U.S. Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights” Highlights Boston University’s 20th Annual ROTC Pass in Review

in BU In the Community, News Releases
April 18th, 2003

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 | devenea@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — An Army parachute team. Howitzers. F-15s. More than 350 men and women in uniform: The military comes to Boston University’s Nickerson Field on Saturday, April 26, and the public is welcome to join them.

General Ed Eberhart, Commander, Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, will review cadets from Boston University’s Army, Navy and Air Force Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at the 20th annual Tri-Service Pass In Review ceremony. The colorful event will take place at the University’s Nickerson Field at 285 Babcock Street. General Eberhart will be joined on the reviewing stand by BU Chancellor John Silber and a host of dignitaries and guests from the community.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with an aerial demonstration by the U.S. Army Parachute Team from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Team has performed their precision parachute demonstrations for more than 40 years. Now known as the Golden Knights, they will arrive at the field in two C-31A “Friendship” aircraft, the largest fixed-wing airplanes currently operating in the U.S. Army inventory. The team will jump from the craft and parachute toward the field while performing an aerial demonstration at a speed of 120 m.p.h.

Following the Golden Knights, the Air Force will conduct a fly-over featuring F-15s from Otis Air National Guard Base. Then the full regiment of approximately 350 cadets, led by the U.S. Navy Band of Newport, Rhode Island, will march onto the field and pass by the reviewing stand. In addition to marching music, the Band will play the National Anthem and a medley of the four military service songs.

There will be a 17-gun cannon salute to General Eberhart by the First Battalion 102nd Field Artillery, 42nd Division Artillery. This unit is the oldest field artillery regiment in the U.S. Army.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception for guests and dignitaries from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1019 Commonwealth Avenue.

General Eberhart entered the Air Force in 1968 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition to his present position at the United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, General Eberhart has also served as the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Commander, Air Combat Command, Commander, Air Force Space Command, and Commander in Chief, United States Space Command.

While serving as Commander of U.S. Forces, Japan, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan. A command pilot, he has logged more than 4,500 hours, primarily in fighter and trainer aircraft, including 300 combat missions as a forward air controller in Vietnam.

For further information on this event, please call Ann Deveney or Tom Testa at BU’s Office of Public Relations (617/353-2240).

Note to Editor: If you are interested in covering this event, please call Ann Deveney or Tom Testa at 617/353-2240.

Boston University’s Pass In Review Timeline
April 26, 2003
Time Activity
10:02 – 10:22 a.m. Golden Knights parachute demonstration
10:23 – 10:24 a.m. Air Force Flyover
10:25 – 10:32 a.m. Regiment marches on to field
10:33 – 10:38 a.m. Presentation and Honors followed by
17-gun cannon salute
10:39 – 10:48 a.m. Inspection of Troops
10:49 – 10:52 a.m. National Anthem
10:53 – 11:14 a.m. Awards and Remarks — General Eberhart
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Pass In Review
11:35 a.m. Corps of Cadets released

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