Top 10 Photos from the Inaugural Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

It was a cold and dreary day in Fort Worth, Texas, but that didn’t stop thousands of fans from coming out to see the first annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Pre-game festivities in the Adventure Area and Veteran’s Village outside the stadium featured models of our Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) and Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) vehicles, vendors from around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex offering services and giveaways for veterans and their families, F-22 and F-16 cockpit demonstrators, and a special tribute “Wall of Heroes,” a mosaic of photos of Americans who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces.

The game kicked off at 11 a.m., and the matchup between the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and University of Houston Cougars proved to be quite a cat fight. For the first three quarters, it looked like Pittsburgh would take home the championship trophy. But while trailing 31-6 in the fourth quarter, Houston recovered consecutive onside kicks and scored touchdowns after both, storming back for an improbable 35-34 victory over Pittsburgh. The 25-point deficit was the largest overcome in any Football Bowl Subdivision game this season and the third largest in a bowl game ever.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so to wrap up the game, we’ve selected the top 10 photos from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:


A JLTV model was on display in the Adventure Area outside Amon G. Carter Stadium before the Armed Forces Bowl. Attendees came by to take “selfies” with the vehicle and tag themselves on social media using #JLTVandMe. 


Students from Fort Worth ISD’s Junior ROTC enjoy the F-22 cockpit demonstrator in the Lockheed Martin-sponsored tent in the Adventure Area before the game.


Lockheed Martin Veterans Employee Resource Group volunteers lined up alongside volunteers from the Texas State Guard to present the Texas and United States flags at the pre-game flag ceremony.


World War II veteran Dale “Red” Robinson, conducted the coin toss. Robinson, 92, was a staff sergeant and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army during the invasion of Normandy.


The Pittsburgh Panthers dominated the first three quarters of the game before Houston’s stunning comeback.


Despite the cold and dreary weather, thousands of fans came out to support the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Here, a dedicated fan and military supporter salutes to the camera.

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Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President of Aeronautics Orlando Carvalho and Executive Vice President of Missiles and Fire Control Rick Edwards (left center) join a group of Wounded Warriors as they’re honored on the field during a break in the game. Not long after, fans broke out in a “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A” chant.


The American Red Cross organized a reunion between Army Weapon Repair Technician Specialist Tamara Jemerson, who had been deployed overseas for months, and her family during the game.


In the last few minutes of the game, Houston quarterback Greg Ward threw three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion to lead the Cougars to victory.


The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl trophy is constructed of parts donated from each branch of the armed forces, including combat-tested metal and steel from the USS Fort Worth. The trophy represents the strength, honor, heroism and sacrifice provided by our military members.