Sailors were honored and recognized for their service and dedication to the nation at a Major League Baseball game during Navy Day at the Washington Nationals ballpark Tuesday.
The pregame ceremonies included the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson administering the Oath of Enlistment to 50 new recruits from Navy Recruiting District Richmond.
Chief (select) Equipment Operator Steven Butterhof threw the ceremonial first pitch, the 2015 Sailors of the Year were recognized and Commandant, Naval District Washington Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey delivered the game's baseball to the pitcher's mound.
"I am very honored to be here, there are so many people that have really influenced the Navy," said Shore Sailor of the Year Chief (select) Hospital Corpsman Jessica Wentlent. "We just met the last Sailor alive from the first class of the basic underwater demolition/SEAL training, the CNO and to know that they're proud of what we've accomplished, the same way we're honored by them leading our Navy and what they're doing is pretty amazing."
In addition, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard drill team delivered a demonstration as part of the pregame ceremonies. More than 200 Sailors manned the base lines and Musician 1st Class Michael Webb sang the National Anthem.
"We're pretty lucky to be here and this is a great experience," said Wentlent. "It feels pretty amazing to be here on the field and to meet all the different people. This is something I can take back and talk about it for years to come."
The game ended with the Detroit Tigers beating the Washington Nationals with a final score of 5-4.