By Cadet Leah McPeek, 256th IBCT Public Affairs Representative
LAFAYETTE, La. – Local Soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were recognized during the University of Louisiana at Lafayette versus McNeese State baseball game at the M.L. Tigue Moore Field, April 2.
ULL’s Scott Farmer, director of athletics and baseball Coach Tony Robicheaux were presented with the Louisiana National Guard’s Bronze Minuteman Statue by Col. Keith Waddell, brigade commander for the 256th IBCT, and Lt. Col. Richard Hanes, executive officer. The award is granted to civilians and civilian organizations in recognition for their service to the state of Louisiana, their communities and for their outstanding support of the citizen Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard.
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment of Abbeville, La., and 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of Plaquemines, La., set up a mortar and humvee display for fans and also provided color guard for the game. The National Anthem was performed by Sgt. Maj. John Bonin of Jennings, La., operations sergeant major for the 256th.
“This game was a good way for us to show our appreciation to the University of Louisiana’s support, and to all of the men and women of the 256th IBCT for all of the things UL has done for us,” said Lt. Col. Richard Hanes, executive officer of the 256th IBCT.
The first pitch of the game was thrown by Pvt. Bryce Badeaux of Lafayette, La., one of 256th IBCT’s newest Guardsman.
Each inning was dedicated to the different units of the 256th IBCT. The ninth inning was dedicated to the brave 45 men and women from the 256th IBCT who gave their lives for their country and was observed by a moment of silence as the crowd stood in remembrance.
“The 256th IBCT is here to support the community in all aspects, natural disaster or man-made … and we will do whatever it takes to defend them,” said Hanes.