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  • By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, and 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery  demonstrated their capabilities to family and friends during the battalions’ joint family day shoot, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. Family and visitors were bused to St. Vith Range where they could safely watch an artillery live-fire exercise. The battalions set up static displays of vehicles, weaponry, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), M109A6 Paladin howitzers, containerized kitchen and other field artillery equipment for the visitors to see, touch and take pictures in. Staff […]

    Artillery brigade puts on show for families

    By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, and 1st Battalion 623rd Field Artillery  demonstrated their capabilities to family and friends during the battalions’ joint family day shoot, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. Family and visitors were bused to St. Vith Range where they could safely watch an artillery live-fire exercise. The battalions set up static displays of vehicles, weaponry, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), M109A6 Paladin howitzers, containerized kitchen and other field artillery equipment for the visitors to see, touch and take pictures in. Staff […]

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  • By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein bestowed the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lt. Col. John “J.T.” Hourigan during a ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base here yesterday, praising the pilot’s “exceptional airmanship under duress.” Hourigan distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while serving as commander of a C-130 Hercules aircraft on July 15, 2016, narrowly recovering the aircraft from a potentially fatal descent following a catastrophic mechanical failure. “This is a big day, and this is a big deal,” Goldfein told an audience […]

    Chief of staff bestows Distinguished Flying Cross on Ky. Airman

    By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein bestowed the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lt. Col. John “J.T.” Hourigan during a ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base here yesterday, praising the pilot’s “exceptional airmanship under duress.” Hourigan distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while serving as commander of a C-130 Hercules aircraft on July 15, 2016, narrowly recovering the aircraft from a potentially fatal descent following a catastrophic mechanical failure. “This is a big day, and this is a big deal,” Goldfein told an audience […]

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  • By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – The Kentucky Army National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery was awarded the 2018 Field Artillery Alexander Hamilton Award during the battalion’s joint family day, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. The Hamilton award recognizes the most outstanding U.S. Army National Guard Field Artillery Battery of the Year for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence. “The quality of the submissions for the award and the work Guard units are doing is phenomenal to see,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin King, Command Sgt. Maj. of the […]

    Kentucky Artillery unit recognized as best battery in Guard

    By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 138th Field Artillery Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. – The Kentucky Army National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery was awarded the 2018 Field Artillery Alexander Hamilton Award during the battalion’s joint family day, Aug. 10, at Fort Knox. The Hamilton award recognizes the most outstanding U.S. Army National Guard Field Artillery Battery of the Year for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence. “The quality of the submissions for the award and the work Guard units are doing is phenomenal to see,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin King, Command Sgt. Maj. of the […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

    244 years of Army Chaplains

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of family and friends joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky National Guard leadership in a departure ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center to say farewell to the 206th Engineer Battalion today who are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East for the next year. “I am extremely confident in the abilities of each Soldier to accomplish our mission. We have worked hard over the last 20 months to prepare for this deployment and the dedication to mission accomplishment these Soldiers have shown is noteworthy,” said Lt. Col. Michael Lawson, […]

    206th Engineers deploy overseas

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment OWENSBORO, Ky. — Hundreds of family and friends joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky National Guard leadership in a departure ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center to say farewell to the 206th Engineer Battalion today who are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East for the next year. “I am extremely confident in the abilities of each Soldier to accomplish our mission. We have worked hard over the last 20 months to prepare for this deployment and the dedication to mission accomplishment these Soldiers have shown is noteworthy,” said Lt. Col. Michael Lawson, […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The need for an effective military establishment in frontier Kentucky, then a part of Virginia, was first voiced in the commonwealth’s first constitution.  In 1792, Kentuckians living on the American frontier faced attacks from Native American tribes and the framers of the state’s constitution, many of whom were veterans of the American Revolutionary War, realized the necessity of having an effective militia organization to protect the inhabitants of the new state. A Constitution, or Form of Government, For the State of Kentucky, done in Convention at Danville, April 19, 1792. Article II, section 7, […]

    The history of Kentucky Guard Day

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The need for an effective military establishment in frontier Kentucky, then a part of Virginia, was first voiced in the commonwealth’s first constitution.  In 1792, Kentuckians living on the American frontier faced attacks from Native American tribes and the framers of the state’s constitution, many of whom were veterans of the American Revolutionary War, realized the necessity of having an effective militia organization to protect the inhabitants of the new state. A Constitution, or Form of Government, For the State of Kentucky, done in Convention at Danville, April 19, 1792. Article II, section 7, […]

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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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