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The former Colorado Army National Guard armory in Grand Junction, Colorado, is the future home of the Western Region OneSource. The facility will help connect Western Slope service members, veterans, and their families with service providers.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ms. Elena O’Bryan)
State of Colorado hosts Western Region One Source Town Hall
By | Jan. 17, 2019
The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs-West will conduct a Town Hall to provide the public information about the new Western Region One Source Jan. 24, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in Grand Junction.

Crew chiefs from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing maintenance section perform pre-flight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft prior to night flying operations at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 9, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer)
Colorado Air National Guard preparing to deploy, increasing evening operations
By | Jan. 11, 2019
The 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, is preparing for a combat deployment this spring.

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard airlifts an M777 105mm Howitzer from Camp Grayling, Michigan, to an area in the vicinity of the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Michigan, Aug. 10, 2018.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright, Jr., 104th Public Affairs Detachment)
Colorado National Guard aviation unit deploys to Afghanistan
By | Dec. 31, 2018
About 50 Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Detachment 1, B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, will depart for a year-long mission in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Warrant Officer Escobar, of the Colorado Army National Guard's Cyber Operation Element, supports the Sports - Information Sharing Analysis Organization, Aug. 6, 2016, in Denver, in an effort to protect athletes, spectators, and other entities during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Darin Overstreet)
CONG Media Advisory: Colorado National Guard Cyber Protection Team deploys in support of Operation Operation Freedom's Sentinel
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 27, 2018
Colorado National Guard Soldiers will deploy, for the first time, as part of Cyber Protection Team 174 in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Colorado National Guard Family Program members speak with a CONG family member at the annual CONG Family Program Santa Shop Dec. 9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. This program assists National Guard families to “shop” for free gifts during the holiday season. Colorado communities donate gifts annually to CONG families during the holiday season. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida)
Donated gifts bring holiday cheer to Colorado National Guard families in need
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 13, 2018
With a little help from Santa and gift donors, the Colorado National Guard Family Programs office will provide Christmas presents for CONG families in need Dec. 15, 2018, in both Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh (right) and Colorado National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Woods (left) appear with CONG and Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army members of the Junior Officer Development exchange at the Governor’s Executive Residence, in Denver, Colorado, Dec. 3, 2018, as part of the exchange’s cultural day activities. The exchange is part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program.  Colorado and Jordan formed a strategic relationship in 2004.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida)
Colorado National Guard band performs for Jordan Armed Forces partners
By By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 6, 2018
Colorado National Guard members from the 101st Army Band will perform a private concert for Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army partners attending a Junior Officer Development exchange, Dec. 7, at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.

The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh reads a holiday storybook entitled,
State of Colorado to host Jordan Armed Forces partners, families of deployed Colorado National Guard members at ‘Colorado’s Home’
By By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Nov. 30, 2018
By invitation of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the State of Colorado, the Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh will host Jordan Armed Forces partners and family members of deployed Colorado National Guard members Dec. 3, 2018, at the Boettcher Mansion in Denver, Colorado.

This holiday tree at the Colorado State Capitol Dec. 7, 2016, recognizes the more than 100 military members from Colorado who gave their lives in the defense of our nation since Sept. 11, 2001. Gold Star Family members hang an ornament in memory of their service member on the tree each year at the annual tree lighting ceremony. The State of Colorado’s Holiday tree traditions follow very closely with ceremonies celebrated nationally.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. Ray Casares)
Colorado State Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony to honor Gold Star Families
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Nov. 28, 2018
The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh will preside over the State of Colorado Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, in honor of Gold Star Families, at the north foyer of the State Capitol, Denver, Nov. 29, 2018, at 12 p.m.

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Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado hosts Veterans Day 2018 Ceremony
By Joanne Iglesias, Director, Division of Veterans Affairs-West | Nov. 4, 2018
The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado and the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park will present the annual Veterans Day Ceremony Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 11:11 a.m.

U.S. Army Maj. Benjamin Eastep, team leader of Army Space Support Team 21, 117th Space Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard, directs team level training with U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alexis Madrigal and U.S. Army Sgt. Bruce Conrad in preparation for their upcoming deployment to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. Army Space Support Teams provide essential space imagery and intelligence products, analysis, and advice to division operations domestically and in support of contingency operations worldwide.
(U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Sheeley)
Colorado Army National Guard space team deploys to support warfighters in the Middle East
By U.S. Army Spc. Ashley Low | Nov. 2, 2018
The Colorado Army National Guard will host a departure ceremony for Army Space Support Team – 21, comprised of Soldiers from the 1158th Space Support Company, 117th Space Battalion, at the Denver Armory, Nov. 3, 2018, at 1 p.m.

