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Weapons Load Competition

Staff Sgt. Clyde Sumner, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Crew, makes adjustments while loading an MK-82 onto an F-16 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The annual competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen and identifies the load crew of the year. The winning crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Weapons Load Competition

Senior Airman Payton Knuckles, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Crew, tightens down a fin onto an AIM-120 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The annual competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen and identifies the load crew of the year. The winning crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Weapons Load Competition

Senior Airman Jack Gutting, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Crew, checks his six as his team loads an AIM-9 missile to an F-16 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The annual competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen and identifies the load crew of the year. The winning crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Weapons Load Competition

Staff Sgt. Clyde Sumner, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Crew, makes notes to his checklist beside an AIM-9 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The annual competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen and identifies the load crew of the year. The winning crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Weapons Load Competition

The 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Crew loads an AIM-120 onto an F-16 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The annual competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen and identifies the load crew of the year. The winning crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Weapons Load Competition

Staff Sgt. Clyde Sumner, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Crew, adjusts a fin on an AIM-120 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The annual competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen and identifies the load crew of the year. The winning crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Weapons Load Competition

Senior Airman Jack Gutting, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Crew, checks the inside of a MK-82 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The annual competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen and identifies the load crew of the year. The winning crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Weapons load competition

Senior Airman Joseph Soto Valentin, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron blue crew, locks in an AIM-9LM missile during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. F-16 Blue and F- 15 Red AMU crews competed for the 2017 load crew of the year title and bragging rights by loading missiles and a bomb on aircraft the quickest with the fewest errors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Weapons load competition

Senior Airman Joseph Soto Valentin, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron blue crew, inspects a calibrated torque wrench during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. F-16 Blue and F- 15 Red AMU crews competed for the 2017 load crew of the year title and bragging rights by loading missiles and a bomb on aircraft the quickest with the fewest errors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Weapons load competition
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Senior Airman Joseph Soto Valentin and Staff Sgt. Giovanni Bufaliniballa, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron blue crew, lock in an MK-82 HD bomb during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. F-16 Blue and F- 15 Red AMU crews competed for the 2017 load crew of the year title and bragging rights by loading missiles and a bomb on aircraft the quickest with the fewest errors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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Staff Sgt. Giovanni Bufaliniballa, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron blue crew, locks in an AIM-120 during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. F-16 Blue and F- 15 Red AMU crews competed for the 2017 load crew of the year title and bragging rights by loading missiles and a bomb on aircraft the quickest with the fewest errors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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Staff Sgt. Taleisan Colby, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, evaluates fin attachment during a weapons load competition Feb. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. F-16 Blue and F- 15 Red AMU crews competed for the 2017 load crew of the year title and bragging rights by loading missiles and a bomb on aircraft the quickest with the fewest errors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)