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Members of the 220th Military Police Company, Colorado Army National Guard, conduct an exercise to validate their training as they assume the National Guard Reaction Force mission from the 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry (Mountain), July 21, 2016, Aurora, Colorado.  The mission of the National Guard Reaction Force is to provide local law enforcement agencies with additional forces during times of emergency or disaster. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Darin Overstreet)
Colorado National Guard Reaction Force helps support public safety in Denver
By | May 30, 2020
By order of Gov. Jared Polis, Soldiers from the Colorado National Guard Reaction Force have been mobilized to support the City and County of Denver and local law enforcement to ensure public safety.

Colorado National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Enhanced Response Force Package team members conduct decontamination procedures during COVID-19 testing at a Veterans Community Living Center in Aurora, Colorado, April 29, 2020. By order of Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado CERFP is assisting the State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to increase testing capacity where needed.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)
Colorado National Guard assists local and state partners with COVID-19 testing, training
By | May 30, 2020
By order of Gov. Jared Polis, Soldiers and Airmen from the Colorado National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosive Enhanced Response Force Package based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, are continuing to support testing of Coloradans who have symptoms of COVID-19 while training testing teams throughout the state.

From top, A Colorado Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black hawk, and LUH-72 Lakota hover in formation over snow covered Colorado Rocky Mountains, Jan. 18, 2017 These airframes are in use by the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, Gypsum, Colorado and the Army Aviation Support Facility, Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado to train rotary wing pilots from around the world about power management at high altitude, and to support the community, state and nation with heavy lift, medical evacuation and search and rescue operation capabilities, to name a few. (Photo by Frank Crebas, Bluelife Aviation)
Colorado National Guard conducts Memorial Day helicopter flyover of state, honoring our brave
By | May 24, 2020
The Colorado National Guard will conduct a Memorial Day helicopter flyover of the state, May 25, 2020, to salute Coloradans who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom and healthcare workers and first responders, especially those supporting our veterans during The COVID-19 pandemic.

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Veterans Memorial Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony changes 2020
By | May 20, 2020
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The traditional annual Memorial Day ceremonies are canceled at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado at 2830 Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Air Force General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau, promotes U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory T. White, director of space operations, National Guard Bureau, to major general in a ceremony May 20, 2020, at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)
Chief, National Guard Bureau promotes first National Guard director of space operations to major general
By | May 20, 2020
The Chief, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Air Force General Joseph L. Lengyel promoted the first director of space operations at the National Guard Bureau, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory T. White, at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, May 20, 2020.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, pass over a hospital in Aurora May 6, 2020, during a flyover saluting healthcare workers on Nurses Appreciation Day during the COVID-19 pandemic.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)
Second Colorado Air National Guard flyover salutes more COVID-19 response heroes
By | May 13, 2020
In an effort to reach more areas of the state and salute more COVID-19 front line heroes, the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing will conduct a second F-16 Fighting Falcon flyover Friday, May 15, 2020, from approximately 11:00 am - 12:45 pm.

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Major General Loh Nominated to Lead Air National Guard
By Shelby Wieman | shelby.wieman@state.co.us | May 6, 2020
Governor Jared Polis takes great pleasure in announcing the nomination of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh to serve as the next director of the U.S. Air National Guard in Washington D.C. Gen. Loh was nominated by the President and his nomination was sent to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee today. Gen. Loh is the Adjutant General, Colorado National Guard. Reappointed by Gov. Polis, General Loh currently serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.

Two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard taxi towards the runway during a practice alert scramble, Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, Mar. 31, 2020. While many members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, are under a stay-at-home order due to the COVID19 virus, essential employees are keeping the mission by enhancing proficiency training for pilots and crew of the unit.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)
Colorado Air National Guard flyovers to salute Colorado heroes
By | May 4, 2020
Warriors of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard will fly F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft around Colorado cities and towns on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm to salute those fighting on the front lines of the war against COVID-19.

