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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs There’s hardly an empty spot on the walls of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III’s office. A museum-quality collection with decades of memories hanging as testimony to a storied career. “I told the adjutant general, if I could do this until the day I die, I would do it. That’s how much I enjoy it,” he said. Adams has given the majority of his life to his country, forty years. He was commissioned right out of college in 1978, completed flight school in 1980 and spent 15 years on active duty. Changing […]

    Adams retiring with more than forty years of service

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs There’s hardly an empty spot on the walls of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III’s office. A museum-quality collection with decades of memories hanging as testimony to a storied career. “I told the adjutant general, if I could do this until the day I die, I would do it. That’s how much I enjoy it,” he said. Adams has given the majority of his life to his country, forty years. He was commissioned right out of college in 1978, completed flight school in 1980 and spent 15 years on active duty. Changing […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Warning: death, serious injury or damage to Army equipment will occur if actions specified are not implemented. That was the Safety of Use Message (SOUM) sent out this spring across all branches of service, including Active, Reserve and National Guard. Just in the Kentucky National Guard alone, more than 1,200 tires have been damaged. Nearly 50% of the Humvees were involved and almost every unit in the commonwealth affected. Tires on 290 vehicles would need to be replaced due to cracks in the tread. Nationally, in the Guard, over 32,000 wheel […]

    Kentucky Guardsman discovers tire defect; DOD makes changes for safety

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Warning: death, serious injury or damage to Army equipment will occur if actions specified are not implemented. That was the Safety of Use Message (SOUM) sent out this spring across all branches of service, including Active, Reserve and National Guard. Just in the Kentucky National Guard alone, more than 1,200 tires have been damaged. Nearly 50% of the Humvees were involved and almost every unit in the commonwealth affected. Tires on 290 vehicles would need to be replaced due to cracks in the tread. Nationally, in the Guard, over 32,000 wheel […]

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  • Story and photos by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – “How am I supposed to carry all of this. How do you open an MRE? We weren’t told to bring knives or scissors. I’ve been yanked out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to eat a salad.” Just a few of the comments made by participants early in the week at Operation Immersion at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. Operation Immersion is designed to provide a small portion of what Soldiers go through while preparing for deployments and their subsequent return along […]

    A glimpse into a Soldiers life – Operation Immersion 2018

    Story and photos by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – “How am I supposed to carry all of this. How do you open an MRE? We weren’t told to bring knives or scissors. I’ve been yanked out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to eat a salad.” Just a few of the comments made by participants early in the week at Operation Immersion at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. Operation Immersion is designed to provide a small portion of what Soldiers go through while preparing for deployments and their subsequent return along […]

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  • By: Capt. Gus Lafontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The 138th Field Artillery Brigade is currently participating in Dynamic Front 18 Training Exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This is the fourth of a four part series that documents the 138th Field Artillery Brigade Overseas Deployment Training.  Click here to read parts one, two and three. (GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany)  – Lt. Col. Ash Groves has been an Airman for 21 years. He’s was a member of the United States Air Force from 1998-2005 whereupon he joined the Kentucky Air National Guard. During his time in the Air Guard he’s held a wide variety of […]

    Kentucky Air Guard and 138th Field Artillery working together during Dynamic Front 18 training

    By: Capt. Gus Lafontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The 138th Field Artillery Brigade is currently participating in Dynamic Front 18 Training Exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This is the fourth of a four part series that documents the 138th Field Artillery Brigade Overseas Deployment Training.  Click here to read parts one, two and three. (GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany)  – Lt. Col. Ash Groves has been an Airman for 21 years. He’s was a member of the United States Air Force from 1998-2005 whereupon he joined the Kentucky Air National Guard. During his time in the Air Guard he’s held a wide variety of […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs (Lexington, Ky.) – For several years the Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized energy leaders who have made a tremendous impact in Kentucky. Kentuckians have benefitted from these progressive leaders who have inspired others to save energy and utilize alternative energy sources. This year at the 41st Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, the Kentucky Army National Guard was the recipient of the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award. “This award is a culmination of years of good facility management and sound decision making about where to invest our maintenance and […]

    A flip of a switch and the Kentucky Army National Guard is saving over $3 million

