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  • Story by Maj. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Army is transitioning to a new physical fitness test, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), to better prepare Soldiers in readiness and lethality. To date, no Soldier yet has achieved a perfect score. On June 18, Spc. Ryan Sowder from the 2112th Transportation Company out of Burlington, Kentucky scored 597 out of a possible 600 points. This is the highest score recorded in all of the U.S. Army so far – Active, Guard or Reserve. “I didn’t think I would do as well (on the […]

    Kentucky Guard Soldier posts highest ACFT score yet.

    Story by Maj. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The U.S. Army is transitioning to a new physical fitness test, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), to better prepare Soldiers in readiness and lethality. To date, no Soldier yet has achieved a perfect score. On June 18, Spc. Ryan Sowder from the 2112th Transportation Company out of Burlington, Kentucky scored 597 out of a possible 600 points. This is the highest score recorded in all of the U.S. Army so far – Active, Guard or Reserve. “I didn’t think I would do as well (on the […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The need for an effective military establishment in frontier Kentucky, then a part of Virginia, was first voiced in the commonwealth’s first constitution.  In 1792, Kentuckians living on the American frontier faced attacks from Native American tribes and the framers of the state’s constitution, many of whom were veterans of the American Revolutionary War, realized the necessity of having an effective militia organization to protect the inhabitants of the new state. A Constitution, or Form of Government, For the State of Kentucky, done in Convention at Danville, April 19, 1792. Article II, section 7, […]

    The history of Kentucky Guard Day

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The need for an effective military establishment in frontier Kentucky, then a part of Virginia, was first voiced in the commonwealth’s first constitution.  In 1792, Kentuckians living on the American frontier faced attacks from Native American tribes and the framers of the state’s constitution, many of whom were veterans of the American Revolutionary War, realized the necessity of having an effective militia organization to protect the inhabitants of the new state. A Constitution, or Form of Government, For the State of Kentucky, done in Convention at Danville, April 19, 1792. Article II, section 7, […]

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  • Story & photos by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Greenville, Ky. – The Kentucky State Officer Candidate School (OCS) hosted four Officer Cadets and two English language instructors from Kentucky’s Partnership Nation of Djibouti, during a Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) April 11-14, 2019 at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, Kentucky. The skies were grey and the ground was soggy from early morning storms as students of OCS Class 61-19 prepared their weapons and equipment before embarking upon their 48 hour assignment, ‘Operation Athena.’ There are eight students assigned to Class 61-19, but for the […]

    Training Together: Djiboutian and Kentucky Officer Candidates

    Story & photos by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Greenville, Ky. – The Kentucky State Officer Candidate School (OCS) hosted four Officer Cadets and two English language instructors from Kentucky’s Partnership Nation of Djibouti, during a Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) April 11-14, 2019 at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, Kentucky. The skies were grey and the ground was soggy from early morning storms as students of OCS Class 61-19 prepared their weapons and equipment before embarking upon their 48 hour assignment, ‘Operation Athena.’ There are eight students assigned to Class 61-19, but for the […]

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  • Commentary by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   GREENVILLE, Ky. — Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center is a busy place. Everyone trains here, from Marines to civilian agencies, all taking full advantage of Kentucky’s training facilities. While walking on post it isn’t uncommon to hear the rumble of military vehicles or the occasional inbound UH–60 Blackhawk Helicopter. However, the most attention grabbing sounds are the roaring chants of motivation from Building 302, the Officer Candidate School (OCS) building. Despite other distractions, it is the voices of the OCS candidates that reign supreme. This, however, was not […]

    Annual Dining In – Officer/Warrant Officer Candidate School

    Commentary by Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   GREENVILLE, Ky. — Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center is a busy place. Everyone trains here, from Marines to civilian agencies, all taking full advantage of Kentucky’s training facilities. While walking on post it isn’t uncommon to hear the rumble of military vehicles or the occasional inbound UH–60 Blackhawk Helicopter. However, the most attention grabbing sounds are the roaring chants of motivation from Building 302, the Officer Candidate School (OCS) building. Despite other distractions, it is the voices of the OCS candidates that reign supreme. This, however, was not […]

