With pilot training and combat capabilities, Comando Aéreo de Combate 4 is the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana’s primary helicopter unit. As Santiago Rivas reports, its 70-aircraft fleet makes it the largest helicopter unit in Latin America.
CACOM 4 AT MELGAR
UST 43 miles (70km) to the southwest of Colombia’s capital Bogotá, the small town of Melgar has a huge military presence. Tolemaida, among the largest Ejército Nacional de Colombia (National Army of Colombia) army stations, is very close by, as is a small but busy Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC, Colombian Air Force) station housing the helicopters of Comando Aéreo de Combate 4 (CACOM 4, Air Combat Command 4).