Colorado Army National Guard

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Colorado Army National Guard
Colorado Army National Guard seal.png
Seal of the Colorado Army National Guard
Country United States of America
AllegianceColorado State of Colorado
TypeARNG Headquarters Command
Part ofColorado National Guard
Garrison/HQCentennial, Colorado
Major General Michael A. Loh

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).


Staff Sgt. John Johnson, Colorado Air National Guard, preparing supplies in support of Hurricane Irma response efforts
A Colorado Army National Guard crew chief conducts preflight checks on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a blizzard response exercise
Sgt. Shawn Ludolph, Colorado National Guard, connects fire hoses together during a training exercise
Colorado National Guardsmen assist law enforcement in providing security for evacuated homes during a forest fire

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

  • 169th Field Artillery Brigade - Buckley AFB, Aurora [1]
    • 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery Regiment - Colorado Springs
      • Headquarters and Headquarters Battery - Colorado Springs
      • Battery A - Longmont
      • Battery B - Aurora
    • 147th Brigade Support Battalion - Fort Collins
      • 3650th Maintenance Company - Firestone
    • 540th Signal Company - Aurora
    • 86th Military Intelligence Company - Aurora
  • 89th Troop Command [2]
    • 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) - Watkins
    • 193rd Military Police Battalion (I/R) - Denver
      • HHC - Denver
      • 220th Military Police Company - Denver
      • 1157th Firefighter Company - Colorado Springs
      • 947th Engineer Company - Montrose
  • 2nd Battalion (General Support), 135th Aviation Regiment - Buckley AFB, Aurora[3]
  • 131st Maintenance Company (Avionics)[4]
  • Company D (Medical Evacuation), 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment[citation needed]
  • 117th Space Support Battalion - Colorado Springs
    • HHC
    • 217th Space Company
    • 1158th Space Company
  • 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment - Colorado Springs
    • HHC - Colorado Springs
    • Company A - Colorado Springs
    • Company B - Fort Lupton
    • Company C - Grand Junction
    • Company D (Weapons Company) - Alamosa
    • Forward Support Company - Windsor
  • Special Operations Detachment – Korea (SOD-K) - Buckley AFB, Aurora, CO
  • 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute (RTI)
    • Centennial Training Site (CTS)
    • Basic Leader Course
  • 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Ground-Based Midcourse Defense)[5] Colorado Springs, CO
  • Colorado Army National Guard Medical Command - Buckley AFB, Aurora, CO
    • 928th Area Support Medical Company - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Colorado National Guard Mobilization/Augmentation Element NORAD-USNORTHCOM
  • Joint Forces Headquarters - Centennial, CO
    • 101st Army Band
    • 104th Public Affairs Detachment
    • 891st Trial Defense Team
    • 8th Civil Support Team[6]


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 number 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).


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]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "2-135th Ground Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB)". Colorado National Guard. 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ "131 Avionics Maintenance Company". Colorado National Guard. 18 December 2016.
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  • order of battle [1]

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