The Washington Redskins and USAA, the Official Salute to Service Partner of the Washington Redskins, continued their tradition of honoring our nation's veterans and active duty military by dedicating the fifth home game of the 2019 season to our men and women in uniform. Check out all of the ways service members, veterans, and military families were honored at Sunday's game!
Military and 9/11 Rescue Displays Takeover FedExField Parking Lots
The Washington Redskins offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the Military District of Washington and 9/11 Memorial Museum of America as featured military and rescue displays were a popular stop before entering Sunday's Salute to Service Game. Crowds took a detour before entering FedExField as two marquee displays captivated fans entering at all gates on Sunday: an Army Blackhawk Helicopter Static Display was featured in the RedZone Lot and a 9/11 Rescue Vehicle was featured at Gate A.
The displays allowed fans to engage with the vehicles, ask questions, and take photos commemorating the military themed game. Representatives from both displays were pleased with the crowd interest and saw it as opportunity for the civilian community to put themselves behind the wheel of machinery the brave men and women they were honoring handle on a basis.
USO-Metro Club Hosts Over 780 Service Members, Veterans, and Military Dependents
The USO-Metro Club, an area open to service members, veterans, and military families, each and every home game featured a record breaking 780 guests from 11:00 AM to kickoff on Sunday. The crowd featured over 100 active-duty service members in uniform, 80 sailors representing the HMS Queen Elizabeth of the Royal Navy, five senior leaders representing each branch of the United States Armed Forces, and hundreds more veterans, military dependents, and supporters of our men and women in uniform.
At approximately 11:20 AM, LT General Charles C. Chiarotti gave opening remarks to a crowd greater than 400 welcoming our service members and the sailors from HMS Queen Elizabeth to the club. The crowd, featuring service members from all walks of life in the National Capital Region, gave LT General Chiarotti an ovation as he closed his remarks with special thanks to the USO representatives and everyone in attendance supporting the NFL's efforts to connect with the military community.
At the conclusion of LT General Chiarotti's remarks, Lockheed Martin Vice President of Marine Corps Programs (and former LT General of the United States Marines) Kenneth Glueck Jr. thanked USO-Metro President and CEO, Elaine Rogers, and the Chairman of the USO-Metro Board of Directors, for their continued efforts supporting our active-duty service members and military families. Lockheed Martin proudly committed to continuing their support to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and presented a check for $130,000 for USO-Metro benefiting programs and USO locations.
Special thanks to Lockheed Martin, the continued presenting sponsor of the USO-Metro Club at FedExField.
Military Leadership Representing Each Branch Attends Salute to Service Game
Five senior leaders in the United States Military representing each branch were present at the Redskins' Salute to Service Game:
LT General Brian Kelly of the United States Air Force | Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services
Rear Admiral Thomas B. Allan of the United States Coast Guard | Assistant Commandant for Resources & Chief Financial Officer
LT General Walter Piatt of the United States Army | Director of Army Staff
LT General Charles C. Chiarotti of the United States Marine Corps | Deputy Commandant, Installations & Logistics
Vice Admiral James W. Kilby of the United States Navy | Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Warfighting Requirements & Capabilities
Five senior leaders in the United States Military attended the Redskins' Salute to Service game and took advantage of opportunities to greet and welcome a variety of groups and service members honored during the game. Rear Admiral Allan of the Coast Guard gave opening remarks in a private meet and greet with Redskins' President Bruce Allen and Redskins Owner Dan Snyder during pregame in the players' locker room. The leaders were then brought upstairs to the USO-Metro Club where LT General Chiarotti of the Marines provided a warm welcome to hundreds of uniformed service members participating in the pregame flag unfurling. LT General Piatt of the Army was then called upon to lead the leadership team onto the field during the honorary pregame coin toss where leadership was officially introduced as honorary team captains.
During the game, the group was escorted to a suite featuring ten World War II veterans, brought to us in collaboration with Friends of the National World War II Memorial, where Vice Admiral Kilby of the Navy gave remarks to the group and individually addressed the heroism of each individual in the room. A shining moment in the leaders' day to pay their respects to men and women that paved the way for them to serve their country. The day for Military Leadership concluded with LT General Kelly of the Air Force officiating a re-enlistment ceremony with fourteen active-duty airmen and airwomen.
We thank all attending military leadership for honoring their branch and welcoming a variety of military generations and demographics to FedExField on Sunday. Together, we will continue connecting our military community with our civilian neighbors.
All Forces Represented In Pregame Ceremonies
Minutes before kickoff, 160 uniformed service members representing all five branches of the United States Military from military installations across the National Capital Region lined the field. Americas Got Talent 2019 Finalists, the Voices of Service, began singing the National Anthem. Redskins and Jets players stood side by side with men and women that have served a combined 1,000+ years protecting our country. Military leadership stood on the 50 yard line saluting the flag. The FedExField crowd was silent and still honoring the men and women on the field.
At the conclusion, four U.S. Army Blackhawks flew across the field as the crowd erupted in cheers celebrating the service and sacrifice of so many. We'd like to thank every fan in attendance at Sunday's game for that moment alone.
