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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.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jose Alfaro, 140th Wing Security Forces, Colorado Air National Guard, escorts members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force on a tour of the Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dave Carter Army Aviation Support Facility at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, Feb. 5, 2019. The meeting between Jordanians and senior enlisted leaders aimed to foster strong relationships between forces as well as enhance Jordanian enlisted policy and practices.  Jordan and Colorado have been partners since 2004. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Harvill)
Partnership builds trusted frontline leaders in Colorado, Jordan
By Staff Sgt. Austin Harvill | May 16, 2019
Royal Jordanian Air Force senior enlisted leaders arrived at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, Feb. 4, 2019, for a Non-commissoned Officer National Guard State Partnership Program event.

Command Sgt. Maj. Russell A. Hamilton retires after more than 33 years of service April 6, 2019, during a ceremony at the Peterson Air and Space Museum, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hamilton entered active duty July 25, 1986, and served in various positions including an armored crewman, tank commander, platoon sergeant and many more on active duty before he transferred to the Colorado Army National Guard Active Guard and Reserve program. During his time with the COARNG, he served in the 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Ground-based Midcourse Defense) as an element crewmember, brigade master evaluator and other positions before assuming responsibility as the state command sergeant major of the COARNG. Hamilton looks forward to retirement with his wife, Deatra and his son, daughter and grandson. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon)
Colorado Army National Guard senior enlisted leader retires with more than 33 years of service
By Sgt. 1st Class Aleah Castrejon, 104th Public Affairs Detachment, Colorado Army National Guard | May 8, 2019
After more than 33 years of service, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Russell A. Hamilton retired April 6, 2019, at a ceremony at the Peterson Air and Space Museum, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He entered active duty July 25, 1986, and served in various positions including an armored crewman, tank commander, platoon sergeant, and many more before he transferred to the COARNG Active Guard and Reserve program.

U.S. Army Spc. Jake Beehler, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment (center) finishes the 2019 Colorado National Guard Best Warrior Competition with U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Corbin Andersen (left) and Hanna Felice, 140th Wing Security Forces Squadron, April 14, 2019, Fort Carson, Colorado Springs. The competitors endured four days of mental and physical challenges for the chance at being named the best.
Colorado Army and Air National Guard split state Best Warrior Competition
By Sgt. Christopher Churilla | May 3, 2019
Six Airmen and eight Soldiers of the Colorado National Guard competed in the 2019 Best Warrior Competition at Fort Carson, Colorado, April 11-14, 2019.

After 26 years of military service, Master Sgt. Gregory Elrod retires from the Colorado Air National Guard, Feb. 1, 2019, for a follow-on career as a management officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. While in the military, Elrod served in the U.S. Navy, Navy Reserves, and the Air National Guard. He retired from the Security Forces career field, most recently serving as a personnel noncommissioned officer in the force management section of the Colorado National Guard's Joint Staff.
(U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Maj. Darin Overstreet)
A life of service: From state and national to foreign service
By Maj. Darin Overstreet, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | April 30, 2019
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Gregory Elrod was the manager for the Colorado National Guard’s Air Active Guard and Reserve program, where he managed administration and procedures for a full-time force of more than 1,600 personnel. He was responsible for policy development, program oversight and the daily human resources operations for the AGR force.

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 rescues motorists from a bomb cyclone
By Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | April 16, 2019
A bomb cyclone is a phenomenon in which barometric pressure drops rapidly, typically creating hurricane force winds and heavy precipitation.

Royal Jordanian Air Force 1st Sgt. Shhab Almadadha, weapons technician, and Warrant Officer Mahmoud Alsaleh, aircraft structural technician, at left and right, both assigned to the Royal Jordanian Air Force at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Azraq, Jordan, discuss structural maintenance procedures with U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Steve Frederick, structural aircraft maintenance supervisor, Colorado Air National Guard, while looking at structural components in the engine bay of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, March 6, 2019. The RJAF visit focused on troubleshooting methods, equipment used in each unit, and work protocols within the safety and maintenance units of both forces. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bobbie Reynolds)
Caffeine, wrenches strengthen Jordan-Colorado partnership
By Staff Sgt. Bobbie Reynolds, 140th Wing Public Affairs, Colorado Air National Guard | March 29, 2019
Building relationships by sharing different cultural experiences is what makes the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program so special. Since 2004, the Colorado National Guard and the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army have been traveling back and forth, learning about each other’s culture, while strengthening interoperability within each of the military forces through the exchange of information and best practices.

U.S. Veterans Affairs Western Colorado Health Care System Director Michael T. Kilmer, left, and the Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh review the layout of the new Western Region One Source Dec. 20, 2019, in Grand Junction, Colorado.  The former Colorado National Guard armory 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.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Elena O’Bryan)
Colorado helps Western Slope veterans, families live grand
By Elena O'Bryan, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Feb. 28, 2019
A vacant armory, where several Colorado National Guard units trained for warfight and homeland defense missions between 1959 and 2015, stands in the heart of the Grand Valley on Colorado’s Western Slope.

