Jumping with US Marine Force Recon

Photo essay by Mark V. Lonsdale

With U.S. Marines of Force Recon platoon at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC), Bridgeport, CA

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Marines preparing for a night static line jump into MWTC

Pre-jump inspections. Main parachute on the back; reserve in front; and rucksack slung below

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Force Recon Marine rigged for night static line jump (photo by Mark V. Lonsdale)

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This night exercise was planned for 10 Sept 2001, the night before the tragic events of 9-11. Little did we know how much our lives would be changed for the next 10 years with  deployments into Afghanistan within weeks.

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About Mark V

Dedicated shooter, seeker, traveler, teacher, trainer, educator
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