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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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  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), sent more than 200 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to Camp Blanding, Fla., Jan. 7-10, 2019 for their certification evaluation. The CERFP was tasked with responding to a ten kilo-ton nuclear explosion, establishing a support zone, searching the hot zone for victims, extracting the victims from the hot zone, decontaminating the victims and providing medical assistance. Once the Search and Extraction team goes in they assess the area and mark areas that […]

    Kentucky CERFP passes all marks in skills certification

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), sent more than 200 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to Camp Blanding, Fla., Jan. 7-10, 2019 for their certification evaluation. The CERFP was tasked with responding to a ten kilo-ton nuclear explosion, establishing a support zone, searching the hot zone for victims, extracting the victims from the hot zone, decontaminating the victims and providing medical assistance. Once the Search and Extraction team goes in they assess the area and mark areas that […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. –From coaching basketball to leading troops in battle, the need for great leadership is key to achieving success that takes time and effort to achieve. For one Kentucky Guardsman, these are the traits that got him, along with one other Kentucky Guardsman, nominated for the 2018 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (GDMLA). Army Capt. Andrew Goldey is the commander of Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery out of Carrollton, Kentucky and is a resource manager at the Kentucky National Guard’s maintenance and facilities office as a federal […]

    Guard leader in running for national recognition

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. –From coaching basketball to leading troops in battle, the need for great leadership is key to achieving success that takes time and effort to achieve. For one Kentucky Guardsman, these are the traits that got him, along with one other Kentucky Guardsman, nominated for the 2018 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (GDMLA). Army Capt. Andrew Goldey is the commander of Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery out of Carrollton, Kentucky and is a resource manager at the Kentucky National Guard’s maintenance and facilities office as a federal […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — For seven years, volunteers with the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center have helped make the Christmas season a little brighter for some military families. Operation Military Cheer accepts applications from military families across the commonwealth that may not be able to provide for their children each Christmas. Kentucky Guardsmen, volunteers and local organizations including the Building Association of Central Kentucky answer the call to help and help deliver toys to the families. For the 2018 season, Operation Military Cheer provided for 293 children from 112 families throughout the Kentucky Guard’s ranks. […]

    Operation Military Cheer successful once again

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — For seven years, volunteers with the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center have helped make the Christmas season a little brighter for some military families. Operation Military Cheer accepts applications from military families across the commonwealth that may not be able to provide for their children each Christmas. Kentucky Guardsmen, volunteers and local organizations including the Building Association of Central Kentucky answer the call to help and help deliver toys to the families. For the 2018 season, Operation Military Cheer provided for 293 children from 112 families throughout the Kentucky Guard’s ranks. […]

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