Service members free fall for “Hawaii Five-0,” and “Army Wives” gets a little Air Force


Calling all “Hawaii Five-0” fans.

Members of the “Hawaii Five-0” production crew film the landing of Special Operations Command, Pacific freefall jumpers. (Photo by Tom Sanders)

Two Special Operations Command Pacific jumpers from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam recently performed a free fall jump out of a C-17 Globemaster III as stunt doubles for the show’s actors.

Maj. Aaron Lawson, Special Operations Command, Pacific jumper and special tactics officer served as a stunt double for “Hawaii Five-0” actor Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Det. Steve McGarrett on the show. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Phillips, also a SOCPAC jumper and parachute rigger, made the jump with Lawson.

The jump was filmed by veteran free fall cameraman and skydive cinematographer, Tom Sanders. He exited the plane just before Lawson and Phillips to get the full shot of the jump.

Even though this was Sanders’ first jump from a C-17, he’s still had the opportunity to jump with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton and former President George Bush.

Look for the episode, which airs Monday, April 15 on CBS at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

View more photos of the jump here.

In addition, “Army Wives,” the popular Lifetime drama which premiered its seventh season March 10, recently filmed the show at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

Actress Brooke Shields joins the show as Air Force Col. Katherine “Kat” Young, who’s a crack pilot who can hold her own in the boys club atmosphere of the military.

Check out cast members of “Army Wives” at Joint Base Charleston here.

Maj. Aaron Lawson opens his parachute after performing a freefall jump from a C-17 Globemaster III near Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam-Hawaii, Feb. 26, 2013. (Photo by Tom Sanders)


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