DENVER — President Donald Trump has ordered National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border
So far, the Colorado National Guard has not received orders for a deployment to the border.
But guardsmen at a training exercise in Morgan County say they’re ready for any mission that comes their way.
“What we do on these exercises we try to get everybody who would be involved during a domestic event to all work together to accomplish one mission to save lives,” Lt. Col Elizabeth Kelpis said.
The multi-day exercise focuses on training guard members how to deal with a devastating tornado.
But these drills can help them deal with various scenarios, including a possible deployment to the border.
Colorado guardsmen have not been told if they’ll be deployed to the border to increase security and assist Border Patrol agents.
“There isn’t a whole lot of warning when it comes to a natural disaster or a domestic operation that require different agencies including the National Guard to respond,” Sgt. Daniel Warner said.
Previous presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, have deployed the National Guard to the border on similar missions.
For now, members of the Colorado National Guard are focusing on helping communities deal with death and devastation, fully knowing the mission could change at any moment.