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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Recent generations have forgotten or possibly never heard of Armistice Day and its significance to American and world history.  How many have heard or understood the meaning of the immortal words, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month?”  Eleven A.M. on November 11, 1918 marked the signing of the armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany, at Compiegne, France, ending hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War.   This day would become a national holiday in the United States as well as many of the Allied Nations. Today, […]

    11-11-11, 100 years later

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Recent generations have forgotten or possibly never heard of Armistice Day and its significance to American and world history.  How many have heard or understood the meaning of the immortal words, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month?”  Eleven A.M. on November 11, 1918 marked the signing of the armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany, at Compiegne, France, ending hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War.   This day would become a national holiday in the United States as well as many of the Allied Nations. Today, […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hundreds of Gold Star Family members were honored at the ninth annual Survivors’ Day at the Races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 4. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau joined Kentucky Guardsmen and senior military officials to welcome nearly 900 wives, husbands, daughters, sons and relatives of fallen Service members for a day of fellowship and healing. “It’s important to stay connected to our Gold Star Families. We can never thank them enough for their sacrifices. They are part of us,” said Lengyel. […]

    Gold Star Families honored at 9th Survivors’ Day at the Races

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hundreds of Gold Star Family members were honored at the ninth annual Survivors’ Day at the Races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 4. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau joined Kentucky Guardsmen and senior military officials to welcome nearly 900 wives, husbands, daughters, sons and relatives of fallen Service members for a day of fellowship and healing. “It’s important to stay connected to our Gold Star Families. We can never thank them enough for their sacrifices. They are part of us,” said Lengyel. […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard On June 1, 1792, Kentucky was admitted as the 15th State of the Union.  With the possibility of Indian attack still a reality on the frontier, Governor Isaac Shelby established the Kentucky Militia June 20.  These first Kentucky Militiamen were soon in action protecting the commonwealth from the perceived Indian threat.  Many of those serving in the newly organized Kentucky Militia, had seen much service in Indian warfare as Virginia Militiamen. Soon after Kentucky statehood Maj. John Adair and his command were called into service to escort provisions sent from Fort Washington (now Cincinnati, […]

    Adair’s defeat, Kentucky National Guard’s first battle casualties

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard On June 1, 1792, Kentucky was admitted as the 15th State of the Union.  With the possibility of Indian attack still a reality on the frontier, Governor Isaac Shelby established the Kentucky Militia June 20.  These first Kentucky Militiamen were soon in action protecting the commonwealth from the perceived Indian threat.  Many of those serving in the newly organized Kentucky Militia, had seen much service in Indian warfare as Virginia Militiamen. Soon after Kentucky statehood Maj. John Adair and his command were called into service to escort provisions sent from Fort Washington (now Cincinnati, […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. – The “Mountain Warriors” of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry opened their gates to the public to show off their training while continuing their efforts to build strong bonds between the battalion and the local community at the Harold L. Disney Training Site Oct. 13. The open house coincided with the unit’s Mountain Warrior Assessment Program (MWAP). The MWAP brings together the future of the battalion from all ranks to compete against each other in order to see where they stand amongst their peers. The MWAP awards the top […]

    Infantry unit hosts community open house

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. – The “Mountain Warriors” of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry opened their gates to the public to show off their training while continuing their efforts to build strong bonds between the battalion and the local community at the Harold L. Disney Training Site Oct. 13. The open house coincided with the unit’s Mountain Warrior Assessment Program (MWAP). The MWAP brings together the future of the battalion from all ranks to compete against each other in order to see where they stand amongst their peers. The MWAP awards the top […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In mid-1961, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union reached a crisis over the status of the city of Berlin, Germany.  The divided city, under the joint control of the four allied powers of World War II — France, the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union — symbolized opposing Cold War ideologies.  Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was alarmed by the flight to freedom of nearly 300,000 East Germans per year to West Berlin.  His threat to unilaterally alter the status of Berlin was rejected by President John F. Kennedy at the […]

    The long summer camp of the Berlin Crisis

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In mid-1961, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union reached a crisis over the status of the city of Berlin, Germany.  The divided city, under the joint control of the four allied powers of World War II — France, the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union — symbolized opposing Cold War ideologies.  Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was alarmed by the flight to freedom of nearly 300,000 East Germans per year to West Berlin.  His threat to unilaterally alter the status of Berlin was rejected by President John F. Kennedy at the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The Adjutant General recognized several deserving Soldiers held in charge of making the Kentucky Army National Guard run while visiting the J4 logistics workshop at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center Sept. 25. The workshop brought Soldiers from supply, logistics and food sections from across the state to come together and meet in one place to talk face to face about issues that impact them and share  ideas to help each other. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan took some time from the three-day event to recognize the […]

