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  • Staff Report   FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2019)– Governor Matt Bevin and leadership from the Kentucky National Guard joined friends and family today to say farewell to nearly 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Air Assault Regiment who are deploying to the Middle East for the next year. To see all photos from this event, please click here. “The level of gratitude I have for the Soldiers in this room is immense,” said Gov. Bevin. “You are serving the men and women of the United States of America and upholding the very […]

    Kentucky National Guard holds departure ceremony for Aviation Soldiers

    Staff Report   FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2019)– Governor Matt Bevin and leadership from the Kentucky National Guard joined friends and family today to say farewell to nearly 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Air Assault Regiment who are deploying to the Middle East for the next year. To see all photos from this event, please click here. “The level of gratitude I have for the Soldiers in this room is immense,” said Gov. Bevin. “You are serving the men and women of the United States of America and upholding the very […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Approximately 40,000 new Soldiers and 7,000 prior service members will enter the formation each year looking for employment within the communities they live and serve and one way to get assistance is through Citizen Soldier for Life (CSFL), a National Guard sponsored program launched in September 2016. CSFL has been established to enhance readiness and boost resilience. CSFL prepares and connects Army National Guard Soldiers and their immediate family, veterans, and retirees with financial and career education plus employment opportunities throughout the Soldiers life cycle in order to maintain a ready […]

    We are here for you – Citizen Soldier for Life

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Approximately 40,000 new Soldiers and 7,000 prior service members will enter the formation each year looking for employment within the communities they live and serve and one way to get assistance is through Citizen Soldier for Life (CSFL), a National Guard sponsored program launched in September 2016. CSFL has been established to enhance readiness and boost resilience. CSFL prepares and connects Army National Guard Soldiers and their immediate family, veterans, and retirees with financial and career education plus employment opportunities throughout the Soldiers life cycle in order to maintain a ready […]

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  • By Lt. Col Tim Starke, 75th Troop Command This article ran originally in Maneuver Support Magazine in the Summer of 2009. Lt. Col. Starke served with the 149th MEB in January 2009 and was instrumental in helping to frame the 149th’s response to one of Kentucky’s ‘worst natural disasters’ in recent history. This was his reflection on the unit’s response and lessons learned. We are republishing it during the 10th anniversary of the historic 2009 ice storm. The morning of 26 January 2009 began with rumors of approaching inclement weather as the staff at 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) headquarters […]

    149th MEB gains footing during historic ice storm

    By Lt. Col Tim Starke, 75th Troop Command This article ran originally in Maneuver Support Magazine in the Summer of 2009. Lt. Col. Starke served with the 149th MEB in January 2009 and was instrumental in helping to frame the 149th’s response to one of Kentucky’s ‘worst natural disasters’ in recent history. This was his reflection on the unit’s response and lessons learned. We are republishing it during the 10th anniversary of the historic 2009 ice storm. The morning of 26 January 2009 began with rumors of approaching inclement weather as the staff at 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) headquarters […]

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  • Lessons learned a decade after commonwealth’s biggest disaster By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — A lot can change in a decade but memories of the incredible ice storm that hit Kentucky in January 2009 and crippled the state are still vivid. The storm was declared “The biggest natural disaster in modern Kentucky history” by then Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, who now teaches a course at Harvard’s Department of Health Policy and Management titled, A Governor’s Perspective on Leadership. The arctic blast affected six Midwest states with Kentucky being hit the hardest. Citizens dealt […]

    Deep Freeze Anniversary

    Lessons learned a decade after commonwealth’s biggest disaster By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — A lot can change in a decade but memories of the incredible ice storm that hit Kentucky in January 2009 and crippled the state are still vivid. The storm was declared “The biggest natural disaster in modern Kentucky history” by then Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, who now teaches a course at Harvard’s Department of Health Policy and Management titled, A Governor’s Perspective on Leadership. The arctic blast affected six Midwest states with Kentucky being hit the hardest. Citizens dealt […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Every month the Kentucky National Guard hosts a patching ceremony welcoming the newest Soldiers to the team. This month was no different, but for Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Perkins it sure had a special meaning as he patched his daughter, Pfc. Taylor Perkins. “I am handing the torch to my child to carry on the burden that we carry as Citizen-Soldiers. It’s an overwhelming feeling,” said Ronald. “I’ve met so many people in the Guard, they are my family,” Taylor said. “I talked to my dad, he kind of knew I […]

    Another generation of service

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Every month the Kentucky National Guard hosts a patching ceremony welcoming the newest Soldiers to the team. This month was no different, but for Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Perkins it sure had a special meaning as he patched his daughter, Pfc. Taylor Perkins. “I am handing the torch to my child to carry on the burden that we carry as Citizen-Soldiers. It’s an overwhelming feeling,” said Ronald. “I’ve met so many people in the Guard, they are my family,” Taylor said. “I talked to my dad, he kind of knew I […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Great leaders aren’t the ones who set out to be recognized as such and talk about how much they want to be great. Great leaders put their head down and are quietly going about their business. So when one of these type leaders are recognized, it usually isn’t something they’ve expected. As was the case for one Kentucky Guardsman, his nomination for the 2018 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (GDMLA), was a complete surprise. Chief Warrant Officer Tyler Kramer is a UH-60M pilot, who also serves as […]

    Aviation warrant officer up for national leadership award

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Great leaders aren’t the ones who set out to be recognized as such and talk about how much they want to be great. Great leaders put their head down and are quietly going about their business. So when one of these type leaders are recognized, it usually isn’t something they’ve expected. As was the case for one Kentucky Guardsman, his nomination for the 2018 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (GDMLA), was a complete surprise. Chief Warrant Officer Tyler Kramer is a UH-60M pilot, who also serves as […]

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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), sent more than 200 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to Camp Blanding, Fla., Jan. 7-10, 2019 for their certification evaluation. The CERFP was tasked with responding to a ten kilo-ton nuclear explosion, establishing a support zone, searching the hot zone for victims, extracting the victims from the hot zone, decontaminating the victims and providing medical assistance. Once the Search and Extraction team goes in they assess the area and mark areas that […]

    Kentucky CERFP passes all marks in skills certification

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), sent more than 200 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to Camp Blanding, Fla., Jan. 7-10, 2019 for their certification evaluation. The CERFP was tasked with responding to a ten kilo-ton nuclear explosion, establishing a support zone, searching the hot zone for victims, extracting the victims from the hot zone, decontaminating the victims and providing medical assistance. Once the Search and Extraction team goes in they assess the area and mark areas that […]

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