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8 FW, ROKAF’s 38 FG strengthen alliance through competition

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander (left), and Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander (right), pull a rope in a game of tug-of-war at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. Participants in the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day competed in a variety of sports and interactive events, such as basketball, volleyball, the video game “League of Legends”, golf, bowling, and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander (left), and Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander (right), pull a rope in a game of tug-of-war at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. Participants in the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day competed in a variety of sports and interactive events, such as basketball, volleyball, the video game “League of Legends”, golf, bowling, and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander, gives opening remarks for the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th FW and 38th FG, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander, gives opening remarks for the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th FW and 38th FG, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Fighter Wing members face off with 38th Fighter Group personnel in a “League of Legends” video game competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Fighter Wing members face off with 38th Fighter Group personnel in a “League of Legends” video game competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Fighter Wing members face off with 38th Fighter Group personnel in the video game “League of Legends” at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Fighter Wing members face off with 38th Fighter Group personnel in the video game “League of Legends” at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group members spectate a “League of Legends” video game match at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group members spectate a “League of Legends” video game match at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

A member from the Republic of Korea Air Force 38th Fighter Group finishes a relay race on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. Participants in the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day competed in a variety of sports and interactive events, such as basketball, volleyball, the video game “League of Legends”, golf, bowling, and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

A member from the Republic of Korea Air Force 38th Fighter Group finishes a relay race on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. Participants in the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day competed in a variety of sports and interactive events, such as basketball, volleyball, the video game “League of Legends”, golf, bowling, and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Republic of Korea Air Force Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander, makes his appearance before a wrestling match at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Republic of Korea Air Force Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander, makes his appearance before a wrestling match at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander (left), presents Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander (right), with a commemorative plaque at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander (left), presents Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander (right), with a commemorative plaque at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander (left), presents Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander (right), with the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day trophy at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th FW and 38th FG, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander (left), presents Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander (right), with the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day trophy at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th FW and 38th FG, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Force Support Squadron members pose for a group photo with Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)
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8th Force Support Squadron members pose for a group photo with Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Jae-Gyun Jeon, 38th Fighter Group commander, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several sporting events and competitions throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group members pose for a group photo at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. Participants of the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship day competed in a variety of sports and interactive events, such as basketball, volleyball, the video game “League of Legends,” golf, bowling, and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)
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8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group members pose for a group photo at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. Participants of the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship day competed in a variety of sports and interactive events, such as basketball, volleyball, the video game “League of Legends,” golf, bowling, and soccer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group cheer on athletes during the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several events throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)
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Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group cheer on athletes during the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018. The US-ROKAF Friendship Day focused on celebrating the partnership and alliance between the 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group, who participated in several events throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Savannah L. Waters)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Members of the Republic of Korea Air Force and U.S. Air Force gathered for the 2018 US-ROKAF Friendship Day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 9, 2018.

The US-ROKAF Friendship Day had participants from the 8th FW and 38th FG competing in twelve different sports and interactive events, such as basketball, volleyball, a “League of Legends” video game competition, golf, bowling, and soccer.

The 8th Fighter Wing and 38th Fighter Group celebrated their partnership and ironclad alliance while participating in different events throughout the day. Attendees also watched a cultural dance performance put on by local professional dancers.

“I love friendship day!” said ROKAF Maj. Changsoon Eom, 111th Fighter Squadron pilot, who participated in the basketball tournament. “It’s different, challenging, and fun to have the opportunity to be able to compete with our USAF counterparts.”

The day was dedicated to improving camaraderie and relations with allied partners in the ROKAF, while engaging in some friendly sports competition that a multi-national team of volunteers worked to provide.

“Blood, sweat and tears went into planning this event,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Jones, 8th Force Support Squadron special events coordinator. “Being able to see the camaraderie between USAF and ROKAF made it all worthwhile.”

Both the 8th FW and 38th FG members gave it their all during this year’s Friendship Day, but the 38th FG claimed victory over the Wolf Pack this year, taking home first place overall.