In recognition of the brave men and women who have served or currently serve in the United States Armed Forces, Delta and Madison Square Garden have partnered on a season-long military appreciation initiative with the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

As part of the recognition program, Delta was able to honor two of its own employee veterans at Knicks and Rangers games over the weekend.

George Maier, a member of the airline’s TechOps team in Atlanta, and David Brahe, part of the ACS team in Salt Lake City, were selected from more than 120 nominations submitted in December to receive all-expenses-paid trips to New York to participate in in-arena ceremonies, watch team practices and meet with players.

Maier was honored in-game at the Rangers match on Jan. 9, while Brahe was recognized at center court at the Knicks game on Jan. 10.

Maier, a lifelong Rangers fan who “watched many games up in the good old blue seats at the world’s most famous arena,” served in the U.S. Air Force from 1986-1990 as an F-16 dedicated crew chief.

Brahe served in the U.S. Marine Corps with tours of duty in Somalia and Rwanda in the 1990s before joining the 1st Marine Regiment to oversee classified materials.

Delta is the official airline of the Knicks, Rangers and Madison Square Garden.

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