Bedford native selected for West Point Parachute Team
Delahunty, 19, the son of Stephen and Deborah Delahunty of Bedford, is one of eight freshmen cadets chosen for the West Point Parachute Team from a pool of about 130. It’s a rigorous program involving physical and mental dedication, and the cadets have to fulfill a four-year commitment as part of the team.
“There’s a lot of stuff you have to do. You have to pack a parachute 25 times. The first time it took two hours and now some of us are at 18 minutes. When we get to the end, we’ll be able to pack a parachute in seven to 10 minutes,” he said. “It’s like packing the tightest backpack you’ve ever packed.”
“There are a lot of military personnel who work with the team,” he said. “The people are my favorite. Everyone has a story to tell. The success of the team is dependent on people in the organization, and I’m proud to serve with them every day.”
Growing up in Bedford, Delahunty set his goals on serving in the Army and received support from his uncle, Richard Sellner of Hooksett, who is a 1981 graduate of West Point and served in Iraq with the Army Reserves, said Deborah Delahunty.
“It was an incredible success,” he said.
Delahunty was also a member of the high school’s varsity tennis team for four years and captain for three years. The team won state championships every year, he said.
During the summer before his senior year in Bedford, Delahunty also interned for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
The Senate experience made a positive impression, and could influence his future plans. West Point students do not have to declare a major until their junior year, but Delahunty said he is leaning toward a bachelor’s degree in international relations or American politics.
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