TEAM FASTRAX PARACHUTE JUMP TEAM SET TO PERFORM AT MILITARY BOWL
Team Fastrax™, a veteran-owned Professional Skydiving team based out of Middletown, Ohio, returns to the Military Bowl presented by GoBowling.com with six elite performers set to deliver the game ball and the nation’s colors. The performance annually is one of the highlights during Pregame Pageantry.
“It is always a thrill to see Team Fastrax jumpers land with their flags in the middle of the field on gameday,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Their performance is a reminder of the gratitude we have for the men and women in uniform who serve our country every day.”
This year’s Team Fastrax performers are:
- Bringing in the Go Bowling bowling ball is Jon Forman, who lives in Fairfax, Va., and works for the U.S. Department of State. Jon joined Fastrax in 2020 and is a Tandem and Accelerated Freefall skydiving instructor with more than 5,400 skydives. Before joining the team, Jon served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has several years deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Landing with the Armed Forces medley is Mike Bursaw, a U.S. Air Force veteran from Andover, Minn. He is a former member of the U.S. Special Operation Command Parachute Demonstration Team (the Para-commandos) and the Air Force Parachute Team (the Wings of Blue). Mike has been skydiving for more than 15 years and has more than 2,500 jumps.
- Bringing in the Go Bowling banner is Larry Compton, who joined Team Fastrax in 2014 and is a native of Bowling Green, Ky. Larry has more than 23 years experience and more than 9,000 skydives. Larry holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest flag jumped from an airplane, the most recent being 19,568 square feet in support of the fight against cancer.
- Delivering the Purple Heart flag is Purple Heart Recipient Pasha Palanker. Pasha is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and a two-time Purple Heart Recipient. In his post-military career, he is focused on healing other veterans as a mental health advocate, focusing on awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.
- Bringing in the Honor and Remember Gold Star Flag is Yuliya Pangburn. With more than 300 signatures from families in their fallen warrior’s honor, this is one of Team Fastrax’s most distinguished flags. As a member of the U.S. Parachute Team since 2010, Yuliya participates in both national and world competitions and is a six-time world champion.
- The final jumper is Brian Pangburn, who brings in 2,000 square feet of our nation’s colors. Brian served on the U.S. Parachute team from 2003 to 2016 and earned 54 USPA Championship medals including 25 gold, and 12 world championship medals including 6 gold. He is a commercial pilot.
Every Team Fastrax performance is dedicated to a fallen service member. This performance is dedicated to U.S. Air Force Reservist Scott Blais who died January 16, 2021.