Ceremonies Archive

  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs There’s hardly an empty spot on the walls of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III’s office. A museum-quality collection with decades of memories hanging as testimony to a storied career. “I told the adjutant general, if I could do this until the day I die, I would do it. That’s how much I enjoy it,” he said. Adams has given the majority of his life to his country, forty years. He was commissioned right out of college in 1978, completed flight school in 1980 and spent 15 years on active duty. Changing […]

    Adams retiring with more than forty years of service

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs There’s hardly an empty spot on the walls of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III’s office. A museum-quality collection with decades of memories hanging as testimony to a storied career. “I told the adjutant general, if I could do this until the day I die, I would do it. That’s how much I enjoy it,” he said. Adams has given the majority of his life to his country, forty years. He was commissioned right out of college in 1978, completed flight school in 1980 and spent 15 years on active duty. Changing […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Kentucky National Guard’s Capt. Shannon Price has received the 2017 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for the Army National Guard. Price is with the 2123rd Transportation Company. She represented Kentucky in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon on June 7. “This was a big surprise. I’m honored to be selected. My focus has always been to train my Soldiers effectively and do what’s right for them and the organization,” said Price. “I appreciate the support from my leadership in the nomination.” “Capt. Price’s principles and values are directly in line with the […]

    2123rd Transportation Company Commander a MacArthur Award Winner

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Kentucky National Guard’s Capt. Shannon Price has received the 2017 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for the Army National Guard. Price is with the 2123rd Transportation Company. She represented Kentucky in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon on June 7. “This was a big surprise. I’m honored to be selected. My focus has always been to train my Soldiers effectively and do what’s right for them and the organization,” said Price. “I appreciate the support from my leadership in the nomination.” “Capt. Price’s principles and values are directly in line with the […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Family, friends, honored guests, and colleagues gathered at the Billy G. Wellman Armory on Boone National Guard Center to commemorate the promotion of Col. Charles T. Jones to the rank of Brigadier General, July 17, 2015. “This is a tremendous opportunity to be able to continue to affect change in the lives Soldiers,” said Jones. “I am truly blessed.” Jones said he owes much of his success to hard work and support of his family. “Hard work is what got me here, and that’s what I’ll continue […]

    Kentucky infantryman pins brigadier general

    Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Family, friends, honored guests, and colleagues gathered at the Billy G. Wellman Armory on Boone National Guard Center to commemorate the promotion of Col. Charles T. Jones to the rank of Brigadier General, July 17, 2015. “This is a tremendous opportunity to be able to continue to affect change in the lives Soldiers,” said Jones. “I am truly blessed.” Jones said he owes much of his success to hard work and support of his family. “Hard work is what got me here, and that’s what I’ll continue […]

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  • Stories by Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs and Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After more than three decades of service to the active-duty Air Force and Air National Guard, Chief Master Sgt. Scott A. Wanner was officially retired in a ceremony here April 25. As the chief enlisted manager for the 123rd Contingency Response Group, Wanner’s responsibilities included advising the commander on enlisted force morale, welfare, training and utilization; and overseeing the needs of the group’s enlisted force. “From day one, your military […]

    Air Guard recognizes NCOs for service, accomplishments

    Stories by Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs and Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After more than three decades of service to the active-duty Air Force and Air National Guard, Chief Master Sgt. Scott A. Wanner was officially retired in a ceremony here April 25. As the chief enlisted manager for the 123rd Contingency Response Group, Wanner’s responsibilities included advising the commander on enlisted force morale, welfare, training and utilization; and overseeing the needs of the group’s enlisted force. “From day one, your military […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — When Mike Gavin first tried to join the military the recruiters didn’t want him.  They said that, among other things, he was practically blind. “I told them, well, I’m a blind surgeon, if that makes a difference,” he said. It did. More than thirty years later Kentucky Army National Guard State Surgeon Col. Mike Gavin retired after a distinguished and amazing career — despite having to wear glasses. Click here for more photos. Gavin served as the battalion surgeon for the old 1st Battalion  123rd Armor as well […]

    Kentucky Army Guard State Surgeon honored for 30 years of service

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — When Mike Gavin first tried to join the military the recruiters didn’t want him.  They said that, among other things, he was practically blind. “I told them, well, I’m a blind surgeon, if that makes a difference,” he said. It did. More than thirty years later Kentucky Army National Guard State Surgeon Col. Mike Gavin retired after a distinguished and amazing career — despite having to wear glasses. Click here for more photos. Gavin served as the battalion surgeon for the old 1st Battalion  123rd Armor as well […]

