10th Mountain Division Returns to Colorado

10th Mountain Division returns to Colorado in pilot U.S. Army training program
The historic division last trained at Camp Hale in the 1940s

By JASON BLEVINS | jblevins@denverpost.com
PUBLISHED: October 21, 2016 at 4:16 pm | UPDATED: October 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm

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As part of a pilot program linking Army Reserve and National Guard units with active-duty units to improve training, the 730-soldier Colorado National Guard 1st Battalion of the 157th Infantry is aligning with the 10th Mountain Division, marking the first time the historic mountain division will have a presence in Colorado since it trained at Camp Hale in the 1940s.

“The 10th Mountain set the standard for mountain infantry, and for us being Colorado citizens and being able to fall in line with their legacy is a big deal,” said National Guard battalion commander Capt. Richard Piltingsrud, who will oversee a patching ceremony on Oct. 30 with several dozen WWII 10th Mountain Division veterans at Camp Hale.

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