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School Health & Wellness Boardwalk



National Police Week: Honoring the fallen

M-NCPPC hosts 2014 Baseball Clinic


Oxon Hill High School valedictorian has strong ties to Joint Base Andrews

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Ma Estela Mendoza assists Rhonda Holland, Andrews Youth Center child and youth program assistant, trim laminated drawings of skateboard decks produced by center children in the Art Room, May 16. The artwork will be put on display in the center. BY ANDREA BLACKSTONE STAFF WRITER

Ma Estela Mendoza has taken many critical steps to earn a bright future. The 18-year old student who attended Oxon Hill High School has always been on the Principal’s Honor Roll, by earning a 4.0 grade point average or higher, during the majority of her enrollment. The College Board recognized her as a 2013 Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. The valedictorian of Oxon Hill’s Class of 2014 is on her way to achieving more great accomplishments. Attending Howard University is one of them. Mendoza is a recipient of Howard University’s Capstone Scholarship. On May 23, the oldest of three children will graduate and embark upon the next phase of her journey in life and scholarship. Mendoza moved from the Philippines in 2006, then settled in Prince George’s County, Md. “When I first got here, I didn’t know how to speak English as well as my peers,” Mendoza said. Today, Mendoza speaks English and Tagalog. She founded the Oxon Hill Chapter of The National Math Honor Society and served as president. Mendoza’s drive to achieve exceptional academic performance is just one aspect of her life. As Mendoza shares more details, it becomes appar-

“Maria” Ma Estela Mendoza, 18, has kept a 4.0 average or above during her tenure at Oxon Hill High School. She is the school valedictorian.

ent that she is well-rounded. She describes herself as a very artsy person. Mendoza placed twice in an Air Force-wide talent competition called U Got Talent, in addition to participating in many local singing contests. “I play acoustic guitar. I sing everything from John Legend to Lauryn Hill to Taylor Swift. It’s a variety,” Mendoza remarked. The graduating senior now loves math and has taken a total of 10 AP courses, although she admits that she did not like

homework when she was younger. Mendoza said that she realized that her parents, Hilario and Maura Mendoza, moved from their homeland in the Philippines where she was born, to enable their children to have a better future. Mendoza credits her parents as being motivators. “I don’t want to just quit them. I don’t want all of their hard work to just go into nothing. I just want both of them to be proud.” Mendoza’s family has strong ties to the military and Joint Base Andrews. Her father served in the Army. One uncle retired from the Air Force. Her parents work on the base. Mendoza volunteered at the Joint Base Andrews Youth Center. In 2012, Mendoza was also selected as Joint Base Andrew’s Youth of the Year. She was eager to complete her 24 volunteer hours that she needed to graduate high school. After some of her friends began volunteering at the Joint Base Andrews Youth Center, she signed up. Mendoza said that she volunteered from freshman year of high school until Dec. 2013. “One of my most memorable projects was creating a mural for the entrance of the Youth Center. I painted that with my sister. Apart from there, I volunteered at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where I was a Conformation candidate. I volunteered at


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Groundbreaking kicks off major upgrades at community center BY ANDREA BLACKSTONE STAFF WRITER

Celebration was in order, during the groundbreaking ceremony that was held on May 17 at the William Beanes Community Center in Suitland, Md. The facility will be getting a major facelift. Circuit Court Clerk of Prince George’s County, Marilynn M. Bland, was in attendance. Sheriff, Melvin C. High, shook hands and greeted guests before the ceremony began. The Honorable Karen R. Toles mingled with community members before approaching the platform to offer remarks. The ceremony was significant for various individuals who have been waiting for the project to make significant progress. Total project funding to modernize the William Beanes Community Center is reportedly $5,712,000. A long list of community members, citizen activists, students and others involved in the planning of the project are excited about the forthcoming 9,100 square foot edition. My name is Elizabeth Hewlett. I chair the Prince George’s County Planning Board. I am Vice Chairman of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. On behalf of the Planning Commission, I am thrilled, I am delighted, to

