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Colorado Air National Guard prepares for Kadena deployment

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, takes off at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado on its way to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the Theater Security Package.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, takes off at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado on its way to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the Theater Security Package.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, takes off at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado on its way to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the Theater Security Package.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, takes off at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado on its way to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the Theater Security Package.

Maj. Gregory “Amp” Gossner, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, says goodbye to his loved ones as he prepares to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan for the Theater Security Package.

Maj. Gregory “Amp” Gossner, a pilot with the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, says goodbye to his loved ones as he prepares to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan for the Theater Security Package.

Lt. Col. Christopher “Wedge” Southard, commander, 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, taxis by his crew as he prepares to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan for the Theater Security Package.

Lt. Col. Christopher “Wedge” Southard, commander, 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, taxis by his crew as he prepares to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan for the Theater Security Package.

Col. Floyd W. Dunstan, commander, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft on the first leg of the journey to Kadena Air Base, Japan for the Theater Security Package deployment of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard.

Col. Floyd W. Dunstan, commander, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, prepares to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft on the first leg of the journey to Kadena Air Base, Japan for the Theater Security Package deployment of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard.

Senior Airman Aaron Romero from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Maintenance Group, spends time with his family before he departs from Buckley AFB, Colo., May 5, 2017. Approximately 250 Airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing along with 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons are departing to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.   (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/Released)

Senior Airman Aaron Romero from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Maintenance Group, spends time with his family before he departs from Buckley AFB, Colo., May 5, 2017. Approximately 250 Airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing along with 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons are departing to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/Released)

Senior Airman Kevin Isaac from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, says goodbye to his daughter Alysaa before he departs from Buckley AFB, Colo., May 5, 2017. Approximately 250 Airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing along with 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons are departing to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.   (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/Released)

Senior Airman Kevin Isaac from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, says goodbye to his daughter Alysaa before he departs from Buckley AFB, Colo., May 5, 2017. Approximately 250 Airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing along with 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons are departing to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/Released)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Approximately 250 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, are deploying in May to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as the 120th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.

 

The U.S. Air Force routinely deploys fighter aircraft to the region to provide U.S. PACOM and Pacific Air Forces with Theater Security Packages, which help maintain a deterrent against threats to regional security and stability.

 

Movement of U.S. Air Force TSPs into the region has been a routine and integral part of U.S. PACOM’s force posture since March 2004.

 

These theater security packages demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

 

For more information, contact the Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs Office at 808-448-3209 or pacaf.paops@us.af.mil.

For local media, contact Maj Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs, 720-847-9558, kinder.l.blacke.mil@mail.mil.