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Essential Information
These topics provide information of most use to those aspiring to enlist or currently serving service member desiring to entry classify into an Air Force Battlefield Airman Specialty or the two Air Force Combat Support Specialties of SERE and EOD. As purpose is to provide quick and easy access to up-to-date current information to those visiting Specialtactics.com it is an Administrator “only” posting area. Users post any questions in the General Discussion or other discussion forums.
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Rules of Engagement (ROEs) (1 viewing)
Please read and heed! These are the guidelines and rules regarding the Specialtactics.com forums. EVERYONE should read these to avoid being chastised in public for his/her lack of situational awareness (SA).
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Rules of Engagement update...
(TE) - 11/16/14 01:56 PM
Physical Ability and Stamina Test (PAST) Information (1 viewing)
This is the effective as of 9 September 2014 most current PAST standards and guidance used to qualify applicants for entry classification (job placement) into the PJ, CCT, SOWT, TACP, SERE, and EOD career fields.
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PAST worksheet and narrati...
(Yukon) - 05/26/15 01:20 PM
Enlisted and Officer Classification Directory Information (1 viewing)
Extracted pages from current Air Force Enlisted Classification Directory (AFECD) and Air Force Officer Classification Directory for the Battlefield Airman, SERE, and EOD specialties.
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Selected AFECD and AFOCD s...
(Yukon) - 11/16/14 04:49 PM
Air Force Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (AF-TAPAS) (1 viewing)
AF-TAPAS produces an adaptability and temperament/personality assessment of a sort. All AF enlisted applicants interested in certain battlefield Airman and combat support AFCSs now take the AF TAPAS test during their initial MEPS processing.
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AF Tailored Adaptive Perso...
(Yukon) - 11/16/14 06:03 PM
Medical Recommendation For Flying or Special Operational Duty (1 viewing)
Flying or SOD personnel are defined as any Air Force member with an ASC, AFSC or duty position that must meet special entry and continuing medical qualifications.
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Color vision requirements
(Yukon) - 06/28/15 12:58 PM
Class dates for PJ/CCT/CRO/STO/SOWT (1 viewing)
Current and future class dates will be posted here.
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FY 15 PJ/CCT/CRO/STO/SOWT ...
(TE) - 11/16/14 01:41 PM
CRO, STO, & 13L ALO Application Information (1 viewing)
There is no direct entry classification into these three commissioned officer AFSCs. Candidate applications must be submitted by commissioned officers to gain eligibility to entry classify into these specialties.
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CROs, STOs, & 13L ALOs...
(Yukon) - 11/18/14 07:18 PM
Point of Contact (POC) Information (1 viewing)
Person or work center (office) contact information for various Guardian Angel and Special tactics units, AFSC Functional Managers at MAJCOM level. Must be a registered user to read POC contact info.
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Contact List
(Yukon) - 11/22/14 11:39 AM
Air National Guard & Air Force Reserves Info (1 viewing)
Recruiting Guides, if available, reside here for those looking to become a member of a reserve component (AFRES/ANG) Special Tactics Squadron (STS) or a Guardian Angel Rescue Squadron (RQS).
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*NEW* 306th RQS Tryout - 1...
(306th_RQS) - 04/18/17 02:34 PM
General Discussion
Forums for general discussion
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New User Introduction (15 viewing)
New forum users are encouraged to introduce themselves by providing some background about themselves. Contribute as much or little background as you desire. Please keep it professional and relevant to why you visit these forums. What you type here represents your professionalism and maturity. Do not reply to another post in order to post your bio, always post your introduction as a new post.
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Re: Introduction
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General Discussion (12 viewing)
Post general non-buffoonery questions here. Focus is questions about subjects not having an established forum that are directly relevant and pertinent to the Air Force PJ, CRO, CCT, STO, SOW, TACP and SERE Specialties.
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Current, Former, or Retire...
(Allison) - 04/30/17 09:13 PM
General Off Topic Discussion and Buffoonery (6 viewing)
This is the (nearly) anything goes forum. This is the area were conversation not entirely relevant or pertinent to Air Force Special Tactics, Air Force Battlefield Airman Specialties. Buffoonery is used to imply less serious or more relaxed topics and conversation. Although nearly anything goes the intent of buffoonery doesn't extend into being tolerant of absurdity, disruptive and significant ridiculousness.
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Re: Army Cavalry Scout VS ...
(Yukon) - 04/29/17 09:38 AM
Crosstrainee and Prior Service Questions (7 viewing)
Forum for currently serving Air Force service members and currently prior service (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard) civilians who desire entry classification (job placement) into Pararescue, Combat Control, or Special Operations Weather by cross training or prior service enlistment.
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Re: When is the soonest I ...
(Yukon) - 05/11/17 08:59 AM
Spouses, Family, and Friends (2 viewing)
Family and friends forum
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Re: Family and Re-Training
(Yukon) - 04/23/17 05:59 PM
Air Force JrROTC & CAP Cadet Programs (1 viewing)
Discussion area for the Civil Air Patrol cadet programs and JrROTC cadet activities that are relevant to Paararescue. Most common special activities are CAP's 7 training day Pararescue and Survival Orientation Course (PJOC) and 10 training day Advanced Pararescue Orientation Course (APOJ) for cadets.
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Airman passes on knowledge...
(Yukon) - 07/05/15 10:20 AM
USAF Special Tactics
Career field discussion forums to ask questions and get answers.
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Pararescue (8 viewing)
USAF Pararescue Forum
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Re: BA Prep
(hapasto) - Today at 07:04 PM
Combat Rescue Officer (3 viewing)
USAF Combat Rescue (CRO) Forum
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Re: CRO Hopeful Seeking Me...
(BWD) - 02/01/17 05:17 AM
Combat Control (9 viewing)
USAF Combat Control Forum
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Re: Retraining Assessment
(Dylanderson) - 05/15/17 11:00 AM
Special Tactics Officer (1 viewing)
USAF Special Tactics Officer Forum
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Re: PAST Standards for STO...
(GW) - 10/31/16 09:42 AM
Special Operations Weather (2 viewing)
USAF Special Operations Weather Forum
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Re: SOWT Creed
(Yukon) - 02/23/17 05:35 PM
Tactical Air Control Party & 13L Air Liason Officer (4 viewing)
USAF TACP and 13L ALO Forum
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Re: TACP Prep Course
(gpill) - 04/24/17 03:35 AM
SERE (2 viewing)
USAF SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Specialty Forums.
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Re: 2017 Candidates
(Hiawatha) - 03/26/17 10:09 AM
Operators in the News (3 viewing)
Recent news and articles about PJ, CCT, SOW, CRO, STO, TACP and 13L ALO from various sources.
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Recent SAR jump mission
(Yukon) - 04/28/17 08:59 PM
Courses of Initial Entry
Course of Initial Entry (COIE)—The first course in an initial skills training pipeline. For the Battlefield Airmen specialties the COIE is typically the prerequisite course required to be successfully completed to pass forward into the AFSC awarding course. The COIE may or may not have may not have an implemented Student-Initiated Elimination (SIE) option. Generally, Volunteer status is a prerequisite to continue in certain career fields. Students who withdraw their volunteer status cannot continue in the career field or the associated pipeline courses. For AFSCs that have an SIE option, training personnel will verbally brief students during in-processing that if they exercise the SIE option, they will be subject to potential discharge. Students who graduate BMT and enter training for AFSCs having an SIE option may not withdraw their volunteer status before they have officially entered the course of initial entry (COIE). Students who withdraw their volunteer status cannot continue in the career field or the associated pipeline courses.
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CRO & PJ Development Course (1 viewing)
This COIE has goal and objectives of immersing students in physical fitness training to bring them to the level of fitness performance needed to engage in accomplishing the training encountered during the CRO & PJ Indoctrination Course.
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Re: CRO & PJ Developme...
(nitrohuck) - 05/02/17 07:44 PM
CRO & PJ Indoctrination Course (1 viewing)
This COIE is a screening-in course in that the controlled environment exposes students to harsh conditions at the extremes of human physical capabilities. Screening-in is used to emphasize all students starting the course are expected to complete the course unless they voluntarily self eliminate themselves from training or are eliminated for other failure to train or inability to be trained reasons. Students are trained physically and mentally for the rigors of the training pipeline and subsequently to prepare them to perform pararescue duties in the operational environment. It is a mandatory prerequisite course to proceed further into other required AFSC awarding courses.
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Re: Indoc test Requirments
(fortworthguy) - 06/25/16 10:48 PM
Combat Control Selection Course (CCSC) (1 viewing)
This COIE screens to prepare Combat Control trainees physically and mentally for the rigors of the training pipeline. Gauges student progression and determine advancement potential.
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Re: Boots at CCSC
(Cmonster) - 07/08/16 11:33 AM
Special Operations Weather Selection Course (1 viewing)
This COIE emphasizes physical training to assure that course graduates have the temperament and potential to meet the intense physical challenges inherent in the Special Operations Weather specialty.
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Special Operations Weather...
(Yukon) - 05/04/15 10:32 AM
Tactical Air Control Party Preparatory Course (1 viewing)
This COIE emphasizes physical training to assure that course graduates have the temperament and potential to meet the intense physical challenges inherent in the TACP specialty.
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Air Liaison Officer (ALO) ...
(Yukon) - 05/06/15 11:31 AM
SERE Specialist Selection (SSS) (1 viewing)
This COIE emphasizes physical training to assure that course graduates have the temperament and potential to meet the intense physical challenges inherent in the SERE specialty.
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"What does it take to...
(Yukon) - 09/13/15 10:37 AM
CRO, STO and 13L ALO Selection Process (1 viewing)
All candidates for the CRO, STO, and 13L ALO specialties will apply to be entry classified into the specific AFSC through Phase I and Phase II screening and selection process. Being selected enters the officer into the AFSC's Course of Initial Entry.
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Re: Advice for hopeful CRO...
(Yukon) - 06/24/15 08:37 AM
Required Pipeline and AFSC Awarding Courses
Pipeline courses are those after COIE that are mandatory pre-requisite courses required to pass into the AFSC awarding course. The AFSC awarding course is the formal in-residence course that results in award of 3-skill level, 5-skill level or 7-level AFSC.
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US Army Basic Airborne Course (Airborne (Static-line Parachutist) (2 viewing)
Certain specialties require continuous parachute duty to accomplish the USAF PPP’s operational objective and to maintain award of the DAFSC. The following specialties are jump-inherent: 13DXX, 1C2XX, 1T2XX, and 1W0X2. Reference AFI AFI11-410.
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Re: Jump pay
(Yukon) - 02/17/17 11:31 AM
Combat Control Operator (ATC) (1 viewing)
CCT
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SPECIAL TACTICS OFFICER AI...
(Yukon) - 05/06/15 11:59 AM
Combat Survival (1 viewing)
PJ, CCT, SOW, TACP
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SERE Training
(Yukon) - 05/06/15 12:35 PM
Combat Control School (1 viewing)
CCT
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Military Freefall Parachutist (1 viewing)
Current MFF inherent AFSCs are PJ/CRO and CCT/STO.
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Re: New MFF Course
(Yukon) - 04/22/15 02:18 PM
Combat Diver Qualification Course (1 viewing)
Current dive inherent AFSCs are PJ/CRO and CCT/STO.
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Re: Course outline or cour...
(menego) - 01/13/16 07:12 AM
Tactical Air Control Party Apprentice Course (1 viewing)
TACP
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Re: Training Pipeline
(Joshua) - 08/25/16 09:42 AM
Pararescue and Recovery Apprentice Course (1 viewing) 7 9
Re: EMT National Registry
(Channell18) - 08/20/15 02:28 PM
Combat Rescue Officer (CRO) Course (2 viewing) 1 1
Combat Rescue Officer (CRO...
(Yukon) - 05/04/15 02:26 PM
S-V81-A; SERE Specialist Training (1 viewing)
SERE
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SERE Specialist Training C...
(Yukon) - 05/06/15 12:19 PM
Special Operations Weather Course (1 viewing)
SOW
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Physical Fitness, Nutrition and Supplements
The Air Force Battlefield Airman Specialties represent the most physically and mentally demanding duty in the U.S. Air Force. Each of these specialties have imposed physical fitness standards directly connected to obtaining and sustaining target performance levels throughout a career of performing physically demanding and challenging duties. The forums in the Physical Fitness, Nutrition and Supplements category exist to facilitate getting physically fit and minimize adverse health effects from in-ignorance or out-of-ignorance nutrition and supplement use.
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Occupation-Specific Human Performance Standards (1 viewing)
Individual Service members must possess the cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance, together with desirable levels of body composition to successfully perform in accordance with their Service-specific mission and military specialty. [DODD 1308.1, June 30, 2004] The Secretaries of the Military Departments shall Establish specific requirements and conduct the physical fitness training for its particular need and mission. [DODD 1308.1, June 30, 2004] The Military Services shall (1) Develop and maintain physical fitness programs through the testing of personnel, regardless of age, for fitness based upon Service-appropriate standards and (2) Conduct physical fitness training that applies scientific justification and procedures to assess the risk factors. [DODI 1308.3 November 5, 2002] Military Services shall extend their physical fitness programs to incorporate occupational-specific physical fitness requirements for those career fields where it is deemed necessary to ensure adequate skill, performance, and safety. This extension shall include identifying each specific physical capability needed by the occupational specialties. These additional physical fitness standards development will include a risk assessment for prevention of injuries and will reflect levels of physical abilities necessary to meet the duty demands of the occupation. Once the levels or desired physical capability are identified, physical fitness training and testing should be linked to these capabilities. Emerging training methodologies should be considered when designing the appropriate physical fitness training. [DODI 1308.3 November 5, 2002]
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The importance of adequate...
(Yukon) - 12/03/16 10:13 AM
Workout Programs (1 viewing)
Here are many of the old workout programs from the previous site.
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Re: Operator and Trainee W...
(RIKR) - 07/31/15 11:46 AM
RIKR Physical Readiness Battery (RPRB) (1 viewing)
The RIKR System is a complete set of concepts, skills and training components to enhance one’s life and performance. The key principle of The RIKR System is individual optimization. The goal is to ensure that your training provides consistent improvement without harming you and that your attitudes do not damage your body (psychosomatic effects) or the psyche of you or your team. The system is designed to strengthen your mind and body to create a fully developed and highly capable man or woman regardless of the task at hand (especially combat).
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Re: RIKR Intro
(RIKR) - 07/25/15 12:36 PM
SOF WODs Forum (1 viewing)
This Forum is for discussing, questions, etc., relevant to SOFWODs LLC and the fitness/preparatory services they provide.
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Re: Not Enough Time
(sah2117) - 11/01/16 09:49 AM
Special Operations Preparation Workout of the Day (SOPWOD) (1 viewing)
Harley's Special Operations Preparation workout of the day. Specifically designed for persons preparing for Air Force Special Operations type occupations (PJ, CCT, STO, CRO) as well for those interested in other service's SOF occupations.
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Physical Training Tips and Techniques (1 viewing)
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Re: Recruiter-Led Physical...
(RIKR) - 12/15/16 12:06 PM
Running (1 viewing)
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Re: Proper Rucking Form?
(jaws) - 01/12/17 09:29 PM
Swimming and Water Confidence (4 viewing)
WARNING: ALWAYS have a life-guard and/or a buddy watching you at all times when conducting any kind of water confidence training or underwater breath holding activities.
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Re: Fins and Mask
(VCURam) - 12/03/16 09:05 AM
Calisthenics and Weightlifting (2 viewing)
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Re: Cluster Training For P...
(Nobody2) - 05/09/17 08:40 AM
Other Workouts/Crosstraining (1 viewing)
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Re: Advice on increasing p...
(RIKR) - 12/15/16 09:16 AM
Russian Kettlebell Training (1 viewing)
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Nutrition and Supplements (1 viewing)
Questions about nutrition, dietary supplements and workout supplements. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not prohibit a supplement, the Department of Defense (DOD) does prohibit service member use of many supplements. Also supplements not allowed at the CRO/PJ Indoctrination Course and the Combat Control Selection Course. With so many products out there, it is important to know what concoction of mystery chemical use is going to put a quick end to your military career.
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Re: There's Something Stra...
(Yukon) - 05/10/16 04:19 PM
Searching for Workout Partners (11 viewing)
Post want ads for workout partners in your area here.
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Seeking workout partners i...
(JustAnotherCone) - 05/18/17 02:12 PM
Medical Questions
Questions about medical examination standards pertinent to MEPS accession medical examination and Air Force's Flyer Class III and Special Operations medical examinations are asked here. General questions about medical waiver requests and approval/disapproval for medical disqualification are also asked here. Negotiating or pleading case for approval is impossible as no waiver approval authority or Flight Surgeon will be reading or responding to any posts.
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MEPS Medical Examinations (1 viewing)
The medical examination completed at MEPS are examinations conducted for the purpose of enlistment. It is a health and fitness examination evaluation of qualification for military service. This examination is not an Air Force initial Flying Class III or Special Operations Duty examination other than all Air Force applicants going Class III, air traffic controller, crew member, or commissioning will be tested for depth perception using the OPTEC 2300.
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Re: Loss of Big Toe
(caceres9288) - 10/14/16 03:08 PM
Initial Flying Class III & Special Operations Duty medical examinations (1 viewing)
These examinations are done by the Air Force for its service members before the service member participates in performing such duties as a student or applies to cross train into a Flying or Special Operation Duty AFSC. The standards criteria do vary depending on specific AFSCs duty requirements to perform MFF, combat diver, and other duties.
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Re: Color vision deficienc...
(SP) - 02/16/17 08:13 AM
General Medical Questions
There are medical conditions that give cause to reject an examinee for entry into any rated,not-rated, or career enlisted aviator crew position training(all classes), or continued flying duty/SOD unless a waiver is granted. Question about such conditions and ailments should be asked here.
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Re: Corrective Eye Surgery
(Yukon) - 12/27/16 05:06 PM
Initial Physiological Training. (1 viewing)
Rated officer aircrew, career enlisted aircrew, non-rated aircrew, parachutists, and AOP personnel will accomplish initial physiological training as part of their undergraduate flying training, flying specialty, or AFSC-granting formal training program. Battlefield airmen (1T2, 1C2, 1C4, 13D, 13C) and High Altitude Parachutists will receive High Altitude Parachutist initial and refresher training. For High Altitude Parachutists, initial physiological training should be completed after selection for attendance to a Military Freefall Course and before formal course entry. Also a Hyperbaric Pressure Test is a Combat Dive Course pre-requisite. This test is conducted in a hyperbaric recompression chamber. It is designed to determine if the applicant can successfully adapt to increased atmospheric pressure without adverse physiological reaction.
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MFF (high altitude) Parach...
(Yukon) - 01/02/15 09:10 PM
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