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Pomp, pageantry and pigskins will rule the gridirons in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea as Army and Navy flag football teams do battle for interservice bragging rights Saturday.

Soldiers and sailors will battle at 2 p.m. at Zama American High School’s Trojans Field in Japan, at 1 p.m. at Torii Field on Torii Station, Okinawa, and at 1 p.m. at Seoul American High School’s Falcon Field on Yongsan Garrison’s South Post.

The games coincide with the service academy rivalry pitting Army against Navy in Philadelphia.

Army is seeking its sixth victory in a row on Okinawa. The soldiers have won 15 of 19 since the game’s inception in 1990, including last year’s 40-35 come-from-behind triumph. The game pits soldiers from 10th Support Group and its attached units against sailors assigned to Okinawa.

At Yongsan, Naval Forces Korea sailors and Marines and 8th U.S. Army soldiers play for the Commander Cup, also called the Peninsula Trophy, won by Army 10 of 13 times. Navy edged Army 16-14 last year.

Trojans Field will welcome U.S. Army Japan soldiers from Camp Zama and Fleet Activities Yokosuka sailors and Marines. Navy leads the series 4-3, including last year’s 14-13 victory. The home team has won every game in the series.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.

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