Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Army Parachutes Over Clewiston
Special Ops Sky Divers Stationed At Clewiston's Airglades Airport
CLEWISTON, FL. -- The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, known as the Black Daggers, will be conducting their annual Winter Training Session until February 28th, 2011 in Clewiston, Florida at Hendry county's Airglades Airport.
The Black Daggers use the military variant of ram-air parachutes, which allows a free fall parachutist to jump with more than 100 pounds of additional equipment. In addition to the extra weight, the jumper must also withstand high winds, frigid temperatures and low oxygen levels common at high altitude, requiring the jumper to be highly skilled.
The team of 11 Army personnel is comprised of volunteers from throughout the Army special operation forces community. They have diverse backgrounds and represent various Army SOF elements including Rangers, Special Forces, support and signal, psychological operations and civil affairs.
Their average age is 32 years and the average number of free fall jumps is 1,250. As Army special operations global warriors, these Soldiers have deployed worldwide with their units and are defenders of the nation in the overseas contingency operations.