Airmen ’unload’ skills during load crew competition

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Airmen from the Eagle Aircraft Maintanence Unit work together to load a munition during a quarterly weapons load crew compteition on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Weapons loaders work in teams of three, with the highest ranking member being the team chief.
 
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Staff Sgt. Colton Covill, Eagle Aircraft Maintanence Unit weapons team chief, readies a munition during a quarterly weapons load crew competition on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Weapons loaders load various types of munitions to the specific aircraft to which they are assigned.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Airman 1st Class Andrew Thompson, Tomahawk Aircraft Maintanence Unit weapons load crew member, prepares to load a munition during a quarterly weapons load crew competition on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Load crew competitions are held to provide weapons personnel the opportunity to display their war-fighting skills and to unveil the best weapons load crew.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Staff Sgt. Won Yi (right) and Airman 1st Class Michael Chartrand, both Tomahawk Aircraft Maintanence Unit weapons load crew members, prepare to move a munition during a quarterly weapons load crew competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Weapons load crew competitions test each participant’s ability to load ordnance onto their assigned aircraft in a safe, efficient and correct manner.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Staff Sgt. Won Yi, Tomahawk Aircraft Maintanence Unit weapons load crew team chief, rolls up tie-down straps during a quarterly weapons load crew competition on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Weapons load teams are evaluated on their ability to properly follow all checklists, technical orders and safety procedures.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Staff Sgt. Won Yi, Tomahawk Aircraft Maintanence Unit weapons load crew team chief, looks through a manual during a quarterly weapons load crew competition on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Weapons loaders have many duties that include loading, unloading, positioning and preparing munitions.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mikaley Kline

Airman 1st Class Jordan Palomo, Thunder Aircraft Maintanence Unit weapons load crew member, prepares to load a munition during a quarterly weapons load crew competition on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Weapons loaders are responsible for inspections, repairs and maintenance on aircraft release, launch, suspension and monitor systems of munitions.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Staff Sgt. Robert Detrano, Raptor Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-22 Raptor crew member, kneels as he evaluates weapons load crew members during a quarterly weapons load crew competition on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23. Weapons load crew competitions tests the skills of Airmen from Viper, Thunder, Raptor, Falcon, Eagle, Tomahawk and Strike Aircraft Maintenance Units. The teams are judged on speed, accuracy and safety by section chiefs.

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