Kansas State’s reception of the sixth annual Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America represents a long and fruitful relationship of the university, its football program, the Armed Forces, and nearby Fort Riley adjacent to Manhattan, Kan.


The K-State football squad was been a finalist for the Armed Forces Merit Award in both 2015 and 2016, and the Wildcats have had several initiatives with active U.S. Army and Fort Riley base.

Among the many cooperative efforts are joint physical workouts with Fort Riley soldiers, K-State’s annual Fort Riley Day with 1,000-plus soldiers and families entertained at tailgate parties and other festivities and sendoff receptions for Fort Riley personnel by members of the K-State football staff and student-athletes on deployment.

The relationship between the Armed Forces and K-State has been a model for several colleges and universities. From head coach Bill Snyder, a member of the NFF College Hall of Fame, to student managers and trainers, it has been a total joint effort of support by the Wildcats.

"We were honored to have our dear friends from Fort Riley and the Black Lions with us for one of our home games," said Bill Snyder in a recent taped message, “and proud and honored to receive the Armed Forces Merit Award."

Click any image below to learn about other recipients.