U.S. Army Col. Gary Baumann, left, the first commander of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade, accepts the brigade's flag from U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano, Jr., commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, during the activation ceremony of the 100th MDB Oct. 16, 2003, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The MDB is manned both by Colorado Army National Guard and active-component soldiers.  (Photo by Dennis Plumber)
Nation’s only missile defense brigade celebrates 15 years of dedicated service to homeland defense
By 100th Missile Defense Brigade Public Affairs | Oct. 25, 2018
The Soldiers of the Colorado Army National Guard’s 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Ground-Based Midcourse Defense), will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the brigade’s activation with alumni, mission partners, and their families, and other officials Oct. 26, 2018, at a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh pins a medal on a 5th Battalion 19th Special Forces Group member at a Valor Ceremony, Feb. 10, 2018, following the units recent return.

Local and national leaders will honor Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Feb. 10, with valor awards they earned while deployed last year in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The unit returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in October 2017.

The awards approved include seven Purple Heart Medals, 10 Bronze Star Medals with Valor, and eight Army Commendation Medals with Valor. One Silver Star Medal has also been approved, but the member is currently deployed in support of the warfight.

Many of the 59 valor awards submitted are still pending.

(U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Wright)
Colorado National Guard presents awards for valor in combat to Special Forces Soldiers
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Sept. 14, 2018
The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh pins a medal on a 5th Battalion 19th Special Forces Group member at a valor awards ceremony, Feb. 10, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. The unit returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in October 2017 in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. In total, 76 valor awards have been approved from this unit during their 2017 deployment

Members of a Colorado veterans' motorcycle club await for the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially recognize the renaming of the armory in Watkins, Colo., April 24, 2016. The armory was renamed to
Colorado National Guard to break ground on Special Forces support facility in Watkins
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Sept. 6, 2018
​Members of a Colorado veterans' motorcycle club await the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially recognize the renaming of the armory in Watkins, Colo., April 24, 2016. The armory was renamed to "SFC Daniel A. Romero Readiness Center," in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Romero who was killed in action in Qandahar, Afghanistan April 15, 2002

The Colorado Army National Guard armory in Pueblo, Colorado, June 18, 2015. The Adjutant General of Colorado and senior leaders of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Colorado National Guard visit COARNG facilities annually to meet face-to-face with full-time unit members. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Released)
Colorado Adjutant General tours Army National Guard facilities statewide
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Sept. 5, 2018
The Colorado Army National Guard armory in Pueblo, Colorado, June 18, 2015. The Adjutant General of Colorado and senior leaders of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Colorado National Guard visit COARNG facilities annually to meet face-to-face with full-time unit members

Members of the Colorado National Guard, South Metro Fire Rescue and the Arapahoe County Sheriffs Office perform active threat training at Joint Force Headquarters, Centennial, Colo., August 25, 2017.  This training aids the CONG and partner organizations in preparation to response to potential real world incidents and educates Department of Military and Veterans Affairs employees on survival tactics. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida)
Colorado National Guard, local responders train for active threat
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Aug. 29, 2018
​Colorado National Guard Force Protection members perform active threat training at Joint Force Headquarters – Colorado, Centennial, Colorado, August 25, 2017. This training aids the CONG and partner organizations in preparation to response to potential real world incidents and educates Department of Military and Veterans Affairs employees on survival tactics

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, equipped with an aerial water bucket, from the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, drops water on the Cache Creek Fire, in Garfield County, Colorado, to support fire suppression efforts Aug. 17, 2018. The team, with two UH-60s, arrived and began operations Aug. 14. (Courtesy Photo by Lt. James Woods, Mountain View Fire Rescue)
Colorado National Guard helps fight Cache Creek Fire
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Aug. 23, 2018
​A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, equipped with an aerial water bucket, from the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, drops water on the Cache Creek Fire, in Garfield County, Colorado, to support fire suppression efforts Aug. 17, 2018. The team, with two UH-60s, arrived and began operations Aug. 14.

Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews with aircraft, equipped with aerial water buckets, from the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, depart the Spring Fire helibase, in Fort Garland, Colo., to support fire suppression efforts July 3, 2018. The team arrived and began operations July 2.

The CONG has supported the Spring Fire since July 1, 2018, providing capabilities to include: security personnel for traffic control points and roving patrols; two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews and aircraft each equipped with aerial water buckets; geological information system operators; as well as, refueling crews with Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical refueling trucks and firefighters with HEMTT firefighting vehicles.

The CONG has been providing an aviation search and rescue standby capability in support of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center since July 1. The High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site facility in Gypsum, Colorado, is supporting the mission which is rapid response to aviation search and rescue missions, primarily for firefighter safety, in support of multiple wildfire responses throughout Colorado.

On order of the Governor, the standing Joint Task Force - Centennial commands and integrates CONG forces to support civil authorities in assisting Colorado, or supported states, during times of crisis and disaster, to save lives, prevent suffering, and mitigate great property damage.

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicole Manzanares)
Colorado National Guard powers up helicopters for Cabin Lake Fire
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Aug. 14, 2018
​Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters equipped with aerial water buckets from the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, depart the Spring Fire helibase, in Fort Garland, Colorado, to support fire suppression efforts July 3, 2018. The team arrived and began operations July 2.