welcome you to the long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the new William Beanes Community Center!” Hewlett said, enthusiastically. Cheers followed Hewlett’s remarks. The William Beanes Community Center is attached to William Beanes Elementary School. Dana V. Tutt is the principal. Future improvements that will be made to the William Beanes Community Center are expected to benefit students by offering more space for recreation, physical fitness, and after school activities. A multipurpose room will open to an outdoor patio area. Glass in the interior will allow for more natural lighting. A renovated gymnasium, new bleacher seating, a senior lounge center, a fitness room, and space for a game room will expand services offered for all ages. Finishing touches of the project include a new community garden, asphalt trail, renovated ball field, new basketball hoops, and parking lot lighting. Frances Hughes, Director of the After Care program at Williams Beanes Community Center, has been a community member since 1975. She reminded others that the multigenerational community center will attract added benefits,

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Teamwork still works after military service BY ANDREA BLACKSTONE STAFF WRITER

Austin Camacho served 13 years in the Army. He was born in N.Y. but grew up in the upstate town of Saratoga Springs. His military career spanned from Ft. Stewart, Ga., SHAPE, Belgium, and Frankfort, Germany, to Ft. Belvoir, Va. After serving in the Army, Camacho and his family initially settled in Alexandria, Va. The Camacho family discovered that they could trade their small townhouse for a four-bedroom house which offered more amenities and affordability. Camacho now resides in a quiet area of Upper Marlboro. He works as a federal civilian employee, serving as chief of beneficiary education for TRICARE.

see TEAMWORK, page 7


Denise Camacho promotes Intrigue Publishing at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore.

Sesame Street, USO help Team Andrews families prepare for PCS BY STAFF SGT. TOREY GRIFFITH 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

“5-4-3-2-1.” Team Andrews families counted down the launch of a Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families at the base theater here May 13 and 14. The performances, brought to them by the USO, told the story of Katie, a military child who just found out she will be relocating to a new place with her family. The character was created to help military children relate to and identify with sadness accompanied with leaving behind old friends, anxiety of making

new friends and the excitement of starting over. “My oldest son was five when we found out we were moving to Andrews,” said Stephanie Wollard. She and her two boys, 7-year-old Zachary and 7-monthold Ethan, were among the more than 1,000 Team Andrews members who attended the shows. “He didn’t want to move. He was content where he was; he had his friends, karate class, and my parents and sister in California. Moving away from my family was difficult for all of us.” The Wollard family is particularly familiar with the challenges associated with changing sta-

tion. Andrews is their fifth assignment, and she said they will likely be moving again within a year. “Every time we move, Zachary asked ‘I don’t know anybody, how am I going to meet people?’” Wollard said. “Being a homeschooling family makes it a little more difficult, because he doesn’t have a classroom full of 30 kids who he can just go and befriend.” Luckily, there were several opportunities here for the Wollards to interact with the community.

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Joint Base Andrews families attend the Sesame Street USO Experience for military families.


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Around Town May 26

National Memorial Day Parade 2 p.m. The National Memorial Day Parade will begin at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, N.W., D.C. and continue along Constitution Avenue, ending at 17th St. Enjoy floats, high school marching bands, participating veterans, service members, local and national celebrities, service organizations and clubs, plus additional attractions. Visit parade.

May 26

National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery 1 Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA 22211 11 a.m. A wreath-laying ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be held. An observance program in the amphitheater will follow. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is suggested. For more information, visit http://www.arlingtoncemetery. mil/Events/Calendar.aspx.

May 29-June 16

UniverSoul Circus Capital Plaza Mall, 6200 Annapolis Road, Landover Hills, Md. 20784 The most interactive circus in the worlds opens in this area on May 29. For more information, visit http://www.!washington-dc/c222.