Task Force Test Support, comprised of members from the Colorado National Guard, administer COVID-19 tests at a drive-up testing site for residents of Weld County, Colorado, April 24, 2020.  Gov. Jared Polis has directed that about 70 CONG members from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Enhanced Response Force Package based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, assist with testing around the state in support of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and the State Emergency Operations Center.
Colorado National Guard assists state, Weld County to target test residents
By | April 27, 2020
By order of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosive Enhanced Response Force Package based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, is supporting the state and Weld County to test its residents who have symptoms of COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Miles Madrid, Colorado Air National Guard, 140th Medical Squadron, Buckley Air Force, Aurora, Colorado, prepares to administer COVID-19 tests to staff and residents at a long-term care facility in Adams County, Colorado, April 21, 2020.  About 70 Colorado National Guard members from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Enhanced Response Force Package tested approximately 300 patients and staff members at this facility.
Colorado National Guard tests 900 residents, staff for COVID-19 at long-term care facilities
By | April 25, 2020
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – By order of Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado National Guard assisted the State Emergency Operations Center and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment by administering nearly 900 COVID-19 tests of residents and staff at long-term care facilities in multiple Colorado communities.

Colorado National Guard members from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosive Enhanced Response Force Package prepare a drive-up COVID-19 testing site in Montrose County, Colorado, March 23, 2020. To date, more than 400 CONG members are mobilized to help the State of Colorado fight COVID-19 in our communities. (Photo courtesy Montrose County Government)
Colorado National Guard assists state with COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities
By | April 20, 2020
By order of Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado National Guard is assisting the State Emergency Operations Center and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment with COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities in multiple Colorado communities.

Gov. Jared Polis (center) and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General and 54th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, visit The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, Colo., April 14, 2020. The Ranch was identified by the state of Colorado for USACE to convert for use as a medical shelter during the COVID-19 response. The Colorado National Guard transported Semonite and his team via UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo. to The Ranch and then the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, where Colorado Guardsmen are helping to prep the location as another medical shelter.  More than 250 members of the CONG are supporting state and local officials combat COVID-19 state wide at joint operations center and preparing shelters for those without homes in the Denver area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Katie Lee)
Colorado National Guard helps Army Corps of Engineers convert convention center to medical shelter
By | April 16, 2020
By order of Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado National Guard is assisting the State Emergency Operations Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to convert the Colorado Convention Center in Denver into a 2000-bed medical shelter

Members of the Colorado National Guard inprocess to state active duty at Joint Force Headquarters, Centennial, Colorado, April 6, 2020. More than 250 Colorado National Guard members have been mobilized to help the State Emergency Operations Center and the City and County of Denver with COVID-19 response. Each servicemember entering SAD completed a medical screeing and briefing on current COVID-19 operations.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K VonNida)
Colorado National Guard helps City, County of Denver to shelter people experiencing homelessness
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | April 7, 2020
By order of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis April 3, 2020, more than 250 Colorado National Guard members have been mobilized and are on State Active Duty to help the State Emergency Operations Center and the City and County of Denver to shelter people in Denver experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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First Colorado National Guard member tests positive for COVID-19
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | March 21, 2020
The First Colorado National Guard member has tested positive for COVID-19. The service member is being cared for while in isolation in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Fort Carson Public Health guidelines at the 168th Regiment Regional Training Center of Excellence at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Members of the Colorado National Guard assist San Miguel County and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment with a COVID-19 drive-up testing station in Telluride, Colorado, March 17, 2020. The CONG’s 8th Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package are Colorado’s resident trained and equipped experts in biological hazards. Colorado’s 8th WMD-CST and CERFP are available to the governor and Federal Emergency Management Agency Region Eight. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Dinsmore, San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office)
Colorado National Guard specialized teams assist local, state partners with COVID-19 response
By | March 17, 2020
By order of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, about 50 Colorado National Guard members have been mobilized and are on State Active Duty to support the State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment with medical support and logistics at drive-up COVID-19 testing centers in various communities throughout the state.

Soldiers from the Colorado Army National Guard 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment move materials and personnel aboard CH-47 Chinook helicopters between forward operating bases near Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 8, 2019. While deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the unit conducted more than 1200 missions including 450 air assaults, 250 maintenance test flights and over 500 personnel and equipment transports.  (Courtesy photo)
Accomplished Colorado Army National Guard aviation unit home from Afghanistan
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Feb. 26, 2020
The Colorado National Guard will welcome home about 50 Soldiers from Detachment 1, Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment and Company D, Forward, 2- 135th, after a year-long mission in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2020, at 3 p.m., at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.

