Detroit Metropolitan Airport announces Bring a Service Member Home program

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Feb 21

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is excited to announce the launch of a program to bring an active member of the United States Armed Forces home to Southeast Michigan. The honored service member will not only spend time with family and loved ones, but also be hosted at a Detroit Pistons home game on April 3, 2020 with a VIP experience.  

“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, 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 and explaining why the nominated service member should be selected.

“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.”

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.

To submit a nomination and to read the official contest rules, please visit Submissions must be received by March 9, 2020.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 35 million passengers in 2018 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers approximately 1,100 flights per day to and from more than 140 nonstop destinations on four continents. With two award-winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport received the highest score among mega airports in the J.D. Power 2019 North America Airport Satisfaction Study of customers’ satisfaction with the airport they traveled through and scored the highest in the security check and terminal facilities factors. Visit for details. DTW is operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport – an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility.  The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations. Visit for more information

Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Lisa Gass
Media Relations Manager
Wayne County Airport Authority