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March 26, 2006|By JOE PALAZZOLO AND NICOLE FULLER

Maj. Jim Arrowood

Occupation

Commanding officer of the Salvation Army Baltimore Area Command. He oversees the organization's 12 facilities, a summer camp and other programs serving the needy in Baltimore City and in Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and northern Anne Arundel counties.

In the news

The Salvation Army's Baltimore office is forecasting a $450,000 budget shortfall because of a decline in donations for local programs, which might force cuts if the funds aren't raised by the end of May.

Career highlights

Both of Arrowood's parents were Salvation Army officers, and he grew up in Florida, Texas, the Carolinas and Tennessee. Arrowood, 50, worked in a cigarette factory in South Carolina before enrolling in the Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Atlanta in 1981. Together with his wife, Maj. Linda Arrowood, whom he married in 1975, he has been assigned to Salvation Army positions in North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland and West Virginia. He oversaw disaster relief in Tampa, Fla., and in Atlanta as a divisional secretary before moving to Maryland in 2001.

Personal

He lives in Perry Hall with his wife, coordinator of women's ministries for the Salvation Army in Baltimore. They have two daughters, Heather Eichhorn, 27, an events coordinator in Aurora, Colo., and Jessica Hedgren, 24, the director of family services for the Salvation Army's Tampa, Fla., area command.

Philosophy

"We should follow our heart, and in order for that to happen, we have to be in tune with God."

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