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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team AMMAN, Jordan, –Working together is valuable to our continued partnerships with the Jordanian people, said Lt. Col. Joseph Gardner during a military-to-military engagement with the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) Central Command Feb. 12 to 16. Gardner is the commander of the 149th Military Engagement Team, a team of Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers who deployed to Kuwait in December 2016 with the specific purpose of conducting military-to-military engagements with countries throughout the Middle East and Central and South Asia regions. During the last two months, the 149th MET has conducted a […]

    Kentucky Guard Soldiers build partnerships in Jordan

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team AMMAN, Jordan, –Working together is valuable to our continued partnerships with the Jordanian people, said Lt. Col. Joseph Gardner during a military-to-military engagement with the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) Central Command Feb. 12 to 16. Gardner is the commander of the 149th Military Engagement Team, a team of Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers who deployed to Kuwait in December 2016 with the specific purpose of conducting military-to-military engagements with countries throughout the Middle East and Central and South Asia regions. During the last two months, the 149th MET has conducted a […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Chief Warrant Officer Victor Blair has been named the 2016 Warrant Officer of the Year in the Kentucky National Guard. Blair was presented with the award during the National Guard Association of Kentucky annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 11. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify the Warrant Officer Creed and have contributed significantly to the image and reputation of the Warrant Officer Cohort in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates, and peers. “It is an honor to just be a […]

    Blair named Kentucky warrant officer of the year

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Chief Warrant Officer Victor Blair has been named the 2016 Warrant Officer of the Year in the Kentucky National Guard. Blair was presented with the award during the National Guard Association of Kentucky annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 11. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify the Warrant Officer Creed and have contributed significantly to the image and reputation of the Warrant Officer Cohort in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates, and peers. “It is an honor to just be a […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Key leadership of the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard attended this year’s National Guard Association of Kentucky’s (NGAKY) annual conference in Louisville, Feb. 11. This is the 86th annual NGAKY conference and brings together key officer leadership from around the Commonwealth to recognize and discuss issues and concerns with manpower, equipment and military unit structure for the future. Click here for more photos. Hundreds of Guardsmen were on hand to hear the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, as the keynote speaker. Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan […]

    Guardsmen gather for annual conference

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Key leadership of the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard attended this year’s National Guard Association of Kentucky’s (NGAKY) annual conference in Louisville, Feb. 11. This is the 86th annual NGAKY conference and brings together key officer leadership from around the Commonwealth to recognize and discuss issues and concerns with manpower, equipment and military unit structure for the future. Click here for more photos. Hundreds of Guardsmen were on hand to hear the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, as the keynote speaker. Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — To become experts in their fields, Soldiers train in all types of conditions and places. Even if those places are haunted. For members of the 41st Civil Support Team, a recent training exercise was business as usual, another opportunity to hone their skills. But it was no ordinary duty location. The 41st carried out a hazardous materials training at the historical Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Feb. 7-8. “This team has to train to go into places just like this,” said Maj. Joseph Whitt, commander of the […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen train in historic sanatorium

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — To become experts in their fields, Soldiers train in all types of conditions and places. Even if those places are haunted. For members of the 41st Civil Support Team, a recent training exercise was business as usual, another opportunity to hone their skills. But it was no ordinary duty location. The 41st carried out a hazardous materials training at the historical Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Feb. 7-8. “This team has to train to go into places just like this,” said Maj. Joseph Whitt, commander of the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Guardsmen from every corner of the country descended on the nation’s capital to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20. Nearly 300 Kentucky Guardsmen from across the commonwealth were among them. The majority of that number were from the 198th Military Police Battalion based out of Louisville, Kentucky, who augmented local law enforcement in the Capital region during the event. “I’m proud to be here representing the Kentucky National Guard and our state,” said Spc. Austin Willett with the 438th Military Police Company from Murray, Kentucky. “This is […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen support Presidential Inauguration

