April 17, 2001 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The 27th FW at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, is the winner of the Colombian Trophy, an award presented to the fighter, attack, or reconnaissance unit for the most outstanding contributions to flight safety in tactical operations.
In one year, the 27th FW flew 12,843 sorties totaling 18,577 hours, sixteen percent of those in support of contingency operations and exercises. During this time, the wing had no command-controllable Class A or B flight mishaps, the second lowest Class C mishap rate since the wing began flying the F-16, and a perfect foreign-object-damage rate of zero reportable incidents.
Its highly successful bird aircraft hazard program resulted in the lowest bird strike rate ever at Cannon. The wing also met 100 percent of its worldwide assignments without a single personnel or aircraft casualty.