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The National Guard's Impact at the FLW Tournament

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The National Guard is one of the main sponsors of the FLW tournament and one of the groups that helped get it off the ground.

The National Guard says it works a lot with FLW Outdoors. But for the Bass Tournament in the Tri-Cities, the Guard decided to take their message to the air.

Wednesday,  the Guard's Chinook Helicopter took off from Vista Field to take a quick tour of the tournament and the Tri-Cities. But the question is,  why is bass fishing good for the National Guard?

Master Sergeant Gary Fletcher says, "The national guard is big back down south and back east, almost like NASCAR. It is now getting recognition here on the West Coast."

The Chinook Helicopter is just one way the Guard is hoping to get exposure through the Tournament. On November 18th, when the tournament is shown on Fox Sports Net, 81 million viewers across the globe will get a chance to see what the Guard does.

And as Major Scott Nelson says, "The FLW is constantly saying National Guard at the tournament."

National Guard members say that while the Chinook is the most visible tournament symbol, it also hopes to teach people what the National Guard does.

Fletcher says, "Anything local agencies can't do the governor can call us into help."

And while Guard members hope people have learned something about them, they have learned something about bass fishing.

Nelson says, "Initially I thought bass fishing wasn't exciting but the way FLW does it with quick cuts, it is pretty exciting."