Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Air Force Wounded Warrior parachutes

Staff Sgt. Shaun Meadows, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, the first Active Duty double amputee in Air Force history to successfully perform a personnel drop, will lead members of his unit’s command element as they parachute onto McChord Field as part of the 22ndSpecial Tactics Squadron change of command ceremony June 16, 10 a.m.

During the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron change of command ceremony Lt. Col. Michael J. Flatten will assume command from Lt. Col. Bryan H. Cannady. Cannady assumed command of the 22nd STS June 2008 and will be reassigned to Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. Flatten, a Texas A&M graduate comes to JBLM from his most recent assignment with the Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlbert Field, Fla.

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Below are links to coverage of SSgt Shaun Meadows HALO from Monday.

Shaun made AF history as the first double-amputee Airman to conduct a HALO.

Thanks RA


a3matrix said...

Hoo Yah SSgt Meadows!

Ronbo139 said...

CMSgt Dean Thompson contacted me a couple of months ago about doing it. I told him that I would help with it but he would have to figure out the admin crap (waivers, etc.) w/ the 720th. I also told him I wanted to see Shaun in the wind tunnel first. Shaun came to Pope a couple of weeks ago and we flew for about 30 minutes in the Paraclete wind tunnel. We figured out what position we needed his prosthetics to be in and what changes we needed to make to his arm position in order for him to be flat and stable. John Lewis and I flew out on Sun and yesterday the plan was 2 passes at 10K w/ Shaun, John and I exiting 1st on the 2nd pass. It was kind of cloudy at McChord (go figure) and the first pass exited at 10K. We made 2 attempts at 10K for the 2nd pass and then had to drop to 5.5K. I was more worried about the exit now as I wouldn't have a lot of freefall time to fix anything if it went sideways. I was also concerned about the airspeed as most civilian AFF jumps occur at 85-100 kts and we were going 138 kts. I didn't want Shaun to get ripped from my hands. We got the go and it was pretty intense but everything worked out. Shaun landed near the PI and John and I landed near the air park. I’ll get John to send a couple of picks.

TT sends

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