    Logisticians awarded for efforts

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The Adjutant General recognized several deserving Soldiers held in charge of making the Kentucky Army National Guard run while visiting the J4 logistics workshop at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center Sept. 25. The workshop brought Soldiers from supply, logistics and food sections from across the state to come together and meet in one place to talk face to face about issues that impact them and share  ideas to help each other. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan took some time from the three-day event to recognize the […]

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  • By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Engineers representing Kentucky National Guard’s 201st and 206th Engineer Battalion, visited with members of the Forces Armee Djibouti (FAD) to discuss military engineering best practices at FAD facilities, Sept. 23-27, 2018. The engineering event was scheduled in response to a request during the Security Prioritization Working Group in Sept. 2017, said Maj. Christopher Hettinger, Bilateral Affairs Officer for the State Partnership Program in Djibouti. “Discussing engineering strengths, weaknesses and opportunities will provide a basis for future collaboration,” said Hettinger. […]

    Kentucky Engineers build a foundation with Djiboutian Counterparts

    By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Engineers representing Kentucky National Guard’s 201st and 206th Engineer Battalion, visited with members of the Forces Armee Djibouti (FAD) to discuss military engineering best practices at FAD facilities, Sept. 23-27, 2018. The engineering event was scheduled in response to a request during the Security Prioritization Working Group in Sept. 2017, said Maj. Christopher Hettinger, Bilateral Affairs Officer for the State Partnership Program in Djibouti. “Discussing engineering strengths, weaknesses and opportunities will provide a basis for future collaboration,” said Hettinger. […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Honoring the Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice is the best way to ensure their devotion to the country will never be forgotten. For one retired National Guardsman, James Walter Yount Jr., this charge to honor those in his family who have made this sacrifice is a duty he takes very seriously. He is also dedicated to remembering his grandfather who served in World War 1. “That monument in Frankfort has been touched by so many hands of the Yount family, it means a lot to me,” […]

    Honoring the fallen a family tradition for Guardsman

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Honoring the Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice is the best way to ensure their devotion to the country will never be forgotten. For one retired National Guardsman, James Walter Yount Jr., this charge to honor those in his family who have made this sacrifice is a duty he takes very seriously. He is also dedicated to remembering his grandfather who served in World War 1. “That monument in Frankfort has been touched by so many hands of the Yount family, it means a lot to me,” […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Kentucky National Guard’s highest state decoration is the Medal for Valor, which may be awarded to a member of the Kentucky National Guard who has distinguished himself/herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty while in the service of the State and/or United States.  Additionally, it must have involved personal risk of life or a performance of more than ordinarily hazardous service, the omission of which would not justly subject the person to censure for shortcoming or failure in the performance of […]

    The first recipients of the Kentucky Medal for Valor

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Kentucky National Guard’s highest state decoration is the Medal for Valor, which may be awarded to a member of the Kentucky National Guard who has distinguished himself/herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty while in the service of the State and/or United States.  Additionally, it must have involved personal risk of life or a performance of more than ordinarily hazardous service, the omission of which would not justly subject the person to censure for shortcoming or failure in the performance of […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth, 11 Citizen-Soldiers from Officer Candidate School Class 60-18 became commissioned officers in the rotunda of the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 22, 2018. The ceremony commemorated the 11 officers’ completion of Officer Candidate School,which included of a five-mile run, multiple foot marches, and a 48-hour field training exercise, as well as many other strenuous physical activities and academic challenges over the course of a year and a half. Each class is instructed by cadre with the 2nd Battalion, 238th Modular Training […]

    Kentucky OCS graduates 11 new officers

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth, 11 Citizen-Soldiers from Officer Candidate School Class 60-18 became commissioned officers in the rotunda of the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 22, 2018. The ceremony commemorated the 11 officers’ completion of Officer Candidate School,which included of a five-mile run, multiple foot marches, and a 48-hour field training exercise, as well as many other strenuous physical activities and academic challenges over the course of a year and a half. Each class is instructed by cadre with the 2nd Battalion, 238th Modular Training […]

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