MIAMI – Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) honored six American heroes at its annual Military Military Appreciation Night football game on Sept. 2.
Those recognized were:Gale C. Black who served in the U.S. Army and is a World War II veteran. Robert “Bob” Cline who served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. Robert Gelso who served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Major General Jerry Grizzle who currently serves as the President of New Mexico Military Institute and has served in the U. S. Army and is the former Commander of 45th Infantry Brigade (Thunderbirds) of the Oklahoma National Guard. Elizabeth West who served in the U.S. Air Force and is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan. Oklahoma Representative Josh West who served in the U. S. Army in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
All of these individuals have made incredible sacrifices in defense of the United States of America, and NEO shared its appreciation of their service during the halftime of the NEO football game.
“This is one of our most popular games as we pay tribute to the members of our community who have dedicated their services to our country,” said Dale Patterson, NEO athletic director. “We received numerous nominations and it was very tough to narrow the selection down to six individuals.”
The American Legion Color Guard presented the flag for the National Anthem and the Norwegian Legion Marching Band honored America’s military with the playing of each branch’s official song. Military Appreciation Night saw NEO defeat New Mexico Military Institute 40-7.