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Reservists compete in F-35 weapons load competition

Airman attaches stabilization fins onto an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile

Senior Airman Caelin Runyon, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, attaches stabilization fins onto an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile during the Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The competition requires teams of three Airmen to load weapons onto an F-35A as quickly and accurately as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cynthia Griggs))

Airman prepares for a weapon load

Senior Airman Caelin Runyon, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares for a weapon load during the Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The competition requires teams of three Airmen to load weapons onto an F-35A as quickly and accurately as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cynthia Griggs)

Airman loads an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile onto an F-35

Tech. Sgt Jonathan Thorsted, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, loads an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile onto an F-35A Lightning II during the Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The competition requires teams of three Airmen to load weapons as quickly and accurately as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cynthia Griggs)

Airman eyes a weapon load onto a lift truck

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Thorsted, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, eyes a weapon load onto a lift truck during the Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The competition requires teams of three Airmen to load weapons onto an F-35A as quickly and accurately as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cynthia Griggs)

Airman eyes a weapon line-up

Staff Sgt. Elliot Berg, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, eyes a weapon line-up during the Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The competition requires teams of three Airmen to load weapons onto an F-35A as quickly and accurately as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cynthia Griggs)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Reservists in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron faced tough competition as they vied for the title “Load Crew of the Year” during an F-35A weapons load event Feb. 7.

Representing the 419th AMXS were Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Thorsted, Tech. Sgt. Elliot Berg, and Senior Airman Caelin Runyon, who came out on top during the third quarter last year. The team went up against other quarterly winners from 2019, which include Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing.

Teams from the 419th took home two of the quarterly titles last year.

The competition primarily serves as training for Airmen to quickly and accurately load aircraft as they would in a deployed environment, but it also cultivates teamwork and boosts morale. The winning team will be announced in March.