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C-17 crews receive multi-ship training

C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii participate in a airdrop training mission May 16, 2006. The 535th AS is conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii participate in a airdrop training mission May 16, 2006. The 535th AS is conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Tech. Sgt. Ken Bragg inspects and prepares an extraction chute on his C-17 Globemaster III for an upcoming airdrop training mission May 16, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Sergeant Bragg is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. The training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Tech. Sgt. Ken Bragg inspects and prepares an extraction chute on his C-17 Globemaster III for an upcoming airdrop training mission May 16, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Sergeant Bragg is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. The training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

C-17 Globemaster III aircrew members prepare the rigging for parachutes for an upcoming airdrop training mission May 16, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The aircrew members are from the 535th Airlift Squadron. The training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

C-17 Globemaster III aircrew members prepare the rigging for parachutes for an upcoming airdrop training mission May 16, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The aircrew members are from the 535th Airlift Squadron. The training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Capt. Jason Mills and Maj. Matthew Zehr take off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii May 16, 2006, for an airdrop training mission. Captain Mills and Major Zehr are from the 535th Airlift Squadron. The training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Capt. Jason Mills and Maj. Matthew Zehr take off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii May 16, 2006, for an airdrop training mission. Captain Mills and Major Zehr are from the 535th Airlift Squadron. The training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii participate in an airdrop training mission May 16, 2006. The 535th AS is conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii participate in an airdrop training mission May 16, 2006. The 535th AS is conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

An extraction chute opens over the drop zone during an airdrop training mission May 16, 2006. The C-17 Globemaster IIIs are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and are conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

An extraction chute opens over the drop zone during an airdrop training mission May 16, 2006. The C-17 Globemaster IIIs are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and are conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

C-17 Globemaster III pilots conduct a pre flight briefing May 16, 2006 before flying a 4-ship airdrop training mission. The pilots are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The 4-ship training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

C-17 Globemaster III pilots conduct a pre flight briefing May 16, 2006 before flying a 4-ship airdrop training mission. The pilots are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The 4-ship training provides multi-element training for the pilots enables users to get larger amounts of equipment in a short period of time and maintains aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Heavy equipment pallets fall from C-17 Globemaster IIIs May 16, 2006, during an airdrop training mission. The C-17s are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and are conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Heavy equipment pallets fall from C-17 Globemaster IIIs May 16, 2006, during an airdrop training mission. The C-17s are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and are conducting the training to provide multi-element training for the pilots and maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

An extraction chute opens over the drop zone during an airdrop training mission on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. The C-17 Globemaster IIIs are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.  Base officials are conducting multi-element training for aircrews to maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

An extraction chute opens over the drop zone during an airdrop training mission on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. The C-17 Globemaster IIIs are from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Base officials are conducting multi-element training for aircrews to maintain aircrew proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)