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Colorado Air National Guard members save lives during arctic blast
By John Rohrer, 140th Wing Public Affairs | Feb. 14, 2023
In late December 2022, an extreme cold weather system threatened the lives of the unhoused population in Denver, Colorado, and surrounding communities. This prompted Gov. Jared Polis to activate the Colorado National Guard to assist local authorities with staffing warming shelters as ambient temperatures were expected to hover around -10 degrees Fahrenheit for several nights, just before the Christmas holiday.
Colorado National Guard Biathlon Team competes in National Guard race
By U.S. Army Lt. Col. Chip Hahn, Colorado National Guard | Feb. 2, 2023
The Colorado National Guard Biathlon Team competed at the National Guard Western Region races held Jan. 13-15, 2023, in Casper, Wyoming.
The three-day competition consisted of one training day and two individual races: a sprint race and a pursuit race. The event included 34 Guard members from six states, including Colorado, California, Montana, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.
Colorado National Guard belonging initiative drives employee awareness
By By Sgt. 1st Class. Joseph K. VonNida, Colorado National Guard | Jan. 5, 2023
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can be an uncomfortable topic for military leaders, service members, and the civilian workforce. But the meaning behind them, belonging, is the driving force that builds the readiness and lethality of the people tasked to deploy, fight and win the nation’s wars and maintain global vigilance, reach and power.
Colorado National Guard activated for arctic blast, assist civil authorities at warming centers
By Sgt. 1st Class Joseph K. VonNida, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Jan. 4, 2023
With an extreme cold front bearing down on Colorado, Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order authorizing the support of up to 100 Colorado National Guard members to assist civil authorities at warming centers across the Denver metropolitan area and Boulder, Colorado, Dec. 20, 2022.
Colorado’s 138th Space Control Squadron pioneers new training
By Mr. John Rohrer, 140th Wing Public Affairs | Dec. 1, 2022
The Colorado Air National Guard’s 138th Space Control Squadron, in conjunction with the National Space Test and Training Complex, conducted a training event named “Neptune Falcon,” which took place at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, to test new capabilities for meeting wartime objectives in the space domain.
Fort Pickett to be renamed Fort Barfoot, has Colorado National Guard connection
By By David Schmidt, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Information Technology Specialist & Interim CONG Historian | Nov. 23, 2022
A congressional commission tasked with renaming U.S. Army bases previously named after Confederate officers is rebranding Fort Pickett to Fort Barfoot, in honor of World War II Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Tech. Sgt. Van T. Barfoot.
Soldier’s desire to learn proves value in Colorado National Guard
By U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Clark | Nov. 9, 2022
The CERFP responds to CBRNE incidents and assists local, state, and federal agencies with consequence management by providing capabilities to conduct patient and mass casualty decontamination, emergency medical services, and casualty search and extraction. The unit is comprised of Army and Air National Guard personnel to create a flexible force to combat fallout from large-scale incidents.
Strong bonds build resilient families
By Chaplain (Capt.) Katie Declet | Nov. 1, 2022
In order to build and strengthen families, the Army developed the Strong Bonds program. These training 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.
FireGuard’s cutting-edge mission saves lives and mitigates property damage from wildfires
By John Rohrer, 140th Wing Public Affairs | Oct. 5, 2022
Utilizing military-operated satellites and incorporating civilian resources from the National Interagency Fire Center, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Forest Service, service members can detect wildfires, notify authorities, and create products that can be disseminated to firefighting networks nationwide.
8th Civil Support Team conducts annual evaluation exercise
By U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Katie Lee, Joint Force Headquarters Colorado National Guard | Sept. 27, 2022
Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams from Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska joined civilian first responders to participate in joint exercise Western Sugar Response, a simulated hazardous disaster at an old sugar factory, hosted by U.S. Army North, Aug. 30, 2022, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Jose Meza: Serving Those Who Serve
By Parker White, DMVA Public Information Officer & Legislative Liaison | Sept. 14, 2022
Jose Meza works as a structural tradesman at Joint Force Headquarters- Colorado and, alongside his team, provides a variety of services to the DMVA from changing lightbulbs and moving office equipment, to landscaping and plumbing.
