John Hart II, Start Skydiving DZO and one of the founding members of Team Fastrax, will be voting for Candidate Chris “Ditch” Nunn. Kevin O’Neil and Don Smith are voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because he supports veterans.
Nita Newsom is voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because Ditch is the BEST and makes her feel important. Tony 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 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.
Arianna Williams is voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because he is unbiased and genuinely cares about being there for the jumpers.Amanda Kemmer and Amber Wright are voting for Chris “Ditch” Nunn because he cares about their safetyAdam 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
- OSU/UC SKYDIVING 101: SEP. 26-27, OCT. 3
- DOLLAR WEDNESDAYS:
$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 Arianna@startskydiving.com for more information and to register.
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:
Dan landing at Richmond.MyAFibStory.com 400 @ Chicagoland Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, Commanding General for First Army Division West, right, greets Dana Bowman. Team Fastrax at Chicagoland NASCARTeam Fastrax members are going wheels up for the New Albany Classic. New Albany, here we come!
Pocono Team. Corey Hood Memorial JumpWe 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.Dana and Blue Lizard.Team Fastrax demonstrators performed at the All Ohio Balloon Fest.
Friday Night lightsMarine SSGT Curtis Long. Photo by Paola — with Phillip Volk and Curtis Long at Start Skydiving.Gold 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 Star Mom, Chris Herwich. Photo by Mel — with Dan Paganini at Start Skydiving. Army SGT Jared Kriger (Ret). Photo by Paola — at Start Skydiving. Army SSG – Joel Tavera (Ret) – Honored Warrior Ambassador
(Purple Heart Recipient) Photo by Emily Air Force MAJ Kevin B. Lombardo. Photo by Mico — with Kevin Lombardo at Start Skydiving. Army Matthew Deatherage (Ret) Photo by Mico — at Start Skydiving.
Army SGT Matthew Pennington (Ret). Photo by Dan Paganini — with Tony Guess and Kyle Whittier at Start Skydiving. Dan 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. 93 year old WWII Red Robinson (Ret) prepares for a jump with Jay Stokes. Photo by Mico — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. USAF Fighter Pilot, Col. Jim Ryan. Photo by Mel — with Kyle Whittier at Start Skydiving.
Air Force MAJ Scott Bullis (Ret). Photo by Mico — with Jay Stokes at Start Skydiving. Army SSG Shilo Harris (Ret) prepares for an AFF jump. Photo by Paola Pirani — with Shilo Harris at Start Skydiving. Army SPC Ken Doyle (Ret) – Honored Warrior Participant. Photo by Paola Pirani — with Ken Doyle II at Start Skydiving. WWII Navy, Wallace Cash and Family. Photo by Paola — at Start Skydiving. Army SPC Brent Hendrix (Ret). Photo by Emily — with Nate Varns at Start Skydiving.
Team FastraxJohn Hart, Dan Paganini and Hollis Collins in front of the El Paso Chihuahuas logo.
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. Performance at Stanford University prior to the San Jose Eartquakes game against the LS Galaxy. Team Fastrax Demonstrator Jay Stokes lands Old Glory Auto Club Speedway
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