06/28/2014: Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, is home to the 8th Fighter Wing, known as the “Wolf Pack.”
Located seven miles west of Gunsan City, the base is on the west coast of the peninsula near the Kum River estuary.
The 8th Fighter Wing is the base’s host unit and is assigned to 7th Air Force at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The numbered Air Force falls under Pacific Air Forces headquartered at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
The motto of the Wolf Pack is, “Defend the base, accept follow-on forces, [and] take the fight north.”
The 8th Fighter Wing is responsible for conducting air-to-ground and air-to-air missions in the approximately 40 F-16s assigned to the wing. Its mission includes air interdiction, close air support, counter air, air superiority and suppression of enemy air defenses.
The base is also home to the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery. Equipped with Patriot Advanced Capability, or PAC-3, missiles, the battalion’s one battery helps protect the base against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.
Credit:8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs:5/5/14
- In the first three photos, 80th Fighter Squadron F-16s take off during the first go of exercise Beverly Bulldog 14-2 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 5, 2014. The pilots launched to participate in the first of many peninsula-wide sorties in order to train to “Take the Fight North.”
- In the fourth photo, Staff Sgt. Stephen Toussaint, 8th Force Support Squadron Force Management journeyman, prepares cots for a large-scale bed down at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 5, 2014. During Exercise Beverly Bulldog, the bed down system allowed the Wolf Pack to test and showcase its ability to “Accept Follow on Forces.”