USS Essex Hosts 2014 Holiday Bowl Luncheon
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Essex (LHD 2) hosted the 2014 Navy and Marine Corps Holiday Bowl Luncheon in the ship's hangar bay Dec. 26. The National University Holiday Bowl teams for this year are the University of Southern California Trojans and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The event began with a Battle of the Bands on the pier, which included both teams marching bands, cheerleaders and dancers. Inside the hangar bay, more than 1,000 football players, coaches, Sailors, Marines and team supporters honored the two teams by presenting multiple awards to both team coaches and players. Two Essex Sailors were also named as honorary team captains: Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Keith Albracht for the Cornhuskers and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Gabriel Valdez for the Trojans. Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jermey Wallace sang the national anthem and is scheduled to sing the national anthem an...