Kentucky National Guard Archive

  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — Families kept their eyes on the horizon anticipating the return of their Soldiers as the 178th Engineer Firefighting Team arrived by UH-60 Blackhawk at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Aug. 16, 2018. The team has returned home after a nine-month long deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, where the team’s mission was to provide emergency services, support aircraft missions, improve safety measures to barracks and facilities, and help train local firefighters. “The 206th Engineer Battalion welcomes home the 178th […]

    Firefighters return from overseas deployment

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — Families kept their eyes on the horizon anticipating the return of their Soldiers as the 178th Engineer Firefighting Team arrived by UH-60 Blackhawk at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Aug. 16, 2018. The team has returned home after a nine-month long deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, where the team’s mission was to provide emergency services, support aircraft missions, improve safety measures to barracks and facilities, and help train local firefighters. “The 206th Engineer Battalion welcomes home the 178th […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The mysterious explosion and sinking of the U.S. battleship, Maine, in Havana harbor Feb. 15, 1898, was the call to war with Spain for most Americans, their rallying cry was “Remember the Maine.” Amid a tidal wave of martial spirit sweeping the country, war was declared against Spain April 21. For many Kentuckians this war was an opportunity to seek retributive justice for past atrocities of the Spanish against Kentuckians during the ill-fated Lopez Expeditions to Cuba 40 years earlier, their battle cry was “Remember Crittenden.” The following article appeared in the April 24, […]

    “Remember Crittenden” battle cry for Kentuckians in Spanish American War

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The mysterious explosion and sinking of the U.S. battleship, Maine, in Havana harbor Feb. 15, 1898, was the call to war with Spain for most Americans, their rallying cry was “Remember the Maine.” Amid a tidal wave of martial spirit sweeping the country, war was declared against Spain April 21. For many Kentuckians this war was an opportunity to seek retributive justice for past atrocities of the Spanish against Kentuckians during the ill-fated Lopez Expeditions to Cuba 40 years earlier, their battle cry was “Remember Crittenden.” The following article appeared in the April 24, […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Staying fit and healthy is a tenant for all of those who put on the Army uniform. While some do it to pass a physical training test, others make it a lifestyle and habit. This is the case for Lt. Col. Eddie Simpson, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment and a coach at Crossfit Frankfort. He got started in CrossFit in 2009 just to keep up with his Soldiers. He recently finished 16th in his age group (45-49) in the 2018 CrossFit Games held […]

    Kentucky Guardsman competes in CrossFit Games

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Staying fit and healthy is a tenant for all of those who put on the Army uniform. While some do it to pass a physical training test, others make it a lifestyle and habit. This is the case for Lt. Col. Eddie Simpson, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment and a coach at Crossfit Frankfort. He got started in CrossFit in 2009 just to keep up with his Soldiers. He recently finished 16th in his age group (45-49) in the 2018 CrossFit Games held […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMPTON, Ky. — Soldiers from the MEDEVAC detachment out of Frankfort practiced air rescue techniques and hoist lifts during their annual training July 23-Aug. 6, 2018. UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation MEDEVAC flew over the skies of Eastern Kentucky from Cave Run Lake to the Red River Gorge, performing simulated rescue missions with the help of members of the Jessamine County Fire Department, Morehead Fire Department, Rowan County Fire Department and Wolfe County Search and Rescue. The missions included rooftop rescues, water rescues and cliff rescues, everything done […]

    MEDEVAC crews train to save lives

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMPTON, Ky. — Soldiers from the MEDEVAC detachment out of Frankfort practiced air rescue techniques and hoist lifts during their annual training July 23-Aug. 6, 2018. UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation MEDEVAC flew over the skies of Eastern Kentucky from Cave Run Lake to the Red River Gorge, performing simulated rescue missions with the help of members of the Jessamine County Fire Department, Morehead Fire Department, Rowan County Fire Department and Wolfe County Search and Rescue. The missions included rooftop rescues, water rescues and cliff rescues, everything done […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — “Honestly, I did not want to compete. When I was asked about competing for battalion I turned it down and my first sergeant (1st Sgt. Larry Butte) sent me a text saying ‘Too bad Brewer, I wasn’t asking.’ Ideally this is what every Soldier in the military needs, leadership that will always continue to push them and improve them.” That was Sgt. Jordy Brewer’s response to why he wanted to compete in the first place. The infantryman from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry is now […]

    A grinding success story

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — “Honestly, I did not want to compete. When I was asked about competing for battalion I turned it down and my first sergeant (1st Sgt. Larry Butte) sent me a text saying ‘Too bad Brewer, I wasn’t asking.’ Ideally this is what every Soldier in the military needs, leadership that will always continue to push them and improve them.” That was Sgt. Jordy Brewer’s response to why he wanted to compete in the first place. The infantryman from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry is now […]

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  • By Spc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT SMITH, Ark. –“We bridge the gap, that’s what we do,” said Spc. Timmy Barnes of the 2061st Multi-Role Bridge Company. “We’re just one small piece of the puzzle, but we’re here to do our job.” Soldiers with the 2061st participated in River Assault 2018, a multi-component exercise on the Arkansas River near Fort Smith Ark., July 25. The Guardsmen worked with active duty, reserve and Marine Corps units to build a bridge over the Arkansas River. River Assault is an annual event, but the first time the 2061st has been […]

    Bridge company plays crucial role in multi-component exercise

    By Spc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT SMITH, Ark. –“We bridge the gap, that’s what we do,” said Spc. Timmy Barnes of the 2061st Multi-Role Bridge Company. “We’re just one small piece of the puzzle, but we’re here to do our job.” Soldiers with the 2061st participated in River Assault 2018, a multi-component exercise on the Arkansas River near Fort Smith Ark., July 25. The Guardsmen worked with active duty, reserve and Marine Corps units to build a bridge over the Arkansas River. River Assault is an annual event, but the first time the 2061st has been […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment off-loaded almost 30 military tanks and fighting vehicles that arrived by train July 19, 2018. Click HERE to see all the PHOTOS from this event. Click HERE to see a short VIDEO from the event. The package unloaded includes fourteen M1A1 Abrams tanks, ten M2/M7 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and three M88A2 Hercules Recovery Vehicles. “Basically, armor is coming back to Kentucky”, said Maj. Justin Watts, deputy Supervisory Surface Maintenance Specialist at the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site […]

    Armor comes back to Knox

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment off-loaded almost 30 military tanks and fighting vehicles that arrived by train July 19, 2018. Click HERE to see all the PHOTOS from this event. Click HERE to see a short VIDEO from the event. The package unloaded includes fourteen M1A1 Abrams tanks, ten M2/M7 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and three M88A2 Hercules Recovery Vehicles. “Basically, armor is coming back to Kentucky”, said Maj. Justin Watts, deputy Supervisory Surface Maintenance Specialist at the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site […]

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  • By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While I prepared to begin Initial Entry Training, my unit, the 2123rd Transportation Company, participated in Operation Nuevos Horizontes (Operation New Horizons) in Ecuador, South America. Upon return from basic training, I recall listening to the compelling stories that came from this collaborative mission. I admit, there was some envy as I listened to fellow truck drivers talk about transporting equipment on the South American continent. For a kid from small-town Berea, the grandiosity of trekking […]

    Kentucky working well with foreign partners

    By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While I prepared to begin Initial Entry Training, my unit, the 2123rd Transportation Company, participated in Operation Nuevos Horizontes (Operation New Horizons) in Ecuador, South America. Upon return from basic training, I recall listening to the compelling stories that came from this collaborative mission. I admit, there was some envy as I listened to fellow truck drivers talk about transporting equipment on the South American continent. For a kid from small-town Berea, the grandiosity of trekking […]

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  • By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. –Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment (1-149th IN) were given the opportunity to participate in a five-day fitness and nutrition course June 12-16, 2018. The course was held at Command Sgt. Maj. Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky., and was presented by the Kentucky National Guard AXE program. AXE stands for “Attack Exercise through Education” which is exactly what the program offers by taking a holistic approach to fitness by addressing nutrition, attitude and exercise technique. This was the second iteration of the AXE camp […]

    AXE Camp doubles down, helps improve physical fitness

    By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. –Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment (1-149th IN) were given the opportunity to participate in a five-day fitness and nutrition course June 12-16, 2018. The course was held at Command Sgt. Maj. Harold L. Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky., and was presented by the Kentucky National Guard AXE program. AXE stands for “Attack Exercise through Education” which is exactly what the program offers by taking a holistic approach to fitness by addressing nutrition, attitude and exercise technique. This was the second iteration of the AXE camp […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for video of the mission. RUKLA, Lithuania –Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery’s Alpha and Bravo Batteries were flown to from Poland to Lithuania for a rapid air insertion exercise with their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) during Saber Strike 18, June 12. The mission was to showcase the unit’s ability to deploy their powerful rocket system to any location necessary to make a rapid insertion. Two HIMARS trucks were loaded into a C-17 Globemaster from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston, South Carolina, two […]

    Rapid artillery exercise successful for Kentucky unit in Europe

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Click here for video of the mission. RUKLA, Lithuania –Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery’s Alpha and Bravo Batteries were flown to from Poland to Lithuania for a rapid air insertion exercise with their High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) during Saber Strike 18, June 12. The mission was to showcase the unit’s ability to deploy their powerful rocket system to any location necessary to make a rapid insertion. Two HIMARS trucks were loaded into a C-17 Globemaster from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston, South Carolina, two […]

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