Colorado Army National Guard

Posted SUN photo/Shari Pierce

Pagosa Springs Elementary School (PSES) fourth-graders and Archuleta County emergency responders pose in front of the Colorado Army National Guard Counterdrug Task Force’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at PSES Friday morning. The goal of the task force, based out of Buckley Air Force Base at the 2-135th Aviation Battalion, is to inspire kids all around Colorado to be drug-free through the Red Ribbon drug prevention awareness. Members of the Guard talked to the fourth-grade students about the dangers of drugs and the importance of being drug-free in order to achieve their life’s goals. PSES Principal Justin Cowan serves as chaplain for the Guard’s unit.