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San Diego Chargers attend military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar

By Cpl. Owen Kimbrel, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Manti Te’o, a San Diego Chargers’ linebacker, signs an autograph for a child during a military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers practiced with the MCAS Miramar Falcons before socializing with fans.
San Diego Chargers attend military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar
Manti Te’o, a San Diego Chargers’ linebacker, signs an autograph for a child during a military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers practiced with the MCAS Miramar Falcons before socializing with fans.
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers quarterback, prepares to throw a pass during a military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers signed autographs and circulated about a crowd of fans during the event.
San Diego Chargers attend military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers quarterback, prepares to throw a pass during a military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers signed autographs and circulated about a crowd of fans during the event.
Members of the San Diego Chargers meet members of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons during a military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers signed autographs and socialized with fans after the practice.
San Diego Chargers attend military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar
Members of the San Diego Chargers meet members of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons during a military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers signed autographs and socialized with fans after the practice.
Members of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons take a photo with the San Diego Chargers during a military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers showed their support to Service members by engaging with fans and signing autographs after practice.
San Diego Chargers attend military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar
Members of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons take a photo with the San Diego Chargers during a military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The Chargers showed their support to Service members by engaging with fans and signing autographs after practice.
The San Diego Chargers cheerleaders dance during a military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The cheerleaders performed before the Chargers football team arrived to practice with the Miramar Falcons.
San Diego Chargers attend military appreciation day aboard MCAS Miramar
The San Diego Chargers cheerleaders dance during a military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27. The cheerleaders performed before the Chargers football team arrived to practice with the Miramar Falcons.
Marines, Sailors and family members attended a San Diego Chargers military appreciation day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 27.
The event allowed Service members and families a chance to see the level of support and appreciation the Chargers have for the military.

“All of us need support and this is the Chargers’ way to show us that they believe in who we are and what we are all about,” said Col. John Farnam, MCAS Miramar commanding officer. 

The Chargers shared the field with the air station’s football team, the Miramar Falcons, and participated in various drills. 

“It feels great because you don’t get to do this on a daily basis, and it breaks up the monotony of what we do,” said Derek Nichols, Falcons’ quarterback. “To be able to come out and have some fun with these guys is great.” 

After practice, the Chargers socialized with fans and signed autographs.

“For the Chargers to take time out of their busy schedule, right before the season kicks off, to come out to Miramar to play with the Miramar Falcons and then meet all of our families,” added Farnam. “Who could ask for more?” 

The event ended with Service members and families waving goodbye to the Chargers and wishing the Chargers a successful season.

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