Colorado National Guard assists state, Weld County to target test residents

| CONG, TAG | April 27, 2020

FOR RELEASE: Monday, April 27, 2020

CONTACT: Colorado National Guard Public Affairs,, 720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – By order of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosive Enhanced Response Force Package based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, is supporting the state and Weld County to test its residents who have symptoms of COVID-19.

CERFP members will test up to 300 county residents per day via a walk-through and drive-up testing site at Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colorado, April 24-28.

No appointment or doctor’s note is necessary, and the test is free.

“We are here to help the State of Colorado and the people of Weld County to stop the spread of COVID-19,” The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh said. “Our National Guard members are on the front lines, fighting against a dangerous and invisible enemy.”

More than 420 CONG members are currently mobilized for the COVID-19 response.

More than 275 CONG members are supporting the City and County of Denver to shelter people in Denver experiencing homelessness.

About 50 Soldiers are assisting the state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to convert the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, and the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado, into medical shelters. 

The CONG is also providing planners to support local emergency operation centers in other Colorado communities that the state has designated.

All CONG members have been medically screened and are on Title 32 federally funded orders under state control.

Approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen continue to serve in their full-time roles supporting the CONG operation from Joint Force Headquarters in Centennial, Colorado.

Our priorities are to protect our force and families and all Americans, and maintain our wartime readiness while supporting our local, state, and federal partners to prevent the spread of the disease and save lives.