140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air National Guard

Home > Cougar Tales
Cougar on tree Cougar Tales

Members of the 140th Wing,
     This is your one-stop resource for upcoming events, drill information, important reminders, resources and more. We encourage you and your family to check this page frequently to stay updated and take advantage of the opportunities available to you.
     The appearance of hyperlinks on this site does not constitute endorsement by the Colorado Air National Guard, the United States Air Force, or the Department of Defense of the external Web site, or the information, products, or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Services/Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Air Force does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of the Web site.
     For questions or if you have anything to include, please contact Capt. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs, kinder.blacke@ang.af.mil.
tabUpcoming Drill Schedule 
SEPTEMBER UTA SCHEDULE

Saturday, 12 September 2015

0640 - 0700 - Morning Prayer, Bldg 706, Seiler Room

0830 - 1130 - Retirement/Entitlements Brief, Bldg 700, Wing Auditorium

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1230 - WIT Training, Bldg 706, WG Conference Room

1300 - CDC Testing, Bldg 801, Testing Classroom

1400 - Retirement Ceremony for Lt Col Richard Boylan, Bldg 700, Auditorium

1500 - Promotion Ceremony for Lt Col Donahue, Bldg 706, DFAC

1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 WG Element and FM

1600 - 140th Wing Running Club, Bldg 706 parking lot

1630 - 140 MOF Change of Command, Hangar 801
 
Sunday, 13 September 2015 

0645 - Chiefs' Council, Bldg 706, Wing Conference Room

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1500 - Retirement Ceremony for TSgt Smith, 140 MDG, Bldg 700, Wing Auditorium 
 
1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 Wing Element and FM

2014-2015 UTA Schedule

2015-2016 UTA Schedule
tabGeneral Announcements 
Eagle and American Flag


Other Side of the Mountain Gang Newsletter - June/July 2015

Recruiting and Retention Newsletter - June

WARNING! Hemp products may contain THC!
Be aware of the food you eat and the products you use. If they contain certain hemp products they might earn you a dishonorable discharge...

Free Summer Camp for Military Kids
Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming is offering a free summer camp from July 13-17, 2015 for military kids who are between the ages of 11 and 17 and who have parents who have been, are currently, or will be deployed.  The camp is co-sponsored by Operation Purple - a program of the National Military Family Association.   
POC: Patrick.Leary@tetonscience.org, 307-734-3723

Homes on the Homefront
Through our Homes on the Homefront program, we have mortgage-free homes available for veteran and military families all over the United States. We have one right now in Gillette, WY for you to consider, for yourself, or maybe you know a military family who would like to hear about it. Check out the website or contact: Amanda Shaunessy, Housing Team Leader, Amanda.Shaunessy@operationhomefront.net, (210)549-4615.

No Barriers Warriors 2015 programs
Mission:  We empower veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities, and survivors of the fallen, to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Our experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch boundaries, build teams, innovate through adversity and step up to lead and serve others. Complementing the reintegration process, this program provides quality transformative experiences that inspire warriors to grow and continue to contribute their absolute best to the world.

Our journey-based expeditions range from one day to three weeks in length, and have taken us to Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, the South Pole and locations around the US.

Buckley Toastmasters
Build confidence, grow as a leader, improve your communication and public speaking skills with the Buckley Toastmasters Club. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at the Buckley Chapel. POC: MSgt Mike Neu, 720-847-6933

Free Fitness Classes at the Aurora Strong Resiliency Center
Qigong - Wednesdays from 11:45 am -12:45 pm
Nia - Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm

4th Saturday at the Colorado Freedom Memorial
What: Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about the sacrifice of Colorado's fallen heroes.
When: The fourth Saturday of every month from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Where: Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St, Aurora, CO
More info
 
tabCommander's Commentaries RSS feed 
Memorial Day Message from the Commander

Be Smart, Stay Safe, Protect our PII

Take Care of Our Greatest Resource

tabAirman and Family Readiness Updates 
Strong Bonds - Especially for Returning TSP Deployers
Please Check out all of the classes and opportunities specifically tailored to the members returning from deployment.

FREE TICKETS
Are you interested in receiving information regarding free event tickets.  For more information and to register, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/TicketRegistration

FOOD BANK
Open every Saturday from 0830 - 1030 at the Smokey Hill Vineyard Church.  Service members have front of the line privileges.  Contact (303) 690-2520 with questions.

Interested in taking FREE classes? Check out Universal Class! With a growing catalog of over 540 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality online training. The courses are free and a registration code can be obtained by contacting the Education and Training Section at (720) 847-6675 or by email education@buckley.af.mil.

Click here to visit the A&FRP website
tabTuition Assistance for National Guard Members 
Scholarship information from the Buckley Education and Training Office
More info: 720-847-6675

Allied Van Lines Military Scholarship Program
Annually, 2 recipients will be awarded 1,000 dollars towards their education. Any serviceman, veteran, or military dependent (spouse or child) majoring in logistics, as well as equivalent majors such as business, business operational management, and other like majors can apply for this scholarship.
tabLocal Weather 
tabUpcoming Events 
FREE Dental Day
What: Military and veterans can receive completely free dental services including exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, root canals, and extractions.
When: September 10 from 7 am - 7 pm
Where: Integrated Dental Arts, 7251 W 20th St, Bldg H, Greeley, CO

NGAUS - 137th General Conference
When: September 10-13
Where: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, TN
More Info: Maj Ryan Brock, 303-517-4839, ryan.g.brock2.mil@mail.mil

Women Veterans of Colorado Conference - FREE!
When: September 11-12
Where: Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112
Register Here

Marine Corps Memorial 5K/10K
When: September 19 at 8:00 am
Where: 8001 W 59th Ave, Arvada, CO

Air Force Ball
When: September 25
Where: The Westin Denver Downtown
More info to come...

2015 State Marksmanship Match
What: Apply to compete and earn awards, badges, promotion points, and even a sopt on the CONG National Competition Team!
When: Sep 25-27
POC: SFC Catlin, Christopher.j.catlin2.mil@mail.mil
CPT Piltingsrud, Richard.g.piltingsrud.mil@mail.mil
Register

Aurora Veterans Salute 2015
What: Come for a special luncheon to celebrate our local veterans. This year's focus is on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.
When: Wednesday, November 4 - Sponsor Social from 9-11:30 am, luncheon from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

39th Annual Western Regional Bowling Tournament
What: Form your team now for the annual bowling tournament!
When: Feb 12-14, 2016
Where: Brunswick Zone Heather Ridge and DoubleTree by Hilton
POC: Richard Guerrero, 303-690-3720, 6PK2GO@MSN.com
Ken Findlay, 303-263-5283, K3698@Comcast.net
tabCommunity Service Opportunities 
Education Foundation of the CONG needs a Treasurer
If you have accounting or bookkeeping skills, volunteer to be the treasurer for the CONG's Education Foundation. Call Mr. Bernie Rogoff, 303-909-6369, bernierogoff@comcast.net.  

Volunteer at the Airman's Attic
When: Saturday of drill weekend from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Bldg 210
The Attic is open for all ranks.  They carry household goods, clothing (lots of kids clothes), uniforms/accessories, and furniture. They are open this Saturday to help out our DSG's.  They also take clean, usable donations so when you are cleaning out your attic or garage don't forget the Airman's Attic and help out our own.
Call or email CMSgt Fernandez, james.m.fernandez2.mil@mail.mil, 720-847-9738

Volunteer for Cherokee Trails Patriot Week
Cherokee Trails High School is looking for volunteers to speak to kids and represent the military at their Patriot Week, September 7-11. There will be various ways you can participate. If interested, please call Ms. Tammy Johnson, 303-596-4899, or email ROCKNTAM@comcast.net.