Soldiers from the 220th Military Police Company of the Colorado National Guard conduct a weapons qualification range with the Slovenian Armed Forces and Soldiers from the 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade of the Ohio National Guard June 5, 2019 in Divaca, Slovenia. The range was in addition to joint marksmanship training that included firearms techniques such as assuming a good firing stance and performing tactical reloads. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Erica Earl)
Colorado National Guard military police company deploys to Afghanistan
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Feb. 21, 2020
The Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh and other CONG senior leaders will honor about 30 members of the Colorado Army National Guard’s 220th Military Police Company at a departure ceremony Feb. 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver.

A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter lands on a ski trail at Vail Ski Resort, Vail, Colorado, Feb. 17, 2019. The helicopter flew from the High-Altitude Army National Guard Training Site in Gypsum to conduct training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Hunnisett)
Colorado National Guard Soldiers conduct winter training in Vail
By | Feb. 13, 2020
Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers will conduct annual ski and winter training in Vail, Colorado, Feb. 14-17, 2020. This training will enhance the Soldiers’ mountain skills while honoring Colorado as the original home of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

U.S. Army Capt. Jennifer Staton, space operations officer, Sgt. Cassandra Quinones and Pfc. Miranda Yost, geospatial engineers, use mapping software during the multi-state large-scale, natural disaster emergency response exercise Vigilant Guard 2014, hosted by the Kansas National Guard in Salina, Kansas, Aug. 4-7. The Soldiers are a part of Army Space Support Team 30, 117th Space Support Battalion, Colorado National Guard. (Photo by Capt. Benjamin Gruver, 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Colorado Army National Guard Space Support Team deploys to Middle East
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Jan. 23, 2020
Army Space Support Team 24, comprised of Colorado National Guard Soldiers from the 117th Space Battalion, will be honored at a departure ceremony at Fort Carson Jan. 24, 2020.

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Colorado National Guard celebrates 160 years of service to communities, state and nation
By | Jan. 22, 2020
The CONG dates to Jan. 23, 1860, when the 1st General Assembly of the Jefferson Territory authorized the formation of two military companies of Citizen-Soldiers – the “Jefferson Rangers” and the “Denver Guards” – to quell a lawless band of thieves known as the “Bummers.” The Bummers, as turkey thieves, terrorized the community west of present-day downtown Denver, during what became known as the “Turkey War.”

Brey Hopkins is appointed by The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh to serve as Colorado’s Deputy Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs effective Jan. 6, 2020. Hopkins is formerly an active duty infantry officer that joined the Colorado National Guard in 2018 and continues to serve as a traditional National Guard member in the rank of Colonel. (Official Department of Defense photo)
Colorado Adjutant General appoints new Deputy Executive Director of Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
By Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs | Jan. 3, 2020
The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh has appointed Brey Hopkins to serve as the Deputy Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs effective Jan. 6, 2020.

Three UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopterrs from The Colorado Army National Guard 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion 135th Aviation Regiment prepare to depart Fort Carson, Colorado, July 30, 2019. Civic Leaders from throughout the state, hosted by the Adjutant General of Colorado, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh, traveled on CONG aircraft to observe military operations and capabilites at military facilities and the Colorado Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon training at the CONG's Airburst Range, near Fort Carson. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Maj. Darin Overstreet)
Colorado National Guard aviation battalion mobilizing three units
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 31, 2019
Colorado National Guard Soldiers from Company A, Company D and Headquarters-Headquarters Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion 135th Aviation Regiment will be honored at a departure ceremony on Buckley Air Force Base Jan. 2, 2020, at 3 p.m.

