1st Battalion 149th Infantry Archive

  • Story by Capt. Ryan Hubbs, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Camp Sherman, Ohio — “GAS, GAS, GAS!” What would you do if you had to respond to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) threat? For members of Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, they were about to find out… With the focus of the National Guard’s efforts over the last 14 years, centered on the War on Terror, it is important as Soldiers in the National Guard to be able to respond domestic events as well. Soldiers from Bravo Co. participated in one of the largest regional, multi-agency exercise in […]

    Full spectrum training for infantry Soldiers

    Story by Capt. Ryan Hubbs, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Camp Sherman, Ohio — “GAS, GAS, GAS!” What would you do if you had to respond to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) threat? For members of Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, they were about to find out… With the focus of the National Guard’s efforts over the last 14 years, centered on the War on Terror, it is important as Soldiers in the National Guard to be able to respond domestic events as well. Soldiers from Bravo Co. participated in one of the largest regional, multi-agency exercise in […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — A Kentucky Guardsman is taking the next step in his military career to the United States Military Academy. Pvt. Oliver Douthitt, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry accepted an appointment to West Point at a small ceremony on Brooks Field in Fort Knox, April 26. Surrounded by family and fellow infantrymen, Douhitt was presented an official certificate by Brig. Gen. (Retired) Charles B. Skaggs. “It means a lot to get the opportunity to go to West Point, not a whole lot of people […]

    Kentucky Guardsman headed to West Point

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FORT KNOX, Ky. — A Kentucky Guardsman is taking the next step in his military career to the United States Military Academy. Pvt. Oliver Douthitt, an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry accepted an appointment to West Point at a small ceremony on Brooks Field in Fort Knox, April 26. Surrounded by family and fellow infantrymen, Douhitt was presented an official certificate by Brig. Gen. (Retired) Charles B. Skaggs. “It means a lot to get the opportunity to go to West Point, not a whole lot of people […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs HARLAN, Ky. — More than 100 Kentucky Guardsmen were activated this week to assist local communities following a devastating winter storm. Snowfall totals in excess of two feet along with bitterly cold temperatures pushed counties in Eastern and Southern Kentucky to the brink. With 93 of Kentucky’s 120 counties declaring emergencies, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a state of emergency Feb. 16, opening the door for the Guard to assist. Soldiers with the 201st Engineer Battalion helped clear more than 70 miles of roads in Lee County alone. Trucks from […]

    Guardsmen activated for winter storm response

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs HARLAN, Ky. — More than 100 Kentucky Guardsmen were activated this week to assist local communities following a devastating winter storm. Snowfall totals in excess of two feet along with bitterly cold temperatures pushed counties in Eastern and Southern Kentucky to the brink. With 93 of Kentucky’s 120 counties declaring emergencies, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a state of emergency Feb. 16, opening the door for the Guard to assist. Soldiers with the 201st Engineer Battalion helped clear more than 70 miles of roads in Lee County alone. Trucks from […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Harold Broughton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — On June 20, 20 warriors from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Battalion arrived at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center to begin training for testing of the coveted Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB). The EIB is a distinction that displays a skill set the infantryman must possess in order to earn the difficult sought after award. Those that earn the EIB wear it with a sense of pride and accomplishment for good reason. After a rough five days of training, Spc. Christopher Jones, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Combs, […]

    Kentucky’s Mountain Warriors add experts to their ranks

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Harold Broughton, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — On June 20, 20 warriors from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Battalion arrived at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center to begin training for testing of the coveted Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB). The EIB is a distinction that displays a skill set the infantryman must possess in order to earn the difficult sought after award. Those that earn the EIB wear it with a sense of pride and accomplishment for good reason. After a rough five days of training, Spc. Christopher Jones, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Combs, […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry have always taken pride in the variety of skills they hold as a resource in the Kentucky National Guard.  From assisting local officials during natural disasters in the state or securing convoys in Iraq, the 1/149th has pretty much done it all. The leadership of the battalion said there’s always room for more. Guardsmen of the 1/149th’s Charlie Company  out of Ravenna, Ky., added crowd control to their skill set during civil disturbance training in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 18. […]

    Infantry Soldiers find new training a “riot”

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry have always taken pride in the variety of skills they hold as a resource in the Kentucky National Guard.  From assisting local officials during natural disasters in the state or securing convoys in Iraq, the 1/149th has pretty much done it all. The leadership of the battalion said there’s always room for more. Guardsmen of the 1/149th’s Charlie Company  out of Ravenna, Ky., added crowd control to their skill set during civil disturbance training in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 18. […]

