149th Infantry Archive

  • Staff Report ARTEMUS, Ky. — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry based out of London, Ky., conducted a patching ceremony to mark their new affiliation with the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the Virginia Army National Guard at the CSM Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Kentucky Oct. 15th. “On behalf of Col. Scott Smith, I welcome the 1-149th Infantry Battalion to our Brigade,” said Lt. Col. Joseph DiNonno, the 116th IBCT Executive Officer. “We look forward to training alongside the Mountain Warriors in the future.” The 1-149 will become the third Infantry maneuver Battalion for the Brigade. The […]

    1-149th conducts Patching Ceremony with Virginia Army National Guard unit

    Staff Report ARTEMUS, Ky. — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry based out of London, Ky., conducted a patching ceremony to mark their new affiliation with the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the Virginia Army National Guard at the CSM Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Kentucky Oct. 15th. “On behalf of Col. Scott Smith, I welcome the 1-149th Infantry Battalion to our Brigade,” said Lt. Col. Joseph DiNonno, the 116th IBCT Executive Officer. “We look forward to training alongside the Mountain Warriors in the future.” The 1-149 will become the third Infantry maneuver Battalion for the Brigade. The […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, Bravo Co. 2/75th Recruiting & Retention LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky National Guard recently welcomed into their ranks a new infantry officer, Allen M. Tross, who graduated from Fort Benning Ga. Federal Officer Candidate School June 27. Newly appointed 2nd Lt. Tross will be a platoon leader in Charlie Co. 1st Battalion 149th Infantry in Ravenna Ky. “I always wanted to be a leader of men and I enjoy responsibility. I look for it,” he answered when asked why he wanted to be an infantry officer. Tross chose to go through the federal OCS to […]

    New officer looks for new responsibilities

    Story by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, Bravo Co. 2/75th Recruiting & Retention LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky National Guard recently welcomed into their ranks a new infantry officer, Allen M. Tross, who graduated from Fort Benning Ga. Federal Officer Candidate School June 27. Newly appointed 2nd Lt. Tross will be a platoon leader in Charlie Co. 1st Battalion 149th Infantry in Ravenna Ky. “I always wanted to be a leader of men and I enjoy responsibility. I look for it,” he answered when asked why he wanted to be an infantry officer. Tross chose to go through the federal OCS to […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry travelled to the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., for a 3-day drill, April 5-7, 2013. The weekend included more than just a typical training schedule however, thanks to the Mountain Warrior Assessment Program. For 22 Infantrymen, it was a chance to compete for coveted slots for attendance to notable Army schools such as Airborne and Air Assault.  These courses offer specialized training that few Soldiers receive during their careers along with the chance to wear […]

    Infantry Soldiers compete for more training

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry travelled to the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., for a 3-day drill, April 5-7, 2013. The weekend included more than just a typical training schedule however, thanks to the Mountain Warrior Assessment Program. For 22 Infantrymen, it was a chance to compete for coveted slots for attendance to notable Army schools such as Airborne and Air Assault.  These courses offer specialized training that few Soldiers receive during their careers along with the chance to wear […]

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  • By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

    Former Brigade Commander presented with Prestigious Award

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

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  • Photo Essay by Spc. Tom Harrington, Bravo Co. 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NOTE: Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. HAROLD L. DISNEY TRAINING CENTER, ARTEMUS, Ky. — No, it wasn’t Disney World, but the locale did provide some unique opportunities for Kentucky Guard Aviators to get some great hands-on training… Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th […]

    Renegades train at Disney

    Photo Essay by Spc. Tom Harrington, Bravo Co. 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NOTE: Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. HAROLD L. DISNEY TRAINING CENTER, ARTEMUS, Ky. — No, it wasn’t Disney World, but the locale did provide some unique opportunities for Kentucky Guard Aviators to get some great hands-on training… Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th […]

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  • Story and photos by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office ARTEMUS, Ky.— Artillery simulators, grenades, convoy attacks, casualty evacuations, combatives, and fast roping from UH-60 Blackhawks; all part of the annual training that Soldiers of the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Battalion experienced at the Harold L. Disney Training Center outside Barbourville, Ky., July 16-27. “A lot of these guys are new recruits fresh out of basic, so it’s good training for them,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Bumgardner, senior non-commissioned officer for Bravo Company of the 1-149th. To see more photos from this story, click here […]

