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446th Airlift Wing salutes Seattle Seahawks

McChord's Reserve wing hands over 12th Man flag to Coast Guard

Col. Richard Grayson, 446th Airlift Wing commander, spoke at the Seattle Seahawks Change of Command ceremony in Hangar 9, Sept. 9. Photo credit: Jake Chappelle, 446th AW Public Affairs specialist

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They got one last win.

While the Seattle Seahawks seem poised for a return to the big game at the end of this season, the men and women of the 446th Airlift Wing will be giving up the 12th man flag.

Last year, the Seahawks and USAA presented the 446th Airlift Wing with a "12" flag, designating its servicemembers as the team's honorary adopted unit for the 2013 season.

The Change of Command ceremony, which took place at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 in Hangar 9 on McChord Field, featured Seahawks players, Sea Gals and Blitz, as well as servicemembers from both the 446th AW and the team's new unit, the U.S Coast Guard 13th District, which will be the 2014 honorary unit. This is the third year the Seahawks have adopted an honorary military unit, which supports the team's overall Salute to Service mentality.

>>> The 446th Airlift Wing Seattle Seahawks Change of Command Ceremony was held at Hangar 9, Sept. 9. Photo credit: Jake Chappelle, 446th AW Public Affairs specialist

The ceremony mirrors a deep-rooted military tradition with the change of command ceremony, where an outgoing commander formally transitions responsibility and authority of a unit to a new commander. USAA and the Seahawks also hosted a pre-event reception for the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District servicemembers.

Leading up to the change of command, the 446th AW hosted a Subway Beast Mode Challenge Sept. 6 that combined a 3.5-mile confidence course with 12 football-themed obstacles of hills, barriers, water and sludge. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Fam 1st Foundation which is run by NFL stars, including Marshawn Lynch, and is dedicated to keeping underprivileged youth on a positive path.         

The Seahawks next game is at 1:05 p.m. Sept. 14 against the San Diego Chargers.

>>> Seattle Seahawks Sea Gal, Tamaria "proposes" to Tech. Sgt. Michael Bishop, 446th Airlift Wing Force Support Squadron, and long-time Seattle Seahawks fan, with a Super Bowl XLVIII Championship ring at the 2014 Seahawks Change of Command Ceremony.  Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Michael Bishop

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