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140th Wing inspection to begin May 17, increased activity and noise expected 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Inspection ready 
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:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CONTACT:
Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer
720-847-9435

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (5/16/12) – 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 their Operational Readiness Inspection starting May 17.

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 inspection is one of several by the Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force, which will verify and validate that the 140th Wing is fully capable of deploying overseas for its federal mission in support of the nation’s defense.

The inspection is scheduled for May 17-20, and will include frequent sounding of alarms and sirens and increased flying operations, including jets taking off and landing as early as 6:45 a.m. and as late as 1:15 a.m. 

In addition to the 140th Wing’s inspection, the 460th Space Wing, which operates Buckley Air Force Base, is currently undergoing its Air Force Space Command Inspector General inspection, which is scheduled to end May 22. There will be increased delays at the base entrances and facilities as the base responds to various hypothetical scenarios given by the respective inspection teams.

"We ask for the public's patience and understanding during this period," said Brig. Gen. Trulan A. Eyre, commander, 140th Wing. "This will also be the first time for the Air Force to have two major commands doing concurrent inspections of two Air Force wings during the same period at the same base. We're ready to demonstrate our capabilities and look forward to showing both inspection teams why Team Buckley is the best in the Air Force."

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.

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 Air Force Base.

For questions regarding the Colorado Air National Guard's inspection, please contact Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer, 140th Wing Public Affairs at 720-847-9435, john.rohrer@ang.af.mil. For Buckley Air Force Base or 460th Space Wing-specific questions, contact John Spann, john.spann@us.af.mil or 2nd Lt. Rachel Freeman, at 720-847-9431 rachel.freeman@us.af.mil.

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5/16/2012