As a Jumpmaster, my role encompasses both day and night combat jumps, where I prioritize the safety of the operation. I am responsible for translating the mission objectives into actionable operations, ensuring that they are effectively executed. One of my key responsibilities is to organize the paratroopers into chalks and provide them with thorough pre-jump training. This training includes instructions on the proper attachment and release of equipment. Aircraft safety is paramount, and I meticulously check the rigging of individual equipment containers and door bundles to ensure everything is secure. Additionally, I conduct Jumpmaster personnel inspections (JMPI) to guarantee the readiness of the jumpers. It is also my duty to deliver sustained airborne training (SAT) and brief paratroopers on emergency procedures, jump commands, and aircraft protocols.
In my role as a Military Free-Fall (MFF) Jumpmaster, I am specifically trained in conducting high-risk free-fall jumps. Prior to each jump, I meticulously inspect the interior of the aircraft and the exit area to ensure optimal conditions for a safe jump. I provide comprehensive training to soldiers on spotting techniques, high altitude high opening (HAHO) jumps, parachute system packing, and rigging. As a liaison to the aircrew, I maintain open lines of communication to ensure smooth coordination during the operation. Once airborne, I direct the aircraft over the designated drop zone and inspect and assist the jumpers as they exit the aircraft. Working closely with the Drop Zone Safety Officer, I ensure that all safety protocols are followed. My expertise extends to the operation of Emergency Automatic Activation Devices (EAAD), oxygen equipment, wind drift calculations, and altimeter usage, making me a subject matter expert in these critical areas.