Kentucky National Guard Archive

  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In mid-1961, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union reached a crisis over the status of the city of Berlin, Germany.  The divided city, under the joint control of the four allied powers of World War II — France, the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union — symbolized opposing Cold War ideologies.  Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was alarmed by the flight to freedom of nearly 300,000 East Germans per year to West Berlin.  His threat to unilaterally alter the status of Berlin was rejected by President John F. Kennedy at the […]

    The long summer camp of the Berlin Crisis

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In mid-1961, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union reached a crisis over the status of the city of Berlin, Germany.  The divided city, under the joint control of the four allied powers of World War II — France, the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union — symbolized opposing Cold War ideologies.  Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was alarmed by the flight to freedom of nearly 300,000 East Germans per year to West Berlin.  His threat to unilaterally alter the status of Berlin was rejected by President John F. Kennedy at the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The Adjutant General recognized several deserving Soldiers held in charge of making the Kentucky Army National Guard run while visiting the J4 logistics workshop at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center Sept. 25. The workshop brought Soldiers from supply, logistics and food sections from across the state to come together and meet in one place to talk face to face about issues that impact them and share  ideas to help each other. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan took some time from the three-day event to recognize the […]

    Logisticians awarded for efforts

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The Adjutant General recognized several deserving Soldiers held in charge of making the Kentucky Army National Guard run while visiting the J4 logistics workshop at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center Sept. 25. The workshop brought Soldiers from supply, logistics and food sections from across the state to come together and meet in one place to talk face to face about issues that impact them and share  ideas to help each other. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan took some time from the three-day event to recognize the […]

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  • By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Engineers representing Kentucky National Guard’s 201st and 206th Engineer Battalion, visited with members of the Forces Armee Djibouti (FAD) to discuss military engineering best practices at FAD facilities, Sept. 23-27, 2018. The engineering event was scheduled in response to a request during the Security Prioritization Working Group in Sept. 2017, said Maj. Christopher Hettinger, Bilateral Affairs Officer for the State Partnership Program in Djibouti. “Discussing engineering strengths, weaknesses and opportunities will provide a basis for future collaboration,” said Hettinger. […]

    Kentucky Engineers build a foundation with Djiboutian Counterparts

    By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Engineers representing Kentucky National Guard’s 201st and 206th Engineer Battalion, visited with members of the Forces Armee Djibouti (FAD) to discuss military engineering best practices at FAD facilities, Sept. 23-27, 2018. The engineering event was scheduled in response to a request during the Security Prioritization Working Group in Sept. 2017, said Maj. Christopher Hettinger, Bilateral Affairs Officer for the State Partnership Program in Djibouti. “Discussing engineering strengths, weaknesses and opportunities will provide a basis for future collaboration,” said Hettinger. […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Honoring the Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice is the best way to ensure their devotion to the country will never be forgotten. For one retired National Guardsman, James Walter Yount Jr., this charge to honor those in his family who have made this sacrifice is a duty he takes very seriously. He is also dedicated to remembering his grandfather who served in World War 1. “That monument in Frankfort has been touched by so many hands of the Yount family, it means a lot to me,” […]

    Honoring the fallen a family tradition for Guardsman

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Honoring the Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice is the best way to ensure their devotion to the country will never be forgotten. For one retired National Guardsman, James Walter Yount Jr., this charge to honor those in his family who have made this sacrifice is a duty he takes very seriously. He is also dedicated to remembering his grandfather who served in World War 1. “That monument in Frankfort has been touched by so many hands of the Yount family, it means a lot to me,” […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Kentucky National Guard’s highest state decoration is the Medal for Valor, which may be awarded to a member of the Kentucky National Guard who has distinguished himself/herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty while in the service of the State and/or United States.  Additionally, it must have involved personal risk of life or a performance of more than ordinarily hazardous service, the omission of which would not justly subject the person to censure for shortcoming or failure in the performance of […]

    The first recipients of the Kentucky Medal for Valor

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Kentucky National Guard’s highest state decoration is the Medal for Valor, which may be awarded to a member of the Kentucky National Guard who has distinguished himself/herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty while in the service of the State and/or United States.  Additionally, it must have involved personal risk of life or a performance of more than ordinarily hazardous service, the omission of which would not justly subject the person to censure for shortcoming or failure in the performance of […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth, 11 Citizen-Soldiers from Officer Candidate School Class 60-18 became commissioned officers in the rotunda of the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 22, 2018. The ceremony commemorated the 11 officers’ completion of Officer Candidate School,which included of a five-mile run, multiple foot marches, and a 48-hour field training exercise, as well as many other strenuous physical activities and academic challenges over the course of a year and a half. Each class is instructed by cadre with the 2nd Battalion, 238th Modular Training […]

