U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Torres, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew team chief, loads an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during the 8th Maintenance Group’s fourth quarter Weapons Load Crew Competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2020. Prior to the competition, the crews were graded on a weapons system knowledge exam, a tool kit inspection and dress and appearance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Torres, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew team chief, loads an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during the 8th Maintenance Group’s fourth quarter Weapons Load Crew Competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2020. Prior to the competition, the crews were graded on a weapons system knowledge exam, a tool kit inspection and dress and appearance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

80th AMU wins load crew competition

by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit won load crew of the quarter during the 8th Maintenance Group’s fourth quarter Weapons Load Crew Competition at Kunsan Air Base, Jan. 3.

The defending champions competed against the 35th AMU to see which team could best load an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with two munitions. The three-person crews were evaluated on safety, reliability, technical proficiency and time. Prior to the competition, the crews were also graded on a weapons system knowledge exam, a tool kit inspection and dress and appearance.

Additionally, two AMU dedicated crew chief teams were evaluated on aircraft appearance, personal dress and appearance, and overall maintenance knowledge. The 35th AMU took home the trophy for best dedicated crew chief team of the quarter.

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