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Laughlin celebrates Air Force Birthday with ruck competition

Members of team XL eagerly watch a flyover at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, celebrating the Air Force's 73rd Birthday on Sept. 18, 2020. This flyover was to honor and celebrate the 73 years of service it has devoted to protecting this nation. (U.S Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Members of team XL eagerly watch a flyover at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, celebrating the Air Force's 73rd Birthday on Sept. 18, 2020. This flyover was to honor and celebrate the 73 years of service it has devoted to protecting this nation. (U.S Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, addresses Airmen who came out to participate in the ruck competition in celebration of the Air Force’s 73rd birthday on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The opening ceremony was limited to the first 50 people due to social distancing guidelines.  (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, addresses Airmen who came out to participate in the ruck competition in celebration of the Air Force’s 73rd birthday on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The opening ceremony was limited to the first 50 people due to social distancing guidelines. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, prepares his gear for the ruck competition around the base perimeter in celebration of the Air Force’s 73rd birthday on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “Today is more than just the United States Air Force’s 73rd birthday,” said Chief Master JoAnne S. Bass, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, in a shared Facebook post. “Today is an opportunity to reflect on where we came from, how we got here and where we are going.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, prepares his gear for the ruck competition around the base perimeter in celebration of the Air Force’s 73rd birthday on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. “Today is more than just the United States Air Force’s 73rd birthday,” said Chief Master JoAnne S. Bass, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, in a shared Facebook post. “Today is an opportunity to reflect on where we came from, how we got here and where we are going.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Col. Matthew Masry, 47th Medical Group chief medical staff, and his wife adjust their ruck packs in preparation for the Air Force’s 73rd birthday ruck competition on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The ruck march competition was around the base perimeter and consisted of active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Col. Matthew Masry, 47th Medical Group chief medical staff, and his wife adjust their ruck packs in preparation for the Air Force’s 73rd birthday ruck competition on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The ruck march competition was around the base perimeter and consisted of active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Participants adjust their gear before starting the ruck competition that was held on base in celebration of the Air Force’s 73rd birthday on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The wing hosted a ruck competition following a dissimilar formation flyover and playing of the Air Force song. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

Participants adjust their gear before starting the ruck competition that was held on base in celebration of the Air Force’s 73rd birthday on Sept. 18, 2020, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The wing hosted a ruck competition following a dissimilar formation flyover and playing of the Air Force song. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Members of team XL eagerly watch a flyover at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, celebrating the Air Force's 73rd Birthday on Sept. 18, 2020. This flyover was to honor and celebrate the 73 years of service it has devoted to protecting this nation. (U.S Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Anne McCready)