Fort Sam Soldiers score tickets to Army vs. A&M game

By Esther Garcia
Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs Office

 

Army junior wide receiver Jeremy Trimble (#5) catches the ball and squeaks around the right side of the line for a gain of several yards during the AT&T Corps Classic Saturday.

 

With bullhorn in hand and tickets by her side, Judith Markelz called out the names of Soldiers and their family members who had scored coveted tickets, courtesy of Bank of America, to the West Point Army vs. Texas A&M football game Saturday at the Alamodome. Markelz is program coordinator of the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, located in the Powless Guest House.

The wounded Soldiers, assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center and their family members, were also invited to attend a pre-game tailgate party at the parking lot of the Sunset Station. The tailgate party, sponsored by the Captain Scott Corwin Foundation, was in honor of Capt. Scott Corwin, a 1999 West Point graduate who was killed May 2004 in Savannah, Ga.

The Captain Scott Corwin Foundation was created by the family of the 1999 West Point graduate to honor their son and brother as a tribute to his zest for life, his service to his nation and his leadership. “We wanted to help the military and the families,” said Greg Corwin, Scott’s father. “This is something Scott would have liked.” “We want to give back as much as we can for what the Soldiers have done for us. My brother would have liked this,” said Jaime Corwin, Scott’s sister.

The cookout included hamburgers, grilled chicken, hotdogs, potato and coleslaw salads. Members of the foundation also gave out free Army T-shirts and hats.

Mule, the Army team mascot, with members of the West Point Army Spirit Band, made a surprise visit and performed for the wounded Soldiers.

Following the party, everyone joined the more than 64,000 Army and Aggie fans inside the Alamodome to watch the game. This was the largest crowd to witness a regular season college football game at the Alamodome,and the eighth largest football crowd all-time in Alamodome history.

Texas A&M took a 7-0 lead. The game, which featured three ties, ended with the Aggies winning by five points, 29-24. The end came when Texas A&M’s defense stopped Tony Moore on a third-and-goal play with nine seconds remaining. Prior to the game, more than 600 U.S. Military Academy Cadets, 200 III Corp Soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, and 1,500 Texas A&M University cadets participated in a march through San Antonio.

 

Waving “Go Army cards,” students attending medical training at Fort Sam Houston root for their team at the Army vs. Texas A&M football game Saturday at the Alamodome. At center are Col. John Cook, commander, 32nd Medical Brigade, and Lt. Col. Brian Kueter, 232nd Medical Battalion commander.

 

Half-time entertainment included the U.S. Army Military Academy Band and the Texas A&M University band. Gen. Richard Cody, vice chief of staff of the Army, read the oath of enlistment to more than 20 future Soldiers on the field. He took time out to stop by the stands to visit with the wounded Soldiers from BAMC who were attending the game. Cody also visited BAMC earlier in the day to present Purple Heart medals to wounded Soldiers and visit Soldiers on the wards. “Outstanding football game. All the Soldiers really enjoyed themselves and the game. Can’t wait till the next one comes around,” said Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Welch from the 32nd Medical Brigade. Three hundred initial entry students from Fort Sam Houston attending medical training with the 32nd Medical Brigade attended the game courtesy of West Point.

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The Texas A&M University Aggie Band, with more than 500 members, perform intricate marches on the field, including the famous outline “T” for Texas.

 

Thirty future Soldiers from the San Antonio area “swear-in” to the Army during a ceremony on the field of the Alamodome Saturday, before the start of the West Point Army vs. Texas A&M football game. The Oath of Enlistment was administered by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,583, the eighth largest crowd ever to attend any event at the Alamodome and the largest crowd ever for a regular season college football game.

 

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