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Colo. Air National Guard deploys in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft performs a low-altitude fly-by maneuver at Papa Air Base, Hungary. The F-16 is from the 120th Fighter Squadron, which is based out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado and is part of the 140th Wing, which is here to train with our NATO allies in Hungary, and partner nations around the region in the biggest air operation since the Balkans with eight states and five countries involved in the Panther Strike exercise in conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve. 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 performs a low-altitude fly-by maneuver at Papa Air Base, Hungary. The F-16 is from the 120th Fighter Squadron, which is based out of Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado and is part of the 140th Wing, which is here to train with our NATO allies in Hungary, and partner nations around the region in the biggest air operation since the Balkans with eight states and five countries involved in the Panther Strike exercise in conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve. 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 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, does a low pass fly-by before landing, Cerkjle ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, 25 July, 2016. The 140th Wing F-16 Fighting Falcons made history when they became the first F-16s to ever land at Cerkjle AB. The 140th WG is currently deployed to Hungary to train with NATO allies in Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in conjunction with Panther Strike 2016 and Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, does a low pass fly-by before landing, Cerkjle ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, 25 July, 2016. The 140th Wing F-16 Fighting Falcons made history when they became the first F-16s to ever land at Cerkjle AB. The 140th WG is currently deployed to Hungary to train with NATO allies in Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in conjunction with Panther Strike 2016 and Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Guard, are lined up on the ramp at Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary, July 20, 2016. The 140th Wing is here to train with our NATO allies in Hungary, and partner nations around the region in the biggest air operation since the Balkans with eight states and five countries involved in the Panther Strike exercise in conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve. 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)

U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Guard, are lined up on the ramp at Papa Air Base, Papa, Hungary, July 20, 2016. The 140th Wing is here to train with our NATO allies in Hungary, and partner nations around the region in the biggest air operation since the Balkans with eight states and five countries involved in the Panther Strike exercise in conjunction with Operation Atlantic Resolve. 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)

Dr. Simicsko Istvan, Hungarian Minister of Defense and Colleen Bell, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, speak to American and Hungarian troops at Pápa Air Base, Hungary during Panther Strike 2016, July 27, 2016. A Hungarian Gripen and an American F-16 were both used during the multinational training event and can be seen in the background. Istvan and Bell were amongst the senior officials in attendance for distinguished visitor day, all of whom received an opportunity to tour the base, speak with individuals participating in the training mission and and see the aircraft involved. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

Dr. Simicsko Istvan, Hungarian Minister of Defense and Colleen Bell, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, speak to American and Hungarian troops at Pápa Air Base, Hungary during Panther Strike 2016, July 27, 2016. A Hungarian Gripen and an American F-16 were both used during the multinational training event and can be seen in the background. Istvan and Bell were amongst the senior officials in attendance for distinguished visitor day, all of whom received an opportunity to tour the base, speak with individuals participating in the training mission and and see the aircraft involved. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo -- Residents of Aurora may have noticed that it has been a little quieter than usual lately.

That's because over 200 personnel and eight F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard, based here, are currently supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve at Pápa Air Base, Hungary.

During July and August, these Airmen are conducting training and familiarization events 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 is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve and continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and European security and stability.

"The overall mission of the 140th Wing and the 120th Fighter Squadron being deployed to Hungary is for our flying training deployment, which is a training we do on an annual basis," said Col. Floyd Dunstan, commander, 140th Wing. "We had an opportunity to come over here and support the European Reassurance Initiative and do some flying with the Hungarian Air Force and also be able to support Joint Terminal Attack Controller training for the Hungarian and Slovenian armed forces."

The Air National Guard routinely rotates forces in and out of Europe, which enhances the strength of NATO alliances without the need to permanently base additional aircraft and Airmen in Europe.

"The role of the COANG in support of European stability operations is greatly important," Dunstan said. "For us to be able to deploy with our NATO partners, Hungary and Slovenia, is very significant because it allows us to align our capabilities and further integrates the multiple armed forces."

Although much of the 140th Wing will be deployed, a significant number will remain at Buckley AFB in order to support their 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert mission, responding at a moment's notice to any airborne threats in the central U.S. region.