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Here Comes the Boom: 57th Wing Load Competition

Airman 1st Class Micah Templin, load crew member from Viper AMU, fastens an armament during the the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. Viper AMU is responsible for the aircraft maintenance of the F-16C and F-16D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

Airman 1st Class Micah Templin, load crew member from Viper AMU, fastens an armament during the the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. Viper AMU is responsible for the aircraft maintenance of the F-16C and F-16D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

Member of a load crew checks the wires attached to an armament during the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The quarterly competition highlights airmen for their loading skill and duty performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

Member of a load crew checks the wires attached to an armament during the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The quarterly competition highlights airmen for their loading skill and duty performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

Aircraft that will be used during the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition sit on the flightline before the competition begins at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The load crews were chosen for their outstanding duty performance and exceptional loading ability for the first quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

Aircraft that will be used during the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition sit on the flightline before the competition begins at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The load crews were chosen for their outstanding duty performance and exceptional loading ability for the first quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

The load crew from Strike AMU loads an armament during the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. Strike AMU is responsible for the aircraft maintenance of the F-15 Strike Eagle at Nellis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

The load crew from Strike AMU loads an armament during the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. Strike AMU is responsible for the aircraft maintenance of the F-15 Strike Eagle at Nellis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

An Airman participates in the 57th Wing Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The competitions give weapons loaders throughout the 57th Maintenance Group the opportunity to display their war-fighting skills to their peers and superiors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nathan Byrnes)

An Airman participates in the 57th Wing Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The competitions give weapons loaders throughout the 57th Maintenance Group the opportunity to display their war-fighting skills to their peers and superiors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nathan Byrnes)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon sits in the hangar after the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The load crew competition is a quarterly event held at Nellis AFB to highlight the exceptional airmen of the 57th Air Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon sits in the hangar after the 57th Wings Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. The load crew competition is a quarterly event held at Nellis AFB to highlight the exceptional airmen of the 57th Air Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

An Airman unhooks the wings of a missile during the 57th Wing Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. Crews are inspected on their dress and appearance, orderliness of their tool boxes, the weapons load, and a written test to determine the 57th Maintenance Group’s best weapons load crew of the quarter or year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes)

An Airman unhooks the wings of a missile during the 57th Wing Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. Crews are inspected on their dress and appearance, orderliness of their tool boxes, the weapons load, and a written test to determine the 57th Maintenance Group’s best weapons load crew of the quarter or year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes)

Senior Airman Fong Thao, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Raptor AMU weapons load crew member, unhooks munitions  during the 57th Wing Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. In addition to recognizing superior performers, load crew competitions also help keep weapons loaders’ skills sharp and ready for real world situations.

Senior Airman Fong Thao, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Raptor AMU weapons load crew member, unhooks munitions during the 57th Wing Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 8, 2016. In addition to recognizing superior performers, load crew competitions also help keep weapons loaders’ skills sharp and ready for real world situations.