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97 AMW Attends Armed Forces Bowl

Volunteers unfold the American flag before the Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The flag was unfolded during the playing of the national anthem to honor every branch of the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

Volunteers unfold the American flag before the Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The flag was unfolded during the playing of the national anthem to honor every branch of the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

U.S. Army Soldiers perform push-ups after the Army scores, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The Army team scored 70 points during the Armed Forces Bowl.

U.S. Army Soldiers perform push-ups after the Army scores, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The Army team scored 70 points during the Armed Forces Bowl.

Football fans watch the Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The Armed Forces Bowl attracts approximately 700,000 attendees each year for the event that honors the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

Football fans watch the Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The Armed Forces Bowl attracts approximately 700,000 attendees each year for the event that honors the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

The U.S. Army team poses with the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl championship trophy, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. This game tied for the highest scoring bowl game of all time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

The U.S. Army team poses with the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl championship trophy, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. This game tied for the highest scoring bowl game of all time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

A firework display marked the end of the Armed Forces Bowl following the U.S. Army’s victory over Houston, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The firework show lasted approximately 10 minutes to honor the military members present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

A firework display marked the end of the Armed Forces Bowl following the U.S. Army’s victory over Houston, Dec. 22, 2018, at Fort Worth, Texas. The firework show lasted approximately 10 minutes to honor the military members present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Dallin Wrye)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Many people often travel miles to recognize their favorite football team, but 100 members from Altus AFB were selected to attend the Armed Forces Bowl Game in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 22, 2018.

The base Armed Services YMCA hosted the event which is more than simply a football game; although it is just one of 14 post-season bowl games, this game specifically honors every branch of military service.

During breaks in the game, military members just returning home from deployment were reunited with their families, official ceremonies were held to present purple hearts to service members and recruits took oaths of enlistment to serve in the military.

 A1C Aaron Cenci from the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron said events like these keep spirits high around the holidays and gives opportunities that Airmen do not always get.

“It’s an awesome thing especially around Christmas time,” said Cenci. “It helps you get out of your apartment or dorm or wherever you are because you can’t go home for the holidays.”

After the grand finale, consisting of a fireworks display, the night of service and family came to an end. Cenci said he is thankful for the support of the ASYMCA and these kinds of events are important in providing Airmen opportunities off of base.

“It really helps people out morale-wise and just, helps people,” said Cenci.