The USAA and the Las Vegas Raiders visit Nellis Air Force Base for Salute to Service
In collaboration with USAA, the Official Salute to Service Partner of the Las Vegas Raiders, the Raiders visit Nellis Air Force Base in North Las Vegas to commemorate and honor military members. Staff members, Raiderettes, and Raiders players made the effort to attend. Punter AJ Cole, linebacker Cory Littleton, and tight end Darren Waller engaged with families and personnel of the Nellis Air Force.
As the NFL’s Official Salute to Service Partner, USAA’s Salute to Service efforts include on-base military unit interactions. The Raiders visit Nellis Air Force to have been featured on a tour of the Flightline where the players get an opportunity to get a close look at aircraft takeoffs. The meet and greet also included pictures and signed autographs.
AJ Cole has participated in other NFL military events since joining the Raiders in 2019, although this trip was his first at an Air Force base. Cole’s willingness to volunteer his time to help the military is made all the more significant by the fact that he has relatives and friends who are actively serving. The Raiders visit Nellis Air Force Base in what came to be a memorable experience for Cole with his time spent with teammates Waller and Littleton.
Take an inside look below where the Raiders visit Nellis Air Force Base:
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Since 2020, the year when the Raiders team relocated to Las Vegas, the franchise have contributed themselves into being part of the Southern Nevada community with the Raiders Foundation. A number of Raiders star players have even supported or created foundations for both the youth and the LGBTQ communities of the battle born state.
In an attempt to bring the franchise and the local military communities together, the Raiders Foundation marked their Salute to Service commitment by hosting leaders from both Nellis Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base during the Raiders game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Allegiant Stadium was decorated with banners, game balls had the Salute to Service logo, and players wore military-themed gear.
The Raiders Foundation have also sponsored the City of Henderson’s Military Appreciation Banners. 36 banners have been placed along main roads of Henderson, the location of the franchise’s practice facility and training camp at the Las Vegas Raiders Headquarters. The banners represent and honor each of the 36 local residents that are currently serving in the military.