Rock Island Arsenal to host Army-Navy football match

Bragging rights will be on the line when the Army plays against the Navy in a noon Friday flag football match at Rock Island Arsenal Memorial Grounds.

The Army team is made up of 15 soldiers from the First Army, Army Support Command, Joint Munitions Center, and US Army Garrison-Rock Island. The Navy team is made up of 15 Sailors and Marines from Navy Reserve Center Rock Island. A trophy is at stake for the winner of the contest, a press release says.

Soldiers and Sailors participated in the second annual Army and Navy football game at Memorial Park at Rock Island Arsenal on December 13, 2019. (Photo by W. Wayne Marlow)

Free entry. Participants are advised to bring garden chairs to sit on, dress for the weather, and bring their own food and drinks, as there will be no vendor at the game site Spectators must have access to the facility to attend.

Event organizer Darryl Howlett, a former Navy Petty Officer at Navy Reserve Center, Rock Island, and current First Army public affairs specialist, looks forward to this year’s competition after the cancellation of the game in 2020.

“After everything that has happened in the past 12 months, a good old-fashioned, hard-fought and chatty football game between the Army and Navy is exactly what the arsenal and community need.” , he said in the statement. “Of course, I am still in conflict because I served for 25 years in the Navy and I worked as a civilian in the Department of the Army for 20 years. However, I still go with my first love. Come on Marine! “

The game represents the third iteration of the current event. Military and Navy personnel hosted an informal game during PT Morning in December 2018. An official game was hosted in 2019 by Lt. Col. (Retired) Joe Odorizzi and the current Navy Reserve Center Rock Island Senior Enred Leader Chief Petty Officer Patrick Zimmerman.

The military won in 2019 with an overtime victory. The Navy took a 14-point lead before the Army leveled the game in a back-and-forth affair, the statement said.

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