Houston Astros baseball players visit Fort Hood

Major League Baseball got a taste of Army Strong this past Tuesday.

Baseball players Luke Scott, Brandon Backe and Chris Sampson from the Houston Astros and 15 other representatives from the team paid a special visit to Fort Hood to learn about the Army’s mission, to try out the sophisticated training systems of the Close Combat Tactical Trainer facilities and to share a relaxing lunch hour with Soldiers on post.

The group got a quick overview of the installation and its history by Ron Perry, Chief of Staff of III Corps (Rear). His presentation packed in a quick, yet thorough, overview of the Army’s mission here at Fort Hood.

Perry discussed how Fort Hood got its start, where it stands right now as in the current percentage of troop deployments around the globe and on the future plans for the installation.

After the presentation, the visiting party took a quick jaunt across the installation to the CCTT facility where they paired up with a Soldier for a crash course in how to fight using armored vehicles.

One of the players, Scott, an Astros’ right-fielder, paired up with Fort Hood Staff Sgt. David Winczewski of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The two sat in the cramped M1A2 SEP training simulator. The training module is for an Abrams tank.

The group immediately got sucked into the virtual world of simulated warfare as sounds of artillery fired off within training modules in the facility.

“It’s just like (the Sony) Playstation,” Scott said as he exited out of the simulator.

After his brief training with Winczewski, Scott took the time to sign autographs and chat with the Soldiers of the CCTT facility.

“It’s good to see the troops, where they live and (learn) what the military is like and what Soldiers go through before they go into battle,” Scott said.

Scott’s cousin is in the Marine Corps and he said that if he did not play baseball, he would have wanted to join the Army and gone to sniper school.

The group wrapped up their visit at the Theodore Roosevelt Dining Facility where they had lunch with the Soldiers.