Posted on Feb 8, 2021
SGT Mark Halmrast
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Airborne: Favorite Jump?

We all have jumps that stand out -- good jumps and bad.
What is one of your favorite jumps?

Mine is a jump into Panama for JOTC. We left Bragg at O-dark thirty and 50 degrees or so...and a few hours later the doors opened and a hot blast of muggy air swept through the bird. It was so hot I started sweating through my jungle fatigues on the way down before we even hit the ground. What made the jump a favorite, though, is the landing: 8'-10' high elephant grass that absorbed all shock; we just kind of settled onto the ground. So much better than those feet/knees/head/drag landings on Holland back at Bragg.
How about you? A favorite?
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LTC Stephen C.
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It was JUL70, SGT Mark Halmrast, and I was attending the SF weapons course at Fort Bragg. Back then, Saturday was a duty half day. It was either a half day (to noon) of details, or almost always you could opt to make a Hollywood jump (demos) that might get you back to the barracks about 2 pm. Believe it or not, some guys would take the detail, but I always wanted to jump!
We got on a C-130 late in the morning at Pope AFB, it was already scorching hot and inside the plane was worse. The USAF loadmaster could already see some guys getting pale because he yelled out, “If you throw up on my airplane, you’ll have to clean it up!” (I know everyone has heard that before!)
Most of us were E-3-E4, but one student with us was an E-7, in charge of us, and a real horse’s behind. Sure enough, he threw up before we ever took off and there he was cleaning the floor of the a/c with two rigs on, and we were still on the ground! All my buddies and I were extremely pleased. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving jerk! Never forgot this little life’s pleasure and I remember his name to this day.
CSM Chuck Stafford Maj Rob Drury SGT Carl Blas LTC Jeff Shearer
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SGT Mark Halmrast
SGT Mark Halmrast
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Great story LTC Stephen C. !
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SGT Mark Halmrast
SGT Mark Halmrast
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...and who would choose duty?? Air, you had the better day by far LTC Stephen C. !
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SGT Mark Halmrast
SGT Mark Halmrast
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*sir
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CSM Chuck Stafford
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C130 tailgate @4000 ft into Babyseal DZ Antigua
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SFC Chuck Martinez
SFC Chuck Martinez
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I did them all, to include the chinook and chopper jumps, 10 seconds count.
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CSM Chuck Stafford
CSM Chuck Stafford
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Nothing like landing in the warm Caribbean
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CSM Chuck Stafford I had one like that in Okinawa. Tailgate C130 into the beautiful blue waters off the coast of Oki. The only downside is washing the saltwater out of the parachutes after
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LTC Jeff Shearer
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I will start by saying I liked jumping much more after jumpmaster but I was not a big fan of any platform. Most likely the easiest was the CH-47, dating myself a bit maybe the CH-53 with a cargo box. They were easy and smooth. I jumped in Italy and got my first set of foreign wings. When I exited the AC I looked around and thought how cool is this, I'm getting foreign wings and looking at the Italian country side. Wow!
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SGT Mark Halmrast
SGT Mark Halmrast
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Italy. Beautiful. It sounds like you appreciated it for all it was.
It sounds like you have top tier observational chips, sir. You see and sense deeply.
Italy. Congrats on that...what a great opportunity LTC Jeff Shearer
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