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  • F-16 ends up off runway while landing at Osan

    07/17/2013 7:54:03 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 16, 2013 | N/A
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An F-16 ended up off the runway surface while attempting to land at Osan Air Base on Tuesday. The pilot was recovered safely from the scene, while the aircraft remained off the side of the runway, said a statement from the 51st Fighter Wing. An investigation into the incident is under way. Osan was being buffeted by high winds at the time.
  • U.S. Air Force 'Ready To Strike' If Korean Tensions Escalate

    11/26/2010 10:29:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 123 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | November 26, 2010
    The U.S. Air Force is ready to respond immediately if hostilities between the two Koreas escalate, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Wednesday. Schwarz told reporters after North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island, "The bottom line is that U.S. Forces Korea cetainly is monitoring the situation carefully." He mentioned Osan and Gunsan in South Korea, Kaneda in Okinawa, Japan, and other U.S. Air Force bases in the Pacific to emphasize that the U.S. has plenty of firepower in the region. Schwarz added USFK Commander Gen. Walter Sharp "has operational control of Air Force assets that reside on...
  • USFK to become Korea Command

    04/14/2010 6:06:29 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Apr 13, 2010 | By Ashley Rowland,
    SEOUL — U.S. Forces Korea soon will get a name change. USFK commander Gen. Walter Sharp has announced that the 28,500-strong U.S. presence here will become the U.S. Korea Command later this year, one of the changes the U.S. military will undergo as the South Korean military prepares to assume wartime control of its own troops in two years. A date for the change has not been set, USFK spokesman David Oten said Tuesday. However, troops moving to South Korea this summer will fill billets for KORCOM, as the command will be known, he said. Oten said KORCOM will have...
  • Air Force pilot ejects before jet crash

    02/27/2010 11:34:01 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 806+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2010
    SAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An Air Force pilot escaped serious injury Thursday when he ejected before his F-16 fighter crashed while landing, authorities said. Base officials did not immediately identify the pilot, who was treated at the base hospital for minor cuts and released, said 1st Lt. Chris Hoyler, a spokesman for Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing. There were no other injuries or property damage reported in the crash, which occurred around 12:40 p.m., said. The fighter, an F-16C, had nearly touched down when the pilot ejected, Hoyler said. The pilot, assigned to the wing’s 36th Fighter Squadron, had...
  • U-2s challenge pilots’ endurance in the air

    01/05/2010 8:47:19 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 1,142+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 7, 2010 | By Franklin Fisher,
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The once-secret U-2 reconnaissance plane is known for its high-value role in some of the Cold War’s most critical events. It’s also known as the world’s toughest plane to pilot. Capt. Michael Opresko, 29, knows first-hand how challenging it is to fly and land the U-2 Dragon Lady, and how punishing it can be on the body. U-2 pilots fly alone for eight to 12 hours, and so high they have to wear a space suit. “Going up to 30,000 feet cabin pressure is like going from sea level to Everest each day,” said...
  • Air Force planning newspaper for S. Korea units

    12/09/2009 6:29:20 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 206+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 11, 2009
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The Air Force plans to publish a twice-monthly print and online newspaper for its two big fighter bases in South Korea, officials said Wednesday. They hope to start publication of the Crimson Sky in the spring, but no start date will be set until the publishing contract gets approval from the U.S. military’s contracting officials, said Maj. Denise Kerr, spokeswoman for 7th U.S. Air Force (Air Forces Korea). Its news pages will be devoted largely to the two U.S. fighter units on the peninsula: the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek...
  • Soldiers in S. Korea warm up to Army’s cold weather gear

    01/27/2009 9:09:59 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies · 859+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | January 29, 2009 | Franklin Fisher
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Army Staff Sgt. William Schaffhauser is on his second tour in South Korea, and the deep snow and icy cold that swept over Pyeongtaek this weekend did not surprise him. So Schaffhauser is one of many soldiers at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek who welcome the Army’s Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System, a 12-piece set that allows soldiers up to seven different layers, depending upon how cold it is. The Army began issuing it several years ago with priority given to soldiers in or deploying to Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Alaska and South...
  • Man convicted in SSRT bribery case arrested in Dallas

    11/22/2008 3:34:50 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 936+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 24, 2008 | Franklin Fisher
    PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The businessman convicted earlier this year in a South Korean court of bribing AAFES officials so his company could hold a lucrative Internet contract on military bases has been arrested in the United States on federal bribery conspiracy charges, Stars and Stripes has learned. Jeong Gi-hwan, 44, was arrested in Dallas by federal agents Wednesday and is being held without bond for his alleged role in a bribery conspiracy, federal authorities told Stars and Stripes on Saturday. The alleged conspiracy involves his telecommunications company, Samsung Rental Corp. Ltd., also known as SSRT, and former Army and...
  • Young and old appreciate Osan air show

    10/12/2008 8:00:20 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 347+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 13, 2008 | Franklin Fisher
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Osan’s two-day annual air show opened under sunny skies Saturday, with several thousand mostly Korean spectators turning their eyes skyward for a series of high-performance flying stunts that delighted youngsters and adults alike. Both U.S. and South Korean warplanes took part, roaring through their repertoire of climbs, loops and dives. When an F-16 fighter jet executed a precision roll, the rapt crowd reacted with: "Oooohhhh." Parents pointed skyward to help their children track the fast-changing maneuvers that ran the precision-flying gamut from the "Cuban 8" and the "four-point roll" to the "knife-edge pass," the...
  • Intense exercise preps pilots for ‘first few days’

