Colorado Army National Guard

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Colorado Army National Guard
US Army National Guard Insignia.svg
Seal of the Army National Guard
Active 1903-present
Country  United States of America
Allegiance State of Colorado
Branch Army National Guard
Type ARNG Headquarters Command
Part of Colorado National Guard
Garrison/HQ Centennial, Colorado
Commanders
Current
commander
Major General H. Michael Edwards

The Colorado Army National Guard is a component of the United States Army and the United States National Guard. Nationwide, the Army National Guard comprises approximately one half of the US Army's available combat forces and approximately one third of its support organization. National coordination of various state National Guard units are maintained through the National Guard Bureau.

Colorado Army National Guard units are trained and equipped as part of the United States Army. The same ranks and insignia are used and National Guardsmen are eligible to receive all United States military awards. The Colorado Guard also bestows a number of state awards for local services rendered in or to the state of Colorado.

The Colorado Army National Guard is composed of over 3500 soldiers, maintaining 30 armories in 24 communities (as of 1999).

Units[edit]

The following units are part of the Colorado Army National Guard:

  • 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute (RTI)
  • Centennial Training Site (CTS)
  • 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Ground-Based Midcourse Defense) - operators of the National Missile Defense system
  • 2d Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment -- deployed to Iraq August 2006 through August 2007.
  • 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery Regiment
  • 1st Battalion 157th Infantry Regiment[1]
  • 8th WMD Civil Support Team[2]
  • 89th Troop Command
  • 169th Fires Brigade SSI.png 169th Fires Brigade
    • 2nd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery Regiment (reflagged 3-157th FA Regiment)
  • High Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS)
  • 3650th Maintenance Company
  • 928th Area Support Medical Company (Emergency Medicine) - stationed at Ft. Carson, CO.
  • 220th Military Police Company - Denver/Globeville Armoury, Denver, Colorado
  • 193rd Military Police Battalion (deployed to Afghanistan in March 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom)
  • 140th Signal Company
  • HHD, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  • 101st Army Band
  • 1157th Engineer Detachment (Firefighting Headquarters) - stationed at Ft. Carson, CO. Deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004–2005. Deployed to High Park Fire Incident in Larimer County in June 2012. Deployed to Black Forest Fire Incident in El Paso County in June 2013. Deployed to West Fork Complex Fire Incident in Rio Grande County in June 2013. Deployed to the 2013 Colorado Floods in Boulder and Larimer County in September 2013.
  • 199th Engineer Detachment (Firefighting Team)- stationed at Ft. Carson, CO. Deployed to High Park Fire Incident in Larimer County in June 2012. Deployed to Black Forest Fire Incident in El Paso County in June 2013. Deployed to West Fork Complex Fire Incident in Rio Grande County in June 2013. Deployed to the 2013 Colorado Floods in Boulder and Larimer County in September 2013.
  • 200th Engineer Detachment (Firefighting Team) - stationed at Ft. Carson, CO. Deployed to High Park Fire Incident in Larimer County in June 2012. Deployed to Black Forest Fire Incident in El Paso County in June 2013. Deployed to West Fork Complex Fire Incident in Rio Grande County in June 2013. Deployed to the 2013 Colorado Floods in Boulder and Larimer County in September 2013.
  • 947th Engineer Company (Combat Support Equipment) - Headquartered at Montrose, CO, and deployed to Iraq's Al-Anbar Province October 2005-2006. The 947th Engineer Company (CSE) was augmented with a platoon of the 160th Engineer Company (CSE) from Middletown, Delaware. The 947th was attached to the Germany-based 54th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Mechanized, and the 130th Engineer Brigade. Initially deployed to Al Asad Airbase, the 947th Engineer Company quickly assumed horizontal engineer missions throughout extreme Western Iraq and was instrumental in the construction of COP Rawah and COP North. The company was re-located to Ramadi in January 2006 and remained there until their redeployment in October 2006.
  • 117th Space Battalion[3] The subordinate companies that fall under the battalion are the 217th Space Company and the 1158th Space Company; both located near Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs.
  • MI Detachment, Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), VT ARNG

Duties[edit]

National Guard units can be mobilized at any time by presidential order to supplement regular armed forces, and upon declaration of a state of emergency by the governor of the state in which they serve. Unlike Army Reserve members, National Guard members cannot be mobilized individually (except through voluntary transfers and Temporary Duty Assignments TDY), but only as part of their respective units. However, there has been a significant amount of individual activations to support military operations (2001-?); the legality of this policy is a major issue within the National Guard.

Active Duty Callups[edit]

For much of the final decades of the twentieth century, National Guard personnel typically served "One weekend a month, two weeks a year", with a portion working for the Guard in a full-time capacity. The current forces formation plans of the US Army call for the typical National Guard unit (or National Guardsman) to serve one year of active duty for every three years of service. More specifically, current Department of Defense policy is that no Guardsman will be involuntarily activated for a total of more than 24 months (cumulative) in one six year enlistment period (this policy is due to change 1 August 2007, the new policy states that soldiers will be given 24 months between deployments of no more than 24 months, individual states have differing policies).

History[edit]

The Colorado Volunteer Militia, predecessor of the Colorado Army National Guard, was originally formed in 1860. The Militia Act of 1903 organized the various state militias into the present National Guard system. In 1914 in Ludlow, Colorado a unit of the guard was deployed during a strike by coal miners, but the sympathies of the militia leaders allied with company management resulted in the deaths of 20 people. Originally Colorado was a part of the CONUS regional command, called the Southern Department. This was later redesignated, in 1920, as Eighth Corps area. with Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston Texas. In 1941 Colorado was transferred to the new Central Defense Command.

Approximately 300 Colorado ARNG soldiers deployed to Iraq with the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade in September 2006.

Historic units[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://co.ng.mil/arng/units/infantry/default.aspx. See Lineage and Honors at http://www.history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/inf/0157in.htm.
  2. ^ http://denver.yourhub.com/Aurora/Stories/Photos/Story~559710.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.peterson.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123073404
  • order of battle [1]

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