The PT regimen consisted of a 3.2-mile run at 9-minute pace. My calves and shins have just almost recovered over the weekend but here we went again. My theory is that if I lost at least 16 pounds, then I would be lighter on my legs. An extra weight really pounds a good beating on my lower extremities. Nonetheless it was agood run. Nice scenic route. Sun just beginning to rise over the eastern sky as we marched back to our staging area.
We continued to do the SLT which we started on Day-6. I did detail this time since I’ve already completed this set. After several rounds, this session was abruptly halted. First platoon and us (2nd) were called to do detail for two black hats’ re-certification for man-on-the-steel rescue operation. Two jumpers were supposedly slammed on the sides of the 250-foot free towers and got stuck there calling for help. The black hat was hoisted up there to get the jumper off the steel, hooked up and attached to the black hat’s harness and then both men were hoisted down to earth. This was not possible without the help of rope detail. There was where we came in. We ran the rope, which was attached to the black hat, to whichever direction needed to get close to the man on the steel. This had to be precise. It had to be a teamwork effort. The rescue operations were successful.
The rest of the day was spent shaking chutes. Well, the story goes like this. Alfa company, after their airborne ops, were supposed to properly secure their chutes for the riggers, but they couldn’t do it so Bravo company (us, and particularly 2nd platoon), got volun-told to do it. So were hopped on the bus. Got to the parachute riggers’ company hangar. Ate our MREs (Meal Ready to Eat) for dinner. And started shaking the chutes. (Shaking the chutes involves shaking off debris and other foreign object from the chutes. Real mundane stuff but very important. Thank God for those riggers!)