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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, January 4 2013

Today's Focus:

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Senior Leaders are Saying

There will always be a large number of contingency missions. Maintaining an Army Reserve with operational flexibility and strategic depth will be essential ... We are 20 percent of the Army force, but only 6 percent of the budget.

- Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, outlining his Rally Point strategy during a town hall meeting at the James E. Rudder U.S. Army Reserve Center, during his time in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Jan. 3.

Chief of Army Reserve drops in on local troops, All-American Bowl

What They're Saying

... You get to be in the Army, to be a part of something way larger than yourself, you know for seven days, and what it does to them when they get home is undeniably life changing.

- T. Andre Feagin, 2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band director, talks about the life-changing experience for the students, who train for a week to be a part of the All-American Marching Band, performing at the U.S. Army All American Bowl game on Jan. 5, 2013.

U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Director speaks about first day of rehearsal

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

January 2013

Jan. 1: New Year's Day

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday

February

Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month


Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

What is it?

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl (AAB) is the Army's premiere national-level marketing event in support of Army recruiting and is the nation's oldest and largest high school football all-star game. The AAB is a year-long engagement that expands the Army's connection with the American people provides positive impressions of the Army to key audiences and promotes the benefits of Army service. Ninety players and 125 marching band musicians are selected from across the country in the fall and arrive in San Antonio, Texas, for a week of leadership, sportsmanship and Army experience panels and events. Each player is paired with a Soldier Hero (Bronze Star with V-device, Silver Star and/or Purple Heart recipient) to share their Army Strong story throughout the week.

The 2013 AAB will be played on Sat., Jan. 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST, from the San Antonio Alamodome, and will be broadcast live on NBC.

What has the Army done?

For more than a decade, the AAB has helped showcase the nation's premier high school athletes who have gone on to achieve college, NFL and personal greatness. Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and each player, musician and Color Guard member reflects this strength. Loyalty, dedication, teamwork and integrity are all values present in the Army Soldier and each Army All-American.

For the 2013 game, the Army has partnered with the Pro-Football Hall of Fame to recognize ten scholar-athletes with the Award for Excellence, highlighting student-athletes across the country on not only athletic achievement, but excellence in academics and community service. In addition, the Army has partnered with VEX Robotics Competition to showcase some of the nation's most talented minds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This competition enables the Army to showcase its cutting-edge technology and the importance of STEM to our nation's security and prosperity.

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

Over the past eleven years, the AAB program has increased awareness of Army opportunities, produced tens of thousands of prospects that are interested in learning more about Army service, and directly engaged thousands of coaches, teachers, educators, and community influencers about Army service and how they can be advocates for current and future Army Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?

The AAB is the Army's largest marketing and public outreach event that provides the Army an opportunity to tell the Army story increase awareness of the options and opportunities available through Army service enhance the Army's connection with America and demonstrate our commitment to America's youth.

Resources:

2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
U.S. Army All-American Bowl
U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Facebook

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