The skies over Saint Mere Eglise Drop Zone at Fort Bragg did not look promising for the Soldiers of Military Information Support Operations Command in late May. It looked like another airborne operation was going to be cancelled due to bad weather. In the life of a paratrooper, those kinds of days are expected but, for two particular sky Soldiers, it was thought to be a curse.
Psychological operations specialist, 1st Sgt. Richard D. Schultz of Company A, 8th Military Information Support Battalion and Sgt. Robert J. Schultz of Co. A, 9th MISB had made several attempts to exit an aircraft together to no avail.
“Every time the opportunity came up, the jump was cancelled before it started because of bad weather. Now it looks like this one might not go too,” said the elder Schultz as he looked to the dark clouds creeping over the trees.
Schultz’s predictions proved to be true and the jump was later cancelled due to heavy rain but, not before both father and son made their first jump together and landed safely within 75 meters from one another on Saint Mere Eglise Drop Zone.
“History was made for the Schultz Family today and when she’s older, I’m going to tell my daughter all about today,” said Robert.