Soldiers may have to work together, but they don’t always have to like each other. Luckily, the jeering and taunting coming from a warehouse on North Fort Hood was all good-natured as Eagles fans and Patriots fans came together to watch their teams face off in the Super Bowl.
“You have got two units out here, one from Massachusetts and one from Pennsylvania, training together and working together before they are deployed for nine months, and it is just unheard of that they are here at the same time their teams are in the Super Bowl,” Maj. Glenn Kernusky, public affairs officer for the 151st Regional Support Group, said. “It’s amazing that they are out here getting to watch the game together.”
The 28th Infantry Division and the 151st Regional Support Group are two units currently stationed at North Fort Hood, training together while preparing to deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
The 28th is from Pennsylvania and the 151st is from Massachusetts, and each unit brought a plethora of football fans, all rooting for their home team.
“You have Patriots fans on one side and Eagles fans on the other, so you have rivalry going on in here, but it is a great experience,” said Col. Matt Kennedy, the brigade commander of the 151st Regional Support Group. “In just the short time that we have been stationed at Fort Hood, our two units have really jelled.”
Many of the soldiers attending the event said they are life-long fans of their respective teams.
Some even make it a point to attend as many of the games as possible when they are at home.
“My husband and I actually went to the last playoff game together, the Patriots and the Jaguars,” said Spc. Emily Seco with the 151st Regional Support Group. “It was absolutely incredible getting to go to that game. We try to attend several games each season, and that was a great one to go to.”
Seco said while the rivalries were strong going into the game, she actually thought it helped the two units bond.
“I think it is absolutely great to be able to do something like this,” she said. “We all have our sports allegiances, but we are all out here wearing the same thing and standing for the same anthem, and that is a great thing.”
The event offered bleacher seating for the soldiers in attendance, and there was plenty of party food to be had, as well.
The city of Gatesville donated the dessert items for the event, and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) organization purchased 200 pizzas from different Gatesville businesses.
“We always get a big response from the Gatesville community when we do this,” Keith Redmond with the MWR said. “This is the first time since we have been doing it that we have had units from the team’s home states on the grounds during the game, and it is just a great experience.”
Whether they were Eagles fans or Patriots fans, all the soldiers watching the game were having a good time.
“It’s pretty great being out here like this, side-by-side with Patriots fans,” said Capt. Charles Duncan, with the 28th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. “You just couldn’t plan it like this.”