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Salute to Service

The Chiefs will honor local military units on Monday night

By Matt McMullen

Chiefs Reporter

The Kansas City Chiefs are taking on the Denver Broncos on Monday night in front of a national television audience, but this week's game is about much more than just the final score.

It's about the real heroes in our community.

Monday night's contest marks this year's Salute to Service game, where the Chiefs will once again honor our men and women in uniform both at home and abroad.

"The Chiefs organization has had a long and proud tradition of supporting the men and women of our armed forces, which is something that started with team Founder Lamar Hunt and continues to this day under Clark's leadership," said Chiefs President Mark Donovan. "The NFL's Salute to Service program, and all of the associated moments that our fans will see at Arrowhead, are another way for the organization to show appreciation for all that our military does for us."

The Chiefs have a storied history of supporting the military throughout the years, illustrated through numerous base visits, scholarships for Gold Star families, the annual Pros vs. GI Joes event and more than 50 years of supporting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection at a home game, the longest continuous relationship between Toys for Tots and an NFL franchise.

The Chiefs have announced their Day 3 draft selections from Whiteman Air Force Base for the past two years, and have held an official Military Appreciation Day at training camp in each of the past five years.

As part of the Salute to Service game last season, Kansas City's players wore pregame warmups that featured the names of Gold Star families and their fallen loved ones, and the Chiefs employ an Army liaison every year through the service's Training with Industry Program, allotting the team the resources necessary to truly connect with our men and women in uniform.

It's a rich tradition that's as part of the Chiefs as football itself, and it will continue on Monday night.

The night will begin with a display of military vehicles at each corner of Arrowhead Stadium, courtesy of the Kansas National Guard. Once inside, fans will spot the Para Commandos from the U.S. Special Operations Command parachuting down from high above with the game ball in hand.

Chiefs players will wear special Salute to Service warmups prior to the game, each of which will bear a patch representing a local military unit and even some stationed abroad.

Photo Gallery: Chiefs 2017 Salute to Service Game

The sweatshirts will all be delivered to their respective units over the next several weeks.

As game time nears, the ceremonial "First Pass" will be thrown by Keara Torkelson, a native of Olathe, Kan. and a Purple Heart recipient from the Fort Hood, Texas shooting in 2009.

While tragic, the incident only strengthened her resolve in our Armed Forces.

"I've always loved what the military stood for," Torkelson said. "I joined because I wanted to serve my country. For me, resiliency started at a young age, and the people and circumstances along the way shaped me into who I am today."

Torkelson sustained injuries to her head and back in the shooting, but recovered and completed her service. She now volunteers her time to the Warriors Ascent program, which helps veterans overcome PTSD in the Kansas City area.

Specialist Michael Liscomb, a wounded veteran, being presented a "ruggedized wheelchair" from the Independence Fund.

"It gives me a very fulfilling purpose," Torkelson said. "I want to live the Warriors Ascent logo, which has one soldier carrying another soldier. Sometimes you're able to carry, and sometimes you need to be carried."

Proceeds from the Hunt Family Foundation's 50/50 Raffle on Monday will benefit Warrior's Accent and its mission to help those that have sacrificed so much for our country.

Following Torkelson's pass, 100 military members and the 1st Infantry Division Mounted Color Guard will honor the 100th anniversary of World War I as Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon from the Scott Air Force Base's "Band of Middle America" sings our National Anthem.

The players will then run out of the tunnel behind the American flag and five flags representing each branch of the military.

During the game itself, a pair of Gold Star children will receive scholarships courtesy of Missouri Western State University, while Specialist Michael Liscomb, a wounded veteran, will be presented a "ruggedized wheelchair" from the Independence Fund.

Fans in attendance will also connect with local soldiers stationed around the world, as members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team 1st Infantry Division deployed to Operation Atlantic Resolve in Europe and the 35th Infantry Division from the Kansas and Missouri National Guard deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait will be featured on ArrowVision.

It will all culminate in what promises to be a special night at Arrowhead on Monday as the Chiefs honor the individuals that make our freedom a reality.



player warmup patches

2 - Dustin Colquitt

110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

Missouri National Guard

Kansas City, Missouri

7 - Harrison Butker

United States Army Chemical School

United States Army

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

9 - Tyler Bray

United States Army Europe

United States Army

Wiesbaden, Germany

10 - Tyreek Hill

2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation (MEDEVAC)

Kansas National Guard

Topeka, Kansas

11 - Alex Smith

931st Air Refueling Wing

Air Force National Guard

McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas

12 - Albert Wilson

Department of the Army

United States Army

The Pentagon, Washingon D.C.

