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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, The Adjutant General of the New Jersey National Guard, left, speaks with 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel preparing to deploy to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Jan. 26, 2017.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff, The Adjutant General of the New Jersey National Guard, left, speaks with 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel preparing to deploy to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. prepares for takeoff while parked on the ramp at the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing at the Atlantic City Air National Guard base, N.J. on Jan. 26, 2017. The military transport was for 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel and equipment deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. prepares for takeoff while parked on the ramp at the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing at the Atlantic City Air National Guard base, N.J. on Jan. 26, 2017. The military transport was for 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel and equipment deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III lifts off from the runway at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Jan. 26, 2017, carrying 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel and equipment deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. The C-17, from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III lifts off from the runway at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Jan. 26, 2017, carrying 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel and equipment deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. The C-17, from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III takes off from the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. on Jan. 26, 2017, carrying 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel and equipment deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. The C-17, from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III takes off from the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. on Jan. 26, 2017, carrying 177th Fighter Wing and 119th Fighter Squadron Advance Echelon (ADVON) personnel and equipment deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. The C-17, from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air National Guard unit members from the 177th Fighter Wing Legal Office, Communications Flight, Civil Engineer Squadron and Logistics Readiness Squadron volunteered to help position pallets of maintenance and support equipment onto a Federal Express MD-11 aircraft at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on Jan. 29, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Approximately 200 personnel and 12 F-16s are being deployed in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air National Guard unit members from the 177th Fighter Wing Legal Office, Communications Flight, Civil Engineer Squadron and Logistics Readiness Squadron volunteered to help position pallets of maintenance and support equipment onto a Federal Express MD-11 aircraft at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on Jan. 29, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Approximately 200 personnel and 12 F-16s are being deployed in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

Air National Guard unit members from the 177th Fighter Wing help position pallets of maintenance and support equipment onto a Federal Express MD-11 aircraft at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on Jan. 29, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Approximately 200 personnel and 12 F-16s are being deployed in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

Air National Guard unit members from the 177th Fighter Wing help position pallets of maintenance and support equipment onto a Federal Express MD-11 aircraft at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on Jan. 29, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Approximately 200 personnel and 12 F-16s are being deployed in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air National Guard unit members from the 177th Fighter Wing Legal Office, Communications Flight, and Civil Engineer Squadron return to the front of a Federal Express MD-11 aircraft to help position pallets of maintenance and support equipment at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on Jan. 29, 2017. Bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, approximately 200 personnel and 12 F-16s are being deployed in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air National Guard unit members from the 177th Fighter Wing Legal Office, Communications Flight, and Civil Engineer Squadron return to the front of a Federal Express MD-11 aircraft to help position pallets of maintenance and support equipment at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on Jan. 29, 2017. Bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, approximately 200 personnel and 12 F-16s are being deployed in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing load luggage onto a rolling conveyor table at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. as they prepare to deploy to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing load luggage onto a rolling conveyor table at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. as they prepare to deploy to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Victor Petrilli, New Jersey National Guardsman with the 177th Fighter Wing Medical Group, speaks to the New Jersey National Guard State Command Chief Master Sgt. Janeen Fillari prior to boarding an aircraft, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Victor Petrilli, New Jersey National Guardsman with the 177th Fighter Wing Medical Group, speaks to the New Jersey National Guard State Command Chief Master Sgt. Janeen Fillari prior to boarding an aircraft, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

New Jersey Legislative District 2 Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo speaks to New Jersey Air National Guardsmen with the 177th Fighter Wing, at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, prior to their deployment to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)
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New Jersey Legislative District 2 Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo speaks to New Jersey Air National Guardsmen with the 177th Fighter Wing, at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, prior to their deployment to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Dwyer, 177th Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron Commander, and Tech. Sgt. Nicole Piccolo, with the Personnel Deployment Function at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., review the passenger manifest of New Jersey Air National Guard unit members deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017 (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. John Dwyer, 177th Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron Commander, and Tech. Sgt. Nicole Piccolo, with the Personnel Deployment Function at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., review the passenger manifest of New Jersey Air National Guard unit members deploying to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package on Feb. 2, 2017 (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing board a commercial aircraft on the ramp at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing board a commercial aircraft on the ramp at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Fogarty, left, Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, shakes the hands of Airmen who are boarding a commercial aircraft on the ramp at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Fogarty, left, Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, shakes the hands of Airmen who are boarding a commercial aircraft on the ramp at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing board a commercial aircraft on the ramp at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing board a commercial aircraft on the ramp at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2017, bound for Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley/Released)

ATLANTIC CITY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.J. --

Approximately 200 pilots, maintainers and support personnel from the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard, located at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, New Jersey, deployed to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package (TSP) on Feb. 2, 2017.

Theater security packages, which help maintain a deterrent against threats to regional security and stability, are routinely utilized by the U.S. Air Force for the U.S. PACOM and Pacific Air Forces regions.

According to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs, “Movement of theater security packages into the region has been a routine and integral part of U.S. PACOM’s force posture since March 2004. These packages demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”

Almost 100 increments, or large palletized pieces of equipment and cargo weighing approximately one third of a million pounds, were prepared and shipped to Osan to support the flying operations of the 119th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Matthew Crill, commander of the 119th, shared a few comments with Osan Public Affairs, prior to the deployment. “Our wing project officer and various unit leaders have worked well with the Osan team in preparation for our arrival, and our ADVON (Advance Echelon) personnel team is experienced at preparing for our aircraft and main body arrival.”

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Shelton, NCOIC of the 177th egress shop, was happy to deploy on a TSP and shared some advice with some younger unit members. “Work hard, stick together and use the buddy system,” said Shelton, a twenty year veteran at the 177th. “If you see something that needs to be done, do it, don’t wait for someone else to step up and volunteer. Enjoy the culture.”

Several 177th unit members from various sections volunteered to help move increments transported via tractor trailer by the 177th Logistics Readiness Squadron onto contract commercial aircraft at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

On his first deployment with the 177th, Senior Airman Jordan Tavarez, munitions systems specialist, said he was also looking forward to the deployment. “I’m amazed at the amount of work that goes into getting the TSP package deployed. From the Logistics Readiness Squadron to the Medical Group, it is amazing to see the Wing come together as one to make sure everything and everyone is prepared to accomplish the mission overseas.”

“I am humbled and proud to be in command of the women and men who chose to serve in the New Jersey Air National Guard,” said Crill. “I am grateful for the opportunity to command these citizen airmen who volunteer to serve, in a Drill Status Guardsman, Technician or Active Guard and Reserve status, on active duty in an AOR that has significant strategic importance.”