by Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso
477th Fighter Group Public Affairs
5/23/2013 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Three
reservists from the 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron were awarded
the 2012 Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson F-22 Load Crew of the Year
during a ceremony here May 17.
Tech. Sgt. Timothy Tuttle, the team's lead weapons loader along with
Staff Sgt. Brandon Vice and Senior Airman Joshua Baker were selected as
the top F-22 load crew out of the 28 certified load crews assigned here.
This is the first time that a crew comprised of three Air Force Reserve
members has won the award. Tuttle, and Vice are both full time Air
Technicians working each day alongside the 3rd Wing load crews. Baker is
a traditional reservist who fulfills his reserve commitment one weekend
a month and two weeks a year. When not performing military duties Baker
works as an office manager at Full Spectrum Pediatrics in Anchorage.
While weapons loaders perform numerous aircraft loads throughout the
year on several different types of aircraft munitions to stay proficient
the quarterly and annual load competitions provide an opportunity to
show off their loading skills.
"Each crew is evaluated on an open ranks Air Force Instruction 36-2903
inspection," said Senior Master Sgt. Benjamin Dorsey, 477th AMXS weapons
standardization superintendent. "A consolidated tool kit inspection, a
written test covering maintenance and explosive safety as well as the
evaluated munitions load which is selected by the wing weapons manager."
The overall score is based on the crews efficiency, safety and
reliability of the load as well as the other evaluated components.
"I am proud to be the team lead of this three man crew," said Tuttle.
"We have been able to work together and build a strong team I am very
happy with what we have accomplished."