Kunsan aligns with Air Force restructuring
KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Kunsan completed a unit reorganization Wednesday by standing up, or activating, the 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
The squadron’s activation brings it in line with bases worldwide, said Maj. Pat Kennedy, commander of the new unit. It was the final leg of a five-month switch to align the base with the Aerospace Expeditionary Force concept, Kennedy said.
That concept breaks the Air Force into 10 entities, each of which can assemble smaller task forces for deployment around the world.
While the forces in South Korea are static, the Air Force wanted the base structure to be the same as other bases. Kunsan is home to the 35th and 80th fighter squadrons and 8th Fighter Wing.
Aircraft maintainers — once split between logistics and operations units — now are under one roof, called the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Group, Kennedy said.
“One of the key goals of Gen. Jumper was to get all of the aircraft maintainers under one command so they can solely focus on their mission of fixing planes,” Kennedy said.
The 8th Logistics Group stood down, Kennedy said. The 8th Supply Squadron and 8th Transportation Squadron shift to the new 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron, which falls under the 8th Mission Support Group, he said.
By name, the 8th Support Group becomes the 8th Mission Support Group. The 8th Logistics Group is now the 8th Maintenance Group.
The reorganization has triggered a few physical movements on base, Kennedy said. “Yesterday was pretty much, ‘We are changing the name on the door,’” he said.