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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — Following their service as part of the Kentucky Brigade on the Mexican Border, Company M, Second Kentucky Infantry Regiment returned home to Beattyville, Kentucky, in February 1917. With the approaching entrance of the United States in the World War which was raging in Europe, military activities increased in the commonwealth. Kentucky National Guard units across the state were busily recruiting their commands to war strength. Simultaneously, units were being ordered to guard duty at various points in the state to secure vital pieces of infrastructure for fear of sabotage from German […]

    Century-old photo highlights Kentucky Guardsmen in WWI

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — Following their service as part of the Kentucky Brigade on the Mexican Border, Company M, Second Kentucky Infantry Regiment returned home to Beattyville, Kentucky, in February 1917. With the approaching entrance of the United States in the World War which was raging in Europe, military activities increased in the commonwealth. Kentucky National Guard units across the state were busily recruiting their commands to war strength. Simultaneously, units were being ordered to guard duty at various points in the state to secure vital pieces of infrastructure for fear of sabotage from German […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky National Guard’s judge advocates and paralegal specialists across the state gathered at Boone National Guard Center for the JAG Corps’ Annual Military Law Update, Aug. 9-12, 2018. The corps also uses this training opportunity to reeducate themselves on areas of operation that they may not come in contact with regularly, and to network with each other to share best practices, which is necessary with the constant rotation of assignments within the corps. This training allows judge advocates and paralegals to ensure their legal counsel and services […]

    Legal review

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky National Guard’s judge advocates and paralegal specialists across the state gathered at Boone National Guard Center for the JAG Corps’ Annual Military Law Update, Aug. 9-12, 2018. The corps also uses this training opportunity to reeducate themselves on areas of operation that they may not come in contact with regularly, and to network with each other to share best practices, which is necessary with the constant rotation of assignments within the corps. This training allows judge advocates and paralegals to ensure their legal counsel and services […]

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  • By Sgt. Cody Cooper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SEMBACH, Germany — Soldiers of the 202nd Army Band provided support for the Unites States Army Europe Band in Sembach, Germany July 2018. The purpose of the 202nd’s annual training was to carry-out band mission requests while the Sembach-based Europe Band was assigned abroad. “We have had a large variety of missions that we have performed, in which we have had a cultural outreach with our host country of Germany,” said Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, the 202nd Army Band director. The 202nd performed nine events during their time in Germany; […]

    202nd Army Band takes gig in Germany

    By Sgt. Cody Cooper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SEMBACH, Germany — Soldiers of the 202nd Army Band provided support for the Unites States Army Europe Band in Sembach, Germany July 2018. The purpose of the 202nd’s annual training was to carry-out band mission requests while the Sembach-based Europe Band was assigned abroad. “We have had a large variety of missions that we have performed, in which we have had a cultural outreach with our host country of Germany,” said Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, the 202nd Army Band director. The 202nd performed nine events during their time in Germany; […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Military chaplains have served alongside Soldiers as long as armies have existed, nurturing Soldiers’ spiritual needs, working to improve morale, caring for the wounded, and honoring the fallen. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, established July 29, 1775, is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. Though their field is one of the first, and may not change structure as often as other jobs in the military, the Chaplain Corps still trains like any other, excluding weaponry for the chaplains themselves. The Kentucky National Guard Chaplains […]

    Chaplain corps maintains mission of faith

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Military chaplains have served alongside Soldiers as long as armies have existed, nurturing Soldiers’ spiritual needs, working to improve morale, caring for the wounded, and honoring the fallen. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, established July 29, 1775, is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. Though their field is one of the first, and may not change structure as often as other jobs in the military, the Chaplain Corps still trains like any other, excluding weaponry for the chaplains themselves. The Kentucky National Guard Chaplains […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Warning: death, serious injury or damage to Army equipment will occur if actions specified are not implemented. That was the Safety of Use Message (SOUM) sent out this spring across all branches of service, including Active, Reserve and National Guard. Just in the Kentucky National Guard alone, more than 1,200 tires have been damaged. Nearly 50% of the Humvees were involved and almost every unit in the commonwealth affected. Tires on 290 vehicles would need to be replaced due to cracks in the tread. Nationally, in the Guard, over 32,000 wheel […]

    Kentucky Guardsman discovers tire defect; DOD makes changes for safety

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – Warning: death, serious injury or damage to Army equipment will occur if actions specified are not implemented. That was the Safety of Use Message (SOUM) sent out this spring across all branches of service, including Active, Reserve and National Guard. Just in the Kentucky National Guard alone, more than 1,200 tires have been damaged. Nearly 50% of the Humvees were involved and almost every unit in the commonwealth affected. Tires on 290 vehicles would need to be replaced due to cracks in the tread. Nationally, in the Guard, over 32,000 wheel […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – Soldiers with the 238th Regiment hosted senior instructors from the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Aug. 15-17, as part of Kentucky’s partnership with the African nation. The intent of this meeting was to share best practices regarding building curriculum,instruction, and coordinating a standardized training system. Maj. Jamie Carta, State Partnership Program Coordinator, said that the discussion today was an overview of how the U.S. Armed Forces develop materials for curriculum, as well as how we develop and choose instructors. “They want […]

    238th shares training practices with Djibouti

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – Soldiers with the 238th Regiment hosted senior instructors from the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Aug. 15-17, as part of Kentucky’s partnership with the African nation. The intent of this meeting was to share best practices regarding building curriculum,instruction, and coordinating a standardized training system. Maj. Jamie Carta, State Partnership Program Coordinator, said that the discussion today was an overview of how the U.S. Armed Forces develop materials for curriculum, as well as how we develop and choose instructors. “They want […]

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  • 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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