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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More than three-dozen members of the Kentucky Air National Guard have processed 7.2 million pounds of humanitarian aid through a cargo hub they established here Sept. 23, working around the clock to download relief supplies from hundreds of aircraft and prepare the aid for distribution across an island ravaged by Hurricane Maria. With the cargo hub now running smoothly, the team of Airmen from Kentucky’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is handing off primary responsibility to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and preparing for their […]

    Kentucky Air Guard moves 7.2 million pounds of relief supplies at cargo hub in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria recovery

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More than three-dozen members of the Kentucky Air National Guard have processed 7.2 million pounds of humanitarian aid through a cargo hub they established here Sept. 23, working around the clock to download relief supplies from hundreds of aircraft and prepare the aid for distribution across an island ravaged by Hurricane Maria. With the cargo hub now running smoothly, the team of Airmen from Kentucky’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is handing off primary responsibility to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and preparing for their […]

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  • By Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Historical Society held a ceremony to open a new exhibit at the Kentucky Military History Museum for former KHS Director and military weapons innovator George M. Chinn Sept. 28, 2017. “This exhibit heralds Colonel George Chinn’s unique and lasting contributions to the Nation and the heritage of the Commonwealth through his innovative spirit, passion for weapons technology, and his love of Kentucky history,” said Col. Alan Denny, Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Army National Guard. “The exhibit has literally been a lifetime and more in the […]

    Local firearms expert honored with new exhibit

    By Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Historical Society held a ceremony to open a new exhibit at the Kentucky Military History Museum for former KHS Director and military weapons innovator George M. Chinn Sept. 28, 2017. “This exhibit heralds Colonel George Chinn’s unique and lasting contributions to the Nation and the heritage of the Commonwealth through his innovative spirit, passion for weapons technology, and his love of Kentucky history,” said Col. Alan Denny, Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Army National Guard. “The exhibit has literally been a lifetime and more in the […]

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  • By. Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – A small group of Kentucky National Guard leaders from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry embarked on a mission to Djibouti Sept. 20-28 to continue building Kentucky’s relationship with the nation as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP). The Kentucky infantry Soldiers were introduced to two organizations in the Djiboutian Armed Forces during the visit. The first was the Djiboutian Republican Guard (La Garde Républicaine Djiboutienne), a section of the Djiboutian Army that provides security missions for the highest Djiboutian state authorities and the public, as […]

    Kentucky Infantrymen exchange lessons with partner nation

    By. Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – A small group of Kentucky National Guard leaders from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry embarked on a mission to Djibouti Sept. 20-28 to continue building Kentucky’s relationship with the nation as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP). The Kentucky infantry Soldiers were introduced to two organizations in the Djiboutian Armed Forces during the visit. The first was the Djiboutian Republican Guard (La Garde Républicaine Djiboutienne), a section of the Djiboutian Army that provides security missions for the highest Djiboutian state authorities and the public, as […]

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  • By Sgt. Maggie Booker, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guards’ newest officers were commissioned during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 23. Members of Kentucky’s Officer Candidate School Class 59-17 recently completed an 18-month training program. “Commissioning is an extremely important day in a candidates life,” said Lt. Col. Bobbie Jo Badgett, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 238th Regiment. “It culminates months of hard work and achievement, and signifies a new beginning as an officer in the Kentucky Army National Guard.” Click here for more photos.  Before receiving the rank […]

    Kentucky commissions newest officers

    By Sgt. Maggie Booker, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guards’ newest officers were commissioned during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 23. Members of Kentucky’s Officer Candidate School Class 59-17 recently completed an 18-month training program. “Commissioning is an extremely important day in a candidates life,” said Lt. Col. Bobbie Jo Badgett, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 238th Regiment. “It culminates months of hard work and achievement, and signifies a new beginning as an officer in the Kentucky Army National Guard.” Click here for more photos.  Before receiving the rank […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RADCLIFF, Ky. – Cadets have graduated from the Kentucky National Guard’s Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy since 1999. More than 3500 teens have passed through the graduation line, taking important steps toward improving their lives. September 23, 2017 marked another graduation, and a milestone step for the academy as 96 more cadets graduated during a ceremony at the Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Ky. For the first time in its history, BCA graduated 12 cadets with their high school diploma in hand. Thanks to a partnership with the Eminence Independent School District. […]

    Milestone graduation for ChalleNGe Academy

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RADCLIFF, Ky. – Cadets have graduated from the Kentucky National Guard’s Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy since 1999. More than 3500 teens have passed through the graduation line, taking important steps toward improving their lives. September 23, 2017 marked another graduation, and a milestone step for the academy as 96 more cadets graduated during a ceremony at the Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Ky. For the first time in its history, BCA graduated 12 cadets with their high school diploma in hand. Thanks to a partnership with the Eminence Independent School District. […]

