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Chargers news: Bolts honor military aboard USS Ronald Reagan

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The San Diego Chargers boarded the USS Ronald Reagan at Naval Air Station North Island  on Wednesday to hold their final preseason walkthrough as the team prepares to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. 

The Bolts took photographs with service members and even included them in some of the walkthrough itself, continuing the team’s long tradition of honoring the good people that serve the United States so bravely and selflessly. 

Tom Krasovic of the U-T San Diego was on hand and captured some of the action via his Twitter account, which included this outstanding candid shot of rookie D.J. Fluker: 

San Diego is a fine military town with every branch of service represented and a strong presence of men and women who consider sports as their biggest escape from the sometimes-harsh realities of the jobs they do on a daily bases. They sacrifice a great deal to secure everyone’s personal freedoms, so it’s comforting to see the Chargers make the effort to bring the game to them. 

For the players, it was an experience they’ll long remember, too, since they all come from a variety of backgrounds, some military and others not. Linebacker Donald Butler was appreciative of the opportunity to connect and relished the moment as a unique experience of his own.

“I love this,” said Butler via Chargers.com. “I think honestly we enjoy it more than they do even.  We’re all smiling and laughing and the kids are running around, so it’s great for the community and it’s great for us.”

Not everyone gets a chance to board a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, capable of sustaining complex operations and thousands of lives for months at a time. Both the Chargers and San Diego Padres are outstanding at recognizing that the military can’t be honored enough. On Wednesday, they said thank you in the best way possible — with action. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.