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  1. When stowing the locking stows on a 3-grommet d-bag do you stow the center stow first and then go to either side?
  2. Skydiving is a sport. Military static line parachuting is just another way to commute to work! When you've completed training you will be an airborne soldier, and you'll know what that means when you graduate. All the way!
  3. There is a difference between someone being unsupportive of an activity and being opposed to it. My situation may be one of the few lucky exceptions. I've been married for 36 years and have been jumping for 33 of them. My wife has made one tandem, and has no interest in doing another. We have two grown daughters who both skydive. My wife doesn't mind the skydiving, just the time spent all weekend at the DZ, so we compromise. I spend one day each weeekend at the DZ and the other day doing something together with her. She has no interest in accompanying me to the DZ, which is fine. However, she wouldn't miss going if either of the daughters are jumping, so occasionally I luck out and get to the DZ both days on a weekend.
  4. I started as a military static line jumper at age 26. I made my first freeefall at 34. Still jumping at 60 and awaiting the onset of middle age.
  5. Include me with the group that logged HALO jumps and sport jumps in the same logbook, but kept military SL jumps in a separte log.
  6. When I called FXC last month they told me the battery was proprietary. They also told me that the minimum order for batteries from FXC directly was $100. Since I needed only one, I was able to purchase just one from Para-Gear.
  7. Both of my daughters, ages 23 and 20 are now licensed jumpers. They got their licenses together two summers ago. It is absolutely wonderful to be able to share the experience with them - the jumping as well as the DZ social life.
  8. 1. Jumping with my two daughters on their graduation jumps. 2. Flag demo jump into Ft. McHenry on Flag Day just before the fireworks display. The band was playing the National Anthem, and the jump was timed so that the landing coincided with the end of the anthem. My daughters (much younger then) were amazed that other kids were asking their dad and his teammates for autographs.
  9. I don't jump with one simply because I feel I don't need one. I have been jumping for 20 years without one. I have no doubt that I will pull my handles in an emergency. I think having an AAD is a lot like having life insurance. If you feel you need it, you are correct. If you feel you don't need it, you are equally correct. Now, having stated my personal opinion, I'll add that my two daughters are now skydiving with fewer than 100 jumps each. I made sure they both had a CYPRES in their rigs just for my peace of mind. Although I do not feel the need for one myself, I wanted them to have AADs.
  10. No, by the time those missions in Central America came along, my A-team days were long over and I was the guy putting the pins in the map. I did some work in Europe in the late 70s and 80s, and in Japan in the early 90s. The 20th GP was activated during the first gulf war. Many of the medics and engineers, along with anyone language qualified in middle eastern languages were shipped out to help the Kurdish refugee situation. The rest of the group, including myself, remained at Bragg. It wasn't very exciting duty, but did offer ample opportunity to visit Raeford.
  11. Nah, I still belong to Chapter 26 out of Baltimore. When they deactivated the reserve SF, it only affected the 11th and 12th GPs on the Army Reserve side of the house, not the 19th or 20th Gps in the National Guard. I was with an element of the 20th out of MAryland. I moved from Maryland to Kansas City in 1994, and commuted bact to Baltimore on drill weekends for 5 years. It was worth it to stay with SF.
  12. Hey Guys, Welcome to sport skydiving. Another ol' paratrooper here. Jump school in NOV 76. Served with 20th Group from 76 to 94. Started sport skydiving in 82. Military JM in 83. HALO in 90. Retired in 99. Picked up Master wings sometime along the way. I was stationed at Bragg in 91 and jumped quite a bit at at Raeford while there. It's a great DZ. The night equipment jumps sure make for nice memories, but this ol' soldier's skeleton is content with soft openings, and even softer landings nowadays. I gotta agree with you though, there isn't much to compare to the feling of being a JM conducting a N/CE jump out of a C-130. De Opresso Liber
  13. A rigger may not repack the reserve unless the entire system, including the harness and container, is safe. Many riggers will not pack reserves over 20 years old. That is their choice. It becomes their liability. You also mention that the rigger said the pilot chute was weak, and the main risers were not airworthy. This being the case, the rigger should not pack the reserve unless the pilot chute and main risers were replaced, even if the reserve was airworthy. It sounds like the rigger may be exercising good judgement with your boyfriend's safety in mind. FWIW, I used to jump an X-210R up unti a few years ago. I unloaded it because of it's age and GQ's stated position that the canopy's service life was 15 years. I would recommend that your boyfriend do likewise.