News>Singapore celebrates Peace Carvin V partnership with U.S. Air Force
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho-- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Republic of Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean speak to the media after the Peace Carvin V inauguration ceremony Nov. 19. The PC V detachment was established in October 2008 as the U.S. Air Force's 428th Fighter Squadron, and will operate up to 12 F-15SG fighter aircraft at the base for the next 25 years. The detachment of approximately 16 U.S. Air Force, 250 Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel, and 95 contractors to include pilots, weapons system officers and ground crew, will undergo air-to-air and air-to-ground training and development programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Debbie Lockhart)
by Staff Sgt. Jasmine Reif
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
11/20/2009 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The United States government and the Republic of Singapore celebrated their partnership during the Peace Carvin V inauguration of the F-15SG fighter detachment Nov. 19 at Mountain Home AFB.
The ceremony honored the PC V F-15 detachment known as the U.S. Air Force's 428th Fighter Squadron. The unit will operate up to 12 F-15SG fighter aircraft at the base, and feature Singapore and American Airmen working side by side.
The detachment of approximately 16 U.S. Air Force, 250 Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel, and 95 contractors to include pilots, weapons system officers and ground crew, will implement air-to-air and air-to-ground training and development programs. A core group of fully qualified F-15SG air and ground crew will bring the F-15SG fighter aircraft up to full operational capability by 2012.
"While our relationship with the Republic of Singapore and its air force has been strong in the past, I know the partnership here will bring us even closer together," said Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. "We look forward to working toward our common objectives and increasing our interoperability, so that when necessary, our two air forces can stand shoulder-to-shoulder in defense of our mutual interests."
Members of the 428th FS will also participate in USAF exercises such as Cope Tiger in Thailand and Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nev., to hone their professional skills and enhance their combat readiness. The partnership builds mutual cooperation both commercially and militarily, and strengthens the bonds between the two countries.
"These exercises foster mutual understanding and enhance interoperability between our armed forces," said Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Republic of Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence. "They allow us to operate seamlessly together when called upon to do so, such as in multinational operations in Iraq, as well as in relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina."
According to Secretary Donley, Singapore's men and women have been steadfast and reliable partners in combating maritime piracy, violent extremism, the transit of weapons of mass destruction, and human suffering caused by natural and man-made disasters.
The long-term goals of the partnership are to build lasting relationships between the two militaries and personnel, and elevate the partnership between both nations.
The PC V detachment was established in October 2008 and the team has been hard at work ever since.
"In the last 12 months we've gone a long way to make this a reality, and it's happened through our consistent diplomacy, consensus and teamwork," said Col. John Bird, 366th Fighter Wing commander.
The short term goal of PC V is to help the RSAF train enough pilots, weapons systems operators, ground control intercept officers, and maintainers to be able to operate its new fleet of F-15SG aircraft at Mountain Home AFB and back in Singapore.
After this initial training cycle is complete, the primary training will transition to Singapore, and the PC V program will function as a high-end training squadron. "This merging of U.S. and Singapore training will help develop commonality between the air forces and assist in future operations," said Lt. Col. Keith Gibson, 428th FS commander.
The deputy prime minister said the RSAF detachments in the U.S. "have provided realistic, rigorous and demanding training for our airmen to build up their combat readiness.
"They have also seen countless friendships forged between the airmen and crews of our two air forces," he said. "They are a reflection of the longstanding defense relationship between Singapore and the United States."
The Peace Carvin program has a history spanning 21 years with detachments at four other locations in the United States.
The other locations with American-Singapore partnership units include the PC II F-16 fighter detachment at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Peace Prairie CH-47 Chinook helicopter detachment in Grand Prairie, Texas, Peace Vanguard AH-64 Apache helicopter detachment at Marana, Ariz., and Peace Triton S-70B Sikorsky Seahawk naval helicopter detachment at San Diego, Calif.