Abigail Stampfler Diary
Sept. 16, 2004
Last weekend I had the privilege and honor of playing in the first All Armed Forces Tournament down at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Not only was this a weekend for good volleyball, but it was also a chance for all the teams to raise money for a good cause — to help families that lost people in the September 11th attacks.
At the banquet on Thursday night, I spoke about what I remember from that fateful day and how it has changed the life of all service members forever, for now we all have a new mission and a new objective.
I am honored to serve with all of those women, even though we play on rival teams right now. Army played Air Force and the Citadel last weekend, and while I have played Air Force before, I must admit that I never knew much about the Citadel.
This tournament was a great experience and will be a valuable tradition to continue. I am only sad that this tradition started my senior year here, but I will definitely try to make it back to watch every year that I can. It is a great time to build a bond with other women in different services and learn that, even though we play for different teams now, in a few years (or months in my case) we will all be on the same team battling against a common enemy.
As for the Army team, we are back to our hard work at practice and are very excited to host another home tournament this weekend.
CDT Abigail Stampfler
Company B2, 2005