Story by 2nd Lt. Frederick Wallace on 03/08/2019BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. Munitions teams from around the service have been officially selected to compete in the second-annual Air Force Combat Operations Competition set to take place here, May 13-17, at the Air Force Combat Ammunitions Center.
The teams selected for the 2019 event include the defending champions from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, as well as teams from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Misawa Air Base, Japan; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina; Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; and Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom.
AFCOCOMP, established in 2018, aims to test the multiple skill sets needed by munitions maintenance personnel across the force, highlight best practices, and to align readiness training efforts around the globe by influencing home station training.
The competition pits seven 10-member teams against each other in seven munitions events scattered over three days' time. Each year, the events are tailored to meet the training needs of the ammo community.
AFCOCOMP is considered the final piece of AFCOMAC's curriculum as teams test knowledge gained through the formal training at their home stations in order to garner selection as a major command representative in the annual competition.
The winning team will be presented with a traveling trophy by a representative from the Headquarters U.S. Air Force office of logistics, engineering and force protection.
The winners will also have their unit's name engraved on the Sierra Trophy that is housed in the entry way of the AFCOMAC schoolhouse, and will be automatically extended the opportunity to compete in the 2020 AFCOCOMP.
AFCOMAC is the Air Force's sole source of training, proficiency, and certification of seven- and nine-level upgrades for ammo troops, and is under the authority of Air Combat Command. Additionally, it maintains the needs of senior leaders by testing adaptive basing concepts, tactics, techniques, and procedures of ammo troops in contingency and wartime operations.
As the only location for ensured readiness, AFCOMAC is a vital asset to the Air Force that must maintain the capabilities to equip ammo Airmen to meet the needs of combatant commands across the globe.