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Oregon Airmen deploy in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve

Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, 142nd Fighter Wing, left, along with other deploying Airmen, salutes the official party during the unit’s mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, 142nd Fighter Wing, left, along with other deploying Airmen, salutes the official party during the unit’s mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the official party render honors to the colors of the American and State of Oregon flags presented by the 142nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard during the formal mobilization ceremony June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the official party render honors to the colors of the American and State of Oregon flags presented by the 142nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard during the formal mobilization ceremony June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

A member of the 142nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard post the American Flag while Oregon Governor Kate Brown and other members of the official party pause during the mobilization ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

A member of the 142nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard post the American Flag while Oregon Governor Kate Brown and other members of the official party pause during the mobilization ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Denise Phillips, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Mission Support Group, sings the National Anthem during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Denise Phillips, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Mission Support Group, sings the National Anthem during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 234th Army National Guard Band perform during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 234th Army National Guard Band perform during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the official party, left to right, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Adjutant General Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Air National Guard Commander Michael Stencel and 142nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Paul Fitzgerald listen to music performed by the 234th Army National Guard Band during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the official party, left to right, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Adjutant General Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Air National Guard Commander Michael Stencel and 142nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Paul Fitzgerald listen to music performed by the 234th Army National Guard Band during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Col. Michael Fields, 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group commander, delivers the invocation during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Col. Michael Fields, 142nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group commander, delivers the invocation during the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Deploying members of the 142nd Fighter Wing listen to remarks during the formal deployment mobilization ceremony June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore.   The unit is deploying to Eastern Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Deploying members of the 142nd Fighter Wing listen to remarks during the formal deployment mobilization ceremony June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. The unit is deploying to Eastern Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown addresses the Airmen, families and others in attendance at the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. The unit is deploying to Eastern Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown addresses the Airmen, families and others in attendance at the 142nd Fighter Wing mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. The unit is deploying to Eastern Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General for Oregon, addresses members of the 142nd Fighter Wing and family members during the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General for Oregon, addresses members of the 142nd Fighter Wing and family members during the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Air National Guard commander, addresses members of the 142nd Fighter Wing and family members during the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Air National Guard commander, addresses members of the 142nd Fighter Wing and family members during the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, 142nd Fighter Wing, left, presents the unit flag of the 142nd Fighter Wing to Oregon Governor Kate Brown during the unit’s mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, 142nd Fighter Wing, left, presents the unit flag of the 142nd Fighter Wing to Oregon Governor Kate Brown during the unit’s mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Air National Guard commander, left, greets Airmen deploying in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, following the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Air National Guard commander, left, greets Airmen deploying in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, following the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General for Oregon, right, greets Airmen deploying in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve following the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General for Oregon, right, greets Airmen deploying in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve following the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets deploying Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing following the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore.   The unit is deploying to Eastern Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets deploying Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing following the formal mobilization ceremony, June 26, 2015, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. The unit is deploying to Eastern Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. -- Nearly 200 members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Operations Group, 142nd Maintenance Group, and 142nd Mission Support Group were recognized during a formal mobilization ceremony held here, June 26, 2015, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The Airmen are deploying to Romania from June to October 2015 as part of the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and will provide F-15 Eagle fighter jets and support equipment as a Theater Security Package (TSP) to augment the U.S. Air Forces in Europe's (USAFE) existing efforts.

Ceremony attendees included Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General and Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Air National Guard commander.

"As part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, I know that you will be working alongside our NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] allies," Brown said as she described the mission the Airmen will undertake while in Europe. "You will support and build new and deeper partnerships...your presence will also reassure our allies a commitment to peace and security."

The squadron will train alongside NATO partners to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe in response to threats in the region.  This will be the 142nd Fighter Wing's largest deployment to Eastern Europe.

"The Airmen here today and those already forward will be part of a persistent U.S. air, land and sea presence in the region, especially in central and eastern Europe," said Hokanson.

In response to Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, Operation Atlantic Resolve is a visible demonstration of U.S. commitment to the security of Europe and NATO nations. The partnership between the U.S. and NATO members is built on established values, practices and a long term commitment to a stable and prosperous Europe.

"We look forward to your safe return, as always, thank you for your service and living our motto, 'Always Ready-Always There'," said Hokanson.

The 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, will serve as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander while deployed in Eastern Europe.

During his remarks, Stencel reiterated Brown and Hokanson's sentiments with regards to the sacrifices made by family members of the deploying Airmen. "I want to thank all of you with us today for the continuous support of our Airmen; not only for this high visibility deployment but day in-day out and year after year."