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Tech school instructor crews compete in annual Turkey Shoot

A C-130J Aircraft is taxing from left to right with the flight line behind it.

A C-130J assigned to the 314th Airlift Wing maneuvers into position for one of the events as part of a Turkey Shoot competition June 8, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Five aircrew assigned to the 314th AW drove the aircraft in reverse to drop sand bags close to the designated target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Man lies down on ramp of C-130J.

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Tyree, 62nd Airlift Squadron evaluator loadmaster, looks for the distance before he throws a sandbag out of the back of a C-130J as part of a Turkey Shoot competition June 8, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The event was measured by how closely they were thrown to a target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man kneels on ramp of C-130J.

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Tyree, 62nd Airlift Squadron evaluator loadmaster, prepares to throw a sandbag out of the back of a C-130J as part of a Turkey Shoot competition June 8, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The event was measured by how closely they were thrown to a target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man holds up thumb, while cargo goes out the back of plane.

Tech. Sgt. Dave Hoffer, 314th Airlift Wing command chief executive assistant, assists in offloading an airdrop June 8, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Hoffer performed preflight checks on both of the drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man ties ropes together.

Tech. Sgt. Dave Hoffer, 314th Airlift Wing command chief executive assistant, checks parachute rigging June 8, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Hoffer was competing in a series of timed and evaluated events as part of Turkey Shoot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man tightens rigging.

Tech. Sgt. Dave Hoffer, 314th Airlift Wing command chief executive assistant, secures a pallet of water barrels June 8, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The pallet was part of a timed air drop during the Turkey Shoot competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

A man wearing sunglasses looks out the front of the windows in a C130J.

A pilot assigned to the 314th Airlift Wing maneuvers an aircraft as part of a Turkey Shoot competition June 8, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Five aircrew assigned to the 314th AW drove the aircraft in reverse to drop sand bags close to the designated target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

A woman wearing the Airman Battle Uniform with blue ear covers holding down a measuring tape at an orange cone while a man wearing a green flight suit pulls the other end of the measuring tape to a sand bag.

Staff Sgt. Noah Polcar, 314th Operations Group tactics loadmaster, and Staff Sgt. Cassandra Fletcher, 314th Operations Group intelligence analyst, measure the distance from a sand bag to the designated target as part of a Turkey Shoot competition June 8, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Five aircrews competed to see who could drop their sand bag closest to the designated target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

A C-130J aircraft flies in the sky going from right to left just after takeoff

A C-130J assigned to the 314th Airlift Wing takes off from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. as part of a Turkey Shoot competition June 8, 2018. Five aircrew assigned to the 314th AW competed in multiple graded events to see which crew was the best of the best. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The annual local combat airlift competition, known as the Turkey Shoot, pitted rivals against one another in timed events including heavy equipment airdrops, points of interest, visual points assault landing and backing accuracy June 8, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.

"The 314th Airlift Wing’s Turkey Shoot competition provided an opportunity to challenge a cadre of instructors who make up an unmatched core competence and expertise in developing C-130J combat tactical airlifters,” said Col. Daniel Devoe, 314th Airlift Wing commander.

Time of arrival, drop and landing scores were calculated to determine an overall a winner. An umpire was placed on each aircraft with the crewmembers to grade their performances. Level of experience dictates the umpire selection, their judgement is used to oversee operations.

“My mindset going in was to enjoy the chance of competing in the event,” said Tech. Sgt. Dave Hoffer, 314th AW command chief executive assistant. “I take pride in what I do, and competitions like this are a way to show that. The mission was not too out of the ordinary. Practicing good crew resource management by helping out the crew however I could was my main goal.”

The Jody 32 crew took the award for the best time of arrival and time on-target. The Jody 42 crew achieved closest heavy equipment drop on target. The Jody 31 crew achieved the best landing on target. The Jody 51 crew achieved the best backing score on target.

“The five instructor crews that competed did not disappoint,” Devoe said. “Even though I get to work with them every day, I am continually impressed by the skills, abilities and professionalism of the Airmen that make up the C-130 formal training unit.”

Ultimately, Jody 31 crew took home the trophy for this year's Turkey Shoot.

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