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USAA Salute to Service Moment: Redskins vs. 49ers


On Sunday, October 20th, the Redskins joined USAA in honoring two representatives from the United States Air Force. In the first break of the first quarter of the fourth home game of the season, Master Sergeant Tommie Zanders and Airman First Class Benjamin Parma were seen standing on the field waving to the crowd in a moment presented by USAA designated to honoring men and women in our region fighting for our freedom and safety.

An appraised in-game moment that occurs each home game, the USAA Salute to Service Moment is widely known as the cornerstone in-game production at FedExField. The two were featured on the Redskins HD scoreboard waving from the field as the Redskins crowd took a moment to give them a standing ovation in appreciation for their sacrifice and service to our nation. A special moment honoring our service members in the military.

Master Sergeant Tommie Zanders

MSgt Zanders is from Chicago, Illinois, and enlisted in the Air Force in August of 2000. He has proudly served his nation for 19 years and joined for that very purpose, service. MSgt Zanders’ is a military firefighter and currently the Superintendent of Wing Inspections. In this position, he oversees and leads the 200 member Wing Inspection Team in conducting installation exercises and unit inspections.  

Throughout MSgt Zanders’ military career, he has had the opportunity to travel the world and has been stationed at some amazing locations: Guam, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Alaska. MSgt Zanders is married and has five children, whom he loves spending his free time with. He is projected to go back overseas next year and is excited to see what that assignment has in store for him and his family. His hobbies include weightlifting and playing basketball. Family is what drives him to be an outstanding service member and role model for others. MSgt Zanders is grateful for his opportunity to proudly serve in the Air Force and for all the nation has provided for him and his family.

Airman First Class Benjamin Parma

A1C Benjamin Parma of the joined the United States Air Force to both give back to his country and to become a better person in February of 2018. Born in Magnolia, Texas, A1C Parma's two brothers currently attend University in Texas and his sister is living her postgrad life in New York City. His hobbies include cycling, playing Minecraft, and cheering on the Houston Astros. We thank A1C Parma for joining us and all his successes as an Aviation Resource Manager in the 1st Helicopter Squadron.

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