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  • Story and Photos by 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — Surviving family members of fallen U.S. military service men and women set sail for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Newport. These families, known as Gold Star families, are recognized by Survivors Outreach Services’ (SOS) for their sacrifice and in remembrance of their troops. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Organized by National Guard and Active Duty SOS coordinators, family members from 10 states enjoyed a ride on the Ohio River and a meal […]

    Five Years Stronger – Gold Star Families gather for annual recognition

    Story and Photos by 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEWPORT, Ky. — Surviving family members of fallen U.S. military service men and women set sail for a riverboat ride on the Ohio River, Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Newport. These families, known as Gold Star families, are recognized by Survivors Outreach Services’ (SOS) for their sacrifice and in remembrance of their troops. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Organized by National Guard and Active Duty SOS coordinators, family members from 10 states enjoyed a ride on the Ohio River and a meal […]

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  • Story and Photos by Senior Airman Scott Jackson, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI — U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti Ambassador Larry André and his wife opened their home May 21 and 22 to host two Iftars the evening breaking of the fast celebrated by Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Click here for original article and accompanying photos Meaning “burning heat” in English, Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar. During the month, Muslims are called to fast from sun up to sun down. To eat before the dawn is partaking in […]

    Chaplains provide support to Djiboutian Iftar Feast

    Story and Photos by Senior Airman Scott Jackson, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI — U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti Ambassador Larry André and his wife opened their home May 21 and 22 to host two Iftars the evening breaking of the fast celebrated by Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Click here for original article and accompanying photos Meaning “burning heat” in English, Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar. During the month, Muslims are called to fast from sun up to sun down. To eat before the dawn is partaking in […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – As a record rainfall of nearly three inches of rain fell, more than 157,000 spectators filled Churchill Downs for the 144th Kentucky Derby, May 5. Making sure the day was safe and organized were Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Roughly 200 MPs of the 198th augmented the Louisville Metro Police and Churchill Downs in providing security, directing traffic and crowd control during the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” The crowd […]

    Guard aids in rainy Derby day festivities

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Louisville, KY – As a record rainfall of nearly three inches of rain fell, more than 157,000 spectators filled Churchill Downs for the 144th Kentucky Derby, May 5. Making sure the day was safe and organized were Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion. To see all photos from this event, please click HERE. Roughly 200 MPs of the 198th augmented the Louisville Metro Police and Churchill Downs in providing security, directing traffic and crowd control during the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” The crowd […]

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  • By: Capt. Gus Lafontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The 138th Field Artillery Brigade is currently participating in Dynamic Front 18 Training Exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This is the third of a four part series that documents the 138th Field Artillery Brigade Overseas Deployment Training. Click to read parts one and two. GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany — “When faced with a challenge, you hit them head on and figure out the solution.” Those were the words of Lt. Col. Mike Woodson, training officer for the 138th Field Artillery Brigade, as he reflected on Dynamic Front 18. Soldiers of the 138th participated […]

    138th Completes Dynamic Front 18 NATO Training Exercise

    By: Capt. Gus Lafontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The 138th Field Artillery Brigade is currently participating in Dynamic Front 18 Training Exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This is the third of a four part series that documents the 138th Field Artillery Brigade Overseas Deployment Training. Click to read parts one and two. GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany — “When faced with a challenge, you hit them head on and figure out the solution.” Those were the words of Lt. Col. Mike Woodson, training officer for the 138th Field Artillery Brigade, as he reflected on Dynamic Front 18. Soldiers of the 138th participated […]

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  • By: Capt. Gus Lafontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The 138th Field Artillery Brigade is currently participating in Dynamic Front 18 Training Exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This is the second of a four part series that documents the 138th Field Artillery Brigade Overseas Deployment Training. Click here to read part one. (GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany) — Mark McNeilly wrote the book “Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare.” The book was his reflection and application of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” McNeilly arranged Tzu’s work into six principles and their relevance to military strategy. The fifth chapter, titled, […]

    Dynamic communication a must in the 138th Field Artillery Brigade mission

    By: Capt. Gus Lafontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment The 138th Field Artillery Brigade is currently participating in Dynamic Front 18 Training Exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This is the second of a four part series that documents the 138th Field Artillery Brigade Overseas Deployment Training. Click here to read part one. (GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany) — Mark McNeilly wrote the book “Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare.” The book was his reflection and application of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” McNeilly arranged Tzu’s work into six principles and their relevance to military strategy. The fifth chapter, titled, […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Matt Bevin recently appointed six new individuals to be a part of the Kentucky Military History Museum Committee, four of which are Kentucky Guardsmen. *  MSgt. Janet Timberlake, of Frankfort, is a military funeral honors state coordinator. She will represent the Adjutant General and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and *  Lt. Col. Shawn Keller, of Louisville, is an installation deployment officer with the Kentucky Air National Guard. He will represent the Adjutant General and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and *  Lt. Col. Travis Carpenter, of […]

    Gov. Bevin appoints Kentucky Guardsmen to Kentucky’s Military History Museum Committee

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Matt Bevin recently appointed six new individuals to be a part of the Kentucky Military History Museum Committee, four of which are Kentucky Guardsmen. *  MSgt. Janet Timberlake, of Frankfort, is a military funeral honors state coordinator. She will represent the Adjutant General and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and *  Lt. Col. Shawn Keller, of Louisville, is an installation deployment officer with the Kentucky Air National Guard. He will represent the Adjutant General and serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021; and *  Lt. Col. Travis Carpenter, of […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Staff Report LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky National Guard leadership joined friends and family in honoring the Soldiers the Main Command Post-Operational Detachment of the 101st Airborne Division during a departure ceremony in Louisville, Feb. 19. Approximately 35 Soldiers of the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan for a year-long tour. To see all the photos from the event, please click HERE. The Louisville-based unit will integrate into the 101st Airborne Division to meet the needs of the command on the upcoming deployment. Kentucky Soldiers play key roles in the combat readiness of the 101st, providing headquarters […]

    Kentucky’s newest unit deploys overseas

    Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Staff Report LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky National Guard leadership joined friends and family in honoring the Soldiers the Main Command Post-Operational Detachment of the 101st Airborne Division during a departure ceremony in Louisville, Feb. 19. Approximately 35 Soldiers of the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan for a year-long tour. To see all the photos from the event, please click HERE. The Louisville-based unit will integrate into the 101st Airborne Division to meet the needs of the command on the upcoming deployment. Kentucky Soldiers play key roles in the combat readiness of the 101st, providing headquarters […]

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  • Courtesy Story by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Affairs CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), U.S. Army National Guard leaders Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III, Kentucky deputy adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden, Kentucky state command sergeant major, visited with members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) at their military training center in Holhol, Djibouti, Nov. 14, 2017. U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Higginbotham, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) command senior enlisted leader, and other members of CJTF-HOA […]

    Kentucky National Guard visits Djibouti for State Partnership Program

    Courtesy Story by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Affairs CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), U.S. Army National Guard leaders Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III, Kentucky deputy adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden, Kentucky state command sergeant major, visited with members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) at their military training center in Holhol, Djibouti, Nov. 14, 2017. U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Higginbotham, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) command senior enlisted leader, and other members of CJTF-HOA […]

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  • Article courtesy La Nation, Djiboutian Newspaper, translated by the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti Original Article: http://www.lanationdj.com/president-mohamed-ali-houmed-rencontre-delegation-de-garde-nationale-de-kentucky/ DJIBOUTI — The President of the National Assembly, Mohamed Ali Houmed, had an audience yesterday with an important delegation from the National Guard of the State of Kentucky. A Win-Win Partnership: Led by Brigadier General Benjamin Adams, Chief of Staff of the Kentucky National Guard, the American delegation was composed of Command Sergeant Major David Munden, High Commander of the same Guard Major Laurence Carta, Director of Relations with States, Major Chris Hettinger, in charge of bilateral relations, and the Defense Attaché of the […]

    Djiboutian President Mohamed Ali Houmed Meets a Delegation from the Kentucky National Guard

    Article courtesy La Nation, Djiboutian Newspaper, translated by the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti Original Article: http://www.lanationdj.com/president-mohamed-ali-houmed-rencontre-delegation-de-garde-nationale-de-kentucky/ DJIBOUTI — The President of the National Assembly, Mohamed Ali Houmed, had an audience yesterday with an important delegation from the National Guard of the State of Kentucky. A Win-Win Partnership: Led by Brigadier General Benjamin Adams, Chief of Staff of the Kentucky National Guard, the American delegation was composed of Command Sergeant Major David Munden, High Commander of the same Guard Major Laurence Carta, Director of Relations with States, Major Chris Hettinger, in charge of bilateral relations, and the Defense Attaché of the […]

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  •   By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsmen proved why they were deemed worthy to represent their respected brigades as they competed in the very challenging Best Warrior Competition (BWC) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Oct. 25-29 to determine who would be the 2018 Soldiers of the Year. “This isn’t easy; this is a tough, tough competition,” said State Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden in his opening remarks to the competitors. “Leave it all out there. Don’t go home with any doubt that you didn’t do all […]

    Best Warrior Competition Highlights Kentucky Guard’s Finest Soldiers

      By Capt. Josh Daugherty, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Guardsmen proved why they were deemed worthy to represent their respected brigades as they competed in the very challenging Best Warrior Competition (BWC) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Oct. 25-29 to determine who would be the 2018 Soldiers of the Year. “This isn’t easy; this is a tough, tough competition,” said State Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden in his opening remarks to the competitors. “Leave it all out there. Don’t go home with any doubt that you didn’t do all […]

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