Meet the Kentucky National Guard’s newest chaplain!

Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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1st Lt. Michael Hornback takes the oath of office from Chaplain (Col.) David Graetz, Kentucky Army National Guard State Chaplain. “It’s awesome," said Hornback. "I’ve been waiting for four years to get my civilian education completed so I could put on the Crosses and now I’m finally a chaplain. It’s really exciting." The swearing-in ceremony as an Army Chaplain was held at Boone National Guard Center, Frankfort, Ky. on February 15. Hornbeck will be the chaplain for the 206th Engineering Battalion, Owensboro, Ky., taking over for Chaplain (Maj.) James Messer who retired last month.

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Hornback displays a big grin as his wife, Ambar and Col. David Graetz, Kentucky Army National Guard State Chaplain, pin on Army Chaplain Crosses to his uniform.

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Hornback is all smiles with his wife Ambar and son Christopher.