Denver Centennial Chapter, Association of the U.S. Army

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Photos from Next with Kyle Clark's post
11/11/2021

Photos from Next with Kyle Clark's post

11/09/2021

#Tomb100 Flower Ceremony

✔️ Day 1 complete

(U.S. Army photo by Amber Vincent)

10/28/2021

The oldest Medal of Honor Recipient and World War II Veteran Charles H. Coolidge passed away on April 6, 2021 at the age of 99. He was four months away from this 100th birthday. His death leaves only one surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient, 97-year-old Woody Williams of West Virginia.

10/28/2021

Scout honors the COANG with project on his way to Eagle Scout

By Tech Sgt. Chance Johnson, 140th Wing Public Affairs

Roen Luke, a life scout with Boy Scouts of America, Troop 280, Parker, Colorado, is honoring the “pilot who best exemplifies the Guard’s moral and ethical directives” with the Colorado Air National Guard Top Character Award.

To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must demonstrate their leadership skills while simultaneously implementing a project that benefits the community. “I am pursuing this project to provide a needed opportunity for the community to honor the men and women of the COANG whose dedication to our state and country exceeds expectations” Luke explained.

Once a week for over six years, the young man has attended school at Wings Aerospace Pathways, which focuses on aerospace skills and experiences that prepares participants in grades 6-12 for careers in aerospace and beyond. At WAP, he works on a variety of STEM-related projects, and has been visiting the museum for even longer. Luke mused that inspiration struck as Luke admired the museum’s 120th Fighter Squadron exhibit, as he resides near Buckley Space Force Base. He also added that, “I see the F-16's flying over every day. I knew I wanted to do something to honor the Air Guard and the Fighter Squadron and I wanted the project to reflect the hard work of the men and women of the 140th Wing.” He is currently applying to the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Naval Academy with aspirations to become a fighter pilot or naval aviator.

By collaborating with the museum’s CEO, Ret. Gen. John Bary and Maj. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs, it was determined what the award would be and how it would be presented. “It will be a commissioned bronze statue depicting an F-16 Viper, a fighter pilot, and the Colorado Air National Guard’s crest,” described Luke. “The 140th Wing will be responsible for selecting the pilots honored by this award. The statue will be displayed and accompanied by four benches at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum near their existing 140th Wing, Colorado ANG exhibit.”

Commissioned artists created the bronze statue which Luke had rendered using 3D design software. “They are now working to build a nice pedestal made of walnut. Once this is completed, I will work with my fellow scouts to build the benches that will accompany the statue,” Luke stated. The funds for the commissioning of the project have come exclusively from Luke’s family, and from work Luke has done to raise money on his own.

With his Eagle Scout Project nearly complete, the award will be presented annually at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum Gala, with the first annual presentation estimated for the Spring of 2022.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Colorado National Guard National Guard Boy Scouts of America BSA Troop 280

Photos from Colorado Freedom Memorial's post
09/26/2021

Photos from Colorado Freedom Memorial's post

09/07/2021

One month after the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation was established the horrific attacks of 9/11 took place. We soon knew our mission to honor the fallen was about to welcome a new generation of heroes. Join us this Saturday at 10am (new time) as we pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with the reading of the 116 names of Coloradans who gave all in Iraq and Afghanistan. As each name is read a rose will be placed in their honor at the Colorado Freedom Memorial and Gold Star Families Memorial Monument by cadets of the Colorado Civil Air Patrol. We'll also raise the Freedom Flag as Colorado's exclusive partner for the National 9/11 Freedom Flag Raising Call to Action. Further, we'll display a small piece of steel from World Trade Center Tower One to help educate young people about the 2977 lives lost that day. Bring your lawn chairs for seating and join us to commemorate this important anniversary and remembrance.

09/02/2021

Save the date!

The WROS will be hosting the VA Mental Health Summit September 28, 2021.

