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May 30, 2018
 

425th Fighter Squadron celebrates 25 years at Luke

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Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham
Luke AFB, Ariz.

Maj. Gen. Mervyn Tan Wei Ming, Republic of Singapore Chief of Air Force, performs a ceremonial inspection of a flight of 425th Fighter Squadron Airmen during a parade ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., May 22, 2018. The ceremony celebrated 25 years of United States Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force partnership within the 425th FS.

The 425th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., celebrated 25 years of United States Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force partnership with a parade ceremony May 22.

Peace Carvin II, the name given to the joint-training environment between the Republic of Singapore and the U.S., is the longest operating overseas detachment for the RSAF. Since 1992, the 425 FS has flown the F-16C and F-16D Fighting Falcon with a mission to provide advanced weapons and tactics training to RSAF pilots and maintenance Airmen.

During the parade ceremony, the guest of honor Maj. Gen. Mervyn Tan Wei Ming, Republic of Singapore Chief of Air Force, spoke. He thanked the 56th Fighter Wing for their continued support and partnership.

“Through the years, each generation of RSAF aircrew and air force engineer that have come through the doors of the detachment, has worked in conjunction with their United States Air Force counterparts, to ensure that PC II continues to operate at a high level of readiness,” said Lieutenant Brandon Sim, RSAF officer in charge of publicity. “PC II, more fondly known as the Black Widows, has enhanced its operations by adopting the best practices from both Air Forces — truly achieving the best of both worlds.”

Leadership assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing and the 425th Fighter Squadron attend a parade ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United States Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force partnership at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., May 22, 2018. During the ceremony, a commemorative F-16 tail flash painted by the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control was unveiled.

After a visual inspection of a flight of 425th FS Airmen, Ming unveiled a new 25th anniversary, commemorative F-16 tail flash painted by the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control.

“It was very exciting to see the positive feedback from all the work we had to do to make that tail flash happen,” said Master Sgt. Zachary Marshall, 56th EMS NCO in charge of corrosion control. “It was especially humbling to have the 56th FW, 425th FS and Singapore leadership all thanking us for the hard work. It was a daunting effort, but I have to hand it to my team’s creativity and commitment to the task to make that possible.”

PC II and the 425th remains a vital part of the U.S. Air Force, RSAF partnership and a visible representation of their commitment to cooperation.
 

Maj. Gen. Mervyn Tan Wei Ming, Republic of Singapore Chief of Air Force, and Brig. Gen. Brooke Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, salute a flight of 425th Fighter Squadron Airmen during a parade ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., May 22, 2018. To initiate the official start of the 25th anniversary parade ceremony, the flight rendered a salute to their commanding officers.

 

Maj. Gen. Mervyn Tan Wei Ming, Republic of Singapore Chief of Air Force, speaks to a flight of 425th Fighter Squadron Airmen during a parade ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., May 22, 2018. During his speech, Ming thanked the 56th Fighter Wing for their support within the 425th Fighter Squadron.




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