Colorado National Guard locks down university
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm
More than 400 soldiers with the Colorado Army National Guard are stationed at a private university campus in the Denver area until Aug. 31, and they apparently don’t like photographers.
In July, The Colorado Independent reported that the Guard members would be commandeering Johnson & Wales University during the convention, the old University of Denver law school at 7150 Montview Blvd. in east Denver.
A blogger with Westword, an alt-weekly in Denver, actually traveled to the location this week, spotting camouflaged Humvees:
You know who have no sense of humor? National Guardsmen. They were not happy at all about having their pictures taken while they were hanging out in the sun at their official staging area: the Denver campus of Johnson & Wales University.
Is it a little weird that a college campus — generally accepted to be a hotbed of liberalism, anti-establishment protest and dudes in hippie sandals playing hacky-sack — should be the chosen campsite for a rather sizable army of Colorado National Guardsmen?
Good thing, too, because the Guardsmen are armed, have every entrance to the campus blocked off by camouflaged Humvees or hurricane fence, and didn’t even like it that I got close enough to snap a couple pictures.
The Colorado National Guard — composed of both Air and Army Guard units totaling over 5,000 military personnel — will not say why or how soldiers will be using the building, but officials have said that no other federal or local agencies will be using the space.