Bragging rights at stake: Teams gear up for Guardian Challenge 2006
The Guardian Challenge competition will be held May 7-12 at Vandenberg AFB, CA...


By Tech. Sgt. Denise Johnson
Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2006

  
Bragging rights at stake: Teams gear up for Guardian Challenge 2006

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. –The Guardian Challenge competition will be held May 7-12.

Guardian Challenge is a competition comprised of a variety of events in which Air Force Space Command pits wing against wing in a head-to-head competition in individual mission categories at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Each mission winner is awarded a different trophy.

The 90th SW, 91st SW and 341st SW, from F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Minot AFB, N.D., and Malmstrom AFB, Mont., respectively, will each select two missile operations crews, maintenance, communications, services, helicopters and security forces personnel to compete for the Blanchard Trophy.

The Guardian Challenge planning team, comprised of a vast group of wing members, meets on a regular basis to ensure no stone is left unturned.

“We intend to make this the best Guardian Challenge to date, not only on the logistics side, but when we show up in Vandenberg as well,” Colonel Wolf said.

Additional Guardian Challenge Awards:

Best Operations Crew Trophy: Presented to members of the best operations crew in missile operations, spacelift operations (launch group and operations group) and space operations (space warning, space surveillance and satellite operations). Crews achieving the highest percentage of available points in each award category receive these awards.

Best Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Maintenance Team: Presented to members of the ICBM maintenance team achieving the highest percentage of available points during the competition. Best element teams are also recognized and presented their trophies.

Best Security Forces Team: Presented to members of the security forces team achieving the highest combined score in the security forces competition. Security forces compete head-to-head across all mission areas in tactics, combat marksmanship and obstacle course exercises.

Best Missile Communications Team: Presented to members of the missile communications team achieving the highest percentage of available points during the competition.

Best Space Communications Team: Presented to members of the space communications team achieving the highest percentage of available points during the competition.

Best Helicopter Team: Presented to members of the helicopter team achieving the highest combined score in the helicopter competition. All helicopter events are competed head-to-head across all mission areas.

Best Chef Team: Presented to members of the chef team achieving the highest percentage of available points during the competition.

Best Code Controller Team: Presented to members of the code controller team achieving the highest percentage of available points during the competition.

Other awards may be presented at the discretion of the non-appropriated funds commander at no cost to Headquarters AFSPC and outside the official Guardian Challenge schedule of events.


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