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Battle of the Bases

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Members from Holloman Air Force Base’s Battle of the Bases team walk through a tunnel to get to the first challenge, Aug. 10, 2019, at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. Twelve members, consisting of six females and six males from each base competed in five events at the race track. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Holloman Air Force Base’s Steel Talons Honor Guard waits to perform at the Battle of the Bases, Aug. 10, 2019, at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. The Battle of the Bases tournament consisted of Holloman AFB, Cannon AFB and Kirtland AFB competing to win the traveling trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Rafael Olmo-Castillo, Battle of the Bases Holloman team member, does sit-ups while being spotted by Jose Winton, Battle of the Bases Holloman team lead, Aug. 10, 2019, at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. Holloman’s Command Chief, Sarah Esparza, cheered on the team as they competed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

One female from Holloman Air Force Base, Cannon AFB and Kirtland AFB, participates in the two minute push-ups competition during the Battle of the Bases at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. Spectators consisted of base command chiefs and commanders who cheered on their teams respectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Female competitors jump over a barrier in the obstacle course during Battle of the Bases, Aug. 10, 2019, at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. The Battle of the Bases consisted of six competitions, the final competition determined the winner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Holloman Air Force Base’s Battle of the Bases team congratulate each other after the obstacle course, Aug. 10, 2019, at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. Holloman AFB, Cannon AFB and Kirtland AFB each had 12 Airmen, six males and six females, compete for the traveling trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Battle of the Bases teams gather for a group picture, Aug. 10, 2019, at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. Holloman Air Force Base, Kirtland AFB and Cannon AFB each had 12 competitors as well as spectators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Two females from Holloman Air Force Base, Kirtland AFB and Cannon AFB compete in the 100-yard dash during the Battle of the Bases, Aug. 10, 2019, at the racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M. The Battle of the Bases consisted of six competitions, the final competition determined the winner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Airmen from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Cannon AFB, N.M., and Kirtland AFB, N.M., competed in Battle of the Bases at racetrack in Ruidoso, N.M.

The competition is the first event in years that has brought the three bases together.

“This is a great opportunity to interact with the other bases in a competitive environment,” said Chief Master Sgt. Sarah Esparza, 49th Wing command chief. “There was a lot of teamwork and coordination from New Mexico’s Air Force bases and the residents in Ruidoso. We’re thankful for the opportunity to represent Holloman.”

The competitions consisted of pushups, sit-ups, an obstacle course relay, 100-yard sprint and a one-mile race relay. The final competition, tug-of-war, determined the winner. The judges scored each competition from first to third place. First place winners received three points, second place received two points and third place received one point.

Holloman AFB and Cannon AFB made the finals with 30 and 17 points respectively. In the final seconds of tug-of-war Cannon gave a couple good tugs and beat Holloman.

While Cannon received the traveling trophy, many of the competitors and spectators enjoyed the opportunity to come out and watch the events unfold.

“Overall, I thought this was a fun experience,” said Airman 1st Class Jose Winton, Battle of the Bases team lead. “It really showed (camaraderie) with all of us working together and having a good time. Go Holloman!”

Ruidoso Downs hopes to continue this challenge annually.