Mile High Guarding, Worldwide
Colorado’s State Capitol Denver, elevation 5280 feet, lays at exactly one mile above sea level. This makes Denver one of the highest major cities in the United States. Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, home of the Air National Guard’s 140th Wing, lays in fact even higher at the elevation of 5662 feet above sea level. This justifies the wing’s nickname ‘Mile High Militia’ on the block 30 F-16C/D models of the 120th Fighter Squadron.
range of the 120th ‘Cougars’ goes way beyond one mile high. It reaches world
wide, from the United States to Europe and from the Middle East to Asia. And
that in many different roles: air-to-air and air-to-ground, including Offensive
Counter-Air (OCA), Defensive Counter-Air (DCA), OCA Interdiction, Close Air
Support (CAS) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions. The other flying
unit of the wing, the C-21A Learjet equipped 200th Airlift Squadron, also
leaves the cold Rocky Mountain environment regularly to change to desert conditions.
Read more in our publication in Air Forces Monthly.