FOR RELEASE: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
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Colorado National Guard military police company deploys to Afghanistan
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh and other CONG senior leaders will honor about 30 members of the Colorado Army National Guard’s 220th Military Police Company at a departure ceremony Feb. 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver.
Family, friends, employers, and dignitaries will bid farewell to the Soldiers before they deploy for a year to Afghanistan to support U.S. Central Command operations.
“These brave Colorado National Guard Soldiers have volunteered to leave Colorado and put themselves in harm’s way to defend our freedom,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said. “In so doing, they are carrying on a great Colorado tradition of service and sacrifice that is more than 160 years in the making.”
Since Sep. 11, 2001, the 220th Military Police Company has supported the Global War on Terror during combat deployments in 2003 and 2008 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2014 members of the 220th Military Police mobilized for one year to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
During this deployment, 220th members will perform a variety of important missions in defense of our nation and coalition partners. The Soldiers will play an important role supporting ground troops in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The 220th has served in support of civil authorities during disasters. Unit members responded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Black Forest Fire in 2013, the Colorado Floods in 2013, and, most recently, the 2018 Spring Creek Fire in Southern Colorado.
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