TSP/CBP key to security, deterrence in Pacific

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- An F-16 from the 522d Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off during a routine training mission. The current deployment of aircraft at Guam is one of the largest footprints in the history of the buildup of air forces here, maintaining U.S. deterrence and warfighting capabilities against possible threats in Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mahmoud Rasoulyan)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- An F-16 from the 522d Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off during a routine training mission. The current deployment of aircraft at Guam is one of the largest footprints in the history of the buildup of air forces here, maintaining U.S. deterrence and warfighting capabilities against possible threats in Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mahmoud Rasoulyan)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- In May 2007, the U.S. Air Force deployed 18 F-16s, six B-52s and four KC-135s here in support of Theater Security Package (TSP) and Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP). operations to underscore the U.S. commitment to regional partners and U.S. security obligations.

Force packages of fighters and tankers are deployed throughout the Western Pacific in Guam, Japan and the Republic of Korea as part of U.S. Pacific Command's (PACOM) TSP in the Western Pacific, and bombers -- B-52s, B-2s or B-1s -- are deployed to Guam as part of PACOM's CBP. 

The current deployment of aircraft at Guam is one of the largest footprints in the history of the buildup of air forces here, maintaining U.S. deterrence and warfighting capabilities against possible threats in Asia.

As part of continuing force posture adjustments, the United States routinely deploys forces to the Western Pacific to maintain a credible deterrent posture and presence for the region and demonstrate a continued U.S. commitment to fulfilling security responsibilities throughout the Western Pacific.

The United States has a number of important relationships in the Pacific region, and the PACOM has taken significant steps to strengthen its operational presence and interoperability with various partners. These deployments send a clear message to any potential adversary that the United States is serious about security and stability in the region. 

A result of these rotations is the enhancement of U.S. influence and expansion of U.S. operational access to train forward-deployed and forward-based combat forces, and increased interoperability with coalition partners to support potential efforts across the spectrum of military operations.

According to officials at Pacific Air Forces, Guam is an ideal location for projecting air power in support of this transformation. It is strategically located, has impressive fuel and munitions storage capabilities, quality Airmen and civilians, and strong community support. These forward-basing assets give PACOM the capability to respond to any contingency, anywhere in the theater in minimal time.

The future of Guam also holds additions in aircraft and infrastructure as the base is a strategically located forward operating base and a linchpin in the Pacific, in terms of its flexibility to conduct operations for the Pacific Command, according to Brig. Gen. Douglas Owens, commander, 36th Wing, the host wing for deployed operations here at Andersen.

PACOM is committed to providing an environment of security and stability to support and foster freedom and prosperity throughout the region. These moves are prudent force adjustment measures and are not intended to be viewed as aggressive in nature. 

Every TSP and CBP activity PACOM undertakes will enhance the joint/combined capabilities and communicates the intent to assure friends, or dissuade, deter, or defeat potential enemies. It will also strengthen the military-to-military cooperation and prepare PACOM forces and their prospective regional partners for the next challenge. 

For more information regarding TSP and CBP operations, please call the 36th Operations Group Public Affairs Office at (671)-366-2201 or email Master Sgt. Arthur Webb at arthur.webb@andersen.af.mil.