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Competition tests load crews’ skill

Senior Airman Michael Higgens, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, inspects a GBU-54 guided bomb during the Weapons Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 1, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The competition was comprised of loading four different munitions into a B-1 simulator while being evaluated on their use of checklists, safety procedures, and overall speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylsee Wisseman/Released)

Senior Airman Michael Higgens, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, inspects a GBU-54 guided bomb during the Weapons Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 1, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The competition was comprised of loading four different munitions into a B-1 simulator while being evaluated on their use of checklists, safety procedures, and overall speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylsee Wisseman/Released)

Senior Airman Michael Higgens, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, directs a MK-82 onto a munitions lift during the Weapons Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 1, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The competition was comprised of loading four different munitions into a B-1 simulator while being evaluated on their use of checklists, safety procedures, and overall speed.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylsee Wisseman/Released)

Senior Airman Michael Higgens, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, directs a MK-82 onto a munitions lift during the Weapons Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 1, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The competition was comprised of loading four different munitions into a B-1 simulator while being evaluated on their use of checklists, safety procedures, and overall speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylsee Wisseman/Released)

Senior Airman Phillip Gadell, 7th  Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, gives hand signals to lower the munitions lift during the Weapons Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 1, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.  The competition was comprised of loading four different munitions into a B-1 simulator while being evaluated on their use of checklists, safety procedures, and overall speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylsee Wisseman/Released)

Senior Airman Phillip Gadell, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, gives hand signals to lower the munitions lift during the Weapons Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 1, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The competition was comprised of loading four different munitions into a B-1 simulator while being evaluated on their use of checklists, safety procedures, and overall speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylsee Wisseman/Released)

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