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  • By Senior Airman Ryan Conroy, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — A seven-foot bronze statue stood prominently over a sea of multi-colored berets, flanked by the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Air Force’s newest Air Force Cross recipients. Two Airmen, whose heroics were separated by 11 years and 100 miles in the same war zone, solidified a Special Tactics legacy that has seen a great deal of action since 9/11. “You represent the finest traits America can ask of its warriors, as you fight alongside joint and coalition teammates in crises […]

    Kentucky Airman receives highest Air Force award during historic ceremony

    By Senior Airman Ryan Conroy, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — A seven-foot bronze statue stood prominently over a sea of multi-colored berets, flanked by the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Air Force’s newest Air Force Cross recipients. Two Airmen, whose heroics were separated by 11 years and 100 miles in the same war zone, solidified a Special Tactics legacy that has seen a great deal of action since 9/11. “You represent the finest traits America can ask of its warriors, as you fight alongside joint and coalition teammates in crises […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – It is a message from the top – reduce, reuse, recycle, and the Kentucky Army National Guard is following through with much success. In fiscal year 2016, the Kentucky Guard exceeded the Department of Defense waste diversion goal of 50% for the second year in a row. “Waste reduction is a key component of sustainability. It supports our mission and it is the right thing to do,” stated Col. Steve King, construction and facility management officer. “When you throw something away it doesn’t go ‘away’, it just goes somewhere […]

    Waste not, want not – Kentucky National Guard changing environmental attitudes

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – It is a message from the top – reduce, reuse, recycle, and the Kentucky Army National Guard is following through with much success. In fiscal year 2016, the Kentucky Guard exceeded the Department of Defense waste diversion goal of 50% for the second year in a row. “Waste reduction is a key component of sustainability. It supports our mission and it is the right thing to do,” stated Col. Steve King, construction and facility management officer. “When you throw something away it doesn’t go ‘away’, it just goes somewhere […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Telehealth services are now available for all Kentucky Guardsman at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) Troop Medical Clinic (TMC).  This new technology will assist in finding the best behavioral health resources possible for Soldiers and family members.  The goal of the telehealth program is to support and keep Soldiers and their families on their A-game every day. Behavioral health is essential to maintain and improve so when bigger challenges or crisis come, you are ready.  Just like with physical health, you wouldn’t wait until the day of a PT […]

    Telehealth – Cutting edge technology for Soldiers in Kentucky

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Telehealth services are now available for all Kentucky Guardsman at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) Troop Medical Clinic (TMC).  This new technology will assist in finding the best behavioral health resources possible for Soldiers and family members.  The goal of the telehealth program is to support and keep Soldiers and their families on their A-game every day. Behavioral health is essential to maintain and improve so when bigger challenges or crisis come, you are ready.  Just like with physical health, you wouldn’t wait until the day of a PT […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade PERRY, Ga. — Members of Kentucky’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and 41st Civil Support Team joined more than 8,000 other Soldiers, Airmen and First Responders for Vigilant Guard 17, Mar. 27 – April 2 in various locations throughout Georgia. Vigilant Guard is a joint regional training exercise sponsored by U.S. Northern Command in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau. The purpose of the exercise is to simulate a real-world natural disaster in order to improve cooperation between agencies in the FEMA Regions in preparing for emergencies and catastrophic events. Commander of […]

    Guardsmen travel south for Vigilant Guard 2017

    By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade PERRY, Ga. — Members of Kentucky’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and 41st Civil Support Team joined more than 8,000 other Soldiers, Airmen and First Responders for Vigilant Guard 17, Mar. 27 – April 2 in various locations throughout Georgia. Vigilant Guard is a joint regional training exercise sponsored by U.S. Northern Command in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau. The purpose of the exercise is to simulate a real-world natural disaster in order to improve cooperation between agencies in the FEMA Regions in preparing for emergencies and catastrophic events. Commander of […]

