February 5, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to temporarily deploy approximately 14 F-16s from 13 FS to the Republic of Korea later this month for approximately six months.
USAF F-16C block 50 #91-0357 from the 13th FS sits in a hangar at Misawa AB
The deploying F-16s and associated personnel will temporarily replace the departing 1-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, which is relocating from Camp Eagle, ROK, to Fort Carson, Colorado in March.
The deployment is part of an effort by the U.S. Air Force to balance assets to support regional stability in the Asia-Pacific theater and meet the needs of the ongoing Global War on Terror.
The 35th Fighter Wing flies the F-16, a multi-role fighter capable of conducting a broad range of missions, including suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses, close air support, precision strike and counter-air. Its systems provide the capability to detect, target, and precisely deliver weapons to destroy enemy air defenses.