Building better bundles

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  • By Airman 1st Class Brooklyn Golightly
  • 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force held the first joint Containerized Delivery System bundle build in preparation for Airborne 23, Jan. 25, 2023, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

The CDS bundles simulated cargo, which consisted of fuel, water, food, and different types of ammunition, to directly support JGSDF operations on the ground. This cooperative bundle building event optimizes mission effectiveness through the sharing of information, enabling the utilization of the combined forces full potential.

“I felt that the number one challenge is flexibility and adaptability according to the situation.” said 2nd Lt. Hiroyuki Kouso, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, 1st Airborne Brigade, parachute rigger. “Airborne 23 allows us to practice with the support of the U.S. military's air transport aircraft.”

Through this annual operation, members from the JGSDF, 1st Airborne Brigade, demonstrate their capability to employ large-scale airborne insertion anywhere.

“Airborne 23 is an opportunity,” said Tech. Sgt. Cassandra Benson, 374th LRS section chief. “We get to integrate with our Japanese counterparts and learn better ways forward by incorporating best practices from both nations into building the bundles.”

In previous years, this exercise had the U.S. Air Force and JGSDF create CDS bundles separately. This year, the JSGDF and the Combat Mobility Flight came together to assemble and inspect 100 CDS bundles.

“It's amazing because we have our own technical orders that we go through to pack the parachutes,” said Airman 1st Class Izaiah Dillion, 374th LRS CMF parachute rigger. “The JGSDF also has a way that they go through their procedures. There are different techniques that we can learn from one another to make the building more efficient.”

By increasing the extension of Yokota’s support for this JGSDF large-force insertion, both nations were able to assemble the 100 CDS bundles on-site over the course of two days.