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Army and Air Force ROTC celebrate Thanksgiving, play traditional football game

The Army and Air Force ROTC at New Mexico State University celebrated Thanksgiving a week early with an appreciative feast that fed more than 150 cadets, cadre and college staff at Young Hall. Following the banquet, cadets took part in the annual "Toilet Bowl" football game at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Three AFROTC members, wearing crimson-colored t-shirts serving Thanksgiving dinner to cadets in Young Hall at New Mexico State University.
New Mexico State University Air Force ROTC cadre and staff, Megan McAdams (left), 2nd Lt. Erik Cadorette (center) and Maj. Jason Adams (right) serve the annual Thanksgiving feast to ROTC cadets Nov. 17 in Young Hall. (NMSU photo by Tonya Suther)

"Today has to be one of the best days of the year," said Maj. Jason Adams, an assistant professor of aeronautical science. "It gives the cadre an opportunity to show our appreciation for all the hard work the cadets have put into the semester."

Army and Air Force ROTC leadership worked together to plan and prepare the homemade meal. Some cooked through the night before the dinner while others woke before dawn to get ready for the event. The mainstay of the feast, six 18-20 pound turkeys, were deep-fried at Young Hall.

Cadre and staff served the turkey, four large hams, stuffing, marshmallow yams and green bean casserole to a long line of cadets. Cadets then topped their plates with pecan, apple or pumpkin pie and dined among visitors and family members.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christa Slaton along with associate deans Ken Van Winkle, Beth Pollack, Lisa Bond-Maupin and Jeffery Brown showed their appreciation at the event.

After the meal, cadets teamed up for the annual "Toilet Bowl," which is an Army versus Air Force flag football game played at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The trophy, colorfully painted with scores from previous games, was awarded to the Army ROTC for their 26-23 win.