It was a windy day as soldiers with the 82nd Sustainment Brigade providers hosted Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn’s first jump as the XVIII Airborne Corps commander at Pope Field, June 26.
“I’m incredibly honored to jump with the 82nd SB,” said Allyn. “I’m extremely appreciative of the critical mission that is performed by every single Soldier and leader of the 82nd SB. They are essential to the success of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, he said.
“Just from looking at the 82nd SB on paper, Lieutenant General Allyn knows he has stars in his corps,” said 1st Lt. Megan Caldwell-Meeks, officer in charge of the 82nd Special Troops Battalion mission and Los Angeles, native. “This is an opportunity for us to make a great first impression as the 82nd SB,” she added.
“This is a great opportunity for Lieutenant General Allyn to see his riggers and logistics Soldiers and officers in action,” said Col. Christopher Sharpsten, 82nd Sustainment Bde. commander and a native of Massena, N.Y.
“We’re his main support for parachutes, so being able to provide a parachute for him is a success for our unit,” said Capt. David Betancourt, 82nd Sustainment Bde. parachute officer and Bronx, N.Y., native.
The 82nd Sustainment Bde. provides support to the XVIII Airborne Corps in multiple areas including postal operations, water purification, ammunition and more. Riggers from the brigade provided parachutes during Allyn’s first jump as XVIII Abn. Corps commander.
“Seeing a general officer jump with Soldiers ranking from privates all the way up to colonels; means a lot to the paratroopers,” said Betancourt.
“The fact that Lieutenant General Allyn jumped with us shows that he’s out there to get to know all of his Soldiers,” said Spc. Jerica Carter, 82nd Sustainment Brigade command staff and Fort Collins, Colo., native. “It shows he cares about the providers just as much as any other unit on Fort Bragg.”