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  • From a USO Press Release Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2014) –A Kentucky Army National Guard Soldier was among six other U.S. service members who were honored for their valor during the 2014 annual USO Gala Sgt. Andrew Mehltretter, a member of the 1163rd Area Support Medical Company, was named USO National Guardsman of the Year. Mehltretter, along with Spc. Daniel White and Spc. Kevin Karrer,  pulled Raymond Burdett of Ontario, Canada, from a burning vehicle following an accident last January.   Each year the USO works with military senior leadership to recognize the bravery, loyalty and heroism of an enlisted service hero […]

    Kentucky Guard Soldier among others honored by Defense Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey at 2014 USO Gala

    From a USO Press Release Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2014) –A Kentucky Army National Guard Soldier was among six other U.S. service members who were honored for their valor during the 2014 annual USO Gala Sgt. Andrew Mehltretter, a member of the 1163rd Area Support Medical Company, was named USO National Guardsman of the Year. Mehltretter, along with Spc. Daniel White and Spc. Kevin Karrer,  pulled Raymond Burdett of Ontario, Canada, from a burning vehicle following an accident last January.   Each year the USO works with military senior leadership to recognize the bravery, loyalty and heroism of an enlisted service hero […]

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  • Story by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MOREHEAD, Ky. — The community of Morehead renamed Highway 801 on Wednesday in honor of United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin. Fannin and three fellow service members were killed in an MC-12 Liberty crash in Afghanistan in April 2013. Highway 801 will be renamed the Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin Highway. Fannin was born and raised in Morehead. Click here for more photos of this event. Click here to see the LEX18 story on this event. Members of the Morehead community, Kentucky State Police and […]

    Highway dedicated to memory of fallen Airman

    Story by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MOREHEAD, Ky. — The community of Morehead renamed Highway 801 on Wednesday in honor of United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin. Fannin and three fellow service members were killed in an MC-12 Liberty crash in Afghanistan in April 2013. Highway 801 will be renamed the Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin Highway. Fannin was born and raised in Morehead. Click here for more photos of this event. Click here to see the LEX18 story on this event. Members of the Morehead community, Kentucky State Police and […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs July has been declared Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer Month by Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini.  This is one of a series of articles we will publish this month in celebration of the warrant officer corps. FRANKFORT, Ky. — This July marks the 96th anniversary of the warrant officer corps.  With that in mind, the Kentucky National Guard held a birthday party in Frankfort, complete with cake and even a gift of sorts. State Command Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops hosted the celebration, which was attended by dozens of current and […]

    Celebrating the warrant officer corps in Kentucky

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs July has been declared Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer Month by Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini.  This is one of a series of articles we will publish this month in celebration of the warrant officer corps. FRANKFORT, Ky. — This July marks the 96th anniversary of the warrant officer corps.  With that in mind, the Kentucky National Guard held a birthday party in Frankfort, complete with cake and even a gift of sorts. State Command Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops hosted the celebration, which was attended by dozens of current and […]

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  • Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard gave a salute to the legacy of Daniel Boone during the dedication of the Boone Trace Project at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Saturday, June 14. Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, spoke during ceremony at the park near Middlesboro. “Daniel Boone’s legacy is alive and well in the Kentucky National Guard,” said Tonini.  “After two centuries his influence still affects our training and our fighting spirit.” The dedication ceremony opened the first phase of a 120-mile corridor that traces the footsteps of Boone as he marked a […]

    Kentucky National Guard honors Daniel Boone’s legacy

    Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard gave a salute to the legacy of Daniel Boone during the dedication of the Boone Trace Project at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Saturday, June 14. Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, spoke during ceremony at the park near Middlesboro. “Daniel Boone’s legacy is alive and well in the Kentucky National Guard,” said Tonini.  “After two centuries his influence still affects our training and our fighting spirit.” The dedication ceremony opened the first phase of a 120-mile corridor that traces the footsteps of Boone as he marked a […]

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  • 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard honored its top first sergeant and Honor Guard Member of 2014 during a banquet held here Saturday night at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Master Sgt. Gregory S. Mattingly of the 123rd Mission Support Group was recognized as the 2014 First Sergeant of the Year, while Master Sgt. Eric L. Hamilton was named Base Honor Guard Member of the Year. Both Airmen are exceptional leaders who inspire others, according to their supervisors. Mattingly provides guidance for 85 enlisted Airmen assigned to the 123rd Mission Support Group, […]

    Kentucky Air Guard recognizes top first sergeant, Honor Guard member of the year

    123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard honored its top first sergeant and Honor Guard Member of 2014 during a banquet held here Saturday night at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Master Sgt. Gregory S. Mattingly of the 123rd Mission Support Group was recognized as the 2014 First Sergeant of the Year, while Master Sgt. Eric L. Hamilton was named Base Honor Guard Member of the Year. Both Airmen are exceptional leaders who inspire others, according to their supervisors. Mattingly provides guidance for 85 enlisted Airmen assigned to the 123rd Mission Support Group, […]

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