WHFRTC Bleeds Blue with UK Coaches Visit

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By Spc. Scott Raper, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment 

 

  

 
 

University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Joker Phillips interacts with Soldiers of the 149th Manuever Enhancement Brigade at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 3. Coach Phillips and his staff visited the 149th during training to show their appreciation for the Kentucky National Guard complimenting UK's Operation Win campaign. (Photo by Spc. Scott Raper)

GREENVILLE, Ky.(August 4, 2010)–University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Joker Phillips and his staff paid a visit to Kentucky National Guardsmen at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 3 as part of UK’s Operation Win campaign. 

University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Joker Phillips and his staff observe as Sgt. Matthew Meyer of the 438th Military Police Company throws a grenade during a field exercise at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 3. Coach Phillips and his staff visited the 149th during training to show their appreciation for the Kentucky National Guard complimenting UK's Operation Win campaign. (photo by Spc. Scott Raper)

The campaign brought the UK’s coaching staff to the training facility via Blackhawk where they toured a variety of training lanes to better understand the regimen of Kentucky’s Citizen Soldiers.  They also wanted to show their support for the job well done by those who answer the call to defend the country.    

The visit comes as the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Combat Team prepares for deployment in 2011. Accompanied by Deputy Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Richie and 149th Commander Col. Scott Campbell, the coaches participated in a Virtual Convoy Operation Training simulation, observed Humvee Egress Assistant Training and walked through the Individual Maneuver Tactical Grenade course side by side with Soldiers of the 149th.   A handful of the coaches even wore some of the cumbersome field gear and kevlars on the lanes, the same that the Soldiers wear.  

The coaches took time to sign autographs and interact with Soldiers, discussed working hard in the heat, the challenges of training and of course the upcoming football season.  Coach Phillips was impressed with the demands set down on individuals and their drive to learn during training.  Phillips complimented the command staff and the significance of the visit. 

University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Joker Phillips gives a thumbs up as he prepares for take off in a UH-60 blackhawk at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 3. Coach Phillips and his staff visited the 149th Maneuver and Enhancement Brigade during training to show their appreciation for the Kentucky National Guard, complimenting UK's Operation Win campaign. (Photo by Spc. Scott Raper)

“It’s very important for us to be here and how our appreciation to the troops and what they do,”  said Phillips.  “It’s humbling to get out here and see how well coached they are, and they are indeed well coached in the basic fundamentals of protecting our country,” he said. 

For more photos of the UK Coaching staff visit, check out our flickr site. 

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University of Kentucky's Offensive Line Coach Mike Summers talks to Soldiers of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center as part of an Operation Win campaign August 3. (Photo by Capt. Andi Hahn)

 

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