military families Archive

  • 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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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Col. John Blackburn has worn an Army uniform for 24 years. The Frankfort-native joined the Kentucky Guard in 1994, serving multiple tours overseas. Achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2014 is but another accomplishment in his military career. Joining the military was the result of a childhood fascination, Blackburn said, but a decision that is rooted in the history of Kentucky and those who have helped shape it. “I’m not driven to tell my family ‘s story,” he said. “I just find personally interesting […]

    Kentucky Guardsman honors family’s military legacy

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Col. John Blackburn has worn an Army uniform for 24 years. The Frankfort-native joined the Kentucky Guard in 1994, serving multiple tours overseas. Achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2014 is but another accomplishment in his military career. Joining the military was the result of a childhood fascination, Blackburn said, but a decision that is rooted in the history of Kentucky and those who have helped shape it. “I’m not driven to tell my family ‘s story,” he said. “I just find personally interesting […]

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  • Story by Leo Shane III, Military Times When Kentucky Guardsman Eva Slusher returned from her stateside deployment in 2004, she was welcomed home with news that she had lost custody of her daughter. A decade later, she finally has hope that no service member will ever have to go through that again. Tucked into this year’s annual defense authorization bill passed by Congress late last week is a provision preventing state judges from using military deployments against troops in child custody cases. It’s the culmination of an eight-year fight for Slusher and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, who both insist the change […]

    Kentucky Guardsman lobbys for custodial rights

    Story by Leo Shane III, Military Times When Kentucky Guardsman Eva Slusher returned from her stateside deployment in 2004, she was welcomed home with news that she had lost custody of her daughter. A decade later, she finally has hope that no service member will ever have to go through that again. Tucked into this year’s annual defense authorization bill passed by Congress late last week is a provision preventing state judges from using military deployments against troops in child custody cases. It’s the culmination of an eight-year fight for Slusher and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, who both insist the change […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the fifth year in a row, Churchill Downs was the setting for the largest event in the Nation honoring surviving family members of fallen military Service members.  More than 800 brothers, sisters, moms and dads of those lost since 9/11 were treated to a day at the races at the storied horse racing track in Louisville, Nov. 2. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry joined Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini in recognizing the family members during an afternoon luncheon in […]

    Humana, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Guard support Survivors’ Day at the Races

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the fifth year in a row, Churchill Downs was the setting for the largest event in the Nation honoring surviving family members of fallen military Service members.  More than 800 brothers, sisters, moms and dads of those lost since 9/11 were treated to a day at the races at the storied horse racing track in Louisville, Nov. 2. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry joined Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini in recognizing the family members during an afternoon luncheon in […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — When the Kentucky National Guard describes itself as a family organization, it has the proof to back it up. Chief Warrant Officer Jennifer Maggard’s story is a prime example. Sept. 12, 2014 will remain a special date for the family as Maggard was promoted to chief warrant officer three in front of friends and family, just before she swore her younger sister Logan Green into the Kentucky Guard. “I am very proud to have my sister serving with me in uniform,” said Maggard. “She has always been […]

    Unique day for family of Kentucky Guard

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — When the Kentucky National Guard describes itself as a family organization, it has the proof to back it up. Chief Warrant Officer Jennifer Maggard’s story is a prime example. Sept. 12, 2014 will remain a special date for the family as Maggard was promoted to chief warrant officer three in front of friends and family, just before she swore her younger sister Logan Green into the Kentucky Guard. “I am very proud to have my sister serving with me in uniform,” said Maggard. “She has always been […]

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  • Story by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MOREHEAD, Ky. — The community of Morehead renamed Highway 801 on Wednesday in honor of United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin. Fannin and three fellow service members were killed in an MC-12 Liberty crash in Afghanistan in April 2013. Highway 801 will be renamed the Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin Highway. Fannin was born and raised in Morehead. Click here for more photos of this event. Click here to see the LEX18 story on this event. Members of the Morehead community, Kentucky State Police and […]

    Highway dedicated to memory of fallen Airman

    Story by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MOREHEAD, Ky. — The community of Morehead renamed Highway 801 on Wednesday in honor of United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin. Fannin and three fellow service members were killed in an MC-12 Liberty crash in Afghanistan in April 2013. Highway 801 will be renamed the Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin Highway. Fannin was born and raised in Morehead. Click here for more photos of this event. Click here to see the LEX18 story on this event. Members of the Morehead community, Kentucky State Police and […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — “As soon as I saw two men in Army greens come in from the kitchen, I lost it. My stomach dropped out. I was praying he was hurt, but we couldn’t be so lucky,” remembered Ryan Clemons of the day he found out his dad would not be coming home from Iraq. It was December, 2006 when the family learned of the death of Staff Sgt. Thomas Clemons. While serving with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor on patrol near Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, Clemons succumbed to a […]

    Kentucky Soldier carries on father’s legacy

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — “As soon as I saw two men in Army greens come in from the kitchen, I lost it. My stomach dropped out. I was praying he was hurt, but we couldn’t be so lucky,” remembered Ryan Clemons of the day he found out his dad would not be coming home from Iraq. It was December, 2006 when the family learned of the death of Staff Sgt. Thomas Clemons. While serving with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor on patrol near Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, Clemons succumbed to a […]

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  • Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops, Kentucky Command Chief Warrant Officer FRANKFORT, Ky. — As this Father’s Day approaches I find myself reflecting on the fact that many of our Soldiers and Airmen will be away from home on this day dedicated to honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. Many will not be with their families as family members desperately plan to make this a special day for the Dads in their lives. And, while many fathers around the country may not be home this weekend to celebrate with their loved ones, this is a fact of life for our military […]

    Commentary: A salute to military fathers

    Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops, Kentucky Command Chief Warrant Officer FRANKFORT, Ky. — As this Father’s Day approaches I find myself reflecting on the fact that many of our Soldiers and Airmen will be away from home on this day dedicated to honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. Many will not be with their families as family members desperately plan to make this a special day for the Dads in their lives. And, while many fathers around the country may not be home this weekend to celebrate with their loved ones, this is a fact of life for our military […]

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  • Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — President John F. Kennedy said, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” Today, we remember and honor the American Servicemembers, ordinary men and women, who died while in military service. Since 1866, when the people of Waterloo, New York dipped their flags to half mast and decorated their village to remember the Soldiers who died during the Civil War, our nation has paid tribute to those lives of all service men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. […]

    Commemorating Memorial Day in Kentucky

    Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — President John F. Kennedy said, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” Today, we remember and honor the American Servicemembers, ordinary men and women, who died while in military service. Since 1866, when the people of Waterloo, New York dipped their flags to half mast and decorated their village to remember the Soldiers who died during the Civil War, our nation has paid tribute to those lives of all service men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — For Dillon Walker it was more than just another school assignment.  The Western Hills High School student wanted to do something special for his senior project, so he chose military appreciation as a theme.  Little did he know his efforts would affect so many. Click here for more photos on this story. In 2006 Walker’s uncle, Master Sgt. Clinton Cubert, was hit by an improvised explosive device while serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2113th Transportation Company in Samarra, Iraq.  Cubert’s injuries were critical and he was […]

    High school student honors legacy of fallen Guardsman

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — For Dillon Walker it was more than just another school assignment.  The Western Hills High School student wanted to do something special for his senior project, so he chose military appreciation as a theme.  Little did he know his efforts would affect so many. Click here for more photos on this story. In 2006 Walker’s uncle, Master Sgt. Clinton Cubert, was hit by an improvised explosive device while serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2113th Transportation Company in Samarra, Iraq.  Cubert’s injuries were critical and he was […]

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