63rd TAB Archive

  • Story by Maj. Stephen D. Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Guard Medevac responded to the call for support to the Virgin Islands the day after Labor Day for hurricane relief operations. Det. 1, Charlie Co of 2nd Battalion, 238th Medevac out of Frankfort, Kentucky, flew out of the 123rd Air Wing Base in Louisville and began search and rescue and lifesaving operations immediately across the various Islands down south. To see more photos from this mission, please click HERE. “We were called to a urgent transfer from the island of St. Croix to St. […]

    Medevac provides lifesaving support to Virgin Islands

    Story by Maj. Stephen D. Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Guard Medevac responded to the call for support to the Virgin Islands the day after Labor Day for hurricane relief operations. Det. 1, Charlie Co of 2nd Battalion, 238th Medevac out of Frankfort, Kentucky, flew out of the 123rd Air Wing Base in Louisville and began search and rescue and lifesaving operations immediately across the various Islands down south. To see more photos from this mission, please click HERE. “We were called to a urgent transfer from the island of St. Croix to St. […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade departed for the Caribbean to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 7. PHOTOS of the departure can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyngpao/albums/72157688723715075 Approximately 20 Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (a company under 63rd TAB) deployed to the Virgin Islands with two UH-60 Blackhawks equipped for medical evacuations. Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron also deployed as part […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen deploy for Hurricane Irma response operations

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade departed for the Caribbean to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 7. PHOTOS of the departure can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyngpao/albums/72157688723715075 Approximately 20 Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (a company under 63rd TAB) deployed to the Virgin Islands with two UH-60 Blackhawks equipped for medical evacuations. Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron also deployed as part […]

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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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  • Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office GYPSUM, Colo. — Attending what is the one of the premiere rotary wing schools in the world for High Altitude Aviation Flight Training, several Kentucky National Guard aviation Soldiers flew across the country to Colorado to participate in some of the best training the military has to offer. Click here for more great photos from this story! Run by the Colorado Army National Guard, the High Altitude Aviation Training School is designed to train pilots from any branch of the military as well as all over the world, from […]

    Aircrews get high in Colorado

    Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office GYPSUM, Colo. — Attending what is the one of the premiere rotary wing schools in the world for High Altitude Aviation Flight Training, several Kentucky National Guard aviation Soldiers flew across the country to Colorado to participate in some of the best training the military has to offer. Click here for more great photos from this story! Run by the Colorado Army National Guard, the High Altitude Aviation Training School is designed to train pilots from any branch of the military as well as all over the world, from […]

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  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Kentucky National Guardsmen Chief Warrant Officer Ryan T. Thompson, aviation maintenance technician with C Company, 1st Battalion,  376th Security and Support Aviation, was named Kentucky National Guard’s Warrant Officer of the Year at a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan 17. The warrant officer of the year nominees are a selection of warrants from each major command in the Kentucky Guard and according to State Command Chief Warrant Officer James W. Simms, they are the best of the best. “Our warrants are […]

    Thompson named Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer of the Year

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Kentucky National Guardsmen Chief Warrant Officer Ryan T. Thompson, aviation maintenance technician with C Company, 1st Battalion,  376th Security and Support Aviation, was named Kentucky National Guard’s Warrant Officer of the Year at a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan 17. The warrant officer of the year nominees are a selection of warrants from each major command in the Kentucky Guard and according to State Command Chief Warrant Officer James W. Simms, they are the best of the best. “Our warrants are […]

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  • Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Having National Guard assets provide support for the presidential inauguration dates back more than 200 years. In 1801, a militia company in Charlottesville, Va., escorted Thomas Jefferson to Washington before his inauguration ceremony and during William Howard Taft’s inauguration in 1909, the 7th New York Militia missed the parade because of bad weather. They refused to leave Washington until they paraded before Taft. Taft, therefore, had two inaugural parades, courtesy of the National Guard. In support of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, the Kentucky Guard sent several units to the greater D.C. area. One of those units was an […]

    Kentucky Guard Aviators receive prestigious award for 2009 Presidential Inauguration support

    Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Having National Guard assets provide support for the presidential inauguration dates back more than 200 years. In 1801, a militia company in Charlottesville, Va., escorted Thomas Jefferson to Washington before his inauguration ceremony and during William Howard Taft’s inauguration in 1909, the 7th New York Militia missed the parade because of bad weather. They refused to leave Washington until they paraded before Taft. Taft, therefore, had two inaugural parades, courtesy of the National Guard. In support of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, the Kentucky Guard sent several units to the greater D.C. area. One of those units was an […]

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  • story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Fort McGuire, NJ — The Kentucky National Guard sent three Army aviation Soldiers to provide support for those affected by Hurricane Sandy last October. For more photos from the mission, please click HERE. With less than 12 hours notice, Sgt. Alan Gootee and Chief Warrant Officers Chad Russell and George McMakin provided passenger and cargo transport from Anniston, Ala., to Fort McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., totalling over ten hours of flight time. The flight required 11 personnel with over 2,000 lbs of cargo to be picked up and transported to Fort McGuire […]

    Kentucky Guard Army Aviators provide Hurricane Sandy Relief Support

    story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Fort McGuire, NJ — The Kentucky National Guard sent three Army aviation Soldiers to provide support for those affected by Hurricane Sandy last October. For more photos from the mission, please click HERE. With less than 12 hours notice, Sgt. Alan Gootee and Chief Warrant Officers Chad Russell and George McMakin provided passenger and cargo transport from Anniston, Ala., to Fort McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., totalling over ten hours of flight time. The flight required 11 personnel with over 2,000 lbs of cargo to be picked up and transported to Fort McGuire […]

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  • Photo Essay by Spc. Tom Harrington, B Co. 2-147 Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative See all the photos HERE. GREENVILLE, Ky. — B Co. 2-147 Aviation, based out of Frankfort, Ky, conducted firefighting training with water buckets hung below the UH-60 Blackhawks over the weekend to maintain their proficiency should the need arise.

    Kentucky National Guard Aviation Soldiers rain the skies over Greenville

    Photo Essay by Spc. Tom Harrington, B Co. 2-147 Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative See all the photos HERE. GREENVILLE, Ky. — B Co. 2-147 Aviation, based out of Frankfort, Ky, conducted firefighting training with water buckets hung below the UH-60 Blackhawks over the weekend to maintain their proficiency should the need arise.

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  • Story and photos by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Click here for more photos on Flickr.com FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dozens of family members and friends gathered with fellow Kentucky Guardsmen to honor the members of the Kentucky National Guard’s fixed wing unit, Detachment 11 Operational Support Airlift Command, at a farewell ceremony Friday. Commanded by newly promoted Chief Warrant 5 Stephen Hunnicutt, “Det. 11” will fly C-12 Huron fixed wing airplanes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom coalition forces throughout the theater of operation. “This is a very unique mission given to a very special group of our Guardsmen,” […]

    Kentucky Guard’s Army Aviators deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

    Story and photos by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Click here for more photos on Flickr.com FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dozens of family members and friends gathered with fellow Kentucky Guardsmen to honor the members of the Kentucky National Guard’s fixed wing unit, Detachment 11 Operational Support Airlift Command, at a farewell ceremony Friday. Commanded by newly promoted Chief Warrant 5 Stephen Hunnicutt, “Det. 11” will fly C-12 Huron fixed wing airplanes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom coalition forces throughout the theater of operation. “This is a very unique mission given to a very special group of our Guardsmen,” […]

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  • Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs POWELL COUNTY, Ky. — It’s a weekend most won’t forget in the Army Aviation community any time soon. To view all the photos of the event, please click here. Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Wilkins of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade was charged with leading the first ever Aviation Brigade-wide “Command Sergeant Major Challenge” at the Hidden Valley Training Site in Eastern Kentucky Sept. 14-16. “I served in the Marines for seven years before joining the Kentucky Guard, and I can honestly say that this was the best field exercise I’ve […]

    Army Aviation community experiences first-ever Command Sergeant Major Challenge

    Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs POWELL COUNTY, Ky. — It’s a weekend most won’t forget in the Army Aviation community any time soon. To view all the photos of the event, please click here. Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Wilkins of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade was charged with leading the first ever Aviation Brigade-wide “Command Sergeant Major Challenge” at the Hidden Valley Training Site in Eastern Kentucky Sept. 14-16. “I served in the Marines for seven years before joining the Kentucky Guard, and I can honestly say that this was the best field exercise I’ve […]

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