by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich
15th Wing Public Affairs
3/25/2015 - 3/25/2015 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Airmen
from the 535th Airlift Squadron and soldiers from the Headquarters 2nd
Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, conducted static
upload training of Army vehicles into a C-17 Globemaster III, March 18.
According to Staff Sgt. Ryan Lockhart, a loadmaster from the 535th AS,
the training was conducted to familiarize Air Force loadmaster and Army
infantrymen on how to upload and secure vehicles in the C-17.
Loadmasters from the 535th AS trained on backing vehicles with trailers
into the C-17 and loading side-by-side cargo, as well as ensuring
required shipping documentation was in order.
"This is great practice. We load Army vehicles like this all the time
when we are deployed," said Lockhart. "It is better to learn in a
controlled environment like this, so that when we are deployed we can
load up and get back in the air as quickly as possible."
Capt. Eli Gaylor, a unit movement officer from Headquarters 2nd Brigade,
25th Infantry Division, said in addition to helping the Air Force
loadmaster, this training is essential for the 25th ID solders. The
soldiers are part of a contingence response force that responds to any
type of operation within the Pacific's area of responsibility.
"We could be deployed in a matter of hours to help resolve whatever
issue may arise," said Gaylor. "The soldiers need to be able to react
and get the vehicles loaded onto the aircraft as quickly as possible. It
is important for our soldiers to get this training, it gives them
familiarity with how to complete the task efficiently."
The team, consisting of six Air Force loadmasters and six Army
infantrymen, was tasked with loading three tactical base of operations
vehicles with trailers into the C-17, and secured them to complete the
According to Army Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Pritchard from the 5th
Battlefield Coordination Detachment, 380th Ground Liaison Office
attached to the 15th Wing, this type of joint training is fairly
"What I've noticed, is this type of training is perishable," said
Pritchard. "It needs repetition for both sides so it will become muscle
memory, especially with new Air Force loadmasters, Army unit movement
officers and soldiers constantly rotating in and out of their units."