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    La. Guardsmen compete against New Orleans Saints

    La. Guardsmen compete against New Orleans Saints

    Photo By Master Sgt. Toby Valadie | Louisiana National Guardsmen Tech. Sgt. Ryan Baldwin, of the 214th Engineering...... read more read more



    Story by Master Sgt. Toby Valadie 

    Louisiana National Guard

    NEW ORLEANS —Louisiana National Guardsmen participated in a video game competition against the undefeated New Orleans Saints at their training facility in Metairie, La., Dec. 1.

    The Guardsmen and players were part of the "Pro vs. G.I. Joe" event, playing each other in games such as Call of Duty and Guitar Hero, donated by Best Buy.

    "We know that the Troops work hard to protect us and our country, so we have events like this to say thank you and show our appreciation," said Addie Zinone, co-founder of the event and member of the Army Reserve.

    The Saints were happy to be there and show their off-the-field skills to the Guardsmen after showcasing their on-the-field talents in a win against the New England Patriots the night before.

    "It is always fun to do events like this," said cornerback Mike McKenzie. "Supporting and appreciating our Troops is what it's all about."

    The Guardsmen were excited to get the chance to meet the players, especially during this historic season.

    "I have been a Saints fan all my life," said Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Bonin of the 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment. "To be here is very special for me. It's just unbelievable!"



    Date Taken: 12.02.2009
    Date Posted: 12.02.2009 16:27
    Story ID: 42259
    Location: NEW ORLEANS, LA, US 

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