Community Relations Archive

  • Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — The transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869 by Chinese immigrants and twenty-six years before that, on May 7, 1843 the first Japanese people began migrating to the United States. These are but two of the many reasons why the month of May was chosen to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They represent almost fifty countries with more than one hundred languages and dialects. According to the Census Bureau, there are 16.6 million AAPIs […]

    May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — The transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869 by Chinese immigrants and twenty-six years before that, on May 7, 1843 the first Japanese people began migrating to the United States. These are but two of the many reasons why the month of May was chosen to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They represent almost fifty countries with more than one hundred languages and dialects. According to the Census Bureau, there are 16.6 million AAPIs […]

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  • Story by Cadet Zachary Dooley, 133rd MPAD LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Saturday, March 21. Maggard, formerly of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, is currently the Kentucky National Guard’s Community Relations Liaison. Calling himself a “team-first” person, Maggard says of his accomplishments, “So many contribute to all 10 of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame inductees.  From Little League coaches to the folks that help to prepare game fields, nobody gets to that level alone.  The […]

    KHSAA Inducts Former Guardsman into Hall of Fame

    Story by Cadet Zachary Dooley, 133rd MPAD LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Saturday, March 21. Maggard, formerly of the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, is currently the Kentucky National Guard’s Community Relations Liaison. Calling himself a “team-first” person, Maggard says of his accomplishments, “So many contribute to all 10 of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame inductees.  From Little League coaches to the folks that help to prepare game fields, nobody gets to that level alone.  The […]

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  • Honored for actions he took during a shooting incident By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky Air National Guardsman has been awarded the Medal of Valor from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for actions he took during a shooting incident at Fern Creek High School last year. Staff Sgt. Brent Reichardt, an aircraft hydraulics specialist in the 123rd Maintenance Squadron here, works full-time as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer. He was on duty at Fern Creek High School Sept. 30 when a […]

    Kentucky Air National Guardsman awarded the Medal of Valor from Sheriff’s Office

    Honored for actions he took during a shooting incident By 2nd Lt. James W. Killen, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky Air National Guardsman has been awarded the Medal of Valor from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for actions he took during a shooting incident at Fern Creek High School last year. Staff Sgt. Brent Reichardt, an aircraft hydraulics specialist in the 123rd Maintenance Squadron here, works full-time as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer. He was on duty at Fern Creek High School Sept. 30 when a […]

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  • Remember! Celebrate! Act! Story courtesy Kentucky National Guard Equal Employment Opportunity Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” On the third Monday in January each year, Americans answer that question by coming together on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  The day represents an opportunity to start the year off right by making a positive impact in one’s community. Legislation was signed in 1983, creating a federal holiday honoring the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King […]

    Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: A Day On, Not A Day Off

    Remember! Celebrate! Act! Story courtesy Kentucky National Guard Equal Employment Opportunity Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” On the third Monday in January each year, Americans answer that question by coming together on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  The day represents an opportunity to start the year off right by making a positive impact in one’s community. Legislation was signed in 1983, creating a federal holiday honoring the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Airmen and Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard were featured in a national television spot last week, presenting the state colors during CBS Sports’ coverage of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4-10. Click here for more photos from this story. The spot, which was pre-recorded in Frankfort Aug. 5, shows a joint Kentucky Army and Air National Guard team performing the posting the colors with a Kentucky state flag. Paul Kramer, a videographer for CBS Sports, said […]

    Joint-Service Color Guard represents Kentucky Guard during national TV coverage of PGA Championship

    By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky. — Airmen and Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard were featured in a national television spot last week, presenting the state colors during CBS Sports’ coverage of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4-10. Click here for more photos from this story. The spot, which was pre-recorded in Frankfort Aug. 5, shows a joint Kentucky Army and Air National Guard team performing the posting the colors with a Kentucky state flag. Paul Kramer, a videographer for CBS Sports, said […]

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  • Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 238th RTI Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Video story by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Wood, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For two minutes each spring the eyes of the world are on the Bluegrass State during a little event called The Kentucky Derby. And right in the middle of all of the energy and excitement Kentucky’s National Guard Soldiers make their presence known.(Kentucky National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 238th RTI Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative) The earliest mention of the Derby in the records of the Kentucky […]

