Black Knights and Midshipmen can reconnect with old battle buddies and shipmates –- or talk smack to the OpFor — no matter where they are during this weekend’s annual Army-Navy game thanks to a new social media app designed exclusively for sports fans.
Dubbed PlayUp, which launched in October for iOS devices, the app provides public and private chat rooms around virtually every sporting event imaginable. But developers are partnering with Military Traveler — another new app created by a Marine Corps Harrier pilot who bills his base guidebook as “Yelp for iPhones” — to do something special for one of college football’s biggest rivalries.
“Especially with the holiday season upon us, we’re excited to provide a free platform for our armed forces to converse with friends and family miles away over the most popular and universal topic there is – sports,” said Dennis Lee, PlayUp’s U.S. Head of Product Development, in a press release. “Partnering with Military Traveler offers a great opportunity to reach more troops than ever before, and we are looking forward to building off of the Army-Navy football game and continue presenting content to the military as we hit bowl season and the NFL playoffs.”
PlayUp will be creating a “Military Traveler App” room where active and retired military personnel can follow the action in real-time and message about the rivalry.
“During major sporting events, everyone gathers around the TV in the ready room or wardroom to watch the game via satellite,” said Military Traveler creator Marine Capt. Anthony Hatala. “Sports provide a moment of escape from the daily routine while deployed and PlayUp enhances this experience. We’re excited to partner with PlayUp.”
West Point Recognition at Army-Navy Game
I am very proud to be a graduate of the US Naval Academy’s Great Bicentennial Class of 76 and especially of 34th Company from where the greatest US Marine of our time, GEN John Allen, who is leading the fight overseas in the Global War on Terrorism, hails.
I request that the US Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen publicly acknowledge West Point’s unparalleled sacrifice in the Global War on Terrorism during this Saturday’s historic Army-Navy Game played in the nation’s capital on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
From the responses received, the US Naval Academy Public Affairs Office believes that having the Brigade of Midshipmen render a 5-second salute during this Saturday’s Army-Navy football game to recognize West Point’s 5-fold sacrifice in the Global War on Terrorism is beyond its ability.
Perhaps the public could persuade the US Naval Academy to do the right thing. After all, if we can put a man on the moon, we certainly can give 5 seconds of our time to recognize our fellow brothers and sisters in arms for giving the ultimate sacrifice. Our nation lost 86 West Point graduates and 16 US Naval Academy alumni, as a result of this war.
Hopefully, the Brigade will give a collective recognition, with the eyes of a proud nation watching, to our West Point brothers and sisters in arms that have and continue to sacrifice so much. In the mean time, take a little time to look at each of the 86 West Point graduates at the West Point Association of Graduates website, http://www.westpointaog.org. (Go to Classes Be thou At Peace, In Memoriam)
John A. McEwan
US Naval Academy Graduate
The Great Bicentennial Class of 76
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