Redskins FedEx Football Fellows Present FedEx Game Ball to Sergeant Conor Frasier
Moments before kickoff, Washington Redskins Alumni Brig Owens joined the 2019 FedEx Football Fellows, Charnecia McGee and Emily Arnsberg, in delivering the FedEx Game Ball to Sergeant Conor Fraiser of the United States Marine Corps. Sergeant Frasier was presented a game ball and was honorably introduced to LT General Charles Chiarotti moments before the presentation. A moment for the entire stadium to recognize the service and accomplishments of the young Sergeant.
Redskins, USAA Honor Two Marines in Salute to Service Moment
The Redskins honored two members of the United States Marine Corps. The Salute to Service Game featured a special moment in the first quarter presented by USAA, which is a cornerstone moment every Redskins Home Game, honoring two service members that have gone above and beyond their roles in service. Captain Michelle Chadwick and Sergeant Brian Messer were the USAA guests of honor chosen to participate in the USAA Salute to Service Moment. We thank them and the United States Marine Corps for assisting us in honoring two well-deserved and accomplished individuals.
Redskins Welcome Ten World War II Veterans in Honor of the 75th Anniversary Celebration
Later in the first quarter during the second break, a video highlighting Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the 75th Anniversary of World War II played on the Redskins HDBoard. Followed by the video was a live shot of 10 World War II Veterans attending the game in their suite. A special moment where the crowd gave a live ovation in appreciation. Following the moment, all United States Veterans were asked to stand, and another ovation occured in honor of the service so many men and women among the crowd had given their country.
The suite featured the following heroes that had served in the great war:
George Arnstein served with the U.S. Army's 76th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (mechanized) in the European Theater including the Ardennes campaign, or the Battle of the Bulge. Currently resides in Washington, DC.
Dr. James Baldwin served in the European Theater of Operations as a Gunner, Mortar Platoon, HQ Company, 784th Tank Battalion, a segregated combat tank battalion which participated in actions along the Roer River in Belgium. Currently resides in Washington, DC.
Colonel Frank Cohn was born in Breslau, Germany in 1925 and escaped to the U.S. with his parents at the age of 13. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater of Operations during the Battle of the Bulge. During the subsequent Occupation, he served as Sergeant of the Guard at Obersursel guarding the war criminals tried in the 2nd Nuremberg trial and shipping documents back to the States for examination in support of war crime prosecutions. Currently resides in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Dr. Jack Goldstein enlisted in the Army in 1942 and soon joined a B-17 crew as a waste gunner. He flew 25 combat missions as a Staff Sergeant over Germany as part of the 8th Air Force. Currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland.
Lou Perrone served as a ball turret gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress. From 1943-1945, he flew 32 missions with the 533rd Bomb Squadron. He is the only living member of his 10-man bomber crew who flew missions over Germany during World War II as part of the Eighth Air Force. Currently resides in Edgewater, Maryland.
Peter Naylor enlisted in the Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in December 1943 and trained to be a B-29 Flight Engineer. He was scheduled for deployment to the Pacific Theatre when the war ended. Mr. Naylor used the G.I. Bill to earn an Engineering Degree. He was employed by the Department of the Navy and had assignments in Vietnam and South Korea.
Colonel Jim Riffe served with the U.S. Army's 27th Infantry Division during World War II, leading a platoon in the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. He spent 30 years with the Army, including service as Chief of Staff of the 82nd Airborne Division. Currently resides in Gainesville, Virginia.
Ira Rigger served with the Seabees, the Naval Construction Force, in the Pacific Theater taking part in the Battle of Guam, the Battle of Peleliu, and the Battle of Iwo Jima. Currently resides in Cockeysville, Maryland.
Bob White served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a Corporal from 1945-1947 and trained at Shepherds Field, Texas. He was stationed in Barryfield, Indiana and Wheeler Field, Hawaii. Currently resides in Washington, DC.
Herman Zeitchik stormed Utah Beach at H-hour on D-with the Army's
We'd like to send our appreciation to Holly Rotondi, Executive Director of Friends of the National World War II Memorial, for supporting the Washington Redskins and assisting transporting our nation's greatest heroes to the game.
LT General Brian Kelly Officiates United States Air Force Re-Enlistment Ceremony
During the second quarter of the game, fourteen United States Airmen/women were featured in the East Endzone as LT General Kelly read them their oath of enlistment once again. Each of the fourteen committed five more years of service to 'Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win.' The men and women, although nervous to participate in front of an entire stadium, were excited and honored to re-enlist with a three star general officiating the ceremony. With a total of 70 more years committed to protecting our skies, we send our gratitude to: SSgt Adrian Ortiz, SSgt Anthony Truax, SSgt Hannah Ziffer, SSgt Sherronda Vines, SSgt Levi Honsvick, TSgt Ivory Salazar, SSgt Nevin Ewell, TSgt Robert Trujillo, MSgt Jessica Juenger, TSgt Jenny Escobedo, CMSgt Janna Wesley, SrA Desmond L. Tucker, MSgt Jorge Anchundia, and SSgt John Essigmann.
Special thanks to LT General Brian Kelly for officiating the re-enlistment and providing a lifelong memory for fourteen airmen/women on Sunday.
Army Silver Wings Steal the Halftime Show
During the Halftime Break, fans were treated to a special halftime show which featured ten Silver Wings, or the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Command Exhibition Parachute Team, fly into the stadium from Army Blackhawks above. The crowd roared as each soldier flew across the sky down to the field. A beautiful moment that featured the Army's very best.