by Master Sgt. Todd Wivell
62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
5/4/2015 - JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash -- For
the first time in the history of the National Football League, all 32
teams were allowed to conduct the third day of the NFL Draft, May 2,
however they wanted. The Seattle Seahawks decided to share this day with
service members and families from throughout the Puget Sound.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord was asked to host this event at Hangar 9 on
McChord Field in which more than 1,500 fans and service members from
throughout the Puget Sound came out to support.
The event included a mock NFL Combine, numerous gaming events to include
armchair quarterback, shuffle board, pool tables, a football toss and
kick game, photos with the 2013 Lombardi and 2014 National Football
Conference championship trophies, video gaming, autographs from eight
different Seahawk players, free food and drink and numerous military
statics from across the Sound.
The highlight of the event was when it was the Seahawks turn to make a
pick; they selected service members from across the U.S. Army, Navy,
Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force to announce those picks.
The Seahawks had six picks throughout the days event and as the picks
were made by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, they were phoned in to a
contact at the Draft Day event who in turn ran the pick up to the stage
in which the service member was waiting to make the announcement.
Those picks were either shown on the NFL Network channel or through the NFL social media platforms.
Airman 1st Class Michael Andrews, 10th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, was
the Air Force representative and he announced the Seahawks 209th overall
pick in the draft, which ended up being Obum Gwachum, a defensive end
from Oregon State.
"This was a great event and I was proud to be a part of it," said
Andrews. "I love the NFL and being a part of this first-time ever event
Other highlights of the day included numerous performances by Blue
Thunder, the Seahawks drumline band, visits by Blitz and Boom, the
Seahawks official mascots and finally visits by Tamia, the official hawk
of the Seahawks.
To get the more than 1,500 Puget Sound military members there, the
Seahawks assisted in bussing members of the Navy and Marines from
Bremerton Naval Station down to JBLM, while Coast Guard members drove in
from Seattle to attend the event.
Army and Air Force members from JBLM drove in from the surrounding areas
and together the five branches were able to fill the Hangar at various
times throughout the day's event.
"We enjoy the partnerships we have with all of the military in the Puget
Sound," said Armando Mejia, Seattle Seahawks fan development assistant
director. "To be able to include our military in this year's draft was a
great opportunity that we could not resist.
"This was a great event and we appreciate all the support and everything
everyone did throughout JBLM and the Puget Sound to make this event so