Cap­tains lauded for wa­ter­tight air mis­sions

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - By Jung Da-min [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Two cap­tains of the Repub­lic of Korea Air Force have been awarded for their ex­cel­lent mis­sion per­for­mances as air de­fense weapon di­rec­tors.

Capt. Lim Ji-hoon and Capt. Park In-yong, on as­sign­ments for the Air Force’s Ground Con­trol and Air­bon Con­trol, re­spec­tively, have been se­lected as the best two “Golden Eyes” among the 58 par­tic­i­pants at the 40th Air Com­bat In­ter­cept Con­trol Com­pe­ti­tion held from Aug. 12 to Sept. 11, the Air Force an­nounced Tues­day.

Air de­fense weapon di­rec­tors con­duct mis­sions di­rect­ing air­craft of friendly forces to op­ti­mal spots to counter unauthoriz­ed en­try of for­eign air­craft into the coun­try’s airspace or the Korean Air De­fense Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Zone (KADIZ).

“I have ex­pe­ri­ence con­trol­ling our mil­i­tary’s air­craft dur­ing an unauthoriz­ed en­try by a neigh­bor­ing coun­try’s planes into the KADIZ,” said Lim, who has been work­ing at a mas­ter con­trol and re­port­ing cen­ter (MCRC) for the mis­sion from the ground since 2016.

“I de­scribed the pro­ceed­ing sit­u­a­tion to the pi­lot while no­ti­fy­ing the di­rec­tion, speed and al­ti­tude and felt a con­sid­er­able level of re­spon­si­bil­ity and ten­sion see­ing the pi­lot re­spond to my ev­ery word. I felt proud to be work­ing on the very front of the air de­fense of the coun­try.”

Park, who has been as­signed to the mis­sion from the Air Force’s E-737 Peace Eye, an air­borne early warn­ing and con­trol sys­tem, since this year af­ter work­ing at an MCRC for five years from 2014, has also con­ducted mis­sions over sev­eral cases of KADIZ en­tries by for­eign air­craft.

“I feel most ful­filled when the pi­lot thanks me af­ter we com­plete our mis­sions work­ing closely to­gether,” he said.

Capt. Lim Ji-hoon, left, and Capt. Park In-yong

Cour­tesy of Air Force

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