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Fort Campbell Soldier To Announce Titans 4th Round Draft Pick

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In an effort to honor those who serve our country, the Tennessee Titans selected Master Sgt. John Reed to announce the team's 4th round draft pick at the NFL draft this weekend.

Reed will travel to New York City along with his wife, and make the pick Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall.

"We thought this year, what better way with everything going on in the world to honor those who serve our country each and every day," said Vice President of Marketing for the Tennessee Titans, Ralph Ockenfels.

Reed is a Special Forces Operations Sergeant stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. He has served in the Army for 22 years, and has had six deployments in conjunction with Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Reed said the trip will come with mixed emotions because it will be the first time he will visit New York City since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

"We are definitely going to go to the World Trade Center memorial," said Master Sgt. Reed. "That is something I have wanted to do."

Reed was part of one of the first groups deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. From October 2001 through April 2002, he fought against the Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. His unit even buried a piece of the World Trade Center in Afghanistan in honor of those who lost their lives in the attacks.

"It was a good reminder from the old guys to the young guys on what we were doing there," said Master Sgt. Reed. "Even when the days are long and hard, this is what we're here for."

Master Sgt. Reed and his wife will leave for New York Thursday and will stay through Sunday. The Titans also plan to invite him to training camp to meet the rookie he helped draft.

"I'm honored to represent the Titans, and I'm honored to represent my group." said Master Sgt. Reed. "It's exciting."

The Titans have the 10th overall selection and nine total picks in the NFL draft.

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