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​An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, departs Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., on its way to Kadena Air Base, Japan, for a deployment in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. These theater security packages demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

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​BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Approximately 250 Airmen and six F-16 Fighting Falcons with the Colorado Air National Guard 140th Wing have deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan, from Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora.

The Airmen and fighter aircraft deployed with six F-16s and associated personnel with the Wisconsin Air National Guard, forming a Theater Security Package to demonstrate the United States' continuing commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

"Our Citizen Warriors are all volunteers, and we're indebted to their dedication in being always ready, always there to provide operational and support capabilities to our military around the world," said the Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh.

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

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.

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For more information, contact U.S. Air Force Maj. Kinder Blacke, Colorado Air National Guard Public Affairs, 720-847-9558, kinder.l.blacke.mil@mail.mil.

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