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Hill airmen deploy to South Korea
by TOM BUSSELBERG
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Senior Airman Mark Barrett, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, is wished a safe and speedy deployment by Lt. Col. Michael Monfalcone, 388th Equipment Maintenance Squadron commander. Barrett and nearly 300 other Airmen from Hill's active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th FW recently deployed to the Republic of Korea for several months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn Freeman)
Senior Airman Mark Barrett, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, is wished a safe and speedy deployment by Lt. Col. Michael Monfalcone, 388th Equipment Maintenance Squadron commander. Barrett and nearly 300 other Airmen from Hill's active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th FW recently deployed to the Republic of Korea for several months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn Freeman)
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HILL AFB - Nearly 300 personnel from the 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing based at Hill AFB were delpoyed to South Korea recenty.

The unit will be conducting routine security maneuvers in the Asia-Pacific region.

The mission to the Republic of Korea will last for several months, a press release from the base said.

Air Combat Command routinely deploys aircraft to that region of the world, providing Pacific Air Forces and the U.S. Pacific Command commanders a Theater Security Package. It is intended in part to deepen ties with allies and the international community.

“Part of this deployment includes an exercise to test our airmen’s ability to respond on short notice,” said Col. Lance Landrum, 388th Fighter Wing commander.

“The combat scenarios they experience are as realistic as they come. We train for this each and every day, and I’m confident our folks are bringing their best,” he said.

Col. Bryan Radliff, 419th Fighter Wing Commander, emphasized reserve airmen’s commitment to supporting their active duty counterparts, he said in the release.

“Many of our reservists at Hill are seasoned veterans with multiple deployments under their belts. They not only left behind families, but they also took time away from their civilian jobs to serve our nation,” Radliff said.

U.S. Air Force fighters have been moved into the Asia-Pacific region for the past decade to maintain a prudent deterrent against threats to regional security and stability, the release said.

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com

 

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