01 Aug 2019

US Air Force teaches offload methods to Polish defence staff

Members of the 435th Contingency Response Programme provided training in offload methods at Powidz Air Base in Poland.

The 435th Contingency Response Programme (CRP) completed a training exercise in offload methods to forge ties between the US and Polish armed forces during aviation rotation 19-3. The bilateral training exercise aimed to improve joint functions through coordinated combat procedures.

Personnel successfully completed the offloads, communicating through hand signals over the sound of aircraft. US airmen and women faced the issue of using unfamiliar equipment such as Polish aircraft loaders and forklifts.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Rymer, 435th CRS mobile aerial porter supervisor said: “We have two different types of combat offloads, one is the combat offload alpha and the other is the combat offload bravo. Our goal is to show the Polish military how to perform the air transportation functions of these combat offload methods.”

“Method bravo is where we take a multi-pallet train, pull it off of the plane and set it on barrels,” Rymer said. “We then break down the cargo on the taxiway before cleaning up. This is done in areas we don’t have operational aircraft loaders.”

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kenneth Saunders, 435 CRS mobile aerial porter said: “Working with the Polish is amazing, their English is really good, so communication goes well. Plus, they’re here ready to work and eager to learn.”

Aviation rotations happen on a quarterly schedule in Poland to improve on past exercises and build relationships. The exercise ran without any issues and both sides had the opportunity to learn something new.

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