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Several mothers and wives who have lost loved ones in the war, took the challenge of jumping out of a Chinook Helicopter attached to one of the Air Assault Team Members.
According to Deb Wolfe, who lost her son and is now a Gold Star Mother, “Today is to help Gold Star Family Members know that their loved ones are not forgotten and to help them move forward with their grief”.
Wolfe added, “We go through a three day seminar about moving forward and moving forward with a purpose. And at the end of the three days we strap them onto a good looking Screaming Eagle and push them out the door of helicopter.”
1LT Ryan Hopkins, one of the pilots of the Chinook helicopter, said “It’s an honor and a privilege to take these families, who have suffered this kind of loss, up and show them the inside of a Chinook helicopter and then let them jump out of it with the Air Assault Team Member.”
After safely landing back on the ground, Gold Star wife, Tiffany Wagstaff said, “That was awesome, I felt like a superhero and I would do it again in a heart beat!”
Families of fallen soldiers are encouraged to retain relationships with the Fort Campbell community as they grieve the loss of loved ones. Our families and loved ones pay the ultimate sacrifice when they lose a mother, father, husband, wife, son or daughter to combat. These families will always remain a part of the Army and Fort Campbell family, where they can not only find support, but resources to help families in their time of need.
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