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Westover Reservists take part in pre-game coin toss

Maj. Ken Parsons, left, and Senior Master Sgt. James McKelligan, 337th Airlift Squadron, walk off the Baltimore Ravens football stadium Dec. 3 following the pre-game coin toss.

Maj. Ken Parsons, left, and Senior Master Sgt. James McKelligan, 337th Airlift Squadron, walk off the Baltimore Ravens football stadium Dec. 3 following the pre-game coin toss.

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. - -- Two Patriot Wing members walked onto a football field in front of thousands of spectators to take part in a coin toss before a Dec. 3 New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens game.
Ravens officials also named Maj. Kenneth Parsons and Senior Master Sgt. James McKelligan the honorary captains of the game. Major Parsons and Sergeant McKelligan met the captains from both football teams.
The two Airmen were among 10 members of the Patriot Wing who had front row seats for the entire game behind the Patriots bench. The Patriots beat the Ravens, 27-24.
"It was cold but they (the football players) braved it well and put on a good show for the 337th," said Maj. Ken Shipley, a C-5 pilot with the 337th Airlift Squadron.
Major Shipley is a stadium supervisor at the Ravens stadium. He began his career at the stadium several years ago as an usher. He asked Ravens officials about military aircrew members participating in a coin toss during a Patriots game this season.
"Everyone got up close to the players and got some autographs," the major said. "It was great to have the guys down in Baltimore for the game. I got a kick out of seeing them have a good time."
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hancock, also with the 337th, assisted Major Shipley in the coordination of the event.
"Ten of us from the 337th had field passes for the game with two individuals being selected to participate in the coin toss," Colonel Hancock said. "The team asked us to be in flight suits for the game."
Also on hand to see the Patriots play were Lt. Cols. Michael Smith and Darcey J. Thureson, Capt. Corey D. Aiken, Master Sgts. Todd T. Holt, Richard A. Jedrey, Steven G. Peterson, Mark R. Silva, and Tech. Sgt. James M. Griffin.