Midshipmen Set Sail in Military Bowl
Navy wins in record fashion
The U. S. Naval Academy Midshipmen squared off on the gridiron against the University of Pittsburg Panthers at the 8th Annual Military Bowl at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium presented by Northrop Grumman.
This was the 40th time the Midshipmen and Panthers have squared off, but the first time in a bowl game. This was Navy's 12th bowl appearance in their last 13 seasons and second Military Bowl. Navy came into the game with nine straight home game wins, their longest home winning streak since 1982.
The game opened with members of Team Fastrax Parachute Jump Team landing on the field. Fastrax consists of military veterans from former Army Rangers to Special Forces that have over 300,000 combined jumps. After the jump team landed, Old Glory was unfurled on the field as Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016, sung the National Anthem.
The pre-game ceremony was completed with a flyover by the "Gunslingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105. VFA-105 is currently conducting workups in preparation for deployment this summer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.