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Technical Sgt. Ashley Reese embraces her three children Luke (10), Micah (6) and Leia (3) following a seven-month deployment in Qatar. Luke and Micah each threw out a first pitch before the Cougars game on July 14 followed by their mom coming out of the dugout to surprise them with her homecoming (Kane County Cougars – Donnell Collins)
GENEVA, Ill. – The Kane County Cougars had the privilege of assisting Technical Sergeant Ashley Reese with surprising her three children before the game on Thursday evening against the West Michigan Whitecaps. Ten-year old Luke and six-year old Micah each threw out a first pitch while their three-year old sister Leia looked on in excitement. Immediately following the first pitches, Cougars on-field MC Sam Ostrowski, informed the crowd that a special guest was on hand as Ashley made her way out of the Cougars dugout to embrace her children as well as her parents, Diana and Mike, for the first time in seven months. The special moment brought more than 8,800 fans to their feet to give the family a standing ovation.
Ashley, who grew up in Wayne, Ill. returned home this week following a seven month deployment in Qatar with the National Guard. As her husband Michael Hommowun also serves in the military, grandparents Diana and Mike Reese, residents of Elgin, Ill. help with childcare when both are deployed or must report for military drills. Sgt. Reese and her husband, who reside in Bristol, Tenn. with their three children, have planned a family camping trip to Dollywood.
Video Courtesy of NBC 5 Chicago – Regina Waldroup
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