Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness Development Team returns from Afghanistan

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CONTACT: David Altom, 502-607-1562, cell 502-330-1951

WHO: The Kentucky Army National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team I

WHAT: Welcome Home Ceremony

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. EDT, July 2, 2010

WHERE: Army Aviation Support Facility Hanger #2, Boone National Guard Center, Frankfort, Ky., 40601

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2010) – The Kentucky National Guard will host a welcome home ceremony for 60 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of Agribusiness Development Team One at 11:00 a.m. EDT July 2, 2010 at the Army Aviation Support Facility Hanger #2 at Boone National Guard Center, 100 Minuteman Parkway, Frankfort, Ky. 40601.

The ADT I deployed last summer to Afghanistan assigned with the mission of assisting Afghan farmers in becoming agriculturally self-sufficient and helped develop their agricultural marketplace. The task force is composed of a mix of Army National Guard Soldiers and Air National Guard Airmen with a variety of skills and backgrounds in agriculture matters. Led by Col. Mike Farley, the unit completed more than 300 successful agriculture projects and traveled to four Afghan Provinces with no casualties.

This was the first deployment for ADT I but the unit transferred authority to Kentucky’s ADT II who took over operations during a ceremony at Bagram Air Field June 23. Kentucky’s ADT III is already being assembled for next year.

Since Sept. 11, 2001 more than 12,000 members of the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard have deployed worldwide in support of the Global War on Terror.

To learn more about the Kentucky National Guard and the Department of Military Affairs, visit: www.kentuckyguard.com

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