The Redskins held practice at Andrews Air Force base on Friday. The team invited military members stationed there to watch the session. This has become an annual tradition for both the base and the team. The visit to the base is designed to foster understanding and appreciation for the local military community. The Redskins have partnered with USAA to host several events like this throughout the Washington DC area.
The practice was a walkthrough session. The military attendees had the opportunity to see players run through potential plays that could be used in the game against the Baltimore Ravens. After the practice, the team made themselves available for autographs and pictures.
"All of the organization salutes the military that gives us the freedoms to play the game of football," said Redskins president Bruce Allen. "After today's practice, I hope you get to meet each one of our players because we thank you for the freedoms, once again, that you give us. Thank you very much."
Col. Brad Hoagland, the 11th Wing and installation commander, said, "I know there are a lot of fans out here rooting against the Cowboys, trying to get a big win this year and get started on the right foot." He continued, "And then have someone like RGIII, who his parents served for our nation. For him to be able to come back out here again, it's a personal touch, personal connection for our families.
Ricky Jean Francois, whose sister is in the military and recently returned to the US, said, "It's great to be out here, it's a great feeling to have the day before the game." He also said that the visit seemed to lift the team's spirits. "I wish we could have this feeling like this every Saturday before we go in lock up against another team."
Jamison Crowder also showed an appreciation for the day and for the men and women who serve the country. "They go out there and risk their lives for us, for our freedom. And then in their down time they have NFL teams...obviously the Redskins they watch and support us. You appreciate the support they give us and you know, we greatly appreciate the things that they do for us."
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