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Start Skydiving 09 30 2015

News from Start Skydiving:

Chris For USPATEAM FASTRAXJohn Hart II, Start Skydiving DZO and one of the founding members of Team Fastrax, will be voting for Candidate Chris “Ditch” Nunn. armyKevin O’Neil and Don Smith are voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because he supports veterans.
DirectorNita Newsom is voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because Ditch is the BEST and makes her feel important. DITCHTony Palletta and Airborne Aggie are voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because he always has Tony’s safety in mind. Plus he supports veterans and LOVES dogs! Kyle Kyle Whittier is voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because NO other Instructor Examiner has issued him more ratings and also suspended them. He has Kyle’s safety and the safety of those he endangers in mind.

StartArianna Williams is voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because he is unbiased and genuinely cares about being there for the jumpers.SISAmanda Kemmer and Amber Wright are voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because he cares about their safetyAdam and DitchAdam and Ditch “The election begins October 1, with a paper ballot appearing in the October issue of Parachutist. Members with valid email addresses on file with USPA will also receive an electronic ballot on October 1 and Ditch need Your vote.


Upcoming Events at Start Skydiving


Contributed by Arianna Williams

Here are some of the major events we have planned for 2015. Be sure to check our Start Skydiving Facebook page and Online Calendar for more events, information, and updates.

  • OSU/UC SKYDIVING 101: SEP. 26-27, OCT. 3

$18 slots every Wednesday for experienced jumpers.

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 for more information and to register.

TEAMDown Plane Training.BRAD HUNTFreefly head up camp. Brad’s pic — with Shawn Patrick, Alex Hart, Alex Lupson and Tony Guess. DiveDavid Bent on a beautiful cold fall morning. Paola’s pic SKYDIVE INDY“JUMP”

AFFOSU AFF student Brantley Williams. Mico’s pic — with Bud Prenatt and Nate Varns.Demo“USA”IMG_7420Sunset @ Start Skydiving Florida.  



Lucca – The Miracle Dog

Each dog that has served in the United States military and other military divisions around the world are to be applauded for unselfish devotion but there is one in particular that has recently made headlines around the globe. Lucca, a half German shepherd and Belgian Malinois breed joined the United States Marine Corps in 2006 and has been hailed as a true hero.

At just two years of age, she completed extensive training to become a top search dog that would be used for a variety of military operations specific to open areas, roads, vehicles, and buildings in the effort to find ammunition, weapons, and explosives. For her first five years of service, Lucca worked with her initial handler, Gunnery Sergeant Willingham but was then handed off to one of Willingham’s teams working in Afghanistan, Corporal Juan Rodriguez.

Prior to March 2013, Lucca had already provided exemplary service during two Iraq tours of duty in 2007 and 2008 and one Afghanistan tour in 2011. Over that period, this service dog led more than 400 patrols, discovered countless explosive devices, and was directly involved with the apprehension of four insurgents later determined to be Improvised Explosive Device or IED manufacturers that supported numerous terrorist cells in the region.

Lucca’s final mission occurred on March 23, 2013 while out on patrol with her handler Rodriguez and several other Marines. Walking ahead, she indicated the presence of an IED. After being safely detonated, she continued her search for secondary explosives at which time a device went off causing severe burns to her chest and severely injuring her front left leg. Although in horrible condition and extreme pain, her first response was to run to her handler in an attempt to protect him as well as other Marines on the mission.

Immediately, a tourniquet was applied and proper first aid administered. Lucca was then airlifted to the unit’s medical center where she was stabilized before being flown back to Germany and then onto Camp Pendleton. There, she underwent surgery to have her injured leg amputated and completed special physical rehabilitation. To no surprise of her handler or the other Marines whose lives she had saved, Lucca made a miraculous recovery.

Lucca has since turned eight and now resides with her first handler Willingham and his family while enjoy a life of pampering and gratitude. Throughout her service with the United States military, this amazing service dog found over 40 explosive devices and in doing so saved the lives of many men and women working the frontlines. Lucca is more than a brave soldier – she is a miracle dog that while serving with the United States Marine Corps in the ongoing battle against terrorism has won the hearts of millions of people




News from Team Fastrax:

NASCARDan landing at Richmond.skydiving 400 @ Chicagoland Dana BowmanMaj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, Commanding General for First Army Division West, right, greets Dana Bowman. Demo jumpTeam Fastrax at  Chicagoland  parachutesNASCARTeamTeam Fastrax members are going wheels up for the New Albany Classic. New Albany, here we come!

DEmoNorthwestern University Football.