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In some American households, Memorial Day Weekend rituals have nothing to do with warrior spirit. It is regarded as a time to celebrate the official start of summer. Individuals pack suitcases, and fill up gas tanks, to leave town in pursuit of a beach getaway or another fun destination. Pools open and grilling masters often welcome barbecue season. A plethora of parties often offer nightlife for those who prefer to socialize under city lights. While indulging in a break from work or school, there may be no private mentions of anything that resembles the true meaning of the time, nor are any public displays of remembrance given. Others prefer to preserve the integrity of Memorial Day Weekend. I am one of them. When I was a child, I was introduced to the idea that heroes died while serving in the military. My father told me a story that ties into Memorial Day. Around the time of the Korean War, he was a passenger on a transport ship. The trip to the U.S. was scheduled to be 21 days. While being processed to

return home, after being stationed abroad, my father saw a neighbor from his hometown at an embarkation point. The history of these young men dated back to days of attending Sunday School together. Naturally, they were happy to see each other by chance. Before exchanging goodbyes, my father’s friend said to tell his mother that he was okay. Everything was all right. He did not want her to worry about him. Upon my father’s arrival in Annapolis, Md., he told his mother that he was on his way to pay a visit to his friend’s mother, to deliver the message from her son. My grandmother supposedly said that she was glad that my father shared his intentions. During the previous week, it had been announced in church that the young man lost his life. After learning the shocking turn of events, my father told me that he sat down to reflect about the situation. He visualized talking to his longtime friend. My father knew many fallen comrades. Periodically, he shares their names and stories about good and

bad times they endured together. I regard the story about the fallen solider that he knew as a timeless piece of reality. Some soldiers died in recent times. Other soldiers lost their lives long ago. Faces of fallen soldiers may be young or old. I believe that everyone who died, while answering the call of duty, should be honored in some way. As another Memorial Day Weekend approaches, I consider the courage, selflessness, and bravery displayed by fallen men and women. Aside from the usual, another way to honor them may be to educate more youth about the meaning of Memorial Day. Many public events offer opportunities to evoke discussion. One more could be to politely remind others who have fun plans to pause and give thanks, remembering to do more than to simply have fun the entire weekend. Sacrifices were made by countless individuals who did not return home to their families and friends. It would not hurt for more of us to acknowledgethis truth.

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fectively, Jeu said. “Commissaries experienced a sales loss totally over $99 million driven by sequestration closures in fiscal year 2013 and government closures in FY2014.” All this followed “an impressive year” in fiscal 2012, before sequestration. “Sales were up, topping the $6 billion level for the first time since 1992,” Jeu reported. “The commissary continues to be one of the most valued non-pay compensation benefits our military members, past and present, and their families enjoy.” Calling the commissary benefit an “integral element of the total compensation package,” Jeu said it saves patrons about 30 percent compared to commercial supermarkets. This quality-of-life enhancement comes at a rate of $2 in patron savings for every taxpayer dollar invested, he reported. Even with commissaries


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Budget Cuts At Commissaries

A glimpse at what commissary and military exchange services could become in light of smaller and unpredictable budgets was described to Congress by Joseph H. Jeu, Defense Commissary Agency director. During the first day of the government shutdown in October shoppers racked up twice the typical day’s sales, at $30.5 million, Jeu said. “That was our highest sale day ever.” But as the furlough dragged on, its effects increasingly became evident. The hiring freeze had already put a dent in customer service. Two-thirds of all commissaries fell below manning levels required to run the stores ef-

