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Colorado Air National Guard flies Professional Rodeo Champion, Josh Peek

Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek receives oxygen mask training prior to his orientation flight from U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Gregory Roark, life support specialist with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base,  Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek receives oxygen mask training prior to his orientation flight from U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Gregory Roark, life support specialist with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Gregory Roark, life support specialist with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, explains parachute detangling maneuvers to Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Gregory Roark, life support specialist with the 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, explains parachute detangling maneuvers to Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, briefs Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh Peek on the arrangement of the F-16 cockpit, Jan 8, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, briefs Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh Peek on the arrangement of the F-16 cockpit, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, describes the route they wil fly to Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh Peek and his family prior to his orientation flight, Jan 8, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, describes the route they wil fly to Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh Peek and his family prior to his orientation flight, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, and Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh Peek pause for a photo prior to his orientation flight, Jan 8, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, and Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh Peek pause for a photo prior to his orientation flight, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek gives the 'thumbs-up' that he is buckled in and ready just prior to his F-16 orientation flight at Buckley Air Force Base,  Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek gives the 'thumbs-up' that he is buckled in and ready just prior to his F-16 orientation flight at Buckley Air Force Base, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek shakes hands after returning from his orientation flight with U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association rider Josh 'Jack Daniels' Peek shakes hands after returning from his orientation flight with U.S. Air Force Major Marc 'Kidd' Garceau, F-16 fighter pilot, 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Jan 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr.) (RELEASED)

Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. -- 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.