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Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Sessoms, the assistant operations non-commissioned officer in-charge, for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, rigs Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, April 17, during the rigging event, of the 82nd Airborne Division's Jumpmaster of the Year competition. Sessoms, a Belleville, Mich., native, won the competition, held April 16-25, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — For the third year in a row, the winner of the 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster of the Year competition, held 16-25 April, comes from the Falcon Brigade.

Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Sessoms, a Belleville, Mich., native, is the Division’s 2012 Jumpmaster of the Year.

“The competition was a great test of individual Jumpmaster proficiency,” said Sessoms. “It took a great deal of hard work but I felt prepared to do whatever they threw at me.”

Sessoms, a cavalry scout, with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 73rd Airborne Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, is the troop’s assistant operations non-commissioned officer in-charge.

“Jumpmaster of the Year is a very prestigious honor,” said Command Sgt. Major Timothy Guden, as he looked at the Jumpmaster of the Year trophy on the shelf next to his desk. “Being the only Airborne division in the free world, and having the distinct honor of having a Jumpmaster of theYear come from our unit is quite the title.”

During the competition, five candidates went head-to-head to decide this year’s Jumpmaster of the Year.

The candidates who competed in this year’s competition were Sgt. Nicholas Hardin, with 3rd Squadron, 73rd Airborne Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Sessoms, with 1st Squadron, 73rd Airborne Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Strickland, with 1st Battery, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Staff Sgt. Brandon Conway, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and Staff Sgt. Raul Mancera, with the Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.

“Each candidate went through a tough selection process that considered experience as a jumpmaster, character, and brigade competitions to determine who would represent their units during this annual test of skills,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Antipuesto, U.S. Army Advanced Airborne School Tower Committee Chief. “The competition is meant to build esprit de corps within the individual brigades and to find the best qualified jumpmaster in the division.”

The Jumpmaster of the Year competition began with the Army physical fitness test before the break of dawn. The performance-based events tested the candidates’ focus on attention to detail and their jumpmaster competency.

“The instructors are going to test the heck out of you throughout the competition,” said 1st Sgt. Douglas Kirk, the Advanced Airborne School 1st Sgt. “We’re not going to give you anything, but we’re going find out how much you really know.”

Testing throughout the competition included the 100-question written exam, 100-question nomenclature exam, a six-station rigging exam, the jumpmaster personnel inspection examination, and the practical work in the aircraft event completed over a week’s time in April.

The rigging examination, one of the most difficult events consisted of six stations where each candidate had 30 minutes to properly rig a particular item for an airborne operation. 
Items rigged included the A-21 cargo bag, the AT-4 jump pack, the M7 large base plate, M170 bi-pod and M225 cannon, M240B machine gun and M249 squad automatic weapon.

“The rig-ex tends to be the most difficult exams, due to the fact that they often don’t see these items on a day-to-day basis in normal airborne operations”, said Antipuesto.
The jumpmaster personnel inspection, which followed the rigging exercise, tested the candidate’s ability to properly inspect three jumpers in five minutes or less and quickly identify each jumper’s major and minor deficiencies to their equipment.

The candidates thoroughly inspected each jumper to the standard no matter the time it took. In the end, they agreed it was all about safety versus speed.

The 82nd Airborne Division’s Jumpmaster of the Year is now a part of an exclusive group of paratroopers who continues to live the 82nd legacy.

“This is what we, as leaders do in the 82nd Airborne Division”, said Task Force All-American Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Payton.


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