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SESAME, from page 1 “When we moved here, it was really nice to get involved with the Andrews Home Educators,” she said. “At our last couple of assignments, we put him in sports, found play groups and met people at church.” Katie and her furry friends Elmo, Grover, Rosita and Cookie Monster helped Team Andrews children look for the upsides to of their future or recent moves, and also demonstrated different ways to say “hello” to the new people they will meet. Tour Manager Nicole McClendon and her crew work hard to make a special connection with military children, and they have a lot of fun doing it. “I like to think of our show as a live, singing and dancing thank you card that we take to all of our military families around the world,” McClendon said. “We try to understand what military families are going through, and we want them to know that we’ll be here for them.” The Sesame Street/ USO Experience for Military Families seven month stateside tour began April 4 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and is slated to perform more than 200 shows at 69 bases by the end of October. “The smiles on all the families’ faces makes all of our work rewarding,” McClendon said. “The tour has been going on since 2008, and the shows have delivered special family moments at 144 military bases in 33 states and 11 countries.” The tours also visit bases overseas “wherever there are military families,” in addition to the wealth of other resources they offer, McClendon said. “There are so many instances when the USO has been there for our family,” Wollard said. “When my husband deployed, they were a huge help. We made


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Friday, May 23, 2014

SCHOOL HEALTH & WELLNESS BOARDWALK Fort Washington residents participate in a Prince George’s County Public School Health and Wellness Boardwalk at the Tucker Road Athletic Complex in Fort Washington May 17. The 1 mile walk sponsored by the PGCPS, was also supported by GOGORILLA. ORG and AETNA.



The Sesame Street USO Experience for military families performs at Joint Base Andrews. The performance, brought to them by the USO, told the story of Katie, a military child who just found out she will be relocating to a new place with her family.


Approximately 90 Prince George’s County residents ran and walked a 1 mile course in the name of fitness and fun at the Tucker Road Athletic Complex in Fort Washington May 17.

James Storm, Prince George’s County Public Schools benefits specialist, hands out free water bottles to fitness participants at the completion of a 1 mile walk.

A couple of runners are elated at finishing a 1 mile fitness course during the first Prince George’s School Health and Wellness Boardwalk May 17.

Joint Base Andrews families attend the Sesame Street USO Experience for military families at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 14. The seven month stateside tour began April 4 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and is slated to perform more than 200 shows at 69 bases by the end of October.

recorded books for Zachary, and he could sit and watch daddy read him books while he was gone.” Wollard also expressed great appreciation for the USO at an airport in Frankfurt, Germany, when they traveled to meet her

husband during his midtour leave. “We really appreciate the USO,” Wollard said. “They have been there for us through whatever circumstance we may have found ourselves in. It’s been a really positive thing.”

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Tech. Sgt. Mandi Harper prepares to sing the National Anthem. Harper, United States Air Force Band soprano vocalist, sang the National Anthem as part of radio station WMZQ’s Military Appreciation Week.

Boxer, a WMZQ radio station DJ, attempts to run from Bak, a military working dog, during their Military Appreciation Week event.


Staff Sgt. Lucas Tripp takes a break with his dog Bak, during a radio station WMZQ’s Military Appreciation Week event at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 15. Tripp is an 11th Security Support Squadron military working dog handler and Bak is a German Shepherd detector dog.

Boxer, a WMZQ radio station DJ, interviews Col. Bill Knight, 11th Wing commander, during radio station WMZQ’s Military Appreciation Week.


Boxer, a WMZQ radio station DJ, speaks with members of the United States Air Force Drill Team after a performance during the stations Military Appreciation Week event.

National Police Week: Honoring the fallen BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS RYAN J. SONNIER 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Team Andrews’ security forces members and local law enforcement celebrate National Police Week, which runs the week of May 15, to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. JBA hosted the following events for NPW: a demo day, golf tournament, ruck march and shooting challenge. Various awards were given out during the competitions. “It was great to see military and civilian law enforcement come together with one goal; to recognize and honor those who have fallen,” said Master Sgt.. Margery Martin, 11th Security Support Squadron CATM NCO in-charge. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/AIRMAN 1ST CLASS RYAN J. SONNIER

Mandy Huckins, right, speaks with winners after the Andrews Officers Spouses’ Club scholarship presentation on May 17 at The Club on Joint Base Andrews. Huckins is the AOSC scholarship committee chairwoman.