Colorado chemical response team receives top marks during Oregon exercise evaluation
By Tech. Sgt. Chance Johnson, 140th Wing Public Affairs | Aug. 4, 2022
The Colorado National Guard 8th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package traveled to Camp Rilea, Oregon, in July 9-17, 2022, to perform a full-scale external evaluation.
US, German Reserve Officer Exchange Program begins in Colorado National Guard
By Spc. Clayton Eggan, 104th Public Affairs Detachment | July 12, 2022
The National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, which connects individual states within the U.S. to allied nations, was established in 1993. Examples of these partnerships include Colorado’s partnership with Slovenia, Utah’s partnership with Nepal, and Kansas’ partnership with Armenia. Germany is not currently a state partner.
233rd Space Group celebrates first graduating class for new qualification course
By Master Sgt. Amanda Geiger, 140th Wing Public Affairs and Staff Sgt. Chastity Lollis, 233rd Communications Squadron | June 22, 2022
The first official Signal Management System Mission Qualification Course, conducted Jan. 18 - March 25, 2022, for 36 training days, celebrated its first graduation ceremony from the 233rd Space Group, Detachment 1, Combat Training System.
86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander from Colorado promotes to brigadier general
By | June 14, 2022
U.S. Army Col. Joseph Aubrey "Brey" Hopkins, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) commander and former deputy executive director, Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will promote to the rank of brigadier general June 15, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. at Joint Force Headquarters, Centennial, Colorado, in a ceremony which will include a howitzer salute in his honor.
U.S. Army makes Historic Landing
By Sgt. Elizabeth Clark | June 14, 2022
Colorado Army National Guard members teamed with Active Duty counterparts, U.S. Air Force service members and international partners to conduct a simulated air-land raid during an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems rapid infiltration exercise in Bornholm, Denmark May 24, 2022.
233rd Space Group supports National Guard director of space operations at 37th Space Symposium
By Tech. Sgt. Chance Johnson, 140th Wing Public Affairs | May 25, 2022
On April 4, 2022, members of the Colorado Air National Guard’s 233rd Space Group, Greeley Air National Guard Station, Greeley, completed Operation IT4YT or information technology support for the Director of Space Operations, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Gregory T. White, at the 37th Space Symposium held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Colorado National Guard Assistant Adjutant General, Air, promotes to brigadier general
By 140th Wing Public Affairs | April 6, 2022
BUCKLEY SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Air Force Col. Shawn Ryan, Colorado National Guard, will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general April 9, 2022, at 3 p.m. at Buckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.
Civil Air Patrol cadet becomes U.S. Air Force trailblazer, returns to roots
By By Michael Daniels, Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol | Feb. 21, 2022
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret.) Rochelle Kimbrell started her career as a Civil Air Patrol cadet with the Colorado Wing’s Parker Composite Squadron. She received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and, upon graduation, proceeded to become the first female Black fighter pilot in the Air Force, serving as a trailblazer for generations to come.
Guardmembers respond to winter wildfire
By By U.S. Army Sgt. Taylor L. Lakey-Tamacori | Jan. 20, 2022
The Marshall Fire ignited near Boulder, Colorado, and quickly engulfed entire neighborhoods in flames. Within 24 hours, Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency. 56 Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers were activated and would spend the next week including New Year’s assisting state and local authorities.
Quiet professionals: Soldiers graduate, become Army Warrant Officers
By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon | Nov. 10, 2021
Seven Soldiers, who previously served as Non-commissioned Officers, are now defined as officers appointed by warrant by the Secretary of the U.S. Army, based on a sound level of technical and tactical competence.
COVID responder walks Civil War battlefields
By U.S. Army Capt. Remington Henderson, Colorado Army National Guard Public Affairs | Sept. 17, 2021
In July, eleven Soldiers from the Colorado Army National Guard walked the Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields. The National Guard Bureau’s Combat Field Studies Program organized this rare opportunity for the COARNG.
