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TJC Welcomes Home Chuck Smith

An emotional day at the ballpark, as TJC welcomed back Assistant Athletic Director Chuck Smith. Fresh from duty in Iraq, Apache black and gold was a welcome sight for Chuck.

"It really is," Chuck laughed. "It's not quite the tiger stripes and camo, but it'll work."

It was military appreciation day for the Apaches, and Chuck threw out the first pitch. Then, as a surprise, the Apaches presented him with his World Series ring from last season. Chuck was overseas when the championship hardware came in.

"I honestly didn't think it was coming today," Chuck said, "I just figured once I get back for sure, I'd get it, but it was really nice."

I think it meant a lot to the guys to welcome him home, too," TJC athletic Director Tim Drain said. " I think it was a neat thing all around."

Less than a week back stateside, Chuck is glad to be back with his family, both personal and extended.

 "Just the whole family atmosphere around here," Chuck said. "We've got it out there, but it's nice to come home to a relaxed environment."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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