When the Air Force Falcons defeated the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Knights this past season, they ensured themselves a trip to the White House to meet President Barack Obama by winning the Commander-in-Chief Trophy. Today was the pay off day as the Falcon seniors, Head Coach Troy Calhoun and staff, Athletic Director Jim Knowlton and Academy Superintendent Lt. General Michelle Johnson met with the leader of the free world to be officially presented the trophy by the Commander-in-Chief himself in the nation's capital.
Defensive back Christian Spears and quarterback Kale Pearson presented the President with a number 19 Obama jersey, marking the 19 times that the Falcons have won the trophy.
President Obama was quick to point out that the Falcons had won the "unreasonably large trophy" a record number of times and that if anyone would know how to take care of the trophy, it would be Air Force. Air Force has been in possession of the trophy at Clune Arena since finalizing the cup with a victory over Army at West Point, but took it with them to have it officially presented to them by the President in the Washington D.C. ceremony.
To go along with the Commander-in-Chief victory, President Obama also was quick to praise the team for having the highest graduation rate in the Mountain West Conference and logging over 500 hours of community service.
It was the Falcons third Commander-in-Chief trophy in the last five years.