63rd Theater Aviation Brigade Archive

  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – When Soldiers are away from their families, it’s the little things that mean the most. Even if you’re only across the river for a training exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. For Soldiers of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, comfort was in the form of America’s favorite chocolate, shortbread and lemon-flavored cookies that only come out one time a year. And thanks to the Taylorsville, Ky.-Girl Scout Troop #1199, it was the perfect treat at the end of a 12-hour shift. “Reading the handmade card […]

    Kentucky Girl Scouts touch the hearts of Guardsmen

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – When Soldiers are away from their families, it’s the little things that mean the most. Even if you’re only across the river for a training exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. For Soldiers of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, comfort was in the form of America’s favorite chocolate, shortbread and lemon-flavored cookies that only come out one time a year. And thanks to the Taylorsville, Ky.-Girl Scout Troop #1199, it was the perfect treat at the end of a 12-hour shift. “Reading the handmade card […]

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — There’s always that one. The young Soldier, fresh out of Advanced Individual Training (AIT), who shows up, loves the Army and smiles a lot. For Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, it’s Spc. Madison Witzleb. She can run through the tactical operations center, affectionately known as the “TOC-mahal,” and if you blink, you’d miss her. She’s got a voice that will command even the hardest of hearing to attention if a distinguished visitor walks in. And a smile that her leaders and […]

    Aviation brigade’s newest Soldier up for the challenge

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — There’s always that one. The young Soldier, fresh out of Advanced Individual Training (AIT), who shows up, loves the Army and smiles a lot. For Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, it’s Spc. Madison Witzleb. She can run through the tactical operations center, affectionately known as the “TOC-mahal,” and if you blink, you’d miss her. She’s got a voice that will command even the hardest of hearing to attention if a distinguished visitor walks in. And a smile that her leaders and […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard command staff honored the members of Bravo Company, 351st Aviation Support Battalion in a departure ceremony, Feb. 16. Despite inclement weather, a large crowd of family members and friends gathered to say their last farewell. Click here for more photos of this event. During their deployment to the Middle East the aviation soldiers of Bravo Co. will provide aviation maintenance support to a variety of Army aircraft throughout the theater of operation for Operation Spartan Shield.  They will first go to Fort Hood, Texas for pre-deployment […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen deploy to Middle East

    Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard command staff honored the members of Bravo Company, 351st Aviation Support Battalion in a departure ceremony, Feb. 16. Despite inclement weather, a large crowd of family members and friends gathered to say their last farewell. Click here for more photos of this event. During their deployment to the Middle East the aviation soldiers of Bravo Co. will provide aviation maintenance support to a variety of Army aircraft throughout the theater of operation for Operation Spartan Shield.  They will first go to Fort Hood, Texas for pre-deployment […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT,Ky. — Despite some technical difficulties, live video and sound finally came through the wire, and anxious family members saw loved ones on the large video screen. Several Kentucky families were joined via video teleconference with their deployed Soldiers at the Kentucky Guard’s annual holiday luncheon in Frankfort, Dec. 6. Kentucky newest lieutenant governor, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen joined Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini in greeting the parents, wives and children of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation currently deployed to the Persian Gulf Region. The tradition, started by Gov. Steve […]

    Kentucky Guard connects families, Soldiers for holidays

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT,Ky. — Despite some technical difficulties, live video and sound finally came through the wire, and anxious family members saw loved ones on the large video screen. Several Kentucky families were joined via video teleconference with their deployed Soldiers at the Kentucky Guard’s annual holiday luncheon in Frankfort, Dec. 6. Kentucky newest lieutenant governor, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen joined Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini in greeting the parents, wives and children of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation currently deployed to the Persian Gulf Region. The tradition, started by Gov. Steve […]

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  • From our family to yours, the Kentucky National Guard wishes everyone a joyous and safe Thanksgiving. We count our blessings everyday and are incredibly thankful for the men and women of our organization and their families. This year, we are especially thankful for our Soldiers and Airmen that are unable to be home for the holidays, like Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation. They sent us a group photo with all the holiday decorations they could muster overseas. Keep up the great work Renegades! “This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve my country, and I’m extremely thankful for the […]

