Sgt. Adam Crocker, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy
Soldiers from the 33rd Brigade
Combat Team and the 81st Brigade Combat Team hold a large U.S.
Flag during opening ceremonies at the Military All-Stars versus
La Crosse All-Stars baseball game. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
dozen Soldiers from Fort McCoy played leading roles in the opening
ceremonies at a La Crosse baseball game July 24. The Soldiers’
participation was part of the installation’s support of the Army’s
celebration of the Year of the NCO.
Sgt. Christopher Williams, an observer-controller-trainer with the
340th Training Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade, threw out
one of two ceremonial first pitches of the U.S. Military All-Stars
versus La Crosse All-Stars game at The Lumberyard ball field at
Copeland Park. Copeland Park is home for the La Crosse Loggers minor
league ball team.
was joined by Joe Sweeney of La Crosse, who also threw a ceremonial
pitch to start the game. Sweeney is a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Sweeney was
serving on the destroyer tender USS Whitney that was anchored near the
USS Arizona, but the Whitney was not hit by enemy fire.
Staff Sgt. Christopher Williams
of the 181st Infantry Brigade at Fort McCoy throws out the
ceremonial first pitch at the Military All-Stars versus La
Crosse All-Stars baseball game at Copeland Park, La Crosse.
Williams is an observer-controller- trainer for the 181st, which
conducts mobilization training at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
opening ceremonies included introductions of Williams and Sweeney,
local sponsors and the ballplayers from both teams.
crowd joined in the singing of "Proud to be an American" and
the national anthem. A poem was read about "Old Glory" to
add to the mood of the night.
from the 33rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and 81st BCT Soldiers marched
with a large U.S. Flag onto the ballfield and unfurled it to support
the opening ceremonies. Soldiers from those two units are going
through demobilization processing at Fort McCoy, having served a tour
of duty overseas.
U.S. Military All-Stars were in La Crosse for their 20th annual
"Red, White and Blue Diplomacy Tour" to take on the La
Crosse All-Stars, a team made up of local college stars — some
former Loggers — and joined by Former Green Bay Packer Craig
U.S. Military All-Stars are made up of active military members from
the five branches of the armed forces. From serving on ships, flying
planes and conducting combat patrols around the world, they promote
awareness of all service personnel serving the country.
game was close throughout all nine innings, with the score tied 1-1
going into the ninth inning. A RBI single and a two-run home run hit
by the camouflage-uniformed military team secured the lead and the
fireworks show after the game brought "the rocket’s red
glare" home to all.