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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a time-honored tradition in the commonwealth, 13 Citizen-Soldiers become commissioned officers on the steps of the Capitol in Frankfort, Sept. 25. Hundreds of family members, friends and fellow Guardsmen packed the gardens beneath the Capitol on the warm and sunny autumn day for the annual commissioning ceremony. Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan presided over the event with Col. Hal Lamberton administering the oath to the new officers. “This ceremony and atmosphere is so fitting as a culmination of the hard work these candidates have put forth,” said Maj. […]

    Kentucky graduates OCS Class 58-16

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a time-honored tradition in the commonwealth, 13 Citizen-Soldiers become commissioned officers on the steps of the Capitol in Frankfort, Sept. 25. Hundreds of family members, friends and fellow Guardsmen packed the gardens beneath the Capitol on the warm and sunny autumn day for the annual commissioning ceremony. Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan presided over the event with Col. Hal Lamberton administering the oath to the new officers. “This ceremony and atmosphere is so fitting as a culmination of the hard work these candidates have put forth,” said Maj. […]

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  • Staff Report (To see all the photos from this event, please click HERE.) FRANKFORT, Ky. — On Sept. 22nd, Kentucky National Guard Soldiers marched 22 Kilometers to bring awareness to the 22 Veterans that take their life each day. “Understanding the importance of suicide prevention is critical in this day and age,” said Lt. Col. Shontelle Adams, Personnel Director for the Kentucky National Guard. “We all have good days and bad days and our Soldiers need to know that it’s not only OK to reach out for help but it’s encouraged. They can’t be embarrassed or afraid. Every life counts […]

    The number of the day is 22.

    Staff Report (To see all the photos from this event, please click HERE.) FRANKFORT, Ky. — On Sept. 22nd, Kentucky National Guard Soldiers marched 22 Kilometers to bring awareness to the 22 Veterans that take their life each day. “Understanding the importance of suicide prevention is critical in this day and age,” said Lt. Col. Shontelle Adams, Personnel Director for the Kentucky National Guard. “We all have good days and bad days and our Soldiers need to know that it’s not only OK to reach out for help but it’s encouraged. They can’t be embarrassed or afraid. Every life counts […]

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  • By Keaton Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs HARLAN, Ky. –Kaitlyn King, a once highly decorated graduate of Class 005, 2014 at Harlan, Kentucky’s Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy (ACA) is a part of the 121,000 ChalleNGe Alumni that are improving themselves and their local communities through leadership and service. King, a leader by choice and calling, credits her success-driven mentality to her peers, mentors and siblings, all of which motivated her through a trying 22 weeks at ACA. “I am amazed by how much they cared,” King said. “They knew nothing about us…we did not want to disappoint them. We did […]

    Kentucky Youth, Leaders by Choice at Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy

    By Keaton Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs HARLAN, Ky. –Kaitlyn King, a once highly decorated graduate of Class 005, 2014 at Harlan, Kentucky’s Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy (ACA) is a part of the 121,000 ChalleNGe Alumni that are improving themselves and their local communities through leadership and service. King, a leader by choice and calling, credits her success-driven mentality to her peers, mentors and siblings, all of which motivated her through a trying 22 weeks at ACA. “I am amazed by how much they cared,” King said. “They knew nothing about us…we did not want to disappoint them. We did […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Guard leadership and members from Joint Force Headquarters completed the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) conducted by members from the Recruiting and Retention Command at the Boone National Guard Center, Aug. 31, 2016. The OPAT is a four-event test that consists of the standing long Jump, seated power throw, strength deadlift, and the interval aerobic run. The OPAT is a gender and age neutral test designed to measure muscular strength, cardio respiratory endurance, and lower body and upper body power of new recruits. “I think it’s […]

    Kentucky Guard samples new fitness test

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Guard leadership and members from Joint Force Headquarters completed the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) conducted by members from the Recruiting and Retention Command at the Boone National Guard Center, Aug. 31, 2016. The OPAT is a four-event test that consists of the standing long Jump, seated power throw, strength deadlift, and the interval aerobic run. The OPAT is a gender and age neutral test designed to measure muscular strength, cardio respiratory endurance, and lower body and upper body power of new recruits. “I think it’s […]

