Tim McGraw has mad respect for our military, and his visit to the TODAY plaza on May 16 proved no different.

As always, Tim was incredibly friendly with his fans as he shook their hands and made friends with them, according to TODAY.

What stood out, though, was that Tim had front and center spots for the service men and women who were in town for Fleet Week.

“It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you fall on on any issue,” Tim said on stage. “What matters is these guys putt their butts on the line every day for us.”

Tim is no stranger to military men and women, and he has made his respect for them well-known throughout his career.

Tim gave away a mortgage-free home to a military family during each stop on his 2012 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour.