• CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Donning an Army Combat Shirt, a gift from Soldiers, X-Games pro bike rider and gold medalist, Chad Kagy, does a back flip over a ramp as Soldiers sit on their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles to watch the "Bikes Over Baghdad" exhibition.

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Donning an Army Combat...

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Donning an Army Combat Shirt, a gift from Soldiers, X-Games pro bike rider and gold medalist, Chad Kagy, does a back flip over a ramp as Soldiers sit on their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles to watch the "Bikes Over...

  • CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Spc. Gary Keane, a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 160th Signal Brigade, rides his new BMX bike off a ramp after receiving it as a gift from pro BMX and skateboard athletes at the show, Bikes Over Baghdad, in Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9. "This is seriously a dream come true," said the Raleigh, N.C., native. "This is seriously the greatest day of my life."

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Spc. Gary Keane, a...

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Spc. Gary Keane, a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 160th Signal Brigade, rides his new BMX bike off a ramp after receiving it as a gift from pro BMX and skateboard athletes at the show...

  • CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Dave Osato, an X-Games pro bike rider from Vancouver, British Columbia, jumps high in the air during an exhibition show as Soldiers crowd around the newly-created ramp park at Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9. Seven X-Games professionals entertained Soldiers for more than an hour during the "Bikes Over Baghdad" tour.

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Dave Osato, an X-Games pro...

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Dave Osato, an X-Games pro bike rider from Vancouver, British Columbia, jumps high in the air during an exhibition show as Soldiers crowd around the newly-created ramp park at Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9. Seven X-Games...

  • CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq- Soldiers from Multi-National Division - Baghdad crowd around as Jud Heald, a pro skateboarder, from Joplin, Mo., performs during the "Bikes Over Baghdad" BMX and skateboard exhibition tour at Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9.

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq- Soldiers from...

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq- Soldiers from Multi-National Division - Baghdad crowd around as Jud Heald, a pro skateboarder, from Joplin, Mo., performs during the "Bikes Over Baghdad" BMX and skateboard exhibition tour at Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9.

  • CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq -Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers look on in awe as pro skateboarder, Jud Heald, from Joplin, Mo., performs a stall on a 15-foot high T-wall during the "Bikes Over Baghdad" tour at Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9. The show enthralled hundreds of Soldiers for over an hour as the athletes showed their appreciation for the sacrifices the Soldiers are making.

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq -Multi-National Division ...

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq -Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers look on in awe as pro skateboarder, Jud Heald, from Joplin, Mo., performs a stall on a 15-foot high T-wall during the "Bikes Over Baghdad" tour at Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9. The show...

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Crowds cheered and X-Games sports stars bounced off of ramps and concrete T-walls as Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers hosted "Bikes Over Baghdad" at Camp Liberty, here, Sept. 9.

For more than an hour, seven of the world's best bike and skateboard athletes thrilled Soldiers with tricks on ramps, made with the help of Soldiers from Division Special Troops Battalion.

"There's so much work that has been done in putting this thing together. We've been here all day long with these [DSTB troops]," said Zach "Catfish" Yankush, an X-Games announcer and pro BMX bike rider. "Like everything else with the military, it was a team effort and all these guys came together for this show."

The Soldiers and riders worked together to build a set of two vertical ramps and one plateau ramp next to the division's dining facility for the event.

"I feel good, but now I feel tired," said Staff Sgt. Undrey Moore, from Albany, Ga., assigned to Company C, DSTB, on helping get the venue built. "It was an exciting show and I had a good time helping put it together."

"We've been doing this actually since last night," explained Staff Sgt. Stephen Fowler, one of the ramp builders from Little Rock, Ark., assigned to Headquarters Support Co., DSTB. "Believe me, it was an effort, man."

The Soldiers' hard work and effort paid off when the cheers of the crowd spurred the riders on to gold medal stunts.

"The show was fantastic, it was amazing," added Fowler with a grin. "I've been hanging out with these guys since last night and they're just regular people...but when I saw them do some of the tricks they did, it was like a lightning bolt struck them!"

There certainly was electricity in the air as the show came to a close, but it wasn't over yet. Catfish announced that one Soldier, a BMX bike enthusiast, had moved his leave just to be able to attend the event. Spc. Gary Keane also worked hard to build a ramp in Camp Liberty, so he could bike during his down time. The crowd roared as they presented Keane with a brand-new BMX bike.

"If I wasn't so tired, I'd be crying," said Keane, a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic from Raleigh, N.C., assigned to the 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 160th Signal Brigade. "This is seriously a dream come true. This is seriously the greatest day of my life."

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