On Saturday at West Point, where the yearly Army-Navy football game had been relocated because of the coronavirus, President Trump received a thundering ovation when he was introduced, with chants of “USA! USA!” ringing out across the stadium.
Although no fans were allowed at the game in the 38,000 seat stadium, Cadets and Midshipmen attended the game, which Army won 15-0, the first time they had shut out Navy since 1969 and Army’s fourth win in the teams’ last five meetings.
President Trump takes the field at the 121st Army-Navy Game presented by @USAA #ArmyNavy pic.twitter.com/LI57xI07mm
— Army-Navy Game (@ArmyNavyGame) December 12, 2020
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— The Hill (@thehill) December 13, 2020
The last time the Army-Navy game had been played at West Point, the home of Army, or Annapolis, the home of Navy, instead of the neutral ground in Philadelphia, came during World War II. The first Army-Navy game was held on November 29, 1890, and the teams have met annually since 1930.
Trump conducted the coin toss before the game on Saturday and received another ovation:
LOOK: President Trump performs the coin toss at the 121st annual Army-Navy @NCAA football game at West Point pic.twitter.com/Cvnz8uKZZK
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) December 12, 2020
Trump visited both locker rooms and sat on each sideline for a half so as to avoid any appearance of partisanship, as is traditional.
Prior to the game, Army coach Jeff Monken stated, “We are excited we are able to play this game here for only the fourth time in history. The state of our world right now has forced the game away from Philadelphia. It will be special to play it here. It will be very nostalgic and really a great piece in the history of this rivalry.”
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo echoed, “There’s a chill that goes through you unlike any other game. It’s the craziest thing because you’re in the locker room and it’s quiet, a little bit serene, and then you step outside and there’s this rush and you know it’s different.”
Navy senior cornerback Cameron Kinley added, “At first, I was disappointed…I didn’t really want to go up there. Then I thought about the opportunity we have in front of us as a team. To travel up to West Point for the first time since World War II and beat them on their home field and in their own stadium, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Military Times reported in December 2019:
For the first time since 2010, troops will see a pay raise of more than 3.0 percent. And they may not have to wait another decade before the next one arrives.Congress and the White House signed off on a 3.1 percent pay raise for troops starting on Jan. 1, a move that will produce a significant bump to military paychecks next year.
For junior enlisted troops, the raise amounts to roughly $815 more a year in pay. For senior enlisted and junior officers, it equals about $1,500 more. An O-4 with 12 years service would see more than $2,800 extra next year under the increase. … the 3.1 pay hike is a cause for celebration among troops because it represents more money than they are used to seeing, based on the last decade.