As American as Baseball and Fireworks


SFC Dustin Peregrin flies over the Kernels stadium, while SGT Chris Clark and SGT Tom Pryjda fly a Side-by-Side formation below to the left (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

What better way to kick off the Independence Day weekend than to jump into America’s favorite pastime: a baseball park!

Gold Demonstration Team jumped into the Cedar Rapids Kernels stadium Friday afternoon despite tricky winds. Although two jumps were planned, only the first one went off; winds exceeded safety limits for the second jump.

A group of helpful kids helped pack the parachutes, and the recruiters were on hand to answer questions about Army opportunities to interested teens.

Gold Team Leader JD Berentis gets some help packing from a local youngster at the ballpark after the jump (photo by SSG Tom Melton)

The Team is in Dubuque, IA for the July 4th weekend and will do evening jumps Saturday and Sunday, and a night jump later Sunday night with pyrotechnics to kick off the fireworks show downtown. Check back here after the weekend for pictures!

SGT Rich Sloan briefs local reporters about safety features of the aircraft (photo by SGT Rachel Medley)

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