Families Archive

  • By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Visit Bowman Field Readiness Center in Louisville, Kentucky and it won’t be long before you hear about “Team Brookins.” Sgt. First Class Darrell Brookins, the senior human resources noncommissioned officer of the 198th Military Police Battalion and his wife of 18 years, Shelia Brookins, are known as “Team Brookins,” for their big personalities and volunteering. “We call ourselves “Team Brookins,” said Darrell with a laugh, “and that is what we do – we volunteer. She is always right there with me. We truly believe volunteering […]

    Wife of “Team Brookins” named National Guard Spouse of the Year

    By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Visit Bowman Field Readiness Center in Louisville, Kentucky and it won’t be long before you hear about “Team Brookins.” Sgt. First Class Darrell Brookins, the senior human resources noncommissioned officer of the 198th Military Police Battalion and his wife of 18 years, Shelia Brookins, are known as “Team Brookins,” for their big personalities and volunteering. “We call ourselves “Team Brookins,” said Darrell with a laugh, “and that is what we do – we volunteer. She is always right there with me. We truly believe volunteering […]

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  • Story by Ted Sloan, Kentucky Department of Agriculture FRANKFORT, Ky. – Guests at the unveiling of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial on Memorial Day were treated to a luncheon of Kentucky Proud products prior to the ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center. Click here for more photos. “We are honored and humbled that Kentucky Proud could play a small role in this solemn occasion,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a statement. “Kentucky’s heritage of military service and agricultural achievement go hand in hand. Thanks to the Kentucky National Guard for allowing Kentucky food producers to be a part […]

    Memorial guests enjoy luncheon of Kentucky Proud Products

    Story by Ted Sloan, Kentucky Department of Agriculture FRANKFORT, Ky. – Guests at the unveiling of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial on Memorial Day were treated to a luncheon of Kentucky Proud products prior to the ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center. Click here for more photos. “We are honored and humbled that Kentucky Proud could play a small role in this solemn occasion,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a statement. “Kentucky’s heritage of military service and agricultural achievement go hand in hand. Thanks to the Kentucky National Guard for allowing Kentucky food producers to be a part […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Another proud but tragic chapter of Kentucky National Guard history has now been written. We collectively bid farewell to one of our adopted sons and his family. A member of the Guam National Guard, Capt. Noel Espino was seriously injured by a drunk driver 11:03 p.m., Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 while visiting Kentucky for military training. He has since undergone several surgeries and weeks of grueling physical therapy in recovery. Members of the Kentucky National Guard joined University of Kentucky Hospital staff, health care providers, the Lexington Fire […]

    Kentucky says farewell to Capt. Noel Espino, a resilient soldier whose story touched so many lives

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Another proud but tragic chapter of Kentucky National Guard history has now been written. We collectively bid farewell to one of our adopted sons and his family. A member of the Guam National Guard, Capt. Noel Espino was seriously injured by a drunk driver 11:03 p.m., Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 while visiting Kentucky for military training. He has since undergone several surgeries and weeks of grueling physical therapy in recovery. Members of the Kentucky National Guard joined University of Kentucky Hospital staff, health care providers, the Lexington Fire […]

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  • Story by Chaplain (Maj.) Bill Draper and David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Like any other element of the military, the chaplain corps has to conduct training to maintain its readiness to support the mission. On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, the Kentucky Army National Guard’s chaplains gathered for their annual state chaplain training event. “These events are extremely important for our chaplain corps because it allows us to conduct specific training that better equips our chaplains and chaplain assistants to provide religious support across the organization,” said State Chaplain (Col.) Yong Cho.   “We are grateful for […]

    Kentucky Chaplains maintain readiness to support the troops

    Story by Chaplain (Maj.) Bill Draper and David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Like any other element of the military, the chaplain corps has to conduct training to maintain its readiness to support the mission. On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, the Kentucky Army National Guard’s chaplains gathered for their annual state chaplain training event. “These events are extremely important for our chaplain corps because it allows us to conduct specific training that better equips our chaplains and chaplain assistants to provide religious support across the organization,” said State Chaplain (Col.) Yong Cho.   “We are grateful for […]

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  • Hero2Hired (H2H.jobs) has transitioned its online capabilities to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Employment Center (VEC) (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs). This transition supports the White House Joining Forces initiatives to combine Federal efforts to hire veterans under one web portal and strengthens interagency collaboration among the VA, Department of Defense and Department of Labor. H2H Employment Coordinators will continue to provide quality career readiness assistance to Reserve Component Service members preparing for the next civilian career. HERO TO HIRED (H2H) RESOURCES H2H Employer Brochure-wForm KY H2H Job Seeker Brochure-wForm KY Register for eBenefits Employment Center

