The 353rd Maintenance Squadron provides the majority of off-aircraft and "back shop" maintenance for the assets of the 353rd SOG. The diversity of aircraft and missions in the 353rd creates unique challenges for the personnel of this squadron. The SOMXS also contains the majority of the supply function for the group.
he 18th Wing is Kadena's host unit. It is the oldest wing on continuous active duty and is the only active wing whose fighters have never served in the continental United States. A variety of units form one of the world's largest and most complex airbases. The 18th Wing is responsible for resources including F-15, KC-135, E-3 AWACS and HH-60 aircraft valued at over $4 billion, as well as other equipment and capital assets valued at about $2 billion.
The United States Air Force 8th Fighter Wing (8 FW) is the host unit at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea and is assigned to Seventh Air Force. Seventh Air Force falls under Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). For the next ten years the wing used the F-16 to maintain combat readiness for the defense of Korea. In 1992 the F-16s were upgraded to the more capable F-16C/D models.
The 525th Fighter Squadron is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 3d Operations Group and stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.On 20 January 1950, the 525th Fighter Squadron was redesignated the 525th Fighter-Bomber Squadron. In October 1950, the squadron transitioned to its first jet aircraft, the Republic F-84E Thunderjet and operated under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program.
The F-35, developed by Lockheed along with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, is still under development, though the Pentagon has ordered 2,400 of the all-purpose aircraft for delivery over the next two decades. As for the Thunderbirds stripes, it looks like the F-35 may be the next fighter jet to don the colors, replacing the F-16C/D Block 52s currently in service.
After a major accident, the USAF Thunderbirds reverted from F-105 Thunderchief to the F-100D which they operated from 1964 until it was replaced by the F-4 Phantom II in 1968. For the 1966-68 seasons, the USAF "Thunderbirds" aerobatic team discarded their tail numbers, which were replaced by "ONE", "TWO", "THREE" etc, painted on the rear fuselage of their F-100d Super Sabres.
Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) is stationed at NAS Pensacola and is known as the "Sabrehawks", a name derived from it's history of flying the T-39 SabreLiner. The mission of the Squadron is to conduct advanced Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training.
The F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) is the newest F-15 version designed for Saudi Arabia. It brings improved performance, enhanced situational awareness and increased survivability at a lower total life-cycle cost.
The 32d Flying Training Squadron (32 FTS) is part of the 71st Flying Training Wing based at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It operates T-1 Jayhawk aircraft conducting flight training. The squadron conducted worldwide airlift operations between 1973 and 1979 and has provided pilot training since 1995.