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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team Public Affairs Officer CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 149th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Georgia National Guard’s 648th MET during a ceremony held, here, Sept. 6, 2017, signifying the successful completion of the Kentucky National Guard’s mission. “As the command team of the 149th MET, Col. Joe Gardner and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers have done an exceptional job leading the team through a difficult and pivotal mission,” said Maj. Gen. Terrence McKenrick, U.S. Army Central deputy commanding general, who presided over the ceremony. “Through their tireless efforts, professionalism and […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen complete pivotal overseas mission

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team Public Affairs Officer CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — The 149th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Georgia National Guard’s 648th MET during a ceremony held, here, Sept. 6, 2017, signifying the successful completion of the Kentucky National Guard’s mission. “As the command team of the 149th MET, Col. Joe Gardner and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Withers have done an exceptional job leading the team through a difficult and pivotal mission,” said Maj. Gen. Terrence McKenrick, U.S. Army Central deputy commanding general, who presided over the ceremony. “Through their tireless efforts, professionalism and […]

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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Newport, Ky. – Soldiers from the 940th Military Police Company provided security, access control point support and traffic control support for the annual Riverfest festivities Sept. 3. The Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks is one of the largest fireworks shows in the Midwest, attracting nearly a half million people to the banks of the Ohio River every year for the last 40 years. Capt. Jared Stakelin, commander of the Walton, Kentucky-based 940th, said both sides of the Ohio River rely on the Newport Police Department and the Kentucky National Guard to keep […]

    MP’s doing what they do best

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Newport, Ky. – Soldiers from the 940th Military Police Company provided security, access control point support and traffic control support for the annual Riverfest festivities Sept. 3. The Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks is one of the largest fireworks shows in the Midwest, attracting nearly a half million people to the banks of the Ohio River every year for the last 40 years. Capt. Jared Stakelin, commander of the Walton, Kentucky-based 940th, said both sides of the Ohio River rely on the Newport Police Department and the Kentucky National Guard to keep […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade departed for the Caribbean to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 7. PHOTOS of the departure can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyngpao/albums/72157688723715075 Approximately 20 Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (a company under 63rd TAB) deployed to the Virgin Islands with two UH-60 Blackhawks equipped for medical evacuations. Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron also deployed as part […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen deploy for Hurricane Irma response operations

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade departed for the Caribbean to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 7. PHOTOS of the departure can be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyngpao/albums/72157688723715075 Approximately 20 Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (a company under 63rd TAB) deployed to the Virgin Islands with two UH-60 Blackhawks equipped for medical evacuations. Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron also deployed as part […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Tyler Cope, 207th Engineer Company CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Unique, different, distinctive. These three words are best used to describe the 207th Engineer Company’s mobilization. It began when the unit was notified during the summer of 2015 informing the Soldiers that we were mobilizing to Kuwait. While this is nothing out of the ordinary for an army that has been at the location for over 30 years, it was what they were tasked to do after that makes those three words so important. The 207th deployed as “Over the Horizon Engineers,” to provide engineer support for all of the […]

    Work ethic sets Kentucky engineers apart overseas

    By 1st Lt. Tyler Cope, 207th Engineer Company CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Unique, different, distinctive. These three words are best used to describe the 207th Engineer Company’s mobilization. It began when the unit was notified during the summer of 2015 informing the Soldiers that we were mobilizing to Kuwait. While this is nothing out of the ordinary for an army that has been at the location for over 30 years, it was what they were tasked to do after that makes those three words so important. The 207th deployed as “Over the Horizon Engineers,” to provide engineer support for all of the […]

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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eighteen Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron departed Sunday night for Texas, where they will assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Airmen are deploying to Robert Gray Army Air Field at Fort Hood, Texas, pending further instructions. Among the deploying personnel are 14 Airmen who will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. These Airmen have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. They will deploy with a variety of equipment suited to hurricane recovery […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsmen deploying for Hurricane Harvey rescue operations

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eighteen Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron departed Sunday night for Texas, where they will assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Airmen are deploying to Robert Gray Army Air Field at Fort Hood, Texas, pending further instructions. Among the deploying personnel are 14 Airmen who will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. These Airmen have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. They will deploy with a variety of equipment suited to hurricane recovery […]

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  • By Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard renamed the Owensboro National Guard Readiness Center in honor of Maj. Gen. (Ret) Dean Allen Youngman during a ceremony, Aug. 23 in Owensboro. Youngman, an Owensboro native and third generation Guardsman, was appointed as the 49th Adjutant General of Kentucky by Governor Paul Patton, leading the Kentucky Guard from 2001-2003. “National Guard armories play a unique role in the defense of our nation,” said Youngman. “We put down roots and make a commitment to the community and build relationships. The armory is the most […]