13 - De'Anthony Thomas

173rd Airborne Brigade

United States Army

Vincenza, Italy

14 - Demarcus Robinson

United States Strategic Command

Joint Functional Geographic Combatant Command

Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska

15 - Patrick Mahomes

325th Combat Support Hospital

United States Army Reserve

Independence, Missouri

17 - Chris Conley

2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation

Kansas National Guard

Topeka, Kansas

20 - Steven Nelson

130th Field Artillery Brigade

Kansas National Guard

Manhattan, Kansas

21 - Eric Murray

10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command

United States Army

Kaiserslautern, Germany

22 - Marcus Peters

Warrior's Ascent

Veteran and First Responder Charity

Kansas City, Missouri

23 - Phillip Gaines

Air Force Global Strike Command

United States Air Force

Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri

24 - D.J. White

35th Engineer Brigade

Missouri National Guard

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

25 - Kenneth Acker

70th Troop Command

Missouri National Guard

St. Louis, Missouri

27 - Kareem Hunt

United States Army Europe

United States Army

Wiesbaden, Germany

29 - Eric Berry

325th Combat Support Hospital

United States Army Reserve

Independence, Missouri

30 - Steven Terrell

14th Military Police Brigade

United States Army

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

31 - Akeem Hunt

1st Infantry Division

United States Army

Fort Riley, Kansas

35 - Charcandrick West

2nd Calvary Regiment

United States Army

Vilseck, Germany

38 - Ron Parker

10th Special Forces Group

United States Army

Stuttgart, Germany

39 - Terrance Mitchell

Division Artillery, 1st Infantry Division

United States Army

Fort Riley, Kansas

41 - James Winchester

21st Theater Support Command

United States Army

Kaiserslautern, Germany

42 - Anthony Sherman

1st Brigade Combat Team "Devil Brigade", 1st Infantry Division

United States Army

Fort Riley, Kansas

45 - Ukeme Eligwe

United States Army Chemical School

United States Army

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

48 - Terrance Smith

Combat Aviation Brigade "Demon Brigade", 1st Infantry Division

United States Army

Fort Riley, Kansas

49 - Daniel Sorensen

35th Infantry Division

Kansas and Missouri National Guard

Deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

50 - Justin Houston

14th Military Police Brigade

United States Army

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

51 - Frank Zombo

184th Intelligence Wing

Air Force National Guard

McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas

52 - Dadi Nicolas

Veterans Community Project

Veteran's Charity

Kansas City, Missouri

53 - Ramik Wilson

18th Military Police Brigade

United States Army

Grafenwoehr, Germany

55 - Dee Ford

Special Operations Command Europe

Joint Service

Stuttgart, Germany

56 - Derrick Johnson

2nd Brigade Combat Team "Dagger Brigade", 1st Infantry Division

United State Army

Deployed to Zagan, Poland

57 - Kevin Pierre-Louis

United States Strategic Command

Joint Functional Geographic Combatant Command

Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska

59 - Reggie Ragland

66th Military Intelligence Brigade

United States Army

Wiesbaden, Germany

61 - Mitch Morse

16th Sustainment Brigade

United States Army

Kaiserslautern, Germany

65 - Jordan Devey

Combined Arms Center

United States Army

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

70 - Bryan Witzmann

United States European Command

United States Geographic Combatant Command

Stuttgart, Germany

71 - Mitchell Schwartz

2nd Signal Brigade

United States Army

Wiesbaden, Germany

72 - Eric Fisher

Warrior's Ascent

Veteran and First Responder Charity

Kansas City, Missouri

73 - Zach Fulton

United States Army Special Operations Command

United States Joint Combatant Command

MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

75 - Cameron Erving

635th Regional Support Group

Kansas National Guard

Topeka, Kansas

76 - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

30th Medical Brigade

United States Army

Sembach, Germany

79 - Parker Ehinger

Information Operations Proponent

United States Army

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

80 - Jehu Chesson

635th Regional Support Group

Kansas National Guard

Deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

84 - Demetrius Harris

35th Combat Aviation Brigade

Missouri National Guard

Sedalia, Missouri

87 - Travis Kelce

1st Infantry Division "Big Red One"

United States Army

Fort Riley, Kansas

88 - Ross Travis

35th Infantry Division

Kansas and Missouri National Guard

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

91 - Tamba Hali

393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron

United State Air Force

Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri

92 - Tanoh Kpassagnon

Kansas City Recruiting Battalion

United States Army

Kansas City, Missouri

94 - Jarvis Jenkins

United States Army Special Operations Command

United States Army

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

95 - Chris Jones

Veterans Community Project

Veteran Charity

Kansas City, Missouri

96 - Bennie Logan

Kansas City Military Entrance Processing

Joint Service

Kansas City, Missouri

97 - Allen Bailey

United States Air Force Europe

Air Force

Ramstein, Germany

98 - Roy Miller

Kansas National Guard Recruiting

Kansas National Guard

Topeka, Kansas

99 - Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Veterans Community Project

Veteran Charity

Kansas City, Missouri

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