The 25th Fighter Squadron (FS), assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea, are honing their flight skills while at the Farallon de Medinilla Range (FDM Range), Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands while deployed here, Aug. 10- 21. The 25th FS regularly participates in training events that take place in the Indo-Pacific, such as Cobra Gold and the Rim of the Pacific. Through events like these, the 25th FS is able to strengthen and build relationships with partner nations and improve their capabilities in protecting American interest. The change in pace for the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) gives a better idea of what their job will look like while deployed.
“Having the chance to come to Andersen demonstrates our capability to quickly relocate, establish, and operate our force wherever we may be needed at any time. We will be ready to operate side-by-side with our allies when needed, and our combined training in the Indo-Pacific region will allow us to do so seamlessly. The training we’re getting here is fantastic because it allows the pilots to practice and refine their weapons delivery,” Lasch stated. We can practice various delivery techniques and see what works best in different situations. Having the FDM range at our disposal has been invaluable.” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Austin Lasch, A-10 pilot.
“We get a really big sense of accomplishment out here, especially when we get to travel. It shows us that we get to do real mission work. The workload changes when you are home compared to when you are deployed, and this environment simulates more of a deployed environment while still being labeled as training. It’s really about how to be independent on your own jet. You get to make calls out here that normally you wouldn’t get to make back at home station. Doing training missions like this puts crew chiefs in positions of safe freedom.It gives Airmen more leadership opportunities.” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Isaac Quintana, 25th AMU A-10 crew chief.
The 25th Fighter Squadron operates the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft conducting close air support missions. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force (USAF). It is commonly referred to by the nicknames “Warthog” or “Hog”, although the A-10’s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter-bomber effective at attacking ground targets. The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces.