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Remembering Reveille VIII

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Reveille VIII was 12 years old when she passed away on June 25, 2018. While General was her rank, students affectionately called her, “The Queen of Aggieland”.

Reveille VIII served as the university mascot for seven years, from August 2008 to May 2015. During those years she saw the Aggies move from the Big 12 to the SEC and she will be buried on the North Side of Kyle Field with her predecessors so they can continue to watch the Aggies outscore their opponents.
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  • Cadet John Busch welcomed Reveille VIII to campus as her first mascot corporal from 2008-2009. A 16 member committee were tasked with the selection and decided “Kelly” from Kansas would be the best fit for the next Miss Rev.

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  • Miss Rev and a former mascot corporal walk around the Texas Capitol Building. When Texas A&M would play the University of Texas in Austin the Corps of Cadets would conduct a March In through the streets.

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  • During Texas A&M’s last ever football game against the University of Texas Reveille VIII was seen cuddling her favorite toy. Rev was also dressed in a vest similar to those of her predecessors. 

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  • Every football game the mascot corporal and Miss Rev are the first to sprint out of the tunnel.

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  • On Monday September 26, 2011, Reveille VIII celebrated her Texas A&M Aggies officially joining the SEC. In the long run, this decision ended the ability to play the University of Texas in a football game, a tradition that began in 1894.

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  • With Cadet Daylon Koster by her side, Reveille VIII continued to lead the Aggies onto the field through the 2012 transition into the SEC.

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  • Reveille VIII was there to celebrate every single win and loss with the Texas A&M Football Team during her time as mascot.

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  • While Reveille VIII made many appearances across campus, the funeral service of her predecessor, Reveille VII, was most somber.

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  • Before home football games, the “First Lady of Aggieland” would be seen marching into Kyle Field with the cadets of Company E-2, a unit dedicated to the care of “Miss Rev, maam”.

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  • Just before a football game, many cadets would take the opportunity to take pictures with Rev. Reveille VIII outranks every member of the Corps of Cadets as a five diamond general, including the Corps Commander.

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  • Reveille VIII looked to the crowds of the 12th Man as her handlers stood at attention for the national anthem.

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  • Reveille VIII and her 2014-2015 mascot corporal, Ryan Kreider, made national headlines when he blocked an SMU football player without hesitation and Miss Rev did not have a hair out of place.

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  • During Texas A&M’s newfound in-conference rivalry with LSU, Reveille VIII found a new stuffed animal to love instead of her longhorn.

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  • After 25 years, a portrait of Reveille I was found and Miss Rev was present for its return during her tenure. Reveille I was a stray mutt picked up by cadets one day and it was not until the reign of Reveille III that she was a purebred Rough Collie.

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  • After seven years of service, Reveille VIII was given a retirement party in April 2015 and spent her last few weeks on campus with then newly elected 2015-2016 Mascot Corporal Ian Moss.

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  • During the first pass of Final Review, Reveille VIII marched in with her handler for the last time. Her successor, Reveille IX stepped into the mascot roll and stepped off with the cadets for the second pass of Final Review.

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  • Reveille VIII retired to the Stevenson Companion Animal Life Care Center on campus after her tenure, this enabled her to interact with Aggies until she passed.

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