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Final dress rehearsal upcoming for 140th Wing inspection 
140th Wing Public Affairs 
Operation Rediness Exercise 
Colorado Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Eric Skogan, 140th Operations Group, removes a set of wheel blocks from an F-16 Fighting Falcon before a flight 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 on their mission readiness in preparation for real world-deployments as well as an inspection later this spring. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/RELEASED)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CONTACT:
Air National Guard
Capt. Kinder Blacke
720-847-6164/9435
720-670-7062

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (3/6/12) – The men and women of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, are once again gearing up for a few days of increased activity as they conduct another Operational Readiness Exercise in preparation for their inspection this spring.

Wing personnel will conduct 24-hour training, simulating operations in a combat environment, meaning the local community can anticipate an increase in activity and noise level over the next few days.

“This is our final full-up dress rehearsal before our big inspection in May,” said Brig. Gen. Trulan Eyre, commander, 140th Wing. “We are periodically inspected to verify to the U.S. Air Force that we are fully capable of deploying overseas for our federal mission in support of our nation’s defense.”

This Operational Readiness Exercise is scheduled for March 8-11, and will include frequent sounding of alarms and sirens and increased flying operations, including jets taking off and/or landing as early as 6:45 a.m. and as late as 1:15 a.m.  

The community’s patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as the 140th Wing works hard to prepare for success on the ORI and perfects the mission-essential functions carried 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.blacke@ang.af.mil.

The 140th Wing’s day-to-day mission is to protect our skies by responding rapidly and appropriately to potential air threats in support of Operation Noble Eagle, the military response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Aircraft, pilots, and maintainers from the 140th Wing are on alert 24/7 at the only centrally located alert fighter facility in the nation at Buckley AFB.

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3/5/2012