I came across this article the other day on NFL.com and wanted to share it with the group. Mike Flood, in the photo below between Armando Mejia and Master Sgt. Traci Williams, was announced as one of 32 nominees for USAA’s Salute to Service Award. If you’re interested in seeing who else was nominated, you can view the article here. Congratulations, Mike!
Nominees for NFL and USAA’s 2012 Salute to Service Award
The NFL and the USAA, the league’s official Military Appreciation Sponsor, are continuing the annual Salute to Service Award, which recognizes NFL players, alumni, coaches, owners, executives and front-office staff who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.
Last year, Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. was named the inaugural winner of the award. Adams, a U.S. Naval Reserve veteram who served during World War II, has been a longstanding advocate of all servicemen and women.
The NFL and USAA are proud to present the 2012 Salute to Service Award nominees:
Mike Flood, Seattle Seahawks VP of Community Relations
Prior to joining the Seahawks, Flood served as a pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard. His distinguished 22-year military career included piloting C130s, Dassault Falcon jets and H60 Jayhawk helicopters. From 1994 to 1996, he served as an officer for the Air/Sea Rescue Operations for coastal Oregon and Washington and retired as a commander in 1996. His service instilled a deep appreciation for those with whom he served.
Flood’s contribution to the local military community is significant. He is a founding member of the Lake Washington Chapter of the Navy League and active in the VFW, American Legion and Coast Guard Foundation. He serves on the board of the USO Northwest and the Association of Washington Generals (AWG), a service organization through the Lieutenant Governor’s office that funds military memorials.
He has introduced the Seahawks to the Puget Sound Fisher House and has been an advocate for “Hire America’s Heroes.” Flood has taken an active role as board member in support of Camp Patriot and created a specific U.S. Military Sea Hawkers group, which includes active military personnel and Seahawks fans from all branches of the armed services. The group plays an active role in Seahawks game day as part of the color guard, hosting veterans or overseeing re-enlistment ceremonies. Flood also coordinates an annual football tournament at CenturyLink Field for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 13.