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Nomads lock and load in first F-35A weapons load competition
Airman 1st Class Jake Wiedmeyer, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew one load crew member, operates an MJ-1 lift truck carrying a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition as Staff Sgt. Timothy Gaulden, 58 AMU crew one load crew chief, guides him during a weapons load competition on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 3, 2015. This was the 33rd Fighter Wing’s first weapons load competition since the 2009 draw down of the F-15C Eagle mission and it determined the best F-35A Lightning II weapons load crew. During weapons load competitions, crews are evaluated on a uniform inspection, a written test, a quality assurance inspection of the teams’ tool kits and how safely, efficiently and timely they load munitions on an F-35A. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson)