123rd Airlift Wing Archive

  • By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs NOTE: The media are invited to cover the clinic. Media day will be Monday, June 18, starting at 9 a.m. at Lee County High School in Beattyville, Kentucky. The school is located at 599 Lee Avenue. Reporters will receive an overview of the program, a tour of the clinical areas, and the opportunity to interview program managers and patients. Reporters who wish to attend MUST notify Lt. Col. Dale Greer in advance via email at dale.greer@mac.com, or text at (502) 387-1887 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard is […]

    No-cost health care offered in Eastern Ky. by Kentucky Air Guard, Navy Reserve and Kentucky Department for Local Government

    By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs NOTE: The media are invited to cover the clinic. Media day will be Monday, June 18, starting at 9 a.m. at Lee County High School in Beattyville, Kentucky. The school is located at 599 Lee Avenue. Reporters will receive an overview of the program, a tour of the clinical areas, and the opportunity to interview program managers and patients. Reporters who wish to attend MUST notify Lt. Col. Dale Greer in advance via email at dale.greer@mac.com, or text at (502) 387-1887 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Air National Guard is […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard This year and next, marks the 50th Anniversary of the activation of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s call-up and seventeen months of federal service in support of the Pueblo Crisis. On January 23, 1968, the United States Naval Ship Pueblo (AGER-2), a technical research ship (Naval Intelligence) was boarded and captured by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, off the coast of North Korea, in what has become known as the “Pueblo Incident” or alternatively as the “Pueblo Crisis.”  This incident precipitated the recall to federal service of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd […]

    Kentucky Airmen respond to Pueblo Crisis

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard This year and next, marks the 50th Anniversary of the activation of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s call-up and seventeen months of federal service in support of the Pueblo Crisis. On January 23, 1968, the United States Naval Ship Pueblo (AGER-2), a technical research ship (Naval Intelligence) was boarded and captured by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, off the coast of North Korea, in what has become known as the “Pueblo Incident” or alternatively as the “Pueblo Crisis.”  This incident precipitated the recall to federal service of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd […]

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  • By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 30 members of the 123rd Airlift Wing here deployed to the Persian Gulf today in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the multinational campaign to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Airmen departed from the Kentucky Air National Guard Base aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft and are expected to be overseas about four months, said Col. David Mounkes, wing commander. They will operate from an undisclosed air base while flying troops and cargo across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, which includes […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsmen deploy to Persian Gulf

    By Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 30 members of the 123rd Airlift Wing here deployed to the Persian Gulf today in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the multinational campaign to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Airmen departed from the Kentucky Air National Guard Base aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft and are expected to be overseas about four months, said Col. David Mounkes, wing commander. They will operate from an undisclosed air base while flying troops and cargo across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, which includes […]

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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eighteen Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron departed Sunday night for Texas, where they will assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Airmen are deploying to Robert Gray Army Air Field at Fort Hood, Texas, pending further instructions. Among the deploying personnel are 14 Airmen who will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. These Airmen have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. They will deploy with a variety of equipment suited to hurricane recovery […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsmen deploying for Hurricane Harvey rescue operations

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eighteen Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron departed Sunday night for Texas, where they will assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Airmen are deploying to Robert Gray Army Air Field at Fort Hood, Texas, pending further instructions. Among the deploying personnel are 14 Airmen who will comprise two Personnel Recovery Teams. These Airmen have expertise in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care. They will deploy with a variety of equipment suited to hurricane recovery […]

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  • By 1st Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The United States Air Force presented its highest award for aviation safety to Maj. John T. Hourigan, a C-130 pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Operations Support Squadron, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 18. Hourigan earned the 2016 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy for preventing a catastrophic, in-flight mishap that would have resulted in the loss of aircraft and crew if not for his decisive action on July 15, 2016. According to the citation, Hourigan’s aircraft began vibrating so violently that crewmembers […]

    123rd Airlift Wing pilot receives Air Force’s highest individual award for aviation safety