    Infantry units start annual training with a bang

    Story and photos by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office ARTEMUS, Ky.— Artillery simulators, grenades, convoy attacks, casualty evacuations, combatives, and fast roping from UH-60 Blackhawks; all part of the annual training that Soldiers of the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Battalion experienced at the Harold L. Disney Training Center outside Barbourville, Ky., July 16-27. “A lot of these guys are new recruits fresh out of basic, so it’s good training for them,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Bumgardner, senior non-commissioned officer for Bravo Company of the 1-149th. To see more photos from this story, click here […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click here to view more photo from this story Click here for the WYMT TV story Click here for the WKYT TV story Click here for a New York Times article on the departure of the 149th MEB from Iraq Somerset, Ky. – The Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 149th Infantry were honored at a welcome home ceremony at the Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., Dec. 16. “It’s great a feeling to be back home to see my family and green grass again,” said Spc. […]

    Somerset rolls out welcome wagon for returning Guardsmen

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click here to view more photo from this story Click here for the WYMT TV story Click here for the WKYT TV story Click here for a New York Times article on the departure of the 149th MEB from Iraq Somerset, Ky. – The Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 149th Infantry were honored at a welcome home ceremony at the Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., Dec. 16. “It’s great a feeling to be back home to see my family and green grass again,” said Spc. […]

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  • By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq – For Soldiers, most days begin with a little physical training.  A run or lifting some weights usually satisfies most.  But when your day begins with pull-ups, then dips followed by changing a tire in full battle rattle, on to a tire flip and finishing with a run, it is probably more than just physical training. Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment found out just how much more during a company competition at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. “The idea was to give […]

    Charlie Company Crew Competition

    By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq – For Soldiers, most days begin with a little physical training.  A run or lifting some weights usually satisfies most.  But when your day begins with pull-ups, then dips followed by changing a tire in full battle rattle, on to a tire flip and finishing with a run, it is probably more than just physical training. Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment found out just how much more during a company competition at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. “The idea was to give […]

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  • By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Specialist TAJI, Iraq— There’s a dry erase board hanging on a wall in an office of the 198th Military Police Battalion in Camp Taji, Iraq filled with daily to do’s. The color-coded list includes; ordering parts, ordering clothing for Soldiers, scheduling water drops, tracking inventories, it goes on and on.  By lunchtime there are only a couple check marks on it.  But such is the world of supply for a unit deployed overseas, and for the Supply NCO that must manage it. Sgt. Natasha Southard is in charge of that […]

    Sergeant supplies structure

    By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Specialist TAJI, Iraq— There’s a dry erase board hanging on a wall in an office of the 198th Military Police Battalion in Camp Taji, Iraq filled with daily to do’s. The color-coded list includes; ordering parts, ordering clothing for Soldiers, scheduling water drops, tracking inventories, it goes on and on.  By lunchtime there are only a couple check marks on it.  But such is the world of supply for a unit deployed overseas, and for the Supply NCO that must manage it. Sgt. Natasha Southard is in charge of that […]

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  • mjo By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Iraq – It is not everyday that couples renew their wedding vows.  It is even more rare for couples to have that opportunity while deployed together overseas.  Soldiers of the 149th Brigade Support Battalion had just that chance recently while serving in Baghdad. In a unique situation with a combat zone as a backdrop, married couples within the 149th BSB put aside their duties as Soldiers and were reminded of their commitments as husband and wife.  For one day, the Chaplains of Task Force Legion organized a function […]

    Marriages enriched in Iraq

    mjo By Sgt. Scott Raper, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Iraq – It is not everyday that couples renew their wedding vows.  It is even more rare for couples to have that opportunity while deployed together overseas.  Soldiers of the 149th Brigade Support Battalion had just that chance recently while serving in Baghdad. In a unique situation with a combat zone as a backdrop, married couples within the 149th BSB put aside their duties as Soldiers and were reminded of their commitments as husband and wife.  For one day, the Chaplains of Task Force Legion organized a function […]

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