FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with high-mobility vehicles and helicopters, have been mobilized to assist local authorities in search-and-rescue operations in the midst of historic flooding in the state.
Guard members and equipment have been tasked to assist in search-and-rescue missions and deliver supplies, among other missions.
Additionally, the Colorado National Guard has been requested to provide traffic control points in and around the affected area starting Sept. 13.
Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to the Windsor Readiness Center, and the Boulder, Fort Collins, and Denver Armories, and Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.
“Supporting our neighbors in their time of need is one of the most rewarding missions the military has to offer,” said Air National Guard Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, commander of the Colorado National Guard. “Having readiness centers in communities such as these ensures we provide rapid for our communities.”
The mission of the Colorado National Guard is to provide its communities, state and nation a ready, reliable, essential and accessible military force, fully equipped for national defense and support to civil authorities.
For Assignment Editors: For the most up-to-date information about the Colorado National Guard’s response to flooding, follow @CONG1860, #cofloods and #COWX on Twitter or visit the Colorado National Guard website at http://co.ng.mil.
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