BUCKLEY SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – The 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, is conducting night flying training at Buckley SFB, Aurora, July 25-Aug. 11, 2023.
The 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard is conducting nighttime flying missions and will arrive back at Buckley SFB as late as 10 p.m. MST each night.
The local and adjacent communities can anticipate an increase in flight activity and noise level from the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during this period.
“Night flying is a critical aspect of the strategic training we perform to remain alert and ready for the call to action, day or night,” U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremiah “Weed” Tucker, commander, 140th Wing said. “Night missions are essential in meeting these rigorous tasks, while remaining vigilant in minimizing the disruptive nature of increased noise to the surrounding area. The support of our local communities is appreciated as we strive to meet and exceed the requirements for mission readiness and the defense of this nation.”
The community’s patience and understanding of the necessary training activities is greatly appreciated. The training gained from these exercises will significantly improve the 140th Wing’s ability to prepare and respond to contingency operations around the world.
The 140th Wing’s real-world mission and emergency response capability will not be affected and will take priority over training actions.
The wing stands ready 24/7 to respond to airborne threats against our nation as part of its Aerospace Control Alert mission.
The COANG has a proud 100-year history as the first military aviation unit in Colorado.