President Trump becomes 10th commander in chief to attend storied Army-Navy football game

The skies above Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were occupied by paratroopers and Apache helicopters on Saturday, December 8, while thousands of bundled-up fans eagerly gathered for a football game below. 

Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, hosted the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen this past weekend for the 119th playing of the historic game. The Army continued its winning ways for the third straight year with a 17-10 victory.

The rivalry between the Black Knights and Midshipmen is a storied one. First played in 1890 — a commanding 24-0 Navy win — the matchup has been held annually since 1930.

Overall, Navy leads the series 60-52-7, due in large part to a 14-game winning streak from 2002 to 2015, but Army is now on a winning streak of its own since 2016. 

United States President Donald Trump became the tenth sitting commander in chief to attend the game on Saturday. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to attend in 1901, an 11-5 victory by the Black Knights. Most recently, President Barack Obama made the trip in 2011. 

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: A formation of Navy F/A-18 Hornets flies over on December 8, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. in the 119th Army Navy Game. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump tosses the coin before the Army-Navy NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights display a Go Army Sign during the Army-Navy game on December 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump attends the annual Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 8, 2018. - Trump officiated the coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia between the Army Black Knights of the US Military Academy (USMA) and the Navy Midshipmen of the US Naval Academy (USNA). (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: United States Naval Academy Midshipmen cheer during a game between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights walk in formation during the Army-Navy game on December 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Apache helicopters fly over the stadium during the Army-Navy game on December 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Th Navy Midshipmen run on to the field on December 8, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. for the start of the 119th Army Navy Game. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Navy Midshipmen quarterback Garret Lewis (7) pitches the ball to Navy Midshipmen running back Malcolm Perry (10) during the football game between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen on December 08, 2018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (8) charges up the middle during the football game between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen on December 08, 2018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights defensive back Jaylon McClinton (7) intercepts a first quarter pass against the Navy Midshipmen on December 8, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. in the 119th Army Navy Game. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights running back Kell Walker (5) is tackled for a loss by a host of Navy Midshipmen during the Army-Navy game on December 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights face off with Navy Midshipmen during the Army-Navy game on December 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Navy Midshipmen fullback James Harris II (41) waves a towel during the Army-Navy game on December 8, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia,PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Luke McCleery #68 of the Army Black Knights reacts after an interception against the Navy Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: James Nachtigal #19 of the Army Black Knights on the bench during a game against the Navy Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: James Nachtigal #19 of the Army Black Knights on the bench during a game against the Navy Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Keoni-Kordell Makekau #28 of the Navy Midshipmen is tackled by Javhari Bourdeau #8 of the Army Black Knights at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Tre Walker #21 of the Navy Midshipmen reacts after Navy scores a touchdown against the Army Black Knights at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (8) scores on a 1 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Navy Midshipmen on December 8, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. in the 119th Army Navy Game. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump attends the annual Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 8, 2018. - Trump officiated the coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia between the Army Black Knights of the US Military Academy (USMA) and the Navy Midshipmen of the US Naval Academy (USNA). (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 08: Mike Martin #34 of the Navy Midshipmen is unable to catch the pass as Kenneth Brinson #56 of the Army Black Knights defends at Lincoln Financial Field on December 08, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Army Black Knights defensive lineman Wunmi Oyetuga (91) puts his arm around Army Black Knights defensive lineman Kwabena Bonsu (97) following the game against the Navy Midshipmen on December 8, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. in the 119th Army Navy Game. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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President George W. Bush also watched the game in person three times during his tenure in office, while President Harry S. Truman is said to have attended for seven straight years

President Trump took part in the traditional coin flip prior to kickoff before making his way to the Army sideline. During halftime, Trump crossed the field to greet those on Navy's bench and in the stands. He was joined at the game by Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer.  

Trump was also in attendance as president-elect in 2016 when Army broke Navy's winning streak, which was the longest in the game's history.

Philadelphia will again host the iconic matchup in 2019 and 2020. 

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