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BASH program is booming at Kunsan

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, looks down the sights of his shotgun at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan takes part in the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program as part of his primary duties. The BASH program is designed to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, looks down the sights of his shotgun at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan takes part in the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program as part of his primary duties. The BASH program is designed to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, grabs a shotgun from a weapons locker at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan’s responsibilities include the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program. Through the BASH program he uses multiple tools to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, grabs a shotgun from a weapons locker at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan’s responsibilities include the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program. Through the BASH program he uses multiple tools to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, picks up ammunition for his shotgun at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan uses multiple tools as part of the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, picks up ammunition for his shotgun at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan uses multiple tools as part of the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Shotgun ammunition sits inside a car parked on the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. The ammo is used in the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program, which is designed to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. Members of the program use a variety of tools from noise cannons and predator calls to shotguns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Shotgun ammunition sits inside a car parked on the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. The ammo is used in the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program, which is designed to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. Members of the program use a variety of tools from noise cannons and predator calls to shotguns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, uses his radio to call in a noise cannon discharge at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan is a member of the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program. He uses a variety of tools from noise cannons and predator calls to shotguns to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Tech. Sgt. Blake Fagan, 8th Operations Support Squadron aircraft management training noncommissioned officer in charge, uses his radio to call in a noise cannon discharge at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 3, 2017. Fagan is a member of the Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program. He uses a variety of tools from noise cannons and predator calls to shotguns to deter wildlife that could cause significant damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea -- The Bird/wildlife Aircraft Striking Hazard program is implemented at Kunsan to keep the runways clear of animals. Birds and other wildlife can pose a significant risk to aircraft at high speeds or even when taxiing across the flightline. Through Kunsan’s BASH program, airmen patrol the flightline daily using three primary methods to deter these hazards. Those methods include predator calls, noise cannons and shotguns. Maximizing the safety of pilots and minimizing the risk of damage to aircraft continue to be key objectives for the BASH program. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)