US, S. Korean load teams compete to become 'Best on Pen'
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published: May 15, 2017
KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Six U.S. and South Korean load crews battled over the weekend for bragging rights to be the Korean peninsula’s premier load crew.
The 2017 Annual Load Crew Competition, hosted by the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, saw six three-member U.S. and South Korean load crews based in South Korea and Japan, race to load their jets.
The 8th Fighter Wing’s maintenance commander, Col. James Long Jr., said Saturday’s competition had two goals: give the rest of the base a look into the weapons-loading world and a provide venue for the crews to show one another what they can do.
With a half-hour time limit, teams loaded their jets with three training munitions simulating a real-life load.
The judges graded speed, accuracy and attention to detail with an eye toward safety, said Tech Sgt. Cory Carlson, the event’s coordinator.
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