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Senior Airman Chris Hughes pushes maintenance equipment up to the boom pod of a KC-135 Stratotanker Friday at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Airman Hughes is assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, the 931st Air Refueling Group's active-duty host unit at McConnell. Reservists from the 931st and active-duty Airmen from the 22nd, including Airman Hughes, are scheduled to compete at Air Mobility Command's annual readiness competition for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Senior Airman Chris Hughes pushes maintenance equipment up to the boom pod of a KC-135 Stratotanker Friday at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Airman Hughes is assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, the 931st Air Refueling Group's active-duty host unit at McConnell. Reservists from the 931st and active-duty Airmen from the 22nd, including Airman Hughes, are scheduled to compete at Air Mobility Command's annual readiness competition for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Senior Master Sgt. John Wallman (center) talks to his active-duty teammates Friday during preparations for Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2009, a week-long readiness competition at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. Sergeant Wallman, a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, is one of seven Reservists from the 931st Air Refueling Group assigned to a total-force Rodeo team representing McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This is the first year active-duty and Reserve Airmen from McConnell will compete at Rodeo together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Senior Master Sgt. John Wallman (center) talks to his active-duty teammates Friday during preparations for Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2009, a week-long readiness competition at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. Sergeant Wallman, a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator, is one of seven Reservists from the 931st Air Refueling Group assigned to a total-force Rodeo team representing McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. This is the first year active-duty and Reserve Airmen from McConnell will compete at Rodeo together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Tech. Sgt. Billy Martin walks across the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker Friday at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., after finishing some final preparations for Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2009. Sergeant Martin, a Reservist assigned to the 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is part of a total-force team of Reservists and active-duty Airmen scheduled to depart for Rodeo 2009 on July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Tech. Sgt. Billy Martin walks across the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker Friday at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., after finishing some final preparations for Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2009. Sergeant Martin, a Reservist assigned to the 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is part of a total-force team of Reservists and active-duty Airmen scheduled to depart for Rodeo 2009 on July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Lt. Col. John Wood (on left) talks Friday with Master Sgt. Al Ryder and Capt. Jeff Taylor on the flightline of McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The three are part of team scheduled to compete at Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2009, a world-wide readiness competition at McChord AFB, Wash., from July 19 to July 25. Colonel Wood is a Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker pilot assigned to the 18th Air Refueling Squadron, the flying unit of the 931st Air Refueling Group at McConnell. Sergeant Ryder, also a 931st Reservist, is leading the KC-135 maintenance team headed to the Rodeo. Captain Taylor is assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, the 931st's active-duty host unit at McConnell. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Lt. Col. John Wood (on left) talks Friday with Master Sgt. Al Ryder and Capt. Jeff Taylor on the flightline of McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The three are part of team scheduled to compete at Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2009, a world-wide readiness competition at McChord AFB, Wash., from July 19 to July 25. Colonel Wood is a Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker pilot assigned to the 18th Air Refueling Squadron, the flying unit of the 931st Air Refueling Group at McConnell. Sergeant Ryder, also a 931st Reservist, is leading the KC-135 maintenance team headed to the Rodeo. Captain Taylor is assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, the 931st's active-duty host unit at McConnell. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Rain pours down on Senior Airman Chris Hughes as he reattaches a panel to the boom pod of a KC-135 Stratotanker Friday at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Airman Hughes is assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, the 931st Air Refueling Group's active-duty host unit at McConnell. Reservists from the 931st and active-duty Airmen from the 22nd, including Airman Hughes, are scheduled to compete at Air Mobility Command's annual readiness competition for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Rain pours down on Senior Airman Chris Hughes as he reattaches a panel to the boom pod of a KC-135 Stratotanker Friday at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Airman Hughes is assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, the 931st Air Refueling Group's active-duty host unit at McConnell. Reservists from the 931st and active-duty Airmen from the 22nd, including Airman Hughes, are scheduled to compete at Air Mobility Command's annual readiness competition for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap)

Air Mobility Rodeo 2009 Logo

Air Mobility Rodeo 2009 Logo

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- KC-135 Stratotanker air crews from the 931st Air Refueling Wing and the 22nd Air Refueling Wing made final preparations here Friday before leaving for Air Mobility Command Rodeo 2009, a world-wide readiness competition at McChord AFB, Wash.

Reservists from the 931st and active-duty Airmen from the 22nd are scheduled to compete as total-force team representing McConnell AFB for the first time. Seven members of the 17-man team are Reservists, including a KC-135 pilot, boom operator and five maintenance personnel.

The team was scheduled to leave for McChord AFB Saturday and return to McConnell on July 25. Rodeo was to begin Sunday. The biennial competition tests the many moving parts of military airlift and refueling capabilities. It includes maintenance, aircrew, aerial port, security forces, aeromedical evacuation and physical fitness competitions.

More than 100 teams and 2,500 people from the Air Force, and Air Force Reserve, as well as allied nations, are expected to participate. The last Rodeo competition took place in July 2007 at McChord AFB. 


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