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Barksdale Airmen go Head-to-Head in Weapons Load Competition

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Airmen from the 96th and the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Units, went head to head in a weapons load competition last week. The competition took place in the Weapons Load Training Hanger and fellow maintainers came out to support them. Each crew loaded three 117’s into the bomb bay of the B52, as well as two guided bomb units, or GBUs, onto the pylons, in hopes to have the least amount of discrepancies and the best score. Interview: "We’re always striving to be better. We have so many munitions that we have to load here, so the more proficient we are at any type of munitions that we load, is always better. The more we compete the better we will get. You know, we have pride in what we do." Friendly competitions keep the crews proficient, but more than that, they keep morale amongst the loaders very high. Interview: "These load comps that we compete in are absolutely morale builders and today is kind of showing us the fruit of our work. You know, not everybody gets to compete in these so, it’s an honor to do that." Both teams gave it their all, and the Maintenance Group Commander, Colonel Foote, later came out to announce that the winner of the competition was the 96th AMU! From Barksdale Air Force Base, I'm Airman First Class Shellby Matullo.