Keith Connors

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Local National Guard opened Skyway 10K with a boom. The Skyway 10k was a rousing success, despite the unfortunate accident involving a Florida State Trooper being hit by a drunk driver. The weather was perfect and the runners were excited to get going. The race raises funds to support the Armed Forces Families Foundation. 100% of all proceeds go back to support those who have served who may be in need of assistance.

But the story has a bigger bang to it than you may know. A firing battery from a local battalion was tasked with showing up and opening up the race.

2-116th FA Battalion Bravo Battery out of Winter Haven Florida had the honor of firing the shot that started the race. SSG Swearengin and SSG  Loewhing along with their soldiers SPC Allen and SPC Montenegro fired an M119A2 howitzer along with their crew of soldiers pumped up the runners and ruckers of the 10k leading to an overall exciting event.

The Cannon Crew woke up at 0200 (2:00 Am for us civilians) and drove all the way from Winter Haven. Bravo Battery assisted transport of over 8,000 Runners from Tropicana Field to the base of the Skyway Bridge 12 miles away. They were a key part in raising over $150,000 for the Armed Forces Families Foundation. Yep. Our local National Guard opened Skyway 10K with a boom

SSG Loewhing was grateful for the opportunity saying “It was an amazing event. We appreciate you allowing us to participate. Thank you!”

No better way to kick off a race—the howitzer! #skyway10k #skyway10k2020

Posted by Skyway 10K on Sunday, March 6, 2022


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