U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team 

USSOCOM Parachute Team: The Para-Commandos

The Para-Commandos perform precision freefall parachute demonstrations across the United States, informing the public about the Special Operations Command, it's mission, and the great work being performed by the Special Operations Command's Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen deployed to over 100 countries around the world.


The team normally jumps from an altitude of 12,500 feet above the ground, freefalling approximately 2 miles and reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour wearing smoke canisters on their feet to make them visible to the public below. During their freefall, the members of the team maneuver their bodies like an aircraft to form formations in the sky. When the jumpers approach an altitude of 4,000 feet, they break their formation and glide in different directions, opening their parachutes approximately 2,500 feet above the ground. Once open, the members steer their parachutes and land one behind the other with precision accuracy in the landing area.

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The Para-Commandos are all active duty military or Department of Defense civilians assigned to the Special Operations Command. Most are combat veterans and have a Special Operations background. Many served with the US Army Special Forces, commonly known as the elite Green Berets. Others served with US Army Rangers, the world's premier light infantry fighting force. The US Air Force is well represented with specialized combat controllers, para-rescue men and combat air crewmen. The US Navy is represented with US Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crewmen, and the US Marine Corps is represented by Special Operations Marines.


These men and women all have a full time jobs at the Special Operations Command Headquarters, located at MacDill Air Force Base in beautiful Tampa Florida. They volunteer to serve as Para-Commandos as an additional duty, spending their weekends honing their skills and performing for the US public.


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, and hope to have the opportunity to perform for you!

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To request the Para-Commandos at your event, please click HERE and complete the Request Form.


Click HERE for the 2015 Support Manual.


Click the schedule of events below to check availability of the Para-Commandos for your event.


Para-Commando's Schedule of Events (Note: Dates that appear open are not always available due to training and other mission requirements.)


Fill out the form, print it and fax it to the United States Special Operations Command Public Affairs office at (813) 826-7719 or mail it to the address below. Once signed, the form can also be scanned and emailed to para-commandos@socom.mil. All requesters (sponsors) are required to complete this form.


Para-Commando's VIDEO


Para-Commando's Photos 


NOTE: All requests must be received at least 60 days prior to the scheduled event.


U.S. Special Operations Command/SOPA
ATTN: Community Relations
7701 Tampa Point Boulevard
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5323



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7701 Tampa Point Boulevard
MacDill Air Force Base, Florida 33621

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