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Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

Army National Guard Spc. Zach Sheely

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (11/30/12) -- Col. Joel E. Best, land component commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, will be promoted to brigadier general 1 p.m. Dec. 1, on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.

The land component commander is responsible for the readiness of all Colorado Army National Guard units and approximately 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers. Additionally, he provides guidance concerning personnel, training, logistics and safety.

"Brig. Gen. Joel Best has been instrumental to many successes in the Colorado National Guard," said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of Colorado. "I have full confidence in him to advance the force and to be a great steward of tax payer dollars and resources."   

Best was commissioned in 1982 through Colorado Army National Guard Officer Candidate School. After commissioning, he served in various assignments within the Colorado Army National Guard including, deputy chief of staff for aviation and safety, High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site commander, aviation team chief Army Central Pakistan, and 168th Regiment Commander.

The Colorado Army National Guard consists of almost 4,000 men and women -- Citizen-Soldiers from every corner and community of Colorado.

The men and women of the Colorado National Guard have served the nation in wartime and are the first military responders during state emergencies. CONG Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.

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For Assignment Editors: News media representatives interested in covering the promotion ceremony should arrive at the Mississippi gate at Buckley Air Force Base (on Mississippi Avenue one block east of Tower Road) no later than 12 p.m. Media will drive through the commercial vehicle lane and their vehicles will be searched. Media representatives must have proof of insurance, vehicle registration, identification and valid press credentials (business cards are sufficient). Media will be escorted to the Army Aviation Support Facility between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. Media will be escorted off base at the conclusion of the ceremony. For questions, contact Army National Guard Spc. Zach Sheely at 303-330-8587.


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