HOUSTON- Sgt. 1st Class Glenn Eller, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) was recognized during an Astros game, May 8, before thousands of baseball fans and fellow Texans.
"We're honored to have Sergeant First Class Glenn Eller from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and to recognize him for his service to our country and his Olympic achievements," said Dena Propis, media relations manager for the Astros.
Eller, a native of Katy, Texas, has a distinguished shooting career and is one of a handful of shooters who has won a gold medal at every major international stage in Men's Double Trap.
Most recently, the Army Olympian won a Gold medal at the Gabala, Azerbaijan, World Cup and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, which will constitute the fifth time Eller participates in the Olympic games.
"It is great to be back home, especially on Mother's Day, and to be recognized by the Houston community at my favorite team's stadium," said Eller.
During the community relations event, Eller waved to the public after receiving a standing ovation.
"Just to be an Olympian is great enough," Eller said. "Being able to also serve my country is phenomenal," he added while explaining how he translates his shooting skills and lessons learned from competitions into training his fellow Soldiers for missions across the globe.
Shortly after the recognition, several children approached Eller and asked him questions and posed for photos. Other fans approached the Soldier to thank him personally for his service.
"Eller clearly showcases the direct correlation between the training, values and dedication it takes to be a U.S. Soldier and achieving athletic success," added Propis.
Eller is one of two USMAU Soldiers that have won automatic berths on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. The other Soldier is Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail, who will compete in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone.
USAMU Shooters have won 25 Olympic Medals out of the 48 Shooting Sport Olympic Medals that the United States has won, since 1956.