RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks and Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline Partner of the team, today announced a local military family as the latest Delta Community Captain. Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was on hand to deliver the news this week to the Hanley family, along with Captain David C. Wood – Delta Chief Pilot for Seattle, who is a retired Major General, having served 33 years in the U.S. Army; both active duty and Army National Guard. The family was surprised in person at the Sea-Tac USO Center.
In addition to thanking them for their service and commitment to the military community, Wagner and Captain Wood surprised the family with four (4) roundtrip Delta flight certificates, as well as four (4) tickets to the Seahawks vs. Lions game on Jan. 2.
The Hanley Family includes Nick, Melissa, Brooks (age 7) and Vivian (age 4). Nick Hanley has served for 20 years active duty in the United States Army. He currently is a Sergeant First Class (E-7) stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord with 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) – US Army - as a cyber defender.
Melissa Hanley has been a proud Army spouse for nine years and serves as a Military Family Life Counselor therapist with the 555th Engineer Brigade, providing services to soldiers, spouses, and families.
Melissa has co-led a "Women's Mentorship" program at Camp Lewis over the past two years. This is a voluntary program for female soldiers designed to help them excel in the military environment. It has been held once a quarter for the past two years and averages 25 participants each session.
Additionally, Melissa is an active USO Northwest volunteer at the
The family are also big Seahawks fans.
Delta supports 13 USO centers across the country through sponsorship and volunteer work, to help provide opportunities for respite, community and connection to the service men and women who bravely serve the country, and their families.
The Seahawks and Delta launched the "Delta Community Captains" program in August 2021. Wagner, a Seahawks co-captain on the field, is proud to support the Delta Community Captain program throughout the season as the team's player representative. The program is designed to recognize local individuals or organizations in the greater Seattle area that are making a difference in the community by naming them as honorary team captains.
The Seahawks and Delta are naming three Delta Community Captains per quarter in four categories that align with shared company values: education (July-September), military (October-December), equity/social justice (January-March), and the environment (April-June).
For more information on the program, click here.
About the USO:
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Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner helped surprise a USO family to thank them for their service and present them with the Delta Community Captain award. In addition to the surprise visit, the family received tickets to an upcoming Seahawks game, a roundtrip flight with Delta Air Lines, and other swag.