25th Fighter Squadron [25th FS][Base Code: OS]
The 25th Fighter Squadron uses A/OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs to conduct day and night flying operations on air strike control, close air support, interdiction, and combat search and rescue missions.
In April 2000 Osan's A-10 pilots and Marine helicopter crews teamed up to hone their tactics, techniques and weapons-delivery procedures over Republic of Korea bombing ranges. Pilots from the 25th Fighter Squadron and the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 "Gunfighters," Camp Pendleton, Calif., flew together in Joint Air Attack Team training, which coordinated attacks on one target array by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The training consisted of air-to-ground attack scenarios on enemy targets. The helicopters shot precision guided missiles and the A-10s shot their 30 mm cannons and dropped bombs on those targets. Generally both aircraft attacked within a very short time period so that all the munitions impacted around the same time. The good thing about this type of attack profile is it puts the enemy soldier in a dilemma - if he defends himself against the jets then he gets exposed to fire from the helicopters, and if he defends against the helicopters he opens himself up against the jets. This joint training allows 25th FS members to work together with non-Air Force flying units they would probably be teamed with, and work closely with, during air operations on the Korean peninsula.
In 1997 exercises, an ROK HH-60 search and rescue helicopter, with Joint STARS data and support from U.S. Air Force A/OA-10 aircraft from the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Korea, successfully recovered a simulated downed aircrew. This marked the first time that Joint STARS data was used to support a search and rescue operation in the Korean theater of operations. The data provided the escorting A/OA-10 pilots an unprecedented long-range sensor capability.
After a more than three-year break, Navy F-14 aircrews returned to Korea to practice forward air control tactics with local A-10 pilots. During their 30 July through 11 August 2000 visit, aircrews from the USS Kitty Hawk's Carrier Air Wing FIVE, flew joint training sorties with 25th Fighter Squadron A-10s at Pil Sung Range. The visiting naval detachment and five F-14s deployed to Osan from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. The training was held in Korea, because it's required to drop ordnance and naval air crews aren't allowed to carry weapons out of Japan for training missions. The only suitable bombing range for this training in Southeast Asia is the Pil Sung Range, according to Navy standards. Because it was a training mission for the Navy, Adams said the Navy aviators did most of the forward air controlling. The A-10 pilots helped the Navy's training by serving as strikers.
Three 25th Fighter Squadron A-10 pilots, 10 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainers and five 51st Security Forces Squadron members took part in 7th Air Force's "Buddy Wing" program in late February 2004. These Team Osan members deployed to the Republic of Korea Air Force's Wonju Air Base for combined training with the ROKAF's 238th Tactical Fighter Squadron. This latest exercise with the 25th FS and 238th TFS focused on forward air control and coordinating command and control of multinational forces. The Americans and Koreans traded off directing each other's forces on different days to give everyone involved the command and control experiences.
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