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Air National Guard units join forces in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve

Airmen from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, arrive at Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary, on a C-17 cargo aircraft in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The Colorado Air National Guard has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region such as Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

Airmen from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, arrive at Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary, on a C-17 cargo aircraft in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The Colorado Air National Guard has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region such as Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

Master Sgt. John A. St. George, crew chief from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon into position after landing at Papa Air Base, Hungary, while other crew chiefs chalk the wheels. This is the first time Colorado jets have landed in Hungary, and the first time the Colorado Air Guard has been to Europe in at more than 20 years. In support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

Master Sgt. John A. St. George, crew chief from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon into position after landing at Papa Air Base, Hungary, while other crew chiefs chalk the wheels. This is the first time Colorado jets have landed in Hungary, and the first time the Colorado Air Guard has been to Europe in at more than 20 years. In support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, performs a fly-by over Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary. In support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, performs a fly-by over Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary. In support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, makes a fly-by maneuver over a taxiing F-16 at Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary after returning from a training mission in support of Operation Panther Strike. conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, makes a fly-by maneuver over a taxiing F-16 at Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary after returning from a training mission in support of Operation Panther Strike. conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Papa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, is in flight over Pápa Air Base, Pápa, Hungary in support of Operation Panther Strike after returning from a training mission in eastern Europe. In conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Pápa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, is in flight over Pápa Air Base, Pápa, Hungary in support of Operation Panther Strike after returning from a training mission in eastern Europe. In conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, has deployed approximately 200 Airmen to Pápa Air Base, Hungary, to conduct familiarization training alongside our NATO ally, Hungary. They will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. forces' aircraft and NATO aircraft in the region. This deployment continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

PAPA AIR BASE, HUNGARY -- Members of the 242d Combat Communications Squadron (CBCS), 194th Wing, Washington Air National Guard, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, joined forces with the 140th Wing (WG), Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, to support a deployment to Pápa Air Base, Hungary.  This deployment is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve and demonstrates the continued commitment the United States has to our allies. 

The mission of the 242d CBCS is to rapidly deploy, operate and maintain command, control, communications and computer systems at any time and location around the globe in support of both federal and state missions. In support of  their mission and the commitment to European security and stability, the 242d provided 18 members to the 140th WG, in the first partnership of its kind between the Colorado Air National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard. 

Senior Airman Marvin Reyes, Client Systems Technician, 242d CBCS, is utilizing the extensive training he has received at home to provide the infrastructure for the defense switch network, air to ground communications, internet, IP phones and printers; essentially any communications services that may be needed in order to make his first deployment a successful one.

This type of combat exercise provides a real world experience as Airmen are removed from the comforts of home, forced to adapt and overcome obstacles such as time zone changes and language barriers. 

"Being away from home we have definitely encountered a few obstacles.  It is a little different being outside of the U.S., we are dealing with the complications of time changes and leaning on our team back home for additional support" said Reyes. 

Reyes stated,  "In order to overcome obstacles we have been pulling longer shifts and maintaining 24 hour operations which also allows us to reach out to our  team back home for additional support as needed."

Reflecting on his experience, Reyes said, "We do integrate a lot with the Hungarian military and they have been very professional and easy to communicate with throughout this entire process."

In addition to the tactical training Airmen are receiving it is also an opportunity for mentorship and development between junior and senior members. 

Senior Master Sergeant Eugene Lewan, 242d CBCS, said " We have a mixed crew of junior and senior personnel so they get the feeling of real world operations while still having the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge "

As the Air Force continues to pursue total force integration, the support of Operation Atlantic Resolve demonstrated by the Colorado Air National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard reinforces the added capabilities reserve components provide in maintaining a global presence. 

Lewan stated, "The Guard has pretty much become the backbone of the military and they rely on us quite a bit so the more we can do what active duty units do and in unison with other Guard units, the better our military can be."

"Our experience with the 140th WG has been positive. We hope to continue these relationships with them in the future and in future operations." said Lewan

This deployment and others like it, further enhance the strength of our alliances without the need to permanently base additional aircraft and Airmen in Europe.