Colorado Air National Guard "Firsts"
Published March 09, 2010
The Colorado National Guard (CONG) is very proud of its 150-year heritage.
Did you know that the Colorado Air National Guard holds the title as the "First" to accomplish many things in the National Guard and Air Force?
1946 - First federally recognized Air National Guard (ANG) unit.
1956-1959 - First and only ANG aerial demonstration team. The Thunderbirds formed after the Minutemen team disbanded.
1960 - First stand-alone ANG base.
1968-1969 - First ANG unit to mobilize in-tact for Vietnam.
1996 - First National Guard unit (Army or Air) with a Space mission.
2004 - First in the ANG and Air Force to land in Balad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.