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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — Soldiers with the 2061st Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC) and the 438th Military Police (MP) Company conducted Operation Cutlass, a wet gap crossing operation, during their annual training at Fort Knox, May 17-20.  Their mission was to construct a bridge and cross the Salt River while suppressing enemy forces. “We get to do this about twice a year,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Fox, a platoon sergeant with the 2061st. “For the bridge we are laying, the standard for completion is 30 minutes.” The bridge is comprised of […]

    Bridge company, MPs highlight MEB diversity

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — Soldiers with the 2061st Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC) and the 438th Military Police (MP) Company conducted Operation Cutlass, a wet gap crossing operation, during their annual training at Fort Knox, May 17-20.  Their mission was to construct a bridge and cross the Salt River while suppressing enemy forces. “We get to do this about twice a year,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Fox, a platoon sergeant with the 2061st. “For the bridge we are laying, the standard for completion is 30 minutes.” The bridge is comprised of […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard hosted its annual Memorial Day observance on Memorial Day, May 27, at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort. Three new names were added to the memorial, bringing the total number of names on the Memorial to 272 men and women who have fallen in the line of duty since 1912. Those fallen whose names are being added to the Memorial are: Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, 39, of Daviess County, (Oct. 24, 1916); Pvt. Ross L. McCord, 18, of Christian County, (Oct. 25, 1922); and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, 31, of […]

    Kentucky honors Vietnam fallen on Memorial Day

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard hosted its annual Memorial Day observance on Memorial Day, May 27, at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort. Three new names were added to the memorial, bringing the total number of names on the Memorial to 272 men and women who have fallen in the line of duty since 1912. Those fallen whose names are being added to the Memorial are: Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, 39, of Daviess County, (Oct. 24, 1916); Pvt. Ross L. McCord, 18, of Christian County, (Oct. 25, 1922); and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, 31, of […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Memorial Day program is scheduled for Monday, May 27, beginning at 2 p. m., at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The Kentucky National Guard’s Vietnam War casualties will be highlighted along with the adding of three names to the memorial; Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, of Daviess County; Pvt. Ross L. McCord, of Christian County; and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, of Calloway County. Kentucky’s 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, while serving on Federal Active Duty in Southeast Asia, had been in South Vietnam for eight months. […]

    Kentucky remembers Vietnam casualties

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Memorial Day program is scheduled for Monday, May 27, beginning at 2 p. m., at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The Kentucky National Guard’s Vietnam War casualties will be highlighted along with the adding of three names to the memorial; Capt. Samuel Edward Gipe, of Daviess County; Pvt. Ross L. McCord, of Christian County; and Horseshoer Eddie Stafford, of Calloway County. Kentucky’s 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, while serving on Federal Active Duty in Southeast Asia, had been in South Vietnam for eight months. […]

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  • By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsmen with 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation rescued a hiker suffering a medical emergency at Natural Bridge State Park near Slade, Kentucky, May 18. Guardsmen arrived with a UH-60 Blackhawk and hoisted the hiker to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Kentucky Soldiers worked alongside Wolfe County Search and Rescue (WCSR), Powell County Search and Rescue (PCSR), and Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue (Red STAR) to rescue the hiker. This mission culminated over a year’s worth of training between the Kentucky Guard and WCSR centered on […]

    MEDEVAC Soldiers assist in local rescue

    By Spc. Alan Royalty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsmen with 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation rescued a hiker suffering a medical emergency at Natural Bridge State Park near Slade, Kentucky, May 18. Guardsmen arrived with a UH-60 Blackhawk and hoisted the hiker to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Kentucky Soldiers worked alongside Wolfe County Search and Rescue (WCSR), Powell County Search and Rescue (PCSR), and Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue (Red STAR) to rescue the hiker. This mission culminated over a year’s worth of training between the Kentucky Guard and WCSR centered on […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – Several Soldiers and Airmen from Kentucky National Guard medical units joined together to offer their expertise to the military medical staff at the Ah-Bashir Military Hospital March 29-Apr. 4 as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program. Several times a year Kentucky Guardsmen visit the small African country building rapport and share training opportunities with the local nationals. “Any time you can work with other countries, build meaningful relationships and train together is important,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brian McMorrow, Medical Plans and Operation […]

    Kentucky medical staff share knowledge with Djiboutian hospital

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – Several Soldiers and Airmen from Kentucky National Guard medical units joined together to offer their expertise to the military medical staff at the Ah-Bashir Military Hospital March 29-Apr. 4 as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program. Several times a year Kentucky Guardsmen visit the small African country building rapport and share training opportunities with the local nationals. “Any time you can work with other countries, build meaningful relationships and train together is important,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brian McMorrow, Medical Plans and Operation […]

