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.|
Oh, for crying out loud - Airborne school was a nap. Literally. First time in months I was allowed to sleep.
(Did you get blood wings)
I thought you were retired?
Ditto! Congratulations and God Bless you!!
You rock. Hooah.
Kudos Katherine, I know that Van and your family are supre proud of you. Whoo hoo!
I Was waiting for someone to admit the truth. Airborne school is very easy. As long as you don’t get hurt by screwing up a PLF you’re home free. The PT is a joke.
before I get attacked, I got my wings in 1992. Back then the females didn’t get blood wings...If they do today I’m sure it’s behind closed-doors only.
Have fun in Iraq LT. I just did 15 months.
You are a great American!
Hardest part of Airborne was the pummeling my knees took during ground week (all that feet-and-knees-together bunny hopping while waiting in line for the cable PLF trainer took its toll!). The PT was pretty easy, though, joint pain aside. The actual jumping was a blast. I had a pretty good time in ABN.
Where’d you do your tour in Iraq, sir?
GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE!
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.