The National Guard Bravo Company, 38th Main Support Battalion unit stationed at the Brazil Armory was honored for its support of the Clay Youth League on Saturday when First Sgt. Neil Stough threw out the first pitch of the 36th-annual Pop Can Tournament.
Using funds from community rentals of the armory, the unit recently returned the money back to the community by donating an undisclosed amount to support the childrens' baseball league.
"Our facilities are next door to each other. We have a lot of hometown people on staff and many soldiers at the base come watch the games. Many of our staff members have children who play in the games and are connected to this park in one way or another," Capt. Dawn Campbell said. "In a world where a lot of military bases are closing, that's not happening here. We have great community support in whatever we do here in this community."
Hometown support of the unit, according to Campbell, is greatly appreciated and the soldiers want to return that support back into the community.
"We enjoy supporting events and programs for children," Campbell said. "We hope that trickles down into the minds and hearts of our children. We hope that when a child sees a soldier they will realize that soldiers just don't go to war, they're a part of their lives here at home."