MACTAN BENITO EBUEN AIR BASE, Republic of the Philippines -- The son of a Brainerd couple is currently serving a tour of duty here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brent J. Bush is the son of Emil and Jennie Bush of Brainerd. He is a graduate of Brainerd High School. He and his wife have three children.
Bush is a flying crew chief with the 453rd Maintenance Squadron, part of the 353rd Special Operations Group deployed here from Kadena Air Base, Japan. The unit flies the MC-130P Combat Shadow.
Bush has been in the Air Force for eight years, and he said he is proud to be deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I'm pleased to be working with my Philippine counterparts in support of the mission," he said of his tour of duty. "This is an important cause -- we have to win this war on terrorism."
American forces currently are stationed in this country at the request of the Philippine president to assist, advise and train their Filipino military counterparts to help them sharpen their skills in fighting terrorism. U.S. Joint Task Force 510, headquartered near Zamboanga City on the island of Mindanao, oversees the U.S. personnel in this country.
Bush's unit is one of several providing air support to the task force. The mission of the U.S. forces stationed here at Mactan is to provide air support -- transport of cargo, personnel, medical evacuation and aerial reconnaissance -- for U.S. military operations in the southern Philippines.
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