YUMA, Ariz. – August is national anti-terrorism month, and the Yuma Proving Ground kicked it off in a big way Tuesday morning.
“It’s a feeling of tranquility. Everything is quiet, and the view is awesome,” Military Freefall School chief instructor Jose Reyes said, describing his thoughts while parachuting.
Reyes has jumped countless times within the past 20 years.
“I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s really just another job,” he said.
Tuesday’s freefall was a little out of the ordinary. Reyes carried an added accessory – a flag symbolizing anti-terrorism.
Each year, the Army designates August as anti-terrorism month to raise awareness of its efforts to protect service members and their families from terrorist threats.
Major Joshua Enke, Commander of Military Freefall School said, “So that we don’t have to worry about the threats that are out there, and we can just focus on our mission to train the soldiers that come to our school.”
The freefall school took the message of safety above and beyond, hundreds of feet in the air.
“We wanted to do a good job for the community and show the flag the proper way,” Reyes said.
Anti-terror analyst Gary Simpler designed the flag and hopes the jump will remind people to have a watchful eye.
“The events that happened in Chattanooga last month, four dead in a terrorist attack. Things like that show how important it is the public and workforce consciousness to terrorism and the real dangers that lurk even here in the United States.”