Job Overview


Texas Military Forces


Loyalty Bear true faith and allegiance to the State and Nation, Mission and Family
Opportunity Cultivate an environment for ALL to excel
Networked Connect to communities, families, interagency partners and components
Ethics Honor the public trust, exceed standards and expectations

Selfless Service Place the welfare of the Texas Military Forces, State and Nation first
Texas Spirit Embrace the courageous spirit of our people, history and culture
Adaptability Act with understanding, innovation, resourcefulness, flexibility & urgency
Ready Prepare mentally, physically and spiritually to deploy at home and abroad




This position is located in the 136th Fighter Wing, Fort Worth, TX.  The purpose of this position is to perform a full variety of Air Transportation necessary to manage the day-to-day Air Transportation and small air terminal operations including but not limited to, airdrop and air drop inspections, rigging responsibilities, wing deployment training, passenger and cargo manifesting, Joint Inspection, load planning, determining cargo/passenger eligibility, establishing and maintaining air terminal security, directly responsible for safe and efficient loading/offloading of all DOD-owned and controlled aircraft and ensuring In-transit Visibility (ITV). 

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED:   This is an Excepted Service position that requires active membership in a compatible military assignment in the Texas Air National Guard and wear of the military uniform.  Applicants who are not currently a member of the Texas Air National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Texas Air National Guard.  If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please visit: or contact a Texas Air National Guard recruiter at800-471-2496 before applying for this position.

Open Areas of Consideration: Nationwide Excepted. This includes:

  • All currently employed full-time permanent and indefinite personnel of the Texas Air National Guard.
  • All current members of the Texas Air National Guard and individuals eligible for membership in the Texas Air National Guard.

Appointment Factors: This is a Permanent Excepted Position open to Enlisted members ranking E-1 (AMN) Not to Exceed E-7 (MSGT).  This is a Bargaining Unit position.


PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION: PCS expenses will not be authorized.