Colorado National Guard Family Program members speak with a CONG family at the annual CONG Family Program Santa Shop Dec. 15, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. This program allows National Guard families to “shop” for free gifts during the holiday season. Colorado communities donate gifts annually to CONG Families Programs, in advance of the holiday season. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida)
Annual Santa Shops help Colorado National Guard families in need
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 13, 2019
Gifts donated by residents of Denver Metro communities and businesses will help the Colorado National Guard Family Programs office provide holiday presents for CONG families in need Dec. 14, 2019, in both Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Mathew “Chaff” Crabb,  pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, prepares his aircraft prior to a night training mission during Red Flag 17-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada March 1, 2017. 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 2.9M 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)
The Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing begins flying at night to accomplish mission essential training
By By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 4, 2019
Beginning this week and continuing for the next few months, residents of Aurora and neighboring communities can expect to hear F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft overhead later than usual as the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing conducts annual night flying training.

The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh presides over the State of Colorado Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the north foyer of the Colorado State Capitol, Denver, Nov. 29, 2018. This is an annual event hosted by Colorado’s First Family. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K VonNida)
Colorado’s Governor, Adjutant General to preside over Colorado State Capitol holiday tree lighting
By By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 4, 2019
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh will preside over the State of Colorado Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the north foyer of the State Capitol, Denver, Dec. 5, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.

The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh reads a holiday storybook entitled,
State of Colorado to host families of deployed Colorado National Guardmembers at ‘Colorado’s Home’
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Dec. 2, 2019
Gov. JaredPolis, First Gentleman Marlon Reis, and The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S.Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh will host family members of deployed Colorado National Guard members Dec. 3, 2019, at the Boettcher Mansion

A Colorado National Guard Small Unit Support Vehicle used by Snow Response Teams to support domestic operations during blizzard, flood, etc., responses. The SUSVs are also used by Infantry troops, Special Forces teams, etc., for traversing challenging terrain during overseas contingency operations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Hunnisett)
Colorado National Guard partners to prepare for winter storm response
By | Oct. 18, 2019
The Colorado National Guard will partner with several state agencies during a command post winter storm response exercise Oct. 19-20, 2019, at Joint Force Headquarters, Centennial.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Douglas Paul, Colorado Army National Guard, assumes command of the COARNG from U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan, Oct. 19, 2019, at Founders Field, Fort Carson, Colorado Springs. Paul will pin on the rank of brigadier general in a formal ceremony preceding the change of command. (U.S. Army National Guard photo)
Colorado Army National Guard welcomes new commanding general at change of command ceremony
By | Oct. 17, 2019
The Colorado National Guard will welcome U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Doug Paul as the commanding general of the Colorado Army National Guard at a change of command ceremony Oct. 19, 2019, at Founders Field, Fort Carson, Colorado Springs.

A Colorado Army National Guard helicopter crew lowers a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen down to an injured hiker near the North Maroon Bells Peak near Aspen, Colorado, July 24, 2018. The COARNG and the Colorado Hoist Rescue Team incorporate civilian alpine rescue personnel and military hoist helicopter capabilities to improve Colorado search and rescue systems, operations and training. (Photo courtesy Tyler McCready, used with permission)
Colorado Hoist Rescue Team, includes Colorado National Guard, trains to save lives
By | Sept. 24, 2019
The Colorado Hoist Rescue Team, including Colorado National Guard Army Aviation, will host a multi-day training event Sept. 24-26, 2019, at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

Soldiers from the 1157th Engineer Detachment (Firefighting), Colorado Army National Guard, assist the Larimer County Sheriff’s office with evacuations and to protect personnel and property in the High Park fire area, June 21, 2012,  throughout Larimer County, Colorado. The unit supplied water for five days supporting five crews estimating 100 firefighters and supplying more than 3000 gallons of water. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jecca Geffre)
Colorado National Guard firefighting unit deactivates
By | Sept. 12, 2019
The 1157th Engineer Detachment (Firefighting), Colorado Army National Guard will deactivate in a formal ceremony at the Centennial Training Site Amphitheater, Fort Carson, Colorado, Sept. 13, 2019, at 1 p.m.

