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140th Wing assessing wartime readiness, expect increase in activity

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Skogen, 140th Operations Group, removes a set of wheel blocks from an F-16 Fighting Falcon before a flight during an Operational Readiness at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Jan. 20, 2012. Buckley Air National Guard airmen are taking part in the ORE being held on base throughout the weekend. The exercise evaluates airmen with mission readiness in preparation for real world deployments as well as an inspection later this spring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wolfram M. Stumpf /RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Skogen, 140th Operations Group, removes a set of wheel blocks from an F-16 Fighting Falcon before a flight during an Operational Readiness at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., Jan. 20, 2012. Buckley Air National Guard airmen are taking part in the ORE being held on base throughout the weekend. The exercise evaluates airmen with mission readiness in preparation for real world deployments as well as an inspection later this spring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wolfram M. Stumpf /RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class David Mannarino, a crew chief from the 140th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, adds nitrogen to a tire of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., January 20, 2012. Buckley Air National Guard airmen are taking part in the ORE being held on base throughout the weekend. The exercise evaluates airmen 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 Wolfram M. Stumpf /RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class David Mannarino, a crew chief from the 140th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, adds nitrogen to a tire of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., January 20, 2012. Buckley Air National Guard airmen are taking part in the ORE being held on base throughout the weekend. The exercise evaluates airmen 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 Wolfram M. Stumpf /RELEASED)

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)

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)

U.S. Air Force Major Lisa Seltman, 140th Medical Group, simulates a patient as fellow 140th MDG personnel 2nd Lt. Luvelle Navarro, Tech. Sgt. David Brown and Tech. Sgt. Bonnie Vega perform medical training exercises at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., May 14, 2011.  Buckley airmen are taking part in the Operational Readiness Exercise being held on base throughout the weekend. The ORE helps prepare airmen with mission readiness for real world deployments and the wings upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection next year.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Major Lisa Seltman, 140th Medical Group, simulates a patient as fellow 140th MDG personnel 2nd Lt. Luvelle Navarro, Tech. Sgt. David Brown and Tech. Sgt. Bonnie Vega perform medical training exercises at Buckley Air Force Base Colo., May 14, 2011. Buckley airmen are taking part in the Operational Readiness Exercise being held on base throughout the weekend. The ORE helps prepare airmen with mission readiness for real world deployments and the wings upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection next year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf) (RELEASED)

BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. -- This week, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard is conducting a 4-day wartime readiness inspection that will include increased activity on the base and F-16s flying outside of routine flying hours.

"Not only do we support a 24/7 aerospace control alert mission, but we also have to be ready at a moment's notice to deploy in support of our federal missions overseas," said Col. Floyd Dunstan, commander, 140th Wing. "It is important that we test and evaluate ourselves on these critical requirements to make sure we are fully prepared to answer our nation's call."

The 140th Wing's wartime readiness inspection is scheduled for Oct. 15-18, and will include frequent sounding of alarms and sirens and increased flying operations on Friday and Saturday, including jets taking off and/or landing as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m.  

The community's patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as the 140th Wing works hard to hone the mission-essential functions they carry out every day in support of national security.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Capt. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs at 720-847-6164, kinder.l.blacke.mil@mail.mil.