UK FootballUniversity of Kentucky Football.Team FastraxCorey Hood Memorial Jump.

 Demo JumpPocono Team.   Corey HoodCorey Hood Memorial Jump11880691_896957223729916_1165813409320699487_nWe made the cover of 90percent. Being the only team to perform at Independence Hall was a privilege. A special thanks to the U.S. National Park Service for helping us make Flag Day and the celebration of the Army’s birthday so special.Parachute JumpDana and Blue Lizard.DEMOTeam Fastrax demonstrators performed at the All Ohio Balloon Fest.

DEOM JUMPTeam Fastrax members Dan Paganini at the Cheez-It 355 at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. A special thanks to America’s favorite snack Cheez-It.

US ArmyHollis, John and Dan at Cheez-It 355 at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.

ATL GoProFriday Night lightsCurtis longMarine SSGT Curtis Long. Photo by Paola — with Phillip Volk and Curtis Long at Start Skydiving.George LutzGold Star Dad, George Lutz and Jay Stokes after jumping into the Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival. Photo by Kyle — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. Gold Start MomGold Star Mom, Chris Herwich. Photo by Mel — with Dan Paganini at Start Skydiving. Jared KrigerArmy SGT Jared Kriger (Ret). Photo by Paola — at Start Skydiving. Joel TaveraArmy SSG – Joel Tavera (Ret) – Honored Warrior Ambassador
(Purple Heart Recipient) Photo by Emily LombardoAir Force MAJ Kevin B. Lombardo. Photo by Mico — with Kevin Lombardo at Start Skydiving. Matt DeatherageArmy Matthew Deatherage (Ret) Photo by Mico — at Start Skydiving.
Matthew PenningtonArmy SGT Matthew Pennington (Ret). Photo by Dan Paganini — with Tony Guess and Kyle Whittier at Start Skydiving. MOHDan Nevitt, Army SSG – Joel Tavera (Ret), Michael Fitzmaurice and Medal of Honor Recipient Army CSM Bennie G. Adkins (Ret). Photo by Mel — with Dan Nevitt and Joel Tavera at Start Skydiving. RED93 year old WWII Red Robinson (Ret) prepares for a jump with Jay Stokes. Photo by Mico — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. RyanUSAF Fighter Pilot, Col. Jim Ryan. Photo by Mel — with Kyle Whittier at Start Skydiving.
Scott BullisAir Force MAJ Scott Bullis (Ret). Photo by Mico — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. ShiloArmy SSG Shilo Harris (Ret) prepares for an AFF jump. Photo by Paola Pirani — with Shilo Harris at Start Skydiving. SPC Ken DoyleArmy SPC Ken Doyle (Ret) – Honored Warrior Participant. Photo by Paola Pirani — with Ken Doyle II at Start Skydiving. Wallace CashWWII Navy, Wallace Cash and Family. Photo by Paola — at Start Skydiving. Brent HendrixArmy SPC Brent Hendrix (Ret). Photo by Emily — with Nate Varns at Start Skydiving.
  Independence HallTeam FastraxparachutingJohn Hart, Dan Paganini and Hollis Collins in front of the El Paso Chihuahuas logo. patriotic events
Team Fastrax Demonstrator Dan Paganini lands Old Glory at Southwest Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the record crowd attendance game. See you at the Sun Bowl El Paso.  GoPro Skydive StanfordPerformance at Stanford University prior to the San Jose Eartquakes game against the LS Galaxy. NASCARTeam Fastrax Demonstrator Jay Stokes lands Old Glory Auto Club Speedway

GoPro IndependenceTeam Fastrax @ Independence National Historical Park in Philidelphia, PA

George Lutz'sGeorge 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.

2014102595172045Team Fastrax visit LCPL Taylor B. Prazynski at Arlington Cemetery.

SF 49ers 1Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team performs at halftime of the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi’s Stadium.

exhibition parachute jumps“Great Photo of Dan”

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A wide variety of aircraft visit our ramp.

The Team Jacob Foundation  For more information or to make a donation see the Links Below:

AWOS Link AWOS LINK: Gene Newsom

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Start Skydiving proudly serves the Skydive Cincinnati, Skydive Columbus, Skydive Dayton, Skydive Cleveland, Skydive Lexington, Skydive Louisville, Skydive Orlando, Skydive Florida and Skydive Indianapolis areas. Start Skydiving is where Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky go to skydive. If it is your first skydive or you are an experienced skydiver, come skydive with Start Skydiving Ohio. We teach more people to skydive than any other skydiving center in the Midwest. Find out why we are the #1 place to skydive in the world. 


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