Kentucky Guard and University of Louisville Form Official Partnership

Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard
Pictures by Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard

Memorandum of Understanding

The engagement of the Kentucky National Guard with the University of Louisville will reinvigorate, strengthen, and bind our communities in a successful partnership that includes, but not limited to, jointly developed initiatives in strategic areas of education, health, engineering, business, medicine, leadership, and intercollegiate athletics, and specific to the needs of soldiers and families. This partnership will promote a professional exchange between University faculty, staff, students, Soldiers and their families.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville and Kentucky National Guard have established a partnership that will promote an ongoing professional exchange among Soldiers and their families with UofL faculty, staff and students.

University President James Ramsey and Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, adjutant general of the Kentucky National Guard, signed the document last Friday.

“We are your neighbors, we stay here, we are always going to be here,” Tonini said. “And our responsibilities are not only for the federal mission but also for the state mission, so we really are a part of the home team.”

The two organizations will work together develop a wide array of joint initiatives such as research in post-traumatic stress disorder, degree programs for Soldiers, training in language and culture, and summer academic and athletic camps for children of Kentucky National Guard families, according to the memorandum.

“I think it’s very exciting as a U of L alumni and a Kentucky National Guard member to see where they are going to move in the future,” says Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, Kentucky Air National Guard.

The school’s Executive Director of Military Initiatives and Partnerships, Renee Finnegan, says the program is modeled after a similar agreement with Fort Knox.

Finnegan says the program is modeled after a similar agreement with Fort Knox.

UofL recently began offering discounted tuition to Kentucky National Guard Soldiers, a benefit it was already offering to active military and veteran students, Finnegan said. This year, some 700 veterans are attending the university and another 140 active duty and civilian students at Fort Knox are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in workforce leadership.

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WDRB, Fox 41 reports on the engagement of the Kentucky National Guard with the University of Louisville will reinvigorate, strengthen, and bind our communities in a successful partnership that includes, but not limited to, jointly developed initiatives in strategic areas of education, health, engineering, business, medicine, leadership, and intercollegiate athletics, and specific to the needs of soldiers and families. This partnership will promote a professional exchange between University faculty, staff, students, Soldiers and their families.

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