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'I stand before you a proud Citizen-Soldier'
With parachute wings and combat infantry badges fixed upon their chests, one Special Forces operator ascended to become one of the COARNG's highest ranking men of color, while the other now prepares to become the COARNG's newest land component commander.
Region VII Soldiers compete for title of Best Warrior
FORT CARSON, Colo. (4/7/13) – Sixteen elite noncommissioned officers and Soldiers competed for the title of Best Warrior over the course of three days at the Region VII Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition April 4-7 at Fort Carson, Colo.
'Jordan First'; Hospitality, brotherhood for all
A simple blue kite punctuates the sky in Ash Shajarah, Jordan. Just a few kilometers north, in Al Ramtha Governance, a man who has been shot by a sniper is carried into Jordan from across the Syrian border.
Greeley Air National Guard station now StormReady Supporter
GREELEY AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, Colo. (12/14/12) – Through a collaborative effort, the 233rd Space Group recently became the first military installation in Colorado to be certified as a StormReady Supporter by the National Weather Service.
World-class wrestlers take it to the mat
Just like other professional athletes, training and competing is their job -- but ultimately, these Soldier-athletes work to earn a spot to represent the U.S., the U.S. Army, and the Colorado National Guard in the Olympics.
Guardsman flies colors at Pepsi Center
DENVER (3/2/13) -- Before the Colorado Mammoth took the playing field, a flag bearing Colorado National Guardsman stood proudly on the Pepsi Center turf as the national anthem played March 2.
Training program to enhance YMCA, Project Sanctuary
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (2/26/13) -- Civil Engineers from several Air National Guard units around the country participated in a mission planning conference in Winter Park, Colo., recently, to discuss new construction projects.
Possible furloughs could affect Guard members nationwide
ARLINGTON, Va. (2/21/13) -- National Guard members nationwide -- especially military technicians -- could be affected by the DOD's furlough that could begin in late April unless Congress overrides a “sequestration” provision by March 1.
Colo. Guardsman battles for bronze
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (2/4/13) -- Colorado Army National Guard Soldier and member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program earned a bronze medal at the Dave Schultz Memorial International wrestling tournament Jan. 31 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"For the love of rodeo and country," is the motto of the Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association. Maj. Paul Brittain, a Colorado Army National Guard Soldier and rodeo cowboy in the PAFRA, embodies those values.
Spokesman: Sequestration planning hinders Pentagon
WASHINGTON (1/22/13) – Preparations under way for the looming threat of major across-the-board Pentagon spending cuts are “a drag on the department,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.
Air Force CSAF delivers vision for future
I've attached a new Vision for the United States Air Force. Focused on "Airmen, Mission, and Innovation," I believe this short document captures what today's Air Force is all about and where I think we ought to focus for tomorrow.
Soldiers earn 1st Place at honor guard competition
AURORA, Colo. (11/3/12) – The Colorado Army National Guard’s Honor Guard marched and saluted its way into first place Oct. 13 at the Colorado State Honor Guard Symposium and Competition at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colo.
Army Space Support Team departs for Afghanistan
CENTENNIAL, COLO. (10/26/12) – Fellow service members, friends and family honored Army Space Support Team-25, part of the 117th Space Battalion, in a departure ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado in Centennial, Colo., Oct. 26.
Welcome home ceremony held for mentoring team
Applause erupted as Operational Mentor and Liaison Team-4 filed onto the drill floor to greet their waiting families at the Joint Army Air Building on Buckley Air Force Base, in Aurora Colo., Oct 21.
McKinley retires after historic National Guard career
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (10/22/12) -- Gen. Craig R. McKinley spent the past 14 years serving in the nation’s capital, but returned home to northeast Florida Oct. 19 to celebrate his nearly 40-year military career with the people he served with the longest.
Aviation maintenance shop keeps choppers in the air
Protecting Colorado’s people by fighting wildfires and performing search-and-rescue missions is a vital part of the National Guard, but the missions wouldn’t be possible without the Colorado Army National Guard's Aviation Support Facility.
