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Aeromedical, maintenance win at Rodeo

Maj. Esther Aubert (left to right), Tech. Sgt. Kristy Wellman, Senior Airman Larry Jones, Capt. Joe Foss, and Master Sgt. Dave Allen, all Reservists from the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., discuss evacuation procedures at the aeromedical static configuration event during Air Mobility Command's Rodeo 2007, at McChord July 24. The event measured teams' abilities to perform aeromedical evacuations in a KC-135 and a C-17. AMC's Rodeo 2007 is a readiness competition of U.S. and international mobility air forces.  It focuses on improving war fighting capabilities and support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U. S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clay Lancaster)

Maj. Esther Aubert (left to right), Tech. Sgt. Kristy Wellman, Senior Airman Larry Jones, Capt. Joe Foss, and Master Sgt. Dave Allen, all Reservists from the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., discuss evacuation procedures at the aeromedical static configuration event during Air Mobility Command's Rodeo 2007, at McChord July 24. The event measured teams' abilities to perform aeromedical evacuations in a KC-135 and a C-17. AMC's Rodeo 2007 is a readiness competition of U.S. and international mobility air forces. It focuses on improving war fighting capabilities and support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U. S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clay Lancaster)

Seven Reservists on the 446th Airlift Wing's winning Rodeo maintenance team provide a send-off salute to the team's C-17 and its crew.  The McChord Air Force Base, Wash., Reserve wing's maintenance team won the Best C-17 Pre-flight award at Rodeo 2007, July 23-27 at McChord. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman)

Seven Reservists on the 446th Airlift Wing's winning Rodeo maintenance team provide a send-off salute to the team's C-17 and its crew. The McChord Air Force Base, Wash., Reserve wing's maintenance team won the Best C-17 Pre-flight award at Rodeo 2007, July 23-27 at McChord. (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman)

McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The 446th Airlift Wing came away with three awards from Air Mobility Command's 2007 Rodeo July 23-27 here. 

Winning the big trophy was the aeromedical evacuation team, which competed three events to earned the Aune Paget Trophy for Best Aeromedical Evacuation Team. In addition to the Aune Paget trophy, the team won for best aeromedical contingency crew. 

Also making an award winning showing at Rodeo was the wing's maintenance team, which for the second Rodeo in a row won the Best C-17 Pre-flight award. The team scored 599 points out of 600 points. 

While only two teams came away with trophies, all are winners, according to team chief Lt. Col. Greg Pyke. 

"The teams put in hours of hard work and dedication to prepare for the competition," said Colonel Pyke. "And even though we didn't (successfully) defend the best C-17 title, we are proud of all we accomplished during the competition." 

Also saddling up in the competition were aircrew, aerial port, and security forces teams. 

The aircrew scored best among C-17 teams in the heavy equipment and container delivery system drops. The aerial port team's best event was the 25K Halvorsen driving course, while the security forces scored their best event with the combat tactics. (446th Airlift Wing staff compiled report)