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  • ‘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
  • COANG Guardsman turns wrenches by day, creates masterpieces by night

    On the 140th Wing's flight line, everybody knows Senior Master Sgt. John McCallick, the high-speed production superintendent responsible for making sure the F-16s are ready to launch every day; however not many people know about his hobbies off-duty.Few would be able to guess that apart from being a well-respected enlisted leader in the 140th
  • Smail shines as the COANG Airman of the Year... and ANG Airman of the year!

    Senior Airman Jonathan R. Smail, transmission technician from the 233d Space Communications Squadron, won the 2014 Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year for the Colorado Air National Guard."Being recognized as the Colorado Air National Guard Airman of the Year is very exciting," Smail said. "I felt extremely blessed that my senior
  • Colorado's Joint Counterdrug Task Force teaches kids to never EVER do drugs

    Not only did over 43,000 kids receive a critical message about staying drug-free from local service members in 2014, they also witnessed a UH-60 Blackhawk land in their schoolyard during Red Ribbon Week, a program to help keep kids off of drugs.The Colorado Joint Counterdrug Task Force, out of Buckley Air Force Base, flew Blackhawk helicopters to
  • ECM shop puts together giant jigsaw puzzles

    One of the lesser known sections of the 140th Maintenance Group is the Electronic Countermeasures shop, more commonly known as electronic warfare."This shop basically works on the Electronic Countermeasures Pod, we call it an electronic attack pod," said Senior Master Sgt. Ernest Burgess, 140th Maintenance Group, Avionics Element Supervisor."If you
  • CONG and RJAF celebrate 10 years of partnership … brotherhood

    In 2004, the Colorado National Guard and Royal Jordanian Armed Forces established a relationship that has been immeasurably valuable to both nations ever since. Today we celebrate the tenth year of collaboration, but more importantly, friendship.Through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program, the militaries of Colorado and Jordan