The Salt Lake City Bees and the branches of the United States military will open the Salt Lake Bees season April 16. The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command, Maj. Gen. Mari K. Eder, will throw out the first pitch for the game. Ceremonies will be at 6:35 p.m. promptly at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
As part of the program, veterans from all branches of the military will be recognized for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Salt Lake Bees have long supported the Fort Douglas military community and continues that tradition by inviting one of the Army's top USAR generals to highlight the event.
Eder has more than 30 years of Army service, both Active and Reserve, and has been mobilized for three active duty tours. Prior to her current assignment, she held the positions of Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, and she was the U.S. Army's Deputy Chief of Public Affairs. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, four Joint Service Commendation Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Army Achievement Medal, among others.
Service members from the JSTSC will be part of the color guard and a soldier will sing the national anthem. Prior to the fireworks, Eder will conduct a re-enlistment ceremony.
For more information, contact the 75th Public Affairs Office at (801) 777-5333.