My dad has been on the road this week making Warrior Wishes come true at a Cardinals game, a Rangers game & 2 Astros games!  

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Today he has a “day off” kinda…  unfortunately there were no reasonable options to get from Houston to St. Louis in time for today’s game.  So while he spends all day riding a bus to St Louis, our friend, Army SGT Andy Cochran “Stepped up to the plate” in my dad’s absence to host the group of warriors at today’s Cards game. 

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SGT Cochran was a guest of ours at the St. Louis Rams game in 2013.  Since then, he has helped us make wishes come true multiple times in the Gateway city.  

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Andy was honored to be hosting Army Lt Col Amanda Terry, who was nominated by her Marine husband Ed Husted, Army Master SGT Kenneth Burns and Army Lt Col Patrick Moore.  We would like to congratulate Patrick on getting promoted to Lt Col just last month!

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Everyone met up with Andy at the Ballpark Village, where Brett continues to help us make wishes come true before Cardinals games. He had dinner for 8 all set up, complete with a Tour of Ballpark Village from “Beerman” Tony Caradonna, who had given us such a great tour last week.  We cannot thank Brett, Tony & everyone at Ballpark village enough for their hospitality over the years!

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The group enjoyed the delicious meal & Tour before they headed into Busch stadium to watch the Milwaukee Brewers take on the St Louis Cardinals.  

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Unfortunately,the game did not go the Cardinals way, however it was an entertaining game as the Brewers and Cardinals played extra innings knotted up 4-4.  A wild 10th inning put the Brewers up 3 runs.  The Cardinals did their best to fight back, but fell short losing the game 7-5.  

Despite the loss, SGT Cochran said that everyone enjoyed their experience & had a great time!

We would like to start out by thanking Andy for hosting everyone in my dad’s absence.  We also want to thank Mark and the St Louis Cardinals for providing tickets, , Brett and the Ball Park Village for once again providing pregame meals & tours, and New Era Cap for providing the Cardinals Caps!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, thank you to  Army Master SGT Kent Burns, Lt Col Patrick Moore, Army SGT Andy Cochran, Marine Ed Husted and Lt Col Amanda Terry for your service & sacrifices to our great country!  

My dad will be in St Louis later tonight to catch a bus west to Kansas City where he will be hosting warriors at the Royals game tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details!

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MEET THE WARRIORS

ARMY SGT ANDY COCHRAN

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Entered the Army in 2000 from Tampa Florida as a military police officer.  Deployments include Task force falcon Kosovo, Operation enduring freedom 1, Operation iraqi freedom 1, Operation iraqi freedom 06-08, Operation new hope Haiti 2010

Awards include
Purple Heart
Bronze star
5 army commendation medals
4 army achievement medals
Humanitarian service medal
3 over seas service medals
NCO medal 2 award
Global war on terrorism medal
Global war on terrorism expeditionary medal
Iraqie campaign medal
Jump wings
Combat action badge
 
Retired due to combat injuries in March 2013

ARMY MASTER SGT KENT BURNS

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Master Sergeant Burns entered active duty with the United States Army on 26 May 1992 as an Infantry Mortar Man. During his career he also served as a Signal Soldier and retired on 1 June 2012 as a Career Counselor.

Master Sergeant Burns served at Fort Hood, Texas; Darmstadt, Germany; Katterbach, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Master Sergeant Burns has deployed to Bosnia in 1995-96 and again in 1998; to Saudi Arabia in 2001, Kuwait in 2002, and Iraq in 2003.

His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (7 OLC), Army Superior Unit (2nd Awd), Good Conduct Medal (6th Awd), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Awd), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd Awd), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star (2nd Awd), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Awd), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the NATO Medal and the Career Counselor Badge.

He is married to Jody Burns and has five children.  He is currently Fort Leonard Wood’s Enlisted Strength Manager with the Department of the Army.

In his spare time: he volunteers as a youth sports coach for Fort Leonard Wood; Secretary for the Waynesville Masonic Lodge; Vice President of the Waynesville High School’s Athletic Booster Club and an elected member of the Pulaski County Extension Board. For fun: he enjoys spending time with his family; participating in local 5K runs;  & watching his daughter’s college soccer games

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