The seasoned jumpmaster positions himself on the open ramp of the C-130 Hercules, peeking his head out to confirm that the airspace below is clear to the drop zone.
He motioned to another jumper for help, and the two drag the jumpmaster off the ramp, where pure oxygen is pumped into his lungs.
Lee served over 6 years in the 82nd Airborne Division and successfully trained over 20 officers and non-commissioned officers to become Jumpmasters
on their first attempt in a school that normally fails over 50% of the students.
According to Army jumpmaster
and Quartermaster detachment noncommissioned officer-in-charge Staff Sergeant Archie Gadsen, "Serving with Marine jump-masters has been a broadening experience, and it's unlike anything else I have done in the Army.
An airborne-qualified noncommissioned officer also sets his sights on the Jumpmaster
With safety the top priority, equipment that would be used by Bush had to be equipment with which the jumpmasters
were familiar and comfortable.
Assault climbers are the jumpmasters
of the military mountaineering world and are graduates of approved Level 2 mountaineering courses.
To help soldiers get out of their vehicles more quickly after they are hit by roadside bombs, the service intends give drivers and crewmembers strap cutters similar to those used by airborne jumpmasters
, Long said.
The riggers who do the packing, the jumpmasters
who do the leading and the jumpers who do the jumping all have to be 'on' all the time.
The commands were the same as they echoed through the C-130 Hercules aircraft, but what made this airborne operation different was that female jumpmasters
initiated the commands.
During the flight to the drop zone, the jumpmasters
will verify the loads are properly hooked up to the anchor line cable and prepared for delivery.
It is being tested by XVIII Airborne Corps paratroopers, riggers, and jumpmasters
who will make more than 3,200 test jumps from January to October to ensure its suitability for use in mass-tactical, static-line operations.