We have required additional duties to run the activity: Activity Sport Parachute Safety Officer (ASPSO) and Installation Sport Parachute Safety Officer (ISPSO). Currently SFC Sam Young is the ASPSO and the ISPSO is vacant. These two additional duties are appointed by the Garrison Commander. Sam is also responsible for the collection and turn-in of fees. Another duty inherent to each DZ is the Safety and Training Advisor (S&TA). Appointments run from 1 April to 31 March of each year. The FPSPA S&TA is SFC Sam Young. This additional duty is approved and appointed by the DZ's Regional Director (in our case, the Gulf Region Regional Director) and further appointed by the USPA. If you travel to other drop zones and have questions about safety or training, ask the S&TA.
The Fort Polk Sport Parachute Activity is a United States Parachute Association Group Member, located on the Fort Polk, Louisiana, military installation. The FPSPA is a Category C (Revenue Generating) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) activity. The FPSPA falls under the Outdoor Recreation Branch of the Directorate of Community and Family Activities (DCFA). The activity operates under the provisions of Army Regulation (AR) 215-1. Persons eligible for membership in the FPSPA are:
All DOD Active Duty, Reserve, Guard and their family members with valid ID card (dependents between the ages of 16-18 need parental consent).
All military retirees with valid ID.
DOD civilians with valid ID.
The FPSPA has an all-volunteer staff. We offer Static Line Progression First Jump Courses and HALO to Sport Parachuting Transition classes using ram-air (square) parachutes. Prospective members do not have to be airborne qualified to join. Conversely, airborne qualified persons do have to attend the Static Line Progression First Jump Course and HALO qualified persons do have to attend the HALO to Sport Parachuting Transition class if they do not have any sport parachuting experience. All exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis after discussion with the activity manager, a USPA Instructor, and the S&TA.