diversity Archive

  • By Capt. Rob Cooley, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. –Stephanie Motley, a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5, in Frankfort, Kentucky May 21, becoming the first female to attain the highest warrant officer rank. “The promotion of Chief Stephanie Motley is not only a significant accomplishment for her personally, but as the first female W5 in the Kentucky Army National Guard it is a significant milestone for the entire Warrant Officer Cohort – particularly the 10 female warrant officers that are an integral part of our force,” said Command Chief Warrant Officer Dean […]

    Motley promoted as first female CW5 in Kentucky Guard

    By Capt. Rob Cooley, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. –Stephanie Motley, a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5, in Frankfort, Kentucky May 21, becoming the first female to attain the highest warrant officer rank. “The promotion of Chief Stephanie Motley is not only a significant accomplishment for her personally, but as the first female W5 in the Kentucky Army National Guard it is a significant milestone for the entire Warrant Officer Cohort – particularly the 10 female warrant officers that are an integral part of our force,” said Command Chief Warrant Officer Dean […]

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  • Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Video by Alli Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs FRANKFORT, Ky. — “It’s really an exciting time for women in the military,” said Staff Sgt. Kathleen Braithwaite. “The perception has changed a lot in my time in uniform. It’s no longer just little boys that grow up to be Soldiers, little girls have that dream too.” Her feelings are not unique. More than 1,000 women wear the uniform in the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard, with roughly 15% of the U.S. military and many will share […]

    Mechanics carry torch for women in military

    Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Video by Alli Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs FRANKFORT, Ky. — “It’s really an exciting time for women in the military,” said Staff Sgt. Kathleen Braithwaite. “The perception has changed a lot in my time in uniform. It’s no longer just little boys that grow up to be Soldiers, little girls have that dream too.” Her feelings are not unique. More than 1,000 women wear the uniform in the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard, with roughly 15% of the U.S. military and many will share […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Thirty years and counting.  That’s what Col. Shontelle Adams has on his military resume and that is just the beginning.  As he sits as the director of personnel, he is the senior African American in the Kentucky National Guard, but he has never thought of it that way.  “I just come to work and try to figure out how I can help this organization.  But at the same time, it shows opportunities are open for everyone.  All you have to do is apply yourself.” Adams military experience has given […]

    Endless opportunities for success

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Thirty years and counting.  That’s what Col. Shontelle Adams has on his military resume and that is just the beginning.  As he sits as the director of personnel, he is the senior African American in the Kentucky National Guard, but he has never thought of it that way.  “I just come to work and try to figure out how I can help this organization.  But at the same time, it shows opportunities are open for everyone.  All you have to do is apply yourself.” Adams military experience has given […]

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  • Iraq, Afghanistan Veteran Named Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs First Women Veterans Coordinator Courtesy Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky.  – In addition to her duties as an Army National Guard Soldier, Sgt. LuWanda Knuckles has taken on a new challenge as Kentucky’s new women veterans coordinator. The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) created its first women veterans coordinator position to address the specific needs of Kentucky’s 33,000 women veterans. Women veterans differ from their male counterparts not only demographically (more likely to be single parents, for example) but in needed services (female-oriented health care) and likelihood of […]

    Kentucky Army National Guard Soldier takes on challenge of a lifetime

    Iraq, Afghanistan Veteran Named Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs First Women Veterans Coordinator Courtesy Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky.  – In addition to her duties as an Army National Guard Soldier, Sgt. LuWanda Knuckles has taken on a new challenge as Kentucky’s new women veterans coordinator. The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) created its first women veterans coordinator position to address the specific needs of Kentucky’s 33,000 women veterans. Women veterans differ from their male counterparts not only demographically (more likely to be single parents, for example) but in needed services (female-oriented health care) and likelihood of […]

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  • Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — The transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869 by Chinese immigrants and twenty-six years before that, on May 7, 1843 the first Japanese people began migrating to the United States. These are but two of the many reasons why the month of May was chosen to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They represent almost fifty countries with more than one hundred languages and dialects. According to the Census Bureau, there are 16.6 million AAPIs […]

    May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — The transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869 by Chinese immigrants and twenty-six years before that, on May 7, 1843 the first Japanese people began migrating to the United States. These are but two of the many reasons why the month of May was chosen to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They represent almost fifty countries with more than one hundred languages and dialects. According to the Census Bureau, there are 16.6 million AAPIs […]

