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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – Ten Warrant Officer Candidates are continuing their training program with Kentucky’s Warrant Officer Candidate School at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. The candidates are scheduled to graduate Sept. 21, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and will proceed down to the 238th’s Annual Commissioning Ball to be recognized during that event as the newest warrant officers in the Kentucky National Guard and United States Army. Nine of the candidates are from the Kentucky National Guard and one is from the U.S. Army Reserves. Phase one training […]

    Warrant Officer Candidates nearing home stretch to graduation

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs GREENVILLE, Ky. – Ten Warrant Officer Candidates are continuing their training program with Kentucky’s Warrant Officer Candidate School at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. The candidates are scheduled to graduate Sept. 21, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and will proceed down to the 238th’s Annual Commissioning Ball to be recognized during that event as the newest warrant officers in the Kentucky National Guard and United States Army. Nine of the candidates are from the Kentucky National Guard and one is from the U.S. Army Reserves. Phase one training […]

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  • By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, and 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery  demonstrated their capabilities to family and friends during the battalions’ joint family day shoot, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. Family and visitors were bused to St. Vith Range where they could safely watch an artillery live-fire exercise. The battalions set up static displays of vehicles, weaponry, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), M109A6 Paladin howitzers, containerized kitchen and other field artillery equipment for the visitors to see, touch and take pictures in. Staff […]

    Artillery brigade puts on show for families

    By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, and 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery  demonstrated their capabilities to family and friends during the battalions’ joint family day shoot, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. Family and visitors were bused to St. Vith Range where they could safely watch an artillery live-fire exercise. The battalions set up static displays of vehicles, weaponry, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), M109A6 Paladin howitzers, containerized kitchen and other field artillery equipment for the visitors to see, touch and take pictures in. Staff […]

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  • By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein bestowed the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lt. Col. John “J.T.” Hourigan during a ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base here yesterday, praising the pilot’s “exceptional airmanship under duress.” Hourigan distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while serving as commander of a C-130 Hercules aircraft on July 15, 2016, narrowly recovering the aircraft from a potentially fatal descent following a catastrophic mechanical failure. “This is a big day, and this is a big deal,” Goldfein told an audience […]

    Chief of staff bestows Distinguished Flying Cross on Ky. Airman

    By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein bestowed the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lt. Col. John “J.T.” Hourigan during a ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base here yesterday, praising the pilot’s “exceptional airmanship under duress.” Hourigan distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while serving as commander of a C-130 Hercules aircraft on July 15, 2016, narrowly recovering the aircraft from a potentially fatal descent following a catastrophic mechanical failure. “This is a big day, and this is a big deal,” Goldfein told an audience […]

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  • By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – The Kentucky Army National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery was awarded the 2018 Field Artillery Alexander Hamilton Award during the battalion’s joint family day, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. The Hamilton award recognizes the most outstanding U.S. Army National Guard Field Artillery Battery of the Year for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence. “The quality of the submissions for the award and the work Guard units are doing is phenomenal to see,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin King, Command Sgt. Maj. of the […]

    Kentucky Artillery unit recognized as best battery in Guard

    By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – The Kentucky Army National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery was awarded the 2018 Field Artillery Alexander Hamilton Award during the battalion’s joint family day, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. The Hamilton award recognizes the most outstanding U.S. Army National Guard Field Artillery Battery of the Year for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence. “The quality of the submissions for the award and the work Guard units are doing is phenomenal to see,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin King, Command Sgt. Maj. of the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   WALTON, Ky. – Soldiers of the 940th Military Police Company gathered for the final time as a unit for an inactivation ceremony at the National Guard Armory Aug. 11, 2019. Due to realignment within the Kentucky National Guard’s force structure, military police units across the state were re-organized. The Casing of the Colors ceremony is held to commemorate the unit’s service and history, signifying the end of the command. “They’re divesting the company,” said Capt. Cory Lane, commander of the 940th. “What that means is they are restructuring the […]

    Soldiers say goodbye, MP Company inactivated

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   WALTON, Ky. – Soldiers of the 940th Military Police Company gathered for the final time as a unit for an inactivation ceremony at the National Guard Armory Aug. 11, 2019. Due to realignment within the Kentucky National Guard’s force structure, military police units across the state were re-organized. The Casing of the Colors ceremony is held to commemorate the unit’s service and history, signifying the end of the command. “They’re divesting the company,” said Capt. Cory Lane, commander of the 940th. “What that means is they are restructuring the […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

    244 years of Army Chaplains

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of family and friends joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky National Guard leadership in a departure ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center to say farewell to the 206th Engineer Battalion today who are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East for the next year. “I am extremely confident in the abilities of each Soldier to accomplish our mission. We have worked hard over the last 20 months to prepare for this deployment and the dedication to mission accomplishment these Soldiers have shown is noteworthy,” said Lt. Col. Michael Lawson, […]

    206th Engineers deploy overseas

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of family and friends joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky National Guard leadership in a departure ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center to say farewell to the 206th Engineer Battalion today who are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East for the next year. “I am extremely confident in the abilities of each Soldier to accomplish our mission. We have worked hard over the last 20 months to prepare for this deployment and the dedication to mission accomplishment these Soldiers have shown is noteworthy,” said Lt. Col. Michael Lawson, […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JACKSON, Ky. – U.S. Marine Pvt. Carl Strong died March 14, 1945 in the Battle of Iwo Jima fighting for his country. On July 13, 2019, some 74 years after giving his life, Strong received full military honors surrounded by relatives, friends and fellow Marines during a memorial service held in Jackson, Ky. Kentucky National Guard Chaplain (Capt.) Tyler Shields of the 103rd Chemical Battalion had the privilege to preside over the service.   “This memorial was significant because it shows that it’s never too late to do the right thing. It hits at […]

    Never too late to honor the fallen

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JACKSON, Ky. – U.S. Marine Pvt. Carl Strong died March 14, 1945 in the Battle of Iwo Jima fighting for his country. On July 13, 2019, some 74 years after giving his life, Strong received full military honors surrounded by relatives, friends and fellow Marines during a memorial service held in Jackson, Ky. Kentucky National Guard Chaplain (Capt.) Tyler Shields of the 103rd Chemical Battalion had the privilege to preside over the service.   “This memorial was significant because it shows that it’s never too late to do the right thing. It hits at […]

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