Loadmasters, navigators needed Published July 31, 2008 By Master Sgt. Paul Zadach 934th Airlift Wing Minneapolis, Minnesota -- The 96th Airlift Squadron is looking for people who would like to train into the loadmaster or navigator career fields. The loadmaster field currently offers a $20,000 sign-on bonus for a four-year commitment. A loadmaster is an enlisted aircrew member who performs loading and off loading aircraft functions, pre-flight and post-flight of aircraft and aircraft systems. Other responsibilities include computing weight and balance and other mission specific qualification duties. "Loads" provide for safety and comfort of passengers and troops, and security of cargo, mail, and baggage during flight. They also conduct cargo and personnel airdrops. The training takes six to eight months with an option for an additonal six months on the job training. C-130 navigators are commissioned officers who navigate aircraft to accomplish assigned mission. Navigators plan and prepare for missions, review mission tasking, intelligence, and weather information. Navigators must posess a four year degree, pass the Air Force Officer Qualification Test, and interview with the 96th Airlift Squadron before entering training. Navigators must also make an eight year commitment to the Air Force Reserve. Both aircrew positions require an 80-100 day commitment per year. For more information about becoming a loadmaster contact Chief Master Sgt. Tom Foss at 612-713-1718. Potential navagators should contact Lt. Col. Kenny Rogers at ext. 612-713-1728.