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Port Dawg Challenge unleashed at Dobbins
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)
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Port Dawg Challenge unleashed at Dobbins

Posted 6/20/2012   Updated 6/20/2012 Email story   Print story


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

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