June 28th, 2010 09:17 AM
Last active-duty jump for double amputee
SSgt Shaun Meadows
Last active-duty jump for double amputee PJ - Air Force News, news from Iraq - Air Force Times
Staff Sgt. Shaun Meadows felt the adrenaline pumping, just like his first jump oh so many years ago before he was an airman.
This 200th-plus time would be different, though. It would be his last and one for the record book: Never before had an active-duty double amputee dropped from an Air Force plane. He hadnt had a parachute back on since he lost his legs two years ago in Afghanistan and he was ready.
He looked out the wide-open back of the C-17 Globemaster III, down to the field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Then, on titanium legs, with their hydraulic mechanisms, microchips and weight sensors, he stepped out into nothingness and made history.
Meadows, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, went into his freefall. As the earth came rushing up, he opened his chute and settled into a sitting position. Before he knew it, he touched ground and skidded gracefully to a stop.
I wanted to do [a] stand-up landing, but I was screaming in pretty fast, he said.
"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready."
June 28th, 2010 09:33 AM
God bless him, and all who served with him!
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June 28th, 2010 02:43 PM
Its stories like this that keep me motivated.
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June 28th, 2010 02:45 PM
That takes "All the Way" even further. Well done, Staff Sergeant.
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June 28th, 2010 04:37 PM
AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY !!!
June 29th, 2010 09:35 AM
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June 29th, 2010 03:04 PM
"ALL THE WAY" to a true hero,SSG Meadows!
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