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Colo. Guard ramps up fire relief efforts in Colorado Springs 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Spc. Randall Orvis, 193rd Military Police Battalion 
Colorado Army National Guard Spc. Randall Orvis, team leader with the 193rd Military Police Battalion, controls the traffic going inside and outside the burn areas at Traffic Control Point 5, just outside Laporte, Colo., June 14, 2012. The 193rd MP Battalion comprises the National Guard Reaction Force that is augmenting the Larimer County Sheriff's Department, helping provide assistance in securing areas evacuated as a result if the High Park fire. (Official Army National Guard photo by Spc. Zach Sheely/Released)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 28, 2012

CONTACT:
Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/28/12) – Under executive order the Colorado National Guard is sending a security element to Colorado Springs, Colo., to assist local law enforcement in Waldo Canyon fire relief efforts.

Members of the Colorado Army National Guard will support on two fronts when Guardsmen are placed on security checkpoints around the Waldo Canyon fire perimeter using two four-person teams. CONG Citizen-Soldiers have been supporting neighbors west of Fort Collins, Colo., since June 12, by providing security checkpoints.

Additional CONG assets are available should they be called.

The COARNG is operating under the governor’s executive order to assist the Colorado Division of Emergency Management and the incident commanders in fighting the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.

“Citizen-Soldiers, from these units, have professionally supported neighbors and law enforcement officers for the past two weeks,” said Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen Mike Edwards, who commands the Colorado National Guard. “This is a unique mission for the military, and one that can only be performed by National Guard members working under the authority of the Governor. Their assistance is invaluable in allowing local law enforcement officers to focus on more critical lifesaving matters.”

During the High Park fire response mission Citizen-Soldiers supported a 24/7 mission at more than 10 checkpoints with a 50-person team.

Also supporting the Waldo Canyon fire mission: One UH-60 Black Hawk crew with BamBi Bucket®, which launched from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.

Colorado National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen are always ready, always there to support when neighbors find themselves in harms way.

Photo gallery of CONG firefighting operations from the High Park fire: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conationalguard/sets/72157629692849721/

Fact Sheet UH-60 Black Hawk:
http://www.army.mil/factfiles/equipment/aircraft/blackhawk.html

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6/27/2012