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    Quote Originally Posted by California Tanker View Post
    I believe it's more of an honorary thing that you put in your I-Love-Me show-box as opposed to something which is authorised for wear on the uniform. I could well be wrong though.

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    Sorry to say but you are wrong. All you need now is a foreign jumpmaster on the manifest , foreign orders and the Army will cut your orders for wear. Whats that quaint phrase I learned in the Army....Oh yeah... I got mine!

    The Rangers were decent folks and squared me and another ex pat (from Derry of all places) away to ensure we had an Irish jumpmaster on our lift. Very good show on the part of the ARW , a huge number of crimbo pressies for needy kids and I got my Irish Wings in my DA photo.
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    Good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex pat 007 View Post
    Sorry to say but you are wrong. All you need now is a foreign jumpmaster on the manifest , foreign orders and the Army will cut your orders for wear. Whats that quaint phrase I learned in the Army....Oh yeah... I got mine!
    Heh. I'll be buggered. Oh well.

    Perhaps it's sortof taking into account that all jump courses tend to have the same basic minimums of about 5 static line jumps?

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    Paratroopers jump to donate toys
    Updated 12/05/2008 02:26 PM
    By: Gavin MacRoberts

    FORT BRAGG – Soldiers and airmen are jumping at the chance to help needy children this holiday season during the 11th annual Operation Toy Drop, under way at Fort Bragg. Thousands of paratroopers brought in toys to give to charity. 800 paratroopers were preselected for the jump, another 500 soldiers competed in a raffle for the remaining 200 empty slots.

    Operation Toy Drop is sponsored by the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, USACAPOC. This year, organizers expect more than $55,000 worth of toys will be donated. One child will find a bicycle under the Christmas tree this year thanks to Sgt. 1st Class Mark Valldeperas and his three children. "They love riding their bikes. I just figured that buying a bicycle for a needy child is the right thing to do," Valldeperas said.

    The event runs for eight days and brings soldiers and airmen from bases around the country for the jump. Next week, the toys will be distributed to social service agencies and children's homes. SSG John Sexton said had his toy ready and was one of the few chosen to jump.

    "It was a great way to be able to give something to kids who are less fortunate,” Sexton said. “I had my daughter pick out the gift. It was really special for me to do that." The toy drop was renamed the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop in 2004 after the jump master who founded the charity event died unexpectedly. Capt. Mark Flynn with USACAPOC said it only made sense to name it after Sgt. 1st Class Oler. "Those who were close to him decided it would be a fitting tribute, as well as command, to dedicate the operation he started in memory of him," Oler said.

    To show thanks to the soldiers who helped the children, jump masters from Germany and Ireland will conduct the drops, allowing soldiers to earn their foreign jump wings. But Valldeperas said he wanted to do it for a different reason.

    "I didn't do it for the foreign jump wings, I basically did it – even if I didn't get on this, I would have given up the bike," he said.



    PFC Julia Stephens of the 82nd Airborne earns Irish jump wings during Operation Toy Drop Jump along with other 82nd Airborne Paratroopers.

    http://news14.com/content/local_news...s/Default.aspx
    A couple of photos from the 2005 event. After all the trouble I had devising a way to hide facial features, I discover that the unaltered photo is here on this thread.





    "My jump with Irish jumpmasters was unforgettable," said Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Heins, 302nd Signal Battalion. "The hand and arm signals were similar to our American jumpmasters, but the Irish said all their verbal commands in Gaelic."
    Last edited by Fireplace; 10th December 2008 at 00:26.
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    Irish Defense Force Sgt. *removed by me, a jumpmaster from the Army Ranger Wing, Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland, prepares to award U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., Irish army jump wings during Operation Toy Drop on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 6, 2008.
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    Last years event.

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    They posted pic's of the Rangers with their faces and names on Milphotos....I contacted a Mod and got them removed but jeebus....
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    Did the Colonel lose an earring on the way out the door?

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    Ouch.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    What Seville Servants are up so late?
    OK Smith it’s Colonel Decker. I hate it when a plan comes together. You’re surrounded. I want you and Peck and Baracus, to throw out your weapons, all the ration packs you stole and come out with your hands up. You have fifteen seconds.

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    At this moment in time Ireland 14:36, Romania 16:36 December 12th 2008:-

    if you click on the picture in post 3 of this thread you can still see the face of the Ranger awarding the wings to an American soldier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colonel decker View Post
    What Seville Servants are up so late?
    I wait.....


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    Eh?
    OK Smith it’s Colonel Decker. I hate it when a plan comes together. You’re surrounded. I want you and Peck and Baracus, to throw out your weapons, all the ration packs you stole and come out with your hands up. You have fifteen seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concussion View Post
    Did the Colonel lose an earring on the way out the door?
    He jumped under a round canopy, I'm surprised he still has an ear.
    But seriuosly probably busted it in his landing.
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    warning big pics.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._%28172%29.jpg

    Paratroopers listen to safety procedures for sustained airborne training during combined airborne operations at the 11th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop on Dec. 5. Allied jumpmaster, Commandant Gary Gartland from the Irish Defense Forces observes Soldiers receiving instructions on hand and arm signals along with jumpmasters from the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command

    same again:

    http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e1/-image...-15-121224.jpg
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    For the love of god! make it smaller!
    Don't stand there GAWPING, like you've never seen the hand of God BEFORE!!

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    Love the air corps white t shirt above!

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    wtf is that?!
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    Whats with the cap badge on the Cmdt?
    Is it just cause he's over in the US of A... or is it because he's a jumpmaster?
    Life's short, party naked :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit View Post
    No, it's because he's Air Corps.
    That would explain it alrite
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit View Post
    Get a bigger monitor.
    Funny man arn't yea.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad P View Post
    That would explain it alrite
    It also explains the different rank markings, but it in no way excuses that 'Tache
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    Quote Originally Posted by REX View Post
    It also explains the different rank markings, but it in no way excuses that 'Tache
    Movember?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Movember?
    5th of December? Well from the looks of it he started late so we'll have to let him away with it!
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    The photo may have been taken in movember, and it looks like a fair haired months worth.


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