123rd Contingency Response Group Archive

  • Stories by Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs and Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After more than three decades of service to the active-duty Air Force and Air National Guard, Chief Master Sgt. Scott A. Wanner was officially retired in a ceremony here April 25. As the chief enlisted manager for the 123rd Contingency Response Group, Wanner’s responsibilities included advising the commander on enlisted force morale, welfare, training and utilization; and overseeing the needs of the group’s enlisted force. “From day one, your military […]

    Air Guard recognizes NCOs for service, accomplishments

    Stories by Senior Airman Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs and Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After more than three decades of service to the active-duty Air Force and Air National Guard, Chief Master Sgt. Scott A. Wanner was officially retired in a ceremony here April 25. As the chief enlisted manager for the 123rd Contingency Response Group, Wanner’s responsibilities included advising the commander on enlisted force morale, welfare, training and utilization; and overseeing the needs of the group’s enlisted force. “From day one, your military […]

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  • Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Approximately 40 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard returned home in the early morning hours of Nov. 19 from a deployment to West Africa. The Guardsmen were based in Senegal where the 123rd Contingency Response Group established a cargo processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola. The arrival was the first of several flights scheduled to bring the unit home. Additional members are expected arrive before the weekend. Senior Airman Jeff Hall worked as a member of the security forces with the said the […]

    Kentucky Airmen return from West Africa mission

    Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Approximately 40 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard returned home in the early morning hours of Nov. 19 from a deployment to West Africa. The Guardsmen were based in Senegal where the 123rd Contingency Response Group established a cargo processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola. The arrival was the first of several flights scheduled to bring the unit home. Additional members are expected arrive before the weekend. Senior Airman Jeff Hall worked as a member of the security forces with the said the […]

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  • Story by Maj. Dale Greer, JTF-PO Senegal Public Affairs DAKAR, Senegal — Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces Nov. 18, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed more than 750 tons of relief supplies for airlift into Liberia. While the Kentucky unit’s role is winding down as its members prepare to redeploy to the United States, the humanitarian cargo operation will continue at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport under the direction of the new troops — more than 70 Airmen assigned to the 787th Air […]

    Kentucky Air Guard completes Ebola-response mission in Senegal

    Story by Maj. Dale Greer, JTF-PO Senegal Public Affairs DAKAR, Senegal — Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces Nov. 18, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed more than 750 tons of relief supplies for airlift into Liberia. While the Kentucky unit’s role is winding down as its members prepare to redeploy to the United States, the humanitarian cargo operation will continue at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport under the direction of the new troops — more than 70 Airmen assigned to the 787th Air […]

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  •  Courtesy Autumn A. Arnett, Air Force Magazine Oct. 24, 2014​—Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took to YouTube Tuesday to address concerns over Operation United Assistance—the international effort to aid in the relief of the growing Ebola crisis. “We’re doing what we do best: leveraging our unique capabilities to support the international and US effort in response to this crisis,” Dempsey said. The lead agency for the operation is USAID, with the Defense Department filling in to support the efforts as needed. However, DOD’s “unique capabilities” do not include actual patient care. For airmen, these capabilities […]

    Battling Ebola in West Africa

     Courtesy Autumn A. Arnett, Air Force Magazine Oct. 24, 2014​—Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took to YouTube Tuesday to address concerns over Operation United Assistance—the international effort to aid in the relief of the growing Ebola crisis. “We’re doing what we do best: leveraging our unique capabilities to support the international and US effort in response to this crisis,” Dempsey said. The lead agency for the operation is USAID, with the Defense Department filling in to support the efforts as needed. However, DOD’s “unique capabilities” do not include actual patient care. For airmen, these capabilities […]

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  • Story by Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs DAKAR, Senegal — More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group stood up a cargo hub here Oct. 5 that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola. The epidemic has already claimed over 3,500 lives, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The majority of Kentucky Airmen arrived Oct. 4, joining a 13-member assessment team that has been in place since Sept. 28. They’re operating an Intermediate Staging Base […]

    Kentucky Air Guard establishes cargo hub in Senegal for Ebola response

    Story by Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs DAKAR, Senegal — More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group stood up a cargo hub here Oct. 5 that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola. The epidemic has already claimed over 3,500 lives, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The majority of Kentucky Airmen arrived Oct. 4, joining a 13-member assessment team that has been in place since Sept. 28. They’re operating an Intermediate Staging Base […]

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  • Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Photos by SSG Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 60 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed Oct. 2 to Senegal to establish a cargo-processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa. Click here for more photos of this story. Kentucky’s Airmen departed aboard multiple aircraft along with all the equipment necessary to establish an Aerial Port of Debarkation at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport. The Aerial Port of Debarkation, or APOD, is […]

