Command staff visits Kentucky Soldiers in Cuba

Photos by Sgt. David Bolton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Soldiers with the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment gather with Kentucky Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini and Kentucky State Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Chumley Jr. during a tour of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Dec. 3, 2013.

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Soldiers of the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment received some prominent visitors, Dec. 3, as members of the Kentucky Guard’s command staff arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Kentucky’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini and State Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Chumley Jr., travelled to the Naval base to check in on the Guardsmen on deployment in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay (JTFGTMO).

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Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, adjutant general for the state of Kentucky, is briefed about the use of communal areas, by Army 1 Lt. Joseph Smith, the assistant officer in charge of Camp V, inside Camp V at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Dec. 3, 2013. Tonini came to the island to visit with Kentucky Guardsmen deployed to GTMO in support of public affairs operations there. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)

“It was great to be able to showcase what the 133rd MPAD Soldiers have been doing down here to our Kentucky leadership,” said Capt. Andi Hahn, commander of the 133rd and officer in charge for public affairs for JTFGTMO. “I am proud of the mission we do here and am even more proud of what this unit has done in our seven months on ground.”

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Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, adjutant general for the state of Kentucky, greets Army Lt. Col. Michael Shoen, deputy commander of the Joint Detention Group, outside the sally port of Camp VI at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Dec. 3, 2013. Tonini came to the island to visit with Kentucky Guardsmen deployed to GTMO in support of public affairs operations there. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)

“Our MPAD has garnered the utmost respect and awe from the Joint Task Force’s Rear Admiral here at Guantanamo,” said Tonini. “They have set the standard for operations here on this international stage.”

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Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, adjutant general for the state of Kentucky, is shown typical detainee living quarters during a tour of Camp V at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Dec. 3, 2013. Tonini came to the island to visit with Kentucky Guardsmen deployed to GTMO in support of public affairs operations there. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)

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Kentucky Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini speaks with Spc. Lerone Simmons with the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment during a tour at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Dec. 3, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

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