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Wolf Pack welcomes 'Fighting Fuujins'

Posted 11/1/2012   Updated 11/1/2012 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Adam Borgman
8th Logistics Readiness Squadron

11/1/2012 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Last month, the 8th Fighter Wing gained more than 200 Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, who will be here for about six months as the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.

These members comprise a TSP, or theater security package. Many people at Kunsan have encountered a TSP Airman at one time or another, and many have asked, "Why are they here, and what is their purpose?"

The answer is simple -- to demonstrate the 8th FW's mission to "Defend the base, accept follow-on forces and take the fight north."

"Our purpose is to show support for the Wolf Pack's mission," said 1st Lt. Dominique Masters, 4th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant officer in charge. "With the high turnover at Kunsan, it has been challenging to let people know what we're here for.

"There were so many moving pieces that had to come together," she added. "No matter what we needed, Kunsan took care of it."

With less than four weeks' notice, members of the 4th EFS were notified they would spend six months at Kunsan Air Base.

Not only did the TSP members have a short time to notify their husbands, wives, sons and daughters, the Wolf Pack had a short time to prepare for their arrival.

The 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight ensured more than 50 vehicles were on station, inspected and distributed. The 8th Force Support Squadron military personnel flight ensured each member was in-processed without a hitch. FSS lodging guaranteed all 200 members had a bed to sleep in and food to eat.

Without all the additional man-hours and effort put into preparing, the TSP's arrival would have been much more difficult. Some compared it to a real-world exercise.

"What better way to test your system in all aspects, from personnel to logistics, than during a short notice arrival like this one?" asked Tech. Sgt. Ayana Hodges, O'Malley Dining Facility manager. "Everyone came in to work extra hours without missing a step. We were all working overtime but it was just another day at work."

The time and teamwork that went into preparing for the TSP's arrival highlighted the Wolf Pack's abilities to accept the follow-on forces that will help defend the base and take the fight north.

"Planning, receiving and integrating the TSP is an outstanding training opportunity for the Wolf Pack as we prepare for our 'accept follow-on forces' mission," said Col. John Pearse, 8th FW commander. "We are glad to have the TSP forces on-board as part of the Wolf Pack."

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