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Colo. National Guard Black Forest fire security mission complete 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
 
Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. Bobi Limon and Spc. Joshua Dietrich along with Colorado Springs Police Officer Will Sunday provide security for evacuated homes at a check point near Stagecoach road and Highway 83 near the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colo. June 12, 2013.  (Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson/RELEASED)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday June 22, 2013

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
720-250-1053
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CENTENNIAL, Colo., (6/22/13) — The remaining 120 members of the Colorado National Guard’s Task Force Security, which had been manning check points and providing communications, have been released from the Black Forest fire by the El Paso County Sheriff as of 8 a.m. June 22. 

The primary mission of TF-Security was to provide security checkpoints at strategic location based on the direction of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in order to safeguard personal property and ensure only authorized personnel gained access to restricted areas.  

In addition, Colorado Air National Guard personnel, provided phone and commercial internet platform that allowed communications for, and between, civilian and military authorities.  

“As our forces complete their mission we are reminded of the loss and devastation this fire caused,” said Brig. Gen. Pete Byrne, commander of the standing Joint Task Force-Centennial. “Our hearts go out to our neighbors affected by this fire. I would also like to thank the families and employers for your support, which allowed these Soldiers and Airmen the time away from their normal lives to serve our Colorado community. Without your support and understanding these important missions could not happen.”


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6/22/2013