Thursday, March 10, 2011

Deployed unit provides vital support mission to South Korea



An A-10C aircraft arrives March 9 to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Air Force is deploying 12 A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan to Osan for approximately six months as part of a scheduled deployment. The unit, called the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, will replace the 100th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kunsan that is returning to the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Holcomb) Hi-res

51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

3/9/2011 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The U.S. Air Force is deploying 12 A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan to Osan for approximately six months as part of a scheduled deployment. The unit, called the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, will replace the 100th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kunsan that is returning to the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama.



An A-10C aircraft touches down March 9 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Air Force is deploying 12 A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan to Osan for approximately six months as part of a scheduled deployment. The unit, called the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, will replace the 100th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kunsan that is returning to the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daylena Gonzalez) Full size



An A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, arrives March 9 to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Air Force is deploying 12 A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan to Osan for approximately six months as part of a scheduled deployment. The unit, called the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, will replace the 100th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kunsan that is returning to the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Holcomb) Full size

Note: Pictured is A-10C 78-0652 from the 354th Fighter Squadron, marked 355FW/CC) as the 355th Fighter Wing's boss bird.



Crew chiefs receive the first A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, to land at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 9. The U.S. Air Force is deploying 12 A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan to Osan for approximately six months as part of a scheduled deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Holcomb) Full size

Note: Pictured is A-10C 80-0203, still without unit markings.



An A-10C aircraft arrives March 9 to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The U.S. Air Force is deploying 12 A-10C aircraft from Davis-Monthan to Osan for approximately six months as part of a scheduled deployment. The unit, called the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, will replace the 100th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kunsan that is returning to the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Holcomb) Full size

Note: Pictured is A-10C 80-0210 from the 357th Fighter Squadron.

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Original video transcript:

IT’S HERE. THE A10C THUNDERBOLT 2! WHILE OSAN AIR BASE HAS MANY A10’S OF THEIR OWN, THESE A10’S ARE SPECIAL. THEY’RE PART OF THE 354TH EXPEDITIONARY FIGHTER SQUADRON, HERE TO SUPPORT COMBAT CAPABILITIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA.

SB LT COL CLARENCE JOHNSON: WE ARE HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE THEATER SECURITY PROGRAM. AND WE WILL BOLSTER THE 51ST FIGHTER WING WITH TWELVE A10’S THAT ARE COMING FROM DAVIS MOTHAM AIR FOCE BASE.

IN ADDITION TO THE A10C’S, THE ARRIVAL OF THE 354TH BRINGS THE PILOTS AND MAINTAINERS THAT GO WITH THEM, A TOTAL OF ALMOST 350 NEW AIRMEN. AND ALL OF THEM READY TO GET INTO THE ACTION.

SB LT COL CLARENCE JOHNSON: WE’RE ALL EXCITED TO BE HERE AND WE’RE ALL EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THE 51ST FIGHTING TEAM AND WE’LL GET OUT AND ABOUT AND MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS.

DURING THEIR SIX MONTH DEPLOYMENT, THE 354TH WILL PARTICIPATE IN AERIAL MISSIONS AND CLOSE AIR SUPPORT SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE 51ST FIGHTER WING. REPORTING FROM OSAN AIR BASE, I’M AIRMAN FIRST CLASS DAREK BACZEWSKI.

Note: The 354th EFS is commanded by Lt. Col. Clarence Johnson, identified as Tiny BULLDOG 1 by his helmet's inscription.

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