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Aircraft Loadmaster - 1A2X1

KORAT ROYAL AIR FORCE BASE, Thailand (AFPN) -- Airman 1st Class Victor Reynosa waits for an engine start-up on a C-130 Hercules before a Cope Tiger '06 mission here Feb. 7.  Airman Reynosa is one of 300 U.S. military members and 1,000 military members from Thailand and Singapore who are participating in the exercise, headquartered 110 miles northeast of Bangkok. Officials say Cope Tiger provides air-to-air, air-to-ground and large force employment training for crews in a multi-national environment while expanding the capabilities and readiness of U.S. and allied forces. Cope Tiger '06 is scheduled to end Feb. 18. Airman Reynosa is a C-130 loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Keith Brown)

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Mission

Loadmasters perform their duties during extensive trips to all areas of the world. They are responsible for supervising the loading and unloading of cargo, vehicles and people on a variety of aircraft. A loadmaster's duties include mathematically preplanning the correct placement of the load on the airplane, providing passenger comfort and safety, securing cargo and taking part in airdrop operations. Loadmasters are on flying status as an aircrew member and are required to fly as part of the job.

Qualifications

Those interested in becoming an aircraft loadmaster must meet certain eligibility criteria. Candidates must be a high school graduate or equivalent, earn a general score of at least 57 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test and able to lift 70 pounds or more. Candidates must also meet the qualifications for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges.

Training

To become an aircraft loadmaster, individuals will undergo several technical training courses before being assigned to their first duty station. These courses include the Enlisted Aircrew Undergraduate Course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, the Combat Survival Training Course at Fairchild AFB, Wash., the Water Survival-Parachuting Course at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and the Basic Loadmaster Course at either Altus AFB, Okla., or Little Rock AFB, Ark.

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