May 23, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army seniors Malcolm Brown and Josh Jackson were each named recipients of the third annual "Lt. Eugene Evans - Lt. Col. Eli Page Howard Jr. College Football Leadership" Awards presented by Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 of Pelham N.Y. SUNY Maritime's Martin Brown was also presented with the award, which is given annually to football players at Military academies who demonstrate "Athletic Achievement, Leadership and Commitment to Service."
Malcolm Brown, Josh Jackson and Martin Brown embody the traits of character that enable many athletes to become the military leaders of the future," said Kenneth G. Kraetzer, Commander of Squadron 50. "Throughout the 2012 season, these three young men demonstrated excellence in athletic achievement, leadership and commitment to service - qualities that were evident no matter the outcome of any particular game. Their athletic accomplishments and personal integrity made them worthy choices of the selection committee for 2013 Squadron 50 College Football Leadership Awards."
Malcolm Brown was a four-year letterman at running back, accumulating 1,468 yards and 11 touchdowns in 27 career games. He also accounted for 322 receiving yards and four touchdowns through the air. In the 2010 and 2011 Army-Navy games, Brown scored four touchdowns - one rushing and one receiving in each game. Brown will graduate this Saturday and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the field artillery branch of the U.S. Army.
Josh Jackson was a four-year letterman at defensive back for Army. In 42 games, he logged an even 100 tackles and grabbed three interceptions, including one in the Black Knight's 16-14 victory over SMU in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. He was also a punt return specialist with 38 returns for 235 yards (average of 6.2 yards per return). Jackson will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery branch of the U.S. Army following his graduation from the Academy Saturday.
The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 50, Pelham, N.Y., "College Football Leadership Awards" were created in 2011 to recognize excellence in leadership, athletics and service by football players and to honor two past members of the Pelham community who were standouts in high school and college football and distinguished themselves in military service. Two Pelham natives were members of the Morgan State University 1949 National Championship team - Lt. Eugene Lee Evans and Lt. Col. Eli Page Howard Jr. - both of whom were killed while leading U.S. Army units during combat missions in Korea and Vietnam respectively.
The Sons of the American Legion is a subsidiary of The American Legion, the world's largest veterans organization. Squadron 50 is part of American Legion Post 50 Pelham, N.Y. Throughout the year, Post 50 conducts a variety of other projects to support veterans and the local community. Post 50 organizes Pelham's Memorial Day parade and has served as a New York City Fleet Week host for the last nine years. In 2007, Squadron 50 began its radio broadcasts presenting the stories of veterans and the active military on WVOX 1460 AM and WVOX.com. More information is available at www.legionpost50ny.com