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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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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard April 12, 2019, marks the centennial of the birth of Richard Smith “Billy” Vaughn; singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, conductor, choral and orchestral leader, and Kentucky Guardsman.  Billy was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, the only son of four children of Alvis and Sally Vaughn. At a very early age Billy showed an interest in music, learning to play his father ukulele while he laid up in bed suffering from measles at the age of five.   He was a self-taught musician, he sang, played, and wrote music.   He mastered the flute, piano, ukulele, and saxophone.  He […]

    A famous musician and the birth of the 202nd Army Band

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard April 12, 2019, marks the centennial of the birth of Richard Smith “Billy” Vaughn; singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, conductor, choral and orchestral leader, and Kentucky Guardsman.  Billy was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, the only son of four children of Alvis and Sally Vaughn. At a very early age Billy showed an interest in music, learning to play his father ukulele while he laid up in bed suffering from measles at the age of five.   He was a self-taught musician, he sang, played, and wrote music.   He mastered the flute, piano, ukulele, and saxophone.  He […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – In late March of 2018, Natalie Wamsley was finishing up warrant officer candidate school (WOCS), maxing her last Army Physical Fitness Test and taking another successful step in her 16-year military career. On April 6, she learned she had cancer. While at WOCS, she felt a lump, but disregarded it as muscle soreness from the intense physical fitness. A couple weeks after she returned home, and many sleepless nights, she went to her doctor. After an ultrasound and a biopsy, she was called into her doctor’s […]

    Guardsman lets strength, courage define her

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – In late March of 2018, Natalie Wamsley was finishing up warrant officer candidate school (WOCS), maxing her last Army Physical Fitness Test and taking another successful step in her 16-year military career. On April 6, she learned she had cancer. While at WOCS, she felt a lump, but disregarded it as muscle soreness from the intense physical fitness. A couple weeks after she returned home, and many sleepless nights, she went to her doctor. After an ultrasound and a biopsy, she was called into her doctor’s […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JERICHO, Vt. – For the fifth straight year, Kentucky Guardsmen competed against the best winter sports athletes in the National Guard. The four-man team skied against more than 130 competitors from 18 states in the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., Feb. 23-28. Kentuckians are normally not used to snow skis, or so much snow, but the team is proud of how far they have come in a short five years. “Biathlon is one of the hardest things I have […]

    Soldiering on in the snow

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs JERICHO, Vt. – For the fifth straight year, Kentucky Guardsmen competed against the best winter sports athletes in the National Guard. The four-man team skied against more than 130 competitors from 18 states in the Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., Feb. 23-28. Kentuckians are normally not used to snow skis, or so much snow, but the team is proud of how far they have come in a short five years. “Biathlon is one of the hardest things I have […]

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  • Commentary by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – As I sat down in the classroom in the Emergency Operations Center building on Boone National Guard Center, where I was about to spend the better part of the next three days, I looked around and saw a lot of officers and senior non-commissioned officers around me. We were all there for the Operations Security Level Two class Jan. 29-31. Since I’m a staff sergeant, I felt like I might be out of my depth. I’ve been in the National Guard for thirteen years and thought […]

    Protect your OPSEC

    Commentary by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – As I sat down in the classroom in the Emergency Operations Center building on Boone National Guard Center, where I was about to spend the better part of the next three days, I looked around and saw a lot of officers and senior non-commissioned officers around me. We were all there for the Operations Security Level Two class Jan. 29-31. Since I’m a staff sergeant, I felt like I might be out of my depth. I’ve been in the National Guard for thirteen years and thought […]

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  • Kentucky at the Battle of Buena Vista, February 22-23, 1847 By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The acceptance of Texas into the United States in 1845, was viewed as an intolerable act by Mexico.  The crisis and on-going differences between the two countries led to war the following year.  Although the federal government’s allotment for Kentucky’s portion of the Mexican-American War effort was 2,500 troops, approximately 13,000 Kentuckians answered the call. The Kentuckians found little martial glory in Mexico.  Instead, they suffered from extreme heat, a lack of healthy water and food, and long periods of boredom.  Of the more […]

    “Kentucky has immortalized herself in the fight”

    Kentucky at the Battle of Buena Vista, February 22-23, 1847 By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The acceptance of Texas into the United States in 1845, was viewed as an intolerable act by Mexico.  The crisis and on-going differences between the two countries led to war the following year.  Although the federal government’s allotment for Kentucky’s portion of the Mexican-American War effort was 2,500 troops, approximately 13,000 Kentuckians answered the call. The Kentuckians found little martial glory in Mexico.  Instead, they suffered from extreme heat, a lack of healthy water and food, and long periods of boredom.  Of the more […]

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  • Lessons learned a decade after commonwealth’s biggest disaster By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — A lot can change in a decade but memories of the incredible ice storm that hit Kentucky in January 2009 and crippled the state are still vivid. The storm was declared “The biggest natural disaster in modern Kentucky history” by then Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, who now teaches a course at Harvard’s Department of Health Policy and Management titled, A Governor’s Perspective on Leadership. The arctic blast affected six Midwest states with Kentucky being hit the hardest. Citizens dealt […]

    Deep Freeze Anniversary

    Lessons learned a decade after commonwealth’s biggest disaster By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — A lot can change in a decade but memories of the incredible ice storm that hit Kentucky in January 2009 and crippled the state are still vivid. The storm was declared “The biggest natural disaster in modern Kentucky history” by then Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, who now teaches a course at Harvard’s Department of Health Policy and Management titled, A Governor’s Perspective on Leadership. The arctic blast affected six Midwest states with Kentucky being hit the hardest. Citizens dealt […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Great leaders aren’t the ones who set out to be recognized as such and talk about how much they want to be great. Great leaders put their head down and are quietly going about their business. So when one of these type leaders are recognized, it usually isn’t something they’ve expected. As was the case for one Kentucky Guardsman, his nomination for the 2018 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (GDMLA), was a complete surprise. Chief Warrant Officer Tyler Kramer is a UH-60M pilot, who also serves as […]

    Aviation warrant officer up for national leadership award

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Great leaders aren’t the ones who set out to be recognized as such and talk about how much they want to be great. Great leaders put their head down and are quietly going about their business. So when one of these type leaders are recognized, it usually isn’t something they’ve expected. As was the case for one Kentucky Guardsman, his nomination for the 2018 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (GDMLA), was a complete surprise. Chief Warrant Officer Tyler Kramer is a UH-60M pilot, who also serves as […]

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