"We had a BLAST with you and the entire Adopt a Soldier Platoon team!! Thank you so much for coming out to IKE and supporting the Sailors. They loved every minute of your visit and the entertainment was over the top! TOUCHDOWN!! If anyone is incredibly grateful, it's us. Thanks for being wonderful Americans and supporting the troops. We could ask for no more and appreciate it above all else. Just knowing that people appreciate and care means the world to the Sailors on IKE." CAPT. Marcus Hitchcock, Commanding Officer, USS Dwight D Eisenhower, 4 Apr 2012
This year we came up with another X Bowl idea -- let's have some competition and cheer at home! We are launching another Madden Football video tournament, complete with Cheerleading by the First Ladies of Football, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders; Giveaways and prizes; adding Tennis demos and competition on mobile courts by the US Tennis Association and Sport Court; plus Live Entertainment. In effect, we want to bring a two-day happening to some of our bases and installations in the US so our warriors can enjoy the show they couldn't see in AFG or Iraq or Kuwait.
Our first event will be held on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) off the East Coast.
The following benefactors/partners/supporters have already pledged to help in this worthwhile endeavor: Unilever Military Sales; Atlas Air Worldwide; Microsoft Xbox 360; the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders; the US Tennis Association; TRX Fitness Anywhere; EA Sports; Brother Gravity, Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families, Bryan Cave Law, Coffee Associates and the NY Giants.
We will be talking with more agencies, companies and organizations to help us with this event and others this year and we'll keep you posted! Another event is scheduled to be held in late June at Fort Drum to honor the 10th MTN Division. This is going to be great!!!
We expect at least three of these events this year and possibly more next year.
See below for some pictures from the fact-finding tour, which included visits to our old friends at the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and former adoptees, the "Outcasts," at Hunter AAF, as well as pics from Fort Bragg and Camp LeJeune. Additionally, as luck would have it, one the day he was at Fort Campbell, the 52d EOD Group (Paladins) came home and Krutchkoff was able to visit with TF CO COL Tom Langowski and CSM Robert Hockstaedler. CPT Nicole Zupka, a former hometown resident, was also there!
To view our X Bowl event in AFG from 2010 see video below.