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  • Never underestimate your influence Commentary by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Emerson, Joint Force Headquarters September is Suicide Prevention month and to those who serve and also suffer from silent struggles I urge you to not delay another day truly knowing yourself. The life you save could be yours. I know because I once found myself on the verge of suicide. I have always considered myself both generous and loyal to others but that was not the case with myself. Giving all I can to those around me but in complete disregard for self. All too often we tend to base how […]

    September is suicide prevention month

    Never underestimate your influence Commentary by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Emerson, Joint Force Headquarters September is Suicide Prevention month and to those who serve and also suffer from silent struggles I urge you to not delay another day truly knowing yourself. The life you save could be yours. I know because I once found myself on the verge of suicide. I have always considered myself both generous and loyal to others but that was not the case with myself. Giving all I can to those around me but in complete disregard for self. All too often we tend to base how […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The 238th Regimental Training Institute honored Col. Haldane Lamberton as he relinquished command to Col. Jeffery Casada during a change of command ceremony Aug. 20, at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky. The 238th Regiment is home to the Officer Candidate School (OCS) and two training battalions. The 238th faculty and staff host various training courses including military occupational specialty training, additional skill identifier training, and Non-Commissioned Officer Education System. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, Assistant Adjutant General for Kentucky, presided over the ceremony and […]

    Casada takes charge of Kentucky training institute

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The 238th Regimental Training Institute honored Col. Haldane Lamberton as he relinquished command to Col. Jeffery Casada during a change of command ceremony Aug. 20, at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky. The 238th Regiment is home to the Officer Candidate School (OCS) and two training battalions. The 238th faculty and staff host various training courses including military occupational specialty training, additional skill identifier training, and Non-Commissioned Officer Education System. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, Assistant Adjutant General for Kentucky, presided over the ceremony and […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky.– Soldiers from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (MEDEVAC) conducted their annual training in a joint-organization effort with the Bluegrass Emergency Response Team (BERT) in Jessamine County, Kentucky, and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, July 11-25. Their training consisted of flood and swift-water rescue techniques, and their AT was the culminating event after a year’s worth of training with the BERT. “In September of 2015 we started attending portions of the MEDEVACs weekend drills and that is where we would practice communications, and […]

    Kentucky MEDEVAC trains for water rescue

    By Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky.– Soldiers from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (MEDEVAC) conducted their annual training in a joint-organization effort with the Bluegrass Emergency Response Team (BERT) in Jessamine County, Kentucky, and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, July 11-25. Their training consisted of flood and swift-water rescue techniques, and their AT was the culminating event after a year’s worth of training with the BERT. “In September of 2015 we started attending portions of the MEDEVACs weekend drills and that is where we would practice communications, and […]

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  • By Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — More than 70 Soldiers and Airmen of the Kentucky National Guard competed in pistol and rifle matches during the annual Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match at Fort Knox, Ky., July 30-31. Annually the event brings together the state’s top shooters from the Army and Air Guard for competition, training and bragging rights. Competitors participated in individual matches, as well as on a team level. The 238th Regional Training Institute’s team consisted of Maj. Timothy Mitchell, brigade supply officer and Staff Sgt. Shahid Iqbal, supply sergeant. This year was Mitchell’s […]

    Kentucky Soldiers, Airmen aim for marksmanship awards

    By Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — More than 70 Soldiers and Airmen of the Kentucky National Guard competed in pistol and rifle matches during the annual Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match at Fort Knox, Ky., July 30-31. Annually the event brings together the state’s top shooters from the Army and Air Guard for competition, training and bragging rights. Competitors participated in individual matches, as well as on a team level. The 238th Regional Training Institute’s team consisted of Maj. Timothy Mitchell, brigade supply officer and Staff Sgt. Shahid Iqbal, supply sergeant. This year was Mitchell’s […]

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