Members of the Utah Army National Guard 2-211 Aviation Battalion assist members of the 19th Special Forces Group with freefall and static line parachute jumps near Camp Williams, Utah, Oct. 30, 2013. The 2-211 assisted the 19th SFG with maintaining airborne qualification as well as jump master qualifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.Tim Chacon)

Man I just want to be at Bragg as a real blue corded Infantry officer and getting to jump…

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Via Flickr:
HALIM Air Base, Indonesia (Apr. 21, 2010) - Local children in the Lanud Gorda Binuang, Indonesia watch as an Indonesian Soldier prepares to land after jumping from a C-130J Hercules from Yokota Air Base, Japan in support of Cope West 2010. Cope West is a Pacific Air Forces sponsored bilateral tactical airlift exercise involving the U.S. and Indonesian Air Forces. The exercise is designed to advance interoperability between the U.S. and Indonesian Air Forces, and promote cooperation and unity of purpose. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young)e photo/Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

The little things in life

Another day in Afghanistan. My flight home has been cancelled and my tour have been extended. I don’t get to go to Jumpmaster school as soon as I wanted to and even worse, I don’t get to see my wife. I feel crushed, but at the end of the day, I know I’ve still won. I am in good health, I have a loving family, and I have a good amount of money saved for our future. Most importantly, I’m married to the most beautiful woman, my best friend, who I love dearly and means the world to me. After the bad news, at the end of the day, Life Is Good.

Hard work and dedication. These gold wings have story. On my second to last jump I twisted my ankle  when I landed. I was on crutches and out of the game 1 jump short of earning my gold wings. I only needed one more night full combat load jump but I was hurt and could barley walk without the crutches. If I looked hurt or if I showed up with crutches they wouldn’t have let me jump. The night of the jump I  hid the crutches and walked on that hurt ankle in excruciating pain. I got suited up with my parachute and emergency suit plus my combat load which consist of your rifle and you pack which adds weight. It was the most pain I’ve had in a while however I was able to fool the jumpmaster into thinking I was well enough to jump. I got on the aircraft and waited for the green light to come on which signal that we are over the drop zone. As I jumped with my fellow Marines all I could think was I hope I don’t land on the runway and guess where I landed hurt ankle and all but it was over and I earned my wings. Later on the jump master came up to me and told me he knew that I was injured but since I sucked it up and never complained and kept pushing that he overlooked the rules and let me go through with the jump. Shot out Sergeant Evans for being a real one

Jumped on 3 of the 10 lifts today with combat equipment to finish off the last of the criteria for my Senior Rated Jumpmaster Wings. Of course all the other JMs HAD to pin me right on the DZ lol.