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Reservists compete in F-35 weapons load competition

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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.