US troops jump to stay certified

by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Airmen and Soldiers assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, 4th Air Support Operations Group, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz march toward a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules on the flightline March 29 at Ramstein Air Base. The paratroopers flew to earn or retain certifications to jump.
U.S. Airmen and Soldiers assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, 4th Air Support Operations Group, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz don their parachutes March 29 at Ramstein Air Base. The members had their gear inspected by jumpmasters prior to boarding the aircraft.
A U.S. Airman conducts a final gear check March 29 prior to jumping from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules, over Alzey Drop Zone. The check ensures all equipment is properly secured before the paratrooper jumps out of the aircraft.
A U.S. Air Force jumpmaster with the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron checks the gear of a fellow Airman prior to boarding a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules March 29 at Ramstein Air Base. Jumpmasters are trained to prepare paratroopers before a jump to prevent injuries.
A U.S. Army jumpmaster (left) and U.S. Air Force loadmaster verify the skies are clear for paratroopers to jump, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany, March 29, 2018. The members jumped to attain or maintain jump certifications.