Adjutant General promotes Kentucky Soldiers in Germany

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By Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky Army National Guard

Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky, pins Spc. Joshua Wayne Roberts, Engineer, Det.1, 207th Engineer Company, during a promotion ceremony held Apr 28. at Kallmunz Castle in Germany.

HOHENFELS, Germany– Just twenty-five minutes outside of Hohenfels, nestled in the heart of Bavaria, there’s a small art colony town called Kallmunz.

The main attractions there are the ruins of the Kallmunz Castle above the town on a cliff and the old stone bridge over the Naab River.

Kallmunz castle, the seat of the former Counts of Kallmunz, has been fortified since the Bronze Age. The city also has a medieval bridge, bearing masons’ marks, over the Naab River.

During a recent overseas training deployment, the 201st Engineer Battalion held a ceremony Apr. 28 to recognize the promotions of six Soldiers and the re-enlistment of two others.

Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, the adjutant general of Kentucky, traveled there with the Soldiers to celebrate the glorious occasion.

The six Soldiers promoted were from Detachment 1, 207th Engineer Company. Spc. Joshua Wayne Roberts of Jackson, Ky., Private 1st Class Steven W. Molands of Campton, Ky., Private 1st Class John C. Thompson of Louisa, Ky., Private 1st Class Justin R. Brashears of Campton, Ky., Staff Sgt. Ronald E. Holliday of Jackson, Ky., and 1st Lt. Dustin W. Pack of Ashland, Ky.

Tonini conducted the re-enlistments of Sgt. Matthew C. Gilbert, Team Leader, Detachment 1, 207th Engineer Company, and Sgt. Mark S. Hunter, Team Leader, Forward Support Company, 201st Engineer Battalion.

“I told my first sergeant that I wanted General Tonini to conduct my re-enlistment at one of the castles here and the unit made it happen for us,” said Gilbert.

“It was a great feeling to have the adjutant general come here to support us,” he said.  “It really meant so much to the Soldiers to be promoted and re-enlist at such a prestigious landmark here in Germany.”

Kentucky Guardsmen from the 201st Engineer Battalion, based in Ashland, Ky., conducted a promotion ceremony held Apr. 28 at the Kallmunz Castle in Kallmunz, Germany. The 201st Engineer Battalion provided crucial support to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany by expanding its training center facilities there.

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