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Upcoming Events at Start Skydiving
Contributed by Arianna Williams
- DOLLAR WEDNESDAYS:
$18 slots every Wednesday for experienced jumpers.
- WINGSUIT FIRST FLIGHT COURSE: MAY 16, JULY 18, SEPTEMBER 19
200 Jump Minimum. Course follows USPA recommendations. Wingsuit rental for the weekend if needed; get as many jumps as you like. Additional coaching during rental will be included.
$100 + Slot with wingsuit rental
$75 + Slot without wingsuit rental
Rental wingsuits available:
I-Bird – 5′ 3″
Phantom 2 – 5′ 9″
Phantom 3 – 6′ 10″
Additional suits are available from Wicked Wingsuits. You will need to arrange a rental prior to the course.
Click here to register for the JULY 18 course.
Click here to register for the SEPTEMBER 19 course.
- SISTERS IN SKYDIVING MEMORIAL WEEKEND: JUNE 20-21
Plans are also emerging for this year’s Sisters in Skydiving event. Joan Esson, Shannon Harth, and Amy Fillion will be available to organize ladies of all experience levels. The theme this year is masquerade so be sure to wear your most disguising mask and we’ll see you there! Registration coming soon…
The dropzone will be hosting a grill out dinner on Saturday, June 20, and we will conclude the evening with a special dedication ceremony. Rick Winkler and Team Fastrax will also be doing demonstration jumps in honor of the memorial weekend throughout the day.
- WOUNDED WARRIOR WEEKEND: JULY 09-12
101st Airborne Living History Team Display
Team Fastrax Pyrotechnic Skydive
Laser Light Show
Mass Hot Air Balloon Glow
Dayton Dragons Game
WWII B-25 Bomber
Hot Air Balloons
Entertainment/Country Music Concert
Indoor Go Cart Racing
12/25/50 Bike Ride
Three Gun Shoot
For more information on the Warrior Weekend to Remember, please visit
- USPA AFF-I RATING COURSE: JULY 17-22
Prerequisites include: Must be 18 years old, hold a current USPA membership, hold a USPA coach or other instructor rating for a year or have 500 jumps and hold a USPA D-License, have logged and signed 6 hours of freefall, have completed necessary topics on the AFF proficiency card. For more information and to register, click here.
- GUY WRIGHT 8-16 WAY INVITATIONAL: AUG. 28-29
World class big-way and Team Elite organizer Guy Wright will be organizing experienced jumpers for an upper level 8-16 way invitational camp. Please contact Arianna@startskydiving.com for more information and to register.
OSU/UC SKYDIVING 101: JUN. 13
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When Cpl. Javier Alvarez, 2nd Squad leader, saw the look on his team leader’s face, he knew something bad was coming.
Pinned down and receiving first aid, Alvarez’s back was against the wall of the house, an insurgent nest. Seconds earlier, he had peered from behind a tank and seen a Marine from the lead squad lying face down in the sand in front of the house. So he had gathered his squad, took the point position and sprinted toward the danger to evacuate the casualties.
As he ran, Alvarez took three slugs into his legs.
“It felt like something hit me, and I looked down and I saw that I was bleeding,” Alvarez said.
He made it to the wall, but the teammate treating his wounds felt the impact of an enemy round. So Alvarez grabbed his rifle, rolled to one side and returned fire into the house.
Spent of rounds, he turned on his back and was putting in his third magazine of his M-16 when he heard, “Grenade, grenade, grenade!”
It was still rolling on the ground.
“I have two or three seconds to get rid of this,” he thought.
Alvarez grabbed it and spun himself around to lob it away.
“I don’t know if it went off in my hand or within a foot of it. It was pretty close,” he said.
“And then it just went off and everything was black for a couple seconds until my — I think I just went into a — because of the G-force of the grenade, it made me black out for a couple seconds and then I came back to. Everything started coming back and I started visualizing again.”
Alvarez struggles to tell his story. His speech is filled with pregnant pauses, disjointed phrases and unfinished thoughts.
It’s the cost of saving the lives of six Marines. It is his price for his Silver Star.
“I know my hand was burning,” he recalled. “Or, it felt like that. So I lifted up my arm to see what happened, and my hand was completely missing. There was just like ragged bone sticking out, with my sleeves from my uniform black and red from blood,” he said.
Alvarez knew this was coming. This was his third deployment in three years. He joined weeks after 9/11. He was among the first Marines into Iraq in 2003. He survived Fallujah without a scratch. When his wound comes, he thought, sitting around is not an option.
“I can’t just shut down and not function, that’s not going to help my squad out,” he told himself. “I had already thought about that pretty intensely.”
Alvarez’s story is yet another tale of heroism born on the morning of Nov. 16, 2005.
Marines of 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, were on their 12th day of Operation Steel Curtain, a dangerous mission to clear houses in Anbar province, when two dozen insurgents made a last stand.
By the time the explosion tore apart Alvarez’s hand, two Marines were dead. By the end of the day, 16 men were wounded, five of them mortally.
“It seems like it might be slow motion at some points, but then you find that it’s all happening in a heartbeat. It’s seconds,” Alvarez said.
More than three years later, Alvarez has a lifetime to live with his wounds. He wears a brave face.
“I’m missing my hand, and I got shot, and I got shrapnel and all that stuff. But there are guys that are missing two legs, and they are 95 percent burned. To me, that — I don’t know how they overcome it everyday. And that’s — that’s my motivation, to see them do it.”
He added, “I didn’t mourn over my losses or injuries. I had a mission to accomplish and I had other stuff that was going on. I had Marines I had to take care of.”
But he is being modest.
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George Lutz’s Son George Jr. gave his life for our Freedoms.
George created the Honor and Remember Flag in his honor and all the families that gave a child for our Nation.
God Bless America. Honor and Remember Flag David Hart and Dan Paganini with Rufus filling in for Hollis Collins prior to this evenings performance at the Dayton Heritage Festival. Thank you for sponsoring the performance Selection.com. Rocky’s Run for Freedom
May 23rd, 2015 at 9am. Memorial Day weekend event honors Cpl. Paul “Rocky” Zanowick II and all other veterans who gave their lives for our country!
Just completed our jump in Charlotte in honor of TSgt Adam Ginett USAF EOD KIA January 19th, 2010. Here we are with Adams parents Jim and Christina.Lieutenant General (Ret) CD Moore on Armed Forces Day @ Start Skydiving What a beautiful landing area for the team at Charlotte International Speedway.
Hollis Collins Jumping the 1,800 square foot flag today into the Geico 500 at Talladega. Members of Team Fastrax perform at the Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500. — with Dan Paganini, Adam Ralston and Hollis Collins.
Just jumped AT&T park. We delivered World Series rings, met Willy Mays and Tom Cruise. Good day to be Fastrax. Dan Paganini fly’s our 2000sf US Flag under the Bubba Burger canopy at Richmond International Speedway.
Team Fastrax at Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway — with Mark Russell, Matthew Pennington, Jennifer Olson, Dana Lee Bowman, Dan Paganini and Paul Stanford. “Selfie” ESPN’s Mobile Pit Studio and Team Fastrax — with Dan Paganini, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Dana Lee Bowman, Nicole Briscoe, Paul Peckhan, Paul Stanford, Mark Russell and Matthew Pennington
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