1st Battalion 149th Infantry Archive

  • By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT PICKETT, Va. — Kentucky Guardsmen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, Kentucky National Guard, earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) at Fort Pickett, Va., after completing the rigorous test Aug. 5-10, 2017. Spc. Adam Dunn, Capt. James Murray, and Maj. Jason Mendez, all assigned to the 1/149th “Mountain Warriors” completed the EIB as the Kentucky contingent. “This was one of the hardest things I’ve been a part of, and it definitely feels like I’ve earned it,” said Dunn. Soldiers from the Kentucky Guard, the Virginia National Guard’s […]

    Guardsmen earn Expert Infantryman Badge

    By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT PICKETT, Va. — Kentucky Guardsmen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, Kentucky National Guard, earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) at Fort Pickett, Va., after completing the rigorous test Aug. 5-10, 2017. Spc. Adam Dunn, Capt. James Murray, and Maj. Jason Mendez, all assigned to the 1/149th “Mountain Warriors” completed the EIB as the Kentucky contingent. “This was one of the hardest things I’ve been a part of, and it definitely feels like I’ve earned it,” said Dunn. Soldiers from the Kentucky Guard, the Virginia National Guard’s […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers with the 1123rd Sapper Company joined forces with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry to test how well they could work together during a combined arms exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind., July 15-18. Side by side the 1123rd and 1/149th conducted an air assault mission to breach an obstacle and assault a target. Aviation assets from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade complimented the training event. “These joint operations with State assets makes our battalion a better fighting force and will allow us to retain Soldiers during these […]

    Joint exercise bolsters effectiveness for infantry, engineer units

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers with the 1123rd Sapper Company joined forces with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry to test how well they could work together during a combined arms exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind., July 15-18. Side by side the 1123rd and 1/149th conducted an air assault mission to breach an obstacle and assault a target. Aviation assets from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade complimented the training event. “These joint operations with State assets makes our battalion a better fighting force and will allow us to retain Soldiers during these […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT POLK, La. — More than 400 Kentucky Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry honed their warrior skills while acting as the opposition force during their annual training at Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana July 10-30, 2016. The Kentuckians played the role of the South Atropia People’s Army, a fictional force used by the U.S. military during training exercises. Their role as opposing forces was to increase the combat readiness of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a realistic defensive and offensive force during […]

    Kentucky infantrymen play enemy role in joint training exercise

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT POLK, La. — More than 400 Kentucky Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry honed their warrior skills while acting as the opposition force during their annual training at Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana July 10-30, 2016. The Kentuckians played the role of the South Atropia People’s Army, a fictional force used by the U.S. military during training exercises. Their role as opposing forces was to increase the combat readiness of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a realistic defensive and offensive force during […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Staff Sgt. Christopher Barton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. Thomas Black took charge of of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry during a change of command ceremony in Barbourville, Oct. 3. Black succeeded Lt. Col. Joseph Lear who has led the battalion since 2013. Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, Kentucky’s deputy adjutant general, joined friends, family members and Soldiers of the battalion in welcoming Black and congratulating Lear on a successful run as the unit commander. In addition, five former battalion commanders and one former command sergeant major of the unit were in attendance, a testament to the […]

    Mountain Warriors welcome new commander

    By Staff Sgt. Christopher Barton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. Thomas Black took charge of of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry during a change of command ceremony in Barbourville, Oct. 3. Black succeeded Lt. Col. Joseph Lear who has led the battalion since 2013. Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, Kentucky’s deputy adjutant general, joined friends, family members and Soldiers of the battalion in welcoming Black and congratulating Lear on a successful run as the unit commander. In addition, five former battalion commanders and one former command sergeant major of the unit were in attendance, a testament to the […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Kentucky infantrymen conduct largest air assault exercise in six years By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BUTLERVILLE, Ind. — In terms of basic Soldier skills, the infantry is arguably the hardest training unit in the Kentucky Guard. But it’s not everyday Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry get to put all that training into a full-spectrum exercise. As a culminating event to this year’s two-week annual training for the unit, the Mountain Warriors conducted a multi-day air assault mission at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind., July 24-27. “Stuff like this is phenomenal, […]

