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Aerospace Control Alert Detachment always ready for action

An F-16 from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment from the 162nd Wing sits at the ready in a hangar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, Sept. 12, 2015. The detachment maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman David English)

An F-16 from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment from the 162nd Wing sits at the ready in a hangar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, Sept. 12, 2015. The detachment maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman David English)

A crew chief ensures an F-16 pilot from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment from the 162nd Wing is prepared for take-off Sept. 12, 2015, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. It is the responsibility of a crew chief from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment to perform the final checks before a pilot takes flight. The detachment maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd)

A crew chief ensures an F-16 pilot from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment from the 162nd Wing is prepared for take-off Sept. 12, 2015, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. It is the responsibility of a crew chief from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment to perform the final checks before a pilot takes flight. The detachment maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd)

An F-16 from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment from the 162nd Wing taxis down a runway at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, Sept. 12, 2015. The detachment maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd)

An F-16 from the Aerospace Control Alert Detachment from the 162nd Wing taxis down a runway at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, Sept. 12, 2015. The detachment maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd)

Tucson, Ariz. -- The Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at the 162nd Wing in Tucson, Arizona,  maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. The detachment is geographically separated from the 162nd Wing headquarters, and is instead located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.