FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Air Force Maj. Elena O'Bryan
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (3/31/11) – Four Citizen-Airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 240th Civil Engineering Flight based at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., will deploy tomorrow in support of Pacific Air Forces.
The personnel will travel to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where they will provide support to the command and control civil engineering element of PACAF as part of Operation Tomodachi.
“We’ll be helping the people of Japan using the same civil engineering capabilities that we use to support civil authorities during domestic emergencies here at home,” said Brig. Gen. Trulan A. Eyre, 140th Wing commander.
“This mission is going to task us, as engineers, to help with some of the reconstruction and the civil support following the disaster in Japan. This falls into our realm of expertise and directly ties into our domestic mission as military first responders to disasters in the U.S.,” said Col. Mike Crader, 240th CEF chief of readiness.
The Airmen will be leaving their families and civilian jobs for 45 days.
There is a possibility one or all of the Airmen will be forward deployed to Japan.
The 240th Civil Engineering Flight has engineers, administration specialists and fire fighters who assist Pacific Air Force bases and major command headquarters staffs in tasks ranging from designing facilities, programming, wartime engineer resource management and force augmentation.
Past missions have required the unit to deploy to Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Alaska and Hawaii, among other places.
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