JBA Buzz Who do you honor on Memorial Day? “I honor everyone that has fallen in the defense of our nation; Airmen, Sailor, Marine, and Soldier.”

“I honor my grandfather who was a World War II veteran in the Army and my uncle who served in Vietnam.”


Logistics Specialist Chief Petty Officer Corey Douglas, Naval Air Facility Washington, D.C. “I honor all the military members who sacrificed and gone before us to make this country the land of the free.”

Information Systems Chief Petty Officer Kellee Reed, Naval Air Facility Washington, D.C.

Staff Sgt. Darlin Ducos, 11th Security Forces Squadron desk sergeant, gets tased during a demo day May 12 on Joint Base Andrews. The event was held during National Police Week which recognizes those who have fallen.

Airman 1st Class Zach Brubaker, 89th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems journeyman “I honor those service members past and current.”

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Security forces members compete in a shooting competition during National Police Week May 16 on Joint Base Andrews.

The 11th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordinance disposal team won the team division at the annual ruck march held May 16 on Joint Base Andrews. The event is held during National Police Week to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.

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Frances Hughes, left, Director of the After Care Program at William Beanes Community Center, and Council member Karen R. Toles (Prince George’s County Council District 7), share a happy moment while lifting dirt with shovels.


Frances Hughes stands next to Councilmember Karen R. Toles (Prince George’s County Council, District 7) as various community members and stakeholders celebrate forthcoming development of the improved William Beanes Community Center.

Elizabeth M. Hewlett celebrates as Damari Childs finishes speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Kenneth Bridgers (left) and son, Marley (front) join nephews Malakhi (rear) and Damari (front), and their mother, Kenise Bridgers (end) to stand in front of a sign announcing the expansion and renovation of William Beanes Community Center. Kenise Bridgers says the outcome will be great.

Community members, children, and elected officials support and celebrate the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the William Beanes Community Center.

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such as mentorship. “We are really proud, honored and glad that this is coming to fruition.” Damari Childs is an 11-year-old student who participates in the Kids Care Program at William Beanes Community Center. The young speaker eloquently shared sentiments about the expansion and renovation of the community center, during the ceremony. Adult attendees stood and clapped, when his remarks ended. Del. Aisha Braveboy represents District 25 and is Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Although she was unable to attend the event, Pat Fletcher served as her representative. Fletcher presented a citation from the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, to the Department of Parks and Recreation of Prince George’s County, in recognition of the groundbreaking ceremony for the William Beanes Community Center. Prince George’s County Council member, Karen R. Toles, emphasized what the Suitland community deserves. “By the end of the design phase, and the architectural design, this community center is going to be a $5.7 million dollar investment in this community. It’s hard to get that. I serve with eight other fantastic council members. I fought because the community said that you wanted to have it. I thank you—the community—for your advocacy, for knowing what you want to have in your community. In a year, you’re going to be ribbon cutting a $5.7 million dollar community center that we’re going to have over here at William Beanes.” The District 7 Council member also offered remarks about moving Suitland forward progressively. “Today is a wonderful day in District 7, in the Suitland community, because this community deserves to have a recreational center that fits the needs

