Unique Kentucky Unit Receives Specialized Training on New Equipment

Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard
Photos and video by the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky National Guard

FRANKFORT, Ky--Members of Kentucky's 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment receive extensive training on their new Mac systems and software packages. The 133rd MPAD is a unique unit comprised of broadcast journalists and print journalists, capable of making Servicemembers famous from anywhere in the world.

FRANKFORT, Ky— Kentucky’s 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment recently completed ten days of one-on-one training on their new MacBooks, Adobe software packages, new Nikon D300 and Panasonic P2 HD cameras. This hands-on instruction from a regional civilian training company was paramount for the MPAD to deploy and effectively conduct their assigned public affairs missions with their new gear.

“I feel that the MPAD has the best equipment, the best training and the best support to achieve my expectations and those who assign us,” said Capt. DesiRee L.P. Ewer, commander of the 133rd MPAD.

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The 133rd MPAD is a modular, task organizable deployable unit that can augment a corps public affairs section, a press camp headquarters, or a joint information bureau. In support of a PCH or JIB, the MPAD provides manpower and equipment to establish and operate a media center in theater.

FRANKFORT, Ky--Members of Kentucky's 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment receive extensive training on their new Mac systems and software packages.

The MPAD consists of broadcast journalists and print journalists that can deploy, capture images, write stories and broadcast via internet and satellite from anywhere in the world—often in real time.

MPADs are often charged with gathering and distributing media to both internal and external audiences. They may be expected to create newspapers, magazines, or a newscast. MPADs also serve to facilitate civilian media of all nationalities. They ensure the public affairs’ policy of “maximum disclosure, minimum delay” is upheld.

Elements of the 133rd will be testing their new training while deployed to Osaka, Japan during Yama Sukara, an annual, bilateral command post exercise that simulates Japanese-US military operations required to defend Japan. Updates of this deployment will be posted on this web site, as well as the Kentucky Guard Facebook page.

FRANKFORT, Ky--Members of Kentucky's 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment receive extensive training on their new Mac systems and software packages.

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