Dr Tracy Hammond came all the way from Texas A&M University to help paratroopers. Why not show her what jumping out of airplanes is all about. Dr Hammond is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M. She came to Ft. Bragg to help the 18th ABN CORPS build a research solution to help paratroopers find there assigned heavy drop and assembly areas on the drop zone. On Tuesday she spent the morning with Tandem Team. SFC Mike Elliott taught her about jumping out of airplanes Tandem style. She was very excited for the opportunity to jump with the Golden Knights. The weather was perfect. Light winds and cool temperatures made it for a great day of skydiving.
13,500 feet above the Laurinburg-Maxton airport, Dr Hammond had a huge grin while standing at the edge of the door. In a blink of an eye the two were out the door and accelerating earthwards at 120 MPH.
After 50 seconds of freefall SFC Elliott deployed the tandem parachute for a peaceful ride back to the main landing area. ARMY STRONG! Dr Hammmond proclaimed as her feet softly touched down. Her experience with the Golden Knights will truly help her understand the mindset of a paratrooper.