08/29/2021

Honor our fallen:

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Tex.
Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Knoxville, Tenn.
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

How do we honor the fallen? We say their names. We remember their families in our prayers. We do something kind for a neighbor in their memory. We be the people and the country worth dying for. Never forget 🇺🇸

Photos from Director of the Air National Guard's post
08/25/2021

Photos from Director of the Air National Guard's post

07/31/2021

SPC. Benard Keter, who lives and trains here in Colorado Springs and is part of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program- WCAP at Fort Carson, has qualified for the men's 3000m steeplechase final on Monday and will be the lone Team USA athlete in the 15-member field.

Good luck Benard! #OlympicCityUSA #TokyoOlympics

Photo credits: U.S. Army, @seanface007/IG

Photos from U.S. Army's post
07/26/2021

Photos from U.S. Army's post

07/17/2021

It’s a bird, it’s a plane! ⚾️ ✈️

Did you see us representing some #COANG pride over the 2021 MLB All-Star game? We sure saw you! We are always honored to have the opportunity to showcase to the public a little bit of what we can do. 💪🏼

07/14/2021

U.S. Army Fort Carson Soldiers AND Team USA athletes. 🇺🇸

Nine Fort Carson soldiers will be representing the United States this summer at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Top Row (L to R):
Staff Sgt. Naomi Graham, boxing
Sgt. Amro Elgeziry, modern pentathlon

Middle Row (L to R):
Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks, para swimming
Spc. Benard Keter, track and field
Sgt. Ildar Hafizov, wrestling

Bottom Row (L to R):
Sgt. Samantha Schultz, modern pentathlon
Staff Sgt. Sandra Uptagrafft, shooting
Staff Sgt. Nickolaus Mowrer, shooting
Spc. Alejandro Sancho, wrestling

EDIT: Staff Sgt. John Wayne Joss III, para-shooting, recently moved to Fort Carson after many years at Fort Benning, and will also be joining the nine other soldiers in Tokyo!

07/07/2021

Today we remember Sgt. Nathan R. Beyers, of Littleton, Colo., who died July 7, 2011, serving during Operation New Dawn in Baghdad, Iraq, Nathan died of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his convoy using an improvised explosive device. He was 24 years old and left behind his wife Vanessa and their 8 month old daughter Ella who Nathan had seen while on leave. He was assigned to 145th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Cavalry Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Post Falls, Idaho and lies at rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery. We will never forget you Sgt. Beyers.

07/02/2021

Do not call them anything other than patriots…

These young men and women are willing to go where 99 percent of Americans won’t. They are willing to sacrifice self for nation. And most importantly, they volunteered to do so. This particular group in this picture are bidding for a position in the frontlines of battle. They are remarkably selfless.

Don’t criticize the ones who are willing to fight for freedom. Instead, appreciate the rights they have given you. We do not seek accolades or praise, but we do appreciate the support of our fellow Americans. A nation divided cannot stand against any enemy.

We will continue to fight for this great nation under the banner of the stars and stripes. We swell with pride when we hear our anthem and watch Old Glory wave in the sky. We love and respect our imperfect nation, for we have seen it overcome many challenges throughout our history.

This one is for all of you who have served. Happy Independence Day weekend.

#SEAC4 #IndependanceDay #military #unitedwestand

Photos from 140th Wing's post
07/02/2021

Photos from 140th Wing's post

06/29/2021

Samantha Schultz Achterberg and Amro Elgeziry already represent the United States military in uniform, and now they will represent Team USA at the Olympic Games this summer.

06/28/2021

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Naomi Graham is heading to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and is making history along the way. 🇺🇸

Timeline Photos
06/28/2021

Timeline Photos

🇺🇸 A Fort Carson soldier could be the next Miss America! 🇺🇸
Specialist Maura Spence won the Miss Colorado competition and says she's proud to represent her state and her country.
MORE: https://cbsloc.al/3qjRca9

06/14/2021

With respect. Happy Flag Day!

