1st Battalion 149th Infantry Archive

  • By Pfc. Harrison Moore, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — It was not just another routine Parris Island graduation ceremony in October of 2013. Newly formed Marines proudly marched indoors to find their families after a ceremonial formation. It was at that moment when Stella Hundley, now an up and coming second lieutenant in the Kentucky National Guard, realized she wanted to serve her country. She recalls the moment when she locked eyes with her brother. They found each other and she raced down the bleachers to embrace him. “A few years ago my brother graduated Marine Corps […]

    Medical Service Officer at home in Kentucky’s infantry

    By Pfc. Harrison Moore, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — It was not just another routine Parris Island graduation ceremony in October of 2013. Newly formed Marines proudly marched indoors to find their families after a ceremonial formation. It was at that moment when Stella Hundley, now an up and coming second lieutenant in the Kentucky National Guard, realized she wanted to serve her country. She recalls the moment when she locked eyes with her brother. They found each other and she raced down the bleachers to embrace him. “A few years ago my brother graduated Marine Corps […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. – The “Mountain Warriors” of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry opened their gates to the public to show off their training while continuing their efforts to build strong bonds between the battalion and the local community at the Harold L. Disney Training Site Oct. 13. The open house coincided with the unit’s Mountain Warrior Assessment Program (MWAP). The MWAP brings together the future of the battalion from all ranks to compete against each other in order to see where they stand amongst their peers. The MWAP awards the top […]

    Infantry unit hosts community open house

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ARTEMUS, Ky. – The “Mountain Warriors” of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry opened their gates to the public to show off their training while continuing their efforts to build strong bonds between the battalion and the local community at the Harold L. Disney Training Site Oct. 13. The open house coincided with the unit’s Mountain Warrior Assessment Program (MWAP). The MWAP brings together the future of the battalion from all ranks to compete against each other in order to see where they stand amongst their peers. The MWAP awards the top […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Staying fit and healthy is a tenant for all of those who put on the Army uniform. While some do it to pass a physical training test, others make it a lifestyle and habit. This is the case for Lt. Col. Eddie Simpson, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment and a coach at Crossfit Frankfort. He got started in CrossFit in 2009 just to keep up with his Soldiers. He recently finished 16th in his age group (45-49) in the 2018 CrossFit Games held […]

    Kentucky Guardsman competes in CrossFit Games

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Staying fit and healthy is a tenant for all of those who put on the Army uniform. While some do it to pass a physical training test, others make it a lifestyle and habit. This is the case for Lt. Col. Eddie Simpson, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment and a coach at Crossfit Frankfort. He got started in CrossFit in 2009 just to keep up with his Soldiers. He recently finished 16th in his age group (45-49) in the 2018 CrossFit Games held […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — “Honestly, I did not want to compete. When I was asked about competing for battalion I turned it down and my first sergeant (1st Sgt. Larry Butte) sent me a text saying ‘Too bad Brewer, I wasn’t asking.’ Ideally this is what every Soldier in the military needs, leadership that will always continue to push them and improve them.” That was Sgt. Jordy Brewer’s response to why he wanted to compete in the first place. The infantryman from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry is now […]

    A grinding success story

    By Sgt. 1st Class Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — “Honestly, I did not want to compete. When I was asked about competing for battalion I turned it down and my first sergeant (1st Sgt. Larry Butte) sent me a text saying ‘Too bad Brewer, I wasn’t asking.’ Ideally this is what every Soldier in the military needs, leadership that will always continue to push them and improve them.” That was Sgt. Jordy Brewer’s response to why he wanted to compete in the first place. The infantryman from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry is now […]

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  • By:  Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs   (Middlesboro, Ky.) – Soldiers of the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry conducted the Inaugural Mountain Warrior Memorial Ruck March this weekend, Dec. 1-3, from Ravenna, Ky., to Middlesboro, Ky. The 202-mile ruck march was held in honor of Lt. Col. Jeff Cole, former commander of the infantry battalion who passed away from cancer in 2015. The march began Friday morning with a flag folding ceremony in Ravenna and continued for the next 51 hours as Soldiers passed each of their armories en route to Middlesboro.  Local citizens and family […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen hold Inaugural Mountain Warrior Memorial Ruck March

