Loadmaster Association (PLA) was formed in the State of Washington
as an active membership organization for an exclusive group of
professionals recognized as, loadmasters. The PLA is organized
and governed by a dully-elected Executive Committee of past and
present loadmasters. In March 1997, the State of Washington issued
a Certificate of Incorporation declaring the Professional Loadmaster
Association a nonprofit organization. PLA membership is comprised
of and limited to current and former military and civilian loadmasters
who have flown as an aircraft loadmaster performing aircrew duties
on transport aircraft. The association's principal reason for
being is for the benefit of all loadmasters and their families.
The core values of the association are the Flag of the United
States, Our Self-confidence, and Our Empathy for each other. Its
basic mission is to guide the membership in solidarity, facilitate
trust and mutual respect for one another, and inspire personal
growth and the pursuit of a purposeful sense of vision for the
future of the PLA. The association shall establish scholarship
and grant programs to benefit Loadmasters and their family members.
Reunions and meetings shall be scheduled and arranged so as to
provide maximum participation and productive feedback to as many
members as practical. A newsletter titled "The LOADER" shall be
published three times a year to inform membership of loadmaster
participation within the airlift community and the association's
current & future business activities.