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Texas baseball and Air Force have a unique relationship that has only grown over the last few years. The Falcons have traveled to Austin to face the Longhorns on multiple occasions, including the postseason, and it has created a special bond between the two schools and their fanbases.
Every student that graduates from the United States Air Force Academy must serve in the military.
Although the commitment length depends on a cadet’s career and other opportunities, every graduate must serve at least five years on active duty and three years on inactive reserve. Graduates who complete pilot training have a longer service commitment.
All those who attend the Academy, just north of Colorado Springs, will later go on to serve our country. It is a truly admirable decision, especially for student-athletes.
Instead of choosing to play baseball at a program that would allow them to play professionally, or get an office job after graduation, they elect military service after their playing careers. In addition, they must balance the life of a military academy student, which is rigorous in its own right, with the life of a student-athlete.
As such, they command the utmost respect, and Texas fans are always appreciative.
Air Force and Texas share a special bond.
Air Force won a midweek matchup in the Lone Star State last season in one of the biggest upsets of the year. Longhorns fans, though disappointed about the loss, applauded the Falcons as if they were their own.
A few months later, Texas got its revenge with a win in the Austin Regional final. Following the game, the crowd chanted “U-S-A” as players on the field at UFCU Disch-Falk Field joined together to sing The Eyes of Texas and God Bless America.
Air Force then returned to the City of The Violet Crown on Tuesday.
Although the home team came out on top, you wouldn’t know based on the reaction of those in the stands.
They celebrated the Falcons for their service, as the players again stood in solidarity with the victor’s rallying cry.
Air Force baseball is as honorable it comes, and Texas fans are quick to give them the respect that they deserve. U-S-A! U-S-A!
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As a father of a USAFA Cadet I’ve been at a lot of events and interacted with a lot of kids and leaders at USAFA. These are outstanding young men and women. Really amazing stuff. With that said, it is too bad this story is a story because it should be common practice at all games for all the military academies with sports. Not an anomaly to call out. But as such, thanks for writing about it.
Great interview with AF coach.