By CAPT. ALAN MOSS
11th Theater Aviation Command Public Affairs
Aviators and Soldiers from the 11th Aviation Command displayed a Blackhawk helicopter and taught visitors about the aircraft during the three days before the All-American Bowl in San Antonio last week.
During the week prior to the 13th U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday, the Army transformed the Alamodome parking lot into the Army Strong Zone. The Army Strong Zone created an interactive area where visitors were immersed in the unique Army experience.
The football game showcased 90 of the nation’s elite high school football players and the top 125 high school marching band musicians. The All-American Bowl celebrated the unique characteristics and core Army values that define the Americans who wear the Army colors. A record 39,011 fans attended the game.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Derrick Harris, a nine-year veteran of the Army Reserve, was pilot in command of the HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tim Pollard, a 14-year veteran of the Army Reserve, served as the co-pilot for the mission. The two pilots were joined by the crew chief, Pfc. Kyle Hawkins, a two-year veteran of the Army Reserve and the flight medic, Spc. Marbou Christman. All Soldiers are members of Company F, 1-214th Aviation Regiment.
I am proud of my service to this great country and excited to share my experiences in the Army Reserve with the visitors today,” said Hawkins.
Unique to the
All-American Bowl, the players in the game are teamed with Soldier Heroes. These service men and service women spend the week with the All-American players, providing an example of how using the Army’s core values of
loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity
and personal courage
lead to success in life.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has a strong legacy that includes many of today’s NFL and collegiate stars. There are currently more than 180 former U.S. Army All-Americans in the NFL; including more than 54 first-round picks. In 2012, Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American alumnus to be the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. In 2007, former U.S. Army All-American Tim Tebow became the first underclassmen to win the Heisman Trophy.