KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Airmen with the 8th Maintenance Group (MXG) received recognition for their job performance during the annual Maintenance Professionals of the Year ceremony held March 16, 2018, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
At the event, guest speaker and former 8th MXG commander, Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., 82nd Training Wing commander, provided remarks on the enduring efforts and professionalism of the maintenance career fields as a whole and the accomplishments of those in attendance.
“From the maintenance analyst, to the munitions storage area, to the prop shop to the fuel cell all the way out to the flightline there is absolutely no other place that has the kind of comradery that maintenance has,” said Jolly. “We don’t do anything on our own, but tonight we are here to celebrate those who exercise leadership, regardless of rank.”
The 8th MXG is responsible for a broad scope of operations from day-to-day pre and post-flight maintenance to bomb builds and all the way up to regular phase inspections of the Wolf Pack’s F-16 aircraft.
“Everything that we’ve accomplished [here at the Wolf Pack] has come from the ground up,” said Col. G. Hall Sebren, 8th MXG commander. “When you leave Kunsan, you will be an asset to whatever installation you go to. They will come to you to figure out how to generate combat air power. Take the things that you’ve learned here and make them better because I could not be more proud of all of you.”
In total, Airmen competed in over 30 categories related to the performance of their various skillsets and trades.