by Senior Airman Divine Cox
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/31/2015 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The 8th Fighter Wing relies on more than two thousand permanently assigned Airmen to carry out its mission.
On May 14, the Wolf Pack welcomed more than 250 South Dakota National
Guard from the 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, South
Dakota. They are deployed here as the 175th Fighter Squadron, part of
the rotational Threat Security Package that strengthens the U.S. forces
across the Asia-Pacific region.
This is the 114th Fighter Wing's first deployment to the Wolf Pack as a TSP.
"Our purpose here is not to just support a rotational Theater Security
Package to the region," said Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Rollag, 175th FW
TSP superintendent. "Our purpose is to come here for a few months and
help support the Wolf Pack's mission."
The TSP members are no strangers to being part of a pack.
"While deployed here to Kunsan, we are part of the Wolf Pack," said
Rollag. "This is meaningful to us because at home we are known as the
Lobos, which means 'wolf' in Spanish. There, we are known as the Dakota
Many of the TSP members volunteered for the opportunity to deploy and team up with another Pack thousands of miles away.
"Like the Wolf Pack, we are a very close knit unit," said Staff Sgt. Jon
Vande Hoef, 175th Fighter Squadron aerospace propulsion technician,. "I
volunteered for the experience to ensure that I share in the
responsibilities of deployments with my unit."
Vande Hoef added that this was his first deployment ever, and that he was nervous and excited at the same time.
To ensure the Lobos felt at home at Kunsan, many Wolf Pack units
collaborated to prepare for their arrival and to quickly make them feel
like part of the Pack.
"The 8th Force Support Squadron, 8th Medical Group, 8th Security Forces
Squadron are all involved with us in the preparation for the TSP
arrival," said Tech. Sgt. Darrius Core, 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron
NCOIC deployment and receptions. "After coordinating with the inbound
units on what they need, we reach out to various units across the
installation to ensure they have their lodging, meal cards, medical care
and flightline access. The faster we work to assimilate them into the
8th FW, the faster they are ready for perform the mission."
All of the planning, organizing, and coordinating ensures a smooth transition into the 8th FW.
"We are very excited to be part of the Wolf Pack," said Rollag. "The
hard work and planning the men and women of Kunsan did upon our arrival
really showed. Our arrival was seamless, and we look forward to helping
Kunsan remain ready to fight tonight."