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Virtually Excellent: GAFB Airmen enter virtual drill competition

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jose Delgado, 315th Training Squadron student drill team member, calls his drill team members to attention before participation in a drill competition.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jose Delgado, 315th Training Squadron student drill team member, calls his drill team members to attention before participation in a drill competition held in the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2021. As student drill team members, these Airmen are examples of drill, professionalism, and dress and appearance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyrell Hall)

Student drill team members from various squadrons, pose for a photo after participating in a recorded drill routine.

Student drill team members from various squadrons, pose for a photo after participating in a recorded drill routine, at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2021. This was the first drill competition of its kind, as it was conducted completely virtual. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyrell Hall)

U.S. Air Force Airmen march during a drill competition.

U.S. Air Force Airmen march during a drill competition held at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2021. During the drill presentation, the Airman focused on adhering to proper drill form and sharp command execution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyrell Hall)

A cellular phone records U.S. Air Force Airmen as they execute drill movements for a drill competition.

A cellular phone records U.S. Air Force Airmen as they execute drill movements for a drill competition, at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2021. The Airman committed over a month of their time refining the drill they crafted specifically for the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyrell Hall)

U.S. Air Force Airmen execute a facing movement during a drill competition held at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy.

U.S. Air Force Airmen execute a facing movement during a drill competition held at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2021. The Airmen competed in a virtual drill competition, which was the first of its kind, conducted fully virtual. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyrell Hall)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jose Delgado, 315th Training Squadron student drill team member, renders a salute along with his fellow Airmen.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jose Delgado, 315th Training Squadron student drill team member, renders a salute along with his fellow Airmen as a part of a drill competition held in the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, April 8, 2021. During drill competitions, the presentation of arms is required before the start and ending of the drill sequence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyrell Hall)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Ten students from Goodfellow executed a recorded drill performance for submission to a virtual drill down, at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy here, April 8.

This is the first drill down of its kind, as it is completely virtual. Five bases including Goodfellow, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Fort Sam Houston, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Sheppard AFB, submitted their drill teams’ recorded routines into the competition.

Each team presented unique drill styles in a contest knowledge, skill, and professional appearance.

The team of Airmen representing Goodfellow executed an unarmed exhibition drill, which is a sequence composed of facing and marching movements. This routine was one they crafted specifically for this event and committed over a month of their time refining it.  Their drill submission, along with the other bases, will be consolidated into a single video and evaluated to determine which team will come out on top.

“I’m proud of the work they did to get here,” said Staff Sgt. Hunter Tucker, 315th Training Squadron military training leader. “Even though they’ve met some challenges, they were able to focus and put together a routine. I believe everyone watching will be proud of them as well.”

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