Unbridled Service: Why they serve in Kentucky


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

Spc. James Farris, 223rd Military Police Co.

Spc. James Farris, Assistant Instructor with the 238th Regional Training Institute

Spc. James Farris of the 223rd Military Police Company remembers the National Guard from his childhood.  As a kid, he said he remembers Guardsmen coming to the aid of flood victims and other natural disasters.  Farris joined for the state missions to assist and support his fellow Kentuckians.

“Now I want to be that guy, to come help my neighbors,” he said.

Farris said he loves interacting with locals and recognizes the quality treatment and respect he receives as a member of the Kentucky National Guard.  Farris continues to see the changes in attitudes and confidence gained through his service as a Citizen Soldier.

“The Kentucky National Guard has made me realize more of what I can do and can be, not what I can’t.  It’s made me step up to challenges I never thought were possible.  Now I realize what is possible and I do it,” said Farris.

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