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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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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsman to receive Air Force Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

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  • Staff Report VICENZA, Italy – Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade traveled to both Germany and Italy to participate in Exercise Judicious Response with U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Oct. 9-22, 2016. The 63rd TAB’s role was to provide aviation support to USARAF while they were validating their capability to rapidly respond to crises and contingencies in support of the Geographic Combatant Commander’s operational requirements. “This was a short notice mission we were asked to participate in,” said Lt. Col. Mark Brozak, 63rd TAB Operations Officer. “We were able to pull together some of our very best […]

    63rd Theater Aviation Brigade participates in Exercise Judicious Response

    Staff Report VICENZA, Italy – Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade traveled to both Germany and Italy to participate in Exercise Judicious Response with U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Oct. 9-22, 2016. The 63rd TAB’s role was to provide aviation support to USARAF while they were validating their capability to rapidly respond to crises and contingencies in support of the Geographic Combatant Commander’s operational requirements. “This was a short notice mission we were asked to participate in,” said Lt. Col. Mark Brozak, 63rd TAB Operations Officer. “We were able to pull together some of our very best […]

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  • Staff Report Soldiers from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade continue the fire fighting efforts in Eastern Kentucky to help the citizens of the Commonwealth through this Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates the patriotism, service and sacrifice of living veterans, who are part of the military’s patriotic legacy of dedication to the defense of the nation. Nov. 11, 1918, is generally considered the end of World War I, aka the “Great War” or “the war to end all wars.” In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a holiday, and in 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. […]

    Soldiers continue wild fire support on Veterans Day

    Staff Report Soldiers from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade continue the fire fighting efforts in Eastern Kentucky to help the citizens of the Commonwealth through this Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates the patriotism, service and sacrifice of living veterans, who are part of the military’s patriotic legacy of dedication to the defense of the nation. Nov. 11, 1918, is generally considered the end of World War I, aka the “Great War” or “the war to end all wars.” In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a holiday, and in 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. […]

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  • Staff Report To see more photos of Maj. Gen. Billy G. Wellman, please click HERE. The Kentucky National Guard is mourning the loss of one of their own. Retired Maj. Gen. Billy G. Wellman passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1 in his home in Ashland, Ky. at the age of 83. He served as Kentucky’s Adjutant General from 1977 to 1987 under three different Governors. “I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of General Billy G. Wellman,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “By taking just a quick glance at his resume, one can see how much he loved his country […]

    Kentucky National Guard mourns death of retired Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Billy Wellman.

    Staff Report To see more photos of Maj. Gen. Billy G. Wellman, please click HERE. The Kentucky National Guard is mourning the loss of one of their own. Retired Maj. Gen. Billy G. Wellman passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1 in his home in Ashland, Ky. at the age of 83. He served as Kentucky’s Adjutant General from 1977 to 1987 under three different Governors. “I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of General Billy G. Wellman,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “By taking just a quick glance at his resume, one can see how much he loved his country […]

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