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Team Kirtland takes part in ‘Heroes Day’

U.S. Air Force service members salute the U.S. flag.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Stamper (left), 377th Air Base Wing command chief and Col. David S. Miller, 377th ABW commander, salute the flag during the national anthem at the University of New Mexico vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. Miller and Stamper were honorary coaches for UNM. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Photo of football players running

Members of the University of New Mexico football team run out on the field before a game at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The University of New Mexico competed against the U.S. Air Force Academy in a ‘Heroes Day’ football game that honored members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Photo of football players running on to a field.

Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy football team run out onto the field before the University of New Mexico vs. U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. After four grueling quarters, the Air Force Academy came out on top with a 44-22 win. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Photo of ROTC cadets holding large american flag

The University of New Mexico ROTC cadets present the flag during the National Anthem at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The event was a ‘Heroes Day’ football game with the University of New Mexico playing against U.S. Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Military members stands at attention.

A drill instructor with the New Mexico Army National Guard prepares to march military recruits at the University of New Mexico vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The football game’s theme, ‘Heroes Day,’ honored members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Football fans cheering for their team.

Fans of the Air Force Academy cheer on the team at the University of New Mexico vs. AFA football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. In addition to the football game, other events included a fly-over by members of the 58th Special Operations Wing and a swearing-in ceremony conducted by U.S. Air Force Col. David S. Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Photo of football players kicking a field goal.

Andrew Shelley (right), kicker for the University of New Mexico, attempts a field goal during the UNM vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. Before the game started, there was a moment of silence for Nahje Flowers, defensive lineman for UNM, who died earlier this month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Photo of aircraft in the air.

Onlookers watch as an MC-130J Commando II completes its fly-over before the University of New Mexico vs. U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The fly-over was one of many contributions from Team Kirtland during the ‘Heroes Day’ game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Photo of aircraft flying near mountains.

An MC-130J Commando II prepares to conduct a fly-over before the University of New Mexico vs. U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. Members from the 58th Special Operations Wing conducted the fly-over, in the air and on the ground. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Photo of coin toss at football game
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The honorary coin toss representative waits to flip the coin and begin the game at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The event included a ‘Heroes Day’ football game with the University of New Mexico competing against the U.S. Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Photo of future service members getting sworn in on football field.
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More than 40 new recruits were sworn-in by U.S. Air Force Col. David S. Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander, before the University of New Mexico vs. U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The ‘Heroes Day’ game honored first responders in the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

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Tevaka Tuioti (right), quarterback for the University of New Mexico, advances the football during the UNM vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The football game’s theme, ‘Heroes Day,’ honored members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

Military recruit stands in formation.
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Military recruits stand in formation in preparation for the Oath of Enlistment at the University of New Mexico vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. Approximately 45 recruits participated and will soon ship to basic military training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

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Members of the 377th Security Forces Squadron military working dog flight conduct a demonstration at the ‘Howl Zone’ before the University of New Mexico vs. U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The SFS members were joined by members of the 377th Mission Support Group explosive ordnance device team during the open community event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Military members show gear to ROTC cadets.
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U.S Air Force Airmen with the 377th Air Base Wing display gear and equipment to ROTC cadets prior to the University of New Mexico vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. In addition to the football game, other events included a fly-over by members of the 58th Special Operations Wing and a swearing-in ceremony conducted by U.S. Air Force Col. David S. Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

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Members of the 377th Security Forces Squadron military working dog flight conduct a demonstration at the ‘Howl Zone’ before the University of New Mexico vs. U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. Members of the 377th SFS had a military working dog, Humvee and weapons on display to help describe to their duties to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

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Kentrail Moran (center), running back for the University of New Mexico, advances the ball at the UNM vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The football game’s theme, ‘Heroes Day,’ honored members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

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member of the University of New Mexico ROTC conducts pull-ups at the ‘Howl Zone’ before the University of New Mexico vs. U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The ‘Howl Zone’ was a special place where community members could interact with first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

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The U.S. Air Force Academy band performs at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23. 2019. The U.S. Air Force Academy played against the University of New Mexico in a ‘Heroes Day’ football game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Military recruits take the Oath of Enlistment.
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U.S. Air Force Col. David S. Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander, administers the Oath of Enlistment to recruits at the University of New Mexico vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. Approximately 45 recruits participated and will soon ship to basic military training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

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The U.S. Air Force Academy football team competes against the University of New Mexico at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The ‘Heroes Day’ football game honored members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

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The U.S. Air Force Academy football team defends the scrimmage line against the University of New Mexico at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Academy won with a score of 44-22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

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The University of New Mexico ROTC cadets hold the flag on the field at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The ‘Heroes Day’ football game honored members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

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Taven Birdow (center), fullback for the Air Force Academy, runs the ball at the University of New Mexico vs. AFA football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The Air Force Academy won the game with a final score of 44-22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

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Marcus Williams, tight end for the University of New Mexico, waits for the opening kickoff at the UNM vs. Air Force Academy football game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019. The Air Force Academy won the game with a final score of 44-22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin J. Prisbrey)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Team Kirtland members from across the base took part in the ‘Heroes Day’ football game with the University of New Mexico playing against the U.S. Air Force Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 23, 2019.

The event that honored members of the armed forces, police, fire and rescue and first responders. All were represented in a special dedicated location, the ‘Howl Zone.’ Members of the community were able to get to interact with the heroes in the ‘Howl Zone’ while viewing static displays and demonstrations.

Airmen like U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Ubau, 377th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, had the opportunity to talk to members of the community about his time in the Air Force along with items on display.

“[Today I am here with] a Humvee, and a few weapons for display,” said Ubau. “I have enjoyed having that interaction, by letting them get to know us a little bit more.”

Ubau felt his display helped create a community bond between the military and community.

“We are here, within in the city,” he said. “We are here to not only work at the base, but help the community the best we can.”

The day’s events, also included a fly-over conducted by members of the 58th Special Operations Wing and a swearing-in ceremony conducted by U.S. Air Force Col. David S. Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander.

According to U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Ayres, 58th Operations Group fly-over ground operations lead, there is a lot that goes into a fly-over.

“Overall, the fly-over went well,” said Ayres. “There is just a lot of coordination on the ground, between different schedules and communicating with the aircraft.”

Miller, along with U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Stamper, 377th ABW command chief, said that they were proud to be at the game, representing the 377th ABW Fighting Tigers.

“We were excited to be part of honoring at the ‘Heroes Game,’” said Stamper. “We like to be good partners with those at the University of New Mexico and all across Albuquerque.”

Miller and Stamper thanked the University of New Mexico for allowing them to be a part of the day’s events.

After a grueling four quarters, the Air Force Academy came out on top with a 44-22 win.