41st AS practices alternative combat offload techniques
By Staff Sgt. Regina Edwards, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 30, 2016
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --
Loadmasters from the 41st Airlift Squadron traveled to a
landing zone in Alexandria, Louisiana, to practice loading and offloading
methods typically used in austere locations Aug. 26, 2016. The mission for the
day was removing a 1,430-lb. C-130 engine stand trailer unit using the Combat
Offload Method B technique.
For this alternative offload method, eight barrels are lined
up – four on each side – parallel to the back ramp of the C-130. The pallets securing
engine stand are chained to the tailgate of a truck which will help pull the
equipment off the C-130 as it slowly taxis forward. As the equipment is
carefully removed, an airman from each side slides a barrel underneath the corners of the pallet, creating a solid foundation for it to rest up. The process
continues until all barrels are all placed and the equipment is completely
removed from the aircraft.
This process must be synchronized, which demands constant
communication from the loadmasters, driver and aircrew. While this method is
performed, the aircraft’s engine remains running in order for the pilots to
slowly taxi and release the equipment.
After the equipment transfer is complete, a final thumbs up
from the loadmasters inform the aircrew that the equipment that been safely and
Training is essentially to remain ready to complete rapid
global mobility. Whether training at Little Rock Air Force Base or partnering
with other units at different landing zones, being prepared for combat
operations is the cornerstone of Combat Airlift.