Families Archive

  • Military families making Christmas work from miles away Courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ Story by Kevin Wheatley FRANKFORT, Ky. — Christmas is a time most spend with family and friends, but sharing the holiday can be difficult when loved ones in the military are on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. Some in the Kentucky National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation Medical Evacuation unit have been in Kuwait since July, participating in a 9-month tour of evacuation and training missions. Two of those deployed soldiers, Sgt. First Class Nathan Keach and Sgt. Austin Lynn, left behind wives and children at […]

    Apart for the holidays

    Military families making Christmas work from miles away Courtesy The State Journal http://state-journal.com/ Story by Kevin Wheatley FRANKFORT, Ky. — Christmas is a time most spend with family and friends, but sharing the holiday can be difficult when loved ones in the military are on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. Some in the Kentucky National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 238th Aviation Medical Evacuation unit have been in Kuwait since July, participating in a 9-month tour of evacuation and training missions. Two of those deployed soldiers, Sgt. First Class Nathan Keach and Sgt. Austin Lynn, left behind wives and children at […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Santa and his helpers were out in full force during the handoff of donated Christmas presents from the Home Builders Association of Lexington to members of the Kentucky National Guard last week.   The toy drive was part of Operation Military Cheer, an effort by the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center to ensure that the children of Kentucky’s military families across all of the uniform services – active duty and reserve, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard – have a memorable holiday season. Don Sullivan represents Home […]

    Operation Military Cheer gets huge boost from Lexington Home Builders

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Santa and his helpers were out in full force during the handoff of donated Christmas presents from the Home Builders Association of Lexington to members of the Kentucky National Guard last week.   The toy drive was part of Operation Military Cheer, an effort by the Kentucky National Guard’s Family Assistance Center to ensure that the children of Kentucky’s military families across all of the uniform services – active duty and reserve, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard – have a memorable holiday season. Don Sullivan represents Home […]

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  • Story by Shelia Brookins, Kentucky National Guard Family Readiness Support Assistant November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. RAVENNA, Ky. – It takes a special kind of person to take on the task of Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader/volunteer.  In addition to balancing their own obligations between family and job, the FRG leader serves as a lifeline […]

    Spotlight on: The Family Readiness Group Leader

    Story by Shelia Brookins, Kentucky National Guard Family Readiness Support Assistant November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. RAVENNA, Ky. – It takes a special kind of person to take on the task of Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader/volunteer.  In addition to balancing their own obligations between family and job, the FRG leader serves as a lifeline […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. FRANKFORT, Ky. — You often hear us say that “the troops can’t do their job without the support of their families” and “families are the unsung heroes of the military community.” But what does that exactly mean? Why are families so […]

    Family Readiness Support Assistants key to Guard Success

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. FRANKFORT, Ky. — You often hear us say that “the troops can’t do their job without the support of their families” and “families are the unsung heroes of the military community.” But what does that exactly mean? Why are families so […]

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  • Staff report November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Money is often cited as the number one problem when it comes to preserving domestic tranquility. Money builds us up and it brings us down. Some think it is the key to happiness; the mismanagement of it is most certainly key to our misery. In […]

    Money management key to a happy military family

    Staff report November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. We offer the following to raise awareness on matters of importance among Kentucky’s unsung heroes. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Money is often cited as the number one problem when it comes to preserving domestic tranquility. Money builds us up and it brings us down. Some think it is the key to happiness; the mismanagement of it is most certainly key to our misery. In […]

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  • Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. Last year President Obama said that our nation owes “each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.” This annual proclamation marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the […]

    November is Military Family Appreciation Month

    Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. Last year President Obama said that our nation owes “each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.” This annual proclamation marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the […]