The Best of the Best in Region VII
By SPC Taylor Lakey-Tamacori | May 21, 2021
The Colorado Army National Guard hosted the 2021 Region VII Best Warrior Competition at the 168th Regional Training Institute, Fort Carson, Colorado, May 17-20, 2021. This regional event included the best NCO and Soldier from Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
A first: Army unit wins Omaha Trophy for strategic deterrence
By | Nov. 24, 2020
In 2020 style, a small formation of socially distanced and masked Soldiers gathered to celebrate the halcyon days of 2019 as the 100th Missile Defense Brigade was presented with the U.S. Strategic Command Omaha Trophy for Global Operations at Peterson Air Force Base Nov. 19.
Colorado Air National Guard fighter wing builds readiness with Canadian partners in NORAD exercise
By Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer, Colorado Air National Guard | Nov. 12, 2020
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Colorado Air National Guard's 140th Wing, based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, participated in North American Aerospace Defense Command's Arctic dynamic force employment operations at 5 Wing, Goose Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force, Sept. 20-23, 2020.
117th Space Battalion shifts to 100th Missile Defense Brigade
By Staff Sgt. Zachary Sheely | Oct. 21, 2020
Two of the more unique Army National Guard units aligned Oct. 1. The 100th Missile Defense Brigade was assigned administrative and operational command and control of the 117th Space Battalion from the 89th Troop Command as part of a larger change in the structure of the Colorado Army National Guard.
Airman’s military training helps save a life
By U.S. Air Force Maj. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs | Aug. 28, 2020
It is every Airman’s responsibility to perform regular exercise routines in order to stay ‘fit to fight.’ Few have experienced a workout like U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ronald Ebert, first sergeant, 140th Mission Support Group, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, did June 1, 2020.
Governor welcomes 44th adjutant general of Colorado at media availability
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Aug. 20, 2020
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will welcome the 44th adjutant general of Colorado U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan at a media availability following the assumption of command ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, Aug. 22, 2020.
Colorado National Guard members take aim at annual state marksmanship match
By Staff Sgt. Zach Sheely, 100th Missile Defense Brigade Public Affairs Office | Aug. 14, 2020
Weapons proficiency is a core tenet of military service. Approximately 82 Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen gathered to prove their skills in the seventh annual Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match held throughout a sun-splashed summer weekend at Fort Carson, Colorado, July 31- Aug. 2, 2020.
Pre-World War II piece of Colorado National Guard history comes to Fort Carson
By Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon, 104th Public Affairs Detachment | Aug. 4, 2020
Howitzers are not new to Fort Carson, Colorado, however a retired French-designed pre-World War II howitzer is. The 168th Regional Training Institute of Excellence, Colorado Army National Guard, at Fort Carson, is set to receive an M1917 155mm Howitzer in August.
Soldiers save a life, serve their community in alternate role during coronavirus response
By Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | April 25, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 changed the way of life for most people worldwide. For members of the Colorado National Guard, activated by Gov. Jared Polis to assist with incident response efforts, their skills have been tested beyond their military assignments and training.
Wing alert mission exhibits strength amidst the war on COVID-19
By U.S. Air Force Maj. Kinder Blacke | April 22, 2020
Since Sept. 11, 2001, members of the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing have been on alert, defending the homeland against airborne threats with their fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft staged at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.
Colorado Air National Guard members sew masks in lieu of parachutes
By Maj. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs | April 18, 2020
Airmen of the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing Aircrew Flight Equipment shop at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, volunteered to sew over 500 masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Colorado Air National Guard space warriors fight COVID-19
By Maj. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs | April 17, 2020
Since Colorado Gov. Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard to join the fight against COVID-19 March 10, 2020, space warriors of the 233rd Space Group have been on the front lines, assisting civil authorities and augmenting critical space missions.
Colorado National Guard biathletes prepared for 2020 championship
By U.S. Army Lt. Col. Chip Hahn, Colorado National Guard | Feb. 20, 2020
The sport of biathlon demands physical fitness, shooting ability, mental toughness, and resilience.
It combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting into a mentally demanding endurance sport over varying distances on a closed course. The object is to ski the course in the shortest time while hitting the most number of targets. If an athlete misses a target, a penalty lap of 150 meters is added to the athlete’s skiing distance which must be completed before the athlete can return to the race course.
Colorado schoolhouse bridges warrant officer candidates into new leadership roles
By Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon, 104th Public Affairs Detachment | Nov. 22, 2019
The Colorado Army National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School at the 168th Regional Training Institute at Fort Carson, Colorado, transforms Soldiers into warrant officer leaders at a training center at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
Colorado Assistant Adjutant General passes command to successor
By Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon, 104th Public Affairs Detachment | Oct. 25, 2019
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura L. Clellan, assistant adjutant general, Army, commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, passed the colors to U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Paul Oct. 19, 2019, during a change of command ceremony at Founders Field, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Colorado National Guard Soldiers welcome new brigade commander
By . Army Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon, 104th Public Affairs Detachment, Colorado Army National Guard | Oct. 4, 2019
Soldiers with the Colorado Army National Guard’s 169th Field Artillery Brigade welcomed U.S. Army Col. Scot J. Hartman, incoming commander, and bid farewell to U.S. Army Col. Scott M. Sherman, outgoing commander, during a ceremony Sept. 7, 2019, at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center at Fort Carson.
U.S. Army Col. Robert B. Davis, the commander, Land Component Command of the COARNG, and presiding officer over the ceremony, said Sherman transformed the 169th in preparation for future wars.
Colorado National Guard medical command welcomes new leader
By By U.S. Army Spc. John H. Peterson IV, 104th Public Affairs Detachment, Colorado Army National Guard | Oct. 4, 2019
The Medical Detachment, Medical Command of the Colorado Army National Guard, welcomed its new commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Monty Torres, at a change of command ceremony Sept. 8, 2019, in which Col. Kevin R. Scott relinquished command at Buckley AFB in Aurora.
National Guard conference in Denver provides backdrop for Colorado’s partners Jordan and Slovenia
By By Staff Sgt. Zachary Sheely, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Oct. 4, 2019
Thousands of people attended the 141st General Conference and Exhibition of the National Guard Association of the United States, held at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, Colorado, Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2019.
Among them, two delegations represented the Colorado National Guard’s partners from the Republic of Slovenia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Warrant Officer Candidates remove hat, enter final phase
By Sgt. 1st Class Aleah M. Castrejon, 104th Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 9, 2019
Warrant Officer Candidates of class 19-001 practiced rich traditions dating back more than a decade for the Colorado National Guard while proudly walking across a stage for a hat removal ceremony Aug. 18, 2019, at the 168th Regional Training Institute, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Trojan Footprint brings Green Beret Citizen Soldiers to Black Sea region
By Story by Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes | Aug. 14, 2019
When most people imagine the U.S. Army National Guard, they might think of Soldiers responding to domestic disasters, Guardsmen cradling a child through waist-deep flood waters, or blazing through blizzards in HUMVEE’s. What isn’t typically seen are the pivotal roles Green Berets and Soldiers of the Army’s 19th and 20th Special Forces Groups (Airborne) play in special operations around the world.
Colorado hosts Golden opportunity for the National Guard in the Arctic
By Elena O’Bryan, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Aug. 7, 2019
The National Guard Arctic Interest Council met in Golden, Colorado, June 25-27, 2019. The NG AIC consulted with local experts on environmental changes occurring at the North Pole and charted a way forward to “identify capability gaps and pursue potential sourcing solutions.”
Colorado Air National Guard member observes Pride Month in Afghanistan
By Tech. Sgt. Chance Johnson, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Aug. 2, 2019
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cooper McCollum is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the NATO’s Resolute Support mission. He observed this years Pride Month while deployed in Afghanistan.
New National Guard space control squadron stands up
By Capt. Cheresa Clark | May 30, 2019
The Colorado National Guard will conduct a stand up ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 1 at 1 p.m. to recognize the 138th Space Control Squadron as the first new unit to expand U.S. military presence into the space domain since the reestablishment of U.S. Space Command was announced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.