It is officially Army-Navy game week, “America’s Game.”
Sunday evening, the United States Military Academy at West Point unveiled their tribute uniforms for this year’s game. I am so deeply proud and honored to share them with you, as well as the commemorative video.
This year, the Black Knights of the Hudson will pay tribute and honor America’s oldest combat division, the First Infantry Division, the famed “Big Red One.”
I served in the First Infantry Division from 1988-1991 as a young captain at Ft. Riley Kansas. It was there that I deployed to Operation Desert Shield and Storm.
I am also an Honorary Member of the 16th Infantry Regiment, “Rangers,” who have a storied history with the Big Red One. Of course this honor is directly related to the fact that the First Infantry Division was formed and participated in World War I, 100 years ago.
This past summer I attended the Big Red One reunion in Lombard, Illinois, where our museum is located in Cantigny Park. How fitting that this game closes out the 2018 college football regular season. All I can say is “No mission too difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!”
Go Army, Beat Navy!
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.