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Rigging for success.

Achieving goals

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Sergeant Gregory Hublitz, a packing and processing inspector with 11th Quartermaster Company, finishes packing a parachute and signs the log book to verify the parachute was properly packed.

Hublitz has been an NCO for a little more than a year and says seeing Soldiers achieve their goals is his greatest motivation.

"Mentoring is my favorite part of the job," he said. "Seeing my Soldiers grow, progress and achieve their goals is a great feeling. The Army is what you make of it, it really is. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it."

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Looking out for their welfare

Sergeant John Mebine, a squad leader and rigger with 11th Quartermaster Company, ties a static line to a parachute.

Mebine says that as a rigger, safety is his primary concern. "It is important to make sure the parachutes are packed right," explained Mebine. " I keep in mind that every chute that is packed could be the one that I have to jump."

Mebine has been an NCO for two of his seven years of service.

Ensuring quality

Sergeant Oscar Rivera, a squad leader and inspector with 11th Quartermaster Company, looks up at a rigger during one of the packing inspection check points.

Rivera, who has been in the Army for 12 years, six as an NCO, says inspecting every part of the chute is crucial for the safety of the Soldier.

"Attention to details and quality control are important when preparing chutes," he said. "During inspection I look at the static line and feel it to check for any fraying. I make sure the

lines are straight and that the pack tray is put on correctly. I also watch the Soldiers as they are packing their chutes, checking for quality control."

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Passing on knowledge

Sergeant Jason Tapaoan, a squad leader and rigger with 11th Quarter master Company, signs the parachute log record book, after inspecting the parachute for deficiencies.

Tapaoan, an NCO of two years, enjoys caring for his Soldiers and helping them reach their potential.

"Taking care of Soldiers and passing on the knowledge you have gained from your own previous NCOs is great," said Tapaoan. "It is most rewarding being able to watch your Soldiers get promotions or rewards, knowing that you had a part in (their) professional development."
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Date:Jun 1, 2009
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