KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Members of the Korean National Police Gunsan City branch visited the 8th Fighter Wing to meet with base leadership and tour the 8th Security Forces Squadron building Aug. 20, 2019.
The tour started with a military working dog demonstration where security forces walked through having a K-9 chase a runner, escort a suspect and protect his handler. Then, the group went to the combined defense operations center, where the 8th SFS and the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department can monitor the base through various cameras. Finally, they checked out the weapons used on base and learned about the virtual reality training system here.
“With this tour, we really wanted to show them the professionalism at all levels of our squadron,” said Lt. Col. Jacob Foley, 8th SFS commander. “We had senior airmen show weapons training, and showed we have staff sergeants controlling CDOC. We have Airmen that have only been in the Air Force for three to five years who are already taking on leadership roles. I think for them to be able to come in here and see it for themselves is something special.”
One of the reasons the 8th SFS invited the KNP to the base, was to build upon the partnership they already have. The KNP assists 8th SFS with all issues outside the main gate and base perimeter where the base’s jurisdiction ends.
“There is a close working relationship around the gate, especially at night,” Foley said. “When we call and ask for their assistance with something, they know what we are asking for, and they expect us to react appropriately and to assist them as well. We really want them to know that we are an ally that they can count on and to continue working together with.”
The 8th SFS and KNP will continue to support each other’s mission to keep the base and its people safe.