NORTH AMERICAN PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Liberty Jump Team (LJT) honors paratroopers and veterans, of all eras in a couple of ways. Our team has a few missions. Our main mission is to participate in static-line parachute operations and static displays in the United States and the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Another mission is our Veteran Affairs Team (VAT). The VAT transports our veterans back to their battlegrounds all over the world, at no cost to the veteran. Our third mission is to ensure that the new generation knows the past and history of the airborne. LJT does this by giving lectures at community centers, schools, and public events, allowing people of all ages to learn of our rich history.
As noted on our website, the LJT has a proud and historic resume, and it doesn’t look like we are slowing down any time soon. At our core, this all-volunteer force helps develop future leaders. LJT provides demonstrations at airshows, visit schools and civic organizations, and commit to thousands of volunteer hours every year, all over the world, to educate folks about history. We truly are an organization that harnesses the thought to “never forget”.
We have been privileged to lead this team to where it is today, and are excited about what the future holds. We have an exceptional and important legacy to uphold, remembering those who have served, making sure to share that with the world. Our team is always looking for new, energetic, and educated professionals to be a part of what we do. We hope you consider being a part of the Liberty Jump Team.
Airborne All The Way,
President – North American Operations
EUROPEAN PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Bonjour, welcome and thank you for looking at our great organization.
I am very proud to serve as the European President of the Liberty Jump Team, founded by my wife Jil, Peter Plank, Roger Wolf and myself in 2006 to honor Paratroopers like Jil’s dad, LTC (Retired) Gordon K. Smith, who parachuted with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment into Normandy on June 6, 1944. This is one of the reasons we started the team and the rest as they say is history.
Since 2006 we have incorporated a few changes and added events that are more than just jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft, such as the work of our Veterans Affairs Team (VAT). VAT is responsible for transporting our Veterans back to their European battlefields at no cost to them. WWII Veterans have been able to re-trace their movements and look back on their actions reflecting how things unfolded during the war. As you can imagine this brings a flow of emotions both happy and sad as the men that were lost are still remembered to this day. The Veterans receive thanks from all the generations of the countries they liberated, and to them it is truly humbling. To see the Veterans meet and educate the younger generations about their accomplishments and experiences during the war is amazing.
We also make sure that our newest generations know the past military history of the Airborne, and never forget the sacrifices that were made on their behalf.
In closing, thank you for taking an interest in the Liberty Jump Team and our mission so we can keep the memory alive for generations to come. Airborne!!!
President – European Operations