    Hero 2 Hired matches Guard members to jobs they deserve

    Hero2Hired (H2H.jobs) has transitioned its online capabilities to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Employment Center (VEC) (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs). This transition supports the White House Joining Forces initiatives to combine Federal efforts to hire veterans under one web portal and strengthens interagency collaboration among the VA, Department of Defense and Department of Labor. H2H Employment Coordinators will continue to provide quality career readiness assistance to Reserve Component Service members preparing for the next civilian career. HERO TO HIRED (H2H) RESOURCES H2H Employer Brochure-wForm KY H2H Job Seeker Brochure-wForm KY Register for eBenefits Employment Center

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard recently reached another milestone in his career, being inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  Announced in a June 8 press conference at the KHSAA Offices, Maggard and nine others were inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, which consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. A former officer with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, Maggard currently serves as the Kentucky Guard’s Community Relations Liaison. “For […]

    Former Guardsman inducted into Hall of Fame

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard recently reached another milestone in his career, being inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  Announced in a June 8 press conference at the KHSAA Offices, Maggard and nine others were inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, which consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. A former officer with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, Maggard currently serves as the Kentucky Guard’s Community Relations Liaison. “For […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 123rd Airlift Wing’s annual Family Day will kick off here Sunday afternoon with a wide range of events for people of all ages. Scheduled activities include a classic car and bike show, a C-130 static display, and tug-of-war and corn hole tournaments, according to Maj. Robert Geary, event coordinator. Child-friendly activities include a bounce house, slide, obstacle course, petting zoo, pony rides and a bicycle safety course. Many of the children’s activities will take place in air-conditioned tents, which will provide […]

    Kentucky Air Guard Family Day to offer events for all ages

    By Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 123rd Airlift Wing’s annual Family Day will kick off here Sunday afternoon with a wide range of events for people of all ages. Scheduled activities include a classic car and bike show, a C-130 static display, and tug-of-war and corn hole tournaments, according to Maj. Robert Geary, event coordinator. Child-friendly activities include a bounce house, slide, obstacle course, petting zoo, pony rides and a bicycle safety course. Many of the children’s activities will take place in air-conditioned tents, which will provide […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Nearly 4oo military children and parents were treated to an afternoon of fun and excitement at the annual Military Child Appreciation Day held at the Healing Fields in Lawrenceburg, Ky on  Saturday April 26. Under the watchful eye of more than 80 staff and community volunteers, participants were treated to a wide range of fun activities to include face painting, making wax hands, gardening, pony rides and dressing up for family photos.   Local vendors donated food and snacks. Click here for more photos of this event. According to […]

    Military Child Appreciation Day big hit with kids of all ages

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Nearly 4oo military children and parents were treated to an afternoon of fun and excitement at the annual Military Child Appreciation Day held at the Healing Fields in Lawrenceburg, Ky on  Saturday April 26. Under the watchful eye of more than 80 staff and community volunteers, participants were treated to a wide range of fun activities to include face painting, making wax hands, gardening, pony rides and dressing up for family photos.   Local vendors donated food and snacks. Click here for more photos of this event. According to […]

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  • Story by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Fires Brigade COVINGTON, Ky. — As the Kentucky Army National Guard continues to conduct operations in support of the war on terror, the Soldiers and families thereof continue to combat their own conflicts in the form of reintegration. The spouse who remains home assumes the daily tasks as if nothing changed when in reality they now have acquired the responsibilities of the father, the mother, comforter, disciplinarian, bill payer, banker, to name a few. The acceptance of divorce in American society as a ‘way out’ has impacted Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and […]

    Guard couple help others develop “Strong Bonds”

    Story by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Fires Brigade COVINGTON, Ky. — As the Kentucky Army National Guard continues to conduct operations in support of the war on terror, the Soldiers and families thereof continue to combat their own conflicts in the form of reintegration. The spouse who remains home assumes the daily tasks as if nothing changed when in reality they now have acquired the responsibilities of the father, the mother, comforter, disciplinarian, bill payer, banker, to name a few. The acceptance of divorce in American society as a ‘way out’ has impacted Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and […]

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  • Military families making Christmas work from miles away Courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ Story by Kevin Wheatley FRANKFORT, Ky. — Christmas is a time most spend with family and friends, but sharing the holiday can be difficult when loved ones in the military are on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. Some in the Kentucky National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation Medical Evacuation unit have been in Kuwait since July, participating in a 9-month tour of evacuation and training missions. Two of those deployed soldiers, Sgt. First Class Nathan Keach and Sgt. Austin Lynn, left behind wives and children at […]

    Apart for the holidays

    Military families making Christmas work from miles away Courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ Story by Kevin Wheatley FRANKFORT, Ky. — Christmas is a time most spend with family and friends, but sharing the holiday can be difficult when loved ones in the military are on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. Some in the Kentucky National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation Medical Evacuation unit have been in Kuwait since July, participating in a 9-month tour of evacuation and training missions. Two of those deployed soldiers, Sgt. First Class Nathan Keach and Sgt. Austin Lynn, left behind wives and children at […]

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