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USAF, ROKAF pilots bond with Friendship Day

Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and the 237th and 103rd FS’s at Wonju AB, ROK pose for a group photo during a during a “friendship day” visit August 21, 2019. This “friendship day” allowed the U.S. and ROKAF military members the opportunity to integrate and strengthen their relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, tour the different aircraft of the 237th and 103rd FS’s at Wonju AB, ROK, during a “friendship day” visit August 21, 2019. This “friendship day” allowed the U.S. and ROKAF military members the opportunity to integrate and strengthen their relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Denise Jenson)

Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, visit the Chiaksan Guryongsa temple during a during a “friendship day” visit with their ROK Air Force counterparts August 21, 2019. This “friendship day” allowed the U.S. and ROKAF military members the opportunity to integrate and strengthen their relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, tour the 53rd Air Demonstration Group, home of the ROK Air Force aerial demonstration team known as the Black Eagles, during a “friendship day” visit at Wonju AB, RoK, August 21, 2019. This “friendship day” allowed the U.S. and ROKAF military members the opportunity to integrate and strengthen their relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Denise Jenson)

An A-10 pilot assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, visit the Chiaksan Guryongsa temple during a during a “friendship day” visit with their ROK Air Force counterparts August 21, 2019. This “friendship day” allowed the U.S. and ROKAF military members the opportunity to integrate and strengthen their relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

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Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, visited members of their “buddy squadrons” in the ROK Air Force, the 237th and 103rd FS’s stationed at Wonju Air Base, ROK, for a Friendship Day Aug. 21.

This day gave the opportunity for members of both the U.S. and ROK military to bond with a cultural and relationship building day by providing the 25th FS partners an opportunity to tour Wonju AB and its squadrons, as well as visiting the Chiaksan Guryongsa temple.

“The whole point of this is to support and work with the [Republic of Korea Air Force] squadrons so we can become more integrated and get used to doing operations with those guys,” said 1st Lt. Trevor Muzzy, a 25th FS A-10 pilot. “This way we can also develop the relationships we have with the ROKAF guys. Today, we went down to their squadrons to see their airfield and jets up close.”

These days are important for not only understanding each other on a personal level, but also helps build the comradery as military members from two different countries.

“This was a great opportunity to just hang out and get to know them a little better,” Muzzy said. “It helps you realize that although we’re from two different countries, we’re here doing the same mission and our communities are very similar in terms of how our squadrons are structured and the culture that we share. It was really cool to be able to integrate with them and build up our friendships.”

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