F-16s from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard begin to return to Buckley Air Force Base July 12, 2014, slightly ahead of schedule, after spending approximately three months at Denver International Airport while the base runway was being reconstructed. Despite relocating their entire flying operations, the wing managed to provide uninterrupted support to their Aerospace Control Alert mission 24/7 throughout the transition to DIA and back to Buckley AFB.
Colorado National Guardsmen assist Boulder County authorities transport evacuated residents of Lyons, Colo., to Longmont, Colo. Sept. 13, 2013 using Light Medium Tactical Vehicles. The LMTVs are capable of transporting approximately 16 passengers with luggage and can navigate through rubble and flooded areas that cannot be reached by rescue personnel.
U.S Soldiers with the 947th Engineer Company, Colorado National Guard, help to rebuild Highway 36 west of Lyons, Colo. September 27, 2013. The Colorado National Guard is supporting the Colorado Department of Transportation to make a passable causeway between Lyons and Estes Park that will sustain the communities through to spring when weather will allow civil contractors to fully rebuild the highway to standards. Heavy rains and flash floods destroyed roughly 40% of the highway earlier in the month closing the highway to all vehicle traffic.
A Colorado National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., performs water drops using a Bambi Bucket in support of the combined Black Forest firefighting efforts, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. As configured, this bucket can carry up to 500 gallons of water, and the Black Hawk can make more than 20 drops before refueling.
A CH-47 Chinook, from Fort Carson, Colo., supports the Black Forest fire, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Helicopters from the Colorado National Guard and the U.S. Army, perform water drops using Bambi Buckets®. The buckets, for the Chinooks, can carry up to 2,000 gallons of water at a time.