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RF-A: Before the drop

Container delivery system bundles dropped from a C-130 Hercules fall to the drop zone during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Bundles such as these are used to simulate airdrop procedures for supplies to ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

Container delivery system bundles dropped from a C-130 Hercules fall to the drop zone during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Bundles such as these are used to simulate airdrop procedures for supplies to ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A container delivery system bundle drops from a C-130 Hercules during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Instead of being pushed out of the plane by a loadmaster, cds bundles are ejected using only the forward momentum of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A container delivery system (CDS) bundle drops from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Instead of being pushed out of the plane by a loadmaster, CDS bundles are ejected using only the forward momentum of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A shadow of a C-130 Hercules is casted onto the ground while performing low-levels during Red Flag Alaska near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Red Flag provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A shadow of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft is casted onto the ground while performing low-levels during Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. RF-A provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector, inspects the static line rigging on a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Bundles that are improperly rigged can lead to malfunctions which hold the risk of damaging aircraft, personnel and can lead to mission failure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector, inspects the static line rigging on a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Bundles that are improperly rigged can lead to malfunctions which hold the risk of damaging aircraft, personnel and can lead to mission failure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base flies over a training during Red Flag Alaska near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. While flying over the training range the aircrew’s objective is to avoid being targeted by ground and aerial weapon systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, flies over a training during Red Flag-Alaska near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. While flying over the training range the aircrew’s objective is to avoid being targeted by ground and aerial weapon systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector, inspects the rigging on a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2016. Bundles that are improperly rigged can lead to malfunctions which hold the risk of damaging aircraft, personnel and can lead to mission failure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector, inspects the rigging on a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2016. Bundles that are improperly rigged can lead to malfunctions which hold the risk of damaging aircraft, personnel and can lead to mission failure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Angel Torres, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, goes through rigging procedures for a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Instead of being pushed out of the plane by a loadmaster, cds bundles are ejected using only the forward momentum of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Angel Torres, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, goes through rigging procedures for a container delivery system (CDS) bundle during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Instead of being pushed out of the plane by a loadmaster, CDS bundles are ejected using only the forward momentum of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Angel Torres and Senior Airman Joel Eicher, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, rig container delivery system bundles onto A C-130 Hercules during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. The 36 AS uses pallets such as these to simulate airdrop procedures for supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Angel Torres and Joel Eicher, 36th Airlift Squadron (AS) loadmasters, rig container delivery system bundles onto a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. The 36 AS uses pallets such as these to simulate airdrop procedures for supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A 10k all-terrain forklift loads container delivery system bundles onto a Yokota Air Base C-130 Hercules during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. Red Flag provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

A 10K all-terrain forklift loads container delivery system bundles onto a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, during Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. RF-A provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector, signs off on a completed inspection of a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. JAI's must perform two inspections; one before loading to ensure cargo is aircraft ready and rigged in accordance with proper rigging procedures and an after inspection of the cargo once it's been completely loaded on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector (JAI), signs off on a completed inspection of a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2016. JAI's must perform two inspections; one before loading to ensure cargo is aircraft ready and rigged in accordance with proper rigging procedures and an after inspection of the cargo once it's been completely loaded on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Fox and Senior Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspectors, go over inspection procedures of a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2016. JAI's must perform two inspections; one before loading to ensure cargo is aircraft ready and rigged in accordance with proper rigging procedures and an after inspection of the cargo once it's been completely loaded on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Andrew Fox and Adrian Robinson, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspectors (JAI), go over inspection procedures of a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2016. JAI's must perform two inspections; one before loading to ensure cargo is aircraft ready and rigged in accordance with proper rigging procedures and an after inspection of the cargo once it's been completely loaded on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Fox, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector, inspects the parachute on a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2016. JAI's must perform two inspections; one before loading to ensure cargo is aircraft ready and rigged in accordance with proper rigging procedures and an after inspection of the cargo once it's been completely loaded on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Fox, 36th Airlift Squadron joint airdrop inspector (JAI), inspects the parachute on a container delivery system bundle during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2016. JAI's must perform two inspections; one before loading to ensure cargo is aircraft ready and rigged in accordance with proper rigging procedures and an after inspection of the cargo once it's been completely loaded on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron ensure the safety of container delivery system (CDS) bundles for an air drop during Red Flag-Alaska on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2016. CDS bundles are used to simulate airdrop procedures for supplies to ground forces. Bundles that are improperly rigged can lead to malfunctions which hold the risk of damaging aircraft, personnel and can lead to mission failure.