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News and Announcements  -  August 31, 2018


Charlotte Hall Receives Donation of New Sound System

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Thank You to The American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville for purchasing a new sound system for the Main Multi-Purpose Room. The room is used for  the Senior Prom, Winter Ball, BINGO, Sock Hops and other entertaining events for the residents. The new sound system also extends into the dining room, so that residents can enjoy music during their meals. This project cost over $7,000 and the funds were raised by the American Legion Post from their St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance. Post 238 also provides residents at Charlotte Hall free monthly dinner outings at the post every month. 

MDVA also extends our appreciation to Mr. Joe Lehan who spent so much of his time installing and troubleshooting the new and improved system. Joe replaced an outdated PA system with a modern ‘distributed’ audio system. The new system features an Energy Star compliant JBL integrated Mixer and 2-zone Amplifier, feeding eight Yamaha, 2-way, surface-mounted speakers, as well as a combination AM/FM Tuner, USB/CD Player and DVD Player. The stage area microphone now includes a “media interface” for connecting music players and mobile devices to play over the MPR PA system. All microphone/speaker wiring and connections were replaced with shielded audio cable and connections were made using modern industry standards. Wall-mounted volume controls for both speaker zones allow easy, simple, access. When not in use, the new PA system enters a power-saving ‘sleep’ mode and will activate once activity is sensed. All audio components are installed in a fan cooled, wall-mounted, equipment rack. Thank you to Joe for your continued support of Charlotte Hall and our residents!

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Sound Sytem for Charlotte Hall

From left to right: Joe Lehan of Sound Events, Jeff Sherff, American Legion Post 238 and Sharon Murphy, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

In other Charlotte Hall news, Bikers Ride to Aid Charlotte Hall, BayNet.com article

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a Veterans Cemetery Grants Program - Watch Video

Maryland has received support from the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program to establish five State Veterans Cemeteries - MDVA Cemetery & Memorial Program

Avenue of Flags

Avenue of Flags at MDVA Cheltenham State Veterans Cemetery

Buddy Hodgdon

After a visit to the United States Naval Academy,  Mr. Lester "Buddy" Hodgdon stopped by MDVA and met Secretary Owings.  While chatting, Secretary Owings discovered Mr. Hodgdon served in the Navy and was eligible for the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin. Shown in the photo from left to right: MDVA Deputy Secretary Bob Finn, Mr. Buddy Hodgdon, and Secretary George Owings.

State Partner News

Own a Small Business?  Thinking of Starting One?

Check out the: Governor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs

Looking for Procurement Assistance?

Check Out the: Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Maryland State Procurement Summit Registration

Maryland National Guard Cyber Warriors

 Joint Training Partnership with Maryland State Government :

The Maryland National Guard has a joint training partnership with the State of Maryland Department of Information Technology and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security – Maryland Guard personnel maintain critical skills in network penetration testing and identification of network vulnerabilities by conducting joint training and forging critical relationships prior to a cyber-incident.
Joint training events have allowed military personnel to train on unfamiliar networks, share best practices, and engage in knowledge exchange with other cyber professionals – model is spreading to other National Guard units.
Activities have included joint training in securing web servers, databases, and wireless networks.

Unit history: 
Approximately 13 years ago the Maryland National Guard activated the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron at Fort Meade.  The unit started with a handful of people. Over the years the squadron has grown and is now part of the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group, Maryland Air National Guard. 

In 2016 the Maryland Air National Guard stood-up the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group consisting of four Squadrons with the federal mission to defend and protect Air Force and U.S. critical infrastructure against cyber-attacks and conduct cyber exploitation and attack operations. Their state mission is to be available to assist the state and local government agencies at the direction of the Governor.

