Weapons load crews explode into action

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – A trophy awarded to the winner of the 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s weapons load competition rests on a table here Aug. 10.  The 480th and 81st Aircraft Maintenance Units host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew.  The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – A trophy awarded to the winner of the 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s weapons load competition rests on a table here Aug. 10. The 480th and 81st Aircraft Maintenance Units host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew. The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Senior Airman Jared Schiffman, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, loosens a bolt in preparation to mount a Mk-82 bomb during a weapons load competition here Aug. 10.  The 480th and 81st AMUs host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew.  The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy until the next quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Senior Airman Jared Schiffman, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, loosens a bolt in preparation to mount a Mk-82 bomb during a weapons load competition here Aug. 10. The 480th and 81st AMUs host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew. The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy until the next quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – An F-16 Fighting Falcon is parked in a hangar during a weapons load competition here Aug. 10.  The 480th and 81st AMUs host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew.  The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – An F-16 Fighting Falcon is parked in a hangar during a weapons load competition here Aug. 10. The 480th and 81st AMUs host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew. The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Green, 81st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, closes a toolbox drawer during a weapons load competition here Aug. 10.  The 480th and 81st AMUs host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew.  The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Green, 81st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, closes a toolbox drawer during a weapons load competition here Aug. 10. The 480th and 81st AMUs host and participate in the timed competition once a quarter to see which unit has the fastest and most efficient weapons load crew. The winners of the competition earn bragging rights as the best crew and a trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released)