Air Guard Base Supports Pandemic Response Efforts







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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Army and Air National Guard officials continued to support the state’s response to the H5N1 pandemic here today as officials directed relief operations in 30 counties across the Commonwealth.

Those counties fall under the control of Joint Task Force Cardinal, which is headquartered at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base at Louisville International Airport. Task force assets include the full resources of the Louisville-based 123rd Airlift Wing and the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, said Brig. Gen. Mark Kraus, commander.

More than 3,000 Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to the task force. Right now, they are engaged in multiple relief activities across the state including direct support of local health departments and law enforcement agencies in Louisville and Covington, as well as crowd control and mortuary operations. Guardsmen also are providing support to civil authorities to maintain essential public services and critical commercial activities as directed by the Governor and government agencies.

Photo 1: Joint Task Force Cardinal officials receive a status update of current operations at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base today. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer. Cleared for release.)

Photo 2: Brig. Gen. Mark Kraus, Joint Task Force Cardinal commander, analyzes the Guard’s response to mortuary operations today as casualty rates approach 7,000. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer. Cleared for release.)

Photo 3: Master Sgt. Ernie Cays, chief of public health, tracks infection rates across the task force’s area of responsibility today. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer. Cleared for release.)

Photo 4: Lt. Col. Alison Webber, staff judge advocate, reviews rules of engagement today for National Guard troops assigned to work with law enforcement agencies. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer. Cleared for release.)

Photo 5: Master Sgt. Monte Goldring provides contracting support for deployed forces throughout Joint Task Force Cardinal. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer. Cleared for release.)

Photo 6: Lt. Col. Kevin Morris coordinates an airlift sortie to deliver troops as needed across the Commonwealth today. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer. Cleared for release.)

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