I am a firm believer that the men and women who serve their country in our armed forces don’t get enough of our respect. In my view, they don’t earn enough for the jobs they do, their benefits could be better and certain quarters take our freedoms that they preserve for granted and that folks often forget the sacrifice that’s required as part of the job.
That in mind, I think that New Mexico State’s doing a very cool thing by honoring the 2nd Engineer Battalion out of White Sands, NM for the 2009 season by displaying the battalion’s logo on the back of their helmets. That small gesture may serve to remind people of the 2nd Battalion and the work they do for all of us.
NC State, as a school with very strong military roots, including a former Joint Chiefs of Staff and a current football coach who is a graduate of the US Naval Academy could also do the same thing, and tip their lid not only to the men and women in the service now but also the alumni that served as well as the current students who are preparing for their career in the services. Not only that, there are military bases scattered across our state that are important to the economy of NC.
I’d like to see it happen here, even if the idea would not be original to NC State itself. Perhaps a different logo of a unit with strong NCSU ties each season, with representatives of that particular group being featured guests at our annual Armed Forces Game.