Archive for the ‘Parachuting’ Category

Today is National Airborne Day

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Just thought all of the legs out there should know.

Carry on, that is all.

Natick Civilian Graduates From Jump School

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Every once in awhile, the civilian staff at the Natick Soldier Systems Center get to attend military courses. For example, I know a guy who went to jumpmaster school while he was in jump status as a civilian there after having served on active duty in the Army. Others have attended mountaineering courses with the nearby Vermont Army National Guard.

Recently, Jennifer Hunt, a textile technologist/materials engineer on the Aerial Delivery Engineering Support Team, or ADEST, at the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center graduated from the Basic Airborne Course.

“I wanted to go and have the experience of using and jumping the parachute equipment I work with and inspect every day,” said Hunt. “The opportunity has given me a different and fuller perspective of the work I do for ADEST and has made me better qualified to do my job”

I’m very impressed with Ms Hunt’s effort here. Most people who attend are in their late teens and early 20s. She is 41 years old! That means she had to get an age waiver to attend. Not shabby, especially for a civilian employee.

Having never served in the military, she spent a year training to the APFT’s 17-21 age group standard and worked on pull-ups. Ms Hunt is under five feet tall so she had to jump to grasp the bar. That’s one dedicated lady.

Congratulations to Ms Jennifer Hunt.


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Rampart Range Day – S&S Precision

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016


Despite being a 1960s era weapon system, the M72 LAAW remains a trusted and highly effective weapon for use against armored vehicles, buildings, and bunkers. S&S designed the LAAW Clip to securely carry a LAAW on the operator’s kit while allowing it to be rapidly accessed and deployed.

Flip Mod

New from S&S the Flip Mod is a development of their NAVBOARD allows easy access to a smartphone, compass, and an altimeter or small GPS during parachute operations.

True Story

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

One evening At the dinner table, my son asked me, “Dad, what’s a leg?”

I looked at him, then at his mother, and then back at him and said, “That’s your mom’s side of the family.”

B17 Flying Fortress Skydive

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

This video from the Chicagoland Skydive Center is amazing. What an opportunity.

Thanks to my favorite Weather guy, Brett S!

Remember That Arc’teryx Kit The PJs In Alaska Bought?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Well, it’s been put to good use, in some of the most extreme environments in earth.


An Alaska Air National Guardsman from the 212th Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, watches the jumpmaster prior to jumping out of a C-17 Globemaster III flown by the 249th Airlift Squadron onto the U.S. Navy’s Ice Camp Sargo in the Arctic Circle in support of Ice Exercise 2016, March 15, 2016. The two squadrons worked together to airdrop 10 PJs, two Alaska National Guard Soldiers and a 9,500-pound arctic sustainment package to the camp. ICEX is a joint-force exercise which allows multiple military branches to assess readiness in the arctic, increase operation experience in the region, develop partnerships and collaborative efforts, and advance understanding of the arctic environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Richardson/Released)

Just Hanging Around

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016


Noncommissioned officers help Natick’s Aerial Delivery Directorate researchers test the RA-1 parachute‚Äôs harness for comfort and fit in cold conditions created in the Doriot Climactic Chambers. Brrrrrr!

A Little Motivation from Complete Parachute Solutions and Magul CORE

Saturday, January 9th, 2016


Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

A great recruiting video from the early days of the VOLAR. Men running in boots and that awesome soundtrack.

Gidget – The Parachuting Dog

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Gidget, the 15 month old mongrel-mascot of 7th Aerial Port Squadron’s Combat Control Team, doesn’t lead a dog’s life. “She lives the life of a paratrooper. “Gidget, complete with serial number and a forthcoming rank, makes parachute jumps right along side Combat Controllers. “Wearing a miniature T-10 parachute with a 12 foot in diameter canopy made especially for her, the female pooch has a record of 12 jumps from a C-130 Hercules aircraft.

Back row: Paul Bisnett, Bobby Boone, Marty Ragland, Kenny Young, Moe Lattimore, and George McLean Front row: Gordin (George) Hamblin, James E. Proctor, Richmond D. “Smokey” Murray, Authur P. “Skip” Arnold , and Capt Noel L. Moore with Gidget