63rd Theater Aviation Brigade Archive

  • By Capt. Rob Cooley, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. – Approximately 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, led by Col. Dwayne Lewis, deployed to Raleigh N.C., Sept. 16, to provide command and control for all the Army aviation assets responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The unit will set up a command and control center in order to synchronize all aviation efforts of communication, rescue operations, and overall assistance to those affected by the storm. “This is the best part of being a Guardsman, answering the call for help from citizens of our […]

    Army Guardsmen support hurricane relief efforts

    By Capt. Rob Cooley, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. – Approximately 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, led by Col. Dwayne Lewis, deployed to Raleigh N.C., Sept. 16, to provide command and control for all the Army aviation assets responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The unit will set up a command and control center in order to synchronize all aviation efforts of communication, rescue operations, and overall assistance to those affected by the storm. “This is the best part of being a Guardsman, answering the call for help from citizens of our […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMPTON, Ky. — Soldiers from the MEDEVAC detachment out of Frankfort practiced air rescue techniques and hoist lifts during their annual training July 23-Aug. 6, 2018. UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation MEDEVAC flew over the skies of Eastern Kentucky from Cave Run Lake to the Red River Gorge, performing simulated rescue missions with the help of members of the Jessamine County Fire Department, Morehead Fire Department, Rowan County Fire Department and Wolfe County Search and Rescue. The missions included rooftop rescues, water rescues and cliff rescues, everything done […]

    MEDEVAC crews train to save lives

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMPTON, Ky. — Soldiers from the MEDEVAC detachment out of Frankfort practiced air rescue techniques and hoist lifts during their annual training July 23-Aug. 6, 2018. UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation MEDEVAC flew over the skies of Eastern Kentucky from Cave Run Lake to the Red River Gorge, performing simulated rescue missions with the help of members of the Jessamine County Fire Department, Morehead Fire Department, Rowan County Fire Department and Wolfe County Search and Rescue. The missions included rooftop rescues, water rescues and cliff rescues, everything done […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Soldiers with Detachment 4, Company C., 2nd Battalion, 245th Aviation were honored during a departure ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., March 16. Friends and family members joined Kentucky Guard leadership to say farewell to the seven-Soldier unit. During their deployment to the Middle East, the unit will fly C-12 “Huron” fixed-wing airplanes in support of the Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Operations and support coalition forces throughout the region. “This unit may be small but the number of family and friends here today are a testament to what they’ll be contributing overseas,” said […]

    Fixed-wing unit deploys to Middle East

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Soldiers with Detachment 4, Company C., 2nd Battalion, 245th Aviation were honored during a departure ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., March 16. Friends and family members joined Kentucky Guard leadership to say farewell to the seven-Soldier unit. During their deployment to the Middle East, the unit will fly C-12 “Huron” fixed-wing airplanes in support of the Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Operations and support coalition forces throughout the region. “This unit may be small but the number of family and friends here today are a testament to what they’ll be contributing overseas,” said […]

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  • 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 Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The entire 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade stood at the position of attention to say farewell to outgoing commander Col. Michael Stephens and hello to their incoming commander Lt. Col. Gary Lewis during a change of command ceremony held in Frankfort, Ky., May 20, 2017. The ceremony started with a brief introduction of the official party and the brigade staff, then shifted to the passing of the colors, which signifies the official change of command. When the passing of the colors ended, the guests in attendance were directed towards […]

    Kentucky aviation brigade welcomes new commander

    By Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The entire 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade stood at the position of attention to say farewell to outgoing commander Col. Michael Stephens and hello to their incoming commander Lt. Col. Gary Lewis during a change of command ceremony held in Frankfort, Ky., May 20, 2017. The ceremony started with a brief introduction of the official party and the brigade staff, then shifted to the passing of the colors, which signifies the official change of command. When the passing of the colors ended, the guests in attendance were directed towards […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky.– Soldiers from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (MEDEVAC) conducted their annual training in a joint-organization effort with the Bluegrass Emergency Response Team (BERT) in Jessamine County, Kentucky, and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, July 11-25. Their training consisted of flood and swift-water rescue techniques, and their AT was the culminating event after a year’s worth of training with the BERT. “In September of 2015 we started attending portions of the MEDEVACs weekend drills and that is where we would practice communications, and […]