U.S. Army Spc. Tristan Ivkov, Infantryman, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry (Mountain), Colorado Army National Guard identifies a target during the International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning, Georgia, in October 2018. (Photo courtesy Josaphat Orozco photography)
Calm, cool, collected, Colorado National Guard snipers draw from heritage to create legacy
By By Staff Sgt. Joseph K VonNida, Colorado National Guard | Jan. 25, 2019
Throughout history, snipers have had two basic roles: deliver long range precision direct fire and collect battlefield information. Their heritage can be traced to the Revolutionary War.

A U.S. Air Force Airman, assigned to the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, exchanges information with members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force about non-commissioned officer roles and leadership at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, March 12-16, 2018. The purpose of this visit was to exchange NCO development ideas and concepts, share how we develop our NCOs, and understand how Jordan develops their enlisted leaders.” (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff. Sgt. Bobbie Reynolds)
Colorado-Jordan future leaders focus on human capital development
By Capt. Cheresa D. Clark, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Nov. 8, 2018
In an effort to understand these practical differences and grow as partners, company-grade officers from the Colorado National Guard and JAF partnered for the first time in January 2018, in Colorado, and in August 2018, in Jordan. Together, they discussed the similarities and differences in leadership style, and learned practices and strategies from each other, to improve as leaders.

The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh and Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Joseph A. Bauldry prepare to pin the Green Beret’s with awards during a valor awards ceremony at McMahon Auditorium at Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 16, 2018, for Company B, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon)
Colorado National Guard Green Berets receive awards for valor
By Sgt. Christopher Churilla, 104th Public Affairs Detachment | Nov. 4, 2018
Colorado National Guard leaders presented awards to Company B, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) members for valor Sept. 16, 2018.

Scramble at Phan Rang
Colorado Air National Guard celebrates 95 years of service to state and nation
By Maj. Kinder Blacke | Oct. 17, 2018
Photo By Staff Sgt. Joseph Vonnida | “Scramble at Phan Rang” depicts the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, in South Vietnam during the second Viet Cong offensive in 1968. (National Guard Heritage painting by William S. Phillips)

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Woods, senior enlisted leader of the Colorado National Guard, and a team of Colorado Army National Guard noncommissioned officers, meet with a group of Jordanian Army NCOs at the 20th Royal Artillery Battalion headquarters near Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2018. The COARNG NCO team visited Jordan July 20-27 as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program to contribute to the development of the JAF NCO guide.
Fortifying the Backbone
By Staff Sgt. Zach Sheely | Aug. 29, 2018
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Woods, senior enlisted leader of the Colorado National Guard, and a team of Colorado Army National Guard noncommissioned officers, meet with a group of Jordanian Army NCOs at the 20th Royal Artillery Battalion headquarters near Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2018. The COARNG NCO team visited Jordan July 20-27 as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program to contribute to the development of the JAF NCO guide.

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)
National Guard aviators converge at Northern Strike 18 for multinational experience
By Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr. | Aug. 27, 2018
​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.

The Colorado National Guard’s Brigade Equal Opportunity Advisors and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators gathered at Joint Force Headquarters in Centennial on July 21 to discuss numerous sexual assault and equal opportunity policy changes within the Depa
Strengthening the force through inclusion and respect
By Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida | Aug. 17, 2018
​The Colorado National Guard's Equal Opportunity Advisers and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators gathered at Joint Force Headquarters in Centennial, Colorado, July 21, 2018, to discuss numerous sexual assault and equal opportunity policy changes within the Department of Defense. Some of the biggest changes included cyber misconduct and the inclusion of the Reserve component in new DOD policies.

Soldiers with 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard, work alongside members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force to for air-ground integration best practices and to strengthen their relationship.
Royal Jordanian Air Force receives Black Hawk training in the US
By Lt. Col. Nicole David | Aug. 17, 2018
​A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black hawk helicopter takes off from the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., August 8, 2018. Soldiers from the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard, worked alongside members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force to share air-ground integration best practices and to strengthen their relationship during Exercise Northern Strike 18

​U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Heflin, left, Colorado Army National Guard telecommunications manager, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students and managers from Denver North High School display their certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Air Force Association 2017 CyberPatriot, National Youth Cyber Defense competition.
Colo. National Guard mentors future cyber warriors
By Capt. Ronald Bailey | April 25, 2017
​U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Heflin, left, Colorado Army National Guard telecommunications manager, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students and managers from Denver North High School display their certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Air Force Association 2017 CyberPatriot, National Youth Cyber Defense competition.