Kentucky Army 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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  • 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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  • Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Due to the current federal government shutdown Kentucky National Guard military and civilian technicians have received furlough notices, and orders have been cancelled for a significant number of troops on temporary duty.  The shutdown impacts approximately 1,300 full-time equivalent personnel and their families. The approximate statewide payroll cost of the shutdown is  $319,000 per day. Many full-time employee positions will be backfilled by active duty guard members not affected by the furlough.  The furloughed personnel will be reinstated upon appropriated funds by Congress. In addition, military drill training weekends for the part-time troops, both Army and […]

    Kentucky National Guard impacted by federal government shutdown

    Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Due to the current federal government shutdown Kentucky National Guard military and civilian technicians have received furlough notices, and orders have been cancelled for a significant number of troops on temporary duty.  The shutdown impacts approximately 1,300 full-time equivalent personnel and their families. The approximate statewide payroll cost of the shutdown is  $319,000 per day. Many full-time employee positions will be backfilled by active duty guard members not affected by the furlough.  The furloughed personnel will be reinstated upon appropriated funds by Congress. In addition, military drill training weekends for the part-time troops, both Army and […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Defense Department takes time to recognize and honor the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, both past and present, through military service in defense of our nation. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Stacy Pesut’s earliest memories of leaving the Philippines aren’t really hers — she’s heard the story so often from her father, though, that they’ve become part of who she is. “My dad says he remembers putting  me on a duffle bag on the plane,” she says.  “I was just a […]

    Home means family, food and service to Kentucky Guard Soldier

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Defense Department takes time to recognize and honor the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, both past and present, through military service in defense of our nation. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Stacy Pesut’s earliest memories of leaving the Philippines aren’t really hers — she’s heard the story so often from her father, though, that they’ve become part of who she is. “My dad says he remembers putting  me on a duffle bag on the plane,” she says.  “I was just a […]

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  • Staff Report Photos by J.C. Newton, KYNG Recruiting and Retention Marketing Manager LEXINGTON, Ky.–The Kentucky National Guard was a premiere sponsor of Extreme Rampage at the Lexington Horse Park on March 2, 2013. Extreme Rampage created a 3-5 mile race on the horse park grounds amid water obstacles, earthen berms and man-made rope, plank and climbing obstacles throughout the course. Participants in groups of 200 or less started their run every half hour beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 7:30pm. “It was a great turn out, despite the weather,” said Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, public affairs chief of the Kentucky National Guard. “The Kentucky […]

    Extreme Weather, Extreme Rampage!

    Staff Report Photos by J.C. Newton, KYNG Recruiting and Retention Marketing Manager LEXINGTON, Ky.–The Kentucky National Guard was a premiere sponsor of Extreme Rampage at the Lexington Horse Park on March 2, 2013. Extreme Rampage created a 3-5 mile race on the horse park grounds amid water obstacles, earthen berms and man-made rope, plank and climbing obstacles throughout the course. Participants in groups of 200 or less started their run every half hour beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 7:30pm. “It was a great turn out, despite the weather,” said Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, public affairs chief of the Kentucky National Guard. “The Kentucky […]

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  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office  FRANKFORT, Ky.—Approximately 40 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from the 149th Signal Co. and Joint Forces Headquarters participated in a communications exercise testing tactical networks with civilian networks at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 15-17. “For the first time ever, we are testing our tactical communications systems with civilian systems to see if we can get them to talk,” said Chief Warrant Officer Dave Barker, Wireless Communications Manager for the Kentucky National Guard. Barker said this is important because when there is a natural disaster […]

    Bringing tactical and civilian communications systems together

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office  FRANKFORT, Ky.—Approximately 40 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from the 149th Signal Co. and Joint Forces Headquarters participated in a communications exercise testing tactical networks with civilian networks at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 15-17. “For the first time ever, we are testing our tactical communications systems with civilian systems to see if we can get them to talk,” said Chief Warrant Officer Dave Barker, Wireless Communications Manager for the Kentucky National Guard. Barker said this is important because when there is a natural disaster […]

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  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

    ‘Oh Canada’ Week in Kentucky

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

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  • Human-interest feature as posted on Task Force Longrifles news website:  http://www.taskforcelongrifles.wordpress.com Story and pictures by Staff Sgt. Steve Tressler DJIBOUTI, AFRICA – Patrick Dolan would have you to believe that he is just a humble boy from Marion County, Ky., whose father taught him a lot about faith and God. Like most country boys from Marion County, Dolan did his share of hunting and drag car racing. He tried his best not to get into trouble. Brig. Gen. Chaplain Dolan is also a humble and diverse man with a wealth of hands-on experience. Task Force Longrifles Soldiers currently in Djibouti […]

    Soldiers in Africa Get Their Blessings from a Former Drag Car Racer

    Human-interest feature as posted on Task Force Longrifles news website:  http://www.taskforcelongrifles.wordpress.com Story and pictures by Staff Sgt. Steve Tressler DJIBOUTI, AFRICA – Patrick Dolan would have you to believe that he is just a humble boy from Marion County, Ky., whose father taught him a lot about faith and God. Like most country boys from Marion County, Dolan did his share of hunting and drag car racing. He tried his best not to get into trouble. Brig. Gen. Chaplain Dolan is also a humble and diverse man with a wealth of hands-on experience. Task Force Longrifles Soldiers currently in Djibouti […]

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  • By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click HERE for more  pictures from the bicentennial event on our flickr site! MONROE, Mich.—Re-enactors depicting the War of 1812, select Kentucky Guardsmen and Canadian dignitaries met to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe, Mich., Jan. 19. Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, State Command Sgt. Maj. Greg Armstrong, Capt. Jake McKinney and KYNG historian John Trowbridge were invited to take part in the bicentennial celebration and honor the service and sacrifices of the Kentucky Militia. Seven years in the making […]

    Fight as Kentuckians, Remember the Raisin

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click HERE for more  pictures from the bicentennial event on our flickr site! MONROE, Mich.—Re-enactors depicting the War of 1812, select Kentucky Guardsmen and Canadian dignitaries met to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe, Mich., Jan. 19. Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, State Command Sgt. Maj. Greg Armstrong, Capt. Jake McKinney and KYNG historian John Trowbridge were invited to take part in the bicentennial celebration and honor the service and sacrifices of the Kentucky Militia. Seven years in the making […]

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