Super Bowl XLVIII Pregame Show Has Middle Tennessee Connection
by Jason Lamb
PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. – While eyes across the nation were fixed to their TV sets and Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night, a family in Pleasant View had their attention focused specifically on the pre-game show.
Russ Juart is a soldier based out of Fort Campbell, and he was chosen as one of the pilots to fly the Apache helicopters over the stadium in New Jersey as part of the pre-game tributes.
Juart's friends and family gathered at a friend's house to watch the game, and more importantly, to see Russ, who's carried out three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, complete this much more friendly mission.
"There's only a handful of people in the entire world who know how to fly those helicopters, and to be one of two chosen to fly the apache for this thing, it's just amazing," said Suzanne Crow, a family friend.
Only soldiers with the most flight hours were considered for the Super Bowl fly over, a total of six soldiers flew in the Apaches during the pre-game tribute.