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  • Story by 1st Lt. Joshua L. Witt, 1/149th Unit Public Affairs Representative BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Only 50% of students that start Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia ever graduate the grueling three phase course.  Of those that persevere to graduation, more than 37% have had to start over at least once before completing the training.  Needless to say, becoming an Army Ranger is no cakewalk! Capt. Ryan Hubbs, a Ranger qualified logistics officer with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry recently proved his mettle even further.  He is one of just 21 Soldiers from across the entire National […]

    Kentucky Guardsman to compete in 2014 Best Ranger Competition

    Story by 1st Lt. Joshua L. Witt, 1/149th Unit Public Affairs Representative BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Only 50% of students that start Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia ever graduate the grueling three phase course.  Of those that persevere to graduation, more than 37% have had to start over at least once before completing the training.  Needless to say, becoming an Army Ranger is no cakewalk! Capt. Ryan Hubbs, a Ranger qualified logistics officer with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry recently proved his mettle even further.  He is one of just 21 Soldiers from across the entire National […]

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  • Story by 1LT Joshua Witt, 1st Battalion 149 Infantry Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Lexington, Ky. – Cool autumn rain and an overcast sky created the appropriate ambiance for the inaugural Bluegrass Mud Run.  The event was held on the University of Kentucky campus at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, September 21. Click here to see all the photos from this story. Coordinated by WUKY Public Radio and UK’s ROTC program, and supported with sponsorship by numerous area businesses, the mud run served as a successful fundraiser for the non-profit organizations. Military-style and football related challenges were interspersed throughout the 3.2 […]

    Playing in the Mud … for a Good Cause!

    Story by 1LT Joshua Witt, 1st Battalion 149 Infantry Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Lexington, Ky. – Cool autumn rain and an overcast sky created the appropriate ambiance for the inaugural Bluegrass Mud Run.  The event was held on the University of Kentucky campus at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, September 21. Click here to see all the photos from this story. Coordinated by WUKY Public Radio and UK’s ROTC program, and supported with sponsorship by numerous area businesses, the mud run served as a successful fundraiser for the non-profit organizations. Military-style and football related challenges were interspersed throughout the 3.2 […]

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  • NOTE: As often as we can kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. Story and photos by 1st Lt. Joshua Witt, 1/149th Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative ARTEMUS, Ky. — More than 500 Mountain Warrior Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry participated in annual training July 13-28 at the Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky. Despite the heat index regularly cresting 100 degrees, the undaunted Infantry of the […]

    Infantry Soldiers sharpen skills during annual training

    NOTE: As often as we can kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story …. Story and photos by 1st Lt. Joshua Witt, 1/149th Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative ARTEMUS, Ky. — More than 500 Mountain Warrior Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry participated in annual training July 13-28 at the Disney Training Center in Artemus, Ky. Despite the heat index regularly cresting 100 degrees, the undaunted Infantry of the […]

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  • Story by Grace Todd McKenzie, Jackson Middle School Academic Specialist and David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Grace Todd McKenzie Click here for more photos. McKEE, Ky. — As any Soldier can tell you, there’s nothing like a little bit of news from home to take the edge off a military deployment.  The sixth grade students of Jackson County Middle School did their part to keep a connection with Kentucky’s Citizen Soldiers in Iraq with a letter writing campaign last year. The students wrote the letters to the troops of 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry as part of Jean Spurlock’s humanities […]

    Students’ letters to deployed troops generate lessons, enthusiasm

    Story by Grace Todd McKenzie, Jackson Middle School Academic Specialist and David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos by Grace Todd McKenzie Click here for more photos. McKEE, Ky. — As any Soldier can tell you, there’s nothing like a little bit of news from home to take the edge off a military deployment.  The sixth grade students of Jackson County Middle School did their part to keep a connection with Kentucky’s Citizen Soldiers in Iraq with a letter writing campaign last year. The students wrote the letters to the troops of 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry as part of Jean Spurlock’s humanities […]

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  • Story by 1st Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here to see more photos. RICHMOND, Ky. – Kentucky Guardsmen and Family Members of the 1/149th Infantry Battalion attended the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration event at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. April 20-21. This “ReBlue” was the final chapter of their deployment in Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. “This was the largest event ever conducted by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program,” said 1stLt. Oscar Ortiz, Kentucky National Guard Yellow Ribbon Event Coordinator. “We pulled resources from all over the state to ensure we were able to provide a […]

    “ReBlue” event helps troops, families readjust after Iraq mission

    Story by 1st Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here to see more photos. RICHMOND, Ky. – Kentucky Guardsmen and Family Members of the 1/149th Infantry Battalion attended the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration event at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. April 20-21. This “ReBlue” was the final chapter of their deployment in Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. “This was the largest event ever conducted by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program,” said 1stLt. Oscar Ortiz, Kentucky National Guard Yellow Ribbon Event Coordinator. “We pulled resources from all over the state to ensure we were able to provide a […]

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