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PACAF aircraft maintenance units hone skills during load crew competitions

The U.S. Air Force 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load team carries an air-to-air missile to their A-10 Thunderbolt II during the quarterly weapons load competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

The U.S. Air Force 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load team carries an air-to-air missile to their A-10 Thunderbolt II during the quarterly weapons load competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jean Moise-Morel, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, runs the loader for the winning team during the quarterly competition held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jean Moise-Morel, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, runs the loader for the winning team during the quarterly competition held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Aguilera, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, preps a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II to receive munitions during the quarterly weapons load competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Aguilera, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, preps a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II to receive munitions during the quarterly weapons load competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Vinson, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, directs the loading of practice munitions during the quarterly load competition held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Vinson, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, directs the loading of practice munitions during the quarterly load competition held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hearing, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, checks over the loaded munitions during the quarterly weapons loading competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015.  The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hearing, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, checks over the loaded munitions during the quarterly weapons loading competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Vinson, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, directs the loading of practice munitions during the quarterly load competition held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Vinson, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader, directs the loading of practice munitions during the quarterly load competition held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Keith Enty, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, conducts an inspection of supplies during a load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. This competition is held once a quarter, in addition to a final round, to determine the load crew team of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Keith Enty, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, conducts an inspection of supplies during a load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. This competition is held once a quarter, in addition to a final round, to determine the load crew team of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Linden Crandall, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, drives a MJ-1 lift truck during the third quarter load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. Teams participate in this fast-paced competition each quarter in hopes of bringing home the trophy and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Linden Crandall, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, drives a MJ-1 lift truck during the third quarter load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. Teams participate in this fast-paced competition each quarter in hopes of bringing home the trophy and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Faragher, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load crew member, drives a MJ-1 lift truck at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. This vehicle is used to carry a maximum of 3,000 pounds of munitions to and from aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Faragher, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load crew member, drives a MJ-1 lift truck at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. This vehicle is used to carry a maximum of 3,000 pounds of munitions to and from aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)

The U.S. Air Force 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load team completes loading an air-to-air missile onto their A-10 Thunderbolt II during the quarterly weapons load competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)
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The U.S. Air Force 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load team completes loading an air-to-air missile onto their A-10 Thunderbolt II during the quarterly weapons load competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Faragher and Staff Sgt. Michael Barnes, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load crew members, compete in the third quarter load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. The competition evaluated the load crew team’s overall loading ability, which includes quality of work and finishing time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Faragher and Staff Sgt. Michael Barnes, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load crew members, compete in the third quarter load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 17, 2015. The competition evaluated the load crew team’s overall loading ability, which includes quality of work and finishing time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Teams from the 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Misawa Air Base, Japan, participated in quarterly load crew competitions at each of their bases.

 

At Misawa AB, the competition consists of a timed race to determine the best combined time for loading proficiency, reliability, safety and timeliness. At Osan AB, the competition adds to a qualification test for technicians, which includes a written test and skill demonstration within a fixed time.

 

Competitions such as these give aircraft maintainers the ability to hone in on and improve skills used to keep aircraft in the sky, maintaining mission readiness and ensuring stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

 

The 36th AMU won the competition at Osan, and the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron won at Misawa.