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Alaskan F-22 Raptors deploy to Andersen AFB

September 18, 2012 (by 36th Wing PA) - Active duty and Reserve F-22 pilots, maintenance and support personnel from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska's 3rd Wing and 477th Fighter Group have deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The F-22's arrived at Andersen AFB on September 13.

USAF F-22A block 30 no. 06-4113 from the 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson taxis at Andersen AFB on September 17th, 2012. The F-22 is deployed to Andersen as part of the Theater Security Package. [USAF photo by SSgt. Alexandre Montes]

This marks the first time since 2011 F-22's from the 3rd Wing have deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Pacific Air Forces Theater Security Package deployments to the Asia-Pacific region signify a continued commitment to regional stability and security, while allowing units to train in the Pacific theater. F-22's routinely deploy throughout U.S. Pacific Command's area of responsibility.

The F-22 deployment to Andersen AFB is in support of Pacific Command's security obligations in the Western Pacific, and the deployed unit will perform training under the direction of the 36th Wing at Andersen AFB.

The United States routinely evaluates readiness and repositions forces as needed to ensure capabilities necessary to meet obligations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Courtesy of 36th Wing Public Affairs

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    Additional images:

    USAF F-22A block 30 no. 05-4090, the 90th FS flag ship, taxis before its departure from Joint base Elmendorf-Richardson en route to Andersen AFB. [USAF photo by TSgt. Dana Rosso]

    TSgts. Mark Ling & Andrew Eichorst, dedicated F-22 crew chiefs from the 477th AMXS, perform final check on the F-22A block 30 no. 07-4146 from the 90th FS prior to flight. [USAF photo by TSgt. Dana Rosso]

    USAF F-22A block 30 no. 06-4113 (marked 3 OG) from the 525th FS taxis on September 17th, 2012 at Andersen AFB after arriving as part of the Theater Security Package. [USAF photo by SrA. Carlin Leslie]