Recently, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl kicked off at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. As the premier East versus West high school football all-star matchup, the game serves as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars.
The nearly 100 football players and 125 band musicians and Color Guard members chosen to participate in the Bowl do not just excel on the field or in music, but also mirror the strengths of Army Soldiers—strengths like dedication, determination, loyalty, integrity and adaptability.
Join me in a recent interview with SSG Christopher J. Geber as he discusses: the game, Bowl Week activities, his interactions with the players and band members, as well as his own Army career and what it’s like to be a part of the Army Team.
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Interesting U.S. Army All-American Bowl Facts:
• Throughout its history, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has engaged with more than 2,000 schools nationwide.
• Football players are paired with Army Soldier Mentors—outstanding Soldiers who have earned distinctions in their commands—and those pairs interact throughout Bowl Week in a variety of activities.
• The alumni roster of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl boasts two Heisman Trophy winners, 10 NFL Rookies of the Year, 351 NFL draft picks, including 82 first-rounders, 120 NFL Pro Bowlers and 43 Super Bowl Champions. Odell Beckham Jr., Andrew Luck, Eric Berry, Tim Tebow, and Sam Darnold are just some who made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
SSG Christopher Geber BIO:
SSG Christopher J. Geber was born in Berwyn, Illinois. He enlisted into the United States Army on his 21st birthday in 2010, and shipped out to One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA as a Infantryman. SSG Geber received his first assignment to A Co, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT, 1 ID, Fort Riley, Kansas. SSG Geber served in Combat Operations for Operation Enduring Freedom for 10 months in 2012-2013. SSG Geber’s recruiting assignment began in August 2015 in Chicago Recruiting Battalion, Glenview Recruiting Company, North Riverside Army Recruiting Center as a Recruiter. His military Achievements include the following: Warrior Leaders Course graduate, Advanced Leaders Course graduate and Commandants List recipient. Army Sniper School graduate and attended the 2014 International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning, GA. SSG Geber was one of five Recruiters out of all USAREC to be selected as NCOIC for the All American Bowl Selection Tour, Team 3, Midwest Region. SSG Geber was also named USAREC’s Regular Army Recruiter of the Year for FY17. He successfully completed Air Assault School and the Army Recruiting Course where he received the Iron Soldier Award.
SSG Geber’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with One Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Basic Recruiter Badge (SILVER), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
SSG Geber is married to Ashley Geber and has two children, Mia Clare who is 8, and Scarlett Jean who is 2.