12 F-16 Fighting Falcon from Air National Guard base to Kadena Air Base

12 F-16 Fighting Falcon from Air National Guard base to Kadena Air Base

An F-16 Fighting Falcon landed on the south side of a runway at Kadena Air Base at 3:14 p.m. on January 15 (Photograph taken by Masatoshi Moromizato).


January 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four F-16 Fighting Falcon belonging to the Wisconsin Air National Guard base flew in to Kadena Air Base at 3:14 p.m. on January 15. The air national guard base announced a plan to temporarily station 12 Fighting Falcon at Kadena Air Base. Deployment of all the aircraft to the air base was complete within a day.

The U.S military will station Fighting Falcon at the air base for several months and carry out training based at Kadena.

This is a part of a strategy the United States Pacific Command says it has carried out to strengthen the mission execution ability of each of its units in the Asia-Pacific region. A U.S Department of Defense official stated that the U.S military stationed the aircraft to apply the brakes to North Korea.

F-16 Fighting Falcon and troops will be under the command of the U.S air force’s 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base. The military has temporarily stationed the aircraft to strengthen collaboration between the 18th Wing and the Japan Self Defense Forces in operating aircraft and preventing disasters.

(English translation by T&CT)

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