Posted on Apr 28, 2015
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Jump with fish
Army SPC Matthew Tattersall, the Paratrooper who gained fame just last week for celebrating his final training jump by bringing his pet fish along with him and filming the experience on a Go-Pro camera, has now faced the wrath of the UCMJ for his stunt.
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SFC Mark Merino
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My heart goes out to the parents of the fish in question. Where was the airborne physical? I want to see the jump record of said fish. Did the fish receive a "GO" on performing a PLF prior to the jump? Where is the secondary water containment device should the primary fail? I demand justice. Has the ACLU and the SPCA filed a lawsuit yet?
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PFC Ryan Battista
PFC Ryan Battista
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in case of becoming stranded on landing, the bottle functions as a handy, all-in-one hydration system/meal-ready-to-eat
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SGT Joshua Bressel
SGT Joshua Bressel
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SFC (Join to see) He got a Wasabi stain!!!!! He is a Siamese Fighting Fish, after all! (Look close! He really is!)
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PO1 Charles Babcock
PO1 Charles Babcock
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ROFL
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PO3 Paul Stai
PO3 Paul Stai
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Who pinned the wings on the fish and how did he take it?
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CSM Brigade Operations (S3) Sergeant Major
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Doing anything that would risk injury, death, or cause a safety violation is strictly prohibited while conducting airborne operations. He broke the rules, was dumb (had the balls) enough to record and post it on social media, now he pays the price. Looks like he got a company grade Article 15 and the commander was extremely lenient on him, which in my opinion he should have been.

The kid is a paratrooper and made a great last jump he will remember for the rest of his life. I would have definitely recommended light punishment if I was his CSM and probably told the kid that what he did was pretty cool.

Airborne!
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LTC Scott Wilde
LTC Scott Wilde
3 y
Now if he would have taken an OSCAR CICHLID down onto the DZ in his Cargo Pocket......I would understand the punishment !!!!
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SFC Kella Townsend
SFC Kella Townsend
3 y
UCMJ for a fish, I suppose the novelty is wearing thin in the sand box wars. Sounds like the military is starting to eat their young.
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
3 y
I understand safety, but I don’t see how this a big deal. Jesus, a shit detail or two would have been more appropriate.
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SPC Rob Lewis
SPC Rob Lewis
2 y
Sure dont want to risk injury or death as you jump behind enemy lines to raise hell, kill people and break things.
It was his last jump, everyone should just lighten up,
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SPC Larry Boutwell
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Command would approved the fish if it had pt belt....lol
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SSG Brian MacBain
SSG Brian MacBain
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How did that fish finish ground week?
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SPC Infantryman
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Just made my morning man xD
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CPT William Jones
CPT William Jones
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His CO did him a favor with the Art 15. He has been punished for violating the rules. So he cannot get further punishment and the art 15 comes off the troopers records.
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SGT Paul (Eric) Haines
SGT Paul (Eric) Haines
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Congratulations! You win the internet!! Please play again tomorrow~
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