HHD 3/11 - Late ‘80s - scan courtesy Bob Sullivan
1985 - Major Hannum assumes command - scan courtesy Fred Hannum
Members of HHD, 3BN (including the author) exit the rear ramp of a C-7A Caribou over Son Tay Drop Zone
in Homestead, Florida circa November 1979.
Photo taken by then SSG Robert Sullivan (Asst Op Sgt). Aircraft was likely from the AFRES in Gulfport, Mississippi and operated out of New Tamiami Airport in SW Dade County during the airborne operation.
HHD ran frequent airborne operations. More than was necessary to maintain jump status for the troops. We loved to jump! Including one anonymous Sergeant Major (tall guy, very little hair) who made at least one dry land jump while no longer on jump status due to a medical.
Fixed wing aircraft normally included the C-7A, C-130 Hercules and the C-141B Starlifter.
A C5-A Galaxy was employed in a very few operations over the years.
The venerable UH-1H Huey was employed when fixed wing aircraft were unavailable.
Other aircraft included the CH-47 Chinook, the U-6 Beaver, CH-53 and C-123.
One year in the 1980s, the advance party to annual training at Camp Edwards flew a jeep home in a C-123 from New York. Had to stop at Pope AFB to refuel before heading home to Homestead AFB.
Looking down at the Florida Turnpike, I swear the trucks were moving faster than we were. It was a very long flight.
Jumpmaster briefing at New Tamiami Airport prior to C-7A jump. December 1983.
Photo - Author’s personal collection
Mike Bell and Bob Sullivan at Flint Kaserne, Bad Toelz, Germany - 1981. We got in a Huey jump with the 10th SFG(A) into a cow pasture. A few of us got to go to Altenstadt in Bavaria to the German Airborne and Air Transport School and earned our German jump wings with five jumps from a C-160 Transall. With (very) old T-10 parachutes!
- scan courtesy Bob Sullivan.
1987 Winter Warfare Training in Alaska
Above: Basecamp on glacier
Below: Sgt Valdez - Love those Mickey Mouse boots!
scans courtesy Franco “Frank” Valdez
Sgt Vladimir Drbal, “Doc” Harry Heinitsh, Capt Russ Tripp - 1975
Photo - Courtesy Vladimir Drbal
Medic Harry Thomas lounging in a C-7A Caribou - likely over S Florida in the 1980s.
Photo - Courtesy Harry Thomas