Army-Navy Game logo in an article on the Old School Patriot by LTC Allen West

Big Red One

In Culture, Front Page, Military by Allen West

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!

Photo of LTC Allen West at the Big Red One Reunion First Infantry Division
Photo of LTC Allen West at the Big Red One Reunion First Infantry Division

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