118th Members get on the field at Tenn. Titans Football Game
By Staff Sgt. Robin Olsen, JFHQ
/ Published September 14, 2010
Nashville -- More than 140 Tennessee National Guard Soldiers and Airman took part in a ceremony to honor America at the start of the Tennessee Titans/Oakland Raiders football game on Sept. 12.
"They give their time, this is our way of giving back," said Troy McMaken, marketing coordinator for the Titans, and former U.S. Marine. "Our fans absolutely love it."
The Servicemembers were given the opportunity to unfurl the enormous United States flag to kick off this year's first game of the season while country-music star Trace Adkins sang the national anthem.
"I think it was a great opportunity," said Airman 1st Class Valencia Majors, 236th Intelligence Squadron, 118th Airlift Wing. "I like supporting the National Guard and the Titans, so it is great to be able to do both at the same time."
"I loved it and I'd do it again," said Spc. Justin Coomer, Milan resident and member of JFHQ Medical Command currently. Coomer is currently tasked to the 117th Regiment.
Before the game began, a few of the Soldiers and Airmen were able to grab a photo with Titans owner Bud Adams, who is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
During the game, the Servicemembers sat on the sidelines of the field to watch and at halftime, they were again highlighted in the Titans Fan's spotlight as they lined the sideline of the field between the two 30-yard lines. Four officers had the opportunity to escort four Titans Cheerleaders to the center of the field to sing during the half-time show.
"It makes me excited about doing what I do," Majors said.
"I had a blast," added Coomer.
"Thank you for all the hard work and for coming out and participating with us," McMaken said. "Thank you for providing us with the freedoms we are blessed with."