KYARNG Archive

  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office  FRANKFORT, Ky.—Approximately 40 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from the 149th Signal Co. and Joint Forces Headquarters participated in a communications exercise testing tactical networks with civilian networks at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 15-17. “For the first time ever, we are testing our tactical communications systems with civilian systems to see if we can get them to talk,” said Chief Warrant Officer Dave Barker, Wireless Communications Manager for the Kentucky National Guard. Barker said this is important because when there is a natural disaster […]

    Bringing tactical and civilian communications systems together

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office  FRANKFORT, Ky.—Approximately 40 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from the 149th Signal Co. and Joint Forces Headquarters participated in a communications exercise testing tactical networks with civilian networks at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 15-17. “For the first time ever, we are testing our tactical communications systems with civilian systems to see if we can get them to talk,” said Chief Warrant Officer Dave Barker, Wireless Communications Manager for the Kentucky National Guard. Barker said this is important because when there is a natural disaster […]

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  • Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs   CYNTHIANA, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard held two departure ceremonies for the Soldiers of the 149th Vertical Construction Company over the weekend, one in Cynthiana and one in Olive Hill, Ky., as they prepare for a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. To see all the photos from this event, please click HERE. “We are very fortunate to have our non-commissioned officers that have the experience of multiple deployments and truly uphold the values of the NCO Creed,” said Capt. Adam Evans, 149th VCC Commander. “I can […]

    Kentucky National Guard holds departure ceremonies for the 149th Vertical Construction Company

    Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs   CYNTHIANA, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard held two departure ceremonies for the Soldiers of the 149th Vertical Construction Company over the weekend, one in Cynthiana and one in Olive Hill, Ky., as they prepare for a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. To see all the photos from this event, please click HERE. “We are very fortunate to have our non-commissioned officers that have the experience of multiple deployments and truly uphold the values of the NCO Creed,” said Capt. Adam Evans, 149th VCC Commander. “I can […]

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  • By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

    Departing General Receives Distinguished Service Medal

    By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Brandon Tagarook, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative GREENVILLE, Ky –Kentucky’s Best. That is what the State Soldier of the Year represents. It epitomizes what all Kentucky Army National Guard enlisted Soldiers, non-commissioned officers, and senior non-commissioned officers strive to be. This includes leadership abilities, general knowledge of Army Warrior Tasks, weapons training, land navigation, personal appearance, and physical fitness. These tasks are designed to stress the individual not only physically but mentally. “A lot of studying, a lot of preparation, a lot of time went into it,” said Sgt. Nicholas Anglin from 138th Fires […]

    ‘Heart and soul’ put forth in Soldier of the Year Competition

    Story by Sgt. Brandon Tagarook, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative GREENVILLE, Ky –Kentucky’s Best. That is what the State Soldier of the Year represents. It epitomizes what all Kentucky Army National Guard enlisted Soldiers, non-commissioned officers, and senior non-commissioned officers strive to be. This includes leadership abilities, general knowledge of Army Warrior Tasks, weapons training, land navigation, personal appearance, and physical fitness. These tasks are designed to stress the individual not only physically but mentally. “A lot of studying, a lot of preparation, a lot of time went into it,” said Sgt. Nicholas Anglin from 138th Fires […]

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  • Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Paul Evans, KY ADT 4 Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan—“When I lost my job, that was really hard for me,” recalled Sgt. Nikko Moreno, a 39-year-old Danville, Calif. native now residing in Bowling Green, Ky. “I’d worked so hard for so many years and built up to have nothing.” Moreno has come a long way in the past few years since his journey began in California. There, he suddenly found himself unemployed from his job in Construction Management by the recession. To fully understand Moreno’s journey and how […]

    California, to Kentucky, to Afghanistan

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Paul Evans, KY ADT 4 Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan—“When I lost my job, that was really hard for me,” recalled Sgt. Nikko Moreno, a 39-year-old Danville, Calif. native now residing in Bowling Green, Ky. “I’d worked so hard for so many years and built up to have nothing.” Moreno has come a long way in the past few years since his journey began in California. There, he suddenly found himself unemployed from his job in Construction Management by the recession. To fully understand Moreno’s journey and how […]

