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NEWPORT, R.I. (Dec. 2, 2011) Cmdr. Bill Mallory tries for more yards after a reception but Army Major Chris Brown manages to get a hand on Mallory’s flag for a short gain.  The Navy students at the U.S. Naval War College won the game 33-12.  (U.S. Navy Photo by James E. Brooks)NEWPORT, R.I.-- For the 10th consecutive year, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students stepped out of the classroom and challenged each other in an Army-Navy flag football game on Nimitz Field at Naval Station, Newport, R.I., Dec. 2.  

Besides inter-service rivalry that fuels the spirited competition of contests like this, there is an aspect of learning that occurs on the grid-iron that translates well into the classroom environment.  

NEWPORT, R.I. (Dec. 2, 2011) Children of Army Maj. Chris Brown hold up “Go Army” signs before the 10th Annual Flag Football Game between Army and Navy students at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.  The Navy students won the game 33-12. (U.S. Navy Photo by James E. Brooks)“This is something we’re going to talk about for the rest of the time we’re here,” said Army Maj. Christopher Brown, who played division one football at Southwest Louisiana State.  “This will help break down barriers in our seminars and help stimulate conversations.”

Like machines that haven’t run in awhile, both teams’ offenses sputtered in the first half.  Despite coming into the game from Naval Station Newport’s intramural flag football league, the Navy team turned the ball over to the Army’s defense deep in Army territory during the first half.  Offensively, the Army team had trouble moving the ball consistently and was forced to punt the ball away.  

Army chewed away at the Navy’s halftime lead early in the second half with some damaging pass plays to Maj. Andy Burgess.  But the Army comeback was stifled by a couple of interceptions returned for scores.  Momentum and control was lost on the Army side of the field.  Navy went on to win the game, 33-12.  

NEWPORT, R.I. (Dec. 2, 2011) Army Major Andrew Burgess makes a big reception to lead Army towards the team’s first score of the day.  However, it wasn’t enough as the Navy students went on to beat their Army counterparts, 33-12.  This was the 10th annual flag football game played between Army and Navy students at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.   (U.S. Navy Photo by James E. Brooks)“This was a great experience,” said Brown.  “You can build on this like an intensive field exercise.”

Perhaps NWC’s Dean of Students Capt. Ray Keledei summed it up simply saying, “At the end of the day, we’re all on the same team.”
 
By James E. Brooks, NWC Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy