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Lightning Girls To Participate In Military Training Events

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that their talented group of fan entertainment performers, the Lightning Girls, will team up with the University of South Florida’s Army ROTC program as well as the United States Navy to participate in a series of physical training activities at 6 a.m. on Friday, October 29, as the Lightning prepare to host Military Night on November 9 when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lightning Girls will arrive at the USF Army ROTC Training Center and line up in physical training formation along with 100 other USF Army ROTC cadets to perform an hour-long full body workout session. Following the exercise, the girls will perform a series of drills that include rappelling off a four-story wall and trying their hand at shooting various weapons systems facilitated by an Enhanced Skills Trainer.

At around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 31, four Lightning Girls, along with the Lightning’s in-arena host Brittany Zion, will perform tandem sky dives with the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, “The Para-Commandos,” at their training facility at Sky Dive City located at the Zephyrhills Airport.

The Para-Commandos perform precision freefall parachute demonstrations across the United States, informing the public about the unique mission of Special Operations Command, and the great work being performed by the Special Operations Soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen deployed to over 70 countries around the world.  The team is comprised of active-duty military and Department of Defense civilians assigned to Special Operations Command and have a combined total of over 23,000 jumps.  Most are combat veterans with a Special Operations background.  

The jumpers normally exit the aircraft from an altitude of 12,500 feet, free-falling at speeds in excess of 120 mph. Once their parachutes are open, the members steer their parachutes and land one behind the other with precision accuracy in the landing area. The Para-Commandos have performed at numerous military and civilian air shows, college and professional sporting events, and various patriotic, civic and school celebrations throughout the United States.

The opportunity for media to participate in the tandem jump will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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