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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Warrant Officer Corps. An act of the U. S. Congress in 1918 established the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coast Artillery Corps. Implementation of the act by the Army was published in War Department Bulletin 43, dated July 22, 1918. Forty warrant officers were authorized to serve as masters, mates, chief engineers, and assistant engineers on each mine planting vessel. Although only one rank of warrant officer was authorized by Congress, in effect, three grades were created because of the varying […]

    Warrant officer history in Kentucky

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Warrant Officer Corps. An act of the U. S. Congress in 1918 established the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coast Artillery Corps. Implementation of the act by the Army was published in War Department Bulletin 43, dated July 22, 1918. Forty warrant officers were authorized to serve as masters, mates, chief engineers, and assistant engineers on each mine planting vessel. Although only one rank of warrant officer was authorized by Congress, in effect, three grades were created because of the varying […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland – Nearly 300 Soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and the 203rd Forward Support Company integrated with NATO forces in a multi-national exercise, Saber Strike 18 in Poland June 3-15. The field artillery Soldiers were there in support of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment during Saber Strike, a European exercise that takes place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is a long-standing U. S. Army-Europe led exercise in its eighth iteration that enhances readiness and interoperability with allied […]

    Morgan’s Men integrate with NATO forces in European exercise

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland – Nearly 300 Soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and the 203rd Forward Support Company integrated with NATO forces in a multi-national exercise, Saber Strike 18 in Poland June 3-15. The field artillery Soldiers were there in support of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment during Saber Strike, a European exercise that takes place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is a long-standing U. S. Army-Europe led exercise in its eighth iteration that enhances readiness and interoperability with allied […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), headquartered in Richmond, said farewell to Col. Alexander Stewart II and welcomed Col. Joseph H. Gardner II as the new brigade commander during a change of command ceremony June 23, 2018 at the Eastern Kentucky University Roy Kidd Stadium. More than 125 Soldiers and 80 distinguished visitors were in attendance as Gardner assumed command from Stewart. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, assistant adjutant general oversaw the ceremony and led the time honored and symbolic change of leadership through the transfer […]

    MEB welcomes Gardner into command

    By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), headquartered in Richmond, said farewell to Col. Alexander Stewart II and welcomed Col. Joseph H. Gardner II as the new brigade commander during a change of command ceremony June 23, 2018 at the Eastern Kentucky University Roy Kidd Stadium. More than 125 Soldiers and 80 distinguished visitors were in attendance as Gardner assumed command from Stewart. Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, assistant adjutant general oversaw the ceremony and led the time honored and symbolic change of leadership through the transfer […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — The National Guard has remained an ever-evolving organization. 1636, 1792, 1861, 1916, 2001 are a few specific years marking critical changes in America’s hometown defense force. How the National Guard fits into the battle rhythm of active duty forces as well as maintaining its own state’s mission has always been in flux. In 2017, a new term, Army National Guard (ARNG) 4.0 was introduced, spelling out goals of increased readiness and capabilities to answer the demands of the total Army concept and the dual role of […]

    ARNG 4.0 reflected in Kentucky brigade’s training

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. — The National Guard has remained an ever-evolving organization. 1636, 1792, 1861, 1916, 2001 are a few specific years marking critical changes in America’s hometown defense force. How the National Guard fits into the battle rhythm of active duty forces as well as maintaining its own state’s mission has always been in flux. In 2017, a new term, Army National Guard (ARNG) 4.0 was introduced, spelling out goals of increased readiness and capabilities to answer the demands of the total Army concept and the dual role of […]

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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade GREENVILLE, Ky. — In recent years, most units of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) have conducted annual training at the company or the battalion levels. However, the 149th commander Col. Alexander Stewart said this year’s more collective training exercise in June at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center was different. “The purpose of any MEB is to provide support to combat forces on the battlefield ensuring lines of communication remain secured and open for resupply,” said Stewart. “This allows the commanders of the combat forces to maintain momentum in the fight and defeat […]

    High tempo AT for 149th MEB

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade GREENVILLE, Ky. — In recent years, most units of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) have conducted annual training at the company or the battalion levels. However, the 149th commander Col. Alexander Stewart said this year’s more collective training exercise in June at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center was different. “The purpose of any MEB is to provide support to combat forces on the battlefield ensuring lines of communication remain secured and open for resupply,” said Stewart. “This allows the commanders of the combat forces to maintain momentum in the fight and defeat […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment QUITO, ECUADOR – The Ecuadorian military hosted a team of Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard recently during a military-to-military event through the State Partnership Program. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. The event focused on vehicle maintenance procedures, involved Guardsman visiting maintenance shops at an Army base in the capital, Quito, and also a Marine base in Guayaquil, June 3-9. The Kentucky National Guard has been partnered with Ecuador since 1996, and has collaborated in more than 70 missions in both countries. The partnership […]

