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Osan A-10’s fly Alaskan skies

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Laurence Tinson, right, a dedicated crew chief assigned to the 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Maj. Philip Budenbender, a pilot assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron, talk before takeoff during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 11, 2019. RF-A provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint operations training with real-life scenarios. The 51st AMXS and 25th FS are from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

25th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft occupy the flightline during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 10, 2019. RF-A is an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces field training exercise for U.S. and international forces that enhances readiness of participating forces. The 25th FS is from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

Airmen assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 10, 2019. RF-A is an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces field training exercise for U.S. and international forces that enhances readiness of participating forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A 25th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off from the flightline during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 10, 2019. RF-A is an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces field training exercise for U.S. and international forces that enhances readiness of participating units. The 25th FS is from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan, flies between the tails of a 25th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 10, 2019. RF-A takes place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, a range covering more than 67,000 square miles that provides a realistic combat training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric M. Fisher)

RF-A focuses on improving the combat readiness of U.S. and international forces across the board, to include air and ground participants.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, maneuvers through the air during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2019. RF-A takes place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which is one of the largest aerial training ranges in the world with more than 67,000 square miles of airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, prepares to take off during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 10, 2019. RF-A is Pacific Air Forces’ premier combat airpower employment exercise which takes place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force Mitsubishi F-2A taxis down the flightline during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 10, 2019. RF-A is an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces field training exercise for U.S. and international forces that enhances readiness of participating forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

RF-A focuses on improving the combat readiness of U.S. and international forces across the board, to include air and ground participants.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, flies across the sky during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2019. RF-A focuses on improving the combat readiness of U.S. and international forces across the board, to include air and ground participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

Airmen assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron and 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, are participating in RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

The 25th FS contributed their A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to the large-scale exercise, which is held several times each year and designed to provide participants with realistic joint operational experience in a controlled environment.

“RED FLAG provides the United States an opportunity to combine air and ground mission sets, complete an integrated large-scale tactical vulnerability period with our coalition partners and demonstrates our commitment to the Indo-Pacific region,” said Col. Jesse Friedel, 51st Fighter Wing vice commander and RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 deployed forces commander. “Integration of our joint capabilities allows us to learn from one another and maintains our readiness for any military challenges.”

Members of the Republic of Korea Air Force, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Thai Air Force train alongside their U.S. counterparts enabling all involved to share tactics, techniques, procedures and improve bilateral integration.

“RF-A is a multinational flying event, and the 25th is here to capitalize on that,” said 1st Lt. Dae-hyuc “Duck” Yim, a pilot assigned to the 25th FS. “It’s great to see how everyone works because every military is different based on mission needs. We get a look at how they operate, issues they face and how we can work together to accomplish our goals.”

On the maintenance side, the exercise gives maintenance teams the experience needed working under different conditions in a fast-paced environment.

“We get a little bit more pressure here, so we learn to work with it and still get our mission done,” said Staff Sgt. Sean Griese, a dedicated crew chief assigned to the 51st AMXS. “We always have to remember to continue and keep doing things correctly the first time, and this keeps us on our toes.”

As Team Osan members work with coalition partners to get their mission done in Alaska, exercises like RF-A ensure U.S. forces are ready to face evolving challenges in the region and maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.

 

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