With tensions between the United States and North Korea at an all time high the US Air Force sent the F-35A to South Korea for the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2017.

“With this temporary duty, we gain an increased understanding of how other platforms and countries conduct maintenance and daily operations,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Phillips, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “Boots on ground in a location other than home gives us breadth and increased understanding we’re able to pass onto peers, subordinates and leaders alike for application in future movements.”

In preparing to take the F-35A to Asia for the first time, the maintenance team focused on daily requirements such as upgrade training, maintenance discipline and operational risk management practices.

“We train like we fight,” Phillips said. “We pride ourselves on by-the-book maintenance, safety and wingmanship. Living these principles everyday prepares us for any assignment and complying with our maintenance directives and guidance will always ensure success.” – US Air Force

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