As a non-football fan, I was concerned about attending my first Army Navy game presented by USAA in 2015. I knew very little about the sport and had never watched an entire game in my life. How would I be able to enjoy it, let alone understand anything that was going on? My husband and I made it through the game, but we were never the same.


You could imagine our excitement when we were invited by USAA to the 2016 Army Navy game, and even better, to be there in person when Army broke the losing streak. My husband is prior active duty Army and now currently serving in the Army National Guard.


America’s game, the most important game of the year taught us an important lesson. No matter who wins in the end, America always wins. These men playing aren’t concerned about getting drafted to an NFL team; they will graduate and serve their country. As I was sitting there watching this game, this thought was constantly running through my head.  In the end, not knowing about all the rules and technical aspects of the game didn’t make much difference; I asked plenty of questions and picked up some pointers from some of my buddies. I have amazing and patient friends.


As I sit here thinking back to all the wonderful moments of the game, I would like to share with you my top 5
favorite moments from the 117th Army Navy Game presented by USAA.


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Photo details: Me and my husband, Vincent.

Taking in the spirit – There really are not words than can do justice to the feeling you get at the stadium with other fans. There is so much going on to get you amped for the game. No matter who you are rooting for, there is such a sense of support and love for all.


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Interviewing Nate Boyer – a former Seattle Seahawks player, former United States Army Green Beret, and overall rock star. He gave me wonderful insight on the importance of this game – and he is just such a charismatic guy.


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Interviewing Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen – as the Superintendent of West Point, he has more than just a love for this game. He understands the true spirit and rivalry. Speaking with him was a true delight, and he is a pretty funny guy, especially when you ask him about participating in the annual spirit videos. Watch the interview with General Caslen here.


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Photo details: From left: Wendy Poling, USAA Community Manager and founder of My Military Life, Angela Caban and Judy Davis, The Direction Diva.


Sharing the Army Navy experience with friends from afar – as military spouses, we are all scattered across the country. This is always such a nice treat to be able to meet up and enjoy the game with friends, especially when they too understand the meaning of the game.


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Photo details: Me and Judy Davis, The Direction Diva – check out her articles in Community here.


Army’s victory, finally! – 14 years and we were able to make it to the game where they won. The emotions were surely heavy that day; however we were all thrilled to see the Army victory, and who better to share this experience with than my favorite Army wife? Watch a video of us celebrating. 


Did you watch the Army Navy game? What are your thoughts on the oldest rivalry game? Share with us below.


About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. Her husband was one of the many soldiers impacted by the unprecedented activation of the National Guard in 2008. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She is also co-founder of SpouseTalks. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.


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