More than just a college bowl game, game day at the Military Bowl features a variety of exciting events and entertainment for fans.
The 2012 Military Village and Tailgate kicked off the day’s festivities on the RFK Festival Grounds.
Among the military displays: an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew, a 29-foot search and rescue boat and gear demonstrations from the Coast Guard; a Navy SEAL pull-up challenge; two Humvees and an MTVR cargo truck from the Navy Seabees; a UH-72 Lakota helicopter and three tactical vehicles from the Army National Guard; a UH-1N Huey helicopter, an Explosives Ordinance Disposal robot demonstration and K-9 demonstration from the Air Force; and two Mobile USO units with tours and giveaways.
DRASH Tents, the same climate-controlled units the military uses overseas, housed exhibits and the tailgate party.
Northrop Grumman and the Air Force Association (AFA) hosted CyberVille, a social media game in which players defend their virtual town from computer cyber attacks. Northrop Grumman is the presenting sponsor of AFA’s CyberPatriot program, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing high school cyber defense competition.
The rock and blues band Halfway to Concord performed throughout the day, and a Drill Team performance took place in front of the USO-Metro Mobile. The bands and cheerleaders also arrived to pump up the crowd for the game.
Inside RFK Stadium, Madison Rising kicked things off with the National Anthem.
Medal of Honor recipients joined Mayor Vincent Gray and Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush on the field for the coin toss, wishing the team captains good luck.