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Marines participating in 1st Radio Reconnaissance Platoon’s static-line exercise jump from a Lockheed C-Hercules transportation aircraft over the landing zone aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 23, 2014. The jump involved Marines from different units on Camp Pendleton tested their abilities while in the air.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray

Marines test their skills in air

5 May 2014 | Courtesy Story

Marines with 1st Radio Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Radio Battalion, organized a joint-unit, static-line jump aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 23.

Marines from1st Air Delivery Platoon, Landing Support Company and Combat Logistics Regiment 17 participated in the jump exercise.

The jump allowed the Marines an opportunity to test their skills while in the air and further develop their techniques with assistance from their instructors.

The jump, part of a two-day training evolution, started with proper safety procedures and parachuting techniques while on the ground. 

After the demonstrations, they boarded a Lockheed C-130 Hercules transportation aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., and flew to the landing zone on Camp Pendleton. 

The jump exercise trains airborne-qualified Marines on the MC-7 parachuting techniques and proper parachuting procedures. 

“This type of training is really important to us,” said Sgt. Alejandro Uribarri, a jumpmaster with 1st Radio Recon Platoon. “Jumping out of an airplane can be dangerous if you don’t know your operating procedures, and making sure all of the Marines are up to speed and have plenty of practice in the air is essential for their safety.”

Making sure the Marines are confident in their abilities while in the air is an important aspect of the training, said Sgt. Jonathan Ibarra, a jumpmaster with 1st Radio Recon Platoon.

“Everyone is going to be nervous when they are jumping out of a plane, especially since this is a first jump at this unit for some of the Marines,” said Ibarra. “But, the more they jump and realize they know the procedures, the more confident they will be. Confidence is key to perform at the best of your abilities.”

To make the Marines more comfortable and confident in their training, 1st Radio Recon Platoon conducts jumps like this at least twice a month.

“No matter what your mission is, from jumping into a hostile environment to conducting a training event like this, the fact that you are jumping out of a plane is stressful,” said Ibarra. “We conduct these events as often as we are allowed to help make it more second-nature for our Marines.”

After the first jump, the Marines went back to 1st Radio Recon Platoon to conduct an after-action report.

“The Marines did exceedingly well during the jump today,” said Uribarri. “We saw a lot of really good exits from the aircraft. There were no problems while in the air and all of the landings went well.”

1st Radio Recon Platoon plans on conducting many more operations like this to sharpen their Marine’s skills. 

“It was a great time getting everyone together for a joint-unit jump,” said Ibarra. “Having eyes from different units all here to see and learn from each other was a good experience for the Marines. I can’t wait to go out and do more operations with them in the future.”