Metro Airport, Detroit Pistons launch program to bring US armed forces member home to southeast Michigan

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published Feb. 21, 2020

Detroit Metro Airport and the Detroit Pistons are combining to bring a US armed forces member back home to southeast Michigan.

DTW announced the Bring a Service Member Home program on Friday.

The program will allow a service member to fly home and spend time with family and loved ones.

In addition, the service member will be hosted as a VIP at a Detroit Pistons home game on April 3.

“As a United States Army Veteran, I know firsthand the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces and their families,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “It is truly an honor to be able to bring home an active service member for some rest and relaxation with their family. We are grateful the Detroit Pistons share our vision and commitment to support the community in which we live.”

Nominees must be legal residents of the United States of America who are 18 years or older.

They must have permanent residence within 75 miles of DTW and are currently on active military deployment.

Service members may be nominated, or nominate themselves, by completing the official entry form. Whoever submits the form must explain why the nominated service member should be selected.

To submit a nomination and to read the official contest rules, visit

The winner must be eligible for leave during the dates of April 1-4, 2020 and be able to provide documentation confirming authorization for leave.

Submissions must be made by March 9, 2020.

“We’re pleased to support the Wayne County Airport Authority on this initiative. Our focus at Detroit Pistons games is to provide great entertainment and memorable experiences for our fans,” said Leah Emmons, vice president for partnership engagement. “Assisting the Wayne County Airport Authority on this initiative by providing a great experience is a natural fit.”



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