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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, a 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, shakes hands with South Korean air force Capt. Ahn Hae-chul, a 237th FS pilot, before takeoff on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 24, 2016. Buddy Wing is conducted quarterly to sharpen interoperability between allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

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 the South Koreas air force’s 237th Fighter Squadron at Wonju Air Base watch an A-10 Thunderbolt II take off during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2016. Buddy Wing 16-2 is the second in a series of joint training, combat exercises to be conducted during 2016 across the peninsula. The exercises strengthen the South Korean and U.S. alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

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)

South Korean air force crew chiefs from the 237th Fighter Squadron conduct a preflight inspection on the KA-1 Woongbi during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, South Korea, 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. The exercises strengthen the South Korean and U.S. alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

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, a 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, speaks with South Korean air force Capt. Ahn Hae-chul, a 237th FS pilot, during a preflight brief at Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2016. During Buddy Wing, pilots coordinated mission planning for contingencies that may arise in the event of real-world foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High)

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) -- The 51st Fighter Wing hosted Buddy Wing 16-2 at Osan Air Base Feb. 22-25, showcasing Airmen from the 25th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

South Korean air force pilots and maintainers from the 237th FS at Wonju Air Base, traveled to Osan AB 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 (South Korean air force) KA-1 and U.S. Air Force A-10 (Thunderbolt II) 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 (South Korean air force) may lack.”

Members participating in Buddy Wing 16-2 trained 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-10s from the 25th FS integrated with South Korean 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, a 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 South Korean and 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.

“The exercise promotes mutual understanding and motivation to maintain a strong alliance between (South Korea) and U.S.,” Hwang said.

Buddy Wing 16-2 is the second in a series of joint training, combat exercises conducted in 2016 across the peninsula.

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