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The 8th Operations Group is the backbone of the 8th Fighter Wing, providing the aircrews who fly the wing's F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The 8th OG is comprised of the 35th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Squadron and the 8th Operations Support Squadron.
Rodrigo Almada, 35th Fighter Squadron tactical athletic trainer, stretches with Lt. Col. Dustin “Chaos” Hudson, 8th Fighter Wing chief of safety, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 5, 2021. The 8th Operations Group incorporated athletic trainers and a licensed massage therapist within the 35th and 80th Fighter Squadrons as part of a program known as ‘Optimizing the Human Weapon System,’ or OHWS. The program was created to reduce the frequency and severity of neck and back injuries, reduce duty time lost, improve quality of life, enhance readiness, and support fighter aircrew retention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)
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