    By 1st Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs Office LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The United States Air Force presented its highest award for aviation safety to Maj. John T. Hourigan, a C-130 pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Operations Support Squadron, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 18. Hourigan earned the 2016 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy for preventing a catastrophic, in-flight mishap that would have resulted in the loss of aircraft and crew if not for his decisive action on July 15, 2016. According to the citation, Hourigan’s aircraft began vibrating so violently that crewmembers […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — More than 75 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed to Spain and Morocco this spring for African Lion, a multinational exercise that tested the interoperability of military troops from 11 countries. Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing and three of the unit’s C-130 aircraft joined forces with Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Forces Africa joint tactical air controllers, the Utah Air National Guard, the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces and troops from nine other […]

    Kentucky Air Guard trains with 11 nations in Morocco for African Lion

    By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — More than 75 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed to Spain and Morocco this spring for African Lion, a multinational exercise that tested the interoperability of military troops from 11 countries. Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing and three of the unit’s C-130 aircraft joined forces with Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Forces Africa joint tactical air controllers, the Utah Air National Guard, the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces and troops from nine other […]

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  • By 1st Lt. James Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Chief Master Sgt. Ray Dawson became Kentucky’s seventh state command chief master sergeant, succeeding Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Moore, during a ceremony here April 22. In a gesture to the beginning of Moore’s career, during which he served as a munitions expert for the then-classified F-117 Stealth Fighter, the ceremony was held in front of the newest stealth aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which was on base in preparation for the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The state command chief […]

    Dawson becomes Kentucky’s seventh state command chief

    By 1st Lt. James Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Chief Master Sgt. Ray Dawson became Kentucky’s seventh state command chief master sergeant, succeeding Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Moore, during a ceremony here April 22. In a gesture to the beginning of Moore’s career, during which he served as a munitions expert for the then-classified F-117 Stealth Fighter, the ceremony was held in front of the newest stealth aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which was on base in preparation for the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The state command chief […]

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  • By Senior Airman Ryan Conroy, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — A seven-foot bronze statue stood prominently over a sea of multi-colored berets, flanked by the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Air Force’s newest Air Force Cross recipients. Two Airmen, whose heroics were separated by 11 years and 100 miles in the same war zone, solidified a Special Tactics legacy that has seen a great deal of action since 9/11. “You represent the finest traits America can ask of its warriors, as you fight alongside joint and coalition teammates in crises […]

    Kentucky Airman receives highest Air Force award during historic ceremony

    By Senior Airman Ryan Conroy, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — A seven-foot bronze statue stood prominently over a sea of multi-colored berets, flanked by the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Air Force’s newest Air Force Cross recipients. Two Airmen, whose heroics were separated by 11 years and 100 miles in the same war zone, solidified a Special Tactics legacy that has seen a great deal of action since 9/11. “You represent the finest traits America can ask of its warriors, as you fight alongside joint and coalition teammates in crises […]

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  • By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

    Kentucky Air Guardsman to receive Air Force Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    By: Lt. Col. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A retired Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard will receive the Air Force’s highest honor for his extraordinary heroism during combat operations in Afghanistan, the Air Force announced Jan. 19. Master Sgt. Keary Miller, a former pararescueman in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, had initially been awarded the Silver Star for actions during a grueling 17-hour siege on a remote Afghan mountain called Takur Ghar in 2002. That decoration was officially upgraded to the Air Force Cross on Jan. 17 as part of a Defense […]

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  • By 1st Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs MAYFIELD, Ky. — More than 200 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including scores of Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard and Sailors from the U.S. Navy Reserve, completed a 10-day mission July 27, in Western Kentucky that served local residents with over 13,000 medical, dental and optometry procedures at no cost to the patient. The mission, called Bluegrass Medical Innovative Readiness Training, was a unique collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Delta Regional Authority, a federal agency charged with economic development in the Mississippi Delta region, explained […]

    Bluegrass Medical IRT provides more than 13,000 medical, dental, optometry services to Western Kentucky residents

    By 1st Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs MAYFIELD, Ky. — More than 200 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including scores of Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard and Sailors from the U.S. Navy Reserve, completed a 10-day mission July 27, in Western Kentucky that served local residents with over 13,000 medical, dental and optometry procedures at no cost to the patient. The mission, called Bluegrass Medical Innovative Readiness Training, was a unique collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Delta Regional Authority, a federal agency charged with economic development in the Mississippi Delta region, explained […]

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