by Maj. Michael Odle
113th Wing Public Affairs
3/17/2015 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The
D.C. Air National Guard's 113th Wing Aerospace Control Alert Detachment
here is on the verge of achieving 5,000 alert events since September
11, 2001, making it the most active aerospace control alert in the
As part of the federal government's efforts to protect U.S. airspace,
the ACA mission includes aerospace control forces arrayed in a rapid
response posture to conduct both sovereignty and air defense operations
against airborne threats in the National Capital Region.
"The 5,000 event tally is a significant milestone, and it is double the
amount of all other Air National Guard ACA units combined," said Lt.
Col. John Vargas 113th Wing ACA commander. "We have had a great deal of
success protecting America's skies, due to the intensity and dedication
of our team."
An alert is a rapid response to any air defense operation and air emergency.
The 113th Wing's primary aircraft, the Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon
aircraft, and their trained personnel, are on alert 24-hours a day, 365
days a year. The unit typically scrambles their jet once a day
responding to potential threats. These F-16s and the D.C. Air National
Guard trained personnel are part of a multi-layered air defense system
for the nation's capital.
The 113th Wing's ACA is one of 16 alert basing locations across the
United States which deter, respond to, and if necessary defeat airborne
threats over the United States and Canada.