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Old 03-15-2009, 06:31 AM   #11
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Airborne unit in Ft. Richardson, AK needed a Medic for HaLo training, (High
Alt. Low Opening) circa 1968 - 70. I'd done a few recreational jumps and so the unit trained me (w/o having to go to Ft. Benning, GA). I got the wings, the pay, and some jumps with the rectangular Para Commander.

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Slamfire- 172nd Bde ?

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12,000 ft? WTF? Let me guess, in the daytime, nice weather...blah blah blah...

We are talking 65# of parachute and 100# of gear, waddle to the door, hope for four seconds, and be prepared for combat when you finally hit the dirt/asphalt/trees/truck/bleachers.....

maybe in the deepest darkness of night too....
It was raining, high winds, and I had a 225# South African jump instructor strapped to my back. He show me the altimeter at 6000 ft, and the again at 5500 ft. He pulled the cord at 5000 ft. I guess I was suppose to pull the cord, although , I was too busy watching the ground come at me at over 150 mph or was it the other way around.

Doc says I will suffer from back pain the rest of my life from hitting the ground that hard, was it worth it, yes, will I do it again, maybe.
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Ah, the good ole days- when your Walkman weighed 25 lbs, and the name on your running shoes was Corcoran! Remember one graceful (not) exit when I jumped, aircraft lurched, legs cleared door, butt hit floor, went out flipping forward. Think the jumpmaster used term "hog on ice".

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Not yet, give me time though and I'll be one of the (ch)Airmen with jump wings. Either as a TACP or if I'm lucky getting one of the few slots in my career field, even if it is just being a 5 jump chump.
Good luck! I always got a kick out of seeing blue Jump Wings. What is your current career field?
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Services, I'm a cook/fitness guy/lodging. For us to go to jump school is veeeeeeeery veeeeeeeeeeeery rare, but its been known to happen. Just like in the Army I'd have to be assigned to one of the units that has my career field and is authorized jump slots, basically either RED HORSE or something down in SOCOM.

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