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Members of the 338th Training Squadron freestyle drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 338th Training Squadron freestyle drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen from 334th Training Squadron cheer for their drill team during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen from 334th Training Squadron cheer for their drill team during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 334th Training Squadron regulation drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 334th Training Squadron regulation drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Capt. Danielle Shipman, 336th Training Squadron instructor, serves as a judge during the 81st Training Group drill down at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Capt. Danielle Shipman, 336th Training Squadron instructor, serves as a judge during the 81st Training Group drill down at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Scott Solomon, 81st Training Group commander, salutes the 335th Training Squadron regulation drill team before their performance during the 81st TRG drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Scott Solomon, 81st Training Group commander, salutes the 335th Training Squadron regulation drill team before their performance during the 81st TRG drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 338th Training Squadron regulation drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 338th Training Squadron regulation drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class, Clinton Woodhams, 334th Training Squadron freestyle drill team member, performs during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class, Clinton Woodhams, 334th Training Squadron freestyle drill team member, performs during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Jager Munsell, 335th Training Squadron freestyle drill team drillmaster, spins a rifle during the 81st Training Group drill down at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Jager Munsell, 335th Training Squadron freestyle drill team drillmaster, spins a rifle during the 81st Training Group drill down at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman Basic Collin Bonynge, 336th Training Squadron freestyle drill team member, spins a rifle during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman Basic Collin Bonynge, 336th Training Squadron freestyle drill team member, spins a rifle during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen from the 338th Training Squadron display a poster supporting their squadron freestyle drill team as they perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airmen from the 338th Training Squadron display a poster supporting their squadron freestyle drill team as they perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Members of the 336th Training Squadron regulation drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Members of the 336th Training Squadron regulation drill team perform during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Mykal Ashton, 336th Training Squadron freestyle drill team drillmaster, spins a rifle during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airman 1st Class Mykal Ashton, 336th Training Squadron freestyle drill team drillmaster, spins a rifle during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks during the 81st Training Group drill down at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks during the 81st Training Group drill down at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Students and military training leaders from the 81st Training Group participate in a round of “knock out” during the 81st TRG drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Students and military training leaders from the 81st Training Group participate in a round of “knock out” during the 81st TRG drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad June 16, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. The 334th TRS “Gators” took first place this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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Drill teams from the 81st Training Group competed in the quarterly drill competition at the Levitow drill pad here, June 16.

The drill down featured three categories of competition; open ranks, regulation and freestyle, and promotes esprit de corps among the students.

The 334th Training Squadron ‘Gators’ earned first place overall, the 338th TRS ‘Dark Knights’ took second place and the 336th TRS ‘Red Wolves’ took third.

“My favorite is regulation,” said Tech. Sgt. Pamela Seegel, 81st TRG military training office flight chief. “The Airmen show their talent in their moves and their military bearing. They look pretty sharp.”

The event gives students a chance to break out of their comfort zone and the opportunity to try something new.

“I have been on a drill team before back in Junior ROTC but it was never at this scale,” said Airman Basic Raymond Pfeiffer, 334th TRS student. “I’ve never done rifle movements before and I thought it would be neat to try it out.”

The drill competition is a way to showcase what the students have learned during their time at school to their peers and base leadership.

Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, said the competition was an example of persistence even through adversity as well as a way to show the dedication and the time students have invested.

“This shows that not only do we train and professionally develop, but everything they do is based around airmanship,” said Col. Scott Solomon, 81st TRG commander.