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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — For seven years, volunteers with the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center have helped make the Christmas season a little brighter for some military families. Operation Military Cheer accepts applications from military families across the commonwealth that may not be able to provide for their children each Christmas. Kentucky Guardsmen, volunteers and local organizations including the Building Association of Central Kentucky answer the call to help and help deliver toys to the families. For the 2018 season, Operation Military Cheer provided for 293 children from 112 families throughout the Kentucky Guard’s ranks. […]

    Operation Military Cheer successful once again

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — For seven years, volunteers with the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center have helped make the Christmas season a little brighter for some military families. Operation Military Cheer accepts applications from military families across the commonwealth that may not be able to provide for their children each Christmas. Kentucky Guardsmen, volunteers and local organizations including the Building Association of Central Kentucky answer the call to help and help deliver toys to the families. For the 2018 season, Operation Military Cheer provided for 293 children from 112 families throughout the Kentucky Guard’s ranks. […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard January 8, 2019, marks the 204th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, considered by many as the last battle of the War of 1812.  Though never becoming a Federal holiday, the eighth of January, was for many years celebrated across the country, with commemorations and firing of salutes in honor of the great American victory over the British. On October 14, 1814, Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby issued a call for men to join Gen. Andrew Jackson’s command for the New Orleans campaign, and under that call three regiments of Kentucky Detached Militia were […]

    The legend of Kentucky’s lone marksman at the Battle of New Orleans

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard January 8, 2019, marks the 204th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, considered by many as the last battle of the War of 1812.  Though never becoming a Federal holiday, the eighth of January, was for many years celebrated across the country, with commemorations and firing of salutes in honor of the great American victory over the British. On October 14, 1814, Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby issued a call for men to join Gen. Andrew Jackson’s command for the New Orleans campaign, and under that call three regiments of Kentucky Detached Militia were […]

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  • Video by Nick Goldring & Lisa Hutson, WHAS 11 News You may remember back in September of 2018 when WHAS11 News embedded with the Kentucky National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade to Raleigh North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence. We captured so many incredible stories in the four days we spent with this unit. Too many to share in the short amount of time we had. That is why Photojournalist Nick Goldring and I put together a full documentary so viewers can see exactly what these men and women go through to answer the call for help.

    Call to Duty: 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade and Hurricane Florence

    Video by Nick Goldring & Lisa Hutson, WHAS 11 News You may remember back in September of 2018 when WHAS11 News embedded with the Kentucky National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade to Raleigh North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence. We captured so many incredible stories in the four days we spent with this unit. Too many to share in the short amount of time we had. That is why Photojournalist Nick Goldring and I put together a full documentary so viewers can see exactly what these men and women go through to answer the call for help.

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2019 is upon us and we have a lot to be thankful for from 2018. Thank you goes out to all our Guardsmen and their families for accepting the missions and allowing us to do our jobs, and to our partner agencies across the commonwealth for the great collaborations benefiting Kentucky and the nation. Here’s a few of the most popular highlights of the past 12 months. Sgt. Jordy Brewer named National Guard NCO of the Year Selfless Service drives Soldiers to heroic rescue 123rd Airlift Wing earns 17th Air Force Outstanding Unit award Kentucky Guardsmen respond […]

    Memorable moments from 2018

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2019 is upon us and we have a lot to be thankful for from 2018. Thank you goes out to all our Guardsmen and their families for accepting the missions and allowing us to do our jobs, and to our partner agencies across the commonwealth for the great collaborations benefiting Kentucky and the nation. Here’s a few of the most popular highlights of the past 12 months. Sgt. Jordy Brewer named National Guard NCO of the Year Selfless Service drives Soldiers to heroic rescue 123rd Airlift Wing earns 17th Air Force Outstanding Unit award Kentucky Guardsmen respond […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Senior leaders from Kentucky National Guard units across the state met this week for their annual leaders meeting in Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 13. While there they received leadership tips from retired Army Lt. Col. Jason Cummins during the professional development portion of the day. Cummins has spent the majority of his career in leadership roles and currently serves as the University of Kentucky’s Executive Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Experience. He was also the head of the UK Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program as his last […]

