FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A U.S. Army master sergeant has enjoyed what he calls the highlight of his military career by joining his son in a jump with the 82nd Airborne Division.
The Fayetteville Observer reports Master Sgt. Michael Mabry boarded a C-17 Globemaster III in January along with his 18-year-old son, William, and jumped into Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Stokes had been a squad leader in the 82nd Airborne Division for about a year when, as he prepared to transfer to his battalion’s headquarters in March 2015, a fellow NCO pointed out that something was up with one of his records.
For the elder Mabry, it was his 116th jump. For William, who’s a private, it was his sixth jump overall and first with the 82nd.
While they serve in the same division, William Mabry says he sees his father once in a while, but they keep it professional. Michael Mabry said he wants to be his son’s dad and not his noncommissioned officer, but he can give him guidance on being successful.
A C-17 Globemaster on a training mission in North Carolina accidentally airdropped a Humvee about five miles short of a drop zone near Fort Bragg on Wednesday.