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|Air Force defensive back Reggie Rembert presents President Barack Obama with a jersey during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday.|
"I want to congratulate the cadets. Until this year, no one on this team knew what it felt like to beat Army, to beat Navy, to visit the White House and to earn football bragging rights over the other branches. Now you know the feeling. They also know what it feels like not just to be a good service academy team, but to be a very good team period. They put up 350 rushing yards against Oklahoma, finished 9-4 after what Coach Calhoun called the toughest schedule the service academy ever played, to cap it all with a bowl win against Georgia Tech. That's impressive.
"Of course, I hear the victory that was sweetest of all was finally beating that Navy team. As soon as the final whistle blew, the loudspeaker started blasting Etta James' "At Last." The entire cadet wing rushed the field and sang the alma mater with the team. This is a group that has a lot to be proud of. Obviously, the most impressive thing about these young men is that being a football player isn't what defines them. They're airmen first and more important than any bowl game and trophy is the commitment they've made to serve this country."