    Happy Thanksgiving

    From our family to yours, the Kentucky National Guard wishes everyone a joyous and safe Thanksgiving. We count our blessings everyday and are incredibly thankful for the men and women of our organization and their families. This year, we are especially thankful for our Soldiers and Airmen that are unable to be home for the holidays, like Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation. They sent us a group photo with all the holiday decorations they could muster overseas. Keep up the great work Renegades! “This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve my country, and I’m extremely thankful for the […]

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  • Video by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Grab your protective masks and follow this video into “the gas chamber” with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 202nd Army Band and the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade! http://youtu.be/ZGPj-T9ugig&w=570&h=380

    Wipe away those tears — it’s just the gas chamber

    Video by Capt. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Grab your protective masks and follow this video into “the gas chamber” with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 202nd Army Band and the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade! http://youtu.be/ZGPj-T9ugig&w=570&h=380

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  • Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – The 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade welcomed the 751st Troop command to its ranks Sept. 28 and honored Lt. Col. Todd Ewing as he relinquished command to Lt. Col. Gary W.D. Lewis during a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. “I am honored to have led such an outstanding group of Soldiers over this last year,” Ewing said during the ceremony. Ewing highlighted the accomplishments of the units under his command before he presented Command Sgt. Maj. Patricia Copas with the Kentucky Distinguished […]

    751st Troop Command merges to aviation, welcomes Lewis as new commander

    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – The 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade welcomed the 751st Troop command to its ranks Sept. 28 and honored Lt. Col. Todd Ewing as he relinquished command to Lt. Col. Gary W.D. Lewis during a ceremony held at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. “I am honored to have led such an outstanding group of Soldiers over this last year,” Ewing said during the ceremony. Ewing highlighted the accomplishments of the units under his command before he presented Command Sgt. Maj. Patricia Copas with the Kentucky Distinguished […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Cody Stagner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade welcomed Lt. Col. Michael Stephens as brigade commander during a change of command ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, June 7. Stephens, a Whitley City, Kentucky native, assumed command from outgoing commander Col. Michael Ferguson. “Col. Ferguson, without a doubt, is one of the most tactically proficient commanders we have had,” said Stephens. “I was his deputy commander for the past three years, so I have had the opportunity to, both, sit at his feet and learn […]

    Kentucky aviation brigade welcomes new commander

    Story by Sgt. Cody Stagner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade welcomed Lt. Col. Michael Stephens as brigade commander during a change of command ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, June 7. Stephens, a Whitley City, Kentucky native, assumed command from outgoing commander Col. Michael Ferguson. “Col. Ferguson, without a doubt, is one of the most tactically proficient commanders we have had,” said Stephens. “I was his deputy commander for the past three years, so I have had the opportunity to, both, sit at his feet and learn […]

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  • Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s aviation community for the inaugural roll out of the Guard’s newest acquisition, the LUH-72 Lakota helicopter at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., April 24. The American-made LUH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was specifically selected and equipped to support the Kentucky National Guard’s homeland security mission. Soldiers of Frankfort-based Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 376th Security and Support will operate the aircraft in their missions to include supporting federal, state and local law enforcement agencies “I could […]

    Kentucky Army Guard unveils new helicopters

    Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s aviation community for the inaugural roll out of the Guard’s newest acquisition, the LUH-72 Lakota helicopter at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., April 24. The American-made LUH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was specifically selected and equipped to support the Kentucky National Guard’s homeland security mission. Soldiers of Frankfort-based Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 376th Security and Support will operate the aircraft in their missions to include supporting federal, state and local law enforcement agencies “I could […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Army has a plethora of communication systems. Soldiers with the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade’s signal section participated in a multi-state communication exercise in Pensacola, Fla., March 7-9 to ensure that they could connect as many as they could in a potential crisis situation. In a true test of interoperability, the Kentucky Soldiers flew to Florida, thanks to the Illinois Air National Guard and the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, to validate their equipment and skills for Task Force 46, a Michigan National Guard command. “This exercise showcases […]

    Kentucky signal Soldiers put 24-hour response package to test

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Army has a plethora of communication systems. Soldiers with the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade’s signal section participated in a multi-state communication exercise in Pensacola, Fla., March 7-9 to ensure that they could connect as many as they could in a potential crisis situation. In a true test of interoperability, the Kentucky Soldiers flew to Florida, thanks to the Illinois Air National Guard and the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, to validate their equipment and skills for Task Force 46, a Michigan National Guard command. “This exercise showcases […]

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