A SOLDIERS STORY // 12mins // USA // Australian Premiere

FOX Sports Pays Tribute to ‘Lone Survivor’ Commander who Gave His Life in Afghanistan

Brief Synopsis:
A small town stand out athlete is called to duty for our country, while the Big League beckons. Baseball was a big dream, but it always came second place to military service. A SOLDIERS STORY is about Major Stephen Reich an incredible athlete, and American military hero who passed-up a Major League baseball career to return to active duty then tragically paid the ultimate price.

Synopsis Paragraph:
A small town stand out athlete is called to duty for our country, while the Big League beckons. Major Steve Reich was the Commander of the Operations Red Wings counter insurgent attempted rescue mission in Kundar Province of Afghanistan in 2005, involving four members of the US Navy Seals, depicted in the feature film LONE SURVIVOR. Prior to his career in the military, Major Steve Reich was three-sport athlete in high school and an all-Star pitcher for Army’s West Point academy on the path pitching in the major leagues then, the military called. Major Stephen Reich never expressed regret that his promising professional baseball career lasted only two games for a Baltimore Orioles farm team before the Army summoned him back to active duty. “When the Army said they couldn’t spare him, that was it,” there was no argument from Stephen, Sue Reich. Baseball was a big dream, but it always came second place to the service. A SOLDIERS STORY is about an incredible athlete, and American military hero who passed-up a Major League baseball career to return to active duty then tragically paid the ultimate price.

Producer’s statement:
FOX Sports has a long history of working with the military, but this story really resonated with many viewers as Stephen story was representative all Veteran’s who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our countries freedom. Working with the Reich family was an incredible experience after mutual trust had been built, genuine respect and dedication to the true and accurate understanding of their son’s life, goals, dreams and ‘never give up attitude,’ were our common goals.

Director: Laura Mickelson