The U.S. is set to deploy 12 F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea for a 4-month rotation, the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.
The aircraft, assigned to the the 176th Fighter Squadron, Wisconsin Air National Guard, are scheduled to arrive at Kunsan in August along with approximately 200 personnel.
Pacific Air Forces Theater Security Package deployments to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region signify a continued commitment to regional stability and security, while allowing units to train in the Pacific theater. F-16s routinely deploy throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
The F-16 deployment to Kunsan is in support of U.S. PACOM’s security obligations in the Western Pacific, and the deployed unit will perform training under the direction of the 8th Fighter Wing out of Kunsan AB.
The United States routinely evaluates readiness and repositions forces as needed to ensure capabilities necessary to meet obligations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. These deployments demonstrate the continued U.S. commitment to fulfill security responsibilities throughout the Western Pacific and to maintain peace in the region.