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U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to See Super Bowl

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30, 2002 – It will be 4 a.m. in Kandahar, but service members in Afghanistan will be able to see the Super Bowl this Sunday.

The American Forces Radio and Television Service has installed a number of receivers throughout Central Asia so U.S. military personnel will not miss a second of the Rams- Patriots gridiron battle.

Fox Sports is broadcasting the game and is planning special coverage of troops in the area of operations during the game. The Fox coverage of the Super Bowl is beamed from the AFRTS Broadcast Center in California. AFRTS has delivered "TV receive only" satellite systems to Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. Service members on the ground can point the dishes at one of the satellites delivering the Fox/AFRTS broadcast of the game.

"We're providing full coverage," said Air Force Lt. Col. Rob Garza, AFRTS operations officer. "We'll start with the pre-game show and run right through the post-game analysis."

One thing service members overseas will not see are commercials. Department of Defense command information and public service announcements will take their place. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also send greetings during the game.

The game will go worldwide on the military network. AFRTS officials said service members in 177 countries and up to 140 U.S. Navy ships will be able to view the game.

In February, AFRTS will also broadcast full coverage of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. "We'll carry everything that NBC, MSNBC and CNBC will carry," AFRTS Director Mel Russell said. The Games start Feb. 8.


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