    By:  Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs   (Middlesboro, Ky.) – Soldiers of the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry conducted the Inaugural Mountain Warrior Memorial Ruck March this weekend, Dec. 1-3, from Ravenna, Ky., to Middlesboro, Ky. The 202-mile ruck march was held in honor of Lt. Col. Jeff Cole, former commander of the infantry battalion who passed away from cancer in 2015. The march began Friday morning with a flag folding ceremony in Ravenna and continued for the next 51 hours as Soldiers passed each of their armories en route to Middlesboro.  Local citizens and family […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT PICKETT, Va. — Kentucky Guardsmen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, Kentucky National Guard, earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) at Fort Pickett, Va., after completing the rigorous test Aug. 5-10, 2017. Spc. Adam Dunn, Capt. James Murray, and Maj. Jason Mendez, all assigned to the 1/149th “Mountain Warriors” completed the EIB as the Kentucky contingent. “This was one of the hardest things I’ve been a part of, and it definitely feels like I’ve earned it,” said Dunn. Soldiers from the Kentucky Guard, the Virginia National Guard’s […]

    Guardsmen earn Expert Infantryman Badge

    By Staff Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT PICKETT, Va. — Kentucky Guardsmen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, Kentucky National Guard, earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) at Fort Pickett, Va., after completing the rigorous test Aug. 5-10, 2017. Spc. Adam Dunn, Capt. James Murray, and Maj. Jason Mendez, all assigned to the 1/149th “Mountain Warriors” completed the EIB as the Kentucky contingent. “This was one of the hardest things I’ve been a part of, and it definitely feels like I’ve earned it,” said Dunn. Soldiers from the Kentucky Guard, the Virginia National Guard’s […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers with the 1123rd Sapper Company joined forces with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry to test how well they could work together during a combined arms exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind., July 15-18. Side by side the 1123rd and 1/149th conducted an air assault mission to breach an obstacle and assault a target. Aviation assets from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade complimented the training event. “These joint operations with State assets makes our battalion a better fighting force and will allow us to retain Soldiers during these […]

    Joint exercise bolsters effectiveness for infantry, engineer units

    By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Soldiers with the 1123rd Sapper Company joined forces with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry to test how well they could work together during a combined arms exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind., July 15-18. Side by side the 1123rd and 1/149th conducted an air assault mission to breach an obstacle and assault a target. Aviation assets from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade complimented the training event. “These joint operations with State assets makes our battalion a better fighting force and will allow us to retain Soldiers during these […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT POLK, La. — More than 400 Kentucky Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry honed their warrior skills while acting as the opposition force during their annual training at Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana July 10-30, 2016. The Kentuckians played the role of the South Atropia People’s Army, a fictional force used by the U.S. military during training exercises. Their role as opposing forces was to increase the combat readiness of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a realistic defensive and offensive force during […]

    Kentucky infantrymen play enemy role in joint training exercise

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT POLK, La. — More than 400 Kentucky Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry honed their warrior skills while acting as the opposition force during their annual training at Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana July 10-30, 2016. The Kentuckians played the role of the South Atropia People’s Army, a fictional force used by the U.S. military during training exercises. Their role as opposing forces was to increase the combat readiness of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a realistic defensive and offensive force during […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Christopher Barton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. Thomas Black took charge of of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry during a change of command ceremony in Barbourville, Oct. 3. Black succeeded Lt. Col. Joseph Lear who has led the battalion since 2013. Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, Kentucky’s deputy adjutant general, joined friends, family members and Soldiers of the battalion in welcoming Black and congratulating Lear on a successful run as the unit commander. In addition, five former battalion commanders and one former command sergeant major of the unit were in attendance, a testament to the […]

    Mountain Warriors welcome new commander

    By Staff Sgt. Christopher Barton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. Thomas Black took charge of of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry during a change of command ceremony in Barbourville, Oct. 3. Black succeeded Lt. Col. Joseph Lear who has led the battalion since 2013. Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, Kentucky’s deputy adjutant general, joined friends, family members and Soldiers of the battalion in welcoming Black and congratulating Lear on a successful run as the unit commander. In addition, five former battalion commanders and one former command sergeant major of the unit were in attendance, a testament to the […]

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  • Kentucky infantrymen conduct largest air assault exercise in six years By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BUTLERVILLE, Ind. — In terms of basic Soldier skills, the infantry is arguably the hardest training unit in the Kentucky Guard. But it’s not everyday Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry get to put all that training into a full-spectrum exercise. As a culminating event to this year’s two-week annual training for the unit, the Mountain Warriors conducted a multi-day air assault mission at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind., July 24-27. “Stuff like this is phenomenal, […]

    A reason to stay in uniform

    Kentucky infantrymen conduct largest air assault exercise in six years By Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs BUTLERVILLE, Ind. — In terms of basic Soldier skills, the infantry is arguably the hardest training unit in the Kentucky Guard. But it’s not everyday Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry get to put all that training into a full-spectrum exercise. As a culminating event to this year’s two-week annual training for the unit, the Mountain Warriors conducted a multi-day air assault mission at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind., July 24-27. “Stuff like this is phenomenal, […]

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