Distinguished visitors from the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenian Armed Forces and the Colorado National Guard pose for a photo at the Colorado State Capitol buildings famous “One Mile Above Sea Level” step in Denver as part of the State Partnership Program April 3, 2018. The purpose of this visit is to not only celebrate the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the Republic of Slovenia’s Armed Forces and the Colorado National Guard, but to continue foster strategic relationships and develop mutual knowledge and understanding between the two nations. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
Colorado, Wyoming host Army, Air Force, and National Guard senior leaders, State Partners, in Denver
By | Aug. 29, 2019
Two of the most senior leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces will spotlight the National Guard Association of the United States 141st General Conference & Exhibition, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. D. Micah Fesler assumes command of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard in a ceremony 3 p.m. Aug. 16, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado. A command pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours, Fesler most recently served as the Joint Staff, J-8, Special Access Program Coordinator at the Pentagon, in Washington D.C. His responsibilities included managing Joint Staff Special Access Program aspects for programmatic, strategic, and contingency planning to support the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commanders and the Director Joint Staff J-8. (Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force)
Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing welcomes new leadership
By | Aug. 16, 2019
The 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard will welcome its newest commander during an assumption of command ceremony 3 p.m. Aug. 16, 2019, at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora.

Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Esteban, a crew chief with the 140th Maintenance Squadron, enjoys a hug from his children prior to deploying at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., April 21, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Amidon)
140th Wing returns from a deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, NATO in Afghanistan
By U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer | Aug. 2, 2019
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Commander-in-Chief of the Colorado National Guard, will welcome home Aug. 4 2019, more than 300 Airmen from the 140th Wing who deployed for four months to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

The Colorado National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction-8th Civil Support Team will host elected officials and community partners at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Vehicle Ready Bay Building, July 12, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.
Colorado National Guard breaks ground on 8th Civil Support Team building at Buckley Air Force Base
By Elena O'Bryan | July 11, 2019
The Colorado National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction-8th Civil Support Team will host elected officials and community partners at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Vehicle Ready Bay Building, July 12, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.

U.S. Soldiers of Special Operations Detachment-Korea, a Colorado Army National Guard unit, are welcomed home after serving nine months in Afghanistan, at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colo., Dec. 21, 2014. During their deployment, SOD-K personnel assisted in the International Security Assistance Force campaign to transition U.S./NATO efforts to a functionally based Security Force Assistance mission. SOD-K is the last Colorado National Guard unit deployed in support of operations Afghanistan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Cheresa D. Clark/Released)
Colorado National Guard Soldiers return from deployment to the Middle East
By Elena O'Bryan | June 27, 2019
The Colorado National Guard will welcome home about 40 Soldiers from Special Operations Detachment-Korea during a ceremony June 28, 2019, at 2 p.m., at the Colorado Army National Guard’s Regional Training Institute, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Esteban, a crew chief with the 140th Maintenance Squadron, enjoys a hug from his children prior to deploying at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., April 21, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Amidon)
140th Wing deploys to Afghanistan in support of NATO and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
By Capt. Cheresa Clark | May 23, 2019
The Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, deployed more than 300 Airmen to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

The former Colorado Army National Guard armory in Grand Junction, Colorado, is now the home of the Western Region One Source. This facility connects Western Slope service members, veterans, and their families with benefits, service providers, and community partners.
Governor hosts Western Region One Source ribbon cutting
By | May 3, 2019
Gov. Jared Polis will host the Western Region One Source ribbon-cutting ceremony 9 a.m. May 9, 2019, at 482 28 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Denise Harris, Colorado National Guard Family Program coordinator, assists a retired service member at the 2018 Joining Communityu Forces Resource Expo in Denver. The purpose of the expo is to educate service members and their families about local free to low-cost community resources. It is open to service members from all military branches and components and as well as veterans, retirees, Wounded Warriors, and family members. (Stock photo)
Colorado National Guard and community partners host Salute to the Brave Expo
By Colorado National Guard | April 24, 2019
The Colorado National Guard Family Program Office and community partners will host the 2nd annual Salute to the Brave Resource Expo May 4, 2019, from 3-6 p.m. in Denver and Colorado Springs.

Families of deployed Colorado National Guard members were hosted at the Governor's Mansion, Denver, Mar. 12, 2016. The children played a variety of games, along with an Easter egg hunt, and were read to by The First Lady of Colorado, Mrs. Robin Hickenlooper, wife of Gov. John Hickenlooper. The Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards along with other CONG senior leaders were in attendance to show support for the Soldiers and Airmen separated from their families in support of overseas contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicole Manzanares/Released)
Colorado Governor hosts National Guard families at Easter Egg Roll at Boettcher Mansion
By | April 16, 2019
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis will host an Easter Egg Roll at the Boettcher Mansion for families of deployed service members April 17, 2019.

