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A loadmaster awaits for the signal to drop paratroopers over a drop zone during Airborne 24.
240307-F-BG120-1571.JPG Photo By: Staff Sgt. Tristan Truesdell

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - U.S. Air Force (USAF) Tech. Sgt. Jordan Silversmith, 36th Airlift Squadron evaluator loadmaster, awaits for the signal to drop Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) paratroopers over a drop zone for static-line jump training during Airborne 24, March 7, 2024, at Kikaijima Island, Japan. Airborne 24 involved approximately 300 JGSDF paratroopers, U.S. Army jumpmasters and six C-130Js. The jump showcased the USAF and JGSDF’s ability to rapidly deploy joint forces, while emphasizing the strong allied commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tristan Truesdell)


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