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Fort Pickett to be renamed Fort Barfoot, has Colorado National Guard connection
November 23, 2022
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well-entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot (then TSgt.) moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of one machine-gun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing two and wounding three Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machine-gun emplacement, and with his tommy gun killed two and captured three soldiers. Members of another enemy machine-gun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners, and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of three advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other two changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed three of them with his tommy gun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his herculean efforts, assisted two of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot's extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of point-blank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers. (U.S. Army file photo)

Colorado National Guard flyovers honor our nation’s veterans
November 10, 2022
A Colorado Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, 120th Fighter Squadron, launches from then Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 27, 2015, on a training mission over the skies of Colorado. The National Guard trains regularly with air-to-air and air-to-ground missions to maintain proficiency and be prepared when called upon by their state and nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram Stumpf)

Soldier’s desire to learn proves value in Colorado National Guard
November 9, 2022
U.S. Army Sgt. Liam Seagle, 147th Brigade Support Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard helps set up a tent during an external evaluation in Camp Rilea, Oregon, July 11, 2022. Seagle is part of the Colorado National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosive Enhanced Response Force Package. ExEval is a 24-36-month certification process that validates CERFP’s mission readiness and capability. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Elizabeth Clark)

Colorado Air National Guard conducts F-16 night flying training
November 2, 2022
U.S. Air Force Maj. Mathew “Chaff” Crabb, pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado, prepares his aircraft for a training mission prior to a night flight during Red Flag 17-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The Red Flag exercise is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States, its allies, and coalition partners, and is conducted on the vast gunnery ranges of the 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range, a primary training area associated with Nellis AFB. The exercise brings in more than 100 aircraft and 3,000 personnel with the goal of preparing commanders and service members at all levels for war in a realistic training scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)

Strong bonds build resilient families
November 1, 2022
Members of the Colorado Army National Guard Chaplain Corps teach Soldiers and their families how to become an effective family at a Strong Bonds event Aug. 20, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Strong Bonds events provide a safe and secure environment for Soldiers and their families to address the impact of deployments, military-life stressors, and common relationship challenges. (Photo courtesy of Colorado Army National Guard Chaplain Corps)

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