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  • Founder of Freedom Memorial Shares Story

    Rick Crandall, President of the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation, provides an inside look into how the memorial went from an idea to a reality and what it took to get it there. On Memorial Day 2000, Crandall did a morning radio show broadcast from an American cemetery, located at Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France in honor of World War II
  • Night Flying

    "I am actually kind of a night owl," said Staff Sergeant Spencer Brauer, aircraft armament systems specialist, assigned to the 140th Maintenance Squadron here. "I like working the night flying missions and I especially like watching jets take off at night as a big dragon tail shoots out of the back. They aren't louder or anything, it just looks
  • Defining a hero

    For those who don't know him, my 9-year-old son is obsessed with flying, and set his sights on becoming a fighter pilot after he saw his first Colorado Air National Guard F-16 as a toddler.With such a goal firmly rooted in his mind, we often discuss airplanes and aviation (to be fair, he usually quizzes me, and I usually lose), world history as it
  • Airmen train to win back rugby championship

    Rugby and the Air Force have a lot in common. Both Rugby and the Air Force consist of teams made up of a diverse group of people, who are passionate about teamwork, camaraderie and strength. Although both cohesively work together to accomplish a different mission, they both share a common goal, winning.Senior Airman Benjamin A. Haapapuro, a space
  • BLOG: 140th Civil Engineering Squadron in Slovenia

    The following are notes from Slovenia, where the 140th Civil Engineer Squadron is currently working.Day 1: We finally arrived in Slovenia, but the jet lag is insidious. Our journey started in Denver on Thursday morning at Buckley Air Force Base.  Some had driven more than an hour to report at 0730 and others wrapped up late business staying up late
  • ‘Strength and dignity are her clothing’: First of her generation candidate earns chaplain appointment

    For some, taking risks and breaking ground are difficult to fathom, while for others, it's a regular occurrence. And for most, such challenges - planned or unplanned - are how they find their rightful places on this earth.For one Colorado Army National Guardsman, earning her chaplain's insignia was more than an answer to a prayer. It's her
  • Never too late: Colorado National Guard welcomes home its last Vietnam MIA

    One week before Colorado Air National Guard Capt. Perry H. Jefferson was scheduled to return home from Vietnam, he was officially reported missing in action.On April 3, 1969, Jefferson, an intelligence officer with the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, disappeared while working as an aerial observer on board an O-1G Bird Dog aircraft over a
  • Painting honors overlooked Civil War battle

    Standing tall and proud in front of the state capitol in Denver is a bronze figure of a Civil War Soldier facing southwest with a gun in his hand.Built to honor Colorado's Civil War heroes and to promote civic pride, the design is the work of Capt. John D. Howland, who was called to fight for the Union in the winter of 1862.In brisk conditions
  • Frankie’s story

    The many duties required by military members involve countless obstacles - uncertainty among them. Whether the soldiers are serving away from home, or working in an environment that can heighten or intensify the threats in which they're involved, the uncertainties can weigh heavily on the minds of these men and women - as well as the individuals to
  • EOD mission requires best and brightest Airmen

    The explosive ordnance disposal mission is not for the faint of heart. Imagine having to locate a hidden improvised explosive device (a bomb!), in an active combat zone, and figuring out how to destroy it before it destroys you.This is just one of the missions that the 140th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight trains to on a routine basis. Led by