A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft perform an 'Elephant Walk' on the runway this week during Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.  The Elephant Walk was a demonstration of U.S. Air Force capabilities and strength and showcases the wing's ability to generate combat airpower in an expedient manner in order to respond to simulated contingency operations. The A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft are from the 25th Fighter Squadron "Draggins" and the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft are from the 36th Fighter Squadron "Fiends" of the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, ROK; the additional F-16 aircraft are from the 179th Fighter Squadron "Bulldogs" of the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth Air National Guard Base, Minnesota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards/Released)


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The 51st Fighter Wing provides combat ready forces for close air support, air strike control, forward air control-airborne, combat search and rescue, counter air and fire, and interdiction in the defense of the Republic of Korea. The wing executes military operations to bed-down, maintain and employ follow on forces for the combined arms base that includes three major flying tenants and large multiservice fighting units. The 51st FW was activated on Aug. 10, 1948 at Naha AB, Okinawa, and was redesignated as the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing on Feb. 10, 1950. During its 63-year history, the 51st FW has been redesignated six times; and located at six different bases in the Pacific Theater. As a new member of the Osan community we welcome you and at the same time thank you. We thank you for bringing your skill and knowledge and for helping to make Osan just a bit more valuable.

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