Colonel gets schooled by parachuting Air Force Academy cadets – Colorado Springs Gazette

“Stand in the door!”

Never before had four words caused such extreme anxiety. Circling above the Air Force Academy in the back of our trusty Twin Otter at 4,500 feet, I sat shoulder-to-shoulder in nervous anticipation with seven cadets. A warmer day than usual, sweat covered our faces. Maybe nerves were a factor? This would be our first jump.

Several cadet instructors looked over our equipment for proper fit and function. These checks took on extra significance, as the academy is home to the only skydiving program requiring a “solo” first jump.