On Jan. 2, 1909, The National Guard Association of Colorado formed at the Colorado State House.
Shortly after its establishment, Colorado Adjutant General John Chase advocated successfully for National Guard units to be utilized for foreign service alongside their active duty counterparts. This phenomenon has proved to be crucial in today’s operational tempo.
More recently, both the National Guard Association and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States’ efforts have helped to escalate the chief of the National Guard Bureau to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
This position will allow the National Guard to share the highest level of involvement in planning and aiding the country’s foreign and domestic objectives including homeland security and domestic emergency response.