Skip to comments.KATHERINE JENERETTE GRADUATES from US ARMY AIRBORNE SCHOOL
Posted on 03/21/2008 1:26:29 PM PDT by kjenerette
North Myrtle Beach Times - page 8, Thursday, March 20, 2008
Jenerette Completes School
KATHERINE JENERETTE GRADUATES from US ARMY AIRBORNE SCHOOL
Former North Myrtle Beach Planning Commissioner, U.S. Army Lieutenant Katherine Jenerette recently graduated from the U.S. Army's Airborne school at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Airborne officers are considered to be among the Army's most valuable combat officers. Every member of the Rangers and Special Forces - two of the Army's most elite corps - is airborne qualified.
Information about the Airborne school states: Throughout the fast-moving course of instruction, mental alertness and physical conditioning are emphasized and Airborne School is designed for those who possess the desire, motivation and courage to join the elite fraternity known as "Paratroopers." It is one of the most physically demanding yet rewarding courses in the US Army. It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for this assignment; someone with an unflinching nerve and a spirit of adventure.
Having successfully survived jump school, Jenerette graduated and was awarded her Airborne wings at a ceremony in Ft. Benning last week. In the military, Airborne wings are a mark of courage, daring and skill.
|Jenerette is a U.S. Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War Operation Desert Storm and she has served as a Field Representative for the 1st Congressional District, South Carolina. She currently is a Commissioned Officer serving in the U.S. Army Reserve and as an Army Paratrooper she is assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.|
Airborne All The Way!
I got the gig pit every day - never could shine boots.
I've made one jump in my life, and, trembling my way to the door, I was more scared than I can ever remember being.
My wife has gotten MUCH better, over the decades at hiding the fact that, despite my years in fast attack submarines, I'll never compare to her father in her eyes (and she's right.) Congratulations and deep thanks, Ma'am.
Congratulations....I have a friend who just graduated from Alabama in Dec with a degree in nursing and after much thought, decided she wanted to serve her country (her dad is a retired USCG Admiral)....so she called the AF and the Navy - and ended up joining the Navy as a Nurse - should be starting training in May....and on top of it, hopes to deploy....I’m proud of her, you and all our young people who serve this great nation....
Were you over the age of 39 and had given birth to 4 children before you went through Airborne?
Yeah, I don’t like heights much myself, either. But I wouldn’t be opposed to going to the school and getting my wings, and getting to wear them for the rest of my career. I’m not going to lie, I would feel nervous! There’s also Air Assault School. Only ten days, but some say it’s the hardest training in the Army (outside of maybe SF and Ranger schools). But you need a lot of upper body strength for that. My understanding is that Airborne School is pretty easy, you just need the intestinal fortitude for the five jumps from 1,250 feet. At that altitude, it’s not too scary. It’s a lot more scary at far lower altitudes.
So are you! Thank you so much for your service ... my family holds you in high regard.
Graduated from Airborne Training in the summer of 1974 while in ROTC. For anyone with any kind of coordination and even a bit athletic, it wasn’t all that difficult. Once you got through the 60-90 of PT and running in the early morning, it was a lot of fun especially watching - or hearing - guys count to four while jumping out of the tower and not having all their harness straps properly adjusted.
I could have gone through Airborne training when I was 45 and have made it easily.
While this woman may be older than most students, it’s not that big of a deal.
Congratulations from the Republic of Panama, Chica.
Keep us informed/posted.
Jenerette = Hatteras
Jenerette = Charleston
Congratulations, Lieutenant! Very well done!
Dude it’s her......
Thank you, your smile says it all. Godspeed.
Congrats. I bet you could kick Private Benjamin's ass!
I slept like a baby too - but the 0330hrs wake-ups seemed to happen no sooner than I closed my eyes.
I'm supposed to get my 'blood wings' after my 'cherry jump' with my unit next month...no sweat compared to what I have been through in life!
I must admit a 'pucker factor' of at least 9.5...but, exiting a C130 probably is close to the 2d best feeling a human being can experience in this lifetime!
Second I have to say that I would be proud to serve with you. . . . . .
THANK YOU for your service and giving the young ladies of today a great role model to look up to. Heaven knows they need it.
I salute you LT from a USN Chief! Thank you so much for joining this important group and congrats on finishing that tough school. Take care of yourself out there Ma’am!!!!
LOL! This “woman” is kjenerette.
Awesome! Congrats and thanks for your service!
Congratulations very much - my black hat used to say he divorced his first wife, because she was a leg...LOL
The first jump was easy, as I recall. The second scared the snot out of me - I remembered what happened the first time!
Congrats Katherine and thanks for serving your country.
Killer babes from Above, I love it.
Still, it’s not like you were a Marine after all.
Good luck to your son he’ll do fine. It’s a tough school especially if you’re not Army.
God bless you and thank you for your service!
Well done, Thornbird :-)
brakes locked up and the sucker flipped.
Seems like we both like the fine idea/quote of John Stewart Mill!
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Thank you for your service Katherine.
This saying is true today...but you and I must sound the wake-up call to a new generation of Americans that Freedom is not Free! We have to make it happen...and each generation has to make it happen...Spread the word and pass the torch of freedom...
Thank you for spreading the word and passing the torch of freedom.
God Bless you and your family!
Bravo Zulu! Congrats to you for your wings....
2/508 PIR, 82nd Abn Div 1980-84
Welcome to the club. I make a pilgrimage about every 5 years to Ft. Kackalacki, hope to see you there some day.
Thank you for your kind comments - I always thought that you guys from the 'John F. Kennedy School for Wayward Boys' at Bragg were our role models. It's strange how time's have changed; but you all were out there in the front when it was pretty rough to say the least. (My husband's 1st assignment was with 1SFG(SAFASIA) out of Infantry OCS, '72.
I’ll bet she can kick the haughty John Kerry, who served in Viet Nam, around the block.
You're probably right; but, I didn't want to wait until I was 45. It was enough of a challenge at the 'tender' age of 39-years old. The woman 'part' does offer certain advantages when it come to the harness; etc. (Ouch!)
Anyway, thanks - I was 6-years old when you went thru Jump School in 1974 and like you - I did have fun at Benning, even during the morning PT runs!
:)Classic US Airborne Cadence-’Then a Recruiter Came To Me’.
PS,you look very pretty,God Bless,Fatima
Good on you Katherine.
Now go kick some terrorist ass!!
BTW I still think there is something wrong with jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft. I was and still am a lousy chute load. I was well over 200 lbs. when just out of high school - without gear. Made for a fast ride.
I leave you with a quote, that rings true today and always must...
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan
You are awesome! Congraulations on completing jump school and thank you for your service to me and to my family.
Here’s a FReeper we can all be proud of. Do you think the Canteen would be interested?