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Osan hosts Fighter LASS for PACAF

Partner nations from across the Pacific area of command attend the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 4, 2019.

Partner nations from across the Pacific area of command attend the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 4, 2019. Commanders from Australia, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and the U.S. conducted briefings about challenges, solutions or unique procedures related to their fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Britney Galvan, a conventional maintenance crew chief assigned to the 51st Munitions Squadron, briefs partner nations on munition loading procedures during the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 6, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Britney Galvan, a conventional maintenance crew chief assigned to the 51st Munitions Squadron, briefs partner nations on munition loading procedures during the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 6, 2019. The symposium enabled air force officers from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and Thailand to visit fighter support units assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing and interact with Airmen who support the fighter mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Mischiara, an armament maintenance floor supervisor assigned to the 51st Munitions Squadron, explains the capabilities and purpose of the back-shop to partner nations attending the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 5, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Mischiara, an armament maintenance floor supervisor assigned to the 51st Munitions Squadron, explains the capabilities and purpose of the back-shop to partner nations attending the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 5, 2019. The symposium highlighted the capacity to develop interoperability with partner nations to create a force multiplier during peace and wartime contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

Royal Malaysian air force Col Ir. Azhar bin Idris inspects a 30mm shell after a restoration demonstration during the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 5, 2019.

Royal Malaysian air force Col Ir. Azhar bin Idris inspects a 30mm shell after a restoration demonstration during the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 5, 2019. Officers from Australia, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines and Thailand attended the symposium to boost fighter interoperability within the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Zachary Baker, an avionics weapon maintenance back-shop troop assigned to the 51st Munitions Squadron, explains how the A-10 Thunderbolt II weapon system is loaded into the aircraft to Indonesian air force officers during the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 5, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Zachary Baker, an avionics weapon maintenance back-shop troop assigned to the 51st Munitions Squadron, explains how the A-10 Thunderbolt II weapon system is loaded into the aircraft to Indonesian air force officers during the 2019 Logistics and Safety Symposium held at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 5, 2019. Air force officers from Australia, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines and Thailand exchanged a wide range of fighter aircraft logistics, maintenance procedures & operations and safety best practices during the 2019 LASS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Miller)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Air Force officers from allied and partner nations across the Pacific visited Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, took part in the 2019 Fighter Logistics and Safety Symposium Sept. 2-8.

The symposium enabled forces from
Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. to work together and improve interoperability in the region.

“Joint training is one of the best practices that should be maintained by the allied nations,” said Philippine air force Lt. Col. Perry James C Cortez, deputy commander of the 5th Fighter Wing. “This is the only way to unite and become coordinated among the allied forces in fighting common enemies to win the fight in times of armed conflicts.”


During the event, each countries’ representative conducted a presentation about challenges, solutions and unique procedures they use for their fighter aircraft.

“We got many ideas on how to improve our systems, particularly on the back-shops, the maintenance operations center, vehicle maintenance shop and the shelter standards,” Cortez said.   


During their visit, the LASS participants visited units across the base for a first-hand look on how the U.S. Air Force operates at the tactical level. This included the munitions facility, armament back-shop, fabrication flight, military operations center and other units involved in the logistics and safety that make Osan a successful fighter wing.

 

“At the end of the day, when you are breaking bread with all of these different nations and getting to know each other, it all boils down to one thing,” said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey King, Pacific Air Forces director of logistics, engineering and force protection. “We are all just trying to get the job done.”