01. Airborne Operation Photos - Fort Bragg, NC - June 14, 1984

3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division

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The Company "Falls In" in the formation area for a Pre-Jump Manifest Call. "Manifest Call" was a roll call to see who was scheduled to jump and who was actually there. After manifest we would be assigend to a "stick", which was a group of jumpers that was assigned to a certain aircraft. We were given white stickers which we placed on our helmets. This sticker was your label to identify your place in the stick. After that was Pre-Jump Training. Pre-Jump Training was a review of how to do everything correctly just incase you forgot how. We practiced jumping out the door of an imaginary (*simulated*) aircraft, reviewed the Rules of the Air, how to react to Landing Hazards like Water, Trees, and Power Lines, and reviewed the Jump Commands. We also practiced the PLF, a Parachutist's Landing Fall, which was something everyone had done for a week in Fort Benning, Georgia at Airborne School. But we did it anyway because it was "Good Training" and it helped you to land without breaking your legs.

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(SSG Quick, SGT John D. Mathews (without helmet), SP4 Lilton Jones, Vagenski, & Baptista