Kentucky Air National Guard Archive

  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2019 is upon us and we have a lot to be thankful for from 2018. Thank you goes out to all our Guardsmen and their families for accepting the missions and allowing us to do our jobs, and to our partner agencies across the commonwealth for the great collaborations benefiting Kentucky and the nation. Here’s a few of the most popular highlights of the past 12 months. Sgt. Jordy Brewer named National Guard NCO of the Year Selfless Service drives Soldiers to heroic rescue 123rd Airlift Wing earns 17th Air Force Outstanding Unit award Kentucky Guardsmen respond […]

    Memorable moments from 2018

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2019 is upon us and we have a lot to be thankful for from 2018. Thank you goes out to all our Guardsmen and their families for accepting the missions and allowing us to do our jobs, and to our partner agencies across the commonwealth for the great collaborations benefiting Kentucky and the nation. Here’s a few of the most popular highlights of the past 12 months. Sgt. Jordy Brewer named National Guard NCO of the Year Selfless Service drives Soldiers to heroic rescue 123rd Airlift Wing earns 17th Air Force Outstanding Unit award Kentucky Guardsmen respond […]

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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eighteen Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron departed Sunday night for Texas, where they will assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Airmen are deploying to Robert Gray Army Air Field at Fort Hood, Texas, pending further instructions. Among the deploying personnel are 14 Airmen who will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. These Airmen have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. They will deploy with a variety of equipment suited to hurricane recovery […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsmen deploying for Hurricane Harvey rescue operations

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eighteen Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron departed Sunday night for Texas, where they will assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Airmen are deploying to Robert Gray Army Air Field at Fort Hood, Texas, pending further instructions. Among the deploying personnel are 14 Airmen who will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. These Airmen have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. They will deploy with a variety of equipment suited to hurricane recovery […]

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  • In an effort to deter aggression, fighter aircraft routinely fly while troops on the ground mobilize and train to defend the ROK. However, there still lies another piece to the puzzle.That puzzle piece is none other than the 607th Air Mobility Division. Source: KR16 air mobility: The glue holding everything together

    KR16 air mobility: The glue holding everything together

    In an effort to deter aggression, fighter aircraft routinely fly while troops on the ground mobilize and train to defend the ROK. However, there still lies another piece to the puzzle.That puzzle piece is none other than the 607th Air Mobility Division. Source: KR16 air mobility: The glue holding everything together

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  • Story by Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard has a new piece of equipment that allows specially trained Airmen to safely detonate bombs and other explosives without harming nearby personnel or structures. Click here for more photos. The gear, known as a Bomb Containment Vessel, does exactly what its name implies, according to Staff Sgt. Timothy Baker, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician for the 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron here. The capability can be especially useful if EOD is called upon to dispose of […]

    Kentucky Air Guard receives new bomb containment unit

    Story by Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard has a new piece of equipment that allows specially trained Airmen to safely detonate bombs and other explosives without harming nearby personnel or structures. Click here for more photos. The gear, known as a Bomb Containment Vessel, does exactly what its name implies, according to Staff Sgt. Timothy Baker, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician for the 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron here. The capability can be especially useful if EOD is called upon to dispose of […]

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  • By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The third rotation of more than 40 Kentucky Air National Guardsmen departed here today for deployment to an undisclosed air base in the Persian Gulf, where they will fly airlift missions in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Click here for more photos. Freedom’s Sentinel is the follow-on mission to Operation Enduring Freedom. It focuses on training, advising and assisting Afghan security forces; and on counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.  Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, thanked the deploying Airmen for their continued commitment to military […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsmen deploying to Persian Gulf to provide airlift for Freedom’s Sentinel

    By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The third rotation of more than 40 Kentucky Air National Guardsmen departed here today for deployment to an undisclosed air base in the Persian Gulf, where they will fly airlift missions in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Click here for more photos. Freedom’s Sentinel is the follow-on mission to Operation Enduring Freedom. It focuses on training, advising and assisting Afghan security forces; and on counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.  Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, thanked the deploying Airmen for their continued commitment to military […]

