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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 80th and 35th Fighter Squadrons under the 8th Fighter Wing await take-off clearance at the end of the runway at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 17, 2017. The 8th FW conducted what’s known as a large force employment to test the wing’s ability to generate numerous aircraft in support of combat training sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Christopher Mesnard) Wolf Pack tests combat capabilities in large force employment drill
The 8th Fighter Wing conducted a large force employmentdrill in which the35th and 80th launched more than 20 aircraft to test itsability to conductcombat operations with a large number of aircraft in theair on November 17,2017. The 8th FW regularly train using these proceduresgiving the pilots,maintainers and supporting personnel the opportunity
0 11/28
2017
U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing and 115th Fighter Wing with Republic of Korea Air Force pilots assigned to the 38th Fighter Group wait to takeoff at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 30, 2017. The pilots carried out a “Friendship Flight” mission, continuing a long partnership of mutually strengthening cross-cultural communications and mission capabilities, ultimately enabling a better posture to execute the combat mission of “Take the Fight North” if called upon to do so. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Taylor We Go Together: USAF, ROKAF strengthen relationship with Buddy Wing
If called upon to take the fight north, the Wolf Pack would not go it alone. As a part of a combined force, the U.S. and Republic of Korea air forces on the peninsula would need to execute combat operations as a singular and fluid force. Because of this, they practice together to remain proficient in their deadly mission, should they ever be called
0 11/27
2017
7th AF vice commander, Brig. Gen. Lansing Pilch, greets Defenders assigned to the 8th Security Forces Squadron. Kunsan hosts 7th AF vice commander
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Lansing Pilch, Seventh Air Force vice commander, shakes the hands of Defenders from the 8th Security Forces Squadron following an air base defense demonstration at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2017. Throughout the visit, Pilch met with base leadership and Airmen from across the base to better understand the
0 10/25
2017
U.S. Air Force Col. David G. Shoemaker, 8th Fighter Wing commander, speaks during the change of command ceremony at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 25, 2017. The ceremony highlights the relinquishment of command from one commander to the next. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) A new Wolf leads the Pack
Kunsan welcomed Col. David Shoemaker as the new 8th Fighter Wing commander during a change of command ceremony on May 25, 2017.Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony and took the opportunity to welcome Shoemaker as the newest leader of the Wolf Pack, while thanking his family in attendance. He also thanked
0 5/25
2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Reagan Bounner and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Callesen, 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members, transport an Aim-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile to upload on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during exercise Beverly Pack 17-2, a no-notice training exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 7, 2017. Airmen here are responsible for employing airpower to deter aggression, preserve the Armistice and defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker/Released) Kunsan tests readiness with exercise BP 17-2
Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing respond to different scenarios and test their proficiency during Beverly Pack 17-2, a no-notice training exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, that started March 6, 2017. The exercise was conducted to increase U.S. combat readiness and ultimately enhance the U.S. commitment to maintaining peace in the
0 3/07
2017
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Gullette, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, straps a Joint Direct Attack Munition GBU-31 onto an MJ-1 Lift Truck at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 30, 2016. Members of the 35th AMU train to safely load, unload, and properly position munitions onto F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker/Released) Before takeoff: An inside look at armament
Airmen with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit go through the process of loading munitions on to an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 30, 2016. Members of the 35th AMU are responsible for safely loading, unloading, and properly positioning munitions onto F-16s.
0 12/07
2016
A U.S. Air Force combat controller assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron, establishes a line of communication while members from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and Republic of Korea (ROK) 255th Special Operations Squadron, pull security at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 22, 2016. Members from the 320th STS and 1st SOS worked with the ROK 255th SOS to enhance U.S. and ROK Air Force Special Operations Forces' capabilities. They conducted infiltration methods, jump clearing team operations, airfield establishment, aircraft control and close air support familiarization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) 8th Fighter Wing hosts combined special operations exercise
The 353rd Special Operations Group conducted a joint, combined exchange at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea from Oct. 13-26, 2016. Members from 320th Special Tactics Squadron and 1st Special Operations Squadron worked with the Republic of Korea (ROK) 255th Special Operations Squadron to enhance U.S. and ROK Air Force Special Operations Forces' ability to conduct infiltration methods, Jump Clearing Team (JCT) operations, airfield establishment, aircraft control and Close Air Support (CAS) familiarization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)
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2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan McCullough, an 8th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman assigned to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, performs maintenance on an oxygen mask, May 2, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE technicians must perform extensive work on each piece of equipment to ensure maximum safety for pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor/Released) Aircrew flight equipment: no masking safety
While pilots fly at the speed of sound, multi-tasking is in full force, but safety remains a top priority in the skies. Maintenance Airmen make sure each aircraft is ready to fly, but one crew works meticulously behind the scenes to ensure each pilot’s flight equipment is in top working condition.
0 5/10
2016
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