149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 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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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team Public Affairs Officer CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 149th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Georgia National Guard’s 648th MET during a ceremony held, here, Sept. 6, 2017, signifying the successful completion of the Kentucky National Guard’s mission. “As the command team of the 149th MET, Col. Joe Gardner and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers have done an exceptional job leading the team through a difficult and pivotal mission,” said Maj. Gen. Terrence McKenrick, U.S. Army Central deputy commanding general, who presided over the ceremony. “Through their tireless efforts, professionalism and […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen complete pivotal overseas mission

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team Public Affairs Officer CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 149th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Georgia National Guard’s 648th MET during a ceremony held, here, Sept. 6, 2017, signifying the successful completion of the Kentucky National Guard’s mission. “As the command team of the 149th MET, Col. Joe Gardner and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers have done an exceptional job leading the team through a difficult and pivotal mission,” said Maj. Gen. Terrence McKenrick, U.S. Army Central deputy commanding general, who presided over the ceremony. “Through their tireless efforts, professionalism and […]

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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade ARTEMUS, Ky. — More than three battalions of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade put their collaborative skills to the test during a civil support exercise as part of the unit’s annual training at the Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky., June 2-16. The large-scale exercise included a National Guard response to a major earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in Western Kentucky. As Kentucky’s largest and most diverse brigade, the 149th would potentially lead Kentucky Guard operations to support relief efforts in the wake of such a catastrophe. “Whenever […]

    Annual training en masse for Kentucky’s largest brigade

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade ARTEMUS, Ky. — More than three battalions of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade put their collaborative skills to the test during a civil support exercise as part of the unit’s annual training at the Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky., June 2-16. The large-scale exercise included a National Guard response to a major earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in Western Kentucky. As Kentucky’s largest and most diverse brigade, the 149th would potentially lead Kentucky Guard operations to support relief efforts in the wake of such a catastrophe. “Whenever […]

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  • By Michael Novogradac, U.S. Army Operational Test Command FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky saw operational testing of the Army Engineer Regiment’s new Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) here Aug. 19. The 2061st Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC), a National Guard unit out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, joined with Active duty Engineers of the 502nd MRBC from Knox to do wave after wave of bridging operations, running the BEB through its paces under a Limited User Test (LUT). The BEB will replace the current Legacy MK II BEB which has been in service since 1984, and is used […]

    Guard, active Engineer bridging units test new boat at Fort Knox

    By Michael Novogradac, U.S. Army Operational Test Command FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky saw operational testing of the Army Engineer Regiment’s new Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) here Aug. 19. The 2061st Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC), a National Guard unit out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, joined with Active duty Engineers of the 502nd MRBC from Knox to do wave after wave of bridging operations, running the BEB through its paces under a Limited User Test (LUT). The BEB will replace the current Legacy MK II BEB which has been in service since 1984, and is used […]

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  • Story by Maj. Varinka Ensminger, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. RICHMOND, Ky. —  Col. Jerry Morrison and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers relinquished their leadership positions during a change of command and responsibility ceremony with the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) over the weekend at Roy Kidd Stadium on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus in Richmond, Ky. Both have successfully led the Kentucky National Guard’s largest brigade for the last two and a half years. Friends, family and comrades traveled from across the state July 17, to honor the accomplishments of the brigade and […]

    Stewart assumes command of 149th MEB

    Story by Maj. Varinka Ensminger, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. RICHMOND, Ky. —  Col. Jerry Morrison and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers relinquished their leadership positions during a change of command and responsibility ceremony with the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) over the weekend at Roy Kidd Stadium on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus in Richmond, Ky. Both have successfully led the Kentucky National Guard’s largest brigade for the last two and a half years. Friends, family and comrades traveled from across the state July 17, to honor the accomplishments of the brigade and […]

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  • By Maj. Carla Raisler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. — Soldiers from the 149th Brigade Support Battalion conducted water purification and convoy operations across the commonwealth during annual training June 4-18, 2016. It takes an entire battalion to support the critical mission of delivering supplies to units across the state. One of the mission critical tasks is water purification. The team that operates the Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS) is the only one of its kind remaining in the Kentucky National Guard.  This is the first time the unit is conducting collective training to produce clean water and […]