Donate old bikes for "Refugees' Bicycles"
Check out this video to see what one of our members, TSgt Dan Bruno, does with his free time to help local refugees. If you have any old bikes, clothes, etc., donate them! Contact TSgt Bruno for more info: 720-847-6097

Volunteer for the City of Aurora - Contact Information

Community Volunteer Guide 2014
POC: Ms. Susan Everitt (severett@auroragov.org), Volunteer Program Director at the Aurora Volunteer Center
tabEmployment Assistance 
All Veterans Career Fair
What: A free hiring event for veterans, transitioning members, National Guard and Reserve Members, and spouses!
When: Thursday, August 27 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Sports Authority Mile High Stadium

Build your own business - Boot Camp
When: Sept 9 - Oct 21
Where: The Maclanan Group Headquarters, 5825 Mark Dabbling Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Valor Bridge Mentoring Program
What: Valor Bridge provides mentoring to motivated veterans to meet the challenges of their next career as a civilian.  They provide tools and resources to transitioning veterans to support an integration into the private sector, which may include resume building, interviewing skills, communications, networking, negotiations, etc. by nationally known instructors and professionals.
POC: Mr. Link Wilfley, lwilfley@wilfley.com
More Info

Military-Connected Employment Resources 2015

Force Reduction Resource Guidebook - Resources for the Unemployed
tab140th Wing In the News 
It was only a test: Jets zoom in on civilian plane in Colorado Springs drill

Aurora News Weekly - Thunderbirds' Visit

Colorado Air National Guard Redeyes return home May 19

Redeyes Return to Colorado

Redeye Family Ties

Mead's James B. Whitlow promoted to command chief master sergeant of Colorado Air National Guard

Rockies Home Opener spectacle

Denver Broncos' Ben Garland's explosive offseason

Wing Deployment Coverage
Global Aviation
CBS4
F-16.net
Colorado Springs Gazette
North Forty News

CO Air National Guard honors passed member Jack Wilhite

On The Job: Broncos Ben Garland in the Air Force The Broncos lineman gave 9News a behind-the-scenes look at his offseason job

Colorado aviation enthusiast Jack Wilhite remembered for his passion

Aurora's Buckley Air Force Base watching the skies, and its future

Broncos player Ben Garland is already back at work with the Air Force

Capt Ken De Feo wins second place in AF High Flyin' BBQ Challenge

Ben Garland named Broncos' 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year

F-16s to fly over Broncos Game, 1st time since 2011 season

Best of Both Worlds

Buckley AFB Holds a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Runway

Jordanian Prince: US has ally against extremists

About Wingmen, Wild Ideas, and Working Out

Buckley hosts 7-year-old Airman for a Day
Channel 4 / Channel 7 / Channel 9

An Integral Role Played by the Colorado National Guard

 Inside 140th Wing

ima cornerSearch

tabMilitary Links
tabCommunity Links
tab140th Wing Staff Agencies
tabMonthly Safety Briefing
tabSocial Media Guidance
Social media is a great way to stay connected, but beware of the potential dangers it can pose to you and your loved ones. We encourage you to engage in social media smartly. Check out these resources.

National Guard Guidelines for Social Media Use

Social Media Tips

Stay Safe on Social Media - Privacy Tips

NEW! Air Force Social Media Guide

9 Critical Steps to Protecting Yourself on Facebook
This is straightforward guidance on how to keep yourself safe while still enjoying Facebook. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time...

Facebook Smart Card

Twitter Smart Card

Air Force Social Media Handbook - Navigating the Social Network

Deployment-Specific Social Media Quick Tips

Junior Enlisted Council Facebook Page

Buckley CGO Council Facebook Page

Buckley AFB Facebook Page

Buckley Community Center Facebook Page

Colorado National Guard Facebook Page

Blue Star Families Facebook Page
tabHometown News Release Program
Want to share news of a recent accomplishment, deployment, or other noteworthy event with friends and family in your hometown? Check out this website and follow directions to have an article submitted to your hometown news agencies.

Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act