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  • By Pfc. Harrison Moore, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — It was not just another routine Parris Island graduation ceremony in October of 2013. Newly formed Marines proudly marched indoors to find their families after a ceremonial formation. It was at that moment when Stella Hundley, now an up and coming second lieutenant in the Kentucky National Guard, realized she wanted to serve her country. She recalls the moment when she locked eyes with her brother. They found each other and she raced down the bleachers to embrace him. “A few years ago my brother graduated Marine Corps […]

    Medical Service Officer at home in Kentucky’s infantry

    By Pfc. Harrison Moore, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — It was not just another routine Parris Island graduation ceremony in October of 2013. Newly formed Marines proudly marched indoors to find their families after a ceremonial formation. It was at that moment when Stella Hundley, now an up and coming second lieutenant in the Kentucky National Guard, realized she wanted to serve her country. She recalls the moment when she locked eyes with her brother. They found each other and she raced down the bleachers to embrace him. “A few years ago my brother graduated Marine Corps […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. – Surviving family members of fallen U.S. military service men and women came together for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 9. More than 600 family members of those killed in the line of duty were in attendance this year, making the event one of the largest of its kind in the country. Family members from 10 states enjoyed the cruise up the river along with a meal sponsored by Northern Kentucky’s B&B Riverboats. The day is designed to recognize the surviving family members of […]

    Survivors enjoy riverboat cruise

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. – Surviving family members of fallen U.S. military service men and women came together for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 9. More than 600 family members of those killed in the line of duty were in attendance this year, making the event one of the largest of its kind in the country. Family members from 10 states enjoyed the cruise up the river along with a meal sponsored by Northern Kentucky’s B&B Riverboats. The day is designed to recognize the surviving family members of […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LINCOLN, Neb. – A group of ten Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard took part in the 42nd annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon May 5. They joined the nearly 170 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the United States to compete in the marathon. These National Guard runners represented 46 states and two territories. The Kentucky Marathon Team consisted of: Sgt.1st Class Michael Embury, Maj. Varinka Ensminger, Staff Sgt. Michael Simpson, Capt. Ron Shashy, CW3 Allen Davis, Spc. Korey Johnson, 2nd Lt. Donald Furman, Sgt. 1st […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen race in marathon

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LINCOLN, Neb. – A group of ten Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard took part in the 42nd annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon May 5. They joined the nearly 170 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the United States to compete in the marathon. These National Guard runners represented 46 states and two territories. The Kentucky Marathon Team consisted of: Sgt.1st Class Michael Embury, Maj. Varinka Ensminger, Staff Sgt. Michael Simpson, Capt. Ron Shashy, CW3 Allen Davis, Spc. Korey Johnson, 2nd Lt. Donald Furman, Sgt. 1st […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Late last year, the Kentucky National Guard decided to split the G1 into two supporting directorates. Kentucky will continue with the traditional G1, but has now established G9, a Military and Families Support Directorate, effective October 1, 2018. The newly created G9 will provide guidance and implement long-lasting solutions to the needs of our Guard members and families. Some of its many programs include the chaplain, family assistance centers, youth programs, family readiness council, yellow ribbon events, transition assistance advisors, personal and family counseling, financial counseling, military funeral honors, […]

    G9, all about supporting our Guardsmen and families

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Late last year, the Kentucky National Guard decided to split the G1 into two supporting directorates. Kentucky will continue with the traditional G1, but has now established G9, a Military and Families Support Directorate, effective October 1, 2018. The newly created G9 will provide guidance and implement long-lasting solutions to the needs of our Guard members and families. Some of its many programs include the chaplain, family assistance centers, youth programs, family readiness council, yellow ribbon events, transition assistance advisors, personal and family counseling, financial counseling, military funeral honors, […]

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