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Maintainers face off during weapons load competition

Reservists from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepared to attach an unarmed AIM-9X missile to an F-35A Lightning II during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

Reservists from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepared to attach an unarmed AIM-9X missile to an F-35A Lightning II during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

A judge looks over the shoulder of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

A judge looks over the shoulder of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inspects an unarmed GBU-12 Pave Way bomb during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy and safety, and ensures standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inspects an unarmed GBU-12 Paveway II bomb during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy and safety, and ensures standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Seth Holden from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron gathers tools to assist team members during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Seth Holden from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron gathers tools to assist team members during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron participates in a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron participates in a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

A judge watches two Airmen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load and secure an unarmed GBU-12 Pave Way to a bomb lift during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

A judge watches two Airmen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load and secure an unarmed GBU-12 Paveway II to a bomb lift during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Seth Holden from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepares a pylon on an F-35A Lightning II during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Seth Holden from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepares a pylon on an F-35A Lightning II during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jonathan Thorsted from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ensures an unarmed GBU-12 Pave Way bomb is properly secured before loading it onto an F-35A Lightning II during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jonathan Thorsted from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ensures an unarmed GBU-12 Paveway II bomb is properly secured before loading it onto an F-35A Lightning II during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron secures an unarmed bomb to an F-35A Lightning II aircraft during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Connor Hansen from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron secures an unarmed GBU-12 Paveway II to an F-35A Lightning II aircraft during a weapons load competition at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 24, 2021. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Reserve and active-duty maintainers from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings went head-to-head during an F-35 weapons load competition here Sept. 24, 2021. During the timed and graded competition, maintainers put their training to the test and proved their combat readiness. The three-person teams were responsible for preparing and loading unarmed AIM-9X missiles and GBU-12 Paveway II bombs onto F-35A Lightning II aircraft. The quarterly competition focuses on speed, accuracy, and safety, ensuring standard loading procedures and proficiency across the wings.