Combat Controller SSgt Johnnie Yellock II Retirement Jump
HURLBURT FIELD — Staff Sgt. Johnnie Yellock II stood on the edge of the platform of a C-130 some 9,000 feet above Santa Rosa Sound, perched to leap into the air.
He couldn’t help but think of the last time he had been aboard a C-130: more than two years ago on his way to a deployment in Afghanistan as combat controller. Not long after, his ankles and feet were shattered when his vehicle rolled over an improvised bomb.