The Only Way to Honor Our Veterans.
By honoring and recognizing the enormous sacrifices that America’s military personnel have made on the battlefield, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is much more than a bowl game and that is especially evident with our unique trophy.
Fittingly, the championship trophy is no ordinary trophy. Forged from combat-tested metal and the steel from all five branches of the United States Armed Forces; the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Trophy stands as a testament to the courage and fortitude of our brothers and sisters in arms. The battlefield is in its DNA and its parts are all decommissioned after service.
Representing strength, honor, heroism and sacrifice, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Trophy is an iconic symbol befitting those who answer the call of duty. We are proud to honor our champion with such a worthy piece of hardware.
For the second year in a row, the Armed Forces Bowl trophy has hit the open road to visit Lockheed Martin sites across the country. Reaching more than double the locations of its inaugural journey in 2015, the 2016 roadshow stretched from California to New York, stopping at U.S. military bases and each of our Business Areas. Twenty-eight stops in total, this second-annual trophy roadshow culminated in a final march back to Fort Worth, Texas, in time for the Friday, Dec. 23, bowl game.
“Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Joe LaMarca, vice president, Communications, for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Not only did thousands of our employees get to see and touch the trophy the last few months, but we were able to offer the opportunity to our service members as well. They’re what this game is about, and I’m glad we could send the trophy out on another tour this year.”
As the trophy made its way across the country, it found itself among the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, in the line of fire at White Sands Missiles Range and in full pilot glory at Edwards AFB. Coordinating the trophy stop with pre-arranged Lockheed Martin events, the trophy appeared at two site family day activities, the Alliance Air Show in Texas and the Lockheed Martin Military/Veteran Forum in Bethesda, Maryland.
With another year of road tripping checked off its bucket list, this trophy is ready to plant roots in the Louisiana Tech trophy case.