Yea looks like i have a hard slot with corps guys on the 11th, then there is rumor that SWC will also be hosting them for a week along with other units. Might be and expensive week for me.
My brother has 8 sets of wings and is talking trash...so now i have to beat hime. Damn officers :)
"Truth comes in a six to nine round burst"
Yup, hopefully I can get out for one and day and be able to get there before they do prejump and get on 1 or 2 lifts... worth a shot :)
"Truth comes in a six to nine round burst"
IMOH, I really think it's a shame they took the foreign badges off the fatigues, I also think, now that I have been there, it really does not matter where you got the wings from. What matters more is HOW yo got them. I have gotten the THAI wings at least 3 times..but I earned them on my second time when I inserted at 0300 on the Burma border with 10 US & 10 Thai SF and we had to chase a bundle out and then move about 6K to link up with our G Force and I was carrying the lightest ruck which was about 85 pounds since we were going to be on the ground for 5 weeks.....That's when I really knew that I had earned them ...NOW don't get your panties twisted I know not everyone get's a chance to do that...BUT I also really think you should be in THAT country at least....I had the PI Wings and it was the same way I got a couple in Hollywood jumps, then we did a night infil with the PI SF and you just feel better about it.
A MAJ and I had slots to go to the Turkish Jump School since that was the only way you could get them, but when we requested Permissive Jump orders the Main GEN denied it....That sucked......
Got British in '87 (was stationed in Vicenza) when we did an exchange with XV Para, a Reserve Unit, out of Edinburgh, Scotland. 3 balloon and 2 C 130 jumps. The unit had bars in their center and being E-burgh is on the North Sea, everytime a storm blew in the jumps were cancelled and the bars were opened. When it cleared the bars closed and the jumps were open. I swear I made all 5 jumps drunk!....at least I think I did....
When I saw the cable(NOT taut is an understatement!) in that ratty Guatemalan C-47 as we bank over the Pacific headed for the DZ at Base de Militar Tropas Paracaidistas "General Felipe Cruz" ..............I EARNED those fuckers! The party afterwards was cool too!
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I have German (Bronze, Silver, & Gold), Australian. British, French, Irish, Chilean, Dutch, and Canadian wings.
Toy Drop this year is 36 Allied JMs from 9 countries participating. Israel canceled on Monday due to all the big fires they're having at home. Current line up is Botswana, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, and Thailand. 1844 will jump on Saturday. 2 C-17s and 12 C130s will be flying on Sicily..... Next week around 1800 from SOF units will jump M-F at St Mere DZ.
picked up Irish wings today, my first and only set of foreign wings (for now...)
I die a little bit everyday I see Airborne ROK Officers and support dudes from SOCKOR running around over here. I sawr a KATUSA assigned to SOCKOR the other day wearing a Maroon beret and I know he wasn't Airborne qualified. I see goobers, legs and probable dumbasses walking around with my beloved Maroon beret while I suffer the indignation of the general population beret. Ladies and gentlemen, justice has left the building!
During my time in the German Airborne Forces I "only" got the chance to qualify for the US wings...and the JM course. Having said that...that is all I ever really wanted around jump wings, get the German ones in gold, the Jump Master A on the class A uniform and the equivalent qualification with the US Army. Ever since I was a child, when I saw "The Longest Day" for the first time, I wanted those US wings...Well, I got what I wanted and now am happy.
PS: The British one would be cool but only if getting them jumping that balloon...I have friends who did that, they all say it's a bit suicidal, so quiet, straight down...like jumping from a bridge!
Re: the British balloon. I've heard it's quite unnerving. Apparently, since there's no prop blast, you can hear the rubber bands popping off the pack tray...
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Member of the original 505th PIR Gavin Squad - 1986
So I researched it and found a section with the words to it and my dear friend SGM Guerrero (RIP) who I was working with at the time I was making the video told me "You know that Movie was the start of Americans being called "Gringos", since it was filmed in Texas...It probably does not appeal to most who view the video since their expecting some gung ho music or the Ballad of the Green Berets...but it was good enough to spend six months on the front page of the COL's web site and is now inside the site, so I'm glad I used that theme and I think the COL is also glad I did. RIP SIR!
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