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Maintainers compete for Load Crew of the Year

421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit teammates Staff Sgt. Lance Klain and Airman 1st Class Jacob Happ secure a weapon during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit teammates Staff Sgt. Lance Klain and Airman 1st Class Jacob Happ secure a weapon during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Young of the 419th Maintenance Group inspects the work of 421th Aircraft Maintenance Unit teammates Airman 1st Class Jacob Happ and Staff Sgt. Lance Klain during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Young of the 419th Maintenance Group inspects the work of 421th Aircraft Maintenance Unit teammates Airman 1st Class Jacob Happ and Staff Sgt. Lance Klain during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit competitor Senior Airman Anthony Solis preps a portion of the F-16 pylon during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill AFB Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit competitor Senior Airman Anthony Solis preps a portion of the F-16 pylon during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill AFB Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

Master Sgt. Colin Olson of the 419th Maintenance Group inspects the work of 466th Aircraft Maintenance Unit teammates Tech. Sgt. Aaron Ramirez and Staff Sgt. Justin Crosby during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

Master Sgt. Colin Olson of the 419th Maintenance Group inspects the work of 466th Aircraft Maintenance Unit teammates Tech. Sgt. Aaron Ramirez and Staff Sgt. Justin Crosby during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

466th Aircraft Maintenance Unit members Tech. Sgt. Aaron Ramirez and Staff Sgt. Justin Crosby work together during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24, as evaluators Master Sgt. Jeffrey Taggart, 388th Maintenance Group and Master Sgt. Colin Olson, 419th Maintenance Group assess the process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

466th Aircraft Maintenance Unit members Tech. Sgt. Aaron Ramirez and Staff Sgt. Justin Crosby work together during the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing’s Load Crew of the Year competition at Hill Air Force Base Feb. 24, as evaluators Master Sgt. Jeffrey Taggart, 388th Maintenance Group and Master Sgt. Colin Olson, 419th Maintenance Group assess the process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Maintainers from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings went head-to-head at a bomb-loading competition at Hill AFB Feb. 24 to determine the load crew of the year. Teams consisted of previous load-crew-of-the-quarter winners.

Crewmembers put their skills to the test as they put a munitions load on their respective F-16 and F-35A fighter aircraft in less than an hour inside Hangar 37 to the cheers of fellow squadron and family members.

The competition included speed and precision accuracy and was too close to call a definitive winning team. The load crew of the year will be announced at the annual Maintenance Awards March 4.