An elite military parachute team will demonstrate its precision skydiving skills before Saturday's Alabama-LSU game kicks off in Tuscaloosa.

 

An elite military parachute team will demonstrate its precision skydiving skills before Saturday's Alabama-LSU game kicks off in Tuscaloosa.

The U.S. Special Operations Command's Para-Commandos will parachute into Bryant-Denny Stadium and deliver the game ball.

“We are honored to come to Tuscaloosa for this incredible game and represent U.S. Special Operations Command,” Keith Walter, the team leader, said in a news release. “The Para-Commandos are a reflection of the men and women of SOCOM who are specifically selected, trained, and managed to perform the mission. Our mission is to bring in the game ball and get this matchup started."

The team will jump from a plane more than a mile overhead, reaching a speed of more than 120 miles per hour before deploying their signature black-and-gold chutes and landing on the field in front of 101,821 fans before the game's 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Para-Commandos are composed of U.S. Special Operations Command personnel headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

Most of the Para-Commandos are combat veteran special operators from the U.S. Army Special Forces or Rangers, the U.S. Air Force’s Special Tactics Squadrons, the U.S. Navy SEALs or the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Raiders.

The Para-Commandos are the only U.S. military demonstration team with members from all branches of the service.

The U.S. Special Operations Command consists of about 51,000 active-duty, reserve and National Guard soldiers, sailors, airmen Marines and Department of Defense civilians.