The SwampDogs have been Fayetteville’s baseball team for more than 16 years. In that time the team has made vari­ous contributions to the local community. One of its biggest contributions has been to honor and support the Fort Bragg’s military community.

There was no exception to that unwavering support as the SwampDogs honored a Fort Bragg Soldier, Saturday, by inviting her to throw the first pitch at that evening’s game at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

Sgt. Amie McMillan, public affairs specialist, 10th Press Camp Headquarters, was recog­nized for her selfless service and contributions to the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. She currently volunteers her time as an advocate for the Guardian ad Litem program, a mentor for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and coaches youth soccer. McMillan said she was honored and flattered to be chosen to pitch.

“I am excited to throw the first pitch tonight, and it feels great to be recognized by the SwampDogs. They do so much to support us here on Fort Bragg and in the community, I feel that this is more than a baseball team, they are a posi­tive presence in our community and really care about their fans here,” said McMillan.

In addition to recognizing individual Soldiers, the team offers a military rate for every game and also holds military appreciation nights that provide special rates to military person­nel with a valid identification

card.

The SwampDog players also wear multicam uniforms to highlight their support of the

troops, perhaps one of the most visible examples of their respect for the local military commu­nit y.

“We get so used to being around the military here that we just assume that being a Soldier is normal, but being here, where even the players are decked out in multicam to show their support, it reminds me that we do an extraordinary job for our country. Nothing feels better

than to have our local baseball team recognize the sacrifice we make each and every day,” said McMil lan.

For more information about the SwampDogs, to include game schedules and special events, please go to http://gos­wampdogs. com.