Tag Archives: Parachute

Mastering the Jump

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DAVIS-MOTHAN AFB, AZ (Nathan Barbour) – Master Sgt. David Biddinger, 563rd Rescue Group jumpmaster course instructor, had experience working at the school in Yuma before being stationed at D-M about four years ago. “We realized that the Air Force had a need for the jumpmaster course,” Biddinger said. “Working with contacts in U.S. Special Operations Command and at the MFFS, …

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Air Commandos Infiltrate Via Freefall

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CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, NM – Members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted routine jump training March 25 just over the Cannon flightline, training to infiltrate hostile or remote areas where it is not possible for aircraft to land. While jumpers loaded onto an MC-130J Commando II, a ground crew worked quickly to establish a landing zone. And with …

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Objective Bastogne (2001)

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After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, 3rd Ranger Battalion was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On the night of October 19, 2001 portions of Companies A and C conducted a daring low-level parachute assault onto Objective Rhino, a desert airfield in south-western Afghanistan, in order to capture key logistical information. During follow-on missions, forces …

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Flashback: A Ranger’s Jump into Afghanistan

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In November 2001,  a small group of B 3/75 Rangers and Air Force Special Tactics Squadron personnel departed Masirah Island aboard a C-130.  The mission would later be recognized in Ranger history as the smallest Ranger element to parachute into enemy territory. Prior to our departure from Oman’s Masirah island, General Tommy Franks gave us a quick “pep talk” on …

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