NEWS | April 23, 2022

Colorado National Guard helicopters visit Western Slope schools for Red Ribbon month

By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs

FOR RELEASE: Friday, April 22, 2022

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

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard Joint Counter Drug Task Force, in partnership with Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement officials, will deliver to Colorado youth on the Western Slope a message about the importance of drug-free living and making positive choices April 25- May 5, 2022, during Red Ribbon Month.

Helicopters will land at Western Slope schools in Grand Junction, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, and Avon.

“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” U.S. Army Maj. Lawton Hare, commander, Colorado JCDTF, said. “The campaign brings together parents, schools and businesses as we look for ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

In 1985, drug traffickers killed DEA Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena. Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice.