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  1. Nate in a Noreseman cockpit.
  2. Steve Kalvelage is presented with a statue by Dick Nazarro recognizing his selection as the 1980 Soldier of the Year for A/1/11th Special Forces Group, Fort Devens, Massachusetts"
  3. (Copied from another source) Steven Charles Kalvelage, 65, of Weeki Wachee, Florida died at home on October 31, 2019. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the second child of Alban and Lois (Beierwaltes) Kalvelage. Steven entered the Army at the age of 17, becoming a member of Special Forces. He served in Central and South America, Northern Europe and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom after 9/11. He retired in 2003 after thirty years proudly serving his country. He worked at Natick Labs in Massachusetts for the Department of Defense designing cold weather gear and parachutes for the U.S. army. He attended the University of Lowell for engineering and graduated from the FAA Academy in Oklahoma to become an air traffic controller in Boston and New Hampshire. Steven spent many years as a NRA instructor in NH and Florida. He built his home himself on Great Bay in Durham, NH where he enjoyed boating and flying his Cessna airplane. He is predeceased by his father, Alban Kalvelage. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Alison Kalvelage of Weeki Wachee, FL; mother, Lois Kalvelage of Spring Hill, FL; 3 siblings, James Kalvelage and his wife, Vicki of New Mexico; Karen Riesbeck and her husband, William of IL; Kathy Alvins and her husband, Mitch of Brooksville, FL; beloved niece, Molly Ciszewski of Massachusetts; and many other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends throughout the country. Steven will be greatly missed by all who knew him. ---------------- (Additional notes provided by one of Steve's friends): Steve served 30 years Special Forces A Team--Operational Detachment Alphas (ODA). He ran the student instruction program at Pepperell Skydiving Center with Rich Sentner in 1980's. He absolutely adored his wife, Alison, and constantly expressed his appreciation for her loving support through the many stages of his medical treatments the past couple of years.
  4. Here is a link to an article about Nate. Sounds like a great guy!
  5. Oh no! This makes me very, very sad. I just saw him post to FB on July 14th that he was celebrating ten years since his bypass, and he felt great. You know how there are people who genuinely smile and seem happy to see you? That was Jack. He always had a corny joke and a smile on his face. I have so much love for him and Lynn, the love of his life. (Photo from a picture his granddaughter posted on FB.)
  6. You both are right, there is a grey area to some of the advertising rules. We've had situations come up like this in the past. If it was posted monthly frequently, it would certainly cross the line. But, since it is a just a weekend event and it involves helping people be safer, I will let it stay. Thanks for the help!
  7. I cannot even handle this news today. One of our old school dz.commers who was such a shining and bright light in our community. It was always so great to see her at the Fitz boogie every year. She was such a sweet woman, and so, so smart. Her death is so not fair.
  8. At any Florida dropzone, August is a pretty miserable month to jump in, not gonna lie. You'll have a dry heat in CA, but a humid, wet heat in FL. If you like to sweat the toxins out of your body, Florida in August is the place for you! There will most likely be afternoon thunderstorms every day. They do tend to pass quickly, so that's a plus. Locals at FL dropzones tend to get on the first loads of the day, and stop jumping in the early afternoon and head indoors or go do water sports. So, if you're into the beach, kayaking, paddleboarding, etc., Sebastian could work for you if you plan your day accordingly.
  9. Yes, please give us a name! She is Da Man, and you better not mess with Da Man, because she will lay some keepdown on you faster than, well, really fast. ~Billvon
  10. Welcome back! I bet you'll have better skills in no time, especially with the tunnel training. She is Da Man, and you better not mess with Da Man, because she will lay some keepdown on you faster than, well, really fast. ~Billvon
  11. Everyone is going to be so sad to not see that camper in the first slot this year. She is Da Man, and you better not mess with Da Man, because she will lay some keepdown on you faster than, well, really fast. ~Billvon
  12. Don't we have to go through this every year? Rick, if you don't come, you're going to break Bradley's heart. He loves hanging at the Muff Trailer and eating your pretzels! She is Da Man, and you better not mess with Da Man, because she will lay some keepdown on you faster than, well, really fast. ~Billvon
  13. South Florida is super hot and muggy for most of the year. The rest of FL is just hot and muggy. You can jump all year long, the hurricanes aren't that bad. We went about ten years in between really bad hurricanes. The summers are pretty dreadful when you have all of your gear on, not gonna lie. Most people tend to get up early to get a few jumps in, and then stop in the afternoon to go do water sports or to just go inside. You'll get afternoon storms on most summer days, but sometimes they only last for about 20 minutes before they pass. As others have said, you'll get more bang for your buck if you stay in Central FL because there are so many dropzones within a few hours drive. Check out the area that I-4 goes across the state, and focus on the towns that fan out from there. The east coast is more old school, the west coast a little more upper crust. Tourists are everywhere, just like the mosquitoes and roaches. She is Da Man, and you better not mess with Da Man, because she will lay some keepdown on you faster than, well, really fast. ~Billvon