Clad in specially treated steel, armed with over 54 mounted guns and capable of carrying over 100 aircraft, the USS Intrepid played a crucial role in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Since 2008, it has served as a museum that honors American military and maritime history in New York City. It was the scene, for one night only, of a preview screening of Top Gun: Maverick for lucky service members in all branches of the United States Armed Forces, thanks to USAA.
the original Superior gun brought US naval aviation to the screens and into the hearts of Americans across the country. Suffice it to say, the sequel, which hits theaters today, comes with extremely high expectations – and as reviews pour in, the film exceeds even the harshest critics’ expectations. See what service members had to say about the film after the USAA treated them to a special screening aboard the Intrepid:
USAA, a banking, finance and insurance company, exclusively serves military personnel, veterans and their family members. However, the company takes “serving those who serve” beyond its core business. In 2020, USAA donated $20 million directly to military aid organizations including Army Emergency Relief, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Air Force Aid Society, and Guard Mutual Aid coastal. The philanthropic contribution was intended to help military families who were experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
USAA also integrates the military community with special events. The company is an NFL sponsor and hosts events such as Salute to Service at the Super Bowl Experience. To show appreciation to the military community, USAA hosted an advance screening of Top Gun: Maverick for active duty service members and veterans aboard the USS Intrepid Museum in New York. The catered event celebrated their service to the nation with one of the most anticipated films since Superior gun released in 1986.
The Top Gun: Maverick The event included a speech by USAA Life Insurance Vice President and General Manager Bill White, who thanked the military crowd for their service. As a retired USN captain and F-14 Tomcat NFO, White knows firsthand the sacrifices the men and women of the United States military make. The event reflected the USAA’s appreciation for the military with all attendees enjoying the night of food, drink and a supersonic movie.
This article was sponsored by USAA.