Re: "'VIP culture' raised in officer's chute death" (TNT, 4-13).
As tragic as the death of Col. Darron Wright was, this kind of VIP mindset has always been part of military activities and should surprise no one.
When I served at Fort Lewis in the mid-1970s, I was helping to evaluate a Ranger battalion training exercise that included an airborne exercise in California. The commanding general of the 9th Infantry Division at the time was both Airborne and Ranger qualified. He decided to "jump in" with the Rangers in California.
The weather conditions were less than optimal, and ground winds were higher than was recommended for safe airborne training. The jump was made anyway. A number of troops were injured, being dragged by their parachutes on the ground. The general broke his leg as a result.
I don't remember any investigation then. Maybe that was because no VIP was killed.