of this community. It’s going to have a senior wing, a place for all children to have recreational activities, and it’s going to have an expanded fitness center and senior lounge. The community deserves to have these amenities. As Ms. Hughes stated, when people look to purchase their homes, we want them to look in this community and say, ‘Hey, they have a recreation center. They have nice homes. It’s a walkable community.’ That’s what’s going to make people want to invest in their community.” Kenny Bridgers of Suitland, Md. is Damari Childs’ uncle. He was extremely proud of the student speaker. “It is significant for him, and to have a young person of his age, being involved in political work. It’s something that is monumental, not only for him, but the community as well. It is something that he will remember for the rest of his life. The experience will project him into doing more positive things, having enough confidence to have a positive impact on other young people. I’m very proud of him,” said Bridgers. Childs’ mother, Kenise Bridgers, agreed. She stood next to sons Damari and Malakhi. Her 3-yearold nephew, Marley, represented younger children who may also benefit from future services that the improved community center may offer. “Right now they’re in the cafeteria. Now they’ll have more space. I really liked this community center before this, so I know that it’s only going to get better. Even though they are in the cafeteria, they still make a way for them to do different things in before and after school care. I’m happy. I’m proud of him. He did a really good job. I think this is going to be an awesome outcome,” Kenise Bridgers remarked. This summer, construction of the expansion and renovation of the William Beanes Community Center is expected to begin.


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M-NCPPC hosts 2014 Baseball Clinic BY BOBBY JONES


More than 90 boys and girls between the ages of seven and 15 attended the 2014 Baseball Clinic hosted by the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission at Cosca Regional Park in Clinton May 15. Conducted by local high school coaches, the free clinic taught the children basic fundamentals of baseball, which included pitching, batting, catching, in-fielding and first base delivery. The first 100 registrants received two tickets to a future Washington Nationals’ game. The M-NCPPC hosts five clinics per year for children for 40 to 80 teams in various age groups. The event was co-sponsored by the Cal Ripken Association and Giant Food Market of Temple Hills, Md.


Free baseball clinic participants perform pushups to strengthen muscles during a calisthenics session.

Tyler Noble, 11, powers up to bat a baseball during swing practice at a free baseball clinic at Cosca Park in Clinton May 17. Tyler is the son of Staff Sgt. Samuel Noble, Presidential Air Group on Joint Base Andrews.

Michael Paz, 11, bats a volley ball into a net during batting practice. Michael is the son of Lt. Col. Robert Paz, 79th Medical Wing inspector general.

A Prince George’s County youth throws a pitch to an instructor during a free baseball clinic hosted by the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission at Cosca Regional Park May 17.

Ryan Holler, Ripken Baseball Association representative, kids with a youth during batting practice at a free baseball clinic in Cosca Park May 17.

Ryan Holler, Ripken Baseball Association representative, shows children proper hand placement on the baseball bat.


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Austin S. Camacho gets the first advance copies of his next novel, Beyond Blue.

TEAMWORK, from page 1 When Camacho’s day job obligations end, he transforms into an author who writes crime fiction. Camacho’s publishing credits include five mysteries and four action thrillers. Camacho said that three completed novels are in the works. There is more to Camacho’s literary endeavors. He is also a publisher and entrepreneur, along with two partners, one of whom is his wife. In 2012, Intrigue Publishing was founded by Denise and Austin Camacho, in addition to Sandra Bowman. “For years we have both wanted to do something meaningful together, so starting this business was pretty obvious. It was either this or a bookstore. Unfortunately, a brick and mortar bookstore doesn’t have much chance of success these days,” Denise Camacho said. The foundation of Camacho’s writing interest has deep roots. “I’ve been writing since junior high school, but I took my first shot at a novel when I was a soldier,” Camacho said. Camacho was fortunate enough to get picked up by a small press, although he ultimately decided that he could build his literary career better himself. After several years of submitting his work to mainstream publishers, Camacho finally tried self-publishing. In the last two years, Camacho and his team have published five novels and four short stories in eBook format. The local company publishes mysteries, urban drama, and young adult fiction. Intrigue Publishing is currently accepting sensual romance submissions. Denise Camacho became actively involved in supporting her husband’s writing career. She began working with him in early 2000. “As the publishing industry went from being just a few power houses to a lot of independents, I realized that I knew enough about it to do it myself. I started focusing my energy on figuring out the intricacies of the industry and became knowledgeable in many facets of it. We were often asked to help other authors get published. After several years, we finally made the move to accepting submissions.” Mrs. Camacho said that her biggest reward is being able to publish great books that might not have otherwise made it through the slush piles of big publishing houses. She explained that it is currently harder to sell books. Distribution is extremely difficult, partly because there are so many small presses operating, and print-on-demand books are plentiful. Launching Intrigue Publishing evolved into a collective effort. Sandra Bowman, who is originally from Washington, D.C., has resided in Prince George’s County most of her life. She also is a part of the publishing company. “I have been marketing for almost 10 years. At first it was just helping other authors with the strategies and tips that I learned from some NY Times bestselling authors. Then, someone asked, ‘Why don’t you do it for a living?’ From then on I started getting paid by new authors. Intrigue Publishing asked me to help with their marketing. At first I did it pro bono, because I didn’t feel right getting paid for something that I enjoyed doing. Then they said that they wanted me to think about accepting the position as Marketing Director, and I did.” The creation of Intrigue Publishing offers a lesson about teamwork still proving to be beneficial after military service, whether a person aspires to build a literary career, or pursue a new business endeavor. “In both cases I’d say go for it. Military service gives us the tools we need most to be writers or entrepreneurs: determination, self-confidence, and the ability to see solutions where others see problems. And here’s one vet that will be happy to help them do either,” Camacho said. Visit Intrigue Publishing online via If you are a Facebook user, see https://www. Intrigue Publishing can also be found on Twitter @intriguepub.


