ONE Championship Vice President Miesha Tate and ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera visited American troops stationed at the Andersen Air Force Base in the US territory of Guam at the end of February.
As global ambassadors of mixed martial arts, both Tate and Vera are active in ONE’s corporate outreach programs.
This visit was arranged with help from the United Service Organizations (USO) and involved the two martial arts stars taking part in various activities with service members.
While touring the Air Force Base and Naval Base, both ONE representatives mingled with the troops over a meet and greet session, and they even spent time on the beautiful beaches of Guam.
“It’s my first time in Guam, so for me, it’s like a new experience. I love it so much I want to come back,” Tate said.
Vera, who splits his time between living in the Philippines and training in Guam, was also impressed by the scope of military operations on the island.
This trip was of particular significance for “The Truth,” who had served in the Air Force himself. The ONE Heavyweight World Champion joined the Air Force wrestling team and trained at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
“I had no idea and I’ve been here four years,” he said.
“You hear these stories and you’re almost crying because it’s about passion, and family, and about connecting with each other and helping each other.”
Tate, who got to tour a submarine, left with positive memories and respect for the service members stationed far from home.
“I love to be able to meet the troops and just show them our gratitude. Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything that you do,” the ONE Championship Vice President said.
“This trip has been spectacular. We love to do this stuff with the military. It’s so cool to see their faces light up for a second after so much sacrifice that they do.”
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