Kentucky Derby Archive

  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – As a record rainfall of nearly three inches of rain fell, more than 157,000 spectators filled Churchill Downs for the 144th Kentucky Derby, May 5. Making sure the day was safe and organized were Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Roughly 200 MPs of the 198th augmented the Louisville Metro Police and Churchill Downs in providing security, directing traffic and crowd control during the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” The crowd […]

    Guard aids in rainy Derby day festivities

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – As a record rainfall of nearly three inches of rain fell, more than 157,000 spectators filled Churchill Downs for the 144th Kentucky Derby, May 5. Making sure the day was safe and organized were Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Roughly 200 MPs of the 198th augmented the Louisville Metro Police and Churchill Downs in providing security, directing traffic and crowd control during the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” The crowd […]

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  • By Sgt. Maggie Booker, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. -The Kentucky Derby is the largest spectator event hosted by our commonwealth, bringing more than 150,000 people to Churchill Downs and news media from around the world. This year marked the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. For the past 80 years Kentucky National Guardsmen and other fellow service members have been front and center during every aspect of the iconic race. This year our Soldiers and Airmen could be seen from the time you turned the corner at the intersection of Third Street and Central Ave. where the […]

    Kentucky National Guard front and center at the Kentucky Derby

    By Sgt. Maggie Booker, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. -The Kentucky Derby is the largest spectator event hosted by our commonwealth, bringing more than 150,000 people to Churchill Downs and news media from around the world. This year marked the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. For the past 80 years Kentucky National Guardsmen and other fellow service members have been front and center during every aspect of the iconic race. This year our Soldiers and Airmen could be seen from the time you turned the corner at the intersection of Third Street and Central Ave. where the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It has been 80 years since the first record of the Kentucky National Guard assisting with the Kentucky Derby. A lot has changed, but the cooperation between multiple agencies to ensure a safe and secure race weekend has not. Nearly 200 Guardsmen took their usual stance in and around Churchill Downs in Louisville for the festive “Run for the Roses,” May 7. From working shoulder-to-shoulder with Louisville Metro Police Department or serving as valuable security component for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Guard’s presence remained a visible element of […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen key part of Derby festivities

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It has been 80 years since the first record of the Kentucky National Guard assisting with the Kentucky Derby. A lot has changed, but the cooperation between multiple agencies to ensure a safe and secure race weekend has not. Nearly 200 Guardsmen took their usual stance in and around Churchill Downs in Louisville for the festive “Run for the Roses,” May 7. From working shoulder-to-shoulder with Louisville Metro Police Department or serving as valuable security component for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Guard’s presence remained a visible element of […]

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  • Video by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It is not uncommon to find National Guardsmen working alongside local law enforcement at major sporting events. However, Kentucky Guardsmen have taken the role of serving their citizens to new heights… literally! Here’s a behind the scenes look at the work of Soldiers with the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade at the Kentucky Derby, May 2.

    Serving into the night

    Video by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It is not uncommon to find National Guardsmen working alongside local law enforcement at major sporting events. However, Kentucky Guardsmen have taken the role of serving their citizens to new heights… literally! Here’s a behind the scenes look at the work of Soldiers with the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade at the Kentucky Derby, May 2.

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After 79 years, the Kentucky Guard knows a thing or two about assisting the City of Louisville with the security of the Kentucky Derby. Since 1936, the commonwealth’s Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have been involved with the colossal task of ensuring the safety of more than 250,000 spectators at the Kentucky Oaks and Derby weekend. That tradition continued for the 141st running of the historic races at Churchill Downs, May 1-2. “We’ve done this so many times it’s like automatic for us,” said Capt. Brandon Davisson, commander […]

    Guard troops take pride in Derby mission

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After 79 years, the Kentucky Guard knows a thing or two about assisting the City of Louisville with the security of the Kentucky Derby. Since 1936, the commonwealth’s Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have been involved with the colossal task of ensuring the safety of more than 250,000 spectators at the Kentucky Oaks and Derby weekend. That tradition continued for the 141st running of the historic races at Churchill Downs, May 1-2. “We’ve done this so many times it’s like automatic for us,” said Capt. Brandon Davisson, commander […]

