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5-Helicopter Flyover For Sept. 4 Red-White-Blue-Out Game

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 August 26, 2021 3:46 PM updated: August 31, 2021 3:22 PM

Five 1st Air Cavalry Brigade helicopters are set to conduct the Sept. 4 flyover – with Aggies among the pilots – for Texas A&M’s home football opener vs. Kent State. Gameday will also include the 20-year "Red, White and Blue-Out" commemoration and Reveille X's first pre-kickoff run onto Kyle Field, which she will make with a former mascot corporal!

The Association of Former Students provides support for gameday flyovers and Midnight Yell, and coordinates events to bring Aggies together such as Class Reunions, Young Alumni Weekend and, at away games, Yell Practice and free All-Aggie Tailgates.

Reveille X will make her first gameday run onto Kyle Field with last year's mascot corporal, Batie Bishop '23, instead of current handler Lucas Scroggins '24. Bishop didn't get to make those runs last fall with Reveille IX due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting on-field personnel. Scroggins said, "We're really excited for him" to take Rev X's leash for this run.

For the flyover, former students Col. Reggie Harper ’95, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kurt Vordenbaum ’10 and Capt. Nick Schaefer ’11 will be among those representing the U.S. Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, based out of Fort Hood, Texas, with a CH-47 Chinook, a HH-60 Black Hawk and three AH-64 Apache helicopters. 

If you’re an Association of Former Students donor, you help provide hotel accommodations for pilots and crew for home game flyovers. Thank you!

The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade’s mission is to deploy and conduct expeditionary aviation operations in support of unified land operations, combined arms maneuver and wide area security to ensure the success of the 1st Cavalry Division.

Sept. 4 pilots and crew:

  • CH-47 Chinook: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jamey Pitman, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chris Dillon, Spc. Greg Schott, Pvt. Elijah Svendsen, Col. Reggie Harper ’95.
  • HH-60 Black Hawk: Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Noakes, Capt. Nick Schaefer ’11, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Fox, Cpl. Cameron Landry.
  • AH-64 Apaches: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kurt Vordenbaum ’10, Capt. Dana Spinks, Sgt. Tyler Sandy, Spc. Jared Claar; Capt. Ed Grundy, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeff Carden, Sgt. Corbin Howard; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeff Leigh, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Herrera, Spc. Dillon Rodgers.

Gameday and parking information can be found at The Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center parking lots are temporarily closed due to construction, but the building will be open Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. till 30 minutes after the game ends; find details on building access at

For away games, get details on Association events including Yell Practices at 10 p.m. with the A&M yell leaders and the free All-Aggie Tailgate at

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