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  • Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Maszor, 1204th Aviation Support Battalion NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — On June 28, 2012 the six-man Ammunition Section of Alpha Company, 1204th Aviation Support Battalion, was formally recognized for their hard work and dedication in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.  Since the middle of November […]

    1204th’s ammo accolades

    Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Maszor, 1204th Aviation Support Battalion NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — On June 28, 2012 the six-man Ammunition Section of Alpha Company, 1204th Aviation Support Battalion, was formally recognized for their hard work and dedication in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.  Since the middle of November […]

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  • Story and Photos by Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office ARTEMUS, Ky. — Nestled in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, an array of blue, glass-like panel covered buildings sparkle in the afternoon sun.  And the more the sun shines, the greater the benefit to the area.  The panels harness the power of the sun and produce electricity for the Kentucky National Guard’s Harold L. Disney Training Center. Located near Barbourville, Ky., the buildings at the site are unique and may even be considered an oddity as they sit in the middle of Kentucky’s coal country.  But the 851 […]

    Disney Training Center first “net-zero” site for Kentucky Guard

    Story and Photos by Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office ARTEMUS, Ky. — Nestled in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, an array of blue, glass-like panel covered buildings sparkle in the afternoon sun.  And the more the sun shines, the greater the benefit to the area.  The panels harness the power of the sun and produce electricity for the Kentucky National Guard’s Harold L. Disney Training Center. Located near Barbourville, Ky., the buildings at the site are unique and may even be considered an oddity as they sit in the middle of Kentucky’s coal country.  But the 851 […]

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  • Story and photos by Sgt. Tasha Fields, 1204th ASB Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT — What starts as pieces of rubble from scrap yards turns into pieces of artwork when Sgt. Chad Ward and Spc. Dale Salsman are finished.  Ward, non-commissioned officer in charge of the weld shop, has been welding for a […]

    1204th creativity in Kuwait

    Story and photos by Sgt. Tasha Fields, 1204th ASB Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative NOTE:  Each week kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story …. CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT — What starts as pieces of rubble from scrap yards turns into pieces of artwork when Sgt. Chad Ward and Spc. Dale Salsman are finished.  Ward, non-commissioned officer in charge of the weld shop, has been welding for a […]

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  • Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Paul Evans, KY ADT 4 Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan—Amidst their efforts to help improve the lives of local farmers through education, a few Soldiers with Kentucky’s Agribusiness Development Team 4 have taken up a secondary project: improving their own environment. In the process, ADT 4 is also building a foundation to help ADT 5 function more effectively when they arrive at the end of 2012. “They’re (ADT 5) going to have it made. With the three buildings that we have in mind right now, it’s going to […]

    Building a better environment: Kentucky’s ADT 4 works to improve living conditions in Afghanistan

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Paul Evans, KY ADT 4 Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan—Amidst their efforts to help improve the lives of local farmers through education, a few Soldiers with Kentucky’s Agribusiness Development Team 4 have taken up a secondary project: improving their own environment. In the process, ADT 4 is also building a foundation to help ADT 5 function more effectively when they arrive at the end of 2012. “They’re (ADT 5) going to have it made. With the three buildings that we have in mind right now, it’s going to […]

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  • Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Paul Evans, KY ADT 4 Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan—“I learn every day that we’ve got a lot to be thankful for back home,” said Master Sgt. Chris Campbell, a 41-year-old native and resident of Nicholasville, Ky.  “We have a lot to be thankful for as a nation, actually.” Campbell, who spent four years apiece with the Navy and Navy Reserves before serving in the Kentucky Army National Guard for the past 15 years, is a Soldier assigned to the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 4. As […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen — patient and optimistic in Afghanistan

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Paul Evans, KY ADT 4 Unit Public Affairs and Historian Representative FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan—“I learn every day that we’ve got a lot to be thankful for back home,” said Master Sgt. Chris Campbell, a 41-year-old native and resident of Nicholasville, Ky.  “We have a lot to be thankful for as a nation, actually.” Campbell, who spent four years apiece with the Navy and Navy Reserves before serving in the Kentucky Army National Guard for the past 15 years, is a Soldier assigned to the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 4. As […]

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