2013-12-20 / Sports

Fort Gordon hosts 9th annual Army-Navy game

By Petty Officer 2nd Class T. J. Fallon
Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs


A Soldier with the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade runs past and avoids a defender with the Navy Information Operations Georgia team during the 9th Annual Fort Gordon Army-Navy Flag-football game heal Dec. 14 at Engineers Field. 
Photo by Bill Bengston / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office A Soldier with the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade runs past and avoids a defender with the Navy Information Operations Georgia team during the 9th Annual Fort Gordon Army-Navy Flag-football game heal Dec. 14 at Engineers Field. Photo by Bill Bengston / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office For nine years Fort Gordon has been hosting an annual Army-Navy Day event involving the local high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps units and active-duty military participants.

The two local teams, Greenbrier High School Navy Junior ROTC and Lakeside High School Army Junior ROTC, played in grey, cold, and wet conditions. Greenbrier took an early lead in the first half and won 20-12.

Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Tony Howard, naval science instructor for Greenbrier High School Navy Junior ROTC, praised his team for their hard work, “We’ve had great practice for the last two weeks and to come out here and do exactly what we practiced was a big factor in why we won the game.”

Greenbrier High Navy Junior ROTC had previously won the annual game three years in a row before a loss last year. “It’s good to be able to bring it back home this year,” Howard said.

Following the Junior ROTC game, Soldiers from the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade and Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia took the field for their annual match.

The NIOC Georgia Navy beat Army 33-6, despite the weather, ending the game early due to an extensive lead. Navy Cmdr. James Henderson-Coffey, coach of the Navy team, was extremely happy with how his Sailors played and was confident that the weather was not going to be an issue for them.

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