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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Kentucky National Guard Memorial, dedicated in 2015, located at the entrance to Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. The monument contains the names of 269 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in times of war, peace, civil and natural disaster to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today as citizens of the Commonwealth. This year, 2018, marks the final year in which we, as a nation commemorate the Centennial of WWI, what would be more fitting than to recognize the service of one of our World War I heroes? […]

    A name on the memorial: the story of William Aubrey

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Kentucky National Guard Memorial, dedicated in 2015, located at the entrance to Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. The monument contains the names of 269 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in times of war, peace, civil and natural disaster to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today as citizens of the Commonwealth. This year, 2018, marks the final year in which we, as a nation commemorate the Centennial of WWI, what would be more fitting than to recognize the service of one of our World War I heroes? […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The guidon signifying the command of the 238th Regiment (Combat Arms) changed hands in a ceremony at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center May 20. Outgoing commander, Col. Jeffrey H. Casada, handed over the reins of the unit that consists of the state’s Regional Training Institute to Lt. Col. Frederick W. Bates. “Even though the 238th has a record for complete excellence, under the tutelage of Col. Casada, we have taken it to a whole new aperture,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general. For […]

    Bates takes charge of 238th Regiment

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – The guidon signifying the command of the 238th Regiment (Combat Arms) changed hands in a ceremony at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center May 20. Outgoing commander, Col. Jeffrey H. Casada, handed over the reins of the unit that consists of the state’s Regional Training Institute to Lt. Col. Frederick W. Bates. “Even though the 238th has a record for complete excellence, under the tutelage of Col. Casada, we have taken it to a whole new aperture,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general. For […]

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  • Story and photos by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – “How am I supposed to carry all of this. How do you open an MRE? We weren’t told to bring knives or scissors. I’ve been yanked out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to eat a salad.” Just a few of the comments made by participants early in the week at Operation Immersion at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. Operation Immersion is designed to provide a small portion of what Soldiers go through while preparing for deployments and their subsequent return along […]

    A glimpse into a Soldiers life – Operation Immersion 2018

    Story and photos by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – “How am I supposed to carry all of this. How do you open an MRE? We weren’t told to bring knives or scissors. I’ve been yanked out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to eat a salad.” Just a few of the comments made by participants early in the week at Operation Immersion at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. Operation Immersion is designed to provide a small portion of what Soldiers go through while preparing for deployments and their subsequent return along […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Soldier mechanics from around the state got hands on training from the developers of the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle April 16 -May 3 at the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES) facility at Fort Knox, Ky. This two-week course given by contractors from General Dynamics out of Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, addressed the main problems for these vehicles that are keeping them dead lined across the Guard, Reserve and Active Duty components. The specialized maintenance training focused on enhancing the mechanics’ knowledge and skills on […]

    New lessons for Kentucky Guard mechanics

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT KNOX, Ky. — Soldier mechanics from around the state got hands on training from the developers of the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle April 16 -May 3 at the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES) facility at Fort Knox, Ky. This two-week course given by contractors from General Dynamics out of Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, addressed the main problems for these vehicles that are keeping them dead lined across the Guard, Reserve and Active Duty components. The specialized maintenance training focused on enhancing the mechanics’ knowledge and skills on […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Soldiers from across the state got the chance to learn a total fitness experience during the AXE fitness camp Apr. 19-22. Defined, AXE stands for Attack Exercise through Education and that is what the camp aimed to provide the 30 plus Soldiers who were invited to attend the four-day event at Boone National Guard Center. The cadre were brought together by Lt. Col. Eddie Simpson, camp officer in charge and 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry commander, based on their diverse background in the fitness world and CrossFit with several of them […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen attack fitness

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Soldiers from across the state got the chance to learn a total fitness experience during the AXE fitness camp Apr. 19-22. Defined, AXE stands for Attack Exercise through Education and that is what the camp aimed to provide the 30 plus Soldiers who were invited to attend the four-day event at Boone National Guard Center. The cadre were brought together by Lt. Col. Eddie Simpson, camp officer in charge and 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry commander, based on their diverse background in the fitness world and CrossFit with several of them […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – As a record rainfall of nearly three inches of rain fell, more than 157,000 spectators filled Churchill Downs for the 144th Kentucky Derby, May 5. Making sure the day was safe and organized were Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Roughly 200 MPs of the 198th augmented the Louisville Metro Police and Churchill Downs in providing security, directing traffic and crowd control during the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” The crowd […]

