Quakes players Brandon McDonald, Sam Cronin and Joey Gjertsen doubled as the team's M*A*S*H unit while riding along on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicale last week at BAE Systems in San Jose, Calif.
The group toured the military contractor's facility, getting an up-close look at an array of tanks and armored personnel carriers. McDonald, the self-proclaimed intergalactic Call of Duty: Modern Warfare champion, spent much of the day in commando mode while his teammates did their best to keep up.
“It’s been a great pleasure working with the Earthquakes’ staff to put together Military Appreciation Night in honor of the Bay Area’s men and women who serve our country," said Priti Patel, a BAE Systems representative. "It also meant a lot to our employees, whom are big Earthquake fans, to see Joey, Sam and Brandon visiting our site and appreciating what we do every day in designing military vehicles that protect the lives of our troops overseas."
San Jose's visit to BAE Systems was part of the Earthquakes Salute to the Armed Forces. The Quakes will honor the men and women serving in the United States military on Saturday, August 14 against the Kansas City Wizards.
ABOUT BAE SYSTEMS
BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.
ABOUT THE MRAP
The RG-33 is a 4x4 utility MRAP Category I vehicle ordered by the US Army and the US Marine Corps (USMC) for its ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. These vehicles are also deployed as Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Sustainment Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) vehicles. As of December 2008, the US Armed Forces had ordered more than 500 RG-33 4x4s.