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  • Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Career Center is offering Manufacturing Skills Standards Council training to individuals who have been unemployed 26 weeks or more, or a veteran. Individuals who attend this training develop high performance manufacturing skills through lectures, self-paced studies, computer-based simulation labs, “homework” presentations and individual/group activities. Register online today by visiting training at: www.ckycareers.com <http://www.ckycareers.com/> The center offers training in the following fields: • Safety • Manufacturing Process and Production • Quality Practices & Measurements • Maintenance Awareness Space is limited, so you need to sign up before October 18th.  Classes start October 28th at […]

    Kentucky Career Center offers job training for veterans

    Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Career Center is offering Manufacturing Skills Standards Council training to individuals who have been unemployed 26 weeks or more, or a veteran. Individuals who attend this training develop high performance manufacturing skills through lectures, self-paced studies, computer-based simulation labs, “homework” presentations and individual/group activities. Register online today by visiting training at: www.ckycareers.com <http://www.ckycareers.com/> The center offers training in the following fields: • Safety • Manufacturing Process and Production • Quality Practices & Measurements • Maintenance Awareness Space is limited, so you need to sign up before October 18th.  Classes start October 28th at […]

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  • Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Due to the current federal government shutdown Kentucky National Guard military and civilian technicians have received furlough notices, and orders have been cancelled for a significant number of troops on temporary duty.  The shutdown impacts approximately 1,300 full-time equivalent personnel and their families. The approximate statewide payroll cost of the shutdown is  $319,000 per day. Many full-time employee positions will be backfilled by active duty guard members not affected by the furlough.  The furloughed personnel will be reinstated upon appropriated funds by Congress. In addition, military drill training weekends for the part-time troops, both Army and […]

    Kentucky National Guard impacted by federal government shutdown

    Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Due to the current federal government shutdown Kentucky National Guard military and civilian technicians have received furlough notices, and orders have been cancelled for a significant number of troops on temporary duty.  The shutdown impacts approximately 1,300 full-time equivalent personnel and their families. The approximate statewide payroll cost of the shutdown is  $319,000 per day. Many full-time employee positions will be backfilled by active duty guard members not affected by the furlough.  The furloughed personnel will be reinstated upon appropriated funds by Congress. In addition, military drill training weekends for the part-time troops, both Army and […]

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  • Advice by Regina Harris, Kentucky National Guard Joint Family Support Assistance Program, Military Family Life Consultant, Personal Financial Counselor FRANKFORT, Ky. — Fear drives people to action. The loss of someone close often drives one to get life insurance.  A heart-attack of someone, even distant, causes one to assess their diet, exercise and lifestyle. Often, it isn’t fear that drives action but just a good ‘ol healthy dose of self-preservation! There are plenty of examples of this drive to act. For example, a safety net under a trapeze artist, harness worn by a window washer, and reflective gear on a biker. What […]

    When it comes to money, fear is not an option!

    Advice by Regina Harris, Kentucky National Guard Joint Family Support Assistance Program, Military Family Life Consultant, Personal Financial Counselor FRANKFORT, Ky. — Fear drives people to action. The loss of someone close often drives one to get life insurance.  A heart-attack of someone, even distant, causes one to assess their diet, exercise and lifestyle. Often, it isn’t fear that drives action but just a good ‘ol healthy dose of self-preservation! There are plenty of examples of this drive to act. For example, a safety net under a trapeze artist, harness worn by a window washer, and reflective gear on a biker. What […]

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  • By Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Names. Hundreds of names. Hundreds of names of Kentucky men and women who died while serving their state and nation in the Army and Air National Guard. Names that are only remembered today through stories handed down to family members. To Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund committee member Charlie Jones, whose son’s name is among these ranks, the stories are not enough. “My son, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Jones, served in the 149th Infantry Brigade as a combat medic and was deployed […]

    Group working to honor fallen Guardsmen and women with state monument

    By Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Names. Hundreds of names. Hundreds of names of Kentucky men and women who died while serving their state and nation in the Army and Air National Guard. Names that are only remembered today through stories handed down to family members. To Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund committee member Charlie Jones, whose son’s name is among these ranks, the stories are not enough. “My son, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Jones, served in the 149th Infantry Brigade as a combat medic and was deployed […]

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