Department of Military Affairs Archive

  • Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

    ‘Oh Canada’ Week in Kentucky

    Story and photos by Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky National Guard’s eight-month journey commemorating the 200th anniversary of Kentucky’s involvement in the War of 1812 and strong partnership with Canada came to an end during Canada week in Kentucky Feb. 10-14. The week began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kentucky State War Memorial where fallen Kentucky Soldiers were honored at the Frankfort Cemetery, Feb. 9.  Guest speakers included the Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Consulate General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton and Mayor of Frankfort William May. “History […]

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  • By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click HERE for more  pictures from the bicentennial event on our flickr site! MONROE, Mich.—Re-enactors depicting the War of 1812, select Kentucky Guardsmen and Canadian dignitaries met to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe, Mich., Jan. 19. Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, State Command Sgt. Maj. Greg Armstrong, Capt. Jake McKinney and KYNG historian John Trowbridge were invited to take part in the bicentennial celebration and honor the service and sacrifices of the Kentucky Militia. Seven years in the making […]

    Fight as Kentuckians, Remember the Raisin

    By Capt. Andi Hahn, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office Click HERE for more  pictures from the bicentennial event on our flickr site! MONROE, Mich.—Re-enactors depicting the War of 1812, select Kentucky Guardsmen and Canadian dignitaries met to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe, Mich., Jan. 19. Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, State Command Sgt. Maj. Greg Armstrong, Capt. Jake McKinney and KYNG historian John Trowbridge were invited to take part in the bicentennial celebration and honor the service and sacrifices of the Kentucky Militia. Seven years in the making […]

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  • By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

    Departing General Receives Distinguished Service Medal

    By SrA Vicky Spesard 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 300 family, friends and co-wrokers packed into the Annex at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base Jan. 13 to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush as he completed his last official act — a formal retirement ceremony. Dornbush, the outgoing director of Joint Staff for Joint Forces Headquarters—Kentucky, served in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 40 years, rising from the rank of Airman Basic to Brigadier General. Along the way, he helped shape the future […]

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  • Story and photos by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.— When Joe Wilkins joined the Kentucky National Guard in 1960, he had no idea that the path he began would lead him to playing a key role in Kentucky’s military legacy.  After a one year mobilization during the Berlin Crisis and selling men’s clothing while attending college, he thought his military career would be short-lived.“When I joined the Guard it was my intent to serve three years and get out,” said Wilkins.  “My best friend who joined with me followed through with our plan.” But fate had other […]

    Retirement brings closure to nearly 42 years of Kentucky Guard history

    Story and photos by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office FRANKFORT, Ky.— When Joe Wilkins joined the Kentucky National Guard in 1960, he had no idea that the path he began would lead him to playing a key role in Kentucky’s military legacy.  After a one year mobilization during the Berlin Crisis and selling men’s clothing while attending college, he thought his military career would be short-lived.“When I joined the Guard it was my intent to serve three years and get out,” said Wilkins.  “My best friend who joined with me followed through with our plan.” But fate had other […]

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  • By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are those in, and out of uniform, that are dedicated to telling the story of the Kentucky National Guard.  One individual recently was awarded for just such work.  Dave Altom with the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office received the third place prize for civilian commentary for a story he wrote on Wounded Warriors.  The award was given as part of the annual Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Communication Competition, a Department of the Army sponsored event that showcases journalism excellence from military personnel and […]

    Kentucky Guard PAO awarded for work

    By Sgt. Scott Raper, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are those in, and out of uniform, that are dedicated to telling the story of the Kentucky National Guard.  One individual recently was awarded for just such work.  Dave Altom with the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office received the third place prize for civilian commentary for a story he wrote on Wounded Warriors.  The award was given as part of the annual Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Communication Competition, a Department of the Army sponsored event that showcases journalism excellence from military personnel and […]

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  • dwa Staff report Click here for more photos on this story. FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 23, 2011) — Members of the Boone National Guard security team were honored for their work during the recent Build-A-Bed charity event held here last month. Tim Johnson, Ginger Starrett, Derrick Howard and Edward Monheimer were presented Kentucky Colonel certificates in a ceremony presided over by Steve Bullard, Division Director of the Office of Management and Administration for the Department of Military Affairs. “We wanted to thank our our security force for the great job they did during the Build-A-Bed,” said Bullard, who helped organize the […]

    Boone Center security team members newest Kentucky Colonels

    dwa Staff report Click here for more photos on this story. FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 23, 2011) — Members of the Boone National Guard security team were honored for their work during the recent Build-A-Bed charity event held here last month. Tim Johnson, Ginger Starrett, Derrick Howard and Edward Monheimer were presented Kentucky Colonel certificates in a ceremony presided over by Steve Bullard, Division Director of the Office of Management and Administration for the Department of Military Affairs. “We wanted to thank our our security force for the great job they did during the Build-A-Bed,” said Bullard, who helped organize the […]

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