    A reason to stay in uniform

    Kentucky infantrymen conduct largest air assault exercise in six years By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BUTLERVILLE, Ind. — In terms of basic Soldier skills, the infantry is arguably the hardest training unit in the Kentucky Guard. But it’s not everyday Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry get to put all that training into a full-spectrum exercise. As a culminating event to this year’s two-week annual training for the unit, the Mountain Warriors conducted a multi-day air assault mission at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind., July 24-27. “Stuff like this is phenomenal, […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Story by Capt. Ryan Hubbs, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Camp Sherman, Ohio — “GAS, GAS, GAS!” What would you do if you had to respond to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) threat? For members of Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, they were about to find out… With the focus of the National Guard’s efforts over the last 14 years, centered on the War on Terror, it is important as Soldiers in the National Guard to be able to respond domestic events as well. Soldiers from Bravo Co. participated in one of the largest regional, multi-agency exercise in […]

    Full spectrum training for infantry Soldiers

    Story by Capt. Ryan Hubbs, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Camp Sherman, Ohio — “GAS, GAS, GAS!” What would you do if you had to respond to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) threat? For members of Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, they were about to find out… With the focus of the National Guard’s efforts over the last 14 years, centered on the War on Terror, it is important as Soldiers in the National Guard to be able to respond domestic events as well. Soldiers from Bravo Co. participated in one of the largest regional, multi-agency exercise in […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — A Kentucky Guardsman is taking the next step in his military career to the United States Military Academy. Pvt. Oliver Douthitt, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry accepted an appointment to West Point at a small ceremony on Brooks Field in Fort Knox, April 26. Surrounded by family and fellow infantrymen, Douhitt was presented an official certificate by Brig. Gen. (Retired) Charles B. Skaggs. “It means a lot to get the opportunity to go to West Point, not a whole lot of people […]

    Kentucky Guardsman headed to West Point

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — A Kentucky Guardsman is taking the next step in his military career to the United States Military Academy. Pvt. Oliver Douthitt, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry accepted an appointment to West Point at a small ceremony on Brooks Field in Fort Knox, April 26. Surrounded by family and fellow infantrymen, Douhitt was presented an official certificate by Brig. Gen. (Retired) Charles B. Skaggs. “It means a lot to get the opportunity to go to West Point, not a whole lot of people […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs HARLAN, Ky. — More than 100 Kentucky Guardsmen were activated this week to assist local communities following a devastating winter storm. Snowfall totals in excess of two feet along with bitterly cold temperatures pushed counties in Eastern and Southern Kentucky to the brink. With 93 of Kentucky’s 120 counties declaring emergencies, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a state of emergency Feb. 16, opening the door for the Guard to assist. Soldiers with the 201st Engineer Battalion helped clear more than 70 miles of roads in Lee County alone. Trucks from […]

    Guardsmen activated for winter storm response

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs HARLAN, Ky. — More than 100 Kentucky Guardsmen were activated this week to assist local communities following a devastating winter storm. Snowfall totals in excess of two feet along with bitterly cold temperatures pushed counties in Eastern and Southern Kentucky to the brink. With 93 of Kentucky’s 120 counties declaring emergencies, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a state of emergency Feb. 16, opening the door for the Guard to assist. Soldiers with the 201st Engineer Battalion helped clear more than 70 miles of roads in Lee County alone. Trucks from […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Harold Broughton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — On June 20, 20 warriors from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Battalion arrived at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center to begin training for testing of the coveted Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB). The EIB is a distinction that displays a skill set the infantryman must possess in order to earn the difficult sought after award. Those that earn the EIB wear it with a sense of pride and accomplishment for good reason. After a rough five days of training, Spc. Christopher Jones, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Combs, […]

    Kentucky’s Mountain Warriors add experts to their ranks

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Harold Broughton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — On June 20, 20 warriors from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Battalion arrived at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center to begin training for testing of the coveted Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB). The EIB is a distinction that displays a skill set the infantryman must possess in order to earn the difficult sought after award. Those that earn the EIB wear it with a sense of pride and accomplishment for good reason. After a rough five days of training, Spc. Christopher Jones, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Combs, […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry have always taken pride in the variety of skills they hold as a resource in the Kentucky National Guard.  From assisting local officials during natural disasters in the state or securing convoys in Iraq, the 1/149th has pretty much done it all. The leadership of the battalion said there’s always room for more. Guardsmen of the 1/149th’s Charlie Company  out of Ravenna, Ky., added crowd control to their skill set during civil disturbance training in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 18. […]

    Infantry Soldiers find new training a “riot”

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry have always taken pride in the variety of skills they hold as a resource in the Kentucky National Guard.  From assisting local officials during natural disasters in the state or securing convoys in Iraq, the 1/149th has pretty much done it all. The leadership of the battalion said there’s always room for more. Guardsmen of the 1/149th’s Charlie Company  out of Ravenna, Ky., added crowd control to their skill set during civil disturbance training in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 18. […]

    Continue Reading...