As a Air Cargo Specialist with the Texas Air National Guard (ANG), your duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Inspects a variety of airdrop equipment such as parachutes, multi loop lines, extraction transfer force couplings, latch assembly couplings, cable assembly couplings, actuator assembly, release cargo parachute M-1, lanyard arming wire, connector parachute, timer delay assembly, link lower suspension, link assembly single suspension type IV, link assembly heavy duty, link 4 point, parachute release single knife, bracket suspension, and tie down cargo quick release.  Performs visual, dimensional, and operational inspection of the above mentioned equipment at the prescribed times, in accordance with warnings, cautions, and notes and ground precautionary messages (GPM), for safety of flight.  Makes judgmental decisions on proximity to tolerances and interrelated dimensions on timer delay systems of M-1 release, latch assembly couplings, cable assembly couplings, and actuator assembly.  Inspects for burrs, rough spots, corrosion, pits, cracks, welds, cuts, foreign material, bends, damaged threads, adjusting collars, set screws, shank pins, and that timers activate within specifications.  Uses a wide variety of inspection processes and techniques, and many unique and specially designed instruments and gauges (i.e., tension meters, scales, micrometers, gauges, torque wrenches, and protractors).
  • Performs airdrop inspections after priorities are set, work sequences are determined, and pertinent policy matters have been reviewed.  Independently performs assignments at the aircraft where the supervisor is not readily available.  Performs three separate inspections of airdrop loads or containers rigged for airdrop prior to the actual airdrop.  Makes decisions on a wide range of matters that may involve deviations and departures from past precedents and accepted practice or highly subjective judgments that could affect safety of flight and crew.  The first inspection is a rigger inspection required by the field manual or technical order for that particular type of load.  The second inspection is the "before loading inspection".  Conducts inspections jointly with the Air Force Joint Airdrop Inspector (AFJAI).  Completes the proper airdrop inspection form in the DD Form 1748 (Joint Airdrop Inspection Record) series and all sign the appropriate blocks to certify correct rigging of the load.  The third inspection is on board the aircraft after the load is rigged for flight and airdrop.  Performs inspection along with an AFJAI and the aircrew Load Master.  Applies a variety of sophisticated techniques to inspect specialized and complex aircraft systems in accordance with Load Master's Manual.  Inspects systems i.e. dual rail and lock settings and hydraulic systems for ramp and door and ADS arms for the ramp.  Focuses on dimensions of rigged airdrop loads IAW 13C5 (Parachute Cargo Repack Manual) and 13C7 (Rigging Loads for Special Operations) T.O. series; extraction/deployment systems; emergency aft restraint provisions; type and number of recovery parachutes; proper tension on pendulum line IAW-9, and hazardous cargo certification IAW AFJMAN 24-204 (Preparing Hazardous Materials for Military Air Shipments). 
  • Rigs and prepares unilateral airdrop training loads to include type V or other airdrop platforms for airdrops.  Fabricates container delivery systems loads, skid boards, and other associated airdrop items, as required.  Receives, unpacks, and inspects unit possessed parachutes.  Cleans, dries, inspects, and packs cargo parachutes after use.  Maintains and repairs a variety of fabric, rubber, and leather articles.  Operates and performs minor maintenance on sewing machines, punch presses, stenciling machines, and other similar equipment.  Performs inspections and repair of cargo, deceleration, and extraction parachutes, and is responsible for certification.  Performs Joint Airdrop Inspections as the aerial port inspector.  Performs technical order compliance modifications and modifications of parachutes and related items.  Maintains an adequate stock level of current aerial delivery system equipment, components, and supplies.  Serves as unit representative on the Aerial Delivery Review Panel and as a Joint Airdrop Inspector.  May be tasked to attend Airdrop Review and Malfunction Analysis board meetings.
  • Performs drop zone control operations as Drop Zone Controller/Safety Officer.  Conducts weather observations, wind speed, direction determination, marking drop zone with navigation aids and timing points, establishing and maintaining air to ground and point to point radio communications, relaying information to aircraft and to the Range Control Officer.  Directs and controls all airdrop zone operations to ensure the safe operation and protection of aircraft, vehicles, personnel, and equipment.
  • Formulates, implements, and documents programs to train Wing augmentation in support of Wing air transportation deployment functions to ensure effective and efficient operations of installation deployment processes.  As a minimum, develops deployment lesson plans for the following areas:  Material Handling Equipment (MHE) such as K-Loaders and forklifts, Load Planning Overview, Cargo Preparation/Pallet Build Up, Ramp Coordinator, Cargo Deployment Function work-centers (i.e., In-Check, Cargo Marshalling Yard, Joint Inspection, Hazardous Cargo Handlers, Explosives Safety, Quality Control, and Load Teams) and the transportation portion of the Passenger Deployment Function.  Coordinates with Traffic Management and deploying units requiring hazardous material technical specialist training.
  • Provides sound advice and technical expertise on air transportation issues to the Installation Deployment Officer, all Squadron, Group, and Wing commanders.  Makes appropriate recommendations and implements changes within the element and associated processes.  Provides hands-on training and classroom instruction for other service components in the area of load planning different airframes for unit deployments.  Conducts briefings on explosive, ground, and flight line safety. Wing focal point for requesting Opportune Airlift/Special Assignment Airlift Missions (SAAM) and identifying limiting factors to higher headquarters.
