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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sjon Green, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) parachute rigger, secures an MC-6 parachutes lines, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute rigger’s are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sjon Green, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) parachute rigger, secures an MC-6 parachutes lines, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute rigger’s are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, ensures an MC-6 parachutes lines’ serviceability, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, ensures an MC-6 parachutes lines’ serviceability, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, left, and Staff Sgt. Sjon Green, 820th COS parachute rigger, inspect and pack two MC-6 parachutes, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, left, and Staff Sgt. Sjon Green, 820th COS parachute rigger, inspect and pack two MC-6 parachutes, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, corrects a deficiency to an MC-6 parachute deployment bag, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, corrects a deficiency to an MC-6 parachute deployment bag, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, raises a flag that assists the drop-zone team in recognizing wind direction, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Schmidt, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) NCO in charge of aircrew flight equipment, raises a flag that assists the drop-zone team in recognizing wind direction, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

A member of the 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) adds an MC-6 parachute into formation for accountability, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th Combat Operations Squadron’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th BDG parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

A member of the 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) adds an MC-6 parachute into formation for accountability, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th Combat Operations Squadron’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th BDG parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

A member of the 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) descends during a static-line jump, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th Combat Operations Squadron’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th BDG parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

A member of the 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) descends during a static-line jump, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th Combat Operations Squadron’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th BDG parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

A member of the 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) exits an HC-130J Combat King II during a static-line jump, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th Combat Operations Squadron’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th BDG parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

A member of the 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) exits an HC-130J Combat King II during a static-line jump, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The 820th Combat Operations Squadron’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th BDG parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

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The 820th Combat Operations Squadron’s four-person shop of parachute riggers are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. 

The team packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017.