The Kentucky native shared his experience of returning to his home state for the important and meaningful program.
“It was one of the most rewarding assignments of my career. I grew up about 45 miles from there in White Plains, Kentucky,” Eaves said. “That post is not only one of the most important facilities in the entire United States military, it’s also been a pillar of the community by supporting countless schools and businesses throughout the region. To be chosen to help tell the stories of the people who call Fort Campbell home was an absolute honor.”
Entering Gate 4 brought back tons of memories of visiting the post with my father, a former Army sergeant who served during World War II, as well as the times my middle school and high school competed against Fort Campbell in basketball, football and golf. – Eaves on his Fort Campbell visit
Eaves, along with other ESPNers including Tim Tebow, Kirk Herbstreit, Marty Smith and Julie Foudy, spent time with members of the military based at Fort Campbell to hear their incredible stories and share them with viewers.
“It was surreal in so many ways. When visiting my mother in Kentucky, I often fly into Nashville’s airport and drive right past Fort Campbell on my way to her house. But this was the first time I had set foot on the post in nearly 30 years,” Eaves said. “Entering Gate 4 brought back tons of memories of visiting the post with my father, a former Army sergeant who served during World War II, as well as the times my middle school and high school competed against Fort Campbell in basketball, football and golf.”
Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division, the 5th Special Forces Group and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
“Visiting Fort Campbell served as yet another reminder of the overall depth and scope of our country’s military and the commitment and passion of those who serve in the various branches of our armed forces,” Eaves said. “Those soldiers –and their families– give so much of themselves for our freedom and security, and for that, I will be eternally grateful, as we all should be.”