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Air Force Global Strike Challenge kicks off at Barksdale

Airmen wait for the Air Force Global Strike Challenge to start at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. Airmen from the Cruise Missile Maintenance Flight are chosen to represent the squadron and compete against other squadrons in the command.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Airmen wait for the Air Force Global Strike Challenge to start at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. Airmen from the Cruise Missile Maintenance Flight are chosen to represent the squadron and compete against other squadrons in the command.(U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

A missile rotator which holds eight missiles is shown at the 2nd Munitions Squadron Global Strike Challenge at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. For the challenge, four Airmen had to work with a fully loaded missile rotator. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

A missile rotator which holds eight missiles is shown at the 2nd Munitions Squadron Global Strike Challenge at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. For the challenge, four Airmen had to work with a fully loaded missile rotator. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

An inspector reviews Airmen from the 2nd Munitions Squadron as they upload missiles during the Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. The team is inspected on their process of uploading missiles to ensure they are using all safety procedures as well testing how quickly they can assemble the missiles. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

An inspector reviews Airmen from the 2nd Munitions Squadron as they upload missiles during the Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. The team is inspected on their process of uploading missiles to ensure they are using all safety procedures as well testing how quickly they can assemble the missiles. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

2nd Munitions Squadron Airmen competing in the Air Force Global Strike Challenge team sprint toward a forklift as part of their race against time in the AFGS Challenge at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. The faster the Airmen perform during the challenge the higher their score will be. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

2nd Munitions Squadron Airmen competing in the Air Force Global Strike Challenge team sprint toward a forklift as part of their race against time in the AFGS Challenge at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. The faster the Airmen perform during the challenge the higher their score will be. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Travers, assigned to the 2nd Munitions, climbs into a forklift in preparation for one of four events in the Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. Travers needed to drive between the cones, pick up a package and drive between the cones once more before dropping the package off at its final destination. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Travers, assigned to the 2nd Munitions, climbs into a forklift in preparation for one of four events in the Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. Travers needed to drive between the cones, pick up a package and drive between the cones once more before dropping the package off at its final destination. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Senior Airman Terrence Jackson, assigned to the 2nd Munitions, guides a trailer around a missile rotator as part of a challenge in Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. Four airmen prepared a missile rotator in under 10 minutes to be competitive against other bases in this challenge  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Senior Airman Terrence Jackson, assigned to the 2nd Munitions, guides a trailer around a missile rotator as part of a challenge in Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. Four airmen prepared a missile rotator in under 10 minutes to be competitive against other bases in this challenge (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Senior Airman Terrance Jackson, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, guides a trailer around a missile rotator as part of a challenge in Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. All four Airmen on the team were trained to do each of the tasks making the jobs interchangeable. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Senior Airman Terrance Jackson, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron, guides a trailer around a missile rotator as part of a challenge in Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. All four Airmen on the team were trained to do each of the tasks making the jobs interchangeable. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Staff Sgt. Travers, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron Cruise Missile Maintenance Flight, rests after finishing the last challenge in the Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. The four Airmen who represented the 2nd Munitions Squadron were selected and trained for about two weeks. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

Staff Sgt. Travers, assigned to the 2nd Munitions Squadron Cruise Missile Maintenance Flight, rests after finishing the last challenge in the Air Force Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 12, 2017. The four Airmen who represented the 2nd Munitions Squadron were selected and trained for about two weeks. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Sydney Bennett)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

Four Airmen assigned to the 2nd Munitions Cruise Missile Maintenance Flight took part in the first event of the Air Force Global Strike Challenge at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 12, 2017.

The challenge is intended to motivate and teach Airmen the importance of doing their job quickly and accurately.

The Airmen were all part of the same flight before being selected for the completion team and representing their unit. The team is known for having a good team dynamic which could be what leads them to success.

“We were team-driven,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Travers, a missile and space electronic systems technician. “We have a lot of comradery.”

The team said they enjoyed the competition but learned a lot from it as well.

“I learned patience from this experience,” said Senior Airman Gregory Scott, a missile and space electronic systems technician. “I learned patience and the ability to adapt.”

Scott said that these two things came into play when the inspectors changed things throughout the tournament, which threw them off at first.

“We rely heavily on the flightline so we have to be able to adapt,” said Senior Airman Darion Stephan, a missile and space electronic systems technician. “Being able to adapt helped us prepare for the competition since things changed last minute.”

Their bay chief, Tech. Sgt. Robert Hoffman, learned a lot from the experience as well.

“I learned how to better prepare teams for upcoming events, how to better motivate the team and stay proficient,” said Hoffman.

Other bases and teams will be competing in various maintenance events through June and July.