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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Guardsmen from every corner of the country descended on the nation’s capital to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20. Nearly 300 Kentucky Guardsmen from across the commonwealth were among them. The majority of that number were from the 198th Military Police Battalion based out of Louisville, Kentucky, who augmented local law enforcement in the Capital region during the event. “I’m proud to be here representing the Kentucky National Guard and our state,” said Spc. Austin Willett with the 438th Military Police Company from Murray, Kentucky. “This is […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen support Presidential Inauguration

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Guardsmen from every corner of the country descended on the nation’s capital to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20. Nearly 300 Kentucky Guardsmen from across the commonwealth were among them. The majority of that number were from the 198th Military Police Battalion based out of Louisville, Kentucky, who augmented local law enforcement in the Capital region during the event. “I’m proud to be here representing the Kentucky National Guard and our state,” said Spc. Austin Willett with the 438th Military Police Company from Murray, Kentucky. “This is […]

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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsman to receive Air Force Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 116th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the 149th Military Engagement Team during a Jan. 9 ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, deputy commanding general – operations of U.S. Army Central, presided over the transfer of authority ceremony. “I said this to the last MET and I’ll say it to this one too. The MET punches above its weight,” said Hickman. “I mean it really is a small group of leaders, but their impact is felt across the AOR (area of responsibility) on a […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen assume military engagement role in Middle East

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 116th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the 149th Military Engagement Team during a Jan. 9 ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, deputy commanding general – operations of U.S. Army Central, presided over the transfer of authority ceremony. “I said this to the last MET and I’ll say it to this one too. The MET punches above its weight,” said Hickman. “I mean it really is a small group of leaders, but their impact is felt across the AOR (area of responsibility) on a […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — She loved her Soldier job and now Teresa Lona wants to give back to the military and work with people who are still in the service as the program support specialist, for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). She is one of two fulltime personnel for ESGR in the commonwealth, a Department of Defense operation that is staffed primarily with volunteers. “The military was my career. My whole family was in the service. Being a Soldier made me feel like I was doing something important for our […]

    ESGR specialist promoting Kentucky’s National Guard Soldiers

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — She loved her Soldier job and now Teresa Lona wants to give back to the military and work with people who are still in the service as the program support specialist, for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). She is one of two fulltime personnel for ESGR in the commonwealth, a Department of Defense operation that is staffed primarily with volunteers. “The military was my career. My whole family was in the service. Being a Soldier made me feel like I was doing something important for our […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2016 will go down as another successful year for the Kentucky National Guard. We have continued to answer the call of our nation and our commonwealth in times of need. As your hometown defense force, we responded to winter storms and wildfires while augmenting local law enforcement at various events throughout the year. As Soldiers and Airmen, we deployed hundreds of Kentucky Guardsmen in support of U.S. military operations around the globe. And in keeping with a unique mission of the National Guard, Kentucky Citizen-Soldiers further developed domestic and international partnerships to the benefit of […]

    A look back at top stories of 2016

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2016 will go down as another successful year for the Kentucky National Guard. We have continued to answer the call of our nation and our commonwealth in times of need. As your hometown defense force, we responded to winter storms and wildfires while augmenting local law enforcement at various events throughout the year. As Soldiers and Airmen, we deployed hundreds of Kentucky Guardsmen in support of U.S. military operations around the globe. And in keeping with a unique mission of the National Guard, Kentucky Citizen-Soldiers further developed domestic and international partnerships to the benefit of […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Frankfort, Ky. — The 1204th Aviation Support Battalion received the Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Department of the Army for the unit’s exceptional meritorious service in Iraq in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Kentucky, Alabama, Maryland and Florida service members that mobilized with the battalion are eligible to update their records and authorized to permanently wear the commendation ribbon on their Army service uniform. The 1204TH received the citation for meritorious service in support of military operations from Aug. 24, 2011, to Aug.10, 2012. Its mission was […]

    Kentucky unit receives Meritorious Unit Citation

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Frankfort, Ky. — The 1204th Aviation Support Battalion received the Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Department of the Army for the unit’s exceptional meritorious service in Iraq in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Kentucky, Alabama, Maryland and Florida service members that mobilized with the battalion are eligible to update their records and authorized to permanently wear the commendation ribbon on their Army service uniform. The 1204TH received the citation for meritorious service in support of military operations from Aug. 24, 2011, to Aug.10, 2012. Its mission was […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs HAZARD, Ky. — A large crowd of friends and family packed the Perry County High School gymnasium to say farewell to the 207th Horizontal Construction Company Dec. 14. Approximately 160 Soldiers of the engineer unit are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East. “I am confident the 207th will do us proud,” said Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, Kentucky’s assistant adjutant general. “They are fully prepared for this deployment and they are the best we have to offer.” The 207th will conduct construction operations in the Middle East, Central and South Asia in support of U.S. […]

    Construction Soldiers deploy to Middle East

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs HAZARD, Ky. — A large crowd of friends and family packed the Perry County High School gymnasium to say farewell to the 207th Horizontal Construction Company Dec. 14. Approximately 160 Soldiers of the engineer unit are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East. “I am confident the 207th will do us proud,” said Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, Kentucky’s assistant adjutant general. “They are fully prepared for this deployment and they are the best we have to offer.” The 207th will conduct construction operations in the Middle East, Central and South Asia in support of U.S. […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bidwell, Kentucky Recruiting & Retention Command FRANKFORT, Ky. — The short time since enlistment is a whirlwind for recruits aiming to become Soldiers. Upon enlistment, they are immersed into the world of the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP), and in a few short months, a recruiter and the RSP cadre taught the skills and knowledge needed to succeed during Initial Active Duty Training. While at basic training, they put the skills learned in RSP to good use and upon completion of the training, earn the title of “Soldier”. Basic training completed, now ready to tackle AIT, […]

    First Formation welcomes new Soldiers into Kentucky’s ranks

    By Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bidwell, Kentucky Recruiting & Retention Command FRANKFORT, Ky. — The short time since enlistment is a whirlwind for recruits aiming to become Soldiers. Upon enlistment, they are immersed into the world of the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP), and in a few short months, a recruiter and the RSP cadre taught the skills and knowledge needed to succeed during Initial Active Duty Training. While at basic training, they put the skills learned in RSP to good use and upon completion of the training, earn the title of “Soldier”. Basic training completed, now ready to tackle AIT, […]

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