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  • Power Projection: 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron showcases “Fight Tonight” readiness

    Team Osan welcomed the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing during their deployment as the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. TSPs on the Korean Peninsula have been vital to the Pacific Air Forces force posture since March 2004, and the deployment of the 157th EFS is no exception. They arrived with over 300 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons, ready to demonstrate the commitment to always be ready to “fight tonight.”
  • Bomber swap: Lancers to replace B-52s during routine CBP rotation

    The U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancers are scheduled to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug.6 for the first time since April 2006 in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission.
  • South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing prepares for Osan deployment

    Approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons with the 169th Fighter Wing from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, are set to deploy mid-July to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, as the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.
  • 33rd RQS, HMU bring the thunder

    The 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducted training for Exercise Pacific Thunder here June 20.
  • Bombers span 5K miles, demonstrate capability during busy week of operations

    Strategic bomber crews and support Airmen at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, demonstrated the flexibility and reach of airpower as they conducted eight joint and bi-lateral training sorties that spanned more than 5,000 miles across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, June 13 through 20. These missions were in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission, now in its twelfth year of existence.
  • Bulldogs integrate with Mustangs

    The Air National Guard is frequently called upon when U.S. Pacific Command needs additional assets to deliver rapid air capabilities in the Pacific region, and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minnesota, are currently stepping up to that call.
  • Personnel recovery exercise brings rescue teams together for RF-A 16-2

    The phrase, “So Others May Live to Return with Honor” expresses the overarching goal of those serving in the rescue community and it connects a myriad of career fields dedicated to fulfilling that mission. RED FLAG-Alaska 16-2 provided an opportunity to connect survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, rescue squadron personnel, combat search and rescue assets, and an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot during an isolated personnel scenario June 14.
  • Red Air: Aggressors’ experience provides life-saving training

    Uttered proudly in unison after a briefing before an air-to-air fight, “Have at you!” inspired by the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” signifies being the enemy squadron who will defend its battlefield, regardless of the cost. Pilots from the 18th Aggressor Squadron take the role of “Red Air” during large scale exercises and train “Blue Air” pilots during RED FLAG-Alaska. Using a red star, overlaid by a target on the sleeves of their green flight suits and red flags with a hammer and sickle, they’re marked throughout the mission as experts in enemy tactics.
  • All night bright-maintenance increases operations

    With the sun barely dropping below the horizon maintenance Airmen with the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work around the clock in almost 24 hours of sunlight pushing normal limits to turn jets for the next day’s RED FLAG-Alaska sorties. RF-A 16-2, the largest exercise of it’s kind in six years, simulates the first 10 combat sorties during the initial stages of war or a surge operation, which pushes pilots to fly jets built in the 80s to their limits, creating a 185 percent usage compared to normal flying operations.
  • 'AIM' high: Loading the Aggressors

    Airmen with the 354th Maintenance Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base loaded Captive AIM-9 missiles to F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG - Alaska 16-2. During the exercise, the 18th AGRS shares its knowledge with participating units and allies to ensure the best combat training possible.