    Owensboro armory renamed in honor of retired adjutant general

    By Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard renamed the Owensboro National Guard Readiness Center in honor of Maj. Gen. (Ret) Dean Allen Youngman during a ceremony, Aug. 23 in Owensboro. Youngman, an Owensboro native and third generation Guardsman, was appointed as the 49th Adjutant General of Kentucky by Governor Paul Patton, leading the Kentucky Guard from 2001-2003. “National Guard armories play a unique role in the defense of our nation,” said Youngman. “We put down roots and make a commitment to the community and build relationships. The armory is the most […]

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  • By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team Public Affairs ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kentucky Guardsmen with the 149th Military Engagement Team participated in Exercise Steppe Eagle 17 with Kazakhstani, British, Kyrgyzstani, Tajikistani and Turkish partners July 22 – Aug. 4, 2017, at the Illisky Training Center, here, in Kazakhstan. Steppe Eagle, a premier multinational exercise focused on peacekeeping and peace support operations, provided eight Kentucky Soldiers a chance to build relationships with partner nation militaries and assist as subject matter experts. At the battalion level and below, the soldiers observed and conducted operations on everything from infantry and chemical defense […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen leave lasting mark on Exercise Steppe Eagle

    By Capt. Desiree Dillehay, 149th Military Engagement Team Public Affairs ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kentucky Guardsmen with the 149th Military Engagement Team participated in Exercise Steppe Eagle 17 with Kazakhstani, British, Kyrgyzstani, Tajikistani and Turkish partners July 22 – Aug. 4, 2017, at the Illisky Training Center, here, in Kazakhstan. Steppe Eagle, a premier multinational exercise focused on peacekeeping and peace support operations, provided eight Kentucky Soldiers a chance to build relationships with partner nation militaries and assist as subject matter experts. At the battalion level and below, the soldiers observed and conducted operations on everything from infantry and chemical defense […]

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  • By: Sgt. Cody Cooper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, healthcare personnel and military and civilian law enforcement officials gathered to engage in a groundbreaking response technique in Frankfort, Ky., Aug. 5-8, 2017. The technique that was discussed was the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI), which has been proven successful in research-based studies. “The goal of FETI is to provide an advanced trauma-informed interview technique to elicit relevant, creditable information without re-traumatizing the victim,” said Dave Markel, an independent trainer and sexual assault consultant expert. Typically, officials may approach traumatized victims with questions […]

    Trauma informed perspective on sexual assault

    By: Sgt. Cody Cooper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, healthcare personnel and military and civilian law enforcement officials gathered to engage in a groundbreaking response technique in Frankfort, Ky., Aug. 5-8, 2017. The technique that was discussed was the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI), which has been proven successful in research-based studies. “The goal of FETI is to provide an advanced trauma-informed interview technique to elicit relevant, creditable information without re-traumatizing the victim,” said Dave Markel, an independent trainer and sexual assault consultant expert. Typically, officials may approach traumatized victims with questions […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT PICKETT, Va. — Kentucky Guardsmen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, Kentucky National Guard, earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) at Fort Pickett, Va., after completing the rigorous test Aug. 5-10, 2017. Spc. Adam Dunn, Capt. James Murray, and Maj. Jason Mendez, all assigned to the 1/149th “Mountain Warriors” completed the EIB as the Kentucky contingent. “This was one of the hardest things I’ve been a part of, and it definitely feels like I’ve earned it,” said Dunn. Soldiers from the Kentucky Guard, the Virginia National Guard’s […]

    Guardsmen earn Expert Infantryman Badge

    By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT PICKETT, Va. — Kentucky Guardsmen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, Kentucky National Guard, earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) at Fort Pickett, Va., after completing the rigorous test Aug. 5-10, 2017. Spc. Adam Dunn, Capt. James Murray, and Maj. Jason Mendez, all assigned to the 1/149th “Mountain Warriors” completed the EIB as the Kentucky contingent. “This was one of the hardest things I’ve been a part of, and it definitely feels like I’ve earned it,” said Dunn. Soldiers from the Kentucky Guard, the Virginia National Guard’s […]

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  • By 1st Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The United States Air Force presented its highest award for aviation safety to Maj. John T. Hourigan, a C-130 pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Operations Support Squadron, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 18. Hourigan earned the 2016 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy for preventing a catastrophic, in-flight mishap that would have resulted in the loss of aircraft and crew if not for his decisive action on July 15, 2016. According to the citation, Hourigan’s aircraft began vibrating so violently that crewmembers […]

    123rd Airlift Wing pilot receives Air Force’s highest individual award for aviation safety

    By 1st Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The United States Air Force presented its highest award for aviation safety to Maj. John T. Hourigan, a C-130 pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Operations Support Squadron, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 18. Hourigan earned the 2016 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy for preventing a catastrophic, in-flight mishap that would have resulted in the loss of aircraft and crew if not for his decisive action on July 15, 2016. According to the citation, Hourigan’s aircraft began vibrating so violently that crewmembers […]

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