Stateside air crews heading to Korea for three-month deployment
SEOUL — Twelve F-16 aircraft and approximately 240 airmen from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., will deploy to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea on Sunday for a scheduled three-month deployment. The airmen were activated as the 55th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.
Another 200 airmen and 12 F-16Cs from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are currently deployed to Kunsan as the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Their scheduled deployment began Dec. 3, 2011, and is scheduled to last approximately three months.
“The ROK-US Alliance has never been stronger,” said Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, 7th Air Force commander, according to a statement released by the military. “These deployments reaffirm our commitment to providing the right combat air power and capabilities in defense of the Republic of Korea.”