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Field artillery, fighter jets, helicopters to react to enemy ambush at public exercise on Fort Carson 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
CALFEX 

An LUH-72 Lakota helicopter from the Colorado National Guard lands to evacuate simulated casualties during a combined-arms live fire exercise at Fort Carson, Colo., June 9, 2012. Members of the Colorado Air and Army National Guard, and the U. S. Army, joined forces for the public demonstration, which featured a comprehensive demonstration of combat capabilities, including, F-16 jets dropping bombs, M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems shooting downrange, snipers shooting targets from more than 500 yards, a helicopter medical evacuation, large vehicle static displays, and much more. The exercise demonstrated the combined firepower and warfighting capabilities of the Colorado National Guard and the U.S. Army, and its trained Soldiers and Airmen, demonstrating to civilians that the military stands ready to meet mission requirements at home and abroad. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Brandy Simmons/RELEASED)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CONTACT:
RSVP and gate access:
Fort Carson Media Relations
719-526-4143/7525

Event site escorts:
Army National Guard 1st Lt. Skye Robinson
720-785-3860
Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Cheresa Theiral
303-549-4252

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard, in partnership with Fort Carson, will conduct a combined-arms live-fire exercise and public demonstration, Saturday, June 7 at Fort Carson Training Range 141.

The event is free and open to the public.

Military equipment to be used in the exercise will be available for viewing starting at 9 a.m., with the live-fire exercise to begin at 11 a.m.

It will feature: artillery fire from M142 High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and M109A6 Paladin cannons; UH-72 Lakota helicopters simulating a combat medical evacuation; a demonstration of reaction to enemy contact; F-16 Fighting Falcons providing close air support; and other special demonstrations and displays from both the Colorado Army and Air National Guard and the U.S. Army.

Displays will also be on site to showcase other wartime and community-based capabilities in the Colorado National Guard and the U.S. Army. These will include vehicle and weapons simulators.

“So rarely do we get to demonstrate our combat power for those we serve,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of Colorado and commander of the Colorado National Guard. “As a community-based organization, we repurpose our combat training to protect and serve the citizens of Colorado.”

Live-fire exercises are used by the armed forces as an opportunity to use real ammunition in a simulated combat situation. The purpose of this type of exercise has two goals. First, it offers Soldiers and Airmen an opportunity to gain experience with their weapon systems. Second, it provides the public a chance to witness first-hand the nation’s military capabilities in action.

"The Soldiers and Airmen you will see Saturday have been combat tested," said Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella, assistant adjutant general for Army and commander of the Colorado Army National Guard. "All of the units participating in this demonstration have deployed overseas – many of them have deployed more than once. These Soldiers and Airmen are truly the finest our nation has to offer."

For 154 years, the Soldiers and Airmen of the Colorado National Guard have served in defense of the nation and as the first military responders during domestic emergencies. Colorado Guardsman have also served in every federal military contingency since the Civil War.

FOR THE PUBLIC:
·  Seating is limited. We encourage members of the public to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating, umbrellas, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
·  Ear plugs will be provided, but consider additional hearing protection for young children or those with sensitive hearing.
·  Gate 6 will open at 9 a.m.
·  Equipment will be available for viewing starting at 9 a.m.
·  The live-fire exercise is scheduled for 11 to 11:30 a.m.
·  Valid, government-issued photo identification is required to enter Fort Carson.
·  Drivers must also provide registration and proof of insurance.
·  Back packs, food and drinks are allowed, but alcohol is prohibited.
·  Food and drink will be available at the event site, some will require purchase.
·  Soldiers will greet you at the gate and provide additional instructions and directions to the event site.
·  All visitors will be expected to depart the event by 1:30 p.m.
·  Directions to Gate 6 (from Denver):
     o   Take I-25 South from Denver to Colorado Springs.
     o   Take Exit 140 on to Highway 115/Nevada Ave.
     o   Drive approximately 9 miles south on Highway 115 to the Gate 6 entrance to Fort Carson.
     o  
Gate 6 is the fourth entrance to Fort Carson as you travel south on Highway 115.

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:
Media interested in covering this event should RSVP to Fort Carson Media Relations, 719-526-4143/7525 by 4 p.m. Friday, June 6 for meeting times and locations.

Media contacts at the event site will be Army National Guard 1st Lt. Skye Robinson, 720-785-3860 and Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Cheresa Theiral, 303-549-4252. Please contact them for any special considerations.

This event will occur in a remote training area. No electricity will be available. Please come prepared with sufficient batteries, closed-toe shoes and adequate supplies. Roads from the entry gate are unpaved. We strongly recommend driving an all-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. Please do not bring top-heavy ENG trucks.

Media must check in at Fort Carson Gate 1 no later than 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 7, for escort directly to the demonstration site.

·  Directions for Media to Gate 1 (from Denver):
o  Take I-25 South from Denver to Colorado Springs.
o  Take Exit 140 on to Highway 115/Nevada Ave.
o  Drive approximately 5 miles south on Highway 115 to the Gate 1 entrance to Fort Carson.
o 
Gate 1 is the second entrance to Fort Carson as you travel south on Highway 115.
o  Soldiers will greet media there to provide escort and any additional instructions.

Please help us ensure accuracy by noting the following terms and their correct usage/associations:

Colorado National Guard (CONG): Refers to both the Colorado Army National Guard and the Colorado Air National Guard. It can be used collectively.

Colorado Air National Guard (COANG): Refers primarily to the 140th Wing, 120th Fighter Squadron, 233rd Space Warning Group, and the 200th Airlift Squadron. The Colorado Air National Guard operates F-16 Fighting Falcons and C-21 Learjets. It DOES NOT operate helicopters.

Colorado Army National Guard (COARNG): Refers to the Army component of the Colorado National Guard and its numerous units. For the June 7 demonstration, it refers to all helicopters, including the medevac, which further represent the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation. The 169th Field Artillery Brigade will be firing the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. Other COARNG units will also be participating in this exercise.

U.S. Army active duty:  Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th infantry Division will be firing the M109A6 Paladin in support of the 169th Field Artillery Brigade during the CALFEX. This will demonstrate the close cooperation between the active component and the National Guard.

Joint: A general term applied to a force composed of significant elements, assigned or attached, of two or more military departments, operating under a single commander.

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