Tennessee Guardsman Throws First Pitch at Nashville Sounds Home Opener

Staff Sgt. Cole Lukens and Spc. Noah Green honored at Nashville Sounds game.

The Nashville Sounds kicked off their home opener on Tuesday, April 2, with a special ceremony honoring two Tennessee National Guard members. Staff Sgt. Cole Lukens and Spc. Noah Green, the Tennessee National Guard’s Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year, were recognized for their achievements and service.

Spc. Noah Green, a combat engineer with the 890th Sapper Company and Maryville firefighter, took to the pitcher’s mound to throw the ceremonial first pitch to the Sounds’ mascot, Booster. Following the pitch, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Warner Ross, praised the Soldiers for their hard work and commitment, which he said reflected the best of the Tennessee National Guard and the state.

After the ceremony, Lukens and Green joined their fellow Soldiers and fans in the stands to enjoy the remainder of the game between the Nashville Sounds and the St. Paul Saints.

Green expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to represent his fellow Guardsmen and be a part of the event. “It was an honor to throw the first pitch and represent my fellow Guardsmen tonight,” he said.

Lukens and Green will go on to represent Tennessee in the upcoming Region 3 Best Warrior Competition on April 14, where they will compete against top contenders from the southeastern United States, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The winners of the regional competition will then advance to the national competition in July, facing representatives from all 54 states and territories.

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