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  • Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Video by Alli Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs FRANKFORT, Ky. — “It’s really an exciting time for women in the military,” said Staff Sgt. Kathleen Braithwaite. “The perception has changed a lot in my time in uniform. It’s no longer just little boys that grow up to be Soldiers, little girls have that dream too.” Her feelings are not unique. More than 1,000 women wear the uniform in the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard, with roughly 15% of the U.S. military and many will share […]

    Mechanics carry torch for women in military

    Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Video by Alli Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs FRANKFORT, Ky. — “It’s really an exciting time for women in the military,” said Staff Sgt. Kathleen Braithwaite. “The perception has changed a lot in my time in uniform. It’s no longer just little boys that grow up to be Soldiers, little girls have that dream too.” Her feelings are not unique. More than 1,000 women wear the uniform in the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard, with roughly 15% of the U.S. military and many will share […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BURLINGTON, Ky. — After cooking up the competition at the state and regional levels, the 2112th Transportation Company from Burlington participated in the National Culinary competition at their home armory in Burlington, Ky., March 18. The 49th Annual Department of Army Phillip A. Connelly program (PACP) includes finalists representing the “Best of the Best” in Army Garrison and field feeding excellence. “It means everything to this section, especially since we went from such a large group of 15 down to five and we still make a large impact,” said Sgt. 1st Class […]

    Kentucky cooks sizzle competition

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BURLINGTON, Ky. — After cooking up the competition at the state and regional levels, the 2112th Transportation Company from Burlington participated in the National Culinary competition at their home armory in Burlington, Ky., March 18. The 49th Annual Department of Army Phillip A. Connelly program (PACP) includes finalists representing the “Best of the Best” in Army Garrison and field feeding excellence. “It means everything to this section, especially since we went from such a large group of 15 down to five and we still make a large impact,” said Sgt. 1st Class […]

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  • By Capt. Melissa Mattingly, 138th Field Artillery Brigade LEXINGTON, Ky. — Col. Robert Larkin relinquished his command of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade to Lt. Col. Dennis Hawthorne during a change of command ceremony March 12,  in Lexington.  There was a packed house in attendance at the Lexington Armory with members of the Lexington Fire Department, family, friends and Guardsman. Larkin recalled the brigade’s accomplishments over the last two years and commended the unit for maintaining the title of, “number one field artillery brigade and battalions in the Guard,” throughout his command. “If you are number one then there is […]

    Artillery brigade welcomes new commander

    By Capt. Melissa Mattingly, 138th Field Artillery Brigade LEXINGTON, Ky. — Col. Robert Larkin relinquished his command of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade to Lt. Col. Dennis Hawthorne during a change of command ceremony March 12,  in Lexington.  There was a packed house in attendance at the Lexington Armory with members of the Lexington Fire Department, family, friends and Guardsman. Larkin recalled the brigade’s accomplishments over the last two years and commended the unit for maintaining the title of, “number one field artillery brigade and battalions in the Guard,” throughout his command. “If you are number one then there is […]

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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 149th Military Engagement Team and the 207th Horizontal Construction Company hosted senior leaders from the Kentucky National Guard March 3-4 at Camp Arifjan. Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III, Kentucky’s Director of the Joint Staff, and State Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden took the opportunity to visit with Soldiers in each unit, and they received a first-hand glimpse into each unit’s mission overseas. “It’s just a continuous show of how much support we have back in the state for them while they are over here,” said Adams, noting […]

    Senior leaders visit Kentucky Soldiers overseas

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 149th Military Engagement Team and the 207th Horizontal Construction Company hosted senior leaders from the Kentucky National Guard March 3-4 at Camp Arifjan. Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III, Kentucky’s Director of the Joint Staff, and State Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden took the opportunity to visit with Soldiers in each unit, and they received a first-hand glimpse into each unit’s mission overseas. “It’s just a continuous show of how much support we have back in the state for them while they are over here,” said Adams, noting […]

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