When I was in the Navy, the only memory I have of ever watching the Super Bowl was the 2003 game between the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I was at my Leading Petty Officer’s house, and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep on his couch. Sorry, Lee.
The next year, the year of the most notorious halftime show in history, I was either flying somewhere over the Pacific between Japan and Hawaii, or I was recovering from that flight and the time difference.
The other years of my active duty time have become a blur. I’m not sure if I was deployed to Afghanistan or going about my regular duties when the most celebrated sports event in America was happening, but I do know that I was wearing a uniform and serving my country so that Americans could enjoy their many Super Bowl memories.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered that I do like watching football and I’ll be cheering on the Baltimore Ravens tonight.
This year it won’t be me standing the watch, but thousands of other young Americans who selflessly pledged to do so. Thank you to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are on duty this year, so that we as a country can come together and enjoy an American tradition.
Your sacrifice and dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed. The President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense both recorded messages of thanks to you and your families for your sacrifice and dedication, making events like NFL Super Bowl XLVII possible.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his senior enlisted advisor also recorded a message, but don’t be disappointed because Chairman Dempsey chose to throw around a football this time instead of singing.
Happy Super Bowl Sunday, troops!
By Nicole McFarland, Defense Media Activity
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