Retired Col. Ed Rothstein, of Sykesville, honored at Orioles game

Retired Col. Ed Rothstein, of Sykesville, honored at Orioles game
Ed Rothstein, a Baltimore Orioles Birdland Community Hero, waves alongside his wife Audrey as he is recognized between innings of a baseball game between the Orioles and the Houston Astros, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Friday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards represented the beginning of the Baltimore Orioles’ final homestand of a dismal season.

But it was a special night for Ed Rothstein. The Sykesville native was honored at the end of the fifth inning through the Birdland Community Heroes program.


Rothstein is a retired colonel and the former garrison commander at Fort George G. Meade in Anne Arundel County. He is also a candidate for the Carroll Board of County Commissioners District 5 seat.

He said he was “humbled and honored” by the recognition, but slightly reluctant earlier this week when he learned about it.

“This isn’t so much about me, this is about a lot of folks making something happen,” he said.

It was a chance to shed light on services that will become available on the Fort Meade installation, a vision he’s been working toward since 2012.

When he was commander, the nonprofit Fort Meade Alliance Foundation came to him about developing the Fort Meade Resiliency and Education Center.

They launched a capital campaign which reached its $3.6 million goal this summer. Renovations to the historic Kuhn Hall can now go forward, and are tentatively looking at completion in 2019.

The services will be available to all those that live and work at Fort Meade, including active service members, their dependents and veterans.

The services offered are designed to touch all aspects of life — including physical, mental spiritual and financial — so community members can work better.

He used a metaphor of bookends to describe his idea of resilience. On one end, wellness is the good decisions one makes that keep everything anchored. But bad decisions and life’s curveballs can cause books to fall down on the other end.

Rothstein sees resilience as the second bookend that can “push back and string things back up.”

By his numbers, “about 8 percent of Fort Meade’s 55,000-plus workforce comes from Carroll.”

The Fort Meade Center will have the ability to refer Carroll residents to services in this area.

“It will have the … ability to navigate that community,” he said.

The Orioles have been supporters of the project for years, he said, and have donated the proceeds from jersey auctions. They will also make a donation in conjunction with the award Friday.


“It’s great when the community’s coming together and the partnership’s here,” he said.

Another Carroll County name, the Kahlert Foundation and Kahlert family have been supporters of the project also, he said.

In Westminster, the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project works to bring a Veterans Service Center to the former U.S. Army Reserve Center on Malcolm Drive.

As a member of the Veteran's Advisory Council, Rothstein said when both centers are completed the Westminster facility will be like a “a hub and spoke” with the Resiliency Center on Fort Meade.

“Carroll County is really becoming a model for the rest of the state by doing what we’re doing,” he said.

The Birdland Community Heroes program is designed to recognize those “who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need,” according to the Orioles website.

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