Army

May 10, 2012

Dragon Team slays wall

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Photos by Capt. Jeffrey J. Tebo

Members of Operations Group Dragon Team, Cpl. Thomas Flood (left), Sgt. Gary Clark (right) man belay for rappelling soldiers while Staff Sgt. Justin Ortiz (background) looks on during a rappelling exercise at Fort Irwin April 25.

Members of the Dragon Live Fire training team took to the 20- and 60-foot rappel towers at Fort Irwin April 25 to reacquaint some Soldiers and introduce new Soldiers to stepping backwards into nothing — also known as rappelling. Rappelling, a method of quickly descending steep inclines, is a key skill for mountaineering. Stepping backwards into space 60 feet off the ground challenges Soldiers to trust their equipment and training over instinct and to conquer any lingering fear of height. All participants made it down the walls, establishing confidence and instilling a hunger for future opportunities at the rappel range or a more advanced event using the surrounding mountains.

Pictured are Pfc. Mark Stanley (foreground) and Pfc. Nathan Moskal (background) bound down a rappel wall during Dragon Team training.

Master Sgt. Edward Tacdol coaches Spc. Daniel Langu as he steps back off a rappel tower at Fort Irwin during training with the Dragon Team April 25.

Maj. Daniel Digati prepares to rappel off the 60-foot skid simulator at Fort Irwin during Dragon Team’s training April 25.




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