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F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation with F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing in the skies over South Korea. Vipers, Lightning strike Korean Peninsula together for first time
Exercise VIGILANT ACE 18 is underway across the Korean Peninsula and the Wolf Pack’s F-16 Fighting Falcons, better known as Vipers, play host to the fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35A Lightning II, at the historic 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
0 12/05
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
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Roy Compton, 3rd Bomb Wing veteran and former B-26 navigator, receives a water salute June 30, 2017, during a tour at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Compton served at Kunsan during the Korean War and flew more than 50 missions out of the air base from 1952 to 1953. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor/Released) Korean War Veterans visit Kunsan after 63 years

0 6/30
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Donavin Apiag, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire emergency services driver/operator, flips a stokes basket on its side as part of a simulated event during the Department of Defense Technical Rescue Course at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 8, 2017. Apiag participated in the DoD Technical Rescue Course, which taught students from the Pacific Air Forces region high and low angle, confined space, and technical rope rescues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker/Released) Kunsan hosts DOD rescue training
Firefighters from the Pacific Air Force region participated in the Department of Defense Technical Rescue Course at Kunsan AIr Base, Republic of Korea June 8-16, 2017. Students learned how to save victims that may be trapped on roof tops, inside elevator shafts or hard to reach mountain terrain using high and low angle, confined space, and
0 6/21
2017
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright shakes hands with an Airman assigned to the 8th Security Forces Squadron as he takes a tour of the squadrons at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 6, 2017. 8th SFS showcased their role in the first priority of Wolf Pack’s mission to, “Defend the Base.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) CMSAF reinforces importance of Wolf Pack Airmen in Pacific
The 18th Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, Kaleth O. Wright, met with Airmen from Kunsan Air Base during his visit to the Pacific theatre June 6, 2017.During the visit Wright took a first-hand look at base operations and infrastructure to learn exactly how the 8th Fighter Wing executes its mission within the U.S. Pacific Air Forces area of
0 6/07
2017
The 2017 annual weapons load crew competition begins at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 13, 2017. The competition included members from the 35th and 80th Aircraft Maintenance Units and the 38th Fighter Group, Republic of Korea Air Force, located here, the 25th and 36th AMUs, operating out of Osan Air Base and the 14th AMU, from Misawa Air Base. This is the first time Kunsan Air Base hosted a load crew competition that included members not stationed in Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)  PACAF, ROKAF weapons load teams go head-to-head in annual competition
Kunsan hosted the 2017 annual weapons load crew competition, which included members from the 35th and 80th Aircraft Maintenance Units and the 38th Fighter Group, Republic of Korea Air Force, located here, the 25th and 36th AMUs, operating out of Osan Air Base and the 14th AMU, from Misawa Air Base.The friendly competition tested the capabilities
0 5/13
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. William Riddle, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordinance disposal technician, displays U.S. EOD equipment to Republic of Korea Air Force EOD at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 7, 2016. ROKAF EOD members visited with the U.S. EOD team to learn how they train and what tools and techniques they use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) U.S. and ROKAF EOD train to increase interoperability
8th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians provided training and demonstrated techniques for the Republic of Korea Air Force EOD team at Kunsan Air Base, ROK, Nov. 7, 2016. ROKAF and U.S. Airmen work together to integrate operations more effectively in order to deter aggression in the region. This training increases U.S. and ROK interoperability and ultimately enhances U.S. and ROK commitments to maintain peace in the region. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)
0 12/13
2016
Staff Sgt. Bryan Tarantella, 8th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, scratches the head of Stella, 8th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, inside the MWD compound at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 11, 2016. Stella has come to the end of her military service and will be retiring because of lumbosacral disease, which is the degeneration of the joints, spine and compression of the nerves causing lower back discomfort as well as leg pain. Tarantella plans to adopt Stella after her retirement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) Two sides to every tail
Stella is a military working dog with the 8th Security Forces Squadron, and her body is a reflection of just how tough the course of a career can be. The difference between her and the younger dogs is noticeable; she has a much more mellow temper and less spunk in her walk. Like all Air Force MWDs, Stella’s career began at Lackland AFB where all
0 12/12
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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