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  • By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HOL HOL, Djibouti — Djibouti, a nation I didn’t know much about. Honestly, before traveling here, I couldn’t have placed it on the map. However, I have found its significance far exceeds its relevant size and distance from the United States. With a centuries-old strategic advantage, this country, this land, is vital and many major world powers desire influence here. Long controlled by France, Djibouti is a rather young country having gained its independence in 1977. One can experience a rugged coastline, seemingly endless deserts of volcanic rock, and baboon-inhabited mountains […]

    The Djiboutian Way taking shape

    By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HOL HOL, Djibouti — Djibouti, a nation I didn’t know much about. Honestly, before traveling here, I couldn’t have placed it on the map. However, I have found its significance far exceeds its relevant size and distance from the United States. With a centuries-old strategic advantage, this country, this land, is vital and many major world powers desire influence here. Long controlled by France, Djibouti is a rather young country having gained its independence in 1977. One can experience a rugged coastline, seemingly endless deserts of volcanic rock, and baboon-inhabited mountains […]

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  • By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — “FOLLOW ME” echoed through the budding woods at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) during the first ever Tactical Leaders Course hosted by the 238th Regional Training Institute and the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), April 12-14 2019 in Greenville. Twenty three Soldiers from units across the MEB participated in the three-day course which focused training on basic Soldier and leadership skills to include, operation orders, squad tactical lanes, Army physical fitness, and close quarter marksmanship training. The idea for such an event came during a first […]

    New course sharpens platoon sergeant leadership

    By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — “FOLLOW ME” echoed through the budding woods at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center (WHFRTC) during the first ever Tactical Leaders Course hosted by the 238th Regional Training Institute and the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), April 12-14 2019 in Greenville. Twenty three Soldiers from units across the MEB participated in the three-day course which focused training on basic Soldier and leadership skills to include, operation orders, squad tactical lanes, Army physical fitness, and close quarter marksmanship training. The idea for such an event came during a first […]

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  • By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, Kentucky National Guard FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Law and Order Detachment of the 1103rd Military Police gathered in Ft. Knox April 13 to conduct a departure ceremony for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The unit will deploy for the third time since Sept. 11, 2001. Approximately 20 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard unit will conduct law enforcement missions, criminal investigations, traffic accident investigations and customs duties during the deployment. Capt. Chris McGhee, commander of the Ft. Knox-based unit, spoke about the unit’s greatest strength. “Our strongest quality is that we’re small so we’re very […]

    Kentucky MPs deploy to Afghanistan

    By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, Kentucky National Guard FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Law and Order Detachment of the 1103rd Military Police gathered in Ft. Knox April 13 to conduct a departure ceremony for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The unit will deploy for the third time since Sept. 11, 2001. Approximately 20 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard unit will conduct law enforcement missions, criminal investigations, traffic accident investigations and customs duties during the deployment. Capt. Chris McGhee, commander of the Ft. Knox-based unit, spoke about the unit’s greatest strength. “Our strongest quality is that we’re small so we’re very […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Army Guardsmen representing every major command in Kentucky gathered for the 2019 Unit Public Affairs & Historian Representative (UPAHR) Workshop in Frankfort, April 13-14. The workshop was facilitated by members of the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center. More than 20 Soldiers received updated training and were certified to tell their units’ stories. “I felt that the training was relevant and well presented for a clean understanding of the UPAHR’s role and expectations,” said Spc. Jessica Elbouab with the 118th Haul Platoon. “I would love to see a […]

    Guardsmen embrace unit public affairs duties

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Army Guardsmen representing every major command in Kentucky gathered for the 2019 Unit Public Affairs & Historian Representative (UPAHR) Workshop in Frankfort, April 13-14. The workshop was facilitated by members of the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center. More than 20 Soldiers received updated training and were certified to tell their units’ stories. “I felt that the training was relevant and well presented for a clean understanding of the UPAHR’s role and expectations,” said Spc. Jessica Elbouab with the 118th Haul Platoon. “I would love to see a […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — Col. David Reed relinquished his command of the 75th Troop Command to Col. Douglas Clay during a change of command ceremony April 14, in Fort Knox.  There was a packed house in attendance at the Sadowski Center with family, friends and Guardsmen. Reed recalled the brigade’s accomplishments over the last two years.  Just in 2018 alone, the Kentucky national Guard’s Soldier,  NCO and Senior NCO of the Year all came from the 75th, a testimony to the dedication to the overall success of our brigade. “Leadership in this […]

    Clay takes charge of 75th Troop Command

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — Col. David Reed relinquished his command of the 75th Troop Command to Col. Douglas Clay during a change of command ceremony April 14, in Fort Knox.  There was a packed house in attendance at the Sadowski Center with family, friends and Guardsmen. Reed recalled the brigade’s accomplishments over the last two years.  Just in 2018 alone, the Kentucky national Guard’s Soldier,  NCO and Senior NCO of the Year all came from the 75th, a testimony to the dedication to the overall success of our brigade. “Leadership in this […]

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