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Never-ending Vigil

May 19, 2008—The Continental US NORAD Region flew 200 fighter sorties last month for Operation Noble Eagle coverage of the continental US, doubling the number of fighter sorties from March. Civil Air Patrol also flew 48 sorties as part of the April ONE tally. New to the airborne-threat alert role, the District of Columbia Air National Guard's 113th Wing on May 6 conducted its 2,000th scramble since 9/11, according to a May 19 wing release. "Thankfully, as has been the case in  most of the preceding 1,999 event, this one, as well as numbers 2,001 and 2,002 that followed later that same day, were resolved before the jets became airborne," said Lt. Col. David Miles, commander of the wing's 121st Fighter Squadron Air Sovereignty Alert Detachment. In March, however, wing F-16C aircraft intercepted and escorted three unidentified aircraft from the restricted zone around Washington, D.C. (113th Wing report by TSgt. Adrianne Wilson)