Jerome E. Bennett
AD Parachute Jump
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Monday, October 27, 1986
Techincal Sergeant Jerome E. Bennett passed away 27 October 1986 when he was fatally injured during a training parachutedeployment while assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. Jerry was conducting a high-altitude freefall jump when he had a parachute malfunction and died shortly after impacting the ground under a partially deflated parachute canopy.
The Combat Control Association continues to honor Jerry by sponsoring an award in his name. The TSgt Jerome E. Bennett Award is presented at the Combat Control School graduations to the Combat Control School student who best exemplifies the attributes of Technical Sergeant Jerome E. Bennett, namely, that of being a team player, continually putting others ahead of himself; keeping the team together, and striving for mission success.
Not only was Jerry a "plank holder" at the 24 STS, he was also the
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 165-pound class boxing champion in 1977.
He was a great person, Combat Controller, champion and awesome teammate!