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.”
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.