The 175th Cyberspace Operations Group has more than 284 personnel conducting cyber operations in support of the Air Force, USCYBERCOM and the State of Maryland. The Squadrons are the following: 
175th Operations Squadron: National Mission Team
275th Cyberspace Operations Squadron: Cyber Protection Team
276th Cyberspace Operations Squadron: National Mission Team
275th Operational Support Squadron: Operator Training, Equipment, Scheduling

In 2017 the Maryland Army National Guard integrated the new 169th Cyber Protection Team  with the primary mission is to respond to Guard net incidents and conduct defensive operations to support confidentiality, integrity and availability of Army information systems. The unit has 39 full-time members headquartered at the Laurel Armory. 

Information Provided by COL Charles S. Kohler, Maryland National Guard

Federal Partner News

Perry Point Ribbon Cutting 2
Photo Credit: Executive Office of the Governor

Governor Larry Hogan Attends Ribbon Cutting for HELP Veterans Village at Perry Point VA Medical Center.  Read More Here    More Photos

Blue Angels to Move to Super Hornet, FEDweek article

How to Replace Lost Military Medals, MilitaryBenefits.info

Battling Depression and Suicide Among Female Veterans, National Public Radio

Navy Medicine Global Health Team Conducts Trauma Training in Vietnam, Health.mil article

PTSD Treatment Works

VA Researchers Working on 3D-printed Artificial Lung

VA Education and Training Information

Creative Wellness; Art is Therapy for Veterans

Women Veterans Seeking Health Care from VA Increasing

Community Partner News

For Your Information

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs does not endorse the organizations sponsoring these events, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.  The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of MDVA.  The information provided is intended for your general knowledge only, and serves solely as a MDVA community outreach effort.

Community News

Dog Tag Inc. Fellowship Program - Applications Open

The Veterans Consortium - Free Legal Assistance for Veterans Seeking Discharge Upgrade related to PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury or similar mental health conditions

Prince Georges County 2018 Senior Veterans Luncheon - Deadline to Register - TODAY!

MCVET Car Wash - Fridays & Saturdays

Warrior Music Foundation provides free music lessons and free music therapy to active duty military, veterans and their families.

- All of our programs are governed by our board-certified music therapy team.

- We currently offer music lessons and music therapy in Millersville and Towson.

- We have 25 students enrolled in the program at various stages.  Those students represent active duty, veterans and dependents.

- To enroll, prospective students can apply at www.warriormusicfoundation.org/apply

- Our board is composed of former military, professional musicians, music educators, philanthropists, national security experts and entrepreneurs. 

Community Calendar

September 5, 2018

Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Reception, Capitol One HQ, Mclean, VA

September 6, 2018

Hiring Fair at Nationals Park, Washington, DC

CI or FS Polygraph Only Cleared Job Fair, Linthicum

September 8, 2018

Helm for Heroes Racing Clinic and Regatta, Baltimore

September 9, 2018

Indian Head Car Show & Veteran Recognition Day, Indian Head

September 11, 2018

Nutrition Lunch and Learn Open to Veteran and Military Families, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easter Seals, Silver Spring

September 12, 2018

Lower Shore Veterans Network Meeting, Salisbury

Ft. Meade Community Job Fair

September 13, 2018

Upper Shore Hiring Event, Stevensville

September 14, 2018

MOAA Golf Scramble Benefitting Frederick Hospice, Walkersville

September 15, 2018

Travis Manion Foundation Veteran Transition Workshop, Laurel

September 16, 2018

Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run, Annapolis

Crab Feast & Bull Roast to Benefit Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter, Inc., Laurel

September 18, 2018

MidShore Veterans Network Meeting, Easton

Warriors to the Workforce Conference, National Harbor

September 21, 2018

VAREP Golf Tournament, Quantico

September 22, 2018

Suicide Awareness Hike to Benefit Platoon 22, California

September 26, 2018

WorkBaltimore, Empowerment to Employment, Also September 27th

September 30, 2018

Marines Helping Heroes 5K Challenge, Arundel Mills, Hanover

Catholic War Veterans Blue Mass, Baltimore

Gold Star Luminary Initiative, Westinster

Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run, Baltimore

Purple Hear Golf Tournament

Recent Fisher House Golf Tournament. Shown from left to right: Mr. Mike Jones, 

U. S. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Mr. Robert Wilkins.