• ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - The San Francisco 49ers mascot, Sourdough Sam, flashes a thumbs up during the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet, Feb. 4. Sourdough Sam, along with numerous other mascots, mingled with family members and kept morale high during the meet prior to the Pro Bowl game. The Meet and Greet was held in conjunction with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's (FMWR) expo, which provided family members with information regarding programs and services available on Army-Hawaii installations.

    Family members line up for Pro Bowl Meet and Greet

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - The San Francisco 49ers mascot, Sourdough Sam, flashes a thumbs up during the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet, Feb. 4. Sourdough Sam, along with numerous other mascots, mingled with family members and kept morale high...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - San Diego Charger's cheerleader, Marlina Moreno, autographs a football for Chief Warrant Office 4 Randy Johnson, 196th Infantry Brigade. Family members and Soldiers lined up to meet mascots and cheerleaders of their favorite football teams during the Pro bowl Meet and Greet, Feb. 4. The Meet and Greet was held in conjunction with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's (FMWR) expo, which provided family members with information regarding programs and services available on Army-Hawaii installations.

    Family members line up for Pro Bowl Meet and Greet

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - San Diego Charger's cheerleader, Marlina Moreno, autographs a football for Chief Warrant Office 4 Randy Johnson, 196th Infantry Brigade. Family members and Soldiers lined up to meet mascots and cheerleaders of...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop gets a hug from 5-year-old football fan Hannah Simoneaux during the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet at Aliamanu Military Reservation, Feb. 4. The Meet and Greet was held in conjunction with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's (FMWR) expo, which provided family members with information regarding programs and services available on Army-Hawaii installations.

    Family members line up for Pro Bowl Meet and Greet

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop gets a hug from 5-year-old football fan Hannah Simoneaux during the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet at Aliamanu Military Reservation, Feb. 4. The Meet and Greet was held in conjunction...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Teaming up with the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet, the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) expo, Feb. 4, provided family members with information regarding programs and services available on Army-Hawaii installations.

    Family members line up for Pro Bowl Meet and Greet

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Teaming up with the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet, the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) expo, Feb. 4, provided family members with information regarding programs and services available on Army-Hawaii...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Ahmed Abdullah, 11, shows off his football skills, tossing the pigskin to a cardboard cutout of Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens, in hopes of winning a prize. The Meet and Greet was held in conjunction with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's (FMWR) expo, Feb. 4, which provided family members with information regarding programs and services available on Army-Hawaii installations.

    Family members line up for Pro Bowl Meet and Greet

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Ahmed Abdullah, 11, shows off his football skills, tossing the pigskin to a cardboard cutout of Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens, in hopes of winning a prize. The Meet and Greet was held in conjunction...

<b><i>Players take time to say thanks, toss pigskin around and sign autographs</i></b>

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Football cheerleaders flashed flirtatious smiles and winked at Soldiers and family members during the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet at the fitness center here, Feb. 4.

Team mascots danced with the crowd, high-fived children and performed humorous antics across the stage.

"This is awesome," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Randy Johnson, 196th Infantry Brigade, holding an autographed football in his hand. "I think it's great that Pro Bowl celebrities take time while they are here to visit with the military.

"There is a lot of energy in this room," added Johnson.

More than 350 Soldiers and family members attended the event, many sporting paraphernalia of their favorite football team.

One by one, family members greeted cheerleaders from participating teams, including Valerie Mikita of the St. Louis Rams and Heather Lanham of the Cincinnati Bengals.

"The girls love to interact with the military," said John Brandt, assistant director for the Pro Bowl cheerleader programs. "They are so appreciative of what these guys do."

Cheerleaders signed footballs, photographs and jerseys, and took photos with fans. Additionally, children had a chance to show off their football skills during the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) football toss game.

In the game, participants threw footballs to a cardboard cutout of Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Ahmed Abdullah, 11, held the football tight, thinking intently before throwing the ball. The football left his hand, flew through the air, and narrowly missed the mark.

"So close," said Abdullah, running to the back of the line.

"This is fun," continued the young football fan. "There is so much to do and I love playing football."

Although Abdullah will not be attending the Pro Bowl this year, he said he would watch the game at home and root for "whatever team the Steelers are on."

The meet and greet continued while, simultaneously, tables with information from numerous community organizations covered the gym floor. The FMWR Expo offered information to family members about the many programs available, including Army Community Service, the Arts & Crafts centers, and Child, Youth & School Services (CYS2).

Children entertained themselves in the bouncy house and at the arts and craft table as parents snacked on popcorn and visited representatives of the many community organizations.

"We are constantly challenging ourselves as an organization to (raise) the bar and come up with new and fun interactive ways to reach out to the community and show them our support," said Darlene Marshall, Blue Star Card program coordinator.

"Our decision to combine the Pro Bowl Meet and Greet and the FMWR Expo ... was a direct result of that. Based off the feedback and smiling faces we received from the participants, the combination of the two events was a success," she said.

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