The Central Texas Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army presented a check for $2,400 on April 6 to a III Corps soldier who was selected as a member of the 2016 United States Military All-Star Baseball Team.
Spc. Cody Stack of Fort Hood was recently presented the check to help with his personal travel and living expenses while he represents III Corps, Fort Hood and the U.S. Army as a member of the team. Stack will play shortstop and will pitch during the 35 to 60 games played by the team.
The mission of the U.S. Military All-Star program is to promote the awareness of all Americans in support of the honorable sacrifices members of the armed forces make at the “tip of the spear,” according to an AUSA release. The prominent yellow ribbon in the shape of an “S” located “front and center” in the distinctive “USA” logo symbolizes “Support” for America’s troops and veterans.
The program began during a visit to the Naval Aviation Museum by then President George H.W. Bush, who discussed the positive impact baseball had on morale during World War II. His comments initiated the development of military baseball in the modern era. Over two decades later, the U.S. Military All-Stars are the only team in history to wear camouflage uniforms with historical references representing all branches of the military and first responders.
Since 1990, thousands of Armed Forces personnel have represented their service while paying their own expenses with a philosophy of “hustle, think, win.” As the largest, fastest growing and most successful military barnstorming team ever created, the all-star team delivers competitive, exciting, “must see” patriotic entertainment enjoyed by millions while visiting 45 states and 12 countries.
For more on the U.S. Military All-Star program, go to usmilitaryallstars.com.