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21st Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop Wrap Up

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

The annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop was held last weekend at Fort Bragg. It combines an international parachute operation with an opportunity to give back to the local community.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — About 260 jump masters from 14 partner nations landed on Fort Bragg’s Drop Zone Sicily, officially commencing the 21st annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, Wednesday. These jump masters will lead the anticipated 3,000 paratroopers who will jump Friday and Saturday.

The annual Fort Bragg international event, hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, has collected more than 100,000 toys for children since then-Staff Sgt. Randy Oler established the combined training event in 1998.

Upon establishment of the first jump with 1,200 participating Soldiers, Oler included toy collection and distribution as a charitable component of the collective training that strengthens bonds among partner nation paratroopers. Toys have remained a voluntary component since that first event, yet the number collected has steadily increased since those first 500 toys. Each year, volunteers distribute the donated toys to participating regional charities.

In 2017, almost 4,000 Soldiers participated in Operation Toy Drop, and about 4,500 toys were donated for children in need throughout the region. Planners anticipate similar participation in 2018, with continued support from U.S. Army Reserve medical, administrative, logistics, transportation, quartermaster, combat camera and others.

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

– Cote d’Ivoire
– Italy
– Poland
– Canada
– Germany
– The Netherlands
– Latvia
– Sweden
– Colombia
– Singapore
– Brazil

COUNTRIES SENDING JUMP MASTERS TO OBSERVE TRAINING

– Chile
– United Kingdom
– Denmark

TYPES OF AIRCRAFT

– C17 Globemaster
– C130H Hercules
– C27 Spartan

AIR WINGS INVOLVED

– 910th
– 179th
– 934th
– 97th
– 437th
– U.S. Army Special Operations Command Flight Company

TYPES OF PARACHUTES

-T11 and MC6 for standard paratroopers (without combat equipment load)
-RA-1 for military free fall

FORT BRAGG UNITS INVOLVED

– U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command
– XVIII Airborne Corps
– 82nd Airborne Division
– U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (SWCS)
– 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
– 528th Sustainment Brigade (Airborne)(Special Operations)
– 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)
– Joint Special Operations Command
– U.S. Army Special Operations Command
– 824th Quartermaster

TOYS

The organizations below requested categories of toys in 2017 to accommodate the interests and abilities of each gender by age group. The numbers by each non-profit represent the aggregate number of toys provided.

– Cumberland County DSS – 1,000
– Cumberland County Family Violence Care Center – 50
– Lee County DSS – 250
– Hoke County DSS – 150
– Hoke County H.E.L.P. – 280
– Fayetteville Urban Ministries – 300
– Falcon Children’s Home (Falcon, NC) – 35
– Moore County DSS – 300
– Harnett Co. Kiwanis – 320
– Masonic Childrens Home (Oxford, NC) – 45 (this was one of the original recipients)
– Methodist Home for Children (Raleigh, NC) – 800
– Montgomery County DSS – 50

By MAJ Carter Langston, 352nd Civil Affairs Brigade Public Affairs Officer

CPS Puts goTenna’s Pro X & ATAK to the Test, Under Canopy

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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Complete Parachute Solutions recently put goTenna’s ATAK enabled Pro X to the test for off-grid SA & C2, at their advanced training facility in Coolidge, Arizona.

US Army Evaluates UK’s Hung Up Parachutist Release Assembly

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Jumping out of a plane may be a routine part of an airborne Soldier’s training, but if the equipment doesn’t function properly, it can be deadly.

“Generally, there are a handful of towed jumpers per year, which can be potentially dangerous situations,” said Samuel Corner, project manager for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center Aerial Delivery Directorate.

Until recently, there were two ways to help a towed jumper, which occurs when the static line attached to the aircraft anchor cable becomes tangled with the jumper and/or the equipment and the parachute is not released — cut the jumper’s static line so the Soldier can deploy his or her reserve parachute or pull the Soldier back into the aircraft. Both scenarios are dangerous because the Soldier is dragged alongside or behind the aircraft until he is either released or pulled into the aircraft.

In March 2017, in an effort to eliminate the possibility of a towed jumper situation, the Aerial Delivery Directorate’s Airdrop Technology team submitted a project proposal to the U.S. Army Foreign Comparative Testing Program, which is embedded in RDECOM’s Global Technology Office, as part of their annual call for proposals. The proposal was selected, enabling the Airdrop Technology Team to purchase ten Hung Up Parachutist Release Assemblies, or HUPRA, from the United Kingdom company, IrvinGQ (formally Airborne Systems Europe) for tests and evaluation.

A simulated towed jumper scenario is created during U.S. Army testing with a mannequin that is towed behind an aircraft. The new system includes an emergency parachute that is released once the jumpmaster cuts the aircraft anchor line cable. (Photos Credit: U.S. Army photo )

The HUPRA, which includes an emergency parachute that is released once the Jumpmaster cuts the aircraft anchor line cable, is manufactured by IrvinGQ in the UK. The HUPRA is used by the UK as well as other nations on C-130 and other military aircraft.

By purchasing the system from the UK, the Army saved approximately $500,000 in non-recurring engineering costs and additional costs to develop, integrate and validate a new recovery system.

“Testing, which includes aircraft time and manpower to design validation tests, is very expensive,” Corner said. “We built on efforts of the UK by using their lessons learned to accelerate our process and decrease our costs.”

The tests, which were conducted at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, used mannequins that “jumped” out from the aircraft’s side doors and ramp. The testing was conducted on C-130 aircraft and divided into seven phases; minor changes were made to the system after the first phase was completed.

