Military honors civilian for role in base security


October 27, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN THE PAST, when we Americans thought about our security, what most often came to mind were things like making sure that our porch lights were on, keeping the doors of our cars locked and not walking alone after dark. That all changed on Sept. 11 last year. Suddenly, we became vulnerable. Porch lights and locked car doors weren't enough. Terrorist attacks no longer happened only in Europe or the Middle East.

Longtime Brooklyn Park resident Woody Bowen saw the effect that Sept. 11 had on national security firsthand. Bowen, a service technician for ADT Security Services assigned to Fort Meade, was on duty that morning and was called into service to help maintain the security of the base. In recognition of his efforts, Bowen has been made an honorary member of the military police and received a civilian award from the Department of Defense Joint Task Force.

Bowen began his duties that Sept. 11 just as he had any other day.

"I was doing paperwork, just as I do every morning, when I got a call from one of the workers saying that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. ... Then a plane hit the second tower, and I thought, `What is going on here?'

"Suddenly, Fort Meade went into a lockdown. This was before the plane hit the Pentagon. People wanted to get their kids out of school, civilians wanted to get out. We had to make sure that security was 100 percent," he said.

The civilian award states that it is presented in recognition for "outstanding support in answering the call to duty to defend the American ideal."

"It's very impressive," said Bowen. "It has the emblems of the Department of Defense, Marines and Air Force."

Bowen is a 38-year ADT employee. "I was working there before I was drafted in 1964. I went into the Army for two years at Fort Hood, Texas, and then went right back to work," he said.

Bowen is vice president of the Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association and is known for expressing his pride in Brooklyn Park.

Raggedy Ann on stage

In celebration of Raggedy Ann's 90th birthday, the Merely Players have chosen Patricia Thackery's Raggedy Ann and Andy as its fall production at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane.

The Merely Players is a resident company at Chesapeake Arts. It has been providing theater experiences in Anne Arundel County for 10 years. This is the company's fourth production at the theater.

Starr Lucas, education coordinator for Chesapeake Arts, will direct the production. Lucas is a graduate of North County High School and Shenandoah University Conservatory. She has numerous directing credits to her name.

Performances will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 9 and 16; 2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Tickets are $10, $8 for members of Chesapeake Arts. Information: 410-636-6597.

Bingo at church hall

St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, 4708 Prudence St., will hold its monthly bingo party Friday in the church hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the games will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be sold. Information: 410-355-5740 or 410-850-4488.

High school reunion

Brooklyn Park High School alumni have less than a week to get tickets for the All-Class Reunion sponsored by the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association.

The bull and oyster roast will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $35 and include a complete menu of food, plus beer and soda. A disc jockey will provide music, and a cash bar will be available.

Alumni won't want to miss Dan Magnum and Linda Schools, the current King and Queen Bee, crown their successors. Tickets: 410-636-3269 or 410-789-7214.

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