A team of 11th Civil Engineer Squadron members wearing anti-exposure suits inspect filters inside a water tank prior to launching the water into the Splash Park May 20.

Staff Sgt. James Porter, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron water abd fuels systems maintenance craftsman adjust the filter on the water fill line pipe, prior to launching the water into the Splash Park May 20.

Airman 1st Class Dustin Bisstte, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron structural apprentice uses a paint roller to apply a caution line at the entrance of the Andrews Pool.



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Security Forces Police Blotter The Security Forces Blotter is intended to keep members of the Joint Base Andrews Community informed and aware of the crimes and offenses that occur throughout the base each week. If you have any information that may help the Security Forces solve a crime or prevent a criminal act, please contact BDOC (Base Defense Operations Center) at 301-981-2001, CRIME STOP LINE 9812677 (COPS, or the investigations section at 301-9815656). May 09 at 9:40 a.m.: An individual contacted Security Forces stating half of their vehicle registration sticker on the license plate was removed from the vehicle. The individual completed a written statement.

May 09 at 11:16 a.m.: There was an attempted entry at the Main Gate. The individual received instructions from the Gate Guard to pull over to the left hand lane to be searched. The individual continued forward without understanding the Gate Guards instructions. The barrier was raised before the vehicle could enter the installation. Statements were completed by the individual and the Gate Guards. May 09 at 7:40 p.m.: An individual called Security Forces stating damage to a vehicle. The individual stated they parked the vehicle for a ceremony and when the individual came back they noticed several dents on the passenger side. Statements, an inci-

dent form, and a SFMIS Report were completed with no injuries sustained. May 10 at 9:02 p.m.: An individual struck a cement pole at the entrance of the Main Gate. The subject was transported to the Security Forces Squadron for further processing. The subject was not intoxicated but revealed he was impaired by a controlled dangerous substance. Statements and tickets were completed. May 11 at 2 a.m.: An individual was trying to make entry to the installation while having driving privileges revoked on base via DBIDs. The individual was detained pending further investigation. Further investigation revealed the revocation of base driving privileges were restricted

to Keesler AFB, MS. The individual was released on their own recognizance. May 12 at 10:01 a.m.: There was a minor vehicle accident involving a government owned vehicle and a pole. The individual stated they were temporarily blinded by the sun and struck the pole. The damages consisted of paint transfer and scratches on the driver side. Statements and an incident form were completed. May 12 at 5:48 p.m.: There was an attempted entry at the Main Gate. The individual received instructions from the Gate Guard to pull over to the left hand lane to be searched. The individual continued forward stating they did not know where to stop. The indi-