    UK staff provides professional development to Guard leaders

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Senior leaders from Kentucky National Guard units across the state met this week for their annual leaders meeting in Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 13. While there they received leadership tips from retired Army Lt. Col. Jason Cummins during the professional development portion of the day. Cummins has spent the majority of his career in leadership roles and currently serves as the University of Kentucky’s Executive Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Experience. He was also the head of the UK Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program as his last […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard With the ending of the First World War, the steel industry in the United States found itself with an excessive production capability in personnel and a reduced market.  Steel factories faced fierce competition as the national requirement for steel and steel products plummeted in the early 1920’s.  The Andrews rolling mills at Newport, Kentucky was one of the factories that felt the financial pressures and decided to reduce the hourly pay of its employees as well as organizing the plant as an open shop, where workers did not have to join a union. Negotiations […]

    Local hostilities, martial law lead to creation of state police

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard With the ending of the First World War, the steel industry in the United States found itself with an excessive production capability in personnel and a reduced market.  Steel factories faced fierce competition as the national requirement for steel and steel products plummeted in the early 1920’s.  The Andrews rolling mills at Newport, Kentucky was one of the factories that felt the financial pressures and decided to reduce the hourly pay of its employees as well as organizing the plant as an open shop, where workers did not have to join a union. Negotiations […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a ceremony held Nov 13, Eliot Handziak took the oath of office to become an officer in the Kentucky National Guard, and a military chaplain. Self-described as a passionate and compassionate person, he says he goes ‘all in’ no matter what it is he is doing. The 45-year-old, Evansville, Indiana-native currently serves as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and had served as a pastor for 14 years, and as a hospital chaplain for 4 years. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Biblical […]

    New chaplain inspired by Veteran grandparents

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a ceremony held Nov 13, Eliot Handziak took the oath of office to become an officer in the Kentucky National Guard, and a military chaplain. Self-described as a passionate and compassionate person, he says he goes ‘all in’ no matter what it is he is doing. The 45-year-old, Evansville, Indiana-native currently serves as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and had served as a pastor for 14 years, and as a hospital chaplain for 4 years. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Biblical […]

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  • Story by: Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 101st MCP-OD Public Affairs FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Thirty-eight Kentucky National Guardsmen and Army Reservists assigned to the 101st Main Command Post – Operational Detachment, Kentucky National Guard, were honored during a ceremony after being deployed as part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters staff to Afghanistan, at McAuliffe Hall, Fort Campbell, Ky., Dec. 14. To see all the photos from the event, please click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/101stabdivaa/ Honored guests included Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander (rear) Brig. Gen. […]

    Kentucky Governor welcomes 101st MCP-OD back from deployment to Afghanistan

    Story by: Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 101st MCP-OD Public Affairs FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Thirty-eight Kentucky National Guardsmen and Army Reservists assigned to the 101st Main Command Post – Operational Detachment, Kentucky National Guard, were honored during a ceremony after being deployed as part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters staff to Afghanistan, at McAuliffe Hall, Fort Campbell, Ky., Dec. 14. To see all the photos from the event, please click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/101stabdivaa/ Honored guests included Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander (rear) Brig. Gen. […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HARRODSBURG, Ky. – In October of 1941, 66 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from Mercer County, Kentucky sailed from San Francisco, California to the Philippine Islands to defend the Pacific from the Japanese. These brave men endured the invasion of the Philippines in the early stages of World War II before surrendering and the 66 miles of the “Bataan Death March.” They were held as prisoners of war for the remainder of the war with only 37 of the original 66 men returning to Kentucky.  The Harrodsburg-based 103rd Brigade Support Battalion and […]

    103rd Brigade Support Battalion hosts 76th Bataan Memorial Day to honor Harrodsburg Tankers

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HARRODSBURG, Ky. – In October of 1941, 66 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from Mercer County, Kentucky sailed from San Francisco, California to the Philippine Islands to defend the Pacific from the Japanese. These brave men endured the invasion of the Philippines in the early stages of World War II before surrendering and the 66 miles of the “Bataan Death March.” They were held as prisoners of war for the remainder of the war with only 37 of the original 66 men returning to Kentucky.  The Harrodsburg-based 103rd Brigade Support Battalion and […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Recent generations have forgotten or possibly never heard of Armistice Day and its significance to American and world history.  How many have heard or understood the meaning of the immortal words, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month?”  Eleven A.M. on November 11, 1918 marked the signing of the armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany, at Compiegne, France, ending hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War.   This day would become a national holiday in the United States as well as many of the Allied Nations. Today, […]

    11-11-11, 100 years later

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Recent generations have forgotten or possibly never heard of Armistice Day and its significance to American and world history.  How many have heard or understood the meaning of the immortal words, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month?”  Eleven A.M. on November 11, 1918 marked the signing of the armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany, at Compiegne, France, ending hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War.   This day would become a national holiday in the United States as well as many of the Allied Nations. Today, […]

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