    Kentucky Air Guard contingency-response force deploys to Africa in support of Ebola mission: Operation United Assistance

    Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Photos by SSG Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 60 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed Oct. 2 to Senegal to establish a cargo-processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa. Click here for more photos of this story. Kentucky’s Airmen departed aboard multiple aircraft along with all the equipment necessary to establish an Aerial Port of Debarkation at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport. The Aerial Port of Debarkation, or APOD, is […]

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  • By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Natural disasters are an unavoidable fact of life, but that doesn’t mean the nation can’t be prepared for them. Architects can design more resilient buildings and strengthen existing ones, disaster-management officials can pre-stage recovery equipment and supplies, and the men and women who respond can hone their training to ensure rapid assistance. The Airmen of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group are those men and women, and they successfully demonstrated their disaster-response capabilities here June 16-19 during a simulated-earthquake exercise called CAPSTONE […]

    123rd Contingency Response Group completes successful earthquake-response exercise

    By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Natural disasters are an unavoidable fact of life, but that doesn’t mean the nation can’t be prepared for them. Architects can design more resilient buildings and strengthen existing ones, disaster-management officials can pre-stage recovery equipment and supplies, and the men and women who respond can hone their training to ensure rapid assistance. The Airmen of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group are those men and women, and they successfully demonstrated their disaster-response capabilities here June 16-19 during a simulated-earthquake exercise called CAPSTONE […]

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  • Story by Airman 1st Class Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing recently participated in a multinational joint training exercise designed to test their ability to provide key contracting services during a disaster. The exercise, held Jan. 7 to 31 at Fort Bliss, Texas, is staged annually to evaluate operational contracting support for the Secretary of Defense, NORTHCOM, ARNORTH and the service components, according to Senior Master Sgt. Alan Wade, base contracting officer at the 123rd Airlift Wing. Wade was a part of a group […]

    Kentucky Airmen sharpen contracting skills for disaster response

    Story by Airman 1st Class Joshua Horton, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing recently participated in a multinational joint training exercise designed to test their ability to provide key contracting services during a disaster. The exercise, held Jan. 7 to 31 at Fort Bliss, Texas, is staged annually to evaluate operational contracting support for the Secretary of Defense, NORTHCOM, ARNORTH and the service components, according to Senior Master Sgt. Alan Wade, base contracting officer at the 123rd Airlift Wing. Wade was a part of a group […]

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  • Story by Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs MASCOUTAH, Ill. — Nearly 100 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and the U.S. Army’s 689th Rapid Port Opening Element deployed to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport on Monday to set up a logistics hub as part of Exercise Gateway Relief, an earthquake-response scenario directed by United States Transportation Command. Click here to see more great photos on this story! An additional 37 Kentucky Air Guardsmen arrived Tuesday, completing the mission’s full staffing at 135 personnel, said Col. Mark Heiniger, commander of the 123rd CRG. The […]

    Kentucky Air Guard joins with Army Rapid Port Opening Element for U.S. Transportation Command earthquake-response exercise

    Story by Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs MASCOUTAH, Ill. — Nearly 100 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and the U.S. Army’s 689th Rapid Port Opening Element deployed to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport on Monday to set up a logistics hub as part of Exercise Gateway Relief, an earthquake-response scenario directed by United States Transportation Command. Click here to see more great photos on this story! An additional 37 Kentucky Air Guardsmen arrived Tuesday, completing the mission’s full staffing at 135 personnel, said Col. Mark Heiniger, commander of the 123rd CRG. The […]

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  • Story by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Maj. Ashley Groves of the 123rd Contingency Response Group has been named the National Guard Contingency Response Performer of the Year for 2012. As director of operations for the 123rd Global Mobility Squadron in Louisville, Ky., Groves is responsible for overseeing every aspect of the group’s operations, including preparation for training exercises and mission readiness. “Ash is recognized in both the Guard and active-duty CRG community as a proven leader with exceptional expertise in his field,” said Lt. Col. Dave Mounkes, deputy […]

    Groves selected top Contingency Response officer in Air National Guard

    Story by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Maj. Ashley Groves of the 123rd Contingency Response Group has been named the National Guard Contingency Response Performer of the Year for 2012. As director of operations for the 123rd Global Mobility Squadron in Louisville, Ky., Groves is responsible for overseeing every aspect of the group’s operations, including preparation for training exercises and mission readiness. “Ash is recognized in both the Guard and active-duty CRG community as a proven leader with exceptional expertise in his field,” said Lt. Col. Dave Mounkes, deputy […]

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