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Joint Wyoming/Colorado Air Guard recruiting center hosts grand opening

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming and Colorado Air National Guards have joined forces to open a Fort Collins recruiting office and will host a grand opening celebration. The event will be July 1, at noon, at the new office, 4025 Automation Way, Ste. B2 - a celebration to coincide with the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Senior military leaders, wing commanders and members of the Air National Guard will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the office that is home to three teams of Air National Guard recruiting staffs.

Since opening in April, the office houses the recruiting staff for the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing, in Cheyenne, Wyo., the Colorado Air National Guard's 140th Fighter Wing, in Denver,Colo. and the 137th Space Warning Squadron, in Greeley,Colo.

"This is a joint venture between the two states designed to maximize the opportunities for Fort Collins area residents interested in serving with the Air National Guard," said Senior Master Sgt. Tim Fisher, recruiting superintendent for the Wyoming Air National Guard. "The commanders of all three units stand behind the office and are looking forward to the partnership."

The Air National Guard units in Wyoming and Colorado combined resources and efforts to highlight benefits of membership in the Air Guard for residents of Larimer County and the surrounding areas.

"It makes sense to offer local residents the opportunity to learn more about the unique missions in both organizations," said Col. Dennie Grunstad, commander of the 153rd Airlift Wing, in Cheyenne. "I believe this joint office will be a win-win situation for everyone."

The Air National Guard is a civilian reserve component of the United States Air Force that provides prompt mobilizations during war and assists during national emergencies.