Small Air Terminal Riggers
By Master Sgt. Scott Thompson, 182nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 08, 2015
PEORIA, Ill. -- When that resupply of cargo is welcomed by the troops on the ground downrange, it is not likely that they think about the Air Force rigger that packed the parachute. However, the rigger's actions in turn helped train the aircrew on the C-130 that dropped it to them.
A 182d Airlift Wing, Small Air Terminal rigger is a member of a team of airmen that recover, inspect, repack and recertify training parachutes that are used on variety of training airdrops.
Technical Sgt. Jesse Sorrell, 182d Small Air Terminal, is one of those riggers with the 182d Airlift Wing that spends countless hours with his teammates supporting the mission.
"We just got done dropping our heavy equipment loads, as soon as they come out of the plane and hit the ground. We recover them, field pack them, bring them back to the shop to repack them," said Sorrell.
Teamwork is a big component in order to successfully inspect and recertify a G-12E parachute. Without each other, one person could not accomplish the instructions from the technical order to achieve success.
Like Sorrell, Technical Sgt. Joshua Ellis is also a rigger with the 182d AW/LRS.
"On average it takes us about 45 minutes to inspect and repack a chute," Ellis said. "It takes three of us to run air through the canopy and check for tears and holes," he said.