Mustangs ‘MOPP’ up Beverly Herd 16-2

by Senior Airman Kasey Phipps
7th Air Force Public Affairs

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 was officially wrapped up on 26 Aug. after four days of extensive training on wartime maneuvers, practices and procedures across base.

The exercise consisted of a variety of different scenarios, ranging from aeromedical evacuation, to repelling enemy ground attacks to quick-time generation of a multitude of aircraft sorties.

“Our teams did fantastic during Beverly Herd 16-2 and each functional area was able to drill on and refine their battle plans,” said Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander. “We expect nothing less from the Mustangs and our Team Osan partners than their very best, and the effort they put forth showed in how this exercise went.”

The 51st Fighter Wing Mustangs worked alongside their counterparts in the Republic of Korea air force, the South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing, which currently has a deployed squadron at Osan, and other units across the base, including integration with U.S. Army forces.

Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 acted as the wing-level counterpart to the annual Korean-U.S. joint exercise Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, a peninsula-wide command-and-control exercise operated at the United States Forces Korea level.

“It is our duty to practice these scenarios to the best of our capabilities so that if we are ever called upon to ‘Fight Tonight,’ we are able to deliver air power swiftly and effectively in defense of our partners here on the ROK,” said Hansen. “We will spend the time until our next exercise strengthening any shortfalls we discovered and raising our strengths to even higher levels.”

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