    Kentucky Maintenance Team visits Ecuadorian Military

    Story by Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment QUITO, ECUADOR – The Ecuadorian military hosted a team of Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard recently during a military-to-military event through the State Partnership Program. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. The event focused on vehicle maintenance procedures, involved Guardsman visiting maintenance shops at an Army base in the capital, Quito, and also a Marine base in Guayaquil, June 3-9. The Kentucky National Guard has been partnered with Ecuador since 1996, and has collaborated in more than 70 missions in both countries. The partnership […]

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  • Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Kentucky National Guard’s Capt. Shannon Price has received the 2017 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for the Army National Guard. Price is with the 2123rd Transportation Company. She represented Kentucky in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon on June 7. “This was a big surprise. I’m honored to be selected. My focus has always been to train my Soldiers effectively and do what’s right for them and the organization,” said Price. “I appreciate the support from my leadership in the nomination.” “Capt. Price’s principles and values are directly in line with the […]

    2123rd Transportation Company Commander a MacArthur Award Winner

    Story by Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Kentucky National Guard’s Capt. Shannon Price has received the 2017 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for the Army National Guard. Price is with the 2123rd Transportation Company. She represented Kentucky in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon on June 7. “This was a big surprise. I’m honored to be selected. My focus has always been to train my Soldiers effectively and do what’s right for them and the organization,” said Price. “I appreciate the support from my leadership in the nomination.” “Capt. Price’s principles and values are directly in line with the […]

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  • Courtesy Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Kentucky National Guard Chaplain Col. Yong K. Cho, state command chaplain and Chaplain Lt. Col. Bill Draper, senior state support chaplain, visited Djibouti, Africa, in May during Ramadan. The trip marks a first for the Guard Chaplaincy Corps yet Cho hopes it will not be the last.  “We are grateful to the AFRICOM chaplain office, CJTF-HOA religious affairs team and our Kentucky State Partnership program director and senior leaders for the opportunity to visit Djibouti during their holy season of Ramadan.” […]

    Kentucky Guard Chaplains and Djibouti religious leaders strengthen their partnership

    Courtesy Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Kentucky National Guard Chaplain Col. Yong K. Cho, state command chaplain and Chaplain Lt. Col. Bill Draper, senior state support chaplain, visited Djibouti, Africa, in May during Ramadan. The trip marks a first for the Guard Chaplaincy Corps yet Cho hopes it will not be the last.  “We are grateful to the AFRICOM chaplain office, CJTF-HOA religious affairs team and our Kentucky State Partnership program director and senior leaders for the opportunity to visit Djibouti during their holy season of Ramadan.” […]

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  • By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs NOTE: The media are invited to cover the clinic. Media day will be Monday, June 18, starting at 9 a.m. at Lee County High School in Beattyville, Kentucky. The school is located at 599 Lee Avenue. Reporters will receive an overview of the program, a tour of the clinical areas, and the opportunity to interview program managers and patients. Reporters who wish to attend MUST notify Lt. Col. Dale Greer in advance via email at dale.greer@mac.com, or text at (502) 387-1887 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard is […]

    No-cost health care offered in Eastern Ky. by Kentucky Air Guard, Navy Reserve and Kentucky Department for Local Government

    By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs NOTE: The media are invited to cover the clinic. Media day will be Monday, June 18, starting at 9 a.m. at Lee County High School in Beattyville, Kentucky. The school is located at 599 Lee Avenue. Reporters will receive an overview of the program, a tour of the clinical areas, and the opportunity to interview program managers and patients. Reporters who wish to attend MUST notify Lt. Col. Dale Greer in advance via email at dale.greer@mac.com, or text at (502) 387-1887 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard is […]

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  • By Spc. John Stephens, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Edinburgh, In. – Employers from around the Commonwealth arrived at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, Indiana on UH-60 Blackhawks to take part in the Employee Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Boss Lift, June 8, 2018. To see all the photos of this event, please click HERE. The Kentucky ESGR program provides the opportunity for civilian employers to interact with Kentucky National Guardsmen during their annual training. “We appreciate that you share your employees with us,” said ESGR State Chair, Phil Miller. “The main takeaway is these people are Citizen-Soldiers. This small […]

    Employers observe a day in the life of a Guardsman

    By Spc. John Stephens, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Edinburgh, In. – Employers from around the Commonwealth arrived at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, Indiana on UH-60 Blackhawks to take part in the Employee Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Boss Lift, June 8, 2018. To see all the photos of this event, please click HERE. The Kentucky ESGR program provides the opportunity for civilian employers to interact with Kentucky National Guardsmen during their annual training. “We appreciate that you share your employees with us,” said ESGR State Chair, Phil Miller. “The main takeaway is these people are Citizen-Soldiers. This small […]

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