Colorado National Guard and Red Ribbon Campaign

SUN photos/Shari Pierce

An HC60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down Friday morning to be greeted by a crowd of eager elementary school students. The helicopter visit was part of the Colorado National Guard’s drug prevention and awareness program. The National Guard visits more than 80 schools nationwide each year as part of its program and Pagosa Springs Elementary School was fortunate enough to be one of them. The Colorado National Guard Joint Counterdrug Task Force is based at Buckley Air Force Base. The National Guard’s visit comes in conjunction with the Red Ribbon Campaign (RRC), which began in 1985 to honor the late DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was killed the same year in Mexico. RRC partners with the National Guard to honor Camarena’s life and memory by educating youth through drug prevention activities.