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Members from the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) and 131st AMXS prepare to compete in the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The Load Crew of the Quarter was established to foster competition and esprit de corps throughout the weapons community.

Members from the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) and 131st AMXS prepare to compete in the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The Load Crew of the Quarter was established to foster competition and esprit de corps throughout the weapons community.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chase Davis, a weapons load crew 3-member assigned to the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, examines a GBU-38 during the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. Every three months the most proficient crews from each aircraft maintenance unit within the 509th and 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons compete for the Load Crew of the Quarter award.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chase Davis, a weapons load crew 3-member assigned to the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, examines a GBU-38 during the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. Every three months the most proficient crews from each aircraft maintenance unit within the 509th and 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons compete for the Load Crew of the Quarter award.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Zachary Frana, a weapons load crew 4-member assigned to the 393rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, left, and Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Zuniga, a weapons load crew team chief assigned to the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, inspect 4 GBU-38s, a 500 lb. class guided weapon, during a fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. Crews are required to complete the load in 45 minutes or less.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Zachary Frana, a weapons load crew 4-member assigned to the 393rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, left, and Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Zuniga, a weapons load crew team chief assigned to the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, inspect 4 GBU-38s, a 500 lb. class guided weapon, during a fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. Crews are required to complete the load in 45 minutes or less.

Members of the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit transfer a GBU-38 using a MHU-83 “jammer” during the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The weapons load crew 4-member is responsible for operating the MHU-83 to safely transfer the GBU-38 to the aircraft in a timely manner.

Members of the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit transfer a GBU-38 using a MHU-83 “jammer” during the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The weapons load crew 4-member is responsible for operating the MHU-83 to safely transfer the GBU-38 to the aircraft in a timely manner.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chase Molitor, a weapons load crew 3-member assigned to the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, left, and Airman 1st Class Zachary Frana, a weapons load crew 4-member assigned to the 393rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, transfer a GBU-38 with a MHU-83 during the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The 3 member responsibility is to inspect all of the weapons before they get loaded and ensure
the crew has all the tools they require to complete the load.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chase Molitor, a weapons load crew 3-member assigned to the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, left, and Airman 1st Class Zachary Frana, a weapons load crew 4-member assigned to the 393rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, transfer a GBU-38 with a MHU-83 during the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The 3 member responsibility is to inspect all of the weapons before they get loaded and ensure the crew has all the tools they require to complete the load.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse McCullough, a weapons load crew team chief assigned to
the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, assists in positioning a GBU-38 during a fourth quarter
load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. Every three months
the most proficient crew from each aircraft maintenance unit within the 509th and 131st
Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons competes for the Load Crew of the Quarter award.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse McCullough, a weapons load crew team chief assigned to the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, assists in positioning a GBU-38 during a fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. Every three months the most proficient crew from each aircraft maintenance unit within the 509th and 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons competes for the Load Crew of the Quarter award.

Members of the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) are presented with the 509th MXG Load Crew of the Quarter award for winning the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The 131st AMXS won with a time of 30 minutes 30 seconds, and zero discrepancies noted.

Members of the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) are presented with the 509th MXG Load Crew of the Quarter award for winning the fourth quarter load competition at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Jan. 6, 2017. The 131st AMXS won with a time of 30 minutes 30 seconds, and zero discrepancies noted.

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- The Load Crew of the Quarter was established to foster competition and esprit de corps throughout the weapons community. During the load, all crew members must be mindful of clearances between the weapon, aircraft, ladders, and personnel within the small confines of the weapons bay while trying to meet the time standard of the load. This quarter's competition added in the additional factor of another crew loading at the same time in the weapons bay beside them.