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No day is a good day for a parachute jump, or so I am whining. There are actually many halcyon days out there that are bright and beautiful for airdrops. However, my chickens**t fear refuses me to take notice of the glory of jumping on a light weather day.

My battalion colonel was a true admirer of days with beautiful weather. He just loved a good ol’ daytime light-weather jump and was blatant about moving the schedule around vigorously to allow himself enough time to slip away and strap-hang on another unit’s airborne operation.

Colonel James, or James Roosh as was his name, would sit high in the saddle and jump any day.

However, some days, (most days, I say), I would pout that the winds low on the ground were suddenly squirrelly and too rough to jump in. That flags a man as cowardly; an event you shouldn’t want to invite upon yourself for fear of being shunned.

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Staff Sgt. Erik Nosich, 144th Airlift Squadron loadmaster stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska, practices being dragged by a parachute May 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The parachuting program’s goal is to train all aircrew members, who could potentially have to bail out of their aircraft, on how to survive a parachute ride so they can be recovered by recovery personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Once, even the good Colonel Roosh happened to get tangled in a parcel of squirrelly air. And it dragged him out over the nearby golf course.

He was having too much fun to chop away his canopy. And when he landed, instead of stowing away his parachute, he politely allowed himself to be dragged the near breadth of the golf course until he uttered his classic phrase:


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Not even the post commander could possibly be mad at that episode. As for me I look at the event, decide if anyone was hurt, or any property damaged, and if I can say negative to both questions then there was no reportable event. PLAY BALL!

By Almighty God and with honor,
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George Hand

Master Sergeant US Army (ret) from the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, The Delta Force. In service, he maintained a high level of proficiency in 6 foreign languages. Post military, George worked as a subcontracter for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on the nuclear test site north of Las Vegas Nevada for 16 years. Currently, George works as an Intelligence Analyst and street operative in the fight against human trafficking. A master cabinet-grade woodworker and master photographer, George is a man of diverse interests and broad talents.