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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.