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Army Weekend Full of Activity

Release: 09/22/2009
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AMES, Iowa The Iowa State athletics department and football program is proud to play host to the team from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Saturday. Many unique events have been slated to celebrate the visit of the Army squad. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT in Jack Trice Stadium on what is ISU’s Family Weekend and Hall of Fame Weekend.

“We are honored to have the Army football team in Ames,” Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard said. “Iowa State is proud to be one of the few teams in America to have upcoming scheduled games against Army, Navy and Air Force. I know our fans will welcome the Army cadets to Ames on this special weekend.”

Saturday is also Hall of Fame Weekend at Iowa State. New inductees to the ISU Letterwinners Hall of Fame will be honored at a Friday night banquet and Saturday at halftime.

- An interactive display area, Army Strong, will be setup on South 4th Street. A group of 20 soldiers will manage the display area and interact with participants.

- Weather permitting, the Northwest Special Operations Parachute Demonstration Team "SOF Warriors"  will jump from a Blackhawk helicopter onto the Jack Trice Stadium field with about 75 minutes on the pre-game clock (4:45 p.m. CDT). Their jump takes approximately five minutes. This same jump team will also jump into the Ames High School football game on Friday night. The "SOF Warriors" are volunteer active duty Special Forces, Ranger and Airborne qualified personnel.

- The Iowa Army National Guard (1st Battalion 194th Field Artillery, From Fort Dodge, Iowa) will provide two M102 (105 mm) howitzers to be positioned on the Jacobson Plaza. The artillery will fire in tandem every hour on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. The firing of the guns will symbolize the sacrifice American soldiers have made through history. The howitzers will be on display for the remainder of the game.

The M102 105mm towed howitzer is a lightweight towed weapon that provides direct support fire to light, airborne and air assault forces. It can be towed by a 2-ton truck or HMMWV, dropped by parachute or transported with its basic load of ammunition by UH60 or larger helicopter and C130 aircraft. It is nearly three-quarters of a ton lighter than the World War II-era M101A1 105mm towed howitzer that it replaced. When emplaced, the howitzer's high volume of fire compensates in large measure for the lower explosive weight of the projectile compared to the 155mm howitzers. It has a very low silhouette when firing and a roller tire attached to the trail assembly of the M102 permits the weapon to be rotated 360 degrees around a firing platform, which provides the pivot for the weapon. The weapon can be elevated from -5 degrees to a maximum of 75 degrees. The M102 has been replaced in the active Army by the M119A1 105mm towed howitzer. The M102 is still found in several Army National Guard units and the Air Force uses the same cannon and recoil system in the AC130 gunship.

- The Iowa Army National Guard (1st Battalion 194th Field Artillery, from Fort Dodge, Iowa) will also provide a COLT Knight (Combat Observation and Lasing Teams) for fans to tour on the Jacobson Plaza.

Knight is a precision targeting system consisting of a laser designator / rangefinder, thermal imager, digital command and control, blended inertial / GPS navigation and targeting, and a self-defense weapon. Its mission is to provide precision far target location and laser target designation for both artillery and air-delivered general purpose and precision-guided munitions.

It is used by Field Artillery Combat Observation and Lasing Teams (COLT) to carry out these missions. The current US Army production version integrates the base Knight targeting and communications package along with the AN/TVQ-2 Ground/Vehicular Laser Locator / Designator (G/VLLD) and the AN/TAS-4B thermal sight on two platforms. The payload provides the targeting accuracy sufficient to support precision-guided munitions, such as JDAM and Excalibur.
The Knight system is mounted on the HUMVEE, Stryker and more recently, the
M1117 Armored security Vehicle (ASV).

- Weather permitting, a Black Hawk helicopter will land in the grass area immediately north east of Jack Trice Stadium (in the drainage area south of S. 4th Street and west of University Blvd.). Ames native 1st Lt. Aaron Rosheim will pilot the aircraft.
- Several members of the active military will be present for the coin-toss. Lt. Gen. Franklin Hagenbeck (Superintendent, United States Military Academy at West Point), Brig. Gen. Timothy Orr (IA TAG, ISU Masters Degree), Col. Thomas Staton (2/34IN CDR, ISU grad), Col. Sharon Wisniewske (BDE CDR in Cadet Command) and Lt. Col. Jay Soupene (ISU PMS, West Point Grad).

- Three Black Hawk helicopters will execute a fly over immediately following the National Anthem.

- Between the first and second quarters a live contracting ceremony will be conducted in the north endzone.

- A Take the Field Tribute video tribute will be shown just before both teams enter the field.

Additional events around the game include:

- The Lil Clone Club Pregame Field Access. Members of the Lil Clone Club will have the opportunity to be on the field and welcome the team when they exit the tunnel immediately before kick-off.

- The Iowa State University Athletics Department is teaming up with Special Olympics Iowa to raise money in support of the more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes in Iowa. Volunteers will be inside each gate at Jack Trice stadium collecting donations. The fundraiser will begin when the gates open and conclude when the game begins. Plan now to bring a donation and help improve the lives of Iowans with intellectual disabilities.

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