  • Ensures items offered for transport by air meet proper specifications to maximize safety and security of the aircraft, aircrew, cargo and passengers.  Plans, schedules, and trains Air Transportation Operations Element Drill Status Guardsmen on the inspection and operations of aircraft loading equipment; mobility/contingency functions (i.e., load planning, pallet buildup, cargo courier responsibility and hazardous cargo preparation); and all core Career Field Education and Training Plan tasks.
  • Monitors and administrates data systems, within the technical and functional parameters and standards established by USTRANSCOM and in coordination with the Assistant Under Secretary of Defense for Transportation Policy, to integrate DOD transportation information worldwide and provide transportation and In-Transit Visibility (ITV) data for commanders at all levels.  Utilizes automated systems, such as the Global Transportation Network (GTN), Cargo Movement Operation System (CMOS), Global Air Transportation Execution System (GATES), Global Decision Support System (GDSS), and Single Mobility System (SMS) for In-Transit Visibility.
  • Analyzes operational plans, policies, and procedures for air terminal activities and facilities essential to air passenger and cargo movement processes.  Serves as the Wing Commander's focal point for orchestrating daily and long-range utilization of the air terminal to ensure accomplishment of assigned missions as well as maximum support for deployment operations.  Develops policies concerned with the establishment and improvement of air terminal operations.  Develops goals and objectives that integrate organization and Readiness Flight objectives.  Researches, interprets, analyzes, and applies DOD, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), International Civil Aeronautical Organization (ICAO), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules and directives.  Establishes, revises, or reviews policies, procedures, mission objectives, and organization design for air terminal management and services activities, ensuring that flying missions and/or flight safety is not compromised.  Develops procedures to notify proper agencies when an aircraft carrying hazardous cargo is arriving at or departing from the base.  Coordinates with explosive safety and other appropriate agencies on areas designated for parking, loading, and servicing of aircraft with explosive/hazardous cargo.  Interprets higher headquarters policies and implements actions of the air terminal management function within the Readiness Flight.  Coordinates on development and application of base-wide air terminal operation plans supporting wartime operations, contingencies, natural disasters, and incidents on/off base.
  • Controls all aircraft cargo space allocated to each mission and is responsible for obtaining maximum utilization on each mission.  Plans, selects, sequences, and monitors each aircraft cargo load and initiates and ensures all cargo manifests are prepared.  Obtains maximum utilization of space using automated programs such as Automated Air Load Planning System (AALPS).  Preplans and computes aircraft load distribution using automated programs, manual methods, and/or other weight and balance computation methods.  Initiates and provides load plans using computer assisted programs and manual computation when required.  Selects loads based on destination, aircraft center of balance space assignments, cargo compatibility, and other criteria (i.e., movement priority, etc.).  Monitors opportune airlift and forecasts in-transit capability on inbound missions that will depart station on the operating day to take advantage of available space to facilitate efficient movement of cargo.  Briefs the aircraft commanders on local configurations to include hazardous materials.  Delivers and receives documentation to and from aircraft. Prepares and maintains air movement records, reports, and documentation required within the Defense Transportation System (DTS). 
  • Inspects cargo received for airlift to verify eligibility and ensures proper documentation, packaging, and marking in accordance with applicable DOD directives.  Assembles and palletizes break bulk loads.  Sequences aircraft loads, loads/offloads aircraft at air terminals, contingency areas, and other locations for airlift. Transports loads to and from aircraft and staging areas.  Loads and offloads aircraft using 463L MHE such as K-Loaders, 10K standard and 10K A/T forklifts and other types of equipment.  Performs daily operator inspections of all Air Terminal MHE.  Follows prescribed loading and safety procedures, calculates load restraints and secures cargo with appropriate devices and equipment.  Performs joint inspections (JI) of cargo and vehicles prior to manifesting and loading of items for air shipment.  Checks cargo against manifests and annotates overages, shortages, or damage. 
  • Establish and maintains the installation Space Available air travel program.  Reviews passenger travel authorizations for validity and accuracy.  Checks in passengers, processes, schedules, transports, and escorts passengers to and from the aircraft.   Prepares manual and/or automated generated DD Form 2131, Passenger Manifests.  Receives and prepares baggage for shipment and inspects hand carried baggage.  Conducts anti-hijack briefing to passengers along with additional flight information.  Operates, inspects and calibrates passenger terminal and security equipment (i.e., hand held magnetrometer and walk thru devices), and secure the sterile holding area.  Complies with U.S. Customs, Agriculture, Immigrations, and Foreign Clearance Guide requirements.
  • Serves as the wing focal point for 463L pallet and net management.  Ensures accountability and required reports are submitted to NGB.  Conducts periodical inspections to ensure serviceability of on hand pallets and nets within the wing.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.