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Fort Worth ISD Students Treated to Demonstration by Navy Parachute Team

Approximately 1,400 students from Rosemont Middle School and Rosemont Elementary School got a high-flying treat at nearby Rosemont Park. The United States Navy Parachute Team, called “Leap Frogs,” demonstrated their skills for the students the morning of Oct. 24.

The video captures the show from both the students’ and parachute team’s point-of-view!

The team appearance was part of Fort Worth Navy Week, taking place Oct. 23 - 29. The special event was one of several activities occurring throughout the city. Rosemont Middle School Principal Oscar Adams said he received an invitation in early October from the lead planner for Fort Worth Navy Week to participate in one of the featured activities. Mr. Adams said his Junior Cadet Corps (JCC) program instructors got to work immediately to collaborate with the “Leap Frogs.” The instructors, Senior Chief Toney Turner and Petty Officer Erica Blackwell, are retired from the United States Navy.

“Our instructors wanted to offer the experience to as many students as possible,” he said. “They visited the park and determined a student viewing area that would be safe and enjoyable for such a large group of students.” In the end, middle school students and fifth graders were stationed at the park, while younger students stayed on their campus across the street to watch the parachute team.

Students watched in excitement as three Navy SEALs, carrying an American flag and a Navy SEALs flag, jumped out of an airplane over the park. On the way down, the team set off smoke canisters that left plumes of smoke in the air to make it easier for students to see them in the sky. After the jump, team members greeted the students and answered their questions.

“Many students had questions, but our JCC students seemed to have the most questions and wanted to spend time with the parachute team,” Mr. Adams said. “Our students loved the whole experience.”

“Leap Frogs” is the official parachute demonstration team of the United States Navy and they are part of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command. The Leap Frogs Navy Parachute Team is made up of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) and support personnel.

The parachute experience was the second special activity for the middle school students during the week. On Oct. 23, the school had a visit from 10 sailors with the USS Constitution, based in Boston. Launched in 1797, the Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. The officers and crew are all active-duty members of the United States Navy. Dressed in 19th-century naval uniforms, the officers and crew held presentations in both JCC and social studies classes. Presentations were about the USS Constitution and the USS Fort Worth, a combat ship, which is based in San Diego.

Mr. Adams said this was the first year his school participated in Fort Worth Navy Week, and he is open to future participation.

“All the representatives from the Navy really connected with our students,” he said. “These activities provided an opportunity for our students to meet people from different parts of the country, to ask questions, and learn some important history as well. We are a JCC Program of Choice school, and we are proud to have been able to offer this special activity.”

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