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs (Lexington, Ky.) – For several years the Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized energy leaders who have made a tremendous impact in Kentucky. Kentuckians have benefitted from these progressive leaders who have inspired others to save energy and utilize alternative energy sources. This year at the 41st Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, the Kentucky Army National Guard was the recipient of the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award. “This award is a culmination of years of good facility management and sound decision making about where to invest our maintenance and […]

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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More than three-dozen members of the Kentucky Air National Guard have processed 7.2 million pounds of humanitarian aid through a cargo hub they established here Sept. 23, working around the clock to download relief supplies from hundreds of aircraft and prepare the aid for distribution across an island ravaged by Hurricane Maria. With the cargo hub now running smoothly, the team of Airmen from Kentucky’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is handing off primary responsibility to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and preparing for their […]

    Kentucky Air Guard moves 7.2 million pounds of relief supplies at cargo hub in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria recovery

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More than three-dozen members of the Kentucky Air National Guard have processed 7.2 million pounds of humanitarian aid through a cargo hub they established here Sept. 23, working around the clock to download relief supplies from hundreds of aircraft and prepare the aid for distribution across an island ravaged by Hurricane Maria. With the cargo hub now running smoothly, the team of Airmen from Kentucky’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is handing off primary responsibility to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and preparing for their […]

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  • Staff Report LINCOLN, Neb. –The Kentucky National Guard Marathon team showcased its unbridled spirit this year by qualifying its largest group of runners for the All-Guard Marathon Team at the 2017 National Guard Marathon in Lincoln, Neb., on May 7, 2017. To view more photos, click HERE. Five Kentucky runners qualified for the Elite All-Guard Marathon Team.  This is the largest representation of Kentuckians ever on the Marathon Team, said Team Captain, Maj. Varinka Ensminger of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.  Kentucky had nine runners compete and finished eighth among the states. “The marathon is a tough race and it’s […]

    Kentucky qualifies largest group ever for All-Guard Marathon Team

    Staff Report LINCOLN, Neb. –The Kentucky National Guard Marathon team showcased its unbridled spirit this year by qualifying its largest group of runners for the All-Guard Marathon Team at the 2017 National Guard Marathon in Lincoln, Neb., on May 7, 2017. To view more photos, click HERE. Five Kentucky runners qualified for the Elite All-Guard Marathon Team.  This is the largest representation of Kentuckians ever on the Marathon Team, said Team Captain, Maj. Varinka Ensminger of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.  Kentucky had nine runners compete and finished eighth among the states. “The marathon is a tough race and it’s […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – He has a business degree, is pursuing his MBA, is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and has a career as an officer in the Kentucky National Guard.  It doesn’t stop there for Capt. Stephen Lawson, an internationally recognized author who just received his latest accolade as one of the 12 award winning authors to have his story, “Moonlight One” published in L. Ron Hubbard’s, “Writers of the Future, volume 33”.  Lawson was honored at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles during the awards event on April […]

    Writer, Soldier, Veteran and College Graduate – Making the most out of every day

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – He has a business degree, is pursuing his MBA, is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and has a career as an officer in the Kentucky National Guard.  It doesn’t stop there for Capt. Stephen Lawson, an internationally recognized author who just received his latest accolade as one of the 12 award winning authors to have his story, “Moonlight One” published in L. Ron Hubbard’s, “Writers of the Future, volume 33”.  Lawson was honored at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles during the awards event on April […]

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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. – Thirty years and counting.  That’s what Col. Shontelle Adams has on his military resume and that is just the beginning.  As he sits as the director of personnel, he is the senior African American in the Kentucky National Guard, but he has never thought of it that way.  “I just come to work and try to figure out how I can help this organization.  But at the same time, it shows opportunities are open for everyone.  All you have to do is apply yourself.” Adams military experience has given […]

    Endless opportunities for success

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Thirty years and counting.  That’s what Col. Shontelle Adams has on his military resume and that is just the beginning.  As he sits as the director of personnel, he is the senior African American in the Kentucky National Guard, but he has never thought of it that way.  “I just come to work and try to figure out how I can help this organization.  But at the same time, it shows opportunities are open for everyone.  All you have to do is apply yourself.” Adams military experience has given […]

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