A Soldier with the Colorado National Guard tackles a rope traverse obstacle during the 2018 Best Warrior Competition April 15, 2018, at Fort Carson, Colorado. The Colorado Army National Guard winner advanced to the Region 7 Best Warrior Competition in New Mexico (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ashley Low)
Colorado National Guard Soldiers, Airmen compete to become Best Warrior
By | April 10, 2019
Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will participate in the state's annual Best Warrior Competition at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 11-14, 2019.

Colorado Army National Guard M973A1 Small Unit Support Vehicle crews search for stranded motorists in Colorado March 14, 2019, during Winter Storm Ulmer. Governor Jared Polis activated Colorado National Guard snow response teams to save lives and reduce suffering. The SUSV can traverse almost any terrain. (Photo courtesy Rattlesnake Fire Protection District)
Governor activates Colorado National Guard for another bomb cyclone
By | April 10, 2019
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has activated the Colorado National Guard to support potential rescue requests from the state and local jurisdictions to save stranded motorists in Colorado during winter storm Wesley, the second bomb cyclone to hit the state during 2019.

Two Black Hawk helicopters, equipped with aerial water buckets, from the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, depart the Spring Fire helibase, in Fort Garland, Colorado, to support fire suppression efforts July 3, 2018.  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 supports civil authorities with aerial water bucket operations at Black Bridge Fire
By | April 5, 2019
The Colorado National Guard is supporting Bent County fire suppression efforts near Las Animas, Colorado, at the request of local authorities.

Approximately 200 Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen train at the North Metro Fire Training Center in Thornton, Colorado, September 17-20, 2018, in preparation for a National Guard Bureau evaluation. The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear, Enhanced Response Force Package is evaluated every two years to ensure that they meet standards and are prepared to support incidents within Colorado or elsewhere in the U.S. The Colorado teams are comprised of members from the 140th Wing from Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, the 233d Space Group from Greeley, Colorado, the 147th Brigade Support Battalion from Ft. Collins, Colorado, and the 3650th Maintenance Company from Longmont, Colorado. Each team combines to provide the necessary functionality to assist local authorities in extraction, communication, decontamination, and medical triage so that victims can be safely removed from a mass casualty event and cared for appropriately. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer)
Colorado National Guard team prepares for evaluation, assists partners
By | April 4, 2019
Colorado National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package will host a collective training event at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, and between BAFB and Watkins, Colorado April 5-6, 2019.

A Black Hawk helicopter, equipped with an aerial water bucket, from the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Army Aviation Support Facility at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, departs the Spring Fire helibase, in Fort Garland, Colorado, to support fire suppression efforts July 3, 2018.  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 conducts aviation wildland fire training to support partners
By | April 1, 2019
Colorado Army National Guard’s 2nd Brigade 135th General Support Aviation Battalion, based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, will host an annual wildland fire training conference in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and local and state partners April 2-7, 2019, in preparation for wildfire season.

The former Colorado National Guard armory in Grand Junction, Colorado, is the new home of the Western Region One Source. The facility will help connect Western Slope service members, veterans, and their families with service providers.
(Photo by Joanne Iglesias)
State of Colorado hosts new Western Region One Source open house
By | March 5, 2019
The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs-West will host an open house at the new Western Region One Source in Grand Junction, March 8, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., offering guided tours every half hour.

Soldiers with the Colorado Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry (Mountain), a unit of the 10th Mountain Division since 2016, ski alongside 10th Mountain Division veterans, descendants and friends during the 43rd annual Ski-In celebration March 2, 2018, at the Ski Cooper ski area in Colorado. The 10th Mountain Division formed in 1943 and trained for World War II mountain warfare at Camp Hale near Leadville, Colorado. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ashley Low)
Colorado National Guard Soldiers to hone mountain skills for first time at Vail
By | Feb. 14, 2019
Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers will conduct annual ski and winter training to enhance their mountain skills while honoring Colorado as the original home of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division during Legacy Days in Vail, Colorado, Feb. 15-18, 2019.

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.