Kentucky Guard pays tribute to retirees

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By Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

The Kentucky National Guard honors eight retiring Servicemembers during a ceremony held July 11 in Frankfort, Ky. From left to right, Col. Donald Conover, Lt. Col. Robert Watson, Lt. Col. Paula Johnson, Lt. Col. Andrew Morrow, Lt. Col Michael Gilkey, Chief Warrant Officer Roger Milburn, and Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Simmons. (Not pictured, CCM John Grant)

FRANKFORT, Ky.(July 14, 2010) – The Joint Forces Headquarters of the Kentucky Army National Guard formally recognized eight Soldiers during a retirement ceremony held July 11, at the Billy J. Wellman Armory in Frankfort, Ky.

Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky and the keynote speaker for the ceremony, commended the retirees for a job well done.

Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general of Kentucky, presents Lt. Col. Andrew Morrow's spouse Tanya with a bouquet of roses during a retirement ceremony held July 11 in Frankfort, Ky. Morrow retires after 27 years of service to the Kentucky Guard.

Col. Donald R. Conover, the highest ranking retiree, served over 32 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard.

“In all my years of service to the Kentucky Guard, the people are what have meant the most to me,” Conover said. “I would encourage any young person to think about taking advantage of the opportunities made available thru the Kentucky Guard.”

Chief Warrant Officer Roger Milburn, a 43 year veteran of the Kentucky Army National Guard, said he joined the Kentucky Guard in February 1966. Milburn said his father worked for the Guard, and he wanted to make his father proud of him by following in his footsteps.

Milburn said he had experienced so many wonderful memories in his long career that it would be nearly impossible to pinpoint any specific favorite memory, but that one thing had remained true in today’s Army.

“The uniforms have changed, the boots have changed, the terminology and technology has changed, but the Soldier has remained the same,” he said.

The July 2010 Class of Retirees for the Kentucky National Guard encompassed over 200 years of military service collectively.

Each Soldier was presented with an American Flag and a commemorative plaque in honor of service contributed to the Kentucky National Guard’s mission. The spouse or designee for each retiree also received a bouquet of roses for their sacrifice and support of their loved ones.

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