[09/17/04 - 12:00 AM]
Monster Garage and Uncle Sam Go for a Wild Ride

[via press release from Discovery]

MONSTER GARAGE and Uncle Sam Go for a Wild Ride

- Army Soldiers Don Elbow Grease as Camouflage on Discovery Channel's MONSTER GARAGE: ARMY TRACTOR PULL on Monday, October 18, 9-10 PM -

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 17 -- When MONSTER GARAGE wants to build something, it looks to the experts. For an unprecedented build involving a World War II Willys (Jeep), master mechanic Jesse James recruited a crew of top-notch U.S. Army mechanics and welders to get the job done. Known for his wild MONSTER GARAGE creations, Jesse put the Army mechanics to work on his home turf, building one extraordinary machine. MONSTER GARAGE: ARMY TRACTOR PULL premieres on Discovery Channel, Monday, October 18, 9-10 PM (ET/PT).

MONSTER GARAGE upped its already rowdy game for the Army. For the first time ever, Jesse and crew revved up the difficulty level by performing an in- line installation of two engines in one vehicle. Who better to hand-craft fluid engine teamwork than the "biggest team in America?" From strategic design to down-and-dirty building, Jesse and six Soldiers from across the country worked relentlessly to transform the World War II relic into the Willys Tractor Puller. Soldier strength, skill and determination fueled the week, and the build reflects the freewill force that defines the caliber of men like Jesse and these Soldiers.

More than 200 active duty and Reserve Soldiers and Officers from posts across the country applied for a chance to represent the Army on the MONSTER GARAGE team. The following six Soldiers put their military skills to the test:

MSG Darrick Preston
* Hometown: Miami, Fla.
* Unit: Headquarters Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion
* Post: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

SSG Jeffrey M. Morin
* Hometown: Middleboro, Mass.
* Unit: Headquarters Company, 187 Ordnance Battalion
* Post: Fort Jackson, S.C.

SPC Benjamin Smith
* Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
* Unit: B Company, 801st Main Support Brigade
* Post: Fort Campbell, Ky.

PFC Jesse Dugan
* Hometown: Manchester, N.H.
* Unit: D Company, 801st Main Support Brigade
* Post: Fort Campbell, Ky.

CW3 Kevin W. Sargent
* Hometown: Globe, Ariz.
* Unit: Headquarters Company, 1st Engineer Brigade
* Post: Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

2LT Brian P. Johnson
* Hometown: Houston, Texas
* Unit: 1st Battalion, 16th Cavalry Regiment
* Post: Fort Knox, Ky.

About MONSTER GARAGE & Discovery Channel
MONSTER GARAGE is produced by Original Productions with Thom Beers as executive producer and Tom McMahon as producer. For the Discovery Channel, David McKillop is executive producer.

Discovery Channel is the United States' largest cable television network, serving 89.4 million households across the nation with the finest in informative entertainment. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater(TM), Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel(TM), Discovery Home Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery en Espanol and FitTV. The unit also distributes BBC America.

About America's Army
Through the all-volunteer service of dedicated men and women in the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, the U.S. Army is the world's premier land force. Army Soldiers are protecting America's freedom today on the frontlines in the ongoing war on terrorism as well as other joint-service missions for the Department of Defense. The Army will be 230 years old June 14 and is "An Army At War: Relevant and Ready." For more information on America's Army, go to http://www.goarmy.com or http://www.army.mil.

SOURCE Discovery Channel
Web Site: http://www.discovery.com http://www.goarmy.com http://www.army.mil

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