Buckley AFB FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 80011, Area Code: 303, DSN: 877

The Colorado Air National Guard has a proud history that can be traced back to June 27th, 1923 when the 120th Aero Observation Squadron was mustered into service as part of the Colorado Army National Guard. One year later, the 120th began flying the Curtis Jennies out of Lowry Field. The brand new air field was named in honor of 2nd Lt. Francis B. Lowry who was shot down and killed near Crepion, France in 1918 while on a photographic mission.

In 1946, the 120th was reorganized and became a separate entity of the Colorado National Guard. That same year we became the first Air National Guard unit in the country to be federally recognized. Reborn as the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, we began flying the P-51 Mustang.

This unit has been mobilized for World War Two, the Korean War, the Berlin Crisis, and Vietnam. We were called upon again for Desert Storm, Northern Watch, and Southern Watch.

The current home of the Colorado ANG is Buckley Air National Guard Base. It was named in honor of Lt. John Harold Buckley of Longmont, Colorado. He lost his life in 1918 when shot down behind German lines during a strafing mission in France.