Kitsap Pumas Soccer Club Hosts Military Appreciation Day

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Det. Northwest

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — The Kitsap Pumas soccer team hosted a Military Appreciation Day at the Kitsap Fairgrounds in Bremerton, Wash., June 13.

The Pumas recognized the armed forces during their game to show appreciation to the local community, which is home to thousands of service members.

“The military, mostly the Navy, is intertwined with our community here,” said Micah McMonagle the game day manager for the Pumas. We are always thankful for the support of the community and this is our way of not only showing our thanks for those who serve, but also that we recognize those service members here in Kitsap County as our own.”

Navy Band Northwest performed during halftime, bringing the crowd to a roar.

“Halftime is always the slowest part of most sporting events so we fill it with something to get the crowd energized and ready for the second half,” said McMonagle. “Since we were recognizing the military we invited Navy Band Northwest and they had an outstanding performance.”

Attendees were still commenting on the performance after the game.

“While we perform each venue as if it were our last, this was a little special being our first time performing at the event,” said Musician 2nd Class Patrick Pedlar, a Sacramento, Calif. native.

The game ended in a 1-1 tie between the Pumas and the Major League Soccer Seattle Sounders Under-23 club.

140613-N-OO032-075 BREMERTON, Wash. (June 13, 2014) Musician Seaman Micah Lewis, a Memphis, Tenn. native assigned to Navy Band Northwest, performs a drum solo during  halftime of the Kitsap Pumas's Military Appreciation Day soccer game. This is the band's inaugural performance at the event; however, the Pumas have hosted the event since Kitsap soccer club formed in 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato/Released)

140613-N-OO032-075 BREMERTON, Wash. (June 13, 2014) Musician Seaman Micah Lewis, a Memphis, Tenn. native assigned to Navy Band Northwest, performs a drum solo during halftime of the Kitsap Pumas’s Military Appreciation Day soccer game. This is the band’s inaugural performance at the event; however, the Pumas have hosted the event since Kitsap soccer club formed in 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato/Released)

140613-N-OO032-082 BREMERTON, Wash. (June 13, 2014) Navy Band Northwest Sailors wave to the crowd after their performance during the halftime of the Kitsap Pumas's Military Appreciation Day soccer game. This is the band's inaugural performance at the event; however, the Pumas have hosted the event since Kitsap soccer club formed in 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato/Released)

140613-N-OO032-082 BREMERTON, Wash. (June 13, 2014) Navy Band Northwest Sailors wave to the crowd after their performance during the halftime of the Kitsap Pumas’s Military Appreciation Day soccer game. This is the band’s inaugural performance at the event; however, the Pumas have hosted the event since Kitsap soccer club formed in 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato/Released)

140613-N-OO032-053 BREMERTON, Wash. (June 13, 2014) Navy Band Northwest Sailors perform during  halftime of the Kitsap Pumas's Military Appreciation Day soccer game. This is the band's inaugural performance at the event; however, the Pumas have hosted the event since Kitsap soccer club formed in 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato/Released)

140613-N-OO032-053 BREMERTON, Wash. (June 13, 2014) Navy Band Northwest Sailors perform during halftime of the Kitsap Pumas’s Military Appreciation Day soccer game. This is the band’s inaugural performance at the event; however, the Pumas have hosted the event since Kitsap soccer club formed in 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato/Released)

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