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5th OSS: packing parachutes, saving lives

Packing parachutes, saving lives

Airmen from the 5th Operations Support Squadron parachute shop work different stages of packing a back-automatic parachute at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 22, 2018. The aircrew flight equipment flight is responsible for maintaining and inspecting all life-saving equipment on the B-52H Stratofortress prior to each mission, and are on-duty for each take-off and landing to correct any potential aircrew-related equipment issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Packing parachutes, saving lives

Senior Airman Austin Galvan, 5th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, assists with packing a back-automatic parachute at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 21, 2018. Parachutes must pass a routine inspection every 30 days and are repacked after a year of non-use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Packing parachutes, saving lives

(From left) Senior Airman Austin Galvan and Airman 1st Class Anthony Howard, 5th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman and apprentice, prepare to pack a back-automatic parachute at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 21, 2018. Aircrew flight equipment Airmen ensure each parachute is serviceable before assigning it to an aircrew member. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Packing parachutes, saving lives

Senior Airman Austin Galvan, 5th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, inspects the yoke and plate assembly of a back-automatic parachute at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 21, 2018. The AFE flight is responsible for maintaining and inspecting all life-saving equipment on the B-52H Stratofortress prior to each mission, and are on-duty for each take-off and landing to correct any potential aircrew-related equipment issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Packing parachutes, saving lives

Airmen from the 5th Operations Support Squadron parachute shop work together to pack a back-automatic parachute at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 21, 2018. Aircrew flight equipment Airmen ensure each parachute is serviceable before assigning it to an aircrew member. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Airmen from the 5th Operations Support Squadron parachute shop pack back-automatic and drag parachutes at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. The aircrew flight equipment flight is responsible for maintaining and inspecting all life-saving equipment on the B-52H Stratofortress prior to each mission, and are on-duty for each take-off and landing to correct any potential aircrew-related equipment issues. Parachutes must pass a routine inspection every 30 days and are repacked after a year of non-use.  (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)