Republic of Korea Air Force Unit Takes Win at Pen Fest 2021 Competition
Republic of Korea Air Force Unit Takes Win at Pen Fest 2021 Competition

Republic of Korea Air Force Unit Takes Win at Pen Fest 2021 Competition

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) 38th Fighter Group Aircraft Maintenance Unit won the Pen Fest 2021 competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 1. The 8th Fighter Wing hosted the weapons loading event, which also included the 80th and 35th AMU from Kunsan, and the 25th and 35th AMU from Osan AB, ROK.

Republic of Korea Air Force Unit Takes Win at Pen Fest 2021 Competition
Airman Matthew Heckman, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, secures a munition during the 2021 Pen Fest Competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 1, 2021. The 8th Fighter Wing hosted the weapons loading event, which also included the 80th and 35th AMU, from Kunsan; the 25th and 35th AMU, from Osan AB, ROK; and the ROKAF 38th Fighter Group AMU. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mya M. Crosby)

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“This is the biggest weapons event in Korea, and probably in the world. There’s so much pride and so much love here. With all the work that we do every day, I just want to thank everybody for putting this together. There’s a lot that went into it and a lot of people spent time volunteering on their off duty time actually putting this together for everybody,” said Senior Airman Quentin Gonzalez, 80th AMU weapons load crew member.

Republic of Korea Air Force Unit Takes Win at Pen Fest 2021 Competition
Weapons load crew members from 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, participate in the 2021 Pen Fest Competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 1, 2021. The 8th Fighter Wing hosted the weapons loading event, which also included the 80th and 35th AMU, from Kunsan; the 25th and 35th AMU, from Osan AB, ROK; and the ROKAF 38th Fighter Group AMU. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mya M. Crosby)

“It’s all love here. The adrenaline was pumping and there’s a lot of people. All eyes are on you, but you just kind of zone out and have fun. I’ve never done pen fest before. This is my first time at Kunsan and it’s been really fun. This is such a big community, and everyone is here just to have a good time,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Martinez, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member.

Republic of Korea Air Force Unit Takes Win at Pen Fest 2021 Competition
Airmen assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing prepare food during the 2021 Pen Fest Competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 1, 2021. The 8th Fighter Wing hosted the weapons loading event, which also included the 80th and 35th AMU, from Kunsan; the 25th and 35th AMU, from Osan AB, ROK; and the ROKAF 38th Fighter Group AMU. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mya M. Crosby)

The crews traveled throughout the peninsula to the Wolf Pack and competed against each other as the clock was ticking, but in the end, the teams did it all for enjoyment and unity. The crew members reflect that even with the daily grind, they still found the time to get together and enjoy what they do best.

Republic of Korea Air Force Unit Takes Win at Pen Fest 2021 Competition
Republic of Korea and U.S. Air Force members celebrate during the 2021 Pen Fest Competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 1, 2021. The three-man team won the competition against U.S. Air Force 35th, 80th, 25th, and 36th AMUs from Kunsan and Osan AB, ROK. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mya M. Crosby)
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