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  • By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, toured the Kentucky Air Guard Base here April 11-13, meeting Airmen from units across the 123rd Airlift Wing and kicking off Thunder Over Louisville, one of the largest air show and fireworks displays in North America. Clarke also inspected the wing’s unique mission capabilities, including the only fully operational contingency response group in the Air National Guard and a special tactics squadron that combines both combat control and pararescue functions, according to Col. Barry Gorter, commander […]

    Director of Air National Guard visits 123rd Airlift Wing, kicks off Thunder air show

    By Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard, toured the Kentucky Air Guard Base here April 11-13, meeting Airmen from units across the 123rd Airlift Wing and kicking off Thunder Over Louisville, one of the largest air show and fireworks displays in North America. Clarke also inspected the wing’s unique mission capabilities, including the only fully operational contingency response group in the Air National Guard and a special tactics squadron that combines both combat control and pararescue functions, according to Col. Barry Gorter, commander […]

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  • Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby has been run 138 times. According to Kentucky’s military history, the National Guard has been assisting with the event since 1936. Many years have gone into the coordination and partnerships with local authorities that have protected the “Run for the Roses” as the signature event in the commonwealth. That teamwork was no different for the 139th running of the race, May 4, 2013 as Kentucky relived its annual great two minutes. To see more photos from the Derby, click here. The […]

    Kentucky Guard helps secure safe, rainy Derby

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby has been run 138 times. According to Kentucky’s military history, the National Guard has been assisting with the event since 1936. Many years have gone into the coordination and partnerships with local authorities that have protected the “Run for the Roses” as the signature event in the commonwealth. That teamwork was no different for the 139th running of the race, May 4, 2013 as Kentucky relived its annual great two minutes. To see more photos from the Derby, click here. The […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Louisville, KY. (May 8, 2012) – The 138th “Run for the Roses” was one that was on track to set new attendance records. The previous attendance record, which was set in 2011 was 164,858 spectators. This year that number was surpassed by nearly 500, with 165,307 in attendance. The record attendance also generated a record number of wagers. A total of $187 million dollars was bet on the full 13-race card. “With these projected numbers, we knew this event was going to be monumental,” said […]

    Kentucky National Guard provided support for 2012 Kentucky Derby

    Story by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Louisville, KY. (May 8, 2012) – The 138th “Run for the Roses” was one that was on track to set new attendance records. The previous attendance record, which was set in 2011 was 164,858 spectators. This year that number was surpassed by nearly 500, with 165,307 in attendance. The record attendance also generated a record number of wagers. A total of $187 million dollars was bet on the full 13-race card. “With these projected numbers, we knew this event was going to be monumental,” said […]

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  • Story by Spc. David Bolton, Public Affairs Specialist, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for more Derby photos. Click here for photos from the Oaks. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—  Louisville’s legendary Churchill Downs hosted the Kentucky Derby May 6 for the 138th time – but for 19-year-old Pfc. Kara Denise Bucklew, a Military Policeman assigned to the 223rd Military Police Company, this was her first Run for the Roses. “The experience has been quite enjoyable,” said Bucklew.  “I had the chance to meet a lot of different people and see a lot of different things that I would not normally get […]

    Derby experience first for Soldier

    Story by Spc. David Bolton, Public Affairs Specialist, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for more Derby photos. Click here for photos from the Oaks. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—  Louisville’s legendary Churchill Downs hosted the Kentucky Derby May 6 for the 138th time – but for 19-year-old Pfc. Kara Denise Bucklew, a Military Policeman assigned to the 223rd Military Police Company, this was her first Run for the Roses. “The experience has been quite enjoyable,” said Bucklew.  “I had the chance to meet a lot of different people and see a lot of different things that I would not normally get […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Every week for the past year or so kentuckyguard.com has published stories by Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  For those who don’t know, this is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. Today’s story is different.  Today the story is about a  UPAHR instead of being presented by one. GLASGOW, Ky. — Sgt. Bryan Ploughe is a dynamo.  If you […]

    Artillery UPAHR passionate about his work

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Every week for the past year or so kentuckyguard.com has published stories by Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  For those who don’t know, this is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. Today’s story is different.  Today the story is about a  UPAHR instead of being presented by one. GLASGOW, Ky. — Sgt. Bryan Ploughe is a dynamo.  If you […]

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