NEWS | May 7, 2017

Colo. Air National Guard 140th Wing deploys to Japan to guard regional security

By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs Colorado National Guard

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.