Fox 41 embeds with Kentucky’s Agribusiness Development Team II

ACH

By Capt. Andi Hahn/KYNG Public Affairs Office

Fox 41 news team Lindsay Allen and Ken Bradley take a moment before a mission to talk to 1st Lt. Travis Riley, Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II's security force commander during a media embed in Bagram, Afghanistan June 15. (Photo by Capt. Andi Hahn, KYNG Public Affairs Office)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 16, 2010)– The Kentucky National Guard has not had a media embed since the Global War on Terror began in 2003.  Fox 41 news based out of Louisville, Ky., and Kentucky’s Agribusiness Development Team II are about to change that.

For the past five weeks, the Kentucky National Guard has been working closely with Louisville’s Fox 41 news team, reporter Lindsay Allen and Emmy-award winning news photographer Ken Bradley, to embed them with Kentucky’s second ADT who deployed to Afghanistan June 8.  The team was first introduced to the unit at their departure ceremony in Lexington, Ky., May 7.

The embed process was a new and exciting one for both organizations involved and officially kicked off June 8 with Fox 41’s first airing of the unit’s training and departure and will follow-up with in-country broadcasts from Afghanistan.

“It’s so exciting to be doing this, I’m new to the studio and this is a very big assignment,” said Lindsay Allen, a native of Hagerstown, Md., and former anchor for a small news station in Shelby, N.C. “We were able to follow the unit through their training process to deploy overseas and now we get to document them actually perform their mission in Afghanistan which is pretty exciting,” she said.

The news crew will embed with the unit in Afghanistan for approximately three weeks, and record broadcasts of the unit’s unique mission of assisting Afghan farmers in becoming agriculturally self-sufficient and developing their agricultural marketplace.“If they are willing to sacrifice a year of their time over there, I can sacrifice three weeks,” said Allen.The news team thus far has traveled to Jackson, Miss., McGuire Air Force Base, and Ramstein, Germany enroute to their final destination Bagram, Afghanistan.

Check the KYNG official blog, www.kentuckyguard.wordpress.com for updates on the Fox 41 news media embed and follow the Kentucky ADT II’s deployment on their blog, www.kyadt2.wordpress.com, or on their Facebook fan page.

Related links:

Fox41: http://www.fox41.com/Global/story.asp?S=12658793
Courier Journal: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20106160366

Maj. Eddie Simpson, Kentucky's Agribusiness Development Team I intelligence officer, explains how the door operates on an Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to Fox 41 news team Ken Bradley and Lindsay Allen before departing on ADT II's first mission with the media embed in Bagram, Afghanistan June 15. (Photo by Capt. Andi Hahn, KYNG Public Affairs Office)

Ken Bradley and Lindsay Allen, Fox 41 news, carry their gear to a hotel near Ramstein Air Base in Germany June 12 enroute to Bagram Afghanistan where they will embed with Kentucky's ADT II for three weeks.

Ken Bradley, Fox 41 news photographer, captures co-worker Lindsay Allen in the cockpit of a C-17 on their way to Bagram, Afghanistan June 12 where they will embed with Kentucky's ADT II for three weeks.

Col. Hunter Mathews, Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II commander, speaks with Lindsay Allen and Ken Bradley, Fox 41 News, at a departure ceremony held for the unit May 7 in Lexington, Ky. The news crew has since followed the unit through their training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., and will embed with them in Afghanistan for three weeks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer, KYNG Public Affairs Office)

About kentuckyguard