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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Follow me: Marines renew airborne certification

By Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | March 26, 2013

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A Marine from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group near Camp Lejeune, N.C., prepares for his first jump in the fleet March 20, 2013.  The red helmet he wears identifies him as a novice, or “cherry” jumper.

A Marine from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group near Camp Lejeune, N.C., prepares for his first jump in the fleet March 20, 2013. The red helmet he wears identifies him as a novice, or “cherry” jumper. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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Aircrew members from a C-130 meet with jump masters from Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., and review plans and protocols for an airborne exercise March 20, 2013. More than 20 Marines participated in the exercise to meet their quarterly jump requirement.

Aircrew members from a C-130 meet with jump masters from Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., and review plans and protocols for an airborne exercise March 20, 2013. More than 20 Marines participated in the exercise to meet their quarterly jump requirement. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group  walk toward a C-130 Hercules March 20, 2013 aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., to conduct an airborne exercise. This jump was used to renew airborne certifications.

Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group walk toward a C-130 Hercules March 20, 2013 aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., to conduct an airborne exercise. This jump was used to renew airborne certifications. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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A C-130 aircrew reviews notes and prepares cargo during an airborne exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2013.  This exercise was coordinated with Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

A C-130 aircrew reviews notes and prepares cargo during an airborne exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2013. This exercise was coordinated with Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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An assistant jump master gives Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group the “OK” to jump during an airborne exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C.,  March 20, 2013. Marines jumped from a height of 1200 feet to meet their quarterly requirement.

An assistant jump master gives Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group the “OK” to jump during an airborne exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2013. Marines jumped from a height of 1200 feet to meet their quarterly requirement. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group board a C-130 Hercules aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.,  for an airborne exercise March 20, 2013. Marines who are airborne certified must jump at least once per quarter.

Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group board a C-130 Hercules aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., for an airborne exercise March 20, 2013. Marines who are airborne certified must jump at least once per quarter. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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A C-130 Hercules on Cherry Point waits on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., before a training mission March 20, 2013. The aircraft would carry Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., over Camp Lejeune, N.C., where they would leap into the skies to meet their quarterly fleet requirement.

A C-130 Hercules on Cherry Point waits on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., before a training mission March 20, 2013. The aircraft would carry Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., over Camp Lejeune, N.C., where they would leap into the skies to meet their quarterly fleet requirement. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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A Marine from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., walks away from a C-130 Hercules before an airborne exercise March 20, 2013. The plane could not leave until all crew members attended a safety brief.

A Marine from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., walks away from a C-130 Hercules before an airborne exercise March 20, 2013. The plane could not leave until all crew members attended a safety brief. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines from the Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group discuss the jump they just completed near Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2013. It was the Marine in the red helmet’s first jump since joining the fleet.

Marines from the Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group discuss the jump they just completed near Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2013. It was the Marine in the red helmet’s first jump since joining the fleet. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group follow their stick leader after completing a jump near Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2013.  Most of these Marines renewed their quarterly jump certification, and others jumped for the first time during this training evolution.

Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group follow their stick leader after completing a jump near Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2013. Most of these Marines renewed their quarterly jump certification, and others jumped for the first time during this training evolution. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- More than 20 Marines from Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group waited anxiously for a C-130 Hercules to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., March 20.

For some of these Marines it would be their first time jumping out of an aircraft since joining the fleet; others were fulfilling their quarterly jump requirements. Despite the reason, these Marines were all unified by their love for jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.

“It’s probably the biggest rush you can get,” said Lance Cpl. Wesley R. Jetter, a Williamson, Ga., native who has been in the Corps for more than a year and was completing his first fleet jump.

Servicemembers split into groups, or “sticks,” of 6 to 8 people. A stick leader led the group in a jump. He hollered “Follow me!” before leaping off the back of the C-130. The rest of the stick followed obediently.

“Jumping out of planes is scary at first, but once my parachute opens, I’m good to go,” said Wesley. He is currently a parachute rigger with CLR-27 and said he didn’t choose his job, but wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

To prepare for this job field, Marines attend a three-week course at Fort Benning, Ga. During the course, students learn how to exit an aircraft, maneuver with gear, emergency procedures, and how to land properly. They test these techniques during four daytime jumps and a final jump, which is performed at night. Students also learn hand and arm signals that are crucial for communication during the jumps.

“The aircrew maintains contact with the ground crew and relays information to the jump masters,” said Sgt. Milford Anthony, a platoon sergeant and air delivery chief with the Landing Support Co. “The jump masters then pass word to their Marines.”

While some of the communication is done verbally, the amount of noise inside the aircraft makes hand and arm signals the safest method to ensure the correct message is passed to everyone.

After completing jump school, the students receive orders to their new unit, and begin the workup for their first fleet jump. During their first jump, novice jumpers wear red helmets and are known as “cherry jumpers.”

The helmets make it easier for ground crew members and experienced jumpers to identify them.

“Cherry jumpers may not be as familiar with canopy control and maneuvering the parachute to the ground safely,” said Milford.

For this reason, people on the ground pay extra attention to them and can critique them so they become more proficient.

“You have to be able to rely on the training you received at jump school … the biggest challenge to overcome is human nature,” said Milford.

For Milford, it is his fear of heights.

“I just tell myself that if other people can do it, then I can too,” said Milford, who had an incident during his last jump at Fort Benning.

“I lost my cool and everything that could possibly go wrong did,” said Milford. “I didn’t exit properly from the plane; my right foot got caught in my suspension line and I landed upside down on my head, neck and shoulders.”

Milford didn’t let his prior accident or fear of heights hamper his progress though, and has now completed more than 26 successful jumps.

“I love what I do and I will do it for as long as the Marine Corps allows me to,” said Milford.
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  • ajithkumar 1 years 126 days ago
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