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With each flap of the nylon canopy, Pvt. Andrew Flores worked out a tangle in the suspension lines.
It was heavy, and his hands were starting to ache as the day wound down. That was his 10th parachute of the day.
He scoured over the canopy to smooth out the air and tightly pack it.
In about 20 minutes, Flores can have a tangled parachute neatly folded and packed up, ready to go.
He takes pride in that time.
And he understands the significance of every detail - from the folds in the canopy to the S-curves in the static line.
"I know it's going to open," said Flores, 19. "I have confidence in everyone in the shop that your chute is going to open. There's a lot of work that goes into what we do to make sure you get down safely."
About 150 riggers work in this shop, packing parachutes for most of the paratroopers across Fort Bragg. In one day, the riggers will pack about 400 parachutes.
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