Images: Parachute section precisely prepares packs [Image 1 of 8]
Photo by Staff Sgt. LATISHA BALLANCE
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Edwin Portan, 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge, prepares the BA-22 parachute to be repacked after conducting an inspection May 17, 2012. The inspection recertifies the life cycle of the parachute and must be 100 percent serviceable at all times. Portan is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is a native of Los Angeles.