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F-22A scheduled for first overseas deployment

Two F-22 Raptors move into the Langley Air Force Base pattern over Virginia. A squadron of F-22 Raptors is scheduled to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Two F-22 Raptors move into the Langley Air Force Base pattern over Virginia. A squadron of F-22 Raptors is scheduled to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

F-22 Raptors fly over Langley Air Force Base, Va. A squadron of F-22 Raptors is scheduled to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

F-22 Raptors fly over Langley Air Force Base, Va. A squadron of F-22 Raptors is scheduled to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Two F-22A Raptors taxi down the runway. A squadron of F-22 Raptors is scheduled to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Two F-22A Raptors taxi down the runway. A squadron of F-22 Raptors is scheduled to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to deploy a squadron of F-22A Raptors to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter.

The F-22A is a transformational combat aircraft that is effectively invisible to threats, cruises at supersonic speeds, is highly maneuverable, and provides the joint force an unprecedented level of integrated situational awareness. As part of continuing force posture adjustments to address worldwide requirements, the United States continues to deploy additional forces throughout the Western Pacific.

This is the latest example of the flexibility U.S. forces have to meet our ongoing commitments and security obligations throughout the Pacific region by maintaining a flexible and credible presence.