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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:09 am
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Well gents, after a long long, long time, I am finally back home with the family.

Got back a week early from Airborne School, and regret to say I am not parachute qualified. Had a medical issue while down there and got released early. Docs gave me 500mg of Naproxen (anti-inflamatory) before I left for a heal spur I neeed to have cut out later - long story short, 500mg is like a mega dose of the stuff and I acquired ulcers in my stomach and esophagus!! Didn't eat or drink for 8 days (couldn't keep it down). Lived on the occasional IV and some drugs. Docs finally figured it out and sent me on my way home, said I can come back in 6 months at the earliest. Not sure will go back though, more on that one later!

But all is well now and I am eating like a horse! Amazing what you take for granted when you tell the wife your not in the mood for that food tonight - man, I will eat anything now!

Will be back in here more normally in a few days!

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DANG glad to have you back Hunt even if it's earlier than you'd hoped....can't think of a better way for you to enjoy Easter Sunday than by being back with your family again!!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:33 pm
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Happy Easter and welcome back Hunt!
sounds like a helluva outing ya' had there, I guess thats if you classify airborne school as an outing. I can only imagine what you go through for something like that. Sorry to hear about the bad luck as we all knew how much you were looking forward to this venture, not much a fella can do when the body wont co-operate.


anyways bud, glad your back, wish I could say I look forward to some cfs3 with ya' but I am having major issues and am hoping a full re-install of the game will sort it out. Mad


welcome back Hunt!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:42 pm
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A. You're safe and OK now and home with family for Easter.

B. You ain't 19 anymore.

C. You can always take another crack at it later if so inclined.

D. You're M.I., so it's not like it's a mission critical skill for your MOS. Tabs are nice and all, but they aren't what make the soldier. Wink

E. You're JG300, and it doesn't get any better than that! Airborne/Ranger/Pathfinder eat your hearts out, we have more fun! (and the food is better)

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:00 pm
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^---- WHAT HE SAID. DAMN STRAIGHT!!!!

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You only get one guess who mighta' modified this poster slightly to better suit his first assignment as a scout. Wink


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:40 pm
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Since we weren't allowed anything other than uniforms and boots (no wedding ring, watches, cameras, etc..), I grabbed some excerpts from the Airborne Page to document the journey and some file photos:

GROUND WEEK - WEEK 1

"During Ground Week, you begin an intensive program of instruction to build individual airborne skills, which will prepare you to make a parachute jump, and land safely. You will train on the mock door, the 34 foot tower, and the lateral drift apparatus (LDA). To go forward to Tower Training Week, you must individually qualify on the 34 foot tower, the LDA, and pass all PT requirements. "

What they leave out the the basic training environment of mass punishment, a lot of running in boots and more pull-ups than you can shake a stick at! The runs were only bad after chow, nothing like running on a full belly in 85 degrees with 90% humidity!!

Here's some pics of stuff I got to do:

This is a mock-up of a C-130 we used to practice moving around and exiting the plane:

This%20is%20the%2034-ft%20tower.%20%20Basically%20you%20have%20a%20harness%20and%20they%20tell%20you%20go%20to%20which%20you%20just%20jump%20out%20and%20free%20fall%20for%20a%20second%20before%20the%20leg%20straps%20cinch%20up%20in%20the%20painful%20places%20if%20ya%20know%20what%20I%20mean,%20they%20you%20go%20the%20rest%20of%20the%20way%20down%20the%20\"zipline\"%20so%20to%20speak.%20%20Used%20to%20practice%20form%20on%20exiting%20the%20aircraft.%20%20Only%20thing%20missing%20is%20propwash%20at%20130mph!: Used%20to%20practice%20landings,%20you%20hang%20from%20a%20zipline%20about%204%20feet%20from%20the%20ground.%20%20When%20the%20instrcutor%20yells%20clear,%20they%20give%20you%20a%20push%20from%20the%20platform.%20%20When%20he%20says%20land,%20you%20drop%20yourself%20into%20a%20pile%20of%20rocks%20(not%20the%20most%20comfortable%20or%20natural%20feeling%20in%20the%20world%20-%20lotsa%20bruises!): ---------------------- TOWER%20WEEK%20-%20(Made%20one%20day%20of%20this%20one%20%20%20:cry:%20) The%20individual%20skills%20learned%20during%20Ground%20Week%20are%20refined%20during%20Tower%20Week%20and%20team%20effort%20or%20\"mass%20exit\"%20concept%20is%20added%20to%20the%20training.%20The%20apparatuses%20used%20this%20week%20are%20the%2034-foot%20towers,%20the%20swing%20landing%20trainer%20(SLT),%20the%20mock%20door%20for%20mass%20exit%20training,%20the%20suspended%20harness,%20and%20the%20250-foot%20free%20tower.%20Tower%20Week%20completes%20your%20individual%20skill%20training%20and%20builds%20team%20effort%20skills.%20To%20go%20forward%20to%20Jump%20Training%20Week%20you%20must%20qualify%20on%20the%20SLT,%20master%20the%20mass%20exit%20procedures%20from%20the%2034-foot%20tower,%20and%20pass%20all%20PT%20requirements.%20 This%20is%20where%20pull-ups%20come%20in%20handy%20-%20you%20suspend%20from%20this%20harness%20and%20then%20practice%20pulling%20the%20risers%20to%20\"slip\"%20whichever%20way%20you%20want%20to%20travel: This%20is%20the%20Swing%20Land%20Trainer%20-%20You%20are%20on%20a%20high%20platform,%20jump%20off,%20swing%20around%20while%20your%20\"buddy\"%20has%20a%20rope%20holding%20your%20dumb%20ass%20up,%20then%20they%20drop%20ya%20onto%20the%20rocks%20to%20practice%20falling%20again%20-%20I%20was%20in%20line%20for%20this%20when%20the%20illness%20got%20the%20better%20of%20me!




Well, in a nutshell, I enjoyed part of the time I was down there. Weather sucked, it was physically exhausting, and I didn't get to finish, what else to say.

And Ascout, I comepletely agree with all of the above. Only bad thing is it is a requirement to stay in the Special Forces world, even as a support guy - They make exceptions from time to time, so we'll see how that goes. Would really hate to end up back in big Army again!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:49 pm
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Good to see ya back Hunt,


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:15 am
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All those fancy-schmancy back-riser slips...back in the good ol' days, we just took out a soldering iron, applied it to our surplus T28 parachutes and did something like this to make 'em steerable (until we could afford the pinnacle of sport parachuting, the Para-Commander Mk1)
Of course, it did tend to hasten your decent.

Oh, we practiced our PLF's off the back of a moving pickup truck in what was then the big empty field across from what was then Charlotte Motor Speedway, now Loews Motor Speedway.

Double-L and Seven Gore TU mods

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:03 am
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Welcome back Hunt!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:29 pm
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Actually, aside from airborne school and some older hard core units, we're using toggle controlled chutes that land so soft you have to remember to PLF to make it look good!

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