    Kentucky OCS graduates 11 new officers

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth, 11 Citizen-Soldiers from Officer Candidate School Class 60-18 became commissioned officers in the rotunda of the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 22, 2018. The ceremony commemorated the 11 officers’ completion of Officer Candidate School,which included of a five-mile run, multiple foot marches, and a 48-hour field training exercise, as well as many other strenuous physical activities and academic challenges over the course of a year and a half. Each class is instructed by cadre with the 2nd Battalion, 238th Modular Training […]

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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade BURLINGTON, Ky. — The Soldiers of the 103rd Chemical Battalion said their goodbyes to Lt. Col. Brandye Williams and welcomed Lt. Col. Jessicah Garrett as their battalion commander during a change of command ceremony Sept. 16 at the Kentucky National Guard Readiness Center in Burlington. The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade commander, Col. Joseph Gardner oversaw the change of command and transferred the colors from the outgoing commander Williams to the incoming commander Garret in front of the battalion and distinguished guests. “It is an honor to be here, and I am humbled […]

    Garrett takes charge of 103rd Chemical Battalion

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade BURLINGTON, Ky. — The Soldiers of the 103rd Chemical Battalion said their goodbyes to Lt. Col. Brandye Williams and welcomed Lt. Col. Jessicah Garrett as their battalion commander during a change of command ceremony Sept. 16 at the Kentucky National Guard Readiness Center in Burlington. The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade commander, Col. Joseph Gardner oversaw the change of command and transferred the colors from the outgoing commander Williams to the incoming commander Garret in front of the battalion and distinguished guests. “It is an honor to be here, and I am humbled […]

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  • By Capt. Rob Cooley, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. – Approximately 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, led by Col. Dwayne Lewis, deployed to Raleigh N.C., Sept. 16, to provide command and control for all the Army aviation assets responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The unit will set up a command and control center in order to synchronize all aviation efforts of communication, rescue operations, and overall assistance to those affected by the storm. “This is the best part of being a Guardsman, answering the call for help from citizens of our […]

    Army Guardsmen support hurricane relief efforts

    By Capt. Rob Cooley, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. – Approximately 60 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, led by Col. Dwayne Lewis, deployed to Raleigh N.C., Sept. 16, to provide command and control for all the Army aviation assets responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The unit will set up a command and control center in order to synchronize all aviation efforts of communication, rescue operations, and overall assistance to those affected by the storm. “This is the best part of being a Guardsman, answering the call for help from citizens of our […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs There’s hardly an empty spot on the walls of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III’s office. A museum-quality collection with decades of memories hanging as testimony to a storied career. “I told the adjutant general, if I could do this until the day I die, I would do it. That’s how much I enjoy it,” he said. Adams has given the majority of his life to his country, forty years. He was commissioned right out of college in 1978, completed flight school in 1980 and spent 15 years on active duty. Changing […]

    Adams retiring with more than forty years of service

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs There’s hardly an empty spot on the walls of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III’s office. A museum-quality collection with decades of memories hanging as testimony to a storied career. “I told the adjutant general, if I could do this until the day I die, I would do it. That’s how much I enjoy it,” he said. Adams has given the majority of his life to his country, forty years. He was commissioned right out of college in 1978, completed flight school in 1980 and spent 15 years on active duty. Changing […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. – Guardsmen and employees of Boone National Guard Center joined the family of Col. Steven T. King to celebrate King’s promotion to the rank of brigadier general in Frankfort, Sept. 6. To view all photos from this event, please click HERE. King, the Kentucky National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Officer (FMO) was pinned by his wife, Becky, his son, Benson, and Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan during the ceremony in front a large gathering at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Boone Center. “With every opportunity comes an aspiration to make a […]

    King promoted to brigadier general

    Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. – Guardsmen and employees of Boone National Guard Center joined the family of Col. Steven T. King to celebrate King’s promotion to the rank of brigadier general in Frankfort, Sept. 6. To view all photos from this event, please click HERE. King, the Kentucky National Guard’s Construction and Facilities Management Officer (FMO) was pinned by his wife, Becky, his son, Benson, and Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan during the ceremony in front a large gathering at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Boone Center. “With every opportunity comes an aspiration to make a […]

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