vidual stopped adjacent to the Main Gate Over Watch and the barriers were never raised. Statements were completed by the individual and the Gate Guards. May 12 at 9:11 p.m.: An individual was stopped by Security Forces and detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. It was determined that the individual was under the influence of Cannabis. Tickets and a revocation of driving privileges letter were issued. The individual completed a statement. May 13 at 12:17 p.m.: An individual walked into Security Forces to report damage to their vehicle. The victim stated they entered the Base Library for a 20 min period and returned to find damage to the rear passenger side wheel well and the rear passenger side bumper. The individual completed a statement. May 13 at 3:09 p.m.: An individual called Security Forces to report their child was involved in a hit and run at the intersection of West Perimeter and Yuma Rd. The victim was riding home on his bicycle from school and was attempting to cross the road near the intersection of West Perimeter and Yuma Rd.. The victim stated that the subject waived for him to cross the street, as the victim was crossing the street the vehicle rolled forward striking the rear tire of the bicycle, forcing the victim to the ground. Victim was alert with no injuries and did not require any further medical treatment. Secu-

rity Forces is looking for an older model burgundy SUV displaying Ohio registration. May 14 at 3:32 p.m.: A 2012 Chevrolet Cobalt was towed from the Visitor Center to JAH towing Impound due to vehicle repossession. May 15 at 10:10 a.m.: There was a major vehicle accident at the Main Gate and Robert M. Bond Drive. The accident was between an SUV and a motorcycle and both vehicles were towed to Forestville, Maryland. The individuals in the SUV stated that they were turning left to exit the installation and they did not see the motorcycle until it struck the passenger side front bumper of the SUV. The individual on the motorcycle was transported to PG County Trauma for further evaluation and the individuals in the SUV reported no injuries. May 15 at 11:51 a.m.: There was a minor accident at the Main Exchange. A vehicle was backing out of a parking space and struck another vehicle that was parked. The vehicle that was hit reported damage that consisted of a scratch to the driver’s side rear bumper. Statements and one Incident Form were completed. May 15 at 11:57 a.m.: There was a medical emergency at the Main Gate. An individual was having trouble breathing and requested medical assistance. The individual was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital for further treatment.

Death Notice ATTN ALL PERSONNEL: Lt. Col. Christopher Cutler regretfully annouces the death of Col. Joann Richardson. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Col. Richardson cont Lt. Col. Cristopher Cutler, Summary Court Officer at 703-681-6987.

VALEDICTORIAN, from page 1 the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, while I was in the summer program for Howard University. I volunteered at Clinton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for a research project for school,” Mendoza said. Mendoza is already busy charting her course to continue moving forward. Howard University’s Capstone Scholarship covers tuition and fees, but Mendoza will have to pay for books and food. The new high school graduate plans to major in Nursing. Mendoza will look for outside scholarships and work. “I’m getting a summer job. As much as possible, I’m trying to save for necessities.” Mendoza said that she does not want to stop creating art, singing, and playing musical instruments, just because she plans to work in the medical field. “I wish that I could be the best example for my siblings to continue our legacy.”

RETIREE, from page 2 to receive full funding in the proposed fiscal 2014 budget, Jeu warned that the impact of sequestration “is likely to be considerable” as the department establishes priorities and balances resources.

Questions Answered

The Total Force Service Center at the Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Tex., provides 24/7 customer support to the active duty, Air National Guard, Reserve, civilian and retiree populations. It provides customers with seamless access to personnel information services. The toll-free telephone number is 1 800 525-0102. The Retiree Activities Office is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit the office in Building 1604 at California and Colorado Avenues or call us at 301-9812726. Our e-mail address is Call the office before your visit to ensure a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has a website at; Under “Helpful Links” click on “Retirees Activity Office” for information on retiree subjects, including past copies of “Retiree Corner.”


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