U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Jump Team
The Para-Commandos perform precision freefall parachute demonstrations across the United States, informing the public about the Special Operations Command, it’s mission, and the great work being performed by the Special Operations Command’s Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen deployed to over 100 countries around the world.
The team normally jumps from an altitude of 12,500 feet above the ground, freefalling approximately 2 miles and reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour wearing smoke canisters on their feet to make them visible to the public below. During their freefall, the members of the team maneuver their bodies like an aircraft to form formations in the sky. When the jumpers approach an altitude of 4,000 feet, they break their formation and glide in different directions, opening their parachutes approximately 2,500 feet above the ground. Once open, the members steer their parachutes and land one behind the other with precision accuracy in the landing area.
The Para-Commandos are all active duty military or Department of Defense civilians assigned to the Special Operations Command. Most are combat veterans and have a Special Operations background. Many served with the US Army Special Forces, commonly known as the elite Green Berets. Others served with US Army Rangers, the world’s premier light infantry fighting force. The US Air Force is well represented with specialized combat controllers, para-rescue men and combat air crewmen. The US Navy is represented with US Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crewmen, and the US Marine Corps is represented by Special Operations Marines.
These men and women all have a full time jobs at the Special Operations Command Headquarters, located at MacDill Air Force Base in beautiful Tampa Florida. They volunteer to serve as Para-Commandos as an additional duty, spending their weekends honing their skills and performing for the US public.
The Para-Commandos have performed at numerous military and civilian air shows, college and professional sporting events, and various patriotic, civic and school celebrations throughout the United States.