JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md., Dec. 14, 2016 —
In conjunction with an annual “Tribute to the Troops” performance, World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars toured Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 13.
The group visited various units to see and broadcast the missions of Airmen here and gain a more comprehensive understanding of the roles of the service members.
“I don’t know how we keep lucking out and getting these awesome experiences, but this one has been my favorite by far,” said Chad Gable, WWE Superstar. “Meeting all of these awesome people has been great.”
WWE Superstars Becky Lynch, Renee Young, Dolph Ziggler, Chad Gable, Dean Ambrose and Jason Jordan, spent the morning and early afternoon here to witness a showcase of the 11th Wing’s numerous missions.
The trek began with a visit to the 11th Security Forces Squadron, where the Superstars were treated to military working dog, weapon and simulator demonstrations.
“We showed them our K-9 section and what our military working dogs do, what we wear in combat, our weapon systems, and other various security forces missions,” said Staff Sgt. Samuel Acosta, 11th Security Support Squadron security forces instructor. “It’s important they understand what we do, so they can see firsthand what they’re supporting.”
Afterward, they were led to the 1st Helicopter Squadron where they took to the skies for an orientation flight above the National Capital Region in UH-1N Iroquois helicopters.
“It’s been a lot of fun to have people out and showing off what we get to do,” said 1st Lt. Mitchell Mehaffey, 1st HS pilot. “Seeing their excitement renews it in us.”
They completed their tour with a stop at the Base Exchange for a meet and greet with military members and their families.
“The Airmen at Andrews got very excited about the visit from the WWE Superstars,” said Lt. Col. Barry Nichols, 11th Security Forces Squadron commander. “As you can tell here, they’ve come out in droves, they’re excited and motivated, and glad to see the support we’re getting from the WWE team.”
The WWE Superstars toured JBA as a way to show their appreciation for the sacrifices military members have made, give back to the community and understand some of the missions that make up the armed forces.
“[This tour] has been amazing,” said Jason Jordan, WWE Superstar. “Our military services do so much to protect us and serve, so it’s a pleasure to be able to give back even though I feel like they’re giving me more than I’m giving them.”
To further show their support for the troops, the Superstars performed at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., where they invited active-duty military to attend the show for free.