An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


NEWS | July 30, 2021

Colorado Air National Guard Space team returns from inaugural deployment

By Colorado Air National Guard CONG, TAG, 140

FOR RELEASE: Friday, July 30, 2021

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

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Members of the 138th Space Control Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard return home today July 30, 2021, following a 6-month deployment to Southwest Asia.

The 138th is one of the only deployable Space units in the U.S. Air and Space Forces and is equipped to support combat space control operations by provide combatant commanders with advanced electronic space effects and dynamic space control support.  

“These warriors directly supported critical combat missions by operating one of the most advanced space systems that is so cutting edge — not only in the Air and Space Force in the Colorado Air National Guard, but in the world,” said 138th Commander U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephanie Meyers. “The Colorado community and the Colorado National Guard share an immense pride in getting our warfighters back after a truly successful mission.” 

The 138th is among the youngest units in the Colorado Air National Guard, falling under the 233rd Space Group, 140th Wing. The unit received federal recognition May 8, 2019.

“We at the 233rd Space Group are so proud and happy to have our Citizen Airmen home,” U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Lockette, commander, 233d Space Group, said. “This is a moment of pride for the Space Group.  We are so appreciative of the sacrifice and commitment these volunteers and families have displayed over their 6-month demonstration of mission success. Welcome home ‘Ghost Riders’.”