National Guard


Tue April 22, 2014
National Security

Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:38 pm

An airborne Apache attack helicopter takes off above a Black Hawk helicopter from the South Carolina Army National Guard base in Eastover, S.C., in 2007. The Army is planning to move all the National Guard's Apache helicopters to the regular Army, a move opposed by many in the Guard.
Mary Ann Chastain AP

For decades the National Guard has fought hard against the stereotype that it was the place to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, or that it's a place to get college money rather than combat duty.

Guard leaders thought that after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq they had finally earned some respect. So it was a body blow when the Army's top officer, Gen. Ray Odierno, unveiled his plan on Capitol Hill to take all of the National Guard's Apache helicopters and move them to the regular Army.

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Thu March 27, 2014

Firefighting Personnel Readying For Colorado Fire Season

A military helicopter practices a water drop near Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton, CO
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Despite Colorado’s higher than average snowpack, there’s no guarantee it will reduce the risk of wildfires in 2014. That’s why state, federal and military personal are taking the lessons learned during the severe 2012 and 2013 fire seasons to be better prepared.

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Wed March 26, 2014

Working Together, Firefighting Air Resources Train For Fire Season

A military helicopter practices a water drop near Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton Tuesday.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Flexing its firefighting air power, the Colorado National Guard and wildland firefighters are conducting aerial fire suppression training exercises at reservoirs across the Front Range. When preparing for the upcoming wildfire season nothing is being left to chance.

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Mon November 4, 2013
Colorado Flood

Open Early, 36 Now Another Route Into Estes Park

Members of the Utah Army National Guard’s 1457th Engineer Battalion continue their work to repair roadways in Colorado a month after a devastating flood washed away homes and roads. Taken Oct. 5 2013.
Credit 2nd Lt. Angela Brees, Kansas Air National Guard Public Affairs / Flickr/creative commons


Tue October 15, 2013
Flood Recovery

National Guard Continues Rebuilding Food Damaged Roads

Members of the Utah National Guard work to reconstruct Hwy 36 from Lyons to Estes Park
Utah National Guard Public Affairs

Around 75 engineers from the Kansas National Guard are on their way to Colorado to relieve members of the Montana National Guard working to rebuild flood damaged roads. The main focus of the National Guard units is the rebuilding of Highway 36 from Lyons to Estes Park.

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