Story by Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral
Between suppressing flames and assisting law enforcement in the wake of deadly wildfires, Colorado National Guardsmen have had one of the busiest summers on record.
Lesser known, however, is the National Guard’s ability to prevent disaster.
To that end, the 947th Engineer Company (Horizontal), of the Colorado Army National Guard has been hard at work helping improve the quality of life in the tiny town of Cokedale, Colo., since Aug. 4.
The 35 soldiers of the company’s 2nd Platoon are installing culverts, cleaning ditches and repairing degraded dirt roads. These repairs, in turn, will update and improve the town’s infrastructure by directing storm water runoff away from building foundations.