Colorado Air National Guard flies Professional Rodeo Champion, Josh Peek

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  • By Capt. Nicole David
  • 140th WG Public Affairs
On Friday, January 8, the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, flew Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) champion, Josh Peek.

Peek, a native of Pueblo, had the opportunity to spend the day at Buckley and learn about the ever increasing importance of the Air National Guard and the necessity for and role in national defense. In addition to the interaction with Air National Guardsmen, the day also consisted of an F-16 flight across the state.

Currently, Josh Peek is ranked second in the PRCA World Standing in Tie-Down Roping, but the F-16 orientation flight was a different kind of thrill for Peek! "I had a thrilling and exhilarating experience," replied Peek when asked what he thought of his flight.

Jan. 23 marks the 150th anniversary of the Colorado National Guard (CONG). In an effort to educate the Denver community about the CONG's missions and heritage, the National Western Stock Show has dedicated its 2 p.m. ProRodeo performance on Jan 22 at the Denver Coliseum to the National Guard. Video footage of Peek's F-16 flight will be shown during the event.

The National Western Stock Show, which runs Jan. 5-24, is a professional rodeo and horse show providing educational opportunities, committed to serving producers and consumers throughout the world. In its 104th year, National Western hosts the world's fifth richest regular season professional rodeo, largest horse show and Colorado's largest tradeshow. "They are prominent members in our community, trying to educate folks on their mission, just like the Colorado Guard," said Brig. Gen. Trulan A. Eyre, 140th Wing Commander.

Throughout the day, Peek and his family learned about the Colorado Air National Guard and what it means to be a Citizen Airmen. "The Colorado Air Guard was the most respectful family-oriented group of people I have ever met. My family and I were treated with such great hospitality and kindness," said Peek. "The Colorado National Guardsmen, in my opinion, are heroes for their sacrifices and dedication to the State of Colorado and the United States," added Peek.

The support of various communities, like the ProRodeo circuit, plays a critical role in the defense of the nation, especially for our Colorado Air National Guardsmen who live and work in the Denver area. "I always thank family members for the huge sacrifices they make for our Guardsmen, but our communities also make huge sacrifices and are equally as important in this support network. It is my hope that this flight will work to further promote understanding of our Colorado National Guard in celebration of its 150th year, as well as our great relationship with the National Western Stock Show," said Eyre.