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  • Story and Photos by Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. –The Kentucky National Guard held a departure ceremony for the 178th Firefighting Team deploying to Iraq at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Sept. 23, 2017. “Remember who you are and remember you are an American Soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan, the Adjutant General of the Kentucky National Guard. “Remember that you are a Kentuckian, and remember you are a Greenville Fireman.” To see all the photos of the event, please click HERE. The 178th Engineer Firefighting Team is made up […]

    178th Firefighting Team deploys to Iraq

    Story and Photos by Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. –The Kentucky National Guard held a departure ceremony for the 178th Firefighting Team deploying to Iraq at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Sept. 23, 2017. “Remember who you are and remember you are an American Soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan, the Adjutant General of the Kentucky National Guard. “Remember that you are a Kentuckian, and remember you are a Greenville Fireman.” To see all the photos of the event, please click HERE. The 178th Engineer Firefighting Team is made up […]

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  • By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Seven Special Tactics Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard departed here today for the Caribbean, where they will open airfields so humanitarian aid can be delivered and residents can be evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the third major hurricane to hit the region in the past month. A four-man team from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron is slated to arrive in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday, while a three-man team from the same unit is scheduled to arrive Thursday in St. Thomas, U.S. […]

    Air Guardsmen deploy to Caribbean for Hurricane Maria relief operations

    By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Seven Special Tactics Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard departed here today for the Caribbean, where they will open airfields so humanitarian aid can be delivered and residents can be evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the third major hurricane to hit the region in the past month. A four-man team from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron is slated to arrive in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday, while a three-man team from the same unit is scheduled to arrive Thursday in St. Thomas, U.S. […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Guard Association of the United States officially began its 139th general conference, themed “America’s National Guard: The Indispensable Force,” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville Sept. 8, 2017. For Col. Michael Stephens, the director of aviation for the Kentucky Army National Guard and the emcee for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the annual NGAUS conference, which lasted to Sept. 10, serves a great purpose for the National Guard as an organization, and those who work closely with the National Guard. “It provides […]

    Kentucky hosts 139th NGAUS Conference

    By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Guard Association of the United States officially began its 139th general conference, themed “America’s National Guard: The Indispensable Force,” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville Sept. 8, 2017. For Col. Michael Stephens, the director of aviation for the Kentucky Army National Guard and the emcee for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the annual NGAUS conference, which lasted to Sept. 10, serves a great purpose for the National Guard as an organization, and those who work closely with the National Guard. “It provides […]

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  • By Spc. Abe Morlu, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — The change of command ceremony, a centuries-old tradition that represents the formal transfer of authority form an outgoing commander to the incoming, took place at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) in Greenville, Sept. 16. During the ceremony, command of Kentucky’s training center was transferred from Col. Steven King to Lt. Col. Joe Lear. A change of responsibility also took place, as Command Sgt. Maj. James Hawkins relinquished his position as the senior enlisted Soldier to Command Sgt. Maj. Keith Cox. Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general presided over the […]

    WHFRTC welcomes new commander

    By Spc. Abe Morlu, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — The change of command ceremony, a centuries-old tradition that represents the formal transfer of authority form an outgoing commander to the incoming, took place at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) in Greenville, Sept. 16. During the ceremony, command of Kentucky’s training center was transferred from Col. Steven King to Lt. Col. Joe Lear. A change of responsibility also took place, as Command Sgt. Maj. James Hawkins relinquished his position as the senior enlisted Soldier to Command Sgt. Maj. Keith Cox. Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general presided over the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, KY – Heroes are made in an instant and for a local Army National Guardsman, instant reactions and military training saved lives and he was recognized  for his heroics Sept. 8. Governor Matt Bevin and Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan were on hand to award Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester the Kentucky Medal for Valor for his actions last year. Tester serves as a supply non-commissioned officer with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery in Glasgow, Kentucky. On Sept. 14, 2016, as Tester was at his home in […]

    Guardsman awarded Kentucky’s top military honor

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, KY – Heroes are made in an instant and for a local Army National Guardsman, instant reactions and military training saved lives and he was recognized  for his heroics Sept. 8. Governor Matt Bevin and Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan were on hand to award Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester the Kentucky Medal for Valor for his actions last year. Tester serves as a supply non-commissioned officer with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery in Glasgow, Kentucky. On Sept. 14, 2016, as Tester was at his home in […]

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