- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - About 250 airmen from the South Dakota Air National Guard are deploying to South Korea.

The airmen from the 114th Fighter Wing gathered on Sunday for a mobilization ceremony at Joss Foss Field in Sioux Falls. They will deploy sometime in the next week.

They’re headed to the country in support of a rotational Theater Security Package to the region, which allows the U.S. Air Force to maintain a presence in the Pacific Theater.

While in South Korea, the airmen will integrate with U.S. and the Republic of Korea Air Force members to fly daily training missions.

U.S. Sen. John Thune met with airmen on Sunday at the mobilization ceremony.

Thune says freedom has a cost and Americans have to support those who are willing to pay it.

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