    Kentucky MEDEVAC trains for water rescue

    By Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky.– Soldiers from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (MEDEVAC) conducted their annual training in a joint-organization effort with the Bluegrass Emergency Response Team (BERT) in Jessamine County, Kentucky, and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, July 11-25. Their training consisted of flood and swift-water rescue techniques, and their AT was the culminating event after a year’s worth of training with the BERT. “In September of 2015 we started attending portions of the MEDEVACs weekend drills and that is where we would practice communications, and […]

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  • By Sgt. David Cox, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade Public Affairs FRANKFORT Ky. — Commanding Soldiers may be the highest responsibility for leaders in the National Guard and the Army. Capt. Jessica Tharp, the new and first female commander with Detachment 1, Company C, 2/238th General Support Aviation is prepared to take on that challenge and train her Soldiers. She does it while giving credit for her readiness to family and mentors who have helped her throughout her career. Charlie Co., 2/238th  is Kentucky’s Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) unit within the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade. “We provide support to the commonwealth with […]

    Pilot becomes first female commander of aviation unit

    By Sgt. David Cox, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade Public Affairs FRANKFORT Ky. — Commanding Soldiers may be the highest responsibility for leaders in the National Guard and the Army. Capt. Jessica Tharp, the new and first female commander with Detachment 1, Company C, 2/238th General Support Aviation is prepared to take on that challenge and train her Soldiers. She does it while giving credit for her readiness to family and mentors who have helped her throughout her career. Charlie Co., 2/238th  is Kentucky’s Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) unit within the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade. “We provide support to the commonwealth with […]

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  • By Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sitting in a new multi-million dollar facility, retired Chief Warrant Officer William Canon Jr., reminisced about providing maintenance to the Kentucky National Guard’s aircraft in high winds, pouring rain, freezing cold and summer heat. “When I first joined, our pilots had recently flown in World War II,” he said. “Our equipment was old and we didn’t have adequate places to work. “We had to park trucks around the helicopters to make sure the wind didn’t hit them directly,” said Canon. “The elements are one of the worst things […]

    Proud of the Progress – Former aviation maintenance operator excited for Army Aviation’s future

    By Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sitting in a new multi-million dollar facility, retired Chief Warrant Officer William Canon Jr., reminisced about providing maintenance to the Kentucky National Guard’s aircraft in high winds, pouring rain, freezing cold and summer heat. “When I first joined, our pilots had recently flown in World War II,” he said. “Our equipment was old and we didn’t have adequate places to work. “We had to park trucks around the helicopters to make sure the wind didn’t hit them directly,” said Canon. “The elements are one of the worst things […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — As an annual requirement, many National Guard air crews train to fight wildfires in their UH-60 Blackhawks. With so many wildfires burning in the country, this annual training comes at an appropriate time for Kentucky Guard aviators. In August, Soldiers with the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade practiced water drops in a rural area of Franklin County, Kentucky. “The training keeps our crews up to date so that in the event we do get called for forest fires or anything like that, we have the crews readily available, […]

    Kentucky air crews train to fight wildfires

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — As an annual requirement, many National Guard air crews train to fight wildfires in their UH-60 Blackhawks. With so many wildfires burning in the country, this annual training comes at an appropriate time for Kentucky Guard aviators. In August, Soldiers with the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade practiced water drops in a rural area of Franklin County, Kentucky. “The training keeps our crews up to date so that in the event we do get called for forest fires or anything like that, we have the crews readily available, […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – When Soldiers are away from their families, it’s the little things that mean the most. Even if you’re only across the river for a training exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. For Soldiers of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, comfort was in the form of America’s favorite chocolate, shortbread and lemon-flavored cookies that only come out one time a year. And thanks to the Taylorsville, Ky.-Girl Scout Troop #1199, it was the perfect treat at the end of a 12-hour shift. “Reading the handmade card […]

    Kentucky Girl Scouts touch the hearts of Guardsmen

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – When Soldiers are away from their families, it’s the little things that mean the most. Even if you’re only across the river for a training exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. For Soldiers of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, comfort was in the form of America’s favorite chocolate, shortbread and lemon-flavored cookies that only come out one time a year. And thanks to the Taylorsville, Ky.-Girl Scout Troop #1199, it was the perfect treat at the end of a 12-hour shift. “Reading the handmade card […]

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