    04/15/2008 4:08:52 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 79+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 16, 2008 | Stars and Stripes
    U.S. fighter pilots from Japan and South Korea are honing their combat skills at Operation Red Flag-Alaska, a two-week exercise that ends Friday. Hosted by Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska’s central interior, the exercise is part of the spin up for a second deployment downrange this fall for the 14th Fighter Squadron from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. “Every one of the pilots flying with the 14th Fighter Squadron will be deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom in September,” Col. Mark Altobelli, 35th Operations Group commander, was quoted in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. This year’s Red Flag also includes...
  • Osan airmen practice bomb prep during Foal Eagle

    03/21/2008 1:31:46 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 224+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 22, 2008 | Franklin Fisher
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Arming fighter planes with bombs during wartime is no off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all proposition. Munitions airmen with the right tools and training must prepare munitions to order, assembly-line fashion, at what can be a relentless, keep ’em coming pace. Airmen of the 51st Munitions Squadron at Osan have been honing those skills this week as part of the annual Foal Eagle exercise. The squadron is part of Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing. “It’s meant to be an assembly line,” Capt. Andrea Wild, the squadron’s maintenance operations officer, said Wednesday. “There’s a lot of different components that are...
  • USAF and RSAF commence Commando Sling 08-1

    11/02/2007 8:31:24 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 129+ views
    f-16.net ^ | November 2, 2007 | Lieven Dewitte
    Six F-16 C/D F-16s from the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, recently deployed to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, to participate in the first iteration of Exercise Commando Sling 2008. The exercise began Oct. 29 and runs through Nov. 16. Exercise Commando Sling 2008 involves forces from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The exercise series, which kicked off this month, runs through the summer of 2008. In addition to F-16 C/Ds from Osan AB, F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft from 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan, and...
  • From the depths: Airmen, spouses act quickly in water rescue

    08/10/2007 5:46:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek
    /10/2007 - OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFPN) -- "Breathe, baby! Breathe, baby!" Claire Darnell tried again to give the little girl mouth-to-mouth at the edge of the pool. The child lay there, pale, eyes partly open but unmoving, pupils dilated. The rescue breathing didn't seem to be working. "Breathe, baby!" The fifth of August started out like any other Sunday at the height of summer. After church, Claire, her husband, Maj. Bart Darnell, and their three children made their way to the Splish and Slash water park at Camp Humphreys. They ran into two other families from Osan Air...
  • Artillery unit marks first year in South Korea

    12/17/2005 8:05:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 171+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 18, 2005 | T.D. Flack
    KWANGJU, South Korea — The 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade celebrated its one-year anniversary in South Korea with ceremonies on Thursday and Friday. The brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery — located at Kwangju — celebrated Thursday with a flagging ceremony. The brigade arrived a year ago from Fort Bliss, Texas. About 400 battalion soldiers, U.S. and South Korean guests gathered in the theater at Kwangju, a South Korean Air Force base, on Thursday. The ceremony began with a brief slide show of soldiers working and playing on base and in the community. Battalion commander Lt. Col. Marcus C....
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) 11.18.05

    11/18/2005 4:30:37 PM PST · by MJY1288 · 160 replies · 2,411+ views
    White House, Yahoo | 11/18/05
    Today the President was in South Korea attending the APEC Meeting. The President had a private meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin where they talked about Iran's nuclear program and how to prevent the Terorist supporting nation of Iran from producing a Nuclear weapon
  • Bush: We WIll Defeat Enemy in Iraq

    11/19/2005 4:45:39 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 28 replies · 661+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11-19-05 | Associated Press via Fox News
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — With the debate over a military pullout growing increasingly bitter back home, President Bush said Saturday that he is determined to keep troops in Iraq until the mission is complete. "We will never back down and we will never give in and we will never expect less than complete victory," Bush said during a quick layover at this military installation that is home to the primary U.S. Air Force unit in Korea. "We will defeat the enemy in Iraq." The president, wearing a brown leather bomber jacket with a patch that said "Commander in...
  • President Addresses Troops at Osan Air Base in Osan, Korea

    11/19/2005 6:58:03 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 16 replies · 566+ views
    PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thank you all very much. (Applause.) Please be seated -- unless you don't have a seat. (Laughter.) Laura and I are so honored to be here. We thought we'd stop by and feel the thunder and the fury of the Mustangs. (Applause.) Thanks for greeting us. It's a privilege to stand with the brave men and women of the 51st Fighter Wing and the 7th Air Force. (Applause.) Our citizens are safer because you're ready to fight tonight. (Applause.) You're serving the cause of liberty on distant frontiers, and I bring a message from home: Your...
  • Bush Live on Fox News [Speaking from South Korea]

    11/18/2005 11:29:43 PM PST · by txroadkill · 205 replies · 7,339+ views
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  • U.S. Plans to Withdraw One-Third of Troops From South Korea by End of 2005

    06/07/2004 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies · 184+ views
    (AP) ^ | Jun 7, 2004 | Christopher Torchia Associated Press Writer
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A U.S. plan to cut the number of its troops in South Korea by one-third by the end of 2005 will force the South to shoulder more responsibility for defending itself against any North Korean military aggression. The U.S. plan calls for withdrawing 12,500 of the 37,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, according to a statement released Monday by the U.S. military in Seoul. The statement coincided with the beginning of talks between the two allies on another sensitive issue: moving U.S. troops farther south away from the tense border with North Korea.