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Israel Defense Forces Soldier Talks Training

From mastering obstacle courses to experiencing tear gas, Alex Simone is developing his military skills.

Imagine being tear-gassed when you're not wearing a gas mask.

Would you run?

And, what does a sandbox have to do with parachuting?

Alex Simone of Pikesville discusses his experiences in the Israel Defense Forces, including his paratrooper training.

"Once we reached 400 meters in the air and entered the jump zone, my dvuka (jump squad) stood and lined up next to the door," he wrote.

"The doors opened, filling the whole cargo with wind. Looking out the door, I could see the Mediterranean and the beach below, but it all still looked just like a movie. Nobody in their right mind would actually jump out that door, right?"

Read more of Simone's blog: Shalom Yaakov in Israel: A repository of my new life in the Holy Land.

Simone is a member of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation.

Vito Simone September 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Thank you for sharing Alex's story and his story-telling. We are touched by all the support for his endeavors and wish all a sweet and successful year ahead. As we also look back on the past year let us not forget all the Blessings it has brought us. Please forgive us if anything we have said or done this past year has offended or hurt you in any way. Gail and Vito Simone Proud Parents of Alex, Mark and Frankie Simone
Janet Metzner September 25, 2012 at 08:06 PM
You're welcome, Vito. I'm grateful for young people like Alex, and to my son, Justin, who are out protecting our interests in the military.

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