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Air Force RODEO showcases the best of the best

"My training for this event comes from 28 years of experience in the air transportation career field. The biggest challenge that I have found is to ensure that each team is scored fairly and accurately," Veen said.

The RODEO competition gives crews a chance to share the best tactics and techniques with each other while demonstrating them during a no holds, knock-down test of will, skill and endurance. Everything is measured, from speed, accuracy and safety by umpires who check each team's work and document their performances.

"I hope to take away from this competition a sense of accomplishment and the right to say that I participated in the best ever Air Mobility Command Airlift RODEO!" said Veen.

For Veen and his teammates, RODEO is more than an eight-second ride. It's a long-term, career-enhancing ride that will allow all of the participants to continue to keep the skies safe in the continued fight in the global war on terrorism.

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