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Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Congressman Jodey Arrington, Texas’ 19th congressional district representative, speaks during an opening ceremony for the Air Force Global Strike Challenge at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. Arrington spoke words of encouragement to 7th Bomb Wing Airmen before they participated in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Airmen assigned to the 7th Munitions Squadron receive a safety brief at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. During the Air Force Global Strike Challenge, each team is graded on accuracy, speed and safety while building and loading inert bombs onto a B-1B Lancer. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Airmen from the 7th Munitions Squadron assemble a munitions assembly conveyor on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. Dyess Airman competed against several other assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Combat Command throughout the total force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Airmen unload inert missiles as an inspector observes on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. The inert missiles were transported to a B-1B Lancer then were lifted and secured into the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Staff Sgt. Calib Burkholder, left, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron team member, and Staff Sgt. Edward Garcia, 7th AMXS team chief, slap hands to signal when they have completed a task while loading an inert bomb into a B-1B Lancer at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. During the Air Force Global Strike Challenge, each team is graded on accuracy, speed and safety while building inert munitions and loading inert bombs onto a B-1. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Airman 1st Class Cameron Bettencourt, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron loadcrew member, checks over a list during the Air Force Global Strike Challenge at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. These competitions help to give each Airman practice for the quick pace missions that can occur while in a deployed environment and learn ways their practices can become more proficient. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

Airmen assigned to the 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, left, shake hands with Airmen assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command under a B-1B Lancer at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. The challenge is designed to showcase the world’s premier bomber and intercontinental ballistic missile force, recognize outstanding Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen and teams, and improve combat capabilities through communications and competition. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Team Dyess competes in Global Strike Challenge

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing flies over Dyess Air Force Base, Texas Aug. 14, 2019. The aircraft took off while Airmen were competing in the Air Force Global Strike Command. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

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Airmen, family members and friends came out to support the 7th Bomb Wing as they competed in the seventh Air Force Global Strike Challenge at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 14.

The challenge is designed to showcase the world’s premier bomber and intercontinental ballistic missile force, recognize outstanding Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen and teams, and improve combat capabilities through communications and competition.

“The most challenging part is learning how to work with each other,” said Staff Sgt. Calib Burkholder, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1B Lancer weapons team member. “We were able to overcome this through lots of practice and training. After each session we would discuss what we liked and didn’t like, then work from there to become better.”

During the challenge, each team is graded on accuracy, speed and safety while building and loading inert bombs onto the B-1. This helps to give each Airman practice for the quick pace missions that can occur while in a deployed environment and learn ways their practices can become more proficient.

“These challenges help the teams because it builds pride in the units,” said Senior Master Sgt. Michael Ledford, 7th Maintenance Group weapons standardization superintendent. “They are able to showcase their practices to the rest of the base who may not know what exactly these Airmen do on the flightline.”

Results for each AFGSC base will be announced in November at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana where awards will be given to the winning teams during a ceremony.

“It feels great seeing my teams out here,” said Senior Master Sgt. Nathaniel Schilz, 7th Munitions Squadron production flight chief. “It’s ammo pride and this is what we are all about in our career field. We love building munitions and supporting our other teams.”