News: Providers plan Gen. Allyn's first jump on Fort Bragg
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – It was a windy day as soldiers with the 82nd Sustainment Brigade providers hosted Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn’s first jump as the XVIII Airborne Corps commander at Pope Army Airfield here, June 26.
“I’m incredibly honored to jump with the 82nd SB,” said Allyn. “I’m extremely appreciative of the critical mission that is performed by every single soldier and leader of the 82nd SB. They are essential to the success of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.
“Just from looking at the 82nd SB on paper, Lt. Gen. Allyn knows he has stars in his Corps,” said 1st Lt. Megan Caldwell-Meeks, officer in charge of the 82nd Special Troops Battalion mission and Los Angeles, native. “This is an opportunity for us to make a great first impression as the 82nd SB.”
“This is a great opportunity for Lt. Gen. Allyn to see his riggers and logistics soldiers and officers in action,” said 82nd SB Commander and Massena, N.Y., native, Col. Christopher Sharpsten.
“We’re his main support for parachutes, so being able to provide a parachute for him is a success for our unit,” said Capt. David Betancourt, 82nd SB parachute officer and Bronx, N.Y., native.
The 82nd SB provides support to the XVIII Airborne Corps in multiple areas including postal operations, water purification, ammunition and more. Riggers from the 82nd SB provided parachutes during Allyn’s first jump as XVIII Airborne Corps Commander.
“Seeing a general officer jump with soldiers ranking from private all the way up to colonel; means a lot to the paratroopers,” said Betancourt.
“The fact that Lt. Gen. Allyn jumped with us shows that he’s out there to get to know all of his soldiers,” said Spc. Jerica Carter, 82nd SB command staff and Fort Collins, Colo., native. “It shows he cares about the providers just as much as any other unit on Fort Bragg.”
Date Posted:07.05.2012 14:00
Location:FORT BRAGG, NC, US
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