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DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Senior Airman Adam Reagan, 46th Aerial Port Squadron, Dover AIr Force Base, Del., directs a humvee after it was driven off the ramp of a C-130 during a graded exercise. He joined other members of the 46th APS to compete in the 22nd Air Force Aerial Port ROUNDUP, March 13-15, at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. The competition, which had 18 participating Reserve squadrons from the 22nd AF, tested the abilities of an aerial port Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Steve Lewis)
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Dover Port Dawgs lasso new experiences at ROUNDUP

Posted 3/20/2009   Updated 3/20/2009 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Steve Lewis
512th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

3/20/2009 - DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga.  -- Members of the 46th Aerial Port returned to Dover Air Force Base, Del., with new experiences from the 22nd Air Force Aerial Port ROUNDUP March 13-15 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. 

Although no trophies were brought home, participants from the unit said the competition helped them become more skilled at their job. 

"Our team has never done anything like the ROUNDUP before," said Master Sgt. Keith Callwood, 46th APS team chief for the event. "It taught us to be more proficient." 

The Liberty Wing squadron was one of 18 aerial port squadrons from Reserve wings throughout 22nd AF that came to Georgia to participate in the ROUNDUP, which pitted squadrons against each other in graded exercises. These exercises included operating material handling equipment, a joint cargo inspection and on and offloading pallets from a C-130 with engines running. 

"It was difficult to work with a C-130 since we don't have any at our base, so we basically had to practice on a C-17 before we came," said Sergeant Callwood. 

Senior Airman Austin Diaz, 46th APS vehicle operator, had prior experience on active duty, which helped him when driving a humvee on the C-130 during the competition. He said the ROUNDUP was an opportunity to meet new people. 

"I haven't been on many TDYs (temporary duty) since my deployments on active duty, so this gave me a chance to get out there to meet other Reservists," said Airman Diaz. 

Despite the weather, which brought rain down on the Dobbins runways all weekend, the 46th APS was able to overcome obstacles like not having experience working with a C-130. They now share their ROUNDUP experience with the rest of their unit with hopes to bring home a trophy in 2010 when Dobbins will open its gates once again for another competition.

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