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Bill Murray flies with 315th AW for RiverDogs opener

River Dog Flyover

A Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III performs a flyover of the Charleston RiverDogs 2021 season opening home game with a C-17 flyover May 4, 2021, at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, South Carolina. Actor Bill Murray joined the 315th Airlift Wing Reserve aircrew. (U.S. Air Force Photo Master Sgt. Bobby Pilch)

River Dog Flyover

(From left, front) Mike Veeck, Charleston area restaurant owner, and Bill Murray, actor and RiverDogs coowner, sit on the flight deck of a Charleston C-17 Globemaster III, as (from Left) Maj. Ed Sutton, and Lt. Col. Keith Moore, 701st Airlift Squadron, fly toward the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston May 4 during The RiverDogs 2021 season opening home game with a C-17 flyover May 4, 2021, at the , Actor Bill Murray joined the 315th Airlift Wing Reserve aircrew. (U.S. Air Force Photo Capt. Shane Ellis)

River Dog Flyover

(From left) 1st lt. Tripp Gilbert, Capt. Trey Jones, Capt. Bennet Alston, 701st Airlift Squadron pilots provide ground coordination for a Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III flyover of the Charleston RiverDogs 2021 season opening home game with a C-17 flyover May 4, 2021, at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, South Carolina. Actor Bill Murray joined the 315th Airlift Wing Reserve aircrew. (U.S. Air Force Photo Master Sgt. Bobby Pilch)

River Dog Flyover

Bill Murray, actor and RiverDogs co-owner, takes a photo through the door window aboard a Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III while a 701st Airlift Squadron aircrew perform a low-level flight over the South Carolina coast before performing a flyover of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston May 4 during The RiverDogs 2021 season opening home gamer May 4, 2021, Murray joined the 315th Airlift Wing Reserve aircrew for the flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo Capt. Shane Ellis)

River Dog Flyover

Bill Murray, actor and RiverDogs co-owner, takes a group photo aboard a Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III with a 701st Airlift Squadron aircrew before they perform a flyover of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston May 4 during The RiverDogs 2021 season opening home gamer May 4, 2021. Murray joined the 315th Airlift Wing Reserve aircrew for the flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo Capt. Shane Ellis)

RiverDogs flyover

Bill Murray, actor and River Dogs co-owner, chats with Senior Airman Chase West, 701st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, on a Charleston C-17 Globemaster III before a flyover of the Charleston RiverDogs 2021 season opening home game May 4 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, South Carolina. Murray joined the Reserve crew on the flight. (U.S. Air Photo Capt. Shane Ellis)

River Dog Flyover

(From left) Amy Heath 315th Airlift Wing honorary commander from North Charleston, S.C., Scott Issacks, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center director, Jason Lee, REV Credit Union CEO, Grace Tilton, Marshall Walker Real Estate, Bill Murray, actor and part owner of The RiverDogs minor league baseball team and Marshall Walker, Marshall Walker Real Estate owner, listen as Chief Master Sgt. Bryan Dubois, 701st Airlift Squadron loadmaster superintendent. The 701st AS aircrew performed a C-17 Globemaster III flyover of the Charleston RiverDogs 2021 season opening home game with a C-17 flyover May 4, 2021, at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, Actor Bill Murray joined the 315th Airlift Wing Reserve aircrew. (U.S. Air Force Photo Capt. Shane Ellis)

CHARLESTON, S.C. --

Actor Bill Murray joined 315th Airlift Wing Reservists and helped kick off the Charleston RiverDogs 2021 season opening home game with a C-17 flyover May 4, over Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Reserve aircrew was comprised of pilots, loadmasters and support crew members from the 315 AW’s 701st Airlift Squadron, and the game was the first time the RiverDogs had hosted a game since Sept. 1, 2019, which was 611 days since their last game day.

Murray, co-owner and “director of fun” for the RiverDogs, Mike Veeck, the minor league baseball team’s executive advisor to the chairman, and a small group of community leaders participated in the flyover.

Flyovers help the public see the excellence of our men and women in uniform who serve to protect freedoms daily around the world, and civic leader participation shows support to our military community.

Piloting the C-17 were Lt. Col. Keith Moore, 701st AS director of operations and aircraft commander for the flight, and Maj. Ed Sutton, 701st AS C-17 pilot. The carefully coordinated flyover required skill in the air and great communication on the ground for the flyover to occur with the final lines of the National Anthem being sung at the stadium.

According to Lt. Col. Wayne Capps, 315th AW Public Affairs chief, flyovers like these are great for both aircrews and the community.

“We perform flyovers like this as added readiness training for aircrews, who are often relied upon to be over target at a specifically coordinated time – especially when air dropping troops or supplies to troops on the ground in overseas military operations,” said Capps. “We love the community we serve, and we love to actively participate with our community and community leaders every chance we get.”

“Bill is here to support our military community, and we’re excited to have him and the rest of our civic leaders on board for the opening night of the RiverDogs,” Capps added.