Bates takes command of Kentucky Army National Guard recruiting battalion


Story by Spc. Adrian D. Wallace, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Maj. Fred Bates takes the flag of command from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Tamara Hurst during a ceremony conducted on the grounds of the old Kentucky state capitol building. (Photo by Spc. Adrian Wallace, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

FRANKFORT, Ky.  (May 5, 2011) — Maj. Fred W. Bates V accepted command of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Recruiting and Retention on May 5 in a ceremony at the old capitol building in Frankfort.

Bates takes over for Lt. Col. Tamara Hurst, who commanded the unit since October 2008.

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Bates returned home from deployment just in time to assume command of the nationally recognized and successful recruiting battalion.

The 2/75th is approaching its eighth straight year of achieving and surpassing its assigned end strength mission, a mission that Bates takes very seriously.

Maj. Fred Bates is the new commander of the Kentucky Army National Guard's 2/75th Recruiting and Retention Battalion. (Photo by Spc. Adrian Wallace, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

“I am excited to serve and lead the more than 800 Soldiers, contractors, and personnel in our battalion,” he said in his remarks. “This is an important job and I have complete faith in the ability of this great team and their desire to succeed.”

“Regardless of challenges that face us, we will not stop recruiting, ” he added.  “We will continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest in Kentucky.”


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