by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
6/1/2015 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The
8th Fighter Wing is hosting members from the Republic of Korea Air
Force's 123rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing, Seosan Air
Base, Republic of Korea, to participate in Exercise Buddy Wing 15-4 here
June 1 to 5.
During the five-day exercise, the 20th FW fighter pilots, maintenance
and support personnel are integrating with Wolf Pack Airmen on all
aspects of the exercise to include mission planning, briefing, execution
"Buddy Wing exercises provide training scenarios that sharpen our
diverse skill sets," said Capt. Matthew Kimmel, 35th Fighter Squadron
F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and Exercise Buddy Wing 15-4 project officer.
"This is a great way to integrate with our ROKAF partners both in the
air and on the ground."
According to Kimmel, Exercise Buddy Wing 15-4 will focus on different
aspects of air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical training between the
8th FW and the 20th FW.
"Some examples of the training include defensive counterair and air
interdiction scenarios," Kimmel said. "Defensive counterair involves
defending a point or area against enemy fighters--where one enemy force
attempts to take down the opposing force. Air interdiction scenarios
consist of fighting your way into enemy territory and expending ordnance
on enemy ground targets."
Combining specific objectives prove beneficial for the participating
units during Buddy Wing exercises because Airmen not only refine
tactical skillsets but also promote cultural awareness and
"For more than 60 years, the ROK-U.S. Alliance continues to be one of
the strongest alliances in modern history," said Capt. Min-Gyu Han,
123rd TFS pilot. "I come to Kunsan every year for training, and each
time I know that the combined U.S.-ROK training will serve as a great
opportunity to learn and understand our similarities, differences and
tactical operations of both forces."
Buddy Wing exercises are conducted at various ROKAF and U.S. Air Force
bases multiple times throughout the year on the Korean peninsula. The
combined fighter exchange program provides pilots an opportunity to
exchange ideas and practice combined tactics in order to fight and fly
as one Allied force.