06/07/2021

D Day, 77 years ago today.
Tonight, as you lay in bed recalling the events of the day, the wins and the losses and wonder what tomorrow will bring and as you drift into that place between here and there, let yourself imagine it is 77 years ago tonight. It is the evening of June 6th, 1944 and your loved one may have been aboard one of 5,000 ships crossing the English Channel bound for a 6:30am invasion of Normandy. They were part of one of the largest invasion forces in history, and when they return to you, if they return to you, they will never be the same.
What they saw, and lived through, will haunt their dreams as they re-live night, after night, the chaos and carnage of the D Day landings at Normandy. All night they waited aboard ships in the English Channel, unable to sleep, filled with nervous anxiety as they prepared for the worst, with no idea how bad the worst would truly be. In the morning, as their LST finally makes its move for the shore, the German assault on the landing craft begins and it is likely they saw the first of their unit killed before they even get off the craft. Those Americans that were killed in action numbered 2499, lost before they got off the landing craft, drowned under the weight of their own equipment, others before they cleared the beaches.
June 6, 2021 is the 77th anniversary of the D Day invasion at Normandy. At least 67 Colorado veterans were part of the invasion and we know of at least 10 who were killed that morning. When you're at the Colorado Freedom Memorial look for Leslie Riley who jumped with the 101st Airborne as part of the 1am drop behind enemy lines and may have been the first Colorado veteran killed in action on D Day. Bless them all.
Here are those we have confirmed died on D Day from Colorado...
Alton Ashley
Thomas Chavez
Sam Di Paolo
Norman Doerges
John Halls
Placido Quinonez
Leslie Riley
John Ruland
John Sertell
Bernard Shippert
Rest well young Colorado heroes. Rest well.
Photo courtesy of American Battle Monuments Commission

Photos from Colorado National Guard's post
05/31/2021

Photos from Colorado National Guard's post

Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, Fruita - Tripadvisor
05/29/2021
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, Fruita - Tripadvisor

Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, Fruita - Tripadvisor

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Photos from 100th Missile Defense Brigade's post
05/04/2021

Photos from 100th Missile Defense Brigade's post

03/31/2021

#THISFRIDAY: Nutritious food at no cost. Soldiers' Angels provides monthly food assistance to more than 200 #Veterans and their families in the Denver area. Event volunteers pack bags of groceries and load them into cars, pushcarts and backpacks. Veterans can get roughly 75 pounds of groceries.

Veterans in need must register soon to participate in the food distribution on Friday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Englewood.

Visit SoldiersAngels.org/Denver

03/25/2021

On Medal of Honor Day, join us in recognizing those who've gone beyond the call of duty for our nation. We thank each of these American heroes for their service and sacrifice. 🎖🇺🇸

03/22/2021

Hello CFM Friends and Supporters. It has seemed like an eternity since we last gathered at the Colorado Freedom Memorial to honor the fallen whose memory we honor. Finally, it feels like we can begin making plans to be together, beginning with a welcome back on Sunday, August 1st as we celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Colorado Freedom Memorial with our postponed annual Colorado Remembers Ceremony. We're sharing this as a "Save the Dates" announcement and more details will follow in the coming weeks. Thanks everyone for continuing to visit individually and contribute individually as we have weathered COVID-19. Your health and well being has always been most important and we'll continue to monitor county, state and federal guidelines, but it feels like the time is here to begin planning for the return of traditional events at the CFM. Please check this page often for updates. Thanks, as always, for your support!
Rick C.

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Colorado Women Veterans Honored with new License Plate DENVER, CO – Colorado is now offering a new license plate to recognize Colorado’s women veterans. In partnership with women veterans organizations and the United Veterans Coalition of Colorado, Colorado State Senators J. Danielson and R. Zenzinger and Colorado State Representatives D. Michaelson Jenet and M. Duran sponsored SB19-205 to honor the sacrifice of our women veterans. Gov. Jared Polis signed the legislation into law May 20. Women make up more than 20 percent of all military veterans and Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel. “Women are an essential part of our Armed Forces, serving in leadership and support roles in all branches of our U.S. military. This plate honors and identifies our women veterans for their contributions and service to our nation,” The Adjutant General of Colorado and Executive Director for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh said. Eligible women veterans may now get their license plate at the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles. A fee of $50 covers the cost of producing the plate.
A fellow service member is looking for Soldiers in uniform to volunteer to attend a flag raising ceremony on Veteran's Day (Monday, November 12, 0815-0845) at an elementary school in Golden, CO. A local Boy Scout Troop will be doing the flag ceremony. If you are interested in attending please send a message to [email protected].