VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- A Navy chaplain and the ethics advisor for the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) came one step closer to fulfilling his goal of serving with special warfare by receiving his gold jump wings during a ceremony at CPPD headquarters Mar. 24.
Prior to reporting to CPPD in July 2010, Lt. Harvey Macklin began jump training while assigned to the Marine's 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion in Okinawa from 2005-2007.
"The battalion commander offered me the chance to go to jump school, so I took it," said Macklin. "I enjoy the physical, active side of chaplaincy. I'm practicing ministry from above."
Macklin earned his gold wings by completing a total of ten parachute jumps. Candidates receive their silver jump wings upon the completion of the first five jumps made during jump training. Completing five more jumps entitles individuals to wear the gold jump wings.
Macklin completed his required jumps with Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group based out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story, Va. Mar 2.
"I wanted to earn my gold wings and be fully jump certified," said Macklin. "This enables me to be assigned to special warfare commands and joint commands that jump as part of their missions."
CPPD Commanding Officer, Capt. Chuck Hollingsworth, expressed his pride in Macklin's accomplishment.
"As our ethics advisor here at CPPD, Chaplain Macklin influences every course we review to make sure we are weaving good decision making skills into our curriculum," said Hollingsworth during the pinning ceremony. "And while I'm not sure jumping out of a perfectly good airplane falls into that category, I am extremely proud of his initiative and motivation in achieving this significant qualification."
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