Skip to comments.Army takes spotlight at Arena Bowl
Posted on 06/12/2006 5:31:22 PM PDT by SandRat
LAS VEGAS (Army News Service, June 12, 2006) Members of Las Vegas's 6th Recruiting Brigade celebrated the Armys 231st birthday a few days early at the Arena Football Leagues Arena Bowl June 10.
In pre-game festivities, 48 newly enlisted Soldiers were sworn into the Army by U.S. Army Accessions Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp.
Our mission is recruiting, and today were here to help educate and create awareness about the opportunities the Army offers, said Col. Stephen Wilkins, commander of the 6th Recruiting Brigade. Its a good reminder to the public of the freedoms and democracy that we enjoy in our great nation.
The Army has sponsored and participated in the AFL for years in hopes that exposure of the Armys traditions will inspire new recruits. Spectators at this year's event were also treated to performances by the U.S. Army Chorale and U.S. Army Drill Team.
With the War on Terror going into its fifth year, many of the newly enlisted Soldiers will put boots on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan.
They know the war is not over, and they know they are going to combat, said Staff Sgt. Sean Patterson, Bronze Star recipient and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, now serving with the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion.
Im okay with joining in a time of war, said Nicole L. Terschick, 17, of San Francisco. Im up for the challenge.
Regardless of Soldiers reasons for answering their countrys call to duty, Van Antwerp said he was impressed by the willingness of todays generation to serve.
Since 9/11, over 600,000 young people have joined the Army, said Van Antwerp. It tells me a lot about this generation the grandsons and granddaughters of The Greatest Generation.
A traditional cake-cutting ceremony was held on the eve of the Arena Bowl outside Las Vegass Thomas and Mack Center. Bystanders and Soldiers watched the cake being cut with an Army saber, and the serving of the first two pieces to Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph E. Laplante, the eldest Soldier, and Cpl. Nicholas D. Tibbs, the brigade's youngest Soldier. This symbolizes the passing of the Army's tradition of honor and success from one generation to the next.
It reminds all of us to be part of that legacy today and into the future, said Wilkins.
(Editors note: Pfc. Carl N. Hudson writes for the 10th Public Affairs Operation Center.)
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Hats off to our Troops!