San Diego, California - The San Diego Chargers continue their long history of honoring veterans and active duty members of the military with the annual “Salute to Service game, presented by USAA” on November 13.
To kickoff this season’s partnership, the Chargers and USAA hosted more than 100 current military members for a private viewing of the team’s training camp. The Chargers and USAA also organized a USAA NFL Boot Camp at MCAS Miramar and at Naval Air Station-North Island.
As part of the pregame entertainment, the Ex-Navy SEALS Parachute Team will parachute into the stadium followed by a special performance by the United States Navy Southwest Band. A special USAA Salute to Service Moment will take place on field when United States Marine Corps Sergeant Major James L. Johnson Jr. will be honored.
Following the National Anthem, performed by United States Airforce Staff Sergeant Megan May, a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker will conduct a flyover. Honorary Major General Mark Wise-USMC will participate in the coin toss that features a specifically designed USAA Salute to Service coin. Members from each branch of military service will present the colors. During half-time, the Chargers will recognize five servicemen of each branch of military: Sergeant First Class Patrick James Saltsman, United States Army, Gunnery Sergeant Jose Perez, USMC, Petty Officer First Class Disi Zhao, USN, Second Lieutenant Brandon Lopez and Petty Officer Second Class John Thompson, United States Coast Guard.
The Chargers “Salute to Service game, presented by USAA”, is part of the the National Football League and the NFL Players Association annual Salute to Service campaign. The league’s military appreciation efforts, which extend throughout the year, culminate in November with NFL Salute to Service games and other special events honoring veterans, active-duty service members and their families.