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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, January 6 2012

Today's Focus:

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Senior Leaders are Saying

We will ensure that our military is agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies. Most importantly, we will keep faith with our troops, military families and veterans who have borne the burden of a decade of war and who make our military the best in the world.

- President Barack Obama, referring to the newly released Defense Strategy

Obama: Defense strategy will maintain U.S. military pre-eminence

What They're Saying

The drive. You want to be the best you can be and excel at everything you do. Whether its sports or the military you have to have goals and drive on when things get tough.

- Ashtan Wallace, a wounded warrior from Brooke Army Medical Center, highlighting 'the drive' as a common bond between the wounded warriors and the student athletes, at a Kick, Punt, Pass event in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl scheduled for Saturday

Wounded warriors, student athletes share common bonds

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Army celebrates 12th year of bowl

What is it?

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a year-long engagement with the U.S. Army and the American people and is the nation's largest high school football all-star game. The 90 players and 125 marching band musicians that are selected across the country in the fall, march into San Antonio on January 1st to begin a week-long series of practices and events. Throughout the week players and musicians will interact with one another in addition to Army Strong Soldiers. Each player will be paired with an Army Soldier Hero (Bronze Star with V-device, Silver Star and/or Purple Heart recipient) who will guide them through activities.

The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 1:00pm EST, from the San Antonio Alamodome, and will be broadcast live on NBC.

What has the Army done?

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (AAB) has helped showcase the nation's premier high school athletes athletes who have gone on to achieve college, NFL and personal greatness. The players and musicians chosen to participate in the Bowl mirror the strengths of Army Strong Soldiers. Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and each player, musician and Color Guard member reflects this strength. Loyalty, dedication, hard-work, teamwork and integrity are all values present in the Army Soldier and each Army All-American. More than 180 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni have been drafted to the NFL since 2004, including 49 first-round picks.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army now has over ten years of national awareness equity in the All-American Game total program, and has produced tens of thousands of prospects asking for more information about the Army and how they might take their interest to the next level. In addition, the AAB Game Program has convinced thousands of coaches, teachers, educators, and community influencers to become advocates for the Army and Army service.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Bowl is the Army's largest public outreach event and through the Bowl's year-long outreach efforts, the Army is able to generate positive publicity for the Army, enhance the Army's connection with America, and demonstrate its commitment to America's youth.

Resources:

U.S. Army All-Amercian Bowl
U.S. Army All-Amercian Bowl Game Schedule
U.S. Army All-Amercian Bowl on Facebook

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