Pentagon to broadcast Iron Bowl for troops

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Being deployed overseas is no excuse to miss the most important matchup of the year. With the Iron Bowl fast the Pentagon is announing that U.S. troops deployed around the world will be able to watch this year's matchup between the Tide and Tigers!

The game will be shown live on the Armed Forces Network, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)said Wednesday.

Sessions office says it had numerous requests from Alabama military personnel stationed overseas, including members of Alabama Air National Guard's 117th Air Refueling Wing deployed in Kyrgyzstan, to see the game.

An official from the Office of the Secretary of Defense confirmed to Sessions' office that the network will show the game live.

"Our men and women in uniform are deployed all over the world, working every day to protect our country.  They perform their missions with incredible skill and bravery," Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.  "I've had the opportunity to visit with our troops in the Middle East on numerous occasions, and I frequently see an Alabama or Auburn flag flying below the Stars and Stripes.  This is a huge game and it has huge national interest.  I'm sure that all our military personnel who can will be glued to the television.  The interest is at a fever pitch."

Auburn has a six game winning streak against the University of Alabama, but a seventh isn't a certainy as Alabama is 10-0 this season and Auburn is just 5-6.

Kick-off at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa is set for 2:30 p.m. CST on November 29.