Guard Helps Finish SeMo Ballfield

FEBRUARY 5, 2007 - Posted at 2:32 p.m. CST

JACKSON, MO - The National Guard will help finish building a city-owned baseball field in southeast Missouri.

The Missouri Army National Guard has approved a request to complete engineering and dirt work for a ball field in a Jackson city park.  The Guard commits to not-for-profit groups as part of its readiness training.

A training officer at Fort Leonard Wood says ball field projects, county road repair and other work enable troops to train on military equipment.  The Guard will complete the initial dirt work, some concrete work and fencing.  The city will build bleachers and a scoreboard.

The city had asked for Guard assistance on the field in 2001, but the project was put on hold because members were sent to Iraq.  Redeployment of troops from the 1140th Engineer Battalion could delay the project again.

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