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  • By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While I prepared to begin Initial Entry Training, my unit, the 2123rd Transportation Company, participated in Operation Nuevos Horizontes (Operation New Horizons) in Ecuador, South America. Upon return from basic training, I recall listening to the compelling stories that came from this collaborative mission. I admit, there was some envy as I listened to fellow truck drivers talk about transporting equipment on the South American continent. For a kid from small-town Berea, the grandiosity of trekking […]

    Kentucky working well with foreign partners

    By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While I prepared to begin Initial Entry Training, my unit, the 2123rd Transportation Company, participated in Operation Nuevos Horizontes (Operation New Horizons) in Ecuador, South America. Upon return from basic training, I recall listening to the compelling stories that came from this collaborative mission. I admit, there was some envy as I listened to fellow truck drivers talk about transporting equipment on the South American continent. For a kid from small-town Berea, the grandiosity of trekking […]

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  • By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. –Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment (1-149th IN) were given the opportunity to participate in a five-day fitness and nutrition course June 12-16, 2018. The course was held at Command Sgt. Maj. Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky., and was presented by the Kentucky National Guard AXE program. AXE stands for “Attack Exercise through Education” which is exactly what the program offers by taking a holistic approach to fitness by addressing nutrition, attitude and exercise technique. This was the second iteration of the AXE camp […]

    AXE Camp doubles down, helps improve physical fitness

    By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. –Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment (1-149th IN) were given the opportunity to participate in a five-day fitness and nutrition course June 12-16, 2018. The course was held at Command Sgt. Maj. Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky., and was presented by the Kentucky National Guard AXE program. AXE stands for “Attack Exercise through Education” which is exactly what the program offers by taking a holistic approach to fitness by addressing nutrition, attitude and exercise technique. This was the second iteration of the AXE camp […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for video of the mission. RUKLA, Lithuania –Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery’s Alpha and Bravo Batteries were flown to from Poland to Lithuania for a rapid air insertion exercise with their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) during Saber Strike 18, June 12. The mission was to showcase the unit’s ability to deploy their powerful rocket system to any location necessary to make a rapid insertion. Two HIMARS trucks were loaded into a C-17 Globemaster from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston, South Carolina, two […]

    Rapid artillery exercise successful for Kentucky unit in Europe

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for video of the mission. RUKLA, Lithuania –Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery’s Alpha and Bravo Batteries were flown to from Poland to Lithuania for a rapid air insertion exercise with their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) during Saber Strike 18, June 12. The mission was to showcase the unit’s ability to deploy their powerful rocket system to any location necessary to make a rapid insertion. Two HIMARS trucks were loaded into a C-17 Globemaster from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston, South Carolina, two […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Warrant Officer Corps. An act of the U. S. Congress in 1918 established the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coast Artillery Corps. Implementation of the act by the Army was published in War Department Bulletin 43, dated July 22, 1918. Forty warrant officers were authorized to serve as masters, mates, chief engineers, and assistant engineers on each mine planting vessel. Although only one rank of warrant officer was authorized by Congress, in effect, three grades were created because of the varying […]

    Warrant officer history in Kentucky

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Warrant Officer Corps. An act of the U. S. Congress in 1918 established the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coast Artillery Corps. Implementation of the act by the Army was published in War Department Bulletin 43, dated July 22, 1918. Forty warrant officers were authorized to serve as masters, mates, chief engineers, and assistant engineers on each mine planting vessel. Although only one rank of warrant officer was authorized by Congress, in effect, three grades were created because of the varying […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland – Nearly 300 Soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and the 203rd Forward Support Company integrated with NATO forces in a multi-national exercise, Saber Strike 18 in Poland June 3-15. The field artillery Soldiers were there in support of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment during Saber Strike, a European exercise that takes place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is a long-standing U. S. Army-Europe led exercise in its eighth iteration that enhances readiness and interoperability with allied […]

    Morgan’s Men integrate with NATO forces in European exercise

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland – Nearly 300 Soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and the 203rd Forward Support Company integrated with NATO forces in a multi-national exercise, Saber Strike 18 in Poland June 3-15. The field artillery Soldiers were there in support of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment during Saber Strike, a European exercise that takes place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is a long-standing U. S. Army-Europe led exercise in its eighth iteration that enhances readiness and interoperability with allied […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), headquartered in Richmond, said farewell to Col. Alexander Stewart II and welcomed Col. Joseph H. Gardner II as the new brigade commander during a change of command ceremony June 23, 2018 at the Eastern Kentucky University Roy Kidd Stadium. More than 125 Soldiers and 80 distinguished visitors were in attendance as Gardner assumed command from Stewart. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, assistant adjutant general oversaw the ceremony and led the time honored and symbolic change of leadership through the transfer […]

    MEB welcomes Gardner into command

    By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), headquartered in Richmond, said farewell to Col. Alexander Stewart II and welcomed Col. Joseph H. Gardner II as the new brigade commander during a change of command ceremony June 23, 2018 at the Eastern Kentucky University Roy Kidd Stadium. More than 125 Soldiers and 80 distinguished visitors were in attendance as Gardner assumed command from Stewart. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, assistant adjutant general oversaw the ceremony and led the time honored and symbolic change of leadership through the transfer […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — The National Guard has remained an ever-evolving organization. 1636, 1792, 1861, 1916, 2001 are a few specific years marking critical changes in America’s hometown defense force. How the National Guard fits into the battle rhythm of active duty forces as well as maintaining its own state’s mission has always been in flux. In 2017, a new term, Army National Guard (ARNG) 4.0 was introduced, spelling out goals of increased readiness and capabilities to answer the demands of the total Army concept and the dual role of […]

    ARNG 4.0 reflected in Kentucky brigade’s training

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — The National Guard has remained an ever-evolving organization. 1636, 1792, 1861, 1916, 2001 are a few specific years marking critical changes in America’s hometown defense force. How the National Guard fits into the battle rhythm of active duty forces as well as maintaining its own state’s mission has always been in flux. In 2017, a new term, Army National Guard (ARNG) 4.0 was introduced, spelling out goals of increased readiness and capabilities to answer the demands of the total Army concept and the dual role of […]

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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade GREENVILLE, Ky. — In recent years, most units of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) have conducted annual training at the company or the battalion levels. However, the 149th commander Col. Alexander Stewart said this year’s more collective training exercise in June at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center was different. “The purpose of any MEB is to provide support to combat forces on the battlefield ensuring lines of communication remain secured and open for resupply,” said Stewart. “This allows the commanders of the combat forces to maintain momentum in the fight and defeat […]

    High tempo AT for 149th MEB

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade GREENVILLE, Ky. — In recent years, most units of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) have conducted annual training at the company or the battalion levels. However, the 149th commander Col. Alexander Stewart said this year’s more collective training exercise in June at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center was different. “The purpose of any MEB is to provide support to combat forces on the battlefield ensuring lines of communication remain secured and open for resupply,” said Stewart. “This allows the commanders of the combat forces to maintain momentum in the fight and defeat […]

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