Performing Joint Airdrop Inspection (JAI) is a paramount step when dropping Container Delivery System (CDS) bundles for aerial delivery missions around the world. The role of the JAI is to inspect every load on and off the Aircraft, to find any deficiency that could cause the load to malfunction or damage any of the supplies or equipment being airdropped. Each load is carefully constructed with vital life-saving material, and mission critical supplies that can mean the success or failure of operations on the ground, ensuring that equipment is delivered correctly exponentially increases chances of success.
SPC Owens & SPC Johnston inspect loads and annotate deficiencies and make appropriate corrections that may occur during transport to the aircraft before and after the CDS bundles are loaded on the C-130 by SPC Loyola and Air Crew members of the 26th ERQS. SPC Owens, SPC Johnston, and SPC Loyola attach the parachute static lines of the low cost low velocity parachute to the anchor line cable of the aircraft. Once the Army JAI’s have completed their inspection and all parachutes are attached, the Air Force JAI will conduct one final inspection before closing the ramp and head off to drop the loads to the eagerly awaiting ground forces.