Unbridled Service: Why they serve in Kentucky

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By Capt. Andi Hahn, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Officer

Sgt. James Taulbee,

Sgt. James Taulbee from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry

LEJUNIOR, Ky.– Sgt. James Taulbee, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry based in Harlan, Ky., was always interested in the military and joined the Kentucky National Guard to serve his country and grow in his civilian career.

Taulbee lives with his wife Taylor and their child, Taegan in Lejunior, Ky., where he serves as a peace officer.  James said he loves being in the Guard because it allows him to serve his country proudly while still being a civilian.

“The Guard has given me personal benefits such as honor and leadership,” said James, a four-year Veteran of the Guard.

“It paid for my college expenses and provided me with financial stability.  I have even used the Guard as a reference on several job applications and it placed me above others competing for the job,” he said.

James was part of a team assigned to the guard the Arizona border during Operation Jump Start, and said his favorite memory in the Kentucky National Guard was traveling to Sapporo, Japan last year during the unit’s Overseas Deployment Training.

James said he plans to stay in the Guard for 20 years to continue to serve his unit, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and his country whenever he is needed.

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