For more than 150 years, the Colorado National Guard has served Colorado communities, our state and nation in wartime as the first military responder during state emergencies.
With an economic impact of more than 240 million dollars, the Colorado National Guard is a diverse, community-based force of more than 5,500 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen from all walks of life—college students, single parents, doctors, pilots, police officers, teachers and artisans, to name a few. These service members commit one weekend per month—and at least two weeks per year—to train and polish skills for missions both during peacetime and war. They live and work in communities across Colorado.
The National Guard is unique compared to other reserve force components because of its dual state and federal missions and because more than two-thirds of our members serve part-time.
The National Guard supports both our state and nation to provide trained, well-equipped men and women to augment the active force during national contingencies or war, and provide state assistance during disasters, both natural and manmade.
The National Guard provides a broad range of capabilities at a cost of only five percent of the total base budget of the Department of Defense.
When not mobilized for national defense, the Colorado National Guard serves under the command of the Governor through his appointed Adjutant General of Colorado. The Adjutant General of Colorado is a gubernatorial cabinet member and also serves as the Director of the Colorado Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.
Under order of the Governor, the Colorado National Guard protects life, property, and preserves peace, order, and public safety when all other governmental resources have been exhausted. State missions, funded by the individual states include blizzards, floods, wildland fires, earthquakes and hurricanes. Other missions include supporting local jurisdictions with search and rescue, protection of public resources, and support to civil authorities.
As part of the Total Force concept, the Colorado National Guard provides operationally ready combat units, combat support units, and highly qualified Soldiers and Airmen for contingency and humanitarian operations around the world.
The Colorado National Guard is always ready, always there and a great value for America.