Mile High Militia
Meet the members of the 120th Fighter Squadron, who protect the skies over Colorado.
- By Ed Darack
- AirSpaceMag.com, August 18, 2011
Members of the 120th have been deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Major TenEyck LaTourrett remembers going to the dining hall and asking the ground troops about their day. "The responses I got were unbelievable," he recalls. "The 18- to 20-year-old 'kids' that I ate with, who had just rolled in after leading a four-day convoy through the worst parts of the country, were amazing. The best was when you ran into guys who would ask questions like 'Were you flying Thursday morning over Fallujah?' When you responded 'Yes,' they would say, 'You really saved our bacon—just the jet noise overhead got the guys to stop shooting at us—we really appreciated having you guys there and knowing you had our backs.' It didn't matter if you were in the Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marine Corps—everybody had a role and everybody was working toward a common goal."