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Guardsmen from every corner of the country descended on the nation’s capital to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20. Nearly 300 Kentucky Guardsmen from across the commonwealth were among them. The majority of that number were from the 198th Military Police Battalion based out of Louisville, Kentucky, who augmented local law enforcement in the Capital region during the event. “I’m proud to be here representing the Kentucky National Guard and our state,” said Spc. Austin Willett with the 438th Military Police Company from Murray, Kentucky. “This is […]

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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsman to receive Air Force Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 116th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the 149th Military Engagement Team during a Jan. 9 ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, deputy commanding general – operations of U.S. Army Central, presided over the transfer of authority ceremony. “I said this to the last MET and I’ll say it to this one too. The MET punches above its weight,” said Hickman. “I mean it really is a small group of leaders, but their impact is felt across the AOR (area of responsibility) on a […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen assume military engagement role in Middle East

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 116th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the 149th Military Engagement Team during a Jan. 9 ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, deputy commanding general – operations of U.S. Army Central, presided over the transfer of authority ceremony. “I said this to the last MET and I’ll say it to this one too. The MET punches above its weight,” said Hickman. “I mean it really is a small group of leaders, but their impact is felt across the AOR (area of responsibility) on a […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — She loved her Soldier job and now Teresa Lona wants to give back to the military and work with people who are still in the service as the program support specialist, for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). She is one of two fulltime personnel for ESGR in the commonwealth, a Department of Defense operation that is staffed primarily with volunteers. “The military was my career. My whole family was in the service. Being a Soldier made me feel like I was doing something important for our […]

    ESGR specialist promoting Kentucky’s National Guard Soldiers

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — She loved her Soldier job and now Teresa Lona wants to give back to the military and work with people who are still in the service as the program support specialist, for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). She is one of two fulltime personnel for ESGR in the commonwealth, a Department of Defense operation that is staffed primarily with volunteers. “The military was my career. My whole family was in the service. Being a Soldier made me feel like I was doing something important for our […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2016 will go down as another successful year for the Kentucky National Guard. We have continued to answer the call of our nation and our commonwealth in times of need. As your hometown defense force, we responded to winter storms and wildfires while augmenting local law enforcement at various events throughout the year. As Soldiers and Airmen, we deployed hundreds of Kentucky Guardsmen in support of U.S. military operations around the globe. And in keeping with a unique mission of the National Guard, Kentucky Citizen-Soldiers further developed domestic and international partnerships to the benefit of […]

    A look back at top stories of 2016

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report 2016 will go down as another successful year for the Kentucky National Guard. We have continued to answer the call of our nation and our commonwealth in times of need. As your hometown defense force, we responded to winter storms and wildfires while augmenting local law enforcement at various events throughout the year. As Soldiers and Airmen, we deployed hundreds of Kentucky Guardsmen in support of U.S. military operations around the globe. And in keeping with a unique mission of the National Guard, Kentucky Citizen-Soldiers further developed domestic and international partnerships to the benefit of […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Frankfort, Ky. — The 1204th Aviation Support Battalion received the Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Department of the Army for the unit’s exceptional meritorious service in Iraq in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Kentucky, Alabama, Maryland and Florida service members that mobilized with the battalion are eligible to update their records and authorized to permanently wear the commendation ribbon on their Army service uniform. The 1204TH received the citation for meritorious service in support of military operations from Aug. 24, 2011, to Aug.10, 2012. Its mission was […]

    Kentucky unit receives Meritorious Unit Citation

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Frankfort, Ky. — The 1204th Aviation Support Battalion received the Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Department of the Army for the unit’s exceptional meritorious service in Iraq in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Kentucky, Alabama, Maryland and Florida service members that mobilized with the battalion are eligible to update their records and authorized to permanently wear the commendation ribbon on their Army service uniform. The 1204TH received the citation for meritorious service in support of military operations from Aug. 24, 2011, to Aug.10, 2012. Its mission was […]

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