435th AGOW, 16th SB parachute over Ramstein


by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Parachutists assigned to the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and the 16th Sustainment Brigade jump from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Ramstein Air Base, July 2. The jump allowed personnel to maintain proficiency on static line parachute operations.
A parachutist approaches the ground during personnel drops over Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Drops over Ramstein are rare because Ramstein’s airfield is so busy; conducting the drop showed Ramstein is capable of airlifting support directly onto base.
Parachutists pack their gear after personnel routine training drops over Ramstein Air Base, July 2
Parachutists offload at the meeting point after personnel drops over Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Such personnel drops are important for training in part because the 435th Contingency Response Group is U.S. Air Forces in Europe — Air Forces Africa’s force designed to airlift to a location and open a base there from scratch.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brandon Bixby, left, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response team chief, and Staff Sgt. Mark Melchiori, 435th SFS jump master, head to the meeting point during personnel drops over Ramstein Air Base, July 2
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt Joshua Todd, 435th Contingency Response Squadron drop zone controller, monitors parachutists during personnel drops over Ramstein Air Base, July 2. The 435th CRG conducts approximately 24 training jumps annually, allowing personnel to maintain proficiency and readiness.