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(Enlarge) Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein (center left) and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith lead 1,800 service members and civilians on a three-mile joint service run last September. (File photo)

Team Meade, it's time again for our biannual Fort Meade Joint Service Run scheduled for May 18 from 6 to 8 a.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field.

The focus of the run is to bring all leaders, service members, family members and the civilian workforce together for a highly spirited 3-mile esprit de corps run or walk.

Something new for all of our walkers: The garrison team has mapped out a 1.5-mile walking route to ensure everyone who wants to participate has a chance to come out and demonstrate they are part of the team.

Everyone, even if you're not part of a larger organization, is welcome to take part. We will find a group for you to join as you run or walk with us.

During our previous run, more than 1,900 Team Meade members participated. Our goal for this run is to reach 2,000 or more participants.

The theme for this year's event is "Resiliency," which is defined as having the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity. The Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program outlines five dimensions of strength which, when improved upon, can support the strong minds and bodies necessary to increase a Soldier's ability to adapt to adversity and improve resiliency.

The five dimensions of strength are: physical, emotional, social, family and spiritual.

Physical strength means performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, healthy-body composition and flexibility derived through exercise, nutrition and training.

Emotional strength is demonstrated by approaching life's challenges in a positive, optimistic way by demonstrating self-control, stamina and good character with your choices and actions.

Social strength comes from developing and maintaining trusted, valued relationships and friendships that are personally fulfilling and foster good communication including a comfortable exchange of ideas, views and experiences.

Family strength means being part of a family unit that is safe, supportive and loving, and provides the resources needed for all members to live in a healthy and secure environment.

Spiritual strength requires strengthening a set of beliefs, principles or values that sustain a person beyond family, institutional and societal sources of strength.

We hope to see you on the parade field May 18, ready to take the challenge either by participating in the 3-mile run or showing your support on the 1.5-mile walking route.

The Joint Service Run is a great way to demonstrate physical, social and even family dimensions of strength during this rousing, postwide event.

The garrison commander and I enjoy sharing ideas and available information to the Team Meade community on a weekly basis. Please share this and always ask yourself: Who else needs to know this information?

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