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Martin Long, Skeet and Trap Range manager, instructs shooters on rifle safety etiquette at the Skeet and Trap Range, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 24.

Martin Long, Skeet and Trap Range manager, instructs shooters on rifle safety etiquette at the Skeet and Trap Range, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 24. The shooters participated in a shoot-out between the 25th Attack Group and the 20th Force Support Squadron, to see which team hit more moving clay targets.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Travis Norton, 25th Attack Group commander, left, puts his squadron patch on a trophy, symbolizing defeat, while Maj. Darryl Hebert, 20th Force Support Squadron commander smiles, at Skeet and Trap range, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 25.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Travis Norton, 25th Attack Group commander, left, puts his squadron patch on a trophy, symbolizing defeat, while Maj. Darryl Hebert, 20th Force Support Squadron commander smiles, at Skeet and Trap range, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 25. Norton challenged 20th FSS Airmen to a friendly squadron shoot-out resulting in a loss of his group patch on the trophy to be passed along to future winners.

The 25th Attack Group unit patch is pierced by the trophy spear following a friendly shootout at the Skeet and Trap Range, Shaw Air Force Base S.C., Jan 25.

The 25th Attack Group unit patch is pierced by the trophy spear following a friendly shootout at the Skeet and Trap Range, Shaw Air Force Base S.C., Jan 25. The 25th Attack Group challenged 20th Force Support Squadron and ended up losing their unit patch to the 20th FSS winners.

Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. -- Lt. Col. Travis Norton, 25th Attack Group commander, challenged Maj. Darryl Hebert, 20th Force Support Squadron commander, to a skeet shoot-out between squadrons at the Skeet and Trap Range, Jan. 25.

Norton first came up with the idea to challenge other squadrons to skeet and trap because he was in an intramural league.

The ATKG first challenged the 20th Security Forces Squadron Airmen, and won. After beating SFS Norton decided to keep up the friendly competition and boost morale.

Both teams consist of 10 people, each receiving 25 rounds and a shotgun. There are five rotating stations on which shooters aim to hit a moving clay target on one of two fields.

“There was really great comradery out there,” said Tech Sgt. Ashley Long, 20th FSS Honor Guard non-commissioned officer in charge. It is a really great thing for Airmen to get out of the office and have this experience of a fun day at work. Some people shooting today have never shot before so it was great to get people out of their comfort zone and out of the office.”

In the end, ATKG lost to 20th FSS Airmen giving them the chance to take a trophy back to the office. The winners take home a trophy with the unit patch of the losing team.

The reason the winners take home the losers patch is because the trophy has a spike on it. It is as if the patch is being given up and destroyed, so every patch on the spike is a team beat, said Capt. Shaun, 25th Attack Group executive officer, MQ-9 Reaper instructor pilot.

“Days like this are really fun and I appreciate meeting other Airmen on the same base as me I would have never otherwise met,” said Airman Marcus, 482nd Attack Squadron Intel analyst. “I like the morale and the friendly competition between squadrons, reminding me work is more than just the everyday office work.”