Load Crew of the Quarter contest

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.,  — Select Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 924th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron competed against each other in a load crew of the quarter contest on the flightline, Oct. 2.


The six Airmen, formed into two load crews, were chosen to compete in the contest. The objective of the contest was to load GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs onto an A-10 Thunderbolt II correctly in order to win the competition.


The Airmen from each squadron are chosen from their passing rates of quality assurance and monthly proficiency requirement loads.


“We all say ‘Oh, I can do this better than you’ and it’s cool to finally go compete to see who is better,” said Senior Airman Riley McIrvin, 924th AMXS weapons crew member.


During the contest, the Airmen were also evaluated on their Composite Tool Kits and maintaining dress and appearance.


“I definitely think the contest boosts morale,” said Tech. Sgt. David Hink, 355th Maintenance Group loading standardization crew chief. “You have guys out there on the flightline busting their butts every day and it’s nice to recognize them in some sort of way, especially the guys that are doing it right.”
The 354th AMU load crew was announced as the winners of the LCOQ competition at the 355th AMXS third Quarter Awards ceremony, Oct. 9.


The LCOQ winners will be competing against one another during an annual load crew competition.