KYARNG Archive

  • By:  Maj. Carla A. Raisler, Team Chief, Joint Forces Headquarters Defensive Cyber Operations Element CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Members of the Kentucky and Alabama National and Air National Guard combined forces for the Cyber Shield ‘17 National Level exercise at Utah National Guard Readiness Center at Camp Williams, for two weeks of cyber security training, April 23 through May 5, 2017. The combined team included members from both states’ Defense Cyber Operations Element and Cyber Protection teams. Each of the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have a DCO-E and many states are now standing up CPTs. […]

    Kentucky and Alabama combined forces for Cyber Shield ‘17

    By:  Maj. Carla A. Raisler, Team Chief, Joint Forces Headquarters Defensive Cyber Operations Element CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Members of the Kentucky and Alabama National and Air National Guard combined forces for the Cyber Shield ‘17 National Level exercise at Utah National Guard Readiness Center at Camp Williams, for two weeks of cyber security training, April 23 through May 5, 2017. The combined team included members from both states’ Defense Cyber Operations Element and Cyber Protection teams. Each of the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have a DCO-E and many states are now standing up CPTs. […]

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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.–Kentucky National Guardsmen Chief Warrant Officer Ryan T. Thompson, aviation maintenance technician with C Company, 1st Battalion,  376th Security and Support Aviation, was named Kentucky National Guard’s Warrant Officer of the Year at a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan 17. The warrant officer of the year nominees are a selection of warrants from each major command in the Kentucky Guard and according to State Command Chief Warrant Officer James W. Simms, they are the best of the best. “Our warrants are […]

    Thompson named Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer of the Year

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Kentucky National Guardsmen Chief Warrant Officer Ryan T. Thompson, aviation maintenance technician with C Company, 1st Battalion,  376th Security and Support Aviation, was named Kentucky National Guard’s Warrant Officer of the Year at a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan 17. The warrant officer of the year nominees are a selection of warrants from each major command in the Kentucky Guard and according to State Command Chief Warrant Officer James W. Simms, they are the best of the best. “Our warrants are […]

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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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  • By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

    Departing General Receives Distinguished Service Medal

    By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative SOMERSET, Ky.— The 202nd Army Band performed a concert in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 10th, 2012. The concert was held at The Center for Rural Development and was attended by several hundred patrons. The program consisted of the following selections; -“An American Fanfare”, by Rick Kirby -“The Star Spangled Banner”, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, music by John Stafford Smith -“The Black Horse Troop”, by John Philip Sousa -“American River Songs”, by Pierre LaPlante –Italian Rhapsody, by Julie Giroux –Fort McHenry Suite, by […]

    202nd Band pays tribute to Veterans during concert

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative SOMERSET, Ky.— The 202nd Army Band performed a concert in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 10th, 2012. The concert was held at The Center for Rural Development and was attended by several hundred patrons. The program consisted of the following selections; -“An American Fanfare”, by Rick Kirby -“The Star Spangled Banner”, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, music by John Stafford Smith -“The Black Horse Troop”, by John Philip Sousa -“American River Songs”, by Pierre LaPlante –Italian Rhapsody, by Julie Giroux –Fort McHenry Suite, by […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — For the ninth year in a row, the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Recruiting and Retention met the state’s assigned end strength goal.  The recruiters of the unit ensured that Kentucky remained above the 7,370 Soldiers needed in its ranks as set by the National Guard Bureau (NGB) in Washington, D.C. To celebrate the occasion, Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini gathered with members of the 2/75th and recent enlistees at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Nov. 20, 2012 to share his congratulations […]

    Recruiting meets Guard strength for 9th year in row

    Story by Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — For the ninth year in a row, the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Recruiting and Retention met the state’s assigned end strength goal.  The recruiters of the unit ensured that Kentucky remained above the 7,370 Soldiers needed in its ranks as set by the National Guard Bureau (NGB) in Washington, D.C. To celebrate the occasion, Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini gathered with members of the 2/75th and recent enlistees at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Nov. 20, 2012 to share his congratulations […]

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  • Staff Report Photos by Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BOONE NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, FRANKFORT, Ky. –– The Kentucky National Guard added its newest piece of equipment to its arsenal during the joint conference for the National Guard Association of Kentucky and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kentucky. Hung proudly on display at Kentucky’s Emergency Operations Center, the replica of the original .75 caliber Newtowne Matchlock Musket bears a distinct significance to the Commonwealth. “The serial number is NG0015, signifying the 15th state of the union. We were able to acquire that by request for […]

    Musket replica honors spirit of Citizen Soldier

    Staff Report Photos by Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BOONE NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, FRANKFORT, Ky. –– The Kentucky National Guard added its newest piece of equipment to its arsenal during the joint conference for the National Guard Association of Kentucky and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kentucky. Hung proudly on display at Kentucky’s Emergency Operations Center, the replica of the original .75 caliber Newtowne Matchlock Musket bears a distinct significance to the Commonwealth. “The serial number is NG0015, signifying the 15th state of the union. We were able to acquire that by request for […]

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  • By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are those in, and out of uniform, that are dedicated to telling the story of the Kentucky National Guard.  One individual recently was awarded for just such work.  Dave Altom with the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office received the third place prize for civilian commentary for a story he wrote on Wounded Warriors.  The award was given as part of the annual Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Communication Competition, a Department of the Army sponsored event that showcases journalism excellence from military personnel and […]

    Kentucky Guard PAO awarded for work

    By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are those in, and out of uniform, that are dedicated to telling the story of the Kentucky National Guard.  One individual recently was awarded for just such work.  Dave Altom with the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office received the third place prize for civilian commentary for a story he wrote on Wounded Warriors.  The award was given as part of the annual Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Communication Competition, a Department of the Army sponsored event that showcases journalism excellence from military personnel and […]

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