107th C-130 loadmaster. “Aircrew, Tactics, Maintenance, and Scheduling remained flexible all week and coordinated multiple profile changes based on needs, sometimes as late as crew brief time,” said Griffin.
“This training helps with our future deployments” -- Lt. Col. John Patterson, C-130 pilot. When flying over the drop zone at Fort Drum’s training areas, the navigator gives the green light for the loadmasters to cut the cargo strip and the training cargo flies out the back door of the C-130 aircraft. Aircrews would air drop during the day and recover at night. This involved performing a night tactical landing and with engine running, loadmasters and aerial port personnel, would rapidly load the cargo onto the aircraft. There were three ship formations scheduled the entire week during the day, as well as multiple single ship aircraft during the night performing airdrops and recovery of the airdropped equipment and simulated mass supply loads. On return flights back to Niagara, pilots trained using night vision goggles and performed another airdrop and tactical landing at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station. Aircrews performed 23 total sorties for the training. This type of training prepares crews to fly in adverse environments when deployed overseas. The training also provided benefits to Airmen serving with a variety of wing functions, including the Command Post, Aerial Port, Drop Zone personnel, maintenance and communication sections. “In total, this was a very detailed plan that had many key personnel assigned to it,” said Master Sgt. Timothy Griffin, a 107th C-130 loadmaster. “Everyone was a valuable asset to making this week of training come together.” Fall 2012
Tech Sgt. Philip Smith and Senior Airman Joe King, C-130 loadmasters of the 107th Airlift Wing secure training cargo back on the C-130 aircraft recovered from an earlier cargo drop at Fort Drum, N.Y. Crews from the wing conducted airdrop training August 22.
New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. John Patterson, a C-130 pilot for the 107th Airlift Wing, trains using night vision goggles during a training flight Aug. 22. Pilots from the Niagara Reserve Station fly local training missions for future deployments that may require night operations..
Fall 2012 Guard Times Magazine