    149th Brigade Support Battalion delivers

    By Maj. Carla Raisler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. — Soldiers from the 149th Brigade Support Battalion conducted water purification and convoy operations across the commonwealth during annual training June 4-18, 2016. It takes an entire battalion to support the critical mission of delivering supplies to units across the state. One of the mission critical tasks is water purification. The team that operates the Tactical Water Purification System (TWPS) is the only one of its kind remaining in the Kentucky National Guard.  This is the first time the unit is conducting collective training to produce clean water and […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conducted a 72-hour Command Post Exercise (CPX) from June 21-23 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The units participating in the CPX were the Headquarters Company, 206th Engineer Battalion, 198th Military Police Battalion, 149th Battle Support Brigade and the 129th Signal Company. The main portion of the brigade started training on June 11 for the actual exercise. The 198th MP Battalion’s operation officer, Maj. Brandon McNeese, was in charge of the battalion’s tactical operation center. He said the 198th also […]

    72 hours of energy for Kentucky brigade

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conducted a 72-hour Command Post Exercise (CPX) from June 21-23 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The units participating in the CPX were the Headquarters Company, 206th Engineer Battalion, 198th Military Police Battalion, 149th Battle Support Brigade and the 129th Signal Company. The main portion of the brigade started training on June 11 for the actual exercise. The 198th MP Battalion’s operation officer, Maj. Brandon McNeese, was in charge of the battalion’s tactical operation center. He said the 198th also […]

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  • Story by Spc. Vincent Willingham, 149th BSB Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative GREENVILLE, Ky. — Members of the 149th Brigade Support Battalion and distinguished guests witnessed the change of command ceremony occur between outgoing commander Lt. Col. Ruth Graves and new commander, Maj. Kent Cavallini at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, April 27, 2014. As the 149th Brigade Commander Lt. Col. Jerry L. Morrison passed the Battalion colors from Graves to Cavallini, the change of command was official. Morrison said both commanders have worked hard to ready the unit for its intense upcoming training schedule. “Lt. […]

    Cavallini takes charge of 149th Brigade Support Battalion

    Story by Spc. Vincent Willingham, 149th BSB Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative GREENVILLE, Ky. — Members of the 149th Brigade Support Battalion and distinguished guests witnessed the change of command ceremony occur between outgoing commander Lt. Col. Ruth Graves and new commander, Maj. Kent Cavallini at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, April 27, 2014. As the 149th Brigade Commander Lt. Col. Jerry L. Morrison passed the Battalion colors from Graves to Cavallini, the change of command was official. Morrison said both commanders have worked hard to ready the unit for its intense upcoming training schedule. “Lt. […]

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  • Story by Maj. David page, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — To command at a brigade-level unit is an honor for which most officers can only dream, but for Col.  John H. Edwards, he has now lived that opportunity twice. In 2011, Edwards was placed in command of the 75th Troop Command in Richmond, where he served with distinction. Then in August 2013, he was tapped again to help with the reorganization and move of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. “My staff and I helped conduct a re-stationing initiative for the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade,” said Edwards. “It was […]

    Twice a brigade commander, always a leader

    Story by Maj. David page, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — To command at a brigade-level unit is an honor for which most officers can only dream, but for Col.  John H. Edwards, he has now lived that opportunity twice. In 2011, Edwards was placed in command of the 75th Troop Command in Richmond, where he served with distinction. Then in August 2013, he was tapped again to help with the reorganization and move of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. “My staff and I helped conduct a re-stationing initiative for the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade,” said Edwards. “It was […]

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  • Story by Spc. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RICHMOND, Ky. — Kentucky’s largest National Guard Brigade embraced more changes as Col. John Edwards Jr. passed the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade colors to Lt. Col. Jerry L. Morrison during a change of command ceremony held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Richmond Ky. Feb. 2. Edwards relinquished command after serving as commander of the 75th Troop Command and the 149th MEB. He has high hopes for Morrison and knows that he will continue to go forward and continue to command the 149th with honor. He also touched on what […]

    Morrison assumes command of Kentucky’s largest brigade

    Story by Spc. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RICHMOND, Ky. — Kentucky’s largest National Guard Brigade embraced more changes as Col. John Edwards Jr. passed the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade colors to Lt. Col. Jerry L. Morrison during a change of command ceremony held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Richmond Ky. Feb. 2. Edwards relinquished command after serving as commander of the 75th Troop Command and the 149th MEB. He has high hopes for Morrison and knows that he will continue to go forward and continue to command the 149th with honor. He also touched on what […]

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