Army hosts President Dottavio as part of All-American Bowl Week
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 7, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—President F. Dominic Dottavio served as a special guest to the 2013 All-American Bowl—the high school football all-star game sponsored by the U.S. Army.
As a VIP guest, Dottavio spent several days in San Antonio to participate in Bowl Week festivities, including community engagement activities, player and soldier hero challenges, an awards dinner and the U.S. Army National Combine, which featured 500 of the top underclassmen athletes in the country.
The president was invited by Col. James Dodson, commander of the U.S. Army’s 5th Brigade at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Dottavio also had the opportunity to network with other leaders in education, business and government, and to interact with Army veterans. He was part of a contingent of nearly three dozen men and women in positions of influence within communities nationwide who were targeted as individuals who can help articulate the Army’s story to the American public and prospective Army leaders.
Dottavio was also invited by the U.S. Army Cadet Command to see first-hand how the military creates its officers, received a tour of the Army’s Center for the Intrepid where many wounded warriors are treated and practiced with the Army Marksmanship Unit. The president also dined alongside soldiers at Fort Sam Houston, and took part in target practice with the Army Marksmanship Unit.
“One of the things that so impresses me about the Army is the leadership skills and basic core values they have, and we hope every student from Tarleton State University has those same skills and values when they leave us to go into the world,” Dottavio said after his Bowl Week experience.
Dottavio added that he felt it easy to be supportive of the Army because of what it tries to teach soldiers as an educational institution and, at the end of the day, both organizations strive to create better citizens and leaders for their communities, states and the nation.
Dottavio came to San Antonio with some questions, but mainly one of how to get more knowledge. “I want to know how it is I can be more helpful to our battalion,” he said, referring to Tarleton’s ROTC unit, the Texan Battalion. “We are very proud of our battalion and of our long legacy of serving with the military, and as president I would hope to find a way to work with the Army to continue to educate great leaders for tomorrow. We want to find ways to use the lessons ROTC teaches cadets to further the education of other students and to help other students understand what these cadets are doing.”
Unique among the Bowl Week activities was an invitation to skydive with members of the Army’s parachute team, the Golden Knights. Dottavio was among seven community leaders and educators who gathered at Stinson Municipal Airport on Jan. 3 to try their hand at skydiving in tandem jumps with members of the famed parachute team.
While Dottavio had never jumped from a plane before, he said his trust is in the professionalism and training the Army provides its soldiers. “I have been thinking that these are the best professionals in the world, and the Army would not throw me out of a plane if they were not confident in their ability to get me down safely,” Dottavio said. “This is a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
By mid-afternoon the low clouds and spitting sleet-rain combination prevented the group from jumping. However, the Golden Knights did not disappoint. They took all the advocates up in the jump plane, in small groups, so they could watch pairs of parachutists jump. Though Dottavio didn’t jump, the flight was a success.
Tarleton State University
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