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)
The 88th Aerial Port Squadron team of Master Sgt. Toby Lewis, Senior Airman Vannessa Francois and Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strouse work hard to prove their proficiency with a Halverson Loader during the Air Force Reserve Command’s 2012 Port Dawg Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chris Durney)
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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Senior Airman Erick Alvarado, 88th Aerial Port Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., expertly maneuvers a forklift while keeping a pitcher of water upright during the 2012 Port Dawg Challenge at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt Chris Durney)
Known affectionately as ‘Port Dawgs,’ air mobility professionals are competing in a biannual contest at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., for the honor of taking home the coveted Port Dawg trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chris Durney)
by Master Sgt. Chris Durney
Port Dawg Challenge Public Affairs
6/20/2012 - DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- The Air Force Reserve's biannual air mobility logistics competition kicked off June 19 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., pitting 19 Aerial Port Squadrons from 17 states in a battle to determine who's the best "Port Dawg."
Six-person teams from installations across the nation - including Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii - are putting their air mobility skills to the test in a series of events that include driving and loading prowess, administrative and processing skills, pallet build-up skills, forklift handling, load planning, fitness and professional knowledge.
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 biannual event was created to generate esprit de corps within the Air Force Reserve Aerial Port community, as well as promote professionalism, demonstrate air and space expeditionary forces mission capabilities, and promote an exchange of information among participants to identify best practices and improve wartime mission results.
Teams competing include:
27th APS, Minneapolis-Saint Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minn.
32nd APS, Pittsburgh ARS, Pa.
35th and 88th APS, Jont Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
38th and 81st APS, JB Charleston, S.C.
41st APS, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
42nd APS, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.
45th APS, Travis AFB, Calif.
46th APS, Dover AFB, Del.
48th APS, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
67th APS, Hill AFB, Utah
70th APS, Homestead ARB, Fla.
71st APS, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
74th APS, JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
76th APS, Youngstown ARS, Ohio
80th APS, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
94th APS, Robins AFB, Ga.
96th APS, Little Rock AFB, Ark