PACAF hosts ROKAF Academy cadets

ROKAF and PACAF leaders discuss goals during the ROKAF Academy cadet visit to JBPHH, June 5.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles

PACAF Public Affairs

Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) hosted 165 Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Academy cadets at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), June 6.

The visit was an effort to educate future ROKAF leaders on PACAF priorities in the Indo-Pacific region by immersing them in the command’s history and present-day goals.

“These cadets will grow up as young officers in a potentially different scenario than we grew up in on the Korean Peninsula,” said Brig. Gen. Stephen Williams, PACAF director of air and cyberspace operations.

“I think it’s important for them to understand where we came from so they can help shape where we go.”

The visit included briefings to highlight the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM and PACAF roles and missions in the Indo-Pacific region. The cadets also visited historical site sat JBPHH, received a static display tour of a KC-135 Stratotanker, and interacted with a variety of U.S. Air Force officers during a knowledge and cultural exchange.

Brig. Gen Seung Bae Kong, ROKAF Academy deputy superintendent, spoke highly of the opportunity for the cadets.

“I believe that through the presentations today and the briefings, the cadets will have a much broader and complete understanding of USINDOPACOM and PACAF,” Kong said.

ROKAFA cademy Senior Cadet Jaeoo Shin said a highlight of the visit was seeing a U.S. Air Force base for the first time and learning about the history of PACAF and the Indo-Pacific region.

“It’s interesting to see our allies’ historic role in the Pacific,” Shin said.

“Seeing the battle damage and the memorials during our tour of the headquarters building gave a sense of the combat experience of the U.S. Air Force.”

This is the sixth visit of ROKAF Academy cadets to PACAF since 2015.

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