It’s never too early to start planning for next summer. Surely you’ve been putting off that trip to Disney World for years now. A cruise is never a bad option. And if your goal is to heighten your cultural awareness Manhattan’s Museum Mile offers such enlightenment.
Several members of Army’s football team exhibited such foresight last year when they made their summer plans. There didn’t, however, seem to have been a major need for flip-flops and travelers checks as these less-than-conventional activities would seem to indicate.
Fullback Hayden Tippett spent three weeks in Ghana, Africa, as part of Cross Cultural Solutions. In the morning, he spent his days teaching fourth-grade students math and information technology. In the afternoons, he utilized his information technology major to help a local college with network administration.
After his time in Africa, Tippett returned to the United States and flew directly to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he spent three weeks with the Military Police.
Defensive end Holt Zalneraitis and offensive lineman Daniel Whitaker spent the first part of their summers preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, one of many steps in getting accepted to medical school.
After taking the MCATs, Zalneraitis was in Regimental S3 as Commander of Operations for Cadet Basic Training, guiding the new class of freshmen.
Halfback Raymond Maples took two classes at West Point before traveling to Fort Bragg for Cadet Troop Leader Training. Maples spent half of his six weeks with a Transportation unit and half with an Air Defense Artillery unit.
Offensive lineman Michael Kime had a similar path with a class and training at Fort Bragg, though most of his time was spent with a Field Artillery unit.
In all, 32 players were at Fort Bragg for Cadet Troop Leader Training where they had the opportunity to learn about the branches of the military and help them decide what branch is best for them.
Wide receiver Patrick Laird served as a Platoon Leader at Cadet Leadership Development Training at Camp Buckner at West Point. Laird was in one of six companies that, over the course of 19 days, engaged in three simulated-training modules designed to test what they have learned from the West Point experience.
Laird was one of 23 players to partake in the three-week training done under scorching heat. Leadership roles are rotated to give each cadet an opportunity.
Following the training, Laird participated in the Summer Garrison Regiment, along with seven of his teammates. They learned how the academy operates in all facets while assisting staff.
Safety Geoffery Bacon served as squad leader during Cadet Field Training, helping to shape the sophomore class. Wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence also had that responsibility, after taking a physics class.
Wide receiver Anthony Stephens was part of Cadet Leadership Development Training and then worked with an Engineering company while at Fort Bragg.
And to answer your next question, neither Mickey Mouse nor a ship’s social director met them at the gates. Parking, however, was free.