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Hood paratroopers complete jump as Families look on

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June 25, 2013 | News
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A paratrooper jumps out of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter as it flies over Fort Hood’s Rapido Drop Zone. Paratroopers from Co. C, 2-38 Cav. Regt., 504th BfSB, took part in a static line jump June 19 at Fort Hood. The jump was part of a requirement for all paratroopers to maintain a minimum proficiency of at least one jump per quarter. Families were on hand to get a firsthand glimpse of an airborne operation.
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Kayla Good records video as her husband, Spc. Robert Good of Co. C, 2-38 Cav. Regt., 504th BfSB, approaches a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to complete a static line jump at Rapido Drop Zone, June 19. This was the first opportunity Families had to see firsthand what their paratroopers do when they jump.
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Sgt. Emilian Firan, a CBRN NCO with Co. C, 2-38 Cav. Regt.,504th BfSB, works to repack his chute following his successful completion of a static-line jump at Fort Hood, June 19. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Gregory Sanders, 504th BfSB Public Affairs)
Blowing imaginary dust from his palm immediately before showing two open hands to the Paratroopers diligently watching, the jumpmaster calls out in a voice barley heard over the whirring turbines of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

“10 minutes,” he yelled.

What followed was a series of hand gestures and signals that culminated in a static line jump for 74 Paratroopers assigned to Company C, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment throughout the day June 19 at Fort Hood as Family members looked on from Rapido Drop Zone.

“It’s good the Families see this,” said 2-38 Cav. Regt. Commander Lt. Col. John Cogbill. “They may hear a lot about what happens at work, but this gives them the opportunity to see what happens – seeing is believing.”

Kayla Good, spouse of Spc. Robert Good of Co. C, 2-38 Cav., was seeing her husband jump for the first time. She is supportive of his decision to become airborne, but admits the act of Robert jumping out of planes makes her nervous.

“He likes the excitement of being airborne, but it makes me nervous. The danger of breaking a limb worries me,” Kayla said.

Company C is the only Army airborne unit on Fort Hood and the training requirements remain the same as other airborne units. To maintain proficiency, the Soldiers are required to jump at least once a quarter. At Fort Hood, wind and unpredictable weather can prove challenging.

“Minimum requirements have Soldiers jumping once a quarter,” Cogbill said. “Here in Central Texas, wind can become an issue; there is a higher possibility that the jumps will be cancelled, so we have to take every training opportunity possible, which is why we try to get one to two jumps in per month.”

Proficiency jumps usually follow a training method that builds from simple concepts to more complex as the training progresses. This particular jump, typically called “Hollywood,” does not require the same equipment load as a combat jump.

“We do these types of jumps during the day and with little equipment because it allows new guys to get comfortable jumping with the unit, while fulfilling the training requirement,” Cogbill said.

Sgt. Emilian Firan, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear noncommissioned officer with Co. C, was appreciative of the Family participation.
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