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Fort Drum soldiers to be recognized at Army-Navy football game

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FORT DRUM — Before West Point takes on the Naval Academy in football this afternoon, a pair of soldiers from post will be honored in a pregame ceremony with Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff.

The Recognition of Valor ceremony will honor eight soldiers and sailors for their action in duty. Representing Fort Drum will be Capt. Ross C. Pixler, of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, and Spc. Bryon Dilberian, a triple amputee from the 3rd Battalion, 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, better known as the Warrior Transition Unit.

Capt. Pixler received a Silver Star and a Purple Heart after his unit sustained a pair of improvised explosive device attacks in Iraq in 2007.

“To be honored in this way and to represent the division and 1st Brigade, it’s a true honor,” Capt. Pixler said. “I’m very humbled.”

He said he will be a part of the brigade’s deployment to Afghanistan early next year. This weekend’s game will be the first time he has been able to attend an Army-Navy game since he graduated from West Point in 2005.

Spc. Dilberian, who was traveling Friday, could not be reached.

During the game, a video created by Sgt. Bryan L. James, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, will be shown. He was one of the winners of an Armywide contest to make videos to run on the stadium’s video screens during the game.

A tribute to the 10th Mountain Division also will be seen on the field. Running backs from West Point will wear the division’s patch on their uniforms.

The classic football rivalry game, which will be played today in Philadelphia, Pa., is in its 113th year.

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