WWE announced that the 13th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops event will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at Veterans Memorial Arena for military personnel and their families stationed at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Naval Station Mayport and Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. Tribute to the Troops will air on USA Network on Wednesday, December 23 from 8-10 PM ET.
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of sports entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances from music’s most popular acts for our servicemen and women, to honor their commitment and dedication to our country. Tribute to the Troops has become a holiday tradition and is considered TV’s most patriotic and heartwarming show of the year.
While in Jacksonville, WWE Superstars and Divas will spend time giving back to those who serve and their families with Be a STAR® anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and military outreach at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Naval Station Mayport and Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said, “We can never thank our veterans and military members enough for their brave service to our nation. It is important to frequently honor our American heroes for the sacrifices they have made to keep our families safe. Florida remains the most military friendly state in the nation and we are proud to host this year’s Tribute to the Troops celebration.”
“WWE has gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the men and women of the U.S. Navy,” said Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast. “We are very fortunate to have the upcoming Tribute to the Troops right here in Jacksonville, home to more than 22,000 Sailors and their families. I am hearing lots of excitement and energy about this event! This is also a special time for us to say thank you to WWE!”
“It is a privilege for WWE to entertain our military as a way to thank them for their commitment and sacrifice for our country,” said WWE Chairman & CEO, Vince McMahon. “Everyone at WWE looks forward to this annual celebration, and we are proud to partner with the U.S. Navy and Governor Rick Scott to put smiles on the faces of the servicemen and women and their families.”
Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax), is the Navy’s finest anti-submarine warfare and a master air and industrial base. Its mission is to sustain, enable and support warfighter readiness. Today, more than 100 tenant commands, 14 operational squadrons and the Navy’s first MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Arial Squadron (VUP-19), its training center and mission control center, along with 20,000 active duty, DOD civilian and contractor personnel call NAS Jax home; resulting in a $2.1 billion economic impact to the city. Its missions gives the Navy a decisive edge in achieving its tenets of warfighting first, operate forward and “be ready.”
Naval Station Mayport (NS Mayport) is a busy seaport as well as an air facility that provides the “finest service to the finest fleet.” Since its commissioning in 1942, NS Mayport has grown to become the third-largest fleet concentration area in the United States with 19 home ported ships, four helicopter squadrons and more than 11,000 personnel. The base is located on a stretch of pristine coastline at the mouth of the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean near the small historic fishing village of Mayport. NS Mayport offers superb quality of life for our Sailors, family members and civilian personnel who live and work here together at one of the Navy’s first choice duty stations.
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (NSB Kings Bay) employs nearly 9,000 personnel, providing superior support to the Fleet, Fighter and Family while operating the East Coast homeport for the Ohio-class nuclear powered ballistic missile and guided missile submarines. The installation is the only facility on the East Coast capable of handling Trident II D-5 strategic missiles and serves as a key partner in the fleet’s submarine and ship-launched Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program. The power of NSB Kings Bay is “Team Dedication”; a superb team of astute leaders, skilled workers and loyal family members. Jointly, they ensured 18,000-ton submarines, complex nuclear and conventional weapons systems, and dedicated crews are ready to support current and future maritime and fleet tasking.
Tickets for this event go on sale Saturday, October 24th at 10:00am at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.