169th Field Artillery Brigade


Image of 169th Field Artillery Brigade logoImage of 169th Field Artillery Brigade soldierThe Field Artillery units in the state of Colorado are the oldest of the Colorado Army National Guard. These units, known as the "King of Battle", bring a lethal arsenal to the battlefield.​ The mission of the 169th Fires Brigade is to command and control one-to-five General Support or General Support Reinforcing Field Artillery Battalions and/or a Target Acquisition Battery.

The 169th is headquartered at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, CO. To contact the unit, dial 720-250-1800.

The following battalions and companies fall under the 169th:

3rd Bn., 157th Field Artillery Regiment - Colorado Springs
   - 188th Forward Support Company - Pueblo

147th Brigade Support Bn. - Ft. Collins
  - 3650th Maintenance Co. - Firestone
  - 928th ASMC Area Support Medical Co. - Colo. Springs
  - 540th Network Support Co. - Buckley AFB, Aurora
  - 86th Military Intelligence Co. - Buckley AFB, Aurora​​​​​​


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Local and national leaders will honor Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Feb. 10, with valor awards they earned while deployed last year in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The unit returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in October 2017.

The awards approved include seven Purple Heart Medals, 10 Bronze Star Medals with Valor, and eight Army Commendation Medals with Valor. One Silver Star Medal has also been approved, but the member is currently deployed in support of the warfight.

Many of the 59 valor awards submitted are still pending.

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