The following is a release from Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs:
F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, practiced combined flying operations alongside counterparts from the South Korean air force’s 19th Fighter Wing at Jungwon AB during Buddy Wing 15-6, July 7-10.
Buddy Wing training, held multiple times a year, polishes the ability of South Korea and U.S. pilots to train and operate as a combined force.
“One of the main purposes of Buddy Wing is to participate in tactical discussions,” said South Korean air force Maj. Moonberm Park, a 19th Fighter Wing KF-16 instructor pilot. “This is a very useful opportunity for us to get together during briefings and debriefs to go over details on serious matters and technical subjects.”
This iteration of Buddy Wing training included one defensive counter air exercise, two air interdiction exercises and one strike coordination and reconnaissance exercise.
“Despite the weather issues, we were still able to be flexible and execute with a larger force of aircraft than we typically train to at Kunsan,” said Capt. Daniel Wynn, the 80th FS assistant director …read more
Source:: Tactical Life