Base Jumpers

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Bikes Over Baghdad

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

At 8 p.m. Sunday nightVeteran's Day back in the Statesnearly 2,000 soldiers gather at Memorial Plaza, the base's meeting area, for the main show. The interactive portion draws the loudest cheers, and laughs. Emcee Darryl Nau asks for volunteers to lie on the ground and trust the riders to bunny hop overtop of them. "This is scary. We've never tried to jump 10 people," Darryl says as Brian Kachinsky (pictured) launches over the group. "I'd be freaking out," says master sergeant Jesse Meagher, who's watching from the crowd. "Everyone makes mistakes."