Colorado Air National Guard "Firsts"

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.