News>Reservists test logistics skills in global mobility competition
Tech. Sgt. Coban Goertz, Tech. Sgt. Mike McCraken and Staff Sgt. Curtis Ernst with the 46th Aerial Port Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Del., compete in the pallet build-up event of the 2012 Air Force Reserve Command Port Dawg Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt Chris Durney)
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Members of the 27th Aerial Port Squadron, Minneapolis-St. Paul “leash the Dawg,” – relinquishing the Port Dawg trophy they won in 2010 – during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Port Dawg Challenge at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., June 17-20, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt Chris Durney)
6/21/2012 - DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Reservists from the 46th Aerial Port Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del., are among those participating in the Air Force Reserve's premier aerial logistics competition here.
The 2012 Port Dawg Challenge runs through June 22 and brings together six-person teams from 17 installations - from as far away as Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii -- in a tough competition that focuses on the Air Force's worldwide mobility capability.
Aerial port units perform military logistics functions that include passenger and cargo processing, equipment loading, air cargo preparation and load plans, and supervising units engaged in aircraft loading and unloading operations.
The bi-annual event was created to generate esprit de corps within the Air Force Reserve aerial port community. In doing so, it also promotes professionalism, demonstrates air and space expeditionary forces mission capabilities, and helps identify best practices to improve wartime readiness.
Events for this year's competition test driving and loading prowess, administrative and processing skills, pallet build-up skills, forklift handling, load planning and physical fitness.