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Ms. Amanda Palmer and her son, Brayden watch as her husband, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Palmer, 140th Maintenance Squadron, takes off for a deployment at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Ms. Amanda Palmer and her son, Brayden watch as her husband, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Palmer, 140th Maintenance Squadron, takes off for a deployment at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 120th Fighter Wing, waits for ground crew members to finish their checks during the Operational Readiness Exercise at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., January 21, 2012. Buckley Air National Guard Airmen are taking part in the exercise to evaluate them with mission readiness in preparation for real world deployments as well the Operational Readiness Inspection being held in the spring.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/RELEASED)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares to fly overseas to support Air Force Central Command in the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Friends and family wave goodbye to their loved ones at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Friends and family wave goodbye to their loved ones at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Friends and family wave goodbye to their loved ones at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Friends and family wave goodbye to their loved ones at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Friends and family wave goodbye to their loved ones at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Friends and family wave goodbye to their loved ones at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

A family member watches as her loved one’s flight takes off for a deployment at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

A family member watches as her loved one’s flight takes off for a deployment at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers, and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Tech. Sgt. Wolfram Stumpf)

Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers, and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Tech. Sgt. Wolfram Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Covalt, 140th Maintenance Squadron, along with his wife LuAnn Covalt (center) and his daughter Gretchen Covalt (right) spend a few moments together before he deploys from Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Covalt, 140th Maintenance Squadron, along with his wife LuAnn Covalt (center) and his daughter Gretchen Covalt (right) spend a few moments together before he deploys from Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Maj. TenEyck “Thor” LaTourrette, 120th Fighter Squadron, conducts final checks on the F-16 Fighting Falcon as his youngest son Drake follows behind him at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Maj. TenEyck “Thor” LaTourrette, 120th Fighter Squadron, conducts final checks on the F-16 Fighting Falcon as his youngest son Drake follows behind him at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Maj. TenEyck “Thor” LaTourrette, 120th Fighter Squadron, gives his wife, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Col. Tracy LaTourrette a good bye hug along with their three children at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. TenEyck “Thor” LaTourrette, 120th Fighter Squadron, gives his wife, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Col. Tracy LaTourrette a good bye hug along with their three children at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Mike “Stiffler” Gommel, 120th Fighter Squadron, says goodbye to his daughters, Dylan (left) and Harlie (center) and his wife, Jennifer at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Mike “Stiffler” Gommel, 120th Fighter Squadron, says goodbye to his daughters, Dylan (left) and Harlie (center) and his wife, Jennifer at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Pinsker, 140th Maintenance Squadron, kisses his daughter goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Pinsker, 140th Maintenance Squadron, kisses his daughter goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rob Bruning, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs his wife and daughter goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rob Bruning, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs his wife and daughter goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sean McCracken, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs his wife, LaCie goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sean McCracken, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs his wife, LaCie goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tracy LaTourrette along with her three children waits for her husband, U.S. Air Force Major TanEyck “Thor” LaTourrrette (not pictured), 120th Fighter Squadron, to take off from Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tracy LaTourrette along with her three children waits for her husband, U.S. Air Force Major TanEyck “Thor” LaTourrrette (not pictured), 120th Fighter Squadron, to take off from Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Ms. Jennifer Gommel along with her two children waive to her husband U.S. Air Force Maj. Mike “Stiffler” Gommel (not pictured), 120th Fighter Squadron, as he departs from Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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Ms. Jennifer Gommel along with her two children waive to her husband U.S. Air Force Maj. Mike “Stiffler” Gommel (not pictured), 120th Fighter Squadron, as he departs from Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 01, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Morris, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs his kids goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Morris, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs his kids goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Barker, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs a loved one goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012.  Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Barker, 140th Maintenance Squadron, hugs a loved one goodbye at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Nov 1, 2012. Members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, have been taking off from Buckley AFB, Colo. this week, headed to a forward operating location in support of Air Force Central Command. These pilots, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will be deployed throughout the holiday season in order to support the ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations. (Colorado Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. -- The 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard is deploying on a three-month mission in support of the U.S. Air Force and the nation's continuing War on Terror.

"As a wing, we have been preparing for this very important deployment over the past several months and anticipate a smooth departure as we support the ongoing operations in the Middle East," said Brig. Gen. Trulan Eyre, commander of the 140th Wing.

The capabilities of the 140th Wing consist of F-16C+ fighter aircraft that will support our efforts overseas to fulfill our national objectives of national security and stability within the region.

"The men and women of the Colorado Air National Guard are honored to play an important role in our federal mission abroad, in addition to the work they do every day for the state of Colorado," said Eyre.

Because this deployment will take place over the holiday season, the men and women of the 140th Wing will miss some significant holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year's.

For assignment editors: The majority of the deploying members will be departing on Thursday, Nov. 1. Media interested in covering the departure must contact Capt. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs at 720-847-9558 or kinder.blacke@ang.af.mil for access to Buckley Air Force Base.