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35 AMXS races against time during load crew competition
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airman 1st Class Robert Flowers-Velasquez, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, ensures a Guided Bomb Unit-12 is properly placed using an MJ-1 lift truck April 29. The MJ-1, also called a "jammer," is used to load and unload a wide variety of munitions and has a lifting capacity of 3,000 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown/Released)
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35 AMXS races against time during load crew competition

Posted 5/2/2011   Updated 5/2/2011 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Marie Brown
35 FW/PA

5/2/2011 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- A three-man weapons load crew team competed in a load crew of the quarter competition April 29. Members of the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron competed for the title of the best load crew on the base. The 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit competed against the 13 AMU who is currently deployed to Balad, Iraq.

A weapons load competition is a race against the clock where Airmen are evaluated on loading proficiency, reliability, safety, and timeliness.

"Load competitions promote a sense of pride in our trade, esprit de corps, and it also gives bragging rights to the best load crew on the base," said Master Sgt. Andre Collier, 35th Maintenance Group, weapons standardization NCO in charge.

5/3/2011 6:04:37 AM ET
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