Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USAA Host Training Camp for Service Members

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  • By Senior Airman Alexis Suarez
  • 927th Air Refueling Wing

USAA hosted a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Military Day Training Camp August 5 for all military, retired or veteran service members and dependents to watch a full training camp practice on the practice fields of the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.

            During the practice guests could also see military vehicles on display, they were also offered giveaways, complimentary food and beverages, activities for the kids, plus autograph opportunities with Buccaneers’ players and coaches.

            “We love having our service members out here to participate in the military training days and for games,” said Brian Ford, Chief Operating Officer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “If there’s ever an opportunity to have the military involved with the Buccaneers we try our hardest to have them out to show our support.”

            For many this was a first look at the 2019 home town team and to get an idea of how a practice is run as well as a glimpse of what the season might have in-store for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans, attendees also received pre-season game tickets to come cheer on the Buccaneers as they play the Miami Dolphins in the coming weeks.

            “Being invited to events like this is such a morale booster for everyone,” Tech. Sgt. Sean Davis, Supply Superintendent 927th Logistics Readiness Squadron “We all really appreciate the support from the Buccaneers.”

            Following practice, fans lined up along the sideline ropes and each player came over to sign autographs, take pictures, converse with fans about the season and thanked military members for their service.

            Throughout the season the Buccaneers show their support for military members in various ways from the USO Welcome Center to the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Military Family of the Year Award. The Buccaneers also recognize military personnel during the Salute to Service game each year, during halftime over 200 service men and women take the Oath of Enlistment at the 50-yard line.