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Quarterly weapons load

Staff Sgt. Michael Velasco, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue, secures a GBU-38 before moving it during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

Airman 1st Class Latrell Barnett and Staff Sgt. Benjamin O’Connor, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Red, examine an AIM-9X during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-16 Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

Staff Sgt. Michael Velasco, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue, guides in the GBU-38 onto his F-16 Fighting Falcon during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

The 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Red Team lifts an AIM-9X onto an F-15 Eagle during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-16 Blue Team defeated the Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

Airman 1st Class Cameron Alexander, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue, prepares his F-16 Fighting Falcon during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

Staff Sgt. Benjamin O’Connor, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Red, verifies his digital bomb load checklist during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-16 Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

Staff Sgt. Michael Velasco, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue, guides in the GBU-38 onto his F-16 Fighting Falcon during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

Airman 1st Class Latrell Barnett, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Red, performs preload checks on equipment during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-16 Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load

The 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue Team carries an AIM-9X toward their F-16 Fighting Falcon during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Quarterly weapons load
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Senior Airman Nicholas Laberge, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Red, performs checks his F-15 Eagle during the quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 18 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-16 Blue Team defeated the Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and a GBU-38 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)