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Airmen face off in F-35 weapons load competition

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  • By Senior Airman Stormy Archer
  • 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron competed in a quarterly weapons load competition and dedicated crew chief competition here today.

The load crew competition showcased the efficiency of load crew teams to safely and properly arm an F-35 within time constraints. The ability to quickly and safely load an aircraft with munitions is integral to provide combat-ready jets to combatant commanders.

“Being able to recognize the hard work of our Airmen makes good units great,” Col. Ronald Huzzard, 33rd Maintenance Group commander, said. “Thank you all for putting the hard work, time, energy and effort it took to get us to where we’ve gotten today.”

The winners of the weapons load competition were Staff Sgt. Brody Bundy, 33rd AMXS weapons load crew team chief, Airman 1st Class Tyler Hayden and Airman Dylan Snead, 33rd AMXS weapons load crew members. Winners of the dedicated crew chief competition were 33rd AMXS F-35 crew chiefs Staff Sgt. Dustin Smith and Senior Airman Paul Jeffrey.

 “This is a very satisfying experience that a lot of hard work went into,” Snead said. “It’s great to get a chance to do what we train for.”

The competition tested the Airmen with a uniform inspection, tool box inspection, a written test on loading operations and safety and their skill to load munitions in a safe and timely manner into the internal weapons bay of an F-35.

“When a weapons load crew team comes together and they can complete a load with zero errors and with minimal verbal commands, it is the epitome of team work,” Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Dunn, 33rd Maintenance Group wing weapons manager, said. “When we perform, it showcases the pinnacle of our crew’s ability to load combat ready aircraft.”

By winning the quarterly load crew competition, the crew has secured a spot in the annual load crew competition in January.

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