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  • Honored for actions he took during a shooting incident By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky Air National Guardsman has been awarded the Medal of Valor from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for actions he took during a shooting incident at Fern Creek High School last year. Staff Sgt. Brent Reichardt, an aircraft hydraulics specialist in the 123rd Maintenance Squadron here, works full-time as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer. He was on duty at Fern Creek High School Sept. 30 when a […]

    Kentucky Air National Guardsman awarded the Medal of Valor from Sheriff’s Office

    Honored for actions he took during a shooting incident By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky Air National Guardsman has been awarded the Medal of Valor from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for actions he took during a shooting incident at Fern Creek High School last year. Staff Sgt. Brent Reichardt, an aircraft hydraulics specialist in the 123rd Maintenance Squadron here, works full-time as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer. He was on duty at Fern Creek High School Sept. 30 when a […]

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  • Soldiers and Airmen rated fully mission capable Team responds to events involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents By Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs STARKE, Fla. — A Kentucky National Guard disaster-response unit successfully completed four days of evaluations at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center here Jan. 15, demonstrating to inspectors that the cadre of Army and Air Guardsmen is fully mission-capable. The unit — called the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP — offers unique capabilities designed to assist civilian authorities in the event of a disaster […]

    Joint disaster-response unit successfully completes readiness evaluation

    Soldiers and Airmen rated fully mission capable Team responds to events involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents By Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs STARKE, Fla. — A Kentucky National Guard disaster-response unit successfully completed four days of evaluations at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center here Jan. 15, demonstrating to inspectors that the cadre of Army and Air Guardsmen is fully mission-capable. The unit — called the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP — offers unique capabilities designed to assist civilian authorities in the event of a disaster […]

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  • By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Amy K. Quimby was appointed the 123rd Airlift Wing’s new Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager Aug. 24. She has been involved with Air National Guard family programs for 21 years as both a volunteer and as the Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager for the Illinois Air National Guard in Peoria.   Quimby, whose office provides a broad range of services to assist Airmen and their family members, said she is excited to begin her work in Kentucky. “I want to […]

    Quimby named Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager

    By Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Amy K. Quimby was appointed the 123rd Airlift Wing’s new Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager Aug. 24. She has been involved with Air National Guard family programs for 21 years as both a volunteer and as the Airmen and Family Readiness Program manager for the Illinois Air National Guard in Peoria.   Quimby, whose office provides a broad range of services to assist Airmen and their family members, said she is excited to begin her work in Kentucky. “I want to […]

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  •  Courtesy Autumn A. Arnett, Air Force Magazine Oct. 24, 2014​—Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took to YouTube Tuesday to address concerns over Operation United Assistance—the international effort to aid in the relief of the growing Ebola crisis. “We’re doing what we do best: leveraging our unique capabilities to support the international and US effort in response to this crisis,” Dempsey said. The lead agency for the operation is USAID, with the Defense Department filling in to support the efforts as needed. However, DOD’s “unique capabilities” do not include actual patient care. For airmen, these capabilities […]

    Battling Ebola in West Africa

     Courtesy Autumn A. Arnett, Air Force Magazine Oct. 24, 2014​—Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took to YouTube Tuesday to address concerns over Operation United Assistance—the international effort to aid in the relief of the growing Ebola crisis. “We’re doing what we do best: leveraging our unique capabilities to support the international and US effort in response to this crisis,” Dempsey said. The lead agency for the operation is USAID, with the Defense Department filling in to support the efforts as needed. However, DOD’s “unique capabilities” do not include actual patient care. For airmen, these capabilities […]

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  • Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Photos by SSG Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 60 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed Oct. 2 to Senegal to establish a cargo-processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa. Click here for more photos of this story. Kentucky’s Airmen departed aboard multiple aircraft along with all the equipment necessary to establish an Aerial Port of Debarkation at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport. The Aerial Port of Debarkation, or APOD, is […]

    Kentucky Air Guard contingency-response force deploys to Africa in support of Ebola mission: Operation United Assistance

    Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Photos by SSG Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 60 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed Oct. 2 to Senegal to establish a cargo-processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa. Click here for more photos of this story. Kentucky’s Airmen departed aboard multiple aircraft along with all the equipment necessary to establish an Aerial Port of Debarkation at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport. The Aerial Port of Debarkation, or APOD, is […]

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