Loading up for the Global Strike Challenge

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  • By Senior Airman Michael Ward
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 37th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 28th Maintenance Squadron, competed in the Global Strike Challenge for weapons loading at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, September 13.

They are up against the best load crews across all of the Air Force Global Strike Command bases. This competition allows Ellsworth Airmen to showcase their skills and see just how they match-up against the rest of the command.

The squadron picked four crew members based on their weapons loading evaluation pass rate and overall knowledge of weapons loading procedures.

“We are able to show AFGSC what Ellsworth brings to the fight when it comes to our weapons loading capabilities and they are able to showcase that to the command,” said Master Sgt. Cameron Hansen, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Weapons Standardization superintendent.

Challenges such as these not only sharpen the crew’s combat skills but they also build camaraderie amongst the teams.

While winning is important, the team knows it’s the hard work along the way that pays off most.

“Either way, win or lose, these maintenance professionals did an amazing job and I am proud to be on their team,” states Hansen.

It’s not every day that you get the ability to show the world what you can do on a stage like this, so you can see why the 37th AMU takes such pride in performing their best.

“I’m excited for these folks to be representatives of Team Ellsworth and to show that the B-1 is here and ready!” exclaimed Hansen.

No matter who is announced as the winners of the Global Strike Challenge, Ellsworth airmen will always be ready.