Kentucky Guard Soldiers plant the seeds of tomorrow

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Story by Sgt. Paul Evans and Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representatives

Soldiers from Headquarters, 103rd Brigade Support Battalion put their shovels in the ground prior to planting tree seedlings outside the Harrodsburg Armory on April 22, 2011. The 103rd’s tree-planting efforts were a part of Earth Day honors across the state. (Photo by Sgt. Paul Evans, 103rd BSB Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative)

Glasgow and Harrodsburg, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsmen joined a statewide Earth Day celebration by planting more than 120 white pine seedlings at armories across the commonwealth April 22.

Lt. Col. Jeffery Hughes and Sgt. 1st Class David Page take special care in planting one of fifteen white pine seedlings at the Glasgow National Guard Armory to celebrate Earth Day 2011. (Photo by Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 1/623rd FA Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative)

“The Kentucky National Guard has a long standing reputation of giving back to the communities where our units are embedded,” said Lt. Col. Jeffery Hughes, 1st Battalion, 623d Field Artillery commander.  “This was once again a display of the selfless service that our Soldiers are known for.”

138th Brigade Command Sergeant Major Joey Simpson sees the effort as a matter of pride in ownership.

“The Glasgow Armory was built the early 1960’s, and has been through a few updates,” stated Simpson.  “This is just a small improvement that we can make to continue to beautify our campus.”

The planting of trees across the Commonwealth of Kentucky sets the standard for what can be accomplished in the future to celebrate Earth Day and support the Guard the Environment campaign and the Kentucky’s growing green mission.

“Anybody that has been deployed overseas can appreciate the value of a tree and what it has to offer,” said Staff Sgt. Will Sewell.  “I take great pride in providing this treasure for future generations.”

Members of the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion in Harrodsburg shared their fellow Soldiers’ concern for the future.

“It feels good knowing these trees are something our children will benefit from one day,” says Staff Sgt. Mark Arnold.

“We are trained to destroy the enemy on the battle field,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy Collins.  “But today we are planting life on this earth.”

Staff Sgt. Mark Arnold of Harrodsburg’s Headquarters, 103rd Brigade Support Battalion distributes tree seedlings as Staff Sgt. Eddie Donahue marks a planting location on April 22, 2011. (Photo by Sgt. Paul Evans, 103rd BSB Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative)

Capt. Brian Mattingly plants a tree seedling outside the Harrodsburg Armory on April 22, 2011. (Photo by Sgt. Paul Evans, 103rd BSB Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative)

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