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Buddy Wing 16-2 takes flight over Osan skies

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jozsef Jonas, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, shakes hands with Republic of Korea air force Capt. Ahn, Hae-Chul, 237th FS pilot, before take-off during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 24, 2016. Buddy Wing is conducted quarterly to sharpen interoperability between allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jozsef Jonas, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, shakes hands with Republic of Korea air force Capt. Ahn, Hae-Chul, 237th FS pilot, before take-off during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 24, 2016. Buddy Wing is conducted quarterly to sharpen interoperability between allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

Pilots from Republic of Korea air force, 237th Fighter Squadron, Wonju Air Base, watch an A-10 Thunderbolt II, 25th FS, take off during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing 16-2 is the second in a series of joint training, combat exercises to be conducted this year across the peninsula, utilized to strengthen the ROK/U.S. alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

Pilots from Republic of Korea air force, 237th Fighter Squadron, Wonju Air Base, watch an A-10 Thunderbolt II, 25th FS, take off during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing 16-2 is the second in a series of joint training, combat exercises to be conducted this year across the peninsula, utilized to strengthen the ROK/U.S. alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off during Buddy Wing 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing 16-2 is an ongoing program to train U.S. Air Force and ROKAF pilots to fight together in the event of real world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off during Buddy Wing 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing 16-2 is an ongoing program to train U.S. Air Force and ROKAF pilots to fight together in the event of real world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

Republic of Korea air force crew chiefs, 237th Fighter Squadron, Wonju Air Base, conduct a pre-flight inspection on the KA-1 Woongbi during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing 16-2 is the second in a series of joint training, combat exercises to be conducted this year across the peninsula, utilized to strengthen the ROK/U.S. alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

Republic of Korea air force crew chiefs, 237th Fighter Squadron, Wonju Air Base, conduct a pre-flight inspection on the KA-1 Woongbi during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing 16-2 is the second in a series of joint training, combat exercises to be conducted this year across the peninsula, utilized to strengthen the ROK/U.S. alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Samantha Latch, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, speaks with Republic of Korea air force Capt. Ahn, Hae-Chul, 237th FS pilot, during a pre-flight brief at Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing, the pilots coordinated mission planning for contingencies that may arise in the event of real world foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Samantha Latch, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, speaks with Republic of Korea air force Capt. Ahn, Hae-Chul, 237th FS pilot, during a pre-flight brief at Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing, the pilots coordinated mission planning for contingencies that may arise in the event of real world foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian Brancanto and Senior Airman Michael Campana, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operators, help Republic of Korea air force Master Sgts. Heo, Jae-bub and Yang, Hoon, 237th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, refuel their aircraft during Buddy Wing 16-2. The exercise provides an opportunity for the allied forces to train together and strengthen tactics in the event of real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christian Brancanto and Senior Airman Michael Campana, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operators, help Republic of Korea air force Master Sgts. Heo, Jae-bub and Yang, Hoon, 237th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, refuel their aircraft during Buddy Wing 16-2. The exercise provides an opportunity for the allied forces to train together and strengthen tactics in the event of real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

Personnel from the U.S. and Republic of Korea air forces pose for a group photo during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 22, 2016. The Buddy Wing exercise, conducted quarterly, is a combined program between the U.S. and ROKAF to promote solidarity and mutual understanding of all executed operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

Personnel from the U.S. and Republic of Korea air forces pose for a group photo during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 22, 2016. The Buddy Wing exercise, conducted quarterly, is a combined program between the U.S. and ROKAF to promote solidarity and mutual understanding of all executed operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander discusses the KA-1 Woongbi fighter aircraft with Republic of Korea air force Capt. Ahn, Hae-Chul, 237th Fighter Squadron pilot, during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 22, 2016. The exercise provides an opportunity for the allied forces to train together and strengthen tactics in the event of real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander discusses the KA-1 Woongbi fighter aircraft with Republic of Korea air force Capt. Ahn, Hae-Chul, 237th Fighter Squadron pilot, during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 22, 2016. The exercise provides an opportunity for the allied forces to train together and strengthen tactics in the event of real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The 51st Fighter Wing hosted Buddy Wing 16-2 here Feb. 22 to 25, 2016, showcasing U.S. Airmen from the 25th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

ROK air force pilots and maintainers from the 237th Fighter Squadron, Wonju Air Base, traveled to Osan in a continued effort to support the alliance.

“The Buddy Wing exercise creates an opportunity to share knowledge, and discuss and improve processes that can be tactically developed by both ROKAF KA-1 and U.S. Air Force A-10 pilots,” said Maj. Hwang, Jung-Hwan, a 237th FS pilot. “This Buddy Wing will grant an opportunity for us to prepare and be ready to cope with unexpected situations we have never experienced in person by performing practical training where our ROKAF may lack.”

Members participating in Buddy Wing 16-2 train to build relationships and broaden their knowledge of working in a joint environment with continued training operations aimed at deterring enemy aggression.

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter aircraft from the 25th FS integrated with ROK air force KA-1 Woongbi fighter aircraft from the 237th FS, to perform close air support missions.

 “Buddy Wing is conducted quarterly to integrate and conduct joint, combined missions,” said 1st Lt. Samantha Latch, 25th FS A-10 pilot. “As we fly and train together, not only are we getting to know them, but we’re increasing our capability to work together.

After 62 years, the ROK-U.S. Alliance continues to be one of the longest standing and successful alliances in modern history. Exercises such as Buddy Wing, along with other combined operations and training events, add to the continued success of the ROK-U.S. Alliance.

“The exercise promotes mutual understanding and motivation to maintain a strong alliance between the ROK and U.S.,” Hwang said.

Buddy Wing 16-2 is the second in a series of joint training, combat exercises conducted this year across the peninsula. The previous Buddy Wing included U.S. Air Force 36th FS and Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 121st FS held at Seosan Air Base, ROKAF.

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