Promotions/Awards Archive

  • 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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  • Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Family, friends, honored guests, and colleagues gathered at the Billy G. Wellman Armory on Boone National Guard Center to commemorate the promotion of Col. Charles T. Jones to the rank of Brigadier General, July 17, 2015. “This is a tremendous opportunity to be able to continue to affect change in the lives Soldiers,” said Jones. “I am truly blessed.” Jones said he owes much of his success to hard work and support of his family. “Hard work is what got me here, and that’s what I’ll continue […]

    Kentucky infantryman pins brigadier general

    Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Family, friends, honored guests, and colleagues gathered at the Billy G. Wellman Armory on Boone National Guard Center to commemorate the promotion of Col. Charles T. Jones to the rank of Brigadier General, July 17, 2015. “This is a tremendous opportunity to be able to continue to affect change in the lives Soldiers,” said Jones. “I am truly blessed.” Jones said he owes much of his success to hard work and support of his family. “Hard work is what got me here, and that’s what I’ll continue […]

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  • Story by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. Kathryn Pfeifer, director of staff for Headquarters, Kentucky Air National Guard, was promoted to rank of colonel during a ceremony, Aug. 17, breaking a symbolic barrier in the process. “This is a great day for Col. Pfeifer and her family, but this is a historic day for the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Air National Guard,” explained Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, who officiated the ceremony. “She is the first female line officer to obtain the rank […]

    Female line officer promoted to colonel

    Story by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. Kathryn Pfeifer, director of staff for Headquarters, Kentucky Air National Guard, was promoted to rank of colonel during a ceremony, Aug. 17, breaking a symbolic barrier in the process. “This is a great day for Col. Pfeifer and her family, but this is a historic day for the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Air National Guard,” explained Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, who officiated the ceremony. “She is the first female line officer to obtain the rank […]

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  • Story by Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brig. Gen. Mark R. Kraus, a Kentucky Air Guardsman who serves as Air National Guard assistant to the commander of U.S. Air Forces Central, was promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony held here Sunday. Kraus’ wife, Leslie was assisted by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general, in pinning the new rank insignia before an audience of more than 200 family, friends and coworkers. Tonini, who praised Kraus for his dedication to excellence during a career spanning more […]

    Air Guard’s Kraus promoted to major general

    Story by Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brig. Gen. Mark R. Kraus, a Kentucky Air Guardsman who serves as Air National Guard assistant to the commander of U.S. Air Forces Central, was promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony held here Sunday. Kraus’ wife, Leslie was assisted by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general, in pinning the new rank insignia before an audience of more than 200 family, friends and coworkers. Tonini, who praised Kraus for his dedication to excellence during a career spanning more […]

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  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

    ‘Oh Canada’ Week in Kentucky

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

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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 FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

    Former Brigade Commander presented with Prestigious Award

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.–Col. Scott Campbell, former commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquartered out of Louisville, Ky., was presented the Legion of Merit during an award ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 11. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General of Kentucky, for Campbell’s meritorious service as commander while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011. The award highlighted Campbell’s leadership, dedication and devotion to his Soldiers across the 2,500 strong brigade.   His hard work in planning, resourcing […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos of this event. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Four brand new lieutenants were commissioned before a crowd of family, friends and fellow Soldiers in a ceremony conducted at the Boone National Guard Center on April 3, 2012. The graduates – each a product of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Winter Accelerated Officer Candidate School – included 2nd Lt. John M. Carolan, 2nd Lt. Tyler C. Curran, 2nd Lt. Holdun M. Reed and 2nd Lt. David S. Terracino. Maj. Gen. Ed Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky, spoke highly of the recruits and […]

    Family and friends hail new Kentucky Army National Guard lieutenants

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos of this event. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Four brand new lieutenants were commissioned before a crowd of family, friends and fellow Soldiers in a ceremony conducted at the Boone National Guard Center on April 3, 2012. The graduates – each a product of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Winter Accelerated Officer Candidate School – included 2nd Lt. John M. Carolan, 2nd Lt. Tyler C. Curran, 2nd Lt. Holdun M. Reed and 2nd Lt. David S. Terracino. Maj. Gen. Ed Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky, spoke highly of the recruits and […]

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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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  • MJO Story and photo by: Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s Colonel Stephen R. Hogan was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., March 12. The promotion to general is an extremely competitive process with less than one percent of career officers ever advancing beyond the rank of colonel. “Twenty-seven years ago I never envisioned how my career would progress to become a general today,” said Hogan. Brig. Gen. Hogan was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Morehead State University on May […]

    Hogan is the Kentucky National Guard's newest flag officer

    MJO Story and photo by: Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s Colonel Stephen R. Hogan was promoted to brigadier general during a ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., March 12. The promotion to general is an extremely competitive process with less than one percent of career officers ever advancing beyond the rank of colonel. “Twenty-seven years ago I never envisioned how my career would progress to become a general today,” said Hogan. Brig. Gen. Hogan was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Morehead State University on May […]

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