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Lady Raiders game salutes veterans, military membe...

Lady Raiders game salutes veterans, military members

Those attending the upcoming MTSU Lady Raiders basketball game against visiting UTEP later this week in Murphy Center will be in for a treat.

As part of Blue Raider Veteran and Military Appreciation Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, there will be a special rappel demonstration by soldiers with The Sabalauski Air Assault School based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The game ball will be presented to MTSU’s Keith M. Huber, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, who spent nine years of his 38-year military career with the 101st. He will then relay the ball to the referee.

An instructor from The Sabaulaski Air Assault School, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), second from left, delivers the MTSU-Marshall game ball in Murphy Center to an MTSU ROTC student in January 2019 as athletics director Chris Massaro, left, and Keith M. Huber, a retired lieutenant general with a 38-year military career and MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, observe. Members of the 101st return Thursday, Jan. 30, with a featured rappelling demonstration by the Screaming Eagle soldiers before the MTSU Lady Raiders game against UTEP in Murphy Center during Blue Raider Veteran and Military Appreciation Night. The soldiers learn the craft at The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. (MTSU file photo by Eric Sutton)

An instructor from The Sabaulaski Air Assault School, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), center, delivers the MTSU-Marshall game ball in Murphy Center to an MTSU ROTC student in January 2019 as athletics director Chris Massaro, left, and Keith M. Huber, a retired lieutenant general with a 38-year military career and MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, observe. Members of the 101st return Thursday, Jan. 30, with a featured rappelling demonstration by the Screaming Eagle soldiers before the MTSU Lady Raiders game against UTEP in Murphy Center during Blue Raider Veteran and Military Appreciation Night. The soldiers learn the craft at The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. (MTSU file photo by Eric Sutton)

This marks the second consecutive year the 101st will send team members to an MTSU home game.

Dr. Hilary Miller, director, Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

Dr. Hilary Miller

All military personnel and veterans will receive a complimentary ticket to the game. A military ID is required. For other tickets and prices, visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/mtsu/EN/buy/browse online or call the ticket office at 615-898-5261.

“This partnership between MTSU and the 101st is continuing,” said Hilary Miller, director of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center.

Col. Brandon S. Teague, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), said they are “fortunate to have Middle Tennessee State University as our community partner.”

Daniels Veterans Center logo“Few higher education institutions do more for the military and veteran community than MTSU and the Daniels Center,” Teague added. “We’re happy to support the university however we can.”

Following the announcement of the MTSU and UTEP starting lineups for the women’s game, more than 73 feet above center court and with lights dimmed, the first of three rappelling demonstrations by the 101st’s Air Assault team will take place.

The first rappel, called “Hollywood,” is a basic rappel that every soldier begins with at Air Assault School. The second, called “Combat,” has soldiers rappelling with their basic combat load — body armor, weapon and 35-pound assault pack.

The third, which is “Aussie” style, is the most advanced rappel and gives the soldier the ability to have a free hand as he or she continues to engage the enemy during their decent or, in this case, delivering the game ball to Huber, who is MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Carrick McCarthy, center, administers the Army oath, to new MTSU ROTC students in January 2019 as part of the first Blue Raider Veteran and Military Appreciation Night in January 2019. This year’s veterans game will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 30, in Murphy Center. (MTSU file photo by Eric Sutton)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Carrick McCarthy, center, administers the Army oath, to new MTSU ROTC students in January 2019 as part of the first Blue Raider Veteran and Military Appreciation Night in January 2019. This year’s veterans game will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 30, in Murphy Center. (MTSU file photo by Eric Sutton)

Activities will include the MTSU Department of Military Science planning a scholarship check presentation and a contracting ceremony, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Carrick McCarthy, the program chair.

During the MTSU-Marshall University men’s basketball game in 2019, a POW/MIA seat in Murphy Center was dedicated.

Including military science, which is part of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, MTSU has more than 300 combined undergraduate and graduate programs.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Veteran and Military Appreciation Night flyer


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