Photo Essay: 25th AMU crowned best load crew in Korea

Teams standby before the start of the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Four teams from Osan and Kunsan AB competed for the title of best weapons load crew in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Teams standby before the start of the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Four teams from Osan and Kunsan AB competed for the title of best weapons load crew in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team carries a missle to an A-10 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 25th AMU's team consisted of Senior Airmen Chandler Rickard, Jacob Jennings and Juan Gonzalez. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team carries a missle to an A-10 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 25th AMU's team consisted of Senior Airmen Chandler Rickard, Jacob Jennings and Juan Gonzalez. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Juan Gonzalez, a 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, secures a missle on an A-10 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, 2014, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 25th AMU's team loaded weapons on an A-10, while the other three teams loaded F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Juan Gonzalez, a 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, removes an umbilical shorting plug from a missle during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, 2014, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 25th AMU's team loaded weapons on an A-10, while the other three teams loaded F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Juan Gonzalez, a 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, secures a missle on an A-10 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. For the competition, teams have a time limilt of 20 minutes to complete all requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Juan Gonzalez, a 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, connects an umbilical shorting plug to the launcher of a missle during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. For the competition, teams have a time limilt of 20 minutes to complete all requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loading crew from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, guide a missle onto an F-16 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. During the competition, teams were evluated on safety, reliability, technical proficienty and the timliness of their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loading crew from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, guide a missle onto an F-16 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. During the competition, teams were evluated on safety, reliability, technical proficienty and the timliness of their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Ryanted Duarte, an 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, guides a missle onto an F-16 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. The 35th AMU from Kunsan AB and 36th and 25th AMU from Osan AB also competed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Ryanted Duarte, an 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, guides a missle onto an F-16 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. The 35th AMU from Kunsan AB and 36th and 25th AMU from Osan AB also competed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Stephen Jervis, an 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, looks for tools during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. The winning load crew completed the competition in 12:35. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Stephen Jervis, an 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, looks for tools during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. The winning load crew completed the competition in 12:35. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, searches for tools during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. The members of the 80th AMU weapons load crew team are Senior Airman Stephen Jervis, Senior Airman Ryanted Duarte and Staff Sgt. Jermaine Cox. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, searches for tools during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base. The members of the 80th AMU weapons load crew team are Senior Airman Stephen Jervis, Senior Airman Ryanted Duarte and Staff Sgt. Jermaine Cox. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team celebrates their victory in the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Their victory designates the 25th AMU as the best weapons loading crew in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team celebrates their victory in the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Their victory designates the 25th AMU as the best weapons loading crew in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

The 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team wins the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 25th AMU completed the loading of their A-10 in 12:35 and outperformed three others teams to win the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)
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The 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team wins the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 25th AMU completed the loading of their A-10 in 12:35 and outperformed three others teams to win the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

Senior Airman Juan Gonzalez, a 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, reflects on his team's victory in front of their A-10 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Gonzalez, and his team members, Senior Airmen, Jacob Jennings and Chandler Rickard, will go on to compete at higher levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)
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Senior Airman Juan Gonzalez, a 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, reflects on his team's victory in front of their A-10 during the 2014 Korean Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Gonzalez, and his team members, Senior Airmen, Jacob Jennings and Chandler Rickard, will go on to compete at higher levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Four teams from Osan Air Base and Kunsan Air Base competed in the 2014 Korea Peninsula Weapons Loading Competition April 26, at Osan AB.

Competing were:
 
The 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit "Fiends," from Osan AB, represented by Staff Sgt. Richard Randall and Senior Airmen Jordan Leach and Marissa Hungerford.

The 25th AMU "Draggins" from Osan AB, represented by Senior Airmen Jacob Jennings, Juan Gonzalez and Chandler Rickard.

The 35th AMU "Pantons," from Kunsan AB, represented by Staff Sgt. Adam Evans and Senior Airmen Christopher Webb and Trenton Metyk.

The 80th AMU "Juvats," from Kunsan AB, represented by Staff Sgt. Trumaine Cox and Senior Airmen Ryanted Duarte and Stephen Jervis.

The teams were tested on their ability to successful load a plane with two missles, one AIM-9L/M and one GBU-31v1, with a time limit of 20 minutes.

Teams were graded on their safety, reliability, technicial proficiency and timeliness.

Before the competition, Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander, said weapons loading is one of the most pivotal jobs in the Air Force.

"This is what we're really tested on," he said. "Being able to load these planes at a moment's notice is what keeps us ready to fight and win."

The 25th AMU won the competition.