2015-11-06 / Front Page

NFL tour comes to Fort Gordon

By Bonnie Heater Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

The United States Automobile Association National Football League Salute to Service Tour comes to the Fort Gordon Nov. 14.

An 18-foot wheeler displaying a 40x60 footprint, which is self-contained with its own generator that will be outfitted with an NFL theme with USAA as the military appreciation sponsor of the NFL will be parked near the Exchange.

The Fort Gordon Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office plans to release arrival time soon on its website.

“Active-duty military will have an opportunity to win two tickets to the local NFL (Atlanta Falcons) games and can nominate their military family to win tickets to Super Bowl 50, courtesy of USAA, the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL,” said Alex Gaines, director of the DFMWR.

“There will opportunities for active duty military to enjoy football skill challenges, such as a quarterback accuracy challenge, learn about military insurance protection, and a few photo opportunities,” he explained.

USAA partnered with the National Football League 2001 and created the Salute to Service campaign. It was initiated to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families.

The 77-day tour kicked off Sept. 5 and runs through Nov. 21, culminating during the NFL’s Salute to Service month.

During that time, the tour made stops at 19 military installations from Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston to Miramar Air Show in San Diego, California, and many major installations in between, including Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Joint Base Andrews, Suitland, Maryland; and U. S. Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina.

In a new release, retired Vice Adm. John Bird, USAA’s senior vice president of military affairs, said, “USAA understands military life has many challenges and can be stressful at times, so bringing our ‘Salute to Service’ experience on-base is a unique and exciting way to recognize and thank the military community during a historical NFL season culminating with Super Bowl 50.”

“We know the military community is passionate about their favorite NFL teams and USAA’s sponsorship with the NFL allows us to share that passion by strengthening connections with our military communities in a way that no other insurance company is able to,” Bird explained.

After the event, participants can visit SaluteToService.com for photo retrievals. For more information about the upcoming “Salute to Service Tour,” visit www.fortgordon.com/events.

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