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IU Alumnus Earns Polish Jump Wings

Mac with Staff Sergeant Jonathan Martin during Operation Toy Drop

Mac with Staff Sergeant Jonathan Martin ’09, during Operation Toy Drop

Immaculata University alumnus, Jonathan Martin ’09,  staff sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division (U.S. Army) stationed in Fort Bragg, NC, participated in Operation Toy Drop. Each paratrooper donates a new toy and in return is entered into a lottery.  If he or she is one of the lucky winners of the lottery, they are allowed to jump (parachute).  When SSG Martin was selected, he brought the Immaculata University mascot doll, Mac, along with him for the jump.

 “The best part for the paratroopers is that foreign armies from around the world come to participate (in Operation Toy Drop) which allows everyone the opportunity to earn foreign wings to wear on their dress uniform,” said SSG Martin.  He explained that any time an American Paratrooper exits an aircraft with a Jump Master from a foreign army, they earn that country’s “Jump Wings.”  For this event, they jumped from an American aircraft with a Polish Jump Master giving the orders accompanied by a U.S. Jump Master translating. 

Martin, who was a member of the first coeducational class at Immaculata University in 2005, earned a degree in Sports Management and Exercise Science in 2009.  He is married to Sarah Finkenbiner Martin ’09, also an Immaculata alumna.

“I was thrilled that I was able to be part of this annual charity jump,” commented SSG Martin.  “It was truly special for me because my wife and two children were there with me.  We really enjoyed having Mac there with us.”

Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.