LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Head Coach DeWayne Walker and the New Mexico State football team will honor the 2nd Engineer Battalion out of White Sands for the 2009 season as they display the battalion’s logo on the back of their helmets.
“First of all, we would like to thank the 2nd Engineer Battalion for attending today’s practice,” Walker said. “We hope they enjoyed themselves. We certainly appreciate their presence. Secondly, in March, the Aggies coaching staff along with Mr. David Holly visited the 2nd Engineer Battalion at White Sands. We were moved by the hospitality shown to us and inspired by their discipline and commitment. Placing the 2nd Engineer Battalion’s insignia is just our way of recognizing and showing our appreciation to these brave gentlemen. Lastly, we would like to express our most sincere thanks to Lt. Col. Christopher Benson, Battalion commander for allowing us to visit with the 2nd Engineer Battalion in March and today.”
"It is humbling that NMSU would think so much of the men and women of our Armed Forces and the 2nd Engineer Battalion in particular that they would honor them and us in this way - and that this reiterates the tremendous support that our soldiers have in our local community and throughout New Mexico,"- LTC Christopher Benson.
“Placing the 2nd Engineer Battalion crest on the NMSU helmets signifies the tremendous partnership between WSMR and the University. More importantly, it demonstrates the University's support for our Service Members,” Dennis Dekker, Director, Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation.