News: Military leaders discuss past, future ops at Air Boss Conference
Story by Staff Sgt. Chad Thompson
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Leaders from around the world met here June 15 and 16 to discuss one important mission – strategic airpower in Korea.
“The Air Boss Conference is an annual conference that’s hosted by the [Air Component Command commander],” said Col. James McGovern, 607th Air and Space Operations Center commander. “It’s a bi-lateral get together between Republic of Korea and U.S. forces under the combined forces aegis here on the peninsula.”
This conference plays a vital role in bringing together commanders from both on and off the peninsula, he said. Each of these commanders could send forces to support a potential crisis or conflict here.
“Having them all together to discuss current issues with regards to operational plans, and the assumptions we have as we go working together, are very important,” Colonel McGovern said.
The annual Air Boss Conference is not only a great chance for other commanders around the Pacific Command to meet, but they also get the opportunity to discuss issues directly with their boss.
“Over the next few days, we have an aggressive agenda covering a wide range of topics relevant to airpower in the Korea Theater of Operations,” said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Remington, Air Component Command commander. “I welcome this opportunity to both share my vision and discuss the challenges to combat employment here on the peninsula.”
The general said this conference affords the opportunity for other leaders around the world to bring their expertise to the table, learn from each other and take advantage of a forum such as this to further integrate all organizations into a seamless war-fighting machine.
“Keep in mind that in this theater, we must always remain ready to fight tonight,” General Remington said. “This is your opportunity to receive guidance directly from me and provide feedback that can be implemented to strengthen our alliance.”