Balloon Crewman (526) Enlisted Personnel

Performs various manual tasks as member of a maneuvering crew to assist in preparing a balloon for tactical operation.
Clears and levels area for the balloon bed. Lays out ground cloths and deflated balloon on the bed preparatory to balloon ascension. Handles mooring lines to move balloon as it is inflated and raised into position and performs related duties when hauling down or bedding down balloon. Performs minor maintenance and repair, such as oiling mooring cables and inspecting and patching balloon fabric and ground cloths.
Knowledge of balloon rigging equipment and ability to tie various kinds of knots desirable.
At supervisory level, is responsible for control, coordination and tactical employment of crew members and for maintenance of balloon and equipment at balloon site.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Balloon Crew Chief