Wendell Ford Center welcomes military hunters

Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center manages a very pro-active and well established Fish and Wildlife program for the Soldiers, Airmen and Employees of the Kentucky National Guard.  This program has established some of the most fertile conservations lands in Kentucky for your use.  Like any well managed program it has established rules and regulations to ensure the long term viability of the program, the wildlife and the conservation of the lands.

I want to personally invite each you to utilize this resource.  They provide a great opportunity to get away for a day and bond with family and friends. Mr. Nave and the entire staff is extremely proud of this resource and we will do everything within our power to ensure you have an enjoyable visit.

To ensure everyone knows of this opportunity I wanted to distribute the “Category Codes” or priorities for use:

A.   Soldiers/Airmen/Personnel actively training at WHFRTC.

B.  Kentucky Guardsmen

  • Retired Kentucky Guardsmen
  • Federal, State or Contract Employees assigned and supporting training center operation
  • Kentucky Department of Military Affairs employees
  • Retired Kentucky Department of Military Affairs employees
  • Kentucky State Police assigned to Muhlenberg County

C.  Immediate Family Member (Spouse, Parents or Children of a military hunter/fisherman)

D.  Guest of personnel in Category  B (normally 2 guest per category B Personnel)

A few items to remember:

  1. Always call ahead before you come to the site to ensure the areas are open for use.  We regularly close areas when they impact our ability to support military training.
  2. Always remember that we typically have a 1 to 3 ratio of Soldiers and Airmen to Civilians eligible to utilize the site.  For example, a member of the Kentucky National Guard (CAT. B) could have his children, parents and spouse here along with 2 guests at any one time.
  3. The Standard Operating Procedures utilized to manage the program is vetted through a Committee of sportsmen throughout the Kentucky National Guard that meets annually.  Any questions or concerns can be vetted through anyone on staff or the WHFRTC Website, AAR Link, and we will ensure the Committee is aware of the concern.
  4. I as the Base Operations Manager would not be considered a typical sportsman as I do not hunt and rarely fish.  I am always available to answer questions and ensure this program is run in a way that all members of the Kentucky National Guard can be proud of.  If you ever have a questions or concern, my door is always open.

I want to Thank each of you for the support of this program and encourage its use to all eligible members.

LTC William L. McDaniel
Training Site Commander
Base Operations Manager
502-607-7922 Office
502-229-3305 Cell
http://www.whfrtc.ky.gov

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