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US vs UK Military Personnel Compete in Flag Football Game Hosted by New York Jets

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — U.S. Airmen from RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall and RAF Feltwell competed in a flag football game against members of the Royal Armed Forces, hosted by the New York Jets, on May 17, 2024 at RAF Lakenheath.

The flag football game marked the first annual U.S. vs. UK Armed Forces match and served as the kickoff for the Jets’ 2024 Salute to Service campaign aimed to honor military service and sacrifice, empower service members and veterans, and foster connections within the military community.

Since 2013, the Jets have sponsored multi-service flag football games on bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Japan, Kuwait, Djibouti, Germany, and the U.S.

Brig. Gen. Joseph Campo, 48th Fighter Wing commander, thanked everyone who participated and emphasized the event’s role in fostering military-to-military engagement and strengthening relations through a cultural exchange.

“I would like to thank the National Football League, the New York Jets, and others who pitched in and made this event possible,” Campo said.

Special guests, including former Jets players Erik Coleman and Royal Army Medical Corps Brig. Gen. Toby Rowland, Head of the Defense Medical Academy, engaged with the troops and supported the teams during the game.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you’re doing over here, and we’d like to make a presentation to all of you and to Campo if you would accept it on their behalf,” said Rowland, Head of the Defense Medical Academy.

The Jets and the Armed Forces Flag Football Association awarded the contest winner a championship belt, along with jerseys for both teams’ players, game balls, and flags.

Date Taken: 05.21.2024
Date Posted: 05.21.2024 11:51
Story ID: 471867

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