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  • Story by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Lyddane   FRANKFORT, KY. — The title “mechanic” is synonymous with the terms hard work, grease, oil, and more often than not, male.  Although inequality remains prevalent between men and women in the workforce, there are those amongst the projected 159.4 million females in the United States proving that women can dominate, excel, and outperform males at their own game. One Kentucky Army National Guard Soldier decided to break the mold in pursuit her own aspirations.  Emerging from humble beginnings, Chief Warrant Officer Melissa Propes took the advice of her mother who told her, […]

    Female warrant officer credits mentorship for accomplishments

    Story by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Lyddane   FRANKFORT, KY. — The title “mechanic” is synonymous with the terms hard work, grease, oil, and more often than not, male.  Although inequality remains prevalent between men and women in the workforce, there are those amongst the projected 159.4 million females in the United States proving that women can dominate, excel, and outperform males at their own game. One Kentucky Army National Guard Soldier decided to break the mold in pursuit her own aspirations.  Emerging from humble beginnings, Chief Warrant Officer Melissa Propes took the advice of her mother who told her, […]

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  • Female troops used the power of sisterhood to make a difference   Story by Capt. Carla Getchell, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment With March being Women’s History month kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of stories celebrating Kentucky women and the roles they played in our military history. Following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — While preparing for my deployment to Afghanistan with the Agribusiness Development Team III in 2011, I was given a long reading list of books that would help me develop cultural understanding. One book that was considered mandatory reading at the time was “Three Cups […]

    One hot pepper equals three cups of tea

    Female troops used the power of sisterhood to make a difference   Story by Capt. Carla Getchell, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment With March being Women’s History month kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of stories celebrating Kentucky women and the roles they played in our military history. Following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — While preparing for my deployment to Afghanistan with the Agribusiness Development Team III in 2011, I was given a long reading list of books that would help me develop cultural understanding. One book that was considered mandatory reading at the time was “Three Cups […]

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  • Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Command Historian In recognition of March as Women’s Month, kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of articles honoring women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history.  The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Margaret Willie Arvin was born on April 21, 1879, the oldest of seven children of William and Bettie Arvin, of Henderson, Kentucky.  Not much is known about her early years.  In 1904, she graduated from the School of Nursing at the Owensboro City Hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky. In 1914, she is accepted as a member of the […]

    An Angel of Mercy Under Fire: Kentucky’s Most Decorated First World War Female Veteran

    Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Command Historian In recognition of March as Women’s Month, kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of articles honoring women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history.  The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Margaret Willie Arvin was born on April 21, 1879, the oldest of seven children of William and Bettie Arvin, of Henderson, Kentucky.  Not much is known about her early years.  In 1904, she graduated from the School of Nursing at the Owensboro City Hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky. In 1914, she is accepted as a member of the […]

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  • Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — There are many reasons why every year in March the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom (Canada in October) reserve a full month of recognition to celebrate women. Among them are the many contributions made by females that have impacted the world. The sad truth is that throughout history many of the achievements made by women have been overlooked and marginalized.  In 1911 the first International  Women’s Day was organized, which was a benchmark event considering the social climate at the time.  In 1980 […]

    March, National Women’s History Month

    Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — There are many reasons why every year in March the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom (Canada in October) reserve a full month of recognition to celebrate women. Among them are the many contributions made by females that have impacted the world. The sad truth is that throughout history many of the achievements made by women have been overlooked and marginalized.  In 1911 the first International  Women’s Day was organized, which was a benchmark event considering the social climate at the time.  In 1980 […]

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  • Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In recognition of March as Women’s History Month kentuckyguard.com is publishing several articles honoring women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history.  The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman veteran to be awarded the Medal of Honor.  Her medal is credited to the Commonwealth of Kentucky due to the fact that she officially entered the service at Louisville, KY. Walker was born on November 26, 1832 in Oswego, New York, into an abolitionist family.  She became an early advocate for Women’s Rights.  […]

    Dr. Mary Edwards Walker — The only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor

    Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In recognition of March as Women’s History Month kentuckyguard.com is publishing several articles honoring women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history.  The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman veteran to be awarded the Medal of Honor.  Her medal is credited to the Commonwealth of Kentucky due to the fact that she officially entered the service at Louisville, KY. Walker was born on November 26, 1832 in Oswego, New York, into an abolitionist family.  She became an early advocate for Women’s Rights.  […]

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