    Guard aids in rainy Derby day festivities

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – As a record rainfall of nearly three inches of rain fell, more than 157,000 spectators filled Churchill Downs for the 144th Kentucky Derby, May 5. Making sure the day was safe and organized were Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Roughly 200 MPs of the 198th augmented the Louisville Metro Police and Churchill Downs in providing security, directing traffic and crowd control during the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” The crowd […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Visit Bowman Field Readiness Center in Louisville, Kentucky and it won’t be long before you hear about “Team Brookins.” Sgt. First Class Darrell Brookins, the senior human resources noncommissioned officer of the 198th Military Police Battalion and his wife of 18 years, Shelia Brookins, are known as “Team Brookins,” for their big personalities and volunteering. “We call ourselves “Team Brookins,” said Darrell with a laugh, “and that is what we do – we volunteer. She is always right there with me. We truly believe volunteering […]

    Wife of “Team Brookins” named National Guard Spouse of the Year

    By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Visit Bowman Field Readiness Center in Louisville, Kentucky and it won’t be long before you hear about “Team Brookins.” Sgt. First Class Darrell Brookins, the senior human resources noncommissioned officer of the 198th Military Police Battalion and his wife of 18 years, Shelia Brookins, are known as “Team Brookins,” for their big personalities and volunteering. “We call ourselves “Team Brookins,” said Darrell with a laugh, “and that is what we do – we volunteer. She is always right there with me. We truly believe volunteering […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — There’s a first time for everything and the saying has never rang more true for the 207th Engineer Company, as they were first time winners of the Itschner Award. The Itschner Award goes to the most outstanding engineer unit in each component of the Army. Units are evaluated on mission planning and execution, professional development programs, retention, morale and welfare, safety programs, community relations, and their contribution to the image of the Corps of Engineers. “As most Commanders do, I’ve told the unit countless times that they were the best and […]

    Kentucky engineers named best in Guard

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — There’s a first time for everything and the saying has never rang more true for the 207th Engineer Company, as they were first time winners of the Itschner Award. The Itschner Award goes to the most outstanding engineer unit in each component of the Army. Units are evaluated on mission planning and execution, professional development programs, retention, morale and welfare, safety programs, community relations, and their contribution to the image of the Corps of Engineers. “As most Commanders do, I’ve told the unit countless times that they were the best and […]

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  • By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the 28th year in a row, Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were called on to help make possible the Bluegrass’s largest one-day festival known as Thunder Over Louisville April 21, 2018. The mission of the Kentucky National Guard was nothing new, supplement Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) to provide additional security and traffic control and man the cannons on the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, but perhaps the circumstances were different with such a large attendance expected. The weather was near perfect; mild temperatures and slight breezes […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen support Thunder Over Louisville

    By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the 28th year in a row, Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were called on to help make possible the Bluegrass’s largest one-day festival known as Thunder Over Louisville April 21, 2018. The mission of the Kentucky National Guard was nothing new, supplement Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) to provide additional security and traffic control and man the cannons on the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, but perhaps the circumstances were different with such a large attendance expected. The weather was near perfect; mild temperatures and slight breezes […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Utah Expedition, known also as the Utah War, Utah Campaign, Buchanan’s Blunder, the Mormon War and Mormon Rebellion, was an armed political, economic, military and religious confrontation between Mormon settlers in the Utah Territory and the U. S. Military, in 1857 – 1858. On June 29, 1857, President James Buchanan declared Utah in a state of rebellion against the United States, and mobilized a regiment of the U.S. Army, to act as an escort for new federal officials’ move to Utah and to establish order and enforce the laws of the United States. […]

    Kentuckians help avoid war in Utah

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Utah Expedition, known also as the Utah War, Utah Campaign, Buchanan’s Blunder, the Mormon War and Mormon Rebellion, was an armed political, economic, military and religious confrontation between Mormon settlers in the Utah Territory and the U. S. Military, in 1857 – 1858. On June 29, 1857, President James Buchanan declared Utah in a state of rebellion against the United States, and mobilized a regiment of the U.S. Army, to act as an escort for new federal officials’ move to Utah and to establish order and enforce the laws of the United States. […]

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