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Field artillery fire support, fighter jets, helicopters to react to enemy ambush 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
UH-60 landing (click for high resolution) 

Two Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black hawk Helicopters prepare to land during the June 12, 2010, combined-arms live-fire exercise held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. Live fire exercises are used by the armed forces as an opportunity to use real ammunition in a simulated combat situation. The purpose of this type of exercise has two goals: One, it offers Soldiers and Airmen an opportunity to gain experience with their weapon systems. Two, it provides the public a chance to see what the National Guard and joint forces are capable of doing. (Official Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)

Click here or on the photo for high resolution image.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CONTACT:
RSVP and gate access:
Army Maj. Earl Brown
719-526-7525

Event site escort:
Army National Guard 1st Lt. James Goff
720-470-8212
 

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/6/12) – The Colorado National Guard in partnership with Fort Carson will conduct a combined-arms live-fire exercise and public demonstration, Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Fort Carson Training Range 141.

The event will be open to the general public.

It will feature, artillery fire from M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and M109A6 Paladin Cannons, UH-72 Lakota helicopters simulating a combat medical evacuation, a demonstration of reaction to enemy contact, F-16 Fighting Falcons providing close air support and other special demonstrations and displays from both the Colorado Army and Air National Guard.

Several static displays will also be there to showcase other wartime and community-based capabilities in the Colorado National Guard and U.S. Army. These will include vehicle and weapons simulators.

“So rarely do we get to demonstrate our combat power for those we serve,” said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of Colorado and commander of the Colorado National Guard. “As a community-based organization, we repurpose our combat training to protect and serve the citizens of Colorado.”

Live fire exercises are used by the armed forces as an opportunity to use real ammunition in a simulated combat situation. The purpose of this type of exercise has two goals: One, it offers Soldiers and Airmen an opportunity to gain experience with their weapon systems. Two, it provides the public a chance to see what the National Guard and joint forces are capable of doing.

"The Soldiers you will see Saturday have been combat tested," said Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella, assistant adjutant general for Army and commander of the Colorado Army National Guard. "All of the units participating in this demonstration have deployed overseas – many of them have deployed more than once. These are truly the finest our nation has to offer."

For more than 150 years, the men and women of the Colorado National Guard have served in defense of the nation and as the first military responders in support of civil authorities during domestic emergencies. Colorado Guardsman have also served in every federal military contingency since the Civil War.

FOR THE PUBLIC:

·         Gate 6 will open at 9 a.m. All visitors will be expected to depart the event by 1:30 p.m.

·         Valid government issued photo identification is required to enter Fort Carson.

·         Drivers must have proof of insurance.

·         Back packs, food and drinks are allowed, but alcohol is prohibited.

·         Food and drink will be available at the event site, some will require purchase.

·         Soldiers will greet you at the gate and provide additional instructions and directions to the event site.

·         Directions to Gate 6 (from Denver)

o   Take I-25 South from Denver to Colorado Springs.

o   Take Exit 140 on to Highway 115/Nevada Ave.

o   Drive approximately 9 miles south on Highway 115 to the Gate 6 entrance to Fort Carson.

o   Gate 6 is the fourth entrance to Fort Carson as you travel south on Highway 115. 

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS 

Media interested in covering this event should RSVP to the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at 719-526-7525 by 4 p.m. Friday, June. 8 for meeting times and locations.

Media contact at the event site will be Army National Guard 1st Lt. James Goff, james.s.goff@us.army.mil, 720-470-8212. Please contact him if any special arrangements are needed.

This event will occur in a remote training area. No electricity will be available. Please come prepared with sufficient batteries, closed-toe shoes and adequate supplies. Roads from the entry gate are unpaved. We highly recommend driving an all-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. Please do not bring top-heavy ENG trucks.

Media must check in at Fort Carson Gate 1 no later than 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8 for escort directly to the demonstration site.

·         Directions for Media to Gate 1: (from Denver)

o   Take I-25 South from Denver to Colorado Springs.

o   Take Exit 140 on to Highway 115/Nevada Ave.

o   Drive approximately 5 miles south on Highway 115 to the Gate 1 entrance to Fort Carson.

o   Gate 1 is the second entrance to Fort Carson as you travel south on Highway 115.

o   Soldiers will greet you there to provide escort and any additional instructions.

Please help us ensure accuracy by noting the following terms and their correct usage/associations:

Colorado National Guard: Refers to both the Colorado Army National Guard and the Colorado Air National Guard. It can be used collectively.

Colorado Air National Guard: Refers primarily to the 140th Wing, 120th Fighter Squadron, 137th Space Warning Squadron, and the 200th Airlift Squadron. The Colorado Air National Guard operates F-16 Fighting Falcons and C-21 Learjets. IT DOES NOT operate helicopters.

Colorado Army National Guard: Refers to the Army component of the Colorado National Guard and its numerous units. For the June 9 demonstration, it refers to all helicopters, including the MEDEVAC, which further represent the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation. The 169th Fires Brigade will be firing the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. Other COARNG units will also be participating in this exercise.

U.S. Army active duty:  3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team from the 4th infantry Division will be firing the M109A6 cannon system in support of the 169th Fires Brigade during the CALFEX. This will demonstrate the close cooperation between the active component and the National Guard.  One team one fight.

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