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A U.S. servicemember gets an autograph from Washington Redskins cheerleader Madison during a private Super Bowl dinner at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
A U.S. servicemember gets an autograph from Washington Redskins cheerleader Madison during a private Super Bowl dinner at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
A U.S. servicemember gets an autograph from Washington Redskins cheerleader Madison during a private Super Bowl dinner at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
A U.S. servicemember gets an autograph from Washington Redskins cheerleader Madison during a private Super Bowl dinner at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
Vihky Smith, head of the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassadors program, shares a laugh with a U.S. airman during a Super Bowl dinner at Bagram Air Field, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
Vihky Smith, head of the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassadors program, shares a laugh with a U.S. airman during a Super Bowl dinner at Bagram Air Field, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
One of several dining facilities at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan gets into the Super Bowl spirit, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
One of several dining facilities at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan gets into the Super Bowl spirit, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
Styrofoam cutouts of New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch adorn one of the dining facilties at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Carlo
Styrofoam cutouts of New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch adorn one of the dining facilties at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Carlo (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks fans stationed at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, were directed to designated seating areas for Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24 on Feb. 1, 2015.
New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks fans stationed at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, were directed to designated seating areas for Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24 on Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
Members of 'Lo!Krawl', 3rd Infantry Division's acoustic rock band, entertains U.S. servicemembers during a pre-Super Bowl party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
Members of 'Lo!Krawl', 3rd Infantry Division's acoustic rock band, entertains U.S. servicemembers during a pre-Super Bowl party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
American troops play cornhole at the pre-game party held for Super Bowl XLIX at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
American troops play cornhole at the pre-game party held for Super Bowl XLIX at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. soldiers start up a game of fooseball during a pregame party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, for Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015.
U.S. soldiers start up a game of fooseball during a pregame party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, for Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
A pair of U.S. soldiers plays a round of ''near-beer pong' at a pre-Super Bowl party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
A pair of U.S. soldiers plays a round of ''near-beer pong' at a pre-Super Bowl party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
Members of the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad get the crowd of American troops ready for kickoff for Super Bowl XLIX at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.
Members of the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad get the crowd of American troops ready for kickoff for Super Bowl XLIX at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
Members of the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad take a group selfie with U.S. servicemembers during the Super Bowl XLIX party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
Members of the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad take a group selfie with U.S. servicemembers during the Super Bowl XLIX party at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
American servicemembers stand at attention during the performance of the national anthem during Super Bowl XLIX. The image of the servicemembers was broadcast live during the game from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, to University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. In Afghanistan, it was already the early hours of the morning, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
American servicemembers stand at attention during the performance of the national anthem during Super Bowl XLIX. The image of the servicemembers was broadcast live during the game from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, to University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. In Afghanistan, it was already the early hours of the morning, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
A U.S. soldier dons a pigskin hat while watching Super Bowl XLIX at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
A U.S. soldier dons a pigskin hat while watching Super Bowl XLIX at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)
Seahawks fans cheer at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as Seattle scores its first touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX. It was already the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015,  in Afghanistan. Despite the Seahawks' 10-point lead in the second half, the Patriots rallied to win 28-24.
Seahawks fans cheer at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as Seattle scores its first touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX. It was already the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Afghanistan. Despite the Seahawks' 10-point lead in the second half, the Patriots rallied to win 28-24. (Carlo Munoz/Stars and Stripes)

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Though it may not be an official holiday, Super Bowl Sunday remains a cause for celebration for football fans throughout the United States.

It’s no different for the roughly 10,600 American servicemembers still stationed in Afghanistan.

U.S. civilians and military personnel based at Bagram spent two months preparing for the game. They created football-themed decorations throughout the sprawling base and planned a massive Super Bowl party at the “Clamshell,” one of the base’s biggest Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities.

In his first Super Bowl downrange, Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew Carper and his team helped pull together enough food, games and entertainment to get the crowd of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines ready for the kickoff at 4 a.m. Monday in Afghanistan.

Asked about his experience, Carper replied: “It’s what I hoped it would be.”

As kickoff neared, groups of servicemembers huddled around several flat-screen televisions set up for a Madden 15 video game tournament, others gravitated toward the cornhole games going on near the foosball table tucked next to coolers full of sodas and nonalcoholic beer.

Others, in a bow to U.S. military regulations, played rounds of “near-beer pong” on long folding tables lined with cups of water. Those who didn’t play helped themselves to plates of traditional football fare — pizza, burgers and chicken wings — and listened to Lo!Krawl, 3rd Infantry Division’s rock band.

Members of the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad entertained the football fans in a pregame show, then took selfies with groups of soldiers and airmen.

After the final whistle blew on Super Bowl XLIX and the New England Patriots eeked out a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks early Monday morning, Carper said all the planning and hard work was worth it. “Its about everyone else [here],” not just those who helped bring the Super Bowl to Bagram, he said.

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