Rocket launchers get wings
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System is a weapon prized for its mobility and versatility -- not only on the ground but now also in the air.
Colo. Guardsman breaks mold on Guard, Reserve careers
Col. Ed Vaughan has made a career out of finding innovative solutions to challenging problems. Now, the Colorado Air National Guard officer has his sights set on a serious issue confronting members of the military's reserve components.
Sixty-seven years after the end of World War II, Colorado's highly respected 157th Infantry is displaying a memorial bench to celebrate its accomplishments during the war. The bench is now on display at the Colorado National Guard state headquarters.
Guard engineers helping prevent flooding in western Colo.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (8/31/12) -- Soldiers of the 947th Engineer Company (Horizontal), Colorado Army National Guard, will be busy through mid-September helping their fellow Coloradoans prevent a disastrous flood on the Western Slope.
Chief, vice chief of National Guard Bureau confirmed
WASHINGTON (7/26/12) – the U.S. Senate confirmed Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Frank Grass to be the next chief of the National Guard Bureau and Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Joseph Lengyel to be vice chief July 26.
Grass: National Guard serves as vital defense partner
WASHINGTON (7/19/12) - The Senate Armed Services Committee today heard testimony from Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass, who’s been nominated by the president for promotion to full general and to become the new chief of the National Guard Bureau.
Preparing for liftoff
One of the oldest and largest units in the Colorado Army National Guard, the 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery, "the King of Battle," as artillery units are called, is scheduled to conduct a first for the National Guard.
Aviation unit receives warm welcome
Nothing but smiles and applause greeted almost 70 Soldiers standing at attention in the Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility’s hangar at Buckley Air Force Base May 30.
Change of command brings new life-blood
FORT CARSON, Colo. (5/19/12) – Colorado Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Robert Balster relinquished his position as COARNG Land Component Commander to COARNG Col. Joel Best at 2 p.m. today.
University opens oven doors to Colo. Guardsmen
When the commander of the Colorado Army National Guard’s Company E, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation first contacted a professional chef, he was simply looking for some help in his unit’s mess.
Colo. Guard welcomes Soldiers home from Afghanistan
Tearful smiles, affectionate embraces and sincere thanks were in abundance at the welcome home ceremony in honor of Colorado National Guard Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team-3, May 6 in Centennial, Colo.
Jordan, Colo. Guard conduct first public affairs exchange
During a transformative time throughout the Middle East, a Colorado National Guard public affairs team traveled to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to participate in the first-ever U.S. Central Command PA exchange with the Jordan Armed Forces.
Colorado Guardsman among 'Best Rangers'
As the creed states, a Ranger is Soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea or air. From April 13-15, two teams of Army National Guardsmen lived the creed while competing at the 29th Annual Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga.
Guard child beats odds, defeats cancer
Colton Taylor doesn't know how special he is. He doesn't know his doctors gave him a 50 percent chance of making it to his 2nd birthday and a 5 percent chance of making it to his 3rd.
A solemn memorial: Guardsmen remember Soldiers lost since 9/11
Soldiers and Airmen alike stood at somber attention April 15 in honor of the Colorado Guard members who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror. The day marked the 10th anniversary of the National Guard’s first combat casualty.
Gov. Hickenlooper surveys fire damage
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (3/29/12) – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper toured areas damaged by the Lower North Fork Fire still burning in Jefferson County, Colo., yesterday.
Awaiting the perfect match
In 2007 I met the girl of my dreams, hoped of building a family, and retiring from the Army. In 2008, a routine physical changed my life.
Some wish to be buried. Others feel their ashes spread across a field would be most appropriate. And still others desire – and rightly deserve – internment at the nation’s most prominent place of honor: Arlington National Cemetery.
John “Jack” Hallowell, passed away at 1:57 p.m. on March 10, 2012. As a member of the 157th Infantry, he helped liberate Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Germany, April 29, 1945.
The perfect match
Each day, thousands of people across America are in need of bone marrow transplants. Registering as a marrow donor is as simple as getting a cheek swab, and may enable you to give someone the most precious gift of all – the gift of life.
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