Kentucky National Guard welcomes familiar face back home as brigade commander

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Story and photo by: Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, UPAHR 1/623rd Field Artillery

Col. Ron L. Turner, incoming commander of 138th Fires Brigade, accepts the brigade gideon from Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, the Adjutant General of Kentucky, at Ft. Knox, Ky., Oct. 17.

FORT KNOX,  Ky. (October 17, 2010) – Kentucky National Guard redlegs (a term for artillerymen who wear a red stripe down the dress uniform)  assembled at Brooks Parade Field on a picture perfect day to welcome Col. Rondal L. Turner as commander of the 138th Fires Brigade.

In his 27-years of service, Turner has held numerous positions with the Kentucky National Guard, including chief of staff. But Oct. 17, he was welcomed back to the launching pad of his military career with the Fires Brigade.

“This was the perfect day for me to come back to my roots with the Kentucky National Guard artillery,” he said. “I’m looking forward to commanding the fine Soldiers assigned to this brigade.”

The 138th Brigade is headquartered in Lexington, Ky., with more than 800 Soldiers represented in units from three states.

Turner accepted the command from Col. Rodney Hayes who will continue as the Chief Information Officer for Kentucky.

Attending the ceremony were Turner’s daughters, Ashlee, Allison and Avery, son-in-law Josh and grandson, Abram.

Turner presently serves as the full-time Chief of Staff for Joint Force Headquarters, Kentucky National Guard. In 2009 he was selected to attend the Army War College Resident Program in Carlisle, PA.

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