    Derby Day mission requires experienced Soldiers

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 238th RTI Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative Video story by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Wood, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For two minutes each spring the eyes of the world are on the Bluegrass State during a little event called The Kentucky Derby. And right in the middle of all of the energy and excitement Kentucky’s National Guard Soldiers make their presence known.(Kentucky National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Ploughe, 238th RTI Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative) The earliest mention of the Derby in the records of the Kentucky […]

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  • Posted by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos courtesy of Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio, and Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard LEXINGTON, Ky —University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and Adjutant General Edward Tonini conducted a Skype call with Kentucky Guard Troops deployed overseas for a third year in a row. Kentucky Troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Middle East had more than 40 minutes to “Coach” the Coach, while hearing inside-the-locker room strategy from the head coach of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament victors. Below […]

    PHOTO ESSAY: Kentucky Guardsmen Skype with The Coach

    Posted by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Photos courtesy of Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio, and Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky Guard LEXINGTON, Ky —University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and Adjutant General Edward Tonini conducted a Skype call with Kentucky Guard Troops deployed overseas for a third year in a row. Kentucky Troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Afghanistan and the Middle East had more than 40 minutes to “Coach” the Coach, while hearing inside-the-locker room strategy from the head coach of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament victors. Below […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos and info on the Kentucky National Guard Youth Challenge Program HARLAN, Ky. — Harlan native Josh Coldiron has been named the director of the Kentucky National Guard’s Appalachian Challenge Academy. Sponsored by the Kentucky National Guard and administered by the Department of Military Affairs, the Appalachian Challenge Academy’s mission is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 18, and to help them become contributing members of society.   Over the course of the 22 week residential phase cadets work daily towards […]

    Coldiron named director of Kentucky National Guard Appalachian Challenge Academy

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos and info on the Kentucky National Guard Youth Challenge Program HARLAN, Ky. — Harlan native Josh Coldiron has been named the director of the Kentucky National Guard’s Appalachian Challenge Academy. Sponsored by the Kentucky National Guard and administered by the Department of Military Affairs, the Appalachian Challenge Academy’s mission is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 18, and to help them become contributing members of society.   Over the course of the 22 week residential phase cadets work daily towards […]

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  • Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Army National Guard can have way too many acronyms, some too confusing for even the most veteran of Soldiers.  Try JNN (Joint Network Node) or WIN-T (Warrior Information Network – Tactical) for examples. There are probably numerous Soldiers who don’t know what a network node is, with or without the acronym. Both acronyms come from the more technological side of the Army, specifically the communication fields of the Signal Corps.  They deal with equipment, networks, and/or systems such as the CAISI, or Combat […]

    Kentucky Guard’s high hopes for future of technology

    Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Army National Guard can have way too many acronyms, some too confusing for even the most veteran of Soldiers.  Try JNN (Joint Network Node) or WIN-T (Warrior Information Network – Tactical) for examples. There are probably numerous Soldiers who don’t know what a network node is, with or without the acronym. Both acronyms come from the more technological side of the Army, specifically the communication fields of the Signal Corps.  They deal with equipment, networks, and/or systems such as the CAISI, or Combat […]

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  • By Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Master Sgt. Kevin Roy of the 123rd Security Forces Squadron has been named the Kentucky Air National Guard’s Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for 2013. As first sergeant, Roy provides oversight and guidance to more than 85 Security Forces Airmen, assisting with any pay, personal and family issues that may arise. He has revamped the squadron’s Dependent-Care Program and operates a Family Liaison Program that facilitates regular interaction with the family members of deployed troops. A full-time Louisville Metro Police officer, […]

    Roy named Kentucky Air Guard’s First Sergeant of the Year

    By Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Master Sgt. Kevin Roy of the 123rd Security Forces Squadron has been named the Kentucky Air National Guard’s Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for 2013. As first sergeant, Roy provides oversight and guidance to more than 85 Security Forces Airmen, assisting with any pay, personal and family issues that may arise. He has revamped the squadron’s Dependent-Care Program and operates a Family Liaison Program that facilitates regular interaction with the family members of deployed troops. A full-time Louisville Metro Police officer, […]

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