This Monday, November 22, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome the New York Giants to a prime-time stage, the Buccaneers will honor those who sacrificed and served our country in the Salute to Service game of the team, presented by USAA. Together with the USAA, an official tribute to the service partner of the Buccaneers and the NFL, the team will pay tribute to the military throughout the evening to honor and thank the US military.
Upon arrival at Raymond James Stadium, fans visiting Bucs Beach in South Square can discover armored military vehicles. Once inside the gates, fans will receive a Buccaneers hat courtesy of Raymond James.
Pre-match military and para-commando enlistment ceremony: After the players have warmed up, the Buccaneers will hold a military enlistment ceremony for 110 inductees from all branches of service alongside the pirate ship above the northern end zone. The ceremony will be led by General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command. After the ceremony, members of the “Para-Commandos” – the US SOCOM parachute team – will parachute onto the field.
Heroes of the Game Presented by Saint Leo University: Major-General (Retired) Clay Hutmacher: Before kick-off, the Buccaneers will carry on a match day tradition by honoring the military ‘Hero of the Game’ of the team, presented by Saint Leo University. At every Buccaneers home game, a current or former military service member is stationed on the pirate ship at Buccaneer Cove to prepare the team for kickoff. On Monday, the Buccaneers will pay tribute to Major-General (Retired) Clay Hutmacher, a career U.S. Army officer who began his service as a Private in the Marine Corps and went on to become Major-General of the army for over 40 years in uniform. As an Army Special Operations Airman, he commanded at all levels during his three missions with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, including the Commanding General of the Aviation Command of the US Army special operations. Hutmacher’s last active duty assignment was in 2018 as the Director of Operations for the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where he is now President and CEO of Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides fully funded education to all child survivors of Special Operations Forces lost in the line of duty and to all children of Medal of Honor recipients.
Team Presentations, Color Guard, National Anthem: During team presentations, 50 military guests from USAA will help display the large flags presented on the field… United States Central Command Joint Service Color Guard will present the colors and the National anthem will be performed by soldiers from the US Army Orchestra.
Guest of honor of the game (Coin Toss): General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command. General McKenzie will be the honorary guest of the Buccaneers game and will join the captains of the Buccaneers team in midfield for the toss. The USAA has provided a Special Military Appreciation Coin which will be used in the raffle.
Salute to Service Moment, presented by USAA: During a hiatus in the game, the public address announcer will ask all military personnel in attendance to stand up and be honored for the Salute to Service Moment of the game, presented by the USAA.
Buccaneers Salute to Service Suite, Supported by Jabil: At every Buccaneers home game, the team honors a distinguished group of servicemen in the Salute to Service Suite, supported by Jabil. Fans are encouraged to join players and coaches during a hiatus from the game in the second quarter to thank local servicemen and women in the military for their sacrifices, as they are recognized aboard the pirate ship in Raymond Stadium. James. On Sunday, the Buccaneers will recognize the following servicemen:
- Technical Sergeant Gavin Fisher (Air Force)
- Elizabeth Munn Specialist (Army)
- Sergeant First Class Brian Hernandez-Snyder (Army)
- Second Class Avionics Electrical Technician David Dull (Coast Guard)
- Electronics Technician Second Class Alexis Garcia (Navy)
- Electricians Mate First Class Alex Sukhram (Navy)
Community Ticket Program: Over 125 military personnel and their families will enjoy the game at Raymond James Stadium thanks to Buccaneers players and coaches as part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation Community Ticket Program.
Buccaneers Visit to MacDill Air Force Base: On Wednesday, November 17, in collaboration with USAA, Buccaneers legend Martin Gramatica, Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear visited MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. The visit included testing the base’s KC-135 simulator, participating in a maritime patrol and meeting with the military. To learn more about the visit to MacDill Air Force Base, visit Buccaneers.com.
Ryan Jensen, 2021 Buccaneers Salute to Service Award Nominee: On November 8, the NFL and USAA, an Official Partner of the NFL Salute to Service, announced the 2021 nominees for the 11th Annual Salute to Service Award presented by the USAA. For the third year in a row, Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen has been nominated for the award, which recognizes NFL players, coaches, staff and alumni who demonstrate their commitment to honor and support the military and veteran communities .
Jensen, an established leader on the Bucs’ offensive line, has made Salute’s efforts a priority through daily relationships, outreach programs and game day initiatives. Each year, Jensen supports the Schwarzkopf Military Family of the Year Award from Bucs, which honors military families from every branch of the armed forces. He also visited MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa via USO Central Florida, helped promote fundraising efforts for military charities, and provided a special play experience for military families through its community ticket program. “Jensen’s GI’s”.
Over the past year, he has found a unique new way to make an impact: the center sponsored a service dog for a local veteran – support that will provide companionship and daily assistance to a serviceman who is recovering from an injury. This effort, along with visiting local VA hospitals and organizing zoom calls to support active-duty military families, is another example of how Jensen continues to give back to the local military community.
As the main sponsor of the Salute to Service Award, the USAA will donate $ 25,000 on behalf of the recipient to official aid societies representing all branches of the US military. The NFL will match the USAA’s contribution by making an additional donation of $ 25,000 to the military or veteran charity of its choice. The finalists will be announced in January and the recipient will be recognized at the NFL Honors, a special prime-time award that will air nationally on Super Bowl LVI week. To learn more about Jensen’s support for the military and the Buccaneers’ salute to service initiatives, visit Buccaneers.com.
Salute to Service to the NFL: The National Football League brings Salute to Service, the league’s year-round effort to honor, empower, and connect with our military, veterans and their families to life. country. Salute to Service is on display in Week 9-11 games and other special events around the League, as fans and all 32 NFL clubs show their gratitude for the sacrifices made by our military community.
Since 2011, this effort has raised more than $ 51 million for military and veteran support organizations – NFL’s Salute to Service Partners – which include the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Pat Tillman Foundation, the Assistance Program to Survivors (TAPS), United Service Organizations (USO) and Wounded Warrior Project®.
Salute to Service comes alive on the pitch with field stencils, banners, goal post wraps, game balls, helmet decals and New Era and Nike gear. Additionally, Salute to Service clothing is available for purchase at NFLShop.com and at stadium retail stores. The NFL does not profit from the sale of Salute to Service products. All charitable contributions go to the Salute to Service Partners of the NFL. Fans can bid on jerseys and gear worn in Salute to Service games and other memorabilia to raise funds for NFL Salute to Service Partners. For more information, visit NFL.com/Auction. Fans can get verified resale tickets on Ticketmaster, the official NFL resale marketplace.