NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Members of the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group put their boots in the sand on Friday and turned the coastline into their own training grounds.
Taking turns of six, service men and women completed “Hollywood” or “fun” jumps -- but they may not sound very fun to the average Joe.
Close to 160 were scheduled to jump from a helicopter, landing in the waters of North Myrtle Beach. Heavy winds and waves forced the cancellation of the final few attempts.
“It’s amazing to have this kind of turnout, we have people reenlisting and families here watching their jumps," said Cpt. Rick Dickson with the U.S. Army Special Affairs.
A family of 10 came out to support North Myrtle Beach local Markell Scott, who planned to enlist on the beach after his jump.
“It’s your son coming out of there so its kinda bittersweet when he jumps,” began Michael Scott on the nerves of seeing his son attempt the Hollywood stunt. “But it’s sweet when they hit the water and you get to enjoy it.”
Officials said while the jumps happen often around the region, its unique to see the Grand Strand community embrace the annual training.
“We have veterans here that were formally apart of airborne operations, watching these things and telling us about their time in the Army. It’s great to have the community here," Dickson said.
The exercises done on Friday helped to complete certification processes for various Army groups and battalions.