The Airpower Foundation was proud to partner with American Airlines, MGM Resorts International, The Gary Sinise Foundation, Terry Fator, Chef Robert Irvine, USO Metro, Greyhound, Sundance Helicopters, Still Serving Promos, Friends of Freedom, The Fremont St. Experience, and many additional partners and supporters to present Salute to the Troops 2017!
For the 9th year in a row, American Airlines donated a special 757 chartered aircraft to bring 140 wounded ill or injured service members and a guest to Las Vegas.
Activities included a heroes welcome at the Mirage which was our home for the weekend. From there our guests enjoyed the Secret Garden at the Mirage, the shark reef at Mandalay Bay, a private dinner with Gary Sinise at Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory, an amazing concert with Phil Vandel opening and then Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on Fremont Street!
Sunday our nations heroes flew up and down the Las Vegas Strip thanks to Sundance Helicopters, and then enjoyed an amazing meal at Chef Robert Irvine’s Public House Restaurant. Then master magician, Criss Angel, put on an amazing show at the Luxor for everyone. After the show, Criss spent some very special time with our warriors answering questions, and just having fun.
Wounded heroes also enjoyed a tour of Hover Dam, and a great Dinner at the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur. And of course our dear friend and supporter of all who serve, Terry Fator put on an amazing show for everyone!
The final day included a wonderful brunch at the Luxor before heading back on our donated American Airlines charter and the all volunteer flight crew who took such good care of everyone all weekend long!
A huge thank you to all those who volunteered their time and resources to make this weekend possible!