Staff Sgt. Barry Buchmiller readies for a humanitarian mid-winter air drop mission.
Staff Sgt. Barry Buchmiller rolls up tie-down straps prior to the installation of a Tucker System on a U.S. Air Force C-141 Starlifter at Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand, on July 11, 1999. Buchmiller is part of an Air Force crew conducting a humanitarian mid-winter air drop mission to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station operated by the National Science Foundation. The air drop will contain medical supplies needed for a 47-year-old American woman who discovered a lump in her breast. The Tucker System is a series of specialized rollers that enables cargo to be air-dropped out of the troop doors of the Starlifter. Buchmiller is crew chief from the 62nd Aircraft Generation Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Wash.