NEWS | May 30, 2020

Colorado National Guard Reaction Force helps support public safety in Denver

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FOR RELEASE: Saturday, May 30, 2020

CONTACT: Colorado National Guard Public Affairs,

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – By order of Gov. Jared Polis, Soldiers from the Colorado National Guard Reaction Force have been mobilized to support the City and County of Denver and local law enforcement to ensure public safety.

The Colorado National Guard received a request through the State Emergency Operations Center for approximately 100 National Guard members at nine sites in Denver. 

“We are neighbors helping neighbors to ensure the safety of all Coloradans,” The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Maj. Gen. Michael Loh said. 

The NGRF is a specially trained force comprised of Soldiers and Airmen from existing National Guard units that provide each state, territory, and the District of Columbia with a rapid response capability focused on incidents requiring law enforcement or security support.

Governors have used National Guard members many times during response efforts to support local and state law enforcement with activities such as traffic and crowd control.

The CONG assisted local and state authorities with security during the Colorado flood response in 2013 and during multiple wildfires including the 2018 Spring Fire in Southern Colorado.

About 400 CONG members are mobilized for the COVID-19 response in Colorado. 

The CONG’s support to our local, state and federal partners during the COVID-19 pandemic continues uninterrupted.

We continue to protect our force and families and all Americans, maintain our readiness, and support our local, state and federal partners to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.