CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, JAPAN
3rd Marine Logistics Group
Military Free Fall Marines
Marines with Landing Support Company, 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, participate in a parachute and air delivery training operations at Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan. The training consisted of low-level static line and military free fall jumps at 10,000 feet in order to keep the Marines proficient as parachute rigger and air delivery specialists.
Military Free Fall YouTube Video
Today was trying an air delivery out of an alternate platform so utilizing the CH53 rotary wing aircraft. Typically we drop most of our cargo loads and personal parachutes out of a C130, a fixed-wing aircraft.
The goal was to get that alternate platform, work with the rotary wing aircraft. Allow the Marines to train on a platform that they’re not used to training on so and that’s why we did a door bundle, simulating cargo resupply and the Marines got to also be the personnel drops out of there.
So once all the jumpers will suit up, we’ll conduct our jumpmaster personnel inspections. Load them onto the aircraft.
My assistant jumpmaster was on the ramp taking control of the stick and we communicate in the aircraft using hand and arm signals so all the jumpers, we trained prior to even getting on the aircraft.
A level static line is your parachute deployed from a static line, that is connected to what we call an anchor line cable on the aircraft so as soon as you step out of the aircraft that static line pulls on the corner bag and your parachute activates.
The military free fall, you’re jumping 10,000 feet. Not under their parachute canopy, through the sky, and then it’s on them to deploy their main canopy.
Every time we do the training something’s different so you can learn something new every time we do it so it’s important for us to continue to maintain the training.
In a combat environment, this would lean over to be to deliver supplies to troops on the ground that need it via air delivery, there’s one capability that Third Transportation Support Battalion offers to the EMF.
Thank you U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Isabella Ortega for the video.