOMICO
Drum Point Berlin Ocean
iver Princess Snow
Naval Air Station Patuxent River—Patuxent River St. Mary’s Anne
Naval Station Annapolis—Annapolis Force Base
United States Naval Academy—Annapolis Island
National Naval Medical Center—Bethesda Naval Air Station 10 MILES
Memorial Day at Fort McHenry WESTERN REGION
(Baltimore City) Annual Sharpsburg Memorial Day Commem-
May 31, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. oration & Parade (Sharpsburg)
Celebrate the holiday with poetry readings, a May 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
wreath-laying ceremony, flag demonstrations, and Enjoy a wreath-laying ceremony in Sharpsburg’s
historic speeches at the Fort McHenry National town square at 11 a.m., followed by the oldest
Monument. Call 410-962-4290 or visit www.nps.gov. continuous Memorial Day parade in the U.S. from
1:30-3 p.m. Call 301-432-6854 or 301-432-8410.
Military Appreciation Week (Aberdeen
Proving Ground) Boonsboro Memorial Day Parade (Boonsboro)
Week of May 16th May 30, 1 p.m.
This week-long celebration honors those who Celebrate this patriotic holiday with a wreath-lay-
have served in the U.S. military and culminates ing ceremony at 1 p.m. and a parade down Main
with a Military Appreciation Luncheon at Top Street at 2 p.m. Call 301-432-5634. Military Vehicles at the Annual Westminster City
of the Bay on May 20 at 11:30 a.m. Visit www. Memorial Day Parade and Service
harfordchamber.org. Fillmore Fest (Fillmore)
May 29-31 around downtown Chestertown, the event features
This Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy all-day festivi- a cocktail party on Friday, reenactment on Satur-
ties, including a Civil War encampment, box-car day, and parade on Sunday. Call 410-778-0416 or
races, and lots of other fun activities in the town of visit www.chestertownteaparty.org.
Fillmore. Visit www.discoveralleganycounty.com.
Memorial Day Free Skipjack Sails
EASTERN SHORE REGION (Cambridge)
Chestertown Tea Party (Chestertown) May 31, noon-3 p.m.
May 28-31 Enjoy a short sail on the Nathan of Dorchester at
Enjoy activities for the whole family, including a no cost! Free sails will be offered at noon, 1 p.m.,
historical reenactment, games, a parade, per- 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sails depart from Long Wharf in
Remembering the fallen at the Annual Sharpsburg
Memorial Day Commemoration formances, and even a distance run. Held in and Cambridge. Visit www.skipjack-nathan.org.
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Councilman David Craig, Councilman Richard Slutzky, and
County Executive David Craig present proclamations to COL
Jeffrey Weissman, APG Garrison Commander and Major
General Fred D. “Doug” Robinson, Jr., RDECOM Commander.
THE MONTH OF MAY ISN’T JUST ABOUT REVELING IN THE
blooming flowers and the balmy temperatures. It’s also about honoring
our servicemen and women, because May is National Military
In Harford County, May includes the 33rd annual Military Appreciation
Week, which honors men and women who previously served or currently
serve in the United States military. During the week of May 16, Harford
County’s Chamber of Commerce will sponsor this patriotic celebration.
“The goal is to foster a stronger community
relationship between the public and Aberdeen
Proving Ground,” says Harford County Chamber of
Commerce CEO Bill Seccurro.
The week kicks off with Armed Forces Day, when
Aberdeen Proving Ground invites the public to the
base to celebrate. Activities will include a 10-k run,
aircraft demonstrations, and a uniform pageant, as
well as other activities.
Military Appreciation Week will be capped off
by the Military Appreciation Luncheon on May
21 at Top of the Bay, where awards for excellence
BY JENNIFER TILLEY in service and in the community will be given to
“It’s important now—and for the last 33 years—to recognize the commit-
ment that military personnel and their families make to their community
and their country,” says Seccurro.
For more information about Military Appreciation Week and the lun-
cheon, visit www.harfordchamber.org.
Military Vehicles on display
at the Top of the Bay.
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Preparing to receive Proclamations, from
left to right: SGM Juanita R. Kruegar, SGT
Benjamin Salazar, Soldier of the Year, SGT
Abigail D. Lentz, Marine of the Year, TSGt
Stevin W. Mountz, Airman of the Year.
“Let the praise be given not to me,...but to the inspirers
(defenders) of the song!” —F S K,
years ago, Francis Scott Key captured the events of September th, , in a poem. “ e Star-
Spangled Banner” found its way to become our oﬃcial national anthem in . Has
there ever been a song dedicated to our country with such unwavering strength?
at ever invokes the grandeur of patriotism and a thunderous ring of
courage? Each time you hear it remember those military personnel
who have vowed to defend our land of the free and the home of the brave.
Visit our display at e Gallery Mall, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, second ﬂoor and be inspired!
Help the NAC celebrate our National Anthem. w w w.osaycanyousee.org
e NAC, Inc. is a registered (c) organization
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Photo credit: Mollie Miller, U.S. Army