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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Strike up the band for Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp, Commander of the 202nd Army Band as he has been named the new Army National Guard Bandmaster. Stepp has been a warrant officer and the 202nd bandmaster for nearly 20 years, but his leadership and influence has not been limited to the geographic boundaries of Kentucky. He will now take on the responsibility to assist the National Guard Band program in meeting the mission for state requirements and overall Army requirements of National Guard Bands. “This new role provides […]

    Kentucky warrant officer named Army National Guard bandmaster

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Strike up the band for Chief Warrant Officer Greg Stepp, Commander of the 202nd Army Band as he has been named the new Army National Guard Bandmaster. Stepp has been a warrant officer and the 202nd bandmaster for nearly 20 years, but his leadership and influence has not been limited to the geographic boundaries of Kentucky. He will now take on the responsibility to assist the National Guard Band program in meeting the mission for state requirements and overall Army requirements of National Guard Bands. “This new role provides […]

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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team RICHMOND, Ky. — The 149th Military Engagement Team began training in March, 2016 for their upcoming federal mobilization to the Middle East in support of U.S. Army Central Command operations. “The team is eager to learn a new mission set, theater security cooperation, with all members filling their role within the team,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Gardner, commander of the 149th MET. “Each member plays a vital role.” The Soldiers assigned to the team were hand selected from units across the commonwealth to assemble as the 149th Military Engagement Team under the 149th […]

    149th MET train for deployment

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team RICHMOND, Ky. — The 149th Military Engagement Team began training in March, 2016 for their upcoming federal mobilization to the Middle East in support of U.S. Army Central Command operations. “The team is eager to learn a new mission set, theater security cooperation, with all members filling their role within the team,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Gardner, commander of the 149th MET. “Each member plays a vital role.” The Soldiers assigned to the team were hand selected from units across the commonwealth to assemble as the 149th Military Engagement Team under the 149th […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — For the first time in 15 years, the Kentucky National Guard was called upon to assist with a wildland fire emergency in the commonwealth, Nov. 3 – 23. Click here for more photos. The event was also the first in that time frame to generate a state of emergency declaration from the governor’s office to activate state partners in order to support firefighting efforts. More than 290 wildfires burned more than 46,000 acres in southeastern Kentucky according to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. “One fire got out of our fire lines and beyond […]

    Kentucky air crews conclude wildfire fight

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — For the first time in 15 years, the Kentucky National Guard was called upon to assist with a wildland fire emergency in the commonwealth, Nov. 3 – 23. Click here for more photos. The event was also the first in that time frame to generate a state of emergency declaration from the governor’s office to activate state partners in order to support firefighting efforts. More than 290 wildfires burned more than 46,000 acres in southeastern Kentucky according to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. “One fire got out of our fire lines and beyond […]

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  • By 2nd Lt. Sean Embry, Kentucky National Guard Victim Advocate Coordinator FRANKFORT, Ky. — Staff Sgt. Gary Brumley was presented with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award by Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan Nov. 9, for his efforts in training Recruit Sustainment Program Soldiers on ways to identify the warning signs of an unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship by utilizing the One Love Foundation’s Escalation Workshop. Realizing that young recruits fall into the 18-24 age demographic that susceptible to a higher risk for dating violence, Brumley became a training facilitator and has brought the film to Soldiers across the […]

    Kentucky Guardsman recognized by Dept. of Defense

    By 2nd Lt. Sean Embry, Kentucky National Guard Victim Advocate Coordinator FRANKFORT, Ky. — Staff Sgt. Gary Brumley was presented with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award by Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan Nov. 9, for his efforts in training Recruit Sustainment Program Soldiers on ways to identify the warning signs of an unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship by utilizing the One Love Foundation’s Escalation Workshop. Realizing that young recruits fall into the 18-24 age demographic that susceptible to a higher risk for dating violence, Brumley became a training facilitator and has brought the film to Soldiers across the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — Kentucky National Guard leadership joined friends and family to say farewell to the 149th Military Engagement Team at a departure ceremony in Richmond, Ky., Nov. 12. The team is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East later this month. “Today we honor some of the best Soldiers the Kentucky National Guard has to offer and we’re proud of what they do and the unique skill set they bring to this mission,” said Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III, Kentucky’s Director of the Joint Staff. The 149th Military Engagement Team […]

