DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Airmen, family members and friends came out to support Airmen assigned to the 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 7th Munitions Squadron who competed in the 2018 Annual Dyess Strike Challenge at the 3-Bay hangar, March 2.
The competitors were compiled of load crew members from the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit that went head to head with their counterparts from the 28th AMU in a B-1B Lancer loading competition.
The 7th MUNS provided two teams to build bombs for the 9th and 28th AMUs.
The two load crews had four-person teams that loaded munitions into the B1-B Lancer as quickly and safely as possible.
They were evaluated by subject-matter experts in the munitions career field.
“This was an opportunity for Airmen to showcase their skills they use on a daily basis,” said Col. Jeffrey Russell, 7th Maintenance Group commander. “These competitions directly reflect our role in the mission.”
Dyess holds these types of challenges quarterly as well as annually.
“The DSC highlighted our support of the B-1 mission,” said Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Pugh, 7th MXG superintendent. “It showcased the building and loading of munition. The step that wasn’t included was the pilots taking off with that payload. It’s what we do.”
The winners of the DSC will be announced at the Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet March 9.