FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday June 22, 2013
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
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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