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PJI killed in para accident

#1
From the MOD, posted in case any para-trained ARRSERs knew him as a PJI:

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Royal Air Force parachutist Sergeant Marc Little on Wednesday 7 December 2005 during a parachute training exercise in the United States.

Marc Little was born in 1973 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham where his parents still live. Marc joined the Royal Air Force in 1993 as a Physical Training Instructor and served at Halton, Chicksands and in the Falkland Islands before arriving at the Parachute Training School, RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire in 2000. He married in 2003 and settled in the local area.

Marc was entering his second year as a Royal Air Force Falcon display parachutist. He was selected for this duty on the basis of his outstanding talent and potential as a future freefall instructor. Marc also consistently displayed those other essential personal qualities required to be member of a talented team engaged in high risk activity; courage, teamwork, professionalism and discipline.

The RAF Falcons display programme runs throughout the summer,in the UK and overseas. An extremely fit and talented sportsman, Marc also regularly represented the Royal Air Force at football.

Gp Capt Elliott, Station Commander RAF Brize Norton, said:

"Marc was immensely popular; a loyal friend with a positive outlook on life. He was a highly respected member of the Falcons Display team and an outstanding ambassador for the Royal Air Force.

"The Parachute Training School is an important element in the development and continuation of airborne capability and, as with all specialist capabilities, regular training is essential. This tragic accident has deeply shocked us. We will all miss Marc greatly and our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife and family."
http://www.news.mod.uk/news_headline_story2.asp?newsItem_id=3842
 
#6
Blue Skies and Happy Landings. May the family take a small comfort from knowing that he died whilst Living, that his passion for life was contagious and that it shines back at them from everyone who knew him.
 
#7
Bugger.. :cry:

These guys 'dropped' into my kids school a few weeks ago, a regular event, the kids love it and as usual top skills, but this just shows the risks the team take

I'll second the Blue Skies and Happy Landings.

RIP mate, the sky over Brize is gonna look empty :( thoughts are with family and friends.
 

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