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9 Moody Airmen qualify for U.S. Army Air Assault School

Army Air Assault candidates begin a 12-mile ruck march during an Army Air Assault Assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Army Air Assault candidates begin a 12-mile ruck march during an Army Air Assault Assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An Army Air Assault candidate walks during a 12-mile ruck march as part of an Army Air Assault assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An Army Air Assault candidate walks during a 12-mile ruck march as part of an Army Air Assault assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Army Air Assault candidates run a lap around a rappel tower during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 16, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Army Air Assault candidates run a lap around a rappel tower during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 16, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An Army Air Assault candidate rappels during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An Army Air Assault candidate rappels during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Army Air Assault candidates run during a calisthenics session at an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Army Air Assault candidates run during a calisthenics session at an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider, 23d Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, pulls himself through a low-crawl obstacle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider, 23rd Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, pulls himself through a low-crawl obstacle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Staff Sgt. Adrian De Dios, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, attempts a weaver obstacle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adrian De Dios, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, attempts a weaver obstacle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Airman Montrease Tinson, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, sounds-off after completing an obstacle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Airman Montrease Tinson, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, sounds-off after completing an obstacle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 18, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Master Sgt. Thomas Grubbs II, 820th Base Defense Group superintendent of standardizations and evaluations, watches as Airman 1st Class Megan Benoist, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, calls out deficiencies in a sling-load bundle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 16, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Grubbs II, 820th Base Defense Group superintendent of standardizations and evaluations, watches as Airman 1st Class Megan Benoist, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, calls out deficiencies in a sling-load bundle during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 16, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Deleon, 820th Combat Operations Squadron NCO in charge of deployed radio frequency systems and lead assessment instructor, demonstrates how to properly lay out mandatory items for an inspection during a Army Air Assault assessment, May 16, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jose Deleon, 820th Combat Operations Squadron NCO in charge of deployed radio frequency systems and lead assessment instructor, demonstrates how to properly lay out mandatory items for an inspection during a Army Air Assault assessment, May 16, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Elliot, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, salutes during reveille before completing the last task for an Army Air Assault assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Elliot, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, salutes during reveille before completing the last task for an Army Air Assault assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Airman 1st Class Robert Moses, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, finishes his 12-mile ruck march during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert Moses, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, finishes his 12-mile ruck march during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 19, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Senior Airman Steven Morales, 45th Security Forces patrolman from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to rappel during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Steven Morales, 45th Security Forces patrolman from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to rappel during an Army Air Assault assessment, May 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twenty-six Airmen attended the assessment which measured candidates’ aptitude in Air Assault operations, completion of equipment layouts, and rappelling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Nine out of 26 Moody Airmen qualified for the U.S. Army Air Assault School during assessments May 16 to 19.

The Army Air Assault assessment is a voluntary, four-day test consisting of seven events, each of which must be passed in order to qualify to attend Army Air Assault School.

“We hold assessments to evaluate members wanting to go to Army Air Assault School, so we can be sure we’re sending our best to represent the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Jose Deleon, 820th Combat Operations Squadron NCO in charge of radio frequency transmission systems and lead instructor during the assessment. “These Airmen are put through a lot during these four days, but it’s [everything they’re going to experience] at the school house.”

Day one of the assessment was full of classroom instruction where Airmen learned about their cargo bag, as well as how to tie a swiss-seat harness. They put what they learned to test during day two when they performed a series of rappels.

Airmen traveled to Camp Blanding, Florida, on day three to complete an Army personal training test and an obstacle course with nine obstacles, as well as various exercises to perform in between each one. In order to complete the obstacle course, Airmen had to successfully pass the first two mandatory obstacles, and six out of the seven obstacles that followed. 

“I was just trying to get through the day to get to tomorrow,” said Staff Sgt. Adrian De Dios, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, after completing the obstacle course. “It’s hard to find motivation out here, but we push each other and don’t let each other stop. Just a little bit of enthusiasm from one person can be enough to get you through the next obstacle and finish strong.” 

The Airmen returned to Moody for the final day of the assessment which started out with a 12-mile ruck march. After the ruck march, Airmen were evaluated on the appearance and layout of mandatory items inside their ruck to test their attention to detail.

The Army Air Assault School is an 11-day course which consists of physical training, as well as education of specialized career skills. Ninety-nine percent of all the Airmen who attend from the 820th Base Defense Group have graduated.

“Army Air Assault School provides Airmen with a unique set of skills to do things such as transport equipment downrange where it needs to be and rappel out of a helicopter with combat equipment,” Deleon said. “It allows these special Airmen to better contribute to the overall mission.”