    149th Military Engagement Team deploys to Middle East

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — Kentucky National Guard leadership joined friends and family to say farewell to the 149th Military Engagement Team at a departure ceremony in Richmond, Ky., Nov. 12. The team is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East later this month. “Today we honor some of the best Soldiers the Kentucky National Guard has to offer and we’re proud of what they do and the unique skill set they bring to this mission,” said Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III, Kentucky’s Director of the Joint Staff. The 149th Military Engagement Team […]

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  • Staff Report VICENZA, Italy – Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade traveled to both Germany and Italy to participate in Exercise Judicious Response with U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Oct. 9-22, 2016. The 63rd TAB’s role was to provide aviation support to USARAF while they were validating their capability to rapidly respond to crises and contingencies in support of the Geographic Combatant Commander’s operational requirements. “This was a short notice mission we were asked to participate in,” said Lt. Col. Mark Brozak, 63rd TAB Operations Officer. “We were able to pull together some of our very best […]

    63rd Theater Aviation Brigade participates in Exercise Judicious Response

    Staff Report VICENZA, Italy – Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade traveled to both Germany and Italy to participate in Exercise Judicious Response with U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Oct. 9-22, 2016. The 63rd TAB’s role was to provide aviation support to USARAF while they were validating their capability to rapidly respond to crises and contingencies in support of the Geographic Combatant Commander’s operational requirements. “This was a short notice mission we were asked to participate in,” said Lt. Col. Mark Brozak, 63rd TAB Operations Officer. “We were able to pull together some of our very best […]

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  • Staff Report Soldiers from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade continue the fire fighting efforts in Eastern Kentucky to help the citizens of the Commonwealth through this Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates the patriotism, service and sacrifice of living veterans, who are part of the military’s patriotic legacy of dedication to the defense of the nation. Nov. 11, 1918, is generally considered the end of World War I, aka the “Great War” or “the war to end all wars.” In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a holiday, and in 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. […]

    Soldiers continue wild fire support on Veterans Day

    Staff Report Soldiers from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade continue the fire fighting efforts in Eastern Kentucky to help the citizens of the Commonwealth through this Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates the patriotism, service and sacrifice of living veterans, who are part of the military’s patriotic legacy of dedication to the defense of the nation. Nov. 11, 1918, is generally considered the end of World War I, aka the “Great War” or “the war to end all wars.” In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a holiday, and in 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. […]

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  • By Brig. Gen. (ret) Norman E. Arflack, Commissioner Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs The 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War offers a broader scope for appreciating the service and sacrifice of all Kentuckians who served. It’s a persistent myth that National Guard members never served on foreign soil in support of their active duty counterparts. In fact, there have been multiple Kentucky National Guard units that served not only honorably, but heroically in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. On April 19, 1968, the 2d Battalion, 138th Field Artillery with units in Louisville, Bardstown, Elizabethtown and Carrollton, Kentucky […]

    Remembrance of Kentucky guardsmen in Vietnam

    By Brig. Gen. (ret) Norman E. Arflack, Commissioner Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs The 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War offers a broader scope for appreciating the service and sacrifice of all Kentuckians who served. It’s a persistent myth that National Guard members never served on foreign soil in support of their active duty counterparts. In fact, there have been multiple Kentucky National Guard units that served not only honorably, but heroically in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. On April 19, 1968, the 2d Battalion, 138th Field Artillery with units in Louisville, Bardstown, Elizabethtown and Carrollton, Kentucky […]

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