The 111th FS is the youngest F-16 unit within the Korean Air Force. It was only established in 2006 with the remnant deliveries of the Peace Bridge III contract. This contract was mainly signed to deliver more block 52 airframes to the existing 20th FW as attrition replacement, but also made the creation of this unit possible. Although the squadron is part of the 38th TFG, this unit is parented itself by the 10th FW.
The squadron is based at Kunsan AFB which is also home to the USAF’s 8th FW. This location makes it a perfect opportunity to cooperate with the USAF and learn from each other’s experiences. Besides this it also gives a perfect platform to integrate the USAF’s and RoKAF’s tactics and learn how to deploy together in case of emergencies.
The squadron has a total of three tasks. In the first place it is there to defend the airbase and the surrounding areas to hostile intrusions. Secondly it has to accept follow-on forces and thirdly it must be able to deploy north through a large force employment. This makes the squadron a true multirole unit. Together with the USAF’s 35th and 80th FS they form a magnificent fighter force on the Korean peninsula.
RoKAF F-16C block 52 #93-072
from the 111th FS is flying a CAP mission together with a sistership. [RoKAF photo]