Before a Soldier jumps out of an aircraft, a Jumpmaster conducts a personnel inspection of the Soldier’s attaching, jumping and releasing equipment. Jumpmasters must complete a rigorous training program before they manage airborne jump operations.

A complete developmental test was performed on the Towed Jumper Recovery System (the Army name for the slightly modified HUPRA) at YPG, including aircraft procedures development, safety evaluation, rigging procedure development and performance testing.

One of the goals of the tests was to ensure the system recovered with an All Up Weight maximum of 400 pounds, slightly above the UK’s fielded version of the HUPRA systems capabilities. AUW includes the weight of the Soldier, the weight of the parachute system, which is approximately 40 pounds, and the weight of the equipment that Soldier needs for a mission — rucks, guns, ammunition, food and water.

While Standard Operating Procedures were developed based on the C-130 aircraft that was used during testing, another set of SOPs will be developed for C-17 aircraft, which is a much larger aircraft that the Army uses.

“The TJRS program has been positively briefed to the Army Airborne Board,” Corner said. “The next step is to work with the board and TRADOC to develop a formal requirement for a jumper recovery system. After that, the project will transition to PM Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, under PEO Soldier.”

The Foreign Comparative Testing program is a congressionally authorized program that is executed for the Army by the RDECOM Global Technology Office, which receives oversight from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comparative Technology Office. The FCT Program provides an avenue for Army engineers, scientists and program managers to acquire, test, and evaluate items and technologies from foreign industry allies and other friendly nations that may fill an Army capability gap or other urgent need.

By Argie Sarantinos-Perrin, RDECOM

It’s National Airborne Day

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Conversation a few years ago at the dinner table.

So one of my sons asks me, “Dad, what’s a leg?”

I answered, “Everyone on your mother’s side of the family son.”

True story…

He’s now 18 and started his path toward an A license while waiting in DEP to join the service.

Happy Airborne Day to all of you Paratroopers out there!

You Never Stop Being A Paratrooper

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Some of you know this man. He has been a Paratrooper for a long time.

A U.S. Army Paratrooper practices Sustained Airborne Training during Leapfest 2018 at the University of Rhode Island in West Kingston, R.I., Aug. 1, 2018. Leapfest is the largest, longest-standing, international static line parachute training event and competition hosted by the 56th Troop Command, Rhode Island Army National Guard, to promote high level technical training and esprit de corps within the International Airborne community. Over 300 Paratroopers from nine different countries are participating this year. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin P. Morelli)

S&S Precision Shop Show – S&S Precision ZipFlip

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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S&S Precision developed the ZipFlip to satisfy a user requirement for a scalable chest mount for ATAK equipped Android devices which could be worn while attached to armor or in a stand-alone configuration, while parachuting or conducting mounted and dismounted operations.

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The basic component is a NavBoard which can be used by itself but will also accept a removable soft pouch, sun shade, auxiliary battery pouch and stand alone harness.

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The system is PALS compatible via the S&S Precision Tenacious Tab.

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The Android device is secured to the NavBoard via a low-profile cinch lock. Additionally, cables and excess cinch lock material can be stored between the NavBoard and soft case.

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A removable stand-alone harness is included for operations where Armor is not needed such as admin jumps.

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The FlipZip can be secured via a zipper Er with dual slides.

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Leapfest 18

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Although registration is now closed, Leapfest will host teams of parachute trained Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen from nine countries:

– Special Operations Detachment – OTAN/NATO, Maryland National Guard

12 Air Assault (Minden) Battery, 12th Regiment Royal Artillery

– Directorate of Special Operations, Botswana Defense Force

– US Army Airborne School, Fort Benning

– 82nd Airborne Division

E Company (LRS/ABN), 134th Infantry Regiment

– 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Special Operations Command

– Associazione Nazionale Paracadutisti d’Italia

– 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines

– 19th Special Forces Group, Airborne

21 Air Assault (Gibraltar) Battery, 32 Regiment Royal Artillery

– II Squadron RAF Regiment

B Company, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Joint Communications Support Element

– 18th Air Support Operations Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

– 195th Quartermaster Detachment & 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations)(Airborne), Nebraska Army National Guard

– 16 Air Assault Brigade

7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

23 Parachute Engineer Regiment

– Parachute Signals Recruiting and Induction

– The Parachute Regiment

– 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment – 4 PARA

16 Medical Regiment

13 Air Assault Support Regiment

8 Parachute Field Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

– 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade – air assault “7 december”

C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment

– U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center

– 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, JRTC and Fort Polk

B Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment

165th Quartermaster Company (Brigade Aerial Delivery Support)

– 17th Special Tactics Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command

– 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson JBER (official)

25th Air Support Operations Squadron

Luftlandebrigade 1 “SAARLAND”

14th Air Support Operations Squadron

Companie A, 3e Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment

– Special Operations Detachment-Global, Rhode Island National Guard

– 44 Parachute Brigade, South African Defense Force

– Aerial Delivery & Field Services Department, Quartermaster School

– 43. výsadkový prapor Chrudim

Successful SOF Combat Jump with SureFire MasterFire & Ryder9-Ti Suppressor

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Recently a US Special Operations team successfully conducted the first night combat jump relying on the MasterFire Holster to retain a handgun suppressed by a SureFire Ryder9-Ti suppressor. The MasterFire performed as designed, validating the concept and fulfilling the requirement. SureFire takes great pride in manufacturing the best possible equipment for those who go in harm’s way, or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation, and performance.