Kentucky’s Home Team Skypes with Kentucky’s Forward Team

Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard
Pictures by Sgt. Scott Raper, Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard

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Governor Steve Beshear joined Kentucky's Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini and University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari to speak with members of the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion currently deployed to Kuwait.


Governor Steve Beshear, Adjutant General Edward Tonini, UK’s Coach John Calipari, and forward Anthony Davis Skyped with members of Kentucky’s 1204th Aviation Support  Battalion serving in Kuwait on Monday.

During the chat, Coach Cal was made an Honorary Kentucky Guard Member by Governor Beshear and Maj. Gen. Tonini.

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Governor Steve Beshear joined Kentucky's Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini and University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari to speak with members of the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion currently deployed to Kuwait. Calipari was made an Honorary Guardmember.

“It’s always a privilege to speak to you Soldiers  while you’re doing such a great job for the Commonweath and our nation,” Beshear told the Kentucky Guardsmen. “I have to thank my wife, Jane, for making this Skype-call happen.”

“Your Governor, your TAG, your Kentucky Coach and all of us back home want you all to know how much we support you and important missions you do for Kentucky and our Nation,” Tonini told the 1204th. “I may be watching a UK basketball game with you all, as I’ve done with several of our deployed Guardsmen in the past.”

“Guys, I really appreciate it,” Calipari told the Guardmembers dressed in Kentucky blue. “And i tell you, we’re so proud of all of you over there, and what you do, and the courage you have. I can’t begin to tell you how impressed, and what you do, not many can do it. And to stand up for all of us here, and to make the commonwealth proud, which is what you do for all of us, we thank you.”

“Everyone here is on cloud nine,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Walton, 1204th ASB.  “We all want to thank the Kentucky Army National Guard, the TAG, and especially the Governor and his wife for making this happen for the 1204th ASB. A special thanks also goes out to Coach Cal and Anthony Davis.”

The Kentucky National Guard has deployed more than 14,000 Servicemembers since 9/11 in support of the Global War on Terror.

University of Kentucky's Anthony Davis shows off his wing span to deployed Troops from Kentucky's 1204th Aviation Support Battalion via Skype on Monday.

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