Provide for America; protection of the homeland, effective combat power and defense support to civil authorities, while developing Airmen, supporting their families and serving in the community.
To defend freedom as the most lethal, innovative and efficient Fighter Wing in the Total Force!
1. Execute the mission
2. Manage resources
3. Continuous organizational growth
The 180FW is responsible for the nation’s number one homeland defense mission, Aerospace Control Alert, 24/7/365. Reporting to NORAD, this critical mission consistently proves to be an essential, long-term solution for the defense of our nation. With 60 percent of the U.S. population lying within a 600 mile radius of Toledo, the 180FW has flown more than 900 missions since activated in 2008.
The 180FW has 10 Airspace and Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspaces, or ATCAA, areas available, along with five designated Military Operating Airspaces and four restricted airspaces within a 240 nautical mile radius.
Included in these designated areas, the 180FW has access to air-to-ground gunnery ranges suited to the capabilities of both the F-16 and the F-35A. Both Alpena Airspace Complex in Michigan and Buckeye Airspace, Ohio, are supersonic, chaff and flare capable with full ground radar control and Link-16 capability. Link-16 is an electronic communication and data link between aircraft that allows pilots to communicate without the need to talk over radio frequencies in an effort to minimize detection from adversaries.
In addition, the wing has access to three aerial gunnery ranges in Atterbury and Jefferson, Indiana, as well as Grayling, Michigan. All are approved for employment of precision-guided munitions, allowing the 180FW to maintain combat readiness with air interdiction, close air support and air defense missions.
Utilizing multiple airspaces and ranges that are geographically separated allows the wing to find the favorable weather necessary to maintain training requirements and operational readiness at all times.