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  • By Maj. Carla Raisler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – Civic leaders from around the commonwealth arrived at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) in Greenville, Kentucky on UH-60 Blackhawks to take part in the Employee Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Boss Lift, June 15, 2016. The Kentucky ESGR program provides the opportunity for civilian employers to interact with Kentucky National Guardsmen during their annual training. “We normally hold a single Bosslift involving the Army and Air Guard each year,” said ESGR Program Support Analyst, Mike Richie. “We try to invite bosses of Guardsmen and […]

    ESGR’s take your boss to work day

    By Maj. Carla Raisler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – Civic leaders from around the commonwealth arrived at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) in Greenville, Kentucky on UH-60 Blackhawks to take part in the Employee Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Boss Lift, June 15, 2016. The Kentucky ESGR program provides the opportunity for civilian employers to interact with Kentucky National Guardsmen during their annual training. “We normally hold a single Bosslift involving the Army and Air Guard each year,” said ESGR Program Support Analyst, Mike Richie. “We try to invite bosses of Guardsmen and […]

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  • Story by Maj. Varinka Ensminger, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. RICHMOND, Ky. —  Col. Jerry Morrison and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers relinquished their leadership positions during a change of command and responsibility ceremony with the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) over the weekend at Roy Kidd Stadium on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus in Richmond, Ky. Both have successfully led the Kentucky National Guard’s largest brigade for the last two and a half years. Friends, family and comrades traveled from across the state July 17, to honor the accomplishments of the brigade and […]

    Stewart assumes command of 149th MEB

    Story by Maj. Varinka Ensminger, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. RICHMOND, Ky. —  Col. Jerry Morrison and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers relinquished their leadership positions during a change of command and responsibility ceremony with the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) over the weekend at Roy Kidd Stadium on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus in Richmond, Ky. Both have successfully led the Kentucky National Guard’s largest brigade for the last two and a half years. Friends, family and comrades traveled from across the state July 17, to honor the accomplishments of the brigade and […]

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  • Commentary by Capt. Matthew Riley, 761st Firefighting Team Commanding an Army National Guard Fire Fighting Detachment is a unique opportunity for any officer.  Subsequent to a realignment within the 761st Engineer Detachment Firefighting Team in late 2015, the commander position changed from a warrant officer position to that of a captain. I admit that when I received a call from my battalion commander telling me I was being moved from my command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 206th Engineer Battalion to the 761st I was not thrilled.  I had no experience in the field of firefighting and had already strategized […]

    Fighting fire with collaboration

    Commentary by Capt. Matthew Riley, 761st Firefighting Team Commanding an Army National Guard Fire Fighting Detachment is a unique opportunity for any officer.  Subsequent to a realignment within the 761st Engineer Detachment Firefighting Team in late 2015, the commander position changed from a warrant officer position to that of a captain. I admit that when I received a call from my battalion commander telling me I was being moved from my command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 206th Engineer Battalion to the 761st I was not thrilled.  I had no experience in the field of firefighting and had already strategized […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Maj. Gen. Mark R. Kraus, a former commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing and one-time assistant adjutant general for Air, was officially retired during a ceremony here June 12, concluding 43 years of service to the active-duty Air Force and Kentucky Air National Guard. Kraus, who most recently served as Air National Guard assistant to the commander of United States Air Forces Central Command, received an Air Force Distinguished Service Medal during the ceremony. The decoration is awarded to members of the United […]

    Kraus concludes military career with more than four decades of service

    By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Maj. Gen. Mark R. Kraus, a former commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing and one-time assistant adjutant general for Air, was officially retired during a ceremony here June 12, concluding 43 years of service to the active-duty Air Force and Kentucky Air National Guard. Kraus, who most recently served as Air National Guard assistant to the commander of United States Air Forces Central Command, received an Air Force Distinguished Service Medal during the ceremony. The decoration is awarded to members of the United […]

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  • By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs SAVANNAH, Ga. — More than 260 Air National Guardsmen from five states attended a unique, weeklong course in aircraft maintenance here to enhance proficiency in everything from hydraulics to electrical generation. The annual event, now in its eighth year, is called Maintenance University, explained Capt. James Campbell, the course’s detachment commander. It was created in 2008 by maintainers at the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing because of the difficulty that traditional Guardsmen have accomplishing proficiency training on drill weekends. Those Guardsmen often have to juggle conflicting demands during […]

    Maintenance University provides intensive training for Air Guardsmen from 5 states

    By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs SAVANNAH, Ga. — More than 260 Air National Guardsmen from five states attended a unique, weeklong course in aircraft maintenance here to enhance proficiency in everything from hydraulics to electrical generation. The annual event, now in its eighth year, is called Maintenance University, explained Capt. James Campbell, the course’s detachment commander. It was created in 2008 by maintainers at the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing because of the difficulty that traditional Guardsmen have accomplishing proficiency training on drill weekends. Those Guardsmen often have to juggle conflicting demands during […]

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  • By Maj. Carla Raisler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Field Artillery and Aviation Soldiers worked together to conduct combined training on medical evacuation training (MEDEVAC) and Sling Load operations during the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Battalion’s annual training at Fort Knox, June 3-19, 2016. The 2/138th completed section certification and live fire exercises in order to reach section level proficiency and complete howitzer and fire direction control certification, the primary focus for the unit’s annual training. Their mission also included medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) training, sling load operations, and a convoy movement through improvised explosive training […]

    Artillery calls in air assets

    By Maj. Carla Raisler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Field Artillery and Aviation Soldiers worked together to conduct combined training on medical evacuation training (MEDEVAC) and Sling Load operations during the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Battalion’s annual training at Fort Knox, June 3-19, 2016. The 2/138th completed section certification and live fire exercises in order to reach section level proficiency and complete howitzer and fire direction control certification, the primary focus for the unit’s annual training. Their mission also included medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) training, sling load operations, and a convoy movement through improvised explosive training […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ELMA, Wash. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) tested its search and rescue, extraction and recovery capabilities June 11, at the Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington. As part of a Vigilant Guard exercise, the Kentucky CERFP teamed with local and state agencies to simulate a mass-casualty search and rescue operation. “Generally, we just test our skills,” said Maj. Travis Huber, CERFP deputy commander, and 103rd Chemical Battalion executive officer. “But these exercises give us the opportunity to integrate and […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen test search and rescue skills during Vigilant Guard

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ELMA, Wash. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) tested its search and rescue, extraction and recovery capabilities June 11, at the Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington. As part of a Vigilant Guard exercise, the Kentucky CERFP teamed with local and state agencies to simulate a mass-casualty search and rescue operation. “Generally, we just test our skills,” said Maj. Travis Huber, CERFP deputy commander, and 103rd Chemical Battalion executive officer. “But these exercises give us the opportunity to integrate and […]

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  • By Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — The Belle of Cincinnati set sail along the Ohio River in its third year hosting “Gold Star” families. A Gold Star family is a term for anyone that has lost an immediate member in conflict or in support of certain military operations. The term originated during World War I and continues today. More than 600 Surviving family members, friends, and fellow service members of fallen U.S. military service men and women came together for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Newport. As […]

    Survivors Set Sail to Remember

    By Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — The Belle of Cincinnati set sail along the Ohio River in its third year hosting “Gold Star” families. A Gold Star family is a term for anyone that has lost an immediate member in conflict or in support of certain military operations. The term originated during World War I and continues today. More than 600 Surviving family members, friends, and fellow service members of fallen U.S. military service men and women came together for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Newport. As […]

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