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Airmen and their families from the Air National Guard’s education center and the Tennessee National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing join for a team photo, May 17, 2019, before playing two softball games at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, Tennessee, as a means to promote camaraderie and team building. Both units are located at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. (U.S. Air National Guard Base/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

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The Commander of the Tennessee Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing, U.S. Air Force Col. M. Lee Hartley, Jr. (right), and Air National Guard education center Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Capra, toss a coin to decide which team will bat in a unit Vs. unit softball game, May 17, 2019, at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, Tennessee. Airmen from both groups serve on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. They and their families played two games as a means to promote camaraderie and team building. (U.S. Air National Guard Base/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Michael Krausz takes his swing at bat during a unit Vs. unit softball game, May 17, 2019, at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, Tennessee. Airmen and their families from the Air National Guard’s education center and the Tennessee National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing played two games as a means to promote camaraderie and team building. Both units serve at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. Sergeant Krausz is First Sergeant for the education center. (U.S. Air National Guard Base/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

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Airmen and their families from the Air National Guard’s education center and the Tennessee National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing high-five after a softball game, May 17, 2019, at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, Tennessee. The units played each other in a doubleheader as a means to promote camaraderie and team building. The wing won both games. Both units are located at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. (U.S. Air National Guard Base/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

ALCOA, Tenn. --

Airmen and their families from the Air National Guard's I.G. Brown Training and Education Center and the Tennessee National Guard's 134th Air Refueling Wing joined for a unit Vs. unit softball game Friday, May 17, at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, Tennessee.

"This is an opportunity to team build a bit, which does not happen enough," U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Juan P. Castro, assigned to the education center, said.

Sergeant Castro and others helped organize the event, which included a cookout and music provided by the wing's recruiting office.

McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base at Knoxville's airport is home to both units.

The Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force Col. M. Lee Hartley, Jr., and the education center Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Capra, tossed a coin to decide which team batted first.

"They are already talking about holding this event annually," Sergeant Castro said.

The wing won both six-inning games.