Ohio Air National Guard unit prepares for Andersen deployment

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

More than 200 Airmen with the 112th Fighter Squadron from Toledo Air National Guard Base, Ohio, are set to deploy mid-January to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.

The 112th EFS will assume the TSP mission from the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron which is presently at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 125th EFS is scheduled to redeploy to Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla. However, 12 of their F-16 Fighting Falcons will move to Andersen for the 112th EFS to operate.

U.S. Air Force routinely deploys fighter aircraft to the region to provide U.S. PACOM and Pacific Air Forces with Theater Security Packages, which help maintain a deterrent against threats to regional security and stability.

Movement of U.S. Air Force TSPs into the region has been a routine and integral part of U.S. Pacific Command’s force posture since March 2004.

These theater security packages demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.