Special Operations Para-Commandos will deliver game ball at LSU game Saturday


Lt. Col. Ken Ates, an Army Green Beret and member of the Special Operations Command Para-Commandos, delivers the American flag into Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama. (Photo courtesy of Yvette Walter)

The United States Special Operations Command Para-Commandos will demonstrate their precision parachute skills at the LSU vs. Florida football game Saturday at 7 p.m.

A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, who’s a decorated Green Beret, will parachute in with the game ball, along with two other military jumpers.

The Para-Commandos will race toward earth at 120 miles per hour before opening their black and gold canopies during the demonstration in the center of the field.

They will skydive from more than two miles over Tiger Stadium before landing on the field.

“It’s an exciting weekend for us since we get to head to Louisiana, demonstrate our military freefall skills, and hand-deliver the game ball right at mid-field,” team leader Keith Walter said. “Our team is truly proud to represent Special Operations Command and be a part of a great weekend of LSU sports.”

Most Para-Commandos are combat veteran special operators from the U.S. Army Special Forces or Rangers, the U.S. Air Force’s Special Tactics Squadrons, U.S. Navy SEALS or U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Raiders.

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