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Posted on 01/02/2008 6:00:48 PM PST by beachn4fun
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Armed Forces Bowl Honors America’s Military
FORT WORTH, Texas (Army News Service, Jan. 2, 2008) - While most of the country prepared to ring in the New Year, a record crowd of almost 41,000 filled Amon G. Carter Stadium Dec. 31 to watch the Air Force Falcons battle the UC-Berkeley Golden Bears in the 5th edition of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
Air Force dominated the first half with three unanswered touchdowns. But California rallied under the leadership of freshman quarterback Kevin Riley to defeat the Falcons 42 to 36 in a wild and entertaining game.
The action on the field, though, was merely the capstone to a multi-day event devoted to honoring the men and women who have and will serve their nation as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
Attendees got an opportunity to fly simulated Navy fighter aircraft, steer a Coast Guard cutter, try on Army gear or challenge a Marine to a pull-up competition in the Armed Forces Adventure area. (FYI - The smart money was on the Marines.)
As game time approached, fans were treated to a parachute demonstration by the Air Force Academy’s parachute team “Wings of Blue” and flyovers by Army and Marine combat helicopters and an Air Force B-2 bomber. Throughout the game, each branch was honored and recognized with military bands playing their respective official songs.
The highlight of the game’s halftime festivities was the presentation of the Great American Patriot Award to Secretary of the Army Pete Geren.
“For the past three decades, Secretary Geren has been involved with Armed Forces-related activities as a U. S. Congressman and Department of Defense employee,” said Jim Breen, chairman of the bowl’s military affairs committee. “In honoring him, we recognize his leadership and congratulate him on his service to our country.”
Immediately after receiving his award, Secretary Geren administered the oath of enlistment to 100 recruits representing all branches of the military.
Among the 40 Soldiers sworn-in by the secretary was future Army biochemical operations specialist Analuisa Vrducco, 17, from Dallas. Vrducco, who leaves for basic training this summer, was somewhat overwhelmed by her opportunity to take the oath from Geren in person. “This meant everything to me,” she said.
After shaking hands with the recruits, Secretary Geren noted that “...it’s always inspiring to see fine young men and women step up and join our military.”
Looking ahead, Secretary Geren thanked the troops serving around the world and wished them and their families a Happy New Year in 2008.
“Because of you, we are a nation that lives in freedom, cherishing the liberties you give to us through your efforts and sacrifice.”
(Lt. Col. William Thurmond is the public affairs officer for the Army Air Force Exchange Service.)
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U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour Underway
High school senior football players await their fate as the Army travels the nation to name 84 players for its All-American Bowl, an all-star game held January 5, in San Antonio, Texas.
Those selected for the bowl will follow in the footsteps of some of the country’s top college and professional players and have the elite opportunity to highlight the skills and values they share with Soldiers in the United States Army.
Players are selected by a committee of national recruiting experts and are placed on the East or West team. The 138 stops on the selection tour bring Army representatives to each player’s high school, where a game day jersey is presented before the player’s peers, parents, coaches, athletic directors and principals. This important opportunity allows the Army to communicate the important tie between athletes and Soldiers— their strength, dedication, teamwork and values.
To track all of the Selection Tour stops through early December, visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com.
As an added bonus, the Army will inaugurate its U.S. Army All-American Marching Band program, which recognizes the integral role band members play in the traditional, high-school football experience. Ninety-one outstanding marching musicians from across the country were selected to participate in the 2008 All-American Bowl, and each will have the opportunity to showcase his or her talents before a national audience.
As a tribute to our men and women in uniform, more than 80 Soldiers from across the country will be honored as part of the week-long schedule of festivities for the 2008 Army All-American Bowl. These Soldier Heroes, who are doing the “heavy lifting” for our nation,” are the strength of the nation - the ultimate instrument of national resolve. These brave men and women represent the hundreds of thousands of Soldiers currently serving around the world. The honored Soldiers and football players will be paired and participate in a series of events together during game week, illustrating their shared ideals of leadership, courage and strength on and off the field. In additions, Soldiers will be honored during pre-game activities for their commitment and service.
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HADITHA, Iraq (Dec. 26, 2007) Boats from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 Detachment 3 prepare to insert members onto the shore of Lake Qadisiyah near Haditha Dam. RIVRON-2 regularly patrols the lake and the surrounding inland waterways, protecting their use for legitimate commerce. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul Seeber (Released)
KHOST, Afghanistan (Dec. 21, 2007) Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Khost executive officer, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Rob Holt, an Individual Augmentee (IA) from Hawaii, surveys security set by an Arizona National Guard platoon attached to PRT Khost. The team secured Khost University for a 'Shura' (Islamic principle for the debate and exchange of views) between Afghan Army General Kaliq and university faculty and students. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Christopher Weis (Released)
RED SEA (Dec. 27, 2007) Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Emanuel Williams directs an MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the "Sea Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 carrying members of an evaluation team aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78). Porter is in the 5th Fleet area of operations assigned to the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser (Released)
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They were 8-8. I predicted 6-10. It’s all good.
By Dana Cole
Published on Wednesday, January 02, 2008
SIERRA VISTA Asiyah Ariyana-Nicole Botley, Sierra Vistas first baby in 2008, arrived at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday.
Tyesha Preston, an Army specialist, holds her new baby, Asiyah Ariyana-Nicole Botley, Tuesday at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. Asiyah was born at 6:04 a.m. on New Years Day, becoming the citys first baby born in 2008. (Mark Levy-Herald/Review)
And she came in a big hurry.
Four minutes after the babys mother, Tyesha Preston, was placed on her hospital bed in the Maternal Child unit at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, Asiyah was born. Dr. Peter Van Oosten was on call, but didnt make it in time to assist with the babys birth.
Charge nurse Jennifer Alston delivered the baby girl, with Van Oosten arriving shortly after she was born.
Dedrick Botley, the babys father, is a sergeant in the Army, currently stationed in Iraq. He deployed with the 11th Signal Brigade on Dec. 9 and expects to be in Iraq for 15 months. Upon his return, he and Tyesha plan to be married. Asiyah has a 2-year-old brother, Amare.
Currently stationed at Fort Huachuca, Preston is a specialist with the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. She plans to get out of the Army in April after four years service.
Ill be on maternity leave for six weeks, Preston said. When Im out of the Army, Im hoping to get a job at the daycare on Fort Huachuca.
Prestons son goes to that daycare, and she would like a job where she can work with children.
Preston went into labor at 5 a.m. and was driven to the hospital by a good friend, Willie Cook. She was immediately whisked into the emergency department upon her arrival.
We checked her in triage and saw she was ready to have the baby, Alston said. We literally ran her into this room. The baby was born exactly four minutes after we placed her on this bed.
Despite a slight complication in Asiyahs presentation her left arm presented at the same time as her head and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her arm and neck the delivery went smoothly, Alston said.
Miss Preston did really well, even with the compound presentation, the nurse said, praising mom. She pushed when she needed to and was helpful through the delivery.
Preston said her experience at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center was absolutely wonderful.
The staff was great. My hospital room was very comfortable, she said.
As for dad, he and Preston have been busy text messaging each other since Asiyahs arrival.
He is so excited about having a little girl, Preston said. He says this is his best New Years ever, even though hes in Iraq.
Prestons mother will be coming from Virginia to help with the baby.
HERALD/REVIEW reporter Dana Cole can be reached at 515-4618 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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