Armed Forces to be Featured in 7/4 Cards Game

FSN Midwest's July 4 Cardinals-Diamondbacks game will be seen on the American Forces Network and include live video from Afghanistan and Iraq.

FSN Midwest will recognize and showcase American Armed Forces serving overseas in its telecast of the St. Louis Cardinals-Arizona Diamondbacks game on Wednesday, July 4.


American troops worldwide will be able to watch the game via the American Forces Network (AFN). At the same time, FSN Midwest will show a live satellite link with local men and women currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before and during the game, announcers Dan McLaughlin and Al Hrabosky will be able to speak to and interact with the troops.


This special Cardinals telecast is titled "This One's For You," and is produced in coordination with AFN, the Third U.S. Army Central DVIDS and the National Guard of Missouri and Arizona.


The satellite video feeds are scheduled to be set up at two locations:

- Forward Operating Base Anaconda near Balad, Iraq, where the 206th Area Support Medical Company from Springfield, Mo. is located.

- Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, where the 1st Battalion 129th Field Artillery from Chillicothe, Mo. and Maryville, Mo. is deployed.


At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, fans that day are encouraged to participate by bringing banners and signs which may be shown on television. In addition, some families of the featured National Guard units will attend a viewing party hosted by Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon near the stadium.


FSN Midwest's pregame show starts at 5:30 PM CT, with the game telecast beginning at 6:00 PM. FSN Midwest organized a previous "This One's For You" telecast in June 2005 for a Cardinals-Red Sox game.


"FSN Midwest has the unique ability to represent Cardinals Nation and share a July 4th greeting from home," said Jack Donovan, FSN Midwest General Manager and Senior Vice President.


"It's an honor for us to have a chance to communicate with these men and women who serve our country and to recognize and thank them for their service,'" said McLaughlin, FSN Midwest's play-by-play announcer.


"I have tremendous respect for everybody that wears the uniform. The men and women of the National Guard are making great sacrifices. They are regularly deployed, away from their families and civilian lives. This is an opportunity for us to recognize that service and to bring them a small piece of home in the form of Cardinals baseball,'" said Hrabosky, FSN Midwest analyst and former Cardinals reliever. Hrabosky served in National Guard and Army Reserve units for six years in the early 1970s.


"My National Guard unit was fortunate enough to be part of a St. Louis Cardinals telecast while we were serving in Iraq in 2005. The experience was really uplifting for both our Soldiers and our families," said Capt. Jamie Melchert of the Missouri Army National Guard.


"Working with the great folks at FSN has become a tradition for our service men and women around the world and the American Forces Network. Over the past few years, this global connection and live interaction has had a tremendous impact on our troops, their family members, baseball fans and the national audience. The extra efforts on behalf of the entire FSN staff just goes to show that our men and women serving in uniform are first and foremost in America's thoughts especially during this holiday Independence Day celebration. On behalf of over 850,000 military personnel currently overseas, and aboard U.S. Navy ships-at-sea, thank you for sharing America's pastime and a 'little piece of home,'" said Tim Mattox, Chief of AFN Sports.


About the Cardinals on FSN Midwest

FSN Midwest, in its 14th season as the home of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, telecasts 130 regular season games in 2007 plus the Cardinals Live pregame and postgame show. Cardinals games on FSN Midwest are available in more than 3.5 million cable and satellite homes.


About American Forces Network

The American Forces Network Broadcast Center (AFN-BC), located in Riverside, Calif., distributes stateside radio and television news, entertainment and sports programming, along with Department of Defense (DoD) news and information, via satellite to approximately 850,000 DoD military and civilian employees, and their families, stationed overseas in 176 countries and U.S. territories, and aboard more than 180 U.S. Navy ships at sea.


About Missouri National Guard

The Missouri National Guard has approximately 11,000 Citizen-Soldiers in 60 communities across the state. Currently, the Missouri National Guard has approximately 800 Soldiers and Airmen deployed serving missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.


The 206th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC) is comprised of its headquarters and its detachment. 206th (-) ASMC is stationed at Springfield, and Detachment 1, 206th ASMC is stationed at Jefferson Barracks. The 206th ASMC is currently mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at FOB Anaconda in Iraq. While deployed the 206th ASMC has performed its mission, which is to provide medical care.


The 1 - 129th Field Artillery deployed group is comprised of approximately 110 Soldiers from Chillicothe, Mo. and Maryville, Mo. Unit members are currently serving on a force protection mission at Camp Eggers in Afghanistan.

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