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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks & USAA Honor Military at 2023 Change of Command Celebration

The Seahawks and USAA spread love and appreciation to the U.S. Army and Marines during the annual ‘Change of Command’ celebration.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today —Friday, September 29 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks continue 11-year tradition of honoring the U.S. military through USAA's 'Change of Command' event.

For the last 11 years, the Seahawks have joined forces with USAA to pay homage to the five U.S. branches of military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Space Force). On Tuesday, Seahawks Legends, Seahawks Dancers and Blitz the mascot helped USAA take the day to celebrate the U.S. Army and Marines with a day of fun and education.

In August, Seattle invited military personnel from across the six branches to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for a ‘Salute to Service Boot Camp,’ where troops enjoyed a day of participating in football drills with the team and meeting their favorite players. From taking selfies with wideout DK Metcalf to receiving autographed footballs from general manager John Schneider, military personnel got to experience being a Seahawk for a day.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks continued their show of gratitude, as Legend Ben Obomanu presented Army and Marines representatives with a 12 Fan jersey and flag, before the Seahawks team got hands-on in military drill work. Soldiers instructed Seattle's team on the ins-and-outs of operating military-issue weaponry, while others took photos with the Lombardi Trophy. Seahawks gameday host Gee Scott Sr. led ceremonies, as DJ SupaSam spun tunes to keep the party going. Seahawks Legend and Business Consultant Jordan Babineaux took a ride on a military RV with Blitz, as enlisted soldiers got to share stories and memories with their favorite Seahawks Legends.

As described on the NFL’s website, the league's Salute to Service represents the NFL's unwavering dedication to honoring, empowering, and connecting with our nation's service members, veterans, and their families. It is grounded in deep partnerships with the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF), Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), United Service Organizations (USO) and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Since 2011, more than $65 million has been raised for these Salute to Service partners.

Last season, Schneider was nominated for the 2022 NFL Salute to Service award for his continued efforts to honor and educate about U.S. military branches. Read more about Seattle's efforts through the years to honor the various military branches here.

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USAA's "Change of Command" event is to celebrate a different military service each year: rotating through the 5 branches -- Army, Airforce, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines. This is the Seahawks' 11th year participating in the event.

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