By COL. BRUCE JENKINS
Fort Knox will celebrate an occasion Sept. 7 that’s unique to only two Army posts in the United States—the Army Bowl. For those not familiar with this event, it’s the annual high school football game between the only two Department of Defense Education Activity high schools in the continental United States—the Fort Knox Eagles vs. the Fort Campbell Falcons.
Before the game, Fort Knox High School will hold a pep assembly at 1:30 p.m. in its gym, and at 6:55 p.m., the Army Bowl parade will begin—featuring Fort Knox High School’s JROTC color guard, cheerleaders, and band, as well as the Fort Knox commanding general as the grand marshal, community leaders, and Fort Knox units.
The parade will begin on Gold Vault Road next to the Main Exchange, and it will continue on Gold Vault Road for about a half mile before a right is made onto 11th Avenue to head toward McAdams Football Field for the end point. Come out, line the streets, show your spirit, and be a part of this special event.
The coin toss will take place at 7:55 p.m. and kickoff is set for 8 p.m. For this matchup, active duty Soldiers in uniform will get in free of charge, and the admittance costs for others are very reasonably priced—$3 for military ID cardholders, $2 for school age children and $5 for non-military affiliated patrons.
We have some surprises in store as well to make this game spectacular, thanks to a great team effort here on post. I encourage everyone to attend this game, cheer on the players, watch both high school bands perform, and show support for all the children of our military families.
They deserve this level of backing for their sacrifices as military dependents, and what better occasion to show this backing than at the Army Bowl.
As the Fort Knox garrison commander, I admit I’m also a little biased in my approach. I want to give our Fort Knox Eagles an edge by creating a true home field advantage atmosphere. Just like Fort Campbell has come out and supported their team when the Army Bowl is played down there, we need to take it up a notch and be that “12th Man” at McAdams Football Field to make it an intimidating place for the Falcons to play. I know I can count on your support as we cheer our Eagles onto victory! I look forward to seeing you Sept. 7.
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