BREMERTON — Members of the Seattle Seahawks visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) May 25 to spend time with sailors.
Players and Sea Gals from the NFL team visited John C. Stennis to show their appreciation by signing autographs and taking photos with the crew. After the meet and greet, the players helped raise the 12th-man flag.
“I personally just want to see what goes on here,” said Bradley McDougald, safety for the Seahawks. “This is my first time on a military base. My grandfather was a paratrooper back in the day, so I just want to see what goes on behind the scenes.”
The visit was a special moment for the players.
“I’m excited to be here,” said Neiko Thorpe, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. “It’s not about me. I’m enjoying every moment. I’m like a kid when it comes to the military. I didn’t have any family members in the military, but once I got older and met a lot of people that served, I started taking every opportunity to come to things like this.”
The experience has been one the crew and the players will not soon forget. It also meant a lot for the sailors assigned to John C. Stennis.
“It’s pretty incredible for them to come out and support us,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd class Carlos Carreon, from El Paso, Texas. “I really appreciate them taking time out of their day to show support for the military.”
Machinist Mate 3rd class Damian Miera, from Salt lake City, Utah, also expressed gratitude for the visit.
“It’s a great chance for the city of Seattle to show their support for us,” said Miera. “It’s a nice break for the lower decks, and it makes us feel appreciated.”