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Salute to Armed Forces Night

Mariners honor service members at Safeco Field

5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Published: 02:37PM April 19th, 2018
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5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

A joint service military honor guard present the colors prior to the Major League Baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field in Seattle Saturday.

Military discounts

The Seattle Mariners are offering discounted tickets for members of the U.S. Military. Service members receive 10 percent off select main-, terrace- and view-level seats for all remaining home games. For more information, visit mariners.com/military.

Service members from throughout Washington gathered at Safeco Field in Seattle Saturday for the Mariner’s 16th annual Salute to the Armed Forces Night.

Moments before the Mariners took to the field for their game against the Oakland Athletics, six service members received the honor of throwing the first pitches of the game.

After the first pitches, military service members from active and reserve components, veterans and members of various service organizations took positions on the infield to be recognized by members of the Mariners and almost 30,000 cheering baseball fans.

Senior representatives from each branch of service, including Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, I Corps commanding general from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, were recognized with a commemorative plaque from John Stanton, Seattle Mariners chairman and managing partner, and John Ellis, Mariners chairman emeritus.

Sergeant First Class Jason Pickett, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was one of a select few chosen to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

He said it was a great way to acknowledge service members.

“I think it’s definitely an honor to throw out a first pitch at any game,” Pickett said. “To throw out the first pitch at Salute to Service Night is a true honor.”

As I Corps and U.S. Army Forces Command’s career counselor of the year for 2018, Pickett was chosen to represent the Army and JBLM.

Retired Air Force Capt. Don Wood, a World War II and Korean War veteran delivered the game ball to the mound prior to the game.

Nine members of the Wounded Warrior Project were introduced as honorary Mariners. They stood at all nine positions on the field where their counterparts met them.

A joint-service military honor guard, led by Sgt. Timothy Nicholas, I Corps Honor Guard noncommissioned officer in charge, presented the colors.

“It was a surreal experience,” Nicholas said. “To be leading all branches like that was an unbelievable honor. Getting everyone together was not without its challenges.”

Nicholas said planning rehearsals that worked with everyone’s schedule was a big hurdle to overcome. Practices were held for two weeks prior to the game on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The crowd joined in enthusiasm and applause for all service members during the pregame ceremonies. The Mariners won the game 10-8.