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NEWS | Feb. 5, 2022

Colorado Army National Guard welcomes new commanding general at change of command ceremony

By By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs

FOR RELEASE: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022

CONTACT: CONG Public Affairs Office, 720-250-1053, ng.co.coarng.list.militarysupport@mail.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard will welcome U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Bren Dee Rogers as the commanding general of the Colorado Army National Guard at a change of command ceremony today, Feb. 5, 2022, at the South Hall of The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, Colorado, at 3 p.m.

The commanding general also serves as the Assistant Adjutant General, Army for the Colorado National Guard.

During the ceremony, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Doug Paul will relinquish command to Rogers.  Prior to the ceremony, Rogers will promote to the rank of brigadier general.

“I am honored to promote Col. Rogers to the rank of General Officer and to place command of the Colorado Army National Guard in her capable hands,” The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan said.  “General Rogers is an exemplary Citizen Soldier for the state of Colorado.”

Rogers most recently served as deputy commander of the COARNG.

In 2016, Rogers took command of the 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute and in 2018, took command of 89th Troop Command.

Rogers’ full-time employment has been with the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the past 27 years where she serves as a firefighter, captain, and emergency medical technician. 

Paul was commissioned in 1992 through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. During his time in the COARNG, Paul served as commander for Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), commander of 5-19th SFG, commander of Special Operations Detachment-Korea, and, for two years, as commanding general of the COARNG.

Upon relinquishing command, Paul will assume the role of deputy commanding general-Army National Guard for the Army’s Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

COVID precautions will be in place for the event including: COVID screening at the door (either vaccination card or negative test results required), masks are to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status, and social distancing protocols will be followed.

For more than 160 years, the men and women of the Colorado National Guard have served our nation in wartime and as the first military responders in support of civil authorities during state emergencies. The CONG’s 5,500 Citizen Soldiers and Citizen Airmen are Always Ready, Always There.