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June 20, 2014

Moody gives ROTC cadets hands-on training

MOODY AFB — ROTC cadets from across the country have spent the week here participating in Combat Rescue Officer Shadow and Orientation Week, or CROSHOW.

The exercise gives ROTC cadets with an interest in combat rescue a hands-on feel for the work of a combat rescue officer: going up in HH-60 helicopters, taking part in a combat search-and-rescue scenario and, on Thursday, observing parachute jumps, with four cadets doing tandem jumps with experienced jumpers.

“The week has been a roller coaster,” said Bryce Muzzy, one of the cadets who tandem-jumped. “Seeing the operations, the flights, the jumps ... it’s a good opportunity to get a taste of what the training is like.”

CROSHOWs started in Arizona last year when 2nd Lt. Daniel Amezola mentioned to Capt. Sandra Spoon that he would be interested in getting hands-on experience with CRO training.

Spoon organized a week-long training for Amezola and 11 other cadets.

That week of training led to three participants, including Amezola, being selected for Phase Two of CRO training.

After a second CROSHOW last year, the Air Force funded the third one.

The goal of CROSHOW is twofold. For participants who decide to go into combat rescue officer training, it gives them an idea of what to expect and the tools to get them started. For those who do not choose this route, CROSHOW offers a new experience and better understanding of what combat rescue officers do.

For Jake Armstrong, one of the cadets who tandem-jumped Thursday, the experience has solidified his commitment to becoming a CRO.

“I was pretty nervous when I was up there,” said Armstrong, after landing. “But I knew I had to do it if this was going to be my career. As soon as I jumped I was having fun.”

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